2012-01-18 / Talk of the Town

Great Lakes historian to speak at dairy banquet

Dairy farmers will will honor their own at the 76th Annual Sanilac County Dairy Banquet on Saturday.

This year’s entertainment features Robert McGreevy, Great Lakes historian and marine artist whose family history is steeped in the shipbuilding industry - his grandfather worked on the building of the Titanic, and his father an uncle worked on the Great Lakes ship the Edmund Fitzgerald. McGreevy is an artist and historian having completed over 300 paintings of Great Lakes ships. In 2004, McGreevy was named Historian of the Year by the Marine Historical Society of Detroit, and Michigan’s Alcona Historical Society awarded him Historian of the Year in 2008.

The winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award will be announced. The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to a current or former Sanilac county dairy producer who has demonstrated a lifetime of dedication and devotion to the

Sanilac county dairy industry.

The Jan. 21 banquet will be held at the Sandusky High School Cafeteria at 7 p.m. Appetizers will be served, followed by a prime rib dinner.

Tickets are available at the

Sanilac County Michigan State

University Extension Office, 37

Austin St., Sandusky or from one of the following dairy banquet committee members: Mike and Jordan Noll and

Patti Shinn of Croswell; Dr. Mark and

Jane Fox and Dennis and Sara Lee of Deckerville; Dr. Bob Hassler of Sandusky, Gertie van den Goor of Marlette or any of the DHIA technicians - Mark Battel, Kim Byrnes, Pam Thom, Marlin Zeiset, Jean Hart, Roger Sweeney and Duane Zimmerman. Tickets are $12 ($6 for children 10 and under) if purchased in advance, or $15 at the door.

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