Here’s a roundup of recent news and photos around the OMP…
Tree planters continue quest to line Center Road. I love following along here on the Gazette with where the OMP Tree Planters are planting trees. They’ve been working along Center Road for several years now, planting trees out by Swaney Road, by the intersection of Bluff Road, and by the intersection of Kroupa Road, to name a few. More recently, they just planted trees at the top of Kelly Hill (the hill before you get to Peninsula Cellars, if you’re heading north). Here are a few pics of the crew; the Tree Planters are a committee of the Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society.
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New Ambulance. The Peninsula Township Fire Department recently acquired a new ambulance, which, as with the other ambulance, features advanced life support (ALS) equipment. I stopped by Station 2 on Center Road and grabbed a few pics with the crew.
Two cats need a home. Sadly, my friend John Scarbrough, who recently served as president of the OMP Historical Society, passed away suddenly last week. He was involved in so many Peninsula projects, was an all-around great guy and will be greatly missed. His two cats need a home, so if you know of anyone, call or text Becky Chown, (231) 409-4888.
Log Cabin Day. Cabin Day is coming right up! This year’s event will take place on Sunday, June 26, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Mission Point Lighthouse, and 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Dougherty House. Hosted by the Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society, the event is free and celebrates the historic Hessler Log Cabin located at Lighthouse Park at the end of Center Road, as well as the restored Dougherty House, now open to the public as a museum, located at 18459 Mission Road.
As in previous years, the event will feature era-appropriate music by Helen Herzberg’s group, tours of the Hessler Log Home/Mission Point Lighthouse/Dougherty Home, historic crafts and demonstrations such as quilting and needlework, blacksmithing by Brendan Keenan and more. The Maritime Heritage Alliance is bringing the “Gracie L.” boat (the group is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Madeline), the Old Mission Women’s Club will have a table set up (celebrating their 90th anniversary), Civil War Poet Jim Ribby will be reciting poems, and my dad’s 1952 Black Chevy Stake Truck might be there, as well. This is the truck that transported logs for the restoration of the Hessler Log Home some 30 years ago.
There’s a bathroom at the Murray Park Trailhead. Yes, you read that right. There’s now a port-a-john at the Murray Road Trailhead, which is part of the Old Mission State Park trail system. If you drive out Brinkman Road and turn left on Murray Road, you’ll see the trailhead (and new port-a-john!) there. So, FYI…
Women’s Club Barn Sale. The Old Mission Women’s Club hosted their annual barn sale recently, and it was a smashing success. Here’s a photo of club president Nancy Davy (in the happy yellow) with some of the crew the day of the sale, which took place at the historic Fowler Barn (on Center Road, first corner out of town). Also, check out the club’s new website here – thanks to outgoing president Janis Haine for making that happen.
Methodist Church Treasure Sale. That same day farther north on Center Road, the Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church held their annual treasure sale – also a smashing success. Here’s a pic of Helen Mumford and Dave Tuttle – they and their crew put so much time and effort into the sale! Also, don’t forget, the church’s annual Chicken BBQ is coming up this Saturday.
Road work continues. Center Road is getting a makeover, and the crews are moving right along. They’ve made it all the way out to Mission Point Lighthouse, and are now working on shoulders and rumble strips. Here’s a photo of the new pavement near Swaney Road, one near the Lighthouse, and a couple pics of the Hogsback (north of the Smokey Hollow intersection), where they finally fixed the washout that occurred last year.