Congratulations to Ally Plum for her constant efforts to keep Elk Rapids beautiful! Ally has been Caught being GOOD as she is always picking up litter alongside the road while out on walks and bike rides with her family. Ally is learning as a young child how to preserve and beautify our quaint village. Congrats, Ally!
Mill Creek first graders field trip
Mill Creek Elementary first graders Ava Smith, Evelyn Klaft, Edison Pike and Kody Bratschi enjoying their first visit to the Elk Rapids Historical Museum last week.
The Mill Creek Elementary first grade class took a field trip last week to the Elk Rapids Historical Museum to learn about how museums are a way to learn about the past and to explore the central idea of how the past and present are connected: “Where we are in place and time.” The staff of volunteers from the Elk Rapids Historical Museum led by Judy Lopus and organized by Dan LeBlond along with the students explored schools and life at home as it was in the past. – Photos and text by Naomi Chalk
Lunch and Lecture Series
The Elk Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce presents the Lunch and Lecture Series with guest speaker David Zechman, president and CEO of McLaren Northern Michigan. Join chamber members, chamber board of directors, local stakeholders and community leaders on November 14th, at the Elk Rapids AMVETS Post 114, 410 Bridge Street, Elk Rapids. Mr. Zechman will give an overview of the state of healthcare in northern Michigan. Registration and networking will begin at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are on sale now, $15 for chamber members and $20 for non-members. For more information, call the Elk Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce at 231-264-8202.
Elk Rapids District Library Corner
Upcoming Events: •Preschool Story Hour, Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. Chuck and Sue welcome you to join them for an hour of stories, songs, and a craft. Free and no registration required.
•Island House Readers, Wednesday, November 5th at 12:00 p.m. A Lake Michigan Water Levels: A Historic Perspective with Roger Gauthier, Thursday, November 6th at 7:00 p.m. at the Elk Rapids Historical Museum (301 Traverse St.) As the former head of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in our region and current chairman of Restore Our Water International, Mr. Gauthier is an expert on hydrology, hydraulics, and climate, as well as economic and environmental changes. This promises to be a robust discussion about the history of lake levels, the best approaches governments and citizens can implement, and answers to frequently asked questions. There is no sign up or fee. This program is brought to you through a collaboration between the Library, the Elk Rapids Historical Museum, and Green ER.
•Make Noise at the Library!, Friday, November 7th at 10:30 a.m. Bring your preschooler up the hill for some musical fun! Kathryn Christian will entertain with silly songs on her guitar and your little one can play along with the library’s collection of percussion instruments.
•Afternoon With an Artist: Ken Scott Photography, Saturday, November 8th at 3:00 p.m. at the Elk Rapids Historical Museum (301 Traverse St.) Northern Michigan photographer, Ken Scott, will talk about his artistic process using his photographs and related materials. His work will be available for sale after the presentation. There is no cost and no sign up. Light refreshments will be provided.
•As Seen on Pinterest, Saturday, November 15th at 10:00 a.m. Kim Cook is back with another crafting adventure from Pinterest! The class is free, and you get to take home your creation. To spend the morning crafting Christmas Cinnamon Ornaments, please call or stop by the library to sign up.
Did you know? The library has a Youth Advisory Council made up of high school students who are interested in encouraging more teens to use the library, building relationships with community partners, and creating exciting programs for Elk Rapids youth. Their latest project is involving local middle and high school students to decorate the library for the holidays. They are asking to borrow bright, fancy, flashy, and out of this world decorations to complement our Fancy Nancy theme for the children’s room. Nothing is too bold!
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The Mousetrap is coming
Castmembers back row: Ron Schmidt, Marge Baldwin, Rob Ford, Brett Baldwin.
front row: Karen Haspas, Jordan Hubbard and Jennifer Ketz. Photo by KLW
Members of the Elk Rapids Players Community Theater group are putting the finishing touches on the upcoming production of Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap to be presented at the Historic Elk Rapids Town Hall.
The Mousetrap concludes the fifth year of plays for the local troupe, which originated as a fundraising arm for HERTHA in 2009. Through their spring presentation, the Players have raised over $30,000.00 from the proceeds of their twice a year productions, which has helped HERTHA maintain and improve its unique live performance venue.
Performance dates for The Mousetrap are November 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 & 15. Box office and theater doors and cash bar open at 6:30 and curtain time is 7:30. Tickets are $15.00 and are available in Elk Rapids at The Village Market, the Corner Druggist, The Nature Connection. For more information, contact 231-264-6330.
“Walking on Bullets: A Poetic Tribute to Korean War Veterans”
The Elk Rapids Area Historical Society’s special November program “Walking on Bullets: A Poetic Tribute to Korean War Veterans” will be presented on Wednesday, November 12 at 7 p.m. by poet-bard, Terry Wooten, at the Elk Rapids Area Historical Museum, 301 Traverse Street & Pine Street (the former Elk Rapids United Methodist Church).
Walking on Bullets is based on oral history interviews with Maurice (Fuzzy) Guy, a Korean War veteran, and his wife Carol Guy. The Society is pleased to host this program during the month that sets aside one day, Veteran’s Day, to remember and honor veterans. Please join us for this tribute. Admission fee: $5.00 suggested donation. All proceeds benefit the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 609, a group of our local veterans.
On the Water - Germany Local residents Paulette and Keith Termaat generously shared their experience as they traveled the Rhine and Danube Rivers earlier this month.
Grapevines grow vertical along the steep slopes in Rhine country, known primarily for its white wines.
Soon after Nijmegen, Holland, we cross the border to Germany and reach the main channel of the Rhine River. Up until now, we had sailed only on tributaries.
Our first stop is Cologne, literally a colony of the Roman Empire for over 2000 years. We walked the cobblestone streets through the old city ending at the Dom Cathedral, which was spared by Allied bombing unlike the city that has been totally rebuilt with contemporary architecture. Here, we sampled Kolsch bier served in delicate small glasses and excellent pastries.
Back on board, we continue cruising south, stopping to tour the Marksburg Castle - an authentic never conquered castle from the middle ages. Its narrow roads and paths were steep on rough stone footing. Folks were sturdy then but also smaller - about the size of a 13 year-old today.
Rhine country is wine country, primarily white because of the colder climate similar to northern Michigan. Broad vistas of the river gradually give way to steep slopes where the grapevines grow vertical making for arduous work generally done by hand.
Soon we turn off to the east on the Main (pronounced Mine) River. We traverse 68 locks on the way to the continental divide, a rise of 1300 feet. We pass by industrial Frankfort in the night. Then enter the Franconia region - home of the Franks, origin of the German people. Wurzburg, Rotenburg and Nuremburg take on the pattern in the Franconia region. Residents socialize in street cafes and markets.
Nuremberg is impressive as the former seat of Nazi power and the war crimes of which the leadership was found guilty to be hanged or imprisoned. Guides were candid about this wrong direction of their history.
We are in the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal on the way to Vienna. Photos and text by Keith Termaat
Jog-A-Thon nets more than $7,300
Kamrn Leitlow, Jason Jansen, Mason Travis, Jack Spencer, Gabby Krakow, Ashley Schaub. These students raised the top dollar amounts and the most number of pledges this year. Lakeland Elementary students were able to raise over $7,300 so far in collections this year. Photo by Andrea Krakow
Lakeland Elementary’s annual Jog-A-Thon was held on October 8 and all students participated in “jogging” around the track in order to raise money for field trips, assemblies and other activities that will enhance their education. A huge thanks to all the students at Lakeland, their relatives and friends and to the Elk Rapids community!
ELK RAPIDS TOWNSHIP MMR reports problems to Board at special meeting
By Cassaundra Cohrs, Contributing Writer
Friday evening the Elk Rapids Township Board called a special meeting to hear a report from the new ambulance department interim manager from MMR, Matt Holtcamp, concerning issues he discovered about the past management of the department. Holtcamp found 41 calls he considers “troublesome.” Holtcamp informed the board that these calls often involved using four crews for a low priority BLS (Basic Life Service) call. He also found that in these cases the paramedic arrived at the site first and evaluated the situation as not needing ALS (advanced life support) treatment. The paramedic would then contact on-call staff to take the call instead. The on-call staff would then come from the station while the paramedic would wait at the site. In these cases, wait time on site would often be greater than 30 minutes. Holtcamp argued that this practice is inefficient and undermines the point of having two ambulances.
Holtcamp believes the on-call EMTs would then take the patient in the ALS ambulance to the hospital without the paramedic. This practice poses a problem since it breaks laws requiring a paramedic to be on-board all ALS ambulances. Holtcamp also informed the board that at times during these BLS calls the paramedic would return to the station alone. In this case, the paramedic cannot actually go on a call since it is illegal for a paramedic to go on an ambulance call alone. Holtcamp informed the board that since Elk Rapids EMS used the ALS ambulance 41 times without a paramedic present it had lost its status as a licensed ambulance during those runs. As an unlicensed ambulance, it could not legally collect fees in any of those 41 runs. Those fees now have to be returned to patients to try to avoid federal consequences. Additionally, if any of those patients used Medicare, Elk Rapids Township could garner hefty fines. Should each of those cases have used Medicare and should Medicare levy fines, Holtcamp estimates that those 41 runs could potentially cost on the high end close to half a million dollars. He told the board that once MMR runs the service all employees will be required to know pertinent laws. Upon this discovery, however, MMR immediately ordered that these practices stop. After hearing this information, the township board also voted to give Supervisor White the authority to hire an auditor to review past calls and rectify any compliance issues.
Beyond this, Holtcamp also found a problem with the amount of time Elk Rapids EMS spent at the hospital. He found 117 times during which the ambulance had left Elk Rapids for the hospital for a period of over two hours. In one instance, the ambulance had not returned to Elk Rapids for close to four hours. Addressing past criticisms, Holtcamp argued that in evaluating an ambulance service one should not just pay attention to response times, but to wait times on site and at the hospital as well as return times. Additionally, since the beginning of the changeover, EMS had a 12-hour period during which it could not operate. Holtcamp attributed this to having seven employees call saying they were not going to come to work on short notice within a five-day period.
Voting for School Board candidates
On the November 4 ballot, under the heading for “Local School District Board Member Elk Rapids Public Schools,” voters will see one name listed for three available positions. Current board member Darryl Antcliff is running for one of the six-year terms, and his name is listed on the ballot. In addition, voters will see room for write-in candidates.
Per state law, those individuals seeking to run as “write-in” candidates must register with their respective township prior to the election. The deadline to register was last Friday, October 24.
According to the Antrim County Clerk, three candidates have properly registered as “write-in” candidates. They include (in alphabetical order): Aaron Cook, Gerald DeGrazia and Martha McGuire. Any names written on the ballot (other than those registered with the township) will not count in the election. Of the four candidates (Antcliff, Cook, DeGrazia or McGuire), those who receive the most votes will “unofficially” win the three open spots. Voting results are unofficial until they are reviewed by the county’s Board of Canvassers following the election.
For questions or more information, contact Elk Rapids Township at 231-264-9333 or the Antrim County Clerk at 231-533-6353.
Give to the Giving Tree
Every year at Christmas, The Village Market puts up a Giving Tree for children from local families that need a little extra help from Santa. We receive names from food pantries, schools, parents, teachers, and preschool programs. In order for us to make this program work, we are asking for monetary donations. We then shop for the children, purchasing coats, snow pants, clothing, blankets and toys. If you would like to sponsor a child or family instead, arrangements can be made by calling Nancy or Vicki. As we shop for over 250 children we are asking that monetary donation be made by November 1. Please join us in helping ensure that these children have a warm coat and a good Christmas. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call, 264-5629. Thank you! Please make checks payable to The Village Market; in the memo, write: The Giving Tree.
AROUND TOWN with Rob Ford
When you maintain the public forum that this column has provided for the last fifteen years, people frequently provide topics that they would like to read my take on.
For instance, there are a few people that would love to see something written about the Elk Rapids Township ambulance and board recall issues.
First, I have close personal friends both in office and on the slate of replacements which would make that column uncomfortable for us all.
Well there is no “second” other than to say I think that you would rather read about something more interesting; like the brutal murders that will be taking place in Elk Rapids next week and the week after that.
That’s right, on November 6, 7 and 8 and again on November 13, 14 and 15, somebody is going to be murdered in cold blood at the Historic Elk Rapids Town Hall on River Street.
Please don’t bother calling the police, because the police will promptly arrive to investigate the murder each and every night. In fact, the suspects will even be there, as well as the perpetrator of the cold blooded crime.
If all goes well, there will even be an audience present to anticipate the murder, its investigation and solution because I’m talking about the upcoming Elk Rapids Players production of Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, directed by Roxanne Lutey and starring a remarkable cast of local talent.
The cast of The Mousetrap includes familiar and suspicious ER Players veterans, as well as newcomers to our stage including Marge Baldwin, Jordan Hubbard and Elk Rapids High School acting veteran Cole Schindler.
The stage of the town hall will be transformed into the stately Monkswell Manor guesthouse for the production. The entire hall will be filled with intrigue as none of the quirky and questionable cast can fully remove themselves from suspicion of murder. The Mousetrap has stood the test of time with its twists, turns and sudden surprise ending. To say more would be to spoil it for everyone.
The Mousetrap concludes the fifth year for the ER Players as they continue to not only entertain local theater patrons but continue their mission to support the maintenance and ongoing improvement of the town hall. Thanks to the efforts of everyone involved with the group, as well as the generosity of our entire community, the endeavor has been well worth the effort. As always, if you would like to become a part of community theater, onstage or off, please let me know.
Neil Simon comedies like The Odd Couple and Barefoot in the Park, Mary Chase’s classic Harvey! and the surprise musical hits Don’t Hug Me and Don’t Hug Me, A Christmas Carol are a few of the quality plays presented that audiences have come out to expect and enjoy. The Mousetrap, one of the world’s most successful and longest running plays, will be our second murder mystery and will join that list of audience favorites.
As I review the script and continue preparation for this fall’s performance, a couple of thoughts spring to mind.
First, Christie’s classic “whodunit” is shrouded in mystery, cloaked in suspicion, filled with false accusations and observers are kept in suspense right to the final chapter.
Second, maybe something could have been written about township issues.
Again, there is no second…
Elk Rapids native Jeremy Riesig will return to his hometown to share his positive energy and musical talent with a free show at the Town Club in Elk Rapids on November 8 from 9 to 11 p.m. Riesig will also play with his brother Sean’s band “Rumblefish” at Union Street Station in Traverse City on November 7. Riesig’s goal to share his passion with others is leading him on an epic journey across the country entertaining crowds with a genre he dubs as dance/think/flow, otherwise known as a looper (a one-man band). Riesig’s musical genius allows him to play guitar, keyboards and the drums, all-the-while rapping and singing simultaneously. Riesig’s goal is to “become a well-known, highly respected/paid musician that travels the world.” More information can be found at Riesig’s website www.brothajames.com. By Sarah Ward, Staff Writer
Sight-In Days for all hunters
The Chain O Lakes Sportsman’s Club closed out summer by hosting two prominent local events. Deputy Sheriff Jim School conducted a well-attended Hunter Safety program with the assistance of club members. The Antrim County Sheriff’s Department, the Michigan State Police, along with representatives from the Department of Natural Resources, and various county officials participated in a competitive pistol event that resulted in a cash donation of $679.00 to the Antrim County anti-drug D.A.R.E. program benefiting local schools.
Now is the time to prepare for the upcoming hunting season. The annual Chain O’ Lakes Sight-In Days program will begin on November 4th and run through November 12th. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day the club will provide targets, spotting scopes and experienced instructors to assist hunters in their pre-hunt preparation. Cost is a minimal $5.00 per weapon. The club is located three miles west of the stoplight in Mancelona, just off M-88, east 1/4 mile on Petersen Road. Visit the club’s website at www.colsc.org for additional information.
KUDOS: Sunrise at Pine Hill
A giant Viking was crafted by the Sunrise Academy students for the Fall Family Fun Fest. Courtesy photos
Early this month the students from the Sunrise Academy in Elk Rapids traveled to Pine Hill Nursery to help create the maze and decorations for their community Fall Family Fun Fest, which was held Saturday, October 4. The students embraced the theme (based on the How to Train Your Dragon movies) researched and came up with ideas. They then put their hard work and creativity into making this the best festival, and by all accounts the best fun maze ever. Several students even came back later in the week to finish up details. Their hard work made for a fun Saturday for area families.
KUDOS: Lisa Montroy
Lisa Montroy began her custodial career at Mill Creek in 2000 and was considered “Mom” to all students and staff at Mill Creek during the last 14 years. During her years as school custodian, not only did Lisa keep the school sparkling, but she also used her green thumb to keep the plants growing, she shared her love of animals to keep the classroom pets spoiled, and her amazing cooking skills kept the staff well fed. Lisa retired from her position at the end of July and we wish her the best in this new chapter of her life.
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