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Whats inside...
06 The gift lady of Kenwood
The anonymous grandmother who has provided
Christmas gifts for every boy and girl at Kenwood
Elementary School
42 Embracing the
12 A veterans park that heals cowboy lifestyle
A place for veterans to call their own A McBain family tradition to successful rodeo events

20 Anchor Wizard 44 Sailing into a proud past

Machine shop owner making Chris-Craft manufacturing history
a splash with anchor wizardry
50 Refloating your boat
24 Never a dull moment Restores old, sometimes forgotten boats
Cadillac Senior Center is a joyful place to their former glory

30 Iconic camp nears 58 Good, clean family fun

half a century of service Osceola County Fair is more than 140 years old

66 Quilting time
SpringHill Camps is helping the
community grow and succeed
North Star Quilt Guild stitches help to

36 Affluent society hold the community together

Cadillacs wastewater treatment plant
70 LeRoy Tool & Die is a
40 50th survival anniversary local success story
Marine Second Lt. Joseph Thompson is a war hero A premier die-cast producer in Michigan

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The gift lady
of Kenwood

6 Our Community 2017 - Cadillac News | Thursday, February 16, 2017
Identity of
revealed By Mardi Suhs
Cadillac News

A llena Michelson has an unusual hobby,

or perhaps its a calling. Its the reason
her dining room, front porch and base-
ment even her car are filled with
childrens toys.
Allena is the gift lady, the anonymous
grandmother who has provided Christmas
gifts for every boy and girl at Kenwood El-
ementary School since 2013.
Its pretty incredible, said Kenwood
principal Kelly Buckmaster. Just to unload
all the gifts and take them into the art room
for distribution takes a whole evening.
Allena, with help from her husband, Dan,
plus family and friends, provided more than
300 gifts this year. She purchases popular
toys and games and packs them into either
pink princess bags or blue Star Wars bags,
along with a hat or scarf and candy.
She wears a Santa hat on the exciting gift
distribution day and works in the back-
ground, helping her volunteer Santa, Mrs.
Claus and the elves. Although its a joyous
day, sometimes she is emotionally over-

Thursday, February 16, 2017 | Cadillac News - Our Community 2017 7
But its a
I have everything I could
possibly want or need and
this little boy was happy
with his scarf. I had to leave
the room. I couldnt do it.
Allena Michelson
Kenwood gift lady

One year we made scarves for out, she will raise awareness about the Wayne County Sheriff s Depart- called back and she said she would
everyone, Allena said. This little organ donation. ment, said his wife never takes no like to give a gift to every student.
boy showed me his scarf. He had Allena has always been gener- for an answer. Recalling that first year, Allena
a bag full of presents. But he told ous to charitable causes, donating Four years ago, after Michelson said she prayed, telling God that
me the scarf was the best present Christmas gifts for children to the retired, the couple moved north. she needed 320 gifts so no one would
because now he would be warm. Wayne County Sheriff s Depart- Along with the furniture, Allena be left out.
I thought, ... I have everything I ment and a local womens shelter. brought more than 100 gifts she I couldnt do this without God,
could possibly want or need and Giving, she said, is just some- was collecting for charity events she said. People say its just a co-
this little boy was happy with his thing you do. downstate. When she learned that incidence. But its a Godcidence.
scarf. I had to leave the room. I My wife is just fantastic, said students at Kenwood were in need, I say, Lord, I need such and such
couldnt do it. Dan Michelson. Im a retired she called the school. and there it is on sale. Its mind bog-
Although she has remained anon- police officer and when my depart- When she called the first year, gling what God will do for me.
ymous, Allena agreed to discuss the ment needed gifts, she would go she had 75 Teddy Bears, Buckmas- Although she gets donations from
story behind her generous, if not into the store and fill up the basket. ter said. And we had 75 students friends and businesses, one helper
exhausting and selfless, yearly proj- Then she would get the manager to in kindergarten. But she wanted to confided that she believes the fam-
ect. Recently diagnosed with liver donate it all. know how many students we had. ily spends thousands of dollars of
disease, she hopes that by speaking Michelson, a retired deputy of When I told her we had over 300, she their own money each year.

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A lesson about giving
After her generosity in 2013, no one expected the gift gifting to be
more than a one-time Christmas miracle.
After the first year, Allena told me that she had so much fun and
her heart was so filled with joy she would like to do more, said Buck-
master. So the next Christmas, instead of one gift, she started doing
a bag of gifts. The students are so thankful. I think shes helped build
the positive relationship we have with families. This gives them a
positive connection with school.
Dan, a tall man with an easy smile, is a willing participant and
speaks about his wife with unabashed admiration. Last month,
when they were short of gift bags, he surprised her by taking a drive
to Houghton Lake where they found just what they needed. He calls
their family of three children and their spouses plus five grandchil-
dren, an old fashioned family. They all help with the project.
She is my best friend, Dan said of his wife of 41 years. Shes the
inspiration for all of this.
The gift giving not only helps families in need, one Kenwood mom
likes the example Allenas generosity is setting for her two daughters.

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She didnt have to do any of this, said Steph-
anie Barron. My girls have been at Kenwood
and the last few years theyve brought home
these amazing gifts. They call her the gift lady.
This is about caring about other people. One day,
I just sat and cried, trying to explain to my chil-
dren about Allenas compassion and caring for
people. Its a lesson about giving.


I used to be the energizer bunny but I have
slowed down tremendously, Allena said.But
its OK. God has always provided. I have no
doubt that he will.
Last May, she was hospitalized with sepsis, a
blood infection, and diagnosed with non-alcohol-
ic fatty liver disease.
Recently she had a liver ultrasound, the first in
a series of tests scheduled through March. She
also received a Model for End-Stage Liver Dis-
ease score, a scale used for adult liver transplant
candidates. Her score is 19.
A score of 25 is critical, she explained. I def-
initely will have to have a full liver transplant. I
dont believe a partial is an option ... A donor is
so important to the living. I like helping other
people. And now I will need a liver.
You will be fine, Dan interjected. I know
you will be OK. You have to be.
We are all organ donors in my family, she
said. There is such a demand for organs, I like
the idea of people helping people. I wouldnt
mind if people know that being a donor is so im-
portant to the living.
In spite of ill health, Allena is already shop-
ping for next year and has dreamed up some-
thing big, something different for 2017. Her
enthusiasm showed as she hinted about whats
in store.
God willing Im going to be alright and weve
already started next year. Thats why you see all
these boxes, she said with a sweep of her arm.
If you walk past my car, its jam packed. Its
going to be so much fun. But I cant tell you any
more because its a huge surprise.

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A veterans park that heals
By Mardi Suhs and purpose, and for some veterans,
Cadillac News healing and hope.
The park has already inspired
Last spring, a Cadillac orthodon- veterans and the community to pull
tist planted a sign in an open field together to provide a safe place for
near the airport. It read, Veterans veterans and first responders to
Park Coming Soon. gather, said Dr. Laurie LaMonde,
In June, volunteers began clearing a clinical psychologist who works
fields and broke ground on a large with veterans through the Aleda E.
storage building. As word spread, Lutz VA Medical Center and the Ca-
veterans were quick to get involved, dillac Community Based Outpatient
donating materials and labor. Clinic. Many veterans are exposed
The park founder is Air Force to traumas while enlisted and have
Capt. Roger Bandeen, a Vietnam-era difficulty engaging in activities
veteran who with his wife, donated outside of their comfort zone. The
33 acres on South 41 Road for the park will provide them a safe place
project. His goal is to create a place to promote social support, which is
for veterans to call their own, a instrumental in their recovery.
place where they can get involved in See A lot of People on page 15
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Continued from page 12

Jerry Benson, a Vietnam veteran who served as an infantry rifleman
during the Tet Offensive, heard about the project last spring at the VA
Mon-Fri: 1pM-5pM clinic.
Saturday By Ive seen veterans come out and work and then they start to talk,
Benson said. Its been a healing experience for a lot of people.
Benson admits he was mistreated when he returned from Vietnam.
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Shop 6630 50tH ave., SearS People dont understand what it was, he said. My healing process
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where you feel comfortable. This park will be a place where we can help
one another.
Thursday, February 16, 2017 | Cadillac News - Our Community 2017 15
No one exemplifies the fulfillment of Bandeens hopes and dreams for the
park more than John King, 54, a U.S. Army veteran who served from 1980 to
Until recently, King lived in a damp trailer in the woods near Cadillac.
After life-threatening complications didnt heal after a heart attack and sur-
gery last winter, he went to the Cadillac CBOC for help. He was treated and
hospitalized for a month to deal with medical and psychological issues.
The VA here is doing so much for me, I cant say enough about them,
King said. They didnt treat me like a number. They helped me with ev-
erything. They got me this apartment. And then the VA told me about the
veterans park.
King drove out to the property and took a look.
Thats where I met Roger and Jerry, he said, smiling. He also met Lori
Shaw, the owner of Helping Paws, who realized that what King needed was a
service dog.
With Zoe, his black lab, King took his Jeep out on the park trails almost ev-
ery day last summer. Working on his hands and knees, he dug up roots that
had caused flat tires and he began to regain his strength. Then he worked
on the pole barn.
Thats when it sunk in, he said with enthusiasm. THIS IS MY PARK.
The one I always wanted. I always dreamed of owning a campground park.
And there it is. Now I have all this camaraderie. Roger is always saying to
me, What do you think about your park, John. He gave me the keys to the
building. He said if you need anything, call me. We go out there for our exer-
cise. I spent half the summer without my cane. This is where Im supposed
to be.
See Veterans on page 17

Mardi Suhs | Cadillac News

Veteran John King with service dog, Zoe, visits the Veterans Serving
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Veterans Serving
Continued from page 16

Now King is reaching out to other veterans, of-

fering help as a mentor.
Kevin McDevitt, chief warrant officer of the
Michigan Army National Guard, Clare County,
is a key organizer with the Veterans Serving
Veterans park project.
Some of the folks Ive met at the park had a
tough time coming back from Vietnam, he said.
But now they are associated with our park,
and they see the generosity of folks as opposed
to when they were coming home. Now they see
people that maybe got it wrong the first time,
that now heres a chance to do the right thing the
second time around.
This park is a long-term process and not a
race, said Bandeen. What God doesnt grant
this year, then theres the next year. Our unsolic-
ited donations and recognition of what we are Mardi Suhs | Cadillac News
doing has surprised me the most. Cadillac is an Roger Bandeen shares the music he composed that represents the hope he wants to provide for
amazing place. veterans through the Veterans Serving Veterans Park. Volunteer Kevin McDevitt is seated left.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017 | Cadillac News - Our Community 2017 19
Machine shop owner
making a splash with
anchor wizardry
By Andy Duffy
Cadillac News

EVART As he sits at his desk in the office of his fac-

tory, Bruce VanScoyoc recalls the very moment the idea for
an anchor rope management system came to him. He was
sitting in a boat on Crystal Lake in early spring. He was jig-
ging for fish trout, whitefish, perch. The water was cold.
And every time he wanted to move the boat to a new loca-
tion, he had to deal with all the anchor rope.
VanScoyoc was already a veteran fisherman. Hed fished
for years with his father in the lakes around his hometown.
As he entered adulthood, hed ventured farther away and
fished other lakes in other places. Hed already learned
something about anchor ropes. If an angler just pulls up
his anchor and drops the rope in the bottom of the boat, it
will wrap around something or get tangled up. If he drops
the rope in a bucket as he hauls in the anchor, though, the
rope doesnt sprawl all over the boats bottom. It also doesnt
The guy pulling up the rope still gets his hands wet,
though. And on that chilly spring day, VanScoyoc was tired
of having cold, clammy hands. He began envisioning a
spool to hold his rope with a crank so he could keep his
hands dry.
VanScoyoc had his own machine shop a nondescript
metal building in a quiet, agricultural area of Osceola
County along a gravel road. When he wasnt helping out
with the family farming operation, he was in the shop doing
work for a number of area manufacturers.
See Evart inventor on page 22

Andy Duffy | Cadillac News

Anchor Wizards come in a variety of designs. Bruce
VanScoyoc is working on a design with a plastic housing.

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Andy Duffy | Cadillac News
On the job in his shop
Bruce VanScoyoc
invented and manufac-
tures an anchor rope
management system.
Hes been producing
them for nine years.

Evart inventor wizard of anchor control

Continued from page 20 design allows an angler sitting in the stern of a Still, thousands of Anchor Wizards sit on
boat to handle the anchor perched in the crafts boats around the country. The wizards are car-
Back in his shop, VanScoyoc began tinkering. bow. Now, hes working with watercraft manu- ried in 52 stores. For a list of stores carrying the
He designed a spool system that would let an facturers to get boats designed with Anchor Wiz- product, an angler can go to VanScoyocs web-
anchor fall freely to the bottom of a lake. There ards in mind. One kayak builder even now plans site, A person can also
would be no wildly-spinning crank handle or to mold in special indentations where a wizard place an order on the website.
reverse cranking for him. Then, with a short can be mounted. Ever the tinkerer, VanScoyoc is now figuring
turn of the handle, no more rope would play out. For VanScoyoc, the Anchor Wizard was the out ways to keep the price down on his anchor
So innovative was his device that VanScoyoc fulfillment of a long-held dream. When he was in control systems. He and his sons are working on
applied for and received a patent for his system. school, VanScoyoc said, he would walk in a store wizard prototypes with plastic housings. He is
He called his anchor control devices Anchor and wonder what it would be like to find his own also negotiating with national chains that are
Wizards. product there. Then, after he built his machine interested in carrying his wizards. If talks go
VanScoyoc has been making and selling An- shop, he began thinking of a product that would well, VanScoyoc can see his business taking off.
chor Wizards for nine years now. Hes added create a demand for additional help. Employment at his shop would really increase,
twists to the product, too. Some are made espe- The dream of adding a number of jobs is still and a greater number of fishermen would be
cially for pontoon boats; others are made for to come. For now, VanScoyoc runs the shop with able to keep their hands dry while theyre fid-
kayaks. Some are driven by electric motors. One his two sons, Kameron and Keevin. dling around with their anchors.

22 Our Community 2017 - Cadillac News | Thursday, February 16, 2017
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Thursday, February 16, 2017 | Cadillac News - Our Community 2017 23
Never a dull moment
By Mardi Suhs
Cadillac News

n the last year, there have been

14,000 visits to the Cadillac Se-
nior Center, where a packed cal-
endar includes Tai Chi, Euchre,
bingo, cross country ski excur-
sions, crafts, aerobics, aquatics and
much much more. And oh yes, frequent
trips to the casino.
Drop in and take a peek. The large
front room always smells of fresh
coffee and is filled with laughter and
Joe Zakrajsek is playing Let it
Snow on the piano while across the
room, Chuck Myers tunes his mando-
lin. A group of women are gathered by
the TV and begin a game of Wii bowl-
ing and later, 83 year-old Frank Haver
livens things up on the organ.
Everyone is just doing their thing.
It is a joyful place.
In the back, classrooms are filled
with craft materials, books, sewing ma-
chines, and one room will soon host the
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program.
Last year, more than 400 retirees had
their taxes prepared for free at the cen-
ter by program volunteers.
Anything can happen here, laughed
Marilyn Myers, assistant director. We
get to be a family here. We are con-
cerned about everybody and want to
make sure we have fun.
Myers first brought her parents to the
center years ago at a different location.
She felt so welcome, she never left.
See Senior on page 26

Mardi Suhs | Cadillac News

Joyce Johnson, 92, exemplifies the spirit of the
Cadillac Senior Center. Johnson volunteers at
the center every day it is open.

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Senior trips Continued form page 24

We want people to know this is not just where the old

people go, she said.
There is no stigma being here, said Doris Foster, who
comes twice a week with her husband, Richard. I cant
say enough about our director, Diane Patterson. She does
so much for the seniors. Youve got everything here. And if
you want to travel, its here.
Patterson organizes affordable motor-coach trips to
prized destinations. This year, partnering with Diamond
Tours, trips include New York City, Cincinnati, Maine and
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Because the trips are so affordable, reserved seats are
booked in advance.
Mardi Suhs | Cadillac News See Patterson on page 28
Chuck Myers practices on his mandolin at the Cadillac Senior Center.

Courtesy photo
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A conversation with Diane Patterson
Continued form page 26 senior computer classes by matching one senior with one student. And
Ted talks are popular, educational short discussions available on the
These trips arent just for seniors, Patterson said. Its a way for internet.
families and single people to travel safely. And the trips connect people, Theres life and laugher here, she said. I love working with se-
they have a blast. niors. Its my passion. What do you want to do and I will make it hap-
The welcome tone at the center comes from the top. Patterson, who pen.
has a masters degree in recreation and gerontology, truly loves her job. Patterson said her first job after college was at a YMCA camp that
These are people who are loving this time in their lives and engag- instilled in her the true meaning of making a difference and how to be
ing in activities, she said. I love to destroy the stereotype of a senior passionate about what you do. It is summed up in the phrase, dear to
center. her heart, I am third. That means, God First, others second, and I
She does this through her belief in the power of play. am third.
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playing. It might sound trivial, but it is crucial.
Another focus is creating connections, not just with play but with Mardi Suhs | Cadillac News
knowledge. The center hosts guest speakers on topics like dementia Diane Patterson, Frank Haver and Sheila Welch discuss the upcoming
and Parkinsons awareness and support groups. They offer free cyber- free tax preparations that will take place at the Cadillac Senior Center.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017 | Cadillac News - Our Community 2017 29
Iconic camp nears half
a century of service
By Andy Duffy sisting of two guitarists and a percussionist backdrop of a stage made to look like a Donkey
Cadillac News took the stage. Kong set, the syncopated rhythms of the music
The song lyrics were nothing similar to those overrode the rhythms of the words. Instead of
EVART It was a mid-January weekend, and the grandparents and great-grandparents of accentuating the lyrics rhythms, the music con-
a group of teens gathered at the Evart grounds those in attendance would have heard at camp torted them into something more like the blank
of SpringHill Camps with their youth leaders meetings of yore. Even under the overlay of verse of a Carl Sandburg poem or the sprung
for a winter retreat. Following a morning reli- music, a listener back then could often make rhythm of a Gerard Manley Hopkins work than
gious training session, those in attendance spent out the iambs and trochees of the words of the that of a heroic couplet.
the day playing broomball, foosball, ping-pong old hymns. In fact, in the older Christian tradi- The music captivated the crowd, though. Even
and enjoying an array of other activities. Eve- tion, the music often emphasized those natural the technicians in the sound booth sang along
ning came though, and the teens nearly 900 of rhythms of the language. with the band, their bodies moving in time to the
them gathered in the 1,100-seat auditorium for Things were different in the packed audito- music.
the evening religious session. rium, though. As strobe lights blazed across Then the featured speaker took the stage.
Strobe lights came on. A Christian band con- the auditorium and the band played against the See Camp on page 32
30 Our Community 2017 - Cadillac News | Thursday, February 16, 2017
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Thursday, February 16, 2017 | Cadillac News - Our Community 2017 31
Camp repackages old-time religion for a new generation
Continued from page 30

No Bible-thumping firebrand this guy. He didnt

even have the look of a preacher. He was dressed
in jeans, a pullover shirt and gym shoes. He had
no podium, no lectern, no pulpit. He had no notes.
It was just he and his conversational tone to hold
the attention of his audience.
Picking up where hed left off during the
morning session, he preached from the book of
Genesis. It was the story of the serpents tempta-
tion of Eve and the events that followed. His talk
appeared to be extemporaneous. He punctuated
Scripture references with anecdotes and ges-
tures. He threw in some tangential remarks and
rhetorical questions.
He talked about the absurdity of Adam and Eve
thinking they could hide from God. He spoke of
sin, but he called it messing up.
Did Adam pursue God? he asked.
No, he answered. God pursued them.
And so it went, a simple conversation between
the speaker and the audience. The message,
though, was entirely orthodox Christianity, a
message of mans failures, the consequences of
sin, and Gods redemptive plan, and he held the
attention of his audience. he learned of a 500-acre farm Spring Hill Spring Hill Camp became SpringHill Camps.
The camps leaders make no apologies for such Farms for sale near town. He looked the farm SpringHill has, of course, its summer camp
messages. The camp started as a Christian camp, over and began pitching it to his denominational program. That program lasts from about the
and its employees have Christian ministry as a leaders as a piece of property suitable for a new middle of June to the middle of August each year.
goal. church camp. During the winter, though, it features weekend
Chad Green is the camps operations director. The price tag seemed impossibly high for the retreats like the one that took place during that
The affable Green left a job with Consumers En- denomination. Still, the farms owner had been mid-January weekend. The retreat season runs
ergy after he decided he didnt want to spend the hoping the property would one day become a throughout the winter.
rest of his life sitting behind a desk. He wanted camp. The dream had been her husbands, and And somewhere along the way, the camp lost
to find work with a Christian camp. He prayed she wanted to fulfill his dream. The parties came its church affiliation. Its leaders developed a suc-
about his desire, and learned about an opening at to terms, and the denomination had its property. cessful program.
SpringHilll. He applied and was quickly hired. Soon, things were happening there. The Those who attend summer camp at SpringHill
Green said the camps mission is to glorify God church found a director for the camp. The camp are divided into age groups, and each group is
by creating notable experiences for those who officially opened in 1969. segregated from others. Camping experiences
attend functions there, and the staff take the mis- As time passed, the camp grew from its origi- are designed for those in grades K-3, 4-6, 6-9 and
sion seriously. Staff members talk openly about nal 500 acres. It now sprawls across about 900 9-12. Camp administrators want the camps to
campers who have dedicated their lives to God acres of rolling, wooded hills. About 120 acres are have a small, close-knit feel to them, explains
while attending there. That is the way things used for camp buildings. The rest has hiking and Green.
have been through the camps history. horse trails. Campers have plenty of activities to choose
The camps history, by the way, began in the The camp grew in other ways, too. It expanded from, too. The camp has three zip lines so each
60s. programs. It improved its facilities. A tubing hill group of campers can find an age- and size-appro-
On his way to Ludington from his home in Bay complete with snow-making machines sprang up. priate one to use. The camp also offers horseback
City to attend a board meeting regarding a dif- Tubing is a well-liked activity during winter re- riding, climbing walls, water slides, archery, Eu-
ferent church camp, the senior pastor of a Bay treats. And the camp even went through a name robungy and paintball.
City church stopped in Evart for a visit. There, change. With the addition of a camp in Illinois, See on page 34
32 Our Community 2017 - Cadillac News | Thursday, February 16, 2017
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Winning people to God
Continued from page 32 camper there, but also as a staff member. Later, The relationship between the camp and the
his children attended camp there, and those expe- community was strained, Green said, when he
Those whove been through a camp must have riences have been important to them. joined the team. He heard the complaints. The
enjoyed the experience. It is easy to find glowing Agee gives a lot of credit for the camps success camp was too expensive for local kids to attend.
testimonials from people. John Abraham is one to Enoch Olson, the first director, and to Enochs Townsfolk didnt have access to the camps ame-
such individual. son Mark. nities.
Abraham said he is following his aunts sugges- Enoch was a visionary, Agee said. Mark ad- So now the camp offers community swims in
tion, he and his sister attended camp there when opted Enochs vision for the camp and took some- its pool. It offers a 50 percent summer-camp dis-
they were young children back in 1999 and fell in thing already good and made it even better. count to in-county residents. Evart Public School
love with it. Not dwelt on by camp administrators but im- athletic teams are allowed to use the SpringHill
It was a week jam-packed with blobs, zip lines, possible to ignore is the camps contribution to gym. All the high school home cross-country
water slides, engaging teachings and being away the local economy. meets are run at SpringHill. The camp also hosts
from home, Abraham said. Every night we had The camp employs about 400 summer lead- an Evart Elementary School field day at the end
campfires and sang the most ridiculous songs a ers mostly college students. Between camp of each school year.
young kid could imagine. Between activities, we sessions, the leaders are often seen in Evart Were doing what we can to help the commu-
had Bible studies (and) watched skits ... . spending time at local eating establishments. nity grow and succeed, Green said.
After his camp week was over, he and his sister Green figures without the business the camp Its No. 1 mission, though, remains the same: to
spent the whole trip home talking about how employees provide, Evart would likely be several win people to God and to help them in their spiri-
much they wanted to go back the following sum- restaurants short of the number it has now. And, tual growth.
mer. of course, the camp has a number of year-round Anyone interested in learning more about
Hes gone back every year since then. Twelve of employees living and spending in the community. SpringHill Camps may visit the organizations
those years, he went as a camper. Then he spent And the camp has a good neighbor policy. website,
six summers as a staff member.
Its all about Jesus, Abraham said. At camp,
we strive for young people to recognize God in
everything. Yes, having fun is a top priority. But
ultimately, we want young people to know Christ
and grow in their relationships with him.
And there are the praises of Dean Agee.
Agee has been familiar with SpringHill since
1970. He had a front-row seat as the camp devel-
oped, because the church he attended, an Evan-
gelical Free Church in Grand Rapids, was one of
the camps founding churches.
After the property was purchased, Agees fa-
ther was appointed to the camps board and was
the chairman of it for a while. Agee and the rest
of his family would come up for Labor Day and
Memorial Day family camps. In 1972 when he was
8, he began attending summer camp there and
did so for several years.
From 1978 through 1980, he was on staff at
SpringHill and worked as a wrangler and a cous-
nelor. In the 80s and 90s he was involved there as
a volunteer. In 1997 he was looking for a summer
home and found a farm directly across the road
from the camp. He bought the farm.
SpringHill, Agee says, was very instrumental
in his spiritual development. In addition to the
spiritual training he received there, he learned
life skills at the camp not just when he was a

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society By Chris Lamphere
Cadillac News

CADILLAC Thousands of people likely have

driven past the bland-looking facility off Plett
Road in Cadillac many times without thinking
It might not seem like much but if this facil-
ity didnt exist, Cadillac would have no way of
disposing of the millions of gallons of sewage
produced by its residents and businesses.
Cadillac Director of Utilities Jeffrey Dietlin
said the wastewater treatment plant essentially
is an artificial river.
Through natural mechanical and biological
processes, the sewage is transformed into rela-
tively clean water that eventually is discharged
into the Clam River.
Dietlin said the sewage consists of mostly wa-
ter when it arrives at the plant but before it can
be discharged into the river, it must go through
several steps to remove the majority of contami-
nants and solid materials.

Step 1 - Influent screw pump

All the sewage that enters the treatment plant
comes through a mechanism called an influent
screw pump.
This machine is literally a giant screw that
transports the sewage from the submerged pipes
to the ground-level elevation of the plant.
Dietlin said this pump is one of the oldest types
of fluid transportation methods still in use.

Step 2 - Equalization basin

In the equalization basin, overflow sewage is
stored in a tank in order to ensure flow through
the plant isnt too much to handle.
Plant Manager Doug Langworthy said its
important the flow is equalized so the micro-
organisms used to break down the sewage arent
overfed or underfed at any point in the process.

36 Our Community 2017 - Cadillac News | Thursday, February 16, 2017
Step 3 - Grit chamber
The first purification process involves separating the heavy pieces of inor- Welcome to
ganic material, called grit, from the sewage by widening the lane and slowing
down the flow.
This causes the material to fall naturally to the bottom of the sewage lane.
This process collects sand, rocks, egg shells, marbles and basically any-
thing solid that enters the sewer system.
Dietlin said this is the only material derived in the treatment process that Best Little Town, By A Dam Site
isnt reused in some capacity. The grit that is collected eventually is taken to
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Step 4 - Primary clarifiers

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Mardi Suhs | Cadillac News
Amvets Post and District Commander
Matt Magiera considers his friend,
Lt. Joe Thompson, a hero and makes
sure the Post does everything pos-
sible to honor him and help him enter
the building with a special enclosed
wheelchair ramp.

50th survival anniversary

By Mardi Suhs help him get around, but Lt. Joe being Lt. Joe, he refuses to use it, said
Cadillac News Matt Magiera, Amvets district commander.
Thompson welcomed me to a table surrounded by large-screen TVs and
CADILLAC Forty-eight years ago on Feb.11, 1969, Vietnam war pro- Magiera joined us.
tests made headlines on the front page of the Cadillac News. Im very happy, Thompson said of the inauguration. I started watch-
On the same page, two paragraphs noted that Marine Second Lt. Joseph ing at 7 a.m.
Thompson, 25, had been wounded in action in Vietnam. When a row of U.S. flags filled the screen, I asked if he was patriotic. He
Two days earlier, Thompson, a 1961 Cadillac High School graduate, vol- nodded yes and laughed, Well I guess so. And then he became pensive.
unteered for a search and rescue mission, took a bullet in the head during He talked about how he loved being a teacher. After graduating from col-
an ambush, and lost the use of most of his right side for the rest of his life. lege, he taught middle school downstate but always wanted to be in the
I caught up with Thompson on Inauguration Day when I saw his car Marine Corps. He enlisted in March 1968 and after officer training at
parked in its reserved spot at Amvets Post No. 110, where an enclosed Quantico, he arrived in Vietnam that December.
wheel chair ramp aids his entry. Members bought him a power chair to
40 Our Community 2017 - Cadillac News | Thursday, February 16, 2017
Disabled Vietnam veteran has no regrets
Then his face brightened and he announced that in two years he would of his dads for help Bob Meyer, who made a few calls.
celebrate his 50th anniversary. After Bob got involved, I got a call from the VA, Charlie said. They
Isnt it unbelievable? he asked with disbelief and joy. I realized he was told us to see any doctor we wanted and admitted to me they had not done
referring to the anniversary of the day he was shot. their job.
I remember everything, at least until five minutes before I got shot, he To local veterans, Thompson is a war hero.
said. We were trying to ... And then he stopped, halted by a flood of emo- Its a miracle that he survived and he has just been an icon of this city,
tions. Later, he sent me a note through Magiera: Magiera said. Hes a very big part of the Amvets. The post wouldnt be
Right before being shot, Lt. Joe walked right past four or five NVA the same without him. The post is installing a camera that will show
(North Vietnamese Army) that were dug in and covered. Lt. Joe got about when Thompson arrives in his car so they can help him in.
10 yards past the NVA that were waiting for the ambush. They jumped up, Joe has been paying for his service since 1969 and it has been costly
one shooting Lt. Joe in the back, one shooting him in the head. to him, said his friend and U.S. Navy veteran Gary Becker.
Later, Magiera sent another message. Thompson added that the biggest But Thompson said he has no regrets.
part of why he got shot was that the platoon canine hadnt done his job. My dads lack of bitterness over all of it is something I really admire,
He was too hot and tired. It was his job to smell out the ambush. Charlie added. I try to emulate that and find the humor in situations and
What took place that day during Operation Taylor Common is well docu- go on with it.
mented. And much of what Thompson knows came from eye witnesses;
Cpt. USMC John Trott and Chaplain Bob Bedingfield, who watched as he
was harnessed and lifted into the air in a sling under heavy enemy fire.
And from Navy Corpsman Doug Stone.
We were ambushed at extremely close range, Trott said in a letter to
Thompson in 1970. You were hit with the initial burst of machine gun
fire ... corpsman Doug Stone was with you ... And in my opinion was the
individual that saved your life.
I was at a military reunion with my father, when I was about 22, and
Doug Stone wanted me to know what happened, said Thompsons son,
Charlie, 44. He didnt believe my dad would live. When the helicopter
was taking off, he could see that the bandage was coming unraveled as it
spun. It wasnt until years later that he found out my father was alive and
had three kids.
Several months into Thompsons recovery, Bedingfield got a note from
Thompson saying he was getting better. A year and a half later he re-
ceived two T-shirts from him inscribed, Southeast Asian War Games, 2nd
No one knows Thompsons sense of humor better than Charlie, his care-
On his anniversary days, he wears a helmet with a target on it, he
said. Hes always talked about having a big party for the 50th. He always
understood that the likelihood of surviving that injury was very thin.
Charlie, his brother, Stuart, and younger sister, Alice, grew up in Ha-
waii, where Thompson loved sitting on the beach in the sun. He also liked
to travel.
When I was a kid, my dad was always going someplace, Charlie re-
called. In 1982 he flew to Washington D.C. to witness the dedication of the
Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Later, after he divorced, Thompson moved
back to Cadillac where friends and family watch out for him. He contin-
ued to travel, twice returning to Vietnam. But Paris is his favorite destina-
I always helped my dad with things, but about five years ago, his move-
ment got slower, Charlie said. He was getting around but he was having Mardi Suhs | Cadillac News
a hard time. When things started getting bad we had no traction from the Charlie Thompson, Joe Thompsons son, shows a large print of a photograph taken of
VA. They told me they would do nothing. So Charlie called an old friend Joe during his service in the United States Marine Corps, Vietnam.
Thursday, February 16, 2017 | Cadillac News - Our Community 2017 41
Embracing the
cowboy lifestyle
By Chris Lamphere
Cadillac News

MCBAIN Cowboys are common in the west

but the legacy of one McBain family is proof
they can thrive just as easily in the north.
Hughstons Cow Camp Rodeo, which is held
each year on property outside McBain, draws
thousands and is one of the most successful ro-
deo events in Michigan.
It wasnt always such as spectacle, however.
The event was started more than 80 years ago
by Bill and Bonnie Hughston, who toured the
professional rodeo circuit together and raised
their five boys to embrace the cowboy lifestyle.
Their five sons, Dallas, Denver, Star, Lum and
Laredo, along with their wives, children and
grandchildren have carried on the tradition
passed down by Bill and Bonnie.
Kari Hughston, wife to Lum, said Cow Camp
originated as a place where the boys and their
parents could get together on the weekends to
ride horses and pasture their cattle.
Originally, the family had an old bus on the
property they used to escape the elements.
They used to say, going to the bus, Kari
This family tradition lasted until Bonnie be-
came involved in 4-H, at which point they started
using the property for rodeo events.
From these modest beginnings, the event has
grown rapidly and now plays host to annual
rodeo events with competitors from the Inter-
national Professional Rodeo Association and
Michigan Ropers Association.

Chris Lamphere | Cadillac News

Trace Hughston, son of Star, is following his grandparents
example by making a living as a professional horse rider.

42 Our Community 2017 - Cadillac News | Thursday, February 16, 2017
Kari said sibling rivalry is one of the main He also breaks in horses for clients. down to their children, it will be passed down
reasons the event has grown so much over the Its something Ive always done, said yet again to the next generation and the goal is
years. Hughston, who admits he didnt like school and for the event to continue to grow, Kari said.
You have five brothers competing, trying to doesnt know what he would be doing if not for Its something we really like doing, said
outdo each other, Kari said. And now their the rodeo. Kari regarding helping family members become
kids are competing against each other. This is Kari said this is the same for many of the more involved in horse-riding, farming and
something thats been carried on in the next other grandchildren and cousins, as well. rodeo. It really gives the kids something thats
generation. Recently, Lum and Kari transported a horse theirs.
Trace Hughston, son of Star, is following his to McBain Rural Agricultural School so their
grandparents example by making a living as a niece, Lorra VanderVlucht, 13, could give a pre-
professional horse rider. sentation on how to saddle the animal as part of Recently Lum and Kari transported a horse to
Every weekend, he travels to different parts of a class assignment. McBain Rural Agricultural School so their niece Lorra
the country to compete in bronco riding events. Just as Bill and Bonnie passed the tradition VanderVlucht, 13, could give a presentation on how to
saddle the animal as part of a class assignment.

Thursday, February 16, 2017 | Cadillac News - Our Community 2017 43
Sailing into a proud past
By Mardi Suhs of the world-famous runabout, Beck donated a Courtesy photo
Cadillac News model of the Cobra to the Wexford County His- Cadillac Chris-Craft had government military contracts
torical Museum, where its now on display. during World War II to manufacture the LCVP landing
CADILLAC Two generations have passed That donation renewed interest in our areas craft. Those were the boats used to unload troops onto
since Chris-Craft closed its manufacturing plant Chris-Craft manufacturing history. the beaches of Normandy.
in Cadillac. Thomas Robbins, however, didnt need a re-
Those 59 years had almost been forgotten minder.
until a boat dealer from Ohio reminded us. An Air Force Academy graduate and a Delta and watching the construction of the boats ...
Donn Beck, owner of Delaware Marine, pilot based in Cadillac, Robbins is the grandson And he was an enormous influence on my life. I
loves vintage mahogany Chris-Crafts. When of Frank Kelley, the plant manager from 1941 spent lots of time with him as I grew up.
he learned the world-famous Cobra, the most until it closed in 1968. Although he was 9-years-old when the plant
expensive vintage boat in the world, was made This is part of our history, he said. I was closed, his memories are vivid.
only in Cadillac, he was stunned. very close to my grandfather. I was in that plant
To honor Cadillacs role in the production many times as a child, walking around the boats See Quality on page 46
44 Our Community 2017 - Cadillac News | Thursday, February 16, 2017

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Thursday, February 16, 2017 | Cadillac News - Our Community 2017 45
Known world-wide for its quality
Continued from page 44 a Chris-Craft magazine, honored his legacy. landing craft, later known as the boat that won
A dealer noted, The boats that came out of World War II. That summer he quit teaching
I can still smell the varnish, the wood and Frank Kelleys plant all arrived like Steinway for full-time work in the plant. In January 1941,
sawdust, he said. The wooden floors always pianos. You knew that if you ordered a boat from Chris-Craft started to build the landing craft in
impressed me ... And the beautiful boats. As a the Cadillac plant, it would arrive on time and Cadillac. But the quality wasnt good and they
kid, I didnt get how significant those boats were. your customer would never have to worry. were only building one a day.
But I came to appreciate what they really are, They were having trouble getting the Cadil-
the quality. Those boats were classic works of lac plant up and running, recalled Maureen
As years have passed, I have taken pride in OUR WORLD WAR II Robbins, Franks daughter. They were building
boats for the war at that time. They did the land-
the fact that Cadillac was one of the few places
on the planet where those boats were produced.
MANUFACTURING LEGACY ing craft barges for Okinawa and Normandy and
some came from that Cadillac plant.
We should be proud that we produced a world- A modest, quiet man who loved practical jokes, Kelley was asked to go up and help. Within a
class product. Kelley was first a teacher who worked in the month the quality improved, costs came down,
The 25,000 units produced in Cadillac were Algonac Chris-Craft plant during his summer and production was up. He was offered the job of
known world-wide for their quality. And that and Christmas vacations. He learned engineer- plant manager.
quality was overseen and inspired by Kelley. ing and structural design in 1941 as they started See War Effort on page 48
After Kelleys death in 1993, The Brass Bell, making the patterns for the LCVP military

Mardi Suhs | Cadillac News

Thomas Robbins, grandson of Frank Kelley, the
former plant manager of the Chris-Craft plant in
Cadillac, spent lots of time with his grandfather,
both in the plant and on his farm.

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Cadillacs part in war effort was over looked
Continued from page 46 did a lot for the war effort, Thomas Robbins My grandfather taught me the value of hard
said. I dont know many people know about that work, paired with the importance of proper
During World War II, Chris-Craft shut down history here in Cadillac. And I think its impor- relaxation, Robbins said. I learned humility,
production of recreational boats to concentrate tant. confidence, good humor, grace and empathy
on the war effort, fulfilling contracts for util- After the war, tons of boats were shipped from him. He taught me what leadership is all
ity boats, landing craft, command boats, target from the Cadillac plant, many times by railroad about. His presence was seen and felt by many
boats and quartermaster ships. box cars, as Chris-Craft created a range of boats in the trees he planted, the buildings and boats
The people in the Cadillac plant and all over for just about every type of recreational pur- he built, and in the lucky people who benefited
Michigan in Holland and Algonac, they really suit on water. from his thoughtful teaching and Irish wit.

Among the papers and photos Thomas

Robbins has saved is this photo of a
woman looking over a 1955 Chris-Craft
Cobra in the Cadillac plant the only
plant that manufactured the boat

A history of the
building in Cadillac:
The Cadillac Handling Company
was the first company at the
Wright Street location. They
made wood products like broom
In 1922, the Mitchell Brothers built
a new flooring plant on the site.
By 1941, the Chris-Craft
Corporation bought the 19-year-
old building to manufacture
In 1971, Mitchell-Bentley Co.
purchased the building for the
production of auto trim.
In 1989 the building was vacated
and on Oct. 27, 2013, it burned to
the ground.

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Refloating your boat
By Mardi Suhs in Arrands Cadillac Boat Shop, you will have to wait two years for an ap-
Cadillac News pointment and another two for the finished product.
Ted Grulikowski of Brighton found an old, dilapidated wood boat in a
CADILLAC Out in the woods behind Pleasant Lake, in a dusty work- storage shed in the U.P. in 1989. The 22-foot, 1927 Chris-Craft Cadet was
shop filled with decaying skeletons of old wood boats, Russ Arrand has exceptionally rare and had been in storage for about 60 years.
found his calling. He restores old, sometimes forgotten boats to their for- Only 16 of these were made with this power train and I wanted it
mer glory, making sure every detail is replicated with authenticity. restored with as much original wood and equipment as possible, Gru-
Thats why he has a two-year waiting list. likowski said. Thats why I called Russ.
If you want your vintage Chris-Craft, Gar Wood or Dee-Wite restored See Boat on page 53
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Boat of the year

Sears Church of God Mardi Suhs | Cadillac

5955 40th Ave, Sears 231-734-2686 News

Senior Pastor Scott McDonald Russ Arrand,

Sunday Services owner of the
Morning Worship 10:30 am Cadillac Boat
Church School 9:30 am Shop, pours over
books and old
The mission of the Sears Church of God is to share with records with infor-
all people the joy, love and healing power of Jesus Christ. mation about the
Affiliated with Church of God Anderson, IN Chris-Craft plant
in Cadillac from
1941 to 1968.

First Presbyterian Church Continued form page 50

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In 2010, the Chief Waramaug was named the Antique and Classic
with Sunday School for Pre K-12th Grade Boat Society National Boat of the Year.
We showed the boat all across the country for 10 years and won every
Teen Study 6:00 PM
Streaming Live at
possible award you can imagine because of his work, said Grulikowski.
Paul R. Tomlinson, Pastor Don Phillips, Director of Christian Education He knows where to go and who to bring in to do almost anything. But
that boat was 95-percent Russ.
Visit us at 221 E. Harris Street, Cadillac (231) 775-7111 Arrand came about his craft later life. Hes a scientist with a masters
degree in biology and has worked as a chemist, a commercial fisherman

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Saturday 4:00 PM Sunday 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 5:30 PM the most expensive and collectible boats in the world. He forged friend-
Nursery Care & Preschool Liturgy of the Word will be during the 10:30 am Mass ships and organized social events with them. He knew them all by name.
They gave him tours of the old plant, where he grilled them about how
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See Stories on page 54
Thursday, February 16, 2017 | Cadillac News - Our Community 2017 53
Courtesy photo
Cruising in his
restored Chris-
Craft, Blue by U,
with his family
is one of Russ
Arrands favorite
things to do.
Here he is with
his daughter,

Builting friendships & boats from stories

Continued from page 53 Word-of-mouth has fueled demand for Arrands unique skills. He has
restored at least 50 Chris-Crafts and loves working on pre-WWII boats. He
I loved hearing their stories, he said. I would ask them how they did has three in the shop now, a Chris-Craft, a Dee-Wite and a Gar Wood.
things that helped me understand how they were originally built. This is my passion, he said. This is my hobby, its my business and
He became a close friend of Florrie Kanipe, the former manager of its my social life. My life revolves around the wood boats.
quality control. Kanipe shared the secrets of building a wood boat at the Arrand, who owns two Chris-Crafts, is a board member of the Water
correct moisture content. Wonderland Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society. The group
Florrie came out here and worked for awhile, but we talked most of the plans yearly boating adventures and activities, including four- to five-day
time, Arrand recalled. I just asked him about the procedures and the trips and day cruises with 10 to sometimes 20 boat owners. They also spon-
process. sor youth activities promoting interest in antique and classic boats.
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Except for a time during and after the Depression years, the fair has the fair board, said the fairgrounds at one time had but one barn a
been a fixture in the county since 1875. Through the years, 4-H and FFA dairy barn. Slowly, over time, the board managed to get one building built
members have been able to show livestock and farm crops there. at a time. Now the fairgrounds have a full complement of buildings with
The fair, in fact, is a successional thing. Four generations of families, space for dairy cows, beef cattle, horses, poultry, swine, goats, sheep and
and perhaps more, have been displaying goods there. rabbits. Now, Morgan said, the fair probably ranks in the top five in the
Fairs, of course, have deep roots. They were mentioned in ancient lit- state.
erature. Then their chief function may have been as a way for producers See Fair on page 60
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Osceola County Fair
remains a fixture
Continued from page 58 Joe Parsons affiliation with the fair didnt end with adulthood. He
served on the fair board and supervised the dairy barn for many years.
With its longevity, the fair has had an opportunity to serve generations He never missed the fair, VanBurgel said.
of families. Then the turns of VanBurgel and her three siblings to show came
Evarts Gloria VanBurgel knows something about being part of the fair along. They all took animals to the fair.
dynasty. Her father, Joe Parsons, was showing animals at the fair during We all looked forward to the fair and all the fun and work. The friends
the 1930s. His family had registered Jersey and Percheron cows. At the we made in 4-H have been our friends all our lives, she said.
fair, VanBurgel said, her father developed skills he used all his life. The quartet took great advantage of the opportunity the fair offered.
Those Depression years, though, were tough times to show. During The children, just as their father had, showed registered Jerseys. They
some of those years, the fair couldnt come up with the premium money also showed beef cattle, vegetables, grain, flowers and clothing.
it had promised. And, of course, the fair actually was silent for a while. VanBurgels brother, Mark Parsons, began showing market beef the
VanBurgels grandparents believed in the fair program, though, and the second year that option was offered. That was a feasible option because
family continued to be a part of it. They believed fair participation wasnt the family had a small herd of registered angus cattle.
about the money; it was the knowledge a person gained from the projects Working with the animals and then taking them to the fair was quite a task.
that was important. See Youth on page 63

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Her older child participated in rabbit projects and won many awards.
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Quilting time
By Rick Charmoli ing those in need.
Cadillac News The group has donated 100s of quilts throughout the years to various
groups in the community including Oasis Family Resource Center, the
CADILLAC Much like the quilts the North Star Quilt Guild makes, Michigan State Police, Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital and Eagle
the 60 members that make up the group are unique and different. Village. In fact, since October, the group has donated 90 quilts to local or-
The members range in skill level from beginner to artist. They also ganizations to give to those in need. The group also has made quilts and
range in age, but all come together for fellowship, fun and the love of donated them to organizations to help with fundraising.
quilting. While this group, which started in 1976, has always been about Their stitches help to hold the community together.
promoting the art of quilting, in recent years it also has been about help- See Piecing on page 67
66 Our Community 2017 - Cadillac News | Thursday, February 16, 2017
Piecing it together
Continued from page 66 group comprised of about six women.
Arlene said at the time it wasnt like the guild is today and most of those
At 88-years-old Arlene Flint has been a part of the North Star Quilt women have since passed away.
Guild since its inception in 1976. In 1980 the group moved the meeting to the First Covenant Church in
During the four decades the group has been around, things have Cadillac and have been meeting there ever since.
changed. It went from a handful of members to 60 strong. They travel the While the group started out with only a handful of women, North Star
country to quilt shows, take classes and most importantly, have fun. But, Quilt Guild President Karen Boekeloo said, the group has grown to 60
for Arlene, the love of quilting has always been constant. members, but of that a little more than half are active the entire year.
It is something that is fun and you use your talent on colors, designs Many, though, leave for warmer climes in the winter and return in the
and that type of thing, she said. It is just a passing of time. I always have spring.
to be busy. I couldnt just watch television. I had to be doing something all We have been together a long time. It was a group to get together and
the time. sew, Karen said. We are just a bunch of women who get together to sew.
Arlene started quilting at home. It was a way to fill a need for bedding We come from Lake City, Cadillac, Manton, Irons and all over the area.
for her family and gifts. Eventually, she decided to join a group of like-
minded women who were meeting at the Old Kent Bank building. The See Helping on page 68

Rick Charmoli | Cadillac News

From left, North Star Quilt Guild
members Karen Boekeloo, Paula
Williams and Laura Bradley tie up
a quilt they are making to donate
to one of the several agencies they
give quilts to.

Thursday, February 16, 2017 | Cadillac News - Our Community 2017 67
Helping others
Rick Charmoli | Cadillac News
Arlene Flint, 88, shows
one of the quilts she
made as part of the North
Star Quilt Guild. Flint
hand stitched the entire
quilt and is one of the
charter members of the
North Star Quilt Guild,
which started in 1976.

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Oasis Family Resource Center Resource Coordinator Amie Mackenzie

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Quilt Guild President Karen Boekeloo said the group enjoys giving the
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How do you make a quilt?
Continued from page 68

These are the people who make extra quilts

for the group. There might only be two quilts
we have to bind and then there will be 10 or
more. They just do extra work, Karen said.
Arlene said knowing they are helping others
makes her and the other members feel good.
She added that she uses quilts she has made
and hopes the people who get one also fuind
them useful.
When it comes to making a quilt, Elsie Vre-
denburg has a lot of experience.
The 75-year-old joined the guild in 1980 and
couldnt remember exactly why she wanted to
join other than to say she wanted to be involved
with a group of other like-minded people.
When she joined, the group was still under
10 members, but her background as a home
economics teacher and the fact she had made a
quilt in high school caused her to join.
I trained as a home ec teacher so I had sew-
ing in my background and this (quilt making)
is another aspect of sewing, Elsie said.
Through the years, quilting has done many
things for Elsie. She has been helped financial- Rick Charmoli | Cadillac News
ly after she started a business but it also helped Oasis Family Resource Center Resource Coordinator Amie Mackenzie has seen first hand what the North Star Quilt
her to learn from others. Guild has done for those in need. She has worked at the agency for the past four years and during that time the
When it comes to making a quilt, Elsie said a North Star Quilt Guild has donated at least 10 to 20 quilts every six to eight weeks.
person can be as low or high tech as they want.
It can be done by hand, digitally by machine or
a combination of the two.
There is something for everyone. You can do by hand or machine,
Elsie said. Basically, all you need is scissors, a ruler and a needle and When it comes to the future of the guild, Arlene, Elsie and Deborah all
thread. just want to see it continue. While the membership varies in age and skill,
While Elsie makes it sound easy, you also need to have some knowledge all of them hope it will continue to give back to the community but also al-
on how to do things. To a novice, it can seem daunting trying to make that low for the members to have fun.
first block pattern and quilt, but the guild is willing to help. I would like to see it evolve to meet the needs of the people who are in-
Deborah King, like Elsie, has always sewn. So when a friend asked her volved. For many years we didnt have officers and we just met as a group
for help making a quilt, she figured it out and never looked back. and sewed, Elsie said. It has had its growing pains, but it needs to meet
To help the guild, Deborah and/or Patty Wallenstein create a different the needs of the people who are involved at the time.
block to complete. They are prepared packs of some or all of the fabric The group meets at 9 a.m. the first and third Thursdays of each month
with instructions and walk-thru steps needed to complete the block. The at First Covenant Church in Cadillac, 315 E. Pine Street. Meetings are
block of the month was started as a way to utilize the fabrics the guild open to anyone and membership is not required to attend. Dues are $15 a
has, but it also is a great way to help those who are just starting out or year and are paid by Sept. 1 each year.
need help honing their skills. The group also has an annual quilt show, which is scheduled for Sept.
I love math. I love to figure out how much fabric is needed to make a 23 and will be held at St. Ann Catholic Churchs gymnasium. Several ven-
quilt, she said. dors are usually on hand selling quilting and sewing supplies, fabrics, and
more. It also is the guilds annual fundraiser and along with membership
dues helps to fund the purchase of fabric and supplies.
Thursday, February 16, 2017 | Cadillac News - Our Community 2017 69
Chris Lamphere | Cadillac News
From left, Chris, Eric and Terry
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By Chris Lamphere
Cadillac News

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In addition to creating die-casts,
the shop also makes their own
molded products, such as combs,
that they sell directly to vendors.

Keeping customers happy

Continued from page 70 cars, but rather sell the die-casts to factories that can mass produce the
During the first few years of business, Terry said most the work he did In 2013, LeRoy Tool and Die bought out a competing die-cast producer
was for local customers in Wexford and Osceola counties. out of South Haven.
Soon, however, he realized the market for his business was more wide- Terry said their shop currently is one of only a handful in Michigan
spread than LeRoy. Today, they have clients all over the United States, that do this type of work.
Mexico and Canada. In addition to creating die-casts, the shop also makes their own molded
Over the years, as business grew, the shop also grew from the origi- products, such as combs, that they sell directly to vendors.
nal 5,000 square feet, to 60,000 today. From the modest beginnings of the shop, when only Terry and his
In 2001, Terrys sons, Eric and Chris, began working in the shop and brother worked there, to today, the number of employees has grown to
helping their father expand the business. around 80.
Terry credits his sons for how much and how quickly the business has Long-time employee Jon Innis, who programs and operates the shops
grown over the years. mills, said he remembers sitting in a cold, uninsulated barn cutting dies
My kids are either a lot smarter or a lot dumber than me, Terry 14 years ago.
joked. Its quadrupled in size since then, Innis said.
While several buildings have been added to LeRoy Tool and Die over While the shops expansion has been impressive, Terry said the reason
the years, Eric said they mostly serve all the same purpose, which is why they have been successful is very simple.
building the die casts. When we pick up a customer, we keep them happy, Terry said.
However, they also built a facility that tests the rubber molds that the This spring, LeRoy Tool and Die plans to add another facility to keep
die-casts create. This ensures quality of the product that eventually is up with demand for their products.
sold to an outside vendor. Along with the new facility, Terry said they plan to hire several new
For the most part, Eric said they dont directly produce the molds for employees.
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