While we did get some rain in our area last night, it isn’t enough. Not NEARLY enough. I don’t know how much rain there may have been to the north of us. I would like to believe it was more than we got, but haven’t had any reports yet. It does lift one’s heart to at least have some rain, no matter what the piddley amount might be.
As I understand it, one of the KEY people of the “behind the scenes” of this whole fire fighting effort is going to be returning to her home downstate. A big pat on the back and two thumbs up for; Ada M. Takacs, Department Analyst, Michigan Dept of Natural Resources, Forest, Mineral and Fire Mgt Division.
I stopped by the DNR field office the other day so I could meet Ada and thank her in person but she (and several others) were still in the morning planning meeting. Ada has provided up to the minute information for anyone and everyone. She is also the DNR officer who took it upon herself to try to contact the group who cancelled their reservations over a week ago. She has been working non stop, like everyone else I’m sure, from before sun up till 10-11 p.m. at night. Ada is just one example of all the countless personnel involved in this whole event.
Ada, I don’t know if you’ll read this or not, but on behalf of everyone in our community and all of those who keep track of the fire via the posts and info from your office, THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING YOU AND YOUR GROUP HAS DONE AND CONTINUE TO DO. I hope you did receive my email before departing last night.
On another note, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Michigan, was on a short TV interview the other night explaining how FEMA has not been “forthcoming” with any funds to help with the Sleeper Lake Fire (I thought that was one of the BIG points of declaring this event a State of Emergency??). So far we know the fire has cost Michigan in excess of $4 million so far. That is a big dent in the DNR budget. Maybe us Yoopers will have to do a Sleeper Lake Fund raiser of some kind and get those funds to the appropriate person to make sure the funds GO DIRECTLY INTO THE FIRE FUND. People from Michigan have to stand on their own two feet, and it seems like especially people in da U.P. have gotten use to that aspect of life in Michigan. I have heard comments from down state people who feel that the U.P. should “not be entitled” to any funding to pay for this fire and it should be “our” responsibility to take care of our own back yard! So, Yoopers unite! POP CAN DRIVE??? BAKE SALES??? A DONATION CAN AT THE BRIDGE??? Sorry, but this mentality drives me nuts. While WE may feel like we are in a different world up here, we really ARE a part of Michigan! And we are PROUD to be Yoopers!
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