|To the Editor: Family pleased with BG welcome|
|Written by James Dunn|
|Wednesday, 14 August 2013 09:39|
Thanks to the excellent service of Bowling Green officials and businesses, our Loomis-Dunn family reunion was a tremendous success! Despite the record low temperatures of 51 degrees and a nice 25 mph cooling breeze, over 50 Dunn relatives from California, Oklahoma, Michigan and Ohio converged at "Carter Park" to remember the lives of the late Harold Dunn, Allene Loomis Dunn and Douglas Harold Dunn.
Most of the families arrived Saturday and had excellent accommodations, fun and breakfast at the Holiday Inn and Days Inn. An example, when I found that Meijer was out of helium for balloons, the manager at Holiday Inn suggested that I stop at the Dollar Tree to obtain the helium balloons.
We went together for dinner. Buffalo Wild Wings was able and willing to set up a long table to accommodate all 26 of us.
I talked to Leah of the BG Park District several times about the circumstances at Carter Park for Sunday, July 28th, 2013. She was always considerate of our needs and even provided reserved parking signs for our later arrivals Sunday morning.
I had attended the "Black Swamp" baseball tournament with my grandson's team in July 2012 and decided that Carter Park with all of its amenities was the perfect place for our reunion. We had already decided that Bowling Green was the best location because it was about half way between the Michigan families and the Ohio families.
But, believe it or not, there also was a historic basis for the location. My mother, Allene Loomis, was born in 1908 in a farm house on the west side of Bowling Green. My great, great, great, great grandfather, Levi Loomis, was one of the first non-Indian settlers in the Bowling Green area in the early eighteen hundreds. Levi Loomis was a prominent land owner in the Scotch Ridge area. Levi and most of his family are buried in the Webster Township Cemetery on Route 199 North of Scotch Ridge.
Thank you again for the wonderful facilities at Carter Park. The Miller Shelter was perfect for our lunch. The kids enjoyed the two play areas. The couples really enjoyed the water balloon toss. We also had cornhole and a golf hole-in-one contest with a trophy for the winner.
God willing, we hope to be back again.
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