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Real Brownfields Deserve Dollars I read with interest the story on Brownfield development dollars in the July 20 issue. I applaud Dan Lathrop and other county commissioners who voted “No” on the Randolph Street project...

Hopping Mad Carlin Smith is hopping mad (“Will You Get Mad With Me?” 7-20-15). Somebody filed a fraudulent return using his identity, and he’s not alone. The AP estimates the government “pays more than $5 billion annually in fraudulent tax refunds.” Well, many of us have been hopping mad for years. This is because the number one tool Congress has used to fix this problem has been to cut the IRS budget –by $1.2 billion in the last 5 years...

Just Grumbling, No Solutions Mark Pontoni’s grumblings [recent Northern Express column] tell us much about him and virtually nothing about those he chooses to denigrate. We do learn that Pontoni may be the perfect political candidate. He’s arrogant, opinionated and obviously dimwitted...

A Racist Symbol I have to respond to Gordon Lee Dean’s letter claiming that the confederate battle flag is just a symbol of southern heritage and should not be banned from state displays. The heritage it represents was the treasonous effort to continue slavery by seceding from a democratic nation unwilling to maintain such a consummate evil...

Not So Thanks I would like to thank the individual who ran into and knocked over my Triumph motorcycle while it was parked at Lowe’s in TC on Friday the 24th. The $3,000 worth of damage was greatly appreciated. The big dent in the gas tank under the completely destroyed chrome badge was an especially nice touch...

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From fat to fit

Anne Stanton - January 11th, 2010
From Fat to Fit/How one guy did it through skate-skiing
By Anne Stanton
In his younger days, Bill Greene was one of the top 50 runners in the
state with very impressive times. His all-time best marathon took a mere
2:32. He routinely ran just over 5-minute miles.
But then life intervened in his late 30s, draining his time and emotions.
He was a single dad raising two teens, ran a business by himself, and had
to deal with complicated real estate issues. The teens were -- by far --
the most challenging, he said, laughing.
And then he got fat.
Greene of Traverse City said he gained 75 pounds—and that’s a lot on a
5‘6“ frame. His weight had been up and down before, but it peaked about
nine years ago. He remembers lying on the beach with a friend at the end
of summer.
“I was big as a whale. And I told her, ‘I’m going to ski the VASA 25K this
winter.’”
And he did.
With the teens grown and out of the house, he started running again and
skate-skiing. He didn’t change his diet much, but the weight still melted
off. His advice for anyone trying to lose weight is to do what you love
and to do it a lot. “I like to eat too much. That’s why I ski almost every
day.”

THREE 50K RACES
This year, to celebrate his 50th year, he plans on skate skiing three 50-K
races (equivalent to about 31 miles each)—the Noque in Marquettte (January
30), the VASA (February 13) and the Great Bear Chase in Calumet (March
13).
“You need to do a story on all the people who donate to the VASA and who
volunteer for these races. Then do another story on the groomers. They
work around the clock. They’re the real heroes.”
Look inside his car, and you’ll find two pair of skate skis for the
varying temperatures, and another pair of skis for off-trail skiing (“I
really don’t use them.”). He likes to ski between nine and 15 miles a
day.
“I like to ski alone. You set your own pace. My performance is up to me. I
get into a zen-like state, which is hard to describe. You get into a
trance and detach from everything. My favorite feeling is when it’s 15
degrees outside, and you’re hot inside. It feels like Acapulco inside my
suit. It just feels refreshing.”

FAMILY TIES
Greene comes from an athletic family. He, along with his late father, one
of the original TC Track Club members, and his daughter, Amy Marshall, all
ran the Boston Marathon. He doesn’t run as often now because of hamstring
pain, but he frequently walks down the big hill to West Grand Traverse Bay
from his home atop Wyatt Road. He also works out in the gym and kayaks the
Boardman River about 30 times each summer.
Beyond that, Greene is also a world traveler: he’s been on solo trips to
South America, India, and most recently Israel, among many other exotic
countries.
Traverse City is known for its world-class skate skiers, and Greene said
he’s not one of them. But he doesn’t mind being in the middle of the pack.
“It’s a lot less stressful.”
His advice for others seeking to get in shape: “Just suit up, show up.
Just go do it. You won’t get in shape sitting on your couch.”


 
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