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The 45th Parallel - Night of the Reaping Moon

My book, The 45th Parallel - Night of the Reaping Moon was just published by Taliesin Publishing and is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Taliesin Publishing, Smashwords and just about anywhere you can buy an eBook.  It is a paranormal thriller set in Northport, Michigan.  Writing this book was so much fun because it allowed me to combine my love of Northern Michigan, wine and scary stories!  You can check out my blog on The Story Behind The 45th Parallel - on

Added by Maureen Hands on July 10, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

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

what you need in your Northern Michigan car at all times this summer

“So that’s what you do; you just have that stuff with you all the time?” said my downstate friend. That was my eureka moment. I had just described the key stuff a Northern Michigan mom needs to have in the car at all times to be ready for the impromptu beach swim, bonfire or boat ride. My friends had been up for a…


Added by Rachel North on July 7, 2014 at 1:30am — 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

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

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

Inspire teens to volunteer and change the world

In my new book Smile and Succeed for Teens (available late June, 2014) I dedicate an entire chapter, "Be a Rock Star", to volunteering. I think teens are one huge solution to the poor marketing and weak fundraising that plagues so many…


Added by Kirt Manecke, Smile book on May 18, 2014 at 9:05am — No Comments

Published Author from Interlochen, features her new book "Amazing Grace, Our Littlest Hero"

Ashleigh Rose Bottorff has written a great resource/reference/feel good book that features rescued animals, the importance of spay/neuter, animal welfare groups, feral cats and how you can help, pet friendly accommodations and pet travel, how to be a responsible pet owner and a poem to honor all abused animals and those who help them.

Amazing Grace, Our Littlest Hero is named for a beautiful and brave mama-cat…


Added by Ashleigh Rose Bottorff on May 17, 2014 at 11:08am — No Comments

Coastal trails catching on

In the news is the Great Lakes Coastal Trail - slice of Europe travel style comes to midwest. Check it out at


Added by christopher werner on May 15, 2014 at 11:37am — No Comments

Boyne Mountain’s Dirty Dog Dash Offers New Course and Challenges

Boyne Mountain’s 5th Annual Dirty Dog Dash, a 3.1 mile obstacle race, returns on Saturday, June 7, with an all-new course and challenges.  And you can get muddy for a good cause.  A portion of each entry fee supports Wounded Warrior Project with a mission of honoring and empowering wounded warriors. 

This year’s Dirty Dog Dash has a whole new route utilizing more of the mountain’s natural…


Added by BOYNE on May 15, 2014 at 10:24am — No Comments

It Takes a Village...Community Playground Build

You've heard the saying "it takes a village to raise a…


Added by Suttons Bay Public Schools on May 12, 2014 at 12:24pm — No Comments

River Report 5/9/2014

It's Friggin' May!!


April showers do indeed bring May Flowers and we’ve certainly had our share of rain over the last couple of weeks. So it should be a great May flower year! 


Spring’s just taken a little longer to get here than we’re used to here in Northern Michigan this year. But the aquifer is charged up and that should really pay off by pumping those springs later this Summer.


Now, though, it seems we’re finally shaking off…


Added by Old Au Sable Fly Shop on May 9, 2014 at 10:51am — 1 Comment

Channeling Hitchcock's The Birds on a Lake Michigan Island

Remnants of cottage built long ago amid a gull colony on a Lake Michigan island.

Note: Gull Island is a no-access, critical area that is off limits to the public year round.

There's an island up near Northport, Michigan, near the tip of…


Added by Jeff Smith on May 7, 2014 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments


Those of you with families could try this trail as it meanders through the woods and then down steps along a trail that brings the river into focus.  If you hike far enough you could climb back up on the over 200 stairs provided or you could turn around and return via much fewer stairs that you originally came down.  I so want families - especially those of us who live here - to get out and enjoy what the trails have to offer.  But I do caution those with children…


Added by Gloria Halligan on May 6, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Sweet Satisfaction

There are days, even in beautiful Northern Michigan, where car troubles, making ends meet and getting through your to-do list can feel overwhelming. On those days, it's nice to be able to enjoy a little sweetness to smooth out the rough edges of a day.

Ah ... the…


Added by The Riverside Inn on May 6, 2014 at 2:50pm — No Comments

Drenched! Good Cheer at Mud, Sweat & Beers

Mt. Holiday was drenched in rain this past Saturday morning for the annual Mud, Sweat & Beers Fat Tire Fest in Traverse City. A sea of beer-loving mountain bikers lined up in waves to tear up the sludge laden trails. Their traverse, whether twenty-two or twelve-miles long, was through…


Added by Dani Davis on May 4, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

Hurray, Hurray, the first of May--Old Au Sable Fly Shop River Report May 1, 2014

The opening day of trout season has come and gone and with it so has the large crowd of anglers that come North to partake in all the opening day festivities. Thank you to everyone that attended one of the many local events and helped to make the weekend another successful opener.…


Added by Old Au Sable Fly Shop on May 1, 2014 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Ice in May!

I have been "up north" since 1972 and never remember ice being around this late in the year.  Sure we had snow on Easter before and opening day in Tiger Town was always cold, but with Lake Michigan still holding onto 15% ice coverage it will be late summer before we venture into the water.  

Added by christopher werner on April 30, 2014 at 2:14pm — No Comments

Wine & Beer: Raise a Toast to Northern Michigan


In Northern Michigan, crafting wine & beer that are both well balanced and memorably flavorful requires the harmony of handpicked ingredients and years of acquired…


Added by Dani Davis on April 29, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments


For the second year, guided community walks will be offered aimed at the esthetics of the area, taking time to enjoy the glorious sites these walking trails provide. Hopefully you can join us for these hikes which are about 3-4 miles in length, as well as moderate in difficulty.  Each week offers a different experience.

The first hike will be on May 22, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the Hickory Meadows parking lot (at the end of Randolph St. in town).  This is an amazing area to walk in…


Added by Gloria Halligan on April 29, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments

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