The Tiger Harriers started the season with a trip up to Central Lake for the Ryan Shay Memorial Invitational.
The Boys team defended the title they won last year finishing in the top spot despite a challenge from perennial powerhouse Harbor Spring. Spencer Cole and Colten Covington led the Tigers, and the team had outstanding debut performances from David Jaimes and Eli Bradley.
The Girls team finished 5th led by Maggie Whitney who earned a medal with a top 25 finish.
Saturday event features plane rides
For those who attended the Father’s Day Fly In and Pancake Breakfast on June 17th at the White Cloud Airport and missed an opportunity to take those anticipated plane rides. It was a weather day and only a few airplanes were able to fly during breaks in the clouds. The event organizers and airport support crew promised a makeup day and this Saturday August 19th is that day.
Airplane rides are scheduled from 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. The cost is $30.00 for adults and $15.00 for children. Pop and hotdogs are $1.00 each and the proceeds go to the airport volunteer support crew for maintenance and small improvement projects.
There’s a Logging Virtual Reality game by Husqvarna called Limberjack.
And while the concept might be welcome to the more sedentary lumberjack wannabees, to truly test your Bunyanesque skills it takes a bit more than slapping on a pair of fantasy glasses.
The Newaygo Logging Fest, coming our way Labor Day weekend, has a special segment for all the folks who have envisioned themselves as potential lumberjacks or perhaps lumberjills.
Beginning at 10am Saturday, September 2nd during the heart of the Festival the Amateur Lumberjack Contest will give those who possess enough moxie to put their skills on display an opportunity to compete in a number of logging related activities.
All equipment is provided and registration is same day.
This might be the chance to channel your inner logger, the woodsman (or woodswoman) who erupts whenever a hand grips a chainsaw. It will produce a great story (with later enhancement of course) and long remain part of the family lore.
And another great reason that goes beyond the possibility of evolving into a local legend?
All who compete will be eligible for the drawing that will put a Fiskars Axe in the hands of two competitors with a hatchet going to a third courtesy of the generous folks at Cronk Hardware.
What could be better?
For more information visit the River Country Chamber of Commerce at www.rivercountrychamber.com/events
Parks Dept, ORV Club partner for upcoming event
As part of Michigan’s Free ORV Weekend Aug. 19-20, Newaygo County Parks & Recreation Department and the West Michigan Ridge Runners ORV Club are partnering to offer an ORV Weekend at Diamond Lake County Park, just north of White Cloud.
Both Michigan residents and out-of-state visitors can ride without an ORV license or permit during the Free ORV Weekend Aug. 19-20. This is the second ORV weekend at Diamond Lake Park that allows ORVs to go to and from their camping site but must maintain a 10 mph speed limit like other vehicles while in the park.
The West Michigan Ridge Runners ORV Club (WMRR) will be organizing a ride at 9:30 a.m. Saturday leaving from Diamond Lake County Park and heading north and east to the Hawkins area on Cottonwood and 17 Mile Road in Barton Township and then back again. Drivers must follow all ORV rules and safety regulations and drivers aged 12-16 must have an ORV safety certificate. Drivers 16-18 must have either a safety certificate or a driver’s license.
“The first weekend in July was a great success so we decided that we wanted to offer another ride to a different part of the county. The free ORV weekend was the perfect time,” said James Maike, chair of the WMRR.
“Diamond Lake County Park is perfectly situated to access many routes in northern Newaygo County. We are happy to partner with the West Michigan Ridge Runners who do a great job mapping out the rides,” said Parks Director Nicholas D. Smith.
Anyone interested in camping must have a reservation and they can be made by calling the campground at 231-689-1190 or online at:
For more information on the ride, contact WMRR on Facebook,
The campground is located at 3351 N. Mundy Ave., White Cloud, and was formerly called Camp Swampy when it was owned by Steelcase who used it as a retreat center.
By Ken DeLaat
The Ten Year Class reunion is a time for former classmates to let each other know what’s been going on in the decade since Graduation Day. A time to gather together for a bit of food, fun, and perhaps a beverage or two.
For some it’s the two month panic diet or workout regime that often precede such gatherings. It might be recalling old stories to be told, reliving antics from the past or tales of adventures undertaken since becoming alumni.
For others it’s all about the entrance.
When Newaygo’s Class of 2007 got together at Jimmy’s Roadhouse this past Saturday David Vincent decided to drop in to join the festivities.
Vincent parachuted onto the restaurant grounds in what was clearly the hands down best entrance of the night, skillfully landing within a stone’s throw of the bonfire, cornhole competition and general revelry taking place at Jimmy’s.
Dude, it’s just the ten year,” said a friend.”What are you possiblegoing to do for the twenty to top this?”
The general foreman at Quality Tree Service spends his off hours as a skydiving instructor for Holland Sky Dive a ‘part-time’ gig that has involved close to 300 annual jumps in the years since he has taken to the skies.
“I loved flying and this was cheaper than getting a pilot’s license,” he said when asked what led him to get involved in jumping out of airplanes.
And the reason he decided to arrive from the air?
“It just seemed like the quickest way to get here.” he said with a smile before packing his chute into the vehicle driven by his lovely (and presumably very patient) wife Mary and joining in the festivities.
Applications on sale now through Aug. 28
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters that waterfowl reserved hunt applications are available now through Aug. 28.
To apply for reserved hunts on certain managed waterfowl areas, visit a license agent or www.mdnr-elicense.com. Applications are $5, and hunters may apply only once. Drawing results will be posted Sept. 18.
Reserved hunts will be held both mornings and afternoons of the opening weekend of waterfowl hunting season at Fish Point State Wildlife Area, Harsens Island and Shiawassee River State Game Area, and morning-only reserved goose hunts will be held at Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge.
The maximum party size is four hunters. For morning hunts and the second-day hunts, successful applicants must have appropriate licenses and stamps and be accompanied by one to three other appropriately licensed hunters. Youth have a special opportunity because the opening-day afternoon hunts are for those 16 and younger. Successful applicants for the opening-day afternoon hunts can have up to two adults 18 years of age or older with appropriate licenses accompanying.
For more information about waterfowl hunting, visit www.michigan.gov/waterfowl.