In every successful community, there are people who work hard and volunteer harder. These are the movers and shakers who work their day jobs, and then go on to serve on boards or committees, secure grants, mentor our youth, or quietly place flags where our war heroes have been laid to rest. They build on our shared foundation and continue to enhance our community. Several more will publish randomly. Send us the names of the faces you'd like to see here.

OUVRY George imgGEORGE OUVRY - (1925-2017) George lived in Mancelona for more than 70 years. He and his wife, Charlotte, owned and operated several businesses in Mancelona including an egg farm, gas station and garage, the Dairy Queen, clothing store, and a laundromat. George was an active member of the American Legion George Puckett Post #264. He carried the American Flag in countless Memorial Day parades. In 2006 he began extensive research and set out to see that the gravesites of all Antrim County veterans buried in our local cemeteries were properly identified and marked. In 2007, the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War Camp 14 presented George with an Honorary Membership in Camp 14 for the research he had done on Civil War veterans and veterans of all wars in the Antrim County area. He was the youngest member, at the time, to serve as Village Mayor. This was prior to elections and he was appointed by his peers to fill the position. He served on the Antrim Co. Board of Commissioners, Mancelona Board of Trustees, Antrim County Economic Development Corp, and the Veterans Affairs Committee.      /2023