Where 80 is the New 60

TRAVERSE CITY - Anyone over 50 and active has never had more choices when it comes to recreating and socializing Up North.In its main Traverse City location two blocks east of downtown, the Traverse City Senior Center offers more than 100 programs covering health, fitness...

Meals on Wheels

Local arm of the national nonprofit sees new director, new grants but an ever-growing needTRAVERSE CITY - Helen Endres is one of 1,327 clients Meals on Wheels served last year in the five counties of Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Manistee, Wexford and Missaukee. The 89-year-old been...

Profile: Freedom Builders

REGION - Skip Brown rebuilds lives. The executive director of Freedom Builders, an organization that improves the homes of people living in poverty, Brown was not too long ago livig a very different life than those whom he now serves.He had a position as a...

Beyond Borders: Northern food producers tapping export market

REGION - It's a popular misconception that only behemoth corporations can succeed in exporting internationally. Many small companies are finding that their competitive advantage lies in unique or niche-type products. Nowhere is that truer today than among Michigan's farmers, growers and food producers.In 2010, more...

Big Medicare Change = Big Rewards for Munson?

REGION - Since the long fought-for enactment of the Social Security Act, any change in Medicare has been held captive to decades of debate and much deliberation.Nevertheless, a major change is coming this October: a new approach to the way hospitals are reimbursed for Medicare...

Chamber, GLIMA partner to attract technology companies

TRAVERSE CITY - If you haven't heard of GLIMA, you will soon enough. Last month, the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce announced a partnership agreement with GLIMA Northwest, a chapter of the statewide GLIMA organization. Their goal is working together to improve the...

What happened to WiFi in TC?

TRAVERSE CITY - The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is continuing to work on a grant for free wireless internet downtown. "If we were able to get a grant, we would try to do at least the main streets - Front and State," said Rob Bacigalupi,...

New options for treating ‘vastly undiagnosed’ problem

TRAVERSE CITY - Much medical emphasis has been placed on cardiac vascular disease, but there are other vascular territories that also need public attention. Approximately 10 million individuals nationwide are affected by Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD). It occurs when blood vessels that carry blood from...

Downtown shop talk

TRAVERSE CITY - Fifty-four retailers are currently waiting for space to open up in the downtown area, says Rob Bacigalupi, Deputy Director of the Downtown Development Authority. "Downtown's vacancy rate has been below 7% for the past eight years. "We're pretty excited about what is...