2005-07-21 / Columns

Gould City By Marilyn McNeil

477-6925 donmar@lighthouse.net

Schoolcraft County Fair Days are Thursday, July 28, through Saturday, July 30, in Manistique. There will be games for kids and adults, a petting zoo, food booths, silent auctions, horse and wagon rides, horse show, and craft demonstrators. There will be a display of antiques this year. For more information, call (906) 341-3688. If you have a garden, why not consider entering an arrangement in the fair.

The children's pet contest, sponsored by the Humane Society of Schoolcraft County, will be Saturday, July 30, at 3 p.m. at the Schoolcraft County Fair Building. Register at the Humane Society booth in the Fair Building Saturday, July 30, from noon until contest time. Entry fee is a five-pound bag of Purina Dog Chow or a small bag of Tidy Cats cat litter. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

The Manistique Moose Lodge is holding a "Christmas in July" turkey dinner to benefit cystic fibrosis Sunday, July 24, at the Moose Lodge on M-149 in Manistique. There will be 50/50 drawings and raffles. Dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $7. For more information, contact Glenna Haindl at (906) 644-2521.

The Curtis Community Arts Council and Chamberlins are sponsoring a wine and cheese tasting and auction fundraiser Saturday, July 23, at 4 p.m. at Chamberlin’s Ole Forest Inn in Curtis. The cost is $15 per person donation if paid in advance and $20 per person if paid at the door. There will be silent and live auctions during the evening with many quality items and services donated by local merchants. For more information, please contact Kelly Chamberlin at (906) 586-6000. All proceeds will benefit the Curtis Park.

The 2005 57th Annual “Blessing of the Fleet” was Sunday, July 17, at the historic Fayette State Park in Garden. A Catholic mass was celebrated by Father Joseph Varickamackal of the Garden Area Catholic Churches. The ladies of St. John the Baptist Church were on hand to provide various foods and beverages for the event. This 57th annual event was co-sponsored by the Fayette State Park, Garden Area Catholic Churches, the Escanaba Council of Knights of Columbus, and JAC Masonry of Garden.

From the minutes of the June 25 Newton Township Board meeting: The budget, which was set at the annual meeting, was adopted by the board. Motion carried yes, 5, no, 0. Information was presented regarding the purchase of a Dell computer for use by Newton Township Assessor Richard Oliver. Motion was carried yes, 5, no, 0.

Regarding the removal of weeds at Scott’s Point Park, Clerk Alice Zdebski reported that she had called Mike Sowlinski.

Ms. Zdebski reported to Mr. Sowlinski that she had received a form, but it stated that she would have to have a signed letter to allow the township to remove weeds from the beach area.

Mr. Sowlinski told her she would have to get that from the Department of Natural Resources. Clerk Zdebski called Karen Rodock at the Naubinway office to ask for the letter and was told that she could not let the township pull weeds without first having the area looked at by a botanist. She was told that even after it was looked at, they expected that the answer would still be “no” for the removal of weeds and grass.

On the subject of solid waste management and the compactor, Supervisor Bob Brotherton reported that Dick Oliver had found the deed for the property and it was deeded to Newton Township by the State of Michigan. It stated, “It can only be used for a public purpose." Ms. Zdebski reported that she had located a file of information about this issue at Garfield Township, through Clerk Linda Bennett, and had copies made. Supervisor Brotherton would like to give copies to an attorney to be sure that the Authority is dissolved and if not, find out how to proceed. The board decided to have an attorney read the material and advise them of the next step to see if the township can take over the transfer station as a recycling drop-off center.

We now have a new, dual-purpose sign on the Leveille Road reading "Leveille Road" and "Cemetery." Supervisor Brotherton found the post for the road sign bent and loose, so he straightened out the post and firmed up the post with cement.

Congratulations to Verna Engle of Gould City, who was chosen Grand Marshal for the parade at the Engadine all-class reunion last weekend.

Happy birthday to Jeff Keller July 23.

Happy anniversary wishes to Danny and Ginger Price July 24 and Kirk and Gretchen Grinnell July 25.

Jim and Eirnella O’Neil will celebrate their 44th wedding anniversary July 22 and Eirnella reports that she will be celebrating her “29th” birthday July 28. Congratulations to them for both celebrations.

Stay safe and stay well. See you next week.

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