• Observing National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

    November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, an important time for staff of Hospice of Northwest Michigan. This national observance offers a chance to reflect on the year’s work in the community supporting families navigating hospice and grief. “For me, one of the most meaningful events this year was our special memorial service held…

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  • OPINION – Constitutional quandary; Star Trek style

    GUEST COMMENTARY BY MITCH MACKAY OF EAST JORDAN BRIDGE, WE HAVE A PROBLEM. The USS Enterprise is under attack. By the USS Constitution. Yes, you heard me right. We are being attacked by ourselves. Cap’n, this is unprecedented. Well, Number One, get me a detailed rundown of the problem as soon as possible and we’ll…

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  • Eddie Essay Awards this week

    10th-Grade students from Boyne City and Boyne Falls Boyne wrote an essay with the prompt “If I had $100 to give to my favorite local charity which charity would you give the contribution to and why?”

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  • $1M to enhance sex assault prevention on MI’s college campuses

    $1 million in grant funding has been awarded to 22 Michigan colleges and universities to help prevent sexual assault on campus thanks to Michigan’s Campus Sexual Assault Grant Program (CSAGP). This year marks the highest investment in the program to date, with more than $2.5 million in grant funding available since it was launched in 2015 by…

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  • Observe AIDS Day with screening of Rent in TC

    Public invited to free film showing and panel discussion on Friday Nov. 30 A free screening of the movie “Rent” followed by a question-and-answer session are planned for 7 p.m. Friday Nov. 30, at Cherry Blossom 14 Theater in Traverse City. The movie and discussion are being sponsored by the Thomas Judd Care Center in recognition of…

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  • Distiller opens Boyne tasting room this week

    Grand Rapids-based Long Road Distillers is set to open its new distillery tasting room in Boyne City this Friday. The celebration will coincide with other activities in the downtown retail district including the Santa Parade and holiday open house at participating retailers.

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  • Gov’t working to protect kids from e-cigs

    New Data Shows Urgent Need for Michigan to Act to Protect Kids from E-cigarettes as FDA Announces Plans to Move Forward with Ending the Sale of Menthol Cigarettes and Flavored Cigars American Lung Association Urges Governor-Elect Whitmer and the Michigan Legislature to Push Forward to Address Youth E-cigarette ‘Epidemic’ The U.S. Food and Drug Administration…

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  • BOOK REVIEW – U.P. native pens thriller

    Writers and Writing column By Michael Tidemann Dead Man Running a nail-biter Every once in a while, a detective novel comes along that breaks all the barriers of genre and is destined to become a literary classic. That’s the best way to describe Dead Man Running by author Steve Hamilton, formerly from Upper Peninsula Michigan and now living in…

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  • Boyne Thanksgiving & Christmas kickoff

    The holiday season in Boyne City begins with the Boyne Kiwanis Turkey Trot the morning of Thursday Nov. 22 and continues with the Eagles Club’s annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner. Then, on Friday Nov. 23, head downtown for the annual Santa parade, community tree-lighting, and local business open house. Be sure to stop by the Coldwell…

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  • Cost of a Thanksgiving dinner

    American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) 33rd annual price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $48.90, a 22-cent decrease from last year’s average of $49.12, marking the third consecutive year that the overall cost of Thanksgiving dinner has declined, and at…

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  • Safe holiday cooking reminders

    Local Health Departments across Northern Michigan are teaming up with United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to provide tips and resources for safe food preparation during the Thanksgiving holiday. 

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  • Best things to buy on Black Friday

    With 51 percent of American consumers saying that Black Friday no longer offers the best deals of the year, the personal-finance website WalletHub took an in-depth look at 2018’s Best Things to Buy on Black Friday. WalletHub determined that 14 percent of items offer no savings compared with their pre-Black Friday prices. To find out whether shoppers are really getting the…

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  • Education Trust opens for holiday giving

    The Michigan Education Trust (MET) Board of Directors announced today that the state’s prepaid college tuition program will reopen enrollment on Dec. 1, allowing holiday gift buyers to purchase or contribute toward a child’s 529 prepaid tuition contract and qualify for a deduction on their Michigan tax return. “The reopening of enrollment is perfectly timed,”…

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  • USPS holiday shipping deadlines

    The U.S. Postal Service expects to deliver nearly 15 billion pieces of mail and 900 million packages, for a total of nearly 16 billion cheerful deliveries this holiday season – the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. “The Postal Service is ready to deliver for the holiday season. We have increased our operating capacity…

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  • Busiest airports for Thanksgiving travel

    In an effort to help empower travelers to make more informed decisions when it comes to Thanksgiving 2018 travel plans, Hopper and InsureMyTrip research teams reveal what airports and flights to avoid, the best time to buy, and how the latest data trends can aid travelers when comparing travel insurance benefits. Summary The data revealed the following trends for Thanksgiving…

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  • Drowsy driving causes 100,000 crashes yearly

    The Insurance Alliance of Michigan is encouraging drivers to think twice before getting behind the wheel when they feel sleepy, part of a nationwide effort to raise awareness about tired driving during Drowsy Driving Prevention Week. “Drowsy driving is becoming a serious problem in Michigan and across the country,” said Dyck Van Koevering, general counsel for the Insurance Alliance…

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  • Women’s self-defense training in Charlevoix

    The Charlevoix County Sheriff Office may host free self-defense training for women in Charlevoix County in December. The sheriff office is looking for input to see if there is a need or desire for the class. Class size is yet-to-be determined based on need. Potential date for the training is Dec. 5 or 6. If…

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  • Safe driving tips for Michigan winters

    It’s looking like winter may have arrived to stay for a while here in northern lower Michigan. That makes it a great time to review what drivers should expect during winter storm events and what their responsibilities are for getting to their destinations safely. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and Michigan State Police (MSP)…

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  • Helping seniors and caregivers find services

    The Aging & Adult Services Agency (AASA), under the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, announced today the release of a new resource guide, A Guide to Services for Older Adults, that is aimed at helping older adults have better access to local services to help them live at home safely and independently. As people…

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  • Watch for deer as hunters head out

    Michigan’s firearms deer season has begun and the Insurance Alliance of Michigan (IAM) has a warning to drivers: Be on the lookout for deer. “As hunters head into fields and forests deer will become more active – especially at dawn and dusk. It’s important for drivers to keep their eyes peeled for deer, which can dart out in…

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  • Michigan expands ‘Move Over Law’

    Drivers will now be required to slow down and move over when passing emergency, maintenance, and utility vehicles on the road under legislation signed today by Gov. Rick Snyder. “This legislation will better protect those responding to emergencies as well as workers on busy roadways,” Snyder said. “My hope by signing this bill is that…

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  • NOTICE – Found items

    Two items left behind at Community Halloween function at Litzenburger Apartments: • Childs Coat • Yeti Beverage cup If they want to call us and describe the items we would really like for them to get back to their owners. They can call at 582-6203.

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  • Boyne Christmas project helping area needy

    For 63 years, Boyne Area Community Christmas has helped make Christmas brighter for thousands of children and their families through the generous donations of the community. The committee is gearing up for its 64th year of spreading holiday cheer and lending a helping hand to those in need. If you find yourself able to give,…

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  • Asperger’s and the holidays

    During the holidays, neurotypical parents may have to manage meltdowns of their grown children with Asperger’s or their own dashed hopes for upcoming seasonal events.    

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  • Great Lakes Coast Guard Center of Expertise passes Senate

    Center of Expertise Would Study Impacts of Oil Spills in Freshwater Environments U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) announced this week passage of a provision he authored to establish a U.S. Coast Guard National Center of Expertise (NCOE) for the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes NCOE would examine the impacts of and develop responses to oil…

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  • Summit to protect Michigan water

    U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management, Tuesday Nov. 13, convened a subcommittee field summit in Grand Rapids, MI on contamination from Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS). The summit focused on how exposure to these chemicals impacts Michigan communities and will inform potential federal actions…

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  • Calley and Gilchrist talk gubernatorial transition

    Lt. Gov. Brian Calley welcomed Lt. Gov.-Elect Garlin Gilchrist II to the Executive Office yesterday afternoon, continuing the collaboration on transition to the next administration. “Serving as Lieutenant Governor during Michigan’s comeback has been the honor of my lifetime and I’m all in on helping the next administration hit the ground running to keep moving…

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  • OBITUARY – Leone Dewing 1913-2018

    Leone Elizabeth Bricker Dewing was born on March 16, 1913 in Petoskey MI to Carolyn and Erwin Chapman. She graduated Petoskey High School in 1931 and went on to marry John Howard Bricker on December 22, 1935. Together they had two children, John and Linda. John Howard preceded her in death in 1976, as well…

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