2011.04.13 Anthony Sacco: Celebrating volunteeers

Written by David Green.

“Volunteers are the lifeblood of our schools and shelters, hospitals and hotlines, and faith-based and community groups,” President Obama said in his recent presidential proclamation to kick off National Volunteer Week 2011.

“From mentoring at-risk youth and caring for older Americans to supporting our veterans and military families and rebuilding after disasters, these everyday heroes make a real and lasting impact on the lives of millions of women and men across the globe.”

National Volunteer Week is about recognizing people who seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. It’s about demonstrating that by working together we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish goals. Established in 1974, this week of national service brings together people from all walks of life to celebrate their endeavors and make a difference each year.

Lenawee County volunteers are no exception. They continually impress me with the amount of time they spend addressing our communities’ needs. Thank you for providing shelter to survivors of domestic violence, driving veterans to medical appointments, delivering books to children under the age of five, assisting teachers in classrooms, cleaning parks, translating marketing materials, coaching youth sports, cooking community meals, and building the capacity of Lenawee County organizations.

National Volunteer Week is not only our moment in time to celebrate volunteers, but to enable our community to share ideas, practices and stories, and to shape a movement of service for the 21st century.

If your organization is in need of volunteers or you’ve been looking for the right opportunity for which to volunteer, it couldn’t be a better time to act. Get involved!

Contact VOLUNTEER Lenawee!, a program of the Lenawee Community Foundation, at [email protected] or 517/424-6576 for more information, or log on to http://volunteer.lenaweecf.org.

– Anthony Sacco


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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    UMPIRE Thomas Henthorn tosses the bat between team captains Mikayla Price and Chuck Piskoti of Flint’s Lumber City Base Ball Club. Following the 1860 rules, after the bat was grabbed by the captains, captains’ hands advanced to the top of the bat—one hand on top of the other. The captain whose hand ended up on top decided who would bat first. Additional photos of Sunday’s game appear on page 12 of this week’s Observer. The contest was organized in conjunction with Stair District Library’s Hometown Teams exhibit that runs through Nov. 20.
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    VALUE OF ATHLETICS—Morenci graduate John Bancroft (center) takes a turn at the microphone during a chat session at the opening of the Hometown Teams exhibit at Stair District Library. Clockwise to his left is John Dillon, Jed Hall, Jim Bauer, Joe Farquhar, George Hollstein, George Vereecke and Mike McDowell. Thomas Henthorn (at the podium) kicked off the conversation. Henthorn, a University of Michigan–Flint professor, will return to Morenci this Sunday to lead a game of vintage base ball at the school softball field.
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    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.
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    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.

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