Traverse City Record-Eagle

Opinion

July 8, 2013

Cheers & Jeers: 07/08/2013

CHEERS

n To the National Cherry Festival and organizers of the Old Town Classic Vehicle Show, which drew more than 200 classic car enthusiasts to Union Street and the Old Town neighborhood. An event manager for show cosponsor Hagerty Insurance said the show offered an large variety of foreign and domestic classic vehicles and drew visitors from Michigan and beyond.

n To the Cherry Festival for going out of its way to honor military veterans during the week, including featuring a group of veterans who marched with 600 American flags in the Junior Royale Parade through downtown Thursday — an act that likely broke a record. Organizers missed a deadline to apply to Guinness World Records, but Jack Pickard, former Grand Traverse Area Veteran Coalition president, said the significance lies in the parade falling on Independence Day. The coalition helped the Traverse City Boom Boom Club raise money for July 4 fireworks at the Open Space.

n To about 20 Traverse City Area Public Schools high school students and three teachers, part of the district’s foreign exchange partnership with Dalian University of Technology, who returned this month from a three-week stay in the seaport city of more than 6 million. Chinese students stayed area students when they visited Traverse City for three weeks this winter.

n To a local group that plans to work with the Veteran’s Administration to create a tranquil healing center for area veterans who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. Veterans can already get free counseling at the Traverse City Veteran Affairs Community Based Outpatient Clinic, but the group, headed by Christine Stalsonburg of Traverse City, wants to provide free, professional help while the vets get their paperwork processed.

n To police, merchants and bar owners along the 100 block of Union Street for working together to reduce the number of disturbances that plagued the area last summer, when there were a large number of fights and other incidents. Police encouraged bar owners and employees to call dispatch before fights occur, rather than after. While police say they are responding to more calls, there has been a decrease in fights and damaged property,

JEERS

n To the state Legislature, which waited too long to pass a new law that allows Michigan cities and townships to institute a 1 a.m. curfew on fireworks for the local governments to pass ordinances and get the laws in place for the holiday. Gov. Rick Snyder on June 19 signed the law to let municipalities adopt fireworks curfews, but public notice requirements demand two weeks to 30-plus days to amend an ordinance.

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