To child care providers across the region who have scrambled to take in children for the day when area school districts have closed because of bad winter weather. Traverse City Area Public Schools have canceled classes 10 times this winter, sending working parents into a tizzy trying to find a place to take them for the day. The Grand Traverse Bay YMCA’s School’s Out drop-in child care program hit its limit of 18 extra students in minutes last week
n To the late Charles “Chuck” Heffer, a former Kalkaska County Library patron who died last May for leaving $400,000 to the library; he earmarked the money to build a new facility. Heffer often could be found at the library, where he helped run the garden club and volunteered to help out wherever he was needed, library officials said. Administrators have tried for years to move to a larger, more modern building. A .87-mill ballot measure that would have raised $3.8 million for library construction lost by a 2-to-1 margin last year.
n To the Michigan Economic Development Corporation for granting $750,000 to the village of Kalkaska for major streetscape improvements along Cedar Street (U.S. 131) by the end of the summer. Kalkaska plans to come up with $672,000 in matching funds through its Downtown Development Authority. The village recently purchased the former Erb Lumber building on the downtown corridor. The village hopes to get help from the Michigan Main Street Center
n To Habitat for Humanity Grand Traverse Region, which is is looking for families in need of adequate, affordable housing that are willing to put in the sweat equity to get it. The group needs to select families to partner with before they start building and was to host application fairs for families to apply.
n To the Traverse Area District Library’s Woodmere Branch for running a Pajama Drive through Saturday to collect pajamas for kids. Pajamas must be new, size newborn to 12 and include tags and original packaging. The collection will culminate in a Pajama Jam Party and Puppet Show storytelling event March 15.