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Letters 07-27-2015

Next For Brownfields In regard to your recent piece on brownfield redevelopment in TC, the Randolph Street project appears to be proceeding without receiving its requested $600k in brownfield funding from the county. In response to this, the mayor is quoted as saying that the developer bought the property prior to performing an environmental assessment and had little choice but to now build it...

Defending Our Freedom This is in response to Sally MacFarlane Neal’s recent letter, “War Machines for Family Entertainment.” Wake Up! Make no mistake about it, we are at war! Even though the idiot we have for a president won’t accept the fact because he believes we can negotiate with Iran, etc., ISIS and their like make it very clear they intend to destroy the free world as we know it. If you take notice of the way are constantly destroying their own people, is that living...

What Is Far Left? Columnist Steve Tuttle, who so many lambaste as a liberal, considers Sen. Sanders a far out liberal “nearly invisible from the middle.” Has the middle really shifted that far right? Sanders has opposed endless war and the Patriot Act. Does Mr. Tuttle believe most of our citizens praise our wars and the positive results we have achieved from them? Is supporting endless war or giving up our civil liberties middle of the road...

Parking Corrected Stephen Tuttle commented on parking in the July 13 Northern Express. As Director of the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority, I feel compelled to address a couple key issues. But first, I acknowledge that  there is some consternation about parking downtown. As more people come downtown served by less parking, the pressure on what parking we have increases. Downtown serves a county with a population of 90,000 and plays host to over three million visitors annually...

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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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