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June 29, 2016 - Discover some new humorists with #ComedyBookWeek on Twitter
June 29, 2016 - Michigan roadwork updates for July 4 travelers
June 29, 2016 - Charlevoix County residents reminded to follow political sign rules
June 29, 2016 - CHARLEVOIX COUNTY: Horse therapy good for troubled youth, struggling veterans
June 29, 2016 - Beaver Island woman authors book on passion for quilting
June 28, 2016 - Recent votes by Charlevoix County’s lawmakers Triston Cole and Wayne Schmidt
June 28, 2016 - Letter to the Editor: concerns with Kirtland emissions
June 28, 2016 - 2016 Boyne City 4th of July Festival
June 27, 2016 - #357 Boyne City Gazette newspaper for Wednesday June 29
June 24, 2016 - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signs law creating mass shooting alert system
June 23, 2016 - PUBLIC NOTICE: Boyne City sidewalk café alcohol sales
June 23, 2016 - Letter to the Editor: Charlevoix County Prosecutor must go
June 23, 2016 - Boyne City’s Last River Draw statue project closer to reality
June 22, 2016 - CHARLEVOIX COUNTY: how did your state lawmakers vote?
June 22, 2016 - CHARLEVOIX COUNTY: officers honored for bravery in Boyne 2015 shootout
June 21, 2016 - Northern Michigan astronomy buff Mick Groszko talks binoculars for stargazing
June 21, 2016 - BOYNE FALLS: Aten Place begins summer concert series
June 21, 2016 - East Jordan’s Mitch MacKay talks terrorism in ‘The enemy within’
June 20, 2016 - Boyne City’s Dr. Richard Mansfield to retire July 1
June 20, 2016 - Boyne City Commission approves sidewalk café alcohol sales
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    Michigan roadwork updates for July 4 travelers

    MDOT lifts traffic restrictions to ease busy Fourth of July holiday travel MDOT suspending work, lifting traffic restrictions where possible from 3 p.m. Friday July 1, until 6 a.m. Tuesday July 5.  AAA Michigan estimates 1.4 million Michigan residents will travel this holiday weekend – a 1.5 percent increase from last year.  Up-to-date construction and traffic…

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    Charlevoix County residents reminded to follow political sign rules

    As the next elections approach and garage sale season ramps up, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is reminding political candidates and property owners that temporary signs must conform to state sign regulations for placement along state highways. “Each year, particularly during summer or prior to elections, we see more improperly placed temporary signs along…

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    CHARLEVOIX COUNTY: Horse therapy good for troubled youth, struggling veterans

    BY BENJAMIN J. GOHS, EDITOR Charlevoix County Commissioner George T. Lasater (R-District 1) was so impressed with what one equine therapy group is doing in Charlevoix County, he invited them to tell their story to the Charlevoix County Board of Commissioners earlier this spring. Lasater went with Charlevoix County Veterans Affair Committee members and the…

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    2016 Boyne City 4th of July Festival

    The area’s biggest Fourth of July celebration always occurs in Boyne City. This year’s four-day celebration is no exception. “The amazing thing about our 4th of July celebration is that there’s so much to do,” said Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jim Baumann. “Because the holiday is on Monday, this year, there are…

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    #357 Boyne City Gazette newspaper for Wednesday June 29

    This week’s edition of the Boyne City Gazette features all the information you’ll need to celebrate Independence Day in Boyne City! In addition to a full events schedule on the city’s Fourth of July Festival, you’ll find a preview of this year’s upcoming Boyne Thunder event, lots of photos from recent community activities, letters from our readers, a look at what your local lawmakers are up to, an in-depth look at a potentially large apartment development, plus all the usual stuff you’ve come to expect from your hometown newspaper.

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    Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signs law creating mass shooting alert system

    Michigan residents can receive alerts regarding serious public safety emergencies, under legislation signed today by Gov. Rick Snyder. “Leveraging current technology to quickly warn Michiganders of imminent threats will be valuable for preventing greater harm during dangerous incidents and senseless acts of violence,” Snyder said. Senate Bill 976 and House Bills 5442 and 5567, sponsored…

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    Boyne City’s Last River Draw statue project closer to reality

    The Last River Draw, a life-size bronze sculpture of a logger standing on a floating log drawing logs down the Boyne River, is another step closer to an installation this fall. Martha Sulfridge, local artist and sculptor, is finalizing the clay model. The next step will be to produce molds that will go to a…

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    CHARLEVOIX COUNTY: how did your state lawmakers vote?

    • House Bill 5383, Detroit Public Schools bailout: Passed 20 to 17 in the Senate – To concur with the House-passed version of the Detroit school district bailout bill (see description at bottom of this report), with two minor clarifications. The bill does not contain provisions previously passed by the Senate that would give a…

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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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    Michigan roadwork updates for July 4 travelers

    MDOT lifts traffic restrictions to ease busy Fourth of July holiday travel MDOT suspending work, lifting traffic restrictions where possible from 3 p.m. Friday July 1, until 6 a.m. Tuesday July 5.  AAA Michigan estimates 1.4 million Michigan residents will travel this holiday weekend – a 1.5 percent increase from last year.  Up-to-date construction and traffic…

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    2016 Boyne City 4th of July Festival

    The area’s biggest Fourth of July celebration always occurs in Boyne City. This year’s four-day celebration is no exception. “The amazing thing about our 4th of July celebration is that there’s so much to do,” said Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jim Baumann. “Because the holiday is on Monday, this year, there are…

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    Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signs law creating mass shooting alert system

    Michigan residents can receive alerts regarding serious public safety emergencies, under legislation signed today by Gov. Rick Snyder. “Leveraging current technology to quickly warn Michiganders of imminent threats will be valuable for preventing greater harm during dangerous incidents and senseless acts of violence,” Snyder said. Senate Bill 976 and House Bills 5442 and 5567, sponsored…

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    Letter to the Editor: Charlevoix County Prosecutor must go

    Unhappy with Prosecutor Editor: Regardless of where you, as a reader, may position yourself on the issue of a second term of the Charlevoix County Prosecuting Attorney, many of us feel that Allen Telgenhof is unfit and should be unseated. We feel that the citizens have been deceived, and hope that the general public will…

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    CHARLEVOIX COUNTY: how did your state lawmakers vote?

    • House Bill 5383, Detroit Public Schools bailout: Passed 20 to 17 in the Senate – To concur with the House-passed version of the Detroit school district bailout bill (see description at bottom of this report), with two minor clarifications. The bill does not contain provisions previously passed by the Senate that would give a…

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    East Jordan’s Mitch MacKay talks terrorism in ‘The enemy within’

    BY MITCHELL JON MACKAY, GUEST COLUMNIST IT’S BEEN SAID; there are greater dangers than those terrorist attacks upon this and other countries. To date we have no absolute evidence that any of the attacks might have been countered with proper surveillance or that more importantly future attacks can be detected and thwarted no matter how…

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  • Cafe Santé is one of the downtown Boyne City Businesses that would benefit from a change to Boyne City's ordinance to allow outdoor sidewalk café alcohol sales. Photo by Chris Faulknor

    Boyne City Commission approves sidewalk café alcohol sales

    BY BENJAMIN J. GOHS, EDITOR Pop the corks and let the wine flow—the Boyne City Commission has unanimously approved alcohol service in outdoor sidewalk cafés in downtown Boyne City. A second reading of the proposed ordinance amendment to allow restaurants with outdoor seating areas to serve alcohol to their customers was held during the Boyne…

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    #356 Boyne City Gazette newspaper for Wednesday June 22

    This week’s Boyne City Gazette features stories on Doctor Mansfield, the SOBO Arts Festival, city government business, awards for officers who went above and beyond, and details on the upcoming regional business networking event. Plus, don’t miss out on some great info for you pet-lovers! The Wednesday June 22 edition also features letters to the editor, how your state legislators voted recently, local companies hiring now, great ideas for your business and personal finances, and enough summer events to keep everyone busy.

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    EVENTS: Lots to do across Charlevoix County

    June 15 Senior Center Dinner Boyne Area Senior Center is located at 411 Division St. in Boyne City. Wednesday evening dinner served from 5pm to 6pm on June 15. Meatloaf dinner with homemade soup & salad bar and a 50/50 Drawing. There will be a Father’s Day celebration and music provided by Adolf Cruik from…

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    East Jordan’s Mitch Mackay discusses life above the 45th Parallel

    GUEST COMMENTARY BY MITCH MACKAY That’s us. Everything above that charming but challenging line depends on the weather. That’s not to suggest that weather is more predictable elsewhere but the 45th tends to be predictably unpredictable. If and when someone has become acclimatized via local birth and raising or transplanted for a few decades the…

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    Volunteers needed for Hayes Township Camp Sea-Gull clean-up

    Charlevoix County’s Hayes Township is seeking volunteers to help cleaning at the Hayes Township Park Camp Sea-Gull. The cleaning at the park will take place Saturday June 18, beginning at 9 a.m. Park Camp Sea-Gull is located at 08580 Boyne City Road, Charlevoix. Volunteers of all ages are welcome and are free to give whatever time they…

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    Boyne City’s LifeTree Cafe discussion topic: political correctness

    Where to draw the line between political correctness and free speech will be examined at Lifetree Café on Sunday June 10 at 6:30 p.m. The program—titled “Political Correctness: Where Do You Draw the Line?”—includes a filmed interview with former Navy Chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt, who made national headlines after disobeying a direct order to stop praying…

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    How did Charlevoix County’s state lawmakers vote on recent bills?

    • House Bill 4578, Authorize school recreation taxes: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate To add school districts to a law that lets several local governments organize a recreational authority with the power to levy up to one-mill of property tax for swimming pools, recreation centers, public auditoriums, public conference centers and parks. The…

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  • Ed Hennessey of Boyne City is pictured in the Boyne City Fourth of July Parade in recent years. Photo by Chris Faulknor/Boyne City Gazette

    Boyne City’s Ed Hennessey remembered as local icon

    BY CHRIS FAULKNOR, PUBLISHER After a long life of 95 years, Edward H. Hennessey of Boyne City died on May 29, 2016. Throughout his time in Boyne City, he became known for a wide variety of causes and accomplishments, including the American Legion, Boyne Valley Lions Club, Camp Quality, Camp Daggett, and more. But, in…

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    Boyne City Police log May 9 – 22

    MONDAY MAY 9, 2016 0245 Arrested subject on warrant in the 100 block of E Water St. 0328 Assist EMS in the 500 block of N Lake St. 0825 Report of someone dumping household waste at two locations on Division St over the weekend. Was refuse from Buff Up Boyne. 0853 Private property damage accident…

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    Charlevoix County residents reminded to follow political sign rules

    As the next elections approach and garage sale season ramps up, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is reminding political candidates and property owners that temporary signs must conform to state sign regulations for placement along state highways. “Each year, particularly during summer or prior to elections, we see more improperly placed temporary signs along…

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    Letter to the Editor: concerns with Kirtland emissions

    Who does MDEQ serve? Editor: Your informative article reads like the MDEQ is short on reason, and long on excuses in their conclusion to allow Kirtland Pellet Plant to more than double their particulate matter emissions. According to the article, and the DEQ’s ‘Public Participation Documents’, Kirtland has exceeded every PM smoke stack test since…

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    #357 Boyne City Gazette newspaper for Wednesday June 29

    This week’s edition of the Boyne City Gazette features all the information you’ll need to celebrate Independence Day in Boyne City! In addition to a full events schedule on the city’s Fourth of July Festival, you’ll find a preview of this year’s upcoming Boyne Thunder event, lots of photos from recent community activities, letters from our readers, a look at what your local lawmakers are up to, an in-depth look at a potentially large apartment development, plus all the usual stuff you’ve come to expect from your hometown newspaper.

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    PUBLIC NOTICE: Boyne City sidewalk café alcohol sales

    CITY OF BOYNE CITY COUNTY OF CHARLEVOIX AN AMENDMENT TO THE BOYNE CITY CODE OF ORDINANCES TO REGULATE THE LICENSING AND OPERATION OF OUTDOOR SIDEWALK CAFÉS ON PUBLIC SIDEWALKS AND TO PRESCRIBE PROCEDURES THEREFOR, AND TO PROVIDE PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS OF THE ORDINANCE. NOW THEREFORE, THE CITY OF BOYNE CITY ORDAINS: Section 1. Article VI…

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    Boyne City’s Last River Draw statue project closer to reality

    The Last River Draw, a life-size bronze sculpture of a logger standing on a floating log drawing logs down the Boyne River, is another step closer to an installation this fall. Martha Sulfridge, local artist and sculptor, is finalizing the clay model. The next step will be to produce molds that will go to a…

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  • PICTURED: Show (from left) are Undersheriff Chuck Vondra, Sheriff Don Schneider, Chief Jeff Gaither, Trooper Zachary Helton, Assistant Chief Kevin Spate, Cpl. William B. Church II, Cpl. Frederick Hasty Jr., and Sgt. George R. Lasater. Courtesy photo

    CHARLEVOIX COUNTY: officers honored for bravery in Boyne 2015 shootout

    “In this society we have today there is a lot of animosity toward police; and, the bottom line is they are putting their lives on the line every day to keep our society safe,” said Charlevoix County Sheriff W. Don Schneider of the men he recommended to the sheriffs association for commendation. “[T]hey need to be recognized about what a great job they did.”

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    2016 Boyne SOBO Arts Festival June 24-25

    The Boyne City SOBO Arts Festival, billed as a family-friendly interactive art extravaganza, will be celebrated from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday June 25 in Boyne City’s Sunset Park. The pre-festival fun will kick off Friday night June 24, during Stroll the Streets with musical performances and the celebration and installation of nine new…

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    Public hearing on Boyne City Kirtland’s emissions plan, MDEQ settlement

    BY BENJAMIN J. GOHS, EDITOR An upcoming public hearing will focus on a settlement between the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and Kirtland Products as well as the wood pellet manufacturer’s plan to address future emissions concerns. Kirtland Products of Boyne City faces a $5,000 fine for allegedly violating air pollution standards; but, air…

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    U.S. Senate honors life and legacy of ‘Mr. Hockey’ Gordie Howe

    The U.S. Senate today passed a resolution, introduced by U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, paying tribute to the life of Detroit Red Wings legend Gordon “Gordie” Howe, affectionately referred to as “Mr. Hockey.” “Gordie Howe’s excellence on the ice inspired players and fans everywhere and was equally matched by his contribution to the…

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    Charlevoix County June Veteran of the Month: Donald G. Reich

    The “Veteran of the Month” for June 2016 is Donald George Reich. Born August 24th, 1946 in East Jordan, Michigan, Reich attended East Jordan Public Schools graduating in the class of 1964. While in school he was an outstanding football player, receiving many awards, and was Treasurer of the East Jordan Chapter of the Future…

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    Michigan Sen. Gary Peters on PIPES Act to protect Great Lakes

    U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today applauded unanimous passage in the Senate of the Protecting Our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety (PIPES) Act to improve pipeline safety and oversight. Peters introduced the Senate version of the bipartisan legislation with Senators Deb Fischer (R-NE), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Steve Daines (R-MT). The legislation unanimously passed…

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    Patricia “Pat” Mae Michael: May 1, 1950 – Feb. 6, 2016

    Patricia (“Pat”) Mae Michael was born May 1, 1950, in Oak Harbor, WA to Frank & Catherine Vande Werfhorst. She died on February 6, 2016, in Boyne City, MI, at the age of 65. Our sister, cousin, mom, aunt, grandma, and friend is wholeheartedly loved and missed! Pat lived an abundant life which included childhood…

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  • The featured photo shows a crowd gathering to watch a reenactment of Teddy Roosevelt's famous speech from the Odd Fellows Building in Boyne City. Roosevelt was played by local Scott MacKenzie. Photo by Chris Faulknor

    #355 Boyne City Gazette newspaper for Wednesday June 15

    This week’s Boyne City Gazette is loaded with even more photos and great events info than usual. It’s shaping up to be a great summer in Boyne Country with something for everyone. Don’t miss our in-depth story on the latest with Kirtland Products. Also, we have full schedules for Evenings at the Gazebo, Camp Sea-Gull and much more. Check out all the great pictures of graduation ceremonies for Concord Academy Boyne, Boyne Falls Public School, and Boyne City Public School. This week’s Boyne City Gazette also has lots of cops and courts info, great political cartoons, a fun opinion piece by publisher Chris Faulknor with advice to graduates, tons of business tips and info and so much more. Oh, and don’t miss some great food tips and recipes on our monthly food page. We also salute dad with some grilling ideas and health tips to keep pop around for years to come. This and so much more in the Wednesday June 15 edition of the Boyne City Gazette!

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    Boyne City to kick off summer 2016 with Stroll the Streets

    Music, fun and great times will fill the streets of downtown Boyne City this summer as Stroll the Streets returns for its 13th season on Friday, June 10th, from 6–9 p.m., continuing through Labor Day Weekend. Stroll the Streets is a signature summer event for downtown Boyne City, with musical entertainment ranging from contemporary, country,…

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    Trigger warning: politically incorrect speech ahead

    BY BENJAMIN J. GOHS, EDITOR More essays at benjamingohs.com A few words about political correctness. Sometime in the 1980s, while I was still playing GI Joes and wiffle ball, I became vaguely aware of a thing called “political correctness.” I don’t know how far back it went, I just remember that certain things I had known…

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    #354 Boyne City Gazette newspaper for Wednesday June 8

    Why were protesters at the Boyne City Memorial Day parade? What do folks have to say about the passing of Ed Hennessey? What’s planned for the upcoming Stroll the Streets kickoff? Answers to those questions plus so much local news, opinion, deals and specials and community photos. Be sure to check out this month’s Health & Wellness section, and see some of the goodies that’ll be featured in this week’s Boyne City Farmers Market. All that and so much more in the Wednesday June 8 edition of the Boyne City Gazette.

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