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Saying Goodbye

Cherry Republic lost the most iconic employee we ever had — our dear Glen  Arbor Campus GM Kathy Baarstad. She embodied our precious values of Life, Liberty, Beaches and Pie more perfectly than anyone that’s ever worked here. We were fortunate to hire Kathy Baarstad 15 years ago to help us with the Holiday rush …

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Ready To Come Home

Oct. 21, 2022 — It is Wednesday in Amsterdam, and we are in transit home to Glen Arbor. Yesterday, we saw pictures Hawthorn took after the big wind and rainstorm that ripped through the north. The back of my truck is smashed and undrivable. On Monday night, a huge branch from a 200-year-old oak fell …

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A New Olympic Sport

Oct. 7, 2022 — On Sunday, Hawthorn and I watched the latest episode of The Rings of Power. We were munching on a bag of popcorn and enjoying the show when Sonny thought he’d join us. So our big dog snaked his way between our coffee table and couch and under teenage legs and positioned …

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Breaking Out The Flannels

Sept. 29, 2022 — I don’t ever remember such a profound shift from summer 80s to the windy, wet and cold of fall. It is beautiful — these days of big clouds over hillsides with the first hints of orange. Of huge waves scouring clean the remnants of summer beach fires, sand castles and footprints. …