The new $45 million terminal at Cherry Capital Airport got its wings this week, opening to the public on Wednesday with a 115,000-square-foot complex that incorporates the flavors of Northern Michigan in its design and landscaping. Close-in parking, electronic check-in computers, advanced baggage screening and an outdoor garden for ticketed passengers are among the perks of the new terminal. And check out the 14 new cherry-wood check-in counters for a touch of local class.
Designed by Reynolds, Smith and Hills, Inc. of Jacksonville, Florida, the terminal is Arts and Crafts/Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired and encompasses the openness and natural setting of the Grand Traverse region.
CODE BLUE FOR REAL: Dave Edge, 49, the harmonica player with the Code Blue band had the scare of a lifetime on Oct. 1 when he had a real code blue while performing at L‘il Bo‘s in Traverse City. Edge was 40 minutes and five songs into the band‘s first set when he felt a heart attack coming on and was rushed to Munson Medical Center by his wife, Shelly. There, he received an emergency catheterization to open a blocked artery, with two stents inserted.
“He plays his heart out too,“ Shelly says. “There were signs that this was coming on; he was dizzy all week and he hauled all of the band‘s equipment to the show.“
A two-pack-a-day smoker, Dave has gone cold turkey, but vows that the show will go on: he‘s performing with Code Blue at the Sleepy Bear Tavern in Honor on Oct. 29-30.
PRE-ELECTION PARTY: Need a party to get psyched for next week‘s election? City Park Grill in Petoskey is throwing a Get Out the Vote Party this Wednesday, Oct. 27. The Jelly Roll Blues Band will pump up the electorate. Time is 7:30-10:30 p.m. and donations will be collected at the door.
NOT A PARTY GUY? Former Governor Bill Milliken took some shots from Michigan‘s Republican Party for his Oct. 19 endorsement of John Kerry. Milliken said the Republican Party has been hijacked by the extreme Right on issues such as fiscal responsibility, pre-emptive warfare and conservation, noting that it‘s no longer the GOP he belonged to. Responding in the Detroit Free Press, Randy St. Laurent, 10th District Chairman of the Michigan State Republican Committee, said he‘d been to every Republican state convention in the past eight years and has attended four Republican Leadership Conferences, among many other GOP events. “I personally never met or saw Gov. Milliken at any of these events,“ he said. “The only time I ever hear what Milliken has on his mind is in a newspaper.“