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Teacher says thanks for art supplies

February 6, 2010
Daily Press

This week's bouquets go to:

` From Escanaba art teacher Catherine Uhazie

"A huge bouquet to Elayne Backland and Gale Brinkman. How wonderful Monday was when between the two of you we received 20 beautiful art books for the art room. Traci Millette, thanks for your generous donation of fabric. Andex, thank you for the recycled tag board, and the past years of support. You have not only donated to our art classroom, but the whole school has benefited from your generosity. The classroom also received an anonymous donation of oil paints that will give students an opportunity to experiment with new medium. We have one heck of a village in this community and I am proud to live here!"

` From Gail Maxwell of Powers

"In the little town of Powers, a neat scenario is unfolding. Two young men, Jim Bilski and Adam Mercier, serve as the junior varsity and varsity coaches, respectively, for the North Central Jets basketball teams.

"On the bench with them and often in the huddle and giving the "high five" and "bump" to the players - are their two young sons, Dawson Bilski and Bryson Mercier. The entire community, many of whom attend the game faithfully, just because they love the game! They also enjoy seeing these two young boys out there with their dads. What we fans especially enjoy is their names being listed in the program as "team manager."

"The interesting point in this article are the ages of their two young guys - Dawson, 12, and Bryson, 6!

"A good feeling of friendship exists between these two young guys and their "heros" - the junior varsity and varsity teams. The North Central teams are having a successful year this season - especially the junior varsity - holding an 11-1 record and the varsity a 6-6 record.

"Currently, the high scorers for varsity are Tyler Mercier, Bryson Bilski and Steve Leboeuf. (I don't have the J.V. stats. Sorry.)

"As a fan who enjoys every minute of high school basketball (especially the wins) I applaud these two young coaches and their "very young" mangers!"


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.

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