Alzheimer’s benefit enjoyed great support

Bouquets & Barbs


From Wayne Backlund, Yoopers Fighting Alzheimer’s event coordinator and caretaker:

Thank you to all the pickleball players who participated in the first Yoopers Pickling Alzheimer’s Pickleball tournament at Marion Park in Norway.

Sixteen mixed doubles teams from the Upper Peninsula, Green Bay, Arizona and Vermont participated. The entry fee was a contribution to the Alzheimer’s Association and I must say, your generosity was amazing.

The Yoopers Fighting Alzheimer’s Picnic followed the pickleball tournament. The picnic included a silent auction and raffle with the proceeds going to the Alzheimer’s Association. A big thank you to all who attended the picnic and made the event such a success.

In addition, a big thanks goes out to local businesses for their generous support of both fundraising activities, including: The Drug Store, Crispigna’s, Bimbo’s, Econo Foods, Norway Mercantile, Walmart and MVA Enterprises. Thrivent Financial provided seed money for the event.

Also a big thank you to the Daily News and TV 6 for their coverage of these events.

The first person to be cured of Alzheimer’s has yet to walk this earth. Possibly due to the generosity of Yoopers, the day the first person is cured of Alzheimer’s will be a reality.

The next Yoopers Pickling Alzheimer’s/Yoopers Fighting Alzheimer’s Picnic will be July 11, 2019. Hope you can take part.

Good business stories


From Betty Glanville, Kingsford:

I would like to compliment the Daily News for their front-page articles on local businesses and people. It is far more interesting than seeing pictures of criminals. Keep up the good work.

Bass Fest one of the best


From Gene Schiavo, Crystal Falls Lions Club:

The Crystal Falls Lions Club recently completed our annual Bass Festival fundraiser. The club and all of its members would like to shout out a big thank you to the general public for their overwhelming support. This year was one of the best in the past several years. 

We will again be able to provide assistance, where assistance is needed, to the Iron River, Crystal Falls and North Dickinson communities. Many people in these communities will greatly benefit from this fundraising activity. Next year the Fourth of July will be on a Thursday and the Lions Club Bass Festival will fall on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 5-7.

This year we would also like to thank the numerous people that helped us to make this a great success. Our Lions Club has been shrinking in size over the past few years and we could not have had a successful event without the help of many volunteers from all over as well as many from the area we cover with Lions Club assistance. The volunteers are too numerous to mention, but we give our heartfelt thank you to each and every one of them. We will be having a thank-you dinner to honor those that volunteered. 

We welcome new members and would like to hear from anyone that may be interested in becoming part of a great organization. Almost everyone knows at least one Lion member. Talk to a Lion and any of us would be happy to help you become a part of our community service organization. We do good things in our communities and we have fun doing it. We would like some of you younger people to consider joining our service organization as well. 

Again, our club members are grateful to you all for any part you had to do with the successful Bass Festival.