CAUGHTCHA BEING GOOD!
Sometimes we have to pick each other up in life and it is always nice to be able to do so. It is not uncommon for elderly folks to fall at times and then have a hard time getting back up on their feet. Cory learned that her elderly neighbor had fallen down and apparently had been on the floor for quite some time, so she swiftly got to the lady’s home and helped to pick the sweet lady up off the floor. Luckily, Cory was there to help! Congratulations, Cory, you were Caught being GOOD and very helpful.
Health Department of Northwest Michigan Home Care and Aging division in top tier for Patient Satisfaction
Visit scenic downtown Elk Rapids for local holiday shopping, dining, and a fun-filled day for the family on November 28. Businesses on River St. will be opening their doors with great specials and small town hospitality from 10 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
As part of Small Business Saturday, support your community by shopping locally this holiday season. This is a great time to experience their downtown charm and unique gifts. Businesses offering great holiday deals include Haystacks, Wild Hare Rug Studio, Traverse Bay Farms, Mullaly’s 128 Studio and Gallery, What a Stitch, Chef Charles, and the Town Club. Other great offerings for the family can be found at the Nature Connection, Nifty Things, and the Corner Druggist.
You and your family won’t want to miss a special visit from Santa, elves, and reindeer from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Bring a non-perishable item for the Community Cupboard while visiting Santa. There will be face painting, the balloon lady, Rachele the cookie gal, storytelling, and other great children’s activities that will be provided by the Elk Rapids Way to Grow. “We are looking forward to a day of fun family events and shopping,” says the Princess and the Pea owner Sandy Barker.
In addition, Cellar 152 will feature wine tasting and food sampling. “We are thrilled to continue the tradition of offering wine tasting as part of this event,” says owner Mark Wayne.
Look for a complete list of activities and locations downtown that day. Elk Rapids is looking forward to helping you find that unique gift for those special people on your list.
Around Town with Rob Ford
Guns and golf clubs.
In my world, this is the one in a dozen years that they cross paths.
By that I mean that on November 15 of this year, the opening day of the firearm deer season, I was teeing off on the Wolverine Golf Course at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa. The weather was mild and sunny and it made sense to be swinging a golf club.
The back roads between my house and the golf course were populated with parked pickup trucks early in the morning. By the time I was heading home in the afternoon, many of them had men dressed in orange standing next to them, presumably swapping stories and mapping strategies of the new season’s hunt.
Like I said, deer season and golfing season don’t clash very often, but they did this year.
In a strange coincidence, this whole guns and golf clubs issue nearly made it into a column earlier this year.
After one of what seems to have become the shooting of the month events last summer, I made an internal connection between possible connections between golf clubs and firearms.
The point is that the golfing industry relies upon viewer impressions. The guy that’s a big Tiger Woods fan might stop by Dunham’s and buy Nike golf clubs, golf balls and golf wear. The Phil Mickelson fan will buy the same stuff only his will have Callaway logos on them. The Ricky Fowler fan buys Puma, the Jordan Speith fan buys Under Armor and that’s how the advertisers hope it works. Sale of stuff based upon association.
At this point, many readers are probably muttering to themselves about how little they care about golf and wish that I would hurry up and make the connection.
Well…in certain respects, I think that the gun industry is not much different from the golf business.
First, beyond Clint Eastwood’s description of his .44 Magnum, “the most powerful handgun on earth,” my gun knowledge is woefully small. But having said that, I’m sure that plenty of my readers could identify specific makes of gun at just a glance. Just as likely, they might even be able to name several expert marksmen that own and use those guns as quickly as I named off those four professional golfers and their respective sponsors.
With nearly every action TV show and movie, not to mention the frequent reports of gun violence in the media, being influenced by the presence of a gun, isn’t that going to have some sort of influence upon the sale of guns? Someplace in the story, the presence of a gun, either caused the problem, solved the problem or had some influence upon the outcome of the event.
Those enthusiasts interested in the purchase of a gun, or hunting/shooting gear, just like my golfing buddies, might possibly gravitate toward the guns and gear used by the top professionals in the business.
Further, if you’re looking to control the desire or distribution of either product, given their influence on mainstream America, good luck. I could just as easily be talking about cooking products, bicycles, kayaks or cars, but this unseasonably mild November morning, as I still keep my tools of the trade in the trunk of my car, it’s golf…and it just as easily could be guns.
To morph this lasting impression of the NRA and the PGA tours, “You can have my golf clubs when you pry them from my cold…I can’t believe it’s past the middle of November and I just squeezed another round of golf into this season…hands.”
The Library Corner
Plan Ahead – Holiday Hours:
Wednesday, November 25 – Close at 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 26 – Closed
Thursday, December 24 – Closed
Friday, December 25 – Closed
Thursday, December 31 – Closed
Friday, January 1 – Closed
We wish everyone a happy, healthy, heartwarming holiday season!
Preschool Story Time - Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Join Sue and Chuck for stories, songs, crafts and fun every Wednesday when school is in session. There will be no Story Time on December 23 or December 30.
Island House Readers – Wednesday, December 2 at noon. The December selection is In Sunlight in a Beautiful Garden by Kathleen Cambor. Come join the discussion!
Make Noise at the Library – Friday, December 4 at 10:30 a.m. Bring your preschooler up the hill for some fun with music and rhythm. No registration required.
Wreath Workshop – Saturday, December 5 at 10:30 a.m. Learn how to make a beautiful holiday wreath in this hands-on class. You provide the greenery and decorations, we provide the rest. No fee, but space is limited so call the Library to sign up.
MeLCat borrowing is suspended until December 12. We apologize for any inconvenience.
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See you at the Library!
Elk Rapids High School Drama Club Thespians provide a good laugh
Laughs echoed out of Peterman Auditorium this past weekend as the Elk Rapids High School Drama Club put on its fall production. The production featured five comedies full of wit and romance: The Actor’s Nightmare, Sure Thing, Seven Menus, Variations on the Death of Trotsky, and English Made Simple.
Cole Schindler starred as George Spelvin in the opening comedy act, The Actor’s Nightmare, in which George is mistaken for an actor’s understudy and forced to go on and perform in a play for which he knows none of his lines.
Trent Breithaupt was another star of the night, acting in Sure Thing, Seven Menus, and English Made Simple. In Sure Thing, Breithaupt played Bill, a man trying to pick up Betty, played by Roari Matteson, at a library. Every time Betty turns him down or Bill says something wrong, a bell rings and Bill gets to try again. The repetition, though probably difficult for the actors to keep straight, combined with Bill’s mistakes made for a good laugh. Submitted by Isaac Moothart, Elk Rapids News student intern
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