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Fornetti home featured on Zonta tour

September 2, 2008
The Daily News

IRON MOUNTAIN - The home of Mike and Sue Fornetti Home, W8170 Millie Hill Estates Drive in Iron Mountain, will be one of the stops on the annual Zonta Tour of Homes Sept. 7.

The Fornettis have relocated from Escanaba back to Iron Mountain. Mike is the director of engineering for the Newpage Escanaba mill and Sue is a retired registered nurse.

"We selected Dickinson Homes because of their engineering and planning expertise as well as their professional and experienced craftsmen," said the Fornettis.

Sue worked with Paul Santoni on all layout decisions and Mike took care of all of the workshops and mechanical decisions.

The main floor has an open loft design facing Lake Antoine with pine ceilings and Canadian yellow birch flooring. The kitchen, dining room and living room are all of an open design.

With the hillside design the lower level is open on two walls with a large workshop accessible by a garage door.

"It's primarily for visitors and grandchildren," they said.

Energy conservation features include a ultra high efficiency combination boiler and hot water heater, 17 SER central air conditioning and in-floor heat.

Concrete work was by Mike Groleau construction of Wilson, pavers were by Boreman landscaping and the sprinkler system by A-1 water, both from Escanaba.

The location and layout was selected "with retirement in mind" and with ample room for "Mike's tinkering."

Sue was interested in helping the Zonta Club because she worked at the Braumart during her high school years and wanted to help "The Friends of the Braumart."

Other homes on the tour include that of Corky and Martha Nagel of Spread Eagle, Ken and Linnea Marchetti, and Tom and Eileen Pugh in the Iron Mountain area.

A reception for tour guest will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Braumart Theater in Iron Mountain.

Special discounts and expert advice will be available at the Spread Eagle Garden Center.

The Braumart Theater historic renovation project is this year's recipient of tour proceeds.

Tickets purchased in advance are $15, and available from any Zonta member, Julia Rose Creations, Hosking Hairlines, Perina's Mata Brown Shoppe, Bond Decorating, Linnea and Kristine's, Maxine's Bridal Shoppe in Norway, and the Spread Eagle Garden Center. Tickets will also be available at each tour location on Sunday, Sept. 7 for $17.

For information about the tour call Toni Lori at 774-0211.



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