Traverse City Record-Eagle

July 15, 2013

Northern Notes: Help fix courthouse clock

by Stephanie Beach
Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — The Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners recently created the Historical Courthouse Clock Tower Fund to pay for the restoration of the clock tower chimes. The projected cost of the project is $10,000. The fund recently received a boost with a $500 contribution from the Swogger & Bruce Law Firm in Traverse City.

Donations are being accepted and are tax deductible for federal income tax. Bring donations to the Grand Traverse County Treasurer’s office, 400 Boardman Ave. Donations also may be mailed to: Grand Traverse County Treasurer, 400 Boardman Ave., Traverse City, MI 49684. Donors should make a notation that the funds are for the clock tower fund. The treasurer’s office will mail a receipt for the donor’s records.


McClain Cycle & Fitness recently donated 24 refurbished bikes of all colors and sizes to the Father Fred Foundation.

The bikes were part of McClain’s children’s bike trade-up program and were refurbished by the experts at McClain’s. The Father Fred Foundation used the bikes as prizes for its TC Family Fun Day benefit and also will provide bikes to children who visit the foundation.


Northern Michigan now has 35 safer boaters on the waterways thanks to Dewitt Marine of Bellaire and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

The auxiliary taught a one-day boater safety class at Dewitt Marine that covered boating safety, safety equipment, emergency procedures, navigation rules and aids, boating regulations and charting. Following the class, the 35 attendees completed an exam in order to obtain a Boater Safety Certification certificate and card. Exam results were impressive with a 98 percent passing rate. Of the 35 participants, 30 were children between the ages of 10 and 17.

Dewitt plans to continue to offer a boater safety class each spring, typically the Saturday of Father’s Day weekend.


Benzie Area Christian Neighhbors were doubly blessed recently when a $1,000 grant from the Father Lovett Foundation of St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church in Beulah was doubled to $2,000 courtesy of a Summer Match Challenge by the John L. Mulvaney Foundation and the Art and Mary Schmuckal Family Foundation.

“The Father Lovett board is very excited about the timing of this grant in that we are able to multiply our impact through the Summer Match,” said Mary Link, foundation president. “The purpose of the fund is to advance the growth and ministries of St. Phillip’s and enhance the outreach of the church to projects it might not be able to afford. Father Lovett was all about loving and being loved and bringing people out of isolation into the closeness of others. BACN is all about neighbors helping neighbors. The Foundation’s goals and the work of (BACN’s) volunteers is a very good match.”

“Thank you to the Father Lovett committee,” said Gerri VanAntwerp, BACN executive director. “BACN is all about building the same caring community that Father Lovett personified and worked to accomplish in all of his endeavors.”

All funds raised through the Summer Match Challenge will be applied to food and utility assistance programs serving Benzie and northern Manistee counties. To learn more, call David Abeel, 882-9544.