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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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Monday, March 30, 2015

Five Family-Friendly Adventures

Features Kristi Kates Mystery Spot – St. Ignace mysteryspotstignace.com Since the 1950s, The Mystery Spot has been mystifying and baffling visitors, allegedly because the land where the Spot sits has unusual, mystical properties. The jury’s still out on that one, but the consensus of fun is certain.
 
Monday, March 23, 2015

And Now For Something a Little Different: Blissfest’s Winter Concert Series Goes Local

Music Kristi Kates WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT: The Cabin Fever Review is a unique twist on Blissfest’s concerts lineup — these performers are all local talent. “March 28 is the beginning of spring break season, when much of the population escapes winter for a week,” explained Blissfest’s guru Jim Gillespie.
 
Monday, March 23, 2015

Beauty S.O.S.

Features Kristi Kates “We were discussing adding some new things to Venus and we all got to talking about how we’d love to be able to go somewhere to get fast touchups before an event or dinner,” explained Manager Giovanna Infante, who worked closely with Venus President Susan Ruoff and Marketing Manager Corrina Leete on the new venture.
 
Monday, March 23, 2015

It’s All About the Goats

Features Kristi Kates Boyne City veterinarian Pamela Graves always had a love for animals — including goats. So, when she was offered a couple of female goats for sale, saying yes was an easy decision, although she didn’t know it would lead to a whole new business venture..
 
Monday, March 23, 2015

Cool Cosmetology Careers

Features Kristi Kates They range from their late teens to their 50s. They’re preparing first, second, or even third, careers. They land jobs anywhere from local salons to international destinations. These are the students of northern Michigan’s cosmetology schools and they’re a far cry from beauty school dropouts like Frenchy in the movie musical “Grease.
 
Monday, March 16, 2015

Wisaal Weaving a Sound

Music Kristi Kates EARLY YARN All six members of the Lansing-based Mediterranean fusion group — Will Cicola on clarinets and saxophone, Houwat on oud, Ben Fuhrman on mandolin, Tim Patterson on bass, and Ty Forquer and Mike List on percussion — are classically-trained musicians.
 
Monday, March 16, 2015

5 Gadgets to Get You in Shape

Features Kristi Kates the InBody Band. It’s similar to the Fitbit, but adds analysis of your body composition — muscle vs. fat mass, calculated via body water — with its BIA (Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis) system.
 
Monday, March 16, 2015

It's Season Ending Madness!

Features Kristi Kates The Main Event - Krazy Daze: March 20-21 is the weekend for this year’s annual spring celebration at the Highlands, with live music in the Zoo Bar and Slopeside Lounge and loads of other no-holds-barred festivities. Ski and board all afternoon and take part in the Krazy Cup’s infamous Silly Slalom and the hilarious (and damp) Ski Over the Pond event.
 
Monday, March 9, 2015

Gopherwood’s Made in Michigan FUNdraiser

Music Kristi Kates When Gopherwood Concerts holds a fundraiser, they like the event to have a focus. After the Cadillac nonprofit’s popular four-year run of their “Night of Wine and Chocolate” event, they decided it was time to make that focus more clearly on music, which Gopherwood’s Paul Brown said is really what Gopherwood is all about.
 
Monday, March 9, 2015

Cole Swindell Chillin’ in Traverse City

Music Kristi Kates Swindell has been part of the Nashville scene since 2010, but in a different capacity. He was a songwriter, penning tunes for Luke Bryan, Scotty McCreery, Craig Campbell and Florida Georgia Line, among others.
 
Monday, March 9, 2015

Spring Break Rocks!

Music Kristi Kates With winter storm after winter storm rolling through northern Michigan, this year’s spring break will be more welcome than ever. For music fans, there’s even a bonus. With all the great music fests going on this time of year, you’ve got even more good reasons to escape, near or far.
 
Monday, March 9, 2015

Altan Celebrates St. Patrick’s at Interlochen

Music Kristi Kates The only girl in the boys’ club that is the Irish folk music group Altan, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh isn’t complaining. With her command of fiddle and voice, Mhaonaigh could easily put these guys in their place. However, in this collaborative and respectful band of talented musicians, it isn’t necessary.
 
Monday, March 9, 2015

Your St. Pat’s Day Agenda

Features Kristi Kates As the saying goes, “everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day.” So find something green to wear, pin on a shamrock, and head out to these festive events – you’ll be helping commemorate Ireland’s favorite patron saint, while also celebrating the culture and heritage of the Emerald Isle.
 
Monday, March 2, 2015

The Evolution of One Hot Robot

Music Kristi Kates That group of friends — which today includes McDonald, guitarist and rapper Eric Wistrand, bassist John Paul, drummer Matt Hunter and singer Mallory Ramage — evolved into the band One Hot Robot, a dance outfit they say will, “drop hot dance music with hooks as catchy as a pandemic breakout.
 
Monday, March 2, 2015

The Skinny on Short’s fat Bike Series

Features Kristi Kates Rollin’ on the Snow What is fat bike racing? Well, it’s actually just like mountain bike racing except that it’s done in the winter — on snow. It also requires specialized bikes with wider tires and offers tests of terrain and temperature the other three seasons can’t even begin to meet.
 
 
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