Traverse City Record-Eagle
---- — n To Michigan lawmakers who voted to provide Medicaid health insurance to hundreds of thousands of low-income residents. The issue passed the Senate 20-18, but fell short of the 26 votes needed for the extension to take effect in January. State Sen. Howard Walker and Rep. Wayne Schmidt, both Traverse City Republicans, voted to extend coverage.
n To a group called “CamUnity,” which is selling raffle tickets and will hold a “Fun on the Farm” event behind Moomers Ice Cream on North Long Lake Road Sept. 15 to raise money to help the family of 7-year-old Cam Deering pay expenses related to Cam’s treatment at the Helen Devos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids. Cam has been diagnosed three times with Langerhans cell Histiocytosis, a rare disease for which he is undergoing chemotherapy.
n To scientists who have found tiny plastic particles in all five of the Great Lakes, which could prompt efforts to clean up the pollution. Floating masses of plastic had previously been discovered Lakes Superior, Huron and Erie; new research has uncovered small concentrations in Lakes Michigan and Ontario. Scientists say the plastic is a threat to drinking water and the ecosystems of the lakes.
n To Grow Benzie for opening a new “incubator” kitchen as a resource for Benzie County entrepreneurs. The nonprofit farmstead’s 1,600-square-foot commercial kitchen in Benzonia offers workspace at reasonable hourly rates to small food production businesses that don’t have their own licensed facility. For more information, call (231) 882-9510 or e-mail growbenzie@gmail.
n To organizers of Suttons Bay Floatilla2, an effort to break a Guinness world record for the number of kayaks and canoes rafting together. Organizers say 2,099 kayaks and canoes floated together offshore in Suttons Bay Aug. 31, which would beat the old record by 197 boats. The record is yet to be verified. The effort is a fundraiser for Suttons Bay public schools.
n To Rob Couturier, a Lake Leelanau summer resident, for inventing “The Boot,” a device that can make ordinary doors nearly impenetrable. It is essentially two steel pegs attached to a rectangular plate of quarter-inch steel that drops into pre-drilled holes behind a closed door. It has been installed at Northport Public Schools as a safety measure.
n To the Bay Area Transportation Authority’s newfound fame. After two local public relations firms issued a press release to say BATA is the second public transit company in the country to haul around large groups of bikes, a PR Newswire sign went up in New York’s Times Square announcing “BATA’s 2nd in the nation Bike-n-Ride program in northwest Michigan. www.Bata.net.”