n To the late Dr. Matthew Houghton, who was remembered as a “consummate country doctor.” Dr. Matthew Amos Houghton Jr., 72, died Aug. 31. He ran a family practice for 43 years, volunteered his services to local groups, and served as chief medical examiner for Grand Traverse, Benzie, and Leelanau counties, all while earning a reputation as a world-renowned safety expert in the field of off-shore power boat racing. Houghton was the son of a doctor and arrived in Leelanau County in 1971, when he opened a family practice in Empire. He became the county’s chief medical examiner, and served as team doctor for three high school sports teams. He and his wife Barbara lived in Glen Arbor.
n To the League of Women Voters Leelanau County for hosting a meeting titled “Money in Politics, Democracy in the Balance,” to discuss how money affects the electoral process and what people can do about it. The national League of Women Voters will be studying various amendments geared toward changing the campaign finance landscape.
n To 76-year-old Tim Carroll, of Mapleton, who conducted a four-year-effort to “rescue” his great, great grandmother Dorothy S. Carroll’s 500-plus-pound marble headstone from a deconsecrated cemetery in Elora, Ontario, Canada. Carroll reunited his great great grandparents by bringing Dorothy S. Carroll’s headstone to Traverse City’s Oakwood Cemetery, where it will be placed next to her husband Peter’s grave. Dorothy died in 1858, and her children paid for a beautiful marker. But the children and her husband immigrated to the United States. Peter remarried and moved to Old Mission Peninsula and was one of the first burials in Oakwood’s Catholic section in 1881. Dorothy will be placed next to him.
n To Grand Traverse Metro firefighters who held a Fill the Boot campaign for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, a nonprofit agency dedicated to neuromuscular diseases such as muscular dystrophy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
n To Bob McLain, co-owner of McLain Cycle & Fitness, whose store was recognized as one of the top bike shops in the country. McLain Cycle & Fitness was recognized as one of the best bike shops in America by the National Bicycle Dealers Association for the second year in a row. The list was published last month. Fewer than 300 bicycle dealers were recognized out of around 4,000 in the U.S. McLain Cycle has three stores: on Garfield Avenue, on Eighth Street and in Cadillac. McClain has been in the bicycle business for about 43 years, he said.
n To Suttons Bay Bingham firefighters and Leelanau Animal Control officials who rescued labradoodle that fell down a well in Suttons Bay. A Kentucky had taken her dog off its leash so it could run when it fell into a well on West Whisperwood Drive near North Scott Hill Road Tuesday. Rescue workers found the 60-pound dog 10 feet to 12 feet down a pipe that is part of the subdivision drainage system. Firefighters secured a life jacket and rescue line around the pup and hoisted it to safety.