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 6, 2014

Something for Everyone

Dining Ross Boissoneau “We bought a place in 2003 and moved from Chicago to Northport in 2010. During that time, there was a flight of businesses from Northport,” he says. “I knew if we lost our anchors, that would be the death knell. We needed some businesses year-round.”.
Monday, October 6, 2014

Modern Twists on Classic Tales

"Wuthering Heights" reinvented at Interlochen

Features Ross Boissoneau Sanchez says the actors are excited to be part of a company that strikes a chord between new and old. “They express themselves more fully than they were thinking they could. They come to rehearsal knowing they’ll be pushed. We as a group push ourselves. It’s fun and painful.
Monday, October 6, 2014

Music of the Night

Features Ross Boissoneau “We decided to have a fundraiser at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center,” says Tabone. “I asked Tony to supply the wine.” The program was so successful, the pair wanted to try it again, and this time it moved north. “He [Tony] said, ‘This is so good, you’ve got to do it in Traverse City,’” says Tabone.
Monday, September 29, 2014

Peninsula Grill: an Old Mission Tradition

Dining Ross Boissoneau When two auto industry veterans decided to leap into the restaurant business, little did they realize it was the start of something that would one day include Traverse City and beyond. Jennifer and Mark Davies purchased Molly’s By Golly in the center of the Old Mission Peninsula, changing the name to the Peninsula Grill.
Monday, September 29, 2014

Under the Sea

Cadillac Footliters Junior Players Mount Classic Disney Production

Features Ross Boissoneau The show boasts a cast of over 50 area youth ranging from elementary to high school ages. They are bringing Ariel, Sebastian, Flounder, Ursula the sea witch—and the many other characters that populate the underwater kingdom of King Triton—to life for a live audience.
Monday, September 29, 2014

Charlatans HaveTheir Day at the Old Town Playhouse

Features Ross Boissoneau The mountebanks in question are Lawrence Jamieson and Freddy Benson, a pair of hustlers who prey on women, vying for their attention in order to bilk them out of their money and self-respect. Not to worry, though. They’re just characters from the upcoming production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at Traverse City’s Old Town Playhouse.
Monday, September 22, 2014

A Mug and a Dream

Northport Brewing’s First Season Exceeds Expectations

Dining Ross Boissoneau Scott and Pamela Cain are taking Northport back in time by moving their business forward. During the 19th and early 20th centuries, most small towns boasted their own breweries. With the post-war boom of mass production techniques, these small breweries eventually closed due to large scale competitors, but over the past decade, tiny towns all across the country—and especially across Michigan—are once again embracing the idea. Now Northport is catching on to the microbrewery trend with the opening of Northport Brewing in late June 2014.
Monday, September 15, 2014

Betsie Bay’s Gem of a Grille

Dining Ross Boissoneau

When Jill Weide and Dale Evans swapped the rat race for a slower pace, they chose Northern Michigan. They retired, moved from Virginia, and bought a small cafe for sale overlooking Betsie Bay between Frankfort and Elberta.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Pub Fare With a Twist

Dining Ross Boissoneau For entrées, the baked salmon is moist and flavorful. Rustic mac and cheese includes cappicola, caramelized onion, and one, two, three cheeses (gruyere, sharp cheddar and Parmesan). The signature tomato pasta is made in-house and includes chicken, beer-braised sausage, goat cheese and a smoked blush sauce.
Monday, September 1, 2014

Viva La Vivio's!

Dining Ross Boissoneau Don’t forget about pizza. Oswald says Vivio’s has largely built its reputation on the quality of its pies. Pepperoni, sausage and mushrooms top the favorite ingredients, but Vivio’s also mixes in feta cheese, artichoke hearts, and even shrimp..
Monday, August 25, 2014

‘In the People Business, Serving Food’

The Bennethums are up north where they belong.

Dining Ross Boissoneau

For years, Jeff and Cheryl Bennethum ran Jeffrey’s Northern Inn near Detroit. With its rustic décor and menu harking to the north woods, it was a hit. Only thing is, it was far from the locale it emulated. And far from where their hearts dictated they eventually relocate.

Monday, August 18, 2014

BLTs… and a Whole Lot More

Dining Ross Boissoneau

After naming their restaurant Edany BLT, owners Eddie and Dani Walker ran into a bit of a marketing problem.

The name – a combination of their names and the first letters of “breakfast/lunch/to go” – prompted many to order a bacon/lettuce/tomato sandwich.

“People said, ‘Wow, you must have a great BLT,’” said Eddie Walker. “We didn’t even have it on the menu.”

Monday, August 11, 2014

Seriously Sweet Donuts Hit TC

Dining Ross Boissoneau The biggest flavor gamble is also a best seller: The shop’s Mackinaw Bacon Maple Long John is just exactly what it sounds like. The maple-flavored long john is indeed topped with a strip of bacon, melding smoky, sweet, and savory in each bite..
Monday, August 4, 2014

Benzonia's Roadhouse

Authentic Mexican Food

Dining Ross Boissoneau Start with an appetizer. There are the usual suspects like bean dip with cheese and chorizo, queso dip with cilantro, and guacamole. If you want something a little more unique, try Miguel’s Award-Winning Wings. Not sure what the award was, but with mango BBQ sauce or house red sauce complemented by blue cheese dressing, it doesn’t matter.
Monday, August 4, 2014

Homesteading Comes Alive in Port Oneida

Features Ross Boissoneau Albany businessman Thomas Kelderhouse, who owned numerous Lake Michigan cargo ships, was responsible for much of the logging in the area. In 1862 he built a dock on land provided by Burfiend. The growing community was named after the SS Oneida, one of the first steamships to stop at the dock.