From the Petoskey News-Review: The Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce annual State of The Community event that took place at Boyne Mountain Thursday highlighted a year of change and growth in the Boyne City area. Among the most notable changes were the faces of the people delivering the updates about the activities of the chamber, and the Boyne City Public Schools. The event served as a bit of a passing of the baton from outgoing chamber executive director, Jim Baumann, to his recently hired replacement, Ashley Cousens. Cousens served as the master of ceremonies of the event while Baumann, who will retire in about three weeks after more than eight years at the helm of the organization, used most of the chamber's presentation time slot to thank the community. "This has been a great job. It's truly been the best job I've ever had," Baumann said. "You come to this event and you hear all this great stuff, and that's kind of my life every day." The other new face among the presenters was Patrick Little who in early July became the new superintendent of Boyne City Public Schools, replacing Peter Moss who retired at the end of January after more than five years in the position. Little said it was the connectedness of the Boyne community, as evidenced through events such as Thursday's, that was a big part of what made taking the position with Boyne City Public Schools appealing to him. Full story.
> School Supt. Patrick Little's presentation (PDF).
> City Manager Michael Cain's full text of comments.
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