This letter is addressed to all residents and tiny business owners here in the beautiful north of Michigan. It is with great sadness that our business of nine years has been placed in a position to even compose such a letter, but as active and concerned citizens in our community, we feel it would be wise to call for a ‘heads up‘ alert.
Since the beginning of 2002 we have been victimized three times, with larceny on 1-2-02, theft on 6-20-02 and shoplifting on 7-3-02. In six months time we have evolved from an open, and loving business, excited to share our art with our customers, to disheartened, distrusting, and stressed shop keepers. We have installed dead-bolt locks on all doors, motion detectors, motion lights, and signs of warning to would be violators.
We know that theft is no stranger to residents and businesses in the north. What is ironic is our shop promotes a positive lifestyle and high spiritual (not religious) endeavor. If this is a sign of current times, with the economy stagnating into a downward cesspool of criminal activity, then we, honest, loving and caring individuals need to become vigilant, over-protective and watchful. If we had known in December of 2001 what we had to look forward to in 2002, we would have installed protective equipment then, to prevent such loss, and avoid the deeply discouraging black hole that now exists in our hearts and minds.
Residents and tiny businesses, at least in small Northern Michigan communities, are feeling the
economic ‘No Confidence‘ attitude, so cash flow is at a trickle and crime and violations of our hard endeavors are chopping into our tree of faith, trust, and hope for a positive future. My husband and I have heard and read of many petty thefts and violations that have taken place in
our communities to private citizens and small businesses. The police come and take the report, and photos and then leave. It is up to us to protect ourselves through vigilant watchfulness, wise action, and steadfastness in our convictions.
Our tiny business, Sacred Sparks, remains alive but wounded, and we will heal. But things here at our humble homestead will never be the same. We now discreetly take notes on all characters we deem as shady, descriptions of their appearance, time they entered our shop, vehicle
description and license plate numbers, and any other key notations we feel is pertinent. We keep a notepad and pencil in our vehicle as well, in case we witness strange activity, we can jot down license numbers, times and descriptions of people involved.
We are offering a reward leading to information that will lead to the recovery of a “Great Blue Heron“ Garden Sculpture that was stolen from the front of our shop at 2 a.m. on June 20. There are only two in existence. The first is legally on Beaver Island and the other in the possession of a dastardly low life thief. It is crafted from 3/16 inch rusty steel and stands almost 4 feet high. Two people were involved in the theft, driving a dark colored, newer model car.
If we all look out for each other then the dark hearted scoundrels will
not succeed in their shady crimes.
Linda and Jerry Aydlott Sacred Sparks of East Jordan
Access denied? Good
As a recent arrival to Benzie County and a lifelong citizen of the USA, I
read with great interest about the proposed changes to access at Sleeping
Bear National Lakeshore I attended the hearing at the Travese City library to
get more informed and to express my opinion. This issue does not concern only
area residents but any resident of the United States, because it is a
I treasure the time I get to spend in the woods and appreciate so much of it
around here to enjoy. However, I believe that the national parks are not
protected as “outdoor amusement parks,“ but rather to preserve wilderness for
the health of the flora and fauna that flourish there, ultimately
I support the park‘s plan to limit access, even if it keeps me out. The parks
need to exist to preserve pristine ecosystems and biodiversity, not for our
entertainment. I value the presence of these wilderness areas, PERIOD. That I
get to respectfully venture into these areas and learn more about nature and
more about myself is the icing on the cake.
If a tree falls in a forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a
Lauren di Scipio Beulah
I have been pleased with your candor and courage to publish
such as Mrs. Helen Milliken‘s fine expose of the destruction to be
wrought in making a bypass of the Boardman route. I hope the Northern
Express is equal to the challenge of exposing the candidacy of MICHELLE
McManus for the State Senate seat her uncle George is leaving. George
made the state safe for pig manure. Simultaneously Michelle, then our
inept state representative, was conspiring with waste haulers to make
the Leelanau peninsula a dumping ground.
Will the Express recall to the attention of its readers that Michelle
was involved in petition election fraud. It was found she had a minor
female drawing up the fake petitions on McManus‘ property. Republican
Secretary of State Candice Miller fiddlefarted with the matter long
enough for the McManus crowd to develop a cover-up. The person who was
writing up fraudulent was an intern to McManus, being a minor female,
should be forgiven. McManus who had orchestrated the whole thing was not
found to have done wrong. How silly have our politics become!
Yes, there are plenty of reasons to cast M. McManus to political
Boyd W. Yard Lake Leelanau