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Scenic Turnout on M37 at Chateau Grand Traverse (Winery Hill) | Jane Boursaw Photo
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(Editor’s Note: Sally Van Vleck, owner of the Neahtawanta Inn on the Old Mission Peninsula, is happy to hear that mediation is continuing in the ongoing winery lawsuit. Read on for her thoughts. If you’ve got something to say about anything related to the OMP, write it up and send it to me, [email protected]. Note that you may only submit opinion pieces once every 30 days. -jb)

I am happy to hear that mediation will continue between Peninsula Township and the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula. This is GOOD news!

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It is unfortunate that the wineries left the mediation process early in the conflict and filed a lawsuit in Federal Court, thus stopping all dialogue and a chance to work it out. Mediation takes patience. Just think of all the money spent on legal fees that could have gone to projects and needs on the Peninsula.

Coming to an agreement involves compromise, a concept that is rare in our polarized country. Neither side achieves all that they desire, but the common good, the qualities that make this special place unique and desirable are saved. And future costly legal fees (that will be increasing with the trial) can be avoided.

The parties in the trial and the residents of the Old Mission Peninsula can begin to heal the rift and let go of animosity. We can create a place of prosperity, cooperation and enjoyment for residents, businesses and visitors.

My wish and request is that all parties in the mediation bring their best efforts to the table. Perhaps we’ll be a model for other communities in conflict.

Peace,
Sally Van Vleck
Owner, Neahtawanta Inn

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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 and magazines like the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, 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 I started my own newspaper.

Because Old Mission Gazette is a "Reader Supported Newspaper" -- meaning it exists because of your financial support -- I hope you'll consider tossing a few bucks our 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 OMP. In a time when local news is becoming a thing of the past, supporting an independent community newspaper is more important now than ever.

To keep the Gazette going, click here to make a donation. Thank you so much for your support. -jb

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