Concerns about local out of state travelers

To the Editor:

I am very concerned about the importation of this virus into our community by our Amish neighbors. I purchased my house from a young Amish man, Dan Frye who moved to Ohio. About a month ago, Dan and his family went to Mexico for a heart valve replacement. After a week or so recovery period they pronounced him well and he returned to Ohio on a train. The very next day he died of acute respiratory failure. His funeral was attended by over 900 Amish from all over the country, most taking buses and trains. A bus load of relatives and neighbors left from Gladwin. In the last couple of weeks Amish groups from our area have traveled to Iowa, Central western Illinois, Ohio and Wisconsin and back on public transportation. They have spent a great deal of time in Detroit and Chicago train stations and bus depots. These people use a lot of our old retired residents, myself included for local errands and transportation. In exchange we get great baked goods and free produce and eggs and a chance to hang out with large groups of happy kids every once in a while. They have just recently been told to close their schools. They have done that, but they continue to hold church services in very large groups in their homes. I am concerned that there is going to be an explosion of new cases in Gladwin/Beaverton in the next couple of weeks due to all the travel. There are probably over 100 carriers wearing black hats as of today. I hope I am completely wrong. I left a message with the health department expressing my concerns.    

Steve Cunningham

 

Thanks to March Sponsors and Manpower

To the Editor:

On Saturday March 21, another Gladwin/Beaverton Community Food Distribution (GBCFD) was held at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Gladwin. 236 households received boxes of food, with 594 household members.  This food distribution was sponsored by Christ the King Lutheran Church and the Gladwin Sheriff Reserves. The manpower was provided by Christ the King, Gladwin Sheriff Reserve members, St. Timothy Lutheran Church of Midland and other community members. Christ the King provided their facility on both registration and distribution days.  A hearty thank you goes out to everyone who made this distribution successful.  

If any church, business or individual would like to help with a future distribution, either monetarily or by providing manpower, please contact Christ the King Lutheran Church, 989-426-1659.  Each time a Gladwin/Beaverton Community Food Distribution is held, the cost of the truck from the Food Bank is about $1,000, with approximately 25 people supplying manpower.

Jill Phillips, Co-Chair of CTK’s 

Food Truck Committee  

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