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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 ...

Winter Comes Early to Northern Michigan

Posted by bob on 17th Nov 2014

Early snow blanketing the meadow in front of D. H. Day Farm in November. Winter has returned to the Republic a little ahead of schedule this year. No sooner had the spectacularly colored leaves fallen from the trees than they were being covered by snow. The snow came in light sprinkles at first. A dusting at the end of October didn't stick around for long, but that's changing. An inch or two last week and continual flurries over the weekend have us looking out the frosty windows at a w ...

The Great Bay to Bay Trail-Breaking

Posted by bob on 25th Sep 2014

Just one of many amazing Sleeping Bear Dune National Lakeshore views that we will enjoy during the hike. A new hiking trail is coming to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. It's called the Bay to Bay Trail, and it will run the length of the park, from Platte Bay at the south end to Good Harbor Bay at the north end. While the project is not fully funded yet, we're hoping that the park will start building the trail a year from now and complete it by the summer of 2016. Naturally, ...

Escape the Fourth of July Crowds in Northern Michigan

Posted by bob on 2nd Jul 2014

Local Fourth of July fireworks display over Glen Lake, 2013. The Fourth of July weekend is one of the busiest weekends all summer in northern Michigan. Visitors from around the country flood the soft beaches, crystal blue waters, and energized towns to enjoy true American freedom. All those people can be a great amount of fun -- what's a parade without a big happy crowd. Sometimes though, we need a little peace and quiet. If you are looking to escape the crowds this Fourth of July week ...

Glen Arbor Fourth of July Parade

Posted by bob on 26th Jun 2014

The Cherry Republic crew doling out cherry treats at the Glen Arbor Fourth of July Parade Celebrate our great nation breaking the shackles of British colonialism at the Glen Arbor Fourth of July Parade. A favorite summer event with both the locals and the vacationers, the parade features classic cars, fire trucks, and an assortment of local personalities, businesses, and organizations. Don’t be alarmed if the Cherry Republic Bear makes an appearance too! The inaugural Fourth of July Parad ...

Riding the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail

Posted by bob on 11th Jun 2014

The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore has long been renowned for its beauty. Spectacular views of the dunes, rolling hills, inland lakes, and of course Lake Michigan are everywhere. Until recently, soaking in this gorgeous landscape was most easily accomplished by car. A short drive to one of the scenic overlooks or along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive would have you face to face with the majesty of northern Michigan. Sure, you could bike or hike along the roads, but few people with young ...