Golf resorts honored

TRAVERSE CITY — Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, The Inn at Bay Harbor and Boyne Highlands recently were named 2014-2015 Silver Medal winners as part of Golf Magazine’s biennial rankings of the premier golf destinations in the nation.

Comfort Keepers recognized

TRAVERSE CITY — Entrepreneur Magazine recognized Comfort Keepers as the top franchise within the senior care category in its 2014 annual franchise rankings.

The rankings recognize large, financially stable, growing franchises.

Comfort Keepers is a home care business that provides help for people who need clinical care, companionship, meal preparation, housekeeping help or transportation. Owners Russell and Leslie Knopp opened Comfort Keepers of Northern Lower Michigan in 2005.

Bar Association hosts discussion

TRAVERSE CITY — The Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar Association is hosting a discussion on forming and organizing a business. Attorney Lawrence LaSusa and SCORE mentor Marshall Persky are leading the free event.

The discussion will be held on Friday, April 18 at noon in the multi-purpose room of the District Court House building in Traverse City. Contact LaSusa at 392-9616 or for more information.

Leadership author to speak

TRAVERSE CITY — Author Angie Morgan will speak about building leadership skills at the Business Owners Speaker Series on Tuesday, April 22 at the Hagerty Center in Traverse City.

Morgan wrote “Leading from the Front” and founded the leadership development consulting firm Lead Star. To register for the free event, go to For more information call Tricia at 922-3780.

Plan enrollment begins April 1

TRAVERSE CITY — Michigan residents can apply for the Healthy Michigan Plan starting April 1. Healthy Michigan is the state’s expanded Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act.

The Healthy Michigan Plan covers Michigan residents between 19 and 64 who make at or below 133 percent of the poverty level, don’t qualify for Medicare or Medicaid and aren’t pregnant.

The plan covers the 10 essential benefits listed under the Affordable Care Act, including ambulatory patient services, emergency services, hospitalization, maternity and newborn care, mental health and substance use services, prescription drugs, rehabilitative services, laboratory services, preventative and wellness services and pediatric services.

Visit or email for more information.

Events celebrate spring

TRAVERSE CITY — Oryana Natural Foods Market, 260 E. 10th St., will celebrate spring with a slate of free family-friendly events during April.

Events include store tours, a wine tasting, a natural Easter egg coloring demonstration, stress relief ideas, an Earth Day Champion Tree give-away and more. For a complete list of events and to register, call 947-0191 or visit the customer service desk at the store.

Homebuyer workshop

TRAVERSE CITY — The Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency will offer a free, two-part homebuyer workshop.

Sessions will meet from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Monday, April 7, and Wednesday, April 9, at the NMCAA, 3963 Three Mile Road. Participants will learn the basics of the home-buying process and receive a certificate of completion for attending both sessions. For details or to register, call 947-3780 or (800) 632-7334.

Ag model discussion set

ALDEN — Adam Brown will discuss the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model on Sunday, April 6, at the Helena Township Community Center, 8751 Helena Road.

The program will be held from 2-4 p.m. The CSA model connects farmers to their local community by supplying weekly fresh produce to those who buy “shares” in the farm. Brown also will discuss enhancing soil health. For details, call the Alden District Library, 331-4318.

Program on oil and gas

SUTTONS BAY — The League of Women Voters Leelanau County will host a presentation titled “The Risks of Oil and Gas Development and Potential Solutions” by Christopher Grobbel, Ph.D.

Grobbel is a practicing environmental consultant and land use planner based in Leelanau County and an adjunct professor teaching environmental science, law and policy at Michigan State University.

The program starts at noon Wednesday, April 2, at the Leelanau Government Center, 8527 E. Government Center Dr. The public is invited and attendees may bring sack lunches. A LWVL business meeting follows the program. For details, call 271-6273 or visit

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