November Greetings Indivisibles,

It’s hard to believe that it will be December in just a couple of days.  Mother nature seems to be giving us a break this year, and allowing us more time for outdoor chores or therapeutic hiking.  Now that some of the drama of the Michigan electoral vote has passed, successfully, I’d like to bring your attention back to some local issues.
Representative Jack O’Malley will be having virtual office hours this Monday, November 30th at 7 PM.  Take this opportunity to ask questions and let him know that we are watching.  

Click here to register for O’Malley virtual office hours.

The Leelanau Board of Commissioners will be having an executive meeting on December 8 at 9:00 AM and their regular meeting on December 15 at 7:00 PM.  The meetings are available on youtube at  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNQTgIgcTedF2qB8floC1GQ?view_as=subscriberIf you would like to provide comment during the meeting, please watch the livestreamed video, and call in during one of the two public comment portions on the agenda, to 231-256-8109. There will be no queue, and calls will be taken in the order they are received. Emailed comments are also welcomed prior to the meeting, and can be addressed to clerk@co.leelanau.mi.us.  Check the county website prior to the meeting for the agendas.   A septic ordinance may be up for a vote this month.
Also a reminder of the Dogs for Dems fundraiser at Martha’s in Suttons Bay to benefit the Senate Run off race in Georgia.  All proceeds go to Stacy Abram’s Fair Fight Organization.  Call Martha’s on Monday, December 7 starting at 10 AM to place your order.  Pick up is between 12 – 8 PM on the 7th.  The order includes 2 hot dogs, sauerkraut slaw, potato chips, and either a can of Vernors or Strohs.  Suggested retail value is $15.
During this holiday season, a number of our neighbors are dealing with economic problems and food insecurity.  I will be spending far less from my food budget next month since none of our family will be coming for the holiday.  We have chosen to donate to a local food bank and I feel like, in a way, I am sharing some of my normal holiday with them.  Consider reaching out to your local organization if you haven’t already.
Leelanau Christian Neighbors is one of the local organizations that helps with food, baby products and toys.  They accept checks, and gift cards from places like Meijers, Kohls, Toms Market or Hansens.  The cards can be dropped off at their location in Lake Leelanau or given to Steve Stanton at the Radio Shack in Suttons Bay.  Toys for Tots are still being collected.  New, unwrapped toys can be left at collection boxes at Buntings in Cedar, the Credit Union next to St. Marys in Lake Leelanau, or Fifth Third Bank in Suttons Bay.  The end date for collection is December 14.
If you want to write letters to Georgia citizens to get out the vote for the Senate run off, go to votefwd.org and sign up.  These are such critical elections for the whole country and January 5 will be here before we know it.
Stay well,
Jill 

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