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Downtown development program extends to Cheboygan

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The city of Cheboygan has been selected for a downtown development program.

The Main Street Program helps communities build and revitalize their downtown area.

Traverse City, Saginaw and Alpena are among the 72 communities that are already part of the program as well.

Laura Krizov is with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. She is the manager of the Main Street program.

“It’ll be looking at the types of businesses that fit downtown, it could be bringing volunteers in for programming for promotions and things they are doing, it could be looking at their design elements downtown “

Krisov said the program has been running since 2003.

“I think the biggest thing is, is the leadership locally all getting together, and banding around the focus of their downtown. And they have the understanding that in order to have a strong community, you have to have a strong downtown.”

The following is a link to a list of all communities involved, http://www.michiganbusiness.org/community/development-assistance/#developers.

A Grand Traverse County cancer center recently received a donation of 100 books to help expand children’s imaginations

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A Traverse City cancer center recently received a donation of 100 children’s they say they hope will inspire kids when they or a family member is in treatment.

The Cowell Family Cancer Center received the donation from the Michigan Architectural Fund. The books focus on architects and career building. Continue reading

Two Traverse City special education schools are in their second year of an activity based program

Photo from TBAISD

Photo from TBAISD.

Students with special needs or disabilities in Traverse City are benefiting from a program that was implemented last year.

It’s called Mobile Opportunities Via Education, or MOVE.

The model in Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District focuses on each individual student, and how they can ultimately stand, walk, sit and use a toilet by themselves. Continue reading

Grand Traverse County man looking to educate people on foraging, and enjoying the outdoors

Clay Bowers pulling out a wild parsnip.

Clay Bowers pulling out a wild parsnip.

There are people that hunt, fish, grow food, and shop at grocery stores.

Then there are foragers. One Traverse City man searches for food in the woods almost everyday – and teaches K-12 students how to do the same.

Clay Bowers was once a survivalist. He said he thought the world economy may collapse, and he needed to learn how to fend for himself. Continue reading

Researchers have launched a ten-year project to keep invasives out of the Great Lakes

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Researchers are currently working to develop new technology to let certain fish through a dam – and capture invasive species.

The ten-year project has just begun with researchers brainstorming new ideas for a fish passage system. Continue reading

PBS WWII history documentary being shown in Traverse City this weekend

Photo courtesy: PBS

Photo courtesy: PBS

History that was largely forgotten is now resurfacing in the form of a documentary on PBS.

Heroes on Deck focuses on the history of World War II aircraft carriers found at the bottom of Lake Michigan and the pilots that trained on them.

The Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum is planning to pre-screen the film before it airs on PBS. Continue reading

A proposal to require voter approval of tall structures in Traverse City is moving forward

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A proposal to curb tall building projects in Traverse City has reached the city’s attorney.

The proposal comes from the group – Save Our Downtown. It was unhappy with the city’s handling of a pair of nine story buildings on – the city commission approved the project despite concerns from the community. That project has since stalled. Continue reading

The plan behind John Kasich’s White House hopes

IMG_7691Presidential Candidate John Kasich visited Traverse City on Saturday ahead of Tuesday’s presidential primaries. During a press conference following the rally, Kasich spoke about his path to the Republican nomination.

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