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Holiday concert at Old Mission Peninsula School | Jane Boursaw Photo
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Here’s a roundup of recent news, photos and happenings on the Old Mission Peninsula.

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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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Holiday concert at Old Mission Peninsula School | Jane Boursaw Photo

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.

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New trees at Haserot Beach | Jane Boursaw Photo

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.

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OMPUMC Kids’ Christmas Program | Jane Boursaw Photo

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.

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New Peninsula Township Deputy Clerk, Robin Noval (left) and Clerk Rebecca Chown | Jane Boursaw Photo

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.

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New Peninsula Township Planning Commission members Todd Oosterhouse (left) and Lawrence Dloski | Jane Boursaw Photo

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.

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Peninsula Fire Department flag at half-mast to honor the passing of President George H.W. Bush | Jane Boursaw Photo

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.

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Grand Traverse Construction crew pours cement for the carriage house at the new Peninsula Community Library | Jane Boursaw Photo

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.

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Consumers Energy hard hat at site where James Farrington died while working on the electrical lines | Jane Boursaw Photo

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