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Letters 05-02-2016

Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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Petoskey‘s Spring Fling

Kristi Kates - May 31st, 2010
Petoskey’s Spring Fling: Street party includes art, baseball, birds & a ghost walk
By Kristi Kates
What serves as a “bookend” for good times in downtown Petoskey? The
annal Spring Open House -- a street party that takes over downtown
this Friday.
“The Spring Open House was actually conceived to be the partner event
of Petoskey’s Holiday Open House,” Petoskey Downtown Director Becky
Goodman says, “It is the first Friday in June, exactly six months from
the winter event which is the first Friday in December.  Both events
are designed to showcase the stores and restaurants and preview
seasonal merchandise. The resorters are returning and they also want
to see what happened in downtown over the winter.”
Plenty, Goodman goes on to explain. Petoskey’s downtown, while still
growing, is also the focus of the city, with new tree-lined medians on
Mitchell Street and a plan to turn an old downtown rail corridor into
a new park with a passenger trolley. “In spring, the community is also
invited into downtown to see what new stores have opened, and this
year we have several,” Goodman continues.
Sponsored by the Downtown Management Board and organized by Downtown
Events Coordinator Kathy Bardins, the event will also serve as a
preview of sorts to Petoskey’s upcoming roster of summer events.

EVENT PREVIEW
“The summer theme has been expanded on this year, and we will see
representatives from summer events like Gallery Walk, Festival on the
Bay, Taste of the North, and Art in the Park,” Goodman says, “The
Mossbacks vintage baseball team will be demonstrating their skills in
the park. SEE North will be here with their birds of prey, and Jania
the Magician will be performing around town.  The Wright Cycle Shop on
Park Avenue, Dave Russell’s collection of Wright Brothers memorabilia
and antique bikes, will be open to the public, too.”
In addition to the “walkabout” activities, which will also include
a mini Farmers Market and a spring fashion show, Blissfest will hold
an Old Time Community Dance on Mitchell Street at 6:30 p.m., and local
favorites The Jelly Roll Blues Band will kick off Petoskey’s annual
summer Concerts in the Park series with a show at 8 p.m.. Outdoor
dining will be available at several restaurants as well. And as if the
preview of summer wasn’t enough, those interested might also get a
little preview of things perhaps more suited for... Halloween.
“Folks will also be able to gather at the downtown office at 9 p.m.
for a Ghost Walk,” Goodman explains, “this event was held in October
last year for the first time, and is back by popular demand. New
stories have surfaced, and all those interested in the spooky history
of Petoskey’s downtown buildings should plan to attend.  Tickets are
on sale at the Downtown Office and at the Chamber for $5 each; advance
purchase is recommended as the tour may sell out.”

COMMUNITY SPIRIT
From a sunset-lit evening of great bargains and entertainment to a
night of music, dancing, and ghost stories, Petoskey’s Spring Open
House offers something for everyone; but Goodman’s favorite part is
the simple fact that the town’s residents and visitors gather, as in
olden days, in the center of the city for a little seasonal goodwill.
“I love seeing the community gathered in their own downtown and
enjoying themselves,” she says, “families and friends who attend this
event should expect a lovely, peaceful evening meeting, greeting
neighbors and taking pleasure in the hub of the community; it is
wonderful to see the downtown being used as it was intended, as the
‘third place’ for all who live in our beautiful region.”

The Petoskey Spring Open House will take place on Friday, June 4 from
6-9 p.m. The downtown streets will be blocked off, with parking
available in the parking lots and on side streets. Visit
www.petoskeydowntown.com for additional details and a schedule of
events.
 
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