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Nick Haines promoted to Lieutenant with Peninsula Fire Department | Jane Boursaw Photo
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At last night’s Peninsula Township Board meeting, the Board recognized Nick Haines’ promotion to Lieutenant with the Peninsula Fire Department. Fire Chief Fred Gilstorff praised Haines’ presence in the fire department, noting that he’s constantly busy and looking for ways to improve the department.  Haines currently oversees the fire department equipment.

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Here’s a photo of Gilstorff, right, presenting a fire helmet to Haines, who was at the meeting with his mom and kids, Vanessa and Damian.

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Nick Haines promoted to Lieutenant with Peninsula Fire Department | Jane Boursaw Photo

Gilstorff thanked the board for supporting the growth of Peninsula Fire Department, noting that there are now 20 fire department members, up from 11 when he began his job last year.

He also said they’re continuing to work towards Advanced Life Support (ALS) protocols within the department. “When we get this ALS up and running, it’s going to be the difference between life and death.”

Also at the meeting, Peninsula Community Library director Vicki Shurly updated the board on the new library, including a presentation of renderings of the interior of the library (see them here).

Shurly said they’re fundraising campaign is currently at about $2 Million of their $2.5 Million goal, with most of the contributions made locally. “It’s very much a community project,” she said.

Here’s a photo of her presentation, with Fire Chief Gilstorff helping out. Learn how you be part of the new library here.

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Vicki Shurly presents renderings of the new library, with help from Fire Chief Fred Gilstorff | Jane Boursaw Photo

Other items on the agenda included a presentation by Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS) on the upcoming millage vote. TCAPS Associate Superintendent Christine Thomas-Hill and Board Trustee Jane Klegman were on hand for the presentation.

Also at the meeting, Corey Phelps, vice-president of the Old Mission Peninsula Education Foundation, thanked everyone who participated in the recent ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Old Mission Peninsula School, opening as a charter school in September. Phelps noted that some 300 people were at the event. See photos of the ribbon-cutting ceremony here.

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