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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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Sing your heart out

Erin Crowell - February 9th, 2009
While sending your sweetie a card on Valentine’s Day is always better than doing nothing, why not take it a step further this year? Send him or her a singing quartet. They’ll be red for sure, either out of love or just plain embarrassment. In Traverse City, there are two quartet groups you can choose: The Barbershop Harmony Society and the Traverse City Central High School Choral-Aires Singing Valentines.
The Barbershop Harmony Society is part of the Cherry Capital Chorus; and has been swooning Traverse City residents on Valentines Day for 19 years. The six groups deliver around 150 songs every V-Day to unsuspecting recipients.
“It’s a 12-hour day. We start at 8:00 a.m. and go until eight or nine at night,” says Maurie Allen, founder of the group. “It’s a long day, but a labor of love.”
The quartets make visits to a variety of businesses and homes within a 15-mile radius of Traverse City, creating lasting memories for all involved. Allen recalls one such memorable moment:
“Several years ago, we performed for a gentlemen who worked in a quick lube place. His girlfriend made the request and, low and behold, we got there and discovered he was deaf,” Allen says. “While we were singing, his girlfriend was signing all the words to him. It was a very emotional scene.”
While most people are happy to receive a singing Valentine, others aren’t so receptive to the idea.
“We were out at this place in Kalkaska, a pretty macho hangout spot, and this gal had ordered for one of the guys in there,” Allen says. “We introduced ourselves and before we could say anything else, he said, ‘Oh no you’re not!’ Some people just get really embarrassed.”
Another group, the TC Central Choral-Aires Singing Valentines, is made up of 16 high school students. The Choral-Aires is a select ensemble group that will be raising money this year for an educational trip to Chicago. The students are divided into quartets and also deliver songs within 15 miles of downtown Traverse City.
Last year the group delivered over 85 singing Valentines, said Eileen Mikulski, who is one of several choral parents that volunteer to help the group.
Both The Cherry Capital Chorus and the Choral-Aires Singing Valentines will make their rounds two days this year, Feb. 13 and Feb. 14. Both groups offer a personalized song, along with other goodies. You can reach the Cherry Capital Chorus at www.cherrycapitalchorus.org. For the Choral-Aires Singing Valentines, call 231-590-1075.




 
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