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Letters 05-30-2016

Oaks & Moths All of last week’s letters regarding recommendations for the best native plants from “Listen to the Experts” from the previous week were right on target. Those who are interested in learning more about native plants, and their importance to birds, bees and butterflies, would do well to read Dr. Douglas Tallamy’s wonderful book, Bringing Nature Home...

Poor Grades On Standardized Testing We have been enduring standardized testing for the last few weeks as our district isn’t allowing for opting out without student removal. I think other parents need to know and the district needs to address their own inconsistencies in policy...

Beware Trump  To describe Trump: hubristic, narcissistic, misogynistic, sociopathic. There are more descriptors. Should we pity this misfit or fear that his values attract such a large segment of our society? Hitler was spawned in the ferment of economic unrest...

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Monday, February 9, 2015

February Festival

Features Kristi Kates The first day of spring is only about six weeks away, but there’s still a whole lot of winter fun to be had around northern Michigan! Check out these February winter festivals that’ll have you dining, bowling, skating, dating and more.
 
Monday, February 9, 2015

Skating is Great!

Features Kristi Kates Got a chill? Warm up in the lodge’s cafeteria or snag pizza in the Slopeside Lounge. COST: Complimentary COOL FACTOR: The ski hill towering above the rink as you skate is as close as you can get to an alpine feel without heading to the U.P. It’s got the highest vertical drop in lower Michigan at 552 feet.
 
Monday, February 9, 2015

A Freshwater Valentine

Features Kristi Kates Boyne City’s popular Chocolate-Covered Boyne event takes place Valentine’s weekend (February 13-14) and, in addition to all of the shop sales and foodie fun, the city’s Freshwater Gallery is putting on its annual themed concert to amp up the holiday..
 
Monday, February 9, 2015

Everything You Need to Know About the Traverse City Winter Comedy Arts Festival

Features Kristi Kates Princess Bride. And, in case you didn’t get your tix quickly enough, the State will air a simulcast of Bill Maher’s performance. Also returning to Comedy Fest are Doug Benson and his roster of guest comedians in the must-see “Doug Loves Movies,” a hilarious podcast all about movies that’ll be recorded live at the Old Town Playhouse.
 
Monday, February 2, 2015

Next in Line

Features Kristi Kates In addition to hiring in the fall and overseeing special events like the Speed Series, cross-country skiing and Nastar races in the winter, part of Doorbos’ job is getting an early start on the day.
 
Monday, February 2, 2015

Out There Tech

Features Kristi Kates the Consumer Electronics Show proves anything each year, it’s that human innovation seems to have no limits. A dazzling array of gear, gadgets and new technologies share space at the show, offering everything from music players to cameras, smartphone gear to wearables, many with features you’ve never seen — or even thought of — before.
 
Monday, January 26, 2015

Reception Roundup

Features Kristi Kates If you’ve spent years envisioning the perfect venue to hold your wedding celebration, this is the right place to find it. From beaches to pavilions, restaurants to hotels, northern Michigan has a remarkable variety of locations that fit the bill.
 
Monday, January 26, 2015

Expect the Unexpected

Features Kristi Kates For better or for worse, weddings are not exempt from Murphy’s Law. And if everyone does manage to get through the big day without a major mishap, many weddings still provide quirky stories that will be repeated fondly over the years. After all, these are the things that make great anniversary toasts.
 
Monday, January 26, 2015

Peninsula of Adventure

Features Kristi Kates The copper country of the Keewenaw Peninsula and the frigid waters of Lake Superior share the upper portion of the state with the famed Pictured Rocks, Tahquamenon Falls and the Superior Uplands, a rustic region that includes the highest point in the state (Mount Arvon).
 
Monday, January 26, 2015

Local Wedding Planner Makes TV Splash

Features Kristi Kates “I was offered the opportunity to plan and organize guest charter experiences aboard a private motor yacht in the Bahamas and Caribbean,” Dodson-Wright related. “My job was to create unique and memorable experiences for our guests and to whip up fabulous events on the fly.
 
Monday, January 19, 2015

Levi Britton Kickstarts His Career

Music Kristi Kates At 15, his mother was teaching him how to play guitar. At 18, he was performing in the Golden Garter Revue at Dill’s Olde Towne Saloon in Traverse City. As an adult, he became an integral part of touring bands Stolen Silver and Chicago’s Down the Line.
 
Monday, January 19, 2015

The Electric Car Revolution

Features Kristi Kates But alongside that German engineering is an efficient electric system with three driving modes — normal, eco and ecoplus — for every travel need you might have.
 
Monday, January 19, 2015

Clip N' Keep

Features Kristi Kates Get your motor runnin’, head out on the highway — and point your GPS to one of northern Michigan’s great car shows! Spring, summer and fall all welcome gatherings of motorists to locations across the region, so here’s your guide to some of the most popular car events on the way for the 2015 season.
 
Monday, January 12, 2015

Help Beat Cancer: Buy Music!

Music Kristi Kates Various Artists, Let Us in Americana benefit album From opener “Come and Get It” as interpreted by the Wood Brothers through Bruce Cockburn’s “Fool on the Hill” and Steve Earle’s “I Will,” this Americana collection of McCartney/Lennon covers benefits The Women and Cancer Fund, established in the memory of McCartney’s late wife Linda.
 
Monday, January 12, 2015

Something Cool at Bay Harbor’s Ice and Spice Festival

Art Kristi Kates - That’s a lotta ice ice 10,000 pounds of ice are brought to Bay Harbor for the event. The carvers, who Denise calls “artists in every sense of the word,” travel to Michigan from around the country and Canada to carve their designs from 300-pound blocks of ice with chainsaws, picks and carving tools.
 
 
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