Traverse City Record-Eagle
---- — - To Charlie Donahue, a St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Middle School eighth-grader who won the Grand Traverse Regional Spelling Bee at the State Theatre after finishing fourth last year. He’ll head to Washington, D.C., to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May. Julia Pickard, a Kingsley Middle School eighth-grader, finished second.
- To the Ma-Me-Ne-Sewong Garden Club, which recently celebrated its 35-year anniversary. The garden club’s name means “Lake of Many Islands” because it began with members from the Long Lake area. The club held its first meeting in September 1977.
- To the Traverse City Film Festival and the State Theatre for instituting a new affirmative action employment policy for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan wars. They are urging northern Michigan businesses to do the same. For more information, visit statetheatretc.org/veterans.com.
- To Gladys Munoz, who received the Sara Hardy Humanitarian Award. Munoz has worked as director of language and cultural diversity at Northwest Michigan Health Services, providing interpretation services. She provides translation services for other human service agencies and assists the Women’s Resource Center when Spanish-speaking women are victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
- To Blair Township elected officials who took up hammers and nails to work on a picnic pavilion at the township park. Supervisor Pat Pahl and Treasurer Brenda DeKuiper joined township maintenance coordinator Carl Bearinger on the project over the winter. They plan to work on a splash pad in the spring.
- To groups hosting Earth Day Parade building workshops. The workshops, hosted by Little Artshram, are free and open to the public; a $10 donation is suggested per mask/costume. Workshops will be held at Blackbird Arts, 1485 Barlow St., the Great Lakes Children’s Museum, 13240 S. West Bay Shore Dr., and SCRAP at 821 S. Garfield Ave. For details call 730-8370 or visit www. littleartshram.org.
- To the Old Town Playhouse for hosting “Take It From The Top,” a musical theater workshop. Participants learn music, dance and theater from Broadway professionals and perform for an audience at the end of the workshop. Workshjops will be held for children ages 10 to 18 and students ages 12 to 22. For details visit www.cityoperahouse.org.
- To Leelanau County sheriff’s deputies and rescue personnel from the Leland and Suttons Bay fire departments whe rescued an off-duty Michigan State Police trooper after his snowmobile fell through the ice on South Lake Leelanau. Michael S. Mihalic, 41, of Traverse City, spent about 25 minutes in the water.