Letters to the editor for May 18, 2012

Paul Pierce Jr. gracious, kind

To the Editor:

Sadly another chapter in Anoka history is closed.

Paul Pierce Jr. and I were a team at 1500 South Ferry Street starting in 1952. He’d tease I was the head housekeeper much to my chagrin. In truth I had a lot of help.

At the Pierce we had Red Feather guests as well as Anoka Community Concert artists.

Off stage their costumes hung in our rooms, closets and baths. Our piano was privileged to have a New York performer rehearse while I prepared our family dinner. Memories abound.

Paul was a gracious, kind and fine gentleman. Truly created in God’s image.

On Thursday before his death we spoke. He asked if I was coming to Texas. Sunday he was dead. I was in Anoka where he should have been.

Goodbye dear friend. Love shouldn’t die.

Shirley Pierce
Fort Myers, FL


Run-walk fund-raiser

To the Editor:

Anoka County 4-H’s second annual 5K fun Run/walk fund-raiser was a success.

On April 28 over 120 runners and walkers came out for the event which was held on the beautiful trails of the Bunker Hills Regional Park.

We would like to thank all the participants for their support as well as the local businesses, 4-H volunteers and 4-H alumni who made this event possible.

Grateful thanks to the following businesses for their generous donations: ABC Newspapers, ACE Solid Waste, Acme Comedy Club, American Investors Bank & Mortgage, Andover Lanes, Anytime Fitness, Becker Furniture World, Bernatello’s, Billy’s Bar & Grill, Bunker Beach Water Park, Caribou Coffee, Cedar/East Bethel Lions, Chilli’s, Chubby’s, Coburn’s, Connexus Energy, Costco, County Market, Cub Foods, Days Inn Hotel & Conference Center, Dickey’s Barbecue, Dominoes, Fleet Farm, Grand Casino, Great Clips, Ham Lake Lions, Hidden Haven, Home Depot, Hong Kong Delight, Jam Hops, LA Fitness, Leeann Chin, Lifeway Foods, Lyric Arts Company Main Street Stage, Mall of America Management Office, Menards, Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx, Minnesota Vikings, North Suburban Healthcare, Nowthen Plumbing, Old Log Theater, Papa Murphy’s, Personal Care Dentistry, Dr. Walter Hunt, Road ID, Sam’s Club, Shoreview Community Center, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Staples, Subway, Walmart, Which Wich and Wild Mountain.

Young people have over 1,900 hours of unstructured and unsupervised time each year (equal to a full-time job).

4-H effectively provides opportunities for youth to explore their interests and find ways to contribute, especially during out of school time hours.

Proceeds raised at this event will support Anoka County 4-H programs and scholarships for nearly 700 4-H members.

For more information on 4-H in Anoka County, visit www.extension.umn.edu/county/anoka anoka or call 763-755-1280.

Anna Gilbertson
4-H program coordinator, University of Minnesota Extension, Anoka County

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