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September 3, 2013

Labor Day: Some work, others can play

TRAVERSE CITY — “Emergencies don’t follow a calendar.”

That adage from Traverse City Fire Chief Jim Tuller proved true on Labor Day when area fire crews had to extinguish a blaze at Century Sun Metal Treating.

The incident reinforced a well-known fact for emergency personnel and workers in many other businesses: even on Labor Day there’s no such thing as a guaranteed day off.

“We’re here to help people no matter what day it is,” Tuller said.

Weather doesn’t follow a calendar either -- at least not in Northwest lower Michigan.

Cool temperatures and cloudy skies plagued the unofficial last day of summer in Traverse City, but many residents like Mike Tonder and his sister Sara Tonder didn’t let that ruin their Labor Day.

“It’s actually kind of nice for it to be a little bit cooler,” Mike Tonder said.

Mike and Sara Tonder spent Monday afternoon walking their dog Maggie by Grand Traverse Bay. After the walk they planned to head home for an evening cook out.

The two said they had a lot of yard work to do, including staining their deck. It certainly wasn’t getting done on Labor Day, but the Tonders said they’d get to it before truly cold weather sets in.

“At least before it snows,” Sara Tonder said.

No sun, no problem

The Tonders joined countless other residents and tourists in downtown Traverse City to make the best of the Labor Day holiday. Throngs of people paraded up and down Front Street Monday afternoon, including Matt and Sarah Lawton, of Holly.

Matt and Sarah Lawton enjoyed a work-free day, but they were also in Traverse City for more than just a long weekend. The couple married on Friday and will be in the area all week celebrating their honeymoon.

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