Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Dates 11-21-2015

Dates Jamie Kauffold Join Santa in kicking off Toys for Tots on Saturday, November 21 from 12-2pm. The man in the big red suit will fly on a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter & land at the Great Wolf Lodge, TC. Visit with him, sing Christmas carols, tour the helicopter & more. The event is free, but those who bring toy donations can enter to win a variety of door prizes.
Saturday, November 14, 2015

Dates 11-14-2015

Dates Jamie Kauffold Northern MI’s high energy seven-piece country/classic rock band ReBooted, starring Judy Harrison, performs at SwingShift & the Stars, a dance-off for charity at City Opera House, TC on Fri., Nov. 20 at 7:15pm. An optional dance lesson takes place at 6:45pm.
Saturday, November 7, 2015

Dates 11-07-2015

Dates Jamie Kauffold Celebrate TC Beer Week with The Great Beerd Run on Saturday, November 14. This 5K fun run is designed to celebrate all things beer & beard. Held at the GT Resort & Spa, Acme at 10am, it is an untimed run with on course beer tastings provided by Beards Brewery, Short’s Brewery & Right Brain Brewery.
Saturday, October 31, 2015

Dates 10-31-2015

Dates Jamie Kauffold With a forecast of 51 degrees, this year’s SOLD OUT 2015 Bell’s Beer Iceman Cometh Challenge may look the same as this photo. Held on Sat., Nov. 7, the race starts in downtown Kalkaska at 9am & finishes 30 miles later at Timber Ridge RV & Recreation Resort, TC.
Saturday, October 24, 2015

Dates 10-24-2015

Dates Jamie Kauffold Just in time for Halloween is Demons & Spirits: Paranormal Evidence of Severe Hauntings with TV personality, published author, paranormal investigator & demonologist Samantha E. Harris. Head to The Parlor in TC on Friday, October 30 from 7-9pm. Tickets, $25.
Saturday, October 10, 2015

Dates 10-10-2015

Dates Jamie Kauffold Fall is in the air! Festivals & Halloween activities are happening all around northern MI. These include Apple Harvest Day at the Boardman River Nature Center, TC; 6th Annual Pumpkin Festival in East Jordan; The Great Pumpkin Dash at Mt.
Friday, October 2, 2015

Dates 10-03-2015

Dates Jamie Kauffold Help support the Munson Medical Care Mammography Assistance Program & Women’s Council of Realtors at Bras for a Cause on Friday, October 9 at 7pm at Streeter’s, TC. Featuring a stand-up comedian pre-show, Bra Models on the runway, live auction & an after party with live music.
Saturday, September 26, 2015

Dates 09-26-2015

Dates Jamie Kauffold Veterinarian & Wildlife Photographer Dr. Carl Palazzolo, D.V.M. Will Combine His Knowledge Of Photography & Exotic Animal Veterinary Medicine To Deliver A Presentation & Slideshow Which Highlight His Many Trips All Over The Globe. Don’t Miss This Event On Mon.
Saturday, September 19, 2015

Dates 09-19-2015

Dates Jamie Kauffold Artist & juror of the 2015 Juried Fine Arts Exhibition, Ladislav R. Hanka will present a Coffee @ Ten lecture at Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey at 10am on Tues., Sept. 22. Hanka will discuss his current muse – creating art with bees.
Friday, September 11, 2015

Dates 09-12-2015

Friday, September 4, 2015

Dates 09-05-2015

Dates Jamie Kauffold The Mighty Mac Swim is an annual crossing of the Straits of Mackinac between Michigan’s peninsulas, alongside the Mackinac Bridge. It takes place on Labor Day, beginning at 7am. Swimmers have raised money to benefit Habitat for Humanity. SWIM IS AT CAPACITY.
Friday, August 28, 2015

Dates 08-29-2015

Dates Jamie Kauffold Magic, Mind Reading & Craft Cocktails: Award-winning magician & mind reader Ben Whiting performs at The Northern Express Room at The Parlor, TC on Thursday, September 3. Guests arrive at 7PM for a complimentary craft cocktail tasting with the show beginning at 8pm.
Saturday, August 22, 2015

Dates 08-22-2015

Dates Jamie Kauffold The first American string quartet to be awarded a top prize at the prestigious Osaka International Chamber Music Competition, The Euclid Quartet performs at Oliver Art Center, Frankfort on Thursday, August 27 at 7:30pm. Presented by Chamber Music North.
Friday, August 14, 2015

Dates 08-15-2015

Dates Jamie Kauffold Cristian Laverde Koenig & Jennifer McQuiston Lott rehearse for Traverse City Dance Project’s performances on Thurs. & Fri., Aug. 20-21 at 7:30pm in Millken Auditorium, Dennos Museum Center, NMC, TC. Professional dancers from across the country will gather to perform this program of dance, featuring Delicate Balance.
Saturday, August 8, 2015

Dates 08-08-2015

Dates Jamie Kauffold Enjoy a unique outdoor setting around a fire while sharing & hearing poetry, storytelling & music during Stone Circle Gatherings every Sat. at 9pm through Sept. 5. Located ten miles north of Elk Rapids off US 31. Turn right on Stone Circle Dr. & follow signs.