Letters 11-30-2015

“Snapshots” of Islam Offensive  In his latest effort (Northern Express Nov. 23 - Nov. 29, 2015,) David Kachadurian provides a jumble of FYI disclosures pertaining to Islam and Muslim societies, and posing as if providing a public service announcement, he advises the readers to ponder their import and to “make of them what you will.”

Not Another War To these people who believe we need to be at war in the Middle East all the time: try thinking about getting the countries that are in the area to take care of these bad guys instead of us. We are almost in constant war and have been as long as most can remember...

The Unvaccinated Are Punished Pulling healthy children from school due to a so called “outbreak” of a mild childhood illness isn’t for the safety of the community, as we’re being led to believe. It’s to prove a point that the health department will follow through on their threats to exclude the unvaccinated from all school related events, whenever they see fit...

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Good Food and Some (Really) Bad Drinks at Mulligan's

Dining Ross Boissoneau There are some signature drinks that are slightly more palatable, however. The Mulligan is a mix of UV Blue Vodka, Crantasia, lemonade, Sprite and pineapple juice, while the Nutty Bulldog is a mix of Stoli vanilla vodka, Frangelico, Kahlua, cola and cream.
Monday, April 7, 2014

Northern Michigan ups its Adaptive Recreation

Features Ross Boissoneau Barb Hutchens is a member of the board of Disability Network Northern Michigan and a volunteer at Traverse Area Community Sailing (TACS). For years, she’s been instrumental in developing adaptive sailing programs for enthusiastic sailors of all ages..
Monday, March 31, 2014

Come, Sit, Stay at the Dogg

Dining Ross Boissoneau In keeping with his parents’ unusual furniture and accessories store, the restaurant is a patchwork of textures and re-used materials. Old doors serve as walls or booths, the bar is made from a nunnery’s old floorboards, and antique (or at least well-used) tables dot the premises.
Monday, March 31, 2014

Edgy “Rain” Hits Studio Theatre

Features Ross Boissoneau The two come into conflict with one another and their superiors after they chase a pimp who shot into Denny’s house, injuring his son. Along the way they return a scared Vietnamese boy to his uncle, with tragic results. In relating the events the two confront scary truths about one another and themselves.
Monday, March 24, 2014

Culinary Tourism

HOT FOR 2014

Features Ross Boissoneau

If you feed them, they will come. Culinary tourism, the theme at this year’s Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism, had more than 1,000 tourism experts and entrepreneurs talking in early March. When it comes to maximizing tourism dollars spent in Michigan, food, agriculture, and locally produced beverages are what bring – and keep – money here.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Dinghy's New Lifeline: Families, Ribs

Dining Ross Boissoneau The nautical décor at Dinghy’s is prominent, from the record-setting brown trout caught in Betsie Bay displayed behind the bar, to paddles, a ship’s bell and other seafaring items. Car ferry signs hang from the ceiling, while old maritime maps and photos adorn the walls.
Monday, March 10, 2014

A TC Favorite

Dining Ross Boissoneau For Randy Waclawski and Patty Hickman, serving up food to hungry customers at The Dish Café in Traverse City is a labor of love. Though 50- to 70-hour workweeks have been the norm since purchasing the café eight years ago, their enthusiasm hasn’t waned.
Monday, March 3, 2014

Everybody's Jolly at the Pumpkin

Dining Ross Boissoneau Fried goat cheese instead of the standard mozzarella; crab (not potato) tater tots; pulled pork nachos; and the French fries are seasoned with truffle sea salt. Addictive amber ale mayo accompanies both fries and the Pumpkin’s signature kettle-fried curried chips.
Monday, March 3, 2014

The new Church Music

Features Ross Boissoneau Church praise bands hardly seem to be the most controversial topic in a world grappling with global warming and gay rights. But for centuries, parishioners have fought for – and against – everything from an innocent 18th century organ to the ‘70sera “demon drums.”
Monday, January 27, 2014


Dining Ross Boissoneau Owner Michael Peterson and his wife and business partner Rebecca transformed the property in 2007. Now an airy restaurant and lounge, Siren Hall features poured concrete floors and bar top made from a single plank of Douglas fir reclaimed from the Puget Sound.
Monday, January 13, 2014


Dining Ross Boissoneau In charge of the kitchen and menu is Anie Driscoll, who began working in food five years ago, first moving up the ladder at the Resort from the coffee shop to the kitchens, then as executive chef at Stony Point Pub in Suttons Bay. She returned to Grand Traverse Resort last April as Aerie sous chef.
Monday, January 6, 2014


Dining Ross Boissoneau Boothroyd decided to back away from the gym years hours of 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. to keep a lifestyle where he could still be a family man. With hours now set at 10:30 to 4 (6 in the summer), Boothroyd and his staff focus on the lunchtime trade.
Friday, January 3, 2014


Dining Ross Boissoneau They moved from New Mexico and Mason, John’s hometown, to the area to start the Empire Coffee Company. Only problem was they discovered they weren’t alone. “We found there were 12 or 13 Empire Coffee Companies in the country,” said John with a laugh..
Monday, December 9, 2013


Dining Ross Boissoneau The Empire bar and grill has been in business since 1945. Frank and Mary Lerchen bought it in 2006, and they are only the fourth owners. “Mike Wiesen owned it, and before that it was the Meads and the Deerings,” said Frank following a morning breakfast rush.
Monday, December 9, 2013

Ski Season blends slopes with entertainment

Features Ross Boissoneau While Northern Michigan’s ski resorts always pin their biggest hopes on cooperation from Mother Nature, they also put their best foot forward with entertainment, lodging, dining and other activities. From Cadillac to Harbor Springs, skiers and snowboarders can find a host of slopes and plenty to do after a strenuous day outside.