Traverse City Record-Eagle

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August 27, 2012

Northern Notes: Owner of Bow Wow comes to couple's rescue

Bob and Linda Wagner of Old Mission Peninsula would like to send a cheer to the owner of the boat Bow Wow out of Traverse City, who rescued the couple from the middle of West Bay when their boat engine died and would not restart.

"He responded immediately to our signals for help and kindly towed us back to our dock area," the Wagners wrote. "When we offered to pay him at least for his gas, he refused, saying that this is how boaters treat each other."

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Bonnie Smith, Cynthia Griffin and Cathy Griffin wrote to clarify some points in the Webber family reunion article in the Aug. 20 Northern Notes column.

The decision to stop holding reunions after 32 years was by unanimous vote of all family members in attendance. The decision to donate remaining reunion funds to Benzie Area Christian Neighbors also was a unaninmous decision by everyone attending the 2012 event.

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The History Center of Traverse City, 322 Sixth St., has welcomed record crowds for its "Lego Carnival & Building Blocks of Traverse City" exhibit, including more than 4,000 guests during Cherry Festival. The exhibit closes Saturday, Sept. 1.

Yet the number one attraction for younger guests hasn't been the Legos, but the "Big Dig," where aspiring archeologists become excavators in a pit of pits — 2,000 pounds of cleaned cherry pits. Hidden in the pit are fossils, copper ingots, arrowheads and various stones from the region provided by the Rock and Mineral Club.

"For some kids, it's a sandy beach experience, rain or shine, without the sandy bottom," said Museum Docent/Intern Kim Kelderhouse.

Kim went on to say that the average family museum visit is lengthened to nearly two hours because of the interactive exhibits, including the cupola which features a dress-up area, building logs, trains and a bird's eye view of the museum and Sixth Street.

"I have the best job, because I get to watch the pure joy of uninterrupted creative play," Kim said. "I tell the kids that for nearly 100 years this was the library and the balcony area was the adult research area ... now its kids only and they think that's the coolest thing."

The History Center's Lego Carnival exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Saturday, Sept. 1. Admission is $5 for ages 5 and older. For details, call 995-0313.

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