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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Captain Maurie and Crew Look Forward to Another Half-Century

Features Ross Boissoneau “Blessed” might not be a word you hear often in a business discussion, but it’s one you hear over and over in conversation with Allen, his family and staff at the landmark haberdashery in downtown Traverse City.
 
Saturday, April 16, 2016

Father and son team up with boat kits

Art Ross Boissoneau Al Jankowski has been enamored with boats most of his life, a trait he passed to his son Kurt. Now the two are sharing that love with others through the Old Mission Boat Company, a startup that sells boat kits. The hook: They say the boats are designed so that someone can start the build one weekend and have it in the water the next.
 
Saturday, April 16, 2016

Old School Golf on the Upswing

Features Ross Boissoneau Golfers are always looking to improve their game, but Howard Vogel and Tom Thornton don’t believe that means 300-yard drives down the fairway — quite the opposite, in fact. The pair has traded the dream of crushing the ball with oversize club heads and graphite shafts for the feel of hitting it just right with hickory shaft golf clubs.
 
Saturday, April 9, 2016

Summer Road Projects Ahead

Features Ross Boissoneau Everyone knows there are two seasons in Michigan: winter and road construction — an old joke, but one that residents acknowledge has more than a little truth to it. Weather ravages and the steady erosion of pavement from cars and trucks mean detours, flag persons, and signs bearing the dreaded words “One Lane Road Ahead.
 
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Small Airports Offer Fun and Flight

Features Ross Boissoneau People fly to get from one place to another, but for users of the area’s smaller airports it’s about more than that. Cherry Capital Airport, Manistee’s Blacker Airport and Pellston Regional Airport may handle the most passengers, but pilots of small planes — sometimes very small planes — have numerous other options scattered across the region...
 
Saturday, March 12, 2016

Traverse City Whiskey continues to grow

Features Ross Boissoneau Apparently great-grandpa John did more than work on agricultural chemicals, elemental chlorine and other materials for which Dow became known. Chris and his father found a series of patents for distilling spirits. John had inherited a passion for brewing and distilling from his father John Fredrickson Sr.
 
Saturday, March 5, 2016

Investing With a Conscience

Features Ross Boissoneau Socially responsible investing actually reflects a lot of “times” and boasts a fascinating history. In the early ‘70s, it was a weapon against apartheid, as cities, states, colleges, faith-based groups and pension funds throughout the U.S. began divesting from companies operating in South Africa.
 
Saturday, February 20, 2016

Wee Bee Lovin’ Preserves

Features Ross Boissoneau Simone Scarpace loved making her own preserves, haunting the local farms and farm markets for the best berries, cherries and peaches. When she and her family moved from the Detroit area to Manistee, she started making her favorites for others and Wee Bee Jammin’ was born.
 
Saturday, February 20, 2016

Just Good Chocolate to be reborn in Traverse City

Features Ross Boissoneau Along those lines, Warner is working with VASI (Amazonia Vision for an Integrated Sustainability), a project with a mission to provide legal and sustainable incomes for those in poor, rural areas of the Amazon. A major part of the VASI vision involves planting, harvesting and exporting organic, wild and heirloom varieties of cacao.
 
Saturday, February 13, 2016

Restaurant Week: a Boon for Patrons, Eateries

Features Ross Boissoneau As Traverse City readies for its sixth Restaurant Week, it’s hard to determine the winner: patrons who can experience the best a restaurant has to offer with a $25 three-course meal or the restaurants themselves, which see some of the biggest crowds of the off season.
 
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Wedding Traditions Morph and Change

Features Ross Boissoneau “We call it a sand ceremony,” said Barb Ellis of the Homestead Resort in Glen Arbor, a popular destination wedding site. Some use sand from the resort’s own Lake Michigan beach, others opt for colored sand, some for something with personal significance.
 
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Technology Reshaping Weddings

Features Ross Boissoneau “Some of the money shots are high over the water looking back on a cliff, hovering over water near a gazebo, second story balcony shots and flying backwards along the beach as the bride and groom walk into the sunset,” she added.
 
Saturday, January 9, 2016

Cancer Center to Welcome Patients Next Month

Features Ross Boissoneau Cancer attacks people in numerous ways, from tumors that eat away bone or muscle to weakening immune systems, as well as leaving patients with little appetite or drive to fight. That’s why cancer specialists often work in tandem with specialists in other areas, such as nutrition, psychology and pain relief.
 
Saturday, December 19, 2015

Detroit Auto Show Revving up for Next Month

Features Ross Boissoneau Despite a major recession and retooling, Detroit is still the Motor City and it’s still the site of the biggest car show in the country. The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), aka the Detroit Auto Show, takes place Jan. 11–24 at the newly renovated (to the tune of $300 million) Cobo Center.
 
Saturday, December 5, 2015

Resorts Looking Forward to Winter

Features Ross Boissoneau Given the warm November and December we’re experiencing, you can imagine the eagerness at places like Caberfae, Crystal Mountain, Boyne and other northern Michigan winter resorts. “Bring on winter, already!” But recent warm weather aside, winter is likely just days away, and area resorts can’t wait.
 
 
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