Soon after Jason and Jennifer Mott Paupore, their children and dog embarked in their 2006 Galaxie Deck boat on Saturday, July 15 for an early evening of tubing, they accelerated and heard a sudden bang and a pop from the boat’s engine. Jason saw smoke and flames coming out of the engine. He used the fire extinguisher to attempt to put out the fire, but it didn’t help. “We couldn’t stop the fire, so we hopped in the lake and let the boat burn,” said Jason. Conor McCahill, owner of On the Narrows Marina, pulled up to the burning vessel, hopped on board and took Pepper onto his own boat, “like a hero running into a burning building,” said Jason. “A huge ‘thank you’ to the Glen Lake Fire Department, the sheriff’s office, the McCahills both for their work on the water and their hospitality when they got us back to shore, and to everybody on Glen Lake who came by and offered to help!”

Stan Brubaker, the unofficial organizer and grand marshal selector for Glen Arbor’s “anything goes” Fourth of July parade, died on Monday, March 6, at age 95 at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. According to his daughter Kristi, longtime family friend and former Glen Lake fire chief John DePuy will take over parade duties. This will be the 60th year of the parade.

The Glen Lake Fire Department’s station # 1 will host an open house on Saturday, July 30, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The location is 6401 W. State St. in Glen Arbor.

On Jan. 18, LeBear Resort manager Jennifer Tremble (r) presented a second donation—this time a check for $1,000—to Glen Lake Fire Department chief Bryan Ferguson (l) for putting out the fire at LeBear early in the morning of May 15, 2021.

Empire writer Anne-Marie Oomen read the following poem this morning—September 11, 2021—at the annual September 11 ceremony of remembrance at the Glen Lake Fire Department. Her poem, “Morning at the Monument” (a roughshod sonnet) was inspired by this 20th anniversary and a study of the monument, a shard of one of the Twin Towers that is memorialized in Glen Arbor.

The Glen Lake Fire and Rescue Association will host a pancake breakfast on Sunday, July 18, from 8 a.m. until noon at the Glen Arbor Township Hall. Proceeds benefit the Association to assist the Glen Lake Fire Department with funding for training and equipment purchases. The cost is $8 per person; children 5 and under are free. The Township Hall is located at 6394 W. Western Avenue in Glen Arbor.

Aaron Brown, a lieutenant at the Glen Lake Fire Department, is one of 19 first responders in Leelanau County equipped to handle calls that involve potential COVID-19 cases. The coronavirus pandemic has forced the fire department, and EMTs everywhere, to adapt in significant ways this spring.

Nathaniel Feldpausch—a firefighter and emergency medical technician (EMT) with the Glen Lake Fire Department since 2018—is among 19 first responders across Leelanau County who could get sent out with extra protective gear on COVID-19 medical calls.

Amy Bredehoft, from Birmingham, Ala., thought she was in shape to climb the Sleeping Bear Dune Climb on Monday, July 8. Sure, the 54-year-old and frequent summer visitor to Paul’s Paradise cabins on Little Traverse Lake had drunk coffee that morning and a couple alcoholic drinks the night before; she was on vacation, after all.

Currie’s Furniture in Traverse City recently donated 10 new, high-quality bed mattresses to the Glen Lake Fire Department—six for the Glen Arbor crew and four for Empire. The double-sided mattresses, which are made in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, cost approximately $330 each.