Questions, Anyone?

What is your county

commissioner district?

Q. A reader says that it’s confusing trying to figure out which county commissioner district she lives in. She asks, “If a person has lost their voter identification card, how can they find out their county commissioner district?

A. County Clerk Bonnie Friedrichs said a voter can find their county commissioner district by going to said, “This is the state website for individuals to view a sample ballot that includes their jurisdiction, where individuals can view their own ballot.” is another website voters can use to find, not only their county commissioner district, but also nonpartisan information listing candidates, candidate responses, five Alpena County ballot proposals, township proposals, and background on state Proposal gives background information on all candidates who have responded. In the upcoming Aug.5 primary election, voters can vote only Republican or Democrat, a “straight ticket”.”

More on Camp An-A-Me-Chee

Q. In the July 14 Q&A column, Reader Ruth Burgess asked if anyone knew anything about a Camp An-A-Me-Chee in Ossineke in 1942. She received two responses, as follows.

A. Reader Ann Saretsky remembers visiting the camp at about that time, when she was a young teenager. Her parents were guests of the owners, Ron Patterson and his wife, who were friends of the family. Ann remembers it as a boys camp, much like a Boy Scout camp … dark, with deep woods and full of mosquitoes. Ann said that talking about the camp was exciting, and brought back happy memories. Reader Jerry Vredenburg remembers it as Patterson’s Camp, a boys camp, with swimming, boating, fishing, and other activities. It was located on Lake Huron at the east end of Nicholson Hill Road. Jerry says it was sold to Joe Jacks who ran it as a fishing camp with cabins, called Jack’s Landing or Jack’s Fishing Camp. Later son Paul and wife Doris added a restaurant. Jerry remembers very good fishing and a great meal afterwards.

If any readers know anything about Patterson Camp (or Camp An-A-Me-Chee), please call Ruth Burgess at 590-8661.


Q. How did the gardenia flower get its name?

A. John Train, in his book “Remarkable Words,” stated, “Alexander Garden was born in Charleston, South Carolina and went to Scotland to study medicine. He returned to Charleston in 1755 as a young physician of twenty-five. He was also a profound student of botany, as a young man, and it was in his honor that the Royal Society, in 1760, gave the name ‘gardenia,’ to a newly-discovered tropical shrub.Throughout the Revolutionary War, Dr. Garden remained a Tory, and was still opposed to the formation of an independent country when the war closed. Accordingly, in 1783, he emigrated to London where he again took up the practice of medicine. His estates, confiscated during the war, were returned to his son Alexander, a volunteer in the American army, serving with distinction under General Lee and General Greene.”

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