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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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Saturday, January 2, 2016

New Reformation Jazz Band Brings Big Sound to CTAC

Music Kristi Kates “It was such a sound,” he said. “After the service, we all gathered in the dressing room and we were all like, wow. And just like Peggy Lee sang, we were asking each other ‘is that all there is?’ So we stuck with it, started playing pubs, and it grew from there.
 
Saturday, January 2, 2016

The Alanson Depot

Dining Kristi Kates One hundred and thirty-five years ago, it was a train depot primarily used by the logging industry. In the years to follow, it would become a train-themed tourist attraction, an antique shop, a snowmobile dealership, a pizza place and a popular dining destination known as Lester’s BBQ.
 
Saturday, January 2, 2016

Spring Things Up at the Chili Cook-Off

Features Kristi Kates COMMUNITY BENEFITS Tickets for the Chili Cook-Off are $10 per person, which gets you eight 4-ounce samples of chili (and you can buy extras if you’d like.) To bolster the DTCA’s limited budget, the proceeds from this event help support other downtown events that are offered to the community at no cost, from Friday Night Live to Santa’s Arrival.
 
Saturday, January 2, 2016

Celebrate Winter in Mackinaw City

Features Kristi Kates From Jan. 14–17, the yearly Winterfest takes over Mackinaw City with a full schedule of fun winter activities. The fest is without leadership this year, as the Mackinaw City Chamber of Commerce is hoping to hire a new director, but the chamber’s Kelly Vieau has stepped up to the plate and is doing her best to oversee much of the proceedings.
 
Saturday, January 2, 2016

Head Over the Hills to Boyne to Try a New Winter Sport

Features Kristi Kates Boyne Highlands in Harbor Springs and Boyne Mountain in Boyne Falls are teaming up with the Great Lakes Winter Trails Council for Winter Trail Days, Jan. 9–10. The program promotes the silent winter sports: Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, horseback riding, hiking and fat-tire snow biking.
 
Saturday, January 2, 2016

Blissfest's Winter Persona

Features Kristi Kates While the yearly Blissfest Folk and Roots Music Festival in Bliss, Mich. is more of an “all for one and one for all” kind of event, Blissfest’s Winter Concert Series, much like winter itself, is a little more subdued and focused.
 
Saturday, December 19, 2015

2016’s Most Anticipated Albums

Music Kristi Kates With Adele and Coldplay both smashing it out of the park right as 2015 draws to a close; Taylor Swift, The Weeknd and One Direction still hanging in there; and Christmas albums filling out the rest of the Billboard Top 10, the charts ended the year full to the brim with hits.
 
Saturday, December 19, 2015

Behind The Bell Ringers

Features Kristi Kates The year was 1891. It was a damp and dark Christmas Eve in San Francisco. The officer in charge of the city’s Salvation Army office had noticed the poor folks down at the wharf — the disadvantaged and the homeless, alone and struggling on this holiday night.
 
Saturday, December 19, 2015

What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

Here’s Your Guide to Welcoming 2016!

Features Kristi Kates

Whether you like lots of glitter, the great outdoors, casual street food or gourmet goodies, northern Michigan has several options for your Dec. 31 celebration. Here are highlights from some of the bigger events around the region so you can pick your location to welcome 2016.

 
Saturday, December 19, 2015

2016 New Year of the Monkey

Extra Kristi Kates While you will probably have to return to work on Monday, Jan. 4, most Chinese will get at least five days off to celebrate their New Year’s holiday. The Chinese New Year is aligned with the Chinese zodiac, with each of its 12 animal signs representing a year and running a 12-year cycle before repeating.
 
Saturday, December 12, 2015

The Mainstay's Musical Rebirth

Music Kristi Kates From the roots of the downstate party band Funktion has arisen a new musical outfit that’s added folk and grunge to an already-established funk-soul sound.
 
Saturday, December 12, 2015

Beat the Winter Blues with Music

Music Kristi Kates JUMPSTART JAMS “We’ve all heard of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder),” said Blissfest guru Jim Gillespie. “And a lot of folks experience what’s just called the winter blues.
 
Saturday, December 12, 2015

The Front Porch Cafe

Dining Kristi Kates That dream was realized seven years ago and, after updating the building and the kitchen facilities, Rasmussen now manages The Front Porch Cafe. The restaurant is overseen by a board of directors that manages the finances.
 
Saturday, December 12, 2015

Up North Cheese Finds!

Features Kristi Kates It’s a fact; we love cheese. Recent USDA figures show U.S. cheese consumption at an all-time high, up 42 percent over the past two decades. Modern Farmer notes the top selling cheeses in the United States are mozzarella and cheddar, with the average American consuming 10 pounds of each per year.
 
Saturday, December 12, 2015

Studio Anatomy's Creative Evolution

Features Kristi Kates But when Good News closed and musician/ recording engineer Brian Chamberlain took over the space in the summer of 2012, he found that the good vibes had ostensibly departed along with the business. Inside, Chamberlain was met with “a disaster” that would take a lot of work to put right again.
 
 
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