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Letters 05-02-2016

Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Say Cheese: Macaroni N’ Cheese Bake-Off Pairs Wine with Creative Comfort Food

Dining Kristi Kates Macaroni and cheese has been around a lot longer than you might think—since the 14th century, to be exact. The ancient treat is documented by pasta-and-cheese casserole recipes found in the medieval “Liber de Coquina,” one of the oldest cookbooks ever discovered.
 
Sunday, November 16, 2014

One Man Takes on a Classic

Features Kristi Kates

Charlie Ross loves Star Wars. So much so that he’s actually turned it into a career.  Ross’ one-man show - the aptly-named One Man Star Wars Trilogy - is a nerd-actor’s tour de force.

 
Monday, November 10, 2014

Build Your Own Snow Shoes

Art Kristi Kates

Invented nearly 6,000 years ago in central Asia, snowshoes are as much a part of the modern winter fabric of northern Michigan as parkas, snow shovels and winter weather advisories.

While there are a plethora of storebought snowshoe options to choose from, sometimes it’s just cooler to make your own; that’s where Alan Wernette, park interpreter for Ludington State Park, comes in.

 
Monday, November 10, 2014

Going Back to Oz with P45

Features Kristi Kates

In 1978’s The Wiz, Diana Ross was Dorothy Gale, Michael Jackson was the Scarecrow, and a snowstorm swept Gale out of her Harlem, NY apartment.

In the 2007 TV series Tin Man, big-eyed Zooey Deschanel turned Dorothy into “D.G.” and Oz became “The Outer Zone” in a more surrealistic, dark approach to the story.

In the stage musical Wicked, the focus has been twisted around to the Wicked Witch of the West, Elphaba, and her good sister, Glinda.

And now, a new Parallel 45 version of The Wizard of Oz is coming to Traverse City to take Dorothy and her friends down yet another road in The Oz Project.


 
Monday, November 10, 2014

Tom Daldin’s Under the Radar Success

Features Kristi Kates

“Here we were, two longtime friends, up the financial creek without a paddle,” Daldin said.

Yet, along with adversity, can come innovation. According to Daldin, he and Edelman had to reinvent themselves to survive and that’s exactly what they did with a PBS show they dubbed “Under the Radar Michigan.”

 
Sunday, November 2, 2014

Jetty Rae's Determined Climb

Music Kristi Kates Today, she’s leaps and bounds from her early songwriting efforts. While hints of her talent could be faintly heard on a few of the Blackberries songs, since then, she’s heavily expanded on her potential with four additional albums—the newest, 2013’s Climbing Clouds and another (2012’s Drowning in Grain) that made the CMJ Top 200 radio chart.
 
Sunday, November 2, 2014

The 2014 Women of Rock

Music Kristi Kates While the field of women in rock typically turns over more slowly than that of the men (many female artists hold onto their crowns from year to year with few surfacing to challenge them), this year’s list is a pretty solid mix of stalwarts and newcomers.
 
Sunday, November 2, 2014

Mary Ellen Hughes: Keeping the ‘50s Alive

Features Kristi Kates Hughes loved the 1950s look of the soda fountain in Linehan’s, which she’s meticulously kept intact, including the red padded counter stools, the working gooseneck spigots (one for still water, one for soda water) and the blenders, on which Mary Ellen’s staff of soda jerks receive plenty of training.
 
Monday, October 27, 2014

Monster Mix!

Music Kristi Kates You’ve played all of your Sound FX tracks on CD, streamed Pandora’s Spooky Symphonies channel for three hours and danced to the “Monster Mash.” Now you’re in dire need of some more modern music to entertain your Halloween guests. Never fear! Express is here with a monstrous mix of two dozen essential cuts for Halloween 2014.
 
Monday, October 27, 2014

Modern Rock

Music Kristi Kates If you’re looking to get out of town for Halloween, take a road trip to N’awlins for the 2014 Voodoo Music and Arts Experience festival, perfectly timed from Oct. 31 through Nov. 2. This year’s edition of the fest will include headliners Foo Fighters and OutKast, plus additional sets from the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Manchester Orchestra, Twenty One Pilots, Skrillex, Zedd and plenty of others. Bring your own costume and spend your Halloween modern rockin’.
 
Monday, October 27, 2014

The Lord of the Gourd

Art Kristi Kates Sometimes artistic success arrives with time, patience and focus. Other times, it shows up almost by accident. Pat Harrison of Leelanau County shares the story of his coincidental journey from graphic designer to pumpkin-carving expert.
 
Monday, October 20, 2014

North Perk Brews Up An Open Mic

Music Kristi Kates Open mics can be great platforms for musicians to try out new tunes, get experience in front of an audience or just have a little fun. In Petoskey, however, open mic nights have become something of a rarity. Red Sky Stage and Beards Brewery do hold them occasionally, but North Perk Coffee has just started a regular open mic happening that’s poised to be a Gaslight District hit.
 
Monday, October 20, 2014

Meet the K-9s

Features Kristi Kates Deputy Poumade’s 16-month-old canine partner, Ares, has only been on the job for about three weeks, so she’s very new to the police department. Poumade says she’s a good girl and the talented German Shepherd definitely has the right stuff for the job..
 
Sunday, October 12, 2014

David Montee Translates Shakespeare

Features Kristi Kates Acting is challenging enough without Shakespeare in the picture. Shakespearean acting is considered some of the most challenging of the craft. From the mysteries of its language and phrasing to the complexity of character relationships and plot, more than a few talented thespians have thrown up their hands when confronted with The Bard.
 
Friday, October 10, 2014

A New Season at BC's Own Venue

They bill themselves as “six boys lost in time, as if they never left 8th grade male choir class.” That’s a pretty accurate description of Traverse City’s The Overtones, a men’s a cappella group existing in perfect harmony since 1990.

Music Kristi Kates “When we acquired the building, we blew eight inches of foam insulation into the ceiling,” she said. “While painting the ceiling girders, we accidentally hit the foam with the paint, and Tony realized that we would not need to install the drop ceiling.
 
 
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