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  • Elk Rapids man killed in crashElk Rapids man killed in crash

    TRAVERSE CITY – An Elk Rapids man is dead after authorities said his vehicle collided with oncoming traffic along rain-soaked streets.

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  • Lake County Deputies Looking to Speak With Man Following TheftsLake County Deputies Looking to Speak With Man Following Thefts

    Police in Lake County need your help to identify a man The Lake County Sheriff’s Office says they would like to speak to the man seen in this photo about a recent theft. According to deputies, a tree stand and trail camera were stolen from a property in Elk Township. If you habe any information on the thefts or if you recognize the man in the photo, deputies urge you to contact Sgt. Nixon at 231-745-2712 or bnixon@co.lake.mi.us.

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  • Lake City Vs Pewamo-Westphalia in Semi FinalsLake City Vs Pewamo-Westphalia in Semi Finals

    The Lake City Trojans took on Pewamo-Westphalia Pirates at the Field in Clare. Reporter Wyatt VanDuinen has a report.

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  • Man Dead Following Accident in Grand Traverse CountyMan Dead Following Accident in Grand Traverse County

    A man is dead following an accident in Grand Traverse County. The accident happened around 7 o’clock Friday evening n US-31 North near Five Mile Rd in Acme Township. Deputies says a car was going southbound when it crossed into the other lane and hit a northbound wrecker. The driver of the car, identified as 89 year-old John Ashton Berst, died at the scene. The driver of the wrecker was identified only as a 33 year-old Boyne City man, and his condition is unknown. The drivers were the only people in both the car and the wrecker US-31 was completely shut down for several hours as crews cleared the scene and investigated.

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  • Community in Brief: 11/18/2017Community in Brief: 11/18/2017

    Free turkeys for blood donors; Animal welfare coalition forms; Partner2Partner meeting. (Plus more)

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  • Ithaca punches Ford Field ticket again with 27-0 win over St. Francis ... - MLive.comIthaca punches Ford Field ticket again with 27-0 win over St. Francis ... - MLive.com

    MLive.comIthaca punches Ford Field ticket again with 27-0 win over St. Francis ...MLive.comJoin the live chat throughout the state semifinal high school football contest.Back again: Ithaca football advances to Division 6 title gameLansing State JournalIthaca tradition and Hessbrook bloodline roll on with return trip to ...MLive.comall 3 news articles »

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  • Food in Brief: 11/18/2017 - Traverse City Record EagleFood in Brief: 11/18/2017 - Traverse City Record Eagle

    Food in Brief: 11/18/2017Traverse City Record EagleTRAVERSE CITY — The Slabtown Shores organization will host “Red Dirt Road — Empowering Women One Stitch at a Time” on Nov. 18 at the Traverse Bay United Methodist Church, 1200 Ramsdell from 10 a.m. to noon. The free presentation includes a ...and more »

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  • Food in Brief: 11/18/2017Food in Brief: 11/18/2017

    Red Dirt Road

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  • Reader recipe: Cranberry Holiday SaladReader recipe: Cranberry Holiday Salad

    Reader recipe: Cranberry Holiday Salad

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  • Young, broke and hungry: The reluctant transition from can-shaped sauceYoung, broke and hungry: The reluctant transition from can-shaped sauce

    Let’s talk about cranberry sauce.

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  • Soup's On: Restaurant ladles out fare in a new location - Traverse City Record EagleSoup's On: Restaurant ladles out fare in a new location - Traverse City Record Eagle

    Traverse City Record EagleSoup's On: Restaurant ladles out fare in a new locationTraverse City Record EagleTRAVERSE CITY — Robbi Rogers was so excited to learn the Soup Cup MicroSouperie was reopening in a new location that she was one of the first customers through the door. “We've been watching and waiting for them to open,” said Rogers, a retired ...

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  • Soup's On: Restaurant ladles out fare in a new locationSoup's On: Restaurant ladles out fare in a new location

    TRAVERSE CITY — Robbi Rogers was so excited to learn the Soup Cup MicroSouperie was reopening in a new location that she was one of the first customers through the door.

    Record-Eagle / 9 h. 14 min. ago
  • Agriculture in Brief: 11/18/2017Agriculture in Brief: 11/18/2017

    Census of Agriculture coming soon in mail

    Record-Eagle / 9 h. 44 min. ago
  • Agriculture Forum: Agro-tourism meets challengeAgriculture Forum: Agro-tourism meets challenge

    Walk through any Leelanau County or Traverse City farmers market and it’s hard to miss how much things have grown. For the past 15 years, these markets and farm stands have been the source of produce and locally produced products…

    Record-Eagle / 11 h. 14 min. ago
  • DDA passes on Park St. sidewalk wideningDDA passes on Park St. sidewalk widening

    TRAVERSE CITY — A request to fund widening of North Park Street sidewalks was denied by the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority Board of Directors.

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  • Prosecutor wants 40 years in prison upheld in Traverse City teen's ... - MLive.comProsecutor wants 40 years in prison upheld in Traverse City teen's ... - MLive.com

    MLive.comProsecutor wants 40 years in prison upheld in Traverse City teen's ...MLive.comTRAVERSE CITY, MI - The state Supreme Court vacated a Court of Appeals ruling calling for Robert Schwander to be sentenced a fourth time in the 2011 killing ...and more »

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  • TADL to DDA: Leave library millage aloneTADL to DDA: Leave library millage alone

    TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse Area District Library officials believe their millage funding should go toward library activities, not downtown development projects.

    Record-Eagle / 13 h. 14 min. ago
  • Teen Escapes Injury In Rollover CrashTeen Escapes Injury In Rollover Crash

    A young driver escaped injury after she swerved to avoid a deer Friday and rolled her vehicle. The 16-year-old Suttons Bay driver was heading north on South Center Highway just before 7:30am when a deer crossed in front of her on the roadway. The teen swerved to avoid the deer, causing her tires to drop off the paved portion of the road and travel slightly over the embankment. The driver lost of her vehicle, causing it to roll over. Emergency responders arrived at the scene and found the girl's 2000 Dodge Durango on its side blocking the northbound lane. The girl was uninjured in the crash. South Center Highway was closed to all traffic until 8:20am until the vehicle could be towed away and the accident scene cleared.

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  • NMC To Host STEM Exploration Day TodayNMC To Host STEM Exploration Day Today

    Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) aims to give residents an opportunity to explore cutting-edge technology and equipment while also giving back to the community at a STEM Exploration Day today (Saturday) from 11am to 2pm. The event, held at the Parsons-Stulen building on NMC's Aero Park campus, allows community members of all ages to play with equipment included unmanned aerial vehicles, aviation flight simulators, welding equipment, hybrid vehicles, 3D printers, and interactive robots. LEGO robotics and the Grand Traverse County Police Technology Department will also be on-hand. NMC's Computer Information Technology department will also host an Explore Your Major event during the STEM Exploration Day. "By completing activities on a Exploration Passport, such as building and programming games, exploring cloud computing and experiencing virtual reality, participants in sixth grade and above can enter a drawing for an XBox One," according to the event description. Other planned activities include face painting, a bake sale, crafts, and a silent raffle. The suggested admission is 10 non-perishable food/hygiene items or $5 per person. Products and funds collected will help fill shelves at 51 area food pantries through the NMC Food for Thought “Fill the Pantries: Food Drive Challenge," a semester-long experiential learning project pairing NMC students with the Northwest Michigan Food Coalition.

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  • Derenzy Selected As Next Leader Of DDADerenzy Selected As Next Leader Of DDA

    A familiar face is set to become the next leader of Traverse City’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA). DDA board members voted unanimously Friday morning to negotiate a contract with Grand Traverse County Director of Community Development and Codes Jean Derenzy to become downtown’s next CEO. Derenzy will replace outgoing Executive Director Rob Bacigalupi, who announced his resignation earlier this year and will serve his last day December 15. Derenzy was one of two finalists for the position. A first round of interviews October 23 narrowed a field of four candidates down to Derenzy and Joshua Albrecht, the director of marketing and public affairs for the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau in Illinois. Following the first round of interviews, DDA board members noted they had two viable candidates in Derenzy and Albrecht representing “opposite ends of the spectrum,” with Derenzy bringing a strong real estate and development background and familiarity with funding tools and Albrecht specializing in creative marketing, communications and community outreach. Both finalists were scheduled to be interviewed for a second time Friday morning. But at the beginning of the board’s meeting, DDA Chair Bill Golden announced that Albrecht had withdrawn his application from consideration. “Josh, the other candidate who was going to interview, has taken another job,” Golden said. “So he informed us that he’s no longer interested in the job.” Despite only having one remaining finalist, DDA board members went ahead with Derenzy’s scheduled interview Friday. The second-round interview focused on four detailed situational questions, asking Derenzy to describe a potential three-year plan for leveraging “the Boardman River for the long-term benefit of the community,” handling a theoretical controversial mixed-use development, motivating team members to meet a project goal, and effectively collaborating with staff versus acting independently. Derenzy highlighted the current underutilization of the Boardman River and the opportunity to enhance its exposure, including encouraging merchants to develop both Front Street-facing and rear river-facing entrances to their businesses and developing more family-friendly events and activities on the riverfront year-round. She spoke about the need to engage residents and neighborhood associations early on with development projects, and cited the creation of the North Boardman Lake District as an example of a team project where her staff collaborated and were energized to meet a project goal. Derenzy also spoke about the opportunity for the DDA to become a more proactive leader in city issues, including in encouraging the development of corridors that are outside the DDA’s boundaries but directly feed into downtown, including Eighth Street and Fourteenth Street. “I know that’s a different view of what the DDA can do legally, but if we contract with that, we can do that – particularly when it comes to the marketing,” Derenzy said. “It’s the marketing that’s really important for these corridors.” As part of the interview process, DDA board members received a copy of an online leadership assessment completed by Derenzy through consulting firm Hogan Assessments. The assessment report gave Derenzy high marks in categories including real estate development, problem solving/resource allocation, and collaboration/partnerships, with her weakest categories including marketing and business development. “She is composed, optimistic and stable,” the assessment concluded of Derenzy. “She does not covet personal attention. She is interested in getting things done. She is enthusiastic about people and projects. Jean has a good understanding of her skills and competencies and in working with others to achieve results. She is steady and takes pride in being competent and achieving goals.” Following the conclusion of Friday’s interview, Traverse City Mayor Jim Carruthers acknowledged Derenzy “was at the advantage (in the hiring process), mainly because she’s local.” Carruthers noted the second-round questions focused on detailed local scenarios that would be more difficult for candidates from outside the region to answer and questioned whether the process had disadvantaged other applicants. But Bacigalupi said that DDA staff had made themselves available to all candidates to answer questions and provide reports or other requested information throughout the interview process to “level the playing field with a local candidate versus a non-local candidate.” “I think you also have to remember the scope of the responsibilities here and the scope of the budget that she would be responsible for and how does her experience compare to the other candidates,” added DDA board member Coco Champagne. “Yes it’s local, but even if we were looking at Jean from a different residence, not local, she was really the best candidate who had the best fit for the technical sides of the responsibilities of the job.” DDA board member Steve Constantin agreed, saying he was impressed with how many “qualified candidates” had responded to the job posting, including Derenzy. “We were blessed with an abundance of riches,” Constantin said. “And I think in spite of Mr. Albrecht removing himself, we’re still blessed with an incredibly qualified candidate (in Derenzy).” DDA board members voted unanimously to enter into contract negotiations to hire Derenzy as CEO. An executive committee of the board will begin that process next week, with the city attorney’s office simultaneously conducting a background check. A proposed contract is set to come to the board for approval at their December 15 meeting. While DDA board members expressed their desire to get their new CEO started as soon as possible, Derenzy told The Ticker that starting by December 15 – Bacigalupi’s departure date – may be unrealistic, given her current responsibilities acting as Grand Traverse County’s interim deputy administrator in addition to serving as the point person for the construction codes department and Brownfield Redevelopment Authority. “One thing I told Vicki (Uppal, Grand Traverse County’s administrator) is that I’m not going to leave her in the lurch,” Derenzy says. “I want it to be a nice transition opportunity for the county, because we have to be working together between the city and the county…I want to leave on a really good foot.” Derenzy’s departure will leave another high-profile vacancy in Grand Traverse County, which recently lost both its deputy administrator and finance director. “I do think by after Thanksgiving we’ll be posting for those positions,” says Uppal. “(In terms of Derenzy’s position), she’s wearing so many hats...that we’re going to have to look at how to fill that gap.” Pictured: Jean Derenzy interviewing with DDA board members Friday

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  • TCAPS Hoops, Hockey To Raise Funds To Fight CancerTCAPS Hoops, Hockey To Raise Funds To Fight Cancer

    Traverse City schools have scheduled basketball and hockey events to benefit the fight against cancer. On Friday, November 24, and Saturday, November 25, the Traverse City West Senior High School boys’ and girls’ basketball programs will host a fundraiser that will give a new meaning to overtime. The 24-hour game will feature the TC West team playing against a team made up of members of community businesses and organizations. The event raises funds for Cancer Travels, a 501(c)3 non-profit that provides gas cards and other financial assistance to families that are battling cancer. Tip off is at 12 noon on Friday, and the final buzzer sounds on Saturday at noon. Admission is free. Businesses and organizations can sign up to sponsor and register a team by emailing sanders.frye@gmail.com. On Dec. 13, Traverse City Central and Traverse City West will face off in the inaugural “Hockey Fights Cancer Game” at Howe Arena. Proceeds will benefit the cancer research programs at the Van Andel Institute. Players will be honoring friends or family that have been affected by cancer. Each player will be wearing a special pink and purple game jersey with the name of the person they are skating and playing for on their back. “Hockey Fights Cancer” T-shirts will be available for purchase through West Senior High School and Central High School’s Student Senate and athletic departments prior to the game.

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  • Taste The Local Difference Names New CEOTaste The Local Difference Names New CEO

    Taste the Local Difference, a marketing agency focused on promoting local food that's part of the Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities, has named a new CEO. Tricia Phelps will head up the organization following the departure of outgoing CEO Bill Palladino. "We are excited about Taste the Local Difference and the leadership of Tricia Phelps as its new CEO," Groundwork Center Executive Director Hans Voss said in a newsletter announcing the promotion. "What started here in northwest Michigan in 2004 has grown into a statewide vehicle to expand the local food movement, and Tricia is perfectly positioned to carry this momentum far into the future and make TLD even stronger and more effective." Formerly the organization's operations manager for three years, Phelps helped Taste the Local Difference expand to three new regions of the state and is "now impacting farmers, businesses and consumers from Marquette to Ann Arbor," Voss said. "The seed planted by our food & farming team 13 years ago has germinated across Michigan. Tricia has the smarts, creativity, and passion to carry TLD to new heights — and we simply couldn’t be more proud of her." Taste the Local Difference focuses on selling more locally grown and processed food in the regions it represents, providing "specialized marketing solutons for our partners from every part of the food system," according to the organization's website. Photo credit: Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities

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  • Turnpike Troubadours – A Long Way from Your Heart – Bossier CityTurnpike Troubadours – A Long Way from Your Heart – Bossier City

    With their highway-ready, picturesque name and Oklahoma roots, this Americana outfit (featuring singer Evan Felker) draws on personal experiences, sketched as rough as charcoal on fiberboard, to craft genuine, rootsy tunes that make the most of their guitar-based format. Whether it’s the more restrained tempo of a track like “Sunday Morning Paper” or a heavier effort like “The Winding Stair Mountain Blues,” you’ll recognize the heartland in many of the characters and situations evoked here. ***Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn – Echo in the Valley – Rounder Their second album as a duo (and as a married couple), Fleck and Washburn dig deep into the heart of bluegrass and folk on this set, carefully infusing their signature sound(s) with additional elements that gracefully bound from Asian influences (Washburn’s contribution) to psychedelic rock and the Fleckian hybrid known as newgrass. Tradition also makes a strong showing via standout tracks like “My Home’s Across the Blue Ridge Mountains” and “Don’t Let it Bring You Down.” *** Chris Young – Losing Sleep – RCA Nashville While Young’s deep, practiced vocals make him a distinctive singer amidst the Nashville set, his inability to focus renders this album something of a mess. “Hangin’ On” is loaded with cliches that the soul-lite melody doesn’t help. The powerful vocal on “Blacked Out” is diminished by the arrangement, which doesn’t put the focus where it belongs: on vocal and piano. He can’t seem to figure out if he’s presenting himself as a country, R&B, or electronica singer, nor how to blend all of the above in a way that makes sense. * ½ Darius Rucker – When Was the Last Time - BMG He’s long stepped past his beleaguered reputation as frontman of ’90s outfit Hootie and the Blowfish, and he’s established a respected country music career for himself. This album solidifies his place. Not only does he collaborate with some heavyweight fellow talents (Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean), but he also takes his own sound and polishes it with influences ranging from soul to (unexpectedly) the ‘80s. “She” leans toward the conventional, while “Twenty Something” even throws in some jazz. ** ½      

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  • Adam and Maroon 5 Get the BluesAdam and Maroon 5 Get the Blues

    Adam Levine and his Maroon 5 bandmates have a brand new full-length album, Red Pill Blues, heading your way this week. They’ve also announced dates for a massive 2018 tour that will keep the band busy for the latter half of the spring, and then all of next fall, including stops in Los Angeles (June 4), St. Louis (Sept. 13), Chicago (Sept. 14), Toronto (Sept. 27), and Detroit (Sept. 30.) Going along for the trek is singer-songwriter Julia Michaels (“Issues”), who will warm up the crowd as opening act … Demi Lovato is set to launch a 20-city tour of North America in the first quarter of the upcoming new year, in support of her latest album, Tell Me You Love Me, which arrived just in time for her onstage appearance at the 2017 American Music Awards. Tell Me You Love Me has already kicked out a Top 10 hit in Lovato’s “Sorry Not Sorry,” and the singer also released a new rockumentary called Simply Complicated that fans can watch via YouTube. Her confirmed dates so far include stops in Minneapolis (March 10); Detroit (March 13); Columbus, Ohio (March 14); Toronto (March 19); and Philly (March 23) …  My Morning Jacket’s Jim James has borrowed The Beach Boys’ ballad “I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times” from its 1966 Pet Sounds album and revitalized it as a psychedelic cover that fans will be able to hear on his upcoming covers album, Tribute to 2. In addition to that initial track, the album will also include James’ versions of tunes by Bob Dylan, Sonny and Cher, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and Elvis Presley; the set will hit outlets on Dec. 8 … Foo Fighters have added a stack of dates to their own North American 2018 tour as well, hitting stages cross-country to promote their newest album, Concrete and Gold. In addition to a much-anticipated tour-ending gig at Wrigley Field in Chicago (July 29), the band will headline the 2018 Welcome to Rockville Festival in Jacksonville, Florida, on April 29, and will rock out additional tour stops in Austin, Texas (April 19); Toronto (July 12), New York City (July 16 and 17 at Madison Square Garden); and Noblesville, Indiana (July 26) … LINK OF THE WEEK In the “Where’s he been?” department this week, we find Flavor Flav, the hip-hop hypeman and Public Enemy member who’s been tapped as the host for a new Las Vegas variety show. Titled Flavor Flav’s Vegas, the show will include music (’natch), celeb interviews, and comedy sketches, all taped live. No word yet on the exact air date, but you can keep an eye out for more announcements by following Flav’s tweets at twitter.com/flavorflav THE BUZZ Traverse City-founded, East Lansing-launched, Chicago-recorded, and now Grand Rapids-based, The Hacky Turtles are currently rocking out funky new singles like “Hot Hot” at a venue near you downstate … Michigander singer Jason Singer has four singles out for your listening: “Nineties,” “Mexico,” “Fears,” and “Stolen” … George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic are heading to D-town in the new year; catch them March 8 at Sound Board at the MotorCity Casino Hotel … Kalamazooians Brandon and Bethany Foote have released their third album as a folk duo, and it’s called Fair Mitten: New Songs of the Historic Great Lakes Basin … One more to watch from Grand Rapids: the new electronic duo Pink Sky … and that’s the buzz for this week’s Modern Rock.  Comments, questions, rants, raves, suggestions on this column? Send ’em to Kristi at modernrocker@gmail.com.

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  • 5 Gifts for Kids5 Gifts for Kids

    Ticket to Ride: Rails and Sails The Ticket to Ride series of tabletop games are fantastic diversions for two reasons: One, they’re immersive and educational. Two, they’re just plain fun, with as many adults playing the games as kids, collecting train and ship cards that let you claim various railway and waterway routes. The latest edition, Rails and Sails, brings Ticket to Ride close to our own northern Michigan home, with one side of the playing board featuring a world map, and the other highlighting the Great Lakes. The adorable tiny train car and ship playing pieces are an added bonus. All aboard! $85.95 at Rocking Horse Toy Company, 201 Howard St., Petoskey (231) 347-0306. Modarri Toy Cars Much like Bubber has usurped Play-Doh, Modarri toy cars have overtaken Hot Wheels as the toy car of choice for today’s kids. Not only are these mini motor marvels built strong (to endure lots sidewalk races and falls off of dining room tables), each little vehicle also features real suspension and steering structure — perfect details for kids who love cars. The other cool part is that buying several Modarri cars means you get far more than your kid will expect; every detachable piece on the cars can fit onto every other car, so you can endlessly switch and swap car parts to make your own unique vehicle. Get your (imaginary) motor running and head out on the (miniature) highway!  Individual car kits start at $19.99. Find them at Little Treasures Toy and Gift Shop, 100 E. Cayuga St., Bellaire (231) 533-6559 or bellairetoys.com. Bubber Move over, Play-Doh! Modern kids know that Bubber is the favorite new pick for making and molding everything from dinosaurs to spaceships. Another fun trick: You can press it on any textured object and get a snazzy-looking imprint with well-defined edges and loads of detail. This non-toxic modeling compound is also super light and easy for small hands to use, and it leaves no residue. Another improvement over Play-Doh: It never dries out, so kids can use it over and over. Snag a bucket o’ Bubber in purple, green or red, and watch what your kids create this holiday season. $12.99 for 5 oz. of Bubber. Find it at Toy Town, 122 S. Mitchell St., Cadillac (231) 775-TOYS or toytowncadillac.com. Melissa & Doug Food Truck (pictured)Food trucks are hotter than ever right now, so why not get your kid in on this burgeoning hipster trend and get them their very own? Newly arrived at Sweet Pea from Melissa & Doug is this impressively detailed Food Truck crafted of thick, resilient cardboard, with not one but two traveling cafes for your little guy or gal to run. One side features a “Hot Off the Grill” BBQ menu offering a long list of hot sandwiches and refreshing sodas; the other side is all set to sell a variety of ice cream treats, from cones to cookie-wiches. A great holiday gift choice for beginning entrepreneurs and foodies. $49.99 at Sweet Pea, 205 E. Front St., Traverse City (231) 922-1600 or sweetpeatc.com. Magna-Tiles For tinier tots, Magna-Tiles are a great toy and tool for learning about shapes through play. Each tile has magnets along its edges, so they always connect to each other, enabling kids to have a great time utilizing the different-shaped tiles to stack, create flat patterns like flowers and geometric designs, and even three-dimensional shapes like buildings. Wanna build a cube or pyramid? How about a giant tower? Magna-Tiles can do that too. The more Magna-Tiles are used, the better you get at using them; and not only are they said to build important development skills overall, they’re also good at encouraging innovation, unique design, and imaginative creations that will hone your kid’s skills in pattern recognition, magnetic principles, shapes, colors, and building. Small sets start at $53.00 at Toy Harbor, 221 E. Front St., Traverse City (231) 946-1131 or facebook.com/toyharbor.          

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  • 5 Gifts for Foodies5 Gifts for Foodies

    Inspired by Nature LidsPlastic wrap is a pain. And so is spending ten minutes riffling through a drawer of Tupperware lids in search of one that fits. Enter Charles Viancin’s Inspired by Nature silicone lids. Stylish, re-usuable, and able to seal tightly on any smooth-rimmed bowl, cup, or even bottles, the lids are a cinch to wash, insanely easy to use (just plop on top and let the natural air-tight suction do its work) and keep leftovers fresh for days. Choose from lily pads, pumpkin top, and sunflower designs. $3.99+, priced by size/design; available at Peppercorn, 226 E. Front St., Traverse City. (231) 941-4146 or peppercorntc.com. Le Creuset Dutch OvenGot a beginner cook on your list? Give him a piece of cookware that practically guarantees a great result every time. The Le Creuset Dutch oven has long been a fixture in many a kitchen, from home chefs to professionals. Crafted in cast iron with a distinctive shape and lid design, you can prepare an incredibly vast range of recipes in it, from soups and sides to pastas, meats, and even breads. Thanks to its dense construction and tight-fitting lid, it can even function as a sauté pan for browning and as a slow-cooker. The first Le Creuset was crafted nearly 100 years ago, and the company still uses its original foundry and inspects each Dutch oven by hand, so you’re not just gifting cookware, you’re also gifting history and a future full of incredible meals. Prices vary; available at Mary’s Kitchen Port, 539 W. Front St., Traverse City. (231) 941-0525 or maryskitchenport.com. Spoon Foods Gift Boxes Dedicated foodies always appreciate a gourmet food box that invites them to try something new, and American Spoon Foods, local purveyor of handcrafted fruit preserves, snacks, and condiments, has plenty of unique things for your giftee to sample. Try a themed gift box of all jams (the Grand Jam Box), all breakfast fixings (the Ultimate Weekend Brunch Box), all savory items (The Entertainer Box), or something for the peanut butter aficionado (the PB&J Perfection Box.) And if you’re looking for one that will suit everyone on your list, our pick is the Spoon Pantry Box, which includes a little bit of everything: sour cherry preserves, red raspberry preserves, chocolate fudge sauce, peanut butter, salted maple caramel, pumpkin seed salsa, whole seed mustard, maple granola, raw honey, and some of Spoon Foods’ classic white crackers. Boxes start at $37; available at American Spoon Foods stores (Harbor Springs, Petoskey, Traverse City, Saugatuck). (888) 735-6700 or at spoon.com. Michigan Dish Towel This one is a posh little kitchen treat for that person who seems to have everything and is also a great pick for office or “Secret Santa” gift exchanges. The silk-screened design on a fine cotton towel features a delightful range of landmarks and Michigan icons: from the U.P.’s Copper Country, the Mackinac Bridge, the Sleeping Bear Dunes, and a walleye, to Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan State University, and University of Michigan. Framed with a hand-embroidered border and hand-dyed rickrack, the towel is machine washable, so your giftee can admire it and actually use it too. $20 at Cutler’s, 216 Howard St., Petoskey (231) 347-0341 or cutlersonline.com. Prodyne On Ice Appetizer TraysYou spend all of that time and energy preparing crudites and carefully balanced, artistic hors d’oeuvres … but if your guests are just the slightest bit late, all of that beautiful food starts to wilt. Be the one to save the day by gifting Prodyne On Ice appetizer trays and dip bowls. These elegantly designed acrylic dishes do their magic via a bed of ice that you put in the deep bottom tray. Position the food trays above, and the cold air flows up through the specially designed tray vents, keeping everything perfectly chilled. You’ll help your giftee get through the holiday season with ease, and they’ll find these unusual kitchen accessories useful once again when summer rolls around and it’s time for deck dinners and parties on the boat. (Each tray also includes a lid to keep the ice in and the insects out.) Prices vary; available at Spice Harbor, 116 E. Main St., Harbor Springs. (231)-526-4050 or spice-harbor.com.  

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  • 5 Gifts for Techies5 Gifts for Techies

    Amazon Echo Show If you’ve already picked up an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot — the Wi-Fi-connected media devices that can do everything from play music to report the weather, search any question, or even tell you a joke — then you know how fun they are to have in the house. Now the Echo’s stepping it up with the new Echo Show, which adds a screen to the mix, so you can see your calendar, watch movie trailers, make and see a to-do, or shopping list, or even team up with Amazon’s Alexa service to control your lights, thermostat, garage door, or lawn sprinklers. This is one Show you won’t want to miss this holiday season. $229.99, Available at Best Buy, 2577 US Highway 31 S., Traverse City, (231) 929-2388 or bestbuy.com. Retro Michigan Tray Techies don’t have one remote control. They have many, many remote controls. The main problem with that kind of collection is that those remotes tend to either get lost or left in a different room, and seem never to be there when you need them to change channels or call up some festive music for your holiday party. This is a low-tech solution to a high-tech problem, but one that’ll warm your giftee’s heart — choose a stylish, sturdy tray to corral all of their remotes in one place, and they’ll never have to check under the coffee table again. These snazzy retro-styled, Michigan-themed trays measure 9-by-15 inches, and are available with cool vintage graphics of Mackinac Island, Michigan, the Upper Peninsula, Detroit, and the Leelanau Peninsula. Take that, techie. $32.00 each at My Secret Stash, 122 Cass St., Traverse City (231) 929-0340 or mysecretstash.com. Casio Vintage Digital Watch Back in the ’80s and early ’90s, the digital watch was the thing. (Saved by the Bell, anyone?) But trendy techies know that all trends spin back around, and of course that includes the digital watch. Casio is taking this trend into the current age with a vintage design (just look at that square case!) and that familiar digital time display, plus an alarm clock, calendar, stopwatch, and water resistance. Sure, it’s got the necessary functions of a timepiece — but it’s also got a level of vintage geek that only true techies will recognize as cool. Casio Vintage Watch in gold or black, $64.95 at Zumiez in the Grand Traverse Mall, 3200 S. Airport Rd., Traverse City, (231) 932-0024 or zumiez.com. Method Seven Operator LED Glasses Even in the harsh northern Michigan winters, some tech-savvy gardeners refuse to give up their hobby for the season, instead taking refuge in their own specially heated, LED-lit greenhouses. If your giftee is one of these determined ones, give them the futuristic gift of special LED-filtering glasses that enable the gardener to view their indoor plants much closer to how the plants would look outdoors in natural light. This great pair by Method Seven helps you better gauge the color and health of your plants, identify deficiencies or plant illnesses, and even reduce eye strain after a long day clipping seedlings or harvesting tomatoes in your indoor winter getaway. $79.95 at The Grow Store, 90 N. US Highway 31 S., Traverse City. (231) 421-5191 or find them on Facebook. QuickCable Rescue Jump Pack 900You can gift peace of mind to your favorite techie this season with the Rescue Jump Pack 900, a light (18 pounds) and portable power pack for cars, light trucks, electronic devices, and appliances. You’ll feel better knowing that your giftee will be able to get themselves out of a dead-battery jam on a cold night; they’ll love the additional nerd security of also being able to charge up their phone so they don’t miss a moment of their favorite podcast while they wait. $119.00 at Batteries and Bulbs, 3371 South Airport Rd. West, Traverse City. (231) 642-2578 or batteriesplus.com.  

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  • 5 Gifts for Fashionistas5 Gifts for Fashionistas

    A.J. Morgan SunglassesStylish northern ladies know that sunnies are just as de rigueur in the winter as they are in the summer — not only for the fashion effect but also to deflect those harsh winter rays from the giant northern Michigan snowbanks. And A.J. Morgan makes some of the most fashionable UV-protected shades you’ll see, whether you prefer your frames aviator-style, round, square, red, black, or tortoiseshell. Traverse City’s eclectic Eleven boutique has a terrific selection to choose from, and at these prices, you can buy your giftee a different pair to color-coordinate with every winter outfit in your closet. $23 per pair at Eleven, 156 E. Front St., Traverse City (231) 486-6805 or eleventheshop.com.  Pink Martini Spiked Slip-Ons Kick snowbanks right on out of your way with these punk-styled spiked slip-on shoes from Pink Martini. Called the “Stud Muffin,” these sturdy stompers are made from PU leather (split leather with an embossed layer of polyurethane on the surface) and feature chunky white rubber soles. Attention-grabbing blunt metal spikes add a three-dimensional look. They’re a perfect gift whether your giftee favors a more everyday-casual look or want to give a winter dress and tights a tough ’80s-downtown kind of edge. $59.95 at Sincerely Betty, 123 E. Front St., Traverse City (231) 929-7066 or find them on Facebook. Rails Embroidered Shirt Gift two currently hot trends for the price of one with this standout country western-meets-bohemian Ingrid-Batista-embroidered shirt from Rails. Flowing blue chambray denim (a Tencel/linen fabric) in a semi-relaxed fit sweeps over the shoulders to reveal the beautiful embroidered design on the back of the shirt, with added accents including double pockets in front, additional embroidered shoulder details, and a slightly oversized length, making these cowgirl tops perfect to wear with leggings. Or chaps. $188 at Threads of Petoskey, 400 Bay St., Petoskey (231) 439-9844 or shopthreadsonline.com. Jewelry Advent Calendar (pictured)H&M isn’t just any mall clothing store. Known across the pond as Hennes and Mauritz, the Swedish-based company has gained legendary status among fashionistas who love the freshest trends, and its Traverse City outpost is the only one you’ll find north of Saginaw. We could go on about their endless selection of clothing, shoes, and accessories, but since we’re focusing on festivity, we’d like to draw your attention to H&M’s Jewelry Advent Calendar. This adorable accessory takes the tradition of a classic advent calendar (open a door or panel for each day leading up to Christmas) and gives it a stylish spin by putting a necklace, set of earrings, ring, or pin behind each date. By the time Christmas week arrives, your giftee will be completely bedecked and ready to celebrate! $34.99 at H&M, 3200 W. South Airport Rd., Traverse City (855) 466-7467 or hm.com/us. Roth Michigan Motif T-shirtsAs seen on the hit TV show The Curse of Oak Island, you can give your recipient’s wardrobe a dash of hometown pride with these snazzy message-bearing T-shirts that hail from right in Traverse City. Made of comfortable combed ring-spun cotton and with a flattering fit, they’re perfect for layering underneath a cute cardigan. The distinctive designs include such northern Michigan motifs as Suttons Bay, canoeing, Traverse City, pickleball, and Leelanau. Bonus: Roth also makes guys’ tees, so you can gift your favorite Mr. and Mrs. with one shopping stop. Starting at $25 at Roth Shirt Co., 155 E. Front St., Traverse City (231) 883-7684 or rothshirtco.com.      

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    A couple of months ago, the team at Kahvi Cafe in Cadillac did a bit of scouting in a search for some new ideas to pep up their food menu.          “We were checking out restaurants from our area up to Traverse City, and down to Grand Rapids, and we noticed that we didn’t see any place serving creative waffles,” explained Kahvi manager Ed Smith. “So we decided to fill that void.”          The result: Kahvi’s Waffle Bar, a menu extravaganza celebrating all things waffle, from sweet to savory.          One of Kahvi’s best-selling waffle bar picks is its chocolate chip waffle, stuffed with chocolate chips and glazed any way you like.          “We make our own waffle glaze, a mix of powdered sugar and milk, and we can then infuse any of our coffee syrups into that glaze,” Smith said. “So you can have anything from a strawberry- or blood orange-glazed waffle to more unusual flavors like gingerbread or mocha.”          The savory waffles are a complete meal all on their own: The most popular, Smith said, is the Nacho Waffle, which features ground beef, cheese, and sautéed roasted red peppers stuffed into the waffle itself, which is then served with lettuce, salsa, and sour cream.          “Two other favorites of our customers are the Philly Cheesesteak Waffle, which has shredded roast beef, green bell peppers, and cheese, with the waffle folded into a hoagie bun shape; and our Log Cabin Breakfast waffle — that one has chipped bacon right in the waffle batter and is topped with an egg and your choice of condiments,” said Smith.          Glazed waffles start at $4.25, savory go up to $8.50. Get ’em at Kahvi, 120 S. Mitchell St., in Cadillac, (231) 468-3581. Waffles served all day, every day. Cafe hours Monday–Friday 8am–5pm, Saturday 9am–3pm, closed Sundays.

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  • Hostess Gifts Under $25Hostess Gifts Under $25

    It’s that time of year again, when holiday get-togethers start filling up your calendar, and you find yourself asking again and again, “What can I bring?” While it’s not required that you bring a gift to your host or hostess, it is in good taste to never show up empty handed. We’ve gathered an assortment of neat host/hostess gifts that go beyond the easy and expected bottle of wine. With an eye on local, and a nod to the unique, here are 10 ideas for small gifts you might fancy giving, or receiving, all under $25.  Harwood Gold Pure Maple SyrupParsons Farm in Charlevoix is a fifth-generation family farm that’s made 100 percent pure Michigan maple syrup since the late 1800s. Gift one of Parsons’ tried-and-true golden, amber, or dark syrups to a host who’s a traditionalist — but if you’ve got a creative chef or mixologist at the party helm, go for one of the farm’s more exotic offerings: bourbon-barrel-aged maple syrup, cinnamon-quill infused maple syrup, saffron-and-apricot-infused maple syrup, coffee bean infused maple syrup, and more! From $5 to $28. Shop online at harwoodgold.com or eat and shop in their new café at 230 Bridge St. in downtown Charlevoix. 231-437-3900. Grocer’s Daughter Darling Gift BoxGrocer’s Daughter in Empire is a small, family run business with a serious passion for chocolate. Its premium cacao is sourced from Ecuador and Venezuela; dairy, maple syrup, and honey comes from local farming families; and fruits, edible flowers, and herbs come from the family’s own garden and other local farms. The Darling Gift Box is $21 and includes a 4-piece box of truffles and honey caramels with two of their most popular chocolate bars, which are topped with all-natural, organic fruits and nuts. Choose dark chocolate, milk chocolate, or a combination. Shop online at grocersdaughter.com or in their shop at 12020 S. Leelanau Hwy. (M-22), just south of Empire’s single stop light. 231-326-3030. Glenn Wolff TowelsA piece of original artwork by renowned northern Michigan artist Glenn Wolff might seem out of reach for a host gift under $25, but Crystal Crate & Cargo in Beulah has made it possible to get your hands on one; the shop offers beautiful kitchen towels woven with original works from the artist. Made from 100 percent cotton, available in three color combinations, and only $20 each. Shop online at crystalcrate.com or in person at 262 S. Benzie Blvd. in Beulah. 231-882-5292. Gwen Frostic Calendar and Note CardsNorthern Michigan artist Gwen Frostic overcame a childhood illness that left her with lifelong symptoms similar to cerebral palsy and became a renowned artist and custom printer. She sketched flowers, birds, trees and nature, and carved her sketches into linoleum blocks, creating stationery goods and prints that are timeless and beloved to this day. Although she passed in 2001, her legacy lives on. Get the newly-released 2018 calendar, with 12 large notes included, for only $16.50. Shop online at gwenfrostic.com or at the Gwen Frostic Prints gift shop at 5140 River Rd. in Benzonia. 231-882-5505. Pop-Kies PopcornGourmet popcorn in 55 flavors? Enough said. Pop-Kies is to Traverse City what Garrett’s is to Chicago … and it’s worth lining up for. Whatever your craving might be, you’ll find it here. Savory blends, chocolate-lover’s blends, candied blends, and of course the famous Front Street blend of caramel and cheddar mixed together. $4.50-$18.95 per bag, depending on size and flavor. Shop online at popkies.com or in their store at 147 E. Front St. 877-476-7543. Alden Mill House SpicesAlden’s Mill House grinds and mixes its own spices and hand-packs each and every bottle. Famous for the Miracle Blend all-purpose seasoning, this is a house of carefully selected ingredients and chef-invented custom seasoning blends. The Christmas Special basket includes: Miracle Blend, Season All, Big Dave's Burger, and Steak Blend, a festive ribbon and a Christmas ornament! $15. Shop online at aldenmillhouse.com or in person, 10480 SE Torch Lake Rd. in Alden. 800-226-5481. Farm House CandlesThese artisan 100 percent soy candles made in Cedar are sure to light up your gift giving this year. Each candle is hand poured, and each scent combines natural, fresh fragrances. Think mandarin and almond, espresso and cocoa, lemongrass and verbena … and many more to choose from! An 8-ounce candle in a glass jar starts at $18. Shop online at mkt.com/farmhousecandlecompany or at local retailers, including Journey North in Harbor Springs, At Home in Sutton’s Bay, Imagine That in Glen Arbor, and more. 231-392-6017. Handcrafted Soap BarsWildflower Soapworks in Elk Rapids specializes in all-natural hand-crafted soaps made with pure olive, coconut, palm oils, essential oils, and fragrances. Fresh-cut soap bars start at $6 ( or you can nab 5 bars for $25) and are available in more than 40 fragrances. Shop online at wildflowersoapworks.com or the store at 117 River St. in Elk Rapids. 231-590-8585. Michigan Cookie CuttersGoing to a family friendly party? Anyone with children would love to have this Michigan cookie cutter set featuring the upper and lower peninsulas. Oh what fun it is to bake home-state cookies! And how many other states get two different shapes? We found this in Gaylord at Isabella’s Copper Pot for $8. Shop online at isabellas-copper-pot.myshopify.com or in person at 118 N. Otsego Ave. in Gaylord. 989-731-9700 Coffee and BeerWhile a bottle of wine is a standard “what to bring” gift, go rogue with a coffee and beer pairing from Short’s Brewing and Higher Grounds Coffee Roasters. Higher Grounds’ Cup a Joe blend of roasted espresso beans is used in every facet of the brewing process for the Short’s Cup a Joe Coffee Creme Stout. The beans are available exclusively from Short’s online or in the Short’s Mart in Bellaire. The Cup a Joe Coffee Creme Stout is set to release on November 17. Pair them together for a winning gift! $25 for the set. Shop online at shortsbrewing.com and at Short’s Mart, 121 N. Bridge Street in Bellaire. 231-498-2300 x4.

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  • 5 Gifts for Adventurers5 Gifts for Adventurers

    The River’s Loop Trips Gift a novice adventurer a summer excursion that goes by both tires and water. The River in Traverse City offer three loops that include the TART trail and the beautiful Boardman river: The YMCA trip features a 1-hour bike ride and 3-hour float; the Hull Park trip is a 30-minute bike ride and 2-hour float; and the Sabin Dam trip is a 30-minute bike ride and 3.5-hour float (a favorite for those dog days of August). The TART is paved and flat, and the Boardman is a scenic but easy-flowing river, so consider gifting this one to folks of all ages and skill levels. Prices vary depending on trip/gear rental. For more information call (231) 883-1413 or visit therivertc.com.  Shaggy’s SkisIf there’s any specific winter sport that could be thought of as the unofficial sport of northern Michigan, it’s got to be skiing. So what better way to be part of the in-crowd than with skis made right here by local craftsmen? American-made and pure Michigan (they pride themselves on no outsourcing), Shaggy’s skis are made from rough mill lumber and processed all the way through to finished skis right in Boyne Country. Your giftee will be thrilled with any of Shaggy’s sleekly designed and beautifully crafted skis; if you want to impress even more, try one of the quirky, uber-artistic limited edition models. Starting at $599; Shaggy’s North Country Skis, 444 Boyne Ave., Boyne City (231) 459-4323 or skishaggys.com. Guided Fly Fishing If you’ve got a fisherman or fisherwoman on your gift list, one of the best presents you can pass along is one of these guided fly fishing trips by The Northern Angler. Alongside guides who are as patient with beginners as they are adept at elevating experts, your giftee will enjoy a daring day out on the water in search of the perfect catch. Both half-day and full-day trips are available, with gear and flies supplied, as well as snacks, refreshments, and (for the full-day trips) a hearty prepared right along the water’s edge. Prices start at $275 for a half-day trip, $395 for a full day trip. For more information call (231) 933-4730 or visit thenorthernangler.com. LiT Cooler No matter if it’s wild or mild, all adventures require snacks and beverages. But sometimes, the average cooler just won’t do. Enter the LiT Cooler, an illuminating take on cooler design that lives up to its name. Each LiT features a tough exterior with solid latches that are ready to stand up to whatever you throw at it (or throw it at); inside, you’ll find removable “ice legs,” your choice of interior white or blue lights so you can see inside in any conditions, and a logo-plate lid insert that allows the light to shine through. It’s literally cool. LiT Coolers start at $254.99; available at Jay’s Sporting Goods, 1151 S. Otsego Ave., Gaylord (989) 705-1339 or jayssportinggoods.com. Fat Tire CyclingIf you’ve got a cyclist friend who’s looking for a new challenge, or a kid with some cabin fever, gift them a test-drive on a fat tire bike. You can buy anything from several hours to a week on one of North Country’s fat tire bike rentals. Your giftee will be amazed at how a fat tire bike will take them across some previously inaccessible terrain, through all kinds of weather, and with an increased (and bouncy!) comfort level. Did we say gift of experience? We meant gift of fun! Fat tire bike rentals start at $35 for four hours, or $170 for one week. Available at North Country Cycle Sport, 126 Water St., Boyne City (231) 582-4632 or northcountrycyclesport.com.        

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  • Fighting for Mom  Fighting for Mom

    Jennifer Rodgers and her mom, Martha, used to be very close. They lived near one another in Suttons Bay, talked on the phone every day, and stopped by each other’s homes for meals. Today, Rodgers is no longer allowed to see her mom without permission from Martha’s court-appointed guardian, Jill Case. For a while, after Case took over Martha’s life in March, Rodgers wasn’t allowed to contact her mom at all. Eventually, some supervised visits and phone calls were permitted. Finally, in recent months, Rodgers was given permission, at times, to take her mom out for lunch or drive her to her knitting group. That all ended on the day Case learned that Rodgers had asked the Northern Express to look into the circumstances that led to the guardianship. On Nov. 8, the day the Express had contacted Case with a message seeking an interview, Rodgers was informed that she would no longer be allowed to take her mom out to lunch. In a text, Case wrote: “Jennifer ... I have advised your mom that I have limited the visitation for you. This is based on the reporter doing a story on your mom. I am very disappointed with all of this. I can tell talking to your mom that she is upset.” ENTER ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES Rodgers vividly recalls the day her world turned upside down: March 14, the day the government stepped in and took control of her relationship with her 79-year-old mother. “I just happened to call home on a Tuesday. And my mom is in tears. And she’s like, ‘There’s somebody in my house right now, and I don’t know who it is, and they want to take me in to see somebody,’” Rodgers said. “You know, I was trying to get the story. And I finally got Michelle Hagerman on the [line] and all hell broke loose. She goes, ‘I’m with Adult Protective Services, and you’re the perpetrator of financial exploitation and neglect. What are you doing in Florida?’” When the Express contacted Hagerman to verify Rodgers’ version of events, she declined to comment and referred questions to her supervisor at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Lois Kiel, who didn’t return any calls. Bob Wheaton, MDHHS spokesman, said he could not comment on details about a guardianship. Case ultimately refused to comment but did say this first: “Martha would be sickened that you guys are doing this. … Why don’t you do a story on the lack of volunteers to be court conservators?” she said. “I am done talking. … No comment. I’m going to hang up.” Rodgers, a surgical technician, was working a temporary gig in Florida last March and said she had planned to bring her mother to join her when Hagerman swooped in, determined that Rodgers had neglected and financially exploited her mom, and, in an emergency hearing on March 17, petitioned the probate court to appoint Case guardian. At that hearing, Hagerman testified about that call from Rodgers. “While I was there, Jennifer called,” Hagerman testified. “She was very worked up, and she was pretty agitated with me. She believes that because she is [Power of Attorney], that she can make all the decisions and that she can have people not involved or informed, which I do not feel is in the best interest of the client.” During that March 14 phone call, Rodgers said she tried to find out what was happening and why. She would not learn about the hearing to appoint Case as her mother’s guardian until March 17, the day of the hearing. “There was this whole thing of keeping me in the dark, because at this point they treated me like a criminal,” she recalled. “They wanted to keep me as far away from my mother as possible.” LONG-LAID PLANS Years earlier, Martha, had planned for an uncertain future. She has two children, a son and a daughter, and in 2007, she named her daughter, Rodgers, Power of Attorney (POA), giving her legal authority over her life and estate. That POA was “activated” by her attorney before Rodgers left for Florida. Rodgers said she did that on the advice of her mother’s doctor because they were concerned about leaving Martha in Suttons Bay. The previous summer, Rodgers said, her mom had started having trouble speaking, and Rodgers had made an appointment with a specialist. Martha saw a doctor in October. At that point, accounts differing over what Martha’s doctor recommended. Rodgers said her mom’s doctor had never suggested that Martha needed 24-hour care and that the doctor had said Martha was OK to drive during the day, as long as she stayed around Suttons Bay. Martha vehemently wanted to remain independent, said Rodgers; that’s one of the reasons why she didn’t go with her daughter to Florida. Rodgers said she arrived in Naples in late February and was looking for an apartment for her mom so that Martha could continue to live on her own. Rodgers said she thought she had adequately planned the trip to Florida, but on March 14, she found out otherwise. “So this is where I am questioning Michelle Hagerman’s assessment skills, because she should have just taken a deep breath and said, ‘Do you have a POA?’” Rodgers said. “She didn’t want to hear anything about this. She thought she found a big fish, and she was going to punish me, and she was going to take over this woman’s life, and she was going to save my mother from all this. … and it worked.” Rodgers maintains that Hagerman and Case made exaggerated claims in order to take control her mother. At times she said she felt as though other people were twisting reality to make it look like she was hurting her mother. She said she was frustrated that her mom needed permission to attend family picnics and was no longer allowed to visit her hair stylist when she wanted. In court hearings, Hagerman and Case testified that Rodgers used profanity, was unreasonable, and upset her mom with her phone calls. At the emergency hearing on March 17, Case was named guardian out of concern that Rodgers neglected and financially exploited her mother.  At the formal hearing to designate a permanent guardian on May 17, however, the neglect and financial exploitation allegations apparently dropped away, according to transcripts. Rodgers said those allegations didn’t hold up. An attorney had been appointed to investigate the claims, and in his report, allowed that Rodgers might not have been as vigilant as she should have been, given her mom’s dementia and Alzheimer’s diagnosis. He also found that the financial exploitation allegations amounted to a financial gift that Rodgers said she received from her mother for a house down payment, which was actually a loan and needed to be repaid. Leelanau County Probate Judge Larry Nelson upheld the guardianship and maintained Case as the guardian, saying that, given the acrimony between Rodgers and her brother, Simeon Rodgers, someone outside the family should serve as guardian. “This is where everybody’s finding out that there’s this grey area of accountability with these people that have a huge ability to come in and take over somebody’s life,” Rodgers said. “It doesn’t matter what anybody says — it’s my mother’s wishes. These were established in 2005, not something I felt like doing in February. But Michelle didn’t want to hear about that. She wanted to get in front of that judge and say there was $60,000 missing from my mother’s account and ‘I am sure Jen stole it.’” ABOUT THAT $60,000 In the beginning, the guardianship was justified out of concern that Rodgers stole money from her mother. Later on, the guardianship continued, it seems, out of concern over Rodgers’ anger and frustration regarding the guardianship. A week or so before MDHHS was called, Martha and her son, Simeon, visited his mom’s bank, where Simeon Rodgers learned about $60,000 that his mom gave his sister to purchase a house in 2015, Rodgers said. For Simeon and his son, Spencer Rodgers, this was a smoking gun: Jennifer Rodgers, they alleged, had taken advantage of her ailing mother and fleeced her of tens of thousands of dollars. Rodgers said that money was a gift she received from her mother when Martha was of sound mind. Later, Rodgers said, as Martha's Alzheimer’s progressed and Martha was in the guardianship, her brother and Case convinced Martha that the gift was actually a loan. Rodgers said that amid all of the stress of the case she relented and agreed to pay back the $60,000, even though it was originally a gift. She shared a text message from her mom's financial advisor in Virginia, John Shubert of Merrill Lynch, who said that he knew that Martha gave her the money and thought there was nothing strange about it. "I remember when she did that, but it was her choice." Shubert wrote. "Parents choose to do that stuff all the time.” Acrimony over finances in the Rodgers family goes back years. Rodgers said she believes the origin of her current struggle goes back to the mid-aughts, after her brother had taken over her late father’s metal fabrication business in Dayton, Ohio. The business failed in 2007, and in the process, Simeon Rodgers took out a $650,000 loan against his mom’s house on Lake Leelanau, ultimately causing Martha to lose her beloved property.Martha sued her son in Ohio, and her son counter-sued. Rogers said that when Martha later held a garage sale at her home in Leelanau County, Simeon called the police, claiming she was selling stolen property. Martha decided to disinherit her son, Rodgers said. Around the same time, Rodgers said she was named POA. In the meantime, Rodgers said, she helped her mother buy a new house in Suttons Bay and worked with her mother’s financial advisor to shore up her finances. Over the years, Martha’s trust grew to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Martha had enough wealth that she could give her daughter a gift of $60,000 without risking financial instability, Rodgers said. That wealth, however, caught her brother’s attention, Rodgers claims. “There was a purpose here,” she said. “My brother saw how much her account accumulated, how it had been growing over the years.” SPENCER COMES TO TOWN In March 2017, Simeon’s son, Spencer Rodgers, set everything in motion. He arrived in Suttons Bay, stayed with his grandmother, and called protective services. Spencer said he had flown to Dayton from his home in San Francisco, and he and his dad had driven from Dayton to Martha’s home in northern Michigan with the intention of driving his grandmother to Florida. Spencer denied that he was part of a conspiracy to remove his aunt from his grandmother’s affairs so that he and his father could insinuate themselves back into Martha’s financial life. Simeon Rodgers did not return a message seeking comment. “Ultimately, what it came down to is I called the police because my grandmother’s health was at risk,” Spencer said. “I called the police against my dad’s advice; they didn’t want me to call the police.” Jennifer and Spencer disagree about a lot of things. For instance, Jennifer said she was surprised by Spencer’s visit in March because, in the past decade, he’s come to northern Michigan maybe twice. Spencer said he’s visited, on average, once a year. Here is what Spencer said happened: He said he hadn’t seen Martha since his wedding in April 2016, and he said that he found her in rough shape when he arrived in Suttons Bay in March 2017. “I started noticing things that were really, really off, and my grandma was extremely confused, and she was having a hard time talking,” Spencer said. Spencer said his grandmother had trouble understanding what was going on around her and that when he tried to make her dinner, he found her pantry and refrigerator filled with spoiled food. “I was really disturbed by this because, from what I had been told, my aunt had said basically there’s nothing wrong with Grandma,” Spencer said. “She had rotten carrots, and she was eating them.” Jennifer said the allegations that her mom’s house was filled with spoiled food or that she ate spoiled food were ridiculous. There might have been some food there past its sell-by date, but lots of people have that in their pantry, she said. One morning, Spencer said, he went to the doctor’s office with Martha in preparation for the Florida trip, and he was frustrated that his aunt wouldn’t give him permission to act as a patient advocate. Jennifer said she thought it made no sense to add Spencer as a patient advocate. “He’s staying with her, and he starts going to her doctor’s office and saying, ‘I need to get involved with her medical.’ And I’m like, ‘Well, Spencer, with having so many irons in the fire, we really should keep it to one person. So I’ll handle it,’” she said. “And that kind of set him off.” Spencer said he was frustrated that his aunt was blocking access to his grandmother’s health care. “I told the lady at the desk, I said, ‘Look, would the doctor be concerned if my grandma was eating rotten food?’” Spencer recalled. “When I said that, the lady was like, ‘Listen you need to call Adult Protective Services, and you need to call the police.” That’s what Spencer did, and soon, Hagerman was in Suttons Bay interviewing Martha. HURRICANES AND TORNADOS Spencer and Jennifer also dispute how long Martha has been showing signs of diminished mental capacity. Spencer insists his aunt knew for two years that Martha had Alzheimer’s and dementia and that, in fact, Martha started “losing her faculties” a decade ago; Jennifer said that’s not true. She said the first sign of significant mental decline showed up in summer 2016, and she made an appointment to have baseline tests performed for Martha right away. Spencer believes his aunt took advantage of his grandmother’s declining condition. “She gave herself my grandma’s house,” he said. “She then mortgaged that house and gave herself money.” Jennifer said Spencer doesn’t know what he’s talking about and notes that when Martha was of sound mind, she decided to leave her estate to her. Jennifer said she believes Spencer was trying to enrich himself. She said that while Spencer was staying with Martha, he asked her to buy him a house in San Francisco. “He was going through all her financials, and he was hoping there would be something there for him,” Jennifer said. Spencer said he didn’t do that; rather, he suggested his grandmother should buy herself a house. “I said, ‘Listen, Grandma, if you sell your house out here and buy a house in San Francisco, I would be your caretaker,” he said. “I didn’t ask my grandma to buy me a house.” He added: “Personally, I don’t really give a shit about money.” Spencer agreed that a decade earlier, his father and grandmother had a falling out over the family business, but he said it wasn’t as bad as his aunt made it out to be. Spencer said his dad might have run the business into the ground, but didn’t steal from his mother. “He didn’t do anything illegal, because when they sued, they lost,” Spencer said. “He’s a bad businessman, but he’s not a crook.” Given the history, Jennifer said she believes Hagerman and Case exercised poor judgment when they sided with Spencer and his father over her. At the outset, Jennifer texted photos taken from Spencer’s Facebook page, showing him partying, to Hagerman and Case. That backfired: The caseworkers saw the photos as evidence that Jennifer wanted to defame her nephew. Jennifer also points to something else she believes is evidence of her nephew’s questionable judgement: He is in his mid-30s, she said, and he claims that he’s starting a business to stop hurricanes and tornados. Spencer, who noted that he is a member of Mensa, agreed that he is trying to start such a business. Although he has no formal scientific training, he said he’s spent hours reading and researching and that he’s discovered a way to use renewable wind to slow down tornados and hurricanes. “We have the ability to reduce them by a drastic amount,” Spencer said. “IMMEDIATE INJURY, LOSS, OR DAMAGE” Case and Jennifer Rodgers had a diffucult relationship from the start.In court, Case said she didn’t think there was any reason for her to talk to the daughter who Martha had named POA. They communicated by text messages. In those first days, Rodgers said she attempted to be polite and diminutive with Case, despite her anger and frustration. That’s backed up by a record of text messages between Rodgers and Case that Rodgers shared with the Northern Express. In them, Rodgers takes pains to be polite, though in the string of messages, she does let her frustration show. Case became frustrated with Rodgers. On March 22, she filled out paperwork to request a Personal Protection Order (PPO) against Rodgers, on behalf of Martha, that would prohibit Rodgers from contacting her mom. In the paperwork, Case alleged that Rodgers was stalking her mom and posted personal contact information about Case on social media. Case didn’t file the paperwork until May 11, and at that point requested an emergency hearing where the respondent does not have to be present because of the likelihood of “immediate injury, loss, or damage.” In an attachment, Case cited the photos of Spencer partying that Rodgers had sent. She wrote that Rodgers had sent them “in an attempt to slander this family member.”  Case continued: “Spencer Rodgers came to visit his grandmother in an attempt to assist her (on a temporary) basis and has been appropriately acting in this manner. Jennifer Rodgers has represented herself as POA (having power of attorney) assuming she has all say and ‘custody’ of her mother via financial, medical, legal, and has instructed other parties (including medical) not to share, disclose or include anyone but herself.” To back up her claim that Jennifer Rodgers posted personal contact information, Case included a screen shot of a Facebook post. However, the Facebook post was not from Rodgers. It was from another family member who Rodgers said was among the many who were frustrated that they could not reach Martha in those first days. The numbers posted were publicly available numbers for Case and Hagerman. Rodgers said Case filed the PPO because Rodgers had sent her mom a Mother’s Day card, defying Case’s orders that Rodgers refrain from contacting her mother. Rodgers challenged the PPO, and a hearing was held before Nelson in June. Case argued that, although all of the reasons cited in the PPO application had to do with contact Rodgers made with her or Hagerman, she was filing the PPO because Rodgers’ behavior had been upsetting to her mother. “I can’t keep having caregivers calling me after hours and Martha yelling at me, asking me why I don’t like Jennifer,” Case testified. Nelson upheld the PPO but granted Rodgers daily 15-minute phone calls and two hour-long supervised visits per week. After testimony about the instances when Rodgers become angry about her separation from her mom, Nelson told Rodgers: “You are a very emotional person. I am not a psychologist or a psychiatrist, but just seeing you sit there at the various hearings and how you conduct yourself, I think you have a very difficult time controlling your emotions, Ms. Rodgers.” Later, the PPO was terminated without explanation. Rodgers said it was because other family members started looking into what was going on. “People knew that it wasn’t true. Someone at the home (where Martha lives) saw that Jen and her mom were actually interacting very well, and it was good for her mom,” said Lisa Leatherman, Rodgers’ partner. “Because we knew that they were lying about that, they had to drop the PPO.” PAID VOLUNTEERS Jill Case is called a “volunteer” guardian because she volunteered to serve through the court, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t get paid. Case refused to answer questions about how much she gets paid or for how many people she serves as guardian. According to Leelanau County records, Case is a guardian and conservator in just the one case, Martha’s. A guardian is appointed to oversee the health and well-being of the ward; a conservator takes control of their finances. In Grand Traverse County, she serves as the guardian for four people and conservator for three. In one other case earlier this year she petitioned to be named guardian and conservator for another elderly woman, but the woman contested it, and Grand Traverse County Probate Judge Melonie Stanton struck down the petition. A “volunteer” guardian is a person who is outside the family and who may take on one or multiple cases, said Susan Richards, Leelanau County’s probate register.  “It would not bar her from charging or receiving compensation, but any compensation would be subject to the approval of the court and would need to be detailed in an attachment in the annual account,” Richards said. That means Case is eligible to pay herself compensation through Martha’s estate, and she must account for that in a report she has to file a year after she was appointed. Case is also an employee at the Grand Traverse County Commission on Aging. After the Express contacted the COA, Case left a message at the Express demanding that a reporter not attempt to contact her employer because she said her guardianship work is separate from her work at the COA. A follow-up call to COA Director Cynthia Kienlen asking whether Case is allowed to use her work with seniors to find guardianships was ignored. There is no evidence that Case is taking advantage of Martha’s estate for financial gain. However, lack of oversight of guardians across the country has led to rampant financial exploitation, said Rick Black, intake coordinator for Americans Against Abusive Probate Guardianships. Black, who’s been cited in The New York Times and the New Yorker, said Michigan is a hotbed of abusive guardianships. “I am knee-deep in more than a dozen cases across Michigan,” said Black, who lives in North Carolina. “You’ve got a mess up there.” Black was not familiar with Martha’s case, but he said guardianship cases should raise red flags. He said in most cases of abuse, the victim set up a living will or named a guardian through a POA, but those wishes quickly get set aside by judges. “They’ve recognized they can easily pervert the court by everybody telling whatever lies they want to tell to discredit the family member and thus deny the estate documents and step in,” Black said. Once the guardian and conservator is named, there is very little oversight, he said. They must file a financial baseline report within 60 days and then a financial report once a year. These reports, Black said, rarely see scrutiny, and the guardians are free pay themselves what they want from the estate.  “People are begging to stay in their homes, stay with their loved ones; they don’t want a guardian,” Black said. “They isolate the victim so their voice is never heard. The dysfunctional family ruse is the common refrain to deny the estate documents, so from the very onset there’s just no due process in these proceedings.” FRIENDS FOR 60 YEARS Some of Martha’s closest family members are disturbed about what’s happening. Lynne Hackenberger has known Martha since she was a teenager. Martha married Hackenberger’s brother, and the families stayed close. Hackenberger and Martha’s husbands each started separate metal fabrication businesses in Dayton. The families bought adjacent property on North Lake Leelanau and spent summers together on a family compound. “I’m very close to Marty,” Hackenberge said. Hackenberger said she thought Jennifer Rodgers might have been in denial about the decline of her mother’s health, but she doesn’t believe Rodgers neglected Martha. “It had been kind of evident to the family that she was starting with some dementia, and I think Jenny was so close to her, maybe she was somewhat in denial that it was quite as bad as it was,” Hackenberger said.  Hackenberger was aware of the plan to bring Martha to Florida last winter and believes that if that were to have happened, things would have worked out. Hackenberger was in Florida at the time, and she was looking forward to seeing Martha. Hackenberger said she is suspicious of Simeon Rodgers’ motives in light of the business collapse a decade ago. “Her son has done some really questionable … things with the finances, with her finances, but Marty seems at this point to not really be able to grasp what he did,” she said. “He left her so upside down financially, and Jenny really stood by her mother at that time and helped her figure that out.” Whatever the grandson’s motive for calling protective services, there is no question that the move got Simeon Rodgers and his son back into Martha’s life, Hackenberger said. Once the process started, Hackenberger said it seemed as though the guardian and the caregivers favored Simeon and Spencer over the other side of the family. “It was awful. I’d call Mart, and they’d say she wasn’t available or not answer the phone,” she said. “They didn’t want any of this side of the family to be involved. We would have stuck up for Jen.” BEST WISHES OVERRULED The person Martha named as back-up guardian, Anne Vance, said Martha’s ordeal has been heartbreaking and disturbing. Martha and Vance are second cousins, and they both grew up in Dayton. “Our families, even down to the third cousins, we were all very, very close,” Vance said. Several years ago, while Martha was still of sound mind, she chose Vance to be her back-up POA, the person to be appointed guardian if, for some reason, Jennifer Rodgers was not able. Vance had experience as a court-appointed guardian — she’d served in that role for her parents, but Nelson refused to name Vance guardian in May, saying he would not name a family member, given the acrimony. “I think Martha probably chose me as a secondary because she saw the care and the consideration that I gave to my mom and dad,” Vance said. It was claimed in a court hearing that Vance had been picked by Jennifer Rodgers in some supposed plot, but Vance said that was a ridiculous allegation. She said Martha called her herself and specifically selected her. Vance said she would not have had trouble balancing the needs of Martha’s son and daughter. What’s so upsetting about what’s happened, Vance said, is that Martha’s wishes that she made when she was of sound mind were completely undermined. “The most disturbing thing to me, for her, or for anybody, is they could have laid out in their right mind a plan for if their medical condition starts to decline,  and her wishes — I can’t say they weren’t taken into consideration by outside forces, but they were just totally overruled,” Vance said. “What’s the purposes of someone doing that if it basically holds no water?”

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  • Get in the Spirit: Holiday Events Around the NorthGet in the Spirit: Holiday Events Around the North

    BELLAIRE Bellaire’s 8th Annual Light Up the Night community holiday part is happening on Dec. 2 this year, with a full day of family friendly events including the popular Parade of Lights, tree lighting with caroling, and the competitive soup cook-off, where for just $5 you can sample soups from over 10 restaurants. More information: bellairechamber.com or (231) 533-6023. BOYNE CITY Nov. 24 is the date for Boyne City to throw their doors open wide to the community for their big Santa Parade and Holiday Open House. The lighted parade kicks off at 5pm, followed by a bit of hangout time with Santa, and a late-night shopping experience in downtown Boyne City, with refreshments at many stores. More information: boynechamber.com or (231) 582-6222. BOYNE FALLS From 5–9pm on Dec. 16, you can enjoy all kinds of themed holiday activities at Boyne Mountain, with different areas of the resort offering different diversions. The tree lighting takes place at 5:30pm, followed by photos with Santa, plus a bonfire with S’mores, movies, live entertainment, prizes, and more. More information: boyne.com or (855) 688-7024.  CADILLAC Be there at 6pm sharp on Nov. 24 to help light up the big holiday tree and lakefront lights in Cadillac, along with the trees along Mitchell Street, from Pine to Cass streets, a pretty addition that’s new to this year’s Christmas in the Park holiday festivities. Hang out with Santa to sing carols and spend some time with your neighbors. More information: downtowncadillac.com or (231) 775-0657. CHARLEVOIX Nov. 24 is Charlevoix’s pick for holiday activities. You’ll find Black Friday deals at downtown shops all day long, holiday crafts for the kids (and cookies and cocoa for everyone); and then at 5:30pm, the holiday parade will kick off with lighted floats and music, followed by the community tree lighting celebration with Santa at East Park. More information: visitcharlevoix.com or (231) 547-2101. EAST JORDANDowntown East Jordan will welcome friends and neighbors for their Holiday Community Night on Dec. 7, with Santa and Mrs. Claus both in town to hear holiday wishes and pass out treats. A soup cook-off will gift proceeds to the local food pantry, and the town Christmas tree will be lit for East Jordanites and those from Atwood and Ellsworth too. More information: ejchamber.org or (231) 536-7351. ELK RAPIDSSanta’s bringing his reindeer to Elk Rapids on Dec. 9 for the big downtown Holiday Open House, with the city’s shopping area all decked out for the holidays and ready for your holiday lists. Check out the tree lighting, say a friendly hello to Santa, and then get into those stores for some great seasonal deals. More information: business.elkrapidschamber.org or (231) 264-8202. FRANKFORTShop ’til you drop on Nov. 25 at Frankfort’s Holly Berry Arts and Crafts Fair, the annual indoor holiday shopping experience at the Frankfort-Elberta High School. Between noon and 2pm, meet up with the Clauses at The Hotel Frankfort for free candy canes and a chat, then snag a free horse-drawn carriage ride. At 7pm attend the tree lighting. More information: frankfort-elberta.com or (231) 352-7251.  GAYLORD Santa’s got a date in downtown Gaylord on December 2 for the big Santa Parade, which will feature the jolly old man himself starting at 5:30pm. As the parade concludes, the crowds will make their way to the Christmas tree to light it up for the season, enjoying hot chocolate, snacks, a photo booth, and more along the way. More information: gaylordchamber.com or (989) 732-6333. HARBOR SPRINGS Harbor Springs offers not one, but two evenings of holiday festivities downtown, beginning with the classic tree lighting, a 102-year-old tradition complete with caroling on Nov. 25. On Dec. 2, you can return downtown for the Holiday Open House, with refreshments, late-night shopping, and a performance from the Steel Drum Band. More information: harborspringschamber.com or (231) 526-7999. MACKINAW CITY Kick off the holidays in Mackinaw City at Heritage Village on Dec. 2, where you can enjoy a festive sleigh ride (don’t worry, they’ll bring hay if there’s not enough snow) and visit Santa out at McGulpin Point Lighthouse. In the late afternoon, you can enjoy beautiful Christmas caroling in the Heritage Chapel with friends and neighbors alike. More information: mackinawchamber.com or (231) 436-5574. MANISTEE Celebrate the holidays Victorian style with Manistee’s Old Christmas weekend and Sleighbell Parade Nov. 30 through Dec. 3. Draft horses pull a 30-foot Christmas tree down River Street as locals dress in Victorian attire for caroling and additional festivities; you can also enjoy a craft show and luminaries twinkling around town. More information: visitmanisteecounty.com or (877) 626-4783. PETOSKEY Petoskey takes its holiday fun in two doses, starting with the Stafford’s Downtown Holiday Parade on Nov. 25 at 10am (the parade wraps up at the Perry Hotel where Santa will be awaiting the public). Then Dec. 1 is the date for the annual Holiday Open house. It starts at 6pm, with bean soup, late night shopping, and more. More information: petoskeydowntown.com or (231) 622-8501. TRAVERSE CITY Traverse City also chooses Dec. 1 for its big holiday celebration, beginning with Santa’s arrival on an antique fire engine, plus the community tree lighting and the downtown Traverse City Light Parade, all starting at 6:30pm. If it’s all about the gifts, you can take advantage of Ladies Shopping Night on Dec. 7, and Men’s Shopping Night on Dec. 14. More information: traversecity.com or (231) 947-1120.

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  • Teen Driver Escapes Injury From Rollover in Leelanau CountyTeen Driver Escapes Injury From Rollover in Leelanau County

    A teen escaped injury after rolling their vehicle in Leelanau County. The accident happened on Friday shortly before 7:30 in the morning on South Center Highway south of East Eckerle Road. Emergency personal responded and found a 2000 Dodge Durango on its side, blocking the northbound lane. The driver, a 16-year-old from Suttons Bay was uninjured in the crash. Deputies determined that she had been northbound when a deer crossed in front of her. She swerved to avoid the deer, but the tires dropped off the pavement and went slightly down into the embankment. This caused the driver to lose control and the vehicle rolled over. The roadway was closed for about an hour while crews worked to remove the vehicle from the roadway.

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  • Two Arraigned after Deputies Find Drugs While Looking for Man Wanted on Outstanding WarrantsTwo Arraigned after Deputies Find Drugs While Looking for Man Wanted on Outstanding Warrants

    Police say they may have found meth materials when they were looking for a man wanted on outstanding warrants. It happened in Clare County on Wednesday. Deputies were in the area of the 400 block of East Clarence Road to find a Harrison man wanted on outstanding warrants. They found the 22-year-old at a home and he was arrested on the warrants. But when they were at the home deputies said they smelled what could be marijuana and got a search warrant for the house. When they searched the home deputies found marijuana, pills, a white powdery substance, and what could be meth components. A 20-year-old Harrison man who was in the home was arrested of a probation violation for being around the drugs. On Thursday the two were arraigned on charges approved by the county prosecutor. The 22-year-old, Steve Caplan, was charged with operating a lab and possession of analogues. He remains lodged in the Clare County Jail. The 20-year-old, Randy Grubaugh was charged with a probation violation where the original charge was for malicious destruction of property. He was released on bond.

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  • Drug Overdose Call Leads Deputies to Woman Who was to Serve Jail Time for Drug ChargesDrug Overdose Call Leads Deputies to Woman Who was to Serve Jail Time for Drug Charges

    A call of a drug overdose led deputies to a woman who was to serve jail time for delivering drugs. On Thursday Mason County Deputies were called to a drug overdose in the 1800 block of North Lincoln Road in Hamlin Township. On scene they found a 31-year-old Ludington woman with a needle lying next to her. She was given three doses of naloxone, a drug that blocks opioids and can reverse overdoses. Randi Granger-Finley After being cleared by the hospital the woman, Randi Granger, was arrested on a bond condition. Granger had recently pled guilty to delivery of heroin and was to turn herself into the Mason County Jail on Friday to serve a six month sentence.

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  • Traverse City women ask community to help send messages of ... - UpNorthLive.comTraverse City women ask community to help send messages of ... - UpNorthLive.com

    UpNorthLive.comTraverse City women ask community to help send messages of ...UpNorthLive.comTwo Traverse City women will be making their way to Puerto Rico next week to bring relief to the people who have been faced with devastation since Hurricane ...and more »

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  • DDA tabs Derenzy as CEO - Traverse City Record EagleDDA tabs Derenzy as CEO - Traverse City Record Eagle

    Traverse City Record EagleDDA tabs Derenzy as CEOTraverse City Record EagleDerenzy began her interview with a 10-minute PowerPoint presentation that asked her to prepare "a three-year plan, including an assessment on financial impacts, that will enable the Traverse City downtown and its stakeholders to fully leverage the ...

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  • Fox Sports Detroit 'Football Toss Across America' Stops At Traverse City St. Francis - 9&10 NewsFox Sports Detroit 'Football Toss Across America' Stops At Traverse City St. Francis - 9&10 News

    9&10 NewsFox Sports Detroit 'Football Toss Across America' Stops At Traverse City St. Francis9&10 NewsFox Sports Detroit is starting its Football Toss Across Michigan Event by making stops around the state. They are in Traverse City Friday morning attending the Traverse City St. Francis pep rally. This is what it's all about for high school football ...

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  • Traffic Lights And The People Behind ThemTraffic Lights And The People Behind Them

    Ever stuck at what seems like an absurdly long red light at a Grand Traverse area intersection? And then wonder “who’s in charge of these traffic lights, anyway?” Here’s your answer. Three agencies actually have responsibility for the traffic signals in and around Traverse City; those within city limits are under the purview of the city government, while the county is in charge of the rest countywide. The exceptions are state trunklines -- roads such as M-72, US-31 and M-37 -- that are maintained by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). “They are installed at busier intersections based on the traffic volumes,” says Garrett Dowd of MDOT. He says they have specific timing plans to optimize both the movement of traffic at the individual intersection and to coordinate the flow of vehicles through multiple intersections. That flow will be helped along by the installation of so-called intelligent transportation systems, a.k.a. adaptive traffic signals, in 2020. These signals communicate with one another based on actual traffic demand to optimize timing as a whole rather than individually. “In three years we’ll begin construction. They take some time to install and test,” says Dowd. That’s a step beyond where things are now. Garth Greenan, traffic services supervisor for the Grand Traverse County Road Commission, says there are traffic detection systems built into the pavement in numerous areas in the county. “A car or motorcycle (on the sensor) sends a message back to the signal. If no one is in the left turn lane, it won’t get an arrow,” says Greenan. That can be problematic if a vehicle is not pulled up close enough to the signal to set off the sensor, which can cause traffic to back up until the vehicle actually pulls up close enough to the signal to set off the sensor. Traverse City Engineer Tim Lodge says the city’s lights are coordinated with those of MDOT, and many change from full signals to blinking lights at a certain time of night when traffic is minimal, then go back to their regular sequence come morning.  Personnel at all three agencies recognize that traffic lights sometimes annoy drivers. Waiting to get through one light only to find it happening at the next light and the one after that can get drivers steamed. “Yes,” admits Lodge. “People get frustrated.” One option for places where the lights do cause stop and go traffic is actually removing the signals. “Airport Access and Parsons is one I hope to look at. Maybe remove the signal and put in a roundabout,” says Lodge. Another is the installation of new lights, as with the ambitious upcoming plan by MDOT. But new signals are costly; Lodge says the base cost is in the $50,000 range. The new advanced, “smart” ones can run three times that amount. No wonder he says the city is in a maintenance mode. “We’re not investing,” says Lodge. Greenan says he and his counterparts try to ensure that traffic signals are working properly, but they also rely on the public. “Every five years we look at the signal to see if it needs adjusting. More often if there are complaints,” he says. They also test them in other ways. Lodge says the city had a summer intern drive across town from Airport Access Road to 14th Street using several different routes. He says the trip took from 11 or 12 minutes to 18 minutes, depending on the route. Not only was it timed, but the trip provided perspective on the amount of traffic as well as the traffic flow. “There are not a lot of traffic backups,” says Lodge. And if there is a backup, it may be just at a certain time of day, like morning or evening rush hour. Despite everyone’s best efforts, Lodge says it’s inevitable that sometimes the number of vehicles will overwhelm the system, creating backups. But he points to a silver lining in potential traffic jams. “Most cities that are vibrant have (traffic problems). Congestion is a good thing.”

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  • New Head At The Leelanau SchoolNew Head At The Leelanau School

    Robert C. Hansen was named the new Head of School at the Leelanau School, succeeding the retiring JD Friley. Hansen has served as Head of School at Pathfinder School since 2012. Prior to his time at Pathfinder, he was the Supervisor of Instructional Services at the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District and Technology and Data Integration Specialist. Hansen actually began his career as a scientist, earning a degree in chemistry, before returning to school to pursue a Master’s degree in Education. Following that he taught Bullock Creek High School in Midland Northport Public Schools before moving into administrative work.   The Board of Trustees selected Hansen from an original slate of 20 candidates from across the country.  A search committee of parents, alumni, faculty and administrators, local business leaders and board members narrowed the pool to four semi-finalists before the two finalists were brought to campus to meet students, faculty, staff and Board members. Hansen will begin his tenure at The Leelanau School after the end of the school year in June.

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  • Toys For Tots Kicks Off SaturdayToys For Tots Kicks Off Saturday

    This year’s kick-off event for Toys for Tots of Northwest Michigan will begin at noon Saturday, Nov. 18, at Great Wolf Lodge with Santa arriving via a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter, weather permitting. The event will run until Santa departs at 2pm. Children will have a chance to visit with Santa, get involved in children’s activities, enjoy refreshments, check out police and fire displays and sing Christmas carols. The event is free, but those who bring a toy donation can receive a water park pass to Great Wolf Lodge and register to win a variety of door prizes. “The kick-off is always a great start to the Christmas season,” says campaign coordinator Maggie Kent. “It’s our way to ask the public to think about families who have no idea how they can afford Christmas gifts when they struggle every day just to pay their regular bills.” Kent expects to once again need to collect over 23,000 toys starting now and wrapping up when the campaign concludes on December 15. Also mark your calendar for a special Toys for Tots event on Wednesday, Dec. 6 when, for the first time ever, The Ticker will join with the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce for a very special combined Recess and Business After Hours holiday event. The special Recess of Giving will take place in the Fox Grand Traverse showroom from 5pm to 7pm. Guests will enjoy food, drinks, and a chance to win great prizes. Admission to this special Recess event - which is open to the public - is either $10 or a new, unwrapped toy. All admission proceeds and donations will benefit Toys for Tots. Toys for Tots of Northwest Michigan recently received an award as the top Toys For Tots in the region covering five Midwestern states and 140 campaigns. The toys collected for the campaign are distributed through 14 human service agencies in the five-county area. Over 100 drop-off locations will be set up around the region, with most of them identified through red and white drop off signs.

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  • Final Day For Best-Ever OfferFinal Day For Best-Ever Offer

    It's the final day for Ticker subscribers to receive a full year subscription to the Traverse City Business News for just $12, a 65 percent discount off the standard rate. It's the lowest subscription rate the paper has ever offered. A year subscription includes the the January "What To Watch" section, the special September 40Under40 issue, and news and insights every month from around the region. Click here to secure the special rate today.

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  • Police Arrest Man Accused of Breaking and Enterings, PoachingPolice Arrest Man Accused of Breaking and Enterings, Poaching

    A Lake Isabella man is accused of multiple breaking and enterings and is under investigation for poaching. On Wednesday MSP troopers, DNR officers and drug enforcement officers searched a home on Carmen Drive in Lake Isabella in Isabella County. The 23-year-old who lived at the home was under investigation after a DNR officer talked to him on Monday. During the search officers say they recovered many items that match descriptions of things that were stolen from homes in the area. Evidence of poaching was also found at the home. The 23-year-old was arrested on charges that include breaking and entering, larceny, lying to police, and concealing stolen property. There is also an investigation into several conservation violations, including poaching. The MSP says that anyone in the Lake Isabella area who feel that some of their items could be included in those that were recovered to contact the MSP Mt Pleasant Post.

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  • Deputies Discover Meth Materials While Looking Man with Outstanding WarrantsDeputies Discover Meth Materials While Looking Man with Outstanding Warrants

    Police say they may have found meth materials when they were looking for a man wanted on outstanding warrants. It happened in Clare County on Wednesday. Deputies were in the area of the 400 block of East Clarence Road to find a Harrison man wanted on outstanding warrants. They found the 22-year-old at a home and he was arrested on the warrants. But when they were at the home deputies said they could marijuana and got a search warrant for the house. When they searched the home deputies found marijuana, pills, a white powdery substance, and what could be meth components. A 20-year-old Harrison man who was in the home was arrested of a probation violation for being around the drugs. A report is being sent to the county prosecutor for review of potential charges.

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  • Grand Traverse Sheriff’s Office asks for help Identifying Person of InterestGrand Traverse Sheriff’s Office asks for help Identifying Person of Interest

    Police in Grand Traverse County are asking for your help identifying a person of interest in an ongoing investigation. In early October the Grand Traverse Sheriff’s Office began investigating a breaking and entering and property damage complaint at World Truck & Auto Body and Sullivan Auto Clinic on Blue Star Drive in Garfield Township. Authorities say the suspect or suspects damage property and stole tools and other items. Surveillance video caught someone walking in the area of the business at that time. The sheriff’s office is asking for help identifying the person as they would like to talk to them as part of the investigation. Anyone who has information about who they are is asked to call the Garfield Township Community Police Office. Approximately 25 minutes after that person is seen on the surveillance cameras a pickup truck is also seen on camera in the area. The truck may or may not be related to the person of interest or the crimes. The Garfield Township Community Police Office can be reached at 231.941.9222.

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  • County Commissioners Approve Eighth Street Brownfield Plan, BudgetCounty Commissioners Approve Eighth Street Brownfield Plan, Budget

    Grand Traverse County commissioners approved a $9.9 million brownfield plan for a new mixed-used development on Eighth Street Wednesday, clearing the way for the project to move forward. Commissioners voted 5-2 to support the 30-year brownfield plan for Envision Eighth, a 60,000 square-foot project at the corner of Eighth Street and Boardman Avenue (pictured). The project calls for a two-phase development: construction of a new 24,000 square-foot, three-story building in the site’s vacant parking lot, followed by the demolition of the property’s existing office building and construction of a new 36,000 square-foot, three-story building in its place. Both buildings will offer underground parking and retail, commercial and residential space, including 12 units in phase one and 18 units in phase two. A 10-year affordable housing partnership would commit all phase one units to workforce housing, with an estimated rental rate of $892 per month. The remaining phase two residences would be market-rate units. The development has also been identified as the site of a second Higher Grounds Trading coffee shop. Phase one of the project is scheduled to break ground in spring 2018 and open in early 2019, with phase two breaking ground in 2019. Envision Eighth’s $9.9 million brownfield plan includes just over $4 million in reimbursement for developer Joe Sarafa – including $142,600 for environmental clean-up and $3.1 million for underground parking, stormwater management and public canoe launches, plus interest – and over $5 million in reimbursement for Traverse City to pay for the reconstruction of Eighth Street and Boardman River riverwalk improvements. Interest and administrative costs and capture for the state brownfield fund comprise the rest of the plan. Traverse City commissioners and Grand Traverse County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (BRA) members had previously voted to support the project, leaving county commissioners as the last major hurdle for the brownfield plan. During public comment Wednesday, some residents questioned whether the project truly needed brownfield funding to move forward and criticized the use of brownfield dollars to primarily pay for private underground parking instead of environmental clean-up costs. But several commissioners noted Michigan law allows for using brownfield funding for underground parking and said they couldn’t block developers from seeking a legal reimbursement. “The rules have changed, and this project complies,” said Commissioner Sonny Wheelock. “This is the first project along Eighth Street that I’ve seen that actually recognizes that Eighth Street is a corridor. It does more than provide a city street component…the bottom line is Eighth Street is more important to us as a region than we tend to talk about.” Commissioner Cheryl Gore Follette said that spending months analyzing the project as a BRA member had shifted her position from “very skeptical” to supportive of the project, citing its housing and public infrastructure benefits and the fact state funding will cover roughly half of the brownfield reimbursement costs. “You hardly ever get an opportunity to capitalize on that level of commitment,” said Gore Follette. “The plan complies with the (state) statute. It shouldn’t be our job to say we don’t like the law…change the law, OK? Right now we have a law, and the law says you can do this. I think we have to support this project. I think there are many good things that will come out of this. I’m excited about it.” Commissioners Ron Clous and Tom Mair voted against the brownfield plan, with Clous citing his disapproval of subsidizing housing in the city that would compete with outlying township housing projects that didn’t have subsidies. Mair said he liked Sarafa’s plans for the Eighth Street project, but didn’t support the brownfield funding requests that had ballooned since the project’s original inception.  Also at Wednesday’s meeting…Commissioners unanimously approved a balanced $38 million general fund budget for 2018 after first holding a public hearing on the proposed plan. Next year’s budget includes a $5.9 million payment to Municipal Employees' Retirement System (MERS) to pay down the county’s pension debt and nearly $424,000 for information technology upgrades in what will be the first year of a three-year project to improve the county’s technology and security systems. Director of IT Ming Mays outlined nine different projects covered by the 2018 IT budget, including an upgraded storage area network (SAN), email encryption, laptop replacement, mobile device and antivirus management, software upgrades and staff training. Commissioners approved Mays to begin distributing request-for-proposals (RFPs) to solicit bids for each of the outlined projects for 2018. Commissioners also approved an updated fee and permit structure for the county’s soil erosion and sedimentation control department as part of the budget discussion. Commissioners Wednesday also approved joining in a multi-county lawsuit against drug manufacturers and distributors who may have committed fraud when designing and marketing opioid drugs like oxycodone and fentanyl. Smith Johnson, Bernstein Law Firm, and Weitz and Luxemberg have offered to represent Grand Traverse County and other municipalities at no cost in pursuing damages against pharmaceutical manufacturers, with the law firms taking 30 percent of any net sum recovered as payment on the back end. According to a memo from Deputy Civil Counsel Christopher Forsyth, “the problems associated with opioid addiction have negatively impacted this region, if not the entire country. Grand Traverse County, like many other municipalities nationwide, has to expend resources to respond to this drug crisis – resources spent by various county departments.” Forsyth noted counties are joining the lawsuit “to combat the opioid crisis and to recover costs associated with responding to this crisis.”

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  • County Hires VA Director, Interim Finance DirectorCounty Hires VA Director, Interim Finance Director

    Grand Traverse County has filled two department head vacancies – one on a permanent basis and one on a temporary basis. Veterans Affairs Administrative Committee members voted earlier this month to hire 47-year-old Michael Roof to become the next director of Grand Traverse County's VA Office. Roof has served as the superintendent of the Veterans Assistance Commission of Kankakee County (Illinois) since 2012, and has also served as the national service director of the National Association of County Veteran Service Officers since 2016, according to his resume. Roof also worked as a court coordinator for the 21st Judicial Circuit Veterans Treatment Court in Kankakee for the past four years. Roof previously sent a letter to county officials saying he was withdrawing his application, citing concerns the other finalist for the position – Northwestern Michigan College Veteran Services Adviser Scott Herzberg – had the preferential support of county commissioners. County HR Director Bill Hendry tells The Ticker he later clarified with Roof that the candidate still wanted to be considered for the position, but didn’t want to participate in additional interviews with the ad hoc committee of commissioners offering a second opinion on the hiring process, noting that the VA Administrative Committee is the body that has final say over the hiring decision. VA Administrative Committee Chair Jim Wegener says his board believed both Roof and Herzberg were strong candidates for the director role, but that they ultimately voted unanimously 3-0 to hire Roof because he had more experience. “We listed the pros and cons of each of the candidates, and Michael Roof had better qualifications,” says Wegener. “He’s turnkey; he can walk into the office and start looking at claims and access the VA computer files. (Herzberg) had very strong qualities, but the biggest obstacle was that we’d have to train him and it would take him 6 to 18 months to get all the qualifications (to do the job). Michael Roof is already doing the job.” Roof has an official January 2 start date, though he could begin the job earlier if he’s able to find housing and get settled in the area, according to Hendry. Roof’s listed salary in his new role is $66,385. The director role has been vacant since former director Chuck Lerchen left in May following an investigation into employee complaints about hostile work conditions. County Administrator Vicki Uppal also announced Tuesday that Deputy Director of Finance Cheryl Wolf will serve as the Interim Director of Finance effective immediately. Wolf will fill a vacancy caused by the recent resignation of Finance Director Jody Lundquist. Wolf will serve in the role until the appointment of a new finance director, according to Uppal.

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  • Man accused of child abuse | Local News | record-eagle.com - Traverse City Record EagleMan accused of child abuse | Local News | record-eagle.com - Traverse City Record Eagle

    Traverse City Record EagleMan accused of child abuse | Local News | record-eagle.comTraverse City Record EagleTRAVERSE CITY — A local man could face nearly a decade in prison after authorities said he twice “backhanded” his 14-year-old daughter, leaving her with ...and more »

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  • Two Arrested on Drug Charges in Oceana CountyTwo Arrested on Drug Charges in Oceana County

    Two men were arrested in Oceana County on charges that include delivering drugs. Last Tuesday SSCENT detectives searched a home in the 4000 block of W. Baker Road in Oceana County’s Shelby Township. During that search detectives found what could be cocaine and marijuana, which was seized along with an undisclosed amount of money. As a result of the investigation, two Oceana men were arrested. Brent Krauss, a 19-year-old from Shelby, has been charged with four counts of delivery of cocaine and one count of possession with intent to deliver cocaine. And Rodney Ranthum, a 50-year-old Shelby man was been charged with delivery of cocaine, possession with intent to deliver, manufacturing marijuana, and habitual offender, fourth offense.

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  • Michigan's Best Italian restaurant is Trattoria Stella in Traverse City ... - MLive.comMichigan's Best Italian restaurant is Trattoria Stella in Traverse City ... - MLive.com

    MLive.comMichigan's Best Italian restaurant is Trattoria Stella in Traverse City ...MLive.comTRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN- Trattoria Stella is not only Michigan's Best Italian restaurant, it is one of the best restaurants in Michigan, period. Stella exudes old ...Traverse City's Trattoria Stella Wins MLive's Best Italian Restaurant9&10 Newsall 4 news articles »

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    Carolyn R. LaCross, 83, of Traverse City passed away Friday, November 10, 2017 at Joy Givers Nursing Home surrounded by her loving family. Carolyn was born Friday, September 21, 1934 to Burton and Lillian (Frye) Ames in Royal Oak, MI. read more

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  • Public Notices For Leelanau CountyPublic Notices For Leelanau County

    Michigan law requires local governments to inform their citizenry through public notices published in newspapers of record for their communities. These notices provide residents with an easy path for following the work of their elected officials. Public notices for Leelanau County can also be accessed online at Leelanaunews.com.read more

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  • Joseph E. “Joe” DlugopolskiJoseph E. “Joe” Dlugopolski

    Funeral services were held Friday, Nov. 10 in Midland for Joseph E. “Joe” Dlugopolski who died Oct. 29 at his 100-year-old log cabin style cottage in Northport. He was 87. Joe was born July 7, 1930 in Marinette, Wisc., the youngest of 10 children, and grew up on a dairy farm.read more

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    Winnie (Minkle) Guzowski 94, of Lake George, Michigan passed away quietly and surrounded by her family.read more

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  • Marjorie Helen SprengerMarjorie Helen Sprenger

    A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 19, 2018 at the Leland Community United Methodist Church for Marjorie Helen Sprenger of Leland who died Nov. 3. She was 91.read more

    Leelanau Enterprise / 3 d. 3 h. 21 min. ago

    TRAVERSE CITY - Robin Kay Allen, 63, of Traverse City, passed away Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 at Culver Meadows Senior Living with her loving family at her side. Robin was born April 14, 1954 in Grand Rapids, the daughter of John C. Denny and Kathryn A. (Craker) Denny. On Feb 6, 1988 she married her loving and devoted husband of twenty-nine years, Joddy D. Allen, who survives. read more

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  • Ulrich "Rick" A. StrausUlrich "Rick" A. Straus

    The family of Ulrich “Rick” A. Straus deeply appreciates all the friends and family who attended graveside services at East Leland Cemetery and the memorial luncheon at the Bluebird, Leland, on Nov. 11. Sincerely,The Straus Family read more

    Leelanau Enterprise / 3 d. 3 h. 21 min. ago

    Leonard “Len” Joseph Popa, 91, of Traverse City passed away Friday, November 10, 2017 at Munson Medical Center with his loving family at his side. read more

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    Kristine Marie “Kris” Popp, age 52, of Lake Leelanau, died Monday, November 13, 2017 at Munson Hospice House after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Kris was born on June 9, 1965, in Big Rapids, Michigan, the daughter of David Forster and Linda Ducheney Penney, who each survive. read more

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  • School closed for devoted motherSchool closed for devoted mother

    By Amy Hubbell Of The Enterprise staff Kris Popp touched the lives of families across the Leelanau Peninsula. The St. Mary School community and the county community at large will come together Friday to celebrate her life. Classes were canceled Friday. Popp died Monday at Munson Hospice House in Traverse City after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was 52.read more

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  • Cold snap root of tree concernsCold snap root of tree concerns

    By Jay Bushen Of The Enterprise staff Fresh off a hefty apple harvest, Cedar fruit grower Greg Williams wasn’t sure what impact the sudden cold spell might have on his trees. “I don’t think it’s going to hurt, but it’s hard to say,” Williams said. Others are a bit more concerned.read more

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  • Toys 4 TotsToys 4 Tots

    MIKE PRIEST, a teller at Traverse Catholic Federal Credit Union places a Toys for Tots collection box and sign at the branch in Lake Leelanau, one of dozens of collection sites around the county. Coverage and a list of locations can be found on page 16. read more

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  • Code dept. study comingCode dept. study coming

    By Eric Carlson Of The Enterprise staff Leelanau County will hire a Northwestern Michigan College researcher to conduct an “external analysis” to make the county’s Construction Code Authority run more efficiently. The Code department conducts plan reviews, issues permits for construction, and conducts inspections to enforce the state Construction Code, among other tasks.read more

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  • Dairy families can’t cope with pricesDairy families can’t cope with prices

    By Amy Hubbell Of The Enterprise staff Wine lovers may have to forgo local cheese with their next glass of vino — which represents a minor setback compared to the business decisions forced upon county dairy farmers.read more

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  • Save The Date: December Recess Of Giving At Fox MotorsSave The Date: December Recess Of Giving At Fox Motors

    Join The Ticker and the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce for a very special combined Recess and Business After Hours holiday event to support Toys For Tots! The special Recess of Giving will take place Wednesday, December 6 in the Fox Grand Traverse showroom from 5pm to 7pm. Guests will enjoy delicious food catered by Incredible Mo's, drinks provided by H Cox and Son, and a chance to win great prizes, including a three-day test drive in a Fox Motors 2017 Lincoln vehicle of the winner's choice, a complete auto detail package, and an oil change/filter. Admission to this special Recess event - which is open to the public - is either $10 or a new, unwrapped toy. 100 percent of admission proceeds and donations will benefit Toys for Tots. Fox Grand Traverse is located at 3464 N US Highway 31 S. The 2017 Recess series is presented by RE/MAX Bayshore Properties, a full-service real estate company providing northern Michigan with professional real estate services.

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  • Library Seeks To Protect Millage DollarsLibrary Seeks To Protect Millage Dollars

    Traverse Area District Library (TADL) board members are fighting to keep voter-approved millage dollars funding library projects instead of being diverted to pay for downtown improvements under the city’s tax increment financing (TIF) 2 district. Traverse City commissioners went into closed session Monday to discuss a request from TADL to exempt its millage from the TIF 2 area. Commissioners voted 4-3 last December to extend the TIF 2 plan – which covers Old Town, River’s Edge, Midtown, Riverine Apartments and Hannah and Lay parks – for another 25 years. As property values increase in the TIF 2 district between now and 2041, taxes captured on the raising values will be used to pay for public projects like streets, bridges and riverwalks. Captured funds include a portion of revenues from local millages and taxing authorities, including Grand Traverse County, Northwestern Michigan College and Bay Area Transportation Authority. Under state law, those groups can ask to be exempted from the TIF plan – but must receive approval from the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and city to be excluded. Grand Traverse County tried unsuccessfully last year to have its veterans and senior services millages exempted from the new TIF 2 plan, arguing voters wanted their dollars to support those county services and not downtown projects. TADL is making the same argument to city officials – but the library believes it has a stronger case, pointing to new legislation in Michigan. “Other millages don’t have the legislation that supports their request – we do,” says TADL Director Gail Parsons. A collection of bills signed into law in January automatically excludes all library millages passed after December 31, 2016 from TIF districts. TADL’s millage was overwhelming approved by voters in August 2016, four months prior to the cutoff. But the new law outlines several scenarios in which millages passed before December can also be exempted, including when the TIF plan’s boundaries or duration changes. The law requires the library’s board to pass a resolution requesting an exemption and file it with the city clerk – steps TADL took in January, according to library attorney Karrie Ziets. While TADL officials believe they’ve met the criteria to receive an automatic exemption under the new rules, City Attorney Lauren Trible-Laucht notes there is “room for interpretation in the act that leaves a question open” of whether TADL meets the standards for an exemption. She declined to elaborate further, citing ongoing legal deliberations among commissioners. Trible-Laucht outlined her opinion about the new law and legal options open to commissioners in a confidential attorney-client memo discussed by the board in closed session Monday. Commissioners later waived their right to keep the memo confidential, meaning the document could become public as soon as Friday, when DDA board members will discuss the same memo at their morning meeting and also consider waiving their right to confidentiality. Regardless of technical loopholes that may exist in the legislation, Parsons says the intent of lawmakers was clear: to allow libraries to protect their millage dollars from TIF capture. “I would ask that you carefully consider the intent of the legislation…and the place of the library in the community,” Parsons told commissioners. “TADL is a treasure in our city, and your library is well-loved…please allow us our rightfully approved tax dollars to be used to fund our own library building to benefit all of us.” The TIF 2 district will capture an estimated $6,800 of TADL’s millage funding in 2017, according to Parsons. That figure will likely to continue to climb annually as property values in the district rise. “When voters voted to renew our millage, they weren’t voting to have that money taken away and used for some other purpose,” says Parsons. “We’re supporting the main library and two branches, and also provide funding for the three member libraries (Fife Lake, Interlochen and Peninsula Community). We also have major problems with our roof…it’s deteriorating and leaking. We’re looking at a major expense there.” Parsons expresses frustration that it’s taken the city until November to address TADL’s request, which was filed in January. “I’m trying to plan our budget, and I need to know what to expect,” she says. Trible-Laucht notes that because TIF capture for the library won’t occur until December, the city needed to prioritize more timely issues up until this point. “Now it’s come up, because there’s an imminent deadline,” she says. Due to recent changes in the makeup of the city commission, TADL could find a sympathetic majority to support its request. Newly elected City Commissioner Brian McGillivary has challenged the trend of continuing to concentrate city investment in TIF districts, questioning whether the DDA is using up resources that would be better spent elsewhere in the city, while Mayor Jim Carruthers and Commissioners Michele Howard and Richard Lewis opposed continuing the TIF 2 district last year, citing among their reasons not wanting to divert funds from local millages and groups. “I feel that taking money from those other taxing authorities takes money from our actual citizens," Howard said at the time, saying downtown projects should "get in line" with other area projects for funding. Should the city commission deny TADL’s request, however, library officials would likely meet to consider their next steps. “I really can’t say at this point (if we would pursue legal action),” Parsons says. “It’s something we’d be discussing with the board, but we haven’t addressed it yet.”

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  • Lessons from a Pro: Tips to Make Your Airbnb More AppealingLessons from a Pro: Tips to Make Your Airbnb More Appealing

    So you have an extra room in your home, or maybe you own a vacation home and you want to make some extra cash in the off months. There are multiple reasons to start renting on Airbnb , but after you decide to take the plunge, how do you ensure it's a space where people actually want to stay? Jesse David Green, a photographer by trade, and his wife are some of the more successful Airbnb hosts in Michigan, and certainly in the Detroit area.

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  • Haas Appointed Mayor Pro Tem; Other City AppointmentsHaas Appointed Mayor Pro Tem; Other City Appointments

    Traverse City Commissioner Brian Haas was appointed mayor pro tem by his fellow commissioners at the city's organizational meeting Monday night. The appointment means Haas will lead commission meetings and serve in the place of Mayor Jim Carruthers during any absences by Carruthers. Monday's organizational meeting kicked off with the swearing in of Carruthers and Commissioners Michele Howard, Tim Werner and Brian McGillivary to four-year terms on the board. Commissioners also made the following appointments to city boards and commissions at the meeting: Planning Commission (two commission appointments): Brian Haas, Brian McGillivaryPlanning Commission (one administrative appointment): Jim TullerPlanning Commission (three citizen appointments): Linda Koebert, Heather Shaw, David HassingGrand Traverse County Township Association (one commission appointment): Michele HowardGrand Traverse County Department of Public Works (one commission appointment): Richard LewisTraverse City Light & Power (two commission appointments): Amy Shamroe, Tim WernerTraverse Transportation Coordinating Initiative (one commission appointment): Jim Carruthers (Richard Lewis alternate)Brown Bridge Advisory Committee (one commission appointment): Michele HowardCity Commission Ad Hoc Committee on General Fund Balance Policy (one commission appointment): Tim WernerCity Commission Ad Hoc Committee on Infrastructure Strategy Policy (one commission appointment): Michele Howard  

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  • The Mustang Date Night ProjectThe Mustang Date Night Project

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  • Third death in three months at Barlow Street home - Traverse City Record EagleThird death in three months at Barlow Street home - Traverse City Record Eagle

    Traverse City Record EagleThird death in three months at Barlow Street homeTraverse City Record EagleTRAVERSE CITY — A man is dead after police said they couldn't revive him from a suspected overdose at a home on Barlow Street — the third substance abuse related death at the home in three months. Traverse City police Chief Jeff O'Brien said Twyman ...

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  • Michigan center provides space to teach science, technologyMichigan center provides space to teach science, technology

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  • The StorytellersThe Storytellers

    Long before there were books, plays, television, or movies, there was storytelling — stories shared while traveling, tales told around campfires, legends and myths passed from generation to generation.          Though the electronic devices and technology have long since taken center stage as most of the world’s primary means of entertainment, there remains a small contingent who have held fast to the primordial art of storytelling. Here, we profile three in northern Michigan who have found success weaving only words and voice to ignite the imaginations of their audiences. Terry Wooten (pictured) The Stone Circle, Elk RapidsTerry Wooten says he’s a little different than the average storyteller. “I call myself a ‘poet-bard,’ although I do also do stories around my poems.” He’s entitled to self-title; the Marion, Michigan-raised poet-bard has committed over 560 poems to memory, word for word. And every summer for the last 34, audiences from around the region — and around the world — have flocked to hear those words and countless others at Wooten’s The Stone Circle, an outdoor amphitheater 10 miles north of Elk Rapids.        The Stone Circle amphitheater, essentially 88 large boulders that Wooten gathered on the south end of property he shares with his wife, Wendi, draws storytellers, musicians, poets, and listeners every Saturday night in the summer.          “So often, performers try to perform at a bar or restaurant where there’s talking, and people just aren’t paying attention,” Wooten says. “I wanted to make a place where the words are the focus. I believe that wanting to listen to stories is in our DNA, especially around a fire at night. The Stone Circle captures the atmosphere of ancient cultures that gathered in family and community groups to entertain and exchange stores of everyday life and lore.”          Wooten says been a poet since he was a teenager and has been traveling around the country since then to perform his works at everything from festivals and arts conferences to universities.          “But schools don’t want what I do as much as they used to,” he says. “I do think I’ve accomplished something in this day and age that’s unusual — making a living at poetry without being attached to a university. But I guess I’m also a little backwards — I’m on Facebook, and I email, but other than those, I don’t do much on the internet. I seldom even use my phone.” Probably because he’s busy creating poetry. A lot of his early poems, he says, were in his own voice, speaking of his own experiences. Then he started a long-term collection called “The Elders Project,” which snagged him the 2013 State History Award in Education from the Historical Society of Michigan.          “I taught people, mostly kids, how to record interviews with elders — folks 80, 90, even 100 years old,” he says. “I then taught them how to turn the elders’ words into poems. Most recently, I’ve been interviewing some WWII vets and a Vietnam vet as part of The Elders Project, also writing poems from the words of the vets.” Wooten’s own words have also been the subject of plenty of attention. A book of his works, “Stone Circle Poems: The Collected Poems of Terry Wooten,” was selected by the Library of Michigan as one of their 2016 Notable Books of the Year. Just prior to that, his longtime friend, director and producer Patrick Pfister, filmed a documentary about Wooten’s life and about The Stone Circle.          “Patrick grew up in Detroit, but he’s lived in Barcelona, Spain, for years, and he decided to bring a film crew here several years ago,” Wooten says. “They stayed for a month, and 32 poets and storytellers came back to perform at the venue and talk on the film, which was mixed later out in Los Angeles.”          The resulting movie, The Stone Circle, is being entered in American and European film festivals, including the 2018 Traverse City Film Festival, which would put Wooten’s intimate fireside gatherings and poetry on the big screen. Learn more: terry-wooten.com, (231) 264-9467 Jim and Mary Couling Twilight Walking Tours, Traverse City“We’ve been storytellers for 11 years,” says Jim Couling, in reference to himself and his wife, Mary, who is also a vocalist. “And we even have storyteller names — I’m Wood Smoke Jim, and she’s River Lark.”          The couple, who live in Traverse City, first became interested in storytelling 11 years ago, through a challenge placed by their daughter Emily.          “We’d gone to a storytelling event in Ontario, Canada, and the storyteller was so bad that she said, ‘Hey, if he can do this, then you can do it,’” Couling says.          “I love the thought of ‘when does an idea begin?’” he said. “When is that moment? What if I could be a doctor? Have an antique shop? Make my grandmother’s famous fudge? A lot of people have a lot of great ideas, but don’t know where to begin.”          The Coulings began by observing walking tours in their travels to places like Wisconsin, Florida, and Scotland. “We watched how other people did it, and being a theater family, we took notes,” Couling said. (The Coulings have six children. One daughter is an actor, director, and vocalist, living in Chicago; a son, also in Chicago, runs a theater company.)          Today, they offer a variety of different storytelling tours on topics like voyageurs, lumbermen, Native Americans, women of the North, and more; one of their most popular local jaunts is their Ghost Walk, an 1.5-hour walking tour in which they share reported tales about paranormal phenomena in four-minute sets staged at different locations around Traverse City on.          “Perhaps you don’t know that there are ghost ships on the Great Lakes, or that all lighthouses are haunted,” says Couling. “I’ve also been exploring the City Opera House and some of the basements in downtown Traverse City — and of course, everybody loves a prohibition story.”          The walks start at the Bijou Theater and wind around through downtown as Couling and his wife tell a wide variety of tales along the way.          “It’s interesting,” Couling says about their paranormal tour. “People don’t realize that almost everyone has experiences that aren’t easily explainable. It’s a wonderful human experience to have something unusual happen to you, and to have people to talk to about it.”          The tours, he said, aren’t merely a storytelling venue for himself and his wife, but also a way to give people a place to talk and to share their own stories.          “We really need to communicate verbally more with each other,” he says. “Storytelling hits a deeper part of us. When I say I’m ready to embrace the mysteries and listen to yours as well — well, that’s an experience that is lost in this modern age’s maze of the internet.” Learn more: twilightwalkingtours.com, (906) 440-5910 Jenifer Strauss Story Be Told, Traverse City Jenifer Strauss ended her teaching job and started her own unique version of a storytelling career because of a bunch of sixth graders.          “I taught for 10 years,” she says, “and it was in my last year of teaching a sixth grade classroom that I learned the power of storytelling to inspire kids to write. I had them tell their story out loud, edit it out loud, and revise it out loud — and that process helped them lose their fear of writing.” That class inspired Strauss to quit teaching in 1993, and launch her business, Story Be Told, that same year. “I’m so grateful I can make a living doing this,” she says.          Strauss, while in many ways a classic storyteller, sees the art as more valuable than just entertainment; she utilizes it as a learning tool for people and works as a narrative consultant.          “I started as a performing business, running writing workshops,” Strauss said. “And I do coach storytellers and public speakers to help them fine-tune their skills of content and delivery. But I also help people use stories to achieve their personal or business goals, or to sell their products.”          The human brain, she said, accepts stories better than straightforward marketing. So part of her job is to help companies put together banks of stories they can utilize when discussing deals with clients.          “Most of my storytelling is personal narrative,” she says. “I developed my own process called The Turning Points Narrative Process, via which I help people find and tell their own personal stories. It’s a series of searching activities that helps people hone a story from their own life and write it.” That’s not to say she’s not showcasing her own storytelling skills, though.          “Oh, I still perform all the time,” she says. “At spoken word events, conferences, luncheons, schools — a whole variety of things.”          Places you might have seen her speaking include Here:Say, the storytelling event that takes place at the Workshop Brewing Company in Traverse City, where she performs regularly. She’s a featured performer at the Leelanau Outdoor Center and works with additional organizations like Arts for All and the Old Mission Peninsula School. She’s offering a class at NMC this fall and winter called “Change Your Story, Transform Your Life.”          “I’ll guide participants through my Turning Points Process to help them identify pivotal events that have changed the course of their life, change the ‘telling’ of stories from their past, and create or intend the future story they wish to live,” she says. In her own stories, she speaks of life experience, family, mistakes, heartaches, and overcoming obstacles, all with an aim to inspire and entertain.          “I have close to 500 stories in my repertoire,” says Strauss. “So I can put together a program using anything from personal experiences to folk tales. Sometimes I get hired for a specific theme, so I’ll research specific stories for that as well, to inspire people. All stories need to be told.” Learn more: storybetold.com (269) 838-8361

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    A scenic rural road lined with sugar maples drew Nichole Jones and her husband to make their home in an out-of-the-way spot between Lake Ann and Interlochen. She and her husband bought a one-bedroom cabin there in 2010, improving and enlarging it over the years to make room for the two children that have since joined the family. Recently, however, Jones’ small piece of tranquility was invaded. The thick stands of trees on each side of the road were clear cut, the road was widened, and segments of it were paved. (The above left photo shows the road before the improvements; the above right photo, featuring Nichole Jones, shows the road afterward.) In the grand scheme of life Up North, it’s just a single stretch of road, and a small section at that, among thousands of miles of paved, dirt, and two-track roads that spider across the region. But for the residents who live along the once-picturesque track, it’s their road home. TUNNEL OF TREES If you look at before-and-after photos of Fewins Road between Lake Ann and Reynolds roads in Inland Township, the stretch is unrecognizable after it was improved in 2016 and 2017. “It just had this beautiful canopy,” Jones said. “My kids used to call it the ‘tunnel of trees.’ It was absolutely stunning. Gorgeous. Senior pictures were taken on this hill.” Jones vividly recalls the day in February 2016 that she arrived home and saw that dozens of the maple trees along the road and on the property of the Joneses and their neighbors had been marked for cutting. “We were housesitting in Lake Ann, and I came home, and all the front trees were marked, and we had no information about this,” she said. “And I instantly called my husband and I’m like, ‘What are you doing?’ Because he oftentimes actually cuts down trees to make things with them. And he was just like, ‘What are you talking about?’” Upon closer inspection, the couple realized that all of the trees up and down the section of the road were marked to come down. The couple quickly contacted the township and the road commission, but they learned that the decision to improve the road had already been made: The trees were in the road right-of-way. They would be coming down. And there was nothing the couple or their neighbors could do stop it. NEIGHBORS OPPOSED THE PROJECT The Fewins Road project first appeared on the Inland Township board meeting agenda in February 2016, when, according to the minutes, Supervisor Paul Beechraft informed the board that he was working with the road commission to repair that section of Fewins Road with $14,000 the township had in its budget for road repairs. The tree cutting came up at the next meeting, on March 14. Beechraft said the trees had to be cut for safety; that section of Fewins Road didn’t meet the minimum standards to be a road, which must travel through a 30-foot-wide clearing and have a 20-foot-wide road bed. Some residents who live on that stretch of the road showed up at the meeting to oppose the project. One presented a petition signed by people who live on the road who were opposed to the tree clearing. Twenty people had signed, a number the presenter estimated to represent 90 percent of his neighbors. Another resident said he hadn’t heard of the petition, and if he would have, he’d have signed it too. Yet another said she was worried that there was no plan in place to finish the road, and she wondered why property owners weren’t given more notice about the tree cutting. She said she wasn’t given enough time to have the value of the timber on her land surveyed so that she could know what to do with it. The fact that many residents along the road opposed the project didn’t matter, Beechraft said, because the road commission had deemed the road unsafe, so the township had no choice but to widen and grade the road. Beechraft said in an interview that he thought that the petition presented at the meeting represented maybe half of the residents who lived on that section of road, not 90 percent. Another meeting about the road project was convened in July, but by then all of the trees had been removed. That August, the road commission needed a favor from the residents. To properly grade the road, it would need to ensure rainwater could drain into ditches at the roadside, which would require encroachment into the yards of 10 property owners. It requested easements from each of them. The Joneses and four of their neighbors refused to sign the easement agreements. Because only half signed, Beechraft said the road commission had to abandon the plan for ditches and go with an alternative: paving and creating curbs that would allow for water drainage. Today, two sections of the road are paved while other parts of the road remain gravel. SCENIC BUT DANGEROUS How did a picturesque country road become a patchwork of pavement, dirt, and denuded land? Matthew Skeels, Benzie County Road Commission manager, said the project started because the township asked the road commission to identify road projects, and the road commission identified that section of Fewins Road as a priority. What the residents loved about the road made it a liability. “It was a very narrow — really wasn’t even a gravel road, it was kind of almost a two-track. The trees were very close on either side of the road. It was basically a one-lane road,” Skeel said. Fire trucks and ambulances would have trouble getting to residents in an emergency, and road commission equipment had trouble operating there, he said. And once the road was designated for improvement, it had to conform to modern standards for a road, Skeels said. That meant the grade had to be engineered, and the right-of-way had to be cleared. “If we’re going to improve a road, we have certain standards that we have to follow,” Skeels said. “It’s not as easy as making the road wider. We have to remove the trees, and we have to provide for storm water.” Skeels agrees that the project completely changed the character of the road, but he said the road commission and the township did attempt to inform residents and prepare them for the change as the project developed. Beechraft also said the township surveyed area residents between 2008 and 2012 about what road projects people wanted to see happen in the township. “That [road] was No. 1,” he said. Beechraft said there was no choice but to go ahead with the project once the money was available. “We as a township were given some projects that were labeled ‘safety projects,’ and that was one of them,” he said. “When funds became available, we contacted the road commission. Once the road commission labeled it a safety project, it becomes a liability issue.” Beechraft agreed that the road had become a safety hazard; the top of the hill was a dangerous blind spot where there was barely room for two vehicles to pass. “That hill was very, very bad,” he said. Jones disagrees. She said she believes the safety issue was overblown. “There was never any problem,” Jones said. “The buses got down just fine, the Benzie County bus comes down here twice a day. Before the trees went away, we never got stuck." She said the road only really deteriorated after the trees were removed, because then there was nothing holding the hill together, and it got rutted. Now, she is afraid that snow drifts will be much worse because the wind break created by the trees has been removed. A SIGN OF GROWTH Beechraft said that as the population of eastern Benzie County increases, there is more traffic, and more traffic is hard on dirt and gravel roads. They become more expensive to maintain. They deteriorate and become more dangerous. That section of Fewins Road is in an area that faces increasing development pressure because, as real estate prices in Traverse City have gone up, eastern Benzie County has become a bedroom community for commuters. Inland Township’s population grew from 1,587 to 2,070 from 2000 to 2010, according to U.S. Census data. The Joneses live in the Interlochen zip code, which grew from 5,002 residents in 2000, to 6,253 in 2010, to an estimated 6,552 in 2015. Susan Wilkinson, who lives across from the Joneses, doesn’t believe there’s been much of an increase in traffic on Fewins Road in the 11 years she's lived there, however. She said she and other neighbors were completely caught by surprise by the project and were frustrated that by the time anybody learned about it, it was a done deal. Wilkinson said the road looks okay now that the project is complete, but it’s nothing like it used to be. “They did a nice job. As far as now that it’s done, it looks nice,” she said. “But it’s not the picturesque road that it used to be.”  

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  • Timberlake is Ready for Some FootballTimberlake is Ready for Some Football

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