2018-05-10 / Columns

On flooded yards, Buckets of Rain

By BILL THOMPSON
Phone 334-4486

I knew summer would get here, I was just unaware of the fact that it would get here was such a splash. People are experiencing wet or flooded yards and in some cases water in the lower levels. I’ve heard that this may be because of a higher water table. Who knows?

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The Glen Arbor Artists Association is calling for entries for a juried exhibition, “New views, Water = life = art.” The jury drop-off dates are May 21-23. The exhibition will run from June 1st until August 4th.

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Buckets Of Rain is putting in another large garden in the spring, in partnership with the folks that are restoring and preserving the Poor Farm Barn in Maple City. This will help Buckets Of Rain better serve the Benzie/ Leelanau/ Grand Traverse area with fresh food for their shelters and pantries. Buckets Of Rain is a volunteer organization and you may volunteer anywhere they are growing veggies. In the Leelanau, you can arrange to get dirty by emailing their volunteer coordinator, Jon Viswat at jonathan.onne@gmail.com.

Congratulations to Chris Skellenger on being named Huda Clinic’s “Farmer of the Year” and by the Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council as “Environmentalist of the Year.”

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Get ready, rain or shine, the Empire asparagus Festival is set for May 19-20. Hopefully there will be asparagus.

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Along with the asparagus of Festival, the same weekend the Empire United Methodist Church will have their annual arts and crafts fair.

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And something else to get ready for is the special annual waste cleanup for items not normally collected or recycled will be held on Saturday, May 26 from 8 a.m. until noon. Notice this week in Glen Lake News should give you time to get some of the treasures that you been waiting to get rid of packed up. And ready to be picked up.

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Happy birthday wishes to Dawn Baldwin, Jan Marth, Robert Jillson and Maddie Alonzi.

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Friendly reminder: don’t forget Mother’s Day.

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The happy, stay friendly, be safe, stay dry. Go patriotism.

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