Boyne City Gazette Business Page highlights



Boyne Housing Forum

Northern Homes Community Development Corporation of Boyne City, MI is inviting Boyne City area residents and other interested parties to participate in a Community Housing Needs Forum at the Boyne District Library, 201 E. Main Street, Boyne City, on March 12th, 2015 from 6:00-7:00 pm. The Housing Forum is being held to generate community discussion about housing needs in Boyne City. Issues to be discussed include current and future housing needs of the community, and barriers to quality housing for families and seniors.

Jane MacKenzie, the Executive Director of Northern Homes says “The forum will bring together local residents to discuss housing in all price ranges and styles in order to meet the future housing needs of the community of Boyne City.”

Northern Homes Community Development Corporation is a non-profit whose mission is to create and preserve affordable housing opportunities for Northern Michigan residents through education, development and partnering with local communities.

Heating Help

According to the Coalition to Keep Michigan Warm, unmet needs for energy assistance are historically high in the state. If residents are having difficulty paying their energy bills this winter, they can contact their energy provider to learn about payment plans that can help.

The Michigan Propane Gas Association (MPGA) has provided a website,, as an information hub for all home heating, regardless of fuel types. Here, propane and natural gas homeowners and renters have quick access to over 200 federal, state, and local home heating assistant programs. This site also includes the latest information on propane safety and resources.

Stay Safe and Warm

As the temperature drops, the air continues to get drier. It is recommended to install humidifiers in the home to help it feel warmer at lower temperatures. Thermostats can be turned down to maintain warmth throughout the home at 30 percent humidity or more. Dry air also poses a threat to many areas in the home and its contents including a person’s health. Many viruses, such as the flu and common cold, thrive in low-humidity making people more susceptible to illnesses. Increasing the humidity in the home assists in filtering out bacteria and preventing illnesses.

Win year of free produce at new grocery store

On Thursday March 5, ALDI will open in Petoskey at 2130 Anderson Road.

To celebrate the opening of the new Petoskey store, ALDI will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. on March 5. The public is invited to attend. Following the ceremony, the first 100 shoppers will receive a golden ticket, each containing ALDI gift certificates of various amounts. Customers can also tour the store, sample ALDI exclusive brand products and enter an on-site sweepstakes for a chance to win a year’s supply of ALDI produce.

The Petoskey store features high ceilings, natural lighting and environmentally-friendly building materials – such as recycled materials and energy-saving refrigeration and light bulbs – to ensure that customers enjoy a shopping experience that is simple and easy to navigate.

Customers can expect to find more than 1,300 of the most commonly purchased items sold under ALDI exclusive brands for prices up to 50 percent less than traditional supermarkets.

The newest location will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Sunday.

ALDI accepts cash, debit and EBT cards.

New manager at Boyne Boat Yard

Boyne Boat Yard, A Van Dam Company, is pleased to announce and welcome a new General Manager and family to the Boyne City area. Charlie, his wife Julie and sons Porter and Coye will be relocating from Fontana, WI, situated along the shores of Lake Geneva, WI.

Charlie brings with him a history of experiences and talents; all associated with the boating and marina industries, from the management of marinas, to the building of world class racing sailboats to competitive sailing.

“We are not only pleased to have Charlie join our team, but have the utmost confidence that Charlie’s knowledge, talents and experiences in customer service will be the driving influence in what our customers deserve and expect,” stated Steve Van Dam.

Van Dam Custom Boats designs and builds one-of-a-kind custom wood sail and powerboats.

Known throughout the United States and Internationally, the Van Dam brand is recognized as being the leader in building the world’s finest wooden boats.

Boyne Boat Yard is a sister company to Van Dam Custom Boats.