BY STEPHANIE BEACH
— Krystyna Jankowska of Traverse City loves animals and wanted to do something to help animals in need. She decided to have a garage sale and asked buyers to make a donation comparable to the value of their purchases. She then donated the proceeds to the Cherryland Humane Society.
"I met many interesting people," Krystyna said, noting how generous buyers were. "One man took one glass and gave $20. My friends helped and we made about $300. I would like to thank everyone who donated money and friends who brought stuff for the sale."
Krystyna added that it "makes my heart feel so good" that there is so much support for animals in need.
Benzie Area Christian Neighbors "netted" 600 pounds of fish from the Frankfort Fishing Tournament in August thanks to the generosity of dozens of fisherpersons who so freely gave their monster catches to the BACN pantry.
BACN also wants to thank everyone who helped including Chris Walrad, Ken Walrad, Joanne Walrad, Sarah Hollenbeck, Mark and Nancy Copher, Linda Penney, John Mead, Gordon and Doris Plowman, Brian Buhl, and all the other cleaning station staff.
Benzie Area Christian Neighbors is a non-denominational charity that provides food, clothing, furniture, household goods and financial help to families in need throughout Benzie and northern Manistee counties. For details, call 882-9544 or visit www.benziebacn.org.
The residents at Hope Village in Williamsburg now enjoy music every day on a piano donated to the senior living community by Traverse City resident Bruce Walker. The 1924 six-foot Weber baby grand piano was fully restored by previous owner John Glover of Suttons Bay.
Walker, a member of the Front Street Jazz Band, "tickles the ivories" on Tuesdays and Thursdays, while resident Pauline Schuler is available the remaining days of the week to accompany residents as they gather for sing-alongs.