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Weekly Choice 10-10-13 Main Cover Articles Cover Top –Sandy Kuch (Damien) Cover Bottom Right – Fairview Eagle Festival (Yvonne) Cover Bottom Left – Farmer’s Market (Damien) Weekly Choice 10-10-13 Side Headers 20/20 Project – WILL KNOW MONDAY (USE Photo1) Hidden Treasures – Good Samaritan Furniture & More (Use GoodSamPhoto) – The approximately 1,800 square foot Good Samaritan Furniture & More showroom at 6517 Center Street in Ellsworth is full of gently used sofas, chairs, tables, dressers, beds, lamps, pictures, household nick-knacks…just about anything imaginable to furnish or decorate the home. Photo by Dave Baragrey Sr.
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There will be tons of fun to be had. The two dayfestival kicks off on Fridayat 3 pm with a parade thatruns from Boney Park tothe school. Parade is fol-lowed by the chili and applepie cook-off at 5 pm. If sports action is your thing,stick around for the volley-ball tournament starting at6.Saturday is full of evenmore family fun. This daysevents begin at 8 am with the deliciouspancake breakfast and the garage sale.Fill up and then find yourself a treas-ure in someone else's trash. OscodaCounty Fairgrounds is hosting theCross Country Meet at 10 am, but therest of the events are located right atthe school.Other events going on throughoutSaturday include registration for the5K Run/Walk, craft show, car show,business expo and a silent auction. Allof those start at 10 am. There will alsobe a kid's area with carnival fun, inflat-ables for their bouncing pleasure, facepainting, and even pumpkin painting.Stick around for chicken dinner atnoon. The festivities finish off with alive concert featuring Attaboy andFairview's own Kraze Praze. Ticketsare available online at itickets.com for$7, or they can be purchased the day of  Fun Times Ahead atFairview Eagle Festival SEEEAGLE FESTIVAL16A te pp-rck and Aa will e plaing e Eagle Fesival n Saurda. CoURtESy Photo. te apprximael1,800 square f GdSamarian Furniure & Mre sw-rm a 6517 Cener Sree inEllswr is full f genl used sfas,cairs, ales, dressers, eds, lamps,picures, useld nick-knacks… jus au aning imaginale furnis r decrae e me. Photoby DAVE bARAGREy SR. STORYPAGE 5 b Damien Dennis Gaylord - When Sandy Kuchlearned she needed a doublelung transplant, she was over-come with a wave of emotions.While she was happy to knowshe could be saved from a life-threatening condition, sheknew that for that to happen,someone would have to die.“It was something we strug-gled with for a long time,” Kuchsaid. “We still struggle with itsometimes.”Kuch was a longtime busi-ness owner in Gaylord, whereshe ran an antique shop. Twodays after September 11, 2001,she sold her business due tocomplications with her health.She said that she had just felttired all the time and thought itwas just age catching up.In 2009, Kuch and her hus-band Tom traveled to the MayoClinic after visiting numerousdoctors in Petoskey and Tra-verse City to figure out whatwas wrong. The doctors at theMayo Clinic told her she hadinterstitial lung disease.Interstitial lung disease is anumbrella term, meaning thatthe doctors knew there was anissue with Kuch’s lungs butwas unable to pinpoint theexact cause. A year later, aftervisiting with physicians at theUniversity of Michigan, shewas diagnosed with sclero-derma.Scleroderma is a rare skindisease that sometimes attacksa person’s major organs, and inthis case, Kuch’s lungs.“A year later, we decided totry Michigan. It took themabout a year to figure out whatwas going on with my lungs,”Kuch said. “They said eventu-ally I would need a double lungtransplant.”Kuch said that the only re-maining health part of herlungs were about the size of ahalf dollar coin.The process for Kuch to getqualified for the transplanttook about a year. It includednot only getting put on thetransplant list but also makingsure they were prepared finan-cially and emotionally. Gaylord lung transplantrecipient is breathing easier Lung ransplan recipien, Sand Kuc ad e cance  mee Packard’s mer, Pamela,as well as Else and er dnrs w were given new life rug Packard’s rgan d-nains. CoURtESy Photo SEELUNG TRANSPLANTPAGE 5A GRAYLING – Localresidents and busi-ness owners packedthe American LegionHall in Grayling onMonday, Oct. 7, to askquestions and rallysupport for the city’spotential applicationto the state’s “MainStreet” program.“I’m blown away bythis response,” saidTerry Dickinson, amember of theGrayling Revitaliza-tion ImprovementProject (GRIP) steer-ing committee work-ing to gain MainStreet status. “It tellsme Grayling wants tobecome the jewel of the North, which isour goal.”The meeting in-cluded presentationsby Laura Krizov, man-ager of the MichiganMain Street CenterDowntown and Com-munity Services Divi-sion, and PatrickReagan,director/manager of the City of Portland’sDDA/Main Street pro-gram. Committee rallies support forGrayling ‘Main Street’ application GRIP seering cmmiee memer terr Dickinsn elps rall supprfr e Ci f Graling’s penial applicain fr inclusin in esae’s Main Sree prgram a a pulic frum Mnda, oc. 7, a eAmerican Legin hall. 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All profits from thefundraiser are donated to theOtsego County United Way,whose mission is uniting vol-unteers and mobilizing re-sources to support effectiveprograms addressing commu-nity needs.There will be two availabledelivery dates this year. If youwould like your caramel applesdelivered to you on October25th your order must be re-ceived by October 21st. Novem-ber 1st deliveries must beordered by October 28th. All ap-ples will be delivered by OtsegoCounty RSVP program volun-teers.The mouth-watering flavorsavailable for the fundraiser thisyear include plain caramel,caramel with peanuts, caramelwith chocolate, caramel withpecans, caramel with chocolateand peanuts, and caramel withdark chocolate and sea salt.Caramel apples make perfecttreats for the Halloween sea-son; it’s a ‘sweet’ deal for all!Order forms can be obtained bycalling the Otsego CountyUnited Way at (989) 732-8929 andcompleted orders must be faxedto the Otsego County UnitedWay at (989) 731-2677.*To contact Heather DeLongfor any comments, questions orconcerns, she can be reached atheather@weeklychoice.com. Gaylord Caramel Apple Fundraiser  Caramel apples make perfec reas fre hallween seasn; i’s a ‘swee’ dealfr all! Dn’ miss e ppruni  enje annual Fall Caramel Apple Das spn-sred  Alpine Cc-la haus wi all prfisenefiing e osegCun Unied Wa. CoURtESy Photo GAYLORD – The SalvationArmy and The Eagle 101.5FM are hosting the 9th An-nual Coats for Kids Drive onWednesday, Oct. 16. Thefundraiser takes place from 6a.m. to 6 p.m. in The Salva-tion Army Family ThriftStore parking lot at 919South Otsego Ave. in Gay-lord.The public is encouragedto donate cash and new orgently used coats, boots,snow pants, hats and mit-tens. Food and beverageswill be provided by localbusinesses throughout theday. In addition, basketballand pumpkin bowling gameswill take place for the kidsfrom 3 to 5 p.m.Stan Dombrowski of Maier and Associates Finan-cial Group, Inc. will againmatch cash donations up to$5,000. “We are a family ori-ented company and childrenare the heart of any family,”said Dombrowski. “I chal-lenge everyone to participatewith a cash donation to en-sure we can do the most goodfor the children of OtsegoCounty.”All items collected will bedistributed to local childrenin need on Oct. 21, 22 and 23at The Salvation Army CoatStore at 2508 S. 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Low.............Record hig...........Record Low 10............57°F.........38°F........80°F (2011)......21°F (1952)11............57°F.........38°F........79°F (1973)......23°F (1964)12............57°F.........38°F........81°F (1995)......25°F (1957)13............56°F.........37°F........79°F (1995)......24°F (2006)14............56°F.........37°F........80°F (1975)......24°F (1980)15............55°F.........37°F........80°F (1968)......19°F (1978)16............55°F.........36°F........80°F (1968)......26°F (1961)    w   e   a    t     h   e   r -HIGH:-Low-60’sLOW:-Low-40’s MONDAY -HIGH:-Mid-50’sLOW:-Low-40’s TUESDAY b heaer DeLng Don’t miss your chancefor the 2013 end-of-year bar-gains! From October 11ththrough the 20th, the Mack-inaw City Chamber of Commerce invites you tothe Annual Fall Shopper’sFestival for great deals,prizes and loads of fun!Mackinaw City offers apicturesque view of theMackinac Bridge andplenty of shopping and din-ing experiences includingits delicious fudge shopsdowntown. Take time outfor the Fall Shopper’s Festi-val for this wonderful shop-ping experience. Whetheryour visit lasts a day or anentire weekend, you can besure to enjoy the city’s hos-pitality, stores and magnifi-cent fall colors. If you’dlike to go for a fall colortour on one of MackinawCity’s Trolleys amidst thefestival, call (231) 436-7812for dates and times.Beginning the festivalwill be the new addition of The Great Pumpkin HuntOctober 11th-13th. Entryforms and drop boxes areavailable at the Chamber of Commerce office. Thosebusinesses participatingwill have a Great PumpkinHunt sign displayed alongwith a small numberedpumpkin located in theirstore. If you correctlymatch the numbers to thestores you will be eligible Fall Shopper’s Festival and Color Tours inMackinaw City Dn’ miss ur cance fr e 2013 end-f-ear argains in Mackinaw Ci! CoURtESy Photo for the drawings on Monday,October 14th at 11 am at theChamber Office. Winnerswill receive gift certificatesto stores located in Macki-naw City.What was once titled “Ap-preciation Weekend”, theFall Shoppers Festival is ayearly tradition dated backto 1978. Bob Heilman, busi-nessman and owner of theFort Fudge Shop of Macki-naw City, initiated the Festi-val and it has since thrivedas one of the city’s fall at-tractions.Be sure to join in on thefall shopping festivities inMackinaw City through Oc-tober 20th!For more information onthe Fall Shoppers’ Fest, theGreat Pumpkin Hunt, orother fall attractions in thearea, call the Mackinaw CityChamber of Commerce at(231) 436-5574.*To contact Heather De-Long for any comments,questions or concerns, shecan be reached atheather@weeklychoice.com. b heaer DeLng Just two beautiful miles south of Petoskey on US-131 is the CoveyouScenic Farm Market, a MichiganCentennial Farm owned and farmedby the same family for over one hun-dred years. The farm, an srcinalhomestead under President Grant in1874, blossomed over the years fromdairy and livestock to fruit, vegeta-bles, flowers and seasonal trimmingsfor the public to enjoy.This fall, the Coveyou Scenic FarmMarket offers hayrides and u-pickpumpkins every weekend from 12 to4 pm now through the end of Octo-ber. Rides leave every hour, on thehour, and weekday hayrides must bemade by reservation for groups of ten or more. Rides cost $8 per personfor the ride plus the u-pick pumpkin,or $5 for just the hayride. Infants ridefree. The market is open daily Mon-day through Saturday from 9 am to 6pm, and Sunday 12 to 4 pm.Before October is over, make sureyou drive to Petoskey for a hayridewith beautiful views, fun for the fam-ily, and a great way to spend the har-vest season!For more information about theCoveyou Scenic Farm Markethayride and u-pick pumpkins, visitwww.coveyouscenicfarm.com, orgive them a call at (231) 348-1278.*To contact Heather DeLong forany comments, questions or con-cerns, she can be reached atheather@weeklychoice.com. Hayrides at Coveyou Scenic Farm Market tis fall, e Cveu Scenic Farm Marke ffers arides and u-pick pumpkins ever weekend frm 12  4 pm nw rug eend f ocer. CoURtESy Photo b heaer DeLng Ever wonder whatit would be like torun across theMighty Mac? Don’tmiss your chance tosign up for the 5thAnnual Fall ColorsMackinac BridgeRace taking place Sat-urday, October 12th!Your last chance tosign up for the 5.6mile race over thebridge will be thisFriday, October 11thfrom 5 to 9 pm at therace headquarters.Onsite registration is$60 and includes therace across, ChronoTrack disposable B-Tag timing device, of-ficial race T-shirt (notguaranteed after Sep-tember 29th), com-memorative medal,transportation to thestarting area, awardsfor division winnersand a hot breakfast.Additional breakfasttickets can be pur-chased for $9 each.Check-in for thebridge race will takeplace when you regis-ter Friday at theMackinaw City Recre-ation Center at 507 W.Central Avenue. Youwill also be able tocheck-in (NOT regis-ter) at 6:30 am themorning of race day.The finish line will beat the Mackinaw CitySchool right next tothe Recreation Center. Signs will be up foryour convenience.Transportation fromrace headquarters tothe starting area isfrom 7 to 8:30 am,with the last bus leav-ing at 8:30 am. Youmust be no later than8:15 am to guaranteeyou catch the last busto the starting line.If you’re not run-ning in the race, youcan be present tocheer on the partici-pants! The race be-gins at 7:30 am atBridgeview Park onthe north end of theMackinac Bridgewith staggered starttimes. The first half of the race will havea steady incline of 5degrees, and the totallength of the courseis 5.6 miles. Rest-rooms will be avail-able at the startingand finish lines only,and one water stopwill be present on theexit of the bridge.You may carry yourown water if youwish in a self-con-tained, litter-proof container. Trophieswill go to the topthree finishers intwelve different agecategories accordingto gender.To obtain more in-formation on the FallColors Bridge Race,visit www.mackinaw-city.com or call (231)436-5664. This eventqualifies runners toenter the lottery forthe Mackinac BridgeLabor Day Run 2014.For more informa-tion, call or visit:Governor’s Council(517) 347-7891, (800)434-8642 www.michi-ganfitness.org.*To contact HeatherDeLong for any com-ments, questions orconcerns, she can bereached atheather@weekly-choice.com. 5th Annual Fall Colors MackinacBridge Race this Saturday CoURtESy Photo  Page 4A ã Weekly Choice October 10, 2013 L OCAL N EWS  Nw stois updtd dily on-lin t www.wklychoic.com b Jim Akans O n Thursday, October 3rd, theKiwanis Club of Gaylord heldtheir annual officer installa-tion and awards night, takingplace this year at the Wiscon-sin Street Hall in Gaylord. Outgoing Kiwa-nis Club of Gaylord president, JackNoirot, hosted the evening presentations,and special guests included Kiwanis Lt.Governor 2012-2013 Fabian Lavigne, andKiwanis Lt. Governor Elect Rita Moore.The evening included the installation of the new Aktion Club officers by past Ak-tion Club Administrator Ed Buday, and theinstallation of the new Key Club officersby Key Club Liaison, Jetre Ormsbee. JackNoirot and Fabian Lavigne installed MattBarresi as the new Kiwanis Club of Gay-lord president, Jack Weston as Presidentelect, and Kent Nordin as Treasurer.It was also an evening of honors andawards, recognizing several Kiwanis Clubmembers with Chairman Awards for theirexception work. Rich Sumerix and DuaneJasinski each received the “You Made itHappen” award, Don Cabble, though hewas unable to attend last Thursday’s event,was named the “Kiwanian of The Year”and Illah Webber was honored as the 2013“Citizen of the Year.”Illah, who is married to Bill Webber andthe couple has a daughter and two sons,has spent countless hours volunteering inthe community over the years, and hasbeen a familiar sight at the Kiwanis DimeToss booth at many community events.She has also been an active member of theOtsego County United Way’s RSVP pro-gram for the past 10 years, and that pro-grams director, Pete Amar, stated, “Illahhandles all activities with an incrediblypositive attitude and a can-do approach.”Congratulations to this years GaylordKiwanis Club’s new officers and honorees! Kiwanis Club of Gaylord holdsofficer installation and awards night on tursda, ocer 3rd, e Kiwanis Clu f Galrd eld eir annual fficer in-sallain and awards nig, aking place is ear a e Wiscnsin Sree hall inGalrd. Illa Weer, swn ere wi uging Kiwanis Clu f Galrd presiden,Jack Nir, was nred as e 2013 “Ciizen f e year.”Ma barresi (a lef) was insalled as e 2013-2014 Galrd Kiwanis Clu presiden uging presiden, Jack Nir. barresi is e manager a e Galrd ReginalAirpr.New fficers fr e Akin Clu were als insalled a tursda’s even. Frm lef;Sara beadle (secrear), Penn brile (reasurer), Ra Caffin (presiden-elec) andAllen beemus (presiden). Pas Akin Clu Adminisrar, Ed buda (a rig), lede insallain f e Clu’s new fficers.Special gues, Faian Lavigne (a rig), is e Kiwanis Clu L. Gvernr and amngis duies during tursda evening’s even was  presen e new Ke Clu ffi-cers, (frm lef), bri hrejsa (reasurer/secrear), Lauren Cavalieri (presiden-elec)and Melissa Faircild (presiden). Photos by Jim AkAns Krizov helped explain theMain Street program, a state-approved program to help com-munities develop andrevitalize downtown districts.According to Krizov, the pro-gram focuses on four compre-hensive strategies – design,economic restructuring, pro-motion and organization.“You really have to be work-ing on all four points for theprogram to work,” she said.“(But) we can’t expect mira-cles.“It’s baby steps. It takes awhile to get our downtownsback.”Communities must apply filean application with the Michi-gan State Housing Develop-ment Authority, with up tothree communities potentiallybeing approved for the pro-gram each year.Krizov dispelled the notionthat the Main Street programwould help provide access tolarge amounts of grants orother funding, though somegrants are available. Instead,the program helps communi-ties through technical assis-tance and training on how torevitalize their downtown dis-tricts.The Main Street programhas three levels, including as-sociate, select and master’s.Grayling is currently in itsone-year associate status, al-lowing city officials and com-mittee members to learn aboutthe program and how to apply.Communities in the selectlevel are those accepted by thestate into the Main Street pro-gram and agree to a five-yearcommitment to work throughthe process. While, those at themaster’s level have completedtheir five-year commitmentbut can still receive some tech-nical guidance, as well as serveas mentors to other communi-ties in the program.Krizov said there are cur-rently 23 communities with as-sociate level status, includingGrayling, and just six at the se-lect level. Another 10 havecompleted the program andmoved into the master’s level.Once approved for the selectlevel, Krizov said communitiesmust meet various require-ments, including employing afull-time Main Street director,have an active board and com-mittee structure, fully fund theprogram for five years throughprivate and public partner-ships, submit monthly and an-nual reports, maintainmembership in the NationalMain Street Center and meetstate accreditation standardsfor the program by year No. 5.“You guys are doing some-thing cool,” said Reagan, whowas also a Main Street directorin Iron Mountain. “And, itstarts right now.”Reagan even disclosed thathe earned an annual salary of $29,000 while at Iron Mountainand $40,000 at Portland. Headded that the manager helpsserve as the program adminis-trator, facilitator, voice, cheer-leader and a point of contact.But, Reagan said it is thecommittee members and vol-unteers who must participateto make any Main Street pro-gram a success.“You will flame out if themanager is the whole thing,”Reagan said. “But, it’s going tobe more led by you. You guyswill fix everything.“This is about you guys,” headded. “It’s much like anAmish barn-raising.”According to Reagan, theprogram has helped Portlandretain business and loweredstore front vacancies from 10percent to about 5 percent. But,while Main Street program arefocused on downtown districts,Reagan said it’s been his expe-rience that entire communitiesbenefit from the improvementsand more vital downtown busi-ness sectors.“This is for the whole com-munity,” he said. “The down-town gets better; your wholecommunity gets better.”To obtain Main Street selectstatus, communities must sub-mit a letter of interest, withapplications due in early De-cember. State officials thenvisit the communities in De-cember and January, with thecommunities making a presen-tation in Lansing in February.An announcement on whichcommunities are selectedwould then come in late Febru-ary 2014.Dickinson said Grayling’sMain Street efforts actuallydate back to 2005 under formercity manager Allen Lowe.Lowe is credited with structur-ing the city to be a Main Streetcommunity, though no applica-tion was filed at that time.Using the AuSable ArtisanVillage as the applicant, Dick-inson added he worked withcurrent city manager DougBaum to submit a letter of in-terest. From there, he said oth-ers stepped forward to supportthe effort.Baum said the GRIP steeringcommittee is functioning as asubcommittee of Grayling’sDowntown District Authority.“We have an excellent groupof people,” Dickinson said.“You wouldn’t be here tonightif it wasn’t for that excellentgroup of people.”He added the steering com-mittee does plan on filing itsMain Street application inearly December.“We’re working on our appli-cation,” Dickinson told thecrowd. “We have to have thatin by the first Friday in De-cember, and we will. We willmove it forward.”Baum said, for people seek-ing to get involved inGrayling’s Main Street effortor to donate to help fund theproject, they may call the cityoffice at 989-348-2131. Fromthere, they’ll be referred tosteering committee members.“The biggest thing we needis volunteers and the financialhelp,” he added. “This is tomake a difference in Grayling.“Anything you can do willhelp.” MAINSTREET continued from page 1 MACKINAW CITY – Usually,it’s the history of ColonialFort Michilimackinac thatdraws thousands of visitors tothe Straits area, as they areable to get a glimpse back intopart of Michigan’s rich his-tory.But, on Friday and Saturday,Oct. 11-12, there’s a differentreason – “Fort Fright.” As Hal-loween approaches, the his-toric fort becomes the haunt of period-dressed ghosts andspirits from the past duringthe annual celebration.“There are usually around3,000 to 4,000 people who at-tend the event each year,” saidKelsey Schnell, public rela-tions and marketing officer forMackinac State HistoricParks.Fort Fright is held from 6:30to 9:30 p.m. both nights, withlast admission being at 8:30p.m.Once inside, visitors aretreated to a variety of spookytales and folklore told byFrench voyagers, goodies andeven music. And, the eventstill stays true to the fort’s his-tory, as the fort and its 13 re-constructed buildings reflectlife during the area’s occupa-tion by the British in the1770s.And, officials are quick topoint out the event is designedfor persons of all ages, fromyoungsters looking for fun andto explore, to teens and adultslooking for a more frighteningexperience.“The 2013 Fort Fright willinclude an all new ‘DemonWalk’ to provide an additionalscare for visitors, while inter-preting one of the tales fromthe time,” Schnell added.According to the MackinacState Historic Parks website,many of the haunting charac-ters and entertaining talestold at the event are drawnfrom the pages of “Were-Wolves and Will-o-the-Wisps:French Tales of Mackinac Re-told” by Dirk Gringhuis.Those attending Fort Frightcan even read the tales forthemselves, as the book isavailable at the visitor’s centerfor $7 per copy.And, there’s even treatsalong the way. Kids are pro-vided with a Halloween bagfull of goodies, courtesy of PNC Bank, while visitors mayalso get a taste of history – or,even some popcorn – as theystroll through the differentbuildings. This could includeapple cider, warm homemadebread or taffy served by thetraditionally dressed colonialladies.From the gathering of fes-tive visitors that flock toMackinaw City each year,Schnell said the event contin-ues to grow.“We’ve had tremendous sup-port from the community andour visitors,” he said. “Usu-ally around mid-September,we will begin to receive callsfrom local businesses andhotel operators wanting toconfirm the dates of the eventto promote it to their cus-tomers.“Posters are distributed per-sonally by our staff and anumber of people ask formore than one, so they canhang them in different win-dows.”Tickets for Fort Fright maybe purchased at the ColonialMichilimackinac Visitor’sCenter beginning Oct. 1, orwhen arriving at the event.Again, admission is alloweduntil 8:30 p.m. on the nights of the event.Ticket prices are $20 perfamily, or $7 for an adult and$4 for children. Admission isfree for children 4 and underand Mackinac AssociatesFriend Level and above.For more information on FortFright or other events at Colo-nial Michilimackinac, personsmay call 231-436-4100 or visitonline at . – Report compiled by Buck-land News Service. Fort Fright provides haunting,fun visit to historic site
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