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Letters 02-15-2016

No More Balloon Launches In the recent Wedding issue, a writer noted a trend of celebratory balloon launches at weddings. Balloon releases are nothing more than a wind-born distribution of litter, not an appropriate way to celebrate a marriage or commemorate cancer victims and survivors...

Plenty Of Blame In Flint Many opinions have been voiced about the Flint water crisis; all have left many questions unasked, such as: Lead is the culprit, and a there is a ban on lead in paint, as well as one on lead in new plumbing materials. There are still many service connecting pipes made out of lead in service. Why? Have any been installed despite the ban?

Stop Balloon Releases I was appalled by the column on the wedding traditions article that suggested making new traditions like releasing balloons at the conclusion of the ceremony! I am the president of AFFEW (A Few Friends for the Environment of the World) in Ludington, and we clean beaches four times a year....

Roosevelt Had It Right 202 years ago the British Royal Navy bombarded Fort McHenry during the War Of 1812. While being held captive aboard the HMS Surprise, Francis Scott Key composed the immortal “Star Spangled Banner” poem. 202 years later I ask, “Oh, say can you see” one of the most appallingly dishonest presidential election cycles since the Adams/Jefferson election of 1800...

Avoid Urban Sprawl In Petoskey I urge Resort Township, the City of Petoskey and Emmet County to dissuade Bay Harbor’s proposal to add new business and residential development along U.S. 31 near the main entrance to Bay Harbor...

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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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