— To those who put on community meals this Thanksgiving.
At least 200 came to eat and socialize at Community Meals’ annual Thanksgiving dinner at Trinity Lutheran Church in Traverse City on Thursday. Volunteers also packed the basement in the morning, waiting to begin delivering Thanksgiving dinners to people who couldn’t make it — 342 meals in all, Community Meals coordinator Gwen Stokes said.
Salvation Army Major Jeff Russell said the organization's annual Thanksgiving meal served up Wednesday in Traverse City feeds those who are hungry — but is so much more.
“It’s not only physical, it’s a time for fellowship with one another,” Russell said. “It’s also for those who really don’t have anyone to eat with. We provide a meal.”
— To Michael Shea, who has been appointed to the position of undersheriff with the Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Office. He is a lifelong resident of Grand Traverse County and has been employed with the sheriff's department since 2005. He has worked as a road patrol deputy, field training officer, community police officer and, most recently, a detective.
— To those who participated in the sixth annual Food for Thought food drive, a month-long drive to benefit four local pantries serving students. Donations were distributed equally among four pantries: TLD Prayer Fyre, Step Up Northern Michigan, the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District Spirit Pantry and Northwestern Michigan College’s Food Pantry.
— To the Traverse City Track Club, which awarded $42,530 in grants to five area nonprofits. Grants fund projects that encourage running and walking for health, fitness, family recreation and competition.
The fall 2018 grant recipients are the Friends of Glacial Hills, Norte Safe Routes to School, the Grand Traverse Conservation District, Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails and Preserve Hickory.
— To the Leelanau Tennis coed team for being named Academic All-State for the 2018 season.
— To Leelanau County’s civic-minded voters, who once again have topped the state with 71 percent voter turnout in the midterm election held Nov. 6. In all, 14,367 of the county’s 20,123 registered voters turned out, posting the highest turnout in several years.
“Our voters do a great job expressing their right to vote,” said Jennifer Zywicki, Leelanau County’s chief deputy clerk. “I think people are excited to vote in our county.”