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March 4, 2013

Cheers: 03/04/2013

- To the Traverse City Central girls ski team, which won its first state championship since 2005. The Trojans were runner-ups the last five years.Central finished with 81 points. Walled Lake Central took second with 92. Traverse City West, the defending state champion, placed fifth with 128.

- To the Frey Foundation for a $100,000 grant to help restore the historic Vogue Theatre in downtown Manistee. It is the largest grant to date from a private foundation in support of the $2.25 million campaign. Work is now under way to complete some interior demolition and grading to prepare for concrete to be poured for new floors.The Grand Rapids-based Frey Foundation is one of Michigan’s largest family foundations.

- To Traverse City West Senior High School’s sixth annual Trashion Fashion Show. Students from West and other area schools showed off clothing and accessories created from various recycled and alternative materials last weekend. TC West art teacher Melissa Clone said the event promotes green-friendly efforts and gives students a chance to showcase their talents.

- To Alfred E. Pilong Jr., who was named president of Munson Medical Center. He will replace Kathleen McManus, who is retiring. McManus ran the hospital since 2010 as chief operating officer and executive vice president. Pilong was president of the 445-bed Winchester Medical Center in Winchester, Va., about an hour’s drive northwest of Washington D.C., where he also was senior vice president of a six-hospital system similar to Munson Healthcare. He is married with three children.

- To world famous pianist Van Cliburn, who died Wednesday, for his years of service to the Interlochen Center for the Arts. Cliburn had a long and special relationship with Interlochen. He was elected a trustee in 1963 and served on the board until 2004.“He first came to Interlochen 50 years ago for what was supposed to be a one-time performance, but he became a lifelong friend and advocate ...” Interlochen president Jeff Klimpton said. After his last performance there in 2006, Klimpton said, Cliburn stayed for two hours on a hot summer day and spoke with every student in the World Youth Symphony Orchestra about their life and music. “That is the type of person that Van Cliburn was,” he said.

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