Admire Burke Park’s dahlia garden – The Voice

LOOK AT THE DAHLIA GARDEN AT BURKE PARK: Thank the wonderful Koenig children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren for carrying on the tradition of their wonderful ancestor, Henry Koenig. Once the owner of a business that grew and sold gladioli and dahlia flowers, every child in the family worked in the fields. He was the dahlia king of America. Our city was the dahlia capital of America. There was a festival every year, even the selection of a queen. Currently, the Burke Park garden takes time and effort from the family to plant the bulbs in the spring and pull them out in the fall. The flowers are named after family members and famous people. Be sure to check the names as they have stuck with the bulbs for decades. The magnificent Koenig family plaque at the edge of the garden will tell the story. Read it and be amazed by the family history. Our town is grateful to the family for the colorful display they provide to us each year.

ST. MARY’S FOOD PANTRY NEEDS US: Open Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the following items can be donated during these hours: snack bars, muffin mix, pancake syrup. cake mix, juice, egg noodles, stuffing, Pasta Roni, canned carrots, fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, size 4, 5 and 6 diapers and baby wipes. The pantry is located in a block surrounded by Main, Base, Front and Maria streets in Our Town. Let’s be there and help the pantry!

MUSIC IN THE PARK: Wednesday through August 31 from 7-9 p.m., Our Town hosts an evening of entertainment in our welcoming Burke Park. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and get ready for a special family event. Tonight it will be David Shelby, and the series will end on August 31 with “The Gobies”.

BEACH GLASS CLASS AUGUST. 27: Email [email protected] or call 586-339-3969 to register. At Ira Municipal Hall, 7085 Meldrum in Fair Haven, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., artist Jane Weis will teach how to make a necklace, bracelet, keychain and cork of wine. Bring your own beach glass if you want to use your own design.

OVERNIGHT TRIP TO CASINO PLANNED: Shirley, 586-531-1934, taking reservations for getaway Oct. 11-12. Cost is $173 for double occupancy, $256 for single occupancy, and a $50 registration fee accepted with final payment due August 26. Included is transportation, a room at the Four Winds Casino, continental breakfast, a movie, a small snack, water and the driver’s tip. The first stop will be at Battle Creek at the Firekeepers Casino and includes a $20 play and $5 food coupon. Next stop will be the Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo, where you’ll spend the night, with $25 play and a $10 food stamp. Back home, the trip will stop at Firekeepers with another $20 game and a $5 food stamp.

AUGUST 26-27 YARD SALE: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 31100 23 Mile Road in Chesterfield Township, invites browsers and shoppers to a unique yard sale taking place August 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and August 27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. items, outdoor items, clothing, furniture, costumes, jewelry and more will be available. Sponsored by Thrivent Financial and its members. Proceeds go to church projects. Call 586-949-9440.

AUGUST 28 AB LIONS CLASSIC CAR SHOW: The Anchor Bay Lions Club is hosting the show and asks those who bring a vehicle and wish to register to visit anchorbaylions.org. The AB Lions Club is located at 9200 Short Cut, between Meldrum and Church, just off the M-29.

CREATIVE MARKET IN THE MEADOW: Opportunities for artisans and vendors to offer items for purchase will be available at Little Camille’s By The Green. Located at 4575 County Line between Routes 28 Mile and 29 Mile in Casco Township, the market will be held twice a month through October from noon to 5 p.m. The fare is $11. Children will meet the Caring Elephant and Baby Peanut mascots. Blankets With Care will receive the proceeds. To enter, email [email protected] or call Michelle at 586-219-5015.

AUGUST 30 FIREKEEPERS CASINO TRIP: Call Shirley at 586-531-1934 to head out with friends to Battle Creek for a day. The cost is $40, which includes luxury coach transportation, snacks, bottled water, and a movie on the way back. Departure is from the Lowe’s parking lot, 27990 23 Mile Rd., at 8:00 AM. Arrive by 7:45 a.m. Check-in time at the house is approximately 6:30 p.m. Casino offers $20 play and $5 food coupon.

ART ON THE BAY COMING SEPT. 3-4: From the Art on the Bay Committee: “Last call for artists and artisans! All applications must be received by August 10. Visit artonthebay.com to apply. The vendor cost is $150 for two days with a $15 application fee. All work submitted must be handmade. No kits, molds or patterns. The 12th annual Labor Day Weekend Fine Arts and Crafts Fair will take place in Burke Park and is visited by more than 8,000 people each year. For more information, email [email protected]

THREE MEN AND A TENOR AT EAST HARBOR SEPT. 8: The quartet entertains with good music and comedy. The show will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Village of East Harbor is located at 33875 Kiely Drive in Chesterfield Township. Call 586-716-7223.

ABHS CLASS OF 1972 REUNION NEWS: The 50th Anchor Bay High School of 1972 Reunion is scheduled for September 24 at 6 p.m. at Little Camille’s By The Green in Casco. September 9 is the registration deadline. For more details, call Eldon Teller at 586-949-6680 or contact Tina via email [email protected] The classes from 1969 to 1975 are also invited to the party.

LEMPKE-BLACKWELL VFW GREAT BREAKFAST SEPT. 11: Are you hungry? Great! Don’t miss this meal! Served in the creek from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., the menu includes made-to-order eggs and omelettes, scrambled eggs, French toast, homemade gravy, cookies, bacon, sausages, and potatoes. A minimum donation of $8 is requested per person, $2 for children 10 and under. World War II veterans eat free. VFW Post 7573 is located at 35011 23 Mile in Our Town.

NBIC REHEARSALS START IN SEPTEMBER. 12: Beginning at 7 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 36223 Alfred, the New Baltimore Interfaith Choir will begin its 42nd year of entertainment in the area. The choir has performed from Detroit to Port Huron at various venues and has presented Christmas and spring concerts each year. There are no auditions and no fees. Expect each rehearsal to be an adventure exploring new music. Singing with friends is a pleasant and eternal experience. Director Bette Carrothers can be reached by calling 586-725-8051.

SEVEN. 16 POW/MIA STEAK-OUT: VFW Post 7573 in Our Town is the site of this very important event. For tickets, call 586-725-7100. Doors open at 5 p.m., with a special ceremony to honor and commemorate POW and MIA veterans. The cost is $18 per person for the last steak of the season. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., grill a personal New York Striploin, add a baked potato, salad, bun and dessert. Country singer Garrett Veal will entertain. The public is welcome.

LIVE MUSIC SEPT. 17 AT VFW STATION 7573: The Spooky Sterling Band will perform from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. for an outdoor lawn chair event. The cost is $10 per person. Burgers, hot dogs, fries, soft drinks and water will be available for purchase. Bad weather may cause the event to be moved indoors. Call 586-725-7100.

SEVEN. 24 GREAT LAKES BURN CAMP CHARITY BENEFIT: Drag Queen Bingo will be held at VFW Post 7573 at 35011 23 Mile Road. The donation is $30 for three games and the show. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show will be at 7 p.m. Cash bar, food, raffle baskets and 50/50 draws will be available. Call Dawn Murphy at 586-525-0669 for advance tickets. Advance tickets are recommended, as space will be limited.

SARECROW NEWS: Get ready for the 17th Annual Scarecrow Contest! Scarecrow artists should think about creating their award-winning scarecrow. The collection of registrations will take place at the end of September. The exact collection date is coming soon.

COAT DRIVE COMING OCT. 9: The event site will be the New Baltimore Civic Club on Main from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Details to follow from the New Baltimore Lions Club.

DEC. 6-10 NASHVILLE OPRYLAND COUNTRY CHRISTMAS TRIP: Contact Donna at 810-966-0017 to be placed on the travel roster. The tour includes two nights at the Opry Hotel, four breakfasts, a General Jackson Boat Cruise, and a Country Christmas Dinner Show featuring the Oakridge Boys. A pleasant moment just before the holidays.

DRINK CONTAINER COLLECTION: On Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon, bring clean and empty cans and bottles to Champion Health Club at 33089 23 Mile in Chesterfield Township to support the work of helping the blind and Leader Dogs for the Blind in Rochester. Thank you on behalf of the New Baltimore Lions Club.

A LITTLE HISTORY: The ABHS Class of 1952 is celebrating 70 years since graduating and the writer is proud to be a member. Their high school was newly built in 1950 in Washington and is now an elementary school named Lighthouse Elementary. Thirty-five seniors received diplomas in June. The school’s first graduating class, 1950, and second, 1951, are also proud of their history there. Prior to the construction of the school, all attended the New Baltimore Public School on Green, in the block where Our Town now stands. The first school was built in 1876 on land donated to the district by Judge Hathaway, with students in grades 1 through 12 all able to go home for lunch. The hours were 9:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. You better be in your seat when the last bell rang. Basketball games were played on the third floor, with four large pillars standing in the playing floor and the players standing around them. It was also the auditorium, with a stage at one end for plays and concerts. The many steps in the three-storey building to access the classrooms were made of wood, with a ramp on each side. There were emergency exits outside on each side of the school, reaching all three floors, with drills from time to time. Part of the school grounds have been set up as a skating rink, baseball diamonds, an abundance of swings, slides and a merry-go-round for younger students. The nickname, TARS, was adopted in the 1930s.

To report news from your service organization, call Bette Carrothers at 586-725-8051 or email her at [email protected]

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