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June 16, 2014

Cheers: 06/16/2014

n To the late John Richter, an East Jordan veterinarian, environmentalist and a founder and president of the Friends of the Jordan River Watershed, who died May 28 of cancer at age 62. Friends recall Richter for bringing together community leaders and activists to win a number of important environmental victories. He successfully fought against injecting toxic leachate into an Alba well and also kept oil and gas drilling from the Jordan River Valley. The Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council named him an environmentalist of the year in 2008.

n To the four finalists for National Cherry Queen for 2914, who were chosen from a field of 18. The coronation ball is set for July 11. The finalists are: Chelsea Lajko, a 2008 graduate of Kingsley High School; Alyssa Veliquette, a 2013 graduate of Elk Rapids High School; Stasha Yancho, a 2011 graduate of Traverse City West Senior High; and Elise Zagore, a 2013 graduate of Traverse City West Senior High.

n To ShareCare of Leelanau, Inc., a membership organization that helps keep area senior citizens safely in their homes. The group, celebrating its 20th anniversary, offers members rides to the grocery store or hair appointments, respite care and loans medical equipment like wheelchairs.

n To Delbert Sheldon, 79. a Korean War veteran who recently received a diploma from Traverse City West Senior High School. The state allows districts to award diplomas to veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam who were unable to complete their high school education.

n To Vice Adm. John Currier, who gave up the title of the U.S. Coast Guard’s “Ancient Albatross” in a ceremony at the Traverse City air station. The Ancient Albatross is the Coast Guard’s longest-tenured active duty aviation officer. He wears a leather jacket, cap, goggles and pilot’s scarf as part of his office. Currier, who is retiring in Traverse City, passed the title to the 24th recipient, Rear Adm. Jake Korn.

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