Thanks to all who turned out for Alzheimer’s event

Bouquets and Barbs


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

The first person to walk this earth who has been cured of Alzheimer’s disease is still in the future. But local residents and fellow Yoopers did their part on July 11 to make the preceding statement a reality.

The Yoopers Pickling Alzheimer’s Tournament and Yoopers Fighting Alzheimer’s Picnic was held on a sunny U.P. day at Marion Park in Norway.

Sixteen mixed doubles pickleball teams from Norway, Iron Mountain, Marquette, Escanaba, Gladstone and Green Bay, Wis., played in the Yoopers Pickling Alzheimer’s tourney.

The entry fee was a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association. The match play was very competitive and the generosity of the pickleball players was amazing.

The fourth-annual Yoopers Fighting Alzheimer’s Picnic followed the pickleball tournament. The picnic included a silent auction, a cribbage tournament 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 great success.

In addition, a big thanks to local businesses for their generous support of both fundraising activities, including The Drug Store, Tadych’s Family Market, Walmart, MVA Enterprises, Northern Supply, B&B Electrical, and Bianco’s Fitness Center.

Thrivent Financial once again provided seed money for the event.

Also, a big thank you to the Daily News for frequently promoting the event and to TV6 for their coverage of the Yoopers Pickling Alzheimer’s tournament.

The next Yoopers Pickling Alzheimer’s tourney and Yoopers Fighting Alzheimer’s Picnic will be July 9, 2020. Hope you can take part.

In the meantime, sign up and participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Iron Mountain on Sept. 7.

Appreciate neighbors’ help on car lights left on


From Agatha Cavaiani, Kingsford:

At 10 o’clock on a Saturday night, my doorbell rang and I reluctantly turned the porch light on and a lady walking two big, white dogs noticed my blue-green ’93 Ford Escort’s inside lights on.

She offered to turn them off and I hesitated about handing her the keys but did. She solved the problem, returned the keys and was on her way.

Still half-asleep, I forgot to ask her name.

The same incident happened two months ago, when my next door neighbor’s were dog-walking late at night and called me about my lights.

It seems when unloading my groceries I don’t shut my car doors tightly. Bad habit!

The blue-green ’93 Ford Escort did start Sunday morning for church services. When entering the church, I wrote her name “Angel” in the Mass intentions book and prayed for her family during Mass.

In today’s troubled world, neighbors still help neighbors and angels do ring doorbells. What a great community we live in!