Northern Express - Features http://www.northernexpress.com/michigan/articles.sec-143-1-features.html <![CDATA[Traverse City’s Development Boom - ]]>

The Grand Traverse region is experiencing one of the most intensive development booms in decades, thanks to a recovering economy, strong population growth and high demand for housing and commercial real estate.

“This is probably one of the most active times I can remember with all the development going on,” says Grand Traverse County Deputy Director of Planning and Development Jean Derenzy. “I think right now the economy is right.

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<![CDATA[Thinking About Killing Yourself? Read This. - ]]>

People who work in suicide counseling say the biggest factor contributing to someone’s life or death is whether that person is able to overcome the stigma associated with mental illness and ask for help.

If you live in northern Michigan and you’re thinking about killing yourself, call one of these numbers: (231) 922-4800 or (800) 442-7315. They connect to the Third Level Crisis Intervention Center suicide hotline.

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<![CDATA[Sleeping Bear Farm: A Year in Beekeeping - ]]> Today, Kirk Jones is the owner of Sleeping Bear Farms honey operation in Beulah, where he presides over hundreds of hives, the bees that live in them and the products they make together, but his story really begins back on the bayou.]]> <![CDATA[15 Fun Facts About the Mackinac Bridge Walk - ]]> You say potato, I say potahto… Mackinac Island was considered shaped like a turtle, so it was given the early Native American name Michilimackinac (Great Turtle), a moniker that eventually came to represent the entire Straits of Mackinac region. By the early 1800s, it was shortened to Mackinac.]]> <![CDATA[Does Religion Reduce or Promote Discrimination? - A local pastor and a local atheist debate]]> “Byrdes of on kynde and color flok and flye allwayes together.” We will find it in Benjamin Jowett’s translation of Plato’s Republic from 1856: “Men of my age flock together; we are birds of a feather, as the old proverb says.” We will find examples throughout nature.]]> <![CDATA[Invasion of the '80s - ]]>

One is a San Francisco glam-punk band whose stage presence includes flashing sunglasses, platform shoes, wild stage antics and questionable lyrics. The other is an alternative power-rock outfit from New Jersey who favors black T-shirts and got its name from a Yosemite Sam catchphrase.

Opposite coasts, and most definitely contradictory approaches to being a band, but you’ll hear similar sounds because they both crafted some of the most familiar songs of ’80s rock radio, which is probably why they’ve hit the road together for their 2015 Rock of the ’80s Tour. They’re making a stop at the Little River Casino Resort this weekend.

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<![CDATA[20 Fascinating People - ]]>

Jada Johnson, Bill Bustance, Al Bakker, Lou Mettler, James McDivitt, Matt Myers, Zoe Rashid-Marshall, Dennis Wiggins, Maureen Abood, Nick Carman, Brad Bensinger, Bernie Rink, Mardi Link, Christopher Morey, Rebecca Lessard, Sally Van Vleck, Vicky Long, Sue Kurta, George Golubovskis, Leo Gillis.

Local Activists, Astronauts, Authors, Archivists, Cheesemakers, and more.

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<![CDATA[Saved In the Line of Duty - A Healing Bond Between Officers And One Northern Michigan Company]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Sun Frog - Fast Growing New Company Could Turn Gaylord into the T-Shirt Capital of the World]]>

In a nondescript industrial park on the outskirts of Gaylord, young workers have their fingers on the Internet’s pulse. For instance, take their approach to March 14, 2015.

“I didn’t think anything of Pi Day, but when Pi Day hit, we sold tens of thousands. I’m going to guess we sold 50,000 Pi Day T- shirts, and that just came out of left field,” said Josh Kent, founder and CEO of Sun Frog Shirts, an online T-shirt store. “I was like, ‘Wait, what’s Pi Day? Oh yeah, the day of Pi, 3.14.’ I love it when they go viral.”

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<![CDATA[Testosterone - More Than Just A Number ]]> Aging gracefully doesn’t have to mean accepting a steady decline. Today, men have ways of fighting back, especially when it comes to testosterone, the hormone with a profound effect on quality of life.]]> <![CDATA[The Cherry-Roubaix Celebrating Cycling - ]]>

At 9am on a Sunday morning, hundreds of cyclists will line up on Traverse City’s Front Street to embark on a full-day celebration of bicycling, scenery, local food and drink.

Sound like fun? That's the whole idea behind Cherry-Roubaix, the Traverse City cycling event that offers road space to cyclists of all abilities and throws in a big, fun bash to look forward to at the end.

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<![CDATA[Welcome Aboard the Floating Classrooms of Grand Traverse Bay - ]]> “I was doing that and going to college, trying to figure out what I was doing with my life, and I saw this unique experience occurring and I just loved it. I watched kids learn and all I could think about was, ‘Man, why wasn’t school like that for me?’ I hated school,” Sitkins said.]]> <![CDATA[Hoxeyville's Homegrown Festival - ]]> It's the little festival that could. Now entering its 12th year, the Hoxeyville Music Festival combines big-time regional touring musicians with some of the best local music that northern Michigan has to offer – and recognition is growing slowly, but surely.]]> <![CDATA[You Can Learn Anything - ]]> In addition to our region’s colleges like Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) in Traverse City and North Central Michigan College (NCMC) in Petoskey, satellite campuses offer a variety of ways to learn, complete college requirements and more, either from your hometown, online or with a combination of both.]]> <![CDATA[Summer's Last Gasp! - Camping Ideas for Making the Most of The Remaining Season]]> Quick – bag up the tent, grab some firewood, put the hot dogs in the cooler and load everyone into the car! There's still a little summer left, so no matter what your camping style, go and make some last-minute memories at these great campsites before the real world sets back in.]]> <![CDATA[Memory Training Helps Treat ADHD - ]]> As Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) diagnoses among children continues to rise, one Traverse City psychiatrist might have some good news to share with parents and educators: A diagnosis could be wrong.]]> <![CDATA[Local Food - An Industry Made From Scratch]]> “I think people are definitely becoming a lot more aware of where their food is coming from and I think that has definitely opened up the potential,” he said. “With water shortages out west and all that, pretty soon, it will be a necessity to source all food locally.]]> <![CDATA[Press on Juice - ]]>

She navigated the high-powered Chicago business world for years, working for top companies like Johnson & Johnson and Medtronic. As time passed, she moved even father up the ladder, eventually co-owning an IT firm. Sometimes you need to get back to basics before you can press on to your next career adventure. That's what Kris Rockwood did when she left the big city to start a company of her own in northern Michigan — one with plenty of liquid assets.

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<![CDATA[Local Dietitians Weigh-In - ]]> Obesity and related health issues have become an epidemic in our state, but sorting through the endless advice columns, weight loss blogs and self-help books can be a time-consuming task. To simplify this overwhelming topic, EXPRESS asked doctors and professional hospital dietitians around our region to share some of the practical, healthier choices we can all start making today.]]> <![CDATA[A New Twist on Home-Cooked Meals - ]]> 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.]]>