Letter to the Editor,
A huge thank you to all the great residents of Merrill that stopped by Our Saviour’s Good Neighbors Relay for Life garage sale this past week. We are so blessed to receive so much support for such an important event.
As we know, almost everyone has at one time or another been touched by the sadness of a loved one getting cancer… it just NEVER SLEEPS! We all have to continue to fight to find a cure.
We have some really exciting events planned for the Relay this year (Aug. 2-3) from a breathtaking dove release to an awesome luminaria ceremony that each and everyone will be partaking in.
See you at the Fairgrounds. Thanks again for all your wonderful support.
Co-captain, Our Saviour’s Good Neighbor Team
Dear Readers of Foto News:
For one who usually writes about complaints in government and the like, I am taking a one-eighty, and writing about what these old eyes are seeing in my daily walks with our lovable Golden Retriever, Holly Ann.
While she is nosing through the grasses of the roadsides of Resort Lane here at Tug Lake, I take in the beauty of the new green sprouts on the balsam, hemlock, and pine trees. The fresh look of new leaves on our maples, birches, ash, and oaks. I listen to the sound of drumming grouse (partridges) which at one time long ago my mother thought was someone trying to start a motor somewhere. Once in a while a couple of deer may fly across the road because we startled them in their browsing at which time “The Queen of All She Surveys,” Holly Ann, almost pulls the leash from my hand.
On the other hand I am ever watchful for the creepy-crawlers known to us as wood-ticks, deer ticks, bear ticks, and the like. As Holly Ann is cream in color, they are fairly easy to spot if seen soon enough. This year they are in great abundance and this army of crawling ticks is supported by squadrons of attacking mosquitoes. I have noticed lately that the mosquitoes now have deer flies flying escort.
Also in walking my mind wanders. What this road looked like when we moved here on June 30, 1964, who were the cottage owners at the time and who presently owns them. Back in 1964, Charles and Elaine Geiss with their family were the only year round residents on Tug Lake. We were the second that June day and Hinterleitners buying Rajeks cottage next door to us in September, became the third. And the rest is history, like is often said.
And while walking (and this usually happens every time I walk) I take pride and give thanks to Our God for being allowed to be here and see and enjoy the wonders of his work. Not only that, but my brain recalls the cadence call of our Flight Chief in basic training, Lackland AFB 1951. Yes, I can still click off the 120 steps a minute and the cadence calls are burned into my brain forever. THE WAFS AND WAVES WILL WIN THE WAR SO WHAT THE HELL ARE WE FIGHTING FOR, SOUND OFF, etc.