LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
August 18 marks 15th anniversary of bicycle ride charity event
It all began one year after Ryan passed. In August 2003, his closest friends were inspired to honor him in a way that challenged their spirits, physical strength, and mental endurance. They pedaled 200 miles from our State Capitol in Lansing to the Chalfonte House in Elk Rapids, a place Ryan loved dearly. Through sponsorship, money was raised to purchase new bikes for the kids who go to Chalfonte House for summer camp. When others heard of this bike ride they wanted to participate as well, and so the next year “The Ryan Giannini Memorial 11 Legged Lake Tour” was born! The name came from the original six riders, one being an above the knee amputee, which equals 11 legs. No one could have ever dreamed back then that it would continue for all these years.
On August 18, the 11 Legged will be held. In addition there will be a special raffle drawing with 11 awesome prizes. All proceeds will be used for something special at Ryan Giannini Park (RGP). Currently, this primitive 12 acres of woods and meadows has a campfire and two rustic cabins, where the Chalfonte Kids enjoy an outdoor experience when they attend summer camp. The possibilities for this site include adding a treehouse that is accessible for those with disabilities, a meditation garden, and countless other ideas. The ultimate purpose is to utilize this piece of land so the Chalfonte Kids and the community can enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature and make special memories at RGP.
Cindy & Rich Giannini
Ryan’s Mom and Dad
Disinformation and fear-mongering campaign?
Hello, Clearwater Township Electors. Drank the Kool-Aid, did you? Regrettably, there is nothing illegal about lying (unless, of course, you’re under oath or talking to the FBI). And you have been lied to concerning proposed legislation that would have served to protect the water quality of Torch Lake and of Lake Skegemog. For reasons unknown to me, there has been a disinformation and fear-mongering campaign waged to defeat a zoning ordinance amendment that would have been good, not bad, for our quality of life. And, sorry to say, it succeeded.
There is good news, though, for those who wish to do the right things for water quality protection: There is absolutely no legal impediment to your making environmentally friendly improvements on your own property. Excellent material is available at www.mishorelinepartnership.org. Step by step guidance and explanation of the reasons for doing or avoiding certain actions is available at www.mishorelandstewards.org. I hope you will visit these web sites and benefit from the reliable information found there. Oh, and by the way, the “grandfathered” status that some questioned is assured by Michigan State law.
Rebecca Norris, Rapid City
Letters to the Editor:
Kindness and concern appreciated
The family of Cody Reffitt would like to thank everyone for their prayers, cards, and emails during Cody’s illness.
Grateful for support
Thank you to everyone who worked on the campaign to defeat Amendment # 8. Thanks, especially, to the voters who let their voices be heard. Moving forward, the Clearwater Township Board and Planning Commission should now listen and represent their constituents. Protect the Private Property Rights of all Clearwater Township Citizens.
Children’s activity enjoyed by many
I want to thank the Elk Rapids library staff and volunteers for the wonderful children’s activity event held during Harbor Days.
The various craft stations were enjoyable for all the children and obviously took a lot of planning and forethought. The volunteers were great with all the children. Our grandson still cherishes his walking stick, photo with frame and cork sailboat. And the root beer floats were yummy!
Thanks again for putting on such a wonderful community event in this beautiful shaded setting!
Better Library, Better World!
The slogan “Preserve our Island House and Property” perfectly describes the proposed Architectural Conceptual Drawings for the Elk Rapids Library project. In fact, the State Historic Preservation Office has approved the conceptual plans for a 6,300 sq. ft. addition. Therefore, the library will not lose its historic status since the design team has designed the addition to follow the Secretary of the Interior’s Guidelines, guidelines that determine a building’s historic status.
The project will also provide much-needed structural improvements/stabilization together with updated electrical and mechanical systems to the existing library space. These improvements will preserve the Island House for generations to come.
So, this fall, when the ER Village Council votes regarding the 6,300 square foot addition, they need to understand that their approval satisfies the needs of all – Preserving our Island House and Property together with Better Library, Better World!
Elk Rapids Village Property Owner