Accident victim's family thanks professionals
Jerris Swainston of Tennessee stopped at the Record-Eagle office recently to share a thank you on behalf of himself and the other members of Julia "Judy" P. Swainston's family.
Julia, Jerris' mother, died March 17 as the result of injuries she sustained in an automobile accident on March 16 at Hammond and Garfield roads. Julia, 92, had been a lifelong Grand Traverse area resident.
Swainston said the Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Department arrived at the scene almost immediately, and the family wants to commend the department, especially Deputy Charles Jetter and Sgt. Roy Raska, for their kindness and consideration at the scene and their concern when handling Julia. Also arriving quickly were personnel from the fire department and North Flight Ambulance Service, who also showed a high degree of professionalism and thoughtfulness.
Swainston added the family thanks to anyone else who offered help and support at the accident scene.
Susan L. McQuaid, coordinator of the United Way Veterans History Project and director of United Way's Volunteer Center, wrote to thank all the veterans, teachers, students, volunteer drivers and sponsors who participated in the Traverse City Central High School Veterans History Project recently.
To date, the United Way Veterans History Project, in conjunction with the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., has interviewed close to 200 veterans in northwest Michigan at Interlochen Center for the Arts, Northwestern Michigan College and Traverse City Central High School.
McQuaid wrote that Otto Belovich from Cherry Capital Cadillac supplied 10 new Cadillacs to transport the veterans to the high school for their special recognition day. Ten volunteers served as chauffeurs and personnel from the Larry C. Hardy Parking Deck directed traffic.
Additional contributions came from Big Apple Bagel, Copy Central, Coffee Connections, Flower Station, Hungry Howies, Pizza Hut, Sara Lee, Signs Now, Subway at the Grand Traverse Mall and Scheldes.
McQuaid added the students and staff at Central High School, especially Mike McManus, Virginia Tegel, Kim Fleming and Jeff Hendrix, went out of their way to make the veterans feel honored and thanked for service to their country.
"Thanks to all who participated in (any) way to make this third annual celebration such a success," McQuaid wrote.
Michigan Community Blood Centers wrote to acknowledge the following donors who reached new gallon levels recently.
One gallon Christine Anderson, Susan Ansorge, Joseph Bartko, Rachelle Birch, Janna Blakely, Jeri Bower, Gary Brock, Nora Bumb, JoAnn Carlson, Lindsey Church, Lisa DeBolt, Toni Derderian, Devon Drury, Wayne Ennis, John Fahey, Erika Feagles, Amy Fischer, Robert Ford, Martha Garber, Steven Hardy, Pamela Hebert, Sherry Hoeft, Jennifer Hodges, Jay Jones, Shirley Kleyn, Jerod Kratky, Carol Lindeman, James MacMillan, Michael Martin, Daniel McIntyre, Brenda Mead, Kyle Monteith, Jenna Novak, Sharon Pincumbe, Karlene Rader, Garrett Rogers, Sarah Rousseau, Donald Rust, Jacqueline Ryan, Ashley Shelder, Toni Stout, Robin Talsma, Christopher Vennix, William Waring, Meghan Whinnery and Susan Young; two gallons Todd Antrim, Arnold Beyer, Kenneth Bigger, Melissa Brooke, Marian Buckner, Robert Christie, Pamela Erickson, William Garcia, Leeanna Henke, Sharon House, Nicole Lovergine, Carol Mahar, Mark Messing, Holly Miller, Laura O'Connor, Joseph O'Hanesian, Molly Roll, Deborah Shelagowski, Robert Steinberg, Holly Tegel, Leta Thompson, Tara Wade, Beth Williams, James Williams and Joan Williams; three gallons Walter Brutzer, Jennifer Cerasoli, Linda Fulmer, Ann Gee, Eva Hecht, Judy Howlett, Dean Kolk, Deborah Kolk, Kris Konyha, Daniel Lantis, Kay Lassila, Guy Leslie, Deborah Page, Melissa Schichtel, Wendall Schrock, Georgia Stenke, Debra Wiltse-Sholten and Geraldine Ziemba; four gallons Lisa Beauchamp, David Colbath, Timothy Cook, Herbert Lemcool, Robert Miller and Paul Ritchey; five gallons Brent Boerema, Dean Bott, Jennifer Caylen, Charles Dashner, Christopher Griffin, Terry Freeman, Judy Ingleston and Frank Novak; six gallons David Jahr, Harold Kranick, Roger Nickerson, Dale Nielson and Edna Stevens; seven gallons William Cook, Janet Brunner, Gary Plum, William Sholten and Connie Stevens; eight gallons John Meyers; nine gallons James Elder, Lee Hall, Donald Montie and Elden Zang; 11 gallons Douglas Chichester; and 14 gallons Judine Leavitt.
The following donors are recognized for plasmapheresis donations: 10 donations Robert Ford and Sharilee Sikorski-Dupont; 30 donations James Ondrajka; and 40 donations Janis Clark.
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