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Pentwater is a unique treasure. A place filled with sunsets, sand, and ice cream--sure, butcame lots of true. places along lakeshore canmy claimhusband these lovelyand distractions. For me, PentIt’s been almost nine years since our dream Afterthewe retired, I became water is about more. It is a wonderful example of community, creativity, and individuality. full-time Pentwater area residents. For the last 10 years, this lakeshore community has embraced my family in so many Our journey began many years ago when our friends introduced us to Pentwater Westaff, welways.good The small Pentwater school, guided by the mighty teachers andarea. support only lived an hour away and enjoyed many weekends with our friends at their family cottage. Over the In addicomed my sons, embraced and encouraged their individual talents and interests. years we became familiar with everything the offered and that some community day we’dandlive in were tion,area we quickly realized thatdreamed the school, our neighbors, its people Pentwater…and here we are! a family of sorts, in which my husband and I were more than willing to get involved with inspring any wayand we could. We realized the school and the community We enjoy the flurry of activity that comes with summer. Eachthat of our grandkids, ages 10, were 8 more of an entire entities. As we became better acclimated, and almost 6, get to spend their own special week with unit us. rather Theythan lookseparate forward to the many activities Pent- we also realizedswimming that our familyand was fishing, thriving and flourishing into somethingbeautiful more than we could water offers, such as Pentwater Lake with boating, and Lake Michigan’s have ever expected. Besides the educational support, we were surrounded by supportive sand beaches and swimming. They love to swim! They enjoy walks along the piers, all the playgrounds, acquaintances, new friends, personalized medical care and a community who wanted us the fun shops, galleries and restaurants in thetovillage, not toand mention allmembers the special thrive as parents community as well events. and began cementing our family as However my favorite time of year is when things start to slow down with the change of seasons into part of this close-knit community. fall and winter. Pentwater becomes a little sleepy with cottages closing and the snowbirds starting The Pentwater community has alsoup embraced my artistic endeavors. From booths on dog portraits ArtPrizemy submissions, teaching in to fly south. This is the time of year with justthe theGreen rightshowcasing amountartwork, of activity for us.and I enjoy time at tothe venues throughout schools. I am grateful every person who has Artisan Center and my husband looks forwardmany to ice fishing. Manytheofarea theand shops remain opentoand special encouraged and supported my individual creative endeavors. I am inspired by seasonal events are still held. We can easily grab a cup me of coffee and take a quietand walk through the village teaching all artists, young and old, and hope I can spark their imagination in some small or just sit and enjoy our surroundings. way to give back what has been given to me. Art is an integral part of me and my inspiraAbove all Pentwater is a small town, friendly where to meet people. We have a great tion place comes from withinit’s thiseasy community. neighborhood where we stop to chat, visit and in on each other. and Wesupportive also seegroup a strong of with the Thischeck year, I will be part of a creative of artistssense downtown community throughout the area. The support of the local clubs andStudio organizations thatonpush toofmake opening of the Painted Frog Art and Gallery. Calling my years teaching, I hold Pentwater and the surrounding area a great place vacation and enjoy evident. classesto forlive, adultswork, and children alike. The studio is a is place for encouragement and artistic DAILY NEWS HERALD-JOURNAL | WHITE LAKE BEACON whether you from are six or sixty.of folks...”we Our LUDINGTON story is not unique and is very| OCEANA’S similargrowth to what I hear a lot visited, fell in love, thetown stresson of spring, discoverofa Lake hiddenMichigan talent. Leavedraws your worries at the door dreamed of it and moved.” I’m not sure how a After small the shores people and“Pentwater find the peace is of the holding a paintbrush, crayon, a marker or find in but I was once told by a very wise person that center of the auniverse.” I think it’sinspiration true. in the perfect hue to express yourself. Pentwater welcomes you and so do I.


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Pentwater VFW annual pancake breakfast, 8 a.m. July 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29 to noon, Pentwater VFW Hall on Business 31. and 31, Channel Lane Park at 10:30 a.m. The Pentwater Historical Society will be offering: Sunday, July 4 Pentwater History 101 - 45 minute overview Live Blues and Jazz at Gull Landing, 6-10 p.m. with fun facts. Free, but donations to the history museum are appreciated. Monday-Thursday, July 5-8

Thursday, July 1

Farmers Market, village green, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Thursday, July 1

Live Blues and Jazz at Gull Landing, 6-10 p.m.

Thursday, July 1

Pentwater Civic Band concert, village green, 8-9 p.m.

Saturday, July 3

Ensign sailboat races, 11:45 a.m. to 12:45

Wednesday, July 7

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Wednesday, July 7

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Thursday-Friday, July 8-9 Youth Tennis Clinic, 5:30-7:45 p.m., Pentwater Tennis & Pickleball Club. Individualized Don VanZile Memorial Boater Safety Course, 8 a.m. to noon, Pentwater Yacht Club. This anand group instruction will be given. nual event started in 1998, and is named in honor of long-time supporter of the training Monday, July 5 Farmers Market, village green, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. event, Don VanZile. Tuesday, July 6

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‘Purpose and Joy’ Pentwater food distribution coordinator Leslie Stinebaugh reflects on volunteerism by David L. Barber PTW Writer

For Leslie Stinebaugh, the answer came easy peasy, a reflection of her easy smile that captures friends and strangers, alike. “Where would you like to have a photo taken of you?” Her answer: sitting next to a sign that welcomes visitors, vacationers, those just passing through, and all others, to her hometown: “Discover Pentwater – Come for a day, a week, a life.” “This is a wonderful place to live,” Leslie said in mid-June as she stood front and center in the Pentwater Fire Department. “There are so many good people here, people who really care about their neighbors.” As she looked on, members of the Pentwater Junior Women’s Club (PWJC), and other community volunteers both young and not-so-young, were carrying on with the Feeding America food distribution. And smile all she could – and did – it was a bittersweet moment for Leslie. After 13 years, it would be the final time she would oversee the food distribution program that has been dear to her heart for so many years. “We’re trying to take over for Leslie, but it’s going to take five of us to do it,” Brenda Wieber told the others as they gathered in a circle around her. Brenda is taking over for Leslie as the person who will coordinate the PJWC’s monthly food distribution program. A few days later, Brenda reflected on the impact Leslie has had on the food distribution program. “She is very passionate and dedicated to the food truck,” said Brenda. “Leslie’s experience kept all the volunteers on task, and the distribution days always ran smoothly. “She always made certain all who came to the truck, received food. Over the years I can see that she has gotten to know many of the people who attend, such as with the application form, or loading food into a bicycle basket, or sled. “She is a very compassionate and caring person,” said Brenda. Several times during her last day of overseeing the distribution of the food, Leslie pointed to one person, and then to another. A couple of times she simply swung her hand from left to right in a waving motion to point out all the people who were working so feverishly in front of her. “It is a huge group effort,” she later said. “PJWC and community volunteers do the work of distributing the food to each recipient. 6 - PTW - July 1-8, 2021

PJWC buys the trucks of food from Feeding America monthly, and have been doing so for 13 years. “PJWC funding the monthly food distributions is so incredibly important to our community. We give all the food away every month with a wonderful group of likewise dedicated angels. I have been involved with the monthly food distribution since the beginning and somehow, early on, I morphed into being the one in charge, mostly because I was always available to be there on distribution days.” But, once again – whether during an in-person conversation, or on the phone, or even in exchanged email messages – Leslie always returned the topic of discussion to where she wanted it directed: giving credit to others. “It’s always been a group effort,” she said. “It’s always given me purpose and joy to do this every month. I decided to retire in the fall of 2020, but I wanted to get through to the point of moving on from the pandemic. I think we are on our way. I am leaving with everything in good hands. “I am thankful, every day, that I have all that I need. I have known times, long ago, when all I had in my cupboard was popcorn to eat. Good thing that is one of my favorite foods, even today. My bills were paid, but food came last. “Sometimes, people who work hard, just need a little bit of help,” said Leslie. “Empathy, kindness and lots of love go a long way to helping others. The point is, that you just don’t ever know who next to you might be in need of a little help.” Leslie could talk all afternoon about all the good PJWC does, and • PTW cover photo by Jeanne Barber and feature photos by David L. Barber

how much she enjoys living in the little town on the big lake – Pentwater. And of course, she would do so with a smile. “PJWC is such an asset to our community,” she said. “It funds projects from proceeds of our once-a-year juried Art Fair in July. It’s a huge event in our community and (it brings in) vendors from all across America. “PJWC funds projects from requests that have been submitted to our voting group. Some examples are drinking fountains, Park Place (formerly the Friendship Center), remodeling the sprinkler system for village green, the monthly mobile food pantry. “I receive more in my life from doing this work, it’s a great feeling helping someone in need,” said Leslie. “Volunteerism kind of grows on you. It gives you enormous purpose. “My daughter, Sarah, started volunteering during her middle school years and never slowed down – always for those less fortunate. She passed away in 2013 and in retrospect, (she’s) probably the biggest reason for my giving back to my community. She was passionate about giving back. She taught me what it means (to) sometimes, ‘take the less traveled path.’” Other organizations Leslie belongs to include the Red Cross Hospice Emergency Preparedness for Oceana County, the Pentwater Mobile Food Pantry, and Adopt-a-Highway cleanup. A 1976 graduate of Pentwater High School, and later Michigan State University, Leslie began a career in commercial lending at the Old Kent Bank in downtown, Lansing. And though she and her husband, Jack, raised their family in Eaton Rapids, they “... always vacationed in Pentwater, every chance (they) could,” until they bought a home there in the 1990s. “When I married (Jack) and we had our first child, Sarah, I chose

to work out of my home and I opened a childcare center,” she said. “I wanted to be at home with my children. It was the best decision ever. After providing child care for 20 years and with my husband retiring from General Motors, we relocated to Pentwater permanently (in 2005). “My son, Jake, finished high school in Pentwater. He loved the experience of a smaller school and it was a great fit for him. He was welcomed in and already knew a number of his classmates from summer and vacations spent here. “Pentwater has changed a lot over the years, but the one thing that remains the same is that it’s a community that can always be called ‘home’ – no matter where you are from – it just always feels that way,” she said. Though Leslie is stepping back from coordinating the PJWC’s monthly food distribution program, don’t think for a minute she’s slowing down – you see, she owns six sewing machines: count ‘em, six! “And I use them all, even the treadle machine,” she said. “I make handbags, purses, luggage and yes, quilts. I donate and give away most everything that I make. “Currently, I’m working on three baby quilts for friends of my son who are having their first babies. A lot of other things I donate to the women’s shelter COVE in Ludington.” For all she does, and will continue to do for her community, the tears that welled in Leslie’s eyes multiple times her final day at the food distribution, trickled down over her ever-present smile. “Yeah, I’ll miss it,” she said, softly. “But it’s time (to move on).” Brenda, who has worked with Leslie at the food truck distribution site for four years, said she is looking forward to taking over as the

On the cover: Leslie Stinebaugh sits next to south welcome sign that beckons those that see it to “Discover Pentwater – Come for a day, a week, a life.” Opposite page: Leslie smiles through a flurry of activity as she coordinates the Pentwater Junior Women’s Club monthly food distribution program. Above, Leslie chats with Brenda Wieber inside the Pentwater Fire Department. Brenda is taking over for Leslie as coordinator of the program, after volunteering with Leslie in this venture for the past four years. July 1-8, 2021 - PTW - 7

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team’s leader. “When I first approached Leslie about taking over for her with the team, she gave me her words of wisdom – ‘be flexible,’” said Brenda. “My hope is to have the distribution days run almost as well as Leslie did, and ‘stay flexible.’ “As a member of the Pentwater Junior Women’s Club, I have taken on the task of coordinating a team of four club members to assist on a rotating basis at the monthly distributions. It’s a lot for one person to be responsible for, every month. I was surprised at Feeding America’s requirements, along with the forms and documentation.” Brenda said there are currently 27 members in the PJWC, whose website can be visited at That website, she said, “... has examples of projects we have funded in the past, and the scholarship program. We are currently accepting grant applications for community groups and projects, which will be awarded in November. We are always looking for new members.” According to the club’s website, “ … the Pentwater Jr. Women’s Club is a volunteer service club of women committed to improving the community of Pentwater. We share a common desire to serve the community, have fun together and build lasting relationships. We share ideas and make friends as we work to make a difference. Please contact us, all women are welcome!” • PTW photo by David L. Barber

Daughter’s legacy inspires mom to this day by David L. Barber PTW Writer We were on the road recently to visit children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, when my wife told me I had just received an email from Leslie Stinebaugh. That email had an attachment – her own daughter’s obituary, from 2013. Leslie and I had talked a few days earlier about her involvement with the Pentwater Junior Women’s Club’s long-standing effort to bring the Feeding America food truck to their community, and about her love for her community, in general. She talked, too, about her own daughter’s dedication to volunteerism. Then, just that quickly and understandably so, she talked not in words, but in silence, and in tears, and for a few brief seconds, in the way she reached out to hold my hand as my own eyes began to well with tears. Leslie’s daughter, Sarah Jeanne Stinebaugh, died Nov. 4, 2013, at the age of 27. “She taught me so much, especially about how important it is to volunteer, how to serve your community,” Leslie said of her daughter. Leslie’s words – her silence and tears – reminded me of my own children, and how much they’ve taught me over the years. They have been my greatest mentors. So when my wife read me Sarah’s obituary from 2013 as I continued to drive us south into the lower part of Michigan, my chest became heavy. So many times in my career as a newspaperman I learned about people only af-

ter reading their obituaries. And so many times, having only met them through the ink on a page, I felt though I had known them for some time. Young Sarah, my wife read to me, was the valedictorian of her graduating class of 2005 from Eaton Rapids High School. “She went on to attend the University of Michigan and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Brain Behavior and Cognitive Science in 2009,” my wife said. “While at the University of Michigan she was a member of Proyec to Avance: Latino Mentoring Association, Pre-Students of Osteopathic Medicine Association, Women’s Club Boxing and Women’s Rugby.” Sarah’s obituary also reminded those who knew her, and informed others like myself who did not, “... missing a University of Michigan football game was out of the question – she was definitely a ‘Go Blue’ ardent supporter and sought out other U of M groups whenever she traveled, including Peru.” Sarah then went on to join the AmeriCorps program and served for Salud Family Health Centers serving the underserved community in Fort Collins, Colo. “She enjoyed this volunteer work so much that she went on to join the Peace Corps where she was stationed in the small village of Llumpa in the Northern Andes Mountains, Ancash, Peru as a community volunteer. While there, she also worked as a volunteer with Caritas Internatinalis to coordinate programs to

combat chronic malnutrition within her local municipality, and health post.” Sarah was fluent in both Spanish, and Quechua, and she “... loved the Peruvian people so much that she thought of Peru as her second home.” When Sarah returned to America, she decided to pursue her Masters of Public Health degree in Epidemiology. She was attending Tulane University in New Orleans, where she also worked as a research assistant on the NO-ROACH children’s asthma study. So young, Sarah accomplished so much, and reached for even more – always to help others – all before her 27th birthday. “She loved the summers in Pentwater, where she held several summer jobs and could be found either at the beach, jet skiing, or hanging with her friends and brother around the summer evening bonfires.” Sarah’s obituary ends this way: “Memorial donations can be made to the Pentwater Junior Women’s Club Mobile Food Pantry, P.O. Box 357, Pentwater, MI 49449 In gathering information for my story on Leslie and her volunteer efforts with the Pentwater Junior Women’s Club, and more specifically, on how she has coordinated efforts with that club’s food distribution program, she told me: “My daughter, Sarah, started volunteering during her middle school years and never slowed down – always for those less fortunate. She passed away in 2013 and in retrospect, (she’s) probably the biggest reason for my giving back to my community. She was passionate about giving back. She taught me what it means (to) sometimes, ‘take the less traveled path.’” What a tribute it is – what a wonderful truth is spoken – when we recognize how much we learn from our children, and how much they inspire us. Certainly, Sarah delivered such truth, and such an inspiration. July 1-8, 2021 - PTW - 9

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Planted in Pentwater Art in the Gardens on Cattail Pond by Karen Clark Antrim PTW Contributor

Over the years, I have maintained gardens in every place where I have lived since I was a child. And after retirement, and a two year rural property search in Oceana County, Mich., my hunt was finally successful. I found a six acre plot of land on a small pond, with mature trees and meadows, literally everything I had been looking for. There would now be a place to build a home and studio with an abundance of land for gardens and a place in the woods for the wildlife to roam. Today, my gardens have developed over time on the land that surrounds my home and studio on Cattail Pond in Hart, Mich. The gardens contain native flowers and shrubs in addition to a smattering of colorful flowering trees that offer solace and inspiration. Many of the flowering plants, overcrowding the beds of my lovely friends and neighbors, have been given to me. What better gift, as they continue to thrive and reproduce, so that I too may pass them along. The pond, which does not have a name, and to which I have assigned the name “Cattail Pond,” is a major focal point. The cattails in the pond furnish a home for the red winged blackbirds and shelter for the beaver, turtles, muskrat, ducks, and fish which reside therein. Additionally, eagles, great blue herons and swans either reside in close proximity or have made an appearance on the pond. Poplar, white birch and white pine trees line the banks at the water’s edge and provide sanctuary for these birds. The pond is my latest garden project, a long range goal, a project in the making. A project which will take many more years to develop, but is truly a high priority. Since I am a ceramic sculptor, I have created a wide variety of garden art which further enhances the • Contributed photos by Karen Clark Antrim

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Just Minutes from Pentwater! beauty and aesthetics of the gardens. The artwork which manifests itself in a variety of forms, augments and creates a supplement to the garden beds when the flowers are not yet in bloom. Fairy cottages, spirit houses, raku fired and colorful metallic, floral and animal stacks are featured throughout the gardens. My garden art is usually a combination wheel thrown and hand built forms that have been fired in a raku kiln. Made of clay, they are designed to withstand warm weather in your garden. They may be brought indoors, reminding us of the joys of the spring and summer time, and enjoyed during the long winter months. I will continue to be inspired to pursue the artistically designed and arranged plantings of my gardens surrounding Cattail Pond in the years to come.

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Preserving Pentwater The Village Green by Caleb Jackson PTW Writer

The village green is the charming heart of the Pentwater community. Anybody who lives in Pentwater has probably attended a concert, wedding, or something at the village green once in their life, and the sprawling lawn with its unobstructed view of the lake is a wonderful place just to sit and relax while the kids run around and play. But it wasn’t always a wide-open space. In fact, there was a time when it was a very closed-in and empty space. That is, there used to be an abandoned building on the lot. And instead of green, it was white. The White Elephant, they called it. What’s that about? Mostly it was about one man from Chicago, George A. Williams, who had a vision for Pentwater. A vision consisting of a bustling summer resort community, with a three-story hotel and its own steamer service that would transport people directly from Chicago to the hotel and back again. George A. Williams came to Pentwater in 1891 and once he got the township to pitch in, he began building his hotel on what is now the village green. The massive three-story structure was going to be called Valeria, named after his wife. In 1892, Hotel Valeria was well under way, with many of its white walls standing. It even had a castellated tower that was several stories tall. But then the economy took a turn for the worst in 1893 and it wasn’t too long before George A. Williams ran out of money and left town, abandoning his beautiful hotel and leaving a hollow shell in its place. It was around this time that the building started to be called The White Elephant – a gag gift. Something that promised to be much greater than it actually was, but actually ended up being nothing more than a massive waste of space. Still, the town did what it could and by 1921, it was partially completed. The White Elephant hosted a handful of shops, restaurants, government offices, a gym, even a talking picture house called the Tower Theater. In this way, maybe it was similar to what The village green is now, an active part of the community, despite the fact that much of the building was still derelict and roofless. But even that wasn’t meant to last. Much of The White Elephant burned down during a fire in 1928. Following that, it was finally torn down, 37 years after a man named George A. Williams came to Pentwater. Some of the bricks were salvaged and used to build the Miracle Theater on the corner of Second and Hancock, which many of you might recognize today as The Hancock Building. According to The Pentwater Historical Society’s website though, William’s did more than build a half-finished hotel. They think that he contributed largely to the idea of Pentwater being a summer vacation destination. To quote them directly, “Most beach homes and resort development date from this time and from the vision of the promoter of the White Elephant.”

Pentwater Spring Festival thrives after morning downpour By McKenna Golat PTW Intern

After a delayed start due to morning thunderstorms, the Pentwater Spring Festival Arts and Crafts Fair saw an influx of patrons Saturday at the village green. Once the storm had cleared up, it was hard to tell a it had occurred, as visitors and vendors mingled and enjoyed the day. Saturday was the first day of the two-day Spring Festival, presented by the Pentwater Chamber of Commerce. The event was returning after a year off due to the pandemic, and both locals and visitors were happy to see the festival return. “Our vendors are really excited to be back and we’re excited to be back,” said Ashlyn McDonald, event coordinator. “Despite the rain, everyone has a positive attitude…” Many vendors were regulars at the event and were glad to come back after a year of restrictions and lockdowns. One such vendor was Paul Terpstra of Paul’s Jerky, who has been coming to Pentwater for 12 years. Although he hasn’t been to the Pentwater fair since 2019, he has gone to other arts and crafts fairs in five states since February. “What draws me back is the amenities they have here and the clientele,” Terpstra said. “The people are friendly, there’s a very nice park to set up in- it’s easy in and easy out-and I enjoy it.” Terpstra said he hopes the attendees enjoyed themselves at the fair. He was hoping the rain would let up and he got his wish around noon. Another returning vendor was Julie Lefler, who sells handcrafted jewelry. She goes to multiple craft fairs in Michigan and she was glad to return to Pentwater for 2021. She said she was excited to see the cus-

tomers and the other talented vendors. “I’m anxious to get the sunshine and start seeing people again,” Lefler said. Some first-time vendors were there. Carolyn Adkins was selling ceramics in the Muddy Dog Pottery tent. She had her own pottery equipment, but she said she didn’t spend much time on pottery prior to the pandemic. After being laid off due to COVID-19, Adkins started to make ceramics again. A friend of hers told Adkins to sell the products at the Pentwater fair. “I’m looking forward to people enjoying something that I truly love to make, and I say that from the heart,” she said. “Every one of these pieces was created with a lot of intention and some emotion.” Adkins said the process of registering for the arts and crafts fair was easy. She was happy the weather cleared up so the fair could continue. Marnee Furman was another first-time vendor. She was selling homemade selfcare products. Furman started her own massage studio when her children had to learn virtually due to COVID-19. She said she was excited to get her business out there and to mingle with the community. “It’s nice to have some sense of normalcy back,” she said. “It’s summer in Pentwater; I mean, what better place to be.” The Pentwater Service Club was in attendance, selling food and refreshments. One food item being sold was handmade caramel popcorn. Gene Jankowski said the popcorn takes five hours to make with six people. Once the rain cleared up, the service club started making and selling fresh popcorn. “My favorite thing about this is the people, the vendors, and all the variety of things they have,” Jankowski said. “There are so many neat ideas people have that

The Pentwater Spring Festival returned Saturday and Sunday, June 19 and 20, after being canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19. The event was delayed on Saturday because of heavy thunderstorms, but it ended up being a success.

are for sale.” Melanie Redman is a fan of Michigan craft fairs and she said she was disappointed she didn’t get to see many in 2020. The Grand Rapids native likes looking at paintings because she is a painter herself. Redman said it was nice being outside with the Pentwater community. “It’s really nice to be out and I hope the vendors do well,” she said. Ludington residents Judy and Craig Rathke are regulars, attending Pentwater craft fairs in the summer and again in the fall. They were glad the summer event was back this year. They were looking forward to shopping at the tents and grabbing lunch in Pentwater. Judy Rathke said it was nice to be vaccinated and out in the village. “It’s nice to be out and see people and go talk to people without a mask on,” she said. Despite the earlier thunderstorms, many people came by and shopped at the vendors’ tents. People were happy to get outside and enjoy the newly nice weather. The Spring Festival continued into the afternoon Saturday, and wrapped up on Sunday.

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Summer is in full swing in Pentwater, and that means many things - but one of the most prominent among them is that Charles Mears State Park is back on with a full schedule. The park was mostly business as usual in 2020 too, but this summer the park will again be hosting the July 3 fireworks, an in-person sandcastle building contest during Pentwater Homecoming and the Communities Overcoming Violent Encounters (COVE) beach 5K benefit all events that were missed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “The thing that’s at the forefront of everyone’s mind is that now we’re back to full-size gatherings,” park supervisor Manny Valdez said. There was no shortage of park visitors last year as people flocked outside in response to the pandemic, and things are looking good again this year in that department. Valdez said the park’s campground is coming off its biggest May, in terms of visitors, in recent history. Camping is a popular pastime at any state park, but at Mears there’s the added benefit of being right by downtown Pentwater. “(It’s great to have) the proximity to the beach and to be able to walk into town, do your shopping and get ice cream,” Valdez said. “All the fun stuff Pentwater has to offer is within a walk or a bike ride.” And speaking of the beach, it’s bigger this year. Last year’s record Lake Michigan water levels cut into the Mears park beaches, but things have leveled off this summer and there’s about 50 feet more beach than there was last summer. That makes the park beach, which also boasts good bathroom facilities and a concession stand with toy rentals and food available, even more attractive. “The other public beaches in the area either have rocky shoreline or not enough bathrooms,” Valdez said. “Here we have smooth sand.” The one thing missing for the park right now is the one-mile hiking trail that leads to the Old Baldy sand dune. Valdez said the one position at the park that it’s been unable to fill is the explorer guide that


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Garden club plant sale returns to Pentwater By McKenna Golat PTW Intern

The Pentwater Garden Club had its first plant sale since the start of COVID-19. “I’m just excited to see what’s available, and that I can bring home to Grand Haven a little piece of Pentwater for my yard,” Marrisa Boerman, a customer, said. June 19 marked the first plant sale for the Pentwater Garden Club since 2019. The plant sale was under the Pentwater water tower. The morning of the sale was met with a heavy downpour, but the garden club remained until it cleared up. Louise Neffke, a member of the Pentwater Garden Club, said the proceeds will be used to further beautify the village. “It feels good, although I wish it was a nicer day, but we hope to generate some funds that we then purchase spring and summer plants to decorate urns and planter boxes,” Neffke said. The plant sale is usually scheduled for Memorial Day weekend, however, due to plants being slow to rise the garden club decided to postpone until the 19. Additionally, the Pentwater Spring Arts and Crafts Fair was taking place nearby. The garden club hoped the nearby event would bring new customers to the plant sale as well. “We try to do something special each year, so this year we’re doing succulents in cups so people can bring them in the house,” Paula DeGregorio, member of the Pentwater Garden Club, said. Emma Alt, Andrew Muir, Ellie and John Hoeksema were camping

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There once lived a psychiatrist who was very skilled in hypnotherapy. Patients from all over the nation would come to him to experience his famous treatment and many left feeling as if a weight had been lifted from them. First, he would tell them to lie down. Then, using only a broken stopwatch and his own voice, he would lull them into a trance. After that, he would ask them one simple question, “What is it you see?” Being the accomplished psychiatrist that he was, one day he met with five patients, all of them men. He would spend one hour with each of them, and he would hypnotize them. When he asked the first man, “What is it you see?” The man responded, “I see a beautiful woman. She is tall, with a narrow frame, with dark red, curly hair and freckles on her face. Her eyes are dark, yet light. They are brimming with life, and she is smiling.” The doctor took his notes and sent the man away. Then, the second man came in. “What is it you see?” he asked him. “I can see the sunlight pouring in through my parent’s window. It pours all over their terrazzo floor. The dust glistens in the air, like a thousand baby suns. The shadows are long. It is seven o’clock.” Again, the doctor took his notes and sent the man away. Then, the third man came in. “What is it you see?” he asked. “I see the smiling faces of my family. They greet one another at a funeral. My father’s funeral. There are many of them, people that I could not even name, and they have tears in their eyes. My father lays nearby in his casket. He looks fake.” Again, he took his notes and dismissed the man. Then, he met with the fourth. “What is it you see?” he asked. “Nothing. I don’t see anything. But… I think I can hear something. It’s music. It’s beautiful music. It’s the most beautiful thing I’ve heard in all of my life.” Again, he took his notes and sent the man away, and finally, he met with the last man. When he asked the fifth man, “What is it you see?” The man did not reply, so he asked him again. “I see you, doctor.” The man said. Then he went on, “and what do you see?” “I see five men,” the doctor said. Then he opened his eyes and found himself alone in the room.



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It is definitely summer in the Village of Pentwater, as summer residents return, stores reopen, and programs and activities are scheduled. At its recent meeting June 14, the Council approved a resolution to renew a permit to consume alcohol on the village green and Water Tower Park for this summer. Though there was some debate among the Council members, both the Building and Grounds Committee and the Downtown Development Authority supported this permit, as it was clear that there were no problems last year, and the majority of the Council stated that allowing this limited public consumption of alcohol with take-out food benefitted both the community and local restaurants. Going forward, at least one Trustee, Claudia Ressel-Hodan, hopes that the permit will be made permanent so that it will not be necessary to approve it each year. The Start of Summer Celebration and the dedication of the new Village Hall went well June 6. This was followed by the Spring Fest Arts & Crafts Fair that took place on the village green June 19 and 20. Upcoming summer and fall events included with the fireworks offered by the Pentwater Fire Department and the Pentwater Chamber of Commerce on July 3, the 56th Annual Fine Arts & Crafts Fair at the village green on July 10, Pentwater Homecoming

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Quality built and quality finished Lake MI home with beds 2.5floor baths onbedroom 120 feet Lake MIopen frontage. home4 has a first master / bath. A large kitchen living room & dining, 3-season Rare find. The ONLY AVAILABLE LAKE VIEW LOT in Outstanding residential home on 66 feetdown of Pentwater Lakefront. 4 lots upstairs thisSpartan room the main +Sitting laundry. plus bath. Located in a quiet wooded 600sq ft deck overlooking the lake leads to all a on ‘Block S’ floor deck by the3onbedrooms lakeshore, area of executive homes has alonga the lakeseawall shore. This home comes ‘’S’ shaped prestigious Longbridge East, Pentwater! Gorgeous views of house has frontage on the ‘’Big Bayou’’ of Pentwater Lake which new and shuffleboard game and features in the home will driveway satisfy the most ardent fan of MSU. This charming with a concrete and 2 car garage and many added features. Just stunning yet so comfortable. Call Today! boardwalk. Offering 3 beds 3 baths/ bath. with Athe Master bed/bath and room the laundry both both the Pentwater River flats and the south end of home has a first floor master bedroom large open kitchen living & dining, 3-season Asking $899,999 - major price reduction - Must See!!!! on all theonmain The home speaks quality everywhere youbath. look. Located Spaciousinand withwooded Pentwater Lake from atop this beautiful bluff. room the floor. main floor + laundry. 3 bedrooms upstairs plus a quiet lotsofofexecutive storage closets useful spaces. the This 2112 carhome garage is fullywith finished inside and S. Hancock St.a• concrete Pentwater • 231-869-5706 Open for Business Year Long! area homes and along the lake shore. comes ‘’S’ shaped This wooded lot• sits amongst very nice All homes. has hotand & cold drain.added Enjoysfeatures. easy access to US31 yet andsoPentwater village. driveway 2 carwater garageand anda many Just stunning comfortable. Call Today!

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