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Daily Globe (Newspaper) - July 11, 1998, Ironwood, Michigan Good Mornings Saturday July 11 1998 DAILY G A great lady retires Binsfeld announces shesnot running LANSING Mich AP While Connie Binsfeld has been lieuten ant governor for two terms a more apt title might come from an award she received 21 years ago Michigan Mother of the Year A matronly figure who spent much of her time on childrens is sues and presided over the Sen ate with a schoolmarms touch Mrs Binsfeld announced Friday that she would not seek another term The time is just right now for me to bow out of elective office af ter Dec she said Referring to her husband John Binsfeld Mrs Binsfeld said At my side is my strongest supporter and he deserves to have a little more of my Gov John Engler said Mrs Binsfeld whom his three daugh ters call Grandma will be sorely missed Connies accomplishments both personal and professional are so numerous it would be im possible to mention them all Engler said in a state ment Connie is a champion for children and families No one in Michigan has worked harder to pass laws protecting our states children than Connie Mrs Binsfeld praised Engler and choked up as she thanked him and his wife Michelle for making her part of their family His triplet daughters are not going to grow up without me are she said I love those There has been speculation for months about whether Mrs Bins feld would run and who might re place her on the Republican tick et Engler has said the decision on running was Mrs Binsfelds to make Mrs Binsfeld said after much the decision was made about two weeks ago Mrs Binsfeld 74 was Englera surprise pick for the No 2 spot when he first ran for governor in 1990 Since then Mrs Binsfeld has run commissions on adop tions and the states child welfare system The Binsfeld Childrens Commission came up with 197 reforms for the child welfare some are still in the Legislature but the bills that have passed did so unanimously Mrs Binsfeld has also had health problems during her last term undergoing a quadruple heart bypass in 1995 The Maple City resident began her political career as a Leelanau County commissioner and went on to serve four terms in the Michigan House first winning election to the Legislature in 1974 50 Cants Ironwood Mich Gov John Engler and Connie Binsfield share a close moment as Binsled announced her decision not to run again Free wheeling through the Range What can you get for nothing these days Plenty as least as far as sights and sites are concerned right in our own backyard The Gogebic Range is chock full of attractions and many of them dont require any financial expen diture Sightseers have to invest only in a little foot power or gaso line For the next week or so The Daily Globe will take a look at some of these attractions through color photos and some brief ac companying stories While the se Ralph Ansami ries is designed to assist visitors it may also cause area residents to get out and take a drive to en joy some of our unique features We wont cover the old standby attractions such as Copper Peak and Hiawatha but will concen trate on some sights and sites that may be a little off the beaten path From Cozy Valley drive to a place called Wolf Mountain we hope to tell our readers about places with which they be familiar All of our news staff has con tributed to the effort and has en joyed getting out and revisiting the sites and sights They all have one thing in com mon They dont cost a penny Inside Weather Mostly Sunny More weather Page 3 Monday Range Shopper Company Kids come together then leave a huge void at home It is so quiet I can hear the re frigerator click on and off It is also a stark change from the last 10 days Around the House with Jan Just as the swallows return to Capistrano our chicks all of them found their way home for a week People asked me what the spe cial occasion was for all the five children and 10 grandchildren to be home at the same time There was no special occasion It is just that when one comes home the others want to be here at the same time A friend asked if I would rather they come one at a time so each could get more attention or all at once The answer is definitely all at once It is so good to see that these now grown kids actually like each other There were times in their youth when I wondered if they would live long enough to be friends Jan Tucker It was chaotic There was not a single place in the house you could walk without stepping on over or bumping into someone or something I wonder if the dialogue in all big families is similar We no sooner get up from the dinner ta ble when the discussion starts about what to cook and eat to morrow I know why the milk companies must use those expensive mus tache promotions No one drinks milk I have enough pop cans to Safety first for Gogebic marine deputy RON TRETHEWEY Globe Correspondent It may not be a jungle out on the water at least not yet Saturday Special But Tom DInnocenzo who runs the marine program in Gogebic County knows that increased traffic on Gogebic Countys wa ters can be hazardous to ones health especially when correct safety precautions are not fol lowed People should use caution and common sense when operating watercraft of any DInnocenzo said People should remember that they operate au tomobiles around 40 hours a week but pilot watercraft only between 25 and 35 hours a year And because they operate it that often it isnt second na ture to them It can be strange and DInnocenzo cant accentuate enough the dangers of speeding on the water Speed accounts for more boat ing accidents than alcohol he offered The maximum speed on any Michigan lakes io 55 miles an hour Its easy to overes timate the speed at which a boat is going and at times its hard to recover from a dangerous situa tion because theres no brake on a And when you let up on the ac celerator of a boat you go he added The only way you can steer a boat to avoid trouble is by stepping on the gas Sometimes due to the lack of time getting used to a boat and its ways the pilot can get con Thats why according to DInnocenzo theres a 100foot rule All watercraft are responsible for their wake waves created by the boat and the damage it may he said Page 8 buy this weeks groceries 1 One nice thing about grown children is as soon as someone would mention going to the giroA cery store and we went several times a day most would reach into his or her pockets and pull out money That is also a decided change from the old days Everyone played cards and games No table or square foot ojf floor was safe from the groups playing euchre or Rummikub Dave and I were in bed for hours by the time the last light was turned off the last guffaw heard and the last euchre card played Our revenge came when nine monthold Michel and 27 month old Michelle played with the pots pans and spoons at 7 We have a Tucker ritual when the family leaves Those remain ing gather on the steps for the Tucker aa we chant goodbye in singsong tones 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