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Next For Brownfields In regard to your recent piece on brownfield redevelopment in TC, the Randolph Street project appears to be proceeding without receiving its requested $600k in brownfield funding from the county. In response to this, the mayor is quoted as saying that the developer bought the property prior to performing an environmental assessment and had little choice but to now build it...

Defending Our Freedom This is in response to Sally MacFarlane Neal’s recent letter, “War Machines for Family Entertainment.” Wake Up! Make no mistake about it, we are at war! Even though the idiot we have for a president won’t accept the fact because he believes we can negotiate with Iran, etc., ISIS and their like make it very clear they intend to destroy the free world as we know it. If you take notice of the way are constantly destroying their own people, is that living...

What Is Far Left? Columnist Steve Tuttle, who so many lambaste as a liberal, considers Sen. Sanders a far out liberal “nearly invisible from the middle.” Has the middle really shifted that far right? Sanders has opposed endless war and the Patriot Act. Does Mr. Tuttle believe most of our citizens praise our wars and the positive results we have achieved from them? Is supporting endless war or giving up our civil liberties middle of the road...

Parking Corrected Stephen Tuttle commented on parking in the July 13 Northern Express. As Director of the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority, I feel compelled to address a couple key issues. But first, I acknowledge that  there is some consternation about parking downtown. As more people come downtown served by less parking, the pressure on what parking we have increases. Downtown serves a county with a population of 90,000 and plays host to over three million visitors annually...

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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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