Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Maple City's Pegtown Station a local favorite

Dining Ross Boissoneau That’s certainly the case in Maple City, where Pegtown Station serves as the de facto meeting place and hospitality center. Friends greet each other as they enter or leave, and the chance to grab a bite with other folks from nearby is certainly a draw.
Monday, October 14, 2013


Dining Ross Boissoneau For Lynn and Skip Telgard, the third generation to operate the popular Leland eatery, there’s nothing else they’d rather do. With the tavern, dining room, patio, and the Early Bird next door, running the restaurants keeps them both beyond simply busy..
Tuesday, October 8, 2013


Dining Ross Boissoneau But they weren’t dissuaded - “Chuck had the vision” – and on May 21 this year they closed on the purchase. But that left precious little time to be open for the summer season. So their contractor and crew worked non-stop, 12-hour days six days a week, and the Bluefish opened July 3.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Sail on over to Manistee’s Boathouse Grill

Dining Ross Boissoneau It derives its name from Manistee’s boating heritage. In fact, it’s just across the Manistee River from the site of the Century Boat factory, which produced some of the country’s most celebrated – and fastest – watercraft during the mid to late 20th century.
Thursday, September 5, 2013

Tuscan Treasures Await at Bella Fortuna

Dining Ross Boissoneau Those looking for a quick trip abroad could spend hundreds of dollars to jet across the sea. Or they could simply stop in Lake Leelanau for a meal. That’s because Bella Fortuna North represents Florence, Italy, more convincingly than immersing oneself in a YouTube video.
Monday, August 26, 2013


Dining Ross Boissoneau It’s derived from when sailors would swim in from their ship and have to pay for their pleasures with the money in their wet pockets, according to general manager Ryan Beyer. While that’s typically no longer the case, it fits in with the Leelanau County town’s maritime heritage.
Monday, August 19, 2013


Dining Ross Boissoneau Starting a restaurant is a demanding endeavor. But for the After 26 project, the scope of the challenge was even more daunting. Its mission was also to provide employment opportunities for people with special needs who had aged out of public educational programs.
Monday, July 29, 2013


Dining Ross Boissoneau The menu is the brainchild of chef D.J. Flynn. A veteran of the food service industry in the area, Flynn previously served as executive chef at Bay Harbor and also worked at Tapawingo, the late lamented Ellsworth eatery that regularly topped the state’s best restaurant lists.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013


Dining Ross Boissoneau Another favorite is the Echo’s Bend pizza. It includes fresh offerings from Echo Bend farm in Arcadia, brought in by server Charla Kramer, who owns and runs the farm with her husband Tom. It’s topped with goat cheese, toasted nuts, and chef’s choice of sauce.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Wood-fired Pizza on the Rise at Full Moon

Dining Ross Boissoneau Don’t turn your back. That’s the advice from Mark Nelson. But he’s not talking about a shifty-eyed passer-by. No, he’s referring to the behemoth wood-fired oven that takes up a large portion of the space inside Full Moon Pizza Company, the restaurant he and Nathan Knickerbocker own and run.
Monday, June 17, 2013

Hot Spots

Live music is back in vogue at venues ‘round the region

Features Ross Boissoneau For example, his gigs at Stella’s and Kilkenny’s feature solo guitar; at Om he typically plays with Nancy Stignatta or Laurie Sears on flute; the deck at Holiday Inn finds him with singer/songwriter Mike Moran.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Steaks a specialty at Copper Falls

Dining Ross Boissoneau Copper Falls Steakhouse is located at 1796 S. Garfi eld Ave. Hours are 11-9 Monday through Friday, 12-9 Saturday, and 10-9 Sunday, with brunch from 10 to 3. Those hours will expand this summer. Call 943-1103 or visit online at copperfallssteakhousetc.com or on Facebook.
Monday, April 29, 2013

A Move Uptown

Dining Ross Boissoneau Paul and Brigette Barbas, proprietors of those two restaurants, have opened their new- est endeavor uptown. Make that Uptown. Located just east of downtown TC on Front Street, Uptown opened April 15, and Paul Barbas says they have been pleasantly surprised at the response thus far.
Monday, March 25, 2013

For the Best Dressed Man,

Features Ross Boissoneau

Classic. That word can describe many things: Music. Cuisine. Clothing.

It’s the lattermost that concerns Maurie Allen. Despite some rather, umm, flashy socks on display, the attire at Captain’s Quarters has always hewed toward apparel that is both stylish and timeless.

That’s why Captain’s Quarters was voted “Best Men’s Clothing Store” by Express readers in the Grand Traverse area.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Harbor 22 Bar & Grill offers eclectic, tasty menu

Ross Boissoneau   At Harbor 22, it’s all about the teamwork with a staff of enthusiastic chefs and managers.  So, what about the food? Local whitefish makes an appearance, of course, but in some unexpecte