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‘The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity.’


—Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy

Serving topics of interest to all of Charlevoix County • No. 235 - Vol. 5 - Issue 27 • ‘Seek the Truth, Serve the Citizens’ • Wednesday Feb. 26, 2014


City summit Gathering of Boyne’s boards & commissions Benjamin Gohs news Editor

photo by chris faulknor

Tomorrow’s techies

Maricka Drennan, Kim Crain and Daniel Wilson are pictured (from left) during the Boyne City Middle School Technology Learning Night on Wednesday Feb. 19 at Boyne City High School. The event featured internet safety, mathematics applications, geocaching and digital books to name a few.

random acts of kindness megan wilson contributing writer Boyne City Middle School students are proving that kindness can be contagious with a program entitled RAK Attack. The RAK Attack is designed to encourage and promote random acts of kindness throughout the school and has been very successful thus far. “We started the choosing kindness campaign here in Fall, it promotes choosing kindness over bullying,” said Mike Wilson, BCMS Principal. “We have speakers come in and talk to the kids and share how kindness has shaped their lives.” According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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BCPS super rated as ‘Effective’ Boyne City Public Schools Superintendent Peter Moss was rated as “effective” according to his latest performance evaluation. The Boyne City Public Schools Board of Education recently released the results of Moss’ evaluation in a Tuesday Feb. 18 memo. “In the coming months, continued focus will be paid to student growth and achievement, student/ parent feedback and continued staff relations,” it was stated in the memo. This evaluation is conducted annually and is the result of both parties assessing his services to the District.

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Local officials from Boyne area schools, planning departments, the city commission and other various boards met Thursday Feb. 13 for the annual Boyne City Joint Boards and Commissions gathering at Boyne City Hall. Opening the discussion on topics of interest to the community at large was Boyne City Public Schools Superintendent Peter Moss. “The primary goals that the board wanted was to continue providing adequate, appropriate, safe facilities space to educate our students,” said Moss. “And, as you know, in this day and age, safety is on everybody’s mind—and probably no more so than at our public schools.” Moss detailed the new security buzzer system at the schools which force visitors to identify themselves before entering the building. Once the school day has begun, the doors are locked. The protective wall proposed up

photo by chris faulknor

Oral Sutliff is pictured during the 2014 joint meeting of various city committees. near the road by the football field should soon become a reality. Lock-down drills are held to allow school staff and law enforcement to hone their emergency management skills. Another goal the schools are striv-

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Phase I marina bids awarded

Boyne City marina’s first phase estimated to cost $205,305.72 Benjamin Gohs news Editor A contractor has been chosen to undertake phase one of Boyne City’s marina renovation project. Several firms bid on the plan to upgrade F. Grant Moore Municipal Marina by replacing shopper docks and renovating the piers built in the 1950s, known as “fixed fingers,” to accommodate boaters in light of decreasing lake levels. “Because they are fixed, and the water levels have gone down so much, it’s made them unusable for some of the boaters,” said Boyne City Harbormaster Barb Brooks during the Boyne City Commission’s Tuesday Feb. 11 regular meeting. “A lot of people prefer not to be on those docks.” The plan is to lower the fixed finger piers and make them adjustable in the event of future water

photo by chris faulknor

Some of Boyne City’s F. Grant Moore Marina docks will be replaced and renovated as part of the first phase of an overall marina improvement plan. level changes. When discussion began on phase one of the marina project—in 2011—it was estimated to cost $210,500 with the Michigan Waterways Commission funding $105,250 of the expenses less $3,100 in grant management fees.

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“Unfortunately, the bids came in higher than had been anticipated or estimated back in 2011,” Brooks said... “I believe the project still needs to be done. So, with the engineer’s assistance we went to the two low bidders.” According to Brooks, the project

photos by chris faulknor

Kyle Smith was sworn-in as an officer of the Boyne City Police Department on Tuesday Feb. 18 at Boyne City Hall. Smith is pictured (large photo) with Charlevoix County Sheriff W. Don Schneider. Smith is also pictured with Boyne City Manager Michael Cain (left) BCPD Chief Jeff Gaither (center) and with his wife and child.

has been split into two contract areas so the contractors could bid on jobs in which they specialized. The only bid received to do work on the shopper docks was from Flotation Docking Company. There were three bids for the fixed pier work. “We went ahead and negotiated with the two low bidders … to see what we could do to bring that cost down so we could stay within that estimated budget that we had set,” Brooks said. The plan for the shopper docks has changed somewhat, with the city planning to reuse a section of the dock. There was nothing the city could do to lower the cost on the fixed piers other than to have work done on three of the five fixed fingers. The city has worked with Flotation Docking for years. The

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of the press shall not be abridged

Now that my media homies have all chimed— rightfully so—on the importance of honesty, integrity and proper procedure as it benjamin gohs pertains to ‘don’t get me wrong’ covering a news event like the nottoo-distant deadly plane crash outside Boyne City, I am compelled to share a few concerns of my own. [For those of you not in the know, a Charlevoix County News employee has been charged with a felony for appearing on a video of a deadly plane crash site.] The most pressing issue on my mind is concern that my news organization may next be slapped with charges for unwittingly photographing leftover viscera from the Addis Road event. Granted, the Boyne City Gazette was given permission and no less than a police escort to take said photos. However, if, according to the obscure—and what I believe should eventually be undone as unconstitutional—law governing this matter is used to stifle a citizen’s ability to record certain images in public ... it won’t be long before the list of prohibited subjects is increased to appease myriad special interests. According to Michigan law 750.160a, the photograph of a decedent located in a human grave is prohibited, with exceptions. “A person shall not knowingly photograph or publicly display a photograph of all or a portion of a decedent located in a human grave,” it states in the law. The law does not apply to people who have written permission from the decedent’s family or to those who are photographing for purposes of law enforcement, medicine, archaeology or science. Why “journalism” was left off the list needs no speculation: it was created for the sole purpose of inhibiting the freedom of the press under

the guise of some notion of respect for inert matter which once-upona-time contained human consciousness. Nonetheless, the makeshift grave sites considered off-limits include any place intended for permanent interment of all, or a portion, of the dead; and any part of a person who died in an accident or disaster— from where the remains cannot be removed. That last part does not seem to apply here in the least since the remains were eventually removed. And, if the law is interpreted to indicate that any place blood is spilled becomes a sacred grave, then we’re going to have to begin marking off an awful lot of land as “No-photo Zones.” The reason(s) why such an obscure law—which, despite its questionable validity—is being applied only to one of the media members who photographed the plane wreckage is another concern altogether. Don’t get me wrong, I know the Michigan legislature had the legal authority to pass a law aimed at quenching the misguided angst of a fatal shipwreck’s stakeholders. But, authority is not self-justifying. As Noam Chomsky has said time and again, the burden of proof of whether a law is necessary and ethical rests on those seeking to create the law. I know, I know: the law is already passed and now the cops and courts must perform their sacred duties to follow said law. Still, I have so many questions about this particular case. • How pressing could a law be if the Charlevoix County Prosecutor did not even know about it beforehand? I mean, if one has to dig and dig to find another guilty of a crime, does the action in question truly rise to the level of concern for public safety? • Or, is this merely a convenient technicality intended to remind us that the heavy fist of authority need no justification? • Is this case only being prosecuted because a relative of one of the men killed in the crash may have complained about the video in question? • If so, is that how cases for prosecution are usually decided? • Why has only the man on tape

been charged ... and not the photographer? It seems that, if one were to follow the Edmund Fitzgerald law, it would be the person holding the camera who should be in trouble. • Did the media member in question really lie to the police? If so, why wasn’t he charged for doing so? And, if this is really what these charges are all about, is that really the ethical course to take? • And, even assuming that a full dead body could be seen on the video tape in question—which it cannot—what right to privacy should be afforded to a corpse in public that is not afforded, per the Supreme Court of the United States of America, to the living? After all, they have ruled that one has no expectation of privacy while in public. In the end, it seems as though the best course for dealing with a media member’s questionable handling of reportage from a crash site should have started and ended with a conversation between the relevant office of law enforcement and the news media’s publisher, editor and staff. Ultimately, anyone who knows me knows I am not generally a fan of any policing agency—large or small—but I have had both personal and professional dealings with the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office for many years ... and they have always been square with me. And, though I do not know him, I would like to think our county prosecutor has only public safety in mind when he considers whether to pursue criminal charges against we residents. So, here is my final question: is bludgeoning an overzealous and possibly imprudent small town newspaper employee with an obscure law never before applied to 99.9 percent of the rest of us really going to serve the public interest? After all, even a cursory look at recent headlines at the state and local levels show there are much bigger scoundrels who have had their charges against them dropped under the umbrella of prosecutorial discretion. I’d say the First Amendment is as good a reason as any.

A Boyne area history lesson

A phone call arrived this morning which immediately added a glow to my day. It amazes me how frequently this happens to annethurston-brandly each of us in a totally ‘Beautiful boyne’ unpredictable manner. I guess the old expression ‘Out of the Blue’ explains such occurrences as well as anything else I have ever heard. So, Ed’s call was an OOTB for me. Not having seen or talked to Ed May and his wife since last fall it was wonderful to hear his voice pull me into his exciting current project which involves our ‘elbow’ neighbor, Advance. The little village is just down Lake Shore Drive a ways, perched on the banks of Porter Creek at a point before it gently flows into Lake Charlevoix below the new Sommerset Inn. In the sixties as I taught art and history in the East Jordan High School I drove through the little group of ‘town’ businesses every school day. I was either behind the driver’s wheel or the passenger of Maryanne Watkins, a fellow beloved English teacher who also lived here in Boyne. Those of you who knew her can very well imagine the memorable conversation we had on those trips. She was a remarkable woman. In those days a small building sat behind the town’s little grocery and was used as a special school. Today the Advance Chamber of Commerce uses it as their headquarters. Ed is helping the Chamber’s special committee to create a history museum for others to visit; thus enabling them

to know about the tiny village, its founders and families. Aren’t they fortunate to have him sharing his ideas, enormous collection of photos from yesteryears and hours to such a treasure for those we nourish or are visitors? As his interest in gathering together photographs of the Boyne Area’s past has grown over the past years it has resulted in a beautiful ‘tree like’ vision with branches leading out into different directions. I remember so well the thoughtful manner in which he asked for all our help. He didn’t ask us to give him our treasured photos from our own past in the town, but rather only loan them to him long enough to enable his making a copy of each to add to his collections. Then Ed returned them to its owner. It was this memory which surfaced for me last fall as I came across an early watercolor I had painted soon after our move to Boyne back in ’61. I had painted it as a result of an explorative delves into the trees along Porter Creek between Lake Shore Drive and the beech with our four kids. They had spotted some kind of strange, dilapidated building almost hidden within the maples and pine. So climbing along the creek’s side and working our way into the trees we discovered a large wooden structure tucked over the tiny creek. All but hidden from those driving down the road the old mill was the setting for a wonderfully historic tale or movie. One could sense those who had worked within its walls turning grain into meal and flour as the enormous thick, flat stone ‘wheel’ turned with the water’s unseen muscles. Our sons and daughters climbed and explored. I stood and let my thoughts wonder among those who had been before me. All this had resulted in the picture I found fifty plus years later. I decided to repaint it. I knew I

could do a better painting of it. My memory then reminded me I could not return ’on sight’ to redo the painting as it had been purchased many years back by some area person to tear apart to use its wood in a home they were building on the lake’s shore. At the time I was appalled at the thought of anyone purposefully destroying some historic site just for their own selfish needs. To this day I feel exactly the same way. It was then I thought of Ed. I asked if he might have a photo of the old mill as I wanted to repaint its ‘portrait’. His answer was affirmative; he had one and would bring it by. When Ed arrived he had found four additional photos of the mill, the pond which then covered what now is the road and its bridge and more. As the result I was able to produce the painting I so wanted to have. Ed’s call today was to ask my permission to allow him to include his beautiful photograph of my painting in his new Advance Museum and even to credit me with its execution. He would also like to include his photo of the painting I had done of the Sommerset Inn. I can’t find the words to share with you the feeling I have knowing I have helped another person to execute his dreams. But then, you know what I am speaking of. We all in our very own ways do this during our lifetimes. And I am further encouraged about learning a group of Advance ‘locals’ have come together to offer all of us a museum in which we can learn of their past within the area. I suspect they will expand our knowledge of not only the old mill, but of Mr. Porter, the lumberman for whom the beautiful little creek was named. I’ll be anxious to learn when it all will be opened to the public. When I do you will read of it here in Beautiful Boyne.

Society depends on mutual aid

Socialized medicine has become, to many in our society, every bit as bad a word as Nazi or Communist. chris faulknor T h e ‘two cents’ thought of government funded healthcare brings forth images of our tax dollars going to support breast enlargements, nose jobs, and hairline improvement. People fear even more of their hard-earned dollars going towards things that will benefit others and not them. After all, why should I have to pay for a complete stranger to have his burst appendix removed? I’d certainly never ask someone off the street to pay for that, right? And after all, why is it my fault that someone else doesn’t work as hard as I do and can’t pay for those vaccinations that their child needs? But I have news for everyone. The concept of society chipping in to improve the world around them (yes, even for complete strangers) isn’t something of the far-distant future, but a part of our very present. You see, when I settle down and have my first child, he will be attending the local public el-

ementary school, in fact, it will most likely be the very same one I spent my younger years at. I’ll be faced with purchasing my little pride and joy a box of crayons, a couple of pencils, a box of tissues to share, and enough clothing to make him look presentable. But do you know what I won’t be faced with? I won’t be faced with paying my child’s share of building maintenance for that year. I won’t be cutting a check to help pay the kindergarten teacher. I won’t be helping to replace desks, chairs, sidewalks or playground equipment. Why, you ask? Because our society wisely realized that education is important enough to a successful society that everyone in that community should chip in a little. And so, everyone who pays property tax helps to fund the betterment of their community by educating its children. If my child has special needs, I won’t be asked to pay extra; and if my child excels and doesn’t need as much help, I won’t be getting a tax break. But we all recognize that our community is bettered by having children who can read, so we chip in. But wait, there’s more. I’ll be driving my child to school in the morning or sending him on one of our fine school buses, and it won’t be bouncing along

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Boyne city police dept.

weekly incident report

Monday, February 10 10:03am 911 hang up call from the 100 block of N East S 2:20pm Suspicious vehicle reported in the 300 block of Vogel St Sunday February 6 Cloudy 27

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3:15pm Threats complaint received from the 600 block of W Court St 3:57pm Vehicle unlock in the 1200 block of Boyne Av Tuesday, February 11 2:40am Arrested subject for no license in the 1400 block of Boyne Av 4:48am Checked abandoned vehicle at Rotary Park 6:30am Car deer accident on M-75 S 10:55am Report of fraudulent phone calls being received in the 700 block of Lake Park Dr 11:06am Assist to Petoskey DPS in the 300 block of E Division St 11:28am Report of harassing messages being exchanged between the 300 block of E Division and Boyne Falls 11:40am EMS assist in the 300 block of E Division St 11:50am Report of rude subject in the 1300 block of Boyne Av 12:20pm Civil complaint in the 1300 block of Boyne Av 1:05pm Vehicle unlock in the

700 block of Lake Park Dr 4:22pm Hit and run accident reported in the 300 block of E Water St 5:06pm Parking complaint received from the 100 block of E Water St 10:36pm Juvenile complaint from the 400 block of E Division 11:37pm Property damage accident at Division and Grant Streets Wednesday, February 12 9:20am Civil complaint involving residence in the 400 block of Pearl St 9:35am Juvenile complaint received from the 500 block of N Lake St 1:25pm Civil complaint from the 600 block of Boyne Av 1:41pm Report of possible intoxicated driver in the 400 block of N Lake St 2:02pm Vehicle unlock in the 300 block of E Water St 6:11pm parking complaint received in the 400 block of N Lake St

8:32pm Disturbance in the 300 block of E Division St 8:57pm 2 suspicious subjects walking Lake and Pine St 9:34pm Suspicious vehicle in the 100 block of Front St Thursday, February 13 5:09am Suspicious situation in the 400 block of N Park St 7:52am Citation issued for speed at Boyne City Charlevoix Rd and W Michigan 8:20am Subject at PD with found dog. Returned to owner. 1:08pm Assist Fire Dept at Silver and Charlevoix Streets Friday, February 14 12:38am Car deer accident at Jefferson and Arthur Streets 8:02am Bond violation in the 300 block of N Lake St 8:25am Report of car deer accident that had occurred at Michigan and John St earlier in the morning 11:40am Vehicle unlock in the 100 block of E Water St

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Saturday, February 15 12:43am Suspicious situation in the 300 block of E Division St 8:58pm Lodged stray dog at shelter Sunday, February 16 6:27pm Vehicle unlock in the 500 block of Spring St 7:45pm Assist Sheriff Dept in Boyne Falls 8:13pm Assist DHS in the 300 block of E Division St 9:06pm Report of possible MIP party in the 100 block of Trent St 10:12pm Assist EMS in the 800 block of Thompson St 10:04pm Assault complaint received from the 600 block of N East St

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District Court The following cases were recently heard in Charlevoix’s 90th District Court: Alexandra Gretchen-Guitar Thompson, 17 of Elmira, Operating a motor vehicle without security. To pay $425 in fines and costs. Richard Raymond Allen, 54 of Boyne City, Operating with license suspended/revoked/denied. To pay $365 in fines and costs. Tyler Shane Stephenson, 17 of Boyne City, Attempted Resisting and Obstructing. To serve 365 days in jail with credit for 23 days served, 10 days community service work in lieu of jail time, 295 days held in abeyance. To be placed on probation for two years, submit to PBT/drug tests, not to consume or possess alcohol or controlled substances. To pay $1,375 in fines and costs, $571.26 in restitution. Timothy Shane Stephenson, 44 of Boyne City, selling or furnishing alcohol to a minor, open intoxicant in motor vehicle. To serve 90 days in jail with five days community service in lieu of jail time, 75 days held in abeyance. To be placed on probation for nine months, submit to PBT/drug tests, not to consume or possess alcohol or controlled

substances. To pay $825 in fines and costs. Jayne Margerte Gilbert, 57 of Boyne City, Third degree retail fraud. To pay $425 in fines and costs, $308.37 in restitution. Laurie Elizabeth Ford, 33 of Boyne City, Third degree retail fraud. To pay $425 in fines and costs, $308.37 in restitution. Brian Richard Gellis, 35 of Boyne City, Domestic violence. To serve 93 days in jail with credit for two days served, 91 days held in abeyance. To be placed on probation for one year, submit to PBT/drug tests, not to consume or possess alcohol or controlled substances. To pay $675 in fines and costs. Brian Richard Gellis, 35 of Boyne City, operating while intoxicated with occupant less than 16. To serve 93 days in jail with credit for 1 day served, 62 days held in abeyance. To be placed on probation for one year, submit to PBT/drug tests, not to consume or possess alcohol or controlled substances. To pay $925 in fines and costs. Adam Beauford Foltz, 33 of Charlevoix, Check NSF, under $100. To pay $350 in fines and costs, $580.85 in restitution. Cory Andrew Speigl, 18 of Boyne City, Attempted resisting and obstructing, operating with a high

blood alcohol content. To serve 365 days in jail with credit for five days served, five days community service work in lieu of jail time, 345 days held in abeyance. To be placed on probation for one year, submit to PBT/drug tests, not to consume or possess alcohol or controlled substances. To pay $1,175 in fines and costs. DBA The following businesses have filed an assumed name in Charlevoix County: Ronald J. Agnello, CPA by Ronald J. Agnello at 105 W. Hurlbut St. in Charlevoix Stitch by Stitch by Brenda L. Sims at 5605 Reich Rd. in Boyne City Superior Stone & Landscape by Kyle Wright at 5471 Maple Hill in Petoskey Jeffrey B. Ricks, DC by Jeffrey B. Ricks at 1422 S. Bridge St. in Charlevoix Circuit Court The following cases were recently heard in Charlevoix’s 33rd Circuit Court: James Taylor Castle, 20 of East Jordan, Assault with a dangerous weapon. To serve 270 days in jail with credit for 115 days served. To pay $266 in fines and costs. Divorce The following people were re-


cently granted a divorce in Charlevoix County: Christopher Henderson Sr. vs. Tiffany Henderson

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Due to incorrect information provided to the Boyne City Gazette in the Wednesday Feb. 19 edition, Bryce Lewin (pictured in front) was improperly identified. He and Tyler Toliver of Boyne City Middle School are pictured on Thursday Feb. 13 speeding down the hill at Avalanche Park in Boyne City for the annual Cardboard Classic.

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From pg. 1 ing to meet is to offer a positive overall educational experience. Issues being addressed include maintaining reasonable class sizes, improving the school’s staff evaluation system and maintaining educational offerings. Technology is another focus of the schools. “We are making progress,” Moss said. Boyne City Manager Michael Cain, a member of the Local Development Finance Authority (LDFA) board, briefed meeting attendees on that group’s activities. “It’s been a productive year. A lot of good things going on,” Cain said. “Probably, at the top of the list, is the relocation of Classic Instruments from one facility just outside the facility … to the old Points North Printing facility.” Cain said there has been continued growth at both Precision Edge and LexaMar. “On a mixed bag scenario we still have the ongoing concerns with regards to Kirtland Products,” he said. “We did not prevail in a couple of court cases that were held with regards to that matter. The city commission has asked that I be in touch with our city attorney and get to them a list or some information with regards to what if any options the city has with regards to dealing with concerns that some citizens still have.” Boyne City Clerk Cindy Grice briefed the group on the three-person elections commission activities. “We meet about six weeks prior to every election to approve a list of election inspectors that will be working for that specific election,” Grice said. “All of the inspectors have gone through the training provided by the county and certified by the county.” Also in attendance were representatives of the historic district, the historic commission—which is currently seeking two members to join its committee—the housing commission and the Boyne City Main Street program. Boyne City Main Street Manager Hugh Conklin mentioned his program’s 10-year anniversary that was celebrated last year. He also mentioned a national Main Street conference to be held in May in Detroit. “We’ve applied, again, for the Great American Main Street Award,” Conklin said. “We are one of two Michigan communities that have applied … and it’s possible that maybe we’ll get an award.” Conklin discussed the status of the Dilworth Hotel, which has a new owner. “Don’t expect anything to be happening at the Dilworth for several months,” Conklin said. “There is a whole financial package that needs to be put together, a grant package that needs to be put together, but we’re very fortunate to have somebody like Bob Grove (new owner) who just stepped up and is going to make that property shine like it hasn’t probably shined in a hundred years.” He added, “It’s just going to be such an economic boost and just such a great thing for the community. But there are going to be opportunities where we, as a community, are going to have to step up and really try to help him be successful.” Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jim Baumann updated the gathering on Team Boyne, which he chairs. “Team Boyne is one of the four main committees of Main Street, as the economic … restructuring committee of Main Street,” Baumann said... “It’s a common meeting place where we try to get all the leaders from various aspects of the community as it relates to business together.” Team Boyne members include the mayor, school superintendent, library officials and more. “One thing that we do that takes up most of our meetings … we invite entrepreneurs from the community, new business people from the community to come in—people

Top Stories who are thinking of starting a business—so they can meet those movers and shakers,” Baumann said. Conklin added that the overall climate seems to be much more welcoming to new businesses thanks, in part, to Team Boyne. Baumann also reported on issues relating to the chamber of commerce, including what can or should be done with the chamber of commerce’s building … a relatively small log cabin-type office. “We had a good year last year, last few years, and we have some money to start doing some stuff like that,” he said. Mike Sheean of the parks and recreation committee reported on his group. “We think we are the custodians of the jewels of the city,” Sheean said. “We think we have the finest parks of any city around or even across the state. We have a large amount of acreage—probably about 400 acres.” Sheean said the parks benefit not only citizens but also visitors. He said his committee has been setting up committees to look into future needs or wants, including the current campaign that is determining whether a dog park may be created within the city. Boyne City Planning Director Scott McPherson represented the Boyne City Planning Commission. “The planning commission is looking forward to a couple of big projects this year,” he said. “Redevelopment Ready Communities Project—we are waiting for our assessment to get back from the state … with that assessment hopefully identifies things we can do better.” McPherson said preliminary discussion on the matter reveals Boyne City is doing well but that it can always improve. The master plan must also be updated, as it must be every five years by law. The Zoning Board of Appeals representative said his group rarely meets—a point which means there is little conflict as pertains to zoning issues. Lease fees have been increased on airport hangars, according to the airport board. The global positioning system has now been in use at the municipal airport for roughly a year-and-a-half, and this allows pilots to find their way to the airport even in bad weather. By keeping fuel prices lower—by comparison to surrounding communities—the airport has been able to increase business. The Board of Review also updated the group on its activities. If you get your tax notice and you feel your assessment is too high, you can go to city hall and fill out a petition and the board of review will consider adjusting your assessment. Assessments can only increase by CPI, the rate of inflation or five percent—and the highest the rate has every been was 3.7 percent, in 2007; the lowest was in 2010 and was under one percent. The rate for this year is going to be 1.6 percent. Board of Review Chairman Oral Sutliff read the governmental definition for how inflation is calculated: “The rate of inflation means the ratio of the general price level for the state’s physical year ending in the calendar year immediately preceding the current year divided by the general price level for the state’s physical year ending in the calendar year before the year immediately preceding the current year.” The Boyne District Library also gave its overview. The library’s assistant director Susan Conklin told the gathering about the Geek the Library campaign, which recently ended. She also discussed improvements which are being made and are yet planned for the library. The old entrance to the library has French doors now and is called “The Nook.” “One of the things we kind of missed at the library or felt like we didn’t have was enough small spaces just for people to meet, whether it’s just kind of a spur of the moment kind of thing or a planned meeting like tutoring or things like that,” Susan said. She said with the new doors The Nook is a great little room. “We’re in the middle of rearranging our young adult area so we

have some new paint on a couple of the walls,” Susan said. “We’re just trying to make it a more appealing place for kids to come and use.” The conference room and the community room will also see a change in furniture in order to create more usable space for smaller groups. “One of the big things is trying to figure out what we’re going to do with the red building … that the library acquired a couple years ago,” Susan said. “That’s still in the early stages. We have architects we’re talking with. They have submitted some proposals and there is a subcommittee of board members that is going to be working on that and trying to come up with a plan for that.” Boyne City Police Chief Jeffrey Gaither mentioned the new police officer his department has hired. He explained that the new officer will spend some time shadowing Boyne City Police Officers in order to learn how local law enforcement interacts with the citizenry. The new officers undergo a three-step process that gradually increases the officers level of responsibilities. Grice closed the meeting with a recap of the findings from the Jan. 9 Boyne City Goal-Setting Session.

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Bullying Statistics 2014, “70.6 percent of teens have seen bullying occurring in their schools. And, approximately 30 percent of young people admit to bullying themselves.” “Bullying is a nationwide problem, and if it’s not addressed early on then the worse the problem can get, rather than hammer down on kids we decided to choose a different way,” said Wilson. The students who are participating in the RAK Attack meet after school once a month, where they plan activities, and work on their goals of spreading kindness. “The students create a SMART goal, and they work on obtain-

ing that goal for the month,” said Pastor Jamie Woodall of Genesis Church in Petoskey. “For example, a student will take over the lunch line and help out in the lunch room. Some students have written encouragement notes. Other students open the door after school, and tell everyone who comes through that door to have a wonderful day.” The number of students vary per meeting, but each of them is there to achieve one common goal, and that is to make Boyne City Middle School a better place. “I think that it’s a good idea to have a group that spreads kindness throughout the school. It rubs off on other people, too. I think that it’s an overall good thing for the school,” said seventh-grader Eleri Giem. “RAK Attack is a good thing for every school to have because it brings people together so

‘My favorite project that we’ve done so far was writing the thank-you notes. She (Mrs. Baker) looked really happy when she got them.’

that they can recognize problems in the school and they can solve them.” One of the projects that the RAK Attack has contributed to was writing 150 thank-you letters to the Boyne City Middle School secretary Mrs. Baker. “My favorite project that we’ve done so far was writing the thankyou notes. She looked really happy when she got them,” said Giem “Sometimes we involve other kids so we get better results, but other times we’ll just surprise the person.” Although the RAK Attack is not an official school-sponsored program, it does have the full support of the principal. “I think that any time we have someone promoting kindness in a district and having kids make positive choices that I’ll support it,” said Wilson “A testament would be the kids and parents that come into our building and say that the kids are well-behaved and substitutes that come in and say they love teaching here.” Wilson added, “The more help we have from parents and community members the better.”


From pg. 1 No outside or third party facilitators were required to complete the process. All seven Board members participated in the evaluation with Mr Moss completing a selfevaluation. Moss’ overall rating has been found as “Effective.” He was rated “Highly Effective” in the areas of: • Personal qualities • Evaluation • Progress towards the school improvement plan • Student Attendance His areas of strength continue to be: • His long-time experience with legislators, educators, administrators and students in a district setting • His willingness to engage new methods and ideas like technology usage within the educational system

Project Connect volunteers needed The 7th annual Char-Em United Way Project Connect will be Wednesday March 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Emmet County Fairgrounds in Petoskey. Dozens of volunteers are needed for a variety of duties including guest registration, greeters, guides and exit interviews. Help make a lasting connection toward self-sufficiency with a neighbor in need.


From pg. 1 company has built most of the city’s docking systems. Brooks recommended the Boyne City Commission hire RB Lyons Inc. to renovated the fixed piers at a cost of $107,387, and Flotation Docking Systems Inc. at a cost of $97,918.72. In her Feb. 7 memo to Boyne City Manager Michael Cain, Brooks said she and the project engineer working on this plan concluded that rebidding the project could result in even higher project costs and that the deadline to utilize the grant moneys earmarked for this proposal was nearing. “I believe our marina is an economic booster for our city,” said Boyne City Commissioner Delbert “Gene” Towne. “I think we need to move forward with this project.” Boyne City Commissioner Tom Neidhamer said the proj-

ect would be a continuation of the overall renovation of the marina to make it safer and more usable. Boyne City Commissioner Derek Gaylord asked for a reiteration of the cost and project changes. Brooks added in her explanation that the fixed docks, which will become adjustable, will be lowered by nearly two feet. But, she added, they will not necessarily need to be adjusted every year. “We definitely need to take care of what we already own … there is no doubt,” Gaylord said. “There is safety, appearance—we don’t want anything going into disrepair, which will further cause additional expense down the road.” Boyne City Commissioner Laura Sansom and Boyne City Mayor Ron Grunch also both supported the measure. The contracts were awarded by a unanimous vote of the Boyne City Commission. The total cost of phase one of the project is expected to be $205, 305.72.

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Behind the music luncheon lecture North Central Michigan College’s Luncheon Lecture will look at the story behind the music on Friday, February 28 in the Library conference room courtesy photo on the Petoskey campus. Kate Botello The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. with the lecture starting at noon. Inspiration for great music has come from many sources: hopeless love (of course), but also opium, a small dog chasing its tail and bladder stone surgery! Kate Botello, classical music program host and producer for Interlochen Public Radio, explains the stories behind Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonatas, Berlioz’ Symphonie Fantastique, Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and many others. Cost for the event is $10 and includes lunch. Reservations are required. Call (231) 348-6600 to reserve your place at the table.

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Peter Moss • Continued collaboration with local partners & business • His passion and dedication have been aptly demonstrated by his participation in sporting event attendance, musical performances and elementary activities The Board of Education looks forward to the future achievements by Peter Moss which will benefit the district and Boyne City as a whole.


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The Board of Review for the City of Boyne City will meet at City Hall, 319 North Lake Street, as follows: • Wednesday, March 5, 2014—11:00 am (organizational meeting only) • Monday, March 17, 2014—Noon - 3:00 pm (by appointment only) 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm (by appointment only) • Wednesday, March 19, 2014—9:00 am - Noon (by appointment only) 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (by appointment only) The City of Boyne City tentative ratios and multipliers, subject to change by the Assessing Officer, Board of Review, County Equalization and State Equalization are as follows: Tentative Ratio Multiplier Commercial 48.39 1.03327 Industrial 49.92 1.00160 Residential 49.03 1.01978 Personal 50.00 1.00000 You may call City Hall at 582-6597 between the hours of 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday to schedule a 10 minute appointment with the Board of Review for the March 17 or March 19 meeting. Cindy Grice, City Clerk/Treasurer

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ARIES - This week’s scenario is highlighted by your ability to rid yourself of bad habits and non productive people. Don’t fool yourself, diets and getting in shape takes work. Analyze what you would like to improve upon. Relationships will be serious. You can make a long-term commitment to the one you love. Plan a quiet romantic evening for two to discuss your future intentions. You can achieve your goals if you present your ideas to superiors. Don’t hold back because of your insecurities. It’s time to take a stance. Use your creative talents at work. Your ability to work with fine but important details will be admired and rewarded. You can expect to receive rewards. Travel should be on your agenda. Romance will be enticing and lead to new and exciting plans for the future. Expect to run into people from your past. Lucky Numbers: 9, 10, 24, 30, 32, 34 TAURUS - This week’s scenario is highlighted by emotional issues that keep you from focusing on anything else. Your motto should be “make love not war”. Don’t make promises that you know you can’t keep. Attend social events that will bring you in contact with people who can provide you with motivation. You can achieve much by making & returning phone calls, emails. Friends will welcome your advice. You may have problems with children if you have spoiled them in the past. You mustn’t overspend or take on too many responsibilities. Property or long term investments are your best bet. Look into all the financial ventures presented to you, one of them will be a real money-maker. You should confine yourself to those deals where you don’t have to rely on someone else. Lucky Numbers: 1, 2, 12, 14, 22, 26 GEMINI - This week’s scenario is highlighted by your need to catch up on overdue correspondence. Don’t let anyone stand in the way of your progress. Don’t reveal personal secrets. Don’t let yourself get run-down. Empty promises will leave you feeling cold. Expect to have problems with co-workers or employers. Stick to your own work and be careful that someone doesn’t try to take credit for your effort. Talk to relatives about your personal problems and see if they have any advice to help you through this period of change. The advice given will help you out, you’ll have the drive to accomplish anything. You can have whatever you want if you use your intellectual charm. Your passionate mood and persuasive tactics will be well-received by your mate. Plan a nice quiet week-end for two. Lucky Numbers: 4, 7, 16, 30, 40, 41 CANCER - This week’s scenario is highlighted by your ability to stay in the background. You can get ahead if you use your sharp intellect and your insight into future trends. Your greatest limitation will be yourself. Be sure to get promises in writing. Don’t hesitate to become involved in a new business venture. Partnerships will be favorable, and you will come up with sound ideas. You need to be optimistic about your future. Don’t let criticism stand in the way of a good product. Drastic alterations in your position will occur if you haven’t taken the time to deal with small but important details in your job. Be prepared to make changes. Don’t become involved in secret matters even if you do find them intriguing. Be careful how you handle the situation. You could end up taking the blame for something you didn’t do. Lucky Numbers: 8, 18, 23, 31, 40, 42 LEO - This week’s scenario is highlighted by your ability to put your energy into improving your attitude. It’s time to make a change. You will be tired, if you’ve taken on too much. Ask for help or an extension on your deadlines. Professional opportunities are apparent. Go after your goals, ask for a raise or sign new contracts. You can develop a good working relationship with others if you are willing to share your ideas. Spend some quality with your mate. You’ve probably neglect-

ed his or her needs during the last few weeks, so make up for lost time. You can turn things around with a little affection. You can stabilize a partnership if you are willing to make a few concessions. Hidden assets will come in handy if you wish to become involved in an innovative business venture. You can make professional changes if you spend time looking for other ways to make a living. Attend seminars that will help you learn more about starting your own business. Lucky Numbers: 15, 25, 27, 30, 43, 49 VIRGO - This week’s scenario is highlighted by your ability to complete your jobs on time. It’s time to put your priorities in order. Use your discipline to finish those unfinished jobs. You let your personal paperwork pile up, and now’s the time to clear your desk. You’ll feel much better knowing the work is done. You’ll be the target for rumors if you aren’t discreet about your personal life. You need a change of pace, time to take a break. Communicate with your mate. Pleasure trips will result in a better understanding of your relationship and your commitment to one another. Financial difficulties due to poor investments or unforeseen expenses will be depressing. Listen to the advice of respected friends. You will be emotional regarding your present relationship. Don’t make rash decisions. You have to make a concerted effort before you throw in the towel. Lucky Numbers: 5, 7, 17, 19, 27, 28 LIBRA - This week’s scenario is highlighted by romance. Your efforts will be appreciated and reciprocated. Try not to eat foods that don’t agree with your stomach. A friend will be upset, be kind. Your interest in philosophy and history will spark a greater interest in travel and foreign cultures. Look into the possibilities and talk to people who have taken journeys that interest you. Difficulties when dealing with other people’s money will come back to haunt you if you don’t do a thorough job. Read the fine print before you persuade someone to sign on the dotted line. Problems with older female relatives will quickly turn into a demanding burden if you are willing to take the brunt of the responsibility. Try to get siblings to help. Your partner isn’t likely to share the same ideals as you. Try to be honest and open, or you will have difficulty coming to terms with the problems that arise. Don’t pretend to be what you’re not. Lucky Numbers: 9, 11, 20, 30, 41, 44 SCORPIO - This week’s scenario is highlighted by your involvement in a fund-raising event. Follow your own intuitive instincts for best results. Your ideas will be well planned and easily implemented. Work on your own project. You will have to do all the fine detail yourself, if you want this concept to fly. Don’t blow situations out of proportion. Your need to use emotional blackmail will only cause more discord. If you put your energy into physical outlets, you will avoid confrontations. Someone you work with may not see things the same way you do. Don’t be swayed to do things their way. You work best when you follow your own instincts. By week’s end, invite good friends over. You’ll need to relax and get your mind off your work and your worries. You may want to contemplate a professional and residential move in the near future. Your intuition will lead you in the right direction. Take care of home-improvement projects and real estate matters. Lucky Numbers: 23, 24, 27, 37, 47, 48 SAGITTARIUS - This week’s scenario is highlighted by your ability to admit your short comings. Self-deception will be the main issue. You may be judging your situation wrongly. Don’t hold back, say what you think. A positive mental outlook will be the result. Competitive sports activity will ease stress you feel. Use your discipline to accomplish your personal goals. Your ability to get your point across may be hurtful, but it will be appreciated. You need to make the changes necessary for your happiness. Expect disruptions at home. Try not to take things to

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heart. Acceptance is the key. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. You’ll be surprised at how willing others are to help out. It won’t be easy to please family, friends or in-laws. It is better to please yourself than bang your head against a wall. You need to relax and get in touch with your own feelings. Lucky Numbers: 1, 3, 14, 23, 34, 35 CAPRICORN - This week’s scenario is highlighted by your ability to take hold of the situation. Don’t hesitate to negotiate for someone you care about. Someone may try to curtail your freedom. Set them straight and don’t give in. Don’t overspend on redecorating. Say as little as possible and don’t become involved in other people’s affairs. Concentrate on your work. Someone you care about will be erratic and eager to pick a fight. You need to talk to the big spenders. Run your ideas by them and see if you can’t get a backer and a partner for your concept. Push your product and you’ll see some returns. Make the decision to go back to school. Study a subject that will help you change your direction in life. You may be limited in the short term, but overall it will be worth your while. You will be emotional about money matters if you let cash slip through your fingers. You need to put your finances in order once and for all. You must set and stick to a budget. Lucky Numbers: 20, 29, 32, 37, 40, 41 AQUARIUS - This week’s scenario is highlighted by positive changes in your home life. You will have a problem concentrating on anything complex. Personal & emotional matters are interfering with your productivity. Take a whole day off and make plans to relax or pamper yourself. It is best to pamper yourself and not worry about what you are supposed to be working on. By week’s end, you’ll find it easier to deal with relatives. Plan to invite them over for a visit or a meal. Disharmony in your personal life will make it difficult for you to accomplish things. Lucky Numbers: 3, 4, 7, 30, 33, 34 PISCES - This week’s scenario is highlighted by your ability to overcome obstacles & to find your new direction. Once you feel more in control of the situation, you’ll be able to get past the negative influence you’ve been feeling. Be cautious with who you trust with your financial matters. Time is on your side, don’t make any rush decisions. Accent is on using your personality to open new doors of opportunity. Your cycle is high. You’ll be at the right place at the right time. When it comes to the technical end, listen to others who have the knowledge & experience. Make sure you insist on having creative control. Try to get you priorities straight. Once you realize that everything going on lately is temporary, you’ll be able to overcome your emotional feelings. Your mind is very active & needs some stimulation, too. Try to combine your ingenuity & creativity in new directions of stress release. Invite others to spend time with you. Perhaps taking up gardening, model making or some other craft will help you to put things into a better perspective. Positive force will allow you to reach a new level & to get past the present. Lucky Numbers: 23, 24, 27, 37, 47, 48

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Look up! night sky conditions are improving Get out your binoculars and look south for winter constellations Top of the evening to you, my sky-loving friends! We have been teased with a few clear nights every so often, but they seem to bryan shumaker come when NASA/JPL Solar the moon is System Ambassador quite full. Look Up! Of course, What’s in the that makes night sky? viewing and astrophotography rather difficult due to the bright glare. Still, it’s nice to know that above the clouds, clear sky does still exist! Last quarter moon was Feb. 22, so the skies are getting to be quite good for viewing—if the weather cooperates. The winter constellations are in the south now soon after sunset. Before we know it, they will sink into the west as spring approaches. If you use any visual aid to view the night sky, such as binoculars

or a small telescope, it’s a good time to get them out, dust them off, and try and see if they are in working order. I thought it might be appropriate to discuss these instruments a bit, and I will start with binoculars. Binoculars are an excellent, relatively inexpensive way to view the sky. Unlike a telescope, they are wonderful in the daytime as well. Essentially, they are two telescopes mounted side by side! There are two numbers you need to be aware of if you use or purchase a pair of good binoculars. The first number is the magnification and the second set of numbers is how wide (in millimeters) the objective end (the end opposite of where you look in) of the binoculars is. You will see such numbers as “7 x 35” or “10 x 50.” So which number is most important? Actually, the second set of numbers, or the objective diameter, is more important. Remember, objects in space are often very large, sometimes several moon diameters across. A wide field lets you see more of the sky at once. Also,

more light reaches your eye with larger objectives. A good way to think of this is to imagine you have dropped and are trying to find a small object in a dark room. If you have a choice of a flashlight or a magnifying glass, it should be obvious that the flashlight will work best. Similarly, the more light that reaches your eyes, the clearer and brighter the image will be. Probably the optimal binocs are 10 x 50, as they give you good magnification as well as a bright image. For the serious user, large 20 x 80 binoculars and even larger are available, but they are quite heavy and need to be mounted on a tripod or some other support for comfortable viewing. There are dozens of books written on viewing the night sky—planets, galaxies, star clusters, nebulae— just with binoculars! Most astronomers have and use them frequently in addition to a telescope. Some objects, such as the Double Cluster in Perseus or the Pleiades (Seven Sisters) look great in binoculars but are not quite as impressive in a telescope due to the fact that the telescope gives a narrow field of view. If you can’t

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This picture of Earth’s moon was taken by astronomer Bryan Shumaker with a pair of 10x50 binoculars. beg or borrow a pair of binoculars, a good pair can be purchased for well under $80. Make sure that the view seems sharp from edge to edge and that at least one of the eyepieces can be focused independently. Most people have differences in their vision with each eye. It’s important that you can adjust the instrument so that both eyes are in focus.

I would like to remind everyone that as the weather improves, NOMAC (Northern Michigan Astronomy Club) will have regular binocular viewing sessions and we can show you how to get the best use of your instrument as well as show you around the night sky. Check out the website at www. for meeting dates and times.

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John William Harris The Veteran of the Month for February 2014 is John William Harris. Born on March 8th, 1931 in Boyne City, Mich., Harris

graduated from Boyne City High School in the class of 1949 and went to work for The Boyne City Co-Op as a light truck driver. On March 6th, 1952 Harris was inducted into the Army entering into active service in Detroit, Mich. and was assigned to Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Following basic training he was reassigned to the 102nd Infantry Regiment in the Army of Occupation in Germany where he served for one year, ten months and seven days. On Oct. 22nd, 1953 Harris was promoted to the Non-Commissioned Officer rank of Corporal and on Feb. 22, 1954 he received an Honorable Release From Active Military Service at the Separation Center, Fort Sheri-

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dan, Ill. and was transferred to the U.S. Army Reserves, Infantry, Michigan Military District to complete his eight year military obligation receiving an Honorable Discharge on March 6th, 1960 and was awarded the following decorations and awards: The National Defense Service Medal and The Army of Occupation Medal (Germany). Following his release from active service Harris returned to Boyne City where he worked in a number of different vocations including as

a builder with R.D. Brooks Construction Company. On Sept. 2nd, 1967, in Boyne Falls, Mich., Harris married Janet Marie Allison making their home in Boyne City. Harris also worked as a delivery driver for The Petoskey Pet Gas Company, as a driver for Northland Septic Company and for The City of Boyne City Street Department retiring on March 8th, 1993. Harris enjoyed gardening, woodworking, bowling and spending quality time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

On Dec. 6th, 2012 John William Harris answered the final call and is being honored by his wife Janet, his children, his siblings and their families. To honor a veteran, call the program chairman at (231) 588-6067 or on Tuesdays call (231) 5827811 between 3:30-8:30 p.m. The ceremony may be witnessed on the first Thursday of each month in front of The American Legion Post located on the corner of South Lake and Main streets in Boyne City, Mich. at 6:15 p.m.

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Downloading ebooks will be the focus of Boyne District Library’s new Digital Learning sessions starting Feb. 25. The sessions will be held on Tuesdays from 2-3 p.m. The library’s ebook collection is available to anyone with a library card. Whether it’s a Kindle, iPad, Nook, Surface, phone, tablet, or laptop, patrons can search the catalog, bor-

row ebooks and audiobooks, and download them to their devices. Items are checked out for two weeks, and return automatically, so there are never overdue fines. Items can also be placed on hold, with an e-mail notification sent when they become available. Boyne District Library offers this service through Overdrive’s Up North Digital Collection, a consortium of 35 libraries throughout northern Michigan, with more than 10,000 items available for checkout. For more information or to register for a session, please call the library at 582-7861, or visit and look for the registration link on the home page.

BC schools refinance bonds Boyne City Public Schools taxpayers are getting a huge break after the Board of Education refinanced bonds to a significantly lower interest rate. At their February meeting, board members unanimously voted to refinance the 2004 bond for the original high school construction to a new rate. The change lowers the interest rate from 4.1 percent obtained in 2004 to a current 2014 rate of .73 percent – saving taxpayers more than $250,000.

“We are not extending the terms (of the bond), which will still be paid off in May 2017,” said Superintendent Peter Moss. “Similar to refinancing your home, you still pay off the debt but at a lower interest rate. We are saving our taxpayers a significant amount – almost $250,000.” The bond for the new high school was originally approved by voters in 1999 and refinanced in 2004 and now in 2014, explained business manager Irene Byrne.

ANNUAL MEETING AND PANCAKE BREAKFAST Credit Union members and interested parties are invited to join us for a complimentary pancake breakfast, door prizes and a short, but informative meeting. WHEN: Saturday, March 8th 8am – 10am WHERE: Boyne City High School Call 1.800.638.1182 for more information.

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CAH program honored pure northern Michigan The CAH School Nurse Program was among five programs from across the country named a Program of Promise by the Hospital Charitable Services Awards, a national program sponsored by Jackson Healthcare. The CAH School Nurse Program places registered nurses in nine local schools. Through the dedicated hard work of the school nurses, students have the opportunity to learn about healthy lifestyle habits that will last a life time. The five programs were commended as early-stage hospitalsponsored programs with a clear vision for addressing underserved community health needs. At a banquet that was the culmination of the National Hospital Charitable Services Conference, each Program of Promise was presented with a monetary investment toward their growth. “These initiatives are not alone in giving back to their communities,” said Charles R. Evans, FACHE, Chairman of the Hospital Charitable Services Awards program. “What makes each Program of Promise unique is

EJ pool is open on Saturdays

The East Jordan Community Pool is now open Saturdays. Lap swim is 7:30 - 10 a.m., Water exercise is 10 - 11:30 a.m. and Open Swim is 11:30 - 1 p.m. Swim lessons are held by appointment, and you can rent our pool by contacting Deb Harm at 231-6750589. Located at 101 Maple St. in East Jordan.

Fiddlers Jamboree

Saturday, March 1, 2014 in East Jordan at the Harvest Barn Church.

their potential to impact their community in life-changing, sustainable ways.” Kathy Jacobsen, Director of Community Health Education thinks it’s her staff that deserves all the credit. “This award reflects the hard work that our school nurses demonstrate every day in their school settings. I am fortunate to support such innovative and dedicated nurses who make a lasting difference every day.” Jackson Healthcare instituted the Hospital Charitable Services Awards in 2010 to honor exemplary hospital-sponsored community programs, share their stories and make them models for other programs. Jackson Healthcare also uses the awards to cultivate a community of charitable hospital programs that want to encourage and learn from one another, and establish best practices. Each nominee had to demonstrate excellence in at least one of five areas: community impact, innovation, collaboration, transferability and/or best practice.

A historical look at tourism

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Michael R. Federspiel When the railroads first arrived in northern Michigan in the 1870s the region was considered destined for farmers, but over the next thirty years it instead became a significant regional tourist destination that annually welcomed thousands of short and long term guests. The Charlevoix Public Library

will be hosting Michael R. Federspiel, History Department, Central Michigan University and Director of the Little Traverse Historical Society, for his discussion of Pure Northern Michigan: An Historical Look at Tourism, 6:30 p.m., Monday, March 3. Michael will employ techniques that the current Pure Michigan program mimics. Using archival photographs and print publications, his presentation describes how the railroad and steamships companies, along with local business, transformed the region and created a tourist economy that still thrives today. A special display of early Charlevoix marketing materials will be provided by the Charlevoix Historical Society. This presentation is a part of the Journey Stories Chronology at the Charlevoix Public Library, 220 West Clinton St. Journey Stories tells the tale of how our ancestors came to America and the variety

Local students could go to Japan

Registration at 11:30 AM, Jamboree at 12:00 Noon to 5:00 PM, Dance 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM. Everyone Welcome! No admission fee, donations gladly accepted at the door.

Kindy round-up

The East Jordan Public Schools Kindergarten round-up parent meeting is at 6 p.m. on Wednesday March 19 in the elementary school cafeteria. Childcare will be provided. Kindergarten Screening (by appointment) April 8 and 10, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Call 536-7564 to make an appointment.

of different types of transportation utilized. Our history is filled with stories of people leaving behind everything to reach a new life in another state, or across the ocean. The 700 square foot exhibit includes six stand alone kiosks all with audio and interactive pieces. The library staff invites the public to explore the exhibit prior to Federspiel’s presentation. Journey Stories has been made possible at the Charlevoix Public Library by the Michigan Humanities Council. Journey Stories is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and State Humanities Councils nationwide. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress. For more information about this program or other events at the library, visit or call (231) 237-7340.

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Participants in the sister state student exchange are pictured. High school students currently in grades 9, 10 and 11 are invited to apply to a statewide student exchange program that would take them to Shiga, Japan, our Sister State, for two weeks during the summer of 2014.

The program is the Michigan-Shiga Student Exchange Program, a Michigan-Shiga Sister State Program. Fifteen high school students from Michigan are selected to participate each year and paired with Japanese students with similar interests.

The Michigan students will live with host families and attend school with the Shiga exchange students from June 25 through July 14. Japanese students will arrive on Aug. 28 and spend two weeks with the Michigan families. The cost for each student participating in the program is $3,065. Any student who is adventurous, likes to meet new people and is openminded qualifies for the program. Knowledge of the Japanese language is helpful, but not necessary. There is an orientation April 26 to acquaint selected students and parents with Japanese customs and basic language. More info at http://www.mishiga. org/programs/. The deadline is March 10. You may also call (517) 388-1308 or email mcdon288@ for more information.


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Charlevoix Area Humane Society murder mystery dinner March 8

A mystery dinner—entitled “Murder, Mayhem and Politics”—is scheduled for 6 p.m., on Saturday March 8. The dinner is set in the midst of a dispute over where the county seat should be located in Charlevoix County: Boyne City, East Jordan or Charlevoix. Come prepared to lobby for your preferred location, but as the evening unfolds, the festivities will be sidetracked by a murder or more, and all the guests will become suspects and part of the solution.

It will be lots of fun. During the cash bar reception from 6 to 6:30 p.m., a jail will be operated. You can choose to send a friend to jail for $20 and his bail will be the same. It’s all to raise money to help the animals. Located in the Boyne Mountain Vienna Room, the formal sit-down dinner includes a salad, choice of beef ribs, salmon, or vegetarian entrée, and a scrumptious dessert. Cost for the evening is $60 per person and we must have the dinner RSVP with food selections by Friday, February 28. Please join us with your friends for the festivities. Indicate with your check, the names of people attending and their dinner choices. You can guarantee seating with your

Festival for kids

Boyne Mountain offers weekend of fun Boyne Mountain resort’s newest winter event, Kids’ Festival Weekend on March 7 through 9, is all about kids ... with three days of entertainment, activities, games, and special offers. A welcome party kicks-off the weekend on Friday from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Mountain Grand Lodge and Spa and features complimentary snacks and drinks, face painting, and engaging entertainment from juggler Tommy Tropic and magician Magic Mike. Complimentary horse-drawn sleigh rides and a bonfire and s’mores are offered 6 to 9 p.m., story time with Fritz takes place at 7:30 p.m., and a family movie begins at 8 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday night. On Saturday, families and friends can gather in the Village for a cookout, snow bar with kiddie cocktails, face painting, and live entertainment from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. or partake in the Splatmaster paintball event open to ages four and up with 12 target practice shots for $5.

Beginning at noon, bounce, jump and climb to the heart’s content in the complimentary inflatable obstacle course, bounce house, extreme dual air jumpers, and rock climbing wall located in the Mountain Grand Lodge and Spa courtyard. An Angry Birds-themed Twin Zip Ride competition takes place from 2 to 6 p.m. and kids can dance and play during the Family Après Ski Party at Stein Eriksen’s from 4 to 6 p.m. Activities and events continue Sunday, and with the Winter Olympics spirit still in the air, head to the hills to compete in a variety of fun races. Ages 4 to 20 can race in the Silly Slalom, Seal Slide, Ski Race, and Egg Race. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Skier Services building, and awards take place following the events at 3 p.m. The obstacle course, bounce house, air jumpers, and climbing wall reopen Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. More information at (800) 4626963 or go to

Carnival weekend

Pack your costume & dancing shoes

Boyne Mountain’s Carnival Weekend, March 14 through 16, is wellknown for being the biggest and best spring celebration in the north. With 415 skiable acres and 60 trails, skiing and snowboarding are at the core of this weekend of jollity, with plentiful music, parties, and costume contests adding to the lively scene. Boyne Mountain’s Carnival Weekend gets underway Friday afternoon with skiing, snowboarding, a cookout, and an array of live entertainment from dueling pianos in Stein Eriksen’s to DJ Bill da Cat in the Snowflake Lounge, and The Waxies, an Irish folk-rock band, in the Civic Center from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. The Waxies have been named Michigan’s “Best Celtic Rock Band” and this gathering includes green beer, Irish drink features, giveaways and prizes for the best Irish-themed costumes. Make sure to get a good night’s rest as Saturday delivers six different parties throughout the day, most offering free entry for ages 21 and up. Start with the Village party for drink specials served on a snow bar, free swag, entertainment, and grub. Then, head to the slopes where party goers gather near the Victor Warming House for music, camaraderie, and an adult costume contest at 2:30 p.m. The top three win-

ners take home a 2014/15 BOYNE Gold, Silver, and Bronze Pass. Don a moustache (provided) for the 'Stache Bash at the Trophy Room Pub & Pizzeria from 3 to 6 p.m., or take a dip during the Foggy Goggles Pool Party in the Clock Tower Lodge pool featuring the sounds of DJ Bill da Cat from 3 to 7 p.m. An Après Ski Party, 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., rounds out the day in the Snowflake Lounge with A+ Digital DJ and contests. Keep the momentum going, or retreat for a catnap, just be ready for the ‘70s Snow Disco in the Civic Center featuring Chicago-based, The Shagadelics, from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Rock to the best of the ‘70s with your finest ‘70s attire, and while there, be sure and flash a smile for the photo booth. Best male and female costumes take home prizes. Start walking straight again with Sunday’s Last Man Standing Brunch and Bloody Mary Bar in Stein Eriksen’s served from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. before heading to the slopes for a day of skiing and snowboarding. The weekend’s last big splashtacular event is the Slush Cup across a 28’ by 90’ pond on lower McLouth starting at 11 a.m. Skim, soak or spectate – the choice is yours. More information at (800) 4626963 or go to

friends by reserving a table of 8 for $500, as a sponsor of the event. Checks made payable to Charlevoix Area Humane Society should be

All February!

If you have questions please contact Jamie Bauman, at (231) 675-8792 or Carla at the Humane Society (231) 582-6774.

Why living in Charlevoix is good for you. If you spend any time in Charlevoix County, you already know it’s a magnificent place to live. (It’s called “Charlevoix the Beautiful” for good reason.) You may not know that you also have convenient access to great health care services. As part of the Munson Healthcare system, Charlevoix Area Hospital offers: • Quality care for primary and urgent medical needs close to home • Access to some of the most respected medical specialists in the country At Charlevoix Area Hospital, you’ll find hometown physicians and staff who provide personalized care backed by all of the resources of a top quality regional health care system. Charlevoix Area Hospital – hometown health care, world-class caring. For more information, visit

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Refunds for pothole damage? Klezmer concert at Temple B’nai

The Klezmer supergroup Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi bring their unique brand of Klezmer, Balkan and Yiddish music to Northern Michigan for three dazzling performances March 14, 15, and 16 in Calumet, Marquette and Petoskey. The power trio of Yale Strom, kinetic violin, the sultry and soulful vocals of Elizabeth Schwartz, and world renowned accordion musician Peter Stan, blend their ethnographic experience and high octane energy in a unique show that combines stories, songs and a large dose of improvisation to create a dazzling musical extravaganza. The concert will be at noon on March 16 at the Temple B'nai Israel temple sanctuary in Petoskey. There is no cost to attend. Suitable for all ages.

Winter fish kills

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds everyone that after the heavy ice and snow cover melts on Michigan's lakes this winter, it may be common to discover dead fish or other aquatic creatures. This year's more severe winter with heavy snow and ice cover will create conditions that cause fish and other creatures such as turtles, frogs, toads and crayfish to die. "Winterkill is the most common type of fish kill," said Gary Whelan, DNR fish production manager. "Given the harsh conditions this winter with thick ice and deep snow cover, it will be particularly common in shallow lakes and streams and ponds. These kills are localized and typically do not affect the overall health of the fish populations or fishing quality." Dissolved oxygen is required by fish and all other forms of aquatic life. Once the daylight is greatly reduced by thick ice and deep snow cover, aquatic plants stop producing oxygen and many die. The bacteria that decompose organic materials on the bottom of the lake use the remaining oxygen in the water. Once the oxygen is reduced and other aquatic animals die and start decomposing, the rate that oxygen is used for decomposition is additionally increased and dissolved oxygen levels in the water decrease even more leading to increasing winterkill.

MDOT has a claims process for motorists whose vehicles are damaged by hitting a pothole on a state trunkline. • First, the pothole must be located on a state trunkline. A state trunkline is a highway with an M, I or US prefix, like M-1, I-75 and US-131. MDOT only has jurisdiction over state trunklines. Other roads are under the jurisdiction of counties, cities or villages. • Few claims are eligible for payment because potholes develop quickly. • A claim form and instructions are available on the MDOT website at: h t t p : / / w w w. m i c h i g a n . g o v / mdot/0,4616,7-151-9615_3088393194--,00.html

WRC Dir. tribute

Jan Mancinelli, executive director of the Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan (WRCNM) has received a special tribute from the State of Michigan for her commitment to both the community and the WRCNM during the past 35 years, and for her efforts to expand the center’s programs and services to provide residents with a multifaceted range of resources. Her passion for justice, peace and fairness was noted in the document, as well as her work to encourage social change as it relates to violence against women and girls.

Some summer road moneys going to salt

• MDOT has used more than 440,000 tons of salt so far this winter, about 80 percent more than this time last year. • MDOT is expecting to use more than 600,000 tons of salt this winter. • MDOT expects to exceed its $88

million winter budget by $40 million. Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and local transportation agencies are working together to stretch remaining salt supplies through spring. However, winter cost overruns and an anticipated worse than usual pothole season are already squeezing summer maintenance budgets. MDOT orders salt based on a fiveyear average for usage. If needed during an unusually severe winter like this one, MDOT has provisions in their contracts with each of four approved salt vendors to purchase up to 30 percent more salt than what was ordered at each location for the season at the contract price.

MDEQ solid waste report

DEQ today released its 18th annual Report of Solid Waste Landfilled in Michigan, including information on waste from both in-state and out-of-state sources for fiscal year 2013. All Michigan landfills are required to submit information on disposal to the DEQ. This information is compiled annually into a report for the state Legislature. This year’s report suggests Michiganders are throwing away less trash, down 0.5 percent compared with FY 2012.

• Senate Bill 608, Revise Medicaid expansion funding details; authorize extra spending: Passed 32 to 6 in the Senate To adjust spending in the current year budget to reflect fund source changes triggered by adoption of the federal health care law’s Medicaid expansion starting in April, and authorize additional spending on roads (including $100 million for extra winter maintenance costs), government preschool programs, “land bank” authorities, low income heating bill subsidies, National Guard armory improvements, veterans programs, harbor dredging projects, and much more. The bill would also authorize $60.3 million in new debt for state college and university construction projects. 37 Sen. Howard Walker R Traverse City Y • Senate Bill 608, Hopgood amendment to strip funding for “Pyramid” school project: Failed 14 to 24 in the Senate To remove a line item from Senate Bill 608 that would authorize $5.5 million for a “public/private partnership, Pyramid P20 education hub” project located in a former Steelcase building that reportedly has become a real estate market “white elephant.” 37 Sen. Howard Walker R - Traverse City N • House Bill 4962, Mandate sudden infant death syndrome information distribution: Passed 105 to 3 in the House To mandate that hospitals give mothers a copy of a pamphlet on the risk factors of sudden infant death syndrome and sudden unexpected infant death (SIDS and SUID). This would also apply to a health professional in charge of a birth

However, overall waste added to landfills increased by 1.4 percent because of an increase in waste from other states and Canada. At current rates and presuming no new capacity is permitted, Michigan has an estimated 28 years of disposal capacity left. To receive a copy of the annual report, visit http://1.usa. gov/1ijU1he or contact the DEQ’s Office of Waste Management and Radiological Protection, Solid Waste Section at 517-284-6588 or P.O. Box 30241, Lansing, Michigan 48909-7741.

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or a newborn’s care outside of a hospital. The Department of Community Health would be responsible for producing the pamphlets and related material. 105 Rep. Greg MacMaster R Kewadin X • Senate Bill 553, Extend already-extended renaissance zone tax breaks longer: Passed 87 to 21 in the House To allow an eight year extension of the extensive tax breaks granted to residents and businesses in a particular “renaissance zone” located in Saginaw County. This would be in addition to a previous seven-year extension. 105 Rep. Greg MacMaster R - Kewadin X • House Bill 4487, Authorize DDA debt and spending to promote local agriculture: Passed 81 to 27 in the House To empower Downtown Development Authorities to borrow and spend the loan proceeds on “marketing initiatives,” “infrastructure improvements” and more that “promote local agriculture products and farmers markets.” The debt incurred by these “tax increment financing” schemes is repaid by “capturing” from other local taxing units the increased property tax revenue that the DDA’s subsidies and spending are presumed to generate. 105 Rep. Greg MacMaster R Kewadin X SOURCE:, a free, non-partisan website created by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, providing concise, non-partisan, plain-English descriptions of every bill and vote in the Michigan House and Senate. Please visit

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• Attend two consecutive library board meetings prior to appointment The board meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6pm in the library conference room. The Boyne District Library serves a population of 7,354. People who wish to apply may obtain an application at the Library. Submit applications to Boyne City Hall & a copy to the library

Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill today that allows full-time college students to postpone jury duty until the end of the school year. “Serving on a jury is an important part of our civic responsibility,” Snyder said. “However, for college students, jury duty can be disruptive to their studies. This law gives them the opportunity to focus on their education while still giving them the opportunity to serve after the school year.” House Bill 4570, sponsored by state Rep. Kevin Cotter, requires the chief judge of a judicial circuit or district to postpone the jury duty of students at Michigan’s public universities, community colleges and other educational institutions and vocational schools, if the student proves that it would interfere with his or her class schedule. A similar exemption already exists for eligible high-

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Taylor Swift wrote a song a few years back called “Two is Better Than One.” While she was talking about the man of her dreams, her sentence still speaks volumes about many of us: we don’t like to be alone. We like to feel companionship, and as such, we seek out not only mates for life but a circle of friends to surround us through it. God clearly recognized this, as Adam wasn’t by himself in this world for very long, and among the first things Jesus did when he began ministering on Earth was to recruit a close circle of friends. These disciples are repeatedly differentiated from the rest of Jesus’ followers in the Bible, and are constantly portrayed as a much closerknit group of people: friends. The Bible does have much to say about friendship. The book of Ecclesiastes says, “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” We’re not supposed to be alone. We are here to help each other, en-

courage each other, and accomplish things together--we rise and fall together, so to speak. And it’s not just working and playing, Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” These friends aren’t just drinking buddies, and the Bible takes them very seriously, so let’s take a look at how we can be better friends. 1. Encourage each other. We’re supposed to be our friends’ best cheerleaders. We’re here to pick them up when they’re down and let them know what they’re really capable of. Paul wrote to the Hebrews, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” There’s the kicker though: good works. We aren’t here to encourage our friends in everything. No, don’t tell your friend he can do it when the first swing doesn’t knock over the neighbor’s mailbox. No, we shouldn’t encourage our friend and tell him that he really can indeed save the worm from the te-

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quila bottle. Encourage your friends to do what is good and right. Being kind to others, taking care of their family, and living out their faith in a positive way. 2. Be kind. Be nice to your friends and don’t stop. It should go without saying, but there’s more to it.

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We all have that friend who does the same thing over and over, and yes, it can get annoying. Maybe they cancel plans repeatedly. Maybe they keep sticking you with the tab at the local restaurant. The book of Proverbs says, Whoever covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.” When your friends do things that annoy you, tell them about it, but remember that you’re supposed to love them. Do it kindly, gently, and in a way that respects who they are. But more importantly, if you’re doing something that causes problems for your friends, it’s even worse when you repeat it. 4. Pray for them We should be praying for those that we care about. Ask for their good fortune, their happiness, and for them to get over that pesky flu bug. Prayer is something that is so simple and costs nothing, and it’s a way we can help our friends whether we’re laying in bed at night or on our way to work. Paul wrote to his friends the Philippians, “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every

28th is $30, with registration at the door costing $35. The registration fee does include lunch. Men can register on line at AbsoluteCatholic. com or call Kevin Endres at 231-534-5225. Mother Daughter Retreat: “The Feminine Genius” Mother and Daughter retreat is scheduled for March 8th and 9th, 2014 at the Augustine Center in Conway. The retreat will focus on the theme “The Feminine Genius: Restoring the Imago Dei in the hearts and minds of Young Women”. This annual and beautifully enriching retreat experience is open to young women grades 8-12 and their mothers. Highlights for the retreat include faith-filled presentations, special mother and daughter time, small group discussion, Eucharistic Adoration, Sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation, a beauty session, craft activity and tie for quiet and prayer. Cost is $65 per person for overnight and $15 per person for Saturday-only registration. To register contact Liz Gengle at 231-347-4133 ext 27 or by email Registration deadline is February 24, 2014. Attention all High School and College age Individuals: All high school seniors and college-age individuals are invited to the 11th annual TEC retreat March 14-16 at Camp Daggett in Petoskey. TEC (“To Encounter Christ”) is a three day experience in Christian living specifically designed for high school seniors and college aged individuals who are searching for goals, acceptance, meaning, community and most especially God. Fr. Don Geyman, Vocations Director for the diocese of Gaylord, will be the Spiritual Director for the retreat. Cost is $60 per person and includes all lodging, meals and materials. For more information or to register, contact Val Porter at 231 818 1319 or visit www.newlifetec. org for applications, photos and more information. ASH WEDNESDAY SCHEDULE: Wednesday, March 5th Mass and Ashes 8:00 am Saint Augustine’s Word Service 12: 15 pm Saint Matthew’s Mass and Ashes 7:00 pm Saint Matthew’s STATIONS OF THE CROSS:

prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy.” He enjoyed praying even more because he was lifting up the people he cared about. Make a habit of being a good friend in any way you can, and prayer is the place to start. 5. Pick the right friends. Let’s face it, most of this is meaningless if you have crappy friends, and there does come a point where you need to reevaluate that. And at some point, you may realize that what you thought was a friendship really wasn’t, and that you truly don’t connect with this person. The book of Proverbs says, “Make no friendship with a man given to anger, nor go with a wrathful man, lest you learn his ways and entangle yourself in a snare. Be not one of those who give pledges, who put up security for debts. If you have nothing with which to pay, why should your bed be taken from under you?” Don’t keep friends around that aren’t good friends to you. It builds resentment over time, and will only end badly. In the end, friendship is important. Having good friends with good hearts can only encourage us and help us grow (not to mention having someone to call when you need it). And from experience, there’s no feeling in the world like being that person someone calls after a rough day or a sleepless night.

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Boyne Area Worship Opportunities Buddhists For more information on the Jewel Heart Buddhist Center, e-mail northernmi@jewelheart. org. Catholic Community The Boyne Valley Catholic Community is offering many opportunities to enrich your prayer life and spirituality during the eighth week in Ordinary time. Activities during the week March 2nd include: Mens Bible Study to resume: The Monday morning Men’s Bible Study will resume on Mondays at 6:45 am at St. Matthew’s. All men of the faith community are welcome to attend. RCIA continues: RCIA sessions are held on Tuesday evenings at 6:00 pm at St. Matthew’s. Anyone who may have an interest in the Catholic faith is invited to attend. Little Rock Scripture Study: The Little Rock Scripture study has begun it’s winter/spring session at noon at St. Augustine Church. The group will be studying the topic “The Way of Justice and Peace”. The study will run for six weeks. All interested adults of the faith community are invited to be part of the excellent study. For more information, contact JoAnn Gibes at 549-2876. Book Club: The book club meets on Tuesday, March 4th at 10:00 am at St. Matthew’s. The group is discussing he book Thrift Store Saints: Meeting Jesus 25 cents at at time by Jane Knuth. This book is a collection of true stories based on Jane’s experiences serving the poor at a St. Vincent de Paul thrift store in the inner city of Kalamazoo Michigan. 2014 Catholic Men’s Conference: The 2014 Catholic Men’s Conference will be held at St. Francis High School in Traverse City on Saturday, March 1st from 9:00 – 3:30 pm. Registration will begin at 7:30 am. The conference will conclude with Mass at 4:00 pm. The headliners for the conference this year will be former NFL player and coach Danny Abramowicz and FOCUS founder Curtis Martin. Space is limited to the first 450 men. Registration before February

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‘And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together ... but encouraging one another Anyone can be nice when they see someone on the street and walk by, but keeping it up can be hard. When your friend calls at two in the morning, stops by unexpectedly, or is unusually clingy because they’ve had a hard week, that’s when they need us the most. The book of Job says, ““He who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty.” It doesn’t just speak of being kind, but not withholding kindness as being just as important. Don’t back off when things get rough or shy away when something serious is in your midst. 3. Don’t do unkind or inconsiderate things, and especially don’t repeat them.

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Monday evening beginning March 11th at 7:00 pm St. Augustine’s Friday evening beginning March 7th at 7:00 pm at St. Matthew’s ANNUAL SOUP SUPPER: Begins on Tuesday, March 18th and will run for four consecutive Tuesdays. The focus for the soup suppers this year will be Blessed John Paul II and John XXIII, who will be canonized the Sunday after Easter. We will spend time looking at their lives and how we can strive to follow their example of holiness and trust in God. Mass Schedule: Friday, March 7th at 8:00 am at St. Matthew’s. Communion Service at Grandvue at noon Communion Service at The Brook at 2:00 pm Church of the nativity Nativity will host a Shrove Tuesday pancake supper, from 5 to 7 p.m., on March 4. The public is welcome to this dinner and financial donations will be donated to an area food pantry. The ‘Imposition of the Ashes’ service will be held a 7 p.m. on March 5. EJ Community Church On Sunday, March 2, the sermon will be “Goand God may surprise you” given by Pastor Jason Richey from Acts 12:5-9. Services are 9 and 10:45 AM. Nursery and Preschool care is available at both services. Children K-5 classes are available during both services. Youth classes are second service only. Adult Community Small Groups are available during both services. On Tuesday, March 2, the Ladies Bible Study will meet at 6:30 PM. The study is on the book of “James”. For more information, contact Nancy at 231-535-3444. The Adult Community Small Group will meet at the Gibbert residence at 6:30 PM. The study will be “Starting Point #2” facilitated by Keith Theodore (459-4190). On Wednesday, March 7, there will be a Men’s Breakfast at 7 AM at Darlene’s Restaurant. For questions concerning the East Jordan Campus, please call 536-2299 or the Walloon Campus at 535-2288. First Baptist 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 First Presbyterian First Presbyterian Church at 401 S. Park St., Boyne City invites you to share worship with us each Sunday at 11 a.m. Worship is led by Rev. Elizabeth Broschart followed by coffee and fellowship. Communion is celebrated the first Sunday of the month. An infant and toddler room is available in addition to a program for students ages four through seven. For more information call 231-582-7983. Genesis Church Genesis meets Sunday in the Boyne City Elementary School at 11am, as well as in Petoskey Middle School at 9:30am. Smaller Community Groups meet all throughout both communities at different times and locations and are great places to grow in friendship and faith. Life groups are open to all community members to help with a specific need and include Financial Peace University, Step-up Addictions Recovery, Divorce Care, and Choosing Wisely before you Divorce. Contact us at info@genesiswired. com, 487-0081, or go to to learn more. We desire to cultivate deepening relationships for Jesus Christ. begin. belong. become. United Methodist The Boyne Falls United Methodist Church and Pastor Wayne McKenney welcomes you every Sunday morning for worship at 9:15 am. The church is located at 3057 Mill St. Children’s programming is held during the service for pre-school through 5th grade. Pastor Wayne McKenney. Office hours are Tues.-Thurs. from 8 am to 3 pm. Phone 231-582-9776. Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors. United Methodist The Boyne City United Methodist Church and Pastor Wayne McKenney welcomes you every Sunday morning for worship at 11 am. The church is located at 324 S. Park Street. Children’s programming is held during the service for ages 4 through 5th grade. Office hours are Tues.Thurs. from 8 am to 3 pm. Phone 231-5829776. Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors. Walloon Lake On Thursday, February 27, the Cozy Quilters will

meet at 9:00 AM in room 101. Celebrate Recovery will meet at 7 PM in the multi-purpose room. On Saturday, March 1, there will be a Prayer Partner Breakfast at 8 AM in room 101. On Sunday, March 2, the sermon will be “Go – where God leads, not where you want!” from Acts 13-14 given by Pastor Jeff Ellis. Service times are 9 and 10:45 AM. Infant and toddler care is provided at both services. Children and Adult classes are available during both services. Senior High Youth meet at the Youth Center at 10:45 AM only. Junior High Youth meet at the Discipleship House at 10:45 AM only. On Tuesday, March 4, the Ladies Bible Study will start at 9:15 AM in the discipleship house. Celebrate Recovery has a women only group meeting at 1 PM in the Discipleship House. Contact Catherine for more information, 989705-1869. The Women’s Tea will start at 6:15 PM. Wednesday, March 5, the family meal and classes will be at 5:30 and 6:30 PM. Programs for all ages are available. The church office hours are 9 AM to 5 PM Monday through Wednesday, and Friday. On Thursday, it is open from 9 to noon. If you have any questions, please call 535-2288 or visit our website at

Food pantries • Boyne City Community Pantry (1st Mon 10am-12pm and 3rd Mon 5-7pm); 401 State Street, Boyne City (231-582-2551) • Boyne Valley Pantry (Thu 2-5pm) 3031 Main Street, Boyne Falls (231549-2230) • Seventh Day Adventist (Mon 6-8pm, Wed 10am-12pm) 326 Park Street, Boyne City (231-5820151) • Good Samaritan Family Services Food Pantry (231) 588-2208 9746 Main St. Ellsworth, MI 49729 • Manna Food Project (231) 347-8852 8791 McBride Park Dr. Harbor Springs, MI 49740 • Mancelona Food Pantry & Resale Shop 201 N Maple St Mancelona, MI 49659 (231) 587-9606


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DAVE Free Financial Straight-Talk by Dave Ramsey Invest now or pay off debt? Dear Dave, I went to medical school, and now I have $70,000 in debt. I just started a three-year residency making about $50,000 a year, while my wife makes $40,000. The student loans represent our only debt. Do you think we should be paying this off or investing in a Roth IRA? David Dear David, If I were in your shoes, I’d work on paying down the student loans. That means you may never be in a Roth, but there are other things you can invest in and grow wealth. I realize this may not seem right mathematically, but I don’t always make financial decisions based exclusively on math. Many times I do things based on changing money behaviors—stuff like paying off debts from smallest to largest because it actually works. Personal finance is 80 percent behavior, and only 20 percent head knowledge. So sometimes you have to go with what actually works best overall, in spite of what the technical math shows. In your case, I think it’s going to be very valuable to have no student loans by the time you complete your residency. With three years to go, and living on a $90,000 a year income, you can do it. Then, when you come through the other side as a full-fledge doctor, you’ll have the great income and be sitting there debt-free. Not a bad place to be, right? I understand the Roth seems like a pretty good idea right now, but my advice is to stick with becoming debt-free as quickly as possible. Once that’s done, you and your wife will be able to invest, save, and build wealth like crazy! —Dave

Don’t risk the family farm Dear Dave, My wife started working at a pharmaceutical company that gave her a few thousand dollars’ worth of stock. In the last year that stock has doubled in value. We’ve considered buying more just to see how it does. What do you think about this? Robert Dear Robert, I understand why you guys would be excited, but you’re still looking at a very risky proposition. Any stock that doubles its value in just one year is highly volatile. It’s very unusual when things like that happen, and the fact is, it could go down in value just a quickly. I think you should be completely debt-free, except for your house, and have an emergency fund of three to six months of expenses in place before you start any outside investing. You should also make sure that 15 percent of your income is already going toward retirement. I don’t mind you dabbling a little bit as long as all the other stuff is taken care of first. But I’d advise you to never put more than 10 percent of your nest egg into single stocks. If you’ve got $50,000 in a 401(k) right now, limit yourself to $5,000 in this area. That way, if the stock tanks and you lose it all, it’s only a small blip on the radar. You’ll still be financially intact and able to retire with dignity. It would be fantastic if this stock went through the roof and you two made a ton of money. That would be awesome! But make sure you limit the potential for damage by limiting your exposure. Don’t risk the family farm, as they say, to make this play. —Dave

Boyne Biz Expo Register now for best booth location & price

Exhibitors are encouraged to register early to get booth selection priority and to save money on their Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce Business Expo booth. Sponsors receive top booth selection priority, followed by exhibitors in the order they submit their registration. Applications are now being accepted. Booth prices For $195, early registration business exhibitors receive 10 free tickets to the expo and a 10by-10 ft. booth that includes a table, table skirt, linens, chairs, and blue and white pipe and drape on three sides. Non-profit booths are $140. Booth selections will be made (according to registration priority) in a meeting at 5:30 p.m. March 25, in the Boyne District Library Community Room. Exhibitor tips will also be presented at this meeting. Booth prices will increase by $20 on March 26.

Auto/deisel tech night

Auto and diesel technicians and people interested in entering that field will have an opportunity to talk shop with other techs and see the latest technologies at an Auto and Diesel Technicians Night in Traverse City.

The event will be held Wednesday, March 5 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at NMC's Parsons-Stulen Building located at 2600 Aero Park Drive. This recruiting event is open to those interested in a career in mechanics, technician students and veterans of the industry. “Some of our local employers are hiring auto and diesel technicians from downstate or out of state,” said Michelle Socha, Northwest Michigan Works! business liaison. “We want to focus on filling those tech positions locally." Admission is free. There will be car and equipment displays, tool giveaways and discounts, door prizes, and appetizers.

day Feb. 25, and 5:30 p.m. on Thursday March 6. Both meetings are to be held at the Boyne District Library community room, located at 201 East Main St. in Boyne City.

courtesy photo

Janet DiPirro

K9 trainer in BC

Virtual job fair

Job seekers and employers can connect with each other at the Michigan Virtual Career Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday Feb. 26 at Northwest Michigan Works! Service Centers in Cadillac, Petoskey and Traverse City. MiVirtualCareerFair allows employers to connect with top talent and gives job seekers the opportunity to apply for dozens of available positions.

Food truck meeting

Boyne City officials want to know how you feel about food trucks. Two meetings have been scheduled to offer information and take public comment on the issue because, as of yet, the city has not policy regarding this type of business. Meetings are planned for 6 p.m. on Tues-

(Courtesy Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce) Janet DiPirro, certified dog trainer, dog groomer and licensed Veterinary Technician, with over 30 years experience has recently arrived in the Boyne City area to provide training services. “Dog training should always be fun and educational for the dogs and the people, instead of a power struggle,” said DiPirro. “I believe that training is about trust, not control. Training is a lifelong process and the training I like to provide is built around positive reinforcement as well as non physical punishment. Based on scientific learning theories, I will show you how to communicate with your dog so that they can become a well balanced, reliable companion.” For more information, go to

LTAHB Home show

The Little Traverse Association of Home Builders 38th annual Northern Michigan Home Show will be held at North Central Michigan College from Noon to 8 p.m. Friday March 14, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday March 15.

Explore the world of international investments Edward Jones MAKING SENSE OF INVESTING

Ruth A. Skop AAMS©

Financial Advisor

101 S. Lake St. P.O. Box 423 Boyne City, MI 49712 Bus. (231) 582-3416 Fax (877) 408-3474 You’re probably accustomed to measuring the progress of your investments, and the overall condition of the investment world, by checking on indexes such as the Dow Jones Industrial Average and

United States. But that impression would be false — because there are, literally, a world of investment opportunities beyond the U.S. borders. In fact, as of the end of 2010, U.S. stock markets constituted less than a third of the total global stock market value, according to the World Bank. And you can probably just look around at the products you use in your daily life to identify many successful foreign companies. Why invest a portion of your portfolio internationally? Here are a couple of reasons to consider: •Growth potential — The United States is a mature, highly developed economy. That doesn’t mean, of course, that we have no “upside” here. However, you can also find considerable growth potential in emerging markets — countries such as China, India, Brazil and Mexico that are characterized by younger, less mature economies. •Diversification — The world’s financial markets are somewhat dependent on one another, but that doesn’t mean they constantly move in unison. In any given year, the U.S. markets may be down, but international

“You should probably limit your exposure to international investments to no more than 20% to 25% of your overall portfolio” the S&P 500. And since these types of benchmarks focus almost exclusively on American companies, you might get the idea that the best investments are located right here in the

markets might be doing better. Consequently, if during that year, you had invested only in U.S. companies, your portfolio may have taken a hit. It’s important to diversify your

portfolio by investing in many different vehicles, but you can also boost your diversification through geography. (Keep in mind, though, that diversification can’t guarantee a profit or protect against loss.) While international investing can be beneficial, it does not come without risks. For one thing, when you invest overseas, you may encounter political instability, which could threaten the financial markets of a country or region. Conversely, financial problems, such as the European debt crisis, can result in loss of confidence in individual governments. Also, you might experience currency risk, which means that changes in the value of the U.S. dollar relative to foreign currencies could harm the value of your investments. And in any given year, any market, foreign or domestic, may be down. Ultimately, you should probably limit your exposure to international investments to no more than 20% to 25% of your overall portfolio, with the exact amount, if any, depending on your situation — your goals, risk tolerance, time horizon, financial situation and other factors. You may also want add an inter-

national flavor to your portfolio by investing in quality U.S. companies that do a considerable amount of business abroad. In any case, given the more complex nature of international investing, you’ll want to consult with a financial professional before writing a check. Still, consider the international investment world. With a little exploring, you may discover some good possibilities out there. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

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Tinseltown talks by Nick Thomas

Nimoy reflects on Spock, photograpy and living with COPD

the East Coast in May to be honored by the New England chapter of the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as guest narrating for a Boston Pops concert. The diagnosis of COPD, which primarily is caused by smoking, didn’t really catch him off guard. “Before I stopped smoking 30 years Despite a recent diagnosis of Chron- ago, I was deeply addicted,” said ic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Nimoy. “I had to go through various a lung ailment that affects over 12 programs before I quit. But by then, million Americans, Leonard Nimoy the damage was done. In my late 70s and early 80s, I recognized that plans to keep busy. As Star Trek’s ‘Spock,’ Nimoy cre- I did not have great breathing capacity, so wasn’t ated one of the surprised by the most iconic charCOPD diagnoacters in televisis.” sion history. “I use medicaBut for the past tion daily and two decades, he give myself a has transported jolt of oxygen his career to the when I need it,” other side of the he added. “The camera and is main difficulty regarded as a leading contem- Pictured is a photo from Leonard is high altitudes. We’ve had a porary American Nimoy’s early Shekhina series. house in Lake photographer. Tahoe for 20 years, which is a beau“I’ve got three exhibitions coming tiful retreat. But at 6,000 ft, I just up in March in the Boston area,” said Nimoy from his home in Los can’t go there anymore. Other than Angeles. “The exhibits cover about that, I’m still very active and not 20 years of my career, so it’s quite ready to cash it in yet!” Though best known as an actor, the comprehensive.” Nimoy, who turns 83 next month, is photography bug bit him hard at the represented by R. Michelson Gal- pinnacle of his career. leries in Northampton, Mass., (see “I had finished three seasons of ‘Star for exhibit Trek’ and two seasons of ‘Mission: Impossible,’ and I actually considdates). Although a scheduling conflict will ered changing careers,” explained likely prevent him from attending Nimoy, who even returned to school the openings, he plans to travel to at UCLA to study under master art

photographer Robert Heineken. But with no enthusiasm for commercial photography, Nimoy realized a career in fine art photography would be difficult at the time. “So I decided to stay with my acting and directing, although I continued to study photography and work at it.” Around 1994, he became a full-time photographer (while continuing to tackle some film and TV projects of interest), producing work that was largely concept driven. His diverse subjects include hands, eggs, landscapes, nudes, and dancers, all shot with traditional black and white film which Nimoy developed. “I have two darkrooms and do my own printing up to a 16” x 20” image. I like to be in touch with the whole process,” he said. “But years of exposure to those darkroom chemicals probably didn’t help my breathing.” Nimoy has published several books of his works. Most recently, for his Secret Selves project – his first shot in digital color – he photographed 100 people from all walks of life, each acting out a fantasy identity. As an actor, Nimoy is accustomed to creating alternative identities, his most celebrated being the unemotional Vulcan scientist. Despite rumors throughout his career that he resented being typecast as Spock, Nimoy says he regards the character with fondness. “I’ve always been proud to be identified with Spock and never had any concern about it,” he said. “I’m a very lucky guy and have had a great

photos courtesy seth kaye photography

Leonard Nimoy is pictured above with one of his cameras. Nimoy (also pictured below) is seen in 2010 posing with a subject and her life-sized secret self.

run as an actor.” But what if J.J. Abrams, the producer/director of the new Star Trek films, approached him for reprising the role? “I’d take his call, but doubt I’d do any acting,” he said. “I don’t want to go off on location again. I’m enjoy-

ing life with my family too much.” Nick Thomas teaches at Auburn University at Montgomery, Ala. His features and columns have appeared in over 400 newspapers and magazines and can be reached at his blog: http://getnickt.blogspot. com

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a shoddy gravel road to get there. It won’t be carving a path through hill and dale to get this young soul to his math test. Why? Because we wisely decided as a society that our community will be better with its residents having the ability to travel to the grocery store and back without fear of being stranded (last night’s blizzard notwithstanding) so the community funds roads, snowplows and salt trucks. And that’s not all.

events When my darling child accidently lights his trash can on fire playing with a book of matches he traded for a baseball card that day, a huge gang of firefighters will be on their way to my house, and because they know what they’re doing, I’m sure they’ll successfully save my dwelling from eternal flame. The taxpayer funded hose will shoot taxpayer funded foam or water out of a taxpayer funded hydrant, and put out the flames. And hopefully, one of these brave souls who was trained by our dollars will rush in and save me if I wasn’t willing to let my cat perish and ran back in. They won’t bill me for the man-

hours it took, they won’t be calculating just how much foam they used, and the price of gas will never be a concern. Why? Because our society wisely understands that it’s necessary to a healthy community that its residents not die in fires. And so, once again, we all chip in a little. So I ask you all, why should the same not be true for healthcare? If I’m not going to find myself under the weight of an unfathomable debt for my child to be taught the skills needed for life, why should I find myself there because my appendix burst as I was delivering newspapers one morning?

Is it not better to a healthy community that it’s citizens be, you know, healthy? But that isn’t the case yet, and so, every expense is counted (not to mention marked up) and every moment of staff time is tallied, and because Joe the Plumber was afraid of what could be making his belly hurt, he now owes upwards of $2,000. It turned out to be nothing major and he went home hours later, but he is now going to be paying two grand to a local hospital. I understand that every buck counts and money can be scarce. But to anyone who doesn’t want to chip in to keep your fellow men and women healthy, I hope you’ll

think again. Or at least I hope you’ll consider the self-esteem he gained in Mrs. Houser’s class in second grade, the fact that he didn’t get hurt in a car crash on the way to the store because the roads were salted, and the fact that you’re not still in debt to the fire department from his accident with the tweezers in the light socket all those years ago. We rise and fall together as a community, and we’ve accepted the responsibility to help our society as a whole with basic needs, that is, everything except for keeping them alive and healthy to begin with. I think it’s time to rethink.

Live entertainment every weekend

Come enjoy great drinks, pool & a lively crowd now free tax help Low-to-moderate income families and individuals can get help with tax preparation at Boyne District Library on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tim Cooney, a trained volunteer with the IRS-sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, will prepare and electronically file both federal and state returns at no charge. Cooney also serves on the library's board of trustees. Appointments can be made by calling the library at 231-582-7861. March 3 mystery dinner Mystery Dinner sponsored by Charlevoix Area Humane Society at Boyne Mountain. (231) 582-6774. March 6 & 7 Mean Mary concerts Mean Mary will perform at Cafe Sante located at 1 Water Street, Boyne City, MI on March 6 from 5:30-9 p.m. and March 7 from 8-11 p.m., all ages, Free. A book signing of her new award-winning novel will follow the musical performance. March 8 EJ Schools fundraiser East Jordan Public Schools Extravaganza! This guaranteed fun fundraising event will be held Saturday, March 8 at Castle Farms in Charlevoix. The Extravaganza will fund College Scholarships for East Jordan High School students who take on challenging AP Classes. Tickets, just $50, will be available at all East Jordan Public School Offices. Sponsorships, donations and volunteers are needed. Please call the High School Office at 536-2259 for more information. March 14-15, 21-22 school musical Boyne City High School Spring Musical, 7 p.m. Look for details in a future edition of the Boyne City Gazette. Through March 21 Smithsonian’s Journey Stories This exhibit tells the tale of how our ancestors came to America and the variety of different types of transportation utilized. The 700 square foot Journey Stories exhibit includes six stand alone kiosks all with audio, video and interactive pieces. There will also be an oral history piece where 90 second personal stories can be recorded and then uploaded to the Smithsonian’s Stories on Main Street website to be listened to for generations to come. Exhibit guides will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at both locations every Saturday of the exhibit. Guides will also be available for special group bookings. To book a group tour, call Val at (231) 237-7360. For more details about the Journey Stories exhibit, visit the website at: April 4-5 Chef's Challenge The area’s premier high-end cook-off and fund food feature at Boyne Mountain. April 17 business start-up classes Northern Lakes Economic Alliance and SCORE are teaming up to provide a series of business start-up courses that can assist you in evaluating the potential of your idea and learn the process of putting a business

plan together. "How to REALLY Start Your Own Business: Practical Information From Those Who Have Done It" will cover ways to start a business, business legal structure, permits & licensing, marketing, framework, and much more. April 17 in Petoskey. Cost to attend is $20 per business and reservations can be made by calling (231) 582-6482 or emailing April 24 business expo 6th Annual Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce Business Expo, former Carter's Building, 3-7 p.m. Includes 96 booths, Taste of Boyne, 1,300 attendees. April 26 Paint the Town Red Fundraiser at Boyne Mountain. Dinner, auctions, dancing to benefit Boyne City Public Schools arts, athletics and academics, 6 p.m. now through may Big Brother Big Sister volunteers are needed to participate in our school-based mentoring program at Sheridan and Lincoln Elementary school, now until May 2014. Volunteers visit with a child once a week for about an hour. Together they share a friendship and enjoy lunch together, work on academics, or enjoy an activity in the library, playground, classroom, or gymnasium. Volunteers provide consistency, friendship, and the opportunity to share new activities with a child that will help the child develop new skills and interests. Its a great way to spend a lunch hour. Volunteer applicants must submit an application, provide references, agree to a background check, participate in an interview and screening process, and provide information to program staff regarding their interests, life experiences, and skills working with others. Training is provided throughout the screening process and once accepted and matched. All activities take place onsite at the school. Call (231) 946-2447 ext. 203 for more info. ONGOING EVENTS CAREER CONNECTION Job seekers can learn about job opportunities and improve their job search skills by getting involved in the new Boyne City Career Connection. The group will typically meet every other Tuesday from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Boyne District Library, 201 E. Main St. For more information, call Harold (Buck) Love at Northwest Michigan Works, 231-620-5178. WRC Play events Playgroups, offered free through the Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan, are for children 0-60 months and preschoolaged siblings. The fall schedule is: 9:30-11 a.m. Tuesdays at Jordan Valley District Library Community Room, East Jordan; 9:3011 a.m. Wednesdays at United Methodist Church, Alanson; 9:30-11 a.m. Thursdays at Christ Lutheran Church, Boyne City; 9:30-11 a.m. Fridays at United Methodist Church, Petoskey. Call (231)347-0067 or visit for more information. Foreign language lessons Boyne District Library offers Mango Languages, an online learning system. Go to for more informa-

tion on this free offering. 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. Second Sunday, monthly Freethought association The Freethought Association of Northern Michigan invites humanists, agnostics, non believers and any one interested in challenging their beliefs and stimulate their thinking, to attend their monthly meetings. Join us on the second Sunday of every month from 1 to 3 PM. at the Emmet County Friendship Center, 1322 Anderson Road in Petoskey. For further information see our website at or send an email to: 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

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Student of the Week Boyne Falls Public Schools

Name: Naomi Johnson Grade: 8th Parent’s Name(s): Heather, Mike Johnson Future Plans: Go to college to work with animals Favorite Book: Where The Red Fern Grows Hobbies and Interests: Hunting and Fishing School Activities: Basketball, Volleyball, Softball Staff Comments Naomi has been a very special student in my class. She is dedicated in her studies, and is always ready to help other students when needed. It has been a pleasure having her in my class this year. I am sure the high school teachers will enjoy having Naomi in their class next year

Student of the Week Boyne City Public Schools

NAME: Ashlyn Kartes PARENT NAME: Beth and Mike Kartes GRADE: 9 SCHOOL ACTIVITIES: Volleyball Basketball Soccer Track Student Council Pride Team HOBBIES & INTERESTS: Volleyball Going to the beach and hanging with friends FUTURE PLANS/GOALS: “To attend college and keep playing sports in college.” STAFF COMMENTS: “Ashlyn is a member of the Pride Team and is always quick to volunteer her time and ideas! Congratulations Ashlyn!” – Cindi Place, Media Center Specialist “Ashlynn is a motivated, inquisitive student with a commendable attitude. She is a good role model for her peers.” – Aaron Fritzsche, English Teacher


Feb. 26, 2014 • Boyne City Gazette • Page 15

Mills regional champ

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Boyne City Ramblers wrestler Conner Mills (above at far left and in the photo at upper right) is pictured following his regional championship win at the Saturday Feb. 15 wrestling competition in Rogers City.

Conner Mills was crowned Regional Champion in the 152 weight class at the Regional Wrestling Championships in Rogers City. This win qualified Mills for the State Championships, which will be held from Feb. 27 to March 1 at the Palace of Auburn Hills. “Conner is a neat kid who’s had a tough senior year, which included an injury that sidelined him for a month and a half of wrestling season,” said Boyne City Ramblers Wrestling Coach Don Nohel. “It’s a blessing that he’s been able to come back and wrestle at this level after the adversity that he’s faced. He’s very thankful for the opportunity and is looking forward to going down to the state tournament and seeing what he can do.” Mills defeated Nate Smith from Hesperia 12-5, Jake Novotny from Charlevoix 8-6, and pinned Chris Schelske of Forest Area in 1:59 enroute to his championship. It is the second consecutive year

that Mills has advanced to the State Championships. Boyne’s other Regional qualifier, Matt Robinson, was eliminated with a pin by the eventual regional champion, Spencer Reterstoff of Hart, and a 14-5 major decision by Nathanial Meyer of Ishpeming. “It was a great accomplishment for Matt to qualify for regionals in his first year of wrestling,” said Nohel. “He prepared well all week and wrestled hard on Saturday. We are happy and proud of the things he’s done this year.”

Results and rumors from the NFL combine

Rounding mid-February and into the final stretch of the month— Feb. 19th through the 25th—everyone gets reminded kevin lange that the Su‘Game on!’ per Bowl several weeks ago was anything but the final stretch of the ongoing excitement surrounding the NFL. 32 GMs and 32 billion reporters populate Indianapolis’ dome, Lucas Oil Stadium, in an indoor metropolis of its own. Consisting of basically all men, this place is limited to two types of them: 1) the ones horded around the spotlight with inked-up papers and 2) the ones doubled in size, in the spotlight, with inked-up arms. The place is known for being home to the traffic of ongoing agility drills, broad jumps, vertical jumps, 40-yard dashes, all through a series of measurements, times, and reps— oh, and a ton of X-rays, exams, and interviews. You guessed it: the NFL Scouting Combine. Deep in the crowd, a couple NFL scouts are kicking back, treating themselves to a little ‘So-ah, did yuh hear about What’s-his-name?’ as they scan the field of players pushing through drills. One’s a scout for the Houston Texans, who have the number-one pick, the other for the St. Louis Rams, who have the number-two pick, thanks to a deal with Washington. To be simple, Houston’s scout will be named Texan, St. Louis’ will be Ram. “Number one pick, eh?” Ram tilts back and asks over his shoulder. “Must be nice!” “Hah!” Texan starts. “Not in midseason, it ain’t! Sure, the last few losses were like, alright, this will help us for the draft. Glass half full, yuh know. But 2-14, man. Never reassuring when your star receiver, Andre Johnson, simply just says, ‘We suck.’ I can’t even say he was

being that negative. In fact, he was being positive; he was positive that we were bad.” (Chuckles) “Tough-luck injuries for you guys all year, though.” Ram says. “Can’t control that. I mean, Arian Foster! Top-two halfback in the league? Out. Schaub? Out over a third of the year and never found a rhythm when he came ba—” “Say it like it is. Just atrocious for us, really. 10 touchdowns to 14 interceptions in 10 games ain’t gunna cut it. Rumor has it our front office is trying take advantage of this draft pick to finally move on with him.” “Woah, woah. Are you hinting what I think you’re hinting?” “Could be.” “There could be as many as many as three quarterbacks taken in the first five picks,” Ram says, “but we all know what the city of Houston wants, what fans of football in general truly want, and what, well, Mr. Johnny Football wants. A few days ago, Johnny Manziel said of the Texans it would be ‘the worst decision they’ve ever made’ if you guys didn’t pick him in the draft.” “It’d be a very bold pick,” Texan admits. “Bold, but certainly a higher reward than any risk; what have you guys got to lose? You could definitely use a new quarterback, and that’s as clear as Aquafina.” “I feel like you’re trying to get me to persuade my GM to draft him so we don’t get our hands on a certain someone you had in mind…” Texan says. The booming echo of players’ measurement announcements couldn’t have been better timing. [Background: “Jadeveon Clowney, defensive end, 6-feet-five and a quarter inches, 266 pounds.”] “Bingo!” Ram answered after the mutual delay. “He’s lost 10 pounds since the season? Impressive.” “And talk about agile!” Ram adds. “For a defensive end? Sheesh. Even Skip Bayless said this is the best defensive end in the country he’s seen this year, NFL included! It’s just hard to pass up on, knowing that drafting a guy like that, especially

as a defensive player, poses a risk as low as penny slots at the casino.” “Oh, of course.” Texan says. “And then you have to consider the circumstances; a team with only two wins has got to make the craterforming impact with a number-one pick at their disposal. Inevitably, that decision has to have intentions to get the man calling shots under center, the quarterback. [Background: “Jake Matthews, offensive tackle, 40yard dash in a time of 5.07.”] “Okay, sure.” Texan continues. “So maybe Schaub isn’t jumping the ship. We’re just shoving him off into the sea of free agency. He’s gunna be fresh meat to some of these teams floating around in dire need of a capable arm.” “You think of teams like the Browns, probably the Buccaneers…” Ram says, pondering it for a second. “Maybe even you guys,” Texan interjects. “No, definitely not.” Ram snaps back. “We’ve already said that we’re open to trade this number-two pick away to a quarterback-needy team. We’re keeping [Sam] Bradford. What about you guys?” “You’re not getting an answer out of me!” Texan says. “It’s still a coin flip in the Texans’ front office, and even if the flippin’ decision has secretly landed by now, this combine may either flip it to its other side or tape it down as it is.” “Clowney’s heads, Manziel’s tails, eh?” “You could say so, yeah.” “Yuh know, ESPN analysts Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. are film room rats, and this whole NFL Draft hype truly is their own ‘Super Bowl’ prep—several weeks after the actual Super Bowl,” Ram says. “The draft

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is their ‘big game.’ Their predictions differ, and whoever’s right gets their own confetti of pride that day, minus the confetti. And you know what?” “I know exactly what.” “They—wait, what do you know?” “Kiper’s got us taking Manziel, McShay’s got us taking Clowney,” Texan says. “Bingo, again!” “This talk isn’t even really hypothetical anymore,” Texan admits. “Two possibilities, one by no means much the more likely than the other.” “So if you’re throwing Schaub off the ship, you’re going to need a new captain to navigate this multifaceted offense. Now just think of this: a finally healthy Arian Foster, an acclimated Manziel, and a satisfied, targeted Andre Johnson and fellow receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Now that’s scary. That’s a bigger turnaround than social media from Myspace to Facebook!” [Background: A.C. Leonard, tight end, 40-yard dash in a time of 4.43 seconds.”] “Oh, it’s enticing, alright,” Texan says, nodding. “Regardless of the coverage the defense swarms in his vision, he just finds those ‘Doug Flutie/Archie Manning’ escapes from the pocket to keep plays and drives alive. Just what we need for this offense. I mean, this guy is oxygen to his offense when it comes to keeping them alive in a drive down the field.”

“That ship would be sailing at a quicker pace, to say the least,” Ram says. “Definitely. Yuh know, that kicker over there looks pretty dandy, though. You never know what we may do with the number one.” (Chuckles) “The dude’s got a chest so sunken it looks like a bowl that would take hours for Joey Chestnut to finish eating cereal out of,” Ram says jokingly. “Rumor has it he had to chisel away at the bar so it was light enough for him to bench press. The kid’s a nineiron with limbs. Before games, they call him the praying mantis. About a buck-twenty heavier than one.” “Okay, okay…remember what his job is, though,” Texan pipes in. “I’m just saying, if he’s a victim of a ‘roughing the kicker’ call, he’s out for the season. Maybe career, if it was a tackle.” “Look at him kick, though! He’s as consistent as a prison’s weekly menu.” [Background: The bench press leader for today so far…Russell Bodine, center, 42 reps of 225.”] “Hey, I gotta make a call,” Ram says, standing up. “Before I go, let me just admit that this chat got me pretty pumped to see what happens on draft day!” “If anything, this whole pre-draft hype has made everybody more attentive to that flipping coin,” Texan says. “And not until May 8th will ol’ Goodell, the ‘ref’ of the NFL, announce heads or tails to us all.” “What if our coin lands straight up on its edge?” Texan says, smirking. “Heck, those are probably the same odds your pick is for anybody other than those two studs we can’t stop talking about. One’s heads, one’s tails.”


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Home Improvement

Meet buyer demands

(BPT) - With many real estate industry watchers predicting 2014 will be a seller’s market, you may think you won’t need to do much to sell your home this spring. Not so fast - while more buyers are likely to be competing for homes, that doesn’t mean they’re willing to settle for less than perfect. In fact, coming out of the real estate crash of a few years ago, buyers have learned the importance of getting the maximum value for their home investment. While home prices are expected to rise in 2014, buyers continue to have high expectations. Homes that meet buyers’ lists of “must-haves” and “would-love-to-have” features will be positioned to sell more quickly and closer to - or above - list price, experts say. So what are homebuyers looking for in 2014? Whole-home, beautiful energy efficient features In the earliest days of the efficiency trend, many buyers would have settled for a house that reduced heating and cooling costs through good insulation, or cut electricity bills with energy-sipping appliances. Modern buyers, however, are interested

in homes that take a holistic approach to energy efficiency. That means supplementing energy savings with more thoughtful features like daylighting and natural ventilation through energy-efficient skylights, using solar-powered water heaters, and employing intelligent controls for skylights, other lighting and heating/cooling systems. Buyers want energy-efficient upgrades that also offer high aesthetic appeal in addition to functionality, making features like ENERGY STAR-qualified skylights particularly popular. In fact, 55 percent of homebuyers

Home color tips

(BPT) - While many resolutions are based on eating healthier and exercising more, homes rarely receive the same promise of improvement. This year, resolve to give your home some attention by committing to a new coat of paint. Painting can be a quick and cost-effective way to refresh your home, so consider updating several spaces for a clean start. Color inspiration comes from anywhere. The latest color and decor trends are great starting points. Shades from the Dutch Boy 2014 Color Trends Forecast can modernize a space with a look that matches your taste and personality. The trends collection is called Awaken and is comprised of four distinct palettes - Gather, Connect, Explore and Serene. These collections represent a renewed commitment to the environment. Cook with color Looking to make a big impact in your kitchen on a small budget? A new color can awaken your kitchen to make it the center for all to gather. Try hues from the Dutch Boy Gather color palette, such as Stonewall Jackson (F15-3) and Glass Block Green (F7-4), with a mix of decorative and functional kitchen items such as serving bowls, platters and pitchers. You can also rejuvenate your kitchen with an open, airy feel by adding exposed shelving. This will update the look, plus add storage space. An indoor herb garden is also a great way to add green to the room and

fresh ingredients to your cooking. Dine with color If your dining furniture is looking a bit outdated, consider painting it. Chairs, tables, side boards, buffets and more can be revitalized in just one weekend. Be sure to properly prep your project so it withstands the wear and tear of regular usage. If your buffet or china cabinet has seen better years, remove the glass panels and drawers, and paint it a neutral hue such as Sedona Dust (C12-4) or opt for a richer pop of color like October Leaves (C6-2). Both are from Dutch Boy’s Connect color palette. Swap out old hardware with new for an easy, upgraded look. Color will easily bring new life to any piece and will blend together your home’s new style. Welcome with color Create a warm welcome guests will love by pairing a bright hue on foyer walls with an eye-catching display of white-framed photos or a grouping of ornamental mirrors and plates. Try Dhurrie Pink (A8-3) from Dutch

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Boy’s Explore color palette. Paint stair risers with bold colors and patterns such as chevron, stripes or stencils for a modern and chic flair. Opt for a deeper shade of paint to hide scuff marks. Finish off the space with a set of new rugs. Comfort with color Re-energize yourself by making calming updates to your bedroom. Paint your walls a cool hue, such as Fieldhouse (D22-3) from the Serene collection, to incorporate a sense of relaxation and tranquility to your resting space. Adding touches of new color and comfort with bedding sets, pillows and luxury throws can quickly upgrade your sleeping space. Accent the space with colorcomplementing window treatments. For added rest, choose light-blocking materials to prevent excess light from waking you before your alarm.

that optimize lighting efficiency and privacy, while saving wall space through use of skylights, and open rooms that serve multiple purposes. To see how skylights would look in any room in your home, get a skylight planner app, take pictures in your home, and overlay skylights and blinds on the images with a few clicks. Aging-in-place potential As more baby boomers approach and enter their golden years, homebuyers are looking toward the future and seeking homes that offer the potential of allowing them to age in place. In demand are home features that

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