Traverse City Record-Eagle

May 27, 2013

Northern Notes: Groups help Silver Lake 'Go Green'

Local columnist

---- — Silver Lake Elementary School has wanted to expand its “Go Green” program by composting its kitchen waste and recently Boy Scout Troop #87 and members of the Crystal Lake Arbor #138 helped make that wish come true.

The coordinator of the school’s “Go Green” program, teacher Jeff Culver, had done a great deal of research into what would work best for the school’s program. He, the scouts, Scout Master Chad Bousamra, and Arbor members put up fencing, dug holes, half-buried perforated tubs and secured a hot compost bin to compost meat and dairy waste. Meanwhile two school dads were kept very busy assembling a double-barrel rotating compost bin. Finally, Scout Master Bousamra placed a plaque at the site acknowledging the scouts and the Arbor before everyone headed out for pizza.

The Crystal Lake Arbor, affiliated with Gleaner’s Life Insurance Society, purchased the bins with a $500 grant from the Society for the “Join Hands Day” project, one of 25 community service projects the Arbor does annually. The “Join Hands Day” project is one they do with young people.

• Lori Wells, deputy director of the Grand Traverse County Senior Center Network, wrote on behalf of the Grand Traverse County Commission on Aging and the Senior Center Network, to thank the Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar Association, attorneys Deborah Rysso, Jeff Wingfield, Diane Huff, Heather Bruce, Luke Pickelman and Peter Shumar, and Grand Traverse County employees Linda Nelson, Bonnie Scheele, Joanne Tuck, Tammi McLain and Sgt. Todd Ritter for a successful Law Day 2013.

“Thanks to the commitment made by these individuals, local seniors were able to have statutory wills, durable powers of attorney for health care and financial durable powers of attorney documents completed,” Lori said. “Many older adults in the community have not tackled what seems a daunting task of completing these essential planning documents and were able to find peace of mind.”

• During April, Phil’s on Front donated half the proceeds from entrees purchased between Sunday and Wednesday to four local nonprofit organizations.

A total donation of $3,600 was shared by the Goodwill Inn, the Father Fred Foundation, Third Level Crisis Center and Inland Seas Education Association.

“We want to help those who are struggling because of the economy or personal difficulties right now,” said Phil Murray, chef-owner of Phil’s on Front. “These are four organizations that help the people of the Traverse City area in a variety of ways — providing food and clothing to the needy, helping the homeless and fostering stewardship of our Great Lakes.”

Phil’s has a tradition of taking an active role in the community. On Christmas Day 2012, the restaurant offered a free, plated holiday dinner featuring traditional holiday food to anyone on a first come, first served basis.

“It’s all part of being a good neighbor,” Murray said. “Giving back to the community is very important to me. Everything I do is with the intent of bringing people together.”