ANCHOR BAY IS SPECIAL IN OUR TOWN: Have you spent time sitting on the Bay? Picnicked nearby? Observed the changing cloud formations? Watched seagulls swooping for food and swan families floating by? Taken a swim and felt refreshed? Gone boating for pleasure or to fish? Made memories of sunsets? Sunrises? Year-round, all of this is ours at no extra charge. Each day is different. If the lake could talk, imagine the tales that might be told. There for us in all seasons, let’s appreciate the gift of our gorgeous Anchor Bay and beautiful Lake St. Clair. Blue with white caps splashing ashore. Sometimes high, as in this year, and sometimes very low in a few years ahead. Frozen strong enough in winter for cars to drive and shanties for shelter for fishermen. Being grateful and thankful that we have the privilege of living here, Anchor Bay is definitely a special in Our Town.
PERENNIAL EXCHANGE THIS SATURDAY: From 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 19, an exchange of plants will take place in the parking lot of Haven Place, 48475 Main St. in New Haven. Bring in containers or pots by 9:30 a.m. Here is how it works: For every plant you bring, you get one credit. During the exchange, you can trade your credits for plants that someone else brought. All remaining plants will be donated to the Haven Place Park nearby. Questions will be answered by calling 586-484-8540.
MCREST BENEFIT SEPT. 19: St. John’s Lutheran Church, 51161 Maria St., is one of many churches in Macomb County that host homeless for one week in the year, providing housing and food. A special benefit to earn funds for their work will take place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 19. Those who visit their Fellowship Hall that day and sign up for a membership to BJ’s, the church will receive $5 for each card. Let’s be there to help the kindness St. John’s shows others in need.
SEPT. 25 VFW EVENT: All outdoors, a live band, Spooky Sterling Band, performing “Good Time Old Rock & Roll,” burgers, hot dogs, chips, cookies, drinks and more is in store for VFW Post 7573 members and friends during the hours of 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The cost is $15 a person, with ONLY 100 tickets sold. Reservations must be made at 586-725-7100. The post is located at 35011 23 Mile, nearly across from Krogers.
KIDS DAY SEPT. 27: Our Town’s farmers market, on Washington Street from Main to Front streets, is going to feature activities just for youngsters. Something in addition, offered, is free vision screening for kids, available on site in a trailer sponsored by the New Baltimore Lions Club. Professionals will test the sight of young people and provide doctor references, should there be vision problems. A special treat for families will be to visit with “puppies in training,” future seeing-eye dogs. The writer has learned that Our Town is an excellent area for professional dog handlers to walk dogs in training.
SEPT. 27 NB LIONS PAVERS BOOTH AT FARMERS MARKET: This will be a perfect time to consult with members concerning purchasing a paver/brick to be placed under Our Town’s famous flag and flagpole. Paperwork will be available to determine wording on three lines (14 characters on each line), in honor of, in remembrance of families, individuals, organizations, businesses and others. The cost is $125. Want to join the New Baltimore Lions Club? Their meetings take place at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at AMVETS outdoor pavilion, 51285 County Line Road, just off Green Street.
REGISTER BY SEPT. 30 FOR OCT. 4 CAR SHOW: “Cruising the Bay,” the Anchor Bay Lions Club, 9200 Short Cut Road in Anchorville (just off M-29, between Church and Meldrum roads), says, “One of the last chances this season to cruise M-29 along the bay and stop by to show off your ride!!!” Register by Sept. 30 at $12 entry fee or $15 day of show. Food. Music. Raffles. Awards for top cars. For information, contact Rose and Tom at 586-202-8821, John at 313-300-8673 or the clubhouse at 586-725-9292. The website is: anchorbaylions.org. “Make Car Shows Great Again!” is the theme.
OCT. 3 2020 PUMPKIN PICKING BASH: Little Camille’s By The Bay and Blankets With Care are hosting a benefit for Helping the Needy of Macomb County from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Food and drinks will be enjoyed indoors or outdoors with drink specials all day. Pick your favorite pumpkin with a donation of $5 or more. Located at 51083 Washington St., Little Camille’s is just across from Huntington Bank.
OCT. 6 TUTORING PROGRAM AVAILABLE: Haven Place, 48475 Main St. in New Haven, is planning tutoring opportunities in the parking lot, weather permitting, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays. Call 586-484-8540 to register. Tutors are needed. If interested, call the above number. Or, go to: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
OCT. 18 FAMILY FUN DAY: Haven Place, 48475 Main St. in New Haven, will host a wonderful fall outdoor day with activities that will interest all ages. A chili cook-off (call 586-484-8540 to enter), in the chili tent where guests, at $5 each or $20 for a family of four and more, may sample 15 to 20 chilis. Voting for a first, second and third winner. Hay rides and a bon fire, too. Pumpkins for sale. Plus, pumpkin painting, crafts for young children, caramel and candied apples, cider and donuts. Pie eating contest, (call the above number to participate). Raffle, auction and vendors. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Note: Haven Place is collecting gently used stuffed animals. Must be from smoke and pet free homes! They may be dropped off under the overhang at Haven Place.
PASTIES COMING OCT. 23 TO NOV. 3: First Congregational Church, 36223 Alfred St., corner of Base Street, in Our Town, has permission from the Macomb County Health Department to bake and sell its famous pasties, still at the delicious price of $5 each. Since the spring of 1998, church members and friends have provided Our Town and Southeastern Michigan with yummy pasties, “better than the U. P.” The hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily, with Sunday hours to be noon to 3 p.m. To place an order, call 586-725-0909, stating the number, date, time for pickup and whether you want your pasties to be frozen, cooled or hot, right out of the oven. Order them for dinner, stop by and pick up some for lunch or for the freezer. It’s a great meal at the deer camp, also.
ESSAY CONTEST FOR STUDENTS: With an Oct. 31 deadline, Lempke-Blackwell VFW Post 7573 is offering writing opportunities for students in high school and middle school. The grade nine to 12 Voice of Democracy title is: “Is This the Country the Founders Envisioned?” The middle school grade six to eight Patriot’s Pen essay title is: “What is Patriotism to Me?” To obtain details, go to vfw.org, community, youth & education, youth scholarships, Voice of Democracy, Patriot’s Pen and Teacher of the Year. The local winning essays will travel to the district level, where the winning works will go to the state competition. The state winner’s essay will be entered into the national contest, with the high school winner to be awarded a $30,000 scholarship. For further information, please contact VFW Post 7573 Auxiliary member Sandi VanTiem at 586-725-9554. The Our Town column will proudly announce the winning local students.
MADD IS CANCELED FOR 2020: Chairpersons Flo Hayman, Marcia Shinska and Pat Goldenbogen, with a heavy heart, have canceled their annual Make A Difference Day event, usually scheduled at this time. Due to Covid-19, the Macomb County Health Department is unable to provide an “Outreach Clinic” that provides immunizations to Our Town. Also, limiting the number of attendees, as well as those a part of various organizations who offer activities for youngsters, would be a problem. Thus, fall of 2021 will be the next MADD. Our Town is grateful to the many years that these fine citizens have given toward this wonderful project, offering immunizations, numerable free items, lunch, a magician, games, balloons and opportunities for Our Town to return outdated medications and to donate items for veteran hospitals. Thank you. Thank you.
BIRTHDAY QUOTES ABOUT BEING OLDER: Betty White: “My mother always used to say, ‘The older you get, the better you get, unless you’re a banana.’” Bob Hope: “You know you’re getting older when the candles cost more than the cake.” Mark Twain: “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” John Byme: “Getting older is fine. There is nothing you can do to stop it, so you might as well as stay on the bus.” George Burns: “You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old.” Thanks to Linda C.
To report news about your service organization, call Bette Carrothers at 586-725-8051 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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