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More teams needed

in battle against cancer

A lingering recession couldn’t stop 25 hardworking teams and event volunteers from raising more than $70,000 last weekend at the 12th annual Northwoods Relay For Life, a vital component in the fight against cancer.

 

Fund-raising is crucial to the work of the American Cancer Society, for programs that support cancer victims and scientific research toward finding a cure are not possible without the almighty dollar.

 

Don’t be disheartened by the fact that the event fell about $10,000 short of last year. The North Country is still gripped by some of the most devastating economic times since the Great Depression. Raising more than $70,000 for any cause in something to celebrate.

 

Organizers are hopeful that in the years to come, we can get back to the days when there were 40 to 45 teams taking up the community fight. We need more teams! More churches, large businesses, work-related groups and even community-minded organizations are needed to organize a team.

 

The more than $70,000 that was raised is a testament to the intense civic pride and generosity that exists in Eagle River and surrounding North Woods communities, including Three Lakes, Sugar Camp, St. Germain, Sayner, Land O’ Lakes, Conover and Phelps.

 

The reasons behind this impressive outpouring of volunteer support become clearer when you consider that cancer has probably touched everyone’s life in some way. And for many, the disease has been life altering.

 

We were reminded by the guest speakers last Friday night that there are ample reasons to continue the fight — from those courageous victims we lost the past year to the survivors who won victories because of diagnostic tests and treatments that continue to improve. Another 1.3 million Americans will hear the words this year, “You have cancer.”

 

We want the more than 150 survivors who walked the Survivors’ Victory Lap Friday night to know that the event wouldn’t be the same without their courageous faces — which really make the battle against cancer a personal one for all of us.

Eagle River Union Airport

key to healthy economy

Once again the Eagle River Union Airport is getting deserved recognition as an important asset of the tourism and service industry, with 85% of the air traffic being tourist-based.

 

In celebration of Wisconsin Aviation Week, we’d like to sing praises to the city of Eagle River and surrounding towns that support the airport and the numerous businesses that operate because of it.

 

There are 70 hangars on and around the airport property, mostly for business and industry. The businesses operating there offer aircraft maintenance, flight lessons, scenic air tours, locally manufactured fuel cells and charter flights. State officials say the airport supports more than 200 jobs amounting to more than $4 million in payroll annually.

 

The airport is a vital component of a healthy economy for the Eagle River area.

Behind the editorial ‘we’

 

Members of the Vilas County News-Review editorial board include Publisher Kurt Krueger, Editor Gary Ridderbusch and Assistant Editor Anthony Drew.
Tuesday, August 06, 2013 4:15 PM
 

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