Caughtcha being Good! Jacob Fedrigon and Austin Wolfgram
Photo by Sarah Ward
Jacob Fedrigon and Austin Wolfgram are friends with a willingness to help whenever it is needed. These two great kids trimmed very tall cedar trees in front of Roger Gehrt’s house and he appreciated their help! Congrats Austin and Jacob, you two have been Caught Being Good!
Harbor Days Poster triviaEver wonder where the famous Harbor Days posters are from?
Wonder no more and smile knowing they are made right here in the good ole’ U. S. A., in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Since 1905, the Triangle Poster & Printing Company has been printing the iconic carnival posters that don local windows in late July and early August. Once a traditional letterpress shop, Triangle Poster & Printing Company has evolved over the years to accommodate modern printing technologies, while still honoring old-fashioned letterpress techniques. Letterpress is a technique of relief printing using a printing press by which a worker composes and locks movable type into the bed of a press, inking it and pressing paper against it to transfer the ink from the type, which creates an impression on the paper. Source Wikipedia. Both past and current Harbor Days posters are sold at the Corner Druggist on River Street and 100% of the proceeds help fund many of the wonderful local projects the Elk Rapids Lions Club supports throughout the year. Sarah Ward, Staff Writer
Safety zone for Harbor Days fireworks
The Elk Rapids Fire Department would like to remind everyone that the area referred to as the “Dam Beach” will be closed on Saturday, August 2 from 8 a.m. until 3 a.m. Sunday morning, August 3. This closed area includes the beach, fishing pier, power dam, and parking lot. This area will be posted and patrolled. This is necessary so the Harbor Days Committee and the fireworks vendor can set up and operate a fireworks display in a safe manner.
Elk Rapids District Library Corner
Upcoming Events: For the first time in 12 years the Library will be open on Saturday, August 2 during Harbor Days. Remember, you will not be able to park at the Library that day.
• Tai Chi in the Park, Tuesdays at 4 p.m. on the Library grounds by the bridge Tai Chi is a Chinese exercise system that uses slow, smooth body movements to achieve a state of relaxation of both body and mind. This class is free and open to all ages and abilities.
• Wednesday Evenings on River Street at 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. Stop by our booth to learn about library services, fill out a survey, or just say hi. We will be having a new fun hands-on science demonstration every week, so bring the kids! This week we will do pendulum painting.
• Summer Reading! The Magic of Reading, Wednesday, July 30th at 10:30 a.m. at the HERTH (401 River Street) Come watch a professional magician bring the magic of reading to life. Free and no registration required.
• An Afternoon With an Author: LB Dunbar, Wednesday, July 30th at 4:30 p.m. at the Elk Rapids Historical Museum. Set in Elk Rapids, Dunbar’s debut novel highlights Harbor Days, Evenings on River Street, the marina, and water adventures on our lakes. No fee or registration. Ms. Dunbar will be selling her book, Sound Advice, at our booth on River St. from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
• Speed Painting and Storytelling by Martina Hahn, Saturday, August 2nd at 2:00 p.m. on the stage in Veterans Memorial Park Master storyteller and Northern Michigan artist Martina Hahn will bring her five foot spinning canvas to Elk Rapids again for an unforgettable performance. Can you guess the painting before she’s finished?
• Island House Readers, Wednesday, August 6th at 12:00 p.m. A book club that meets monthly. This month’s book is And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini.
• Fancy Nancy Ice Cream Soiree, Thursday, August 7th at 2:00 p.m. You are cordially invited to attend our fancy gathering at the library! We will read stories, explore fancy words, craft fantastic accessories, and walk downtown for a delicious scoop of ice cream. Please dress fancy if you would like. There is no cost, but please sign up by calling 231-264-9979, send an email to email@example.com, or stop in the library!
Did you know? Our community survey is ending soon and we want to hear from you!! What do you think the library should do with our gift of over $400,000? Follow the link on our website, www.elkrapidslibrary.org or go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VTXRFB5. There are paper copies available at the library as well. Your opinion matters, so please take a moment to tell us what you think. The results will be very important in our strategic planning work.
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Summertime is a time for us Michiganders to soak up, take in, and enjoy, the warm weather, for it doesn’t last long enough. So, with that in mind, we are in the “need for speed” when it comes to being in the kitchen. Easy, fast dishes, perfect for a hot summer day that are good to the last drop. Recipes with only a few ingredients, doesn’t mean you are going to sacrifice taste. Well, sometimes that happens, then I grab for the spices, such as the garlic salt. Try it without the garlic salt, you may like as is. This recipe is an example of all the above. I promise to have more for you during the summer that are fast whip ups, have been taste tested, perfected if needed, and “oh so good!” Email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Drop me a note!
Snappy Chop Salad
3 cups chopped iceberg lettuce 1 can (15 oz.) whole kernel corn, drained 1 can (15 oz.) whole black beans, drained, rinsed 1 can (10 oz.) Rotel Mexican diced tomatoes with lime juice & cilantro, undrained 1/2 tsp. garlic salt Black pepper to taste 2 T. canola oil or EVOO
Toss everything together except the cheese. Add the cheese just before serving.
Cherry season has been going for a little over a week in our area. Sweet cherries are currently being hand-picked as well as mechanically shaken. The tart cherry harvest will start sometime this week as well. With cherries being “shaken” in our area for the next three weeks or so, there will be a lot of cherry transport vehicles on our local roads. As I say each year, please be patient if you get stuck behind a slow moving farm vehicle. We do the best we can to stay safe and keep as many of the cherries in the tanks as possible.
If you’ve been out shopping at any of the local farmers markets or at any of our area farm stands or markets, then you’ve noticed the cost of produce has gone up. The same goes for food at the grocery store. When the price of everything involved with having a business (insurance, labor, office supplies, etc.) and with the price of growing fruits and vegetables (fertilizer, fuel, equipment, traceability, etc.) keeps going up then so do the prices of our products. Sweet cherries are in high demand this year and a lot of time and effort goes into the hand-harvesting of cherries because the people picking the fruit take their time to find the best fruit possible. The not-so-perfect or the “seconds” are not typically used for fresh cherry sales. The price per pound for mechanically-harvested sweet cherries is high this year so in theory it would easier and more cost effective to shake all of the sweet cherries and bring them to the processing plants than to have them hand-picked for fresh sales. But, of course, local farmers want to provide fresh sweet cherries to their customers. And when demand is high and supply is low (the sweet cherries in southwest Michigan didn’t fare well with the severe weather) then prices go up. It’s a Catch-22 for farmers – they want to have reasonably-priced products but they also have to make some sort of a profit in order to keep their businesses viable. I know how much the local growers appreciate and respect their customers and hope their customers understand all that goes into our pricing decisions.
Strawberry season has basically ended in our area. There might still be some available here and there depending on the variety of berry being grown. Raspberries are currently being picked and the size and flavor are really good this year. The warm weather has been great for ripening up and for harvesting the crops. We hope the nice weather continues so we don’t have to contend with inclement weather while trying to get things harvested.
I’ll take the next couple of weeks off from writing a farm report since I’ll be busy with the cherry harvest. Until then, feel free to email with any questions regarding the local farming scene at email@example.com. Thanks and have a good week!
Generous donor gifts $400,000
Photo by Sarah Ward
The Elk Rapids District Library received a generous gift from a gentleman by the name of Charles Heffer of Williamsburg. The library was notified that they were named in Mr. Heffers will last fall and received a check for $400,000.00 in January.
“We knew we would be receiving a donation from Mr. Heffer, we just did not know how significant the amount would be,” said Nanette Miller, Library Director. Adding, “We still have no idea why he chose us. However, we are very grateful. He didn’t even have a library card with us but we are aware he was very active in the Kalkaska Library and the Music House Museum.” Mr. Heffer, a widower with no children, left no specific instructions for the use of the money. The library has hired a library-consulting firm out of East Lansing (Hartzell-Mika Consulting) to assist in the strategic planning for disbursement of the funds and is seeking community input regarding the use of the funds.
“We want to fulfill the wants and needs of the community and focus our energy and money into what the community would like,” Miller summarized. There will be two planning sessions in August with the Friends of the Library, community members and library board members. A survey can be found on the library website www.elkrapidslibrary.org or paper copies of the surveys can also be picked up at the library. Text and photo by Sarah Ward
Grand Traverse Resort and Spa’s Golf Academy announces public clinics
Grand Traverse Resort and Spa’s Golf Academy will offer public golf clinics for ladies on Mondays and for Juniors and all golfers on Saturday mornings through August. The clinics will be headed by Director of Golf Instruction Scott Hebert, with PGA Instructors Randall Ernst, Mark Hill, and Shane Hollandsworth. The clinics are open to the public. $25 per person. Please sign up in advance. Call 231-534-6550 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open Ladies Clinic on Monday at 2:00 p.m. is a one hour of PGA golf instruction in a group clinic setting covering all facets of the game for ladies will be offered each Monday through August.
Open Junior Clinic on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. is a fifty-five minutes of PGA golf instruction in a group clinic setting covering all facets of the game for juniors of all ages up to and including age 17 will be offered each Saturday through August.
Open Short Game Clinic is on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. is a one hour of PGA golf instruction in a group clinic setting covering select aspects of the short game will be offered each Saturday through August.
Summertime in Alden
Folks gather in downtown Alden to listen to the music of David Cisco.
It’s very apparent that while it took its time getting here, summertime has finally arrived in Alden. On Thursday evening, during the Alden Stroll, people leisurely walked from store to store, stopping along the way to watch street entertainers, or to sit on a bench out front of Higgins Store and enjoy one of their hand dipped ice cream treats. A crowd gathered to enjoy the music of entertainer Dave Cisco while down the road Tennis Court Park was filled with vendors offering fresh farm produce, flowers, baked goods, jams, jellies, honey, maple syrup, and handcrafted items for sale. The Alden Farmers Market is on Facebook, so be sure to “like” and “share” the page with your friends. – Text and photos by Priscilla Miller
Fly Board at the Dam Beach
Fox News meteorologist Maria Molina enjoys the view from a Fly Board trip at the Dam Beach. Photo by Sarah Ward
Last week, local resident and sports enthusiast Craig Bethke invited Fox News meteorologist Maria Molina and storm chaser Reed Timmer of the Weather Channel to experience the newly introduced sport of Fly Boarding at the Elk Rapids Dam Beach. The Traverse City based company Fly Board TC took all three adventurists on a brief boat trip to give it a try. Check out this fun-filled sport at flyboardtc.com or call 231-715-1135 to book your next water adventure.
Business is BloomingNorthWatch
Photo by Sarah Ward
Local resident Kelly Coy is the owner of NorthWatch, a home monitoring and concierge service business, offering regular visits to the home, year round. Home monitoring services are available to help you, the homeowner, so you have peace of mind while you are away, checking your residence to ensure that all is well and damage free. In the event that action must be taken NorthWatch provides referrals and is willing to be the local contact for service providers. Furthermore, Kelly will happily provide concierge services such as seasonal opening and closing of the home and/or cottage and will schedule lawn care and house cleaning needs. Kelly’s mission with NorthWatch is to provide piece of mind while a homeowner is away and to facilitate the ease and enjoyment of their home while you’re here. Call Kelly at NorthWatch 231-360-3811 or visit her website at www.mynorthwatch.com for additional information.
Village of Elk Rapids Treatment plant bid and financing approved, special project funds addressed
By Dolores Hibbard, Contributing Writer
The Elk Rapids Village Council met Monday, July 21 with a lengthy agenda. The first order of business was “Conflict of Interest” issues. Dan LeBlond excused himself from the issue concerning the Elk Rapids Area Historical Society on the agenda, as he is the president of the group.
Village President Dan Reszka began the meeting by opening a public hearing on a proposed ordinance that would change the number of members on the Village Planning Commission from nine to seven. After public input and council discussion, the ordinance was passed. The council also approved a request to “Turn the Town Teal” to support Ovarian Cancer Month and also approved some minor budget language.
During new business, the council discussed a request by two gentlemen to handout materials in public places. The village does not have a policy to address such an activity, so the request was referred to the staff to develop guidelines. Jan Bassett presented a request from the Chamber of Commerce for funds to began revitalizing the wetlands along the west side of US 31. The issue has been discussed, with information and permission sought from the county and the state. The funds are needed to buy native plants for the first phase. The council agreed to match funds up to $1,000 for the project. Terry Miller requested the council participate in a grant application to the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians for upgrades at the Historical Society to improve accessibility to the building. The local government must make the application to the Tribe and supervise the expenditures. The motion passed.
The major item of the meeting dealt with the Waste Water Treatment Plant. The two issues involved approval of the bid award and approval of the sale of bonds to finance the construction. Three representatives from Gosling-Czubak were in attendance to answer questions and explain the bidding process, the grant process with the state, how the costs would be repaid, and the issuing of bonds. It is a 20 year grant from the State of Michigan at 2.5% interest with payments starting in 2016. The resolutions were approved.
Following were the committee, commission, and staff reports. The meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m. The next meeting will be on Monday, August 4 at 7:00 p.m.
Clearwater Township Proposed Lighting Ordinance, Master Plan
By Teresa O’Hara, Contributing Writer
The Little Red Schoolhouse Community Center was packed with residents as the Clearwater Township Board met for the July meeting. All board members were present. During Public Comment, an Aarwood Trail resident related that a group of residents have sent a letter to the DNR, in hopes that funding may be available for repaving the road and re-doing the boat launch site. The Juniper Garden Club and the Clearwater Township Fire Department received generous donations from contributions collected at the annual community picnic. The Juniper Garden Club will use their donation for perennials for the Veteran’s Memorial Wall at the township cemetery. It was reported that 989 people attended the annual picnic. Another resident requested that, after approving an expansion, that the board and zoning administrator follow-up with the Torch Grove Campground and report back to the township. Additionally, after a letter was read from a concerned citizen about Torch Lake and the 4th of July holiday weekend. Trustee Grace Beland suggested that citizens form a committee to try to make next year a better experience for visitors and residents.
Treasurer Barb Crambell and Clerk Julie Vance paid township bills, including payment to Kalkaska County for Aarwood Trail borings, and balanced out for the month. The board approved Clerk Vance’s request to attend a two-day MTA seminar in Marquette. Vance stated that she would rather attend the Marquette seminar in the summer, rather than try to travel downstate during the winter time for the same seminar.
Deputy Christie Hoenicke began the departmental reports with the monthly Sheriff’s Report. Hoenicke stated that 90 complaints were registered within the township for the month, including five felonies. Deputy Hoenicke also informed residents that a fugitive from justice was found in Rapid City and extradited out-of-state. Hoenicke requested that if any residents have any information about the recent graffiti on the Freedom Park bridge or vandalism of storage units, please contact the Kalkaska County Sheriff’s Department. Clearwater Fire Chief Jeff West stated that “This is the safest year (4th of July) we’ve had in a long time.” There was some mix-up with the portajohns not being properly emptied and the fire department volunteered to call the company when they need to be pumped out. The board granted Chief West’s funding request for a new light bar and the appropriate detailing of the utility truck. The board also approved funding for an officer to attend a heart save instructor course. Tom Backers of the Planning Commission related that the commission with hold two hearings in July, including working on wording for a proposed Lighting Ordinance. On July 28, there is a Public Hearing for the township’s Master Plan, which begins at 7 p.m. Backers also presented to the board a copy of the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence, which will be displayed in the township hall. Supervisor Larry Niederstadt informed the board that the township Assessor Dawn Kuhns will attend the August meeting and that the township-wide assessment should be completed by then.
In New Business, Supervisor Niederstadt attended the Kalkaska County Road Commission meeting. The commission will allow a 99 year lease to the township for the area by the Aarwood Bridge to make a small park and canoe launch. The township will utilize SEEDS workers to build steps and Chief West said he will volunteer his time as well. West and Kalkaska County Road Commission Manager John Rogers will meet to discuss what to do about the dry hydrant located nearby. Niederstadt also related information about MSHDA funds for helping with home or business loans. MSHDA’s loan program helps to promote growth, with a portion of the funds available for specific areas of the township. Contact the Kalkaska Housing Authority for more information. Clerk Vance stated that although there is a lot of paperwork involved, it could help “supplement” your monthly payment. The board also accepted two bids for the lawnmower and hose tester.
The Clearwater Township Board meets next on Wednesday, August 20 at 7 p.m. at the Little Red Schoolhouse Community Center in Rapid City.
Around Town with Rob Ford
How good is your memory?
If it is like mine, it’s probably not as good as it once was.
In an ongoing effort to maintain what’s left and what’s right of my brain, I’m in constant and active pursuit of things that will improve, stimulate and prolong my memory.
One memory improving tip that I heard recently was that we should vary the routes that we travel to and from our jobs. The assumption was that most commuters repeat the paths that they take to work, just as much as anything else that they might do throughout the day. The memory improvement theory being that nothing kills brain cells like routine and switching things from time to time encourages thinking and reduces loss of memory. It does at least during the part of the day we spend staring out our windshields, listening to the radio and not texting each other.
The good news to me is that I still have a day job. We are in a transition period where I work, but I would like to think that my co-workers and customers still count on me being here most of the time.
The bad news to me is that from doorstep to doorstep, my commute to work consists of five right turns, one left turn and takes only five minutes when the roads are clear. If I time it right, I can do the whole thing during the average radio station commercial break which is what I usually encounter every morning from 7:55 to 8:00. Every weekday morning and every weekday evening, I travel the same three miles of pavement with hardly any variation…ever.
As much as I remember, I’m not anybody’s memory expert, but I know that if there is one thing harder on the brain than routine, it has to be the stress and strain associated with breaking an old routine.
For instance this morning, in the middle of my personal little rush moment traffic, I almost said out loud in my car, “Let’s take Townline Road this morning for a change.”
Did I turn left onto Townline Road?
Of course I did not, and continued my way up Elk Lake Road.
Turning onto U.S. 31 heading into the home stretch of my commute, I consciously noted that a trip through downtown Elk Rapids would be a not so far out of the way and decent way to mix the commute up.
Did I pass my normal turn and add a little stimulation to my drive time?
No. In fact, no sooner had I experienced that little alternate route brainstorm, than my left hand reached up and hit the turn signal for the same left hand turn at First Street that I’ve taken every other time.
It was as if I didn’t even have a say in the matter.
Some people call it a routine, others call it habit and most of us refer to it as a rut. No matter what it’s called, this groove that I put myself into each morning has nearly complete control of five minutes of my life…twice a day.
I suppose driving habits are no different from any other habits that we develop over time. Keeping that in mind, I also know that the changes that I make will also have to be made in increments. Perhaps, I will break my old traffic pattern and begin rewarding myself with a stop at one of the great highway farm markets on the way home or with a donut at the Sweet Shop on my way to work.
Either way, change probably should come quick before my rutted lifestyle tells this new thirst to stimulate my brain to just…forget it.
Elk Rapids Area Historical Society Women of WWII: America’s Secret Weapon
The Elk Rapids Area Historical Society’s fifth program for 2014 is “Women of WWII: America’s Secret Weapon” to be presented on Thursday, August 7 at 7:00 p.m. by Dan Packer at the Elk Rapids Area Historical Museum, 301 Traverse Street & Pine Street (the former Elk Rapids United Methodist Church).
Women of WWII: America’s Secret Weapon explores the war from the perspective of women who enlisted in one or more of the armed services, voluntarily worked in the factories, worked the farms and singularly raised children and maintained the home front! After the smoke cleared and the fighting stopped many returned to their pre-war lives as housewives and mothers. Some did not and they helped change America forever. This is their story: from the armed forces, factories, farms and homes, they helped rebuild America. Women would never be treated the same and their heroic efforts during the war and after demand our attention and respect.
Admission fee: $5.00 suggested donation for adults, $2.00 suggested donation for students (under age 18) is requested at the door for these programs. Children are free. All proceeds benefit the Elk Rapids Area Historical Society’s building preservation.
Summer exhibit at the Elk Rapids museum
The Elk Rapids Area Historical Museum’s summer exhibit tells the story of the very first residents of the Elk Rapids area. Anishinaabe means “first people.” Items on exhibit include stone tools and other artifacts. There are examples of traditional beading and special occasion clothing, and a 400 year old canoe. The museum is located at 301 Traverse in Elk Rapids. Museum hours are every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 1 – 4 p.m., plus Labor Day. Admission to the exhibit is free. Donations are always accepted and are used to maintain the museum.
Fun day at the annual golf outing
Saturday turned out to be a picture perfect day for the Antrim County Republican Party’s second annual Fun Day and Golf Outing at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort. Approximately 100 people spent the day playing golf, Euchre, meeting with candidates, enjoying an old fashioned bar-b-que buffet and quenched their thirst, compliments of Northwoods Soda in Williamsburg.
National State Party Committeeman Dave Agema was the keynote speaker and Lt. Governor Brian Calley was guest speaker. All candidates running in the primary election on Tuesday, August 5 were invited to the event. Triston Cole, running for Sate Representative in the 105th, and Greg MacMaster running for State Senate in the 137th District, also addressed those in attendance. Secretary of State Ruth Johnson was unable to attend but sent Barbara VanderVeen, to represent her. First District Congressional Candidate Alan Arcand along with a number of candidates running for Antrim County Commissioner seats were also in attendance. ACRP Chairman Randy Bishop reminded everyone to plan on attending next year’s Fun Day and Golf Outing on July 18. – Photo and text by Priscilla Miller, Contributing Writer
Scott Manning Memorial FootGolf Tournament
Elk Rapids Soccer is hosting the inaugural Scott Manning Memorial FootGolf Tournament on Sunday, August 3 at Shanty Creek Golf Resort.
Scott, a former Elk Rapids high school student and soccer player passed away in the spring of 2014. “Scott’s life ended way too soon and we, along with Scott’s parents, wanted to do something in his memory,” said Elks varsity soccer coach, Nate Plum. “FootGolf, a combination of soccer and golf, is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States,” according to Plum.
Shanty Creek has a nine-hole course. The Foot Golfers use the regular fairways but have separate tee boxes and putting greens. Each team consists of one regular golfer and one Foot Golfer. The two scores will be combined for each team to determine final standings.
“We would like to see this become an annual event,” said Plum. Proceeds will be split 50/50 with half going to our soccer program and half going to an annual scholarship in memory of Scott. Plum states that the amounts will vary from year to year but he would like to put a minimum of $500.00 into the scholarship fund each year. “We will award the scholarship to a college bound senior soccer player who, in the opinion of the coaches ‘most closely embodies the principals Scott stood for.’ Scott was a serious player who was always there for his teammates,” said Plum. “These characteristics along with good grades is what we will be looking for in choosing a scholarship recipient.” Plum adds, “This is our chance to do something in Scott’s memory and it is important to myself and his parents. It is a way to honor Scott through community participation.”
The Alden Men’s Club rummage sale is Saturday, July 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Methodist Church in downtown Alden. Generous donations make this an exceptional sale. The silent auction features an Ethan Allen four poster bed (King size) and sideboard plus small sailboats as well as numerous pieces of quality furniture. The general sale offers thousands of household, garden, tool and sporting items. Proceeds benefit six area food pantries.
Riverwalk Grille and Taproom Live music on the deck for Harbor Days
Photo by Sarah Ward
After a long wait, the Riverwalk Grille and Taproom is open and serving lunch and dinner inside the newly rebuilt restaurant and outside on the relaxing deck. They offer delicious perch (with homemade tartar sauce) crab cakes, cucumber dill salmon, fresh whitefish, a juicy burger, fresh salads…even lobster mac & cheese! Open seven days a week, the Riverwalk offers a full menu from 11:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. with continued bar service, if needed. They also offer live music on the deck every Sunday from 4-8 p.m. Like Riverwalk on Facebook for more information on upcoming events.
On Friday August 1, the Riverwalk will host live music from 10 p.m. – 1 a.m. on the deck by Degobah Sound System featuring two members of the Traverse City band Kung Fu Rodeo, Chuk Light and Jeremy Sowa. For additional information call the Riverwalk Grille 231-264-0377.
“Button Queen” Toni Baker needs your help
Photo by Sarah Ward
Local resident and “Button Queen” Toni Baker sold over 3,000 Harbor Days buttons last year and has already sold five boxes this year. Toni is trying to create a complete collection of Harbor Days buttons and needs your help. If you have any buttons (pre-1991) that you would consider donating to Toni, please drop them off at the Elk Rapids News 212 River Street.
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