Traverse City Record-Eagle

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August 26, 2013

Cheers & Jeers: 08/26/2013

Cheers

- To 12-year-old Abby Wetherell of Cadillac who survived a mauling from a black bear as she was jogging home from her grandfather’s house to her own home last week. The seventh-grader received deep cuts to her left thigh and back. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources set traps hoping to capture and euthanize the animal so it could be tested for diseases.

- To James Rossiter, who has been named Antrim County Prosecutor to replace Charles Koop, 63, who died Aug. 6 in his Williamsburg home and left Antrim County looking for a new prosecutor for the first time in 23 years. Rossiter worked with Koop as an assistant prosecutor for 11 years.

- To the The National Writers Series’ fall season lineup. The writers are: Sept. 5, Benjamin Perry, author of “Red Moon”; Sept. 27, Michael Paterniti, “The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge and the World’s Greatest Piece of Cheese”; Sept. 30, Jamie Ford, author of “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet”; Oct. 14, Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist David Finkel; Oct. 15, poet Nikki Giovanni; and Nov 5, long-time mystery writer Sara Paretsky. More information at: www.nationalwritersseries.

- To the Traverse Bay Sunrise Rotary club, which will give 1,400 backpacks filled with $20,000 worth of school supplies to needy students next month. During the past decade, the group has given away 13,000 backpacks.

- To employees of the Inland Seas Education Association who recently saved one of two lake sturgeon the organization features at its education center. The fish are a threatened species in Michigan. One was recently found floating upside down in its tank, barely alive. Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials told employees to create a saline bath for the fish, and it recovered.

- To artist Chris Smith of Suttons Bay who won the 2014 Michigan Duck Stamp Contest and the Michigan Ducks Unlimited Sponsor Print of the year contest. The 41-year-old Suttons Bay resident works mostly in oils making paintings of wildlife and dogs on a commission basis. His entry will be reproduced on annual duck stamps and a limited number of prints.

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