Observer SEPTEMBER 9, 2011 : Page 1

See us on the Web at: www.fennvillegoosefestival.com Visit our website at www.fennvillegoosefestival.com The End of an Era This will be the first year in more than two decades that Tom Tucker will not play a significant role in bringing the Goose Festival to Fenn-ville. As many of you know, Tom passed away December 27, 2010. It’s the end of an era. Just about everyone has seen the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life.” It takes place in a town called Bedford Falls – a small town very much like Fennville. In the movie, the main character, George Bailey, is given the gift of seeing what his town and some of the people in it would have become if he’d never been born. This made him realize what a powerful and positive impact he had had. In real life none of us can know for sure how our lives have influenced our community or the lives of others. However, all who knew Tom would agree that he en-riched our town and the lives of many who live here. His leadership in the Goose Festival, involvement in commu-nity affairs, and yes, sometimes his outspokenness were the hallmarks of the man who made a difference. Many of us, myself included, considered him a dear friend. Tom could have been our George Bailey. He is and will continue to be missed. Jim Lytle GRAND MARSHALS LARRY AND COLLEEN They’ll lead the parade October 8th Unlike many who live in Fennville, Larry Cummins and Colleen Rae can’t trace their lineage back a genera-tion or more. They’ve adopted Fennville as their home, and they can boast that living here was a choice rather than a (lucky) accident of birth. Colleen moved to Fennville from San Francisco back in 2005 and she acknowledges what a culture shock that was. She made the move at the urging of her daughter who lives in Douglas. Having discovered years earlier that she had a natural instinct as a caregiver, she took a job with Ever-green Commons doing in-home care work. As an accom-plished author, she seized the opportunity to exercise her natural writing ability by answering an ad for a correspon-dent at The Local Observer. Many of you read Colleen’s articles in the Fennville Section each week. See “Marshals” page 3 Goose Calling Contest Kids Talent Show app Arts & Crafts article A Woman of Intention artcle Commercial Vendor app IN THIS ISSUE 2 Car Show app 2 Gosling Run app 3 Parade note 3 Stage Schedule 4 Site Map 5 5 6 7 8 THE GOOSE GAZETTE AGAIN PARTNERS WITH THE LOCAL OBSERVER For the fourth year in a row, the Goose Gazette news-paper you’re holding in your hands is brought to you as part of a Special Edition of the familiar Local Observer. The first eight pages of this special edition are devoted entirely to our Goose Festival and contain the articles and information you look for in the Goose Gazette. The remaining portion of the paper has content you’d expect to find in your weekly edition of The Local Observer. It’s a two-for-one deal, this week only! Partnering with The Local Observer has enabled us to triple the circulation of the Goose Gazette while main-taining costs com-parable to previ-ous years when we were on our own. Piggy back-ing on the wide circulation of The Local Observer makes it possible for us to get information about the Goose Festival into many more hands. Our festival can’t help but grow as a result. The Goose Festival Committee extends a sincere “Thank You” to Mike Gallagher, editor of The Local Observer, and his partners for their community service in extending us this opportunity. Win free tickets to the corn maze See page 7 for details Shanice Bosombath Marquetta Foster Chris Stephens Emily Hamel Two of the young people pictured above will lead the Goose Festival Parade. Find out which ones as selections are made on the main stage at 10:00 am Saturday, October 8th. See page 4 to learn more about the candidates.

Grand Marshals Larry And Colleen

They’ll lead the parade October 8th<br /> <br /> Unlike many who live in Fennville, Larry Cummins and Colleen Rae can’t trace their lineage back a generation or more. They’ve adopted Fennville as their home, and they can boast that living here was a choice rather than a (lucky) accident of birth.<br /> <br /> Colleen moved to Fennville from San Francisco back in 2005 and she acknowledges what a culture shock that was. She made the move at the urging of her daughter who lives in Douglas. Having discovered years earlier that she had a natural instinct as a caregiver, she took a job with Evergreen Commons doing in-home care work. As an accomplished author, she seized the opportunity to exercise her natural writing ability by answering an ad for a correspondent at The Local Observer. Many of you read Colleen’s articles in the Fennville Section each week.<br /> <br /> For the past six years Colleen has continued her job as an in-home caregiver while writing weekly articles for The Local Observer. She’s also found the time to write and has published two novels during this period. Mohave Mambo was published in 2010. The sequel, Chihuahua Enchilada was published this current year. A third novel is in the works. Check out her website at www.ColleenRaesNovels.com to read a synopsis of her published works.<br /> <br /> Perhaps the most life-changing event she experienced after moving to Fennville was meeting her future husband, Larry Cummins. They met online using one of the many social meeting websites — match.com. At the time they met, Larry lived in Lansing so they carried on a long distance relationship for a year and a half before they finally decided to make the relationship permanent. They were married in the summer of 2006. Larry moved to Fennville from his home of 40 years in Lansing. He worked briefly at The Ravines Golf Course, then left to take a job with Kent Ayers at his Alpaca farm where he continues to work today.<br /> <br /> Larry was elected to the City Council in 2008 and is now just completing his first 4 year term. He speaks highly of his colleagues on the council describing his time on the board as “an uplifting experience.” Larry plans to run for re-election. Since Colleen covers the City Council meetings for The Observer, attending the council meetings is a bi-weekly togetherness opportunity for the two of them.<br /> <br /> Both Larry and Colleen have been actively involved in the Goosse Festival serving on the committee and taking responsibility for various activities. They were also members of the Fennville Lions Club and participated in the many service projects our Lions Club sponsored.<br /> <br /> We’re pleased that Larry and Colleen chose to make their home in our community and we extend our thanks to them for being the good citizens they are.<br />

The Goose Gazette Again Partners With The Local Observer

For the fourth year in a row, the Goose Gazette newspaper you’re holding in your hands is brought to you as part of a Special Edition of the familiar Local Observer. The first eight pages of this special edition are devoted entirely to our Goose Festival and contain the articles and information you look for in the Goose Gazette. The remaining portion of the paper has content you’d expect to find in your weekly edition of The Local Observer. It’s a two-for-one deal, this week only!<br /> <br /> Partnering with The Local Observer has enabled us to triple the circulation of the Goose Gazette while maintaining costs comparable to previous years when we were on our own. Piggy backing on the wide circulation of The Local Observer makes it possible for us to get information about the Goose Festival into many more hands. Our festival can’t help but grow as a result.<br /> <br /> The Goose Festival Committee extends a sincere “Thank You” to Mike Gallagher, editor of The Local Observer, and his partners for their community service in extending us this opportunity.<br />

The End Of An Era

This will be the first year in more than two decades that Tom Tucker will not play a significant role in bringing the Goose Festival to Fennville. As many of you know, Tom passed away December 27, 2010. It’s the end of an era.<br /> <br /> Just about everyone has seen the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life.” It takes place in a town called Bedford Falls – a small town very much like Fennville. In the movie, the main character, George Bailey, is given the gift of seeing what his town and some of the people in it would have become if he’d never been born. This made him realize what a powerful and positive impact he had had.<br /> <br /> In real life none of us can know for sure how our lives have influenced our community or the lives of others. However, all who knew Tom would agree that he enriched our town and the lives of many who live here. His leadership in the Goose Festival, involvement in community affairs, and yes, sometimes his outspokenness were the hallmarks of the man who made a difference. Many of us, myself included, considered him a dear friend. Tom could have been our George Bailey. He is and will continue to be missed.<br />

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