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Stephanie Beach

Drs. Steve Niergarth, Jason Merrithew and the staff at Deerhaven Family Dentistry will provide free dental care for needy area residents at a "We Care for Our Community" day as a way to help people during these difficult economic times.

"Deerhaven is grateful for the support our community has given us through the years and we all feel strongly that this is something we want to do," said Dr. Niergarth.

Needy residents will be treated on a first come, first served basis from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 5, at Deerhaven Dentistry, 5217 N. Royal Drive, Traverse City.

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If you ask Traverse City Central High School juniors Matthew Heimburger, Keegan Hall, Scott Labonte and Matt Coleman what they did on their summer vacation, they'll have quite an adventure story to tell.

The boys spent two weeks building a 200-square-foot raft from scraps of wood, logs and foam. They started at the Heimburger home on Birchwood at the base of East Bay and over three days rowed and poled almost 18 miles up East Bay, when they were forced to stop because of approaching storms.

The boys would like to thank their friends and family, the Byl family of East Shore Road, the Bluffs subdivision and the people of Old Mission who cheered them on and let them anchor for the nights.

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Following her grandmother's motto of "She who tooteth not her own horn, the same shall go untooted," Julie Maxson of Lake Ann wrote to toot a horn she feels needs to be heard.

"Once again, the Interlochen Arts Academy faculty and staff have shown unparalleled commitment to their students and families," Julie wrote. "Spearheaded by Dr. Michael and Jean Coonrod, these folks dug into their hearts and personal pockets to fund a trip from Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, to Michigan so Abadan Annadurdiyeva might be present at her daughter Bahar's graduation from the Academy."

Abadan, who speaks no English, traveled alone, leaving her country and flying for the first time, to watch Bahar receive her high school diploma, a high achievement award in piano and the coveted Jacobi Citizenship Award. No small accomplishment for a young girl who two years ago spoke no English.

"(Abadan) could not imagine what she might find when she landed," Julie wrote. "Acceptance, great affection, generosity, and an enduring promise to further the development of all young artists greeted her. I am privileged to attempt to convey what is in her heart as she remembers Interlochen... ."

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