To the organizers of the Cherry-Roubaix bike races, which returned to Traverse City and the surrounding area. The sprint and road races featured altered routes and distances. Race director Bob McLain said the Sunday road race increased its distance from about 15 miles up to about 21 miles. McLain said since this year's race — like last year's — is the state road race championship, they wanted to make the course a little more difficult and went further up the Leelanau Peninsula.
To the burlesque troupe Bayside Bombshells, which will become one of the first two burlesque troupes to enter the prestigious ArtPrize Grand Rapids competition later this month. The competition includes more than 1,500 entries in more than 160 venues. The Traverse City-based troupe also celebrated its first anniversary Saturday. "It's the world's biggest open art competition so it's really big for us," said troupe founder Twiggy Pop. "We're all super excited."
To Bay Day, which was celebrated Saturday with food, rides and a cleanup. Visitors got free goodie bags, Baykeeper Wave ice cream, Bay Monitor tugboat rides and hands-on environmental activities. Volunteers also worked to clean up cigarette butts along the bay front. Cleaning gear was provided.
To Traverse City Light & Power, which celebrated its 100th anniversary at Friday Night Live. The utility set up a display at the corner of Front and Cass streets that included an energy efficient bike demo, hard hats for the first 500 children and free compact fluorescent light bulbs for adults. Events included demonstrations of a utility bucket truck, a bicycle that powers light bulbs and other energy-related displays. There was also a history table to highlight Light & Power's century of operations.
To the Historic Barns Park, which will have a new segment of trail thanks to a $300,000 grant to Garfield Township. The 56-acre park at the Grand Traverse Commons' features trails, barns and a planned botanical garden. Township Supervisor Chuck Korn said most of the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant will pay for a trail to run from the Copper Ridge area to the Commons' new south campus entrance.
To Gov. Rick Snyder for signing legislation that makes the first significant changes to Michigan's sand dune law in more than two decades. The law gives builders an easier time gaining approval for houses, driveways and other projects on private land. Environmental groups say the law will allow overdevelopment by weakening regulators' authority to block projects or require changes to reduce their impact. It's another in a long line of Republican-led rollbacks of environmental protections.