Letters

Letters 05-30-2016

Oaks & Moths All of last week’s letters regarding recommendations for the best native plants from “Listen to the Experts” from the previous week were right on target. Those who are interested in learning more about native plants, and their importance to birds, bees and butterflies, would do well to read Dr. Douglas Tallamy’s wonderful book, Bringing Nature Home...

Poor Grades On Standardized Testing We have been enduring standardized testing for the last few weeks as our district isn’t allowing for opting out without student removal. I think other parents need to know and the district needs to address their own inconsistencies in policy...

Beware Trump  To describe Trump: hubristic, narcissistic, misogynistic, sociopathic. There are more descriptors. Should we pity this misfit or fear that his values attract such a large segment of our society? Hitler was spawned in the ferment of economic unrest...

Features

Breaking Ground on a New Cultural Icon

Ross Boissoneau

Five years later, a community cultural plan for Emmet and Charlevoix counties noted both the need for cultural activities and the absence of a suitable venue for year-round programming. It suggested Bay Harbor, a relatively central point, as a possible location.

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The Mackinac Island Ferries

What’s New!

Kristi Kates

Mackinac Island draws about a million visitors every year, and it’s primarily up to Northern Michigan’s big three — Arnold, Schepler’s, and Star Line ferries — to get those visitors there and back. With summer nigh and the pressure on, we checked in with the local ferry companies to see what’s new for summer 2016.

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Summertime In Little Traverse

Where To Be When

Kristi Kates

Summer Open House – Petoskey – June 3 From The Graphic’s photo booth and the Taste of Downtown, to tunes from Lite 96.3, a fashion show, and an energetic performance by the Petoskey High School Steel Drum Band, this is P-town’s way to welcome summer. For more information: petoskeydowntown.

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Showdown at Deer Park

Patrick Sullivan

The two-acre enclosure, which was created in 1946 to house injured deer, allows children come face-to-face with one of northern Michigan’s signature creatures.

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The Lyric Theatre Preps For Debut

Kristi Kates

Since its Gatsby-era beginnings as a Packard automobile dealership, the Harbor Galleria building in downtown Harbor Springs has gone through multiple versions of itself. One of those was the original Lyric Theatre, a movie house that operated until the ’80s.

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Happy Double Anniversary!

Kristi Kates

Like the feel of much of Northern Michigan, there’s a neighborly relationship between Teysen’s Gift Shop of Mackinaw City and Grandpa Shorter’s Gifts of Petoskey. The former is celebrating 90 years of business this summer; the latter 70 years.

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Hello Summer in Petoskey!

Kristi Kates

Petoskey’s Spring Open House ran for six years, from 2006–2012, but fizzled out after the weather. Now it’s back, re-energized, and rebranded as the Petoskey Summer Open House. Under the direction of Downtown Promotions Coordinator Kate Manthei, the event’s popularity is quickly catching up to that of the city’s Holiday Open House in December.

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Biking the Backcountry

Robert Downes

Plunging into the forest south of Wilderness State Park in Emmet County, cycle guide Cayce Leithauser leads the way as we weave through bogs, beaches and winding trails on our high-tech fat bikes. It’s a rollercoaster ride through a jungle of trees, the forest breaking open here and there to reveal sweeping vistas of Lake Michigan.

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Spring Abloom

Kristi Kates

What plant is native to the Balkan Peninsula, is the state flower of New Hampshire, was the subject of a famous painting by Edouard Manet… and is the honoree of a major festival right here in northern Michigan? None other than that bountiful, perfumed spring bloom of the north, the lilac.

Other Opinions

Stacking The Deck For Tax-Generating Development

Christie Minervini

Recently I had the opportunity to meet a friend for an early evening cocktail on the tenth floor of Traverse City’s Park Place Hotel. We soaked up the beautiful view of Grand Traverse Bay and enjoyed identifying landmark buildings along the skyline.

Other Opinions

Water Woes

Stephen Tuttle

Go back to 2001 and 2002, when the DEQ helped decide it would be a swell idea to let Nestle, a Swiss-based conglomerate and the largest seller of bottled water in the world, suck groundwater out of Mecosta County and sell it as Ice Mountain. Lots of water; a whopping 400 gallons every minute.

Music

Author Brian Castner Tells Story of Local War Hero Matthew Schwartz

journalist and former Air Force officer Brian Castner comes to the City Opera House at 7pm Thursday, June 2, to discuss his new book on a topic with a local connection — the life and death of Traverse City native, Air Force bomb tech Matthew Schwartz, who was killed in Afghanistan in January of 2012.
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Art

Two Decades Of Art From Kevin Barton

people know very early in life what they want to do for the rest of their lives. Artist Kevin Barton, celebrating his 20th year as a working artist this summer, is one of those people.
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Dining

Eco Smoothie Cafe

Ryan Nelson started doing restaurant work when he was 14 years old, snagging a youth work permit so he could take a job at the Flapjack Family Restaurant in Petoskey.
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