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Residents share cheer at nursing home

January 7, 2012
Daily Press

This week's bouquets go to:

From Bishop Noa Home residents:

"The residents of the Bishop Noa Home for Senior Citizens would like to send a bouquet of thanks to the Escanaba Lions Club for the delightful Christmas Party, generous gifts and snacks. It added a special treat to our Christmas celebrations. The residents of the Bishop Noa Home for Senior Citizens would also like to thank Marlene Graham for the beautiful lap blankets that she made each of us this Christmas season. Her generosity in remembering us is a truly loving and long lasting gift."

From Kay Maynard and The Eagles Past Presidents club:

"Thank you to Mrs. Schoff, Mrs. Gazan and the fourth-grade students at Webster school for making the beautiful Christmas cards for us to be given to the residents at Bishop Noa Home."

From Don Kopacz, member of the American Red Cross Disaster Assistance Team:

"We would like to send a bouquet to Binks Coca-Cola, McDonalds on Lincoln Road, and Elmer's County Market, for their support in supplying food and drinks to the firefighters at the recent structure fires in Stonington last week."

From: Teresa Louys, Northwoods Airlifeline

"We would like to thank everyone who has supported Northwoods Airlifeline over the years. With out the support of the community we would not be able to do what we do. Our most recent donations from the Miles Hiltunen Fund

and the Bracket Foundation which were ear marked for our turbo-normalizing system has brought us with in approximately $18,000 of our installation goal.

Here's a little background information on what we are trying to accomplish and what it would mean to the people we provide services to:

Our single engine Bonanza aircraft, although de-ice equipped, lacks a turbocharger and on board oxygen. The turbocharger enhances the engine performance at altitude, allowing the aircraft to fly higher for better margins of safety during lake crossings or inclement weather. The oxygen system is a required element of high altitude operations, where the air is thinner. The added benefit to "on board oxygen" is that patients with limited lung function (especially lung transplant patients) need, and can use, the on board system during transport.

On of the more recent lung transplant flights performed by Tom Sullivan, required him to use his personal airplane, which has on board oxygen, due to the extremely limited lung function of the patient and lack of oxygen in the Bonanza aircraft. That patient is currently doing very well, running and golfing, as well as working every day.

The turbo-normalizing system available for the Bonanza, which includes the on board oxygen system, runs $56,145. Thanks to all the generous support and donations that has been earn marked for this project we are only about $18,000 away from being able to add this upgrade performed to our plane. For more information on Northwoods Airlifeline visit us at: Please follow us on our Facebook page:


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,, and clicking on the Virtual Newsroom button. Once there, click on "Bouquets" and follow the simple instructions.



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