What’s News


? At the Northern Michigan Advertising Club MAX Awards, Idea Stream Design of Traverse City received one of two “Best of Show” for the stationery package design for Archkinetiks Architectural Firm. The package also won a “MAX Award” for logo design. Idea Stream earned an “Award of Excellence” for the stationery package for Farmer’s Mutual Insurance Co.

? The Michigan Child Care Challenge recently recognized Grand Traverse Pavilions for its innovative Child Care Services and employee benefits. Child Care Services is one of the few programs to offer infant care for children two weeks and older, and full-time child care in cooperation with the Head Start program. The Pavilions offers a discounted rate to all of its employees.

? The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Michigan Chapter, has awarded an Emmy to Anthony Beaverson and Bud Solem of Petersen Productions.

The Emmy was for a spot produced for the Bay Area Coalition for Independent Living (BACIL) that aired locally on cable and broadcast stations. It was narrated by James McIntyre and featured local professionals JoAnn Search, David Clark, and Larry Turnbull who, although physically challenged, have successfully achieved independence.

The Petersen team created, wrote, directed and produced the TV spot with collaboration from Patricia Tucker, executive director of BACIL.

? Rentals Unlimited has been selected to receive the Wacker Rental Industry Achievement Club award.

This award is limited to 5 percent of the dealers who rent Wacker products to the construction industry. Competition in today’s rental market is fierce, but RIAC award recipients typically provide local contractors with such outstanding customer service that they dominate their market.


? Hagerty Classic Insurance has signed an agreement with eBay to become the official car insurance sponsor of eBay Motors’ Web site, www.ebaymotors.com.

The site will integrate finance options and shipping services, as well as offer the services of Hagerty Classic Insurance.

“By creating this partnership, enthusiasts can now buy a car and insure it all at the same time, eliminating many of the hassles associated with vehicle purchases,” said Hagerty President McKeel Hagerty.

Through its partnership with eBay Motors, Hagerty offers free quotes on line. Interested parties can also access information on its services, including touring coverage, overseas liability, and air and ocean cargo coverage. They can also save up to 60 percent on their collector car insurance.


? The Michigan Technical Education Center (M-TEC) of Northwestern Michigan College hasn’t opened yet, but it’s already touting three graduates.

Michael Ignace, Gregory Laubach and Christopher Stoops have each received a “Construction Technology Certificate” in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVACR).

Ignace is employed with Grand Traverse Refrigeration; Laubach with the Traverse City Record-Eagle; and Stoops with Comfort Heating.

In response to community needs, NMC developed a Construction Technology Program in ’98 through Extended Ed Services, which will become part of M-TEC when it opens in January 2001. In addition to the HVACR curriculum, the NMC Construction Technology Program offers a certificate in Carpentry.

M-TEC will open its doors next January at the Airport Industrial Park. It will offer a variety of flexible, relevant programs in aviation, construction, information technology, and manufacturing.

Call 922-1700 or go to www.nmc.edu/-mtec.


? A federal grant of approximately $1.1 million will allow Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City to prepare for the construction of a new south terminal complex and to purchase a new 3,000-gallon rescue and firefighting vehicle. The terminal will provide services and capacity the existing 30-year structure cannot meet, and the firefighting vehicle will replace a 20-year old unit.

Also, Pellston Regional Airport in Emmet County has been awarded $350,000 to rehabilitate high intensity lights on one of the runways. The funding will also be used to help design an expansion of the air carrier terminal building, according to a release from Rep. Bart Stupak’s office.


? Organization Solutions, a professional organizing service specializing in paperwork reduction and organization, has opened in Traverse City. Owner Marc Blazer helps individuals get organized and make their home or work environment more pleasant and productive. Other services include, but aren’t limited to, office set-up, pre-tax preparation and billing dispute resolution. He offers a free initial consultation with potential clients at their home or business; 929-2601 or get_organized@hotmail.com.

? Recent additions to Grand Traverse Resort and Spa’s Gallery of Shops include Tumbleweeds and the Cyber Cafe.

Tumbleweeds features clothing for infants up to children’s size 6X, plush animals, books, toys, and games.

Resort guests who want to check their e-mail, the status of an airline flight, an investment, or even the weather, may to do so in the comfort of the Cyber Cafe. It provides Internet access for guests from the Marketplace, the resort’s gourmet and take-out store. The area features four dedicated PCs specifically designed as Web browsers. With a qualifying purchase from one of the stores in the Gallery of Shops, guests receive a PIN number that provides access to the Web browsers, which are designed with family-safe software.

? More than 100 area manufacturers attended a June 1 open house at Parker Logistics, the largest storage facility north of Grand Rapids.

Parker Logistics was formed by the owners of Parker Motor Freight, the oldest and largest truck line in northern Michigan. It will serve as a destination for companies looking to house and maintain raw materials or finished products, as well as deliver goods throughout North America on a just-in-time basis.

“As northern Michigan’s trucking leader, we have witnessed enormous growth in the number of companies transporting materials into our area and shipping manufactured goods out,” Parker Logistics President Jim Parker said. “This new operation will help companies store products off site–yet nearby–allowing them to maximize their own floor space.”

The 60,000 square-foot building is bonded, FDA-approved, barcoded and Internet connected, and climate-controlled. Farrington Development and Hallmark Construction of Traverse City built the warehouse.

? Diners now have another option at Crystal Mountain Resort. The Little Betsie Bistro, located in the lower level of the Lodge in the former KP’s General Store, serves pizza, subs, salads, hand-dipped ice cream, specialty coffees, smoothies and family meal deals. It features a number of Michigan-made pre-packaged specialty foods, such as raspberry fudge sauce, cherry maple syrup, cherry preserves and cherry steak sauce.

? Jessie Brett, a Traverse City resident for over 35 years, has taken over Kid’s Carousel, formerly located in the Horizon Outlet Mall. The business is now at 3920 N. U.S. 31 South next to the Flap Jack Shack.

Kid’s Carousel is a consignment and resale shop for quality children’s and maternity clothing, as well as toys, equipment, and furniture. Hours are daily 10-5:30 and Saturday 10-5; 922-7790.

? Sandra Cooper of Interlochen has acquired the Handiworks Gallery in downtown Beulah from Diana and Mike Heller. The store will continue to feature all handcrafted American-made art, with a new emphasis on fine jewelry and repair.

The gallery has been in Beulah for the past 12 years. The Hellers will continue to operate their Frankfort art gallery, Handiworks 4 Kids.


? Great Lakes Plastic Surgery Center in Traverse City has purchased a Micro Bermabrasion systems, The California Peel. The non-invasive, painless technique removes the top layer of dead and damaged skin cells and is used to treat many skin problems. The center is headed by doctors F. Matthew Smith, MD, and Steven Thomas, MD; 935-0180; www.greatlakesplasticsurgerycenter.com.

? Ascomnorth Inc. has been authorized as an Ameritech Authorized Distributor. This agreement will enable Ascomnorth to recommend, schedule and coordinate the installation of Ameritech ISDN lines (Integrated Services Digital Network), Centrex, DSL, T1 and other analog and digital services.

? CarSharing Traverse, Inc., (CST), in partnership with River’s Edge Development, has placed a new 2000 Ford Focus at Lake and Cass Streets in downtown Traverse City. The car is for the use of CST members, who may reserve it for personal or business needs. Fees are based on usage.

CST is leasing the Focus from Grand Traverse Auto, which provided a reasonable rate and incentives to enable CST to expand its growing fleet.

“CarSharing is a natural partner for River’s Edge because the development is designed to minimize motor vehicle use and parking demands by pairing residences with office and retail space in a pedestrian-friendly setting,” said Bob Otwell, co-owner of CST, which started up in January.


? The Traverse City Optimist Club has donated $500 to the Traverse City Youth Ballet Company. Optimist President Scott Duensing presented the check to Ede Meyer, Ballet Company Manager, and Korin Drilling, Ballet Mistress during the club’s May meeting.

The Ballet Company is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the appreciation of dance. Company members are selected by audition and perform in many venues throughout the year. The Optimist Club is dedicated to serving youth and fostering an optimistic way of life. For information, call Duensing at 929-7467.

? Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan has opened an Antrim Co. office at 215 River St. in Elk Rapids. It will greatly increase the volume of children matched to BBBS in Antrim Co. For more info on the program, call 800-968-2447.


Versus Technology Inc. (OTC BB: VSTI) reports 2nd quarter revenues of $1,006,000, up 14 percent from the same period in ’99. The company also reports a net loss of $495,000 or $0.01 per share compared to $350,000 or $0.01 in 1999.


? Hudson’s sponsored the fireworks finale at the National Cherry Festival on July 8. The show was choreographed to music broadcast on WKLT. Hudson’s also hosted the announcement ceremonies of the five semi-finalists for Cherry Queen.