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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

New Housing Projects Dot Northern Michigan

Features Beth Milligan Expect to see a lot of cranes in the air this summer as developers scramble to meet northern Michigan’s skyrocketing housing demand. Construction is particularly intense in Traverse City, but several other communities also have notable residential projects underway.
 
Saturday, April 23, 2016

The Buoyancy of Boyne City

Features Beth Milligan In the last 10 years, something has shifted in this community of just less than 4,000 residents. Visitors still flock to the resorts, but now they’re also likely to be strolling Boyne City’s downtown streets in the summer, taking in winter concerts...
 
Saturday, March 12, 2016

Northern Michigan Brewers On The Move

Features Beth Milligan Just one month after announcing plans to distribute outside the state of Michigan for the first time, Short’s Brewing Company has finalized deals to sell its beer in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio by the end of March.
 
Saturday, March 5, 2016

5 Northern Michiganders Redefining Retirement

Features Beth Milligan In 2014, Traverse City resident Susie Janis helped launched a new program at the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation. Janis recruited a group of donors who each made a three-year commitment to contribute $25,000 annually to the newlynamed Get It Done Fund.
 
Saturday, February 13, 2016

The New Face Of Magnum Hospitality

Features Beth Milligan the last 17 years, Fred Moore, Mary Palmer and Jim Cartwright have been the owners and faces of Magnum Hospitality, the popular northern Michigan restaurant group that includes Pearl’s New Orleans Kitchen in Elk Rapids, Red Mesa Grill in Traverse City and Boyne City, and Cafe Sante in Boyne City.
 
Saturday, January 9, 2016

In Pursuit Of A Cure: Cancer Research In Northern Michigan

Features Beth Milligan For most, the term “cancer research” conjures up images of university laboratories, scientific institutes and metropolitan medical centers. Yet local community hospitals across northern Michigan are also playing a crucial part in the search to find a cure.
 
Saturday, December 19, 2015

Raise a Glass to 2016

Features Beth Milligan Nothing says New Year’s Eve like champagne. But picking up a few bottles of high-end bubbly can quickly add up. Beverage Manager and Sommelier Travis Tache of Petoskey’s Seventeen says several brands in the $30-$40 range “knock out” their more expensive counterparts in both quality and taste.
 
Saturday, November 21, 2015

5 Nonprofit Giving Tips

Features Beth Milligan “One easy first step is for people to identify what they’re interested in and what’s important to them,” said Program Director Joe Liszewski of NorthSky Nonprofit Network. “From there, people can look locally, statewide or nationally for organizations that fit those criteria.
 
Saturday, October 31, 2015

First Responders: Northern Michigan Women on the Front Lines

Features Beth Milligan Every day across northern Michigan, women in life-saving positions — including firefighters, EMTs, 911 dispatchers and other first responders — respond to the call of duty to provide aid and assistance to fellow citizens in need. The Northern Express profiles four women serving their communities on the front lines.
 
Saturday, September 19, 2015

Restaurant Openings

Features Beth Milligan Details: Owner-chef Anthony Craig has already incubated one successful restaurant in the tiny 350 square-foot space on East Front Street in Traverse City. After moving his Latin-Asian fusion eatery Georgina’s to bigger digs down the street, Craig is now turning his attention to the upcoming launch of breakfast/lunch café Elsie’s.
 
Friday, August 14, 2015

Saved In the Line of Duty

A Healing Bond Between Officers And One Northern Michigan Company

Features Beth Milligan The morning of Aug. 5, 2012, Lt. Brian Murphy responded to a disturbance at a local Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. As he approached the complex, working what he’d anticipated would be a quiet Sunday shift, Murphy had no idea his life was about to be upended.
 
Friday, July 31, 2015

A New Twist on Home-Cooked Meals

Features Beth Milligan Wish you could eat healthier, but aren’t sure where to start? Crave a homemade dinner, but don’t have the time or energy to cook from scratch every night? Meet three companies who are taking over the shopping, prepping and cooking — all so you don’t have to.
 
Saturday, July 25, 2015

TCFF’s Special Guests: Inspire, Entertain, Educate

Features Beth Milligan This week’s Traverse City Film Festival (July 28-August 2) brings a constellation of directors, writers, producers and characters – both fictional and real – to northern Michigan.
 
Saturday, June 27, 2015

Tired of the City? Visit the Farm

Features Beth Milligan Need a reprieve from the noise, traffic and summer crowds of the city? Consider visiting one of the region’s many beautiful working farms.
 
Monday, May 25, 2015

Eau de Vie: The Water of Life

Features Beth Milligan French for “water of life,” eau de vie is a clear, unsweetened brandy made from mashed fruit pulp that’s been fermented and distilled. It’s characterized by its high alcohol content — usually 80 proof or higher — and, most notably, its intense fruit flavor.
 
 
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