• To the interns, volunteers and local residents who helped pick up trash and clean up after the National Cherry Festival last week.
  • To The Leelanau School students Joshua Heytler, Kelly Bertram and Matthew Stewart, who finished 25th in the Open Division at the 2019 Small School National Championship Tournament in May. The quiz bowl team emerged from the preliminary rounds with a 6-4 record, qualifying them for the playoffs. Heytler was recognized as an all-star for correctly answering 91 toss-up questions in the preliminaries.
  • To Kedrik Merwin. The Traverse Symphony Orchestra has named Merwin executive director, filling a position that has been vacant for more than a year. Merwin has been director of music at the Interlochen Center for the Arts since 2009. He has been conductor of the Interlochen Arts Academy’s Brass Ensemble and House Band for the last decade. He has played trombone with the TSO for seven years.

“His extensive work at Interlochen as their music director, and his reputation, is just outstanding,” said TSO Board member Amy Radford. “He’s a Traverse City guy, with his family centered here. He’s so committed to the arts.”

  • To Currie’s Furniture, which donated mattresses to the Glen Lake Fire Department. Ten double-sided Restonic mattresses were delivered on Friday morning — six to Station 1 in Glen Arbor and four to Station 2 in Empire, replacing old mattresses.
  • To Rudy Grahek, 86, the longtime northern Michigan tramp clown who is celebrating more than six decades in a lime-green and sun-yellow derby, painted face, tattered clothes and over-sized shoes. And make no mistake about it, he has no intention of retiring his alter ego, Dynamite the Clown.

Over the years, Grahek as Dynamite has appeared in a road map of northwestern Michigan communities and their events, including the National Cherry Festival many times over. In April he performed at the National Trout Festival in Kalkaska and in September, for the 63rd year in a row, he’ll appear in the Manton Labor Day Parade.

“Clowns never retire,” Grahek said. “We slow down, but we never retire.”