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7/24/2013 12:01:00 AM
Harbor Springs...Now and Then
Cynthia Morse Zumbaugh

I am grateful every day of my life for the opportunity to live where I do and for the chance to share time and memories with friends, family and acquaintances. It's fun to talk about Joe Jezisek threatening to bop us in the head with his baton during band class or how nervous we got before challenges for our "chair." How many schools can let you sneak out a side door during Art class, like Mr. Snideman used to allow, to draw outside and have that amazing view of the bay in front of you? Not many, I'll bet.

Remember running around the upper track of the girls' gym as we tried qualify for the President's Award or just doing laps? It was always stifling in there, but at least out windows opened and we would get a breeze off the Lake. Edith Irish doing her very best to make us graceful gymnasts? She had some great successes, but others of us were lost causes. Learning to make homemade biscuits (aka hockey pucks) from Kay Gremel or playing the current events game with Rick Rossi? Mr. Grant making more noise in the library than anyone else; he wasn't a librarian that walked around quieting people down, that was for certain.

I remember how we knew it was going to be a good day in physics when TMcD

pulled out his guitar and we knew he would be entertaining as well as teaching, or when you could sweet talk Joe Flynn into a library pass or get Mr. Pollack off topic and avoid his planned lesson. Random thoughts, small moments that after all these years can make us smile, these are the things that make it fun to have a group of people who share the same moments.

Some people are appalled when we wax nostalgic about being paddled, but it was just part of life and my parents' attitude, and that of most of my friends' parents, was that if we got it at school, we'd get it again at home. They certainly didn't jump to our defense and rarely were our misdeeds blamed on our friends; they knew their own children too well, sometimes.

The memories certainly extend beyond school. Parties at Five Mile Creek, Catob Road or the dump (yes, I know...) Sneaking into the I-Scream parlor when we weren't supposed to go there, then later helping John Kilborn make the donuts when it became a bakery, before Jeff Graham moved Turkeys' into that fabled location.

Do you ever wonder where kids without a boardwalk went to do all the things that needed to be done out of sight? Or if other towns would let our John Denver look alike, Jon Persinger (not sure on that spelling) entertain with his guitar in a gas station parking lot? And no one who grew up here will ever forget going to movies at the Lyric. Old movies, new movies, classics, they showed them all at one time or another and it didn't matter what was one screen; we were together and if the movies weren't entertaining, we usually were.

That brings me to this point. I need to give a final reminder about the Alumni Reunion. This is a completely informal gathering, wear what you want, stay briefly or as long as you'd like, but take the chance to share your favorite moments and memories.

It will be held this Saturday, July 27, from 6 p.m. to midnight at the Center Township Hall on Van Road. This is for all who may have attended school in Harbor Springs, and those taught, drove bus, served lunches, worked for the schools in any capacity or even if your kids attended and you'd like to catch up with their friends. All are welcome. If you'd like you can bring a dish to pass, but you're not required to do so, and we ask for a donation at the door if you can. If not, just your presence is enough.

Perfectly timed with the reunion, Cynthia Haynes is offering a deal to Harbor Springs Alumni. Over Silver Blue Waters, the final book in the wonderful series that Cynthia produced using her father, Virgil Haynes' photographs. I have the books in this series and I treasure them, such a wonderful history of our town over the years. This book normally sells for $68; Cynthia is offering it to Alumni for $35. You can contact Cynthia at 526-8686 or pick up your copy at the Witty Gallery from another alumni, Trisha Witty. I will have info and a copy of the book for your perusal.

I also want to give a reminder that the Community Band plays on Monday evening each week downtown on the waterfront. This Monday their songs range from Scottish Folk music to Ragtime to a Bette Midler classic; something for every taste and they're free for your enjoyment.

Now let's start with a couple of belated birthday wishes. Lora and Mike Erxleben wanted to wish their son Christopher a happy 14th birthday on Monday, July 22 and I hope that Merlyn Tippett had a glorious day on Tuesday, July 23.

This week, on Thursday, July 25 we send birthday wishes to Pamela Rhine and to Molly Morse. Friday, July 26, Happy Birthday to David Rankin, Marcia David, Cody Compton and Chelsea Swadling and on the 27th to Ken Seamon, Lexie Gage Rautio, Doug Thorpe, Jennifer Keller and Corina Grissom. Sunday we celebrate birth anniversaries for Janey Dronen Thorpe and Matt Pemberton and on Monday, July 29, Beth Wilson and Maribeth (Betsy) Garber (and we're happy to have you back living in the area, Betsy.) Tuesday, July 30, Happy Birthday wishes go out to Jill Van Alstyne, Paul Osterberg, Kathy Saddison, Jean LaCount Simmons and a special happy 2nd birthday to adorable Eleanor Ivey. We'll wrap up the week with birthday wishes on Wednesday, July 31, to Meghan Baker, Jack Reilly and a special hug with those wishes to Gracie Morse.

FCB 2017

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