Pavilions to receive grant

TRAVERSE CITY — Grand Traverse Pavilions will receive a $50,000 grant from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation.

Officials will receive the grant on July 19 at the Grand Traverse PACE (Program for All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) building at 2325 N. Garfield Road. The event is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.

According to a release, the grant will help “train staff to adhere to the PACE standards.” PACE is designed as an alternative to long-term facility care for seniors with chronic medical needs.

Independent Bank honored

GRAND RAPIDS — Independent Bank was named the Small Business Administration’s Third Party Lender of the Year.

The honor came from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Michigan District Office as part of the organization’s 2018 lender awards. According to a release, the 504 Third Party Lender of the Year is for “best overall support of the SBA’s 504 loan program.”

According to a release, Independent Bank originated three 504 Third Party loans for nearly $1.4 million.

Independent Bank has five branch locations in northwestern Lower Michigan — three in Traverse City, one in Acme and one in Suttons Bay — and a mortgage loan center in Cadillac.

Historical home tour slated

BELLAIRE — Five public buildings will be featured on the 2019 Bellaire Historical Home Tour scheduled for July 27 from 1-4 p.m. The tour is hosted by the Bellaire Historical Museum.

The tour includes:

  • The Grand Victorian Bed & Breakfast built in 1895 as the Richardi House
  • The Hinman House built in 1905
  • The Bellaire Methodist Church dedicated in 1887
  • The Charles Smith Farm House built in 1901
  • The Derenzy School House built in 1917

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Bellaire Historical Museum at 202 N. Bridge St., the Bellaire Chamber of Commerce office or the day of the tour at each individual house.

A map to the homes is on the back of each ticket.

Team Hope Walk set for Aug. 3

TRAVERSE CITY — The Great Lakes Region of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America will hold a Team Hope Walk in Traverse City on Aug. 3 from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

The walk will begin at Sunset Beach Park, located at 651 E. Front St.

All proceeds from the walk will benefit the HSDA’s mission.

According to a release from HSDA, Huntington’s is “a fatal genetic disorder that causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain.”

There are about 30,000 Americans who have symptoms of the disease and more than 200,000 at-risk of inheriting it, according to the HSDA.

For more information on the walk, contact Jen Lewis at Online registration is available at

Retirement workshop is Aug. 7TRAVERSE CITY — “Healthcare in Retirement” is the title of a free workshop hosted by TBA Credit Union on Aug. 7.

The event is at the credit union’s main branch at 630 E. Front St.

Two separate one-hour sessions are scheduled for noon and 3 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.

Attendees will be registered to win a $30 gift certificate to the State Theatre.

For more information or to register, visit or call (231) 946-7090.

Kirkhof College receives grant

GRAND RAPIDS — Grand Valley State University’s Kirkhof College of Nursing received a $2.8 million federal grant to work with two Michigan healthcare systems “to graduate more students who will work as nurse practitioners in rural or underserved areas,” according to a release.

The Kirkhof College is collaborating with McLaren Health Care and Mercy Health Muskegon. The grant will support 15 students who enroll in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

The four-year Advanced Nursing Education Workforce Grant is for $2,799,987 as is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The grant is funded by governmental sources.

According to the release, recruitment of qualified students will begin in July.

The first cohort is expected to enroll in the fall semester.