• Michigan Supreme Court releases report on probate court successes

    The Michigan Supreme Court, on June 25, released a report (below) in conjunction with the annual conference of the Michigan Probate Judges Association (MPJA) highlighting the successful efforts of the state’s 103 probate judges. The report, “Success Stories: How Probate Courts Work to Protect the People of Michigan,” features six probate court judges from around the state,…

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  • Boyne City Stroll the Streets means music and fun on Friday June 29

    Fun for the whole family with lots of live music, treats and other entertainment at this week’s Boyne City Stroll the Streets event. Come to downtown Boyne City from 6-9 p.m. on Friday June 29 for this favorite summer activity operated by the Boyne City Main Street Program. This Friday’s event lineup includes: The Vermeers…

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  • Emergency food, shelter grants available in Charlevoix, Emmet Counties

    Emmet County has been awarded $3,988, and Charlevoix has been awarded $3,137 in Federal funds under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program. These funds will be distributed by a Local Board and are used to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in these counties through Jan. 31. Although the funding has been severely…

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  • Mackinaw City Welcome Center sign, one of state’s oldest, refreshed

    Sometimes historical items survive not out of some sense of foresight (hey, we’ll want that someday), but inertia and frugality. That’s likely the case for the sign greeting visitors to the Mackinaw City Welcome Center just east of I-75, first unveiled in May 1959. Anyone who takes a moment to examine the irregular quadrilateral mounted…

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  • SNAP users down 7.6 million since 2013

    According to Michigan Farm Bureau, although proposed reforms to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) called for in the House version of the 2018 farm bill have been a lightning-rod of Congressional debate and opposition, USDA data shows enrollment has dropped to its lowest level in eight years. According to Michigan Farm Bureau National Legislative Counsel…

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  • Michigan roadwork stops to make 4th of July travel easier

    This Fourth of July holiday, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is removing lane restrictions on about two-thirds of its road and bridge projects statewide to ease traffic delays for holiday travelers. AAA Michigan estimates more than 1.6 million people from Michigan are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home during the days…

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  • Michigan needs motorcycle safety instructors

    Michigan is looking for men and women, who love motorcycles and working with people, to teach others how to ride. Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, who oversees the state’s Michigan Rider Education Program, says that becoming a motorcycle safety class instructor, or “RiderCoach,” provides benefits beyond the pay. “Safe motorcycling requires that you learn how…

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  • PUBLIC NOTICE – Applications for Deferment of Summer 2018 Taxes in Charlevoix County

    CHARLEVOIX COUNTY TOWNSHIPS & CITIES PUBLIC NOTICE Applications for Deferment of Summer 2018 Taxes All Township and City treasurers in Charlevoix County are currently accepting applications for summer 2018 tax deferments (deferments are not exemptions). To qualify, a household annual income cannot exceed $40,000. The Applicant(s) must also be: 1. 62 years of age or older,…

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  • Art in the Garden Festival June 30

    Gather the family from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. June 30th for the 7th annual Art in the Garden Festival at Otsego County’s beautiful Demonstration Gardens and Conservation Forest off Livingston Boulevard in Gaylord. Art in the Garden is a celebration of nature and art. This conservation-based festival event offers workshops for both kids and…

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  • #461 Boyne City Gazette June 27

    This week’s Boyne City Gazette features a big four-page color section for Boyne’s Fourth of July celebration. Also, check out stories on upcoming events, the latest in court news, so many community photos, a look at how Charlevoix County’s legislators are voting, classifieds and public notices, business news, a new chance to save big money on your prescriptions, and much more!

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  • Rummage, bake sale at Litzenburger Place in Boyne City June 30

    Rummage sale and bake sale Saturday June 30th 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Don’t miss the big sales from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday June 30, at Litzenburger Place, 829 S. Park St., in the Community Room. Featuring: Yummy Baked Goods Animal Stroller Books, Avon, Lamps Misc. Household, Afghans Nice Plus Size Clothes…

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  • Michigan Gov. Snyder signs 16 new laws

    Michigan ballot instructions will get a needed upgrade with the addition of the Libertarian Party under legislation signed by Gov. Rick Snyder. “I’m happy to sign legislation that gives Michigan voters more choices at the ballot for who will best represent them in future elections,” Snyder said. Senate Bill 1012, sponsored by state Sen. Dave…

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  • Michigan military ops, industry, research winners in defense bill

    Annual Defense Bill Includes Peters Provisions to Support A-10 Aircraft, Address PFAS & Advance Military Research in Michigan U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, applauded Senate passage of bipartisan defense legislation that will establish defense policy for Fiscal Year 2019. The legislation includes a number of provisions supporting…

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  • A Michigan first: all judicial association heads are women

    The leaders of the Michigan Judges Association (MJA), the Michigan District Judges Association (MDJA), the Michigan Probate Judges Association (MPJA), and the Judicial Section Council (JSC) of the State Bar of Michigan convened recently at the Michigan Hall of Justice along with Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Stephen J. Markman to acknowledge that, for the…

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  • Michigan Supreme Court opinion on Charlevoix contested will case

    Attorney Mark S. Papazian submitted in the Charlevoix County Probate Court the will and trust he had drafted for the decedent, Robert D. Mardigian, who was an unrelated friend. Melissa Goldberg, Susan Lucken, and others contested the documents on the ground that Papazian had drafted them in violation of the Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct (MRPC) because they…

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  • Gov. Snyder names June 25 Men’s Mental Health Day in Michigan

    Governor Rick Snyder has teamed up with the statewide wellness campaign, Healthy Men Michigan (www.HealthyMenMichigan.org), to proclaim June 25 Men’s Mental Health Awareness Day in Michigan. This proclamation is an excellent demonstration of Governor Snyder’s personal commitment to raising awareness and opportunities to improve the quality of life for those struggling with problems related to mental health…

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  • 100 years since Boyne City’s Mill No.1 burned

    SUBMITTED BY BOB MORGRIDGE It was just past 9 p.m. on a Friday June 28, 1918, when the whistles at mill No. 1, located about where the marina is today, began pushing fierce vibrating sounds through the evening air, signaling a call to arms.    

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  • Ann Arbor’s Mcity working on future of transportation

    A driverless shuttle ferries passengers to work from a far-away parking lot. A connected vehicle senses a car stopped ahead around a blind curve and gently brakes, avoiding an accident. These scenarios give a glimpse of the future of connected and automated transportation, and they’re happening right now on the University of Michigan’s campus. Leading…

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  • 264 million lbs of Michigan cherries expected in 2018

    By their very nature, most farmers are thrilled and take pride of high-yield predictions. According to the latest USDA National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) production forecast, Michigan tart cherry producers should be very proud. Michigan’s 2018 tart cherry production forecast is 264 million pounds, 60 percent larger than the 2017 June cherry production forecast. The…

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  • MDCR on Zero Tolerance Policy and impact on Michigan

    The Michigan Department of Civil Rights on Tuesday June 19, announced that the Department is actively engaged in assessing the impact of President Trump’s zero tolerance policy and the separation of children from their parents at the US/Mexico border on the state of Michigan, and the Department’s responsibilities under state law. Historically, Michigan has served…

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  • Michigan Sen. Peters co-sponsors Juneteenth Day commemoration

    U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement recognizing Juneteenth Independence Day. On June 19th each year, Juneteenth Independence Day commemorates the day the last remaining African-American slaves in Galveston, Texas, learned of their emancipation. “Today marks the 153rd anniversary of the end of one of our nation’s darkest chapters as the last remaining…

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  • #460 Boyne City Gazette June 20

    This week’s Boyne City Gazette has details on the survey Boyne City hopes you’ll participate in, as well as stories on the Boyne Chamber’s Gazebo concerts, a look at the 100th anniversary of the burning of Mill No. 1, the full schedule for East Jordan Freedom Festival June 27 – July 1, Veteran of the…

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  • Michigan extends statute of limitations on sex assault cases

    Joined by sexual assault survivors in the state Capitol, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley this past week signed landmark legislation allowing victims more time to file both criminal and civil complaints in Michigan. “Sexual assault is a heinous crime, and we have been working hard to strengthen our laws to help protect against it while ensuring…

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  • Petoskey Audubon Hosts Swift Night Out June 20

    Join Petoskey Audubon members on Wednesday evening, and observe Chimney Swifts return to their roost at the J.C. Penny’s Chimney at sunset. The public is invited to this free event. Bring a lawn chair to the park next to the Chamber of Commerce at 401 E. Mitchell across from J.C. Penney’s in downtown Petoskey. People will start gathering there…

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  • Legislation Protects Domestic Violence Survivors and their Pets

    Bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Dean Heller (R-NV) to help protect domestic violence survivors and their pets advanced in the Senate today. The bipartisan Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act protects survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence from emotional and psychological trauma caused by violence against their pets….

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  • June 15 designated Women Veterans Recognition Day in Michigan

    Michigan Women’s Commission (MWC) Executive Director Mary Engelman today commended the Michigan legislature for designating Friday, June 15 as Women Veterans Recognition Day, and called on all Michigan residents to look for ways to support women who serve or have served in the military and their families. “More than 46,000 women veterans call Michigan home,”…

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  • Plan to improve pipeline safety in Great Lakes

    Three northern Michigan representatives have introduced a plan to better protect the Great Lakes by strengthening pipeline safety standards in the Straits of Mackinac. State Reps. Lee Chatfield, Sue Allor and Triston Cole said the comprehensive plan ensures vessels and utility companies operating in the Straits are accountable to the people of Michigan. “While the…

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  • Appeals court rules public bodies must offer more info on certain closed sessions

    Public bodies—city commissions, county boards, township and village councils—must stop being vague in their explanations to the public and press regarding certain information in connection with closed sessions for pending litigation. According to Southern Michigan law firm Butzel Long, which works with the Michigan Press Association and its member newspapers like the Boyne City Gazette,…

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  • Bipartisan support for Michigan Sen. Stabenow’s Farm Bill

    Michigan agricultural, conservation, healthy food and business groups widely praised the bipartisan 2018 Farm Bill, co-authored by U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry. The Farm Bill passed the Senate Agriculture Committee on a strong bipartisan vote of 20-1 on Wednesday, June 13, 2018. The bipartisan bill…

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  • Michigan working to lower lead levels in water

    Strengthened state standards for the federal Lead and Copper Rule will better safeguard Michigan residents from lead in their drinking water, Gov. Rick Snyder announced Thursday after the rules were filed, making the new standards part of official state statute. “The federal Lead and Copper Rule simply does not do enough to protect public health,”…

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