It's difficult to think of Alger County without Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore coming to mind, seeing the two have been living happily together for many decades.
A fine example of this relationship is a program that dates back to 1995 and will see the next chapter of it written this evening.
The program is the Alger Women of Honor Observance, which will begin with a social gathering at 5:30 p.m. at the Alger County Heritage Center in Munising, with the program getting under way at 6 p.m.
During the program, three more well-deserving Alger County residents will be added to the 65 woman who have been honored in previous years.
The theme for the program this year, the 18th annual, is "Women's Education - Women's Empowerment."
Included in honorees are: Marcella Jo Carlson of Chatham, who was nominated to the honor roll for her special education efforts; Sharon Nelson-Curtice of Rumely, who will be recognized for her home-based education of her children; and Peggy Carberry of Munising, who will be honored for her community contributions.
Pictured Rocks Superintendent Jim Northup said he and his staff have enjoyed the honor of recognizing deserving women in the area, and highlighting the evolution of women's rights.
Indeed, the first year of the program was launched by a local woman who went on to become lieutenant governor of Michigan: Connie Binsfeld, who not only was the featured speaker at the 1995 induction celebration while serving as lieutenant governor, but was in the inaugural class of honorees.
There are many other well-known women honored by the program, as well as many who have made a significant impact on Alger County through simply carrying out their everyday routines in a special way. A listing of all the honorees can be found on a section of the Pictured Rocks website at www.nps.gov/piro/planyourvisit/algerwomenroll.htm.
To this year's distinguished class of woman being honored, as well as all those from before, we offer congratulations on being a positive influence in Alger County.