Mancelona’s Burk in running for honor
MANCELONA — Mancelona resident Amy Burk has been nominated as one of 10 people in Michigan for this year’s Game Changer of the Year program.
The program honors those making a difference in their community through service, leadership and volunteerism and is recognized by the Detroit Pistons. The winner will be receive a 2013 Chrysler 300C John Varvatos Limited Edition.
Burk helped bring the organization Communities in Schools to Mancelona, focused on creating a safe place for youth to learn and grow, teaching marketable skills to use upon graduation and instilling the importance of giving back to their community. Through her work with Communities in Schools, the Mancelona High School graduation rate has increased significantly and a higher rate of students are pursuing an advanced education. Burk also volunteers her time to lead fundraisers, conduct family events and participates within local boards and workshops to ensure children’s success.
The other candidates for the award include: Kenyetta Dotson, Reggie Hartsfield, Anthony Ianni, Jamie Jones, Brianna Moore, Lena Pernell, Veronika Scott, Don Wackerle and Alex Zayid.
Pure Michigan Hunt winners bag bears
CADILLAC — Three 2013 Pure Michigan Hunt winners harvested bear, including two in the Cadillac area and one in Lewiston.
Jason Webb of Westland took a bear on public land in Lewiston, while Dave Gittins of Kawkawlin and Jim Bosscher of McBain harvested bear around Cadillac, using Wayne and Rob Nixon as their hunting guides.
Pure Michigan Hunt winners receive hunting licenses and a hunting prize package valued at more than $4,000 to pursue elk, bear, deer, turkey and ducks in Michigan’s outdoors. They can hunt any open unit, during any hunt period for that animal. They are not restricted to a unit or a hunt period.
Bosscher also has bagged a 9-inch bearded turkey between a morning and evening of an elk hunt and took a 6X6 elk on Sept. 29 in the Vanderbilt area. Gittins took an elk on Sept. 15 during the early hunt, while Webb’s bear is the first animal he’s harvested since winning the Pure Michigan Hunt package.