Kaliseum Recreation Complex: a colossal community project

KALKASKA - A lot can happen in three and a half years. Take the Kaliseum Recreation Complex, for example. It was only an idea about that long ago, shared by a few sports-oriented Kalkaska County residents. They formed a committee and approached the County Commission...

Marina operators prep for low water levels

TRAVERSE CITY - Last fall's predictions of continued decline in the level of Lake Michigan appears to be more than just water under the bridge. The predictions have, in fact, become reality. "Water levels are continuing to decline," says Christopher Wright, executive director of the...

MDEQ cracks down with criminal prosecutions for UST violations

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) recently announced a new enforcement initiative, to be launched in the very near future, that will use criminal sanctions for underground storage tank (UST) violations.In 1988, federal and state laws affecting USTs were amended, requiring changes in the...

Petoskey resident opens bank

PETOSKEY - After seven months of planning, Petoskey resident Bob Bleyaert has opened The Bank of Northern Michigan in temporary quarters in the Gaslight District. It will relocate downtown next year, but a site has not yet been chosen.With 55 local owner/investors and a local...

Second Chance and Simula to join armor forces

CENTRAL LAKE - Two recognized global leaders in personal safety systems have announced a long-term strategic alliance.Central Lake's Second Chance Body Armor Inc., the nation's largest manufacturer of soft, concealable personal body armor, and Simula Inc. (NYSE: SMU), a leading provider of occupant safety systems...

The early bird gets the tax worm

While most of us are engrossed in completing our 1999 taxes, you may want to get a head start on keeping your 2000 taxes as low as possible. A number of tax provisions change, expire or become effective in 2000 which could impact your business.One...

Alden State Bank has “outstanding” 1999

ALDEN - For Alden State bank, 1999 was "an outstanding year." As of Dec. 31, total assets had increased to over $101 million from nearly $88 million in 1998. Net income also increased by nearly $200,000, making '99 "as good as we had planned and...