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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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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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