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 water, low temps
Rivers are rising and the temperature is falling as the start-and-stop transition from winter to spring continues.Continued ...
Suttons Bay teacher resigns after accusations
A Suttons Bay High School teacher resigned after accusations arose that she carried on an "inappropriate" relationship with a male student who is in the senior class.Continued ...
To Traverse City Central and Traverse City West high schools for ranking among the most challenging high schools in the state and nation, based on the Washington Post’s annual rankings.Continued ...
Prep Sports Roundup: Leland wins Houghton Lake Invite
Leland went undefeated, only allowing one goal in four games, to win the Houghton Lake Invitational girls soccer tournament on Saturday. (Plus more)Continued ...
Historical Photo of the Week: 04/14/2014
Can any readers identify the man in this photo?Continued ...
Teens make top 10 in geo bee
The whole world is fair territory in the National Geographic Bee. The annual competition is an educational program of the National Geographic Society designed to encourage the teaching and study of geography.Continued ...
Task force takes long look at teen pregnancy
Pregnant teens are an "invisible" population. "They may drop out of school, they may not have access to transportation and they're often marginalized," said Marjorie Rich, the Women's Resource Center Doula Client Advocate.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 04/14/2014
Gains nothing; Negate Citizens United; Install sidewalks.Continued ...
News From 100 Years Ago: 04/14/2014
AN EASTER DANCE PARTY that was given by the Knights of Columbus at the City Opera House was the most enjoyable of any that this organization has ever held.Continued ...
Grand Traverse Teen Pregnancy at a glance
Grand Traverse teen pregnancy at a glance:Continued ...
Northern Notes: Woman thanks those who helped after accident
Margaret Lange of Traverse City wrote to thank everyone at Square Deal Country Store on Woodmere Avenue, who helped keep a bad situation from becoming even worse.Continued ...
Leelanau sheriff’s department adds four-legged officer
Steve Morgan knows first-hand the value of a good police dog. So one of his first moves as Leelanau County’s new undersheriff in 2013 was to suggest that the department acquire its first K-9.Continued ...
Service News: 04/14/2014
Army National Guard Pfc. Denae Chappel has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.Continued ...
Bowling Scores: 04/14/2014
Bowling scores from Lucky Jack's:Continued ...
Today in Sports: 04/14/2014
What's happening in sports across the region and the country:Continued ...
Community in Brief: 04/14/2014
China Film Series; view a lunar eclipse; documentary on conservationist to be screened; and more.Continued ...
- Poll: Are TC Central and TC West high schools among the most challenging in the state?
- Monday, April 7, 2014
Services Tuesday for drivers killed in head-on crash
Shanda Rhoat called her boyfriend from a gas station and said she'd be home in a couple minutes. But Rhoat, 24, never came home.Continued ...
Historical Photo of the Week: 04/07/2014
Can any readers identify the cherry picker in this photo?Continued ...
To the Natural Resources Trust Fund, which is expected to pour more than $5 million into public recreation sites in the region.Continued ...
10k run to benefit TCAPS arts programs
The Traverse City Area Public Schools Alumni Network is calling on community members to lace up their running shoes in support of TCAPS' arts programs.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 04/07/2014
Look inward; Parkinson’s support.Continued ...
In library podcast, teens talk pop culture, Internet, school
A group of teenagers gather at the Traverse Area District Library Woodmere Branch every other week to socialize. There’s a wide range of personalities in the group, and they hail from different schools in the area.Continued ...
News From 100 Years Ago: 04/07/2014
AN ARC LIGHT was installed at the corner of Thirteenth Street and Union upon the recommendation of the lighting department.Continued ...
New curling club destined for TC
The curlers are coming. No, not those pink hair-warping rolls. Curlers, as in curling, that Olympic sport played on a sheet of ice that resembles the lovechild of shuffleboard and bowling.Continued ...
- High water, low temps