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What’s inside this week’s Gazette?
movie wraps PG. 4
taxpayers save pg 5
gales of november PG. 8
news from around cvx pg 8
city audit PG. 16
Look famiLiar? pg 13
No. 125 3, IssueCounty 21 • Seek Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012 the- Vol. Truth, Citizens Serving topics of interest to allVolume of Charlevoix • No. 164 4 - IssueServe 8 • ‘Seekthe the Truth, Serve the•Citizens’ • Wednesday Oct. 17, 2012
sEREniTy Less bang for BC Essentials
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Great pumpkins Elks snub Ramblers The pick-your-own pumpkins are in at Coveyou Farm where scenic hay-
Boynecontinue City Rambler defies and gravity as he goes up for a rides from Keegan noon toLablance, 4 p.m. on#33, Saturdays Sundays. shot against Elk Rapids last Tuesday Jan. 10. Elk Rapids beat Boyne City 61-54.
community leaders Gohs gathered on Benjamin Thursday News Jan. 12,Editor to discuss the overall goals they would like to Boyne City over Commissioners voted see achieved the next couple 4-1 to restrict the usage of fireof years in Boyne City. works to the few days surBoyne City Manager Michael rounding major holidays Cain opened the event with a runfollowing a discussion down the matter previousduring goal-setting over ofthe session from a couple years ago their regular Monday Oct. and what type, if any, progress 9 meeting. has been made on those goals. The issue had been earlier dis“Icussed look around with what I see in mid-July following aspassage balanced growth – it hasn’t all of a new state law which happened in one sector,” he said greatly increased the type of fireofworks the highest which peoplepriority, could use andwas the job creation and retention. “Over-
times they could use them, but commissioners then decided to see how the summer went before all, with awhat’s going on with the making decision. “We doubled our complaints this economy, I think we did fairly year,” said Boyne City Police well with that.” Chiefsaid Jeffrey Gaither. our Cain a number of “From new busiperspective it wasn’t something nesses have stayed, with several terrible, but I understand conmore businesses planning the to open cerns of some of the citizens who in the near future. had to deal with these fireworks isThe Dilworth Hotel was a top prisues in their neighborhoods.” ority and Cain said a lot of progadded, “Unfortunately ress hasHebeen made, but there is a lot of the fireworks much work yet to be done. were happening at night and The Boyne Beach Club property, disturbing people so it is a Cain said, has seen minor progconcern.” ress and so toogave has broadband acGaither commissioncess. ers three suggestions on how to The planissue has of been renewed dealDDA with the some people and extended which, Cain said, lighting fireworks at all hours of helped set the tone for positive
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Grant check Kirtland Rocket mannoise comes home finalizing reduction efforts testing checks out MDEQ complete but Benjamin gohs associate editor
Concern caused by confusion over $1,700 grant fee Benjamin gohs associate editor
Erhart replaces Judge R. May
Boyne’s own extreme skier Ty Well-
man will bepellet back in Northern wood pro-Michigan for a high-flying competition at ducer cannot the end of this month. afWellman, who has been skiing since ford the to to see he was 11 years$30k old, is excited his friends, family and compete at pay for the results one of the hills where he spent so
Charlevoix County Commissioners many hours practicing. dubious over a “We’re Benjamin excited to be Gohs able to see him News Editor $1,700 check compete because we’re not able to for grant-writ- travel all that much to watch him,” ing services Kirtland said Ty’s is dadstill Jeffworking Wellman.with the Kodiak Group on soundTymitigaGov. Rick Snyder, identified last week, dur- Those looking to support will be Kirtland Products CEO Leon ing the Jan.of11, tion, announced the appointment able to spot him by the pink bandanTupper told Boyne City Commisregular board as he wears in honor of his mother James Erhart (pictured above) on been Oct. 9.fighting stage-four meeting who has of Harbor Springs, to the 90thcan sioners “The most recent focus,years. which ocrest easy. breast cancer for several District Court covering Emmet curred on their visit yesterday Several of the “I’ve only competed once at (Oct. Gayand Charlevoix counties. commission8) was on the last piece of equiplord, but I did train a lot on the halfphoto by chris faulknor HisCHERiE appointment the vacanBRoWE fillsers were taken pipe at the Otsego Club,” Ty said. Kirtland Products CEO Leon Tupper gives Boyne City Commissioners an ment that was installed,” Tupper cy created by the resignation of “I’m “They feelingcame a little confident just in and reviewed Judge Richard May. aback when said. update of his company’s efforts to mitigate noise issues identified folthey discov- the because of the home-field advaninstallation and collected data “James Erhart has a distinered Charlevoix County Clerk Cherie relevant tage.” to that installation to make lowing a study earlier this summer. guished record of service in Browe had been paid $1,700 for her revisions, The 2012toUSSA Revolution go back with the Tour data in our facility,” Tupper said. “We ress Kirtland has made on the noise both and to his workhis on community securing a nearly $48,000 will be in Gaylord from Jan.any 30 they’ve collected to provide have identified one source that is issue. remonumentation grant in late 2011, additional recommendations they courtesyDelbert photo prepared to move ahead—we just Boyne City Commissioner judge cont. pg 5 but according to Charlevoix County »wellman, pG. 9 Ty Wellman is pictured upside down as he pulls a trick. believe are necessary to optimize recently got authorization from the “Gene” Towne said the only comSurveyor Lawrence Feindt, it was he the changes they had proposed in city to allow for the release of the ments he has heard about Kirtland who allocated the funding to Browe their original statement of work.” RSG data as well as for that firm as of late are that the noise has deas is allowed under Michigan State Tupper told commissioners those to contact RSG direct for the pur- creased. law. noise mitigation efforts will soon pose of understanding of the speci- “I’d like to see Kirtland reevalu“There is no question I did that,” he ficity of the test methodology that ated aftermegan Kodiak’s recommendasaid in a telephone interview on Fri- be completed. wilson are all done,” hewriter said. day Jan. 13. “She didn’t even know “In addition to that we have con- was used in the original testing.” tions contriButing what was going on with that particu- sidered recommendations or re- He added that this group will then Boyne City Commissioner Tom ceived request for quotes from a be able to replicate the testing per- It’s still a couple months from lar item.” That may explain Browe’s apparent number of noise expert firms with- formed earlier by RSG so they spring training, but several locals kirtland cont. pg 5 confusion over why she was paid the in the area to do some additional may determine what, if any, prog- shared their memories of summer money when questioned by com- evaluation of the sound mitigation softball and their time with the Hormissioners during the meeting. ton Bay Generals. “As far as I’m concerned, it wasn’t For many years the people of usual and so I asked questions about Horton Bay harbored those same it,” said Charlevoix County Comthoughts as the Horton Bay Genmissioner Shirlene Tripp (R-District erals for their mine if it was necessary. strongbegan publicpreparation outcry against the 1), following the meeting, who iniBenjamin Gohs Men’s slow pitch softball season. “While there have been no acuse of the siren then he would tially questioned the check which News Editor people in Horton Baypolice just cidents from not using the siren “The support the request of the was listed in the county agenda Boyne City Commissioners voted loved the team,” said former team for fire calls, the fire and and fire personnel. packet. “In Northern Michigan it just member “While Henry “Beano” Archey. new technologies seems like we have an awful lot of to reinstate use of the city’s fire police departments would The Horton Bay Generals embezzling going on – the month siren every time firefighters are prefer that it be returned to like radios, pagers,team cell was formed in 1976 and messages, managed before, I questioned why so many called for an emergency. its previous use pattern,” phones, text Boyne City Commissioners de- Boyne City Manager Michecks were going to Charter.” by Jon etc. Hartwell (deceased) until mainly render the siShe added, “I really didn’t mean to cided back in February to discon- chael Cain told commissioners their change of venue in the early ren obsolete for summoning firephoto by chrisI fauLknor hang her (Browe) out to dry. I have tinue use of the city’s emergency on Oct. 9. “Personally have no 1980s. fighters to the hall I do believe no doubt it will be straightened out.” siren every time there isand an Jeffre emer-Kelts Christopher Fair (right) showfeelings off an old Bay gen“They would parties Jon strong onHorton this matter one that it does put have the rest of theatcomgency call for the fire department erals jersey from their playing days decades way or ago. the other.” siren cont. »check, pG. 4 »Generals, pG.pg 5 5 for a six-month period to deter- Cain said as long as there was no
We keep it local.
Remembering the Generals
An old familiar sound returns to BC
City, public & Kirtland discuss noise and other complaints at public Boynehearing author to debut Benjamin children’s gohsbook
Boyneassociate City author Katy Hill will be signeditor ing copies of her new children’s book “EfromCity 1 p.m.Commission to 4 p.m. on Saturday TheI-E-I-O” Boyne reOct. 20 at Horizon Books in Petoskey.reviewed the status of complaints SEEtoPAGE FOR MORE lating the 9Kirtland Products wood pellet manufacturing facility during the regular Tuesday Jan. 10, meeting. Boyne City Planning Director Scott McPherson gave commissioners an overview of the situation before audience members spoke for and against the company. “Since the start of production of Michigan Voter ID law Kirtland had com-in Do youProducts need to we showhave identification plaints operation,” he said. orderabout to votethe in Michigan? “While most of complaints we The short answerthe is both “yes” and “no.” have had in regards to noise there Don’t let yourself be disenfranchised on have also been concerns raised election day, Tuesday Nov. 6. Make sure about odors and dust. In the Boyne understand the law. the perforCityyouZoning Ordinance GO TO PAGE 2 TO OUTaddresses WHY mance standards FIND 21.78 noise, odor, dust – similar types of nuisances. In addition the city also has a noise ordinance which specifically addresses motors, fans, dryers, similar mechanisms, similar to what Kirtland has at their facility.” McPherson added, “It does seem pretty clear that they are in violation of that ordinance.” Fungal McPherson saidMenangitis the city has been in contact with Kirtland to ensure they update: are This aware of the issues. is an update concerning a multi“To their credit they have seemed state investigation of meningitis among to be proactive and sincere in their patients who had received an epidural efforts to resolve these issues. Howsteroid injection.is ongoing and it is ever, the impact Grand Traverse County levels Health and Departunacceptable at certain it ment, Munson Medical Center does need to be remedied as soon and as Neuromuscular and Rehabilitation Aspossible,” McPherson said. “If they sociates of to Northern are workdo continue violateMichigan the ordinances to ensure safetytoofis-all the ing citytogether does have the the ability Michigan patients who may sueNorthern civil infractions or to request en-be at risk fororders.” developing fungal meningitis forcement Representatives from Kirtland Prodas a result of these injections. uctsAllwere in attendance. patients who received affected steAudience members were instructed roid injections at Neuromuscular & Rehato keep their comments to five minbilitation Associates are being contacted utesdirectly or fewer. by practice staff via phone and “Wemail. are SEE aware of5the and PAGE FORcomplaints MORE
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Locals compile future goals list
City votes 4-1 to restrict fireworks Benjamin gohs usage to 30-day associate editor state business minimum Citizens, owners and
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Let’s loosen the noose
We elect our representatives to carry out one very simple yet very complex responsibility: to represent the will of the people. chris faulknor What I wit‘two cents’ nessed at a recent meeting of the Boyne City Commission was not representative of the will of the people, but a representation of the persons sitting in the chairs. The issue of fireworks within city limits came up, which has been a hot button issue since recent legislation has been passed requiring the allowance of fireworks during certain holidays throughout the year. Commissioner Laura Sansom’s opinion was mostly comprised of her experiences with the noise and potential danger created by increased fireworks use. It painted a picture of great concern as she watched from her window as minors lit off bottle rockets, and what a danger that was. Mayor Ron Grunch simply stated, “We’re sick and tired of the noise.” Chamber Director Jim Baumann,
while not officially speaking on behalf of the Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce, referenced a survey he conducted in his role as Chamber Director. This survey touted 80% of respondents being in favor of increased regulation, however, these results came from a grand total of 32 responses. Assuming that all of these respondents were within city limits, that would mean that we asked 0.856% of the city population (Source: US Census, 2010) their opinion on the matter. Exactly zero members of the public spoke at the meeting regarding the issue, excepting the commissioners and Mr. Baumann. So, who asked the people, and more importantly, who was represented that night? Was it you, the constituency, or were the commissioners representing their own interests? Commissioner Derek Gaylord spoke out against these additional regulations and chastised the theoretical prospect of regulating things, especially after they have recently been loosened in other places. In coming meetings, I would like to hear more about what the people being represented have to say and less about representatives’ personally-motivated opinions.
A totally biased look at the issue of bias
I was recently accused of bias in a column I wrote … and my accuser was right. That this person took benjamin gohs issue with ‘don’t get me wrong’ my opinion appearing on the opinion page gave me a chuckle, but it did get me to thinking about bias in news. There are several types of bias: institutional, bias by omission, spin, bias by laziness and ignorance and so on. There is also something called “perceived bias.” Perceived bias happens when a person doesn’t like what someone else has to say and they internalize the information as incorrect regardless of its veracity; conversely, incorrect information which reinforces their beliefs is considered valid and true. Granted, there are cases of purposely bad reporting, but it’s not usually the case. A good example of this are political candidates who decry news gatherers that report past incidences of bad behavior. However, a story isn’t biased just because you don’t like what it says.
Part of the problem is we are all biased to a certain degree. And, whether you have a solid state B.S. detector or the critical thinking skills of dry toast, you can fall victim. If you don’t think you are biased in any way, then congratulations: you are a turnip. Some bias is caused by peer pressure. After all, no one wants to be singled out for failing to parrot the talking points furthered by their political, racial, religious, socioeconomic or gender group. We should all consider wether our opinions develop after research of reputable source material, experience and consideration … or from the flapping lips attached to an overpriced toupee on the TV. While I’ve never felt the urge to include my opinions in a news story, I have been guilty of bias … usually by reason of idiocy. In my first year on the job I committed bias by omission when I gave the wrong date for an election. Among the cries of “idiot” and “moron” were allegations by some that we had done it to suppress voter turnout. It was an accident, but how was the public supposed to know. Selection of sources is another area where-from bias can stem. There is a saying in this business that writers are the biggest procrastinators—I didn’t say it was a catchy saying. Due to this penchant for putting it
off, we sometimes rely too heavily on the usual gang of experts and officials. Sometimes it is due to time and availability, and other times it’s simply a matter of laziness. Also, we try to vet our sources and identify any potential conflicts they may have. But, when you’re relying on someone to explain foreign material like the complexities of science, religion, law or history, you are pretty much at their mercy. Bias by placement is an easy charge to levy because determining which stories should go where is a challenge. Do I go with the budget story or the bus crash? The festival affects more people, but seniors being defrauded is important. Sometimes big stories don’t make page one because they came in too late to rearrange the paper. During a late-night frenzy years ago I included a press release concerning escalator safety. Did my love of motorized people movers fuel my bias for two-story shopping malls? No, I was tired and hurried, and later realized there is not an escalator within 50 miles of Charlevoix. At the end of the day we can never completely eliminate our prejudices. But, by being honest with ourselves and fair in our assessment of others, we can mitigate our misperceptions for the betterment of society. But then again I may just be biased.
Doing what we do less important than who we do it for Looking out my window to see others walking through the wind and rain I am not surprised to see winter jackets with their collars turned up annethurston-brandley and hoods ‘Beautiful boyne’ or hats over their heads. It is fall and the temperatures insist we dig back into our closets and find last winter’s coats, sweaters and boots to keep ourselves warm. And automatically we stop using screen doors and porch furniture, watering our gardens and mowing the grass. No great thought goes into most of this. Again the temperature’s drop into the lower middle range of the thermometer seems to nudge us into action with a different type of daily chore list. What has surprised me is finding myself suddenly, without thought, preparing different food for lunches and dinners. We’re back into the soup for lunch bit which we left behind last spring as our hot weather surprised us early on. And this afternoon I was overcome with the desire to prepare Italian spaghetti for dinner. And with it was hot garlic bread and tossed salad, a cold weather menu. Last week it was pumpkin pie and another evening Apple Brown Betty a far cry from ice cream or jell-o of summer time. Ray and I found ourselves standing with mouths watering by the display of turkeys at the grocery yesterday. That Thanksgiving is just over a month away seems impossible and immediately informs me the Christmas holidays aren’t another three or four months distant. Of course this all means deciding which warm weather clothing to pack away for next year and which to take out to Challenge Mountain. The same thing happens as we pull out our winter clothing and decide to do with
less so someone else can enjoy what we don’t keep. Somehow we have established a routine of hauling our recyclables out to the bins the first Monday of the month and leaving off our reusable at the resale shop the same trip. All these necessary routine activities have fallen into place after often serious and hysterical debates between Ray and me. In our late 80s, we both have spent a lifetime doing the very same necessary things but all too often in extremely different manners. Of course, we are both certain our habitual way is the better. That is where we begin our sales pitch on why “our” way is the one to continue using. Sometimes the choice is so obvious the loser merely shakes his/ her head in disbelief ... unable to understand why he/she had followed such a ridiculously hard or complicated procedure when there was such an easy answer. Other times the situation can become darn right tense when neither one
of us can see any way except our own. As our first year of marriage approaches the end of its twelfth month, life has become far simpler as I suspect we have crossed almost all these rocky bridges. There are times when we collapse in laughter just remembering our struggle to decide on how one can best bag the garbage, cook sausage or make a bed. Some of life’s necessities have simply been divided. I am in awe that my husband gets up before I do; makes my tea and his coffee. Then he prepares the hot cereal, eggs or whatever as I set the table, pour the juice and make the toast. I see that the dirty clothes are put in the washer. As for the laundry, it is Ray who decides when there is enough and puts the washing machine in action. I take care of the laundry as soon as it is dry. Often this is done without the two of us even crossing paths. He created our wonderful eight
foot square railroad tie raised veggie garden last spring. I planted it; he fertilized and watered it all summer long and I harvested its many tomatoes, veggies and herbs. Now I am wondering which one of us will winterize the area. I suspect it will be Ray. I habitually would pull everything up and trash it. Ray, being an ardent hunter will bag what he removers and drive off into a wooded area where he will leave it for animals to enjoy. I now habitually warm the dinner
plates for use; something I never did at home, or my mother. Yet my grandmother did. Ray uses a debit card frequently to obtain cash during hours the bank is closed. I taught him the process. And so we have been each other’s teacher, helping the other to do something different and often better or easier. In the process we have shaken heads, laughed them off, and way too late in life have learned it isn’t what we do that is important but rather how it affects others. atb1923.wordpress.com
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the 900 block of Brockway 3:31pm Report of subject burning leaves at park and Franklin. Was campfire not leaves 5:08pm Unlock vehicle in the 400 block of State ST 6:58pm Larceny of electricity in the 100 block of E Morgan 9:23pm Suspicious phone calls received in the 200 block of E Lincoln Tuesday, October 2 1:59am Assist East Jordan PD with search warrant 7:37am Report of vehicle paint balled in the 200 block of S East St 12:53pm Report of dead cat in the 200 block of S Lake St 2:20pm Trailer plate missing from the 900 block of E Division St 5:00pm False alarm on Kunert St 5:55pm Unlock vehicle in the 600 block of Beardsley St 7:52pm Report of domestic dispute in the 300 block of W Division St 8:22pm Harassing phone calls received in the 300 block of Boice St Wednesday, October 3 1:34am Assist Sheriff Department on Pleasant Valley Rd 8:06am Assist Sheriff Department on Pleasant Valley Rd 12:00pm Found cane dropped off at PD. Was returned to owner.
1:45pm 2 vehicle private property accident on Lexamar Dr 2:20pm Unlock vehicle in the 400 block of N Lake St 2:31pm Report of stolen bicycle from Lexamar Dr. Not stolen, just moved 6:56pm Unlock vehicle in the 300 block of E Division St 7:10pm Lodged stray dog at shelter 9:38pm OWI arrest at Lake and North St
damage accident in the 300 block of N Lake St 10:02pm Report of possible MIP party in the 200 block of Brown St.
Thursday, October 4 2:26am B&E in the 100 block of E Water St 8:12am B&E in the 100 block of S East St 10:52am False alarm in the 1300 block of Boyne Av 1:31pm Report of found fishing net by river mouth. Owner returned to pick it up 4:44pm Report of possible intoxicated driver on tractor in the 800 block of S Park St. Tractor was parked upon arrival. 7:10pm 2 vehicle private property
Friday, October 5 8:10am Citizen in with possible counterfeit bill 10:20am Check book found near Marina. Was returned to owner. 10:51am Subject in to drop off some suspicious property found near the river mouth 11:12am Suspicious situation reported in the 100 block of E Water St 11:24am 911 check in the 600 block of W Court St 12:12am Report of missing key ring 1:38pm Report of 10-12 children sitting in road on Jersey St near Arthur. Gone on arrival. 2:41pm Assist Sheriff Department in Walloon 3:05pm Civil complaint in the 500 block of W Michigan St 3:30pm Civil custody dispute in the 500 block of N Lake St
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On October 8, 2012 at 16:03 p.m., the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle rollover accident causing personal injury on Klooster Road West of Black Road. The 2008 Saturn Four-Door driven by Jacie Lablance, age 16 of Charlevoix, was Westbound on Klooster Road. As the vehicle crested the hill and the pavement ended, Lablance lost control on the gravel road surface. The vehicle spun around clockwise and ran off the road to the right. The vehicle slid along a deep embankment and rolled onto it’s side as it impacted a small group of trees. Lablance and her front seat passenger, Madison Palmer age 16 from Charlevoix, were not injured. Backseat passenger, Autumn Drost age 16 of Charlevoix, was transported to McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital by Charlevoix EMS for head and neck pain. Charlevoix EMS and Charlevoix Fire Department assisted the Sheriff’s Office on scene. Speed and driver inexperience were contributed to the crash.
Sunday, October 7 1:20am Assist Sheriff Department on 131 10:39am Internet scam reported in the 500 block of Jefferson 3:45pm Unlock vehicle in the 1100 block of Wilson St 7:43pm Unlock vehicle in the 100 block of River St 9:22pm Citation issued for speed
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The front display window of Huff Pharmacy in Boyne City was shattered and thousands of dollars worth of jewelry were stolen recently.
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6:10pm Alarm in the 100 block of S Park St 7:27pm Dog hit on Boyne Av near High St 7:35pm Assist to Tribal Police in the 300 block of E Main St 8:02pm Internet fraud reported in the 1000 block of LacVue Dr 8:16pm Suspicious situation in the 200 block of E Division St 8:54pm Lodged stray cat at the shelter
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An alleged robbery on Oct. 3, has left Huff Pharmacy and Jewelry, a longtime Boyne City business out thousands of dollars of product. According to a press release issued by Boyne City Police Chief Jeff Gaither, someone broke out a front window and took jewelry from the window display at approximately 2:30 a.m. The press release also stipulated that it did not appear that the store had been entered. "They broke out my front window, took thousands of dollars worth of jewelry, and took off down the alley," said Robert Huff, the store’s owner and pharmacist. Huff added that several local businesses have cameras, both for security and tourism purposes, and that he had hopes of checking with those business owners for information. "We're following several very strong leads," said Chief Gaither in an Oct. 11, interview with The Boyne City Gazette. Gaither also confirmed the presence of nearly a dozen empty jewelry boxes in Lake Charlevoix near the mouth of the Boyne River, although they had not been officially identified as coming from the alleged robbery.
"Some locals, along with the Charlevoix County Sheriff Department helped us out in fishing out the boxes," added Gaither. While there have been occurrences of theft in the area, local business owner Karen Guzniczak feels this is an isolated incident. But, she added, "We do have an alarm system in our store though.” Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jim Bauman sees this as a learning experience. "It's something to be on guard against," he said. "You can't get too secure." Baumann, however, feels that shoplifting is more of a problem than break-ins around Boyne City. "I don't remember anything like this happening other than the incident with the kids breaking into the Boyne Co-Op,”he said. What Baumann refers to is a 2009 incident involving a break-in and vandalism at the Boyne Co-Op and True Value, a case where the vandals were eventually caught. "It's a small town and everybody knows everybody,”he said.“Hopefully the same thing happens this time, too." Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Boyne City Police Department at (231) 582-6611.
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the night. “One of them is to leave the ordinance as it is and basically just enforce the time periods we have on the city ordinance … prohibited between midnight and 7 a.m.,” he said. “The second step would be to pass an ordinance similar to what some of the other cities around here are doing … they’ve enacted ordinances to basically prohibit all fireworks use within their jurisdiction except for those time periods that are mandated by state law, that’s the holiday and the day on either side of the holiday.” Gaither added, “The third one would be to change the existing fireworks ordinance to reflect whatever hours you felt were appropriate for that, but I think that may be difficult due because of the use of nighttime fireworks—in the summer it doesn’t get dark until 10:30, so the fireworks start going then.” Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jim Baumann, who said he spoke as a citizen and not a representative of the chamber, told commissioners he completed a survey of chamber members and residents and that two-thirds of them took issue with the new fireworks law. According to Baumann’s July 19 e-mail to Boyne City officials, 32 people responded to the survey in question and, according to Baumann, 80 percent—or 25.6 people—favored limiting fireworks usage to the state minimum of 30 days per year. “We used to have no fireworks at
all. The new state law says well you’ve gotta have fireworks 30 days of the year and now we’ve gone to 365 days a year,” Baumann said. “I’d like to see it hit that middle point. That’s reasonable. You’re letting people use fireworks more than they could before, but every night of the year?” He added, “It’s all summer. It was very disturbing.” Baumann said there were at least 15
ing fireworks, it does not state that they cannot light them, and that is something she would like to see changed. “You shouldn’t be allowing 9 and 10 and 12-year-old kids setting them off in your neighborhood and I watched that happen last summer with great alarm,” Sansom said. “It’s a little scary when you see young people doing that.” Sansom said she also wants to be
You shouldn’t be allowing 9 and 10 and 12-year-old kids setting them (fireworks) off in your neighborhood, and I watched that happen last summer with great alarm. — bc comish laura sansom
complaints to the police department around the July 4 holiday. Boyne City Commissioner Laura Sansom said she had a number of incidents last year where fireworks were being used 20 minutes after the allotted time. “It’s very disturbing, especially if you have to be to work at six in the morning,” she said. “I like the sort of putting a little more tighter rein on it—not having it 365 days. I would be in favor of say whatever the state has issued, which is 10 holidays, the day before, the day of and the day after would make 30 days a year.” Sansom said she would like the cutoff for using fireworks to be at 11 p.m. Sansom said that, while the state law prohibits minors from buy-
able to request that citizens not set off fireworks during times of higher risk of fires. Also, if people would want to light fireworks outside of Sansom’s suggested time-lines, they could apply to the city for a permit. Gaither said there were 12 fireworks related complaints in 2011 and in 2012 the police received 27 fireworks complaints. Boyne City Manager Derek Gaylord asked on what dates did the complains occur to which Gaither provided dates. “It is interesting that no complaints until basically June—there is one in March—and three in August and none in September and so far none in October, so it appears to be confined to the summer time,” Gaylord said.
Gaylord said the issue of minors using fireworks is the responsibility of the parent. “Permits, special permits for times outside of that and we’re back to more regulations and more fees— exactly what we don’t need in this economy right now,” Gaylord said. “I find it interesting that when finally some regulations are loosened that there are some folks that just can’t wait to put the strangle back on the citizens.” Gaylord said it was a crime for the last 30 or so years to simply light off a bottle rocket—something people in the states surrounding Michigan were free to do. “Every state around Michigan it was legal and the state(s) didn’t implode,” he said. “I fully supported the midnight time-frame cutoff. If they’re lighting them off after midnight then they get wrote a ticket— it’s pretty simple.” Gaylord said as the newness of the new law wears off that complaints will likely decrease. “Not discounting the folks that called in but at this point I can’t support any further restriction beyond what the state has allowed us at this time,” he said. Boyne City Mayor Ron Grunch said the usage of fireworks was “ridiculous” in his neighborhood. Grunch said if everyone who had concerns with the fireworks had called in then the numbers might have been much higher than they were. “We’re sick and tired of it, frankly,” Grunch said. Boyne City Commissioner Tom Neidhamer said he supports option two. Sansom said it is difficult to ticket
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Boyne City Police Chief Jeffrey Gaither advises city commissioners on their options to deal with fireworks complaints. the culprits of lighting fireworks late at night because, by the time she wakes up and calls 9-1-1 the scofflaws have disappeared. Gaylord pointed out that there is already an ordinance which prohibits people from lighting fireworks past midnight, and that instating further regulations will do little if nothing to prevent people from skirting the law. “We have a small dog that’s affected by it (loud fireworks) but that’s life,” Gaylord said. “II cannot move forward with infringing on, further restraining the law abiding citizens by more regulation.” The city’s current fireworks ordinance will be amended to allow fireworks only on the 10 major holidays, including Christmas, New Years and July 4, including the day preceding and the day after each holiday. Gaylord was the lone “nay” vote.
Humorous horror movie shoot wraps production in Horton Bay
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Cast and crew of “The Cabining” are pictured working before shooting a scene. Megan Wilson Contributing writer The Cabining has wrapped up production in Horton Bay ... and the flick will be sporting some sights familiar to local folks. In addition to utilizing art and furniture from numerous local businesses, The Cabining, produced by Mike Kopera, also features some local faces. “My son and I were extras,” said former Sheriff George T. Lasater. “They needed someone in a uniform. We arrested the serial killer and put him in handcuffs and escorted him off the beach—we were the final scene.” Lasater said he was impressed with actor Luce Rains, who played the killer. “He was very likeable,” said Lasater. Local Businesses were instrumental in the shooting of this film, helping to donate props for the movie, and also providing food for the actors, in exchange for movie credits and advertising on the movie truck. “The Water Street Cafe catered two dinners for us and brought in some lunch,” said Kopera. Water Street Cafe manager Valerie Glasgow said she supplied the crew with Mexican and Asian fare while they worked. We were dropping food off at 9:30 and 10 p.m., and they didn't eat un-
til midnight,” she said. “They were a very nice group to work with. Glasgow added, “I wish them a lot of luck, and I know they're very excited about the project and I hope things go well.” Bartlett's Home Interiors donated the use of some of their furniture and various accessories. “I thought it was exciting to work with a film company,” said Sue Bartlett, owner of Bartlett's Home Interiors of Charlevoix. “I was excited to be a part of them in some small way.” The businesses involved will be listed in the movie’s credits. “I just want to thank The Cabining crew for contacting us and making us part of the movie and making it come to life,” said Glasgow. “We're definitely glad that they decided to make this a part of our community.” Another contributor that donated portions of the set was the Jordan Valley Glassworks. “They borrowed our glass,” said Glenna Haney. “They called us and said that one of their crew happened to stop in and thought that it would be great to have one of our glass pieces in our movie.” This isn't the first time the Jordan Valley Glassworks has worked with people of notoriety. “We've done work for three presidents, and several Michigan governors including Jennifer Granholm and Rick Snyder,” said
Haney “It's amazing how many people of notoriety go by Jordan Valley. We did a piece for Henry Winkler, and afterward he actually called us and spoke to us personally and talked to us for a little bit and sent us a picture thanking us for our work.” Haney said she was thrilled to work with the movie makers. “We're very happy that they thought enough of our work to put it in their movie,” Haney said. According to the director, shooting took three weeks. “Each day filming (consisted of) approximately six scenes—that equates to roughly seven pages of script,” said Kopera. “The first day of shooting was a day shoot, and included scenes such as the villain (Luce Rains) being taken away in handcuffs, and a handful of short scenes were shot in the main character's bedroom.” He added, “We also shot two scenes of the main character driving to the artist's retreat.” The humorous horror movie is expected to be released at the Cannes Film Market in May of 2013. “While a theatrical release is the ultimate goal, movies of this level are typically direct-to-video,” said Kopera. “With a strong festival run and heavy marketing and buzz, it's possible the movie may get released in movie theaters.” On set of The Cabining The view was scenic for The Cabining's first day of shooting—the cabin overlooks the lake which didn't even have a ripple, and the sand lie undisturbed by footprints. “The other morning when I woke up the water had a fog over it, and it just looked breathtaking,”said Melissa Mars, who plays Celeste. “I'm originally from south of Paris, and this is nothing like where I live.” The Cabining’s Director Steve Kopera said the Horton Bay location was one of several across Michigan originally considered. “We eventually settled upon this one because it filled the two main criteria we had: it was a log cabin in the middle of the woods and it was on a lake,” said Steve. During shooting there was a pile of shoes by the door and blankets on the hardwood floor to muffle
sounds as people moved quickly about changing the lighting around and getting props ready for the next scene. “The people and businesses of this area have been very welcoming to us,” said Elyse Shapiro, Production Designer of The Cabining. “We couldn't have gotten this project done without the help of all of them.” The cabin was furnished from room to room with various pieces of furniture, a table with a cow skin rug in one room, while the
next had deer antlers on the wall and fully stocked bookcases. “We actually emailed 25 businesses in Northern Michigan, 15 of them responded back positively, I ended up using eight of those,” said Shapiro. Off in another room a group of actors sat learning their lines and having casual conversations while waiting to shoot their scenes. Shooting continued throughout the day, with the crew finally stopping to break for lunch around noon.
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Neidhamer asked whether Kirtland had its emissions stacks tested and evaluated by the Michigan Department of Environmental
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These patients should have heightened awareness for the following symptoms: headache, fever, nausea, stiffness of neck, discomfort from bright lights, confusion, or dizziness. Munson Medical Center and the Grand Traverse County Health Department have established a public hotline at (231) 935-2199 to answer questions from those patients who received affected steroid injections and have medical questions. We encourage patients who meet all the following criteria and do NOT currently have symptoms to call this hotline with related questions: Received an injection of methylprednisolone acetate – which would have involved fluoroscopy From Neuromuscular & Rehabilitation Associates of Northern Michigan After May 1, 2012 If patients who meet the above criteria are exhibiting one or more of the following symptoms, we encourage them to seek immediate medical care and to be evaluated in the Emergency Department. headache, fever, nausea, stiffness of neck, discomfort from bright lights, confusion, or dizziness Similar injections from other providers other than Neuromuscular & Rehabilitation Associates of Northern Michigan are not currently part of this investigation. As of Oct. 15, a total of 205 cases, including 15 deaths in 10 states have been identified. Michigan currently has 25 confirmed cases associated with this outbreak, including 3 deaths. The age range of current identified cases is 46-89 years old. The locations of residence for the three deaths are as follows: Genesee County - 56 year old wom-
From pg.1 munity on notice that something is going on and that they should pay more attention to their surroundings,” Cain said. In addition to fire calls, the siren is used for severe weather and could be used in the case of a larger emergency. “One of the reasons we wanted to simplify use of the siren was for severe weather,” Cain said. “We wanted to make it more apparent for people that, ‘hey, I hear the whistle and it’s telling me something’ because it is hard to distinguish between the fire whistle and the weather siren.” Boyne City resident John McCahan voiced his displeasure over use of the siren calling it “unnec-
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Quality (MDEQ). Tupper said the stacks had been tested and evaluated and are completed. But, he said, Kirtland cannot receive the report until they pay the $30,000 fee to the firm who completed the testing—in Michigan, qualified private firms conduct emissions tests on fac-
tories and submit them to the MDEQ. “At this point in time the company is unable to pay for the release of that report,” Tupper said. “As quickly as we are financially able to do so we will.” He added, “We were told the results were in compliance with the
permits that were issued, but we don’t have any of the details behind it until we can gain access to that document.” During the Sept. 17 Boyne City Planning Commission hearing on Kirtland’s permit to operate Tupper said numerous concessions it has made regarding hours
of operation have put the firm at “severe fiscal risk” though during a previous interview he declined to further elaborate on the company’s current financial position. City officials are expected to make a decision on what to do with Kirtland over the next couple weeks.
Erhart was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in 1979 and has practiced law in the Petoskey area for many years. He is currently a partner and shareholder with the Stroup, Erhart & Lyons law firm. In addition to practicing law, he
previously worked as an adjunct professor in the paralegal program at North Central Michigan College from 2000-2009. Erhart serves on the state bar’s board of commissioners and is chairman of the bar’s Upper Michigan Legal Institute.
He is active in his community and is a past president and current member of the Petoskey Rotary Club. He also is president of the board of directors of the St. Francis Credit Union. Erhart received a bachelor’s in
political science from the College of the Holy Cross and a degree from the Detroit College of Law. Erhart will serve through Jan. 1, 2015, and must seek election in November 2014 to serve a full six-year term.
an Livingston County - 67 year old woman Washtenaw County - 78 year old woman As this is a developing investigation, the number of cases is expected to increase. All cases are linked to the four facilities in Michigan that received a potentially contaminated product, suspected to be the cause of the outbreak. Michigan Neurosurgical Institutes in Grand Blanc Michigan Pain Specialists in Brighton Neuromuscular and Rehabilitation in Traverse City Southeast Michigan Surgical Hospital in Warren These fungal infections are not transmitted person-to-person. Infected patients have become ill approximately one to four weeks following their injection with a variety of symptoms. Some patients’ symptoms were very mild in nature or have a more gradual onset than with bacterial meningitis. UPDATE: Additional information regarding the three Michigan deaths has become available. The locations of residence for the three deaths are as follows: Genesee County - 56 year old woman Livingston County - 67 year old woman Washtenaw County - 78 year old woman Aside from age, gender, and location of residence, the Michigan Department of Community Health cannot release any additional information regarding the three deaths in Michigan because of Health Information Protection laws. Michigan Department of Community Health will be updating the fungal meningitis case count associated with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s multistate investigation at 3 p.m. daily online at http:// www.michigan.gov/emergingdiseases/0,4579,7-186--287628--,00. html. essary” and “excessive.” “We don’t need the noise to get people to the firehouse,” he said. “There are cell phones, there are breaker phones, there are other ways, it seems to me, to gather firefighters and apparently that’s been working.” McCahan added, “And, once they get to the firehouse, when the fire truck goes, when the emergency unit goes, they have their own siren, so people in town are aware of what’s happening.” In an open letter from Boyne City firefighters, they made their case for ending the moratorium on the siren. “We feel that this has a negative effect on personnel response, especially during daytime runs,” the June 18 letter states. “Understandably it would appear, on the outside looking in, that this matter only affects 23 firefighters. But,
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Boyne City resident John McCahan addresses the Boyne City Commission on Oct. 9, in order to express his displeasure with the warning siren.
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CITY OF BOYNE CITY COUNTY OF CHARLEVOIX SECOND READING AND CONSIDERATION TO ENACT AN AMENDMENT TO THE BOYNE CITY CODE OF ORDINANCES At a regular Boyne City City Commission Meeting held at City Hall on August 28, 2012 at noon, an amendment to Boyne City Zoning Ordinance (A-80) was presented as a first reading. A second reading is
scheduled for Tuesday, October 23 at noon. The amendment would repeal Article II Lot Reconfigurations or Adjustments of Chapter 58, and amend Article IV Lot Reconfigurations and Ajustments of Chapter 58 to change the approval process for lot divisions and reconfigurations. The proposed amendments are in Section 58 – 123(3) and (4) and Section 58 – 126. Section 8. Effective Date This Ordinance shall become effective fifteen (15) days from its enact-
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Don’t miss the Orionid meteor shower Oct. 20 & 21
Good afternoon fellow stargazers! I hope you have been enjoying the night sky, but realistically I know the weather has been awful. bryan shumaker It figures— NASA/JPL Solar the time System Ambassador when the Look Up! moon is What’s in the minimal is night sky? when the weather tends to be really poor for night sky viewing—clouds, high overcast, rain, hail—we have had it all this last couple of weeks. Luckily, the sky doesn’t change that much and Jupiter will be visible earlier and earlier as the weeks go by. Also, because it’s so bright, you can view it almost as well during a full moon! On October 20 and 21, we have the treat of the Orionid meteor shower. By now you should recognize that this means that the meteors will seem to come out of the constellation of Orion. This origin point is called the radiant. Since Orion rises in the early wee hours of the morning, plan on the best views being sometime after midnight. As usual, it’s very hard to predict what kind of show to expect, but the moon is not a problem this time. First quarter moon is not until October 21, but will long have set by the time Orion rises up out of the
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Pictured is a map showing the area of the Orionid meteor shower. east. By the way, William Lassell (yup, the same guy who discovered Neptune’s moon Triton in 1846) discovered Ariel and Umbriel, two moons of Uranus on October 24, 1851. If the weather stays clear (a big IF at this time of year!), spend some time looking at the fall constellations, studying Jupiter, and enjoying a crisp fall night sky. It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with these constellations using a good planetarium program first and print out a few sheets if needed of a few things you would like to look at more closely. Most smart phones and the iPhones and iPads have numerous astronomy applications available for either free or a nominal cost at the apps store. They are a great addition to aid in your viewing and if you can, you
should take advantage of them. By the way, I should again mention that as an official NASA/ JPL Solar System Ambassador, I spend as much time as I can talking and educating people about space, astronomy and the night sky. If you are a member of any group (service club, library, school group, even a homeowners’ association), don’t hesitate to give me a call. I would be glad to speak to your group at almost any time! Remember, you are always welcome to attend a meeting of NOMAC (Northern Michigan Astronomy Club) held the first Thursday of every month at the Raven Hill Discovery Center in East Jordan. Call Raven Hill for details. Until next week—keep looking up and clear skies!
CCHPS presents: Ike: The Lure of the Presidency The Charlevoix County History Preservation Society will be presenting its eighth History Speaker Series Event of 2012 on Monday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Boyne District Library Community Room. Dr. George A. Colburn will be the guest speaker for his documentary “IKE: The Lure of the Presidency”. He will begin with the “back story” and conclude with a Q&A session. In March of this year Dr. Colburn presented “Seeking Charlevoix County’s Views of the Eisenhower Election”, a sneak preview of Dr. Colburn’s new documentary film on the Eisenhower election and presidency. Dr. Colburn invited everyone to enliven the presentation with some good “Ike” tales and this well attended program afforded many to share such memories. Dr. Colburn is now inviting everyone back for a special preview of the fi-
nal broadcast version of “IKE: The Lure of the Presidency.” A DVD of the broadcast will also be available for purchase. George A. Colburn, Ph.D., is President and Director of Operations for Starbright Media Corporation.His best known national television credit is as SMC’s writer and producer of a major documentary series on Dwight D. Eisenhower’s military and political careers, 1941 - 1961. Produced in association with Gancie Television, and entitled “The Eisenhower Legacy,” the five-hour series was hosted by Gen. Colin L. Powell. Dr. Colburn’s credits as an independent producer include more than two dozen national, mediabased educational programs, linked to major documentary series and in 2012, Colburn was appointed to the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial’s Electronic Content Advi-
sory Committee. The committee is charged with selecting seven “Pivotal Moments” in Eisenhower’s military and political careers and developing content for electronic applications related to the physical memorial to be built on the Mall in Washington, D.C. This event is free and open to the public. For more information please call 231-582-5326.
Boyne City Booster Foundation supports education The Boyne City Booster Foundation met recently to review funding requests from teachers and students in the Boyne City School District. Those receiving funding include: • High School Spanish Club ($6,328.00/ Trip to Coast Rica/ Amy Hertel) • Boy’s Tennis ($1,272.00/ Equipment and supplies/Susan Lahti) • Physics Class ($1,463/Trip to Cedar Point/ Sandy Clausen) • “Team Blaze” Robotics ($5000.00/Equipment and supplies/Dale Thomason) Middle School activities receiving support by the Booster Foundation
are: • Eighth Grade Flex-class, ($750/ Raised garden beds/ Susan Sharp) • Sixth Grade ($1110.00/ Terry Wooten three day writing workshop) • Middle School Language Arts ($722/Supplies and materials for
novel writing/Dan Polleys) The BCBF raises funds through a variety of community events such as the upcoming Annual Holiday Hobby Craft Show to be held Saturday, Dec. 1, at the High School. Applications for vendors can be found on the District website under the “Booster Foundation” tab. On Sunday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m. in the H.S. Performing Arts Center, the Booster Foundation Arts Division will co-sponsor free entertainment for the community when a myriad of talent performs in “America Sings: A Salute to Veterans and Those Who Serve.” For more information and how you can be a co-sponsor call Gordon Lambie at (231) 582-2591.
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Gales of November: The Shipwrecks of the Great Lakes The Charlevoix Public Library is pleased to announce the schedule for their fall lecture series. Gales of November: The Shipwrecks of the Great Lakes will be presented at 6:30 p.m. on three consecutive Tuesdays, beginning October 23.
• The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald kicks off the series on October 23, presented by Terry Begnoche, Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society, diver and underwater photographer. The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society conducted three expeditions to the Edmund Fitzgerald which sank in Lake Superior on November 10, 1975. On the third and final expedition, they recovered the ship’s bell, now on display at Whitefish Point, which serves as a memorial to the lost crew. Terry Begnoche participated in each of the expeditions and will provide pictures and insights from behind the scenes
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Name the CACP’s inflatabl polar bear and win a private pool party with 20 of your friends. Stop by the Pool to enter your suggestion or e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org. The winning name will be announced at the pool’s “Spook Swim” from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday Oct. 27. October programs: • Every Saturday evening, Open Swim is “Glow” Swim! 6-9 PM • Every Sunday, swim with the new giant inflatable polar bear! 1-3 PM • Tuesday & Thursday is high intensity, AquaFitness “Boot Camp” 6:30-7:30 PM For more information go to visit www.charlevoixpool.org or call (231) 547-0982.
4th Annual Breezeway Fall Color Tour
The 4th Annual Breezeway Fall Color Tour will be held Saturday, October 20, 2012 starting at Friske Farm Market in Atwood and ending at
both above and below the surface of Lake Superior. Terry Begnoche has a lifetime of experience with environmental safety and historical research. He holds a BS in Environmental Science from the University of Michigan at Dearborn, and an MSBA in Quality and Operations Management from Madonna University. Terry began his environmental career in 1981 at Great Lakes Environmental Services, Inc. He is a life member of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society www.shipwreckmuseum. com and served as Board President from 1998 – 2006. In 2011, Terry commenced serving as the Site Manager for the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society’s Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum and Light Station at Whitefish Point in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. • On October 30, The Ship that Time Forgot: The Carl D Bradley will be presented by Ric Mixter, Shipwreck Researcher. The Carl D Bradley, the largest Great Lakes shipwreck in American waters, capsized after a storm in 1958. Thirty-three men were lost in
Boyne Mt. in Boyne Falls with a chairlift ride to view the fall colors. Pick up your goodie bags filled with coupons, flyers and trip tips for your 26 mile self-guided cruise across the Breezeway. Enjoy the farm markets, corn mazes, Ellsworth labyrinth, artist galleries, resale and specialty shops and dining opportunities as well as taking in the 3rd Annual Pumpkin Fest/Leaf Peeker Craft Show in downtown East Jordan. For more information on this family friendly weekend event contact the East Jordan Area Chamber of Commerce at 231-536-7351 or www.ejchamber.org Ellsworth Farmer’s Market
the tragedy and mystery quickly surrounded its sinking near Gull Island. Two survivors were plucked from icy Lake Michigan after a heroic rescue run by the Cutter Sundew. This October, shipwreck researcher Ric Mixter will dive into the mystery surrounding the tragic loss and the personalities involved. Ric will share rare newsreel footage of the search and interviews with survivor Frank Mays, Captain Harold Muth, and a corpsman who tended to Frank Mays and Elmer Fleming. Rix Mixter has produced over 30 programs for PBS and the Outdoor Channel, and appeared as a shipwreck expert on the History and Discovery Channels. He leads the pack when it comes to sharing the unique underwater resources with the general public, and thousands of dive show patrons. Countless school kids know him as the energetic story teller
Pumpkin Pie contest
It is time to get those pumpkin pie recipes out and ingredients ready to bake a winning entry. The 3rd Annual East Jordan Pumpkin Festival Pumpkin Pie Contest will once again be a part of the annual East Jordan Festival scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 20, downtown East Jordan in Memorial Park. Registration/ pie drop off will be from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM in Memorial Park with judging from 2:00 – 2:30 PM. First, Second and Third Place winners will be announced at 2:30 PM in the bandshell.
who uses video like no other presenter can. Recently Ric was awarded for over two decades of maritime history preservation with the 2009 Award for Historic Interpretation by the Association for Great Lakes Maritime Historians. • Last in the series on November 6, Valerie Van Heest, Diver and Author will present Unsolved Mysteries: The Shipwreck of the Thomas Hume. On May 21, 1891, the lumber schooner Thomas Hume and its crew of seven sailed out of Chicago into a spring storm, never to be seen again. The vessel’s owners, Charles Hackley and Thomas Hume of Muskegon could not believe the sturdy lumber hooker could be overcome by rough water. The disappearance of the Thomas Hume lingered as one of the great unsolved mysteries of the Great Lakes until, more than a century after its disappearance, the discovery of the wreck solved the mystery of its disappearance. However, the collection of shoes, clothing, jewelry, coins and tools found inside generated even more questions. An archaeological investigation by Michigan Shipwreck Research Associates has attempted to solve the riddles posed by the shipwreck. After survey dives, historical research, and
The Pumpkin Pie Contest is proudly sponsored by Save-A-Lot of East Jordan. The pie contest is one of several family friendly events being held in conjunction with the 3rd Annual Pumpkin Festival. For more information please visit www.ejchamber.org or 231-5367351.
It’s time to get into the closets, storage totes and garage and pull out all that sports equipment and clothing that you and your family can no longer wear or use and turn it into cash!
detective-like reasoning, the team pieced together not only the Thomas Hume’s career, but how its crew lived, worked, and died on the lake. Valerie van Heest is a member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame and an award-winning author, documentary film director and exhibit designer. She has a passion for documenting historic shipwrecks and promoting Great Lakes maritime history. As a director of the non-profit Michigan Shipwreck Research Associates, Valerie spearheads the search for ships lost off Western Michigan in collaboration with author Clive Cussler of NUMA and shipwreck hunter David Trotter, which has resulted in the collective discovery of more than a dozen shipwrecks. For more information call (231) 237-7340 or go to www.charlevoixlibrary.org. A new event is being added to the 3rd Annual Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, October 20 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM in the city parking lot next to Memorial Park. “Deals on Wheels – Tailgate Sale” will feature vendors selling a wide array of used equipment, gear and clothing out of their trunks, on card tables, racks, etc. Registration forms are available at the East Jordan Area Chamber of Commerce office or by calling 231-536-7351. A $10 fee for vendors will be used to promote the event. Give that used equipment a new life! If you need to replace or acquire sports equipment-be prepared to come and shop!
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Rover, it’s cold outside
Winter is on its way to Northern Michigan and this can mean biting cold temperatures, piles of icy snow and chilly little paws. It’s the perfect time for a little extra care to ensure the best quality of life for your dog. Even with the temperature drop, it’s important to actively pursue active healthy lifestyle with your pet. Follow these simple tips to ensure your pet has a healthy, not so frigid winter. •Nutrition: to make sure your dog’s body is functioning to it’s full potential and to avoid the winter slump, be sure to feed them a nutritious diet. Adding proper supplements is the easiest way to provide proper nutrition intake. Like humans, dogs become more susceptible to getting sick during the winter when our immune system abilities are lowered. •Exercise & Rest: It’s important to stay active during the winter, even if this means playing indoors. Rest is also important so your dog can build up and store the extra energy they need to keep warm in cold temperatures. A good balance of exercise and rest is key. •Paw Care: Salt and other chemicals used to
treat roads, in addition to the biting cold, can mean painful pads that leads to licking or itchy skin that leads to scratching. (If you ice your property, be sure to invest in a petsafe brand). Wiping you dog’s paws after each time they’re outside will help remove irritants from the outdoor elements and prevent little cuts and cracks from forming. If your dog’s paws become irritated, try soaking them in warm water. If your dog continues to suffer from itchy paws or skin, try adding an Omega DHA suppelment. •Grooming: Proper brushing and grooming ensures better circulation and therefore a better ability to keep warm in the cold. It also helps to towel dry or blow dry (on low heat) to fully dry your dog after being outdoors in the elements. Also keep the fur trimmed on the bottom of your dogs feet, it will help decrease the chance of ice build up. •Vet Check Up: Always consult a veterinarian before drastically changing your pet’s routine, diet or if you notice behavioral or physical changes this winter. Gaye Amick is owner/operator of Northern Sky Obedience Academy of Charlevoix. She can be reached at (231) 237-9510 or go to www. onefinedog.com.
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Student of the Week Concord Academy Boyne
Name: Kayden O’Neil Grade: 4th Parents’ names: Michael and Becky O’Neil What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to be a “kid-doctor.” Favorite Book: The Twits, by Roald Dahl Hobbies/Interests: I like drawing pictures and shooting baskets at my house. School Activities: I go to Literacy Club and Vemtangle Club (creating designs with angles and patterns) Which part of a banana split would you be and why? The ice cream, the banana, the whipped cream, the chocolate sauce, or the cherry on top? I’d be the whipped cream because I love creamy things. Staff comments: Kayden O’Neil! What a girl! She’s kind to her friends and respectful to her teachers. She’s responsible with her homework and turns her assignments in on time. Kayden is a quiet, steady worker and is always willing to help out her teachers and classmates. Oh, and what a sense of humor she has! Yes, Kayden O’Neil is all of these things and so much more. She makes the Boyne Falls 4th grade a better place to be and deserves to be recognized as this month’s Student of the Week.
Boyne City author to sign copies of new children’s book Oct. 20 Boyne City resident Katy Hill has announced the launch of her first children’s book “E-I-E-I-O.” E-I-E-I-O is a read aloud children’s picture book filled with farm animals and bright colors. It is a creative take on the classic song “Old MacDonald.” This story shows that lessons learned at the barn can be the beginning of finding your own voice and valuing others. Hill will be signing and selling copies of her book between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday Oct. 20, at Hori-
NAME: Derick Stark PARENTS’ NAMES: Clarence and Susan Stark GRADE: 12th HOBBIES & INTERESTS: Hunting FUTURE PLANS/GOALS: “Going to go in the Marines” STAFF COMMENTS: Derick is a wonderful student and I wish him the best with his future goals and wishes. (Mrs. Crouch, Algebra Teacher) There have been several instances this year in which I have needed assistance in carrying boxes or opening doors (when my arms are full) and it seems that where ever I turn Derick is there, or nearby. He is always eager to help and his help is greatly appreciated. His integrity is evident through his actions and this will carry him far in whatever path he chooses. Thank-you Derick. (Mrs. Adkison, Media Specialist) Derick is a student who encourages his peers to make good decisions. It’s an adult characteristic that not all high school students possess. (Mrs. Jarema, HS Principal)
and transferred to the University of Central Florida where she earned her degree in Digital Media–Animation. E-I-E-I-O is Hill’s first author/illustrated book. She also is releasing the interactive app available later this month in Apple’s App store. In addition to writing, illustrating and animating, Hill runs Camelot Publishing. Her mission is to provide authors and illustrators a platform to produce quality work, easily placed into the hands of kids in this ever changing, exciting world.
Hill now lives in Boyne City with her husband, three cats and their dog. A big change from Florida, but they love being near family and watching the seasons change. They are enjoying the Michigan summers near the lake and winters playing in the snow! Who: Local author/illustrator Katy Hill What: Book signing of her new children’s book E-I-E-I-O When: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Oct. 20 Where: Horizon Books in Petoskey Points of interest: A touch screen displaying the interactive book app will be showcased at the signing
American Legion Veteran of the Month: George Joseph Karl The “Veteran of the Month” for October 2012 is George Joseph Karl, Jr. He was born on April George Joseph Karl 4th, 1924 in Detroit, Mich. and graduated from Catholic Central High School, Redford, Mich. in the class of 1942. Karl went to work as an apprentice engine mechanic and attended Western Michigan College and on Dec. 9t.h, 1942, in Detroit, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps Reserves. He attended Elementary Flying School, 54th Flying Training Detachment, Dorr Field, Florida, graduating in the Aviation Cadet Class 44-G on March 24th, 1944
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zon Books in Petoskey. Hill’s journey began long ago drawing classic characters on road trips to Disney as katy hill a child. Along the way she fell in love with character design, storytelling and animation. She went on to participate in the Disney College Program in Orlando, Fla.
and entered into active duty on Aug. 4th, 1944. On April 5th, 1945 Karl departed the USA arriving in the Eastern Asia Middle European Theater of Operations on April 14th, 1945 and was assigned to the 487th Air Support Group, 352nd Fighter Group, 8th Air Force, Bodney, England. Karl was commissioned a Second Lieutenant and piloted a P-51 Mustang fighter aircraft participating in battles and campaigns in Central Europe and on June 30th, 1946 he departed the Eastern Asia Middle European Theater of Operations arriving in the USA on July 8th, 1946. On Aug. 13th, 1946, at The Separation Center, Fort Sheridan, Ill., Karl received a Separation Certificate of Relief From Active Duty
returning to the Army Air Corps Reserves and received the following decorations and citations: The Eastern Asia Middle European Theater Medal with One Bronze Battle Star, The American Theater Medal, The Victory Medal, The Occupation Medal (Germany), The Good Conduct Medal and Two Overseas Service Bars (each representing six months foreign service). On Sept. 24th, 1955 Karl received an Honorable Discharge from the United States Air Force having attained the rank of First Lieutenant. On April 3rd, 1950 Karl went to work at The Ford Motor Company, in Dearborn, Mich., working as an engineer and supervisor. On Oct. 7th, 1977, at Saint Mary Church, Adrian, Mich., Karl mar-
ried Janet Marlene Parrott making their home in Taylor, Mich. On April 3rd, 1980 he retired and personally built his own retirement home in Charlevoix County west of Boyne City, Mich. where he enjoyed boating, hunting, snow-mobiling, building everything from bird houses to out houses, music, dancing and taking pictures of family and friends. On July 25th, 2012 George Joseph Karl, Jr. answered the final call and is being honored by his wife Janet, daughter Brenda and their families. To honor a veteran, call the program chairman at (231) 588-6067 or on Tuesdays call (231) 582-7811 between 3:30-8:30 p.m. The ceremony may be witnessed on the first Thursday of each month in front of The American Legion Post located on the corner of South Lake and Main streets in Boyne City, Mich. at 6:15 p.m.
AmeriCorps: Michigan Foreclosure Prevention Corps members served a total of 8,688 homeowners throughout Michigan. This is the fourth year that Northern Homes is privileged to be listed as an AmeriCorps host site. If you, or someone you know needs help with a foreclosure, call Amy at (231) 582-6496.
said, “There is a lot of need for affordable housing in Charlevoix County. The East Jordan Housing Commission has been a great help in purchasing the land for Meredith Manor and supporting the applications for funding.” To obtain the grant, Northern Homes CDC teamed with Charlevoix State Bank to submit an application to the FHLBI. The application was part of an annual competition which encourages green building standards, services to promote successful aging in place, and leveraging of other funding sources, among other factors. Tim LaBlance, Vice President at Charlevoix State Bank said, “We’re very happy to be involved in this much needed community project, especially because of the jobs it will bring to northern Michigan. It’s the first time we’ve applied for FHLBI grant funds and this is the last piece of funding needed for Meredith
Manor. We’re committed to East Jordan and its economic vitality. We invested in its downtown with the rehabilitation of an older building into our bank’s offices as well as retail space.” The FHLBI dedicates 10% of its annual net income to fund the AHP. It is privately funded and receives no taxpayer assistance. Meredith Manor will be constructed on a site adjacent to the East Jordan Housing Commission’s Lakeview Manor, an existing apartment community for seniors. The 10 one bedroom apartments will be constructed with a HUD Section 202 capital award and rental assistance to assure its affordability to senior households. All the apartments will be in a single story building with a community room, office and laundry. Construction is scheduled to commence next spring, with completion by the end of 2013.
Meredith Do you need Manor gets foreclosure pre- $500k grant The Federal Home Loan Bank vention help? of Indianapolis (FHLBI) has anNorthern Homes Community Development Corporation received funding from the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation and Charlevoix County Community Foundation which will enable Northern Homes to host an AmeriCorps member who will aid them in preventing foreclosures in the local communities. During the last quarter of their 2011-2012 year of service,
nounced Meredith Manor was awarded a $500,000 grant from its Affordable Housing Program (AHP). The grant will help with the construction of 10 units of low-income senior housing in East Jordan, MI. Jane MacKenzie, Executive Director of Northern Homes Community Development Corporation (CDC) and sponsor of Meredith Manor
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Newly proposed legislation The Legislature will meet just one day this month, on Oct. 17, so rather than votes this report contains several newly introduced bills of interest. • Senate Bill 1245: Ban Obamacare Medicaid expansion Introduced by Sen. Bruce Caswell (R), to prohibit Michigan from expanding Medicaid eligibility to include all residents up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level, including single individuals without children. The federal “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” originally mandated the expansion, but a U.S. Supreme Court ruling made it optional. Medicaid is a medical welfare program funded by a mix of tax dollars raised by the federal and state governments and originally targeted primarily at low income families with children. Referred to committee, no further action at this time. • Senate Bill 1255: Authorize per-mile auto insurance pricing Introduced by Sen. Coleman Young (D), to allow insurers to offer “pay-as-you-drive” automobile insurance, meaning the price is determined by the number of miles driven rather than just the term of the coverage. Referred to committee, no further action at this time. • Senate Bill 1263: Revise state “civilian conservation corps”program Introduced by Sen. Phil Pavlov (R), to authorize conversion of the state “Civilian Conservation Corps”into a nonprofit run by a private entity. The bill is part of a CCC package comprised of Senate Bills 1261 to 1265. Referred to committee, no further action at this time. • Senate Bill 1269: Grant medical facility rationing exception to McLaren Health Systems Introduced by Sen. Mike Kowall (R), to authorize a special exception to the health care facility rationing imposed by the state’s “Certificate of Need” law, which would allow McLaren Health Systems to build a new facility in Clarkston. The bill would also revise details of who is on this government rationing board. Referred to committee, no further action at this time. • Senate Bill 1270: Allow late return of military and overseas absentee ballots Introduced by Sen. Gretchen Whitmer (D), to allow overseas and military voter absentee ballots postmarked by the close of the polls on election day to be counted. Under current law, election clerks must physically receive the completed ballots by the close of election day. Another bill, Senate Bill 1254, would allow these ballots to be returned by email. Referred to committee, no further action at this time. • Senate Bill 1278: Declare Iosco County as the “birding capital of Michigan” Introduced by Sen. John Moolenaar (R), to establish as law that Iosco County and no other county shall be declared the official “Birding Capital” of Michigan. Referred to committee, no further action at this time. • House Bill 5778: Raise business income tax rate Introduced by Rep. John Olumba (D), to increase the state income tax on business earnings from 6 percent to 15 percent. Manufacturers and firms “primarily engaged in the business of research” would have a 6 percent
State & Region Items of interest from across the state Fighting from afar
U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan) and challenger Pete Hoekstra will not debate each other after numerous attempts to schedule a debate failed.Both candidates blame each other for the failure to debate face to face.
1,500 new GM jobs coming to Warren
General Motors announced the new Innovation Center, which will develop and review new programs or processes for any aspect of GM operations. GM plans to staff the new facility with up to 1,500 new jobs with no additional investment needed for this project as it will use available facilities on the GM Technical Center campus in the city of Warren. This is the first of three new projects expected to result in the creation of 2,000 jobs in Michigan from up to $300 million in additional new investment by the company for the combined projects. The Michigan Strategic Fund last month approved an increase to the maximum allowance on the company’s 2009 Global Retention Michigan Economic Growth Authority tax credits to 33,000 jobs from 30,000 jobs.
Fighting breast cancer
Antrim County has been known to have the highest breast cancer mortality rate in the state of Michigan. But this year, Antrim County High Tea–a grassroots volunteer organization dedicated to providing education and awareness of breast cancer issues to county residents, and raising funds toward detection and prevention– successfully reached 228 Antrim County women with free mammograms, through its partnership with the Health Department of Northwest Michigan. To learn more, visit www.antrimcountyhightea. org. Collaboration and financial support from Antrim County High Tea and the Michigan Department of Community Health enable the Health Department to offer free annual exams, including pap smears and mammograms, all year long. Appointments are available in October. Call (800) 432-4121 to schedule today, or visit www. nwhealth.org for more information.
DNR grants deal with failing dam issues
The Department of Natural Resources has announced a new Dam Management Grant Program to address Michigan’s failing dam infrastructure. The grant opportunity will provide $2.35 million in Fiscal Year 2013 to fund dam removal and critical maintenance as more than 90 percent of Michigan’s 2,600 dams will reach or exceed their design life by 2020. Many dams are abandoned, no longer serve any useful purpose, degrade our aquatic resource, and pose safety hazards to downstream residents. The Dam Management Grant Program will provide funding and technical assistance to local and state units of government, non-profit groups and
individuals to manage dam removals or repair/ major maintenance projects that will enhance aquatic resources and fishing opportunities in Michigan. It will focus on projects that reduce long-term infrastructure costs and address those that are an imminent public safety issue and are deemed of unsatisfactory condition by Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) dam safety or are under DEQ order. Nearly 75 percent of Michigan’s dams are privately owned. Information and applications for the Dam Management Grant Program can be obtained from any Fisheries Division office or downloaded at www.michigan.gov/dnr-grants or at www. michigan.gov/fishing. Grant applications must be postmarked by Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, to be considered for the Fiscal Year 2013 funding cycle. For more information, go to www.michigan. gov/dnr.
Oil & gas lease auction
The Department of Natural Resources will offer state-owned oil and gas lease rights to more than 195,000 acres in 22 Michigan counties at an Oct. 24 auction in Lansing. Oral bids may be submitted by individuals 18 years old or older, or by a partnership, a corporation or other legal entity qualified to do business in Michigan. In order to accommodate anticipated large crowds, the DNR has changed the auction venue to the Lansing Center, 333 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. Registration of bidders will begin at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24, and continue throughout the auction. The DNR said prospective bidders will be required to submit a valid government-issued photo identification card during the registration process. Additionally, if a person is not on the “authorized bidder”list, he or she will be required to submit a security deposit in order to register.
The security deposit must be a cashier’s check or money order in the amount of $5,000 made payable to “State of Michigan.”The security deposits and identification will be returned to registered bidders when their bidder cards are returned and all successful bids are paid in full. To be added to the authorized bidder list, interested parties must contact Kim Venne, DNR property analyst, at (517) 335-3242 or vennek@ michigan.gov before close of business on Tuesday, Oct. 23. More information at visiting www.michigan. gov/minerals or call (517) 373-7663.
Petoskey Regional Small business conference
The Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce presents the 3rd Annual Small Business conference at The Inn at Bay Harbor on Tuesday, Oct. 30. Registration is now open for the 3rd Annual Small Business Conference, Tuesday Oct. 30, from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., sponsored by Fifth Third Bank. Registration, coffee and networking take place 7:30-8 a.m., and a kickoff/general information session takes place 8-8:25 a.m. One hour breakout sessions are at 8:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. Lunch will be served at noon and followed by a 12:30-1:30 luncheon speaker. Call the Chamber office today to register 347-4150, find full conference details at http://chamber. petoskey.com. For $50 Chamber members ($40 for additional attendees or $75 for not-yet members.) will have the choice of three educational seminars, networking opportunities and lunch and a featured luncheon speaker. Full conference details and on-line registration at at http://chamber.petoskey.com or call (231) 347-4150.
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rate if they added at least five new jobs during the preceding year. Referred to committee, no further action at this time. • House Bill 5780: Allow public safety “step” pay hikes after union contract expiration Introduced by Rep. John Walsh (R), to exempt police and firefighter employees and unions from the provisions of a 2011 law that prohibits seniority-based automatic pay hikes for individual employees (“step” increases) when a government employee union contract has expired and no replacement has been negotiated. Referred to committee, no further action at this time. • House Bill 5782: Mandate insurance rate cuts in Detroit Introduced by Rep. Lisa L. Howze (D), to force auto and property insurance companies to cut renewal rates by 20 percent for residents of a depopulating city (one whose population fell at least 10 percent in the last census, including Detroit), if rates there exceed nearby communities by 50 percent. The bill would also restrict rate hikes after a first-time claim in those cities. To pay for the mandated rate cuts the bill would impose a $50 million tax on the MCCA, the statewide reinsurance provider that covers medical claims above $500,000. Referred to committee, no further action at this time. • House Bill 5790: Earmark court money to new Detroit crime lab Introduced by Rep. Richard LeBlanc (D), to earmark certain court assessments and fees to a potential new Detroit crime lab. The previous Detroit crime lab was closed after an audit revealed extensive abuses and errors. Referred to committee, no further action at this time. • House Bill 5805: Exempt “health care sharing ministries” from insurance regulations Introduced by Rep. Lisa Lyons (R), to establish that “health care sharing ministries” are not subject to state insurance regulations. Health care sharing ministries are an alternative to insurance that provide health care cost-sharing arrangements among people of similar and sincerely held beliefs. Referred to committee, no further action at this time. • House Bill 5808: Subsidize charitable doctor care Introduced by Rep. Jim Ananich (D), to authorize a state income tax credit of up to $5,000 for free medical services donated by a physician to a patient who is not eligible for medical welfare (Medicaid). This would be a “refundable” credit, meaning that a check is sent to the taxpayer for the balance of the credit exceeding taxes owed. Referred to committee, no further action at this time. SOURCE: MichiganVotes.org
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Is quoting the Bible out of context really the best idea? Church of the nativity Canon William Spaid, Diocese of Western Michigan will present the sermon at Episcopal Church of the Nativity on Sunday, October 21. Reverend Peggy Nattermann will be celebrant for the 10 a.m. Eucharist service. A special coffee hour will be held in the church basement following the service. Nativity is located at 209 Main Street, Boyne City. Please call 582-5045 for more information. Ej Community Church On Thursday, October 18, Celebrate Recovery will meet at 7 PM at the Walloon Campus. This is a Christ-centered recovery program. On Saturday, October 20, the 3rd Annual Pumpkin Fest will take place in East Jordan. At 10AM – noon, there will be a Pumpkin Launch at Tourist Park. From 1 PM – 4 PM, there will be several activities going on at Memorial Park. On Sunday, October 21, the sermon title will be “An Encounter on the Way to Jerusalem” from Mark 10:17-22 given by Keith Theodore. Service starts at 9:30 AM. At 11:15 AM, there will be Kid Connection, Youth Groups, Young Adult Community Small Group, and Adult Community Small Groups. On Tuesday, October 23, the Ladies Morning Bible Study will start at 9:15 AM in the Discipleship House at the Walloon Campus. In Home Adult Bible Study will begin at 6:30 PM at the Holland House. This study will be “Love and Respect”. The Food Pantry will be open from 5:00 to 6:30 PM. On Wednesday, October 24, the family meal will be served from 5:30 to 6:15 PM with classes starting at 6:30 PM. This meal is for families attending classes. Meal and classes are at the Walloon Campus. For questions concerning the East Jordan Campus, please call 536-2299 or the Walloon Campus at 535-2288. 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 231-582-9776. Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors. Presbyterian The congregation of First Presbyterian Church at 401 S. Park St., Boyne City invites you to share worship with them at 11:00 each Sunday. Rev. Elizabeth Broschart will be leading worship. First Sundays include communion. For more information call (231) 582-7983. Walloon Lake Church On Thursday, October 18, the MOPS will start at 10 AM. Celebrate Recovery will meet at 7 PM. On Friday, October 19, there will be a Memorial Service for Ed Gilbert at 11 AM. On Saturday, October 20, from 9 AM to 10:30 AM, there will be a Girlfriends Koffee Klutch with a devotion and fellowship. On Sunday, October 21, sermon title will be “Lies That Wreck Relationships: Relationships Must Make Me Happy or I Quit”from James 1:24 given by Pastor Jeff Ellis. Service times are 9 and 10:45 AM. There will be a Missions Moment with Russ and Marcia Baugh at both services. Infant and toddler nurseries are available during both services. Children 3 years old through 4th grade can attend children classes during both services. Fifth grade through eleventh grade classes meet during the 10:45 service only. Young adult class is held at 10:45 AM in the Discipleship House. Adult classes and Community Small Groups are available. On Monday, October 22, there will be a Women’s Ministry Team Meeting at 7 PM. On Tuesday, October 23, the Ladies Morning Bible Study will meet at 9:15 AM in the Discipleship House. The Food Pantry will be open from 5 to 6:30 PM. On Wednesday, October 24, the meal will be served from 5:30 to 6:15 PM. Classes will start at 6:30 PM. This meal is for families going to classes. Classes are available for toddlers through adults. 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 535-2288 or check the church website at www.walloonchurch.com. Jewel Heart Buddhist Center For more information, email email@example.com. Genesis Church Boyne Genesis Church meets in the Boyne Elementary school cafeteria every Sunday from 11a.m.noon. They have a quality staffed nursery along with Kids Clubhouse ministry for ages 4-4th grade. There is coffee and breakfast treats followed by modern song worship and a practical “talk” that relates the Bible to our everyday life. The core values of Genesis Church are Jesus and his Word, sincere relationships, and serving others. You can check out Genesis Church at genesiswired.com. B.C. 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 231-5829776. Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors. First Baptist of Boyne City 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
This popular web meme—a meme is a popular photo with text on the internet which is shared by many users—takes a sliver of Psalms 109:8 and uses it as a political slogan. Above it reads: “Let his days be few; (and) let another take his office.” chris faulknor publisher What is context? Context is something I’m very careful about in my journalism, and something I should be equally careful of in my faith writing. You see, context is the background information that gives a phrase its meaning. It’s also something often removed when one is quoting the bible, and something that is very necessary. For example, a recently popular slogan which I have seen on bumper stickers, shirts and even a keychain: “Pray for Obama, Psalm 109:8” Taking things at face value, Psalm 109:8 seems like a very appropriate though for a Christian, especially one leaning to the right to bring onto Obama: “Let his days be few; and let another take his office.” One might think again, however, once they put it in context with the rest of Psalm 109: Appoint an evil man to oppose him; let an accuser stand at his right hand. When he is tried, let him be found guilty, and may his prayers condemn him. May his days be few; may another take his place of leadership. May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow. May his children be wandering beggars; may they be driven from their ruined homes. May a creditor seize all he has; may strangers plunder the fruits of his labor. May no one extend kindness to him or take pity on his fatherless
children. May his descendants be cut off, their names blotted out from the next generation. May the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the Lord; may the sin of his mother never be blotted out. May their sins always remain before the LORD, that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth. Now, I’m sure many of the people driving around with these bumper stickers are not suggesting that the “true” meaning be applied to President Obama, but I also don’t think those who advocate the use of this slogan do so in good faith. Even after being told of the darker context of this verse, people argue that they don’t mean it in that way, so it’s a moot point, right? Wrong. What they are basically saying then is that it is “OK” to deliberately promote gross misinterpretations of the Bible, and to ignore the true meaning of the word of God. So how can we pray for this election and for our President (regardless of who the next one will be)? How about Psalm 119? “May the word be a lamp for our feet and a light to shine on our path.” We’re asking for God’s word to guide us as we vote, and asking for his word to guide those in leadership as they perform in their roles. Here’s another one, especially when you’re considering joining in the particular brand of nastiness that comes with an election, 1 Peter 2:13-16: “Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish
those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.” So what does that mean? 1. Our leaders are our leaders, and they are there for a reason. 2. Do good and set a good example, and stop those being ignorant. 3. Enjoy your freedom, but don’t
use it as an excuse for doing bad (or just plain stupid) things. 4. Respect everybody, including the politicians you don’t like. So next time you’re on Facebook and you want to post that disrespectful, unkind meme about your least favorite politician, stop and think. The next time you’re considering making a cruel joke, especially using the word of God, think about the context and ask yourself what you’re trying to accomplish. What do you think? E-mail your opinion on matters of faith to firstname.lastname@example.org
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