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    Boyne City special meeting results

    The Boyne City Commission held a special meeting on Friday Dec. 7 to consider two pressing agenda items. Commissioners approved a date change for the December Board of Review session; and they also approved Tim Faas as new Boyne City Department of Public Works Director to replace Andy Kovolski, who left, says the city, “to…

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    Top Eddie Essay contest entries

    Subscribers can log in to see all the top Boyne City Kiwanis Club Eddie Essays from this year’s winter contest.
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  • Boyne Chamber Awards nominees named

    Benjamin Gohs News Editor The Boyne Area Chamber’s Annual Meeting happens this week and numerous local folks have been nominated for various high honors. The categories in which awards will be presented during this well-attended community gala include recognition for business leadership, community pride, volunteer of the year, entrepreneur and young entrepreneur of the year…

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  • Boyne River Adventures owner John Connor dead at 55

    COURTESY BOYNE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Boyne River Adventures owner John Connor dies Dec. 5 Services were held Dec. 10 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Plymouth for John Conner, 55, who died suddenly Dec. 5, 2013. Conner owned and operated Boyne River Adventures, a kayak rental business, in recent years. The…

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  • Boyne area plane crash update: Victims identified

    PLANE CRASH UPDATE: Sheriff Don Schneider of the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office reports the victims of the fatal aircraft crash on Monday January 6th, 2014 in Melrose Township have been positively identified by the Forensic Science Division of the Michigan State Police. The pilot was identified as Todd Glenn Lloyd, age 51 from Birmingham, Michigan. …

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  • UPDATE: Two men dead in Boyne area plane crash

      By Benjamin Gohs News Editor At approximately 7 a.m. On Monday Jan. 6, a plane crash occurred on the outskirts of Boyne City killing two. According to the Charlevoix County Sheriff Office, the aircraft has been identified as a Mooney model M20R, registered to a business out of Madison Heights. “Two males were found…

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  • Help determine Boyne City’s future

    People interested in the future of Boyne City’s economy, infrastructure, public works and general welfare are invited to attend the city-wide goal-setting session at 6 p.m. on Thursday Jan. 9 in the Parish Hall at St. Matthew Catholic Church located at 1303 Boyne Ave./M-75 South. Members of the public will have the opportunity to join…

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  • BOYNE CITY GAZETTE EXCLUSIVE—Charlevoix Count Sports Digest

    MENS SPOTLIGHT • Collin Hewitt (Harbor Light Christian 2011) contributed 10 points and one steal for Spring Arbor (5-9) in an 87-77 loss at Arizona Christian (11-1) on Dec. 16 in Phoenix. On Dec. 7, the junior added three points and three rebounds in a 77-67 loss in a Crossroads League game at Bethel College…

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  • Boyne City High School to host robotics competition

    The Boyne City High School Robotics Team will host the regional 2014 FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday Jan. 4.   FIRST competitions challenge student teams to design and build a robot designed to perform prescribed tasks against other competitors.   “We’re very exited to host this event,” said…

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  • Christmas memories from Boyne area folks

    By Megan Wilson Boyne City Gazette Contributing Writer Holidays may come and pass, but memories are here to stay. And, even though they may wane, they will always be with us. This year, the Boyne City Gazette asked some Boyne area residents to share their favorite Christmas memories. “The greatest Christmas memories I have is…

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  • Boyne City officials studying idea of allowing food trucks in town

    Some Boyne City officials are considering whether food trucks should be allowed to operate within the Boyne City limits.  According to a Dec. 6 memo from Boyne City Assistant Planner Annie Doyle and Boyne City Main Street Manager Hugh Conklin, there has been some interest in the possibility of opening Boyne City up to mobile…

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  • Boyne City Veterans Park pavilion planning process

    By Benjamin Gohs News Editor Nearly 60 people attended a recent day of meetings intended to garner opinions on how the Boyne City Veterans Park pavilion could be transformed into a year-round multi-use facility.  Traverse City architect Ray Kendra and Suttons Bay designer Jeff Schwaiger led the “Planning the Pavilion” meeting on Thursday Dec. 12…

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  • Boyne City Manager report for December 10

    By Benjamin Gohs News Editor Boyne City Manager Michael Cain gave the Boyne City Commission his bi-monthly report during the commission’s regular Tuesday Dec. 10 meeting.  Cain’s topics included a reminder of the Boyne City Veterans Park pavilion planning process—begun last week—trail town and a petition to pave some city streets.   Trail Town “The…

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  • Boyne City Maple Lawn Cemetery hearing held

    By Benjamin Gohs News Editor A public hearing on the question of erecting gates and establishing hours at Boyne City’s Maple Lawn Cemetery was held on Tuesday Dec. 10 during the Boyne City Commission’s regular bi-monthly meeting. Boyne City Clerk Cindy Grice gave an overview of the issue prior to the hearing. “We received approximately…

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  • Help those in need: give to Boyne Community Christmas project

    COURTESY BOYNE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE The Boyne Area Community Christmas program is now accepting donations. The organization has been putting together baskets of food, clothing and toys for the past 60 years. Organizer Ruth Witenski said she hopes to provide Christmas presents for 1,000 children this year. New clothes and toys are preferred, but…

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  • Boyne City Veterans Park pavilion project input sought

    Share your opinion on the Boyne City Veterans Park pavilion project on the first of a three-day planning session—known as a “charrette”—at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday Dec. 12 at Boyne City Hall. “Planning the Pavilion,” led by Traverse City firm Environment Architects, will allow members of the public to opine on the proposed plan to…

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  • Beaver Island hunters bagging bucks!

    PHOTOS COURTESY NORTHERNISLANDER NEWSPAPER Bagging bucks Liam Hodgson 15, son of  Beaver Island’s Shamrock Bar & Grill owners Eric and Dana Hodgson, shows off his first deer, a two-and-a-half-year-old eight-point. Liam made a perfect shot that dropped the whitetail in its tracks. Pictured (below), also on Beaver Island, is Bob Turner, who took this big…

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  • Charlevoix County Board and Road Commission hold joint special meeting on beaver Island Garage

    Charlevoix County officials haggle over funding and ownership of the proposed facility By Benjamin Gohs News Editor How the proposed $1.445 million Beaver Island multi-use garage facility will be paid for—and who will own it—remained unanswered following a Monday Nov. 25 special meeting. No decisions on this issue were made during the Charlevoix County Board…

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  • Boyne City OK’d for $583k infrastructure grant

    Boyne City officials were notified on Monday Nov. 18 that their Part I application for the 2013 DIG grant through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation has been recommended for approval of a $583,519 Downtown Infrastructure Community Development Block Grant pending execution of a grant agreement. The total project cost is estimated at $833,600 and consists…

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  • Boyne City’s Christmas kick-off begins Nov. 29

    By Benjamin Gohs News Editor Bring the whole family down to Boyne City’s annual community Christmas kick-off on Friday Nov. 29. There will be a parade featuring Santa Claus, hayrides, a chance to meet some reindeer, holiday shopping specials downtown, Christmas carolers and refreshments galore. “It’s almost as big as the Fourth of July parade,”…

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  • Most GLE customers’ power restored; 211 remain in dark

    Approximately 211 GLE members without power An estimated 211 Great Lakes Energy members remain without power Tuesday morning following a massive fall storm that hit the Midwest. Power has been restored to an estimated 35,992 GLE members so far since the storm hit Sunday afternoon. Power is expected to be restored to remaining members today. The…

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  • Boyne City Manager’s Report for Nov. 12

    By Benjamin Gohs News Editor Boyne City Manager Michael Cain gave his regular bi-monthly report to the Boyne City Commission during its Tuesday Nov. 12 meeting. Doing their bidding On Monday Oct. 28, Boyne City Clerk Cindy Grice and Cain attended a program in Boyne Valley Township on bid processes for items the city may…

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  • Boyne City to apply for $760,000 SAW grant

    By Benjamin Gohs News Editor Boyne City Planning Director Scott McPherson presented an application proposal for a Stormwater Asset Management Wastewater Grant and Loan Program (SAW) to the Boyne City Commission on Nov. 12. “We are requesting funding for asset management plans for wastewater and stormwater and development of a stormwater management plan,” he said….

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  • Affordable housing, parks, jobs top 2014 Boyne City Goal-Setting Session

    By Benjamin Gohs News Editor Nearly 40 people of Boyne City’s 3,700 residents helped choose the area’s top goals for the next two years during the biennial Boyne City Goal-Setting Session. Among those benchmarks thought to be most important to the community were to maintain and improve city streets and other infrastructure, to attract and…

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  • MDOT warns motorists, private plows of winter hazards

    Fast Facts: – Piling snow at the ends of driveways along highway shoulders and pushing snow across roads can create hazardous conditions. – Piling or depositing snow that obstructs vision is a violation of Michigan’s Vehicle Code. – Snowplows often throw up clouds of snow behind them, reducing visibility for drivers following behind them. –…

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  • Getting to know … Kathy Helsley

    By Chris Faulknor Publisher While a fixture in Boyne City for many years, Kathy Helsley is best known for the hard work she puts in at the Boyne Area Free Clinic. Born and raised in Boyne, Helsley spent her high school years working on the year book, French club, gymnastics, softball, and serving as her…

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  • New Year, new business; county sets committee assignments

    The Charlevoix County Board of Commissioners met for its annual organizational meeting on Friday Jan. 3.  Several changes were made to various committees but most assignments remained from the year before. Charlevoix County Commissioner Larry Sullivan (R-District 6) asked to be removed from the Charlevoix County Parks & Recreation Comittee and he is also no…

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  • Charlevoix County Board of Commissioners meeting Dec. 23

    The Charlevoix County Board of Commissioners dealt with numerous matters during its last meeting of the year.   Some of the issues before it included restructuring the county’s recycling program oversight, expanding the human resources director’s duties and the creation of a Beaver Island multi-use garage facility sub-committee.   The following items of interest from…

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  • William Grice death under investigation

    The Dec. 24 death of William Grice of Boyne City is currently under investigation by the Charlevoix County Sheriff office. According to Charlevoix County Sheriff W. Don Schneider, his office is investigating the death of the 26-year-old Grice following a late-December 2013 incident. “William Grice was transported to the Charlevoix Area Hospital on Dec. 22,…

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  • Boyne City Gazette top local stories of 2013

    As 2013 becomes just another set of numerals in history’s ash bin, the Boyne City Gazette takes a few moments to look back on some of the stories that made headlines over the course of the year.   Following is a selection of stories—some that impacted many, and some that were felt by few—recapped for…

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  • Boyne City Commission, City Manager receive raises

    Boyne City Clerk and Treasurer Cindy Grice presented a proposal from the city’s compensation commission—during a Tuesday Dec. 10 meeting—to increase the yearly stipends of Boyne City Commissioners and its mayor. The move to change the current amounts of $2,800 annually for the mayor and $2,300 for city commissioners to $3,000 annually for the mayor…

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  • Boyne City requests architectural designs for future facilities

    Benjamin Gohs News Editor Boyne City Manager Michael Cain presented the Boyne City Commission with a future city facilities draft Request for Proposals (RFP) during the commission’s regular Tuesday Dec. 10 meeting.  The RFP—requested during a city facilities future planning work session, just before Thanksgiving—was requested by commissioners so that the city could begin accepting…

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  • Charlevoix County named for several Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund Grants

    The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) board of trustees last week recommended to the Michigan Legislature that 76 recreation development projects and land acquisitions totaling $27,677,800 be funded in 2014. The board this year considered a total of 142 applications seeking $49,431,900 in funding. The project applications that have received preliminary approval by the…

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  • What’s new in Lansing

    • Senate Bill 636, Facilitate “land line” phone service transition to cell phones To streamline regulations on “landline” telephone service providers so as to facilitate transitioning customers to a wireless (cell phone or VOIP) system, and allow phone companies to discontinue landline service after 2016. The bill authorizes appeal procedures for individual customers for whom…

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  • Walloon Water System claims a civil matter

    Benjamin Gohs News Editor When Walloon Lake resident Lena T. Carlile learned of a settlement between her water provider and the Charlevoix County Prosecuting Attorney’s office, she had hopes of getting back some of the $10,370.40 she claims she is owed. However, in the wake of the case—which at one point threatened the Walloon Lake…

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  • Future of Boyne City facilities; $3 million millage discussed

    By  Benjamin Gohs News Editor After more than a decade of discussion and oodles of studies, the Boyne City Commission is ready to request preliminary designs and cost estimates for its new city facilities.  Commissioners agreed to move out of the discussions phase during a Tuesday Nov. 26 Boyne City work session that involved commissioners…

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  • Boyne Area Kiwanis Club Eddie Essay contest winners

    BASES prevents teenage addiction Boyne City School Winner by Kiana Kuhs Having to deal with a substance addiction can be very difficult, especially left alone with no one to help overcome the fear of never being yourself again. With this very motivated program, teens do not have to be alone on their long journey to…

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  • Boyne Mountain to debut unique water slide Dec. 6

    Michigan’s first ProSlide SuperLOOP, an extreme body slide with a 360 degree loop, is opening on Friday Dec. 6 at Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark at Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls. The new half-a-million-dollar attraction brings a unique feature to Michigan’s largest indoor waterpark as the only body slide in the park. According to Boyne…

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  • Charlevoix County mulls 50-50 Beaver Island Garage deal with road commission

    Both Charlevoix County Board of Commissioners and Road Commission are negotiating a deal for 50-50 ownership of the proposed million-dollar Beaver Island garage. Following two days of intense discussions—and despite having voted to retain sole ownership of the facility nearly nine months ago—commissioners agreed to have their civil counsel research a proposed rent-to-partially-own deal for…

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  • Shop Boyne City during Small Business Saturday

    It may be hard to resist the national chains when they go to seemingly insane lengths with amazing deals on hot holiday items to entice you out on Black Friday—but, smaller and independently owned shops are hoping their superior customer service and wide array of one-of-a-kind gifts will make you consider doing some of your…

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  • Boyne City merchants ready for holiday shopping kick-off

    By Benjamin Gohs News Editor This week area shoppers will be shown a plethora of deals and incentives designed to make them shop local instead of choosing a big box store. Predictions for the shopping season are positive, as most people are showing a more optimistic shopping attitude, although most local store owners agree that…

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  • OBITUARY: R. Geoffrey Shenk, Jan. 20, 1944 – Nov. 15, 2013

    R. Geoffrey Shenk, age 69 died Friday, November 15, 2013 at 12:00 pm at McLaren Northern Regional Hospital. He was born on January 20, 1944 in Detroit, Michigan and after completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Education at Michigan State University he resided in Durand, MI teaching Junior High School Social Studies.  He then relocated to…

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  • Over 10,000 Great Lakes Energy customers still without power following massive Sunday storm system

    Crews continue to restore power to more than 10,000 members   An estimated 10,603 Great Lakes Energy members remain without power Monday morning following a massive fall storm that hit the Midwest. Power has been restored to an estimated 20,741 GLE members so far since the storm hit Sunday afternoon.   All available Great Lakes Energy lineworker crews…

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  • 83% of Walloon Lake Water System clients want to buy

      By Benjamin Gohs News Editor The majority of Walloon Lake Water System customers want to buy the system from owner Dennis Hass. While 51 percent of the customers needed to agree to the proposed purchase—a deal that has been estimated to be worth $1.3 million—at least 83 percent of the folks within the water…

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