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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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Tis the season to shop local

Rick Coates - November 23rd, 2009
‘Tis the Season to Shop Local
Gift ideas from local artisans support Northern Michigan
By Rick Coates
Each year during the Christmas holiday season there are always those hard-to-buy-for family and friends. Here are a few suggestions that certainly will please even the toughest person on your list and help to contribute to the local economy:

Cherry Republic Gift Box
You can never go wrong giving the gift of food. Cherry Republic located in Glen Arbor on the Leelanau Peninsula takes all the stress out of gift giving with their assorted gift box selections. These cherry-themed gifts will please even the most difficult person on your list.
If you own a business and want to send gift boxes to your clients and customers this is the way to go. Simply make one call to Cherry Republic and they are able to process and ship several orders.
Cherry Republic also will include a handwritten, personalized card with each gift box and they ship anywhere in the United States. You may choose from the several pre-selected gift boxes or you may customize your own.
Be sure to include the Confiscated Fruit Mix in every gift box, this blend of peanuts, almonds, cashews, bananas, sesame sticks and of course cherries is one of those “can’t-stop-eating-em-snacks.” With more than 175 items from jams to salsas to candy to choose from, creating customized gift boxes is easy.
Here is the fun thing about this gift idea: Go to their Glen Arbor, downtown TC or Charlevoix locations and sample before you send. They have a great selection of their goodies available for tasting (no charge). Info: www.cherryrepublic.com.

Homemade Scarf from Inish Knits
Everyone loves gifts that are homemade because of the personal touch. Knitting has made a big comeback and Melissa Kelenske, the passionate knitter from Cedar and owner of Inish Knits, contributes to the craft’s revival. Her downtown Cedar store is loaded with yarns and accessories. Kelenske also hosts free knitting nights on Tuesday evenings and free spinning nights on Wednesdays. Whether you are an expert knitter or just getting started, you will feel welcome.
Currently Kelenske is posting a new pattern each week on her blog, known as the “The 12 Knits of Christmas.” Patterns range from beautiful scarves to wine bottle cozies to Christmas decorations.
According to Kelenske there is plenty of time even for the beginning knitter to finish a homemade knitted gift for that someone special. Of course if you don’t finish in time just save it for next year. To learn more go to her website www.known.com/inishknits or, call 231-228-2800.

L Mawby FIZZ Wine Club
Wine clubs are fun and this is a great gift for that friend or family member who enjoys vino. You can’t go wrong signing them up for L. Mawby’s wine club called FIZZ. Members are Bubbleheads and a one-year membership includes three shipments of four bottles each along with a hip newsletter written by winemaker and English major Larry Mawby.
L. Mawby has built an international reputation for its quality sparkling wines so this gift will please even the toughest wine critic. Wine club members who purchase two cases of wine will receive 25% off on the purchase of future wines.
Check with your favorite winery in the region for other wine club opportunities. To learn more about FIZZ go to www.lmawby.com.

Log Art Wine Cabinet
Robin Lee Berry is well known around Northern Michigan and folk circles across North America for her musical talents. Several years ago when she was remodeling her home near Boyne City she met woodworker Anthony (Tony) Williams. They ended up marrying and starting Log Art, Inc. The couple crafts beds, dining tables, cabinets, railings, small tables and all sorts of wood accessories from downed trees in the region.
They recently established a new gallery in Boyne City that features the work of Michigan artisans. They also do custom and commission work. Check out their gallery online at www.logartinc.com or call them at 231-582-5057.

Camp Boardgame
Family game nights are making a comeback as more and more families turn off the electronics for a few hours one night each week to gather for a regular game night. Now “Camp,” made by Education Outdoors right here in Northern Michigan is receiving rave reviews as an excellent family board game.
What differentiates “Camp” from other board games is that it is structured to challenge everyone regardless of their level. So parents may play with their children of all ages as questions are asked based on level of knowledge. A young child would play a level one while a parent would play at a level four.
Players learn fun facts about animals and the outdoors and there is also a travel version of the game. “Camp” is sold at stores through out the country, or go to their website at campboardgame.com.

Free Dining Gift Certificates
Gift certificates are always a safe bet. Locally-owned Red Mesa and Pearl’s have become popular eateries in the region. Pearl’s in Elk Rapids specializes in Cajun/Creole cuisine while Red Mesa with locations in Traverse City and Boyne City focus on Latin specialties, Mexican dishes and margaritas.
Here is the kicker, for every $100 in gift certificates you buy in November the restaurant will give you a $20 gift certificate for free. The certificates can be purchased online at www.magnumhospitality.com or stop in to one of their locations.

Paperworks Studio Handmade Cards
The Paperworks Program started nearly 20 years ago when Traverse Bay Intermediate School District teacher Tim Coffey developed the concept to help his students who have severe and multiple disabilities. Tim wanted to get his students involved with recycling as a job opportunity. Paperworks grew out of his “classroom to become the onsite work training experience for students, age 16-26, who are in need of functional ‘real world’ life skills.”
Paperworks joined forces with Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan to grow job opportunities for individuals who have barriers to employment and need a more supportive environment.
Paperworks makes greeting cards from recycled paper for all occasions To see their complete offering go to www.paperworksstudio.com.

Again, this is just a sampling of “local” ideas. Be creative; make your customized Northern Michigan gift box or basket. Create your own Northern Michigan “club” and ship a unique item from the area each month. Gift buying doesn’t have to be stressful -- consider local and be creative.



 
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