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Editorial: That Northeast Michigan spirit

September 14, 2012
The Alpena News

Not surprising, former Northeast Michigan residents often make great contributions to their new communities, as evidence by two recent newspaper accounts that came across our desks.

The first is out of Houston, Texas, where Christine Jackson and her son Alex recently were recognized as heroes by the Boy Scouts of America after they administered first aid to a man who had fallen on his head and went into convulsions. The two are credited with saving the man's life.

Christine is a Cub Master and her son a Webelos II in the Houston area. Christine and Alex are the daughter and grandson of Rosemary Hatcher of Alpena.

The second is from Kalamazoo, where the newspaper there - the Kalamazoo Gazette - did a front page feature story on Ken Ellery and the extreme lengths he has gone to in nursing his pet dog Brutus back to health.

The dog suffered a back injury after landing wrong off Ellery's back porch in February of 2011. After first consulting with veterinarians, Ellery developed a specially designed therapy regimen to aid Brutus so that today, 19 months after the accident, the pet can walk and in many ways, is almost back to normal.

Over this period Ellery has prepared special foods for his pet, made special sleeping arrangements for he and the dog and even has gone to the length of diapering Brutus as the dog worked through bladder issues related to the injury.

The front page story contained four photographs of the former Alpena resident and Brutus.

We would like to think the character these folks exhibited were, in part, shaped by the roots and culture they grew up with in our region.

In both instances former area residents made a positive difference in their new communities.

We're not surprised.



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