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Local author gets write-up in Grand Traverse Insider for "Amazing Grace, Our Littlest Hero"

‘Amazing Grace’ - Grand Traverse Insider - Morning Star Publishing


Added by Ashleigh Rose Bottorff on June 25, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

When Not in the Woods

Foregoing expeditions to the Manitous and other Greats' like the Jordan Valley, sometimes I can be content right in town. Especially with these cool easy sleeping nights and mornings.

I can be content to pass through town at sunset amidst the vapours of evening. The reds, the whites, the IPA's, the funky porters, Nolans' tobacco perfuming freshly wrung yoga bodies, and the lilac which seems to emanate from/through cooler air deeper than in warm air. I exchange glances with…


Added by Michael Curiel on June 17, 2014 at 6:54pm — No Comments

The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay Announces “Nautical-inspired Art” Call for Artists

The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay invites artists to apply to their nautical-themed juried art show, taking place Sept. 18-Oct. 24. An opening reception will be held Sept. 18 from 5-8 p.m. in conjunction with the Maritime Heritage Academy’s Schooner Festival.

All mediums are welcome, but should be inspired by the waters of the Grand Traverse Bay watershed, which encompasses portions of Grand Traverse, Antrim, Kalkaska and Leelanau counties. Entry fee is $10 for up to three…


Added by Watershed Center on June 17, 2014 at 2:57pm — No Comments

A love of Loons

If you know me, then you already know that my twitter handle is Loonchick1205, my cabin is decorated with Loon decoys and I will drop whatever I am doing once I hear the Loon's haunting call across the lake.  My husband says "The True North begins when the Loon greets you." I agree.

I love them for…


Added by Shelley Martinez on June 16, 2014 at 3:51pm — No Comments


Hidden from view is the trailhead behind the old YMCA.  Cross the field following the river and it will soon appear.  While following the path there are almost continuous views of the Boardman river, along with a couple of creek crossings with woods and meadows.  Because this is a flat terrain it quite easy to walk, plus the Fox Den Trail, if you follow it to the right, has a long boardwalk. Following these two trails can lead to the Sabin Dam which is one of the dams to be torn down.  It is…


Added by Gloria Halligan on June 16, 2014 at 9:56am — No Comments

Do I Know You, Poppy and Iris?

Arriving home in a haste to ready herself to jury an art exhibition at the Old Art Building in Leland, Brenda J. Clark had an hour plus to.... Relax on the back patio? Stew about cleaning the house for the weekend? Or paint?

She chose the latter.

"Wallowing in front of the Iris and Poppies patch seemed like the most productive option," Brenda said.

As I wondered in my last post, "How would she paint the flowers this…


Added by Johnston M. Mitchell on June 15, 2014 at 3:01pm — No Comments




Michigan Author Encourages Animal Rescues Through New Ebook


June 9, 2014—MICHIGAN--Author Ashleigh Rose Bottorff has channeled her passion for helping animals live better lives into an ebook that combines her personal experiences with practical information about how to help both domestic and wild animals. The ebook, entitled Amazing Grace, Our Littlest Hero, features…


Added by Ashleigh Rose Bottorff on June 14, 2014 at 9:54am — No Comments



Self-employed marketing consultant with 30+ years experience and published author can write for you and assist you with all kinds of business writing - Marketing Strategies, Business Plans, Demographic Studies, Employee Manuals, Advertising Slogans, Publishing, Trademarks and Implementation, Brochures, Real Estate Property Descriptions that gets the Potential Buyer to say "WOW, I have to see THAT…


Added by Ashleigh Rose Bottorff on June 14, 2014 at 9:47am — No Comments

River Report 6/13/2014

June 11, 2014

The Brown Drakes are certainly upon us now. You can find them just about everywhere on the Au Sable system. The North Branch, South Branch, and Mainstream all have bugs and anglers on the Manistee River as well as most of the Northern Tier streams are start starting find drakes as well. 
I’m having a great drake year. Only one skunk on good fish since June 2nd. Be patient out there and you will have that…

Added by Old Au Sable Fly Shop on June 13, 2014 at 10:09am — No Comments

The First Tee of Northern Michigan is Now Offering Programs at Mistwood Golf Course

The First Tee of Northern Michigan is excited to expand to the Traverse City area by offering programs at Mistwood Golf Course. Golf is more than a game, and The First Tee portrays that philosophy in each lesson plan by integrating 9 Core Values (honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment) into the game of golf.

The First Tee is open to all youth ages 5+.Youth may enroll in multiple programs and camps throughout the…


Added by The First Tee Northern Michigan on June 12, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

The Most Michigan of Mushrooms

Like everyone else I harbor memories of the mysterious outings I used to make with family (as a kid) to hunt for Morel mushrooms. It's not like we spent all that much time in the woods either, but for some reason never explained we would for Morels. The only reason in evidence was the evening's frying pan which rendered them very tasty. Still, perch seemed better fare (and more fun).

As a member of NMC's Mycological Society I don't spend much time talking about Morels. In fact no one…


Added by Michael Curiel on June 10, 2014 at 3:11pm — No Comments

Summer's Flood

Up Leland way, summer’s flood of flowers, and their quest for brilliance, has begun in earnest.


Some are already asking, “How will Brenda J. Clark paint me this year?”


At the wellhead out back…


The Poppy buds of a sole plant – some 20 strong – swell, waiting to burst forth in their vibrant orange. They do not seem to mind being boxed in by mounds of Catmint to the back. Nor do they object to being flanked in front by the soft purple…


Added by Johnston M. Mitchell on June 10, 2014 at 11:18am — No Comments

Leland area place to rest my head June 14th

Well, usually I dont wait to the last minute, but events caught me off guard. I cant seem to find any accomodations for June 14th after I promised Bel Lago that I would again volunteer to help pour and set uop for the Leland wine festival.

Even TC seems booked up. I would rather not stay way down in Frankfort, but closer in case I have a glass or 2 of wine.

Does anyone have a suggestion or let me camp out (sleep in back of my Suburban on an air mattress) for the one night? No…


Added by vinnie manco on June 9, 2014 at 10:46am — No Comments


In my quest to bring more of you who live in Grand Traverse County and surrounding counties downtown, two Labor Day’s ago the Traverse City Labor Day Bridge(s) Walk began.  This kind of welcoming family-friendly walk provides the opportunity for all to rediscover the beauty of town by traversing the perimeter, including crossing over four bridges, viewing the Boardman River and the Grand Traverse Bay almost the entire way, and realizing that when the trails are messy and muddy or too buggy,…


Added by Gloria Halligan on June 6, 2014 at 9:16am — No Comments

Watershed Center Awarded One of Seven DEQ Water Quality Grants

The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay is just one of seven organizations statewide to earn a Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Grant to improve water quality in Michigan lakes and streams.

Nonpoint source pollution is contamination caused when rain, snowmelt or wind carry pollutants from the land into lakes, streams, wetlands and other waterbodies.

The $634,321 award will fund low-impact development, green infrastructure practices and…


Added by Watershed Center on June 5, 2014 at 5:02pm — No Comments

Paying Tribute to Northern Michigan's Morels--Sautéed, With Truffle Cream Sauce, Served with Grilled Asparagus

While the morel mushroom season started late, we’ve been overjoyed at the morel bounty that Leelanau County has brought to our kitchen door. Folks are finding morels where they’ve never been before and in plain sight. Some mushroom hunters claim it's the biggest harvest ever. Others worry this is the last week for…


Added by The Riverside Inn on June 1, 2014 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment


Their translucence  captures you.

That yellow and white blend, shifting.

Their color seems so dependent on Mother Nature's time of day and placement of the sun.


It’s as if a bunch of fairies with magical paint brushes whisk ‘round them, making them sway oh so gently like a soft breeze coming off Lake Michigan.


I wonder... What do the eagles think of those masses of blossoms when they venture out to patrol the skies from their…


Added by Johnston M. Mitchell on May 31, 2014 at 6:50pm — No Comments

River Report 5/29/2014

Did you know that there’s a lizard native to Michigan? Not a salamander but an actual little reptile about 5 inches long. I was about to leave the house for work last week and as I was about to start the car I noticed something strange on my woodpile. Something dark dangling from the cracks between the logs and hanging over the face of a piece of cordwood. I got closer to investigate and, no kidding, there it was, a little striped lizard sunning…


Added by Old Au Sable Fly Shop on May 30, 2014 at 11:38am — No Comments


As I run out of adjectives to describe our myriad of trails all around us in the Traverse City area, I continue to love this little trail behind Grand Traverse Crossings off of Airport Road near Division St. Miller Creek trailhead and parking are found behind Aldi’s (which is where I prefer to begin) and also in-between the Bam Bookstore and Ulta.  Explore little by little and each time you can find something new to explore.

Woods, creek, swamp, meadows, and well-marked trails - in…


Added by Gloria Halligan on May 29, 2014 at 9:24pm — No Comments

Cottage Boom!

This newspaper article ( highlights the great news about the cottage market Up North! 

Added by christopher werner on May 28, 2014 at 10:47am — No Comments

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