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Below: (l-r) Marcus Carr, Aiden Alick, Auston Abbe, Christian Vinyard and Timothy Henry pose with a horse pulling the wagon at Winterfest.

Right: Melissa Michalski is pictured st Sledfest in Johannesburg. Behind her is the main stage of Farmfest, which is scheduled for Aug. 8-11.

Granny rides a Triumph - 3B l

Rube Babbit, Michigan's first game warden - 1C

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March 2019

Strengthening the communities of Northeast Michigan Vol. 9, Issue 9


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A great force leads to a winning float By Theresa Ekdom HOUGHTON LAKE - In 1977 George Lucas produced a film that would spark the imagination of kids everywhere. “I was 11 when the Star Wars came out. I was in love with Princess Leah. I dreamed of living the world of Star Wars,” said Brian Mester. Decades later, Mester, of Houghton Lake, would bring a little of Star Wars into his life by creating a sculpture replica of the X-wing flier. And this year’s Tip Up Town U.S.A. theme of “Out of this World” was the perfect opportunity for him to show his creation to the public. Mester had the 8’ long, 38” wingspan X-wing which he built in 2016 hanging from his shop ceiling. A friend came to him after hearing of the TUT theme and encouraged him to enter it in the parade. He scrambled to find a way to mount the X-wing on his trailer. Mester only had three weeks to complete the details on the X-wing and get it mounted. And, he had to convert the trailer, a futuristic ice fishing trailer meant to be pulled behind an UTV, from skis to wheels. Building the X-wing took him three weeks in 2016. But the process – that took him much longer. “The process, it took me about 35 years to learn the ways of the force,” Mester laughed.

Mester has been the graphic artist at Arnies in Houghton Lake for the last eight years. But he started out his career as a builder. After 13 or 14 years there was a change in jobs and a chance to learn about plastics. Along the way he also taught himself how to work with metal. It took all of these skills to bring his TUT float to creation. “I had to manipulate wood, steel, plastics,” he said. “One reason I did it was to challenge myself.” One of his biggest challenges was learning how to bend veneer without it cracking. And learning patience. When the movie producers designed the X-wing they gave it four wings, four engines, four of everything. Once Mester figured out how to build one, he needed patience to build three more. Mester used a lot of reclaimed material to build the X-wing. Cardboard tubes from a remodel job, some pallet wood, and some reclaimed lumber from an old building. There’s even a little piece of century old hemlock from his grandfather’s barn in it. Prior to TUT, Mester brought the X-wing off the ceiling and added some finishing touches, including wiring it for sound and lights. He purchased a 31” diameter beach ball that looks like the Death Star to add to the float, and designed the flags

Brian Mester of Houghton Lake built a Star Wars X Wing fighter out of pallet wood for the annual Tip Up Town Parade. Star Wars was produced in 1977 by director George Lucas.

~ Photos by Mark Constance and Theresa Ekdom for the back. A stuffed wookie was the finishing touch. “It was a fun experience,” Mester said. “The best thing was it got a lot of the family together. The grandkids were pilots, they wanted to get involved.” Other family members were dressed as storm troopers, another was Chewbacca. Mester’s parade entry for Arnies won “Best Overall”. If you didn’t get a chance to see it the day of the parade, you will only find it in the pictures, since it is back hanging in Mester’s shop.

Out & About Out and About is available for use by community organizations and nonprofits in order to help them promote their activities. Please email your calendar item by the 15th of the month to info@ If you are including a photo, please attach it to the email as a separate file. Include the name of the event, date, time, location and contact information. Please do not use prices. MARCH 1 – Grayling Regional Chamber of Commerce 2019 Awards Gala. 5 p.m. at Kirtland Health Sciences Center, 4 Mile Road, Grayling. Contact the chamber for more information. 2- Roscommon Library Dr. Seuss Birthday Party! @10:30am: Come and join us in celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday! There will be games crafts and much more! 2- Roscommon Library Kids Cinema: Ralph Breaks the Internet (PG) @2:00pm: Ralph and Penelope are faced with a new challenge when they begin the search for a spare part to fix a beloved videogame: how to navigate the internet. 2 – 2nd Annual Trivia Night & Silent Auction benefiting Roscommon Project Graduation 2019. 6:30 p.m. check in at Kirtland, 4 Mile Campus 2 – 4-H Winter Workshops, Survive This!- Paracord. Preregistration recommended, participation limited to 30. Ages 5 and up. Fee based. At the CRAF Center of Roscommon from 10am - 12pm Call 989-275-5043 5- Roscommon Library Tween Chopped @5:00pm: Tweens will compete in a competition to see who’s the Top Chef. 6- Roscommon Library Book Talk @1:00pm: Come and Join Julie in the discussion of the book, ‘Landline’ by Rainbow Rowell. 6, 13, 27 -Roscommon Library Color Your Cares Away @4:306:30pm Coloring for adults. Supplies provided 6- Michigan Forestry Assistance Program Tree and Shrub planting and selection workshop. 5-7pm at the AuSable River Center 211 N.

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Main St. Roscommon planting and selection workshop. 7 - T.O.P.S Take Off Pounds 5-7pm at the Otsego Conservation Sensibly, meets weekly 9 - 10:45 District Education Center 459 Liva.m. at Lyon Township Hall, 7851 ingston Blvd. Gaylord W Higgins Lake Dr, Higgins Lake. 13- Kids Art Studio @2:00pm: Weigh in begins Come and join at 9 meeting at 10. a lucky craft! Up North Voice Call Marilyn at Children will get A Division of AuSable Media 989-202-1073 or the opportunity Group, LLC 989-939-9416 for to make ‘golden’ A veteran-owned business located at further informacrafts using tissue 709 Lake Street, tion. PO Box 113, Roscommon MI 48653 paper! Sign-up 8- Roscomtoday. “Friend, guide and companion of all mon Library 13- Tween good people” Tween Book Club Photo Club @5:00pm: Join @5:00pm: Tween Up North Voice is published Miss Julie in a disPhotography monthly and distributed in cussion about the Roscommon, St. Helen, Houghton Club will be talkbook, ‘The Journey ing about their Lake, Higgins Lake, Grayling, of Little Charlie’ second project Lovells, Waters, Gaylord, by: Christopher Johannesburg, Lewiston, Comins, they worked on. Paul Curtis. Atlanta, Mio, Fairview, McKinley, Miss Megan will 9 – Guided Rose City, Luzerne, Lupton, West be leading and Snowshoe Hikes, giving different Branch, Skidway Lake, Hale, 10am & 1pm each Glennie, Curran, National City and challenges each day at Hartwick month. Whittemore, Prescott. Pines State Park. 14- Al Eicher It is available at newsstands or Preregistration Presents: Mark annually for $40. Required Twain and Stories, advertisements and photos His Michigan 9 – Fruit Tree are copyrighted and may not be Care and Pruning Connections reproduced without the express Workshop hosted @3:00pm: The by MSU Extension written permission of the publisher. Eicher’s have 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. obtained a diary is updated at the Devereaux of his travels in daily with breaking news and Memorial CrawMichigan which photos. ford Library. For was the beginning more information of his world tour. 989-275-1170 or to register, call 14 - T.O.P.S 989-732-4021. Take Off Pounds 9 – Bowl for Sensibly, meets Kids Sake, a fundraiser for Big weekly 9 - 10:45 a.m. at Lyon TownBrothers Big Sisters. 2 – 4 p.m. OR ship Hall, 7851 W Higgins Lake 4 – 6 p.m. at Goodyear Lanes in Dr, Higgins Lake. Call Marilyn at Houghton Lake, OR Fred’s Bowling 989-202-1073 or 989-939-9416 for Center in Roscommon. For more further information. information call Tracy at 989-42215 – Earth’s Prehistoric 6798 or Pam at 989-422-5111. Team Aquarium presented by Kirtland packets are available at the bowling Youth Theater. For youth Grades centers. K-6 and suitable for adults. Call 10 - VFW Country Breakfast 8 Kirtland Center for the Performing a.m. – 12 p.m. at VFW Post 4159 in Arts 989-275-5000 ext. 375 for more Roscommon (across from the Post information. Office) 18 – Kirtland Garden Club 12 – 4-H Exploration Day March meeting at Houghton Lake Informational Meeting 7 p.m. at Public Library at Noon. Vines and the Roscommon County Building. Vertical Gardening. For information contact Roscommon 21-Adult Crafting with Brenda: MSU Extension at 989-275-5043 Come and join Brenda for a fun filled 12- Michigan Forestry Assiscraft! tance Program Tree and Shrub 21 - T.O.P.S Take Off Pounds

Sensibly, meets weekly 9 - 10:45 a.m. at Lyon Township Hall, 7851 W Higgins Lake Dr, Higgins Lake. Call Marilyn at 989-202-1073 or 989-9399416 for further information. 23- Depression, Health and Wellness Mini-series 11:30 Mio Seventh-Day Adventist Church 1845 S. Mt. Tom Rd. Mio. All day three part series with Vegetarian lunch served at first break. Vicki Griffin, MS, Human Nutrition, MPA 23 – Talk About Murder, 4th annual Murder Mystery Dinner Show supporting Area 4 Special Olympics. 6 p.m. at Roscommon Events Center (formerly Knights of Columbus hall). For information call 989-275-9550. 27- Roscommon Library Lego Palooza! @10:30am: Are you ready to start building? We have the Lego’s but we need your help with the creativity! Come and join us for a morning building session! 28 - T.O.P.S Take Off Pounds Sensibly, meets weekly 9 - 10:45 a.m. at Lyon Township Hall, 7851 W Higgins Lake Dr, Higgins Lake. Call Marilyn at 989-202-1073 or 989-9399416 for further information APRIL THURSDAYS - T.O.P.S Take Off Pounds Sensibly, meets weekly 9 - 10:45 a.m. at Lyon Township Hall, 7851 W Higgins Lake Dr, Higgins Lake. Weigh in begins at 9 meeting at 10. Call Marilyn at 989-202-1073 or 989-939-9416 for further information. 11- Friends Together Cancer Support Organization, Oscoda County Council on Aging in Mio on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. 2:00p.m. 14 - VFW Country Breakfast 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. at VFW Post 4159 in Roscommon 18 – Grayling Business Expo at Ramada Inn. Vendors only from 3-4 p.m./ Public welcome 4-7 p.m. MAY 12 - VFW Country Breakfast 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. at VFW Post 4159 in Roscommon 16– Business After Hours– Huron Pines, Northbound Outfitters & Paddle Hard Microbrewery AT Paddle Hard Microbrewery, 5:30- 7:30 p.m.

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West Branch

Michelle Norton is the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Otsego Resort in Gaylord. She is in charge of overseeing sales and marketing at this lodging, dining, skiing and golfing destination. "I love working with people and helping them come to this beautiful landscape and leave here with a smile," said Norton. She has a great love of animals and spends her spare time with her pet cat, two Newfoundland dogs, two rats and several rescued mini horses.

Paige Lobsinger is a waitress at Dawson and Stevens Classic 50's Diner in Grayling. Some of her job duties are taking customer orders, serving food and drinks and cleaning and stocking the restaurant. "I enjoy listening to the different generations of customers talk about the history and all their good memories of the past," Lobsinger said. She says crafting and painting are two hobbies she enjoys when not working. "I also like being outdoors kayaking and camping," she added.

Krista Beaver works at Gildner's HarleyDavidson in West Branch. Her job title is sales associate. Greeting customers and answering questions about merchandise in the store are a couple of her job duties. "I like dealing with the customers and helping them get the bikes of their dreams," said Beaver. She enjoys camping with her husband and their three children when she is not working.

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WEST BRANCH - Ogemaw Hills Snowmobile Club’s (OHSC) 51st Anniversary and 7th Annual Vintage Snowmobile Show & Ride for 2019 is in the books and simply stated it was a total success and a “blast from the past.” The event was held Jan. 26 and started out the morning with a brisk 25 degrees below zero, yes that’s a negative 25 degrees, but on the positive side, there were tons of perfect Michigan snow. The dedicated OHSC groomers had just returned to the club from grooming their 108 miles of scenic trails in the Ogemaw Hills, and last but not least they were joined by several hundred fellow vintage sled nuts. These are the makings of an excellent day. The old sleds were all very hard to start, but the faithful fans of the show really stepped up and showed up with over 122 vintage snowmobiles for everyone to view and enjoy. The main parking lot was filled, and many were in the overflow lot to the north. Throughout the day there was a steady stream of visitors riding the trails on their new sleds, who stopped to enjoy the vintage show as well as the warm club house, hot drinks, camp fire, and maybe even an expertly roasted hot dog or two. Everyone was able to enjoy a walk down “old sled heaven” and view the snowmobiles from countless manufacturers from the 50s to the 80s. Many of the snowmobiles on display were proudly made here in Michigan by companies no longer around, but still living in the hearts of collectors sharing this history. A small 51st anniversary ceremony was held, as well as drawing the winning tickets for two 1974 Arctic Cat raffle sleds. First winner was Tim R, from Richmond MI who selected the 1974 Arctic Cat Lynx I, with a 295cc Wankle rotary engine. A long time OHSC member and hardworking volunteer (along with being a prior board member) Bruce Reetz was the second winner. Bruce was the winner of the 1974 Arctic Cat Cheetah 440cc. Both snowmobiles were purchased from their original owners from the Saginaw area, and were in excellent, as is, survivor condition. The guided vintage ride was set to depart at 1:30 p.m. After a couple of warm up laps around the parking lot, to show off and smile for the cameras, the group of 51 brave souls headed out for the 16-mile ride in the wonderful Ogemaw Hills. They were treated to beautiful trails, along with a stop at the old ghost town that was said to be once the county seat for Ogemaw County but now is

The Ogemaw Hills Snowmobile Club held its 7th Annual Vintage Snowmobile Show and Ride recently. Several hundred people turned out for the event.

nothing but a few grave markers from the 1800s. The ride was fun, a group pic was taken at the ghost cemetery, and all but one made it back under their own power. One came back on the sometime shameful wrong end of a tow rope. Many first-time participants could be heard saying how surprised they were at how beautiful the trails and hills are- some comparing it to the hills of PA, and everyone wearing big smiles and laughter from enjoying the fun. The snowmobile club would like to thank all the club members that worked hard all day inside and out, and everyone that came and enjoyed their event. They are already planning and working on our 52nd Anniversary & 8th Annual Vintage Snowmobile Show & Ride for winter 2020.

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Support for renewable energy development To the editor: I urge Rep. Jack Bergman and Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters to follow the will of their constituents and endorse and vote for the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (H.R. 763). The bill, which would tax fossil fuel companies and deliver a monthly dividend to U.S. citizens, promises to lower carbon emissions by 40% within the first 12 years, while creating over 2 million jobs across America.

Economists agree that the carbon fee will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while stimulating renewable energy development. Meanwhile, the monthly dividend will cushion Americans from rising energy costs--to the tune of an extra $500 in-pocket. The Carbon Dividend Act has bipartisan support among lawmakers and constituents alike--67% of residents in our own congressional district (MI-1) support requiring fossil fuel companies to pay a carbon tax.*

H.R. 763 is a market-based solution endorsed by economists, environmentalists, faith leaders, and moms--like me. We understand that the choices we make today will determine the quality of life available to our children and grandchildren. By Elana Warsen Fairview *Data from the Yale Climate Opinion Maps 2018, available at

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St. Helen Chamber going strong

By Jan Waltz I am Jan Waltz, the returning president of the St. Helen Chamber. After the past three years away from the top responsibility, I’ve once again jumped into the presidency role, to serve our great community. We also have a new board in place to begin our new year. Our website has been modernized and updated; we keep an active Facebook Page; and welcome your suggestions and positive comments. There are lots of good things happening here. Our “Santa Comes to St. Helen’ lighted parade (presented by the St. Helen Lake Assn.) was a huge success, as well as the tree lighting and the kids’ visits with Santa Claus. This event was followed by the Chamber’s Annual Medallion


GRAYLING - On Saturday, March 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., MSU Extension and its partners are hosting a Fruit Tree Care and Pruning Workshop at the Devereaux Memorial Crawford County Library, 201 Plum Street, Grayling. The workshop will be led by MSU Extension horticulturists Nathaniel Walton and Diane Brown.

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St. Helen Chamber of Commerce Renewing members: BS Liquor MVW and Associates

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ing our Site ( and Page. Always keep in mind, our Bluegill Festival and the great St. Helen Fireworks. Our office is open each Tues., Thurs. and Fri. from 9 a.m. to Noon. Drop in and say hi to Vickie, our office manager and pick up a new County Tourist Guide and a Local Guide, both being available in the spring. A big Thank You to each and everyone of you who donates their spare time volunteering for the many organizations here in Richfield Township, and we have many. Thank you, especially, to the leaders of those organizations, who keep us in the loop and on the map.

Care and Pruning fruit tree workshop

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Hunt, sponsored by Fultz Insurance; medallion found by Dylan Sharrow. The Snowpackers’ Snow Run was attended by a great crowd on Feb. 10, and the Hen House’s snowman building contest went on during the full month of February. See, we have a busy little community. The Bluegill Festival Committee held a Daytona 500 fundraiser at the Firehouse Grill, with a big raffle drawing of an EZ-GO golf cart the following day. Our next big Chamber event will be the Summer Kick-off on Saturday, May 18. This is geared towards family-oriented activities, with lots of games, prizes and free vending tables. The BBQ contest will return, plus we add something new to this event every week, so keep check-

Participants will learn about the best fruit tree varieties for northern Michigan, and pruning and training techniques. A hands-on demonstration will be included. Cost is $20. Please bring your lunch. Water and coffee will be provided. To register, call 989-732-4021, or email

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Pictured L to R: Back Row- YAC Advisor Brenda St. Denis, Board Secretary Diane Nielsen, Board Vice Chair Susan Tyer, YAC Advisor Kelly Baker, RCCF Executive Director Suzanne Luck, Board Trustee Sara Morley LaCroix Front Row: YAC Students Evan Lutz, Jessica Disney, Cami LeRay, Anna Erickson, Karlee Erickson, Angel Brethauer and Randee Gage.

Good Shepherd receives grant for community dinners ROSCOMMON - The Roscommon County Community Foundation (RCCF) is pleased to announce that Good Shepherd United Methodist Church (GSUMC) was awarded a $1,200.00 grant for their community dinners. Funding for this grant was provided by the Roscommon County Kellogg Youth Fund. Funding supported their community dinners held the last Thursday of every month. On January 24, RCCF’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC) and

Board Members helped volunteer for the dinner. According to Volunteer Missions Team Leader Sue Shoemaker, “It was a delight to have the RCCF-YAC volunteers, the guests had bigger smiles than usual.” On average the church serves 125 people in their fellowship hall monthly. The goal of this project is to help relieve hunger within the community and provide social interaction for area residents. Inspired? You can support the Roscommon

County Community Foundation by sending your donation to RCCF at P.O. Box 824, Roscommon, MI 48653 or visiting our website at www.myrccf. org to make a donation online. Get connected with causes that matter to you! Contact Suzanne E. Luck, Executive Director, for information on how you can give a gift that supports your community.

Tourism Bureau to attend Quiet Water Symposium SAINT HELEN MEDALLION FOUND - The St. Helen Medallion Hunt was a success again this year. The medallion was found on Friday morning, Feb. 8, by 11 year old Dylan Sharrow. The medallion was located on the new ‘Welcome to St. Helen’ sign on the north end of town, installed earlier in 2018 by the DDA. Dylan was presented with a check for $50.00 for finding the medallion by following the daily clues.

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EAST LANSING - The Houghton Lake Area Tourism Bureau (HLATB) will be an exhibitor at the 24th Annual Quiet Water Symposium (QWS) March 2 at the Michigan State University Pavilion in East Lansing. Theresa Ekdom and Adele Woskobojnik, both from HLATB, and Brenda Bachelder, director of Roscommon County Economic Development, will be on hand to promote Roscommon County’s canoeing, hiking, and fishing activities. They will also be promoting the AuSable Birding Trail, the first official inland birding trail in Michigan. “This is a great opportunity to promote the four seasons of fun on Michigan’s Other Great Lakes, Houghton Lake, Higgins Lake, and

Lake Saint Helen as well as our trails and rivers in the county to those attending the Symposium,” said Dave Clouse, president of the HLATB. The Symposium will feature over 150 exhibits, speakers, and demonstrations at the pavilion. You can listen to Jim DuFresne share his experiences on the Trails of M-22; Kim Parker’s tales of SCUBA Diving the Great Lakes, or Darlene Patterson explain how to trek the wilderness with kids. Those are just some of this year’s speakers. The QWS runs from 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. at 4301 Farm Lane, East Lansing. In between speakers, stop by Booth I-10 and visit with the HLATB.

NEW WELCOME SIGNS FOR VILLAGE - Ron Alden, Roscommon Village manager, stands by one of two new signs welcoming visitors to Roscommon. They will be placed just outside village limits when the ground thaws. Photo by Theresa Ekdom

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Voice ATLANTA Roy & Sons Gun and Ammo The Baklava Shop and More Freddie’s IGA COMMINS The Woodworkers Shoppe Commins Market Skyline Event Center EAST TAWAS Big Boy Tawas Bay Beach Resort Village Chocolatier Brew Krew Klenow’s Market Razor’s Edge Nordic Sports FAIRVIEW Mio Church of God IGA (Bill’s) Fairview Family Restaurant Fairview Apartments Habitat for Humanity Fairview Hardware Fairview Eagles The Family Bookshelf Fairview Area Schools BP/Deli FREDERIC Beacon & Bridge Frederic Inn The Swamp GAYLORD Gobblers of Gaylord Salvation Army Ash Tobacco Shop Comp Subway Otsego County Building/City Bigby Coffee Bob Evans Hampton Inn Family Fare B J’S Restaurant Otsego County Sports Complex Ace Hardware GLENNIE Gordon’s Bait/Tackle-Loud Dam Chat N Chew Restaurant Glennie Party Store Ace Hardware Roger’s Food Pride Alcona Park GRAYLING Admiral Gas Station Fick & Sons Family Fare Feeney Ford QTA Walgreens

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FARM BUREAU SUPPORTS SCHOOL PANTRY - In 2017, Farm Bureau agents across Michigan joined together to found the Agent Charitable Fund (ACF) with a goal of Ending Hunger in Michigan. They recently presented the staff at Grayling Middle School with a grant for the Grayling Middle School Viking Pantry. Katie Olson Agency is excited that they can make a difference right here in Grayling. The pantry has plans to use the funds for more shelving, refrigeration and food.

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LEWISTON Family Fare Marathon ( S&K Foods) Sunrise Convenience Store Iron Kettle Lewiston Ace Hardware Midlakes Market-- Sunoco Marathon (Parmalee Trading) LUPTON Parkview Acres Sunoco Sunrise Cafe’ Lowell’s Corner Store LUZERNE Luzerne Hardware Luzerne Express Ma Deters Restaurant MIO Highland Lumber Yard Pioneer General Store Oscoda Co Council on Aging Ray’s Mug and Jug Blair’s Sonoco Paddle Inn AuSable Valley Motel/Inn AuSable River Restaurant Family Fare Rental and Retail Pioneer Family Pharmacy Shell Marathon O’Brien’s Restaurant Mio Pizza Century 21 Oscoda County Courthouse Oscoda Co. Chamber Com AuSable River Tobacco Ace Hardware Mio AuSable Schools Maplewood / Stone Manor Moose Lodge Deez Pizza OSCODA Robert J Parks Library Top 5 Pizza Wiltse’s Restaurant Family FareShell-Louie’s Fresh Market IGA Marathon


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Nester of Roscommon St. Helen Hardware St. Helen - Roscommon Monument Pioneer Pharmacy N. Mich. Metal Roofing Senior Center Fred’s of Roscommon Horizon Senior Center Rite Aid Mercantile Bank Family Fare Shell Station PRUDENVILLE Pioneer Pharmacy St. Helen Power Sports St. Vincent DePaul MidMichigan Transmission Hen House Restaurant Northern Floor & Blind Design Shell Patrick’s Pro Hardware Duke’s Kens Tire Marathon Korbinski Marina Marathon Old Michigan Tobacco Bart’s AuSable Bakery Stephanies Studio Georges Barber Shop BP Station Suds Laundry Comfort Center Hull Building Center Chucks Tire Kronner Pharmacy Tim’s Collision Plus Fultz Insurance Kiss Me Coffee County Car Wash Chamber of Commerce Lady of the Lakes School B C Pizza Township Building Basil & Mike Auto Fifth Street Market Library(Richfiled Township) Gold Rush Jewlery Gardiner’s Jewelry Charleton Heston Academy L.M./ Edward Jones Office Bloomers Flowers & Gift Sheffiels Automotive Dr. Boggs Optomitrist Bob’s Butcher Shop Louie’s Fresh Market Dollar Daze Rosco. Comm. Senior Fire House Macon Marine The Brook Retirement Center Sarahs Family Hair Care Curves of Prudenville Lighthouse Nursing BS Liquors Express Rental Competion Auto Dougs Auto H.L. Chamb. Of Commerce W & W Auto St. Helen Dentistry/Dr. Tozer Walmart Office Rosco’s Restaurant Top Tire Ankle & Foot TAWAS CITY Salvation Army Store Dewey’s Auto Nieman’s Family Market ROSCOMMON Roscommon Sheriff Dept Sav Mor Drugs Higgins Chiro Dave Smith Barber Shop Romeo’s Market Higgins Lake Greenhouse Dan Decker Acct Augies on the Bay Woodlawn Dental Brabant & Coltrane Atty. Iosco Co. Chamber of Commerce Coldwell Bank Realty Northern Family Dental Shell Markey Tire & Auto Mid Mich Medical VIENNA CROSSING State Park Store Walsh Funeral Home Big Bear Trading Post Country Corner Party Store Roscommon Vet Clinic West Higgins Hardware Hart Ford WATERS Landmark Restaurant Roscommon Library Gobblers Westside Grocery Store Munson Med Building WEST BRANCH Salon Cut & Ms. Gage Lear Corp. MidMichigan Medical Evergreen Party Store ROSE CITY Hart Buick Century 21 Ogemaw Vet Clinic Dean Arbour E. Higgins Lake Hardware Family Fare Markets Original Computer Genie Town&Country Supermarket Ace Hardware Compassionate Care Vet Clinic Mel’s Pine Pantry Rose City Cafe’ Mac’s Place The Bird & the Bear Rose City Greenhouse West Branch Collision Sports Barn Agility Physical Therapy Hospice of Helping Hands Cornerstone Construction Faull Inn Ink & Thread Pioneer Hills Marina Rose City Library Adapt Physical Therapy Dinges (Ogemaw District Library) Steuernol/McLaren Fun. Home COOR Rose Valley Winery Team Hodges Auto ROOC SAND LAKE Brian’s Fruit & Meat Market Roscommon Elementary School Marathon Family Fare Roscommon Middle School Lake Breeze Sears Store Roscommon High School SOUTH BRANCH Timmy Tire Valero Jose Lake Store & Resort Tanger Outlet (Main Office) Tee Pee Java Junction (Tanger) ST. HELEN Jim’s Collision Mr. B’s Roofs of the North WHITTEMORE Agility/Dr. Kumar Office Roscommon Auto Recy. M-65 Bait Shop

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Toad's Stool Of wild birds and wild foods

VFW RECOGNIZES LOCAL GIRL SCOUTS - VFW 4159 Auxiliary, Roscommon, and President Jennifer Fencsh, presented certificates to our Girl Scouts Lexy Gammicchia, 10, and Gabby Gammicchia, 8, for Random Act of Patriotism. They are both part of the Girl Scout Troop 50945, representing Roscommon. The girls participated in Wreaths Across America along with their parents. The girls are an example of the commitment to service and community exhibited by their parents. Pictured are Jennifer Fencsh, Lexy and Gabby and their parents, Kate and Michael Gammicchia.

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By Warren "Toad" Stutesman Hello friends, what a beautiful month we have just had. Lots of snow and cold, wind and ice. Just what the doctor ordered for winter. Unlike some that think to shut the schools and government down each time there is anything but good weather, I expect winter here in Michigan. Icy roads I understand for safety reasons but cold. Maybe if they wore long johns and pants instead of pajamas to school the cold would not be so bad. Well now that I have offended everyone shall we move on to happier subjects, like my birds. While I sincerely enjoy my regular feeder attendees I am somewhat jealous of downstate friends’ feeder regulars. Some are seeing redpolls and titmice while others are enjoying visits from blue birds, robins and flickers. A few have even had owls spending the day in their yards. This coming year I am going to have to get some thorn apple, sumac and some other berry type trees transplanted into my yard for habitat for my birds. We have started getting native grasses and flowers already. One of the biggest problems I have is with the spotted knapweed, it sure is quite invasive. I have started planning what wild foods I need to get out and forage this spring. First on my list is ramps, aka wild leeks, as we are almost out

of them. Second is burdock root, I would love to find a good supply away from any pesticide treated areas. Burdock is known as Gobo in Japan and if you have eaten Asian stir fry chances are you have eaten it. Probably next on the list is service berry, I would like to dry a bunch to add to my home made yogurt. Last month I mentioned that my churches men's group was having a day of fishing. It turned out to be the coldest day of the year and windy. We still had a good time, several young members were there with us and we let them catch the fish. They sure did enjoy themselves, landing two bass and three pike. They did have a few losses also. Everything was released in good shape to catch again another day. Remember that beginning March 1 we can buy our new fishing license for 2019. And make sure to check out the new rules. Possession limits and size limits are changing on some species so make sure before you go fishing. Fishing is one of the most fun activities you can do but it is more fun when done with a friend. Now if you want to take fishing to a whole new level, take a kid fishing and teach them about something other than electronic devices. Well I guess it’s time to go for another month. Please help keep our woods and waters clean.

Grayling Snowcoming 2019

Above: Hongling You from China, Mason Manning from Grayling, Bill Tran from Vietnam and King Nicolo Bersellini from Italy at Grayling’s Snowcoming Friday night, Feb. 22 Left: Beau Duttong and Bill Tran at Grayling’s Snowcoming held Feb. 22.

~ Photos courtesy Mike Shearer Grayling High School crowned Nicole Oppermann and Nicolo Bersellini as the 2019 Snowgoing Queen and King.

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GPA News Spring events are in the plans By Betty Bennett I can’t remember the last time we had a February like this. I can’t remember when the schools were closed for so many days. I can’t remember when I couldn’t get out to work. Even when it was really bad I always managed to get to work. Seemed like the Courthouse never closed – and that’s where I worked. But this year – Wow! Ya think somebody’s trying to tell us something? Whatever it is – I promise I’ll be good. Just let’s get back to some normal weather. As I write this it’s almost Valentine’s Day and I’m looking forward to dinner and a concert at Paddle Hard and the Artisan Village. Al & Diane Bondar will be entertaining us with a wonderful romantic evening of music and song. We hope to have to good contingent of GPA members in attendance. We enjoy all their music, but this will be a special evening and we hope to get there in spite of the weather. Al and Diane never disappoint! Since I last wrote I think we’ve only had GPA twice – and that isn’t good. We have things to plan and work out. The Pictionary Committee has had a mini-meeting and another is planned for the 18th. This will

be our 32nd Pictionary Olympics. Hard to believe that “we’re still having fun!” By the time you read this our committee members may have already contacted you to find out whether your group or business is interested in having a team. We already know that Spike’s will be there – I don’t think they’ve missed in all the 31 years. We haven’t decided on a charity just yet – that decision will be made on the 18th. But the Eagles have been warned and the room is reserved. So start thinking about it – we have a limit of 25 teams. And the date is April 26, at the Grayling Eagles! There may still be time for some of you to get your ticket to the Chamber Awards Night on March 1. The chamber gals in charge promise bigger and better this year. From what little I’ve heard I am truly looking forward to the evening. Last year we were amazed and pleased from the moment we stepped into the room. For me – it was like walking into a beautiful nightclub/dining room in the big city. Amazing. So many familiar faces, beautiful women and handsome men – isn’t it fun to get out of the work clothes and dress up once in a while! And – the Awards. Every one of them well deserved.

This year is no exception and I can hardly wait. Did you vote? I did – But I have to wait until that evening to find out if those I chose are the winners. And – the meal. Exceptional. So get your ticket if you don’t already have yours. I’ll see you there! After Pictionary GPA will be working on our 9th Annual Spring Fashion Show scheduled for May 18. I know it’s early to talk about, but you can mark your calendars now so you don’t miss it. It will be at the Kirtland Community College Four Mile Road Campus like last year. It’s a Brunch, but the Silent Auction begins at 10 a.m. Meetings for this begin next week. Two other GPA Committee’s are also working hard. Membership will meet again after the next GPA meeting and the Shop Grayling First Card Committee will be reporting on their first get together. Our Shop Grayling First Card will have some new business places added and make it an even bigger bargain. The old cards are still good thru May 31 and the 2019 cards run thru May 31, 2020. So much new and exciting going on around town. I’m excited about the thought of a facelift for the old Fish Hatchery building now that Anglers of the AuSable are in charge.

I understand they already have someone to do the work. Hopefully we’ll find out soon when this will begin. AND…there are new things going on out at Hanson Hills with the improvements on the building. It doesn’t matter if you don’t ski or fish – it’s great to see things moving forward. I’m so proud of our town! One other bit of news in Grayling is that Joe Wakeley, County Treasurer, is retiring. Good for you Joe. I wish you all good things. This man was my boss for all the years I worked at the County Building. He was my boss and my friend. Now he is just my very good friend. I want him to enjoy every day of his retirement. He deserves the best of everything. See you next month!

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NEW DAY LODGE OPEN HOUSE – The Roscommon County Commission on Aging held an open house Feb. 19 for their new Adult Day Service Facility, The Serenity Day Lodge. The Serenity Day Lodge is located at 1015 Short Drive, Suite A, Prudenville. It provides respite care for adults. For more information call 989-366-0205.

Oscoda Senior News

Hibernating the winter away

By Merianne Tappan Let’s hope March is out like a lamb. I don’t know how much more snow we can take. This is going to be a short article… I am not used to doing this much work after hibernating for about two months. Spring is right around the corner… I hope. Here’s what’s going on in March: Friday March 1 we have a substance abuse support group that meets here at the Oscoda Senior Center the first Friday of every month at 7 p.m. If you or know someone who has a problem with substance abuse (alcohol, drugs, any mind altering substance) come join us. We are here to help. For more information you can call Christine Hatten at 989-8266382. March 6 is Ash Wednesdays. Sunday March 10 is daylight savings time! Spring ahead one hour Saturday night! See… spring IS on the way! Sunday March 17 is St Patty’s day. Wear something green or you will get pinched. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Tuesday March 19 is the monthly senior cheese box distribution. You must be 60 years or older for this program. If you have not signed up yet – you can do s on that day. March 20 is the first day of spring. There it is! And the day after that on Thursday March 21 is Purim. Whatever that is. That’s about it – quiet month – I think everyone is afraid to peek out from under the

blankets still. As I said before – this will be a short article because I simply forgot what it means to work. Or drive. Or think. Or be conscious. I have spent most of January and February snowed inside my house with nothing but an economy jar of crunchy peanut butter and six seasons of Absolutely Fabulous on Netflix. Also, I have been getting numerous phone calls stating that people actually read this article so now the pressure is on! What do I write about? What do people want to read? What is important, but interesting at the same time?! I don’t want to lose my following! So, I have come up with an idea. Call me with some things you would know more about. Dementia? Strokes? Volunteer opportunities? Maybe a meal plan or exercise benefits? Do you want to know how many clans there are on “Game of Thrones”? Or how many eyes are on a fly’s head? I have always wanted to know if eyeballs grow, because baby’s eyes are always soooo big and adorable. They must be the same size your whole life. So, let me be your lazy little “Ask Annie”…. Ask me your questions and I will do the research and present you the answers in the form of a senior news article. See you next month! Merianne Tappan is the Director/ Medicare Counselor of the Oscoda County Council on Aging. To contact her please call 989-826-3025.

On the road to a new future MICHIGAN - Will first started working with Michigan Works! through the WIOA Youth Program. He was homeless, living with his girlfriend’s family, and trying to find a way to go back to school or at least get some other job training. He had attended a community college in Grand Rapids right out of high school, even playing on their baseball team, but after a year he could no longer afford his schooling. With no other financial help, Will was forced to quit school and get a job to try to make ends meet. As he was trying to find work, he began working Michigan Works! and their Out-of-School Youth Program. He also became dual enrolled in Michigan Works! WIOA Adult program as well. After working with Michigan Works! staff to research what career path he’d be interested in, Will decided he’d like to obtain his CDL. With help from Michigan Works!, Will was enrolled in the Road Warriors Truck Driving School. Thanks to the Michigan Works! program assistance, most of Will’s training costs were covered. In addition, he got assistance with required clothing, work boots, and mileage to/from his training. Staff at Michi-

gan Works! also helped Will with updating his resume and with his job search. He currently has some great leads and it’s expected he’ll be hired on soon. Thanks to the assistance provided by Michigan Works!, Will was able to overcome some major obstacles in his life. He is very proud of his accomplishment of obtaining his Class A CDL and he’s excited about his future as a truck driver. “The Michigan Works! Staff is always inviting and thoughtful,” said Will. “They really worked with me and helped me figure out a career path that was best for me. They are also giving me job leads and I’m hopeful I’ll be employed soon. I am grateful for all their help.” Before working with Michigan Works!, Will did not have any family support and he struggled to figure out what he wanted to do with his life. Road Warriors Truck Driving School was extremely patient with Will during his training. When Will struggled with the written portion of the test, Road Warriors trainer Kurt chose to work with Will one-on-one to help him pass. Road Warriors even extended his training another three weeks in order to give him time to prepare and pass his test.

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Buck Bowlers improve, break school records CLARE - The Roscommon Bucks bowling team traveled to Gateway Lanes in Clare to compete in the last Jack Pine Conference (JPC) event of the year, The JPC Singles Tournament. The Lady Bucks started out the action bowling four games to determine the overall final standings for individuals in the conference. Leading the Lady Bucks was Freshman Evelyn Arender with games of 113-118-159-124 for 514 and a 22nd place. Senior Jessica Hollister bowled 118-128-142-123 for 511 and a 23rd place finish. Sophomore Randi Hollister bowled 94-107-113-125 for 439 and a 33rd place. Senior Faith Marshall bowled 104-121-91-112 for 428 for 41st. Senior Alyssa Horton bowled 101-100-128-82 for 411 and a 44th place. Sophomore Virginia Coulter bowled 106-92-106-98 for a 402 and a 45th place out of 53 bowlers. The final Individual conference standings gave Senior Katie Petersen Conference Honors her second year in a row with a 19th place finish. Alyssa Horton 26th, Evelyn Arender 29th, Jessica Hollister 31st, Randi Hollister 36th, Faith Marshall 47th and Virginia Coulter 48th. Leading the Bowls team was Sophomore Kamaron Leach with a 180-262 (RHS record)-175-138 for 755 and a 16th place followed by Junior Austin Lytle 146-133139-149 for 567 and a 40th place. Junior Hunter Preiskorn with 127128-175-126 for 556 and a 43rd place. Sophomore Henry Tussey with 128-112-110-159 for 501 and a 51st. Sophomore Jeremy Black with 121-109-115-98 for 443 and a 55th place. Sophomore Keegan Giannola 104-116-107-93 for 420 and a 57th and Senior Tyler Silverthorn 134108-62-105 for 409 and a 60th out of 62 bowlers.

In the Final JPC standings for the year, Kamaron Leach placed 23rd just missing conference honors by one place. He did have a school record of 262 for high game and had the 6th highest game bowled by all of the JPC boys this year. Brady Briggs finished 24th; Austin Lytle finished 29th; Hunter Preiskorn finished 32nd; Henry Tussey finished 49th; Seth Patchin finished 50th; Jeremy Black finished 51st out of 53 bowlers with at least 12 games or more. “This was a rough year as far as wins in the conference,” Coach Dave Osim said. “With a lot of first year bowlers on both teams it took them a bit to get it together, but all in all a very good year as far as their constant improvement.” The teams did break three school records this year. The first for girls high game with Alyssa Horton’s 194; Katie Petersen receiving Conference honors for her second year in a row; and Kamaron Leach with a school record high game of 262 and a two game series of 392. “We have seen a steady improvement out of all of the bowlers. Some of the first year players increased their averages over 20 pins from the beginning of the year. Some of our returning players increased by as much as 30 pins from last year. “With this being their fourth year as a school sport, the program is growing in the right direction and this is for sure the best two teams we have had the privilege to coach,” said Osim. The teams head to Regionals in Gaylord for D4 competition. “These kids won't surprise me if we have to bowl in Battle Creek the week after in the State finals,” Osim said. “Our motto this year has been "The road to Battle Creek starts here".”

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Invasive species management in Northeast Michigan Huron Pines Tackles invasive species with a collaborative approach

By Colby Chilcote, Marketing Director, Huron Pines NORTHEAST MICHIGAN - This summer will mark 10 years since Huron Pines began coordinating invasive plant management efforts across Northeast Michigan. While the species being treated may change, our approach to treatment stays the same - early detection and rapid response with a special focus on unique and protected areas. Through surveys, shared databases and hands-on inventories of lakeshores, streambanks and entire cities, Huron Pines makes informed decisions about how to protect and improve important habitat. “The goal is to help every person who asks, in some way,” said Shelby Bauer, Huron Pines Stewardship Team Lead. “Whether that means sending our technicians to treat directly, or providing information for people to treat themselves. We want to help anyone that asks.” Huron Pines prioritizes emerging threats to stop invasive species before they spread. An example of an emerging threat would be the appearance of an invasive species in a new region. Huron Pines relies on landowners, partner organizations and our on-the-ground stewardship technicians to gather the data needed to inventory species and prioritize treatment. The future of invasive species management in Northeast Michigan will require a collaborative approach with increased landowner and volunteer involvement. “One goal is to connect with universities to get more students involved so they can gain hands-on experience while protecting threatened habitat,” Bauer said. “We’re also building partnerships with lake associations and conservation groups to provide training and resources so the people who know these areas best have the tools to monitor invasive species and in some cases, provide treatment themselves.” Their ability to build effective partnerships, educate landowners

Huron Pines Stewardship Technician treating invasive phragmites near Tawas on the Lake Huron shore.

and treat invasive species has been made possible with the support of the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program and the U.S. Forest Service. Now is the time to start thinking about spring blooms and summer gardens. If you have an interest in receiving training or materials about invasive species management or questions about reporting, treating or preventing invasive plants, contact Huron Pines at or call 989-448-2293 ext. 13 to speak to Shelby.

Future Farmers celebrate maple syrup with event LINCOLN - The history of maple syrup production has been strong in the history of the Alcona FFA (Future Farmers of America) Chapter. However, it wasn’t until the falls of 2005 through 2007 that the Alcona FFA chapter wrote grants hoping to build their own maple syrup production facility at Alcona Community High School. They received their grants, and in 2007, built what was to become the Alcona FFA Sugar Shack. The Sugar Shack was added to a log cabin previously existing on the school’s property. Since the spring of 2009 they have hosted an open house at the facility. This spring marks the 10th Anniversary of the event. The Alcona FFA Maple Syrup Celebration Day is a time to gather with the community and share the spoils of one of Alcona FFA’s largest projects – maple syrup production. At the Celebration Day, FFA members provide a free pancake breakfast served with their own FFA Maple Syrup. Additionally, educational tours are provided and naturally, Alcona FFA pure Michigan maple syrup is available for purchase. Last year alone, they were excited to have 852 people attend and support what they do! “The tremendous support our community shows us makes what we do possible, so we are excited to share that we will be partnering with local farmers and businesses to make this event a Certified Local Food Event,” stated Connor Hubbard, Agriscience Teacher and FFA Advisor.

Annually, their maple syrup production project is run by approximately 100 students. Over 1,000 community members visit and tour the facility. High school students give tours to teach the production process – from collecting sap to bottling the pure maple syrup. It is a great learning experience for all involved. Last year alone, the Alcona FFA chapter produced 211 gallons of syrup and they are very excited for the upcoming 2019 syrup season!

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Obituaries & Death Notices Joanne Mead friends. Joanne is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Carlton; brother, Lloyd Failing; sister, Linda Slocum; brother-in-law, Lauren (Susan) Mead; and sister-in-law Connie Wood. Arrangements have been entrusted to Wagner and Walsh Funeral Directors, Roscommon.

Joanne Mead, 84, of Roscommon, died peacefully on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at her home in the presence and comfort of her family. The funeral mass was held Tuesday, February 12, at St Michael Catholic Church with the Reverend Bernard Tyler officiating. Joanne will be laid to rest in the spring at Roscommon Village Cemetery. The family prefers memorial contributions be made in Joanne’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Joanne was born August 5, 1934 in Grayling, the daughter of Rolla and Fern (Lovely) Failing. She married Carlton R Mead, Jr. on November 26, 1952 in Roscommon. Joanne had worked at a phone operator for General Telephone, and a machine operator at Nagel’s. She even had her own daycare. Most importantly she was a wonderful wife and a loving mother. Joanne had been a long time member of St. Michael Catholic Church and the CCW. Joanne enjoyed many things throughout her life, including knitting and reading. Joanne is survived by her children, Becky (Lyle) Barnes of Roscommon, Cathy (Willie) Rivas of Roscommon, and Rusty (Laura) Mead of Roscommon; six grandchildren, Bridget (Jim) VerMeesch of Ithaca, Stacy (Rick McGregor) Hornyak of California, Darren (Jaime) Barnes of Roscommon, Ben (Ali) Barnes of Alma, Kacey Mead of Roscommon, and Jamie (Mike Max) Mead of Roscommon; 11 great-grandchildren, Garrett, Samantha, Alex, Anna, Rylan, Owen, Annie, Reid, Aiden, Isla, and Griffin; brothers-in-law Cliff Wood and Larry Mead; sister-in-law Ann Mead; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and

Irene Fay Powers

Irene Fay Powers, age 83, of Roscommon, died peacefully on Friday, February 22, 2019 at her home in the presence and comfort of her family. Irene was born on October 31, 1935 in Davison, Michigan, to William and Buelah (LaFortune) Johnson. She married the love of her life David Lee Powers on September 24, 1955 in Millington, Michigan. Irene enjoyed sewing, quilting, ceramics, restoring furniture, rummage sales, the outdoors, and especially cooking and baking. Her family will remember her for her strong faith, and her love and appreciation for her church and church family. Most of all, though, Irene enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, who will all miss her greatly. Irene is survived by her children: Davylee J. Powers of Roscommon and Daniel Powers of Roscommon; son-in-law Doug Sebert; grandchildren Dana (Michael) Powers, Doug (Ashley) Sebert, Alicia (Guy) Thurston, and Seth Sebert; great-grandchildren Zachary, Kaleb, Kaiden, Braden, Aubrey, Elijah, AlliMay, Addison, Ian, and Ava; sister Lou (Joe) DuVall, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and pets. Irene is preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 50 years, David; her daughter Wendy Sebert; and siblings Pearl, Dottie, Tootie, Grace, Lilly, and George. Family and friends will gather Wednesday, February 27, from 3 to

7 p.m. at Wagner and Walsh Funeral Directors, 143 Lake Street, Roscommon, Michigan 48653. The funeral will be held on Thursday, February 28, at 11 a.m. at Roscommon Baptist Church, 1201 W Sunset Drive, Roscommon, Michigan 48653, with Deacon Michael Ritchie officiating. Irene will be laid to rest in the spring at Rock Cemetery, South Branch Township, Michigan. The family prefers memorial contributions be made in Irene’s memory to Roscommon Baptist Church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Wagner and Walsh Funeral Directors, Roscommon. Please share a memory or a message online at

Betty Jane Scott

Betty Jane Scott, age 87, of Roscommon, died peacefully at The Brook in the presence and comfort of her family. Betty was born July 5, 1931 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of John and Anna (Wilhelm) Sottrel. She and W. H. “Scotty” Scott met while employed at Bower Roller Bearing and married on November 3, 1951 in Detroit, Michigan. The Scott family moved to Northern Michigan in 1973 and started Scott’s Wood Products. Betty supported her husband and family in every way: preparing meals, keeping house, and raising three boys. One of

Deborah Irene Lilly, 65, of Roscommon, died peacefully on February 5, 2019. Sharren Marie Vaughn, 81, of Houghton Lake passed away Monday February 11, 2019 at home with her loving family by her side.

home in the presence and comfort of his family. Barbara Jane Sutton, 68, of Houghton Lake passed away on Friday February 15, 2019 at her home.

Burdena Lorraine Straub, 84, of Houghton Lake passed away Saturday February 9, 2019.

James Lee DeLano, 87, of Boon and formerly of Houghton Lake passed away on Saturday February 16, 2019.

Louise Abling, 84, of Roscommon, died peacefully Saturday, February 2, 2019 in her home.

Rod K. Lester, 72, of Fairview passed away Thursday, February 7, 2019.

Nancy Michelson, 76, of Roscommon, died peacefully on Thursday, February 14, 2019, in her home in the comfort of her family.

Raymond L. Verfaille, 64, of Comins passed away at his home Thursday, February 6, 2019.

James Gnatkowski, 70, of Higgins Lake, died peacefully on Monday, February 11, 2019 at his

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Betty’s greatest joys in life was baking, a joy second only to watching others enjoy the fruit of her labors. Betty treasured her family and faith above all else. Betty will be greatly missed by family and friends. She is survived by her sons: Chris (Margaret) Scott of Scottsdale, Arizona and Mark (Peggy) Scott of Roscommon; grandchildren: Danielle (Zach) Gerdes, Mandy (Jim) Kramer, Caroline (Steve) Schwab, Josh Scott, and Shannon Scott; six great-grandchildren; brothers John Sottrel and Al (Mary) Sottrel; sister Barbara (Bob) Constantino; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Betty is preceded in death by her parents, husband W. H. “Scotty” Scott (August 23, 2014), son Danny, and sister Ann Rychwalski. Family and friends will gather on Sunday, March 3, 2019 from 3-5:00 PM with a Rosary Service at 5:00 PM, at Wagner and Walsh Funeral Directors, 143 Lake Street, Roscommon, Michigan 48653. The Memorial Mass will be held on Monday, March 4, 2019 at 11:00 AM at St. Michael Catholic Church, 104 North 6th Street, Roscommon, Michigan 48653 with The Reverend Father Jerry Hunko officiating. Betty will be laid to rest in the spring at Gerrish Township Cemetery. The family prefers memorial contributions be made in Betty’s memory to The W. H. and Betty J. Scott Memorial Scholarship. Please visit to donate. Arrangements have been entrusted to Wagner and Walsh Funeral Directors, Roscommon. Please share a memory or a message online at

Alfred W. Dennis, 84, of Fairview passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2019.

Winterfest 2019

(l-r) Matt Boyle, Cathy Boyle, and Tracy Pardue Smith greeted visitors at the chili cook-off. ~Photo by Theresa Ekdom

Three of the six-pack in Town & Country’s Coca Cola sled were (l-r) Rece, Sabrina, and Devon Gorney of Macomb. ~Photo by Theresa Ekdom Racers went down the hill two at a time. ~Photo by Theresa Ekdom

(Above) Lyon Township volunteers were hard at work cooking and serving the best pancake breakfast around. (l-r) Craig Williams, Greg Flewelling, Bruce Adzigian, Eric Charlson, and Dave Rickwalt. ~Photo by Theresa Ekdom

There was plenty of snow this year for the cardboard sled races. ~Photo by Theresa Ekdom

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of Fairview Area Schools Basketball Ends, Clubs and Middle School Volleyball Begin

The chess club meets on Tuesdays through the end of March.

Girls’ basketball districts are March 6 in Mio.

The new robotics club started February 19. The group will make robots and program them to do various tasks.

March is Reading Month!

MS girls’ volleyball started practice on February 19 with some conditioning. They play in March with the NSL Tournament scheduled for March 16 in Fairview.

Fairview students in grades K-10 will once again participate in the “One School, One Book” concept for reading month by reading The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews Edwards. Teachers have several activities planned to accompany the reading.

Imperial Wrestling Returns to Fairview to Put on Show to Benefit Project Graduation Saturday, February 16, Imperial Wrestling Entertainment came to Fairview and brought an event worth watching. The group put on an amazing show where donations were taken to benefit Project Graduation. Several different matches of wrestling entertained a large crowd for several hours. To get the night started “Creature Feature” John Campbell went against Nick Vancorn. Creature Feature won the match with what appeared no effort. The first event to have a belt as a winning was Corey Kerr v. Rocky Shocker. Corey (belt owner before the match) beats Rocky Shocker for the imperial belt. Corey then opens the Imperial belt to anyone. With this offer, Player One takes up this offer. Ex gladiator Jeff Clouse then challenges Corey and Player One, setting for a triple threat match. Jeff Clouse took out Player One, and Corey took out Jeff Clouse holding onto the Imperial belt. The Second event with a belt as the winning. The Gladiator Championship with Cesar vs Bam Grizzly. No one liked the referee during

this match. Nate the Great held out on three everytime he counted. After a long hard match, Bam Grizzly was disqualified over a misunderstanding on the touching of the belt. To get the second half started “Legendary” Sam Farmer goes against “Cannonball” Alex Steel. The match was fast with Alex Steel as the winner. Sam was helped out of the ring by fellow wrestlers Benjamin Brody and Lou Crank. This event was the third with a belt as the winnings. The tag team championship was on the line. The Dean Boys (Tylor and Tyson) vs Kidd Bullet and Cody Leedy. The Dean Boys won after a long gruesome fight. Lou Crank v.s. Bill Blackwell was an epic throw down. The belt they were after was the MDWA Live championship belt. Lou got thrown off in the first 2 mins onto the referee. He later avoids danger by rolling out when Blackwell jumps off the top ropes nearly crushing him. Lou later wins the belt. JJ Hughes vs Benjamin Brody for the Heavyweight Championship. Brody get thrown

into the turnbuckle. He then moves just in time as JJ jumps and gets stuck in the turnbuckle and ropes. Brody later hits the Team Ratings referee on accident, knocking him out cold. Brody goes for the chair, and JJ does, too. Brody then knocks JJ into both chairs. JJ then brings in a table. JJ gets thrown through the turnbuckle and ropes, like a pinball, leaving him stunned. Once up he goes for top rope where Brody knocks him down fast. Brody takes himself and JJ through the table, leaving them to a ten count. What is thought to be Rocky Shocker was truly Jacob Brawn (who is an ex IWE wrestler). To defend Brody all of the wrestlers come out of the locker room. When Brawn is no longer in sight, the wrestlers decide to settle old grudges. After everything clears up, Brody officially beats JJ. This was the second time IWE has done a show at FAS. Last year the event held in March benefitted the American Cancer Society. Article by Addison Lenz, FHS freshman

A little snow in Michigan View From the Comfy Chair By Joel Vernier I was resting in my “Comfy Chair” sipping coffee and watching the snowfall and the local newscast at the same time. I’m pretty good at multi-tasking! Everyone likes a little snow, after all, its winter in Michigan. Snow is a part of living in the North, but this winter is not just an ordinary winter. We have enjoyed some mild winters in the past years some that snowed so little that the snowmobilers only used their machines once or twice the whole season. This winter, people are driving them to work daily! In the last couple of weeks, the schools have been closed for snow days more than they have been open for school. Why didn’t this happen when I was young, we only had three snow days in my entire K-Senior years! And one was when the City workers were out on strike. The local news reported a triple storm system promising to bring more snow than they have in Alaska! It feels more like an “Ice Age” coming on than what I assumed “Global Warming” would be like. With this much snow coming at us, I need more motivation than “Here, hold my coffee,” comment would give me. I began to think about different motivating statements over the years: “The Redcoats are coming!”-Paul Revere “I have not yet begun to fight”-John Paul Jones “Give me Liberty or give me death!”-Patrick

Henry or “Remember the Maine!” “Remember the Alamo!” Or who could forget Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders as he yelled out “Charge” up San Juan Hill. And of course, Ronald Reagan’s quote from the movie “Knute Rockne All American” “Win one for the Gipper!” All of this is very motivating. My snow blower is good for about 4 inches of fluffy snow, above that and it may choke out. So if we get 8-inch snow, I need to clear it 2-3 times depending on how heavy it is. I still have an old cassette player that was titled “Motivating Movie Soundtracks,” and for the first of the three storms, I chose the “Chariots of Fire” theme song. This is very motivating, slowly building into a great climax of energy. The second theme song for storm two, I chose from “Rudy” he never gave up even against the odds. For the third storm, I was going to select the theme song to the movie “The Natural” Roy Hobbs was beaten up and bloody, kind of like me and he hit a home run. But I decided on the soundtrack from “Rocky” where he runs through the city and ends up climbing the steps as the music crescendos, and everyone feels elated. That’s the one, as I dumped out the last of the snow from my shovel, I yelled out to my wife “Yo, Adrian! Make my hot cocoa!” I showered off like I had gone eight rounds in the ring, drank my cocoa in my “Comfy Chair” and drifted off to nap land. “Remember, every day is a gift! Some are just a little more fun to open than others. – © Joel M. Vernier 2/12/2019 Author of: “The Guinea Pig In The Freezer.” joelmvernier@

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Workshop for nonprofits offered locally WEST BRANCH - A strong board is the foundation of a strong organization. That’s why Huron Pines has been bringing the Board Basics workshop to Northern Michigan for the past five years. The workshop is the signature course of the Regional Nonprofit Leaders Series and continues to provide a comprehensive introduction to the roles and responsibilities of board members. It also provides a strong understanding of board governance and the skills to lead an organization to success. This year, Board Basics will be offered March 20, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 2389 M-76 (Michigan Works Building) in West Branch, followed by a one-hour brown bag lunch for troubleshooting current board challenges, facilitated by the presenter. Advance registration is required at and is $25. The workshop will be presented by Julie Ann Rivers-Cochran, founder of Blackbird Nonprofit Consulting, who focuses on her passion of working with boards to help them understand their governance role and build engagement. She holds an Executive Certificate in Transformational Nonprofit Leadership from Notre Dame University and a Master’s in Social Work from Florida State University. “Community foundation partnerships along with the growing interest and engagement of our local organizations have allowed us to reach new cities and test new topics each year,” said Abby Ertel, Huron Pines Community Engagement Lead. “Board

Basics has been a favorite session with a lot of positive feedback over the years. We’re excited to introduce it to a new audience by bringing it to West Branch.” The Regional Nonprofit Leaders Series was established to build a strong network of nonprofits and community groups in the region, first in partnership with the Otsego Community Foundation and then with the addition of the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan (CFNEM). Recent support from a CFNEM affiliate foundation, the North Central Michigan Community Foundation, brings the Board Basics workshop to West Branch this year. For questions or registration assistance contact (989) 448-2293 x21 or Huron Pines is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and an equal opportunity provider with a mission to conserve the forests, lakes and streams of Northeast Michigan. The health of this region depends on establishing strong advocates for natural resource protection, which means building connections between people and the environment. Through educational initiatives, community programming and capacity building efforts, Huron Pines is reaching people to build a better future for conservation. We understand the value of community involvement because Northern Michigan is not just where we work, it is our home.

Granny rides a Triumph

By JIM SMITH prescribed average time as possible. The world is full of interesting As the family grew, weekends people. Some folks are into horses, were spent at hill climbs, scrambles some find pleasure in stamp and any other races they could find. collecting and some live to hunt and fish. We do these things for the pleasure they provide us. Connie Swander has spent her younger years racing motorcycles. Connie was born and raised in Morenci, in south west Michigan near Jackson. Her Dad and brothers were all bike racers and, being an admitted tomboy, Connie went right along with the family. They were frequent customers Connie cuts the inside track in a 1966 at “Earl’s Cycle Center” Powder Puff Race on her Harley Sprint. in Jackson. Connie’s first bike was a “Triumph Tiger Cub” that she used to participate in Much of all the weekend races, scrambles and the time cross country events along with the the family rest of the family. spent After Connie graduated from high camping school she enrolled in the Medical together Technology program at Michigan at the race State University. It was then when tracks. she met her future husband Steve at One of an endurance race at Mio. Steve just the major happened to also have a great interest runs was in motorcycles and racing. Connie and still and Steve married and started raising is, the a family. They had two sons, Chad “Jack and Eric. All of a sudden the entire Pine Trail riding was always family was moving on two wheels. Enduro”. a big family event in Connie’s favorite races were the The Jack Connie’s family. Endurance Runs where you were Pine timed on the various segments. If you ran too fast or too slow you Endurance run was started by the were penalized. The objective was to Lansing Motorcycle Club in the early complete the course as closely to the 1910’s. The course was a two day

event running five hundred miles throughout lower Michigan. The terrain was rugged, testing both bikes and bikers. The goal was to average 24 miles per hour between each check point. Connie well remembers the day that she, her father and her brother all completed the race with almost identical times. In 1972 Connie,

Police Crime Lab in Grayling. When the family moved north they discovered another passion, the AuSable River Canoe Marathon. Their sons have competed many times in the various events over the years and the five grandchildren are getting the paddle bug. In 1991 Connie entered the Marathon with Brenda Carlson. They finished the race with a time of 17 hours and 35 minutes. In 1997 they repeated the race and finished with about the same time. Since 1986, Connie has raced a total of five times in the AuSable Canoe Marathon and if she, or other family members, are not racing, they are feeding other teams as support crews along the route. When asked how she has continued to compete for so long in so many different things, Connie said she’s always in training. "You’ve gotta’ train."

Connie and her father, Elmer Thomas, ready to ride. Steve and the family moved to Grayling. It was more convenient to Steve’s work location. They had been to Grayling many times on cross country and endurance bike events and had decided the community best suited their life style. Connie found work in the lab at Mercy Hospital and a few years later was hired as a biologist in the Serology Lab at the Michigan State

Connie currently heads up the Serology Lab at the State Police Crime Lab in Grayling yet still finds time to paddle, ride and deer hunt.

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Q: Why do seals swim in salt water? A: Because pepper water makes them sneeze! Q: Where can you find an ocean without any water? A: On a map! Q: What do you call a gangsta snowman? A: Froze-T Q: What vegetable was forbidden on the ships of Arctic explorers? A: Leeks!  Q: What do you get from sitting on the ice too long? A: Polaroids! Q: What did the seal say when it swam into a concrete wall? A: “Dam!” Q: What do women use to stay young looking in the Arctic? A: Cold cream. Q: Why was the snowman sad? A: Cause he had a meltdown. 

If plan A fails, remember there are 25 more letters in the alphabet.

Q: What did the detective in the Arctic say to the suspect? A: “Where were you on the night of September to March?”

Recently my wife and I were watching our grandsons, ages 3 and 4. The older boy, Owen, fell while he was

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Chocolate Cherry and Banana Overnight Oats Yield: 2 jars 1/2 cup frozen dark sweet cherries 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats 1 container (12 ounces) Shamrock Farms Chocolate Milk 1 ripe banana, sliced 1 pinch salt In two mason jars, add 1/4 cup frozen cherries in each. In microwave, thaw 30 seconds. Divide rolled oats, milk, banana and salt between jars. Cover with lids and shake until combined. Store in refrigerator overnight or at least several hours. Serve cold or warm in microwave.

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and recognizes the key role protein plays in their diets. Developed by Tran, these breakfast recipes can provide the nutrition necessary for journeying

through your day with energy and verve. Find more tips and recipes to help enhance your nutrition at

Protein Waffles Yield: 8-10 waffles 2 cups pancake mix 2 large eggs 1 container (12 ounces) Vanilla or Chocolate Rockin’ Protein Builder 1/4 cup canola oil 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon Heat waffle iron. Place pancake mix in bowl. In separate bowl, whisk eggs, protein shake and oil. Stir into pancake mix until just combined. Bake in waffle iron according to manufacturer’s directions until golden brown. Tip: To freeze, cool on wire racks. Freeze between layers of waxed paper in re-sealable plastic freezer bag. In toaster oven or microwave, heat waffles until heated through.

playing and said, “I hurt my toe.” When I asked him which toe, he hesitated for a few seconds before replying, “the one that goes to market.”

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Houghton Lake angler latest to catch tagged fish

The Rotary Club of Houghton Lake recently inducted Cole Morison, chef at the Springbrook Inn, as the newest Houghton Lake Rotarian. Pictured (l-r) are Rotarian Sponsor Anita Sheppard, Rotary President Denise Stefanko, and new Rotarian Cole Morison. For information regarding the local and international projects supported by the Rotary Club of Houghton Lake, visit the club web site online at or on Facebook at @HLRotary.

GYPSY SOUL OPENS IN GRAYLING - Gypsy Soul Resale is a new business that recently opened in downtown Grayling. Todd and Theresa VanDeVen are the store owners located at 234 E. Michigan Avenue. They sell a variety of new and used items including women’s clothing and accessories, record albums, antiques and estate items and unique man cave items and tools. The store is currently open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pictured inside the store is co-owner Theresa VanDeVen.

HOUGHTON LAKE—Houghton Lake angler Jason Burkett caught a 33 ½” tagged pike on Houghton Lake January 5, 2019. It was the latest tagged fish of the 2018-19 Houghton Lake Area Tourism Bureau’s Catch Us If You Can fishing contest. “I caught it ice fishing,” Burkett said. “It was the only one I caught all day.” Burkett knew about the fishing contest but had never expected to catch one himself. His catch was verified at contest sponsor Lyman’s on the Lake where he received a $50 gas card for bringing the tag in. He is now a contestant in April 7, 2019 grand prize drawing at Spicer’s Boat City. The grand prize for adult anglers is $100,000 and Lund boat from Spicer’s. There is a guaranteed major prize of $1000 cash. The second place prize is a Mark Martin Ice Fishing School valued at $500. Youth anglers (17 and under) catching a tagged fish are eligible to win a $250 cash prize and a new kayak from Simple Adventures. More than 100 tagged fish are swimming in Houghton Lake, Higgins Lake, and Lake St. Helen. Anglers can bring their tagged fish in for verification at Lyman’s and H&H Fireworks in Houghton Lake, as well

Jason Burkett brought his tagged fish in to Lyman’s to be registered. He is now eligible for the grand prize drawing to be held April 7, 2019.

as Korbinski’s Marine in Prudenville; West Shore True Value Hardware at Higgins Lake; and Trail’s End Motel in St. Helen. The contest is year-around, ending on March 15 each year, and beginning again March 16. For more information on the contest, please contact the HLATB office at 1-989-422-2002, 1-800-676-5330 or email Contest rules are found on www.

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Participants of the 2 nd Annual Pub Crawl for Parkinson’s took a break for a group photo at Tinker’s Junction, the first stop at of the crawl.

Pub Crawl benefits Parkinson’s research GRAYLING - The 2nd Annual Pub Crawl for Parkinson’s was held Saturday, Feb. 2 in Grayling. Approximately 45 people attended the snowshoeing and walking for a cause – Parkinson. Participants started at the Grayling Eagles #3465 with the Dial-a-Ride bus taking them to

Tinker’s Junction. They hiked to North Bound Outfitters where they had a quick break. Onward they went to Rolling Oak. Next, they took a short jaunt to Paddle Hard, to Spike’s Keg of Nails, to Ray’s Brew & Blues, to Legion Lanes, and finally to Grayrock having refreshments at each establish-

ment. They continued back to the Grayling Eagles where there were raffles and gift baskets. Along the route, they raised money for Parkinson’s, collecting $1,795. There are plans to hold the event again next year.

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Mid-Michigan Farm and Garden Show set GLADWIN - Plans are underway for the annual Mid Michigan Farm and Garden Show to be held Saturday March 23, 2019. ​The event will be held at the Gladwin Library – Arena from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Local vendors will be on hand and a variety of other vendors from around the state will also have a display set up.  Letters will be sent out to vendors.  If you are interested and did not receive a vendor letter please  call MSU Extension at 989-426-7741. With the loss of long time board member Craig Ogg, and a couple of

other resignations from the board, we are looking for volunteers who may be interested in helping at the farm and garden show this year. If you might be interested in joining please call the MSU Extension office at 426-7741. The board meets monthly, but there are committees within the board for those who just want to work in a certain area. Those are: Promotions and Advertising, Trade Show/Vendor, Sponsors and Youth Programs. Mark your calendar now for Saturday, March 23, 2019. Gladwin County Farm Bureau had a display at the annual Mid Michigan Farm and Garden show

Grayling Chamber Ambassador’s Club spotlight-a-member Jansen Warehousing began in 2000. The original plan for Jansen Warehousing was to be a “Self Storage” business with focus on larger units, 500 sq. ft. and up. As things progressed, commercial distribution tenants requested larger more customized spaces. More buildings were built and others purchased and reconfigured to accommodate these businesses. They have two buildings consisting of large self storage units

from 480 to 1,200 sq. ft. and five commercial tenants housed in various buildings and locations in and around Grayling. Some of their self storage units are large enough to operate a small business from. They offer customized facilities to meet specific needs of their commercial tenants; most of them being in private delivery and distribution. Jansen Warehousing, owned by Curt Jansen is not his first business

in Grayling. He previously owned/ operated Jansen’s Sales and Service Inc. in business here from 1954 until being sold in 2003. They have recently purchased the former Andersons Installations building on the Business Loop and are currently bringing that facility up to their standards for a new tenant to enjoy this spring. Jansen Warehousing can be reached at 989-348-8818 or by emailing jansenwarehousing@

Curt Jansen, owner of Jansen Warehousing Their website is www.

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Baby and Personal Care Pantry receives grant

ROSCOMMON - The Roscommon County Community Foundation (RCCF) is pleased to announce they have provided a $900.00 grant to Good Shepherd United Methodist Church to help support their baby pantry and personal care pantry. The Greatest Human Needs Fund ($301.00), the Marilyn Brown Memorial Fund ($277.00), the Morley Family Foundation Fund ($263.00) and the Cornerstone Fund ($59.00) have awarded the funds to support this project. The baby pantry supplies items for children birth to preschool age and is open the second Thursday of the month from 12 – 3 p.m. The baby pantry has diapers, wipes, baby powder and lotion, clothes, blankets and crib sheets available. They have been able to help approximately five to ten families monthly. The personal care pantry distrib-

utes items during community dinners, the last Thursday of every month from 5 - 6:30 p.m. Each month approximately 36 families are served. Families each are given a grocery bag containing laundry, dish and hand soap, deodorant, toilet paper, toothpaste and shampoo. Inspired? You can support the Greatest Human Needs Fund, the Marilyn Brown Memorial Fund, the Morley Family Foundation Fund, or the Cornerstone Fund have awarded the funds to support this project by sending your donation to RCCF at P.O. Box 824, Roscommon, MI 48653 or visiting our website at to make a donation online. Get connected with causes that matter to you! Contact Suzanne E. Luck, Executive Director, for information on how you can give a gift that supports your community.

BOWLERS SUPPORT BASKETBALL PROGRAM - ACT NOW and the Gerrish Township Police made a donation to the Roscommon Bucks High School Basketball program at a recent Varsity game. The money was raised during their Bowling Tournament held Feb. 10.

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Mike and Tina Reining recently joined the Hale Lions Club.

Lions welcomes new members HALE - The Hale Lions Club welcomes two new members at their February meeting, Mike and Tina Reinig. They were familiar with the Lions Bear Lake Camp in Lapeer that has been an important part of their family in the past. “Incredible stuff the Lions do for these kids. Pay for their two week sessions. This camp allows for kids with Visual, hearing impairment and kids with Junior Rheumatoid Arthritis to go to camp. They get to do canoe-

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ing, horseback riding, wall climbing, art activities, hiking and just to be able to hang out with kids just like them. It’s a special place indeed and their staff there is top notch,” Tina said. Mike and Tina wanted to be members of a group that does great things for people of all ages. Hale Lions gives scholarships to local high school students, sponsors the local cub scout pack, assists with glasses and hearing aids.

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(Left) Many retail stores in Grayling have hung enlargements of this image of Rube on their store walls. (Above) Rube was one of the very first Game Wardens to be appointed to Northern Michigan.

Man of the forests and waters – Rube Babbitt

By Jim Smith Few folks can be around Crawford County for very long without running into a page of local history named Rube Babbitt. Reuben S. Babbitt Jr. was born May 16, 1859 in Coldwater, Michigan. By 1873, at the age of fourteen, Rube had arrived in Grayling and proceeded to carve out a life in the great out-doors as one of the most memorable woodsmen and river guides in the AuSable River system. He was a contemporary of David Shoppenagon, another well known guide, trapper and woodsman in Northern Michigan. Rube was well known throughout the Midwest and much in demand for those fishermen seeking the silvery fish called “Grayling”. In 1934 George Griffith, the founder of Trout Unlimited, first

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fished the AuSable River and realized that it was in trouble. By that time the observations in the quotation given by Rube Babbitt in the 1929 issue of “Back Casts Global History of Fly Fishing” had become painfully apparent. “The Grayling that once lay like cordwood in the AuSable River were but a memory.” In the August 3rd, 1901 issue of the weekly “Forest and Stream” magazine, Mr. E. Hough of Chicago wrote of a fishing trip he and his fishing partner, Mr. John McCloud, took to explore the AuSable River. The arrangements were made through Mr. George Alexander of Grayling. They were to meet with Mr. Ruben Babbitt at his fish camp thirty miles downstream from Grayling. Upon their 4 a.m. arrival in Grayling they were

met by Mr. Alexander who advised them that he would not be able to join them on their trip but all was arranged. Mr. Hough and Mr. McCloud were then introduced to Rube’s Son, Leon and Rube’s nephew, Earnest, and they immediately departed Grayling in river boats for the journey downstream. In his reporting, Mr. Hough expounds dramatically upon the efficiency and comforts extended to them by Ruben and his team. The article by Mr. Hough elaborates extensively upon the river, fishing, the riverboat and a host of other observations made during the trip and is well worth looking up for the pure information provided. Ruben, recognizing the changing habitat of the • See RUBE BABBITT on page 2

Rube Babbitt

Continued from page 1 AuSable River system, released the first Brook Trout into the river on March 6, 1885. The initial planting of twenty thousand fingerlings was intended to replace the Grayling as it was felt that the Brookies were better suited to the new river habitat. Reubin S. Babbitt became part of the outdoors he lived in. He decided to end his life on his own terms at the age of 73. According to the note he left he was feeling the early infirmaries of old age and did not wish to become a burden upon his family. Quoting from Rubes’ obituary as it appeared in the June 9, 1932 issue of the Grayling Avalanche, “---he spent most of his time in the great outdoors and he learned to love nature in its truer sense. It was his field of endeavor and his playground.” The obituary went on to say that “Rube was heard to say that he held his communions in the wild woods and that he would at times sit beside a tree and talk to God. His church was the great outdoors and he loved it.” In poking around the museum for material for this article, a poem written by Rube came to light. It’s not known if this poem was ever published as it’s also not known if he wrote others, but this poem, by itself, says a lot about Rube’s character. Those readers who remember Rube or whose parents and friends

Poem by Rube Babbitt

spoke of him must certainly appreciate this early Crawford County pioneer who had such an impact on the river system everyone has come to love and admire. Rube had a great deal to do with the AuSable River being what it is today and deserves to be remembered along with the other early settlers that make up Crawford County’s history.

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Huron-Manistee National Forests announce the 2019 Kirtland’s Warbler Young Artists Contest MIO - The Huron-Manistee National Forests are now accepting entries for the 2019 Kirtland’s Warbler Young Artists Contest from students in grades K-8. The contest is collaboration of the USDA Forest Service, Huron Pines AmeriCorps members, and biologists from The Bahamas National Trust that is intended to teach children about the rare Kirtland’s warbler and its habitat. Entries to the Young Artists Contest must be original and demonstrate an understanding of the Kirtland’s warbler or any other creatures that live in northern Michigan’s unique jack pine forests. Students from The Bahamas, where Kirtland’s warblers spend the winter, will also participate in this year’s contest. All artwork submissions should

be in color, horizontally-oriented, and completely fill one side of an 8½ by 11 inch sheet of white paper. Copyrighted cartoon characters such as Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl should not be used. Each submission must include the student’s full name, grade, school, and teacher on the back of the drawing. There should be no writing or text on the artwork side of the submission. Only one entry will be accepted per student. A community panel of judges will review entries and notify contest winners before the end of the 2018-2019 school year. Winners from each grade level will receive a special Kirtland’s warbler prize, and their artwork will be displayed at the 2019 Kirtland’s Warbler Festival in Roscommon on June 1. Entries must be received by

2018 winning entry of the Kirtland's Warbler Young Artists Content

Wednesday, March 20, 2019. Contest entries may be delivered in person or mailed to: Mio Ranger Station, Attn: KW Artwork Contest, 107 McKinley Road, Mio, MI 48647. Contest rules and information, including entry forms, can be found at the Huron-Manistee National Forests’ website (https://www.fs.usda. gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/ fseprd610190.pdf). Artwork entries become the property of the USDA Forest Service and will not be returned.

Exploration Days meeting planned

ROSCOMMON - 4-H Exploration Days is a pre-college program for youth ages 11 - 19 hosted by Michigan State University. It gives young people an opportunity to experience college life, learn new ideas and skills, and meet other young people from across Michigan. Approximately 2,500 youth from across the state attend 4-H Exploration Days each June to participate in more than 200 action-filled classroom and field trip sessions offered on and off MSU campus. On Tuesday, March 12, at 7:00 p.m., the Roscommon County 4-H office is hosting an informational meeting at the Roscommon County Building for those interested in learning more about 4-H Exploration Days and how to register. For more information, contact Roscommon MSU Extension at 989-275-5043, or stop by their office at the Roscommon County Building.

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SLEDFEST - Sledfest 2019 was held recently at the farm of Stacy Jo Schiller of Johannesburg. Several hundred people turned out for the event, which included live music, food, campfire and other outdoor activities. Pictured (l-r) are Anna Oliveira, Chuck Nowak and Schiller The event is a kickoff for the summer event entitled, "FarmFest," which is scheduled for Aug. 8-11.

Photos by Mark Constance

Pictured above (l-r) are Kegan Garber of Midland, Emma Brothers of Midland, Kaylin Garber and Zeke Noonan of Wyoming. At left, checking people into the gate were (l-r) Annette Jackson of Gaylord, Rudy Riefstahl of Grayling and Sue Eubank of Gaylord.

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Stacy Noonan of Grand Rapids was the singer for Alternative Facts. She performed barefoot, despite frigid temperatures.

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Editors: Brooke Byers and Alexis Downs

Interview with Miss Compton

What do you like and not like about gym? “I like that kids are active and getting healthier and the only thing I dislike is when kids do not participate.” What active sports do you like? “Speed Ball and Ultimate Frisbee.” Do you like teaching gym? “I love teaching gym.”

New Journalism class Back l to r: Angel Valley, Shayna Bailey, Makaila Roche, Haylee Theobald, Sophia Shelly, Hannah Greiser. Middle l to r: Brenden Gilliam, Jazmine Edwards, Aubrey Henderson, Gracie Fogle, Alexis Webber, Tommy Kelly. Front l to r: Ethan Horonzy, Jason Beckwith. Not pictured: Brooke Byers, Jenna Emery, Alexis Downs, Alexis McCain, and Alexis Montney.

What do you like about your students in gym? “That they have fun and work hard.”

Elizabeth Ruby Hand Drawing

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25th ANNUAL WILD GAME DINNER - Tracy Breen will be the featured speaker this year at Roscommon Baptists Church's 25th annual dinner. The dinner will take place again at Bambi Lake Baptist Conference Center east of Roscommon 4 miles on M-76. For a donation of $20 for adults and $10 for Kids 12 and under guests will enjoy great wild game, deserts, coffee, hear a great speaker and have a chance to win one of many door prizes! Tickets are available at Dr. Ritchie's office in Higgins Lake 989-821-6990, The BP gas Station in Roscommon (Rosco-MiniMart) 989275-5661 and Javacology on M-55 in Prudenville: (989) 302-8070

Garden Club meeting set

PRUDENVILLE - Linda Stemen, Master Gardener of the Sunrise Side Master Gardener Association, will present "Vines and Vertical Gardening" to the Kirtland Garden Club during their March meeting, which will be held at the Houghton Lake Public Library, Prudenville, March 18, 2019, at 12 noon. Vines and climbers are the soft furnishings of the garden. They contribute a luxuriant effect, adding both height and interest. From roses to clematis and honeysuckle, there is a vine for your garden. Learn also about vertical living walls. Members, guests, prospective members are all welcome. Please RSVP to Nancy at 989-422-6017.

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The Misfit Players include Keith Kleinert, Julie Schloop, Meranda Homan, Rachel Latusek, Brooke Karoub, Rick Radulski, Jane Radulski, Ben Schloop and Holly Holm. Not pictured, Denis Mayowski.

Murder mystery to support Special Olympics

ROSCOMMON – The Misfit Players are proud to participate in the 4th Annual Murder Mystery Dinner Show, ‘Talk About Murder.’ The event benefits Area 4 Special Olympics, and includes a dinner, the interactive show, and a 50/50 drawing. It will be held 6 p.m. March 23

at the Roscommon Events Center (formerly the Knights of Columbus Hall.) Tickets are $20 each. For tickets or more information, call 989-275-9550 or visit Area 4 Special Olympics’ Facebook page.

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HORIZON OPEN HOUSE Horizon Senior Living Centers recently held an open house to celebrate the one year anniversary of the opening of its second Gladwin location. Pictured at right (l-r) are Alyssia Rosebrugh, Kayla Southworth, Nichole Hoffman, Rebecca Anderson and Yvonne Doucet.

Pictured at left is manager Bo Hammond; Pictured at bottom, left are Owner Erin Schuler and Executive Director Paula Cassady; and pictured below, at right are staff members (l-r) Haylee Kirbitz, Jessica, Kirtiz, Contessa Hammond and resident Elizabeth (Irene) Dobbyn. - Photos by Mark Constance

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