M22: More than just a highway; it represents Northern Michigan’s way of life

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — M22 is no longer just a 116.7-mile state highway that runs through Northern Michigan. The highway’s route marker is now a brand showing the pride that many people (both citizens and tourists alike) hold for Northern Michigan. A company going by the same name printed its first shirt in 2004, opened it’s first store in 2007, and now has over 40 employees between it’s two locations. Nick Madrick, the chief operating officer of M22, says, “In 2004 we had about two stock-keeping units and now we have over 200 in our line.

Gymnastics is leaping in popularity in Northern Michigan

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — A local gymnastics gym, Grand Traverse Bay Gymnastics, has been leaping with success. The gym separated from the YMCA three years ago and has been home to over 2,300 gymnasts in the past year. Jennifer Van Deinse, who has been the head coach for 10 years, says, “I believe that the success of Grand Traverse Bay Gymnastics can be attributed to our love for the sport and our desire to help each individual who attends our program reach their highest potential. We strive for excellence every day and teach our athletes to do the same.”

Owner Betsy Van Deinse says, “I love to watch our gymnasts grow and work hard to achieve their dreams. Gymnastics takes a great deal of mental and physical fortitude, so to witness how these young athletes train and fight to reach their goals is incredibly gratifying and awe-inspiring.”

Laurence Chalip, professor and head of recreation at University of Illinois, says, “In terms of the benefits the gym gained while being on it’s own, it really depends on the value of it’s autonomy.

Traverse City tall building proposal as statewide implications

By CAITLIN DeLUCA
LANSING — Traverse City voters are deciding how to regulate the height of city buildings, in a vote with statewide implications. The local decision is whether to require voters to approve the construction of any city buildings more than 60 feet tall. The proposal is supported by Save Our Downtown, a group  that says citizens should decide when such buildings are allowed. It is opposed by Stand Up TC, a group that says the proposal is illegal. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette recently bolstered their argument, warning in a letter to Traverse City officials that the proposed amendment to the city charter conflicts with the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act.