(From the Petoskey News-Review, April 13, 2012) About a year and a half ago, Sari King had her life flipped upside-down. At the age of 56, she went through a divorce, was diagnosed with breast cancer and was working a dead-end job. But she turned her personal tragedy into a lifelong dream with one cookie at a time. "I always wanted to do something creative and be self employed. I was forced to reinvent myself on so many levels, why not go with this too," King said. King took her longtime love of helping others, wholesome foods and baking, and turned it into a new business venture -- Crazy Woman Cookies. The company works as a division of Green Plate Catering, a business started by her daughter, Jesse. Full story.
Boyne City is among a handful of Michigan communities to receive a 2012 Governor's Award for Historic Preservation. City officials recently rehabilitated the 1910 water works building on Division Street and returned it to its original use. Now the 102-year-old structure stands as not only an historical landmark, but also evidence that communities can preserve their history and still address current citizen needs. "We can achieve a goal if we work hard together. Any time you achieve a goal like that, it gives you the ability to put another feather in our hat," said Michele Hewitt, who sits on the city's historical commission board. Boyne City officials built the water works building after the need for an expanded water system became apparent in 1909, following a decade of population growth during the logging industry's local boom. The building became the city's second water works station for the south side, as another water works station already covered the northern end. Officials added the building to the National Register of Historic Places in 1998 and in more recent years returned it to functional use as a water works facility. Full story from Petoskey News-Review.