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Charlevoix County News - May 24, 2012

Charlevoix County News - May 24, 2012

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Designers meet to plan the annual Women Can/Women Do luncheon, a fundraiser for the Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan, (front row, from left) Jon Bautel, Nancy Suzor, Nancy Whitley Balchik; (second row) Sarah Hagen, Jodi Bingham, Kari Davis, Diana Hickey, Sandy White, Linda Weston, Miranda White, Cheryl Hofweber, Rhea Dow and Ivy Ratliff with Wren.
Designers meet to plan the annual Women Can/Women Do luncheon, a fundraiser for the Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan, (front row, from left) Jon Bautel, Nancy Suzor, Nancy Whitley Balchik; (second row) Sarah Hagen, Jodi Bingham, Kari Davis, Diana Hickey, Sandy White, Linda Weston, Miranda White, Cheryl Hofweber, Rhea Dow and Ivy Ratliff with Wren.

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PO Box 205, Boyne City, MI 49712 • www.CharlevoixCountyNews.com • (231) 330-8062 • Office@CharlevoixCountyNews.com
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There will be plenty of Memo-rial Day activities, parades andceremonies taking placethroughout Charlevoix Countythis coming weekend. While it’stempting to simply sit back andsoak up the sun, this is also aspecial time to partake in thoseevents that honor the memoriesof those who have given theirlives in the service of our greatcountry.Memorial Day, originallyknown as Decoration Day, is aday of remembrance for thosewho have died in our nation’sservice. The holiday began afterthe Civil War, but there aremany stories as to its actual be-ginnings, with several citiesclaiming to be the birthplace of the holiday. Waterloo N.Y. was of-ficially declared the birthplaceof Memorial Day by PresidentLyndon Johnson in May 1966,but it is more likely that it hadmany separate beginnings, withpeople in towns across the coun-try gathering to honor the deadin the wake of the Civil War.Decoration Day was officiallyproclaimed on May 5, 1868 byGeneral John Logan, com-mander of the Grand Army of the Republic, and was first ob-served on 30 May 1868, whenflowers were placed on thegraves of Union and Confederatesoldiers at Arlington NationalCemetery. The name graduallychanged from Decoration Day toMemorial Day, and after WorldWar I, Memorial Day changedfrom honoring just those whodied fighting in the Civil War tohonoring Americans who diedfighting in any war. Congressmade Memorial Day an officialnational holiday in 1971 andmoved the holiday’s observancefrom May 30 to the last Mondayin May, allowing for a three-dayholiday weekend.Ceremonies will take placethroughout northern CharlevoixCounty to honor the memories of those who have sacrificed theirlives to preserve our freedoms.Here is a selection of events thatwill take place in the area thisMemorial Day weekend:
Boyne City
On Saturday, May 26th therewill be a Memorial Day celebra-tion with music, food and fire-works at Sommerset PointeYacht Club.On Sunday, May 27th, the an-nual Memorial Day Drag Raceswill be held at the Boyne CityAirport from noon to 5 pm (seerelated article).On Monday, May 28th, therewill be a Memorial Day break-fast to benefit school boosterfoundation at Boyne City HighSchool. At 11 am, a veteran’s pa-rade will take place from the vet-eran’s hall to Veterans Parkwhere ceremony will be held atnoon.
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On May 28th, there will be aservice at Brookside Cemeteryat 9 am, and a Memorial Day pa-rade will be held at 10 am start-ing Garfield, proceeding throughdowntown to Veterans Park, fol-lowed by a wreath ceremony atEast Park for veterans lost atsea.
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A Memorial Day parade willbe held at 10:30 a.m. on May 28th,followed by a service in Memo-rial Park.
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This com-ing Sunday,May 27th,the annualMemorialDay DragRace willtake placeat theBoyne CityAirport be-ginning atnoon andrunninguntil ap-proxi-mately 5pm. Co-sponsoredby theBoyne Val-ley LionsClub andthe BoyneCity PoliceDepart-ment, thisis the thirdyear theside-by-side1/8-miledrag race has been held on Me-morial Day weekend, in addi-tion to being held each LaborDay weekend since 2003.The event is a fundraiser forthe Boyne City Police Depart-ment and the Boyne City Air-port, with proceeds afterexpenses being split betweenthese two outstanding commu-nity agencies. The driver regis-tration fee is $30.00, andspectator fees are $10 for gen-eral admission or $15 for a spe-cial “Pit Pass.” Childrenunder 12 are admitted for free.Boyne Valley Lions Club willbe on site with lots of fooditems and beverages for sale.No pets or alcoholic beveragesallowed.For the racers, Pro-tree orSportsman tree options areavailable and time slips areprinted for each run. All vehi-cles are subject to technical in-spections before being allowedto participate in the racingevent. Vehicles must have seatbelts, helmets are required forall racers, and motorcyclistsmust have full leathers orKevlar suit, gloves and bootsin addition to a helmet. Openheaders and slicks are allowed.A wide variety of vehicletypes will compete during thedaylong event, including cars,trucks, snowmobiles, motorcy-cles and dune buggies. Thesights, sounds and excitementof watching these vehiclesrace down the strip are a thrillfor those of every age. Typi-cally, about 100 entries will runthe track during the afternoonof the event.
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The Women’s ResourceCenter of Northern Michigan(WRCNM) will host its sixthannual Women Can/WomenDo fundraising luncheon onWednesday, June 20, at CastleFarms in Charlevoix. Theevent is crucial in raisingfunds for the Women’s Centerto help support a multitude of programs and services reliedon by thousands of women,children and families everyyear.Luncheon guests at TheCastle will be treated to theunique and stunning table de-signs of more than twenty-eight Charlevoix Countydesigners who have agreed todonate their time and talent.Their elaborate and cre-atively themed tables are ahighlight of the event.“I am always amazed at thecreativity of our designerswho come up with uniqueand interesting themes eachyear,” said Deb Smith,WRCNM Assistant Director.“A huge reason these lunch-eons are so popular is a resultof the hard work and ingenu-ity of our table designers anddedication of our table cap-tains; it’s truly a first classevent.”This year’s table designersinclude: A Touch of Spring,Boyne Mountain Solace Spa,Boynes’ Beyond Borders,Connie Carr-Designer, CastleFarms, Charlevoix Area Gar-den Club, Charlevoix AreaHospital Gift Shop,Charlevoix Circle of Arts,Charlevoix Country Club,Deer Creek Junk, Elements,Fanciful Tables, GaGa forkids, Hearts to Holly QuiltShop, inspired living, JordanRiver Arts Council, Kilwin’sof Charlevoix, Lake StreetMarket, Marvin’s Gardens,MerryMakers, Panache HairStudio, Petals Custom FloralDesigns, R & R Organic Spa,Raven Hill Discovery Center,Sommerset Yacht Club, TheBackdoor-A Floral Studio,Upsy-Daisy Floral, andNanette Dion-Artist/De-signer.Although volunteer tablecaptains are responsible forfilling seats at each table,there are still seats availableto those who contact theWRCNM, directly. “If youwant to attend this fabulousluncheon fundraiser and youhaven’t been assigned to aspecific table or table captain,please call us and we can as-sist you,” said Smith.The luncheon will takeplace at Castle Farms inCharlevoix from 11:00 a.m. to1:45 p.m., Wednesday, June 20.Seats are a minimum dona-tion of $150 per person. Forinformation or to reserve aseat, call the WRCNM Admin-istrative Office at (231) 347-0067.
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BOYNE CITY—The 2012 Governor’sAward for Historic preservation of the Boyne City Water Works Buildingwas presented to the public at the May22 meeting of the Boyne City Commis-sion. The commission also reviewedthe Park Street Plan and discussed anew state mooring law.After 3 years of discussions, advo-cacy, and work, Boyne City completedthe preservation and restoration of the old Water Works Building locatedat the intersection of Park and Divi-sion Streets in July of 2011. Thismonth members of the community,historical commission and city em-ployees traveled to Lansing to receivewith five other Michigan communi-ties the 2012 Governor’s Award forHistoric Preservation. The buildingthat sat vacant and deteriorating for30 years has been restored in part tofunction with the city’s active watersystem as well as housing public rest-rooms for passersby on the multi-usepath and a historical interpretationcenter.“We’re really excited to be able topresent this to the community, saidBarb Brooks, Harbor Master. “Severalyears of hard work, paperwork andlots of community effort is reflectedhere.”Mayor Ron Grunch and Commis-sioner Gene Towne commended thosein the audience that worked to makethe award possible. “Thank you allfor your passion and persistence,”said GrunchA draft of the Park Street Recon-struction plans was reviewed by thecommission and citizen commentswere heard. Larry Fox with C2AE En-gineering out of Gaylord presentedblue prints and described changesthat will be initiated to the threeblocks of Park Street between Pineand Water Streets.A great deal of opposition was ex-pressed by members of the audienceconcerning proposed curb bulb-outsintended to match existing curbs inthe business district. The bulb-outswhich were thought to be pedestrianfriendly by cutting down on crossingdistances and slowing traffic, as wellas aesthetically pleasing by creatingmore green space, have caused prob-lems with snow removal resulting inexpensive curb damage and have pre-sented problems for bicyclists.“If it’s aesthetics versus bicyclesafety then it’s something we need tostrongly look at,” said CommissionerDerek Gaylord.Because six public discussions havealready been held on the project thecommission intends to make a deci-sion at its next regularly scheduledmeeting.“We’ve given information and havecollected recommendations, at somepoint you have to make a decision andat some point you have to defer to theexperts,” said Commissioner TomNeidhamer.Michigan Public Act 56 of 2012 be-came effective March 22 and statesthat it is now illegal to moor a boat off a street end from midnight to 6 A.M.Discussion was held on the new statelaw and many citizens stated theirhardships as a result of the law.“At this time we don’t have an op-tion to override this mandate from thestate- it’s something we’re going tohave to work our way through,” said asympathetic Mayor Grunch.The next regular City commissionmeeting is scheduled for Tuesday,June 12, 2012 at 7 P.M.
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