To Lake Ann on its 150th anniversary and recent homecoming celebration. The village was founded in 1862 when the Addison and Ann (McBride) Wheelock family arrived from Vermont and acquired a large piece of property along the lakeshore and inland. The Almira Historical Society hosted the 19th annual homecoming, its major fund-raising event.
To retired Traverse City police Chief Ralph Soffredine, who received the National Cherry Festival’s 2012 Distinguished Senior award. Soffredine retired in 2003 after more than 20 years as police chief and has served on almost 20 area commission and agency boards.
To the Manitou Music Festival and Glen Arbor Art Association for Sunday’s 14th Dune Climb Concert at the base of Sleeping Bear Dunes. The Manitou Music Festival began July 3 and continues through Aug. 17. It is now in its 22nd season. The Dune Climb Concert is an annual presentation by the art association and is free to the public. The concert is made possible in part by a Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural affairs grant and donations.
To the 150 volunteers and organizers of the Cedar Polka Fest organizers, July 6-8 this year. Sponsored by the Cedar Chamber of Commerce, the 30th annual fest included a new element: the Our Lady of Czestochowa procession down Kasson Street after Sunday’s polka Mass. Participants wore traditional Polish costumes sent from Poland. Proceeds will be used for chamber projects and local scholarships.
To the Traverse City Film Festival’s Friends of the Festival, who started lining up early Sunday morning for the 11 a.m. opening of the festival’s box office on Park Street halfway between State and Front for early sales. In-person and phone sales began Sunday and online ticket sales started at 6 p.m. General public tickets go on sale July 21.
To 58-year-old Mike Tiberg, a Munson Medical Center pharmacist who participated Saturday in his 33rd straight Cherry Festival 15 K race.
To Carl Ganter, director and co-founder of Traverse City-based Circle of Blue, for its recent Rockefeller Foundation Innovation Award. The foundation cited the international network of journalists, scientists and data experts’ “unique, multi-disciplinary approach of reporting and documenting the global freshwater crisis” to promote the well-being of humanity around the world. Circle of Blue will also receive a $100,000 grant to support Circle of Blue’s future work. Past recipients of the Rockefeller award include President Bill Clinton, Dr. Sania Nishtar of Heartfile, an NGO and think tank in Pakistan and Jane Weru of the Akiba Mashinani Trust in Kenya.