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September 30, 2013

Cheers: 09/30/2013

To the organizers of a work bee that saw more than 80 people remove and replace the shingles from the roof of Chris Stein’s home. Stein, a long-time Boy Scout scoutmaster, has been diagnosed with an aggressive bladder cancer that will require significant surgery. Stein had planned to complete the job in the fall. Friends, co-workers and former scouts planned the effort; local suppliers and contractors kicked in $1,800 in additional materials.

n To 17-year-old Sojourner Ahebee, an Interlochen Arts Academy senior who was forced from her West African home by a civil war, who has earned the highest national honor for youth poets. Ahebee was one of five teen poets selected this year to join the National Student Poets Program. They will each receive a $5,000 scholarship.

n To the Oleson Foundation for committing $150,000 to restore and reopen the historic Vogue Theatre in downtown Manistee; the donation brings the foundation’s support for the Vogue to $200,000. In tribute, the new 44-seat theater in the Vogue will be named “The Oleson Family Theatre.” The main theater will have 191 seats. The $2.4 million fundraising drive to open the theater this year is now at $1.9 million.

n To area veterans groups which four years ago began delivering food to the needy, including salmon from the area’s fish weirs. Prompted by a food bank at the Cherryland VFW, Michael Dickinson found that surplus fish from state Department of Natural Resources weirs was being sold for cat food, He turned to area veterans’ groups to deliver the catch to area churches, food pantries, veterans halls, and nonprofits. They delivered an estimated 30,000 pounds last year.

n To the organizers of the “Pickle Jar Project,” inspired by a pickle jar full of pennies given to Kimi Baker and her husband, Bobby. Their daughter Penolope was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and medical bills have soared to well over $200,000. Pickle jars are set up in stores and restaurants across Traverse City. Kimi Baker grew up on Old Mission Peninsula.

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