New Digs for Long Lake students

TRAVERSE CITY - Construction of the new Long Lake Elementary School has gone "very well" and will wrap up on schedule next month, reports Paul Mahon, capital projects director for Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS). The month of August will be spent moving furnishings...

Student-Run Credit Union Branch a Success

TRAVERSE CITY - The region's first full-service student-operated Credit Union branch in an educational institution ended on a high note and will re-open next fall. Members Credit Union (MCU) and Traverse Bay Intermediate School District (TBAISD) launched a pilot program last fall designed to...

Public, Private, Charter?

REGION - With the economic decline of the past few years, you might expect private schools to show a decline in enrollment, and public schools to show a corresponding increase.And you might be wrong.While some private schools are showing a decline, others show an increase...

Tailor-Made Employees for TC Companies

Over his more than two decades at Northwestern Michigan College, Rich Wolin has seen a number of efforts designed to bring quality jobs to the Traverse City region.But none has excited NMC's Director of Training and Research like the state's New Jobs Training Program, which...

Genius in a Bottle

TRAVERSE CITY - Who cares that Greg Lobdell and Jon Carlson had been friends since their kindergarten days at Old Mission Elementary. When the longtime pals decided to embark together into the very grown up business of real estate development in 2005, they heralded ...

Ban the Bottle

Traverse City remains one of Michigan's environmental shining lights - and deservedly so. From our surrounding inland lakes to our pristine rivers to the shores of our bays and Lake Michigan, we stand tall in their protection.Unfortunately, we do it while wading through the endless...

The Region’s SEV Slide

REGION - As equalized property values continue to slide, taxable values are also declining.While many will be happy to see the figure that sets their property taxes going down, it also means they might see fewer police on roads that are in increasingly bad repair.Counties...

Colour Us Northerners

REGION - Pittsburgh Paints has created a new line of paint for the home that's inspired by the northern Michigan region - and it was developed by area designers.The Up North collection, which includes colors like Beach Glass Blue, Morel Mushroom, Farm Market Red, boasts...

The Incredible Shrinking Cubicle

According to industry analysts, the office furniture industry has contracted by approximately 25 percent over the last 10 years. Michigan has seen the impact as many industry leaders reduce manufacturing jobs and facilities.What's really driving this downturn? Sure, it's easy to point the finger at...

Local Painter Nabs Nat’l Spokesperson Gig

TRAVERSE CITY - If you purchase FrogTape brand painter's tape, there's a good chance you'll recognize the name and face associated with it. Professional local painter Dan Brady has been named the official spokesperson for the super painter-friendly product.But Brady was a fan of FrogTape...