Traverse City Record-Eagle

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November 12, 2012

Northern Notes: Korean War vets say thanks

President Albert Ockert wrote on behalf of the Northwest Michigan Chapter No. 38 of the Korean War Veterans of Traverse City to thank TV 7 & 4 for its coverage on Oct. 26 of the presentation of the Ambassador for Peace Award to the chapter by the South Korean Consulate General Park Sehwan and Minister Park Sung Choon, and to thank Traverse City Elk's Lodge #323, where the award presentation was held, for the beautiful job they did.

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In September, Team Depot, comprised of 100 Home Depot district employees, donated their day off to work at Charity Hill Ranch in Rapid City.

The ranch is a nonprofit organization that provides different equine therapy programs to help clients suffering from traumatic brain injury, post traumatic stress disorder, autism, balance issues, damaged or missing limbs and other medical challenges.

The team members installed wheelchair access ramps, created a greener way of composting barn waste, completed landscape projects and worked on other improvements. Materials for the projects were provided by Home Depot through the Home Depot Foundation.

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Deborah Kohn from the Mesick Area Museum wrote to thank all the volunteers who helped make this past summer a successful time at the musem, all the visitors who came out to participate in the activities, the local ACE Phone Company for its $500 donation, and Betty and Joe Daly for their donations to the first garage sale benefitting the museum.

"We had one of the best summers since we opened eight years ago," Deborah wrote.

Deborah went on to say that the ACE Phone Company donation was used to purchase a camcorder and tripod which is being used to record the history of area citizens.

The museum now is only open by appointment, but will be ready to open in the spring at Mushroom Festival time.

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