Grab those jogging shoes and get on out to Harrison

April 27, 2012

From an idea to reality- that’s what’s occurring with Veterans Freedom Park. The park which will be located across from the Clare County building on the corner of Broad and Main St., in Harrison, will be a wonderful tribute to all the County men and women who have served to protect our freedoms.

Just a short time ago, it was only a concept. Now plans have taken shape. Harrison Community Schools donated the land for the park. Signs have been installed announcing the park’s coming. A logo for t-shirts and advertising was designed by Joe Pawlowski, an Iraqi War veteran.  Committees of volunteers are in place- each assigned with a different task. It’s all happening pretty darn fast.

What is really going to kick-start the project, however, is the Freedom Run/Walk that will be held this Saturday, April 28. Held in honor of Robert Friese, a young man that paid the ultimate sacrifice- he was killed in action exactly a year ago, the Run/Walk is a three-mile event with registration taking place at 8:30 a.m. at the site of the new park.

Robert Friese was a great young man. A graduate of Harrison High School, he died in Afghanistan when enemy forces attacked his unit with a rocket-propelled grenade. He was only 21 and engaged to be married.  From age 8, he always wanted to be in the Army. It was sad ending to such a promising life.

I urge everyone to get on out and attend this very worthy event. By doing so, you will be paying tribute to all our veterans, and in particular Robert Friese. AND ultimately you will be contributing financially- all the proceeds from the Run/Walk got to the Freedom Park, to a very worthwhile cause.


Oft times, Harrison gets more than their share of bad publicity.  For whatever reason, crime is greater in Harrison, than the rest of the county. Much like the volunteers that are behind Freedom Park, however, a Harrison sports team is making big news and for a change GOOD NEWS for Harrison.

The Harrison Lady Hornets softball team is undefeated. That’s right, 13-0, as of this writing. This is pretty incredible considering  Harrison doesn’t typically do well in sports at the high school level. It has been a long time since they have won a conference championship or even come close, with the exception of the ski team.

These Lady Hornets, coached by Matt Cooper, and led by their talented freshman pitcher, Allison Lipovsky, have a real shot at going all the way. Very few of their games have been close. Just last week they shutout St. Louis, and then clobbered McBain, 18-2. Just Monday they swept another doubleheader dominating  Mio. It’s great to see a Hornet team on top of their game.

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