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Taking Our Trees Seconds ago this pine tree was alive. Well, Mr. Cook — our County Road Commission head —and Peninsula Township government … by not weighing in (I guess it’s not your problem or responsibility to communicate with residents), you allowed the County Road Commission to bulldoze down huge swaths of lakeside trees in order to increase the bike lane. This can’t be happening. I have no clue why they would cut trees down that help block snow from creating drifts on Peninsula Drive and help keep the beach area intact. Plus, they are not increasing the width of the road when they repave. I just don’t get it. This is amateur hour at county and township government...

Government Service Unrewarded I served the federal government for XX years with the [agency], [doing XX]. I also worked in the private sector, [doing XX]. When I retired, I was surprised to learn my Social Security benefit would be $XXX less per month than my colleagues and neighbors who had never worked for the federal government. This is all because of the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) under the Social Security law...

Which Greased Palm Now that “Chicago values” have utterly corrupted the executive and judicial branches of our federal government, this November We the Plebeians shall either vote to right the governing integrity of the United States constitution’s twin pillars of limited government and separation of powers or turn and step collectively onto the blood soaked road to serfdom...

The Political Mess And Challenge As citizens we are faced with a real challenge. The media and the political candidates have taken over a year to attack those whom they are opposing. The unfavorable ratings of those who may be nominated are above 50 percent. That should be no surprise, considering the length of time given to bloodying one another with opinions that have little relationship to truth. The polling companies, which confess they are not reliable, make everything a game of winning...

CORRECTIONS In last week’s issue we had photos with the incorrect stories on page five. The dance photo should have accompanied the story about grants to nonprofits. The image of Crooked Tree Arts Center Petoskey should have accompanied the story about the ArtPrize exhibit at CTAC.

We also reported the incorrect day for the Bayshore Marathon in Traverse City. The correct date is Sat., May 28.

We apologize for these errors.

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Music on Mt. Holiday

Robert Downes - July 20th, 2009
Music on Mt. Holiday
New concert venue offers dinner & a show
Robert Downes 7/20/09
Local musicians will hit a high note -- literally -- at a new dinner and concert series atop Mt. Holiday Ski Hill on the east side of Traverse City, beginning this week.
The new gig is called “Music in the Hills with Northern Michigan Songwriters in the Round,” to be hosted every Wednesday at the Mt. Holiday Lounge.
“This grew out of a music series we had last winter,” says manager Rick VanTongeren. “During the winter, a number of folksingers came in every Sunday evening and played in the lounge. It was a really popular event and a big hit with everyone.”
Mt. Holiday became one of only four nonprofit ski areas in the country in 2002 and has a list of approximately 1,000 loyal supporters, VanTongeren says. That local support has made it the ideal site for family-oriented fun and community events, such as a recent bash for the Cherry Capital Cycling Club and Mt. Holiday’s popular Halloween party.

WHAT’S FOR DINNER?
“We’re going to have different musicians every week and a family-style buffet that could include everything from Italian cuisine to an American-style barbecue or a pig roast,” VanTongeren says. Alcoholic beverages are also available.
Prices will be reasonable, with dinner from 6-7 p.m. at $8 for adults and $5 for kids. Dinner will be followed by the show, with a $5 cover going to the band.
Performers are all members of the Northern Michigan Songwriters in the Round -- a very ‘picky’ organization of 50 veteran songwriters from across the region. Slide guitarist Sandy Blumenfeld got the winter concerts going with the help of local songwriters Jenny Thomas, Adair Correll and other players, and the ski hill concerts ‘snowballed’ from there.
In addition to the performances, musicians will have their CDs for sale. Here’s who’s playing over the next seven Wednesday evenings:

--- by Robert Downes

July 22: Sandy Blumenfeld, Geno Miller and Les Dalgliesh
July 29: Matt Mansfield, Amber Buist, and Rick Buist with special guest Savannah Buist
August 5: Mary Anne Rivers, Jenny Thomas and Dennis Palmer
August 12: Kirby, Barbara Jordan and Adair Correll
August 19: Bryan Porier, John Kumjian and Patrick Niemisto -- aka: New 3rd Coast
August 26: Jim Moore, Mark Cantrell and Bob Downes -- aka: Acoustic Dynamite
September 2: Chris Skellenger, Paul Koss and Zack Light -- aka: 3 Hour Tour

 
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