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Monday, June 27, 2011

Elmore Leonard kicks off season for National Writers Series

Features Robert Downes One can only wonder what Elmore Leonard’s laconic heroes and tough-talkin’
villains would have to say about an upcoming ‘Pure Michigan Picnic’ by
West Grand Traverse Bay to kick off the National Cherry Festival this
week.
That might well be a question for the author himself, who will be the
guest of honor at “An Evening with Elmore Leonard and the National Cherry
Festival” this Saturday, July 2 from 6-9 p.m.
 
Monday, June 27, 2011

Queen of the Cherries Maria LaCross on what it takes to be National Cherry Queen

Features Kristi Kurjan Her closet is filled with cherry-themed attire. She prefers a natural wave to the traditional “elbow-elbow-wrist-wrist-wrist.” And, according to her, there is nothing better in the world than cherry pie. She is Maria LaCross, the 2010-2011 National Cherry Queen, who wraps up her year in the limelight this July as a new queen is ushered in.
Winning the title of National Cherry Queen last year was a dream come true for LaCross, as both the cherry industry and National Cherry Festival are close to her heart. She was born and raised on a cherry farm in Cedar. This down-to-earth gal has not only represented our regional fruit over the past year, but also enjoys eating them every day.
As a cherry advocate, one of her main goals is to show people how easy it is to incorporate cherries into their lifestyle. “I am truly crazy about them,” she said. “I eat dried cherries on salads, add them to oatmeal, and put cherry concentrate into my drinks. I have started to play around with them even more in the kitchen, such as using them in quesadillas and with chicken or pork dishes.”
 
Monday, June 27, 2011

Up North Fourth booms in Charlevoix

Features Rick Coates You can expect Charlevoix’s Up North Fourth to rock out a lot more this
year, thanks to some high-powered promotional help.
Since returning to his hometown from Montana a few years ago Sam Porter
and his Porterhouse Productions team have focused on events in Traverse
City. He is now expanding into Charlevoix with the Up North Fourth one-day
celebration Saturday, July 2  at the East Park Odmark Performance
Pavilion.
 
Monday, June 27, 2011

Get naked!

Features Rick Coates This weekend kicks off “National Nude Recreation Week” across the country.
Now, while shedding your clothes in the privacy of your own home is okay,
doing so in public is not, so while this might be a week-long celebration
of doing things in the buff, be sure to be in a place where such
activities are acceptable. 
 
Monday, June 20, 2011

Track Club turns 50

Features Patrick Sullivan There must be something about the sport of running.
In 50 years the Traverse City Track Club has had three presidents and all
of them are still alive.
George Kuhn, the club’s first president, won’t guarantee running leads to
a long life.
 
Monday, June 20, 2011

Fewer cops ... more crime

Features Patrick Sullivan People might not have noticed that in the dust of a lousy economy there
are fewer cops on the road in Northern Michigan.
In Benzie County, Sheriff Rory Heckman is afraid criminals have taken note.
In one case, a would-be gas station stick-up man told a clerk he would
come back and rob the place once the cops had knocked off for the night.
Last month, there were two more opportunistic crimes -- at Pinecroft golf
course, just outside of Beulah, thieves somehow made off with six golf
carts. At the Watson Benzie car dealership in Benzonia, tires were stolen
from a Jeep and concrete blocks were left in their place.
 
Monday, June 20, 2011

Carly Lewis

Features Patrick Sullivan It was somber at the Dennis W. Finch Law Enforcement Center Wednesday
morning when police met with the press to tell them about the body they
had found and the arrest they had made.
Carly Lewis had been missing since June 2. A Facebook group devoted to
finding her had grown to nearly 4,000 members. Her family and friends
prayed she would turn up alive by Wednesday, her 17th birthday.
“We were hoping, obviously, this would culminate in a runaway, but it
didn’t,” Traverse City Police Capt. Brian Heffner said.
 
Monday, June 13, 2011

A dispute at 18 miles an hour/Moving violation

Features Patrick Sullivan A Dispute at 18 Miles Per Hour: No one wins when it’s cyclists vs. motorists on the roads
By Patrick Sullivan
What should have been a peaceful, quick ride down Front Street in Traverse
City on a spring evening turned ugly last month when a motorist apparently
decided he didn’t want to drive behind someone riding a bicycle.
Joel Gaff, Jr. was riding in the right vehicle lane at around 18 miles per
hour when a car crept up behind him and the driver laid on the horn. The
31-year-old wasn’t in the bike lane, but he was riding as fast as the car
ahead of him, he said.
“I was traveling at the speed of traffic,” Gaff said. “Often I find it
safer to ride in the vehicle lane when you travel at 18 or 20 miles an
hour.”
That’s because in the bike lane, car doors and pedestrians can pop in
front of riders without warning.
“As long as you’re not impeding the flow of traffic, it’s actually legal
to ride there, even if there is a bike lane,” he said.
 
Monday, June 13, 2011

Super Summer Calendar

Features Erin Crowell What to Do? Check out our Super Summer Calendar
By Erin Crowell
You won’t have much time to sit at home and twiddle your thumbs this
summer because there are hundreds (thousands?) of events to choose from
all across Northern Michigan.
Perhaps it’s our long, cold winters that act as a catalyst, but
whatever the case, there’s an incredible explosion of fun each year in
the region. Here are some of the best events, but by no means all of
them…
 
Monday, June 13, 2011

Summer Race Calendar

Features Erin Crowell Fit in the Mitt: Your summer calendar of endurance sports
JUNE
June 18
HomeRUN 4 Chris, Traverse City
Summer Solstice 5k Fun Run, Sault Ste. Marie
Ellsworth 5k Fun Run
Portage Lake 20k Relay, Onekama
East Jordan’s Main Street Mile & 5k Road Race
Higgins Lake Sunrise Run one mile, 5k, 10k, half marathon — Roscommon
 
Monday, June 13, 2011

Summer Stages

Features Ross Boissoneau Summer Stages:What’s shaking ’round the region
By Ross Boissoneau
Theatre enthusiasts will have numerous options this summer, from
professional presentations to community theatre to student performances.

Williamsburg
The Williamsburg Showcase Dinner Theater, located on M-72 just east of
US-31 in Acme, hosts a performing troupe led by Dominic Fortuna. The three
different shows all boast a variety of songs from the ’60s through today.
Catering by Kelly’s provides the three-course meal, with your choice of
four entrees, while the audience is being entertained by the
singers/dancers/instrumentalists.
The shows run most Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. For a complete schedule
of the shows, as well as the menu or to
make reservations, contact the Williamsburg at (231) 938-2181 or go to
cateringbykellys.com.
 
Monday, June 13, 2011

Sun smarts

Features Kristi Kurjan Sun Smarts:Wearing sunscreen for healthy skin
By Kristy Kurjan
After a long winter, many of us are craving a dose of sun and sand. But
before anyone hits the beach, don’t forget to pack sunscreen! We sat down
with one of Northern Michigan’s top dermatologists, Dr. Mark Pomaranski
M.D., to discuss why he is so passionate about sunscreen usage and what we
can do to protect our skin.
 
Monday, June 13, 2011

They?re Honored: Raising a village ? one sidewalk at a time

Features Danielle Horvath They say it takes a village to raise a child. So what does it take to
raise a village? That’s the question being asked in Honor, a hamlet of
less than 300 people just a stone’s throw from Platte River in Benzie
County. Long-known as a sportsmen’s paradise – in 1999, it was voted
Michigan’s top outdoor sports town by Sports Afield Magazine – Honor has
fallen a victim of the economy and is suffering from rural blight, with
empty storefronts, closed businesses, and abandoned buildings.
Doing something about it is Shantel Sellers, who grew up in Honor and
returned “home” last year to the house once owned by her family after
serving in the military, getting married and having three children.
 
Monday, June 13, 2011

Grand Traverse Balloons

Features Erin Crowell This weekend, the sun will set on the Traverse City Open Space as a deep blue haze of twilight is replaced by the soft glow of approximately 25 hot air balloons at the Grand Traverse Balloon Classic, happening June 17-19. 
With a roar, burners will ignite and send a stream of hot propane into the belly of these standing fabric monsters – colorful orbs with names like Huckleberry, Phantasy Phive and Gypsy Wind.
The evening balloon glow will take place at the Traverse City Open Space, Friday and Saturday from approximately 9:30-10:30 p.m., and although the balloons will remain on the ground for the evening glow, spectators will have the opportunity to watch several take off during a sunrise or sunset fly out— with balloons launching into the Traverse City sky Friday evening, Saturday morning, Saturday evening and Sunday morning. 
“Our preferred spot is launching out of the Open Space if the winds are out of the north,” says Grand Traverse Balloon Classic organizer Jeff Geiger, “but depending on the direction of the wind, we could launch from another location in the Grand Traverse area.”
 
Monday, June 13, 2011

Grass River

Features Mike Terrell Natural trails, wildlife, waterfowl and lots of swamp, marshland and bogs to explore, and if you’re a kid, what’s not to like?  Dirt & mud are natural attractions. 
That pretty much describes what you will find at Antrim County’s Grass River Natural Area (GRNA).  The good news is that with lots of boardwalks to keep your socks dry and shoes clean, parents won’t have to worry about kids knee-deep in black ooze.  Kids love the boardwalks and so will their parents for keeping them dry while exploring this fascinating area.
The Natural Area borders the 2.5-mile Grass River, part of Antrim County’s Chain ‘O Lakes’ 50-some mile waterway.  It protects over 1,300 acres, 6 miles of shoreline and features 7.5 miles of trails winding through upland forests and boardwalks snaking through floating sedges.  
 
 
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