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Lauren Rauch, 5, screams and laughs Thursday as her inner tube splashes through the outlet of a retention pond, commonly known as Kids Pond, near the Elk Rapids library bridge. Lauren and her family were visiting the area from downstate.

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Declan Craven, 18, of Traverse City performs jumps while throwing a Frisbee with friends Wednesday afternoon on Northwestern Michigan College's campus. "Catching and throwing the Frisbee doesn't matter as much as that I can make a maneuver," Craven said who has been throwing the Frisbee since he was 10.

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Jessica Hardy, 7, stands by a fance after bringing her father, John Hardy, a glass of water as he paints primer on the garage of his Cedar home on Tuesday morning. Jessica said she wasn't old enough to use a ladder and didn't have any painting clothes, so she brought her father water instead.

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Jack Watters fishes off a walk way near the Union Street Dam on the Boardman River in Traverse City. A local committee is seeking ideas for alternative uses for the Boardman, Sabin and Brown Bridge dams. Full story »

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Students watch as Maryellen Werstine is the first to try the trapeze at Boyne Mountain after ground training. Some students can reach a height of 32 feet at the peak of their swing if it is done correctly. Full story and more photos »

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Walker Godfrey, 2, left, and his brother Wilson, 3, try out the bilge pump on the schooner Madeline. Volunteer re-enactors guided hundreds of visitors on tours of the restored 19th century schooner, firing cannons and giving kids a chance to put their hands on the helm. Full story »

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Camp Greilick camp ranger Cliff Wagner stands in an area of the camp that will see a prescription burn next year as part of a Michigan Department of Natural Resources program. Full story »

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Dante Stachnik, 8, takes time to sample one of the tomatoes he and his brothers, Adam, 13, and Austin, 10, were selling at their lemonade stand on State Street. Dante said the lemonade was the big seller.

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TCAPS’ head groundskeeper Jim Lautner measures out sideline markings while getting Thirlby Field ready for tonight’s season-opening football game between St. Francis and Suttons Bay. The varsity game starts at 7 p.m. Full story »

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Chance Riley, 10, lets 9-year-old Adam Greilick’s scooter fly through the air in what they called “a scooter back flip” at F&M Park in Traverse City on Tuesday afternoon.

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Anjelica Botello, 6, of Trenton, serves up a beach ball while playing with relatives at West End Beach volleyball courts Monday afternoon. Members of the Botello, Longoria and Swift families, all related, were vacationing in Grayling from Detroit and its metropolitan area, and stopped in Traverse City to have lunch before heading back. Everyone said the highlight of their trip was the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes.

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Jonathon Anderson preforms a dance at the Peshawbestown Annual Traditional Jiingtamok Powwow. For more photos, see today's photo gallery »

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A 1911 Case steam engine owned by Keith Schuberg of Rodney has 45 horsepower and was one of the 800 antique tractors, engines, cars and trucks at The Buckley Old Engine Show. The annual event started Thursday and ends today. Full story »

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Sean Stanley, 11, of Jacksonville, Fla, plays on the cannon outside the Grand Traverse County Courthouse Friday afternoon while visiting Traverse City with his mother, Cynthia, who grew up here.

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A 1934 John Deere Model “B” Tractor was among the 800 antique tractors at the Buckley Old Engine Show, which started Thursday and runs through Sunday. The event features daily tractor races and pulls, harvesting exhibits and threshing and baling demonstrations.

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“It’s a good day to paint,” said Tom Reid as he works on a sign for Mt. McSauba along Petoskey Avenue in Charlevoix. Reid, a city employee, says he paints everything from fire hydrants and railings to signs and pavillions.

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Paul McSweeney, left, manager of Charlevoix Car Wash, watches Jim Russell scratch off lottery tickets on Tuesday afternoon in Charlevoix. Russell stopped by to say hi. “That way, I'm not lonely,” Russell said.

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Paula Wild of Warren is “framed” by fellow art student Susan Heath, of Vicksburg, at the Open Space in Traverse City. They were part of a weeklong pastel and landscape class led by artist Bob Rohm, of Dallas.

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Gabriel Smith, right, huddles with peers from the Interlochen Arts Camp after a Jazzfest performance. Smith, a native of Cadillac, says he will cherish his friendships most from his Interlochen experience. Read the story »   View the multi-media »

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Kathy Schutt of Honor returns visitors from an up close view of the Behrens Barn, background, on Saturday morning during the sixth annual Port Oneida Fair in Leelanau County. Schutt, a driver for Black Horse LLC Carriage Rides, pulled tourists with the aid of two 1,700-pound Percheron horses. The Port Oneida Fair is a two-day celebration of Michigan’s rural traditions. Full story »

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Two ferris wheels loom over the midway as the sun sets on the 99th annual Northwestern Michigan Fair, which ends tonight after a week of activities that drew thousands of people daily to the fairgrounds on Blair Townhall Road south of Chum's Corner in Traverse City. Today's schedule »

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Elizabeth Kwasky, 15, spends some quiet time with her 6-month-old calf, Buckaroo, at the Northwestern Michigan Fair. The 616-pound calf is an all-white Holstein, which are very rare, according to Kwasky. More on the fair, including a weekend schedule »

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Gary Plamondon of Traverse City shoots a basketball into one of six hoops located at the Cherry Bend Community Park Wednesday morning in Elmwood Township. Plamondon regularly shoots baskets at the park for exercise and fresh air. “It’s even better basketball when it’s below 90 degrees,” Plamondon said.

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Ben Florence waters the vegetable garden at his Peninsula Township home on Tuesday afternoon. Because of a lack of rain, Florence said he has been watering every other day. “It kind of takes the fun out of it when all you’re trying to do is keep it alive,” said Florence’s wife, Jan, who added they also had been watering the trees in front of their home.

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Gabe Luther, 4, of Buckley, sits atop a pen of sleeping pigs at the 99th Annual Northwestern Michigan Fair, which runs through Saturday. The fairgrounds are located at 3606 Blair Townhall Road, off M-37, two-and-a-half miles south of Chum’s Corner.

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Patrick Smith puts the finishing touches on one of the shoes he put on Angel, a quarter horse owned by Eva and Jim Fletcher of Paradise Township. A horseshoe will last about six weeks before either wear and tear or the growth of the horse’s hoof force it to be replaced or refitted. Full story and more photos »

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Leather-N-Laces 4-H members from left, Gavin Luther, 9, Jordyn Barley, 10, and Garrett Luther, 8, load sawdust into a wheelbarrow for animal pens at the Northwestern Michigan Fair on Saturday. The event, now in its 99th year, begins today. Full story »

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Barb Rickard, center, assists customers with shoe selections outside Golden Shoes during Friday’s Downtown Traverse City Street Sale — an annual event since the 1960s.

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Lilly Sarya devours a freshly pulled carrot while Scotty Harvey wrinkles his nose after smelling a flower at the Learning Garden, located behind the Traverse Area District Library. The 2-year-olds from Traverse City attend Healthy Start Child Care and have a small plot of more than 20 different plants located at the Learning Garden.

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Dave Kirby, a science teacher at Traverse City West, examines the condition of a model of Mars attached to a pole along the TART Trail near the Traverse Area District Library. Kirby spent several hours of Wednesday touching up the red planet, which is part of a “solar system” along the trail from Boardman Lake to Acme.

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Carpenter Joseph Brown cools himself off with a drink from a hose as he takes a break on Tuesday from working on a construction site just off Rasho Road south of Traverse City. “That sure does feel good,” he said. “It's just hot and muggy out here.”

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Maria Craft, 8, left, comes up from a hand-stand as Devin Orth, 8, of Traverse City, dives down to perform another as they cool off in a backyard pool Monday. Expect temperatures in the low 90s again today, the National Weather Service says. For a full five-day forecast, see our Weather page »

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Paula Kelley and Bear, a collie/golden retriever mix, travel by boat from the Kelley home in Old Mission Peninsula across East Bay to Elk Rapids to volunteer in the reading program at the Grand Traverse/Antrim Migrant Summer School. "There are worse ways to go to work," she said. Full story & more photos »

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Flowers of every shape and variety were on sale at the Traverse City Sara Hardy Farmers Market. The downtown market continues to attract residents and visitors alike. Full story »

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Jan Rigan, corner left, and Hannah Goodrich, corner right, beat the heat by cooling their feet in Grand Traverse Bay as Jen Folts looks for Petoskey stones on a beach on Old Mission Peninsula after work.

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Keystone Pond behind the Boardman Dam is now down almost 10 feet. Grand Traverse County will continue to lower the pond by 2 inches a day until the level drops 17 feet total. Legal action taken by homeowners so far has been unsuccessful in stopping the draw-down.

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Ron Oakley, left, and Don Robinson, carpenters at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, paint the dome of the C.S. Mott Language Arts Building Wednesday in Interlochen. The two painted and made repairs on three domes on three separate buildings on campus.

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Elk Rapids Harbor maintenance worker Drew Peterson wraps 300 feet of rope around a railing in the harbor marina on Tuesday afternoon. “Decorate it up and make it look nice,” said Tom Kirkby, who was working with Peterson on the project.

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Roofers Rob Miehlke and Eric Salenski, top of ladder, carry roofing material to the top of the State Theatre marquee, which was undergoing repairs Monday in preparation for next week’s Traverse City Film Festival.

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Grand Rapids political reporter Rick Albin of television station WOOD, gets ready to tape a segment before the start of a press conference with Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty at the Great Lakes Campus of Northwestern Michigan College. For more behind-the-scenes photos from the National Governor's Association meeting, view our photo gallery »

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The sun shines through the leaves as Gladys Acevedo hand picks sweet cherries in Louis and Lynn Groleau's orchard near Hammond and Four Mile Road. The cherries will be sold at at the Groleaus' fruit stand.

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From left, 8-year-old Forest Roth, of Williamsburg, dressed as Harry Potter, and Evan BeVier, 8, of Traverse City, dressed as Draco Malfoy, cast spells on one another during Friday Night Live in downtown Traverse City. The theme-night coincided with the release of the newest, and last, Harry Potter book.

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A dirndl dress and a lederhosen outfit are on display in The Alphorn Shop front window during the annual Alpenfest celebration in downtown Gaylord. Full story »

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Sylvia Neph, 7, of Bear Lake in Manistee County, gazes up at the 2007 Alpenfest Queen, Samantha Dunn, left, and her first lady in waiting, Katie Wildeman, both of Gaylord. Get the complete Alpenfest schedule here »

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Col. Tom Lamie, left, and Sgt. 1st Class Dennis Palmer stand at what will become the civilian aviation area at the Grayling Army Airfield, the military airport near Camp Grayling. Full story »

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Sue Ballantyne makes traditional "blumen kranz," or flower wreaths, to sell at the annual Alpenfest celebration, which kicks off today in downtown Gaylord. Full story »

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Ann Belanger points out a name to her husband Paul J. Belanger (not pictured) as they look at names on the American Veterans Traveling Tribute wall in Peshawbestown. The Belangers came to view the wall because they have two sons in the military — one stationed in Germany and one in California. “The wall is very moving,” said Ann Belanger. For more, see today's photo story »

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Seth Lynch flies high into the air over the heads of spectators as he shows off his skateboarding skills at the skateboard competition during the National Cherry Festival.

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Mason Pence, 8, buries his feet in the sand while waiting for judges to look at the sculpture he built with his group during Friday's National Cherry Festival Sand Sculpture Contest at West End Beach. Full story »

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photo Dan Hughes, left, T.J. Sterzer, middle, and Mike Shively, right, erect a portion of The Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall Thursday in Peshaw- bestown for its public display today through Sunday. The wall is a replica of the memorial in Washington, D.C. Right, a map is marked with the locations the memorial has visited.

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From left, Sarah Balogh, 21, Lily Amvrosius, 11, Mackenzie Monroe, 11, and Morgan Johnson, 17, wait for the start of the National Cherry Festival Royal Pageant of Fashion and Luncheon on Wednesday at the Park Place Dome in Traverse City. For more photos from the festival, don't miss our Cherry Fest gallery, upadated daily »

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Wambli Roaneagle, 3, gets under her umbrella at the National Cherry Festival as thunderstorms moved through the area Tuesday. More photos in our Cherry Festival photo gallery, updated daily »

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A turtle makes its way to the edge of the circle while children cheer them on during the National Cherry Festival Turtle Races at F&M Park on Monday afternoon. Nearly 500 children participated in the event, which used 30 turtles that were returned to their homes in the wild after the races were finished. More photos in our Cherry Festival photo gallery, updated daily »

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John and Barb Carder of Defiance, Ohio, swirl across the dance floor at Cedar's Polka Fest. For more on the festival, including more photos, view today's photo story »

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A dog enjoys the area’s warm weather through its owner’s sunroof while riding along on Garfield Road in Traverse City. The forecast calls for the hot weather to stick around today. Forecast »

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The zoo administration building at the former Clinch Park Zoo is being considered for demolition by the city. Full story »

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Donald Dierschke and wife Kay Ella Dierschke of Gresham, Wis., dance to Polka music underneath the Polish flag Thursday afternoon in Cedar. Thursday marked the start of the 26th Annual Polka Fest, which lasts through Sunday.

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Callie Reuter, 3, is held by her grandmother, Paula Stewart, during a flag-raising ceremony at Old Settlers Park in Burdickville. The event was part of Glen Arbor’s Fourth of July activities and was conducted by the Glen Lake Women’s Club. For more photos of Fourth of July festivities in Glen Arbor and Burdickville, see our Celebrating America photo gallery »

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More than 450 American flags fly in a Turtle Creek Casino field in Williamsburg. For a complete list of local fireworks festivities, click here.

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Mic Lewis, Charles Letson, Kevin Wale and Derrick Peek, from left, with help from Cliff Maczynski at the back holding the pole, raise a 5,000-pound, 60-by-120-foot tent at the Open Space for the National Cherry Festival, which starts Saturday in Traverse City. All work for Big Top Rental of Clare. For complete Cherry Festival coverage, see record-eagle.com/cherryfest »

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Robbin and Adanna Bustance work with Michaell Patrick between rounds during a boxing match during one of the Saturday Night Fights at the Leelanau Sands Casino in Peshawbestown. Across the ring, Bill Bustance works with his opponent, Mitch Vantassel. For more on boxing and the Bustance family, see today's photo story »

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Waves, temperature and the Mackinac Bridge bridge often make wading in the Straits breathtaking for various reasons. From left, 8-year-old Jillian Pertler, Kelsey Allen, 11, and Marissa Pertler, 12, wade in Lake Huron on the Lower Peninsula side.

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Tracy Hamparian, Devon Gigliotti, Christine Schoenek and Erica D'Angelo, front to back, all from Clinton Township, enjoy some time on a beach near the Open Space as a Coast Guard HH65C helicopter practices rescue operations by putting swimmers into the water then picking them up as they would do during a rescue operation.

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Young sailors in Traverse City Community Sailing class maneuver their eight-foot pram sailboats on Boardman Lake. The participants are part of the first summer camp of the season which had 55 kids enrolled.

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Above, Janis Marthaller of Cleveland relaxes in a 1964 Porsche Wednesday afternoon in the parking lot of River’s Edge in Traverse City. She belongs to the 356 Registry, an international group of Porsche 356 owners and enthusiasts.

photo About 200 members participated in the annual East Coast Holiday, a five-day gathering at Boyne Highlands. About a dozen showed off their wheels in TC after being invited by Hagerty Insurance Agency. Right, Hagerty Insurance Agency employees admire a Porsche.

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Dan Decatur of Traverse City reaches for a basketball Tuesday afternoon while playing a quick game with friends Dan Fall and Levi Schwander at the Grand Traverse Civic Center. "Cleans your pores out," Schwander said of playing basketball in Tuesday's 90-degree temperatures. "The beach is definitely next," Decatur added.

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Stacy Sheren and Anthony Colombo push a cherry tree down Front Street as they take the dead tree to Holiday Traditions, Inc. to use as a Cherry Festival decoration in the store. The twos said they got the tree from Sheren's parents' home near Munson Medical Center and had pushed it all the way balancing it on a skate board.

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Rabbi Albert Lewis shows Tal Hiebert a portion of the Torah during Sunday’s rededication of Congregation Beth El’s synagogue in Traverse City. The synagogue celebrated it’s 120th anniversary and is the oldest synagogue in continuous use in Michigan. For more on Beth El's milestone, read Saturday's story from our Faith section »

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Kate Ellison rows her dinghy to shore as her sailboat Kingship bobs gently at its mooring on West Grand Traverse Bay. Ellison recently sold her house in Interlochen to buy the boat and is living aboard it this summer, bicycling to work at Munson Medical Center and making regular trips into town for water and other provisions. Read the full story in our Northern Living section »

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Fans listen to a performance by Family Force 5 on Friday at the Big Ticket Festival in Gaylord, an event with an advertised mission to see people “living God loud.” Noise complaints began pouring into the Gaylord Police Department on Thursday during sound checks. Full story »

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Known Books owner Cheryl Cigan, left, and The Business Helper owner Jackie Morrison are being sued for using the words “Leelanau pages” on a business Web site. The two are being sued by Alan Campbell, publisher of the Leelanau Enterprise. Full story »

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Keaundra Sanders, 17, floats in Spider Lake. Sanders and nine other girls from Chicago are spending four days on Spider Lake at Passion Outreach Camp. The girls, ages 15 to 18, are from a mentoring group, Girls Connected, that’s part of the Passion Outreach organization. Full story »

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Half of a huge locust tree crashed down into Bill Ptak's yard at 523 W. 12th Street about 10:15 p.m. Monday night, narrowly missing his house. The National Weather Service reported wind gusts of about 30 mph in Traverse City.

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A duckling tries his wings, but they don't work for flying yet, during a morning swim with siblings and mom on Boardman Lake.

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Layla DeLoy walks with her 7-year-old daughter Emily Ernst during a baseball game at Traverse City East Junior High. DeLoy was 18 when she gave birth to Emily three months premature. The two have faced many challenges and DeLoy says she and her family are stronger because of it.    Read the story »    View the multimedia »

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Katrina Salon, 7, spends some time on the swings in front of the 48-foot-wide by 60-foot-tall screen at the Cherry Bowl Drive-In in Honor before the start of a recent double-feature.

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A fisherman enjoys his morning solitude in still waters on Boardman Lake.

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Above, the rectory at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hannah tumbles down Thursday morning. Home to 24 priests over the last 100 years, the rectory was hit May 10 by a garbage truck. It took the wrecking crew less than 30 minutes to knock down the Sears Roebuck kit home built in 1900. Right, the rectory before demolition.


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Dredging equipment sits in the Leland Harbor after dredging operations are finished. Dredging is required each spring to remove sandbars and shoals that form during the winter.

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Fifty-six Eastern Elementary School fourth-graders wrote letters to the governors who will be attending the upcoming National Governors Association at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa. The letters detailing Traverse City and Michigan will be mailed to the governors’ residences. Full story »

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Seven-year-old Carson Goodwin grimaces as he pushes a gasless push lawnmower up a small incline at a neighbor’s house Monday afternoon in Traverse City. “It’s hard to do, especially when it keeps stopping,” Carson said. Carson received a free blue balloon from one appreciative neighbor.

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Traverse City Central High School graduate Kelsey Hendrickson laughs after receiving her diploma during Saturday’s commencement at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. Some 360 students walked across the stage to receive their diplomas. For more graduation photos from high schools in Traverse City, see our NEW photo galleries, from which you can buy reprints online. View and buy photos »

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Susan Lutes holds the plans and drawings to the changes the Mills Community House Association would like to make with the help of the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation. The foundation is celebrating its 15th anniversary. Full story »

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Bonnie Harding, left, and Anna Standfest try to move Standfest’s stroller and her sons, 20-month-old Andrew, left, and 5-month-old Jake, not pictured, across Clinch Park Beach. “Oh my gosh, this thing weighs a ton,” Harding said.

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Firefighters rush toward a blaze Thursday at a maintenance shed at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons on the old state hospital grounds. No one was injured, but everything inside was lost.

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Harrison Johnson, 8 months, survived with only cuts and scrapes when a propane leak caused his family’s house to explode. Harrison and his parents, Matt and Sarah Johnson, also escaped the blast with minor injuries. Full story »

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Jim Versnyder installs a screen door in the former Nash Shanty in Leland's Fishtown. Versnyder used to pack fish in the building when he was a commercial fisherman. Now he's a builder working for Jim Carlson, who's turned the structure into a rental. "Took an old crooked building and turned it into something unique," Versnyder said.

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Monday morning traffic moves along a trail of oil-absorbing dust laid down on Union, Front and Division streets after a city street sweeper leaked hydraulic fluid over several blocks in Traverse City. The fluid made the pavement slippery but no accidents or injuries were reported, authorities said.

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People get food in the Cherry Bowl Diner before the start of a Friday night double-feature at the Cherry Bowl Drive-In in Honor. Owner Harry Clark says the broasted chicken and Crazy Harry's ribs are popular, along with popcorn made with real butter — the drive-in goes through about 500 pounds a season. Full story & more photos »

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Investigators search debris in an effort to determine what caused a home at 5663 E. Hoxie Road near Cedar to explode suddenly around 5:30 p.m. Saturday. There were two adults and an infant home at the time, but no one was seriously injured. All were taken to Munson Medical Center after neighbors, passers-by, police and firefighters pulled them from the wreckage, Leelanau County Undersheriff Scott Wooters said. "I just know that there were three people in the house and that they all got out OK," Wooters said. Wooters said there was no fire burning when authorities arrived.

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Shannon Hebert, 16, escaped serious injury when a deer crashed through the window of the Benzie Bus she was riding in on Friday morning. Full story »

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From left, Derrick Hall and Dan Watson, Kurtz Music Pianos employees, move a piano out of a truck at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. The 25 grand pianos and 91 uprights delivered this week will be used by students at Interlochen's music camp, which starts on June 23. They will be sold at the end of summer camp at the Interlochen Piano Sale.

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