Special thanks

To the Editor:

I would like to offer a special thank you to those who played a special role in the life and during the illness and passing of our dear friend, Helen Neal.

Helen passed at 95 years and was ready to go home to be with her Lord and savior, Jesus Christ and to see her family and friends, including her loving husband Jim.

I want to offer a special thanks to those at the Brook, her home that she didn’t want to go to, but ultimately loved. The staff was so kind and helpful. I also want to thank the good people of Hospice who were so marvelous up until the end. A special thanks to Hall-Kokotovich Funeral Home for their unique and caring ways. Finally, to friends and family who played a role in Helen’s life story, especially her church families.  

Helen lived her life for Christ and is today resuming her laughter and gift of gabbing and each of you helped make her time here, very special.

God Bless,

Janice Govitz


Thank you for support

To the Community,

Everyone at The Gladwin County Record and Beaverton Clarion would like to thank the supporters, vendors, and patrons of The 2019 Gladwin County Great Outdoor Expo on May 4. We enjoyed a large turnout during the Expo, and we are already looking forward to next year. None of it would have been possible without the supportive Gladwin County community members. 

A special thank you goes out to our wonderful sponsors: International RV World, Snow Snake, Maverick Ford, Shirlene’s Cuisine, Strykers Marina, MidMichigan Health and Reed Marine. Thank you all, we could not have done it without you. 

During the event many lucky patrons went home with fantastic prizes donated to the expo by vendors and local businesses. The top prize of the day went to Chuck Hinman, who won a swinging patio chair donated by the Record and Clarion. 

We, here at the newspaper, feel fortunate to live in such a supportive town and we love having the opportunity to connect with each of you at our various events throughout the year. We look forward to seeing you at our next event. 

Thank you,

The staff of The Gladwin County Record and Beaverton Clarion

My sister’s poem

To the Editor:

My sister, Adeline in California, wrote the true story about the fires in California, one block away from her home in Maglia, CA. She went to her son’s home in Red Buff, CA, not able to go back for one month.

Betty Backman



It was midmorning and a beautiful day.

I just finished watering my plants on the porch.

Everything’s so dry, we sure need rain.

Just then the telephone rang.


It was a woman on the phone.

Speaking in a desperate voice.

Stop what you are doing now and

Listen very carefully to what I have to say.


I only have time to repeat this once

And this is very important

You must evacuate your home immediately

A huge fast-moving fire is heading your way.


Pack for five days, take proof of ownership

Don’t forget your insurance policy.

Now, get out of the house,

You’re running out of time.


Follow traffic north to Butte Meadow.

I explained to my husband what’s going on.

Then the doorbell rang, it was our neighbor.

She confirmed it all. They were packed and ready to leave. I told them to go.


Traffic was backed up already.

We packed in double time but Mitzi,

Our cat, sensing trouble would not

Come out from under the bed.


Getting Mitzi into her carrier was a job.

She was a very unhappy cat as we left.

Traffic was very heavy and slow moving,

Bumper to bumper on a two lane road.


In a daze, fearful, not knowing what’s ahead.

Some care, pulling aside out of gas,

Others with flat tires.

No water to drink or food to eat.

Nothing to do but follow the crowd.


No toilets for people to use

But always kind people helping others.

It really was scary.

Feeling your life was left behind.


To lose control of everything.

But following cars all in a line

Not knowing what lies ahead of you

As we were driving with fire on three sides


5 and 1/2 hours to safety in Red Bluff, CA.

152,000 acres burned, 2 towns destroyed,

(Magalia and Paradise) and 15,000 homes lost,

88 people died


The Lord blessed us. Our home

Survived. One month later we were

Allowed to return.


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