2018-02-08 / Columns

Northport readies for great fun with chili

By LESLIE DISCH
Phone/fax 386-5686


NATIONAL ARTS Honor Society students from Northport are organizing the Chili Cook-Off at the Northport Winter Carnival. Shown from left are Emma Adams, Lillian Kinker, Karla Flores, Hayden Gregg, Lindsey Somero and advisor Jenny Evans. Missing from the photo are Sydney Barker and Claire Brown. NATIONAL ARTS Honor Society students from Northport are organizing the Chili Cook-Off at the Northport Winter Carnival. Shown from left are Emma Adams, Lillian Kinker, Karla Flores, Hayden Gregg, Lindsey Somero and advisor Jenny Evans. Missing from the photo are Sydney Barker and Claire Brown. Break out your best chili recipe, or create a new one. This year, the National Arts Honor Society (NAHS) students at Northport School are organizing the annual Chili Cook-Off at the Northport Winter Carnival on Saturday, Feb. 17, to raise money for the organization. The categories are traditional, vegetarian, fiery hot and non-traditional. There will be a cash prize for the overall winner and the category winners will each receive an original piece hand-painted by a NAHS student. Northport School art teacher, Jenny Evans, started Northport’s chapter, and is the advisor. Northport’s NAHS was just nationally recognized this year.


CHILI COOK-OFF organizer Sydney Barker is ready with 48 handmade cards for participants. CHILI COOK-OFF organizer Sydney Barker is ready with 48 handmade cards for participants. If you would like to enter the Chili Cook-Off, you can contact Jenny Evans at jevansart@gmail.com, or call her at Northport School, 386-5153.

Whether you have an entry in the contest or not, everyone is welcome to come and taste and vote. The Winter Carnival goes from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

This year, they have added a fun kid-centric event called GAGA. It’s similar to dodge ball, but strikes only count from the knee down. The game is a uniquely Northport Public School favorite, having originated at Shady Trails Summer Camp.

Other events include the Treasure Chest raffle, Broomball Tournament, Milk Jug Curling, Disc Golf, and – my favorite – the Northport School Cardboard Sled races. There will also be free sleigh rides to the top of Braman Hill, and free hot dogs, provided and served by JD Dakoske, Re/max Bayshore Properties.


JOHANNA AND ELEANOR Tock turn one year old this week. JOHANNA AND ELEANOR Tock turn one year old this week. It’s great fun for the whole family, so don’t miss it!

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Omena has recently hosted some international visitors. Sue Tock’s former Japanese exchange student, Keiko Furuta, visited Sue and Jim Morrison over Christmas in Omena. Keiko works for the Japanese Embassy in Slovenia. Also visiting Sue and Jim over the holidays were Sue’s mother, Carol Draper; Sue’s daughter, Cate Tock; her brother and sister-in-law, Tony and Kelly Draper; and her niece and nephew, Meagan and Tyler Draper. Everyone was there except her son and daughter-in-law, James and Alicia Tock, and their fraternal twins, Johanna and Eleanor.

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However, the twins and their parents made their appearance this past weekend, on the occasion of their first birthdays. The twins climbed a full flight of stairs for the first time during their visit in Omena - with the safe guidance of Jim and Sue, of course. They enjoyed grand parenting while James and Alicia enjoyed a night out on the town for their Christmas gift. The twins slept through the night and Sue and Jim were pleasantly exhausted by the time the twins’ parents returned the next day.

On Christmas Eve, surrounded by family, Jim proposed to Susie. It was then revealed that everyone had known about Jim’s “anticipated proposal,” as he had called her mother in October, and asked her for Susie’s hand in marriage.

The Thanksgiving family gathering was particularly interesting, with everyone trying to be sure that nothing slipped out. Congratulations to Susie and Jim, who will be married this June in Omena.

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This past week, several Omena residents met with a post-doctoral student from Poland who is on a Fulbright Scholarship at the University of Michigan studying retirement migration from metropolitan to rural areas. Ilona Matysiak received her doctorate degree from the University of Warsaw in Poland, where she currently lives. This is her third time in Ann Arbor through an affiliation between the Robert B Zajonc Institute for Social Studies in Warsaw and the Institute for Social Research at U of M. She selected Leelanau County as one of her areas of research because there had been some previous research on the subject here.

She connected with Omena residents through Debby Disch’s cousin, John Cromartie, who was in contact with her through fellow rural sociologists. John and Ilona have never actually met but hope to one day when both are in Omena. While here, she interviewed Dale and Joan Blount, Bob and Mary Smart, and Les and Debby Disch. She said that the interviews were so interesting that she ran out of recorder space while with the Smarts, and Joey Bensley had to come to the rescue with her computer, as Ilona needed a Windows platform.

She enjoyed dinner at Martha’s Leelanau Table with the Disches and was introduced to the award-winning Leelanau Raclette cheese from Leelanau Cheese.

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Sally Shapiro was in Ft. Worth, Texas, for a while recently on family matters. When her husband Brian was visiting, they drove to Dallas to spend time with Melissa Chenault. They got to see her beautiful new home, which includes a local connection in its décor. Grand Traverse residents Rick and Linda Smith of Artistic Innovation spent time there stenciling and painting the home as well as much of her furniture. Sally said that the result is amazing.

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Rink Smith was in Traverse City running some errands and stopped in to see the “Bullet Mustang” that is on display at Hagerty Insurance. He just happened to be there when IPR radio was interviewing the owner and his wife. The car, along with its owners, is on tour for a year celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Steve McQueen movie “Bullet,” in which this car appeared. While Ford has produced special versions since that time, this is the actual car. Interestingly, it is not “pretty” to look at, since they intentionally roughed it up for the movie. But, if you were a “Bullet” buff, it is quite exciting. The display is open to the public and will there until Valentine’s Day.

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As of this past Monday, Omena Bay and Suttons Bay are starting to ice over. We may get a solid freeze this year. It’s healthy for the lake, so I’m trying to be positive about it.

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Happy Valentine’s Day everyone. This is also a lesser-known day of national recognition. It is National Donor Day.

National Donor Day was started in 1998 by the Saturn Corporation and its United Auto Workers partner with the support of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and many nonprofit health organizations. It focuses on five points of life: organs, tissues, marrow, platelets and blood. As a recipient of a bone marrow donation in 2006, I encourage everyone who can to be a donor in one or all of these categories.

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Happy Birthday to Ken Wylie, Ed Woessner, Nonie Steele, Dave Waskiewicz, Richard Colling, and Victoria Huffman, who turns 7. Happy Anniversary to Marlin and Pat Bussey.

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