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Hitting the streets
November 29, 2012 - Steve Murch
We've wrapped up the production of the 2012 edition of the Alpena Lions Old Newsboys, now all that's left is for the Lions Club to hit the streets and sell it. This is year number 82 for the Old Newsboys, with all the proceeds going to the Salvation Army.
It's a project we at the paper enjoy doing, and I've had the thrill to do it now for 13 years (I shake my head at 13 years). It's the third one I've done since joining Lions, so its impact and what it does carries extra meaning to me now.
I've always tried to give to the various service clubs that sit outside come rain or shine, heat or cold; they work hard in trying to help those in our communities and need our support. Assistance of any kind doesn't just materialize and service organizations are there to help.
The forecast for the weekend is not bad considering it's the last day November and first day of December. Last year was much colder, but we were still out there collecting for the Salvation Army. It's what we do — persevere and help. You dress warm, greet the people and help out a good cause.
If you'll check out the photo, you'll see Maj. Craig Stoker of the Salvation Army is coatless, standing between Lions Dennis Bodem and Randy Boboltz. Craig was right in the spirit of not letting the cold stop him. You'll also notice that it appears they are hold a copy of the paper. However the subject for this year's is under wraps until Friday and you'll have to pick up a copy to see what is in story.
So when you are out and about Friday and Saturday and you see a Lions member selling the Old Newsboys paper, stop, say hello and please give. You are helping to support the Salvation Army and our community.
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Alpena Lions Club members Dennis Bodem, left, and Randy Boboltz, right, flank Maj. Craig Stoker of the Salvation Army, kicking off the annual Alpena Lions Club Old Newsboys sale taking place Friday and Saturday.