Traverse City Record-Eagle

July 1, 2013

Cheers: 07/01/2013


Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — - To Wayne and Joan Webber, who donated $8 million to support cardiac programs and technology for the hospital’s 127-bed Webber Heart Center, which was named for them; it was the largest single donation in hospital history. Wayne Webber was born in Thompsonville but moved to Warren when he was 3; he often returned to the area during his teen years. He and a partner later created a successful concrete business. The Webbers are involved in a host of programs, including giving Benzie County kids warm weather gear and building a new library in Thompsonville.

- To Old Mission Peninsula, which was listed by USA Today as being among 10 of the nation’s most beautiful coastal drives. The June 17 article lists the scenic stretch of M-37 among routes such as Maui’s Hana Highway in Hawaii, the Cape Cod Scenic Drive in Massachusetts and the Pacific Coast Highway in California.

- To the family of U.S. Army Spc. 5 John L. Burgess of Suttons Bay and Kingsley, who was crew chief of a UH-1H Iroquois helicopter that crashed in Binh Phuoc Province near the Cambodian/South Vietnam border on June 30, 1970, when he was 21. His remains have only recently been identified and will be buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.

- To Northwestern Michigan College, which said it sold 10,063 tickets to the 58th Annual NMC Barbecue held May 19. Gross revenues totaled more than $72,800 on 8.500 meals served, making the 2013 picnic one of the highest-grossing in school history. The college expects to raise more than $54,000 after expenses. All the food for all the barbecues has been donated by the Oleson family.

- To the Michigan Legislature, which has blocked funding to launch an online lottery in early 2014. The Michigan Lottery had planned to sell tickets and offer games on the Internet. Some legislators wisely worried about increased gambling addiction and personal debt.

- To Elk Rapids Harbormaster Cheryl Werth, who retired from the Edward C. Grace Memorial Harbor after 12 years. Boaters said Werth helped make the Elk Rapids Harbor one of the best in the Great Lakes, with direct access to both East Grand Traverse bay and the Antrim Chain of Lakes.

- To several community groups that want to link Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails with the Little Traverse Wheelway trail, which starts in Charlevoix and continues through Petoskey to Harbor Springs. The connector trail would originate in Acme and run through Elk Rapids and Eastport in Torch Lake Township, based on tentative plans.