Northern Express - Features http://www.northernexpress.com/michigan/articles.sec-143-1-features.html <![CDATA[The Sweet Smell of Success at Lavender Hill Farm - ]]> FRESH FARM While neither Linda nor Roy Longworth had any farming background prior to buying the land that would become Lavender Hill, they loved to garden and, most of all, felt a sense of urgency upon hearing that the farm property would be sold at auction.]]> <![CDATA[Scott Craig’s Stories Next Door - ]]> DRIVEWAY MOMENTS Most often compared to Paul Harvey – and to what many IPR listeners will remember as “driveway moments” in which listeners stayed glued to the radio until each story’s conclusion – the real people in each of Craig’s capsule stories could be neighbors.]]> <![CDATA[A Frozen Harvest? - ]]>

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.

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<![CDATA[Dennos Welcomes Two New Modern Exhibitions - ]]> Li Hongbo’s work involves the stacking of thousands of sheets of paper, using glue and pressure to hold them together. Sawing, cutting, and later fine-tuning with sandpaper, he crafts the paper into sculptures that mimic marble.]]> <![CDATA[Northport Busts Out - The county’s northernmost village went from bust to boom, but how? ]]>

New businesses have appeared up and down Waukazoo St., eager to serve the 500- plus people who live there year-round as well as waves of summer visitors.

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<![CDATA[20 Fascinating People - ]]> Here’s to a new annual tradition – celebrating our region’s personalities and their stories. We’ve searched from Gaylord to Good Hart and from Manistee to Mackinac, and found dozens and dozens of individuals who qualify as “fascinating.”]]> <![CDATA[Crossed - A local pastor and a local atheist debate Should Abortion Be Legal?]]> I originally started out with three arguments as to why abortion has been a bad deal for everyone—women, men, and society as a whole. I’m old enough to remember one of the early pro-choice arguments: abortion will eliminate or severely curtain child abuse because only wanted children will be born.]]> <![CDATA[State of Man: Our therapist will see us now - ]]> 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.
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<![CDATA[Slim Cuts, Rich Palettes Define Fall Menswear - Color is back, slim is in, and denim’s set to dominate.]]> Menswear experts Craig Ryan of Craig Ryan Fine Menswear, The Clothes Post owner Jeff Pagel, Ella’s Men’s Stylist Salvador Cisneros, and Captain’s Quarters’ owner Maurie Allen say that choices for men are getting more colorful, with better fabrics and styling.]]> <![CDATA[Friday Night Lights - HIGH SCHOOL TEAMS TO WATCH ]]> Optimism is rampant; as of today, every squad has a chance at playing in the Michigan High School Athletic Association Championship Games set for Nov. 28 and 29 at Detroit’s Ford Field. Here are a few schools, teams and players we have our eyes on this season.]]> <![CDATA[200-plus Brews; Brandi Carlile at Microbrew Fest - A simple idea – pairing local microbrews with live music – has exploded into something spectacular in Traverse City.]]> Bigger than ever, the fifth annual Traverse City Microbrew and Music Fest has a 200-beer menu, hotter bands, enormous tents, and a full-on light show to cap it all off.

“These things are what move me,” said organizer Sam Porter. “We love this event, and it brings so much good to the community.”

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<![CDATA[Homecoming Pow Wow Celebrates Veterans - 23 years of bringing Odawa culture closer to the community ]]> Every year, the Odawa people--along with members of other Indian nations and their non-Native neighbors--gather to honor their own at the Odawa Homecoming Pow Wow. This year, a new layer of meaning will be added to the celebration as the Odawa pay respects to all veterans and warriors, enhancing the event that brings northern Michigan’s unique cultures closer together.]]> <![CDATA[Schooner Fest Sets Sail - The fest returns with ships, art, food, symphonic music, and much more]]>

In the early days of Traverse City’s Maritime Heritage Alliance (MHA), the membership would launch as many boats as they could in an impromptu “just for fun” regatta that would kick off the sailing season. These days, the Alliance holds this regatta, now called Schooner Fest, with a little more purpose: as a fundraiser for the organization.

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<![CDATA[Cameron Brunet-Koch and Tim Nelson - College Leaders talk learner success, college preparedness]]> Think students and parents have a lot on their minds entering a new school year? Cameron Brunet-Koch is the president of Petoskey’s North Central Michigan College (NCMC). Tim Nelson is president of Traverse City’s Northwestern Michigan College (NMC). The duo met at NMC a few weeks back to ponder the issues big and small facing them, their institutions, and their communities.]]> <![CDATA[Grading Our Schools - Money, scores drive inequities across district lines ]]>

As parents are well aware, selecting a school district is hardly black and white. Funding formulas and test scores – though widely available – are confusing even to the adminstrators that adhere to them. Although the State of Michigan readily provides this information online, navigating it can be another story.

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<![CDATA[Elvyn Lea - Unique Up North Lodging ]]> A rustic retreat that’s been off the radar for years is getting an extreme makeover by an ambitious local couple with an eye for potential. Say farewell to the Boyne Valley Lodge, and hello to Elvyn Lea, a fanciful property meant for summer brides, family getaways, and corporate retreats.]]> <![CDATA[Homesteading Comes Alive in Port Oneida - ]]> Albany businessman Thomas Kelderhouse, who owned numerous Lake Michigan cargo ships, was responsible for much of the logging in the area. In 1862 he built a dock on land provided by Burfiend. The growing community was named after the SS Oneida, one of the first steamships to stop at the dock.]]> <![CDATA[Ironworkers Festival Stays Strong - A drive over the Mackinac Bridge is enough to give anyone the heebie-jeebies.]]> But in the days before safety harnesses and aerial lifts, hundreds of men climbed to the top of the towering iron columns to piece the iconic structure together. The grueling and dangerous tasks – which continue today – unite the ironworkers as a real band of brothers. So it’s no surprise that they celebrate their achievements at an annual festival each year.

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<![CDATA[Boom Times Hit Village of Walloon Lake - ]]>

Lingering sadly on the shores of tony Walloon Lake was a tiny village, marked by burned-out buildings and abandoned businesses. That was the 1980s. Today, the Village of Walloon Lake is booming, with one committed family sinking millions into its thoughtful, multi-stage redevelopment.

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<![CDATA[TC Dance Project is Back - After a one-year hiatus, the Traverse City Dance Project is back.]]> Artistic directors Jennifer McQuiston Lott and Brent Whitney, a Traverse City native, are bringing together professional dancers, apprentices, choreographers, and musicians for two shows at the City Opera House.]]>