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Letters 05-02-2016

Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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Emmet County Fair Welcomes Joe Nichols and More

Persistence equals success in Nashville … and in Petoskey.

Kristi Kates - August 18th, 2014  

Country music singer Joe Nichols – whose latest single, “Yeah,” hit number one on the U.S. Country Airplay chart last month and just became his fourth gold single – knows the value of not giving up.

At the age of 19, Nichols was signed to Intersound Records, where he released his first album, 1996’s “Joe Nichols.” The album didn’t sell, and Intersound dropped him. Giant Records picked Nichols up with another record deal, but he didn’t even get the chance to record anything before that label cancelled their deal with him, too.

Nashville might have seemed pretty unfriendly at that point in Nichols’ career. But he stuck it out, getting jobs as a furniture mover, a cable installer, and a salesman.

He went into the studio with his own money, determined to record regardless. Before long, indie boutique label Red Bow Records saw his potential. The third time was the charm.

Nichols’ first Red Bow single, “Sunny and 75,” premiered this past spring, and became a fast smash. This summer, he’s spent his time touring with monster country act Lady Antebellum, and is now on the road on his own, a trek that will include a much-anticipated stop at Petoskey’s Annual Emmet-Charlevoix County Fair.

Another “local celeb” of note will also be showcasing her achievements at this year’s fair: Fair Manager Agnes Shaw, who has been in charge of running this classic Northern Michigan event for two decades.

“We always get pretty excited this time of year, when all the events are lined up and ticket sales are hopping,” Shaw said in a press release.

“And we’re so glad Joe could join our grandstand schedule this year. He will be a big draw.”

Nichols is tops on a grandstand roster that includes the return of several fair favorites, including the Skerbeck Carnival, which is offering “Mega- Ride” wristbands this year; horse pulls; autocross racing; the dog agility show; the wildly popular monster truck shootout; and a brand new rodeo, which promises Western-themed thrills and spills.

Whether it’s strolling through the blinking midway full of lights, “fair food,” carnival rides, seeing the agricultural and craft exhibits, visiting the livestock, taking part in the karaoke contests, or rocking out to the country-western sounds of Joe Nichols, this year’s fair has it all.

The 109th Annual Emmet-Charlevoix Fair is running now through August 24, with Joe Nichols’ concert on Thurs., Aug. 21. For a complete schedule, call the Fair office at (231) 347-1010, or visit emmetcounty.org. Tickets can be purchased in advance at etix.com.

 
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