What’s for lunch? Farm food goes to school

TRAVERSE CITY - On a cold, bright morning in December, Mark Doherty was delivering Gala apples and winter squash to 18 schools in the Traverse City Area Public School system. It's a delivery route he's happy to do. Doherty is one of the reasons children at...

Tips for lowering your dreaded utility bills

REGION - There was a lot of cold and snow to end 2005. Great for outdoor fun, not so good for business operating expenses. Most likely, your first couple of utility bills for the winter heating season were kickers compared to last year. With heating...

BATA unveils hybrid electric bus

TRAVERSE CITY - The Bay Area Transportation Authority (BATA) is on the road and riding "green" in a prototype of its first series hybrid-electric bus. The 27-foot bus was unveiled in December at a ceremony held at the Hagerty Center in Traverse City....

Curing ‘affluenza’ among kids of wealthy parents

Raising a child isn't easy. School, sports, social activities, sickness, they can all keep parents up at night. Affluent parents have an additional issue that may be cause for concern: "affluenza," or the notion that unusual family wealth will lead to a poverty of values...

Online service allows quicker access to advanced directives

SUTTONS BAY - No matter which side you sympathized with during the Terry Schiavo controversy, one thing was tragically clear: There was no written document detailing her wishes for medical care. Advance medical directives do just that. One type, often referred to as a "living will,"...

Fitness and physical therapy center opens at Copper Ridge

TRAVERSE CITY - A new fitness and physical therapy facility recently joined the Copper Ridge Marketplace. Fast Fitness + Accelerated Mobility Physical Therapy, owned by husband and wife physical therapists Rex and Jill Holden, offers several levels of fitness conditioning classes, as well as physical...

Handling touchy issues within your medical practice

Q. What are the ramifications of violating HIPAA regulations, and how can I keep up on the latest standards so that I can monitor my staff's compliance with them?A. The penalties for violating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act regulations can be extensive. The...

New phase for New Designs, Guidebook

TRAVERSE CITY - This month marks the beginning of a new season for New Designs for Growth (NDFG), a grassroots initiative working under the auspices of the Traverse City Chamber of Commerce to promote smart residential and commercial growth. Several new programs and resources will...

Brownfield incentives return value to blighted areas

GRAND TRAVERSE CO. - In addition to health hazards, properties designated as brownfields create economic problems. When a facility is vacated and a brownfield is the result, there is little taxable income for the city, county or state. Usually, the owners of these facilities have...