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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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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.
 
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Rainbow Inn

Features Kristi Kates William T. West was a black man from Columbus, Ohio, who worked as a chef and porter for the Pennsylvania Railroad back when its Northern Arrow train kept a regular route north to Mackinaw City, bringing up vacationers from Chicago, Detroit, and St. Louis, and making a stop in Petoskey along the way.
 
Saturday, May 21, 2016

From Airwaves to Insects

Features Kristi Kates Northern Michigan residents might recognize Roach from her former career in broadcasting. She was an on-air personality at WKLT-FM for many years, starting at the radio station on her 16th birthday and rising through the industry to work as a production director.
 
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Meet the Hardworking Caretakers of a Northern Michigan Summer

Features Kristi Kates Seven months a year, Northern Michigan’s multitude of seasonal cottages and summer houses sit vacant. Come spring, a small army of caretakers mobilize to ready these places for their owners’ return.
 
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Memorial Day Weekend Kicks off Summer Fun

Features Kristi Kates

Running all weekend (May 28–30) at Fort Michilimackinac in Mackinaw City is the historical recreation of events that took place in 1753 between the Native American tribes, French, and British, and followed by an evening of fireworks. For more information: mackinawcity.com

 
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Kevin Nealon’s Not Overwhelmed

Art Kristi Kates only 8:30am in Los Angeles, but if Kevin Nealon isn’t a morning person, you’d never know it by the cheerful voice on the other end of the phone. Comedian/actor Nealon, whose specialties include observational comedy and satire, is embarking on a U.S. stand-up tour in a few days.
 
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Operation Petunia

Features Kristi Kates Can you name one of the most popular blooming annuals? We’ve got the answer: petunias! While these flowers originally hail from South America, they vacation quite well Up North, where they’re used in window boxes, hanging planters and — perhaps most...
 
Saturday, May 14, 2016

It’s a Small World

Features Kristi Kates From Pinterest and Martha Stewart to local garden centers and Vogue, terrariums — decorative containers that hold a condensed version of a live garden — are one of the hot trends in indoor-outdoor decor, even though they got their start back in the mid-1800s.
 
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Great Gardens

Four Must-See Garden Destinations

Features Kristi Kates While she had no gardening experience (“I had never planted as much as a blade of grass before,” Blair chuckled), she poured over dozens of books and applied her new knowledge to what has become one of the most striking and frequently visited private gardens in northern Michigan.
 
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Find Joy Through Decluttering

Features Kristi Kates The best-selling author and Time Magazine “influential person” is the now-famous japanese organizing consultant whose little turquoise book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, made decluttering famous and started a movement.
 
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Listen to the Local Experts!

Features Kristi Kates Spring is here, which means it’s time to focus on your personal great outdoors! Whether you’re looking for top tips on trees, popular picks on posies or favorite finds in the flower department, these local experts have all the dirt on how to keep your garden and grounds looking great.
 
Saturday, May 7, 2016

A Fine Fungi Life

Features Kristi Kates “Ken literally went just one day to — I think it was the Petoskey or Boyne City market — with a basket of chanterelles,” Ashleigh said. “He was sold out by 11am and had $300 in his pocket! And that was the light bulb; we thought we could really do something with this.
 
Saturday, May 7, 2016

Top Mushroom-Hunting Tips From Tony Williams, Local Morel Expert

Features Kristi Kates 1. “Listen to what people are saying and gather info on where other people are picking. If you have all kinds of time to go out into the woods and scout, that’s great, but otherwise I wait until I hear the morels are out; I wait until I hear that my friends and colleagues are finding them.
 
Saturday, May 7, 2016

Celebrating the Mighty Morel!

Boyne City Fest Returns for 56th Year

Features Kristi Kates May, mushroom hunters from around the state and around the country converge at Boyne City for the annual National Morel Mushroom Festival, an ode to everything mushroom, from savory foods made of this earthy treat to tales of secret mushroom spots, music, dancing and, above all, the thrill of the mushroom hunt.
 
Saturday, May 7, 2016

Your Guide To The Food Trucks

Features Kristi Kates THE LANDING CRAFT A spinoff of Charlevoix’s popular restaurant, The Landing, The Landing Craft offers up a mixed menu from their custom-designed “mobile kitchen” that features summer favorites, plus selections from the restaurant’s main menu. Two to try: The Beach Fries with Old Bay seasoning and fry sauce; chicken salad sliders.
 
 
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