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July 22-29, 2021

Celebrating our 15th season! PENTWATER THIS WEEK

Brian Prescott welcomes you

‘A place for creativity’

Painted Frog Art Studio, where inspiration and imagination know no borders

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WelcomeWelcome to Pentwater to Pentwater Pentwater is a unique treasure. A place filled with sunsets, sand, and ice cream--sure,

lots always of places along thetraveling lakeshore can--claim lovely distractions. For me, PentMy familybuthas loved butthese recently, I attemptwater is about more. It is a wonderful example of community, creativity, and individuality. ed to dissectForwhat exactly it was that we enjoyed so much about the last 10 years, this lakeshore community has embraced my family in so many travel. Regardless of our destination, there were teachers alwaysand similariways. The small Pentwater school, guided by mighty support staff, welmy vacation sons, embraced and encouraged their individual talents and interests. In addities in howcomed those days were structured. tion,prefer we quickly school, our neighbors, andaitsjog people were I generally to realized wake that up the first thing to makecommunity time for a family of sorts, in which my husband and I were more than willing to get involved or nature hike, often ending in a visit to a local coffee shop and with in any way we could. We realized that the school and the community were more a chapter of onanthe getting theAsfamily ready the we also entireKindle. unit ratherAfter than separate entities. we became betterfor acclimated, realized that our family waslocal thrivingshops and flourishing intoasomething than we could day, we often stroll through to get better more undereverlocal expected. Besides Iftheanywhere educational support, we were by supportive standing ofhave the culture. catches oursurrounded eye, we’ll acquaintances, new friends, personalized medical care and a community who wanted us pop into a tofriendly bar for a cool draft and a light lunch. There’s thrive as parents and community members as well and began cementing our family as usually beach time involved mid-day, then a quick repart ofor thiswater close-knit community. The Pentwater community hasIfalso embraced my time, artistic endeavors. From fresher before a nice dinner out. there’s still we’ll take inbooths on the Green showcasingwith artwork, dogdaughter portraits andbefore ArtPrize submissions, a quick game of mini-golf our grabbing toanteaching in many venues throughout the area and schools. I am grateful to every person who has ice cream and heading to the in the tranquilencouraged me andback supported my beach individualto andtake creative endeavors. I am inspired by ity and beauty ofallthe sunset. teaching artists, young and old, and hope I can spark their imagination in some small to give back what has been given me. Art isshocked an integral part of methat and my inspiraWhen weway first visited Pentwater, weto were to see tion comes from thisall community. our ideal vacation daywithin could be accomplished in such a small This year, I will be part of a creative and supportive group of artists downtown with the geographicopening area...and when realized thatCalling there are a of lucky of the Painted Frogwe Art Studio and Gallery. on my years teaching, I hold few who get to for live inand thechildren village our wasand artistic classes adults alike.year-round, The studio is a place for destiny encouragement LUDINGTON DAILY NEWS | OCEANA’S HERALD-JOURNAL | WHITE LAKE BEACON whether youfirst are sixyear or sixty.anniversary sealed. Asgrowth we near our of living in PentAfter to the thank stress ofeveryone spring, discover a hidden talent. Leave your worries at the door water, we want who has been so welcoming. and find the peace of holding a paintbrush, a crayon, a marker or find inspiration in the And in return, to all those visiting, welcome to Pentwater! perfect hue to express yourself.


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takes 40-60 hours. Boats stopMonday, July 26 ping in Pentwater on their way Farmers Market, village green, 10 home will have sailed some 500 a.m. to 1 p.m. nautical miles since the start of the race. For more information, Tuesday, July 27 call the Pentwater Yacht Club at Comedy at the Village Pub, 9-11 p.m. 231-869-8921.

These clinics are designed for Saturday, July 24 July 22, 24, 26, 29 and 31, Chan- adults who want to learn either Mixed Doubles Tennis Tournanel Lane Park at 10:30 a.m. The game, or just improve their cur- ment, 9 a.m. to noon, Pentwater Pentwater Historical Society will rent skill level. Just bring your Tennis & Pickleball Club. Grab be offering: Pentwater History racquet and water. your honey (or somebody else’s 101 - 45 minute overview with honey), and come play in these Friday, July 23 fun facts. Free, but donations to challenging, fun annual events! the history museum are appreci- Back from the Mac Party, Pent- All skill levels are welcome. water Yacht Club, 5-11 p.m., ated. The food and music event is exSaturday, July 24 pected to attract over 20 racing Thursday, July 22 Ensign sailboat races, 11:45 a.m. Farmers Market, village green, 10 sailboats and their crews. They to 12:45 p.m., Pentwater Yacht a.m. to 1 p.m., this market fea- are returning to Chicago and Club. tures the best products our local other home ports after competing in the Chicago Yacht Club’s farmers have to offer. Sunday, July 25 112th Race to Mackinac. From Live Blues and Jazz at Gull Land5-8 p.m., a buffet is offered, and Thursday, July 22 ing, 6-10 p.m. Pentwater Civic Band concert, a cash bar is available from 5 p.m. until midnight. Live music from village green, 8-9 p.m. Sunday, July 25 the Rocket Fuel Haulers starts at Movies on the Green presents 8 p.m. Some 270 boats – 30 to Friday, July 23 80 feet long — are entered in this “Home Alone”, 7-11 p.m., movie Tennis clinic, Pentwater Tennis & year’s grueling race that typically starts at dusk. Pickleball Club, 11 a.m. to noon.

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‘A place for creativity’ Painted Frog Art Studio, where inspiration and imagination know no borders by David L. Barber PTW Writer

What lies within the Painted Frog Art Studio is a miniature magic kingdom where all who enter are drawn into a wondrous world of inspiration and imagination. “It is a place for creativity,” owner Michele Anscombe said of her colorful Pentwater business. Colorful? Rainbows, themselves, blush with envy. “I have combined my many years of making, selling, teaching and promoting art programs into one business,” said Michele. “I feel everyone should enjoy making, creating and appreciating art at any level of knowledge, or expertise. “I have combined my love for the outdoors, along with love for painting, to have a visual experience as one comes through the doors. (I’ve) tried to create an atmospheric, yet fun environment, to enjoy artwork that is both traditional and unique. Many of the surfaces that I work on are meant to be enjoyed by the family in their yard, as well as the traditional home. “Explore the beauty of nature through my work,” she said. “With an expressive style of painting, in both watercolor and acrylic, an exploration of our reciprocal relationships with nature takes place. I am interested in how we connect with nature and how nature reacts to our own environmental interactions, as well. Through the observations of both visual and tactile qualities of the subjects and the paint, the atmosphere of the represented forms are created.” Michele grew up in Dearborn and 6 - PTW - July 22-29, 2021

On the cover: Surrounded by a treasury of her artwork, including a massive 5-foot by 20-foot acrylic painting of “over 150 life-size American Kennel Club dog breeds,” Michele Anscombe shares her artistic talents with those who visit her downtown Pentwater Painted Frog Art Studio. This page: Anscombe (second from left) along with employees (left to right) Kathryn Nelson, Yumi Nyberg and Hallie Anscombe stand outside her colorful gallery. Opposite page: Anscombe paints one of her many pieces on display and for sale inside her studio, where she also teaches classes to aspiring and advanced artists alike.

then attended Brighton High School. She later attended Eastern Michigan University, where she would earn a degree in art history, concentrating on drawing and watercolor. “My specialty is drawing and painting,” she said. “My affinity is for anything aquatic,” which explains the name of her business, and the sculp-

tured frog that goes “ribbit, ribbit,” when guests walk through her front door. “Nothing I like better than listening to frogs. (When we’re traveling, if I see a frog, or a turtle, in the road), I save ‘em. My husband has gotten so used to it that if he sees ‘em before me, he just pulls over – he knows what I want • PTW cover and feature photos by Jeanne Barber

to do.” Her husband, Dennis, is captain of the vessel, Dock Tales Charter Fishing, LLC. As for the sculptured frog that welcomes guests into Michele’s Hancock Street business – that’s the main roadway through Pentwater – the sound of “ribbit, ribbit” has been heard over and over and over throughout the summer as visitors to the Lake Michigan hamlet, as well as locals, make their way into the unique art studio. “It’s been a very busy summer,” said Michele. “A lot of our customers come back, again and again. I’ve been in business for two years and (we’re) open, year-round. “There are three parts to the business, a retail gallery with fine art, the Frog Leg Art Buffet Cafe, and our classes.” The retail gallery, she said, includes both original artwork and quality giclee prints, the latter being a technology for fine art or photograph reproduction using a high-quality inkjet printer to make individual copies. The Painted Frog Art Gallery also hosts several commissioned artists, including Bill Kokx (watercolor), Yumiko Nyberg (origami), Shelly Frankenberg (epoxy pouring), Barbara Forgue (paintings) and Donna Miller (cards). “Brad and Todd Reed will be joining me in the gallery in the upcoming weeks with their photography books,” said Michele. The sundry of classes Michele offers are intended for artisans “... of all ages, all levels of skill from beginners to more experienced.” “Summer is geared more toward onetime classes that are product oriented,” she said. “Fall, winter and spring expands into more in-depth classes for continual educational growth. Parties can be booked for families, scouting troops, girls week, bachelorette parties, birthdays (and more).” Classes remaining on the Painted Frog Art Studio summer schedule include Kid’s Paint Pouring for ages eight to 14 (July 24, noon to 2 p.m.), Adult Paint Pouring for adults (July 24, 6-8 p.m.), Block Printed Cards for adults ages 14plus (July 29, 6-8 p.m.), Alcohol Inks for adults (Aug. 5, noon to 2 p.m.), Paint

Poured Clay Pots for adult 14-plus (Aug. 6, noon to 2 p.m.), Printing From Nature for adults (Aug. 23, 6-8 p.m.), Color Theory for adults (Aug. 26, 6-8 p.m.), and Zentangle for adults ages 14plus (Aug. 27, 6-8 p.m.). And yet there’s so much more to the Painted Frog Art Studio, and all it offers. There are Brown Bag Art Kits To Go, in which artisans of all ages can pack into brown bags “... everything you need to make art at home … choose from a variety of watercolor, markers or silk scarf dying kits, as well as a Frog Leg Art Buffet where artists young and old can “... choose their own item to paint/decorate, along with three (side dish) acces-

sories, using the buffet menu and bar … paint, glue and glitter are provided in the Frog Leg Cafe, where you complete the project.” “(It’s) a place to choose and create art – a buffet style art experience – whenever I have open hours,” said Michele. “Choose your entree (the central item that will be decorated), choose your side dishes (items to be placed on that entree), and put it together in the cafe.” As 11-year-old Polly Slotsema and her 6-year-old brother, Pierce, made their way through that artful “buffet” line, their mother looked on and said, “... we love it, (this place provides) such a good vibe, such a good feeling.” While employees Yumi Nyberg, Kath-

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Above, 6-year-old Pierce Slotsema takes in a little advice from Painted Frog employee Hallie Anscombe. Opposite page: a display of owner Michele Anscombe’s various types of artwork can be seen inside her business.

ryn Nelson and Michele’s daughter-inlaw, Hallie Anscombe were kept busy with customers, Michele stood near a massive mural of dogs she painted that she entitled, “Dog Show.” “Over 150 life-size American Kennel Club dog breeds are represented in this mural,” she said. “The large scale acrylic painting spans 20 feet, by 5 feet. As each breed relates to the other breeds, their individual attributes and personalities are taken into consideration. “There is a considerable amount of detail captured throughout the painting and a wide variety of breeds shown together as one expansive group that interact with each other, as well as the viewer. The portraits have been painted with acrylic paint on natural canvas using a method similar to watercolor or staining through multiple layers of paint. “This has created an effect of fur or hair, focusing special attention to the 8 - PTW - July 22-29, 2021

type of hair, color of coat, or any other characteristic that individualizes one dog breed from another.” If the massive painting of “Dog Show” is a larger-than-life representation of Michele’s artistic skills, the totality of her work is never-ending – she creates something colorful and meaningful, something endearing and enduring, every day. “Michele is best known for her ability to express and capture atmosphere and personality within and surrounding her subjects,” reads the bio she shares with others. “Michele hopes to connect with the subject and viewer through her expressive, yet realistic, painting style. Her paintings include a broad range of subjects and mediums including pencil, watercolor and acrylic on a variety of projects and artwork with landscape, insects, mammals and amphibians.” Her bio continues: “After receiving her degree in fine art she has concen-

trated on creating and exhibiting and sharing her passion for art through teaching both formal and informal classes, at all levels, from beginners to college students. Michele’s drawings and paintings have been exhibited and purchased throughout the state and nation, and she enjoys doing both large and small scale art as each offers a different and unique creative experience.” While Michele’s artwork speaks volumes, she, herself, remains soft-spoken. When asked what it means for her and her husband to live near such a small town on the shores of Lake Michigan, after living much of her early life in the heavily-populated region of southeastern Michigan, she simply retrieved a copy of her “Welcome to Penwater” letter that was published in Pentwater This Week magazine 13 months ago. “Pentwater is a unique treasure,” she wrote. “A place filled with sunsets, • PTW feature photos by Jeanne Barber

sand and ice cream – sure, but lots of places along the shore can claim these lovely distractions. For me, Pentwater is about more. It is a wonderful example of community, creativity and individuality.” After writing about what the community meant to her family regarding the education it brought to her sons, she continued, in part: “The Pentwater community has also embraced my artistic endeavors … I am inspired by teaching all artists, young and old, and hope I can spark their imagination in some small way to give back what has been given to me … art is an integral part of me and my inspiration comes from within this community.” Her latter statement opens a door that swings both ways: the Painted Frog Art Studio serves as an inspiration to those who live in the area, and those who are just passing through. For more information on hours of operation, price of artwork and classes, and more, email, visit or call (810) 623-9021.


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Planted in Pentwater The Brides of Pentwater by Kathy O’Connor

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If you are lucky enough to be here in Pentwater during spring you will get to enjoy splendid displays of Bridal Wreath Spirea. There are several impressive hedges, two that come to mind are on Rush Street across from the library and on Second Street near the corner of Clymer. I like to think of them as the entire bridal party. In addition to the hedges there are the solo brides - marvelous stand-alone clumps of Bridal Wreath all about the village. So let’s learn a little more about them. Bridal Wreath Spirea (Spirae aprunifolia) is a medium-sized deciduous shrub. In the spring blooming season, bridal wreath spireas create a cascading waterfall of white, with clusters of small white flowers that bloom all the way down the arching branches. The leaves are 1 to 3 inches long with an elliptical shape. Fully hardy in USDA Zones 5 to 9, this is an easy to grow shrub that, once established, requires little care. How to grow Bridal Wreath Spirea This shrub is very easy to grow in any average soil in a full sun location. It will tolerate some shade, and once established it has a decent tolerance for occasional drought. It should be planted in a carefully prepared hole, at the same depth it was growing in its nursery pot. If planting in a row or mass, space the plant at least 3 feet apart, or 4 to 6 feet apart for a looser mass. Like most shrubs, bridal wreath spirea is best planted early in the growing season, which will allow the shrub’s root system plenty of time to become established before winter. Spirea is a fast-growing shrub, and within a single growing season it usually achieves full size. Keep the plants well-watered as they are becoming established. This plant readily tolerates pruning, which should be done immediately after flowering is completed. There are no serious pest or disease problems for the bridal wreath spirea, but they can be susceptible to many of the diseases and insects that attack other members of the rose family. This includes leaf spot, fire blight, powdery mildew, root rot, aphids, leaf roller and scale. Landscape uses Bridal wreath spirea makes a great specimen plant, or it can be planted as a hedge or in masses as a screening plant. It also works well in foundation plantings. It is excellent when planted in the sunny margins abutting woodland areas, similar to the way azaleas are often used. The bridal wreath spirea attracts butterflies, but its prickly stems repel grazing by deer. Make sure to plant this shrub where it will not scratch people — unless you are planting it to discourage intruders. Fertilizer Every spring, add a 2-inch layer of compost over the soil under the shrub. This is usually sufficient to feed the plant, and it will also help to retain moisture and prevent weeds. Pruning This plant tends to spread through suckering, so ground suckers will need to be trimmed off if you want to keep the shrubs confined. If desired, the shrubs can be pruned for shape or size immediately

after the spring flowering period. Always use a clean, sharp gardening shear. A good pruning routine is to remove all dead wood, as well as some of the oldest stems all the way to • Contributed photo ground level. This will open up the center of the shrub to sunlight, which will reinvigorate it. Tips of branches can also be trimmed to control the size of the shrub. Propagating Bridal Wreath Spirea The best way to propagate bridal wreath spirea shrubs is by rooting softwood cuttings. To do so, cut segments of flexible stem tips 6- to 8-inches long. Remove the bottom leaves from these trimmed segments. Dip the cut end into powdered rooting hormone. Fill a 6-inch pot with moist potting mix, then plant four or five prepared stems around the inner edge of the pot, embedding the exposed nodes into the potting mix. Cover the pot with a large plastic bag and seal it. Place the pot in a dappled shade location and allow the cuttings to root over the next few weeks. Check periodically to make sure the potting mix remains moist. After about four weeks, you should see new, green growth on the stems, indicating that roots are forming. At this point, repot the cuttings into their own individual containers, then tuck the pots into a sheltered location and allow them to continue growing until they go dormant in winter. The next spring, transplant the rooted cuttings into the garden. Problems with no blossoms Both my neighbor and I have fairly young shy “brides” who did not flower this year, and we wondered why. The flower buds on bridal wreath spirea are formed during the previous year and can be damaged by an unusually harsh winters. This spirea is hardy to USDA zone 5 (and Reading is in zone 6b) so low temperatures shouldn’t normally be an issue. But a harsher winter with less insulating snow cover could injure the plants. Also if the shrub is pruned at the wrong time (too late in the summer or in the fall) then the flower buds will be removed and the shrub will not bloom the next year. Bridal Wreath Spirea does regularly need rejuvenation pruning to stop it from getting too leggy so they can be pruned back hard (or pruned back strategically 1/3 each year over three years) to bring it back to a better health and shape - this is particularly important if they are quite old. Lastly, they will bloom and grow fuller if they are in full sun. Here come the Brides The Bridal Wreath Spirea is native to China, Korea and Taiwan. So it is most likely that during the age of early exploration and interest in horticulture, specimens were transported to Europe. And as North America was being explored, colonized and settled specimens from Europe were brought to New England, New France, and New Netherlands. The Dutch began cultivating ornamental flowers as early as the 1630s in New Netherlands. As the necessity was for agricultural crops it took until the 1700s before colonists in New England were able to afford the luxury of ornamentals. In the mid-19th century there was an explosion of interest and investment in landscaping public and private gardens. So I would like to imagine that as our Pentwater founding families made their way from New England and Chicago they brought with them heritage ornamentals such as rhododendrons, roses and a few blushing brides.

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If you live in Pentwater these days, you’re probably driving over to Ludington every time you want to catch a movie in the theaters, but if you read the article on The White Elephant a few weeks back, you might remember a couple of different movie theaters in Pentwater being mentioned. What’s that about? Well, to tell you the truth, Pentwater has been home to three different theaters over the years. The first Pentwater movie house was the Janet Theatre, which opened in 1917. If you know where the Brown Bear is, then you know where the Janet, sometimes referred to as the Little Janet, used to be. The Janet was a silent movie house, meaning the films were just that, films. They contained no audio tracks, and so live accompaniment was required in those days, usually from a pump pedal organ. This instrument was ideal because it could capture a wide range of sounds and sometimes mimic the feel of a full orchestra, all with just a single player. If you are curious, swing by The Pentwater Historical Society Museum, it has an antique pump pedal organ on display. Although not the same organ that was used in the Janet, it is of a similar type. The organ on display was actually donated to the museum by a Pentwater resident in 2014 and was built out of a beautiful walnut by the Story and Clark company back in 1889. But why was the Janet Theatre called sometimes the Little Janet? Well, that is because it was named after little Janet Kappler. When the theater was first constructed, a contest was held to name the theatre after one of the local children, and five-year-old Janet Kappler was voted the winner. Towards the latter end of its career, the Janet theater was receiving competition from the Tower Theater, which took up residence in the infamous White Elephant. The Janet was eventually forced to close its doors in 1928, unable to compete with the new “talkie” films and the Tower Theatre became the primary picture house for a time. That is, until it was burned down in the fire events that ruined the White Elephant in 1928 and 1929. Then Pentwater went without a theater for a brief time, until the Miracle Theatre opened up in 1930. The Miracle Theatre was built from Pentwater brick reclaimed from the ruins of the White Elephant and hosted talkies and stage plays. It underwent a name change in 1938, becoming the Pentwater Theatre and was remodeled the following year in 1939. It even contained a separate “cry room” where mothers could take their wailing children so as to avoid interrupting the movie. Altogether, this theater remained active for 56 years before it finally closed down in 1986. It was located on the corner of Hancock Street and Second Street. If that sounds familiar, that is because what used to be the Miracle Theatre is now home to the well known and loved Hancock Building. Next time you drive by, take a look at it. It is not too hard to imagine it with a big marquee, advertising some of the greatest hit films from the 1950s.

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A small group of bicycling enthusiasts in Pentwater have been fighting for years to add a path to the village at the north end of the William Field Memorial Hart-Montague Bike Trail, and they’re confident within a couple of years it will be done. Claudia Ressel-Hodan is chair of the group, which is simply called Pentwater Hart Trail (, and she said that she expects sometime in 2023, the trail will extend into Pentwater. Her group has estimated the project will cost about $4.2 million, and they’re on the home stretch of raising that money - she said they’re down to about $800,000 left to accrue. “It just takes a lot of integration with people,” Ressel-Hodan said. “It takes integration with the government. We’re going through three different townships, two different city governments, the village and the City of Hart. It takes a lot of coordination. “It’s been a wish for over 20 years. There was a group in the 1990s that wanted to use the old rail trail. They were using the old rail bed along Railroad Avenue, and they got stopped in court by land use issues. The wish never stopped. I looked at Pentwater’s master plan and the county’s recreation plan, and I see a connection between Pentwater and Hart. I love riding and trails, and I just picked it up as a cause. It’s been way too long. It’s time.” The group has steadily worked to raise money. In addition to its Tacos for the Trail fundraiser, which takes place each June, Pentwater Hart Trail obtained an appropriations state grant of $1.4 million in 2018 with help from former Sen. Goeff Hansen. The Oceana County Road Commission approved a plan later that year to build a trail in the right-of-way. From there, the shoulders from Carroll Street to Longbridge Road in Pentwater were paved to allow for bicyclists, and Longbridge’s own shoulders were paved as well. The group has another major grant in progress, one that the group is optimistic it will get if it is able to devise safe bicycle routes around local schools. It then hopes to move forward and apply for a Transportation Alternative Program grant. Ressel-Hodan said they can’t apply for that grant without secured funding because they need an agency to help, and the road commission can’t do so without secured funding. Once Pentwater is connected to the Hart-Montague trail, the village will be connected via a bike trail all the way down

into southern Michigan, as Hart-Montague hooks on with the White Lake Pathway, which leads to the Fred Meijer Berry Junction Trail and on southward to other connecting trails. Ressel-Hodan said a separate group in Ludington is interested in helping connect Pentwater up to the Pere Marquette River in Ludington, but that is much further down the line - further, certainly, than she expects to be fighting for more bike trails. “My goal is to get to Hart, and after that someone will have to pick up the ball for me,” Ressel-Hodan said. “I’ll be in my mid-70s by the time I’m riding that trail. I’m still a pretty avid bicycle rider.” Indeed, Ressel-Hodan’s bicycle advocacy isn’t limited to the trail. She has also run a bike share service in the village that is in its seventh year. She used to run it herself for free - “Just text me your name and where you’re staying and I’ll give you the (bike’s) lock code” - but that became difficult to manage on her own. She and the downtown development authority now partner with an app, Koloni, which specializes in shareable technology. The price is still low - $2 per hour - but now she doesn’t need to be directly involved all the time. She said that feedback has consistently been positive regarding the group’s plans for the trail. “People do want trails,” Ressel-Hodan said. “We’ve gotten approval from all the townships. Every township has made a resolution to support the trail. We have their support. Trying to make financial partners is a bit harder. The government doesn’t have a lot of extra money. “I think it will happen this time. We just have to keep moving on our funding. I’m kind of the type of person that if I see something can get done, I’m going to do it.”

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My grandmother’s hair was a deep dark red. Some vestige of that still remained when I was born, and it was greying... None of her children inherited that trait though, my mother among them. Her hair was a dark blond. Not sandy, would I say, nor brown, but a dark blond. My father’s hair was always a sunbleached blond, even more ghostly these days than it was. There is only one way I’ve ever heard him describe the color of his hair in his youth, and that is “fire engine red.” My hair is brown now. When I was born it was a lighter color, more like my mother’s, my brother’s too. Someone once said to him, “My, you have such beautiful German hair.” To which he replied, “How do you know I’m German?” We’re not really. We’re American, but my mother’s maiden name is Waltemire, and it’s a German name. My brother’s hair used to be a bright blond, when we were kids. People would think we were twins. Now no one makes that mistake anymore though. His hair is curly, mine isn’t. When I was in middle school, and early on in high school, I refused to cut it. I kept it long. I guess that decision was born of a reluctance to change. I didn’t want any big changes. I wanted everything to stay the same. I didn’t know that everything was always changing, very slowly. Now, I keep it short. I don’t really care about it, so long as it doesn’t bother me. I might brush it in the mornings, or after a shower, but that’s it. About a year ago I was living at my Dad’s house, and I found a picture of myself from when I was five or seven years old. My hair was straight and shiny and clean. More than anything, it just looked healthy. When I look into a mirror now, it’s a mess. I went into a Publix Supermarket one day and saw a girl with really dark red hair, the kind that might not be totally faded by 83. It was long with a distinctively Celtic quality about it. She wore two small braids that met in the back, overtop the C




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and the computer system. “This building is a lot more secure,” he declares. And he is very proud of the software updates that have been done. “We have CAD software that tells me where cars are and everything going on in the county. We have a program that runs license plates, a program that talks to that program so we can write tickets in the car, a program for report writing, a program that has all permit information for the entire village, a program that has daily logs and an emergency call list. We had all this available before, but the new computer system has allowed us to get everything coordinated and streamlined.” The department also has computers in its cars, and when the state recently changed the design for traffic ticket to require an email and phone number, Hartrum says, “We decided we could buy all new tickets (for $1,000 a box) or buy printers for cars.” He smiles and adds, “You and I will be dead before Pentwater writes that many tickets.” So, the choice was made to install printers in the cars, and that has an additional advantage. “Before, we had to hand-deliver all tickets to the courthouse in Hart and had three days to get them there. Now, the ticket just goes into the system wirelessly. The state can change the ticket design all they want now and it won’t cost us anything,” he chuckles. Each car is also equipped with a bag with gear to deal with active shooters with extra ammunition, and separate bags with first aid supplies, an automatic defibrillator device, Narcan, night vision equipment and a patrol rifle, as well as water safety equipment. Each vehicle also has lights and siren, the computer, a printer, CAD software, license plate software, ticket writing software, report writing software, internet, radar and, of course, air conditioning. According to Hartrum, “The cost of all this equipment is equal to cost of car itself.” The chief clearly enjoys his new office, with freshly painted gray

walls, a white and gray desk and credenza, and some favorite artwork, including framed Norman Rockwell magazine covers. Each framed cover depicts a scene with a police officer, and Hartrum shares that they came from his grandparent’s home where he now lives. “They had an entire stairwell covered in Norman Rockwell covers, and when we ended up getting the house, we took them down. But when I was an officer in Mason County, my grandmother had these all framed for me. So, those are all special to me.” He also has two paintings done by Will Harden, who was a friend of Hartrum’s father and visited Bass Lake over the years. “I got these from my dad,” Hartrum notes. “Will would come up here and take pictures and then paint them. One is of the channel and the other is of Stenberg’s Fish Shack. In my dad’s later years, he bought some of these reprints from Will and had them framed.” However, most of all, Hartrum enjoys his work for the village. Though it is a small department, Hartrum observes that they try to stay proactive, coming up with innovative solutions to problems, including streamlining the way they deal with mental health issues, offering an opportunity for community input through a police advisory committee, and many other ways of improving how they serve the community. “A lot of what we do never makes the press,” Hartrum says. “We deal with the same 10-20 percent of the population year-round and then summertime brings a lot of temporary issues we deal with. Pentwater is an oasis and is not representative of Oceana County as a whole, which has different issues that it needs help with. So, we try to work together to solve problems with less hard enforcement action.” Clearly, the new facilities, vehicles and equipment will enable the department to continue to do the good work it has always done for the community.


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The Pentwater Ensign Boat Races continued during the Fourth of July weekend. “(Ensigns) are the kind of boat that’s easy to sail, but competitive and good for all ages,” Mike Bass, regatta chairman for the Pentwater Yacht Club, said. The Pentwater Yacht Club hosts three weekly races for its three different fleets. Every Saturday, the club hosts an Ensign Championship Series. The club’s Ensign fleet, made up of 10 to 15 boats, hosts 10 Ensign races during the summer season. “Sometimes we race Pentwater Lake just depending upon the conditions,” Bass said. Bass said participation for the Ensign Fleet has been steady. It has grown since its beginning in 2000. Because the boats are easy to use, Bass said there is a wide age range for the members. They have seniors, as well as teenagers competing. Bass’ sons competed with him July 3. “These boats are competitive, and we have a good competitive fleet, so I’m excited for competition,” he said. There were 10 entries for the July 3 race. After a captains meeting to decide the race route, the boats made their way to the starting point to begin at noon. The original route for the race had the fleet starting by Longbridge Road, lapping at the Pentwater Yacht Clubhouse and doing another full lap around the lake. However, the route was shortened because the wind conditions were light. Instead, after the fleet lapped at the clubhouse, they turned around at D-Mark, which is an area halfway across Pentwater Lake. Brad Davis, a member of the Ensign Fleet, said there was less wind than what was anticipated. With the wind being light, it took the fleet over an hour to lap at the clubhouse. “We try to keep the races under two hours,” Davis said. Other races include the Offshore Boat Races, which is every Saturday at 1 p.m. Those races always occur on Lake Michigan. Every Sunday, the Sunfish Fleet races on Pentwater Lake at 3 p.m. Bass said there are usually 15 Sunfish racing on Sundays. The Pentwater Yacht Club also hosts another weekly Ensign boat race. Every Wednesday, the club holds a beer can Ensign race to fundraise for the club. Additionally, the Pentwater Yacht Club Sailing Academy was started this year. It is an educational program for the yacht club members and the Pentwater youth. “We do seminars, instruction, and on-the-water sailing opportunities for people to develop their racing skills,” Bass said. The race took a little over two hours to finish. First place went to Bass, captain of Shamrock. Second place went to Jim Benet, captain of Kerri Ann. Third place went to Mike Lindvall, captain of Eagle. The three will receive burgees, a type of flag, which they can fly on their boats until the next race. “Sailors will collect those and fly them on their boat between races just to brag and show everybody how well they’ve done,” Bass said.

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ginner again because it had been so long since she has attended a fair. She and her husband have attended the Pentwater Fine Arts Fair four times as vendors and find the organizers to be gracious and communicaThe Pentwater Junior Womens’ Club hosted its annual fine arts fair at tive. Although it took them twice as long to set up, Reynolds said they had a great time. the Pentwater Village Green after a year delay due to COVID-19. “It seemed daunting at first, but when we got “We’re happy that (people) can come here today here, we got all excited,” she said. “It’s a great and feel safe,” Barb Curtis, the Pentwater Junior fair and it’s well run.” Women’s Club poll and advertising committee Anna Walsworth said she was looking for home chair, said. “The excitement is here and everydecor items at the fair. Being from around the body’s so enthusiastic.” Pentwater area, Walsworth goes to the fine arts The fine arts fair took place Saturday, July 10, fair every year. She had already bought some from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The sunny weather allowed jewelry and a painting of Michigan. She said the dozens of people to gather at the nearly 100 fair is always a big hit for her and her friends. booths on the village green. All the vendors had “I think after having a year off last year, it’s realto submit photos of their wares before being adly fun to see it back and to see how many people mitted into the fair. Curtis said this was to ensure come out and to enjoy it,” Walsworth said. all the items being sold were handcrafted. One • PTW photo by McKenna Golat The winner of the ‘Best in Show’ award was change to the fair was the absence of the silent Marc and Sara Aune were named best in show. Marc and Sara Aune, the vendors of the Silver auction. With planning for the fair beginning last September, Curtis said the club was not sure what COVID-19 guidelines Lining Studios booth. They sold handcrafted jewelry. Marc Aune, a jewwould look like by the time the event came in the summer. It was too late eler and lapidary, said he cuts all the stones himself and places them in to plan for an auction by the time the fair was scheduled. The Pentwater unique silver pieces, such as pendants and earrings. Sara Aune said this Junior Womens’ Club announced the ‘Best in Show’ award at 1:30 p.m. was the 13th Pentwater Fine Arts Fair they have attended. Both said they enjoy coming to Pentwater and are looking forward to next year’s fair. The winner received a free entrance into next year’s fine arts fair. “It’s always an honor to be recognized by the committee and also just “It’s so hard to pick one,” Curtis said. “You know, because everybody for being here and being part of the group,” Marc Aune said. feels so proud of their work.” The fair concluded at 5 p.m. All the proceeds the Pentwater Junior WomVendors and patrons were happy the fair was able to return in 2021. Vickie Reynolds, a vendor at a ceramic booth, said it was like being a be- en’s Club receives goes back into the community. PTW Intern


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PTW Contributor The Aquatic Invasive Species Landing Blitz is a collaborative campaign to raise awareness about preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species through recreational boating and related activities. This year’s Landing Blitz was Saturday, July 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the village launch on Lake Street, the 90-degree launch on Longbridge Road, and the North Branch River Launch on Monroe Road. This year the Pentwater Lake Association (PLA) had a boat cleaning station at the village ramp in the afternoon. Boaters were encouraged to take advantage of the cleaning station July 17 and “Clean, Drain, and Dry.” Boat inspection and cleaning tips The following diagram illustrates the important locations to check during an inspection for aquatic • Contributed photos invasive species:

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600sq ft deck overlooking the lake leads down to a ‘Block S’ deck by the lakeshore, Spartan adorable ranch in the Village on wooded double lot. 4581 RIDGE RD., MEARS MI 49436 5690NOTTAWATTAMIE DR, PENTWATER MI game and features in the home will satisfy the mostUpdated, shuffleboard ardent fan of MSU. This charming

Second is unencumbered 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 lot room & dining, 3-season and could potentially be split. NiceOutstanding residential home on 66 feetdown of Pentwater Lakefront. 4 lots upstairs thisSpartan room the main +Sitting laundry. pluslybath. Located in a quiet wooded 600sq ft deck overlooking the lake leads to all a on ‘Block S’ floor deck by the3onbedrooms lakeshore, landscaped front yard with stamped concrete walk and attracarea of executive homes has alonga the lakeseawall shore. This home comes with a concrete ‘’S’ shaped house has game frontage the ‘’Big Bayou’’ of will Pentwater Lake which new and shuffleboard andon features in the home satisfy the most ardent fan of MSU. This charming tive composite ramp. Attached driveway and 2 car garage and many added features. Just stunning yet so comfortable. Call Today! garage, open kitchen living, large boardwalk. Offering 3 beds 3 baths/ bath. with Athe Master bed/bath and room the laundry both home has a first floor master bedroom large open kitchen- major living & dining, 3-season Asking $899,999 price reduction - Mustmaster See!!!!bedroom with 2 closets. 10x10 storage shed. New in on all theonmain The home speaks quality everywhere youbath. look. Located Spaciousinand withwooded room the floor. main floor + laundry. 3 bedrooms upstairs plus a quiet 2019: Kitchen with quartz countertop, Windows and blinds, 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 All Year Long! area homes and along the lake shore. comes ‘’S’ shaped Lighting, Painted throughout, Luxury vinyl flooring throughout, has hotand & cold drain.added Enjoysfeatures. easy access to US31 yet andsoPentwater village. driveway 2 carwater garageand anda many Just stunning comfortable. Call Today! Furnace + ductwork cleaned, Water heater, Fireplace gas log. mls#20039325 Asking $899,999 - major price reduction - Must See!!!!

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