DAVID OGG RECEIVES AN AWARD
David Ogg received the MEMBER OF THE YEAR award from the Indian River Chamber of Commerce. Dennis Burwell was named the CITIZEN OF THE YEAR by the Chamber. David received the award for the work he did relating to the upgrade of the Topinabee Park. David wrote the grant for the $200,00 + that Mullett Township received. The Township asked David to serve as construction manager of the project. David spent three years bringing the park to completion. The park is something the entire Mullett Township community can be very proud. And it was all made possible by Davids hard work. Dennis Burwell received his award for his efforts and leadership leading the fundraising for the Indian River Veterans Pier project.
MULLETT TOWNSHIP MAINTENANCE MANAGER
This past August Amanda (Mandy) Lovitt was selected by the Mullett Township Board as Maintenance Manager for Mullett Township. Before moving here a year ago Mandy was in the Marine Corps for 5 years. Her work in the Marine Corps was as a Maintenance Management Specialist.
Prior to her being hired by the Township she worked in Petoskey for a year. Mandy is the mother of two boys, a 3 1/2 year old and a 3 month old. She enjoys working out of doors and is happy to have a job close to home.
Mandy was born and raised in Washington State, her father was in the Army and several of her brothers serve or have served in the military. In fact every branch of the service is represented by her family except the Air Force. Mandy is the only one who was a Marine.
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Debbie Bettis was selected by the US Postal Service to supervise the Topinabee office. She is a life long resident of Topinabee and graduated from the Inland Lakes Schools. Debbie has two children and one grandchild who currently resides in Germany with Debbie’s daughter and her husband. Her parents, Bob and Heddy Lalond, also reside in Topinabee. She worked for the Straits Area Service Agency for 37 years working with adults with disabilities. Debbie went through all of the postal service training and testing including four days of training in Grand Rapids and her supervisor stated that she did very well with her postal education. Debbie stated that it was an “honor and pleasure” to serve the residents of Topinabee.
TIN LIZZIES TAKE OVER TOPINABEE
Over 100 old cars will be stopped in Topinabee on August 24th. This is part of the groups yearly tour of Michigan. The take the tour to enjoy the companionship of fellow restorers and display their interests to the public. They stopped for lunch at the Topinabee Park that was catered by Jeff at the Topinabee Market.
FISH PLANTING IN MULLETT LAKE
The Mullett Lake Area Preservation Society has worked with the DNR, Sault Tribe and area business to try to improve fishing in Mullett Lake. MAPS has contributed $30,000 to drive the planting of fish in the lake. Over the past three years, over 650,000 walleye fingerlings, and 1500 6-8 inch walleyes have been planted in the lake. This summer over 7000 sturgeon fingerlings were planted in the Pigeon River, a tributary of Mullett Lake. More sturgeon will be planted in Mullett Lake this fall. Michigan State University and the DNR have been engaged in a study of success of these plantings. Fishermen are asked to return the “guts” of walleye catches to the DNR to assist with this study. Better fishing should be in the future for Mullett Lake.
THE PARK IS DEDICATED
A large turnout came to the Topinabee Beach Park for the dedication of the upgraded park. The park was financed by the Mullett Township Board, a grant from the DNR Trust Board and fund raised by local citizens. David Ogg worked with the Board to write a grant for the park and he was appointed by the Board to oversee construction of the project.
Topinabee is the home of two authors who have published many books Chris Wright, alias Johnathan Rand, has over 80 books to his credit and Debra Chapoton has also published several books. Check out their websites listed below.
Debra Chapoton is a former high school teacher who fell in love with a hundred different teenagers every year. She writes children’s and young adult novels relying on her teaching experiences for inspiration and authenticity. Her YA novel, EDGE OF ESCAPE, was first self-published and then bought by a major international publisher. It is a story of physical and psychological survival in which stalking and obsession get a sympathetic twist. In her most recent novel, SHELTERED, five troubled teens confront demonic forces and must deal with their problems in distinctly different ways.
She currently lives with her husband in a log home set in the middle of a climax forest. Like many of the teens she taught, her neighbors are all wild.
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