Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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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.

“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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