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.
High School Sports Scoreboard: 03/03/2014
A roundup of prep sports scores from across northern Michigan, including results from today's boys district basketball tournament games:Continued ...
UPDATE: Investigators eye Facebook link to home invasion
Facebook can be a great way to share exciting personal news with family, friends, work colleagues, old high school classmates and perfect strangers. And criminals, too, as a Leelanau County household found out this weekend.Continued ...
Crystal Lake students land rare OM prize
A team of students from Crystal Lake Elementary School won top honors at a regional problem solving competition.Continued ...
TC West basketball game moved to Cadillac
Tuesday night's Class A girls basketball regional game between Traverse City West and Midland has been moved to Cadillac.Continued ...
Authorities: Home invasion may be tied to Facebook post
TRAVERSE CITY — A Bingham Township home invasion may be linked to a resident's Facebook post announcing they'd be out of town, authorities said.Continued ...
To the House of Doggs and owners Nick and Autumn McAllister, who won a Food Network “Food Court Wars” reality television competition against Traverse City food entrepreneurs Matts’ Beignets.Continued ...
'Motivated' Jami Chung earns diploma, degree
Karin Chung got her first inkling that daughter Jami was brighter than average when Jami was a toddler.Continued ...
When Lake Leelanau St. Mary faces once-beaten Frankfort — the third-ranked Class D girls basketball team in the state — in Tuesday’s regional at Buckley, the odds would appear to be stacked pretty highly against the Eagles.Continued ...
Historical Photo of the Week: 03/03/2014
Can any readers identify the woman in this photo?Continued ...
Woodmere library branch's Pajama Drive ends March 15
Bedtime. It can be the sweetest word in the English language, ambrosia to parental ears.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 03/03/2014
They provided laughs.Continued ...
News From 100 Years Ago: 03/03/2014
MRS. FLORENCE ELLIS, who conducted a restaurant at 203 Union Street for the past fourteen years, has sold her business to Mrs. F. M. Ritter of Angell.Continued ...
Spring cleanup on the way
It may seem a bit early to start spring cleaning, what with feet of snow and ice on the ground, but the Michigan Green Consortium isn’t going to let the weather impede a March 9 event.Continued ...
Northern Notes: Two go 'overboard' to help Acme resident
People go "overboard" to help Acme resident.Continued ...
Today in Sports: 03/03/2014
What's happening in sports across the region and the nation:Continued ...
- Monday, February 24, 2014
Jury acquits Kalkaska man
A Kalkaska man's trial on charges he had sexual contact with a girl under the age of 13 ended with his acquittal.Continued ...
Snow shovel attack case dropped
The Grand Traverse County prosecutor's office dropped a felony charge against a Traverse City man accused of smacking another man in the face with a snow shovel.Continued ...
Beach Bums promote bench coach to manager
That didn't take long. Just three days after Traverse City Beach Bums manager Gregg Langbehn accepted a job with the Cleveland Indians, the franchise hired a new skipper in Dan Rohn.Continued ...
High School Sports Scoreboard: 02/24/2014
A roundup of prep sports scores from across northern Michigan, including results from today's state ski finals and girls district basketball tournaments:Continued ...
TC's McCardel wins state title again
Carlee McCardel is a state champion once again. The Traverse City St. Francis-Elk Rapids girls ski team sophomore captured her second title in a row in the Division 2 giant slalom race at Nub's Nob today. She posted a combined time of 50.47 seconds.Continued ...
Hot dogg! House of Doggs wins 'Food Court Wars'
Autumn and Nick McAllister’s Fusion Dogg — and new homemade potato chips — helped nab them the top spot on “Food Court Wars.”Continued ...
Energy is forum topic
Northport resident Ann McInnis installed solar panels on her roof about 18 months ago. In the summer, the panels generate excess energy and in the winter, her husband Doug keeps them clear of snow.Continued ...
News From 100 Years Ago: 02/24/2014
ONE LOAD OF ICE that was drawn from the Boardman Lake was hauled two miles to the Hannah & Lay Mercantile Company.Continued ...
Five questions: Ice hockey
Most area hockey teams kick off their playoff runs Tuesday, but Traverse City West and the Bay Reps will get out of the playoff chute a day earlier.Continued ...
To a new ministry called Many Rooms launched by Family of Faith Lutheran Church, which has received Munson Medical Center’s Community Health Hero award.Continued ...
- High School Sports Scoreboard: 03/03/2014