Legion tour starts in Soo
SAULT STE. MARIE - American Legion State Commander Thomas Brown of Oscoda, accompanied by American Legion Auxiliary State President Mary Anne Yuncker of Cedar Springs and Sons of The American Legion State Commander Rodney Tolbert of St. Joseph, will lead an official visit to 18 Upper Peninsula posts, units and squadrons beginning Sunday with Sault Ste. Marie Post 3. Iron River Post 17 will conclude the tour Jan. 18-19 as hosts to the 2013 Upper Peninsula Mid-Winter Conference of American Legion Posts.
The week long annual excursion provides the "American Legion Family" state leadership, the means to personally assess veterans' and community programs with Upper Peninsula representatives of more than 7,000 Legion members, 3,000 Auxiliary members, and 1,500 SAL members. In addition to Sault Ste. Marie and Iron River, tour stops will be at Newberry, Munising, Little Lake, Marquette, Greenwood, Iron Mountain, Crystal Falls, Lanse, Baraga, Lake Linden, Bergland, Wakefield, Watersmeet, and Stambaugh. The leaders will also make official visits to the D.J. Jacobetti State Home for Veterans in Marquette Monday, and Iron Mountain's Oscar Johnson VA Medical Center Tuesday.
Commander Brown, the elected head of Michigan's 85,000 Legionnaires, is retired from the U.S. Air Force service. His home post is Oscoda Post 274. Yuncker, representing more than 30,000 auxiliaires, is a member of Cedar Springs Unit 287. SAL Commander Tolbert represents nearly 14,000 Sons, and is from St. Joseph Squadron 49.
With 2.4 million members, the American Legion is the largest war veterans organization in the nation. Nationally, the 1 million member American Legion Auxiliary is the largest women's patriotic organization.
Folk dance at Fortune Lake
CRYSTAL FALLS - Autoharp performer Bryan Bowers will perform a concert at the Second Sunday Folk Dance at 4 p.m. Sunday in Crystal Falls.
Hosts will be Bette and Dean Premo (White Water) performing a short set along with Carrie, Emma, and Susan Dlutkowski. After the concert, snacks and beverages will be served and the dance portion of the evening begins with Bette Premo and The Front Parlor Dance Band until 7 p.m.
Fiddler Bob Arthur will lead an Old-time Music Jam Session starting at 1 p.m. at the Dining Hall. Admission is $7 for adults, and free to ages 14 and younger.
Those who would like to sponsor the folk dance with a tax-deductable donation may call Bette Premo at 906-822-7889. The Fortune Lake Camp is located between Iron River and Crystal Falls.
Lodging is available at Fortune Lake Camp. For lodging reservations, call 906-875-3697.