Traverse City Record-Eagle

June 17, 2013

Cheers: 06/17/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — - To U.S. Coast Guard Cmdr. Joseph Buzzella Jr., who stepped down as commander of the Coast Guard’s Traverse City Air Station after a two-year posting. He will be replaced by Cmdr. Sean Cross. Buzella will attend Washington D.C.’s National War College. He said he and his wife recently purchased a home on East Bay and will return here every year.

- To the hundreds of young people who graduated from the region’s high schools. The latest to celebrate were from Traverse City High School, the Grand Traverse Academy, Traverse City Christian and Traverse City College Preparatory Academy. Student speakers at various commencement ceremonies thanked family, friends and favorite teachers and staff.

- To Leslie Suitor of Leelanau County and her Rent-A-Chicken business, which provides materials and chickens to customers who want fresh eggs. Suitor and her husband, Mark, loan hens from spring to as late as Thanksgiving. Customers get two hens, a coop and feeding materials for $250. Rent-A-Chicken was the first of its kind in the country, she said.

- To the Inland Seas Education Association for its Family Science Day, a program to teach kids about Grand Traverse Bay. Themed classes for kids 3-10 deal with the weather, the food chain in the bay and other issues. The ISEA will host the program Friday mornings beginning June 28. Classes are $5. For more information call (231) 271-3077.

- To the Grand Traverse Pavilions, which will host its seventh annual Strawberry Social and Classic Car Show from 2 to 4 p.m. June 23 on the historic Grand Lawn of the Grand Traverse Pavilions. Residents, visitors and the public can enjoy strawberry shortcake or sundaes and take in the many vintage cars on display. Tickets are $5 per adult and $3 for children 12 and under.

- To Central United Methodist of Traverse City, which will celebrate the 100-year dedication of its rotunda-style church on Cass Street near State Street with a neighborhood block party from 5:30 to 8 p.m. June 21. The dedication made front-page news in the June 23, 1913, Record-Eagle. The church was originally called Central Methodist Episcopal Church. The congregation was founded in 1857.

- To the Benzie Conservation District for organizing a June 22 cleanup of the Betsie River. Volunteers will meet at Benzonia Congregational Church at 8:30 a.m. for a complimentary pancake breakfast before splitting into teams to clean up segments of the river. For more information or to volunteer, call the Benzie Conservation District at (231) 882-4391.