Andy Busakowski of Central Arts and Gifts and Lisa Woods of Iron County Kinship show two books by Iron River native Ramon E. Bisque. Both Busakowski and Bisque have committed to donate their proceeds from the books’ sales to Kinship.
IRON RIVER—An Iron River native turned author has pledged to help a local youth program by donating proceeds from two of his books.
“Iron: A River, a Town, a County, a Mine, a Family” and “Unseen Cairns” are books penned by Ramon E. Bisque. Both books are available from Central Arts and Gifts, with proceeds going to the Kinship program, according to store owner Andy Busakowski.
“All the proceeds from these two books sold between Nov. 21 and Dec. 31 will go to the Kinship program,” Busakowski said. The store will also donate its proceeds from the books’ sales.
The Kinship program originated about 60 years ago in Minneapolis. The local Kiwanis club brought the program to Iron County 22 years ago, according to coordinator Lisa Woods. Originally, six children from second through eighth grade were matched with mentors. Currently ,22 children have mentors throughout Iron County, but there is demand for more adult participation.
Prospective volunteers can contact Woods at 265-0013 or visit the website at www.kinshipinc.org.
“The Kinship program seems to have really resonated with him,” Woods said. “I think he embraces the idea of the community raising the child.”
A 1949 graduate of Iron River High School, Bisque earned a degree in chemistry from St. Norbert College, master’s degrees in chemistry and geology from Iowa State University and a doctorate in geochemistry from ISU in 1959.
Bisque has been involved in mineral exploration on five continents, is a professor at the Colorado School of Mines, was director of the Earth Science Curriculum Project and was awarded the 1991 Native Son Award by the Iron County Kiwanis.
Kinship is a non-profit organization that couples with Kiwanis and Wildlife Unlimited for community fundraisers throughout the year.
Central Arts and Gifts is located at 216 W. Genesee St. in Iron River.