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Monday, May 23, 2011

Mickey Gilley

Features Rick Coates Country music legend Mickey Gilley is lucky to be living, let alone
performing. Two years ago while helping a friend move a piece of
furniture, he fell down a flight of stairs leaving himself paralyzed from
the neck down. Through a little luck and hard work Gilley is back on the
road and will kick off his first tour since his near fatal fall, this
Friday, May 27 at the Leelanau Sands Showroom. 
“I have been back performing at my theater in Branson, Missouri for a few
months now. I am excited and ready to get back out on the road,” said
Mickey Gilley. “It has been a tough road back but I have a sense of humor
about it. In fact I tell people at my show don’t call me if they want
something moved -- call Two Men and a Truck.”
 
Monday, May 23, 2011

Petoskey Stone Festival

Features Kristi Kates Long ago during one or more of North America’s glacial intervals, sheets
of slowly-moving ice pulled fossilized coral pebbles from the bedrock and
deposited them in what is now Northern Michigan.
 
Monday, May 23, 2011

Moth spraying threatens a local tea grower‘s organic status

Features Erin Crowell In a matter of days, Angela Macke will know if her Traverse City organic
tea farm will remain open or be forced to close for six years. The Light
of Day Organic Tea owner has spent the last eight weeks attempting to sway
her neighbors, residents of Ironwood Hills Subdivision, from aerial
spraying microbial pesticide Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) and organic
pesticide Dimilin over the subdivision property in an attempt to kill
forest tent caterpillars.
 
Monday, May 23, 2011

The frog listeners

Features Mike Terrell The frog and toad listeners that partake in the DNR’s annual Frog and Toad
Survey are a little like the “horse whisperers.”  Both tend to the health
and well-being of a species. 
The “listeners,” who cover over 500 routes statewide throughout every
Michigan county, listen to the calls of the frogs and toads at 10 sites
three times each spring and early summer.  They identify the species
present and make an estimate of their abundance.  Reports are sent to the
state which correlates the findings and the health of our state’s
amphibian population.
“This is our 16th year doing the annual survey,” said Lori Sargent, the
DNR’s longtime survey coordinator.  “We’ve been collecting valuable data
to help evaluate Michigan’s frog and toad population.  It’s way too early
to tell much about long-term trends, but this is a good start.”
 
 
Monday, May 23, 2011

Petoskey pedicab

Features Kristi Kates Friends and teammates Josh Lycka and Calvin Schemanski have known each other for years. So what better athletic, ambitious pair of pals to team up for a new business venture? The result - Petoskey Pedicab, a big-city-parks idea that the partners applied to the tourism industry of downtown Petoskey.
“Calvin and I had both run cross-country together through all of high school, and worked together at the Bay Harbor Yacht Club,” Lycka explains, “one winter, as we were running errands for work, we were driving through downtown Petoskey, and began discussing the possibilities of a pedicab business.”
 
Monday, May 16, 2011

Thinking big with TED

Features Ross Boissoneau Ted is coming to Traverse City.
Make that TEDx. A daylong conference at Milliken Auditorium on Tuesday,
May 17, TEDx will feature speakers from across the spectrum making brief
presentations designed to inspire attendees.
That has been the goal of the entire TED initiative since it began in
1984. Originally focused on bridging Technology, Entertainment, and Design
– hence the name – its scope has become ever broader. Along with annual
conferences held in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the
TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh, UK each summer, various TEDx one-day
events have sprung up across the globe.
Now it’s Traverse City’s turn.
 
Monday, May 16, 2011

Standing atop the Third Level

Features Erin Crowell Standing Atop the Third Level
By Erin Crowell
You lost your job and now you’re behind on rent. Your girlfriend left
when the money did, along with your self-respect. Alcohol only does so
much until the pain returns like a flood, drowning any confidence and
motivation you once had. Darkness replaces light as the days blur
together.
Just as the whispering hurt becomes a deafening scream, you turn to pick
up the phone, only to realize it’s 3 a.m. and your best friend is asleep.
I don’t want to burden him anyway, you think and quietly replace the phone
on the nightstand.
 
Monday, May 16, 2011

Zoo-De-Mackinac kicks up a notch

Features Kristi Kates Zoo-De Mackinac: 500 cyclists ready to roll this weekend
By Kristi Kates
It was 22 years ago - 1989, to be precise - that Greg Drawbaugh got a new mountain bike and decided to celebrate that purchase with a little more than a ride ‘round the block.
“I’d ridden the road from Harbor Springs to Mackinaw City a couple of times,” Drawbaugh explains, “so with the new bike, I thought, ‘hey, let’s go bike this thing,’ but with some friends this time. We talked five friends into doing it and went over to the island afterwards.”
The following year, Drawbaugh wrote up “a little one-page flier,” and sent it out to more friends, calling them to meet at the hotel parking lot at Boyne Highlands.
“We had 80 people show up,” Drawbaugh chuckles.
 
Monday, May 16, 2011

Risky business: Sebastian Junger

Features Robert Downes Sebastian Junger has lived a life of risk and near-misses. Not to mention
an ability to surprise his readers at every turn: He’s written about
firefighters battling 300-foot flames, doomed fishermen going down in a
hurricane, a serial killer working in his parent’s own home in a suburb of
Boston, and half-mad soldiers bottled up in an outpost in Afghanistan’s
“Valley of Death.”
 
Monday, May 16, 2011

Leelanau Furniture Show

Features After nearly a decade’s hiatus, the Leelanau Furniture Show is back -- in
a new location inside downtown Traverse City’s Artisan Design Network
(ADN) cooperative gallery on Front Street -- ready to dazzle crowds with
handcrafted one-of-a-kind designs, May 21-28.
The weeklong invitational exhibition and sale will showcase the region’s
finest furniture makers and craftspeople whose works in wood, metal,
glass, stone, fabrics, epoxy, enamel and paint are a celebration of form,
function and the inspiration of Northern Michigan.
 
Monday, May 16, 2011

Seal 6 Situation: Chuck Pfarrer weighs in on the bin Laden mission

Features Rick Coates Judging by a confusing barrage of news reports over the last two weeks,
exactly what happened during the 40-minute mission carried out by an elite
team of Navy SEALs that ultimately resulted in the death of Osama bin
Laden may never be known.
Conflicting reports of the operation’s details began leaking just after
President Barrack Obama announced bin Laden’s demise on the evening of May
1. But for SEALs Team 6, the details are not important.It is all about
“mission accomplished.” 
 
Monday, May 9, 2011

The Collector:Brant Leonard is in a spin with 15, 000 record albums

Features Robert Downes Brant Leonard inserts a needle the size of a half-inch finishing nail into
the stylus of a 1925 Victrola and lowers the arm on a 78 rpm recording of
“Mr. Sandman” by a long-lost girl band called the Chordettes...
Out pours a sound from the 1940s that’s as thick and rich as plush velvet,
and even though there are no electronic parts or speakers in the Victor’s
Orthophonic Credenza, the music is LOUD!!! It seems almost impossible,
considering this hand-cranked record player relies on a single resonating
wooden chamber as a speaker.
 
Monday, May 9, 2011

The Collector:Brant Leonard is in a spin with 15, 000 record albums

Features Robert Downes Brant Leonard inserts a needle the size of a half-inch finishing nail into
the stylus of a 1925 Victrola and lowers the arm on a 78 rpm recording of
“Mr. Sandman” by a long-lost girl band called the Chordettes...
Out pours a sound from the 1940s that’s as thick and rich as plush velvet,
and even though there are no electronic parts or speakers in the Victor’s
Orthophonic Credenza, the music is LOUD!!! It seems almost impossible,
considering this hand-cranked record player relies on a single resonating
wooden chamber as a speaker.
 
Monday, May 2, 2011

The art of motherhood:Jaimie Kramer

Features Erin Crowell The ART of Motherhood: Egg donor Jamie Kramer celebrates a global Mother’s Day
By Erin Crowell
Jamie Kramer sits at her computer, scrolling through the columns of photos
before her. She rolls the mouse over several images—a little girl smiling,
standing knee deep in the ocean, another dressed in princess garb, a
little boy in a pile of toys—until she finally settles on one.
She clicks the mouse and opens a photo of two sisters in a phone booth –
one, with soft hair and blue eyes, sitting quietly holding the phone; the
other, a mess of curls with eyes pinched shut in a fit of laughter.
“That’s totally a Jamie face,” Kramer smiles.
It’s a smile any mother would have when talking about her children, only
these children are not hers.
Well… technically.

 
Monday, May 2, 2011

Horse sense

Features Kristi Kates Horse Sense: Horses become teachers at Equine Journey
By Kristi Kates
Boyne Spas are becoming known in Northern Michigan for offering “spa experiences” far beyond that which might be expected. While facials, hair treatments, mud baths, and the like are great pursuits for relaxation, Boyne Spa’s extra workshops have so far included, among others, trapeze, healing, art, and drum circle events, all of which seek to take participants well past the typical.
“Boyne Spas are the complete destination for body, mind, and spirit,” says Camryn Handler, spa director from the Spa at The Inn at Bay Harbor. “We focus not only on great treatments in our spas but also on creating new experiences in our lives to learn and grow with our spa weekends and retreats.”
 
 
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