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Luncheon Lecture Series


Programs are held on Fridays at 11:30 a.m. in the Library conference room.
Reservations are required.  Call 231-348-6600 or go to to email your reservation.  Cost is $10 and payable at the door.  No credit cards please.




September 18 – Michigan Lottery.  Since its inception in 1972, Michigan’s official lottery has paid out $27 billion in prize money and generated over $17 billion for public education. Jeff Holyfield, communications director for the lottery, will talk about the variety of benefits the lottery provides the state. He will also explain what it’s like to be a lottery winner and answer the big question, “Whatever happened to Hermus Millsaps?” 




October 9 – Interlochen Public Radio.  Sally Eisele was named general manager of IPR earlier this year after a long career at WBEZ in Chicago, KQED in San Francisco, WKAR at Michigan State University and the Michigan Public Radio network.  She will talk about how public radio is meeting the challenges of an ever-expanding media universe.





October 16 – Miss Margy.  Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry recently launched its largest, most technologically advanced boat, the “Miss Margy,” to take passengers to Mackinac Island quickly and in air-conditioned comfort.  The $3.8 million all-aluminum boat was built by Moran Iron Works in Onaway. Bill Shepler will talk about this state-of-the art craft, its construction in northern Michigan and his company’s role in our robust tourism economy.






October 30 – Trooper of the Year.  Corey Hebner of Harbor Springs was named Michigan State Police Trooper of the Year in January for his exemplary work performance, leadership skills and extensive community involvement, particularly with young people. The 19-year veteran of the state police will discuss a variety of law enforcement topics including “phishing,” the efforts by online scammers masquerading as trustworthy entities to get your usernames, passwords and credit card details to take your money.



November 6 – Local Food Alliance.  North Central Michigan College, MSU Extension, the Petoskey - Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation, local farmers and others are collaborating to expand the availability and consumption of food and other products grown locally.  Alliance members will explain what steps are being explored to grow our local farm economy.




November 20 – The Biology of Wastewater Treatment:  The Real Poop.  Dan Wickham, Ph.D., a former research ecologist with the University of California, co-invented and patented a device that allows homeowners to use bacteria to treat septic waste and recover failed leachfields. His Petoskey-based company, SludgeHammer Group, markets wastewater treatment devices worldwide for residential, commercial, municipal and agricultural applications.





December 11 – Out of Laos.  When the American military evacuated Saigon in 1975, many people were left behind, including thousands of Laotians who had aided the Central Intelligence Agency during the “secret war” across the border from Vietnam. Because of his father’s ties with the U.S. as a member of the Royal Lao Army, Thongsai Vangyi and his family were able to escape on several of the last American military flights out. He returns to North Central to tell a story of life, chaos and sacrifice in the midst of a war that few people will ever understand.



For more information contact 231-348-6600.