Here’s a photo roundup of a few happenings around the Old Mission Peninsula over the past week.
NEW FIRE STATION 3. The new Fire Station 3, located on Center Road between Swaney Road and Tompkins Road, is starting to take shape. Fire Chief Fred Gilstorff says the project is moving along, with the driveway in place and the walls for the living quarters up. Grand Traverse Construction, which was awarded the bid for the project, is starting to work on the portion of the building where the vehicles will be located.
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BOWERS HARBOR PARK NEWS. New trees and a revived trail have happened at Bowers Harbor Park. Peninsula Township Parks Committee member Eric Dreier says they’ve planted 50 trees at the park. A variety of species were planted, both in the existing tree area and other areas that conform to the Master Plan.
“Many thanks to Garden Goods (owned by Old Mission Peninsula residents Julie and Gordie Sovereign) for providing very good pricing, Randy (Mielnik, Township Planner) for writing the grant, and Bob Wilkinson (Township Parks Maintenance) and his crew for getting the planting done,” says Eric. “if you get a chance, it is worth a walk around the pathway to see the new trees. Our grandchildren will thank us.”
Also at Bowers Harbor Park, the trail has been sealed and a 10-foot section was replaced where tree roots were pushing up under the pathway.
HESSLER LOG CABIN NEWS. Yours truly and my cousin, Phyllis Cooley, closed up the Hessler Log Cabin for the season. (Her dad, Guy Johnson, and my dad, Walter Johnson, were brothers.) We washed windows, swept the cabin out, put the dishes into storage for the winter, and said Hi to all the curious visitors who stopped by.
My dad was part of the team that saw the value of moving the historic Hessler home from Underwood Farms to Lighthouse Park some 30 years ago, so it’s a good feeling to know we are carrying on his work. If you’d like to learn more about the Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society and become a member, click here.
When Lighthouse Manager Ginger Schultz stopped by, I asked her to take a picture of us. Thanks, Ginger!