Gary Nickel Day to be held on Aug. 19

FLUSHING — Iconic Flushing photographer Gary Nickel will be remembered for his contributions to the community with a special day in his honor.

The Flushing Area Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the Flushing Area Senior Center, will hold the first-ever Gary Nickel Day on Aug. 19 to coincide with World Photography Day. The Chamber will hold a dedication for Nickel at the Riverview Park Bandshell from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., while the senior center will host a members-only celebration of Nickel’s life from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Nickel, a longtime Flushing resident and volunteer photographer for the Flushing Chamber, passed away last December from COVID-19 at the age of 75. He was also an FASC Board of Directors member.

Riverview Park events on Gary Nickel Day will include a dedication in Nickel’s honor, followed by a prayer led by Pastor Ed Emmerling of Westside Church and proclamations presented by Flushing Mayor Joseph Karlichek and State Sen. Ken Horn. There will also be performances by Judy’s School of Dance and MGM Dance and an ice cream social presented by the Flushing Area Historical Society and the Flushing Lions Club.

For more information, contact the Flushing Area Chamber of Commerce at 810-659-4141. — B.G.