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Letters 08-03-2015

Real Brownfields Deserve Dollars I read with interest the story on Brownfield development dollars in the July 20 issue. I applaud Dan Lathrop and other county commissioners who voted “No” on the Randolph Street project...

Hopping Mad Carlin Smith is hopping mad (“Will You Get Mad With Me?” 7-20-15). Somebody filed a fraudulent return using his identity, and he’s not alone. The AP estimates the government “pays more than $5 billion annually in fraudulent tax refunds.” Well, many of us have been hopping mad for years. This is because the number one tool Congress has used to fix this problem has been to cut the IRS budget –by $1.2 billion in the last 5 years...

Just Grumbling, No Solutions Mark Pontoni’s grumblings [recent Northern Express column] tell us much about him and virtually nothing about those he chooses to denigrate. We do learn that Pontoni may be the perfect political candidate. He’s arrogant, opinionated and obviously dimwitted...

A Racist Symbol I have to respond to Gordon Lee Dean’s letter claiming that the confederate battle flag is just a symbol of southern heritage and should not be banned from state displays. The heritage it represents was the treasonous effort to continue slavery by seceding from a democratic nation unwilling to maintain such a consummate evil...

Not So Thanks I would like to thank the individual who ran into and knocked over my Triumph motorcycle while it was parked at Lowe’s in TC on Friday the 24th. The $3,000 worth of damage was greatly appreciated. The big dent in the gas tank under the completely destroyed chrome badge was an especially nice touch...

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Monday, July 21, 2014

A Traverse City Film Festival Oral History

The Traverse City Film Festival, now among the most noted in the nation, began as a whim a decade ago.

Features Patrick Sullivan

It appeared from nowhere. It crawled from dinner party conversations. It took shape at a lunch at Amical. It quietly made its way onto the city agenda. Soon scores of volunteers knocked down cobwebs, scrubbed floors and walls and alighted the sparkling marquee of the State Theatre.

 
Monday, July 21, 2014

Who Ya Gonna Call?

Local woman writes book about how to get rid of demons

Features Jodee Taylor Harris, who moved to Traverse City in March, uses herbs (white sage, sweetgrass), olive oil, salt and holy water in her house blessings and says she has a 98 percent success rate. The failures were at homes where the family didn’t follow her instructions, she says, or weren’t fully behind the process.
 
Monday, July 14, 2014

Local Teens Unfriending Facebook

Features Ariana Hendrix As the popularity of newer, quicker, “cooler” social networks continues to rise, Facebook has seen a dramatic drop in users—6 million in the United States just in the last month— and trends show that the middle- and highschool age demographic is one of the biggest contributors.
 
Monday, July 14, 2014

Revving It for Father Fred

Catholic chaplain. Counselor. One of America’s “1000 Points of Light.”

Features Kristi Kates This special trek runs from Blue Star Drive up the east side of the Old Mission Peninsula to the lighthouse. The ride pivots along West Bay, and ends back at Streeters for a special Sunday brunch that welcomes all riders, sponsors, and guests..
 
Monday, July 14, 2014

Solar Golf

Michigan’s first solar course opens after a three-year statewide drought of new courses.

Features Patrick Sullivan Bigger players are also getting into solar. Consumers Energy announced July 1 that they had selected 22 solar projects across the Lower Peninsula as part of their Experimental Advanced Renewable Program. The program enables participants to sell excess energy back to Consumers.
 
Monday, July 14, 2014

Eight Days of Totally Free Fun: Venetian Fest 2014

Features Kristi Kates

Venetian festivals, primarily a Midwestern phenomenon, have been lighting up the water for decades … but none longer than Charlevoix’s. The 84-year-old festival has matured through the years, growing from a single evening’s candlelit boat parade to an eight-day festival of free-to-the-public games, music, and the hugely popular fireworks.

 
Monday, July 14, 2014

New Biking Book

For Road And Rail-to-Trail Cyclists

Features Mike Terrell Robert Downes’ new book, Biking Northern Michigan, details 30 well researched rides across the northern Lower Peninsula that accommodates a variety of bikes. Each ride recommends the type of bike best suited for the ride. Some of the rail-to-trail rides are best suited for hybrids, cruisers and mountain bikes.
 
Monday, July 14, 2014

The New Social Hour

Experts, Users Speak Out About Social Media

Features Ross Boissoneau Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google Plus, Foursquare, Snapchat, Digg, YouTube, and a host of other sites and technologies have come and, in some cases, gone (anyone remember MySpace?). Some people dabble in it; for others, it can replace actual interaction. Fortunes have been made and lost, lives enhanced and ruined. It all depends on how it’s used.

 
Monday, July 7, 2014

Cherries On Paper

New Cherry Fest Book Is All Fun

Features Pamela Garth Just in time for Cherry Festival 2014 comes The National Cherry Festival in Traverse City: Blessing of the Blossoms, by Brooks Vanderbush. This book’s subject matter and bright cover are bound to attract the attention of locals and visitors to the Grand Traverse region.
 
Monday, July 7, 2014

Growers Cheery About Cherry Crop

Features Jodee Taylor Cautiously optimistic, cherry growers and their crops have emerged from months of harsh weather none the worse for wear. The cherries – expected late July – “came out of dormancy really slow,” meaning less risk of frost damage, said Nikki Rothwell, coordinator at the Northwest Michigan Horticulture Research Center.
 
Monday, July 7, 2014

Lighting it Up on Torch

For summer fun, nothing quite holds a candle to Torch.

Features Patrick Sullivan As Michigan’s second-largest inland lake, its 41 miles of sandy shoreline have hosted countless bonfires, sing-a-longs, midnight swims, and family gatherings. And most summer weekends, its giant southside sandbar draws thousands of boaters, families, and partiers.
 
Monday, July 7, 2014

Girl Gone Mild

Rita Rudner’s soft-spoken comedy still kills

Features Ross Boissoneau When her dancer’s legs began to wear out, Rita Rudner decided her show biz odds were much better as a standup comedian.
 
Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Jewelry Gets the Blues

More than 100 years ago, the Leland Lake Superior Iron Company operated an iron smelter in Leland.

Features Kristi Kates “As best as we can tell, it was discovered as a ‘stone’ sometime within the last thirty years,” said Thatcher, who has stores in Traverse City, Glen Arbor, Harbor Springs, and right in Leland. “We have come to repurpose it, in essence making it sustainable.
 
Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Who Doesn't Love a Parade?

July is the kick-off for Northern Michigan’s parade season. Summer fairs and festivals, such as Alpenfest in Gaylord and the National Cherry Festival in Traverse City, also feature parades.

Features Ross Boissoneau There’s no entry fee or official rules – heck, there’s not even an official sign-up, and its entries vary from year to year. Politicians, floats blasting music or water, a kazoo band, a lawnmower drill team, fire trucks and Jerry Decker of Decker’s Pumping Service, who throws rolls of toilet paper.
 
Tuesday, July 1, 2014

'Tourist Train' Could Be Just a Few Years Away

For $1.7 million, a tourist train could once again chuff back and forth from Traverse City to Williamsburg.

Features Patrick Sullivan LOTS OF WORK AHEAD The 11-mile stretch of track in question is seldom used and is barely in good enough condition to carry freight. The tracks are maintained at the lowest standard allowed by the Federal Railroad Administration and trains are forbidden to carry passengers or travel more than 10 miles per hour.
 
 
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