To The Good Bowl eatery, which recently donated more than $7,500 to three charities after collecting $1 from each bowl purchased from July through September. The local nonprofit Food Rescue, a Goodwill of Northwest Michigan program, received $5,514. Habitat for Humanity gets $1,314 and $774 …

To Watson Benzie Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. Crystal Lake Elementary School recently received $990 from Watson Benzie through the Chrysler Cars 4 Classrooms fundraiser. The company contributed to the school on behalf of every test-drive participant.

Oh yes. We hear it all the time. We’re the “The Most Beautiful Place in America” from Good Morning America. We’re “Sahara-Level Sand Dunes, Mediterranean Blue Water: Welcome to Michigan” according to the New York Times this September.

To the five local organizations that raised a total of $13,997.60 through the Traverse City Triathlon Charity Challenge.

Contested city elections, a reemergent school millage and a child care millage are a few of the choices before local voters in November.

To the Grand Traverse Pavilions and its Foundation, as well as others supporting PACE North, a facility that offers health care services to chronically ill, high-risk elderly residents of seven counties. It has opened at 2325 Garfield Road.

To the Old Town Playhouse. Sixty seasons in, OTP continues to move forward in earnest. The anniversary season was to open Friday with a day-long celebration and a performance of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest.”

To the Suttons Bay Norsemen football team, which beat Bear Lake 62-8 and a week later beat the Bellaire Eagles 48-0. The team’s total of 110 points through the first two weeks of the football season are the most in school history.

To The Riverside Inn and Leland business community. The historic inn and upscale American-fare restaurant reopened Tuesday — 10 months and one day after a fire destroyed the kitchen and caused smoke damage throughout the rest of the building.

Newly christened sports teams rarely rise above established competition right out of the gate. It takes time to build the necessary momentum to slug past experienced, well-oiled teams. But there are exceptions.

To the Traverse City Pit Spitters, who capped off their inaugural campaign in dramatic fashion. The Pit Spitters beat the Eau Claire Express 3-2 with their second walk-off victory in four games of the Northwoods League’s playoffs and clinched a league championship in Friday’s Summer Collegiate World Series at Pit Spitters Park in front of 4,636 fans.

To those who recently gave to the Bay Community Theatre, which received $25,070 in donations in July, surpassing its goal. Actor and comedian Tim Allen, who often summers in Leelanau County, plans to match up to $15,000 of the donations.

Individuals have jobs and bank accounts. We save for big expenses on the horizon, like retirement, college and medical bills. We make choices with our bottom lines in mind. Can we afford the rent in this apartment over another one? Should we go out to a restaurant or cook at home?

Governor Gretchen Whitmer will visit our neck of the northwoods today. We’ve prepared for a gubernatorial visit by assembling our questions about various topics.

Shouting about 2020 elections doesn’t stop the wheels turning on the summer’s township elections set to affect local services and your tax bill in the much shorter — and in some cases, longer term.

To Traverse City Central High School (No. 1,150) and Traverse City West Senior High School (No. 1,649), which recently ranked in the top 8 percent of high schools in the nation on the Jay Mathews Challenge Index. The index takes the number of Advanced Placement, international baccalaureate or Cambridge tests given at a school each year divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year.

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