-- To the Bay Area Transportation Authority for putting up 14 new bus shelters around the Grand Traverse area. The shelters became an issue in 2007 when BATA acknowledged it had 14 shelters sitting in crates behind its Airport Road garage but no money or plans to put them up. BATA celebrated the final shelter last week. It was put up in front of the Grand Traverse Pavilions. The shelters will include trash receptacles and bus schedules, due to be put in this week.

-- To Sandy Schefke, of Interlochen, who has found an interesting way to recycle plastic grocery bags, newspaper slips and garbage bags. She crochets them into sturdy tote bags and sells them for about $20. Past projects include stuffed dogs, an elegant cape and afghans.

-- To Rotary Charities of Traverse City for recent grants of $521,000 to 16 area nonprofit groups and agencies. This round will: help build a youth center at the old Kingsley Fire Hall; construct four new tennis courts at Elk Rapids Schools; and revitalize Mancelona's Palmer Park. It also will help fund many area agencies and programs that help children, families, migrants, environmental stewardship, recreational trails, the Fishtown Preservation Society and Old Town Playhouse.

-- To the Northwestern Michigan Youth Conservation Corps crews that will work on public conservation projects across the region this summer. The corps is modeled after Depression-era programs emphasizing public service and preservation projects. Students are paid minimum wage. As many as 100 students are expected to participate.

-- To the Grand Traverse Musicale and its scholarship program. The group awarded $6,000 in donations this year to 13 recipients from Traverse City West and Central high schools, Woodland School, Traverse City East Middle School, Onekama High School and Benzie Central High School to attend music camps.

-- To police officers and others who rounded up 15 roaming buffalo that broke free from their enclosure at the Great Wolf Lodge along U.S. 31 in Garfield Township. They worked several hours to corral the buffalo owned by Oleson's Food Stores.

-- To organizers of the 24th annual Leland Wine and Food Festival for hosting another successful event that drew thousands to Leland.

-- To Terry Wooten and Unity Church for giving the Antrim County poet-bard a Traverse City venue on Friday nights this summer. Wooten, who will continue to host his Saturday night Stone Circle gathering north of Elk Rapids, is now telling stories and reciting poetry at Unity's new outdoor amphitheater in the woods behind the Five Mile Road church.

-- To Leelanau County for receiving $4,400 in federal stimulus funding for food and shelter services to be awarded to applicants in the county.

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