December 13, 2018

Cook friends, family, and businesses rise to the chore of bringing food to town


The disastrous loss of Zup's Food Market, Cook's only supermarket, could cause problems for the residents, but residents and businesses of small towns are known to band together to handle catastrophes like this.
Many residents are going to Pelican Bay in Orr or Zup's in Tower, but many don't have the means to travel. Arrowhead Transit has helped with that problem, giving free rides to Virginia twice a week so area residents who need a way to get there, have it. But that isn't the only thing that area people have done. Many residents have given their names out to those who need rides and they will take them. Greg Wilson is helping deer hunters get their meat processed by taking it to the Zup's store in Babbitt. Some area businesses have added items that are needed daily to their inventory. Zup's may be gone and probably won't be replaced until next May, but residents of Cook will get by.
A new effort to help residents get their shopping done has emerged this week. Through the efforts of many volunteers, the Cook Housing Authority, Waschke Family Chevrolet and the Cook News-Herald, residents can call Zup's in Tower at 1-218-753-2725 and place their orders for food. Zup's will shop the items ordered, ring up the sale, bag the order, box it and deliver it to Cook. Zup's, the Cook Housing Authority and Waschke Chevrolet have arranged for delivery to the Pioneer Apartments for Pioneer and Homestead residents only, at 2 p.m. on Monday and Thursday each week. For all others, delivery will be at Waschke's at 3 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. You can pay for the order when you order it, by credit card prior to delivery, or by cash or check when you pick it up. There are NO added service fees or delivery charges.
The volunteers ask for our patience and understanding as they roll out and fine tune the process, especially during the busy holiday season. Zup's and all of the volunteers are happy to offer this opportunity as they work through rebuilding Zup's Foods in Cook.
Fires and other disasters may temporarily take small towns like Cook down, but they don't put them out. This shows how resilient small towns are.

North Woods National Honor Society welcomes three new members


The National Honor Society (NHS) is a nationwide organization for high school students in the United States and outlying territories which consists of chapters in high schools. Selection to this very prestigious organization is based on four criteria: Scholarship (academic achievement), Leadership, Service, and Character. The NHS requires some type of service to the community, school or other organizations. The time spent working on these projects contributes to a monthly service hour requirement.
The National Honor Society was founded in 1921 by the National Association of Secondary Principals. The Alpha chapter of NHS was founded at Fifth Avenue High School in Pittsburgh, Pa.
The original chapter grew to more than 1,000 chapters by 1930.
It is estimated that more than a million students are members of the National Honor Society today. There are chapters in the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, many U.S. territories and Canada. Pakistan has three schools that maintain an active chapter.
The North Woods Chapter of the National Honor Society is very active. At their induction ceremony last Wednesday in the North Woods Commons, three new members were inducted. They are Cole Thiel, Brynn Simpson and Olivia Fultz, increasing the active membership to 31. Claire Beaudry was the Master of Ceremonies, Madison Antikainen gave the History, Bria Chiabotti explained the Emblems, Samantha Fultz introduced the principles, Kristen Cook lit the candle for Scholarship, Jakob Hyppa lit the candle for Service, Tyler Kiehm lit the candle for Leadership, Regan Ratai lit the candle for Citizenship, and Alanna Rutchasky lit the candle for Character. Parker Jones, assisted by Anna Trip, did the presentation of the Gift of Light; Chase Kleppe welcomed the new members; Ian Sherman, assisted by Rebecca Triska, gave the Declaration of Membership; and Bria Chiabotti gave the closing.
These are some special young adults.

Special Christmas Concert at the Cook Public Library

by Robin Fisher

Once again a special Friday night library concert touched people's hearts during this holiday season. Zachariah Scot Johnson, on tour from St. Paul, gave an hour-long concert with the good folks of Cook. The concert was held at 6 p.m., after Santa made a visit to Cook, and featured folk music using many instruments.
Mr. Johnson likes songs that evoke sad and wistful feelings. This day was the anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack. Although Zach did not have a specific song about Pearl Harbor, he sang "Christmas In The Trenches." This is a heart-rending true tale about Allied and Axis forces laying down their arms for one night to share Christmas songs and cheer.
Zachary Scot sang some well-known Christmas songs so the audience could sing along. He also sang some beautiful ballads that were new to us. He said he has been recording a new song on YouTube every day for over 6-1/2 years! This has brought him recognition from some famous folk singers. He even got a chance to visit and sing with Pete Seeger. Zach is also a big fan of Gordon Lightfoot, who is very popular with folks in northern Minnesota.
Three young ladies in the front row were so enamored with the concert they wanted to perform songs with Zach. Up in front, they did two favorite songs and knew all the words: "Jingle Bell Rock" and "Lost Boy." Look for Zoe, Khloe, and Elizabeth to be a future singing trio.
Zachariah sang with the guitar and keyboard and even had a high-tech pedal that allowed him to sing and play with previously recorded music. He played a very special copper mandolin for one number. We also heard the ukelele and the violin.
Zach says he does over 100 concerts per year. Do not miss this multi-talented musician next time he comes to Cook!


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