Cooler weather means football season is hereThanks goes out to those who helped honor Alex
By: By Don Leighton, For The Telegram, Superior Telegram
The following is another “Have Fun or Get Out of the Way” column by award-winning Don Leighton and Mike Granlund and their alter egos, Lance Boyle and Billy Pirkola, which runs occasionally in The Superior Telegram.
Well, after our wonderful spring, haven’t we enjoyed our seven days of summer?
The days are warm, the nights are less than cool, but guess what, there’s football in the air and school begins on Sept. 3 at Northwestern and Superior high schools.
Rhinelander comes to Superior on Aug. 23 for a 6 p.m. game against the Spartans, while the Tigers travel to Ashland for a 7 p.m. game.
With school starting, football, the cool weather, the changing of the leaves, the end of another summer and the prospect of getting my snow blower serviced — at almost 62 years of age I’m realizing why people seek warmer climates during the winter.
After I win the next big lottery, I’ll buy a place in the Cayman Islands that will serve as comfort and solace to all my friends from the area. I better start buying tickets.
What a great day at the Bong Heritage Center last Friday. Mrs. Lance’s father, Alex Wizbicki, was presented his World War II medals which had been lost during his lifetime moves. With around 150 in attendance, the moving cemetery reminds us of what it is to be a patriotic American.
Al is part of the generation referred by Tom Brokaw in his book, “The Greatest Generation.” Without the men and women who became parents of us baby boomers, we could all be speaking Japanese or German.
We can never forget the sacrifices from those of that era. We must never forget what was given up and undertaken by the thousands of men and women who have defended us throughout time. My father, Frank Leighton, was in World War II. Not a day goes by without thoughts and thanks for what he did for me.
A very special thank-you goes out to the Bong Center, John Vaski and Cliff Hughes who were the driving force to get Al his medals from the Marines. Others to recognize are Del Kangas, Post Commander of the Richard I. Bong American Legion Post 435, who led the Color Guard in a moving flag ceremony; Scott Markle, education outreach coordinator; and Bob Fuhrman, executive director of the Richard I. Bong American Legion Post 435. Alex will forever remember this special day.
Special thanks to Brittany Falkers of WDIO and Raeanna (Wuorinen) Marnati (2006 SHS) of KBJR, whose television reporting was extraordinary. To Maria Lockwood of the Telegram, your article that appeared in the Aug. 6 paper was priceless. To all who came to honor Al, you are all wonderful people, our friends and have moved us greatly. As Al would say, “Semper Fi.”
Since most of us, particularly the young, live for the moment, let’s all take this “moment” to remember, thank, celebrate, honor, praise and say a prayer for all who currently serve in our service branches and for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.
With the world in turmoil and many wanting to kill Americans because we are Americans, our men and women of the military are the last line of defense between good and evil. For that I am grateful.
For those who think America is the problem, let me ask you this: Who is the first country to help others when tragedy strikes? Who helped rebuild Europe and Japan after World War II? Who has helped us when we face tragedy and are in need? If it is so bad here, then why are there not long lines of people trying to get out of the country instead of trying to get in? I think we all know the answer to these questions. Too bad many in the world and in our own country live in the moment and have forgotten the past.
I have many more stories and people to write about, and I will get to them in upcoming articles. I have a very special story that will appear soon about a wonderful event that will take place on Sept. 6, 2014. The Boyle family is very happy and excited regarding this event. More later.
Our newest family member, Maggie “The She Devil” Leighton, is a nine-pound Toy Poodle. She can never take the place of Cassie “The Dog”, but she has worked her way into our hearts, as well. She recently turned a year old and is “entertaining” to say the least.
A new member to the Mitch and Wendy Lindstrom family is Molly “The English Springer Spaniel” who is smaller than Maggie, at least for now. They are friends.
I have some new friends to tell you about, including a final report on the success of the Ryan Hoff golf soiree at Hidden Greens North. I’m also working on my golf swing for the Jim Weinandt “Never Give Up” Scramble tomorrow at Botten’s Green Acres in Lake Nebagamon.
The team to watch is the Tim Sauter, Bob Blake, Dean Wellman, Greg Tinker and Don Leighton team. Sauter, Blake and Wellman will do the scoring while Tinker and Leighton will provide the levity. There will be a lot of golf stories and baseball stories since Wellman, Tinker and Leighton were Superior American Legion mates during 1969 on the team coached by Hugo Rajanen.
Ah, what days those were. Fore!
Enough for now, have a great weekend, always give thanks for what you have, and never take anything for granted.
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