FROM STAFF REPORTS
---- — Pete and Sammie-Jo Schaub of Traverse City, 32-year members of Family Campers & RVers, were elected as FCRV's International Retiree King and Queen at the March 2010 Retiree Rally.
The Schaubs were members of the Cherry Capitol Campers and are current members of Chapter #316 The Traverse Bay Travellers and the Still-A-Goin Retiree Chapter.
Starting in 1978, they served their chapter in various capacities including president. They also have served the Michigan State Association since 1994. Sammie-Jo has been Michigander Newsletter photographer and MSA Teen Queen Pageant coordinator and Pete has been MSA president and senior advisor. They both were parade chairmen for National Campventions, and were field directors and are the current Northern MI District Directors.
The Traverse City-based Conservation Resource Alliance received a $625,000 grant from Sustain Our Great Lakes.
The money will be used to improve habitat and remove or bypass 12 dams along tributaries to the Upper Manistee River in Kalkaska County. Restoration at the former Flowing Wells Trout Farm property will also be worked on; the 1,700-acre property has been protected by a transfer of ownership to the State of Michigan from the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy.
The multi-year project is expected to cost more than $1.5 million. Several state, federal and local groups are working with the Conservation Resource Alliance on fundraising; the group must match the funds from the Sustain Our Great Lakes grant.
For more information, call the Conservation Resource Alliance at 946-6817 or go to www.rivercare.org.
Matthew Prater, a 1997 graduate of Traverse City Central High School, stars in "Passed the Door of Darkness," just out on DVD.
Prater plays homicide detective Chris Malloy, on the hunt for a serial killer. The movie is directed by Michigan native Peter Mervis.
Prater relocated to Los Angeles 10 years ago, but returns each summer for vacation and volunteering at the Traverse City Film Festival.