Traverse City Record-Eagle

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June 2, 2014

Cheers: 06/02/2014

n To Ken Scott, a Suttons Bay photographer known for his definitive books on Leelanau County’s scenic beauty who has created “Ice Caves of Leelanau,” a visual exploration of the ice caves that formed along the Leelanau County shoreline last winter. His favorite among the 47 color images is a panoramic self-portrait in which he and the Milky Way are framed in the entrance to a cave.

n To Chicks for Charity, a group of women who recently turned their lunchtime get-togethers into monthly volunteer sessions. The women hope to encourage others of their generation and the next to follow their lead.

n To the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which will continue efforts to eradicate the invasive sea lamprey at the mouth of the Boardman River and in Boardman Lake. Crews are expected to work from June 4-12. The lampreys came from the Atlantic Ocean into the Great Lakes in the 1920s and decimated native fish populations.

n To Magna Interior Trim Components of Benzonia, which is one of the fastest-growing businesses in northern Michigan. Magna has gone from 70 employees three years ago to 240 today; 100 temporary workers are getting on-site training for full-time positions, and Magna is looking to hire yet another 100.

n To the Glen Lake Association, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting and preserving Leelanau County’s Glen Lake area, which raised nearly $300,000 to dredge Hatlem Pond, through which silty water flows before spilling a copper-brown sediment plume into the lake.

n To four graducates added to Traverse City Central High School’s Hall of Fame. The inductees include architect Dave Whiteford, ski coach Jerry Stanek and Len Hawley, who graduated from West Point in 1969 and served in the army until 1994. The fourth inductee is Lars Hockstad, who graduated from Traverse City High School in 1907, returned to teach in 1921, became principal in 1924 and superintendent in 1933. The district named Central Grade School’s auditorium after him in 1971. Hockstad died in 1980 at 91.

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