Homebuyer classes slated for Dec. 12-13

TRAVERSE CITY — The Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency will hold two homebuyer education classes at its Traverse City office Dec. 12-13.

Both evening sessions at the office at 3963 Three Mile Road begin at 5:30 p.m. Those who attend both classes will receive a certificate of completion.

To register or for more information about NMCAA workshops, call (231) 947-3780 or www.nmcaa.net.

Reynolds-Jonkhoff earns award

TRAVERSE CITY — Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services was one of 160 funeral homes recognized with the National Funeral Directors Association's 2018 Pursuit of Excellence Award.

According to a release from Reynolds-Jonkhoff, the award is presented by the NFDA annually to "firms that have demonstrated a commitment to raising the bar on funeral service excellence by adhering to strict ethical and professional standards and providing outstanding service to families and communities."

This marks the 20th consecutive Pursuit of Excellence award received by Reynolds-Jonkhoff.

100 Women Who Care chose recipient

TRAVERSE CITY — The area chapter of 100 Women Who Care presented a check for $10,000 to the Blessings in a Backpack Program on Nov. 30.

Blessings in a Backpack was the fourth-quarter recipient of 100 Women Who Care.

According to a release, Blessings in a Backpack provides "healthy weekend food to children living in food insecure households." Blessings packed 11,843 backpacks for 20 area schools during the last school year. This year the program is serving 21 schools and has packed more than 400 backpacks each week.

Comfort Keepers wins top honor

TRAVERSE CITY — Comfort Keepers of Northern Lower Michigan franchise owners Russ and Leslie Knopp received the Top Performance for a Single Unit Office Owner Award for 2018 from CK Franchising Inc.

CK Franchising Inc. is the franchisor of more than 700 Comfort Keepers locations in the country.

It's the fourth straight year Comfort Keepers of Northern Lower Michigan has won the award. The honor was presented at the National Comfort Keepers Leadership Conference in San Antonio.

Comfort Keepers of Northwest Lower Michigan was also named to the President's Club for the seventh consecutive year. According to a release, the President's Club is awarded to the top 25 franchise owners "as recognition for top-tier sales and service."

Stardust Memorials earns Torch Award

TRAVERSE CITY — Stardust Memorial, an online cremation urn retailer based in Traverse City, won the 2018 Torch Award for Ethics from the Better Business Bureau serving Western Michigan.

According to a release from Stardust Memorials, the Torch Award for Ethics is for "companies that demonstrate best practices, leadership, social responsibility and high standards of organizational ethics that benefit their customers, employees, shareholders and communities."

Founded in 2010, Stardust Memorials was selected by INC Magazine as one of "the top 500 fastest-growing private companies in the United States."

Regal recognizes Grand Bay Marine

ORLANDO, Florida — Regal Marine Industries honored Grand Bay Marine in Traverse City with the award for No. 1 Single Market Unit Sales, according to a release.

Regal Marine also awarded Grand Bay Marine its President's Club Award for being one of the "top 10 Regal Boat dealers in the world," according to the release.

Climbing Center crowdfunding falls short

TRAVERSE CITY — The crowdfunding campaign for the MI Summit Climbing Center in Traverse City fell short of its intended goal.

According to a Facebook post, the group "will be unable to move forward with the creation and construction of the indoor climbing center in Traverse City."

The post also said "that this doesn't mean that we won't try to build a climbing center in the future." Those who backed the campaign will receive a full refund, according to the post.

Nominations sought for civic award

EAST JORDAN — Nomination forms now are available for the East Jordan Citizen of the Year.

Forms are available at the East Jordan Area Chamber of Commerce office or on the Chamber website at www.ejchamber.org. Nominations are due by Dec. 14.

Nominations should include "the nominee's outstanding community involvement (both past and present), civic contributions, special community contributions and any other pertinent information," according to a release.

A committee of community representatives will review the information and vote by secret ballot. The Citizen of the Year award will be announced at the Chamber's Annual Meeting/Dinner/Auction on Jan. 26 at Castle Farms.

More information is available from the East Jordan Area Chamber of Commerce office at (231) 536-7351.

Huge flag to honor first responders, armed forces

TRAVERSE CITY — Gander Outdoors will honor present and past members of the armed forces by installing a massive American flag at its Traverse City retail store. The 40-foot-by-80-foot flag covers 3,200 square feet, flies on a 130’ pole.

Gander Outdoors is owned by Camping World Holdings. Camping World Holding began in February of 2014 to show its ongoing appreciation of America’s first responders, veterans and active military members by flying the huge flags at retail locations. Currently, the massive American flag flies high at over 100 Camping World RV SuperCenters and are being erected at Gander Outdoor locations across the country.

An official flag-raising ceremony will begin Friday, Dec. 7 at noon. Refreshments and snacks will be served during the ceremony, which will be attended by the Grand Traverse Metro Fire Department, VFW Honor Guard Post in Traverse City, and distinguished members of Army, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, along with community officials and local volunteers. All local public service and safety members, military, veterans and community members are welcome to attend.

Ann Kuenker adds UltraSlim laser services

TRAVERSE CITY — Ann Kuenker, D.O. now offers UltraSlim laser technology in her Traverse City office. Informational nights will be held on Dec. 17 at 5:30 p.m. Please RSVP by calling Dr. Kuenker’s office at 231-935-8346.

UltraSlim laser technology uses a unique patented type of light to stimulate fat cells, causing immediate fat loss with no pain, downtime or side effects, she said.

More information is available at 231-935-8346, or www.youridealyouweightloss.com.

Twisted Fish hosts holiday event

ELK RAPIDS — Twisted Fish Gallery will host Shop, Drop & Jingle! on Dec. 15 fromn 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will feature on-site artists, the Elk Rapids High School choir, poetry readings and sales.

Singing will begin at 1:15 p.m. Jim Ribby of Elk Rapids will recite holiday-themed poetry throughout the day.

Artists and vendors expected includes: Bear Earth Herbals, Tinker Tailor, Margaret Muench Learner Handcrafted Rag Rugs, Kim Bazemore KKB Designs Jewelry, Lavender on Old Mission Peninsula (OMP), Big Medicine Coffee, Bridgette Jones Nature Prints, and Joani Braun Road Art.

Located at 10443 S. Bayshore Dr. in Elk Rapds, MI, Twisted Fish Gallery and Sculpture Garden is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

More information is available at 231-264-0123 or www.twistedfishgallery.com.