CAUGHTCHA BEING GOOD!
Tom Sloane recently volunteered to help spread mulch for the Elk Rapids Garden Club’s community garden. The crew really appreciated his help with getting the pile of mulch distributed throughout this beautiful garden located at the intersection of Ames and Rt 31. “I’ve done it for a few years now. It’s great exercise and it’s for a great organization,” said Tom. Caughtcha being GOOD, Tom, and thanks for the good work!
CAUGHTCHA BEING BAD!
Chipmunk Seed Thief
This busy little chipmunk made an unwise decision to squeeze its way into a feeder, and after stuffing its mouth got stuck trying to escape. Not to worry the homeowner was kind enough to lift the top of the feeder to let it out!!
Paddle Antrim and the Village of Elk Rapids seeking public input
Paddle Antrim and the Village of Elk Rapids are looking for public input on a preliminary design of improvements for Elk Rapids Rotary Park. Paddle Antrim is leading the development of the Chain of Lakes Water Trail, one of Michigan’s state designated trails, and Rotary Park is a key access site along the trail.
Gourdie Frasier, Inc., hired to develop a preliminary design on improvements, including a universal kayak launch, for Rotary Park, has been busy working on a design option which will be presented at the public input session Thursday, July 9, 6-8 p.m. at the Elk Rapids Rotary Park. “We are excited to offer more water trail accessibility to paddlers with varying levels of mobility,” said Deana Jerdee, Executive Director of Paddle Antrim. “This launch will connect to the existing universal kayak launch at Milton Township Waterfront Park, creating the first accessible route on the Chain of Lakes Water Trail.”
“Improvements to Rotary Park, including a kayak launch, were identified in the Village of Elk Rapids’ Recreation Survey in 2017,” says Caroline Kennedy, Elk Rapids Assistant Village Manager. “We appreciate Paddle Antrim’s support in securing the funding for this project and look forward to working with the entire community to better utilize this beautiful park.”
Participants will have a chance to review the design and speak with the design team, Gourdie Frasier, Inc., Paddle Antrim and Village staff in an open house format. Participants will be encouraged to share their thoughts, ask questions, and provide feedback.
The Open House will follow all COVID-19 guidelines. For those who cannot attend, information can be found at paddleantrim.com/rotary-park, which will include a copy of the design and a short recording with background information. A copy of the design will also be available for review at the Elk Rapids Village Hall, 315 Bridge St, July 10-July 24, during business hours. Written comments can be submitted a)at paddleantrim.com/rotary-park, b) emailed to email@example.com, or c) mailed to Paddle Antrim, PO BOX 323, Elk Rapids MI 49629. Comments must be received by July 24, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. to be considered. Anyone with questions about the project, process or event can contact Paddle Antrim at 231-492-0171 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Based on feedback received, the team will develop a final draft to be presented to the Village of Elk Rapids Parks and Recreation Committee and the Elk Rapids Village Council.
The kindness of friends and neighbors
Roger Gehrt can’t say enough about the many people who have stepped up to help him through the years. His voice is filled with wonder and gratitude when he describes what others done to help him as it has become increasingly difficult for him to move around.
“Oh mercy, there are so many things, fixing the roof, shoveling snow, installing a new floor, all sorts of lawn work, putting safety bars in the bathroom, changing lightbulbs, taking me or my dog to doctors’ visits, even buying me a new glider chair, the list goes on and on. There are so many wonderful individuals and families who have come to my aid, especially as I have to get around with a walker now,” Roger explained. “On the anniversary of my 75th year, I would like to give a gift of gratitude to all those wonderful people who have helped me! It’s the least I can do.”
In no particular order they are as follows:
B. Anderson family, M. Anderson family, C. Drinkwine, K. Benghauser family, J. Stephenson, H. Potts, D. Sinclair family, K. Price, D. White family, D. Wagner family, P. Vandenberg family, J. Ribby, M. Matchett family, D. Pond family, N. Nichols family, C. Pritchard family, P. Patchen, W. Potter family, C. Shively family, K. Lehrer family, D. Harfst family, D. Hoezee family, T. Popovic family, C. Steffel family, W. Steffel family, D. Davids family, D. Keaton family, B. Noecker family, J. Werner family, Denoyer family
Use extreme caution when handling fireworks
Michiganders who plan on celebrating Independence Day by setting off fireworks need to be aware of the dangers and risks involved, especially when dealing with powerful, consumer-grade devices such as firecrackers, bottle rockets and Roman candles in order to avoid tragedy.
“If you do plan to shoot your own fireworks, please remember that these are explosives and if they are used incorrectly, can cause irreparable injury and harm. It is vital that we all take every safety precaution possible to protect ourselves and our loved ones,” said Orlene Hawks, the director of the Dept. of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), in which the Bureau of Fire Services (BFS) is housed.
“The Bureau of Fire Services is aware that many community fireworks shows have been canceled due to COVID-19,” said Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer. “We also anticipate that many people will purchase consumer fireworks and provide their own fireworks show over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. BFS is asking consumers to understand basic fireworks safety before using consumer fireworks.”
State law requires that consumer-grade fireworks only be ignited from personal property. It is illegal to ignite fireworks on public property (including streets and sidewalks), school property, church property, or another person’s property without their express permission. State law makes it illegal to discharge fireworks when intoxicated or under the influence of drugs.
When fire-related incidents involve consumer, low impact, or illegal fireworks resulting in property damage, injury or death of another person, individuals are subject to a misdemeanor or felony punishable by imprisonment of not more than five years and fines of up to $10,000 or both.
Consumers should always buy from state-certified fireworks retailers – whether in a permanent building or a tent. Consider the following safety tips to protect lives and property:
Follow the manufacturer’s directions.
Have an adult supervise fireworks activities, including sparklers.
Light fireworks one at a time, then immediately back away to a safe distance.
Ensure people and pets are out of range before lighting fireworks.
Light fireworks outdoors on a driveway or other paved surface at least 25 feet away from houses and flammable materials such as dry grass or mulch.
Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
Douse spent fireworks in a bucket of water before discarding them in a trash can.
Buy fireworks packaged in brown paper or use unlabeled fireworks – they are for professional use only.
Experiment with or make your own fireworks.
Allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
Place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse.
Try to re-light “duds” or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully. (Rather, wait 15 to 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.)
Point or throw fireworks at other people.
Carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
Sparklers should not be considered harmless for kids. More than 50 percent of sparkler-related injuries happen to kids under age 14 across the country. Sparklers can reach 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit and have the potential to cause significant burn injuries and quickly ignite clothing and can cause grass fires if thrown on the ground. Always keep a bucket of water close by to dispose of used sparklers promptly.
Elk Rapids District
VILLAGE OF ELK RAPIDS