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Letters 09-19-2026

81 Concerns The “81 on East Bay” proposed development on Peninsula Township is primitive and outdated in not having central water and sewage systems that a modern and updated zoning code would call for. The streets in the development, being in a snowbelt area, will probably be dedicated to the county. The school system will feel an impact as will police and fire services...

Common Core Truths I just read an article from the Associated Press regarding both presidential candidates and their stances on education. The author was under the impression that Common Core was developed by the states and adopted; not so. Governors did not get together to create national standards and nor should they. The folks who wrote these national “standards” were test company employees, none of whom ever taught K-12...

Disruption Ahead I would like to respond to the comments from W.D. Bushey in the September 12 issue regarding his hypothetical bee sting scenario. While I do not disagree with the premise, I would like to let you know there is hope for an alternative Epinephrine very soon. Pending approval by the FDA there may very soon be an inhalable form at a much lower cost...

Solutions For Old Mission In a recent article, Peninsula Township Supervisor Manigold responded to complaints that proposed developments are priced out of reach for working families with the retort that the township can’t do much about that. But the township’s zoning has a big role in shaping the type of new housing on OMP, while current zoning, which favors single-family homes on large lots, is partly to blame for consistently highpriced new homes...

Real World Voting This letter is in response to A.J. Fasel from Traverse City, who wrote that since there are many things that require identification, such as fishing, opening a bank account, etc., being able to vote should require identification as well. The problem with this viewpoint is that being able to vote is a right. It’s a right guaranteed by our Constitution. It’s more important that buying alcohol or cigarettes, more important than over-the-counter-medications or any of the other things he mentioned...

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Saturday, June 4, 2016

Farming the Peninsulas

Features Ross Boissoneau Heirlooms are treasures passed down from generation to generation. Families like the Wunschs of Old Mission Peninsula and the Noonans of Leelanau County pass on more than just old chairs or china hutches — they bequeath a sense of pride, hard work, and a means of sustenance for themselves and others through the family farm.
 
Saturday, June 4, 2016

Explore Old Mission's Best

Features Kristi Kates In the winter, it’s all about the snowshoeing out on Old Mission Peninsula. Or at least, mostly about the snowshoeing. Snowshoe Wine and Brew — a popular outing organized by Mission Table, Bowers Harbor Vineyards, and Brys Estate Vineyard and Winery — drew legions of hardy stompers and sippers every Sunday, late December through February.
 
Saturday, June 4, 2016

Take A Hike

Six discoveries on two peninsulas

Features Al Parker There’s no shortage of popular hiking trails and shimmering lakes for outdoors enthusiasts to enjoy in northern Michigan. But sometimes it’s nice to get away from the crowds and take advantage of some of the hidden gems on the Leelanau or Old Mission peninsulas.
 
Saturday, June 4, 2016

A Quarter Century Of Conservation

Features Patrick Sullivan To mark two milestones — the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy turns 25 this summer; the Leelanau Conservancy turns 27 — the Northern Express sat down with the nonprofits’ executive directors to talk about the deals they’ve made, the ones they didn’t, and what they see on the horizon.
 
Saturday, June 4, 2016

Promise of Harvest and New Tasting Rooms Excite Local Wine Enthusiasts

Features Ross Boissoneau Frigid winter temperatures, heavy snows, late frosts, and the wind and hailstorm last August all added up to two years with little to no harvest for area vineyards. With Mother Nature at last smiling down upon them, local vintners are looking forward to a successful growing season this coming year.
 
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Showdown at Deer Park

Features Patrick Sullivan The two-acre enclosure, which was created in 1946 to house injured deer, allows children come face-to-face with one of northern Michigan’s signature creatures.
 
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Breaking Ground on a New Cultural Icon

Features Ross Boissoneau Five years later, a community cultural plan for Emmet and Charlevoix counties noted both the need for cultural activities and the absence of a suitable venue for year-round programming. It suggested Bay Harbor, a relatively central point, as a possible location.
 
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Happy Double Anniversary!

Features Kristi Kates

Like the feel of much of Northern Michigan, there’s a neighborly relationship between Teysen’s Gift Shop of Mackinaw City and Grandpa Shorter’s Gifts of Petoskey. The former is celebrating 90 years of business this summer; the latter 70 years.

 
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Spring Abloom

Features Kristi Kates What plant is native to the Balkan Peninsula, is the state flower of New Hampshire, was the subject of a famous painting by Edouard Manet… and is the honoree of a major festival right here in northern Michigan? None other than that bountiful, perfumed spring bloom of the north, the lilac.
 
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Biking the Backcountry

Features Robert Downes Plunging into the forest south of Wilderness State Park in Emmet County, cycle guide Cayce Leithauser leads the way as we weave through bogs, beaches and winding trails on our high-tech fat bikes. It’s a rollercoaster ride through a jungle of trees, the forest breaking open here and there to reveal sweeping vistas of Lake Michigan.
 
Saturday, May 28, 2016

The Lyric Theatre Preps For Debut

Features Kristi Kates Since its Gatsby-era beginnings as a Packard automobile dealership, the Harbor Galleria building in downtown Harbor Springs has gone through multiple versions of itself. One of those was the original Lyric Theatre, a movie house that operated until the ’80s.
 
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Hello Summer in Petoskey!

Features Kristi Kates Petoskey’s Spring Open House ran for six years, from 2006–2012, but fizzled out after the weather. Now it’s back, re-energized, and rebranded as the Petoskey Summer Open House. Under the direction of Downtown Promotions Coordinator Kate Manthei, the event’s popularity is quickly catching up to that of the city’s Holiday Open House in December.
 
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Summertime In Little Traverse

Where To Be When

Features Kristi Kates Summer Open House – Petoskey – June 3 From The Graphic’s photo booth and the Taste of Downtown, to tunes from Lite 96.3, a fashion show, and an energetic performance by the Petoskey High School Steel Drum Band, this is P-town’s way to welcome summer. For more information: petoskeydowntown.
 
Saturday, May 28, 2016

The Mackinac Island Ferries

What’s New!

Features Kristi Kates Mackinac Island draws about a million visitors every year, and it’s primarily up to Northern Michigan’s big three — Arnold, Schepler’s, and Star Line ferries — to get those visitors there and back. With summer nigh and the pressure on, we checked in with the local ferry companies to see what’s new for summer 2016.
 
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Grab A Buffalo Burger Under The Pines...

Features Kristi Kates This annual outdoor fundraiser picnic was started 60 years ago by the late Gerald Oleson and his wife Frances, founders of Oleson’s Food Stores. “NMC was only a few years old when it moved to its Front Street campus,” said Diana Fairbanks, executive director of public relations, marketing and communications for NMC.
 
 
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