Traverse City Record-Eagle

May 12, 2014

Northern Notes: Gardeners encouraged to 'grow a row' for BACN

BY STEPHANIE BEACH
Local columnist

---- — It might seem a bit early to be talking about gardening, but Benzie Area Christian Neighbors would like to plant the seed of an idea in the minds of area gardeners and ask them to consider growing an extra row for BACN this summer.

“We have worked on making the BACN pantry a more balanced diet,” a letter from BACN stated. “Gradually over the last two years we have increased the food budget in order to purchase onions, potatoes, carrots and fruits when in season. Occasionally eggs, meat and dairy are also available. This helps to balance what is donated during food drives and the cans and boxes of staples we normally stock.”

Families who have garden plots are being encouraged to grow carrots, peas, potatoes, onions, beets, lettuce, kale, beans, other vegetables, and fruits to donate at harvest time to the BACN pantry. For more information, call 882-9544.

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Sue Ann Round and Margaret Emerick wrote to thank several local heroes for putting Michigan Artists Gallery back together after being closed for 45 days with flood damage.

“Jason Harrall and the crew from Boulder Builders, Larry Fox, Victor Dinsmoore and Matt Torres did a tremendous job in giving us a beautiful new look and rehab, while lifting our spirits,” Sue Ann and Margaret wrote. “Frozen pipes and hundreds of pieces of artwork do not mix well, but our recovery is complete and we welcome everyone to drop by and see our newly restored gallery in Suttons Bay.”

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Girl Scout Troop 10037 held a party in April to pack Girl Scout cookies to ship to Michigan soldiers from National Guard Unit 1460, which is stationed in Afghanistan.

“Our Girl Scouts selected cookies for the troops as our gift of caring project,” said Troop Leader Venus Tondreau. “The gift of caring cookies are sold during the annual cookie sale and donated to a charitable cause.”

Meredith and Amanda Allen were the top cookie sellers in the troop, selling 1,500 boxes for the soldiers. Meanwhile, Operation American Soldier partnered with the Girl Scouts to pay for shipping and the Disabled American Veterans, American Legion Post #35, Grand Traverse Veterans Coalition, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2780 and the American Legion Auxiliary also contributed to the project.

“We appreciate the hard work of the Girl Scouts to sell these cookies for our military troops. We are glad to assist with the shipping to our men and women in uniform across the globe fighting for our freedom,” said Neal Horning, vice chairman of the Grand Traverse Veterans Coalition.

Christine Stalsonburg, chair of Operation American Solider, echoed Neal’s sentiments, adding, “We appreciate the support from the community in purchasing (these) wonderful cookies.”