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Elberta Farmers Market Calendars on Sale Now

In Calendar, Elberta Farmers' Market, Farmers' Market, GOOD NEWS, Open Season on April 14, 2017 at 10:25 am

*Now available on Etsy! Ask for the volume discount of 5 calendars for $15*

The Elberta Farmers Market opens its 2017 season on May 18 at 8 am, and you’ll be all ready for it with the first-ever Elberta Farmers Market Calendar! On sturdy, glossy cardstock, this one-page calendar poster is perfect for your kitchen wall or refrigerator, and will keep you posted on market days and times and what’s in season every week. It even has space for sticky notes about other things you have to remember. For just $5, you can support the market and have a beautiful reminder of one of the best things about Elberta in the summertime. Get yours now and start planning all the great meals you’ll make with local produce week by week, from our hands to your table. So many thanks to Parks & Rec member Jason Soderquist for the wonderful graphic design and production work! Call market mistress Sue Oseland (231) 383-5904 or Emily Votruba (231) 399-0098, or stop by the Village office.

The first-ever Elberta Farmers Market Calendar, available now for the 2017 season for just $5.

Coyote Crossing: November Council Meeting Reports

In Community Alert, Farmers' Market, Gov't Watch, Infrastructure and Planning, On and off the Apron, Open Season, Politics, Public Safety, Village Money Situation, Water on December 7, 2016 at 2:22 am

By Emily Votruba

Regular Meeting, November 17, 2016

On the way to the regular council meeting, Linda Manville saw a coyote cross the road in front of her. The meeting was held at the Life Saving Station for the first time ever as far as anyone could remember. The room didn’t have a flag, so allegiance was pledged to an image of Old Glory brought up on someone’s phone.

A long pause was heard before the “second” on the approval of bills motion. Joyce Gatrell asked Ken Holmes if he had his hearing aid on. “Hah?” Ken said. Everyone laughed. Holly O’Dwyer said, “Ken hears better than most.”

The next quarterly meeting between Village officials and the Michigan Department of Treasury to check on the Village’s deficit elimination progress will take place Read the rest of this entry »

Elberta Farmers’ Market Celebrates a Bountiful 2016 Season

In Farmers' Market on October 12, 2016 at 11:22 pm

Come Celebrate our local farms harvest

The last day of the 2016 Elberta Farmers’ Market is tomorrow, Thursday, October 13, from 9 am to noon. Let’s show our gratitude to our market master, Sue Oseland, and the local vendors who have nourished us since May, and make a strong showing for the final harvest of the season. Read the rest of this entry »

And a-One and a-Two: Village Weighs Proceeding with Restroom Project with Partial Grant Funding

In Breaking, Community Alert, Elberta Farmers' Market, Farmers' Market, Infrastructure and Planning, Open Season, Village Money Situation, Water on June 5, 2016 at 8:00 pm

By Emily Votruba, Parks & Rec Secretary

At the February Parks and Rec meeting this year, Elberta Farmers’ Market master Sue Oseland presented a proposal to apply for a $70K USDA grant for permanent, piped restroom facilities at the Penfold/Farmers’ Market park. The restroom would be 10×20 with two separate ADA-compliant family restrooms. The facility would be locked at night and would shut down completely from late October to beginning of May.

For many years now the Market and Penfold Park have been served by two porta-potties. The Parks and Rec Commission and the Village Council agreed that permanent facilities would better serve Farmers Market patrons and vendors during the season as well as people who use the Betsie Valley Trail, which has an important junction there at M-22. The Parks & Rec Commission voted to support Sue’s application and voted to kick in another $5K for a drinking fountain if the grant was received.

The Village received word June 3 that the USDA had accepted the proposal but due to their own budget constraints are prepared to award only $50K of the original $70K requested. Before making their offer official, USDA needs to know whether the Village would still proceed with the project with this partial funding. The deadline to let them know is June 10.

Parks & Rec and the Village Council will hold a special joint meeting June 9 at 6:30 in the Community Building to decide if they can commit to do the project with the lesser funding amount and/or commit Village funds to the project. The Village is still in a deficit situation, despite progress in shaving it down; six years after the Village was placed on watch by the state for fiscal stress, our revised Deficit Elimination Plan has still not yet been accepted by the Treasury Department. Avoiding cost overruns is certainly top of mind for everyone.

P&R and Council hope the community will come out for this very important discussion. Can we complete this project for $50K? And/or can we count on additional support from the community to bring us up to the projected $70K? The Parks & Rec Commission feels that a safe, up-to-date, attractive facility would be a huge asset to the market, the park, the trail, and our human community here in the Village. Please come and tell the Village leadership what you think. Ψ

Village Offers Beautiful, Affordable Event Locations

In Community Alert, Farmers' Market, GOOD NEWS, Infrastructure and Planning, On and off the Apron, Open Season, Uncategorized, Village Money Situation on July 31, 2014 at 2:21 am

By Diane Jenks

The Village of Elberta is struggling to survive with low fiscal scores and the threat of an emergency manager. The State of Michigan has many communities in this situation and is willing to help the village work its way back into the black. The departure of the former clerk, Sharyn Bower, and treasurer Laura Manville, with no notice and nothing in place for the incoming staff, has been traumatic. The new clerk and treasurer (Mary Kalbach and Sheila Applebee) are in training and working diligently to get the office up and running. Elberta residents have survived a lot of pitfalls and we continue to be the mouse that ROARS.  This community will roll up its sleeves and trudge on and fight for the right to shine like the gem this little village continues to be. I can’t help but wonder sometimes what keeps this little community together, but I realize that when good people gather for a good cause amazing things happen. I am proud to be part of Elberta and urge everyone out there to support this village, because it is here to stay.

The Village of Elberta is offering the opportunity to rent several of its facilities.

The Elberta Life Saving Station at the Waterfront Park is already available for weddings, private parties and events that require indoor space and a beautiful setting. A large deck overlooking Betsie Bay is a perfect way to watch the night sky calm the hectic day. Check out the Lifesaving Station page on our website at

We also offer our Waterfront Park Bandshell (performance pavilion) for $100 a day. This venue is available during the week for concerts or a performance with hillside seating overlooking our beautiful park and Betsie Bay. It makes holding your own concert or other event affordable.

You can rent the Amphitheater for your own little Film Fest. Elberta Parks & Recreation held the first annual Mushy Peach Film Festival in 2012.

You can rent the Bandshell for your own little event. Elberta Parks & Recreation held the first annual Mushy Peach Film Festival here in 2012.

If you’re looking for a place to hold your family reunion, birthday party, class reunion, or private party, our Waterfront Park Picnic Pavilion is only $75. The pavilion offers a beautiful fire pit, electricity and picnic tables. The children’s playground adjacent to it is one-of-a-kind in the area. The playground is handicapped accessible and starts with a ramp that little tykes can hop right on. Nearby is a swing set that includes with a handicap swing.

Perhaps you are looking for a little more privacy. If so, Elberta’s Penfold Farmers Market Park is a great venue for a more intimate gathering, but still conveniently located on the Betsie Valley Trail at the junction of old M-168 and M-22. For just $50, you get a spacious pavilion, picnic tables, two grills, a porta-john, and electrical outlets. Your guests can kayak down the Betsie River and put in at the small boat launch to get to your party.

If you’d like to hold a birthday party, open house, meeting, or baby shower indoors, we have our Community Building on First Street with a capacity 68. You can rent this space for $150. Although there is no kitchen, the building does have tables and chairs and places to plug in crock pots. This facility has the ball diamond and ample parking with restrooms that can be entered from inside and out.

The newest addition to Elberta is our Dunes South Park. It is located on the south side of the village on the west side of M-22. This fabulous rustic setting offers a parking lot and a flat space big enough to set up for a festival or event. Imagine your group or organization incorporating hiking the dune and embracing nature at its finest. You can rent this park for only $300.

For more information on renting any of these spaces, contact Diane Jenks at

Thank you for your support of the little village that can. Ψ

Paul May Benefit Oct. 13

In Agriculture, Calendar, Community Alert, Culture Bluffs, Farmers' Market, Green Elbertians on September 25, 2013 at 10:01 am

Paul May Fundraiser Poster

What Do You Think of Our Plan?

In Community Alert, Culture Bluffs, E Beach, Farmers' Market, GOOD NEWS, Historic Elberta, Infrastructure and Planning, Kid Stuff, Lakeside Shakespeare, Open Season, Transportation, Water on September 8, 2013 at 3:30 pm

The final draft of the Village of Elberta Parks and Recreation Plan for 2009–14 is now up on the Village website. As soon as the official notice is published in the Record-Patriot this Wednesday, the official five-week public comment period begins. This is a very important document for the Village and the community at large. In it Parks and Rec spells out residents’ desires for improvements to all of Elberta’s many parks, including the Waterfront Park, Elberta Beach, Elberta Dunes South, and our portion of the Betsie Valley Trail. This document is the product of many hours of discussion in council meetings, Parks and Rec meetings, and the public input session we held on April 18. Please take time to read the document and offer your input and insight. We want to enhance the Elberta experience for everyone. The final public hearing on this plan will be held October 17 at 7 pm, before the regular council meeting at which it may be adopted. Download the pdf using the link below and/or get yourself a hard copy at the Village Office. Submit your comments by mail to the Parks and Recreation Commission, PO Box 8, Elberta, MI 49628 or by e-mail to—Emily Votruba, Parks and Rec member

Village of Elberta Recreation Plan 2014–2019 final draft for public hearing

Parks and Rec Meeting Wrap-up

In Agriculture, Farmers' Market, Historic Elberta, Kid Stuff, Open Season on July 11, 2013 at 10:37 pm

July 11, 2013

The Parks and Recreation Commission held its July meeting in the Duck’s Head this evening because the Library was in use for a rescheduled meeting of the Gilmore Township Board. Gilmore normally meets in the Library on the second Tuesday of the month, but this month that night was given over to the special council meeting on the Putney special use permit. Sharyn Bower and Laura Manville hadn’t realized there was to be a regular P&R meeting tonight. No big deal—the commission members in attendance (Jennifer Wilkins, Grace Banktson Williams, and Emily Votruba) as well as Solstice Committee member Michele Cannaert, enjoyed the sun and some food from the newly opened El Berto’s Taqueria.

Since there wasn’t a quorum, no decisions could be made, but there was lots to talk about.

Solstice seems to have netted about $1,900, but the bills for the Port-a-Johns and BaySide Printing services are still outstanding, so it will be somewhat less than that.

Jen said Ken Bonney had received some applications for the full-time DPW assistant position and was going over them. The Employee Relations Committee (Reggie Manville, Matt Stapleton, and Joyce Gatrell) will also review the applications and make a recommendation to council. Ken is in somewhat desperate need of an assistant. He is legally required to have a certified second person to help him with his water system inspections, for one thing.

According to Jen, almost all the stakes and signs Ken and Charlie Hendershott put up on June 27 were gone (yanked/burned, etc.) after the Fourth of July festivities; Ken will install more so that Elmer’s will be able to see where to do the grading for the Lakeside Boulevard project.

We discussed ways to get volunteers for next year’s Solstice and agreed to write up detailed task descriptions for various aspects of the events; Solstice involves a variety of jobs large and small and we’re considering using the site Volunteer Local (which we heard about from Amy Daniels-Moehle, outreach coordinator for Lakeside Shakespeare) to get people committed to helping with very clear, set tasks way ahead of time.

Market Master Sue Oseland had reported to Jen (the Farmers Market council liaison) on a case of noncompliance; one vendor was allegedly selling items that vendor had not produced. EFM wants to maintain its status as a true farmers’ market, so part of Sue’s job is to make sure that all the vendors are either selling their own produce or are an employee of a local farmer/producer selling local goods. Last year a vendor was found to be selling melons he had purchased downstate. That vendor was barred from doing so. According to Jen, if a vendor is found to be selling goods not their own, they are not kicked out of the market for good but are told to cease selling those particular items.

We briefly discussed holding another Mushy Peach film festival this year. We agreed that last year’s week of Rich Brauer films was, though awesome and fun, also a bit hectic, and that perhaps two or three Mondays in August would be better; still, everyone’s still exhausted from Solstice. If we do it this year we’d like to showcase short films by locals. We’d need to purchase/borrow a digital projector and speakers for this purpose. If you’re interested in showing a film or films of your own, please contact Emily at Maybe we’ll get it together at sort of the last minute, who knows. Parks and Rec does own a screen now, thanks to Josh Herren.

A meeting of the Dunes Neighbors and two representatives from Parks and Rec will be held at the home of Cheryl Gross next Tuesday. In attendance will be members of the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy. They’ll discuss how to incorporate the goal of completing a beach road and other beach and park improvements into the Village’s official five-year Recreation Plan, which is not yet finalized. Information gathered during the Rec Plan public meeting held in April will be incorporated as well, and a final public hearing on the plan will be held sometime TBA. A new draft of the plan will be made available here on the Alert site and also on the Village website. Stay tuned! In the meantime, Parks and Rec welcomes your comments and suggestions. Please send them to Jennifer Wilkins at, subject line “recreation plan idea.”—Emily Votruba

Parks & Rec Report, June 2013

In Community Alert, Farmers' Market, Open Season on June 14, 2013 at 12:15 am

By Emily Votruba

ELBERTA LIBRARY—On June 13, 2013, the Parks and Recreation Commission held its last regular meeting before this year’s Elberta Solstice Festival.

At the beginning of the meeting, Connie Manke, P&R’s president and a longtime, beloved member of the commission, announced her resignation. Connie is moving away from the Village and said she could no longer perform volunteer work for the commission or for Solstice. Everyone present was deeply saddened at this news and several members were moved to tears as Connie read a statement thanking each member of the commission individually with a detailed description of the vital role each had played in the group. In particular Connie called P&R secretary Jennifer Wilkins’s dedication to the Village “inspirational,” saying that Jennifer was proof that one person can make a huge difference in their community. Connie also praised new member Grace Banktson Williams for enthusiastically jumping in and trying new things.

Parks and Rec always needs volunteers, and now it also needs a new member to replace Connie, which all members agreed is impossible. The commission has 9 members, according to the bylaws. It was suggested that perhaps the bylaws should be amended to enlarge membership; that however might make it even harder to achieve a quorum. Read the rest of this entry »