CAUGHTCHA BEING GOOD!
Having surgery is not easy on anyone and Tina Wheelock was not in particularly high spirits after undergoing back surgery. Enter Connie Misico with a delivery of a beautiful bouquet from a well-wishing friend. Of course, it’s part of her job but Connie went one step farther in that she too wanted to brighten up Tina’s day by bringing her some tasty bakery treats. “What a wonderful surprise,” Tina said. “Connie really went out of her way for me, thank you so much.” Caughtcha being GOOD, Connie!
Retired judge to be guest speaker on Memorial Day
The Honorable Calvin E. Osterhaven, Eaton County Circuit Judge (Ret’d), will be the guest speaker at this year’s Memorial Day ceremony to be held at Veterans Memorial Park at 11 a.m.
Judge Osterhaven, a non-veteran, was born and raised in Holland, Michigan, the third of four children. He graduated from Holland Christian High School in 1964 and Hope College four years later with a degree in Political Science.
Fortunately, at Hope, Osterhaven’s advisor, a proud Navy vet, pointed him in the direction of Michigan State University and their School of Police Administration Master’s Program. “At MSU I developed a fascination with our Criminal Justice System and found a direction in life. I came in contact with a number of military and law enforcement command officers who influenced me greatly,” Judge Osterhaven said. Subsequently, Cal, as he prefers being called, embarked on a fulfilling 45-year career as a Corrections Officer, Adult Probation Officer, Instructor at Lansing Community College, Lansing City Attorney, 14 years in private practice and, finally, 16 years as a Circuit Judge in Eaton County.
Judge Osterhaven relates that early in life the military always seemed to be a “big deal.” On his bedroom wall hung a watercolor painting of an ancestor in full military attire who served in Napoleon’s Army in the early 1800’s. “I looked at that daily for 20 years,” said Cal. An admiral, Thomas F. Connolly, had a summer residence across the street. “I mowed his grass, delivered his newspaper and hung out with his kids for years.” At age 14 Cal had a chance one-on-one with President Eisenhower while attending a Boy Scout Jamboree in Colorado Springs. His junior year of high school was spent traveling throughout Europe by car, motor bike and thumb, visiting West and East Berlin, various concentration camps, a cousin stationed with the Army in Stuttgart and cousins and family friends in Hungary and Czechoslovakia – then under Soviet occupation. “I was all over Europe, it was just an incredible experience looking back,” Cal states.
Describing himself as a “loyal and active lifetime patriot,” Judge Osterhaven explains, “I learned early on that our military occupies a special and unique place in society and should be treated accordingly.” He adds, “I was richly blessed to do just that for 45 years within the confines of the criminal justice system in the public trust positions I held.”
Now a full-time resident of Elk Rapids, Cal and his wife Robin built a residence on Birch Lake 20 years ago. Both remain active in the community and have numerous family and friends that were and are in the military.
“There seem to be a lot of vets around here,” Cal says, “maybe because this is truly God’s country.” He concludes “there isn’t a day that goes by that we are reminded to appreciate the sacrifices that the Armed Forces have made, and continue to make, in their service for all of us and our country.”
“Experience Art Rapids 2019: FILMS!”
Art Rapids, in partnership with Elk Rapids Cinema owner, Joe Yuchasz, presents “Experience Art Rapids 2019: FILMS!” a fundraising movie gala starting Friday, June 7 at the Elk Rapids Cinema and running through June 20.
Art Rapids strives to provide art-full experiences to the community, and this summer’s creative focus is a two-week long event showcasing the art, culture, intrigue and fun that movies provide in our lives.
“Experience Art Rapids 2019: FILMS!” kicks off with local poet, Terry Wooten’s “Stone Circle” exploring the magic of the Kewadin landmark that has offered spoken word and song for the last 30 years under the canopy of stars at the Stone Circle Gatherings. “Stone Circle” will be shown on June 7 and 8.
Movies throughout this gala feature art and culture-focused specialties, classic treats, as well as internationally awarded documentaries. All movies will be shown at 3:30 and 7 p.m. daily.
The gala will wrap on June 19 and 20 (World Refugee Day) with “Soufra,” an internationally acclaimed documentary telling the story of Mariam who, along with fellow female refugee camp residents, founded a catering company to support themselves, their families and their livelihood. Their published cookbook, Soufra will be sold at all movie screenings on the 19 and 20.
For a full itinerary of movies, show times, and movie pricing, please see our website: www.artrapids.org/experience-art-rapids. Tickets can be purchased by cash or check at the cinema box office.
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