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Readers Viewpoint 6-20-2012 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 1:39 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, June 26, 2012 12:35 PM )

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thanked
To the editor:
 The Justin Elson Memorial Scholarship Fund supports continued education to students perusing degrees in welding technologies and automotive technologies.
 Thank you to all who have contributed to the success as it has helped many local students over the past six years.


 I myself have the benefit of being able to use this scholarship to aid in furthering my education.
 My course of study is the Automotive Alternative Fuels Dual Technician program at the University of Northwestern Ohio.
 Thank you to all who have contributed and supported the Justin Elson Memorial Scholarship,
-s- Robert Edwards
Iron Mountain


4-H needs
volunteers
To the editor: 
 All of us were once a child, have children, or are possibly thinking of having children. One way or another children affect our lives and they will one day grow up to be the next generation, the choice makers, care takers, the people who make our world go round, so wouldn’t it be a great idea to take a few minutes to reflect on just how we can assure that these children are given every possibility to become a positive influence on the world around us?
 Parents do the best they can to teach them and guide them and the schools try to educate them on matters of the world but there are other things that children need to learn.
 Children need time, away from school, to interact with other children. They need to learn how to socialize, accept, and respect others. They need to learn how to form or be a part of a team, relying on one another to make the project a success (even if you have some difficulties with some of the people involved).
 They need to learn to be a part of the community and how to give of themselves to improve that community. They also need to have some good, clean fun, whether that be animals, crafts, art, writing, etc. Maybe it involves an outing to a place of fun and/or education or volunteering somewhere.
 4-H offers all this, and so much more, to the youth of Iron County and across the state. It takes a lot of time and commitment to become a leader in 4-H and not everyone is up to making that commitment to be available time wise.
 Lives are busy and people have other things that need their attention. Everyone understands that. What they might not realize is that there are so many other facets of 4-H where volunteers are priceless assets. You do not necessarily have to have any contact with youth to be a valuable resource to them.
 A 4-H volunteer might be offering to help in the office a few hours a week, maybe they are willing to manage the food booth at the fair, maybe help with the registrations for the fair, or be a presence in the office at the fair to oversee any problems that might occur. Maybe they can help with getting newsletters and other information out or help organize an outing or event.
 In a time where everyone is seeking your financial donations and it seems like you are always robbing Peter to pay Paul, maybe you can take a breath and know that it is possible to give (generously, I might ad) to the community without ever touching your check book. As I age, I have come to realize that often the most important gift one gives is their time. You hear that all the time but one day you realize that this statement is true.
 Children do not want our money (although it may seem like this). They want your time. They want to know they matter and they are worth those few minutes of your time. It is your smile, your listening attentively, your suggestions, your helping hand, your laughter, your support. It is those memories that will help them learn the true value. If you are volunteering in a fashion where you do not have direct contact with the children you are still freeing up time for someone else to dedicate that time to the youth. It all matters.
 4-H could really use some of those support type volunteers and I hope you will give it some thought and contact Adrien Brzoznowski at the local 4-H office at 875-0604 or e-mail her at adrienb@anr.msu.edu to see what you can do for us.
 -s- Cheryl Wescher
 Proud Volunteer 4-H Leader
 Iron River

Crew thanked
To the editor:
 I am writing today to say thank you to the crew at the Resthaven Cemetery. The grounds were so meticulously groomed, I had only to wash the head stones and leave my flowers.
 As I looked around I realized what a huge job it must be to maintain such a large area. I don’t know all the names of the workers, but I do know the man I see there every time I go to water or cover my plants. That man is Township Supervisor Mark Polley.
 He does this work uncompensated, because “it is the right thing to do.” How lucky are we to have someone as dedicated as Mark. So thank you all again for the caring and respect you have shown our families. Our family is very grateful.
-s- Susan (Harding) Stupp
Iron River

Grand opening a success
To the editor:
 A sincere thank you to the wonderful volunteers and staff at the Iron County Historical Museum for making our June 9 grand opening a great success. Thanks, too, to Golden K for another terrific pancake breakfast.
 Since last summer, dozens of volunteers have given their expertise, time, and energy toward improving our museum. The Stager Depot project raised the 1890 depot, 1917 rail car, and maintenance car from the dirt and, in the process, raised the quality of experience for our museum’s visitors.
 The volunteers who worked in our main building and on our grounds to make our museum ready for the grand opening, and who worked on the depot project, are too numerous to mention, but my gratitude to all of them is sincere.
 Simply put, without these volunteers, we could not operate. With them, we not only have a better museum: we enjoy the journey as well.
-s- Ross Parcels
Director
Iron County
Historical Museum
Caspian

 
Readers Viewpoint 6-13-2012
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 1:41 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, June 19, 2012 1:39 PM )

Thanks
To the editor:
 I would like to thank all who donated to the Justin Elson Memorial Scholarship. I will use this scholarship to help me further my education.

 
Survey says
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 1:40 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, June 19, 2012 1:39 PM )

In our June 6 newspaper, we carried an article about the Iron River Senior Center facing nutrition program cuts.
 The article noted that, like much of the U.P., the nutrition programs in both Iron and Dickinson counties are on the decline. The decline has put the local senior center at risk of losing its entire program.

 
Readers Viewpoint 6-6-2012
Tuesday, June 05, 2012 1:52 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, June 12, 2012 1:40 PM )

Bake sale thanks
To the editor:
 The Alpha Museum Board of Directors would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who made our recent Memorial bake sale our most successful ever.
 Special thanks are extended to Millie and all of our wonderful bakers, Dorothy and Mo for their Telephone Time chats, and the many folks who donated food and money or came to buy goodies to enjoy. Thank you all.

 
Say thanks to a teacher
Tuesday, June 05, 2012 1:51 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, June 12, 2012 1:40 PM )

The classrooms have emptied, computers shut down, books shelved for the summer.
 It’s a good time to look back and thank our area teachers for their work this past school year.

 
Ready for summer?
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 1:06 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, June 05, 2012 1:51 PM )

 Are you ready for summer?
 Ready or not, it’s ready for you. Here it it, knocking on your front door. Road construction is already in full swing. The detours for the U.S. 2 project in Iron River are not in place yet, but it won’t be long.
 The leaves are at last fully in bloom. While we still are a bit behind in rainfall, the wildfire danger seems to be mostly over, Bushes and grasses and trees are a fresh new green. They’re ready for summer.

 
Readers Viwepoint 5-30-2012
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 1:06 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, June 05, 2012 1:52 PM )

Carriers thanked
To the editor:
 On behalf of our local food pantry, we would like to thank the Iron River Postal Carriers for the food drive they conducted. Thank you to the postal customers, who gave so generously. The quality and quantity collected is incredible.
 Thank you to Ann Nieminen for organizing the Postal Carrier Food Drive. A big thank you to the postal carriers. You are amazing.
 Thank you to the West Iron County football players who hauled six very full pickup truck loads from the post office to our sorting site.
 St. Vincent de Paul’s West Side Food Pantry distributed over 2,800 food orders last year. We provide food and help to those in our community who need a helping hand. The need is greater than ever before.
 Please know that all who participated in any way, helped feed a hungry neighbor.
-s- Carol Busakowski
President
St. Vincent de Paul
Iron River 

 
Lest we forget
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 1:47 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, May 29, 2012 1:06 PM )

On May 5, 1868, Memorial Day was officially proclaimed by Gen. John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, and celebrated that year on May 30 with flowers placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.
 Though it is believed that honoring the fallen soldiers of both sides in that conflict actually began during the war itself, the observance of this day to honor America’s fallen heroes was to bring about a sense of reconciliation in recognition of their great sacrifice.

 
Readers Viewpoint 5-23-2012
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 1:46 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, May 29, 2012 1:06 PM )

Weight challenge a success
To the editor:
 Pamida would like to offer a big “thank you” to the following businesses for supporting   Iron County’s community weight loss challenge: Northstar Healthcare System, Windsor Auditorium, Beef-A-Roo, Scott’s Party Store, Northwoods Chiropractic, Corner Drug Store, Angeli’s Video, Angeli Foods, Jubilee Foods, Iron County Chamber of Commerce, Alice’s Supper Club, Zippidy’s, Silver Moon, Chris’s Hair studio, Cut & Curl, AmericInn, Complete Family Fitness, Missy Dallavalle.

 
Readers Viewpoint 5-16-2012
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 1:27 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, May 22, 2012 1:45 PM )

Great performance
To the editor:
 I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the West End Players of Iron County on their excellent performances of Cinderella on Friday, May 4; Sunday, May 6, and Monday, May 7. The performances were very well attended and were held at the Windsor Center, Iron River.

 
Sharing the road
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 1:26 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, May 22, 2012 1:47 PM )

With warm temperatures arriving, as well as the final weeks of school, area motorists will be sharing the road with other wheeled friends and neighbors.
 Motorcyclists, bicyclists, four-wheeler drivers and dirt bike “racers” are taking to the highways, road shoulders, side streets and alleys, creating hazards and distractions that all motorists need to on the alert for.

 
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