Cali’s opens second locale

ELK RAPIDS - The Village of Elk Rapids has transformed itself over the past few years into a hot spot of boating, culture and shopping. So it's no wonder that Alison and Alonzo Knowles seized the opportunity to open their second Cali's Cottons boutique here...

HEALTH CARE: Staying afloat in the insurance tidal wave

Employee health insurance arose as a widely-offered fringe benefit during World War II, when employers were subject to wage restraints, and were not able to pay their valued employees more in cash.This "invisible" benefit is becoming more and more visible to employers as they continue...

HEALTH CARE: Traveling nurses – On the road and in demand

Imagine the grueling work of a nurse. Now combine that with a different hospital, city, apartment and route to work every 13 weeks. Welcome to the life of a traveling nurse."It's a lifestyle option," said Gina Rander, clinical recruiter at Munson Medical Center in Traverse...

HEALTH CARE: VitalCare showing improved vital signs

PETOSKEY - The prognosis is good for 20-year-old VitalCare, Inc., a healthcare services organization that provides home, hospice and respiratory care, private duty nursing and home medical equipment.According to Jerry Worden, vice president of finance at Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey and a VitalCare board...

After Aug. 13, the buck stops here

TRAVERSE CITY - When customers of Old Kent Bank heard it was being bought out by Fifth Third Bank earlier this year, one question was on their minds: What's up with that name?There's a very simple explanation. Fifth Third started out as the Bank of...

Surfing the Great Lakes by boat, land…computer

INTERLOCHEN - We all know the wary feeling of looking over a map, pen in hand, marking the fateful route of a vacation. The town names, highway symbols and map legend do little to tell us what we'll find when we get there.All the while...