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No. 100

Volume 2, Issue 48

• Seek the Truth, Serve the Citizens •

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

BENJAMIN GOHS ASSOCIATE EDITOR

PHOTO BY CHRIS FAULKNOR

Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley was in Boyne City last week for the ribbon cutting at the newly restored 1910 Water Works Building. Pictured with Calley is Boyne Mayor Chuck Vondra (at left).

New bills signed into law by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder last week end the practice of last in, first out, require more accountability from teachers and allow for tenure fast-tracking for highly-effective educators. Word of the changes aroused mixed reactions from Boyne City Public Schools Superintendent Peter Moss. “Obviously we want to make

sure every child has a highlyeffective teacher in their classroom,” Moss said. “Our hiring practices reflect that we look for highly qualified people.” He added, “It’s a competitive market out there, so we make sure we get the best people possible.” Previously, teachers were required to work for four years before receiving tenure. Under the new law, teachers must work for five years to earn tenure unless they continuously outperform expectations in which case they may earn tenure in three years. “Even after a teacher earns tenure, he or she will have to continue earning effective ratings in order to keep it,” Snyder’s July 19 press release stated. “School districts will have to notify

»TENURE , pg. 4

Bookkeeper Help for battered women in peril charged with embezzling BENJAMIN GOHS ASSOCIATE EDITOR

BENJAMIN GOHS ASSOCIATE EDITOR A former employee of Paramount Custom Home Builders has pleaded to a felony in connection with what law enforcement officials claim was an embezzlement scheme that lasted several years. While working as a bookkeeper for Paramount, Boyne City resident Sheryl Lynn Koeneman, 42, is alleged to have paid herself unauthorized overtime and vacation pay in addition to the unauthorized use of a gasoline credit card for

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••• Tenure reform INSIDE Governor signs legislation prompting numerous changes for Michigan school teachers

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Despite trying nearly 100 domestic violence cases per year, Charlevoix County could lose its only domestic violence prosecutor if a funding source is not found. Brought in several years ago to aid Charlevoix County Prosecuting Attorney John Jarema’s office with a steady flow of spousal abuse cases, Kerry Zahner’s position has been funded with a federal grant which may not be renewed when it

expires later this fall. “I’ll need maybe a part-time position if the domestic violence prosecutor grant is not renewed,” Jarema told Charlevoix County Commissioners on Friday, July 15. Jarema broached the subject with commissioners citing the fact that budget talks for the next fiscal year would soon begin. “On the state level they are not going to apply for the grant,” Jarema said. “So, Charlevoix County, Emmet County and Cheboygan County applied and we have not heard

back.” According to Jarema, a proposed contingency in the event the grant is not renewed consists of both Charlevoix and Emmet Counties splitting the bill for Zahner’s salary. “She handles nearly 100 cases or so a year,” Jarema said. “It’s going to be hard for my office to absorb those 100 or so cases without help.” In addition to working for Charlevoix County for the last three years,

»ZAHNER , pg. 5

History sailing into Boyne City

this week

Mcdonald’s robbed 3

Police Asking for info on Break-in

State & Region PAGE 12

Cops to Monitor Allergy Sufferers

JOSH SAMPSON STAFF WRITER

For the second year in a row the Pride of Baltimore II will make port in Boyne City. A reproduction of an 1812-era topsail schooner privateer, the Pride of Baltimore II travels all over U.S. waters as a symbol of the state of Maryland. “Last year it was just a huge attraction,” said Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jim Baumann. “We didn’t even have to announce it last year because it so big. People can just see it from several blocks away and they came to see it.” Arranged by Wally Kidd of Boyne City, the ship is expected to remain in Boyne City from July 29 to July 31. “Our family is from Baltimore originally and we’ve always summered in Walloon Lake,” Kidd said. “I’ve lived here for 20 years now and the Pride of Baltimore II and Boyne City are two special things to the Kidd family, and getting into the One Water Street dock is made possible only by FILE PHOTO the fact that Glenn Catt built that

»KOENEMAN , pg. 5

Airplane fatality identified

A single engine airplane crashed shortly before 11 a.m. on Saturday July 16, just south of the Boyne City Municipal Airport. The airplane crashed nose first into Altair Drive, just west of Air Industrial Drive, where it came to rest, remaining in that position. There was no damage to property or injuries to individuals on the ground. The pilot, the only occupant of the aircraft, Dr. Gene Balogh, 84, of East Jordan was pronounced dead at the scene. Dr. Balogh had a hangar and based his aircraft at the Boyne City Municipal Airport.

»PLANE CRASH , pg. 4 The Pride of Baltimore II makes its return to Boyne City on July 29.

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“All humanity is one undivided and indivisible family. I cannot detach myself from the wickedest soul.” -- Mohandas ‘My Two Cents’ Ghandi like to beCHRIS FAULKNOR Ilieve that somewhere deep down, all people are good. This belief — this mentality — is what got me through my rough days as a Paramedic. This thought helped me to work through drunk drivers, hostile patients, and even the occasional difficult co-worker. This belief has also allowed me to get stung; not once, not twice, but many times. We have had some very sad things occur in the Boyne Area over the past two years.

Belief of the supernatural is big news these days whether it’s the Austrian Pastafarian (Pastafarians belong to the Church of the ‘Don’t get me wrong’ Flying SpaMonBENJAMIN GOHS ghetti ster) who recently fought to wear his ceremonial pasta strainer hat in his driver license photo; or pres-

Anne Thurston ‘Beautiful Boyne’

Karen Peters ‘Conservative Corner’

Brien Vuylukson ‘Growing Together’

Wednesday July 27 Scattered Strong Storms 83 ° Thursday July 28 Scattered T-Storms 84 ° Friday July 29 Isolated T-storms 84 ° Saturday July 30 Mostly Sunny 83 ° Sunday July 31 Sunny 83 ° Monday Aug. 1 Sunny 84 ° Tuesday Aug. 2 Partly Cloudy 83°

The Weather and Opinion section is sponsored by the Boyne City Rotary Club. The Rotarians can be seen running a concession stand at football games, generously sponsoring the local Boy Scouts, participating in the Labor Day Car Show, and giving to many charitable organizations. Their meetings are at 7 a.m. on Mondays at Robert’s Restaurant. For more information, talk to any Rotarian.

Beach reopens

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The beach at Young State Park was closed by the Health Department of Northwest Michigan last Tuesday, July 19, due to ecoli levels. Lucky for these eager beachgoers, the area was reopened the following day. The youth pictured above were in town from southern Michigan for their annual soccer camp. The kids were at the beach trying to beat the heat wave which plagued much of the country last week.

to why I live in Boyne City. I will look through the fog, day after day, and I will know that there is a clearing out there.

We live in one of those lucky towns where there is always a light on, and being alone is a choice, not a life sentence.

What makes a belief deserving of legal protection?

Edward May III Historian

Weather

I have noticed them on a larger scale, mostly due to the industry in which I now work. Boyne City has seen drunk drivers, two plane crashes, a throat slashing, and several embezzlement cases, most in excess of $10,000. Our little town has come to know theft, death and destruction, and sometimes it becomes hard to see clearing in the fog. Then something happens to help me to see why I still live here, and why I look past it all. As my car’s battery dies and I find myself stranded, Boyne City comes through. Upon being asked for a jump, a shop owner tosses me his keys and says “It’s in the back, just bring it around when you’re done.” As my girlfriend and I push my car towards a parking lot to get that jump, three people come out of nowhere and push with us, and soon we’ve made it down the street. There is no question in my mind as

EDWARD MAY III

Bloomers, P o l y g a m y, Battle of Pine River, Strangite’s against the Gentiles, Religious Ceremonies on Holy Island and more here in our towns and in

our Lake? A Coroneted King assassinated, felons fleeing on an armed US Naval vessel on the Great Lakes? A Masonic influence in Saints. Eddie, have you lost it? I have been asked about Jessie

idential hopeful Michelle Bachmann’s husband Marcus who believes homosexuals can be un-gay-ified through a mixture of prayer, mega doses of vitamin C and prolonged exposure to the films of Lee Marvin. On this side of the world, Islamic belief in the Qur’an led American Muslims to fight, and win, the right to cover more of their face than the rest of us in their driver license photo because they believe wearing a hijab is mandatory. In the City of East Jordan it is more than just a belief that for-

tune-telling, tarot card reading, divination, phrenology, and providing psychic services for money violates a city ordinance. It is even illegal to publish a horoscope in the local newspaper. This local infringement on religious practice has yet gone unchallenged, though a little craft/ sandwich shop that recently opened here in EJ says it will be offering readings and psychic consults – It’s a freedom of speech and religion case if I’ve ever heard one. America has long had a legal and philosophical position of allow-

A Bit of Boyne History James Strang and his connection to the Emerald Isles, Long Lake, Pine Lake, and now Lake Charlevoix. This takes us back to 1850 and that is ancient history to say the least. When the first Permanent Settlers came here and stayed, they found in Boyne, Advance, East Jordan, Ironton and Horton Bay tilled soil, cultivated crops and the remains of dwellings (mostly shacks) that were left here by the Strangites. This was long before the Pine River was dredged (1873-74) opening the way for large sailing vessels to navigate the quiet waters of now Lake Charlevoix. Many equate the starting of Boyne

as the coming of the Millers. I remind you that the widow of the man who built the shack Miller moved into sued him for rent! A new book written about the early time period of Pine Lake has been published and I ask anyone interested in our history to purchase it and study it in depth. It is “Footprints in the Sand” by Stephen H. Smith. Can you take yourself back in time to 1852, try it, this book will transport you and opens insight in a way of life we, you and I, will never see! King Strang about 1855 Beaver Islands King On July 8, 1850 the curtain rose

ing the practice of some of the rituals that go along with a number of religions in this country. The oft quoted religion clause in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.” Some folks have deciphered that to mean no American governments will create any state-run churches. Some people infer it to mean there must be a clear separation between religion and the function of government at all

»GOHS , pg. 17

on a stage in a massive log building on Lake Michigan’s Beaver Island. The audience a group of 250-some anti-Brigham Young Mormons who’d recently settled on the sparsely populated island must have stared in awe. Before them the man they hailed as their prophet, James Strang, sat on a throne rigged from a chair padded with moss and covered with a painted cloth. He was cloaked in a faux-ermine-trimmed red flannel cape, and a mural of a palace interior hung behind him. The theatric touches were courtesy of George Adams, Strang’s assistant

»HISTORY , pg. 17

‘Stitch in time’ adage remain true in modern times The line was eight persons long. Once I stepped behind the last one I was number nine. I methodically checked out how many ‘Beautiful Boyne’ of the eight ANNE THURSTON ahead were actually purchasers and discovered there were only two pair. The first appeared to be a mother in her late-50s and her daughter in her 30s. Maybe the two women weren’t even relatives, but they seemed to share a family resemblance in a number of ways. Only mother had a purchase in hand. The other couple was a husband and wife duo, both white haired and he looked bored. (Guess that is why I decided they were married). She had a couple of sofa or chair pillows in her hand and he, nothing. They stood silent directly in front of me.

Just as I was about to become resigned to a long wait to pay for my purchases two additional clerks appeared on the scene with big smiles on their faces. I suspect they had just completed their lunch break with a good story. With expert maneuvers the first intersected waiting purchasers in front of me at number three in the line and swept them and the woman behind her to a second cash register just as her friend motioned number six, seven and eight to follow her to a third cash register. I was left to step forward behind the woman and her daughter. Now we were two, so to speak. As I stood waiting my turn I found myself entranced with what it was all nine of us were buying. No two were similar; not even close. This led me to compare the appearance of the other eight as they stood waiting. Absolutely none of us appeared like any other. All women except for the bored husband we shared nothing in our appearances or our purchases. No wonder the store was so large and yet packed

with merchandise. It had a much diversified clientele. Today’s version of yesterday’s department store this large ‘box’ store was one of many outlets of a national retail franchise across our extensive land. One of Boyne City’s outstanding features to its residents and visitors is the absence of the national “box” stores. Within our town the stores are almost entirely owned by local business men and women who take a very personal interest in the store’s inventory and the needs of the shopper. There is uniqueness about those items that line the shelves, display cases and racks. And the price ranges have been carefully selected to appeal to both the local and out of town shopper. It is small wonder that upon entering a shop we feel that small town welcome which accompanies knowing the

owners and clerks by name. They also may be near neighbors, belong to the same community group we do, be a distance cousin a couple of times removed, a member of our church or even a close friend. Recently I had need to go to the lumber yard for a hunk of shelving. While standing at the large checkout counter waiting for assistance I noticed the owner seated back in the office area busily talking on the phone. His resemblance to his father, the owner I met when we moved into Boyne back in ’61 struck me as amazing.

»BEAUTIFUL , pg. 17


July 27, 2011  BOYNE CITY GAZETTE  3

COPS & COURTS Boyne City Police Department Weekly Report

Tuesday, July 12 7:19am Citation issued for speed. 7:45am Citation issued for speed. 9:24am Arrested subject on warrant 11:15am Wallet turned in that was found on State St. Returned to owner 5:23pm Larceny of trailer hitch from the 1300 block of Boyne Av 9:05pm Assist with possible suicidal subject in the 700 block of Lake Park Dr Wednesday, July 13 6:27am Citation issued for speed. 9:08am Residential alarm in the 900 block of Lynn St 4:05pm Report of disturbance in the 600 block of State St 4:53pm Report of possible counterfeit $20.00 bill turned into officer from the 100 block of S Park St 5:00pm Report of subject driving

without a license 6:17pm Assisted Sheriff Department with disturbance on Addis Rd 6:32pm Report of kids burning tables at Avalanche 7:40pm Report of civil complaint in the 100 block of S East St 9:00pm Arrested subject for DWLS 2nd Thursday, July 14 1:41pm Report of stolen dog from Fremont St. Dog located and returned to owner. 3:18pm Citation issued for speed 7:13pm Citation issued for expired late 8:40pm Citation issued for expired plate Friday, July 15 7:28am Larceny of gasoline from the 1300 block of Boyne Av 1:03pm Report of possible intoxicated driver on N Lake St 1:06pm Report of breaking and entering in the 100 block of Pine

St 2:55pm Funeral escort from St Matthews to Maple Lawn Cemetery 3:40pm Wallet turned in that was found in the 900 block of N Lake St. Returned to owner. 4:20pm Assist to Gaylord PD 7:38pm Report of stolen license plate 9:31pm Shoplifting complaint from the 100 block of E Water St 10:25pm Report of subject making threats in the 300 block of E Division St Saturday, July 16 1:49am Report of suspicious vehicle near Front and Main Streets 2:18am Report that subjects were going to jump off the breakwall at the Landings. Gone on arrival 2:45am Soap put in the fountain at Old City Park 7:45am Unlock at the Farmer’s Market 10:02am Located dog running

in the road at Pleasant and Ann Streets 10:48am Plane crash in the Industrial Park Sunday, July 17 12:32am Report of subjects bowfishing in the Harborage Marina. 12:58am Assist ambulance in the 1100 block of Jefferson St 1:20am Car Deer accident at State and Call Streets 2:56am Suspicious situation in the 300 block of E Water St. 9:10am Report of gas can stolen from the 500 block of Jefferson St 10:00am Report of possible counterfeit $20.00 bill turned into officer from the 100 block of River St. 4:37pm Welfare check in the 500 block of N Lake St. 7:03pm Arrested for subject for domestic violence in the 500 block of N East St 7:09pm Report of someone drilling hole in gas tank and stealing gas on Jefferson St

Monday, July 18 1:00am Assisted Fire Department with lines down on W Cedar St 4:15am Tree blocking road on Charlevoix St between Silver and Court Streets 9:48am Subject reports receiving threatening phone calls and texts on Pine Pointe Tr 10:01am Citizen in the 200 block of Vogel reports damage to table and other yard items over night. 11:51am Report of someone drilling hole in gas tank and stealing gas on N East St 2:48pm Report of money being stolen from the 1200 block of Boyne Av 4:00pm Report of car alarm going off near Front and Main Streets 4:32pm Citation issued for disregarding stop sign 6:51pm Vehicle in the ditch on Vogel St near Rotary Park 7:20pm Assist ambulance in the 300 block of N Lake St 8:56pm Unlock in the 500 block of Front St

Charlevoix County Sheriff Reports On July 16, the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office investigated a watercraft accident with injuries on Lake Charlevoix near Oyster Bay in Hayes Township at approximately 4:00 p.m. A 17-year-old male from Charlevoix was wake jumping and lost control of the vessel. The operator suffered minor face lacerations and also complained of hip pain, which he was treated for at Charlevoix Area Hospital. The Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the U.S. Coast Guard and the accident remains under investigation. The Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office investigated a watercraft accident with injuries on Lake Charlevoix near Hemmingway Point in Wilson Township at approximately 2:15 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, 2011. A 15-year-old female from Sterling Heights was the passenger of a Personal Watercraft (PWC) when she suffered her injury. The operator was performing a tight turn when the PWC began to tip over, both the passenger and the operator of the PWC intentionally dismounted the watercraft before it fully tipped. It was during the dismount that the passenger was injured. The operator of the PWC suffered no injuries. The passenger suffered an injury to her wrist and was treated at Charlevoix Area Hospital. The accident remains under investigation. On Friday July 15, at approximately 1:15 p.m. the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a capsized vessel with people in the water yelling for

help on Lake Michigan about a half mile off shore between the pier in Charlevoix and North Point. The United States Coast Guard was also notified and was training near the area. With the help of the Deputies and witnesses on shore, the USCG was able to locate the two subjects who were yelling for help. Dale Anderson, age 68, of Charlevoix and his wife Beverly Anderson, age 67, were rescued aboard the USCG vessel. Neither person sustained any injuries, but were shaken up by the experience. Sheriff Schneider wants to commend the United States Coast Guard on their quick response and rescue effort. The Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office and the United States Coast Guard were assisted at the scene by Charlevoix City EMS. Bodies receovered - Sheriff Don Schneider of the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Northern Michigan Mutual Aid Task Force Dive Team, recovered the two bodies from the overturned sailboat early this morning. The victims have been identified as: Mark Morley, age 51 of Saginaw and Suzanne Bickel, age 41 also of Saginaw. The cause of death remains under investigation at this time. On July 19, the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office responded to assist Melrose Townships First Responders and Allied EMS on North Shore Dr. in the Village of Walloon. Employees from W.W. Fairbairn and Sons Inc. out of Alanson were working in the crawlspace

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Word of the Week:

Canonical /kuh-NON-i-kuhl/ Adjective 1. Authorized; recognized; accepted 2. Included in the canon of the Bible. 3. In mathematics, (of an equation, coordinate, etc.) in simplest or standard form. Example: “The answers here are definitely not canonical.”

of a residence when the accident occurred. Andrew Ray Hoffman, 60 years old of Brutus, was using a reciprocating saw cutting out the old plumbing when his left shoulder came into contact with some exposed electrical wiring. This caused a large electrical shock to travel through his body.

His co-worker, Shawn Bunker of Afton, Michigan, was entering the crawlspace; noticed Mr. Hoffman slumped over a pipe with the saw still running. He attempted to get a response, when he could not; he exited the crawlspace and had the owner’s call 911. He then cut power to the residence and entered the crawlspace with another

man to extricate Mr. Hoffman. CPR was conducted by Melrose First Responders and the scene was taken over by Allied EMS. Hoffman was transported to Northern Michigan Hospital where he was pronounced dead. This accident is still under investigation.

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Mc break-in

The Boyne City Police are investigating the early morning break-in on July 22, at the McDonald’s Restaurant in Boyne City. The suspects entered through a door and were able to make off with a large amount of cash. Anyone with information about this case can contact Boyne City Police Department at (231)582-6611 or call 911.

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TENURE From Page 1

FROM PAGE ONE that makes them want to learn.” Teachers may now be dismissed at any time during the probationary period. Also, with the end of last-in, first-out staffing decisions will not be made solely based on seniority. “I think before it’s all said and done that’s going to get dicey,” Moss said. “For years and years there was the belief that seniority means something, and when it comes time to reduce staff, it’s always been the practice that the most senior people stay and less senior people are the first ones gone.” He added, “There is no question that this legislation is going to change the way people make staffing reductions.” Moss said the law has some merit, but he fears it could fall victim to abuses. “I think it’s going to be important that we don’t just look at our most senior people and our best compensated folks because they’ve been around the longest as a way to reduce costs,” he said. “If we’re going for the philosophy and intent to make tough decisions, then let’s make sure we do it based on quality.” The Michigan Education Association, the largest public school labor union in the state, called the bills “a sad day for

parents in writing if their child is taught by a teacher who is rated ineffective.” Moss said the four years to tenure was fair, and he PETER MOSS isn’t sure fast-tracking is going to help matters. “I think that has been an adequate amount of time to determine if that person is going to be a highly-effective or effective teacher,” he said. “I’m not sure that extra year is going to make that much difference.” Moss added, “I’m not sure making tenure longer or shorter is going to have much bearing on their effectiveness in the classroom.” PHOTO BY CHRIS FAULKNOR According to the release, the new legislation also prohibits Boyne City Public Schools teachers, some of them pictured here during the closed session portion of a recent personnel issues related to layschool board meeting, will now be evaluated annually to determine whether they are ineffective, effective offs and employee discipline or highly-effective. The new evaluation system is in response to Gov. Rick Snyder’s new teacher tenure reform from being subject to union which was signed into law last week. Tenure can now be attained in five years or fast-tracked in three. negotiations, but teachers will students have access to great Boyne City Public Schools will cess, but that it is minimal. still be protected from dismissschools or the strongest teach- rank educators in one of three “I’m sure the intent was to make als that are considered arbitrary ers,” Salters said. “These bills categories: ineffective, effec- sure we have quality people in or capricious. do not ensure that tive or highly-effective. our classrooms” he said. The reform comes schools have adequate “Every district has to have an “I just hope people don’t get as part of the govThese bills do not ensure ... access to resources to provide evaluation piece in place by carried away and use it as a ernor’s plan to retype of education September where every teacher tool for retribution or to put the invent education in great schools or the strongest teachers. the our students need. is going to be evaluated on an hammer on difficult personaliMichigan’s public MEA PRES. IRIS SALTERS These bills are noth- annual basis,” Moss said. ties and things like that.” schools. ing but a partisan at“We put together a joint comMoss added, “It’s up to us to “Making staffing tack on teachers and mittee of teachers and adminis- make sure we use the intent of decisions based on public school employ- trators and developed an evalua- the law correctly.” merit and performance encour- Michigan students.” tion tool that we think will meet Snyder also signed legislation ages good teachers to keep do- “Whenever the working con- ees.” that makes it easier for school ing what they are doing and ditions of Michigan school According to the MEA, the new the requirements.” laws will strip collective barHe added, “We tried to make it districts to share resources and helps ensure students receive the employees are threatened, the gaining rights away while disas objective as possible includput more money in the classhighest quality education,” Sny- learning conditions of students mantling teacher tenure. ing student data as a significant room by allowing an Intermedider stated. “This long overdue are deeply affected,” said MEA reform will protect outstanding President Iris K. Salters in the Part of Snyder’s plan to ensure part of the evaluation process.” ate School District superintenteachers who are enthusiastic weeks leading up to the gover- higher quality education in- Moss said ultimately there is dent to serve dual roles by also cludes the new annual teacher some naturally occurring sub- serving as the superintendent of about the material and able to nor’s signing of the new laws. jectivity in the evaluation pro- a local school district. connect with students in a way “These bills do not ensure that evaluation system.

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Dr. Balogh had been seen flying his highly recognizable vintage Taylorcraft L2 aircraft with its vintage U.S. Army Air Corps camouflage paint scheme over Boyne City shortly before the accident. The accident remains under investigation by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board, which sent representatives from Grand Rapids and Chicago to the scene over the weekend. Dr. Balogh served as a radio operator on a similar spotter type aircraft while he was in the service during the Korean War. The accident was reported to CCE 911 at 10:48 a.m. Emergency response at the scene was provided by the Boyne City Fire, Police and EMS departments with assistance from the Charlev-

were not affected. All information on this accident from the City will be handled through Michael Cain, Boyne City City Manager. Inquiries regarding further infor-

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oix County Sheriff’s Department and the Michigan State Police. Since the accident occurred off of and did not impact any airport facilities, aircraft operations at the Boyne City Municipal Airport

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dock and it’s able to hold her.” Kidd’s late father Jack lived in Baltimore and was one of the founders of the organization that oversees the Pride of Baltimore II. “I hope it brings people from all over Northern Michigan to

kids 12 and younger and $5 per adult. “You can get a lot more up close and personal this time around,” Baumann said. “It’s just another cool thing we have going on in our community.” Baumann added, “Even people who have no experience or interest in sailing are still just kind of fascinated by it … and I really thank Wally Kidd for making it

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Boyne City who would ordinarily come,” Kidd said. The ship’s main purpose is to promote historical education about the unique Baltimore, Md.-built ships and their role in the War of 1812. The ship is also used as a platform for teaching math and science and studying social studies and the environment. Tours of the ship will be free for

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years – and even several months after Koeneman’s employment was terminated in 2010. Koeneman was employed with Mark Fruge’s Paramount building company from Nov. 30, 2005 to late-August, 2010. “After the termination, Mr. Fruge discovered that Koeneman had received a considerable amount of overtime pay, none of which

that Koeneman had been paid for 428 hours of vacation pay, but that according to the vacation time that would have accrued based on her length of employment, she could only have accrued 320 hours of vacation time,” Gettel stated. “She was overpaid by 108 hours, which totaled $1,512.” According to Gettel’s affidavit, Fruge noticed a Marathon Oil gasoline credit card numbered “117” was missing, and he suspected Koeneman was using the card long after she left the com-

Koeneman opened the door to her car and produced the gasoline card. JEFFREY GETTEL, BOYNE CITY PD was authorized,” stated Boyne City Police Assistant-Chief Jeffrey Gettel in his affidavit. “Fruge said that he was not aware of the overtime payments when they occurred as the payroll checks were signed by Koeneman, and he never saw her paychecks because she just kept them after signing.” Gettel added, “Fruge pointed out the business’ employee handbook which pointed out that all overtime must be authorized by himself or … another owner.” According to police documents, Koeneman was the only employee who had received any overtime pay during the time in question. Police documents state that $11,728.50 in unauthorized overtime pay was paid to Koeneman. “Fruge also pulled the businesses’ time cards for review, and stated

pany. “Fruge discovered unauthorized gasoline purchases beginning late in the year 2006, and continuing every month since the employment was terminated” Gettel stated. The most recent charge had been on Jan. 12 of this year at a Boyne City gas station – just two days before Fruge came to the police with his suspicions. “Fruge suspected Koeneman because he noted that the only time that the card numbered 117 was not used locally was at a station in Naubinway in the Upper Peninsula,” Gettel stated. “Fruge recalled that Koeneman and her husband had a cabin in Wisconsin.” He added, “The charge in Naubinway was made on Aug. 28, 2009, and his records showed

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Zahner also served Emmet and Cheboygan counties which combined make up the three counties of a consortium. “Basically the grant that funds my position expires Sept. 30 of this year,” Zahner said. “It’s been in affect almost eight years. It’s funded through the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Violence Against Women.” The grant is aimed at encouraging arrest policies and enforcement of protection orders. “The state basically did not reapply for the grant because they felt there would be a slim chance to none that we would get it again since it has been in effect for so long,” she said. “And, I think the original goal of the grant was to have the individual counties absorb this cost and keep domestic violence prosecutors going.” Zahner added, “We think it’s a little more likely we will get this awarded. Still, we haven’t heard anything yet. I don’t know when we’re going to hear something.” Zahner said the potential lapse in grant monies is not a reflection of the work she has done. “It’s simply the climate in Washington,” she said. “They gave us a lot of notice so we could get our ducks in a row for when the funding does expire.” The grant amount the multi-county consortium applying is approximately $300,000, Zahner said. Jarema wants to keep a domestic violence prosecutor working regardless of who funds the position as there is a high volume of domestic violence cases in Charlevoix and Emmet counties. The prosecutor’s office is hoping commissioners will fund $25,000 to $30,000 per year. Emmet County is likely to fund $30,000 for the services Zahner renders in Emmet. Zahner said the $55,000 she expects in sal-

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On Saturday July 30, the Charlevoix Area Humane Society will host its “Run for their lives” fundraiser in downtown Boyne City. This 5k run/walk for man and man’s best friend begins at 7:30 a.m. on Front Street behind the Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce building. The humane society was represented (above) at last week’s Stroll the Streets event by volunteers. For more information on the race, see the events section on page 19. that Koeneman had a vacation day on that date.” A warrant to search Koeneman’s vehicle was obtained and an officer confronted Koeneman at her new place of employment. “At that location, Koeneman opened the door to her car and produced the gasoline card numbered 117,” Gettel stated. “The (officer) informed Koeneman that she could be facing charges for using the card for over four years; Koeneman commented that she might have done it for two years, but didn’t believe it

ary if she continues working for the county is only about two-thirds of what she currently earns. “To date I have handled over a thousand cases in the three counties,” she said. Emmet County had 417 cases, Charlevoix County had 268 cases and Cheboygan had 317 cases which equals approximately 100 cases per year per county. “The services I provide to the county are basically I prosecute any crime that occurs in a domestic relationship,” she said. “It doesn’t just have to be a domestic violence; it could actually be a sexual assault scenario, PPO violation, or destruction of property.” She works closely with the Women’s Resource Center, provides and coordinates training to the law enforcement community and said it is important to maintain the position regardless of whether she is the one doing the work. “That person will have the training, the experience and the time to devote to these cases,” she said. “It can be very difficult because they are emotionally charged (and) time intensive – frequently we will have reluctant victims and I have developed a strategy for effectively prosecuting someone for the crime and holding them accountable by holding this early intervention with the victim of the crime.” Zahner added, “To expect a threeprosecutor office to handle an additional 100 cases a year, that are very difficult in that way, is unrealistic.” If the grant is not awarded, but the position is maintained, Zahner would no longer

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was four years.” Police documents alleged Koeneman purchased at least $3,209 in gasoline from 2007 to 2010. Koeneman pleaded to a charge of felony embezzlement of $1,000 or more, but less than $20,000 for alleged gasoline purchases and unauthorized payroll withdrawals. The maximum penalty is five years in prison and/or $10,000 or three times the amount embezzled or whichever amount is greater. Koeneman had been originally

charged with felonies for embezzlement by an agent or trustee of $20,000 or more, but less than $50,000 which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and/or $15,000 or up to three times the amount embezzled, whichever is greater; and a charge of financial transaction – stealing or retaining without consent which carries a maximum sentence of four years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine. Koeneman is scheduled for sentencing on Sept. 2 in Charlevoix Circuit Court.

serve Cheboygan County. Sheriff W. Don Schneider said, “These Zahner does not receive any benefits. complaints are a very labor intensive … and “If this doesn’t pass, then Kerry is going to state-mandated issue.” have to make alternate plans,” Jarema said. No action was taken. Chief Assistant Charlevoix County Prosecutor Shaynee Fanara said Zahner’s success rate on cases makes her an asset. At least 89 percent of the cases result in a conviction which can include penalties of counseling, jail time, and Interested in running for office and serving your other services which may community?  help prevent these actions in the future. Nominating petitions are being accepted for the Of“These cases are really fice of City Commissioner until 4 p.m., Tuesday, hard,” Fanara said. Aug. 16, 2011.  “Before we had a special Nominating petitions must be filed with the City prosecutor … it was always Clerk by that time and date to be considered for the really tough to win these Nov. 8, 2011 General Election.  cases because there was a Nominating petitions are available at the City Clerk’s lot of he-said she-said back and forth.” Office at the Boyne City City Hall, 319 North Lake Jarema said this was just a Street, Boyne City, MI  49712. preview leading up to budBoyne City offices available are: get talks later this summer • 2 City Commissioners, four year terms, ending to give Zahner a chance to November, 2015 make plans if she must go • 1 City Commissioner, 2 year term filing a vacanback into the private sector.

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cy, ending November, 2013 Boyne City’s Charter requires nominating petitions have not less than 20, or more than 40, signatures from registered electors of the City.  For this year’s election no one shall sign their name to more than three City petitions. A candidate must have been a resident of the City for at least one year; shall not have been convicted of a felony; is a qualified and registered elector of the City and shall not be in default to the City. For more information please contact City Clerk/ Treasurer  Cindy Grice at (231) 582-0334 or cgrice@boynecity.com

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BOYNE AREA COMMUNITY Have a community event you would like to see publicized?

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To have your free, non-profit or fund-raising event considered for publication in the Boyne City Gazette, e-mail the text and related photographs to editor@boynegazette. com. While we receive too numerous submissions to respond to each request, all will be considered. Note: To ensure placement prior to your event, a paid notice is advisable. Charlevoix Humane Society

Chris Krajewski, of the Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan, will interview author Gail Griffin concerning her book “The Events of October” about a murder-suicide at Kalamazoo College in 1999. The event is from 5 p.m. To 6:30 p.m. on Thursday July 28. Space is limited for this free event, call (231) 3471180 to reserve your seat. McLean & Eakin Booksellers is located at 307 East Lake St. in Petoskey.

Kitten season has been here for quite a while and we are feeling the effects of it. We are now overflowing with kittens. Since we have no more room in our facility for our many kittens we have turned to our foster care homes for assistance. We are very grateful for our foster families and all that they do. If you think that you would be interested in fostering please contact the Humane Society. We have many cats as well and it makes for a crowded area when you have so

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many adult cats and kittens in our cat room. To help adopt out our cats and kittens we are currently doing a two for one special. The prices are listed below: Two cats over six months - $45 Two cats under six months - $60 One cat under six months and One over six months - $50 In addition to our current promotion, we also have a senior program. If you are sixty-five or up you can adopt an adult cat at no charge. The public can aid us by spaying and neutering their cats. It will help cut back on the amount of stray cats we get in, as well as the kitten population. Also, you can adopt. We love to see our animals go to their forever home. If you would like to see all of our available animals you can visit our website at www.charlevoixhumane.org. You can find us on Facebook as well, or you can call us at (231) 582-6774. Our address is 614 Beardsley St. 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.

Northern Community Mediation provides services so that the citizens of Charlevoix and Emmet counties can resolve their conflicts through mediation rather than having to go to court. Mediation is a process in which the facilitators (mediators) help the involved parties express their viewpoints and then come up with a solution to their disagreements. In other words, the solution is in the hands of the participants rather than a third party, such as a judge or arbitrator.

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Across: 1. Defunct USAF branch 4. Ladder rung 8. Shredded cabbage 12. Gone by 13. ____ Sampras of tennis 14. Volcanic rock 15. Cozy place 16. Moving stairway 18. Is unable 20. Fix 21. Aggravates 25. Hollow stalk 26. ____ Culpa 27. Energy source 31. Initial wager 32. Printing measures 33. Army camp 34. Negatives 35. Tennis divider 36. She, in Valencia 37. ____ span 39. Spring month 43. “Friends” character

44. Grouped 47. Gang 50. Whetstone 51. Racing sled 52. Exist 53. Slight advantage 54. Table supports 55. Born as Down: 1. Mournful 2. Mature 3. Sidewalk material 4. Paid out 5. Last will and ____ 6. List-ending abbr. 7. Pod inhabitant 8. Bang shut 9. Tardy 10. Stratford-upon-_____ 17. ____ Vegas, Nevada 19. Helpers 21. Mideast nation 22. Casino city

23. Belief 24. Holiday hunter’s prize (2 wds.) 27. Assists a crook 28. Amulet 29. Norway’s capitol 30. Intend 37. Bottom-row key 38. Lymph _____ 39. Tooth problem 40. Walk heavily 41. Ladder step 42. “_____ dead people!” (2 wds.) 45. House wing 46. Regret 48. Miner’s quest 49. Honey producer

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Apply for food and shelter grants Charlevoix County has been awarded $17,725 and Emmet County has been awarded $26,348 in Federal funds under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program. These funds will be distributed by a Local Board and are used to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in these counties through Sept. 30. The Local Board was charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country. This board will determine how the funds are will be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by

local service agencies in Charlevoix and Emmet Counties. Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private voluntary nonprofits or units of government, 2) have an accounting system, 3) practice nondiscrimination, 4) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 5) if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply. Emergency Food and Shelter funds were awarded to the following agencies last year: the

Women’s Resource Center, the Salvation Army, the Manna Project, St. Francis Church, Brother Dan’s Food Pantry, East Jordan Care and Share, SDA Community Services Center, and Good Samaritan Family Services. Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Martha Lancaster, Char-Em United Way, P.O. Box 1701, Petoskey MI 49770; phone (231) 487-1006; e-mail info@charemunitedway.org for an application. The deadline for applications to be received is 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12.

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Performers aplenty kept the crowds entertained at last Friday’s Stroll the Streets. Don’t miss this week’s event from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday July 29, in downtown Boyne City.

Hospice recognized for honoring war-time veterans It may surprise many people to learn that 25 percent of those who die every year in the U.S. are Veterans. To help provide care and support that reflect the important contributions made by these men and women, Hospice of Northwest Michigan, in partnership with the Health Department of Northwest Michigan, has become a national partner of “We Honor Veterans.” “We Honor Veterans” is a pioneer-

ing campaign developed by National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs. As a “We Honor Veterans” Partner, Hospice of Northwest Michigan will implement ongoing Veterancentered education for their staff and volunteers to help improve the care they provide to the Veterans they proudly serve. The nation is seeing many of the Veterans who served in World War

II and Korea die — and the number of deaths of Vietnam Veterans is beginning to rise. The “We Honor Veterans” campaign provides tiered recognition to organizations that demonstrate a systematic commitment to improving care for Veterans. “Partners” can assess their ability to serve Veterans and, using resources provided as part of the campaign, integrate best practices for providing end-oflife care to Veterans into their orga-

nization. By recognizing the unique needs of our nation’s Veterans who are facing a life-limiting illness, Hospice of Northwest Michigan is better able to accompany and guide Veterans and their families toward a more peaceful ending. And in cases where there might be some specific needs related to the Veteran’s  military service, combat experience or other traumatic events, Hospice of Northwest Michigan will find tools

to help support those they are caring for. The resources of “We Honor Veterans” focus on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening, and grateful acknowledgment, coupled with Veteran-centric education of health care staff caring for Veterans. To learn more about “We Honor Veterans” or to support this important work via a secure, online donation, please visit www.wehonorveterans.org.

JRAC writers publish book

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The 2011 Pink Ribbon Ride raised $35,253.48. After expenses, $12,560 was donated to both Northern Michigan Regional and Charlevoix Area Hospital. Pictured are participants and supporters (back, from left) Mel Majoros, Susan Morris, Tim Leeper, Maureen Babrick, Terese Green, Kathy Jacobsen and (front, from left) Bonnie Heins, Kay Taft Holley, Kim Stevens, Dee Vincent and Gay Pung.

The Jordan River Arts Council Writers’ Group has just published a book, “Writings,” A Collection of Selected Works by Local Writers and Artists. All participants since its beginning in 2002 were invited to submit their writings. The group started with a workshop by Barbara Garipy whose inspiration encouraged the members to write and write more. The group continues today, meeting monthly every second Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Any interested person, whether a JRAC member or not is invited to join the group. Over 30 people have participated from the beginning

with 11 people submitting several writings apiece: poetry, essays, short stories, and biographies. As an introduction to each member’s writing is a colored picture of an original work of art with the lady slipper as the subject. Artist works included are by: Babs Young, Nancy Carey, Diane Cox, Caroline Risk, June Storm, Rosie Evans, Prudence Barber, Christine Brown, and Sylvia Walworth. The lady slipper has been the symbol of the Jordan River Arts Council since its beginning, 22 years ago. The Jordan River’s endless, clear flow, and the lovely, fragile, and elusive Lady Slip-

per, symbolizes for us the treasures hidden here in the valley. The original lady slipper design was created by Pat Tinney, and members of the Writers’ Group felt that having our artist volunteer paintings, tapestries, and photos would support their continuous flow of writing for the reader’s enjoyment. The book is now on sale at the Art Center, 301 Main St., East Jordan during exhibition showings, the Busy Bridge, Main St., East Jordan, and Adams Madam, Central Lake. For further information contact, Howard Ellis, (231) 5362152 or go to jordanriverarts. com.

Plan now to volunteer for annual United Way ‘Day of Caring’

Volunteers Needed for Day of Caring

In honor of the National Day of Service and Remembrance on Sept. 11, hundreds of volunteers will join together on Thursday, Sept. 15, in an effort to make our community a better place to live. The 8th annual Day of Caring matches teams of volunteers from businesses, schools, faith communities, community groups, families and individuals with non-profit organizations in Charlevoix and Emmet Counties that could use a hand in completing some necessary projects. Volunteer registration is now open for Day of Caring projects. All projects are posted online through CharEm United Way so volunteers can choose preference for projects based on their availability, team size, and skills. To register, volunteers should log onto Volunteer Connections, CharEm United Way’s “virtual volunteer center.” All projects will be filled on a first come first serve basis. Volunteers should consider group size and availability when choosing

a project. Char-Em United Way will be unable to match volunteer teams with a chosen project if there are conflicts with time availability or group size. Volunteer teams will complete various tasks for non-profit organizations, schools, and government agencies as well as home maintenance for senior individuals.

Projects might incorporate painting a hallway, building shelves, organizing a pantry, weeding a garden and much more. To register as a volunteer for Day of Caring visit www.charemunitedway. org and click on “Volunteer.” Then follow the link to our Volunteer Connections website and do a search using the key words “Day of

Caring.” Choose the project that best fits your skills, time availability, and group size then click on “I’m interested in this opportunity” to send Char-Em United Way an e-mail. You will then receive a response e-mail to set up

the details. For more information contact CharEm United Way at info@charemunitedway.org or (231) 4871006.


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MATTERS OF FAITH Schedules of Faith & Fellowship Church of the Nativity Reverend Gary Hamp, Traverse City, will be guest celebrant on Sunday, July 24. Nativity is located at 209 Main Street, Boyne City. Please call 582-5045 for more information about the church. B.F. United Methodist 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 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, July 28, Celebrate Recovery will meet at 7 PM. On, Sunday, July 31, the sermon title will be “Building Instructions” from Matthew 7:24-29 given by Pastor Jeff Ellis. Service times are 9 AM and 10:45 AM. 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 Young Adult class at the Discipleship House. Adult classes and small groups will meet during both services. There will be an open house at the East Jordan Community Church starting at 2 p.m. On Thursday, August 4, Celebrate Recovery will meet at 7 PM in the multi-purpose room. For more information, please visit the Church web site at www.walloonchurch.com or call the church office at 5352288. Jewel Heart Buddhist Center Jewel Heart Northern Michigan Tibetan Buddhist Center Boyne City Jewel Heart Northern Michigan, located at 109 Water St., Boyne City, will be continuing its study of the

Odyssey to Freedom, a concise and complete introduction to the stages of the spiritual path, on Wednesday evenings, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. now through June 22. The current section will cover Developing Compassion for Oneself and Others. Details can be found at jewelheart.org, under the Programs section of the Northern Michigan study group, or by e-mailing northernmi@jewelheart.org.

11am-noon. The have a quality staffed nursery along with 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 genesiswired.com. Boyne Valley Catholic Community

Genesis Church Boyne Genesis Church meets in the Boyne Elementary school cafeteria every Sunday from

Church Services & Events

Our deadlines have changed. If you would like the time/date/place of your churchrelated function to be published in the Boyne City Gazette, we must receive your information by Noon on the Saturday preceding the event. While we strive to accommodate last-minute requests, constraints on time and available space makes this difficult. Send information via e-mail to editor@boynegazette.com. Or drop off your information at 5 West Main St., Suite #7 in Boyne City, MI 49712.

The Boyne Valley Catholic Community announces its Summer Mass Schedule Saturday evening: 5:00 p.m. at St. Matthew in Boyne City 7:00 p.m. at St. John Nepomucene (on M-32 and St. John’s Road-near East Jordan) Sunday morning: 9:00 a.m. at St. Augustine in Boyne Falls 11:00 a.m. at St. Matthew in Boyne City Call (231) 582-7718 for more

information Special First Friday Mass in Honor of both the 40th Anniversary of the Diocese of Gaylord and the 60th Anniversary of the Ordination of Pope Benedict XVI will take place on Friday, July 1 at 8:30 a.m. at St. Matthew in Boyne City. A Holy Hour with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament follows Mass and closed with Benediction. The sacrament of Penance is also available during that time. All are welcome. B.C. United Mehodist Boyne City United Methodist Church regular Sunday Service 11 am, 324 South Park Street. Children’s programming held during service. Bible Study on Thursdays 10 am – open to everyone. Office hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8 am to 3 pm. Phone 231-582-9776. Upper Peninsula Beef & Chicken Pasties are on sale for $2.75 each. Call the church office or stop by during office hours.

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WEIR MEMORIAL Earl Weir, a self-employed builder/contractor, died on April 9, 2011 in Florida. His memorial service will be held on August 6, 2011 at Christ Episcopal Church in Charlevoix at 1 p.m. James Arden Holiday (Aug. 5, 1935 - July 15, 2011) James Arden Holiday, age 75 of Harbor Springs, passed away peacefully surrounded by family, on July 15th. He was born in Harbor Springs on August 5th, 1935; son of John D. Holiday and Dorothy Henderson Holiday. He graduated from Harbor Springs High School in 1954, where he was president of his class. He received his business degree from Western Michigan University, where he was an active member and president of

Theta Xi fraternity. On December 10th 1960, he married Eleanor Louise Gilbert, who preceded him in death in 2004. He was a prominent real estate broker in Kalamazoo, Michigan and Clearwater, Florida. He married his high school sweetheart Evelyn Pawlis (Sarns) Holiday in 2006 and she survives. He is also survived by his daughter Elizabeth Holiday Illing, his son John Brian Holiday, his son in law Brad Illing , his granddaughter Danielle Illing, and his stepchildren Kathleen Sarns Irwin, Maurice Sarns, and Thomas Sarns, as well as nieces and nephews Cyndi, John, and Mark Holiday, Suzanne Holiday Henika and cousin Kay Congers. Arden was preceded in death by his brother John Garth Holiday and his son James Arden Holiday junior.

Arden was always the first one to tell a joke. He enjoyed sitting on his porch, to wave or heckle people passing by. He loved Harbor Springs. His family and friends will cherish the memories made throughout his life. Family and friends wishing to share a thought or memory are encouraged to do so online at www.stonefuneralhomeinc.com . The family requests memorial donations are made to Northern Michigan Regional Foundation for the oncology department in Petoskey. Graveside services are pending, date to be announced. Arrangements were made through Schiller Funeral Home. Eugene William Balogh (Feb. 14, 1927 - July 16, 2011) Eugene W. Balogh died July 16, 2011, when his plane crashed.

He was doing what he loved to do. He had such a sincere zest for life and had never met a stranger, and everyone loved his beaming smile and sense of humor. His birthday was Valentines Day and he was such a true sweetheart to his wife, Ginny. He always told her that being married to her would “never be boring”. One day he said that he was taking her on a cruise around the world, followed by an extended tour of Italy. 83 days later, they were home. He leaves as survivors, other than his wife, Ginny, five children, 14 grandchildren, one great grandson, his sister, and so many friends. He was a wonderful father and a rock and a pillar to his children. He was a huge influence in their lives. He could take any problem and turn it into an opportunity.

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He’d been an executive in several large corporations, and later became a management consultant. He was very serious and exacting and so astute as an executive and was so in demand even after retirement as a national speaker. He had played football at MSU and later was on the fencing team and stayed fit climbing Avalanche Mountain. We had over 35 years of wonderful times at MSU. Services were Thurs., July 21, at 11:00 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, 1250 Boyne Avenue, Boyne City. Donations may be made to the local Humane Society and MSU Football Association. Stackus Funeral Home of Boyne City is serving the family.

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OBITUARY From Page 8

Valaree McGinn (Dec. 23, 1932 - July 16, 2011) Valaree Jean Hanson McGinn, 78, of Petoskey, formerly Cheboygan, passed away Saturday, July 16, 2011 at Bortz Health Care Facility in Petoskey.

Valaree was born December 23, 1932 in Cheboygan, the daughter of Perry and Edna (Greenless) Hanson. Soon after graduating high school, she married Robert Norman McGinn, who preceded her in death on August 5, 2005. As a Navy family they moved frequently and were stationed in Malta, Peoria, IL, Key West, FL, and Charleston, SC. Valaree had fond memories of

her years as a navy wife. After Robert’s retirement the family moved back to Cheboygan. Valaree went back to school in her forties and earned a nursing degree, then worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse for several years at Cheboygan Community Memorial Hospital. Valaree enjoyed needlepoint, craft work and crossword puzzles. She will be remembered for her quick wit

and sense of humor. Surviving is her daughter, Marlene Ann McGinn of Boyne City, her son, Michael Robert McGinn of Newport, Rhode Island, 3 grandchildren,Tara Maltby, Jacob Maltby and Katie McGinn, a great-grandchild, and Ayden McGinn. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter Colene Dawn Patricia

McGinn, a sister, Ruth, and a brother, Harold Hanson. A memorial service was held on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 3 pm, with the family greeting friends beginning at 2 pm, at the Nordman-Christian Funeral Home, with Rev. Jeff Dinner will officiating. Online condolences may be made at www.stonefuneralhomeinc.com.

Sometimes there are no answers men can give I was baking all day in the sun while camping with my 12-year old son Evan. I forgot sunblock existed. It was our turn to have ‘On the Journey’ o n e - o n - o n e JAMIE WOODALL time. Knowing the need, my wife graciously told us to, “Go for it. We’ll have a pop-corn movie night at home.” So after lots of football passing, Aerobie throwing, which is a wire ring with rubber around it that flies for miles if you throw it right, beach swimming, and laughing around a camp fire we had an interesting encounter with a new friend. I’ll call him “John.” John was camping next door with his family. Looking all tattooed and crazyeyed I asked him how well his little car did with gas mileage. After giving me the skinny and sharing a bit of his Boyne City story with me, he asked where we were from. So I explained how we moved to Boyne City two years ago and how our whole family has completely fallen in love with the town and the people. John then asked why we came. So I shared that we hope to encourage friends toward following Jesus. A millisecond later he gave me an odd look and asked, “Why?” I’ve learned not to be taken back by any question. It’s the same question I would have asked a few years ago; and other questions I still ask. I told John, for me, I’ve learned that following Jesus works. This was the beginning of an incredible conversation. He then asked what the word “theology” meant. A few minutes later John plopped down at our picnic table and shot off a number of excellent questions. We were all intrigued. He was interested. Wondering if I was steeling time from my son, I looked over at him while John was talking. Evan was on the edge of his seat and totally into it. Instantly John began sharing some deep pain from his life. The conversation took so many quick turns from questions like, “How do you know God created

all of this around us? …this sky? …this water? …us?”, and “How do you know the Bible is really from God? Didn’t men write it? How can you trust it?” Then he paused and asked, “Why would God take my wife?” I realized something very quickly. I was unable to answer much of anything. He would fire the next head-spinning question before I could answer. Then he landed on this whopper-of-a-life-question, “Why my wife? She was so good.” At this point in time a friend of his came over to our fire and engaged in the same conversation. She shared how she had given up on faith in God, and anything he could do for us. But then she shared how she would pray to God when she was younger and would walk home in the dark. John finally shared how he had begged God to save his wife, even at a time he wasn’t sure God even existed. It seemed as if our camping neighbors were all looking for a good reason to believe in a good God who cared for them and their pain. John, shared with deep emotion and tears. I felt his pain and even cried with John. I’ve learned there are no trite answers for these questions. I can never really answer them for these dear people. Only God can answer the deep questions of the soul. However he can use us in one another’s lives. So I gently began to share what I believe. “God did not ‘break’ the world. We did (I realized we hate to hear this some times when we want to blame him). God allowed us the choice at the beginning of history to love and trust him or not. If he would not have allowed the choice then we would be robots never actually having a choice to love. Free will was his dangerously beautiful gift to humanity. So a “representative” named Adam made a moronic decision for all of us. “Why?” I don’t know. All I know is that I probably would have wanted to eat from the one scrumptious tree that I was told I couldn’t have, too. So after that decision the relationship with God changed as well as the whole world God created. Adam’s sin changed it all. That’s the Bible’s nutshell answer to why there is death, disease, divorce, brokenness, betrayal, heart-ache, war, etc. — Yes, age-old response, I know — But It’s what the Bible

shares is the original source of all of our problems; it’s a very logical answer; and I, along with millions of others, believe it’s true. Here’s the greatest message God is shouting to us in multiple ways, but we don’t get: God wants to invade this broken world and restore it. He wants to be our rescue. He wants to invade you’re brokenness and mine, and heal us. He has done it by sending his son to be our forgiver and leader — i.e. savior and lord. I don’t know why this is his method, but it was. So how’s this help John? It might

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STATE & REGION NEWS NEWS BRIEFS Short but interesting • You may now cuff the bride – According to ABC Action News, Tammy Lee Hinton had no sooner said “I do” to her betrothed when she was arrested on a felony charge. She was booked and had her mug shot taken while still in full wedding regalia. • Shocking new career – Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm is in Raleigh, N.C., this week talking about electric cars at the 2011 PlugIn Convention. Granholm’s position is as an advisor with Pew Charitable Trusts. • Coupon fail – Internet discount guru Groupon briefly expanded its offerings to automobiles last week at a southern Michigan auto dealership. The idea was that at least 10 people could each receive $500 off a new vehicle if they each bought one within a several-day period. The coupons cost $200 each and only four people signed up according to automobilemag.com. • All crimes, great and small – A Genessee County man who swindled the state out of over $9 million in tax credits has recently been convicted of a felony for illegally using his elderly neighbor’s ATM card. According to connectedmichigan.com, Richard Short obtained the card from an 87-year-old woman with dementia. •Not all stem cells are good – The Times of India reports that cancer stem cells allow a tumor to grow. Worse yet is these cells cannot be killed by traditional cancer treatments. • Children are the future – The Students Reinventing Michigan Corporation is sponsoring a $24,000 competition for all under grad students attending colleges and universities in Michigan. The goal of the competition is for students to solve problems faced by the Michigan legislature. • Maybe it’s too effective – Zacks. com reports that chemical giant DuPont is being sued by a Michigan polo club claiming the company’s herbicide has killed some of its decorative trees. • You’re number one – Wayne County has been ranked highest on a list of Michigan counties for arson and suspicious fires in 2010. There were nearly 1,100 fires reported in the Detroit area last year. • Billions and billions and billions – io9.com reports that explorers have discovered life forms in sinkholes on the bottomland of Lake Huron which are three billion years old. The microbes thrive in the oxygen-free environment meaning they likely developed back when the planet was still devoid of oxygen. • Nothing to sneeze at – Gov. Rick Snyder recently signed a bill limiting the amount of cold and allergy medicine you can legally obtain and creating a database to track lawful citizens who purchase the items. Government officials claim the new law is an attempt at slowing the production of methamphetamine. Not only will Michigan residents be required to show identification, but you won’t be able to get your medicine unless you consent to entering your name in a database controlled and monitored by police. •Science, shmience – According to heraldextra.com, Detroit Prosecuting Attorney Marilyn Eisenbraun said her office will not look at DNA evidence which could exonerate a 56-year-old man who has been behind bars for 25 years for rape. “Science does not trump the testimony of individuals,” Eisenbraun said. • What was the point? – Charges have been dropped on the Oak Park couple who were threatened with 93 days in jail for planting a vegetable garden in their front yard. The case gained widespread notoriety through traditional and social media outlets, but no reason has been given for the city’s sudden reversal.

Gov. Rick Snyder signs new bills into law Gov. Rick Snyder recently signed numerous bills into law. • Senate Bill 165, sponsored by state Sen. John Moolenaar, prevents the state and local units of government from requiring companies that want to bid on construction, repair, remodeling or demolition projects to participate in a collective bargaining agreement and prevents discrimination against those that do not. “This legislation is important because it gives everyone equal opportunity to compete for jobs,” Snyder said. “Governments need to make decisions based on competitive bidding and value for taxpayer money. Union and nonunion companies and their work forces are all valued and will continue to be able to partner on projects.” The legislation is now Public Act 98 of 2011. • House Bill 4792, sponsored by state Rep. Chuck Moss, deletes a provision in the Michigan Legislative Retirement System Act that prohibits the system from spending money saved for future retiree health care until the system is 100 percent funded. Eliminating this prohibition will prevent the need for the state to spend an additional $1 million to make up for a shortfall in the system. It is now P.A. 99. • S.B. 46, sponsored by state Sen. Arlan Meekhof, defines “biofuel” as any renewable fuel product that is derived from recently living organisms or their metabolic byproduct and streamlines regulations for producing biofuels in an agricultural setting. Small farms that produce ethanol or biofuels for their own use will not need to apply for special permits. The bill is now P.A. 97. • S.B. 371, sponsored by state Sen. Darwin Booher, allows Oceana, Newaygo, Montcalm, Gratiot, Saginaw, Tuscola and Sanilac counties to approve ordinances enabling offroad vehicles to operate on road shoulders. With these additions, the entire Upper Peninsula and 19 counties in the Lower Peninsula

may allow ORVs to operate on road shoulders. S.B. 371 is now P.A. 107. • Senate Bill 214 and House Bill 4359, sponsored by state Sen. Judy Emmons and state Rep. Matt Huuki, respectively, allow the state to issue specially designed motorcycle license plates to veterans of the armed forces and current members of the National Guard. Specialty license plates are currently only available for passenger vehicles, but not motorcycles. S.B. 214 and H.B. 4359 and are now Public Acts 73 and 74 of 2011. • S.B. 24, sponsored by state Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, allows premium finance companies that are majority owned by insurance agents to share profits with those owner-agents. This change will level the playing field by allowing insurance agents that are associated with premium finance companies to compete for business with insurance agents that are not. The bill is now P.A. 75 • S.B. 28, sponsored by state Sen. Goeff Hansen, allows taxpayers to pay their income taxes by using a credit or debit card, which in addition to being more convenient for taxpayers will also save the state money by reducing costs associated with processing checks. Michigan is currently one of only two states that does not offer taxpayers this option. S.B. 28 is now P.A. 76. • S.B. 383, sponsored by state Sen. Mike Kowall, gives the Michigan Film Office the ability to negotiate the size of incentives it offers to film, television and video game producers. Under current law, the incentive program is strictly defined, resulting in fixed incentive percentages the film office must offer and greater expenditure of taxpayer money than necessary. With this change, the film office may offer productions lower incentives packages than the current automatic 42 percent subsidy. By having the ability to offer varying levels of support, this change will also give the state more ability to ensure the incentive program creates jobs for Michigan residents. The legislation is now P.A. 77. • H.B. 4315, sponsored by state Rep. Amanda Price, renames the portion of US-31 between I-196 in

Allegan County and M-45 in Ottawa County the “Medal of Honor Recipients H i g h w a y. ” The Michigan Department of Transportation will work with local veterans organizations to develop a separate sign bearing the names of Lt. Col. Matt Urban, Cpl. John Essebagger, Jr., Sgt. Gordon Yntema and Sgt. Paul Ronald Lambers. H.B. 4315 is now P.A. 78. • H.B. 4666, sponsored by state Rep. Andrea LaFontaine, will help the state collect an estimated $5 million of the approximately $12 million owed to it from unpaid liens on farmland by allowing landowners to pay the state at a reduced rate. The legislation will also give farmers an incentive to pay in a timely fashion by charging interest on future liens. Money collected will support the Michigan Agricultural Preservation Fund. The legislation is now P.A. 79. • H.B. 4727, sponsored by state Rep. Ken Goike, allows children under the age of 18 to volunteer at county fairs and other similar agricultural events without being required to have a work permit, which will make it easier for scout troops, youth ministries and students who participate in 4-H to provide community service. The bill is now P.A. 80. • H.B. 4759 and S.B. 223, sponsored by state Rep. Sharon Tyler and state Sen. Mike Kowall, amend the Commercial Rehabilitation Act to expand the definition of qualified facilities and give local units of government more flexibility to define rehabilitation zones, helping community revitalization efforts. The bills are now P.A.s 81 and 82, respectively. For more information, visit www. legislature.mi.gov.

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With summer storm season here, the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) today reminded residential customers of regulated electric utilities that they may be eligible for a $25 outage service credit on their bill under certain conditions. Under the MPSC’s Service Quality and Reliability Standards, there are three types of electric outage conditions that may qualify for a credit: catastrophic condition outages, normal condition outages and frequent outages. The MPSC has issued a Consumer Tip on the issue that explains the circumstances under which electric customers may be eligible for the credit. It also provides helpful tips on how to prepare for a power outage before it happens, what to do during an outage, and additional steps to take when power is lost during cold temperatures. To request a credit, customers should contact their electric utility. The MPSC is an agency within the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

Some deer tags on sale Applications for antlerless deer licenses are on sale now through Aug. 15 for $4 at license agents or online at www.michigan.gov/huntdrawings. Private land licenses for southern Michigan and Deer Management Unit (DMU) 487 in the Northeastern Lower Peninsula are sold without application, however, and may be purchased beginning Sept. 6 at 10 a.m. In all, 756,200 antlerless deer licenses will be available in 2011, a decrease from 776,500 available last year. Statewide, public land licenses increased slightly while private land licenses decreased. Hunters will find more antlerless licenses available in the Upper Peninsula. In 2011, 16 Upper Peninsula DMUs will not have antlerless deer licenses available, compared to 17 DMUs in 2010. In the Northern Lower Peninsula, antlerless permits have decreased somewhat, largely due to fewer licenses available on private land.

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State & Local Government Official Contacts Republican Governor Rick Snyder Office of the Governor 111 South Capitol Ave. P.O. Box 30013, Lansing, MI 48909 (517) 335-6397

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Democrat Northern Michigan Office 3335 S. Airport Road West, Suite 6B Traverse City, MI 49684 (231) 929-1031

U.S. Senator Carl Levin, Democrat 269 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510 Northern Michigan office: 107 Cass St., Suite E Traverse City, MI 496842602 (231) 947-9569

112th District Michigan House of Representatives Greg MacMaster, Republican Anderson House Office Bldg. S-1389 House Office Building P.O. Box 30014 Lansing, MI 48909 Email: GregMacMaster@ house.mi.gov

Petoskey office: 200 Divison St. Suite 178 Petoskey, MI 49770 (231) 348-0657 Michigan State Senator for the 37th District, Howard Walker, Republican 910 Farnum Building P.O. Box 30036 Lansing, MI 48909-7536 E-mail SenHWalker@ senate.michigan.gov (517) 373-2413 Charlevoix County Board Commissioners

• Joel Evans, Chairman 10448 Lord Rd., East Jordan, MI 49727 District # 4 536-7073 evans-joel@hotmail.com • Richard L. Gillespie, Vice-Chair 38270 Gallagher Ave, Beaver Island, MI 49782 District # 6 448-2577 commishrich@gmail.com • Shirlene Tripp 07682 Old US 31 N., Charlevoix, MI 49720 District # 1

347-9679 • Chris Christensen 111 East Pine St., Boyne City, MI 49712 District # 2 582-0684 chris@lyndasrealestateservice.com • Ronald Reinhardt 00880 BC/EJ Rd., Boyne City, MI 49712 District # 3 582-7912 • Robert Drebenstedt 04857 Wickersham Rd., Charlevoix, MI 49720

District # 5 547-8463 Boyne City Commission 319 N. Lake St. Boyne City, MI 49712 phone: 231-582-6597 fax: 231-582-6506 • Charles Vondra, Mayor 1126 Nordic Drive Boyne City, MI 49712 231-582-5520 • Ronald Grunch 400 Silver Street Boyne City, MI 49712 231-582-6974

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BUSINESS

What does ‘debt ceiling’ debate mean for you?

Ruth Skop Manages Edward Jones Investments of Boyne City If you’re like most Americans, the term “debt ceiling” probably didn’t mean that much to you until recently. Now, of course, the debt ceiling debate is front-page news, day after day. As a citizen, you’re no doubt hoping the situation is resolved in the best

interests of the country. But as an investor, you may be especially concerned about what might happen to your holdings, and your overall investment strategy, if the debt ceiling is not increased by the Aug. 2 deadline. Before you consider how the situation may affect you, let’s quickly review just what is meant by the term “debt ceiling” and what might happen if no agreement is reached. Essentially, the debt ceiling is the legal limit on borrowing by the federal government. If Congress doesn’t increase the limit, borrowed funds wouldn’t be available to pay bills, so the U.S. could be forced to default on its debt obligations, which would be unprecedented. No one can really predict what might happen if the debt ceiling isn’t raised, but virtually everyone agrees that it would be an undesirable outcome. That’s why Congress has, more or less routinely, always raised the

debt ceiling in the past — in fact, it’s been raised every year for the past 10 years. This year, however, political and philosophical differences between Congressional leaders and the current Administration have, thus far, blocked the lifting of the debt ceiling. Nonetheless, there’s still time for Congress to take action before Aug. 2, which is the estimated date of when temporary actions to avoid default are exhaust-

ed. (The actual debt ceiling was reached in mid-May). And as an individual investor, here’s what you can do: Don’t panic. It’s hard to imagine that an agreement won’t be reached to raise the debt ceiling, even if such a deal doesn’t happen until the last minute. But even if the Aug. 2 deadline passes, the U.S. may still find ways to make payments on its debt for a while. So don’t rush into investment decisions based

on this scenario. Overlook short-term results. Even if the U.S. finds ways to pay its debts after the Aug. 2 deadline, lenders — who don’t like uncertainty — could become more concerned and start demanding higher interest rates on their investments in U.S. Treasury securities. As a result, market interest rates could rise across the board, leading to declines in bond and stock prices. Remember that the market can drop for any reason, and this would be no exception. While such a drop could well be sharp the resulting distress would likely jolt

Congress into taking quick action on the debt ceiling. Don’t let debts and deficits drive your investment decisions. Even after the debt ceiling issue is resolved, concerns will exist about the country’s debt and deficit issues. As an investor, you should make investment decisions based on your individual goals, risk tolerance and time horizon rather than the level of debt being incurred by the government. The debt ceiling story can certainly be unsettling — but it doesn’t mean you should let the roof fall in on your investment strategy.

Local chambers of commerce join forces to hone area leadership BENJAMIN GOHS ASSOCIATE EDITOR

tify emerging leaders in addition to strengthening their leadership skills while raising awareness about community needs. The program will offer an orientation, monthly day-long classes from September through May, 2012 and a graduation ceremony. Baumann said session topics will include Connecting with Your Government; Health and Human Services; Economic Development; Education Today; Building Your Tool Box; Arts, Culture and Philanthropy; Your Environment and Natural Resources, and Where Do We Go from Here? Each session will cover various skills associated with leadership and will include community leaders, businesses, and projects throughout the county. “We don’t have one big dominant chamber in this county so we all got together to make it happen ,” Baumann said. “And, we got a grant from the Charlevoix County Com-

Looking to hone the skills of tomorrow’s business and community leaders today, the Boyne and three other area chambers of commerce has created a leadership skills class. According to Boyne Area JIM BAUMANN Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jim Baumann, the class application process is open to anyone in Charlevoix County interested in learning more about government, business, charitable organizations, the arts and more. loses lots of its young profession“I think this is a really great proals,” Baumann said. “We’ve got gram,” Baumann said. “It is somegreat universities here and half the thing that is done in a students leave after lot of areas around us they get their degrees.” These young professionals are go– the Petoskey chamber He added, “These has a really good proing to be serving on the boards and young professionals gram – and we thought are going to be servcouncils of the future. it would be something ing on the boards and we would like to bring JIM BAUMANN, CHAMBER DIR. councils of the future to Charlevoix County.” and this class will help The Leadership Charledevelop their skills and voix County program is a coopera- munity Foundation to help kick it let them know what our (various cittive effort of the Boyne Area Cham- off.” ies) strengths and weaknesses are.” ber as well as Beaver Island, East Go to www.leadershipcharlevoixThe cost to attend the class is $750 Jordan and Charlevoix chambers of county.com for more information or for any member or employee of a to apply. commerce. Program officials hope to iden- “It’s been pointed out that Michigan member of any chamber of com-

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Boyne author Monica Farrier will sign copies of her new book at 1 p.m. on July 31 at Freshwater studio in Boyne City. JOSH SAMPSON STAFF WRITER Boyne City writer Monica Farrier wrote, “Mysterious Beasties of the Northwoods: Creatures from North American Folklore,” a new book detailing history through folklore. “Those who went to summer camp may remember the fictitious snipe of the ritual ‘snipe hunt,’ but that’s usually about it,” she said. “I thought the other beasties (sic) needed an introduction.” Farrier’s interest in folklore and in teaching English as a second language inspired her to write her new book. “When I was an ESL teacher at … schools in North Carolina, I noticed that my students related to animals,” she said. “Someone may know very little English, but everyone knows what a dog or a cat is – even if they don’t have the English vocabulary to describe it.” Farrier believes the beasties add a new dimension to how a kid can describe an animal or compare it to other animals, thus helping a child learn about new concepts easily. “They are funny, which can help to ease the struggle of learning,” she said. “And, since they are a part of American folklore, they present an opportunity to learn about an aspect of culture.”

“Even the more recent ones record the stories from much earlier times,” Farrier said. “There have been some retellings of the old tales over the years, but from the start I had a different approach in mind.” She added, “I wanted to depict the beasties in such a way that readers could imagine them still being out there in the woods today.” This is Farrier’s second book that she has written. Her first was a children’s story that also had a regional theme, published in 2001, called, “The Secret of the Cottage Elves.” “It’s about elves that take over the summer cottages when their owners leave in the fall,” she said. “There are several book stores that still carry it.

In fact, now that Mysterious Beasties is also in stores, both books are selling very well.” Farrier will continue to write in the future and expressed her love for children’s stories because of honest feedback from her audience. “They (kids) relate to stories in a way that is fresh and authentic,” she said. “When you love a story you heard or read as a kid you never forget it, and I would like to write something that touches children in a deep way.” Farrier said she she remembers participating in a book-signing event several years ago when she published, “Cottage Elves.” At the time, she said, she had left elf hats and binoculars for elf-sightings and even activities that kids could do

involving elves. She said one child at the event had really taken to the idea of elf-hunting. “A little boy approached my table who had all of it – an elf hat on his head, a book in one hand and binoculars in the other,” she said. “He had embraced the whole elf theme in a big way and there was a huge grin on his face. Lots of kids related to that book, but even this one boy would have been enough for me to make the whole book project worth the effort.” At 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 31 at Freshwater Studio, Farrier will be promoting her new book and signing copies. For more information on, “Mysterious Beasties,” go online at www. mysteroiusbeasties.com

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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. For more information, please call (231) 487-4000. Free Colorectal Exam Kits The American Cancer Society recommends regular colorectal cancer screening beginning at age 50. Meyerson says that can be difficult for people who do not have health insurance that covers the cost of screening. So the Health Department is offering free at-home colorectal cancer screening kits for men and women age 50 to 64 from Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego counties who are uninsured or whose health insurance does not cover colorectal cancer screening. Call the Health Department at (800) 432-4121 to check eligibility and request an at-home screening kit. Cancer Support Group Circle of Strength Cancer Support Group meets on the First Wednesday of every month at Charlevoix Area Hospital in the large classroom on the lower level of Hospital. Time: 10:30a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and on Beaver Island-Medical Center at the same time each month. The next meeting will be Wednesday, July Aug. 3. We will welcome anyone in the area to join us for sharing, learning and making new friends.  If you have been diagnosed with cancer now or in the past, if you are a family member of a person with cancer, or a friend and support person of someone with cancer, you will always gain something special from a meeting. We will be joining (via REMC-like TV live,) the support group on Beaver Island. We are in this together.

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Poison ivy can be much more than an annoyance SUBMITTED BY SALLY GRUTSCH Summer is usually a time for fun with friends and family. There is also an increase in many annoying skin issues. From bug bites, poison ivy, and sunburns, summer is prime time for discomfort for many. This is especially true for those who are unprepared. Sunburns can be mostly avoided with a little planning, sunscreen and common sense. Likewise, insect bites can be decreased with the use of bug repellent. Unfortunately, many itching rashes cannot be entirely avoided. Poison Ivy , also called poison sumac or poison oak, are a family of plants that can cause an unpleasant skin rash. The skin irritation is caused by slightly different plants, but all of them are capable of causing the same itchy reaction. This allergic reaction, called contact dermatitis, is caused by oil present in all parts of the urushiol plant. Direct and indirect exposure to this oil can cause a rash. Indirect contact may happen if you touch clothing or objects (pet fur, clothes, footwear, etc.) that have been in contact with someone who has touched the plants. Urushiol does not cause a rash in everyone who comes in contact with it. Symptoms of poison ivy include itchy skin where the plant has touched the skin, red streaks (sometimes clearly defined paths where the plant has come in contact with the skin and sometimes general redness where the plant has brushed the skin), small bumps or larger reddened areas, and fluid filled blisters that may leak. The rash usually appears 8 to 48 hours after contact and it can occur from 5 hours to 15 days after exposure. It might be the long incubation that leads to the

myth that poison ivy rash can be “caught “ from another person. A rash can be caused by touching another person after they have had direct exposure with the plant and there is urushiol present on their skin. It cannot be caught from a person with none of the oil present on their skin. You cannot catch or spread the rash, even if you touch it or the blister fluid, if the urushiol has been washed off or absorbed. It is important to emphasize that this is not a contagious condition. You cannot spread poison ivy simply because you have the rash. If the rash seems to worsen it can still be from the initial exposure to the plant, or you have touched something that has urushiol on it. Coming into contact with large amounts of urushiol often leads to more severe skin reaction. In people who are extremely sensitive to the plants, very serious symptoms may occur. It is important to seek medical help if there are large areas of affected skin, if there is swelling in the face, mouth, neck, genitals, eyelids, or there are numerous large blisters that ooze large amounts of fluid. There is also a risk of secondary infection due to open areas and breaks in the skin either from the rash or from scratching. Never burn poison ivy. Inhaling the smoke can cause severe lung infection and even death from swelling of the throat and airway constriction. If this is a first exposure to the plant, then the rash usually takes more than a week to show up. That rash develops much more quickly after subsequent exposures. It often develops 1-2 days after exposure. The rash will then continue to develop in new areas over several days, but it will only appear on areas directly contacted by the oil. The best way to avoid getting

COURTESY PHOTO Be sure to rinse areas of skin suspected to have come in contact with poison ivy within 10 to 15 minutes of exposure to lessen adverse reactions.

poison ivy is to avoid plants with urushiol. Unfortunately, the plants can look different depending on season and the poison sumac and poison oak plants look different from poison ivy. In winter, the plants can look black, because urushiol turns black when exposed to air. Even when dead, plants will still contain decreased amounts of urushiol oil. Knowing what the plants look like for a particular geographical area is a good idea. This is a good time to ask a boy scout to show you what the plants look like. Wearing clothes that minimize contact from the plants to your skin is also helpful. Long sleeves, pants that completely cover the legs, socks and boots help protect you from the plants. Careful handling and thorough washing of clothing after being in the woods in also recommended. Many stores carry barrier creams

and lotions to prevent contact with and remove urushiol oil from the skin. These vary in effectiveness and potency. After a suspected exposure, rinse the areas that have touched the plants within 10-15 minutes. This may help prevent or lessen a reaction to the oil. Most of the oil will be absorbed into the skin within 30 minutes. Wash clothing as soon as possible and clean exposed surfaces with rubbing alcohol. Some common sense home treatments for poison ivy include calamine lotion (applied to affected areas for relief from itching and drying blisters), wet compresses, soaking the affected area in cool water, and antihistamine pills. You can prevent infection by trying to not scratch at the rash. Also, cut fingernails short to minimize the risk of secondary infection from open skin.

NMRHS offers free bariatric surgery seminar on Aug. 1 In conjunction with its new bariatric surgery weight loss program, Northern Michigan Regional Health System is offering a free bariatric surgery seminar. Because one size or procedure does not fit all patients, several new weight loss options will be the focus of the presentation, titled “Bariatric Surgery and Obesity: What are my choices?” by

Randal Baker, MD, FACS, head of the new bariatric surgery program at Northern Michigan Regional Health System. The seminar will take place from 6-7 p.m. on Monday, August 1, at the new John and Marnie Demmer Wellness Pavilion and Dialysis Center located at 820 Arlington Avenue on the Lockwood-MacDonald campus in Petoskey.

“The benefits of bariatric surgery far outweigh the risks associated with obesity including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, osteoarthritis, and several cancers. In fact, bariatric surgery is the only significant option that actually cures diabetes,” Baker said. “Studies are showing that bariatric surgery saves lives, improves overall health and well-

being, and saves money.” The free seminar will include discussion on the new surgical weight loss options available through Northern Michigan Regional Health System, as well as surgical qualifications and the multi-disciplinary approach solely focused on the best outcome for each individual patient. Dr. Baker attended Albany Medi-

cal College of New York. He is an Assistant Professor of Surgery for Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and serves as the Medical Director of Bariatrics for Spectrum Health. Dr. Baker is also the President of the Michigan Bariatric Society. Pre-registration is required. Register by calling (800) 248-6777.

Suicide intervention training skills program offered to everyone ASIST Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training A two-day workshop for friends, mental health professionals, social workers and all others interested in learning the skills to competently and confidently intervene with a person at risk of suicide. ASIST is for anyone concerned about the threat of suicide. You need not be a mental health professional to learn and to use these skills. Most people considering suicide share their distress and their intent. Training can help us see and respond to these invitations for help. It can give you the confidence to ask about suicide if you are concerned about someone’s safety. It can provide you with the tools to help prevent the immediate risk of suicide. The emphasis of the ASIST workshop is on suicide first aid-helping a person at risk stay safe and seek further help. Cost: $100: Has been subsidized by a grant and includes materials, lunch and refreshments.

Wellness Wednesday

Charlevoix Area Hospital’s next “Wellness Wednesday” will be from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Wednesday, August 3, 2011. The Wellness Wednesday Health Screens include: Total Cholesterol, HDL, ratio, and Glucose levels, Body Mass Index (BMI) score, Fat Percentage, and a Blood Pressure reading. No fasting required. However, if you are fasting an LDL and triglyceride reading can also be obtained.

Discounts: $25 for social work/counseling students and agencies with 3 or more attendees. Full Scholarships: One per school building staff who attends. A limited additional number available on a first come first served basis. Date: August 30 and 31 Tuesday and Wednesday - 8:30 to 5:00 Location: Oleson Center for Continuing Education, Main Campus NMC, 1881 College Drive Traverse City, MI Space is limited – register today; registration due by August 22 Pending: 15 Social Work CE Hours, 13 related MCBAP Contact Hours, and 1.3 School Counselor SB-CEU. Presented by: Jason Simpkins, LMSW and Mickie Jannazzo, LMSW, LPC Third Level Crisis Center Serving Northern Lower Michigan for 40 years, Third Level provides immediate, free, flexible services. Services include 24/7 crisis counseling, a free legal aid clinic, Pete’s Place Cost for the service is $12. Participants will also receive a blood pressure log and pedometer as well as all test results at the time of the screen. A Registered Nurse will adapt health Consultation and educational materials to individual results. Appointments can be made in advance by calling the office of Community Health Education at Charlevoix Area Hospital: (231) 547-8906 or by email: kjacobsen@ cah.org; Walk-ins are always welcome.

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FROM PAGE 2 and former small-time actor. With a flourish, Adams crowned Strang and declared him king of his Beaver Island Mormon kingdom. As the ceremony closed the crowd cheered, “Long live James, King of Zion!” The scene was certainly one of the most bizarre in Great Lakes’ History the makeshift royal trappings against the primitive island life, the voices echoing out over a frontier kingdom where the only other inhabitants were a handful of traders, fishermen and Indians. But quirky as it was, the sixyear reign of the man born Jesse James Strang (later, he switched his first and middle names to become James Jesse) was more than a strange sideshow in history. Strang can’t be explained simply as a fanatic with illusions of royalty. On one hand, he was a manipulator who stopped at almost nothing to fulfill his theocratic desires. On the other, he was a brilliant writer, debater, politician and thinker who served honorably during two terms in the Michigan Legislature. He opposed slavery, was fair to Native Americans and allowed women and, in at least one case, a black man to hold high offices in his church.

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I suspect he saw me staring his way as he rose and come out to greet me. We talked about the resemblance and he told me how much it had bothered his father that he, the son, had grown taller and bigger than his dad. But then, that is so often the case in this day. My grandsons are all taller and larger men than their fathers were. Our Nancy is taller than I am and her niece, my granddaughter Laura is taller than both of us – each generation has gained at least an inch. And I was considered unusually tall at 5-foot, nine inches in my youth. I suspect the regulation height of six-foot, eight inches for doorways used for so many years by builders will become a thing of the past. It already has disappeared in many public buildings. Seven-foot and even eight-foot door openings are becoming common. More and more shopping is done on

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FROM PAGE 2 levels. Others, still, believe religion is protected from government intervention such that theocracy may, and does, permeate nearly all levels of municipality. In the 1890 case of Davis vs. Beason, Supreme Court Justices stated that breaking the law is no less odious simply because it may be sanctioned by designation as a religious rite. For example: practitioners of voodoo, who engage in animal sacrifice, do so at risk of legal recourse. However, the cruelty to animals clause in municipal code does not apparently apply to some practitioners of Judaism who swing chickens around their

Even within Mormonism debate remains over Strang’s rightful place in history. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has written him off as an irritating charlatan. Yet 150 years after his death, some 300 Strangite Mormons still hail him as the true successor to Mormon leadership following the death of Mormon founder Joseph Smith in 1844. Roger Van Noord, author of Assassination of a Michigan King, which is regarded as the most authoritative account to date of Strang’s life, sums Strang up as, “a magnificent scoundrel.” It’s true that Strang had to have brains and cunning to create the only monarchy ever established on United States soil, but his chosen place also helped him. He found in Northern Michigan a region ripe for exploitation. His kingdom’s island location was in the middle of a burgeoning Great Lakes economy, yet from Manistee to Marquette there weren’t more than 500 eligible voters. He quickly understood that if he could build a sizeable community that voted in unison, he could control local and regional government. Strang needed a following. To develop one, he contested Brigham Young for the leadership of the Mormon Church after the death of its founder, Joseph Smith. That

Strang was, for a period, Young’s chief rival is a remarkable achievement considering Strang had only been a Mormon for five months when the June 1844 assassination of Smith by non-Mormons threw his church into turmoil. Strang, a 31-year-old attorney and a card-carrying Baptist who’d flirted with atheism, traveled from his home in Burlington, Wisconsin, to the Mormon headquarters of Nauvoo, Illinois, in the winter of 1844. He stayed several weeks long enough to become a baptized Mormon and an ordained elder of the church. What motivated him to make such an abrupt conversion to Joseph Smith’s new and controversial religion? Strang could have been seeking solace. He and his wife, Mary, had recently lost their eldest daughter to a brief illness— a tragedy that had come on the heels of their move to Wisconsin from their home in Western, New York. Strang was acquainted with the religion through Mary’s Mormon relatives in Burlington. One of them, Aaron Smith, accompanied him to Nauvoo. But Strang also could have been scheming to fulfill a lifelong desire for grand authority. Strang’s four biographers, Van Noord included, have all sought insight in a diary Strang kept as a young man. The entries (some of which were

line as time passes by. Perhaps it is the congeniality and help I find in Boyne City’s stores that causes me to do very little online shopping. I am at my computer every day but for writing and research. Once in a great while I will web hunt for information about a product and where it is available. Admittedly what I seek may not be found here in our small burg, but such a possibility is rare. I am constantly amazed at the great variety of goods that is here at our fingertips. Add to this the beauty of the trees, flowers and walkways that wrap themselves into and around our shopping area which, although it has expanded both north and south off its main area on Water Street remains edged with the beautiful water and shore of Lake Charlevoix, the banks of the Boyne river and all its peaceful parks. With two ice-cream shops only steps away there is always that invitation to take a few minutes to sit on a park bench while happily enjoying a cone and watching summer evolve right before your eyes. heads in an effort to, as they believe, put all their sins from the past year onto the animal which is then slaughtered. Some beliefs require far more sinister practices. Take, for example, Christian Scientists; this cult refutes the need for medical attention under any circumstances. The result is many an ill child who has gone to an early grave for lack of basic health care. The belief-based practice of plural marriage, popular among some Mormon, Middle Eastern and African tribes, is also prohibited in America. “It was never intended that the first Article of Amendment to the Constitution … should be a protection against legislation for the punishment of acts inimical to the peace, good order and morals

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COURTESY PHOTO Even 150 years after his death, some Mormons hail James Strang as the true successor of Mormon leadership.

written in code and deciphered more than 100 years later by his grandson, Mark Strang) show a bright, frustrated mind longing to make the mark of a Caesar or a Napoleon. At one point, Strang confesses to daydreaming of a plot

to marry Princess Victoria. “My mind has always been filled with dreams of royalty and power,” he wrote. Look for Part II of this series in next week’s edition of the Boyne City Gazette.

The recent thunder boats were such an addition to this opportunity that Ray and I found ourselves content to spend a number of hours in the midst of it all. And that night, during the Stroll the Streets festivities in the SOBO District we were transfixed with a group of musicians which played at the corner of South Lake and Main Street. The air was permeated with the feeling of peace and pleasure. While listening I found myself engrossed in car watching. I was transfixed as one after the other autos of all makes and designs slowly passed by. One three-wheeler was so unique I wanted it to park so I could examine it more. There were antiques and the latest models, one passing after another. An ancient Rolls-Royce drove by like a mountain in comparison to its companions. It was of a lasting beauty. The easy moving breeze off the cold lake water found itself up into the town and without intrusion brought to each of the evening’s spectators the perfect air-conditioning as they

strolled the sidewalks until dusk enveloped. Someone that evening observed, “This little town has really changed in the last 10 years. I can’t believe how much.” I nodded in agreement but disagreed mentally. Boyne City has been in the act of changing since its first days. The dirt streets, sidewalks, non insulated wood frame homes, rock foundations and Michigan basements with their dirt floors, outdoor biffys and artesian wells have all but been replaced. Ed called Boyne the miracle of vinyl siding and I had to agree. To me it was the national observance of our country’s 200th birthday in 1976 that prompted its residents, businesses and community groups to begin the beautification of its streets, water front, parks and private yards. I am certain no other town in this great country has done a more thorough and beautiful job, no matter its size and resources. I have been impressed at the bit of reforestation that has been accomplished throughout the downtown as a result of the small

tornado which passed through just a few years back taking down a swath of trees. We are so fortunate to have the leadership we do in both the city government and our chamber of commerce. Over the years they have had and remain working with a vision that maintains those qualities about our town which generate these fantastic feelings of pride and satisfaction we share as well as the enjoyment that is with us all. How have they done it? I believe as the old adage charges: “Taking a stitch when it is needed has saved us all from having to roll up our sleeves and plunge in to mend the mistakes lack of foresight so often generates. It is then that the proverbial ‘nine’ stitches must be taken; wasting both time and money.” The long range planning, the goals set and maintained are all guarantees that Boyne City’s tomorrows will continue to make it an admired and unique town.

of society,” the justices wrote. Hey, we’ve all got our threshold – a sort of psychological gag reflex, if you will. After all, while you may find psychic readings silly and plural marriage abhorrent, I am sickened by the compulsory genital mutilation of infants performed by Muslims, Jews and Christians … and by many secularists who don’t want little Johnnie to stand out in a world of the neatly trimmed. Granted, what is acceptable societal practice is subjective and as seemingly arbitrary as history’s respective cultures themselves. A quick trip through H.L. M e n c k e n ’s cemetery

of hundreds of once popular, though long-deceased, gods and religions proves mere consensus an inadequate basis for law or morality; take, for example, the followers of Quetzalcoatl whose “belief” was their excuse for slaughtering 25,000 virgins a year to their Mexican god. Some say belief-based morality is the superior basis for all laws, but that has not shown remotely true when one considers humanity’s myriad failings. The list of belief-based atrocity is exhausting: Islamic jihad,

Catholic Inquisition, Russian pogroms, ethnic cleansing of Muslims in Bosnia-Herzegovina, the murder of Christians by Roman polytheists, mass murders committed by the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda … the list goes on and on. No doubt the peaceful and equitable existence of human society demands certain limits be placed on human liberties; but, when those actions and imaginings are innocuous, we should persevere to err on the side of liberty. That is my belief.

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BOYNE AREA EVENTS ONGOING EVENTS

GET ARTSY AT BAC Artists meet weekly at Boyne Arts Collective (BAC), 210 S Lake Street, South Gallery. Thursdays from 12:30 until 4 PM join other artists to paint, draw, sculpt or other art choices. An indoor area is provided, there is no cost or requirement to be a BAC member. Bring supplies, a snack, and beverage and enjoy conversation while learning from other artists. View both galleries filled with art while at BAC.

ALL SUMMER FREE LUNCH & BREAKFAST FOR KIDS Free meals, that meet federal nutrition guidelines, are provided to all children 18 years and younger at approved The SFSP Site Locator Map can be found at www.mcgi.state.mi.us/ schoolnutrition or at the Summer Food Service Program website at www.michigan.gov/sfsp Where to find breakfast and lunch locally: • East Jordan Elementary Breakfast 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Lunch 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Lighthouse Missionary Church Hall Breakfast 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Lunch 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Ellsworth Community School Breakfast 8 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Lunch Noon - 1 p.m. Call (231) 536-0053, ext. 5110 for more information. 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 http://polymerclayguild.homestead.com. 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 South 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. 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 Octo-

ber, but year-round. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, however, these mammograms are offered yearround 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 St. 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. Memorial Fundraiser Veterans Memorial group selling bricks and calendars The Boyne City Area War Memorial Committee is now selling Veterans Memorial Bricks as a fundraiser to create a new sidewalk at the Memorial in Veterans Park on the Boyne City lakefront. Two brick sizes are available - 8-by8-inch bricks are $90 and can include up to 90 characters to recognize a veteran; 4-by-4-inch bricks are $45 and include up to 45 characters. To purchase a brick or make a donation, contact George Lasater at 231-582-7001 or Bill Bricker at 549-3708. The memorial committee is also offering a War Memorial Calendar to raise funds for ongoing maintenance of the site. Calendars features photos of the memorial benches and are sold for $15. To purchase a 2012 calendar, contact Dean Kleinschrodt at 5498000. Want to lose weight? Come join us for support. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets at the Church of the Nazarene 225 West Morgan St. Boyne City, on Monday morning at 10 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) 4874285

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NOW BAC CALLING FOR ART ENTRIES Artists are asked to submit their artwork in all media reflecting Portraits of People and Pets to the Boyne Arts Collective (BAC), 210 S Lake Street, Boyne City. Artists may enter the pieces of this theme and deliver the art any weekend between 1 and 4 PM. The Exhibit will be juried and set on Aug 8 and Aug 10. The public opening is on Friday, August 15 at 5 P.M. in conjunction with Boyne’s Stroll the Streets. Art must be labeled with artist, title, media, size, and price. If it is 2 dimensional art, it must have a wire attached for hanging. Please fill out a membership application. For current BAC members, there is no fee for entering art in the show. Artists are invited to attend the reception for meeting the public and explaining the inspiration for the portrait. Artwork featuring People and Pets will be displayed during the month of August. Please pick up any artwork shown in previous exhibits. Call June Storm, curator, at (231) 5821745 or e-mail theperennial28@ aol.com or go to boynearts.org. ALL SUMMER LONG Stroll the Streets Free music, refreshments, shopping and more every Friday throughout the summer in downtown Boyne City. July 29 Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26 Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23 NOW - AUG. 24 Tai Chi Classes Summer Tai Chi Classes Wednesdays in the downstairs community room at the Boyne District Library. Cost is $5 each class, open to everyone. Call Meg (231) 5827689 Email - megpots@sbcglobal.net JULY 27 NCMC GROUNDBREAKING North Central Michigan College will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, July 27, to mark the start of a $10.4 million construction project to build a new Health Education and Science Center and renovate existing science classroom space. The event will take place at 11:30 a.m. on the east side of the Petoskey campus. The public is invited to attend. Since the project was announced in

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non-credit job skills training tailored to meet individual needs. In addition to its main campus in Petoskey, North Central offers classes, academic advising, testing and other services in Cheboygan, Gaylord and East Jordan. JULY 27 CHILDREN’S MATINEE A special Children’s Matinee at Aten Place will present nationally acclaimed storyteller La’Ron Williams for a 2 p.m. performance on Wednesday July 27th. Aten Place is located 1/2 mile south of Cherry Hill Road on Old Mackinaw Trail in Boyne Falls. Tickets are $3 for children and $5 for adults. This special matinee show will begin at 2 p.m. Refreshments will be provided following the performance. July 28-31 FLYWHEELERS Antique Flywheelers Show, U.S. 131 in Walloon Lake

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Hospitals explore affiliation Northern Michigan Regional Health System in Petoskey and McLaren Health Care in Flint have agreed to explore an affiliation. A letter of intent between the two commits both to exclusively and confidentially negotiate terms of an affiliation. The process to evaluate a relationship will begin immediately and is expected to be completed within the next 120 days. “The pursuit of an affiliation with McLaren Health Care is consistent with our patient-centered strategic plan to develop integrated partnerships for resource sharing, to increase local and regional access to high quality specialty care, and to ensure the viability of our organization into the future,” said Reezie DeVet, President and CEO of Northern Michigan Regional Health System. The Northern Michigan Regional Health System Board of Trustees has reviewed and discussed partners for several

years. In March of 2009, Northern Michigan Regional Health System entered into an agreement with Spectrum Health to explore potential affiliation. Negotiations were terminated in July of 2010 due to the identification of significant differences. The board recently identified McLaren Health Care as a possible strategic partner based on similar culture, values, size, and scope of the organization, along with the potential for growth as part of a larger regional system. McLaren Health Care has been ranked in the top 25 integrated health care systems in the United States for the last 10 years. With more than $4.0 billion in annual revenue in 2010 along with double “A” credit ratings from both Moody's Investor Services and Fitch Ratings, McLaren Health Care has sustained a revenue growth rate of 20 percent per year for nearly 20 years.

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Society. Helping the Humane Society organize the race is Barb Bryant, who also organizes Boyne City’s Independence Day Run on July 4th. The race begins and ends on Front Street behind the Boyne Area Chamber office, and the course runs out and back along the lakefront. Entry fee is $20 in advance or $25 or race day and $10 for kids 12 and under. Registration and pre-registered packet pick-up will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 29, behind the Chamber office. Race day registration in the same location will begin at 6:30 a.m. Saturday. T-shirts are guaranteed to the first 200 entries. Awards will go to the top 3 male and female (human and canine) finishers in these age groups: 12 and under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 and over. Water, fruit and other refreshments will be provided. For information, contact Barb Bryant by email at runboyne@charter.net.

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July 28 Dancin’ in the Street Along the 300 block of Lake Street, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. JULY 29 SLEEP CENTER OPEN HOUSE The public is invited to tour the Northern Michigan Regional Hospital Sleep Center at its new Petoskey location. The open house will include guided tours of the home-like atmosphere, technology demonstrations, and refreshments. For more information, please call (231) 487-5337 or (866) 7753372. JULY 30 CELTIC MUSIC The Celtic band Legacy will bring their traditional and original Irish music to the Aten Place stage on Saturday, July 30, at 7:30 p.m. Legacy is a threepiece band comprised of Don Penzien on guitar, bodhran, and whistles, Valerie Plested on fiddle and Brian Hart on vocals. Aten Place is located 1/2 mile south of Cherry Hill Road on Old Mackinaw Trail in Boyne Falls. Tickets are $25 for two and $15 for singles. Tickets go on sale at 6:30 pm the day of the concert, with performances beginning at 7:30 p.m. Advanced tickets and schedule details available by visiting www.atenplace.com. JULY 30 HUMANE SOCIETY RUN Dogs, humans will “Run for their Lives” on July 30 Run for their Lives, a new 5k run/walk event where you can walk or run with your dog on a leash, will be held at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, July 30. The race is a fund-raiser for the Charlevoix Area Humane

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North Central Michigan College physical plant staff member Tim “T.J.” Babcock has been honored for his behind-the-scenes work for the Red Cedar Writing Project conducted on the college campus this summer. Tim was honored by the project’s 15 participants for his “over and above” service as he helped with room needs and setup, comfort and convenience. Pictured (from left) are Jeff Gardner, director of physical plant, John Slifka, custodial supervisor, T.J. Babcock, Cameron Brunet-Koch, Ph.D., president, and Phil Millard, vice chair of the college’s board of trustees.

will be returning to Boyne City the weekend of July 29-31. Ship tours will be available daily at a charge of $5 for adults; children 12 and under are free. Two-hour daily sails around Lake Charlevoix will be available at $50 for adults and $30 for ages 6 to 12; reservations can be made online or by calling 888-557-7433. Opportunities for business or group receptions, both sailing and dockside, are also available; for information visit www. pride2.org or call Wally Kidd at 231-439-2800 or 231-838-2700 (cell). Aug. 4 Business After Hours The BAH will be hosted by Boyne Rapids Adventure Golf, 1231 S. M-75, at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 4 - 7 Boyne Falls Polish Festival Go to http:// www.boynefallspolish-

festival.com for more information. Aug. 6 Ride the Charx Bike ride around Lake Charlevoix, Veterans Park Aug. 13 Summer Celebration This event includes a street festival with music, Farmers Market and more from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 13-14 Antique Auto Show & Flea Market This event is located in Veterans Park in Boyne City. Aug. 25 Dancin’ in the Street Located along the 300 Block of

Lake Street, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 3 Labor Day Car Show This even is located in Veterans Park Sept. 4 Labor Day Drag Races The Boyne City Police Department’s annual drag racing event is held at the Boyne City Airport. Oct. 1 Harvest Festival This event features farmers market, music and more along Water Street in downtown Boyne City.

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