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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 10, 2015

Petoskey Restaurant Week

Dining Kristi Kates Restaurant weeks are de rigueur in big cities, and since northern Michigan is becoming a food mecca, with an diverse assortment of dining destinations for every budget and palate, what better way to show off one of its city’s cafes, grills, fine dining establishments and sandwich stops than with a restaurant week of its own?.
 
Saturday, October 10, 2015

Taste of Home Brings Cooking Fun to Petoskey

Dining Kristi Kates Anyone responsible for the cooking in a Michigan household has likely heard of Taste of Home. The American magazine, owned by Reader’s Digest, has been around since 1993 and specializes in Midwestern foods and recipe exchanges for its 3.5 million subscribers.
 
Saturday, October 10, 2015

The War Room

Features Kristi Kates Onaway, Mich., native Wayne Berry moved to Traverse City in 1999 to open TC Paintball, a center for the faux-combat game where participants use air guns to shoot capsules of paint at each other, usually at complex outdoor terrain fields that help enhance the illusion of an actual battle.
 
Saturday, October 10, 2015

Videogame Ventures

Features Kristi Kates While California’s Silicon Valley is still the hub for most videogame developers, including Activision, Sega, Eidos Interactive, Capcom and Blizzard, other regions of the U.S. are beginning to develop games, too — from Oregon to New Jersey to Michigan.
 
Friday, October 2, 2015

Burn Halo's Heavy Rock War

Music Kristi Kates Orange County, Cal. — a strange little pocket of SoCal that’s spawned a long list of bands and solo acts ranging from No Doubt and Matchbox Twenty to The Offspring, Aloe Blacc, Cold War Kids…and Burn Halo, the hard rockers now on tour and making a stop in Kalkaska.
 
Friday, October 2, 2015

Wool by the Pound

Art Kristi Kates If you watched the 2014 Winter Olympics closing ceremonies, you saw one of the products of Stonehedge Fiber Mill. The East Jordan company produced nearly 3,000 pounds of yarn for Ralph Lauren in spring 2013 to be used for the sweaters the designer created for the games.
 
Friday, October 2, 2015

Climb a Tree With Bo

Features Kristi Kates Burke hosts climbs all year round and helps roughly 300 people climb trees every year. Each person is individually instructed and equipment is provided. If you have a specific tree you’d like to climb, Burke can even arrange to come to you in order to make that goal a reality.
 
Friday, October 2, 2015

All About Arborists

Features Kristi Kates Bo Burke is a certified consulting arborist and treeworker/climbing specialist from Cedar. Ben Veling is also a certified arborist and owner of Timberwolf Tree Care in Harbor Springs. As they’re both experts on this very topic, we got the scoop from them.
 
Saturday, September 26, 2015

The PigPen Theatre Co. Breaks All the Rules

Music Kristi Kates “They wanted actors that were also really a band,” Melia explained. “The funny thing is, we ended up being in the movie for only about 30 seconds, and they put other music over what we were doing, because what we played didn't work with the edit, but it was something we really wanted to do.
 
Saturday, September 26, 2015

Gopherwood Concerts’ Ramblin’ New Season

Music Kristi Kates “We’re really most proud of the Michiganbased performers,” Gopherwood’s Paul Brown said. “And we try to mix it up so that we’re alternating people who have played here before with new artists and other projects that our returning artists are taking part in.
 
Saturday, September 26, 2015

Petoskey Cheese Coming Soon!

Dining Kristi Kates Katie Potts graduated from Columbia College this past May with a degree in business and entrepreneurship. While other new grads might have their eyes on a corner office in the big city, Potts has her eye on only one thing: cheese.
 
Saturday, September 26, 2015

Get Wild at Wilderness State Park

Features Kristi Kates One of the most incredible nature destinations in Emmet County may also be one of the most overlooked. Unlike its cousin, the popular Petoskey State Park, its location isn’t obvious. It’s also not as showy as its other relation, historical Fort Michilimackinac State Park.
 
Saturday, September 26, 2015

Reclaiming a Classic in Harbor Springs

Features Kristi Kates Of all the spots in downtown Harbor Springs, the one that’s been the subject of the most querying eyes is Juilleret’s. The former restaurant was in business for 112 years as a classic soda fountain and well-known summer destination. It closed in 2007 when its owners retired and has been sitting empty ever since.
 
Saturday, September 26, 2015

Who Was Robert Emmet?

Features Kristi Kates

Sometimes, a person is honored who had absolutely nothing to do with the place like Ypsilanti, named after Demetrios Ypsilantis, a hero in the Greek War of Independence of the 1800s.

The same is true of Emmet County, named for Robert Emmet, the leader of an Irish uprising. Ed Karmann, 2015 chairman of the Robert Emmet Society of Petoskey, has the scoop on Robert Emmet and how he became an intrinsic part of the northwesternmost county of Michigan’s lower peninsula – although he never even set foot there.

 
Saturday, September 26, 2015

New Casino Proposed in Mackinaw City

Features Kristi Kates A Nicolet Street property in Mackinaw City has been owned by the tribe for several years; their intent was always to eventually develop the land. The site formerly hosted a motel and then a water park, which was in operation until 2012.
 
 
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