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Helping the community

December 1, 2009 - Blaine Hyska
You’ve got to hand it to the Kiwanis Ski Club.

Club members have been able to save the 2010 Island Resort & Casino Pine Mountain Continental Cup Ski Jumping Competition.

Commonly known as the Ski Jumps, this is a great event.

The Daily News has had a long and enjoyable association with the Ski Jumps.

The late Dick Ferris, a photographer for The Daily News, was locally famous for his ability to take skiers’ pictures.

One shot, a photograph of a skier tumbling down Giant Pine Mountain in 1970, earned him a first place award from the Michigan Press Association. The photo was perfectly in focus as the skier — Ole Wilman of Norway — somersaulted down the hill. Wilman was not injured.

The photo, by the way, was taken before the era of motor drives and automatic focus.

Another former Daily News staffer, the late Ron Kramer, annually planted himself at the hill during ski jump weekend. During ski jump week, he would follow the jumpers here and there, and discuss strategy, wind speeds and hill conditions with whomever would listen.

His the stories and photos he filed were a labor of love. His undying dedication to the sport led to Kramer Drive. The city of Iron Mountain designated the roadway to top of Pine Mountain in his name.

And who could forget the interesting intricacies in the columns by the late Buck Erickson, former Daily News sports editor? His writings helped to put Pine Mountain on the map.

The Ski Jumps are an Iron Mountain event — a tradition.

This is something we all should support. Be sure to buy a button this year — even if you don’t plan to attend.

You’ll be helping the community.


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