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Letters 08-03-2015

Real Brownfields Deserve Dollars I read with interest the story on Brownfield development dollars in the July 20 issue. I applaud Dan Lathrop and other county commissioners who voted “No” on the Randolph Street project...

Hopping Mad Carlin Smith is hopping mad (“Will You Get Mad With Me?” 7-20-15). Somebody filed a fraudulent return using his identity, and he’s not alone. The AP estimates the government “pays more than $5 billion annually in fraudulent tax refunds.” Well, many of us have been hopping mad for years. This is because the number one tool Congress has used to fix this problem has been to cut the IRS budget –by $1.2 billion in the last 5 years...

Just Grumbling, No Solutions Mark Pontoni’s grumblings [recent Northern Express column] tell us much about him and virtually nothing about those he chooses to denigrate. We do learn that Pontoni may be the perfect political candidate. He’s arrogant, opinionated and obviously dimwitted...

A Racist Symbol I have to respond to Gordon Lee Dean’s letter claiming that the confederate battle flag is just a symbol of southern heritage and should not be banned from state displays. The heritage it represents was the treasonous effort to continue slavery by seceding from a democratic nation unwilling to maintain such a consummate evil...

Not So Thanks I would like to thank the individual who ran into and knocked over my Triumph motorcycle while it was parked at Lowe’s in TC on Friday the 24th. The $3,000 worth of damage was greatly appreciated. The big dent in the gas tank under the completely destroyed chrome badge was an especially nice touch...

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Monday, March 30, 2015

It Pays to Live Here

Features Jodee Taylor One aptly named discount is the “Tourist In My Own Town” card. For $60, you’ll get a card (mailed to your local address) that is good for a discount at more than two dozen businesses.
 
Monday, March 9, 2015

Ready Set... Distill!

Features Jodee Taylor When Michigan banned deer baiting, Mark Moseler found himself wondering what happened to all the sugar beets that couldn’t be used any longer. Six years later, he’s found a tasty and unique way to repurpose them: vodka made from Michigan sugar beets..
 
Monday, March 9, 2015

Make Your own!

Features Jodee Taylor The Whiskey High proof, un-aged liquor — clear and straight from the still — is needed. Grand Traverse Distillery sells 100 proof un-aged spirits. Harmon recommends going no higher than 125 proof, but liquor up to 151 proof can be found. At the end of the aging process, the spirits’ proof will have risen.
 
Monday, February 2, 2015

Learning Online

Features Jodee Taylor Nearly one third of high school students in Traverse City Area Public Schools take an entire class online, says Dan Overski, the district’s online learning coordinator and an assistant principal at West Senior High. He says flexibility in scheduling is the biggest reason students sign up for an online class.
 
Monday, January 26, 2015

Just Elope!

Features Jodee Taylor “Something meaningful to us,” said Sarah, 35. So the Leelanau County couple eloped to the Marquette County courthouse on the 2011 winter solstice. One friend served as a witness, another as a photographer, and a judge they’d never met before pronounced them husband and wife.
 
Sunday, November 2, 2014

The Picture of a Leader

Features Jodee Taylor Liz Ahrens, 52, is executive director of Petoskey’s Crooked Tree Arts Center, soon to merge with Artcenter Traverse City (see sidebar). Once the merger is complete, she’ll lead the new merged organization.
 
Sunday, October 19, 2014

Dining With Dogs

Dining Jodee Taylor In Michigan, it’s actually illegal to have animals in areas where food is served, including outdoor dining areas. However, state and federal food codes prohibiting animals in these areas refer to full-service dining situations. If food is prepared indoors and carried outside by the patron himself, no laws are being broken.
 
Friday, October 10, 2014

Things That Go Bump in the Night

Parafest brings ghostly celebrities and other-world enthusiasts to Petoskey.

Features Jodee Taylor A former employee keeps coming back to the historic Terrace Inn in Petoskey’s Bayview district. There is only one problem— she’s been dead for nearly 90 years. In 1926, the former maid returned to stay the night in room 211. Four months pregnant, Elizabeth tripped on the bed frame, lost her baby, and lost her own life.
 
Monday, September 22, 2014

The Ripple Effect of the Mario Batali Tweet

Features Jodee Taylor Celebrity chef and part-time Leelanau County resident Mario Batali is all over the media, both traditional and social. And he’s effusive in sharing his love of northern Michigan — its scenery, its golf and, especially, its food.
 
Monday, September 15, 2014

Day Trip: Lansing and East Lansing

Features Jodee Taylor It’s 180-220 miles from Northern Michigan to Lansing. You’ll likely spend $40-$60 on gas for a round trip. The best route from here is to take M-115 south of Cadillac to U.S. 10 until just past Clare, where U.S. 127 splits off towards Mount Pleasant.
 
Monday, September 15, 2014

Fly Nearby

Making a quick layover at our regional airports

Features Jodee Taylor While the number of flights in and out of the Traverse City airport has stayed fairly constant — about 50 to 60 a day in the summertime — the number of passengers has gone up. And, probably as a result, airfares in and out of TVC have gone down, meaning flying in and out of Traverse City makes economic sense again.
 
Monday, September 1, 2014

A Frozen Harvest?

Features Jodee Taylor

TRAVERSE CITY — After planting a cold-tolerant breed of grapes in the fall of 2010, Benjamin Dark is a happy man. The winery manager and brewer at Harbor Springs Vineyard at Pond Hill Farms has a good crop of Marquette, a red wine grape developed by the University of Minnesota specifically for cooler climates.

 
Monday, August 18, 2014

State of Man: Our therapist will see us now

Features Jodee Taylor Is today’s man more sensitive than his 20th century counterpart? More independent? More invested in marriage and relationships or less? We asked an expert. Greg Holmes is a clinical psychologist, practicing for more than thirty years in Traverse City. He has a bachelor’s degree and doctorate from Michigan State University, and a master’s from Central Michigan University.
 
Monday, July 28, 2014

Film Fest Success Takes a Village

Four volunteers share their stories

Features Jodee Taylor “It’s like a wine and food pairing,” he said. There also are outdoor gigs, including Clinch Park, which this year will feature music from noon-10pm each day. Sullivan hopes to have daily themes, like a cappella or jazz. He’s also planning nightly jam sessions at the Workshop Brewing Co.
 
Monday, July 21, 2014

Who Ya Gonna Call?

Local woman writes book about how to get rid of demons

Features Jodee Taylor Harris, who moved to Traverse City in March, uses herbs (white sage, sweetgrass), olive oil, salt and holy water in her house blessings and says she has a 98 percent success rate. The failures were at homes where the family didn’t follow her instructions, she says, or weren’t fully behind the process.
 
 
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