— To Traverse City's Eastfield Laundry for providing free laundry service of blankets offered to Safe Harbor of Grand Traverse guests during the recent shelter season. Blankets are collected for cleaning on a biweekly basis, Safe Harbor Treasurer Wayne Sterenberg wrote in an email to the Record-Eagle.
Eastfield cleaned 1,600 blankets, an average of 133 blankets for each two-week cycle. Eastfield has worked with Safe Harbor for years, offering its services to help the homeless members of the community.
— To Old Mission Peninsula School and The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay. Students have partnered with The Watershed Center in a long-term study on Kids Creek and the effects of road-salt runoff. Tests for pH, conductivity and temperature will be taken from several sites along the creek — which flows into the Boardman River near its mouth on West Grand Traverse Bay — on a monthly and possibly bimonthly basis during certain times.
Funding for the project comes from the Dan Wolz Grant, awarded to teacher Carolyn Mammen from the Michigan Science Teacher Association and sponsored by the Michigan Water Environment Association in Lansing.
— To Elk Rapids' Jeff Turick, who served as director of photography for “Hiding in Daylight,” which was selected for a May 19 screening at the Cannes Film Festival in France. Turick said the film is one of 29 finalists to screen during the American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase.
“We were thrilled about that,” he said. “The Cannes Film Festival is like the Academy Awards of film festivals.”
— To the Bill Marsh Automotive Group and Serra Traverse City, which raised $57,089 during the Bigs Drive for 55 Fundraiser, surpassing the goal of $55,000. Ron Smith was the top fundraiser, collecting $10,201.83. Donations help Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan eliminate its waitlist and find mentors for kids.
— To the students who graduated from the Michigan State Police 135th Trooper Recruit School in April: Kaitlyn Bielecki, of Mancelona; and Jeffrey Patterson, Kristina Droste, Nicholas Reszka, Tyler Knowles, Kyle Lott, Tyler Floering and Kial Wade, all of Traverse City.