Traverse City Record-Eagle

Opinion

February 4, 2013

Cheers & Jeers: 02/04/2013

Cheers

- To philanthropist Barbara Dennos, a longtime supporter of the local college, hospital and arts, who died at age 90 last week. Her death came seven months after Michael Dennos, her husband of 70 years, who died in early July. Northwestern Michigan College's Dennos Museum Center is named for them. Michael Dennos was the retired CEO of Chef Pierre. Friends said they would remember Barbara Dennos for her sense of humor, love for family, books, adventure, travel, her thoughtfulness, vision and deep appreciation of the arts.

- To Terry Berden, CEO of Great Lakes Stainless, the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce's 2012 Distinguished Service Award winner. The 62-year-old Berden said much of his work ethic and values grew out of spending a lot of time on his grandparents' farm in Cheboygan. Anecdotes about his generosity include a time when his company submitted the low bid to install heating and cooling for the Goodwill Inn and he donated money to help build it. "I'm speechless," Berden said. "And I'm not speechless very often."

- To Benzie County Sheriff's officials, Homestead Township Fire officials and others who used a county-owned airboat to break up an ice jam on the Platte River to alleviate flooding concerns. The river was 3.6 feet above normal at Indian Hills Road in the Honor area and held the potential to cause flooding to 24 homes.

- To the organizers and volunteers who run the Traverse House Clubhouse, a facility for area residents with diagnoses of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, severe depression and other conditions. Members are referred from Northern Lakes Community Mental Health, and membership is voluntary. The goal is to help members obtain quality housing, education and jobs that pay the prevailing wage.

- To a partnership between Grow Benzie, the Michigan Land Use Institute, FoodCorps, teachers and students at Platte River Elementary School for a program about local food. The goal is to teach lifelong lessons and help students make healthy food choices.

- To Jorden Wakeley, 22, of Grayling, who convincingly won the World Championship 50K Snow Bike race in Marquette. Wakeley, a member of Traverse City's Einstein race team, finished in 2 hours, 21 minutes, 29 seconds, 21 minutes ahead of the second-place rider. He was seventh in last November's Iceman Cometh.

Jeers

- To Sgt. Glenn Artress, 42, the village of Kalkaska's acting police chief, who pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of simple assault; he faces up to 93 days in jail. The charge stems from a confrontation at Artress' neighbor's home in Rapid City when Artress punched his neighbor in the mouth.

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