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Boyne City High School Graduate Alyssa Torres proudly holds up her diploma

You may have seen the groups of men in orange jumpsuits raking leaves or picking up garbage around Charlevoix County as part of the Charlevoix County jail inmate worker program. And, while law enforcement officials say the program is safe, one Boyne City man has serious concerns about their proximity to schools. “My daughter just wanted

to walk home with her older brother but there was nowhere else to cross the street because the inmates were working by the crosswalk in front of the school,” said Boyne City resident Nelson Duncan. “She called me and she was pretty upset about seeing them there. There were no deputies between the inmates and the crosswalk where the inmates were working.” He added, “My daughter is not only a crime victim but she is the one who got her neck cut by an escaped inmate.” Duncan called Charlevoix County Sheriff W. Don Schneider to voice his concern and to find out if any of the men were registered sex offenders or

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Eating Library looking to expand fresh Boyne City Farmers market to expand BENJAMIN GOHS ASSOCIATE EDITOR

Looking to PHOTO BY CHRIS FAULKNOR expand and improve the The Boyne District Library has purchased the building at 214 Ray St. for farmers mar- $100,000 earlier this March. ket in Boyne the Boyne District Library has BENJAMIN GOHS City, the taken steps which will assure its ASSOCIATE EDITOR future growth. Main Street program has Already overwhelmed by patrons, Following their late-March purcreated a new HUGH CONKLIN position. And, according to Main Street Executive Director Hugh ing for Boyne City High School JOSH SAMPSON Conklin, the move could go far for eight years and has spent a STAFF WRITER to help local producers capitaltotal of 31 years in education. ize on Michigan’s growing agriStudent suc- “I started off as a shop teacher cultural economy. cess adviser and taught all different kinds of “A couple of the main objectives and vice- industrial arts classes: woods, we have is to extend the market p r i n c i p a l metals, drafting,” Petroelje said. season to draw more customJack Petro- “I think I taught shop for 13 years ers to the area,” Conklin said. elje is retiring and the rest of the time I’ve been “After Labor Day the numbers from Boyne in administration.” drop down because tourist trafCity Public Petroelje grew up in Zeeland, fic leaves, but we are really trySchools. Michigan and went to Zeeland ing to extend the seasons while MICHAEL CAIN Petroelje has High School, transferring later to supporting local farmers, creatbeen work- Western Michigan University. ing opportunities for job growth and helping make the town have something else interesting to draw people into the community.” County has received a Michigan BENJAMIN GOHS To that end, Conklin said the Supreme Court decision against ASSOCIATE EDITOR new farmers market coordinator a local municipality on the issue Melanie Lever will handle pub- It took five years and many of tax uncapping for joint tenlic relations, creation of a news- thousands of dollars in man ancy properties. letter, improving their web site hours and court costs, but one “The court flat out denied the and more. Boyne City business owner has Boyne City appeal and said they Originally from Kentucky, Le- been vindicated. would not even look at it,” said ver moved to Boyne City three For the second time this spring, Boyne City resident and practic»MARKET , pg. 4 someone from Charlevoix ing attorney Kevin Klevorn. “I


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Men in orange Inmate workers a cause for concern? Sheriff says program poses no threat to citizens

“It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once.”

chase of the building at 214 Ray St. in Boyne City, library officials are beginning talks with community members and leaders on just how the media clearinghouse can better serve the area. “We have roughly twice as many computers as the average library throughout the state and we have so many people using the library it’s hard to find nooks and crannies for them to get in,” said Boyne District Library Director Cliff Carey. “There are lots of uses that are meaningful to the whole community and this is a big building at 12,000-square-feet, but some days it’s hard to find a seat.”


••• INSIDE this week

On The Field PAGE 12

Ramblers Sports Action

Trees Will Fall PAGE 14

Judge Rules on Golf Course

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Farewell, Mr. Petroelje

Court says city must repay taxes

think the saga is finally over.” The high court ruled that, since Klevorn held joint ownership with his mother for several decades on his office building and a family cottage, the city erred in uncapping and nearly doubling his tax rate.

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While looking for a new position, Petroelje said he found one that appeared promising. “I was searching around online and found the job description, and it looked pretty good to me, so I drove up and had an interview and it took off from there,” Petroelje said. Petroelje said his years as a student were no indicator for his future employment for an administrator.

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Dementia, it said. The chart was as concise and to-the-point as they got - this woman had been diagnosed with demen‘My Two Cents’ tia, which was CHRIS FAULKNOR why she was in this nursing home. The phrase “terminal cancer” at the top of her sheet also shed light on why I was being asked to take her to a nearby hospital. “Hi, my name is Chris, I’m a Paramedic from the station just up the road,” I said, putting on a smile. “I don’t want to go,” said the woman. “Ma’am,” I started. “You really need to get looked at,” I continued, pointing to her lab values for added emphasis. “Your blood counts are off.”

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Robert G. Mathers, born DecemEDWARD MAY III ber 16, 1928, in Boyne City Michigan, at 801 South Lake Street. His parents were Robert Frank Mathers and Georgana (Pangborn) Mathers. Just a small side note from Bob about his dad; In 1936 Bob’s father Robert F. Mathers, bought a 1935 demo 2 door Ford from the Northern Auto dealership trading in a cow, a 1929 Chevrolet Coop

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their final killer - a potentially painful one, mind you - no longer had to fear. Over 100 patients went peacefully into the night at the hands of one of Dr. Kevorkian’s devices. Now, here is where things get tricky. I do not believe that suicide in all of its forms is a good thing. I do not believe that ending your life is an acceptable way to run away from problems. On a spiritual level, I do not believe that ending your life before its time is the correct thing to do. That said, it isn’t a matter of what I believe is right that matters, it’s what rights we should have. If a woman, psychologically sound and completely oriented, after a great deal of thought and conviction, decides that she wants to end her terminal illness and end her pain through a medically assisted

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and some cash. To close the deal Bob’s Father then walked the cow to Deer Lake where, John Parker, the dealership manager had a farm. Only in early Northern Michigan! Bob worked at Northern Auto Company, in Boyne City, during his high school years before moving to Flint. He went into the military following his family’s tradition. Bob made Corporal, served in the Army as a helicopter mechanic in Korea from 1950 through 1952. His family members; Pvt. R. Frank Mathers, Bob’s Father, served in the First World War, Cpl. Larry G. Mathers, Bob’s brother, Vietnam War, and Major Russell F. Mathers, Bob’s nephew, Desert

Storm and Yugoslavia. Major Russell Mathers, flying as Command Pilot, holds the longest flight record for a B-52. They flew from Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, dropping bombs on Iraq and returning without landing. Their flight, refueling in the air several times, lasted 35 hours. This world’s record is recorded in the Guinness Book of Records. His ship is on display at Elgin Air Force Base, Valparaiso, Florida. All four members of the family were recipients of many honors and awards for exemplary military service. While living and working in Flint he met and married Shirley Cunningham. They were married in her home town of Charlev-

oix on December 19, 1953. Bob and Shirley started their family in Flint where Cheri, Trish and Wendy were born. They returned to Boyne in 1962 where Bob Jr. was born. Bob and Shirley were very active in the Boyne community. They were founding members of the Model A Club in 1964, belonged to Boyne Country Antique Auto Club joining in 1965, remaining active for years. Whenever there were three or more old car buffs gathering you could count on finding Bob Mathers, Bud Sabin and Harvey Varnum to be in the thick of things. Bob’s restored cars won many awards at the Old Car Show by Lake Charlevoix and around

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eral other titles - felon, murderer, or even the affectionate title of “Dr. Death.” He will be remembered by many people, and for many things. Doctors will remember him, either because they feel he disgraced the profession, or because he laid his license on the line for something he believed in. Lawyers will remember him, either for getting away with murder many times, or for clearing the way for new legislation that could change the medical field forever. Families will remember him - over 100 of them, actually - for ‘letting Grandma go with dignity,’ and for ‘making a horrible event peaceful.’ I will remember him too, because he gave people something that nobody else could. Dr. Kevorkian allowed terminal patients the chance to alleviate some of their biggest fears. Lung Cancer patients who knew that suffocation could easily be

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“I told you that I don’t want to go,” said the woman, crossing her arms over her chest with an air of ‘enough is enough.’ As I knelt by her bed, she looked me in the eye threateningly. “I’ve heard this speech before, Chris. You’re going to tell me why I need to go. I’m not crazy, you know.” “I know you’re not crazy, but you’re sick and need to be looked at.” “I’ve told them over and over - just let me die,” she said calmly. “I’ve lived 91 years, had a good life, and I don’t want to be trapped in this home anymore. I’m ready to go.” “I’m sorry, I can’t help you there,” I said softly. This past week, Dr. Jack Kevorkian, M.D. died at Beaumont Hospital after 83 years of life. Dr. Kevorkian was a physician, jazz musician, artist, and even a politician; however, as many of us know, he was better known by sev-

‘Beautiful Boyne’ ANNE THURSTON

What in the World is Going On Up There? The older I become the happier I see myself. I have no explanation for this odd fact. Yet I have to

accept it. It isn’t that I haven’t had my share of unpleasant and painful periods in my lifetime. There have been totally unexpected deaths of close family members and painful mistakes made. I have lost precious possessions and been denied taking part in activities which I saw as extremely desirable. I have lost arguments I felt important and failed to attain goals I had my heart set on. I

have hurt those whose friendship I treasure through misspoken words or actions. I have stood by and not offered help when it was needed. I have slept when I should have worked and I have ripped apart when I should have repaired. Somehow despite all these remembered failures I have forgiven myself for them and see today as one of possibilities and opportunities to succeed. I view tomorrow as an ex-

panse of time wide open for me to perform some worthwhile act. I do not anticipate problems, bad weather or a runny nose to interfere. The thought that my car might not start or have a flat tire doesn’t come to mind. That I might trip over a throw rug and break my leg as we oldsters are constantly warned of I view as not even a remote possibility. Why am I such a happy, optimistic

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Proof of citizenship could reduce voter fraud Both federal and state laws clearly state that in order to vote in national elections in the United States, one actually ‘Conservative Corner’ must be a citizen. KAREN PETERS The problem is that most states have no requirement for those who are registering to vote to prove their citizenship. Since the year 2000 elections for both President, national and state offices have seen non-citizens voting in large enough numbers to affect outcomes. We should be praising those states such as Michigan and Kansas for attempting to ensure that American elections are not stolen by foreign na-

tionals. Kansas is now requiring voters to show their I.D., absentee voters to present a full driver’s license and guaranteed signature, and new registered voters must show proof of citizenship. This differs from 13 states which have Motor Voter laws allowing anyone with a driver’s license to register to vote – citizen or not. The National Center for Policy Analysis has declared that the law has encouraged ballot fraud, particularly in those states which do not require an I.D. at the voting booth, for it makes it very easy for someone to vote using another person’s name. Michigan residents get a registration simply by saying they are a citizen – no proof required. Some 25,000 or more non-citizens have been identified as being on the voter registration rolls in Chicago, for instance, while Michigan had an impossible 102.54% of eligible voters registered to vote in 2008, a

number which included thousands of deceased voters as well as those who had moved to other states. Each of those registered to vote, or someone using their registration, can then vote absentee without ever showing an ID or signature. If Americans must show their ID in order to board a plane, to cash a check, sometimes to purchase alcohol, or to purchase a firearm, it seems reasonable that one must prove their ID in order to vote – a quintessential privilege of being an American citizen. Donna Brazile, former Democrat National Committee Chairman, made the charge that attempts to prove American citizenship in order to vote are attempts to block the vote of the underprivileged, and therefore are racist. After hearing former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi calling those in America illegally “true, true patriots”, we need to be reminded

that not only are millions of Mexicans crossing our border illegally each year, but over 500,000 illegals are smuggled into America through our Mexican borders from South and Central America. During the 2008 election campaign, I well remember a female Democrat politician actually telling the newly named undocumented aliens who were listening to her speech to be sure to go out and vote – of course they can! As stated by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach: “Voter fraud is a well-documented reality in American elections.” Colorado recently identified 11,805 illegal aliens registered to vote, 40% of whom actually voted. Ruth Johnson, Michigan’s Secretary of State, discovered in the 2008 election cycle irregularities in voter registration efforts by members of the group ACORN, as well as finding

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suicide, should that be her right? More importantly, should MY religious beliefs determine what HER rights are? If I had lung cancer and knew that

LIBRARY From Page 1

The library’s acquisition comes in the form of a brick building that is nearly 4,000-square-feet in size. Carey also hopes to create a space for teens.

COPS & COURTS my death might be painful, uncomfortable, and involve me slipping in and out of a coma, I dare say I might consider the chance to pass away on my terms, and the chance to leave the earth free of pain, and I might hail that option as a blessing. I certainly wouldn’t hail that as

murder. Dr. Jack Kevorkian, I didn’t agree with everything you said. I didn’t agree with everything you did. We did agree on some fundamental points - people deserve their dignity, and they deserve to leave this

earth with the same respect as how they lived. We agreed that our religious beliefs should not always dictate someone else’s right and wrong. You made me think, you made me reconsider things that I had been taught for years.

You convinced me that there might be two sides (or even more) to a normally cut-and-dry story. Thank you, Doctor. You gave many people the gift of a dignified death - I hope yours was too. Rest in peace, your contributions will not be forgotten.

According to Carey, the library is already over-serving the community and demand for services simply continues to grow. “Over the last decade it’s (growth) been very significant,” he said. “I think our circulation was about 40,000 in 2001 and it was over 100,000 last year.” While the talks about future plans

are still in the discussion phase, Carey said he is hopeful the expansion could be undertaken over the next three to four years. “I’m impatient and I would like to see them done right now,” he said. “But, these things take time and we need to include the entire community in the process.” Carey said the library will likely

conduct a survey in the near future to help determine what path the library’s growth should take. This property purchase leaves the library with an approximate $600,000 fund balance. Annual costs of operation are around $500,000 with next year’s

expenditures thought to be around $520,000. “Costs are going up and we continue to offer more services,” Carey said. The library was last renovated in 2011 with grant monies from the Mary K. Peabody Foundation.

discussing what issues are of prime importance to people of Charlevoix County. Lyn Jenks, of Charlevoix, a consultant on governance, philanthropy leadership and group facilitation, will help organize the discussion. Participants, working in small groups, will be encouraged to voice their concerns and prioritize issues of importance. The results of the small group sessions will then be shared with all participants. “We want to change the conversation,” emphasized Audrey Etienne, a member of the Charlevoix County Democratic Party’s Executive Commit-

tee. “We are concerned that many of us feel we do not have a voice in the future. “We hope to engage and energize a wide range of people, so that Charlevoix Democrats clearly reflect the concerns of the people in the county. “We will explore what we have in common – our concerns and our hopes – and build on these to become more effective.” Organizers emphasized that Toward a Common Ground is an event for everyone who cares about the issues on all levels, not just Democrats. Light snacks will be served during the event.

Charlevoix Dems host open forum Toward a Common Ground – a wide-ranging discussion of political belief, values, and visions for the future – will be hosted by Charlevoix Democrats at an open round-table gathering Wednesday, June 22, at 6:30 p.m. in the Boyne City Library. Toward a Common Ground has been designed as a forum where concerned voters, not just Democrats, can discuss issues, explore how to be more effective in political action, and have a greater role in the future of the county, state, and federal governments. A major purpose will be to look toward 2012 and beyond,

County planning commission meets The Charlevoix County Planning Commission will hold their next regular meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday June 9, in the Pine Lake Room (basement level) at

the Charlevoix County Building. The meeting is open to the public, and all who are interested are invited to attend.

If you have any questions, please contact the Charlevoix County Planning Department at 547-7234.

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Charlevoix County Sheriff Reports Charlevoix County Sheriff Deputy responded to a personal injury car deer crash on May 30, 2011 at 8:30 p.m. on Boyne City-Charlevoix Road in Hayes Township. Driver, John Staats age 70 of Charlevoix, was operating his vehicle on Boyne City-Charlevoix Road near Old US 31 when a

deer collided into the side of the vehicle. John was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash and suffered no injury. Passenger, Cristina Staats age 66 of Charlevoix, was riding in the front passenger seat of the vehicle. When the deer struck the vehicle it came in contact with her

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

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over the side of the convertible with the top down. Cristina sustained minor injury to her forehead. Cristina was wearing her seatbelt at the time of the crash. Cristina was driven to Charlevoix Area Hospital by her husband, John, to be evaluated for her injury. The Cops & Courts page is one of the most highly read pages in the Boyne City Gazette. Advertising your product or service on this page is a cost-effective way to reach more potential customers. Call Chris at 231-582-2799

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MARKET From Page 1

years ago. “We heard a lot about Boyne City from friends of mine and we came up and just fell in love with the community,” she said. Lever is a para-professional who works at Boyne City Public Schools and has a background in marketing and communications. “One of my favorite things about Boyne City is the farmers market,” she said. “I will be coordinating and promoting events whether it’s cooking demonstrations, live music, working with local shops and restaurants to integrate local products.” Lever’s first order of business is to compile a marketing database. She will also be responsible for communication between the Main Street Board and the farmers market as well as an ombudsman between the market and the community. “We’re looking to increase PHOTO BY JOSH SAMPSON the length of the market and The Boyne City Farmers Market seeks to expand and improve with new coordinator Melanie Lever at the helm. hope to eventually have it beCurrently open from 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays and Saturdays through October, officials hope to eventu- come a year-round venue,” she said. ally expand the market to a year-round venture. While some may think of

KLEVORN From Page 1

“The wheels of justice turn slowly. I have told clients that for years, and they don’t turn any faster for lawyers,” said Klevorn, who argued his case before Michigan’s highest court. Boyne City Manager Michael Cain directed the Boyne City Gazette to city attorney Jim Murray of Plunkett Cooney Law Firm for comments on the case. Murray did not respond by press time. According to Klevorn, he has been paying the higher tax rate on his properties these five years and estimates being

merely fresh vegetables and fruits when they hear “farmers markets,” Lever said local farmers can produce fresh meat, eggs, breads, crafts and more throughout the year. “The market is really robust because it’s been around for a long time,” Conklin said. “I think we’re entering 28 years of the market which was started by a group of farmers and it developed a reputation as an outstanding market with good products and good vendors.” The market sports nearly 60 seasonal vendors with products from honey and crafts to fresh fruit and vegetables, flowers, cheese and more. “The farmers market in Boyne City is incredibly important because it gives local farmers not only a place to sell produce, but it gives them a chance to make new contacts,” Lever said. Lever holds two bachelors: one in journalism and one in English. Currently, the farmers market is open from 8 a.m. To noon on Wednesdays and Saturdays through October in Veterans Park. For more information on the farmers market, call Mark Contrucci at (231) 838-0569.

owed nearly $20,000 by Boyne City. Klevorn said while he was lucky enough to be able to keep his legal costs down by representing himself, there are a great number of people who may shy away from fighting their tax bill. But, he added, his win is proof that you should never give up if you think you are in the right. “From a taxpayer point of view I would say be prepared to go to boards of review and be prepared to get some help,” Klevorn said. “If you don’t stand up and be counted for what’s right and for what’s wrong, then you will pay more than you should.”


Boyne City resident and attorney Kevin Klevorn has won a decision against Boyne City over a tax matter which as been dragged through the courts for five years. The issue stemmed from the city’s decision to uncap the property tax rate on his office (pictured above) following the death of his mother.


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violent criminals. “They are not sex offenders. They are low-risk inmates,” Schneider said. “Those guys W. DON SCHNEIDER are very recognizable in orange uniforms and if you don’t want to get close to them, stay away from them, but how about tomorrow when they get out of jail and they’re not recognizable and they are cooking your hamburger or bagging your groceries.” He added, “Every day you are near people who have been in this jail – these guys made some mistakes and they are paying their debt to society.” Charlevoix County Undersheriff Chuck Vondra said all inmates on the work detail are thoroughly assessed to ensure they are low-level offenders who are not flight risks. The reason they were working near the school, Vondra said, was to get the cemetery cleaned up before Memorial Day observances in recent weeks. “There is a deputy with them at all times – they are never left unattended,” he said. Vondra said there has never been an incident of an inmate attempting to flee or injure anyone while out on work duty. “I understand his (Nelson’s)

RETIRING From Page 1

“I was a very average student in high school and not highly motivated back then,” he said. “Basically all that parents cared about was their student getting through high school successfully.” Considering he was raised on a farm, Petroelje said he always thought he would remain a farm worker throughout life. However, he found his calling in shop class when his teacher gave him some good advice. “He pulled me aside and said if I could do this well in shop, I could do this well in other classes,” Petroelje said. “I started to

FROM PAGE ONE frustration and I understand his concern for his daughter but absolutely no at-risk inmate workers are allowed out there,” Vondra said. Duncan said the real issue is the perception the school kids had when they walked outside and saw a group of men in prison garb. “When I called they acted like they were only concerned with the legal aspects. They said ‘It’s legal. It’s legal,’” Duncan said. “It may be legal, but it’s not very ethical to have prisoners by kids when they are trying to walk home from school.” In addition to cemetery duty, inmates also are used to weed the petunias which line nearly five miles of us-31/bridge street in Charlevoix each summer. “These guys are so grateful for the opportunity to get out and do something constructive everyone of them thank you for letting them out, and it beats sitting in jail and doing nothing.” Vondra added that allowing inmates to perform labor which would otherwise have to be done by municipalities saves taxpayers money. As a reward for their effort, inmates in the work program are not charged the $10 a day fee which is normally assessed to those housed at the Charlevoix County Jail. According to Schneider, he sees the inmate worker program as positive experience for the men in his charge. “We do a tremendous amount for the inmates,” he said. “We follow this philosophy that we are trying to return them


Boyne City resident Nelson Duncan put this sign on his car to alert the community that inmates from the Charlevoix County Jail were working near the school in recent weeks. Charlevoix County Sheriff W. Don Schneider said the county’s inmate worker program has existed for years without incident while saving taxpayers many thousands of dollars in man-hours to pick up trash, rake cemeteries, weed municipal flower beds and more. from the jail better than we got them.” Schneider said inmates have opportunities for counseling, drug and alcohol support programs, GED preparation classes and computer skills classes. “We’re trying to reduce the rate of recidivism,” he said. “We send them back out to be productive citizens.” One of those men is current Charlevoix County Jail inmate Tom Roof, who volunteers on the inmate worker program. “I think it’s an excellent thing,” he said. “It’s better than being locked in a cell 23-hours-a-day.”

The day the Gazette spoke with Roof, he was getting ready to work in the jail’s garden. “We’re getting ready to get it started for the season,” he said. “Last week we did some work out at the Boyne City cemetery – which was good because for me since that’s where my grandpa’s buried and it makes me feel good to do stuff like that.” Roof said getting a chance to do some work for the taxpayers helps ease his conscience. “Everybody makes mistakes. Some people just make different or worse mistakes and it makes me feel good to be able

to give back to the community,” he said. “Anyway, most of the guys are in here because of drugs. It’s not a bunch of rapists and murderers.” Schneider said how he and his staff treat inmates has a direct affect on how they will act when they re-assimilate into society. “Some people want us to give them bread and water and they think we should just be warehousing people,” he said. “But I always ask the question: if it was your neighbor or co-worker or family member, how would you want them to be treated?”

Nevertheless, Petroelje is not without fond memories; in fact, he believes he may even hold a record from previous years of teaching and chaperoning. “My wife said I should mention how many proms I have been to over the years,” he said. “I think I pretty much have the record in the state of Michigan if not the United States – tongue in cheek.” He added, “I’ve chaperoned more dances than probably any person. My district has probably 10 dances per year … So, I did eight to 10 down there (West Ottawa High School) and four to six up here per year.” Lately, Petroelje has been spend-

I will miss the kids and that’s the part I struggle with. VICE-PRINCIPAL JACK PETROELJE (do well) and found out I could do pretty decent. My shop teacher motivated me and I always wanted to be a shop teacher – or a game warden – but he swayed me into the teaching field.” When he retires, Petroelje said he will miss his interaction with students, and his job as an adviser. “I will miss the kids and that’s the part that I struggle with,” he said. “Some of the other stuff that comes along with it I’m not going to miss. The politics of the school finance and all the worries that come along with that.”

ing his time building and working construction jobs, because shop work is what he loves to do. Yet, he said he has no regrets for getting involved in education, and he would do it all over again because he enjoyed putting kids first as his responsibility. “I will have a lot of great lifelong relationships with former students,” he said. “It is one of the most rewarding things to see students want to explain to you how they have changed and how successful they have become.”

Hooked on Boyne


Saturday’s sunshine and warm temperatures brought people out in droves to enjoy Lake Charlevoix, Veterans Park, the downtown shops and more. Pictured here is one of the many fishermen hoping to hook the big one in the areas numerous lakes, streams and fishing holes.

BARIATRIC SURGERY AND OBESITY Seminar Presentations by Randal Baker, MD, FACS Monday, June 6, 6 – 7 p.m. East Jordan Family Health Clinic, East Jordan Thursday, June 30, 6 – 7 p.m. Community Health Education Center, Petoskey Registration required: 800.248.6777 ·

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

Ready for supper


Server Andy Mathers and bartender Gavin Mahoney get ready for the dinner hour at Cafe Sante in downtown Boyne City last Saturday, May 4.

America’s pasttime


Nick Munk and Griffin Powers warm up for a game in Boyne City last Saturday.

Volunteer Connections Weekly Spotlight:

Reading mentors wanted Char-Em United Way is seeking committed volunteers to form a Literacy Corps to support this reading initiative in our community. The Corps will work in select school, after-school, and summer programs to improve reading competency. The focus will be on preschool and elementary age students. We are launching the initiative on June 21st with the Day of Action. Volunteers are needed that day to read

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.

to children at local libraries and in summer school programs. We are also seeking on-going volunteers to read in summer programs throughout Charlevoix and Emmet Counties and during the coming school year. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, tutor or reading aide with the Literacy Corps – on June 21 or on an ongoing basis -- contact Char-Em United Way volunteerconnections or call 231-487-1006.

Crossword Puzzle solution on page 18

Across: 1. Nobleman’s title 5. Cat’s sound 8. Active 12. Paste 13. Native mineral 14. Poker stake 15. Not compulsory 17. Amtrak stops (abbr.) 18. Goof off 20. Sign up 24. Leaks slowly 25. Temporary 28. Dracula’s garment 29. Observe 30. Notre ________ 34. Custodian 36. Amphitheater 40. Give to charity 41. Bearable 44. Norwegian port 45. Great conductors 50. Legal claim 51. Taxing agency

52. Angel’s head wear 53. Telescope part 54. _________ Plaines 55. Flock members Down: 1. Self 2. Swiss peak 3. Boring routine 4. Oahu garland 5. Da Vinic portrait (2 wds.) 6. Ages 7. Bruise 8. Sew temporarily 9. Loosen laces 10. Postage sticker 11. Positive replies 16. Hooting birds 19. CT time zone 20. List ender (abbr.) 21. Gun rights group (abbr.) 22. Knock 23. Individual 26. Browning’s “always”

27. Unnecessary 30. Rather or Aykroyd 31. Alias abbr. 32. Came across 33. Byron’s “before” 34. Motor vehicle 35. Foot digits 36. ______ O’Donnell of TV 38. Comic _______ DeGeneres 39. Broadway lights 42. In the middle of 43. Expose 46. Definite article 47. Like sushi 48. Bullring cry 49. Distress signal

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WRC receives grants for community playgroups The Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan (WRC) received two grants to be directed to their community Playgroups which are offered free of charge to all children 0-60 months and their preschool-aged siblings in Boyne City, East Jordan, Alanson and Petoskey. A grant in the amount of $6,000 was awarded by the Charlevoix County Community Foundation for the Playgroups that operate in Charlevoix County. And a grant of $4470 from the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation is earmarked for the Emmet County Playgroups which included $3,470 from the Youth Fund and $1,000 from the Circuit Controls Corporation Charitable Fund in the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation. Last year the WRC Playgroups served over 310 unduplicated adults and children. Playgroups help parents and primary caregivers learn about early childhood development, age-appropriate toys and activities and positive approaches to discipline under the guidance of trained Playgroup leaders. The program also helps build supportive friendships among young parents and serves as

a social outlet for young children. “We greatly appreciate these generous grants,” said Jan Mancinelli. “We are proud of the supportive network and enriching play experience provided through our free community Playgroup program. In the most recent survey of parents and caregivers served through this program, we found that 100% learned new play activities to share with their children, 98% learned a new parenting technique and 90% met at least one support person through the group.” The Charlevoix County Community Foundation is a grassroots charitable organization made up of various funds – all of them established by local donors. Some funds are earmarked for specific causes, and others are open-ended to meet changing needs. The funds are held in permanent endowment, so they can continue to grow and generate income to enhance the quality of life in Charlevoix County, now and for generations to come. For more information about the grant-making process, establishing a fund, or making a gift contact the Charlevoix County Community Foundation


Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan (WRC) board members and staff accept grants from Charlevoix County Community Foundation and Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation including (back row from left) Shari Kitchen, WRC Board President; Maureen Radke, Charlevoix County Community Foundation Program Officer; Gail Kloss, WRC Finance Director; Sara Ward, Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation Program Officer; (front row from left) Patricia Forster, WRC board member; and Tracey Grose, WRC board Treasurer. at (231) 536-2440, or online at The Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation is dedicated to improving and enriching the quality of life in Emmet County. Since 1992,

the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation has distributed grants totaling more than $7.5 million dollars to nonprofit organizations, municipalities and schools to create or improve charitable programs

and continues to build charitable resources through endowment, “For Good, Forever.” To obtain a Playgroup schedule call the WRC administrative office at (231) 347-0067 or visit their web site at

Purse donation brings hope to demostic violence survivors The Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan (WRC) was one of the scheduled stops on the Handbags of Hope spring donation circuit. The downstate, non-profit organization, Handbags of Hope, is operated by Jackie Bobcean who has been providing well-stocked handbags to women staying at domestic violence shelters across the state for more than five years. The variety of handbags donated to women staying at the WRC Safe Home were filled with everyday essentials that many domestic violence survivors many not bring with them when exiting a dangerous relationship including: a wallet, hair brush, calendar, toiletries and lip balm. Many purses included a pair of pajamas, socks, gloves, slippers or even a heartfelt note written by one of Bobcean’s dedicated volunteers. “We rely on our handbags, yet women in a domestic violence situation are so highly controlled

in the relationship they often don’t even own a purse,” said Bobcean who delivers approximately 3,000 handbags to 26 Michigan shelters, annually. Deliveries coincide with Christmas and Mother’s Day. Last year the WRC provided services to 642 survivors of domestic violence and their children and provided a total of 2,959 nights of shelter. The purses donated by Handbags of Hope help provide these survivors with a little bit of hope as they work to rebuild their lives. The Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan, founded in 1977, is a non-profit organization which provides a multitude of programs and services to improve the lives of women, children and families in Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, Cheboygan and Otsego counties. For information on WRC programs and services call the administrative office at (231) 347-0067, or visit them online at


Mary Hotchkiss (from left), a therapist with the Women’s Resource Center, accepts a donation of fully stocked handbags from Jackie Bobcean of Handbags of Hope, along with WRC Finance Director, Gail Kloss.

Hospice volunteers needed for local programs Compassionate and caring individuals are needed to help an area hospice organization meet the needs of patients and families facing end-of-life issues. Two volunteer training programs are being offered for VitalCare Hospice of Little Traverse Bay. The first session will take place at 5:30 p.m. on June 14, 16, 21, 22, and July 14 at VitalCare Hospice of Little Traverse Bay, located at One Hiland Drive in Petoskey. Another two-day

training session will be offered from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the East Jordan Senior Center on June 28 and 30. Training sessions include an orientation to hospice and discussion of the roles of volunteers. Each class will deal with a different aspect of training including grief and bereavement, death and dying, communication skills, understanding the family, spiritual care of the family, care and comfort measures, ethical

issues, and advanced directives. There is a place for everyone in the hospice family of volunteers. Volunteers are the backbone of hospice, providing in-home respite care, errands, companionship, activities, office assistance, and fundraising assistance. Those interested in attending the upcoming volunteer training, or those seeking more information, should contact the Vital Care Hospice of Little Traverse Bay, Volunteer Coordinator, Heather

O’Brien at 231.487.7943. Northern Michigan Regional Health System Northern Michigan Regional Health System is a non-profit organization that is committed to providing a full continuum of patient-centered specialized care to residents in 22 counties throughout northern Michigan and the eastern part of the Upper Peninsula. For more than 25 years, VitalCare Hospice of Little Traverse Bay, affili-

ated with Northern Michigan Regional Health System, has been providing end-of-life and palliative care for residents of Charlevoix, Emmet, and parts of Antrim, Cheboygan, and Otsego counties. Hospice is patient/ family-centered care. For more information, please visit For more information about VitalCare Hospice of Little Traverse Bay, please call (231) 487-4825.

City’s life jacket loaner program for kids continues Boyne City F. Grant Moore Municipal Marina is partnering with BoatU.S. Foundation to participate in this program as an access site. Every parent wants to make sure his or her child is as safe as possible, and that goes double for parents who take their kids on the water. The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety & Clean Water makes it easier for

boating families to stay safe with its national life jacket loaner program. How the Program Works: BoatUS Foundation accepts about 40 new sites into the Life Jacket Loaner Program during each application cycle. The group or waterfront location accepted into the program will receive 12 child-sized life jackets. A boating family can then check out the life jacket for

a day, free of charge. At the end of the boating trip, they just return it to the same location. Have you ever found yourself with extra guests on your boat and not enough life vests to go around? Stop by the City’s marina office (the lighthouse) and check out one of our loaner vests. As an extension of this program, the marina is also looking to have a couple of

adult size vests for loan as well. It is not required to be a guest at the marina to borrow the vests. These vests are available to the general boating public. For information on the nation-wide program or other Boat U.S programs visit their website http://www. LJLP or to inquire about life vests and availability at the marina call (231) 582-7361.

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MATTERS OF FAITH Schedules of Faith & Fellowship Church of the Nativity Church service commences at 9 a.m. Coffee hour will be available in the church basement immediately after the services. Please call 582-5045 for more information about the church. Nativity is located at 209 Main Street, Boyne City. 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, June 9, Celebrate

Recovery will meet at 7 PM. On Saturday, June 11, there will be a Men’s Ministry Breakfast starting at 8 AM. On, Sunday, June 12, the sermon will be given by Pastor Jeff titled “Why Worry Doesn’t Work” from Matthew 6:25-34. Service times are 9 AM and 10:45 AM. Communion and a Benevolent Offering will be done at both services. There will be infant and toddler nurseries available at both services. Children classes are held during both services. Grades 5 through 7 attend worship service at 9 AM and then have class at 10:45 in room 101. Grades 8 through 11 attend worship service at 9 AM and have class at 10:45 at the Youth Center. At 10:45, there is a class for grade 12 through age 23 in the Discipleship House. Adult classes and small groups will meet during both services. There will be an East Jordan Satellite Planning Meeting at 12:15 PM. On Tuesday, June 14, the Food Pantry will be open from 5-6:15 PM. On Wednesday, June 15, there will be Day Camp Teen Training from 5 to 9 PM. On Thursday, June16, the Cozy Quilters will meet from 9 AM to 1 PM. Celebrate Recovery will meet at 7 PM in the multipurpose room. On Friday, June 17, there will be a Prime Time Fellowship Potluck at the Discipleship House starting at 6 PM. Children’s Day Camp will be on June 20-24. Please call to preregistration, 535-2288 ext 24. For more information, please visit the Church website at

www.walloonchurch. com or call the church office at 535-2288. 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, under the Programs section of the Northern Michigan study group, or by e-mailing Genesis Church Boyne Genesis Church meets in the Boyne Elementary school cafeteria every Sunday from 11am-noon. The have a quality staffed nursery along with Kids Clubhouse ministry for ages 4-4th grade. There is cof-

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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 Or drop off your information at 5 West Main St., Suite #7 in Boyne City, MI 49712.

fee 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 Boyne Valley Catholic Community Regular Mass Schedule Saturday Mass; 5:00 pm - St. Matthew, Boyne City Sunday Mass; 9:00 am - St. Augustine, Boyne Falls 11:00 am - St. Matthew, Boyne City BVCC is located at 1303 Boyne

Ave. in Boyne City. Call (231) 582-7718. Visit for other location addresses and contact information. . 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.

‘Roots and Wings’ in this month’s Growing Together ‘GROWING TOGETHER’ BY BRIEN VUYLUKSON

Each year we see high schools everywhere holding their graduation ceremonies. Young adults leaving behind their carefree days of adolescence, stretching their wings, and stepping out of the nest. It's a really big world out there. There is much to explore, and many great adventures lie ahead, and probably a few heartaches too. Graduation day brings excitement to every graduate's heart. Some are anticipating several more years of education, earning their degrees, and beginning their careers. Others have plans of enlisting in one of the armed services to help provide the freedoms we all enjoy. Yet others will move straight into the work-a-day world and family life. They should all be congratulated for their achievements so far. In a world where a large percentage of teens never finish their high

school educations, we should celebrate the efforts of our kids and applaud loudly when they cross the stage. Let's be their biggest fan as they cross this threshold into adulthood, and as moms and dads, let's congratulate ourselves too on a job well done. But Mom and Dad, we are not yet done. Our job isn't over yet. As parents, we're not off the hook - not even close. As a matter of fact, in many ways, our responsibilities toward our graduate have now grown to new proportions. The child we spent so many years trying to protect from the hardships of this world is about to be turned loose into it, and they are eager to spread their wings and soar. As mature, experienced adults, we know the challenges and obstacles that lie ahead of them. We've prepared them well, but we know there will still be times when they will become overwhelmed.

Deadlines for Obituaries and Death Notices is 5 p.m. the Sunday preceding the following Wednesday’s edition of the Boyne City Gazette.

People can be selfish and cruel. The best laid plans can sometimes fall apart, and often life can simply take an unexpected turn. It's life - it happens to us all. And when these challenging times come for our kids - and come they will - our new role as parents becomes this: No matter what the circumstances - even if the problem is of their own causing - we must be there for them. Our kids must know that we are there for them. Always. Ready to listen, to encourage, and to inspire - to offer our help in whatever way we can. Home must always be home to them. A place to come where they are always safe from the world, and always welcome. Home is where your roots are, and home is where your calls are always answered, the key is always in its hiding place, and someone always leaves a light on - just in case. Our new fledglings need a sense of comfort and security as they head out into their new lives.

They will always have questions that need answering. Challenges that need advice, hurts that need consoling, and achievements that will merit our heartfelt praise. Yes, Mom and Dad, just like in high school, as our children walk through their lives, we must be counselors, cheerleaders, and confidants for them. It's a big responsibility, but one that brings great rewards as we help guide our kids into greatness. For some of us, letting go can be our most difficult challenge. Making the choice to let our young adult make their own decisions and make their own mistakes. This includes never saying, "I told you so," but simply being there to help them put the pieces back together when it all goes wrong. We have to be willing to loosen our hold on their little hand (which seems to have grown so quickly) and let them live their dreams - let them shine. For our graduates, it's a bittersweet time of life.

OBITUARY PLACEMENT The Boyne City Gazette now charges for obituaries and death notices. An obituary and a photo costs $50; a notice of death costs $25. EDITOR@BOYNEGAZETTE.COM

All the excitement of what lies ahead, and a sad reminiscence of all that's being left behind. But you and I can make this time of transition a joyous one. Let's offer our graduates the roots of home and the wings of freedom. The bonds of love and friendship will continue to grow. No matter what, we will always be Mom and Dad, and they will always be our kids. So wipe away those graduation ceremony tears, put on a brave smile, and send your graduate out into the world with confidence in knowing you're behind them all the way, and that home will always be home. Roots and wings - and love. Congratulations to all our graduates everywhere, and remember: "No matter who we are and where we've been, it's not nearly as important as where e're going and who we shall become." If you can dream it, you can achieve it! God bless all of you, and God bless Boyne!

Death Notices consist of Name, age, city of residence and date of death. ---------------------------Obituary length may exceed 700 words for an upcharge of $25

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Carol A. Leonard (March 3, 1955 - June 2, 2011) Carol Ann Leonard, 56, of

Cheboygan, MI, died peacefully at her home on June 2, 2011 after her battle with colon cancer. She was born on March 3, 1955 to Robert “Jack” and Lethel (Kopischka) Hamel in Cadillac, MI. She married her high school sweetheart, Richard Leonard, on May 26, 1973. They had four beautiful children. Rick and Carol loved spending time together as a family. They enjoyed many outings in the family boat, picnics, and road trips to various destinations. Carol had a love of children and

was employed with NEMCSA Head Start for 30 years. Carol’s many talents included: sewing, embroidering, knitting, pizza making, and many more. Some of her favorite pastimes were doing jigsaw puzzles, Sudoku puzzles, reading, and family game nights. She is survived by her husband, Richard Leonard; her parents: Robert and Lethel Hamel; her children: Michael, Carrie Huntley, Mark, and Shelley Leonard; grandson, Justin; brothers and sisters: Robert (Linda) Hamel, Patrick (Kathleen) Hamel,

Betty Baker, Kenneth Hamel, Sherri (Michael) Keeler, Karen (Robert) Outman, Darla (Allen) Clark, Darrell Hamel, Victoria (Timothy) Juhas, and Thomas Hamel; her brother-in-law, Steve Garcia; her mother-in-law, Harriet Leonard; her in-laws, Robert (Karen) Leonard, Ronald (Mary) Leonard, Patricia Craig, Kathy (Steve) Coatta, Janet Frank; and many nieces and nephews. Carol was preceded in death by her brother, Marvin Hamel; her sister, Kathy Garcia; her grandparents Anna and William Hamel, August and Berlie

Kopischka; her father-in-law, Robert Leonard; and her son-inlaw, Brian Huntley. The funeral mass will be celebrated on Monday, June 6, 2011 at 11:00 am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Riggsville with visitation beginning at 9:00 am at the church. The Rev. Paul Megge will officiate and burial will take place at Sacred Heart Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Carol’s name may be directed to the family or Sacred Heart Church. Arrangements are being handled by the NordmanChristian Funeral.

Jamie Woodall poses the question: ‘Who is God?’ I remember the first time I biked Av a l a n c h e Mountain a couple years ago. The bike path seemed so technical. I fell ‘On the Journey’ off the path JAMIE WOODALL a bit, scathed a few trees, and even ran over some smaller ones. My chest felt like it was going to explode. It was hard. I was usually in the wrong gear going up the next incline, and I think my feet touched the ground about fifteen times. And at a sharp declining turn, as my body was flying over the handle bars I thought about my family. It was a spectacle worth paying for. At one point in time I remember literally laying face first on the ground when a superstar mountain biker who was decked out in the latest race gear went flying past my ear. As I was riding home I wondered if I could ever really do that well on the path. Could I learn to ride like others? Was it really for me? I’ve talked with many friends who have thoughts and questions about God like this: Is he for me? Can I really do this? Can I know him? Can I connect with him like others have spoken of? Or maybe it’s the more fundamental question of, If God is there, then who in the world is he, really? Other puzzling thoughts and questions might form in our minds like… He’s unseen, but all around? He’s merciful, yet can be full of wrath at times? He’s perfect in love yet just and holy? He’s high and transcendent, yet close and personal? God, who are you? What’s cool is that the Hebrew language of the Bible does tell

us more about who God is. The Bible was written in two segments; the Old Testament, and the New Testament. The Old Testament was written in primarily the Hebrew language, while the New Testament was written in the Greek. The Hebrew culture and the Hebrew language is quite amazing. Names were very important in the Hebrew language. For example, Abraham actually means “Father of a Multitude.” This goes well with the story of Abraham being promised the blessing of a multitude of offspring. If you follow the story then you’ve learned that it really does come true. The word Jacob in Hebrew actually means “heel-grabber” because he literally grabbed the heel of his brother Esau, coming out of the womb. Later in life Jacob grabs for many other things. His name described his character. This is why the Names of God are very significant in the Bible. They explain who he is, and what experience a person can have as they get to know him. In the context of an Old Testament narrative a name of God paints a big colorful picture of an amazing Being who has an impeccable character. For example, God leads his people out of Egyptian slavery into the desert. Over a million people are in need of water. So like any of us, they begin to grumble and complain. Finally, Moses, standing beside bitter bacteria infested waters, cries out to God for water to drink. Guess what? (Do you believe in miracles?) God changed the water from bitter disease-inflicting water to sweet healthy water they could drink. Then he gives words to Moses to share with the people, “If you will listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes…I will not bring on

you any of the diseases… for I am [Jehovah-Rophe] the Lord who heals you (Exodus chapter fifteen and verse twenty-six).” Wow. God is Someone who can heal. I like that name - JehovahRophe. I don’t know about you, but I need healing in some areas. At other places God is called Jehovah Jirah, meaning “the God who provides.” He actually cares about our deepest needs. He wants us to know that he can provide for those needs. El Shaddai is found 48 times in the Old Testament and means “Al-

mighty God” or the good God who is over all and ultimately in control although we are not. Yeshua means “God who saves.” I like that one too. God is like a wild winding path that runs deep into the woods to places beyond what we can imagine. After riding Boyne City’s Avalanche Mountain many times now, I’ve learned where it turns and goes up or down. I remember ruts and close trees to negotiate. I know better when to break and when to let it all go. It’s beautiful. It’s exhilarating to whiz past trees with my

heart pumping fast! I no longer feel like I’m dying. I feel alive and thriving! It’s a lot like the ride I’m on with my God. Jamie Woodall is the pastor of Genesis Church of Boyne City. Genesis invites you to come out to the newest series, Names of God this Sunday, 11am at the Boyne Elementary School and 9:30am at the Petoskey Cinema by Home Depot. Genesis is one church in two locations. To learn more go to or contact Jamie at 231-923-9501/

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Girls place high at states The Boyne Ramblers girls track and field team recently competed at the state level. Kylie Hicks finished 4th in the 100M High Hurdles at the MHSAA Division III State Track & Field Championships, which were held in Comstock Park. She earned All-State honors and broke

our school record in the event. Her time of 15.92 using Fully Automatic Timing converts to 15.68 hand timed. The time is faster than Nicole Kurtz’s record of 15.73 set at the State meet in 2000, where she finished in 6th place.

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BCPS Student of the Week Quiz Bowl Softball Statistics SCHOOL ACTIVITIES: Girl Scouts Skiing FUTURE PLANS/GOALS: College at Northern in the fall

NAME: Kaitlyn Bohnet PARENTS’ NAMES: Mindy & Russ Bohnet GRADE: 12 HOBBIES & INTERESTS: Ski team

Elk Rapids best Boyne City 4-0 The Ramblers held the Elks scoreless in the first half and 10 minutes into the second of the pre-District match. Team Defense was the key as the Ramblers hustle made it hard for the team from Elk Rapids to get any rhythm. Rambler Keeper Lexi Harding stopped a penalty Kick 8 minutes into the second half to keep the game scoreless. Then the Lady Elks scored 4 goals in just 12 minutes to put the game away before lightning and dangerous winds COURTESY PHOTO ended the game with Boyne City Rambler soccer player Lexi Harding is pictured in 12 minutes left on the this undated photo. clock.

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Who: For players ages 5 and up and Parents – There are no restrictions regarding your location; this program is open to Everyone : Vacationers, East Jordan, Charlevoix, Petoskey, Emmet County, Antrim County, In other words you do not have to live in the Boyne City/Boyne Falls area to participate What: Far Post Soccer Camp (Returning for the 13th year in Boyne City) When: July 11-15,

2011 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Where: Rotary Park, Boyne City Why: To have fun and improve soccer skills Cost: Youth Players $60.00 – Checks Payable to Boyne 4-H Soccer – Adults FREE Deadline: Friday, June 24, 2011 to guarantee a place for your player. Registration: You can go to the MSU Extension Office (next to City Hall) in Boyne City -- Monday through Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm or fill out the form attached to our website (Forms and Registration) and submit payment of $60 then drop it off or mail it to the MSU Extension 4-H office at 319 B. North Lake Street, Boyne City, MI 49712.

This will be the 13th year that Boyne Area 4-H Youth Soccer is hosting a summer soccer camp offered by Far Post Soccer. Response from players and parents has been very positive. Far Post is known throughout the state as a quality program throughout the state and is in high demand. The camp’s director, Greg Thompson, is the director of Farmington Hills Public Schools Soccer Program. Scholarships may be available. Campers will receive a T-shirt and should bring shin guards, a water bottle and a soccer ball. Rain days will not be made up, but players should meet at the field regardless of conditions. In case of severe weather parents need to come back to the field to pick players up. Players will be split into age groups and skills are taught in game environments with an emphasis on fun!

STAFF COMMENTS: “Great student, hard worker, follows instructions.” – Mrs. Parker “Kaitlyn shows excellent consistency in her work. She pays close attention to detail and produces quality work.” – Mr. Hertel “Kaitlyn is a great person who challenges herself. This year she helped to facilitate a student assembly on safe driving as part of her Girl Scout Gold Project and did an excellent job.” -Mrs. Jarema

BCPS Student of the Week Basketball Soccer SCHOOL ACTIVITIES: Sports Crowd Worker FUTURE PLANS/GOALS: “I plan on going to college. I am not sure what I want to be.”

NAME: Steven Halstead PARENTS’ NAMES: Jeff & Jane Halstead GRADE: 10 HOBBIES & INTERESTS: Golf

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LSSU spring 2011 dean’s list dedicated teaching faculty. The university’s northern location across the St. Mary’s River from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. offers many Students from your area have earned recreational opportunities and gives the distinction of being included on students important international the Lake Superior State University experience in today’s shrinking Dean’s List for the Spring 2011 se- world. mester. For more information, visit www. To make the Dean’s List, students must be attending full time and • Greensky, Raymond J., Meachieve a 3.5 grade point average chanical Engineering, SR of for the semester on a 4.0 scale. Boyne City Lake Superior State University of- • Boop, Jennifer A., Nursing, SR fers more than 60 undergraduate of Charlevoix programs of study. • Bavers, Phillip W., Accounting, Its “hands on,” academically rigor- SR of East Jordan ous training with a wide assortment • Hawley, Brooke L., Psychology, of study options is distinctive, and SR of East Jordan its small size ensures that students • Tyree, Kalie M., Political Scireceive personal attention and am- ence, SO of East Jordan ple opportunity to interact with a

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David Rushlow (far left) bats for Boyne City against Sault Ste. Marie in recent competition on the diamond. Cody Elzinga (directly left) pitches against the Sault for the Boyne City Ramblers junior varsity baseball team. Above, a Boyne runner gets caught short of the base.

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Make the right moves with inherited stocks

Ruth Skop Manages Edward Jones Investments of Boyne City Make the Right Moves with Inherited Stocks When you inherit a sizable amount of stocks, your overall financial picture can change significantly. But to make the most of your inheritance, you need to decide what to do with

your new stocks. Should you keep them or sell them? Before you can answer this question, you need to review several factors, including the following: Diversification — You’ll need to determine if an inherited stock adds to your overall portfolio diversification. Do you already have other, similar stocks in your portfolio? If so, you might want to sell the stock and use the money for a new investment opportunity. Conversely, if you don’t own anything similar to the inherited stock, and it can help your diversify, it may well be worth keeping. While diversification, by itself, cannot guarantee a profit or protect against loss, it can help reduce the effects of market volatility. Fundamentals — It’s a good idea to closely scrutinize any stocks you inherited. Do they represent companies with strong

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to them? You’ll want to own quality stocks for the right reasons. • Risk tolerance — An inherited stock may be either too aggressive or too conservative for your preferences. If the stock doesn’t fit within your risk tolerance, sell it and buy an investment that does. Taxes — When you inherit

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of 15% (at least for 2011 and 2012), no matter how long you’ve held the stock. This is advantageous for you; typically, if you sell an appreciated stock that you’ve held less than a year, you’d have to pay capital gains taxes at your normal income tax rate. If you inherit stocks as part of a traditional Individual Retirement Account (IRA), you’ll probably have to pay taxes on withdrawals at your income tax rate. However, you may be able to spread withdrawals over your lifetime, which could result in more tax-deferred

growth and a greater income stream. And if you inherit a Roth IRA, you won’t have to pay income taxes on any withdrawals, provided the Roth IRA account has been open for at least five years. If you need help in determining what to do with inherited stocks, consult with your financial advisor and tax professional. After all, you are acquiring an important asset — and you want to make this asset work for you. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.


Boyne Rapids Adventure Golf co-owner Brian Williams gives a tour of his property earlier this May when his fight with energy company DTE began over their decision to remove nearly 20 trees from along their gas line right-of-way.

Judge decrees trees will fall BENJAMIN GOHS ASSOCIATE EDITOR DTE’s plan to remove trees along a gas line running through Boyne Rapids Adventure Golf in Boyne City will likely go forward. Despite pleading his case for a preliminary injunction against the gas giant on Friday, June 3, golf course co-owner Brian Williams will likely see as many as 20 trees removed from his property in coming weeks. During the Friday hearing, Charelvoix’s 33rd Circuit Judge Richard Pajtas ruled that Wil-

liams claims of damage to his business were not enough to usurp a nearly 50-year-old easement held by the gas company ... or the company’s claim that the trees were potentially a matter of public safety. A DTE spokesman told the Boyne City Gazette in recent weeks that, since some of the trees are planted to near a natural gas pipeline, lightning could strike the trees during a storm causing the lightning to go underground and into the pipeline — which could cause an explosion damaging property and putting lives at risk.

According to Williams, one of the main reasons for the success of his 23-year-old miniature golfing business is its upscale landscaping. DTE energy claims they have had an easement on the property for more than 50 years which allows them to trim or remove any trees within 15 feet of either side of the 300 feet of gas line which runs through the property located at the southeast end of Boyne City. Boyne Rapids Adventure Golf is located at 1856 S M 75. They can be reached at (231) 5823505.


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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. Wellness Wednesday Charlevoix Area Hospital’s next “Wellness Wednesday” will be from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 6. 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. 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: Walk-ins are always welcome.

Petoskey sleep center taking patients The Northern Michigan Regional Health System Sleep Center in Petoskey has moved. Patients are now being seen in Suite 508 of The Burns Professional Building. The new location offers six hotel-like adult sleep rooms, in addition to one pediatric and special procedures (video EEGs) room equipped with a Hospital bed.   The new location offers patients: The ability to review studies in the privacy of their rooms.  Access to sleep techs during office visits for mask and equipment issues. Immediate download of data for patient visits. The Sleep Center offers services for diagnosing and treating sleep disorders. The Sleep Center has satellite centers in Gaylord and the Helen Newberry Joy Sleep Center, both of which are accredited by the American Academy  of Sleep Medicine. Accredita-

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Breast cancer easier to treat with early detection An analysis of just-released breast cancer statistics demonstrates the importance of annual mammograms, say local public health officials. Updated data for 2003-2007 by the National Cancer Institute shows a trend in increased early diagnosis for breast cancer in Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego counties. “We are definitely seeing a trend toward increased diagnosis of early stage breast cancer and decreased diagnosis of advanced stage breast cancer,” said Joshua Meyerson, Medical Director for the Health Department of Northwest Michigan. “The reason for the trend is simple: mammograms.” An annual screening mammogram is recommended for women age 40

and older by the American Cancer Society and Meyerson says it is important in identifying cancer at an earlier, and more treatable, stage. “In fact, we’re seeing a decrease in mortality from breast cancer that may be a result of earlier detection as well as improved treatment,” Meyerson said. The Health Department has been working hard to encourage lowincome, uninsured/underinsured women to come to their clinics for annual screening mammograms. Over 800 women age 40-64 were enrolled in the Breast & Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP) in 2010 from Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego counties. 28% were referred for further diagnostic services and 16 were treated for breast cancer.

“We want every woman to get the primary care she needs—including annual mammograms—no matter her income or insurance status,” said Pat Fralick, Director of Family & Community Health for the Health Department. “That’s why there are generous income eligibility guidelines for the BCCCP. For example, an uninsured woman from a family of four can have a household income of almost $56,000 and be eligible for the program. Women, who have health insurance but no mammogram coverage in this income bracket, are also eligible.” Fralick said there are several local charities and foundations who help the Health Department reach low income women by providing funds for outreach and education.

“We are especially grateful to the Antrim County High Tea for Breast Cancer Prevention,” she said. With their help, we’ve increased the number of women enrolled in BCCCP ten-fold over the last few years. “She said the program has had generous financial support from the Sue DeYoung/Judy Edger Breast Cancer Walk & Run, Charlevoix County Community Foundation, and Women of Harley 45th Parallel Chapter for outreach and to reduce barriers to care. “I think we can look at our local data and conclude that getting more low-income, uninsured/underinsured women screened with mammograms appears to be helping reduce the number of advanced stage cancers and ultimately, reducing the number of breast can-

cer deaths,” Meyerson said. “I am hopeful that this trend continues and perhaps we can see some truly significant decreases in mortality as we continue to promote early detection and better treatment for breast cancer.” The Health Department of Northwest Michigan is mandated by the Michigan Public Health Code to promote wellness, prevent disease, provide quality healthcare, address health problems of vulnerable populations, and protect the environment for the residents and visitors of Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego counties. For more information about BCCCP, or to check eligibility and schedule an appointment, call the Health Department at 800-432-4121 during regular business hours.

Practical tips for relief from migraine headaches (ARA) - Anyone who has ever experienced a migraine knows how debilitating it can be. When you’re suffering from a migraine, it’s likely that you have a hard time focusing on anything else besides the pain you’re enduring. If migraines are interfering with your daily life, it’s a good idea to visit a doctor who can suggest the best ways to combat your headaches. But there are also some practical steps you can take to avoid migraines. Here are a few ways you can minimize the onset of migraines and ease your pain and nausea during a migraine episode: * Get good and regular sleep.

Migraines often follow sleepless nights. Do what you can to establish a consistent sleep schedule. If you’re having trouble sleeping, remove distractions such as a TV or radio, which can prevent you from entering a deep sleep when left on all night. * Try acupressure therapy. Similar to acupuncture, but without the needles, acupressure can provide natural pain relief by applying pressure to certain points in your body. This can be done with your hands, or through a device you can wear, such as Sea-Bands, which can be worn to apply pressure to a point just below your wrist. A recent

study conducted by Berolina Clinic in Germany concluded that 83 percent of its participants - all chronic migraine sufferers - experienced a reduction in nausea when wearing Sea-Bands. * Establishing consistency in your diet can also help reduce the frequency of migraine attacks, according to the medical experts. Also, if you suspect a certain food is causing your migraines, try eliminating it from your diet and see if it helps. Eating at different times each day or skipping meals can also trigger migraines. * Try relaxation techniques. Stress is a major cause of migraines, so

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woman? I have often wondered as I hear those about me so seriously ‘iffing’. Iffing is when we say something like, “I would love to drive down to Traverse tomorrow morning but what if Jane decides to stop by with that book she promised to bring me? Guess I had better stay home.” When I am ready to head out on an errand Ray will say, “Do you have your cell phone with you? You know if you have a flat tire you’ll be glad you have it.” I know what he is suggesting is logical and yet my optimistic side just grins at him and says, “I’m not going to have a flat, but to ease your mind, my cell is in my purse.” I ‘if’ back at him by adding, “If I do get a flat I promise to call you.” So it was with great curiosity I just read ‘The Science of Optimism’ by Tali Sharot as it appeared in the June 6, 2011 issue of Time magazine. The article’s sub-title is ‘Hope isn’t rational – so why are humans wired for it?’ The magazine’s front cover art also caught my eye as it obviously depicts the human brain which in bright colors gaudily announces such thoughts as: ‘My kid is a genius’; ‘I will live to 100’, ‘This investment can’t lose’ and ‘Look on the bright side’. Although Sharot is a research fellow at the University College London’s Welcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging the article is written for a lay person to easily understand and enjoy. I use the word enjoy here as it is always fun to discover that who and what you are is both normal and wonderful. The author explains the tendency is


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FROM PAGE 2 the area. On the 4th of July the garage was always full of old cars prepping for the Boyne City parade. Bob and his son Robert were both old car enthusiasts. He was also a member of the Boyne City Masonic Lodge 391 F&AM. Being raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason in 1968. I would stop in to the dealership and visit with Bob and I remember on one visit after asking how he enjoyed semi-retirement he said “I want more time to spend with my grandchildren and take them fishing.” When conversing with Bob you could feel, see and hear the pride and love he had for his children and grandchildren. The rogue’s gallery of pictures in his office attested to this. Once when I had my vehicle in for service I left the garage and it needed to be moved. As I had inadvertently left my German Shepard inside. He was very protective, and displaying a very toothy smile, no one was willing to move it. Bob’s friend Bud Sabin went over opened the door, put his hand on the puppy’s nose and saying “Move over” sat in and moved it. Bob’s reaction was “Only Bud!” Bob Mathers Ford originated September 22, 1917 as the Northern Auto Company in Boyne City at 224 East Water Street. He started by operating Mathers Sinclair, the service and gas station at 102 South Lake Street, which was located at the South West corner of Water and Lake Street. I remember this well as when I came to Boyne in 1962


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genetic for us to be optimistic in our lives even though many of us are struggling financially during this time of depression in our country. Despite the tragic weather news, the increased use of name calling in our political world and the wars that are everywhere about us around the globe we for the most part are optimistic about tomorrow. This natural optimism flows into our world by way of our grey matter. In that section of the brain where our memories are stored the mechanism that leads to positive thinking is found. In fact it rules and tends to transform our memories into ones that tell us our tomorrows will be wonderful. Within this part of our brain is the stimulus which allows humans to think in a transient manner, moving at a gallop or a thoughtful stroll from yesterday’s happenings to those we foresee in our tomorrows. It is this process that allows us to view failure and disappointment as a positive lesson for tomorrow’s success. And medical research confirms this positive attitude in its finding. Those who eat correctly, exercise and plan for their tomorrows are more likely to reach them to enjoy. Before my husband’s death two years ago we had some conversations about my future. He had a type of dementia that allowed him to remain mentally alert until his death. We both had watched our mothers become recluses following our fathers’ deaths and Ed was determined I was not to live through that experience. In other words, I was not to sit in my apartment and wait to die. He was proud that I wrote and wanted me to continue doing so and if possible remarry. I promised.

I soon found out that some things are easier to envision than to actually bring about. I found fulfilling his wishes was not an easy task. It was then I decided to research what was being learned across our country about the expanding life expectancy that we are witnessing in my generation and those following. I located only one University that was involved in such study. It was located in Nebraska and the subject of the research had to do with determining whether a sexual relationship among those in their eighties was advantageous in extending life expectancy. I had to smile; where else but among college aged students would such a subject merit research? At this point I decided if I was to learn about my generation it would have to be through my own research. I enrolled in three on-line dating services for seniors. This prompted horror stories and sincere warnings from friends and family but I knew at my age I could handle myself safely. The one ‘safety’ request I did honor was that of carrying a cell phone. Today it is always with me; not for safety but for convenience. During the following eighteen months I kept six hour work days five days a week and corresponded eventually with over four hundred men. Actually my work day expanded to eight hours. What I found was a world of lonely men in their late seventies and eighties. I was very surprised at the quality, sincerity, honesty and extremely interesting men who are using the computer skills they acquired during their professional years to reach out in search of friendship and compan-

ionship. The majority of men on line are WWII and Korean War veterans. As such almost all gained college degrees through the GI Bill; something that most probably would never have had without the opportunity. Many not only had master degrees but also their doctorates. There were retired ministers, soldiers and officers, store owners, a UN diplomat, a university president, musicians, ranchers, farmers, dentists, deep sea divers, a retired federal judge, restaurant owners, physicists, writers, college profs, factory owners, oil drillers, truck line owner, industrialist, lecturer, researchers, youth worker, and on and on. For the most part they had lost their wives and had their home, possessions, the means to travel but no one to share it all with. It had been their lifelong plan to retire and enjoy life with their spouse. The majority were exercising two or three times a week, had learned to cook and maintained their homes and yards. Online they searched for a companion with whom they could exchange letters, meet on Chat, or go to Pogo to play cards together. Without exception each had a deep need to share those daily bits of worry, excitement or success that find themselves in our routine life. It was rare to ‘meet’ a partner who lived close enough to allow dating as our generation had known it back in the 40’s and 50’s. Each man was an individual. He had his favorite pastimes to tell about and memories to share. I found them unbelievably honest about their financial situation. I think that is a man thing more than a woman’s. But I was in turn very forthright with mine. I

even had a man in Texas share with me a print out of his monthly visa card bill. He did this to show me how much it cost him to eat his dinner out every day of the week as I had expressed disbelief when he had told me. He was one of very few who did not cook. Some others had actually taken food preparation classes and were very proud of their ability to prepare such dishes as Eggs Benedict. I did accept the invitations to visit three of the men I wrote. All three were gentlemen of our generation in their code of behavior which underscored that to ‘date’ as we once did in the 40’s and 50’s remains out of reach for online friends. We had good times and remain friends. It was at the very end of my ‘research’, when I had given up the hope of finding an end-of-life partner, that I accepted the invitation to meet a man in Gaylord. He was actually the only one of all those I corresponded with who lived within ‘dating’ range. We have ‘dated’ six months and are being married this summer. So, all my optimistic belief that there would be a man out there somewhere who would appreciate my company as much as I desire his, his discovery has apparently not been my doing but actually is because of the way my and everyone else’s brain works. That complex area of our body we refer to as our cranium is so wired as to guide us into the positive and away from the negative. Or as Sharot writes when contemplating the human reaction to a broken leg, “With a broken leg, I will be able lie in bed watching TV guilt free.” I have fulfilled Ed’s hope for me.

to split the conservative vote in Michigan. As we can plainly see, the integrity of our ballot boxes is at risk, and we should all have an interest in seeing it end. ACORN officials have admitted to or have been proven to have submitted fraudulent voter regis-

tration forms in Ohio, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, and New Mexico, if not more. Though many illegal ballots were cast, the best defense ACORN can pose is that it was not voter fraud, it was simply registration fraud. ACORN rou-

tinely and illegally pays people for each name they garner during registration drives, ballots have been found in car trunks, high school students were taken by bus to polling places with only Democrat ballots in hand, and 90 absentee ballots came from one email address.

Worst of all, we never seem to get ballots to our military in time for them to vote. Polling has shown that 82% of Americans support photo ID laws. We must be proactive in ending fraud in our elections, no matter what the source!

his station was where I took my first car purchased from Harry Atkins Chevrolet to be check before I paid for it. It needed work as there were a mix of sparkplugs and the brakes were not adjusted. Bob quietly supported his town and his friends. When I needed a vehicle for the Boyne 4th of July parade, to be used with the Boyne City Boy Scouts Troop #49, Bob always provided one. Also, when an emergency came to pass he was there as well. One of Bob’s old cars “1930 Buick Roadster” In 1972 they purchased to Ford Body Shop and started their venture in the Ford Automotive field. Bob and Shirley decided to buy the Ford Dealership when Bob’s wife answered Bob’s question of “Will you help run it with me?” Obviously she said “yes”. In 1973 they purchased the Ford Dealership from Dick Cote’ and changing the name from Dick Cote’ Ford to Bob Mathers Ford. Previously the dealership had been named and owned by: Northern Auto Company September 22, 1917 – June 17, 1936 Dealership restricted for lack of sales volume 1936 – 1947 Northern Auto Company February 18, 1947 – March 7, 1963 Boyne Valley Motors March 7, 1963 – September 1. 1970 Dick Cote’ Ford September 1, 1970 – October 4, 1973 Bob Mathers Ford October 4, 1974 - today The Mathers and their family have run the dealership ever since 1974. Today it is one of the oldest Ford dealerships in the Northern Michigan area

They sold the service station building on Lake and Water Street to William Lindsay in 1975. Mr. Lindsay moved his insurance office from the Boyne City Bank to the building which he had remodeled. It then was the Campbell Lindsay Ins., the Lindsay Hubble Ins., the Hubble Ins., the Korthase Lindsay Ins., the Old Kent Bank and today this is the location of the Fifth Third Bank. The building was remodeled by Trumble Construction. The new façade looks well and is in keeping with the new trend for downtown Boyne. The Body Shop that was purchased in 1972 has been extensively remodeled and now has a modern look complementing the Boyne area. Service Managers: 1973-1975 Tim Seeyle 1976-1979 Nick Reed 1980-1981 Jim Schumann 1981-1987 Bob Mathers Jr. 1988-1989 Terry Elder 1990-1991 Rick McGrath 1992-2000 Hugh Smith 2001- Current Mike Sliwinski Parts Department: Ken Cain Wendy (Mathers) Reidel Pat Osborn George McKenney Unfortunately time, the greatest leveler of mankind, has taken its toll. In April, 2005 Boyne City lost Bob and in March, 2008 his wife Shirley passed away. After Bob’s passing the family retained Bob’s office as he kept it and it is open for use as a conference room and retains the memorabilia and pictures that Bob collected over many years. Today the dealership remains Bob Mathers Ford and is under


Ed May said this is the oldest picture he has found showing the Ford and Ford Tractor garage. It was taken from the roof of the Odd Fellows building. Please note the Cities Service gas pump located on the sidewalk along Water Street and the Hi-Speed station across the corner from the Post Office. High Speed gas was renamed Pure around 1950. the direction of Bob’s son Robert A. Mathers, General Manager and Bob’s daughter Wendy (Mathers) Reidel, Office Manager. Robert has been with the dealership since 1981 and Wendy 1979. The dealership is owned by the four children Robert, Cheri, Trish and Wendy. The Mathers family remains focused on service to Boyne City

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Polymer Clay & Crafts Guild Forming The Polymer Clay & Crafts Guild of Northwest Michigan is forming locally and welcomes those interested in working with polymer clay and other arts and crafts forms. If you have a skill to teach or would like to take classes, or if you would like to be notified of upcoming events, please submit your contact information on the Guild web site at Inquiries may also be sent via mail to P.O. Box 862, Boyne City, MI 49712.

American Legion Fundraiser Boyne City’s American Legion, Ernest Peterson Post 228, is selling 2011 calendars to raise funds for future scholarship programs for area students. Funds will also be used to support area service men and women currently serving, both overseas and stateside, and for local Legion programs. Calendars, which are being sold for $10 each, will be available from many post members, at the post, 302 S. Lake St. during Tuesday night Bingo hours or by contacting Brian Morrison, committee chair, at (231) 330-4990. We thank you for your support of your local American Legion. Quilting Circle The Hiland Cottage Quilting Circle, a volunteer-led program, brings together local quilting enthusiasts to bring warmth and comfort to patients at the Hiland Cottage Hospice House in Petoskey. The Quilting Circle meets from 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesdays October through April. Hospice is asking area quilters and quilting groups to help in this endeavor. For more information about joining the quilting circle, please contact Volunteer Quilters Barb Postelnick at (231) 347-0798, or Mary Putters at 347-7931. Free mammograms offered at Northern Michigan Regional Hospital Northern Michigan Regional Hospital Foundation and the Health Department of Northwest Michigan are partnering to offer free mammograms, not just in October, but year-round. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, however, these mammograms are offered year-round while funds are available. If you are or know a female, age 40 – 64, who is under-insured or without health insurance, call 866.487.3100 to schedule an appointment.  Bingo Tuesday Bingo Game - Boyne City American Legion - 302 South Lake Street 582-7811 - Come join your friends and neighbors for an inexpensive, and maybe profitable, evening of fun, entertainment and relaxation. - Play 39 games with 51 bingos - Traditional Pick your own hard cards – Paper specials + Michigan Progressive Jackpot. The venue is smoke-free. The Early Birds start at 6pm and Finish 9:45p.m. Food concessions are available.

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Veterans Memorial group selling bricks and calendars The Boyne City Area War Memorial Committee is now selling Veterans Memorial Bricks as a fund-raiser to create a new sidewalk at the Memorial in Veterans Park on the Boyne City lakefront. Two brick sizes are available - 8-by-8-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 549-8000.

Want to lose weight? Come join us for support. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets at the Church of the Nazarene 225 W. Morgan St. Boyne City, on Monday morning at 10:00 a.m. For more information call Evelyn at (231) 582-9495 Support Group Grief and Loss Support Group 3rd Thursday of every month 1-2:30 p.m. Friendship Center of Emmet County -Library 1322 Anderson Road, Petoskey Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group 2nd Monday 5:30-7:30 p.m. Hospice of Little Traverse Bay One Hiland Drive, Petoskey (231) 487-4285 Community Band Rehearsals Practices will continue each Thursday evening at East Jordan High School band room through June. July rehearsals will be held at the concert venue, East Jordan’s Memorial Park band shell, beginning at 6:30 p.m. prior to the performances. Now in its 21st year, the Jordan Valley Community Band provides area musicians with a means for continued musical expression and is an important cultural resource for our area. With diverse musical backgrounds and abilities, members range in age from students to senior citizens who presently travel from communities in Charlevoix, Antrim and Emmet counties to rehearse and perform. The band is hoping area high school musicians will join them for this summer’s concert series. If you or someone you know plays an instrument or has played in the past and would like to return to the fun and excitement of band participation, please contact our President, Leslie Cunningham at 547-2145, Secretary/ Treasurer, Phyllis Childs at 582-3488 or Director, Becky Palmiter at 5823734. We will add your name to our mailing list and help you find an instrument, if necessary. If you have a free, nonprofit or fund-raising event you would like considered for publication, send the time, date and location of the event along with other pertinent information to:

JUNE 8 CONSERVATION MEETING Charlevoix County Energy Conservation and Efficiency Project Wednesday, June 8, 1:00 p.m. Charlevoix County Building Charlevoix—The Northwest Michigan Council of Governments (NWMCOG) Energy Conservation and Efficiency Project Manager invites interested community members and businesses to participate in a public presentation and tour of the Charlevoix County Energy Efficiency Project, June 8 at 1:00 p.m. in the Charlevoix County Commissioners Meeting Room, Charlevoix County Building, 301 State Street in Charlevoix. This project is part of NWMCOG’s Renewables and Energy Efficiency for Local Governments, a project funded by the Michigan Public Service Commission. This project is helping county and local governments in northwest lower Michigan implement energy efficiency and renewable energy applications. Each of the 10 counties in the region has received administrative, technical, and financial assistance to overcome existing obstacles and jump-start a long-term energy action plan. For more information and directions, please contact Patty O’Donnell at 231-929-5039 or JUNE 9 NCMC GOLF FUNDRAISER Golfers are invited to participate in the North Central Michigan College Foundation’s 15th annual Scramble for Scholarships golf outing, Thursday, June 9, at Dunmaglas Golf Course in Charlevoix. All proceeds from the event go to the Foundation Scholarship Fund to benefit local students. Registered teams of four players will enjoy a day of golf, lunch and dinner, as well as various competitions with great prizes. Great prizes will be available to raise additional money for scholarships. Registration starts at noon with the shotgun start at 1 p.m. There are openings for teams as well as hole sponsorships and prize donations. For more information, contact the Foundation at 231-439-6218 or e-mail sdulaney@ This is event is sponsored by Fifth Third Bank. North Central Michigan College is an open-door community college based in Petoskey. Through its University Center partnerships, students can take courses leading to certificates, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from participating universities. North Central’s Institute for Business & Industry Training offers 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. JUNE 10 WAM FUNDRAISER North Country Cycle Sport is hosting the Second Annual Wine, Wheels and WAM fundraiser. On June 10th from 6-8PM AT 105 South Park St. in Boyne City, the street will be


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Kimberly Mora-Brandt, 7, of Boyne City, is pictured at Veterans Park. Fine weather made outdoor activities a pleasure for many last weekend. closed down for the party. There will be music from the Sweetwater Blues Band, food and wine, a silent auction and lots of cyclists from the area as well as those in town for the next day’s Michigan Mountain Mayhem. The event is free, but donations to Make-a-Wish or for the auction are welcome. Join them for a fun and worthwhile evening. Affectionately known by riders and volunteers as WAM, the Wish-AMile® 300 is a three-day, 300-mile bicycle ride from Traverse City to Chelsea, Michigan to raise funds and awareness for the Make-AWish Foundation® of Michigan. In 2011, they will be celebrating their 24th year of this inspiring event. Last year, WAM raised funds to grant 250 wishes to Michigan children facing life-threatening medical conditions. With your help, this year they hope to grant 250 heartfelt wishes. For more information visit North Country Cycle Sport 105 south park St Boyne City, MI, 49712 (231) 582-4632 JUNE 11 Bike4BreastCancer Fundraiser On June 11, the Michigan Mountain Mayhem is hosting a fundraising event at Peninsula Beach in Boyne City. Bike stunt shows will begin at 3:30 p.m., with an obstacle course for kids at 5 p.m. There will be a 6 p.m. Trackstand clinic for adults. From 7 p.m. To 11 p.m. there will be live entertainment under the tent – $5 to get in. There will also be door prizes. JUNE 13 BEYOND THE SCOREBOARD Beyond the Scoreboard, Inc. has recognized its 2011 Champions of Character Award Winners. These recipients embrace the six pillars of character (trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship) through athletics. High School Coach – Randy Bricker Youth/Recreation Coach – Dree Lo

High School Athlete (male) – Jackson Kopka High School Athlete (female) – Taylor Smith Youth/Recreation Athlete (male) – Kurt Boucher Youth/Recreation Athlete (female) – Lilly Chamberlin Sport Leader – Mary Weitzel-Bailey Parent(s) – Tom and Connie Fairbairn Official – Dave Reeb Team of Character – Petoskey Boys Basketball Life Time Achievement – Dave Bricker The winners will be honored at the 7th annual Beyond the Scoreboard Champions of Character awards dinner, held at the Emmet County fairgrounds, at 6:00 PM on Monday, June 13. The guest speaker will be MHSAA Executive Director, Jack Roberts. Tickets are available for $20 each or an eight person table sponsorship for $200. Anyone interested in attending should contact Ron Goodman, Executive Director of Beyond the Scoreboard, Inc. at 231-622-2223, or visit the website at : http://www. JUNE 25 - JULY 25 VOCAL INSTITUTE Crooked Tree Arts Center is pleased to announce the formation a new music education program, the Up North Vocal Institute, a summer vocal training institute. Founding director is international opera and theatre star Matthew Chellis, originally from Horton Bay. The Up North Vocal Institute (UNVI), offers the nation’s finest young voices participation in a unique vocal training program designed to encompass the whole body approach to vocal training. The program runs June 25 through July 25, 2011, and will be held at the Boyne City High School Performing Arts Center. “The program’s goal is to act as a bridge between a singer’s academic and professional careers” commented Chellis. This program will be an addition to the arts programs at Crooked

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BOYNE AREA EVENTS Tree Arts Center. “When Matthew approached our organization with his thoroughly researched plan, we embraced the addition to our educational programs” noted Liz Ahrens, Executive Director. “Although the program is somewhat insular in the daily regiment for the students, the community will have the chance to hear the performers throughout the month of July at various venues in the region” continued Ahrens. UNVI Program Highlights: The 10-person faculty is a worldclass team. Together, they will utilize a team-teaching method of four Master Voice Teachers and four Collaborative Artists/Pianists working with the singers. In addition, an exercise and nutrition expert and several guest artists will teach master classes and workshops on the many aspects of the business of professional singing for classical, opera, and theater artists. The students, ages 22 to 38, are chosen by audition and are from all over the country. They will learn repertoire in English, Italian, French, and German. During the run of the institute, free concerts, open to the public, will be offered. Every Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Boyne City Performing Arts Center and Saturdays the students will be presenting their work at various venues throughout northern Michigan. To support the inaugural season of UNVI, Matthew Chellis will perform a benefit concert with accompanist, Eric Carlson, one of the programs’ collaborative artists at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, at the Boyne City Performing Arts Center. Chellis will sing a varied program with works by Mozart, Verdi, Faure, Schumann, Sondheim, and Bernstein among others. Tickets are $20 per person and all proceeds go to benefit the UNVI summer festival. To purchase, contact the Crooked Tree Arts Center at 231-347-4337 or www. Tickets are also available at Boyne City Chamber of Commerce and at the door the night of the performance. For more information on the Up North Vocal Institute visit SIGN-UP NOW FOR JULY & AUGUST WRITER’S WORKSHOPS Summer Spartan Youth Writer’s Camps North –Sign Up Now! There’s still room for area youth to join one of three summer writing camps offered for elementary, middle and high school students at North Central Michigan College in Petoskey. Special $95 early registration rates still available (includes snacks and a Spartan Writer’s Camp T-shirt). Kids experience excellent writing opportunities with stellar, local teachers who are all certified with the National Writing Project. Students learn how to write for many audiences, do storytelling in print and online, along with many other activities that will help them discover their writing voice (and make them school-ready for fall). Three different Spartan Writing Camps North are being offered: Spartan Elementary Writing Camps North (For students currently in Grades 3-5) Session One: June 27-July 1 Session Two: July 11-July 15 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kids try a little of everything from writing about nature, interviewing downtown businesses (and get some ice cream) to capturing digital images for making videos, making a comic strip about our community and much more! Questions? Contact Suzanne Nayback: or (231) 838-4202. Spartan Middle School Writing Camps North (For students currently in Grades 6-8) One Session: July 5 - July 8. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This stimulating writing workshop will help develop digital storytelling skills, short stories and poetry. Students will work in a professional writer’s environment, and work at their own pace, refine their work and decide which pieces to pub-

lish. Contact Tim Jardine: jardine. or (231) 526-0106 Spartan High School Journalism Sports Writing Camp North (For students currently in Grades: 8-11) One Session: August 8-12 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students develop and improve their writing skills learning from some of the best area local and state sports writers and photographers. Everyone will head to the high school practice fields daily to observe and write about Petoskey’s fall high school sports, from football to golf. Students will then publish their work in print and online. Contact Ken Winter at or (231) 3477288. JUNE 15 WRC LUNCHEON The Women’s Resource Center will host its fifth annual Women Can/ Women Do fund-raising luncheon on Wednesday, June 15, at Castle Farms in Charlevoix. Twenty six Charlevoix County designers are donating their talents in creating themed tables for the luncheon. Each table will consist of a table captain with seven other guests who donate a minimum of $150. Anyone interested in becoming a table captain, or in attending the luncheon, is encouraged to contact the Women’s Resource Center at (231) 347-0067. Last year’s luncheon raised more than $26,000 for the Women’s Resource Center, which provides a multitude of programs and services to improve the lives of women, children and families in Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, Cheboygan and Otsego counties. June 11 - July 11 Boating Safety Classes The Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office will be offering Boater’s Safety classes on the following dates. Boating Safety Schedule • June 11, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Charlevoix Yacht Club •June 25, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Walloon Lake Country Club (Grandma’s) June 28, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sommerset Point Yacht Club July 11, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Jordan Valley District Library Proctored Exam Time: June 11, noon to 1 p.m. Charlevoix Yacht Club July 11, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Jordan Valley District Library This is only for those who have an on-line boating safety certificate. Individuals will take the state exam and are free to leave upon successful completion of exam. The class is free of charge and preregistration is not required. Minimum age for class attendance is 12 years of age. Students should bring date of birth information with them for registration purposes. It is recommended that students eat prior to class or bring a small snack to class. Due to the short duration of the course, there will be no meal time. Students receiving a satisfactory test grade will receive their Michigan Boating Safety Certificate at the conclusion of the course. If you currently have an on-line boating safety certificate, you must take a proctored test and receive a state honored boating safety certificate. The state only honors online course completed certificates that have been verified by a proctored Michigan exam. Completion of this class is MANDATORY for individuals: (1) born after December 31, 1978 to operate a PWC (jet ski), (2) for juveniles between the ages of 12 and 16 to operate a boat, and (3) for PARENTS that allow their children between the ages of 12 and 14 to operate a PWC. A Parent must be riding with the child during operation. For further questions call the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office Marine Division at 547-4461, ext. 320. JUNE 24-25 SOBO ARTS FESTIVAL Sobo Arts District of Boyne City is excited about return of the Sobo


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Lynda and Tracey Vandermeulen enjoyed last Saturday afternoon with a picnic lunch at Veterans Park with their child Tily who is almost 2. Arts Festival, June 24-25, 2011. Celebrating visual, performing and healing arts, the festival will take place in the heart of SOBO, “South Boyne”, radiating from the intersection of Lake and Main Streets in Boyne City. The two-day event offers a variety of entertainment and a juried art fair featuring multi-dimensional work of Michigan artists. There is still a call for artists and sponsors. For more information visit or call Robin at 231-675-7605.

show off their improvisation skills with a ‘theatre-game’ or two then sing their song individually. A one-minute monologue from the show is optional. The performers will then have a group dance audition with choreographer, Stephanie Overton. Be prepared to sing 32 bars of a song, and bring piano music in the correct key for a piano accompanist. Callbacks are Sunday June 19th at 4pm and/ or Monday, June 20 at 7 p.m.

Rehearsals start Monday June 20, and run Monday – Friday; 7-10pm. The show is Friday and Saturday, July 29 and 30. For more information about audi-

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JUNE 19 Grease Auditions This June, Bay View Music Festival will hold open auditions to cast its summer production of the Broadway musical hit,“Grease,” and Northern Michigan Youth Theatre will assist according to Karen Mazzoline, NMYT Executive Director. Ages 16-100 are eligible for speaking roles with ages 14-100 eligible for the ensemble. It is planned for Saturday, June 18 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey. The workshop is designed to help anyone improve their audition skills, parThe Boyne City Gazette and Boyne District Library are working together to compile a ticularly those interested database of old Boyne City Photos. in “Grease.” The cost is $15. GeorgeOnce scanned, this photos are intended to be made available for public use, free of Kupfer will be there for charge. the last hour to lend her ••• expertise and to meet Anyone with any pictures that they would like to share may drop them off at one of the participants. following locations: In addition to running -The Boyne City Gazette - 5 West Main St. (Ste. #7) Boyne City, MI 49712 the workshop, Mazzoline will assist with props and -Boyne District Library - 201 East Main St. Boyne City, MI 49712 will coach the show’s enIf you wish that they be returned, please include your address or phone number. semble. ••• Auditions are Sunday, If you wish to make June 19, at 1p.m., 2 p.m. other arrangements, and 3 p.m. at Hitchcock or have any questions, Hall on the Bay View campus. please contact Boyne City Arrive promptly before Gazette Historian Edward the hour to ensure a May III at edmay@ spot. or call Groups of 12 will meet The Boyne City Gazette at Director, Linnea George(231) 582-2799. Kupfer, and Musical Director, Casey Robards, to

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Boyne City High School graduation ceremony


The 2011 class of graduates from Boyne City High School had their ceremony on Sunday, June 5 in Boyne City. Here principal Karen Jarema congratulates students on a job well done.

BCHS salutatorian

Boyne City High School senior Abigail Marie Fair is this year's salutatorian. Abigail is daughter of Melissa Casper and Christopher Fair. Now that graduation is complete, Abigail plans to attend

Grand Valley State University to become an engineer and eventually start a family. Abigail's interests include Softball, Babysitting, National Honors Society, Student Council, Swimming, Running and working at Eagle Marina. While Abigail said she won't miss waking up early, she will miss bonding with her friends and teachers. Abigail's words of wisdom: “Always give it your all; take advantage of the time you have.” Abigail plans to spend her summer playing travel softball and working.

BCHS valedictorian

Boyne City High School senior Nolan Seelye is this year's valedictorian. Nolan is son of Marc and

Cindy Seelye. His interests include Quiz Bowl, soccer and snowboarding. Nolan plans to attend Michigan Technology University and hopes to become a chemical engineer. While Nolan won't miss the school lunches, he said he will miss his teachers the most. Nolan plans to spend his summer working at Young State Park. His words of wisdom: “Enjoy your time in high school.”

Pictured above are Boyne City School Board members before they handed diplomas to graduating students. Pictured (at left) are Senior Outstanding Athlete Award winners Abigail Fair and Kolbi Shumaker.


Mackenzie Macksey (pictured at left) shows her excitement at the June 5 graduation ceremony. Pictured (center) are Caleb Roberts and Bryan Wonski. Also pictured are Kolbi Shumaker and his mother, Cinda.

Boyne City High School senior Shane Schmidt shows his serious side. Pictured (center) are math teacher Dale Thomason with graduate Veronica Sisson and, also pictured are 2011 grads Amanda Spence and Alyssa Torres.

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