Here’s a roundup of recent news, photos and happenings on the Old Mission Peninsula.
The kids at Old Mission Peninsula School, which opened as a new charter school in September, performed a lovely Christmas concert last night at the school. A generous donor is responsible for the new risers on which the kids gathered at the concert.
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Thanks to a Consumers Energy Community Tree Planting Grant, 25 new trees have been planted at Bowers Harbor Park and Haserot Beach. The grant provided $2500 to purchase new Red Maple Trees that will enhance the landscape and environment at both locations for years to come. Here’s a photo of some of the trees at Haserot Beach.
The kids at Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church presented a touching Christmas program at the church this past Sunday. Through donations during the program, the kids raised about $1600 to help not one, but two families in need.
Peninsula Township has hired a new clerk and deputy clerk. Robin Noval, left, has already taken over the job from previous deputy clerk Brenda DeKuiper, while Rebecca Chown (right) is set to move into the clerk’s job being vacated by Joanne Westphal at the end of the year.
Two new Planning Commissioners were welcomed to the commission at their Nov. 19, 2018 meeting. Below is a photo of Todd Oosterhouse, left, (owner of Bonobo Winery on the Peninsula) and Lawrence Dloski, who move into the spots vacated by Laura Serocki and Marilyn Elliot.
The commission also elected new officers: Monnie Peters is now the chair, Donna Hornberger is the vice-chair, Oosterhouse is the secretary, Al Couture is the representative to the Zoning Board of Appeals, and Isaiah Wunsch is the representative to the Town Board.
The crew at Peninsula Fire Department ran the American Flag at half-mast to honor the passing of President George H.W. Bush, whose state funeral was today.
Grand Traverse Construction poured cement for the carriage house at the site of the new Peninsula Community Library, currently under construction at the corner of Center Road and Island View Road. They recently poured cement for the library foundation.
Consumers Energy placed a hard hat on the site where employee James Farrington died while working on the electrical lines near Mission Point Lighthouse. Farrington, who lived in Alden, had ties to the Old Mission Peninsula. Our thoughts are with his family. Read more about this story here.
A NOTE FROM JANE: I started Old Mission Gazette in 2015 because I felt a calling to provide the Old Mission Peninsula community with local news. After decades of writing for newspapers like the New York Times and Los Angeles Times, and magazines like Family Circle and Ladies' Home Journal, I really just wanted to write about my own community where I grew up on a cherry farm and raised my own family. So of course, I started my own newspaper. Because the Gazette is mainly reader-supported, I hope you'll consider tossing a few bucks my way if I mention your event, your business, your organization or your news item, or if you simply love reading about what's happening on the Old Mission Peninsula. Check out the donation page here. Thank you so much for your support. -jb