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Mornin’ from the Mitten

By Mark Constance

Good morning Northern Michigan!

I spent some time at the Grayling business expo yesterday at Kirtland Community College. There was a small but enthusiastic group of businesses owners there. It was great to get out and talk with people I hadn’t seen since last Fall.

The area’s next  business event is the Houghton Lake Chamber of Commerce expo at the Northern Center, located at 7784 Stone School Road in Houghton Lake. The public is invited to attend from 4-7 p.m.

I took the picture of these pastel cabins at the Mai Tiki Resort, located between Tawas and Oscoda on Lake Huron. There aren’t any leaves yet and the grass is still brownish, so these cabins stuck out like a sore thumb.

Quote of the day is from Nanea Hoffman:

“Happy Friday. Here’s to all of us who made it through another week of faking adulthood.”

Here are a few of the events and activities across the region this weekend.

STANDISH -Spring cleanup at the Standish Historical Depot Welcome Center at 11 a.m. Volunteer if you have a few hours. 🙂

GAYLORD – Claude Shannon Day April 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Otsego County History Museum 320 W. Main Street. A celebration of Claude Shannon – the father of the digital age. Learn how our Gaylord native changed the world.

CLEAR LAKE – Spaghetti Fundraiser for the Ogemaw Nature Center at the Clear Lake Bar from noon-6 p.m. Last year over $5,000.00 was raised at this same event. In addition to other things, the money raised helped upgrade the deer enclosure, which is now double in size! For more information regarding the park, please check out the Ogemaw Nature Park Facebook page.

HILLMAN – Euchre Tournament at the Hillman Senior Center. Doors open at 5 p.m. with play starting at 6 p.m. $20 entry fee. Info: 989-742-4080.

MIO – Fundraiser for the Nor-East’r Festival at the Oscoda County Community Center, located at 305 9th Street. The “Lucky Nows” will perform from 4-7 p.m. Chinese Auction, raffles, hot dogs, chips and soup.

WEST BRANCH – City of West Branch Recycling Services April 22 from 9 a.m. to noon on Lucas Lane behind City Hall.

HOUGHTON LAKE – Potato Bake Off April 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Houghton Lake Public Library, located at 4431 West Houghton Lake Drive. Grab your best spud and come join this Potato Bar cook off.

OSCODA – 2023 Iosco County Family Fun Day April 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Oscoda High School, located at 3550 East River Road. Free and fun family event!

ST. HELEN – Spring Trail Cleanup. Wicked Jeeps Southeast Michigan in partnership with St. Helen Snowpackers and ORV Club will be doing its annual spring cleanup of the state and national forest trails and roads on April21 and 22. To participate go to the Snowpackers clubhouse at 520 N. St. Helen Road.

ST. HELEN – Perch and Shrimp dinner at American Legion Post #416 from 4-7 p.m. on April 21. The public is invited to attend.

STANDISH – Standish-Sterling Central Theatre presents “Lord of the Choice” April 21 and 22 in the SSC auditorium. Tickets are $5.

ROSCOMMON – Lego Challenge at the Library April 22 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at 106 Lake Street in Roscommon. Bring your imagination and build alongside other creators. A caring adult must accompany children. Adult participation encouraged. Duplo blocks are available for younger creators.

GAYLORD – Otsego Area Family Fun Fair April 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Gaylord Middle School 600 East 5th Street Gaylord.

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