November 17, 2019


Young Author Gets Her Break

Prolific teen prodigy Verity Buchanan
By Ross Boissoneau | Nov. 16, 2019

Poor Fred Thorne didn’t deserve this, and neither did his sisters. When their home burned down and their great-aunt died, he was forced to take them through the wild to the refugee home, and there were so many perils along the way. You can find out what happened to them by reading “The Journey,” but Central Lake teen Verity Buchanan already knows what happened to Fred and his sisters Sandy and Marjorie. After ... Read More >>

We’ve Been Here Before

In 1986, Lake Michigan's Up North shores looked a lot like now. Will 2020 be worse?
By Patrick Sullivan | Nov. 16, 2019

People were caught off guard when Lake Michigan reached record highs in 1986, the last time lake levels were near the level they are today. That year, like this year, the lake crept onto highways, washed away beaches and trees, and tumbled homes from bluffs into the unpredictable inland sea.What did we learn from the havoc created by record-high lake levels 33 years ago? Apparently not much. Lakeside development continued unabated for ... Read More >>

Downstate Destination: Enter Peppa’s World

A hands-on, energy-burning opportunity (ideal for tuckering out kid travelers — and right off I-75)
By Kristi Kates | Nov. 16, 2019

Peppa and George, Mummy and Daddy, Grandpa and Granny Pig — the entire Peppa Pig family would love Great Lakes Crossing’s newest attraction. As a matter of fact, they’d feel right at home. Peppa Pig, as anyone with a preschooler probably already knows, is a British animated TV series centered around Peppa, a girl pig, and her family and friends. Peppa Pig’s World of Play — an attraction that was recently installed ... Read More >>

Local Man to Throw Down in Turkey's World Chessboxing Championship

But first, what the heck is chessboxing?
By Ross Boissoneau | Nov. 16, 2019

It’s the same familiar story everyone knows: Youngster takes up chess, discovers he has an aptitude for it, begins to challenge older players, gets knocked down, gets back up and punches his opponent, moves rook to queens bishop four, then —  Wait a minute — punches opponent? Yes, and welcome to the brave new world of chess boxing. It is actually a thing, although it’s known by few and practiced by hardly ... Read More >>

Make it Rain

Diane Dupuis is here to help us fund the fight of the Great Lakes' life
By Ross Boissoneau | Nov. 16, 2019

Diane Dupuis is the new development director at FLOW (For Love Of Water), the Traverse City-based organization dedicated to preserving the waters of the Great Lakes basin. She previously spent ten years at Interlochen Center for the Arts in communications and fund-development roles before fundraising for two land conservancies. She joins FLOW at a propitious time; the organization has been in the forefront of two high-profile legal fights. One concerns the drawing ... Read More >>

Can One Volunteer Change the World?

Frankfort’s Carrie Hessler-Radelet — former Peace Corps director and current CEO of a humanitarian nonprofit — says yes.
By Al Parker | Nov. 9, 2019

Carrie Hessler-Radelet came across her life's passion more than 35 years ago during a stint as a Peace Corps volunteer in the island nation of Western Samoa, now known as Samoa. “I was living with a host family, and the wife was a 32-year-old woman with eight children,” recalled Hessler-Radelet. “One day I came home, and she was just weeping and weeping. Turns out, she was pregnant with her ninth child.”The family was ... Read More >>

Meaningful Music from Kittel & Co.

Playing Petoskey's Crooked Tree and Interlochen Nov. 15 & 16
By Kristi Kates | Nov. 9, 2019

If you’re a music fan living in Michigan, chances are good you’ve heard of Jeremy Kittel. Originally hailing from the Ann Arbor area, the Grammy-nominated composer and musician — aka violin, fiddle, and viola master — is a force to be reckoned with, and not just in one category of music. The breadth of peers he’s worked with reflects that: Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, Jon Batiste, Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile, Paquito D’Rivera, ... Read More >>

Treat Yo’Self

By Lynda Wheatley | Nov. 9, 2019

  Let’s be honest. The next six weeks are all about giving — giving gifts to your parents, your kids, your kid’s teacher, a Secret Santa, maybe your mail guy. Somewhere in there, you’re going to give a big dinner. And because you live Up North, you’ll probably give up a bedroom, or at the very least, a pull-out couch, to some overnighting out-of-towner. You’re going to drop change in a red ... Read More >>

Double Life

Christopher Cox was a pastor, a successful businessman, a Rotarian, a father and husband. He was also a meth-addicted sexual predator who preyed on young men.
By Patrick Sullivan | Nov. 9, 2019

Warning: Details in the following story might be disturbing to some readers.There was talk among a small group of inmates at the Grand Traverse County jail, talk of a monster who lived in town, one who would lure young men to his office after dark, offer them meth, and then violate them in unthinkable ways. The inmates wanted the police to investigate, but there was a problem: Christopher Ryan Cox chose young ... Read More >>

The Art of Mourning

Grieving kids bring their insides out in interactive arts event
By Ross Boissoneau | Nov. 9, 2019

You might not know that November is National Children’s Grief Month. But chances are good that you’ve known grief. In honor of the kids and teens who know it all too well, Traverse City’s grief support center, Michael’s Place, is teaming up with The Dennos Museum Center to present an extraordinary multi-media event created almost entirely by bereaved youth. The interactive presentation is far more than an exhibit; it will include live music, dance, ... Read More >>

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