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Special dads, special moments

'Me and My Dad' photo contest draws entries from across area

It’s ‘like father, like daughter’ for grand prize winner Eric Broecker, who is pictured feeding his son Carter while daughter Erica feeds her ‘baby,’ too. The family, formerly of the Imlay City area, is in the process of moving to New Mexico, where Eric landed a job offer.

June 11, 2008
IMLAY CITY — If a picture speaks a thousand words, it's clear that area sons and daughters and wives and mothers have plenty to say about their dads.

This year's Tri-City Times/Imlay City Downtown Development Authority 'Me and My Dad' Father's Day photo contest drew entries from around the area—each and every one of them speaking volumes about the much appreciated fathers in our little hometowns.

Jamie Broecker of Imlay City couldn't resist entering the grand prize winning photo of her brother, Eric and 4-year-old niece Erica, both taking care of their 'babies.' Eric Broecker is pictured feeding Carter, who is just over a year old.

"He's the best dad in the world and would do anything for his family," Jamie says. "He's made a lot of sacrifices for his family. He's a super dad."

The Broeckers seem to have a knack when it comes to capturing special father/child moments. In the first place photo, Jamie's 17-month-old daughter Madison is enjoying a ride in a wagon being pulled by her dad, Tom Chind.

Jamie took the photo just a couple of days before the June 6 contest deadline, and was pleased that it was a winner.

"Tim works seven days a week to provide for his family," Jamie says. "Madison's a daddy's girl big time. He's a great father to her."

Second place winner Larissa Dalecki, 11, is thrilled to have a dad like hers. She and brother Mikel, 12, entered photos that show the love Myron Dalecki, 44, has for his kids. The family lives in Emmett.

"I love my dad and you can tell he loves me because he lets me ride on his shoulders up north," Larissa said on her entry. "Dad, you mean the world to me and make me feel special."

And she is. She and Mikel were adopted out of foster care three years ago, explains Myron's wife, Bernadette. On Saturday, they hosted a party to welcome 16-year-old Nina to the family.

"It's exciting to get the news (about the contest) right when this is happening," Bernadette says. "Myron's a wonderful father, and it gives us something more to celebrate."

Along with paying attention and taking time with the kids, a sense of humor is handy when it comes to being a dad.

Mike Greenman's lighter side comes through in the photos captured by his wife, Mindy. The Imlay City man decided to see what would happen if he tried on the John Deere cap being worn by his three month old baby girl Joni. He doesn't seem to mind that the cap's not a good fit—buy Joni obviously does. She's captured having a fit.

"Mike has a good sense of humor. He's fun and he takes time with the kids," Mindy says.

Congratulations to this year's winners and to all the loving fathers pictured in special moments with their kids and grandkids. For more entries, turn to page 6-C.

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