Here’s a roundup of recent news and photos around the Old Mission Peninsula.
Old Mission Flooding. Grand Traverse County Drain Commissioner Steve Largent met with Old Mission residents on June 11 at the Legion Hall to discuss the recent flooding in Old Mission village. He said the short-term solution will be to clean the ditches of trees and other matter, with a long-term solution to establish a special assessment district for the village.
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He added that the Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners will be discussing the issue at their July 11 meeting. Call (231) 922-4700 to confirm and get additional info.
Fire Department Promotion. Brent Strom was recently promoted to Lieutenant with the Peninsula Fire Department. Below is a photo of Strom, left, with his wife and daughter, along with Fire Chief Fred Gilstorff.
“Brent is a very dedicated and driven individual who spends a lot of his time in working to improve the fire department,” notes Gilstorff in a letter to the township. “His leadership is shown on a daily basis as he works hard to improve his skills as well as taking the lead in training of all the fire department members.”
The Fire Department is accepting applications for Full-Time Firefighter/Paramedics (click here) and Part-Time Firefighter/Paramedics/EMTs (click here). For more info, contact Chief Gilstorff, (231) 223-4443, or email [email protected].
New Old Mission Postmistress. Judy Guenther has been hired as the new postmistress at the Old Mission Post Office (in the same building as the American Legion Hall). Judy recently moved to the Old Mission Peninsula and lives near the Post Office, which is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. For more info, call (800) 275-8777.
Vineyard Ridge. Work continues on Phase One (15 homes) of the Vineyard Ridge development on Center Road, across from the Pelizzari Natural Area. The development includes three phases, with a total of 47 homes to be built. The homes range in price from $500,000, depending on the size of the home and level and quantity of amenities. For more info, contact Coldwell Banker, Schmidt Realtors, (231) 218-4463, [email protected], or visit their website.
Work has begun on the “The 81 on East Bay” development, on the corner of Boursaw Road and Bluff Road. Developer Kevin O’Grady, through his company Insight Building Co., plans 41 homes on the 81 acre parcel, which includes 2500 feet on East Bay. For more info, contact (231) 421-5161, [email protected], or visit their website. Read our interview with Kevin’s son Kyle O’Grady, who is handling the realtor part of the business, here.
Aloha Jane – I find myself wondering if the OMP post office is still located “in Lardie’s”, or has that changed? And if the new postmistress replaces Nicky Sobrowski (sp?), my “old” landlady, or if she perhaps left years ago? I haven’t visited since 2010 and am REALLY missing the Penniny!
The post office is located on one end of the Legion Hall now (if you’re looking at the building from Traverse Street, it’s on the left side). Old Mission General Store is using that room in their building for a little dining area now.