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sEREniTy Late & smelly? Essentials noW! late filing and air Benjamin gohs associate editor quality concerns

Let’s Twist! Elks Ramblers Jim and snub Stephanie LaVictor, both 70, won the Twist Contest at the photo by chris faulknor

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Northern Michigan Cancer Crusaders Dance on Saturday 19a Boyne City Rambler Keegan Lablance, #33,‘50s defies gravity as he goesApril up for at against the Eagles Hall inlast Boyne City.Jan. MORE AT BOYNEGAZETTE.COM shot Elk Rapids Tuesday 10.PHOTOS Elk Rapids beat Boyne City 61-54.

Citizens, business owners and Benjamin Gohs community leaders gathered on News Editor Thursday Jan. 12, to discuss the overall theyLLC would like acto Kirtlandgoals Products has been see achieved over the next couple cused of missing certain filing dates ofand years in Boyne polluting the City. air—perhaps the Boyne City Manager Michael only good news for the wood pellet Cain opened the event with runmanufacturer last week is theaMichdown of the previous goal-setting igan Department of Environmental session from a couple years ago Quality’s (MDEQ) claim that Kirtand what type, if any, progress land’s emissions overages are not has been made on those goals. likely hazardous. “IAccording look around what ICounsee to thewith Charlevoix astybalanced growth – it hasn’t all Circuit Court filing by Boyne happened in one sector,” he said City’s Attorney James J. Murray, of ofPlunkett the highest priority, which Cooney, on April 10, was Kirtjob creation retention. “Overland missed and a critical deadline in its

appeal to the Boyne City Planning Commission’s Jan. 21 decision to shut the wood pellet manufacturer all, with what’s going on with the down. economy, I think we did fairly “The City filed its Record on Apwell with that.” peal according to its Proof of SerCain said a number of new busivice on March 8.... (Kirtland) was nesses have stayed, with several obligated to file a motion regardmore businesses planning to open ing the record within 21 days after in the near future. transmission of the record to the The Dilworth Hotel was a top pricourt,” it stated in the city’s filing. ority and Cain said a lot of prog“(Kirtland’s) motion, according ress has been made, but there is to its proof of service, was mailed much work yet to be done. April 1 … and therefore was not The Boyne Beach Club property, timely filed and should not be conCain said, has seen minor progsidered by this court.” ress and so too has broadband acKirtland officials did not return cess. calls by press time. Kirtland has The DDA plan has been renewed not responded to any Boyne City and extended which, Cain said, Gazette requests for interview since helped set the tone for positive the beginning of February.

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Grantday check Boyne Rocket man comes Snow schools seek millage home renewal make-up bill checks out Concern caused proposed by confusion over Benjamin Gohs $1,700 Newsgrant Editor fee

Benjamin State Rep. Greg gohs MacMaster editor re(R-105thassociate District, Kewadin)

cently co-sponsored a proposed Charlevoix County Commissioners temporary bill that would dubiousgive over a schools more flexibility to deal $1,700 check with excessive snow infordays grant-writcurred this winter. ing services While MacMaster identified sought to during the Jan. save schools time and money11, regular board by eliminating the need to make meeting up days before summer break,can some local educatorsrest sayeasy. they’ll Several of the do fine without it. commission“AsCHERiE a school who currently does BRoWE ers were taken this—we start at 8 a.m. and end aback when at 3:20 p.m.—we add an adthey discovditional 40 minutes to our day. ered Charlevoix County Clerk Cherie As a result we can shorten our Browe had been paid $1,700 for her school year by a full week,”$48,000 said work on securing a nearly remonumentation grant in late 2011, snow day cont. pgCounty 14 but according to Charlevoix Surveyor Lawrence Feindt, it was he who allocated the funding to Browe as is allowed under Michigan State law. Our kitchen “There is no question I did that,” he needs interview on Frisaid in a telephone day Jan. 13. “She didn’t even know updating. what was going on with that particular item.” That may explain Browe’s apparent confusion over why she was paid the money when questioned by commissioners during the meeting. “As far as I’m concerned, it wasn’t usual and so I asked questions about it,” said Charlevoix County Commissioner Shirlene Tripp (R-District 1), following the meeting, who initially questioned the check which was listed in the county agenda packet. “In Northern Michigan it just seems like we have an awful lot of embezzling going on – the month FDIC before,Member I questioned why so many checks were going to Charter.” She added, “I really didn’t mean to hang her (Browe) out to dry. I have no doubt it will be straightened out.”

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Benjamin gohs Benjamin Gohs associate editor News Editor Boyne’sCity own extreme skier Ty WellBoyne Public Schools offiman will be back in Northern cials are asking citizens toMichionce gan for a high-flying competition at again support the renewal of its the end of this month. 18-mil tax levy. Wellman, who has been skiing since If during May 7to elecheapproved was 11 years old,the is excited see tion, the five-year millage would his friends, family and compete at raise anthe estimated $9,987,500 one of hills where he spentbeso tween 2014 practicing. and 2018. many hours “All operating …see gohim to “We’re excited todollars be able to support student programming, compete because we’re not able to personnel costs, travel all that muchsupplies, to watch transhim,” portation, food service, etc.,” said said Ty’s dad Jeff Wellman. Those looking to support Ty willSube Boyne City Public Schools able to spot himPeter by theMoss. pink bandanperintendent “This as he wears honor accounts forin over halfofofhis themother fundwho has been fighting stage-four ing that comes from the state aid breast cancer for several years. formula.” “I’vemillage only competed once at GayThe would be levied on lord, but I did train a lot on the halfall property, except principal pipe at the Otsego Club,” Ty said. residences and other properties “I’m feeling a little confident just exempted by law. It would cost because of the home-field advantaxpayers $18 per $1,000 worth tage.” of value of their qualifyThetaxable 2012 USSA Revolution Tour ing property. will be in Gaylord from Jan. 30 “I don’t want to speculate on what

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Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday May 7 we would do if not successful; however, we certainly could not operate as we do now,” Moss said. “A simplistic approach in determining what would happen if the millage is not approved on May 7 is this: if the dollars generated are approximately half of the funding guaranteed from the State, then the district would be able to oper-

ate the current program for only about half of the school year.” He added, “History tells us that the Boyne City school voters understand the importance of this proposal. I believe our district’s residents think the district is effective in providing exceptional

millagecourtesy cont. pg 4 photo Ty Wellman is pictured upside down as he pulls a trick.

Hoop gardening teaches many skills Remembering the Generals megan wilson contributing writer

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The springtime generally has garIt’s still a couple months from deners anxiously awaiting warmspring training, but several locals er weather but some Boyne City shared their memories of summer Middle-schoolers just can’t wait softball and their time with the Horto plant. ton Bay Generals. And, according to Boyne City For many years the people of Middle School eighth-grade sciHorton Bay harbored those same ence teacher Susan Sharp, the stuthoughts as the Horton Bay Gendent’s won’t have to now that they erals began preparation for their have a new hoop garden. Men’s slow pitch softball season. “We have a Wellness Program “The people in Horton Bay just now, and we’re trying to encourloved the team,” said former team age the kids to be more healthy,” member Henry “Beano” Archey. courtesy photo said Sharp of the school’s new The Horton Bay(left) Generals team Boyne City Middle School students Bobbi Reinhardt and Patrick garden. “There has been a lot of was formed in 1976 and managed community support for this proj- Morin attach hoops to the raised beds of their new garden. by Jon Hartwell (deceased) until ect, with both parents and local and any number of feet wide and ture resembles a covered wagon their change of venue in the early farms and businesses contributing long creates the with no wheels. foundation. Long 1980s. photo by chris fauLknor to the labor effort.” to have Adamparties Montri, an metal or plastic tubes create the Christopher Fair (right) and Jeffre Kelts show off an old Horton Bay gen- According “They would at Jon A hoop garden is basically a low- vertical structure; and, the entire outreach specialist at Michigan erals jersey from their days decades ago. cost greenhouse. A playing rectangular thing is covered by heavy-duty »Generals, 5 4 gardenpG. cont. pg wooden frame a foot-or-so high clear plastic. The finished struc-

City, public & Kirtland discuss noise and County College other complaints Sports Digest at See how local graduates are doing with public hearing

their college sporting teams. Benjamin gohs SEE PAGE 15 FOR MORE associate editor

The Boyne City Commission reviewed the status of complaints relating to the Kirtland Products wood pellet manufacturing facility during the regular Tuesday Jan. 10, meeting. Boyne City Planning Director Scott McPherson gave commissioners Great dinners with an overview of the situation before not much audience members effort spoke for and Use some cupboard staples to enhance against the company. your dinner for a change at mealtime.of “Since the start of production Kirtland ProductsSEE wePAGE have9had FORcomMORE plaints about the operation,” he said. “While most of the complaints we have had in regards to noise there have also been concerns raised about odors and dust. In the Boyne City Zoning Ordinance the performance standards 21.78 addresses noise, odor, dust – similar types of nuisances. In addition the city also has a noise ordinance which specifically addresses motors, fans, dryers, similar mechanisms, similar to what Kirtland has at their facility.” McPherson added, “It does seem pretty clear that they are in violation Should you worry? of that ordinance.” Armchair theologian Chrishas Faulknor McPherson said the city been disin cusseswith whatKirtland the Bible says about worry. contact to ensure they are aware of thesee issues. page 11 for more “To their credit they have seemed to be proactive and sincere in their efforts to resolve these issues. However, the impact is ongoing and it is unacceptable at certain levels and it does need to be remedied as soon as possible,” McPherson said. “If they do continue to violate the ordinances the city does have the ability to issue civil infractions or to request enforcement orders.” Representatives from Kirtland Products were in attendance. Kobe Bryant’s fate Audience members were instructed Kevin their Langecomments treats sports fans to a unique to keep to five minassessment of the basketball legend. utes or fewer. “We are aware ofSEE thePAGE complaints and 15 FOR MORE

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Why you’ll see me hopping on one foot There are three things that just about everyone knows about me. The first is that I’m trained as a Paramedic, simply because it’s something I’m chris faulknor proud of. ‘two cents’ The second is that I have very bad luck with vehicles, and that a large portion of that is because my driving style is, as a friend from high school put it, “scary.” The third, which will play into our discussion today, is that I don’t like the cold. So let’s rewind and go back to around 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon. I was working on the back yard; you know, raking, shoveling, filling in my dog’s digging, and getting a winter’s worth of leaves and such out of a small pond just off of our back deck. I tried doing this with a large rake and, sadly, it didn’t work. It seems that, because there wasn’t enough space between the tines of the rake, it basically became a modified oar and pushed the water and muck around. OK, so how about a pool net? That should work, right? Not so much. Once it became filled with algae and more muck, it too became a modified oar. So I, being the genius that I am, realized that the only way to truly control the conditions of the muck-grabbing activity was to do it myself. Besides, human hands are miraculous when compared with a rake. They can open, close, scoop, dig and otherwise. So, while kneeling

on the porch, I reached in and pulled out the first handful of leaves—brilliant! It worked, and I must say, I was quite proud of myself. So another handful or two went by, and losing by balance, I rested one of my hands on the liner of the pond. Big mistake! Those of you who are picturing this in your head probably got it right. My hand slid down the liner, and I went headfirst into the forty-degree water. Scrambling to keep my head out, I put one of my already-bare feet down ... apparently onto a rock. So, to add insult to injury—or injury to insult, as the case may be—I picked up my foot and saw more than water dripping from my toes, because I had sliced my foot open. I hopped (quite literally) back onto the wooden deck, and started hobbling back into the house and silently (OK, so I wasn’t that silent about it) wondering how much blood I was tracking around on the floor as I searched for a gauze pad (which should be easy to find between my former career and my current hobby of teaching first aid on the side, right? Guess not). So how did it end? Well, I did find a gauze pad. I probably should have gotten it medically cared for, but a combination of stubbornness, pride, and unwillingness to foot an ER bill (pun intended) guaranteed that this wouldn’t be happening. So when you see me hobbling around downtown this week, take pity on me, for all I wanted in life was a clean pond to enjoy. The vision in my head was of me sitting peacefully by the pond with this very laptop, typing a happy column on spring and the joy of

a small town. And then let that fade away as you see a soaking wet newspaper guy hopping across the porch dripping blood and uttering curses. And now, I sit in the office muttering because rather than a happy column about spring, you’re hearing about this; and rather than peacefully typing, I’m search-and-destroytyping and shaking my head. Wilson Township home seeks affordablebut-qualified pond technician. Apply within.

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NOTICE TO BIDDERS The Village of Boyne Falls Council will accept sealed bids until Tuesday, May 14, 2013 until 7:00pm at 2290 Railroad Street, Boyne Falls, Michigan, 49713. Sealed bids will be opened at 7:00pm on May 14, 2013 at the Village Hall for the following: Approximately 436 linear feet of newly constructed sidewalk on Mill Street and Railroad Street.

Bid packets can be picked up at the Village Hall on Monday nigh from 7pm to 8:00pm. Specifications and completion dates will be included. Bids shall be presented in a sealed envelope plainly marked as to content. The Village of Boyne Falls Council reserves the right to accept or reject any and all bids, but will be awarded in the best interest of the public. Debra Taylor Village Clerk



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Anne Thurston-Brandley on Chewy, Barny, Benji and Toby My entire life as far back as when I was a pre-schooler in Columbus, Ohio I have had a dog to love. But not anymore. And the same is true for Ray. We both hunger for one but living in a rented home we know it is imposannethurston-brandley sible. The same is true ‘Beautiful boyne’ for a cat. However on South Lake where I now live I have found an answer for my lack of an animal lap top love by enjoying those who walk by on the sidewalk being towed by their owners. Each is different and abounding with those personality traits his or her particular breed displays. Of all sizes, long haired or short, wavy or straight and with or without a winter sweater they pass my windows. Everywhere from snow white to the deepest black they tug, saunter, sniff, investigate or stare off into space. In the summer we often walk out to talk with them and their owners, rub ears, pat backs, cherishing every second. My last dog was with me while I still lived on our farm out in Evangeline Township before my late husband, Ed died. The dog was an old, wonderful Saint Bernard of story book proportions. His muzzle was white, giving him the distinction of age. The right rear hip was crippled enough he limped a bit, but his long legs were capable of movement despite it all. My daughter and granddaughter brought him to us about a month after our wonderful, beloved Australian Shephard died. She was fifteen at the time and through some means of communication beyond human understanding had indicated to the area deer exactly where the boundaries of our seven acre hillside parcel were located

and they were expected to respect them. Even though only five or so feet might have separated them from her she ignored their presence as long as they stayed on their side of the invisible property line. From the dog pound in Cadillac the Bernard had been picked up wandering along a highway and his family wasn’t found. He quickly became the pound’s favorite guest. The manager and workers at the pound had tears in their eyes as they helped Nancy load her in her car. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I opened our door to see the big fellow. For three days he cased us out, finally taking up residence aside Ed’s feet as he sat in his recliner during the days. He would search me out when the pangs of hunger or the need of a drink or trip

out doors was desired. He melted both our hearts. We called him Barny. When Ed left this world and I had to say goodbye to the farm I knew Barny would have to leave as I moved into a small apartment. The women at the dog center in Cadillac welcomed him back - again with tears in their eyes. Only mine for three months I will never forget his gentle, loving way of accepting us as his. Somehow he knew to include our very young great grandchildren as those he would love and care for. Ray lost his little dog just a couple of weeks before we met and within the year following his wife’s death. A little white Lhasa Apso named Chewy had been with Ray for ten years and in the time established

his own household routine as pets manage to do so cleverly. Not only did he have Ray beautifully trained to take him on neighborhood walks daily but also managed to wrap all the neighbors around his little paws. Before Chewy’s appearance two large, black Bouviar des Flanders, Benji and Toby were Ray’s hunting companions. He’s told me many stories of their abilities. Fortunately Boyne City has an excellent animal shelter where disowned pets or those who manage to wander off from vacationers are cared for and homes are sought for them. Information about the shelter is found on the web by going to Charlevoix County Humane There are a number of ways those of us living in the area can help support the continuing

needs of this fine service. Whether a very small pre-schooler or an ancient ‘hanger-oner’ like myself there is something about a pet, no matter whether a dog, cat, horse, bird or even the robin who calls the back yard his home that nourishes us in our understanding of all animals as well as other humans. They may change in fur or feather color and size or contour of their bodies, but within each and everyone we discover and come to recognize the need to love something or someone beyond themselves just as we humans do. And in return we accept their love for us. Fortunately four out of ten homes in our country include a pet within their arms.

Boyne City Police Department Incident Report Monday, April 8 3:30am Assist Sheriff Department on Camp Sherwood Rd 10:11am Report of laptop found on Beardsley St 10:58am Computer fraud comSunday February 6 Cloudy 27

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Contributors Bryan Shumaker ‘Look Up! What’s in the Night Sky?’

Anne Thurston-Brandley ‘Beautiful Boyne’

Gaye Amick

Bow Wow Corner

Kevin Lange ‘Game on!’

Weather Wednesday April 24 Mix of rain & snow, low 40s Thursday April 25 Mix of rain & snow, upper 30s Friday April 26 Cloudiness, low 50s Saturday April 27 Cloudiness, mid 50s Sunday April 28 Partly sunny, upper 50s Monday April 29 Mostly sunny, upper 50s Tuesday April 30 Mostly Cloudy, low 50s

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plaint 11:00am Report of possible property damage accident near State and Lake Streets 11:42am Report of missing mailbox from the 1000 block of W Division St 12:27am Report of dog running at large in the 500 block of N Lake St 2:36pm Citation issued for no proof of insurance at Lake and Groveland 3:42pm Trespass complaint in the 400 block of N Lake St 4:37pm Assist Petoskey Department of Public Safety with MDOP complaint 8:56pm Verbal dispute in the 400 block of Hemlock Tuesday, April 9 1:48pm Alarm in the 400 block of Front St. Was set off by bird in residence. 2:20pm Vehicle unlock in the 500 block of Jersey St 4:58pm Report of assault on Brockway St. Unfounded. 5:36pm Assist EMS in the 700 block of Brockway. 9:22pm Report of loud band in the 1000 block of Haven Ct Wednesday, April 10 10:35am Alarm in the 400 block of Front St. Bird returned. 11:12am Report of contraband in the 1000 block of Boyne Av 12:11pm Harassment complaint

Court Reporter DBA The following businesses have filed an assumed name in Charlevoix County: • Mormich by Bruce Cartford at 1040 Arbor St. in Harbor Springs • Springbrook Golf Course by Gregory S. Doll at 1545 Bear Creek Lane in Petoskey • Ben Delamater Construction by Ben Delamater at 9170 Whip-

Sheriff Reports

On April 17, 2013 around 8:38am a two-vehicle crash occurred on M-66 near Castleview Dr, Marion Township, Charlevoix County. A Poquette Leasing tractor trailer, driven by Craig Butwell of Boyne Falls, was making a right turn off of the highway into a factory entrance when he was struck by a Chevrolet Suburban driven by Jodi Shepard of Charlevoix. Due to the length of the trailer

dent on Boyne City Rd near Pinehurst Shores 3:39pm Report of 2 trucks ditch jumping on Court St every afternoon 8:35pm Vehicle unlock in the 400 block of N Lake St 11:55pm Motorist assist in the 200 block of S Lake St

received from the 1000 block of Boyne Av 12:15pm Vehicle unlock in the 300 block of E Division St 1:12pm Assist to parole agent in the 900 block of Pleasant 3:12pm Illegal burn in the 400 block of Lewis Av 5:49pmCitation issued for speed at Lake and Lincoln St 7:19pm Citation issued for speed in the 200 block of Front St 9:14pm Vehicle unlock in the Industrial Park 10:52pm Suspicious vehicle in the 500 block of N Lake St

Friday, April 12 9:08am Report of private property damage accident that occurred the night before in the 1000 block of Boyne Av 4:36pm 2 vehicle property damage accident in the 300 block of N Lake St 6:35pm Civil custody issues in the 300 block of N Lake St 8:19pm Report of private property damage accident in the 400 block of N Lake St 9:17pm Assist Sheriff Department with assault complaint/warrant arrest on Division St

Saturday, April 13 2:07am Suspicious vehicles in the 200 block of E Water St 6:26am Citation issued for speed at Lake and Cedar Streets 10:21am Assist Animal Control N Thursday, April 11 11:35am Parking complaint in the Park and Wildwood Rd 12:06pm Citation issued for ex200 block of E Water St 1:50pm Report of scratches on pired registration and no proof of insurance at Boyne Av and Diviwall in restrooms at river mouth 2:51pm Assist Sheriff Depart- sion St ment with property damage acci- 12:30pm Assist Animal Control on Jersey St. Brown pit bull Runpoorwill Lane in Charlevoix Circuit Court The following cases were recently heard in Charlevoix’s 33th Circuit Court: • Kenneth Todd Mier, 17 of East Jordan - Controlled Substance Possession (Under 25 Grams). To serve 90 days in jail with credit for 1 day served, complete outpatient/ residential treatment, 24 months probation, $923 in fines and costs. • Mitchell Daniel Chipman, 22 of Boyne City - Larceny ($200-

$1000), Firearms Larceny, Probation Violation. Released to probation and tether.

attached to the semi, the driver had entered the oncoming (north bound) lane in order to make the turn into the factory. The driver of the other vehicle admits to seeing his right turn signal come on, but assumed he was going to turn left down a private drive. The Suburban struck the tractor near the passenger door puncturing the 100 gallon fuel tank on that side of the tractor. Diesel fuel spilled onto the road-

way, but the exact amount is unknown. Shepard was transported to Charlevoix Area Hospital by her husband wear she was treated for minor injuries. Butwell was not injured in the accident. The Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by the Charlevoix Township Fire Department, City of Charlevoix Police and EMS, and the Charlevoix County Road Commission.

Divorce The following people were recently granted a divorce in Charlevoix County: • Timothy Moyer vs. Robin Moyer • Jennifer Sabsook vs. Trevor Sabsook • Leah Parra vs. Beau Parra • Nicole Sparks vs. Curtis Sparks

L E T T E R S to t h e e d itor Volunteers Appreciated

Editor: National Volunteer Appreciation Week is being celebrated April 2127. The Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan (WRCNM) feels incredibly fortunate to be surrounded by caring, dedicated and talented volunteers. We appreciate the work they do in many of our program areas and are grateful for the support they provide to our organization and clients every single day. Last year alone, WRCNM volunteers provided 5,684 hours of service to our agency. Through their valuable commitment, our organization

was able to provide life-changing services to thousands of Northern Michigan residents. Many of our volunteers work at the Safe Home engaging with families and staffing the crisis phone line; others assist customers at our two Gold Mine Resale Shops by running the cash register and helping with the overall operations of the stores; local men and women serve on our Violence Prevention Team furthering the work of social change within our community; and our Board of Directors provide leadership and insight for the agency. We are also grateful for the individuals that donate their time through the Retired and Senior

Volunteer Program (R.S.V.P.) of the Emmet County Friendship Center to help with clerical tasks and agency mailings, in addition to the many service groups and community members who have assisted with a variety of projects from fund-raising to facility upkeep throughout the year. We thank this remarkable group of people who are willing to give so much without expecting anything in return. Because of their volunteer support, the Women’s Center is able to accomplish so much more for so many in our community. Thank-you, WRCNM volunteers! Jamie Winters Safe Home Coordinator

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ning at large. Located and lodged at shelter. 2:52pm Assist Sheriff Department with alarm on M-75 S 3:10pm Citizen turned in ATM card he found at ATM. Was returned to owner. 7:30pm Report of juveniles throwing snowballs at cars on M-75 S 7:55pm Lodged dog at shelter 9:30pm Arrested subject on bond violation 11:08pm Noise complaint in the 300 block of Ann St Sunday, April 14 12:59am Arrested Subject for OWI 9:45am Larceny of gasoline from the 200 block of S Lake St. Subject returned and paid. 2:43pm Citizen assist in the 300 block of N Lake St 6:44pm Suspicious situation in the 600 block of Forest Av 9:37pm Assist Sheriff Department with domestic dispute in East Jordan

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On April 18, the Boyne City Gazette and the MDEQ received an e-mail from Boyne City resident Michael J. Smith claiming that Kirtland Products—which has continued to operate on and off during the nearly three months since it was ordered to be shut down—was negatively impacting Boyne City’s air quality.


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academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular opportunities for its young people. I am appreciative of the confidence our district residents have shown in the past by providing the funding that helps to offer the types of experiences they want for the young people of this community … and I think

Childs said it is routine for companies to write their own permit parameters. The permits are then reviewed by a team of environmental experts in Lansing that decides whether the type, rate and volume of emissions fall within levels considered safe to the environment. Childs said Kirtland’s originallystated emissions levels were lower than they needed to be to comply with state regulations. “I’m assuming that, as opposed to changing their pollution control device, they may feel raising their emission limits may be the only option,” he said. “I have been in touch with the company this week and they have a separate engineering firm they are waiting on and then we should be seeing a new application soon.” According to Childs, the MDEQ rarely pulls a company’s permit; and, Kirtland’s legal tussle with the

plant is not a hazard.” Childs did say that, under certain atmospheric conditions, emissions from an otherwise legally-operating factory could pose a temporary nuisance. “If you were standing downwind from the plant and there was no wind and the plume was hanging around, it could produce irritating, strong odors and create a nuisance type condition,” Childs said. “They had three points that exceeded their emission limits but they are pretty low limits and a pretty low volume so, even though they exceeded it by relatively quite a bit, they are nowhere near the emissions coming out of the big stack—which are safe.” He added, “I don’t anticipate it being a health issue but we do want them to stick by their permit.” Childs said he will continue to follow up on any complaints made about Kirtland in the future.

they want that to continue.” The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday May 7. All consolipeter moss dated precincts have been eliminated and all school elections will now be held in each individual township and city hall

polling locations as listed below: Precinct #16: City of Boyne City; Boyne City Hall located at 319 N. Lake Street, Boyne City Precinct #15: Wilson Township; Wilson Township Hall located at 02530 Fall Park Road, Boyne City Precinct #2: the portion of Boyne Valley Township that is in the Boyne City School District; Boyne Valley Township Hall; 2489 Railroad Street, Boyne Falls Precinct #1: Bay Township; Bay Township Hall located at 05045 Boyne City Road, Boyne City Precinct #5: Evangeline Township; Evange-

line Township Hall, located at 02746 Wildwood Harbor Rd, Boyne City Precinct #6: The portion of Eveline Township that is in the Boyne City School District; Eveline Township Hall, 08525 Ferry Rd, East Jordan Precinct #7: The portion of Hayes Township that is in the Boyne City School District; located at Hayes Township Hall; 09195 Old U.S. 31 N., Charlevoix Precinct #10: The portion of Melrose Township that is in the Boyne City School District; located Melrose Township Hall at 04289 M-75 N., Walloon Lake


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State University Department of Agriculture, hoop houses can extend a five or six month growing season to the entire year, as well as making them very economical since they don’t need heat or high intensity lights that commercial greenhouses use. “Currently, we are in the initial growth stages. We have coldweather plants like kale, lettuce, onions and peas that will be going in,” said Sharp. “We have already started watermelon, squash, and some flowers in the classroom.” She added, “I’ve been collaborating with Larry Dyer, and he believes that we can plant from early April until Late November. That has been the biggest problem because gardening is traditionally done during the Summer when there is no school.”

city would have no bearing on their MDEQ permit. “When we issue them a permit we put requirements in that they conduct testing of stacks to make sure they are complying with the permits and we set those levels so they are protective of human health and the environment,” Childs said. “I fully expect what is coming out of the

I don’t anticipate it being a health issue but we do want them to stick by their permit.

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A number of hoop garden structures—minus their plastic covering—are pictured here. Hoop gardens allow farmers and gardeners to extend their growing season in cold-weather climates like Michigan. The students that are taking part in the project include those in Sharp’s first-hour class, plus any other students that would like to come in and volunteer their time. “The purpose of this project is to get kids back involved with nature, a respect for it, and a love for the outdoors,” said Sharp. “Hopefully, when the produce

gets going, the kids can also take it home.” Sharp is also hoping that any spare produce can be given to the cafeteria or donated to the local food pantry. “So far this has been an all-natural garden. We are using compost for fertilizer and I have fish emulsion and manure coming,” said Sharp.

“I just think that this is a great way for kids to get back into touch with nature; and that, hopefully, they will think about gardening at their own homes.” The Boyne City Boosters, local farms, stores and parent volunteers have helped make the hoop garden project a reality.

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Also within the pages of the city’s filing are claims that numerous portions of Kirtland’s appeal—including a landscape plan, and a Jan. 14 e-mail outlining a proposed settlement offer. “Appelant’s (Kirtland’s) brief is due within 28 days after this circuit court provides written notice … that the record on appeal is filed with the court,” it stated in the city’s filing. “Therefore, appellant’s Brief was due April 5,2013. Appellant’s proposed order seeks to file such a brief by May 9, 2013 and therefore clearly appellant is merely seeking to delay a decision in this case.” They further stated, “The city timely filed its record on appeal and appellant has objected to documents that were clearly included in the record. As such, appellant should be liable to pay the city’s costs of responding to this motion.” The city requested the court deny Kirtland’s motion, declare Kirtland was untimely in its objections and filing its brief on appeal, dismiss Kirtland’s appeal or order it to file its brief on appeal within seven days, and award the city costs and attorney fees.

emissions overages: apply for an increase in exhaust emissions or reduce the emissions mechanically. “They’ve done some additional modeling to see if they can raise the limits on particular stacks they have,” Childs said. “They have a number of different processes— each with its own emissions point— and different types of emissions.

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“My wife mentioned that when she was walking with her students within the Boyne City school complex yesterday (April 17), she could hardly breathe the befouled air. As you well know, this is not an isolated incident. In my opinion, to allow the Kirtland Pellet Plant to continue to operate, even one more day, so close to pre-school, church, and public school facilities … would be both irresponsible and unconscionable,” Smith wrote. “The safety and health of our children and my wife are compromised with each passing day.” Smith, whose wife suffers from asthma, requested the MDEQ set up equipment to monitor various sites throughout the city for air quality issues. According to Environmental Quality Analyst Kurt Childs of the MDEQ’s Cadillac office, he received several complaints last week about Kirtland and air quality. Childs said the MDEQ is currently awaiting a revised permit application from Kirtland. MDEQ had sent a notice to Kirtland that several of their emissions thresholds were exceeded back in January. The emissions points in question are as follows: The EU Grinder produced .69 lbs per hour—this exceeded the permitted rate of .40 lbs per hour. The EU Pellet machine produced .50 lbs per hour—this exceeded the permitted rate of .05 lbs per hour. The EU Cooler produced .14 lbs per hour—this exceeded the permitted rate of .035 lbs per hour. The new application is expected to offer at least one of two possible solutions to the manufacturer’s


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BC Kiwanis Club Eddie Essay contest winners

Kiwanis Club of Boyne City through sponsorship gave away $1050 to local charities at their Eighth Annual 5th Grade Eddie Essay Contest Awards Ceremony on April 18, 2013. This contest is held in honor of Ed Hughes, the brother of a local Kiwanis member, Bernadette Beyer. Ed’s life exemplified the spirit of giving. Students from Boyne Falls, Concord Academy Boyne and Boyne City 5th Grade Classes were given the writing prompt: “If you had $50 to give to your favorite local charity that helps people which one would it be and why?” From the 138 essays that were entered, a

committee of Kiwanis members evaluated the 1 -2 page essays on the basis of content, spelling, grammar and sentence structure as well as the student’s personal experience and knowledge of the organization. The winners, their teacher and their families were invited to the Boyne City Early Childhood Education Center for a breakfast served by the Boyne City Hospitality Program. They were joined by representatives from the charitable organizations featured in their essays. The school winner from Boyne City, Max Vondra, wrote about the Damian Vondra Scholarship Foundation. Jordin Gellis from Boyne

Falls wrote about Alcoholics Anonymous and Riley Smith from Concord Academy Boyne wrote about the American Red Cross. These students each presented $100 to their charity. Molli McHugh of Boyne City School was named the Silver Prize Winner. She proudly awarded $250 to Northern Michigan Diabetes Initiative. This charity is very close to Molli’s heart as she lives each day managing her Diabetes with a healthy balance. The Gold Grand Prize was awarded to Esmond Santiago from Boyne City School. Esmond wrote about his experiences of liv-

ing with Aspergers Syndrome. His words say it all “I want to help kids like me to live in this world….So that others know how to help those with differences survive and thrive in the ‘normal’ world.” The representative from the Autism Resource Network gladly accepted the $500 donation towards the service they give to children and families. Each year the students never cease to inspire us with their desire to help others. These essay winners are our leaders for tomorrow. Following the Kiwanis motto they have and will “Make a difference one child & one community at a time”! Kiwanis members are grateful to the three schools that par-

ticipated in this year’s contest as well as all our sponsors who help make this event so successful! Expressing her pride in the students caring for others, Julie Gudmunsen, presented each of the five winning students with a gift of $25 from Huntington Bank. Anyone looking for more information on the Eddie Essay Contest can contact Bernadette Beyer at 582-0670. Those wanting to learn more about the Kiwanis Club of Boyne City can join the members at Robert’s Restaurant on Thursday mornings at 7 a.m.

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Eddie Essay Contest Winners (fomr left) Riley Smith, Jordan Gellis, Esmond Santiago, Molli McHugh and Max Vondra (above) proudly hold up their certificates.

Autism Resource Network

By Esmond Santiago With fifty dollars to donate to one charity I would pick the Autism Resource Network. Because I have some sort of autism called Aspergers syndrome, people think Aspergers is not related to autism. The only reason I picked this one is because I want to help kids like me to live in this world. It is really hard for them to live cause many can not talk. I have a friend who is autistic he could never speak and yet it is years later and he is using an iPad to communicate to his mom. I am saying that everybody is imperfect. Most kids classified by other kids as freak or weirdos actually have Turrets syndrome, Aspergers syndrome or are plain old autistic*. I hope this charity helps scientific research about autism and to figure out how their brain and mind work, so that others know how to help those with differences survive and thrive in the "normal" world. People need to work together to help kids like me live in this world. This charity's walk is every October and the money raised is used to help research and everyday help for autistic children. Some of the resources this charity can help provide are iPads to aid in communication, helping parents support their autistic children, and a welcoming community for those struggling with autism's many forms. Many parents can feel sad and grief and frustration when they have an autistic child. But with a support group they can feel happy again. The Autism Resource Network spreads awareness about autism. Also they get donations for their charity to use for research. There are hundreds of people in northern Michigan who do the walk with their autistic and non autistic kids too. So I say you and other people should do the walk to help this charity and those in our community.

The American Red Cross

By Riley Smith Have you or a family member ever been in a weather disaster? If so, you might have gotten help from The American Red Cross. The American Red Cross helps with anything from weather disasters to teaching the average person how to save a life. There are more than 500 Red Crosses in the world, but this one is located in Petoskey, Michigan. When I went to the Red Cross to research and interview volunteers, I learned how they give blood to people who have been in car accidents, fires or have cancer. I am also interested in how the Red Cross helped people in Hurricane Sandy with disaster response. My mother once helped with a blood drive at her college. She organized the blood drive and called the radio station to advertise the drive. My mother also lived in North Dakota when her home was flooded by the flood of the century. The Red Cross saved her pets and got her the right paperwork for a new home. My father’s friend worked at the Red Cross for about 3 years. He liked helping others. My father is a doctor. He gets blood for his patients from the Red Cross. Someday, I want to volunteer for the Red Cross. This summer, I plan to take one of their babysitting classes. The Red Cross has also inspired me to start a fundraiser at my martial arts studio. It is called, “Pennies for Kicks.” The money earned will be given to the Red Cross. The American Red Cross was founded in Washington, D.C. on May 21, 1881. It was founded by Clara Barton. She was inspired to start the Red Cross when she visited Europe. When she returned home, she and her friends campaigned for a fundraiser to

help the war-injured. Today, this organization has helped people in 187 countries! If I could give $50 to the amazing Red Cross, I would want the money to go to a project that helps people in the USA to tell their friends or family, who are in the war, about emergencies in that family. If needed, the Red Cross can help that person to get back home. I have never had a family member in a war, but from stories, books, and pictures, I can tell wars are horrible. If a person in the war could communicate with their family, they could feel more reassured and have more comfort by being in touch with their family. You can donate more than money, you can donate blood or time. Every 2 seconds someone in the United States needs blood. The Red Cross is helping most of those people by giving those people blood. By giving blood, you can save 3 lives. The Red Cross provides 40% of the needed blood in the United States each year. So, help anyway that you can. It will help you and the world. Special thanks to my friends, Kelsey, Biz Bauer, and the American Red Cross.

Northern Michigan Diabetes Initiative

By Molli Mchugh Thump! Thump! Thump! I stumble down the stairs with my meter in my hand. I pull out my stool and plop down in the kitchen. I check my blood sugar. "It's a perfect, 126," I say. I go and find the cereal I want. I grab the measuring cup and a bowl and a spoon. I sit back down and measure my cereal. Then I look at the back of the box for the total carbohydrates. It said 30, so I enter 30 grams in my pump. Then I eat my cereal. Then I get ready for school and leave. My morning flies by and I have to get my snack. I need to eat a snack so my blood sugar stays healthy. After flex I go to science. We are doing a worksheet and I hear my name. I know what that means. I have to go to the nurse and check my blood sugar. It is just perfect, 157. Then I enter 60 carbohydrates in my pump because that is what I need to do to balance my blood sugar for my lunch. My afternoon goes by and I go to drama. At drama we get a snack, so I have to check my blood sugar again. It is perfect. It is,149. I enter 20 grams in my pump for my snack and then head back to drama. When drama is over, my mom picks me up and we go home for dinner. At dinner I have to check my blood sugar AGAIN. It is perfect. It is 136. Then I put in 60 carbs to balance out my dinner. This is a typical day for me. Check my blood sugar, do the pump, check my blood sugar, do the pump, again and again! I do this so I can stay healthy. I was diagnosed with Diabetes when I was five. I inherited it from my mom's side of the family. Since that time I have spent much of my day checking my blood sugar to make sure it is at a healthy level. It is often times inconvenient, but very important for me to stay healthy for the rest of my life. If I had $50 I would give it to Northern Michigan Diabetes Initiative, so they can help prevent and diagnose diabetes. They also need it to help teach people how to deal with diabetes so they can live a long healthy life like me. My mom taught me how to eat right and use my insulin pump, but not everyone is that lucky. That is why the Northern Michigan Diabetes Initiative is so important.

Damian Vondra Scholarship

By Max Vondra Damian Vondra was one of the best uncles a kid could ever have. He loved golf!

He loved it so much that he decided to go to Austin, Texas and get a job there as a greens keeper. He also loved football. He played football for the Ramblers and caught the winning game pass to beat Traverse City Saint Francis. Probably most of all, he loved Boyne City. He was here in Boyne every spare moment that he had. When he wasn’t down town with friends, he was at one of his niece’s or nephew’s playing with them. Unfortunately, my Uncle Damian’s desire to be on the golf course caused him to be at work when he had an accident that caused his death. To help our family heal and give back to the school and community that he loved so much, we started the Damian Vondra Scholarship Fund. Every year two students from Boyne City High School get a $1,000 scholarship to help them pay for college. That means that this scholarship has to come up with $2,000 every year. If I could donate $50 to this fund it would be a huge help for them. Every year my family puts in a lot of time raising money and reading the essays that students write to find the winners. I appreciate all of the work that the Kiwanis does. I also appreciate this opportunity to win $50 for this charity. That’s why I think they Damian Vondra Scholarship should get 50 dollars.

Jordan Gellis (above) reads her essay entitled, "A Family Struggles." Max Vondra (below) receives a congratulatory hug from his father Chuck Vondra, who also represented the Damien Vondra Scholarship to which the money was awarded. Molli McHugh (bottom) shares her story on the life of a diabetic on behalf of the Northern Michigan Diabetes Initiative.

A Family Struggles

By Jordan Gellis You are an eleven year old girl. Someone you know is an alcoholic that takes shots, drinks vodka, and liquor. You have seen that person hurt family members and has put someone you care about in a car while drinking. Can you imagine how this feels? I can. Alcoholism has affected my life. I have seen people being hurt, have missed being with someone I love because they drink, and I am confused about why they would continue to drink when they know it is a bad idea. I hope that people who do this will one day realize that they are hurting the ones who love them and know that they are missed dearly. The way some people have to deal with it is to stay away from the person they love, hoping their loved one will get better. Alcoholics Anonymous or A.A. is a place for men, women and families who share the same problem—drinking. They give person-to-person service to the alcoholics coming to A.A. meetings. A.A. also has counseling to help with the failies and the person who has the drinking problem. The fifty dollars should go to Alcoholics Anonymous because no one should have to go through seeing the disturbing things like I had to do without help. It would be so exciting to bring money to help families with these difficult problems. Most people who suffer from addictions such as alcohol need help. I believe that if this charity deserves the fifty dollars becauseit helps people like my family member who is suffering from an addiction like alcohol. The fifty dollars would help so many people, family members, and friends who have to deal with alcoholism and its devastating effects.


The Boyne City Water Department will be flushing hydrants from April

25, 2013 through May 15, 2013. If your water becomes discolored open a cold water faucet, which does not have a screen, and let the water run until it’s clear. For questions or concerns call the City Hall office at (231)582-6597.

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ARIES - This week’s scenario will be a positive one for you especially if you are involved in academic work. Your appreciation for the warmth and assurance of a mentor will provide them with much pride. The way words are used can be very important to you. You see deeply below the surface and are aware of nuances that others may try to use information that could be harmful to you. Lucky Numbers: 22, 27, 32, 38, 41, 45 TAURUS - This week’s scenario needs you to be patient and understanding with others and you’ll be able to unravel a mystery. Be very discreet and try not to tell everything you know unless you are sure that it is appropriate. Your steady hard work will reap you greater rewards than you thought. Positive energy will flow into strong alliances that instill peace and serenity into your personal relations. Lucky Numbers: 2, 8, 10, 15, 16, 39 GEMINI - This week’s scenario has a change of scenery being be positive for you. You will soon realize is that if you are not happy in some aspect of your life, you’ll need to make some significant changes. You’ll feel an urgency to eliminate negative influences from both your home and workplace. You’ll need to show your reliability and willingness to perform your duties and obligations. Lucky Numbers: 16, 19, 23, 26, 33, 46 CANCER - This week’s scenario has you feeling a need to make yourself and your world more attractive. Your keen eye and dramatic flair of style will present an amazing image. Someone close to you may seem to be eager to do battle with you. You’ll learn a great deal about aggression by revealing your true feelings. Lucky Numbers: 5, 25, 35, 45, 46, 49 LEO - This week’s scenario has current partnerships helping improve your corporate visibility. They also may be able to provide you with some very sound advice and guidance. You may tend to expose too much of yourself or voice your opinion too openly. Allowing others to see your true self may help your cause.

Lucky Numbers: 7, 9, 27, 28, 33, 34 VIRGO - This week’s scenario fins you realizing that your past experiences will help you to locate your inner sense of being. Make plans to take a field trip or to travel for business or pleasure. You’ll be bored with the old philosophies and feel the need to search for your own truth. You’ll learn much through your direct experiences. Lucky Numbers: 6, 12, 17, 36, 41, 43 LIBRA - This week’s scenario has a chance of a misunderstanding if others do not clearly communicate their needs to you. Your ego may require a bit more nurturing and support. There may be manipulation and secrecy in the air. You are in a very suspicious mood that doesn’t make you feel very trusting of others. Lucky Numbers: 2, 4, 5, 33, 34, 40 SCORPIO - This week’s scenario finds that you’ll disregard superficial answers to your questions. You’ll feel encouraged to probe until you get to the bottom of the situation. You have something in your life that you are passionate about. Now is the time to act on that dream. Stay clear on your purpose and you’ll go far. Lucky Numbers: 15, 18, 24, 27, 37, 46 SAGITTARIUS - This week’s scenario has you needing to use positive ideas to strength-

en your social status. Career opportunities will find you through your business network. Put a positive spin on the current mood. Focusing on deep emotions may tend to turn into negative feelings. Break away from your usual reaction. Lucky Numbers: 7, 10, 11, 15, 22, 25 CAPRICORN - This week’s scenario causes you to use your sense of humor to help take a more objective look at yourself. You’ll feel more like yourself in the midst of a rapidly changing world. Creative ideas flow that make it easier than usual to express your thoughts. You’ll be negotiating and communicating of all kinds of deals. Lucky Numbers: 10, 11, 18, 20, 21, 37 AQUARIUS - This week’s scenario has you realizing that you might need to accept less help than you had hoped. Your longrange plans and ambitions should become clearer as you focus on your career. Your fine sense of talent and beauty will bring you closer to artistic souls. Your sensitivity will help you to weed out impostors in business. Lucky Numbers: 2, 7, 10, 11, 26, 31 PISCES - This week’s scenario fins you reflecting that a recent social activity may have seemed more like work than pleasure. Break the dull cycle and find yourself some emotional excitement. Learn to delegate a little more. As much as you enjoy managing things, someone who reaches out to guide you could prove to be invaluable. Lucky Numbers: 3, 9, 16, 21, 33, 41

Across 1 Appends 5 Short sleep 8 Minute particle 12 Ark Skipper 13 Fruit punch 14 Heredity carrier 15 __ Moore of “A Few Good Men” 16 Fatherly 18 Painted 20 Look happy 23 Convenes 26 Compact 30 Spoil 31 Circle parts 32 Approvals 33 Nothing more

than 34 Disfigure 35 Dislike 37 Earnest requests 40 External 41 Aardvark 45 Hindrance 47 Important times 51 Troubles 52 Egg source 53 Recedes 54 Godiva’s title 55 Fall month 56 Kind Down 1 Plus 2 Stag’s mate

3 River barrier 4 Knight protectors 5 __Valley (vineyard site) 6 Eve’s partner 7 Tennis’s __ Sampras 9 Most sore 10 “__Clear Day” (two words) 11 __ Gibson of”Braveheart” 17 Graceful tree 19 Born 20 Rascal 21 Fable’s lesson 22 Enlarged 24 Rich cake


25 Guide 27 Head movement 28 Go downhill 29 Hazardous curve 33 Actress __ Stapleton 36 Foot part 38 Restless 39 Depot (abbreviation) 42 Reverberate 43 A Baldwin brother 44 Camp shelter 45 Hooting bird 46 Python’s kin 48 Slugger’s stat 49 CBS rival 50 Compass direction


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Indoors Two More Weeks

Moving Outdoors Starting May 1st to Veterans Park in Boyne City

Are you looking for a public school where:

• Fine arts are not on the budget chopping block? • Where everyone knows your name? • Where you can be yourself?

Community Open House April 25 • 5-7 p.m.

Concord Academy Boyne 00401 E Dietz, Boyne City, MI 49712 (231) 582-0194 •

The Fifth Annual Boyne Business Expo & Taste of Boyne is bigger than ever with at least 95 booths featuring the Petoskey Brewing Co. and Mackinaw Trail Winery in addition to assorted businesses from throughout the region. Last year’s event saw well over 1,000 attendees and, with numerous gourmet tasting booths, interactive displays, games, prizes and drawings, organizers expect to wellexceed those numbers yet again. “This is probably one of the best things we do for our member businesses,” said Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jim Baumann. “If you’re in a business locally you don’t have a thousand people walking by your door every day … but this is a way for businesses to show what they can do before a big crowd.” Baumann said large booth spaces offer merchants and service providers to demonstrate their offerings as opposed to simply handing out brochures. “Some people will show what they do with laptops and video or photos of their products,” said Baumann. “Some will give live demonstrations of their products and services. And, they will have the opportunity to talk one-on-one with people and answer questions.” Baumann said, while the event is great for local businesses, it is also a lot of fun for visitors. “People can mingle and talk with friends and there is a lot of good food and good information,” Baumann said. “People say they never knew we had this many businesses and this many different things in the community.”

Some of this year’s featured Taste of Boyne booths will be manned by the Boyne City High School Hospitality students, the new Barrel Back restaurant opening soon in Walloon Lake, Boyne Mountain restaurants, the newly named Porter Creek Fish House at Sommerset Pointe, Bella Vita, Spicy Bob’s Italian Express, Green Plate Catering, Glen’s Market, BC Pizza, Mackinaw Trail Winery and the Jordan Inn. “The restaurants and caterers are some of the major attractions,” Baumann said. “Admission is $5, and you get to visit all the food booths.” He added, “Solace Spa gives chair massages and the Humane Society brings animals that might be up for adoption; and, many businesses offer drawings for prizes.”

Baumann said the entire community is invited to this growing event. “If they’re attending for the first time, people are typically surprised because they’re going into the old Carter’s store, which has been abandoned for a few years. But, we decorate the interior of the building to look like a convention center—it looks very professional,” Baumann said. There is a free shuttle service to and from the parking lots at the Charlevoix County Road Commission and St. Matthew Church. The $5 admission is at the door and there will also be a cash bar. Expo is from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday April 25 at the former Carter’s store 1315 Boyne Ave. M-75 South. More info at (231) 582-6222

A look at our galaxy’s oldest star clusters Another week has passed, fellow astronomers! We have been teased with a few mild days and a few days of sunshine, but we bryan shumaker have a ways NASA/JPL Solar to go beSystem Ambassador fore Spring Look Up! has really What’s in the sprung. night sky? Full moon is April 25, so lunar observing gradually improves in the next week or so as a sharp line and good contrast appears between the lit and unlit areas of the moon. Use binoculars or a telescope to enjoy the lunar landscape. On April 25, 1990, the Hubble telescope was deployed. It’s hard to believe that Hubble has been around over 23 years! Probably no telescope in history is as well known or has enriched and educated so many people. Hopefully, it will be around for at least another five to eight years, but with government funding always shaky, it may be touch and go. Saturn is at opposition on the 28th, which means it is brightest and most visible to us as it is opposite the Sun. The rings are also tilted very open, so they will show up well. If you have never seen Saturn through a telescope before, try to find someone who has one and can show you just how spectacular it appears! Last week I briefly discussed globular clusters. These are spheres of stars, usually above and below the plane of the galaxy. At least 160 are known to exist in our home galaxy, the Milky Way. At an average distance of 70,000 light years from us, they contain between 10,000 and a million stars, all packed densely into a few light years. Imagine what a night sky must look

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There are thousands of stars grouped in gigantic clusters throughout the Milky Way Galaxy and beyond. like if you were on a planet in a globular cluster! These stars are very old, far older than most of the stars in the galaxy. How do we know this? They contain very little metallic elements. Metals are formed during a supernova explosion, when the titanic energies and heat cause simpler elements to fuse into heavy metals. Stars which are destined to go supernova are large, burn their nuclear fuel fast and furious, and live a few hundred million years. When they explode, they seed the cosmos with these metals and when newer stars form, these metals are incorporated into them—like our Sun. The fact that almost all of the stars in globular clusters have almost no metal in them implies that they formed so early that they predated the supernova type stars—10 to 12 BILLION years ago (our sun is about 5 billion years old). By the way, we can detect the presence or absence of elements in far off stars by carefully examining their spectra—the colored light we see when light passes through a prism. It allows us to determine just what elements and simple molecules are present, even from a source billions of light years away!

I encourage you to give us a call or stop by at one of our monthly meetings of NOMAC (Northern Michigan Astronomy Club) held at the Raven Hill Discovery Center—only six miles south of Boyne City. We would be delighted to show you the wonders of the heavens through a good telescope and explain just what you are looking at. Check out for more information. Until next week, clear skies and keep looking up!

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Most Michigan residents who are homeless live in families

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Domestic violence is one of the major factors in homelessness for women and young children. In Michigan, more than half of the people who are homeless are in families, according to the state’s Campaign to End Homelessness. The Campaign is a public-private partnership of more than 600 agencies working to end homelessness one person and one family at a time. About two-thirds of the adults in those families are women (typically single mothers). And the average age of the children is just seven years old. Families can end up homeless for any number of reasons including an illness or accident, lost job, substance abuse disorder, mental illness or domestic violence. The Campaign to End Homeless-

ness works to prevent homelessness, where possible, or rapidly move people into stable housing while helping them get the services they need to get back on their feet. The Campaign’s partners work collaboratively and offer help in a multitude of ways, including helping secure often-sparse affordable housing and assisting heads of household find jobs, access benefits and get health care services. Each part of the state has a Housing Assessment and Resource Agency that directs people to the services appropriate for their circumstances. “Families need safe, affordable housing with wrap-around services appropriate to their level of need,”

Collage class

ual walkers, runners and teams can collect "pledges" for participating in the walk, or sponsor themselves with a donation. Those that raise $30 or more receive an event t-shirt. Registration forms are available at and also at local Chambers of Commerce.

Beth Bynum will be teaching a "Collage Class" on April 27. Learn how to create a beautiful art piece from a real master. Class starts 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and cost is $90 and includes all materials. Call 231.547.3554 to learn more and sign up for the class at the Charlevoix Circle of Arts at 109 Clinton St.

Wagbo events

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Saturday, April 27, 7pm FREE, family-friendly. Attend our monthly Potluck followed by a walk at 8. Good food, fun company and an evening hike. Feel free to bring a dish to pass, though it is never required. A walk for the whole family! Search for signs of spring here in Northern Michigan. Bring a flashlight and dress warm. Hoophouse Raising Work Bee April 27, 10am to 5pm & Sunday, April 28th, 10am to 3pm FREE. Local farmer Jen Lewis of Moondog Farm is raising a a 30x72' gothicframe hoop house on the grounds of Martha Wagbo Farm and Education Center, and we need your helping hands to complete the task. In exchange for generously donating your time and hard work, we will make sure you are well fed and hydrated while you gain significant hands-on experience installing a hoophouse. This workbee will take place over the course of two days. More details at

CTAC swirl

Crooked Tree Arts Center presents Swirl on Thursday, April 25, featuring a sampling of creative appetizers and fine wines during this monthly wine tasting event. Doors open at 5:30 pm with food and music through 7. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 per person the day of Swirl, when available and may be purchased online at www. or calling 231-3474337. The Crooked Tree Arts Center is located at 461 East Mitchell St. in Petoskey.

Express to Murder

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said John McLintock, Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency Housing Agent in CharlevoixEmmet counties. “They also need a level of income that will help them sustain that housing, so income supports and educational programs and employment are important.” About 28 percent of homeless families in the state have jobs, but the average monthly income was just $637 in 2011, according to data gathered by the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). And they face added financial burdens, including transportation to and from work, and child care costs. “Single parents who have separated from their spouses or partners may face a sudden drop in income that is difficult or impossible to replace,” said Eric Hufnagel of the Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness. “The remaining parent in the household may not have a significant employment track record or adequate income to sustain the family at the same level,” he said. Keeping children in the same school is an important issue as well. Every school district in the state has a homeless liaison responsible for identifying homeless students and ensuring they get to school and have access to services. Mary Gaudard, Char-Em ISD Homeless Liaison

describes the local district homeless liaisons as, “creative and committed in identifying and meeting the needs of homeless students.” Domestic violence is a common cause of homelessness for women. Like many domestic violence shelters, the Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan’s Safe Home, which serves survivors of domestic abuse and their children in Charlevoix, Emmet, Antrim, Cheboygan and Otsego counties, is constantly being utilized. Staff assist residents in finding stable housing and point them to other resource, in addition to providing safe shelter. “We have advocates who work with women on what their goals are,” said Domestic Abuse Program Director, Chris Krajewski. “We work in collaboration with the different agencies in our five counties that provide housing support and make sure that the women have every opportunity to apply to utilize those resources.” “Here in Charlevoix and Emmet Counties we’re working hard to make sure every family has a decent and affordable place to live,” said Jamie Winters, Continuum of Care Chairperson. “We’re committed to making that a reality. For more information about the Michigan’s Campaign to End Homelessness, visit

Murder.’ We invite you to attend The Front Porch Cafe fundraiser on Friday, May 17, at Castle Farms in Charlevoix. Tickets can be purchased for $25 at The Front Porch in Ellsworth, Charlevoix Chamber of Commerce, and East Jordan Chamber of Commerce.

fund-raising events May 4-5, 2013 and we need your support. There are many ways that you can be a part of this memorable weekend, from golfing a round with some of baseball's greatest, to donating an item for the silent auction. Please take a moment to look over the schedule of events and let us know if we can count on your support for the Charlevoix Little League program. For more information, please call Jim Lentz at 231.675.2534 or Mark Snyder at 231-675-7711. You can

Little League & MLB

Charlevoix Little League will be teaming up with the Major League Baseball Alumni Association to host a weekend full of fantastic

also find additional information at May 4- MLBPAA "Legends for Youth" FREE Clinic; 12 former Major League baseball players will be teaching the kids the fundamentals of the game and life skills. May 4- MLBPAA Social Reception and Silent Auction 6-9pm On Saturday evening we will host a social reception and silent auction fundraiser with 12 former Major Leaguers at Stafford's Weathervane Restaurant.

Charlevoix Area Hospital is pleased to welcome Munson cardiologists to Charlevoix. Traverse Heart & Vascular, a service of Munson Medical Center, provides heart care equal to the nation’s best institutions. Munson’s heart program is consistently recognized for high quality, including being named one of the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals* in 2011 for superior clinical and operational performance. Munson cardiologists travel to Charlevoix Area Hospital to see patients for consultation, evaluation, testing, and follow-up care. Patients who need advanced heart care have access to the Webber Heart Center at Munson Medical Center, the recognized regional leader in heart care. We are delighted to bring expert heart care to our community. For more information, go to or talk with your primary care physician about a referral. *Thomson Reuters (now Truven Health Analytics)

If you are interested in being a block captain for the annual petunia planting on May 23, contact Steve or Sandy Bennett at

The 19th Annual Sue DeYoung/ Judy Edger Memorial Breast Cancer 5K Walk/Run takes place in Charlevoix's EastPark on Sat. May 11, 2013. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the walk and run begin at 9 a.m. Individ-

The Charlevoix Chamber of Commerce will host a forum for Charlevoix City Council candidates in order to educate the public about the city’s impending recall election. The forum is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday May 1, at the Charlevoix High School auditorium. A moderator will pose audience questions to candidates in attendance. There will be aQ&A session from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. And, from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. there will be an informal reception with the candidates. Video of the event will be recorded and available for viewing courtesy of the Petoskey News-Review website www. Submit your questions of candidates ahead of time by e-mailing them to pearson@

Charlevoix now has heart care that’s among the nation’s best.

Petunia Block Captains

Sue DeYoung/Judy Edger Breast Cancer 5k

Cvx Council recall candidate forum

Anthony Ochoa, MD, and Nicklaus Slocum, MD


Young Boyne chef places third in culinary arts event

Noah Lounsbury

In February, seven career technical centers and High Schools a c r o s s Michigan participated in a Region

5 Skills USA Culinary Competition at Ferris State University. There were approximately 75 students competing in Commercial Baking, Culinary Arts, Team Banquet, and Food and Beverage. The top students then went on to state competition on April 19 and 20. (Results were not available by press time.

We would like to recognize Boyne City Student Noah Lounsbury who placed third in his event (Culinary Arts). First, second and third place competitors will compete at the State level this weekend in Grand Rapids. Noah representing Boyne City High School worked extremely hard to accomplish his goal and put in countless hours of practice.

Local students participate in state’s career development conference

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Garrett Fogo and Ben Halstead participated in this year’s DECA competition in Grand Rapids. Over 2,500 High School Students Came Together to Become the Future Leaders of the Workforce. In Grand Rapids, March 15-17, 2013: Over 2,500 students from high schools and career and technical centers from all parts of the state attended the Michigan DECA's Annual State Career Development Conference. This event is the only opportunity in Michigan where future marketing leaders can come together to prepare for their careers. This year Boyne City High School had 15 students win their regional event and qualify for the state competition. Two students, Garrett Fogo and Ben Halstead received finalist medals at the state competition for Hospitality. Garrett Fogo also completed the Gold, Silver, and Bronze portion for the Michigan Merit Award to compete at the International Competition in Anaheim, CA. This is a 60 page paper on Economics, Hu-

man Relations, Marketing, Product & Service Knowledge, and Promotion. “I am very proud of Garrett,” said Casie Parker. “He worked very hard to complete this paper in a very short period of time. He is one of the top students in Boyne City Schools. He will represent our school well.” These future leaders competed for their chance to represent Michigan at DECA's International Career Development Conference being held in Anaheim, CA April 23rd - April 28th. At the Michigan DECA State Career Development Conference, students had a chance to compete in over 40 competitive events. The leaders in the field of marketing education, in cooperation with marketing professionals working in every industry, have designed these events to contribute to the development of skills necessary for careers in marketing, management, merchandising and en-

Volunteer Connections

tional Day of Service. The committee will meeting once a month until September to plan this incredible day of service. The first meeting will be on Thursday, April 25 at 8:30am at Harbor Industries in Charlevoix. Please call our office at 487-1006 to join. To volunteer for this opportunity or to see more volunteer opportunities go to the Char-Em United Way website: http://tinyurl. com/volunteerconnections or call 231-4871006.

an initiative of Char-Em United Way Help Plan Day of Caring Join Char-Em United Way for planning the 10th Annual Day of Caring. This year Day of Caring will be on September 11 in remembrance of 9/11 and in conjunction with Na-

trepreneurship. Regardless of the event students compete in, every competition provides a constructive avenue for individual and team expression, initiative and creativity, self-image and success patterns. Over 450 business professionals donated their time as judges for the competition aspect of the conference. These business professionals met one-on-one with the students, and evaluated the student's marketing abilities. Business professionals from nationally known companies come back year after year to interact with Michigan's finest marketing students. DECA is the only international student organization operating through schools to attract young people to careers in marketing, merchandising, management and entrepreneurship. Its purposes are to teach occupational proficiency, and to promote understanding and appreciation for the responsibilities of citizenship in our free, competitive enterprise system.

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BIRTH Announcement Buddha Tripp Sweet, a baby boy, was born on April 12, 2013 to Buddha Sweet and Regina Davis weighing 6 lbs, 11 oz. Buddha is welcomed by siblings Aiden & Abel, grandparents Darlene Kay Sweet, Melvin Sweet, Rose & Bob Davis and great grandmother Dorothy Crandell, all of whom are from Boyne City.

BABY Buddha Sweet

BCPS board of ed’

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The Boyne City Public Schools Board of Education members (back, from left) are Ed Vondra, Jeff Mercer, Zareena Koch, Ken Schrader and Ross McLane, (Front, from left) Bea Reinhardt and Lisa Schrock. Their schedule for the board’s monthly meetings are as follows: May 13, June 10, June 24 (Budget Meeting), July 8, August 12, September 9, October 14, November 11, December 9 and January 13, 2014 (Organizational meeting 6:30pm). Meetings are held in the cafeteria of the Early Child-hood Education Building at 321 south Park St. in Boyne City on the second Monday of each month be-ginning at 7 p.m., except for the few indicated exceptions. Notice of all special meetings will be posted by the main entrance in each school building.

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ative ideas you can try at home: • Enhance chili: Not only can you add rice to your favorite broth-based soups, try adding some to your chili recipe. Not sure about adding it directly to the chili? Cook separately and place a serving in a bowl, then top with chili. • Wrap it up: Chop your favorite veggies and meat, and cook in a pan. Add cooked rice and then wrap all ingredients in a tortilla for a quick and filling dinner. Have leftovers? Chilled wraps are great for brown-bag lunches. • Chop it up: Rice is a great addition to dips and salsas. Try mixing cooked rice, fresh tomatoes, onions and your choice of peppers in a blender or food processor. Enjoy the fresh flavors with crackers or chips, or add to make a breakfast omelet in the morning. Rice can be used in any meal or snack throughout the day. • Jazz it up: Rice is a great base that can be spiced to your exact taste preferences. Try adding some chili seasoning for heat, or sweeten it with some chopped dried fruit and a touch of honey. Try cooking rice in broth, fruit juice or stock for additional flavor.

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State & Region

Your weekly legislation update Y = Yes, N = No, X = Not Voting • Senate Bill 35, Authorize criminal penalties for nonpayment of “administrative hearing bureau” fines: Passed 35 to 1 in the Senate To authorize additional penalties for failing to pay fines imposed by “administrative hearing bureaus” that most cities are allowed to create for enforcing “blight violations” under a 2003 law. Under that law, cities already have the power to place a lien against the property. The bill would authorize additional fines of $500, 93 days in jail for a second offense, and up to a year for a third offense. 37 Sen. Howard Walker R - Traverse City Y • Senate Bill 38, Authorize wage garnishment for nonpayment of “administrative hearing bureau” fines: Passed 35 to 1 in the Senate To allow a local government to garnish the wages of a property owner who has failed to pay fines imposed by “administrative hearing bureaus” that most cities are allowed to create for enforcing “blight violations” under a 2003 law. 37 Sen. Howard Walker R - Traverse City Y • Senate Bill 39, Authorize foreclosure for nonpayment of “administrative hearing bureau” fines: Passed 35 to 1 in the Senate To allow a local government to foreclose on property owned by a person who has failed to pay fines imposed by “administrative hearing bureaus” that most cities are allowed to create for enforcing “blight violations” under a 2003 law. 37 Sen. Howard Walker R - Traverse City Y • Senate Bill 218, Repeal sunset on borrow-and-spend “water resource improvement authorities”: Passed 92 to 16 in the House

Fresh new look for MI News 26

MI News 26, Michigan’s only 24/7 local news channel, has debuted a brand new look, including new on-air graphics, an updated set, and two new but familiar faces from the Detroit area. Randy Bhirdo jill walsh and Jill Washburn joined the station’s news team this week after spending much of their careers anchoring and reporting for numerous TV stations in Detroit. Washburn is now hosting MI News 26’s midday newscasts, which air between 11am and 6pm, while Bhirdo presents MI News 26 at 6:00 as well as the station’s evening news programming, which runs from 7pm until midnight every day. The two new personalities join randy bhirdo Scott Forbes and Kayla Kiley, who host the overnight and morning news programming on the local TV station. “I’m very excited and proud to be a part of an ever growing news team here at MI News 26,” said Bhirdo. In addition to debuting the new hosts, MI News 26 launched a new graphics package as well as numerous updates to its news set, designed by Michael P. Hill of The new look encompasses all of the station’s locallyproduced news programming. “We were thrilled to work with top-notch talent to take our newscasts to the next level,” said Eric Wotila, who owns and serves as the General Manager at MI News 26, “We’ve been able to bring network-caliber production to the local level thanks to the hard work of a talented and

To eliminate the sunset on local governments creating new “water resource improvement authorities,” which use extra property tax levies and “tax increment financing” schemes to divert other taxing units’ property tax revenue to cover debt service payments on debt they incur for various recreation and development projects. The

bill would also expand the scope of activities and geographic limits of these entities, letting them borrow and spend for dredging among other things. 105 Rep. Greg MacMaster R Kewadin X • House Bill 4126, Revise horseback riding liability waiver: Passed 59 to 48 in the House To revise a law limiting the liability of stables and equine event organizers for injury, death or property damage resulting from an inherent risk of an equine activity, by changing an exception allowing suits for “negligence” so that it instead only allows suits for “willful and wanton disregard” for participants’ safety. 105 Rep. Greg MacMaster R Kewadin X • House Bill 4002, Increase interest to taxpayers owed refunds: Passed 107 to 0 in the House To require the state to pay 3 percent in interest (annual rate) to a taxpayer who is due a tax refund because of an overpayment (including excessive “withholding”), starting 60 days after the claim is filed. 105 Rep. Greg MacMaster R dedicated team.” MI News 26, based in Cadillac, was launched in early 2011 by 24-year-old news entrepreneur Eric Wotila. The station broadcasts to Wexford, Missaukee and Osceola continues on antenna channel 26 and is available to Charter Digital Cable subscribers throughout northwestern Michigan on SD channel 73 and HD channel 789. Its broadcasts are also streamed live online at

Kewadin X • House Bill 4147, Revise basis of public-safety “special assessment” levies: Passed 57 to 50 in the House To allow local police and fire “special assessment” levies that are imposed on top of regular property taxes to also be imposed on a flat-rate per parcel basis, rather than just on the assessed taxable value of each parcel (which is called “ad valorem” in the tax laws). Special assessments were originally intended to only fund improvements that especially benefit properties within a certain “district,” but today are often imposed for core government services like public safety, and differ little from regular property taxes, except they are not subject to a vote of the people and other constitutional restrictions. 105 Rep. Greg MacMaster R Kewadin X • House Bill 4138, Ban Mich. National Guard or police from executing federal “indefinite detention”: Passed 109 to 0 in the House To prohibit members of the Michigan National Guard or other state and local government employees and police from participating in the investigation, prosecution, or detention of any person under a recent federal law giving the President the power to order the indefinite detention of persons arrested on U.S. soil, without charge or trial (“section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2012”). 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 http:// treatment and follow-up care has ended with their oncology team,” she said. “A cancer diagnosis no longer signals a diagnosis of death. Today, people are living longer with a cancer diagnosis, and with increased health care needs related to their individual cancer type or from the side effects of cancer treatments received during acute care.” “This group provides a way for survivors to come together and collectively learn about cancer and to discover ways to live ‘well’ as a survivor with a cancer diagnosis,” she added. For more information, call Amy Juneau at 231.487.4015 or Rita Miller at 231.487.4281. Space is limited. Register by calling (800) 2486777.

McLaren Northern Michigan Hosts Cancer Survivorship and Wellness Series Addition to McLarMcLaren Northern Michigan is hosting a free four-week program to help cancer survivors en-Cheboygan staff

face the challenges and changes cancer brings; from the moment of diagnosis, through treatment and beyond, and into years of survivorship or palliative care. “Cancer Survivorship and Wellness,” a program funded by McLaren Northern Michigan Foundation, offers education and support to cancer patients and their family members. The group sessions take place from 2 - 4 p.m. on May 2, 9, 23 & 30 at the John and Marnie Demmer Wellness Pavilion and Dialysis Center, 820 Arlington Avenue in Petoskey. Sessions will focus on living well with a cancer diagnosis, as well as learning skills for the promotion of physical and emotional well-being. Attendance at all four sessions is highly recommended. Family members or caregivers are also welcome to attend. “This group is designed to allow people who are living through any cancer diagnosis, be it an early diagnosis or living beyond their treatments, to come together and speak about their journeys,” said Rita E. Miller, RN, MSN, OCN, and Nurse Clinician at McLaren Northern Michigan in Petoskey. Miller said the end of cancer treatments are not the end of the cancer experience for patients who must face complicated care issues related to their cancer survivorship. “Cancer patients continue to live with chronic disease issues long after their initial cancer

McLaren Northern Michigan–Cheboygan Community Medical Center is pleased to welcome Robert Allum, D.O. The practice is located at 740 S. Main St., Cheboygan, and Dr. Allum is now accepting new patients. Call (231) 627-3002 to schedule an appointment. Dr. Allum has extensive experience as a family practitioner, caring for patients through all stages of life. Services include annual exams, weight loss and nutrition counseling, immunization, physicals, and treatment of illnesses and minor injuries. He is board certified as both a family practitioner and medical review officer. He has worked for family practice medical groups in Rogers City and Gaylord, has been a staff member of a rehabilitation center in Rogers City, and began his medical career with the National Health Service Corps in Presque Isle County. He has also taught at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine and College of Osteopathic Medicine as an associate clinical professor. Dr. Allum earned his medical degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing. He completed an internship at Florida Hospital Carrollwood, Tampa, Fla., and a family practice residency at Mercy Health Partners, Muskegon. He received a bachelor’s degree from Albion College in Albion.

NCMC Offers Lectures In Gaylord And Cheboygan

North Central Michigan College will offer a Luncheon Lecture in Cheboygan on Tuesday, April 30 and in Gaylord on Wednesday, May 1. Both lectures will start at noon and lunch will be provided. On Tuesday, April 30, learn how to perfect sugar cookie decorations with Kim Sperl, pastry chef and owner of Bella e Dolce. Kim will share tips and tricks to make cookies too pretty to eat! After the lecture, participants will take home Kim’s sugar cookie and icing recipes. Cost for the event is $10 and includes lunch. Registration deadline is Monday, April 29. Call 231-597-0322 to reserve your place at the table.

The lecture will be held at the Straits Area Education Center, 504 Division Street. On Wednesday, May 1, North Central Michigan College in Gaylord will offer a presentation GIS. Tom Kellogg, North Central adjunct instructor, will give a brief introduction to the evolution and history of geographic information systems and global positioning systems. He will discuss their uses in the military, agriculture, transportation and many other areas. He will also talk about the career paths that these technologies are offering for students. Luncheon attendees will also get to hear exerts from Tom's new book, "Exception," which studies how advances in technology may affect us personally. Cost for the event is $10 and includes lunch. Registration deadline is Monday, March 25. Call 989-705-3775 to reserve your place at the table.

Saturday, May 4 9 - Noon, Sunset Park

Downtown Boyne City next to the Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce

Come join the fun and help us clean, rake, and sweep up the town as we prepare for the beautiful spring and summer seasons. • Food and refreshments for all volunteers • Bring your brooms, rakes, shovels, and gloves

For more information call the Main Street Office 582-9009

Faith & memorial


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Worship Times For worrywarts everywhere Church of the nativity Reverend Peggy Nattermann will be celebrant for the Easter V Eucharist service at Episcopal Church of the Nativity. Following the 10 a.m. service, coffee hour and conversation will be held in the church basement. Please call 582-5045 for more information. Nativity is located at 209 Main Street, Boyne City.

addition to the Children in Worship program for students age four to grade 4. For more information call 231-582-7983 or visit our website at

Walloon Lake Church On Saturday, April 27, the Home Plate Group will leave the Walloon Campus at 3:30 AM. The Marriage Conference with Jim Marshall will begin at 9 AM. Ej Community Church On Sunday, April 28, the sermon title will On Thursday, April 25, the Cozy Quilters be “Watch Your Step – Line All Teaching will meet at 9 AM in room 101. Celebrate up with God’s Word” from I Timothy 4:1Recovery will meet at 7 PM. On Saturday, 5 given by Pastor Jason Richey. Service April 27, Home Plate Group will leave time is at 8 AM and 9:30 AM. There will from the church at 3:30 AM. The Mar- be no nursery or children church at the 8 riage Conference with Jim Marshall will AM service. There will be infant and todbegin at 9 AM. dler nursery available during the rest of On Sunday, April 28, sermon will be the morning. Children from age 3 to 5th “Watch Your Step – Go Watches over grade will have Kids Church that they can Widows, So We Better Too” from I Timo- attend during the 9:30 service. At 11:15 thy 5:3-16 given by Pastor Jeff Ellis. Ser- AM, there will be children and youth vice times are 9 and 10:45 AM. The infant classes plus adult community small and toddler nursery will be open. Chil- groups. dren 3 years old through 4th grade can On Monday, April 29, the Mod with Todattend children classes during both ser- dlers program will begin at 10 AM. Celvices. Fifth grade through eleventh grade ebrate Recovery will meet at 7 PM. This is classes meet during the 10:45 service a Christ-centered recovery program. On only. Young adult class is held at 10:45 Tuesday, there will be an Adult CommuAM in the Discipleship House. Adult nity Small Group at 6:30 PM at the Holclasses and Community Small Groups are land Home and at the LaLone Home. On available. Wednesday, there will be a Men’s Prayer On Tuesday, April 30, the Ladies Bible Group that meets at Darlene’s Restaurant Study will begin at 9:15 AM at the Dis- at 7 AM. At 6:30 PM, there will be a Ladies cipleship House. On Wednesday, May 1, Bible Study at the church. the meal and class will be at 5:30 PM and For questions concerning the East Jordan 6:30 PM. On Thursday, May 2, MOPS will Campus, please call 536-2299 or the Walmeet at 10 AM. Celebrate Recovery will loon Campus at 535-2288. start at 7 PM. The Mission Committee will Jewel Heart Buddhist Center meet at the Discipleship House at 7 PM. The church office hours are 9 AM to 5 PM For more information, email northernMonday through Wednesday, and Friday. On Thursday, it is open from 9 to noon. B.C. United Methodist If you have any questions, please call 535-2288 or check the church website at 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 United Methodist The Boyne Falls United Methodist Church 324 S. Park Street. Children’s programand Pastor Wayne McKenney welcomes ming is held during the service for ages you every Sunday morning for worship 4 through 5th grade. Office hours are at 9:15 am. The church is located at 3057 Tues.-Thurs. from 8 am to 3 pm. Phone Mill St. Children’s programming is held 231-582-9776. Open Hearts, Open during the service for pre-school through Minds, Open Doors. 5th grade. Pastor Wayne McKenney. Office hours are Tues.-Thurs. from 8 am to 3 First Baptist of Boyne City pm. Phone 231-582-9776. Open Hearts, 875 State St. (231) 582-9561. Sunday Open Minds, Open Doors. Services - Sunday School (for all ages) 10 a.m.; Morning Worship 11 a.m.; JuPresbyterian nior Church Hour for children 3 years of First Presbyterian Church at 401 S. Park age up to the 5th grade ~11:00 a.m.; St., Boyne City invites you to share wor- Evening Worship ~6:00 p.m.; Mid-Week ship with us each Sunday at 11 a.m. Services; Wednesday Nights - Discovery Worship is led by Rev. Elizabeth Broschart Club~ 6:30 p.m., Teens Meeting~ 7:00 followed by fellowship. Communion is p.m., Adult Prayer & Bible Study~ 7 p.m., celebrated the first Sunday of the month. Nursery Provided for all Services An infant and toddler room is available in

chris faulknor publisher I worry. I must confess, in fact, that I worry often. I worry about getting sick; how will everything get done? I worry about money; there is never quite enough. I worry about my family; what if something happens to someone? I worry about transportation; anyone who knows me has seen my luck in this department. While it may seem like a normal course of action, it is something we as Christians should avoid. Believe it or not, the Bible has a lot to say on the matter. First off, worrying actually solves very few of our actual problems. Jesus says in the book of Matthew, “Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.” As much as we worry, it won’t make the actual situation any better. Second, worry makes us sick. I don’t just mean the distraction, I mean it makes us physically sick -trust me on this one. I know that when I get worried, it upsets my stomach, gives me a headache, and makes me irritable -how about you? The book of Proverbs says, “Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.” Worry physically drags us down, and has a profound effect on the function of our body and mind. It messes with our sleep, our metabolism, and even our hormones and neurotransmitters. It changes how our digestive system works, increases stomach acid, and more. In fact, it can lead to acid reflux, ulcers, headaches, diarrhea, and a variety of other issues. Finally, worry means we’re not trusting God as much as we should. Jesus said, “If God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?” Why do we have so little faith -there lies the question. God is going to take care of us, and he won’t give us more than we can handle, so why do we have so little faith? Having made my point, how can we fix this? First off, we pray. This doesn’t have to be a recitation of the Lords Prayer. This doesn’t mean I need to remember the words to Amazing Grace (although singing is an incredibly therapeutic way to pray, for the record) It’s simply a matter of talking to God, and can be done in your head, out loud, alone, in a group, or however you are comfortable. Tell God what is bothering you and ask for his help.

Food pantries Boyne Valley Catholic Community (231) 582-7718 St. John - Praga East Jordan

St. Augustine Boyne Falls

The Boyne Valley Catholic Community is offering many opportunities to enrich your prayer life and spirituality as we continue the weeks of Easter.

Activities during the week of April 28th include:

• Childrens Faith Formation/ Junior High Youth: Sunday, April 28th at 5:30 at St. Matthew’s. • Saint Augustine Guild: Tuesday, April 30th at 10:00 am at St. Augustine’s. The Guild is resuming their monthly meetings for

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spring and summer. • Communion Service: Friday May 3rd there will be a Communion Service at Grandvue at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm at The Brook. • Summer Festival Date Is Set: Mark Sunday, August 18th on your calendar as the date for the 2013 St. Matthew’s Annual Summer Festival. The festival committee will be planning another fun-filled day for everyone. • May Crowning: The annual May Crowning will take place on Sunday, May 5th.

• 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

Paul writes to the Phillipians, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ” Second, we can fix the problem -go figure. If you’re worried about money, is there something you can do to help the situation? Is there a spending or management problem? Dave Ramsey is an excellent resource in this department. Are you worried about job issues? If it’s affecting your health, is there another opportunity available? Third, we can trust God. God is there to help us and he has

a plan. He knows what will happen, where things will go, and how this story will end. He knows if I’m going to make it safely to Charlevoix, what I’m going to do about the vase I broke, and when exactly my headache will go away. Trust in him, because he does have a plan, and it’s far better than any of ours. Fourth (and finally) we can focus our energy on God’s work. Focus on what you should be doing. That could be writing a faith column for the Gazette like I’m doing right now. It’s Saturday evening, and before I started this, I was concerned about trivial things -- I feel better, and I’ve reminded myself how I should be handling this. So I’ll talk to God, thank him for what he’s done for me, and ask him for help. I’ll remember that he has a plan, and that I trust his judgement way more than my own. I’ll fix the things I can, and more importantly, not worry about the things I can’t. And then tomorrow, when I get worked up all over again, I’ll do the same thing. Such is the process of learning to follow Jesus Christ -- one baby step at a time.

First Presbyterian Church of Boyne City First Presbyterian Church at 401 S. Park St., Boyne City invites you to share worship with us each Sunday at 11 a.m. (September to May) and 10 a.m. (June to August). Worship is led by Rev. Elizabeth Broschart and is followed by fellowship during Coffee Hour. Communion is celebrated the first Sunday of the month with a fellowship dinner scheduled following worship.

An infant and toddler room is available in addition to the Children in Worship program for students age four to grade 4. For more information about Bible Study, community outreach and other ministries call the church office at 231-582-7983 or visit our website at Information and inspiration is also available on our Facebook page.

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3. There is no question today regarding who Jesus Christ is; the Savior of the world. But, who is the Anti-Christ that Jesus warned about in Revelation 13:18, the man with the number 666? Empowered Ministries presents; “Who is Mr. 666?” To reserve this DVD at no cost Call: (989) 858-6741 If you have a program or event you would like to see listed in the Faith & Memorial section of the Boyne City Gazette, send it to editor@


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Nourish the ‘roots’ of your investment strategy Bill would favor businesses 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 On Arbor Day, which we celebrate this week, people across the country plant trees. Of course, trees provide us with many benefits, including beauty, fruit and oxygen, as well as protection against land erosion. But the act of planting and nurturing trees can also guide our behavior in other areas of life—such as investing. First of all, consider the vision and patience exhibited by tree growers when they plant their saplings. As an investor, you, too, need this type of perseverance and longterm outlook. When you invest, you should be focused on the long term yet be

Tools for small businesses

Businesses Know Their Numbers The Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center (MI-SBTDC), a program of Northwest Michigan Council of Governments, will present a financial tools workshop Tuesday, May 14, at Bay Harbor. "Know Your Numbers: Five Keys to Using Financial Statements," a seminar to help the non-financial manager business owner achieve fiscal fitness, is a state-wide training program designed to strengthen financial literacy and improve the ability

Dave Says Making it through medical leave Dear Dave, I’ve been on medical leave from my job due to an injury. dave ramsey My doc‘dave says’ tor recently advised extending the leave another six months, but during this time I wouldn’t be paid. My husband makes $75,000 a year, and we owe $40,000 on our cars. This includes a $30,000 note on one of them. Should we take money out of our 401(k) to make it through the additional time off? Crystal Dear Crystal, Absolutely not! You guys have dug a hole for yourselves, and borrowing from one place to fix another will only make that hole deeper. In cases like this you have to address the core issue. Your income has dropped significantly, so you need to cut your lifestyle to match your

prepared for the inevitable shortterm market downturns. How long is “long term”? Many investors hold quality investments for decades. It’s a long process, but the potential growth you seek will need this time. What else can you, as an investor, learn from tree planters? For one thing, be aware of how they keep their orchards healthy. By providing proper irrigation and disease-prevention measures, they help their trees stay on the long path toward maturity. Similarly, you need to nurture your investment portfolio by continually providing it with the financial resources it needs to stay “healthy.” During periods of market volatility, it can be tempting to take a “time out” from investing—but if you do, you’ll miss out on the potential growth opportunities that may follow. Since no one can really predict the beginnings and endings of either “up” or “down” markets, you’re better off by staying invested.

Also, just as horticulturalists take steps to keep their trees from being subject to disease, you can keep your portfolio in good shape by periodically “pruning” it of investments that no longer meet your needs. Here’s something else that tree planters can teach us: diversification. Consider an orchard that contains several different fruit trees; its commercial benefits may be greater than a comparable orchard that only grows apples. Plus, the presence of a variety of trees can prove beneficial if disease strikes one type. In some areas of the country, for example, Dutch Elm Disease wiped out thousands of trees, leaving entire streets treeless. If some other species had also been planted, these streets would still have had the benefits provided by mature trees, even if the elms were gone. As an investor, you don’t want to own just one type of financial asset, such as growth stocks, because if a downturn hits this segment, your entire portfolio could take a big hit. A better strategy would be to populate your “financial orchard” with a variety of investments— such as stocks, bonds and government securities—that are suitable for your situation. (Keep in mind, though, that while diversification can help reduce the effects of volatility, it can’t guarantee a profit or protect against loss.) As an investor, you can learn some lessons from Arbor Day that could prove “tree-mendously” helpful to you as you chart your course for the future—and you won’t even have to “go out on a limb” to put these strategies in place.

to access capital businesses need to grow. The program will be held at The Inn at Bay Harbor Conference Center. Registration and breakfast start at 7:30 a.m. and the workshop is from 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. "You are not alone if reading financial statements leaves you puzzled," said Mary Rogers, MI-SBTDC Northwest Regional Director. "This training will give you a whole new set of tools to manage your business for growth and profit." With over 10 years of experience in commercial lending, Walt Muellenhagen, SBTDC Small Business Consultant, will lead attendees through the numbers, making them work for the business owner in making strategic decisions

for growth and increasing profits. Topics to be discussed include: • Identifying problems using your balance sheet and income statement • Providing ways to increase your company's cash flow • Using breakeven analysis to improve decision making • Planning the working capital to support your growth • How to keep your banker on your side "Know Your Numbers: Five Keys to Using Financial Statements" will cost $45 per participant, which includes full breakfast, seminar, and workbook. Pre-registration is required at For more information call (231) 922-3780. Fifth Third customers may register at no charge by calling Daryl Krieger at: (231) 4398579.

new income level. My advice would be to sell the cars, at least the $30,000 one. There’s no justification for $40,000 worth of vehicles in your garage when you’re living on $75,000. It makes me think you don’t have any savings, either, if you’re talking about raiding your 401(k). Financially speaking, you have no room to breathe right now. Serious situations call for serious actions. You’ve got to get your lifestyle down to a manageable level until you’re able to work again. And even then, there’s no reason to raise your lifestyle up to your income. Live on less than you make, Crystal. That’s what enables you to save money and be prepared when Murphy comes knocking on your door! —Dave

Dear Jose, You bet they could slap a lien on your home. You never want to go through repossession if there’s any way to avoid that scenario. If they repossess, not only does your credit take a huge hit, you also lose control of the price of the car. After a repo, the lender will sell the car and sue you for the difference. But if you sell the car, you might be able to work out a higher price, leaving you a lesser amount you’d owe for the difference. Chances are if your loan is with General Motors, they won’t work with you on the $3,000 difference. In that situation, you can either negotiate with the bank or go to another bank or credit union and get a small loan for the difference. Just make sure you pay the loan off as quickly as possible. Keep in mind, too, that even if the car is worth $17,000, it won’t bring that much on the repo lot. More than likely it would sell for about $11,000, leaving you $9,000 in the hole. By giving up control, you’d create a much bigger financial mess. I wouldn’t do that. —Dave

You lose control with repossession Dear Dave, I’m having trouble making my auto payment. I owe $20,000, and the car is worth $17,000. Should I allow the bank to repossess it, and could they take a lien against my house if they do? Jose

MacMaster strives for public, private cooperation to build Michigan economy, greg macmaster encourage job growth Legislation, committee policy clarifies bidding process Private business owners have enough challenges for success without having to compete against their government, state Rep. Greg MacMaster (R-105th District) said today, and that’s why he has introduced legislation to ensure Michigan allows anyone to bid on providing services or goods to the public. The Kewadin lawmaker, last week, sponsored House Bill 4549 to put in place protections against government unnecessarily competing against private enterprise, with the exception of certain essential, necessary government functions, such as fire and police. “Private business owners and entrepreneurs are the lifeblood and future of continuing Michigan’s economic resurgence so having clear limits on where government can compete with private enterprise will boost that growth, protect the future of our economic opportunities and ensure that government does not act beyond its function,” MacMaster said. “This bill creates a fair competitive playing field where all stakeholders in any type of business, including unions, can bid for

the work. “The bottom line is that if a company can be found in the Yellow Pages listings, the government shouldn’t be a monopolizing competitor.” Earlier this month, after learning the Department of Corrections rejected three bids to competitively bid health care and food services, MacMaster, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Corrections, also began work to ensure all submitted bids are evaluated fairly and forthrightly. The policies he wants to implement would clarify the state’s “request for proposals” process, which is the basis for the bidding system. “The system needs some checks and balances so that proposal reviews are comparing apples to apples and oranges to oranges,” MacMaster said. “We are on top of this issue and doing everything we can to ensure that our government runs efficiently. The legislation and overseeing the procurement process for bidding of services is another reform we need to make so our hard-working taxpayers get the best value for their dollar in instances when the private sector can potentially provide services at a lower cost.” HB 4549 has been assigned to the House Oversight Committee for consideration. MacMaster said the “request for proposal” language is being developed within the corrections budget legislation the Legislature expects to present to the governor in July.

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april 24 BCHS Hospitality Night The Boyne City, Hospitality Class will present their annual Hospitality Pasta Night on April 24 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Our student Chefs will be making homemade pastas and awesome sauces along with fresh-baked breads. Dinner will include salad, assorted pasta and sauce, dessert & beverage. Proceeds will go towards the student’s competition costs and their end of the year trip to New Orleans. The dinner will be in the Early Childhood Building, downtown Boyne City across from the library. Please come out and support our future culinarians. Suggested donation is $8 for adults, $6 for students, $5 for ages 6 to 10 and no charge for ages 5 and under. For reservations, call (231) 439-8153 or e-mail April 25 boyne chamber expo 5th Annual Chamber Business Expo and Taste of Boyne, with 95 booths and 1,300 people in attendance at the former Carter’s Store, 3 to 7 p.m. Details & registration: April 26 Boyne Free Clinic The Boyne Area Free Clinic Will Open Normal Hours From 8-4 P.M. on Friday, April 26. April 29 NCMC ORGANIC FARMING SERIES North Central Michigan College will offer workshops for farmers and gardeners from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. All will be held on the Petoskey campus in Room 536 in the Student and Community Resource Center. April 29: Making and Using Compost Each class is $25, or $200 for the entire series. For more information or to register for these workshops see or call 231-348-6705. May 1 BC Farmers market Farmers Market moves outdoors to Veterans Park, Wednesday & Saturday, May thru October, 8 a.m. to noon may 3 NCMC luncheon lectures • May 3, learn mo re about teaching math. All Luncheon Lecture programs are held on Fridays at noon in the Library conference room. Reservations are preferred. Call (231) 348-6600 or e-mail to reserve your place at the table. Cost is $9, and lunch is included. May 4 Buff Up Boyne After a long, cold and snowy winter it will soon be time to give Boyne City a shine. Buff Up Boyne, Boyne City’s annual community-wide spring clean-up, is Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m.-noon. The Boyne City Main Street Program, organizer of the event, is calling all residents, civic organizations, and schools to lend their shovels, rakes, and brooms to give Boyne City a shine during the annual cleanup. Volunteers will be sweeping, picking up trash and raking up debris from the city’s sidewalks, parks, alleys, and along the waterfront. Volunteers are asked to meet at Sunset Park in downtown Boyne City next to the Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce to sign-in, get instructions on what areas need to be cleaned, and receive trash bags and gloves. All volunteers are asked to bring their own rakes, shovels and brooms. Refreshments will be served in the morning and lunch will be served at noon. For more information, contact the Main Street office at 582-9009, or e-mail

events May 6 LCA water level program in Boyne Low, Lower, Lowest Water Level on Record. Now what? The Lake Charlevoix Association is pleased to announce a Low Water Forum on May 6 at 6:30 pm in the Boyne City High School Performing Arts Center. We have a great lineup of expert speakers including; Jennifer McKay, policy expert from Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, Roger Gauthier, retired senior hydrologist from the US Army Corps of Engineers and current chair of Restore Our Water International, And our featured guest speaker, Lana Pollack, US Chair of the International Joint Commission. Each speaker will give a presentation followed by a question and answer session with audience participation. Please join us to learn the causes of the recent extremely low levels and what if anything can be done to help remedy the situation. May 9, 16, 23 & 30 Boyne Then & Now The Boyne Area Senior Center invites you to attend a slide program about Boyne City Featuring pictures and information about Boyne’s • Industries • Railroads • Aerial views • History • Ships and boats • Streets • Businesses • People • & others “Boyne Then and Now” 1856—2013 There will be 4 consecutive programs, 1— 4 Held at the Boyne Area Senior Center, 411 East Division St. on Thursday, May 9, 16, 23 and 30. The programs will be from 10 a.m. through 11 a.m. For information call (231) 582-6682. May 16-19 Mushroom fest 53rd Annual National Morel Mushroom Festival, Veterans Park, www. May 17 - Mushroom Festival “Wine & Dine” gourmet hors d’oeuvres and wine-tasting event at the Beach House restaurant. May 18 - Mushroom Festival “Run for their Lives” 5k Run, benefitting Charlevoix Area Humane Society, registration 6:30, race at 7:30 a.m. May 18 RUN FOR THEIR LIVES Get ready to “Run for Their Lives” and help raise money for the Charlevoix Area Humane Society. The 5K Fun Run/Walk will take place during the Morel Mushroom Festival on Saturday, May 18. Friendly dogs are welcome to walk or run along. Register before April 15 to ensure the proper sized Tshirt. Registration form. may 31 deadline BC Booster Foundation nominations The Boyne City Booster Foundation will accept nominations for the Boyne City High School Hall of Fame until May 31. The Hall of Fame recognizes Boyne City High School alumni who have used their educational foundation established in high school to go on to outstanding achievement in their field. The selections are role models for succeeding generations. Inductees are honored with a picture and a biographical sketch prominently displayed on the “wall of fame” at the High School. Candidates for the “Hall” must be a BCHS alumni of ten years or more. Criteria may include the following:

High School Accomplishments, Post High School Education/Special Training, Employment, Military Service, Professional Awards, Honors, and Achievements, Community Service, and Philanthropy. Last year’s inductee was 1967 BCHS graduate Stephanie Moody. Applications can be picked up at the High School Office. For additional information contact Principal, Karen Jarema at 4398100, or BCBF President, Dave Hautz at 582-1108.

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ONGOING EVENTS SENIOR CENTER LUNCHES Boyne Area Senior Center has finished a highly successful summer program of evening meals instead of lunches on Wednesdays - but next week it’s back to lunches at noon Monday through Friday. Suggested donation for lunch is $3 for those 60 and older and $6 for those under 60. For more information call coordinator Terri Powers at (231) 582-6682

Every Saturday BC farmers market BOYNE CITY FARMERS MARKET continues its winter season from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday at the red barn next to the Boyne District Library on Park Street. Vendors offer fresh produce, meat, baked goods, ready-to-serve meals and more. Enjoy a cup of coffee and munch a fresh bagel, doughnut or scone while you shop and visit with friends. The market accepts Boyne Bucks and Bridge Cards. www.

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Concord Academy Boyne fourthgrade teacher Cinda Shumaker. “It makes sense for a year-long endeavor because it means a week less of busing and electrical expenses, which adds up to quite a bit.” According to MacMaster, local school districts saddled with above normal snow days could have the option to lengthen their school day for the rest of the year instead of adding full days to their calendar in June. Schools are currently required to hold school at least 170 days per year with 1,098 hours of instruction time. Under House Bill 4471, a district unable to meet its required number of days due to uncontrollable school closings before April 15 would only have to meet the requirement of hours, not days for this school year only. “The severe winter weather we experienced this season led to many northern school districts racking up double-digit snow days to keep our children safe and that has put them below the minimum of instructional days,” said MacMaster in a press release issued early last week. “Making up that time in June could adversely affect parents’ daycare plans for their work schedules, summer vacations or activities already booked, and the local tourism that our communities’ economies rely on.” He added, “I’m hoping to see quick passage of this legislation so schools have enough time to consider extending their remaining class days by 15 to 20 minutes or extending the school year by a week or so, whichever way works best for them locally to finish the school year and help reach the instructional time requirement.” Boyne City Public Schools Superintendent Peter Moss said the fix might help some school districts meet their legal requirements but that his school had no need of it. “We are not in a position to make up any days,” Moss said. “We already offer more school days than we did in 2009-10.” Both Moss and Shumaker said adding a few minutes onto each

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day would do nothing to help the children’s education and would merely be a technicality for those schools who needed it. “I appreciate the intent of Rep. MacMaster but the reality is that if districts only have to add a few more minutes to the day then what’s really accomplished?” Moss said. “Our contention is that it would not be enough time for a new lesson to be introduced.” He added, “When you lose a full day you lose all those lessons … so, it is better to make it up.” Shumaker said Concord’s system of longer days has allowed the school to shorten class time by a week, saving parents money on transportation and saving the school money on utilities. “To make up a day’s content by merely adding a few minutes is virtually impossible,” she said. “Some schools may not be able to adjust their day as easily to this for many reasons. Adding a few minutes each day only satisfies the state’s requirements for

seat time, time spent in class, and doesn’t do anything for the education of the child.” Shumaker added, “One day behind can turn into a real mess and often turns into gaps of education, especially if it’s a full week of absence. Teachers will have to water down or eliminate content because they just don’t have the time to teach it. Adding a few minutes to each day, especially during the spring won’t be quality content nor will it equal a day’s worth of instruction.” MacMaster said the proposed bill could save school districts $50,000 to $200,000, depending on school size and transportation costs. “Eligible school closures listed in the measure are severe storms, fires, epidemics, utility power unavailability, water or sewer failure, or health conditions as defined by the city, county or state health authorities,” MacMaster said.

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Achilles heel now a legend’s Achilles heel You were wrong. With two games left in the Lakers’ regular season, your predictions finally flunked with a big, fat “F.” You’re a grain of sand in a Los Angeles beach of millions believing that kevin lange Kobe Bryant would ‘Game on!’ always have enough left in the tank. You’d expect him to duct tape the doctor’s mouth shut, jot down a “cleared to play” on his forms, and hobble back out on the court. You’d fall back on his well-seasoned career of 16 years, yawning “five rings” or “81” with a preceding “next argument” to any sound of the word “LeBron.” It isn’t until the well-seasoned depiction of Bryant’s career turns to antique before you start to lose trust when you fall back into your shallow, numbers-never-lie approach to an argument detesting your idol. We all do it. Antiques are vulnerable to damage, as alike with the knobby-kneed, aching-ankled number 24. That Friday night against the Golden State Warriors, your trust-fallcatching partner—behind you— was on the ground before you were. He rolled over, grimacing in pain, his left lower leg laying limper than yarn.

According to Boyne City High School track and field coach Andy Place, the Boyne City girl’s track and field team has good numbers. “We have 22 girls on the team. We have experience and a number of new girls,” he said. “We are continuing our co-op program with Boyne Falls.” Kylie Hicks is a junior and a three time All-State hurdler. She was All-State in the 100M

Your best-player-in-the-league, “He’ll pass Air Jordan in the alltime scoring list,” and “He’ll get six rings” arguments may have been finally fallen; the doc’ says six to nine more months before they can get back up. At this point, you can get up, brush yourself off, and hope to God for the best. Much the same in a lot of things, at least since snow boots in July lost style, the emphasized importance of hope has seemed to be overlooked by what one’s gut is telling his or her thoughts around a prediction. That said, the setting in two years has seemed to be more prematurely revealed than a three-minute movie teaser; Kobe will be muffling smack talk, a fat cigar hanging out of his mouth, as he sinks a putt. A time machine only knows if the Los Angeles Lakers will be on death row by then, but we’ll get our preview of that within the next week or so, as they battle out the San Antonio Spurs in the opening round of the playoffs. A gimpy, injury-plagued, Father Time-stricken Spurs team looks like the Louisiana shoreline a week before Katrina; a perfect storm only awaits to hit them. If there’s any underdog that can stir one up, it’s the too-good-to-be-seventh-seed Lakers. The Lakers’ five-game winning streak coming into the playoffs, all without Steve Nash who is now

back and healthy for the series, is a discussion left for another day. How about we try out that time machine, shall we? Before we blast to the past, look at the big picture of the whole Kobe Bryant situation for a second. The frame of 2013 has LeBron James as Usain Bolt in terms of the lead he has in the race for supremacy in his league, but the process to get there hasn’t always been the powder-emitting outstretched arms of glitz and glam. For the past decade, James has crept up on the aging Bryant, now 34, and sneaked by him within the past four years, leaving controversy as to who’s better in his tracks. As Bryant has looked up at the King-James-of-the-Hill, his fans have still looked up to his 6’6” frame as a full glass, despite reality’s label of him as three-quarters filled or, rather, one-quarter empty. Not all may be banking on a successful comeback to win a bet, but all, as fans of basketball or a good ending, will have their fingers crossed for Kobe “Black Mamba” Bryant to return. Despite Bryant’s latest Facebook post, stating that his injury will not be the end of his basketball career, there always lingers that thought that recovery may not go as planned. As a basketball player, hearing six to nine months of recovery makes a

High Hurdles as a Freshman and All-State in both the 100M High Hurdles and the 300M Low Hurdles last year as a Sophomore. Erica Westbrook is a senior and 3 time All-State Cross Country runner from Boyne Falls. She is joined by seniors Kaylee Wilson and Kiersten Bielas from Boyne Falls. Mary Myers is a senior and our best field athlete. She leads the team in Shot Put, Discus, and Pole Vault. “Tara Hufford is our senior sprinter and leads off our sprint relays,” said Place. Allie Wandrie is a sophomore hurdler who ran some indoor meets over the winter. “We have seen a lot of improvement from last year,” said Place. Sydney Bennett and Ashley LaVictor round out the senior group with

their ability to run several events “Our remaining juniors are Rachel Brilinski, Hurdler, Heather Nichols, middle-distance, and Courtney Weldon, throws,” Place said. “Our remaining sophomores are Hannah Brilinski, sprints, Cortney Caverly, sprints, Jessica Dowty, distance, Faith Kreager, sprints, and Ashley Lutterbach, middle-distance. Freshmen include: Makayla Baker, throws, Keyrsten Girlinghouse, throws, Kristen Rushlow, sprints, Megan Rushlow, sprints, and Morgan Weldon, throws. Place said, “We are very athletic. We had one indoor meet in March and competed well. I am anxious to see what we can do outdoors.” He added, “We expect Charlevoix and Harbor Springs girls to be very tough in the league. We saw Charlevoix indoors and they are very impressive.”

Boyne City Public Schools sports schedule Varsity Boys Baseball

4/27/13 BC Invitational HOME 9:00 4/30/13 Harbor Springs HOME 4:30 5/2/13 Harbor Light AWAY 4:30 5/3/13 Petoskey HOME 4:30 5/7/13 TCSF AWAY 4:30 5/8/13 Pellston HOME 4:30 5/10/13 Newberry AWAY 4:30 5/13/13 Jo-berg/Lewiston HOME 4:30 5/14/13 Grayling HOME 4:30 5/16/13 Cheboygan HOME 4:30 5/20/13 Inland Lakes HOME 4:30 5/21/13 LMC Make Up TBA 4:30 5/23/13 Mancelona HOME 4:30* 5/28-31/13 Districts TBA 6/8/13 Regionals TBA

JV Boys Baseball

4/24/13 Wolverine HOME 4:30 4/29/13 Jo-berg/Lewiston AWAY 4:00 4/30/13 Harbor Springs AWAY 4:30 5/3/13 Petoskey AWAY 4:30 5/4/13 BC Tournament HOME 9:00 5/7/13 TCSF HOME 4:30 5/14/13 Grayling AWAY 4:30 5/16/13 Cheboygan AWAY 4:30 5/18/13 Petoskey Invite AWAY 9:00 5/20/13 Inland Lakes AWAY 4:30 5/21/13 LMC Make Up TBA 4:30

Varsity Girls Softball

4/27/13 Boyne Invitational HOME 9:00 4/30/13 Harbor Springs HOME 4:30 5/2/13 Harbor Light AWAY 4:30 5/3/13 Petoskey HOME 4:30 5/7/13 TCSF AWAY 4:30 5/10/13 Newberry AWAY 4:30 5/13/13 Jo-Berg/Lewiston HOME 4:30 5/14/13 Grayling HOME 4:30 5/16/13 Cheboygan HOME 4:30 5/20/13 Inland Lakes HOME 4:30

5/21/12 League Make-Up TBA 5/23/13 Mancelona HOME 4:30* 5/28-31/13 Districts TBA 6/8/13 Regionals TBA

JV Girls Softball

4/24/13 Wolverine HOME 4:30 4/26/13 Hillman HOME 4:30 4/29/13 Pellston HOME 4:30 5/3/13 Petoskey AWAY 4:30 5/7/13 TCSF HOME 4:30 5/9/13 Pellston AWAY 4:30 5/14/13 Grayling AWAY 4:30 5/16/13 Cheboygan AWAY 4:30 5/20/13 Inland Lakes AWAY 4:30

Varsity Girls Tennis

4/25/13 Grayling AWAY 4:30 4/30/13 Charlevoix AWAY 4:30 5/1/13 Harbor Springs AWAY 4:30 5/2/13 East Jordan HOME 4:30 5/7/13 Grayling HOME 4:30 5/10/13 Boyne Invitational HOME 9:00 5/14/13 Petoskey HOME 4:00 ? LMC Championships TBA 5/16-18/13 REGIONALS TBA

Girls Varsity Soccer

4/24/13 Elk Rapids AWAY 5:00 4/29/13 Grayling HOME 5:00 5/2/13 Harbor Springs AWAY 5:00 5/6/13 TCSF HOME 5:00 5/9/13 Kalkaska AWAY 5:00 5/10/13 Benzie Central AWAY 5:00 5/13/13 Charlevoix HOME 5:00 5/16/13 East Jordan AWAY 5:00 5/20/13 Elk Rapids HOME 5:00 5/23/13 Grayling AWAY 5:00 5/24/13 Cheboygan HOME 5:00 5/28-6/1 13 DISTRICTS TBA 6/4-8/13 REGIONALS TBA

Varsity Boys Golf

(League Matches: 4:30 start = 9 holes, Noon start = 18) 4/24/13 Charlevoix AWAY 4:30 4/26/13 Inland Lakes Tri-Meet AWAY 4:30 4/29/13 TCSF AWAY 12:00 5/1/13 Elk Rapids Invitational AWAY 11:00 5/6/13 East Jordan AWAY 12:00 5/9/13 Boyne City @ Alpine HOME 4:30 5/11/13 Wolverine AWAY 9:00 5/16/13 Inland Lakes AWAY 4:30 5/17/13 League Championship Charlevoix 1:00 5/20/13 Harbor Springs AWAY 4:30 5/23/13 Petoskey AWAY 1:00

Varsity Coed Track

4/26/13 Cheboygan Invitational 3:30 4/29/13 LMC Meet @ Boyne City 4:00 5/2/13 Bulldog Invitational @ Inland Lakes 3:30 5/6/13 9/10 Grade Kiwanis Club Meet @ Harbor Springs 4:00 5/9/13 East Jordan Invitational 4:00 5/13/13 Boyne Invitational 3:30 5/18/13 Regionals @ East Jordan 8:00 5/21/13 LMC Championships @ Harbor Springs 4:00 5/28/13 Meet of Champions @ Gaylord TBA 6/1/13 State Championships @ Comstock Park 9:00

coma sound fun. That three-month variation is the difference between being back right in time for the sunrise—October—and noon—January—of the season. In translation, it could mean being in the playoff race or chasing the tail end of it. If—and a big “if”—for the best interests of his family and aching bag of bones, Bryant decides to hang up his sneakers, expectations will be egging him on throughout the next several years to return. “I’ve seen so many players retiring and then they come back,” Bryant said in an interview earlier in the year. “I don’t want to be one of those guys.” Kobe, a man named Michael Jordan sat and said the same thing as you, and he, ended up retiring three different times throughout his career. Well, four times, if you count retiring from baseball; whatever, you get the point. Baseball may have proven to,

figuratively, be Michael Jordan’s “Achilles heel,” but Jordan to baseball is Bryant to his Achilles ... literally. Each has brought both of their time on the court to a halt. Jordan returned. In six to nine months, we’ll be able to say if his shadow did. Bryant once said this year that he couldn’t “imagine retiring without another ring.” We’ll see an honest quote or he’ll just have to imagine harder. For the sake of keeping this living legend in the league, let’s hope for both.

BCHS band event

The Boyne City High School Band will perform at State Festival at 5:50 p.m. this Friday April 26, in the Gaylord High School auditorium. Admission is free

Charlevoix County college sports digest chris graber special to the gazette


• Wyatt Drost (Charlevoix 2011) contributed the No. 1 score for Saginaw Valley State to lead the Cardinals to a 24th place finish at the NCAA Div. II Midwest Regional No. 3 on April 15 in Noblesville, Ind. Among the field of 31 teams, Missouri-St. Louis claimed victory with a score of 579, while SVSU ended with a total of 615. Overall, the sophomore tied for 64th with a score of 151 (7378).


• Mark Fila (Harbor Light Christian 2009) scored one run for Cornerstone (11-20, 6-10 Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference) in a 5-4 loss at Madonna (23-7, 10-1 WHAC) on April 13 in Livonia. The senior second baseman also contributed a run in a 7-4 victory for the Golden Eagles against Lourdes (11-17, 3-8 WHAC) on April 6 in Sylvania, Ohio. Among the nine teams in the WHAC, Cornerstone is seven games from first place and is currently No. 7, while Madonna is No. 1. For the season, Fila holds a batting average at .240 complemented with seven runs, four stolen bases and three RBIs. He has participated in 20 contests with eight starts. • Kolbi Shumaker (Boyne City 2011) has contributed 1.2 innings in one contest for Alma (8-13, 4-8 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) to provide one strikeout and an earned run average at 4.5. Among the eight teams in the MIAA, the Scots are in seventh place, while Hope (17-10, 11-5 MIAA) is first.


Bill Ivan (Charlevoix 2010) is a 6’4, 303 pound tackle for Indiana, who completed the Cream and Crimson Spring Game on April 14 in Bloomington, Ind. Several former Hoosiers that compete in the NFL were in at-

tendance. Among those in attendance were Antwaan Randle El (Pittsburgh Steelers), James Brewer (New York Giants), Tandon Doss (Baltimore Ravens), Courtney Roby (New Orleans Saints) and Andrew McDonald (Miami Dolphins).


• Eric Buday (Charlevoix 2011) placed 19th in the 1500 for Michigan State at the MSU Spartan Invitational on April 6 in East Lansing. In the event, the sophomore ended fifth in his heat with a time of 4:05.81. The meet was not scored. Buday holds collegiate personal records in the 1500 and 800 of 3:54.25 and 1:54.4, respectively. • Luke Hawley (East Jordan 2012) has participated in six meets for Aquinas as a middle distance runner. The freshman holds a seasonbest performance in the 600 with a time of 1:26.52. • Andrew Plude (Charlevoix 2012) has participated in two competitions for SVSU as a middle distance runner. The freshman holds a seasonbest performance in the 800 with a time of 2:02.97.


• Hannah Hybl (Charlevoix 2011) is an infielder for Alma (18-8, 8-2 MIAA), who holds the second best record in conference play behind No. 5 Trine (27-3, 10-0). The Thunder was ranked among the NCAA Div. III by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association poll on April 17.


• Molly Jeakle (Charlevoix 2011) holds a collegiate personal best time in the mile at 5:23.7, which she achieved in January as an unattached athlete. In the fall, she competed for the cross country program at Michigan State.

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Middle School Coed Track

4/25/13 Inland Lakes (Inv.) AWAY 3:30 4/26/13 Petoskey (5/6 grade) AWAY 11:00 4/30/13 Harbor Springs (LMC) AWAY 4:00 5/6/13 East Jordan (Inv.) AWAY 3:30 5/9/13 Elk Rapids (LMC) AWAY 4:00 5/21/13 Boyne City (LMC) HOME 4:00 5/30/13 East Jordan (Champs) AWAY 4:00

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hicle, it’s almost always more affordable in the long run to make repairs rather than to replace a vehicle.” Using a good motor oil and changing it frequently and consistently throughout a car’s life is essential for getting the most miles from it. High-mileage oil is available with added protection for older cars, but it doesn’t necessarily benefit newer cars. Hamilton recommends a high-performing synthetic oil, such as Cenex Maxtron, which can help take a vehicle that extra mile and improve fuel economy no matter how many miles it has. Smart driving is another simple way to keep a car running smoothly into the higher miles.

Tips for new riders

ing for a very long time, wear a U.S. Department of Transportation-certified helmet. Next to your bike, your helmet is a rider’s most important piece of equipment. Know the helmet laws in your state and the states to which you’re traveling. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 19 states and the District of Columbia require helmets to be worn by the motorcycle operator and his or her passengers at all times. The laws in other states vary, such as requiring helmets to be worn by minors.Check your insurance: All but three states, Washington, Montana and Florida, require motorcycle insurance (typically liability). Don’t assume your auto insurance covers your use of a motorcycle, scooter or moped. McMahon says to review your auto insurance carefully. And always have proof of insurance on you in the event that you’re involved in a crash. Check your bike: Check tire conditions, lights, controls, the oil level and the kickstand. If your bike has been stored for the winter, make sure it’s tuned up and in good working condition. Upgrade to anti-lock brakes: According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, “motorcycles with anti-lock brakes have a 37 percent lower rate of fatal crashes than the same models not equipped with anti-lock

(BPT) - Freedom. The open road. There’s nothing quite like the big sky ahead of you and feeling the rumble of your motorcycle. It’s motorcycle season across the United States and Canada. But before heading out, motorcyclists should take heed, because in our automobile and truck-dominated society the odds are not on the side of motorcyclists, according to FindLaw. com, the nation’s leading website for free legal information. Motorcycle operators account for about 2 percent of the vehicles on the road, but account for 14 percent of all road traffic deaths, according to the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety. Here are some additional tips for motorcycle operators and their passengers from Drive defensively: Regardless of how long you’ve been riding, always ride defensively, especially when approaching intersections, where, according to Allstate Insurance, 46 percent of all motorcycle crashes occur. On the highway or in the city, avoid an automobile or truck’s blind spot. Ride with your lights on. Use hand signals in addition to your lights. Avoid swerving in and out of traffic, and put some space between you and other riders on group rides. Wear your helmet: If you want to enjoy rid-

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helps keep you and your family safe,” says Matt Myers, senior vice president of claims with Erie Insurance. “It’s also important to check your car’s transmission fluids and get the 50,000mile and 100,000-mile checks. It might sound like a lot, but regular preventative maintenance is the best way to keep those strange car noises - and accidents - to a minimum.” Here are six common car noises people hear and what they could mean: • Humming or groaning—When you hear humming while driving at faster speeds, it’s a sign there probably is some wear on your tires, which can lead to serious issues. It could be located on the insides of your tires, which is hard to diagnose on your own, but not having differential, power steering and brake fluid to make sure there aren’t any leaks. It’s also a good idea to change the oil between seasons, as oil gets thick and collects condensation if it sits in the engine all winter. It’s also important to thoroughly clean theundercarriage-of your car after a long winter, especially if you live in a snowy climate. To avoid spending extra money on detailing, clean the undercarriage yourself using a basic water hose or high-pressure cleaning system. In just a few minutes, you can ensure your vehicle is ready for the new road conditions and help you avoid any unnecessary issues. Paint protection—Winter can be tough on a car’s exterior and sunshine will reveal every nick, chip and scratch in your vehicle’s paint. Restoring your ride’s original factory finish takes only minutes with the easy-toapply Dupli-Color ScratchFix 2 in 1. This innovative touch-up paint product is available in hundreds of Exact-Match colors for domestic and imported vehicles. Simply use your vehicle’s make, model and

Vigilant driving not only helps prevent accidents that could shorten a vehicle’s life but also is less taxing on an engine and brake system. To keep a car running well, make a habit of accelerating slowly, using cruise control on the highway and easing up on the brakes.

brakes.” Strap on some leather: Leather jackets and leather pants or chaps offer excellent protection for riders and their passengers. Watch the road: Look down the road to anticipate changes in the road surface. Be seen: Black may be cool, but bright colored outer clothing increases your chance of being seen by other drivers. In addition, position your bike on the road to make sure you’re seen. Make eye contact with car and truck drivers, especially at intersections, to make sure they see you. Know your bike: Take the time to get to know your bike before you head out on the road. If you’ve just purchased a new bike, practice with it so you understand how it reacts, such as in an emergency stop situation. Study your owner’s manual and don’t be afraid to improve your skills with a refresher course. Ride straight: Don’t mix riding with alcoholic beverages or other substances that could impair your ability to operate your motorcycle. it checked is a risk, because the steel belts in the tire might be coming apart. • Growling—This noise could change or even go away when you turn the wheel, but it is usually caused by a defective front wheel bearing. The change in noise could be a result of the shift in the weight of the car as you turn. • Whining and creaking You might hear these noises backing up or turning. It could be the result of a ball joint or tie rod seizing up. • Squeaking—This can be a high-pitched, steady annoyance that lets you know it’s time to get your brake pads checked or replaced. • Grinding—This sound means two pieces of metal are touching when they shouldn’t be. This sound could be a multitude of things: brakes, powertrain, suspension or something else. Whatever the case, a grinding sound means you need to get your car checked out as soon as possible. • Hissing—A hissing sound might occur after you turn off your ignition and can sometimes be followed by smoke from under your hood.

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