n To the Traverse City History Center for hosting a World War II display to commemorate experiences like those of veteran Bill Steffler, 91, who served in the 103rd Infantry Division, 928th Field Artillery. The display shows a variety of memorabilia, uniforms, newspaper clippings and photographs of Traverse City and its residents at the time. The exhibit, titled “A Salute to World War II Veterans,” will be on display through Dec. 6.
n To the family and friends of Tyler S. Antaya, who recalled the 11-year-old sixth-grader for his smile and, as two teachers at Mancelona Middle School wrote, for being ‘a genuinely good person who is kind, respectful and fun-loving.” Tyler died Nov. 3 while riding dirt bikes with his father, Jamie Seabolt of Kalkaska, and a stepbrother. They were biking on state land in Kalkaska when Tyler lost control of his bike, veered off the road and crashed into trees, police said. He was wearing a helmet, but still suffered head injuries.
n To the children of Suttons Bay Congregational Church who were to sell their used toys and games during the second annual Kids Caring for Kids used toy sale last Saturday at the church. The church’s Kids Serve program teaches children the value of service to others.
n To Northwestern Michigan College, which received $500,000 for a New Jobs Training Program designed to help companies in northern Michigan with employee training. The program is aimed at companies that intend to add employee numbers. They take payroll taxes they normally pay to the state and apply them to training new or promoted employees who earn $12.95 an hour or more.
n To the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce for hosting the third annual Sleep Out over the weekend. The event raised more than $10,000 in each of the past two years. Prominent community members planned to rough it in tents to raise awareness of and money for people who struggle to heat their homes. The event supports the Coalition to Keep Michigan Warm.
n To the Inland Seas Education Center in Suttons Bay for sponsoring a Family Science Saturday Nov. 16 on the Legend of the Loon. The program will offer information on the loon and other native birds in northwest Michigan. Children will learn to identify different types of birds based on their appearance and their songs.
n To the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, which has declared war on a new aquatic invasive plant. European frogbit (Hydrocharis morsus-ranae) is a free-floating plant that looks like a lily pad. It forms extremely dense vegetative mats that shade out submerged native plants, reducing invertebrate and plant biodiversity and adversely affecting fish and wildlife habitat.