Traverse City Record-Eagle

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April 28, 2014

Cheers: 04/28/2014

- To Joan Wolfe, 84, of Frankfort, who was inducted into the Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame for her lifelong work of fighting for and protecting Michigan’s environment. She was honored for her role in getting the Michigan Environmental Protection Act accepted as law in 1970. The law paved the way for Michigan residents to take an active role in efforts to protect land, air and water. Her husband Willard was involved in Trout Unlimited while she founded the West Michigan Environmental Action Council.

- To Traverse City West Senior High School students in Charles Rennie’s honors Model United Nations class, who won Best Prepared School, the highest honor given, for the ninth year in a row at the annual Mid-American Model United Nations conference, a meeting of about 30 Midwestern high school Model UN teams.

- To the hundreds of volunteers from the area’s three Rotary Clubs who pool their talents to put on the annual Rotary Show, This year’s was the 72nd rendition of the annual fundraiser, which provides funding for Rotary;s Good Works fund. Every year the show also features the Rotary Chorus and acts that Rotary calls “real talent” to provide musical interludes between segments.

- To Grand Traverse Metro Fire personnel who had to swim from a boat to reach two 16-year-old teenagers whose canoe trip through mushy ice on Silver Lake came to a soggy end after frigid water filled their craft and left them stranded on an island. Emergency personnel returned the teens to shore and gave a lift to a neighbor who kayaked to the island to make sure the two stayed warm.

- To the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development for awarding grants under its Value Added and Regional Food System Grant Program to Grow Benzie, a nonprofit that aims to reduce poverty through education in agriculture and other life skills. The program operates an incubator kitchen where individuals can become licensed to produce food. The grant will allow the nonprofit to buy more sanitation equipment, a refrigerator and provide longer staff hours and more community outreach.

- To the Traverse City Central High School Student Senate who are making a colorful statement against child abuse. The student group was to host its second Spring Splatter 5K color run over the weekend. The students are donating all profits to the Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center. Runners were to be given white T-shirts at the beginning of the race, but volunteers along the route will splatter them with colored powder.

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