— To those who gave Traverse City's Bill Ruck the gift of a new roof. Owens Corning, through its veteran-centric National Roof Deployment Project, donated shingles and other materials, and asked local contractor Story Roofing Company to provide labor.
It was an easy ask.
“Anytime we can help out in the community, that’s what we want to do,” said David Doyle, Story operations manager.
Kathleen English, of Habitat for Humanity Grand Traverse Region, said the Habitat partnership made for the organization’s first repair project of the season. Habitat helps struggling residents with repair projects and, through Grand Traverse, Leelanau and Kalkaska counties, builds homes for families in need. Partnerships make that easier.
“You can’t always do it on your own,” English said. “It’s very helpful to find these resources so we can work together to serve veterans, serve homeowners — just people in our community.”
— To the Northwest Michigan Industrial Association, which gave $500 grants to eight northwest Michigan robotics programs during the 2019 FIRST Robotics Competition season.
— To Go Beyond Beauty. The Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network’s voluntary program is available to nurseries and landscapers across the region, and now also concerned citizen gardeners who wish to nurture the native plants movement. The idea is to not only choose beautiful plants and flowers for outdoor spaces, but also make them native plants that will thrive in the local climate and provide critical habitat for pollinator insects.
“It was developed to work with nurseries and landscapers, and getting them to commit to not use or sell our high-priority invasive species,” said Emily Cook, the network’s outreach specialist.
Jeanine Rubert, co-owner of Pine Hill Nursery in both Traverse City and Kewadin, said the network’s program helps raise awareness that gardening is more than just good for the gardener, but it’s also about the greater good of the environment.
— To Saint Mary’s College sophomore Hunter Kehoe, who was named the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Women’s Golfer of the Week for the fifth time this year, as announced by the league office on April 1. The Traverse City West Senior High School graduate was the tournament medalist as the Belles won the Alice Lloyd Spring Invitational over that weekend.