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Letters 09-07-2015

DEJA VUE Traverse City faces the same question as faced by Ann Arbor Township several years ago. A builder wanted to construct a 250-student Montessori school on 7.78 acres. The land was zoned for suburban residential use. The proposed school building was permissible as a “conditional use.”

The Court Overreached Believe it or not, everyone who disagrees with the court’s ruling on gay marriage isn’t a hateful bigot. Some of us believe the Supreme Court simply usurped the rule of law by legislating from the bench...

Some Diversity, Huh? Either I’ve been misled or misinformed about the greater Traverse City area. I thought that everyone there was so ‘all inclusive’ and open to other peoples’ opinions and, though one may disagree with said person, that person was entitled to their opinion(s)...

Defending Good People I was deeply saddened to read Colleen Smith’s letter [in Aug. 24 issue] regarding her boycott of the State Theater. I know both Derek and Brandon personally and cannot begin to understand how someone could express such contempt for them...

Not Fascinating I really don’t understand how you can name Jada Johnson a fascinating person by being a hunter. There are thousands of hunters all over the world, shooting by gun and also by arrow; why is she so special? All the other people listed were amazing...

Back to Mayberry A phrase that is often used to describe the amiable qualities that make Traverse City a great place to live is “small-town charm,” conjuring images of life in 1940s small-town America. Where everyone in Mayberry greets each other by name, job descriptions are simple enough for Sarah Palin to understand, and milk is delivered to your door...

Don’t Be Threatened The August 31 issue had 10 letters(!) blasting a recent writer for her stance on gay marriage and the State Theatre. That is overkill. Ms. Smith has a right to her opinion, a right to comment in an open forum such as Northern Express...

Treat The Sickness Thank you to Grant Parsons for the editorial exposing the uglier residual of the criminalizing of drug use. Clean now, I struggled with addiction for a good portion of my adult life. I’ve never sold drugs or committed a violent crime, but I’ve been arrested, jailed, and eventually imprisoned. This did nothing but perpetuate shame, alienation, loss and continued use...

About A Girl -- Not Consider your audience, Thomas Kachadurian (“About A Girl” column). Preachy opinion pieces don’t change people’s minds. Example: “My view on abortion changed…It might be time for the rest of the country to catch up.” Opinion pieces work best when engaging the reader, not directing the reader...

Disappointed I am disappointed with the tone of many of the August 31 responses to Colleen Smith’s Letter to the Editor from the previous week. I do not hold Ms. Smith’s opinion; however, if we live in a diverse community, by definition, people will hold different views, value different things, look and act different from one another...

Free Will To Love I want to start off by saying I love Northern Express. It is well written, unbiased and always a pleasure to read. I am sorry I missed last month’s article referred to in the Aug. 24 letter titled, “No More State Theater.”

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Sleeping Bear Farms is Sweet on Mead

Dining Danielle Horvath “I can’t think of another winery in the state that is like us,” Jones said. “We have our own press to squeeze fresh juice from local grapes, pears and cherries for our honey and fruit meads. We combine Northern Michigan’s excellent wine grapes with different varieties of honey made from our bees.
 
Monday, August 12, 2013

Tasteful

Dining Danielle Horvath The Mayfair Tavern, dubbed “Elberta’s Country Club,” has been a fixture in the tiny Benzie County hamlet of Elberta since the 1930s. It was owned and operated by several generations of the Luxford family until it was sold in 1998 to Wally Palmer.
 
Monday, June 17, 2013

L'Chayim: To Life! in Benzie County

Dining Danielle Horvath He took pains to find a family-owned Chicago supplier for superior corned beef. He also makes a variety of baked bagels daily, homemade soup in the fall and winter, fresh salads with local ingredients, and an impressive array of dips, spreads, cheese and olives.
 
Monday, August 27, 2012

Booming in Benzie

A flood of new businesses give Benzie County a lift

Features Danielle Horvath Okay, it may not be a “boom,” but several new businesses have opened that have added an economic shot in the arm to mostly rural Benzie County. From a natural foods market to a sports outfitter to an alpaca farm store and many others, they have filled up empty spaces and brought new ideas to the area.
 
Monday, June 13, 2011

They?re Honored: Raising a village ? one sidewalk at a time

Features Danielle Horvath They say it takes a village to raise a child. So what does it take to
raise a village? That’s the question being asked in Honor, a hamlet of
less than 300 people just a stone’s throw from Platte River in Benzie
County. Long-known as a sportsmen’s paradise – in 1999, it was voted
Michigan’s top outdoor sports town by Sports Afield Magazine – Honor has
fallen a victim of the economy and is suffering from rural blight, with
empty storefronts, closed businesses, and abandoned buildings.
Doing something about it is Shantel Sellers, who grew up in Honor and
returned “home” last year to the house once owned by her family after
serving in the military, getting married and having three children.
 
Monday, March 28, 2011

The Roadhouse 3/28/11

Dining Danielle Horvath The Roadhouse:Benzie County’s South of the Border Connection
By Danielle Horvath
Voted number one for Mexican fare and Best Happy Hours in Benzie County, the Roadhouse Mexican Bar & Grill is heading into its 10th year of offering great consistently fresh-made food served up by a friendly staff in a fun atmosphere.
From their homemade salsa and sauces – now sold in area stores – to their entrées and appetizers using authentic recipes by Chef Miguel, to the house signature Don Juan Margarita, to a variety of Mexican beers from Dos Equis to Negra Modelo, the Roadhouse has what it takes to draw dinner crowds year-round.
 
Monday, December 13, 2010

Bay View Grille

Dining Danielle Horvath Bay View Grille offers harborside dining in Frankfort
By Danielle Horvath
When Dale Evans and Jill Weide were looking for a place to retire and play golf, they considered warmer climes like Virginia, North Carolina, Arizona, and even checked out Costa Rica, before settling for the small town ambience of Frankfort.
“We walked around the town in December, with the snow coming down, and it was so peaceful and beautiful. We decided this was where we wanted to be,” Dale said. They also changed their minds about playing golf and decided to purchase a restaurant with a great view of Betsie Bay. “The view was there, all we had to do was add the good food and affordable price.”
 
Monday, November 8, 2010

Miranda Music

Music Danielle Horvath In Frankfort: Sweet Sounds from Miranda Music
By Danielle Horvath
Few would guess that Frankfort would be home to what is most likely Northern Michigan’s most ‘international’ music store: Miranda Music.
That’s based on the experience of its owners: Bogar Guzman and his wife Elizabeth Shrake.
Bogar is an internationally-known musician, conductor, professional oboe and English horn player, while Elizabeth is a professional singer, choral conductor and music educator with a degree from DePaul University.
Their combined music experiences have taken them from Guzman’s native Venezuela – where he was a founding member of the Venezuelan Youth Symphony Orchestra – to touring Europe and playing professionally with the Lyric Opera in Chicago, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, conductor Leonard Bernstein, and opera greats Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti.
 
Friday, August 6, 2010

Blue Slipper Bistro

Dining Danielle Horvath A colorful past lingers at the Blue Slipper Bistro
By Danielle Horvath
From it’s early beginnings in the 1880s as a horse stop on the way to Arcadia, to the turn-of-the-century Manistee Brewery Co., to a lively brothel in the ‘30s, the Blue Slipper in Onekama has had many colorful owners in it’s 100-plus year history. Purchased in 1999 by Brian and Chris Kissel, today it remains a popular stop for locals and tourists alike.
The Kissels brought years of restaurant experience and a face-lift to the former biker bar, adding “Bistro” to the name.
 
Monday, August 2, 2010

Portage Point Inn

Features Danielle Horvath Set Sail for the Portage Point Inn: One of the region‘s first resorts carries on a 107-year tradition
By Danielle Horvath
In 1991 when Michael DeVoe sailed into Portage Lake from Lake
Michigan, the first thing he saw was the huge wrap-around porch of the
shuttered Portage Point Inn, sitting silent and in disrepair.
 
Monday, June 28, 2010

The Glenwood

Dining Danielle Horvath The Glenwood carries on a fine dining tradition in Onekama
By Danielle Horvath
Take a step back in time with a trip to The Glenwood – an authentic piece of Up North since the 1920s when it was part of a resort where families came for the summer. Since 1994, partners Donna Ervin and Chris Short have been at the helm of the fine dining establishment in Onekama, where many of their customers return year after year to celebrate special occasions.
“We have guests that dined with us the first night we were open in 1994 and have come back every year since,” said Ervin. “One customer, now in her 90s, was a bus girl here when she was 14; a couple from downstate came for their anniversary, they couldn’t afford to stay the whole weekend so they came for dinner and drove back home.”
So what is their secret? “We make new friends every year,” says Ervin, “and work hard to make every dining experience special in some way. Not only do we own and run the restaurant, we have developed our own unique array of appetizers and main courses, cook the meals ourselves, and prepare our own mouth-watering homemade desserts every day.” It doesn’t get much better than this.
 
Monday, June 7, 2010

Shay‘s Chop House

Dining Danielle Horvath Shay’s Chop House livens up Onekema’s dining scene
By Danielle Horvath
For Rick Shay, it was time to come home. He left the high profile life
he had as a race car driver to pursue his other passion – cooking good
food at his own restaurant: Shay’s Chop House in Onekema.
 
Monday, May 3, 2010

M-22 Cafe

Dining Danielle Horvath M-22 Café captures the heart of Arcadia
By Danielle Horvath
Looking for an authentic Up North café, where they make omelets
with farm fresh eggs and red skin potatoes, hearty soups, burgers, and
sandwiches on homemade bread? Then take a drive to Arcadia and stop at
the M-22 Café.
 
Monday, April 5, 2010

Fusion

Dining Danielle Horvath 4 Taste Fusion Bistro brings international flair to Interlochen
By Danielle Horvath
With an entrepreneurial spirit and what he hopes is a good hunch, Mike
Pugh has jumped into the Interlochen food scene by opening 4 Taste
Fusion Bistro last fall.
 
Monday, February 8, 2010

Giovanni‘s Roadhouse

Dining Danielle Horvath Giovanni’s Roadhouse
A taste of Italy upholds its tradition in Interlochen
By Danielle Horvath
Giovanni’s Roadhouse in Interlochen received a makeover when new
owners purchased it just over two years ago, but it remains true to
its roots – serving good comfort food in a cozy and friendly
atmosphere.
 
 
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