The official first day of summer arrived this past week and with it came temperatures more in keeping with the summer season. Sunday was a beautiful clear day drawing folks to the waterfronts and beaches for some sunning and maybe even some swimming. Although we have so far been free from much humidity, the first of this week has brought some "sticky" conditions, but with the water beckoning who really minds. Harbor Springs will be hosting several outdoor events this week and weekend - enjoy them all.
Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, MI. held Commencement Exercises last month for some 900 graduates. Receiving degrees on that day was Harbor Springs resident Lucas Orlins who was awarded the Bachelor of Science in Architecture, the Associate of Science in Construction Engineering Technology, and the Bachelor of Science in Construction Management.. Lucas is a graduate of Harbor Springs High School.
Victoria Serra, a resident of Harbor Springs and a first year student at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, was named to SMU's Spring 2013 Honor Roll.
The Harbor Springs Garden Club will be having its annual membership drive on Wednesday, June 26 from 5:30 to 7:00 at the waterfront garden on Spring and Bay Streets. Everyone is welcome and light refreshments will be served. You can get your hands dirty making Harbor beautiful!
The Alanson Library will host a variety of programs throughout the summer months, which include:
-Tuesday, July 2 at 10 a.m. "Mr. Pep's Magic Show" for all ages will be presented. Everyone is welcome to attend, as well as joining for the rest of the program which runs through Tuesday, July 30 for preschool through grade 5. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
-The Library is accepting entries for the Young Adult Short Story Contest July 9 - August 6; additional details are available online at www.alansonlibrary.org
-Space is still available for the Building a Stone Birdhouse class on Saturday, July 20, from 11 a.m.-2 pm; registration and Alanson Library District residency required.
-A Genealogy Class will be held on Saturday, August 17 at 11:30 a.m. presented by the Emmet County Historical Society
-An Author Visit will be held on Saturday, August 24 at 12 p.m. when local author Helen Waldron Tull will speak about her new book Life Beyond the Boardwalk, about the Burt Lake area.
Library Hours are: Monday-Wednesday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Friday 12-5 p.m.; Saturday (summer hours) 1-5 p.m. The Library is closed Sundays and holidays. The library is located at 7631 Burr Avenue (Alanson Community Building). For additional information, call 231-548-5465.
The newest Eagle Scout in Harbor Springs Troop 55 and his mentor who was awarded the Mentor Award are seen out fly fishing (pictured above). In celebration of their achievement together, John-Mark Champion - Eagle Scout (18 years old) and George Houk (86 years old), hit the Maple River for a fly fishing trip with Reel Waters guide Richard Keiswetter. "This was a well deserved present from John-Mark's Mom for reaching the highest honor a Scout can get," said Richard Keisweeter. "It really is my pleasure to guide these two friends on a fly fishing experience."
George and John-Mark have been close buddies for years after the two meet through John-Mark's mother's business. Sara Champion, John-Mark's mother, gave the Reel Waters fly fishing guide trip to them in recognition of their long friendship and mutual achievement. "They became close friends, first over their love of sailing and then poetry," Champion said. "They share lots of other interest together, hiking, mushrooming, scrabble, and now fly fishing."