Wendy Warren, Keeper of the Sign at Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church | Jane Boursaw Photo
Wendy Warren, Keeper of the Sign at Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church | Jane Boursaw Photo

Here’s a roundup of news, photos and upcoming events on the Old Mission Peninsula…

Sporadic Mail Issues. If you’ve noticed that you’re not getting your mail every day, there’s a reason for that. I was at the Barlow Post Office the other day and overheard someone from Garfield Township inquire as to why they weren’t getting mail every day. The clerk said they don’t have enough drivers, so sometimes they have to take turns on where they deliver the mail. I mentioned that I noticed that with our mail in Peninsula Township, and she said yes, our mail is sporadic out here, too. Now we know.

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Thank You, Kind Neighbors! During the recent windstorm, the Peninsula Fire Department responded to several incidents. While on extended wait for Consumers Energy due to an influx of calls, Engine 1’s crew was delivered some delicious soup and cobbler from the kind folks at the Neahtawanta Inn. “This delightful surprise was not only delicious, but kept crews energized for the duration of the storm cleanup! Thank you!” notes the Fire Department on their Facebook Page.

OMP News: Thanks to the Neahtawanta Inn for delivering warm soup and cobbler to the Peninsula Fire Department during the recent windstorm | PFD Photo
Thanks to the Neahtawanta Inn for delivering warm soup and cobbler to the Peninsula Fire Department during the recent windstorm | PFD Photo

Behind the Scenes at the Methodist Church Sign. The Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church has a very faithful “Keeper of the Sign” in Wendy Warren. Here she is putting up a note about the holiday bazaar taking place at the church on Saturday, Nov. 12, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. I don’t know how you do everything you do, Wendy, but thank you for all of it!

Wendy Warren, Keeper of the Sign at Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church | Jane Boursaw Photo
Wendy Warren, Keeper of the Sign at Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church | Jane Boursaw Photo

Police Protection Millage Passes. On the Nov. 8, 2022 ballot, Peninsula Township voters were asked whether they wanted to increase the millage for our police protection. Between the two precincts, the millage passed, with 4006 voting yes, and 2278 voting no. And did you noticed the snazzy new “I Voted” stickers? See all election results on the Grand Traverse County website here.

Snazzy "I Voted" Sticker for the Nov. 8, 2022 primary | Jane Boursaw Photo
Snazzy “I Voted” Sticker for the Nov. 8, 2022 primary | Jane Boursaw Photo

The School and Library Get a New Sign. Many thanks to the anonymous donor who provided funds for a new sign for Peninsula Community Library and Old Mission Peninsula School at the corner of Peninsula Drive and Island View Road. Very nice!

New sign for Peninsula Community Library and Old Mission Peninsula School at the corner of Peninsula Drive and Island View Road | PCL Photo
New sign for Peninsula Community Library and Old Mission Peninsula School at the corner of Peninsula Drive and Island View Road | PCL Photo

Upcoming Events:

Welcome Wednesday. Each Wednesday, 10 a.m. – noon, Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church, 16426 Center Road. This is a great time for women of the OMP community to get together for some conversation and connection. Feel free to drop by the community room in the lower level of the church, and bring a craft or project you’re working on. Can’t get there right at 10? No problem! Can’t stay til noon? No problem! Hope you can join us!

Christmas Bazaar. Saturday, Nov. 12, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m, Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church. After a hiatus due to that little thing known as the pandemic, the Christmas Bazaar is back, and there will be plenty of treasures, crafts, baked goods and more. Soup and bread will also be available, in case you’d like to grab some lunch while you’re there. The bazaar will take place in the community room in the lower level of the church.

Free Thanksgiving Dinner. Thursday, Nov. 24, noon to 2 p.m., Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church. If you don’t have other plans for Thanksgiving dinner, why not gather with your friends and neighbors for a free Thanksgiving dinner? No cooking, no cleanup, no fuss. Just relax and enjoy a great turkey dinner with your friends and neighbors. All are welcome!

The community dinner includes a traditional turkey dinner with all the fixins’. It’s a free event and reservations are NOT required, but to help the church crew plan better, feel free to call Wendy Warren, (231) 590-2363, and let her know how many people will be attending. If you’d like to help out in the kitchen or dining area, just show up! You’ll be very welcome.

Christmas Cookie Sale. The Old Mission Women’s Club is hosting their 25th Annual Christmas Cookie Sale on Saturday, Dec. 10, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Peninsula Township Hall, 13235 Center Road (they sell out fast, though, so get there early). There will be a large assortment of delicious and elegant holiday cookies, decorated sugar cookies, gluten-free cookies and treats, truffles, candies and quick breads. There will even be some holiday treats for your furry family members.

Cookies are $10/lb., paid for by cash, check or credit card. Truffles, candies, quick breads and doggy treats are priced separately. Decorated containers are provided, along with gloves for safe handling. The Club donates the proceeds from the sale to local nonprofit organizations each year.

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A lifelong resident of the Old Mission Peninsula, Jane grew up on a cherry farm (Johnson Farms), married the boy next door (Tim Boursaw), and raised two kids there (Will and Marissa). Her 35-year career as a photojournalist includes bylines with the New York Times and Ladies' Home Journal, and interviews with Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts. But she loves writing about the OMP most of all.

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