CAUGHTCHA BEING GOOD!
During one very windy day in this late summer Jake Cron witnessed his neighbor’s Seadoo become loose from its shore station on Grand Traverse Bay. With a watchful eye and a flashlight, Jake diligently took notice of the machine becoming unhooked amid the sizable waves. He called his dad to alert him that he was going to go out into the dark, stormy waters to drag it onto shore. Once his dad got home he helped Jake by pulling the Seadoo further onto shore with a winch. The neighbors were sure thankful that their machine was saved. Congratulations, Jake, you were Caught being GOOD!
Michigan residents can support the Red Cross on their tax return
Governor Rick Snyder signed Senate Bill 428, the “American Red Cross Michigan Fund Act,” into law last week. Effective beginning with the 2016 tax year, Michigan residents will have the option to support the Red Cross by checking off a designation box during tax time. This designation will allow taxpayers to give more than just blood to the Red Cross; they can now make a donation of $5, $10, or more on their annual tax return.
For more than 130 years, the American Red Cross has been helping neighbors down the street, across the country and around the world. Over the years, the organization expanded its services but maintains the core mission of preventing and relieving suffering. In 2015, the American Red Cross of Michigan assisted more than 3,673 families through disasters, and provided more than 2,000 military families in Michigan emergency assistance during a family crisis.
Grant opportunities available to benefit Antrim County
The Community Foundation is currently accepting grant applications from organizations offering a variety of programs or projects, ranging from services to help families and individuals meet basic needs, to youth services, to projects focusing on providing opportunities for healthy youth and healthy seniors, to efforts in the area of land use and planning, and more. There are two opportunities specifically designated to benefit the Elk Rapids area – the Elk Rapids Area Community Endowment and the Elk Rapids Area Education Endowment. High school students from Antrim County participate in the grant review and award recommendation, as part of the Community Foundation’s Youth Advisory Council. The application deadline is October 1. Complete details on grant application requirements, funding priorities, and the online application materials are available at www.gtrcf.org/grants/. For more information about the Community Foundation visit www.gtrcf.org or call 231-935-4066.
Elk Rapids Area Historical Society Annual Potluck Dinner & Program
The Elk Rapids Area Historical Society’s Annual Potluck Dinner and Program will be held on Thursday October 6, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Historic Elk Rapids Township Hall, 401 River Street, Elk Rapids (across from the tennis courts). Note: this location is not the museum building.
Society members and the general public are invited to attend. Dinner is at 6:00 p.m. followed by the program at 7:00 p.m. Joe Yuchasz, owner of the Elk Rapids Cinema, is presenting “Repair, restore & renovate.” Come join us for a good meal and hear a touch of history on what it took to keep the Elk Rapids Cinema a viable business for 75 years. The emphasis will be on the work done in the last ten years.
Admission fee: just bring a dish to pass! For more information contact Dan LeBlond, President, Elk Rapids Area Historical Society at 231-264-5692 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friends of Elk Rapids District Library enhance library’s mission
The Friends of the Elk Rapids District Library (The Friends) is a non-profit organization that works diligently to support and enhance the mission of the Elk Rapids District Library. On August 11, 2015, The Friends were designated by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)3 organization, which enables donations to be tax deductible.
One of our goals is fund raising to support various library programs. Members of The Friends also donate substantial amounts of volunteer time. This year we assisted with the summer reading program, participated in and helped fund the Harbor Days program, and donated a sculpture by John Goss. The primary source of funds used was obtained through donations to The Book Cellar. The Book Cellar is located in the lower level of the library. Books are donated from many sources and The Friends organize and shelve these books. The books are not priced and patrons taking books leave a monetary donation of their own choosing. This past fiscal year we received $9025. The Book Cellar is open whenever the library is open, which means book donations occur seven days a week. Without this resource of continual donations our primary source of income would be depleted.
As a part of the discussions about the Library Improvement Project, some have proposed that The Book Cellar be moved to another site. There are several considerations that make this proposal infeasible. Costs associated with a rented space would have a significant negative impact on revenue earned. These costs could include rent, insurance, utilities and the need for personnel to oversee The Book Cellar for an equivalent time that it is open in the Library. Foot traffic into The Book Cellar would be substantially reduced since most of the patrons are library users resulting in reduced revenue. Furthermore, The Book Cellar needs to remain in the library because it attracts people that might not be library patrons and introduces them to many of the library’s fine resources.
The donations policy makes books available to people who may not be able to afford to buy books. We are an intergenerational facility, as we have books for all ages, and we also have CDs, videos and puzzles. Come and visit The Book Cellar and join The Friends of the Elk Rapids District Library.
Thanks for being interested in the future of Elk Rapids. – Submitted by Susan Calkins, Chair, Friends of the Elk Rapids District Library
Elk Rapids Art Beat/Color Peaking Tour
Elk Rapids kicks off its Fall Color Peaking Tour with Art Beat of Elk Rapids on Saturday, October 1. Three of northern Michigan’s award-winning galleries will be participating in an open house gallery walk from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Each Elk Rapids gallery is special, and all offer original fine art, along with many affordable artist-made items. Three $100 gift certificates will be drawn from those attendees who visit all three galleries. Festivities include guest artists demonstrating their artistic styles. Refreshments will be served all day. Stop by for a mimosa, wine, hors d’oeuvres, cider and donuts and other tasty treats.
Mullaly’s 128 Studio & Gallery, enjoying its 24th year representing excellence in fine art and crafts, is located on River Street in downtown Elk Rapids. Mullaly’s offers the finest selection of high quality glass in northern Michigan and has been recognized as the finest jewelry gallery in the area. Artist Patti Sevensma will be demonstrating throughout the day. In addition, the gallery will be offering discount specials.
The Blue Heron Gallery, located on Ames Street, just one-quarter mile east of the light on US 31, showcases hundreds of Michigan artists. Gallery owner Dan Reszka will be demonstrating watercolors. Other artists who will be demonstrating include Shadia Zayed with acrylic/collage; Karen Vandam Michmerhulzen with palette knife oils; and Prudence Simone Barber with watercolors and oils. In addition, Randy Reszka will entertain with his jazz guitar starting at noon.
South of Elk Rapids, along US31, is the Twisted Fish Gallery, offering fine art, including a large sculpture garden. Throughout the day, the gallery will be featuring the rural landscape paintings of Alan Maciag in its Cottage Gallery. Alan, whose large landscape paintings have been very popular with visitors, will be at the gallery from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. In addition, Betty Bea Washburn will be demonstrating with watercolors from 10 a.m. to noon, and Gail Hayton with acrylics and painting miniature paintings from noon to 3 p.m. The gallery will be holding an hourly gift certificate drawing throughout the day.
Elk Rapids Art Beat is a wonderful way to celebrate our artful community and enjoy the splendor of the fall season. Come spend the day with us…we guarantee a fun day of art for all!
Couples’ Championship closes out Elk Rapids Golf Club season
The beautiful Elk Rapids fall weather welcomed 16 Elk Rapids Golf Club couples to the 2016 Couples Championship on Sunday. Two couples finished the nine hole round with a net score of 69 so off they went to a sudden death playoff. Followed by a gallery of viewers in carts, Joyce and Gary McDowell and Ginny and Bill Dorner no doubt felt the pressure as they teed off on hole #7. Joyce and Gary McDowell won the hole and were declared the ERGC 2016 Couples’ Champions. Sharing third place with net scores of 71 were Jeanette and Jon Christy, Pam and Dick Davis, Kay and Bill Romska and Kristi and Rich Newer. The golf competition was followed by a potluck, a delicious annual tradition. ERGC club members Kristi and Rich Newer organized the successful event. Interested in joining in the fun at the Elk Rapids Golf Club? Contact the ERGC Pro Shop at 231-264-8891 to learn about the membership options. Text by Margo Rogers
Acme Fall Festival
This past weekend, the Acme Fall Festival was well attended. There was something for everyone!