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  • Pictured: Margie Guyot’s painting “Scott Road” took first place in the CCA’s June 18 “Chasing the Light Paint Out” competition.
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    Charlevoix Circle of Arts presents ‘The Light Fantastic’

    The Armchair Theatre at the Charlevoix Circle of Arts will present “The Light Fantastic: The Atmosphere of Light Through the Performing Arts” on Sunday Aug. 7 beginning at 6:30 pm. The theme of this presentation is to reflect the works of forty, regional plein air painters, whose work is currently on display at the Circle…

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    Boyne City Police logs June 25 – July 3

    Saturday, June 25, 2016 0007 Suspicious situation at Rotary Park. 0521 Assisted EMS in the 700 block of Vogel St. 0823 Violation of Bond Conditions in the 300 block of N Lake St. 0946 Assist EMS in the 300 block of E Division St 1156 911 hang up at in the 200 block of Front…

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    NMU students dig for history on Charlevoix County’s Beaver Island

    There is a rich history on Lake Michigan’s Beaver Island, located a two-hour ferry ride from Charlevoix. Its residents have included Native Americans, French fur trappers and traders, a Mormon sect called the Strangites whose leader declared himself king, and Irish immigrants. There was even a “secretive émigré from Russia who dispensed medical help to…

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    Charlevoix Area Humane Society needs your help

    The Charlevoix Area Humane Society is in financial trouble according to a plea for help released by the non-profit late last week.

    In a Friday July 15 press release, Charlevoix Area Humane Society Executive Director Scott MacKenzie said an increase in services and decrease in donations has put the organization in a tough spot.

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    #360 Boyne City Gazette newspaper for July 20

    This week’s Boyne Gazette features news on the Charlevoix Area Humane Society’s money troubles, the latest on the Boyne City Open Space, an archaeological dig on Beaver Island, Boyne City Public Schools’ new athletic director, a fun and informative home improvement section focused on DIY yard projects and tips for buying your next lawnmower, plenty of community photos, upcoming events information and so much more.

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    Recently introduced bills that could affect Charlevoix County

    The House and Senate held pro-forma sessions this week with no votes. Therefore, this report continues its series of describing some of the interesting bills that have been introduced in the current Legislature. Senate Bill 642: Allow more municipal debt for home efficiency loans Introduced by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D), to allow local governments to…

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    Free Wi-Fi now in downtown East Jordan

    The East Jordan Downtown Development Authority (DDA) announced recently that it has has teamed with the City of East Jordan to bring open public Wi-Fi to the Main St. and Memorial Park areas.

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    CHARLEVOIX COUNTY: MI State Rep. Triston Cole at work

    Michigan 105th District State Rep. Triston Cole (R-Mancelona) offers highlights of his work and accomplishments in a monthly newsletter, which has been republished here. Dear Neighbor, It is an honor and privilege to serve you and your family. As your state representative, I am making decisions in Lansing for the betterment of our local community….

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USPS Pluto stamp travels to Pluto

WASHINGTON — A 1991 Pluto: Not Yet Explored stamp traveled more than 3 billion miles on a spacecraft to the dwarf planet has earned the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS achievement for the farthest distance traveled by a postage stamp. The stamp also served as NASA’s rallying cry to set the record straight for exploring Pluto. This…

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  • Pictured: Margie Guyot’s painting “Scott Road” took first place in the CCA’s June 18 “Chasing the Light Paint Out” competition.

    Charlevoix Circle of Arts presents ‘The Light Fantastic’

    The Armchair Theatre at the Charlevoix Circle of Arts will present “The Light Fantastic: The Atmosphere of Light Through the Performing Arts” on Sunday Aug. 7 beginning at 6:30 pm. The theme of this presentation is to reflect the works of forty, regional plein air painters, whose work is currently on display at the Circle…

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    Boyne City Police logs June 25 – July 3

    Saturday, June 25, 2016 0007 Suspicious situation at Rotary Park. 0521 Assisted EMS in the 700 block of Vogel St. 0823 Violation of Bond Conditions in the 300 block of N Lake St. 0946 Assist EMS in the 300 block of E Division St 1156 911 hang up at in the 200 block of Front…

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  • screening for artifacts web

    NMU students dig for history on Charlevoix County’s Beaver Island

    There is a rich history on Lake Michigan’s Beaver Island, located a two-hour ferry ride from Charlevoix. Its residents have included Native Americans, French fur trappers and traders, a Mormon sect called the Strangites whose leader declared himself king, and Irish immigrants. There was even a “secretive émigré from Russia who dispensed medical help to…

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    #360 Boyne City Gazette newspaper for July 20

    This week’s Boyne Gazette features news on the Charlevoix Area Humane Society’s money troubles, the latest on the Boyne City Open Space, an archaeological dig on Beaver Island, Boyne City Public Schools’ new athletic director, a fun and informative home improvement section focused on DIY yard projects and tips for buying your next lawnmower, plenty of community photos, upcoming events information and so much more.

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    CHARLEVOIX COUNTY: MI State Rep. Triston Cole at work

    Michigan 105th District State Rep. Triston Cole (R-Mancelona) offers highlights of his work and accomplishments in a monthly newsletter, which has been republished here. Dear Neighbor, It is an honor and privilege to serve you and your family. As your state representative, I am making decisions in Lansing for the betterment of our local community….

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    Michigan Gov. Snyder seeks state supreme court opinion on funds to private schools

    Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has asked the Michigan Supreme Court for an advisory opinion on the constitutionality of Section 152b of the school aid budget, which appropriates general fund dollars to reimburse certain state-mandated expenses incurred by private schools. “The Michigan Supreme Court’s prompt resolution of important constitutional questions through advisory opinions greatly assists the…

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  • Democratic Sen. Gary Peters

    Michigan Sen. Peters urges FCC to Close Rural Broadband Gap

    U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) joined a bipartisan group of 26 Senators, urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to update the Universal Service Fund’s (USF) Mobility Fund, which is aimed at providing broadband service to rural and underserved areas. The Senators sent a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler calling for the agency to prioritize…

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    Boyne City Safe Routes to School project construction begins

    A groundbreaking ceremony was held early today, Tuesday July 12, at the intersection of M-75 and Brockway in Boyne City for the city’s Safe Routes to School program.
    Local city and economic development officials are pictured with construction and engineering personnel who are working on the project in the photo taken this morning.
    Photo by Chris Faulknor/Boyne City Gazette

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    Michigan Congressman Benishek on Care Commission report

    This week, Dr. Dan Benishek met with Nancy Schlichting, Chairperson of the Commission on Care, to discuss their final report on the Department of Veterans Affairs to Congress. “The report makes it clear that the VA has enormous problems to solve and that we can’t solve them with more money alone. In order for veterans…

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    2016 Boyne Farmers Market Food Truck Rally July 14

    In celebration of “all things local,” the Boyne City Farmers Market is hosting its third annual Food Truck Rally fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday July 14 at Boyne City’s Veterans Park Thursday. In addition to live music from Kellerville, the event will feature local food, soda, beer and wine. The Food Truck…

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    Boyne City Police Officer rescues baby deer

    Early this morning, on Monday July 11, the Boyne City Police Department was called to the 200 block of State St. for a fawn stuck in a fence. Boyne City Police Officer Tavis Tannehill responded and found a spotted fawn wedged in the corner of the fence. Tannehill was able to safely lift the fawn free…

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    Tips for talking to your special needs child about tragedy

    Parents of Kids with Special Needs Offered Advice from Experts on Navigating Trauma at Home With recent tragedies in the news, many children, including those challenged with special needs, are exposed to trauma through the media and in conversations. The Episcopal Center for Children (ECC), a nonprofit school serving children with special needs ages 5-14…

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    Lunch lecture on Headlands Int’l Dark Sky Park controversy July 20

    The Headlands International Dark Sky Park: What you need to know The program director at the Headlands International Dark Sky Park will provide an update on what has become a politically contentious topic during a special presentation at noon Wednesday July 20, at the Petoskey-Bay View Country Club. The talk is a “Lunch and Learn”…

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    Enbridge Line 5 protesters gather outside Michigan AG Bill Schuette’s home

    COURTESY OF MICATS MEDIA, www.michigancats.org On the afternoon of Wednesday July 6, in Midland, over 60 demonstrators arrived at the home of Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette to demand that Schuette take immediate action to shut down the Enbridge oil pipeline Line 5. Demonstrators from Earth First! hung a massive banner between two trees in Schuette’s front…

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    CHARLEVOIX COUNTY: Two hurt in Eveline Twnp. motorcycle crash

    On July 4, 2016 at approximately 13:31 hours the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office and the East Jordan EMS were dispatched to Advance Road near Cummings Road in Eveline Township for a motorcycle personal injury crash. The investigation revealed Travis Fante, age 21 from Grand Rapids, and was traveling Northbound on Advance Road when he failed…

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    East Jordan South Arm Classic car/boat show

    The South Arm of Lake Charlevoix and downtown East Jordan will be filled with classic boats and cars and a Micro Brew Beer Tent as the popular South Arm Classics takes place Saturday, July 9, in East Jordan. This signature event features a spectacular display of fifty-plus classic vintage boats, in water and on land…

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    Boyne City Public Schools OKs $12.9M budget for 2016-17

    BY BENJAMIN J. GOHS, EDITOR It was a relatively quiet June as far as budget proceedings go, as the Boyne City Public Schools Board of Education unanimously approved its 2016-2017 financial plan last week. Unlike recent years, which saw massive cuts and concerns over potential job losses within the district, the board passed the $12.9…

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    Happy 240th birthday, America!

    In Congress, July 4, 1776 A DECLARATION BY THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES of AMERICA When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to…

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    Habitat for Humanity volunteers needed for Alanson project

    Building Homes, Communities and Hope – Habitat for Humanity offers a hand up not a hand out for a single mom and her son in Alanson! Join Habitat on their summer build project, located in Alanson on Monday’s and Wednesday’s from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., throughout the summer. Volunteers will work on fascia, soffit,…

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    Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder vetoes road cost-sharing bill; signs 12 others into law

      Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, Friday July 1, vetoed Senate Bill 557, which would have eliminated cost-sharing requirements for some municipalities related to state highway and interstate projects within their boundaries. “The bill seeks to mitigate a provision that can, on occasion, create road funding challenges for some communities,” said Snyder.  “However, eliminating local government…

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    Boyne Police remind you fireworks only legal around holidays

    The Boyne City Police Department would like to remind residents and visitors that the city has a fireworks ordinance clarifying when fireworks may be used. “Consumer Fireworks,” which are defined as firework devices designed to produce visible and/or audible effects by combustion, are only allowed to be used on the day before a national holiday,…

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  • The 2015-16 leadership class began their nine-month program with an overnight retreat on Beaver Island.

    Learn business skills, tap network with Leadership Charlevoix County

    Deadline near for next session of Leadership Charlevoix County Does your business or organization have a staff person who is ready to take on a leadership role? Then it may be time to consider enrolling them in Leadership Charlevoix County. The program, which has graduated 73 participants in the past five years, is now recruiting…

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    Discover some new humorists with #ComedyBookWeek on Twitter

    BY BENJAMIN J. GOHS, EDITOR I love to laugh. OK, who doesn’t, right? But, for me, it’s an obsession; which is why I’m so excited for the upcoming 2016 Annual Comedy Book Week, July 16-23, organized by Ana Spoke, author of Indiot and Shizzle Inc. More info here https://comedybookweek.com/ and here https://anaspoke.com/ Sure, I have other important things in…

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    Northern Michigan Medicare news: MMAP vital to proper healthcare coverage

    GUEST COMMENTARY BY JIM VERVILLE The Congressional Senate Appropriations Committee recently voted to eliminate funding for the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) for the year that begins Oct. 1. The Michigan SHIP is called the Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program, often referred to as MMAP. If the funding is ended, Michigan MMAP, as well as similar…

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  • Charlevoix Area Humane Society

    Charlevoix Area Humane Society needs your help

    The Charlevoix Area Humane Society is in financial trouble according to a plea for help released by the non-profit late last week.

    In a Friday July 15 press release, Charlevoix Area Humane Society Executive Director Scott MacKenzie said an increase in services and decrease in donations has put the organization in a tough spot.

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  • michigan votes web

    Recently introduced bills that could affect Charlevoix County

    The House and Senate held pro-forma sessions this week with no votes. Therefore, this report continues its series of describing some of the interesting bills that have been introduced in the current Legislature. Senate Bill 642: Allow more municipal debt for home efficiency loans Introduced by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D), to allow local governments to…

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    Michigan scores well in balanced pain management

    Michigan is doing well in delivering effective pain management to patients battling chronic diseases like cancer, according to a new report issued today by leading researchers and patient advocacy groups. Nationwide, the findings illustrated that while states have made considerable progress over the last decade in enacting policies that enhance access to pain care, this…

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  • Senator Debbie Stabenow (Courtesy Photo)

    Michigan Sen. Stabenow leads fight to up Affordable Care Act Tax benefits

    After calls from Stabenow, Treasury Department announces cost of children’s dental care must be included when determining family ACA tax credit U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) released a statement after the announcement that the Department of Treasury will increase tax credits available under the Affordable Care Act to better help families afford dental care for…

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    #359 Boyne City Gazette newspaper for July 13

    The Wednesday July 13, 2016, edition of the Boyne City Gazette features news on the Walloon Lake Water System matter, a major development in downtown East Jordan offerings, questions regarding the Charlevoix County Prosecutor’s handling of what began as a sexual assault case against an 18-year-old girl, info on the big Boyne City Farmers Market Food Truck Rally event slated for this week, lots of great health and wellness information, a hard-hitting editorial and guest commentary regarding the sex assault story, lots of cops and courts information regarding local cases, photos from Boyne Thunder, a fun article perfect for lovers of craft beers and craft brewing events, details on how you can run for school board, info on the upcoming forum for local political candidates and so much more!

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    Florida man survives rollover crash on Beaver Island

    At approximately 1341 hours, on Thursday July 7, the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s office on Beaver Island were dispatched to the area of Sloptown road near King’s highway for a single vehicle rollover accident. Driver of the vehicle, Tre’ Daniel Wilson, of Florida, was traveling west on Sloptown road in a 1975 Jeep when he lost…

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    Walloon water system’s Dennis Hass pays $30k of $50k fine

    This week, Dennis Hass and Walloon Lake Water System, Inc. paid $30,000 in fines to resolve the lawsuit brought on behalf of the State of Michigan by Charlevoix County Prosecuting Attorney Allen Telgenhof last October. “I am glad we finally have payment from Mr. Hass and WLWS. They paid an amount larger than that we originally sought,…

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    NCMC manufacturing classes for grades 8-11

    North Central Michigan College and the Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District are pleased to offer a new career-focused, three-day career academy, Tuesday through Thursday Aug. 16-18 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The academy gives students an opportunity to explore manufacturing technologies as a career pathway, participate in tours of local manufacturers, plan a project and…

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    Boyne Valley Catholic youth ministry works with Habitat for Humanity

    On June 20, Boyne Valley Catholic Community Youth Ministry and St. Mary of the Woods Youth Ministry (Kalkaska) joined forces to help Otsego County Habitat for Humanity fulfill their mission of helping people live with dignity. Each year, the youth and youth ministers search for an experience that will ingrain in them more deeply the…

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    2016 Boyne Thunder July 8-9

    Bigger than ever, the 13th annual Boyne Thunder Poker Run brings speed, thunder, and excitement to Northern Michigan on July 8 and 9 in Boyne City. The poker run showcases 115 high performance boats from all over the country, including California, Washington State, Florida, New York and Ontario, roaring through the waters of Lake Charlevoix…

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    #358 Boyne City Gazette newspaper for July 6

    This week’s Boyne City Gazette is packed with opinions from our readers, news stories on the BCPS budget approval, new therapy programs for veterans and troubled youths, a call for support of the Avalanche trail project, details on Boyne Thunder and the East Jordan Classics Auto & Boat show, lots of great ideas to help…

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  • Democratic Sen. Gary Peters

    Senator Peters Cosponsors Bill to Support Michigan’s Outdoor Recreation Sector

    U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) recently announced that he has cosponsored bipartisan legislation to support Michigan’s outdoor recreation sector and inform policymakers and business leaders of the economic impact of the outdoor recreation industry. The Outdoor REC (Recreation’s Economic Contributions) Act, which passed the Senate Commerce Committee this week, would direct the U.S. Department of…

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    East Jordan’s Mitch MacKay: is the 4th Amendment still alive?

    GUEST COMMENTARY BY MITCHELL JON MACKAY Officially, the 4th is still a Constitutional Amendment. But, as with the rest of the Bill of Rights is ineffectual, hence moribund. The US Supreme Court just sounded the death knell without the pronouncement of death. There were three dissuading offsets to the five-to-three decision, all females, but majority opinion…

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  • The green rectangle in this courtesy graphic from the Boyne City Planning Commission shows the approximate 30-acre piece of property Ted Macksey is eyeing for a potential apartment project in Boyne City.

    Boyne developer talks apartment project with planning comish

    BY BENJAMIN J. GOHS, EDITOR It’s still too early for specifics but a mid-May Boyne City Planning Commission meeting discussion on workforce housing needs could lead to a rise in upscale-but-affordable housing. Boyne City developer and builder Ted Macksey gave the planning commission an overview of his vision, for a 30-acre plot on Jefferson Street…

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  • Boyne City Elementary students eagerly donate their gently used children’s books to the Great Start FreeCycle Book Project.

    Boyne elementary students collect over 2,100 books for reading project

    Boyne City Elementary School has collaborated with the Great Start Parent Coalition to host a book drive for Great Start’s FreeCycle Book Project. Boyne City Elementary Students collected more than 2,100 books during the school’s week-long book drive. The FreeCycle Book Project’s purpose is to collect and distribute gently used books children’s to children across…

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