Letters

Letters 05-30-2016

Oaks & Moths All of last week’s letters regarding recommendations for the best native plants from “Listen to the Experts” from the previous week were right on target. Those who are interested in learning more about native plants, and their importance to birds, bees and butterflies, would do well to read Dr. Douglas Tallamy’s wonderful book, Bringing Nature Home...

Poor Grades On Standardized Testing We have been enduring standardized testing for the last few weeks as our district isn’t allowing for opting out without student removal. I think other parents need to know and the district needs to address their own inconsistencies in policy...

Beware Trump  To describe Trump: hubristic, narcissistic, misogynistic, sociopathic. There are more descriptors. Should we pity this misfit or fear that his values attract such a large segment of our society? Hitler was spawned in the ferment of economic unrest...

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Monday, April 27, 2015

The Art of Home Staging

Features Kristi Kates If you’re trying to sell your house, there are a lot of factors to consider. One element that’s often overlooked can make the difference between selling your home and watching it languish on the market: home staging. This art of preparing a private residence for sale improves the property’s appeal, making it a more desirable place to live.
 
Monday, April 27, 2015

Helping one of The Earth’s Oldest Species

Features Mike Terrell Instead of roaming the Great Lakes, Black Lake sturgeon are now confined to their namesake lake behind the Alverno Dam, limiting their gene pool even further with only a small number left in that body of water. Fish can go downstream to Lake Huron and Lake Michigan, but can’t come back up.
 
Monday, April 27, 2015

Holly Hack, A Woman’s Voice

Features Holly Hack, broker-owner of Traverse Citybased EXIT Realty Paramount, was invited to participate in the realtors’ roundtable, but a scheduling conflict kept her away. Still, we wondered about her perspective on real estate growth and life as a woman owner.
 
Monday, April 27, 2015

The Fracking Debate

Features Patrick Sullivan Cheap natural gas and slowed industry activity have quieted the fracking debate in northern Michigan recently, but that calm may soon be over. In March, The Sierra Club declared fracking should be banned in Michigan, and another group seeking to end the practice plans to collect signatures to put an anti-fracking initiative on the ballot in 2016.
 
Monday, April 27, 2015

Divine Intervention

Features Ross Boissoneau When selling a home, the first thing most people do is stick a sign in the yard declaring it FOR SALE, but some sellers put a little something extra in the ground for some additional help: a statue of St. Joseph. According to legend, burying the patron saint of the home and family will help a home sell quickly.
 
Monday, April 20, 2015

Food Sovereignty for the Odawa

Features Kristi Kates TROUBLING TREATIES “Before the land session treaties of 1836 and 1855, the Odawa tribe was self-sufficient, growing our own food, supporting and maintaining ourselves,” explained John Keshick III, Odawa Tribal Council member and also a member of the LTBB’s ad hoc Agricultural Workgroup crew.
 
Monday, April 20, 2015

Northern Michigan Environmental Watchlist

Features Patrick Sullivan “One of the hurdles we face with the lakes, particularly in our region, is the beauty of them,” Inland Seas Educational Association Executive Director Fred Sitkins said. “Because there’s not a large floating garbage patch out there, it’s not there in a lot of people’s eyes.
 
Monday, April 20, 2015

2015 Earth Day Celebrations Roundup

Features Kristi Kates April 22nd, 2015 is the 45th anniversary of Earth Day! First held in 1970, this annual event features celebrations held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection of the earth and its resources, and Michigan is no exception. Here are a few upcoming highlights.
 
Monday, April 20, 2015

What’s New at Raven Hill Discovery Center

Features Kristi Kates High windows let in abundant natural light, but allow for uninterrupted exhibit space; whitewashed wooden planks line the walls, so each exhibit can have a serene background. And the floors – currently being made ready for their first appearance – are a story all their own.
 
Monday, April 20, 2015

Local Forests Under Siege

Features Nick Beadleston While trees play an enormous aesthetic role in the character of our community, they are much more than just pretty scenery. Trees -- particularly those adjacent to bodies of water -- are integral components of a stable ecosystem. Their loss can have a devastating impact on the health of entire landscapes.
 
Monday, April 20, 2015

Gardeners of All Stripes

Features Ross Boissoneau HOBBY GONE WILD Chris Hoos and Jill Yaple, Maple City Years gardening: 20 plus years each Favorite flowers/vegetables to grow: Chris – frying peppers and fava beans Jill – peas and peppers, sunflowers and zinnias Sources for plants/seeds: We buy a few seeds in stores as we see them, but mostly we order seeds from catalogs, e.
 
Monday, April 20, 2015

How to Get Started

Features Ross Boissoneau Shuker says the easiest plants to grow are the ones that require the least amount of water and maintenance, and that will grow in soil conditions that are not ideal. Some examples are succulents, sedums, lavender and ornamental grasses. All prefer hot, dry conditions and need little attention or deadheading.
 
Monday, April 20, 2015

Where to Turn

Features Ross Boissoneau First, there is a plethora of gardening stores. From Crystal Gardens in Frankfort to Garden Goods in Traverse City to Elk Rapids Floral and Greenhouses to the grocery stores and big box stores that stock seeds, plants and tools, you can find most everything you need and advice on what and how to plant.
 
Monday, April 13, 2015

2015 Fashion Color Forecast

Features Kristi Kates “Soft” and “cool” are the buzzwords for this year’s spring/summer season. Colors are running more subdued than in previous warm weather seasons and there is no neon in sight. From Pantone (fashion’s color authority), Women’s Wear Daily, Style.com and the pages of Vogue, let’s learn what colors fit this description so you can prep for your summer clothing shopping spree. Hint: you’ll see a whole lot of earth tones and a ton of dresses.
 
Monday, April 13, 2015

Comic Take on Downton Comes to Opera House

Features Ross Boissoneau The lone actor onstage at the Opera House, on April 29 Kempner will switch instantaneously from cook to earl, maid to aristocrat, but he won’t stop there, inviting in various celebrity visitors. After all, don’t Russell Brand and Rickey Gervais deserve to be part of “Downton Abbey?” Kempner thinks so and, apparently, so do the audiences.
 
 
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