Author: Katie Birecki

Cadillac 4 Theater to Reopen with $2 Movies

The Cadillac 4 Theater in downtown Cadillac will officially reopen on August 7. The theater announced in May they would be closing their doors for good after their owner, Goodrich Quality Theaters, filed for bankruptcy in February. Goodrich was bought by new owners in July, and Cadillac 4 said they would be reopening. “It’s certainly been a long summer waiting…

State of Michigan Launches New Website For Career-Building Skills

Many people lost their jobs because of the coronavirus pandemic. To help them get back to work, the Skills to Work digital hub was created by The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, along with Michigan Works and the Michigan Community College Association. The website offers several career-related resources for anyone in need of a job. People can explore…

BATA Launches New Ride on Demand Service

BATA launched their new on-demand ride hailing service “Link On Demand” on August 1. “We’ve upgraded our traditional Dial-A-Ride system in and around traverse city to be this on demand service,” said Communications and Development Director Eric Lingaur. “It’s basically a ride hailing service similar to Uber and Lyft where you can request a bus in real time when you…

Rep. Jack Bergman’s Seat in US House: Primary Vote to Decide Which Dem Will Run Against Him

It’s the day of August’s primary and people across Michigan will be voting on both local and statewide issues. That includes the race for U.S. congressional representative. Two Democrats are vying for a spot to race against Republican Representative Jack Bergman, who is running unopposed. Linda O’Dell lives in Petoskey and served as president of her local Make-A-Wish foundation. Dana…

TCAPS’ New Superintendent Says Safety is a Top Priority

Traverse City Area Public School’s new superintendent is busy getting ready for the school year after being hired just last month. Dr. John VanWagoner was previously the superintendent in the Alpena School District. As TCAPS prepares, VanWagoner says his biggest priority in the upcoming school year is safety. “We’re working through that process right now, what that looks like. Safety…

Upper Manistee Headwaters: Former Boy Scout Camp Opens to Public as Land Preserve

After years of hard work, the Upper Manistee Headwaters Preserve is now open for the public to enjoy. The Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy protects and preserves land for future generations, and they just opened up their newest land preserve in Kalkaska County called the Upper Manistee Headwaters: The Milock Family Preserve. “The property is 1,280 acres, which is one…

Leelanau County’s “Farm Club” Promotes Immersive Experience for Customers

  Two Leelanau county businesses have collaborated to build an original immersive experience for customers. Farm Club combines a restaurant, marketplace, brewery and farm all on one property. “We really care about where our food comes from and we care about Leelanau county,” said Farm Club co-owner Gary Jonas. “We wanted to showcase both of those things.” The 2 acre…

Former TCAPS Student Petitions for More Diversity in School District

A former TCAPS student, Ashley Ko, started a petition to call for more representation for people of color in the curriculum and staff training on diversity. Ko graduated from Traverse City Central High School in 2015, and started reflecting on her time at TCAPS after hearing the national dialogue about social justice. “Hearing that dialogue just started having me reflect…