Traverse City Record-Eagle

November 24, 2013

Business in Brief: 11/24/2013

From staff reports
Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Dental society donates to clinic

TRAVERSE CITY — Dr. Brian Rathke, president of the Resort District Dental Society, recently presented a $2,000 award to be used to purchase new dental equipment for the Dental Clinic at Traverse Health Clinic.

The award was made in honor of the late Dr. Charles Ardis, a local dentist and humanitarian, and presented to Jennifer VanWingen, president of the Northland Dental Hygienists’ Society, for their commitment to serving the dental needs of the community.

The dental clinic program is designed to provide increased access to dental care for populations that couldn’t otherwise afford it. It serves patients 200 percent below the poverty level, many who are homeless.

Health plan answers

TRAVERSE CITY — Priority Health will host two informal meetings aimed at helping individuals learn about health insurance options from 3-4 p.m. and 6-7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the Hagerty Center, 715 E. Front St.

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Share and learn

BENZONIA — Grow Benzie will host a party for the startup of its incubator kitchen with a “Share and Learn” party, beginning at 5 p.m., Monday, Dec. 2. The growth of locally-made food products and businesses will be celebrated with an evening of live music, food samplings, and presentations by emerging food product entrepreneurs.

Grow Benzie is located at 5885 Frankfort Highway, M-115. All are welcome to attend. There is no charge for the evening; donations are welcome. Attendees are asked to bring a dish to pass along with their own table service.

Pipeline construction schedule pushed back

PORT HURON — Pipeline company Enbridge Energy says completion of construction of an oil pipeline in parts of Michigan will be pushed back until mid-2014.

Word of the delay in Michigan comes after Calgary, Alberta-based Enbridge this week said its project to replace a stretch of oil pipeline across northern Indiana won’t be completed until at least February, months later than planned, due to delays in obtaining needed permits.

Enbridge spokesman Jason Manshum tells the Times Herald of Port Huron that work in Michigan’s Oakland, Macomb and St. Clair counties was supposed to wrap up this year, but delays in environmental approvals stalled work.

The overall project is replacing Line 6B, which runs between Sarnia, Ontario to Griffith, Ind. A portion of Enbridge’s existing pipeline ruptured in southwestern Michigan in 2010.

Detroit depot gets Christmas makeover

DETROIT — The shuttered Michigan Central Depot in Detroit is decked out for Christmas.

It’s the second year that the building, which has lights illuminating the facade, has received a holiday makeover, The Detroit News reported. It’s a fresh look for the massive former train station, which for years has been a symbol of Detroit’s blight.

Detroit International Bridge Co. President Dan Stamper said the idea came from owner Manuel (Matty) Moroun and his family to spread holiday cheer.

“Since we’ve put electricity back in, we decided to light it up, and it looks really nice,” Stamper said. “We’ve gotten a lot of nice comments and we just hope everyone has a happy holiday.”