n To the nonprofit Dream Foundation, a group that fulfills wishes of adults who face life-threatening illnesses, which paid for Sarah Hammond of Traverse City to fly to Hawaii to spend two weeks with her mother Jean Hammond, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and has only a few months to live. Sarah Hammond hadn’t been able to see her mother since 2008, and didn’t expect to be able to do so again.
n To Traverse City Central High School’s Choral-Aires, a 20-member advanced choir that broke into a capella quartets to perform singing Valentines for the holiday. For $50 the students surprised a valentine with a red rose, a chocolate truffle, a personal message and a couple of romantic tunes. All singing valentines proceeds help fund the Choral-Aires yearly activities.
n To organizers of Benzie County’s Shiver by the River festival held over the weekend in Frankfort, who were able to again offer snowmobile racing after a two-year hiatus, thanks to the heavy snow that has blanketed the area all season.Local contractors and work crews hauled snow into downtown Frankfort to construct the roughly quarter-mile-long, mogul- dotted snowmobile track. About 90 snowmobilers had registered for races.
n To state of Michigan and Detroit officials who worked to make Belle Isle in Detroit Michigan’s newest state park, The state will run the city-owned park under a 30-year lease. It is Michigan’s 102nd state park.
n To Luke Krcmarik, a Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools student, who won the 2014 Grand Traverse County Spelling Bee, held at Kingsley Middle School last week.
n To Stephanie Miller of Kingsley, who with business associate LuAnne Williams has been designing costumes for figure skaters of all levels for over 20 years. This year, U.S. pairs skaters Meryl Davis and Charlie White, who hail from Michigan and are favored to take the gold medal in Sochi, will wear Miller’s designs in the 2014 Olympics. Additionally, Olympians from China, France, Canada, Italy, Japan, Azerbaijan, Australia and Russia are expected to perform in Stephanie Miller creations. Miller participated in ice dancing and team synchronized skating i the 1970s and created her own costumes. Miller estimates she and Williams create about 250 costumes a year.
n To Traverse City native Ryan Whyte Maloney, who appears on commercials for the sixth season of “The Voice.” Maloney auditioned for season six of the show last summer. The 33-year-old Las Vegas musician began his career early with a Michael Jackson routine at a Traverse City Central Grade School talent competition and has played at numerous local venues through the years.