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Dads inspire special moments

Father's Day photo contest draws entries from across area

June 17, 2009
TRI-CITY AREA — A picture is worth a thousand words but three that count the most jump right out when you look at the entries in this year's 'Me and My Dad' Photo Contest.

Co-sponsored by the Imlay City Downtown Development Authority and the Tri-City Times, this year's call for entries drew photos of dads and kids and grandpas and grandkids from around the Tri-City area.

Imlay City was the scene where Mike Keesler's joyful moments with his kids in the outdoors was caught in the camera lens. The photo, shot by his wife Kim, shows the 40-year-old father happily helping his youngsters enjoy some seasonal fun in the yard.

"It was the first big snowfall we got," Kim says of the November, 2008 photo.

Mike Keesler of Imlay Twp. helps son Will and daughter Audie enjoy the thrills of Michigan winters as pet dog Molly gets into the act. This photo earned a first place in the contest. More photos on pages, 4-A and 6-B.

Mike is pictured with Will, 4, and Audie, 3—and pet dog Molly who eagerly joined in the fun.

"Mike is just great with the kids," Kim says. "He even gets into role playing—my son is really into Star Wars—and he's always there for the kids."

The second place father's winning moment was captured indoors by fiancee Carrie Block.

David Behm, 29, is sharing some important face time with his 2-year-old son Kyle.

"Kyle is definitely a 'daddy's boy,' and David is the best dad any kid could ever ask for," Carrie says.

The father-son team even share similar birthdays. Kyle was born July 3, and David celebrates his birthday on Independence Day, July 4.

"They're always together," Carrie says, referring to them as "my boys."

"David is patient, and he's hands down the best father I have ever seen."

That's also how Danielle Camire feels about her husband Paul Camire Jr., who she captured on film during a wet and wild afternoon at the Detroit Zoo.

Though the weather wasn't ideal, the family made the trip to the zoo to take advantage of one of Paul's days off from work.

"He really likes his boys—being with them and doing things with them," Danielle says. "And they love him a lot. They're always excited when Daddy gets home."

Paul is pictured with his 3-and-a-half-year-old namesake and 17-month old son Hugh.

"He even had his great grandma's umbrella that day," Danielle says. "The young kids at the zoo were laughing about that crazy big umbrella."

Congratulations to the winners in this year's Father's Day photo contest—and to all the fathers and grandfathers who inspired so many outstanding entries.

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