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Mailing Address ONE DOLLAR Harbor Springs Michigan Highlighting the communities surrounding Little Traverse Bay since 1971 | Published Weekly on Wednesdays Week of February 5-11, 2014 To subscribe by mail: 231-526-2191 or Volume 43 • Number 6 Cutting through the Straits Harbor Springs resident and pilot/photographer Charlie MacInnis captured this scene from the Straits of Mackinac. He noted: The Mackinac Straits may be completely frozen over but some freighter traffic continues, thanks to the U.S. Coast Guard. Two cutters were on the job Monday, Feb. 3 opening parallel paths for a lone freighter upbound from Lake Michigan. One cutter is seen east of the Mackinac Bridge breaking the first lane; the second cutter is shown west of the bridge a short distance ahead of the freighter, opening the second lane so that the ship would have plenty of room to make its way. People Photos courtesy Charlie MacInnis Winter Fun ‘Wintervention’ Winter carnival planned for holiday weekend in Harbor Eric Rasmussen tuned the snowboards gold medalist Torah Bright will use in the upcoming Winter Olympics. (Harbor Light photo/Mark Flemming) Tuning it in for Sochi Olympics Local resident tuned snowboards for 2010 gold medalist Torah Bright By Mark Flemming Harbor Light Newspaper Harbor Springs resident and ski/ snowboard tuner extraordinaire, Eric ‘Raz’ Rasmussen of Petoskey’s Boyne Country Sports, has a unique tie to the upcoming Sochi Olympics. Rasmussen prepped and tuned the snowboards Gold Medalist Torah Bright will be using to compete in three separate events over the next several weeks. Hailing from Australia, 27-year old Bright, who topped the podium for the 2010 Olympics Women’s Halfpipe, will be the first snowboarder ever to compete in -CONTINUED in Section B, page 8. Super Sale Sweaters Shirts Slacks Shoes & Socks 30-50% off at Mon.-Sat. 11-4 526-6914 • State & Main A pairing of 10 Alaskan Huskies from Nature’s Kennel Sled Dog Adventures in McMillan set off Saturday on the trails of Boyne Highlands for a half-hour tour. (Photo by Christina Rohn) Mush! Alaskan Huskies a staple at Boyne Highlands for seven years By Christina Rohn Special to Harbor Light Newspaper Their eyes fixate on the landscape before them. Their bodies tug eagerly at the harness. They yelp in anticipation for what’s to come. And in a split second — they’re off. With every bit of strength, they dig into the ground and work together as one cohesive unit. The world is silent, but for the faint pattering of paws on the snow and their breath which seems to linger in the air. The Alaskan Huskies from Nature’s Kennel Sled Dog Adventures in McMillan have been a staple at Boyne Highlands for the past seven years. Each weekend, during the ski season, guests are able Inventory to experience a sled dog adventure of their own — with their choice of half-hour, or hour-long tours. Clearance “People have a blast ... it’s definitely an experience way Men andlower Women out of the ordinary for the 48 (states),” said Ginny O’Brien, a first-year guide with Nature’s Kennel. “People Hilda who tend to do this are drawn to adventurous things.” winterofhours Reymundo Cordova Toluca,11-5 Mexico had only been skiing twice before trying his hand at dog sledding SatMon-sat urday at Boyne Highlands. phonein Mexico ... and we’re “We don’t haveaddress dog sledding here, so why not?” he said with enthusiasm. “This is definitely different from home.” Carrie Bell of Kalamazoo, who went on a dog sled ® For Men tour Saturday with her husband, Chuck, and 5-yearold daughter, Addison, said she was impressed with the dog’s power. “I was surprised at how fast they were,” she said. “I thought it was neat how they all worked together,” said Chuck Bell of Kalamazoo. Dave Delcourt, assistant manager and musher for Nature’s Kennel, said the most frequently asked questions when guests arrive to dog sled is: “Do the dogs enjoy doing this?” “We wouldn’t go if they didn’t like it,” he said. Delcourt said they begin training Nature Kennel’s 160 Alaskan Huskies for the winter season in late August, or early September in the Upper Peninsula. “We train them with ATV’s when it gets below 50 (degrees),” he said. “We have to get the dogs back in shape because they’ve been sitting around all summer gaining weight.” Only a select few — 16 of the 160 huskies — are chosen to be part of Nature’s Kennel owner, Ed Stielstra’s, Iditarod team. The Iditarod, which was founded in 1973, is a more than 1,000-mile dog sled race from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska. On March 1, Stielstra will be competing for his eighth time in the epic event. Tasha Stielstra said guests at Boyne may be surprised to know that many of the huskies that give sled tours -CONTINUED in Section B, page 8. The Man Jean www harborlightnews com . . Win • ter • ven • tion (noun), is a weekend of activities in downtown Harbor Springs over President’s Weekend, February 14–16, to celebrate northern Michigan’s winter wonderland-- and shake off the winter blues. “Although not the first ever winter festival in Harbor Springs, this inaugural ‘Wintervention’ came out of ideas within the chamber’s place-making and business committees,” said Daniel DeWindt, Harbor Springs Area Chamber of Commerce executive director. “The name is credited to committee member Cindy Kramer and her creative thinking. From there, the idea gained traction and took off.” Area restaurants will be featuring Valentine’s Day Specials on Friday, February 14. People are encouraged to inquire with restaurants directly for specifics or visit the Harbor Springs Chamber of Commerce Facebook Page ( harborspringschamber) for more details as they become available. Events include: family snow sculpting; toddler sledding with hot cocoa; winter snowshoeing in the nature preserve near downtown and other snow-laden spots; ‘Harborball’(a take-off on broomball with brooms and beach balls); ice boat and antique snowmobile displays; a “sled dog” race for children and their pets; plus old fashioned games at the Harbor Springs History Museum. Saturday’s festivities will end with a bonfire and “s’mores at four” with Etta’s Kitchen, a local food truck, selling s’more kits. Sunday, February 16 will start with a special breakfast the American Legion Post and Sunday will end with the 10th Annual Harbor Springs Area Chili Cook Off at Stafford’s -CONTINUED on page 4. 231.526.2191

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