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Letters 12-22-2014

Affordable Housing Alternatives In Scott Hardy’s opinion piece in the December 15 edition, he offered six concrete ideas to address the ongoing community discussion about increasing affordable in-town housing in Traverse City.

Powerful Homeless Event Homelessness is far more complex than we thought. “Everyone Has a Story—Sit and Share Our Bench” was a wondrous performance Sunday, December 7, that opened my eyes to a wide range of experiences with homelessness, bridging the gap between “us and them.”

Long-Lasting Effects of Measles I understand several cases of measles have occurred in Traverse City. I also became aware that in Michigan, persons are three times less likely to be immunized.

Changing The Electoral College Republicans are thinking about changing how Michigan allocates Electoral College votes. Michigan, like all but two states, gives all of its electoral votes to the statewide winner of the popular vote.

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CMTV@Crystal Mtn./Protected Farmlands/Winter Festivals/Charlevoix says goodbye/Oryana Soyworks/Food Network in Honor

- January 14th, 2008
WATCH CMTV AT CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN
Brand new this season at Crystal Mountain’s website (www.crystalmountain.com) is CMTV, a live look at the Crystal Mountain slopes and a weekly video Mountain Report that will air each Wednesday with host Nick Nerbonne. The Mountain Report is only one facet of CMTV’s offerings, as CMTV is also slated to feature videos providing skiing and snowboarding tips, recaps of special events, a photo
gallery, and opportunities for snowboarders and freestyle skiers to submit their own videos to sister website www.ridecrystal.com’s Fame Page.

PROTECTED FARMLANDS
Everyone who loves local fruit - including strawberries and those popular honey crisp apples - will be glad to hear that two of the farms that are major producers of the fruit have been forever protected. The Leelanau Conservancy signed agreements in December that will protect 360 acres and three farms. All of the land is within a six-mile radius; one farm has frontage along M-204 near Suttons Bay, and the other two are in nearby East Leland.
“It’s been a long arduous road, but it’s truly been an honor working with these growers; these farms tell the story of what is happening in Leelanau County farming today and also are a great start toward protecting the rich agricultural heritage in the M-204, East Leland area,” said the Conservancy’s farmland protection specialist Tom Nelson. “They represent a seed that has been planted, and with a lot of hard work, will bear fruit in helping to keep farming alive and retaining our great farm families as an integral part of the fabric that is Leelanau County.”

WINTER MEANS FESTIVALS
It’s a big festival weekend for those either living in or willing to drive Up North. On January 17-19, head up to Mackinaw City for their Winterfest, which is set to include lots of outdoor games, ice skating, specials at local businesses, and their famous Outhouse
Races. The 8th Annual Bay Harbor Winter Ice Festival takes place January 18-19, and will include ice sculptures, the annual “Ice and Spice” Chili Cookoff (Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. - taste the chilis for
just $5), costumes, and much more, all in downtown Bay Harbor.

CHARLEVOIX SAYS FAREWELL
Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce President Jacqueline Merta is leaving the Chamber, having submitted her resignation at the very end of 2007. Merta, who is leaving to pursue new ventures, initiated many events that are now popular in Charlevoix, including the Apple Festival, Indoor Sidewalk Sales, Taste of Charlevoix, and the Downtown Farmers Market. Long-time Charlevoix resident Erin Bemis was named as the new Chamber president. In other Charlevoix news, the town also says farewell to quirky, eclectic local favorite C2 Gallery, which closed its doors at the end of last year, but may still continue its web presence at www.c2gallery.net.

ORYANA SOYWORKS
Traverse City’s popular local natural foods market Oryana has just launched their own line of organic soy foods products, which they’re calling Oryana Soyworks. Manufactured right at the market, the soy foods are being produced using traditional Japanese methods, with the line so far including dairy-free spreads and salads, hand-rolled vegetarian sushi, and both curried and smoked tofu. The Oryana Soyworks brand is only available at Oryana’s Lake Street location for now.

FOOD NETWORK IN HONOR
Honor organic foods company Food for Thought is slated to be on the Food Network’s “Unwrapped” program on Monday, January 14 at 9 p.m. EST. The “Unwrapped” show goes behind the scenes at various food locales, and Food for Thought’s products were chosen for their distinctive taste and 13-year commitment to organic products; the company uses a “local at any cost” philosophy in their products. Food for Thought’s appearance on “Unwrapped” will be part of a special report on cherries (FFT’s Cherry Salsa Atento will be the featured product) and their usage in various food lines.

 
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