by Stephanie Beach
Traverse City Record-Eagle
---- — The community can help create happy, healthy families by contributing to the fifth annual “Save a Smile” toothbrush donation drive, which helps patients and families served by the Traverse Health Clinic.
The drive continues through September and benefits hundreds of local families in need of basic oral health care supplies. Donations of child and adult toothbrushes, toothpaste and dental floss may be dropped off at all Tom’s Food Market locations, all Northwestern Bank locations in the Traverse City area, Traverse Dental Associates, and Traverse Health Clinic.
Financial gifts may be made online at www.traversehealthclinic.org, or sent to Traverse Health Clinic, 3155 Logan Valley Rd., Traverse City, MI 49684. Checks should have “Dental” on the memo line.
Irene Saylor’s daughter Maureen recently adopted a small white Maltese dog from the Cherryland Humane Society. The humane society aptly named him Rocket and that’s exactly how he took off — like a rocket — when Maureen took his leash off after a short walk down the driveway.
“We picked him up (because) Maureen was working and we brought him home with us,” Irene wrote. “She came after work (so excited), put the leash on and just walked a little down the driveway. Then as she was removing the leash, the dog slipped out of the collar and took off. No way could we catch him.”
Neither could some ladies on another block. He ran into the woods and was gone. The next day, again while Maureen was at work, Irene went to the shelter and gave them a poster with Rocket’s picture and their phone numbers. Irene also placed posters at several other locations. That afternoon, they received a phone call that Rocket had been found by Mr. and Mrs. Rob Turnquist at midnight running around Potter Road.
“These wonderful people took him home, removed many burrs from his fur, gave him a bath, food/water, and he spent a restful night there,” Irene wrote. “This couple refused to take anything for their trouble. They even took him to PetSmart to have the incision (from his neutering operation) checked. How wonderful for this couple to do such a kindness. My daughter, as you can imagine, is so grateful. We are so thankful to them.”
Theresa Galante, executive director at Mt. Holiday, wrote to thank the group of employees from Hillshire Brands/Sara Lee, Environmental Pest Control, and Pat Anton for once again adopting Mt. Holiday for the United Way Day of Caring.
“They have painted, caulked, cleaned, split and stacked wood, mowed and generally spruced the place up,” Theresa wrote. “They have been so wonderful to us. Thank you!”