Hagerty Center to become ‘Green Venue’ in June

Only a handful of facilities statewide have earned certificationTRAVERSE CITY - It all started with garbage. Between the events and conferences it hosted and what was generated by Lobdell's restaurant, the Hagerty Center quite simply made too much of it. So Nate Glidden, executive director...

Betting on the Small-Town Office Store

BUCKLEY - There are certain businesses you expect to find in small, rural towns. Office supply stores aren't generally among them.Yet Kelvin Shaw, who owns the Traverse City Cartridge World franchise, which remanufactures printer ink cartridges, is betting that enough people will appreciate the convenience...

Renewable Energy: Is it part of your company’s future?

It seems that green is the official color of the 21st century. Hardly a day goes by without hearing or seeing some sort of reference to renewable resources, alternative energy or going green. But for all the current press and debate over renewable energy, the...

Goodwill’s 2011 impact

We all know Goodwill does good for the planet and for northern Michigan; its process of selling and recycling used goods creates hundreds of jobs and revenues to support programs that help people overcome barriers to employment.Through partnerships with businesses, like the Dell Reconnect program,...

A re-purpose-driven lifestyle

One of my favorite ways of explaining the validity of recycling is through a discussion about surviving efficiently. None of us would be here today if the cavemen and our grandparents were not adept at efficient survival. You've heard or watched explanations about how early...

The Back Yard Composter

The Back Yard ComposterBy Andrew GaleComposting is that backyard chore everyone wants to do, but believes they can't find the time to do - at least to do it right, anyway! It's actually a lot easier than you might think. As a matter of fact,...

Zones, they are a changin’

Warming trend saps sugaring season, worries fruit growersREGION - Long, bitter winters used to be the norm in northern Michigan. But this year, and in year's past, significant stretches of cold temperatures have become such an anomaly in northern Michigan that the U.S. Department of...