Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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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.

“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.”

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
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