LANSING — The Bureau of Services for Blind Persons recognized three companies with local ties in its Achievement Honor Roll Awards.

Most seniors have completed their college applications and are wondering what happens next. The priority deadline for college admissions at a large number of schools was Nov. 1, but some schools that have later deadlines. Make sure that you are verifying the deadline for each school of interest.

It’s open enrollment season — that special time of year when we put on our gambling hats and take a guess at how sick we’ll be during the next 12 months. Few decisions are less enjoyable to contemplate than possible illness for ourselves and our loved ones.

TRAVERSE CITY — The process of making wine is thousands of years old, so there isn’t anything “new” any more.

Dr. Michelle R. Young, a board-certified specialist in pathology, has joined Munson Medical Center. She practices at Grand Traverse Pathology, which can be reached at (231) 935-6100. Young is a graduate from the Wayne State University of Medicine in Detroit. She completed a residency in anat…

One of many character flaws is that I’m deathly afraid of making a fool of myself. This leads to all sorts of angst, worry and regret. But I can’t help myself.

Dr. Lucinda M. Wenzlick has joined Munson Medical Center as a specialist in hospital medicine. Wenzlick practices with Sound Physicians and sees patients admitted to the hospital.

TRAVERSE CITY — Cultured Kombucha Co. will host a homebrewing bottle share on Dec. 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. at its taproom at 3842 Jupiter Crescent Drive, off South Blue Star Drive.

NEW YORK — Michigan State Federal Credit Union was named one of the “Best Credit Unions to Work For” by Credit Union Journal.

TRAVERSE CITY — Several Munson Healthcare facilities will have certified application counselors available to assist in enrollment for the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance Marketplace for 2020.

CHEYENNE, Wyoming — Scott Gondzar grew up in Traverse City but now is working 1,200 miles west as owner and roaster at The Snowy Elk Coffee Company in Cheyenne.

If you live in Northwest Michigan, you likely already know that it is a special place. Residents are proud to call it home because of its many unique qualities — especially the warmth of its people and the beauty of its landscape. Visitors flock to the region’s unmatched natural beauty and h…

TRAVERSE CITY — North Bay Produce Inc. is voluntarily recalling about 2,300 cases of apples because they might be contaminated with listeria.

There isn’t much time left until New Year’s. It’s only 69 days away. For me, this has been my quickest year on record. That’s a function of age. But, in all honesty, it’s also a result of not pausing long enough to smell a few roses along the way. For this, I’ll blame my mom for her repeated…

TRAVERSE CITY — The future of health care figures heavily in the current national political debate, but the wrangling likely will continue long after the 2020 election is over.

Dr. Gloria Klaassen Witt at the Bellaire Family Health Center achieved the Degree of Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. The degree was conferred during a convocation last month in Philadelphia. AAFP is a national medical association representing more than 134,000 family med…

TRAVERSE CITY — Getting from here to there can be difficult if you don’t have a car. Steven Schwander recently launched his Odawa Country Taxi Cab to make the journey easier.

TRAVERSE CITY — The annual Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce Business Expo on Nov. 19 will feature another new component.

You may have heard: Traverse Connect and the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce are joining forces under a new strategic plan focused on sustainable economic growth and supporting the region’s businesses.

TRAVERSE CITY — After first jumping into the business in 2012, Lillipad Marine is leaping in again with another innovative product.

TRAVERSE CITY — Right Brain Brewery’s deal with Roak Brewing Company — announced a year ago — is off.

In grade school, I drove Matchbox cars from the living room carpet all the way out to the sandbox. As a teenager, I grabbed the latest issue of Road & Track magazine as soon as I could pry it out of my big brother’s hands. I daydreamed of someday owning an Austin-Healey, Morgan or Maserati.

For many families, financial aid programs help make higher education attainable. The first step in applying for aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It is used to determine the student’s eligibility for federal aid programs, such as grants, work-study opti…

TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City Beer Week, Nov. 8-15, will offer a variety of events designed to offer insight into the craft beer movement.

TRAVERSE CITY — Apples are maturing a bit late this year because cool spring temperatures delayed growth. But the crisp and tasty reward appears to have been worth the wait.

Cold wind galloped across the sand like a wild stallion on a rampage. But the flames burned hot and kept us saddled in beach chairs arrayed around the fire ring.

TRAVERSE CITY — The Northwest Michigan Small Business Development Center will host its first summit on Wednesday, Oct. 30, in Traverse City. The 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. conference will be held at the Hagerty Center at the Northwestern Michigan College’s Great Lakes Campus.

Lt. Derrick Carroll is the new public information officer for the Michigan State Police Seventh District, which covers the Cadillac, Alpena, Gaylord and Houghton Lake posts. Carroll was promoted to lieutenant in 2012 as the assistant post commander in Gaylord. He served in the U.S. Coast Gua…

TRAVERSE CITY — A hiring event is scheduled for Oct. 9 at the KFC restaurant at 720 E. Front St.

TRAVERSE CITY — The annual Northwest Michigan Housing Summit is scheduled for Oct. 18 at the Hagerty Center, located at 715 E. Front St.

ELK RAPIDS — October may not be the ideal month for spending time at the beach, but that didn’t stop the Superfluid Supply Company.

Kelly Town has joined Horizon Financial as an administrative assistant. Town has five years of experience working in a small family business. Town, a native of Traverse City, is a graduate of Liberty University with a degree in business administration-finance.

TRAVERSE CITY — Students at area middle schools and high schools will get hands-on chance to experience construction jobs during the Oct. 10-11 Building Tomorrow event at Northwestern Michigan College.

When it comes to housing, there are a few things most of us can agree on. We want a place in our communities for ourselves and our kids and grandkids to live. We want there to be homes to support a workforce that can grow our local businesses and provide the services we need. We want there t…

TRAVERSE CITY — Clean and lean doesn’t need to be a choice.

FRANKFORT — The sixth annual Frankfort Beer Week features a host of activities over six days, beginning on Oct. 7.

TRAVERSE CITY — Some of the largest, most complex solar- power installations on the planet are being built with components manufactured in Traverse City.

I used to think there were just three essential needs in life: food, clothing and shelter. There’s actually a fourth: entertainment. I wrote about this idea once before, but watching Ken Burn’s new mini-series on country music reminded me how much Americans spend on entertainment.

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