on September 1, 2007 by in Uncategorized, Comments (0)

As time goes by, life develops a rhythm

Timing is everything.

For over 25 years, I’ve reported on happenings in Tuscola County for a variety of newspapers and radio stations. After awhile, a kind of rhythm develops with certain articles written at a particular time.

Each year I write about how many acres of sugar beets that are planted, the growing season, harvest, and sugar production.

Another story I used to look forward to doing was about the honors an artist from a ceramic shop that used to operate in Gilford would win. For several years, artists in the little shop took home honor after honor. Eventually, that shop closed and that tradition came to an end, but each fall I still think about Jan, the owner of the shop, and her joy she had in announcing the accomplishments of her students.

Labor Day is another annual article benchmark.

For about as many years as I’ve been a journalist, I’ve written articles about Dagmar “Walker” Brown’s trek across the Mackinac Bridge. The 85-year-old lady from Cass City has participated in nearly all of the bridge walks.

I know shortly after Labor Day she will come into the office with a few notes about her walk over the bridge.

The first walk across the “Mighty Mac” was initiated by former Governor G. Mennen “Soapy” Williams, and Brown has participated in 48 of the 50 annual walks.

Brown walked when Williams was still governor and has done the five-mile walk with each governor since then.

To keep in shape not only for the walk, but also for health reasons, Brown walks at least four miles a day, and stays active.

In the five decades of the walk, Brown has only missed two through no fault of her own.

Back when she took part in her first Mackinac Bridge walk, there were only about 200 to 250 people who did. This year it is estimated about 60,000 walkers will participate.

The trek to the bridge to walk five miles is the only vacation Brown says she takes.

Each year she tosses a penny off the bridge and makes a wish for “good health and happiness.” And after writing about her excursions over the years and becoming acquainted with her, I wish that for her, too.

Mary Drier is a staff writer for the Tuscola County Advertiser. She can be reached at drier@tcadvertiser.com.