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Oh the summer life

It’s time to greet the water’s waves with boats, and skim boards, and all things floats, and with our arms to splash hello, and swim. Okay—the water may not be warm enough yet for swimming (early June as I write this). It certainly beckons sunbathing and beachcombing and I enjoy many walks on the shore to gather beach glass. Summer will bring out our annual camping trip on South Manitou, a few sails on Grand Traverse Bay, and speed boat (not so fast really) rides on my brother’s boat. And kayaks, and canoeing, and there will be fishing for bass for my husband to enjoy. I am sure there will be a few fish dinners.

We’ll have an abundance of local fruits and veggies available at all the area farmers markets to enjoy. Cherries will ripen, but first our rosy strawberries. We will have many things to keep us busy and our grills will be busy too.

Time to celebrate our Dads, Fathers, and father figures with June’s Fathers Day and we have a few dad-related stories in this issue, Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore is part of the celebration for our country’s National Parks 100 year anniversary. There are many events to attend and we feature some of them on page 6. I have many memories of climbing the dunes with friends, family, and classmates, and the joyfulness of tumbling down. Now when I visit I may not always climb up, however I just love watching the children and kids at heart run down. Those smiles are just so big.

I hope you find something new to try this summer. Maybe you will get an idea from looking through our Summer Fun Issue. Thanks for reading Families First Monthly.

Laura Lee Kalchik

Sleeping Bear - Then and Now

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Sunday Drive

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Father's day

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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore to Host Book Signing Event
– The National Park Service at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is pleased to announce a special book signing with author, Karen Trolenberg, and illustrator, Christopher Smith for their book “Flight of Megizzewas”. The event will take place on
Friday, July 22, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire, MI.

Flight of Megizzewas is a children’s picture book written by Leelanau county native, KarenTrolenberg. The story tracks a day in the life of a majestic bald eagle named Megizzewas as he soars over iconic Northern Michigan scenery. The lush landscape, colorful, birds and woodland animals are beautifully illustrated by award-winning Michigan artist, Christopher Smith.

Megizzewas, which means “young bald eagle” in Anishnaabemowin, is named in honor of a bald eagle rescued in 1917 by the author’s great-great grandfather, W.A. “Deli” Craker. During the 13 years that Deli cared for the eagle, the bird became one of Omena, Michigan’s most famous residents. He was featured in many publications of the day including the Traverse CityRecord Eagle, Grand Rapids Press, the Detroit Sunday Times, and Outdoor Michigan. He alsobecame a national ambassador for his species when photos of him were used in textbooks and

by the National Audubon Society in literature calling for the protection of the bald eagle. The famed eagle flew to his freedom in 1931.
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