Traverse City Record-Eagle

Opinion

August 19, 2013

Cheers: 08/19/2013

- To Brian Manley and June McGrath, who founded AC Paw of Traverse City, for sponsoring a free Doghouse Building Clinic from 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 24 at Lowe’s, 3150 U.S. 31 in Traverse City. Cardiologist Dr. Michael Schulte, of Traverse City Heart and Vascular created the prototype for houses the clinic will offer. Information is at acpawbrian@ torchlake.com or by calling (231) 499-1301.

- To Diane Frechette and Dru O’Connor, both of Traverse City, who lost their stillborn daughters in 2001. That fall, the Frechettes took part in a Munson Medical Center-sponsored memorial walk, where Diane introduced herself to Dru O’Connor. After crossing paths a few times, they created a 5K race to raise money to help struggling newborns. The first race in 2011 raised $8,000. The 2013 “Lauren & Theresa’s Run” was to be held over the weekend.

- To the Maritime Heritage Alliance board, which is seeking a state permit to sink the deteriorating 55-foot Welcome in Grand Traverse Bay. The group has asked the Grand Traverse Bay Underwater Preserve Council to find a place for the ship on the bay floor. Its sinking would serve as a “dignified” burial and create a diving attraction. The replica was built by the Mackinac Island State Park Commission at Fort Michilimackinac for the U.S Bicentennial celebration in 1976.

- To the nine people seeking spots on the Traverse City Commission. Two will vie for mayor, while seven others will contest for three city commission slots. Just two are incumbents. It’s a sign of a healthy political system when a number of people seek office, and not just the same folks over and over.

- To the organizers of SwingShift and the Stars, which will start its sixth season with a goal of raising $400,000 for local charities. Six area “celebrities” will team with a professional dancer or instructor in the 2013 competition to benefit six charities. The event has raised more than $687,000 for 30 local charities since 2008, when it was founded by Judy Harrison, lead singer of the Swingshift and the Stars swing band. For more information visit: www.swingshiftandthestars.com.

- To the Great Lakes Children’s Museum which is inviting school-age children to explore the science of sports at Mad Science Monday from 1 to 3 p.m. today at the museum at 13240 S. West Bay Shore Dr. Hands-on activities will focus on the science involved in various athletic pastimes. The event is included in museum admission.

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