To Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City Rotary Camps and Services and the state Department of Natural Resources for hosting the eighth annual Kids Free Fishing Day at NMC’s Great Lakes Campus. Organizers stocked a fenced-in area in West Bay and stocked it with 600 rainbow trout. More than 4,000 kids have fished for free over the years.
- To the Crystal Lake & Watershed Association, which recently opened a boat washing station at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources access site near M-115 and Mollineaux Road. The aim is to have boaters wash their boats before putting them in the water to help prevent the spread of invasive species - such as quagga and zebra mussels, Eurasian watermilfoil and other noxious weeds - that have infected other inland lakes.
- To the sponsors, volunteers, and donors who made the recent Father Fred’s TC Family Fun Day a success. More than 300 families enjoyed games, crafts, face painting, a family hike, food, and more.
- To the organizers of a weekend event to pay homage to the late, longtime sound engineer Jan Waling, who died Nov. 29. The event was to be held during the Summer Solstice Celebration of Music and Community in Empire. It was to be hosted by the Empire Area Community Emergency Fund. for 10-plus years Waling strung cables and adjusted microphones for many local performers and venues.
- To the organizers of the fourth annual Pure Thunder-escorted veterans memorial ride over the weekend. About 500 riders were expected to participate in this year’s event, which was to begin at the Little River Casino in Manistee. The ride, which was open to cars, trucks and motorcycles, was to honor members of the 126 Cavalry Bravo Troop from Manistee.
- To Goodwill Industries, which will take advantage of a Michigan Economic Development Corporation program that provide $10,000 grants for “mobile cuisine startups” to operate a food truck that accepts Bridge Cards. The aim is to bring fresh, locally produced, healthy foods to area families at affordable prices. The food truck will also provide workforce training and support local agriculture.
- To the Traverse City Wine & Art Festival, which was to be held at the Grand Traverse Commons in front of Building 50 under a big tent. Visual, performance and culinary artists were to be showcased at the annual event sponsored by the Leelanau Peninsula Vintner’s Association. Detroit-born singer-songwriter Sixto Diaz Rodriguez, whose story was told in the Oscar-nominated film “Searching for Sugar Man,” which was shown at the Traverse City Film Festival, was to headline the musical lineup.