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    #478 Boyne City Gazette Oct. 24

    This week’s Boyne City Gazette features info on Halloween events and the Boyne Business Expo, stories on the house and senate candidate forum, lots of community photos and upcoming events, cops & courts, local opinion, public notices, and so much more!

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    Boyne school board candidate forum coverage

    In the featured photo: Boyne City Public Schools Superintendent Pat Little introduces the four candidates who attended the Boyne City Public Schools Board of Education forum on Tuesday Oct. 9. Photo by Chris Faulknor

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    Boyne City Commission Oct. 9 highlights

    Polio, parking, copper and lead, river safety, and honoring a local officer topped discussion at last week’s Boyne City Commission meeting. The board met on Tuesday Oct. 9 for its regular bi-monthly meeting. Following are the highlights:  

Allahu Akbar?

                            OP/ED—The massacre at French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday Jan. 7 killed 12 people, but the main targets were the publication’s illustrators and editors. Two male Muslims murdered staff members, and in the process two police officers, allegedly as retaliation…

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  • Boyne teacher contracts resolved for now

    Beth Gohs Staff Writer The Boyne City Public Schools were under negotiations employee contracts since May, 2014 and through much deliberation and compromise, the contracts were resolved Nov. 10, 2014—but it won’t be long before the process begins again. The new contracts are set to expire Aug. 31, an agreement made by both the board…

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  • Boyne Area Chamber Annual Meeting on Jan. 22

    Beth Gohs Staff Writer The Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes the Boyne community to its annual meeting from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday Jan. 22 in the Boyne Mountain Civic Center. Expect to try a variety of food, enjoy an awards ceremony and welcome new office-holders while mingling with hundreds of other…

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  • New years resolutions

    Megan Wilson Contributing Writer It’s that time of year again, and 2015 promises to be much like last year’s, as the list of top resolutions remains the same. According to a Harris Poll, “The number one resolution was to lose weight, or to eat healthier.” “The dietician at Charlevoix Area Hospital recommends making more positive…

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  • Cigarettes allowed at beaches; discussed among other issues at Charlevoix County Board Meeting

    Benjamin Gohs News Editor The Charlevoix County Board of Commissioners convened on Wednesday Dec. 17 to discuss various pieces of business before the holidays. The following briefs cover the highlights of the meeting. MSU Extension changes MSU Extension Office Interim District Coordinator Jennifer Berkey briefed the Charlevoix County Board of Commissioners on impending structural changes…

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  • A Christmas message from Gaylord Bishop Steven J. Raica

    By Most Reverend Steven J. Raica, Bishop of Gaylord “Silent night! Holy night!” We are all familiar with the words of this beautiful and evocative Christmas carol. Even when youngsters are restless at Christmas Mass, there is something about this carol that makes young and the not so young, sing with reverence and awe. For some…

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  • Boyne Area film released; ‘The Cabining’

            Michigan-based writer/director Steve Kopera, along with LA-based actor/producer brother Mike Kopera, recently released their first collaborative feature film, “The Cabining.”   According to Steve Kopera, “The Cabining” just finished an impressive film festival run, winning awards at the Bare Bones International Film & Music Festival, the Cape Fear Independent Film Festival,…

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  • Boyne City passes first noise ordinance in five years

    Benjamin Gohs News Editor House partiers, late-night lawn mowers and megaphone enthusiasts beware: Boyne City has its first noise ordinance in several years. After having been struck down in 2009 for being constitutionally vague, a noise ordinance was adopted by the Boyne City Commission following a public hearing on Tuesday Dec. 9. “As you may…

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  • Boyne City Manager’s Report

    Benjamin Gohs News Editor Boyne City Manager Michael Cain gave his report on city business to the Boyne City Commission on Tuesday Dec. 9. Following are the highlights of his report: DDA/TIF legislation “Yesterday, I learned that, in addition to trying to find a solution to the road funding issue, some in Lansing are trying…

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  • Students step forward for resource center

    Megan Wilson Contributing Writer A Boyne City High School student has a new mission this Holiday season, she is helping to organize a drive for essentials that goes toward the Women’s Resource Center. “It all started when I needed a leadership project that I could use as one of the requirements for my National Honor…

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  • Ken Winter discusses ‘Center for Michigan’ Non-profit aims to engage, empower, educate citizens on public policy

    Beth Gohs Staff Writer Ken Winter, former journalist and current adjunct instructor at North Central Michigan College and Michigan State University, spoke at the Boyne Valley Lions Club on Oct. 1, to discuss the non-profit think tank “The Center for Michigan.” Winter spoke of the organization, created by Phil Power, that was created with the…

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  • Boyne City buisiness; Fluoride, DPW, Sommerset, flooding, and more

    Benjamin Gohs News Editor The Boyne City Commission met on Tuesday Nov. 25 to discuss issues ranging from a marina safety grant and the future of city facilities to its annual joint board and commission meeting. Following are the matters discussed and any votes or directions the commission took on the respective agenda items. Soil…

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  • Charlevoix County Road Commission discusses audit: books clean and coffers stable

    Benjamin Gohs News Editor Charlevoix County Road Commission officials Pat Harmon (manager) and road commission board member Keith Ogden presented their latest audit to the Charlevoix County Board of Commissioners. According to the accounting firm Gardner, Provenzano, Thomas & Luplow, the road commission’s financial house is in order. “During our audit we did not identify…

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  • St Marys land swap committee votes 11-1 for ‘some form of swap’

    St. Marys Cement Thanks Citizens Advisory Committee for Thorough Examination and Debate of Possible Land Swap St. Marys Cement today expressed its gratitude to a committee of 20 local citizens who spent the past four months examining a possible land swap between the company and the State of Michigan at Fisherman’s Island State Park (FISP)….

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  • Boyne City Manager’s report Oct. 28

    Benjamin Gohs News Editor Boyne City Manager Michael Cain gave commissioners his regular bi-monthly report on Oct. 28. The Boyne City Commission was apprised of numerous items of interest, including a street work update, Main Street accreditation, various permits and more. Ray and East streets project Installation of the underground wiring and trees has been…

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  • Letters to the Editor: Charlevoix County Elections Edition

    HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN? Editor: I have just got back for Colorado from a unsuccessful elk hunting trip and have found out what was going on in this Charlevoix circuit judge race since I left. I want to remind the voters of Charlevoix County of some of the things that happen in past. In the upcoming…

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  • Millages, Props Candidates & Referendums

    Benjamin Gohs News Editor In addition to the gubernatorial, congressional and senatorial races, Charlevoix County voters will have a number of state propositions, county millages, boards and even one referendum to decide. Following is a rundown of Charlevoix county millages, office candidates and more that will be decided on Tuesday Nov. 4. GRANDVUE MILLAGE Renew…

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  • 34th annual Sno-Blast Winter Festival; Feb. 6 & 7

    The 34th Annual Sno-Blast Winter Festival Committee has announced the schedule of events for the February 6 -7 festival. The popular Rotary Chili Supper will kick off the weekend festivities on Friday night at 4:30 p.m. at the East Jordan Sno-Mobiler’s Clubhouse. At 5:30 p.m., the Belle of the Blizzard and Winter Knight will be…

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  • New year welcomes new baby in Charlevoix

            Charlevoix Area Hospital Welcomes Its First Baby of 2015: Montgomery Aldrich Charlevoix Area Hospital celebrated the arrival of little 7 lb. 2 oz. Montgomery Benjamin Aldrich in the wee hours of the morning on Friday Jan. 2. He was the first baby delivered at the hospital this year and as is…

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  • Local lady gardener gets top honor

    Kathy Johnson, District V Director of the of Michigan Garden Clubs, presented Nancy Cunningham of the Boyne Valley Garden Club with a Lifetime Membership Award during BVGC’s annual Christmas luncheon, held at Sommerset Pointe on Dec. 11. Nancy received this rare honor, for her leadership and involvement in numerous projects to beautiful Boyne City while…

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  • Top 20 stories of 2014

            Beth Gohs Staff Writer Fluoride fracas The addition of Fluoride was a heated issue in Boyne City throughout the 2014 year beginning with a May 13 commission meeting which ended with a 3-2 vote to end fluoridation. Throughout the course of several months, the issue led to many debates and was…

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  • Christmas Memories

    Megan Wilson Contributing Writer As the holidays get closer area residents reflected on Christmas memories past and present, here’s a look at what they had to share it with your fellow readers. “One of my favorite Christmas memories would have to be going to my Grandma Bricker’s house and eating noodles with all of my…

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  • Have your C.A.K.E. Charlevoix’s Mclaren upgrading facilities, service

    Beth Gohs Staff Writer David Zechman CEO at McLaren Northern Michigan hospital plans to reconstruct the hospital, which will include the addition of surgery and multi-purpose rooms among other changes. Zechman spoke at the Boyne Valley Lions Club earlier this fall to discuss what his organization plans for the future of their facilities as well…

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  • House Bill 4539 cuts school, transit, city funds $1 Billion

    Benjamin Gohs News Editor Legislation recently passed in the Michigan House of Representatives could negatively impact funding for schools, municipalities and transit authorities across the state. Charlevoix County Transit System Manager Jill Drury briefed the Boyne City Commission on Michigan House Bill 4539 during the commission’s regular Tuesday Dec. 9 meeting. “Unfortunately, with the house…

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  • Update on Dilworth Hotel plans

    Beth Gohs Staff Writer Bob Grove, president of Tall Pines Investment, spoke at the Boyne Valley Lions Club meeting recently to give an update on his plans to restore the historic Dilworth Hotel. Originally built in 1912, the Dilworth closed approximately five years ago and, seeking to renew it as a historic piece of Boyne…

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  • Eddie Essay Winners

    Kiwanis Club of Boyne City through sponsorship gave away $1,250 to local charities at their Eighth Annual 10th Grade Eddie Essay Contest Awards Ceremony on Dec. 4. This contest is held in honor of Ed Hughes, the brother of a local Kiwanis member, Bernadette Beyer. Ed’s life exemplified the spirit of giving without expecting anything…

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  • Boyne City officials’ annual summit

    Benjamin Gohs News Editor What are Boyne City’s boards and commissions up to this year? The highlights of Boyne City’s annual joint board and commission meeting, held on Tuesday Dec. 2, are as follows: Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce “The chamber is … in a real healthy position,” said Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce Executive…

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  • New face at the Boyne City Chamber of Commerce: Kim Altobello

    Megan Wilson Contributing Writer Boyne City has a new face at the Chamber office, although she’s not necessarily new around the town, Ms. Kimberly Altobello has taken the job as the Associate Director of the Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce. “My parents, Robert and Roseann Herrmann, moved permanently to Boyne City when I was in…

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  • Recycling Program: What’s New?

    Beth Gohs Staff Writer What’s new in Charlevoix County’s recycling program? Charlevoix County Building Maintenance Supervisor Frank Shaler recently gave an update on the program and its new offerings. “We are doing really good this year,” he said. “You can see that our numbers are up from recycling—we held 148 tons of material last month,…

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  • Judy Kuheana breakfast benefit

    On Saturday Dec. 6, the Red Mesa Grill in Boyne City will host its 18th annual Judy Kuheana Benefit Breakfast. The all you can eat Latin American Breakfast Buffet will be served from 8 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Judy was a founder of the Boyne City Community Food Pantry. She passed away in October of…

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  • Christmas Kickoff in Boyne City November 28

    The Boyne City Holiday Open House and Santa Parade is a true community celebration of the season on Nov. 28, the Friday after Thanksgiving, from 5 to 9 p.m. The downtown with be filled with all the sounds, sights, and smells of the Christmas season. From 4 to 8 p.m., Coldwell Banker will host a…

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  • Charlevoix County Board Nov. 12 meeting round-up

    Benjamin Gohs News Editor The Charlevoix County Board of Commissioners convened for its regular bimonthly meeting on Wednesday Nov. 12. The board had a rather full agenda which included a tech security policy, free senior busing, engineering services and a discussion of whether to postpone committee appointments. “It was my understanding on our rules and…

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  • Charlevoix County winter roads outlook

    Benjamin Gohs News Editor It will cost considerably more to keep Charlevoix County’s roads clear this year thanks to a jump in salt prices. But, while the weather outlook for this winter may be colder than usual, there is expected to be a below average amount of snowfall. “Our salt took a 26 percent increase…

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  • Got insurance? ACA healthcare info session Nov. 18

    Benjamin Gohs News Editor With a slew of changes pending and an open enrollment period set to begin in just three days, the Boyne City Gazette takes a local look at the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as “Obamacare.” The second of two informational sessions concerning the state and federal insurance options of the…

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  • The veteran who makes sure other local veterans are recognized

    Megan Wilson Contributing Writer Some people pass the time by immortalizing others in bronze and painting, Gerry Evans uses a different kind of medium. “I do the Veterans of the Month articles, we’re in our 16th year now,” said Evans. “We honor deceased veterans. Most veterans don’t want to open themselves to that chapter in…

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  • Charlevoix County athletes competing at the college level

    Chris Graber Special to the Boyne City Gazette SPOTLIGHT • Eric Buday (Charlevoix 2011) clinched the No.1 performance for the Michigan State University men’s cross country program at the Eastern Michigan University Fall Classic by finishing 29th with a time of 15 minutes, 54 seconds on the 5,000-meter course on Oct. 24 in Ypsilanti. The…

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  • Concord Academy Boyne combines walking & learning

    Beth Gohs Staff Writer Concord Academy Boyne has presented this year’s 4th and 5th graders with a new program incorporated into their curriculum by walking while listening to the curriculum. Two Concord Academy Boyne teachers applied for grants to obtain funds for iPods so the children can use them while walking the trail made for…

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  • DNR meeting on Fisherman’s Island park meeting at Nov. 3

    The Department of Natural Resources will hold two meetings on Monday Nov. 3, to inform the public about the start of a general management planning process for Fisherman’s Island State Park. The meetings will be held from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the Charlevoix Public Library Conference Room B, 220 West Clinton St. “The…

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  • Beaches, trails, housing, arts among top goals

    Beth Gohs Staff Writer The Boyne City Planning Commission held a public input meeting on Thursday Oct. 23 as part of the process of updating the city’s master plan. Mary Campbell of MC Planning and Design, who was hired to help lead Boyne City through the master plan update process, presided over Thursday’s meeting, which…

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