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August 12, 2013

Northern Notes: Good Samaritans in TC woman's prayers

When Ruth Hogenson of Traverse City was told by the clerk at Save-A-Lot, Garfield Avenue at Carver Street, that she was $20 short, Ruth chalked it up to a “senior moment” and starting choosing which groceries she would give up.

The man behind her asked how much she was short and she thought it was just curiosity, certain that no one would “donate such a pricey sum” to a stranger. However, he whipped out a $20 bill and handed it to the clerk.

“My astonishment may have been amusing to his wife, who stood grinning ear to ear as she basked in her man’s generosity,” Ruth wrote. “He would have none of my offer to send him repayment of his largesse (and) my prayers these nights include them. I believe God will bless them for their kindness (and) from my heart I thank you.”


Thanks go out to the sponsors, partners and 50 volunteers who helped make the Rotary eighth annual Kids Free Fishing Day a success. Because of them, more than 450 children and their families were introduced to fishing at the event.

John Noonan, Rotary Camps & Services chairperson, and Becky Ewing, Rotary Camps & Services, wish to thank these sponsors: $1,000 level — Art and Mary Schmuckal Family Foundation, Orchard Creek Senior Living and Health Care, Rotary Camps & Services Water Committee, and Traverse Vision; $500 level — Les and Anne Biederman Foundation and Traverse City Noon Rotary Club; $200-$499 level — Fast Signs, Rotary Club of Traverse Bay Twilight, Rotary Club of Traverse Bay Sunrise, and Little Caesars Pizza; and $100 level — Oleson’s Food Stores and McCardel Culligan; and the following partners: Grand Traverse Area Sportsfishing Association, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, Great Lakes Water Studies Institute, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Rotary Camps & Services, Traverse City Rotary Clubs, and the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station in Traverse City.

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