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Thanks for bridge support

October 19, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

To the editor:

On behalf of the Eagle River Main Street Bridge project, thanks to those who volunteered their time and wares and those who attended the fifth annual festival on Aug. 10. With each year, attendance and fundraising have increased, and we must acknowledge those who supported yet another successful event.

For bringing their musical talents to our stage: Tom Katalin, Ron Lahti, Trees, and Uncle Pete's All-Star Barbeque Blues Band. For providing consummate sound, Red House. For the busiest tents and mobile stage in the Keweenaw, Dave Sladek and Universal Rental. For keeping the masses fed, Jack and Carol Treganowan and the Eagle River Store. And to the many businesses from Houghton to Copper Harbor that graciously displayed our fliers, your cooperation provides the best publicity a small event can afford.

The night would not have been a success without the valuable donations, contributions, gift certificates and gift baskets from the following businesses: Bird's Eye Creations, The Jam Lady, The Jam Pot, Harter Auto Supply, The Copper Cottage, Eagle Harbor Inn, Keweenaw Mountain Lodge, Lake Superior Glassworks, Peterlin Distributors, McCormick Pottery, Austin Miller Art and Mary Kirshner Ceramics. To the artists and donors who shared their photographs, paintings, quilts, crafts and jewelry for our silent auction, a heartfelt thank-you. The organizers also again recognize the late John Parks for his generous support of this festival.

Hats off to the many volunteers who helped with staging, accounting, baking, serving, and cleanup this year. Almost every person in Eagle River plays a part in this project, and that sense of community truly makes the renovation of the bridge all the more meaningful. As always, we remain indebted to Bill Kallman for providing his vital engineering expertise. Finally, to Mark McEvers and Jim Vivian: Thanks for keeping this project moving forward. Your diligence and vision will assure Eagle River of a bridge that remains a centerpiece of our community.


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