Torch Lake home on Petoskey tours

TRAVERSE CITY — Draper Construction in Rapid City and Kitchen Choreography in Traverse City will showcase a new home on Torch Lake on the Petoskey Area Northern Home & Cottage Tour on Sept. 15.

The tour is hosted by My North and benefits Child and Family Services. The home is located at 3515 Northwest Torch Lake Drive and is home No. 7 on the tour.

For more information on the tour, visit

River leadership meeting canceled

TRAVERSE CITY — The meeting of the Lower Boardman River Leadership Team scheduled for Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. has been canceled.

According to an email from the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority, the group’s next meeting now is scheduled for Sept. 26.

Video and imagery workshop offered

TRAVERSE CITY — A free business workshop on imagery for social media marketing is scheduled for Sept. 13 from noon to 1 p.m. in the McGuire Community Room at the Traverse Area District Library on Woodmere Avenue.

Social Media Marketing — Powerful Content Creation: Video and Imagery is the title of the presentation from the Traverse City SCORE chapter. The workshop will teach businesses how to make their content stand out visually.

Space at SCORE workshops is limited. Visit to reserve a spot.

Benzie After Hours set for Sept. 20

FRANKFORT — The Benzie County Chamber of Commerce September Business After Hours is scheduled for Sept. 20 from 5-7 p.m. at Stormcloud Brewing Company’s production brewery and tasting room at 366 Parkview Lane in Frankfort.

There will be a 50/50 raffle, door prizes, a $250 member raffle and hors d’oeuvres. A designated member representative needs to be present to win the member raffle.

The event is sponsored by Stormcloud Brewing Company.

Rotary mini-grant deadline Sept. 30

TRAVERSE CITY — Deadline for fall mini-grant program applications to the Rotary Club of Traverse Bay Sunrise Foundation is Sept. 30.

Grants in the amount of $100 to $1,000 will be awarded to Grand Traverse, Antrim, Benzie, Kalkaska and Leelanau county organizations in “support of worthy community-focused projects,” according to a release from the Rotary Club.

Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit designed by the Internal Revenue Service or a school system. Private foundations or government units are not eligible for funding.

Grant priorities are arts/culture, basic human needs, environment, health and safety, recreation, education and youth. Grant applications and more specific guidelines are available at or by contacting Valerie Kirn-Duensing at (231) 883-1920.

TBA Credit Union extends hours

TRAVERSE CITY — TBA Credit Union’s Service Center extended its operating hours to answer calls and text messages from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The change was made last month.

In addition to the Service Center hours, after-hours phone support is also available from 6-8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

For a full list of operating hours, visit

VPDCS lands national client

TRAVERSE CITY — VP Demand Creation Services has been selected by San Antonio-based foodservice manufacturing company C.H. Guenther & Son to grow its marketing services.

Formerly Village Press, Inc., VP Demand Creation Services has been processing redemptions for C.H. Guenther & Son since March of 2018. C.H. Guenther & Son will transition its fulfillment to VPDCS this fall.

According to a release, C.H. Guenther & Son is “a leading supplier of gravies and sauces, baking mixes and other value-added grain-based food products to foodservice and select consumer markets in North America and Europe.”

In a separate release, VP Demand Creation Services announced it has a new website. For more information and to view thaw new website, visit

Antrim Pitch Night deadline Oct. 1

BELLAIRE — Entrepreneurs and new business owners of two years or fewer are invited to apply for Antrim Pitch Night.

Deadline to apply is Oct. 1. Applications can be downloaded at and emailed to

The Antrim Pitch Night event on Nov. 7 at Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire has businesses competing for a share of $15,000 in startup funding for their business venture and a chance to advance to the grand event. First-, second- and third-place winners will be awarded. The audience will select a People’s Choice Award.

Cooking Matters class in Cadillac

CADILLAC — Cooking Matters for Adults, a free six-week class, will be held Wednesdays at Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital.

The class teaches people to shop and cook healthy meals on a budget. Classes will be held Sept. 26, Oct. 3, 10, 24 and Nov. 7 and 14 from 6-8 p.m.

Classes will be held on the fourth floor at Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital at 400 Hobart St. A volunteer chef and a nutrition educator teach each class.

To register, contact Denise Gilde at (231) 839-5847 or or JoAnn Benthem at (231) 779-9480 or

Crowdfunding campaign launched

EAST JORDAN — A crowdfunding campaign for The Breezeway, a 26-mile corridor from Atwood to Boyne Falls, has been launched.

If the campaign reaches its crowdfunding goal of $5,000 by Oct. 10, the GreenLight East Jordan project will win matching grant funds from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Public Spaces Community Places program.

The campaign is through the Michigan-based Patronicity platform. For project details and to donate, visit

Energy Excellence awards presented

LANSING — Eight individuals and organizations were recognized by Gov. Rick Snyder at the Governor’s Energy Excellence Awards in Grand Rapids on Sept. 5.

Winners by category were Best Residential Project, James Stump, Lyons; Best Public Project, Genesee Intermediate School District, Flint; Best Agriculture Project, Continental Dairy Facilities, LLC, Coopersville; Best Industrial/Manufacturing Project, ArcelorMittal, Detroit; Best Commercial Project (Private), IBEW Local 58, Detroit; Contractor of the Year, WMGB Home Improvement, Wyoming; Innovator of the Year, Major General Michael Stone, Lansing; Best Program, Homeless Shelters Initiative, Okemos.

Thirteen award finalists were recognized in the same categories, including Dave Heinz of Petoskey in the Innovator of the Year.

Fish Hatchery meeting scheduled

BEULAH — A meeting to discuss accessibility and program upgrades at the Platte River State Fish Hatchery is scheduled for Sept. 27.

The meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Platte River State Fish Hatchery Visitor Center at 15210 U.S. 31 in Beulah.

According to a release from the Alliance for Economic Success, "potential changes to improve accessibility for people with disabilities as well as educational and interpretive upgrades to the visitors center and the entire facility" will be discussed at the meeting.

For more information about the meeting, contact Hatchery Biologist Paul Stowe at (231) 325-46112, extension 22 or