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The Montague Flood – 2018

Standing water surrounding an ice cream shop in Montague, Michigan.

Standing water in Montague, Michigan after several days of heavy August rain.

After several days of heavy rain, Twisters Ice Cream shop in Montague is bounded by standing water to the south across the bicycle trail.

Butternut Creek rises with the rain, but quickly drains into the White River, which empties into White Lake. The water level in the Lake is 3 to 4 feet higher than it was two years ago. The beach on Lake Michigan, about 7 miles to the west, is almost non-existent.

Evidence of flooding on Butternut Creek in Montague, Michigan.

Buttermilk Creek in Montague, Michigan. Although the water has receded significantly, it is still much above its normal level.

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Nuevo Progreso

A sunny Saturday in Nuevo Progreso, Tamaulipas, Mexico just across the border from Progreso, Texas. It’s a tourist town catering to Winter Texans who come south to escape the cold winter in the north. Primary businesses are pharmacies and dentist offices. Prescription medicines and dental work are less than half the cost for the same products and services in the U.S.

However, street vendors sell food and trinkets throughout the town. Many of the salespeople are very young children. Although they appear impoverished, popular legend has it that these children and their parents go home at night to beautiful homes in various communities in Texas and  upscale neighborhoods in Reynosa, Mexico.

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Little boy sells chewing gum to patrons in an outdoor restaurant.

 

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Little boy sells backscratchers to patrons in an outdoor restaurant.

 

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Little girl sells trinkets to patrons in an outdoor restaurant.

 

Musicians perform in a cafe

Troubadours perform in a bakery/cafe.

 

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Man sells hooked rugs from a stall on the main street.

 

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Man sells knit hats from a stall on the main street.

 

Waiter prepares flaming Bananas Foster.

Waiter prepares flaming Bananas Foster table-side at Angel’s Restaurant.

 

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Woman prepares nopales (prickly pear cactus leaves) for sale from her stall on the main street.

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Taqueria food cart on the main street.

 

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New Face at the Soda Fountain

Ali O'Connell working Lipka's vintage soda fountain.

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Ali O’Connell of Wichita Falls, TX, is the new face at Lipka’s vintage soda fountain in Montague, MI. Every year about this time she travels to Michigan to spend a month or so with her grandmother. (What a sweet young lady. I can’t get my grand kids to visit more than a couple days, if they come at all.) This summer she elected to work part-time while she’s in town and will be dipping ice cream six afternoons each week until the end of June.

Ali will be a high school senior in Wichita Falls next fall. While she plans to attend college, she hasn’t yet decided just where. Her goal is to teach little kids in elementary school. In the meantime, she spends much of her time volunteering and she’s proud to say she has accrued more than 300 hours of community service, primarily at the local hospital – where she also serves ice cream – but she volunteers for other community projects as well.

When at home, if she’s not practicing with the high school cheer-leading team she plays golf and “just hangs with family and friends.”

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