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Bush And Blame Jeb Bush strikes again. Understand that Bush III represents the nearly extinct, compassionate-conservative, moderate wing of the Republican party...

No More State Theatre I was quite surprised and disgusted by an article I saw in last week’s edition. On pages 18 and 19 was an article about how the State Theatre downtown let some homosexual couple get married there...

GMOs Unsustainable Steve Tuttle’s column on GMOs was both uninformed and off the mark. Genetic engineering will not feed the world like Tuttle claims. However, GMOs do have the potential to starve us because they are unsustainable...

A Pin Drop Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 to a group of Democrats in Charlevoix, an all-white, seemingly middle class, well-educated audience, half of whom were female...

A Slippery Slope Most of us would agree that an appropriate suggestion to a physician who refuses to provide a blood transfusion to a dying patient because of the doctor’s religious views would be, “Please doctor, change your profession as a less selfish means of protecting your religious freedom.”

Stabilize Our Climate Climate scientists have been saying that in order to stabilize the climate, we need to limit global warming to less than two degrees. Renewables other than hydropower provide less than 3 percent of the world energy. In order to achieve the two degree scenario, the world needs to generate 11 times more wind power by 2050, and 36 times more solar power. It will require a big helping of new nuclear power, too...

Harm From GMOs I usually agree with the well-reasoned opinions expressed in Stephen Tuttle’s columns but I must challenge his assertions concerning GMO foods. As many proponents of GMOs do, Mr. Tuttle conveniently ignores the basic fact that GMO corn, soybeans and other crops have been engineered to withstand massive quantities of herbicides. This strategy is designed to maximize profits for chemical companies, such as Monsanto. The use of copious quantities of herbicides, including glyphosates, is losing its effectiveness and the producers of these poisons are promoting the use of increasingly dangerous substances to achieve the same results...

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New Boardman Nature Center

Robert Downes - August 11th, 2008
Residents of the Traverse City area will find themselves a little closer to nature this week with the grand opening of the new Boardman River Nature Center on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 16-17.
Located just over a mile south of S. Airport Road on Cass Road south of Traverse City, the new $1 million center will serve as the home offices of the Grand Traverse Conservation District, along with providing a wealth of nature displays, workshops, and programs for kids. Outdoor classes will be offered at an accompanying Oleson Pavilion.
“We’re going to have a lot of hands-on activities for children,” says Erin Howard, an outreach specialist and Americorps member with the Huron Pines organization. “There will also be many nature displays at the exhibit hall in the center, including some which were donated by Traverse City from the former zoo.”
Some 25,000 children live within an hour’s drive of the new Nature Center, making it a prime destination for school outings.
For some area residents, the Nature Center is likely to be an introduction to what is largely an ‘unknown’ park just south of Traverse City. The center will provide a gateway to a 600-acre nature preserve that straddles the city and Garfield Township along the Boardman River. To date, entrance to the preserve has been largely through an obscure parking lot off Cass Road at the Sabin Dam.
But with an attractive new building, parking lot and signage, the trail system through the preserve now seems much more inviting and accessible. Future plans call for the extension of the TART Trail system through the length of the preserve, connecting to a new trail that runs along the shore of Boardman Lake.
Those who visit the preserve will find opportunities for hiking, paddling, fishing, bird watching, spectacular vistas that change with the seasons, and a peaceful place to reflect on nature that’s just minutes from the hubbub of S. Airport Road and its malls.

GRAND OPENING
“The center has been several years in the making, with many local organizations getting involved and donating funds,” Howard notes. “Grand Traverse County offered a challenge grant of $100,000 and local contributors helped the center to reach that goal.” In fact, there were more than 300 donors, including big contributors such as Rotary Charities.
She adds that the Nature Center is a ‘green’ building, constructed with the latest energy-saving systems and materials.
“The center also uses native plants for its landscaping and the grounds include a butterfly garden along with a bird-feeding station donated by Wild Birds Unlimited.”
This weekend’s event will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Activities will include tours of the center, hands-on nature exploration programs, green building sessions and homeowner workshops, nature hikes, canoeing, and other fun activities. There will also be a live animal exhibit offered by Nature Discovery on Saturday, and a live raptor program of birds such as hawks and falcons presented by Rebecca Lessard of Wings of Wonder on Sunday. All programs except canoeing will be offered free of charge.

The new Boardman River Nature Center and the Sabin Pond Trailhead is located 1.25 miles south of S. Airport Road on Cass Road, south of Traverse City.
 
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