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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, Pentis aboutmake more. It Pentwater is a wonderful example of community, creativity, and individuality. Mike and I (Kathy) are delightedwater to finally our forever home. Mike spent For the last 10 years, this lakeshore community has embraced my family in so many his childhood summers at his grandparents’ farm in Hart. After a full day helping on ways. The small Pentwater school, guided by mighty teachers and support staff, welthe farm, he was frequently rewarded with trips to Pentwater for fishing, swimming or In addicomed my sons, embraced and encouraged their individual talents and interests. we quickly the school, our neighbors, community its people were ice cream (and back in the day –tion, movies). Sorealized it hasthat always been his special place.andWhen a family of sorts, in which my husband and I were more than willing to get involved I was introduced to Pentwater, Iwith immediately love as that it reminds of community the small in any way we fell could.inWe realized the school me and the were more Massachusetts town where I wasofraised. an entire unit rather than separate entities. As we became better acclimated, we also realized that our at family was thriving and flourishing into something more than After spending 30 plus years of camping Charles Mears and renting cottages, wewe could have ever expected. Besides the educational support, we were surrounded by supportive decided Pentwater was the perfect place to retire. In 2016 we started building our new acquaintances, new friends, personalized medical care and a community who wanted us to thrive as parents and community members well andyear-round. began cementing our family as home and in June of 2019, I finally retired, so Mike and I could liveas here partthe of thisability close-knit In addition to Pentwater’s charm, tocommunity. walk or ride our bikes anywhere in town The Pentwater community has also embraced my artistic endeavors. From booths on had great appeal. Since both Mike working wood, the Artisan Center was theand GreenI enjoy showcasing artwork,with dog portraits and ArtPrize submissions, to teaching in many learned venues throughout the areawelding). and schools. We I am purchased grateful to everya person a major draw for us as well (we also to do some boat who has me and supported individual and creative endeavors. I am inspired by and now have the opportunity toencouraged enjoy Pentwater Lake my and Lake Michigan from a whole teaching all artists, young and old, and hope I can spark their imagination in some small new vantage point. way to give back what has been given to me. Art is an integral part of me and my inspiration comes this community. Honestly, I was worried that there may from not within be enough to do in the winter to keep busy. This year, I will be part of a creative and supportive group of artists downtown with the So I was pleasantly surprised to opening learn of the local organizations andCalling activities. Being in- I hold of the Painted Frog Art Studio and Gallery. on my years of teaching, volved has been a terrific way to classes meetfornew people while to the community. adults and children alike.contributing The studio is a place for encouragement and artistic LUDINGTON DAILY NEWS | OCEANA’S HERALD-JOURNAL | WHITE LAKE BEACON growthpart whether are six or sixty. However, without a doubt, the best of you Pentwater is our neighborhood. Mike and I After the stress of spring, discover a hidden talent. Leave your worries at the door consider ourselves blessed to beand surrounded such thoughtful and friendly neighbors. find the peaceby of holding a paintbrush, a crayon, a marker or find inspiration in the perfect hue to express yourself. Pentwater welcomes you and so do I.
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Monday, June 28
Adult tennis clinic, 11 a.m. to noon, Pent- Farmers Market, village green, 10 a.m. to 1 water Tennis & Pickleball Club. This clinic is p.m. designed for adults who want to learn either game, or just improve their current skill level. Tuesday, June 29 Just bring your racquet and water. Comedy at the Village Pub, 9-11 p.m.
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Ensign sailboat races, 5-7 p.m., Pentwater Tacos for the Trail, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Start your Yacht Club. day the taco way, with a breakfast taco at Thursday, June 24 Green Isaac’s, and they’ll donate 50 percent Wednesday, June 30 Farmers Market, village green, 10 a.m. to 1 to the Pentwater Hart Trail. Registration for Monthly tennis/pickleball social, 7-9 p.m., p.m. This market features the best products the noon 2-mile ride/run/walk is at 11 a.m. Pentwater Tennis & Pickleball Club. Come our local farmers have to offer. This seasons $20 donation per family or $10 per person. meet some new faces, play tennis and/or list of vendors includes many long-time favor- Tacos will be served on the village green from pickleball or just come to socialize. One eveites, plus new vendors offering local wines, noon to 3 p.m. to raise funds for the Pentwaning each month, we will host a potluck social goat cheese, herbs, lilac starter plants and ter Hart Trail, with a minimum donation of with appetizers, snacks and desserts. Bring more. You can find the finest in everything lo- $10. For more information visit www.pentyour family, friends, racquets and/or paddles. cal – from organic produce to baked goods, waterharttrail.com. pasta, beef, pork, lamb, chicken, eggs, honey, Thursday, July 1 soaps, trees and wool! Make a day of it and Saturday, June 26 Farmers Market, village green, 10 a.m. to 1 take a walk on Pentwater’s beautiful waterEnsign sailboat races, 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. front. Be sure to pick-up lunch or a curbside p.m., Pentwater Yacht Club. order from your favorite shop downtown. For Thursday, July 1 a list of this year’s vendors, please see page Sunday, June 27 Live Blues and Jazz at Gull Landing, 6-10 p.m. 18 of this issue of PTW. Movies on the Green, 7-11:30 p.m. on the village green. “Trolls: World Tour” will be shown, Thursday, July 1 Thursday, June 24 with the movie starting at dusk. Pentwater Civic Band concert, village green, Pentwater Civic Band concert, village green, 8-9 p.m. 8-9 p.m.
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Happy hobby, happy home ‘Passion for Natural Health’ at root of Sarah Visscher’s love for her family by David L. Barber PTW Writer
The soil calls out to Sarah Visscher. The wind whispers her name, and even Mama Pig and her 10 piglets squeal as they scurry to greet her whenever she walks near. Life on the farm is a constant dialogue with nature for the rural Pentwater woman – a happy chat of whispers and whistles, of shouts and echoes, and paused only by moments of welcomed silences and solitude – as she walks barefoot in the footsteps of her three Tom Sawyerian boys. Instilled with the unbridled energy of their mom and dad, 5-year-old Joshua, 3-year-old Asher and 2-year-old Uriah, dart hither and yon in pursuit of fun and fortune, the latter, of course, being bugs, butterflies and if the sun and rains play along, all the freshly-grown fruits and veggies they can pick, pluck, plunder and devour. Sandals, surrendered to the dirt and grass, serve as testament to the simplicity and spirituality in which Sarah lives her life – where the coolness of the soil welcomes her like an old friend. To stroll the patchwork of gardens and orchards – and even a fishing pond/swimming hole – that she and her husband, Caleb, have carved into their 40 acres of what-can-be, will be, brings peace to those sojourning souls who come to visit. 6 - PTW - June 24-July 1, 2021
“We’ve been blessed,” Sarah said 30 minutes earlier as she played with Uriah at their kitchen island. Nearby, Asher pushed a Hot Wheels car back and forth, while barely hugging distance away, big brother Joshua signed his name next to the drawing of “a rocket ship that flies into space” that he chalked just below his mom’s “To Do” list. And as he looked out over his family’s kitchen gathering, and smiling as he rocked their two-month-old daughter, Athena, in his arms, Caleb echoed his wife’s comment. “It’s definitely a blessing,” Caleb said as his smile was stretched into a wide-eyed boyish grin. “It’s always crazy around here – we love it.” Crazy? Here’s what’s crazy: with all their chickens, pigs and cattle; with a barn that needs routine cleaning like all barns do; with an irrigation system that needs tending to; and with all weeds that need pulling and the crops that are rooted and cycling toward maturity, the Visscher’s family farm remains “a hobby.” “Caleb and I run a construction company, that’s our full-time job,” said Sarah. “We have a crew of 16. We build custom homes, we do remodeling, we work closely with insurance companies at home restoration. “We also own a sister company that installs solar, which we are very passionate about.” Based in Ludington, the ever-growing Visscher Construction and Landscaping, Inc., maintains a busy work schedule, to be sure, while back at the farm their “hobby” keeps pace with its • PTW cover photo and feature photos by Jeanne Barber
own demanding work schedule. “(Farming) is our hobby,” she said. “We raise honeybees, chickens, meat birds, pork, beefalo, and (we have ) a Jersey milk cow. We have an awesome farm hand, Evan Bailey, (who) started last year and has been helping us get the farm up and running. Without him, we would be lost. We occasionally hire kids to come work on the farm as needed, right now a few schoolaged kids come to help pull weeds.” Beefalo, explained Caleb, are “three-eighths buffalo, fiveeights cattle.” “It’s lower in cholesterol and higher in protein,” said. Caleb “It’s a lot more healthy for your heart, and people who have a hard time with cholesterol need this type of meat. “We’ve had them for about a year so far. We will be selling processed meat, but it’s not quite ready yet. We’re building our herd and in the next year or two we hope to be able to sell the meat from the farm.” As much as they enjoy the farm life – the sweat, the toil and walking barefoot through the fields – Sarah said she and Caleb want to do all they can to provide healthy diets for their children, and themselves. “We focus on growing our food, on being self-sustainable as much as possible,” said Sarah. “By doing this, we can avoid using fertilizers and chemicals (in and on) the food that we consume. (We) grow all of our own meat – our own eggs – and (we have) a milking cow so we can make fresh butter, yogurt, cheese and so much more. “We also recently planted an acre of fruit, which is soon to
be a you-pick organic orchard of raspberries, blackberries and blueberries. We will soon have apples, cherries, apricots and peaches, along with all of the berries. We also have a large pond – about an acre – that we have our own fish planted in for consumption.” While Sarah and her family’s hobby is farming, she has several hobbies within that umbrella hobby that keep her busy, happy and best of all, close to the soil that calls out to her, day after day. “Along with growing, or raising, the food that we consume, I also make a majority of the products we use in our home, by hand,” said Sarah. “I make kombucha, which is a probiotic rich drink made from fermented tea. “(From) our little roadside stand I sell things like farm fresh eggs, soy candles, elderberry syrup, pure vanilla, sprouts, honey, lip balm, (and more) … since this health stuff is my actual hobby, and my job.” Sarah’s Facebook page, “Passion for Natural Health,” lists the various products she makes and sells. It also lets her followers know a little bit about her, and her family. A couple recent entries on that page include: – “(The pond) is gonna’ feed our fruit orchard fresh water and our bellies fresh fish, from untreated water. We plan to use it for swimming as well.” – “Our first beefalo was born on the farm (in early May). It’s a girl and we named her Cinnabon.” – “It’s been a busy couple weeks here. Hang in there as we continue to adjust to our new home, farm and added blessing
On the cover: Sarah Visscher and her 2-year-old son Uriah enjoy a happy moment inside their rural Pentwater home. Opposite page: the family of six, plus many animals on their hobby farm, includes Sarah and her husband, Caleb, and their four children, Joshua, 5, Asher, 3, Uriah 2 and Athena, two months old. Above, Sarah tends to Mama Pig, who has been busy caring for 10 piglets of her own. June 24-July 1, 2021 - PTW - 7
(daughter Athena).” – I’m a very random smoothie maker. I literally just throw stuff in a cup and hope it turns out. Today when I picked up my cup to blend it … here’s what I threw in, raw jersey milk, mixed frozen berries, 1/2 banana, rolled oats, ground flax, chia seeds, unsweetened coconut, MCT oil, collagen – P.S. it was delicious.” – “The other day while I was washing dishes I watched a bald eagle land in our fruit orchard and eat its catch (so cool). This a.m. I woke up to seagulls and turkeys making lots of racket (I opened the window to soak it in). Dixie (our dog) came back to the house yesterday with quills in her from a porcupine (it’s now dead), and we get visited by a herd of deer every night. The land is slowly waking up and we are having a blast enjoying nature. Spring is coming!” Sarah, 26, and Caleb, 24, were both raised in the same simple, spiritual environments they are passing on to their children. Both were homeschooled, and they plan to teach their children in similar fashion. Caleb attended Ferris State University, where he graduated with an associates degree in building technology. While at FSU, he earned honor roll recognition. “We were both homeschooled and graduated high school,” said Sarah. “At age 17, I graduated and started my own cleaning business, which I ran for many years ‘til soon after having kids, when I decided to become a stay-at-home mom. “Now, as we become more busy with construction and solar, I help out with our company’s (needs). The most exciting part is that we just finished our custom built home (in early June).” That’s right, in the midst of it all, while maintaining their family construction business, while maintaining their solar business, while maintaining their farm, while raising their family, Sarah and Caleb built their dream home, too. As he walked onto the front porch while still holding tiny Athena, Caleb watched as his sons ran off into different directions, and Sarah followed, only to shed her sandals before walking toward Mama Pig and her piglets. And, once again, his ever-present smile was upgraded into an allout boyish grin. “Blessed,” he said as he turned his face downward to kiss his baby daughter on the top of her head. 8 - PTW - June 24-July 1, 2021
“We’ve been so blessed. We try to take things as they come, and just roll with the punches – it’s a good life, though. “The big thing for us in doing the whole homestead – it’s a lot of work, for sure – it’s a great way to raise your kids, it gives them responsibilities, teaches them to take care of themselves, and to have good work ethics. “It’s important to give them a good Christian heritage, learn how to work and to succeed in whatever they want to do,” he said. “Sarah does (the homeschooling) mostly, but I help, a lot. Sure, I’ll be helping more as the kids get bigger, and into high school age, but for now that’s Sarah’s area, with me just helping.” After strolling from their fields to their pond, and from their piglets to their chickens, Sarah found her
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Opposite page, far left, father and daughter, Caleb and twomonth-old Athena share a snuggle. At left, Joshua, 5, draws on the family’s kitchen blackboard. At top, Sarah calls for one of her sons, as Joshua, Caleb and Athena look on. Above, Sarah looks after the 10 baby piglets on her family’s hobby farm in rural Pentwater. • PTW photos by Jeanne Barber
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Planted in Pentwater My Orchid Oasis by Judith DiMichele
I have to admit, I am an ORCHAHOLIC – one who has a passion for orchids. After moving to Michigan from Texas 12 years ago, I had to modify my growing methods from a hot climate to a cold dry one. As a former research biologist in Biochemistry/ DNA, I relished the chance to continue my hobby in the north. Many of my original plants died after the move, but hopefully you can benefit from the knowledge I’ve gained. My “orchid oasis” in my Pentwater home consists of about 200-plus plants of many different varieties. Orchidaceae is one of the largest and most diverse of all plant families. Orchids are not hard to grow if you follow a few simple rules. Read about your orchid type and try to imitate their natural habitat. Despite their reputation for being difficult and considered only for wealthy noblemen, today’s orchids are bred for everyone. You’ve seen those common orchids in retail stores or perhaps received one as a gift. Now what? The Phalaenopsis (Moth Orchid) is usually planted in bark chips or moss. If it is in a clear pot, examine the roots. They should be green if freshly watered, not brown, mushy or papery, Healthy roots will be firm to the touch. The pot must have good drainage with no standing water. The fastest way to kill a Phalaenopsis is by keeping it too wet. You want to duplicate their natural cycles of wet/dry, so allow your plant to remain dry for a few days before you water it again. Tip: Only water when healthy roots look gray; if they’re still green, wait. Do not ever water your orchids with ice cubes, an advertising ploy designed for failure after a few months. The aim was to keep people from over-watering their plants, and then buy a new orchid when your iced-plant dies. Orchids grown for the home environment are tropical and absolutely hate cold water. Correct light is important. Too much and your phal will bleach out or burn, too little and leaves will be very dark green and will
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not bloom well. Phals like bright light with only some direct sun in the morning hours. An east or south window is ideal. Summer them outside in the shade and bring them inside when night temperatures dip to 50 degrees. So, you’ve kept your orchid alive, and feeling quite proud of yourself. How to get it to re-bloom? If a spike (tall stem-like) still remains after the flowers have faded, you are in luck. Count 3 nodes (or bumps) from the bottom of the spike, then cut just above that third node. Your orchid may re-bloom from that old node and spike in addition to making a new bloom spike. I often hunt for clearance plants which are done blooming, then use this trick to re-bloom them. Phalaenopsis are day-length and temperature sensitive, so they will set new bloom spikes in the fall. Crack open a window to allow for night time cooling for at least two weeks. You will see a new spike emerge which will slowly fill with buds and flowers. Do not change the orientation of your plant while it is forming buds or the blooms will open in different directions instead of the beautiful symmetrical line of flowers for which phals are known. You can stake the bloom stalk using a bamboo skewer and soft garden wire or clips. Start when the spike is small and train it upward or into a soft curve for best display. Phalaenopsis blooms can last for months. Taxonomy of the orchid family has evolved for the last 250 years. In 1753, Carl Linnaeus recognized only eight genera. Today, about 1,000 genera are known with classification rapidly changing as new hybrids between groups become available. Their beauty and fragrance, in some cases, will astound you. One can never have them all or become bored. My favorite groups are the Cattleya (big, poufy prom orchids), Ladyslippers (Paphiopedilum), and the Dancing Ladies (Oncidium). My current favorite for scent is Maxillaria tenuifolia, which smells like coconut cream pie. An oncidium named ‘Sharry Baby’ smells like milk chocolate, and many of the
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cattleyas have scents of citrus, jasmine, rose or spicy like cloves. Join an orchid society or an online orchid group to share experiences and learn about new hybrids. I really hope you give orchids a try and discover joy in their care. When I am not playing with my orchids, I love to tend the flowers on my balcony. I am often asked how I grow them so large. My secret is pantyhose. Use strips of old pantyhose or nylon socks as wicks to constantly feed and water your potted plants. Just thread a strip up through the plant using a hook or skewer. Let a few inches of the strip dangle below outside of the pot, and insert it into a container of water with fertilizer. This wicking method will pull water up from the reservoir to your potted plant as needed. Just refill the reservoir when it’s empty. Plastic containers with lids (cut a hole in the lid) make perfect water reservoirs. The larger they are,
the longer you can go without watering your container plant. You may have visited my booth, Dynasty Designs, at art fairs. I love making sterling and gemstone jewelry, and using old pottery shards and artifacts in my designs. A few years ago I added my hand-knit clothing, including shawls, scarves and vests. I use unusual textured yarns and materials to knit all kinds of accessories. Coordinating jewelry designs with an outfit is my specialty. When it’s not too windy, I am learning to sail my remote-controlled model sailboat inn Pentwater Lake. Or somedays, I just lounge at the beach and swim in our beautiful Lake Michigan. My Jack Russell Terrier, Lily, loves to walk around the village and meet other doggies. The natural beauty, amazing people and plethora of activities make our village so very special. I am truly fortunate to be “planted in Pentwater”!
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Preserving Pentwater The Armistice Day Storm – Nov. 11, 1940 by Caleb Jackson PTW Writer
There is a map on the wall in The Pentwater Historical Society Museum that shows where major shipwrecks can be found in Lake Michigan, and there is a 20-mile span between Ludington and Silver Lake that has been called the Graveyard of Ships. Between 1848 and 1940, there have been nearly 70 shipwrecks in this area alone. Among those are three steel freighters that all sunk on same day during one of the worst storms in Lake Michigan’s history. It was November, 1940, which was then called Armistice Day. Many accounts say the winds were sustained at 75 mph, while other say 80, with gusts of 110 mph. Either way, we are firmly in the category of hurricane force winds. According to the Pentwater Historical Society, the day started off mild and warm, but by the time the storm rolled in, ships were covered in ice and facing waves approaching the height of a two-story building. Two ships, the Anna C. Minch, and the William B. Davock, lost their entire crews that day. The Minch, a Canadian freighter carrying hardwood lumber, split in half and sank a mile and half south of the Pent-
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water Channel, only a half a mile from the shoreline. Her entire crew of 24 sailors was lost. Today, you can see a scale model of the Minch at the Pentwater Historical Society Museum. A white buoy marks where the ship went down today so divers can explore the wreck. You can even find photographs and video footage of the wreckage online. The Davock went down in 200 feet of water not too far from the Minch, near the Silver Lake Sand Dunes. The Michigan Shipwreck Research Association conducted a survey of the wreckage in 2014 and announced that cause was a broken rudder, which ended up snapping off one or more of the propellor blades. Losing both steering and propulsion rendered the Davock a sitting duck, defenseless against the high winds and massive waves of the Armistice Day storm. It was swamped by the waves and capsized. The freighter was carrying coal to Chicago and lost its entire crew of 36 sailors. The last ship, the Novadoc, was another Canadian freighter that ran aground near Juniper Beach, two miles north of Little Point Sable. Like the Minch, the Novadoc was also split in two and the two haves were berated by 30-foot waves for 36 hours, as the United States Coast Guard determined that the weather was too severe to send assistance. Two cooks died and the remaining 17 crew members were trapped in either half of the ship while a small and helpless crowd gathered at Juniper Beach to watch, only 700 feet from the broken vessel. Three Pentwater fisherman were eventually able to go out and rescue the remaining crew members with the fishing boat, Three Brothers II. On display at the Pentwater Historical Society Museum is the Novadoc’s bell, signal flags, helm, navigation light, and masthead. The death toll of these three ships alone was 61 men, making up a good portion of the 146 deaths that are believed to have been caused by the storm. And if not for the actions of three brave Pentwater souls, all three freighters may have lost their crews that day.
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Pentwater has a vibrant boating and sailing community, but not everyone around knows how to sail. The Pentwater Yacht Club is happy to help change that, hosting weekly sunfish races for beginners, Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m. Races last roughly an hour to an hour and a half, going from the launch site to a turning mark in front of the yacht club building, then across the lake and back. The first race occurred June 20, after being delayed a week due to the cold water temperatures in Pentwater. The races carry no charge to participate and are open to club members and non-members alike. Sunfish boats are easy boats to use to learn to sail, because they have only one sail - so they don’t require slips and other parts that can be complicated for a layman to learn - and don’t require any crew, so they can be operated by one person. It’s an ideal way for a sailing novice or a young person to learn the basics of sailing. In fact, the Pentwater Junior Sailing Program uses sunfish to teach kids how to sail.
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“Anyone who’s interested in sailing should get on a boat and try it,” sunfish fleet Captain Doug Nelson said. “We have people on Sunday afternoons who are willing to teach other people. It’s the easiest way to learn how to sail.” Nelson said that “probably millions” of sunfish boats have been made over the years and that he purchased his back in 1970. The sunfish races returned in 2020 after tapering off at the yacht club over the years, and Nelson took note of the common refrain of “We should bring that back” whenever the topic came up. So he spent the fall and winter of 2019 drumming up interest and received a positive reaction. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic a few months later stalled things a bit, but the club was still able to host races last year. Nelson said 25 different people came to board a sunfish boat for at least one of the weekly races, and he is optimistic the numbers will increase this year. The club is getting some help from the Village of Pentwater this year; due in part to high water levels, the yacht club doesn’t have the space to store sunfish boats between lessons, but the village is permitting the sunfish boats to be
stored there, as well as to head to the water from the boat launch. Those who don’t have sunfish boats but still want to learn are in luck, too. Nelson said a few yacht club members that don’t use their own sunfish boats much or at all have agreed to loan theirs out for the weekly races. They’re available on a first-come first-serve basis. Nelson said he hopes that by introducing sailing to novices in this fun and easy way, it will create more interest in sailing and perhaps lead to visitors diving into the pastime. “When we miss a day, the people stop me and say, ‘What happened? We missed the sunfish,’” Nelson said. “It’s a wonderful sight, the bright colors (from the sails) on the water. It’s beautiful.” The yacht club website adds that after the race, sailors often “retire to the yacht club” for snacks and drinks, cheekily adding that it often includes “sailors giving excuses on why they did not perform better in today’s race”. “My feeling is, if we have sunfish around that (people) can sail, they’ll keep sailing and move on to bigger boats,” Nelson said. “We just want to get people out on the water, the sunfish is the easiest boat to sail and to learn on.”
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“Penny, look,” I started out, “I already said I was fine, now will you please let me up?” But the end of it was lost on her. She had already begun her rebuttal before I even finished my sentence. “I know you, Ben. And I know you well enough to know when you aren’t happy.” She was relentless. “Listen, Penny, honey, I need to finish what I was doing. It’s kind of important, so would you let me up now?” I went to get up, but she squeezed tighter and I sat back down. “What’s this all about huh? Is this about money? I told you we’ll be fine. I’ll get another job in no time and until then, we’ve got plenty to hold us over, okay? So it’ll be alright.” “I’m not worried about the money Ben.” She took hold of my hand. “Lord knows we have enough of it. More than enough. I’m worried about you.” She sat up and looked me in the eyes as she said it. “I’ve been watching you sit around for a long time,” she put her hand on my cheek, “reading book after book, or taking walks around the park, you don’t even talk when you’re in the car anymore, like you’ve got nothing to talk about.” “Well, what’s there to talk about?” I wanted to know. I really did. “And you know what else?” Her hand dropped to her side as a little, trouble frown broke over her face. “We haven’t done anything in months!” It’s true. We hadn’t. “Everybody’s got needs Benny, and I think we need to get out of this house.” Well, that did it. Enough was enough. I bounded off that couch and started pacing around the room. Boy, I must’ve looked nuts. “What Penny? What do you want me to do? What IS there to do?” I could feel the heat in my face, it must’ve been brick red. And my arms were going crazy, flying everywhere. I was picking things up and setting them down again, at the wrong spot in the house. “You ever think about prison Penny? Do you ever think about Mars? You know, I think about those guys in prison and I think ‘I wonder what they do in there?’ Not much right? There’s not much to do in prison except be in prison, but they do Penny, they do a lot of stuff! They do it in here!” I was pointing at my head and looking Penny right in the face. I must’ve looked crazy, I know I did. “And what about Mars, Penny? Do you want to go to Mars? Do you 16 - PTW - June 24-July 1, 2021
think about Mars Penny? You know, they’re gonna be sending people up there someday, but it doesn’t matter Penny! It doesn’t matter if you’re on Mars, or in prison, or in bed at night, because you’re only ever in one place Penny, and you can’t escape!” I was pointing at my own big, red head again. “That’s it Penny! Every day I gotta wake up and get out of bed! Every day, and that’s it! You can’t get out of it Penny! That’s all!” When I was finished, I was staring right at Penny who was still sitting on the couch, frozen there. She didn’t move the whole time I was talking, except for her eyes, which were scared, fiery and calculating. They followed me as I paced about the living room. The rest of her body was tense, as rigid as a board. I suddenly became aware that I was breathing really heavily, and Penny, she got up and walked away from me as fast as she could. Then I looked around the living room and there was broken glass everywhere and bits of lamps strewn across the floor. Did I do that? Was I throwing things? Boy was I confused. When I turned around again, it was just to catch the blur of Penny, her arms mid swing, as she hit me over the head with a metal baseball bat. It knocked me out instantly. I woke up in the hospital the next day. Penny told me she swung that bat as hard as she could, she told me she did it because she loved me and I was scaring her. I think I’ll love her forever for that. I felt like I was full of venom, but she helped me to get alright, at least for a little bit, she sure did.
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gether and tables will be available on the green. All proceeds from the event go toward future maintenance of the Pentwater-Hart Trail. The proposed 10-foot wide trail would be constructed in right-of-way along Wayne Road to Harrison, Harrison east to 72nd Avenue and 72nd to Tyler, where the Safe Route to School Section begins and then connects with the Hart-Montague Rail Trail on Water Street. The effort to create a trail from Pentwater to Hart, to connect with the rail trail, began in 2015. In 2020, the committee formally became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization called the “Friends of the Pentwater-Hart Trail.” The goal of the organization is to raise $4.2 million for the trail, mainly through state and federal grants. Private donations are also needed. Volunteer members currently work on the creation of the trail and in the future will work to maintain the trail to the safety standards of the appropriate government agencies. Funds raised in excess of the goal shall be placed in a reserve fund and shall be used solely for trail maintenance. Anyone interested in becoming a “Friend of the PentwaterHart Trail” may find a membership form on Pentwaterharttrail.com
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Community Foundation announces 2021 scholarship awards Pentwater – Congratulations to Oceana County’s most recent graduates! Despite facing uncertainty, they have worked hard to continue their education and have fearlessly adapted to change. In partnership with many donors, the Community Foundation for Oceana County is pleased to offer financial support for area student’s pursuit of higher education. The Foundation’s 2021 Scholarship Program has awarded 220 scholarships to local students, investing $239,650 into our community’s future. 157 students are receiving awards this year, up from 138 in 2020. Of this year’s awards, 55 percent go to graduating seniors, while the remaining 45 percent were awarded to current college students and adult learners. This year’s scholarship awards surpass last year’s numbers, providing not only more financial support, but to a greater number of students as well. “It is always a rewarding time of the year. We have the pleasure of supporting students in whatever path they may choose - whether an adult returning to school, a high school student entering an apprenticeship, or a current college student who needs support in their senior year to complete their program,” explained foundation program officer Danielle Seigel. The 43 scholarship funds are made possible by a mix of individuals, couples, families, clubs and schools, held and managed by the foundation. In 2021, the foundation added the Clarence Metzler Memorial Hart Band Scholarship Fund to its family of scholarship funds. Established by former Hart band students, Jim Stover and Karen Trommater Stover, this scholarship fund is a celebration of band students and honors a teacher’s legacy. Metzler served as Hart’s band director from 1948 until his retirement in 1986. During his tenure, he built the band into a regional powerhouse earning numerous awards at district and state band competitions, as well as participating in band days at Michigan State University and Detroit Lions football
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games. The first scholarship is awarded to a band member based upon need and demonstrated leadership. The impact of individuals like Clarence Metzler shapes future generations through the music they cherish and the lives they’ve positively impacted for the better. For more information about making a gift, now or through an estate plan, creating a named fund at thefoundation, or to learn more about the upcoming new Complete Your Degree scholarship program, call Tammy Carey at 231-869-3377. To see the full list of 2021 scholarship recipients, visit https://oceanafoundation.org/scholarships/recent-scholarship-recipients/.
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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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Pentwater Lake Association News Environmentally safe cleaning at the Lake by AnnaMae Bush
Pentwater Lake Association member Greg Harrison recently raised a question for the PLA Board: “What is an environmentally safe and effective way to clean docks?” Because docks extend over the lake surface, any runoff from cleaning docks directly enters the lake. But the question can also apply to decks, paddle boards, kayaks, boats and other water toys that are cleaned on the lakeshore. There may be moss, mold, sap, barnacles as well as dirt clinging to waterfront structures and recreational items. Some of these unwanted substances are harder to remove than others, whether the surfaces are wood, metal or vinyl. It was a good question and very timely for this season. Unquestionably, the safest method is to use a good power washer with plain water. When water alone does not do a satisfactory job, a cleaning agent can be added to the water – as long as the cleaning agent contains no phosphates (phosphorous) or nitrates, which are the culprit ingredients that almost immediately cause algae blooms. So before you add a soap or suds household cleaner, check the ingredients list. I found that Dawn dish soap and Spic and Span were both safe. If you do not have the force of a power washer, try using a brush, sponge or rag with some good “elbow grease.” Once a year the PLA Board participates in a state-wide program to educate boaters on how to identify invasive species and prevent spreading them 22 - PTW - June 24-July 1, 2021
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