Out of the Slump?

Out of the Slump?Second-quarter signs suggest the worst might be overBy Al ParkerREGION - The uptick is on. After three grueling years of plummeting, then shaky home sale prices (both median and average), and volume sold, the region is looking poised for a comeback.The proof?...

Biking Means Big Money: Let’s pave the trail

Across northwest Michigan, tourism generated from bicyclists continues to grow and flourish, especially in the communities that have an awareness of the potential economic benefits gained from proper infrastructure and social acceptance. Some examples? To our south: the Betsie Valley Trail between Beulah and...

This Just Invented

TRAVERSE CITY -Local inventor Keith M. Nielson has designed a system to custom organize kitchen drawers so cooks can find utensils in a snap. DrawerDecor, a custom-fit, silicone drawer insert, keeps kitchen utensils such as spatulas, ladles and ice cream scoops from shifting when a...

Goodbye, Regulation Q

REGION - While some bankers are being pro-active, others are taking a "wait-and-see" approach to a recent change in federal banking regulations that will allow them to offer interest-bearing checking accounts to business owners.Regulation Q is part of the Glass-Steagall Banking Act of 1933 and...

The Real “Power” in Estate Planning

The thought of being incapacitated - either temporarily or permanently - is certainly not a pleasant one. Nevertheless, it is important to have the proper provisions in place should you suddenly become incapable of managing your financial affairs. One common way to help ensure some...

Brooke Nettz and the Big Intolerance

REGION - It's unlikely kids could find a better friend than Brooke Nettz. Or a more ambitious one.Nettz, the director of the Children's Advocacy Center, has made it her goal to eliminate child abuse - not just to reduce, but to end it completely."My goal...

Poverty 911

REGION - Sometimes the problem is critical - a foreclosure or eviction happening that very week - or maybe it's not as time-sensitive but still a pressing concern, such as needing transportation because of vehicle repairs or requiring assistance with health care or childcare costs....

Man on a Mission

TRAVERSE CITY - Nick Twomey was a graduate student at Western Theological Seminary when he first came to Traverse City for an internship at Faith Reformed Church. That was 1993. He was hired at the end of his internship, completed his degree, and served the...

Profile: Integrity Home Healthcare

ProfileIntegrity Home HealthcareBy Christina M. WhiteTRAVERSE CITY - Integrity Home Health Care of Northern Michigan recently received the Chamber of Commerce's coveted 2011 Small Business of the Year Award.Tammy Tarsa, owner and head nurse, says the award a complete surprise. "We worked hard on the...