BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) - A park has been renamed to honor a 31-year-old Green Beret killed in Afghanistan. More than 100 people attended an event Friday in Bay City to honor Michael Cathcart, who died in battle in November. The Bay City Times says his mother, Jeanne Cathcart, thanked the community and described the support as "totally amazing."
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - The National Cherry Festival gets underway Saturday in Traverse City, featuring music, aerial acrobatics and activities celebrating northern Michigan's signature fruit. The festival runs through July 11th. Air shows over Grand Traverse Bay featuring the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will be held Saturday and Sunday. Other holiday weekend events include a cherry pit spitting contest and the Fourth of July fireworks display.
WARREN, Mich. (AP) - Mayor James Fouts will accompany police officers in Warren as they monitor streets in the Detroit suburb for fireworks violations on the July 4th holiday. The city says Saturday night's ride-along will be Fouts' third consecutive year on fireworks patrol.
IONIA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Two men have been injured after fireworks exploded near their kayaks in western Michigan. The Sentinel-Standard reports Friday that the men, ages 46 and 27, were on Prairie Creek in Ionia Township about 6:30 p.m. Thursday when the explosion occurred. One of the victims suffered leg injuries and was being treated at a Grand Rapids hospital. The other man suffered back and abdomen injuries and was taken to a hospital in Ionia.
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