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A Toast to Resilience: Glen Arbor and the Storm of 2015

Posted by Mary W on 4th Aug 2017

August 2, 2017, marked the second anniversary of the Glen Arbor Storm of 2015. In a way, it's hard to believe it's been two years. Yet when I consider how far we've come since that fateful day, my heart is full of pride for our community. I think it's important to look back, though, and revisit the raw emotions of that time.  The Storm The Storm of 2015 was a sudden and devastating event that rocked our idyllic village to its core that steamy summer afternoon. Crushing winds reached 100 mph ...

Re-Arbor Glen Arbor Letters

Posted by bob on 7th Dec 2016

Re-Arbor Glen Arbor funds have helped clean up much of the damage from the August 2nd 2015 storm. Now comes the fun part: helping those homeowners hardest hit by replanting trees in their yards. Here are some of the requests we’ve received in the past few weeks: “Our property was the hardest hit on Fisher Road. We lost 50 to 75 mature trees. We paid the price to get the driveway open and remove some of the downed trees. We will slowly clear and clean up as time goes by. It was so sad to d ...

From Trees to Bowls

Posted by bob on 16th Jun 2016

Northwestern Michigan Woodturners Club joined residents on the patio at Cherry Republic Tuesday night.  David Watt, pictured on the right is one of the woodturners and helped organize the event. The bowls pictured above were donated by woodturners for people to purchase by simply writing a thank you note and making a donation to the "Re-Arbor Glen Arbor" fund. The bowls all came from local trees which fell during the August 2nd storm. Bob greets Deb Shutt a local resident who is holdin ...

Re-Arbor Glen Arbor Raises $45,000

Posted by bob on 20th Nov 2015

  The Re-Arbor Glen Arbor Fundraising Campaign has raised $45,000.  Thank you to all who have contributed to this important effort.  From the moment the storm cleared, we’ve been hard at work clearing, rebuilding and fundraising.  What have we accomplished in the three months since the storm?  Here is a short photo blog update: We have to begin with the Glen Lake Community Reform Church’s Neighbors Helping Neighbors volunteer effort.  They have cleaned up 27 yards and put in 500 volunteer ...

Re-Arbor Task Force is seeking property owners who need help

Posted by bob on 10th Sep 2015

August 2015 has been a month that few Glen Arborans will forget. We all crave getting back to normal, and there are times that normalcy feels close, but there are other times when our old life feels so far away-- as if we may have to wait as long as it will take one of those great white oaks to replace it’s fallen brother. (The photo above is of a snapped white oak that still perilously rests  over Riverside Pizza’s outdoor seating area.  White oaks are one of the strongest woods on eart ...

The Re-Arbor Glen Arbor Fundraising success

Posted by bob on 10th Sep 2015

The Re-Arbor Glen Arbor Fundraising Campaign is a huge success. With some help from the Utopia Foundation, we’ve raised an astonishing $45,000 in just a month. During that same time, $28,000 in donations have been given to Glen Arbor Township to help with the clean-up. A big heartfelt thank you to all who have contributed. Recently, a Re-Arbor Glen Arbor Community Task Force was created to oversee the spending of both of these funds. The task force has representation from Glen Arbor Towns ...

Stronger Than the Storm

Posted by bob on 20th Aug 2015

My favorite tree - a giant Black Walnut - was so strong thru the great summer shear storm two weeks ago that it didn't even loose a leaf.  This tree lives on the Barratt farm on Port Oneida.  It stands over every tree in the county and towers over Lake Michigan. Two grand maples act as a gateway to Pyramid Point on Port Oneida road. This favorite white birch tree also withstood the storm. I almost didn't want to post this tree as I call it my secret tree. A free Big Three gift ...

Bring the Arbor Back to Glen Arbor Fundraising Campaign

Posted by bob on 13th Aug 2015

Thank you for considering a donation to Cherry Republic’s Bring the Arbor Back to Glen Arbor Fundraising Campaign. Click to Donate. The tragic Summer Shear Storm that happened August 2nd, 2015 is the worst storm to hit Glen Arbor in recorded history. The storm has devastated acres and acres of old growth forest in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. It has downed many of the tall trees that inspired Glen Arbor’s name over 150 years ago. In response to the storm, dozens of tree remova ...

Rising from the wreckage

Posted by bob on 13th Aug 2015

An update on the progress from some of our staff Mary working the cash register in the Glen Arbor store I only work for a few hours each weekend, but people kept telling me how much they appreciated reading Bobby's Blog.  They really felt connected to the storm through his writing. Customers also wanted to know how to help and donate to the Bring the "Arbor" Back to Glen Arbor fundraiser. One woman said "That is so like Bob to do such a nice thing". Mary - Cherry Ambassador and “The Momma” ...

Progress From The Storm

Posted by bob on 13th Aug 2015

The sleeping bears seen in the clouds ushered in a peaceful sunset after the shear storm Sunday August 2nd Trucks full of new power poles were coming into Glen Arbor as crews worked for 108 hours straight to return power to the community last week. This oak tree now stands alone at the top of Alligator Hill Glen Arbor neighbor Bill Peterson wrote a note to Georgia Gietzen after a tree fell from his yard onto her mailbox FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) brought in truck ...

Bob's Story of the Storm

Posted by bob on 6th Aug 2015

4 pm ~ 8/3/15 I am sitting outdoors under a great white oak.  It is one of the proud survivors that stand among his fallen brothers.  Both oak and I are stunned at the severity of this storm and Glen Arbor’s great white oaks are the ones that took the brunt of this bewildering storm of August 2nd, 2015. Hawthorn is hacking at white pine branches with a hatchet.  All day he has watched men with chainsaws cutting into the tremendous swath of fallen trees.  And finally it is his turn to show hi ...

Summer Storm Photos 2015

Posted by bob on 6th Aug 2015

Here are three of the most poignant sky photos we have come across. They are beautiful images that bring you back to the time of Greek Gods and Moses. People say beauty before beast. And the beast landed hard and fast. Being first in line as the storm came across Lake Michigan, the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore received much of the fury of this storm. Look at Alligator Hill after the storm hit. Sections of this massive old growth forest was mowed down by what seemed ...

Our Staff Stories of the 2015 Glen Arbor Storm

Posted by bob on 6th Aug 2015

We are still serving food on the grill. I came to the store right as they opened on Monday, people’s baskets were full of product and they had smiles on their faces. Everyone just seemed to be so grateful we were open. We pulled out the old cash registers and credit card machines - things people had not seen or used in years! Who would have thought you could pay for things with cash? Then we started serving hot dogs and brats for lunch and the cafe was filled with people, so glad to have a h ...