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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, October 31, 2015

Billy Branch Bringing Back the Blues

Music Kristi Kates Chicago-born and California-seasoned, harmonica-playing blues musician Billy Branch is again living in his Windy City hometown after years in Los Angeles. No matter where he is, blues music comes as naturally to him as walking, and he’ll be bringing his sound even farther north next week, with a concert in Traverse City.
 
Saturday, October 31, 2015

Emmet County’s Biggest Fan Beth Eckerle

Art Kristi Kates One way to honor state, county or municipal employees who have helped preserve Michigan’s history beyond the duties of their official jobs is by presenting them with the Michigan Historical Commission’s Governor John B. Swainson Award.
 
Saturday, October 31, 2015

Michigan Women Who Rock

Features Kristi Kates While the majority of Michigan’s well-known musical success stories are men (think Stevie Wonder, Jack White, Iggy Pop, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Anthony Kiedis, Kid Rock, Eminem, techno producer Carl Craig, most of Motown), the ladies are slowly but surely catching up.
 
Saturday, October 31, 2015

Emerging Wunderkind

Features Kristi Kates Two kids joining forces to help another kid in need. That’s the basic premise behind an upcoming concert by two unique and youthful musicians, Milo Birch and Nik Carman; they are the featured performers at a benefit concert to help support brain cancer treatment for 9-year-old Traverse City resident, Evan Matusik.
 
Saturday, October 24, 2015

Daunting Dining for a Petoskey Halloween

Dining Kristi Kates If you’re looking for a unique way to usher in this Halloween, Petoskey’s got it with their Haunted Halloween Progressive Dinner. You’ll enjoy three courses at three restaurants with local ghost hunters and haunted history as the evening’s entertainment.
 
Saturday, October 24, 2015

Got Pets?

Features Kristi Kates Named after the owners’ two late beloved dogs, Daisy and Oscar (the bakery’s name is an acronym for Daisy and Oscar’s Gourmet), D.O.G. opened in May 2004. “My husband and I saw an opportunity to combine our love for our dogs with the chance to do something together,” Karry Barolo explained.
 
Saturday, October 24, 2015

2015 Halloween Costume Trends

Features Kristi Kates With an election year fast approaching, you’re sure to see plenty of President Obamas, Bernie Sanders, Jeb Bushes and toupeewearing Donald Trumps wandering around this Halloween, but there are lots of other costumes filling up the shops this October, inspired by movies, TV, comics and outer space.
 
Saturday, October 24, 2015

Making a Difference

Features Kristi Kates Something wonderful sometimes springs from a difficult situation. Such was the case for Topinabee author Chris Wright (writer of the popular “Michigan Chillers” and “American Chillers” series for kids, plus several novels for adults) and his wife, Boots Wright.
 
Saturday, October 24, 2015

Eerie Evenings

Features Kristi Kates Ready to get scared? It’s time to pick this year’s ghostly Halloween destination, so get ready to compare your own personal Scream Scale to ours. Here’s our roundup of this year’s haunted houses (and forests and mountains…) rated from 1 to 10 (10 being the scariest).
 
Saturday, October 17, 2015

Catching Up with Jeff Haas

Music Kristi Kates A musician since the age of five, Haas studied music as a teenager in Berlin, Germany, delving into jazz after discovering his sister’s music collection. Now a seasoned professional, he always has several irons in the musical fire. We thought we’d check in to see what Haas has been up to lately.
 
Saturday, October 17, 2015

The Thirsty Sturgeon

Dining Kristi Kates Dave Marsh had his first restaurant job at the age of 12, as a dishwasher. By 14, he was a line cook at an Italian grill in Southfield, Mich. Sous chef was next on the restaurant ladder, but by then, Marsh had learned there was more money to be made in the front of the house.
 
Saturday, October 17, 2015

Be a Part of Broadway’s Next H!T Musical

Features Kristi Kates The native New Yorker graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and now performs regularly with the same show that first inspired her. In addition to her work there and on shows like Conan O’Brien, she became involved with “Broadway’s Next H!T Musical” (BNHM) in 2009.
 
Saturday, October 17, 2015

Ukuleles for Everyone!

Features Kristi Kates Three ukulele performances in particular have entered recent popular culture: the quirky singer Tiny Tim’s “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” in the ‘60s, Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s 1993 version of “What a Wonderful World” and Jake Shimabukuro’s 2006 YouTube version of George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.
 
Saturday, October 17, 2015

Beautiful by the Alphabet

Features Kristi Kates From A to Z, we’ve got it all. It would be easy to use the entire alphabet to describe great things to do, see and appreciate in our region, but for the sake of this particular issue, we’ll stick with what’s SO BEAUTIFUL about northern Michigan..
 
Saturday, October 10, 2015

Ten Concerts Worth the Roadtrip

Music Kristi Kates While we have a fantastic variety of music right here in northern Michigan, sometimes the act you’ve just got to see doesn’t get up this way — and that’s when you hop in the car for a roadtrip downstate. Here are 10 concerts sure to be well worth the drive.
 
 
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