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125 3, Issue 21 • Seek Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012 the Truth, the • Citizens’ ServingNo. topics of interest to all Volume of Charlevoix County • No. 130 - Vol. 3 - Issue Serve 26 • ‘Seek theCitizens Truth, Serve the • Wednesday Feb. 22, 2012

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Community member Lori Meeder gave a heartfelt speech which called for both sides in the Kirtland Products noise issue to exercise patience Boyne City Rambler Keegan Lablance, #33, defies gravity as he goes up for a and to work for the best interests of Boyne City during a public hearing shot against Elk Rapids last Tuesday Jan. 10. Elk Rapids beat Boyne City 61-54. on the matter on Tuesday Feb. 14, at Boyne City Hall.

community leaders gathered on Benjamin Gohs Thursday Jan. 12, to discuss the news Editor overall goals they would like to see achieved next couple Despite costly over noisethe abatement atof years Boyne Wood City. Products, tempts byinKirtland Boyne Cityof speakers Managerat Michael the majority the Feb. Cain opened the event with run14, Boyne City Commission ameetdown of the goal-setting ing were notprevious happy with current session from a couple years ago sound levels. and whatnearly type,two if hours any, of progress Following public has been made those goals.Ron comment, BoyneonCity Mayor “I look said around with what I see Grunch a citizens committee as balanced growthto– work it hasn’t should be designated withall a happened in one sector,” he said proposed consultant that will likely of hired the highest priority, whichtowas be to help find a solution the job creation andand retention. problem of noise concerns“Overabout

emissions from the wood pellet fuel manufacturer located at the air industrial park in Boyne City. all,the with what’s going with the “If commission lookson to go down economy, I think we did fairly this route I would look to have the well with that.” committee established by the end Cain number newofbusiof thissaid weeka or the firstofpart next nessesat have stayed, several week the very latest.with I think they more businesses planning open should be involved in the to process in helping the nearusfuture. of select an expert,” said The Dilworth HotelMichael was a top priBoyne City Manager Cain. ority and Cain said a lot of progCain was directed by commissioners ress has forming been made, but there is to begin the citizens commuch work be done. mittee whichyet willtothen look to hire Boyne Clubwhich property, aThe noise expertBeach consultant will Cain be said, has partially seen minor proglikely at least funded by resscity’s and so too hasdevelopment broadband acthe economic ficess. authority. nance The DDA been renewed Kirtland wasplan nothas expected to begin and extended which, said, running their plant untilCain Tuesday helped tonecommissioners for positive Feb. 21, set andthe some

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Grant Rocket home rulesman for citycomes on Devlon issue Boynecheck City Judge checks Road willout Concern caused by confusion over $1,700 grant fee

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Benjamin Gohs Benjamin gohs news Editor associate editor Charlevoix CountyCommissioners Road ComCharlevoix County mission Manager came before dubious over a the Charlevoix County $1,700Board check of Commissioners for looking for grant-writan additional million to ingdollars services finish the 10 milesidentified of Boyne durCity-Charlevoix Road from11, ing the Jan. Western to Stephens at a total regular board meeting can cost of $4,437,578.90. rest easy. Nearly $1,646,493 will come Several of the from the Charlevoix County commissionRoad Millage Fund and two CHERiE BRoWE were taken million dollars – aers million of aback which the county set aside when for discovthe project last fall –they will likely ered Charlevoix County Clerk Cherie come from the county’s coffers Browe had been paid $1,700 for her as was discussed last Friday. work on securing a nearly $48,000 “If we complete the 10 miles remonumentation grant in late 2011, that’s left oftothe Boyne Citybut according Charlevoix County Charlevoix Road this summer, Surveyor Lawrence Feindt, it was he in four years the wefunding will have acwho allocated to Browe complished 47 percent of them as is allowed under Michigan State miles in a 15-year millage – law. we’re about half-way “There is no question I didthere that,”ifhe we complete it,” Harmon said in a telephone interviewsaid. on FriHarmon the day Jan. 13.suggested “She didn’tthat even know what was produce going on with particucounty the that million lar item.”needed and the money dollars That may Browe’s apparent would beexplain paid back out of the confusion over why she was road millage at $200,000paid perthe money when by comyear over the questioned next five years. missioners during the meeting. “We don’t want to take a full “As far ascollection I’m concerned, wasn’t millage in oneit year usual and so I asked questions about and not do nothing in that it,” said Charlevoix County Comyear,” Harmon said. “We want missioner Shirlene Tripp (R-District to continue on and do other 1), following the meeting, who iniprojects that’s onthe thecheck list.” which tially questioned Charlevoix County Commiswas listed in the county agenda sioner Chris Christensen packet. “In Northern Michigan (Rit just District if there areof seems like2)weasked have an awful lot other roads that will need more embezzling going on – the month than one year worthwhy of collecbefore, I questioned so many tions. were going to Charter.” checks Harmon Kings Highway She added,said “I really didn’t mean to hang her (Browe) dry. I have on Beaver Island out andtoEllsworth no doubt it will be straightened out.” Road would each need more

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Benjamin gohs Benjamin Gohs associate editor news Editor Boyne’s own extreme skier Ty WellCharlevoix 33rdin Northern Circuit MichiCourt man will be back Judge M. competition Pajtas ruled gan forRichard a high-flying at against Devlon in his the end of this month. Jan. 20 written opinion. Wellman, who has been skiing since Devlon had appealed to the court he was 11 years old, is excited to see inhis late 2011, to overturn friends, family and competethe at Boyne Cityhills Planning one of the where heCommisspent so sion’s decision that the Devlon many hours practicing. “We’re excited Boyne to be able to see him Corporation’s City Beach compete because we’re able to Club development was not no longer travel alltothat much because to watchithim,” eligible continue was saidproceeding Ty’s dad Jeff not toWellman. completion. Thoseprevailed looking toonsupport will be “We all theTyissues,” ableBoyne to spot City him by the pinkDirector bandansaid Planning as he McPherson. wears in honor of his mother Scott “The next step who has been fighting stage-four is to go back to judge May (Richbreast cancer for several years. ard May, 90th District Court) for “I’ve only competed once at Gaythe enforcement order on the citalord, but I did train a lot on the halftion – that decision was pending pipe at the Otsego Club,” Ty said. Judge Pajtas determination on just the “I’m feeling a little confident expiration of the permit.” because of the home-field advanThe citation in question, McPhertage.” son with the city’sTour deThesaid, 2012deals USSA Revolution sire rubble piles willtobeseeinthe Gaylord from cleaned Jan. 30 and fencing removed from Dev-

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lon’s property. On May 18, 2011, Devlon was informed that a stagnation of construction over at least two years caused its zoning permit and development plan to expire. Devlon appealed to the Boyne City Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) and on Aug. 2, 2011, the ZBA denied Devlon’s appeal. Pajtas’ opinion addressed several issues brought by Devlon. “Initially, the appellant (Devlon) alleged as a major reason to reverse the ZBA a violation of the Open Meetings Act. It brought a separate lawsuit against the ZBA with the same allegations in this court. That lawsuit and this claim on appeal have been abandoned by the appellant as unsustainable,” Pajtas wrote. “The appellant next argues that the ZBA applied the wrong standard in determining what was necessary to keep appellant’s permits alive. It claims that the ZBA applied a stringent “substantial construction” stan-

dard instead of the proper and more lenient “proceeding toward completion” standard. The ZBA contends that it considered both standards, and the appellant fails under both.” According to Pajtas, zoning permits are generally issued for a specific amount of time, in this case, under current law, two years. The issuance of a zoning or building permit, without substantially more, does not create a vested property right. The making of preparatory plans, landscaping, and the removal of an existing structure is not sufficient to create a vested property right. Permits expire, wrote Pajtas, on their own terms unless substantial construction has commenced. Pajtas cited Schubiner vs. West Bloomfield Township of 1984. “The appellant does not claim it meets the ‘substantial construc-

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Ty Wellman is pictured upside down as he pulls a trick.

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Two new CSC cases in Boyne Remembering the Generals benjamin gohs news editor

Boyne man could face life in prisonover rape allegations

last time the alleged victim was allowed to go on rides. According to Michigan State Police Documents, Sutton stated that he may have kissed the alleged victim and that he did put toys down the pants of children but he was just playing around. Sutton denied doing anything else. Sutton was arraigned on Feb. 9, in Charlevoix County’s 90th District Court. He remains free on bond.

Dale Robert Sutton, 45, of Boyne City,has been charged with first degree criminal sexual conduct for allegedly engaging in illegal sexual activity with a 5-year-old. If found guilty of this felony charge, the punishment could be as severe as life in prison. Boyne man could face According to Michigan State Police Documents, the alleged victim said 25 years to life for alback in 2006 she would go on four- leged sex with a minor wheeler rides with the accused at According to Charlevoix County which time the alleged inappropri- court documents Shawn David Wilate activities would occur. photoCity, by chris lis, 37, of Boyne hadfauLknor sexual The alleged Fair victim’s saidKelts Christopher (right)mother and Jeffre show off with an olda Horton Bay genintercourse person under the one time the four-wheeler ride took age of 13. erals jersey from their playing days decades ago. approximately 45 minutes – longer If found guilty of this felony than in the past – and that was the

charge,Willis could face a minimum megan wilson of 25 years in prison and lifetime contriButing writer electronic monitoring up to life in prison. It’s still a couple months from According to court records locals Willis spring training, but several was previously convicted of fourth shared their memories of summer degree criminal sexual conduct in softball and their time with the Hor1994 which also involved a victim ton Bay Generals. undermany the ageyears of 13.the people of For According to court records, alHorton Bay harbored those the same leged victim claims they were sexuthoughts as the Horton Bay Genally assaulted in Septemberforof their 2011 erals began preparation at the family’s home. Men’s slow pitch softball season. According “The peopletoin police Hortondocuments Bay just from the Charlevoix Sherloved the team,” said County former team iff’s office, Willis told the investimember Henry “Beano” Archey. gating officer that “absolutely nothThe Horton Bay Generals team ing happened.” was formed in 1976 and managed According to the documents, by Jon Hartwell (deceased) Willis until admitted he was rubbing their change of venue inthe thealleged early victim’s back while he/she slept,and 1980s. that his would hand accidentally “They have parties slipped at Jon under the alleged victim while he/ she »Generals, was sleeping and that Willis pG. 5 removed his hand and apologized.


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City, public & Kirtland discuss noise and Director says more other complaints at money needed to public hearing

prevent shutering of Benjamin gohs senior centers, elimassociate editor ination of services

The Boyne City Commission reviewed the status of complaints Benjamin Gohs relating to the Kirtland Products wood news Editor pellet manufacturing facility during h a r -Tuesday Jan. 10, meettheC regular l e ing. v o i x Boyne C o uCity n t yPlanning Director Scott McPherson C o m - gave commissioners anmoverview i s s i o n of the situation before audience members spoke for and On Agagainst ing the Ex-company. “Since e c u t the i v e start of production of Kirtland we have had comD i r eProducts cplaints about the operation,” he said. jack messer tor Jack “While most of the complaints we Messer have had in regards to noise there presented a spectrum of ophave also been concerns raised tions to the Charlevoix County about odors and dust. In the Boyne Board of Commissioners durCity Zoning Ordinance the perforing its committee of the whole mance standards 21.78 addresses meeting Friday Feb. 17. noise, odor,on dust – similar types of Messer Insaid the theCOA is nuisances. addition city also short forwhich its upcomhas$350,000 a noise ordinance specifiingaddresses budget year, andfans, thatdryers, hemcally motors, orrhaging of cash similar will continue similar mechanisms, to what unlesshas taxpayers approve a 3/10 Kirtland at their facility.” McPherson added, “It does seem of a mil increase. pretty thattake they are “It clear would .178in violation mils to ofcover that ordinance.” that deficit for this year,” McPherson said the city has been in Messer said. contact with to ensure prothey Messer’s Kirtland 2013 financial arejection aware of the issues. alleges an increase in “To theirbycredit they along have seemed costs 4 percent with a toprojected be proactive and sincere in their 3.4 percent decrease efforts to resolve these issues. Howin revenue for a total of funds ever, the impact is ongoing and it is needed to maintain services of unacceptable at certain levels and it $451,000 soon as does need to or be .226 remedied Messer said the possible,” McPhersonexpenditures said. “If they the next four years will be dofor continue to violate the ordinances around $6 million with the the city does have the ability torevisnearlyor$4 million.ensueenue civilbeing infractions to request Messer orders.” said a 3/10 of a mil forcement would generate per Representatives from$600,000 Kirtland Prodyear and the COA within ucts were in bring attendance. Audience members wereofinstructed a half-million dollars needed torevenue. keep their comments to five minutes or fewer. “We areCOA aware of the complaints and MILLAGE cont. pg5

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Locals compile future goals list

Citizens committee will work with proposed Benjamin gohs for a consultant to look associate editor solution to the Kirtland Citizens, business Products noise owners issue and


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Welcome to the big time Five years ago, the thought of marijuana being legalized, even for medical use was far off the horizon. Now, as we sit in 2012, several states have legalized it. Michigan has joined the ranks, with the voters showing their support for what became the chris faulknor Michigan Medical Marijuana ‘two cents’ Act. Now, thousands of people who were once dubbed “potheads” and “druggies” are conducting themselves as medical patients, and many who were “drug dealers”yesterday are being looked at as“caregivers.” This is an enormous step. I’m not going to opine on the use of marijuana, the science of its use, or the legality. Instead, I’m going to bring some personal advice for the caregivers who now carry themselves as medical professionals. You see, I come from a profession which has only existed in its current state for a matter of decades - the Emergency Medical Services. EMS was (and to a point, still is) a profession in its infancy. EMT’s and Paramedics still find themselves referred to as“ambulance drivers.” They pull out their cardiac monitor and stethoscope to a chorus of“just take me to the hospital where the doctor can help me.” Their long hours of training are often met with skepticism, even from fellow medical professionals.

Now, I’m not complaining. It takes time for any profession to gain recognition and respect, even from peers. I am, however, offering what experience I have to the newly minted professionals out there. 1. Learn the science behind what you do. Before I learned that atropine is a drug affecting the autonomic nervous system, I learned that it was derived from the belladonna plant. Your knowlege may begin with growing plants, but if you’re going to be a medical professional, learn what your plant does to the body, how it affects the nervous system, and why it works. 2. Conduct yourself as a professional. You don’t see the local family doctor writing out a prescription behind the local bar, and as such, you shouldn’t be passing your product in hushed tones in the back alley. Similarly, when asked of your profession, the words “I grow pot”shouldn’t be in the mix, as I wouldn’t want my doctor’s answer to be“I listen to your lungs.” 3. Prepare to get sued. You’re a medical professional now, so stand ready, You are now a part of a noble profession - that makes you a target. Malpractice insurance, premiums, it’s all a part of the job. If the legal battles tip in your favor and you continue to be recognized as the medical professionals you wish to be, then I wish you the best of luck. People once rolled their eyes at the hearse running down the street, when the guy inside had an “advanced first aid” certificate. That “advanced first aid” certificate has evolved into a modern day paramedic with a scope of practice to match. Good luck in your profession.

Dinner for two in this week’s ‘Beautiful Boyne’

Last winter on those days I was fortunate enough to visit Ray’s home on Bridge Lake south of Gaylord I always kept an eye on the sky annethurston-brandley above the ice ‘beautiful boyne’ covered surface of the deep, yet small body of water. What I searched for was the pair of eagles which called the area home. Magnificent, mature birds, their size overwhelmed me as well as their majestic white heads. Those white feathers might as well have been diamonds set in crowns as all the other birds treated them with the stand-away respect granted royalty. The pair I searched for were not daily visitors. I came to the conclusion their visits were all about their need for food. The two flew in from the north east, circling the shoreline before heading to the lake’s center where the open water almost penetrated. The ice could not form at the point where a small inlet car-

ried water into the lake from a neighboring one by way of a small creek; its flow was too concentrated. This swatch of open water extended some three hundred feet into the snow covered ice of winter. It was here, at its very end, on the adjoining ice the eagles expected to feast. If any other birds happened to be at the spot upon the big birds’ arrival they scattered in all directions. The dining room became empty and the table’s offerings were only for the majestic pair. Ray’s brother, Carl, lived just two homes north of him on Birch Lake so he visited frequently. Full of stories about hunting and fishing adventures the favorite for me was his relationship with the lake’s eagle family. Carl alone was responsible for the eagle’s routine visits I so enjoyed. He was the one who prepared and set forth their feast. On his daily trips out into the area’s many lakes and streams to fish year round he kept an ‘eagle’ eye open for road kill. Once spotted, he parked his pickup as close to the carcass as possible and got out to load whatever animal it might be into the truck’s bed. Although often a deer the remains could be those of a

squirrel or other four footed resident of our north country who had made the mistake of crossing the road during the night or day and been struck by a four wheeler. Once back to his home, the dead animal was dragged or loaded onto a sled and tugged across the ice to the spot where the long arm of open stream water ended. There it was left, spread out invitingly for the royal pair. The use of the sled prevented an incriminating trail of blood. No one was ever to know the source of the banquet. Before and after the arrival of the eagles other, smaller birds such as ravens and crows would dine. Long after the Eagles had their fill and retired to their nest high in a towering white pine back in the forests of Otsego County the coyotes would silently invade the lake’s frozen surface to clean up whatever remains were left behind by the birds. I was so full of admiration for this act of recycling I pledged myself to be of help by diligently watching for roadside kill as I drove to and from Gaylord. I only spotted one despite my determination. I parked my little Focus nearby and got out to pick it up for the eagles. It was not a deer, just some small animal. But

I felt even a little dinner was better than none. However as I drew nearer to the carcass I realized the black fur had a stripe of white down its back. It was then, even in the single digit temperature of the morning I detected the telltale odor of a skunk. Immediately my desire to feed the eagles dissipated and I hustled back into my warm car. Having lived long enough to realize the futility of arguing, screaming one’s defiance or fighting I have more than once wondered why Franklin, Adams and Washington sat down together back in 1782 and after bouncing ideas back and fore between themselves decided on the American Eagle as our country’s symbol. My take is that the bird, although magnificent and handsome, is far too feisty to represent the citizens of our great and unusual country. After researching the reasons those three remarkable men listed I certainly understand their choice and agree whole heartily. They perceived the large bird as: 1. Living a long life. 2. Having exceptional strength. 3. Having majestic looks. Surely, as they sat in conference their vision for the United States was one of eternity, structured for the strength to endure and of a beauty and re-

sources greater than all other nations – the awe of majesty. America’s ‘silent majority, its citizenry, understands in this time of discouragement the American Eagle is each of us.

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‘Inside Education’ asks: So what’s the deal with cyber schools? Michigan's legislators are currently debating SB 619: lifting the cap on cyber-charter schools. If passed, this bill would phoebe gohs eliminate the ‘inside education’ cap on the number of exclusively online cyber-schools in the state, as well as eliminate the cap on the number of students enrolled in these schools. Currently, there are two cyber-charter schools: Connections Academy and Michigan Virtual High School. There is a limit of 400 students that can be enrolled in these schools. As one might expect, the opposing teams have taken their positions: the Michigan Association for Public School Academies (MAPSA), Michigan's charter school advocacy organization, has been outspoken in

their support for "another choice" for Michigan students. The Michigan Education Agency (MEA) has been outspoken in the potential threat that cyber-charter schools pose to Michigan's students. Rather than picking a side and purporting their argument, it is imperative that we begin with facts, keeping Michigan's youth in the forefront of any conversation. To begin a discussion about the validity of one method of education, one must establish the purpose of this education. Education is about providing opportunity. The opportunity to pursue one's personal goals - this can be college, vocational programs, opening a small business, or any plethora of life choices one can make. If public schools exist to provide opportunity to all youth, then does the method of instruction matter? Does it matter if students attend school five days per week, six to seven hours per day, in classrooms that use textbooks, worksheets, and

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final projects? Or if students attend a school that focuses on incorporating the arts into every aspect of education? Or a school that uses a nontraditional flexible schedule with independent pursuit of learning at an individual pace? Or a Montessori school? If the goal of providing opportunity through learning happens in all of these situations, then what could be wrong with any of these methods? Here enter cyber-charter schools. Can our students learn in an online program? Well, simply put, yes. Today's youth have different educational needs - they have had access to technology in the form of computers, smart phones, netbooks, and tablets since they can remember. These students are accustomed to asking questions, working to find solutions, and using technology developed appropriately, these kids are ready to learn using technology! As a state, we have already determined that online learning is valid. The Michigan Merit Curriculum requires students have an "online experience" during high school, so they are prepared for learning in

college. Indeed, there are a growing number of reputable universities offering programs online successfully. So, does online learning have a place in education today? Absolutely. The question is whether schools will shift from traditional "brick-andmortar" buildings to online virtual experiences that are accessed from home. One local columnist presented a fear-driven perspective of cyber-learning with the outsourcing of teachers to third world countries working with hundreds of students for minimum wage in an effort to maximize profit. The reality is that in today's atmosphere of educational accountability, and state and local oversight of all education programs, this is unlikely to happen. Cyber-charter schools will have the same impact that public school academies did when they began: some families and students will choose them for their unique needs while most families will continue in the effective education program that they are currently pursuing. As a community, let’s keep our focus on our kids; working together to ensure every child has access to an

educational program that fits their unique needs and interests. Phoebe Gohs is a full-time master’s level elementary education teacher. In addition to duties of Curriculum Director at Northwest Academy of Charlevoix, she is an adjunct professor for Spring Arbor University teaching education classes, and she has served on several educational committees.


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Boyne City Police Department Weekly Incident Report Monday, February 6 1:13am Audible alarm in the 200 block of Charlevoix St. All secure 2:59am Report of damage to car in the 1200 block of Boyne Av 4:45am Assist EMS on Roosevelt St 11:12am Report of reckless driver on Franklin St Sunday February 6 Cloudy 27

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Weather Wednesday February 22 Chance of showers upper 30s Thursday February 23 Snow showers, upper 30s Friday February 24 Snow showers, low 30s

3:56pm Trespass reported in the 300 block of E Division St 10:51am Request for welfare check in the area of Avalanche Mountain 11:05pm Vehicle unlock on Lexamar Dr Tuesday, February 7 5:12am Assist Sheriff Department at fight in progress in East Jordan 6:13am Disturbance reported in the 300 block of E Division St 12:29pm 2 dogs reported running at large in the 500 block of N Lake St 1:47pm Pair of prescription glasses found at Post Office. 7:27pm Report of dog in roadway at Lincoln and Boyne Av. Gone on arrival 8:35pm Unlock in the 300 block of E Division 11:11pm Assist EMS in the 300 block of Pine St Wednesday, February 8

12:53am Suspicious situation reported in the 500 block of Harris St 9:20am Report of suspicious subject hanging around the 500 block of N Lake St 1:46pm Suspicious phone call reported from the 500 block of N Lake St 4:20pm Report of suspicious subject in the 100 block of N Park St Thursday, February 9 6:09am Report of threatening phone calls being received in the 800 block of S Lake St 12:53pm Driving complaint received on N Lake St 2:00pm Report of missing cat from Glenwood Beach area 2:31pm Scam email dropped off that was received in the 500 block of E Main St 4:19pm Assault reported that had occurred in the 1000 block of

Boyne Av Friday, February 10 10:09am Driving complaint received in the 200 block of Franklin St 12;22pm Report of traffic light malfunctioning at Lake and Water. Repaired 1:58pm Citation issued for speed 2:03pm Report of missing wallet from the 300 block of E Division St 4:37pm Report of large amount of smoke in the 800 block of Front St 7:14pm 911 hangup from the 400 block of Ann St 7:28pm Threats received in the 400 block of N Lake St 9:47pm Threats complaint received from the 300 block of Silver St Saturday, February 11 1:51am Disturbance reported at Robinson and Court St’ 6:25am Located suspicious vehicle

Charlevoix County Court Reporter District Court The following cases were recently heard in Charlevoix’s 90th District Court: William John Argue II, 52 of Boyne City - Operating with License Suspended/Revoked/Denied/Allow. To complete 10 days community service, $800 in fines and costs. Christopher Lewis Lettaw, 18 of East Jordan - Minor in Possession of Alcohol. To serve 40 days community service, pay $250 in fines and costs. Steven Charles Robinson, 21 of Charlevoix - Allowing Minor to Consume Alcohol on Premesis. To pay $500 in fines and costs. Joslyn Jean Keie, 19 of East Jordan - Domestic Violence. To serve 10 days community service, placed on probation for 1 year, not to consume or be in posession of alcohol or controlled substances, to pay $675 in fines and costs. Tracey Lee Cochran, 31 of East Jordan - Driving with License Suspended. To pay $535 in fines and costs.

Angela Jean Smith, 29 of Boyne City - Operating Without License on Person - to pay $200 in fines and costs Gerard Elliot Matts, 34 of Boyne City - Assault and Battery. To serve 10 days in jail, $200 in fines and costs. Marriages The following people have applied for a marriage license in Charlevoix County: Jeremiah Harman, 32 of Jackson and Stacy Sirmons, 28 of East Jordan Carl Murray, 30 and Justine Thayer, 26 - both of East Jordan Dean Rogers, 45 and Karla Ice, 42 both of Charlevoix Ryan Hocquard, 32 and Deanna Constantino, 34 - both of Boyne City Roy Buning Jr., 33 and Molly Powers, 26 - both of Boyne City Circuit Court The following cases were recently heard in Charlevoix’s 33rd Circuit Court:

Kelly Lynn Wood, 26 of Kalkaska - Controled Substance Possession (<25 Grams) Probation Violation. To serve 30 days in jail, placed on probation for 2 years, to be released into residential treatment as soon as possible as credit for jail time. Andrew Edward Higgins, 48 of Sheffield, Mass. - Embezzlement From a Vulnerable Adult ($20,000 or more) Sentanced to 270 days - to serve 30 days in jail with credit for 1 day served, remainder held in abeyance. To be placed on probation for 5 years, total of $37,168.69 in fines, costs, and restitution. Amanda Leigh Cruse, 30 of Boyne City - Controlled Substance Use. To serve 30 days in jail with credit for 1 day served. To pay $783 in fines and costs. Mitchell Daniel Chipman, 21 of Boyne City - Larceny ($200$1,000), Weapons-Firearms-Larceny. To serve 240 days in jail, credit for 52 days served. To be placed on probation for 2 years, complete residential and outpatient treatment, pay $1,831 in fines, costs, and restitution

Charlevoix County Sheriff Reports On February 10, 2012 around 5:49 p.m. the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle roll-over accident on Ellsworth Road in South Arm Township. The driver, Erik Jeffrey Miller age 18 of Central Lake, was traveling East when he lost control of his vehicle. Miller left the roadway to the South, down a small embankment and rolled the vehicle one complete rotation. Speed and poor road conditions were believed to be a contributing factor in the accident. Miller was transported to the Charlevoix Area Hospital by East Jordan EMS where he was treated for minor neck pain and a small laceration

Butler age 18 from Boyne City, lost to his right hand. The Charlevoix County Sheriff’s control of her 2000 Mercury Sable Office was assisted on scene by the and hit a tree. East Jordan Police Department. The Butler was taken to Northern MichiCharlevoix County Sheriff’s Office gan Hospital by Boyne City EMS would like to remind motorists to for a suspected broken elbow and use extreme caution while driving possible other injuries that occurred during the winter months, as road during the accident. The Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office was assisted conditions may deteriorate rapidly. On February 12, 2012 at approxi- at the scene by the Boyne City EMS mately 8:15 a.m. the Charlevoix and Melrose Fire Department. County Sheriff ’s SALMONELLA, E. COLI , LISTERIA Office reIf you have suffered a food borne illness sponded to and received a diagnosis of any of the above, a personal CALL US TODAY! injury ac- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recalled cident on several products including: • eggs • ground beef Springvale • cantaloupe • ground turkey Road near • romaine lettuce • pine nuts SpringMust have received a diagnosis of Salmonella, E. Coli, or Listeria from a doctor. brook Rd. The driver, CALL TOLL FREE 866-588-0600 Rachel

in the 500 block of Bay St 10:02am Attempted unlock in the 200 block or E Water St 11:16am 2 vehicle property damage accident at Marshall and Lakeshore Dr 4:30pm Citation issued for speed 11:41pm Arrested subject for OWI . Also cited for Disregarding Flashing Red Signal Sunday, February 12 1:50am Arrested subject for MIP and Obstruction by Disguise 8:12am Arrest subject for driving while license suspended 9:59pm Assist Sheriff Department with alarm on M-75 S. 1:39pm Assist EMS in the 300 block of E Division St 8:22pm Arrested 2 subjects for possession of marijuana in the 400 block of N Lake St

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Saturday February 25 Snow showers, upper 20s Sunday February 26 Snow showers, low 30s Monday February 27 Windy wintry mix, mid 30s Tuesday February 28 Chance of snow, upper 20s

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From pg.1 questioned the current operating hours of Kirtland, which are three days a week at 24 hours per day, but the operating schedule was not changed. Boyne City Planning Director Scott McPherson opened the meeting with an overview of the Kirtland Products noise issue. “Since the start of production in fall of 2011, there have been many complaints in regards with the Kirtland wood pellet facility,” McPherson said. “While the noise from the plant has been a primary concern, there has also been concerns about odor and dust.” Kirtland began implementing noise abatement measures in January. McPherson said the screeching noise from the company’s augers has been resolved, but the plant is still producing noise. “The installation of the mufflers did appear to reduce some of the noise however the noise being produced by the plant can still clearly be heard and is measurable at significant distances from the facility,” he said. “Since installation of the mufflers at the plant the noise has been monitored by listening and decibel meters.” McPherson said the sound differs in audibility depending on the wind and location of the listener. Decibel levels ranged from undetectable to 54 on one sound scale in surrounding residential areas and undetectable to 69 on another scale. • A whisper in a quiet library is 30 decibels • Normal conversation is between 50 and 70 decibels • A telephone dial tone is 80 decibels • City traffic is 85 decibels • Humans begin to experience pain at 125 decibels According to McPherson, in Kirtland’s application to the city to open the plant, they stated the noise would be negligible, but after the plant opened Kirtland Representatives acknowledged the noise exceeded their original expectations. Concerning the smell, McPherson said more testing would be necessary to determine if the odor is an issue. McPherson received a complaint about particulate matter – dust – in the air. He said he collected a sample of dust from a an object near Kirtland and is having it tested to determine if it came from the plant and what it is. CEO of Kirtland Products Leon Tupper made a formal reply to the Boyne City Commission pertaining to Kirtland’s efforts in noise abatement. “We did experience a noticeable reduction in the noise level (upon installing mufflers on the plant) unfortunately the reaction of our effort has been varied and without consensus,” Tupper said. “We have received reactions from ‘I no longer hear the noise. Great job.’ and ‘The noise is greatly reduced and I can live with it.’ to ‘I don’t hear any change and it is, now, even louder.’” He added, “In the absence of a measurable noise standard by the city, and a diverse reaction to the work

FROM PAGE ONE completed we are uncertain and unwilling to proceed without a clear and measurable criteria.” Tupper said Kirtland’s ability to proceed with any plan will depend on the company’s financial capacity. “We had voluntarily reduced our operation output while installing the noise abatement system (and) laying off six employees,” Tupper said. “We have experienced financial stress while addressing the noise issues and we will be unable in the near future to finance additional efforts.” He added, “The desire to be good neighbors as well as a reliable employer for the 30 employees and their families who depend on our operating a sustainable business well into the future. We trust that we, as a community, will continue to work together to come to a mutually satisfying resolution.” Mike Lange of Kirtland said his company had told the city, prior to opening, that some noise would be generated by the plant. Lange said Kirtland had expected the noise level to increase by approximately 24 decibels once the plant was operational. “When that plant’s not running, it’s 40 to 42 decibels, I don’t think we were trying to suggest that we were going to absorb 16 to 18 decibels of sound and make it quieter than when the plant’s running,” Lange said. “I think you’ll find we were pretty close to what we had anticipated.” Lange said he assumed over the two-and-a-half years it took from the time Kirtland announced its intention to open a plant and the time they began operation, that the city would educate itself on what a wood pellet manufacturing facility entails. “That’s what we did. We made a lot of engineering and environmental control decisions to keep it something that we felt Boyne City could be proud of,” he said. “And, even after we started up, we noticed some equipment that was louder than we expected … and prior to any complaints we said ‘that’s gotta go.’” Lange said Kirtland received its approvals from the MDEQ, EPA, City of Boyne and Charlevoix County to operate this plant. “(We) feel that if there’s concern over whether we should be allowed to operate in the City of Boyne City, that that should be something that is discussed with one of those entities that we got our approvals from,” he said. “We’ve always been upfront and forthright and had Boyne City’s best interests in mind when we were putting this whole project together and feel that we should be allowed to operate and feel that we are in compliance.” Lange pointed to the Traverse City Noise Ordinance which states industrial applications may verge 75 decibels. “We’re well under the 70 to 75 decibels,” he said. Numerous members of the public then opined on the matter. Boyne City Planning Commission member Lori Meeder said she and her husband moved from Lansing to Boyne City a few years ago for the natural beauty and quality of the people and an air of citizens and officials working toward a common goal of improving the quality of life in Boyne. “I am very concerned that one our

best attributes is quickly disappearing as we become a community divided, divided on an issue that can be resolved if given some time,” she said. “The real disappointment for me is that I think there is misinformation being spread around by those who should be helping find solutions.” Meeder said the owners of Kirtland want to be good neighbors and have followed the necessary rules. “If this project is shut down, all those jobs will go away,” Meeder said. “If these people go away they won’t be buying groceries, they won’t be buying hardware items, ice-cream, clothes and won’t be going to the dentist or the doctor.” Meeder said this could be a defining moment for Boyne City especially if Boyne City asserts itself as an area that does not embrace new business ventures. John Harris disagreed with Meeder’s sentiments. “This lady had a real nice speech but (it) doesn’t do me much good at three o’clock in the morning when trying to sleep,” he said. “We don’t have anything against the plant, but this gentleman (Lange) talking about industrial in Traverse City – how close is the residential? Not very close and there’s a reason for that, because they put residential in one area and industrial in another.”

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Michael Leinbach has had a second home in Boyne City for roughly 30 years and he and his wife planned to retire here. “And then I woke up on, let me see, it was Martin Luther King Day morning and I woke up to what the heck’s going on here and there was this horrible noise and a big plume of smoke so I went down and talked to Scott McPherson to find out what was going on,” he said. “It’s changed my entire plans.” He said he has contacted an environmental attorney because he said his property is now worthless. “I don’t feel the plant owners have demonstrated they are competent to responsibly run the pellet business so close to residential areas and schools,” Leinbach said. “They are jeopardizing the citizens’ health, quality of life and property value all at one time.” He added, “My recommendation is that they should be moved, and in the meantime it should be shut down until they actually comply.” Julie Howard said she relocated to Boyne City to raise her family on less than $50,000 a year because she loves it here. “For somebody to come in here on a part-time basis and demand to move a plant and to call those folks incompetent is rude,” she said. “I have to worry about where food is coming from because my husband has been laid off because it’s too noisy.” Howard said people who don’t like

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the smell of wood should move. City resident Clarence Stark, a 15year resident of Boyne City, is one of the Kirtland employees laid off due to noise complaints. “I’m out of unemployment,” he said. “Am I going to lose my house? My truck?” One member of the public said he has concerns and questions about what, if any, chemicals may reside in emissions created by Kirtland’s operation. Lange said a great deal of analysis was performed before Kirtland opened to ensure air quality compliance. “If our air quality analysis had not convinced the DEQ that our emission levels are safe they would not have given us a permit to install,” he said. Lange added that further testing will be conducted once the plant is running at full capacity. One woman in the audience said she was concerned about he air quality and hopes the city commission monitors the situation. Mike Hausler a 37-year resident said the plant is affecting numerous homes. “What really bothers me the most is that my grandchildren are being used as human experiments,” he said adding that, if the DEQ limits how much of a chemical a factory emits then it cannot be good for people. Hausler added that the city should go to existing companies and try to get them to hire Kirtland’s employees. Another audience member said the noise is “obnoxious” and said the tranquility of his home is gone. John McCahan, who has asked Boyne City officials to pass a new noise ordinance in the past, said he feels the city has not acted to develop an ordinance because they’re worried it might impede their ability to negotiate noise issues between business and residents. “And, to not develop an ordinance, I think, is a gross failure of responsibility for the city,” McCahan said, adding that he hired the best acoustical engineering firm in the state to draft a noise ordinance for him based on Traverse City. McCahan once again asked the commission to look at creating a new sound ordinance. Don Ness said he has lived in Boyne City all his life and put all his life savings in his retirement home. “I was there before the industrial park,” he said. “All I’ve got is two questions … Kirtland, what are they gonna do in the future to knock the noise and pollution down and what you, city council I wanna know how long I gotta put up with this crap before you do something.” Joe Jones, who lives near the industrial park, said he has never worried about the location of his home before, but the sound and the sight of

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the steam concern him. “We love that the plant creates jobs and we don’t want it to be shut down and we appreciate what they’ve done so far to get the noise levels reduced but we’d like to see more done,” he said. Lange said Kirtland is working to keep the unloading of trucks to end by 5 p.m. Each day. Kirtland officials said they invested nearly $6 million into Boyne City only after doing their due diligence and obtaining approval to open the business after nearly three years of planning. “We didn’t just plop this thing in here,” said Tom Monley of Kirtland. “When we got our approvals we continued our due diligence.” He added, “I don’t think it’s fair to Kirtland to not be able to operate in that environment that the city gave us approval on and the county gave us approval on.” City officials then mulled the matter. Cain said he has been monitoring the issue very closely including having members of the DEQ visit the property after some citizens voiced concerns about the nature of emissions from the plant. They didn’t see anything that was a problem at that time, Cain said, and they are planning additional followups. Boyne City Commissioner Delbert “Gene” Town said he toured Kirtland before and after the improvements. “Although I thought there was some improvement I thought the sound varied depending on where I was at,” he said. Boyne City Commissioner Tom Neidhamer said patience, solutions and time-lines need to be implemented. “We need to work together as a team to solve this,” he said. “We need professional opinions from experts who deal with sound.” Boyne City Commissioner Laura Sansom said she knows Kirtland’s intentions are good but that the noise is disturbing the lives of too many of the town’s people. “They’re suffering – emotionally they’re suffering,” she said. “And that becomes almost a form of torture in my book to endure that level of sound.” Sansom said she does not believe Kirtland should be able to operate 24 hours a day until the sound issue is resolved. Boyne City Commissioner Derek Gaylord said when in a highly charged emotional situation the facts must be looked at. “Kirtland was granted a conditional use permit. There are many segments to that permit,” he said. “Mr. McPherson the planner has the ability to monitor and determine what, if any, of those conditions are not in place.” Gaylord added, “And, I would recommend, while we have some other options on the table, that we begin the process immediately of the planner Mr. McPherson to begin reviewing those using whatever tools, resources you have at your disposal to make your determination.” Boyne City Mayor Ron Grunch said city staff and the commissioners have been diligent in responding to complaints on the issue. “In my mind the noise level is completely unacceptable,” Grunch said, adding that his assessment of the issue is not scientific.

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According to Messer, as of October 2011, the COA had $1.257 million of fund balance and by the end of 2012 there will be approximately $901,000 worth of fund balance. Messer explained that the COA will continue to spend down its fund balance to keep up with current services. Messer said the COA has three years to develop a sustainable

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funding model. “Funding is exhausted prior to the end of the millage cycle,” he said. “The funding is insufficient to sustain your programs past mid-year 2015.” Messer said if the COA runs out of money the in-home services will be suspended and the senior centers will be closed. Messer said if the COA closed all the senior centers, taxpayers would save $292,000 per year. This would eliminate congregate meal services. “If we did that our current seniors

that are using those meal sites may feel abandoned,” Messer said. Charlevoix County Commissioner Joel Evans pointed out that the number of people seeking meals at the senior centers has decreased and asked Messer if the COA had considered cutting the days meals are offered to fewer days per week. “Every year of experience we have gives us another year to adjust the senior center model,” Messer said. “So, if the next generation decides their not coming , there’s no sense in keeping the senior centers open beyond our current seniors.”

Charlevoix County Commissioner Shirlene Tripp said the reason some seniors stopped coming for meals is because they are no longer allowed to pick up a meal and take it to-go. Evans said he believes it is positive for the seniors to be able to go have lunch at the senior centers, but perhaps not five days per week as the centers now offer them. “That’s exactly what that next generation told us. They do see the value of the socialization and the activities but not necessarily tied to a physical building,” Messer said.

Messer said he thinks there is widespread support among the seniors for raising taxes to maintain the COA services. “I’ve run into a little opposition to the millage increase ,” said Charlevoix County Commissioner Chris Christensen (R-District 2) who added that Messer sought every available funding source before proposing a millage increase. No decisions were made by the board because committee of the whole meetings are merely informational in nature.

millage taxes. According to county officials, the road millage raises nearly $1.5 million in tax funds that goes to the county road commission annually.

Charlevoix County Commissioner Ron Reinhardt (R-District 3) said not going forward with the project could put the county at risk of spending more per mile in the future to finish Boyne City-Char-

levoix Road. “This is a four-and-a-half million job no matter how you cut it,” Harmon said. “This project is a million-and-a-half more dollars that our entire MTF revenue (which

funds the road commission budget) just to put it in perspective.” No decision was made during the meeting as committee of the whole meetings are for informational purposes only.

Boyne City Commission meeting round-up Benjamin Gohs News Editor The Boyne City Commission met Tuesday Feb. 14, to discuss numerous issues pertaining to the city. Following is a round-up of items of interest discussed. The $28,888.10 was awarded to Boyne Area Free Clinic for their patient testing and project fund-raising program. $20,435 was awarded to BCPS for development and enhancement of physical education program. A $10,000 grant was awarded to Boyne City for a sidewalk project. “Over the years we have been able to apply for a number of grants and have received through the generosity of the band a number of projects,” said Boyne City Manager Michael Cain. George Lasater of the Boyne Area Free Clinic accepted the check from the city commission on behalf of the free clinic. “Hopefully everybody in our community is aware of our free clinic and the generosity of the Grand Traverse Bay Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians,” said Boyne City Mayor Ron Grunch. Cain said the city is also working with the BCPS and local businesses on possibly establishing a vocational education program.

Cain said the program would help students, “To attain the necessary skills to be successful employees with good paying jobs in businesses right here in our community. This would allow them if they so chose, to stay in our area and raise families of their own.” Cain said IMI and Precision Edge are both supportive of the idea.

“Precision Edge has a similar program to this up in their facility in Sault Ste. Marie,” Cain said. “The school sent some representatives … up to the Sault to check out the facilities and check out the training program to see if that was something we wanted to try here.” Cain said while details are still being considered, officials are confident

this program could be implemented in the near future. Cain said the Local Finance Development Authority in Boyne City may be approached for help with funding the proposed program. New energy efficiency efforts have been implemented at Boyne City Hall. These measures include motion sensors which turn lights on and

off in bathrooms to help save money. Cain said the New Bay Winds Credit Union may be open in the next week or so. Applications are being sought for the Boyne City Board of Review, Election Commission and Housing Commission. Applications are available on the city's website.


Hayes Township, Charlevoix County is seeking bids for the following maintenance services. 1. Undine Cemetery Maintenance - The cemetery is located on the Boyne City Road. Maintenance will include spring and fall clean-up, summer mowing as needed, trimming around trees & grave stones, debris removal, soil, seed and mulching new grave sites as needed. 2. Hayes Township Hall & Fire Barn Lawn Care – The hall & fire barn are located at 09195 Old US 31 N., Charlevoix. Mowing and trimming will include an area of approximately 5 acres of land. Both items should be quoted individually. Please include your labor and machine rates for any work the Township may request that is not included in the bid. Proof of liability and workers comp insurance must be provided before a contract can be signed. Mail bids to Hayes Township Clerk, 09195 Old US 31 N., Charlevoix, MI 49720. Bids must be received by March 9, 2012. Questions may be directed to the Township Clerk at 231-547-6961 or marlenefountain@ Hayes Township reserves the right to reject any or all bids.

Board Positions Available!

Are you interested in serving on a City Advisory Board or Commission? The City of Boyne City currently has

an opening on the Board of Review and an opening on the Election Commission. The Board of Review meets in March of each year to review taxpayer appeals of property values. The Election Commission meets to review and approve Election Inspectors prior to each election held in the City of Boyne City. Applications for these board positions are available on the City’s website @ under Volunteer Opportunities or by contacting City Hall at 231-582-6597. Please call if you need further information on these opportunities. Completed applications are due by 5:00 pm on February 22, 2012.


Charlevoix County has two openings on the Charlevoix County Parks Committee for a three year term ending December 31,2014. The County Park By-laws are available at the Charlevoix County Clerks office. If you are interested in being appointed, please respond in writing NO LATER THAN February 20,2012 to or to Charlevoix County Clerk. 203 Antrim Street, Charlevoix,MI 49720.

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Bid proposals will be received by The District reserves the right to reIrene Byrne City Hall. Boyne City Public Schools, Attn: Irene ject any or all bid proposals, either in Business Manager, Bids will be received in a clearly Byrne, Business Manager, located at whole or in part. Boyne City Public Schools marked envelope, Concrete Curb 321 South Park St., Boyne City, MI The District reserves the right to Replacement Bid 2011, until 2:00 49712, by mail or hand delivered by waive any informalities or irregulariP.M. local time, March 14, 2012 at Invitation to bid City Hall, 319 North Lake Street, 1:00 p.m., local time on Wednesday, ties in the bidding and to accept bid March 7, 2012. Bids are to be sealed alternates. CITY OF BOYNE CITY Boyne City, MI 49712 at which time and marked with the Bid Package The District also reserves the right they shall be publicly opened and INVITATION TO BID #3: Summer 2012 - Renovations. to award a contract in any manread. The City of Boyne City reserves –CONCRETE CURB Bid Proposals will be opened publicly ner deemed by the District, in the the right to reject any or all bids and REPLACEMENT and read aloud. The District will not District’s sole discretion, to be in the Sealed bids are now being accepted waive any irregularities in the best consider or accept any bids received District’s best interests. by the City of Boyne City for replace- interest of the City. after the date and time specified If you have any questions, please ment of damaged Concrete Curb at Complete specifications are available above. contact Jeff Brender from Barton various locations in Boyne City. at City Hall. All bidders must provide familial Malow Company by email at jeff. A mandatory pre-bid meeting will Cindy Grice disclosure in compliance with MCL or be held Wednesday February 22, City Clerk/Treasurer 380.1267 and attach this informa- by phone, (248) 914-6662. 2012 at 1:00 pm at the Boyne City tion to the bid proposal. 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I n d u s t r i a l 5 2 . 8 0 0 . 9 4 6 9 7 R e s i d e n t i a l 5 3 . 4 2 0 . 9 3 5 9 8 R e s i d e n t i a l 5 3 . 4 2 0 . 9 3 5 9 8 A pre-bid meeting will take place P e r s o n a l 5 0 . 0 0 1 . 0 0 0 0 0 P e r s o n a l 5 0 . 0 0 1 . 0 0 0 0 0 at Boyne City Middle School (1025 Y o uma yc a l l C i t yH a l l a t 5 8 2 6 5 9 7b e t we e nt h eh o u r s o f 8a . m. u n t i l 5p . m. , Mo n d a yt h r o u g hF r i d a yt os c h e d u l e Y o uma yc a l l C i t yH a l l a t 5 8 2 6 5 9 7b e t we e nt h eh o u r s o f 8a . m. u n t i l 5p . m. , Mo n d a yt h r o u g hF r i d a yt os c h e d u l e Boyne Ave Boyne City, MI 49712) a1 0mi n u t ea p p o i n t me n t wi t ht h eB o a r do f R e v i e wf o r t h eMa r c h1 9o r Ma r c h2 1me e t i n g . a1 0mi n u t ea p p o i n t me n t wi t ht h eB o a r do f R e v i e wf o r t h eMa r c h1 9o r Ma r c h2 1me e t i n g . on Monday, February 20th, at 11:00 C i n d yG r i c e , C i t yC l e r k / T r e a s u r e r C i n d yG r i c e , C i t yC l e r k / T r e a s u r e r a.m.


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Aries - This week’s scenario is highlighted by you feeling energetic,confident, and assertive now, and are less inclined to be patient with others’ needs and demands. You may become angry if your will is blocked or if you have to adjust your vigorous pace to others’ slower tempo. This is an excellent time to take the initiative or to begin a project that you have been considering. ACTION is the theme for today. If you tend to be hot-tempered, this is aggravated now, and you can be quite pugnacious. If you are a more relaxed, easy-going person, you will simply feel more energy and drive than usual. Taurus - This week’s scenario is highlighted by your desire for pleasure,ease, and affection and is brought to the fore and may interfere with work or complicated situations in which you need to be acting assertively and on your own behalf. Your mood and attitude is conciliatory, and your need for love and approval heightened. Social gatherings and personal relationships are favored. Your imagination is vivid during this time period and you enjoy fairy tales,mythology, spiritual, religious, and metaphysical topics. This astrological influence is not very powerful and is overshadowed by the other astrological influences in effect at this time. Gemini - This week’s scenario is highlighted by your feelings running hot now, and you are more likely to act on instinct, emotion, and impulse rather than reason. Your responses to life are passionate and more natural, childlike, and direct. High-spirited physical play, lovemaking, or any activity that really involves you emotionally, such as a rock concert or a rousing football game, will be very gratifying to you now. You are very bold and adventurous right now and you cannot tolerate delays, restrictions, or any form of authority that prevents you from behaving exactly as you please. Your drive for personal freedom and insistence on your rights is pressing, and a confrontation in which you have to stand up for yourself is likely. Cancer - This week’s scenario is highlighted by your hidden passions, fears, jealousies, longings, desires, or needs and they surface in you now and can stir up trouble in your closest relationships. You are prone to be compulsive or demanding in a close relationship, to be emotionally driven and to force things to a head in some emotionally laden situation. Positively, a relationship can be deepened and reborn now, given new life by your willingness to reveal yourself completely to your loved one. Leo -This week’s scenario is highlighted by you experiencing a burst of energy and are more vigorous,bold,assertive,and impatient at this time. You feel ambitious and capable of doing a lot and meeting challenges. However,if your will is blocked,you become quite angry now. You are less willing to accommodate others and meet people halfway. Your ego-drive and com-

petitiveness are very strong. Romance and flirtations are likely now. You are feeling warm, expressive, and lively. Loving feelings flow between you and the people you meet, especially those of the opposite sex. Friendships are also strengthened at this time. Also, your creativity and desire to make something beautiful is stimulated now. Virgo - This week’s scenario is highlighted by your need to be with people and especially giving something of yourself and your talents to others. You want to be seen and noticed. You receive appreciation and a positive response and possibly an opportunity or personal contact which will be quite beneficial. Your feelings,friends,and female relatives figure prominently in your life now. You realize how much you appreciate and need their love and support,and you are particularly affectionate now. You may also initiate a relationship in which you take care of,support, and baby someone else. Libra - This week’s scenario is highlighted by your ability to listen to your heart when it really matters. Your timing will be perfect, your style impeccable, but your anger will be counterproductive to your objectives. Others may need to vent their emotions, but it won’t help your situation at all. You need to use your intellect and philosophy to find your answers. You may be asking a question that has no answer. To you, you are stating the obvious, but for others you will be opening previously locked doors. Dialogue is the first step to understanding more about others. You’ll receive an unexpected gift. Quick thinking on your part will help you to return the sentiment. You’ll learn something very meaningful from someone who seeks your friendship. Spend your weekend unwinding with family and friends. Scorpio - This week’s scenario is highlighted by your ability to find a place to hide. No matter where you go, controversial issues will await you. Don’t use sarcasm, as a smart answer could get you into big trouble. Use your head for thinking instead of feeling sorry for yourself. Love speaks to you and through you, you just have to listen. Mixed emotions are the starting point for a moving experience. Try to be more productive, stay focused and ignore the words of those who are jealous of you. Even though there are many things that you can’t control, you need to show your courage and begin to have more fun. Your vision of the future will encourage those who think the same way as you do. There’s power in apologizing to someone who needs your attention. Take the first step toward healing their emotional wounds and they’ll be loyal to your cause. SAGITTARIUS - This week’s scenario is highlighted by your ability to get yourself back on track to the road to success. Recent events have put your emotional and physical well being out of whack. Static energy will only cause you to short out your battery. Simple pleasures will be needed in order to help you to relax. Strong words will only bring strong re-actions. Realize that tempers

may be short in those sensitive areas. You need a break from away from extreme solutions to dealing with simple problems. Stay confident in who you are and you’ll be ensured a smoother ride. Being in between jobs or relationships can make you feel very isolated. A compromise on your part will restart stalled talks. By combining your resources, you’ll be able to find the perfect kind of operation. Your love life has suffered lately and now you need to start melting the heart that you love. You’ll be welcomed back with open arms. Your personal life is now closer to where you wanted it to be. Capricorn - This week’s scenario is highlighted by your ability to take the responsibility for your actions. You’ll have many options from which to pick from. A show of strength will improve your standing in the community. Choose the honorable road. You may need to go out on a limb, but you’ll have strong support from those in authority. You may need to fulfil a family obligation that you almost forgot about. You’ll realize that your personal relationships need more attention than you’re giving them. Someone who you’ve recently pushed away will try to return into your life. Everybody will want to be your friend, but your words may hurt your cause. You’ll have to work on being more understanding without losing your winning edge. The week end’s activities will provide you with food, friends and good conversations. The rest you get will help you to replenish your energy and improve your perspective. Aquarius - This week’s scenario is highlighted by your ability to get back to your basic needs and wants. People with attitude problems shouldn’t even come into the equation, stay clear of them. Your dilemma is that everybody wants a piece of you. There’s usually a reason for everything that you do, but your creativity may be driven more out of necessity than talent. If you want to try to turn this situation around, you’d better start now. Use the raw materials you have on hand to demonstrate your idea of art and beauty. You’ll have no choice but to be yourself when you journey on this new adventure. Pisces - This week’s scenario is highlighted by your ability to make a very good first impression. People with good attitudes are much easier to be around. So, just be yourself and others will fall in love with you. Use your time wisely and spend it with children who need your guidance. It’ll really help you to feel the magic again. Your impeccable charm will help you to handle your responsibilities with strong authority and creative style. Important details may be overlooked by those who do not care. You need to oversee everything of any importance. Pace yourself so that you don’t get too tired or run down. Since you may not get the time to play that you wanted, find ways to enjoy whatever it is that you have to do. Even if you don’t accomplish much, at least you’ll have a good time doing it. By week’s end, your life will feel stirred up into a romantic flurry. Wish on a star, it may just come true.

Across 1 Guinness of “Star Wars” 5 Says further 9 Taxing agency 12 Stable female 13 Has-___ 14 Hoop gp. 15 Wind instrument 16 2nd largest ocean 18 Agree silently 19 More sharply inclined 20 Most inexperienced 22 Drive out 25 Spring holiday

27 Vegas cube 28 Frosting 31 Change 33 Fled 34 Brahms piece 38 Dog’s sounds 40 Lab container (two words) 44 Intense Joy 46 Yuletide drink 47 Aggravate 49 Breezy 50 Convent dweller 51 Water jug 52 Ladder rung 53 Corp. head 54 Emporium 55 Jaunty

Down 1 In the midst of 2 Toil 3 Wash away 4 Average grade 5 Lessens 6 Despise 7 Eliminate 8 Easy task 9 Enter uninvited 10 Baseball stat 11 Pouch 17 New (prefix) 19 Glitches 21 Twilight, to a poet 23 Moral wrong 24 Koppel or Ken-


nedy 26 Shabby 28 Pension plan (abbr.) 29 Sedan or coupe 30 Intense fire 32 “Welcome” rug 35 Canadian capitol 36 Less messy 37 Declare 39 Biol., e.g. 41 Come together 42 Termite, e.g. 43 Cairo’s land 45 Rose stalk 47 “Murder, __” 48 Feel remorse 49 Nile snake


Feb. 22, 2012 Boyne City Gazette Page 7

Presidential primary The 2012 U.S. Presidential Primary election for

Student of the Week

Boyne City Public Schools

NAME: Richard Carpenter GRADE: 10th HOBBIES & INTERESTS: Video Games and Anime SCHOOL ACTIVITIES: Band, Robotics and Quiz bowl FUTURE PLANS/GOALS: Plans to go onto programming and/or video game designing ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: “Nerd herd for the win! Robotics for the win!” STAFF COMMENTS: “Richard is a student who is involved in class and extracurricular activities on a high level. He is polite and helpful, and he is becoming a leader at BCHS.”(Mr. Fritzsche, EnglishTeacher) “Richey consistently brings a noteworthy point of view while planning his projects and works with resolve to see his ideas accomplished.” (Mr. Beckering, ArtTeacher) “Richey has been a leader from the start with Boyne City Blaze Robotics.  His level of commitment and his ability to think about what we need to do next are exceptional.  At the same time he’s an unselfish member who never hesitates to help out with any task. I cannot say enough about the good things Richey has done for our program!! (Mr.Thomason, Robotics Advisor) “Richey is a hard-working student who is always looking to challenge himself.  He is always willing to help out and tries to make the people around him better.  He is a fine student, an excellent musician, and a great person!” (Mr. Ivie, Band Teacher)

Their royal highnesses

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Logan Jenkins and Ashleigh Evans were crowned Homecoming King and Queen during the basketball game on Friday Feb. 10. The Loggers defeated Traverse City Christian School 64-47.

Skiing results

Boyne Mountain Race League Boyne Falls-Results of Boyne Mountain Race League for Wednesday Feb. 15, 2012, Team Format: 1-Hart Ford, 8; 2-F.O.Barden I, 7.70; 3-Riverside Tire, 7.48; 4-F.O.Barden II, 7.12; 5-E.J.Plastics, 6.53; 6-F.O.Barden III, 6.16. Handicap Format: 1-Punctuality Vending, 15.5; 2-Rieth-Riley Construction Company, 13.5; 3-Boyne Avenue Greenhouse, 13; 4-Sun-

burst Marine, 12.5t, Skee Dawgs of Biggby Coffee, 12.5t; 6-Greenhouse Effect, 11.5t, Hart GMC, 11.5t; 8-Skee Dawgs of Northwestern Bank, 11t, Pat O’Brien & Associates, 11t; 10-Boyne Bombers, 10; 11-Greenhouse Gases, 9; 12-Wild Wild Women II of Gaylord Bowling Center, 8.5; 13-Wild Wild Women I of Gaylord Bowling Center, 7.5. Fastest Male- Dave Samalik-Hart Ford Fastest Female-Mary NeerF.O.Barden II

Michigan is scheduled for Tuesday Feb. 28. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in each city and township polling station. Contact your local clerk for more information. Absentee ballots will be accepted up to and including Feb. 28. Below are answers to some frequently asked questions courtesy of the Michigan Elections Bureau: Do I have to be a registered Republican or Democrat to participate in Michigan’s Feb. 28, 2012 presidential primary? No. Michigan’s presidential primary has been designated a “closed primary.” However, there is no political party registration requirement. Any Michigan registered voter can participate. By law, you must make your ballot selection in writing, and will do so on Election Day in the polls on the Application to Vote/Ballot Selection Form if voting in person. If voting absentee, your ballot application form will have a space for you to choose whether you want to vote a Republican or Democratic ballot. Why do I have to select a party ballot? In late 2011, the Michigan legislature passed a law that requires voters indicate in writing which political party ballot he or she wishes to vote. This requirement only applies to presidential primary elections. What is the difference between an “open” primary and a “closed” primary? Voters in an “open”primary are given a ballot with a column listing each qualified party’s candidates. Voters then decide which party primary they wish to participate in by voting only in the column of their party choice while in the privacy of the voting station. Voters in “closed” primaries must state the party primary they wish to participate in before being issued a ballot. Will Michigan’s“closed”presidential primary procedures affect the Aug. 7 primary in any

way? No.The August primary is an“open”primary.Voters will not be asked to select a party before voting in the August primary. When I select a party ballot for the presidential primary, does that mean I have to vote in the same party primary in August? No. The written selection made by a voter at the Feb. 28, 2012 presidential primary has no bearing on how a person votes in the Aug. 7, 2012 regular primary election. Will my ballot selection be made public? Yes. By law a public list must be made available that includes the presidential primary ballot type chosen by each voter. Who is on the ballot? By law, both Republican and Democratic Party candidates are listed, but on separate ballots. Voters also will have the option of voting “uncommitted” on either the Republican or Democratic ballot. What does an “uncommitted” vote mean? If enough voters cast “uncommitted” votes, the party may send delegates to the national nominating convention who are not committed to a specific candidate. Will there be other things on the presidential primary ballot? A number of local jurisdictions are holding special elections in conjunction with the Feb. 28, 2012 presidential primary. Voters who do not wish to cast a vote in the presidential primary but want to vote in their local special election have the option of selecting a ballot containing only the local contests. A list of communities holding elections in conjunction with the presidential primary is available on our website at Can voters be challenged based on foreclosure information? No. The compilation of home foreclosure information alone does not provide sufficient reason to challenge a person's voting status.

Progressive women of Cvx County meet The next meeting of the Progressive Women of Charlevoix County (PWCC) will be Tuesday Feb. 28 at the Boyne City Public Library in Boyne City. Members may arrive at 12:30 and the speaker will begin at 1 p.m. Members may eat before attending, take-out from a local restaurant or brown bag their lunch. The program is open to anyone interested in progressive issues, PWCC members, their friends and family, male or female. Please RSVP by Feb. 27, by emailing or call 231-

582-0416. The speaker will be Chip Hansen, President of the Charlevoix County Community Foundation. He has a wealth of public administration experience, most recently as the Superintendent of East Jordan Public Schools, a position he held for more than 20 years. Hansen is a strong leader, communicator and relationship-builder, and his background includes extensive experience in financial management, coalition-building and strategic

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planning. He is a graduate of Alma College, and received his Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Central Michigan University. Hansen is a member of the Charlevoix Lions and East Jordan Rotary Clubs, a “Shoreline Ambassador” for the Lake Charlevoix Association, and served as a mentor to the members of the inaugural class of Leadership Charlevoix County. He is an active community citizen who believes in “being in the game,” rather than being “on the sidelines.” Hansen will present an introduction to the Charlevoix County Community Foundation. He will discuss the organization’s history, current initiatives and the implementation of its new Strategic Plan. He will also address future programs that will enable the Community Foundation to realize its mission.   The PWCC meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at locations throughout Charlevoix County. There are no membership fees and meeting announcements are by e-mail only. For more information or to be added to the PWCC mailing list, e-mail progwomenchxcty@

7 a.m. - 7:59 a.m. Friday March 23 Boyne Library






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John Doebel appointed to vacant EJ Commission seat

Cvx City Council mtg. round-up The Charlevoix City Council met on Feb. 6 to take care of the following business: Only councilman Lyle Gennett was absent. • Recreation Advisory Committee Resignation – Mark Greyerbiehl’s resignation was accepted. • Reports - Charlevoix City Manager Rob Straebel asked Council if they were agreeable to waiving the six hundred dollar fee for the beach concessionaires to make it more attractive to potential applicants. Mayor Carlson has run some of the concessions in the past, but will not be doing so in the future. Written proposals are taken for the concessions and are granted based on menu offerings, hours of operation, and the best interest of the City of Charlevoix. Council generally agreed to waive the fee. The Manager informed Council of three grant receipts from the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians for the City’s proposed disc golf course, Colorado Challenge, and Third Day Fellowship. The application for a grant for the porous paving of the White parking lot application was turned down. Also, funding was not received from the Charlevoix County Community Foundation for a charging unit in the White lot either. The City may need to reevaluate the White lot project. The Manager gave a report on the recent Charlevoix Hotel fire.The Manager commended the Fire Department staff and volunteers for their performance. The owner did not have insurance, which may make the clean up difficult. Staff is making site clean up a priority. • Requests, Petitions and Communications and Actions Thereon A. Resolution to Extend the Medical Marijuana Moratorium and Introduction of an Ordinance to Adopt Zoning Regulations for the Regulation of Medical Marijuana - City Planner Mike Spencer was available to review the items and answer questions from Council. Council discussed and asked questions regarding buffer zones, difficulty of enforcement, privacy constraints, and permits. Council generally agreed to amend the buffer zones by changing the buffer zone around churches to 300 feet, retaining the 1000 feet zone around schools, and eliminating the remaining zones. Action on moratorium by resolution. Public hearing on ordinance set under Introductions and Initial Actions. B. Design Consideration for Clinton Street Intersections - Street Superintendent Pat Elliott was available to review the item and answer questions from Council. Council discussed traffic flow, turning radius, maintenance, and plowing. Council generally agreed for staff to present the design to MDOT for consideration and approval. During audience comment, Bob Timms spoke against the bump outs, citing problems Petoskey and Boyne City have had with them, including plowing. Mr. Timms also expressed concerns about eliminating any of the parking on Clinton, as all the parking is used during festivals in the summer. C. Resolution to Support Maintenance of Michigan’s Harbors - City Manager Rob Straebel was available to review the item and answer questions from Council. There is effort at the federal level to cut all funding for harbor maintenance. A coalition of Michigan port cities are advocating for the full allocation of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund for dredging maintenance purposes. Action by resolution. D. Appointments Motion by Councilmember Greg Stevens, seconded by Councilmember Shane Cole, to appoint Councilmember Dennis Kusina to the Board of Review. Measure passed - Councilman Kusina abstained from the vote • Motion by Councilmember Dennis Kusina, seconded by Councilmember Jill Picha, to confirm the Clerk’s reappointment of Stephanie Brown as Deputy Clerk. Motion passed, Stevens was the lone nay vote • Motion by Councilmember Shane Cole, seconded by Councilmember Dennis Kusina, to confirm the Clerk’s reappointment of Patti Spencley as Deputy Clerk. Motion passed Councilmember Picha expressed concern that someone with experience should be in the full member ZBA position. • Motion by Councilmember Jill Picha to appoint Mary Eveleigh to the full member position on the ZBA and Anne Gorney to the alternate position on the ZBA. Motion died due to lack of a second. • Motion by Councilmember Greg Stevens to appoint Ann Gorney to the full member position on the ZBA. Motion died due to lack of a second. • Motion by Councilmember Greg Stevens, seconded by Councilmember Dennis Kusina, to set a public hearing for Monday, March 5, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers of City Hall on a proposed ordinance to amend Title V, Chapter 51, Planning and Zoning of the Charlevoix City Code to add Article X: Regulation of Medical Marijuana. Motion passed Resolution Introduction: Airport Minimum Standards - Airport Manager Matt Bailey was available to answer questions from Council. No action required at this time. Council discussed various options for a courtesy car at the airport and agreed to change the minimum standards to eliminate the provision for an on site car rental service to provide a courtesy car. The revised minimum standards will be reviewed and acted upon after the ordinance revision to Chapter 26 at the March 5, 2012 meeting. Go to to see the full draft minutes from the Feb. 6 meeting.

Benjamin Gohs News editor

‘Future of Education’ at Charlevoix Public Library A conversation on the future of education in Michigan will take place 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 7, at the Charlevoix Public Library. In partnership with the Center for Michigan, a nonprofit and nonpartisan “think-and-do” tank located in Ann Arbor, the library has volunteered to convene a group of 25-50 people for a 90 minute discussion focused on Michigan’s pre K-12 education system and student learning. The conversation is limited to the first 50 participants; please call to reserve your spot at 231-237-7340. Ken Winter, NCMC and MSU adjunct instructor and president, Winter Communications, LLC will moderate the conversation where many key issues and choices related to education which impact students within our community will be discussed. There will also be opportunity to share success stories about what’s working in our local schools to improve student learning. This conversation will be one of more than 250 structured dialogues taking place in 2012 all across the state. Altogether, the participants will include more than 5,000 local leaders and engaged citizens, including students, parents, job providers, and educators.

As part of a statewide effort, this local conversation will help accomplish four goals: Expand the knowledge of students, parents, employers and educators about the education choices facing Michigan today. Gather the perspectives and preferences of Michigan residents on major education policy and reform choices under debate in Michigan and around the country. Amplify the voices of Michigan residents and press state decision makers to follow participant recommendations on how best to improve students’ prospects for future success. Provide participants with options on how to become more involved in improving educational opportunities for students in their own communities. This conversation is hosted by the Charlevoix County Community Foundation, Charlevoix Public Schools and the Charlevoix Public Library. To learn more about the Community Conversations and the Center for Michigan, please visit www. or call the library at 231-237-7340.

CAH ‘Wellness Wednesday’

Cholesterol screening will be from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 7, 2012. The Wellness Wednesday Health Screens include: Total Cholesterol, HDL, ratio, and Glucose levels, Body Mass Index (BMI) score, Fat Percentage, and a Blood Pressure reading. No fasting is required. However, if you are fasting an LDL and triglyceride reading can also be obtained. Cost for the service is $12. Participants will also receive a blood pressure log and pedometer as well as all test results at the time of the screen. A Registered Nurse will adapt health consultation and educational materials to individual results. Appointments can be made in advance by calling the office of Community Health Education at Charlevoix Area Hospital: (231) 5478906 or by email: Walk-ins are always welcome.

Tax preparation assistance at Charlevoix Public Library

Through a partnership with the Northwest Community Action Agency, a certified tax preparation volunteer will be available, by appointment, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and Sunday afternoons for low income households. This service is provided at no charge. To make an appointment and get a list of items needed to bring for filing, call the Information Services desk at 231-2377340. The library is also offering supplies and assistance to those filing their own forms. Also, Turbo Tax software is loaded on the Michigan Room Computer for patrons to utilize at no charge. Patrons should come prepared with all tax information. Forms can be filled out, saved, and printed from this computer, but E-file is not available, so bring a flash drive to save the forms.

JRAC Squared & Squared Again now showing in EJ

The Jordan River Art Center was overflowing Sunday afternoon opening with artists and art patrons enjoying the over 70 works of art created especially for the exhibit, “Squared and Squared Again.” Media included, both two and three dimensional works in many different styles and media. There are fiber works including quilts of many sizes and patterns, clothing including jackets, a top and scarf, paintings in oil and watercolors, drawings in charcoal, pencil and pastels, mixed media, collages, welded steal, polymer clay, wood and wire sculptures, a hanging cube of calligraphy, slumped glass plates,, neon sculpture, stained glass, and plastic. Over 40 artists met the challenge of producing works of art using the square. MARY UNDERWOOD made two works, one very small using recycled ribbons of batik material and another large quilt wall hanging. CAROL ROSS, who is now a painter, made a wire sculpture, of at leas seven cubes of different sizes all interrelated. When lit the shadow that is cast creates another image. Many patrons lingered to look at two welded steel works with painted images. Others Artists Who Entered Works Are: Roberta

Amstadt, Kristy Avery, Deb Banyai, Kathie Briggs, Linda Boss, Kerey Bowes,Beth Bynaum, Nancy Carey, Phyllis Childs, Dick Cunningham, Diane M. Cox, Jane Diller, Martha Elderedge, Larry Fox, Norma Fell, Sharon Gardner, Jan Glass, Rosemary Gould, Mary Guntzviller, Margie Guyot, Millie Janka, Karen Kimmell, Richard Lentini, Cindy Mccune, Glen Mccune, Pa-

The East Jordan City Commission voted 5-1 to appoint John Doebel for the nearly full term of recently resigned ailing commissioner Ray Fisher. Doebel, a 52-year-old father and husband, has lived in East Jordan for 19 years where he works for EJ – formerly the East Jordan Iron Works – as a project engineer. “I was asked to serve so I thought ‘Why not?’” said Doebel. “I’m thankful I have been given the opportunity to see if I can help with the city and get us going in a good direction.” Doebel has served on the East Jordan Zoning Board of Appeals since last fall, and has served on the East Jordan City Planning Commission for nearly six years. Doebel was chosen out of four candidates dur-

Words of wisdom East Jordan third-grade students received a special gift from Peninsula Grange on Thursday courtesy Photo

Feb. 16. As a service-oriented group, Peninsula Grange, in cooperation with the Michigan State Grange and The Dictionary Project, presented dictionaries to all third grade students at East Jordan Elementary School through its Words for Thirds program. Peninsula Grange President, Walter Murphy said, “We know how important it is to learn to read in third grade and we believe a personal dictionary will be a great help. Bringing the book home will enable the student to learn more quickly because their education won’t be confined to the classroom.” For more information, go to Pictured are Elementary School Principal Carla Winteringham with Grange President Walter Murphy, Pauline Murphy, third grade teacher Karen Jervey, Sue Stallard, Claudia Libbey, Karen Walker and Nelson Ogden distributed dictionaries to East Jordan students.

EJ defeats Marlette on CMU public TV’s “Quiz Central” This collage made with all colors and sizes of squares is by Peggy Midener and is entitled: “Me and My Dog on a Squary Day.” mela Meland, Carol Ross, Yvonne Schmidt, John Stevens, Diane Simancek, June Storm, Jacky Trimble, Cathleen Tibbits , Cynthia Tschudy, Sylvia Walworth, Marcia Waara, and Babs Young. Also three students of Renee Guerriero from Mancelona HS and Nathan Latsch, of NJ, a grandson of a JRAC member.

Many enjoyed many their own “inchy” squares. This project will be available for patrons throughout the exhibit as well as the “peoples choice award.” “Squared and Squared Again” is open until March 21, open Tuesdays through Sunday from 1—4 pm at the Jordan River Art Center, 301 Main St., East Jordan, for further information and to arrange other times contact Nancy Carey, 231 536 7812.

ing a special meeting on Wednesday Feb. 15. East Jordan City Administrator Bob Anderson said he believes Doebel will be a good fit for the city commission. “He seems to be a pretty intelligent guy,” Anderson said. “When I was dealing with him (in his planning commissioner capacity) he made good comments and intelligent decisions and I was impressed by him.” Doebel was expected to be sworn in on Tuesday Feb. 21, and will likely fulfill the remainder of Fisher’s term – through November 2013. “Our attorney is going to give us an opinion on this Tuesday, but he is expected to finish the term, tentatively, pending confirmation by the attorney,” Anderson said. Fisher resigned at the beginning of this year so he could spend time recuperating after having open-heart surgery.

The East Jordan Red Devils defeated the Marlette Red Raiders in an all-new “Quiz Central” Blue Division Second Round Game by a final score of 230 to 140! The Red Devils will now move on to the Blue Division Final Three, inching their way

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How did they vote this week?

• Senate Bill 752, Ban “stealth conventions” by minor political parties To require minor political parties to notify the Secretary of State of any upcoming county or state convention to nominate candidates. This would prohibit schemes like the “stealth convention” and candidate nominations organized by a fake “Tea Party” political party in 2010. Sen. Howard Walker voted yes •Senate Bill 750, Authorize criminal penalties for extreme campaign finance scofflaws: Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate To authorize criminal penalties for candidates and campaign treasurers who fail to file mandated campaign finance reports more than two years late. Contributions and other assets of the campaign committee would be subject to state seizure. These sanctions would only apply to campaign committees with balances of more than $20,000. Sen. Howard Walker voted yes • House Bill 5085, Ban government sending payroll PAC money to union: Passed 26 to 12 in the Senate To prohibit the state, school districts and local governments from deducting money from an employee’s paycheck and contributing it to a union Political Action Committee (PAC). Government payroll systems could still be used to extract union dues and fees from employee paychecks and deliver them to the union. Sen. Howard Walker voted yes • Senate Bill 754, Regulate “thirdparty voter registration organizations”: Passed 26 to 12 in the Senate To require “third-party voter registration organizations” to register with the state, turn in late registrations within 24 hours, provide their “voter registration agents” with state approved instruction in proper procedures, and require their agents to sign a statement affirming receipt of this instruction. This measure was introduced in response to widespread reports of alleged vote fraud committed by the ACORN organization’s voter registration arm. The bill would also require a person to show a photo identification when registering to vote. Sen. Howard Walker voted yes • Senate Bill 803, Require voters to affirm citizenship: Passed 30 to

Snyder outlaws protests near funerals On Tuesday Feb. 14, Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation to prevent protests and disruptions at funerals and other memorial services. The two-bill package makes it a felony to protest or otherwise engage in disorderly conduct within 500 feet of a funeral, memorial service, viewing, procession or

burial. The felony will be punishable by up to two years' imprisonment, a $5,000 fine or both. Subsequent offenses could garner up to four years' imprisonment, a $10,000 fine or both. "The death of a loved one is a devastating loss, and this is particularly so for the family and friends

of Michigan's military heroes," Snyder said. "Michigan families should be able to celebrate life and mourn death in peace without such disrespect or interruption." House Bills 4284 and 4745, sponsored by state Reps. Bruce Rendon and Kurt Damrow, respectively, now are Public Acts 5 and 6.

Former state employee charged with embezzlement Johnson, Schuette Announce Embezzlement Charge Against ExDepartment of State Employee Schuette’s Public Integrity Unit Files Embezzlement by Public Official Charge Against Former Macomb County Department of State Employee Conchithia Kelley LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson and Attorney General Bill Schuette today announced charges against a former Michigan Department of State employee after approximately $19,000 in taxpayer funds were stolen from a Clinton Township branch office. The charges result from an investigation by the Michigan State Police following a referral by the Secretary of State’s Internal Security Division and were brought by the Attorney General’s Public Integrity Unit.“We will not tolerate misuse of public funds or any attempts to defraud Michigan taxpayers,” Johnson said. “This

case is a perfect example of how agencies can work together for the public good, and a reflection of all of the state employees who pursued evidence to bring this individual to justice.”“Taxpayers’ money should be handled with respect and integrity, not used for personal enrichment,” said Schuette. “Corruption must be stamped out wherever it is found.”“I applaud Secretary Johnson for maintaining strong internal safeguards that protect taxpayers’ money and ensure corrupt public servants are brought to justice,” continued Schuette. Former Department of State employee Conchithia Kelley, 34, of Warren, is charged in the embezzlement of approximately $19,000. Kelley’s job responsibilities included counting and verifying cash paid by customers. Kelley was also responsible for transferring the cash from a safe to an armored car service for transport to

Tax credit for hiring vets Middle class tax cut U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today announced legislation that helps Michigan businesses take advantage of a new tax credit to hire veterans. The VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, which was cosponsored by Sen. Stabenow and enacted last November, included an expanded Work Opportunity Tax Credit which is now available to businesses and certain tax-exempt organizations that hire eligible unemployed veterans. With the Work Opportunity Tax Credit, a for-profit employer is able to receive up to $9,600 for each veteran hired, and for tax-exempt organizations, up to $6,240. The law allows employers one tax credit per eligible veteran hired.The IRS has released the guidance and forms that employers can use to claim the newly-expanded tax credit for hiring veterans. For further details, including forms and filing deadlines visit: http:// article/0,,id=253949,00.html

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today issued the following statement on Senate passage of legislation to cut payroll taxes for middle class families, which will save the average Michigan family approximately $1,000 in 2012: Along with cutting middle class taxes, the package passed today also continues emergency unemployment insurance benefits for laid off workers—had Congress done nothing by the end of February, emergency federal benefits would have ended. However, while today’s package ensures federal benefits are not completely eliminated, it also reduces those benefits per Republican demands. And because these cuts in federal benefits are based on each state’s base benefit, and because the Michigan legislature cut state benefits to the lowest in the country last year, today’s cuts will hit unemployed families in Michigan harder than other states. Senator Stabenow said: “While it is important that we were able to con-

a bank. Between November 2010 and February 2011, $19,000 was found to be missing. Discrepancies triggered an internal investigation by the Department of State and later referral to the Michigan State Police.Kelley was charged with one count of the Embezzlement by a Public Official Over $50, a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine. She was arrested by Attorney General investigators this morning and was arraigned in 41b District Court in Macomb County by Magistrate Daniel Goulette. Kelley was released on a $10,000 personal bond and is next due in court for a preliminary exam before Judge Sebastian Lucibo at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 29.Kelley’s employment with the Department of State was terminated July 22, 2011.A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty. tinue emergency benefits for families struggling with unemployment through no fault of their own, I am deeply concerned that Republicans insisted on reducing those benefits. “ The president is expected to sign the package.

Stabenow honored by AMA

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow was awarded the Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service by the American Medical Association (AMA). She was recognized for her health care leadership and commitment to a stable Medicare payment system that supports physicians and makes sure that a senior can see the doctor of their choice. The Nathan Davis Awards are named for the founder of the AMA, recognizing elected officials and government employees for their work to advance public health. Senator Stabenow said, “We

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8 in the Senate To require voters to affirm that they are a U.S. citizen when voting or applying for an absentee ballot. Sen. Howard Walker voted yes • Senate Bill 602, Ban certain window blinds in child care centers: Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate To ban window blinds or other window coverings in child care centers if they have pull cords or inner cords capable of forming a loop and posing a risk of strangulation to a young child. Sen. Howard Walker voted yes • Senate Bill 603, Ban sale of certain window blinds: Passed 34 to 4 in the Senate To prohibit the sale of window blinds that do not include cleats, hardware, and instructions for installation in a way that lets cords be secured, and a warning about the danger of accidental hanging or strangulation from a window blind cord that is not secured. Sen. Howard Walker voted yes •House Bill 4601, Limit certain asbestos liability: Passed 62 to 46 in the House To limit the liability of a company that had acquired another company which may have produced or sold asbestos in the past. The bill would prohibit a court from imposing asbestos damage judgments that exceed the value of the acquired company. Under current law a court can order damages up to the value of the entire enterprise, even if the acquired subsidiary represents only a small part of the overall firm’s value. Rep. Greg MacMaster voted yes Courtesy

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Feb. 22, 2012 Boyne City Gazette Page 11

Pastor Jeff L Jones on the ‘Love bug’

Church of the nativity The Lent I Eucharist service will be celebrated by Reverend Peggy Nattermann at 10 a.m. at Episcopal Church of the Nativity. Immediately following the service, coffee hour will be held in the church basement. A soup supper,followed by a video, will be held each Wednesday evening during Lent. The suppers, open to the public, will begin at 6 p.m. Please call 582-5045 for more information. Nativity is located at 209 Main Street, Boyne City. Ej Community Church On Wednesday, February 22, the meal and classes will start at the Walloon Campus starting at 5:30 and 6:30 PM. There will be a worship time starting at 7 PM at the Youth Center in Walloon. This is open to everyone. For more information, please call the Walloon Lake Community Church office at 535-2288. B.F. United Methodist Boyne Falls United Methodist Church regular Sunday Service 9:15 a.m., 3057 Mill St. Children’s programming held during service. Worship Café and Youth Group on Sundays at 6 p.m. Office hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 582-9776. Presbyterian The congregation of First Presbyterian Church at 401 S. Park St., Boyne City invites you to share worship with them at 10:00 a.m. Their new pastor, Rev. Elizabeth Broschart, will be leading worship. Coffee and conversation follow worship and first Sundays include communion (every month) and potluck (during the school year). For more information call (231) 582-7983. Walloon Lake Church On Tuesday, February 21, the Ladies Bible Study will meet at 9:15 AM in the Discipleship House. On Wednesday, February 22, the meals and classes will start at 5:30 and 6:30 PM. At 7 PM, there will be a Worship time at the Youth Center that everyone is invited to. On Thursday, February 23, the Cozy Quilters will meet at 9:00 AM in room 101. Celebrate Recovery will meet at 7 PM. For more information, please visit the Church web site at or call the church office at 535-2288. Jewel Heart Buddhist Center Tibetan Buddhist Center course offering The Three Principals of the Path is a condensed summation of the path to enlightenment including the determination to be free, unlimited compassion and wisdom. This course will review the first principal and begin the second. Silent meditation, readings and discussion take place. Meeting Thursday evenings, 6:30 - 8:00 pm , 109 Water St., Boyne City. Genesis Church Boyne Genesis Church meets in the Boyne Elementary school cafeteria every Sunday from 11am-noon. They have a quality staffed nursery along with Kids Clubhouse ministry for ages 4-4th grade. There is coffee and breakfast treats followed by modern song worship and a practical “talk” that relates the Bible to our everyday life. The core values of Genesis Church are Jesus and his Word, sincere relationships, and serving others. You can check out Genesis Church at BV Catholic Community Boyne Valley Catholic Community-St. Matthew Church-1303 Boyne Ave. in Boyne City has a Mass on Saturday at 5 p.m and Sunday at 11 a.m., St. Augustine on Grove Street in Boyne Falls has a Mass at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings. St. John in Praga, which is near East Jordan does not have regularly scheduled Masses until Memorial Day. Call (231) 582-7718 or go to B.C. United Methodist Boyne City United Methodist Church regular Sunday Service 11 am, 324 South Park St. Children’s programming held during service. Bible Study on Thursdays 10 a.m. – open to everyone. Office hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 582-9776. First Baptist of Boyne City 875 State St. (231) 582-9561. Sunday Services - Sunday School (for all ages) 10 a.m.; Morning Worship 11 a.m.; Junior Church Hour for children 3 years of age up to the 5th grade ~11:00 a.m.; Evening Worship ~6:00 p.m.; Mid-Week Services; Wednesday Nights - Discovery Club~ 6:30 p.m., Teens Meeting~ 7:00 p.m., Adult Prayer & Bible Study~ 7 p.m., Nursery Provided for all Services

February is the month when our thoughts lean toward Love. Valentines Day is when men and women search for that special gift pastor jeff l jones that says to their ‘purpose of grace’ loved one “I Love you.” And if you have been bitten by the love bug, you know what it is like to search for that special gift. Love is the strongest emotion that an individual can experience. But many are confused with what love really is. Love is not lust. Lust has tried to replace Love in this generation. Relationships of all kinds have been confused about Love. Children

sometimes feel and even say“my parents don’t love me because they don’t buy this or that.” Has anyone ever told you about their love at first sight story? You know, they walked into the room and their eyes meet and they both fell in ... Lust? That’s right, Lust. Love has nothing to do with sight. Love has nothing to do with gratification. The Bible clearly tell us what Love is. I John 4:8 “ He that loveth not, knoweth not God: for God is love.” Love is what God is and when you look at God you know whether or not you have been bitten by the Love Bug. Let me explain. God knows everything about us. Nothing is hid from the eyes of God. He knows all our faults and failures. All of us, and I repeat us, have sinned and sin is a act against God, not society. When you and I commit an act of sin it is an offense against God. He sees

are selfishness, and all our low moments in life. God sees it all. I don’t say this to bring you and me down, I say this to bring us into reality. Nobody is perfect. But, I have read in the Bible, in the book of John chapter three verse sixteen that “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” God knows all our faults and failures, but still gave to all of us a chance to be forgiving. See, this is Love. Not what can I get out of you, but rather I give, because I love you. In the book of Romans chapter five and verse eight we read, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Love is unconditional, Love says I forgive you, Love says I can’t remember, Love says forever no matter what. Dear reader, I want you to know there is Some-

Ruth Ann (Schultz) Hartwick July 18, 1922 - Feb. 18, 2012

voix, Emmet, and Antrim Counties. In addition, she served as Treasurer of the Democratic Party in Charlevoix County. Ruth was most proud of the Walter P. Reuther Distinguished service Award she received. In 1999 she was honored by Representative Bart Stupak who spoke for her in the House of Representatives and Later added her to the congressional record. Ruth had many hobbies and interests throughout her life, but none more important than her family. She touched the lives of many and had countless friends and family that loved her very much. She was especially fond of the kind and loving staff and friends she made at Grandvue Medical Facility. Ruth had a life that she could be very proud of. Ruth was preceded in death by her mother (Alwine), son (Tommy), Father (Edward), brother (Harold), Sisters (Evelyn and Helena). Ruth is survived by four children Diana Hartwick of Boyne City, Ed Hartwick of Boyne City, Chris (Merle) Joles of Vanderbilt, Tim (Pam) Hartwick of Boyne City; 12 grandchildren, 23 great- grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Mom and grandma was a very loving person who devoted her life to her family. She will be greatly missed and can now rest peacefully with her son

Tommy. Visitation will be held 6:00 to 8:00 pm Thursday, February 23, 2012 at Stackus Funeral Home in Boyne City. A funeral service will be held 11:00 am Friday, February 24, 2012 at the funeral home. Interment will take place at Maple Lawn Cemetery in the spring. Family and friends wishing to share a thought or memory of Ruth are encouraged to do so online at Memorial donations in Ruth’s name may be directed to Grandvue Medical Care Facility.


Ruth Ann (Schultz) Hartwick of Boyne City died on Saturday, February 18, 2012. She was born on July 18, 1922 in Chesterfield Township, Macomb County, daughter of Edward and Alwine (Pagels) Schultz. She went to school through third grade in Detroit and then moved with her family to Topinabee where she finished grade school. After graduating from Cheboygan High School in 1939, she attended Baker College and worked at AC Spark Plug production office in Flint. On July 25, 1942 she married Harry C. Hartwick. They divorced years later, but not before they had five children. Ruth went to work for Allied Signal Aerospace Company (aka Bendix, Courters, and Honeywell) in Boyne City in 1966. Ruth was part of the first group of workers responsible for organizing the UAW there, was active in the union, and held many offices of local 1403. She also received many awards for her volunteer work and helping her fellow union members. She retired in 1987 and became chairperson of UAW Retirees for Charle-

one who loves us unconditionally, no matter what we do to Him, no matter what we say about him, God loves us. People today have been confusing Lust with Love, but when your bitten by the Love Bug (GOD’S Love ), you’ll understand what Love truly is. Love is not puffed up, love is not easily provoked, love is what this world needs. And you and I will never be able to love until we have been bitten by the Love that God has shown to us, in giving us his Son Jesus on the cross of Calvary, not because of what we would do for Him or what we wouldn’t do, but because he loved us. That is Love. Pastor Jeff L Jones is Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Boyne City.


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Of course, you will eventually have to pay taxes on the tax-deferred investment, but by the time you’re retired, you might be in a lower tax bracket. Furthermore, depending on how much you choose to withdraw each year from your tax-deferred account, you can have some control

over the amount of taxes you’ll pay. Clearly, tax deferral can be a smart choice, but what sort of tax-deferred vehicles are available? One of your most attractive choices will be your employer-sponsored retirement plan, such as a 401(k). Your earnings have the potential to grow on a tax-deferred basis, and

since you typically fund your plan with pre-tax dollars, the more you put in, the lower your annual taxable income. If you’re lucky, your employer will even match some of your contributions. Consequently, it’s almost always a good idea to put in as much as you can afford into your 401(k), up to the contribution limits, and to boost your contributions every time your salary increases. In 2012, you can contribute up to $17,000 to your 401(k), plus an additional $5,500 if you’re 50 or older. Even if you participate in a 401(k) plan, you can probably also contribute to a traditional IRA. Your earnings have the potential to grow tax-deferred and your contributions may be tax deductible, depending on your income level. In 2012, you can put in up to $5,000 to a traditional IRA, or $6,000 if you’re 50 or older. (If you meet certain income guidelines, you might be eligible to contribute to a Roth IRA, which offers tax-free earnings, provided you don’t start taking withdrawals until you’re 59-1/2 and you’ve had your account at least five years.) Finally, if you’ve “maxed out” on both your 401(k) and your IRA,

you may want to consider a fixed annuity. Your earnings grow tax-deferred, contribution limits are high, and you can structure your annuity to provide you with an income stream you can’t outlive. The more years in which you invest in tax-deferred vehicles, the better. So start putting the power of tax deferral to work soon. *This hypothetical example is for illustrative purposes only and does not represent a specific investment or investment strategy.

Welding forum offers workers skilled training and scholarships Northwest Michigan Works! is hosting a forum Feb. 22, specifically for employers of welders and business owners in the welding industry in northwest lower Michigan. Peer companies and educational partners will meet to share information on qualifications and the future of the welding field, with the goal of growing and developing a trained workforce. Michigan Works! managers will use the information gathered at the meeting to design an accelerated training program. That program will include recruiting trainees with the basic job skills, potential to learn, and abilities to become successful welders. Scholarships will also be available

for eligible trainees, and employers will have easy access to a new pool of qualified candidates to help businesses grow. Through its re-designed delivery model, Northwest Michigan Works! is better serving employer needs with these types of industryspecific events. A key approach is customized training to develop a labor supply that can meet demands for particular skills, number of hires, and timeline for hiring. This event is open to all business owners and employers in the welding industry in northwest lower Michigan. For the location and time of the forum and to register, please call Anna Mouser at (231) 922-6506.

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Feb. 23 BCPS Technology night Boyne City Public Schools and the BCES PTO will be hosting the second annual technology night on Thursday, February 23rd from 6:30-8:00 at Boyne City Elementary School. Parents and community members are welcome to attend the event which will showcase BCPS’s use of technology in the classroom. Students and teachers will demonstrate how iPads are utilized in math, help students to read and analyze books in language arts, and provide assistive technologies. Other presentations include a variety of online applications used to enrich student learning. Come see the amazing ways BCPS uses technology to enhance learning! Feb. 23 Lake Street Market wines at ‘swirl’ Swirl at Crooked Tree Arts Center Swirl continues on Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Crooked Tree Arts Center featuring a sampling of creative appetizers and fine wines from Lake Street Market of Boyne City. Doors open at 5:30 pm with food and music running to 7:00. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 per person the day of Swirl, when available. For more information and to purchase tickets, contact the Crooked Tree Arts Center, (231) 3474337 or visit The Crooked Tree Arts Center is located at 461 E. Mitchell Street, downtown Petoskey.

Feb. 25 Paint the Town Red Paint the Town Red fund-raiser for Boyne City Booster Foundation, Boyne Mountain, 6 p.m. See page 16 for details. Feb. 29 Evening for the heart Join us for a fun and educational evening for the heart on Wednesday, February 29 from 4 - 7 p.m. at the John and Marnie Demmer Wellness Pavilion and Dialysis Center. The evening will include health screenings, cooking and exercise demonstrations, self-guided healing arts tour, and opportunities to talk with professionals that care for and treat the heart and vascular system every day. The event is free to the public and will include light refreshments, chair massages, door prizes and more. Because some of the exercise sessions are interactive, those who plan to participate are encouraged to dress comfortably. Specific breakout sessions include: Supporting the Cardiac Patient at Home presented

North Central Offers Two Agricultural Workshop Series

North Central Michigan College will offer workshops for farmers, gardeners and grape growers in March and April. These workshops are presented by Corporate and Community Education at North Central and will be held on the Petoskey campus. Northern Michigan’s farms are seeing a resurgence of activity as people appreciate the growing number of farm markets, the diversity of local products and the benefits of wholesome homegrown foods. “Growing Our Future Farm and Garden Series” begins on March 8 and runs through April. The series includes a film and study circle entitled, “Getting Real About Food and the Future,” and workshops on extending the growing season, managing soil quality, composting, and hydroponics. Farmers, gardeners, food producers, sellers and people interested in local food production are invited to attend these workshops and share ideas about how to continue to grow their food and their businesses. Michigan’s wine industry has grown by 60 percent over the last 10 years and Northern Michigan has seen the startup of many new wineries and vineyards. “The Business of Wine Series” will be held on Wednesdays, March 21, April 11 and April 18 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on the Petoskey campus. Erwin “Duke” Elsner, Ph.D., small fruit educator for MSU Extension Service, will talk about the research conducted at the MSU vineyards in the Traverse region, the assistance available to grape growers through MSU. David Anthony, owner of Anthony Vineyards in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, will share the results of his experiments testing unusual grape varieties in extreme northern conditions. The series ends with the first wine competition and tasting for professional, amateur and student vintners. These workshops are designed for grape growers, wine enthusiasts, winery employees, distributors, restaurant workers and people interested in entering the grape and wine business. For more information or to register for these workshops see or call (231) 348-6705.

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Feb. 29 Embroiderers guild The Northern Michigan Chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America will meet Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, at 11 am in the Transfiguration Episcopal Church in Indian River, located on M 68. The project will be a continuation of our 2 mystery samplers. Remember to bring any finished projects for golden needle. We welcome new members. For further information, call Sue at (231) 584-2091. Feb. 29 NCMC Family fun night The North Central Michigan College gym and fitness center is offering another family fun night on Wednesday, February 29, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Dinner and activities will be in the Student and Community Resource Center gymnasium on the Petoskey campus.Activities will include soccer, basketball, volleyball and Eclipse Ball. There will be appropriate toys and tumbling mats for toddlers and an obstacle course for children ages 7 to 11. The fitness staff will be available to help parents and their children with all activities. Participants should wear suitable gym clothing and clean, dry shoes. Cost is $5 per family and includes all activities and a light dinner of chili and vegetarian vegetable soup, applesauce, hot chocolate and coffee. For more information, call 231-439-6370. March 3 Shootout fund-raiser SHOOTOUT AT THE OK CORRAL - Join the Charlevoix Area Humane Society at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 3 at the Weathervane restaurant in Charlevoix for “Shootout at the OK Corral.” The fund-raiser will be a “gunsmoking” good time with dinner starting at 7 p.m. Help us figure out whodunit and have a great meal with good friends at the same time.Tickets are $75 per person, available at the Humane Society and the chambe offices in Boyne City and Charlevoix. For more information, call Jodie Adams at 231-582-6774. Website. March 9 Mozart discussion Clarinet soloist Guillermo Marin and Matthew

Hazelwood, music director of the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, will discuss the great Mozart Clarinet Concerto in A and music from Colombia that will be featured in a concert by the chamber orchestra on Sunday, March 11, in Harbor Springs. March 15 Business After Hours Hosted at Lynda's Real Estate, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Classes are held at the Boyne District Library at 1 p.m. on Fridays. Classes are tailored to your skill level, beginner to advanced. For more information call the Library 582-7861 or instructor Ron Grunch at 582-6974. Red Cross Needs Donors For information on how you can make a difference this season, visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Free mammograms Northern Michigan Regional Hospital Foundation and the Health Department of Northwest Michigan are partnering to offer free mammograms, not just in October, but year-round. If you are or know a female, age 40 – 64, who is under-insured or without health insurance, call (866) 487-3100 to schedule an appointment.

March 16-18 Carnival Carnival Weekend, Boyne Mountain March 17, 18, 23, 24 Spring musical Boyne City High School Spring Musical “Pajama Game,” Performing Arts Center, 7 p.m. except 2 p.m. on 18th. March 23 Lady Elgin sinking Valerie van Heest, award-winning author and diver, will recount the worst disaster on the open waters of the Great Lakes when the palatial sidewheel steamer Lady Elgin sank in Lake Michigan on September 8, 1860. ONGOING EVENTS Bus to Boyne Mountain Free bus service between downtown Boyne City and Boyne Mountain continues every Saturday evening during the ski season between 5 and 10 p.m. The expanded service is provided by Charlevoix County Transit and in cooperation with Boyne City Main Street and support from local businesses. The bus leaves the Mountain Grand Lodge front entrance at Boyne Mountain on the hour at 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Saturdays, and will leave Boyne City on the half hour, with the first trip to Boyne Mountain leaving Boyne City at 5:30 p.m. and the last trip returning to Boyne Mountain from Boyne City at 9:30 p.m. The pickup/drop-off points in downtown Boyne City will be the Park and Water streets intersection and near the Boyne Area Chamber office on Water Street. Lunch for Seniors LET’S DO LUNCH - Boyne Area Senior Center, 411 E. Division St., is open to the public for daily lunches. For seniors age 60+, the donation is $3, for ages 60 and under. $6. For daily information call 582 6682. FREE COMPUTER CLASSES


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White House Highlights Donald J. Welch as “Champion of Change”

On Wednesday, Feb. 15, Donald J. Welch, President and CEO of Merit Network the company working with Charlevoix County to implement broadband internet, was one of 11 local leaders honored at the White House as Champions of Change for creating jobs in their communities and using innovative techniques to develop valuable projects helping to improve America’s infrastructure. With the assistance of grants and loans from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, these leaders are helping to expand high-speed broadband, building roads and bridges, providing clean water and much more. “These American heroes are creating jobs today by investing in tomorrow -- putting men and women back to work rebuilding America’s infrastructure,” said Secretary Ray LaHood. “We appreciate their extraordinary efforts to connect people who need their jobs back with the jobs that our communities and economy need done.” The Champions of Change program was created as a part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative. Each week, a different sector is highlighted and groups of Champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community leaders, are recognized for the work they are doing to serve and strengthen their communities.

NMRH Hosts Free Bariatric Surgery Seminars

In conjunction with its bariatric surgery weight loss program, Northern Michigan Regional Hospital is offering three free bariatric surgery seminars in February and March. Because one size or procedure does not fit all patients, several new weight loss options will be the focus of the presentation, titled “Bariatric Surgery and Obesity: What are my choices?” The seminars will take place from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. on March 5 and 19, at the John and Marnie Demmer Wellness Pavilion and Dialysis Center located at 820 Arlington Avenue on the Lockwood-MacDonald campus in Petoskey. The benefits of bariatric surgery far outweigh the risks associated with obesity including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, osteoarthritis, and several cancers. In fact, bariatric surgery is the only significant option that actually cures diabetes. Studies are showing that bariatric surgery saves lives, improves overall health and well-being, and saves money. Pre-registration is required. Register by calling (800) 248-6777.

After hours Pictured (upper left) Chamber Director Jim Baumann gives Donna Prevost, owner of Sun for the Soul time to Photos BY CHRIS FAULKNOR

describe her work. Above, Swim to You owner Melissa Penrod describes the swimwear and equestrian clothing in her store. And (at left) Matt and Melissa Tisdale, owners of Sunset Grille, are pictured during the Thursday Feb. 16, Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours Event.

Flu shots are still available

It’s not too late to get a flu shot, say public health officials. They encourage nearly everyone who has not yet been vaccinated against seasonal flu to schedule an appointment with their physician or health department. Local laboratories are noting an increase in flu cases. Flu activity may peak as late in the season as March, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) & Prevention. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) & Prevention, an annual flu shot is recommended for— Pregnant women Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old

People 50 years of age and older People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including health care workers, household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu, and household contacts and out-of-home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to receive influenza vaccine) To schedule a flu shot at Health Department offices in Mancelona, Charlevoix, Petoskey/Harbor Springs, or Gaylord, call 800-432-4121.

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Weekly Spotlight: Be a Hospice Volunteer Hospice of Northwest MichiganA hospice volunteer’s presence, capacity to listen, and companionship can be a remarkable source of support to patients and families. Volunteering at Hospice is very rewarding and never boring. The next training for hospice volunteers will be at the Charlevoix Health Department on Thursdays, March 1 through March 29, and there will be a 2 Saturday training session on May 12 and 19. Contact: Cheri Hoffman, Volunteer Coordinator, (231) 547-7659

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Klondike won by Slightly Husky Thunder Monkeys

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Pictured are the winners of the Boy Scouts Klondike Derby, the “Slightly Husky Thunder Monkeys.”

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Pictured is Devlon’s Boyne Beach Club project site as it appeared in Spring of 2011.


From pg.1 tion’ mandate. It simply states that the ‘substantial construction test’ dos not apply in this case,” he wrote. “The position of the appellant is that, since the ZBA issued the zoning permit, a different, more lenient standard applies. “ According to Pajtas findings, though Devlon argued that their zoning permit was issued via ZBA order and the two-year timeline should not apply. The portion of the Boyne City zoning ordinance, 27.65, relevant to the case is as follows:

“No order of the zoning board of appeals permitting the erection … of a building … shall be valid for longer than six months unless such use is established within such period … and such erection … is commenced and proceeds to completion in accordance with the terms of the permit. However, where such use permitted is dependent upon the erection … of a building, such order shall continue in force and effect if a zoning permit for the erection … is obtained within such period and such erection … is started and proceeds to completion in accordance with such permit.” Pajtas wrote that, while it does not seem an anomaly that 27.65 would apply to the zoning permit in this case and a different test

would apply, the ordinance provision is clear on its face and unambiguous. “Therefore it must be enforced as written,” Pajtas wrote. “The omission of a provision in one part of a statute that is included in another should be construed as intentional.” He added, “The drafters of the Boyne City Zoning Ordinance excluded the ‘substantial construction’ test by using the phrase ‘ proceeds to completion’ for determining whether a zoning permit continues or expires when the permit is issued pursuant to ZBA order.” According to Pajtas’ opinion, a particular section of a zoning ordinance must be considered in conjunction with the entire ordinance. “A common reading of 27.65, in conjunction with the definition of erection establishes that a zoning permit issued by the ZBA remains in effect for a period of six months and may be continued in effect if physical construction of the project has begun and erection of the structure is proceeding to completion,” he wrote. “The activity necessary to keep a permit alive does not include activity short of physical construction. The ordinance does not allow erecting a structure by commencement of minimal construction, then stopping all physical activity for more than three years.” Pajtas agreed with the ZBA’s determination that the zoning permit expired

Local Boy Scouts performed very well at the Klondike Derby held in Pellston Michigan this past weekend. The winning patrol called “The Slightly Husky Thunder Monkeys” made up of boys from Boyne City’s Troop 49 & Boyne Falls’ Troop 53 came in first place. Gaylord’s Pack 1 posted a first place finish for the younger Webelos Scouts. The Klondike Derby is a winter outdoor scouting skills competition. Scouts from Emmet, Charlevoix, Otsego, Cheboygan, and Antrim counties participated in the Klondike Derby with a Winter Beach Party theme. Some of the events were ice rescue and first aid associated with the rescue, snow shoe soccer, snow shoe volleyball, fire building, snow snake, compass course, and a very unique skills challenge. In the skills challenge, scouts had to feed a bag of M&M’s to a fallen scout without getting closer than 15 feet from the scout. The fallen scout could not move,


but was allowed to speak and open his mouth when the food arrived. Record time was recorded by boys from Troop 7, of Petoskey’s St. Francis Xavier Church. Their time was under 5 minutes. All in all, it was a very great day for all. Results of the competition are as follows: In Northern Trails District the Klondike Derby was held at Pioneer Park in Pellston and hosted by Troop 2 in Pellston. The Winning Patrols were: First Place - Slightly Husky Thunder Monkeys, Troops 49&53, Boyne City/Boyne Falls Second Place - Cobra Patrol, Troop 14, Gaylord Third Place - Cobra Patrol, Troop 7, Petoskey The Winning Webelos Patrols were: First Place -No Name, Pack 1, Gaylord Second Place - Sharks, Pack 7, Petoskey Third Place - Hula Boys, Pack 17, East Jordan The Winner in the Snow Snake Competition was: 120 feetWolves, Troop 23, Alden


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by “failure to proceed to completion.” Also on may 18, 2011, Devlon was notified that its building site was inconsistent with the approved development plan due to rubble piles on the property. Devlon appealed to the ZBA within the proper time-line but the ZBA refused to hear Devlon’s appeal ruling it untimely. Pajtas reversed the ZBA’s decision on that issue, citing that Devlon should have been heard by the ZBA. The ZBA also upheld the Boyne City planner’s direction for Devlon to remove the fence around its site once it is safe to do so. “Devlon contends that the property is not safe at this time and, thus, the fence should remain,”

Pajtas wrote. “The court finds that this issue is not ripe for judicial review.” The last issue before Pajtas was Devlon’s claim that the ZBA erred by relying on advice from an attorney who also represented the city. “The appellant cites no caselaw or other authority for this argument. Therefore, the issue is considered abandoned,” Pajtas wrote. “A party may not leave it to this court to search for authority to sustain or reject its position.” He added, “The court does not believe such representation presents any error let alone error that would warrant a reversal of the ZBA’s confirmation of the expiration of appellant’s zoning permit and development plan.”



This year’s event promises to be even bigger and better than last year!

Saturday, February 25, 2012 6:30 p.m. – Midnight Boyne Mountain Resort Civic Center, Boyne Falls

$50 per person

Silent & Live Auction • Dinner Stations • Cash Bar Entertainment: “Soul Street” Detroit-based Motown Band Your support of “Paint the Town Red” is vital to the success of our school programs! Proceeds from this community event will provide funding for programs and activities in the Arts, Athletics, and Academics for the students of Boyne City Public Schools. If you would like to find out how to be a sponsor of this spectacular event please call, Michele Deming at 231.582.1140.

Tickets are available at the Boyne City Elementary School office or Local Flavor. For more information and sponsorships, please contact Michele Deming at 231.582.1140.

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