Traverse City Record-Eagle

Opinion

December 17, 2012

Cheers: 12/17/2012

- To well-known Cherry Bowl Drive-In owner Harry Clark, who died Dec. 8 of paralyzing injuries eight months after a tree limb fell on him while cleaning up after a March snowstorm. Clark and his wife Laura bought the Benzie County landmark in 1997 and were the second owners since it opened in 1953. Under their management, it showed only PG-13 or gentler movies. His familiar voice announced birthdays and welcomed first-time patrons over the speaker system. He also thanked veterans for their service. A memorial service was to be held Saturday at the Benzie Central High School Auditorium.

- To Traverse City Central High School students Niki Tubacki and Michael Payne, who each earned the highest possible score on the ACT, the nation’s chief college admissions exam.

To Rotary Charities for its 21 grants totaling $642,316 to charitable groups in the fivecounty Grand Traverse region. Grant recipients included: Acme Christian Thrift Store; Child and Family Services; Read Aloud; Traverse Health Clinic; Bethany Christian Services; Foundation for Mental Health; SEEDS; United Way of Northwest Michigan; Alliance for Economic Success/Honor Area Restoration Project; Benzie Area Christian Neighbors; Communities in Schools Mancelona; Junior Achievement; Leelanau Children’s Center; Paperworks/ Goodwill Industries; Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center; and the Women’s Resource Center.

- To the Grand Traverse Community Foundation for its philanthropy over the last 20 years. The foundation has stewarded more than $70 million in legacy money that organizations and individuals have entrusted to it as a way to make a positive impact in the region. Those endowments have resulted in $37 million, or about $2 million a year, in community grants to local nonprofit organizations in Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Leelanau counties. Large-impact projects include the Grand Traverse Bay YMCA capital campaign, Thirlby Field and the National Writer’s Series.

- To the Midwest Medical Mission’s 18 doctors and nurses from Munson Medical Center and Cadillac Mercy Hospital who, at their own expense, spent a week in the Dominican Republic in mid-October performing 30 free surgeries and treating about 450 people in a clinic set up in the local hospital. Todd Stone, CEO-owner of Teter Orthotics, also collected measurements for free 26 prosthetic arms and legs and one orthotic brace being made by employees in his firm who are donating their time. He will return in a few weeks to fit them.

- To the Grand Traverse Railroad Club for its 10th Annual Festival of Trains. The popular holiday exhibit opened Saturday at the History Center of Traverse City and continues through New Year's Day.

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