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Benzie Emergency Management Seeks Feedback on Its Natural Hazards Draft Plan

In Agriculture, Community Alert, E Beach, Elsewhere in BenCo..., Environment, Fishing, Gov't Watch, Green Elbertians, Infrastructure and Planning, On and off the Apron, Open Season, Public Safety, Transportation, Water, Weather, Wildlife on January 16, 2015 at 2:12 pm

Get back to Frank Post, our county emergency management coordinator, by email or phone asap! (fpost@benzieco.net, 231-882-0567)

Read and download the draft plan here: 2015 Hazard Mitigation Plan

More information is available at the Region 7 website.

DPW’s Advice to Prevent Frozen Pipes Today

In Alert Weather, Breaking, Community Alert, Water, Weather on February 27, 2014 at 12:29 pm

 

 

 

 

Thanks, Ken Bonney, for dropping off this notice today!

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New Civic Group and Ice Rink Form in Elberta

In Activism, Community Alert, GOOD NEWS, Uncategorized, Water, Weather on February 21, 2014 at 8:06 pm

By Emily Votruba

The Friends of Elberta met for the first time on January 15. In just a couple of weeks, they agreed on a mission statement and held an event, the Fire & Ice Skating party on February 9.

The Friends’ mission is to “preserve, promote, and enhance the quality of life in the Village of Elberta.” The new group took particular inspiration from the natural ice rink in Penfold Park made possible by this year’s cold winter. Penfold Park, aka the Marina/MiniPond/Farmers’ Market park, is located at the juncture of M-22, old M-168, and the Betsie Valley Trail.

Bill Soper, Eric Pyne, Emily Votruba, and Bill O’Dwyer began making the rink back in January. They just wanted to skate. After determining that the ice was safe (well over 16 inches throughout) they cleared the pond with a snowblower, shovels, and brooms. Then, with help from Village DPW superintendent Ken Bonney, they flooded the space with a pump and a hose. It’s no Sochi, but conditions are good enough to get a glide on.

“We could challenge Benzonia in pond hockey,” Bill Soper suggested.

Soon other people noticed the rink. As snow accumulated again over subsequent days, others took it upon themselves to pitch in to clear it—and skate.

Friends of Elberta was started by Jen Condon Whiting and Jim Barnes. The group now meets at the Mayfair Tavern on the second and fourth Wednesdays at 7 pm, and they have a Facebook page. Many people contributed to the Fire & Ice party. Jen Whiting brought a grill and hot dogs. Sue Oseland brought cocoa, tea lights and luminaries. Emily Votruba and Eric Pyne made torches to line the path to the rink, and Eric, Bill Soper, Bill O’Dwyer, and Steve Hagen did last-minute pond clearing and parking lot plowing. Bill Soper was the bonfire master. Jeannie Sikes went around to resale places buying up skates to lend out. Cathy Anderson made a great flier to publicize the event. Coach Reznich lit the torches during the party. Thirty dollars in spontaneous donations were collected.

About 100 people total, including a ton of kids, showed up to skate and commune with each other in this unique park space. Stories went around about skating days past: skating to Frankfort across the bay, skating in the then-open water behind where the Village office is now; how, back in the day, kids would cut a hole in the ice near where the car ferries came to port, and when a boat came in, it would cause the water to rise in the rink, and by the time the boat left, there’d be a perfect frozen disk of ice to skate on. Ella Whiting started out thinking she couldn’t skate and, according to her mom, she was Peggy Fleming by the end of the day.

What’s your skating story? If you don’t have one yet, you can make one at Penfold Park. Meanwhile, Friends of Elberta will be coming up with more fun things to do in the Village. Ψ

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Ice Balls!

In Community Alert, Kid Stuff, Open Season, Water, Weather on December 27, 2013 at 4:09 pm

By Marilyn Maslo

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CHRISTMAS, FRANKFORT—For the first time I have now seen with my very own eyes what some have described to me in the past. Sunday and Monday I walked the beachfront of Frankfort heading north. Much further away from the breakwall I found the beach littered with ice balls; not only lined up on the beach, but floating and bobbing along the shoreline. Thousands of them everywhere. The largest was at least two and a half feet in diameter and quite weighty, I’m sure. They were larger Monday than Sunday. They rolled in the waves brushing against each other, rounding themselves as they rolled. I don’t know if this happens every year or if certain parameters have to happen—but it was the first time I’ve seen this amazing sight.

 

Rainbow, May 21, 2013, about 7:30 pm

In Alert Reader, Breaking, Community Alert, GOOD NEWS, Open Season, Weather on May 21, 2013 at 10:46 pm

By Marilyn Maslo

We may not have a literal pot of gold, but on nights like these, soft rain under sunshine making a full-on 180-degree rainbow, we sure do feel lucky. Thanks, Marilyn Maslo, for capturing the moment.

We may not have a literal pot of gold, but on nights like these, soft rain under sunshine making a full-on 180-degree rainbow, we sure do feel lucky. Thanks, Marilyn Maslo, for capturing the moment.