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“I’m against picketing, but I don’t know how to show it.” MITCH HEDBERG, COMEDIAN

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County on hook INSIDE ••• this for trail upkeep week State answers trail maintenance question BENJAMIN GOHS ASSOCIATE EDITOR


Is it loaded?

Fred Leyh (at left) and Woody Austin of the Boyne City American Legion Post 228, clean antique weaponry on Saturday, April 6, at the post. Here Leyh inspects the barrel of a disassembled M1 Garand he was cleaning.

A Charlevoix County public hearing on phase one of the Boyne City to US-31 non-motorized trail resulted with the $300,000 application process going forward. But, several questions, including who would be responsible for maintenance along any of the proposed 14-mile path, in-

cluding this first three miles, went unanswered until now. “If it is recommended for funding in December, the grantees would be responsible for keeping that developed area properly maintained and open for public outdoor recreation in perpetuity,” said Michigan Department of Natural Resources Press Secretary Mary Dettloff.” According to a June 9, 2010, memo from Charlevoix County Planner and grant-writing point man Larry Sullivan to the Charlevoix County Parks and Recreation Committee, trail main-

»TRAIL , pg. 4

County Businesses readying for summer planning options considered JOSH SAMPSON STAFF WRITER


Is Charlevoix County going to disband its planning department or planning commission? In 2008, the State of Michigan told city, township and county governments to reform their planning arms under new state guidelines. “The state is requiring all units of government that have planning commissions to amend their existing ordinances or adopt a new ordinance to provide for the establishment of planning commissions,” said Charlevoix County Planner Larry Sullivan. “Those communities that do not – their planning commission will cease to exist.” Since the 1940s and 1950s there have been three sets of planning guidelines: one for counties, one for cities/villages, and one for townships. “They (state) basically took the three planning enabling acts … that all just had minor differences that could confuse people,” Sullivan said. “Some of the time frames for public notices differed form one area to the other and things of that nature.” According to Charlevoix County Board Chairman Joel Evans (R-

»PLANNING , pg. 5


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Boyne City businesses are preparing to open their doors to summer tourism. Jim Baumann, Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, said business is going well this year and Boyne City is out of a rut. “We’ve turned a corner and we’ve gotten past the big issues of a few years ago,” he said. “Last year was a little better than before.” The signs of a blooming economy, Baumann said, are the intri-

cate aspects of a community, from events to new business. “I’m confident that there is definitely some attractions for this summer,” he said. “We’ve got a reliable district, and special events from mid-June to the end of the summer.” Concerning new business, Baumann said there are a few things Boyne residents should look out for this spring/summer as well. “There’s a new antique store, Logo Pros is opening, and another new thing is the Wine Emporium,” he said. “That certainly will do for this summer.”

Other businesses voiced their expectations for the summer as well. Lead worker at Young State Park, Roscoe Howard, said the park will be open for visitors on April, 15. “Reservations for this year are about normal,” he said. “You always have surpluses in business for different years.” Howard said opening operations for the park are the same every year. “You have to open everything you closed down for the winter,” he said. “You have to do mainte-

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Community Photos

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Earth-Friendly Activities

»BUSINESS , pg. 4

Helping kids get ‘Great Start’ BENJAMIN GOHS ASSOCIATE EDITOR Formed in 2006, the Great Start Collaborative supports early education efforts across Charlevoix, Emmet and northern Antrim counties. Consisting of more than 30 business, health, education, legislative and nonprofit entities, Great Start is committed to seeks to involve the entire community in their mission to help families get their children off to a proper start on their educational path. “Our focus is on (ages) zero to 5 and work from five component areas to create a system of services, programs and support for early childhood, basic needs and economic security, physical health, social and emotional health, parenting support and early care and education,” said Sommer Poquette Great Start Collaborative Director. “We look at data

to create a three-year strategic plan that drives our work.” She added, “We are currently the one-stop shop for all things early childhood.” The collaborative’s accomplishments include assessing more than 200 children for physical,

social and emotional health, introducing nationally-recognized screening tools to more than 43 health care professionals and connecting more than 1,000 people a month with information on child development, food assistance programs, events and

services. Great Start has received more than $12,000 in donations and and services from businesses, a $5,000 federal grant. Using technology, the collaborative connects nearly 100 families who have children in Early Head Start, Even Start, Early On and Great Start to child care information, the Great Start website, child development information, online job applications and more. According to Poquette, nearly 1,000 families have been positively impacted. Poquette said without Great Start, there would be a numerous children who would not be ready to start kindergarten when the time comes. “That is a scary thought to me because, what would a house do without a foundation?” she said. “Great Start is a voice for early childhood and our parents,

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2  Boyne City GAZETTE  April 6, 2011

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A Bit of Boyne History

History of the USMC Part II

Vietnam War The Marine Corps served an important role in the Vietnam War EDWARD MAY III taking part in such battles as Da Nang, Hue City, and Khe Sanh. Individuals from the USMC operated in the Northern I Corps Regions of South Vietnam. While there, they were constantly engaged in a guerrilla war against the National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam (NLF) and an intermittent conventional war

against the North Vietnamese Army (NVA). Portions of the Corps were responsible for the less-known Combined Action Program (CAP) that implemented unconventional techniques for counter-insurgency and worked as military advisors to the Republic of Vietnam Marine Corps. Marines were withdrawn in 1971, and returned briefly in 1975 to evacuate Saigon and attempt a rescue of the crew of the Mayagüez. Vietnam was the longest war for Marines; by its end, 13,091 had been killed in action, 51,392 had been wounded, and 57 Medals of Honor had been awarded. Due to policies concerning rotation, more Marines were deployed for service during Vietnam than World War II. While recovering from Vietnam,

the Corps hit a detrimental low point in its service history caused by courts-martial and Non-Judicial Punishments related partially to increased Unauthorized Absences and Desertions during the war. Overhauling of the Corps began in the late 1970s, discharging the most delinquent, and once quality of new recruits improved, the Corps focused on reforming the NCO Corps, a vital functioning part of its forces. Interim: Vietnam to the War on Terror After Vietnam, the Marines resumed their expeditionary role, participating in the 1980 Iran hostage rescue attempt Operation Eagle Claw, the invasion of Grenada (Operation Urgent Fury) and the invasion of Panama (Operation Just Cause). On 23 October 1983, the Marine

headquarters building in Beirut, Lebanon, was bombed, causing the highest peacetime losses to the Corps in its history (220 Marines and 21 other service members of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit were killed) and leading to the American withdrawal from the country. The year of 1990 saw Marines of the Joint Task Force Sharp Edge save thousands of lives by evacuating British, French and American nationals from the violence of the Liberian Civil War. During the Persian Gulf War (1990–1991), Marine task forces formed the initial core for Operation Desert Shield, while United States and Coalition troops mobi-

»HISTORY , pg. 17

‘Beautiful Boyne’ Filling in the recurring generational gap Late last evening I received a disturbing telephone call from a dear friend in Virginia. In fact I was so agitated by what I heard that I found myself awakingfrequently during the night ‘Beautiful Boyne’ already in thought ANNE THURSTON about the issue. Normally I sleep through anything. My age, Leighton is a very exceptional man

and has led an involved and extremely worthwhile life. Oh, he had his share and more of ups and downs, but they became times of learning rather than discouragement. As a Methodist minister who also has a PHD in psychiatry he has shared the ups and downs of most of those he served and came to know. I certainly have benefited from his friendship more than once. His faith is rock solid and his attitude about life is one of accepting its good and eliminating the bad. In other words, he is a man who believes in change if it improves life here on earth. His call came through from a large VA hospital via his cell phone. He was in bed with heart

failure and had just been told he would be moved into a care center where none of his possessions could be taken. This included his computer as he would be sharing a room with another patient and there would be no place for it. This announcement was far more devastating to Leighton than his illness. He simply could not accept the possibility that his very life could be taken from him by illuminating his computer time. The time he shared with friends such as me, where he ‘farmed’ on Facebook and played ‘bridge’ on Pogo and by which he conducted his business ventures as an international commodities broker; all this would be no more.

I heard desperation in his voice and anger. As he put it to me, “How can others tell me how I am to spend my time?” I immediately acknowledged what was happening to my friend could also become my death sentence. For surely we have come to accept that medicine alone does not cure, but the mind plays a great part in what transpires within our bodies. To be cut off from all one holds dear, interesting, of value and enjoyable destroys the will to live for many. As a widow I understand my need to continue working with others; this column is one example of how I involve myself in living.

» BEAUTIFUL, pg. 17

What to do when you’re out of control

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Dear Rose Dear Rose: I am at the end of my rope with my husband. I have gone so far as to suggest that he go away for a while. I say this when I am extremely upset, and he shows no comfort. Not only is there no comfort, but he has actually told me that I get upset so often that he has desensitized himself to my pain. I only irritate him with my sadness and frustration. I understand that I need to learn

how to harness the intensity of my emotions when they are raging. I just don’t know how to apply the concepts of emotion management at the moment of conflict. I am starting to recognize when I am getting out of control, but by then it is already in the downward spiral. I see when he starts shutting down, and “stonewalling.” By then I’m already spinning out of control and putting on the brakes is futile. My question is; when should I pause and take a breath to calm down, if he uses that moment to walk away before I explode? My problem with this method is that I have tried it before. Then when I have tried to come back to the problem after I have calmed down he automatically avoids the conversation for fear

that I will emotionally flood again. This cycle has repeated its self so many times that I fear there is no end. -Distressed in a sea of DespairDear Distressed It sounds as if you are working hard on communication in your relationship. The cycles you talk about are patterns that develop over time and you can’t expect him to react differently the first time you try to change what you do. Like habits (these patterns of communication ARE habits) the cycle can be hard to break, but not impossible. The most important thing to remember is that you only have control over yourself. If you are determined to break this cycle it will take constant commitment from you. At some point you’ll have a

‘habit’ that you like. By noticing when you start to get out of control and removing yourself you are really over the first big (and hardest) hurdle. Gradually he will begin to see that you are trying. After you’ve managed to control your emotion and response well, talk with your husband at a time when you are both happy and relaxed. Let him know you want to talk about how you communicate during disagreements. You should write out a plan for communication, put the steps down in detail. This is a guide for now, until your new method of communicating becomes the habit! Perhaps your plan is that you continue to walk away, but while you are cooling

» ROSE, pg. 17

April 6, 2011  BOYNE CITY GAZETTE  3

COPS & COURTS BOYNE CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT WEEKLY REPORT Tuesday, March 22 4:44pm 911 hang up call from the 500 block of N Lake St 6:47pm Vehicle broke down at Lake and Groveland. 8:05pm Unlock at Rotary Park Wednesday, March 23 8:10am Unlock on Knollwood 10:03am Disturbance in the 500 block of N Lake St 10:10am Report of parking violation in the 100 block of E Water St 1:20pm Assist to Sheriff Department on Old State Rd 2:53pm Report of domestic

dispute in the 300 block of E Division St 3:15pm 1 vehicle property damage accident at Michigan and Court Streets 3:48pm Report of parking violation in the 100 block of E Water St 4:42pm Larceny of gasoline from the 1300 block of Boyne Av 9:52pm Report of loud argument in the 400 block of Boyne Av

the 200 block of N Park St 3:19pm False alarm in the Industrial Park 8:18pm Report of larceny from car in the 200 block of S Park St

8:45am Report of damage to vehicle on Lewis near Division St 9:07pm Report of subject urinating in public in the 400 block of N Lake St

Friday, March 25 8:46am Vehicle broke down in he 900 block of N Lake St 3:45pm Report of larceny of gasoline from the 1300 block of Boyne Av. Was mistake that was sorted out. Thursday, March 24 6:32pm Report of harassing 9:32am 911 hang up from phone calls. the 1000 block of Boyne 8:40pm Larceny of gasoline from the 400 block of Av 11:53am 911 hang up from N Lake St

Saturday, March 26 12:01am Citation issued for speed. 10:45am Report of dog injuring deer in the 600 block of Boyne Av 3:07pm Sick raccoon dispatched in the 600 block of Jefferson St 3:26pm Report of abandoned vehicle in the 400 block of N Lake St 10:30pm Motorist assist in the 300 block of N Lake St

Letters from our Readers Growing Drug Problem Editor: As Sheriff of Charlevoix County, I witness firsthand the problems that misuse of prescription drugs are causing in our community. Living in a rural area, it’s easy to feel insulated from issues we see in national headlines. But, in the case of prescription drug abuse, people are being harmed right here in Charlevoix County. We may not see drug dealers on our street corners, but that doesn’t mean the problem doesn’t exist. Young people are accessing these drugs in the comfort of home; it can be as easy as opening a cupboard, drawer, or medicine cabinet. And, breakins at pharmacies, and in homes, by people looking for prescription drugs are on the increase. The good news is that you can help prevent prescription drug abuse by storing drugs in a safe, secure place, monitoring your prescription bottles, and disposing of expired or unneeded drugs properly. We stand ready to accept/receive prescription drugs that need to be disposed of here at the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office in an environmentally safe manner. Help us make your community safe. W.D. (Don) Schneider Charlevoix County Sheriff

Register to vote! Editor: There’s still time ahead of May 3 election Secretary of State Ruth Johnson reminds residents that they have until Monday, April 4 to register in order to vote in the May 3 election. “I encourage everyone who is not yet registered to take this opportunity to do so,” said Johnson, Michigan’s chief election officer. “This is your opportunity to celebrate your freedom and have your voice heard on Election Day.” Of Michigan’s 83 counties, 77 are holding elections but because school districts sometimes cover more than one county, residents of 82 counties will have the opportunity to vote. A list of communities with scheduled elections can be found at The polls will be open on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. To register, applicants must be at least 18 years old by Election Day and be U.S. citizens. Applicants must also be residents of Michigan and of the city or township in which they wish to register. Voters may register by mail; at their county, city or township clerk’s office or by visiting any Secretary of State branch office. The mail-in form is on the Department of State website at First-time voters who register by

mail must vote in person in their first election, unless they handdeliver the application to their local clerk, are 60 years old or older, are disabled or are eligible to vote under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act. To check their registration status, residents may visit the Michigan Voter Information Center at www. Residents can also find information there on absentee voting, Michigan’s voter identification requirement, how to use voting equipment and how to contact their local clerk. In addition, they will find a map to their local polling place and a sample ballot. Voters who qualify may choose to cast an absentee ballot on Election Day. As a registered voter, you may obtain an absentee ballot if you are: age 60 or older. physically unable to attend the polls without the assistance of another. expecting to be out of town on Election Day. in jail awaiting arraignment or trial. unable to attend the polls due to religious reasons. appointed to work as an election inspector in a precinct outside of your precinct of residence. Those who wish to receive their absentee ballot by mail must submit their application by 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30. Absentee ballots can be obtained in person anytime

Sunday, March 27 9:00pm Keys found on Grant St 10:40pm Citation issued for speed. 10:57pm Citation issued for speed. Monday, March 28 9:29am Unlock in the 100 block of S Park St 12:08pm Car keyed in t he 1000 block of Boyne Av 1:42pm Found cell phone dropped off. Owner located. 7:53pm Report of barking dog in the 600 block of W court St 11:04pm Unlock in the 600 block of S East St

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through 4 p.m. on Monday, May 2. Voters who request an absentee ballot in person on Monday, May 2 must vote the ballot in the clerk’s office. Emergency absentee ballots are available under certain conditions through 4 p.m. on Election Day. As a reminder, voters will be asked to provide identification when at the polls on Election Day. They will be asked to present valid photo ID, such as a Michigan driver’s license or identification card. Anyone who

does not have an acceptable form of photo ID or failed to bring it with them to the polls can still vote. They will be required to sign a brief affidavit stating that they’re not in possession of photo ID. Their ballots will be included with all others and counted on Election Day. Voters who don’t have a Michigan driver’s license or identification card can show the following forms of photo ID, as long as they are current:

costs; 1 day credit; to serve 10 days; 72 days in abeyance; probation for 1 month; submit urine to probation officer; not to consume alcohol. Timothy John Himebaugh, 38, East Jordan. Possession of marijuana; $575 fines and costs; 3 days credit; to serve 21 days;

probation in 1 year; $30 oversight; submit urine to probation; not to consume alcohol. Marsh Wabanimkee Miller, 37, Charlevoix. Assault and battery; $425 fines and costs or serve 18 days in jail; 15 days credit; to serve 15 days.

»LETTERS , pg. 5

COURT REPORTER Charlevoix County District Court The following cases were recently heard in the 90th District Court of Charlevoix:

Court Reporter Anthony Michael Stainbrook, 19, Petoskey. Harboring Run-

aways. $600 fines in costs; to serve 14 days; 15 days in abeyance; probation for 9 months; pay $30 in oversight; 1 day credit; submit to urine/PBT test; not to consume or possess alcohol. Marshall Leland Simpson, 51, Charlevoix. Domestic vio-

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tips after an inspection of perimeter and building for local business owners. Bank Hold-Up Alarm Training: will train local bank staff on alarm system for robberies. Retail Fraud Training for Business: will train business owners and staff on retail fraud. Contact the police department at (231) 582-6611 Mondays through Fridays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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lence. $700 fines and costs; to serve 14 days; 1 day credit; probation for 1 month; $30 oversight; submit urine to probation officer; not to consume alcohol. Michael Norman Johnson, 44, Boyne City. Operating while intoxicated; $925 fines and The Cops & Courts page is one of the most highly read pages in the Boyne City Gazette. Advertising your product or service on this page is a cost-effective way to reach more potential customers. Call Chris at 231-582-2799

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FROM PAGE ONE proval. “As long as the grant application (was) postmarked by April 1, the application would be considered eligible,” she said. “The grant coordinator for the area would score the grant application based on criteria established by the trust fund board.” The lone nay vote following the public hearing came from Charlevoix County Commissioner Richard Gillespie (R-District 6) of Beaver Island, who said he supports the trail idea, but has concerns of his own. “The supporters of the wheelway should have had the issues more clearly stated,” Gillespie said. “At our March 9, meeting it was made clear that the coun-

typically takes another year.” He added, “So, you are really looking at about January, From Page 1 2013.” tenance costs are estimated at Another major concern of some $3,560 per year plus the cost is where exactly the trail will be of purchasing and maintaining laid. lawnmowers. His memo specu“I would like to see a more sitelated that the maintenance costs specific map showing the wheelwould be considerably lower if way bike path as proposed so volunteers took over maintethe public can see it,” Gillespie nance of the trail. said. Several county officials had Sullivan said a design company concerns over whether the aphas been commissioned to work plication would be accepted on a trail schematic. without an entity named as the “Northwest Design Group has party responsible for the mainbeen working and have develtenance, and at least one official oped conceptual plans which refused to vote in favor of it as show the trail to be on the lake it stood. side of Boyne City-Charlevoix “The reason I voted for it this Road,” he said. “Our discustime is my concern sions with the road before was … that commission are that A lot of us think that once they see we are authorized to the county would accept the responuse the right-of-way it they will be less fearful of it. sibility of construc66-foot of JIM BAUMANN, CHAMBER DIR. within tion of the trail plus Boyne City-Charmaintenance,” said levoix Road, and to Charlevoix County deviate outside that Board Chairman ty would play no financial part … we need written permission Joel Evans (R-District 4). “Even in this whatsoever.” from property owners along the though the resolution did state He added, “All the legwork was route.” that at the end of it, I asked that not complete (by trail support- Sullivan reminded those interto be stricken.” ers) and it became more appar- ested that three informational As a result, a portion of the ent as the meeting went on.” meetings on the proposed trail Charlevoix County Board’s Sullivan, there is more than are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. And March 29 resolution directing enough time to complete the 7 p.m. On Thursday, May 26; the county to apply for the grant necessary “legwork.” and 9 a.m. on Saturday, May had removed from it a statement “The grant process is a long and 28. concerning who would be re- laborious process,” Sullivan “Where are all the consent sponsible for the maintenance. said. “You have to have a grant forms from property owners?” But, according to Dettloff, this contract in hand before you can Gillespie said. alone does not spoil the appli- expend any funds (and) that Sullivan said he is confident, cation’s chances of meeting ap-

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nance, ground work and you have to turn on your water systems.” Bo Mayfield, owner of North Country Cycle Sport, said the bike shop did well over the winter. “We do our spinning classes here,” he said. “Our spinning classes were extremely full this year.” Mayfield said he is gearing up for this summer by tending to usual store operations. “We are doing the normal stock for the summer,” he said. “We are just getting ready for the crowds to show up.” Mayfield hopes North Country Cycle Sport will continue to provide outdoor fun for Boyne City. “We try to get a lot of group rides together,” Mayfield said. “I think we are going to increase that even more. We’re going to


caregivers and grandparents are more empowered because of Great Start.” She added, “If we did not exist that network, coordination, collaboration and connection would crumble.” Among the numerous services provided, there are 56 3-yearold children who are 200 percent below the poverty level who are in need of preschool scholarships. And, Poquette said, there are plans to do more. “With our partners, Great Start has a plan for the next three years to increase private and federal dollars for the 0-5 population, increase behavioral support and services that currently do not exist in our area, increase access to 3-year-old high quality preschool for children that are 200 percent below the poverty line and so much more,” she said. The collaborative has received a $25,000 matching grant from the Early Childhood Investment Corporation to help fund this ef-


The first phase of the proposed 14-mile non-motorized trail from Boyne City limits to US-31 will connect the city to Young State Park allowing for campers and city-dwellers to bike, walk or skate to and from the park. in the time remaining, that all questions and concerns of stakeholders in this issue will be dealt with. Sullivan said the May informational meetings will consist of several minutes of overview on the proposed trail followed by a discussion period for attendees. “It will be an interactive kind of a thing,” Sullivan said. “People can discuss issues or give feedback on ways to make it more suitable.” And, he added, “If they would like (officials) to meet them onsite to discuss their concerns that will be an option.” Despite concerns over the project, Boyne City officials are glad the project is moving forward.

“I hope it goes through,” said Charlevoix County Commissioner Chris Christensen (RDistrict 2). “It’s another opportunity for Boyne City and we need every little bit that helps.” Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jim Baumann said the trail’s good points are a “no-brainer.” “I’m very happy they approved it,” he said. “Paving and building the trail itself creates jobs in the county and then it’s a long-term benefit for people.” As far as those who are hesitant to support the trail, Baumann said, “A lot of us think that once they see it they will be less fearful of it.”

get someone who is really focused on that.” New business owner Brian Horn, who runs Big Horn Maintenance, is anticipating the summer with hopes that people will call on him with their yard maintenance needs. “We’ve been open for a week,” he said. “So far so good. I’m a new business and I’ve put some bids out there and gotten some calls.” Horn went on to say his business does every kind of yard maintenance imaginable. “We offer power washing on decks and patios, we take care of leaves and sand, and we get lawns ready for the summer,” he said. COURTESY PHOTO Even though there is a detrimental factor this summer for tour- Bo Mayfield, owner of North Country Cycle Sport in Boyne City, (at left) and his staff are getting ready for the ism, Baumann said, he still has influx of summer vacationers. high-hopes. I think we’ve got enough attrac- be an exceptional one, business- “We’ve got what people want “The only possible problem is gas tions to keep people interested in wise, and many Boyne City busi- when they come here,” Baumann prices,” he said. “We got most of coming.” nesses seem ready to take the said. “I think it’s going to be a our visitors from down state. But, This summer could heat up to flock of tourists when it arrives. good summer.” fort, but another $25,000 is still needed by July. Poquette said people can help by sponsoring or buying a ticket to their June 21 fund-raising event or simply making a donation to the effort. Great Start also has a parent coalition which consists of parents, grandparents and caregivers who believe every child should enter kindergarten prepared. Poquette said people can help by donating their time by attending meetings or joining a committee (information at, donating money, contacting your legislator and urging them to support early childhood education and by businesses displaying a Business Seal of Approval (information at Poquette said the importance of early education and assessment cannot be understated. COURTESY PHOTO “85 percent of a child’s brain is developed by the time they Bryleigh Rummer is pictured at a Great Start event in Lansing. The Great Start Collaborative is currently seekare 5 years of age. This means ing donations to help fund scholarships so needy youngsters may attend early education programs. we have a small window of opFor more information go to Donate to the collaborative by portunity to make a huge differ- for every $1 spent.” Poqutte added, “After all, these or going to http://greatstart.eventence,” she said. “Early childhood investment yields proven children will someday be our fu- e-mail Poquette at greatstart- investment of $7 to $17 return ture workforce.”

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District 4), no decisions have been made on which course the county will take. “That’s something we’re going to be talking about, perhaps at the next meeting,” he said. “We’ve got lots of recommendations on what to do and we are also checking with other counties to see what they have done and how it’s working for them.” Evans added, “I’m not sure what’s going to be best for Charlevoix County and that’s always the bottom line – I’m always looking at only what’s best for the people.” Charlevoix County Commissioner Richard Gillespie (RDistrict 6) said the talk in Lansing about efficiencies being made in government need to be seriously looked at. “I have not made my mind up whether it’s planner or planning

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FROM PAGE ONE commission,” he said. “The sen- planning matters, but they have The question plaguing some is over any of the municipalities timent that I’m hearing seems no power over said entities. whether to keep the planning in its jurisdiction. to be leaning towards having a “If you have a planning depart- commission, which has been “We need to look at what it’s planner and not havaround since the going to affect right now and ing a planning com1960s and cost the also five years from now and 10 I’d hate to look back and say we mission because all county taxpayers years from now,” Evans said. our units of govuntold thousands of “I’d hate to look back and say made a mistake. to support a we made a mistake because we ernment have planCNTY COMISH JOEL EVANS dollars ning departments body which has no didn’t give it enough thought to already.” binding authority make a good decision.” County planning departments and county planning ment to look over documents, CLAIMS NOTICE commissions may make recom- why run it past a … planning JOHN P. ARNO REVOCABLE TRUST mendations to cities, villages commission whose opinion has and townships on zoning and no wait?” Gillespie said.



Your interest in the estate may be barred or affected by the following: The decedent, John P. Arno, whose last known address was 05440 Lee Road, Boyne City, Michigan, died January 6, 2011.

FY 2011/2012 (1 MAY 2011 - 30 APRIL 2012)

The City of Boyne City will hold a Public Hearing at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12, 2011, in the Commission Chambers of City Hall, 319 North Lake Street, for the purpose of hearing oral comments and considering written comments from the public concerning the proposed Annual Budget

The property tax millage rate proposed to be levied to support the proposed budget will be a subject of this hearing. for Fiscal Year 2011/2012.

The City Commission of the City of Boyne City is proposing the total number of mills to be levied under General Property Tax Act to Boyne City taxpayers is 15.76 The purpose of this millage is to levy 15.76 mills for operating. If adopted, the proposed millage will increase operating revenues from ad valorem property taxes. All interested citizens are encouraged to attend and/or submit comments. Said budget and summaries are available for review prior to the Public Hearing at City Hall, 319 North Lake Street, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

By Trust Indenture dated October 31, 2000, the decedent established the JOHN P. ARNO REVOCABLE TRUST. There is a Probate Estate and a personal representative has appointed. The current Trustee is Lynda L. Arno, Trustee, 05440 Lee Road, Boyne City, Michigan, 49712. Creditors of the decedent are notified that all claims against the trust estate will be forever barred unless presented to the law office of Kevin G. Klevorn, KLEVORN & KLEVORN, 215 South Lake Street, Boyne City, MI 49712, within four months of the date of publication of this notice. Notice is further given that the trust estate will be thereafter assigned and distributed to the persons entitled to it. THIS NOTICE IS PUBLISHED ON APRIL 6, 2011 KEVIN G. KLEVORN (P35531) KLEVORN & KLEVORN Attorney for the Trustee 215 South Lake Street Boyne City, MI 49712 (231) 582-7911

Cindy Grice, City Clerk/Treasurer







NOTICE TO CREDITORS DECEDENT’S ESTATE FILE NO. 11-011615-DE Estate of John P. Arno Date of Birth: June 15, 1932 TO ALL CREDITORS NOTICE TO CREDITORS: The decedent, John P. Arno, who lived at 05440 Lee Road, Boyne City, Michigan died January 6, 2011. Creditors of the decedent are notified that all claims against the estate will be forever barred unless presented to William J.P. Arno, named personal representative or proposed personal representative, or to both the probate court at 301 State Street, Charlevoix and the named/proposed personal representative within 4 months after the date of publication of this notice. Dated: APRIL 6, 2011 William J.P. Arno, Personal Representative 102 Wilson Drive East Jordan, MI 49727

Wilson Township is accepting bids for 2011 spring, summer, and fall lawn maintenance (mowing, weed trimming, and picking up debris as needed) at the Township’s Fall Park and at three cemeteries for all areas maintained as lawn. Fall Park is located at 02530 Fall Park Road. The three cemeteries are approximately one acre each and are located on Fuller Road, Healey Road and the corner of Wilson and Behling Roads. Please bid on per mowing basis. •

Fall Park

‑ Approximately 20 mowings

- Mowing to begin when directed by the Township

- Mowing shall be scheduled for Thursdays or Fridays

Cemeteries (3)

- Approximately 10 mowings each

- Mowing to begin the week prior to Memorial Day weekend

• Mowing / trimming shall be performed as needed to maintain lawn areas to a height of no less than 2 inches and no greater than 4 (height of grass cut may vary if drought type conditions are experienced). • Contractor shall furnish all labor, equipment, material, and supplies as required to properly perform the work. • Damage to trees, shrubs, other vegetation, structures, grave markers, etc. shall be the responsibility of the Contractor. The Contractor shall notify the Township of any damage, unusual circumstances, dangerous conditions, and other general needs of the property. • Contractor must provide proof of workman’s compensation insurance (if applicable) and liability insurance.

(231) 536-7135

Kevin G. Klevorn (P35531), Attorney

Bids will be received by the Wilson Township Clerk, P.O. Box 447, Boyne City, MI 49712, until 4:30 PM on April 12, 2011 and will be opened at the Wilson Township Board of Trustees meeting on April 13, 2011. Bids should be in a sealed envelope plainly marked Lawn Maintenance Bid. The Township reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids. Questions should be directed to Todd Sorenson, Supervisor (231) 582-7122.

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Contractor will be required to enter into contract with Wilson Township.

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PET(S) OF THE WEEK Penny and Dudley are sweethearts and though they could adopt out separately, they would love to find a home to take them both. They have spent their whole young lives together and would really love to share your home as a team. We know it is a lot to ask but if you have a warm spot and a space for two wonderful dogs that love people, and each other, we would love to have you come and visit. You can visit them on our website ( or come to the shelter and meet their charming personalities in the flesh. FACTOID A cat listens for prey by rotating their ears independently. Their whiskers can detect movements 2000 times smaller than the width of a human hair!!

Volunteer Connections Weekly Spotlight:

Big Brothers & Big Sisters Needed Adult volunteers are needed to spend oneon-one time with a child in their community. The goal is to provide opportunities to at-risk youth and help them become caring and competent adults. Volunteers are asked to spend an average of 4 hours per month on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis. Matches are supported by professional case management staff that support the relationship, provide opportunities and guidance throughout the life of the match. Volunteers must be 18 years or older. A

PET TIP Healthy teeth and gums are as important for your pet as for you. 80% of dogs and 30% of cats over the age of three suffer from significant oral disease that requires treatment. A dental checkup is part of your pet’s annual exam and yearly dental cleanings usually begin at the age of three. Common signs of oral disease are: Yellow-brown tarter, Bleeding gums Bad breath, Red inflamed gums, Difficulty chewing, Pawing at the mouth, The best thing you can do at home to promote good oral hygiene is to brush your pet’s teeth every day and provide healthy, appropriate chew treats to control and remove plaque and tartar. CAHS DOG WALKING PROGRAM Now that the weather is getting warmer and the streets clear of snow – it is a perfect time to start volunteering at our shelter to walk one of our dogs. Being out in the fresh air and exercising benefits both the walker and dog. Contact the shelter to find out more information. The Charlevoix Area Humane Society is located at 614 Beardsley St. in Boyne City and is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Wednesday and Sunday http;/

Your weekly crossword puzzle is sponsored by the Boyne Valley Lions Club. The Lions believe in serving the local community, can can often be seen working at football games, cleaning a stretch of M-75, and donating to many causes locally. The Lions also have a large-scale mission to be the “Knights for the Blind.” The Boyne Valley Lions Club meets at noon in the Community Room of the Boyne District Library every Wednesday. For information about the Lions, please call Lion Nels Northup at (231) 549-5647.

screening/training will be completed prior to a match being made. Volunteers will walk through that process with the case management staff so we can make the best match possible based on personality, shared interests and strengths of the volunteer. Sponsored by: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Michigan To volunteer for this opportunity or to see more volunteer opportunities go to the Char-Em United Way website: http:// or call 231-487-1006.

Crossword Puzzle solution on page 12

Across: 1. Science rm. 4. Soil enricher 8. Recedes 12. Memorable period 13. Nevada City 14. Achy 15. 12th mo. 16. Amuse 18. Make an attempt 20. Expressed scorn 21. Run for it 23. Vital statistic 24. Immature insect 26. Fast letter transportation 30. Friend (Fr.) 31. Firearm 33. Halloween shout 34. Poor farmer 36. Coastal birds 38. Tax org. 39. Orient 40. Quarantine 44. Capone and Pacino

45. Custodian 47. “______ Lost You” 50. Fifty-fifty 51 Bird’s abode 52. Above, in verse 53. Take five 54. Recipe measures (abbr.) 55. Born Down: 1. Conducted 2. Right you ______! 3. Germs 4. Hunted animal 5. Poetic contraction 6. Colony insects 7. Pedicure subject 8. Self-_______ 9. Wild pig 10. French cheese 11. Forward 17. Feel sorry about 19. Clergy mem. 21. Flutter

22. Gold fabric 25. Biblical mountain 26. Fore’s opposite 27. Scrape 28. Charged atoms 29. Misplaced 32. Soundless 37. Moray 40. Bakery worker 41. Conserve 42. Mined minerals 43. Squeaks by 44. Liberal _______ 46. Psychic letters 48. Victory letter 49. Shakespeare’s “before”

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Legion News

BOYNE CITY AMERICAN LEGION NEWS At the regular meeting of Ernest Peterson Post 228, held on March 3, the following ceremonies, reports, discussions or actions were conducted, presented or acted upon: The Honor Guard conducted Veteran of the Month ceremonies for Joseph Harold Hammond and Robert Walter Thorman, Sr. Bingo continues to pay the bills while affording the community an opportunity to join their friends and neighbors for an in-

expensive, and maybe profitable, evening of fun, entertainment and relaxation. You play 39 games with 51 bingos, pick your own hard cards with paper specials, Michigan Progressive Jackpot and the $150 Balls game. Games start at 6pm, each Tuesday, with a half time break at about 8pm for a visit to Genia’s Kitchen for a light lunch. The Chaplain reported on veterans who are sick disabled, shutin or have answered the final call and stated that Jim Wicker is liv-

ing at Grandvue Medical Care Facility north of East Jordan. A discussion was held regarding the fact that many funerals of veterans are not attended by a uniformed comrade-in-arms. It was suggested that this concern be taken to a District meeting. Also, military honors are only conducted at the request of the family, although an individual Legion member, in uniform, attending the funeral would be a personal decision. It was moved, supported and passed that the Chaplain would

be the Sick Committee chairman and, at his discretion, purchase and deliver flowers when appropriate. A certificate of appreciation will be sent to Glens’ Market Boyne for the donation of the main dish and desert for the potluck following the March Veteran of the Month ceremonies. Veterans Appreciation Day will be May 11, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the public is invited, along with all area schools, to attend. The Post has 2011 calendars on sale, at $ 10 per calendar, to raise

funds for our local children and youth programs. The Post has a supply of all weather 3 x 5 and 5 x 8 American Flags for purchase by the public at a cost of $11 and $22 respectively. The next regular meeting will be held on April 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Post home and will be preceded by the “Veteran of the Month” ceremonies at 6:15 pm to be followed by a potluck supper in their honor. Area Veterans, with their families, are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

Newbery Medal novel to come alive at CTAC Purity Ring Drama Group is presenting an original script, Blackbird Pond, based on the book The Witch of Blackbird Pond, by Elizabeth George Speare, on April 14 -16, 2011 at Crooked Tree Arts Center, in Petoskey. The novel is a familiar title on middle school reading lists and was the Newbery Medal winner of 1959. Robert B. Radnitz Productions owns the performance rights to the book but has granted Purity Ring Drama’s director, Julie Peurasaari, exclusive permission to write a version of the story for the group’s spring performance. The play follows closely to the book with the addition of young gossiping women to help the story flow from scene to scene. The story begins in April 1687, as orphaned 16-year-old Kit arrives on a ship from Barbados to live with Puritan relatives in Connecticut. Her freestyle island-ways soon have her marked by the Puritan community as suspicious and her reputation is further harmed as she finds refuge and friendship with

a Quaker woman, Hannah Tupper, rumored to be a witch. Despite warnings, Kit continues to visit and help her elderly friend, only to find herself facing a court with the charges of causing illness and mishap in the community. The play includes Hannah Tupper’s cat, a marionette manipu-

Blackbird Pond

• 7 p.m. • April 14-16 Matinee: 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 16 • 461 East Mitchell St. Petoskey • 231-347-3209 lated by a visible puppeteer dressed in black, a triangle of three romances, and a group of fiber spinners who spread rumors about Kit. An educational facet of the play

is the inclusion of the book’s authentic historical characters and the struggle between the early American colonies and the King of England. Purity Ring Drama, a home school performing arts group, has 37 cast members in this year’s play. The play is directed by Onaway resident, Mickie Walker and music direction is by Maria Ginop of Petoskey. As a story sure to be enjoyed by all ages, Blackbird Pond has lessons about the harm of malicious gossip and the importance of family support. A play study guide is available by request by emailing prdirector@mailcom. Blackbird Pond will be performed Thursday, April 14 through Saturday, April 16, at 7 p.m. and a matinee on Saturday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and COURTESY PHOTO $6 for students. In a rehearsal at Petoskey United Methodist Church, Hannah Byard porPrepaid tickets are available at a reduced price by calling trays Kit Tyler and Brandon Cross as Nat Eaton, gathering grass for thatching. Mariah Ginop as Hannah Tupper and Jadi Byard as Prudence stand in (231) 439-5022.

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Junior birders Junior Birder's meet the 2nd Saturday of every month throughout the year. They gather to learn about birds, explore their habitat and hike some of Northern Michigan's amazing wild places. For more information call NorthWings at (231) 348-9700 or go to www. NorthWings Raptor Center's Junior Birder's program met on Saturday, March 26, at the Cromley's 240-acre preserve in Cheboygan County. Young birders and their families hiked the woods and fields looking for our returning feathered friends. They welcomed back the Red Winged Blackbirds, saw resident Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers, Nuthatch, Chickadees and heard Sandhill Cranes. They also visited two active beaver lodges imagining them tucked inside warm and cozy. COURTESY PHOTO

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Spring vacationers Neal Villhauer and his daughter Amelia (center) and Linda Hegstrom of East Lansing, spent the weekend at their cottage in the area. The three were out shopping in Boyne City last Saturday.

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MATTERS OF FAITH Schedules of Faith & Fellowship Church of the N ativity Reverend Gary Hamp, Traverse City, will be guest celebrant at Episcopal Church of the Nativity on Sunday, April 3. Immediately following the 10 a.m. service, coffee and treats will be served in the church basement. Wednesday evenings, a ‘soup, sandwich and study’ session will begin at 6 p.m. in the church basement. Nativity is located at 209 Main St., Boyne City. Please call (231) 582-5045 for more information. B.F. U nited M ethodist Boyne Falls United Methodist Church regular Sunday Service 9:15 a.m., 3057 Mill Street. Children’s programming held during service. Worship Café and Youth Group on Sundays at 6 p.m. Office hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Phone 231-582-9776. Presbyterian Come as you are this Sunday to worship at First Presbyterian Church at 401 S. Park St., Boyne City. We invite you to share worship at 10:00 a.m. followed by coffee and conversation. Infant nursery/comfort room, toddler nursery, and children’s Sunday School provided. Choir practices at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. First Sundays include communion

(every month) and potluck (during the school year). Office hours are Mon. & Wed. 9-3:30, and Tues. & Thurs. 9-noon. Call (231) 582-7983 for youth group, Bible study, and prayer schedules. Walloon Church On Thursday, April 7, Celebrate Recovery will meet at 7 PM. On Saturday, April 9, there will be a Men’s Ministry Breakfast at 8 AM. On Sunday, April 10, the sermon will be given by Pastor Jeff Ellis titled “The Greatest Sermon Ever Preached – Raise the Standard” from Matthew 5:21-26. Service times are 9 AM and 10:45 AM. There will be Communion and a Benevolent Offering done during both services. There will be infant and toddler nurseries available at both services. Children classes are held during both services. Grades 5 through 7 attend worship service at 9 AM and then have class at 10:45 in room 101. Grades 8 through 11 attend worship service at 9 AM and have class at 10:45 at the Youth Center. At 10:45, there is a class for grade 12 through age 23 in the Discipleship House. Adult classes and small groups will meet during both services. On Monday, April 11, the Philippines Mission Team will arrive home. On Tuesday, April 12, the Women’s Bible Study will meet at 9:15 AM in the Discipleship House. The

Food Pantry will be open from 5 to 6:15 PM. On Wednesday, April 13, the family meal will start at 5:30 PM with classes starting at 6:30 PM. On Thursday, April 14, the Cozy Quilters will meet at 9 AM in room 101. There will be a Day Camp Planning Meeting starting at 6:30 PM in room 101. Celebrate Recovery will meet at 7 PM. For more information, please visit the Church website at or call the church office at 535-2288. G enesis Church B oyne Genesis Church meets in the Boyne Elementary school cafeteria every Sunday from 11am-noon. The have a quality staffed nursery along with

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Kids Clubhouse ministry for ages 4-4th grade. There is coffee and breakfast treats followed by modern song worship and a practical “talk” that relates the Bible to our everyday life. The core values of Genesis Church are Jesus and his Word, sincere relationships, and serving others. You can check out Genesis Church at B oyne Valley Catholic Community First of all Boyne Valley Catholic Community would like to congraduate all of our RCIA candidates who celebrated the Rite of Election in Gaylord this past Sunday. We will be praying for each of you as you travel the last leg of your journey to full communion with the Church. Lenten observations are in full swing at Boyne Valley Catholic Community with many opportunities to enrich our faith. We continue with Little Rock Scripture Studies, Book Club discussions, RCIA, and Whole Community Faith Formation Sessions. During the season of

Lent we also offer Stations of the Cross, Mondays, 7:00pm, at St. Augustine, Boyne Falls and Fridays, 7:00pm, St. Matthews, in Boyne City. On Tuesday evenings, 5:30, BVCC offers a Lenten Talk followed by a Soup and Sandwich Supper, at St. Matthew. Bring a plate of sandwiches to share and join us for fellowship and enlightment. Friday mornings, 8:30, we invite you to participate in the celebration of Mass with Exposition following at 9:00, St. Matthews. Please call the office for more information, 582-7718. B.C. U nited M ehodist Boyne City United Methodist Church regular Sunday Service 11 a.m., 324 South Park Street. Children’s programming held during service. Bible Study on Thursdays 10 a.m. – open to everyone. Office hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Phone 231-582-9776. Beef and chicken pasties are on sale for $2.75 each through the month of April. Call the church office or stop by during office hours.


Marana W. Tost (September 27, 1943 - March 30, 2011) Marana Webber Tost of Harbor Springs passed peacefully on March 30, 2011, in the comfort of her home following an extended illness. Marana loved Harbor Springs and developed beautiful friendships since making her home here more than 30 years ago. Marana grew up in Grosse Pointe Farms, the daughter of William and Elizabeth (Webber) Tost. Marana graduated from The Liggett School. She was employed for many years by J.L. Hudson, where she worked in a variety of departments and became a manager and buyer within women’s fashion. She loved traveling to NYC on buying trips. Many

JL Hudson co-workers remain close friends. Marana enjoyed a variety interests and activities; including NY Times crosswords, tennis, boating, and golf. She excelled in field hockey throughout high school. She was a member of Petoskey-Bay View Country Club and the Country Club of Boyne. Despite taking up golf later in life, she recorded three aces. She was a former club champion at PBVCC. Marana enjoyed the calm seas of Lake Michigan while cruising on Starrship. In the winters, Marana and her partner, Cathy enjoyed spending time in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. Prior to moving to this area, Marana owned and operated a gourmet establishment for a couple of years, which lead to her espousing; “Keep a clean kitchen, eat out.” Teddy Grif-

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fin’s, The NY, Mary Ellen’s Place, Cornichons, The Pier, Bar Harbor and the Sage were a few of her favorites eateries. While she enjoyed fine dining, more important to Marana were the connections she developed with the servers. A generous soul, Marana supported many local, state, and national non-profit organizations, with a deep love and concern for animal welfare. She belonged to numerous organizations including, the Junior League of Detroit, and the Renaissance Circle of the Detroit Zoological Society. Marana’s sharp wit, command of proper English, and sense of humor will be missed by all. Marana is survived by Cathy Kalahar, and their springer spaniels, Starr and Vivi. Also surviving, is brother, William C. Tost and nephew, James

Brooks Tost of Manhattan,


Howard and Jeanne Hague and their family wish to express their deepest appreciation to the Michigan State Police, Mackinac County Sheriff Dept., and all those from both Boyne City and St. Ignace who participated in the search for our beloved Carole. Also to all of Carole’s many friends who gave us support and shared their love through a very trying time and to all who provided the beautiful floral display for her service. Thanks also to Rev. Erik Alsgaard, Rev. David Behling, the Methodist Church choir, the women of both churches who provided our wonderful meals, to Carole’s special friend Sean Ryan and his family and his group of musicians, to Bruce and Carolyn Dodson for their thoughtful and efficient assistance, and finally to St. Matthew’s Church for allowing us to use their sanctuary. NY, her niece, Jennifer Tost (Peter) Masterson Jr. and their two children, of Glen, New Hampshire. Additionally, Marana’s family includes many cousins, from the East Coast and Detroit area. She enjoyed close relationships with the

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families. She touched the lives of many, who were near and dear to her. Marana was preceded by her parents, and her dear friend, Emma Roundtrea of Detroit. Marana and her family extend

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IN LOVING MEMORY a special thank you to her Angel Heart caretakers; Angela, Brenda, Jeni, Kathryn, Mike, and Sheri, who provided the best possible care for her throughout her illness. Also a special thank you to her nurses and therapists; Deb Griffin, Nan Hogan, Gretchen Van Loozen, Sigrid Hansen, Jenny Bryant, Mary Fites, Marie Spiewak, and staff of Hospice of Little Traverse Bay. The Schiller Funeral Home of Harbor Springs assisted the family. The MWT Circle of Love provided hope and healing to Marana and Cathy with their continual prayers and well wishes. A Celebration of Marana’s life will be held at Teddy Griffin’s Road House in June. Suggestions regarding memorial contributions will be provided at that time. On-line condolences may be made at What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly. --Richard Bach Helen G. Erickson (September 20, 1918 - March 30, 2011) Helen G. Erickson, age 92 of Cheboygan passed away Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at Larson Hall. She was born September 20, 1918 in Worcester, MA to Peter and Jose (Sokalauskiute) Boxshus. Helen married Richard C. Erickson in Worcester. Helen worked as a clerk at Filene’s Department Store in Worcester for more than 30 years and retired in 1993. She enjoyed square dancing and vacationing on Cape Cod. She was a very sweet, kind and quiet woman who was loved by everyone who worked with her and knew her. Survivors include her three children, Christine (Greg) Harwick of Cheboygan, Rich (Bonnie) Erickson of Hudsonville, and David Erickson of Worcester and two grandchildren, Elise (Brendan Post) Erickson of Sublimity, OR and Gavin (Amanda) Erickson of Jenison, MI. She was preceded in death by her husband Richard in 1983, her parents, one brother and five sisters. A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions in call on Sunday from 6-8:00 Helen’s name may be directed PM. to the Larson Hall Activities Fund. Nordman-Christine FuThomas G. Slunick neral Home is caring for the (August 27, 1936 - March 29, family. 2011) Thomas G. Slunick passed Peggy L. Young away on March 29th 2011. (August 11, 1932 - March 30, He was born August 27th, 2011) 1936 in Kalamazoo, MI. He Peggy Lois Young 78 of Har- was the son of the late Thomas bor Springs entered into Heav- Slunick and Carrie (Van Beck) en on March 30, 2011 sur- Slunick. Tom married Delores rounded by her loving family. “Dee” Ver Hage in 1956, and Funeral services will take place has four children Terri (Dana) on Mon. April 4th at 11:00 Marks, Madison, WI, Jeff AM at Stutsmanville Chapel. (Vickie) Slunick, Plainwell, Pastor Edward Warner will MI, Steven (Janice) Slunick, officiate. Interment will be in Clarkston, MI, Jill Neese, Lakeview Cemetery at Harbor Plainwell, MI, 6 grandchilSprings. dren, and 2 great- grandchilPeggy was born Aug. 11, 1932 dren. Tom was employed with in Petoskey to Harry and Juan- UpJohn Co. for 38 years and ita (Enbody) Hopkins. She retired as a laboratory technigraduated from Petoskey High cian in February 1994. Tom School in 1950. On July 28, attended St. Paul’s United 1951 she married Keith Ed- Methodist Church in Cheboywin Young and together they gan and enjoyed volunteering worked at the family busi- his time and talents to different ness Petoskey Farm Supply area organizations. A gatherand Young’s Delivery Service. ing of family and friends will She also worked at Nubs Nob take place Sunday, April 3, Ski Resort for 38 years and 2011 at 12:00 noon, immedihad worked at Wequetons- ately following the morning ing Association and at private church services, at St. Paul’s homes. Peggy bowled for United Methodist Church in many years and also enjoyed Cheboygan. camping, reading and knitting. Memorials can be made to Her greatest dedication was to Hospice House of Cheboygan, her family. She will be dearly Hospice of the Straits, or Spemissed by her family, many cial Project Fund of St. Paul friends and co-workers. United Methodist Church. Peggy is survived by her The Nordman-Christian Fubrother Terry (Erika) Hopkins, neral Home is caring for the sister-in-law Doris Hopkins, family. brother-in-law Gilbert Young and her children Lois VanTol, Leland “Lee” W. Arman, Jr. Dennis Young, Linda (Thomas) (March 1, 1947 - March 29, Eaton, Laurie (Kress) Luebke, 2011) Jeffrey (Ann) Young and Terry Leland “Lee” W. Arman, Jr., Young all of Harbor Springs age 64 of Petoskey, died March and Kenny (Sheli) Young of 29, 2011 at Northern Michigan Pellston. Also surviving are Regional Hospital. 20 grandchildren, 12 great Lee was born on March 1, grandchildren and nieces and 1947 in Munising, MI, the son nephews. She was preceeded of Leland and Helen (Kolinin death by her husband Keith, brother Myron Hopkins, sister-in-law Rosalie Young and grandson Jeremy Heynig. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial donations be made to Hospice of Little Traverse Bay. Envelopes will be available at Schiller Funeral Home where friends may

ski) Arman. Lee grew up in Munising, playing little league in his youth with a 400 batting average and graduated from Munising High School in 1965. On September 2, 1966, Lee married Jo Grosskopf and together they made their home in Petoskey. Lee went to work for the City of Petoskey in December of 1968 in the Streets Department, and over his career, worked in various departments. On September 24, 2010, Lee retired from the City of Petoskey as the Supervisor at the Waste Water Treatment Plant. Lee was an avid Baseball fan and coached Little, Major, and Senior League teams in Petoskey. He enjoyed camping, woodworking, building, and tinkering in his garage. Lee is survived by his wife, Jo; 2 children, Scott (Michele) Arman of Flint, MI and Stephanie (Kapua) Kipapa of Boyne City; his mother, Helen Arman; 3 grandchildren, Hannah and Krista Arman and Nalu Kipapa; as well as by several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Leland Arman and by a sister, Karen Mayette. A funeral mass will be held on Friday, April 1st at 10:30am at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Petoskey. The family will receive friends on Thursday, March 31st from 6-8pm at the Stone Funeral Home in Petoskey and again on Friday morning in the St. Francis Xavier Church Gathering Space from 9:30am until the time of service. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Those wishing to make a donation in Lee’s memory are asked to consider the American Heart Association or a charitable cause of your choosing.

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Richard L. “Dick” Kitchen (September 16, 1955 - March 28, 2011) Richard L. “Dick” Kitchen, age 55 of Cheboygan passed away Monday, March 28, 2011 at Cheboygan Memorial Hospital. He was born September 16, 1955 in Cheboygan to Elmer “Deke” and Clara (Chase) Kitchen. On April 7, 1979 in the Upper Peninsula, Dick married Darlene Sanford. Dick worked as a mechanic at Paquette’s Mobile in Mackinaw City, ‘Neath the Birches restaurant in Mackinaw City, Great Lakes Tissue, CSP in Petoskey, Burt Lake Marina and currently at Circuit Control in Petoskey. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. Survivors include his wife Darlene of Cheboygan, five children, Sandy Kitchen of Cheboygan, Deanna Bannatyne of Brutus, Wendy Kitchen of Pellston, Chad (Trina) Kitchen of Cheboygan and Shane Kitchen of Cheboygan, two brothers, Elmer (Teresa) Kitchen and John “Dan” (Shari Reese) Kitchen, both of Cheboygan, four sisters, Linda (Ron) Alder of Newberry, Donna Phillips of Cheboygan, Helen Kitchen of Cheboygan and Mary Kitchen of Levering, 13 grandchildren and one great granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his parents and one grandson, Chad Kitchen, Jr. Visitation will be held today, Thursday, March 31, 2011 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Nordman-Christian Funeral Home followed by the funeral service at 8:00 pm. also at the funeral home. The Rev. Jeff Dinner will officiate. Memorial contributions in Dick’s name may be directed to the Cheboygan County Humane Society.

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Corporal David Perry, a 2002 graduate of Boyne City High School, sent this photo to a close family friend. Perry is stationed in the Middle East as a Combat Engineer with the United States Marine Corps. Perry deployed in September from Camp Pendleton, Calif., and is due back in America later this May. His mother is Candace Bersano, from Petoskey. This photo was submitted by Chris Adkison of Boyne City.

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NAME: Austin Weisler PARENTS’ NAMES: Martin & Deb Weisler GRADE: 11 HOBBIES & INTERESTS: Sports Playing with electronics Hanging out with friends

SCHOOL ACTIVITIES: Track Cross Country Drama Soccer FUTURE PLANS/GOALS: “I plan on going to college. I’m unsure as to where as of yet.” STAFF COMMENTS: “Austin is an excellent all-around student. He always seems to have interesting points to make about topics we discuss in class.” –Mr. Hertel “Austin is a very conscientious student. He is committed to getting a good education for himself. Austin is involved in class discussions and a pleasure to have in class!” –Mrs. Clausen “Austin is a nice young man who works hard in class and is a positive presence in class.” –Mr. Nohel “Austin is a quiet leader in our school building.” –Mrs. Place

Concord Academy Boyne iPad 50/50 program Next fall, high school students at Concord Academy Boyne will have the opportunity to purchase, with the help of the school, a new Apple iPad to bolster their academic success. The innovative feature about this program is that the student owns the device, not the school. “We pay half, you pay half, and you own it,” said the school’s Administrator, Larry Kubovchick. “We are at a point of needing to upgrade our technological capacity, but our budget is limited. So, this is a way we can share the cost and provide a powerful educational tool to our students.” The school believes that owning the device and bearing half its cost will encourage students to exercise care and maximize effective use of the iPads. The result, hopes the school, is increased learning – academic achievement. iPad is an industry leader in tablet PCs with

literally thousands of apps written for it, many of which are focused on education. “I’m looking forward to seeing every high school class filled with iPads next fall,” said Kubovchick. Concord Academy Boyne was founded in 1995 as a Michigan Public School Academy (charter school). Tuition is free; enrollment is open; and results are high (CAB has received 5 consecutive As on its Michigan School Report Card and ranked in the 91st percentile on Michigan’s 2010 Top to Bottom list). The school’s mission is to integrate a strong fine arts program into the traditional academic curriculum. The Student iPad 50/50 Program is another example of what makes CAB special. For further information and questions, call CAB at 231582-0194 or visit us on the web at


Concord Academy of Boyne has announced plans to offer a program wherein you will be able to purchase an Apple iPad at half-price if you are a student of the school as of next school year. Call (231) 582-0194 for more information.

Earth-friendly crafts and activities for kids (ARA) - Nature offers many beautiful gifts and wonders to explore, and parents can help get kids outside to discover them when they step away from the television or computer screen. Here are a few fun ways to encourage your children to explore nature. A growing trend As more Americans are discovering every year, gardening is a great way to enjoy nature. Kids will enjoy starting plants from seed or picking out starter plants at the nursery and watching them grow and develop. Even a small container garden on a balcony or patio can yield tomatoes for salsa, flowers for an entire season or strawberries galore. Cook up your favorite recipes with home grown ingredients and donate any excess produce to local food banks. For the more adventurous gardener, help your kids plant a "vertical garden." In the style of famed French artist and botanist Patrick Blanc, grow your flowers and vegetables in a fun new way. Try filling a canvas hanging shoe organizer with a light-weight potting mix and filling each pocket with one of your favorite plants. Have fun using tomatoes, bell peppers, marigolds, strawberries, vinca vines or impatiens. Poke a drainage hole in each pocket and hang the entire organizer on your back fence or balcony. Water daily, and in just a few weeks you will be enjoying your own living art piece.

Find a local community garden or gardening co-op and volunteer with your family to help with weeding, watering, planting or harvesting. Nature's bounty Yard waste? Not when you can reuse and repurpose. Find the beauty in what nature provides by creating new uses for things that would otherwise be considered waste. Large sticks make great garden stakes for plants that need a little extra support, like tomatoes. Smaller sticks can be written on or carved into (by an adult) for an inexpensive way to label plants in the garden or pots. How about using leaves for gift tags or place cards? Kids will love writing names on the leaves with a little paint and a fine-tipped brush or metallic pen. Then, simply punch a hole in one end and tie with a decorative piece of raffia or ribbon for a personalized touch to any gift or place setting. Flowers from your pots or garden don't have to fade away - they can be easily dried for use in homemade potpourri, candles or soap. Give a worm a job Many of us know that composting is a great way to reuse what Mother Nature has given us. Even a small compost bin will fill up quickly with kitchen scraps and yard waste. This waste can be used produce a nice compost mix for next year's garden - especially if you add some red worms to the compost bin. Worms are nature's little composters. They make com-

posting more fun, interesting and efficient by breaking down organic matter into nutrient-rich vermicast allowing your family to compost kitchen scraps easily, and reduce the amount of garbage produced each year. Red worms can be purchased inexpensively from many garden centers or online outlets. A small bin will require about 2 pounds of red worms to get the job done. The art of recycling Recycling is a great way to reduce waste. It's likely you already have a recycling bin next to the garbage can. Chances are, however, that your kids do not see those recyclables as art - it is time to change their minds. Reusing and recycling everyday objects not only reduces waste but, with a little imagination, can also provide hours of creative fun. Make something together that will bring years of enjoyment to your home or landscape. Make a bottle tree to enhance the garden or balcony. Since the invention of bottles, people have found ways to use them as decorations. Used as a way to explore the beauty of glass or ward off (or attract) spirits, bottle trees have been "planted" across the planet in various forms for thousands of years. To build your own bottle tree, collect colorful glass bottles from your recycling bin or from friends, family or even local restaurants. For a "tree" form, use steel re-bar, sturdy wire, wood, fallen limbs or

dying trees. Simply remove labels from bottles and wash out. Then, hang the bottles from your form - use your bottle tree purely as a decoration or as a nice support for vine-like plants such as morning glory or tomatoes. Preserving nature in photos A digital camera may not seem like a device to get your kids outside, but they can be acquired quite inexpensively and are a great tool with which to view nature and animals. Go on walks in the yard, neighborhood, a local park or zoo and click away. Zoom in or change the angle of the camera for new perspectives. By simply changing the way that we look at things like

flowers, animals, trees and even bugs, cameras provide an up-close and personal view of the world that you would not otherwise get to see. Use your photos for great screen savers on the computer, make photo collages or print them out for uniquely fantastic artworks to frame. Any way you use them, you will have preserved a little piece of nature and will have great memories for years to come. Once you and your kids start exploring nature together, you will discover hours of fun for the entire family. Mother Nature may more to offer than you realized.

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105th District Rep. Greg MacMaster legislative update The two most discussed issues involve Governor Snyder’s proposal to end the tax exemption on pensions and the School MACMASTER Aid Fund bill. My position on the end to the pension exemption is that I empathize with concerns about ending the exemption on seniors’ hard-earned and well-deserved pensions. In these tough times it is often difficult to make ends meet, particularly on a fixed income. However, the State of Michigan has been having a hard time of making ends meet as well, In spite of governmental cuts and other measures, Michigan still finds itself in a financial hole. For far too long the problems have been passed on from one administration to another or one session of the Legislature to the next, without objective and effective solutions being proposed. It’s time for those sorts of delays to end. As Governor Snyder said in presenting his budget and tax plan, we must have shared sacrifice to reinvent Michigan. His proposal is asking those receiving a pension to make a sacrifice, as Michigan is one of a just a handful of states that does not impose a tax on pensions. I must stress that I am still studying the Governor’s plan, and have not yet decided as to how I will vote on every section of the proposal. It is possible that cuts could be found elsewhere that would preclude ending the tax exemption. If that is possible, it will have my full support. Regarding the School Aid bill, the Legislature is still looking at the entire budget and State Education Funding Act, both of which are very detailed. After my initial perusal of the budget and bill, however, I can tell you that the Governor has offered some options. For example, he suggests consolidation of non-instructional services with other entities (school districts and municipalities) to take financial pressure off school districts. There is also a bill that would require school districts to seek bids on non-instructional services with an eye toward privatization, but there is no mandate that the districts must accept the lowest bids; the current busing, food service and custodial staff could remain the same. Governor Snyder, in looking forward, proposed a $300 million pot in the next fiscal year (FY 13) as an incentive for districts to adopt a health care payment balance like that of state employees - that being proposed of 10 percent to 20 percent paid by the employees and the rest by the school. Currently some districts have employees paying nothing, or just a few percent toward their health care benefits.

Again, from his proposal: Finally, school personnel and administrators should heed the words of Michigan Department of Education Superintendent Mike Flanagan’s reaction to the budget plan. He says the Governor’s plan “asks with a good heart and a good plan for sacrifices.” He advises local school officials to not panic, but instead “take a deep breath and think about the alternatives in a smart way.” I share concerns that taking money from K-12 funds and redirecting it to the Higher Education Fund should be reconsidered. Colleges and universities have means by which additional money can be generated, such as tuition increases. Those options do not exist in K-12 funding, and I will investigate means by which those redirected monies can be restored to K-12 funding. In short, I am asking that the Legislature be allowed time to digest the vast changes that Governor Snyder put forth in his proposal. I realize that school districts in Northern Michigan are already underfunded compared to the larger districts elsewhere in the state, and are already at a funding disadvantage. I echo Superintendent Flanagan’s advice not to panic. Such panic would seem premature as we digest the details of the plan. MacMaster bills in committee My first two bills, all dealing with how the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Department of Environmental Quality regulate permits, came before the House Regulatory Committee last week. In summary, the bills would require the two departments to show scientific rationale for denial of permits; before creating new rules, the agencies would have to prepare a cost benefit analysis and a fiscal analysis outlining the impact of the rule; and would enable the holder of a permit to meet with a representative from the DNR or DEQ and discuss enforcement and possible resolution of issues, and would allow the permit holder to continue operating under their permit until a resolution is reached. Gov. Snyder’s proposals under legislative review With the details of Gov. Snyder’s budget plan now public, many residents have been contacting my office with questions and concerns. Please note that the governor’s proposals are as new to the Legislature as they are to you. Gov. Snyder’s plan outlines major reforms to the structure of Michigan’s budget and I am committed to giving each suggestion full consideration. I remain open to these and other ideas in the interest of enacting a budget that best provides for current and future residents of our great state. Key to my consideration of any budget proposal is the effect it may have on job creation. Michigan’s current budget crisis is, at its roots, a jobs

crisis and I will continue working on initiatives that foster economic growth through job creation. I appreciate the constructive feedback I have received so far and welcome input from recipients of this newsletter. Local opinions are of critical importance to me in my position as your state Representative. Documentation on the governor’s plan can be found on the state’s website. House Republicans off to a fast start reforming Michigan In the first six weeks since being sworn in to office, House Republicans have led the charge to reduce burdensome government regulation on job providers, promote tourism and protect municipalities from fiscal crisis as well as encouraging agricultural innovation and environmental protection. As of today, 13 bills have been passed, compared with just one bill on this date two years ago. Committee assignments for the 96th Legislature were made on Jan. 12, the day legislators were sworn into office. Committee work then began weeks before it started at the beginning of last session. The first bill was through committee and approved by the full House this session on Feb. 10. Two years ago, the House did not pass its first bill until Feb. 24. In the first six weeks of session, the House has approved 13 bills and 21 resolutions. They include a number of initiatives that Gov. Rick Snyder addressed in his State of the State in mid-January, when he said he looked forward to working with the Legislature on getting things done quickly. Bills approved as of today include: House Bills 4214-18 and 4246, addressing Emergency Manager laws that are designed to help protect municipalities from entering a fiscal crisis and providing Emergency Managers with the power needed to make positive changes; HBs 4212-13, providing incentives for farmers to follow environmentally sound practices through the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program; HB 4004, approving the sale of state property to the city of Jonesville so an unused railway line can be used for a local recreation project; HB 4158, eliminating the cumber-

some and costly item-pricing law while preserving consumer protection provisions; HB 4160, providing additional funding for the Pure Michigan tourism campaign; HB 4135, establishing a seat on the Detroit Pension Board for a retiree from that system; Senate Bill 20, prohibiting onerous ergonomics regulations that are more stringent than federal law. The House also has approved 21 resolutions that include expressing opposition to the possible ban of firearm hunting and snowmobiling in the Huron-Manistee National Forest and demanding action from the U.S. government on preventing Asian Carp from entering the Great Lakes. Hardest Hit Program helps homeowners Many Michigan homeowners are in danger of losing their homes. Using federal funds awarded through the Help for Hardest Hit Program, the Michigan Homeowner Assistance Non-Profit Housing Corporation (MHA), acting through Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) developed the following programs: · The Unemployment Mortgage Subsidy Program assists homeowners in retaining ownership of their home by subsidizing their mortgage payments and correcting a mortgage delinquency during their time of unemployment. · The Mortgage Loan Rescue Program provides funds that can be applied toward an eligible homeowner’s delinquent mortgage payments, delinquent property taxes and any accrued escrow shortages. · The Principal Curtailment Program will help homeowners who need to modify their existing mortgage loan in order to have an affordable, lower monthly mortgage payment. Currently, homeowners in need of one of the programs must apply through their participating servicer. However, in order for Michigan to accommodate the larger numbers of homeowners working with the larger services, an on-line loan portal system has been developed that will allow the homeowner to apply right from their own home. The on-line loan portal is now op-

erational. Those who are in need of one of the Hardest Hit programs may apply on-line at www. Those of you who do not have Internet access can call the call center at 866-946-7432; the call center staff will take their application over the phone. More information about the Help for Hardest Hit programs can be found on the Step Forward Michigan Web site mentioned above. Governor provides citizen’s guide to understanding state financial health Credit: In the interest of true transparency, Gov. Snyder has unveiled a state website designed to lay out state government finances in a clear and comprehensive manner for the population at large.

A person shouldn’t have to be a CPA to understand the flow of taxpayer dollars through state government. The Citizen’s Guide includes sections on how tax dollars are used, how changes in state demographics affect revenue, and how today’s budget decisions affect future finances. Alongside his guide, the governor has also provided tools which can be used by local government to create similar guides. Snyder hopes that governments which do not have the resources to report their finances will make good use of his tool. Both the Citizen’s Guide and the Local Transparency Tool can be found at Michigan Department of Human Services answers Republican call for bridge card reform Credit: Starting in April, college students taking advantage of taxpayer-paid food assistance will no longer be able do so except in cases of true need. This important policy change was among the first major acts of new Michigan Department of Human Services Director, Maura D. Corrigan.

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BUSINESS Stress-busters for the sandwich generation

Ruth Skop Manages Edward Jones Investments of Boyne City You may be too busy to realize it, but April is Stress Awareness Month. Sponsored by the Health Resource Network, a nonprofit health education group, Stress Awareness Month is designed to promote awareness about ways to reduce stress in our lives.

And if you’re a member of the so-called “Sandwich Generation,” you may well have plenty of stress to deal with — especially financial stress. And that’s why you may want to look at this month as an opportunity to explore ways of “de-stressing” yourself. To understand the scope of the problem facing people in your situation, consider this: One out of every eight Americans aged 40 to 60 is raising a child while caring for an aging parent, according to the Pew Research Center. The definition of “eldercare” can range from having the parent living in one’s home to helping pay for the parent’s stay in an assisted living or nursing home facility. When you consider the costs involved in this type of care, added to the expenses of raising your children and possibly even providing some financial support to them as young adults, it’s

easy to see how you could potentially face enormous strains, both emotionally and financially. To help ease this burden, consider these suggestions: Save As a Sandwich Generation m e m b e r, you’re probably within shouting distance of your own retirement — so you need to save for it. This may not be easy. You don’t know how much financial support you may someday have to provide your elderly parents — and even after your children are grown, they may need some help from you. Unfortunately, in helping these “boomerang” children, many people disrupt their day-to-day cash flow

and raid their savings. That’s why it’s important to try to “pay yourself first” by deferring part of each paycheck into a 401(k) and by automatically moving money each month from your checking or savings account into an IRA. Talk Many people in the “Greatest Generation” (over age 80) have not even prepared a will. If your parents are in that group, you may want to talk to them about taking action. Also, find out who, if anyone, is handling their investments. And ask if your parents understand how Medicare works and if they need to add supplemental health insurance, such as Medigap.

Plus, you need to find out if your parents have created a power of attorney or health care directive. It’s best to have these conversations sooner rather than later. Delegate You eventually may have to take some responsibility for your parents’ care — but you don’t have to do it alone. You could, for example, work with a financial services provider that offers trust services, which can be invaluable if your parents are incapacitated and useful even if they aren’t. A professional trust officer can, among other duties,

help manage your parents’ investments, pay their bills, keep their records and supervise distribution of their assets to beneficiaries. In short, a qualified trust officer can make life a lot easier for you. Stress Awareness Month lasts only 30 days, but by taking the right steps, you can destress yourself for many years to come. After all, just because you’re in the Sandwich Generation, it doesn’t mean you have to be “squished.” This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

Boyne Trading Company opens mid-May JOSH SAMPSON STAFF WRITER A new business coming to Boyne City is looking to outfit residents with local flair. Petoskey native Melanie “Lonnie” Johnson is opening Boyne Trading Company, a store that focuses on regional influence. “I will be selling sportswear and other garments,” Johnson said. Clothes will sport logos ranging from “Boyne Wear,” to “Up North.” “There is a lot of potential in Boyne City for many different name drops, and there is a lot of local support here,” Johnson said. Johnson worked at the Charlevoix Screen Masters for 15 years under Roger and Annette Nesburg, who have owned

the establishment for over 25 years. “Charlevoix Screen Masters will be my supplier,” Johnson said. “I will be using them to purchase the items I need.” Johnson said Boyne City is a growing community, and this aspect garnered her interest when looking for an area to locate her business. “I am familiar with a lot of the business owners in Boyne City,” Johnson said. “I think it is a wonderful community.” She added, “The chamber is doing a lot of great things for the area.” Boyne Trading Company will be a store for the customers of Boyne, Johnson said, so residents will have a chance to tell her about their likes and dislikes. “I need to know what the cus-

tomers want,” Johnson said. “I want to know how I can help people make it work for them.” While clothing is a big part of her business, Johnson said she will be offering so much more. “It's very important for people to come into the store and feel comfortable,” she said. “I want people to spend time in here and get the feel for the store.” Johnson went on to say the community has been helpful in her endeavor. “I've never been to a community that has been so comfortable,” she said. “I know that if I need help, then the resources are there.” The Boyne Trading Company is located at 109 Water St., Suite A, and it will open sometime in mid-May.

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The Boyne City Gazette and Boyne District Library are working together to compile a database of old Boyne City Photos. Once scanned, this photos are intended to be made available for public use, free of charge. FINANCIAL ••• SERVICES Anyone with any pictures that they would like to share may drop them off at one of the following locations: -The Boyne City Gazette - 5 West Main St. (Ste. #7) Boyne City, MI 49712 -Boyne District Library - 201 East Main St. Boyne City, MI 49712 If you wish that they be returned, please include your address or phone number. ••• If you wish to make other arrangements, or have any questions, please contact Boyne City Gazette Historian Edward May III at edmay@ or call The Boyne City Gazette at (231) 582-2799.

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to your health NMRHS Men’s Support Northern Michigan Regional Health System Launches Support Group for Men with Prostate Cancer Northern Michigan Regional Health System is launching a new program for men with prostate cancer. The “Man to Man” program, developed by the American Cancer Society, helps men cope with prostate cancer through health lectures and education, books and other resources, and support for patients and their family members. A core component of the program is the self-help and/or support group. Volunteers organize these free monthly meetings where speakers and participants learn about and discuss prostate cancer, treatment, side effects, and how to cope with a prostate cancer diagnosis and its treatment. The first meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19, 2011, in the Community Health Education Center, located across the parking lot from the main entrance to Northern Michigan Regional Hospital. It will be facilitated by Kirk Parent, manager of Radiation Therapy. For more information, please call (231) 4874000.

A confident look starts with your smile (ARA) - Whether it’s hitting the gym or heading to the salon, many people are looking for ways to get the right look as the warmer and more active months approach. But looking good is more about confidence than anything else. The way you feel about yourself influences the impression you make on others. One of the best places to start building your confidence is your smile, but for denture wearers, finding this confidence can sometimes be a problem. According to a recent Fixodent survey, women aged 40 and older expressed concerns about wearing dentures when eating and talking. In this survey, three in five women said

their worries about wearing dentures would be eased if there was a guarantee that they would stay in place. Of those sampled who wear dentures, 17 percent say wearing dentures has made them less likely to eat in public. With the right care you can keep your smile bright and your confidence sky high when wearing dentures, carrying on with your normal habits without fear of embarrassment. Here are a few tips for denture wearers to follow on your way to becoming more confident: * When eating, chew evenly on both sides of your mouth to provide equal pressure. This will help prevent your dentures from falling out. If you’re new to wear-

ing dentures, start with soft foods and work your way up to chewier foods as you feel more confident. Cutting your food into smaller bites can also help you feel confident when eating. * If you are having issues with speaking in public while wearing your dentures, practice at home to help you gain confidence. It may also help to bite and swallow before speaking, as it can help set your dentures so they are in the proper place and don’t interrupt normal speaking patterns. * Just like you should brush your teeth at least twice a day, cleaning your dentures daily will keep your smile bright so you won’t be afraid to show it off. Clean your dentures with a brush and cleans-

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Is your baby’s developmental delay ‘normal’ or a symptom of autism? (ARA) - More children will receive an autism diagnosis this year than will be diagnosed with AIDS, diabetes and cancer combined, according to the Autism Speaks organization. You’ve probably heard or read at least some of the often-emotional debate over the causes and cures of autism. Yet one thing everyone agrees on is that the sooner a child’s autism is diagnosed, the sooner that child can get the help he or she needs. The nation’s fastest-growing developmental disorder, autism affects an estimated one in every 110 children. With such a high incidence rate, many parents may agonize over any developmental delays, wondering if what they see is just the normal variances in children’s development rates - or an indication of a more serious disorder. Dr. Rebecca Landa, head of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, recommends concerned parents act early, rather than waiting to see if developmental delays resolve themselves. Early intervention can have a big impact on the development of children with autism. “Our research suggests that the ‘wait and

see’ method, which is often recommended to concerned parents, could lead to missed opportunities for early intervention,” Dr. Landa says. “By identifying these early signs of autism and acting early, we are providing toddlers with tools and skills to increase social opportunities throughout their lifetime and positioning them to have the best possible outcomes.” Researchers at the Institute have recently made major advances that now allow the signs of autism to be detected in children as young as age 1. Parents concerned about their child’s developmental delays should look for these early warning signs: * Little or no attempt to attract attention - It’s typical for infants and toddlers to seek the attention of those around them. Attention-seeking tactics can range from making silly facial expressions, moving their limbs and making babbling sounds in babies younger than 1, to talking and acting silly in children older than 12 months. Children who don’t attempt to attract the attention of others in these ways could be at risk for autism. * Poor eye contact - By the time they’re 2 months old, infants can make direct eye

contact with an adult. Children who later develop autism often avoid making eye contact and are more interested in staring at objects or other facial features such as the mouth. * Poor or no response to own name - By 6 months, typical children will respond when an adult calls their name. Parents should be concerned if their child infrequently or inconsistently responds to his name. * Delayed speech/babbling - Delayed babbling and then delayed spoken language is one of the most recognizable signs that a child’s development is delayed. Children should be babbling as young as 6 months. * Doesn’t mimic facial expressions - As early as 2 months old, babies mimic the facial expressions of others, smiling when someone smiles at them. When a baby does not voluntarily reciprocate a parent’s smile, it’s a red flag for autism. * Engages in unusual play - Unusual play is another red flag. For example, a child might spin, flick or line up toys and objects in a purposeless, repetitive way. This can become more noticeable as children reach 2 or 3 years old. * Unusual body movements - Parents can

often easily identify differences in how a child moves. Children with autism might repeatedly stiffen their arms or legs, flap their hands or arms, twist their wrists or move in other unusual ways. * Repetitive language - Children with autism may engage in repetitive language. These children may be able to recite the ABCs before they can make word combinations. * Does not express desire to share interests - At 9 to 12 months old, and in some cases earlier, children want to show or share their interests with others. They might point to something and wait for a parent to react, or hold up a toy to see and comment on it. A child with autism may not attempt to engage socially in this way. * Disinterested in imitating others - Babies and toddlers love to imitate the actions of others; it’s how they learn to laugh, eat and play. An early warning sign of autism is often a child’s disinterest in imitating others. A child might occasionally mimic others, but more often observes rather than imitates. To learn more about early detection research, visit

Preventing the (financial) health risk of identity theft (ARA) You make healthy choices throughout your lifestyle, from eating a diet low in fat and salt to getting plenty of rest and 60 minutes of vigorous exercise every day. You even take care of your mental health, avoiding excess stress and spending as much time as possible with loved ones. But how often do you consider your financial well-being, and how it could affect your overall health if something compromises it? Financial matters are major stres-

sors for many Americans, especially as the economy continues its slow climb out of recession and unemployment rates remain high. While you work to preserve your physical and mental health, it makes sense to take steps to protect yourself from one of the most disturbing and increasingly common types of financial problems - identity theft. Nearly 12 million people experienced at least one attempted or successful incident of identity theft in the last year, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Of that group, more than 2 million people rated the experience as severely distressing, the bureau reports. And having damaged credit could make it difficult to secure and pay for the services that help you pre-

serve your physical health. While nothing can ever guarantee you won’t be a victim of identity theft, you can take steps to minimize your risk. Give your financial well-being a workout with these identity theft prevention tips: * Monitor your credit report. Many identity theft prevention experts agree that checking your credit once a year isn’t enough. Consider using an identity theft protection product, like ProtectMyID, which monitors your credit, scans the Internet for your information, and alerts you to more than 50 indicators of fraud that may be a sign your identity has been compromised. The product also provides $1 million in insurance and assistance from identity theft resolution agents in the event your identity

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is compromised while you are a member. * Shred documents before disposing of them, including preapproved credit card offers, convenience checks, balance forward checks, and anything that contains personal or financial information. Going through trash is still one of the most common ways identity thieves gain access to information. * Safeguard your Social Security number. Never carry your SS card in your wallet, and never have the number imprinted on your driver’s license, personal checks or any other card. Be wary of who you give the number to. When an individual or company requests your SSN, you do not have to automatically share it. Ask them why they need it and if they will accept an

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As I thought of this specter of dread that faced my friend I came to blame such lack of thought on just that – lack of thinking. All too often my generation is viewed by younger ones as being from another time; old-fashioned in our ways, ‘stuck-in-the-mud’, ‘not with it’, ‘stuck in the past’ and so on. This might be very much the truth if it weren’t for our children, grand children and great grand children. Because of them today’s world is also ours. My memory stretches back to those early days when the telephone was an unbelievable invention. After centuries of having a hand written letter as the only means to contact someone living away, the use of wires strung on poles along our dirt roads was exciting beyond words. The tiny town of Grand Rapids, Ohio, on the Maumee River where my husband was born, still used the ‘party line’ when we were in our thirties. As many as twelve homes would be connected to the same telephone service, each having their own special ‘ring’. Thus two long and a short would ring at the Smith’s while two shorts and a long would ring at their neighbors across the fields. No electronic ‘switch’ board facilitated the calls but a person known as the ’operator’ would receive and route incoming calls. It was not unusual to have the operator’s office in her home. The opportunity to ‘listen in’ was often enjoyed and gossip enabling. Gradually telephone service became private. It changed our world. Those who here-to-fore had been


FROM PAGE 2 off your husband is writing out his thoughts on the topic of your argument. Then when you are cool you can read his thoughts and respond, in writing. You’ll


FROM PAGE 2 lized, and later liberated Kuwait in Operation Desert Storm. Marines participated in combat operations in Somalia (1992–1995) during Operations Restore Hope, Restore Hope II, and United Shield to provide humanitarian relief. Global War on Terrorism Marines from 1st Battalion 7th Marines enter a palace in Baghdad Following the 11 September 2001 attacks President George W. Bush announced the War on Terrorism. The stated objective of the Global War on Terror is “the defeat of AlQaeda, other terrorist groups and any nation that supports or harbors terrorists.” Since then, the Marine Corps, alongside other military and federal agencies, has engaged in global operations around the world in support of that mission. Operation Enduring Freedom Marines and other American forces began staging in Pakistan and Uzbekistan on the border of Afghanistan as early as October 2001 in

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isolated from neighbors and towns were able to be in contact with the world. ‘Long distant’ calls were expensive. I remember the three minute egg timer my father sat on the telephone stand. If for some special reason Mother found it necessary to call her family one hundred twenty miles south of our home Father would turn the little hour glass over in front of her as she rang the operator. As its sand slowly dribbled from the top to the bottom half of the timer mother could visibly see how much of her three minute allotment remained. There never was any thought of turning the timer over and allowing her another three minutes. The cost was prohibitive! And so the telephone changed our country. Public phone booths appeared all over, on street corners, walls of public buildings, theaters, bus stations etc. In Chicago near the university they were mounted on telephone poles with overhead blue lights to designate their location. Actually these were an early type of 911 devices. You always carried a few coins in a pocket in case you might have to call home to check on something or if help was required. Where are the pay phones and booths today? Oh, that’s right – we have our cell phone with us. That something could possibly replace the telephone as we knew it back then was unthinkable. Yet, just this week I cancelled my landline telephone as an unnecessary expense is this time and age. My tiny palm sized cell phone is far more practical and costs much less. It has only one problem and that is me. As it doesn’t have a line holding it in place

I have had to develop a plan as to how I am to know where it is at all times. It seems to have a habit of getting away from me. That is impossible as there are no legs for it to use for such an escape. But the cell phone is not the only absolutely unconceivable replacement for the wonderful telephone of the early 1900s. The Internet has had a far more expansive reception worldwide. The postage stamp, the Pony Express, the railroad’s Mail Car, the airplane’s international delivery are all being dominated by E-mail, web sites, community gathering sites such as Twitter, Facebook and hundreds more. Christmas card lists have diminished or disappeared as all types of greeting cards are available online. You choose, supply the address and add your personal remarks and it is on its way. Your computer will even remind you of an approaching birthday, anniversary or such. Jobs have been diminished and at the same time recreated. Book keepers and secretaries as they functioned a generation ago have been replaced by computer savvy techs. Not only are verbal and sight methods of communications being augmented and even replaced but large corporations and companies are now advertising and even selling their services and products via Internet. This is causing the demise of the small family owned business. Today’s computer has become our social world. Recent reports indicate one out of five marriages today is the result of an online ‘meet’. For those of us who live in small towns, such as Boyne City, we find doors opening into

worlds we are thousands of miles away from as only books, speakers and movies could do for earlier generations. Today’s books can be down-loaded from the Internet as well as music. Even pictures and photographs can be shared with those far away. Instant messages and photographs of those in conversation are enjoyed by on-line ‘chat’ services. A friend of mine with a daughter and her family in Thailand keeps in touch with them in this manner. My own experience of venturing into this new, expansive horizon has garnered friendships that will enrich my life for those years yet to come. It has allowed me to publish two books and meet people in the world of literature I would never have dreamed of knowing. I have such friends in far places; Texas, Oregon, California, New York, Florida, Virginia (Leighton), Wisconsin, Illinois and Pennsylvania. And most importantly I met Ray, a Michiganer, on line. Both of us have been able to let go of the terrible loneliness that surrounded us upon the deaths of our life long spouses and find companionship and a reason to live. All this continuous readjustment to the changes in the world of communications for those my age and older has come about not because of us but rather because of our children and grandchildren who have pushed, shoved and patiently taught us the ‘hows’ of moving ahead as the world changes. Originally terrified I would hit a wrong key on the strange thing that sat on my desk and it would blow apart, I find myself accepting the fact that without it my life would leap back

into the past which is vanishing. And it was all this that the decision makers in the immense VA hospital in Virginia announced to their seriously ill patient that he was to live without. Such an announcement proved as trauma producing as if they had told him he had only a week or two to live. His call to me was one of panic, desperation and fear. Fortunately with a time of prayer during a sleepless night he was able to bring his amazing mental abilities back into focus and find a way to repute such a direction. This morning’s phone calls have assured me that within two weeks he will be in an assisted care situation which allows the use of a personal computer within his own living quarters. Our friendship as well as his many others will continue, he will be able to conduct his business activities, farm, play bridge and prepare his twice-monthly sermons. There was laughter and music in his voice as he excitedly recounted all that lies ahead for him. I write this story in an effort to remind those of you who may not have thought about the changes prevalent in today’s world and their long range affects in all of our lives to help those you may know who may be faced with losing their access to cyber-space. Be certain they are allowed to keep it within their reach. Its mail, Web sites, Facebook, Twitter, Pogo, Google and so on are today’s Pony Express, letter, post card, telegram and telephone. They bring those we love into our lives and expand our horizons. Anne

have a chance to express yourself without hurting him or becoming too emotional. You can review what you’ve written and rewrite if needed. Give yourself some time between sharing your written thoughts. Yes, your conversation will take more time,

but it will be productive rather than hurtful. Always include something positive in your writing and repeat it when you do talk. Your written plan for communication should include how and when you speak on the topic again. This might be when

you’ve both written agreeing that you can now discuss the issue. This process seems stilted and it will not seem natural, but it is designed to take the emotion and immediacy out of communication and allow you to con-

tinue to develop as an individual and a couple. All the best - Rose If YOU have questions or comments for Rose, E-mail: messageinabottle. or send your letter to Boyne City Gazette 5 West Main St. (Ste. #7) Boyne City, MI 49712

preparation for Operation Enduring Freedom. The 15th and 26th Marine Expeditionary Units were the first conventional forces into Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in November 2001, and in December, the Marines seized Kandahar International Airport.[51] Since then, Marine battalions and squadrons have been rotating through, engaging Taliban and Al-Qaeda forces. In June 2009, 7000 Marines with the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade deployed to Afghanistan in an effort to improve security. In 2002, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) was stood up at Camp Lemonier, Djibouti to provide regional security. Despite transferring overall command to the Navy in 2006, the Marines continued to operate in the Horn of Africa into 2007.[54] Operation Iraqi Freedom Most recently, the Marines have served prominently in the Iraq War. The I Marine Expeditionary Force, along with the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division, spearheaded the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

The Marines left Iraq in the summer of 2003, but returned for occupation duty in the beginning of 2004. They were given responsibility for the Anbar Province, the large desert region to the west of Baghdad. During this occupation, the Marines spearheaded both assaults on the city of Fallujah in April (Operation Vigilant Resolve) and November 2004 (Operation Phantom Fury). Their time in Iraq has also courted controversy with the Haditha incident and the Hamdania incident. They currently continue to operate throughout Iraq. Organization The Department of the Navy, led by the Secretary of the Navy, oversees both the Marine Corps and the Navy. The most senior Marine officer is the Commandant of the Marine Corps, responsible for organizing, recruiting, training, and equipping the Marine Corps so that it is ready for operation under the command of the Unified Combatant Commanders. The Marine Corps is organized into four principal subdivisions: Head-

quarters Marine Corps (HQMC), the Operating Forces, the Supporting Establishment, and the Marine Forces Reserve (MARFORRES or USMCR). The Operating Forces are further subdivided into three categories: Marine Corps Forces (MARFOR) assigned to unified commands, Marine Corps Security Forces guarding high-risk naval installations, and Marine Corps Security Guard detachments at American embassies. Under the “Forces for Unified Commands” memo, Marine Corps Forces are assigned to each of the regional unified commands at the discretion of the Secretary of Defense with the approval of the President. Since 1991, the Marine Corps has maintained component headquarters at each of the regional unified combatant commands.[58] Marine Corps Forces are further divided into Marine Forces Command (MARFORCOM) and Marine Forces Pacific (MARFORPAC), each headed by a Lieutenant General. MARFORCOM has operational

control of the II Marine Expeditionary Force; MARFORPAC has operational control of the I Marine Expeditionary Force and III Marine Expeditionary Force.[24] The Supporting Establishment includes Marine Corps Combat Development Command (MCCDC), Marine Corps Recruit Depots, Marine Corps Logistics Command, Marine bases and air stations, Recruiting Command, and the Marine Band. Relationship with other services In general, the Marine Corps shares many resources with the other branches of the United States military. However, the Corps has consistently sought to maintain its own identity with regards to mission, funding, and assets, while utilizing the support available from the larger branches. While the Marine Corps has far fewer installations both in the US and worldwide than the other branches, most Army posts, Naval stations, and Air Force bases have a Marine presence.

Talkin’ ‘bout my generation in debut of ‘So It Goes’ I would like to tell you a story if you’ll listen. It is a story about the youth of today. I went to a young adult’s night recently ‘So It Goes’ JOSH SAMPSON with a few friends. The club was decorated in all of that technological splendor a 21st century person knows: flat screen TVs, touchscreen ATMs, and beer taps that look like the central controls to a spaceship. An electronic gizmo on the ceiling shot green beams of light in small rays over the crowd on the dance floor. I thought it was very interesting. The DJ, a man wearing 80s sunglasses and a sweatshirt, stood near the back. He said things in his microphone to

get the crowd moving like, “How many of y’all got exes?” This is the equivalent of asking, “How many y’all are human?” Of course, a roar from the crowd pushed him further down the road of obscure questioning. I didn’t mind. I thought it was very interesting. I saw a woman, who I can only describe as a linguist of dance. She moved, turned, spun, twirled, kicked, and did many other movements I couldn’t comprehend. Her diction was her choice in moves, and her prose flowed eloquently together like a piece of music. For a moment, I was mesmerized. Around her were the normal batch of young dancers, such people who performed the “bump n’ grind.” This dance move has been troubling parents since its inception. Another case of, “We know what they’re up to,” without knowing anything at all. I’m indifferent because I’m not

partial to how one dances. If that’s how you groove, then that’s how you groove. Over the course of a few hours, though, I was able to see how young adults function. I wanted to tell you this because I think the the youth of today gets a bad rap. I don’t think we’re irresponsible at all. While it’s possible no one ever said we were, legislation doesn’t seem to support it. I’ll reinforce my argument by referring to what age-limitations consist of: driver’s licenses, drinking ages, work criteria, cigarettes, selective services, curfews, tattoos, piercings, and these are just a few. I mean, only a year ago I couldn’t buy alcohol. I don’t feel any different at 21 than I did at 20. This is arbitrary defined. I suppose what I’m getting at is the divide between what parents see in their children, or what older people see in younger people.

There has been a constant struggle to get teens to vote, and the end result always shows that young-people are apathetic to such topics. Why is this? It’s not because we don’t care. I know that’s true because I’m worried about the state of things all of the time (as anecdotal as that is). I think it has more to do with us being tired of the rundown. I think we’re tired of not being heard. While I was at the club I saw a display of young people’s concerns vocalized right on the dance floor. The DJ stepped out and asked questions of us. Real questions. And we gave him responses. Real responses. He held up a sign that read: “Unemployed in America — 9%.” And another that read: “Unemployed in Detroit — 22%.” A third sign read: “Unemployed in Michigan — 12%.” The final sign read: “What are we going to do about it?” And on the back: “Work.”

The cold, hard truth was visible. You can’t work if you can’t find a job. I thought that was very interesting. The night came to an end, and I was surprised that I came away wiser. I know, I’m still young and I’m still learning, and I guess I’m feeling my way through this world like everybody else. Nevertheless, when I go out and I see young people acting in such a fashion, questioning things and having a good time, it gives me hope. It gives me hope that maybe some day young people won’t have to talk about unemployment or economic turmoil while they’re at the dance club. I think the first step might just be a little trust in the youth of America. Perhaps it has to do with listening to what they have to say instead of applying nonsensical laws. That would, I think, be very interesting.

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Polymer Clay & Crafts Guild Forming The Polymer Clay & Crafts Guild of Northwest Michigan is forming locally and welcomes those interested in working with polymer clay and other arts and crafts forms. If you have a skill to teach or would like to take classes, or if you would like to be notified of upcoming events, please submit your contact information on the Guild web site at Inquiries may also be sent via mail to P.O. Box 862, Boyne City, MI 49712. American Legion Fundraiser Boyne City’s American Legion, Ernest Peterson Post 228, is selling 2011 calendars to raise funds for future scholarship programs for area students. Funds will also be used to support area service men and women currently serving, both overseas and stateside, and for local Legion programs. Calendars, which are being sold for $10 each, will be available from many post members, at the post, 302 S. Lake St. during Tuesday night Bingo hours or by contacting Brian Morrison, committee chair, at 231-330-4990. We thank you for your support of your local American Legion. Quilting Circle The Hiland Cottage Quilting Circle, a volunteer-led program, brings together local quilting enthusiasts to bring warmth and comfort to patients at the Hiland Cottage Hospice House in Petoskey. The Quilting Circle meets from 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesdays October through April. Hospice is asking area quilters and quilting groups to help in this endeavor. For more information about joining the quilting circle, please contact Volunteer Quilters Barb Postelnick at 231.347.0798, or Mary Putters at 231.347.7931.

Free mammograms offered at Northern Michigan Regional Hospital Northern Michigan Regional Hospital Foundation and the Health Department of Northwest Michigan are partnering to offer free mammograms, not just in October, but year-round. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, however, these mammograms are offered year-round while funds are available. If you are or know a female, age 40 – 64, who is under-insured or without health insurance, call 866.487.3100 to schedule an appointment.  Bingo Tuesday Bingo Game - Boyne City American Legion - 302 South Lake Street 582-7811 - Come join your friends and neighbors for an inexpensive, and maybe profitable, evening of fun, entertainment and relaxation. - Play 39 games with 51 bingos - Traditional Pick your own hard cards – Paper specials + Michigan Progressive Jackpot. The venue is smoke-free. The Early Birds start at 6pm and Finish 9:45p.m. Food concessions are available. Join the band The Jordan Valley Community Band will begin its Fall season of rehearsals on Thursday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the East Jordan High School band room. If you or someone you know plays

an instrument or has played in the past and would like to join the band, please contact Director, Becky Palmiter at 5823734, President, Leslie Cunningham at 547-2145 or Sec./Treas., Phyllis Childs at 582-3488 to have your name added to our mailing list or if you need help finding an instrument.

Cody Nations of Boyne City and Erica Syverson of Petoskey were spied looking at the morel mushroom mural just off Lake Street in Boyne City last Saturday.

Want to lose weight? Come join us for support. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets at the Church of the Nazarene 225 W. Morgan St. Boyne City, on Monday morning at 10:00 a.m. For more information call Evelyn at (231) 582-9495 Support Group Grief and Loss Support Group 3rd Thursday of every month 1-2:30 p.m. Friendship Center of Emmet County -Library 1322 Anderson Road, Petoskey Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group 2nd Monday 5:30-7:30 p.m. Hospice of Little Traverse Bay One Hiland Drive, Petoskey (231) 487-4285 Camp Daggett Summer Camp Registration Still Open Summer camp registration is still in full swing at Camp Daggett on Walloon Lake. Over two-thirds of the openings have been filled, but there’s still time to register for select weeks during the summer of 2011. Campers signing up for the first week of camp (June 19-25) will receive a $50 discount. Wilderness Adventure trips also still have openings. Camp Daggett offers eight one-week coed camping sessions starting June 19 and ending August 13, 2011. Scholarships are available to campers who need financial assistance. Every year, over 1,000 children ages 7-14 get the opportunity to spend a week at Camp Daggett. They experience the beauty of the natural environment that the camp provides, make new friends, try new things and have loads of fun. The summer program also develops a feeling of acceptance, respect and courage that campers take home with them. Camping provides a setting in which children can live, learn, and develop skills that are useful throughout their lives. Activities include adventure ropes courses, archery, group sports and games, sailing, swimming, canoeing and fishing, arts and crafts and nature study, hikes, campfires and camp outs. The program answers a child’s search for adventure in an environment that is upbeat and wholesome. Appetites are satisfied with nourishing, family style meals served in beautiful Mac Hall, a picturesque log dining room overlooking Walloon Lake. Camp Daggett Summer Camp Applications are available online at Please check the website for available weeks, or call (231) 3479742. If you have a free, nonprofit or fund-raising event you would like considered for publication, send the time, date and location of the event along with other pertinent information to:

PHOTO BY JOSH SAMPSON April 8 Wagbo potluck Martha Wagbo Farm and Education Center Second Friday Potluck:Woodcock

Walk Friday, April 8th, 7 pm Come out to our monthly potluck program for an evening of good food, fun company, and interesting presentations. The potluck starts at 7 pm. Bring a dish to pass if you can; but it’s not required, so don’t feel obligated! Wagbo provides drinks and table service. The program begins at 8 pm with an evening viewing the spectacularly dramatic courtship display of the woodcock. Find out why they are nicknamed “the Little Brown Ghost” as we sneak through forest and field to experience our local harbingers of spring. Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to encounter the wild animals that live in the Jordan River Valley. Great for individuals, couples, and families! Free and open to the public. For more info, contact Wagbo at 231-536-0333, or email wagbo@

arship fund. Date: April 9, 2011 Time: 7:00 pm Place: The Mallard Price:$50.00/per person Dinner is steak & shrimp, veggie, salad and dessert. Murder mystery game by Jim Russell of Murder Mysteries Inc. out of Petoskey. All proceeds go to the scholarship fund at the Charlevoix Community Foundation. We give away (2) $1,000 scholarships to a college bound graduate of Charlevoix County every year. contact Nikki Skrocki (231-350-0416) or Brenda Bingham (231-350-1081) or call The Insurance Shop 231-536-3331 to register!

APRIL 12 NCMC CLASSES Hatha Yoga, Tuesdays, April 12 – May 24, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the East Jordan High School Band Room. This intermediate level yoga class explores traditional yoga poses, breathing practices and deep relaxation, increasing strength, flexibility and overall well-being. Basic knowledge of standing asanas is necessary. Students should have attended at least one previous yoga class with Lisa Hepner, a Yoga Alliance registered instructor. The cost of the 7-week course is $40. APRIL 13, 20, 27 Exploring Michigan’s Wildlife, Wednesdays April 13, 20, and 27, 6:00-8:30 pm in East Jordan High School Room #30. Michael &

Teresa McGill are passionate wildlife videographers and photographers. They will share tips on how study and photograph wildlife in northern Michigan. Cost is $40 for three classes.

A film every parent should see to help understand their children Parents, teachers and those who work with children and teens have to deal with the ever-present issues of bullying, disrespect, low self-esteem, violence and hyper-sexuality. Why do these issues continue to plague our youth? That is the subject of the film, Generation M, which will be shown free of charge at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 19, at North Central Michigan College Library Conference Center in Petoskey. Young people are constantly exposed to messages through video games, music, Internet and other media that shape their perceptions about what is considered “normal” while desensitizing them as to what is not acceptable. And because of unprecedented access to media in households with multiple media devices, not to mention mobile media, those ages 8-18 are now spending the equivalent of a full-time job using this media, according to research by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Generation M, Misogyny in Media and Culture is a documentary by Thomas Keith, a professor of philosophy at California State University-Long Beach. In his film, Keith looks specifically at misogyny and sexism in mainstream American media, exploring how negative definitions and attitudes of femininity get constructed and perpetuated in popular culture via children’s toys, video games and music. The film ties together complex issues of misogyny, sexism and

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BOYNE AREA EVENTS pop culture in ways that are sure to stimulate insight and debate. “This is something every parent should see— this compelling film gives insight as to why as a parent you need to pay attention to the messages that bombard your children,” said Jan Mancinelli, WRC Executive Director. “If you ever want to understand why your child— your teens—are acting out, or dressing a certain way, this film provides important insights and information to which we should all be paying attention.”  Mancinelli emphasizes fathers of daughters should be especially attentive to this film.   The Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan (WRC) is hosting the free showing of Generation M, Misogyny in Media & Culture. The non-profit agency is showing the movie to help create awareness of cultural influences contributing to violence against women and girls, which at the same time impede progress toward social change. The event is an outcome of the agency’s “100 Men Campaign” intended to increase education and awareness on these topics and build community engagement. Two members of the WRC Community Violence Prevention Team will facilitate discussion immediately after the film is shown—Erik Larson who owns Bean Fields Professional Consulting, and Bill Wilson a counselor with a Masters in Social Work. Light refreshments will be available. For more information about the free Generation M showing at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 19, at North Central Michigan College Library Conference Center in Petoskey, contact Dar Charlebois, WRC Community Violence Prevention Coordinator, at (231) 347-1572. April 22, 25 MacMaster schedules April district hours Residents of Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan and Otsego counties can meet with state lawmaker Rep. Greg MacMaster, for face-to-face talks at April district office hours. - Friday April 22 Flap Jack Family Restaurant, 102 W. Carpenter in Charlevoix, at 10 a.m. Elk Rapids Village Hall, 315 Bridge St. in Elk Rapids, at 1:30 p.m. - Monday, April 25, Topinabee Public Library, 1576 Straits Highway in Topinabee, at 10 a.m. Sugar Bowl Restaurant, 216 West Main St. in Gaylord, at 2 p.m. Residents unable to meet MacMaster during office hours can contact the representative toll free at 1-855-DIST 105 (1-855-3478105); by e-mail, gregmacmaster@; by mail, P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, Michigan 48933; or through his website at April 28 Boyne Business Expo The Boyne Area Chamber has set Thursday, April 28 as the date for its third annual Business Expo and Taste of Boyne, which will again be held from 3 to 7 p.m. at the former Carter’s store. Exhibitor registration forms will be available March 4. Last year’s expo was one of Northern Michigan’s largest business networking events, as 1,000 people came to see 85 local exhibitors, including 10 Taste of Boyne booths. Admission to the event is $5, and exhibitors receive extra admission passes for their employees and clients. This exciting expo will again include great food, art, networking, music, business exhibits and the unveiling of the 2011-12 Boyne Area Visitors Guide. Soft drinks, wine and beer on draft will be available.

April 30 Fashion Show Luncheon The Circle of Strength cancer resource program of Charlevoix Area Hospital is once again hosting the Fashion Show Luncheon. Saturday April 30, 2011 2-4 p.m. at the Charlevoix Public Library.

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APRIL 20 HOSPICE VOLUNTEER TRAINING HOSPICE of Northwest Michigan is recruiting volunteers for their spring class. The 4 week session includes training

from 10:00 - 10:50. Familiarity with the whole Tai Ch fundamentals form is essential for the continuing class. This class is also learning the Yang Short Form. Tai chi is a safe, gentle, non-impact exercise that promotes health and inner tranquility. It also builds strength & endurance, and improves balance, coordination & flexibility. Tai Chi is suitable for people with problems moving because of age, injury, and arthritis and all levels of physical fitness. Meg McClorey teaches the Tai Chi Fundamentals form and The Yang Short Form. Meg has practiced the Yang Short form since 1994 and taught since 2000. Tai Chi Fundamentals is an accessible form for everyone, it begins with simple movement patterns and progresses into a complete form. The Yang form is more difficult to learn, often taking a year or more of daily practice for information call Meg: 231582-7689 Email -

in the roles of volunteers, orientation to Hospice philosophy, bereavement and grief, death and dying, family dynamics and communication, spiritual aspects of dying, comfort measures, ethical issues and advanced directives. Upon completion of the training, the volunteer must undergo a criminal background check, including fingerprinting, pass a drug test, and commit to at least 4 hours a month of volunteer time. If you are interested in being part of the next training course, which will be held on Wednesdays in Charlevoix beginning April 20, contact Cheri Hoffman at 547-7659. APRIL 30 CANCER FUND-RAISER ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK for cancer - mark your calenda for the Northern Michigan Cancer Crusaders’ annual 50s party on Saturday, April 30, from 6 p.m. to midnight at

the Boyne City Eagles Hall. The party features live music by TNT, prizes, a cash bar and auctions. $6 donation. Come dressed as a 50s/60s personality and win a prize. For information call Gail Farley at 231-582-2424.


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“Purveyors of Fine Wet Goods & Facilitators of Liquid Enjoyment” We had a great wine tasting last week at Cafe Santé. Chef Kyle, Nate Jason and the entire Santé staff did a excellent job hosting. Great food pairings and ambience. Mark your calendars; the date for the April wine tasting is the 20th and will be held at Cafe Santé. Call or stop in the Wine Emporium to purchase your tickets. Don’t delay, as the tasting is sure to sell out. Reminder--We need your help (& photos)! Please help us decorate the new Wine Emporium space with your favorite “wine country” photos. Send us one or two of your favorites by email and we’ll handle the printing and framing. This week’s “W.O.W.” (wine of the week) 2009 Clermont-Tonnerre (Alain Corcia) - Côtes du Rhône Cairanne Tres Vieilles Vignes 60% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre, and 10% Carignan 14% abv Tasting notes: This is a serious wine reminiscent of a Chateauneuf du Pape. It boasts a dense ruby/purple hue as well as abundant aromas of black raspberries, black currants, incense, and hints of graphite and roasted herbs. It is medium to full-bodied with layers of sweet fruit and a long finish. About the wine: Burgundy-based wine broker (negociant) Alain Corcia produces this superb Cotes du Rhone Village (“Cairanne” is the name of the village) from very old vines just north of the better known A.O.C.s of Chateauneuf-duPape, Gigondas and Vacqueyras, but the pedigree is obvious. From the first pour, you can see and smell why 2009 is considered a close relative of 2007. It is dark and expressive, with black cherry and blackberry flavors, accented by hints of Provencal herbs. It is delightful now, especially when aired. The term “tres vieilles vignes” means “three old vines” indicating the wine is a blend of at least 3 wines from very old vines. The practice of displaying this term stems from the general belief that older vines, when properly handled, will give a better wine. Grape vines can grow for over 120 years. After about 20 years, the vines start to produce smaller crops, and average yields decrease, leading to more concentrated, intense wines. What’s New & Tasting Great? New Crispin Natural Hard Apple Ciders are!!! I love this new to the store product. Available in 3 versions; “Honey Crisp” with organic honey, “The Saint” made with Belgian Trappist yeasts and organic maple syrup and “Lansdowne” made with Irish Stout yeasts and organic molasses. All available in 22 oz. bottles at $4.99 & $5.95 (the saint) We are truly thankful for the support and encouragement from our customers and the community. Thank you! Thanks for being a part of our Wine Enthusiasts Club and we hope you’ve enjoyed the newsletter. As always, your feedback and suggestions are welcomed!

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