STORM STRUCK fundraiser in Glen Arbor on Sunday

Storm Struck cover_9-11-15xThe public is invited to get Storm Struck and help cash-strapped private Glen Arbor property owners tidy up their property and replant trees in the wake of a fierce Aug. 2 storm.

Mission Point Press will sell its new book, Storm Struck: When Supercharged Winds Slammed Northwest Michigan, at the Glen Arbor Township Hall, on Sunday, Oct. 25, 3-5 p.m.

The Traverse-City based publisher will donate $4 of every book sold to Re-Arbor Glen Arbor and $1 to Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes, a volunteer group that continues to monitor the trail and remove weakened trees.

Storm Struck author Bob Campbell, a former Detroit Free Press editor, will moderate a panel of storm experts. He’ll also field questions and answers from the audience. The panel includes:

  • Joe Charlevoix, meteorologist withWPBN/WTOM TV 7&4 first as a weekend meteorologist and since 2005, as morning meteorologist and also does some forecasting on sister station ABC 29&8. Joe also provides weather forecasts for WLDR-FM 101.9 The Bay in Traverse City and 98.5 FM WUPS/92.1 WSTW The Twister in Houghton Lake. He lives in  Leelanau County and the storm brought down several trees on his property.
  • Terry Gretzema, treasurer of Glen Arbor Township. Terry and his wife wound their way around downed trees after the storm to get the township hall prepared and opened as an emergency shelter, partly because the township’s supervisor was blocked in on his own driveway. He was a key member of the response team immediately after the storm and since then.
  • Merrith Baughman, Information Officer/Park Ranger for Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. She was on the scene at the park within a half hour after the storm struck and covered the phones until they went dead. In the first few days after the storm, she served as a chief information officer for the park.

“This event will be a tremendous help to private property owners who have already had to cover the significant cost of tree removal and cleanup,” said Bob Sutherland, president of Cherry Republic.

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