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Serving topics of interest to all of Charlevoix County • No. 248 - Vol. 5 - Issue 40 • ‘Seek the Truth, Serve the Citizens’ • Wednesday May 28, 2014
wrong-of-way? Concerns over BC to US-31 trail Benjamin Gohs news Editor
PHOTO BY CHRIS FAULKNOR
Boyne City observed Memorial Day last Monday with its annual parade and service in Veterans Park. SEE MORE PHOTOS ON PAGE 9. Go to www.boynegazette.com to see even more pictures from Boyne’s and East Jordan’s events.
How much of your property may the government use for roads, sidewalks or—in this case—non-motorized walking and biking paths? Concerns over how the road rightof-way issue is being handled in the Boyne City to US-31 non-motorized trail hit a new high recently when the firm overseeing the project requested additional assurance from the county that it would not be held liable for people upset with trail placement. “I found it unusual,” said Charlevoix County Commissioner Rich Gillespie (R-District 5) in a May 21 phone interview. “I cannot see how a firm that is doing design work and has liability insurance could ask for any portion of it to be waived … it just doesn’t make any sense.” The Charlevoix County Board of Commissioners went into closed session to discuss the request made by Northwest Design Group of Petoskey—the engineering firm handling the Boyne City to US-31 nonmotorized trail—during its regular bi-monthly meeting on Wednesday
celebrate Judge helps crime victims camp seagull on june 7 It’s celebration time at Hayes T o w n - ship Park, Camp Sea-Gull, S a t u r d a y, June 7, and the public is invited to the open house at the p a r k , located at 08580 Boyne City Road between Maple Grove and Burgess Roads. A ceremonial ribbon cutting will take place at 1 p.m. on the 7th, followed by a township hosted picnic with food and beverages. Guests at the open house may walk the property and talk with local leaders about how they would like to see the park developed. Golf cart tours will be available for anyone unable to walk the hills. This summer the 20 acre park with 1,700 feet of beautiful Lake Charlevoix waterfront will be open for picnicking, swimming, trail hiking, and other recreational activities. The dream of providing a public park on the shores of Lake Charlevoix became a reality over the past several years as local donors raised $625,000 in matching funds, the township’s recreation fund provided $500,000, and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund made one of its largest grants of $3,375,000 to the township specifically for Hayes Township Park, Camp Sea-Gull. “I grew up on Lake Charlevoix,” said Annie Kantola, one of the lead fundraisers. “I wanted to see preservation of lake access for the public.
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O f t e n , when a crime has been comm i t t e d against you, you are entitled to receive restitution richard m. pajtas … but what happens when the perpetrator has no means to repay you? That’s where the Charlevoix County Victims Restitution Fund—which was recently doubled to a maximum of $2,000 per victim—comes in. “Back when I ran for this job there was very little attention paid to crime victims. They were kind of considered as collateral damage in the criminal justice system,” Charlevoix County 33rd Circuit Judge Richard M. Pajtas told the Charlevoix Coun-
ty Board of Commissioners on Wednesday May 14 during the board’s regular bi-monthly meeting... “Usually when there was a criminal case in circuit court, crime victims would be subpoenaed to appear at hearings or trials when their testimony was necessary but otherwise they weren’t apprised of the various stages of the proceedings. When they were subpoenaed to court they were waiting in the hallways to be called as a witness and so forth and mixed with other people and, oftentimes, harassed by family members of the defendant and … intimidated.” He added, “They had no right to be consulted, let alone give any input about plea-bargains, plea negotiations. They had no right to give any comments about the disposition of a criminal case, to appear at sentencings.” Pajtas explained the history of the victim restitution fund—which
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trail cont. pg 4
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May 14. The board voted 5-1 to amend its agreement with Northwest Design Group and revise the indemnification language. Gillespie voted “no.” In the addendum, it states that Charlevoix County, “Agrees to indemnify, defend and hold harmless NDG and their agents and employees from and against any claim, injury, damage, cost, expense or liability caused by, arising out of, resulting from, involving, occurring in connection with, or relative in any way to, the actual or claimed right-of-way of the Boyne City-Charlevoix Road, excepting only injury to person or damage to property caused by the negligence of NDG, negligence unrelated to the actual/claimed right-of-way or breach of the professional services agreement.” While no formal attempts have been made to sue the county or its partners over the road right-of-way issue, there have been several property owners along the phase one trail route who have been reluctant to sign documents acknowledging that the
Planning Commission meeting, and Barbra Green showed sketches to potentially go foreword with a dog kennel in the city’s Air Industrial Park. “The original intention was to do a two-phase project … do the sideby-side drive thru, get it running and two years later complete the building expansion,” said Dave Evans, lead architectural project designer with WD Partners, who spoke on McDonald’s behalf at the Monday meeting. “The timetable has moved up. The owner/operator has decided to just go ahead and do it.” He added “Right now our schedule is to complete the drive-thru in August or September of this year and then the building expansion in
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This is a story about tinfoil hats and black helicopters. Anyone who has heard me on the radio knows that I love to poke fun at the conspirchris faulknor acy theorists ‘two cents’ out there. You know the ones, right? These are the people who think that we’re going to be poisoned by the water supply, and I’m not just referring to the recent fluoride decision. These are the people who honestly believe that there are internment camps planned for us in case they institute martial law. And yes, these are the people who believe that the United Nations is taking over the world. You might be asking, “Chris, what if they’re right?” And you would have a valid point, because there is some chance that one of the many beliefs many of these people hold could have some truth to it, or at least be based off of a half truth somewhere. After all, as people are so fond of reminding us, Hitler was very popular before, well, you know. It starts with doing your own research. No, don’t believe that article someone posted to Facebook last night. Don’t believe your friend’s theory because it seems believable. Do your own research to find out what’s really going on. Next, don’t try to make that re-
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search fit. In other words, don’t do research to support what you “know” is true, do research to find out the actual truth. For example, in the recent fluoride issue, read articles from both sides of the fence rather than just Googling “harmful fluoride side effects.” And beyond that, don’t buy into the group mentality, whatever that may be. If you have a group of twenty people who all believe in the same theories, they all feed off of each other, and before you know it, the rumors get more and more interesting. So I guess what I’m trying to say is that I wish people would think for themselves. I wish they’d stop believing the things they see on the internet without looking at the big picture, because here is the thing that’s even worse. Legitimate issues get lost in these theories. There are things that the government is probably doing wrong, without a doubt. But once you lump it in with Agenda 21, it gets lost in the shuffle. And then, before we know it, we’re looking at “The Boy who Cried Wolf.” People go on and on with their numerous far-off theories about how the world is being taken over, and when they actually do find a zebra among that herd of horses, nobody knows whether to trust it. Be careful, use good judgement, and for heaven’s sake, think for yourselves.
The government has every reason to weaken the public’s ability to monitor it. After all, the more information a bureaucracy is required to share with its stakeholders, the more scrutiny will be focused on budgets, votes and policies. Far too often an us-versus-them syndrome infects otherwise well-meaning candidates once they swear oath. And, shortly thereafter, the former disgruntled citizen seeking to change the system from within may become intoxicated by the cocktail of undeserved sense of accomplishment, overinflated estimation of one’s own intellect and the delusions of grandeur that routinely accompany victory in political popularity contests. If you think I overstate the situation, just look at what the Michigan Legislature states in its guide to the Michigan Open Meetings and Freedom of Information acts: “The ideal of a democratic government is too often thwarted by bureaucratic secrecy and unresponsive officials. Citizens frequently find it difficult to discover what decisions are being made and what facts lie behind those decisions.” The apparent ubiquity of the preceding is why it was as unexpected as it was agreeable when I discovered Michigan 105th District House Rep. Greg MacMaster (R-Kewadin) had recently supported two measures which serve to strengthen Michigan’s Open Meetings Act. House Bill 5194, which MacMaster recently voted for, would hold a public body accountable for acting in violation of open meetings law even if that body later takes the same action during a legal meeting. House Bill 5580, which MacMaster sponsored, would eliminate anonymous voting of county boards of commissioners by forcing all votes that are not unanimous to be listed in how commissioners voted. The bill would also require all topics of discussion to be listed on meeting minutes for boards which do not retain recordings of their meetings. Those minutes would include the main points of the discussion in support of, and opposition to, each measure along with the name, subject matter and summary of comments made by anyone addressing the board. The open meetings act was established to protect the citizenry’s right to know. Knowing MacMaster is taking steps to strengthen that most important of democratic underpinnings—doing the people’s business in view of the people—is worth mentioning.
How to do it, in ‘Beautiful Boyne’ Yesterday as I sat here at my computer three police cars tore up the road sirens roaring. As South Lake Street is just 25 feet beyond annethurston-brandly our house ‘Beautiful boyne’ there is always someone walking, driving, skate boarding or biking by. For a person like me who lived out in the country for so many years this is all unbelievable. I guess when one isolates oneself out in the woods, on a hillside or in the midst of an old cherry orchard as Ed chose to do there is the tendency to become unaware of life’s complications elsewhere. Oh, I lived in a small town about Boyne’s size as a youngster. But that was all about roller skating back and forth to school on the old variety of four wheelers. Our father saw to it my brother and I had spare wheels and the necessary pliers to fix a skate if it developed a ‘flat’ wheel. As we passed the homes on our route it never entered our head to recognize each housed a family. A family which had their lives and all they were involved to deal with. Within each are stories to b e shared. No wonder the library shelves are full of books. No, we concentrated on the cracks in the sidewalk and always the cinder coated driveways. A fall in one of them guaranteed ingrained cinders and plenty of blood. My dad would extract them once I got back home. Ouch!. As I grew older I became immersed in the flower gardens, seasonal decorations and even the curtains or drapes in a house as I walked or drove by. And by that time I had become so immersed in architecture thanks to my father I would note the framing of a porch or the lines of a roof. When I first expressed a desire to draw house plans I was about seven. Dad had a huge oak drawing board in his ‘office’, an extra bedroom in our house. His chair was high enough I could reach the board and work on it. The first lesson was to draw a cross section of a two storied home from its foundation to the
top of its chimney. Dad maintained I had to know how a house was built before I’d try designing it. This became my indoor hobby along with insect collecting. Looking back I have come to realize Dad taught me much more than architectural skills. He was both an architect and carpenter. In those days one could be both. What he implanted in my brain has helped me all my life. It was to plan whatever I was interested in doing or simply had to do before I took a single step forward. In other words, get the foundation firmly in place. At the same time he let me understand once a job was started it was to be completed as the chimney is on a house. Down through the years his lessons have made my life simpler and far more interesting. If I am presented with an opportunity I don’t back off before considering where I would start and how would I finish. Back in the days when I sewed constantly I always decided exactly what I wanted to make. I located the correct pattern and followed its directions. Things like button holes and the buttons along with hems were the chimney tops in sewing. The same was true of cooking and housekeeping. It fell into place when setting out on a journey, move or vacation. It is with me as I write a book or, yes you guessed it, a Gazette column. No, when I left home to attend college I didn’t used this valuable lesson. I wanted to become a doctor so deeply I was not excited about my college days. I enrolled in art to please my parents. After all, the medical world had barely opened its doors to women back then. So it was, rather than building a medical career step by step I let myself be led in another direction. Yet in looking back I understand the important thing about my college years was not my graduation but its first week. It was then I saw Ed and knew he would be mine. Architecture like everything else in our world has its own identity. Yet like everything else it has its rules of procedure. The rules don’t tell you how to make whatever it is you desire or envision but rather the ‘how’ of having it happen. The same is true not only of your home, but of your marriage and life. Use the rules but feel free to create your own result. atb1923.wordpress.com
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proud bc ended fluoridation Editor: As many already know, Boyne City has ended adding fluoride to the public water supply. Our city Commissioners voted three to two to remove it. A group of concerned citizens on both sides of the argument made their points on May thirteenth at city hall. I and many others were adamantly against the addition of fluoride to the water supply. Our case is this; Hydroflosilicic acid is a toxic waste by-product produced by chemical plants in the phosphate fertilizer industry. It is not the same chemical that is naturally found in some groundwater across the country. It is a much more toxic and dangerous substance that would otherwise be disposed of in a waste dump like any other poison. Yet some dentists at the meeting said it is the same as what comes out of the ground. I respect our local healthcare professionals and I know they are trying to stand up for what they think is in the best interest of the people. But I, and many others all over the world, believe that the science behind the benefits of water fluoridation is corporate science. It’s the same science that told us DDT is ok to spay all over our towns and children, the same science that told us cigarettes are good for you, and Agent Orange won’t hurt our soldiers. It’s the same science that told us asbestos is safe and it was all untrue. And now we very well may be seeing the ramifications of an entire population accumulating a toxic substance in their bodies for so long. Fluoride is a potent neurotoxin that accumulates in the skeleton over time. It is linked to an array of
chronic physical and mental disorders, see WWW.FLUORIDEALERT.ORG. It is a fact that the United States is the sickest country in all of the industrialized nations. We take the vast majority of pharmaceutical drugs which are designed to suppress symptoms rather than cure disease. I am very opposed to the idea that a pill or some chemical will solve all of our problems. And fluoridating our water is paraded as a quick fix for all of those out there who don’t practice good dental health. One doctor went as far as to say that fluoridating water is just like infusing vitamin D in our bread. To draw parallels between the building blocks that humans need to survive and a known neurotoxin is absolutely ridiculous. And many of us were taken aback to hear it. Fluoride is a drug and a major additive in most anti-depressant medications. We know that small amounts of fluoride applied topically to the teeth helps in fighting tooth decay. What about the long term effects of this when it goes through your entire body? What does it do when it is spayed on all the non-organic food you eat? Or the water you drink and shower in, water that inevitably goes back into the ecosystem? None of these concerns were addressed by our local healthcare professionals. And why should they know? Most who spoke at our town hall were dentists. They are experts of the mouth and can readily observe the benefits of fluoride on the teeth, not the rest of the body, or our ecosystem as a whole. This comes down to a matter of democracy at its roots. There are many people out there who do not want to drink fluoridated water.
When there are so many alternatives to take fluoride in pills or in toothpaste, why should we be force medicated with this substance? I won’t blindly take the word of our professionals when history shows us they can be wrong just like anyone else. I’m proud of Boyne City and our three commissioners who voted for our Democratic rights. Mitchell Heick Boyne City fluoride decision a step backward Editor: Our lovely community, blessed with natural beauty, fine citizens and good governance has gone retrograde. Why? Because of the recent decision to remove fluoride from the drinking water. I am a retired public health nurse. Our nursing staff had responsibility for health services to the Lansing School District. In the 60’s we went through the same deliberation in Lansing as we have done here recently. At that time tooth decay was rampant. We nurses could scarcely keep up with referrals for dental care. On bitter cold mornings school children would be crying with toothache in the school office. The Exchange Club, a men’s service club, made their mission providing dental care for children. The Ingham County Health Dept. employed a dentist full time plus the services of a retired dentist, to cope with the volume of young patients. A saint of a dentist in a
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Monday, May 5 5:35am Assisted EMS in the 700 block of Wenonah St 8:00am Report of lost wallet 8:40am Vehicle unlock in the 1100 block of Nordic Dr 8:48am Assist EMS in the 100 block of S Lake St 10:26am Vehicle unlock in the 100 block of E Water St 1:20pm Report of fraud on Craigslist 2:04pm Driving complaint in the 400 blcok of N Lake St 2:10pm Funeral escort to Maple Lawn
3:05pm Report of two gasoline drive offs from the 400 block of N Lake St 4:39pm Report of trash in the road on Boyne City Rd at the city limits 5:24pm Report of possible drunk driver on S Park St 5:45pm Assist Sheriff Dept on Camp Ten Rd 9:16pm Citation issued for disregarding steady yellow at Lake and Water 9:41pm Citation issued for defective tail lights at Boyne Av and High St 9:54pm Vehicle unlock in the Industrial Park 10:42pm Report of CSC in the 300 block of State St 11:42pm Assist MSP in Boyne Falls 11:53pm Vehicle unlock in the 1300 block of Boyne Av Tuesday, May 6 11:45am Funeral escort 3:07pm suspicious subject reported in the 800 blcok of N Lake St 3:20pm Subject in with civil questions on Tomkins Rd 3:53pm report of lost wallet 10:25pm Assisted Sheriff Dept at West and Division St
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10:35pm Assist Sheriff Dept at Boyne Mountain Wednesday, May 7 10:12am Burning complaint in the 300 block of E Lincoln 10:35am Juvenile complaint in the 1000 block of Boyne Av 2:07pm Driving complaint received from S Lake St 5:24pm Driving complaint at Front and Marshall 6:42pm Missing 7 year old from the 1000 block of Boyne Av. Located Thursday, May 8 9:45am Welfare check in the 400 block of N Lake St 10:05am Salvage vehicle inspection 10:10am Report of B&E in the 200 block of S Park St 10:42am Juvenile complaint in the 1000 block of Boyne Av 4:00pm Vehicle broken down in the 200 block of E Water St 5:38pm Citation issued for expired plate at Boyne Av and Brockway 8:59pm 911 hang up in the 300 block of Silver St 9:26pm Report of MIP’s in the 1000 block of S Lake St. No
MIP’s 9:26pm Alarm in the Industrial Park 9:40pm Vehicle broken down on State St 10:40pm Vehicle unlock in the 300 block of Bailey St
4:25pm Vehicle unlock in the 1000 block of Pleasant Av 6:27pm Found property turned in from the 200 block of S Lake St 8:05pm Alarm on River St 10:30pm Assist to probation officer in the 1000 block of S Lake St
Friday, May 9 12:40am Bike into fence at cemetery 7:17am Vehicle unlock in the 300 block of Arthur St 11:27am Disturbance in Rotary Park 5:24pm Annoying/harassing phone calls being received in the 1000 block of Sutliff Ln 5:30pm Found property turned in from the 400 block of N Lake St 11:06pm Report of vehicle in the ditch on Boyne Av and Fall Park
Sunday, May 11 1:22am Assist Sheriff Dept on Korthase Rd 7:47am Suspicious subject in the 200 block of N Lake St 3:56pm Assist East Jordan PD in East Jordan 5:14pm Checked on a camp fire on High St 10:15pm Report of suspicious activity in the 300 block of E Division St
Saturday, May 10 12:04pm Arrested subject for no operator license. Also had outstanding warrant from Antrim County. 12:51pm arrested subject for retail fraud in the 400 block of N Lake St 2:55pm Report of gunshots south of West St
sentencings in 33rd circuit court
• Bruce Olson, 43, of Sheboygan, Wisconsin was sentenced to 24 to 60 months in prison for larceny by conversion - $1,000 or more but less than $20,000. Olson pled guilty to the charge on April 25. According to the affidavit of probable cause in the matter, Olson gave a Charlevoix woman a ride home from a party, then took her vehicle and ATM card. Police eventually recovered the car which had been abandoned in the Munson Hospital parking lot. Olson had been previously convicted of nine felony and 21 mis-
demeanor charges, mostly theft related. • Thomas Thorp, 56, of Charlevoix, was sentenced to 36 to 60 months in prison with credit for 360 days served, on a conviction of Attempted Criminal Sexual Conduct, Third Degree. Thorp pled no contest to the allegation that he sexually assaulted a three year old girl in 1997. Thorp was paroled in 2013 for a 2008 conviction of three counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct, Second Degree, with a child victim. As a result of the new conviction, that parole is now under
review and subject to rescission. “It was a difficult case on many levels,” Charlevoix County Prosecuting Attorney Allen Telgenhof said. “The offense occurred seventeen years ago which makes it difficult to prosecute and also to put the victim and others who had been allegedly assaulted by the defendant through a trial always risks further traumatizing them. With this plea bargain, this brave young woman was able to face the man who abused her and tell him exactly how he affected her life. Hopefully this will help her get some closure.”
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Boating safety 2014 schedule, at Charlevoix yacht club, June 7 9am-1pm, at Melrose township hall: June 14, 9am-1pm. All classes are free of charge, minimum age for attending class is 10. It's recommended that all 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. Completion of this class is MANDITORY for in-
dividuals: (10 born after December 31. 1978 to operate a PWC (jet ski) (2) and for anyone born on or after July, 1, 1996 to operate a boat. Please note that individuals must be at least 14 to operate a PWC. 14 and 15-year-olds must be within 100 ft. of a parent, guardian or designee at least 21 years of age to operate a PWC. Individuals must be at least 16 to operate a PWC by themselves. Individuals born after December 31, 1978 must have their boater's safety in their possession when operating a PWC. Individuals born on or after July 1, 1996 must also have their
boater's safety in their possession when operating a boat. Individuals can also take the boater's safety class on-line at the Michigan DNR website (www. posterexam.com or www.Boated.com) at their convenience. There is a fee for the on-line class. Upon successful completion of the on-line class, individuals can print out their Michigan Boating Safety Certificate right at home. For further questions call the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office Marine Division at: 547-4462. ext. 3499.
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From pg. 1 county has the right to use not just the standard 33 feet of area from the center of the road on either side but also the 16.5-foot additional easement obtained by the government back in the 1950s. • According to Charlevoix County Road Commission Manager Pat Harmon, the Charlevoix County Road Commission Board changed its stance from requiring all property owners sign off on the right-of-way acknowledgments to allowing for a few unsecured right-of-way acknowledgments. “A few meetings ago the road commission board discussed just one or two (properties) that might be out of the 33 feet by a foot, and they felt that was not enough to warrant shutting down the project,” said Harmon. The varying interpretations and ongoing frustration, of some, over the right-of-way issue seems to stem from a Michigan Attorney General’s opinion which stated that non-motorized trails can be constructed along county roads within the rightof-way. “We know for a fact that we can build a path in the first 33 feet,” Harmon said. What makes Boyne City-Charlevoix Road special, according to some, is that additional 16.5 feet of road rightof-way that property owners were assured, 60-or-so years ago, would be used only for road purposes.
signed 50 years ago is no longer valid and you are free to reinterpret its original intent?” she said. “Why do you think you can disregard a legal document and use citizens’ property for an unintended use?”
• In his post-meeting interview with the Boyne City Gazette, Gillespie said he supports recreation and nonmotorized pathways but is concerned that homeowners could be forced to give up any part of their property to the governrichard gillespie ment. “I am primarily for people’s constitutional rights and I said that years ago,” he said. “I feel that there were some misconceptions stated as to the necessity of the bike path to be detached from the road … and now it would appear the road commission has been coerced into changing its policy.” Both Gillespie and LaCroix pointed to Charlevoix County Commissioner Larry Sullivan (R-District 6) as a po-
ments can be made that such a use is within the scope of the conveyance,” they stated in the letter. “However, some Michigan courts have taken a narrower view of the scope of conveyances such as this. Therefore, the road commission cannot be assured that such a plan would be free from potentially legitimate judicial challenges involving properties along a significant portion of this right-ofway.” It was further stated in the letter, “In this instance, it (road commission) does not believe that it is in the best interest to pursue a course of action that would lead to a significant controversy over the legal basis for the location of the path as previously proposed. Accordingly, the road commission finds it advisable to support right-of-way usage for non-motorized purposes only along paved shoulders of the road to be constructed along this route.”
• LaCroix produced an Aug. 10, 2009, letter in which the Charlevoix County Road Commission Board heads and manager laid out their concerns over the potential creation of a detached non-motorized trail-way In the letter, road commission officials stated that, despite their support of a detached path in 2006, further investigation of the matter had changed their respective minds. “We have considered whether a separate path for non-motorized travel within the right-of-way is within the scope of the conveyance to the county ‘for highway purposes.’ Argu-
• Sullivan—who was a planner and not a commissioner at the time the planning for the trail occurred— said public improvements like nonmotorized pathways are expensive and complex. “If the trail was attached … we would have lost between $300,000 and $500,000 in grant money, and no one stepped up to the plate from the county board saying the county was willing to fund that,” Sullivan said, adding that the county board of commissioners had the final say on whether to approve the project. “At the time we made application for the first round of funding I was told specifically … (by MDNR Trust Fund official) that dollars could not be used for an attached trail,” he said. Sullivan said it is also an issue of safety. “It is not appropriate for children to be riding on the shoulder of Boyne City-Charlevoix Road,” he said. As far as his support of indemnifying Northwest Design Group, Sullivan said the firm was hired to design the trail, not to deal with matters under the purview of the road commission or the county board.
with circulation. Boyne City Planning Director Scott McPherson said, “The plan was submitted to our department of public works and police department—none of them had any concerns with the proposal.” The commissioners approved the McDonald’s plan with a vote of 6-0; Joe St. Dennis, James Kozlowski, and George Ellwanger were absent. Dog kennel proposal Barbra Green spoke to the commissioners about her proposal to start a dog kennel business and explained she was looking at an area in Boyne City’s Air Industrial Park as an ideal starting point. “We’re looking at proposing a kennel in the industrial park and it has a lot to do with all the things Boyne
City offers. It doesn’t offer any kennel services,” Green said. “If you Google ‘kennels’ in Boyne City, the nearest one is eight miles away. I think for all of the things that are available here, this would be a terrific addition.” Green explained her plans included using the area as a long-term and short-term kenneling business, with possible additions of grooming and training services. McPherson said he discussed the pros and cons of operating a kennel business in an industrial park with people who have tried the same in other areas of the state. “It’s not an uncommon thing to have kennels in industrial parks,” he said. Green said her potential business
‘I don’t want it to come within any of that 16-and-a-half feet,” he said. “I use that property. I’ve been using it for years.’
• Prior to the county’s closed session discussion, Boyne City-Charlevoix Road property owner Nancy LaCroix read from a letter she addressed to the board, stating that the citizens who signed the Release of Right-of-Way document so many decades ago did so with the understanding that the sole and only purpose of the conveyance was for highway purposes. “Does this mean any legal document
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February—also depending on the winter of next year.” Evans described what McDonald’s wants to add to the previous proposal for 2016, which includes: putting in a third drive-thru, adding an exterior seating area, re-branding it with new signage and repainting the building, “We’re going to expand the customer seating first of all; we’re going to expand the restrooms— they’re going to be multiple users instead of the single users they are now,” said Evans. “We’re going to widen the kitchen and expand the storage area. We’re going to add approximately 20 seats—it depends on what we will be able to manage and that will be the impact on the occupant load on the building.” He added, “Exterior re-branding of the building must be in-line with the national standards of McDonald’s. This is a national push, every McDonald’s in the country is going to be re-branded to look like what you see before you.” Commissioner Jason Biskner questioned if there would be any additional lighting—this being a collective concern between commissioners—that the current floodlights which light the sign create a distraction to drivers. Evans confirmed that there would be no additional lighting poles, and the current poles would not change. McDonald’s plans to add sconces over the doors and on the front and side, which will be lit by LED strips. Boyne City Planning Commissioner Tom Neidhamer inquired if there would be designated spaces for garbage containers in the exterior seating area. Evans reassured him that there is at least one trash receptacle in the area and that they would locate it in such a place that it would not interfere
tential root of some of the concerns surrounding the right-of-way issue, from when he was the acting planner for Charlevoix County.
Sullivan also said the Michigan Attorney General opinion has already settled the issue of the additional 16.5-foot right-of-way. “I may not like where the city runs power lines or sewer lines through my property but if they have an easement to do so, I have no say in the matter,” Sullivan said. “What we’re talking about is a sidewalk that is going to be used by people walking, riding bicycles, kids or adults rollerblading—we’re not putting an airport runway in front of their houses, we’re putting in a sidewalk.” He added, “I don’t see a downside to it. I think we larry sullivan need to get the thing built and utilize it and enjoy it and have fun on it.”
• However, people like Ron Van Zee, who owns nearly 2,900 feet of property along the final phase of the trail—between Horton Bay and Maple Grove Road—are in complete support of the trail project. “We live on that road and we watch bikes go through there now and it’s really quite dangerous,” he said. “The state is talking about doubling the gas tax, so right now is probably a good time to ride a bike.” Van Zee added, “We don’t mind it going by our property. My understanding is it’s going to be within that 99-foot right-of-way.” Van Zee said he is a little concerned with how the completed trail’s maintenance costs may be funded but suggested that a bicycle registration fee could go a long way to help.
• Roger Conaway, who lives along the proposed second phase of the trail, has concerns with the potential for the path to encroach on his property. “I don’t want it to come within any of that 16-and-a-half feet,” he said. “I use that property. I’ve been using it for years.” Conaway added, “I’m just disturbed about our property rights in this state. Where are the commissioners who took an oath to uphold the Constitution? This is one of our inalienable rights.” Conaway said he supported the idea of a trail attached to the road but is concerned with the road commission’s recent change in stance on the right-of-way issue. “I don’t know how Pat Harmon and his other board members can change a policy unless it’s published first,” Conaway said. “This is nothing to be playing around with … just changing their policy amongst themselves when there are laws that govern every road commission in this state.” He added, “The problem is they want their way regardless of what it costs and how it affects people’s property rights.”
• Charlevoix County Parks and Recreation Director Ross Maxwell said the non-motorized trail project construction documents have been submitted and the project is going forward as planned despite any right-of-way concerns. “As far as I’m concerned it’s full speed ahead,” he said, adding that—of the several holdouts along phase one of the trail—two had recently signed easements, and one more property is in a trust, which makes obtaining such permission more complicated. “We just met with another property owner last week,” Maxwell said. “He had some questions and we answered them for him.” There are nearly 48 properties along the phase one route. Informational meetings between trail officials and proposed trail route property owners are expected to occur later this summer. “We will be meeting with property owners shortly,” said Maxwell. “We’re going to work with everybody as best we can.” The 3.2-mile phase one of the trail is expected to begin construction in August. It should be completed before the end of the year. A representative from Northwest Design Group did not respond to requests for comments by press time.
could employ as many as 10 to 15 people, with 40 kennels initially. “The people that we employ we will actually train,” Green said. “Just because you love dogs doesn’t mean you can work with dogs. So we’ll have a training program in terms of daycare. We’re giving someone a lifelong skill they can pretty much take anywhere and use.” Commissioners gave Green advice on what to include in her official proposal and guidelines to be thinking of. Neidhamer mentioned that the city’s ordinance does not cite kennel businesses as a use but added that it also does not prohibit kennels in the area. “Barbra’s next steps would be
to submit a formal application,” McPherson said. “That would be a conditional consideration as (the commissioners) would have to give it a blessing. Then you’d have to do the safety approval, and EDC would also give it a blessing. It’d be a public hearing, and as soon as she gets the paperwork into me we would put that on there and schedule it.” Green is expected to present her full proposal at the next planning commission meeting. reappointments During the meeting, planning commissioners voted to reappoint members: Chris Jason, Jane Mackenzie, Jason Biskner, Jim Kozlowski, and Scott McPherson—by a unanimous vote from all present.
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“We are very excited and full of pride that we received the biggest financial grant this year for acquisition from the Natural Resources Trust Fund,” said Ethel Knepp, Hayes Township Supervisor. “It is really wonderful that we own that property now, that it is open to the
public, and that the public has access to Lake Charlevoix.” She added, “We could not have done this without broad public support and the help of the many volunteers who raised funds and are now helping prepare the park for summer.”
Boyne city Breakfasts for participants From 8 to 10 a.m. • June 2 - Subway • June 3 - Cafe Sante • June 4 - Local Flavor (sponsored by Wildwood Rush) • June 5 - Lake Street Market
An official celebration of Hayes Township’s newest public park—Camp Seagull—is planned for June 7.
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The township is working with park designers to determine future amenities, which will include a small boat launch. A grant application has been submitted to the MNRTF and the DNR Waterways for the future boat
launch. Township residents recently participated in the first of many planning sessions scheduled for the next few months, discussing how the former girls’ camp will be developed with more recreational facilities.
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Participants track their preferred method of smart commuting Monday through Thursday, June 2-5 and there will be a traveling trophy of the "Coveted Clock" presented to the team with the highest percentage of employees commuting within their division: small (1-4 employees), medium (5-15), large (16+). CCT is partnering with Roush CleanTech to showcase propane technology available to transits, fleets & individuals! Learn more from the Roush CleanTech’s Executive Director of Transportation on Wednesday June 4 from Noon - 3 p.m. when the van CCT will use for Smart Commute activities will be available for viewing. RSVP suggested at firstname.lastname@example.org or (231) 308-3748.
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Scott Neering, at left, is the Boyne City Mushroom Festival Hunting Champion for the second year in a row. Neering, a resident of Tawas, picked 74 morels in the 90-minute hunt conducted in the Chandler Hill area as part of the 54th annual Mushroom Festival on May 17. Other award winners, from left, are: Randy Kratzer, first place men (26 morels); Cindy Kratzer, first place women (10); David Neering, second place men (13); Judy Latchaw, first place senior (1); Jenny Knopf, tie for third place women (6); Victoria Hahn, second place women (8); Randy Bricker, third place men (11); and Kristy Szczesny, tie for third place women (6). Not pictured is Valerie Bergman, second place senior (1). The Boyne City Mushroom Festival has awarded $2,000 in scholarship checks (below) to seven graduating high school seniors. Proceeds from festival events fund the scholarships that assist students who plan to go into culinary arts or a biology-related field. From left are the festival’s mascot, Woody Pickme; Callie Berish of East Jordan High School, Kaycie Overmyer of Boyne City High School, Jill Solomon of Boyne City High School, Zachary Wandrie of Boyne City High School, and Zachary Hankins of Charlevoix High School. Not pictured are Emily Roloff of Charlevoix High School and Kendra Balch of Boyne City High School.
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From pg. 1 was formed locally in 1985—before requesting the maximum disbursement for crime victims to be raised from the long-standing amount of $1,000 per victim, set at that level in 1992. “Oftentimes they would receive an order for restitution but maybe they would someday collect it,” he said. “During that time I made the statement that, if you’d been the victim of a crime, you had probably been a victim not once but twice—once at the hands of the criminal, once at the hands of the criminal justice system.” Pajtas added, “So, when the community gave me the opportunity to do something about it, we immediately made some changes. We saw to it that crime victims were notified of all stages of the proceedings. They have a right to be consulted during plea negotiations—not a right to have the final say but a right to be explained the advantages and disadvantages of a plea agreement. They have a right to give a written victims impact statement to the court and to have it considered. And, a right to have that statement made a part of the pre-sentence investigation report. They have a right to appear at the sentencing and to testify in court as to the impact the crime had upon them … and restitution is now mandatory.” The Crime Victims Restitution Fund helps ensure that, even if the perpe-
trator of a crime cannot pay courtordered restitution immediately, the victim of his/her crime will receive at least some of the restitution owed to them. When the local program began nearly 30 years ago it was funded by a fee of $50 paid to the court by offenders. Back then, the maximum allocation to a victim was $200. “It’s one thing to order restitution to be made to a crime victim … it’s another thing to receive it,” Pajtas
resolution that was explicit that the new restitution cap of $2,000 would be allowable so long as the fund was self-funded and does not need subsidizing from the county’s general fund. Charlevoix County Commissioner Larry Sullivan (R-District 6) asked if there have been any instances in the past couple years where the higher restitution level would have been needed. Pajtas said probably half the cases he sees meet the cap. “Somebody had an automobile destroyed by arson … and I think the insurance coverage was there but it didn’t cover all of it so the loss, for example, was for $1,500. We were able to pay $1,000 so the victim was out $500,” Pajtas said. He added, “We still order the defendant to pay that restitution only instead of going to the clerk’s office and to the crime victim it goes back into the restitution fund. So they don’t get out of it just because we use the fund.” Pajtas said there have been cases where the restitution is much higher than the cap. “I’m very supportive of this program,” Sullivan said. Charlevoix County Commissioner George T. Lasater (R-District 1) asked if he should recuse himself from the vote because he had been a victim of a crime where the court had ordered restitution. However, the board’s civil counsel said Lasater’s case from two-or-so years ago would have no bearing on this vote. The board approved the motion to increase the cap to $2,000 by a unanimous vote.
‘It’s one thing to order restitution to be made to a crime victim … it’s another thing to receive it.’ said. “In circuit court, the crimes we deal with are usually serious assault crimes, sexual assault crimes, serious significant property crimes, homicides and drug crimes.” Pajtas said defendants with the ability to pay are often made to pay. He also said those defendants who are not in prison are often ordered to seek and maintain employment so they may pay their victim restitution. However, Pajtas said, there is often a long delay in restitution and quick repayment to crime victims is important. Pajtas told commissioners that the monthly average balance in the fund is in excess of $10,000. “I think that, if you agreed to allow us to increase that cap … that the fund would still be perpetuated and would allow us to compensate victims more fully to what relates to their losses,” he said. Charlevoix County Commissioner Chris Christensen (R-District 2) mentioned including language in the
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THE KRISTIN M. SKORNIA TRUST AGREEMENT TO ALL INTERESTED PARTIES: Your interest in the estate may be barred or affected by the following: The decedent, Kristin M. Skornia, whose last known address was 06058 Zenith Heights Road, Boyne City, MI 49712, died May 5, 2014. By Trust indenture dated the 10th day of October, 2001, the decedent established THE KRISTIN M. SKORNIA TRUST AGREEMENT. There is no representative of the Settlor’s estate to whom letters of administration have been issued. Creditors of the decedent are notified that all claims against the trust estate will be forever barred unless presented to David Skornia, the Successor Trustee, 06028 Zenith Heights Road, Boyne City, MI 49712, within four months of the date of publication of this notice. Notice is further given that the trust estate will be thereafter assigned and distributed to the persons entitled to it. THIS NOTICE IS PUBLISHED ON Wednesday May 28, 2014 KEVIN G. KLEVORN (P35531) KLEVORN & KLEVORN Attorneys for the Trustee 215 South Lake Street Boyne City, MI 49712 231-582-7911
CITY OF BOYNE CITY PUBLIC NOTICE
TAX ABATEMENT HEARING The City of Boyne City will hold a Public Hearing at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at City Hall, 310 North Lake Street, for the purpose of hearing oral comments and considering written comments from the public concerning the proposed tax abatement for Jervis B Webb Company, The property is located at 1254 Boyne Avenue, Boyne City, Michigan 49712. The Economic Development Board approved a twelve (12) year tax abatement at their May 12, 2014 noon meeting. All interested citizens are encouraged to attend and/or submit comments. Application and related documents will be available for review prior to the Public Hearing at City Hall, 319 North Lake Street, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, or at the Boyne City Public Library during their regular business hours of operation. Cindy Grice City Clerk/Treasurer
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ARIES - This week’s scenario is highlighted by your ability to share your creative ideas. Everyone will be fascinated with your conversations. Your showmanship & flair may be questioned by those in authority. Exhibit the benefits of the new venture. Peers may try to question your motives, respond with positive financial data. Collect & study the facts,you may be tested to remember, later. Don’t be too ready to accuse someone without knowing the facts, but you probably shouldn’t trust everything you hear. If you are selling something, you are likely to close the deals and get top dollar. People are your life blood, as well as a source of your wonder. Lucky Numbers: 22, 33, 35, 37, 41, 44 TAURUS - This week’s scenario is highlighted by time, schedules and your ability to have discipline in your life. This is the way to achieve your immediate goals. Talk to a trusted friend about their experiences. If possible, try to get an extension on your deadline. Hasty actions could be worse for you than not acting at all. If you have more time, try to devote it to getting it right. Someone close to you will disappoint you. There’s no point in pretending to be objective, but at least you can be fair with your feelings. Partners in an intense friendship have many ways to communicate. Once you’re able to express your pent up feelings, you’ll be able to forgive then move on. Get out and find new projects that interest you. Seize every opportunity that comes your way. Lucky Numbers: 1, 10, 14, 30, 45, 47 GEMINI - This week’s scenario is highlighted by your ability to transform information and data into a valuable opportunity. Take the time you need to streamline procedures and improve techniques. Once you do,you’ll be able to reap rewards beyond your expectations. Gather together with others who share your passion and want to succeed. Your ability to encourage them will pay off in many ways. Their gratitude will be overwhelming and surprising. Family members will try to bring you into their web. Be careful with whom you share personal secrets,as the consequences of your actions could tarnish your reputation. Lucky Numbers: 6, 12, 21, 26, 28, 29 CANCER - This week’s scenario is highlighted by possible fraud or deceit. You’ll be able to achieve your immediate goals if you learn to listen closely to others. Verify your information and obtain written reference material. There’s no reason to take everything quite so personally. Don’t jump to any conclusions right away, allow some time to soften your overall view of things. You’ll need the time to digest your thoughts & emotions. Patience will be required in order to understand others perspective. Another Leo native figures prominently. Reconnect with what excites you and rejoin the life that’s going on outside your door. By week’s end, you should make time to enjoy some peace & quiet at home. Lucky Numbers: 7, 16, 22, 287, 40, 46 LEO - This week’s scenario is highlighted by your ability to use your wit & wisdom to help make others feel comfortable with new ideas. Invite others to join you while you step into a new realm of learning. Stress your independence,creativity and style. Your personality will be bubbling. Take on the leadership role & make sure you listen
your own words. Relax and make yourself feel at home. Be aware of the limits to which a business relationship can be stretched. Be open to new experiences, and remember to say thank you. By week’s end you’ll have an extra burst of energy. You’re eager to ask questions and not afraid of the answers. You’ll be the life of the party. Lucky Numbers: 17, 19, 22, 36, 47, 48 VIRGO - This week’s scenario is highlighted by opportunities for travel, romance & communications. Whether it be for business or for pleasure,take advantage of the situation before you. Set the standards,keep the flow positive & don’t try to preach your morals to others. Keep your private life private and your social life social. Your excess energy might put you in danger of saying or doing something inappropriate. Others may not be in a mood to have their limitations challenged. Romance your opponent until they are firmly in your camp. The closer you get to someone,the less your differences matter. Allow room for variation. Mutual literary interest could bond a relationship. Take the lead & enjoy a fulfilling end to a great week. Lucky Numbers: 23, 33, 36, 38, 42, 44 LIBRA - This week’s scenario is highlighted by your ability to accept others misgivings honestly. The attention you receive will be encouraging rather than distracting. Your judgements could play a big role in their lives. A high level of confidence will announce to others that you’re ready to get down to business. Communicate your intentions clearly from the very beginning. The secret to your success will lie in finding a compatible partner to bounce off of. If you continue to argue on every point, then you may need to look elsewhere. You need to know when you’re wrong and when to admit it. Accepting a defeat or a setback with grace will make a bad moment much shorter. You may never want this to happen again,but if it does,you’ll be better prepared to handle it. Lucky Numbers: 11, 15, 21, 31, 41, 45 SCORPIO - This week’s scenario is highlighted by changes in your career objectives. Your skills are a valuable asset to any team on which you’re a player. Hold off on making your report final until you have listened to others concerns. There will also be changes in your domestic affairs. A chance meeting will be the start of a fresh new relationship. Spend some quality time & realize how special you feel. Your entire outlook will be transformed. Gatherings may be heated, refuse to take sides in family disagreements. It’ll only cause you to make bad feelings. Don’t allow negative comments you hear to discourage your progress. Watch for opportunities that could soon become available to you. Take a moment to study the situation from all angles. Lucky Numbers: 9, 19, 23, 27, 32, 46 SAGITTARIUS - This week’s scenario is highlighted by your ability to connect with a new network of learning. Once you do, you’ll feel more confident in who you are. Volunteer work looks good on your resume,which can not only help others, but yourself, as well. By removing money from the equation,you allow yourself new avenues of exploration and expression. New friends can lead you to new avenues of social & professional exposure. Be yourself & you’ll be accepted & loved
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by all. Encourage others to persue their talents. Community spirit might be upstaged by individuals who lacks rational. Listen to them,but don’t put too much stock into their sad story. Push the positive flow that will keep you and your ideas floating. Lucky Numbers: 8, 12, 19, 25, 36, 40 CAPRICORN - This week’s scenario is highlighted by your ability to put things into a better perspective. Accent is on using your personality to open new doors of opportunity. Your cycle is high. You need to be cautious about who you trust with your personal & financial matters. Time is on your side, so don’t rush any big decisions. Remember that a relationship is as much about friendship as it is about obligation. If you and your partner aren’t having fun,it’s time to ask why. If the two of you were too much alike, there’d be no spark. Use your imagination & you’ll come up the winner. Lucky Numbers: 6,17, 18, 20, 28, 32 AQUARIUS - This week’s scenario is highlighted by your ability to gain valuable information. You are a survivor. Try looking up in reference books or on the internet. Remind others of how inventive you can be when you have to be. Enjoy the learning and bring the light to those who share your ideas. Check security issues and viable solutions will come to you. Everything will seem to be going in the opposite direction from what you had anticipated. Instead of letting it get to you,look on the bright side and be dazzled by what you see. Quick thinking could save everything. Strategy will take over once you can no longer accept the way things are. It’s possible to make changes without causing damage. Lucky Numbers: 12, 30, 33, 39 40 43 PISCES - This week’s scenario is highlighted by new beginnings and a re-connection to the past. You could ruin your chances by using your most effective ammunition too early in the week. Rude or impulsive behavior is not easily excused. Regrets have a way of softening the hard edges. An old wound may be slow to heal. No one ever said it was going to be easy,but you know it’ll be worth it. Open your eyes to the reality that exists not what you perceive through your rose colored glasses. Look deeper and you will be able to make needed changes. Family affairs will work out if you look at the situation through others eyes. Investigate all promising secondhand information for yourself. By week’s end,you should be able to enjoy simple pleasures and conversation with family and friends. Lucky Numbers: 2, 3, 15, 37, 48, 49
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New set of constellations appearing in the east Hello fellow astronomers! Wa r m e r weather has seemingly arrived (we don’t really get any Spring!) and with it the promise of bryan shumaker more clear NASA/JPL Solar nights and System Ambassador the splendor Look Up! of summer What’s in the celestial visnight sky? tas. The moon will be new on May 28, so this is a great week to be out observing the night sky. By now you should have noticed that a new set of constellations are gradually making their appearance in the east. Much of the fun in observing throughout the year is to watch the continually changing but always repeating procession of stars, galaxies, planets, and deep sky wonders. On June 3, 1948, the 200 inch Hale reflecting telescope on Mt. Palomar was officially dedicated. At the time it was the largest telescope in the world. Cast from a single giant block of special Pyrex glass, it took almost a year to cool before the mold was removed. It took well over another year to gradually grind the center
down so it was a “perfect” astronomical mirror. Four tons of glass was removed during the grinding process! One of the problems with big mirrors like this is that they must cool down to the surrounding temperature in order to avoid thermal currents (similar to the ripples one sees coming off hot pavement). This can take so many hours that by the time the mirror has cooled sufficiently, it might already by daylight! The Russians tried to make a bigger mirror, but this thermal instability rendered the mirror essentially useless and it was never used. Mirrors now are thinner and telescopes are made of multiple smaller mirrors combined to optically make a very large mirror. For example, the Hubble Telescope is one single mirror, but for example, the new JWST (James Webb Space Telescope) set to be launched in 2018, is made of multiple segments. Ground based telescopes also have what is called “adaptive optics”, a specialized way to minimize air unsteadiness and temperature fluctuations which make images wiggle and blur. It uses a high power laser aimed to a point at the edge of the atmosphere. By measuring the rapid fluctuations due to air currents and heat, it sends commands over a hundred times a second to small pads positioned
behind the thin mirrors to flex and twist so as to negate the effects of the flickering air. The images turn out incredibly enhanced, but the best option is still to be where there is no air—like the environment of the Hubble Space Telescope. And speaking of space, on June 3, 1965, Ed White became the first American to walk in space. Tragically, he was to die in the Apollo 1 capsule during launch pad testing in a fire just two years later. Don’t forget to try and get outside and do some observing! Binoculars, telescopes, naked eye—this is the time to get out and enjoy and appreciate the wonders that the night sky offers. The Headlands in Mackinac City has many great programs during the summer, and I encourage you to check them out; there are even regularly scheduled narrated night cruises on one of the Mackinaw Island ferries! As always, I encourage you to attend one of our NOMAC (Northern Michigan Astronomy Club www. nomac.net meetings). Our next meeting starts at 8:30 PM on May 29 at Raven Hill Discovery Center in East Jordan. Our presentation this month is on exoplanets—those newly discovered planets circling other stars. If the weather cooperates, we will be observing afterwards….no experience necessary!
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Boyne Falls Public School Prom King Clay Whitely and Prom Queen Emily Matelski are pictured. They were crowned during the prom on Saturday May 17.
Mark Madness June 7
Members of the Boyne City Yacht Club and Challenge Mountain of Walloon Hills are proud to announce their tenth annual “Mark Madness” Regatta and Tenth Birthday party to be held Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the Veteran’s Memorial Park in Boyne City. The Mark Madness Regatta will take place both Saturday and Sunday, June 7 & 8. What is a Regatta without a party? When sailors consider effort to attend a Regatta, the question always arises......Is the party any good? The answer is an emphatic YES! Our nine prior Mark Madness events have been a highlight of the Club calendar each year. The Boyne City Yacht Club's hospitality is second to none! Saturday's festivities start on Lake Charlevoix with "The Mark Madness Regatta" (the first race of the Quantum Freshwater Cup). Many Mark Madness party attendees arrive early to watch sailboats spar nearby. As the boats enter the harbor, any sailor knows the party begins (on or off the boat). "Battle" stories are exchanged, congratulations given, and unwanted advice is offered all in good fun. A special added attraction this year allows spectators to watch the races
while cruising on a ship that leaves Sommerset Point at noon. The cost is $15 per person and tickets are available at boynecityyachtclub. com/markmadness. html The Party takes place at Veterans Memorial Park in Boyne City at 6 p.m. on Saturday June 7. You’ll be served up a fine dinner featuring, Pork Shanks and Chicken Gumbo. To accompany your meal you’ll enjoy local beer and wine. The cost is $25 per person including dinner, 2 drink tickets and entertainment Challenge Mountain, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, is dedicated to enriching and improving lives for the mentally and physically challenged through outdoor recreation. The event is a fundraiser for Challenge Mountain’s summer water sports program. The funds raised at the event have helped in the development of the CM20 adaptive sailboat, purchase a Boston Whaler and a fleet of kayaks. Linda Armstrong, Challenge Mountain Program Director, remarked; “We are delighted to be celebrating the 10th Birthday of Mark Madness. Not only for the fundraising, but for the great time we have had at the event.”
The Boyne Valley Township Board was awarded a grant from the Charlevoix County Community Foundation in the spring 2014 grant cycle to assist with funding a Regional Master Plan for the Village of Boyne Falls and Boyne Valley Township. This will be the “first ever” Master Plan for the Village of Boyne Falls, and an update to the 1974 Township Master Plan. The Plan will be developed with active participation from Boyne USA, located in Boyne Falls, MI, and Boyne Falls School as well. The idea for the effort began in 2013, when Boyne Falls School Superintendent Karen Sherwood invited representatives from the Village of Boyne Falls; Boyne Valley Township; and Boyne Mountain to a meeting to discuss what might be done to instill community pride in Boyne Falls School students, as well as motivate them to become active members of their community. At the first meeting, Boyne USA General Manager Ed Grice offered to help plan improvements to the US -131 corridor through the Village. It was decided that all local entities involved, including the two governmental units; the school; and the private Boyne USA corporation (the “Team”), would form a publicprivate partnership to work together to create an improved streetscape as a cornerstone to the community. The Master Plan will allow the Township and Village to become eligible for future funding opportunities and technical assistance, as the Plan is implemented. The immediate result will be fulfillment of the requirement of a Master Plan for submittal to the Michigan Department of Transportation, for a Transportation Enhancement grant to improve the US 131 corridor through the Village, in conjunction with MDOT’s planned 2016 paving project. The Charlevoix County Community Foundation is a local charitable organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all citizens of Charlevoix County by building permanent endowment, addressing needs through grantmaking, and providing leadership resources to serve the community. More information about the Charlevoix County Community Foundation may be found at www.c3f.org or by calling 231 536 2440.
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Wellness wednesday june 4
Charlevoix Area Hospital will be hosting the Wellness Wednesday Program from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. on June 4th. The Wellness Wednesday Health Screen includes: Total Cholesterol, HDL, ratio, and Glucose levels, Body Mass Index (BMI) score, Muscle and Fat Percentages, and a Blood Pressure reading. No fasting is required. However, if individuals are fasting, LDL and triglyceride levels can also be obtained. Cost for the service is $15. For those who are diabetic an A1C level can be obtained for an ad-
ditional $5. Participants will receive a blood pressure log and pedometer and all test results at the time of the screening. 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 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Walk-ins are always welcome.
Michigan Tech Spring Dean’s List ‘Leadership’ grads
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The Leadership Charlevoix County Class of 2014 (above) proudly celebrated their graduation on May 22. Program Coordinator Mishelle Shooks (lower left) addressed the class and assisted in handing out diplomas. Steering Committee Chair Diane Litzenberger (lower right) hugged graduate Heather Hand as she received her diploma.
Michigan Technological University has released the Dean's List for the 2014 spring semester. To be included, students must achieve grade point averages of 3.5 or higher. A pound sign indicates students receiving University Honors, finishing in the top 2 percent of their College or School for the academic year. Asterisks indicate those earn-
ing straight-A averages of 4.0. Among the honorees are the following from the local area: Boyne City Daniel Klevorn, Computer Engineering East Jordan Molli Andor, Mechanical Engineering
JRAC SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED Sunday , May 18 the scholarship awards were presented to area schools juniors and seniors. Twenty students submitted works. The top award, the Betty Osbone Scholarship of $1,500 went to Pauline Sheets, Charlevoix High School, John Guirey, teacher. The second award, the Betty Beeby scholarship of $1,000. went to Annaliese Voci, Charlevoix High School, John Guirey teacher. These two awards are given to high school seniors upon receipt of their first semester grades at a col-
lege of fine art. The JRAC Award of $750 went to Lacey Kotalik, Concord Academy of Boyne, Monica Malbouef, teacher. Four Honorable Mentions of $100 each went to Alison A. Burnell, Boyne City, Jim Beckering teacher; Julie Atwood, East Jordan, Pat Tinney, teacher; Roger Dickinson, Ellsworth, Kurt Zimmerle, teacher; and Emily Nixon, Mancelona, Renee Guerriero, teacher. The JRAC award and honorable mentions are given to juniors and seniors based on the merit of the work submitted.
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A 12 year old showed me these principles. Learn to focus on your blessings and set goals - a great way to start the new year!
NWMich hospice director named
Charlevoix County resident Amy Wieland has been named the new Executive Director of Hospice of Northwest Michigan. She replaces Cheri Hoffman, who resigned last month to reamy wieland locate out of state. In this role, Wieland will be responsible for fundraising, managing hospice volunteers, and overseeing long-term grief services for loved ones as part of the end-of-life care the hospice provides in partnership with the Health Department of Northwest Michigan. Tina Lamont, the Health Department’s Director of Adult Health, said Wieland’s wide-ranging professional and volunteer experience make her a perfect fit for the job. “Amy is a relationship builder,” Lamont said. “She’s organized, efficient and dedicated to this cause. We’re one of few health departments fortunate enough to have hospice resources under the same roof, and our Hospice of Northwest
Michigan families are fortunate to have Amy.” Wieland said expanding local fundraising is a priority as she enters her new role. “As a 501(c)(3) non-profit, Hospice of Northwest Michigan relies on donations and fundraisers for financial survival,” she explained. “We sincerely appreciate the generosity of local businesspeople who donate to our programs, who participate in our fundraising events, and who volunteer to support our families and assist with events. Their support is vital to our success.” Wieland has held administrative positions within the Health Department for the past 12 years, and she was a corporate insurance broker for Arthur J. Gallagher in New York for five years before that. She's been active in local politics, business and volunteerism. Wieland holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Fine Arts from the State University of New York. She and her husband, Tim Wieland, reside in Charlevoix.
JRAC luncheon boutique event
The Jordan River Arts Council, sponsor of Meraki , a fiber arts exhibit with special events, presents “Dressed in Art: Clothing for the Soul: A Fashion Show and Bou-
tique,” scheduled for Aug. 20 will be the first of several opportunities to experience the beauty of handmade textile applications. It will feature vintage, international and contemporary garments created by artists from China, Japan, India, Afghanistan, New York, California, North Carolina and Michigan, combined with a luncheon at Tapawingo, catered by “A Matter of Taste.” Only 120 people can be accommodated. Ticket Price: $30. Tickets will go on sale June 1 on JRAC’s website www.jordanriverarts.com.
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Why living in Charlevoix is good for you. If you spend any time in Charlevoix County, you already know it’s a magnificent place to live. (It’s called “Charlevoix the Beautiful” for good reason.) You may not know that you also have convenient access to great health care services. As part of the Munson Healthcare system, Charlevoix Area Hospital offers: • Quality care for primary and urgent medical needs close to home • Access to some of the most respected medical specialists in the country At Charlevoix Area Hospital, you’ll find hometown physicians and staff who provide personalized care backed by all of the resources of a top quality regional health care system. Charlevoix Area Hospital – hometown health care, world-class caring. For more information, visit cah.org/hometown.
Grandvue’s new van
Thanks to the generous donations of several community groups and grants, Grandvue Medical Care Facility was able to purchase a new transport van. The new wheelchair accessible van is instrumental in providing for the transportation needs of residents for medical appointments, local events and activities and allows them to maintain contact with their Northern Michigan Community. Pictured (from left) are Carl Olstrom, Maintenance Director; George Petitjean, Lifestyle Facilitator RN; Freida Gibbard, Transporting CNA; Alina Craig, Grandvue Resident; Carol Timmer, Administrator; and Rebecca Verville, Social Worker.
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Gaeyle Gerrie-Boss (above) sings America’s National Anthem “The Star Spangled Banner” on Monday May 26 in Veterans Park. Dominic Frechette (right) plays the song “Taps” during Boyne City’s 2014 Memorial Day observance. World War II veteran (below) Leon Vercruysse raises a flag. Sydney Bush and Charlene Russ (lower right) place a wreath for the American Legion Auxiliary. The Memorial Day photo section is brought to you by Ralph W. Gillett, CPA; Up North Party Store; and the rest of the generous businesses appearing on this page.
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Memorial Park in East Jordan was packed with onlookers and officials for the Monday May 26 Memorial Day observance. Prior to the service in the park, there was a parade down Main Street that featured members of the military, first responders, student athletes and musicians, and the scouts.
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OMH gets Gov’s award of excellence
Otsego Memorial Hospital (OMH) has received MPRO’s 2014 Governor’s Award of Excellence for creating a culture of customer service in the acute care hospital setting. This award reflects a dedicated effort starting with administration to front line hospital staff to provide the highest level of customer service to patients and their families. Success in this effort is seen through the annual Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey administered to patients following an encounter at OMH. In 2013 OMH witnessed a 10% increase in the number of patients who gave OMH a top ranking for overall hospital experience. “We are honored to receive this award as it reflects our unwavering commitment to outstanding customer service,” stated Tom Lemon, CEO at OMH. “Since 2011 OMH has been working to enhance customer service and create a culture of excellence that starts with the patient experience.” This year, 188 Michigan hospitals, physician practices, nursing homes and community coalitions were honored with the award, which recognizes participants for their dedication to improve health care quality and patient safety in Michigan. To be eligible for the award, participating organizations must have achieved, maintained and continually improved in specific and rigorous milestones. “This award demonstrates Michigan’s deep commitment to providing high quality, safe and efficient health care,” said Governor Snyder. “By using proven, evidence-based practices, these organizations are making sure individuals get the right care at the right time.”
State & Region nations since the first store opened on the corner of Emmet and Washington streets in 1981. Store employees have seen just about every type of donation imaginable from the common article of clothing to rare and antique maps and even a Revolutionary-era bedpan. It’s these vintage, antique and collectible items that will be available for purchase on a new online store called Gold Mine Boutique, accessed at www.goldmineboutique.org. The Gold Mine Boutique website was one of several recommendations to help market these specialty goods, given to the WRCNM by North Central Michigan College marketing students. “Immersing North Central marketing and management students in exciting projects with local business and not-for-profits provides a valuable opportunity for applied learning; the Women’s Resource Center and Gold Mine stores provided two such opportunities this year,” said Chet Jessick, an Occupational Programs professor at North Central. “During the fall semester, the entire Ecommerce, Retailing, and Services Management class researched and developed an overall retail strategy for the unique, vintage, antique and high end donations that come into the Gold Mine Resale Shops,” Jessick said. “This semester Elizabeth Sherwood, a marketing student involved in a Directed Study, was charged with developing an implementation plan to launch the Gold Mine’s alternate retail strategy—an online store.” “Building the Gold Mine e-commerce site has been a great experience, allowing me the opportunity to put classroom learning into action,” said Sherwood. Sales generated from Gold Mine Resale Shops and the Gold Mine Boutique website help support programs and services of the WRCMN such as counseling, free community playgroups, domestic abuse and sexual assault services, educational and employment services and childcare service. For more information on the Gold Mine Boutique or WRCNM services, contact the administrative office at (231) 347-0067. Visit the newly launched website at www.goldmineboutique.org.
MDOT weight restrictions lifted
Effective 6 a.m. last Friday, May 23, seasonal weight restrictions are no longer in effect on all state trunkline highways in the Michigan. State routes typically carry M, I, or US designations. For weight restriction information and updates, call 800-787-8960, or you can access this information on MDOT's website at www.michigan. gov/truckers, under "Restrictions."
Gold mine gets NCMC wine new website Gold Mine Resale Shops in Petoskey, competition a project of the Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan, have been a place to bring gently-used do-
North Central Michigan College and the Straits Area Grape Growers’ Association collaborated to honor area winemakers at the Third Annual Win-
ning Wines of Northern Michigan event on Wednesday May 14 at the college’s Petoskey campus. More than 70 entries, from professional and hobby vintners, competed for honors. Best of Show and Double-gold went to Burgdorf’s Winery for their Traminette, a semi-dry white wine. Double-gold medals were awarded to Mackinaw Trail Winery for their Vidal Blanc Ice Wine and to Rose Valley Winery for their Rifle River Red. Mackinaw Trail Winery took four gold medals for their Late Harvest Riesling 2012, Big Red, Cabernet Franc and Razzberry. Harbor Springs Vineyards & Winery won two golds for a Sweet Summer Time and Schoolhouse Road. Pleasantview Winery received a gold for Ethereal and Burgdorf’s Winery won a gold for Frontenac Gris. Silver medals went to the Cellars of Royal Farms for Breezeway and Cheeky Cherry; Seasons of the North for A Nice Pear; Mackinaw Trail for Late Harvest Riesling 2013, Syrah-Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon; Burgdorf’s Winery for Le Cresant and Chancellor; and Hawk Owl Hill for Frontequette. Bronze winners included Pleasantview Winery’s Simply Rapture and Sweet Summer Red; Harbor Springs Vineyards’ Pinot Gris and Cherry Wine; Mackinaw Trail’s Cabernet Merlot; Rose Valley Winery’s Brianna; Seasons of the North’s Backroads; Burgdorf’s Spartan White; Farmhouse Vineyards’ Organic Deep Channel Red; and Matt Killman’s Maple Dessert. Overall, thirty-one awards were presented by the panel of seven judges which included sommeliers Shawn Peterson and Mike Zagaroli with City Park Grill and Travis Tache with Stafford’s Weathervane, along with MSU Wine Educator Ron Perry, Patrick “Yogi” Schultz from Glen’s North Wine Market, and Straits Area Grape Growers Association’s Robert Waugh and Greg Whittaker. The judges rated the wines on visual, aroma, texture, taste, finish and price point. Through the generosity of donors, ticket purchasers and sponsors, the North Central Michigan College Foundation raised $5,200 for the Student Emergency Fund which helps students deal with financial challenges that impede their ability to complete their coursework.
Senate Bill 791, Revise, make permanent non-transportation 7/8th cent gas tax: Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate To eliminate the 2016 sunset on a 7/8ths centper-gallon gas tax that was originally supposed to expire in 1998 and only be used to clean up leaking underground fuel tanks, but which has been extended several times, and was diverted to other government spending by a 2004 “fund raid” enacted to avoid spending cuts in that and subsequent years’ budget. 37 Sen. Howard Walker R - Traverse City Y Senate Bill 211, Establish firefighters’ cancer presumption: Passed 32 to 6 in the Senate To establish a presumption that, for purposes of granting workers compensation benefits, certain cancers contracted by non-volunteer firefighters arose out of their employment. The burden of proof would be on the employer to show the disease was due to smoking, nonworkcauses or specific incidents. Any benefits would be contingent on the legislature appropriating money for them. 37 Sen. Howard Walker R - Traverse City N Senate Bill 788, Codify property owner trespasser liability waiver: Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate To establish in statute (in addition to existing case law or common law) that a property owner or tenant is not liable for physical harm to a trespasser caused by the owner’s lack of reasonable care to make the property reasonably safe and not endanger the trespasser. The bill authorizes exceptions for willful and wanton misconduct by the property owner, “active negligence,” or in the case of harm to a child, knowing that an “attractive nuisance” exists. 37 Sen. Howard Walker R - Traverse City Y House Bill 5414, Reduce, then end “driver responsibility fees”: Passed 108 to 0 in the House To phase out the so-called “driver responsibility fees” (a.k.a. “bad driver tax”) imposed for certain traffic violations, which were originally adopted in 2003 to avoid spending cuts in that year’s and subsequent state budgets. The bill would cut these additional fees in half for offenses committed after Sept. 30, 2014, and abolish them as of Oct. 1, 2017. Reportedly, thousands of mostly low-income individuals have lost their licenses due to inability to pay these penalties. 105 Rep. Greg MacMaster R Kewadin Y House Bill 5439, Permit growing industrial hemp for research: Passed 109 to 0 in the House To allow the Department of Agriculture and/or a Michigan college or university to grow or cultivate industrial hemp for research purposes. The bill would also create a segregated state fund to provide grants for this research. 105 Rep. Greg MacMaster R Kewadin Y House Bill 5193, Restrict closed-door local government lawsuit meetings: Passed 96 to 12 in the House To prohibit government legislative bodies from holding closeddoor sessions to discuss trial or settlement strategies, unless the matter being discussed is already being litigated.
105 Rep. Greg MacMaster R Kewadin Y House Bill 5194, Increase Open Meeting Act rigor: Passed 90 to 17 in the House To establish that if a public body takes an action while in violation of the state Open Meetings Act, and then later re-enacts the decision while in compliance with the OMA, this does not exempt public officials from the misdemeanor and civil fine penalties the OMA authorizes for knowingly holding a meeting that violates its public notice and open-door requirements. 105 Rep. Greg MacMaster R Kewadin Y House Bill 5566, Create Detroit fiscal oversight panel: Passed 103 to 7 in the House To establish a Detroit fiscal management oversight commission consisting of two state department heads, five other individuals appointed by the Governor, the Mayor, and the president of the city council. Among the commission’s powers would be final approval of city budgets and larger purchases, borrowing, union contracts (except police and firefighter contracts imposed through binding arbitration), and more. The commission could waive its powers if city financial management meets specified conditions, and resume them in the event of backsliding. This is attached to proposed $195 million state grant to the city. 105 Rep. Greg MacMaster R Kewadin Y House Bill 5569, Cap Detroit employee health insurance benefits: Passed 100 to 10 in the House To prohibit Detroit from providing employee health insurance benefits whose premiums cost more than $5,500 for a single person, $12,250 for a couple and $15,000 for a family plan (indexed to the “medical price index”), or alternatively, require city employees to contribute at least 20 percent toward the cost of their health insurance. The bill is one of several conditions for a state grant of $195 million toward Detroit’s bankruptcy settlement. 105 Rep. Greg MacMaster R Kewadin Y House Bill 5574, Give Detroit $195 million: Passed 74 to 36 in the House To appropriate $194.8 million for a gift to Detroit, which is related to a potential bankruptcy settlement. 105 Rep. Greg MacMaster R Kewadin N House Bill 5568, Limit but allow new Detroit employee traditional pensions: Passed 85 to 25 in the House To limit the normal contributions to Detroit employee retirement benefits, but let the city continue to enroll new hires in a “defined benefit” system that creates underfunding risks for taxpayers. The normal contribution caps would be 7 percent for pensions and 2 percent for retirement health savings accounts. The bill also restricts “pension spiking” and “13th check” extra-benefit schemes. It was introduced as a condition for the state giving Detroit $195 million, and originally would have prohibited creating new unfunded pension liability risks with each new hire. 105 Rep. Greg MacMaster R Kewadin N michiganVotes.org
Faith & memorial
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in memorium Obituary joan kay glaza by chris faulknor, publisher
People die. Sometimes, it’s tragically early, other times, we know it might be coming. Every day, over 2,000 people will die due to some form of cardiovascular disease. Several hundred will die in motor vehicle accidents. But death is a part of life, and that’s a fact we learn to accept early in life, whether it be feeling the pain of that beloved grandmother dying when you’re young or in the act of watching your mother flush your first goldfish. And just as soon, you realize that we all handle it a little differently. Some hold a funeral around the toilet bowl for their fish, and others pull the handle and try to move on with their lives. We celebrated Memorial Day this past weekend, a day to honor those who have served to protect our country, specifically those who have died. Some of us stood in Veteran’s Memorial Park in remembrance, others took a moment walking through the grocery store to remember why we honor them on this day. But we all handle death and dying differently, and mourn in our own way. The Book of Revelation says, “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on, that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!” The people we honored this past weekend have done their work. They have risked life and limb so that we may enjoy the freedoms of this world, more specifically the United States of America. God recognizes those who have lived out their lives in service, as he said that their work will follow them into heaven. It is also said in the Bible that God knows when even a sparrow falls. Don’t ever live under the assumption that God doesn’t understand your pain. When even one of the birds flying around dies, he recognizes it and understands it for what it is.
But that doesn’t always help, does it? There are times when we look up at the sky wondering what in the world God might have been thinking. And it’s easy to look into that lens on this Memorial Day. After all, what is more tragic than someone volunteering to defend us while we sit comfortably in our homes, only to find out that they have signed their own death warrant? And yet, it does not go unseen by a loving God. “Greater love has no man than he who lays down his life for his friends,” Jesus said. There is no greater story of love than someone being willing to die for those he cares about, let alone people he has never met. And if you ever doubt the value of that sacrifice in God’s eyes, look at Jesus. As your child, friend, or sibling signed on the dotted line to enlist in the armed services, Jesus come down from paradise to live among us, knowing all the while that he would be dying a painful death. Sacrifice is not taken lightly by God, and shouldn’t be taken lightly by any of us. And with that, I encourage you all to deal with these things in your own way. Whether you need to cry on a shoulder or simply going back to work is enough, do so knowing that a loving god sees your pain and understand why you’re hurting. As you look up at the sky and pray, don’t allow yourself to forget that those prayers are heard and don’t go unanswered. And finally, while it hurts not to have our loved ones walking with us, know that where they are, they are loved, cherished, and honored for their hard work and sacrifice. In honor of Memorial Day, I do wish the best to all of you. I wish peace to all of the people who have been touched by war and violence, especially those who have lost a loved one in the
armed services. I wish those currently serving comfort, and hope that they know that God takes their risk and sacrifice and values it highly. And finally, I hope that everyone remembers that we have our freedoms (including my freedom to write and distribute the column you’re reading right now) because someone was willing to stand up and fight, even while the rest of us stayed behind and went on with our lives. May God bless all of you, and may that same hard work that will follow them to Heaven never be forgotten by those of us still walking the Earth.
joan kay glaza died april 20, 2014
Joan Kay Glaza, age 63, passed away in her home in Donna, TX on April 20, 2014. A graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 31, 2014 at Maple Lawn Cemetery in Boyne City, MI, with Pastor Wayne McKenney officiating.
Boyne Area Worship Opportunities Catholic Community The Boyne Valley Catholic Community is offering many opportunities to enrich your prayer life and spirituality during the 7th Week of Easter Activities during the week June 1st Include: Baccalaureate Masses Set: The Baccalaureate Liturgies for graduating seniors from our faith community will be held on Sunday, June 8th. We will honor the St. Augustine’s graduates at the 9:00 am Mass and the St. Matthew’s graduates at the 11:00 am Mass. Please plan on coming to support our graduating seniors. Mens Bible Study: The Monday morning Men’s Bible Study meets at 6:45 am at St. Matthew’s. All men of the faith community are welcome to attend. St. John’s is Open for the Summer: All summer liturgies will be held on Saturday night at 7:00 pm through Labor Day weekend. Mass Schedule Wednesday, June 4th at 8:00 am at St. Augustine’s Friday, June 11th at 8:00 am at St. Matthew’s. Communion Service at Grandvue at noon Communion Service at The Brook at 2:00 pm Church of the nativity The 9 a.m. Eucharist service at Episcopal Church of the Nativity will be lead by Reverend Peggy Nattermann. Coffee hour will be held in the church undercroft at the conclusion of the service. Please visit episcopalboyne.org to see more of the church activities, or call 582-5045. Nativity is located at 209 Main Street, Boyne City. EJ Community Church On Sunday, June 1, the sermon will be “Go – Even through stormy Seas” given by Pastor Jason Richey from Acts 27. Services are 9 and 10:45 AM. Graduates will be honored at both services. Nursery and Preschool care is available at both services. Children K-5 classes are available during both
services. Youth classes are second service only. Adult Community Small Groups are available during both services. On Wednesday, May 28, there will be a Men’s Breakfast at Darlene’s Restaurant starting at 7 AM. For questions concerning the East Jordan Campus, please call 5362299 or the Walloon Campus at 535-2288. First Baptist 875 State St. (231) 582-9561. Sunday Services - Sunday School (for all ages) 10 a.m.; Morning Worship 11 a.m.; Junior Church Hour for children 3 years of age up to the 5th grade ~11:00 a.m.; Evening Worship ~6:00 p.m.; Mid-Week Services; Wednesday Nights - Discovery Club~ 6:30 p.m., Teens Meeting~ 7:00 p.m., Adult Prayer & Bible Study~ 7 p.m., Nursery Provided for all Services First Presbyterian First Presbyterian Church at 401 S. Park St., Boyne City invites you to share worship with us each Sunday at 10 a.m. Worship is led by Rev. Elizabeth Broschart followed by coffee and fellowship. Communion is celebrated the first Sunday of the month. An infant and toddler room is available in addition to a program for students ages four through seven. For more information call 231-582-7983. Genesis Church Genesis meets Sunday in the Boyne City Elementary School at 11am, as well as in Petoskey Middle School at 9:30am. Smaller Community Groups meet all throughout both communities at different times and locations and are great places to grow in friendship and faith. Life groups are open to all community members to help with a specific need and include Financial Peace University, Step-up Addictions Recovery, Divorce Care, and Choosing Wisely before you Divorce. Contact us at email@example.com, 4870081, or go to genesiswired.com to learn more. We desire to cultivate
deepening relationships for Jesus Christ. begin. belong. become. United Methodist The Boyne Falls United Methodist Church and Pastor Wayne McKenney welcomes you every Sunday morning for worship at 9:15 am. The church is located at 3057 Mill St. Children’s programming is held during the service for preschool through 5th grade. Pastor Wayne McKenney. Office hours are Tues.-Thurs. from 8 am to 3 pm. Phone 231-5829776. Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors. United Methodist The Boyne City United Methodist Church and Pastor Wayne McKenney welcomes you every Sunday morning for worship at 11 am. The church is located at 324 S. Park Street. Children’s programming is held during the service for ages 4 through 5th grade. Office hours are Tues.-Thurs. from 8 am to 3 pm. Phone 231-582-9776. Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors. Walloon Lake On Thursday, May 29, Celebrate Recovery will meet at 7 PM in the multi-purpose room. On Sunday, June 1, the sermon will be “Go – and Keep Going till your Journey’s Done” from Acts 28 given by Pastor Jeff Ellis. Service times are 9 and 10:45 AM. Infant and toddler care is provided at both services. Children and Adult classes are available during both services. Senior High Youth meet at the Youth Center at 10:45 AM only. Junior High Youth meet at the Discipleship House at 10:45 AM only. From 7-9 PM at the Youth Center, 7th – 12th grade youth group will meet. This program will run through the summer. The church office hours are 9 AM to 5 PM Monday through Wednesday, and Friday. On Thursday, it is open from 9 to noon. If you have any questions, please call 5352288 or visit our website at www. walloonchurch.com
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Business After Hours
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The Water Street Center, located at 5 West Main Street, hosted the May Business After Hours of the Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce. Building Manager and Fiji Salon and Spa Owner Dan Gardner (upper left) gave an overview of the businesses residing in the center. Sabrina (upper right) sold 50/50 tickets for Habitat for Humanity. Fiji Massage Therapist Jessica Peters (lower left) gave chair massages to willing attendees. Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jim Baumann (lower right) introduced new Leadership Charlevoix County Program Coordinator Scott Gillespie.
DAVE Free Financial Straight-Talk by Dave Ramsey Time for baby birds? Dear Dave, My wife and I are debt-free except for our house, and she would like for us to go ahead and start a family. I make good money, but I’d still like to wait a little longer and add some extra to our emergency fund before taking that step. Who do you think is right in this situation? Joel Dear Joel, Assuming, of course, you’re talking about a reasonable number of children, the old adage is true: if you wait until you think you can afford them, you’ll never have them. You guys have been responsible and are in pretty good financial shape right now. So my thought is have babies if you want babies. Even if your wife told you that she’s pregnant tomorrow you’d still have nine months to add on to your emergency fund. Your financial situation tells me you’re both responsible people. You’ll be a good provider, and it sound like you’d both make great parents. And the fact is babies are not that expensive. Having kids won’t break your back like lots of people say. You’ve got extra expenses like diapers and baby stuff the first few years, but it’s not going to drive you to the poor house. Now, if you go to the extreme
and have 16 kids, that many baby birds could become quite a financial problem. But for a normalsized family with a normal-sized income, children do not create a big financial issue. God bless you guys, Joel! —Dave Funding fun after college Dear Dave, I’m finishing my last semester in college, and I’ve already landed my first real job making $33,000 a year. I’m working on a budget, but I have $15,000 in student loans. This is my only debt, and my parents said I could live at home for a year until I get on my feet, so can I put some fun money into my budget? Jonathan Dear Jonathan, You can, but my advice would be to make it a really small amount until you repay those student loans. The real question is how
long you want that debt hanging over your head. I’m the kind of guy who likes to rip the bandage off. Even if it’s going to hurt a little bit, I’d rather just do it quick and have it done. With the numbers you gave me, and the fact that you’d be living at home for a while, you’d be able to plow through this student loan debt in a hurry. After that, you’d be in an awesome financial position. My advice is to keep living like a college student. Save every penny, and have no life for just a little while longer. Trust me, the feeling will be amazing when you start life on your own with a good job and no debt. That’s the time to have some fun! —Dave * Dave Ramsey is America’s trusted voice on money and business. He has authored five New York Times best-selling books: Financial Peace, More Than Enough, The Total Money Makeover, EntreLeadership and Smart Money Smart Kids. His newest best-seller, Smart Money Smart Kids, was written with his daughter Rachel Cruze, and recently debuted at #1. The Dave Ramsey Show is heard by more than 8 million listeners each week on more than 500 radio stations. Follow Dave on Twitter at @DaveRamsey and on the web at daveramsey.com.
In many areas of your life, you’re probably aware that it’s useful to keep emotions out of your decision-making — and that’s certainly the case with investing. However, it can be difficult to keep your feelings from influencing your investment decisions. But you may find it easier to invest with your head, rather than your heart, if you know a little something about two different cycles: the market cycle and your emotional cycle. Let’s start with the market cycle. If you’ve been investing for a while, you’re aware (probably highly aware) that the financial markets are rarely static — they are always moving up and down, at least in the short term. (Over the very long term, a period of many decades, the markets have trended up.) But these short-term movements, while perhaps appearing as “zigs” and “zags” on a daily basis, actually form a pattern, or a cycle, that can last for months or years. These cycles are known as bull (up) or bear (down) markets. Going back to the Great Depression, the average bear market has lasted 21 months, while the average bull market has extended for 57 months, according to research from Standard and Poor’s Index Services. These market cycles greatly influence investors’ attitudes and behavior. In fact, they lead to the formation of investors’ emotional cycles. During bull markets, investors tend to feel optimism, excitement and even euphoria. But once a bull market ends and a bear market begins, investors start getting nervous. And
the longer and deeper the bear market, the greater the depth of emotion felt by investors. These emotions can begin as anxiety and then progress to denial, fear, desperation and panic. Furthermore, market cycles and emotional cycles don’t really align. For example, investors may well experience euphoria when the market has reached its high point and a bear market has just begun. For a while, then, these investors, fueled by their euphoric feelings over the big gains they’ve achieved, may continue pouring money into the market, even as it’s declining. This type of behavior, though, is probably better suited for when the market is already at a low, when investors’ dollars will buy more shares. Conversely, investors may reach the peak of their fearfulness at the end of a bear market, just when things are about to turn around. At this point, their fear may hold them back from investing — even though, with prices low, it can be a good time to invest. Clearly, basing investment decisions on emotions can lead to poor choices. So don’t get caught up in this pattern. Instead, strive to follow a disciplined approach to investing. Build an investment portfolio that reflects your objectives, risk tolerance and time horizon, and seek to hold appropriate investments for the long term. Of course, you may well need to make adjustments along the way, but do it for the right reasons — such as a change in your goals or in the investments themselves — rather than as a reaction to the current market cycle. Our emotions are powerful, and their power can increase when applied to such a meaningful aspect of our life as our finances. But if you can detach yourself, as much as possible, from the emotional cycle of investing, you can avoid considerable angst — while helping clear the path to pursue your goals. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.
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Audrey dalton survived a sinking, a ‘serpent’ and a stallion Four decades before James Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster “Titanic” swamped the Academy Awards with 11 wins, Audrey Dalton signed on for Hollywood’s 1953 recreation of the famous 1912 maritime disaster. “Our version only received one Oscar for writing,” said Ms. Dalton, who turned 80 this year, from her home in Saddleback Valley, Calif. “But the special effects were pretty good for 60 years ago. The cast included Barbara Stanwyck and Clifton Webb, and it was a total joy to work on from beginning to end.” Clifton Webb delighted ’40s and ’50s movie audiences for playing acerbic, snobbish characters, most notably in three Mr. Belvedere films. “He was a little bit like that and mostly kept to himself,” recalled Dalton. “But he was very funny with a sharp wit. Barbara Stanwyck was a dream – the ultimate
pro, always prepared and ready to help.” During shooting, the cast welcomed some special guests. “A man and a woman who were Titanic survivors visited the set,” said Dalton. “They were children when the ship sank, but had memories of the event. They seemed fascinated by the moviemaking process.” Irish born Dalton was 17 when her family moved to London where she studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and was soon noticed by a movie executive. “Paramount brought me over to the U.S. on a 7-year contract beginning with ‘The Girls of Pleasure Island,’” she explained. The 1953 comedy was set on a South Pacific Island, towards the end of World War II. “The Korean War was still in progress. So to promote the film, we were sent to Seoul where it premiered for the troops,” said
Dalton. “It’s dated now, but the men enjoyed it. We were driven around in army trucks and dressed up in beautiful Edith Head gowns doing skits for the troops.” Returning to the U.S., the cast brought back letters from soldiers addressed to loved ones. “We went on a tour of the States and Paramount arranged for us to actually deliver some letters in person if the addresses coincided with the cities we visited,” said Dalton. “The whole experience was amazing.” Since retiring from acting, Dalton has been a popular guest at film festivals due to her western and sci-fi roles. “The sci-fi fans always ask about ‘The Monster That Challenged the World,’” said Dalton, referring to the 1957 B-monster movie classic. “That monster was enormous!” added Dalton, referring to the 12ft creature called a reptile in the original trailer, but a giant mollusk in the film. Among her numerous TV western roles, Dalton appeared in “Wagon Train,” “Gunsmoke,” and “Bonanza,” but wasn’t always at ease on the sets.
Still photo from the movie “Titanic” with Clifton Webb, Barbara Stanwyck and Audrey Dalton. “I hate horses!” she admitted. “I mean, I’m really scared to death of them. In one show, I had to ride down a very steep hill and felt sure I was going to fall. I got through it, but when the scene was over the director asked ‘could you do it again, this time with your eyes open?’” Dalton’s movie career lasted until 1965, with just 16 films, during which time she raised a large family. “I had four children in six years between 1953-1959. What’s interesting is that many web sites today have given me a fifth child!” she said with a chuckle. “He even has
a birthdate and a name – Adrian. Needless to say my children have made great fun of it and ask why I never told them about their lost brother!” As for her actual children, none were drawn to acting. “Just as well,” she said, “it can be a difficult business. I did a few very good films and some mediocre ones. But even despite the horses, I enjoyed every day on the set.” Nick Thomas teaches at Auburn University at Montgomery, Ala., and has written features, columns, and interviews for over 400 magazines and newspapers.
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From pg. 2 poor section of town opened his doors, after hours, for emergency cases, much of it “pro bono” I’m sure. Along comes the issue of addition of fluoride to the drinking water. Every meeting was heavily attended. One odd lady would have been amusing if her philosophy hadn’t been dangerous to susceptible minds. These were the years of the “cold war” and she tried to convince her audience that fluoridation was a “communist plot” . After all who knew what those “commies” might be capable of? We have this type of thinking today as the Taliban in Pakistan murder health workers administering Sabin vaccine to eradicate polio. It is their hare-brained idea that it is a plan to sterilize the children which would result in genocide. Fortunately in Lansing, science and sanity prevailed. We got fluoridated water and, not overnight, but in due time we saw a gradual reduction in the terrible decay;children with teeth rotted off to the gum line. With fluoridated water and the magic of modern dentistry no child need ever suffer the agony of a bad toothache. I ‘d like to think I can speak with some authority on this topic as I’ve “been there and done that”. Grace Otte, BSN (retired) Boyne City Poor Choice By Boyne City Editor: We are writing to express our disappointment in the City Council of Boyne City. As has been reported, the Council recently voted to discontinue fluoridation of the city’s water supply. This decision is frustrating given the overwhelming evidence of the health benefits of fluoride supplementation, as well the fact that virtually all of the major health organizations in the country, including the American Dental Association and the American Medical Association, not to mention the Food and Drug Administration strongly support this practice. As practicing healthcare providers in this community, it is difficult to understand how a council whose task is that of advancement of the well-being of the community could make a decision so harmful to its constituents. Fluoridation of public water supplies is considered one of the major health achievements of the past century. We would hope that science and logic would prevail and that this decision would be reversed. Mike Harmeling, MD Andrea Wendling, MD Catherine Wonski, MD ignorant of citizen health Editor: Chris, we applaud your strong stance in criticizing the Commission vote in eliminating fluoride from the water system. (“Who knows better?” Wednesday May 21 Boyne City Gazette) Rarely have we seen a political decision made that totally ignored every expert, and, believe me, we have observed a wide range of government incompetence in our lifetime. We are summer residents, but must say that we are relieved that none of our children or grandchildren live in a city that ignores the health of its citizens. Terry and Betty Desmond Summer residents of Boyne City clean water a birthright Editor: The decision of the BC Commissioners to stop adding fluoride to the public water supply is very good news for the citizens of BC. No longer is fluoride, a neurotoxin more toxic than lead and just slightly less toxic than arsenic, being added to the public water supply. The substance being poured into water supplies across the country is a man-made, unrefined, toxic waste by-product of the phosphate fertilizer industry called hydrofluorosilicic acid. It is a highly corrosive liquid that requires full protective equipment to handle legally. Being non-purified, it also contains other waste by-products such as lead, arsenic, heavy metals and other substances in various concentrations. This is not pharmaceutical grade product; it comes straight from the scrubbers of the smoke stacks of the phosphate fertilizer industry. Yes, it’s toxic waste. These industries are spared the expense of disposing of this waste in a toxic waste dump and instead sell it to municipalities where it is poured into our public water supplies. Remember when the experts told us tobacco was safe? The experts told us asbestos was safe. The experts told us DDT was safe. The experts told us DES, Thalidomide, PCBs
and Agent Orange were safe. Think big power, big money, big industry, big environmental & human death and destruction, and big government sanctioned cover-ups. Excessive fluoride exposure is well known to cause a painful bone disease (skeletal fluorosis), and has been linked to a wide range of other chronic ailments including arthritis, bone fragility, glucose intolerance, gastrointestinal distress, thyroid disease, and possibly cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancer. See - www.fluoridealert.org . Today, 97% of the western European population drinks non-fluoridated water and despite foregoing “one of the top ten public health achievements of the twentieth century,” tooth decay rates have declined in Europe as precipitously over the past 50 years as they have in the United States. (WHO) This raises serious questions about the CDC’s assertion that the decline of tooth decay in the United States since the 1950s is largely attributable to the advent of water fluoridation. Adding fluoride to water supplies is unscientific and unethical. Adding Fluoride to the water is not like adding chlorine to kill germs and make water safe to drink. It is a “one size fits all” system to mass medicate the public with a drug that alters our physical body. Many people are getting high doses which are damaging to human health. It flies in the face of sound pharmacology practice. “The whole name of the game of pharmacology is to deliver the right dose to the right person at the right time and that is not what fluoridation does. It can’t do it” (Dr. Phyllis Mullinex, pharmacologist/ toxicologist, see Professional Perspectives on Fluoridation, You Tube.) We are constantly told that the concentrations of fluoride in water are so low that they are safe. How can the experts confuse concentration with dosage? It is the dosage that counts, and many people like athletes, people with kidney damage, diabetics, and anyone who drinks large amounts of water are getting much higher doses of fluoride. Water fluoridation is dangerous because you cannot control how much fluoride a person is consuming, and it accumulates over time in the bones. Fluoride is also used in pesticides, and many non-organic foods have high residues on them. In 2010 the US Center for Disease Control published that 41% of U S children aged 12 -15, have dental fluorosis meaning they had too much fluoride exposure during their early childhood. Their teeth are marked by white and brown permanent stains and can be pitted. These figures confirm that American children are being hugely over-exposed to fluoride. When fluoride is damaging the baby’s growing tooth cells (causing dental fluorosis), what is it doing to its other developing tissues? Lab animals given very low doses of fluoride exhibit symptoms of ADDH, hyperactivity, lowered IQ, and memory loss. Know anyone with those symptoms? And most disturbing and reason enough for immediately stopping water fluoridation programs everywhere: Mother’s milk is very low in fluoride @ .004 parts per million. A bottle fed baby that drinks formula made with fluoridated water (0.7-1.2ppm) is getting 175 – 300 times the fluoride dose that nature intended. The ADA only recently advised using NON-fluoridated water to make baby formula and to give infants no, or very low amounts, of fluoridated water to drink. Now, in fluoridated communities parents must buy distilled water for their children to drink. That is, if they even know about it. What sense does this make? Worldwide, people are saying NO to fluoridated water programs. They are unscientific as they mass medicate communities without knowing the patient, the DOSAGE of chemical people are getting and it is without their consent. No doctor in the world would be allowed to do this. This is wrong. This is unethical. This is not science. Question Authority. Do your own research. Err on the side of safety. Find information @ the Fluoride Action Network and join the worldwide network of doctors, dentists, toxicologists, biochemists, epidemiologists and citizen activists dedicated to educating the public and bringing an end to water fluoridation programs. If you want to use fluoride toothpaste, mouthwash or pills, fine, that is your choice. But no one should be forced to drink it. It is our democratic right of choice NOT to drink fluoridated water. Boyne City did the right thing in stopping its water fluoridation program and I am very proud of our City Commissioners who voted to stop it. Boyne City is a Green Tree City and a Clean Water City. It is protecting the BIRTHRIGHT of its citizens and of future generations. I am proud to be a citizen of Boyne City! EJ is also looking at the fluoride issue and will be discussing it at the City Commission meeting, June 2. Call your commissioners, come to the meeting, let them know where you stand. Jinny Heick Boyne City
may 28 senior center dinner At Boyne Area Senior Center, 411 Division Street In Boyne City Wednesday May 28 From 5 To 6 P.M. Serving Liver And Onions; An Alternative Will Be Available; Homemade Soup And Salad; Music For The Evening Donated By Monty Loper 5:30 To 7 P.M.; Suggested Donation $3.00 june 1 deadline People Fund Grant Applications The Great Lakes Energy People Fund is accepting grant applications from non-profit organizations throughout its local service area. The upcoming grant application deadline is June 1. Non-profit organizations can read program details and request a grant application online at www.gtlakes.com or by calling Great Lakes Energy at 1-888-485-2537, ext. 1313. Non-profit organizations that serve communities located in the Great Lakes Energy service area are eligible to apply. Organizations that are unable to apply by June 1 will have another opportunity to apply later this year. june 2-5 smart commute Smart Commute Charlevoix County will take place June 2 –June 5. This week-long event is designed to increase awareness of, and demonstrate the ability to use, alternative methods of commuting that provide health, economic and environmental benefits. To register a team, download registration forms at http://www. smartcommutecc.com or call Val Meyerson at 237-7360. Completed forms can be sent to the Charlevoix Library 220 W. Clinton St. or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. June 14 Chandler Hill Challenge Our 10k race in beautiful Chandler Township will start at our township hall located at 7620 Chandler Hill Road, Boyne Falls, MI 49713. Registration opens at 8 a.m. Race starts at 9 a.m. The race begins at the township hall and includes a 1.5 mile long incline up to the top of Chandler Hill. The turning point is at the Chandler Township Fire Station then head back down the hill finishing at the township hall. Awards, T-shirts to first 50 registrations, door prizes. All proceeds go to ‘Friends Helping Neighbors’ a charity serving our local community. Event Organizer: Patrick Howard Contact/Registration information: (231) 5492672 get tickets now Community Center benefit Tickets are now on sale for two summer benefit concerts for the Boyne Country Community Center. Organizers have announced that Paula Poundstone will be returning to the Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8. They have also booked the award-winning Million Dollar Tribute from Toronto at 8 p.m. June 21. In one night you’ll hear three different tributes to The
Bee Gees, Neil Diamond, and Tom Jones. Every song you’ll hear was a top 10 hit when first released, and many were #1 hits. Just like last year, all reserved seat tickets are $40 each. A sellout crowd is predicted so invite some friends and buy your tickets early. If your plans change, tickets can be returned for a full refund up to 48 hours before the show. You can buy tickets by visiting or calling Boyne City Ace Hardware, (231) 582-6532. Happening now Support graduation celebration Boyne City’s Graduation Celebration Committee, previously known as BACPAC, is busy making plans for the 27th annual All-Night Graduation Celebration. This year’s party will celebrate the Boyne City High School graduating class of 2014 on Sunday, June 8, graduation night. The all-night graduation celebration provides a safe and drug-free opportunity for seniors immediately following the graduation ceremony. With help from businesses, churches, service organizations and residents, the parties have been extremely successful. All donations are welcomed and appreciated and can be mailed to the attention of Graduation Celebration Committee, BCHS, 1035 Boyne Avenue, Boyne City, MI 49712 with checks made payable to Boyne City High School. If your organization would prefer to donate a prize or gift card and would like a committee member to pick it up, contact Frank Minier at (231) 675-6507. ONGOING EVENTS survivors of suicide group Suicide prevention and awareness efforts are underway in the form of a Survivors of Suicide (SOS) group that meets monthly in both Boyne City and Petoskey. Following are meeting times and locations: Boyne Area SOS (Survivors of Suicide Group) 1st Wed of each month 6:30 to 8:00 PM Boyne Area Senior Center conference room At 411 East Division St. Boyne City For information call 231-487-4825. Petoskey Area SOS 2nd Tuesday of each month 6:00 to 7:30 PM Vital Care Hospice Hiland House 1 Hiland House Drive, Petoskey Call 231-487-4825 If you have endured the loss of a loved one or close friend and would like to either be involved for personal encouragement, and/or support others needing encouragement then please contact Janet Shepherd at email@example.com, Jamie Woodall at Jamie@genesiswired. com, Marilyn Cleary at marilynkcleary@gmail. com and Lisa Clavier at lisaclavier@hotmail. com. Contact an SOS team member to learn more. senior center dinners The Boyne Area Senior Center—located at 411 Division St. in Boyne City—is now serving din-
ner on Wednesday evenings from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Dinner begins at 5 p.m.; There will be music from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; and, there will also be 50/50 drawings. Call 582-6682 for more information. FREE COMPUTER CLASSES Held at the Boyne District Library at 10 a.m. every Friday. Classes are tailored to your skill level, beginner to advanced. Help is available for iPads and Windows 8. For help with downloading e-books, as well as other information about using tablets and readers, the library also offers
Student of the Week Boyne Falls Public School
Student Name: Aubrie Sparks Grade: 5th Parent’s Name(s): Steve and Lynn Sparks What do you want to be when you grow up?: Dentist Favorite Book: King Solomen Mines Hobbies and Interests: Swimming and reading School Activities: Basketball and softball Staff Comments: Aubrie has been in my classes for six years and has always been a great pleasure. She is attentive, kind, always smiling and has a great work ethic. It is an honor to recommend her as student of the week. Congratulations Aubrie! digital Learning sessions on Tuesdays from 2-3 p.m. Library cardholders can borrow and download e-books and audio books from the library
Student of the Week Boyne City Public Schools
NAME: Derek Charbonneau PARENT NAME: Gale and Deb Charbonneau GRADE: 12 SCHOOL ACTIVITIES: “I have been in building trades for 2 years; participated in build the garage project.” HOBBIES & INTERESTS: “Like to hang with friends and family; plus like to walk and or drive and ride my bike.” FUTURE PLANS/GOALS: “Graduate from high school. Continue to work at Walloon Lake Inn and someday move into my own house.” STAFF COMMENTS: “Derek is an extremely conscientious student. He is always willing to help anyone out as a media center aide. We will miss you Derek!” – Cindi Place, Media Center Specialist “Derek is a hard-working, dedicated team player! He always has a smile on his face, is willing to do whatever is asked of him and is ready for any challenge! Thank you for all you do Derek!” – Michele Deming, Social Studies Teacher “Derek is wonderful student and I have enjoyed having him in my classroom. I will always remember how Derek loved to help people out. If something needed to be done in the classroom Derek was always there to lend a hand. Derek you are a kind person and I wish you the best with your future goals.” – Pam Crouch, Living Skills Teacher
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Carly Kruzel (above) prepares to return a serve on Wednesday May 21 during the Lake Michigan Conference tennis meet at Boyne Mountain. Alie Culver and Cassidy Moody (below) take a break before their first match.
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Runners (above) finish the Boyne City and East Jordan Police departments’ second annual D.A.R.E. (Drug & Alcohol Resistance Education) 5k/1 mile Fun Run/ Walk fundraiser on Saturday May 24 in Boyne City. The run/walk began and ended in Sunset Park in Boyne City. Also pictured (at right) finishing the run/ walk last weekend is Mark Dunlop.
If you’re Kevin Love, all you want to do at this point is win. Measuring and weighing in different contract offers, despite how kevin lange often it’s been reliant ‘Game on!’ on choosing a team, certainly has taken a backseat in Love’s priorities of decision-making for his unforeseen future. And then again, as only the NBA rumor updates are, new reports just suddenly leaked out of the blue and are now foreseeing Love’s future for him. Recent reports have said Golden State Warriors new head coach Steve Kerr desperately wants a stretch 4 and is intrigued by the idea of making a deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves for Love. Get in line, Steve. But here’s the news that throws them at the front of the line. Love is interested, too. According to sources, it was described that Love is thoroughly intrigued at the idea of playing for the Warriors, who’ve become quite familiar with winning these past few years. This spring, they took the LA Clippers to a game seven in the opening round of the playoffs. Despite tremendous guard play, they lost a blood battle, and it was quite evident what their missing piece was: a stretch 4. A versatile power forward that can stretch the floor with a lethal outside shot and play pick-and-pop with Stephen Curry, one of the most dangerous players coming off a ball screen this game has seen. Adding Love to that offense would be the talk of the sports world the rest of the off-season and, more importantly, a victory in Golden State before the first game’s even played. Obviously, it must come in exchange for several Warriors in a ponderpacked trade. The key for Golden State will be to diligently work with Minnesota on this one because their Timberwolves are sniffing through their 28 other options as we speak. Love announced he’ll be exploring his options in free agency at the end of 2015, so that’s a red flag for Minnesota’s future with keeping him and a green light to try to throw together a trade this summer before their lone hot rod is
off the roster, leaving a cloud of dust behind him. To put in perspective how valuable Love is—and how disguising it can be with the troubles he’s had with team success—here’s a brief summary of the struggling situation in Minnesota. In Love’s first six NBA seasons, all with the Timberwolves, his team staggered through the finish line with a combined 153-323 record. (Poor enough to be the finish line of their relationship with Love, as well.) Yikes. Love, meanwhile, has been the A+ in an otherwise failing report card. He’s been selected to the past three All-Star games and will most definitely be an All-NBA First (or a close Second) Team selection for this past season. In the summer of 2012, he was a major contributor to team USA’s gold medal at the Olympics in London, going 8-0 in their time there. He has a taste of what winning feels like, and the fact that he said he’s expressed that he’s willing to explore free agency speaks volumes. He wants more of what the summer of 2012 brought him; there’s no doubt Golden State offers that. “If the Warriors had Kevin Love, they’d be playing tonight (Western Conference finals),” ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith stated on First Take. Could not agree more. Golden State would have to possibly trade away David Lee, Harrison Barnes, and perhaps a bench player if this were to ever happen. Now, if that trade went through, right back to their feet Golden State would spring, and this PAST spring would be forgotten in a heartbeat. With the emergence of rookie Draymond Green into the starting lineup in the opening round of the playoffs, playing extensive, productive minutes, along with Klay Thompson’s gel that he has with fellow backcourt bud Stephen Curry, it’d be smart to keep Green and Thompson out of the equation. Curry’s obviously a hands-off in these situations, and the fact that it’s
so seldom a team finds a backcourt that meshes so well is what makes Thompson almost just as much of a hands-off player on the trading block. If this were to happen, it would shake up the already loaded competition in the West’s postseason bracket. And it’s almost certain the Warriors would be playing in it this time of the year next year. That in mind, it’s an opportunity they cannot let pass by. They want Love, and Love wants them. The Timberwolves’ verdict still pending, they must keep this in mind and be willing to accommodate for the mutual interest their best player has with the Warriors if they wish to get anything out of him. At this point, it’s like the Timberwolves are holding him hostage with the option to either give him away for something of equal value or try to get as much out of him until the cop cars of free agency come to take him away. Minnesota has a no-brainer, here; just do what will help themselves, help Golden State, and help Kevin Love. Besides, this guy is due for a taste of team success he doesn’t have to wait for the Olympics to get again. Only this taste would be permanent.
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(BPT) - The polar vortex of 2014 may seem like a distant memory, but the effects of one of the coldest winters on record may leave long-lasting damage to your home. To make sure your home is in tip-top shape after any brutal weather, consider these key maintenance projects. 1. Inspect the foundation "Wintertime presents an entire set of threats to a home's foundation," says Tom Bury, construction manager on Food Network's "Restaurant: Impossible." "The biggest hazard is frost heaving, which occurs when top-level soils freeze and thaw, creating upward suction that draws in more water, which then freezes and thaws even more." Over time, this frost cycle results in uneven pressure, creating shifts and cracks beneath the home's foundation. If you have a basement, it's crucial to in-
(BPT) - You love the days when you can go home from work, open the windows and enjoy dinner out on the deck. And it sure isn't hard to rise early on those sunny weekend days to spend all day in the backyard. Those days are here, and it's time to get outside to spend time with the grill, the garden and the deck. Because the backyard is a space people like to develop with landscaping and gathering areas, they look for building materials that not only provide the strength and
spect it for leaks that may have developed throughout the winter caused by a shift in the foundation and address any issues before seasonal rain begins. If there are cracks wider than 1/4-inch wide, you can plug them by injecting an epoxy, which will stop water from coming into the space. Just know that foundation repairs can run the gamut from simple DIY fixes to major reconstruction, so it's best to consult a professional. 2. Freshen up with paint "Paint is an easy way to transform the look of your home, but it can also be a necessary project after a harsh winter," adds Bury. From peeling paint on fences or trim, to delivering a complete facelift, painting the exterior of your home has one of the highest returns-oninvestment (ROI) of any project, according to Remodeling magazine's 2014 Cost vs. Value Report. Delivering an ROI of 90 percent, it's worth every penny, especially when repairs are already required. "Even if you're not looking to sell anytime soon, a fresh coat of paint will protect exterior
durability needed for the project they're working on, but also those that have the aesthetic beauty preferred for a backyard sanctuary. If you're planning to update your backyard this summer, consider these ideas: * Add a deck or patio - A gathering space is very important in the backyard, and if you don't already have one, you'll appreciate the sense of community and togetherness a deck or patio provides your family once it's built. As you plan your deck, be sure to consider the material you'll use for building it. Natural wood like
surfaces from future damage and positively impact your home's curb appeal," says Bury. Done right, an exterior paint job can last up to 10 years. Do some research before you start to save yourself from a complete redo not too far down the line. Use high-quality coatings that are specifically designed for the material of your house and your climate. Also, protect surfaces you're not painting with a highquality painter's tape, like FrogTape brand painter's tape. It's treated with patented PaintBlock technology, which keeps paint and stain from seeping and ruining your project. Investing the time in this simple prep step will also eliminate the need for timeintensive touch-ups. 3. Doors and windows Leakage around windows will admit warm summer air and let cooled indoor air escape. "Be sure to check that any caulking and weather stripping has remained intact well in advance of summer," says Bury. "If you've experienced condensation inside the glass on double- or triple-glazed windows during the winter months that could mean the weather seal has been compromised." When inspecting doors for leaks, here are the top three problems to be on the lookout for: • Check doors for cracks that weaken their ability to stop air leaks and water seepage • Inspect weather stripping for peels and gaps • Make sure hinges are tight and doors fit securely in their thresholds If any exterior doors need to be replaced, there are a number of options to choose from, Western red cedar requires minimal maintenance when left natural. It will turn into a distinguished silver-gray that frequently matches or complements a home's color. Plus, wood is a natural and sustainable material choice, as the manufacturing process is very low-carbon emitting compared to composite products. Be sure to design your deck or patio to give you the most use of it. For example, if your family likes to grill, consider building in a grill. Or if reading is a favorite activity, add a couple of lounge chairs with a shade cover and a drink cooler handy; you'll never want to leave the deck! Also, decorate the area with lights so you can enjoy the space well into the evening, long after the sun has disappeared behind the horizon. * Enhance your garden spaces - Those who have a green thumb enjoy planting flower, herb and vegetable gardens. Consider the opportunities raised beds provide, saving you back pain and providing the plants with a barrier from some weeds, insects and other pests. Raised beds also have good soil drainage and look beautiful, giving the garden space a clearly defined edging. If built tall enough with seats, they provide the gardener and visitors to the garden area good places to sit and enjoy the space. Natural wood products like Western red cedar are perfect for building raised beds, because they won't leak any chemical toxins into your garden. With your beds created and planted, you'll be enjoying flowers and vegetables all summer long. * Build a visual element - Not many backyards have a visual element, but when one is added, it completely changes the look of the space. Visual elements are often practical and decorative. For example, a pergola can provide a shaded sitting area or a structure for grapes or flowering climbing vines. A gazebo is a great location for reading a book in the shade or a romantic candlelit evening. Ponds, statues and even a decorative gate can enhance the overall appeal of your backyard, enticing family members to hang out when the weather permits. As you work on your backyard project this summer, you can start dreaming about how much time you'll be spending on your new deck, enjoying the produce from your garden or relaxing near the visual element you've added. It might be so nice, you'll never want to go inside!
with the top three being steel, fiberglass and wood. In addition to being a necessary repair to keep your home safe and secure, replacing the front door can actually pay for itself. The Cost vs. Value Report shows a new steel front door provides a 96.6 percent ROI. For an extra level of protection, install a guard to the base of exterior doors and windows, like the Duck
Brand Double Draft Seal, to help eliminate any air flow. It features an exclusive sidestrap that keeps the seal securely in place, keeping cool air in and hot air out. By taking the time to assess your home's condition after rough weather you'll be able to immediately address any issues and ensure your abode is in tip-top shape.
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