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Letters 04-25-2016

Taking Our Trees Seconds ago this pine tree was alive. Well, Mr. Cook — our County Road Commission head —and Peninsula Township government … by not weighing in (I guess it’s not your problem or responsibility to communicate with residents), you allowed the County Road Commission to bulldoze down huge swaths of lakeside trees in order to increase the bike lane. This can’t be happening. I have no clue why they would cut trees down that help block snow from creating drifts on Peninsula Drive and help keep the beach area intact. Plus, they are not increasing the width of the road when they repave. I just don’t get it. This is amateur hour at county and township government...

Government Service Unrewarded I served the federal government for XX years with the [agency], [doing XX]. I also worked in the private sector, [doing XX]. When I retired, I was surprised to learn my Social Security benefit would be $XXX less per month than my colleagues and neighbors who had never worked for the federal government. This is all because of the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) under the Social Security law...

Which Greased Palm Now that “Chicago values” have utterly corrupted the executive and judicial branches of our federal government, this November We the Plebeians shall either vote to right the governing integrity of the United States constitution’s twin pillars of limited government and separation of powers or turn and step collectively onto the blood soaked road to serfdom...

The Political Mess And Challenge As citizens we are faced with a real challenge. The media and the political candidates have taken over a year to attack those whom they are opposing. The unfavorable ratings of those who may be nominated are above 50 percent. That should be no surprise, considering the length of time given to bloodying one another with opinions that have little relationship to truth. The polling companies, which confess they are not reliable, make everything a game of winning...

CORRECTIONS In last week’s issue we had photos with the incorrect stories on page five. The dance photo should have accompanied the story about grants to nonprofits. The image of Crooked Tree Arts Center Petoskey should have accompanied the story about the ArtPrize exhibit at CTAC.

We also reported the incorrect day for the Bayshore Marathon in Traverse City. The correct date is Sat., May 28.

We apologize for these errors.

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Saturday, April 2, 2016

Retreating to Calm

Features Kristi Kates With 800 acres of pristine Pigeon River State Forest and 15 miles of trails at their disposal, Song of the Morning Yoga Retreat is in exactly the kind of place you would expect a yoga retreat to be.
 
Saturday, April 2, 2016

Foods from the Wild

Features Kristi Kates Winter foraged foods are pretty scarce in northern Michigan, relying primarily on things like pine needles (check the variety of pine first, as several are poisonous) and cattails, as most others are buried under the snow, but spring, summer and fall are prime for an eclectic list of wild foods found across our region.
 
Saturday, April 2, 2016

Northern Michigan Outdoor Expo

Features Kristi Kates Already digging out your camping gear and cleaning your tackle box? If so, you’ll love the second annual Northern Michigan Outdoor Expo, an event to help you make that yearly transition from winter to spring with a host of vehicles, products and activities all aimed at making the most of the great outdoors.
 
Saturday, April 2, 2016

1991: What Else Happened?

Features Kristi Kates Express founders Bob Downes and George Foster had big news in 1991. In addition to their day jobs, the friends had decided to invest their respective life savings (about $2,000 each) in a new venture, called Northern Express Weekly. So what else was going on as 1991 — and 25 years of Express — began? Here’s a look back.
 
Saturday, March 26, 2016

Local Music Spotlight On: Turbo Pup

Music Kristi Kates MEET THE BAND They started gigging as Turbo Pup in late August 2015, after singer/guitarist Aaron Dye and violinist Brett McDowell had done a few rounds of performance as a guitar/fiddle duo. The two friends found common ground after learning they had both spent time out west (Dye in Bozeman, Mont.
 
Saturday, March 26, 2016

Gene Jenneman Shifting Focus at the Dennos

Art Kristi Kates Rumors fly fast in northern Michigan. Lately, one of the rumor mill’s favorite subjects has been the Dennos Museum’s longtime Executive Director Gene Jenneman; the grapevine says he’s stepping down. While Jenneman is definitely looking toward the future, his next step is merely a shifting of roles, not an entire changing of the guard.
 
Saturday, March 26, 2016

The Noggin Room

Dining Kristi Kates The Perry Hotel has a long and storied history, starting in 1899 when it was built as one of 20 luxury resort hotels in Petoskey. Today, it’s the only one of those 20 still in operation and it’s diversified its offerings by adding three levels of restaurants to its properties: one upscale, one outdoors and one very popular pub.
 
Saturday, March 26, 2016

Mr. Weather: Jim Keysor

Features Kristi Kates Driving to work is an autopilot program for most people, especially when their workday begins in the dark, as Jim Keysor’s does much of the year. When you’re a meteorologist, though, carefully observing the road conditions and precipitation on your way to the office is part of your job.
 
Saturday, March 26, 2016

What Exactly Is El Niño?

Features Kristi Kates Meteorologists still aren’t sure what causes this climate cycle that seems to recur every few years; this round of El Niño, one of the strongest on record so far, ramped up last fall. It typically causes a milder winter and has done just that in many areas this season.
 
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Patty Larkin’s Natural Evolution

Music Kristi Kates Patty Larkin’s soulful, contemporary brand of music is easily woven into things like latenight public radio shows, compilation albums and supper parties. It’s there she makes her strongest mark, with tunes that catch the ear so well, you’ll find yourself Googling or Shazaming to learn just who is making this music.
 
Saturday, March 19, 2016

And Don’t Miss Chris Smither

Music Kristi Kates When singer-songwriter Chris Smither hit 50 years of singing and songwriting in 2014, he marked the occasion with Still on the Levee, a two-disc career retrospective recorded in New Orleans and featuring fresh versions of two dozen songs from the entire stretch of his career, including “Devil Got Your Man,” the first song he ever wrote.
 
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Meet The Great Lakes!

Features Kristi Kates

Whether you’ve lived here your entire life, relocated here, fly up to ski or drive up just for the summers, how much do you really know about the lakes that surround us? The largest group of freshwater lakes in the world — each in their own separate basin — forms a connected body of fresh water that continues to the St. Lawrence River and the Atlantic Ocean. While the lakes are similar in some ways, they also each have their own unique characteristics and highlights.

 
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Speed Across Lake Michigan

Features Kristi Kates The shortest distance between two points is a straight line — not always so easy to follow when you’re in a state surrounded by water and you’d like to get to another state sooner rather than later. That’s where the Lake Express comes in. Here’s the scoop.
 
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Great Lakes Cruise Company

Features Kristi Kates With ship names like the Grande Caribe and the Pearl Mist, you might picture yourself plying the warm currents between Cozumel and Miami or perhaps making the rounds of the jeweled islands of the Bahamas, but one company is marketing cruises that echo the vessels, amenities and activities of more tropical locales — on the waters of our own Great Lakes.
 
Saturday, March 19, 2016

All Aboard the Badger

Features Kristi Kates For a more leisurely kind of lake crossing, try the S.S. Badger; the steamship cruise launched in 1953 and runs between Ludington, Mich., and Manitowoc, Wis. At 410 feet in length, it dwarfs the Lake Express ferry, carrying 180 vehicles (including commercial trucks and tour buses) and 600 passengers.
 
 
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