Author: Christine Kanerva

Manistee Masonic Lodge 228 Awards Kids Free Bikes

Kids were awarded free bikes on Wednesday from Freemasons of the Manistee Lodge #228. The program, called Bikes for Books, encourages kids to read. Students who successfully achieve their reading goals get the opportunity to win free bike and helmet. On Wednesday, The Manistee Lodge awarded 21 bikes to Kennedy Elementary Students. Tom Mallison, worshipful master of the lodge, says,…

Little Mexico in Cadillac to Host Drive-In Theater

Families in the Cadillac area can enjoy tacos and a movie on Saturday. Little Mexico is hosting the drive-in theater experience in the parking lot between Shoe Sensation and The Great Wall Buffet. A parking space is twenty dollars and the movie will start around 10 pm, or when it gets dark. Christina Guerrero, the owner of Little Mexico, says…

Sanford Business Owner Loses Store, Home in Flood

Homeowners and businesses are now picking up the pieces after the Edenville Dam failure last month. Jennifer Palmer has owned the Sanford Sport Shop for nearly 20 years. When the Edenville Dam failed last month it sent a flash flood through downtown; filling her store with water a foot from the ceiling. “We walked in with waiters up and the…

Hokanson Camera Closes After 88 Years in Downtown Manistee

A camera store in Downtown Manistee will be capturing its last shot after 88 years in business. “We’re here to keep your memories together,” says Bill Ferguson, owner of Hokanson Camera. In 1932 Edward Hokanson, an immigrant from Sweden, opened home service studio in Downtown Manistee. Over the course of 40 years, the camera store developed into one of the…

TADL Phase into Reopening, Offering Curbside Pickup

Libraries across northern Michigan like the Traverse Area District Library are beginning to reopen and offer services like curbside pickup. “People are so happy; they’re calling us and they’re just really missing us,” says Michele Howard, director of TADL. Return and checkout reimagined, Howard says she’s excited to be back serving the community: “I’ve had a number of patrons tell…

Grocery Stores Prepare for Bottle Returns Monday

Grocery stores are preparing for bottle returns to resume on Monday. Northland Foods in Kingsley will be allowing two people in their bottle return area at a time. Steve Bart, director of the store, says they will have dedicated staff assigned to the bottle return area to ensure everything runs smoothly. He says he expects a big turnout, but will…

Raw Sewage Released into Boardman River for the Second Time in Two Weeks

For the second time in two weeks, the Boardman River has flooded, dumping raw sewage into the river. Now, the Grand Traverse County Health Department and the City of Traverse City are working together to determine how this can be avoided in the future. “It’s been a battle against mother nature for sure,” says Art Krueger, Traverse City Municipal Utilities…

Kalkaska Salon Happy to Be Back Open, Cutting Hair

The Upper Peninsula and parts of Northern Michigan moved into phase five on Wednesday with the reopening of salons, gyms and movie theaters. “We waited our time and we’re so excited to be back,” says Timberlie Yanz, owner of Timberlie’s Salon Studio in Kalkaska. When Gov. Whitmer closed salons in March due to COVID-19, new salon owner Yanz says she…