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CONTeNTS Virg Bernero pits Main Street against Wall Street - p. 8

Features Virg Bernero, street fighter ...............8

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$100,000 crop up in smoke ..........10 Jail time for Archie Kiel ..................11 Fall floats on area rivers .................12 Floral Underground ........................16 MyStyle/GearBox ..........................17 Northern Seen ...............................18 Too Beautiful for Words ............ insert Front Row Fashion ........................20

On Film Previews ........................................62 Secretariat .....................................62 Waiting for 'Superman' ..................63

Views Letters .........................4 Tasteful Rolling Farms ................................14 Pageturners 90 Minutes in Heaven ....................13

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New direction

Some 95% of scientists – are alarmed at how our planet’s climate is changing and are urging governments to start thinking “smart” on how to use less energy. This urgency I feel is not felt by Traverse City Light & Power (TCL&P). Where are the aggressive energy conservation/efficiency policies that TCL&P could be implementing? Instead TCL&P still talks about burning our forests – which was posted in a recent brochure sent out to rate payers where they listed biomass as part of potential baseload generation for the region. I would rather see advertisements on television that help to educate the community to conserve and be efficient, rather than TCL&P’s self-promotion ads (taking down the old coal plant on the bay). City commissioners had to fight to get TCL&P to take it down – you wouldn’t know it from their ad. Our Chamber of Commerce announced its opposition to Proposal 1. Our Chamber is supporting policies the GOP had in place under the Bush administration that created the economic depression we are currently in. The U.S. Chamber was instrumental in helping the GOP defeat a bill September 28 to reduce outsourcing and end tax breaks for companies who send jobs offshore. Enough said! Vote Yes for Proposal 2 and especially for Proposal 1.

Bad PR move

I’m a TC resident and can barely afford my utility bills. I resent seeing a flood of TV ads where TCL&P sings their own praises. How much is this costing ratepayers? How much did TCL&P spend on the “survey" and “public forums"? How much was spent on the marketing campaign and consultants to promote biomass? TCL&P has added almost a half million dollars annually in newly-created management positions since Ed Rice started. How can a public utility have millions in profits? It’s not shocking to see headline news where TCL&P is involved in another sneaky maneuver by sending a mailer endorsing board member Ralph Soffredine (who is running for county commissioner) and manipulating customers to vote against the proposals. Rice cried innocence, but innocence doesn’t require legal counsel. A couple of other shady activities: TCL&P exclusively advertised in one out-of-area paper for job recruitment and has a cozy relationship with Keith Schneider (founder of the Michigan Land Use Institute, MLUI), hiring him as their biomass consultant. MLUI is fostering ways to profit from their relationship with TCL&P, i.e., the feed-in tariff. Recently, another TCL&P mailer was sent to rate-payers which still includes biomass as a potential energy source after they supposedly “took it off the table." It’s madness that the TCL&P TV spots claim they listen to customers. As they did over biomass by blatantly disrespecting citizens who opposed them? As when the city had to fight TCL&P to get them to take down the coal plant; or how the champions of wind power lost thousands in grant dollars due to delaying development? Thanks Jeff Gibbs, Margaret Dodd and all others who are a part of MCE3 for blowing the whistle on TCL&P. The only thing transparent is TCL&P's contempt for the public!

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Finally - someone who has the courage to speak about that which no one else, it seems, in all the recent media coverage about education reform, has had the will to do. I write about Stephen Tuttle’s comments about the role of parents in the need for education reform. (re: "Reforming the Education Reformers," 10/4.) Parents, indeed, need to support teachers and administrators, and not just complain when their kids are having to knuckle down and do some honest work. When I entered school the first day, my single-parent mother told me if I got into any trouble at school, the discipline I would receive at home would be twice as strong - and I believed her! Lack of discipline in the classroom is far more often the product of parents who “do not have the guts to be parents” and who do not require all that is necessary for a kid to behave properly and develop good study habits. They seem, in today’s world, to want it to be “easy” for their kids all the time. There are exceptions of course, and it is those families whose kids do well in school and strive for the best. My wife, whose last teaching job was in a private school in Texas, feared for her job because of parents who didn’t want their kids to have to knuckle down and work hard, and who therefore complained to the administration. Often, her administration would not support the teachers as they feared losing a tuition check, or some other retribution from a parent. She saw a number of really good teachers lose their jobs as the result. We can no longer afford to lose good teachers for these reasons. Bravo to Stephen Tuttle for speaking with courage on this important topic. Don Th. Jaeger • Lake Ann

Proud of party

Democrats brought us Social Security, Medicare, health care, civil rights, veteran benefits, unemployment compensation, workman’s compensation, middle class growth, women’s rights, environmental safety regulations, workplace safety regulations, consumer protections, the minimum wage, collective bargaining, ending the Iraq War, improved international relations, renewable energy technology, steady job growth, job retraining, financial regulations, college and small business loans, and rebuilding infrastructure. Republicans plan cuts to the above. Republicans brought you the unfunded Iraq War, Afghanistan War, and Abu Ghraib torture. They gave tax cuts to multimillionaires who promised to create jobs but brought us humongous job losses and outsourcing. Lack of regulations brought us the financial market collapse, foreclosures, bankruptcies, and protected insurance companies dropping customers. There was the Katrina debacle, Koch brothers funding the Tea Party, campaign attack lies, domestic surveillance, Chinese credit card borrowing causing trillions in national debt, the party of No, and religious and racial intolerance. Want more? I’m proud to be a Democrat! Beverly Christensen • Cedar

Well qualified

As a former magistrate in the 86th District Court, I read with interest the report that Kevin Elsenheimer had 44 cases in the district court. That figure didn’t ring true to me. I was provided with the following statistics that came from the 86th District Court ad-

ministration and the Antrim County Prosecutor’s office. Kevin Elsenheimer’s Antrim District Court casework is as follows: • Cases: 826 • Jury trials/non-jury trials: 35 • Motion hearings: 141 Kevin Elsenheimer does have district court experience. I worked with Kevin and know he has the judicial temperament needed to be district judge. Cameron (Cam) M. Lacy • Bellaire

Highly endorsed

I’m voting for Kevin Elsenheimer for 86th District Court Judge and by the endorsements he’s received, others support him too. He’s been endorsed by former Gov. William Milliken, Lt. Gov. Connie Binsfield, and State Sen. George McManus. The current District Court Judge John Foresman has endorsed Kevin to replace him on the bench. Kevin is the only candidate who has served as a prosecutor and, including Antrim County, he has had 911 cases, including 35 trials in the district court. Kevin is a smart, clear-thinking person, and he has my vote. Pete Strom • TC

Experience counts

The most important qualities of our next District Court Judge should be experience and community commitment. Mike Stepka has practiced in the district court for the last 20 years, handling thousands of cases. He has worked in all three specialty treatment courts, which are now in place throughout this country. Mike is committed to the community as a county commissioner and board member of the Women’s Resource Center. He has provided free legal service to those who could not afford it. He is a lawyer for the people and he cares for his community. Troy Orman • TC

Elect Kromkowski

I’ve been a practicing attorney in this area for 30 years. I have had many opportunities to see Marian Kromkowski at work. I have always been impressed with her thoughtfulness and hard work. She is respectful and not afraid to make the difficult decisions. I have found her to be very knowledgeable in the law. Her broad understanding of the law and experience in the courts make her an excellent and the best candidate. A judge needs good judicial temperament. She will be a judge Leelanau County will be proud of. Mark Risk • TC (Regrets, the Express is unable to accommodate the large number of letters supporting candidates Elsenheimer, Stepka and Kromkowski. The paper will run representative letters over the next few weeks leading up to the election. - ed.)

Garbage cartoon

I made a recent and rare visit to Traverse City last week and had the opportunity to read through a copy of the Northern Express Weekly, Sept. 27. Most of it I enjoyed, but I was very disappointed that you would publish garbage such as that produced by “Derf.” It degrades the paper considerably in my estimation, and I think that you should be able to do much better than that. F. Howard Hague, MD • via email

Indefensible Spending Do you really want less government traordinarily reliable miles. Their new engine spending? Then let’s take a close look at the for the F-35 has already flown 17,000 test defense department. miles without incident. Department of Defense requests for the You would think that would be the end of 2011 fiscal year are $721 billion. A tidy sum. it. You would be wrong. That doesn’t even include non-military inThere is an “alternative” engine also betelligence operations, the VA, veteran’s pen- ing developed for the F-35, slithering along sions, Homeland Security and a host of other thanks to the Congressional earmark process. defense-related expenditures. When those are It is the Program That Will Not Die. added the defense budget swells to about $1.2 Our last two presidents have opposed trillion. the F-35 alternative engine There might be some waste in program. Their Secretaries there. of Defense opposed it. The In fact, stories of Pentagon Navy doesn’t want it nor does waste are legendary. We had the the Air Force or Marines. The $600 hammer and the $12,000 toilet Senate actually voted to block seat... or was it a $12,000 hammer funding for this unwanted orand a $600 toilet seat? They were phan program but none of that the stars of a long list of outlandish has actually slowed it down. overspending and waste. We were So far, we’ve spent about $1 all dutifully outraged and then went billion on the alternative enabout our business. gine and we’re told it will take The real waste isn’t in hamanother $2.8 billion. That’s mers and toilet seats but big weapnearly $4 billion for an engine on systems. This bottomless pit that nobody wants (except for of spending comes in two forms. the good folks at GE Rolls By Stephen Tuttle We’ll call the first the We’re-ARoyce who are making it, and Little-Bit-Over- Budget strategy. their congressional allies) to The best example is the V-22 Osprey, a serve as an “alternative” to an engine that is unique tiltrotor aircraft that can take-off and extremely reliable and already in production land vertically, like a helicopter, but has wings and flying. and can also fly horizontally, like an airplane. It Remarkably, there are several other prowas intended for use by the Air Force, Marines grams chugging along nobody seems to want and Navy as both a troop and equipment carrier and the tab is approaching $10 billion a year and for close-in air-to-ground combat support. in costs. There are additional tens of billions The Osprey was first proposed in 1983 being spent on the “over budget” portion of and was approved in 1986 with a total bud- existing programs. get of $2.5 billion. There were a few glitches How do these things happen? Defense along the way, not the least of which was the contractors are savvy. They’ve spread out damned things kept falling out of the sky. their manufacturing and assembly operations Plus, the project was just a bit behind sched- to multiple states. When a program on which ule and a bit over budget. they’re working is threatened, they instantly Dick Cheney tried to stop the Osprey when have the support of the Congressmen from he was Secretary of Defense. President Rea- the district in which their plants are located gan wanted it stopped. The Navy wanted it and the U.S. Senators from that state. Canstopped. But stopping a government program celled contracts mean lost jobs, tax revenues that was at some point approved is like trying and a collapse of the micro-economy that has to stop a glacier – theoretically possible but grown up around those operations. Whether rarely, if ever, actually accomplished. or not a program is wanted or needed beThe V-22 lived on, supported by President comes irrelevant. Clinton during his two-terms. More crashes, Since the end of World War II we’ve more money, and still more crashes and more been financing a permanent wartime economoney. Finally, the beleaguered Osprey be- my. This idea was first suggested during the came operational for the Marines in 2007 and war by a group of Socialists who thought it the Air Force in 2009. would be a swell idea to keep unemployment That $2.5 billion budget? We’ve thus far low. It was seconded by Charles Wilson, the spent about $29 billion and we’re being told then CEO of General Electric and Vice Chair it will take another $27 billion to create the of the War Production Board, in 1944. We full fleet. That’s $56 billion, about 22 times haven’t looked back since. Not when Presithe original budget. One other thing – about a dent Eisenhower warned us about the danger third of the V-22s in operation are out of ser- and power of the military industrial complex. vice at any given time. Seems we’re short on Not when our perpetual readiness has led us spare parts. into one military misadventure after another. But at least there is a functional V-22, exOf course we want our men and women in pensive though it may be. Which brings us to uniform to have the best available equipment the second form of egregious defense depart- and training. It was obscene that we sent ment spending. We’ll call it the We-Don’t- our troops to war in the Middle East without Care-If-Nobody-Wants-It-We’re-Building-It- armored vehicles and so we witnessed the Anyway strategy. spectacle of our soldiers trying to attach their We’re currently developing the next gen- Kevlar vests to their Humvees to give them eration of fighter planes, the F-35 Joint Strike some protection from the roadside bombs that Fighter. Lockheed-Martin is making the air- were devastating them. craft. Their winning bid presumed the use of So, yes, we’re in favor of providing our an engine built by Pratt & Whitney who, in a troops the best money can buy. Unfortunatehappy coincidence, also won the bidding pro- ly, what we’re actually providing them is the cess for the engine. And with good reason. most expensive that money can buy. That’s The engine they proposed is a version of one costing us tens of billions and without making that already exists and has flown 300,000 ex- our troops better equipped or us one bit safer.



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You hear a lot of dire warnings about peak boys, as shown by the bulky T-shirts, loose oil these days, and the pickle we’ll be in once the shorts and sneakers they wear from preschool through midlife.” We’re no Star Trekkers, last drop of crude is squeezed from the earth. Northern Michigan has hosted many that’s for sure. As for the snooping of Big prophets of peak oil’s impending disaster, Brother, today, people are relieved when they including James Kunstler, who wrote “The see police video cameras on the streets as a Long Emergency: Surviving the End of the Oil deterrent to crime, and millions could care less Age, Climate Change, and Other Converging about sharing their most intimate details on Catastrophes.” Recently, environmental Facebook, or for that matter, RedTube. Also, consultant Nicole Foss was in the region, no flying cars yet and no lunar colony. Soviet sharing some views on what to do when our Union? Gone since ‘91. What the futurologists failed to predict was oil-based economy goes up in smoke. We don’t lack for information: several the hippies, The Beatles, disco, the drug culture, dozen peak oil books are currently on the Johnny Rotten, Reagan Democrats, global warming, Muslim terrorists, PCs, the market, and there have been more Internet, cable TV, Facebook, iTunes, than 500 studies, which tend to video streaming and thousands of predict that global oil production other things that shaped “the future” will start heading downhill with we live in today. None of us had a the speed of an Olympic bobsled clue that we would someday become race by 2020, especially with the slaves of credit card debt -- credit cards booming economies of China and were nonexistent for most Americans India piling on the demand. in the ‘60s. And most people hadn’t The claim is that within a even heard of health insurance, much generation we’ll all be freezing in less the need to reform it. the dark, unable to travel anywhere So, when I hear the prophets of except by sailboat or zeppelin, and gloom going on about what life will -- you know -- the starvation thing, once the Frito-Lay and Sara Lee b y r o b e r t d o w n e s be like after peak oil takes its toll, I stifle a yawn and think, life in the trucks stop rolling down the highway post-oil era is probably going to be a paradise. for lack of gasoline. For starters, global warming will be on its Considering that we burn approximately 1,000 barrels of oil per second on earth, as way to being solved. Perhaps more people one author claims, you’d think we’d be taking will ride bicycles and plant gardens and we'll the peak oil crunch a little more seriously. be healthier as a result. Perhaps high-speed But Americans have responded with their usual hydrogen-powered trains will become the order of the day, cutting the 40,000 highway deaths we aplomb -- paying not a lick of attention. I personally am not worried about the face each year in America. Perhaps we’ll take threat of peak oil, because you see, I’ve been to our vacations to Florida or Europe aboard solarpowered zeppelins or giant sailing liners. We'll the future. In fact, I’m living there now. I’m talking about the future we have more leisure time once our jobs have been envisioned back in the ‘60s. It turns out that digitized and automated out of existence. The problem with those who predict a peak virtually everything the science writers and “futurologists” predicted back then turned out oil dystopia is that they underestimate human to be dead wrong. In fact, “the future” became ingenuity. As with the current revolution in consciousness we’re experiencing via our the exact opposite of what we expected. Our vision of the future back in 1962 integration into the ‘virtual’ online world, there wasn't far off from “The Jetson’s” which came will be advances in technology in the near out the same year. People would be uniformly future that we can’t begin to imagine. Consider that just last week two Russian slim and dressed in the unisex unitards favored by “Star Trek.” Scientists predicted (and still physicists won the Nobel Prize in Physics for do) that we highly-educated Americans would their research into an ultra-thin material called take pills to make us even more intelligent. graphene. Talk about a game-changer. “Graphene is a form of carbon in which There would most likely be flying cars and we’d all live in high-rise apartments with our the atoms are arranged in a flat hexagon lattice robot pets. A colony on the moon was certain like microscopic chicken wire, a single atom to happen by 2000. In our high school social thick,” reports the New York Times. “It is not studies class, we shuddered to think of what only the thinnest material in the world, but life would be like in “1984,” with Big Brother also the strongest: a sheet of it stretched over a watching our every move, as envisioned in the coffee cup could support the weight of a truck bearing down on a pencil point.” novel by George Orwell. Perhaps graphene will be used to construct Of course, this was all dependent upon whether we blew ourselves to bits in a nuclear the cable of a low-orbit space elevator, which will be helpful in colonizing or mining other war with the Soviet Union. Cut to the future and we find that 65% of worlds; or for ferrying nuclear waste away Americans are overweight, with more than from the earth; or for building huge microwave 30% being obese. Unitards? The gangsta’ collectors in space that will bring us the thug look is more in vogue for the 30% of high unlimited energy of the sun. Predictions, as we’ve seen, can be school kids who drop out each year (apparently, they forgot to take their intelligence pills). As hazardous, but here’s one you can take comfort for the rest of us, social critic Camille Paglia in: no one is going to be freezing in the dark has this to say about our sartorial habits: and going nowhere when the last drop of the “visually, American men remain perpetual oil age goes down the drain.




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Can anyone stop Shoelace? If you don’t know who Shoelace is by now, you must not follow college football. Denard (Shoelace) Robinson is not merely this season’s new starting quarterback at the University of Michigan. He is also Joe Namath, Barry Sanders, Superman, and the Pope all rolled up into one modest-sized football player at 6’0” 190 lbs. What he lacks in size, he more than makes up for in fearlessness, smarts, and speed. Especially speed. Robinson has a rare combination of quickness, elite running speed (4.3 seconds for 40 yards), and by George several gears of acceleration to call on when needed. After spending most of last year on the U-M bench, Robinson has exploded on the college football scene with unprecedented results. Not only does he top the entire country in rushing yards with over 900, he is third in total passing yards with more than 1000. Perhaps the most amazing thing about Robinson’s performance this season is his resilience. Despite handling the ball on most plays in U-M coach Rich Rodriquez’s high octane, no-huddle offense, Shoelace has not been injured outside of the usual bumps and bruises. He also rarely fumbles or throws interceptions. The nickname Shoelace comes from Robinson’s refusal to tie the shoelaces of his football cleats (why does he bother with laces in his shoes?). Maybe his parents didn’t teach him how since he hasn’t tied his shoelaces since at least his peewee football days. The image of Robinson off on a long running

play with shoelaces, long hair, and would-be tacklers all flapping in his wake is one that Wolverine fans never tire of seeing. Almost single-handedly, he is why Michigan is undefeated at 5-0. Even we MSU fans can’t help but admire him – he seems like such a nice guy. It is still too early for the coronation of U-M or Mr. Robinson since the toughest part of the Wolverine schedule is coming up beginning with Michigan State (last Saturday by the time this issue Foster hits the newsstands). If Robinson continues to win with clutch performances and rack up yardage at the same pace through the end of the year, his season will be considered the best in college football history. Whatever happens hereafter, Denard Robinson may have saved the U-M football program. With NCAA sanctions for football infractions looming after two losing seasons, many Wolverine fans and alumni have been calling for coach Rich-Rod to be fired. After his coaching success at West Virginia and two good recruiting classes at Michigan, it seems inevitable that U-M would be a good football team under Rodriquez. However, if not for Shoelace, Wolverine football resurgence may not have happened this year – and patience in Ann Arbor for football excellence is almost exhausted. So, untie your shoes and buckle up your seatbelts, Wolverine fans. Denard Robinson is the most exciting football player to come along since... well, maybe ever.

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By Robert Downes Have you ever seen a Sicilian pit bull in action? Check out Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, the “angriest mayor in America,” whose attack dog appearances on Fox News and MSNBC have offered jaw-dropping defenses of American workers, labor unions, and the hope for renewed manufacturing in Michigan. In August, Bernero ripped Fox newscaster Neil Cavuto a new one in a “Fighting for Michigan Jobs” clip that’s become a legendary piece of political theater on YouTube: watch?v=Bya81icEK3s In the interview Bernero takes issue with Cavuto’s claim that union workers haven’t made enough sacrifices to get the Big 3 auto companies back on track. “I gotta’ tell you, I am so sick and tired of the double standard,” Bernero says in the

times with no layoffs,” Bernero says. “These have been tough times in Lansing and I’ve gone to the city workers and we’ve all pulled together without raising taxes. We sacrificed together. “How does that compare at Gateway when things got tough? Snyder exercised his stock options and that’s how he became a millionaire. What options did the 20,000 workers have who stood in the unemployment line?” HOME DEFENSE Bernero would like to see a populist groundswell in defense of American workers and manufacturing, which have taken a hit over the past 20 years through so-called “free trade” agreements such as NAFTA, CAFTA, and World Trade Organization deals that make it easy for corporations

College, could give Michael Moore a run for his money when it comes to whipping up a crowd’s enthusiasm with fiery rhetoric. He’s a mesmerizing speaker, as fast on his feet with a comeback as any pro boxer. But talk’s cheap: What has he done for Lansing? In his campaign literature, Bernero says he’s attracted $500 million in new investment to Lansing during his tenure has mayor, and has retained or created 6,000 full-time jobs. He says he’s erased more than $30 million in city budget deficits and has tried to streamline the city’s permitting

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POPULIST MESSAGE On that score, Bernero draws a sharp distinction between himself and Republican candidate Rick Snyder, the former CEO of Gateway and current frontrunner in the polls. Bernero hammers Snyder as being part of the business culture that outsourced Michigan’s jobs in the first place. In a recent campaign stop in Traverse City, Bernero cast himself as an experienced mayor and former state rep and senator who’s been neck-deep in fighting Michigan’s bad economy and budget woes while his opponent has profited from the state’s misfortune during the move of Gateway computers to China. “I’ve balanced Lansing’s budget five

to move their operations overseas. “I haven’t given up on manufacturing in Michigan,” he says. “The corporations are paying $2 an hour to workers in Malaysia with the idea that we’ll get by on a ‘service economy’ here in America. There are people at the top in our country who believe that Mexico and China can become our manufacturing sector. These are people high up who make millions when our jobs go overseas, but not the people who punch a time clock… What will we do when we make nothing in Michigan? We’ll all be in the ‘service economy,’ selling each other hamburgers.” Bernero sees hope in Michigan’s homegrown companies which are getting a jump on the ‘green’ revolution, producing wind generators, solar equipment and batteries for hybrid and electric cars. He’s enthusiastic about the Chevy Volt, an electric car that begins production in Detroit in November. The Volt and a corresponding battery plant are brining hundreds of new jobs back to GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck plant. “I want Michigan to make the cleaner, greener cars of the future -- the wind turbines and solar panels Why should we give up on manufacturing?” ANGER MANAGEMENT Bernero, 46, who grew up in the Pontiac area and was on the debate team at Adrian

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NE: You’ve talked about the need to stop the outsourcing of jobs in Michigan, but what can you do to stop it when there are all of these free trade agreements and the titanic forces of multi-national corporations against you? Bernero: First of all, I’d do everything I can to create a fair tax policy in the state and encourage investment in Michigan. We can compete, but first we have to be united in our approach. But after that we still need to amend the free trade agreements that encourage the outsourcing of jobs and move toward ‘fair trade’ where our workers have a level playing field. As governor, I’d fight to create an organization made up of mayors and governors from across the country who understand this problem. We will take this issue to Washington and fight for fair trade policies. NE: How much of your campaign is getting past the stigma of Gov. Jennifer Granholm, who -- right or wrong -- has been blamed by many for Michigan’s economic problems? Bernero: People are looking for someone to blame. People who are hurting tend to have short memories -- they don’t have much patience with government when they’re losing their jobs, their homes, their hope. Politically, Americans don’t have very long memories. But I’m on the front lines as a mayor who’s been getting results and people get that. I’m different -- I ruffle feathers. I’ve been fighting to reform the system (in Lansing) and I’ve done it. It’s popular to be an outsider in politics, but I’ve always been one.

FIGHTER Virg Bernero aims interview. “One standard for Washington and Wall Street and another standard for the working people in this country. It’s always… ‘Hey, to be more competitive we gotta’ take it out of the hide of the working person’ … cut their pay, cut their benefits. How much is enough?” The clip is such a crowd-pleaser that Bernero uses it on the stump in his appearances around the state in his quest to become Michigan’s governor in the November 2 election. The image of a feisty mayor defending Michigan workers also resonates with the theme of Bernero’s campaign: “It’s time to fight for Main Street -- not Wall Street.”

turned loose his inner attack dog: “Michigan doesn’t need a CEO in charge who has no experience with governing,” he says of Snyder. “We don’t need a chief executive outsourcer. Snyder has a 10-point plan for jobs on TC, but what is the plan? I’ve studied it and there’s no ‘there’ there.”

process to make it easier for companies to do business in Lansing. As governor, Bernero would put Michigan’s budget online for every citizen to review at will. He would also require every bill proposed by the State Legislature to be put online. Additionally, he would create a “one stop shopping” system for permits in Michigan, in an attempt to cut some of the bureaucratic red tape that stifles new business. While union-bashing is almost a mantra for Republican candidates, Bernero is highly supportive of labor unions, noting that it was the labor movement that created America’s middle class by demanding higher pay and benefits for workers over decades of struggle. Today, Bernero says, that American dream of home ownership and a living wage is disintegrating through the collusion of Washington and Wall Street. “I’ve been called the angry mayor and it’s true,” he says. “I get angry when people sell the Michigan worker short. When people throw the American worker under the bus or sell our workers short, I get angry.” COMING FROM BEHIND Even though he was elected mayor last year with 63% of the vote, Bernero’s biggest challenge in the coming election seems to be raising his profile in a state that’s already had nearly a year of TV commercials touting his opponent Rick Snyder. To get there, he’s

NE: What do you think of the Tea Party? Is that having an effect on your campaign one way or the other? Bernero: I believe that part of the Tea Party was designed to suck some of the populist energy out of movements like the Main Street majority sentiment that was on the rise against Wall Street. Americans are angry over losing their jobs and their homes and the Republicans saw that. So people like Dick Armey (former Republican House Majority Leader) started up the Tea Party thing and turned that anger toward the government. It’s a massive diversion which splits up the body politic -- it split up what would have been a populist majority against Wall Street.” NE: Do you think the Democrats have done a bad job of tooting their own horn on successes such as health care reform, saving the auto companies, and preventing another Great Depression? Bernero: Exactly. The thing that President Obama is most guilty of is bad PR and not getting the word out on the successes of the Democrats. Where would Michigan be without the auto rescue? And then there are billions in stimulus funds that came our way to create new manufacturing for energy, wind turbines and batteries. We have hope for bringing manufacturing back to Michigan, thanks to the Obama administration. Next in the Express: An interview with Rick Snyder, Republican candidate for governor.

The dirt on dirty dinners LEAD STORY Edible “dirt” has recently appeared on the menus of several of the world’s most renowned restaurants (e.g., the top-rated Noma in Copenhagen, Shakuf in Tel Aviv, Gilt in New York City). “People are really wowed to see dirt on their plates,” said Gilt’s head chef. Actually, the “dirt” only looks and feels like dirt. Each chef creates signature tastes from dried or charred powders with the appearance and consistency of sand, soil or ash -- from a base of plants, vegetables or eggs, or even dried beer. Said a reviewer, “These chefs are reminding people where food actually comes from.” Can’t Possibly Be True -- Until August, Nettleton Middle School near Tupelo, Miss., had a strict policy for election of class officers for 6th-, 7th- and 8th-graders: Only white students could be president, and only black students could be vice president. (Other officers were segregated by race, as well.) Officials explained that it was one way to assure black representation even though three-fourths of the students are white. A school memo was leaked to The Smoking Gun website in August, and a day later the school district rescinded the policy. -- After two Mexican fishermen were dragged from their boats and “chewed so badly that their bodies could not be identified by their own families,” according to a Daily Express review of an August British TV documentary, warnings were issued along the Pacific coast about the northern migration of Humboldt squid. They grow to 8 feet long, weigh up to 100 pounds, travel up to 15 mph, have eight swim/hold tentacles -and two “attack” tentacles that are studded with 40,000 or more razor-sharp “teeth”-like nubs that help each devour almost seven tons of fish a year. Furthermore, female Humboldts are capable of laying 30 million eggs. It’s Good to Be a British Criminal (continued) -- Briton Tania Doherty believed in 2008

that she was finally rid of ex-boyfriend Kawa ali Azad, who had stalked and assaulted her (once beating her unconscious) after she ended their affair in 2006. Azad had been arrested and ordered deported to his native Iraq, but when Iraq refused to take him, he applied to stay in Britain and, pending an immigration decision, was released by a judge sensitive to the “human rights” of someone seeking international “asylum.” Azad immediately resumed harassing Doherty (who was chagrined to learn of the breadth of her violator’s “human rights”). -- Notorious killer Jon Venables, convicted

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in 1993 at age 11 of the torture-murder of a 2year-old Merseyside boy, was held until age 18 and then released on conditions and with a new identity to protect him from harassment. In July 2010, after violating the conditions, Venables was sentenced to two years in jail for possessing and exchanging “violent” child pornography. According to a Daily Telegraph report, the Ministry of Justice has accepted that it will have to supply Venables yet another new identity upon his eventual release (with set-up likely to cost the equivalent of almost $400,000 and security to run the equivalent of an additional $1.6 million a year). Unclear on the Concept -- Police in New Albany, Ind., arrested two alleged counterfeiters in August but believed that a

much bigger operation was in play. Subsequently, the Indiana State Police made a public plea for informants, focusing on the people most likely to be cheated by counterfeit money: local drug dealers. “What we are asking today,” said ISP Sgt. Jerry Goodin, “is we want all the drug dealers to call us. We want to get all of your information and exactly what happened in (any of your dealings).” Goodin added, “Trust us.” -- In June, Raytown, Mo., farmer David Jungerman mounted a sign on a tractor-trailer denouncing “parasites” who “always have their hand out for whatever the government will give them.” Following news reports about the sign, the Kansas City Star reported that Jungerman himself had received more than $1 million in federal crop subsidies since 1995. (He later explained that a “parasite” pays no taxes at all yet seeks handouts. By contrast, Jungerman said, he pays taxes.) -- The administrative staff for Queen Elizabeth II, running a budget shortfall in 2004 (according to recently released documents), asked the governing Labour Party if the royal family’s palaces could qualify for government homeheating subsidies. The documents, obtained by London’s The Independent, indicated that the Labour Party was initially receptive but then rejected the idea. -- Playboy magazine has long published an audio edition, and the Library of Congress produces a text edition in Braille. However, as a Houston Chronicle reporter learned in August, a Texas organization (Taping for the Blind) goes one step further, with volunteer reader Suzi Hanks actually describing the photographs -even the Playmates and other nudes. “I’d say if she has large breasts or small breasts, piercings or tattoos,” said Hanks. “I’ll describe her genitalia. ... I take my time describing the girls. ... Hey, blind guys like pretty, naked girls, too!” Update America’s most prolific litigant (and News of the Weird mainstay) may finally have met his match. In September, federal prosecutors asked a judge in Kentucky to supervise Jonathan Lee

Riches’ future filings to eliminate the frivolous ones (which likely means all of them). Riches is serving 10 years in prison for stealing credit card numbers and has filed an estimated 3,800 lawsuits from behind bars (more than one for every day of incarceration), alleging wrongs done to him by such people as George W. Bush, Britney Spears, the philosopher Plato, the Dave Matthews Band, Tiger Woods (luggage theft), baseball player Barry Bonds (illegal moonshine), and football player Michael Vick (who allegedly stole Riches’ pit bulls, sold them on eBay, and used the proceeds to buy missiles from Iran). Least Competent Criminals Mark Smith, 59, was arrested at a bank in Watsonville, Calif., in September after he had allegedly threatened a teller with a bomb (spelled “bom”) and demanded $2,000. The teller, apparently skeptical of Smith’s toughness, tried to convince him, instead, to borrow the money, and she had him wait while she retrieved an application (during which time she called 911). By the time police arrived, Smith was filling out the loan form. The Classic Middle Name (all-new!) Arrested recently and awaiting trial for murder: Larry Wayne Call, Faith, N.C. (September); Kenneth Wayne Carlson, Hines Creek, Alberta, Canada (August); Timothy Wayne Morgan, Eugene, Ore. (August); Julius Wayne Willis Jr., Minneapolis (July); Scott Wayne Eby, Wilmington, Ill. (May, charged in a 2004 murder); Douglas Wayne Jones, Oxford, Miss. (May); Kenneth Wayne Rogers, Dallas (April, charged in a 2008 murder). Indicted for murder recently and awaiting trial: Gary Wayne Pettigrew, Tarrant County, Texas (August, indicted in a 1983 murder). Pleaded guilty to murder: Edward Wayne Edwards, Akron, Ohio (August, involving a 1977 murder, not the ones News of the Weird listed him for in August 2009). Convicted of murder: David Wayne Alexander, Pittsburgh (July 2009).

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Dwight Smith (not his real name) demonstrates how a Charlevoix deputy took a picture of a gap in the plastic of his fenced-in and padlocked hoop house, where 32 marijuana plants were confiscated.

with a man-made pond on 26 acres. Although it looks as if they’re doing well, the couple’s cash flow has diminished with Smith unable to work. In their early 60s, they are too young to qualify for Medicare. Smith’s wife works three nights a week as a bartender, but they mostly rely on an $863 Social Security check. Most of their money is eaten up by car and health insurance, which doesn’t cover prescription drugs or doctor visits. Smith says his doctor in Traverse City said he couldn’t guarantee that hip surgery would help, and suggested he solve it with “chemicals.” Smith wanted to avoid the side effects of the prescription narcotic, as well as addiction. Plus he couldn’t afford it, so he obtained permission from two doctors to become a medical marijuana patient. Smith decided to grow marijuana for himself and two other patients (both Vietnam veterans) this summer and aimed for strict compliance. He required his patients to obtain cards before he began any new plants, and he chose not to grow the plants in his large pole barn because his four grandkids, ages 11 to 16, often went in there. In fact, he blocked the enclosure from view—using dump trucks, a 12-foot earthen berm, and an RV trailer. He requested anonymity in this article to protect

Unfairly Targeted? Medical marijuana grower says Charlevoix deputies went too far destroying $100,000 crop By Anne Stanton In what an attorney called vigilante justice, a Charlevoix narcotics team destroyed an estimated $100,000 worth of medical marijuana plants before a jury could decide on whether they were growing in a legal enclosure. “I was treated like a common criminal. My civil rights were violated,” said the 63-yearold Charlevoix man, who said he rigorously studied the new law before growing plants this summer. Dwight Smith (not his real name) was growing 32 plants in a padlocked doublefenced enclosure for himself and two other patients. The plant number was below the legal limit and he immediately produced caregiver and patient cards for sheriff’s deputies. “I’m madder than hell. I never did anything to cause this. I’m embarrassed and my wife’s embarrassed. And the biggest thing is they didn’t care about the compassion part of it. They never once asked about the medical marijuana aspect of this. They were more like, ‘You’re a drug dealer and now we’ve got you!’” Charlevoix Deputy William Church of the Joint Operational Law Enforcement (JOLT) multi-jurisdictional drug team wrote that the plants were not properly enclosed. The team found the plants in a padlocked hoop house, which was wholly covered with fencing (including the roof). A six-foot chain link fence surrounds the hoop house. Although not required by law, the hoop house and fence were both covered with thin white plastic to block an outside view of the plants. HEALTH VIOLATION So why the seizure? Smith said the deputies told him that the problem was an 18-inch gap in the 25-foot by 20-foot enclosure. The gap was caused by the weight

of rainwater on the roof pulling the tarp upward from the ground. At issue is whether a plant stem was protruding from the hoop house. Even if it were, it was still not protruding from the exterior six-foot fence, Smith said. Smith was charged with a “local health department violation” in violation of the state law, which carries a six-month jail sentence and/or a $200 fine. His attorney, Jesse Williams of Traverse City, said the JOLT team should have immediately left after Smith presented the medical marijuana cards. Instead, they destroyed $100,000 worth of plants for what they believed to be a misdemeanor. “Here we have deputies acting like cowboys, running on people’s property and refusing to follow the law, which voters overwhelmingly approved. If they used common sense and spoke to this man, they would have realized he was fully complying and left him alone,” he said. “This guy went above and beyond the requirements of the law. He did everything he could to safeguard the community and his family with a gated fence on his driveway, motion sensors and a video security camera. My client and his two patients rely upon this medicine and they took it without any legal reason.” PAIN RELIEF OPTIONS In fact, Smith could be considered pretty much a poster child for the relatively new medical marijuana law. Twenty years ago, he had a partial hip replacement that now causes him arthritic pain. He also has painful pressure behind his eyes from glaucoma. After voters approved the medical marijuana law, Smith said he studied his options for pain relief. Economics played a large part in his decision. Smith and his wife live in a beautiful home south of Charlevoix

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his property from burglars, as well as to spare his grandkids embarrassment. “Nothing is more important to me than my grandkids. I’m not promoting pot to anyone.” Security is important not only for the community, but also for medical marijuana growers. There has been at least one reported theft in the state. In late September, three armed people entered a medical marijuana dispensary and stole cash and marijuana, according to an October 1 report. SHARP HELICOPTER EYES Smith said he was eating lunch on the back porch of his home, which is located one driveway down from where the hoop house is located. He saw a black helicopter fly over at about 40 mph and an estimated 400 feet above the property. He said it did not hover. Narcotics teams around the state do flyovers at this time of year when marijuana plants are nearing maturity and ready to harvest. Almost immediately, one of Smith’s patients who was living in an Airstream several hundred feet away from the hoop house, called Smith to tell him that deputies were on the property. They had edged around the driveway’s locked power gate. They had no search warrant. Smith quickly arrived to the locked driveway and found five more JOLT officers, who also lacked warrants. They told him that marijuana was viewed from the helicopter, so their search was justified. Williams said that’s highly unlikely since the roof of the hoop house was covered with white plastic. “Please produce the photos of what was seen from a helicopter. Common sense tells me you can’t see a stem sticking out of a sixby-six inch hole from 400 feet in the air.” Officers, who arrived at 1:45 p.m.,

theNEWS asked for additional paperwork besides the cards; although not required by law. Smith complied. When they still refused to leave, Smith allowed them into the hoop house to count the plants and take photos. (The deputy’s report erroneously says the search warrant was “executed” at 1:45 p.m.) THE DECISION Smith and the JOLT team stood at the structure for about two hours, awaiting a decision by Assistant Prosecutor Shaynee Fanara who received a photo from the iPhone. Smith said he talked to Fanara at about 4 p.m. A deputy told her that someone could jump the six-foot fence and reach the plant. “I had the prosecutor on the phone, begging her to let me fix this foot and a half piece of plastic. I’m hearing impaired so it was difficult for me to hear her, but I said, ‘Mrs. Prosecutor, come out and see this for yourself. Will you work with me on this?’ I’m begging her like a little kid.” Smith said Fanara approved the search warrant at about 4 p.m. Although other prosecutors have left marijuana plants intact if there was a legal question (such as Kalkaska Prosecutor Brian Donnelly), Fanara ordered the plants torn from the ground. Charlevoix Prosecutor John Jarema wasn’t involved in the approval of the affidavit, but said Fanara trusted the deputy’s account that the enclosure was illegal. ONCE THE SMOKE CLEARS One of the patients, Dan, said he uses medical marijuana for pain he still suffers from falling down a stairway; getting hit by a car as he was walking down a street; and getting hit by a car while bike riding three years ago. “I about cried when I got the phone call. I don’t know what I’m going to do.” Marijuana provides some relief, but he still suffers from quite a bit of pain, he said. “It makes it easier to bear.” Dan wondered if the state agency that provides approval for the medical marijuana cards shares the address of the caregiver. “How discreet is this? I was under the assumption that it was confidential.” Ronnie, the other patient and a Vietnam veteran, said he uses medical marijuana for arthritis in his fingers, which are gnarled and sometimes look like thick sausages after severe swelling. Both patients helped Smith build the structure. “They were on the property without a search warrant. They put the cart before the horse,” he said. Smith thinks that a neighbor might have notified JOLT of the location—in fact, another medical marijuana patient who was growing plants in the woods was also searched and charged. Smith said that he believes local law enforcement needs to change its attitude toward legal medical marijuana. “When I got them cards out for them, it devastated them. You could tell.” With the marijuana destroyed, Smith said he and his two patients are without their medicine or any money to buy it. Yet Smith said he remains committed to medical marijuana as an option. Once the smoke is cleared (no pun intended), the law will give him clarity on what an outside structure must look like. On that, he and the prosecutor agree. You can watch Anne Stanton’s videotaped interview with Dwight by going to: www. and looking for shows produced Eric VanDussen.

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ARCHIE KIEL Sentenced to Jail 21-year-old son, had not received medical marijuana cards, although their doctors had signed their state applications. A jury found Kiel guilty last summer for the manufacture of less than 20 marijuana plants, but innocent of perjury. Kiel received a far shorter jail term than the potential maximum of eight years. Kiel must stay in jail while his attorney pursues an emergency motion that will soon be filed with the state Court of Appeals. A copy of the appeal wasn’t available, but Wilson said it was triggered by a recent Court of Appeals decision, which says the so-called “affirmative defense” contained in the Medical Marijuana law can be used as a defense in a trial. Kiel’s attorney was not allowed to present the affirmative defense after Judge Allen barred discussion before the jury. She ruled that the affirmative defense was nullified when considered with another section of the law. CONFUSION REIGNS Allen and judges across the state have decried the law as confusing, vague, and contradictory. The law says that a caregiver can grow 12 plants for each patient, and that each patient must have a medical marijuana card. Karen O’Keefe, who helped write the law, said the affirmative defense is intended for those situations when a caregiver or patient has not completely met the letter of the law. Kiel’s first attorney, Ross Hickman, had intended to argue that Kiel could begin growing plants before their patients received a card to ensure an uninterrupted supply. He did successfully argue in the case that clones (pot branch clippings without roots) couldn’t be considered plants. Kiel fired Hickman last month and replaced him with attorney Mike Matilone of Lansing. Kalkaska Prosecutor Brian Donnelly described the Kiel case “as most unfortunate.” He said that Kiel has presented himself as a person of influence among medical marijuana users, but had deliberately over-

reached the law. “He’s a pot grower, and he’s always been a pot grower …When caught, he went into a full-scale lie mode,” he said. Kiel’s attorney did not appear at the trial, but his associate, attorney J. Frank Wilson of Petoskey, stood in. Wilson alleged that probation officer Sharon Wagner’s pre-sentencing report was “colored by her bias” due to the fact she is married to Detective Wagner, whom he described as the lead investigator in the case. He asked that Kiel’s sentencing be put on hold while the Court of Appeals decides on the emergency motion, but Judge Allen denied the request. Kiel, who limped into court, told the court that marijuana had saved his life. “I am totally disabled. I have benefited and I am alive today because of medical marijuana. … I feel 100 percent that I was within the law,” he said. HEALTH PROBLEMS Kiel suffers from a constellation of medical problems, ranging from a heart condition to mini-strokes to pain caused by a car accident and crashing his arm through a plate glass window. He told the courtroom that he has “died” twice, and was near giving up when he stopped using prescription drugs in favor of medical marijuana in 1998, 10 years before it was legal. After the trial, Wilson said that the jail and prison systems ban the use of any prescription pain killers because they are narcotics. Medical marijuana falls into the same category. He believes that amounts to “cruel and unusual punishment,” and believes there could be a safe way for prisoners to find pain relief. There were about a dozen supporters for Kiel in the courtroom. In an impromptu speech, Wilson told a small crowd in front of the courthouse that attitudes are changing toward marijuana, but some still have an old mindset. “We’ll see what happens. There are states out West that are trying to legalize it completely, but there will always be those who see it as a devil weed.”

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Fall Float Colors abound along area rivers

By Mike Terrell Give me a sunny day, fall colors, a river, and I’m happy. Fall colors along a river are often enhanced with the reflection of the water, and colors tend to linger along river valleys a little later into the season. A fall paddle is a relaxing way to kick back and enjoy the kaleidoscope of colors as you float downstream. But you’ve got to start early: The chilly mornings and cool days are a constant reminder that fall is here, but the one thing I notice most is the shorter days. All of a sudden you can’t ride or hike much beyond 7 p.m., and even that time is starting to shrink. That’s about the time I like starting a ride, a hike, or even a paddle during summer’s long days. Yet, all of a sudden I need to get started no later than 4 p.m. to get in a decent outing. It takes awhile to get my psyche adjusted to the shorter daylight hours. I think that’s the thing I like least about winter. A FAVORITE The Manistee is a great river for a fall paddle. It flows through hardwood forests, and since much of the river is wide, it doesn’t require constant vigilance like smaller streams. You can spend more time observing the shoreline and a collage of colorful trees.

Some friends and I from Traverse Area Paddling Club tried a new section last fall that none of us had ever done before. You end up at the landing by the new roadside park on U.S. 131 by the Manistee River Bridge. I had floated the section from there down to Baxter Bridge, but never floated down to the roadside park. We put in at Lucas Road Bridge, which makes a nice launching site (head down County Line Road north of the park to the east). Another nice thing; it’s a short, easy shuttle to spot your vehicles. The area isn’t served by a livery. It’s about an eight-mile drive between the two points. The float is approximately 10 miles long and took us about three-and-a-half hours of actual paddling time. That doesn’t include a lunch stop, which added a halfhour to our paddle time. This section of the Manistee turned out to be a delightful float. It’s scenic with alternating high bluffs and lowlands that allowed the forest to come right down to the river. There were few cottages, and the solitude was nice. Much of the float was through unspoiled forests where you could spot animal tracks leading down to the water’s edge in the sandy sections of riverbank. We didn’t see any animals, but I did see lots of varied tracks.

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ROLL-A-WAYS You could see the old roll-a-ways along the horseshoe bends of river where a century or so ago lumberjacks dropped massive amounts of logs into the river to be floated downstream to a mill. The scars still remain, but in some cases they’re starting to mend with vegetation beginning to fill in -- 100 or so years later. It was a good reminder of how we can impact our landscape and how long it takes to heal. The river current through this section is a nice steady pace. There are long stretches of light riffles interspersed with long, deep pools where the river slows. It allowed for a lot of leaf peeping, and the colors were really starting to pop, especially the reds and oranges, the day we went. It was early October and the sugar maples were in full bloom. Many of the trees were hanging over the river, and, with the bright sun, the reds seemed almost ablaze. The reflections in the deeper, slower pools were almost as brilliant. It was a beautiful day to be on the river. Another portion of the Manistee that also normally has good fall color is the section between Baxter Bridge and Harvey Bridge (between US-131 and M-37 south of Kingsley). Much of that section is encased

Colors often last longer into the season along area rivers. Photo by Mike Terrell.

in tall bluffs. You float right by the overlook platform at High Roll-a-Way, which is high above you. The drawback to this float is its length. It’s a little over 20 miles and takes a good six hours to do the paddle. OTHER OPTIONS Other rivers that I like for fall floats are: • the South Branch of the Au Sable; • the upper Platte River in Benzie County; • and the section of the Boardman River between Brown Bridge Dam and Beitner Bridge. All three have abundant hardwoods offering good fall color. A float on Brown Bridge Pond (near Ranch Rudolf south of TC) also offers lots of beautiful color this time of year. Fall colors along rivers and lakes often lasts a couple of weeks longer than what you find inland. Pick a sunny day and go for a paddle. It’s a great, relaxing way to enjoy a fall color tour. Just let the river pull you along. You won’t be disappointed.



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NE: Do you think the life you led before the accident merited the reward you were given? Piper: No, I was an ordinary man on the way to church. What I know now is that it isn’t what happens to you, but what you do with it. I had to decide how everything that happened was going to affect me. Was I going to be defeated or use my circumstance to bless others? I know now that heaven is real. Thousands ask how to get there and I know that living a fuller life leads to an eternal life. That doesn’t mean a pain-free life here on earth, not an easy life, but what ever it is, it has a beautiful ending in eternity.



NE: The man who hit your car -- an inmate from a local prison driving a guard on a food pickup for the prison -- have you spoken to him since the accident and your experience in heaven? Piper: The man went back to prison. In a sense, so did I. Years of hospitalization, pain, rehabilitation. He was paroled by the time I was well enough to contact him but what I’ve done is written him a letter, included in a new book I just finished writing. In the letter I forgive him and tell him that I probably won’t meet him here on earth but I know now I will meet him in heaven. I didn’t want to write the book at all. It took a long time for friends to convince me I had to tell the story. Then I agreed only if I could tell it with absolute honesty, unvarnished, just as it happened. I’m sure not a hero in this, more a victim. Still, if I could help others, bring comfort, then I said I’d tell the story. Otherwise I’d never have been talked into writing about heaven. That was so wonderful and so private.

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NE: Your wife, Eve, what did she learn from your experience? Has she grown too? Piper: Eve is the hero of my story. When the truth of what I would become hit me, it hit her too. She took care of me through this long roller coaster ride. She emptied those bedpans, balanced the checkbook, worked at her teaching job, stayed at the hospital with me through those long months. Eve is stronger now too. She learned to lean on others and on herself. We’ve been married for 37 years. I’m a survivor, but Eve’s an overcomer. NE: Are you the same person today as you were then, standing outside of heaven’s gates? Piper: I didn’t understand why I was given that glimpse of heaven and then it was taken away. What changed was that I understood why I had to go through the pain I went through. Now, when I hold a hospital patient’s hand I understand how real that pain is. When I speak to the family of a loved one who has just died, I speak with assurance. My message to everyone is always: you can make it. Life may be different after a huge life event, but it will always get better. NE: In heaven, you say you received no special message; that you were only shown possibility. Do you wish there had been more? Piper: I’m glad I didn’t see anymore than I did. If I had, I couldn’t have functioned back here. I would have been too angry over the loss. It was enough to know how glorious and magnificent it is and what is waiting for all of us. In the talk I’ll be giving at Bay Pointe Church I’ll be telling people that we’re taking reservations for heaven now. I was only 38 when I died and came back. You have to be ready for heaven at every moment of your life. Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli will be teaching: A Novel Experience: Fiction Writing Workshop, at NMC on Friday, Nov. 5, 9 am – 4 pm at Oleson Center. Call 231-995-1700 to register.

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With cooler days elbowing aside the warmth of Indian Summer, another spectacular Northern Michigan autumn is here. But there’s still time to enjoy one of the area’s most beloved outdoor traditions, the picnic. There’s something memory-making about enjoying a simple outdoor meal with a special companion on a comfy slice of your favorite terrain. And a fledgling Traverse City restaurant is making it hassle-free to pack up a meal and head off to your very own particular picnic place. Rolling Farms Café offers a full Picnic For Two, featuring two café sandwiches (turkey, roast beef, ham, almond chicken or albacore tuna on your choice of nine-grain, sour dough or rye breads), two specialty salads, two bags of chips, two canned beverages and, for dessert, two fresh-baked cookies. It’s a great way to enjoy a spur-of-the-moment picnic when you don’t want to go to the trouble to do-it-yourself. Rolling Farms Café, which opened at Copper Ridge in November 2009, even provides a classic picnic basket to tote your special meal. The cost is only $21.90, plus a $5 basket rental fee and refundable $40 deposit. So that’s very memorable lunch for you and a special guest for $26.90. “The picnic baskets are really going great,” says Chris Roller, who co-owns the restaurant with other family members. “We do about 20 or so a week. It’s gives people a really nice lunch for a great price.” FAMILY BUSINESS Rolling Farms Café is a roll-up-yoursleeves-and-pitch-in family business for the Rollers. Chris and his brother Byrch oversee the daily operation, while other family members

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also help out. The family also owns and operates an 80-acre farm (Rolling Farms) nestled in Leelanau County between Cedar and Leland. “Our real concept is for the farm to provide almost all the items for the restaurant from start to finish,” explains Roller, who grew up in East Lansing and spent many summers in the region. “We want to grow them and sell them, everything fresh, organic and of the highest quality.” While the eatery opens at 7 a.m. and does a brisk breakfast trade of coffee and pastries, it really starts rockin’ around lunch time. About a dozen different crunchy-fresh salads are available in half or whole sizes, with prices ranging from $4.25 to $7.25. And if you’re a sandwich fan, there are more than two dozen creative offerings. Some of the most popular are: • Maryland Picnic featuring turkey bathed in olive oil, oregano and garlic and topped with tomato slices, melted dofino cheese and served on toasted sourdough bread. • Michigan Picnic featuring hot turkey, melted dofino cheese, mushrooms, melted cheddar cheese, red onion, mayo and hot honey mustard on a toasted roll. • Florence Picnic, a vegetarian favorite, with mozzarella, roma tomatoes, romaine lettuce, red onion, olive oil, cracked black pepper, mayor and pesto on a roll. • Complete Picnic, the largest sandwich on the menu, comes with twice the meat and cheese. It’s piled high with turkey, ham, roast beef, Swiss, cheddar and dofino cheeses, plus mayo, hot honey mustard, tomato, lettuce, cucumber, alfalfa sprouts and red onion. “We offer three types of service – you can order at the counter, take a seat and a waitress will serve you, or there’s delivery right to your location,” says Roller, who

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added that they’ve delivered meals as far away as Cadillac. VISTA VIEW Perched high on Copper Ridge, the restaurant’s outdoor patio seats 28 comfortably and offers a panoramic view of Traverse City’s south side. It’s a prime location for watching the annual Cherry Festival Air Show. Rolling Farms Café’s staff of 16 is an energetic blend of family members and experienced restaurant workers. They’ve been crucial in developing a base of regulars, according to Roller. “We’ve been going like gangbusters since we opened,” he says. “We’ve had great community support, including great response from the hospital and the medical community.” Attitude is crucial in keeping customers happy and the staff is great at that, according to Roller. “Caring about people as individuals is important, whether they buy a cup of coffee or 100 sandwiches,” he says. “You have to treat people with kindness and respect. Our goal is to create a business that’s good for the community, good for our staff and a comfortable place to visit. We want to be known as a place with high quality service and fresh products made with care – a positive place.” Rolling Farms Café, at 4000 Eastern Sky Drive, at Copper Ridge in Traverse City, is open Monday through Saturday 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed Sunday. For more information or takeout orders, call (231) 421-5711.

The controversy over EMF radiation continues in regard to powerlines, cell phones, computer monitors and other systems which emit electricity.

Dirty Electricity: scare or scam? By Harley L. Sachs Just what is “dirty electricity”? How could electricity be dirty? Here’s the background: As early researchers into the properties and effects of electricity learned, when a current flows through a wire it sets up a magnet field around the wire, a phenomenon demonstrated by placing magnets near the wire. The radiation is called EMF, or electromagnetic field. It’s found wherever there is electricity; in the wires buried in the walls of your house and around most appliances, like your microwave. There are several kinds of electromagnetic emissions that might be called dirty electricity. There are microwave emissions from cell phone towers, so you don’t want to live under one. There are the electromagnetic fields emitted by electrical power lines, so you don’t want to live under high-tension towers. There are electronic emissions from cathode ray tubes, like you find in TVs and computer screens. And of course there are radio waves, television transmissions and gamma radiation from space. Feel bombarded yet? Gee, you might wonder, could that hurt me? Since our bodies are electrical, with our nerves, muscles, hearts and brains activated and controlled by minute pulses of electricity, there might be a risk from EMF radiation. But don’t turn your house into a scene like the one in the film, “The Conversation,” in which the paranoid protagonist stripped his home of all wiring and electrical equipment, with no telephone or even a light switch. So far, as medical science has determined, the EMF emissions in your house wiring and in your toaster or microwave are so weak and have such a short range that they are harmless. Nevertheless, there’s been a wave of panic in some circles, fear that those power-saving electric bulbs can ruin your health. You can find such anecdotal evidence on the Internet. It’s enough to make some people get rid of all those fluorescent power-saving light bulbs, maybe not for the EMF, but at least for the mercury they contain. If the bulbs are harmful, I doubt if it’s the radiation, but the effect of the 60-cycle pulse. There is an imperceptible flutter in the light source that is believed by some to have a harmful effect on your health, which is perhaps why some people who work all day under fluorescent lighting get sick. But that’s from the flickering, greenish light and probably not from EMF radiation. It is true that cathode ray tubes, called

CRTs, emit some electrons, which is why you shouldn’t park your baby within six feet in front of your old television set. The new flat screens are of a different technology, with LED screens using relatively little electricity. I have written before about the controversy about the radio radiation from cell phones that might or might not cause brain tumors. The jury is still out on this issue, but in Sweden where the health bureaucracy is ultra careful, cell phone makers are required to indicate the level of radiation emitted by those tiny transmitters and receivers in the phones. And yes, it is not wise to keep your Blue Tooth earpiece on all the time or to sleep with your cell phone under your pillow, kids, in case you’re worried that you might miss a 3 a.m. text message. There is such a thing as unnecessarily tempting fate. There is a company cashing in on fears of EMF. It’s Graham-Stetzer, a Canadian company that makes a slew of expensive gadgets to filter out the “dirt” in dirty electricity. They recommend that you plug in about eight of these around your average home. The price? You can buy a test kit for $160. A power bar suitable for recreation rooms runs $99. To do your whole house could cost around $800. The Graham-Stetzer products look suspiciously like electronic gadgets from the era of quack doctors. The claim is that they can filter out those dangerous EMF rays. You be the judge. Yes, EMF exists, whether you call it dirty electricity or not, but so far, no reputable scientist has proved that the EMF in your household wiring is harmful. Frankly, I’ll stick with papering the walls and ceiling of my house with aluminum foil to shield again certain levels of radiation. I can’t go to the extreme of the copper-lined lab at Michigan Technological University which shields test equipment from all outside sources of radio and television signals. Let’s not go overboard on this. And if you think aluminum walls and ceilings look tacky or suggest that you are a nut case, you can always wallpaper over them. If a Graham-Stetzer filter makes you happy, they’ll be glad to relieve you of your money. As for other radiation, for going out of doors you might want to line your hat with aluminum foil or wear a steel helmet which can also give you some protection against meteorites. Everyone is entitled to her own phobias. Visit the web site ~hlsachs where you can listen to two stories, read a third, read reviews, and find links to the publishers of my books.

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erek Woodruff had just three minutes to assemble what could have been his last floral arrangement. While normally sweating over weddings and special events that feature his work, the 26-year-old floral designer of Traverse City found himself fighting for survival: a spot on The Arrangement, a television series on Logo TV. Like other reality career competition series (think Project Runway for fashion and Top Chef for epicurean creations), The Arrangement brings 10 floral designers together from around the country to compete for the title of the “best.” The title also includes a grand prize of $25,000 and a new Smart Car Passion Coupe. Woodruff, who owns Floral Underground Floral in Traverse City, was one of those competitors. While only the first episode has aired (the second episode airs Monday night, Oct. 11), the series has already proven to be a nail-biter for Woodruff. WEEDING OUT THE COMPETITION With filming wrapped up (it was filmed in L.A.), Woodruff is now home and has to keep mum — due to contract agreements — about how he fared on the series. However, the first episode showed he was able to survive the first round of challenges. Barely. “They really do push you,” Woodruff said, “and we were pushed to the max with over the top challenges.” For their first “seedlings challenge,” the designers were divided into teams of two and asked to assemble a table-top arrangement—using limited materials—for a sushi buffet that was to be displayed on a naked model. Afterward, the competitors were divided into two teams of five and had to cover two life-size wire manikins with completely

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natural materials that would be displayed at the Americana at Brand, a shopping center in Glendale, California. Woodruff’s team lost, and after careful deliberation, the judges “weeded out” the bottom two competitors – Woodruff being one. In a final challenge to hold his spot, Woodruff had to assemble a floral arrangement in three minutes. Woodruff secured his spot by using a combination of bear grass woven through a floral bouquet of green hydrangea and orange ranunculus – his signature color. “Anyone who knows me, knows I’m all about the color orange,” Woodruff said. ABSTRACT AND URBAN At home in Traverse City, Woodruff’s bright orange jeep sits outside his modern studio. Inside, clients can discuss wedding floral options on his IKEA furniture – a fierce orange couch that sits in the studio’s upper level. “I have a very abstract and urban style,” said Woodruff. “I like to use unusual flowers and in unusual ways – random color combinations submerged in water, things like that.” It’s a style that earned Woodruff a spot on the TV show in the first place. “A casting producer messaged me on Facebook. At the time I thought, ‘this has got to be a scam,’” said Woodruff. “They had contacted the institute I went to and asked them if they knew of someone young, with unique characteristics of style who would do well on the show. So they told them about me.” Woodruff earned his AIFD or Accredited in Floral Design through the American Institute of Floral Design – a PhD, if you will, in the floral industry. It’s one of many acronyms attached to Woodruff’s name: AIFD, CFD, CF – certifications that only he possesses in the Traverse City floral design community.

Derek Woodruff has combined his living and workspace, creating urban floral arrangements for weddings and special events around the region. Here, he relaxes with a couple studio regulars: his cat “Endymion“ and Yorkie “Dolce.”

He currently holds an associates degree in horticulture, starting his schooling at Lansing Community College and Michigan State University before finishing at Northwestern Michigan College and MSU North. FLORAL FOCUS Originally from Jackson, Woodruff earned Certified Michigan Florist (CF) at age 17, just two years after he developed an interest in the plant sciences. When Woodruff discovered the only other option was landscaping, he narrowed his focus to floral design. “Landscaping involves too much physical work,” he laughed. Age always seems to come up for Woodruff. He was the youngest competitor on The Arrangement and spent the first half of his career proving his skills, mostly when he worked his first job at Hibbard’s Flowers, also in Traverse City. “My first wedding I booked, the clients giggled as I walked up to them and they asked how old I was,” said Woodruff. “After our consultation they said they felt completely comfortable with my design style and that they didn’t worry a bit.” Worrying is something he does less, himself. “I was kind of a wreck when I came home,” Woodruff said after finishing the TV show. “But from the stress of it, nothing at weddings and events I’m working on now can stress me out. Last year I was secondguessing myself on designs. Now, I’ve got this new found confidence.” Floral Underground is located at 1129 Woodmere Ave. Suite C in the Tru Fit Trouser Building. Call 231-715-6550 or visit Catch Derek Woodruff on Logo TV’s ‘The Arrangement,’ airing Mondays at 11 p.m. EST. Full episodes are available to watch 24 hours after they air at



avid Dennison is a man of the world. In the past 10 years he has lived in Scotland, Egypt, Yemen, London and Chicago. Just last fall he decided to make Traverse City, Michigan his home. He is currently the community affairs specialist for Senator Carl Levin’s Northern Lower Michigan offices. Retro and relaxed are the two words that describe David’s style. For example, he incorporates old-fashioned pieces like suspenders into his everyday wear. He loves wearing ties and lets them hang loosely around his neck, adding comfort and personality. David’s advice to all men is that they should not be afraid to pay more attention to how they dress. “I don’t make bones about it and I don’t think anyone else should.”



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“Pretty in Pink” event at the Grand Traverse Resort with the Zonta Club gals Deb Jackson, Sherry Schofield and Dianne Walker telling people about the upcoming Festival of Trees and Fashion Show. Photo by Cathie Martin.

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What does a winner look like? Like Topher Fast, who took top honors for men runners in the recent Esperanza 5k in TC to help raise funds for families in Guatemala City. Photo by Kristen Messner.

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Todd Nienhouse played sandwich with Colleen Fowler and Wendy Nienhouse @ the Swing Shift show @ the City Opera House. Beaudoin photo. Been there - done that: Petoskey writer/ photographer Stephen Brede, 59, who was featured last year in the Express, has completed his circumnavigation of Lake Michigan by canoe. He started June 24 at the mouth of the Bear River in Petoskey and paddled 860 miles counterclockwise around the lake, taking 96 days to complete the trip. Last year, Stephen made a similar 820mile trip around Lake Huron. “It was beautiful, challenging, and inspiring,” he says. “I encountered a lot of wind and high waves, and the trip ended up taking about three weeks longer than I anticipated.”

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Fashion A Personal Peek

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By Kristy Kurjan When you think of the fashion industry, what do you think of? Does Rachel Zoe pop into your head with images of Pucci print dresses, fur vests and ankle-breaking stiletto shoes? Do you imagine the tall lengthy models walking down a runway with up-dos that look like they just put their finger in a socket? Or maybe you secretly imagine one of them falling, crashing down to the ground with gawking celebrities and editors at their side? Well, in some ways you are correct. These images do reflect a large part of the fashion community, but I’m here to tell you there is so much more! The fashion industry is a complex world filled with designers, editors, publishers, models, photographers, buyers, stylists, and countless other titles that are all working for one reason: Their love of fashion and style. Each year they develop new and different takes on the word “fashion” and convey them to the public in ways that awe and inspire. The style world is unimaginably chaotic and bizarre… I know because not only have I been enthralled with it since my infant stages, I have lived in the trenches of fashion for the past 10 years. Take one look at New York Fashion Week and most people do not know where to begin, let alone get an invite to sit front row. Well, let me be your personal guide into the world of fashion and give you a small glimpse of what, how, and why it all takes place. FASHION INTERN First, let’s take it back a few years to when I was handed my diploma and set off to the Big Apple to become a clothing-slugging fashion intern at Glamour Magazine. It was one of the most exciting and hectic times of my life. Moving to a new city, starting a career, and living a dream. The first time I heard the two glorious words “sample sale” I practically fainted. I had worked at magazines before, but somehow a national headlining magazine seemed different, and it was. This is when I learned the question “who are you wearing?” Not “what are you wearing?” During the first few months I quickly learned that the New York fashion industry can chew you up and eat you alive -- trust me, I witnessed it! It is intense and nonstop. In this world, divas rule. The worker bees come in early, leave late, and never get as much as a thank you. As an assistant, a 4

Fall Styles a.m. phone call on Thanksgiving regarding misplaced sunglasses would not be out of the norm. Twenty-four hour call is simply the expectation of the industry. If you survive a day, you might make it a week… If you survive the week you might make it a year… And if you survive the year, you just might make it. One might think every successful designer grew up on the Upper East Side, not so. Exceptional designers like Anna Sui and Tracy Reese both were born in the Detroit area - who knew? PAY ATTENTION… My best advice to anyone who wants to truly know the industry is to study up. Purchase a subscription to Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and anything else you can get your hands on. Read them daily. Pay attention to the advertisements, learn the names on the masthead, and figure out how to identify a designer at a blink of an eye. By knowing a Chanel skirt when you see one, you might have a shot at success. Scour websites like for the photos and videos straight from the runway. Sometimes there are even live feeds of fashion shows. If you are a fashionista, what could be more brilliant?! The New York fashion industry may seem far off, but thanks to modern communications it is more accessible than ever. What happens on the runway never stays on the runway. Spring 2011 trends might seem distant to those of us living in Northern Michigan; however the looks that are spotted during fashion week have a huge impact on what will be in the store for seasons and seasons to come. What goes down the runway will determine what people will be sporting, and if that look is over-sized neon muumuus, we are all in trouble. BE CHOOSEY… Speaking of runway trends, even fashion insiders need to beware of getting too caught up in the constantly changing trends like open-toed boots or the denim-ondenim wave that is inching its way toward us at the moment. Some of the looks that designers and editors consider smash hits on the runways might not play out in real life. In the case of harem pants (also known

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The world of fashion is all around us, waiting to serve your own sense of expression. Photo by Kristy Kurjan.

Kristy Kurjan got her start in the fashion world as an intern for Glamour Magazine. She is a regular contributor to the Express’s MyStyle fashion feature.

as hammer pants), my answer is no. Pick a style and make it yours. This is one of the reasons the color black is an industry staple, it doesn’t change with the trends. The number one misconception of the fashion industry: You must resemble Heidi Klum to get ahead, or at least be “really good looking” to quote from Zoolander. The truth is that behind the camera are countless people who do not fit into sample-sized clothes and never will. Their entire focus is to make others look effortless, so they can have a bad hair day and be glad they are not the person in front of the camera. The only career path where this is closer to the truth is modeling, even then, I’m not totally convinced. PERSONAL EXPRESSION So, what is style? Is it carrying the latest Balenciaga handbag or wearing a Burberry trench coat or spending the most money on a pair of sneakers? If only it were that simple. It really comes down to personal expression through style. It is confidence and following your own instincts in what you wear. In a sense, style is not what you are wearing, but how you are wearing it. No matter what is in one’s closet, if it is worn with style, then it is stylish. Take Lady GaGa for example. Does she have style? Yes. Now, can you imagine a stylish co-worker walking into the office

wearing a plastic champagne bubble suit? Probably not. But if the answer is yes, I would love to feature your co-worker in a future column sometime soon. E-mail me a picture. In short, the world of fashion is all around us. It is in the oversized handbag we carry or the scarf we drape around our necks on a cold fall day. And, although you might not be front row next to Anna Wintour (editor-in-chief of American Vogue) watching the Gucci show, the good news is that fashion is always at your finger tips. You can be sitting next to a best friend talking about it and formulating your own individual style.

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129years... Juicy burgers. Home-made fries. Ice-cold beer.

N IN G GRAND OPE Saturday, October 16 • 12n-7pm Strawberry, apple, cherry & peach wines, cherry dessert wine, iced apple cider - all made from local organic fruits, and Late Harvest Reisling.


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Lamb's Retreat forSongwriters Birchwood Inn, Harbor Springs


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Michael Smith www.artistsofnote. com/michael

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Week 1 Staff Concert Saturday, November 6th

Week #2 — November 11-14. 2010

The new face of CQ: Where timeless classics meets fashion forward That's right, a new slogan, but top billing still goes to the "Timeless Classics". The new face of CQ doesn't reject history, or the loyal customers who helped make us an icon in Traverse City.

Sally Barris

Ember Swift

Don Henry

Carolyn Striho James Gordon

Stewart Francke

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Week 2 Staff Concert Saturday, November 13th Concerts at Birchwood Inn, Harbor Springs, Sponsored by BlissFest Music Organization

Portion of proceeds from Lamb's Retreat concerts will help kids attend Camp Daggett, Petoskey, MI -

231-946-7066 151 E. FRONT ST. TRAVERSE CITY celebrating 44 years downtown!

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Info and online registration at John D. Lamb, Director • 248-589-3913 • P.O. Box 304, Royal Oak, MI 48068-0304

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GUYS AND GALS CLOTHING R3 Clothing Exchange Company • 435 E Mitchell St - Petoskey 231-487-3000 • Hours: Mon-Fri 10-6, Sat 10-4

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ECLECTIC CUISINE BY CHEF PHILIP MURRAY Michigan’s only chocolate lounge complete with artisnal chocolates from Chocolate Exotica • Chocolate inspired Martinis • Specialty wines • Beautiful hand-crafted desserts

Monday - Hospitality employees, entrées 1/2 off Tuesday - Wine Specials, $5 glass Wednesday - Ladies Night, super drink specials Thursday - Martini night, $6


Open Daily Mon-Sat 11:30 Sunday 3:30pm Now taking reservations for

Holiday Parties and Catering

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Catch our new radio show • Sat 9-9:30 am on 106.7FM with Phil & Aurora Murray



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Traverse City 217 East Front Street 231.929.7463

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Celebrate Fall in Bay Harbor Bay Harbor Harvest Festival Saturday, October 16 1 - 4 pm Farmers Market - Live Music by Pete Kehoe Pumpkin Painting - Horse Rides - Face Painting

Great Fall Fare for the Entire Family!

Trick and Trunk or Treating Sunday, October 31 3 - 5 pm Come to the Village at Bay Harbor for some Halloween fun! Trick or treating will be taking place in the stores. The Village streets will also be lined up with decorated cars with their trunks open and FILLED with candy and other Halloween goodies.

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Dr. Baas is looking forward to seeing his past clients at his new location as well as meeting Old Town Optical’s existing clientele. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 8:00 til 5:00 Wednesday 9:00 til 7:00 Saturday by appointment & Closed daily from 12:00 til 1:00.

Fall Special

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531 S. Union Street Traverse City, MI 49684 Phone: 231.941.1973

GRAND OPENING Saturday, October 16 12n-7pm

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orthern Natural Wines are made with local organic fruits supporting more than 7 certified organic fruit farms and more than 12 family farms. We are educated and dedicated to providing our community with premium quality products. We care about the health of our consumers as well as our environment. Celebrate pure Michigan at Northern Natural Winery.

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Downtown TC - 126 E Front St 231.932.0510 and 141 River St Elk Rapids 231.264.6401

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Steven’ s Place Enjoy Old First Class

Pure Elegance Full Bar Healthy Wood Fired Fine Dining Extensive Wine & Champagne Lists Now Cinema, Dine and Dance

Events & Entertainment Experience Our V.I.P. Cinema - Large Screen 1080P, HD, DLP. Enjoy movie classics with fine dining and favorite drinks. 6:15-8:15 pm *reservations required*

“A Chance To Learn Dance Pkg” 8:15-9:30 pm - Tuesday Swing, Wednesday Tango and Thursday Social.




60s, 70s, 80s oldies & timeless classics You will get up and dance!

Casual Relaxed Attire/Dress Up Welcome Reservations Welcome • Open for season Tues. - Sat. 6:00 pm 738 S. Garfield • Traverse City • 231.929.8945 32 • October 11, 2010 • Northern Express Weekly

Blissfest News Update You are invited to attend the Blissfest Music Organization’s General Membership Meeting.

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Saturday, November 13 ~ 5:30 pm Carnegie Building, Petoskey Potluck • Meeting and Elections Members received 1/2 price admission to the Old Sledge concert!


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Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey Ticket Outlets: Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce & Grain Train Tickets Prices: Adult - $12 advance/$15 door Student - 1/2 price, Child - free Check our website for a schedule of our upcoming Fall Roots Concert Series at the Crooked Tree Arts Center and for information on the Country and Swing Dances. ~ 231.348.7047 ~ 2000 M119, Petoskey, MI 49770 Follow your Bliss on Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.

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Our PURE MICHIGAN Collection

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Saturday Oct. 30


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Mon-Fri: 9-8 Sat: 9-5:30 Sun: 12-4 (231) 947 5091 • 144 East Front Street Traverse City


Ski passes to Boyne Mt. & Avalanche Bay Cash Prize for 1st place lots of other prizes & giveaways BOBBING FOR NASTY STUFF

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'everyone has style, be true to yours.'

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Featuring Kurt & Burt’s House of Horror And The Swamp of Terror October 14-16 • October 21-31 7-11 p.m. $8.50 per haunt or $15 for both

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Stop in our new location to view our great selection of engagement rings and bands!

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Blissfest News Update John Jorgenson Quintet Friday, October 29 ~ 8 pm Harbor Springs Performing Arts Center Ticket Prices (in advance): Adult (Floor section) - $17 Adult (Upper section) - $13 Students (Any section) - $8 Ticket Outlets: Grain Train, Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce, Between the Covers & Copy Plus

FASHION! Hollister, AE, Abercrombie BCBG, Guess, Forever 21 & More!

GUYS AND GALS CLOTHING R3 Clothing Exchange Company • 435 E Mitchell St - Petoskey 231-487-3000 • Hours: Mon-Fri 10-6, Sat 10-4 44 • October 11, 2010 • Northern Express Weekly

Check our website for a schedule of our upcoming Fall Roots Concert Series at the Crooked Tree Arts Center and for information on the Country and Swing Dances. ~ 231.348.7047 ~ 2000 M119, Petoskey, MI 49770 Follow your Bliss on Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.

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The new face of CQ: Where timeless classics meets fashion forward The campaign to address the new young professional continues at the CQ. During the last few months we've enrolled over 100 new members into the men's club, "The Haberdashers". We're able to furnish your social fashion needs too with brands like "Cotton Reel", "Bugatchi", "S Cohen", and Jeans from "Prison Blues", "Grand River", and "Cutter and Buck".





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MONDAY 10/11 (UN)OFFICIAL HOLIDAYS: "National Coming Out Day." Marching Band Exhibition: Over 20 high school marching bands will perform their half-time shows at Thirlby Field, TC, from 5-9:30pm. Fundraiser for Michigan State Band & Orchestra Association. Admission, $5 for adults; $3 for students. NCMC Lecture: Greg Baird presents "Hear Me Out! Celebrating Diversity, Acceptance and Community," featuring such issues including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender issues, coming out, hate crimes and more at the North Central Michigan College cafeteria, 7pm, in Petoskey. Chefs Auction: Area chefs will offer their signature dishes at the Hagerty Center, TC, starting at 6pm. Includes auction items and gifts from local businesses. Benefits the March of Dimes. Tickets, $75 each and available at 947-2488. Author Signing: Author Walter Echo-Hawk will be at Horizon Books, TC, 7-9pm, to discuss his book In the Courts of the Conqueror: The 10 Worst Indian Law Cases, a book that look at the fate of Native Americans in perspective of legal, political, property and cultural rights as indigenous peoples by American courts. "Critical Thinking: An Unnatural Act": Dave Terrell, former professor of history and religion at Northwestern Michigan College will present a talk on human thought at the Traverse Area District Library, 7pm. Admission is free. Monday Craft & Dessert Night: Just for grownups at the Peninsula Community Library, TC, at 7pm. No fee, but you must bring your own materials. Call for the list at 231-223-7700. IndyFlix: "2012: Time for Change" is an optimistic alternative to apocalyptic doom, following journalist Daniel Pinchbeck on a quest that integrates archaic wisdom of tribal cultures with the scientific method. Showing at the State Theatre, TC. Time: TBA.

TUESDAY 10/12 Brandon John and Bethany Foote of the folk group Gifts or Creatures will perform songs from their latest CD Pilot House at Higher Grounds Coffee, in Traverse City, on October 14, 7-11:30pm. Also performing is Chris Dorman, releasing his latest CD Sita. More info on Gifts of Creatures and Dorman are available at Call Higher Grounds at 231-922-9009.

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WEDNESDAY 10/13 THIS DAY IN HISTORY: (1914) The gas mask is invented and patented. George Winston Guitar Concert: Solo guitar performance, featuring Hawaiin Slack Key, as well as traditional American music, at the State Theatre, at 7pm. Proceeds benefit Guitars in the Classroom program. Cost, $12. Book Presentation: Author Catherine Frerichs presents her book Desires of the Heart: A Daughter Remembers her Missionary Parents at Church in the Hills, Bellaire, at 5pm. No charge. 231-331-6587. Traditional Dog Sledding through Greenland: Presentation by Akos Hivekovic at the Traverse Area District Library, 7pm. Features a hunting expedition as a means of survival and economy. Gluten-Free Day: Sample gluten-free products and recipes at Oryana Natural Food Market, TC, from 9am-8pm. Includes local demos, noon-2pm and 4-6pm. Pink & Blues Breast Cancer Fundraiser: Held at Lil Bo Pub & Grille, TC, from 5-10pm. Featuring live music by Ron Getz, Ronnie Hernandez and Roger Tarczon, along with the pink Elmers truck, appetizers, free mini manicures by Salon Verve, silent auction; plus, 25% of sales donated to the Susan G Komen Foundation. Candidate Forum: Featuring candidates running for the 1st Congressional District, 37th Senate and 105th House at the Charlevoix Public Library, 5-7pm. "Bagels, Bagels, Bagels": Helena Township Library Enrichment Class presented at Bill Bockstahler's house, 9am-noon. Focusing on variety of bagels. $5


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THURSDAY 10/14 (UN)OFFICIAL HOLIDAYS: "Be Bald And Be Free Day." "O.O. Howard--Who??": Benzonia Academy Lecture on one of America's most significant, but less-known figures in history. Presented by Dr. Scott Stabler at the Mills Community House, Benzonia, at 7pm. Free and open to the public. Gifts or Creatures & Chris Dorman: Performances and CD releases by folk artists Brandon and Bethany Foote, along with Chris Dorman at Higher Grounds Coffee, TC. Visit for info. Author Signing: Children's author Jan Brett will discuss her book The 3 Little Dassies at Horizon Books, TC, from 5-7pm. Candidate Forum: Public forum for all races in the Manistee County Commission Districts, the 101st District State House of Reps and the 35th District State Senate at Manistee High School, 7-9pm. Hosted by the League of Women Voters Manistee County. Call 231889-5402 for more info. Paint the Town Pink Ribbon Walk: One mile fun walk starting at Spruce and Water Streets in downtown Manistee, 4pm. Performance by Missy Armstrong at 5pm. Hosted by the West Shore Healthcare Foundation. Petoskey Business After Hours: Post-work networking opportunity at Petoskey Bay View Country Club, 5-7pm. Book Signing: NY Times bestselling author Jan Brett will be at John Hall Auditorium in Bay View, Petoskey, to sign her books, 10am-noon. RSVP required at McLean & Eakin Booksellers, Petoskey: 800-968-1910. College Night: Hosted by Kirtland Community College in Roscommon, featuring higher ed. institutions from around the state, 6-7:30pm. "The Women of Lockerbie": Play about a group of women from Scottland who gathered the clothing from the tragic crash of Pan Am flight 103, and dispersed them to living relatives of the dead.

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FRIDAY 10/15 THIS DAY IN HISTORY: (1952) "I Love Lucy" debuts. Hair & Fashion Show: Hosted by Impres Salon, featuring New York style scene at the City Opera House, TC, to benefit the Women's Resource Center. Doors open at 6:45pm with a cash bar; followed by the show at 7:45pm. Tix, $50. "Angel Street": Victorian-era thriller performance by the Cadillac Footliters at Cadillac High School Auditorium, 7:30pm. Includes 2pm matinee on Sat. "Cabaret": Award-winning musical about the Kit Kat Klub in 1931 presented at the Ramsdell Theatre, Manistee, at 7:30pm. Sunday, 2pm. Tix, $19.80. Hemingway Weekend: Featuring keynote speaker Valerie Hemingway at Odawa Casino, Petoskey. For a complete schedule of events, visit Great Lakes Bioneers: Conference for the ecology and social justice-minded held at a variety of locations throughout Traverse City. Such events include sustainability workshops, global work party, musical presentations and more. For a copmlete schedule and for prices, visit Inuit Artist Presentation: Jimmy Manning, photographer and retired print studio manager will speak on the history, change and future of print making in Cape Dorset. Held in conjunction with the Cape Dorset Annual Graphics Collections sale at the Dennos Museum Center, at 6pm. Songwriters in the Round: Amber, Rick and Savannah Buist perform at Horizon Books, TC, 8:3010:30pm. Free. Halloween Fun: Hosted by the Petoskey YMCA at the Emmet County Fairgrounds, Oct. 15, from 36pm; and Oct. 16, 11am-2pm. Includes party games, pumpkin decorating, coloring and face painting. "The Women of Lockerbie": (See Thurs.)

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SATURDAY 10/16 THIS DAY IN HISTORY: (1923) The Disney Company is founded. 2nd Annual Breezeway Fall Color Tour: Starts at Royal Farms in Atwood, ending at Boyne Falls, 8am-1pm. Call 231-536-7351 for more info. Run for Ethiopia: 5k, 10k and 1 mile fun run held at the Food For Thought Farm, Honor, starting at 5pm. Benefits Run Across Ethiopia, a local effort to get primary schools built in Ethiopia through an endurance race across the country in January. Spaghetti dinner to follow at 6pm; movie, "Black Gold" at 7:30pm. More info is available at Ned: Folk rock performance by '60s band at Instinctive Art Studio, Tru-Fit Trouser Building in TC, from 7-9pm. Suggested $10 offering. Bay Harbor Harvest Festival: Farmers market, live music by Pete Kehoe, pumpkin painting, horse rides, face painting and fall food samplings at the Village at Bay Harbor, Petoskey, from 1-4pm. Peak2Peak Mountain Bike Race: Beginner, sport and expert categories through the state forest woods and on the grounds of Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville. Race starts at 9am. Register and more info at Singles for Christ Dinner: All area singles age 40 and older are invited to the potluck dinner, 5:30pm. Happy Half Hour at 5pm. Seating is limited. Held in Petoskey. Call to RSVP and for directions: 231347-5747. Fall Color Hike: Explore the trails of the 500-acres of the Boardman River Nature Center, from 1011am. $5 suggested donation. All ages welcome. Pilates for Pink Fundraiser: Introductory class that will benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, at Studio On Main, Frankfort, 11am. 231-383-1885. Author Signing & Presentation: Collection of true stories by Jane Knuth on serving the poor at a St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store in Kalamazoo. Held at Horizon Books, TC, 3-5pm. Thornetta Davis: Detroit's own soulful blues singer performs at the Freshwater Studio, in Boyne City,

starting at 8pm. Advance tix, $15; at the door, $20. Veterans for Peace Walk: Starting at Horizon Books, TC, after monthly meeting which starts at 10:30am. Community welcome. Bring signs. 4th Annual Underwater Summit: Hosted by the Grand Traverse Bay Underwater Preserve at the Hagerty Center, TC, featuring Ross Richardson and his search/recent discovery of Lake Michigan's "Treasure Ship," the Westmoreland, near the Manitou Islands. Includes NMC Water Studies Institute presentation and surveys of the Grand Traverse Bays. Cash bar begins at 5:30pm; dinner at 6:15pm. Tickets, $35 for students; $50 for adults. Benefit Chili & Cornbread Supper: Hosted by and for Camp Chenaniah, 4-7pm, in Honor. Suggested $5 donation per person. Kids under age 5, free. Live Music: John Bentley Fillmore performs classic rock at Horizon Books, TC, 8:30-10:30pm. Free. Pumpkin Festival: Held in East Jordan, featuring pumpkin bowling, bobbing, decorating contest, scarecrow contest, live music and more. Annual Craft & Bake Sale: First Baptist Church, TC, from 9am-4pm. Halloween Fun: (See Friday) "Angel Street": (See Friday) "The Women of Lockerbie": (See Thurs.) Hemingway Weekend: (See Friday) "Cabaret": (See Friday) Great Lakes Bioneers: (See Friday)

SUNDAY 10/17 (UN)OFFICIAL HOLIDAYS: "International Day for the Eradication of Poverty." Performance by Dana Cooper: Nashville singer/ songwriter performing at InsideOut Gallery, TC, at 7pm. Grassroots musician recently opened for Lyle Lovett. Catch Cooper's performance at the gallery. Tix, $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Mel Larimer Concert Series: Choral works by the First Congregational Church, TC, at 4pm, with "Requim, "Gloria," "Missa Kenya" and more. Suggested donation: $15 for adults; $5 for stu-

Get your six-person co-ed team together for the annual Eco Challenge at Camp Daggett's Adventure Center, Oct. 17. Challenge includes canoeing, rock climbing wall, scavenger hunt and zip line. Must be 18 years or older. Benefit for the Adventure Center, which is located in Petoskey, starts at 10:45 a.m. Cost, $50. For more info, visit

dents. 947-6698 for more info. Author Presentation: Don Piper--Author of 90 Minutes in Heaven--was pronounced dead by four paramedics after being struck head-on by an 18-wheeler while driving home, undergoing 34 surgical procedures, will share his story at Bay Pointe Community Church, TC, 6pm. Donations to benefit Big Life Ministry Group. RSVP required: 888-663-9139 x2. Grand Bridal Expo: Vendors and fashion show (3pm) at Castle Farms, Charlevoix, from 10am-4pm. PumpkinFest II: Jolly Pumpkin Restaurant & Brewery, TC, from noon-10pm, featuring Lord of the Gourd pumpkin carver, crafts, sack races for kids, live music and buffet, plus the pumpkin trebuchet. 231-223-4333. High Springs/Carp Creek Gorge Hike: Hosted by Straits Area Audubon Society, 2pm. Call 231627-4830 for more info. 2nd Annual Eco Challenge: Fundraiser for Adventure Center at Camp Daggett, Petoskey, which includes rock wall climbing, scavenger hunt, zip line and more. Teams can be a mix of six men and women age 18 and over. Registration opens at 10am; challenge starts at 10:45am. Dinner for all participants at 4pm. Visit for more info. "The Women of Lockerbie": (See Thurs.) Hemingway Weekend: (See Friday) "Cabaret": (See Friday) Great Lakes Bioneers: (See Friday)

ONGOING National Adopt A Dog Month: The Cherryland Humane Society is offering $5 spay/neuter rebate for any dog not altered and adopted from the shelter during the month of October. TC READS 2010: Join other Traverse City residents for the community book read of "Dreamers of the Day," by Mary Doria Russell -- the novel set against the influenza epidemic of 1917 and the life of one woman.

Makinen Tackle Collection: Fisherman exhibit, along with other historical memorabilia at the Bottle House Museum, in Kaleva, every Saturday in Oct., from noon-4pm. Father Fred Food Drive: Donate non-perishable food items off at the Father Fred Foundation, in TC, now through Oct. 17. TC Tango Co-Op: Argentine Tango for beginners and multi-level students at Crystal Bindi Studios, TC, from 4:30-6pm, Oct. 16. Call 231-590-8660 for space availability. Top 10 Best Places to Spot Fall Color: See where to see the best fall foilage and when by visiting the Traverse City Visitor Center through mid-October. Open Mon-Sat, 9am-6pm; Sun, 11am-3pm. Chance to Learn to Dance: Including the art of leading & following. Held at Steven's Place, TC. All times at 7pm. Tuesdays, swing; Wednesdays, tango; Thurs., social. 929-8945 for more info. Three Swords Fencing Club: Tuesday & Thursdays, 6-8pm, at the Civic Center basketball courts in TC (weather permitting). Learn more about the club or just come for practice. All ages and levels welcome. See Coats for Kids Drive: Drop off your new or gentlyused coats--all sizes welcome, but teen-size especially welcome--at the following Traverse City locations, now through Oct. 18: Skilled Manufacturing, Two Men and a Truck, Eastfield Laundry, Sam's Club, Precision Plumbing, Golden Fowler Home Furnishings, National Coating, Robinson Auto Body, Belle Tire, Northern Lumber, The Village Market in Elk Rapids, CC Jewelers, Walters & Hemming Plumbing, Bayside Docs, The Magic Mirror, Love Your CAR, The Dance Center, Advantage Electric, Work N Play Shop, Watson Chrysler (Benzonia), Medicine Shoppe, H&R Block (various N. Michigan locations). Middle Eastern Dance: Belly dancing taught by Carman Torres every Monday at Llama Meadows Farm, Benzonia, 7pm. or call 231-882-4933. Baptism Dresses Exhibit: Featuring pieces from the 19th and 20th centuries, on display at the Benzie Area Historical Museum, Benzonia, now through October. Meditation at the Village: Free meditation at Yoga for Health at the Village, Grand Traverse Commons: Sun., 8:30-9:30am. Hands on Tuesdays: Bring your painting, knitting, beading, musical instrument or other supplies and hang out with friends, possibly learn a new skill, outside Silvertree Deli, located in the Mercato in the Grand Traverse Commons. Every Tuesday, 6-8pm. Facing West Gallery: Zumba w/ Martha Hubbell, Mon, 6-7pm, Thurs 910am, 5:30pm; Fri, noon; Sat, 10-11am. Cost, $10. or 231-631-435.

ART Call to Artists: Crooked Tree Arts Center invites all area artists to submit their work for public exhibit at Peptoskey City Hall and Petoskey District Library. Work will be displayed for six months and must be for sale. Details available at Deadline is Nov. 1. Art, Artists and Art Education: Exhbit featuring all media and skill levels at the Artcenter, TC, through Oct. 29. Artist reception held Oct. 15, 5:30-8pm. Rare Threads-Eclectic Meanderings: Fiber arts show at the Jordan River Arts Center, East Jordan, Oct. 3-Nov. 12. Autumn Roads: Multi-media event held at Three Pines Studio, Cross Village, Oct. 9-30. All Stars: Juried art show featuring art from top artisans, featured at the Ramsdell Theatre's Hardy Hall, Oct. 15, from 6-8pm; Oct. 16, 22, 23 from 28pm and Oct. 17 & 24 from 1-5pm. "The Life He Lives is the Life He Paints": Watercolor exhibit by Chuck Forman at Twisted Fish Gallery, Elk Rapids, Oct. 1-24. Celebrating Women: Photography by Paola Gianturco, featuring festivals that honor the roles, rituals and attributes of women around the world. On display at the Dennos Museum Center, TC, now through Jan. 2. Artist Joe Deluca: Mixed media artist presented

at The Bella Galleria, Oct. 1-Nov. 10. Opening reception on Oct. 10, 2-5pm. Stitching Stories of Miracles & Memories: Exhibit featuring cuadros, embroidered and appliqued fabric pictures created by women from Pamplona Alta in Peru. Held at the Dennos Museum Center, TC, now through Jan 2. 30th Annual Juried Fine Arts Exhibition: Crooked Tree Art Center's annual exhibit of fine arts from artists around the region, Runs through Nov. 6. Call for Student Art: Submit your artwork to be featured as the promotional art for Crooked Tree Art Center's New Year's Eve celebration. Deadline, Nov. 8. Visit for details. Andre's Place: Art program for adults facing physical, emotional or cognitive challenges. Held at 5222 N. Royal Dr. in TC, every Wednesday at 12:45pm. Please register by calling Michelle 231631-2477 or email One Woman's Creative Journey: Fiber artist Anita Luvera Mayer featured at the Dennos Museum Center, TC, now through Jan 2. Fiber Arts Show: Oct. 3-Nov. 12 at Jordan River Art Center, East Jordan. Register for workshops. More info available at 231-599-2976. Glenn Wolff: Exhibit at the Watershed Center, located at 13272 S. West Bayshore Dr. in TC. Visit Community Mural Project: The public is invited to paint a square tile, making up the 13 by 50-foot mural on Ace Hardware in TC. Hosted by the Artcenter, TC. Stop by or call 941-9488 for more info. North of the Bridge Exhibit: Showcasing artists from the Upper Peninsula at the Crooked Tree Arts Center's Art Tree Gallery, Petoskey.

FARM MARKETS Cedar: Located at 9595 S. Cedar Rd. in Leelanau County. Open most days through Nov. from 9am7pm. Focus on baked goods and produce. Sara Hardy Farmers Market: Held every Saturday, May 8 through Oct. 31, 8am-noon, located in Lot B, across the road from Clinch Park in downtown TC. Acme: Located along Acme Creek, every Saturday, now through October, 9am-1pm. Next to the Stained Glass Cabinet Co. on M-72. Elk Rapids: Held every Friday, 8am-noon, on the Chamber of Commerce grounds off US-31, now through Oct. 29. Suttons Bay: May 15-Oct. 16, every Saturday, on the corner of Lincoln and Broadway, from 9am-1pm. McBain: Runs 3-6pm every Friday, 3-6pm through Fall. Call 231-825-2483 for more info. Frankfort: Held at the boat launch, now through October, 9am-1pm. Kalkaska: Wednesdays, 9am-1pm, Municipal Parking Lot. Elberta: Located at the Marina Pavilion Park, midMay through mid-October, 7:30am-noon. Harbor Springs: Every Wednesday & Saturday, 8am-noon, through mid-October. Charlevoix: Every Thursday in downtown East Park, 9am-1pm, June 17-fall. Village Market: Behind Building 50 of the Grand Traverse Commons, every Friday, from 2-6pm. Good Hart Market Days: Farm market with food,

vendors and live music, held every Saturday, 25:30pm at the Good Hart General Store. Ellsworth: Saturday, 9am-noon, at Vollmer Auto Sales, now through fall. Lake Leelanau: Every Sunday, 10am-2pm, in the parking lot next to Kejara's Bridge Restaurant. Honor: Includes a flea market. Starts June 1 through the end of September. Runs every Tuesday, 8am-2pm. Indoor Farmers Market: Held every Saturday, 10am-2pm, in the Mercato at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons. Visit


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Northern Michigan Bestsellers For the week ending 10/3/10 FICTION HARDCOVER Fall of the Giants by Ken Follett Dutton $36.00 Help by Kathryn Stockett Amy Einhorn Books $24.95 Freedom by Jonathan Franzen Farrar, Straus & Giroux $28.00 FICTION PAPERBACK Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese Vintage $15.95 Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton Washington Square Press $15.00 Dreamers of the Day by Mary Russell Ballantine $15.00 NON-FICTION HARDCOVER Earth the Book: A Visitor's Guide by Jon Stewart Grand Central Publishing $27.99 Northern Michigan Asylum by William Decker, M.D. Arbutus Press $50.00 Obama's Wars by Bob Woodward Simon & Schuster $30.00 NON-FICTION PAPERBACK What is Good for General Motors by Thomas Crumm Algora Publishing $23.95 Isadore's Secret by Mardi Link University of Michigan $22.95 Traverse City State Hospital by Chris Miller Arcadia Publishing $19.99

Compiled by Horizon Books: Traverse City, Petoskey, Cadillac

HAUNTED HAPPENINGS Grimfell Asylum: Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday in Oct., 7-11pm in the old Circuit City building, near Home Depot, in Traverse City. Scream in Wolverine: Open Oct. 14-16 & 21-31, featuring Kurt & Burt's House of Horror and The Swamp of Terror, located two miles north of Wolverine on Old 27. Haunted Factory: Held in Manistee, Oct. 22, 23, 29 & 30, from 8pm-midnight. $6. Manistee's Ghost Ship: Every Fri. & Sat. in Oct., 7:30-10:30pm (11pm on Oct. 29 & 30). Cost, $8 for adults; $6 for kids. The Haunted Forest: Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville, Oct. 16, 23 & 30, from 6:309:30pm. Cost, $8 for ages nine and older. Not recommended for young children. Ghost Walk: Held in Kingsley, every Fri. & Sat. in October, from 7-11pm, featuring a different theme every weekend. Go to for more info. Haunted Fairgrounds: Thurs.-Sun., Oct. 14-17, featuring "Monsters vs. Aliens" theme, 811pm. Cost, $3 per person. Grand Traverse Lighthouse: Ghost walks every Friday & Saturday in Oct.,

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Antrim & Charlevoix 220 Lake St. - Boyne City Levels Nightclub: Tues. -- Daniel Adams Wed. -- Robin Lee Berry Thurs. -- Nathan Bates Sun. -- Open Mic, 8pm Alden Bar & Grille Sun. -- Open mic Mon. -- Jeff Woodsey Tues. -- Bike Night w/ Knucklehead, 8pm-12am BBQ Restaurant - Boyne City Bellaire Lanes Sandbaggers Lounge Fri. -- Danny B., 6-9pm BOYNE MOUNTAIN - Boyne Falls Beach House: Everett's: 10/16 -- Hipps & Ricco, 7-10pm Buck's Bar - Mancelona 10/15 & 10/16 -- Paper Plane

Pilots Thurs. -- Music Video DJ Adam R Fri & Sat -- Live music Cafe Santé - Boyne City 10/14 -- Hipps & Ricco, 6-9pm Fri. -- Sean Bielby & Adam Sat. -- Sean & Patrick Ryan Country Club of Boyne Seminole Pub: Wed. -- Pete Kehoe Dockside - Torch Lake Flight Deck - Charlevoix Front Porch Cafe - Ellsworth Jordan Inn - East Jordan 3rd Tues. -- Featured Artist Night 4th Tues. -- Folk Jam Fri. & Sat. -- Live Music Murray's Bar & Grill - E. Jordan All shows are 9pm-12am 10/15 -- Blue Dirt Pearl's - Elk Rapids

Press Box - Mancelona Fri. -- Live music w/ Lobdell Rhode, 6:30-8:30pm Red Mesa Grill - Boyne City River Walk - Elk Rapids Roadhouse - Mancelona SHANTY CREEK RESORT -Bellaire Short’s - Bellaire Smokey's - Pellston 10/15 -- Hipps & Ricco, 7-10pm Sportsman's Bar - Boyne City 10/16 -- Live Music Vasquez Hacienda - E.R. Tues. -- Open Mic Night Fri. -- Nick Vasquez Villager Pub - Charlevoix Whitney's - Charlevoix Fri. -- Nelson Olstrom

Leelanau & Benzie Cabbage Shed - Elberta Thurs. -- Open mic w/Jim Clapp Cedar Tavern Fri. -- DJ Kenny Cold Creek Inn - Beulah Thurs. - Jam Night Fri.-Sat. - DJ LEELANAU SANDS CASINO -- Peshawbestown 10/16 -- Polka Festival w/ 45th Parallel Polka Band, Big

Daddy & The La De Das, Frank Moravcik Band Elements Lounge: 10/15 -- DJ 10/16 -- Mas Caliente, Tejano music Wed. -- Comedy, 9pm Fri. -- DJ, 9:30pm-1am Sat. -- DJ, 10:30pm-1am Last Saturday of every month -- Blues Series, 9:30pm

Leelanau Sands Showroom: Mayfair Tavern - Elberta Tues. -- Open mic hosted by Jake Frysinger O'Keefe's - Suttons Bay Thurs. -- Open mic w/ James Glass, 9pm-close Roadhouse - Benzonia Sun., Tues., Thurs. -- Kim Cramer

Otsego, Crawford & Central Biggby Coffee - Gaylord Weds. -- Open mic hosted by Billye Thatcher Brothers Coffee & Tea - Gaylord 3rd Sat. -- Open Mic, hosted by Steve D, 6:30-8:30pm Club Rumors - Gaylord Wed. -- Comedy Night

The Otsego Club - Gaylord Forest Dunes - Roscommon Golden Nugget - Ellsworth SOARING EAGLE CASINO Mt. Pleasant Water Lily Lounge: 10/15 -- Uncle Groovy 10/16 -- Pete Kehoe

Stampede Saloon - Gaylord 10/15 -- Misstery Spot 10/16 -- Virrus Timothy's Pub - Gaylord Fri. & Sat. -- Video DJ w/ Larry Reichert Ent.

Grand Traverse & Kalkaska Aroma's Coffee House - TC Tues. -- John Pomeroy, 7-9pm Boone's Long Lake Inn - TC Bud's - Interlochen Thur. -- Live Music, 5-8pm Chateau Chantal - TC Thurs. -- Dave Collini, Jeff Haas Crema - TC Fri. -- Open Mic, 5-7pm Sat. -- Rojo Loco, 5-7pm Sun. -- Doug Hansen, 1-3pm Fantasy's - Traverse City Adult Entertainment w/ DJ Fireball Lounge - Kalkaska Fri. -- DJ Scott Hall Sat. -- Live Music The Garage - TC Wed., Fri., Sat. -- DJ, 11pm-4am Grand Traverse Resort Fri. & Sat. -- Guitarist Drew Hale, 9pm-1am Ground Zero - TC 10/15 -- Self Inflicted 10/16 -- Caged Agression 16 10/17 -- Hank III w/ Assjack Thurs. -- College Night Sat. -- Z93 Ladies Night Hayloft Inn - TC Band, 7pm Thurs. -- Open Mic Fri. & Sat. -- Live country music Hide Away Bar & Grill Kingsley Fri. -- Music by Hot Traxx HOLIDAY INN WEST BAY - TC Shimmers: 10/15 & 10/16 -- DJ CDX Kilkenny's - TC 10/15 & 10/16 -- Alter Ego Tues. -- Levi Britton, 9:30pm Wed. -- Open Mic w/ Dave Weber, 9pm-12am

Thurs. -- Johnny P and Pauly, 9pm-1am Last Sun. -- Song of the Lakes & Wild Sullys Lil Bo Pub & Grille - TC 10/13 -- Pink & Blues Fundraiser (5-10pm) w/ Ron Getz, Ronnie Hernandez & Roger Tarczon, 8-11pm 10/14 -- Bo Bossa, 8-11pm 10/15 -- Willy & the Wanna Be, 8-11pm Mon. -- Monday Night Mixer, 4-6pm Tues. -- TC Celtic, 7-9pm Loading Dock - TC 10/15 & 10/16 -- FunDubMentals Hamlin, 7:30pm Mon. - TC Celtic, 7-9pm Thurs. -- Local Music Sun. - Open Mic Mackinaw Brewing Co. - TC Northern Lites - TC 10/15 & 10/16 -- Erratixz Oryana - TC Lake Street Cafe: Wed. -- Robert Abate, 3-4pm Fri. -- R. Abate, 3:30-4:30pm PARK PLACE HOTEL -- TC Beacon Lounge: Mon. -- Levi Britton, 8:30am Thurs. - Sat. -- Tom Kaufmann ParkShore Resort - TC Wed. -- Matt & Jake, 8-11pm Fri.-Sat. -- Live DJ, 8pm-12am Peegeo's - TC Fri. & Sat. -- Big Rand Phil's on Front - TC Sun. -- Nancy Stagnitta & Ron Getz Mon. -- Hipps & Ricco, 8-10pm Tues. -- Elizabeth Rivers, 8-10pm

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inger-songwriter Chris Dorman may live in Vermont, but he has roots in Northern Michigan’s musical community. Dorman is releasing his latest album, Sita, this month on Earthwork Music. While Dorman now resides in Vermont - he and his small family, including his wife, Corie, and “inspirational� new son, Henry, purchased a 143acre farm there last year - his Michigan roots are still in evidence via the many guest musicians on the album, which include the ubiquitous Seth Bernard and May Erlewine, Steve Leaf, and Michael Shimmin, among others. And Dorman is returning to Michigan with a brief tour this month to promote the new set. Dorman’s dual locales aren’t stopping him from promoting his album, either; as a matter of fact, he says that there are many interesting ways that musicians can transcend their physical locations in order to present their music to wider audiences. “I am encouraged by the new accessibility that webbased technology has provided for independent musicians and listeners,� Dorman says, “and I plan to continue walking intentionally down the path towards making music for a living.�


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LIVE ON THE INTERNET Dorman grew up with parents who were both amateur singers. He got his own start in music when he was presented with a battered 1960s Yamaha guitar at the age of 15. From that point on, Dorman was hooked; he soon began performing regularly at an open mic in Lansing, proceeded to become the host of the weekly event, and subsequently began taking his own music across the country, “from street corners to coffee shops.� Today, one way that Dorman is harnessing the power of the internet is via his 10.10.10 show, which, as you may guess, was set to take place on Sunday, October 10. Dorman, along with musical pal Steve Leaf, performed in Craftsbury Common, Vermont, while Seth and May performed in Kalamazoo; both sets were recorded and streamed live on the internet. “Viewers will be able to watch the show on their computers as if it was one show,� Dorman said in advance of the show. “Live audiences in both states will watch the long distance set projected in their venue. You’ll be able to access the show from our respective websites,, and� The 10.10.10 show was put together in order to join millions of other people organizing events for’s Global Day of Action. “The purpose of this movement is to bring awareness to Global Climate Change, and to show our world leaders we care about this issue,� Dorman says.

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fans, of course, will also care about his new Sita album, which was recorded in Okemos. “We set the studio up retreat-style,� Dorman says. “Everyone slept there, ate there, and everyone was invited to bring all of themselves to the session. “The individual songs draw from many different ideas and experiences, but I think listeners will pick up on my last couple years of transition throughout the album,� he adds. Dorman’s move - what he calls a “developing story� also spurred him to start what he’s calling “The Ve r m o n t - M i c h i g a n Exchange Program.� “Many friends have already visited the farm, and we will begin next year to host a concert series. There are also theories about humans being drawn to the same latitude even if they move far distances - and I think Burlington and Traverse City are pretty darn close.� Dorman also put some extra time into arranging the tracks on Sita in a unique fashion that solidifies the album’s presence - and perhaps anchors it even more to both of its geographic locales. “Each song on Sita ends on a note that is a part of the first chord of the next song,� he explains, “in that way, the album is one piece.�

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Chris Dorman will be performing songs from his new album, Sita, at the 10.10.10 Concert via the internet. In addition, he will be performing at Higher Grounds in Traverse City at 8 pm on Oct. 14, at the Great Lakes Bioneers Conference in Traverse City on Oct. 15, and at several additional Michigan shows through Oct. 23. Visit www. for details.

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Presents PROJECT TRIO Thursday, October 21 PROJECT Trio is a passionate, high energy chamber music ensemble comprised of three virtuoso composer/performers from Brooklyn, N.Y.: flutist Greg Pattillo, cellist Eric Stephenson (an Interlochen alum) and bass player Peter Seymour. Blurring the lines of classical music, the group burst onto the scene with groundbreaking YouTube videos featuring Pattillo’s “beatbox flute.” • 800.681.5920 60 • October 11, 2010 • Northern Express Weekly

Josiah Leming - Come On Kid - Warner Bros. First single “Maybe” puts the spotlight on Leming’s remarkably concise writing abilities and his way around a song, as well as his poetic lyriccraft, giving the gifted singer vindication for his crash-landing off of American Idol a while back. Leming, who obviously wasn’t suited for Idol’s oft-corny canned-performer assembly line, spent a couple of years writing and recording this set, and both the effort and his talent show through; the title track is an admonition to self to try harder, while “To Run” is directly pretty and “Arctic Outcry Wind” utilizes Brit-pop-inflected hooks to be proud of.

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Athens, GA hometown boys R.E.M. have been diligently working on their new album, which R.E.M. auxilary touring member Ken Stringfellow (The Posies) says is very “old school R.E.M.” in its sound. The new R.E.M. songs are also said to be “darker” in tone than previous recent releases, again more like the R.E.M. of yore, with Byrds-like acoustic guitar, piano, and straightforward drums. The as-yet-untitled (and much anticipated) set is due to drop early in 2011... Autumn Defense is working on their upcoming album, too - dubbed Once Around, the set will serve as the band’s fourth, and will be released on November 2 on Yep Roc albums. Included in Autumn Defense’s band lineup, of course, are Wilco members John Stirratt and Pat Sansone, who are able to work on some “un-Wilco-like” music in their nonetheless very catchy side project. Tunes set for inclusion on Once Around will be “Huntington Fair,” “The Rift,” “Step Easy,” “Every Day,” and the title track... Brian Eno, the electronic pioneer known both for his own solo work and his time in Roxy Music as well as his groundbreaking producing for the likes of U2, Coldplay, and Talking Heads, is set to release his next album on Warp Records, most likely some time later this year. The new set is said to sound both live and “alien,” as well very unusual and unique sonically, even given all of Eno’s musical sound experimentations over the years... And for those of you who have been living under a TV-free rock, Fox has an-

nounced (in a live webcast hosted by Ryan Seacrest, ‘natch) that the previously unsettled and unknown roster of judges for the next round of singing competition American Idol has finally been settled. With Idol “dawg” Randy Jackson still on the judging panel, favorite Paula Abdul long gone, and perhaps the only truly accurate judge, Simon Cowell, now departed, the remaining judge places will be taken up by performer Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler. The new season of Idol is set to begin January 12, 2011...

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MINI BUZZ: The Gracious Few have kicked off their fall tour in promotion of their eponymous debut disc, which they released on their own label; the band will make stops in Atlanta GA (10/10), Little Rock AR (10/16), Memphis (10/19), Columbus OH (10/28), Flint MI (10/29), and Lancaster PA (10/31)... Swedish band ABBA are taking legal action against the Danish People’s Party, after the political group changed the words of one of ABBA’s songs in order to have a theme song for their party’s leader... The Coral will be taking on some UK dates, too, in promotion of their new album Butterfly House; their shows will include Leeds (11/14), London (11/15), and Glasgow (11/19)... Austin, Texas experimental popsters The Octopus Project will release their new album, Hexadecagon, on October 26, after performing the album in its entirety at SXSW to over-capacity crowds...The War Child David Bowie tribute album is now set for release on October 11th, complete with contributions from Duran Duran, Warpaint, Afghan Raiders, Corridor, and John Frusciante, among others... And start crafting those crazy costumes, all you “little monsters” - Lady Gaga has added dates to her 2011 North American tour, and one of them is set to be a stop at Grand Rapids’ Van Andel Arena on March 1- tickets are on sale for that show now... And these CDs are looking to add their music to your

CD collection... Manic Street Preachers’ Postcards from a Young Man... No Age’s Everything In Between... (Genesis drummer-turned-solo-artist) Phil Collins’ Going Back... and Ice Cube’s I Am the West... and that’s the buzz for this week’s Modern Rock. Questions, comments, rants, raves, suggestions on this column or your favorite musicians? Send ‘em to Kristi at modernrocker@

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hen Secretariat died at 19, my friend Bill Nack told me, the autopsy revealed that his heart was 2 1/2 times the size of an average horse. Bill had followed the horse for its entire life and wrote the book “Secretariat,” which inspired this film. Bill and I became good friends at Illinois in 1962. I remember him telling me in the 1970s about a racehorse he admired with great passion. I thought it was curious that Nack, who could recite long passages from Fitzgerald and Eliot by heart, had been lured away from literature by a racehorse. Now I understand. He found literature in a racehorse. You don’t need me to tell you Secretariat was the crowning glory of the Sport of Kings. It is 37 years since he set records in the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont, and those records stand today. It was said by some he was better over shorter distances, and that at the Belmont he would fade against his great rival Sham, who would show more endurance. He won the Belmont by 31 lengths. I knew that. Everybody knows that. Bill has shown me video of that race, with the astonishing gap between Secretariat and the rest of the field. So why, when I saw the race in the film, did I have tears in my eyes? It was because “Secretariat” is a movie that allows us to understand what it really meant. This isn’t some cornball formula film. It doesn’t have a contrived romance. It’s certainly not about an underdog: At the Belmont, Secretariat paid only $2.20 on a $2 bet, and 5,617 holders of winning tickets held them as souvenirs (a wise investment; those tickets go on eBay for as much as $1,000). “Secretariat” takes none of those mundane paths. It is a great film about greatness, the story of the horse and the no less brave woman who had faith in him. Penny Chenery (Diane Lane) was the daughter of a Virginia horse farm owner. Her father (Scott Glenn) was ill, and his family thought they should


Secretariat sell the farm. But she could read lineages. She flipped a coin with a millionaire and “lost,” but won the mare she wanted -- and she was there in the stable when the mare gave birth. The groom said he’d never before seen a horse stand up on its legs that soon after birth. The people around the horse felt it was blessed. Penny Chenery refused to sell the farm, turned down an offer of $7 million for the stilluntested horse, and left her husband and family behind in Colorado to commute to Virginia. She had faith. So did the groom, Eddie Sweat (Nelsan Ellis), who was with Secretariat more than any other human being during the horse’s life. And so did Lucien Laurin (John Malkovich), the trainer who had been trying to retire when Penny hauled him away from his golf clubs. The movie focuses closely on the owner, the trainer and the groom. It has no time for foolishness. When the time for the coin flip comes with millionaire Ogden Phipps (James Cromwell), we understand why Mrs. Chenery wants the

mare she does, and director Randall Wallace underlines that with admirable economy, using a close-up of Malkovich studying a breeding chart that works better than five minutes of dialogue. Gene Siskel used to say his favorite movies were about what people actually do all day. That’s what “Secretariat” is. It pays us the compliment of really caring about thoroughbred racing. In a low-key way, it conveys an enormous amount of information. And it creates characters who, because of spot-on casting, are vivid, human and complex. Consider how it deals with the relationship between Penny and her husband, Jack Tweedy (Dylan Walsh). They became estranged because of her decision, Nack says, but the movie only implies that rather than getting mired in a soap opera. As a woman, Penny is closed out of racing’s all-boy club. If a man neglected his family for a racehorse, that might be common. But a woman is committing some sin against nature. And when she refuses to sell, her whole family -- husband, brother, everyone -- put enormous pressure on her. They were sure her decision was taking money out of their pockets. How she raises money to keep the farm is ingenious lateral thinking, and best of all, it’s accurate. This whole movie feels authentic. Diane Lane, who is so good in so many kinds of roles, makes Penny a smart woman with great faith in her own judgment and the courage to bet the farm on it. Every hair in place, always smartly turned out, she labors in the trenches with Lucien and Eddie, negotiates unflinchingly with the Old Boys, eats the stomach-churning meals at the diners where the track crowd hangs out. She looked at the greatest racehorse in the world and KNEW she was right, when all about her were losing their heads and blaming it on her. One of the year’s best. Rating: Four stars.


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Buried (Suspense thriller, R, 93 minutes). Paul Conroy (Ryan Reynolds) is a truck driver working for a private contractor in Iraq. He comes to consciousness in blackness. He feels around and finds a lighter. In its flame his worst fears are realized. He has been kidnapped, buried alive and is a hostage. Taking place entirely within the coffin, this is a superior suspense picture that’s ingenious in devising plausible events inside the limited space. Rating: Three and a half stars. Easy A (Comedy, PG-13, 93 minutes). Funny, star-making role for Emma Stone, as a high school girl nobody notices until she’s too embarrassed to admit she spent the weekend home alone and claims she had sex with a college boy. When word gets around, she uses her undeserved notoriety to play the role to the hilt, even wearing a Scarlet Letter. And she’s able to boost the reps of some of her pals by making up reports of their prowess. Sounds crass. Isn’t. Rating: Three and a half stars. Howl (Biographical drama, not rated, 84 minutes). The title is a good one, because the film is both about Allen Ginsberg and his famous poem. Re-creating the late 1950s in San Francisco, it shows young Allen, still almost daunted by the power of his poem; Beats such as Kerouac, Ferlinghetti and Neal Cassady; a court trial for obscenity and Ginsberg’s coming out as homosexual. Some scenes animating the poetry don’t really work, but on the whole the era is evoked well. Directed and written by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. Rating: Three stars. I Spit on Your Grave (Horror, not rated, 108 minutes). Despicable remake of the despicable 1978 film “I Spit on Your Grave.” This one is more offensive because it lingers lovingly and at greater length on realistic verbal, psychological and physical violence against the woman, and then reduces her “revenge” to cartoonish horrorflick impossibilities. Oh, and a mentally disabled boy is forced against his will to perform a rape. Rating: Zero stars. Let Me In (Drama, R, 115 minutes). A wellmade retelling of the Swedish “Let the Right One In,” which doesn’t cheapen the original but respects it and adds some useful events. Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is a bullied, neglected boy, and Abby (Chloe Grace Moretz, of “Kick Ass”) is the girl who moves into the next apartment and has “been 12 for a very long time.” The same cold, dark atmosphere of foreboding, in a doom-laden vampire drama. Not for Team Edward. Rating: Three and a half stars. Life as We Know It (Comedy, PG-13, 113 minutes). When their best friends are killed in a crash, Holly and Messer (Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel) are appointed as joint custodians of their 1-year-old, Sophie. Also, they have to move into Sophie’s mansion. But Holly and Messer can’t stand

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engaged to marry Odette Yustman, who picked on her in high school, a series of predictable obligatory scenes breaks out. A promising cast gives scant pleasure, although Jamie Lee Curtis and Sigourney Weaver do a terrific cheerleading act together. Betty White plays the heroine’s grandmother. Rating: Two stars.

By Roger Ebert each other. So what happens when they start trying to raise Sophie? You’ll never guess in a million years. Or maybe you will. Rating: Two stars. Never Let Me Go (Drama, R, 104 minutes). In an alternative time line, test-tube babies are created solely for the purpose of acting as donors for body parts. Raised in seclusion, they accept their role. Are they really human, after all? In this sensitive, teary adaptation of the Kazuo Ishiguro novel, three of them begin to glimpse the reality of their situation, and its tragedy. With Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield, Keira Knightley, Charlotte Rampling, Sally Hawkins. Rating: Four stars. The Social Network (Drama, PG-13, 120 minutes). The life and times of Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg), who created Facebook, became a billionaire in his early 20s, and now has 500 million members on the site he created. A fascinating portrait of a brilliant social misfit who intuited a way to involve humankind in the Kevin Bacon game. Everybody likes Facebook -- it’s the site that’s all about YOU. With Justin Timberlake as Sean Parker, the Napster founder who introduced Zuckerberg to the Silicon Valley fast lane, Andrew Garfield as the best friend who gets dumped, and Armie Hammer as the Winklevoss twins, who sued Zuckerberg for stealing their idea. One of the year’s best films. Rating: Four stars. The Town (Crime thriller, R, 124 minutes). Effective thriller about career bank robbers, directed by and starring Ben Affleck. Jeremy Renner is loopy and scary as the flywheel on an otherwise disciplined criminal team. Could have been better if it followed the characters more than the buried plot structure. But worth seeing. Rating: Three stars. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps: Gordon Gekko is back, and he may still be a little greedy, in Oliver Stone’s sequel to his 1987 hit. Michael Douglas reprises his iconic role, and Shia LaBeouf is the hungry young trader who wants to marry his daughter (Carey Mulligan). Josh Brolin is a Wall Street predator who spreads rumors that destroy the firm of LaBeouf’s mentor (Frank Langella). Entertaining story about ambition, romance and predatory trading practices, but it seems more fascinated than angry. Have we grown used to greed? Rating: Three stars. You Again (Comedy, PG, 118 minutes). When Kristen Bell finds out her brother (Jimmy Wolk) is

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (Comedy, R, 98 minutes). Woody Allen considers several people who are worriedly scuttling about in search of happiness. This search is probably futile, the indulgent narrator informs us, but we can watch it take place in their lives as urbane, well-off, literate Londoners. With Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Gemma Jones, Freida Pinto, Naomi Watts and Lucy Punch. Rating: Two and a half stars.

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Waiting for Superman offers a fix for our schools By Roger Ebert Toward the end of “Waiting for ‘Superman,’” there is a sequence that cuts between lottery drawings for five charter schools. Admission to the best of these schools dramatically improves school graduation and acceptance by a college. The applicants are not chosen for being gifted. They come from poor, disadvantaged neighborhoods. But the schools have astonishing track records. We have met five of these students, talked to them and their parents, and hope they’ll win. The cameras hold on their faces as numbers are drawn or names are called. The odds against them are 20to-1. Lucky students leap in joy. The other 19 of the 20 will return to their neighborhood schools, which more or less guarantee a 50 percent drop-out rate. The key thing to keep in mind is that underprivileged inner-city kids at the magnet schools, such as Kipp LA Prep or the Harlem Success Academy, will do better academically than well-off suburban kids with fancy high school campuses, athletic programs, swimming pools, closed circuit TV and lush landscaping. “Waiting for ‘Superman,’” the new documentary by Davis Guggenheim, says the American educational system is failing, which we have been told before. He dramatizes this failure in a painfully direct way, says what is wrong, says what is right. One of his charts gets a laugh from the audience: Of students in a group of developed nations, Americans rank last in math skills. When the students are asked to guess their standing, Americans put themselves first. Meanwhile, jobs in Silicon Valley go without qualified Americans to fill them, and tech companies must import skilled employees from India and other “poor” countries. Guggenheim focuses on an AfricanAmerican educator named Geoffrey Canada, who deliberately chose the poorest area of Harlem to open his Harlem Success Academy. His formula: qualified teachers, highly motivated, better paid. Emphasis on college prep from day one. Tutoring for those behind in math or reading. There are also char-

ter boarding schools with no TV, no video games. One kid says he wants in, but “my feelings are bittersweet.” One problem with most schools, Guggenheim says, is that after teachers gain tenure in two years it is almost impossible to fire them. In Illinois, for example, one out of 57 doctors loses his medical license, but only one in 2,500 teachers is fired. Some teachers flatly inform their students they have no intention of teaching. Guggenheim blames the powerful American Federation of Teachers, which is the top donor to national Democratic campaigns and state Republican campaigns. Any move to discipline incompetent teachers is met with fierce resistance. A union teacher is a teacher for life. That teachers themselves accept this is depressing. The film demonstrates (1) that quality education is possible for even the most disadvantaged students; (2) the cost is low, considering that high-school dropouts often turn to crime when they can’t find good jobs. In 10 years, there will be twice as many skilled, well-paid jobs in America as Americans qualified to fill them. What struck me most of all was Geoffrey Canada’s confidence that a charter school run on his model can make virtually ANY firstgrader a high school graduate accepted by college. A good education, therefore, is not ruled out by poverty, uneducated parents, or crime- and drug-infested neighborhoods. In fact, those are the very areas where he has success. Consider this: Those lotteries are truly random, as by law they must be. Yet most of the winners will succeed, and half the losers (from the same human pool) will fail. This is an indictment: Our schools do not work. Our nation is willing to spend trillions on war and billions to support the world’s largest prison population rate. Here is my a modest proposal: Spend less money on prisons, and more money on education. Reduce our military burden, and put that money into education. In 20 years you would have more useful citizens, less crime and no less national security. It’s so simple. Rating: Three and a half stars.


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(March 21-April 19): Until recently, no cricket had ever been observed pollinating a flower. All the evidence showed, in fact, that crickets don’t help flowers -- they devour them. Then one night last January on the island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean, researchers discovered that the species known as the raspy cricket was responsible for pollinating wild orchids. They even caught the magic act on film. I regard this turn of events as akin to an upcoming development in your life: Someone or something that you’ve never thought of as a fertilizing force for you will become one.

a light touch. You’d rather nudge than push. Nimble harmony is more interesting to you than brute force. You prefer your influence on people to be appreciated, not begrudgingly respected. And I certainly don’t want you to forsake any of those inclinations. But I would love to see you add a dash of aggressiveness and a pinch of vehemence to your repertoire in the coming week. I’d be thrilled if you raised your voice a bit and gesticulated more vigorously and projected your confidence with an elevated intensity. According to my reading of the astrological omens, your refined approach will benefit from a dose of subliminal thunder.




(April 20-May 20): My date and I decided to go see the film You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger. As we entered the theater, we passed a short, elderly Chinese woman in a brown uniform. She was bent over sweeping the floor. Suddenly she stood up straight, looked me in the eye, and extended her left hand toward me. Confused, I reached out toward her. She quickly pressed something in my hand, then returned to her sweeping. As I walked on, I unrolled the small paper scroll she had given me. It read, “Tell your Taurus readers they should be alert for helpful messages coming from sources they would usually ignore or neglect.” I’m doing what she suggested.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Of all the signs in the zodiac, you are currently the best at carrying out the following activities: gliding, flowing, leaping, skipping, twirling, undulating, reverberating, galloping, and rub-a-dub-dubbing. I suspect that you will also excel at rumbling, romping, rollicking, cavorting, and zip-a-dap-doodling. If all goes well, Gemini -- which is to say you show how much you love your body and throw off any inhibitions you might have about celebrating your instinctual nature -- then you will be at the low end of the scale in performing these activities: shuffling, drooping, mumbling, wallowing, pigeonholing, and pussyfooting.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): A reader wrote to me bemoaning the fact that her new Cancerian boyfriend is addicted to safety. She speculated that since he is a member of an astrological sign renowned for its timidity, she should probably either get used to the suffocating lack of action or else bolt from the relationship now. In reply, I sent her a quote from one of the most heroic Cancerians of the 20th century, Helen Keller: “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure.” Moral of the story: It’s a ripe time for you to rise up and refute the people in your life who think you’re a brooding wallflower.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Helping your fellow humans can literally enhance your strength. A Harvard study ( proved that people who did good deeds or even visualized themselves doing good deeds had increased physical endurance and willpower. Unfortunately, the study showed that those who harbor nefarious intentions are also able to draw on extra fortitude. In other words, you can boost your energy by either being compassionate or evil. I highly recommend the former over the latter, Leo, especially now that you’re entering a phase when it makes a lot of spiritual sense to build your courage, vigor, and tonicity.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease,” said French philosopher Voltaire. With this in mind, let’s evaluate your current discomfort. From what I can tell, healing forces beyond your control and outside of your awareness are going to be working their mojo to chip away at your problem. But it will still be wise for you to occupy yourself in activities that you think will expedite the fix. Doing so will minimize your anxieties, allowing nature to do what it does best.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Usually you specialize in having

(Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Time magazine created a list of the 50 worst inventions. Included among the most terrible creations that human ingenuity has ever come up with are plastic grocery bags, sub-prime mortgages, hydrogenated oils, and pop-up ads. Now let’s switch our attention to your personal equivalents of these monstrosities. To climax the atonement phase of your own astrological cycle, I recommend that you do the following: 1. Identify the three worst ideas you have taken seriously during the past decade. 2. Carry out one formal action to correct or make amends for the consequences of each bad idea. 3. Really, truly, forgive yourself as best as you can.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): For your assignment this week, I have borrowed from a list of suggestions offered by Sagittarius poet Kenneth Patchen in his book The Journal of Albion Moonlight. Feel free to improvise as you carry out at least three. 1. Discourage all traces of shame. 2. Bear no cross. 3. Extend all boundaries. 4. Blush perpetually in gaping innocence. 5. Burrow beneath the subconscious. 6. Pass from one world to another in carefree devotion. 7. Exhaust the primitive. 8. Generate the free brain. 9. Forego no succulent filth. 10. Verify the irrational. 11. Acquire a sublime reputation. 12. Make one monster at least. 13. Multiply all opinions. 14. Inhabit everyone.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Among Google searches starting with the phrase “who is,” the top-rated is “God,” while “Satan” is a distant tenth. Running ahead of Satan but behind God are Lady Gaga and Justin Beiber. If I were you, Capricorn, I wouldn’t be Google-searching any bigger-than-life entities like those four in the coming week. The characters you need to research are non-divine, non-celebrity types who might bring interesting influences into your life -- people who would have a direct influence on your access to resources and on your ability to call forth the best from yourself.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Explorers found a 30,000year-old carved stone artifact in a German cave and brought it to the University of Tubingen for study. Experts there determined that it had a dual purpose for the ancient humans who made it. Phallic-shaped with rings around one end, it was obviously a sex toy. But other markings indicated it was also used to start fires by striking it against flints. I’d like to make this power object your symbol of the week, Aquarius. You’re in a phase when you should be alert for ways to mix business with pleasure and practicality with adventure.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): You’re not exceptionally scared of the dark, Pisces, but sometimes you seem to be intimidated by the light. You can summon the spunky courage to go crawling on your hands and knees through dank tunnels and spooky caves in quest of treasure that’s covered in primordial goo, but you may play hard to get when you’re offered the chance to unburden yourself of your cares in wide-open spaces. What’s up with that? Don’t get me wrong: I’m proud of your capacity to wrestle with the shadows in the land of the lost; I’m gratified by your willingness to work your karma to the bone. But I would also love you to get a share of rejuvenating rest and ease now and then. Do you think you could manage to have it both ways? I do.

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“Grab Some Cash”-- four hidden sources of it. by Matt Jones ACROSS 1 Sensitivity training targets 7 Just about 13 They may be made without the yolks 15 Pasta specification 16 Forms a menacing group 17 Eye drop that makes your pupils widen, e.g. 18 They think alike, according to the saying 20 Mythological 2011 movie with Anthony Hopkins 21 “My Name Is Asher ___” 22 Heavy snorer’s problem 23 Letter that looks like a horseshoe 24 List-ending abbr. 26 ___-hoo (chocolate drink) 27 Forest clearings 28 Uppity type 30 Gets the tangles out 32 Travel like a scent 34 Rancid’s category 35 Dining option 38 He loved Lucy 41 Raid the arsenal early 42 Move like a wallaroo 44 London gallery 46 Drink in a sleeve 47 Painter Matisse 49 WWII naval vessel 50 E pluribus ___ 51 Rite of passage for girls 53 Apostle known as “The Zealot” 55 Calm down 56 Forcing out 57 Specification in the ketchup aisle 58 Came to be, like an uncertain feeling 59 Exactly

DOWN 1 Word game with dice 2 Turkish inns 3 Certain urban Swiss 4 Olympian Korbut 5 The T in Ferrari TR 6 Short and thick 7 Boxers Muhammad and Laila, for two 8 Bad variety of cholesterol 9 The dating scene, to some 10 Discreetly 11 Iggy Pop’s backup group, with “The” 12 Mountainous regions of planets 14 Driving disasters 15 ___-line phone plans 19 Gas in glass 23 Warner who played Charlie Chan 25 It can be 1% 27 Wildebeest 29 Wilkes-___, Pa. 31 Soundgarden hit of 1994 33 Having XX chromosomes: abbr. 35 Spanish tennis champ ___ Sanchez Vicario 36 Request when your friends are locked out 37 Country guitarist Atkins 39 Rescue from destruction 40 “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” refrain 41 They’re positive 43 The joint 45 Old anesthetics 47 Put up some paintings 48 “___ easy to fall in love...” 51 City on the Rhine 52 Gozer’s minion, in “Ghostbusters” 54 DI doubled

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In this economy, a lot of people are going without -- without meat, without medical care, without Princess Cruises with open bars and 24-hour karaoke. There you are, pounding the pavement looking for work for 10 months, and in case that isn’t emasculating enough, by the way, you’re also dusting wrong. Sure, being human, your wife might think, “Damn, I haven’t been on a cruise-ship shuffleboard court in over a year!” Being a loving partner entails not letting her every thought leap out of her mouth in the form of words -- especially if you don’t exactly have a history of quitting your job to smoke pot and study patterns in the wallpaper. Acting all lovey dovey comes easy on the Lido deck, where the big question is “More Dom, darling?” To see how much love you actually have, raise glasses of tap water to an improved economy while sitting in your candle-lit living room (candlelit till you cobble together the deposit to get the lights turned back on). Because women evolved to go for providers, having a partner who’s out of a job can push a woman’s buttons. So, it is possible your wife loves you, and it’s just her fear and anxiety talking. Fear: “What if I never see another ice sculpture?!” Anxiety: “Hey! I went on more cruises before we were married!” And then there’s you, the voice of restraint, in that you don’t snap back, “Feel free to up the number again after we’re divorced!” I suggest doing what therapist Nathaniel Branden calls “an experiment in intimacy.” Spend 12 hours together in a hotel room: no books, TV, phone calls, naps, or walks


outside. Except for bathroom breaks, you remain together at all times. You can sit in silence if you want, but you’re free to talk about anything, provided it’s personal (no talk of work, kids’ schoolwork, redecorating, etc.). Branden’s premise is that when all avenues of escape are closed off, couples experience real breakthroughs in communication. He says that only three times in 20 years did couples break up after the 12-hour session. Now, you two might end up Branden’s breakup number 4. Or, maybe your wife will decide that she has much to be grateful for -- you, for starters, and all you’re doing to ensure that you’re only taking “staycations,” not foreclosurecations. (That’s when you permanently vacate your home and take up residence in a parking lot in your as-of-yet unrepo’d car.) You can have a lovely view of the ocean -- whenever you sneak through the framed picture aisle at Walmart on your way to the john.

Gregory Pecs I’m a 35-year-old straight man in really good shape. I’m online dating, and want to post a picture of myself shirtless. A female co-worker says no way; women will be totally turned off. Really? --Best Side Forward Take your cue from women’s magazines, which are wildly lacking in shots of men with greased pecs chopping wood and other popular gay calendar outtakes. While men are turned on by photos of the scantily clad opposite sex, that’s just not what works for women. In fact, for most women, a man who shows off his body seems girly, and sends the message that he’s vain: “I usually take my mirror on dates, but maybe I can make room for you!” Because women seeking men generally prioritize success over looks, that’s what you should be flexing, with subtlety, in your profile. It is a plus if you have the inverted vee body women favor -- broad shoulders tapering to a narrow waist -- but that’ll come across just fine in a T-shirt and jeans. If you post a shirtless photo, your shirtlessness should seem incidental, like someone just happened to have a camera at beach volleyball…not like your shirt just happened to be off when you stepped in front of your hand which just happened to be holding your camera.

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RENTALS BEAUTIFUL BAY HILL APARTMENTS 1, 2, & 3 Bedroom Apts, Town Homes. No Application Fee. $99 Sec. Dep. Spectacular Specials. 231-933-9600. 600 Bay Hill Dr. Traverse City, MI 49684 ROOMMATE WANTED on Vasa trail Ideal for active person. Gorgeous

view. Flexible lease. $400. No smokers, prefer female. 231-392-2502 e42 LARGE STUDIO-Single Tenant Leelanau Co/Shady Lane; view of bay, private, clean,W/D.$600.Mo/incl util;NS,No Pets (w/Child OK)(231) 632-9719. e42 ROOMMATE WANTED - Mature female, Acme. Deep Water Point area. $500+. Large room, private bath. 231392-1099. v41 3 BD HOMES Fife Lake/South Boardman areas. 3 homes available ranging from $545 to $685 per month plus utilities. Applications accepted - references and/or decent credit necessary. Rent to own contract possible. See rental tab at TCarea. com for details and email Mike with any questions or for an application at e42 DOWNTOWN TC monthly rooms for rent in the heart of the City. Furnished with full Kitchen & laundry. Single occupancy, no pets. or call 231-947-6360. v44


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Home Sweet Home


IRST CLASS HISTORIC VICTORIAN ON SIXTH ST! Home Completely Renovated in 2006 to New yet Maintaining the Historical Character & Traditional Charm! Custom Woods, Bricks, Trims, and Finishes with the Highest Quality Materials and Meticulous Craftsmanship have Created a Very Special Home on Tree Lined, Brick Paved, Sixth Street in Traverse City! Long Covered Front Porch! Big Fenced Yard! Walk or Bike to Work or Beach! Too Many Custom Features to list here! Virtual Tour & Additional Information Available! WOW! CHECK IT OUT! MLS# 1719913 $879,900

SAM ABOOD 231-218-5130

402 E. Front Street Traverse City, MI 49686

MAKE THE MOVE TO LEELANAU! CUTE COUNTRY COTTAGE 3 BR/1 BA w/2.2 acres on beautiful private Ryant Rd. Surrounded by large orchard parcels for lovely views. Variety of outbuildings. Affordable price! $99,000 MLS# 1715668

BELLAIRE DUTCH FARMHOUSE 5 BR/2 BA on large lot w/mature trees & countryside views. Near lakes, natural area & trails. Country kitchen, sun porch, & workshop. Includes rental/guest house. $139,900 MLS #1720921

CANTERBURY WOODS 3 BR/2 BA stick-built ranch in woodsy neighborhood S of TC. 2110 finished sq/ft in full lower level includes 2 large, non-conforming bedrooms. $167,000 MLS# 1720422

ARTISTIC HOME & GARDENS Delightful “not so big” 3 BR/2 BA full of wonderful custom, craftsman-inspired details. 3+ acres w/native & perennial plantings. $284,900 MLS #1716845

CRYSTAL RIVER HOME Fish or kayak right out your door! 4 BR/2.5 BA w/direct river views & frontage. Offers cherry floors & cabinetry, granite countertops, wood-paneled sunroom, gas f/p, tile accents, & beadboard wainscoting. $699,000 MLS# 1714196

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built Scandinavian design, full LOG home featuring superb stone & tile features including an amazing “SPA” off the MBR suite w/water falls, quartzite walls & floors, in floor (8 person) jade marble custom spa.10 ACRES of evergreens & hardwoods. Breath-taking, 2 story, handcrafted, 3-d COBBLESTONE fireplace (wood burning).



To downsize…to simplify life…to get out of the rat race… to take life easier…to enjoy family & friends more…

MLS# 1719263

Waterfront Living at

Downtown TC Convenience

✪ 40 ACRES, BARNS, 2003 CUSTOM BUILT HOME. Large family home, classic (1 1/2 story) design, beautiful open staircase, 6 large dormers, nearly 2800 sq ft plus an unfinished walkout basement. Large master suite, 3.5 baths; note that some house projects are unfinished & sold as is (front porch,rear deck, vanity..) Two 24x32’ Barns, one 40x50 Polebuilding.



✪ BEAUTIFUL TREETOP VIEWS OF CRYSTAL LAKE. Plus shared beachfront for swimming. Move right into this spacious 3 BR, 2 BA home featuring a LR fireplace, Great room w/ 2 story lake views, upper loft/den w/lake views. A kitchen the cook will enjoy & an unfinished LL family room w/ fireplace. $200,000


Located off Cass Street, in downtown Traverse City

In-town Traverse City Convenience

MLS#: 1719715


VERY private, 1/2 log sided, 2 story, full walkout home w/ 3 sided wrap around decking, 3 car attached garage, 32x32 pole barn. High end materials & construction throughout; deluxe mechanicals,heated flrs.Stone, wood burning fireplace, plus stone gas fireplace in LL. Solid oak doors, wood & ceramic flooring.

7816 W 12 RD, MESICK


Located on Seventeenth Street betweeen Cass & Union

all for all $199,000 $189,000 for $199,000 • Maple flooring • Granite countertops • Stainless railing and appliances

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Fairway Hills Townhomes • Starting @ $287,500 • 2 Bedrooms • 2 1/2 Baths • 2+ car garage • Personal Elevator

• Workshop/storage • Wood & tile floors • Country Club Membership INCLUDED • Convenient living

$15,000 Private DISCOUNT Unit 23B Elevator Only

Traditions Neighborhood Friendly Living

MLS# 1719650

AMAZING LANDMARK IN KARLIN VILLAGE southwest of Interlochen, Grand Traverse Co. Original structure built around 1910 with substantial renovations over the past 5 years. 5 BR/2 BR residence with huge showcase front room that has served as galleries, antique store, art studio.


$167,000 MLS# 1715133

upscale ranch homewith withgreat greatfeatures: features: NewNew upscale ranch home Located 2.5 miles south of Cherryland Mall, Garfield Rd. S to Rusch Rd.

• maple hardwood • vaulted • maple hardwood floors •floors vaulted ceiling • ceiling tiled baths corian countertops • stainless appliances • hickory • corian countertops • hickory cabinets • tiledcabinets baths $134,900 231.633.6011 Call• Brian Olshove 231.633.6011 $139,900 •Call CallBrian BrianOlshove Olshove 231.633.6011




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Businesses For Sale Fremont, MI Bar/Restaurant-full kitchen, cc-resort and sdm liquor licenses, has two apartments on upper level for rental income, sale includes, building, licenses, land, equipment. Call for more details. Will do land contract. $325,000

Silver Lake, Mears, MI. on Lake MI. Convenient store w/gas, sdm liquor license, lotto, kitchen to make take-out pizza’s, and auto fry for chicken take out, sale includes, building, land, licenses, equipment. Will do land contract. Call for more details. $350,000


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NATURE IS YOUR NEIGHBOR COMMUNITY FEATURES • Phase III over 55 section now open! • Outdoor pool • Community Lodge

Norton Shores, Muskegon, MI Bar, small kitchen, class c and sdm liquor licenses, keno, 2 buildings, rear building lower level storage, upper level apartment. sale includes, buildings, land, licenses, equipment. Will do land contract. Call for more details. $390,000 Muskegon, MI Great business opportunity. Popular restaurant has a full kitchen, liquor licenses, and keno making this a fun place to own. Beautiful 34’ bar and an extra room for private parties. Sale includes Class C and SDM licenses, equipment and furniture. Inventory extra. $249,900 Muskegon, MI Seller will consider all reasonable offers. Land Contract- Great terms to own your own Bar. Owner is ready to retire after 30+ years. Sale includes Class C & SDM Liquor Licenses, building, land, equipment, fixtures. Great Location in the City of Norton Shores on busy street. $175,000

Linda Jo Balkema Century 21 Premier Properties of the Lakeshore 101 S. Beacon Blvd., Grand Haven, MI 49417 231-557-2392 Grand Haven, MI 49417> 70 • October 11, 2010 • Northern Express Weekly

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Located on South Airport Road, just west of Three Mile, in Traverse City


“Real Estate Done Right”™

Marsha Minervini is the listing agent for The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, one of the nation’s most unique historic redevelopments. It’s a growing mix of condominiums, shops, offices and restaurants within the beautiful parkland of the Grand Traverse Commons. Traverse City’s only Michigan “TAXFREE’ Renaissance Zone slashes property and state income taxes! Come see what everyone is talking about! Current units start at $189,000 & reservations are now being taken on units in Cottage 19. Ask about our weekend condo rentals.

Slash TAXES!


Tri-Level with many upgrades, vaulted ceilings, all new doors & pine trim, kitchen with corian counters, ceramic tile floor, finished walk-out lower level family room. Heavily wooded lot in a very attractive newer development offers plenty of privacy. Close to Interlochen Arts Academy, public access, boat launches on Long, Duck & Green Lakes, golf course, state land. Tom’s groceries, gas, school ½ mile away. $127,000.

20 Acres in Wexford 20 beautiful rolling acres w/ well maintained single wide & work shop. Hunting “tower” on south side of property. Perfectly suited for a walkout lower level or just hunt it! Brent Nichols 231-883-1186 MLS 1720659 $65,000

Renovated Victoria Old style charm w/ all the modern conveniences. Built in the 1900’s & renovated in 2006. 4BR/4.5BA includes private master, theatre room, library & more. All stainless appls. Jennifer LaCharite 231-645-2258 MLS 1709616 $349,900

Convenient to Downtown Beautiful ranch home on 1 acre just 6.5 mile from downtown on the west side. Ceramic tile & hardwood flooring. Large windows to view the private backyard. Debra J. Hall 231-590-0936 MLS 1712471 $204,900

Fully Loaded Condo 3BR Condo offering main level living close & convenient to everything in TC. Spacious rooms, fireplace, all appliances, hardwood floors, kitchen pantry. Nice wooded setting. Debra J. Hall 231-590 -0936 MLS 1712772 $154,900

Sandle Castle on the Beach Unique 4BR home w/ 100’ of private West Bay frontage. 180 degree views from 3 levels. Extreme kitchen w/ custom cabinets, granite counters & large pantry. Brad Nichols 231-883-2255 MLS 1720169 $995,000

Walk to the Bay! Cute 3BR cottag sits on a nicely treed lot on Old Mission Peninsula. Newer furnace & 2 car garage. Nice place to spend the weekend or make it a year round home! All appliances. Bob MacVeagh 231-8832513 MLS 1716493 $134,900


Central Neighborhood, walk or bike to all the amenities & festivals that Traverse City has to offer. Absolutely charming ranch style house with a great use of space. Large corner lot with mature trees and landscaping. Private deck area between the house & 1 ½ car garage. MLS#1719351 $149,000

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aMinervini Minervin Marsha Marsha Minervini Marsha Minervini is listing agent for The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, one of the nationÕs most unique historic redevelopments. It is a growing mix of shops, offices, restaurants and condominiums within the beautiful parkland of the Grand Traverse Commons. And, it is Traverse CityÕs only Michigan Tax-free Rennaissance Zone.

Making What Was Old New Again

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500 S. Union Street, Traverse City, MI

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831 S Garfield Ave · Traverse City, MI 49686


THE PERFECT HOUSE! Nice quiet sub, 5 minutes to TC, great lawn & close to subdivision’s soccer/baseball fields. 4 br, 2 1/2 bath. Beautiful foyer with an open staircase. Spacious LR, sleek island kitchen, cozy den, master bedroom with his/hers walk-in closets & connected master bath with marble floors. First floor laundry. Large finished living area downstairs with wine storage. MLS#1709181 $254,900

SHORT SALE! What a value! Beautiful, well-designed, open floor plan, new build in 2006. Hardwood floors, cathedral ceilings, 5th non-conforming bedroom downstairs with 3rd bath, and underground irrigation on 2.5 beautifully wooded acres near Interlochen. Garage is prepped for heat. MLS#1709975 $149,900

HERE IS A REAL DEAL! Appx. 3000 sq.ft. of living space. Enormous master suite featuring beautiful ceilings, hickory floors and kitchen cabinets, Sub Zero refrigerator, ceramic tile master bath w/Jacuzzi, walk-in pantry, office w/separate entrance, huge entertainment area, lighted ice rink/volley ball court, deluxe 4 car heated garage.... You just have to check it out for yourself! MLS#1711234 $229,900 ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS 1.2 ACRE PROPERTY surrounded on two sides by 53 acres of the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy. Ski or run out your back door and hop on the Vasa trail. This 3 bedroom, 1 bath home has a large kitchen and a bright open floor plan with wood and laminate wood floors through the main level. MLS#1720562 $75,000

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