I had the pleasure of attending the annual banquet of the Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council Friday evening. For those of you who have never been, the event happens every April, and NMEAC uses it as an opportunity to shine light on the many, many, many people in our region who are working to preserve what we love about this remarkable place.
The event is something like an Academy Awards night for people working on environmental issues. Over the course of the winter, NMEAC… Continue
Added by Jeff Smith on April 19, 2009 at 8:17am —
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
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.… Continue
Added by Sherry Sutherby on April 18, 2009 at 8:08am —
My good friend Molly
is actively involved in this amazing initiative in Emmet County-- Getting Kids Outdoors
. Watching her pour so much time and energy into this beautiful, simple, and so needed idea of celebrating and encouraging outdoor play has been a reminder of one of the things I love most about northern Michigan: the mamas I get to raise my children alongside.
Instead of going… Continue
Added by Kate on April 17, 2009 at 3:30pm —
One week left until trout season opener. This is a great time of the year to head north and enjoy everything northern Michigan has to offer. The birds are singing and the fish are rising. This time of the year is my favorite. Standing in a cool stream to challenge nature at it's own game is exhilarating! If you don't fly-fish yet, take the time and learn from some of the best around. We offer classes in the Detroit area and have a great gentleman, Dave Leonhard, in Traverse City who can teach… Continue
Added by Rich Merlino on April 17, 2009 at 12:51pm —
Cindy Vasquez of Northwestern Bank in Manistee is a stand-up kind of gal! Do you know Cindy? She’s the chairperson of Manistee’s Blossom Boulevard Committee – the folks responsible for making sure visitors to Manistee are greeted with a riot of petunias along US 31. Cindy is also the chairperson responsible for merchandise for the 2009 Manistee National Forest Festival. Cindy is an example of the most valuable of all community volunteers – when she agrees to do something, it gets done. We’re… Continue
Added by Manistee Chamber on April 16, 2009 at 1:30pm —
Well officially it has been spring now for 28 days but in Northern Michigan that usually doesn't mean a whole lot! Yes we had some good days then there were the days that just a sprinkle of white dust would throw us into a downward spiral. But it seems with these days that are hitting close to 60 degrees us Northerner's are bringing out the shorts, the sandals and the patio furniture!
As for what this all means for us here at Ciccone Vineyards well it means getting ready for summer.… Continue
Added by Ciccone Vineyard and Winery on April 16, 2009 at 12:26pm —
It's that time again.
Spring training ~ Russ-Stick Style!
Time to saddle up.
And listen to the creak of the leather saddle, as you get your winter-worn rhythm back in action.…
Added by Sherry Sutherby on April 16, 2009 at 10:45am —
I’ve spent the week working on the June issue of Northern Home & Cottage
. It’s our Classic Cottage issue and it took some juggling to make it come together, but it has been worth all the work. One of the stories is about Anne Cottage (pictured above), a 32-room cottage/mansion on Mackinac Island’s Main Street. It’s one of those places that you can’t help trying to peek at through the gate as you’re walking by. The owner of Anne Cottage was… Continue
Added by Elizabeth Edwards on April 15, 2009 at 10:41am —
As northern Michigan grows, many of you hope the growth does not resemble the "wipe out nature" model of endless "cookie cutter" subdivisions in southeast Michigan.
One effective, efficient solution is a balanced approach to development called "conservation design for subdivisions"
The exellent article, "Go Beyond Encouraging Good Growth", talks about the need to simply require conservation subdivisions in… Continue
Added by Kirt Manecke, Smile book on April 15, 2009 at 8:00am —
I was introduced to the sport more than thirty years ago in Massachusettes. I moved to Las Vegas where my passion consumed me chasing striped bass in Lake Mead and the mountains of Utah while working in the casino business. When I got the opportunity to move to Michigan, the wealth of places to flyfish intrigued me so much, I couldn't resist. I immediatley got a job where passion and profession merged. I became the Fly fishing Manager at Orvis Royal Oak.
Probably the most popular question… Continue
Added by Rich Merlino on April 14, 2009 at 9:35pm —
Sometime between dinner and dessert on Easter Sunday, Mindy Jo took a spill.
No, not a glass of milk.
Minding her own business at her Aunt Bille Jean's and Uncle Jim's, she quietly walked through the living room weaving through a sea of chairs.… Continue
Added by Sherry Sutherby on April 14, 2009 at 6:48pm —
O.K. Three things I wildly, fiendishly, shamelessly love: a sweet deal, Michigan State Parks and, um, the sales racks at Macy’s.
Let’s start with the most respectable of the bunch: our state park system. Michigan’s such a dang pretty state—I mean, come on, 10,000-plus miles of shoreline, 31,407 islands, rolling hills, deep forests, wildflower meadows, four fabulously gorgeous seasons, and rivers and inland lakes everywhere you look—we Michiganders luck out wherever a state park… Continue
Added by Lynda Twardowski on April 14, 2009 at 6:00am —
I’d rather do just about anything instead of making a “cold call” – approaching someone I don’t know, and who doesn’t know me, and then asking them to buy whatever it is I’m selling. I’m not alone in feeling this way – just about everyone hates making cold calls or being cold-called upon. There’s got to be a better way, right?
Here’s a better way – a referral group. A referral group is comprised of many different types of businesses, intently focused of being a marketing force for… Continue
Added by Manistee Chamber on April 13, 2009 at 1:30pm —
In doing research for an upcoming story, I had the occasion to call Ed Rice, executive director of Traverse City Light and Power last week. The municipal owned utility has earned a reputation as one of the bright spots in the state for getting a start on moving forward into an energy future based much more on renewable energy.
Part of the reason for that is a goal that the city adopted of having 30 percent of the city’s power be renewable energy by the year 2020. By contrast, the… Continue
Added by Jeff Smith on April 13, 2009 at 1:09pm —
AC (Animal Control) Ellen has a new pup.
Tug joins the ranks of many a critter who have come to Ellen's Serendipity Ranch to be healed and homed.
Tug's the pup who never should have been.
His mother, a Siberian Husky, came to the shelter, with a belly full of pups.
She carried the litter while ill, delivering in the… Continue
Added by Sherry Sutherby on April 12, 2009 at 6:16pm —
What We’re Going to do this Summer.
Except for some glorious snow shoeing, all winter long we at the Top of MichiganTrails Council have been staring at computer screens doing the mundane work of planning the warm weather events that make it all worthwhile. Now it’s time to bust out and consider all the exciting things that will be happening on “our” trails starting quite soon.
First of all we have two construction projects that will… Continue
Added by Tom Stanley on April 12, 2009 at 10:40am —
Full moons are always an event in my life.
The last full moon, in March, our long-awaited shiny black Irish Dexter calf was born.
We named her Luna
Full moons always make me sleep deprived.
I simply want to experience it.
All of it.
I don’t think I’m the only one.
I see Rustic Russ
out in our… Continue
Added by Sherry Sutherby on April 11, 2009 at 7:55pm —
Spring is here. Really. I know because my husband and son came home from the woods the other night with a bag of wild leeks. They were slender young things, pretty enough to be presented at a swanky restaurant when they were cleaned up.
We sautéed them with thin stalks of asparagus (nope, not Northern Michigan asparagus yet) for dinner. It was a delicious way to start the season.
If you’ve never foraged for leeks before and want to try, check out these stories:… Continue
Added by Elizabeth Edwards on April 10, 2009 at 2:33pm —
DEBARMENT CHECK. RFQ/RFP PROCESS. IFB PROCESS. DUNS/CRR
Do you recognize any of these terms? If you knew that learning these terms could make your business eligible to do business with the City of Manistee Housing Commission, HUD and other federal agencies, would it be worth the time to learn them?
The Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with the City of Manistee Housing Commission to make sure that local vendors and contactors have all the information they need to… Continue
Added by Manistee Chamber on April 9, 2009 at 1:50pm —
Bruce is home! I nearly bolted through the door to see him. And then spent the night bouncing back and forth between my two lives. When my roomie went outside without me I was actually jealous. I couldn't decide where to be, outside with her while she and a neighborhood friend threw the last snow drifts up in the air with rakes. Or inside with Bruce while he caught up on my life by reading this blog.
The purpose of this blog was to let Bruce know what I was doing, from time to time,… Continue
Added by Betty on April 8, 2009 at 8:00pm —