Retired PFD Fire Chief Rich VanderMey Honored | Maura Sanders Photo
Retired PFD Fire Chief Rich VanderMey Honored in 2018 | Maura Sanders Photo
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At last week’s Peninsula Township Board meeting, the board honored the many years of service of former fire chiefs Rich VanderMey and Randy Rittenhouse.

While Rittenhouse was unable to attend, VanderMey was present and accepted a plaque for his years as Fire Chief of the Peninsula Fire Department. Current and former members of the fire department were present, as well as Traverse City Fire Chief Jim Tuller.

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Also at the meeting, the Board approved the purchase of dress uniforms for the Fire Department. Thirteen individuals will be receiving full uniforms, with six new members receiving partial uniforms after one year of service in the department.

The Board also approved two upcoming races – the 36th Annual Bayshore Marathon on Saturday, May 26, 2018, and the Endurance Evolution Triathlon on Sunday, August 19, 2018.

The Bayshore Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K will take place on East Shore Drive, Center Road and Bluff Road, from 7:15 a.m. to approximately 1:15 p.m. Up to 7250 runners will be on the roads, which will be closed to traffic during the race. For more info, visit their website here.

The Endurance Evolution Triathlon will involve swimming in the Bowers Harbor area, as well as biking and running on multiple Peninsula Township roads. For more information, visit their website here.

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