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Letters 08-31-2015

Inalienable Rights This is a response to the “No More State Theatre” in your August 24th edition. I think I will not be the only response to this pathetic and narrow-minded letter that seems rather out of place in the northern Michigan that I know. To think we will not be getting your 25 cents for the movie you refused to see, but more importantly we will be without your “two cents” on your thoughts of a marriage at the State Theatre...

Enthusiastically Democratic Since I was one of the approximately 160 people present at when Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 in Charlevoix, I was surprised to read in a letter to Northern Express that there was a “rather muted” response to Debbie’s announcement that she has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president...

Not Hurting I surely think the State Theatre will survive not having the homophobic presence of Colleen Smith and her family attend any matinees. I think “Ms.” Smith might also want to make sure that any medical personnel, bank staff, grocery store staff, waiters and/or waitress, etc. are not homosexual before accepting any service or product from them...

Stay Home I did not know whether to laugh or cry when I read the letter of the extremely homophobic, “disgusted” writer. She now refuses to patronize the State Theatre because she evidently feels that its confines have been poisoned by the gay wedding ceremony held there...

Keep Away In response to Colleen Smith of Cadillac who refused to bring her family to the State Theatre because there was a gay wedding there: Keep your 25 cents and your family out of Traverse City...

Celebrating Moore And A Theatre I was 10 years old when I had the privilege to see my first film at the State Theatre. I will never forget that experience. The screen was almost the size of my bedroom I shared with my older sister. The bursting sounds made me believe I was part of the film...

Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith. She made public her choice to no longer go to the State Theater due to the fact that “some homosexuals” got married there. I’m not outraged by her choice; we don’t need any more hateful, self-righteous bigots in our town. She can keep her 25 cents...

Mackinac Pipeline Must Be Shut Down Crude oil flowing through Enbridge’s 60-yearold pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits and the largest collection of fresh water on the planet should be a serious concern for every resident of the USA and Canada. Enbridge has a very “accident” prone track record...

Your Rights To Colleen, who wrote about the State Theatre: Let me thank you for sharing your views; I think most of us are well in support of the first amendment, because as you know- it gives everyone the opportunity to express their opinions. I also wanted to thank Northern Express for not shutting down these types of letters right at the source but rather giving the community a platform for education...

No Role Model [Fascinating Person from last week’s issue] Jada quoted: “I want to be a role model for girls who are interested in being in the outdoors.” I enjoy being in the outdoors, but I don’t want to kill animals for trophy...

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Earth Week/Cheboygan 4/11/11

Kristi Kates - April 11th, 2011
Earth Week Plus! Expo celebrates environment in Cheboygan
By Kristi Kates
 Running March 31 through May 1 in Cheboygan, Petoskey and the Straits
area, Earth Week Plus takes Earth Day (Friday, April 22) to the maximum
for the Northern Michigan area. Put together by the ambitious Laren Corie
(also one-half of the music duo Moonlight Red), Earth Week Plus has, he
says, been taking up his time “24/7, around the clock” for the past few
weeks - but it’s looking as if his efforts will be well worth it.
“This is the fourth year that these events have been happening,” Corie
explains. “The first two were quite small, one-day events. But last year,
the Straits Area Audubon Society decided to take it under their wing, and
with the help of some others, we created Earth Week as an expanded series
of Earth day related events. The two weeks and 29 various events pulled in
just under a thousand participants; this year, we are expanding further,
so Earth Week Plus will span the whole month of April, plus a little more
at each end.”
 
GROUP EFFORT
This year’s sponsors and participants are expanding, as well, including a
plethora of environmental non-profits such as Tip of the Mitt Watershed
Council, Little Traverse Conservancy, MSU Extension, the National Wildlife
Foundation, the Emmet Conservation District, the U of M Biological
Station, and many more. But Corie also explains that, while they greatly
appreciate their sponsors, it’s the people that are really making it a
community happening.
“Earth Week Plus is a fairly small group of dedicated, inspired people,”
he says, “who have gotten together specifically for the purpose of
organizing this series of events as Spring returns. Three of us are
committee leaders, but it truly is a larger group effort. And we welcome
anyone else who would like to help out.”
The main event is called The Earth Week Plus Expo, a conference of sorts
that is functioning as a large, central event that Corie says will make
the drive worthwhile for the “neighbors who live at a greater distance.”
“So this year, on Saturday afternoon, April 16, at the Cheboygan Middle
School building, our Expo will bring together 16 of our nature and
sustainable living sessions, plus displays and music, all in one location,
on one afternoon,” Corie says, “as with all of our Earth Week Plus events,
the Expo is free to the public.”
 
MUSIC TO MAPLE SYRUP
There are plenty of additional events to choose from, as well. Corie’s own
musical group, the aforementioned Moonlight Red, will be performing, as
will folk musician Rick Meisterheim.
“Live music is always a part of good living,” Corie says.
And the other events range from a maple syrup session in Wolverine to a
solar open house in Mackinaw City; owl banding at the Headlands Park to
Earth Day cleanups in Harbor Springs to the presentation/discussion of the
movie Gasland (about natural gas fracking) by Tip of the Mitt Watershed
Council.  (A full schedule is available via Earth Week Plus’ brochure and
website.) It’s an earth-friendly lineup aimed to both educate the public
and allow them to have fun while learning. A well-selected lineup of
presenters will also enrich the experiences.
We actually have several presenters from environmental organizations that
are familiar to the Petoskey area,” Corie says, “Maureen Stine of TOMWC
and www.natureologist.com will be doing a presentation, as will Mike
Cromley, speaker with the Timber Wolf Alliance and Little Traverse
Conservancy. He will be talking about our growing wolf population in
Northern Lower Michigan. The Little Traverse Conservancy will also be
doing a couple of other presentations at the Expo. And we’ll have raptors
from Northwings in Harbor Springs. We are strongly connected to the Little
Traverse region.”
 
SUSTAINABLE REGION
Corie says that, with all of this hard work, he hopes to accomplish some
simple goals that will help people live better while helping the
environment and the planet.
“Mainly, we want to share the excitement and joy already known by those of
us who have been enjoying the many wonders of living with nature in a more
sustainable manner,” he says, “and, in some cases, such as my own, solar
and energy-efficient presentations are another goal, to show people how to
save money at the same time.”
“The main reason behind Earth Week Plus,” he continues, “is to bring
together all Northern Michigan people to celebrate and share knowledge
that can move us all toward a more Earth-friendly, sustainable way of
living in this beautiful region of ours.”

For more information on Earth Week Plus and its events, visit
www.earthweekplus.com.

 
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