Annual Tour de Dickinson a great success

Bouquets and Barbs

Bouquet — From Bob Werner, president, Dickinson County Bike Path Committee:

The 12th annual Tour de Dickinson Family Bike Ride on Aug. 18, sponsored by the Dickinson County Bike Path, was another great success. Without about 50 volunteers, the community and the sponsors, it would not have been possible.

We would like to thank you, our sponsors this year. They include: First National Bank & Trust, First Bank, Dickinson Area Community Foundation, Boss Snowplow, Dickinson County Hospital Foundation, Northern Eye Care Associates, M.J. Electric LLC, Pro-Tech Lube Center, Dr. Sara and Gino Venditti, Systems Control, Tech Solutions Inc., Tourism Association of the Dickinson County Area, CCI Systems, Advanta Print, Advanced Water Systems, Range Bank, Midwest Mini Storage, The John Fornetti Center and Chris Hanley-State Farm Insurance.

In addition to our monetary sponsors, with the help of our in-kind sponsors, the Tour de Dickinson Bike Ride would not be possible. They are: Advanta Print, Boss Snowplow, Mortl’s Sports, Bink’s Coca-Cola, Norway Springs, U.P. Propane, Tadych’s Econofoods, Super One Foods, City Sales, Dickinson County Hospital System, Kiwanis Ski Club, Moose Jackson Café, Pasty Oven, The Bakery Shoppe, Fred Jump, Dickinson County Road Commission, Xcell Graphix, Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches, City of Iron Mountain Public Works, Iron Mountain Police Department, Dickinson County Sheriff’s Department, Michigan State Police, Hometowne Lumber, Results Broadcasting, Sovereign Communications, The Daily News, The Norway Current and The Advertiser.

Likes the IM farmers market but not the fees

Bouquet and Barb — From Agatha Cavaiani, Kingsford:

The city of Iron Mountain encourages residents to visit the downtown area and shop local. The farmers market across from the library on Saturday mornings in late spring, summer and fall does just that but for a fee.

This does not seem like a win-win situation, as downtown businesses benefit from the market. Do not discourage new vendors or past vendors from returning.

Visit the market — it has so much to offer and is a friendly and meet-your-neighbor place.