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December 30, 2007

Week In Review: 12/30/2007

ANTRIM

Canton girl killed in skiing accident

MANCELONA -- A downstate girl who died in a Shanty Creek Resorts skiing accident has been identified as Clare Dougherty.

Dougherty, 13, of Canton, died after colliding with a retaining wall at about noon Tuesday at Schuss Mountain, Antrim County Sheriff Terry Johnson said. His department is considering the incident a "pure accident," he added.

The girl and her family had been staying at the resort for a few days and were scheduled to leave Tuesday.

GRAND TRAVERSE

Woman remains in hospital after blast

Traverse City -- A woman remains hospitalized following a home explosion, but her husband was released from a Grand Rapids burn center.

Angela Fitzpatrick was in fair condition at Munson Medical Center early Monday, a spokesman said. Darryl Fitzpatrick was discharged early Monday from Grand Rapids' Blodgett Regional Burn Center, a spokeswoman said.

The Fitzpatricks were inside their Mancelona Township trailer early Dec. 22 when an explosion reduced the structure to rubble. State and local fire investigators believe gas leaking into the home's crawl space fueled the blast.

TC Senior Center may expand

Traverse City -- Traverse City Senior Center director Lori Wells is working with members and a local community foundation to raise funds for a new center.

The center is a service provided by the city with its own budget separate from the general fund, Wells said. In addition to the city, seven area townships, the Grand Traverse County Commission on Aging and the Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Michigan will also provide financial support.

The center, located at 801 E. Front St. on the bayfront, is housed in a one-story, 5,300-square foot building. Plans call for a new two-story, 20,000-square foot building on the same site.

It'll take about $4.5 million to construct and equip the new facility. Center officials have collected nearly $100,000 since they began raising money and project awareness in 2000, she said.

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