n To Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network for relocating its area sales and service center as well as about 30 employees to a downtown Traverse City office. The insurance company has done the same in other Michigan cities, including Lansing, Grand Rapids and downtown Detroit, where 3,000 suburban workers were moved downtown.
n To the National Park Service for organizing an avian botulism task force of volunteers to keep an eye on area bird die-offs. Their volunteer work has been grim and tragic of late. One volunteer found 99 dead loons on a Benzie County beach last week. Another buried 83 dead loons, on another Benzie beach.
n To the Frankfort Film Festival for its 4th annual film festival that started Thursday and ended Sunday. Not only did the festival screen 13 films, including seven foreign films, it also offered an opportunity to show off the art-deco Garden Theatre and the continuing restoration work done by the theater's four owners and its band of dedicated volunteers. Renovations since the last festival include a new $75,000 digital projector, a surround sound system and restoration of a 40-foot-long mural on the back interior all.
n To the Children's House, an independent Montessori school along North Lake Road for its kitchen classroom that chooses six children a week from the lower and upper elementary grades and takes them through the step of washing, preparing, cooking and presenting healthy meals. They also help prepare 60 to 90 lunches a day and snacks for the school's 230 students.
n To Frank Noverr, the 2012 winner of the TART Trails' Jim Mudgett Trail Pioneer Award. Noverr was instrumental in the development of the Leelanau Trail in 1995. More recently, he funded a successful $37,500 challenge match to help reach the $500,000 campaign goal to pave the trail. The Jim Mudgett Award was created to honor and pay tribute to individuals who have shown leadership and passion for local trails.
n To the vandal or vandals who caused the deaths of 5,700 coho salmon at the Platte River Fish Hatchery this month. Workers found 5,130 adult salmon and 570 small jacks, or yearlings, dead in a maturation pond Oct. 5. Investigators found a club, heavy-duty fishing line and large treble hooks near the pond. Hatchery manager Ed Eisch said authorities suspect that someone trying to catch a fish spooked the salmon into blocking a fresh-water source, which deprived them of oxygen.
Joliet beats slumping Beach Bums
For Traverse City, it was a case of the Mondays. The first case this year, actually.Continued ...
Commissioners adopt cafe ordinance, drop platform dining
John McGee had plans to build a deck that seats 40 people in two parking spaces in front of his Park Street restaurant but those plans will wait as city commissioners postponed action on parking-space platform dining indefinitely.Continued ...
Roller derby bout set for Saturday
The Toxic Cherries take to the flat track against the Glass City Rollers followed by the Cherry Bombs against the Barry County Black Heart Maidens on Saturday at the Civic Center.Continued ...
Deputies catch bicycle-riding suspects
Grand Traverse County Sheriff's deputies cited two boys suspected of shoplifting condoms and drinking alcohol after chasing the bike-riding minors through a drive-in restaurant and a mini golf course.Continued ...
Red Ginger to reopen
Pam and Dan Marsh hope for a crush of a different kind when they reopen their Red Ginger Restaurant almost eight weeks after a column collapsed and closed the popular downtown eatery.Continued ...
Sports in Brief: 07/22/2014
TC East wins Little League district; Local players compete in Midwest tourney; Michalowski wins two divisions. (Plus more)Continued ...
Schmerheim shoots hole-in-one
Kim Schmerheim shot an ace Sunday at The Crown.Continued ...
Editorial: Suing for money inmates don't have is wasted effort
To hear Grand Traverse County Sheriff Tom Bensley tell it, a Sheriff’s Department policy to sue to collect $20 daily housing fees from jail inmates isn’t an effort to “squeeze blood out of a turnip.”Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 07/22/2014
Wake them up; Mind our own business.Continued ...
Borgman, Hammar, Peyerk, Wilkerson first-time winners at Merritt Speedway
The Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club was present and brought plenty of sunshine along with them for a night of racing action in all seven classes Saturday at Merritt Speedway.Continued ...
- Poll: Should GT jail sue to collect daily inmate housing fees?
TC Hounds 2014-15 schedule
The Traverse City Hounds 2014-15 Midwest Junior Hockey League schedule:Continued ...
4-H livestock donations will feed the hungry
Goodwill Northern Michigan and 4-H hope crowdfunding packs more locally-sourced meat into local food charities.Continued ...
House candidates to appear in forum
The 10 people running in Michigan's most crowded House race will appear side by side to answer questions.Continued ...
Cherry Capital totals on the rise
New statistics show business took off at Cherry Capital Airport this spring. Both passenger numbers and fight totals rocketed skyward.Continued ...
Farmers could get money for 2012 losses
Jim Bardenhagen is no different from other farmers across Michigan: late frosts in 2012 destroyed his cherry crop.Continued ...
Deadline to file for local school boards is 4 p.m. Tuesday
The petition-filing deadline for candidates interested in sitting on local school boards is 4 p.m. Tuesday.Continued ...
UPDATE: Maxbauer's market closes after fire
More than meat was smoking when a grease fire broke out at Maxbauer's Meat Market. The Union Street store closed Monday after the fire started in the market's smokehouse at about 10:30 a.m.Continued ...
Division, Boughey streets lane closures planned
Commuters on Division Street heading north can expect delays when work crews close one northbound lane to install a new curb at the alley between Seventh and Eighth streets.Continued ...
2014 All-Region Girls Soccer Teams
The 2014 All-Region Girls Soccer Teams:Continued ...
Maxbauer's market closes after fire
Maxbauer's Meat Market is closed following a grease fire in the market's smokehouse.Continued ...
GT board will fund Lafranier Road construction split — somehow
Grand Traverse County commissioners backed the county's participation in a three-way split of local funding for a major overhaul of Lafranier Road, but they did so without identifying exactly how the county will pay its share.Continued ...
To the Grand Traverse Conservation District, which was to run guided kayak trips over the weekend on the Boardman River from Scheck’s State Campground to the Brown Bridge Quiet Area.Continued ...
Gateway finishes off TC sweep
Despite wonderful weather, it wasn’t a pretty weekend for the Traverse City Beach Bums.Continued ...
Historical Photo of the Week: 07/21/2014
Can any readers identify the young women in this photo?Continued ...
- Joliet beats slumping Beach Bums