Traverse City Record-Eagle

April 14, 2014

Northern Notes: Woman thanks those who helped after accident

Local columnist

---- — Margaret Lange of Traverse City wrote to thank everyone at Square Deal Country Store on Woodmere Avenue, who helped keep a bad situation from becoming even worse.

“I am the lady who got in an accident exiting your parking lot on Feb. 8,” Margaret wrote. “I want to thank everybody who came out to help me. I was badly shaken and someone drove my car back into the lot. I especially want to thank the young man who removed my bumper enabling me to drive my car home. The bumper was hanging partly on the ground and, but for his help, the car would have had to be towed. I may have neglected to thank everyone individually, but your help in a difficult situation was greatly appreciated.”


During a photo shoot of a 1966 Mustang convertible, local hairstylist/model Megan Dunn, Northern Limousine Bus Service owner Scott Nelson and photographer Ragnar Avery came up with a calendar project to support the Kalkaska County Animal Shelter.

They decided that the calendar theme would be fast machines and beautiful women. During 2013, local models Dunn, Nikki Martell, Emi Wolf, Alyse Marvin, Kaili Nichols, Lexi Boomgaard and Sammie Accardo donated their time to be photographed with a variety of snowmobiles, trucks and hot rods. The calendar was launched in October and in February 2014, a check for $650 was presented to Chuck Hall representing the animal shelter.

“The community is encouraged to continue their support of the Kalkaska County Animal Shelter Building Fund to help with maintenance and upkeep of the facility,” photographer Ragnar Avery wrote.

He added that calendars are still available by contacting his photography Facebook page, through Hall at the animal shelter, or from Nelson at Northern Limousine Bus in Lodi.


KidsZerve is a youth group sponsored by Suttons Bay Congregational Church that pairs youth and adult mentors for monthly service projects.

In March, the project took the group to the Suttons Bay Bingham Fire and EMS Department. KidsZerve prepared and served dinner to the men and women of the department as a thank you for serving the community. The kids were then invited to help with the department’s regular skills training by acting as “victims,” while crew members simulated treating them for neck injuries and worked as teams to remove the “victims” from danger.

“This was such an amazing experiences for the kids. (They) came to serve and learned that in giving there is much to receive. Thank you, Suttons Bay Bingham EMS and Fire,” Penny Maleski wrote on behalf of KidsZerve.