What a week of great fun and wonderful events. The Sesquicentennial came off without a hitch and all events lived up to their hype. The weather cooperated all week long and we could not have asked for a better forecast. Now that all is said and done some very special thank-you’s are necessary. I am going to try and hit everyone so that our community knows the extent of the volunteerism that we had to make the event successful. First the committee of Gene Nash, Roger Houthoofd, Diane Blevins, Tom Loomis, Bernie Nutall and Don McDonell. Meetings every two weeks since December took a lot of commitment. There are some special people that need to be recognized; Mark Bolander and crew for their work at the fairgrounds the entire week handling parking, setup, teardown and cleanup. The Hale Lions for manning the gazebo concerts every night. Roger H. for organizing and coordinating the proclamation and state officials visits as well as all the re-enactors and the Lumberjack shows. The Hale Citizens Patrol for keeping watch on the grounds all week. Jerry Spaw for organizing the kick-off with our golf outing and coordinating and securing our country concert artist. Tracey Price(my daughter), Jerry Spaw and Roger H. for their fantastic parade on Saturday and our Plainfield Township Fire Department for their help and support all week and their risking life and limb to put on a wonderful fireworks show on Saturday. The unique thing about all of those named above…..they are all volunteers and received absolutely no compensation for any of the time and work they gave to this event, for that I applaud you and your community spirit. THANK YOU from your Township.
The next item is our yearly summer tire drive. We have two dates for tires this summer and we are still taking them at the waste site. The first is Saturday July 21 and the next is Friday and Saturday August 10 and 11. We will take any and all tires on these days so make plan to load them up and bring them in during normal waste site hours of 10am to 4pm.
The Iosco County Fair begins July 23 and runs through the 28th. Make sure everyone gets a chance to visit and see the animals and events. The rides open on Tuesday and run through Saturday night. Grandstand events are nightly starting on Monday, so be sure to check your calendar and the fair program for your favorite night.
Another favorite event that has recently been added to our venue is the RunLikeHale 10K race. This event has grown bigger and bigger each year and this year they have added a 5K relay option, for those that either want to work with a friend or just have difficulty with the whole 10K idea. You can run/walk halfway and hand a baton to your partner who will run/walk the last half. This way you will have completed the race as a team. The race gets underway at 8AM on July 28 at the Kokosing Road park and proceeds around Long Lake and ends back at the park. All the info is on their website at runlikehale.com.
As is usual for this time of year anyone interested in assisting our Garden Club this Summer in tending the planters downtown, please contact Linda or Janet at the Hale Hardware. They are always looking for additional help.
As always if you ever have any questions, comments or concerns regarding our community please contact me. I am in the office Monday – Friday 7:30 – 4:00 at 989-728-2811 or my cell at 989-984-7073 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fred Lewis – Supervisor