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Letters 02-08-2016

Less Ageism, Please The January 4 issue of this publication proved to me that there are some sensible voices of reason in our community regarding all things “inter-generational.” I offer a word of thanks to Elizabeth Myers. I too have worked hard for what I’ve earned throughout my years in the various positions I’ve held. While I too cannot speak for each millennial, brash generalizations about a lack of work ethic don’t sit well with me...Joe Connolly, Traverse City

Now That’s an Escalation I just read the letter from Greg and his defense of the AR15. The letter started with great information but then out of nowhere his opinion went off the rails. “The government wants total gun control and then confiscation; then the elimination of all Constitutional rights.” Wait... what?! To quote the great Ron Burgundy, “Well, that escalated quickly!”

Healthy Eating and Exercise for Children Healthy foods and exercise are important for children of all ages. It is important for children because it empowers them to do their best at school and be able to do their homework and study...

Mascots and Harsh Native American Truths The letter from the Choctaw lady deserves an answer. I have had a gutful of the whining about the fate of the American Indian. The American Indians were the losers in an imperial expansion; as such, they have, overall, fared much better than a lot of such losers throughout history. Everything the lady complains about in the way of what was done by the nasty, evil Whites was being done by Indians to other Indians long before Europeans arrived...

Snyder Must Go I believe it’s time. It’s time for Governor Snyder to go. The FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the EPA Criminal Investigation Division are now investigating the Flint water crisis that poisoned thousands of people. Governor Snyder signed the legislation that established the Emergency Manager law. Since its inception it has proven to be a dismal failure...

Erosion of Public Trust Let’s look at how we’ve been experiencing global warming. Between 1979 and 2013, increases in temperature and wind speeds along with more rain-free days have combined to stretch fire seasons worldwide by 20 percent. In the U.S., the fire seasons are 78 days longer than in the 1970s...

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St. Patrick‘s Day celebrations

Rick Coates - March 7th, 2011
St. Patrick’s Celebrations Sweep the North
By Rick Coates
You don’t have to go far to ‘get your Irish on’ this coming week: St.
Patrick’s themed events will take place across the region. Here are some
of the highlights:

31st Annual Traverse City Ancient Order of Hibernians St. Patrick’s Parade
Saturday, March 12

The festivities kick off with pre-parade activities at North Peak Brewery
starting at noon with the announcement of the Irish Queen, Grand Marshall,
Irish Prince and Princesses and the Irish Lord Mayor.
The parade will commence at 1:30 p.m. with pre-staging starting at 1 p.m.
on North Hall Street. The parade route goes down Front Street to Pine to
State, Park  and Front streets and ending on North Hall.
Post parade activities will include dancing and Irish music by the Wild
Sullys at North Peak Brewery starting at 2:30 p.m. All activities are open
to the public. Anyone interested in participating in the parade should
contact Hibernian president Todd McCall at 231-715-6265.

Irish Comedy Tour, TC Opera House Saturday, March 12 (See related story)

Lucky Leprechaun Ball
Sunday, March 13

The annual Lucky Leprechaun Ball is a benefit hosted by the Ancient Order
of Hibernians and Song of the Lakes to support the Father Fred Foundation.
The evening is full of entertainment, along with great food and drink on
Sunday, March 13, beginning at 5 p.m. at Kilkenny’s Irish Public House in
TC. Music will be provided by Song of the Lakes and a new featured act,
the Young Sullys, an Irish family band with six kids ages 6 to 14 years
old performing an assortment of Irish tunes. 
The evening will also feature the top five junior and adult finalists who
are seeking “The Best Singer In Traverse City Award” in the 31st annual
Danny Boy Singing Contest. Junior division finalists sing off at 6 p.m.
and adult finalists will have their sing off at 8:30 p.m. To enter the
Danny Boy contest that includes $500 college scholarship for the top
junior contestant and $300 for the top adult contestant, contact the
Father Fred Foundation at 947-2055. Advance registration is required and
all contestants must go to a sing-off on Thursday, March 10 at Lars
Hockstad Auditorium with the top five participants in each division
competing on Sunday. 
Proceeds support the Father Fred Foundation. Admission is $10 in advance
or $15 at the door with youths 14 and under free! Get your tickets at the
Father Fred Foundation, North Peak or Kilkenny’s.

Boyne City Irish Heritage Festival
March 13-20

The Boyne City’s Irish Heritage Festival has been expanded from one night
to a full week with a full range of Irish themed events from March 13
through March 20. 
The festival highlight will be the Fourth Annual Irish Heritage Dinner,
from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 18 at the Boyne City Eagles Hall. It will
include a traditional six-course Irish feast with Celtic music and song,
Irish step dancers, a sing-a-long of favorite Irish songs, guest
musicians, and, perhaps, a leprechaun. Admission is $15 for adults, $8 for
children ages 6 to 12 and free for children under 6. Tickets are available
at the Boyne Chamber, Eagles Hall, Local Flavor, and Country Now & Then/Up
the Lazy River.
For further info call the Boyne City Main Street Program at 231-582-9009
or the Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce at 231-582-6222.

Robert Emmet Annual Hoolie Wednesday, March 16

The Robert Emmet Society of Petoskey offers a scholarship to allow a
student from North Central Michigan College the opportunity to study for a
semester in Ireland. One of their primary fundraisers is the Robert Emmet
Annual Hoolie at City Park Grill in Petoskey starting at 5:30  p.m on
March 16. The Hoolie is in partnership with the Blissfest Music
Organization, and has become the highlight of the seasonal St. Patrick’s
Day celebration in Petoskey. The event features Irish music, song and
dance with local artists, door prizes and Irish dinner fare.  Reduced
admission prices are offered to Irish citizens, NCMC students, seniors,
and members of the Blissfest Music Organization and the Robert Emmet
Society.

An Afternoon Of Irish Music
Sunday, March 13, 4 p.m. 

The Boyne Arts Collective Concert Series presents Siusan O’Rourke & Zig
Zeitler.  (see related story)
RUNA: Contemporary Celtic Music
Wednesday, March 16

Contemporary Celtic folk band RUNA will perform Wednesday March 16 at
Sleder’s Tavern in TC. The band includes Shannon Lambert-Ryan on  vocals
and piano; Fionán de Barra on guitar, bass, percussion, mandolin and
percussionist  Cheryl Prashker along with Tomoko Omura on violin and Isaac
Alderson on uilleann pipes, flutes, whistles.
Based in Pennsylvania, Runa draws on the diverse musical backgrounds of
its band members, that results in a contemporary and refreshing approach
to traditional and more recently composed Celtic material. Through their
repertoire of both highly energetic and graceful acoustic melodies, along
with their fusion of music from Ireland, Scotland, Shetland Islands,
Canada, and the United States, this vocal and instrumental ensemble give
their traditional songs and tunes a fresh sound. Seating and tickets are
limited and for more information call 231-947-9213.

 
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