Coming together for Glide ‘n’ Gorge

To the editor:

On March 2 approximately 140 members of the community came together on the Maasto Hiihto ski trail for the 11th annual Glide ‘N Gorge fundraiser. This year the event which supports the trails took on a special poignancy in light of the damage the trails in Swedetown Gorge sustained in the Father’s Day flood last June. All funds raised by the Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club at the event go to maintenance of the trails. The club is working closely with the City of Hancock, OHM Advisors and FEMA to plan for the resurrection of a through trail in Swedetown Gorge.

The weather cooperated to help set a new attendance record for the event which is modeled on appetizer and soup serving stations set on the 6 km course with a dessert station and live music in the Hancock Four Season Chalet at the Hancock Driving Park. Serving so many trekkers outdoors in a Copper Country winter is no easy task that requires a heroic community effort. Especially on the heels of the Feb. 24 blizzard. We wish to thank and acknowledge all who contributed to the success of this year’s event.

Business sponsors and contributors of food include the Keweenaw Coop, Peterson’s Fish Market, 5th & Elm, Pat’s IGA, Tadych’s Econofoods, Jim’s Foodmart, Amy J’s Pasty and Bake Shop, Kangas Café & Catering and Roy’s Pasties and Bakery. Volunteer bakers and soup makers were Brenda Anttila, Susan Collins, Jeanne Diebel, Karen Fenton, Jay Green, Mark Klein, Julie Meyers, Blair Orr, Linda Rubin and Eileen Stordahl. Other organizers, servers and snow wranglers included Glen Archer, John Diebel, Scott and Jill Lindenberg, Jason Martin, Keith Meyers, Colin Pekkala, John Pekkala, Mark Roberts, Don Savera, Susan Stiffler, Wayne Stordahl, Cross Country Sports, Down Wind Sports and the Hancock Dept. of Public Works. Heavenly live music in the Chalet was provided by Rhythm 203-Sue Ellen Kingsley, Phyllis Fredendall, Norm Kendall and Shawn Opplinger. Lastly, we thank all of those who bought tickets, traveled the trails and made the event one of the most fun outings of the year. See you next year!

Jay Green