By Stephanie Beach, firstname.lastname@example.org
---- — Eunice Groesser, of Traverse City, was having lunch at the State Street Grille on Jan. 17, when a nice young lady named Angie came over and offered to buy her lunch. Eunice told Angie it wasn't necessary, but if she really wanted to she could.
"It was so wonderful and something that's never happened to me," Eunice said, adding that she just wanted to thank Angie for her generosity.
In the spirit of giving, the preschool, kindergarten and first-grade classrooms at Old Mission Peninsula School participated in a charity book donation program during the holidays to benefit the Traverse City Area Public Schools' School Readiness Outreach Program (SROP).
The SROP program is a school-based program to help at-risk families of children between birth and 5 years old. It offers a variety of resources to families at no cost.
Instead of a gift exchange, students donated books during classroom parties in December. The students put a nameplate inside each book, signed and wrapped them to be distributed to SROP students. Each student received an "I Donated" sticker and bookmark.
Philip J. Korson II, president of the Cherry Marketing Institute in Lansing, wrote to say they received a check and a very inspiring note from Cherry Republic to support America's cherry farmers.
The note from Cherry Republic, founded and owned by Bob Sutherland, stated that the $3,500 check was to help the institute cover some financial shortfalls in 2012, a year with little revenues because of the disastrous crop in the spring.
"This check will be a little sprinkle of positive energy for the cherry industry as we turn the corner on what we hope to be a tremendous 2013 cherry crop," the note stated. "Cherry Republic has never donated to CMI and remembers long ago being a recipient of a grant from them to build a web site. It feels good to return the favor."
"This is an amazing gift from an amazing company," Korson wrote. "It is companies like these that are right in our backyard that make a difference every day. Companies that value farmers and the work they do every day to bring their crops to market."
Laura Wright, a Record-Eagle carrrier for three years, was delivering papers on her main route in downtown Traverse City when her quick thinking saved a dog from possible disaster.
Laura noticed a dog about to wander into traffic on Front Street. Taking a closer look, Laura realized the dog was blind. She didn't see anyone around or a leash, so she started calling for the dog to stop. She tried to pick him up and he kind of growled so she ran to her car and grabbed her phone. She called the phone number on the tag, however there was no answer. Thinking quickly, she remembered that she had dog treats in her car and with the treats was able to pick the dog up and coax him into her car.
Laura called the Record-Eagle office to see if someone could do a cross-check and find an address that matched the phone number. The search turned up a home on Fifth Street.
"(The owner) was thrilled," Laura said. "It was really such a close call. There was traffic coming down the road and the dog was just about to walk out there. I'm a big animal lover and was really happy I could bring the dog home."