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A thankful mayor

December 1, 2008 - Diane Speer
The Thanksgiving holiday may be over and done with, but Alpena Mayor Carol Shafto still is counting her blessings nearly a week later. My husband and I crossed paths with her over the weekend at a local gas station. and when given the usual standard greeting by us asking how she was doing, the mayor had this story to relate: It seems she and her two sons, Geoff and Shawn, were traveling to Onaway to share a turkey dinner with family when their car hit a patch of ice. The car veered off the side of the road and into a deep ditch, where it rolled over a full 360 degrees, eventually ending upright on its wheels less than six inches from smacking into a tree trunk. Miraculously, the mayor and her sons all escaped injury and were able to open their car doors, climb back up to the roadway and flag down a motorist. As a precautionary measure, the three were transported by ambulance to Alpena Regional Medical Center, where they were all cleared to leave a short while later. They never did get that holiday meal with their relatives in Onaway, though Carol did have turkey for everyone the following day. While the accident resulted in Shawn's new car being totalled, the mayor remained ever grateful that the accident didn't turn out any worse for her and her loved ones. The experience provided a surefire reason to be thankful at Thanksgiving time if ever there was one!


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