Traverse City Record-Eagle

January 27, 2014

Cheers: 01/27/2014

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — - To: Austin Wolfgram, an Elk Rapids High School junior, who attained a top score of 36 on the Dec. 13 ACT college admissions exam; he missed just two questions out of 210, a testament to his self-direction, said his dad, Vern. The day Austin took the test Vern Wolfgram was undergoing brain surgery for brain cancer. “It was a little rough,” Austin said. Fewer than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score of 36, said Katie Wacker, spokeswoman for ACT, Inc. Austin is also active in a variety of academic and afterschool activities.

- To area teachers who found a variety of ways to make the Civil Rights Era and Martin Luther King Jr. relevant to students for the observance of King's birthday last week. Teachers used video of the violence of the era, including fire-bombed buses and people being beaten. Ben Zenner, who teaches a lesson on stereotypes during his United States history class at Traverse City West Senior High School, said he also discusses the case of Emmet Till, an African-American 14-year-old who was murdered in Mississippi in 1955.

- To about 80 trails advocates from across Michigan who were expected to attend a state trails "summit" in Acme to map ways to connect Michigan’s recreational trails systems over the next five years and bolster its reputation as the “Trails State.” Michigan has more than 12,000 miles of recreational trails, including 2,626 miles of rail trails.The summit was part of a larger,week-long Michigan Recreation & Parks Association conference and trade show at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa.

- To the Bijou by the Bay theater which will soon add 3D capability.Traverse City Film Festival co-founder Michael Moore said the new function will be used sparingly so films, including “Gravity,” can be “seen the way they were meant to be seen.” Bijou by the Bay, a Film Festival’spin-off, is located in the city-owned Con Foster Museum at Clinch Park.

- To a partnership between nonprofit groups, Grand Traverse County resident Barb Lemcool and Michigan Department of Corrections inmates that has led to little libraries popping up in the Grand Traverse region. The libraries are waterproof boxes with Plexiglas doors stuffed full of children’s books. Many are mounted on posts outside schools and parks. Patrons are urged to take a book, read a book, return a book. Lemcool got the idea from a similar program in Kalkaska County. She used money her late mother-in-law left for local libraries. Nonprofits donated 300 books and Pugsley Correctional Facility inmates built the 16 little libraries.