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to Pentwater WelcomeWelcome to Pentwater

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, Pentwater is about It isaa wonderful community, creativity, and individuality. A lot of people know Pentwater tourist example area. ofDowntown is busy For the last 10 years, this lakeshore community has embraced my family in so many during the summertime, and not so busy is the winter and fall times. ways. The small Pentwater school, guided by mighty teachers and support staff, welsons,in embraced and encouraged individual talentsup andthe interests. In addiOnce Labor Day hits,comed the my joke the town is thattheir you can roll tion, we quickly realized that the school, our neighbors, community and its people were streets because we don’t need them anymore. It doesn’t matter what a family of sorts, in which my husband and I were more than willing to get involved could. We realized that the school and there the community the weather is. It canwith be in70anytoway 80wedegrees in November, and still were more of an entire unit rather than separate entities. As we became better acclimated, we also aren’t a ton of people. My wish is that we can make Pentwater a yearrealized that our family was thriving and flourishing into something more than we could round destination place. Because it is absolutely here. have ever expected. Besides the educationalbeautiful support, we were surrounded by supportive acquaintances, new friends, personalized medicalI care and aPentwater community who wanted us The people of Pentwater are really friendly. Again, think to thrive as parents and community members as well and began cementing our family as is beautiful. The town great,community. the businesses do a great job of partlooks of this close-knit The Pentwater community hasare also embraced my artistic endeavors. From booths on maintaining their storefronts. The streets really clean and they’re the Green showcasing artwork, dog portraits and ArtPrize submissions, to teaching in very busy at times, many especially in thethesummer months. Theto village venues throughout area and schools. I am grateful every person who has encouraged and supported my individual andand creative endeavors. I am inspired by green is well taken care of, themelawns are manicured, it looks good teaching all artists, young and old, and hope I can spark their imagination in some small all the time. way to give back what has been given to me. Art is an integral part of me and my inspiracomes from within community. If I were to welcometion someone who this knew nothing about Pentwater, I This year, I will be part of a creative and supportive group of artists downtown with the would show them our highlights. I would takeand them theonAntler opening of the Painted Frog Art Studio Gallery.toCalling my yearsBar of teaching, I hold classes for adults and children alike. Thefamous studio is a place for encouragement and artistic and the village green. I would show them our Charles Mears LUDINGTON DAILY NEWS | OCEANA’S HERALD-JOURNAL growth whether you are six or sixty. | WHITE LAKE BEACON State Park. Of course,After I would them to the beaches, iceyourcream the stresstake of spring, discover a hidden talent. Leave worries at the door and businesses find the peace of too. holdingWelcome a paintbrush, ato crayon, a marker or find inspiration in the shops and other small Pentwater. Enjoy perfect hue to express yourself. your stay here. Pentwater welcomes you and so do I.


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Saturday, June 19

Tuesday, June 22

Comedy at the Village Pub, 9-11 p.m.

Garden Club of Pentwater annual plant sale, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The annual plant sale will have Wednesday, June 23 a wide selection of plants for purchase at Wa- Women’s Epworth/Ludington Mixer, 9:30 ter Tower Park. Proceeds benefit the Garden a.m. to 12:30 p.m., tennis at the Pentwater Club of Pentwater. Tennis & Pickleball Club, followed by lunch Thursday, June 17 at the Pentwater Yacht Club. This event comFarmers Market, village green, 10 a.m. to 1 Saturday, June 19 bines women players from three area clubs p.m. This market features the best products Ensign sailboat races, 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 to join together for some round robin tenour local farmers have to offer. This season’s p.m., Pentwater Yacht Club. nis play. The host club provides lunch for all list of vendors includes many long-time favorafterwards. Come see old friends, and meet ites, plus new vendors offering local wines, new ones! Saturday-Sunday, June 19-20 goat cheese, herbs, lilac starter plants and The 19th Annual Spring Fest Arts & Craft more. You can find the finest in everything loShow will take place on the Village Green SatWednesday, June 23 cal – from organic produce to baked goods, urday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from Ensign sailboat races, 5-7 p.m., Pentwater pasta, beef, pork, lamb, chicken, eggs, honey, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come enjoy music and food Yacht Club. soaps, trees and wool! Make a day of it and while shopping at over 100 artist booths. take a walk on Pentwater’s beautiful waterThursday, June 24 front. Be sure to pick-up lunch or a curbside Monday, June 21 Farmers Market, village green, 10 a.m. to 1 order from your favorite shop downtown. For Farmers Market, village green, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. a list of this year’s vendors, please see page p.m. 18 of this issue of PTW.

Tuesday, June 22

Thursday, June 24

Pentwater Civic Band concert, Village Friday, June 18 Adult pickleball clinic, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Pent- Green, 8-9 p.m. Adult tennis clinic, 11 a.m. to noon, Pentwater Tennis & Pickleball Club. This clinic is water Tennis & Pickleball Club. This clinic is


Pentwater Historical Society Museum Pentwater History Made Funny With Old Postcards…

Need some fun and laugher in your life? Visit our museum this summer to see the featured postcard exhibit “Tall Tales” on loan from Michigan State University..well that’s not exactly true…we rented it for your enjoyment. Anyway’s… It’s a humorous collection of postcards from over the years which will cause one to smile…smirk… snort…and snicker…all the while getting a lesson in our history.

Go back in time before emails and cell phones and view our past. Just one visit per year for just an hour will take you to a time when Pentwater was a home to many families, a port to many ships and a vacation destination. Come visit us… We want you to…We need you to…It is our hope your visits will become an annual tradition as our museum becomes yours too. Please come visit our past.


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‘It’s for Everyone’

Renowned set designer, Steve Bass, brings ‘new life’ to the Pentwater Friendship Center, now called Park Place by David L. Barber PTW Writer

The rolling wheel that is Pentwater has a new hub, a center around which the community can revolve in comfort, style and fellowship. Formerly known as the Pentwater Friendship Center – informally as the town’s senior center – the building has taken on a new name, a new calling, and now, has a new future. “The new name is Park Place, and we’re going through a whole rebranding – both visually and emotionally – for the village,” said renowned Hollywood set director Steve Bass, who has lived in Pentwater the past 15 years. “So, it needed a new name, if you want to bring new life into it. “When we created this, I wanted to create a space that would give back to the people who are coming to use it, so what they have to add (will) just be their experience, and maybe some 6 - PTW - June 17-24, 2021

flowers to give a little accent to it. “I’m really happy (with the way it came out),” said Bass. “I think that everyone who comes in can really feel the energy, and that it is as nice as they would want their event to be. As a designer, especially since I worked in entertainment – I’ve worked in a lot of different types of buildings, theaters, stadiums, arenas – I’m always looking for a physical space that will give back to what I’m trying to do. It’s for everyone.” Longtime Pentwater resident Claudia Ressel-Hodan coordinated the volunteer effort to see the project through. “It helped to have a Hollywood set designer,” chuckled ResselHodan. “Steve designed a place where people will want to linger, where people will feel very comfortable, and relaxed. “This was a great community effort. So many people with so many talents, got it done. So many service clubs helped out. “It was amazing,” she said. “It needed a lot of work. From the very start, when volunteers took out the old ceiling, cleaned the place top to bottom, and so much more. The community really got behind what Steve (envisioned and created). He deserves so much of the credit.” Bass said community collaboration on the project became critical to its success. “A lot of people collaborated, talked about what that new • PTW cover photo and photo on this page by Claudia Ressel-Hodan

name could be, and a whole team of people here in Pentwater decided on Park Place,” he said. “We just finished this during COVID. It was about a year-long timeline for the remodeling and the rebranding of the name. “This was one giant space before and part of the challenge was it wasn’t cozy or comfortable for people to use, yet fortunately we did have some people who were using it. We had a variety of clubs and activities that were coming into this space and so we were able to reverse design the space to meet the needs of the ways the community was already using it.” Bass said one of the groups he and others wanted to attract back into the building was the community’s knitting group. Consideration and design of Park Place, he said, took in how best to make that group – and all other groups for that matter – would feel comfortable. “We wanted to have a comfortable place where people could sit, knit, do crafts, and just talk,” he said. “We have an area with couches for seating, for talking, for book clubs. And then we have the middle area where we still have folding tables and chairs so we can host weddings, celebrations, anniversaries in here – it’s the first time that the community has had a space where they’re really enthusiastic to hold their personal events in it.” Bass pointed out that at the other end of the building is a meeting space where “part of the goal with this” was to have our village council and township meetings. “We’ve added a new high-tech screen and a Zoom system so people who are away in the winter months can call in to be part of the things that are happening,” he said. “Right now I would say we are in a space of ‘operational learning.’ We’ve designed the space to meet the needs of the community. Everybody’s now getting refamiliarized with the building, figuring out how it can work with the things that they are doing, and want to do. “We have a historical society in town and we wanted to create a space where they would want to have their annual dinner – some place that is comfortable enough to have a nice evening. There’s a catering kitchen here – a full kitchen – (though) it probably needs some more work. We didn’t fully upgrade it, we decided that if we could create a space people wanted to be in, maybe later on we can upgrade the kitchen. I said, let’s get ‘em in the door, first.” Bass reflected back on the different services the building was fitted for over the years. “It used to be the DPW pole barn where they stored their vehicles, and (pointing to one wall) those were where three garage doors were,” he said. “Then (it became) the senior center, though it was always called The Friendship Center. In fact, we have some pictures here on the walls of some of the activities. “The seniors have an amazing history here. They did a lot of things, but they realized, too, that Pentwater needed a center for the whole community. They still do activities here, too, but it was a way to share the only public space that we have in town, with more people. • PTW photo on this page by Jeanne Barber

“All of these are vintage photos we found in the historical society,” he said. “Around Pentwater we tend to see a lot of pictures of the lumbering industry in the early years, but we don’t necessarily see pictures that relate to who we are today – boating, events that we do now, buildings that are still here. I pulled pictures of who we relate to today and that’s called ‘having an emotional connection’ to the people who use the space now.” Just a few of the many photos that hang on the walls throughout Park Place bear signature lines that read Mighty Muskelluage (two children holding a large fish), Popps Livery, Rinaldi’s Dari, The Wishing Well Creme (gas station), Miller Pie Contest, Hancock Street 1980s, The Friendship Center 1989-2019, Senior Square Dancing, Senior Bingo, Civic Band Concert and so many more that Bass said represent “... good details that everyone relates to.”

Photos: Steve Bass is an award-winning set designer and the creative force behind Park Place, the new community gathering space where the Pentwater Friendship Center used to be. Opposite page, Bass leans over the tables in the meeting room on the east end of the building. Above, Bass sits at the table near the entrance of Park Place. The many dining tables and his artistic touches can be seen behind him. June 17-24, 2021 - PTW - 7

Bass has shared his designing talents for about 30 years, starting in California. He studied architecture at UC Berkeley (University of California), and, a short time after that, began his career designing for the entertainment industry, which is “where my heart lives,” he said. A multi-Emmy Award winner, Bass has designed many of the most prestigious live and televised shows produced, including the Oscar, Grammy, Emmy and Tony Awards. His resume says his audiences have seen his work on the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Atlanta Olympics, Salt Lake Olympics Medals Plaza, The Democratic Convention, Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey Circus, and the Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial for President Obama. He also has a long-standing history designing for iconic television programs such as Great Performances, Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice, the Kennedy Center Honors, TV Land Awards, and Entertainment Tonight. His live-show designs include Disney mega-hits the Lion King Celebration, and a theatrical production of the Little Mermaid, as well as the national tour of Disney’s Symphonic Fantasy, Sesame Street Live, and Curious George. His list of design influences goes on and on and can be found at his website: And now, designing such a building as Park Place in the Lake Michigan community where he hangs out his shingle, means much to the soft-talking artist who is quick to give credit where 8 - PTW - June 17-24, 2021

credit is due. “Claudia is a really important player in this town and my partner in doing this,” he said. “She really made a lot of this happen in conjunction with our village staff. “We started by just talking with the seniors. That was our first meeting. I think I was dreaming a little bit bigger than them, but it went really great, and as a member of the community I endeavor to be respectful of all the different points of view that we have here. And because we’re a community that has a lot of memories that we cherish, I don’t want to be the new guy who comes in and doesn’t learn from the footsteps that others have walked through. “So, it started with meeting with the seniors and then looking at the groups of people who used the building at that time such as line dancers, euchre and bridge (players), the knitting group, of course, any village council meeting or community meetings that would have to be held here, and making sure that whatever we do would accommodate everyone who uses the space,” he said. “And then, hopefully, expanding it so it will be more viable for rentals – either for locals – or for guests who would want to come here to throw a party, a wedding reception, or a rehearsal dinner. “We originally dreamed bigger than the budget and we cut down. What was amazing was we have a Junior Women’s Club in town – they sponsor our art fair each summer – and they are huge supporters of the community and they agreed to donate • PTW photo on this page by Claudia Ressel-Hodan

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Spend an hour and create a Pentwater keepsake! Jilly provides the glass, firing, and fun! Starrng at $48. Call to Reserve 231-869-2100 | Photos: Opposite page, Steve Bass shows off one of the sitting areas in the new community center. He worked alongside Claudia Ressel-Hodan to really determine what the needs of this area were in designing Park Place. From the photos to the furniture, everything was meticulously chosen to make Park Place truly special and centered around this community. Above, two signs in front of the building denote the new name and the major players in funding this project.

$10,000 for us to remodel. That seed money was the spark that got everybody excited and everybody started dreaming about what this place could be.” Bass said those behind the project also upgraded the heating, air conditioning and electrical, put in a new floor, painted walls, brought in new furniture, and more. “Our village council agreed we could take a loan against the millage – the millage supports us so that we can have income – so that we could really elevate our space to a point where people would use it,” he said. “So, rather than trickle (the project) out over the course of a decade, we said let’s do it all right now, let’s make it great so people can use it, and we’ll spend the next couple of years paying it back with our millage that is specifically for this building. “I’m so happy. You know, there’s two levels of happiness. There’s one – just as a designer – you like the way it looks. But I’m happiest because the community is happy, and they like the way it feels. To be able to create a municipal building that doesn’t feel like a municipal building was the result of an amazing collaboration.” • PTW photo on this page by Jeanne Barber

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Pentwater Civic Band concerts return After a one-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pentwater Civic Band is returning to its Thursday night stage on the village green in downtown Pentwater. The Pentwater Civic Band has been filling warm summer evenings with music since 1947. Concerts are from 8-9 p.m. and are free to attend and participate in. Those who attend are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket, come early to enjoy a meal or browse the shops along Hancock Street and, perhaps, get an ice cream cone afterwards. Community band concerts were a near universal feature of American small towns up until the advent of radio and recorded music. This tradition still continues in tiny Pentwater, with a recorded population of 857 full-time residents in 2010. The band welcomes all musicians from high school on up, and suggests that those that would like to play plan to arrive at least 20 minutes before the downbeat. Some of its members have played in the group every week for decades, and some may only play once a summer. It is true that the band has no conductor, and minimal organization, but it is not true, however, that members never practice. They do that once a year, whether they need it or not. The band plays a lot of marches, polkas, show tunes and old favorites. Members funnel their suggestions to the first cornet, who chooses the tune. They do take requests from the audience, as well. He then calls it out to the rest of the band, the drums provide the beat and they’re off and playing. Concerts last for an hour, and take place from the fourth Thursday in June until the last Thursday before Labor Day. It is a great way to enjoy both the sunset and wonderful music! They guarantee that you’re going to have a good time regardless of your age, but youngsters will have a really great time. They usually play “The Chicken Dance” about halfway through the hour, to the kids’ (and their) special delight. The evening ends with a medley of “Merrily We Roll Along” and “Auld Lang Syne.” Whether you want to play or just listen, join the band on Thursday nights during their 74th year for an unforgettable summer experience.

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Planted in Pentwater New Beginnings By Cathy Crumb

PTW Contributor It all began in late summer 2019 when I decided that it wasn’t wise for me to climb a ladder anymore to hang Christmas lights on the somewhat scraggly blue spruce. True, it was a beautiful tree in it’s time and the birds loved it, but it was time to go. So, it did. It was located in one of the sunniest spots in my yard, so what better thing to put there than a vegetable garden. I used leftover untreated lumber and built a 5-by-8 foot raised bed. In it went fall leaves and lots of dairy doo compost. By the spring of 2020, I had really beautiful soil that was ready to plant. I started with lettuce seeds in May, followed a week or 2 later, by carrots. After it warmed up a bit, in went the beans, nasturtiums and a parsley plant. When it warmed up even more I had fun shopping for the vegetable plants and ended up with two purple cherokee tomatoes, a variety of red and yellow peppers, two cucumbers and two eggplants. Everything did quite well, some better than others. As always in gardening, it was a

learning experience. The biggest challenge was keeping the deer and squirrels out, as most of you can relate to. I had a system in the spring that was recommended to me to try. Unfortunately, it did not work well enough, so I have now devised a cistern that I think will be pretty effective. We’ll see! So, looking forward to the summer of 2021, I will make a few changes regarding the choice of seeds and plants. I will definitely plant heirloom tomatoes again, just out of reach of the deer. I think the Swiss chard and parsley will be back on their own. If so, fine, if not I will only replace the parsley. The eggplant was fun to watch grow so that will definitely return, as well as the peppers. I did not care for the flavor of the cucumbers but will find another variety because they were fun to watch, too. My friend and I would stand out there and count the blossoms. What fun! In the summer of Covid, definitely yes! I am going to add parsnips this year, too. If you have any inclination at all for gardening I highly suggest that you try a few seeds or plants and watch them grow. It will entertain you all summer! All you need is a sunny spot, not even very big, and some good soil (Dairy Doo). If you don’t have the space, the Pentwater Service Club has built a very nice community garden off of Park Street by the library. It’s all ready for you to plant. I’m sure any service club member can give you further information. Try it, you’ll like it! June 17-24, 2021 - PTW - 11

Pentwater celebrates grand opening of new village hall By McKenna Golat PTW Intern

On June 6, The Village of Pentwater hosted a ribbon cutting event for the new village hall. “It’s truly an honor and privilege to be here today to open this facility officially” Pentwater Village Council President Jeff Hodges said. The building was originally the Huntington bank. It was purchased over a year ago, but it took some time to change everything over for the village’s needs. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic delayed construction of the new building. The new village hall has fireproof safes left over from when it was a bank, so Pentwater will be using them to store its physical files. The village hall is also now

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Pentwater Village Council President Jeff Hodges, above center, cuts the ribbon on the new Pentwater Village Hall in the old Huntington Bank building in downtown Pentwater, Sunday, June 6.

connected to the police department. Before, the buildings were across the street from each other. “I’m excited that we’ve come this far,” Barb Siok, deputy clerk and treasurer, said. “I’ve been here for a number of years and to be able to be a part of this dedication, I feel very honored.” Hodges opened the event with a short speech about the new village hall and the old one. He said leaving the old village hall building was challenging because it had served the community for many decades. It was hard to convince the village the new building would be good for the community. However, Hodges believes the new building gives an opportunity to create new memories for Pentwater, and it will be a great service to the village for many more years. “We’re very fortunate for the hard work and the dedication of people in this

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community who’ve transformed and reconfigured this into the facility you see in front of you,” Hodges said. The new village hall is centrally located. With it now connected to the police department, different processes and security will be more efficient between the two offices. Hodges said the new building is set up to be an efficient, multi-use government building. He is glad it finally was able to open. “I feel very happy and very relieved,” he said. “It’s been a long process.” To conclude his speech, Hodges cut a blue ribbon two village council members held in front of the double doors to the building. The doors were then open to the public for refreshments and to look around the village hall. The ribbon cutting was the same day as the Pentwater Start of Summer Party, which began later that evening at 5 p.m.

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Last week we touched on Charles Mears and his influence in Pentwater, but if you go to the Pentwater Historical Society Museum, you might notice something interesting on display; a map of a place called Middlesex which seems to be comprised of a large portion of Pentwater. What is that about? Charles Mears came here to make money from the lumber trade, and to do that, he had to make improvements to the channel between Pentwater Lake and Lake Michigan. He bought land both north and south of the channel, including what is now Chester Street, Mears State Park, and other surround areas, then began digging the channel deeper and straighter. The map on display at the museum is the plat map that Mears himself received from a Chicago surveyor’s office over 160 years ago, and it details his plans for the settlement, which he decided to name Middlesex. He built a sawmill, a boarding house, and a two-story building on the north side of the channel. The building had a store on the bottom floor, with the top floor serving as the center for various activities in the town. The map was originally done in pen and ink, and of course time has its way with these materials. What you see today is the result of restorations done by the Pentwater Historical Society Museum. After all, the map is older than any living human today. But Middlesex didn’t last long. When the village of Pentwater was officially incorporated in 1867, Middlesex was absorbed into it, bringing together the two halves of the town that we know and appreciate today. The word “Middlesex” by the way, means “middle Saxons,” and is the name of a historic portion of England. Perhaps this is where Mears took his inspiration from. The name for our beloved Pentwater is a little more mysterious, with several proposed origins, the most obvious of which is that it comes from the two separate words “pent” and “water.” The theory here is that the area is named for the lake, which initially had only a very narrow outlet to Lake Michigan. Another theory suggests that “pent” comes from the Greek word “penta’’ meaning “five,” with the five waters being the two lakes, the river, the flats, and the channel. And still others think that the name, like many other place names and state names all across the country, is taken from what the Native Americans called that area in their own language, many years ago.

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Now that the weather is hot, Pentwater has plenty of ways to enjoy it, but one of the most family-friendly is miniature golf. No doubt the village has any number of players who enjoy the big courses, but what better way to get the kids into the game than by emphasizing the short game and throwing comically large obstacles in front of them? Luckily, Pentwater and the surrounding area boasts a few different courses to explore in the smaller game also known as putt-putt. One of those is at AJ’s Family Fun Center, just north of downtown on Business US 31. The course is 18 holes and offers every challenge an aspiring putting wizard could want. “We have a variety of holes, some uphill, some with obstacles, stuff like that,” AJ’s manager Lauren Knoll said. “We have a variety of colors and styles of golf balls. We have many water features on the course as well, a waterfall into a pond, stuff like that.” AJ’s just recently opened in full for the season and is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. In addition to mini-golf, AJ’s has an arcade for gamers, a go-kart track and ice cream as a sweet heat-beating treat. Golf costs $7 for players 13 and over, and $5 for kids 6-12 and seniors 65 and over. Kids five and under golf free.



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High temperatures did not deter golfers at AJ’s Family Fun Center, last July, from partaking of their challenging 18-hole miniature golf course.

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Prose in Pentwater Penny and Benny by Caleb Jackson PTW Writer

It was one of those evenings where the whole sky was purple, and the clouds were really flat and sandy looking. I don’t know if you’ve ever been to Florida, but the setting sun can do that there, turn everything purple. I didn’t see that at the time though, I saw that later. I was looking at some old laptop in the workroom with the smell of hot metal in my nose. It had been more than a month since the Space Center laid me off, and I still hadn’t found a job. Not that the money was a problem, we had the money. Oh man did we have the money, we could have gone a whole year without getting a single paycheck and still been alright. Anyways, we lived in one of those rural Florida suburbs, you know, the ones where everybody has coconut palms in the yard, but

nobody eats the coconuts, so instead you see the green and hardened fruits filling up trash cans on the side of the road. One of those neighborhoods, and I had been in the house all day, doing stuff. I spent two hours trying to re-cane some old chair. I swept the floor, I took the dishes out and wiped the cabinets. I put all the dishes back in. I kept trying to sit down and read a book, but I’d get bored and had to do something else. Then I’d come back and read that book again. It was one of those evenings, and I found myself soldering some old laptop in the workroom with something blocking a good portion of my light. “Hey Benny, let’s go somewhere. Do you wanna go somewhere?” It was my wife Penny, standing in the doorway in a patterned summer dress, rubbing her hands with a dry towel and leaning her hip against the frame. “I’m fine honey, but don’t let me spoil your evening, why don’t you go without me? Round up some of the girls, see who will go with you.” I didn’t get up from where I was sitting. I didn’t even look over at her, but I could tell you she was biting her lip, just standing there.


After a minute she walked up next to me and put her hand on my shoulder and said, “C’mere, c’mere.” I sighed, clearly exasperated, and very slowly returned the hot iron to its holster. I got up and walked over to the doorway with her. “What?” I said. A slight shrug of the shoulders. She didn’t say anything, just took me by the hands and led me out to the living room couch located by the front windows. The lamp was lit and the shades had been pulled already. Penny must have pulled them and I hadn’t even noticed. I didn’t like it though, I didn’t like it at all, so I turned the lamp off and opened the curtains. That’s when I saw that everything was purple outside, burning like a purple fire. Then she gently pushed me into the cushions, kicked off her shoes and curled up beside me, putting her head on my shoulder. The only thing was, I didn’t want to sit down, not with that purple fire in the sky. I just wanted to be out among it, I needed to go walking around. “Now you tell me what’s wrong.” She said. She had my arm in her hands and she was playing with it, sort of running her fingers up and down it. ...TO BE CONTINUED IN THE NEXT PTW

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Under a bright blue and sunny sky, the Village of Pentwater hosted its annual Start of Summer Party June 6. “It’s great to see the community coming together and just relaxing and enjoying themselves and having some nice food and enjoying the day,” Micki Slocum, resident of Pentwater, said. A section of Hancock Street was closed off to accommodate the event. Picnic tables lined the street in front of the new village hall for the community to eat food and socialize. This year’s Start of Summer Party is special to the village because it was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was able to come back for the summer of 2021. However, this year’s party had some differences to past years. “In the years past, we were able to make everything and give it to people buffet style,” Mark Trierweiler, president of the Pentwater Service Club said. “Well, with COVID, that just isn’t possible because it’s still around even though most of us have been vaccinated.” For this year’s party, the com-

munity was to bring their own side dishes and other refreshments. The service club also had the free hot dogs wrapped up to keep the food clean. Another difference was the location. In the past, the event was further downtown, next to other Pentwater businesses. “It’s nice to have it in the street by the new village hall, and it’s just nice that everyone feels comfortable getting together again,” Paul MacDonald, Pentwater resident, said. The day of the event saw clear skies and a cool breeze. However, there was little shade. To combat this, some people sat in the shadows of nearby buildings. The Village of Pentwater was glad to see the event come back to kick of the summer of 2021. “Well, I think it’s great that the village puts it on and that the service club helps out and that they have a raffle for donations to the SOS and hopefully it’ll come back every year,” Greg Slocum, Pentwater resident said. The community of Pentwater was grateful the organizers put together the event for the community to enjoy. More events will be coming to Pentwater later this month. C








A large crowd, above left turned out for the return of Pentwater’s Start of Summer party, Sunday, June 6 in downtown Pentwater. Pentwater Service Club President Mark Trierweiler, above, is joined by Jim Howell, Rick Quinn, Claudia Ressel-Hodan, Ron Christians, Presley Zarnoski and Jaxson Zarnoski. The PSC prepared hot dogs for the event, below, and guests were asked to bring their own side dishes this year.

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Spring Fest Art, Craft & Antique Fair slated for this weekend June in Pentwater brings the 19th Annual Spring Fest Art, Craft & Antique Fair back to the village green. The Spring Fest, set for June 19 and 20, marks the 19th anniversary of this long-held tradition in excellence in art, crafts and antiques. This two-day event, showcased within the spacious and splendid village green, is the perfect setting for a most extraordinary art and antique experience. The outdoor venue provides the perfect setting for the 100+ craftspeople, artists and antique dealers to showcase their furniture, silver, porcelain, pottery, handcrafted woven accessories, jewelry, linens, glass art, sculptures, photography, paintings and more unique creations. Locals and visitors will appreciate their favorite returning

vendors and welcome first time artists/craftspeople to the annual event. Throughout the event, refreshments and food will be available. In addition to the extraordinary shopping to be had at the show, make sure to see all the offerings of the unique downtown shops and enjoy dining at one of the local establishments. The Spring Fest is sponsored by the Pentwater Chamber of Commerce. Hours for the show are Saturday, June 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, June 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The village green is located at 231 S. Hancock St., in downtown Pentwater. For more information please visit or or call 231-869-4150.

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Pentwater Township has settled comfortably into its new building at 500 N. Hancock Street, and the staff and Board are pleased with the renovations orchestrated by Dave Spitler, former township supervisor. According to current Supervisor Lynne Cavazos, “We have wonderful open space, and people have individual offices, including the zoning administrator (shared with the village), who is housed there because there is good space for him. We have a nice meeting room in the building, which provides us access to information if needed, and will be getting some additional technology for PowerPoint presentations and to meet virtually if it is necessary again. It is all working out well. And best of all, the town-

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ship’s reserves funded all the cost for purchase of the building and the renovations.” Going forward with improvements to the new Township Hall property, Cavazos reports, “We need to do renovations of our parking lot and the entry into the Township Hall. That’s first. We will redesign the parking lot and get a better entrance off Sand Street as part of our capital improvement projects.” Also, the fire department will be building a new pole barn for its new aerial fire equipment. Discussions continue with the Village of Pentwater concerning the future of the old Village/Township Hall. The parties are working with Oceana Economic Alliance to determine how to locate a buyer that would be interested in developing in accordance with the Village’s goals. Both the Village and the Township have opted into the Brownfield Development Authority established by Oceana County to promote redevelopment of the site into something the community wants and needs. The site is still jointly owned by the Village and Township, and the Township’s goal is to not to continue this partnership indefinitely, believing that the process will be smoother if

the village proceeds on its own. In other news, Pentwater Township has been actively working on getting its transfer station ready to go so that Township residents have access to it, while assuring that it is well controlled to avoid dumping of materials that are not allowed or dumping by anyone who is not a Township resident. A gate has been installed, and the site is manned from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday – Saturday each week. At all other times, the site is locked, and residents may only enter during scheduled hours and by checking in and identifying the materials they are dumping. Residents can deposit leaves and brush at the transfer station for free, but there is a charge for dumping certain items for which Republic Services charges the township for pick-up. This year, the transfer station will also have two free Saturdays, during which any materials may be dumped without charge. These will be on Saturday, June 19, to assist with disposal of anything not sold during the village yard sale, and on Saturday, Oct. 2, so that materials can be dumped before residents leave for the winter. Cavazos further notes that Ken Adams &

Sons Excavating is currently digging a large pit, about 8 feet deep, to allow for burning brush below ground at the transfer station, under the supervision of the Fire Department, instead of burning above ground as in the past. Additional plans for the transfer station include the purchase of some new equipment in the next couple of years, including a tractor for the site, so materials can be moved around by the caretaker without calling a contractor for assistance. The township will be relocating the bell and the three memorial plaques from their current location beside the old Village/ Township Hall at 327 S. Hancock St. to the cemetery. Ruggles has been contracted to build a new platform at the appropriate site at the cemetery, where there is already a veteran’s monument and flag pole. As for the existing base, the Hilton family has expressed an interest in taking it, as it seems members of their family built it originally. Further, the township plans to use taxes levied for cemetery maintenance to reconstruct about 20 of the retaining walls in the old part of the cemetery as part of its Capital Improvement Projects. The township’s property that is located

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Pentwater Township Hall directly behind the senior mobile home park on Sand Street, and is commonly known as the Swamp House property, has been sold to the owner of the mobile home park to be used for possible amenities there, such as a picnic area. This sale puts the property back on the tax rolls. The future of the 66’ right-of-way west of the property is currently unknown, as its ownership is unclear, and research as to how and from whom it could be purchased would be required. The township’s commitment to the in-

terests of the community is evident in its contributions to the Village’s Recreation Department for programs and for the progressive improvement of North Park, and the township especially supports installation of handicapped accessible equipment at the Park. Its contribution to the Park Place remodeling assures that township residents enjoy the same benefits as village residents as to the use of the facility. The township is also providing support for the development of the Pentwater-Hart Trail.


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Pentwater Lake Association News Protecting Pentwater Lake by creating a wildlife-friendly yard by Lynne Cavazos

PTW Contributor In addition to being mindful about protecting Pentwater Lake, the river, and the shoreline, we can also take steps to make our yards inviting and friendly to native wildlife. Following the steps below will help to create a wildlife-friendly yard.

Provide food Planting native herbaceous plants, shrubs and trees is the easiest way to provide the foliage, nectar, pollen, berries, seeds, and nuts that many species of wildlife require to survive and thrive. You can also incorporate supplemental feeders and food sources.

Supply water Wildlife need clean water sources for multiple purposes, including drinking, bathing and reproduction. Water sources may include natural features such as ponds, lakes, rivers, springs, and wetlands; or human- become invasive and be harmful to both made features such as bird baths, puddling people and wildlife. areas for butterflies, and installed ponds or rain gardens. Give wildlife a place to raise their

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