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Letters 04-25-2016

Taking Our Trees Seconds ago this pine tree was alive. Well, Mr. Cook — our County Road Commission head —and Peninsula Township government … by not weighing in (I guess it’s not your problem or responsibility to communicate with residents), you allowed the County Road Commission to bulldoze down huge swaths of lakeside trees in order to increase the bike lane. This can’t be happening. I have no clue why they would cut trees down that help block snow from creating drifts on Peninsula Drive and help keep the beach area intact. Plus, they are not increasing the width of the road when they repave. I just don’t get it. This is amateur hour at county and township government...

Government Service Unrewarded I served the federal government for XX years with the [agency], [doing XX]. I also worked in the private sector, [doing XX]. When I retired, I was surprised to learn my Social Security benefit would be $XXX less per month than my colleagues and neighbors who had never worked for the federal government. This is all because of the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) under the Social Security law...

Which Greased Palm Now that “Chicago values” have utterly corrupted the executive and judicial branches of our federal government, this November We the Plebeians shall either vote to right the governing integrity of the United States constitution’s twin pillars of limited government and separation of powers or turn and step collectively onto the blood soaked road to serfdom...

The Political Mess And Challenge As citizens we are faced with a real challenge. The media and the political candidates have taken over a year to attack those whom they are opposing. The unfavorable ratings of those who may be nominated are above 50 percent. That should be no surprise, considering the length of time given to bloodying one another with opinions that have little relationship to truth. The polling companies, which confess they are not reliable, make everything a game of winning...

CORRECTIONS In last week’s issue we had photos with the incorrect stories on page five. The dance photo should have accompanied the story about grants to nonprofits. The image of Crooked Tree Arts Center Petoskey should have accompanied the story about the ArtPrize exhibit at CTAC.

We also reported the incorrect day for the Bayshore Marathon in Traverse City. The correct date is Sat., May 28.

We apologize for these errors.

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The Bihlman Brothers Get Real

Rick Coates - November 26th, 2012


Hometown heroes Jabo and Scot Little Bihlman return to return to Northern Michigan this week to join their older brother Charlie to shoot the pilot for their new reality TV show, "Blood Brothers."
  The Northern Michigan blues rockers moved their operation out west a few years ago, where Jabo is part of the Las Vegas scene, while brother Scot is involved in the L.A. and Hollywood happenings. The two return to Northern Michigan each summer for a couple of shows for the hometown fans. It was during one of those shows that that the reality TV show idea was hatched.
   The public is invited to be part of the filming fun.  “On Friday November 30 from 7 to 9 pm we are going to be Lucky Jacks in Traverse CIty for bumper cars, bowling and a bunch of other fun stuff happening and this is where we are asking all of our fans to come out and be a part of this,” said Jabo. “You could end up on national TV.
   The Bihlmans are also performing a concert this Saturday at Union Street Station, with all welcome.

Check out the full story in this week's Northern Express Weekly.

 
Other Must-Do events this week:
 
Tuesday 11/27
-- Ring in the Season: Classical string orchestra performance by the Traverse Symphony Orchestra's Civic String Ensembles at the City Opera House, TC, 7pm. Reception to follow. Includes a repeat performance at the Grand Traverse Mall food court on Nov. 30, 5:30pm. Both events are free.
--10 Myths of the Vietnam War: Exhibit at The History Center of Traverse City, 7pm. Free to all veterans. Museum admission, $5.
 
Thursday 11/29
-- Everest High Passes: Join Sara Cockrell at Backcountry North, TC, 7-8:30pm, for a slideshow presentation on her hiking journey in Nepal. Suggested $10 donation benefits mountain porters of the region. Includes a silent auction. Call 941-1100 to reserve your spot.
-- Singer, Songwriter & Storyteller: Joel Mabus performs original seasonal tunes at the Garden Theater, Frankfort, 8pm. Tickets, $15 in advance; $20 at the door. 231-352-7561.
-- National Writers Series: Michael Connelly, author of "The Black Box," along with special guest host Bryan Gruley, author of the "Starvation Lake Mystery Series, will speak at the City Opera House, TC, 7pm. Tickets, $20 in advance; $25 at the door.
Holiday Open House: Melissa and Company Salon, 2523 Charlevoix Ave. All day, featuring food, drinks and drawings.

Friday 11/30
--Suttons Bay Holiday Festival: Holiday stroll featuring carols, refreshments and drawings by local merchants in downtown Suttons Bay, 5-8pm
-- Simon & Garfunkel Tribute with a nine-piece band performing top hits by the '60s duo: InsideOut Gallery, TC, 8pm. Tickets, $15 in advance; $18, door.
-- Holiday Parade: Caroler wagons, decorated vehicles, city trucks and more head through Mackinaw City, 5pm. Crafts, cookies and cocoa to follow at Mackinw Crossings.
-- Swing Dance Series: North Central Michigan College cafeteria, Petoskey, 7:30pm. Instruction starts at 6:45pm. $10 for adults; $5 for kids. Includes music by the Up North Big Band.
-- Tree Lighting & Holiday Open House: Live music, carols in downtown TC, 5pm. Santa arrives, with the tree lighting at 6pm. Horse and carriage rides available, 6:30-9pm.
 
Saturday 12/1
-- Good on Paper Improv: Comedy troupe performs at Schmuckal Theater of the Old Town Playhouse, TC, 11pm. Tickets, $5.
 -- Merry Marketplace: Christmas arts & crafts show at the Old Art Building, Leland, 10am-4pm. Includes cookies and coffee.
-- Winter Fest Weekend: Hayrides, wreath decorating, Santa visit, cookies, cocoa, ornament making, wine tasting and more at Pond Hill Farm, Harbor Springs, 11am-4pm.
-- Farmland 5K: European style cross-country foot race at Rasho Farms, TC, at noon. Post-race party includes free chili, corn chowder, hot chocolate and bread, along with entertainment.  

Sunday 12/2
-- Singer, Songwriter & Storyteller: Joel Mabus performs original seasonal tunes at Sleder's Tavern, TC, 4pm. Tickets, $15 in advance; $20 at the door.
-- A Leahy Family Christmas: Original Irish and Scottish roots music at the Traverse City Opera House, TC, at 7pm. 

 
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