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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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Friday, October 10, 2014

The Overtones: A Musical Time Warp

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 After graduation, the friends went on to their separate college classes and careers, but, in 2000, they were brought back together by Men of Note’s director Tom Stokes who wanted the members to consider singing as part of a larger group called The Northmen Singers.
 
Friday, October 10, 2014

Brett Mitchell Sews Up Another Album

Music Kristi Kates “I usually tell people my music is folky, indie pop-rock—whatever that even means any more,” Mitchell laughed. “I have an eclectic taste in music, so I think that comes through in my songwriting."
 
Friday, October 10, 2014

Beautiful Jewels

Features Kristi Kates “Every project involves multiple steps,” Freund said, “drawing, creating a wax model casting, finishing, stone-setting. Sometimes you’re setting stones for many hours or you could spend a whole day taking your time to mount a diamond just right. Patience is the rule.
 
Friday, October 10, 2014

So You Wanna Be a Model?

Features Kristi Kates Models have gone through many styles through the decades, from the flappers of the ‘20s to the ‘60s Twiggy era. In the ‘80s, the first wave of glamorous “supermodels” surfaced, while the ‘90s brought the darker, “heroin chic” look. Androgynous, futuristic styles came into vogue as the century turned to 2000.
 
Friday, October 10, 2014

Celebrating “Somewhere In Time”

Features Kristi Kates While island visitors of all ages often stop to see the various locales from the film during the summertime, there’s an entire contingent of “Somewhere in Time” fans that take things a step further—and the island’s Grand Hotel accommodates them in grand style with their Somewhere in Time Weekend, which takes place every October.
 
Monday, October 6, 2014

Go Go Gopherwood!

Music Kristi Kates Just a couple of years later, when people started buying VCRs, attendance waned. So, the decision was made to change the name and start presenting music instead. The first concert took place at a camp just outside Lake City where the organization presented a show by the Lost World String Band.
 
Monday, October 6, 2014

Get Spooked!

Features Kristi Kates you feel it’s not Halloween until you’ve been thoroughly petrified, then we’ve got your destinations this October. We’ve compiled a list of some of northern Michigan’s best, and most terrifying, haunted houses for your hairraising pleasure, but be sure to choose wisely.
 
Monday, September 29, 2014

Loudon Wainwright’s Bluesy Return

Music Kristi Kates Whether you first knew him as Captain Spalding, the “singing surgeon” on the ‘70s TV show M*A*S*H; via his novelty song “Dead Skunk”; or from one of his Grammy nominated albums, you’ll likely recognize the work of Loudon Wainwright III.
 
Monday, September 29, 2014

Flavors of Fall at Harvest Fest

New Additions Keep Autumn Festival Fresh

Music Kristi Kates “More than 10 years, at least,” Jim Baumann mused. Baumann, executive director of the Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce, may not have a precise timeline, but he has noticed a change in the perception of the fest over the years in conjunction with the locavore movement.
 
Monday, September 29, 2014

Goodman’s Good Works

Petoskey’s Passionate Advocate

Features Kristi Kates Well known for her steadfast pro-Petoskey attitude and dedication to her job, Goodman most often hovers behind the scenes; her real passion is to put downtown Petoskey center stage. Highlighting downtown has been her goal ever since she moved north from her downstate home, a spur-of-the-moment decision that has stood the test of time.
 
Monday, September 22, 2014

River’s End Block Party Gives Back

Music Kristi Kates The music starts at 2 pm and includes the rock-soul band The London Souls from NYC; instrumental surf-rockers Fronkensteen from Ohio; Nashville soulster Bobby Emmett; Michigan Misfits tribute band Devil Lock; and Ann Arbor indie-rockers Spanish Charles.
 
Monday, September 22, 2014

The Modern Vaudeville of SHEL

Over a year ago, Express talked with Colorado indie band SHEL as they prepped for a performance at Blissfest.

Music Kristi Kates The four-girl band—all sisters—were just starting to snag attention for their unique brand of eclectic folk music. They were keeping a focused schedule of performances across the country and enjoying inclusion in ad campaigns like commercials for Splenda and Glade.
 
Monday, September 22, 2014

A L’il Expansion in Big Taste

The Redheads Bring Bold Flavors to Leland

Dining Kristi Kates You know them from local restaurants Kejara’s Bridge and The Redheads Café. They’re popular for serving up local, organic, whole foods that support their community. Now, the dynamic duo of Sarah Landry Ryder and her sister Christen—both as redheaded as their company name—has unveiled its next venture: the L’il Leland Cafe inside Leelanau Books.
 
Monday, September 22, 2014

Pigstock TC 2014

Features Kristi Kates This extensive three-day course teaches whole animal use and charcuterie (meat preparation) practices. Now in its fifth year, it’s been praised for expanding the knowledge of both pros and everyday cooks, and for encouraging responsible and inventive use of ingredients.
 
Monday, September 22, 2014

What ’ll I t Be?

Conversations with Some of the Region’s Most Beloved Bartenders

Features Kristi Kates There are bartenders, and then there are legends. Here we celebrate the latter, four locals who serve locals and boast stories like few others. Read about their habits, their histories, and their signature drinks [and by the way, have your own legendary local bartender of choice? Email us at info@northernexpress.
 
 
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