The "storm of the century" brought out the best in many service workers. Not the least of these the army of Record-Eagle carriers who take to the streets and roads in the dead of night to make sure readers receive their news.
The storm may have slowed down these intrepid people, but it didn't stop them from delivering the news to our readers. And many Record-Eagle customers contacted the paper to let us know that they appreciated the efforts. Here is a sample of some of the comments.
"What a great carrrier. I appreciate all you do," a customer wrote about carrier Rich Michalski.
"Great service!" another customer wrote about carrier Ken Moore.
"I can't believe you got papers delivered during and after the big storm," a reader wrote about carrier Jim Werth.
Two customers elaborated on the exceptional delivery from their carrier.
Loren and Joan Bensley wrote about the "amazing thing one of your employees, who delivers the paper each morning to our home on Craker Road in Leelanau County, did."
The carrier, Jerry Kurina, trudged through the deep snow and "faithfully brought the paper into our drive and placed it where we could find it," the Bensleys wrote. "Jerry's actions were beyond the call of duty and we hope you will tell him how much we appreciate him making sure we received the paper that morning."
Marcus Stowe also wrote to thank Kurina for bringing the paper on foot during the biggest blizzard of the year.
"It's so nice to know there are good people in the world — that's you," Stowe wrote.
The Kiwanis Club of Traverse City would like to thank the Record-Eagle for its ongoing support of the Kiwanis Club Ski School.
Club President Gary Allen Gardner wrote to specifically thank the following Record-Eagle employees for donating their time and efforts; Carolyn Morrissey and Lisa Bacon for their roles in planning; Publisher Al Frattura for donating ad space; photographer Jan-Michael Stump for volunteering at one of the sessions; and the Art Department for designing the ad and entry form.
"Without this support, the Kiwanis Club would not be able to provide Ski School to elementary school children ... at such a low cost," Gardner wrote. "The Kiwanis Club of Traverse City's mission is to serve the children of our community and the Ski School is one of our longest-running programs. It would not be possible without the support of generous businesses like the Record-Eagle. Many thanks!"
Birthday congratulations go out to Jennie Johnson, who celebrated her 101st birthday March 22. Jennie spent most of her long life in South Haven and has lived in Traverse City for 10 years. She is naturally proud of her whole family, which includes three children, 10 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchilden.
Although Jennie isn't as lively as she once was, she takes daily strolls outside with her walker, weather permitting. She also enjoys sharing recipes with the staff at Rosegate Assisted Living, where she lives.