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Pentwater is a unique treasure. A place filled with sunsets, sand, and ice cream--sure, but lots of places the lakeshore can claim these For me, PentOur names are Bob and Susan Drinkrow andalong we moved to Pentwater in lovely 2018.distractions. I am a Flint, water to is about more. It is since a wonderful of community, creativity, and individuality. Mich. native, but have been coming Pentwater 1951.example My connection to Pentwater For the last 10 years, this lakeshore community has embraced my family in so many began with my father and his best friend Jay Pentwater Reid who bothguided joined the navy during WWII.staff, welways. The small school, by mighty teachers and support After serving in the South Pacific,comed my dad came back to Flint, but Jay moved to Pentwater my sons, embraced and encouraged their individual talents and interests. In addiand married Marge. Jay and Marge on the channel many and then moved to were tion,lived we quickly realized that thefor school, our years neighbors, community and its people the corner of Concord and Clymer. a family of sorts, in which my husband and I were more than willing to get involved withWhen in any our way we could. came We realized thatPentwater the school and the community were more Back in Flint, we lived on a farm. family up to each August to an entirefresh unit rather than separate we to became better acclimated, we also visit with Jay and Marge, we wouldof bring vegetables. Dadentities. wouldAsgo the smokehouse thatThen our family thriving flourishing into something than we could on Pentwater Lake to get Smokedrealized Chubs. mywas mom andand Marge would go to themore bakery have ever expected. Besides the educational support, we were surrounded by supportive on Hancock Street to get fresh bread. Then our two families would gather for a fine feast. acquaintances, new friends, personalized medical care and a community who wanted us Some of my other childhood Pentwater includemembers climbing oldand Baldy, playing our on family as to thrive as memories parents and community as well began cementing the beach and going to the theater. favorite was watching the glassblower make part ofAnother this close-knit community. figurines and getting to take one home as a souvenir. The Pentwater community has also embraced my artistic endeavors. From booths on Green showcasing dogtoportraits and ArtPrize submissions, to teaching in When I met Susan in 1985, I toldtheher I wanted to artwork, take her the best place in Michigan – many she venues throughout the all areaabout and schools. I am grateful to every person who has Pentwater. Imagine my surprise when said she knew Pentwater! Susan’s mother me went and supported individual and creativeEvelyn endeavors. I am inspired by grew up in Hart and each summerencouraged her family to visitmy her grandparents, & Butler all artists, old, and hope ItocanPentwater spark their imagination in some small Gray, at their farm in Hart. On hotteaching summer daysyoung theyand would come to cool off. way to give back what has been given to me. Art is an integral part of me and my inspiraWhen Susan and I were married 1988, honeymooned tionin comes fromwe within this community. at the Pines Motel. As our families grew, our siblings, children, nephews began camping at of Charles Mears with the Thisnieces year, I willand be part of a creative and supportive group artists downtown State Park or Hill & Hollow campgrounds. With soFrog many family there opening of the Painted Art Studio andmembers, Gallery. Calling on mywas yearsalways of teaching, I hold plenty of fun and we formed greatclasses memories. families get together inencouragement Pentwater as for adults Our and children alike.still The studio is a place for and artistic LUDINGTON DAILY NEWS | OCEANA’S HERALD-JOURNAL growth whether you are six or sixty. | WHITE LAKE BEACON often as possible. the stress spring, discoverofa the hidden talent. LeaveWishing your worries at the door I retired in 2006, and Susan is stillAfter working as ofthe manager deli at the Well. and findinthe peace ofwhere holdingpeople a paintbrush, a crayon, a marker or find inspiration in the Susan likes to say that she loves living a town come to vacation. perfect hue to express yourself. Pentwater welcomes you and so do I.

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Thursday, July 15

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

Friday, July 16

Tennis clinic, Pentwater Tennis & Pickleball Club, 11 a.m. to noon. Fair, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., village green. Multiple dates The above clinics are designed July 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, for adults who want to learn ei24, 26, 29 and 31, Channel Lane Saturday, July 10 Park at 10:30 a.m. The Pentwater Club Memorial Tournament, 9 ther game, or just improve their Historical Society will be offer- a.m. to noon, Pentwater Tennis & current skill level. Just bring your ing: Pentwater History 101 - 45 Pickleball Club. This annual tour- racquet and water. minute overview with fun facts. nament is played to honor the Free, but donations to the history lives of club members that are Saturday, July 17 museum are appreciated. no longer with us, who have con- Mears Art Fair, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., tributed greatly and recall their Johnson Park, 5671 W. Fox Rd. in principles of sportsmanship and Mears. Wednesday-Sunday, selfless contribution. July 7-11 Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall, Oceana County Fairgrounds in Hart. Closing ceremony at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 11. The exhibit will be open 24 hours a day.

Thursday-Friday, July 8-9

Saturday, July 10

Ensign sailboat races, 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., Pentwater Yacht Club.

Sunday, July 11

Saturday, July 17

Ensign sailboat races, 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., Pentwater Yacht Club.

Sunday, July 18

Live Blues and Jazz at Gull LandLive Blues and Jazz at Gull Landing, 6-10 p.m. Don VanZile Memorial Boater ing, 6-10 p.m. Safety Course, 8 a.m. to noon, Pentwater Yacht Club. Monday, July 12

Thursday, July 8

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

Thursday, July 8

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

Friday, July 9

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

Monday, July 12

Pickleball clinic, Pentwater Tennis & Pickleball Club, 5:30-7:30 p.m. The above clinics are designed for adults who want to learn either game, or just improve their current skill level. Just bring your paddle and water.

Tennis clinic, Pentwater Tennis & Pickleball Club, 11 a.m. to noon. Tuesday, July 13 The above clinics are designed for adults who want to learn ei- Comedy at the Village Pub, 9-11 ther game, or just improve their p.m. current skill level. Just bring your Wednesday, July 14 racquet and water. Ensign sailboat races, 5-7 p.m., Pentwater Yacht Club.

Saturday, July 10

Pentwater Sportfishing AssociaWednesday, July 14 tion Teach A Kid Fishing event, all day, village marina. For those 16 Live Blues and Jazz at Gull Landand under, pre-register with any ing, 6-10 p.m. PSA member.

Thursday, July 15

Saturday, July 10

Pentwater Junior Women’s Club’s 57th Annual Fine Arts and Crafts

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

Monday, July 19

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

Tuesday, July 20

Monthly mobile food pantry, 11 a.m. to noon, Pentwater Fire Barn.

Tuesday, July 20

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

Wednesday, July 21

Ensign sailboat races, 5-7 p.m., Pentwater Yacht Club.

Wednesday, July 21

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

Thursday, July 22

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

Thursday, July 22

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

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Always say yes to new adventures For Chris Adema, creator of lovepentwater.com, everywhere is on his bucket list by Barb Gosselar PTW Writer

Chris Adema may have grown up in a traditional family home in New Era, but his life these days involves living around the world, experiencing different cultures and meeting new people. “I’ve always dreamed of seeing the world ever since I was young,” he says, “and I’ve had the perfect chance to do that.” Adema owns and operates Keyhole Promotion, an internet marketing and web design company based in Oceana County but, in reality, he is part of an international digital nomadic community of people who can work from anywhere and choose to do so. “It’s nice not to be tied down by a lot of possessions,” he observes. “It’s a simple way of living. I get enough time in these various places to really experience the culture, and it’s an extraordinary lifestyle.” 6 - PTW - July 8-22, 2021

His clients, which are mostly small lodging clients, are all over the United States, in Maine, North. Carolina, Arkansas, Colorado, Virginia and other locations, and are mostly inns and bed & breakfasts. He also has the odd non-lodging client, including a pool construction company and a dental practice. His work involves managing web sites for these clients and promoting their businesses. He’s on Google Advertising, and says he basically addresses any question or thing they need done with respect to the internet. “Most clients really don’t care where I’m living. They aren’t interested or don’t know much about the internet, so they hand that over to me,” Adema explains. This has enabled him to live and work over the last few years everywhere from Charlotte to Bali to Thailand and Mexico. Adema started out in Colorado after he graduated from Calvin College in 2005, with a marketing major and a Spanish minor. “When I was in college, I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted to do,” he recalls. “I tried different subjects and classes, including architecture and journalism classes.” Then he got a job with an internet marketing company in Colorado, and from there went on to • Contributed photos


study website design at Colorado Mountain College. “I the world, including South Africa, the Netherlands, New skied every weekend while I was in school,” he chuckles, Zeeland and Ukraine, most of whom are entrepreneurs “but I stuck with website design, left the company I was or contractors like himself. working for, and started working with my own clients the Just recently, Adema returned from Mexico, where he same year I went back to school in 2008.” lived and worked in a beautiful, colonial university town Seeking a change in location, he moved to Charlotte north of Mexico City. where he had family, and “I move around and am that was the beginning of his not firmly rooted in any free-spirited migrations to a community,” he notes. number of different places. “The nomadic commu“I was living alone, and it was nity I’m a part of is such winter, not the best time of a fertile ground for inthe year, and in 2017, I came spiration. People are exacross a Facebook video of cited for their projects a co-working space in Bali,” and are not in a routine. he reports. “I put my stuff in There is a lot of professtorage and took off for Bali, sional networking, and thinking it would be a shortpeople bring each other term experience, but I have work or ideas. The comcontinued to do that – movmunity inspires each other.” ing to other countries and Asked how he thinks he meeting and working with came to be interested others who are doing the in world travel given his same.” traditional upbringing, The digital nomad commuAdema recalls an internity of which he is a part are ex-pats in each country, and est in a bigger, different he notes, “For us, life begins world from a young age. to look somewhat normal. He remembers watching We go to work every day, but the second Karate Kid in an extraordinary place. It movie and being fasciis the location that makes it nated seeing Japan, and more interesting.” also thinking Indiana In Bali, Adema lived with a Jones, with all his adlocal family, in a rental porventures, was his hero. “I looked at these things tion of a family compound, with wide eyes,” he says. where three generations In addition, his parents lived together. He says, “I got cultivated his desire to to see the day-to-day of how experience other places, the Balis live. They live very and the family did trips close to nature, while we around the U.S. when separate ourselves from it. It is outdoor living, and their On the cover: Chris Adema has traveled the world as part of the digital Adema was a kid, and nomadic community. Opposite page: Adema leans against the wall next the summer after his Hindu faith keeps them conto a sign that states “EXIST” - something that he is glad to be able to do nected to nature and ev- wherever on the globe he happens to be. Above, after reflecting on sum- graduation, they went erything that’s happening mers camping in Pentwater, Adema saw an opportunity to celebrate this to Europe. His dad, very place by creating lovepentwater.com who has only lived in there. It is a very peaceful Oceana County, has always said he’s grateful that he’s life.” Moving on to Thailand in 2018, Adema found that the seen other places. country has a solid infrastructure that makes it suit- During college, Adema studied for a semester in Spain, able for the digital nomad community. While there, he which furthered his adventurous spirit, and he also reports, he met friends all along the way, from all over notes that the travel bug is shared by his sister (who now July 8-22, 2021 - PTW - 7


Chris Adema may have many stamps in his passport, but he still has Pentwater on his mind, as he said he fell in love with the area at a young age.

lives in the Chicago area) and her husband, who took a sabbatical from work and traveled through Asia and off the coast of South America, seeing over 20 countries in nine months. Now, his parents are talking about a retirement trip to New Zealand and traveling there in a mobile home. Despite the many places Adema has traveled, lived and worked over the last four years, he says he usually comes back to west Michigan in the summer, and feels strong ties to the area, where his parents, Winston and Diane Adema, still live and work, as owners of Van’s Body Shop in Shelby. Every year, including this summer, a large group of family and friends camps at Charles Mears State Park, and has done so since Adema was very young. “I fell in love with the area at a young age,” he says. “When I was working for my former company in Colorado, I had clients who would advertise in local publications. So, I thought there was an opportunity to do this for Pentwater, with the goal of promoting what the Village has to offer – doing a service for the community while having a small source of revenue on the side.” The result was lovepentwater.com, a website he created af8 - PTW - July 8-22, 2021

ter research with the Chamber of Commerce to identify businesses, restaurants and sites to see. Local photographer Brian Kainulainen took photos and Adema wrote the content himself. There is also a Facebook page with 3,800 followers. As Adema explains, “Local featured businesses pay me annually, like a membership of sorts, and the site links viewers to individual business websites. But, it’s less about a single business, and more about a larger view of Pentwater. Guests don’t come to buy an ice cream cone or a T-shirt. The village itself is the shared product of every business in town, and the site provides an opportunity to show all that the village has a lot to offer.” So, what’s next for Chris Adema? Well, for one thing he has a dream of riding his motorcycle from the northern tip of Alaska to the southernmost tip of Argentina. Clearly, he has no immediate plans to stay in any one place. As he suggests, “Once you’ve lived with a Hindu family in Bali, everything looks different.” Given that thinking, Adema will likely continue to seek adventures in many parts of the world, always widening his vision and perspective. • Contributed photo


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Planted in Pentwater Pentwater Service Club celebrates its newest creation: the Pentwater Community Gardens by Mark Trierweiler

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When the Pentwater Service Club (PSC) celebrated its 50th year in 2019, members decided to mark the occasion with a special project that could serve as a permanent reminder of the services and sacrifices Club members have made on behalf of the people of Pentwater over more than a half century. Fourteen potential community projects were identified and after much discussion and a final vote, the winner was a ‘raised bed garden community’ proposed by Laurel and Jim Howell, both of whom have been involved with community gardening for years in Cincinnati where they live during the winter months. It would be called Pentwater Community Gardens (PCG) and would cater to people who are unable to garden on the ground, or whose own property lacked sufficient daily sunshine to raise vegetables. The PSC budgeted thousands of dollars for the project but lumber and fence prices were increasing by the month due to Covid-related factory closures. “Pricing and availability of lumber and fencing were literally putting the project in jeopardy,” said Club member Peter Bush, who was tasked with finding partner-companies to help defray rising material costs. Bush began looking for tear downs and found the perfect candidate not far from his own home where Dan and Jody TerHaar were razing a home that included a large deck containing the perfect amount of lumber required for 24 raised bed garden beds. Bush, a prolific Club volunteer himself, engaged the help of a half-dozen PSC volunteers to disassemble, clean, test, power-wash and dimension the lumber. “The TerHaars’ generosity gave new momentum to our 50th Anniversary Project at the perfect time, Bush said. “Volunteers Glenn Beavis, Jim Howell, Mark Trierweiler and Peter Bush made quick work of making deck lumber ready for repurposing as community garden beds.” Upon learning of the project, Beckman Brothers, Inc. pledged enough high-quality garden soil for the entire project. With lumber and soil elements in place, construction began on Pentwater Community Gardens on September 25, 2020, a sunny day in which 40 PSC volunteers and friends showed up to cut, screw, staple and align the garden beds into a community of gardeners. “It’s always gratifying to see a big project like this


come together with the help of so many volunteers and generous company sponsors,” said Glenn Beavis, 2019-20 Club president. “Without either, a project like this simply wouldn’t have been possible.” The fence surrounding the gardens was all that was left to complete, but the Pandemic was still raging, and wood products were increasingly expensive and impossible to get. “I’ll never forget the day Joe and Lisa Rangel, owners of Great Lakes Pet Fencing, Inc. told us the company wanted to donate the fence,” Bush said. “We were overwhelmed by their generosity because this wasn’t going to be just any fence the company was proposing,” said Mark Trierweiler, current Club president. “Based on our requirements, Lisa and Joe Rangel counseled us on which fence would best fit our needs and recommended enlarging the fenced-in area to give gardeners more space to move and work. Their recommendations and generosity transformed ordinary garden beds into a gardening destination, complete with water sources, work-table, organic waste disposal and near-complete protection from hungry animals.” “It was vitally important to the PSC that the garden beds be fully wheelchair-accessible to give people with physical challenges the ability to do things they thought were impossible,” said Dan Selahowski, Club member and Physical Therapist who counseled the Club on garden designs for the physically challenged. Another Club member, Chris Conroy, found an appropriate design for the garden beds. The PCG was officially dedicated on May 22 and turned over to the Pentwater Community Gardens Association (PCG Association), the members of which are entirely made up of gardeners and led by the original inspiration for the project, Laurel Howell. “Jim and I are happy to share our experience and passion for community gardening with our Pentwater neighbors,” said Laurel Howell, PCG Association president. “The PCG is a happy place where garden lovers come to grow their own flowers and food, exchange ideas, and enjoy their creations together,” said Kristen Forester, who said visiting her gar-

den is something she looks forward to. “We’ve come to know each other and sometimes we water for each other, but we always celebrate each other’s flowers, vegetables and garden designs. A few are single, some are couples, others are friends, and we all share the love of gardening.” “The PSC is to be complimented on taking a special occasion like its 50th Anniversary and turning it into a project that many residents of Pentwater needed and that all of us can be proud of for years to come,” said Chris Brown, Pentwater village manager. “Bravo Great Lakes Pet Fencing, Inc., Dan and Jody TerHaar and Beckman Brothers, Inc., for your generosity and valuable contributions to our community,” Brown added. “When it was all said and done, we accomplished something together that would have been hard to impossible for one of us to do by ourselves,” Trierweiler said. “These are individual volunteers and employers/companies that gave in big and in small ways to make something good happen for this community we all love. We must both celebrate and support their dedication for our community.”

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Last week, we discussed The White Elephant, or Hotel Valeria, which was initially constructed in the late 1800s and used primarily as the center of local activities for a time. This week, we will talk about a similar building, of a similar age, which quite literally picked up where The White Elephant left off. In 1883, William B.O. Sands and E.G. Maxwell of Sands and Maxwell Lumber Company constructed a large building to serve as their home offices, as well as the home offices for the neighboring G.T. Sands General Store. The building was two stories, plus a basement, and made from Pentwater brick, just like The White Elephant was. Gardner T. Sands, the son of William Sands, would also add a bank to the general store in 1900, only for both to tragically burn down in 1920. Coincidentally, around the same time, a group of Pentwater women were leading a campaign to build a new gym for the local students. Initially, the Sands family offered to donate the empty lot where the general store and bank once stood. The women of course accepted the donation and continued raising money for the construction of the gym, but in 1923, the Sands family also decided they would be willing to sell the remaining building, only on the grounds that it would be useful to the community. Then began the long process of raising money for the purchase and renovation of the building, which at this point was already 40 years old. But tragedy would strike again at the tail end of the 1920s when the White Elephant burned down, creating an even greater need for a new community space. After convincing the village and township to pitch in, and then persuading them to put a $12,000 bond issue on the ballot in the fall of 1929, the Pentwater women succeeded. The new “Community House” opened during homecoming in August of 1930. And they certainly kept their promise. The (now old) Village Hall, as we call it today, has been the host of several tenants over the years, all of which have vitally served our community. It has been used as the offices for the village and township, the local library, the police headquarters and the fire hall. They even had a large garage where the firetruck would park, which was later converted into library space when the fire hall moved out in 1961, and nearly all school community events and school functions were on the second story of the building, until it was abandoned in 1973. Even our very own Pentwater Historical Society occupied a space in the building for a time. They utilized the basement room after the new police headquarters was built across the street in 1985. Since its conversion into the Community House in the 1930s, the yellow-Pentwater-brick building that Sands and Maxwell built in the 1800s has been a buzzing business machine that kept our town running, and we owe it all to the dedication of a group of determined Pentwater women who spent over decade raising funds for us, the community.


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The rain did not deter riders from attending the recent Tacos for the Trail fundraiser for the Pentwater Hart Bike Trail, Saturday, June 26. Ava Johnson of Pentwater, above left, waits for her tacos to be served up by Sue Squire. A collection can, above right, was set out for donations.

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Support of June 26 fundraiser for the Pentwater-Hart Trail doubles proceeds from 2020 Despite an almost constant rain, a crowd turned out on Pentwater’s Village Green Saturday, June 26 for the annual “Tacos for the Trail” event to help fund the creation of a multi-use trail. “We don’t have an exact amount calculated yet, but the event raised almost $3,000,” said Claudia Ressel-Hodan, board chairperson of the Friends of the Pentwater-Hart Trail. “That’s about double the funds raised last year.” The event’s grand sponsor was Spectrum Health, with support from other sponsors including the Pentwater Service Club, Shelby State Bank and the Starting Block in Hart. Trailhead Bike Shop in Ludington was present, but weather cancelled scheduled bike maintenance workshops. “We also need to thank the runners, walkers and cyclists who participated,” said Ressel-Hodan. All proceeds from the event go toward future maintenance of the Pentwater-Hart Trail, a multi-use trail for cyclists, runners and walkers. 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 connect 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 govern-

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Pentwater Pastimes Pentwater Sportfishing Association is hooked on keeping it reel by Andy Roberts PTW Writer

The Pentwater Sportfishing Association believes the local fishery is a rare and wonderful resource, and it’s devoted to making sure residents know about it and get their chance to enjoy the sport. There aren’t many better chances to spread the gospel of fishing than the July 10 Teach a Kid Fishing event, which returns to the calendar this summer after being canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “That’s always a really fun event,” PSA secretary David Vanderveen said. “Part of our mission, obviously, is to grow interest in the sport of fishing in the Pentwater area specifically. We feel it’s an important part of expanding our fishery and fulfilling our mission, but it’s also a lot of fun. It’s a good way to get kids in the community who might not get to fish on the big lakes, to get them out fishing.” The event, which is open to any PSA member boat, welcomes all kids 16 and under with their parents’ permission. It lasts from 6 a.m., when boats are permitted to set their fishing lines, to noon, when fish must be at the scales at the Pentwater Village Marina gazebo to be weighed. Prizes will be awarded for the top three heaviest catches of each species king salmon, coho, steelhead, brown and lake trout. A special prize will go to whichever catch comes closest to the mystery weight, a random weight to be chosen at the weigh-in. Full rules and registration instructions are available at the association’s website, www.pentwaterpsa.org. While the Teach a Kid event is certainly a highlight, the PSA is enjoying a mostly normal summer schedule so far. The association’s biggest event, the Memorial Weekend Derby, was a success, with Vanderveen estimating that 47 people entered. “We had a good time with that,” Vanderveen said. “People are interested in fishing this year, and we want them to get involved with the events.” Even after the Teach a Kid event ends July 10, several more dates stand out on the rest of the PSA’s 2021 calendar. The ladies’ classic, set for July 31, is an annual highlight, and the Aug. 21 mini tournament is a competitive but relatively informal way for the PSA members to enjoy each other’s company. The association’s annual meeting and awards ceremony will be a week after the mini tournament, Aug. 28. Bannink’s Lines


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There was a soft sound outside of the bathroom door. I turned the water off and stepped out of the shower. Hot steam was slowly rising all around me, and the images displayed by the mirrors were blurry through the condensation. I was unsure of what I had heard. I took a towel off the rack and wrapped it around me, slowly heading towards the door, but I hesitated with my hand on the knob. I thought of many things. I knew how bad the world had gotten, but some small, sad part of my heart went untouched. I opened the door and stepped outside. The apartment was situated so that you entered in through the living room. To the left of that is the kitchen, and across from the kitchen is the bathroom. It was the first of many doors that proceeded farther to the left, down a hallway towards the bedrooms. What I saw upon exiting the bathroom was a man standing under the phosphorescent light of my kitchen, a white glow about him that cast a shadow down by his bare feet. A quiet filled my ears that I hadn’t known in a long time. The only sounds were the creaks and groans of the apartment. The things you hear when you are trying to go to sleep, and every subtle movement seems amplified, like the Foley effects in a movie. The light in the kitchen was off. I tried to place the sound that I had heard, the one that made me get out of the shower. It was like clothes on the line when a breeze goes through. Or the dull sound of a shovel of dirt when you toss it in a deep hole. Or, maybe the feathers that make up a bird’s wings when it flies away.

I scanned the area, but I found no discernible cause for the sound. My gaze eventually fell upon the stranger in my kitchen. His face looked familiar. It reminded me of GrecoRoman statues, or certain paintings that I had seen. He had a deep unwavering look of certain understanding, and it was all the sadder because of it. “Who are you?” I asked. “Why are you here?” “...” His silence brought more understanding than I am sure his voice ever could. “Are you going to answer any of my questions?” Of course not. I looked to my right, out of the window at the end of the hallway. Ash fell on the city. It drifted down slowly, pretending to be something less threatening than it actually was, and in the fading light of the dying day, it truly was beautiful. When I turned back to look at my guest, a white noise began to fill my ears, and my vision was slowly replaced with a bright white light. I felt that he was advancing toward me, but I couldn’t be certain. And then everything exploded with the loud sound of trumpets.

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Pentwater Jr. Women’s Club 57th annual Fine Arts & Craft Fair set for July 10 The Pentwater Jr. Women’s Club will host its 57th annual Pentwater Fine Arts & Craft Fair Saturday, July 10, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Pentwater Village Green in downtown Pentwater. The fair is a juried art fair. All work must be original and of the artist’s own creation. Painting, ceramics, jewelry, photography, weaving, clothing, sculpture and other media will be available. Admission is free. There is a refreshment stand on the village green operated by the Pentwater Service Club. Further information may be obtained by contacting the Pentwater Jr. Women’s Club Art Fair Registration Committee, P.O. Box 357, Pentwater, Mich. 49449 or e-mail pentwaterjrwomensclub@gmail.com

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ability of funds and the annual budget of PJWC. Examples of past projects funded include: Pentwater South Entrance Garden and Welcome sign, contributions towards the renovation of the Friendship Center now Park Place, handicapped walkway at Mears State Park Beach, drinking fountain on Village Green, to name a few recent allocations. PJWC also funds the mobile food pantry located at the fire barn the third Tuesday of the month. After reviewing the funding guidelines, individuals seeking more information related to the funding cycle should e-mail pentwaterjrwomensclub@gmail.com. PJWC is a volunteer service club of women dedicated to promoting and improving the local community of Pentwater.

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Pentwater Lake Association News Great Lakes Beach Safety by Lynne Cavazos

PTW Contributor As summer gets underway and everyone is flocking to the Great Lakes, Lake Michigan in particular, the Department of Natural Resources is strongly urging everyone to pay attention to water and pier safety. All of the Great Lakes are large and powerful water systems and consequently they are prone to dangerous currents that can threaten even the most experienced swimmer. In addition, unpredictable weather patterns can create dangerous rip along piers and breakwalls. The crashing waves can also create slippery surfaces and conditions strong enough to knock a person into the water. Visitors to State Parks should keep in mind that winds can come up quickly, changing conditions without warning, so always pay attention to the weather. The Great Lakes can become very dangerous, especially when waves get higher than 4 feet. Of Michigan’s 100-plus state parks, 42 offer access to the Great Lakes shoreline. According to Ron Olson, chief of the DNR Parks and Recreation Division, the increase in accidents and drownings on the Great Lakes in recent years is especially troubling and clear evidence that greater public awareness is needed. In particular, Grand Haven, Holland, Ludington and Mears state parks are situated in locations where rip currents tend to build and recurring safety hazards are present. River Outlets and Breakwalls Dangerous currents can occur near the outlets of rivers and breakwalls, especially during times that water levels are higher. For example, the mouth of the Big Sable River is located in Ludington State Park, but outside the designated swim area. In the past, swimmers have been swept out into Lake Michigan. In addition, swimmers should be aware of particularly dangerous structural currents that form along shoreline structures near breakwalls, such as in Charles Mears State Park. “When northwest winds appear, water is pushed to the shore causing dangerous currents along the north side of the pier,” said Chris Bush, lead ranger at Mears State Park. “People are often surprised that structures located in the Great Lakes can cause such powerful, and sometimes dangerous, currents.” Use State Park designated swim areas on the Great Lakes Check the flag upon arrival and be sure to monitor it throughout the day because conditions can change rapidly. • Green flag = Go. Enter the water but stay aware of changing conditions. 20 - PTW - July 8-22, 2021

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Summer reading and art at Pentwater Township Library The Pentwater Township Library was one of 139 libraries in the State of Michigan to get a grant to offer programming during the summer months for its younger patrons, sponsored by the Library of Michigan and the Institutes of Museum and Library Services. The program focus is children from 6-10 years old and teens from ages 11-16. Registration is required and opens about two weeks before each session. There is limited space and each session will be a different activity. Please call 231-869-8581 or stop in to register. Children’s Summer Art Program includes: Kaleidoscope on July 8, Wall hanging on July 12, Clay coil bowl on July 15, Block printing on July 19, Suncatcher on July 22. Tween/Teen Summer Art Program includes: Melted crayon art on July 8, Drawing and sewing art pillow on July 12, Sharpie tie-dye t-shirt on July 15, Batik fabric matted picture on July 19 and Paint pour on July 22. As part of the summer reading program 2021, “Don’t You Like My Tail?” will be presented July 21 at 11 a.m. Join storyteller, Jenifer Strauss for animal tales about their tails! How did they get them? How did they lose them? Why do they wag them? How did they flatten them? Join in adventurous stories and songs about some favorite (and not so favorite) furry friends and then take home a craft that you can make at home!

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