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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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Run for shelter/ Zoo-de-Mack/Get paddlin‘

- April 6th, 2009
Run for Shelter
Local runners can combine their love of racing with a good cause on Saturday, April 18 at 9 a.m., with the Run for Shelter to benefit the Goodwill Inn Homeless Shelter.
The course for the 5K race begins at Willow Hill Elementary School, Traverse City. It tracks along West Bay, through the surrounding neighborhood, and ends back at Willow Hill.
The Goodwill Inn Homeless Shelter provides emergency shelter and donated foods to the homeless in Northern Michigan. The Inn also provides job placement, housing, and vocational and children’s services. It is owned and operated by GW Homeless Services, Inc.
The run/walk was envisioned by local business owners Karl Bastian and Bill Lancaster. Bastian is the co-owner and creative director for the advertising agency, Greenlight Marketing. Lancaster is owner of Lancaster Photography. Both Bastian and Lancaster are avid runners. Greenlight is the presenting sponsor and is managing the marketing for the race.
“I think this is a great thing for our community, especially in these tough economic times” Bastian says. “People get to enjoy the beauty of our area while supporting a great cause. We’re looking forward to a solid turnout.”
Course, registration and volunteer information is available at the official race site; runforsheltertc.com.

Zoo-de-Mack pedals to its 20th anniversary
Northern Michigan’s biggest party on wheels celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with a 51-mile ride from Boyne Highands in Harbor Springs to the Mackinac Bridge.
The Zoo-de-Mack kicks off Friday, May 16 with a party at the Zoo Bar at Boyne Highlands. The Saturday ride takes up to 2,400 cyclists to the Straits, including a lunch stop at Legs Inn, Cross Village. From there, it’s on to post-ride parties in Mackinaw City and on Mackinac Island. There are shuttle options for returning to Harbor Springs on Sunday, or cyclists can enjoy the ride back through the ‘Tunnel of Tree’s’ on M-119.
The entry fee is $50 through May 2. Check out www.zoo-de-mack.com for details.

Get Paddlin’
Looking for a resource to take full advantage of your new kayak? Check out the Traverse Area Paddle Club.
“Within a 60 - 90 minute drive from Traverse City, there are 24 different four-to-six hour paddling trips available on local rivers,” notes John Heiam, the club’s webmaster.
Heiam also suggests three books by local authors to get into canoeing or kayaking:
• Paddling Michigan by Kevin Hillstrom and Laurie Collier Hillstrom
• Canoeing Michigan Rivers by Jerry Dennis and Craig Date
• Guide to Sea Kayaking on Lakes Superior & Michigan by Bill Newman, Sarah Ohmann and Don Dimond
“If people would like to find others to paddle with, and find out more about places to paddle, they can join the Traverse Area Paddle Club by going to our website: traverseareapaddleclub.org,” Heiam adds. “The dues are only $15 a year for an individual or $25 for a family.”



 
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