CAUGHTCHA BEING GOOD!
Trooper the dog and Jim Braun
“Trooper,” a beautiful golden-doodle from Kewadin and Jim Braun (the dog-sitter) are the winners of this week’s coveted Caughtcha being GOOD award. Trooper is Elk Rapids News first furry Caughtcha winner. While out on a walk with Jim, Trooper was stubbornly persistent in leading Jim in a particular direction and it turned out to be a good thing because the two discovered a pine tree burning in the protected nature preserve on N. Bayshore Drive. Had Trooper not have been so adamant about leading Jim in that direction, who knows? Perhaps the whole area would have caught on fire! Trooper, you are a good boy! And so are you, Jim!
Restoring the fish reef
Last weekend, a barge carrying reef cobbles made its way from Ironton to East Bay, near Elk Rapids. The cobbles were used to restore the north reef site located in the Grand Traverse Bay. The reef has been described as beautiful and is unique to the cisco, whitefish and lake trout species. The round limestone cobbles provide protected spaces for these native fish to spawn their young.
Could you be a foster parent?
Foster care. Most people have heard the term, and for many it’s not a term that refers to a positive experience for those involved.
“We often hear about foster care placements that have gone wrong. But what’s important to remember is the vast number of foster families who quietly go about their days, taking care of other people’s children for a while until their parents make home safe for them,” says Child and Family Services Marketing Director Gina Aranki. “Foster care is a way of helping families in crisis. They give children a temporary family and stability while parents get the help they need to overcome whatever is going on in their lives that put their children in danger.”
The goal of foster care is always to reunify families, and there are many systems and supports to help meet this goal. Many foster parents work with birth families, even in small ways, by mentoring them and helping them toward reunification.
Many children who are in foster care end up forming long-term relationships with their foster parents. One of the best rewards of being a foster parent is that call that may come, sometimes many years later, thanking them for being there for them at a very difficult time in their life.
“At Child and Family Services of Northwestern Michigan, there are requests for homes for children coming in every day. Every day!” says Family Resource Specialist Melissa Ryba. “There are many factors in placing children in a foster home that must be considered, and not every child is appropriate for every home that is licensed for foster care. This is one reason why the need is so great for homes. To be able to best help children, CFS needs many homes so each child is given the best match for placement.”
If you are interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent, Child and Family Services has orientations the first Thursday of every month from 12 noon-2 pm. Call Beth Roth at 231-946-8975 to enroll or for more information.
Around Town with Rob Ford
So a guy comes into my office a couple of years ago and suggests to me that I write a column telling everybody to turn their lights off at night. The gentleman lives on one our lovely northern Michigan inland lakes and was becoming weary of watching the sun go down and the neighborhood lights come up.
More than just streetlights and little solar powered garden path lights were coming on. Bright lights…whole yard illuminating lights…turning the darkness into dawn kind of flood lights were coming on and he wasn’t all that happy about it.
I agreed with him at the time, even made a couple of notes about it, thought about diving into something that involves a little controversy and ultimately decided not to write anything about it.
That’s how it works in this business when you pride yourself in writing stuff from the middle of the road.
When you’re lucky enough to have your thoughts published in the local newspaper on a regular basis, people tend to feed ideas about what to write about. I appreciate every one of them, and I hope that nobody has ever gotten upset with me not using their personal moment of illumination.
Understand though, inspiration and application can be fickle muses.
For instance last weekend, having had enjoyed a fully sun splashed afternoon and now cruising into the glow of a sunset, the only sounds I heard as we zipped across the lake were the hum of the motor, the rush of the air and the ripple of water as the boat plowed across the water.
There I was, sitting quietly amongst friends, pontoon boating across Torch Lake and watching a beautiful, sunny, afternoon morph gradually into an even more beautiful evening when an inspiration fell right into my lap.
It was still mildly dusky outside and nightfall was a matter of moments away. But at that moment, we had exactly the right amount of light that we needed and I thought perhaps this was now something I could write about.
Our setting was perfectly lit, the lake was almost like a mirror and the poetic coincidence of this whole moment of inspiration had come just a couple of nautical miles after we all had enjoyed a delicious dinner at the Dock Side restaurant on Torch Lake. (The Dock Side is owned by the very gentleman that had stopped me three years ago to suggest the column about darkness.)
The only thing missing was somebody to capture the moment in words.
But like I said, inspiration and application are fickle friends that rarely play well together.
I would love to think that, given time, I could have found the words that captured the pleasure and sensation of last weekend’s late in the day moment adequately, as well as find the words that might have relayed my personal feelings about darkness.
Somewhere there must be words that relay my friend’s suggestion to the Elk Rapids News readership that they all leave a few of their lights off at night and more fully enjoy the darkness of earlier arriving late summer nights.
Just as there must be words that adequately relay to the very same readership that I’m the kind of guy that likes to be kept in the dark most of the time.
The Library Corner
The Library will be closed on Monday,
September 7 in observance of Labor Day.
Check out our new website! The address is the same, www.elkrapidslibrary.org, but it has a whole new look. Take a tour and let us know what you think.
The View from the Porch, our new newsletter, is getting rave reviews! Sign up to have it delivered to your email every month so you never miss an issue. Paper copies are also available at the circulation desk.
Friends of the Library have had a busy and productive summer. They are now incorporated as a non-profit in the state of Michigan, and they are working on obtaining 501(c)(3) status. That means donations to the Friends will be tax deductible, and Friends will be able to receive grants on behalf of the Library. They have also decided on a name for the ongoing book sale in the lower level. The Book Cellar is open any time the Library is open, and all “sales” are by donation. You decide what to pay. Sales have been brisk this summer, and as a result the shelves are looking bare. Please bring your gently used books to the Library to restock the shelves. We do not accept textbooks, Readers’ Digest Condensed Books, encyclopedias, or books in bad condition.
Wed., Sept. 9, 10:30 a.m. – Preschool Storytime w/Sue & Chuck returns for the year!
Fri., Sept. 11, 10:30 a.m. – Make Noise @ the Library w/ Kathryn Christian returns!
Sat., Sept. 12, 11:00 a.m. – Noon – As Seen on Pinterest Craft Class for Teens. Join Kim to make washer pendants, which are much cooler than they sound! The class is free, all materials provided. Space is limited-call the Library to sign up.
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Paddle Antrim lowers kayak event registration
Paddle Antrim announced they are lowering registration rates for their two-day non-competitive paddle event through Antrim County’s Chain of Lakes Water Trail on September 18th and 19th.
“One of our goals is to have as many people as we can experience our amazing Chain of Lakes in a non-impactful way and build a personal connection with our precious resource,” stated Deana Jerdee, Paddle Antrim executive director. “Due to donations and our wonderful sponsors including Short’s Brewing Company, Imperial Beverage, and Green Carbon, Inc., we are able to lower registration rates so more individuals can experience the Chain of Lakes.”
Registration for one day is now $45 and $72 for both days. Registration includes entry into the event, a participant number, custom event t-shirt, and an event sticker. Friday paddlers will receive a free lunch in Central Lake and be welcomed to Bellaire with a relaxed block party featuring music and refreshments. The festival will conclude with a final bash for the arriving paddlers in downtown Elk Rapids with Short’s beer, great local food and live music by The Sleeping Gypsies. Registration ends September 4th. For registration or additional information, go online http://www.paddleantrim.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 231-492-0171.
Challenge yourself and support breast cancer
Come challenge yourself with a 10-mile walk and help local women dealing with breast cancer by participating in the fifth annual ABC Challenge Walk at Memorial Park in Elk Rapids on September 19!
This year’s route will be a flat 10-mile course throughout the quaint town of Elk Rapids. You’ll walk to the east side of Elk Rapids before returning to the adorable downtown area. The community will be involved and the roads will be safe as you traverse through some of the more beautiful vistas in the northern Michigan. All proceeds benefit Antrim County High Tea for Breast Cancer Prevention. Visit ABCChallengeWalk.com for more information.
This year’s walk coincides with the Paddle Antrim Festival Final Bash offering local food and beverages and Live Music by the Sleeping Gypsies held in downtown Elk Rapids beginning at 3 p.m. Visit www.paddleantrim.com for more information.
Alden Depot Art Festival
The rain ended on Saturday morning, just in time for vendors at the annual Alden Depot Art Festival to display their wares. Visitors strolled from one exhibit to the next, in search of that certain something that they just had to take home with them. There were wood products, pottery, jewelry, garden art, fabric art and more to choose from. Each year the event is sponsored by The Alden Volunteers; in addition, members of the Helena Township Historical Society provide lunch and beverages under the depot portico. Photos and text by Priscilla Miller
Elk Rapids Golf Club