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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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A Touch of Christmas Past

- December 2nd, 2004
A spectacular old-fashioned Christmas as seen through the eyes of contemp-orary artisans, florists and interior designers is in store for those who visit the Wellington Inn in Traverse City this weekend.
Located at the corner of Wellington and Washington streets, the Inn is hosting the Second Annual Inn at Christmastime tour, with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit Toys for Tots. Following a tour of the lavishly decorated rooms throughout the four-story mansion, visitors will enjoy complementary refreshments in the third floor ballroom.
Last year, more than 700 visitors toured the 1905 neoclassical mansion, the halls of which were decked with holiday designs and decorations by 11 florists and artisans. The tour takes you back before the time of 24/7 TV and mall shopping trips to an age when the holidays included in-home entertaining, caroling, and modest gift giving between family and special friends. Surrounded by period antiques, with the scents of mulled cider, freshly baked cookies and evergreens in the air, you’ll feel time stand still.
This year’s event takes place Friday, Dec. 3 from 5-8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Harpist Sharon Olsen and pianist Kerry Argyle will perform for visitors at Friday’s event, while Saturday afternoon will feature the music of Grace Reflections.
Tickets for the Inn at Christmastime are $12 in advance (at the Muffin Tin, Wilson’s Antiques and participating florists) or $15 at the door, with information at (231) 922-9900 or www.wellingtoninn.com. Decorators this year include Barker Creek Nursery & Landscaping, The Decorator, Distinctive Florals partnered with Weavers House of Flowers, Fisher Designs, Flower Station, Forget-Me-Not Floral, Hibbard’s Flowers & Wedding Center, The Painted Door Gallery, Plant Master’s, Premier Flowers & Gifts and Wildflowers.
Listen closely and you can almost hear the jingle of sleigh bells and the sound of carolers outside the stately mahogany and leaded glass foyer...


 
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