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Time to think about summer camps for kids

Summer camp is a time-honored tradition for children and parents alike, and northern Michigan offers up some amazing opportunities.

Excerpt: Let those fledgling children spread their wings at a Northern Michigan Summer Camp—and get a little vacation for yourself, too.  Here are 5 Northern Michigan Summer Camps inculcating a love of the outdoors and the arts:

Camp Hayo-Went-Ha
With a girl’s camp located on Lake Arbutus and the boys stationed on 600 acres adjacent to Torch Lake, these YMCA operated camps have over a century of experience to draw on to make for superb camping experiences.  

The whole list of suggestions is here.

Source: MyNorth.com

Session planned to talk regional strategy in Charlevoix

Creating economic growth for the whole region is a goal that takes regional planning, which is just what's happening with an upcoming meeting in Charlevoix.

Excerpt: As one part of Gov. Snyder’s statewide Regional Prosperity Initiative, the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments announced a regional planning process for the 10-county northwest Michigan region of Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Grand Traverse, Manistee, Missaukee and Wexford counties. 

The regional prosperity planning process is being called "Framework for Our Future: A Regional Prosperity Plan for Northwest Michigan."

The rest of the story can be found here.

Source: Petoskey News-Review

Spring rules aim at morel foraging

Morel hunting and cooking with morels are time-honored traditions in northern Michigan, but as with many wild-gathered foods, there are cautions--and that’s the reason for a recent reminder from the health department. Did you know you're supposed to be certified to buy or sell morels?
 
Excerpt: On March 17th, The Health Department of Northern Michigan—which oversees inspection of Northern Michigan food establishments in Antrim, Otsego, Emmett and Charlevoix—dispatched a letter to 700 restaurants and food vendors reiterating regulations pertaining to wild harvested foods.  The rules limit exchanges at both ends of the transaction to licensed handlers. 
 
Find out more about it here.
 
Source: MyNorth.com

How Michigan vineyards and orchards made it through the extreme winter

MyNorth.com tackled a topic on many a northern Michigan mind: How will the crazy-cold winter affect this year's vintages and crops? 
 
Excerpt: Temperatures are warming, snow is beginning to melt, and farmers of Northern Michigan are getting their first good chance to inspect orchards and vineyards to see what damage the winter has wrought. We checked in with Nikki Rothwell, chief of the Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center, to ask about early indications for the upcoming growing season.
 
The whole article is online here.
 
Source: MyNorth.com

Leelanau Outdoor Center draws snowshoers, skiers

If you want to get started in snowshoeing or skiing but don't know quite how or where to go, try the Leelanau Outdoor Center at Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore, where outdoors education, this time of year, means winter sports.
 
Excerpt: An amazing facility is located just 40 minutes from downtown Traverse City, and most of us don't know it is there. The Leelanau Outdoor Center (LOC) is a 220-acre property surrounded by Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore, an "Outdoor Classroom on the Shore of Lake Michigan."
 
Featuring a large, nearly 20,000 square-foot dining hall with classrooms and offices, the center has special dispensation to remain open inside the National Park because it is a nonprofit organization.
 
The entire story is online here.
 
Source: Grand Traverse Insider

Technology may help improve Michigan mental health care

Mental health care has suffered in Michigan for decades, and now the overburdened system is facing even more stress as more demands will soon be made on it. Here's something that might help.
 
Excerpt: A new study shows more Michigan residents are depressed than those in other states, and mental health care workers are using telephone and video conferencing to reach out to patients in areas without psychiatric services.
 
Already overburdened with high case loads, mental health professionals statewide are expecting increased demand under the federal Affordable Care Act, which requires insurance companies to provide mental health coverage that is equal to what’s provided for physical-health conditions. 
 
For the whole article, click here.
 
Source: Detroit News

Film professionals group together in TC to build the industry

Northern Michigan is a stunning place for location shooting in film, but the industry infrastructure is sometimes considered to be lacking. A TC-based film office aims to change that.
 
Excerpt: The Michigan Film Incentive has opened the door for millions of dollars of revenue to come into the Mitten state each year. Michigan Movie Makers (M3) of Traverse City aims to bring more of that revenue to northern Michigan by connecting regional, industry professionals with each other and the community.
 
For the whole story, go here.
 
Source: Grand Traverse Insider
 

Asian carp under discussion in Traverse City forum

How to keep Asian carp from invading Lake Michigan via Chicago waterways has been discussed at length, but no decision is being made--so the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is asking for one.
 
Excerpt: The federal government could more quickly implement a plan to keep the Great Lakes free of Asian carp if the region's citizens and elected officials agreed on the best approach to take, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers official said Thursday.
 
More details are online here.
 
Source: WRAL

Michigan Notable Books named for 2014 include links to northern Michigan

We count at least five of this year's 20 Michigan Notable Books as having ties to northern Michigan, and maybe even more, so check out the list and see which ones you haven't read yet.
 
Excerpt: The 2014 list includes titles covering topics as diverse as a detailed discussion of Chief Pontiac's Rebellion; a biography of Mark "The Bird" Fidrych; a children's graphic novel about Buster Keaton's summers spent in Muskegon; an anthology of some of the best Michigan poetry; the deadly Great Lakes hurricane of 1913; a collection of articles studying the Great Lakes sturgeon to a book highlighting the joys of baking and eating pies are all topics covered on this year's varied list.
 
For the whole list, click here
 
Source: Michigan Newswire

Grand Traverse Pie Co. owners talk about how they've built a business

Our economy turns on people starting up new businesses, and that's something you'll hear from business gurus anytime you lose a job or are looking for a change. The founders of Grand Traverse Pie Co. have first-hand knowledge of how that transition goes, since it's their story, too.
 
Excerpt: Mike Busley remembers what it was like to work in a world of corporate downsizing.
 
Busley, co-founder of Grand Traverse Pie Company, labored for defense contractors General Dynamics and Lockheed Martin in Southern California for 16 years.
 
The entire article is online here.
 
Source: Traverse City Record-Eagle

New Buffalo Wild Wings coming to Gaylord

It's too late to get your free chicken wings for a year, but the new Buffalo Wild Wings in Gaylord is still worth a visit, whether you're an old BWW fan or have never been to one.
 
Excerpt: Diversified Restaurant Holdings, Inc., the operator of more than 35 Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants, including 18 in Michigan, announced that at noon on Sunday the company will celebrate the grand opening of its newest location in Gaylord.
 
Buffalo Wild Wings will be giving local residents an opportunity they can’t afford to miss. The first 100 guests through the door for the restaurant’s noon grand opening will receive free wings for a year.
 
The rest of the story is online here.
 
Source: Petoskey News-Review
 

Nature Conservancy buys Lake Michigan island

St. Martin Island in Lake Michigan will remain a migratory bird habitat permanently, as the remote island was purchased by the Nature Conservancy recently.
 
Excerpt: The Nature Conservancy said Wednesday it has bought most of an uninhabited Lake Michigan island that provides crucial stopover habitat for migratory birds, assuring it will remain permanently undeveloped and protected.
 
St. Martin Island is part of a chain stretching between Wisconsin's Door Peninsula and Michigan's Garden Peninsula in the northwestern corner of the lake.
 
For the whole story, go here.
 
Source: Belleville News-Democrat

New fruit tree commission proposed

A proposed new fruit tree commission could affect cherry producers in northern Michigan.
 
Excerpt: Two public hearings were held on the proposed Michigan Tree Fruit Commission on Nov. 25-26, 2013. The first meeting was held in Comstock Park, Mich., and the second finished up yesterday, Nov. 26, in Traverse City, Mich., at the Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center. The Michigan Tree Fruit Commission is a proposed new method of assessing tree fruits a small amount of money to support Michigan’s research and extension services. 
 
For the whole article, click here.
 
Source: Perishable News

Where to find Santa locally this year

If you have kids--or even if you don't--it's important to know where Santa Claus will be stopping in northwest Michigan this holiday season. MyNorth.com did a handy roundhip of where to find him.
 
Excerpt: Santa Claus loves the North and you can find him participating in lots of Northern Michigan's holiday celebrations. Here are a few to check out in Petoskey, Suttons Bay, Traverse City & more! Of course you should always check the Events on MyNorth.com for the latest Santa sightings in Northern Michigan.
 
The whole list can be found online here.
 
Source: MyNorth.com
 
 

Wind farm underway from TC developer

Looks like locally-based Heritage Energy learned from the criticisms of its first wind farm, and is turning to more local companies for its second one.
 
Excerpt: When Heritage Sustainable Energy built its first wind farm in 2008, almost all the money was funneled to companies in Europe.
 
Compare that to the Big Turtle wind farm the company is building now. More than half the materials, turbine parts, engineering, and labor will come from Michigan. That means half of the roughly $40 million project will go to Michigan companies.
 
The whole story is available here.
 
Source: Michigan Radio
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