From 1st Lt. Alex Swartout of Kandahar, Afghanistan, Kingsford High School Class of 2006:
My unit is now serving in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Even though the war is ending and many troops are being sent home, many troops are still deployed for dismantling and other peaceful measures.
The guys of the unit would like to thank the school classes that have sent us cards and care boxes. The classes were Mrs. Moreau's third grade class, Ms. Sielaff's fifth grade class, the entire fifth grade pod at Woodland Elementary School, and Mrs. Swartout's seventh grade Language Arts class from Iron Mountain Middle School. The cards are a highlight for the guys.
I would also like to thank the Iron Mountain-Kingsford Credit Union, Patti Atanasoff, Michelle DeMerse, and Corrine Gaspari for the warm hats they knit/crochet for us. We loved wearing them during the cold winter months.
From Michael Fornetti of Iron Mountain:
This past Sunday, our Northern Lights YMCA hosted our 4th annual Triathlon at Lake Antoine park. I have had the pleasure of being a member of the organizing and planning group as well as being a competitor for all 4 years. I got the chance to meet and work with some great people with positive attitudes and motivations. Each year we have made improvements in execution and planning. We have enjoyed great support from Park Management, the Dickinson County Road Commission and MDOT.
Planning and running a Triathlon is a complicated process requiring committed volunteers, financial sponsors and training opportunities for new participants. We are blessed with excellent support in all of these areas and look forward to continued success and improvement each and every year. I'm not going to specifically mention any names because there are so many, I'm afraid I might miss someone, so thanks again to all the volunteers, sponsors, competitors and YMCA staff who make this event possible.
From Anthony W. Adams of Quinnesec:
I don't know if people fully appreciate their YMCA membership. I do. This year I've traveled to Buffalo, New York and Findley, Ohio. In Buffalo, I presented my Y membership card and they allowed me to use their facilities twice and told me I could use any Y facility in a calendar year up to 12 times away from my home Y. In Findley, I showed them my Y card and they invited me in to use their pool, which was 5 lanes 25 yards long. So, I'd encourage you to get your Y membership and use it on vacation. I often try to find a Y closest to my destination.
From Greg Hendricks, Niagara, Wis., Niagara Centennial Staff Member:
"Thank You" Daily News and employees for your support on getting the word out for the Niagara Centennial, the coverage was great giving many photos and articles for people to clip out and save for a lifetime in their memory books.
With your help along with radio and billboards, the event was more successful than most would have imagined. The Centennial staff worked many hours before the event and during the event. I would like to congratulate them for this. (Hard work does pay).
In closing I would like to thank the people who attended the event, large crowds of thousands and no problems, what more could you ask for.
From Tina Erickson of Iron Mountain:
Applause to the crew who put together the Niagara Centennial. The effort that went into planning this celebration was much appreciated. We attended every day of the event and were impressed by the attention to detail.
The grounds were kept clean day after day, garbage cans were emptied, bathrooms were restocked, there was a variety of food available and the tents were spaced far enough apart to avoid congestion. The bands were fantastic and all that for a small price of a button. After the first day, the police department made changes to the parking restrictions, which made for a better flow of traffic.
A big thank you to everyone that made this event a huge success.