n To Disability Network Northern Michigan, the city of Traverse City and beaches and parks across the region, including Clinch Park, Keith J. Charters State Park, Petoskey State Park Beach and Boyne City’s Whiting Park Beach and Alanson’s Camp Petosega Beach for installing hard-surfact access paths for wheelchair users. The mats allow wheelchair users and those who use walkers or other devices to get close to the water instead of being stranded where the asphalt ends.
n To a committee of Traverse City commissioners who rounded up $35,000, enough to install five new fountains, or filling stations, where visitors can fill plastic water bottles. The aim was to reduce the amount of plastic water containers in city public parks, Mayor Michael Estes said. The stations provide a drinking fountain and a bottle-filling station.
n To the Traverse City Visitor Center for installing a “Fixit” public bike repair stand near its building at Union Street and Grandview Parkway. The station features tools necessary for quick bike repairs. It includes wrenches, screwdrivers and an air pump attached to the stand with stainless steel cables. Cyclists can also use the Quick Read code on the front of the stand to view detailed repair instructions on their smart phones. It was paid for by the Traverse City Convention & Visitors Bureau Education Foundation.
n To the Grow Benzie Incubator Kitchen, which celebrated its first year of operation. The 1,600-square-foot Incubator Kitchen allows home-based business to produce and sell food for wholesale distribution. Eight licensed food producers now work in the fledgling community kitchen project. The kitchen now acts as home base for everything from a chocolate sauce company to a bread maker.
n To organizers of the annual Run for Shelter race to benefit the Goodwill Inn. Funds raised from the race will support more than 700 area homeless people by providing shelter, three meals per day and one-on-one counseling to help with job placement, training, and finding permanent housing. Local sponsors will help cover event costs, including timing systems, T-shirts for participants and rental space, and ensure that runners’ $30 registration fee directly benefits the needy.