FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
Friday is deadline to check in deer
LANSING — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says Friday is the last day for hunters to check in deer following last year's hunt.
The DNR says biological data received at check stations helps it make management decisions. Skulls with intact jaws, teeth and antlers are needed for the optional check-in. Hunters who participate get a 2012 deer management cooperator patch.
A list of check stations is posted online. Hunters who killed a deer in Alcona, Alpena, Cheboygan, Crawford, Emmet, Iosco, Montmorency, Ogemaw, Oscoda, Otsego, Presque Isle or Roscommon counties are asked to submit the deer's head for bovine tuberculosis testing.
Winter Trails Day set for Jan. 12
TRAVERSE CITY — The fourth annual Winter Trails Day at Timber Ridge Resort will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12.
TART Trails is teaming up with the Vasa Ski Club , Brick Wheels and Timber Ridge Resort to offer free use of the trails, introductory ski lessons, guided snowshoe hikes and use of equipment rentals for those new to winter trail sports.
Anyone interested in participating should visit traversetrails.org for additional details and online registration. Brick Wheels is providing free use of classic cross country skis and snowshoes on a first-come, first-served basis. Skate skis will be available for rent at a discounted rate. Vasa Ski Club members will instruct beginner ski lessons starting at 11.30 a.m., and snowshoe hikes will be lead by outdoor enthusiasts.
Mesick hosting baseball camp
MESICK — Mesick High School is hosting a six-week baseball camp starting Jan. 20.
Mesick head coach Hank Burch will direct the program in conjunction with U.S. Baseball Academy. Classes will be available for players in grades 1-12 and are limited to six players per coach. Sessions will be offered in advanced hitting, pitching, catching, fielding and baserunning.
Registration is under way. For more information, visit www.USBaseballAcademy.com, or call 866-622-4487.
TC Roller Derby hosts blood drive
TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City Roller Derby is hosting a blood drive from 2-7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 11 in the parking lot in front of Jimmy John's on Front Street.
The event, which will help raise money for the 2013 roller derby season, is held in partnership with Michigan Blood.
Anyone who attempts to donate will be entered in a drawing for a roller derby swag gift bag.
Softball snow game in East Jordan
EAST JORDAN — A softball in snow game will be held Saturday, Jan. 12, at Murphy Field in East Jordan.
Game time is 2 p.m.
Sponsors are inviting softball teams and individuals from the region to be a part of the action. To register, contact Debbie Bennett at 536-3400. The game is part of the city's annual Sno Blast Festival.
TRAVERSE CITY —TART and the city of Traverse City are partnering to provide a second consecutive winter of snow clearing along the TART Trail.
Trained volunteers are clearing prioritized areas of the TART using equipment and fuel provided by the city. The plan is to clear snow along the TART from Carter Rd. to Bunker Hill Rd. in Acme when there is snow accumulation of at least three inches. The Murchie Bridge underpass along the TART will be shoveled by volunteer Carter Schmidt, who operates Carter's Compost in the Oak Park neighborhood. Volunteers will also be shoveling the Boardman Lake pedestrian bridge.
The Mall Trail from 14th St. to South Airport will be cleared through service donated by Johnson Outdoors.
The goal is to maintain a trail network for year-round active transportation and outdoor recreation.