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Letters 07-06-2015

Safety on the “Bridge to Nowhere” Grant Parsons wrote an articulate column in opposition to the proposed Traverse City pier at the mouth of the Boardman River. He cites issues such as limited access, lack of parking, increased congestion, environmental degradation, and pork barrel spending of tax dollars. I would add another to this list: public safety...

Vote Carefully A recent poll showed 84% of Michiganders support increasing Michigan’s renewable energy standard to at least 20% from the current 10%. Yet Representative Ray Franz has sponsored legislation to eliminate the standard. This out of touch position is reminiscent of Franz’s opposition to the Pure Michigan campaign and support for increased taxes on retirees....

Credit Where Credit Is Due I think you should do another article about the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund giving proper credit to all involved, not just Tom Washington. Many others were just as involved...

I’ve Changed My Mind The Supreme Court has determined that states cannot keep same-sex couples from marrying and must recognize their unions. This has happened with breathtaking suddenness. It took 246 years for Americans to decide that slavery was wrong and abolish it, but it’s been only a couple of decades since any successful attempt was made to legalize same-sex marriage, and four years since a majority of the American public supported legalization...


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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.
 
Monday, March 30, 2015

The Local’s Guide to Wine Tours

Features Beth Milligan Every year, tens of thousands of visitors flock to northern Michigan to tour the more than 35 wineries dotted across Old Mission and Leelanau peninsulas. But, for locals living with the vineyards in their backyards, it can be easy to take such amenities for granted — or to dismiss winetasting as an activity only for tourists.
 
Monday, February 9, 2015

2015 Traverse City Winter Comedy Arts Festival

Features Beth Milligan From one of the country’s biggest political comedians to a blockbuster film director to a roster of returning standup favorites and up-and-coming comedic talents, the 2015 Traverse City Winter Comedy Arts Festival has something for everyone. Here’s our guide to the star-studded lineup of guests stepping up to the mic Feb.
 
Monday, February 2, 2015

Keys to Attracting YPs

Features Beth Milligan In December 2011, Governor Snyder delivered an address to the Michigan Legislature on the state’s “talent disconnect.” .
 
Monday, January 19, 2015

Gone Truckin'

Features Beth Milligan Many northern Michiganders consider themselves experienced drivers in treacherous conditions, but for die-hard gearheads, wintry roads pale in comparison to roaring over steep hills, spinning through mud pits, climbing over boulders and racing up ski slopes. We spoke to the region’s most passionate (dare we say obsessive?)off-roading enthusiasts about the events – and vehicles – that drive them.
 
Monday, January 12, 2015

Healing Vanguard

Features Beth Milligan Three regional oncologists are leading the charge to battle cancer in their communities. Whether working to open the region’s first cancer center, exploring alternative therapies to relieve cancer’s debilitating side effects or being motivated by a...
 
Monday, December 8, 2014

Mountaintop And Sleigh Ride Dinners

Features Beth Milligan While mountaintop and sleigh ride dining have long been popular activities at western ski resorts, northern Michigan is now embracing the tradition with signature style. Offering exquisite cuisine, breathtaking views and a truly unique experience to savor long after the weather warms, there are many options from which to choose.
 
Monday, December 8, 2014

Kite On The Bay Or Throw A Stone

Features Beth Milligan Farran is part of a group of roughly 30 regular snowkiters who can be seen gliding across icy fields and frozen bodies of waters in Grand Traverse and Leelanau county every winter on skis or snowboards under colorful kites. Like the summer version of the sport, kite snowboarding involves harnessing the wind to gain.
 
Monday, September 15, 2014

Day Trip: Grand Rapids

Features Beth Milligan With world-class breweries, a cutting edge culinary scene, multiple music venues and one of the country’s most dynamic art events, it’s easy to see why Grand Rapids was named number one on Lonely Planet’s list of top 10 U.S. destinations to visit in 2014.
 
Monday, April 14, 2014

Bottoms Up

ELIXIR’S FRESH CONCOCTIONS

Dining Beth Milligan Owned by holistic chiropractor Dr. Jena Hullman, the café’s approach to juices, smoothies, coffee and other beverages is to use only wholesome ingredients, strictly avoiding refi ned sugars and carbs, gluten, and artifi cial sweeteners..
 
Thursday, February 3, 2005

Indy Film Scene Guide: Arthouse flix, foreign films and documentaries are making their mark, even in Northern Michigan

Features Beth Milligan At the Golden Globes this year, there were a number of A-list stars who received nominations: Leonard DiCaprio for best actor (“The Aviator”), Uma Thurman for best actress (“Kill Bill Vol. 2”), Clint Eastwood for best director (“Million Dollar Baby”). No surprises here: award shows revolve around successful names.
Box office revenue often correlates directly with nominations… which raises an interesting question: who, exactly, is Imelda Staunton? She was nominated for best actress for her work in “Vera Drake” -- competing against the likes of Nicole Kidman and Renee Zellweger -- but there didn’t seem to be one red carpet reporter who knew who she was. And what about “Hotel Rwanda”? It was up for best picture, but unlike “The Aviator” or “Finding Neverland,” I’ve never seen it playing at any of the theaters I’ve been to. In all of the glitz and glamour of Tinseltown ceremonies, where do these dark horse nominations come from?
The Globes this year reflected a growing trend in the movie industry: public acknowledgement of independent films. Previously restricted to film festivals and cable channels like HBO, independent filmmaking is finally claiming its rightful place in the Hollywood spotlight… and audiences are sitting up and taking notice. Films like “The Blair Witch Project” and “Napoleon Dynamite” have shown that it doesn’t take a bloated budget to bring in big box office; it’s not special effects but a good story that draws people to theaters. And big-name stars are giving up their inflated paychecks to be a part of these smaller films, hungry for challenging roles and well-written scripts.
 
Thursday, December 16, 2004

Put on Your Tanooki Suit

Music Beth Milligan Tanooki Suit has worked the last three years on creating a strong presence in the area music scene through touring and frequent local appearances. This energetic indie rock band is comprised of four high school students from Traverse City: Patrick Carroll on guitar and vocals, Will Thomas on drums, Colin Campbell on bass guitar, and Andrew Rosinski on guitar. Northern Express sat down with Tanooki Suit to talk about music, the local scene, and what comes next.
 
 
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