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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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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.

A NEW HOME
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.

PERFORMING TOO
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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