Volunteer attorneys step in to help those most in need

REGION - A few years back, Probate Judge David Stowe noticed more and more people in his Pro Se Divorce Court who could have greatly benefited from a little legal advice, if only they could have afforded it. Representing themselves, many of these individuals were...

HRAs: A group health plan solution that could be right for you

Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) are quickly becoming another solution to the increasing cost of employer- sponsored group health plans. As health care premiums have continued to rise at double-digit rates, many employers have been forced to reduce benefits, shift more of the cost to their...

Ask the Advisors: Going green, retirement planning

Dear Advisors:How can I save tax dollars by going green? The latest trend in the business sector has less to do with profitability and more to do with accountability. It is all about taking steps to protect the environment. Fortunately, there are a number of ways...

Insuring the future: Agents, NMC build new training program

TRAVERSE CITY - Area insurance agencies looking to add to their pool of qualified job candidates have gone beyond placing a "Help Wanted" ad for their next hire. Instead, they went to school.The Bay Area Insurance Agents Association reached out to Northwestern Michigan College in...

Why be green? The cost of my carbon footprint

Consumers, suppliers and product manufacturers, all stakeholders in the value and supply chains, need to take a closer look and understand the entire life cycle of products - what the products are made with, the inputs and outputs of the production process, and where the...

Local authors report brisk sales

TRAVERSE CITY - "When Evil Came to Good Hart," written by Traverse City resident Mardi Link and published by the University of Michigan Press, was out one week when it went into its second printing. It is the only non-fiction title detailing the 40-year investigation...

Paper Clips: Publisher’s note

When the TCBN published its first issue, OJ Simpson was fleeing in his white Bronco, Forrest Gump ruled the movie screens, and the price of a gallon of gas was $1.09. Wow. This issue marks the beginning of our fifteenth year serving the Grand Traverse area....