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Pentwater is a unique treasure. A place filled with sunsets, sand, and ice cream--sure, but lots of places along the lakeshore can claim these lovely distractions. For me, PentWelcome to Paradise....I mean Pentwater. sleepy little village creativity, begins and to individuality. water is about more. ItAs is a the wonderful example of community, For the 10 years, this The lakeshore community has buildings embraced my family awaken from a long winter’s nap, lifelastabounds. boat storage are in so many The small school,atguided mighty teachers andtheir support staff, welslowly beginning to empty as ways. a parade ofPentwater boats wait the bylaunch to float comed my sons, embraced and encouraged their individual talents and interests. In addimoorings. First are the sport fishing boatsrealized and the private boats, and lastly tion, we quickly that the school, power our neighbors, community and its people were the sailboats. Snug Harbor is aallfamily abuzz with summer’s boating visitors. of sorts, in which my husband and I were more than willing to get involved with in any waynightly we could. lines We realized thatasthefamilies school anddecide the community The ice cream shops have opened and form on were more of anwhat entire flavor. unit ratherSo....many than separate entities. As we became better acclimated, we also cones or sundaes, and of course flavors! realized that our family was thriving and flourishing into something more than we could I dust off the hot rod and polish theexpected. chrome andthe doeducational a mini support, cruisewethrough townby supportive have ever Besides were surrounded to take a quick peak at the bigacquaintances, lake. Everyone waves andmedical I rev care it up little just new friends, personalized andaa community who wanted us to thrive as parents communityAs members as wellhome and begancoasting cementing our family as to show I acknowledge their “thumbs up” and gestures. I return part of this close-knit community. through my neighborhood to my house, I notice a mother deer nursing her fawn The Pentwater community has also embraced my artistic endeavors. From booths on in my back yard. So beautiful,the but man can they devour my hostas! Green showcasing artwork, dog portraits and ArtPrize submissions, to teaching in Life is good in Paradise....I mean many Pentwater! venues throughout the area and schools. I am grateful to every person who has encouraged me and supported on my individual and creative I am inspired by Can’t wait for the Thursday evening band concerts the village green.endeavors. I haven’t teaching all artists, young and old,give and hope can spark their imaginationisin some small done the chicken dance yet, but who knows, I may it a Itry! Anticipation way to give back what has been given to me. Art is an integral part of me and my inspirabuilding for the art shows and tion thecomes car show, and boat show, and of course the from within thisthe community. Homecoming Parade. Go Blue!This year, I will be part of a creative and supportive group of artists downtown with the opening ofThe the Painted Art Studio and disappoints! Gallery. Calling on myAnd yearsthe of teaching, I hold Nothing compares to our sunsets. GoldFrog Coast rarely classes for the adultsbig and children alike. Thefree. studio It is amay place for encouragement beach, what a beach. But best of all lake is salt even get up and artistic LUDINGTON DAILY NEWS | OCEANA’S HERALD-JOURNAL growth whether you are six or sixty. | WHITE LAKE BEACON to 70 degrees this year, Bonus! After the stress of spring, discover a hidden talent. Leave your worries at the door I read a quote the other day from time Pentwater resident. goesorsomeand findan theold peace of holding a paintbrush, a crayon, aItmarker find inspiration in the hue to express then yourself.I ain’t going! That pretty much thing like this....”if heaven isn’tperfect like Pentwater Pentwater welcomes you and so do I. sums up how life is here in Paradise...I mean Pentwater!
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Pentwater Events Calendar
water Tennis and Pickleball Club. Come meet some new faces, play tennis and/or pickleball or just come to socialize. One evening each month, we will host a potluck social with appetizers, snacks and desserts. Bring your family, friends, racquets and/or paddles.
Monday, June 7
Farmers Market opens for the season, Village Green, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This market features the best products our local farmers have to offer. This seasons list of vendors includes many long-time favorites, plus new vendors offering local wines, goat cheese, herbs, lilac starter plants and more. Monday, May 31 You can find the finest in everything local Memorial Day Parade - canceled – from organic produce to baked goods, Saturday-Monday, May 29-31 pasta, beef, pork, lamb, chicken, eggs, Memorial Weekend Amateur Salmon & Wednesday, June 2 honey, soaps, trees and wool! Make a day Trout Fishing Derby, Pentwater Sportfish- Community Dinner to go, 4:30-6 p.m., of it and take a walk on Pentwater’s beautiing Association, 25 award categories. Reg- Centenary United Methodist Church. Call ful waterfront. Be sure to pick-up lunch or istration is Friday, May 28 from 4-8 p.m. at ahead to 869-5900, office open 9 a.m. to a curbside order from your favorite shop Pentwater Municipal Marina (early registra- noon, pick-up or home delivery, donation downtown. tion at Charlie’s Marina). Weigh-in station only. will be open Saturday and Sunday from Tuesday, June 9 noon to 2 p.m. and from 8-9 p.m., and MonSunday, June 6 Comedy at the Village Pub, 9-11 p.m. day from 10 a.m. to start of noon whistle, Start of Summer Party, 5-7 p.m., in front with awards at 2 p.m. of the new Village Hall, 65 S. Hancock St. Wednesday, June 10 Dancing in the streets with DJ Dave Walley, Ensign sailboat races, 5-7 p.m., Pentwater hot dogs made by the Pentwater Service Yacht Club. St. Joseph’s and St. Vincent’s grill giveaway Club, bring your own sides for your meal, drawing, 1 p.m. some picnic tables will be provided, bring Thursday, June 10 your own lawn chair and table if you wish. Farmers Market, Village Green, 10 a.m. to Sunday, May 30 There will be a 50/50 raffle with funds going 1 p.m. Tennis/Pickleball Social, 6-8 p.m., Pent- to the SOS Party
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Where there’s a will, there’s a Wave Lee Price and the West Michigan SAIL program are providing an anchor of hope for area veterans by Caleb Jackson PTW Writer
“What do I have to offer? What could I do?” These are the questions Lee Price asked himself after reading the book “Invisible Scars” by Bart Billings. The book, first published in 2015, takes a look at the medical care some of our veterans receive after returning home from their time of service and explains how some of the shortcomings of these systems contribute to the alarming suicide rates among veterans. “It was enlightening, but troubling,” Price says of the book. According to the Billings, there are 22 veteran suicides a day, and Price says that is actually a low estimate. 6 - PTW - May 27-June 10, 2021
“Not all states are required to report veteran suicides,” he said, “and when you couple the pandemic with it, it’s increasing.” So, what could Price offer? What did he decide to do about it? He decided he would launch a sailing program. West Michigan SAIL (Servicemembers Adapting Interacting Living) is a nonprofit that is meant to “provide our veterans experiencing PTSD, traumatic brain injury, physical handicaps, depression and other health and life challenges with a team focused, nature inspired, confidence building sailing program.” The program will accept veterans from a seven-county area around Pentwater. Those counties include Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana and Osceola. Between them there are 26,000 veterans, according to Price, “and out of them there are about 6,000 that are considered unique patients.” The goal is to accept groups of about
three or four veterans from within the same county, put them together, and give them sailing classes. “Once they complete our course they’ll be able to come back with that same unit and sign out a sailboat any afternoon that it’s available, but they have to be with that same unit, to keep that camaraderie going. And that will be at no cost,” Price said. “We’re never going to charge the veterans.” The camaraderie is important to Price. He recognizes that many veterans have built a strong sense of camaraderie during their time in the service, and yet their lives may become increasingly isolated upon returning home. “And that right there,” he adds, “That’s the key point. We’re gonna build that camaraderie they had.” Price, himself, has been sailing since his college days. “I started out without a plan,” he admitted. “I didn’t plan to get into sailing.” In the spring of 1970, Price was a freshman at Hope College in Holland, working part• PTW Photos by Claudia Ressel-Hodan
time jobs to get by, “and a part of that, with Holland being a Harbor town,” he said, “was sanding and painting the bottoms of boats and getting them ready to launch.” One of the boats that he worked on belonged to his Geology professor, Dr. Cotter Tharin. “The day we finished his boat, and it was ready to be launched,” Price said, “he asked if I was busy that afternoon.” Price of course said he wasn’t and that ended up being the first day in his life that he ever steered a sailboat. “So, I’m steering a boat for the first time in my life out the channel from Macatawa Bay into Lake Michigan. Dr. Tharin’s putting the sails up and I feel it catching the wind, and he showed me the basics to steer the boat according to the wind. And once we turned the motor off, it was quiet, you hear the waves on the hull. That was it. I’ve been hooked ever since.” In the years that followed, Price would continue sailing with Dr. Tharin and other sailors before finally buying his own boat after graduating from undergrad school and moving to Ohio. This is when he got into sailboat races. “I raced a little bit down there with a young kid,” Price said. “He must have been 15 or 16, but he was a good little sailor. I learned a lot in my first races with him.” Price moved back to Michigan in September of 1980 and met Bill Bluhm. Bluhm hired Price to work at the intermediate school district, but more importantly, “he was skippering The Northern Light,” Price said. Price ended up doing his first Mackinac race aboard The Northern Light. “Both Mackinac races, in Chicago and Port Huron,” he clarified. These days, Price seems to feel that he has gotten all that he can get out of racing and is now looking for other ways to share his love of sailing with other people. “Racing, it was great, I loved it,” he said. “I’ve done 27 Chicago Macks or something, I’ve done I think about 18 Port Huron Macks, but now I’m wanting to get other people turned on to sailing. And if they aren’t into that, we’ll help them find something else they can be passionate about. Maybe it’s sport fishing, or kayaking, or fly fishing or something. We’ll build the relationships with them, get to know the veterans and help them find something they’re passionate about as a unit of three or four.”
Photos: On the cover, avid sailor Lee Price has launched the West Michigan SAIL program to provide positive team-building experiences on the water to area veterans dealing with health and life challenges. Opposite page, Price, enjoys a spectacular Pentwater sunset on the beach, while holding one of the books he teaches from, “Basic Keelboat”. This page, Price demonstrates how to use the motor as one of the lessons in the first course of the West Michigan SAIL program. May 27-June 10, 2021 - PTW - 7
Price’s first job in Ohio after graduating from college was to set up a mental health clinic, and the work he did for the school district after being hired by Bluhm had to do with affective education, which helps children to better understand their emotions and their behaviors. Not only that, but his father was a veteran. “He was a tank commander and fought in the Battle of the Bulge,” Price said. “He was wounded three times, and they patched up and sent him back out.” All of that combined with his years of sailing experience almost makes him seem uniquely equipped to be the one to bring the West Michigan SAIL program to frui-
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tion, and he seems to think so too. “I think of my life as a puzzle” he said. “There are puzzle pieces that I’ve been turning over as I’ve grown old,” he laughed, “and the puzzle is starting to take shape so I can see what it looks like.” West Michigan SAIL currently has five sailboats, all of which were donated, including a handicap accessible boat named Challenge. Challenge was constructed by the Great Lakes Boat Building School in Cedarville, Mich. It has joystick controls and what Price calls “sip and puff” controls, “like wheelchairs for people who are paralyzed from mid-back down,” Price said. “We’ve fallen in love with this boat,”
he added. “So what we’re trying to do now is get a dock that’s permanent, to mount a lift on it, so we can get handicapped people on and off the boat safely with that lift.” Lee’s excitement is palpable when he talks about this boat, and the fact that they were even able to acquire such a unique, and perfectly suited craft seems nothing short of a miracle. Challenge was apparently constructed by The Great Lakes Boat Building School for a different organization which eventually disbanded and returned the boat. After that it sat behind the school for years, covered in plastic wrap, until one of West Michigan SAIL’s board members got involved with the school. Once they heard what the program was all about, the president offered them the boat. “How does that happen?” Price exclaimed, “I couldn’t make all that happen!” A look at the website for West Michigan SAIL (wmsail.com) shows a three-phase program for sailing courses spanning three years. The first course opens this summer and will offer basic keelboat training. In 2022, they will offer a basic cruising course and by 2023 there will be an advanced sailing course available. They are also aiming to have all their sailing instructors certified by US Sailing, “the gold standard in sailing instruction,” as Price put it. Price, himself, has actually already spent two years teaching sailing courses on Captiva Island in Florida. But West Michigan SAIL won’t only offer these courses to veterans. To help fund their programs to aid veterans, they will offer basic keelboat courses to the general public, as well as day cruises and sunset cruises. Currently, Patti Cattanach, one of the West Michigan SAIL board members, is preparing the veteran outreach program and setting up online applications. The whole program is meticulously thought out. “The thing that we need to make sure of,” Price said, “is that we don’t set them up for a situation that will trigger an episode.” He mentioned how they are working with a program called PsychArmor to achieve this. “They’re really helping us to get to know the culture of the veteran world,” he said. “It’s a different culture. When they’ve been in the military and survived together because of each other, we need to learn about all that stuff.”
Price said they are also planning to have “Women’s Weeks” in order that they can provide a safe space for female veterans that are victims of military sexual assault. “It’ll be only women in the program, only women instructors and only women in support roles,” Price explained. The current goal for Price and the program is to have their first group of veterans on June 7, one full week after Memorial Day. They are also aiming to have two boats in the water by Memorial Day, and plan to generate funds by offering public charters. But Price calls himself the “visionary” of the program, and his vision doesn’t stop with five boats in Pentwater’s harbor. He would also like to expand to other harbors, such as Muskegon, Holland and Frankfort, and each harbor would accept veterans from another seven-county area. “That’ll basically take care of half of the state of Michigan almost,” he said. Not only that, but Price would like to offer a larger range of boats, such as 44-foot liveaboard sailboats. “So, there’s breadth and depth in the program plan,” he said, and then, sounding almost like a kid in a candy
shop he added, “but the ultimate goal is to get a schooner, and I’ve got my eye on a 77-footer.” There is good reason for this too. “To continually build on their experience,” Price explained, “so they don’t ever hit an impasse and say, ‘whelp, can’t do anymore with this program.’” On the surface, aiding veterans suffering from PTSD through sailing almost seems to come out of left field, but once it is explained it makes perfect sense, and once you speak with Lee Price, its success feels guaranteed. Price is an extremely friendly, outgoing, and caring individual, but on top of that, he is incredibly knowledgeable and willing to do what it takes to help our veterans. He has put together an impressive board of directors to bring this idea to fruition, with four of them being veterans themselves, and they left no stone unturned when contemplating the logistics of this massive project. If Price’s experiences as a sailing captain can be used to reflect his skills as the president of West Michigan SAIL, then it is certain to be a resounding success.
Photos: Sailboat captain Lee Price has had a love for racing and boating for the majority of his life, and it is this passion that inspired him to start the West Michigan SAIL program to help veterans. Opposite page, naturally outgoing and caring, Price shows off his floppy brimmed hat and bright, neon orange sunglasses that are sure to bring a smile to his students’ faces. This page, above left, Price stands next to a whiteboard detailing many of the lessons that he will be teaching veterans that take the West Michigan SAIL program courses. Above, Price shows how the hands-on classes will provide veterans, working in a teams, with a comprehensive knowledge of sailing. Upon completion of the program, Price said that they’ll be able to come back with that same team and sign out a sailboat any afternoon that it’s available, at no cost.
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Planted in Pentwater Seed Library starts at the Pentwater Township Library By Mary Barker and Kristin Forester PTW Contributors
Pentwater Township Library is offering a new, unique experience for library patrons, the opportunity to borrow seeds, grow them and then return some of the saved seeds from your planting at the end of the season. The “returned’ seeds will be available next planting season to “sign out”. When we picture a library, we often imagine a tidy, well-organized, quiet refuge for row upon row of books and periodicals. But in spirit, libraries are bustling, central hubs of information-sharing. Requests for resources for community gardening have increasedespecially heirloom gardening, over the past 15 years according to Director Mary Barker. “We have a lot of people interested in gardening in our community. The library has had at least one program every year on how to start a garden, or other gardening themes and we always had a good turnout. People love to learn more about gardening, and gardeners always like to offer help or advice to beginners. We had planned on starting this program in the spring of 2020, and that didn’t happen. So even with many people still staying home, we hope to get started this year. It’s okay to start small and grow slowly, but we just didn’t want another great summer to pass up this opportunity. The new community garden next to the library, created by the Pentwater Service Club, is another incentive for maintaining a seed library. The seed library is funded by the library’s programming allowance, and with each growing season the staff plans to expand its selection. Currently, seeds offered are a mix of hybrid and heirloom. Eventually, Barker hopes to hone the collection to exclusively heirloom varieties. That brought up another question, what makes a seed or cultivar “heirloom”? Answers vary, depending on whom you ask. One definition describes an heirloom as a cultivar of 50 to 100 years, generally accepted as any used up to the end of WWII or at latest 1951. The rationale is that after the war, farming became more industrialized. Seeds and resulting plants cultivated to tolerate these conditions reduced the common varieties available. Another group believes that a true heirloom has been handed down in families from generation to generation. Yet another explanation is heirloom seeds are those that commercial growers have decided are worth preserving and protecting and have maintained collections for historical value and future use. Regardless of varying criteria, all groups seem to agree that an heirloom seed must be pollinated in the open (by insect, bird, wind, humans, or other natural mechanisms) and not subject to genetic engineering in a laboratory, or non-GMO. Where did the seeds come from that the library has purchased? Barker explained that Anderson Seed Company was chosen be-
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cause it offers both organic and heirloom seeds in bulk and could ship them in time to be organized and available for our growing season. For our first turn, the library will offer primarily vegetable seeds that are easy to grow and provide a tasty, healthy reward! “We have had some very excited gardeners picking up seeds collections this spring,” stated Barker. “The most excited person was a young girl who has been helping her grandmother garden for several years. This year she is growing her first garden on her own and was so excited to be able to pick out her own seeds and it was totally free for her. Among our free seeds are three types of tomatoes; one renowned for sauces and canning, a hearty slicer for sandwiches, and a cherry tomato perfectly-sized to pop in your mouth while inspecting your garden. Basil because it’s great with tomatoes, three types of peppers, lettuce, a short carrot, Swiss chard, radish, pole bean and bush cucumber. All the basics for zesty salsa, rich sauces and colorful salads. Seeds are free to those with a library account. If you don’t have an account, they take only minutes to set up at the library desk and you can start choosing your seeds and planning your garden right away!
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Preserving Pentwater The Ottawa of Pentwater by Caleb Jackson PTW Writer
The word “Michigan,” like many state names, is derived from a Native American language. In our case, Michigan comes from a word in the Ojibwe language, “Michigami,” which means “large water.” Although it is not the Ojibwe tribe that we will talk about when discussing Pentwater’s history, but rather the Ottawa. The Pentwater Historical Society Museum has a number of Native American artifacts on display, including a collection of arrowheads and other stone tools, a shirt made from animal hide, handwoven baskets and even a dugout canoe. Accompanying the exhibit is a map showing exactly where each artifact was discovered. Pentwater locals may also recognize some paintings on display depicting scenes of Native American life. These paintings are the work of Ted Reser, a fellow local who passed away in 2016. Members of the Ottawa tribe surrendered land along the Michigan Grand River in 1855 and were transferred from the Grand Haven area to Pentwater via steamers. At the Pentwater Historical Society Museum, you can even hear stories recorded form past residents who encountered these Native Americans around the 1870s.
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Stories about seeing strings of campfires and hundreds of Natives all around Pentwater Lake, or about a young girl learning to ride horses, play games and shoot a bow and arrow from Native American children. The same lady details the process by which the tribeswomen would wash their family’s clothing, repeatedly taking them into the lake, dragging them out, beating them with sticks or rocks and then taking them back to the lake again. The canoe, on display among the museums’ rafters, is particularly interesting. A sketch details the process by which such a thing would be made, by taking a tree trunk, burning the roots and branches off, then burning the body and hollowing it out. This is exactly the type of canoe to have been used on Pentwater Lake by the Native Americans years ago. But today, you do not see strings of campfires along the lake, nor do the children of Pentwater play games with Native American children or learn to shoot a bow and arrows. The Ottawa Indians that moved to the area did so following the signing of a treaty, a treaty which did not offer up the Pentwater land as a reservation, but rather gave each Native American family a piece of their own property. This was done with the hopes they might begin to adopt a more contemporary way of life, but due to the encroaching white population, coupled with the fact that many Native American’s didn’t hold to the idea of individual property ownership, many chose to sell their land, and many others were tricked in to relinquishing it. These days, there are still over 10,000 Ottawa living in North America, and a majority of them are still in Michigan. Though they are gone from Pentwater, we can still find artifacts, little things they left behind which tell a small part of the story of the tribe as they moved all around this great country. A story that Pentwater is a part of.
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Pentwater Pastimes The Pentwater Tennis and Pickleball Club celebrates new name and new courts by Andy Roberts PTW Writer
As summer-only residents of Pentwater begin descending on the village this month, they may notice a sizable change to the Pentwater Tennis Club. Namely, it’s not just the Pentwater Tennis Club anymore - it’s the Pentwater Tennis and Pickleball Club, with a new entry sign (with a nifty new logo designed by area artist Steve Bass) to reflect the new name. The change comes as a result of the club getting six permanent pickleball courts installed on its grounds, a process members Jan and Ron Gooding say will hopefully be completed within a few weeks. Early-May rain delayed the process. (A quick aside for those who may still be uninitiated: Pickleball is essentially a miniature version of tennis, played by groups of four on a much smaller court. It’s considered ideal for tennis enthusiasts who may not be able to cover as much ground as they used to, or for players who just prefer a lighter workout or a more casual experience than tennis provides.) The pickleball courts are the capper to a multi-year process of
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Ron and Jan Gooding getting the game enshrined alongside tennis at the club, the Goodings said. It started in summer of 2017, when the Goodings petitioned the PTC board to add pickleball after being introduced to the game on a vacation to Fort Myers, Fla. earlier that year. Unbeknownst to them, Terry and Mary Franke, longtime PTC members whose uncle Rich was a charter member of the club, had made the same petition. Some members of the club were somewhat skeptical of the new game, but enough interest was there that the board permitted temporary courts to be installed on two of the tennis courts via tape and portable nets. (An early attempt to chalk a temporary court wound up being fruitless as rain came and wiped out the markings.) “That first year, we had 12 or 16 players, and we just played mixed doubles,” Jan Gooding said. “It was a lot of fun. Each year, it’s grown. The next year, we added four taped courts, and now we’re going to have six permanent courts, with the divider fencing and permanent nets. It will be beautiful.” That move wouldn’t have been possible without the growth of interest in the game. There are now over 60 players at the club who play pickleball. At first, the Goodings taught lessons to members who wanted to know how to play - some hadn’t heard of the game until then - and eventually other members were able to join in the teaching rotation. The game got big enough among the club that it led to the official name change last summer to acknowledge pickleball. “When I saw the enthusiasm among some of our members and the general public for the sport, I realized that our club needed to embrace Pickleball and make it part of our playing facilities,” longtime club operator Walt Urick said. “I made comments to that effect at our annual meeting two years ago and believe it helped obtain membership approval to go forward with our Pickleball improvement proposals.” The permanent courts are also the result of support from club members and area businesses. The Goodings proudly report that
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Prose in Pentwater The Fairy Keeper by Caleb Jackson PTW Writer
Once there was a man who grew old in the shadow of a great mountain. When he finally cast his eyes about and saw beyond the shadows where he lived, he was filled with great regret. “My life has come to waste!” he said. “I have not been living. Surely I have been dying slowly.” Then, to slake his thirst what little he could, he went into a tavern and there he drank his sorrows down until the barkeep kicked him out, whereupon the old man lay in the dust of the road and cursed the barkeep, and then he cursed himself. “Oh, what good am I? My life has come to ruin, and soon I shall die. If only my youth could be restored to me. I would give any-
thing to make it so.” As he said this, there was a traveler on the road. A strange fellow in a green coat with a wide brimmed hat and a beard which grew down to his beltline protruding from beneath his long and pointed nose. On his waist, this stranger carried many empty glass jars tied together by a rope, so that they tingled and clanged as he walked. Upon seeing the old man in his distress, the stranger stopped and said, “My friend, what is it that troubles you?” “I have lived my whole life and not seen one speck of joy, and now it all has passed me by.” The grievous old man replied. “And you say you would give anything to get it back?” “Why yes, I did say that.” the old man said. “Tell me,” the stranger said, with his hand on his beard, “have you ever seen a fairy?” “A fairy? No, of course not. There is no such thing as fairies.” “Ahh, but you only say that because you have not seen one,” his eyes lit up from under the dark brim of his hat as he spoke, “and you cannot see them, because they are invisible. For fairies have magical prop-
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Women Who Care boosts Oceana nonprofits by more than $500K COVID-19’s disruption of community life failed to sidetrack the Women Who Care of Oceana County (WWC) the past 12 months. These area women–now numbering 140 strong—continued combining their $100 personal contributions every three months to meaningfully impact a different area nonprofit. Mass gatherings not allowed the past year? No problem. WWC had its June, September and December 2020; and March 2021 meetings via Zoom. At each one, participants chose a different nonprofit to support: Fountain Hill Center, Mrs. Mullens’ Closet, The Ladder Community Center, and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library-Oceana. These contributions totaled some $80,000, which include a match from the Schulze (founder of Best Buy) Family Foundation. Since WWC’s first meeting in June 2012, the members have contributed a total of $502,000 to an assortment of nonprofits serving Oceana citizens. With Covid restrictions now being lifted, the group begins its 10th year with a one-hour meeting on Tuesday, June 1 at 5:30 p.m., at Pentwater’s new Park Place. This is the former friendship center at 310 N. Rush St. that has just been transformed into a community center for business and community organization meetings, card playing, informal socializing, knitting groups and other purposes. Participants can attend this meeting in person, or dial in via Zoom because Park Place features a Zoom room and conferencing capabilities. On the first Tuesday of March, June, September and December, WWC meets for an hour somewhere in Oceana County to learn about three worthy nonprofit causes serving area residents. Each time, they choose one that each member agrees to support with their $100 personal check. Socializing follows for those who have the time to stay. Membership is open to any woman who wants to be involved in this unique, joint effort to support Oceana causes. For more information, contact Amy LaBarge at 313-268-2086, or check on-line at facebook.com/womenwhocareofoceanacounty.
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Pentwater Politics Ribbon cutting planned for new Pentwater Village Hall June 6 by Barbara Gosselar PTW Writer
New facilities are the big news in the Village of Pentwater right now. In February, the village staff and Police Department moved their operations from the old village/township hall building at 327 S. Hancock to the new village hall building located at 65 S. Hancock, where things are in full swing. Residents and visitors are welcome to attend the official ribbon cutting and dedication of the new village hall on Sunday, June 6, at 2:30 p.m., and to tour the building during an open house following the dedication. According to Village Manager Chris Brown, there will likely be some local dignitaries present. “This building is a new chapter in village history,” Brown stated.
The annual Start of Summer event to welcome summer residents returning to Pentwater will be on the same day, June 6 at 5 p.m. at the new village hall site. The village and Pentwater Township are having a garage sale on June 11 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to sell excess items still remaining at 327 S. Hancock, the old village/ township hall. The sale may continue to Saturday, June 12, but this will be decided at a later time. Hopefully, many buyers will come out to take advantage of the bargains on office equipment and furniture, bicycles and other items. The new community center at 310 N. Rush St. is now called Park Place and opened to the public in March. Designed by local resident and Hollywood set designer Steve Bass, assisted by Village Trustee Claudia Ressel-Hodan, the new facility is a combination of warmth and utility. A soft sitting area warmed by a fireplace greets visitors, while an open sitting area with round tables set for six provides space for events and games. There is also a business room with long tables, a large screen TV, Wi-Fi and conference seating. The village and township jointly funded the new facility and it
is now available for rent by individuals and groups. Improvements to North End Park are also in the works. Funded by grants and donations from local groups and individuals, Phase One of the improvements will hopefully be completed by Memorial Day, including adult workout equipment, a children’s play area and handicap accessible equipment. After that, work on the park will continue with pickleball courts being next on the agenda. The village has also been preparing for Emergency Management, with designation of Village Manager Chris Brown as Emergency Management Coordinator, authority for Village President Jeff Hodges to declare an emergency for up to seven days, authority for the village council to extend a declaration of an emergency, and policies and procedures for remote electronic and hybrid meetings upon a declaration of a state or local emergency. Though it may never be necessary to declare an emergency, these actions will assure that the village has given itself the authority and has procedures in place to do so. The village and Pentwater Township re-
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Pentwater Lake Association News Importance and Benefits of the Pentwater Lake Association by Lynne Cavazos
PTW Contributor An “association” is often defined as an organization of persons having a common interest.” Across the state of Michigan, there are hundreds of lake associations whose primary interest is to come together, riparians and concerned citizens, to act as stewards to protect and enhance their chosen lake. Given that all lakes are vulnerable, including Pentwater Lake, to invasive species, pollution, and other environmental issues, it is critical that some structure be in place to prevent wide-spread infestations, potential decline in water quality, and environmental destruction. The Pentwater Lake Association (PLA) is a non-profit community organization that provides education and conservation programs for the Pentwater community. PLA works to maintain and improve the quality of Pentwater Lake, Pentwater River and the adjoining marsh area. It is not enough for all of us to “Love” our lake, we must be sure that we are doing all we can to protect Pentwater Lake, the marsh, and the Pentwater Watershed. Anyone may join PLA - you do not need to live on Pentwater Lake - you just need to love the lake and want to help keep it a healthy and thriving ecosystem. Membership forms are available at: www. pentwaterlakeassociation.com The winter 2021 issues of the Riparian Magazine identifies the following five benefits of having a lake association for lake protection. (1) Provide structure to the local riparian community A lake association provides leadership in the form of board members and officers and a membership base that helps protect the lake and provide on-going fundraising for operations and activities. (2) Increase the social capital of the riparian community 22 - PTW - May 27-June 10, 2021
Social capital comes in two forms: bonding - that brings a network of people together and bridging - that draws people together from different backgrounds and experiences. Both forms of social capital help to bring about community action and positive outcomes. (3) Increase human and cultural capital of the riparian community Human capital includes the knowledge, education, training, intelligence, energy, work habits, trustworthiness, and experience that individuals bring to a community to provide different views and resources. Cultural capital refers to the behaviors and attitudes that people bring that helps to bring about positive change and innovation. (4) Develop collaboration between the association and local municipalities To best care for an inland lake, a Lake association needs to work with municipalities, such as the township, village, or county government to assists with financial support and long-term planning. The lake
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