Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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A Woman‘s Touch: Wedding Photographer Chandra Demers Seeks Informal Elegance

Danielle Horvath - January 13th, 2005
If a picture is worth 1,000 words, capturing the moments of someone’s wedding day is worth millions. And finding someone who understands what that day means to you and how you want it to be remembered is priceless.
Chandra Demers works hard to be that someone for area couples as owner of Hitching Post Photography and co-owner of Leelanau Weddings, Inc. A lifelong photographer who started with family pictures when she got her first camera at 11, Demers prides herself on finding those once-in-a-lifetime moments that capture human emotion and feelings.
“I’m definitely more of the journalistic style of photography, not just the typical posed shots. I try to find a different angle while still preserving the wedding traditions,” Demers said. “I might lie on the ground, or stand on top of something. I’ve climbed on roofs. In trees - I’ve balanced myself on all kinds of things to get the right shot.”

Sometimes Demers’ best shots are after the posed ones, she explained. “I try very hard to just blend in and be in the moment with people. I try to find the times when people are relaxed, when they loosen up, act a little silly. Because poses feel funny, often there’s a completely different reaction afterwards.”
Demers does primarily black and white photography, which has a strong depth to it and lends itself to her style of picture taking. She also does most of her work outdoors, using natural light, which creates a whole set of challenges when the weather doesn’t cooperate. Her wedding season runs approximately April – October. She limits herself to 25 weddings per year so she has enough time for all of them.
Because she is young and female in a male-dominated profession, Demers feel she has a big advantage when it comes to relating to brides-to-be. “I can relate to them,” she said. “We meet several times over coffee and we often become friends. I am privileged to be sharing a very intimate and special day with them and I try to make them as comfortable as possible.”

Demers has expanded to include a complete wedding service when her and partner Kara LaPres bought Leelanau Weddings, Inc. last year. “It was a perfect fit,” she said. “I was already a problem solver at many weddings, helping to attend to details, keeping things on schedule. It was something I had thought about many times.”
When the owner of Leelanau Weddings relocated and sold the business, Demers jumped at it. “It’s a very well known business with an excellent reputation and we knew we could continue that.
Leelanau Weddings, Inc. is a full-service wedding planning and coordinating business, covering all aspects, including location, vendors, budget, seating, invitations, table setting, entertainment, rehearsal dinner, etc., etc.

Contact Hitching Post Photography at 231-325-7678 and Leelanau Weddings, Inc. at 231-510-7678 or check it out at

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