Richard and Sherry Koenig and Sherry's mother, Barbara Bartley, all of Northport, recently presented the Northport Community Arts Center with a $250,000 gift ($50,000 a year for five years) to establish an endowed fund to help ensure the long-term viability of the NCAC.
The endowment is intended, in part, as a challenge grant and as seed money for a much larger fund in the future. Endowment earnings will be used for artistic and managerial needs of the NCAC and will be administered by the Leelanau Township Community Foundation.
The Historic Elk Rapids Town Hall Association has received $2,500 from the Baiardi Family Foundation in Harbor Springs.
The funds will go toward the $10,000 needed to replace the condemned fire escape at the Town Hall with a tall window similar to what was originally there that feature Elk Rapids historic yellow bricks. For details, visit www.ertownhall.org or HERTHA on Facebook.
The First Congregational Church of Traverse City recognized Harry R. Ball with the Servanthood Award for 17 years of service as an officer of the church. The award was presented by Dr. Susan Noble, president of the Church Council.
The following individuals received Outstanding Educator Awards presented by the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District, Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce and TBA Credit Union:
Deb Smith, curriculum director, TBAISD; Patricia Brumbaugh, teacher, Traverse City West Senior High School; Krista Gusler, administrative assistant, West Senior High School; Dawn Iott, teacher, Pathfinder School; Molly Klettner, teacher, St. Francis High School; Jill Lutz, teacher, Frankfort Elementary School; Peter Milne, teacher, Crystal Lake Elementary School; Karen Reister, math curriculum consultant, TBAISD; Pat Rutt, teacher Traverse City Central High School; Terry Starr, principal, Cherryland Middle School and Mill Creek Elementary School; Leslie Summers, teacher, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Middle School; and Andy Wolfe, network engineer, TBAISD.
Three local artists won prizes in the Art and the Garden All Media Competition and Show. Judging was based on a unique and creative expression of the garden theme.
Winners were: first prize, Nickeless Fisher; second prize, Joani Braun; and third prize, Joan Gallagher Richmond.
Honorable mention awards went to Beth Bynum, E. Brooks Hinerman, Ruth Kitchen and Sally Neal.
The show is open to the public and continues through July 6 in the new 630 Mercato space in Building 50 at the Grand Traverse Commons.
Eighth grade students at TC West Middle School recently participated in a state level National History Day Competition: Melissa Bush, Reid Bailey, Jake Long, Nicole Blakkan Esser, Madison Porter, Madeline Ross, Emily Ross, Nick Hirschenberger, Nicholas Brzezinski, Matthew Ankerson, McKenzie Ankerson, Claire Denton, Megan Eschelweck, Zoë Larson, Kylie McDonald, Gillian Gahn, Annie Kittendorf, Marie Savoie, Shanna Hilborn.