Traverse City Record-Eagle

April 7, 2014

Northern Notes: Motorist, BATA driver stop to help woman

by Stephanie Beach
Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Carol Tompkins-Parker of Traverse City called and wanted to publicly thank motorist Lisa Lyon and BATA driver Miles Barnes for their help when she fell just steps from the BATA stop at 14th and Pine streets.

Carol uses BATA exclusively during the winter and was about 10 steps from the stop when she slipped and fell, dislocating her knee and breaking her kneecap.

Lisa stopped and called 911 and about five minutes later the Grand Traverse Mall route bus Carol would have gotten on came and driver Miles stopped at the intersection to stop traffic.

He also stayed until the ambulance came.

“It was so nice to have Lisa run over and call 911,” Carol said, noting that many cars just drove right past. “Lisa and Miles need to be recognized for what they did. They both went above and beyond.”


Honor Bank recently tallied cash and grocery donations from their annual “Honor Thy Neighbor” grocery drive.

Promotional efforts led to the collection of 11,995 pounds of food and personal items for local food banks and pantries.

Additionally, bank customers and the community donated $3,318 and the bank matched each pound of donated materials with a 25-cent donation, adding $2,689.

The bank also held its first walk-a-thon, with contributions totaling $629. The total raised was $6,317.

Since 2004, Honor Bank collected more than 72,000 pounds of food and personal items and raised $58,717, of which $18,122 was donated by the bank, and more than a dozen pantries and organizations in northern Michigan have benefited from the drive.


Traverse Health Clinic recently gifted a number of patients with new smiles through its Heaven D.E.N.T. volunteer weekend.

The event was started two years ago by David Swan, DDS, who heard there were a number of patients at the clinic in need of dentures. Determined to provide a solution, Dr. Swan enlisted the help of Doug Baker, founder of D.H. Baker Dental Laboratory.

Together they rallied a number of well-established dental professionals, resulting in Heaven D.E.N.T. (Delighting the Edentulous with New Teeth).

On a Saturday in February, Traverse Dental Associates and eight dentists provided 19 patients with either full or partial dentures.

Participating dentists included Drs. Ron Chao, Stephen Dewey, Macaire Lumbrezer, Heather Pfefferle, Peter Piche, Dave Swan, Josh VanHorn and Phil Yacho.

These doctors also enlisted 17 staff volunteers. Other collaborators included the following dental technicians - Jan Babel, Maureen Hubbell, Terry Lalonde, Colleen Lavack, Matt LaVack, Matt Mrozkowski, Megan Sheets, Beth Webster, Valerie Workman, plus four dental students.

The non-dental community also helped out, with Old Mission Multigrain and Big Apple Bagel providing soup and bread for the volunteers and patients.