Breitung board proclaims Aaron Harper Day

QUINNESEC — The Breitung Township Board passed a resolution Monday proclaiming Sunday as Aaron Harper Day in honor of the recently retired broadcast journalist.

Harper bowed out in January after more than five decades, mostly with WJNR-FM in Iron Mountain. His was the first voice heard live when the station began broadcasting in August 1972.

Supervisor Denny Olson praised Harper for his service as a journalist, saying anyone who wanted to know what was going on in the community only had to turn on the radio.

The board encouraged the public to attend an open house celebrating Harper from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Dickinson County Fairgrounds.

In other news, the board:

— Passed a resolution in support of May as National Bike Month, a celebration sponsored by the League of Michigan Bicyclists and the Dickinson County Bike Path to highlight the benefits of cycling and promote safety and comfort.

— Also passed a resolution supporting the Lake Antoine Park Partners application for a charitable gaming license. If approved, the license would be used to conduct a raffle during a May 25 concert marking the opening of camping season at the Lake Antoine campground.

— Welcomed Zachary Oliveras as a probationary firefighter at the Breitung Township Fire Department.