Northern section of Bluff Road permanently closed due to erosion | Jane Boursaw Photo
Northern section of Bluff Road permanently closed due to erosion | Jane Boursaw Photo
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Here’s a roundup of recent news and photos around the Old Mission Peninsula. Got Old Mission news? Send it to me – email [email protected] or text (231) 590-4715.

Christmas Cookie Sale. The Old Mission Women’s Club will host their 28th Annual Holiday Cookie Sale on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2023, at the Peninsula Township Hall, 13235 Center Road from 8 a.m. until sold out – usually around 11 a.m. or noon, so come 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. Members of the Club rely on their most treasured family recipes and finest ingredients to make the treats for this annual fundraising event to benefit local charitable organizations.

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New Store Manager. Peninsula Market recently added a new General Manager, Bradford Clingan. Bradford has many years of experience in the food and beverage industry, and he has been putting that knowledge to good use! He’s new to the Peninsula and would love to meet you next time you’re in!

Old Mission News - Bradford Clingan, new General Manager of Peninsula Market | Market Photo
Bradford Clingan, new General Manager of Peninsula Market | Market Photo

Historical Society Potluck. The OMP Historical Society will host their annual holiday potluck on Thursday, Dec. 7, at 5:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 4007 Swaney Road, in the village of Old Mission. They will provide a holiday ham, rolls and a beverage. Please bring a side dish or a dessert. RSVP to their Hospitality Chair, Barb Wunsch, [email protected], and specify what kind of dish you will bring. In addition to dinner, the evening will include some entertainment with music and a story. Not a member yet? Sign up when you get there.

Bluff Road Permanently Closed. Although there’s always a possibility that funds will become available to re-open the portion of Bluff Road that’s been closed since 2020 due to erosion, new signs and a barrier installed by the Grand Traverse County Road Commission on each side of the closure indicate that it will be closed for the foreseeable future.

Residents on the north side of the closure report that vehicles are indeed driving through the closure on the west side of the road. However, this is not advisable, as the erosion continues to widen, as shown in the photos below. The signs note, “County Road Ends,” and “Warning: Not Maintained for Public Travel. Hazardous conditions may exist.”

Northern section of Bluff Road permanently closed due to erosion | Jane Boursaw Photo
Northern section of Bluff Road permanently closed due to erosion | Jane Boursaw Photo
Northern section of Bluff Road permanently closed due to erosion | Jane Boursaw Photo
Northern section of Bluff Road permanently closed due to erosion | Jane Boursaw Photo
Northern section of Bluff Road permanently closed due to erosion; vehicles are still traveling through the hazardous portion of road | Jane Boursaw Photo
Northern section of Bluff Road permanently closed due to erosion; vehicles are still traveling through the closed portion | Jane Boursaw Photo

Author Talk. OMP author Stephen Lewis gave a fireside talk on his new novel From Infamy to Hope at Peninsula Community Library this week. The book is available on Amazon here.

Told in the compelling voice of Rachel Moore, a housemaid in 17th century Puritan Boston, and featuring the colony’s two most powerful figures, Governor John Winthrop and his courageous opponent Anne Hutchinson, “From Infamy to Hope” is the story of the religious persecution of a servant girl made pregnant by rape, but convicted of fornication according to the belief that conception requires consent. Her alcoholic father trades her baby to Pequots to settle an old debt. Her plot line merges with the New England colonies’ march toward war against the Pequots. She masquerades as a boy soldier and is with the colonial troops as the war ends with a massacre of a fortified Pequot village on the south shore of Connecticut where her baby might be.

Although Hutchinson was ultimately excommunicated and banished, a statue in her honor now stands before the State House in Boston, and a parkway bears her name in New York near where she died in another Indian war. Her descendants include F.D.R., the Bushes and Mitt Romney. The present day Pequots now run Foxwood Casino near the site of the massacre in Connecticut.

OMP Author Stephen Lewis gave a talk at Peninsula Community Library on his new book, From Infamy to Hope | Jane Boursaw Photo
OMP Author Stephen Lewis gave a talk at Peninsula Community Library on his new book, From Infamy to Hope | Jane Boursaw Photo

Bluff Road Eagle. Seeing Bald Eagles around the Old Mission Peninsula never gets old. Here’s a photo that reader Mary Morgan sent along of one on Blue Water Road. Thank you, Mary!

Bald Eagle on Blue Water Road | Mary Morgan Photo
Bald Eagle on Blue Water Road | Mary Morgan Photo

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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

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