‘Mancelona Rocks’: Painted stones are talk of the town

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Joanie Moore, Contributing Writer

Photo by Joanie Moore

Hailey Kauffman, 8, of Mancelona hides a rock painted like a ladybug, downtown Mancelona in hopes of someone finding it soon. She and her sisters are participating in the new group, Mancelona Rocks, by painting and hiding rocks throughout the community.

MANCELONA – Anyone that has recently spent time at parks in the Mancelona area may have spotted brightly painted rocks that resemble a lady bug, animal or have a cheerful message written on them.

Jessica Biehl was with her daughter, Amelia, in Boyne City earlier this summer when they stumbled upon some rocks that had been hand painted and left hidden in areas for others to find and enjoy. They liked the concept and decided to launch a similar program in Mancelona.

“The idea is to build community and encourage kids to stay creative throughout the summer,” Biehl said.  “The rocks are free to find and low cost to paint. It’s a fun project that anyone can participate in.”

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