n To journalist and civic activist Ken Parker, who died last week at age 99. Parker was also an author and a driving force behind both the Old Town Playhouse and the new Traverse City library. He founded the Antrim County News in 1947 and later acquired the Mancelona Herald. He sold both papers in 1959 and joined the Traverse City Record-Eagle, where he worked as a reporter and city editor. He became public relations director for Traverse City Area Public Schools in 1971 and wrote columns for the Record-Eagle columns for another eight years. He wrote two books, “Be Independent! Start Your Own Newspaper” and “Civilian at War,” in which he recounted his front line World War II experiences.
n To Kelly Lively, special projects and school liaison for Cherry Capital Foods in Traverse City and numerous northern Michigan schools for coordinating and participating in local Apple Crunch Day events. About 70,000 students across the state took a bite out of a fresh Michigan-grown apple Oct. 24.
n To Helen Erginkara, known in her hometown of Frankfort as “The Playground Girl,” for heading up the fundraising campaign and park development for the $130,000 Children’s Playground at Frankfort’s Mineral Park when she was 11. Now 12, she’s aiming to raise $23,000 for skateboard and longboard terrain features in Frankfort. She has already proposed the idea to a the city council and is looking at skate park manufacturers and potential sites within the city.
n To an organization representing more than 100 cities in the U.S. and Canada that is asking federal and industry officials for action on the recently discovered problem of “microplastic” pollution in the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative sent letters to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and its counterpart, Environment Canada, asking what they plan to do about the problem. Scientists have reported finding thousands of plastic bits — some visible only under a microscope — in the lakes. They flow through screens at waste treatment plants and wind up in the lakes, where fish and aquatic birds might eat them.
n To the Grand Traverse County Brush Drop-Off site at 2471 N. Keystone Rd., which will remain open through Saturday, Nov. 23, so county residents can get right of leaves and other yard debris. For hours of operation and more information, visit www.RecycleSmart.info or call the RecycleSmart Hotline at 941.5555.