To Kingsley Elementary School for receiving national recognition for closing an achievement gap between economically disadvantaged pupils and their peers. The National Title 1 Association, a membership organization of state Title 1 directors, recognizes up to two schools from each state per year for successful Title 1 programs. Title 1 is federal funding intended to benefit low-income students. Kingsley elementary will represent Michigan in 2014.
n To the National Cherry Festival, which has announced that the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels aerobatics team will fly at the Cherry Festival next summer for first time in four years. The Blue Angels had performed at the festival every other year for the last 20 years. In 2012 they were booked for a War of 1812 commemoration and could not appear here. The will perform on the festival’s kickoff weekend, July 5-6. The group will fly in a practice show July 4.
n To Northwestern Michigan College, which is heading back into the field of team sports after a nearly 40-year hiatus. NMC’s club soccer team already has played nine games this season. NMC has offered only intramural sports since men’s varsity sports teams and women’s cheerleading were disbanded in 1978 when the federal Title IX program — which mandated equal footing for men’s and women’s sports — was implemented.
n To the Wings of Wonder raptor rehabilitation center, which recently released three full-grown red-tailed hawks which were rehabilitated after being found in northern Michigan. The birds were released at the Flintfields Horse Park in Williamsburg.
n To Nguyen Duyen of Vietnam, who was diagnosed with a hole in her heart shortly after arriving in Mancelona in late August to attend school and learn English. The petite 17-year-old was diagnosed when she took a sports physical to get on the cross country team. She came to Mancelona through an exchange program called CCI Greenheart, but when told she had to return to Vietnam, severed ties with the program. Her host mom, Jody Garchow, is trying to find ways to allow her to stay here and get treatment for her condition.
n To whomever is responsible for setting a bomb that blew apart a Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore outdoor restroom. A blast occurred early Sunday at the isolated School Lake boat launch off South Bohemian Road. Sleeping Bear Dunes Chief Ranger Phil Akers said the explosion caused $14,000 of damage to an outhouse that was closed for the season. The suspect or suspects could face a combination of state and federal charges because of overlapping jurisdictions.