---- — n Bill Harris, of Antrim County, was awarded Priority Health's Senior Volunteer Impact Award for his dedication to Big Brothers Big Sisters. As part of this recognition, Priority Health donated $1,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters.
n The Jewel Jiggler belly dance troupe from Crystal Bindi Studios in Traverse City combined with Raks Incendi, the Traverse City-based gothic fusion belly dance duo, to take the top prize at the Michigan Renaissance Festival Middle Eastern Dance Competition.
n The Empire Area Heritage Group received the 2012 State History Award in the local society category from the Historical Society of Michigan.
n Tom Irwin of Bellaire won first place at the International Antique Classic Boating Society boat show for the Best Preserved Launch. He is the owner of a 1937 19-foot Duke Playmate.