Traverse City Record-Eagle

April 15, 2013

Northern Notes: Wish gives grandmother 'chills'

BY STEPHANIE BEACH
Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Proud grandmother Lynn Palmer called to share a tidbit about her granddaughter’s recent birthday wish.

Lynn said that when her granddaughter Kylie Town of Traverse City was asked what she wanted for her 12th birthday, she said she had everything she needed and all she wanted was to visit a friend at Tendercare and give her a present. A request that gave her grandmother “chills.”

Lynn said that Kylie visited the Traverse City facility with her class from Immaculate Conception School. She made friends with Martha, a resident there, and has continued to visit her regularly. So on Kylie’s birthday, April 2, she bought a pink lamb that plays “Jesus Loves Me” when you touch its paw and delivered it to her friend Martha at Tendercare.

Lynn added that Kylie also expressed a desire to volunteer at the Cherryland Humane Society on her birthday.

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A “Help for Haiti” dodge ball tournament fundraiser was held in March at Suttons Bay High School.

This is the fourth year that the tournament has been held, with different organizers each year and sponsored by the National Honor Society. This year’s tournament was organized by Suttons Bay High School seniors Brent Duddles and Jacob Anderson, with organizational help from National Honor Society adviser Sue Chapman. The tournament and bake sale raised almost $500, which will be sent to Haiti to help in ongoing recovery efforts and to help feed and clothe the poor.

Brent and Jacob would like to thank all the teams that participated, and all the volunteers who helped or provided baked goods for the bake sale.

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The 2013 Goodwill Reinvention Convention was a great success, raising more than $12,500 for Goodwill programs.

Ruth Blick, director of marketing and communication for Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan, wrote that the event would not have been so successful without the community’s support.

“The downtown Traverse City two-day gallery event and gala drew hundreds who were overwhelmingly appreciative and amazed at the imagination and creativity of the artists,” Ruth wrote. “A special thanks to the 67 individuals, groups and artists who transformed everyday items found at Goodwill retail stores into one-of-a-kind works of art. We would also like to thank our sponsors, many volunteers, everyone who voted on the art, purchased masterpieces or attended the event.”

Artists who received the most votes were: Robin Pearson, first place; Debbie Ostema, second place; and Laura Jolly and Shyla Bosack, third place.

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The historic Peter Dougherty Mission House on Old Mission Peninsula has a beautifully restored 1911 cutter (sleigh) thanks to a grant from the Michigan State Questers.

The grant was obtained through the efforts of the local Wequetong Chapter and given to the Dougherty House Society in the fall of 2012. Freeman Beechy, an Amish carriage restorer, was contracted to complete the restoration and worked on the cutter at his home in Clare during the winter of 2012.

“The sleigh is not only wonderfully restored and looks like new, but can actually be horse-drawn and used as it was 100 years ago,” stated a press release from the Peter Dougherty Society.

The Dougherty property is owned by Peninsula Township and was designated as a Michigan Historic site on Feb. 2, 1956. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on April 8, 2011. The volunteers of the Peter Dougherty Society have undertaken complete site restoration and are working steadily on the project. For volunteer information, call Ron Manigold, 223-7322, or visit the Society website, www.peterdoughertysociety.org.