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Letters 04-25-2016

Taking Our Trees Seconds ago this pine tree was alive. Well, Mr. Cook — our County Road Commission head —and Peninsula Township government … by not weighing in (I guess it’s not your problem or responsibility to communicate with residents), you allowed the County Road Commission to bulldoze down huge swaths of lakeside trees in order to increase the bike lane. This can’t be happening. I have no clue why they would cut trees down that help block snow from creating drifts on Peninsula Drive and help keep the beach area intact. Plus, they are not increasing the width of the road when they repave. I just don’t get it. This is amateur hour at county and township government...

Government Service Unrewarded I served the federal government for XX years with the [agency], [doing XX]. I also worked in the private sector, [doing XX]. When I retired, I was surprised to learn my Social Security benefit would be $XXX less per month than my colleagues and neighbors who had never worked for the federal government. This is all because of the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) under the Social Security law...

Which Greased Palm Now that “Chicago values” have utterly corrupted the executive and judicial branches of our federal government, this November We the Plebeians shall either vote to right the governing integrity of the United States constitution’s twin pillars of limited government and separation of powers or turn and step collectively onto the blood soaked road to serfdom...

The Political Mess And Challenge As citizens we are faced with a real challenge. The media and the political candidates have taken over a year to attack those whom they are opposing. The unfavorable ratings of those who may be nominated are above 50 percent. That should be no surprise, considering the length of time given to bloodying one another with opinions that have little relationship to truth. The polling companies, which confess they are not reliable, make everything a game of winning...

CORRECTIONS In last week’s issue we had photos with the incorrect stories on page five. The dance photo should have accompanied the story about grants to nonprofits. The image of Crooked Tree Arts Center Petoskey should have accompanied the story about the ArtPrize exhibit at CTAC.

We also reported the incorrect day for the Bayshore Marathon in Traverse City. The correct date is Sat., May 28.

We apologize for these errors.

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Forever Flowers/ Lilies of the Valley

Erin Crowell - January 24th, 2011
Forever Flowers: Lilies of the Alley offers silk & dried flowers
By Erin Crowell
Planning a wedding? More than likely, flowers are on the list –
somewhere between reception location and music for the evening. And
like everything on that list, there are options: outside or inside? DJ
or live band? Chicken or fish?
Not only do you decide the type and color of your flowers, but their
makeup in general.
At Lilies of the Alley in Traverse City, you have three options for
your florals: fresh, silk and dried.

NO WATERING REQUIRED
Cindy Hardy — who, along with husband Scott owned Hibbard’s
Flowers—started Lilies of the Alley in October 2010 after noticing a
lack of business in the dried floral department of area flower shops.
“I really started focusing more on silks and dries because there
really wasn’t anybody around here who specialized in them,” Hardy
said. “Some people dabble, but we like to think we carry a larger
option and higher quality.”
Hardy added that any flower can easily be ordered if they don’t
already carry it in stock.
“While many brides would prefer having real flowers, there are
benefits to having silk or dried flowers,” she explained. “They’re
less expensive and readily available if out-of-season. For a wedding
we booked recently, the bride wanted spring flowers, which obviously
aren’t available right now.”
Another unsaid bonus for going faux? Silk and dried flowers last
forever, making your special day a truly memorable one.
Having flowers with no expiration date translates into the everyday
decorating world, as well.
“Real flowers have a shelf life,” said Hardy, “but gee whiz – keep
your silk flowers around until you get tired of them.”
Choose from a variety of wreaths and bouquets arranged by Lilies of
the Alley employee Beth Hoffman.
“(Beth) used to be at Hibbard’s and has been doing this for around 30
years,” said Hardy. “She’ll sit down with the brides and help them go
through books and browse online for ideas.”

BEYOND THE PETAL
Lilies of the Alley goes beyond the standard flower shop while keeping
it simple.
“That’s another reason why I started this business,” Hardy explained.
“Running a full-service flower shop is demanding.”
Hardy refers to her shop as a home décor and accent store. Along with
floral arrangements, Lilies offers a variety of decorating goods such
as consignment furniture, antiques and custom magnetic chalkboards,
the popular American folk collection CowParade—small cow figurines
inspired by the life-size cow statue collection in Chicago—as well as
items to decorate one’s self.
Hardy created a felt hat line called Hatty Matty Hats, available in
adult and children’s sizes. The store also carries wooden rings,
hand-crafted by 85-year-old Neal Kretchman of Indian River.

JUST GETTING STARTED
With a business barely three months old, Hardy is looking forward to
what the coming bridal season and beyond holds for the downtown store.
“The downtown association is already referring to us as their floral
store,” said Hardy. “So, it’s exciting to see what is coming.”
As the name states, Lilies of the Alley is located in the alley just
off Union Street, next to the City Opera House. The high-ceiling,
narrow décor shop welcomes visitors with its dried eucalyptus and
splashes of floral color.
“It’s a really fun space,” said Hardy. “It’s even really fun to decorate.”
So let Lilies of the Alley decorate your special day, whether your
floral needs are fresh, silk or dried. Because chances are, you’ve got
a guest list to tackle, honey.

Lilies of the Alley is located at 112 A. Front St., behind Votrubas’s
Leathers, in downtown Traverse City. They are open Monday-Saturday, 10
a.m.-5 pm. For more information, call 231-360-3620.

 
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