COVENANT EYES of Owosso held its 10th-annual “Marmot Day” luncheon Monday, July 25 at its world headquarters on W. King St. Covenant Eyes employees and their families were treated with food and beverages, along with music, a bounce house, an ice cream social, an auto show, the game of cornhole, and a wood chucking contest. The day’s main attraction, however, was the “Marmot Deliberation.”
Covenant Eyes owner Ron DeHaas led the deliberation, during which a marmot stuffed animal, flown by a drone, hovered above the marmot hole as the animal decided whether or not to land. Ultimately, the marmot, and the drone, flew away into the distance, signifying three more months of summer. Marmot Day was designated an Alaskan State holiday in 2009.
DeHaas is shown here waving his cane goodbye to the marmot, as he announced that the marmot had spoken and summer would continue. DeHaas opened Covenant Eyes in 2000, and the international company has been a leader in the Internet filtering industry since. (Independent Photo/Graham Sturgeon)