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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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Lighting up a village

Danielle Horvath - December 13th, 2007
Can you picture the holidays with-out twinkling lights gracing the streets of your town? Well, Benzonia hasn’t had that treat for quite awhile. But thanks to the efforts of Marley Demers-Jablonski last year, the village of Benzonia put up holiday decorations for the first time in 20 years.
“I noticed a few years ago that all the other towns around had decorations, and Benzonia didn’t,” he explained. “It was very boring except for the big tree lit up in the park, so I started researching to see what was available.”

ORNAMENTAL RECYCLING
Marley began his quest to find decorations and quickly realized they were expensive to purchase at a whopping $500-600 each, so he came up with the idea to check with other towns to see if they had any old ones that they might donate. After many phone calls to area villages, Marley received responses back from Mancelona, Kaleva and Thompsonville last fall, which together donated 26 ornaments to his cause.
Marley was thrilled at the responses, and made arrangements to pick up the giant bells, wreaths and candle ornaments. Some were beyond repair, and some he donated to Cycle Moore in Interlochen for their annual holiday display. The next step was to get them up on the electric poles along the highway.

LIGHT WORK
The village of Benzonia was very supportive of Marley’s idea and worked with him to find a way to get the decorations up safely. Contacts were made to Consumer’s Energy, who helped them determine which poles had electrical outlets on them. Marley enlisted the help of family and friends and the village, and was able to get the giant balls, wreaths and ornaments to light up on 12 utility poles along
Main Street.
This year, Marley and other village residents would like to see all 28 poles lit. Unfortunately, only 11 of the 28 poles have outlets installed on them, and additional outlets cost $200 per pole. Marley, along with village residents and businesses, are working together to raise funds for the outlets on the other 17 poles. They have received donations of materials and labor to refurbish some of the decorations. Marley is looking forward to another season of helping light up his hometown.
For now, Marley is pleased with the results of his almost eight year quest.
“I think it’s great. They make it look more colorful. I hope we can get figure out a way to get them to all light up.”
My guess is he will. Happy Holidays.

 
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