TVC begins energy assessment

TRAVERSE CITY — Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City has selected C&S Companies as a consultant to work with the Northwestern Regional Airport Commission and other stakeholders to develop a strategy for renewable energy generation.

C&S Companies, a full-service aviation firm with an office in Livonia, will review energy consumption and make recommendations for renewable energy equipment.

The study is expected to feature several phases, the first of which is expected to be completed in nine to 12 months, according to a release from the airport. The next phases are expected to include project development and implementation.

In the release, Airport Director Kevin Klein said the airport offers "abundant, readily available land uniquely suitable for long-term sustainable energy projects."

Retail campaign benefits Habitat

TRAVERSE CITY — Habitat for Humanity-Grand Traverse Region is partnering with the SpartanNash Foundation for a retail campaign.

Between Feb. 6-17, customers at Family Fare Supermarkets in Traverse City, Grawn and Kalkaska will have the opportunity to donate $1, $5 or $10 at any checkout lane. All of the money raised will go to the local Habitat for Humanity.

More than 50 local Habitats in eight states will receive support from the SpartanNash Foundation. According to a release, SpartanNash is the fifth-largest food distributor in the United States with more than 125 corporate-owned stores.

Four previous campaigns to benefit Habitat for Humanity partners has raised nearly $700,000.

Government opportunities seminar slated

TRAVERSE CITY — The Northwest Michigan Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) is offering a free seminar on government contracts on Feb. 12 from 10 a.m. to noon.

The workshop will be held in the Networks Northwest Conference Room No. 3 on the second floor of the Plante Moran Building at 600 E. Front St. in Traverse City. The focus of the seminar is to help businesses who have decided to bid on a government contract.

According to a release, scheduled topics include the Uniform Contract format, different types of solicitations and tips for creating a responsive proposal.

Pre-registration is required for the free seminar at More information about the seminar can be found by sending an email to

Credit Union hosts e-services webinar

TRAVERSE CITY — TBA Credit Union is offering a free e-services webinar on Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. The webinar is scheduled to last for 30 minutes.

The webinar will discuss online banking, Bill Pay, Pay Anyone, Card Control and the TBACU mobile app.

Visit or call (231) 946-7090 to register.

Money Series workshop scheduled

TRAVERSE CITY — The Front Street Foundation's Money Series presents a workshop on retirement planning on Feb. 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the McGuire Community Room of the Traverse Area District Library.

"Boosting Your Retirement Plan" is the title of the workshop led by Jason P. Tank, chartered financial analyst for the Front Street Foundation.

To register, visit or call (231) 668-6894.

4Front to raise money for hospital

TRAVERSE CITY — Change Bandits are returning to each of 14 4Front Credit Union branches to benefit Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.

During February, miniature piggy banks decorated by DeVos Children's Hospital patients will be available to accept customers' spare change. The money donated will be given to support the care at Michigan's largest children's hospital. 4Front Credit Union will match the money donated.

The money raised will support programs at the hospital in Grand Rapids including Child Life Services, NICU Family Support and the Center for Child Protection.

The Heather wins national honor

HARBOR SPRINGS — The Heather at Boyne Highlands was named the 2019 Golf Course of the Year by the National Golf Course Owners Association.

Part of the Boyne Golf properties, the Heather was the 2018 Michigan Golf Course of the Year.

According to a release, the NGCOA selects its winner on four criteria: quality of the course, quality of ownership, contributions to the local community and significant contributions to the game of golf.

The Heather has played host to three Michigan Amateur Championships, nine AJGA Championships, 32 Michigan PGA State Pro-Am and The Celebrity Tour.

New kayak launching vessel being built

ONAWAY — Moran Iron Works, Inc. in Onaway is building a specialized passenger tour boat that it says will be the first of its kind in the Great Lakes.

According to a release, Moran signed a contract with the Pictured Rocks Kayaking to construct a 64-by-19 foot aluminum boat that will carry 72 passengers and 36 kayaks around Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore for guided kayak tours.

The vessel, built in conjunction with DLBA, a naval architecture & marine engineering firm, will feature a launch system to facilitate offshore kayak launching. The project began two months ago and delivery by late 2019 is planned.