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Weight Loss Support Group

December 14, 2009 by Vern Gauthier Filed under Blog

Our success rate at weight loss has been astronomical. We have hundreds upon hundreds of people just like you that has been very successful at not only achieving their goal of weight loss but maintaining it. We have created this section to speak out about it! So tell us or ask us! Do you have a success that you would like to share and possible help a person just like you? Do you have a question… Continue

Added by Vern Gauthier on February 22, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

Dog Sled Racing ~ Russ-Stick Style

"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away."

Henry David Thoreau

Over the years the question is still the same. Do you race?

I explain to folks that Rustic Russ used to, but we stay at home now.… Continue

Added by Sherry Sutherby on February 21, 2010 at 10:24pm — No Comments

Earth Shelter Project in Northern Michigan

To view the latest videos on the largest Earth Shelter Project on the planet, click the following link: This is a project being built by Hybrid Homes. These videos have now been viewed over 15,000 times each. This project is near your backyard and is absolutely incredible! Check it… Continue

Added by Hybrid Home Guy on February 20, 2010 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Traverse City Comedy Arts Festival Gets Off to a Rollicking Start

Michael Moore, you did it again. You lit up downtown Traverse City with partying crowds for the kickoff reception of the Traverse City Comedy Arts Festival—the chilly-weather daffy twin to summertime’s deeply passionate Traverse City Film Festival.

That you had folks dressing up and laughing in late February in Northern Michigan—nothing short of genius. The reception was the genuine… Continue

Added by Elizabeth Edwards on February 20, 2010 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

Winter Time Fun In Northern Michigan

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Winter Time Fun in Northern Michigan

We woke up early and got our morning chores completed so we were actually on route by 9:00.

We did our usual Traverse City stops; Sam's club, Meijers and Wal Mart~gathering supplies, food and sundries for a weekend houseful of guests at the Korner Kottage Bed and Breakfast.

At last we were free to spend some time doing the fun things we enjoy most about winter in Michigan. With our fur friend~Nestle… Continue

Added by Linda Munro on February 18, 2010 at 2:54pm — No Comments

Video: Why large lot zoning does not preserve land

Many communities mistakenly believe that large lot zoning will protect land, and preserve rural character and working farmland. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

Zoning is temporary at best. LandChoices interviews David Skjaerlund, owner of Pleasant View Farms in Coleman, Michigan, in the video above.

David discusses how an 80 acre… Continue

Added by Kirt Manecke, Smile book on February 18, 2010 at 6:13am — No Comments

About an Icon: Richard Meier's Douglas House

If you don't know Richard Meier's work, you'll want to Google him before reading the story about the Douglas House on Meier's resume is studded with buildings like the Getty Center in Los Angeles, Barcelona Museum of Art, Canal + Headquarters in Paris, Museum for Applied Art in Frankfurt and Rome's Jubilee Church. The Pritzker Architecture… Continue

Added by Elizabeth Edwards on February 17, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

How I Ended Up in Suttons Bay

Monday, February 15, 2010

Was it always a life long dream of mine to become an inn keeper? Not on your life!!! In fact, it was a very random and impulsive decision made primarily by my husband, who just happened to love to cook. That hobby is what landed us at the Korner Kottage Bed and Breakfast in the quaint, little village of Suttons Bay, Michigan.

We actually first arrived in Suttons Bay by accident. Traveling to Traverse City was a popular destination for us. On a… Continue

Added by Linda Munro on February 15, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

Traverse City Light and Power Biomass Plant

There has been a lot of discussion lately about Traverse City Light and Power installing a biomass electrical generation plant. I don't know if this is a good or bad thing. But what does concern me is where are the going to get all the trees to feed this beast. If Cadillac has one already and now they want to build one in Mancelona too. Is there no other options? Well the other day I thought well why don't they use the methane that is just being burnt off at the landfill West of town. I would… Continue

Added by Jeffery D. Stratton on February 13, 2010 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

Mancelona Memories

As a Petoskey teenager in 1969, the only thing I knew about Mancelona, MI was that it was a small town with several turkey farms along a barron stretch on US 131.

That winter, my Dad and Mom, and younger brother, Craig, and I were traveling north in a Volkswagon Bug during a slushy snowy Sunday when we got sucked up in the slush and drifted off the road to hit a mailbox head on. The mailbox bounced off the front windshield, smashing it into 1,000,000 tiny pieces of ground glass. The… Continue

Added by Sherry Sutherby on February 13, 2010 at 11:41am — No Comments

Week's catalog and Northern Michigan is blessed with resources

MyWHaT is still up and rolling...6 weeks and a lot of work but we surpassed the 1000 hit in a week mark on Friday for the first time.

Also had my first radio interview with Ron Jolly on WTCM (doesn't seemed to be archived) that went better than expected. Throwing leading edge ideas out into a community reluctant to change is a scary endeavor. Self doubt has a nasty way of creeping into the picture. However, as MyWHaT generates more readers and comments, I'm… Continue

Added by GLHowe on February 13, 2010 at 11:05am — No Comments

Still Snowy up Here

Thanks goodness we got a ton of snow in December! Three weeks' worth of warm weather didn't help our snowpack here in Harbor Springs, but it didn't hurt it too much, either. The cross country skiing in the woods is still light and fluffy in areas, and there is snow in the air! Ullr, the Norse snow god, is smiling on us now. I hope.

We just had our 26th (or 30th) annual Outfitter - Crow's Nest Loppet last Sunday - what a perfect day! The Loppet route runs from a local farm four miles… Continue

Added by Josh Baker on February 13, 2010 at 12:09am — No Comments

mmmm....MyNorth Passion Brew

Mike Hall (L), brewmaster at Jolly Pumpkin's Old Mission brewery, and John Niedermaier, brewmaster at Right Brain Brewery, chat at the Jolly Pumpkin brewhouse while prepping for the MyNorth Passion Brew release.

Just tasted the just-released MyNorth Passion Brew at Right Brain Brewery. Was good! Darker than I'd expected (which I like), a subtle citrusy note, and also not a heavy experience despite the rich color, so room for a couple… Continue

Added by Jeff Smith on February 12, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments



In celebrating of being a smoke-free establishment, Lil Bo Pub & Grille will host a special benefit for Munson’s Women’s Heart Health program from 5p-9p on Monday February 22, 2010.

There will be acoustic music from Three Hour Tour, a free comfort food buffet and a silent auction.

All cash donations along with 50% of sales and 25% of staff tips will help offer grants at Munson’s

“Heart to Heart for Women” health… Continue

Added by Nancy on February 12, 2010 at 1:10am — 1 Comment

Back At It at the Korner Kottage Bed and Breakfast

It's a beautiful sunny day in the village of Suttons Bay, Michigan. Our month in Florida seems like a distant memory already sad to say. But we've been very productive since we've returned to winter in Michigan.

I've made good on my New Year's goals of incorporating healthy oatmeal into my breakfast routine. I'm pleasantly surprised to admit publicly that after all the years I've given it such a bad rap.....the taste and texture is actually growing on me. Of course the taste is so… Continue

Added by Linda Munro on February 11, 2010 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

Michigan Appliance Rebate Program - More Rebates!

Today the Michigan Appliance Rebate Program launched. The program is aimed to stimulate the economy by encouraging consumers to replace old appliances with new energy efficient models. The amount of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funds Michigan received and allotted to rebates is over $6.3 million dollars.

One strategy DLEG is hoping to accomplish is to push the marketplace towards products that exceed Energy Star standards.

Rebates are NOT retroactive. So… Continue

Added by TJ Ewing on February 10, 2010 at 1:10pm — No Comments

Russ-Stick Redneck

Comedian Jeff Foxworthy has nothing on us.

I've never considered myself a Redneck, or even aspired to be, but the list is growing.

Jeff is famous for spewing off a list of "You might be a Redneck" lines. Here's some that may interest you.

You might be a Redneck if...(These are Jeff's, that apply to us.)

1. Taking your wife on a cruise means circling the Dairy Queen. (I've been on a lot of cruises!)

2. You have to go outside to get something… Continue

Added by Sherry Sutherby on February 9, 2010 at 11:07pm — No Comments

I'm At The Bottom Of A Lake

I grew bored one day back in 2005 and so typed in "glacial lake algonquin" at Google to find out the age of a stone.

During my summer 2005 trip to Mackinac Island, my route took me atop the Turtle's Back, the highest point of the island. According to tradition, the island is named for the Ojibwa Great Turtle, Michinimakinak, a snapping turtle who both served as an intermediary between men and spirits and provided a resting place for the new world after the old was destroyed in… Continue

Added by Rachel Lea on February 6, 2010 at 11:16pm — No Comments

MyWHaT Weekly Wrap: Your corpus callosum and 8th Street

MyWHaT mainly zeroed-in on the future direction of Traverse City's 8th St this past week. We encouraged readers to write a letter/email to the city urging that, beginning in 2010, any 8th St. construction & design needs to be a Complete Street--providing for all users with improved sidewalks, cross walks, bike lanes, narrower traffic lanes and other traffic calming measures…with intentional design.

There was plenty… Continue

Added by GLHowe on February 6, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments

Serenbe conservation community

Serenbe is a conservation community (conservation development) near Atlanta, Georgia. This video tells the story of how Serenbe was started.

I hope you enjoyed the video. Forward it to planners, realtors and… Continue

Added by Kirt Manecke, Smile book on February 5, 2010 at 8:26am — No Comments

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