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Letters 08-31-2015

Inalienable Rights This is a response to the “No More State Theatre” in your August 24th edition. I think I will not be the only response to this pathetic and narrow-minded letter that seems rather out of place in the northern Michigan that I know. To think we will not be getting your 25 cents for the movie you refused to see, but more importantly we will be without your “two cents” on your thoughts of a marriage at the State Theatre...

Enthusiastically Democratic Since I was one of the approximately 160 people present at when Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 in Charlevoix, I was surprised to read in a letter to Northern Express that there was a “rather muted” response to Debbie’s announcement that she has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president...

Not Hurting I surely think the State Theatre will survive not having the homophobic presence of Colleen Smith and her family attend any matinees. I think “Ms.” Smith might also want to make sure that any medical personnel, bank staff, grocery store staff, waiters and/or waitress, etc. are not homosexual before accepting any service or product from them...

Stay Home I did not know whether to laugh or cry when I read the letter of the extremely homophobic, “disgusted” writer. She now refuses to patronize the State Theatre because she evidently feels that its confines have been poisoned by the gay wedding ceremony held there...

Keep Away In response to Colleen Smith of Cadillac who refused to bring her family to the State Theatre because there was a gay wedding there: Keep your 25 cents and your family out of Traverse City...

Celebrating Moore And A Theatre I was 10 years old when I had the privilege to see my first film at the State Theatre. I will never forget that experience. The screen was almost the size of my bedroom I shared with my older sister. The bursting sounds made me believe I was part of the film...

Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith. She made public her choice to no longer go to the State Theater due to the fact that “some homosexuals” got married there. I’m not outraged by her choice; we don’t need any more hateful, self-righteous bigots in our town. She can keep her 25 cents...

Mackinac Pipeline Must Be Shut Down Crude oil flowing through Enbridge’s 60-yearold pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits and the largest collection of fresh water on the planet should be a serious concern for every resident of the USA and Canada. Enbridge has a very “accident” prone track record...

Your Rights To Colleen, who wrote about the State Theatre: Let me thank you for sharing your views; I think most of us are well in support of the first amendment, because as you know- it gives everyone the opportunity to express their opinions. I also wanted to thank Northern Express for not shutting down these types of letters right at the source but rather giving the community a platform for education...

No Role Model [Fascinating Person from last week’s issue] Jada quoted: “I want to be a role model for girls who are interested in being in the outdoors.” I enjoy being in the outdoors, but I don’t want to kill animals for trophy...

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Table tennis/Petoskey/Temp bike path closure/Dennos/TSO

Kristi Kates - November 8th, 2007
TABLE TENNIS FOR ALL
A new table tennis training center has opened in Williamsburg at 5549 S. Bates Road near the High Pointe Golf Club. The Hayden Table Tennis Training Center will offer tournaments, lessons and leagues, as well as strength training and a pro shop. Don Hayden Jr., whose late father started High Pointe, has remodeled the former Heights Machinery building to make way for the Center and its 15 world championship tables; he and long-time table tennis partner Paul Everts talked for years about building a center dedicated solely to table tennis, and have now reached their goal.
Players are encouraged to bring their own equipment, though paddles are available for rent/sale. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9-9; Saturday, 10-8; and Sundays, 10-4. Daily and membership rates are available. Danny Seemiller, five-time U.S. Table Tennis Champion and current Olympic coach, will be holding clinics next year. For more information, call 888-456-PONG.

PETOSKEY HAPPENINGS
Petoskey gift boutique Bondurant is serving as a drop-off point for the Harvest Drive for the Women’s Safe House through the month of November; food, supplies, and personal items as well as cash donations are all appreciated. Other Petoskey drop-off points for the Harvest Drive include the Gold Mine Resale Shop on Emmet Street and the WRC Main Office at 423 Porter.
Also in Petoskey, new much-anticipated restaurant Thai Orchid has finally opened at 433 East Mitchell Street downtown, serving - what else? - Thai food, of course; they can be reached by phone at 231-487-9900.

TEMPORARY BIKE PATH CLOSURE
Approximately 2.1 miles of the Little Traverse Wheelway trail between Petoskey and Harbor Springs will be closed through mid-November. Construction work has begun near Indian Hills Gallery, following the path along M-119 to Control Engineering (near Pleasantview Road). The path has had problems with excess water in the lower-lying areas; drainage issues being one of the things that will be rectified. During the construction, there may be some disruption to vehicular traffic, but the goal is to keep work as self-contained as possible. People are encouraged to stay off the bike path itself during construction for their own safety - to avoid any injuries or problems.

DENNOS MUSEUM NEWS
The Northwestern Michigan College Foundation is honored to announce the receipt of its largest gift ever from a living individual donor, a $1 million gift designated for the Dennos Museum Center. The gift, from longtime community residents and Dennos supporters Dudley and Barb Smith, will be used as an endowment to support the long-term operation of the museum.

The Dennos has also just received the gift of a major new work by the renowned Inuit artist Kenojuak Ashevak. The work, entitled Tikiniq (The Arrival), was commissioned and published in honor of Kenojuak’s 80th birthday. The work is a six panel, sugar-lift etching and aquatint with hand coloring measuring over 16.5 feet in length, and was published in an edition of 12. It was acquired for the Dennos Museum Center’s Inuit art collection by Governor James and Mrs. Janet Blanchard. The Dennos Museum Center is open daily, 10 AM to 5 PM, and Sundays, 1-5 PM. For more information, go to www.dennosmuseum.org.

TSO KEEPS MAESTRO

Maestro Kevin Rhodes has extended his contract with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra through 2010, as announced by TSO President Robert B. Gingras. Maestro Rhodes has been Music Director since 2001. under his artistic leadership, the TSO season has expanded from six to eight concert programs, the number of subscribers has doubled, new players have been hired from around the state, and the artistic quality of the orchestra is at an all-time high. Mr. Rhodes will work directly with the TSO Board and with Interim Executive Director Edward J. Downing on the artistic and performance planning of the TSO. During the 2008-2009 season, he will conduct six out of eight concert cycles, an increase over the current season’s schedule.




 
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