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Moving On

Summer isn’t over yet. This is good. I need to make up for days not spent on the beach, or in a park or on a boat (lake or river). Now South Manitou is calling. Our first days of summer were consumed with moving into our charming older Northport village home (just after moving out of three temporary places in short succession).  Some of the minor unpacking came to a halt due to extended time with The Music Man musical my husband Joe directed. I volunteered to do props and that turned into much more. Moving toward fall our community will host Leelanau Uncaged. I’m thrilled I’ll be able to volunteer more and walk home between events. Northport is my childhood home and to be able to have a house here and be involved with village happenings has been a long time dream, now fulfilled. Pinch me.


For my summer fun project, I have been gathering potted perennial plants to place in a shady space just below the living room window. Friends have been generous with passing along their garden’s overflow and soon the grassy space will be transformed.

Creating this publication when we moved locations so many times has been a challenge.  The wonderful writers, designers and advertisers are what held everything together. This issue we introduce a new column, All About Animals by Susan Gibbons who loves all creatures so this is her niche (page 20).

Have an enjoyable summer as it moves toward fall. Thank you for reading this issue.

Laura Lee Kalchik

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The National Park Service (NPS) invites visitors of all ages to join in the celebration of its 100th birthday at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

There is free admission to the park on August 25th, and the Lakeshore has a full day of events from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. in celebration of Founder’s Day. (The NPS was created on August 25th, 1916, by President Woodrow Wilson.)

The highlight of the event is a birthday party from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., at the Dune Climb. We will be celebrating with special events, talks and cupcakes, and invite visitors to make a giant "100" on the dune!

There will be other activities throughout the park from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m..
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