Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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Boyne Falls Celebrates 40 Years of Polish Festival

Kristi Kates - July 28th, 2014  

For four days in Boyne Falls, everyone within spitting distance of downtown is Polish. And for 40 years, the Boyne Falls Polish Festival has been the place to be for pierogis, polkas, and parades.


The 19th century lumber boom lured thousands of Polish Americans to Northern Michigan, giving the region an injection of Eastern European culture.

While most left for the factories of Detroit and Grand Rapids after the lumber was gone, the ones who stayed influenced the area’s farming culture.

Boyne Falls was no exception. To celebrate its vibrant heritage, the town bustles with activity: Polish dances and beautifully embroidered Polish folk costumes are the norm.

“The fest was started by a few local members to bring the community together, then it grew from there,” said festival co-chair Sandra Erber. “The aim was to provide good Polish music, and to help the local schools and businesses to benefit from the event.”

Erber, who’s spent 15 years on the festival committee and has been co-chair for the past few years, keeps busy managing the event’s funds and organizing the many events that keep this weekend packed with plenty to do from start to end.


The fun actually starts on Thursday, when the hub of the festival – the Polka Tent – opens for business, starting with Thursday’s popular Oldies Night, featuring live music from the Fabulous Oldies But Goodies band.

On Friday, music starts rollicking as early as noon and the carnival rides go until 10pm this year.

Friday also includes the Old-Time Threshing and Steam Engine Show, horse pull, and the favorite local pastime of classic Bingo. Live music from Rick Vinecki Boxon, the Pan Franek Zosia Polka Towners, and T-N-T will go on all day.

“The music is the main attraction,” Erber said. “People really enjoy the polka music, and it’s not available that often.”


By Saturday, the Polish Fest is in full swing, with Polish food prepared from Old World recipes and carnival rides.

The Grand Royale Parade kicks off the festivities at 11am after the 5K cross country run concludes.

A chainsaw wood carving exhibition, classic tractor pull, and music from Roger Majeski’s Harmony Kings, the Cynor Classic Polka Band, and the New Generation Band are all on deck.

To celebrate the fest’s 40th year, festival organizers have invited back all of their past Festival Royalty.

“We really want to showcase them,” Erber said.

By Sunday, the fest will wind down by 10pm, but there’s still plenty to do and see, including the horseshoe pitching tournament, the four-wheel drive mud run, and always more polka dancing.

Erber said this year is sure to have even more memorable moments, with the special honoring of decades of Polish Festival Royalty.

“I am looking forward to enjoying the Polish music and seeing the car show,” she said, “but most of all to bringing back people from the community.”

The Boyne Falls Polish Festival will take place July 31-Aug. 3 this year. For a complete schedule and more, visit boynefallspolishfestival.com.

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