This week's bouquets go to:
From the Menominee-Delta-Schoolcraft Community Action Agency:
Everyone knows how difficult it is being cold for any extended period of time. Now, consider how that would feel if you and your children were numbingly cold 24/7. Or, if you had to choose between paying your home heating bill or buying groceries or getting that prescription refilled.
That horrible situation has been multiplied this winter due to extremely cold temperatures, extremely high propane prices, and extremely high demand for firewood.
Once again our agency's Walk for Warmth, which took place Saturday, has sent up the emergency flare, and once again our communities throughout Menominee, Delta and Schoolcraft counties have answered, this time at record levels.
Just about every year we tell your readers how heartfelt and humbled we are by this response, only to have it all surpassed the following year.
We must thank all our sponsors (Bay Cities Radio, Hot Flame Gas, Island Resort and Casino, WFRV-TV5 and Radio Results Network in Menominee County; Island Resort and Casino, WJMN-TV3 and Radio Results Network in Delta County; and Kewadin Casinos, Radio Results Network and WJMN-TV3 in Schoolcraft County), to volunteers, including local youngsters, media support and CAA staffers who truly went above and beyond. Words fail when it comes to describing our sincere gratitude.
Once again residents answered the call. Approximately $65,000 was raised throughout the three-county area, with more donations still coming in.
If you helped in some way, be it financially or at the Walk, brat sale or some other related event, thanks for making this a true community project. If you need help with your heating bills, please contact us - and remember these good people who've banded together on your behalf.
From Barb Benson of Escanaba:
"I would like to thank the city for all their hard work for unfreezing the water to all the houses. They have been working around the clock and they deserve a big thank you. I was one of those houses and also had the flu - not a good competition with no water. They got here has fast as they could. My hat goes off to them. We can't thank you enough but hope this letter will show how we appreciate how hard you are working. My dogs thank you also."
From Debbie Miller of Escanaba:
"A huge thank you to whomever decided to put the section of 'Traffic No-No's' in the Saturday Top Of The Morning section of the Press. It is against the law to drive in the left hand lane unless you are passing. Hello all of you people out there - did you hear that? Hopefully you recognize yourself. Or maybe local law enforcement could help by actually ticketing some of the hundreds of people that ignore this, and many other laws of the road everyday."
Each Saturday the Daily Press salutes individuals and groups from our area who have had a very positive impact on the way we live.
We identify our bouquet recipients in one of two ways: from Daily Press news pages and from nominations sent in by our readers.
Mail us a postcard or letter identifying your nomination and putting into detail what they've done. Include your name, address, and phone number. Send nominations to Saturday Bouquets, The Daily Press, 600 Ludington Street, Escanaba, MI 49829.
They may also be sent to us by going to our Web site, www.dailypress.net, and clicking on the submit news button. Once there, click on "Bouquets" and follow the simple instructions.