Northern Express - Features http://www.northernexpress.com/michigan/articles.sec-143-1-features.html <![CDATA[2015 Fashion Color Forecast - ]]> “Soft” and “cool” are the buzzwords for this year’s spring/summer season. Colors are running more subdued than in previous warm weather seasons and there is no neon in sight. From Pantone (fashion’s color authority), Women’s Wear Daily, Style.com and the pages of Vogue, let’s learn what colors fit this description so you can prep for your summer clothing shopping spree. Hint: you’ll see a whole lot of earth tones and a ton of dresses.]]> <![CDATA[Comic Take on Downton Comes to Opera House - ]]> The lone actor onstage at the Opera House, on April 29 Kempner will switch instantaneously from cook to earl, maid to aristocrat, but he won’t stop there, inviting in various celebrity visitors. After all, don’t Russell Brand and Rickey Gervais deserve to be part of “Downton Abbey?” Kempner thinks so and, apparently, so do the audiences.]]> <![CDATA[The Case That Haunts Kalkaska - ]]> For years, stacks of evidence and pages of arguments piled up. In 2013, newly-elected Kalkaska County prosecutor Michael Perreault agreed to honor requests from wrongful conviction clinics at the University of Michigan and Northwestern University to authorize new DNA tests.]]> <![CDATA[Going to Market - ]]> Hyde has been buying fashions since the early ‘80s. Before moving Up North, she worked in retail downstate and then opened Molly’s in 1981. Daisy Jane came later in 2010. Both of Hyde’s stores carry an eclectic mix of clothing, which is the result, she said, of catering to a resort area.]]> <![CDATA[From Garbage to Glamour - ]]> Students from Mancelona, Onaway, and Benzie as well as the local Traverse City schools are invited to participate, and Trashion Fashion is an equal opportunity celebration - as long as the basic guidelines are followed, there’s no prejudging, so all of the fashions submitted will actually be showcased on the runway.]]> <![CDATA[Student Style - ]]> It’s the age-old debate: do school uniforms make students focus on “the right stuff,” or are they meaningless yet expensive? While mostly associated with private and parochial schools, 19 percent of public schools now require students to wear uniforms, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (U.]]> <![CDATA[Linda Heller Thrives in a Male Dominated Sport - ]]> “Nationwide, the percentage of female anglers is growing. Statistics suggest that women who fish tend to prefer fly-fishing at a higher proportion than men,” said the longtime fly-fishing proponent. “There’s nothing masculine about it.]]> <![CDATA[How to get up... and Come down fast - ]]> “There’s military, which is a static line attached to the plane that pulls the parachute cord for you; tandem, in which you’re attached to an instructor who does all the work; and AFF, or Accelerated Free Fall, in which you go out with two...]]> <![CDATA[Maximize Your Training! - ]]> <![CDATA[The Reversible Golf Course - ]]> Forest Dunes Golf Club recently hired Traverse City’s Tom Doak, one of the world’s top golf course designers, to create a new course next to the Roscommon club’s existing U.S. top 100-ranked Tom Weiskopf course. As with many of Doak’s designs, this one is destined to generate worldwide attention.]]> <![CDATA[It’s Profane and Anonymous and It’s Come to NMC - ]]> There is round-the-clock, semi-secret, anonymous commentary running every day on the Northwestern Michigan College campus. The social media app Yik Yak has landed at NMC and, throughout the day, students post to a live feed about everything from sex to the weather to classes.]]> <![CDATA[Four “Waves” at the TC Boat Show - ]]> “Increased power and streamlined engineering have made them much more appealing to the market,” MacDonald explained. Tri-tubes — which add an extra pontoon to the middle of the boat — make today’s pontoon boats far more stable, and that’s only one of many new features.]]> <![CDATA[Benzie Grad Rides Statistical Wave to Big Leagues - ]]> The rise of baseball sabermetrics has taken things a step further, giving attention to even more complex statistical analyses, such as WHIP (walks plus hits per inning pitched), BABIP (batting average on balls in play) and VORP (value over replacement player).]]> <![CDATA[Community Collaborates for National Parks Centennial - ]]> “The natural beauty and the history that is preserved in these places — Sleeping Bear Dunes and the other parks — they make for a great playground for people,” said Tom Ulrich, Sleeping Bear’s deputy superintendent.]]> <![CDATA[It Pays to Live Here - ]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[The Local’s Guide to Wine Tours - ]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Road Trip: The U.P. - ]]> From the top of the tannin brown Tahquamenon Falls to the dark depths of a copper mine, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula has its own quirky sights, traditional foods and plenty of backcountry beauty. Head up to visit the Yoopers and you’ll find a whole lot of rustic adventure.]]> <![CDATA[Road Trip: Michigan’s Sunrise Side - ]]> Across the state from northwest Lower Michigan and its legendary sunsets lies the other side of the mitten. Often called The Sunrise Side or The Sunrise Coast, this region from Rogers City to Au Gres offers outdoor recreation opportunities that make for a whole new Up North perspective.]]> <![CDATA[A Bridge and a Divide - ]]> APRIL DECISION DUE Chuck Korn, Garfield Township supervisor and Hartman-Hammond’s biggest proponent of late, wants to see the Cass Road bridge project scuttled. He believes environmentalists want it built to ensure the Hartman-Hammond project never happens.]]> <![CDATA[Five Family-Friendly Adventures - ]]> Mystery Spot – St. Ignace mysteryspotstignace.com Since the 1950s, The Mystery Spot has been mystifying and baffling visitors, allegedly because the land where the Spot sits has unusual, mystical properties. The jury’s still out on that one, but the consensus of fun is certain.]]>