By Betty Bennett

Don’t know about you – but I’m looking for a change in the weather.  It’s got to show up – it does every year.  So – why not now? 

My snow blower has run out of places to put the snow – when there is a warmer day the melt comes into my garage and then when it gets cold it turns to ice.  I must be careful even getting into my car.  That’s just wrong!!!  I think there’s a new garage floor in my future.

Did you attend the Chamber of Commerce Awards Dinner? If not – you missed a great occasion.  GPA was there – a lot of us.  We had a great time. 

At least 200 people in attendance.  Many dressed in 1920’s era costume.  It was wonderful.  Lots of ladies in headbands, beads, and fringe.  The men too – some great looking costumes to match their wives and/or girl friends.   As usual the food was excellent – and we had cheesecake for dessert – one of my favorites. 

The Awards program was very well done, and all the winners were deserving.  Its amazing how many were nominated for every award.  It shows how many people work hard in our community to make it the best it can be.  My congratulations to all who were nominated.  If you didn’t go this year – think about attending next year.  Its worth it – and you’ll enjoy the evening. 

In May comes the GPA Fashion Show at Kirtland Community College.  The date is Saturday, May 19.  We’ll have vendors and a silent Auction with donated articles that will be available in the lobby, so you’ll want to come early so you have time to browse.  We have some new people this year and some old favorites that always have wonderful items to bid on. 

Wouldn’t a ticket to the Fashion Show make a wonderful Mother’s Day Gift – and its the Sunday prior to the show.  Wouldn’t your Mom or Aunt, or daughter love to join you in a wonderful afternoon – with lunch and shopping at the show?  Of course, they would.  Contact any GPA member for tickets.  There will also be several shops around town where you can buy them.  Wherever you see the Fashion Show advertised. 

I’ve been reading in the papers about two other new and exciting things happening in our town.  First, Hanson Hills is getting a make-over at the Ski Lodge.  This must be ready for the big event out there this spring that I understand will be covered by national TV.  I don’t have a lot of info on this – but I’m sure there will be more the closer it gets. 

Then there’s the news about the old building at Hartwick Pines getting a makeover.  That will be a very special project.  If you’re a more mature adult, you’ll remember the old building as the first place you saw when going into the park.  We are so fortunate to have a State Park in our back yard and its such a beautiful place to visit – as well as being a big part of Michigan history.  I hope we can see the results of this effort very soon.

Have you seen what’s happening at “The Duck Pond” I know there’s no pond – but it’s a cute name for the condo’s going up in town.  I’ve talked with the owners and they are anxious for good weather.  There will be landscaping around the outside and the entire project is a real asset to the downtown. We need more places for people to live in our city!

Well, the sun has come out and it looks like maybe I can try to sweep out the garage if I get out there today.  Wish me luck – and maybe we’ll have more of these days soon.