Program support

To the Editor:

On Friday, July 9, there was a Knights’ of Columbus Fish Fry, benefitting the Backpack (weekend food) Program in both Gladwin and Beaverton’s School Districts. Weekend food insecurity dramatically impacts the performance of young students early in the school week. The Backpack Program is a well-received and growing program in both Gladwin and Beaverton communities that is designed specifically to attack this problem.

We would like to thank Gladwin’s Knights’ of Columbus for putting on this fish fry for this much needed program and to the many people who came out to support it. Thank you also to Christ the King Lutheran Church members and also St. Paul Episcopal Church members who helped pull this dinner off. In Beaverton, 48 K-5 students are fed on the weekend during the school year; and in Gladwin, 96 students are served. We plan to continue this program in both communities, so that K-5 students, who lack weekend nutrition at home, will be fed weekly during their school year, thus eliminating malnutrition as an inhibitor to scholastic success.  


Jill Phillips

Co-Chair of Christ the King Lutheran Church’s

Backpack Committee

Cornhole tourney turnout

To the Editor:

On behalf of Gladwin County American Legion Auxiliary Unit 171, I would like to thank the City of Gladwin for cooperating with our organization to allow us to hold our first ever Cornhole Tournament Fundraiser on June 26, 2021. There were 29 teams in the competition. 

We appreciate Li’l Willie’s for providing the portable toilet, Chris Weston for use of the banquet room at Meadow Lanes Bowling and Banquet Center, Tom and Tami Munchbach, of Piggin’ n Grillin’, for the delicious food, and Dan at Griffin Beverage, West Branch, for use of the refrigerated trailer and the signs they made for the beverage prices. 

To the cornhole tournament sponsors, Dr. Richard Bratton, Bob Schafer, and John Mella, thank you for recognizing the importance of supporting the tournament.  Thank you to the following silent auction donor’s: Frank E. Ward’s Store, The Family Diner, The Camp Sports Bar and Grill, Village Flowers, Buckeye Market, Piper’s Pub, Terri Worpell (Avon), Ace Hardware, Janet Gardner, Gladwin Heights Golf Club, Sugar Springs Golf Club, Christine Waugh, Gladwin County Record, Don and Ruth Hall, Mr. M’s, Macks on Main, Buckeye Market, John and Diana Mella, Mike and Tina Perry, Flynn Lumber, Alward Electric, MI Dept. of Corrections, Sandy Simonson, and Jerry and Barbara Douglas.  If I left anyone out, I thank you and apologize. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

During the tournament, birthday cake was provided to everyone in celebration of the 100th birthday of the American Legion Auxiliary, (1919-2019), which we hoped to celebrate last summer but the pandemic prevented that. A big thank you to Scott Hawblitzel of S&H Engraving for donating the beautiful banner recognizing “100 years and moving forward,” which will be used in the future for different events.

A special thank you to the participants and the Michigan Cornhole League, especially Joe Clair, whose guidance and expertise helped make our idea come to life. Also, to the members of Gladwin County American Legion Auxiliary Unit 171 and Gladwin County American Legion Post 171 who volunteered before, during and after the event, your support and assistance was paramount in making this event the big success that it was. All proceeds will be used to assist veterans, our community, our programs, and our youth. New members are welcome to join the legion family! For information, contact me.

For God and Country,

Diana M. Mella, President

Gladwin County American Legion Auxiliary Unit 171

Become a hero

To the Editor:

Like so many people, my life was saved by blood donors. In 2006, I received six units of blood and I am grateful for the six heroes who gave to save a total stranger. There has been a terrible lack of blood donors in recent months. Please consider donating on July 29 at the Eagle Ridge Church of God, Beaverton Campus where we will be hosting a blood drive with Versiti. 

The address is 3987 M-18, Beaverton, just south of the Beaverton city limits at the corner of Blades Rd. and M-18. The hours are 1-6 p.m. You may preregister or drop-in. Please call 989-313-6276 to preregister. 

Thank you for considering this invitation to become a hero. 

Laura Plude



Gladwin Arts & Crafts Festival

To the Editor:

The Gladwin Business and Professional Association (GBPA) sponsored the 42nd Annual Arts and Crafts Festival and Fun Days in Downtown Gladwin on July 10. It was a beautiful day with great music by Dan Rowley, Kip Fritcher and Gabe Couch and with many people showing up to the City Park for the Festival and for Fun Days.

We want to thank Laura Nickel for organizing the downtown area, the vendors in the park and downtown that came to sell their products, to the stores that brought their items out to the sidewalk and also allowed the vendors to use the fronts of their buildings, to Bounce Time Rental for the donation of the bounce house for the kids that came to the Park (they loved it), to the Park Rangers that did an awesome job on Friday and Saturday, to Lori Stout, Wes Alexander, Linda Lay, Cathy Kipfmiller and Bill Smith for volunteering throughout the day, to Lyle’s Flowers for the good deal on the helium, to Tim Hamilton for the deal on the downtown bounce house, to Lambert’s Meat Market for getting more staff so that we could pick up donuts by 6:30 a.m., to Pat Raymond and family for bringing the train, to the Gladwin DPW Guys who are always there for us, and most of all to the many people that came to Gladwin to make this a success. 

The words we heard from vendors and store owners were “amazing,” “phenomenal,” “great day,” etc.

That is what we wanted to hear! See you all next year.


LaVel Smith

Gladwin Business and Professional Association

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