Traverse City Record-Eagle


December 3, 2012

Cheers: 12/03/2012

- To Jack Rineera, who for more than four decades has been the man behind a beloved community ice rink in Benzonia. Rineera builds and maintains the roughly one-acre rink at Academy Park along U.S. 31. A group now in its third year raised most of the $8,000 cost of the rink in its first year, and was pretty close in its second. It is again raising money.

- To the Committee to Improve the Suttons Bay Elementary School Playground, which launched a campaign to win a grant and raise money. They've entered a competition sponsored by Clorox that will award one $50,000 grant and six $25,000 grants. They've already received $1,000 from the Suttons Bay Support Staff.

- To Traverse City Area Public Schools for forging tentative agreements for several exchange programs during a recent trip to China. As many as 60 high school students likely will have their first opportunity to study in Dalian for 40 days starting June 1. Yearlong student exchanges could start next fall.

- To the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development for a $110,000 grant to Dutchman Tree Farms in Manton to expand its wreath-making operation. In 2011, Dutchman bought a wreath company and started its own production last year; it cranked out 90,000 wreaths.

- To members of Northwestern Michigan College's Engineering Club who are building a Baja car and raising funds to compete against 100 teams from around the world in an event in Bellingham, Wash., in May. All Baja teams start with a 10-horsepower Briggs & Stratton engine and then modify them.

- To H. Cox & Son, which for 25 years has given turkeys to its employees for the holidays and this year, with its employees, decided to donate 65 turkeys to local families in need. The turkeys were distributed in partnership with the Salvation Army.

- To, which is recruiting participants to keep a food diary of what they eat for five days for a wider research project. Twenty-five adults ages 18-60 and 25 parents with a child aged 4-7 can contribute. The project will compare how often certain foods are consumed by adults vs. children. Visit for details.

- To 16 Traverse City Area Public Schools students who received All-State recognition after competing against thousands of student musicians. Students who won top honors will join other All-State winners for performances at the Michigan Music Conference in Grand Rapids Jan. 19.

Text Only

Opinion Poll
AP Video
Trump: DC Hotel Will Be Among World's Best Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Republicans Hold a Hearing on IRS Lost Emails Raw: Mourners Gather As MH17 Bodies Transported Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Raw: MH17 Bodies Arrive in Netherlands Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Disabled Veterans Memorial Nearing Completion Last Mass Lynching in U.S. Remains Unsolved Home-sharing Programs Help Seniors Ex-NYC Mayor: US Should Allow Flights to Israel Clinton: "AIDS-Free Generation Within Our Reach" Judge Ponders Overturning Colo. Gay Marriage Ban Airlines Halt Travel to Israel Amid Violence VA Nominee McDonald Goes Before Congress US Official: Most Migrant Children to Be Removed Police Probing Brooklyn Bridge Flag Switch CDC Head Concerned About a Post-antibiotic Era Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball