• To the Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Department for apprehending two suspects without injury on Sept. 23, despite a short shootout after two deputies responded to a 1 a.m. burglary alarm at Medicap Pharmacy in Blair Township. According to police and court records, the regional Emergency Response Team was called in; negotiators contacted the pair by cellphone, but the connection was lost. When police entered the building about 4:50 a.m., they found the pair in an "incapacitated state" next to two empty bottles of methadone tablets. They were hospitalized for treatment and a few days later transferred to the jail on felony charges.

• To Richard Hines for arranging to pick up 600 pounds of salmon from the American Canadian Fisheries facility in Garfield Township to take back to Amvets Post 114 in Elk Rapids to help feed hungry local residents. The fisheries company contracts with the state Department of Natural Resources to harvest salmon at local weirs. State law allows whole fish to be donated to area veterans groups, food pantries and charities. Hines fillets and freezes the fish, then disperses them to those in need of food.

• To a group of communities along County Road 48 in Antrim and Charlevoix counties for their ongoing "Ride The Breezeway" campaign to turn the winding county road linking Atwood, Ellsworth, East Jordan and Boyne Falls into a 29-mile scenic tour route. They have created maps, brochures and a website -- www.ridethebreezeway.com -- to promote the region's agriculture, outdoor recreation, quirky attractions, businesses, history and natural scenery. The Third Annual Ride The Breezeway Fall Color Cruise will be held Oct. 15. It starts with goody bags at Royal Farms in Atwood and ends at Boyne Mountain.

• To local author Jerry Dennis on the launch last week of his latest book, "The Windward Shore," illustrated by Glenn Wolff.

• To three area residents for receiving 2011 state history awards at last week's History Society of Michigan annual conference held in Traverse City. They are: Glenn Ruggles, a 1948 Elk Rapids High School graduate and writer/creator of several books and videos; Northport historian John C. Mitchell; and Petoskey-area writer Mary Jane Doerr. Mitchell is author of "Grand Traverse: The Civil War Era," and Doerr wrote "Bay View: An American Idea."

• To Traverse City's State Theatre for being included in USA Today Travel's "10 great places to see a movie in splendor" list. The list included theaters in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and other metropolitan markets.

• To local filmmaker Rich Brauer on filming his newest movie this month in Benzie County. "Dogman," inspired by the legend of a half-man, half-dog creature that walks upright and stalks the north woods, is scheduled to premiere at Traverse City's State Theatre in December.

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