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Pictured (from left) are Mary Gergel, Melissa Jollette and Pam Chipman.
Pictured (from left) are Mary Gergel, Melissa Jollette and Pam Chipman.

1st Boyne Appétit! winner

The first winner of the Boyne Appétit! Wine Wednesday monthly drawing is Mary Gergel of Boyne City. Mary was presented with a $40 gift certificate to use at one of the nine establishments that participate in Wine Wednesday.

Held on the first Wednesday of the month, the next Wine Wednesday will be March 2 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The program will run through June 1 this year.

The nine purveyors currently participating are the Boyne Pub, Cafe Sante’, Northern Table, Porter Creek Fish House, Red Mesa Grill, Boyne River Inn, Lake Street Market, The Wine Emporium and Friggy’s SOBO Pub.

For more info, e-mail or (231) 582-9009 or visit

Soup cook-off winner

Charlevoix Montessori Academy for the Arts Artsy Soup Cook-off
Charlevoix Montessori Academy for the Arts Artsy Soup Cook-off

On Thursday Feb. 18, Charlevoix Montessori Academy hosted its 7th Annual Artsy Soup Cook-off at the Charlevoix Public Library with soup from local restaurants and artwork from the students at CMA.

Stafford’s Weathervane wowed the crowd with a Reuben soup and walked away with first place. That French Place was runner-up with a Carrot and Chicken soup.

Participating restaurants included Kelsey’s Lakeside Grille, Friske’s Farm Market, Grey Gables, Front Porch, That French Place, Smoke on the Water, Villager Pub, Scovie’s and Stafford’s Weathervane.

Historical walking tour app

Kicked off last June, the Boyne City self-guided historical walking tour now has a free app available for download in the iTunes store.

Search Boyne City in the iTunes store or go to the link and download:

The self-guided walking tour includes over 50 stops featuring the rich history of Boyne City’s downtown. More info at (231)582-9009 or online at

GLE Seeks future leaders

High school sophomores and juniors whose parents or guardians receive electric service from Great Lakes Energy are invited to apply by March 18 for two free leadership opportunities: the Youth Leadership Summit (YLS) and Washington, D.C. Youth Tour.

These programs are designed to help students develop strong leadership habits, explore career opportunities in the electric industry, and engage in the democratic process.

For additional information, or to apply online, visit, or call 888-485-2537 ext. 8174.

Free trees for Arbor Day

Join the Arbor Day Foundation in March 2016 and receive 10 free white flowering dogwood trees.

“White flowering dogwoods are versatile trees that will break heavy winds and add beauty to your home,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day

Foundation. “These fast-growing landscape trees are known for their soft needles and graceful branching, making them an ideal addition to any yard.”

The free trees are part of the nonprofit Foundation’s Trees for America campaign.

With planting instructions included, the trees will be shipped at the right time for planting, between March 1 and May 31. The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge.

To become a member of the Foundation and receive the free trees, send a $10 contribution to TEN FREE WHITE FLOWERING DOGWOOD TREES, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City, Nebraska 68410, by March 31, 2016.

Or join online at

Need help or want to help?

Char-Em United Way continues to match volunteers with local nonprofits through the use of Volunteer Connections. Volunteer Connections, a virtual volunteer center, is a tool Char-Em United Way uses to match available volunteers with needs that meet their skills and interests in our region.

There are projects available for all ages and talents. Local volunteer needs are also served by providing additional resources for volunteer recruitment, recognition, and management. Nonprofit agencies in Charlevoix and Emmet Counties list their volunteer needs on the Volunteer Connections website.

Volunteers then help with these requests, based on their skills, interests, and availability.

By logging on and becoming a “Fan” of an agency, volunteers receive an email whenever a new need is posted.

More info at (231) 487-1006 or e-mail