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April 15, 2013

Cheers: 04/15/2013

- To the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce, the Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment and Training Service, the Michigan Committee of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, The American Legion, NBC News, and other local partners for hosting a “Hiring Our Heroes” job fair for veterans, active duty military members, guard and reserve members and military spouses from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 23 at the Hagerty Conference Center on 715 E. Front St. Both employers and job-seekers may register online at www.

- To a small group of Fife Lake residents who are working to preserve a vacant downtown building and turning it into a Makerspace, a community activity center for peer learning and knowledge sharing. The Fife Lake Makerspace group will hold fundraiser spaghetti dinner from 1 to 5 p.m. April 27 at Fife Lake United Methodist Church, 206 Boyd Street.

- To Fifth Third Bank employees who will provide Junior Achievement’s financial literacy education program to Blair Elementary School students for the second year. The objective is to make students financially literate so they can learn entrepreneurship.

- To more than 100 engineering students from nine Michigan and Ohio universities who took part in a concrete canoe competition in Suttons Bay. The race is part of an annual regional competition sponsored by the student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers

- To Artcenter Traverse City which conducted an online survey to gauge community interest in visual art, and the impact of art on the Grand Traverse region. The nonprofit is looking to improve its programming and possibly acquire a new art center facility in northwest lower Michigan.

- To the Kalkaska County Library which will host a “Star Wars”-themed Lego event at 1 p.m. May 4 titled “May the Fourth Be With You,” at the library with trivia and prizes planned. Costumes are encouraged.

- To Swensen Memorials, founded by Norwegian immigrant Johannes Swensen in 1913, which is celebrating its 100th birthday. Swensen originally established his home and business in Manistee and opened five locations, including Traverse City. Swensen’s daughters, Marion and Grace, continued the business until the mid-1980s when Marion’s son and daughter-in-law, John and Leslye Wuerfel, took it over. David and Nancy Sietsema, bought Swensen Memorials 15 years ago.



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