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SOLAR-POWERED GOLF COURSE OPENS

Northport Creek Golf Course, the first solar-powered course in Michigan, is now open. Northport Creek offers three-hole, six-hole and nine-hole play. It is built on a 63-acre parcel, a former cherry orchard, at the northern end of the village. The course was developed by Bill and Nina Collins, Northport residents since 1999.

Course designer Jerry Matthews, president of Jerry Matthews Natural Course Design, is known for taking advantage of a site’s natural features and terrain and created a course designed to minimize impact on the environment. His design is supplemented by a solar system, which powers much of the course operations including the golf carts, irrigation system and the clubhouse. The irrigation system itself is also designed to protect and conserve water and electricity.

The course can be reached at 231.386.1088.

NEW DIRECTOR FOR CONSERVATION DISTRICT

Marsha Barber Clark is the new executive director of the Grand Traverse Conservation District (GTCD).

Clark served as president and CEO of the Flint Cultural Center Corporation and brings nearly 30 years of CEO nonprofit experience to the GTCD. She also served as CEO of Girl Scouts of Crooked Tree, headquartered in Traverse City, and prior to that was executive director of Casa Maria Family Services in Detroit.

She has extensive experience in management including executive transition, facility, property and financial management and strategic planning.

She replaces former director Treenen (Tree) Sturman, who left the organization in 2013. Lew Coulter, who retired in November 2011 after 23 years as the district’s executive director, was serving in an interim capacity.

NEW BUSINESS: BRIGHT BLOOMS KINDERPLAY

Melinda Lise Pokorzynski, owner of Kindermusik with Melinda Lise, recently opened the doors to Bright Blooms KinderPlay, located in Logan’s Landing in Traverse City. It offers 10 different rooms available for exploration and creative play. Some of the room themes will be updated and changed throughout the year to keep playtime new and fresh, while other rooms such as the kitchen, farm and the “under the sea” infant and toddler room, will be there year-round.

Bright Blooms KinderPlay also has space for birthday parties and fundraising events for local organizations. Brightbloomskinderplay.com

KINDLINGER & COMPANY MARKS 1ST ANNIVERSARY

Kindlinger & Company, PC, is celebrating its first year under a new name and location in Traverse City. The firm, which specializes in business consulting and taxation as well as business mergers and acquisitions, is located in Logan’s West.

The firm’s founder Chris Kindlinger is also marking his 20th anniversary as a certified public accountant in Traverse City.

10 YEARS FOR SLEEPING BEAR SURF & KAYAK

Sleeping Bear Surf & Kayak (SBSK) in Empire is celebrating 10 years in business this summer. Since 2004, owner Beryl Skrocki and her family have been providing visitors and local surf enthusiasts with everything freshwater activity-related.

The shop was the first to bring surfing, then standup paddleboarding, to northern Michigan. It offers the latest surfboards, skimboards and paddleboards for sale or rental. The rental fleet also includes kayaks, fat tire and cargo bikes and other beach essentials.

SBSK was also recently mentioned in Outside magazine’s online list of America’s top ten places to surf.

COMFORT KEEPERS DONATES $2K TO ALZHEIMER’S RESEARCH

Comfort Keepers of Northern Lower Michigan exceeded the goal of its “Turn it Purple” campaign to raise awareness and funds toward a cure for the Alzheimer’s epidemic. Purple pins bearing the #END ALZ message were distributed to people across the region with the request to show support for a cure by posting photos of themselves and others wearing the pin on the company Facebook page. More than 1,000 individuals publicly showed their support. Because of their efforts, Comfort Keepers is donating $2,215 to the Alzheimer’s Association for research and support.

GT RESORT NABS ‘BEST GOLF’ HONOR

Smart Meetings Magazine’s June 2014 issue awarded the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa with a bronze award in the Best Golf Resort category. Smart Meetings covers the latest meetings industry news, trends, corporate event planning, emerging technology and updates on the best venues.

NEW BUSINESS: TRUNORTH FINANCIAL

Ameriprise Financial advisors Robert Revett, Bill Lee, Thomas Roop and Derek Dall’Olmo have formed TruNorth Financial Group, a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. The new organization puts a local name on the global financial corporation, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. 947.6700, tnfgrp.com.

LOCAL EXIT REALTY TOPS IN STATE

EXIT Realty Paramount in Traverse City was the top EXIT office in the state for sales volume for the month of May. Also, agent Nicole Philibosian Gentry was named #2 in the stage for top agents in sales volume in May.

MUNSON RECEIVES “MOST WIRED” RECOGNITION

Seven Munson Healthcare system hospitals were recently recognized by the American Hospital Association’s journal Hospitals and Health Networks as “Most Wired” hospitals for 2014: Kalkaska Memorial Health Center, Mercy Hospital Grayling, Munson Medical Center, Otsego Memorial Hospital, Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital, West Shore Medical Center and Mercy Hospital Cadillac.

“The Most Wired recognition tells us that we are among those hospitals that are optimizing advanced technology to better support the care and safety of our patients,” said Chris Podges, chief information officer at Munson Healthcare. “Our IT staff members – and the thousands of clinical staff that have adopted the many changes – have done an outstanding job meeting the challenges to help create a system that can deliver more integrated and patient-centered care.”

KIRKBRIDE HALL NAMES MANAGER

Events North has been retained to act as general manager for Kirkbride Hall at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons in Traverse City. Formally known as The Chapel, Kirkbride has been fully renovated and is hosting meetings and events now. Events North will oversee the staff and day-to-day operations of the facility.

Owned by Allison Beers, Events North is a full service event management agency specializing in corporate, nonprofit and social events.

NEW MEDICAL PRACTICE FOR LONG-TERM CARE

Dr. Mark Jackson has announced the creation of Northwest Michigan Long Term Care Specialists with the addition of several new providers to his long-term care practice in Traverse City. The mission is to provide geriatric care to residents in both long-term and assisted living environments. Staff includes Dr. Mark A Jackson, nurse practitioners Kathy Reid, Kate McCaffrey and Lynn Shattuck, physician assistant Sean Cameron and Deb Jackson, business development manager. Joining the team in the fall will be Sara Roth D.O. and Peter Viall M.D.

TBA AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS

TBA Credit Union and the Grand Traverse Bay Area MEA-Retired awarded three $500 scholarships to area seniors at their annual awards luncheon. This year’s recipients are Helen Cullen and Ashley Smith of TC Central and Nicole Sanford of TC West. To be eligible, students must be children or grandchildren of members of the Michigan Education Association or MEA-Retired and reside in Antrim, Grand Traverse or Leelanau counties. Recipients are selected based on school achievements and activities, community service, and responses to essay questions.

COLDWELL BANKER EXPLORES INT’L BUSINESS

Ken Schmidt, CEO of Coldwell Banker Schmidt Family of Companies, recently returned from a trip to Berlin, Germany, where he visited with Coldwell Banker franchises from other countries. The purpose of the trip was to learn new ways to attract foreign buyers to real estate markets in Michigan and Florida where Coldwell Banker has offices.

“I met with more than 40 other Coldwell Banker brokers from Europe and the Middle East who were all very interested in what they saw in our markets,” said Schmidt. “I had visuals in print, a PowerPoint and video showcasing the Michigan and Florida many had never seen. They were very receptive to exploring ways of putting our properties in front of their clients.”

TC SCHOOL OF DRESSAGE OPENS

HMH Farm recently welcomed the Traverse City School of Dressage to its equestrian facility in southern Leelanau County. The school offers training, full boarding services, competition coaching and assistance in acquisition and sales of elite dressage horses of all levels throughout the United States and Europe.

“With the success of the Horse Shows By The Bay, the Grand Traverse area is emerging as a world class equestrian destination during the summer season,” said founder Nancy Kotting.” We are very proud to now offer a facility specifically dedicated to the discipline of dressage.”

TRAVERSE HEIGHTS GETS HEALTHY FOOD GRANT

Traverse Heights Elementary School is the recipient of a $12,650 grant under the United States Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program for the 2014/15 school year. The grant provides students with free, healthy snacks during the school day, consisting of either a fresh fruit or vegetable. TCAPS gives preference to locally sourced produce for the program.

School districts choose to apply for the annual competitive grant and are eligible if they participate in the National School Lunch Program and serve any combination of grades K-8 with at least 50 percent of students receiving free or reduced price meals.

RARE EARTH HARDWOODS EXPANDING

Rare Earth Hardwoods, a locally owned and operated company for more than 30 years, is expanding its products and services along with an expansion of its showroom to display the exotic, specialty hardwoods harvested and imported from Brazil. The company has implemented the environmentally friendly 3D Program (Dead Dying Down) to harvest its wood species, which is hailed as the highest form of low-impact harvesting.

The showroom is located at 6778 East Traverse Highway in Traverse City. Rare-earth-hardwoods.com.

OUTREACH CENTER OFFERS FREE PROGRAMS

The P.O.R.C.H., a new outreach and community center at 747 E. 8th Street in Traverse City, has expanded to offer a variety of community workshops, including SMART Recovery, Narcotics Anonymous, as well as career training and financial management programs. Classes are free to all. The facility is run by Addiction Treatment Services and also houses LAB ONE Drug Testing and Bridges Outpatient Services.

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