OUR TOWN: New bricks ‘planted’ by Memorial Day | Opinion

NEW BRICKS “PLANTED” BY MEMORIAL DAY: Ron Earle, project manager of our huge American flag and flagpole, will be installing newly etched bricks this spring. Placed in the ground beneath the flagpole in Our Town’s Burke Park on the shore of Anchor Bay, it is a lesson in the history of Our Town. To be a part of this wonderful display, Ron is requesting that those interested to retrieve a brick request form and submit it. Forms are available at New Baltimore City Hall and MacDonald Public Library. The cost is $125 with three lines of 14 characters each line (including spaces) etched in the brick. Going online to New Baltimore Lions Club will find a form also. “Memorials” or “in honor of” or just with names are welcome. The organization instigated erecting the pole and dedicated it in October of 2016, financed completely by donations. Ron may be reached at 586-725-0245. Note: The 160-foot pole and 30-foot-by-60-foot flag are the largest in Michigan. It is the second tallest in America, with a 200-foot pole in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, the tallest. The writer is truly grateful to the Lions Club for making Our Town famous not only for this marvelous achievement, but for its location on beautiful Lake St. Clair. It can be seen across the lake. Funds realized help to maintain the flag and its grounds. Be a part of Our Town’s history and purchase a brick.

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BLOOD DONATION OPPORTUNITY APRIL 22: Grace United Methodist Church, 49655 Jefferson Ave. in Chesterfield Township, continues its service to the community by providing an area of the church toward helping others. In cooperation with the American Red Cross, for well over 15 years, Chairperson Candy Daily and her staff of volunteers will have the church open from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Appointments are encouraged by calling 586-949-1023, so there isn’t a waiting time and all feel comfortable.

SCHOLARSHIPS APPLICATIONS DUE APRIL 23: Parents will be proud to have their Anchor Bay High graduating senior be the recipient of one of the fine scholarships awarded by the Anchor Bay Community Foundation. The ABCF is the administrator of 23 scholarships for engineering, medicine, culinary arts, music, creative arts, criminal justice, business and technology, law enforcement, building and trades, government, economics, social studies, general business, academic, leadership and more. Applications are available in the Anchor Bay High Counseling Office. When completed, the application must be returned to the counseling office or sent to Anchor Bay Community Foundation, P.O. Box 88, New Baltimore, MI 48047, by April 23. Call 586-281-3275. Note: The “motto” of the ABCF is “Improving lives through community grants and scholarships.”

LET’S PLAY EUCHRE ON THURSDAYS: The New Baltimore Civic Club is hosting the games at its building, 36551 Main St., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. and games beginning at 7 p.m. The fee is $10 and 25 cents per euchre. Venture outdoors and go to the civic club. Visit with old friends, meet new ones and play Michigan’s most popular card game, euchre.

APRIL 23 TO 25 SPRINGTERFEST NEWS: Our Town will be in awe of how the New Baltimore Lions Club will host this event. There will be a huge tent on Front Street with entrances on both ends to hold many indoor events. On Saturday, there will be a kids day, evening entertainment, cornhole and stein holding tournaments, and the tasty chili cook-off with prizes. Outdoors, there will be a fishing tournament and ice sculpting. On Sunday, the famous Polar Bear Plunge will have participants entering ice-free Anchor Bay, after collecting pledges. Near the end of the day, there will be a raffle with cash prizes. Mark the calendar and take in Springterfest, bringing the family and friends. Our Town will continue to waken to fun and laughter at Springterfest.

NB LIONS FUNDRAISER CONTINUES: Collecting empty, clean beverage bottles and cans each Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at Curves, 35453 23 Mile Road, is a means for the New Baltimore Lions Club to support its many projects for those without sight, Leader Dogs for the Blind and sending children to summer camp. For pick-up, due to a problem of too many items or inability to bring them to the Curves, call Rick at 586-296-2363. Your help is appreciated greatly by the NB Lions.

HOPE AND HAPPINESS AVAILABLE: The Anchor Bay Community Foundation has a program titled Barbara Richard Wand Fund that is available to assist children ages 2 to 18. A medical condition, illness or distressful emotional situation may be aided by a grant from the Wand Fund. Requests will be reviewed by a committee and presented to the board of directors. It is not the policy of the ABCF to investigate programs or medical supplies and costs associated therein. To reach the Anchor Bay Community Foundation, call 586-281-3275 or email [email protected].

YARD SALE FUNDRAISER NEWS: The New Baltimore Lions Club Relay For Life team will have a yard sale July 16 to 18 as a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Readers and friends are requested to save items, including costume jewelry, that might be offered at the sale. No clothes. The exact place and time of the sale will be revealed in future Our Town columns.

TIME TO TRAVEL? Donna Drake, 810-966-0017, has wonderful opportunities ahead for travelers and is inviting readers and friends to join her. Oct. 3 to 9, she will be off to Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia, for seven days and six nights. Local tours, lodging, meals, entertainment and luggage handling included. “Christmastime in the Smokies,” Nov. 28 to Dec. 4, a seven-day, six-night trip will include lodging, meals, Christmas shows including the Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Show, tours, including the Titanic Museum and other sights in Pigeon Forge and then a candlelight tour of the Biltmore House, the Ark Encounter on the first day and more. Take time to get away with Donna and friends and celebrate Christmas early.

SPRING WORDS TO PONDER: “For the winter is passed. The rain is over and gone. The flowers are springing up. And the time of the singing of the birds has come.” Song of Solomon 2:11-12. “Happiness blooms where seeds of love and joy are planted.” With appreciation to a Boys Town publication, Father Flanagan’s Boys’ Home, Boys Town, Nebraska.

To report news about your service organization, call Bette Carrothers at 586-725-8051 or email her at [email protected].

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