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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Miranda Music

Danielle Horvath - November 8th, 2010
In Frankfort: Sweet Sounds from Miranda Music
By Danielle Horvath
Few would guess that Frankfort would be home to what is most likely Northern Michigan’s most ‘international’ music store: Miranda Music.
That’s based on the experience of its owners: Bogar Guzman and his wife Elizabeth Shrake.
Bogar is an internationally-known musician, conductor, professional oboe and English horn player, while Elizabeth is a professional singer, choral conductor and music educator with a degree from DePaul University.
Their combined music experiences have taken them from Guzman’s native Venezuela – where he was a founding member of the Venezuelan Youth Symphony Orchestra – to touring Europe and playing professionally with the Lyric Opera in Chicago, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, conductor Leonard Bernstein, and opera greats Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti.

The couple met in Key West during a performance in 2002 where he was performing on oboe and she on viola.
They settled in Frankfort seven years ago to be closer to Shrake’s parents. With no music store in town, it was a natural progression for them to open one. Named after their daughter, Miranda Music opened in 2005 when the pair began offering music lessons, piano tuning, instrument sales and repair. They’ve seen their business grow each year and recently moved to a larger location.
With the ability to teach just about every instrument, including piano, violin, guitar, bass, even didgeridoo – they offer lessons to over 50 students with the hope that some will become professional musicians.
“Music is our life,” said Guzman. “We enjoy seeing our students grow and our customers enjoying their instruments and hope they inspire others to do the same.”
Guzman plays no less than 27 instruments, including guitar and any wind instrument, and has done repairs on vintage instruments, including an 1860 and 1940 Martin guitar.
They sell over 30 different instruments, including Martin and Fender guitars, specialty hard-body Giannini guitars made in Brazil, Marigauz oboes, English horns, bassoons, clarinets, flutes, Palatino violins, violas, cellos and basses, brasses, percussion, printed music, tools and accessories.
“I can set up any instrument so it is ready to play,” Guzman said, adding that for every instrument sold, the store offers a complimentary set-up and free first class for adults, two classes for children under 14, and three classes for children under nine.

Oozing with a passion for music, the couple have quickly earned a loyal customer base by bringing high quality, professional musical expertise to the area. They are active in the community, performing for the Wild Rose Society, and are the driving force behind two successful summer music benefits. The all-day free events, Hot Fun in the Summertime in 2009 and this year’s Betsie Bay Boogie Days raise awareness of autism.
With a clientele that reaches across the country, the business recently relocated to larger quarters at 1286 Frankfort Hwy., Suite 2, at the “top of the hill” by the gateway arch in Frankfort. The new space allows more room for private lessons, repair and their ever-increasing line of quality instruments. Check them out online at mirandamusiconline.com, or at 231-352-9988.

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