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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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Experience the Glow, The Bullfrog Light Company

Kristi Kates - June 8th, 2006
There’s a real art form to creating quality candles, and few people realize that there’s a company right here in Northern Michigan that crafts beautiful candles from scratch.
Bill Stewart, who was living near Saginaw at the time, started Bullfrog Light Company in 1981, after playing around with making candles as part of a school project he was doing with his kids.  His kids soon became distracted and moved on to other endeavors - but Bill, fascinated by the process, continued his pursuit of the perfect candle for several years.
Working with high-quality wax, he soon developed a method by which he could make candles that would glow from top to bottom, unlike most candles which primarily glow only where the top of the wick is located.  Succeeding at this twist on the traditional candle was all it took for Stewart to decide that his creations might make a great commercial venture. 
But, of course, a new candle company needed a standout name.
“Since it was spring, the bullfrogs in the nearby Shiawassee Flats Game Refuge were very loud,” chuckled Betsy Stewart, “so that seemed the natural name for the company.”
And so Bullfrog Light Company was born.  The company started off slow but within about four years, it was obvious that the original manufacturing site was too small, so Bullfrog Light Co. moved up north to Charlevoix.

25 YEARS
Celebrating 25 years in business this summer, Bullfrog Light Co. has an outlet store at their factory in Charlevoix, and also have a website via which Bullfrog Candle fans can purchase candles right online.  They also wholesale their wares to gift and candle shops around the nation. 
So what makes Bullfrog Candles so sought after?
Well, once again, it’s that Bullfrog
“secret candle glow.”  But they can’t show you how they get it, or... well, you know the drill.  Although it’s definitely an appealing thought, especially for the crafty, customers aren’t allowed to tour the candle factory due to safety reasons, so you’ll just have to rely on Betsy Stewart and Jane West’s explanation - they call it “scientifically developed magic.” 
But while the science may be a trade secret, the beauty of the candles is obvious - they are quality-made, unequalled in “glow,” and come in a wide range of designs, something for just about anyone. 
“Some of the most popular designs are the holiday collections,” Betsy explains, “and the pineapple design is very popular as a hostess gift, as it is an early American symbol of hospitality. We are especially excited about our newest custom candles - the Great Lakes Lighthouse Collection and the School Emblems/Logos Collection.”
The School Emblems Collection is pretty nifty, whether you’re in high school, an alumni, or are simply a fan of a certain university.  Bullfrog Light Co. can customize one of their white candles with any school logo - and, in fact, can customize candles with just about any design by special order. 

READY TO GO
But you’re just as likely to find something you like simply by browsing their already-available candle designs. Some of the standouts include the very unusual Marble Cubes, which glow with an artistic cracked-stone look;  the Botanical Garden Collection, which features handpicked pressed flowers; the Nautical Images Collection, which includes images of signal flags, fish, and the aforementioned Lighthouses; the elegant Classic Pillars, which are offered in Ivory and White versions as well as in various colors; the Wilderness Collection, which features intricate renderings of moose, pine trees, wolves, and more; and the Geometric “Suits,” perfect for a night of card-playing with friends. 
None of the candles are scented, both because of allergies and to improve burning quality - but you won’t miss it once you see how gorgeous these candles are.  They’re not your typical store-bought candles, that’s for sure - and you’ll also be surprised to find out that although the candles may be quite upscale in looks, their prices are wallet-friendly.
“The prices vary from around $11 to $35,” Jane West says, “and at their slow-burning rate, they are what we like to call affordable luxury.”
 
Check out Bullfrog Candle Company online at www.bullfrogcandles.com, give them a call at 800-499-3332, or stop by their great outlet shop on M-66, just off of US31 in Charlevoix, across from KMart.
 
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