- To Munson Medical Center, Rotary Charities, Consumers Energy Foundation and Grand Traverse Conservation District for the “new look” after Munson decided tor reroute and “daylight” the creek as part of its plan to build a new cancer center. The $2 million project ultimately will divert water that now flows through 900 feet of straight channels and underground culverts to a 1,275-foot meandereing stream.
- To Frankfort Public Works crews who cleaned the first major alewife die-off in seven years from the city’s Lake Michigan beaches. The die-off extended from as far away as Manistee and Ludington but seemed concentrated at Frankfort. The alewives, prized as forage food for salmon, died because of unseasonable cold water, said Mark Tonello, a fisheries biologist with the DNR.
- To Ron Paquin, a Chippewa Indian from Cheboygan, who last week demonstrated how to make a birch bark canoe as part of the Inland Seas Association’s 2013 Classic Boat Show in Suttons Bay. This year’s theme was “Canoe Heritage.” Kudos also to ISEA.
- To Dorothy Kohn and volunteers at the Mesick Area Historical Museum for preserving the history of the village and surrounding area and keeping it alive.
- To Oryana Natural Foods Marked for conducting a kids cooking class at the Elk Rapids District Library. It’s never too early to be introduced to health and fresh food.
- To the nearly 300 motorcyclists who participated in the 6th Annual Ashley’s Ride benefit to help raise money to find a cure for neurofibromatosis, a genetic nerve disorder. The ride was created in memory of Ashley Sexton, who died in July 2007 at age 21.
- To local endocrinologists Jill Vollbrecht and John Faichney for their work on the Munson Healthcare/Priority insurance initiative, started in 2006, to slow the skyrocketing growth of diabetes in northern Michigan. The Grand Traverse region has a diabetes rate of 15.2 percent, compared to the national rate of 8.5 percent. The initiative now includes 12 counties, Munson’s affiliated hospitals, public schools, health departments. In 2011, Vollbrecht and John Faichney began teaching primary care doctors, one-on-one, how to best treat diabetics and helped come up with treatment plans. The program began with nine physicians. The Michigan Health and Hospital Association recently honored the initiative.