Rapid City Elementary 2019 Winter Carnival

Rapid City Elementary 2019 Winter Carnival

Rapid City Elementary 2019 Winter Carnival

Vol2019:04 - February 15, 2019 Calendar 3 Sports 9 Out & About 2 Obituaries 4 Houses of Worship 3 Business Directory 6 Opinion 12 Since 2014 A loving heart is the truest wisdom. ~ Charles Dickens Rapid City Elementary 2019 Winter Carnival Sisters Maria George (L) and Mariah Wilson (R) shared the face-painting artistry. Artistically completed mermaid crowns just waiting to be dry and ready o wear The bake sale was a success! That table was full to overflowing at the start. L to R: Margaret Stosio, Loren Schwab, & Angela Iott, three of the eight teen volunteers who came from Kalkaska and Elk Rapids schools to help.

At the sign-in table, kids got a pirate’s eye patch and brightly colored beads, in keeping with the Treasure Island theme of pirates and mermaids. In spite of the difficult weather in the last few weeks, nearly 200 people came out to enjoy the 2019 Winter Carnival. There were crafts and games of all kinds, a treasure hunt, a bake sale, and the favorite outdoor featrues: the cold cash hill, the obstacle course, and the treasure sled run. Kalkaska County Library Director John Roberts and Technological Librarian Sarah Genereaux- Maddox, explain the new book delivery program bringing the library to the schools, soon to come to Rapid City Elementary School.

Karlie show the pirate’s gold in the treasuer chest. (Above) Then she enjoys some time with her aunt and uncle, Alyssa and Zack Lichon. (Below) Voice Voice The good news in Kalkaska County & the surrounding area FREE! Northwest Michigan Since 1921 Buick - Chevrolet 302 W Mile Rd, Kalkaska 231-258-9178

Rapid City Elementary 2019 Winter Carnival

2 Northwest MI Voice Vol2019:04 - February 15, 2019 Editor’s note: This space is free to community organizations to promote events which are of benefit to the residents in and around Kalkaska County. Email your information to tina.fieldsmedia@gmail.com or debbieomi@hotmail.com Please include date and time of the event, a contact number or email address.

Do not include prices. Out & About SENIOR & COMMUNITY MEALS Senior Lunch (Kalkaska COA), Senion Center, 303 S Coral St, no res- ervation required, contact 231-258-5030 When: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, 11:30 am for salad bar, lunch at noon until 12:30 pm.

Senior Lunch Bellaire Senior Center, 308 E. Cayuga St, Bellaire, no reserva- tion required, contact 231 533-8703 When: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm Senior Lunch, Mancelona Senior Center, 122 E State St, RSVP to Jacquelyn at 231-587-9131 When: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri noon Senior Lunch, Central Lake Govern- mental Building, 1622 N M-88, Central Lake, contact Sharon at 231-350-8217 or 231-544-6687 for reservations When: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, 12:00pm Senior Breakfast, (Kalkaska COA) SeniorCenter,303SCoralSt,noreservation required, contact 231 258-5030 When: Mon, 8 to 9 am Community Meal, Mancelona United Methodist Church, 117 W Hinman, Mancelona, canceled if Mancelona schools are closed due to inclement weather, contact 231-587-8461 When: Tue, except holidays, 5 to 6 pm Senior Lunch (Kalkaska COA), Bear Lake Township Hall, 198 E.

Bear Lake Rd, RSVP between 8:30 and 9 am to Iola at 941-270-1549 When: Tue, Thu, 12 - 12:30 pm Senior Lunch (Kalkaska COA), South Boardman Senior Cen- ter, 4859 Pine St SW, RSVP to Shirley by 9:30 am at 231-369-2700 When: Tue, Thu, 12:30 - 1 pm Senior Lunch (Kalkaska COA) Clear- water Township Hall, 5440 River St NW, Rapid City, RSVP by 8:30 am to Connie at 231-564-2794 When: Wed, 12 - 12:30 pm Community Meal, Kalkaska United Methodist Church, 2525 Beebe Rd, canceled if Kalkaska schools are closed due to inclement weather, dona- tions accepted, contact 231-258-2820 When: Wed, except holidays, 5 - 6 pm Senior Lunch (Grand Traverse COA) Fife Lake Library, 77 Lakecrest Ln, must RSVP by Monday prior, 231-879-4101 When: 1st & 3rd Wed, 12 noon (coffee hour at 11 am), Easy Meals Fundraiser for Ameri- can Legion, Dale H Wheeler American LegionPost219,10283M-113,FifeLake, takeout available, contact 231-879-4475 When: Thu, 5 - 7 pm Senior Breakfast, (Kalkaska COA) SeniorCenter,303SCoralSt,no reservation required, Build-Your-Own-Omelet, contact 231-258-5030 When: Fri, 8 to 9 am Pasties & Pot Pies For Sale, Coldsprings Excelsior Township Area (CETA) Hall, 6615 County Rd 612, (to confirm dates and availability, call 231-258-9912) When: Fri , 1 - 3 pm Food Pantry & Potluck Lunch, Torch Lake Assembly of God, 9456 Valley Rd NW, Rapid City, donations accepted, contact Christine at 231-331-6246 When: Fri 11 am-2 pm except holidays All-You-Can-Eat Fish Fry, Dale H.

Wheeler American Legion Post 219, 10283 M-113, Fife Lake, contact 231-879-4475 When: 1st Fri , 4:30 - 7:30 pm Al-You-Can-Eat Breakfast, Kalkaska Eagles, 15854 M-72 West, contact 989-348-8393 When: 1st Sat, 9-11 am. VFW & Central LakeAmVets Monthly Breakfast, 1805 S Main St, Central Lake, serving pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, sausage gravy & biscuits, hash-browns, toast, and beerages, contact 231-544-6455 When: 1st Sun, 9 am to 12 pm Pancake Breakfast Buffet, Dale H. Wheeler American Legion Post 219, 10283 M-113, Fife Lake, WW II veterans eat free, proceeds benefit veterans and community programs, contact 231-879-4475 When: 2nd Sun , 8 am - noon BINGO, CARDS & BOARD GAMES Euchre, CETA Hall, 6615 CR-612 NE, contact 231-587-9475 When: Mon 7 pm Mah-Jong,HelenaTownshipCommunity Center, 8751 Helena Rd, Alden, all levels of skill welcome, contact 231-331-4318 When: Tue 1 - 4 pm (starts Jan 8) Euchre, (Kalkaska COA), Senior Center, 303 S Coral St, contact 231-258-5030 When: 1st & 3rd Tue, 1 pm Cards & Board Games, (Kalkaska COA), Senior Center, 303S Coral St, contact 231 258-5030 When: 2nd & 4th Tue, 1 pm Novice Mentored Duplicate Bridge, Helena Township Commu- nity Center, 8751 Helena Rd, Alden.

Contact Lou at 248-770-6152 Whwn: Wed, 12:30 to 3:30 pm, excet the first Wed of each month Jackpot Bingo, (Kalkaska COA), Senior Center, 303 S Coral St, fundraiser for the Senior Center, contact 231-258-5030 When: Wed, doors open at 4 pm, warm ups start at 5 pm, regular games 6 pm Bunco, Kalkaska VFW Post 8684, 408 Hyde St, bring a dish/snack to pass, contact 231-258-9757 When: Wed 6:30 pm Pinochle, CETA Hall, 6615 CR-612 NE, contact 231-587-1255 When: Wed 6:30 pm Euchre, Fife Lake Library, 77 Lake- crest Lane, contact 231-879-4101 When: 1st & 3rd Wed, 11 am Eucchre, CETA Hall, 6615 CR-612 NE, contact 231-587-9475 When: Thu 7 pm Senior Card Games, The Rock, 115 E.

Blair St, Kingsley, contact 231 263-7000 When: Fri, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm Euchre, Kalkaska VFW Post 8684, 408 Hyde St, contact 231-258-9757 When: Fri 7 pm Jackpot Bingo, Dale H. Wheeler Ameri- can Legion Post 219, 10283 M-113, Fife Lake, must be 18+, contact 231-879-4475 When: 3rd Sun, doors open at 2 pm, games begin at 3 pm CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES Lapsit Story Time, Central Lake District Library, 7900 Maple St, sto- ries, songs, activities, snacks, and FUN, contact 231-544-2517 When: Mon, 10:30 - 11:30 am Boy/Cub Scouts, Kalkaska United Methodist Church, 2525 Beebe Rd, boys kindergarten and older, first meet- ing of the new year is September 10, contact Terri at 231 384-0417 When: Mon, 6:30 pm Story Time, Mancelona Township Library, 202 State St, Mancelona, designed for children ages 3-7, but children of all ages are welcome.

Contact 231-587-9451 When: Tue, 3:30 pm Cooking with Jesus, Mancelona Free Methodist Church, 10725 Darragh Rd (County Rd 571), Mancelona, for ages 4 through mid- dle school, contact 231 587-4968 When: Tue, 6:30 to 7:30 pm Spanish Club, Kalkaska County Library, 247 S. Cedar St, for children kinder- garten through 5th grade, stories read in Spanish, music, games, culture les- sons, and more, contact 231 258-9411 When: 2nd & 4th Tue, 3:30 to 4:30 pm Lego-Rama, Kalkaska County Library, 247 S. Cedar St, open to ages 5 and up, build anything you can imagine, contact 231 258-941 When: 4th Tue, 3:30 pm Wigglers Story Time, Kingsley Branch Library, 213 S.

Brownson, Kingsley, open for ages 0-5 years, books, music, crafts, and movement, contact 231 263-5484 When: Tues & Wed, 10:30-11:30 am Story Hour, Bellaire Public Library, 111 S Bridge St, Bellaire, open to chil- dren ages 0-5 and their caretakers, stories, crafts, snacks, contact 231 533- 8814When: Wed, 11 am.

WASP- Wednesday After School Pro- gram, Kalkaska Church of Christ, 1725 W. Kalkaska Rd, open to children in kindergarten through 3rd grade, home- work time with help, snacks, games, Bible lessons, and more, contact 231 258-9441 When: Wed, afterschool to 4:30 pm (parents arrange for transportation) Tae Kwon Do, The Rock, 115 E. Blair St, Kingsley, open to Kingsley students 6th to 12th grade, contact Ben 231 357-5250 or 231 263-7000 When: Wed 4:30 to 6:30 pm AWANA, Calvary Baptist Church, 815W. Dresden St, ages kindergarten through 6th grade. Contact Jodi 231 384-0498 When: Wed 6:30 to 8:00 pm (Sept 12 through April) 5toOne Playgroup, Mance- lona Early Childhood Building, 203 Grove St, ages 0-6 yrs, con- tact Kristin 231-587-9021 When: 1st & 3rd Wed, 10 to 1130 am 5toOne Playgroup, Birch Street Elementary Gym, 309 N.

Birch St, ages 0-6 yrs, contact 231 258-8629 When: 2nd Wed, 9:00 to 10:15 am PJs Story Time, Kalkaska County Library, 247 S. Cedar St, bring your little ones, ages infants to 7, for games, bed- time stories, snacks, and more, pajamas, slippers and stuffed animals are highly recommended, Contact 231 268-9411 When: 2nd Wed, 5:30 pm 5toOne Playgroup, Rapid City Elementary Gym, 5258 River St, Rapid City, contact 231 331-6121 When: 4th Wed, 9:00 to 10:15 am OCTANE, Kalkaska Church of Christ, 1725 W. Kalkaska Rd, open to children in 4th and 5th grades, homework time with help, snacks, games, Bible les- sons, and more, contact 231 258-9441 When: Thu, afterschool to 4:30 pm (parents arrange for transportation) Infant & Toddler Storytime, Kalkaska County Library, 247 S.

Cedar St, story, music, play and more for infants and toddlers. 1st and 3rd Fri- days are playgroup time, also, until 12:00 pm. Contact 231 258-9411 When: Fridays, 10:30 am Tot Time, Fife Lake Public Library, 77 Lakecrest Lane, story time, games, activities, contact 231-879-4101 When: Fri, 10:30 - 11:30 am Central Lake Community Playgroup, First Congregation Church, 8066 W. State St, fun activities and lunch pro- vided. Contact Kate 231 631-2392 When: Fri, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm HEALTH & FITNESS Trigger Boxing Class, Kaliseum, 1900 Fairgrounds Rd, contact 231-258-5913 When: Mon, Thu, 10 am, 6:15 pm, Tue, 6:15 pm Trigger Boxing Open Gym, Kaliseum, 1900 Fairgrounds Rd, contact 231-258-5913 When: Mon, Tue, Thu, 3:30-6 pm, Sat, 11 am - 6 pm Pickle Ball, Kaliseum, 1900 Fair- grounds Rd, contact 231-258-5913 When: Mon - Fri, 8 am - 12 noon; Mon, Wed, 5:30-7:30 pm; Sat, 10 am- 12 noon Roller Skating, Kaliseum, 1900 Fair- grounds Rd, contact 231 258-5913 When: Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, noon - 5:30 pm, Tue, 3- 6 pm, Sat, 12:00 to 7:30 pm Yoga, Helena Township Commu- nity Center Voting Room, 8751 Helena Rd, Alden, contact 231-331-4318 When: Mon, Wed, Fri, 8:30 - 9:30 am Walk with Ease, Kalkaska COA/Senior Center, 303 S.

Coral St, two 6-week ses- sions start Jan 21, self- directed program available, walking in the Senior Center, limited to 20 participants in each ses- sion, limited number of guidebooks and pedometers available to participants, must register, contact 231 258-5030 When: Mon, Wed, Fri, 10:00 am or 1:15 pm Aerobic Exercise with Weights, (Kalkaska COA), Senior Center 303 S Coral St, contact 231-258-5030 When: Mon, Fri, 10:30 - 11:30 am TOPS #2304 Meeting, Kalkaska United Methodist Church, 2525 Beebe Rd, Kalkaska, contact 231-384-2154 When: Tue, 10 am Chair Exercises, Mancelona Senior Center, 122 E State St, Mance- lona, contact 231-587-9131 When: Tue, 10 am Fitness Over Fifty, Fife Lake Library, 77 Lakecrest Lane contact 231-879-4101 When: Tue, Thu, 11 am Senior Chair Yoga, South Boardman Senior Ceenter, 5503 Boarman Rd contact 231-369-2700 When: Tue, Thu, 11 am Yoga, Kaliseum, 1900 Fairgrounds Rd, contact 231-258-5913 When: Tue, 6 pm Live Well Kalkaska Substance Free Coalition, Kalkaska High School Library, 109 N.

Birch St, contact Lisa 231 929-7070 or Suzanne 231 714-7332 When: 2nd Tue, 3:30 to 4:30 pm Diabetics Support Group, Dr. Wil- liam W. Kitti Educatoin Center, 419 S Coral St, contact Katie 231-258-3091 When: 2nd Wed, 6 - 7 pm See OUT & ABOUT on page 3

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3 Northwest MI Voice Vol2019:04 - February 15, 2019 Community Calendar FEBRUARY 2019 February 14- Annual Eve Club Cookie Sale, Kalkaska County Library, 247 S. Cedar St, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, proceeds to benefit the Eve Club, contact 231 624-1680 February 14- Books ‘n’ Brie Book Club, Helena Township Com- munity Center, 8751 Helena Rd, Alden, 3:30 pm, “The Clay Girl” by Heather Tucker, contact 231- 331-4318 February 14- Dungeons & Dragons, Kingsley Branch Library, 213 S. Brownson, Kingsley, 4:00 to 6:00 pm, suited for the 13-17 year old crowd, playing the 5th edition, bring your own pieces or our dragon master has everything needed, contact 231 263-5484 February 15- Guided Full Moon Hike, Log Lake Park & Campground, 2475 E Log Lake Rd, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, sponsored by the Kalkaska Conservation District, meet at the pavilion, bring snowshoes if enough snow to use, if not, this will be a regular hike, some snowshoes may be available to borrow, register by contacting 231 258-3307 February 16- Benefit Spaghetti Dinner, Dale H.

Wheeler American Legion Post 219, 10283 M-113, Fife Lake, 12:00 to 7:00 pm, to benefit a Fife Lake firefighter and his family who lost their home to a fire, also includes a benefit raffle, silent auction, fire department meet & greet February 21- Got LEGO?, Kingsley Branch Library, 213 S. Brown- son, Kingsley, 4:00 to 5:30 pm, bring your own or use ours, light refreshments provided, contact 231 263-5484 February 21- Classic Cartoons & Vintage Candy, Kalkaska County Library 247 S. Cedar St, 5:00 to 6:30 pm, Fun for the entire fam- ily, enjoy the cartoons that your parents and grandparents watched while munching on some of their favorite candies, contact 231 258- 9411 February 23- Simply Delicious with Chef Tom, Kingsley Branch Library, 213 S.

Brownson, King- sley, 10:00 am, preparing Shrimp Ceviche, cooking instruction, tech- niques, and tips, and a taste test, contact 231 263-5484 February 23, Annual Luau, CETA Hall, 6615 County Rd 612 NE, 1:00 to 4:00 pm, hosted by Kalkaska County Democrats, Hawaiian attire suggested, bring a white elephant gift, donation for KAIR Food Pantry, and a dish to pass, contact Danielle 231 384-0946 February 23- Father/Daughter Dance- Under the Sea, Mancelona High School, 9300 West Limits Rd, Mancelona, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Mancelona young ladies, in grades 4-8 are welcome to attend with their father/father figure, hosted by Communities in Schools, for ticket information, contact 231 587-5044 February 23- Square and Round Dance, Kalkaska COA/Senior Center, 303 S.

Coral St, 7:00 to 10:00 pm, free admission but donations for the band are accepted, always someone there willing to teach and partner, bring a snack to share, contact 231 258- 5030 February 23 & 24- Annual Kalkaska Winterfest, Kalkaska County Fair- grounds, 1905 Fairgrounds Rd, sled dog racing, weight pulling, and more, kalkaskawinterfest.org February 23 & 24- Winterfest Craft Show, Kalkaska County Civic Center, 1905 Fairgrounds Rd, con- tact Shirley at lhirley@yahoo.com February 24- How to be Prepared, Hel- ena Township Community Center, 8751 Helena Rd, Alden, 2:00 pm, Mike Thompson, Emergency Manager for Kalkaska and Craw- ford Counties will discuss the need for and the how-tos of being pre- pared in the event of a catastrophic incident, contact 231-331-4318 February 26- Bellaire Friends of the Library Movie Night, Bellaire Public Library, 111 S Bridge St, Bellaire, 6:30 pm, “Hunt for the Wilderpeople”, Traverse City Film Festival movie about a defiant fos- ter care kid who gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside, contact 231 533-8814 February 27- Senior Book Club, Kingsley Branch Library, 213 S.

Brownson, Kingsley, 2:00 pm, “When They Call You a Terrorist” by Patrisse Khan-Cullors, contact 231 263-5484 3 WAYS WE CAN HELP YOU: COMMERCIAL MORTGAGES DONE LOCAL (231) 879-4154 JWOLF@FORESTAREA.COM FORESTAREA.COM JUSTIN WOLF, VP OF LENDING CONTACT US Federally insured by NCUA. FEBRUARY Calendar continues on page 7 Bootcamp Class, Kaliseum, 1900 Fairgrounds Rd, contact 231-258-5913 When: Wed, 6-6:45 pm Turbo Kick Class, Kaliseum, 1900 Fairground Rd, contact 231-258-5913 When: Wed, 7-8 pm Yoga, Kalkaska Memorial Health Center, 419 S Coral St, Cardiac Rehab area in lower level, con- tact Marianne 231-258-7525 When: Tue, 4:30-5:30 pm Yoga, Fife Lake Library, 77 Lakecrest Lane, contact 231 879-4101 When: Thu, 6 pm Senior Chair Yoga, (Kalkaska COA), Senior Center, 303 S Coral St, contact 231-258-5030 When: Thu, 10 am.

Yoga, Fife Lake Library, 77 Lake- crest Lane contact 231-879-4101 When: Fri, 9 am Kids’ Yoga, Fife Lake Library, 77 Lakecrest Lane, ages 5+, must be accom- panied by an adult, contact 231 879-4101 When: 2nd Sun, 3:00 to 3:45 pm ORGANIZATION MEETINGS Alcoholics Anonymous Meet- ings (AA), Kalkaska United Methodist Church, 2525 Beebe Rd When: Sun 6 pm, Mon-Sat 12 pm; Wed 12 pm Open meeting, 6 pm women only meeting Kalkaska Rotary, William Kitti Education Building (Stone House), 419 S. Coral St, Kalkaska, contact 231-715-1148 When: Mon, 12 pm Kalkaska Democrats, BC Pizza, 104 N Cedar St, contact Danielle 23-384-0944 When: 1st Mon, 6 pm Kalkaska County Agricultural Fair, All Seasons Resort Conference Room, 760 S Cedar St, all are wel- come, new members and volunteers are being sought, contact 231-714-4616 When: 1st Mon, 7:00 pm Kalkaska VFW Land-O-Lakes Post 8684, VFW Post 408 Hyde St, Quartermaster: Jim Richardson When: 2nd Mon, 6 pm Kingsley Friends of the Library, Kingsley Branch Library, 213 S Brown- son, Kingsly, contact 231-263-5484 When: 3rd Mon, 5 - 6 pm Kalkaska Genealogy Society Meet- ing, Kalkaska County Library, 247 S Cedar St, contact 231-258-9411 When: 3rd Mon, 7 pm AA, Al-Anon, Alateen Meeting, (Kalkaska COA), Senior Center, 303 S Coral St, contact Linda 231-384-3227 When: Tue, 8 pm Kalkaska Kiwanis Meeting, Kalkaska Memorial Health Center (conference room across from cafeteria) 419 S.

Coral St.

When: Tue, 12 pm Friends of the Kalkaska County Library, Kalkaska County Library 247 S. Cedar St, downstairs When: 4th Tue, 4 pm Kalkaska Republicans, Kaliseum, 1900 FairgroundsRd(upperlevelmeetingroom) When: 4th Tue, 7 pm Friends of the Fife Lake Public Library, Fife Lake Public Library, 77 Lakecrest Lane, Fife Lake, con- tact Chris Seeley at 231-879-3221 When: 2nd Wed., 11 am Chain of Lakes Genealogy Club, Central Lake Library, 7900 Maple St, contact 231 544-2517 When: 3rd Wed, 6:00 pm South Boardman American Legion #463 and Auxiliary Meeting, South Boardman Legion Hall, 5487 Boardman Rd (at the tank), South Boardman, contact 231-369-2944 When: 1st Thu, 7 pm Knights of Columbus, St Joseph the Worker Council #7419, St Mary of the Woods Catholic Church, 438 County Rd 612 NE, Kalkaska, contact Dave at 231-587-4328 When: 1st Thu, 7 pm BIGG (Genealogy Group), Bellaire Public Library, 111 S.

Bridge St, Bellaire, When: 1st Thu, 10:30 am Friends of the Alden District Library, HelenaTownshipCommunityCenter,8752 Helena Rd, Alden, contact 231 331-4318 When: 3rd Thu, 10:00 am Kalkaska American Legion Rob- ert E Beebe Post 0480, (Kalkaska COA) Senior Center, 303 S Coral St, Commander: Raymond Todd. When: 3rd Thu, 6 pm Alcoholics Anonymous Meet- ing (AA), St Paul Lutheran Church, 2470 Beebe Rd, Open Meeting When: Thur, 8 pm OUT & ABOUTcontinued from page 2 See OUT & ABOUT on page 7

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4 Northwest MI Voice Vol2019:04 - February 15, 2019 Obituaries Donalda “Doni” Barbara Barrett Nov 1, 1944 – Feb 1, 2019 Donalda “Doni” Bar- bara Barrett, 74, of Kalkaska, passed away Friday, Febru- ary 1, 2019. Donalda was born to Alex and Evelyn (Sherk) Doep- ker on November 1, 1944 in Petoskey. Doni attended Kalkaska Public Schools, and graduated from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids with a teaching degree. She married her late husband, Timothy, in 1969 and the two of them taught around the US and the world in such places as North Yorkshire in England, a tiny South Pacific island called American Samoa, and Native American Indian reservations in North and South Dakota.

Doni enjoyed crocheting, play- ing bingo, and participating in many church activities. She was a devoted teacher both in school and church. She was a member of the American Legion Auxil- iary, founder of the Kalkaska MS Support Group, and looked forward to attending each sum- mer at a camp to help those with disabilities. Doni will be lovingly remembered by her children: Craig Bar- rett, Carri (Ernie) Latta, Damien (Alise) Barrett, Cameron Barrett, and Dana (Dan) Tuller; sisters, Ruth Ann (Stanley) Snyder and Betty Jane Johnson; ten grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her par- ents and husband.

A Funeral Mass was held at St. Mary of the Woods Catholic Church on February 8, 2019 at 11:00 AM. The family received friends from 10:00 to 11:00 AM prior to the service. In lieu of flow- ers the family would like you to consider a donation to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Arrangements have been entrusted to Kalkaska Funeral Home. Sarah “Sally” Joan Philips Feb 16, 1939 – Jan 31, 2019 Sarah “Sally” Joan Philips, 79, of Kalkaska passed away at Munson Medical Center on January 31, 2019. Sally was born in Lansing Michigan, on February 16, 1939, to the late Ferdnand and June (Freed) Fischer.

Sally loved to be in the middle of everything and had ‘the gift of gab.’ In her short time at Munson she knew everyone and everything. She loved to play cards and spend time with her family. She loved animals and made her kids promise to care for them when she couldn’t. Sally is survived by her chil- dren Wendy (Del) Carlson and Janene George of Kalkaska; her grandchildren, Silver (James) Brautigam, Ryan (Kae) Carlson, Ashley (Anthony) Muma, Tim George, and Brandon (Maria) George; and her eight great-grandchildren. Sally is preceded in death by her father Ferdnand Fischer and her mother June Freed.

Samuel Oluf Lewis Aug 5, 1935 – Jan 30, 2019 Samuel Oluf Lewis enjoyed life’s simple pleasures, whether it was fishing on Island Lake, bowling with his wife, or joining her to entertain their many friends in the family’s basement bar, The Nail Hole. Samuel passed away on January 30 at the age of 83. His smile, his ability to listen, his gentle spirit, and the hugs that he never hesitated to give are part of his legacy. He is survived by his sons, John (Jan), Samuel Edward (Ruth), and his daughter, Sheri (Duncan) Paschall; and by his sister, Evelyn (Ron) Bishop. His wife, Mary Lee, died in 2012.

He is predeceased by his parents and by siblings Betty (Bob) Dunham, Delwin (Lucille), and Dixie (Ray- mond) Short.

Samuel was born on August 5, 1935, in Sigma, the son of Emma and Raymond Lewis. Known in the yearbook as “Rapid Sammy” because he ran track, Sam gradu- ated from Kalkaska High School in 1953. He began taking classes at Northwestern Michigan Col- lege and joined the Air Force in 1954, achieving the rank of Senior Master Sergeant. He was a medic and served in Vietnam in 1967 and 1968. He married Mary Lee Cecil in 1956, when he was living on Barksdale AFB in Louisiana. The pair moved several times, includ- ing to Offutt AFB in Nebraska, Scott AFB in Illinois, and Moun- tain Home AFB in Idaho.

He and Mary Lee and their children returned to Kalkaska in 1977, where both lived the rest of their lives. After retiring from the Air Force, he worked as the superin- tendent of the Kalkaska School District bus garage and then as Assistant Manager at Glen’s market. Through his work, he became one of the most familiar faces in the commu- nity. He cared about Kalkaska and couldn’t say no when asked to lend a hand, including serving on the Village Council.

Sam doted on his grandchildren, Chris Wagenschutz, and Robert (Nikki), Amanda, Joshua and Tra- vis Paschall. He was fortunate to spend Christmas 2018 with his great-grandchildren, Ellie and Ari Paschall, and witness the delight on Ellie’s face as she opened her gifts. He was a guiding light to his children. Samuel Edward shared, “I remember Dad saying you do what you think is right, but…fill in the blank. He wanted me to make my own decisions, but also to learn from his experience.” Sam was trusted family advi- sor, taking an interest in those he loved. His son-in-law, Duncan Paschall, recalls many heart-to- heart talks with the man he viewed as a father.

“The things that he saw in life, and that he learned, made him a wise man,” said Duncan. “He was accepting of most people and never, never judged.” Sam’s grandson Josh lived with him in his later years following the death of his wife, and his daughter Sheri was a constant in her father’s life after her mother died, visiting him daily. Often, she found him watching his beloved westerns on TV, his chair placed against a wall covered with family photographs. “I loved my dad. I cherished every moment with him.” Kevin Lee Ball May 21, 1963 – Feb 4, 2019 Kevin Lee Ball, “The Legend,” 55, of Kalkaska passed away Monday, February 4th, 2019.

He was born in Flint Michigan on May 21, 1963 to Don- ald Thomas Ball Sr. and Barbara Jean Ball. Kevin graduated from Johannesburg-Lew- iston High School in 1981, and started in residential construction and joined the brotherhood of the Michigan Carpenters Union Local 202 June 1999. He was employed by Comstock Construction of Tra- verse City Michigan for the last 20 years. Kevin was a master car- penter, craftsman, judge of many car shows, and avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed sharing his crafts and gifts with many people. Kevin was a man of many hats! There was not much he could not do and he took much pride in everything he completed.

He was a very humble man. Kevin formed many friend- ships throughout his career and lifetime. He loved his fam- ily very much and adored his grandba- bies (his “peewees”). He was survived by his loving wife of 25 years Dawn Kato Ball, daughter Karen Ball (Brad) York and their children Leigha (13), Briona (11), Gabriel (6), and Olivia (3), son Jeremy (Heidi) Kato and their children Julius (10) and Alice (6), mother Barbara Ball, brothers Clarence “Skip” (Pat) Ball and Ron (Dawn) Ball, sister Lori Ball (Don) Padgitt, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and greats. He was Preceded in death by his father Donald Thomas Ball, sister Donna Ball Pederson, and brother Donald Thomas Ball Jr.

A memorial service for Kevin was held at Kalkaska Funeral Home at Noon on Saturday February 9th, 2019. .

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5 Northwest MI Voice Vol2019:04 - February 15, 2019 Northwest MI VOICE Fields Media, PO Box 28, Rapid City, MI 49676 Editor in Chief Tina Norris Fields 231-322-2787 or 231-645-0244 tina.fieldsmedia@gmail.com Free-Lance Sports Writers: Greg Gielczyk & John Raffel Free-Lance Feature Writer: Judy Kammeraad Out & About and Calendar: Debbie Ball-Odeh debbieomi@hotmail.com locally owned, managed, and staffed Local Houses of Worship Kalkaska Calvary Baptist Church 815 W Dresden St, Kalkaska Sunday morning: 9:30 am - ABF Fellowship 9:45 am - Sunday School & Adult Bible Fellowship 10:45 am - Morning Worship Kalkaska Church of Christ 1725 W Kalkaska Rd, Kalkaska Sunday morning 11:00 am - Worship Service Kalkaska Church of the Nazarene 1367 W Kalkaska Rd, Kalkaska Sunday morning: 9:45 am - Sunday School all ages 10:45 am - Worship Service Kalkaska Peoples Church 216 S Cherry St, Kalkaska Sunday morning: 10:00 am - Bible Study 11:00 am - Worship Service Kalkaska United Methodist Church 2525 Beebe Rd, Kalkaska Sunday morning: 10:00 am - Worship Service 10:15 am - Sunday School Many Rivers Church 2305 N 131, Kalkaska Sunday morning: 10:00 am - Worship Service Wednesday evening: 7:00 pm - Youth Worship Service St Mary of the Woods Roman Catholic Church 438 Co Rd 612, Kalkaska Saturday afternoon: 4:00 pm - Mass Sunday morning: 11:00 am - Worship Service St Paul Lutheran Church 2470 Beebe Rd, Kalkaska Sunday morning: 10:00 am - Worship Service Rapid City Rapid City Church of Christ 7964 Rapid City Rd, Rapid City Sunday morning: 10:30 am - Worship Service Torch Lake Assembly of God 9456 Valley Rd, Rapid City Sunday morning: 10:00 am - Worship Service Alden Alden United Methodist Church 9015 Helena Rd, Alden Sunday morning: 9:00 am - Worship Service 10:30 am - ACE (Adult Christian Education) Tuesday morning: 10:00 am - Ladies’ Prayer Group Boardman Township East Boardman UMC 2080 Boardman Rd,S Boardman Sunday morning: 9:00 am - Sunday School 10:00 am - Worship Service Local Houses of Worship The Northwest Michigan Voice is delivered to these fine enterprises every other week, and may be picked up there for free: Alden Alden Bar Alden State Bank Alden District Library Higgin’s Store Nifty Things Torch Conservation Center Vista Ridge Warm Fuzzy Bellaire Bellaire Public Library Central Lake Bachmann’s Store BP Station Central Lake District Library Village Market Fife Lake Beacon & Bridge Fife Lake Public Library Fife Lake Resort & Party Store Forest Area Federal Credit Union Loon’s Nest True Value Hardware Village Market Kalkaska Advanced Office Supply All Seasons Hotel & Resort B&B Express B.C.

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Distribution List Kalkaska CPM In Ms. Wilson’s Algebra I class, students have been studying rebound ratios. The school’s new College Preparatory Math cur- ribulum enbcourages students to work as a team to come up with soultions and investigate. These students are making predictions on how high a ball will bounce.

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6 Northwest MI Voice Vol2019:04 - February 15, 2019 Business Directory This space could be your new ad. call 231-322-2787 Tall Pines Computer Training Helping grown-ups to get along with their computers For tech help, call: 231-322-2787 This space could be your new ad. call 231-322-2787 This space could be your new ad. call 231-322-2787 Munson healthcare news 9395 VALLEY ROAD, RAPID CITY 231-331-4228 OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK BREAKFAST EVERY SATRUDAY & SUNDAY CARRY OUT AVAILABLE Laurel A.

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Dr. Leithauser practices at The Skin Cancer and Dermatology Center, 1225 W. Front St., Ste. C, in Traverse City. She is accepting new patients, and appointments can be made by calling 231-486-0230. Dr. Leithauser graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, Mich. She completed a resi- dency in dermatology and a fellowship in Mohs and reconstructive surgery at the University of Cincinnati, School of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio. For additional information, call Munson HealthLink at 231-935-5886 or 800- 533-5520.

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7 Northwest MI Voice Vol2019:04 - February 15, 2019 Alden Men’s Club, Alden United Methodist Church fellowship hall, 9015 Helena Rd, Alden.

Come see what we are all ahout, “Helping others in need,” contact 603-540-3581 or visit the club onlineatww.aldenmensclub.org. When: last Saturday of the month (usually 4th Saturday), 8 am for break- fast and business meeting, except July & November, no meeting in December MISCELLANEOUS Small Crafts Group, (Kalkaska COA), Sebuir Center, 303 S Coral St, all are welcome to bring their handheld crafts, such as crocheting, needlepoint, knitting, etc.,contact 231-258-5030 When: Mon, 9 to 11 am Rock Locker (free clothing store), The Rock, 115 E. Blair St, Kings- ley, free clothing for Kingsley kids age 6 to 18.

Donations of clothing, laundry soap, and hangers always welcome, contact 231 263-7000 When: Mon & Thu, 3:45 to 5:15 pm Tech Help Tuesdays at the Library, Kalkaska County Library, 247 S Cedar St, bring in your cell pone, tablet, or laptop and have your tech questions answered. contact 248-9411 When: Tue, 10 am - noon Grief Support, The Rock, 115 E. Blair St, Kingsley, led by Munson Hospice, all welcome, contact 800-252-2065 When: Tues, 11:00 am Central Lake Love of Laundry, The Wash Basket, 2735 N Main St, Central Lake, free monthly laun- dry (up to three loads) for Central Lake families, soap provided, snacks, children’s activities, parenting discus- sions, fun, contact 877 866-3714 When: 2nd Tue, 8:30 to11:00 am Yarn Yarn Sisterhood Knitting Group- Bellaire Public Library, 111 S Bridge St, Bellaire, bring your cur- rent project, contact 231 533-8814 When: 1st & 3rd Tues, 4:00 pm Kalkaska Baby Pantry, Kalkaska Church of Christ, 1725 W Kalkaska Rd, Clothing, diapers, wipes available (donations of such are accepted), serving children to size 4T, contact 231-258-9441 When: 2nd & 4th Tue, 9:30am - 1 pm.

Fife Lake Public LibraryBook Club, Fife Lake Library, 77 Lakecrest Lane, Fife Lake, contact 231-879-4101 When: 3rd Tue, 7-8 pm The Last Tuesday Book Group- Bel- laire Public Library, 111 S Bridge St, Bellaire, contact 231 533-8814 When: last Tue, 1:30 pm Grief Support Group, (Kalkaska COA), Senior Center, 303 S Coral St, all ages are welcome, contact 231 258-5030 When: Wed, 10:30 am Basketry Classes, Helena Township Community Center, 8751 Helena Rd, Alden, presented by Dorothy Walter, join anytime, contact 231-331-6583 When: Wed, 1 - 4 pm (starts Jan 9) Tech-Knowledge for Seniors, (Kalkaska COA) Senior Center, 303 S Coral St, general tech classes specifi- cally for seniors, contact 231-258-5030 When: 2nd Wed, 1 pm The Page Turners Book Club- Bellaire Public Library, 111 S Bridge St, Bel- laire, contact 231 533-8814 When: 2nd Wed, 6:00 pm Fife Lake Library Book Club Take 2, Fife Lake Public Library, 77 Lakecrest Lane, Fife Lake, contact 231 879-4101 When: 4th Wed, 5:00 pm Mindfulness Book Club, Bellaire Pub- lic Library, 111 S Bridge St, Bellaire When: last Wed, 4 pm Line Dancing Class, Kalkaska Senior Center/COA, 303 S.

Coral St, all skill levels welcome. There is no charge. Contact Janet at 231-587-9779 When: Thu 2:30 - 4 pm Celebrate Recovery, Kalkaska Church of Christ, 1725 W Kalkaska Rd, Christ- centered, 12-step recovery program for anyone struggling with hurt, pain, or adic- tion of any kind, contact 231-258-9441 When: Thu, 6:30 pm Kasky Kwilters, (Kalkaska COA) Senior Center,303SCoralSt,Everyonewelcome When: 1st Thu, 6:30 pm Antrim County Baby Pantry, St. Anthony’s Church, 209 Jeffer- son Ave, Mancelona, providing food, clothing, diapers, and other items for children from birth until their 6th birthday (donations accepted) When: 2nd & 4th Thu, 11:30 am to 4:00 pm .

Kalkaska Library Book Club, Kalkaska County Library, 247 S Cedar St, contact 231-258-9411 When: 3rd Thu, 12 to 1 pm, except December Makerspace: Silhouette Cricuit Cameo Class, Kalkaska County Library, 247 S. Cedar St, contact 231 258-9411 When: 3rd Thu, 3:30 to 5:00 pm Quality Thyme Garden Club, Kalkaska COA, Senior Center, 303 S Coral St, President Louise Hinds, contact 231-564-0748 When: 3rd Thu, 7 pm Beans & Books- Bellaire Public Library, 111 S Bridge St, Bellaire, enjoy a free cup of coffee and a good book, contact 231 533-8814 When: Fris, 10:00 am Coffee & Conversatoin with KPS Superintendent.

Kalkaska Pub- lic Schools Central Office, 315 Coral St, Board of Education Room, contact 231-258-9109. When: 1st Fri, 8 - 9 am (through May, 2019) Grief Support Group, Kalkaska Memorial Health Center, 419 S Coral St, Conference Room When: 1st Fri, 11 am OUT & ABOUTcontinued from page 3 ORGANIZATION MEETINGS Help Wanted Commission Sales Rep to sell advertising for the Northwest Michigan Voice. Immediate openings. email: tina.fieldsmedia@gmail.com, or call: 231-322-2787 or 231-645-0244 Help Wanted Commission Sales Rep to sell advertising for the Northwest Michigan Voice. Immediate openings. email: tina.fieldsmedia@gmail.com, or call: 231-322-2787 or 231-645-0244 February 27 -Sit & Knit, Kalkaska County Library, 247 S.

Cedar St, 4:30 to 6:00 pm, all ages are wel- come for this beginning knitters class in a casual fun atmosphere, 231 258-9411 February 27 - JohnBirch Society, Trout Town Eatery in Kalkaska. Food and drinks available. Tom Rice, area coordinator will present the program February 28- Dungeons & Dragons, Kingsley Branch Library, 213 S. Brownson, Kingsley, 4:00 to 6:00 pm, suited for the 13-17 year old crowd, playing the 5th edition, bring your own pieces or our dragon master has everything needed, contact 231 263-5484 MARCH 2019 March 2- IF: Kalkaska, Kalkaska Church of Christ, 1725 W Kalkaska Rd, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, a gathering of fellowship for women, contact Carrie at 231 384- 1109 March 5- Sharps Disposal Day, Kalkaska Memorial Health Center, Main Entrance, 419 S.

Coral St, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, Needles, syringes, and lancets will be accepted only in these approved containers: medical sharps con- tainer, heavy-duty plastic laundry detergent jug with tight-fitting lid, or metal or hard plastic coffee can with secure lid. Pills and liquids will not be accepted, contact 231 258-3089 March 7- Potluck Diner & Off the Wall Movie Night, Helena Township Community Center, 8751 Helena Rd, Alden, potluck dinner at 6:00 pm, movie at 7:00 pm, for movie details and to sign up for the pot- luck, contact 231-331-4318 March 8- Art in Ice, Sweet & Nice, downtown Bellaire, 4:00 to 7:00 pm, watch ice blocks turn into works of art, sample Sweet Treats Bake Off, sponsored by Bellaire Chamber of Commerce, tickets on sale now, contact 231 533-6023 March 9- Fundraiser for Jack & Nicole Sprague, KalHo Lounge, 340 S.

Cedar St, 5:00 to 8:00 pm, chili cook-off, silent auction, and raffles will be held to raise money as Jack we recently diagnosed with stage 4 esophageal cancer, contact Cindy 231 384-5929 March 9- FA Green & Pot O’ Gold Shamrock Showcase, Forest Area High School, 7661 Shippy Rd SW, Fife Lake, 5:30 to 8:30 pm, annual Forest Area talent show open to students and the community, $5 at the door, concessions available for purchase, for an audition, contact Tawni at 231 570-6051 March 9- Square and Round Dance, Kalkaska COA/Senior Center, 303 S. Coral St, 7:00 to 10:00 pm, free admission but donations for the band are accepted, always someone there willing to teach and partner, bring a snack to share, contact 231 258-5030 March 16- Moonlight Skate, Kaliseum Recreation Complex.

1900 Fair- grounds Rd, 7:00 pm, music, laser lights, fog machine, Kaliseum Kafe open, kids-$5, adults-$7, $2 skate rental, contact 231 258-5913 March 23- Red Hat Society Meeting, BC Pizza, 104 N. Cedar St, 12:00 pm, meeting and lunch, all red hatters (age 50+) and pink hatters (those younger) are welcome, con- tact Claudia, 231 564-2246 March 23- Square and Round Dance, Kalkaska COA/Senior Center, 303 S. Coral St, 7:00 to 10:00 pm, free admission but donations for the band are accepted, always someone there willing to teach and partner, bring a snack to share, contact 231 258-5030 FEBRUARY Calendarcontinued from page 3 Michigan Public High School Context and Performance Report Overall CAP Values for some local schools School Percent Rank Grade Bellaire Middle/High School 67.95% C Central Lake Public Schools 24.78% D Elk Rapids High School 84.42% B Forest Area High School 70.33% B Kalkaska High School 86.0% B A school’s “percent rank” indicates how the school scored com- pared to all the other schools assessed Be sure to like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/NorthwestMIVoice New postings all the time! Find us on the web at www.northwestmivoice.com current edition and archives are online.

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8 Northwest MI Voice Vol2019:04 - February 15, 2019 Community Sudoku Puzzle February 15, 2019 Solution on page 11 DEAL ME IN By Mark Pilarski (reprinted with permission of the author) Glitches Happen Dear Mark: We love your col- umn. We always learn something (especially understanding why we lose - ha, ha!). But, for the winners - since we have NEVER been in this situation; we would like to know, do casinos have the ability/right to remove you from a machine “mid-play” because they feel you are winning too much, or, under the guise that the machine has malfunctioned? Carole P.

In the thirty plus years I’ve been in the gaming business, Carole, I’m hard pressed to recall a player get- ting backed off a machine because of winning too much; from table games on occasion, such as card counters bounced from blackjack, yes, but not from a slot machine.

The exception would be a slot going into a celebration mode, which is runaway coins or credits registered in error, or a jackpot the player hasn’t legally won for an amount that isn’t available. But that involves a malfunctioning machine, not a hiccup by Lady Luck.

When you play a slot machine, Carole, you will note that the pay- out table not only spells out the coin payout for various symbol combinations, but you will also see this weasel clause, or something similar, stating, “Malfunction voids all pays and plays.” Reason being is that today’s slot machines are nothing more than masquer- aded computers, and computer errors can happen. That’s why after any decent-sized jackpot, a slot manager will open up the machine to be sure it hasn’t been tampered with and that the slot’s computer program is work- ing properly. He’ll check to see that the display on the reels or screen matches the random num- ber generator’s electronic record.

If it doesn’t correspond, a malfunc- tion is declared and the jackpot is voided. The slot’s electronic record pays those colossal jackpots, not necessarily what is displayed on the screen.

So yes, Carole, machines act up, and jackpots are denied. Winners though, tell losers where they won. So yanking you off a hot machine just because you are winning is out of the norm. Dear Mark: I read your column each week in the Sun-Herald in Biloxi, MS. I play blackjack at the Beau Rivage, which offers early surrender. My question is: Would you surrender two eights against a 9, 10, Ace? I play basic strategy with no excep- tions. When I play at any casino that does not allow surrender, I always split eights. Jolene W. Surrender is an option in which the casinos allow players to “sur- render” half their original bet total after they have examined their first two cards and have viewed the dealer’s up card.

Once you take action by drawing that third card, doubling down or splitting pairs, surrender is no longer available. Used wisely, Jolene, surrender is an excellent rule. Unfortunately, far too many players surrender far too many hands.

Factors that affect surrender strat- egy are the decks in the game – single or multiple, whether the dealer hits or stands on a soft 17, and if early surrender is offered. With early surrender, the casino allows the player to surrender his hand and relinquish half the bet before the dealer checks the hole card. This reduces the casino’s edge by a whopping 0.6%, mak- ing it one of the most favorable blackjack playing rules allowed, and a definite loser for the casino when used correctly by a profi- cient player. Unfortunately, few casinos offer it so I will deal with just the late surrender option, and the correct decision after the dealer checks their hole card.

Although advanced surrender strategy is different for each of the above combinations, none direct you to surrender when you have a pair of eights. You should always split them. So when should you surrender? As a general rule, on a multiple deck game, surrender a 16 (not 8s) against a 9, 10, Ace and a 15 against a 10. On a single deck game, surrender your 16 (again, not 8s) against a 10 and Ace and a pair of 7s against a 10. = Gambling Wisdom of the Week: “Gaming is become so much the Fashion among the Beau-Monde, that he who in company should appear ignorant of the Games in Vogue, would be reckoned lo-bred and hardly fit for Conversation.” - Richard Seymour The Court Gamester 1722 Who to THANK in 2019 Kalkaska Kiwanis is once again seeking nominations for our everyday Hometown Heroes to be recognized for their extraordinary service to the Greater Kalkaska Community.

These individuals must have been directly involved in the day to day operations of an organization and have individually made outstanding contributions in the call to public service; the hallmark of which will include Leadership, Values, Actions, Advo- cacy, Heroism and Results. The Heroes Award Night in Kalkaska (THANK) will be held 5:30PM Tuesday March 19, 2019 at the Kalkaska Church of Christ on West Kalkaska Road.

Nominees must have performed their exceptional public service in the twelve months preceding the nomination deadline which Febru- ary 15, 2019. Award criteria and categories include: • Community Hero: Leadership and Commitment in a commu- nity organization. • Public Safety Awards: Hero- ism, Safety and/or Service Initiatives. • Public Servant Award: Inno- vative ideas, practices and services in healthcare, social services, local government and education. • Veteran of the Year: Significant Veteran service advocacy at the local, state or national level providing inspiration to their community and other Veterans.

• Traffic Safety Award: Improv- ing mobility, reducing crashes, casualties and changing knowl- edge, attitudes and driving behaviors.

If selected, a nominee and family member, will be our guest at the THANK Award Dinner where they will be honored with their award. About Kalkaska Kiwanis The heart of Kalkaska Kiwanis is serving Children, Families and our Community. Members are Servant Leaders who are generous with their time and passionate about cre- ating conditions and opportunities for children to Thrive. Interested? Join Us at noon every Tuesday at the Kalkaska Memorial Health Center.

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9 Northwest MI Voice Vol2019:04 - February 15, 2019 Voice the good news LOCAL SPORTS Space for ad Coverage of teams from local area schools Sports Kalkaska boys fall narrowly to Boyne City By John Raffel KALKASKA - The Kalkaska varsity boys’ basketball team entered this week with a 6-7 record.

The Blazers lost at home 70-68 in overtime to the Boyne City Ramblers on Feb. 5. “It proved to be one of the more exciting games of the year,” Kalkaska coach Cory Heier said. “Despite losing in overtime, the Blazers played some of their best basketball of the season. The Blazers held an eight-point lead at halftime thanks in part to Ben Fitch who caught fire from behind the three-point arc. He scored 12 points in the first half to lead the Blazers.” It was tied 58-58 down the stretch. “Boyne ran an entire minute off the clock trying to close out the game on a final shot,” Heier said. “The Ramblers did, in fact, score with about three seconds left in the game and led 60-58.

The Blazers drew up a play to get the ball in Ben Fitch’s hands and Boyne committed a foul as the buzzer sounded. The Blazers were in the bonus, so Ben stepped to the line for a 1 and 1. He showed his confi- dence as he knocked down both free throws, sending the game into overtime. The Blazers had their chances in overtime but couldn’t quite close the deal and fell just short.” Fitch led the Blazers with a career-high 20 points and added six rebounds and three assists on the night.

“Ben was on fire in the first half going 3-of-3 from the behind the arc,” Heier said. “Seth Riddle also reached double figures in scor- ing as he finished the night with 16 points. AJ Castaneda and Jon Bell also scored in double figures, both finishing with 10 points on the night. AJ added five assists and four rebounds while Jon Bell added nine boards, four steals and three blocks. Nathan Blasko also added nine points, seven rebounds and two steals. “The Blazers have had an interesting season thus far as winter weather has taken its toll on being able to practice and play games. The Blazers will play six games over the next two weeks, wrapping up regular season play.” Bay Reps beat Northmen, 5-4 in OT for league title By Greg Gielczyk CHEBOYGAN -- Bad weather conditions and icy roads forced the Traverse City St.

Francis Bay Reps co-op hockey team to can- cel its scheduled road trip to Cheboygan last Friday night for a Northern Michigan Hockey League first round game against Manistee. The Chippewas successfully made the trip because the players were driven to the site by their parents, but the Bay Reps were to be transported by school bus and St. Francis officials decided not to take the chance After some discussion in a conference call between the league coaches, everyone agreed on an alternate plan where the regular sea- son champion Bay Reps would be matched against second place Petoskey in the title game last Saturday following Manistee’s contest against Cheboygan.

It was also agreed that if the Chippewas had beaten Cheboygan, and then knocked of the Bay Reps in the makeup game the two were scheduled to play this Thursday, then Man- istee would be awarded the championship. Manistee trailed 4-1 after the first period before the Chiefs exploded for six goals in the second to bring the game to an end because of the mercy rule with the 10-1 final. The Bay Reps (16-5) also found themselves behind after two periods in the championship game, but managed to rally to tie the score at the end of regulation and force overtime. Petoskey built a 4-2 lead after the first two periods and appeared to be in control.

But appearances can be deceiving and the Bay Reps turned the momentum around in the third period and rallied to tie the score before pulling out a thrilling 5-4 overtime win. “The first two periods were kind of sloppy on our part, and we had some defensive breakdowns,” Bay Reps coach Mike Mat- teucci said. “We were more focused on the offensive end than the defensive end of the rink.

“But we played better in the third period. It was some of our seniors stepping up and tak- ing the game into their hands. I was really proud of our reaction to being down two goals going into the third.” Petoskey scored a goal in the first period and another early in the second to take a 2-0 lead before Jake Ste- venson scored the first of his three goals in the game to shave the Bay Reps’ deficit to just one goal, 2-1 with 10:22 left. Kaleb Miller had the assist on the play. Logan Kerry also scored for the Bay Reps in the second, his goal coming with 5:21 remaining off an assist from Jonathan Adams.

But the North- men scored two goals to maintain a two-goal lead after two.

The Bay Reps tallied twice in the third period to erase the deficit and tie the game, both goals coming from Stevenson. The first came at the 8:58 mark on the power play with Kerry and Miller providing the help- ers and the other settling in the back of the net with 2:13 remaining in regulation with Miller getting the assist. Cam Newman scored the game-winner with 5:56 left in the overtime after controlling a pass from Cam Altonen. It was Newman’s first varsity goal, and it was an opportune time for him to get it. The Northmen did not get a quality shot at the Bay Reps goal in the overtime.

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10 Northwest MI Voice Vol2019:04 - February 15, 2019 Sports Lady Warriors drop 50-47 game to Central Lake By Greg Gielczyk CENTRAL LAKE -- Despite being idle for more than a week because of bad weather the Forest Area girls’ basketball team showed up ready to play Monday night and gave Central Lake all it could handle in a Ski Valley Con- ference game.

But, unfortunately, the Warriors fell an ago- nizing three points shy of pulling out the win as the Trojans prevailed for a 50-47 win that erased some of the bitter taste of their last outing, a 52-16 loss to league leading Gay- lord St. Mary.

Forest Area was originally scheduled to play the Trojans back on Jan. 25, but that game was cancelled due to the weather. The Warriors, like most teams in northern Michigan, were unable to even practice as the ice on the roads kept most people off the roads unless absolutely necessary. It took them a few minutes to get their bas- ketball legs back, and settle into playing the game again, but once that happened things just started to click for the Warriors. Central Lake improved to 5-8 overall and 3-7 in the Ski Valley, while the Warriors fell to 3-9 and 1-8, respectively. Forest Area was scheduled to play at Johannesburg-Lewiston on Wednesday, but that game was put in jeopardy when another storm system moved into the area Tuesday.

McKenzie Szymchack had a big night for the Warriors, finishing with a double double, scoring 26 points and grabbing 16 rebounds while adding three steals. Cailin Martin con- tributed 11 points and hauled down eight rebounds. The Warriors ended the first quarter with a 13-12 lead and outscored the Trojans, 15-13 in the second to take a 28-25 edge into the halftime break. It seemed the Warriors had the momentum. Central Lake reversed the tables on the Warriors in the second half. The Trojans out- scored the Warriors, 10-9 in the third period to climb within two, 37-35 entering the fourth period.

The Trojans then prevailed, 15-10 in the fourth quarter.

Forest Area’s last game before taking on Central Lake was back on Jan. 28 when the Warriors hosted Brethren in non-conference action and rolled to a 57-35 win. Lauren Lange paced the Warriors with 18 points and three assists, while Martin tossed in 12 points. The Warriors led, 13-10 at the end of the first quarter and then put the defensive clamps on the Bobcats in the second period, rolling up a 14-2 advantage for a 27-12 halftime lead. Brethren made a rush at the Warriors in the third quarter with a 17-9 advantage that made the score, 36-29 going into the fourth. For- est Area outscored Brethren, 21-6 in the final eight minutes.

Warriors lose to Cardinals, 72-44 in Ski Valley game By Greg Gielczyk JOHANNESBURG -- Playing the second place team in the Ski Valley Conference was going to be enough of a challenge anyway for the Forest Area boys’ basketball team Tues- day, Feb. 5. But it was even tougher since the Warriors hadn’t been able to practice between games with the snow and ice storms that have pum- meled the area, and threatening to do so again. Making it even tougher was that the game was played on the Cardinals’home court, and they took every advantage of the situation to win in dominating fashion, 72-44. It improved the Cardinals’ record to 11-5 overall and 9-3 in the Ski Valley, where they are chasing the conference leading Pellston Hornets who are 14-2 and 10-2, respectively.

The season hasn’t been kind to the Warriors who dropped their third straight game after a 67-53 win at Central Lake back on Jan. 18, and are tied with Onaway for last place in the conference with a 2-9 mark and are 2-12 overall.

“Joburg has a pretty tough team,” ForestArea coach Ethan McCarthy said. “They kind of beat us down a little. But, shoot, we were coming off 12 days without practice. “We played Bellaire two weeks ago, and then the next time we see each other we’re play- ing another game. So we played two games without any practices. It’s been a mess. “But everybody’s in the same boat. It’s been Mother Nature just putting a spell on every- one it seems like. But it’s like hitting the re-set button on the season for these kids. It’s tough.” Forest Area showed a lot of rust, especially on offense, in the first quarter and dug itself a huge hole in falling behind the Cardinals, 15-3 after the first eight minutes.

Although the Warriors picked up their scoring pace in the second quarter, Joburg outscored them by four, 19-15 and went into the locker room with a 16-point lead, 34-18 at the half. The Warriors’ offense took another dip in the third period when they were outscored, 19-9 and entered the fourth and final quarter looking up at a 26-point deficit, 53-27. The Cardinals had a 19-17 edge in the last eight minutes.

Johnny Stosio paced the Warriors in scoring with 20 points while Chase Ingersoll con- tributed 14 to account for the bulk of Forest Area’s offensive output for the night. “We have two solid weeks to get ready for districts,” McCarthy said. “That’s kind of our outlook on the season right now. Anything we had going just kind of fizzled right out with the weather. “It’s been weird. I can’t remember a time either as a player or a coach that something like this happened this drastically. It’s almost like throwing another Christmas break right in the middle of the season.

“Re-scheduling games and game planning is tough.

We don’t truly know who we’re playing until the day before the game. It’s definitely a challenge, but there’s been a couple of kids who have been stepping up to the plate.” McCarthy said both Ingersoll and Stosio have been shooting well, trying to find a rhythm with all the havoc that has been going on. The Warriors just need to play a few games in a row to get their continuity back. The Warriors lost to Bellaire, 49-33 at home on Friday, Feb. 1 with Stosio scoring 14 points and grabbing seven rebounds while Ingersoll added nine points and four steals. After the two teams battled to an 11-11 tie at the end of the first quarter, the Eagles out- scored the Warriors, 18-9 in the second and went into the half with a 29-20 lead.

Bellaire outscored Forest Area, 10-7 in the third quarter for a 12-point lead going into the fourth quarter. The Eagles had a 10-6 edge on the Warriors in the final stanza. Kalkaska girls stay busy By John Raffel KALKASA - It’s been a busy month for Kalkaska’s girls’ basketball team. On Feb. 1, Kalkaska lost to St. Francis 43-31.

Jordyn Disbrow and Margaret Stosio had eight points apiece for Kalkaska. Loren Schwab had six points. Three days later, Kalkaska beat Petoskey 51-33. Stosio had 21 points, Disbrow had 19 and Kayla Cavanaugh had nine. “It was a good team effort,” Kalkaska coach Kassi Burkam said. “We made 17-of-20 free throws.” On Feb. 5. Kalkaska lost 59-44 to Boyne City. Disbrow had 13 points, Stosio had 10 and Cavanaugh had eight. “We played strong in the end to cut the lead in the fourth quarter,” Burkam said. Kalkaska is 6-7.

Kalkaska wrestlers fall to Boyne City By John Raffel KALKASKA — Kalkaska’s team wrestling season came to a close in a 54-19 loss to Boyne City in district action on Feb.

6. Ethan Hicks (112) lost 10-2 to AJ South. David Morgan defeated Jordan McBee 12-3. Devon Beck (135) lost 16-6 to Domink Cul- ver. Justin Harlan (140) lost 14-6 to Dalton Bradley (140). Cody Isrow (145) was pinned in 1:59 by Max Matthews. Dustin McCool (152) and Gavin Hernandez (285) won by forfeits. Tomorr Cullhaj (171) decisioned Zac Eaton 12-8.

11 Northwest MI Voice Vol2019:04 - February 15, 2019 Sudoku Puzzle Solution February 15, 2019 Puzzle on page 8 Crafts Corner - SAVE THE DATE- The Kalkaska High School Class of 1969 is planning their 50th Reunion for August 24, 2019 at Twin Birch Golf Course. They are currently seeking contact info of classmates. Please text or call Gay Barber Rowell at 231 886-5770. - SAVE THE DATE- The Kalkaska High School Class of 1969 is planning their 50th Reunion for August 24, 2019 at Twin Birch Golf Course. They are currently seeking contact info of classmates. Please text or call Gay Barber Rowell at 231 886-5770.

Are you or someone you know struggling with. . .

• Alcohol / Drug Addiction • Anger • Codependency • Eating Disorder / Food Addiction • Love & Relationship Addiction • Physical-Sexual-EmothionalAbuse • Sexual Addiction • Gambling Addiction Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered, 12 step recov- ery program for anyone struggling with hrt, pain, or addiction of any kind. Celebrate Recovery is a safe place to find community and freedom from the issues that are controlling our life. Thursdays, at 6:30 pm at the KCC. The first study will be “Stepping out of Denial into God’s Grace.” Growler Pouch by Jacquilyn Williston This pattern is simple and easy to adjust to anything your imagination can come up with.

The first part creates the bottom and you can make it as large or small as you want to fit your drinking vessel. The rest is just a knit tube that goes up the length of the bottle. I encourage you to have fun with it. Always knit responsibly.

Sizing: This pattern will fit a regular 64oz growler. Materials: Yarn: One skein worsted weight cotton yarn. Gauge: 10 stitches x 10 rows in stockinette should be 2in x 2in Needles: US 8 double pointed needles US 8 circular needles (optional) Abbreviations: K: knit YO: Yarn over CO: Cast on BO: Bind off DBN: Double pointed needles Pattern: Using the double Pointed Needles cast on 6 stitches. Distribute the 6 stitches evenly on 3 DPN (two stitches on each needle) Round 1: K all stitches R2: *YO K1* repeat ** to end of round R3 (and all following odd rounds): K to end of round R4: *YO K2* repeat ** to end of round R6: *YO K3* repeat ** to end of round R8: *YO K4* repeat ** to end of round R10: *YO K5* repeat ** to end of round R12: *YO K6* repeat ** to end of round R14: *YO K7* repeat ** to end of round R16: *YO K8* repeat ** to end of round This the point at which you can begin having fun.

The Pattern you have just completed is the bottom of the pouch which you can see in the middle picture. You can add some color work like I did in the pictures above or use a favorite stitch to create an interesting texture. R17 and all other rounds: Switch to the cir- cular needle and K to end of round. Knit all rounds until the pattern fits over your growler. Flat, the pouch will measure about 9 in. BO Helix Knitting: If you want to create the two color look in the picture, called helix knitting, after R17 knit for 1in. Attach a second color while leaving the first color still attached and knit for one round with second color.

Pick up the first color and knit 1 round. Continue switching colors each round until the pouch reaches 8in. Knit with first color for 1in and BO. Strap Pattern: CO 6 stitches. Knit in stockinette until the strap reaches 42in or a length that is prefer- able to you. BO Finishing: Attach strap to pouch using a ladder stitch. Sew in any tails. That’s it you’re done!

12 Northwest MI Voice Vol2019:04 - February 15, 2019 I Was Just Thinking Cousins, I have cousins – some by birth, some by choice. Each of my parents had one sibling. My father had a brother and my mother had a sister. My father’s brother had a fertility problem and could not have his own biological children. He adopted three, two boys and a girl. He was an attorney, instru- mental in getting legislation passed in his state of Ohio that sealed adoption records. The rationale for that legislation was the protection of the privacy of the birth parents, which seemed a legitimate concern.

Funny how different a thing looks, depending on your per- spective.

When his daughter grew up, she wanted to know about her birth family, but she had no legal access to that information. A rather determined woman, she set to work, learning how to find birth parents, and striving to get the law changed in Ohio. Her father, my uncle, came to understand how important it is, or can be, for an adoptee to have access to his or her own birth records. So, he helped his daughter, my dear cousin Betsie Norris, as she pressed the issue – and finally won. On March 20, 2015, birth records were opened for Ohio adoptees born between January 1, 1964 and September 18, 1996.

My mother’s sister was married twice and had four children. One was born just as my aunt and her first husband were divorcing. Although he was not the biological father, he agreed to let his name be on the birth certificate as long as he was not held to be in any way account- able for the child’s support. When my aunt did remarry, her new husband adopted the boy. After some years, the boy learned he was adopted and he wanted to know about his father, whom he presumed was the first husband. Family mem- bers “spilled the beans” so to speak, and let him know that his biological father was yet some- body else, although nobody knew for sure who that some- body was.

His mother, my aunt, would not tell him. She thought it was unimportant, a part of the past best left alone. She did not change her mind as long as she lived, taking that secret with her when she left this world. Eventually, my cousin who knows how to find people and my cousin wanting very much to find his birth father, got to know one another. With Bet- sie’s encouragement, and with the astonishing recent advances in unraveling the human genetic code, my cousin Craig got DNA results through Ancestry. com that turned up a clear first cousin. The connection was recently made, and Craig has had a visit with his 93-year- old biological father, and met a couple dozen new relatives.

Photographs of the two of them together are quite convincing – they share distinct features of their noses and their ears. It had seemed Craig would never know who his father was. And that was a sad thing. Now, he does know, and he was able to meet the man while he still lives. And that is a very glad thing.

I am so grateful for the mem- bers of my family, close and distant, whether by birth or by choice! Tina Norris Fields Editor Opinion and Reflection Editor’s note: Op-Ed pieces and Letters to the Editor are wel- come. Discussion of ideas and issues is one of our fundamental rights and duties, as well as being essential to the advancement of all people. The main requirement for acceptance is that they maintain civil discourse. Articles or letters that engage in ranting or ad hominem attacks will not be published. An extra long article or letter may be edited for the sake of space.

Email your article or letter to tina.fieldsmedia@gmail.com, or send it via the USPS to Editor, Northwest Michigan Voice, PO Box 28, Rapid City, MI 49676 Calling all young writers The Northwest Michigan Voice is inviting you to submit items for publication.

Prose, poetry, book reviews, movie critiques, essays on topics that interest you, creative writing or practical ‘how to’ advice. Here is your opportunity to exercise your talent and sharpen your skills, with an audience ready to receive and enjoy your work. This is intended to showcase the work of students in our schools, so the anticipated upper age limit is 21.

The Young Writers’ Corner will be launching soon. Send your submissions to: Northwest Michigan Voice c/o Fields Media LLC PO Box 28 Rapid City, MI 49676 My cousin Craig and his new-found cousin Marianne Spirit week This year, Kalkaska High School’s Snow- coming spirit week included themes that all students and staff members could enjoy. Monday was America Day or Red, White, and Blue Day. More than half of the school’s population dressed in patriotic colored attire. Tuesday was the perfect day for Flan- nel Day. Everyone was warm and com- fortable, which is perfect for the kind of weather we’ve been having.

The Snow- coming Dance will take place Saturday, February 16 at 8:00.

13 Northwest MI Voice Vol2019:04 - February 15, 2019 WEEK OF FEBRUARY 18-22 Mon., Feb. 18 No School Tues., Feb. 19 Salisbury Steak w/ Mashed Potato Wed., Feb. 20 Corn Dog Nuggets Glazed Carrots Thurs., Feb. 21 Walking Beef Nachos Refried Beans Fri., Feb. 22 Pepperoni Bosco Sticks Carpi Blend Veggies WEEK OF FEBRUARY 25 - MARCH 1 Mon., Feb. 25 Cheeseburger w/ Bun Baked Beans Tues., Feb. 26 Chicken Patty w/ Bun Wed., Feb. 27 Meat Ball w/ Gravy Mashed Potato Thurs., Feb. 28 French Bread Pizza Green Beans Fri., Mar. 1 Gr. Cheese Sandwich w/ Tomato Soup Water Stations Two middle school students are celebrating a great accomplish- ment this week! Isabella Grezner and Alyssa Anderson have raised almost $1,200 to buy a filtered water bottle filling station and water fountain.

Using a flyer they created, the students approached various local businesses asking for donations for the water sta- tion. Izzy said, “The community really came through for us and the company we are buying it from offered an almost $400 discount.” The largest donations came from 258-TIRE, Trend Services, Voice Motors, Sideroad Chocolates, and Pioneer. Many other businesses donated money to this project. “They said they really like donat- ing to a local cause, especially the schools,” Alyssa shared. The idea came from a need in the building for a centrally located water bottle filling station and filtered water fountain.

The Teen Health Corner had placed one in the gymnasium, but it was too far to reach between classes for students. “The water station will save on water bottles and will get kids to drink more water, which is really healthy,” commented Mrs. Martin, the teacher who inspired the project. The hope is to have the water station installed by the end of March to complete the International Baccalaureate Com- munity Project. If anyone would like to donate to water stations in the middle school, they can con- tact the Kalkaska Middle School office.

Birds’ tummies are grumbling: How to make your own suet cakes By: McKenzie Fox Antrim Conservation District - Conserva- tion Program Assistant With February being National Bird Feeding Month, it serves as a reminder to put out a little extra food for the birds as they come to the end of their long winter. Many birds stick around in Michigan during this time of year including cardinals, blue jays, chickadees, and nuthatches! From suet to peanut butter to fruit and seeds, there are many food sources that can be provided by humans to give birds a little extra support. At this time of the year, suet is an ideal food for birds as it provides lots of energy and will not go bad in the cold weather.

See the very easy recipe from Audubon that I tried out below! It will take less than 20 min- utes, and many of the supplies are common to the kitchen pantry.

Ingredients: • 1 ½ cup shortening/suet • ¾ cups nut butter • 3 ½ cups wild bird seed • 1 cup quick oats • ½ cup corn meal (or oats, bread crumbs, etc.) Instructions (see the pictures!): 1. Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl. 2. Mix the shortening/suet and nut butter in a microwavable bowl and melt. Alterna- tively, you can also melt it in a pan on the stove. 3. Pour the liquid mixture over the dry ingre- dients and stir. 4. Put the mixture in a container, such as an ice cube tray, a pan, etc. I used a square pan and put wax paper in it to make it eas- ier to take out. Another good option would be to use an old suet cake container.

5. Freeze for 1-2 hours.

I cut the recipe in 1/3 and it made a suet cake about the size of one you would buy. I learned that the squirrels also love this recipe so place it out of reach of them if desired. Happy National Bird Feeding Month! Sources: https://www.audubon.org/news/ make-your-own-suet and https://www.canr. msu.edu/news/migrating_birds_from_michi- gan_heading_south Antrim Conservation District is a special unit of local government established in 1944 to assist citizens and local government in managing their natural resources through the implemen- tation of conservation practices. Contact the Antrim Conservation District at antrimcd@ macd.org or by calling (231) 533-8363, or find us on Instagram and Facebook.

14 Northwest MI Voice Vol2019:04 - February 15, 2019 Walk Slowly With Purpose Waking up before the alarm rings By Dominic Fortuna COZUMEL, MEXICO -- Good morning from Mexico! I set my alarm to wake me up at 6:30am, but I woke up at 6:29am. Is that you, too; do you do the same thing? Purpose, waking up with purpose. Whether it’s feeding the cat or letting the furry bark buddies outside to do their business, a constancy of purpose is key to a gratifying day. Remembering those days of high school, knowing that when you wake up and show up at school you would have a com- plete day with a complete schedule.

An hour with numbers, time in the study hall to read, day dreaming through a book of world history, or spending time with a brass or woodwind instrument in the high school band. Then there was always that after school seasonal sport or activity with friends that kept us busy. Looking back, school opens the door to a purposeful life of learning, evolving the day with an amplitude of opportunity… to have a purpose. Fast forward to today. For me, my day looks like this: I always awaken before the alarm goes off, knowing that once I awake I will spend at least a half of an hour in quiet reflection and/ or prayer.

Followed by a chapter from a good book, I love the excitement of the fresh morning read. This in turn prepares me for a confident conversation, one with quality, it doesn’t matter if it’s just a quick chat with family or a phone conversation pertaining to my business - it’s purposeful and genuine. Next comes that small act of kindness, it might be just making a super delicious cup of coffee for my wife, or helping the kids tie their shoes. It’s an act of kindness, a way of losing interest in my own selfish needs and gaining interest in someone else’s. Now let’s keep the ball rolling. But let’s keep it simple.

I like to tidy up the house a bit before I leave, make the bed and maybe clean a room or two, but never do I overwhelm myself with a complete do-over of my dwelling. I keep it simple, which simplifies my life. I recommend at this point of the day a little self- care. Maybe it’s a nice floss of the pearly whites or something physical like a short go on the treadmill. The point is that it’s self-care and it’s purposeful and gratifying. I used to be quite the nail biter for the better part of my life, so one day I decided to take on the task of being a nail groomer rather than a nail biter. This simple act of self-care has enhanced my life in a great way, not to mention it chalks another task up into the “purposeful” column.

Now a lot of us have jobs to show up to, I always try to remember this simple phrase when show- ing up to work, “I don’t have to do this, I GET to do this.” These simple words seem to change my whole outlook on my job. And my job has the tendency to be one of the greater purposes of my life. My job doesn’t define me, it’s just a phase of the day, an opportunity to have a pur- pose and a constancy of purpose is truly the key to success. My current job is performing on a cruise ship, it’s a wonderful job and I get to do it.

I also get to meet some terrific people on this ship. Martin Rivers is one of my piano play- ers, Martin is from Argentina.

When I posed the question of daily purpose to Martin, his response was engaging and turned into an hour long discussion over coffee. “I like to be mind- ful of my health,” was Martin’s first response. “My job is very physical. More than most people would imagine, yes I’m just a piano player, but to play and love what I play… I live on an emotional roller coaster. My heart, my mind, and my hands all energized and charging through a composition. This, my friend, is very fulfilling and exhausting.” Martin also empha- sized to me that sound health is the key and sole purpose to his life. It’s what keeps him in the game at a top level of performance.

I then turned my question of purpose to some- one to who was not in the entertainment industry. Federico Buffa from Uruguay is an officer in guest services. Federico responded to my question with excitement and vigor. “I love people! I love meeting new people. My job in life is to meet as many people from all over the world! I want to know you, I want to hear about where you live and what you love from life.” BEAUTIFUL! What a great purpose to wake up to everyday. Federico is a charming young man and a fine example of a world outside our little hometown. I truly enjoyed my brief con- versation with him.

His curiosity was enormous and he was so intrigued to hear about Northern Michigan and all of our lakes and forests. After all of this talk about purpose is said and completed, I understand that daily life with its worries and challenges can leave us swamped and overwhelmed with anxiety. I, too, get this way occasionally. But here, my friends, is one thing that always works for me, never lets me down, and is one of my secret weapons in a world of constant chatter: Every day without fail I cling to my favorite music and spend at least a half hour per day listening to inspira- tional music. Whatever your choice be, plug yourself into it.

I usually put my headphones on and wander off for a 30 minute walk. This way it’s a double whammy of purpose. Trust me on this one, it truly works. So now that you’ve taken the time out of your day to read my short little column, let’s wrap this whole thing up with a bit of gratitude. Gratitude that tomorrow is a new day to lay some principles of purpose out on the table of life, a day to give it a go at a purposeful life, and then maybe you, too, will wake up one minute before the alarm is sup- posed to ring!

Federico Buffa, Guest Services Officer on board ship photo by Dominic Fortuna Martin Rivers, a piano player from Argentina photo by Dominic Fortuna

15 Northwest MI Voice Vol2019:04 - February 15, 2019 GOVERNMENT MEETINGS Kalkaska CountyTownships: Bear Lake Township, Bear Lake Twp Hall, 198 E Bear Lake Rd NE, Kalkaska, 231-258-4871 When: 2nd Tue, 7 pm Blue Lake Township, Blue Lake Twp Hall, 10599 Twin Lake Rd, Mancelona, 231-587-8354 When: 1st Wed, 7 pm Boardman Township, Boardman Twp Hall/Fire Dept, 4855 PineSt,SouthBoardman,231-369-3336 When: 3rd Wed, 7 pm Clearwater Township, Clearwater Twp Community Center, 5407RiverSt,RapidCity,231-331-6249 When: 3rd Wed, 7:00 pm Coldsprings Township, Coldsprings Twp Hall, 6515 County Road 571 NE, Mancelona, 231-587-8633 When: 2nd Mon, 7 pm Excelsior Township, Excelsior Twp Hall, 987 County Road 571 NE, Kalkaska, 231-258-6108 When: 1st Mon, 7 pm Garfield Township, Garfield Twp Hall, 0466 W Sharon Rd, Fife Lake, 231-369-2483 When: 2nd Thur, 7 pm Kalkaska Township , Kalkaska Twp Hall / Fire Department, 209 Laurel St, 231-258-9305 When: 1st Tue, 7 pm Oliver Township, Oliver Twp Hall, 5272 Kniss Rd SE, 231-258-5348 When: 2nd Tue, 7 pm Orange Township, Orange Twp Hall, 28 Boardman Rd SE, South Boardman, 231-369-3457 When: 2nd Mon, 7 pm Rapid River Township, Rapid River Twp Hall, 101 Phelps Rd, Kalkaska, 231-258-2943 When: 2nd Tue, 7 pm Springfield Township, Springfield Twp Hall, 5253 Ingersoll Rd SW, Fife Lake, 231-879-4541 When: 2nd Tue, 7 pm + = Village of Central Lake, Central Lake Governmental Building, 1622 N.

M-88, Central Lake, 231 544-6483 When: 2nd Wed, 7:00 pm Central Lake Township, Central Lake Governmental Building, 1622 N. M-88, Central Lake, 231 544-6687 When: 3rd Wed, 7:00 pm Village of Bellaire: Village Offices, 202 N. Bridge St, Bellaire, 231 533-8213 Village Council- When: 1st Wed, 7:00 pm DDA- When: last Wed, 8:00 am Village of Mancelona: Village Offices, 120 W. State, Mancelona, 231 587-8331 When: 2nd Tue, 6:00 pm Mancelona DDA, Antrim County Title, 504 S. Williams, Mancelona, 231 58-833 When: 2nd Mon, 5:30 pm Mancelona Township: Township Offices, 9610 S. M-88, Mancelona, 231 587-8651 When: 3rd Mon, 6:00 pm Village of Fife Lake: Village Hall, 616 Bates St, Fife Lake, 231 879-4291 Village Council- When: 3rd Mon, 6:30 pm DDA-When: 3rd Tues, quarterly Jan, April, July, October, 6:00 pm Fife Lake Township: Township Meeting Room, 134 Morgan St, 231 879-3963 When: 4th Thur, Jan-Oct, 6:00 pm Village of Kingsley: Village Offices, 207 S.

Brownson, 231 263-7778 Village Council- When: 2nd Mon, 6:00 pm DDA- When: 3rd Tue, 6:00 pm Paradise Township: Township Hall, 2300 E. M-113, Kings- ley, 231 263-5251 When: 2nd Wed, 6:00 pm Helena Township: Helena Township Community Center, 8751 Helena Rd, Alden, 231 331-4643 When: 2nd Thu, 7:00 pm Village of Kalkaska: Village Offices, 200 Hyde St, Kalkaska, 231-258-9191 Village Council- When: 2nd Mon, 6 pm DDA- When: 1st Tue, 5:00 pm Kalkaska County: Kalkaska County BOC Chambers, Administration Building, 605 N Birch St, 231-258-3349 Board of Commissioners- When: 3nd Wed, 6 pm (except November, Monday the 12th) Standing Committees- When: 2nd Wed, times below (except November, on the 7th) Judiciary & Public Health- 9 am Health & Welfare- 10 am Public Works- 11 am Personnel/Interview- 1 pm Budget & Finance- 2 pm (also meets the Tue before, 5 pm) County Affairs/ IT & Computer- 3 pm Public Meetings SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS Kalkaska Public Schools, Board of Education room, 315 S Coral St Kalkaska , 231-258-9100 When: 2nd Mon, 6 pm (New time begins March 2019; April meeting at Rapid City School; Budget meeting June 20, 2019) Forest Area Community Schools Band Room, ForestArea High School, 7661 Shippy Rd SW, Fife Lake 231-369-4191 When: 2nd Mon, 6:so pm Mancelona Public Schools Media Center, Mancelona Middle School, 1122 St JohnsAve, Mancelona 231-587-9764 When: 2nd Tue, 4:30 pm As the Local Food Marketplace Changes, Fainting Robin Farm Introduces Innovative New Model One Customized Farm Share Box at a Time Williamsburg, Michigan: CSA farms, or farms that sell sea- sonal farm box subscriptions to local consumers, have struggled to attract and retain customers in recent years due to increased competition and changing con- sumer demands.

According to Ryan Galt at the University of California in a study of 1,454 current and former farm share / CSA members1, the top four reasons that members leave are all due to lack of choice in the share. In its first season, Fainting Robin Farm is introducing a partnership with Harvie, an online farm share platform, to help overcome this limitation and better serve local consumers. “The model for CSA shares in the past packed a standard box of food for each member regard- less of what they like and what they don’t like, but we know that some people hate beets and some people can’t get enough.

Harvie allows us to customize each box so we make sure each member gets what they want. We are really excited to offer this inno- vative CSA model - Jacquilyn Williston from Williamsburg, Michigan.

Harvie allows each member to set preferences of what products they like and what products they don’t. Then each week, Jacquilyn enters of a list of all crops that are ready for harvest and Harvie’s algorithm matches the harvest to each member’s preferences to give each member a perfect box for that week’s harvest. The member has 24-48 hours to make changes to their box and order extras. Then Harvie feeds that information back to Jacquilyn for packing and delivery. In addition Harvie provides cook- ing tips, recipes, and videos based on the contents of the box so members can be sure they will have lots of information when the question comes up, “What’s for dinner?” “There’s no fresher or tastier way to buy food than directly from your local farmer.

Harvie facilitates these direct farmer to consumer relationships and helps farms compete as the food marketplace shifts rapidly, exem- plified by the success of meal kit delivery services like Blue Apron and the acquisition of Whole Foods by Amazon,” says Simon Huntley, CEO of Pittsburgh, PA based Harvie.

To learn more about our shares and sign up, visit https://www.harvie.farm/pro- file/fainting-robin-farm or https://faintingrobinfarm.weebly. com About Fainting Robin: At Faint- ing Robin we believe in using growing practices that are both efficient and enhance the health of our biome. We use biointensive and organic growing practices and now we will be adding Har- vie giving each of our members a completely custom box and reducing food waste in the pro- cess. You can check out our farm at faintingrobinfarm.weebly.com About Harvie: Harvie connects you directly with trusted local farms who deliver shares of farm fresh products customized to your personal preferences.

Har- vie is the result of nearly a decade of working closely with farms to meet their technology needs as well as observation, interviews, and research into the CSA/Farm Share market and the local food system.

If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain; If I can ease one life the aching, Or cool one pain, Or help one fainting robin Unto his nest again, I shall not live in vain. —Emily Dickinson The Willistons of Fainting Robin Farm

16 Northwest MI Voice Vol2019:04 - February 15, 2019 Of Interest In January 2019, two Eagle Scouts were each awarded a $500 scholarship, by the Alden Men’s Club, for achieving the rank of Eagle. This award is available to all scouts in the Antrim and Kalkaska counties for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. In the picture from left to right: Terri Sibole, scoutmaster Troop 629 of Kalkaska, Derek Long and Sean Sweeney.

Since 1921 Buick - Chevrolet 302 W Mile Rd, Kalkaska  231-258-9178 Sales: Monday 8 am - 8 pm Tues-Fri 8 am - 6 pm Sat 9 am - 3 pm Sun CLOSED Service & Parts: Mon - Fri 7:30 am - 5:30 pm Sat & Sun CLOSED Alden Men’s Club Eagle Scout Awards North Country Trail Association “Half way there” celebration May 2 – 5, 2019 February is for lovers and a couple of trail lovers grew close when promoting and work- ing on the trail. Their love grew strong and eventually Jerry Allen, the founding member and first president of the Jordan Valley 45° Chapter of the North Country Trail Associa- tion, found not only the right paths to take through the woods, but also the path to Con- nie’s heart.

They got married that very fall, November 1999, in a private ceremony, but celebrated their relationship publicly, June 12, 2000, at the awe-inspiring Landslide Creek Overlook in the Jordan River Valley. If you love the outdoors or love someone who does, consider joining Jerry, Connie, and all of us with the North Country Trail Asso- ciation, as we celebrate the nation’s longest National Scenic Trail and those who helped bring it to us. It’s one of the best kept secrets in Michigan that we are trying to let out. So join us and check out Landslide Creek among the many other adventures available in your backyard along the trail.

Our celebration will be held May 2nd through 5th at Shanty Creek Resorts. We call it “half way there” because the Lower Peninsula of Michigan contains the halfway point among all seven states the trail passes through. And our chapter, the Jordan Valley 45° cares for the only section that crosses the 45th parallel (the old name was Tittabawassee Chapter). We hold the National celebration in the Lower Peninsula about once every 8 years (it moves through each of our seven states and the Upper Peninsula.

Hikes and activities appropriate for all ages will be available for all to enjoy. For more information, or to sign up, go to: nctacelebra- tion.org Article submitted by Eugene Branigan Connie and Jerry Allen This image from the Jordan Valley 45° Chapter website, shows the section of the North Country Trail that traverses the 45th parallel in Michigan’s lower peninsula.