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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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Winter sports calendar

Erin Crowell - December 6th, 2010
Winter Sports Calendar: A guide to putting your best foot forward
By Erin Crowell
Hear that?
Didn’t think so – It’s hard to hear your foot landing in soft powder
as you run a snowshoe race or mid-glide in the North American Vasa.
The point is, just because the temperature has dropped doesn’t mean
you should do the same with your motivation.
Here’s a list of winter races to keep you going:

HILL:
12/18, 1/8, 1/16 1/22-23, 2/12, 2/26-27 -- Middle Earth Snow Series
Tour at various locations in Northern Michigan. Visit
middleearthsnowseries.blogspot.com for details.
12/29-30 -- Holiday Rail Jam at Boyne Mountain, open to all skiers and
snowboarders. Boyne.com
12/17-19 -- NASTAR Open at Crystal Mountain Resort, where top three in
each age division for males/females advance to the 2010
Nature Valley NASTAR Championships in Colorado. crystalmountain.com
1/9, 2/13 & 3/13 -- Sunday Slam Snowboard & Freeskier Competition in
the terrain park at Nubs Nob, Harbor Springs. Visit nubsnob.com.
3/5 -- Dynastar/Lange Challenge, giant slalom open to all ages at Nubs
Nob. $8 entry fee. Visit nubsnob.com to register.
3/19 -- 49th Nubs Nob Open, giant slalom.

X-COUNTRY TRAIL:
12/26 -- Holiday Classic 8k & 12k at Boyne Valley Lodge, Walloon Lake.
1/1 -- Nubs Nob Freestyle 11k in Harbor Springs.
1/2 -- Boyne Highlands Classic 5/11k cross-country
1/8 -- Cross-Country Winter Trails Day, participating resorts around
the area will offer FREE rental to kids & adults new to the sport.
Visit wintertrails.org for more info.
1/8 -- Paintball Biathlon at Crystal Mountain Resort, cross-country
ski a loop while shooting paintballs at a set of targets.
crystalmountain.com for details
1/9 -- Grand Rapids Langlauf 5/15k Freestyle at Hanson Hills Rec Area, Grayling
1/22 -- Cote Dame Marie Loppet 15k/30k Freestyle at Hanson Hills Rec
Area, Grayling
2/5 -- 34th Annual White Pine Stampede from Mancelona to Shanty Creek
Resort: 40km, 20km & 10km classic and freestyle competitions.
whitepinestampede.org
2/11-12 -- North American Vasa 12/27/50k race at Timber Ridge Resort,
Traverse City. Visit vasa.org for info.
3/5 -- 15k Freestyle at Boyne Highlands, Harbor Springs. boyne.com
3/6--Cammy Potter Slopestyle Competition at Crystal Mountain Resort.
crystalmountain.com

FOOT:
1/8 -- Winter Trails Day, participating resorts around the area will
offer FREE rental to kids & adults new to the sport of snowshoeing.
Visit wintertrails.org for more info.
1/17 -- Frozen Foot Race, 5 mile road race in downtown Traverse City.
Call 933-9242 for more info.
1/22 -- Bigfoot Snowshoe Race at Timber Ridge Resort, Traverse City,
featuring 5k & 10k distances. Rentals available. Call
932-5401 for more info.

 
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