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letters Thank You, Veterans I would like to thank every person who wore the uniform for their service and dedication in defense of our great nation. I want to thank you, the veterans, for the freedoms I enjoy every day. You put your lives on the line to defend the Constitution of the United States and our way of life. To serve is a calling that is a calling that only patriots can hear. Veterans Day origins come from the Armistice of Nov. 11, 1918, which marked the end of World War I. The Allied forces signed the peace treaty with Germany on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. In 1954, Congress amended the Act of 1938, which created Armistice Day, to drop the “Armistice” and replace it with “Veterans.” Nov. 11 became the day to honor American veterans of all wars. I would like to thank those who answered the call to duty and gave up much of their personal and family life to keep us safe at home. They missed birthdays, holidays, weddings, and other momentous occasions while we enjoyed those celebrations. They walk on foreign soil amongst strangers in a strange landscape they have never seen before while we visit neighbors for cookouts. When you meet veterans, thank them for their service and sacrifice for the freedoms you enjoy or thank them for their service and dedication to our nation. Look into your heart to see what you are thankful for, or just tell a veteran how you feel about their service to America. Willie Jones Jr. | Traverse City Why No Bartenders? Regarding your Northern Express cover story about Voices of the North: Why no bartenders? While not psychologists, they still are listeners who are the glue that keeps our community together. At one Traverse City “Old Grumpy Man” tavern, there is Jessica; a mother of a couple of children who worked Mother’s Day earlier this year to make ends meet. She is empathetic and a true voice in the service industry for what is really happening here. Well, Jessica has bought a bar in Kaleva near Manistee and will be a voice in that community. So bon voyage, but take a detour to her woman-owned and operated future institution; that is a voice we need these days. George Golubovskis | Traverse City Where Do Oranges Come From? Tonight I ate an orange labeled “grown in South Africa”! In last week’s letter from Mr. Tschudy, his argument that cars are the greatest contributor to greenhouse gasses is a worn-out dead horse beaten to nausea. Has anyone considered the container ships that travel from other countries, where the great American jobs went when the import tax was cut? Ron Stetson | Traverse City

The Cost of Lives It’s all about money. Thems that have lots see the world much different from thems that don’t. Many people with limited or high-deductible insurance sometimes risk death rather than make a simple 9-1-1 call. The cost for a private ambulance is often more than working people can afford. Private insurance and private ambulance services put a price tag in front of every decision to call 9-1-1. We all know friends and family who avoid doctor visits because they have thousands of dollars in co-pays to make before insurance kicks in. They certainly don’t call 9-1-1 if they think they can make it to the hospital some other way. The proposed fire department millage increase will absolutely save lives. Lives that are lost because individual choices don’t show up on the books, yet they are lives that get snuffed out by privatized money interests.


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David Petrove | Interlochen No Name-Calling Regarding some recently published letters about local candidates and issues… Arguments are won with strong points that can be evidenced. Once you lack those and have to resort to insults, you might go away thinking you have won, but the truth is you have lost. If you want to have a constructive debate with those who disagree, the last thing you should do is insult them or resort to name-calling. If you want to convince someone you’re right, calling them “NIMBYs,” “elites,” “Boomers” or just claiming that their fears are “unreasonable” and they’re afraid of change isn’t the way to do it. Name-calling is for those who have nothing substantive to offer. This slate of so-called “no-growth candidates” has attended meetings and studied the issues. They’ve been respectful residents and taxpayers. To insult their ideas as biased or uninformed is unfair.

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top ten Embrace the Weird

“Embrace the weird”—that’s the slogan of Mashup Rock & Roll Musical, an indie theater troupe in Traverse City. They’re bringing the slogan to life this November with their new production, Look Who’s Talking Heads, a remix parody of the 1989 film Look Who’s Talking with music by The Talking Heads. Like the baby-talking movie, the show is all about found family, parenthood, and what it takes to raise a child. Catch Mashup’s four performances Nov. 10 (7:30pm), 11 (7:30pm), 12 (6:30pm), and 18 (7:30pm) at The Alluvion inside Commongrounds Coop in Traverse City. Tickets are $28 for general admission, $38 for VIP seating, and a special “pay what you can” rate (minimum $5) for the Nov. 12 show only. Proceeds from the Nov. 12 show will be split with Generations Ahead, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting and empowering young parents. Get tickets and learn more at

Falling for Flannel Bundle up and bring your best appetite to the sixth annual Flapjack & Flannel Festival at Jacob’s Farm in Traverse City on Saturday, Nov. 11, from 1-6pm. Wear your favorite flannel, choose from beer, wine, and cocktails paired with flapjacks, see the Jack Pine Lumberjack Show with nine-time World Champion log roller Dan McDonough, and enjoy live music from Austin Benzing and Hatchwing Rider. Tickets: $15 - $99 on

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In her deliciously-readable exposé, Glossy, author and journalist Marisa Meltzer deep dives into the rise and fall of cult classic beauty brand Glossier and the one-woman powerhouse who brought it to life. Named “one of the most disruptive brands in beauty” by Forbes, Glossier transformed the beauty industry with its line of consumer-driven products and singular social media influence. At the center of it all was Emily Weiss. Once an expensively-dressed Teen Vogue intern and star of MTV’s The Hills, Weiss is also the brains behind revolutionary blog, Into the Gloss, which famously gave readers a peek inside the bathroom drawers of Hollywood’s hottest stars and—along with Weiss’s unparalleled drive—helped lay the pop culture brickwork of the Zillennial era. So, how did a girl from Connecticut’s ’burbs manage to build one of the decade’s most buzzworthy brands…and why did she resign at the peak of its 1.9-billiondollar success? Get your biggest mugs ready, readers—this book spills some serious tea!




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If we had one wish, it would be that our stomachs were big enough for two full meals whenever we went out to brunch. How do you choose—breakfast or lunch?! At a recent visit to Red Spire Brunch House at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, we put our wish to the test. The main course was the Monte Cristo ($14), which offered the classic ham, turkey, and swiss between slices of battered French toast dusted with powdered sugar. Eat plain, top with syrup, or enjoy with the side of cherry preserves for a local touch. This bad boy was delicious, but it was filling (any Anchorman fans out there?), so we had to leave behind a few of the Great Lakes Potato Chips to save room for the restaurant’s homemade Cinnamon Roll. No regrets—just a very full belly. Grab a sandwich or pastry (or both) at 800 Cottageview Drive, Suite 30 in Traverse City. (231) 252-4648;

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Traverse City’s International Affairs Forum is known for tackling big issues and tough topics with their speaker series, and their event this Thursday, Nov. 9, is no exception. The theme of the discussion is all about water resources management and challenges facing the Middle East, an area classified as a hot, arid, and semi-arid desert climate. Kaveh Madani, Ph.D., is the featured speaker, a world-renowned environmental scientist and director of the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health, known as the UN Think Tank on Water. The conversation will offer both parallels and distinct contrasts to our region’s abundance of fresh water and draw on Dr. Madani’s scientific work as well as his experiences raising public awareness about water and environmental problems in his home country of Iran. Attend the event in person at 6:30pm at the Dennos Museum Center Milliken Auditorium ($15; free for students and educators) or virtually via their livestream ($10). Visit for tickets and more information.

Seeing Charlevoix in a New Light

The northern Michigan cheese scene leveled up a few more bricks…this time on a global scale. Leelanau Cheese recently won a “Gold” rating for its Aged Raclette (aka the locally beloved Leelanau Reserve) cheese and a “Super Gold” for its Traditional Raclette from the World Cheese Awards. In a post announcing the news, Leelanau Cheese described the international competition as “essentially the Olympics of cheese.” (We would very much like to attend this version of the Olympics, please and thank you!) Of thousands of cheeses entered from all over the world, only 101 received Super Gold ratings in this year’s competition, and just seven of those Super Gold winners came from American cheesemakers. Whey to go, Leelanau Cheese! Turophiles can sample and purchase the award winners at 3324 S W Bay Shore Dr. in Suttons Bay or shop online at

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Visit Charlevoix, The Charlevoix County Community Foundation, Pure Michigan, and AbleVu have teamed up to make Charlevoix and AbleVu Accessible City. What does that mean? AbleVu is a “location-based platform that makes finding businesses and public venues more accessible for people of all abilities easier,” per their website. In the partnership with Charlevoix, this means that 15 locations fully equipped with accessibility features—five lodging properties, five restaurants, and five city attractions—have also added virtual walkthrough tours so folks can see the spaces and environments before they visit. To experience the AbleVu tours, head to and select locations like Castle Farms, Bridge Street Taproom, or the Weathervane Inn. Get more information about the program at and find other accessible cities in the state at accessible-cities. 2 Color: PMS 7459 Light Blue PMS 7462 Dark Blue



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spectator By steven Tuttle On Tuesday, Nov. 7, local elections will be held in many communities across Michigan, including Traverse City. These elections are critically important, but with no statewide or federal offices up for grabs, will likely attract an embarrassingly low voter turnout. It’s a shame.

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Local elections have the most direct impact on our lives, dealing often with topics that are narrow, specific, and very local. We will elect candidates who will mostly decide what our neighborhoods look like, how our roads and streets are built and maintained, how our open spaces and natural areas are obtained and nourished, what and where our business districts will be permitted or

Traverse City recently enacted zoning changes the Planning Commission and City Commission believe will help alleviate part of the housing shortage by creating more diversity, density, and affordability, though there is scant evidence the changes can do any of that. Maybe they will and maybe they will just create more market rate housing affordable to the affluent unless subsidies are involved at every level.

Local elections have the most direct impact on our lives, dealing often with topics that are narrow, specific, and very local. restricted, how we’ll build and maintain or upgrade our infrastructure, which utilities will provide service, how we receive basics like clean drinking water, what kind of public safety departments we’ll have protecting and rescuing and transporting us, what kind of parks we’ll have, what ordinances and regulations will and will not allow, how much our local taxes will be, and…it’s a pretty long list of decisions being made every day by local elected officials. Perhaps just as importantly, the folks we elect will remain local. State representatives and senators, by necessity, spend large chunks of their time in Lansing doing the legislative part of their jobs. Federal officeholders vanish into the fog that is Washington, D.C., returning occasionally to great fanfare, fundraising events, and invitation-only “town hall” meetings. County, township, and city elected officials, though they might occasionally wish they were elsewhere, are never far from their constituents. We see them at the grocery store, on a trail, in line for a movie, at a high school sporting event; they are basically wherever we are all the time, and that makes them more directly accountable. If we’ve been paying attention and can recognize them, we can talk to them directly, and they are pretty much a captive audience. And they hear what we’re saying to each other, too.

It is not clear there will ever be a time when Traverse City has sufficient housing in the locations people most desire at the price points they can afford. The nine candidates for three seats on the Traverse City City Commission all weighed in on the zoning changes, which will allow for smaller residential lots, more homes on standard lots, duplexes and triplexes in previously single-family home neighborhoods, and eliminate the limits on accessory dwelling units (ADU) in what are now backyards. As always, not every candidate chooses to clearly answer every question on every issue, but based on candidate forums and profiles, candidates Jackie Anderson, Caroline Kennedy, Mary Mills, Merek Roman, and Heather Shaw had various levels of opposition to the zoning changes, while Shea O’Brien and Mitchell Treadwell (the only incumbent in the race) were both strong supporters. Candidates Chris Minkin and Ken Funk were both maybe/maybe not. Also on the ballot will be a two-parter on whether to spend about three quarters of a million dollars from the principle of the Brown Bridge Trust to purchase land adjacent to the Brown Bridge Quiet Area, money well spent to expand and preserve a spectacular area.

No local issue has generated more talk than housing, or the lack thereof. It is not, however, an especially new problem. Housing has been an issue in the Traverse City area for some time and for dramatically different reasons.

Voters will also be asked to pay for the Traverse City Fire Department to provide emergency medical transportation and necessary equipment, staffing, and facilities. The city currently contracts with a third party vendor. The change would be more expensive but would dramatically reduce what has become excessive response times from the current vendor.

An ABC News story from April of 2009 touted local home prices hitting a 15-year low, with home sales down more than 17 percent from the previous year as the mortgage crisis hit and the economy tanked. But just six years later, in December of 2015,

Finally, be assured these elections will be honest, safe, and secure, overseen by honorable people doing their jobs exceptionally well. Nothing will be rigged and fraud will not determine the outcome— your vote will.

So, yes, these local elections are plenty important.

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a Detroit Free Press story talked about how a Traverse area housing shortage is hurting the local workforce, especially the construction and healthcare sectors, both of which were then struggling to fill essential job openings.

Opinion Columnist by Mary Keyes Rogers The news cycle is spinning so fast that I hardly know where to aim my opinion! Bartender, I’ll take an auto worker strike with a splash of capitalism and a twist of The Common Good, please.

families. They built hospitals, universities, and parks and cared for the less fortunate. It was seen as their obligation to the community. Business and industry served The Common Good.

First, let me say it’s about time that the auto industry returned to the practice of paying workers a living wage. Jolly good work to everyone involved!

That is until the 1980s when Jack Welsh, CEO and Chairman of General Electric, kicked out not just one but two legs of The Common Good: workers and community now served the company. All that stood was his devotion to maximizing profits for the stockholders, along with a steadfast refusal to acknowledge any sense of shame for abandoning the welfare of GE’s employees or communities.

Unions have been so weakened over the past 50 years that many have never seen their ability to strangle an industry into submission. It is only now, with a nationwide worker shortage, that the auto workers could turn in their IOU, representing more than 15 years of concessions in pay, benefits, and working conditions. The workers appear to be big winners. For the lowest-tier worker, this is hardly a bonanza. With wages around $26, it only winks at a living wage but is enough to bring these workers out of homelessness. For those higher up the ladder, it creates a middle-class lifestyle. But, how many of us thought, “So how much more expensive will my next car be?” The very question reveals how the average American has been misled to believe a common economic falsehood. Once you reprogram your mind, you begin to understand income inequality. Our American capitalist equation tells us that under whatever circumstances, the company must maintain the highest profit possible. So if one expense (wages) increases, another must decrease, or the sales prices must rise. Pretty simple stuff. We understand that the company must make sufficient profits to pay the maximum return to stockholders. Individual members of the board of directors have an absolute sworn obligation to represent the interests of stockholders. They have no choice. Right? Wrong. Dead wrong. We are made to think that it is the Eleventh Commandment. I assure you, it is not. There is not, nor has there ever been, a rule, regulation, law, or mandate ordering this “stockholder first” philosophy. For the first 200 years of American life, the bountiful success of our small towns and growing cities depended upon the economic ideology of capitalism alongside a commitment to The Common Good. Capitalism blossomed because farms and businesses operated for the equal benefit of owners, workers, and the community. In our post-industrial age, companies and wealthy business owners invested generously in community projects for The Common Good. Business leaders routinely gathered to address the needs of workers and their

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Each year, he fired what he considered his bottom 10 percent of employees, regardless of seniority, absolute performance, or circumstance. He shuttered less profitable factories, leaving small towns gutted and polluted. He saved GE at the expense of thousands of employees and dozens of communities while making himself, their executives, and stockholders rich, guilt free. As this corporate philosophy took root and business leaders increasingly prioritized stockholders, unions were locked out and The Common Good was left to nonprofits, churches, and the government. Taxpayers have since paid the bill, whereas corporations have increased their profits by lowering their tax exposure. The Common Good, a self-sustaining capitalist system of business, workers, and community operating in the harmony of mutual interest, respect, and support under a democratic government where each individual has an equal vote, now seems somewhat quaint. Could the 2020s be the decade of the union? Unions may become the answer, using their strength by placing demands on large corporations to restore living wages and service to the community. Northwest Michigan is fortunate to have many business owners who embrace social responsibility; they serve on boards and financially support our nonprofits. Imagine if we enjoyed the same level of commitment from the region’s big box and large corporations to pay living wages and financial support to our community institutions proportionate to their local revenue. Workers should not accept poverty wages. Your car doesn’t need to cost more. Americans deserve more from corporate America. Mary Keyes Rogers is a resident of Traverse City, providing consulting services to small business owners. Her career has included her radio show Mary in the Morning, Marigold Women in Business, executive director of the National Association of Women Business Owners, and Michigan Small Business Development Center.

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Halloween Fun At Plymouth State University in New Hampshire, a mystery occurs every year at Halloween: Two pumpkins become impaled on the twin spires of the clock tower in the middle of campus. United Press International reported that the pumpkins have appeared since the 1970s, but no one seems to know who puts them there or how they do it. "Conjuring the best, if far-fetched, tale on how it happens is a favorite campus pastime," the university's website reads. It could only happen in Utah: City officials in Grantsville took to Facebook on Oct. 18 to demand that a Halloween display centered on a street sign be removed, Fox13Now-TV reported. The tableau featured a skeleton pole-dancing while two other skeletons sat in folding chairs with dollar bills in their hands. "Displays like this are not acceptable as it is against city code to attach anything to a street sign," the city wrote. And the pranksters complied: They moved the display to a front yard, with a new lighted pole, lights on the ground to make a "stage," and a tip jar. One commenter on the city's page gushed, "I salute the Halloween Decoration WIZARD that created this MASTERPIECE." Hellen Schweizer, 28, of Wooster, Ohio, embraced her vampirism two years ago on Halloween, The Columbus Dispatch reported. "Not every vampire is bad," she explained. "I follow a higher path." For instance: "I'm not interested in sucking anyone's blood." But living as a vampire, with fangs, white makeup and a black cloak, "just felt right" for the social media manager. Schweizer said the "sun makes me nauseous" and she gains most of her energy at night. "I came out of the coffin, as it were, and never felt so free in my life." Awwwww! While Amir Khan and Kat Warren of Washington, D.C., were visiting the Eiffel Tower in Paris on Oct. 19, they became stranded along with other tourists at the top when a man was discovered climbing the structure. On hand with the couple was Associated Press reporter Pat Eaton-Robb, who was also visiting. Lucky for them, Eaton-Robb caught the moment when Khan decided to propose. He had been planning to do so later that evening at a restaurant, but "she always wanted to be proposed to on or under the Eiffel Tower. So I figured, 'This is it, this is the moment,'" Khan said. While romance was in the air atop the tower, police were arresting the climber, who was inexplicably carrying a banner that said something about singer-songwriter Billie Eilish. Bright Idea An unnamed 22-year-old man in Warsaw, Poland, outwitted mall security guards -- for a time -- after twice posing in a store window as a mannequin, The New York Times reported on Oct. 20. The man stood still next to two other mannequins and held a bag until the mall closed, when he stole jewelry from a kiosk. On another occasion, he ate at one of the mall's restaurants, found a new set of clothing and headed back for another meal. Police arrested the suspect, who faces up to 10 years in prison. Animal Antics Since Sept. 20, Alejandro Rios, 25, has become the target of a dive-bombing magpie

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who follows him as he rides his bike home from work. Fox News reported on Oct. 18 that the Brisbane, Australia, resident first felt something hit his head more than a month ago. "I ... thought a piece of fruit had fallen off a tree or someone had hit me," he said. Rios' helmet and eyewear protect him from injury, but the bird is persistent. Scientists say magpies remember faces and this one is likely protecting his young. "It's a bit of a friend and a bit of a nemesis," Rios said of his attacker. "I want to say it's my friend -- but it really, really hates me."

Saw That Coming Two men in Minnesota were shot on Oct. 22 in separate incidents involving child shooters who were participating in youth hunting events, CBS News reported. In the first case, a 45-year-old dad from Becker Township had his 12-year-old daughter in a deer stand, where she had just successfully shot a deer. But then she accidentally shot her father in the leg. Another family member applied a tourniquet until emergency personnel arrived. In the second incident, a 50-year-old man was trying to explain to a 10-year-old boy how to unload a hunting rifle when the child accidentally pulled the trigger, somehow hitting both of the adult's buttocks. No news on the condition of either victim. I'll Have the Coors Light Someone posted a video on Weibo on Oct. 19 that captured a man climbing into a malt container at Pingdu, China, brewery Tsingtao and relieving himself, Sky News reported. The company, which identifies itself as the world's sixth-largest beermaker, released a statement, saying: "The batch of malt in question has been completely sealed" and police are investigating. However, the company's stock took a sizable hit, with share prices dropping 7.5% by Oct. 23. Repeat Offender? A particular house in Haddonfield, New Jersey, appears to be the victim of very bad luck -- or a serial car arsonist, WPVI-TV reported. Police say the most recent attack, on Oct. 21 around 1 a.m., was the third at the house since 2017. But strangely, all three attacks have been on cars belonging to different homeowners. In the latest incident, security cameras captured a person pouring gasoline on a 2010 Toyota Highlander and lighting it up. Police say they don't believe the attacks are aimed at the people who live there, who are "doing everything right. They have a camera system, they're calling us. It just unfortunately keeps happening." Awesome! Members of the Auburn (Massachusetts) Fire Department knew Debbie Virgilio well, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette reported on Oct. 25. First responders had transported her frequently during her final years, but when she passed last year, they had no idea of the plans she had made for them. Virgilio left the department $525,000 in her will; they used the money to buy a new ambulance and updated equipment. Fire Chief Stephen Coleman said, "It means a lot to me, as the chief, to know my people made such an impact on somebody, they're willing to donate half a million dollars to us when they pass. It's a testament to the men and women of this department." Cheers to Debbie.

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“One thing we took away is that kids really don’t know how to help themselves.”

Students and mentors reflect on local teen mental health survey By Anna Faller It’s no surprise that mental health in American teens has seen a recent decline. In fact, according to national data, about 15 percent of middle and high school students experienced a major depressive episode in the last year, and more than a third (about 37 percent) reported persistent feelings of sadness. Similar trends are on the rise in northern Michigan, says Dave Mengebier, president and CEO of the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation (GTRCF), which serves Antrim, Leelanau, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Benzie counties with a mission to improve the quality of life in those communities. “The foundation has been very involved with youth issues throughout its 31-year history,” Mengebier says. “We were aware from all the work that we do in this space that we had really reached crisis proportions.” To solve a crisis, you call in the experts— but while peer-reviewed research and best practices provide valuable data to consider, who better to offer insight into teen mental health struggles than teens themselves? “We wanted high school students to really take on that leadership role and ask their peers what’s causing their anxieties, stress, and depression, and where they turn to alleviate those things,” Mengebier explains. Authentic Voices Enter: The Youth Wellness Initiative (YWI). Hosted by GTRCF and financed through the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, the program aims to uncover the primary causes of poor mental health in local adolescents and then use those findings to help inform available resources and community planning. The project has been split into two phases, the first of which is a student-led survey completed earlier this year. The second phase, which is still in the works, will involve collaboration between student researchers and Juliet Hinely, an independent producer for Interlochen Public Radio, on a series of podcast episodes in relation to the survey’s findings. The initiative kicked off in February when 14 high schoolers from all five counties signed on as researchers to help design and facilitate an anonymous survey that would gather information from their peers about their experiences with mental health challenges.

Students involved in YWI mapping out their podcast plans at a recent workshop held at Interlochen Public Radio.

Guided by project coordinator Dr. Ashley Drake and veteran research strategy consultant Woody Smith (of marketing research firm Avenue ISR), the group began by establishing parameters—including foundations for research and a syllabus— before brainstorming topics the students were most interested in investigating. “We asked what we really wanted to focus on in this particular region that [either] reflects national data or is more specific to the lived experience of the youth here,” Drake says. From there, the students coalesced around a set group of topics before several rounds of revision and feedback produced the survey’s final draft. Then came a period of local outreach wherein the survey was made available to local schools and distributed among the campuses’ social communities (think: extracurricular clubs, sports teams, and the like).

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The survey ran for about three weeks, in which time the group collected 530 responses across 20 high schools. Those responses were in turn used to formulate 11 recommendations to advocate for community youth mental health services. Survey Says By May, the final numbers were in—and the results were more than a little surprising. For starters, there’s the sheer number of local youths experiencing mental health struggles. According to the YWI’s final report, 24 percent of area high schoolers experience moderate-to-severe depression, while about 40 percent report comparable anxiety levels. “I was surprised to see [those percentages] of students feeling anxious, sad, or depressed,” says Drake. “It really just brought to light that many students are silently suffering.”

The study revealed that schoolwork and grades are primary stressors for teens, especially when compared with more obvious triggers like news and social media. Ellen Grams, a Traverse City Central High School student researcher, says that the intense discomfort many students associated with school was an unexpected finding. “I think the survey was really helpful because we got to hear directly from kids,” says Grams. “What they’re experiencing is really specific, and it’s important to bring light to this issue from [their] perspective.” A third takeaway is the tenuous relationship between many students and community mental health resources. Based on the YWI’s study, only about 19 percent of respondents said they felt comfortable approaching school officials, like teachers or counselors, about their mental health, and another 17 percent felt they had no one to talk to at all.







Here are the key research findings from the 2023 Youth Wellness Initiative survey. 1. High school students in northwest lower Michigan are experiencing significant mental wellness challenges today, including anxiety and depression.

Further, of those who indicated that they’d be prepared to ask for help, nearly a third didn’t know where to start. “That was definitely surprising,” says Grams. “I [anticipated] that there was a lack of resources, but I think one thing we took away is that kids really don’t know how to help themselves.” Other notable findings support time outside or in natural spaces and the implementation of “chill-out” zones at school as powerful de-stressing tools for teens. Last but not least, a key component of the YWI’s conclusions calls for the community to help squelch unnecessary stigma and increase access to critical resources. Next Steps So, how will this information be utilized? First and foremost, participating schools and teen-focused organizations plan to increase awareness about mental health resources already in place. From there, the next step is to improve and expand access to those resources. Northwest Education Services (aka North Ed), for example, has spent the last several

years testing and refining mental health curricula with a focus on socio-emotional competencies—e.g., self-awareness, selfmanagement, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making—in all three grade levels throughout its districts. “We want to make sure we’re attuned to our students, and the [YWI] results support the continuation of those programs, as well as new initiatives that might be helpful,” Superintendent Nick Ceglarek says. Ceglarek also underscores a significant and ongoing expansion of school social work positions in North Ed’s districts, as well as staffdevelopment opportunities (many of which surround student health and socio-emotional wellbeing), and recently-implemented peerto-peer programs, which offer safe spaces for students during the day and encourage conversations around mental health. Meanwhile, LIFT Teen Center—which partners with secondary school systems in Northport, Suttons Bay, and Glen Lake— hosts free suicide-prevention trainings (through a program called ASIST), as well as mentorship-based after school activities, field trips, and relationship-building that

promote health and wellness. LIFT also has plans to implement resource guides—“to provide options for managing stress and [contacts] for students who need to talk with someone,” Executive Director Rebekah TenBrink explains—while taking steps to promote the importance of mental health with its younger program participants. “If anything, I think we all know how important it is to have someone in your corner and advocating for you,” she adds. As for whether the student researchers feel their voices are being heard? Drake is cautiously optimistic. “They’re always kind of shocked and delighted when people ask them questions and pay attention to what they have to say. There’s already been a lot that the community has done to think through this, and I think it’s really valuable that it’s being taken seriously,” she says. The real work though, is just beginning. “The onus is on all of us,” TenBrink adds. “We believe in our teens, we believe in our youth, and we will advocate relentlessly to provide them with the world that they should be growing and maturing in.”

2. Many students, especially those experiencing anxiety and depression, do not have anyone they would feel comfortable talking to if they were feeling sad, anxious, or hopeless. 3. Because mental health issues and ways of addressing them are not “normalized,” many students do not know how to address their mental health and are reluctant to seek help when they need it. 4. Students would feel more comfortable talking to friends and family, rather than teachers and coaches, if they were feeling sad, anxious or hopeless. 5. Time spent outside in nature helps the vast majority of students to de-stress. 6. Students in large numbers would use chill out rooms/spaces, opportunities to learn techniques to center and de-stress, more opportunities to talk to counselors or therapists, a school buddy system, and other approaches if they were feeling stressed out, anxious, or down. Learn more and see the full report at

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By Alexandra Dailey There is an innate desire to be warm and cozy this time of year, snuggled up with a blanket near a crackling fire, holding a good book, or having a meaningful conversation. Such an atmospheric desire and setting has a name: hygge. A Danish word and way of life, hygge is defined as a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that creates a feeling of contentment or well-being. Said plainly, hygge means nurturing a warm, welcoming setting to enjoy and share with others. (And no matter what you call it, this kind of comforting, anxiety-free, intentional environment has been proven to help with stress and mental health!) There are multiple elements to creating hygge in your home, and we delved into the process with two interior designers from Petoskey’s The Quiet Moose.

Kristyn Lent and Nadine Hogan bring nearly 50 years of combined experience in interior design to the table, including work on new builds and remodels. When we asked them for tips about creating hygge in the home, both eagerly shared their insight and creative perspectives. First and foremost, it’s important to know that certain areas within a home tend to bring people the most joy. According to Lent and Hogan, those are spaces where people come together with loved ones: the kitchen, dining room, living room, and bedrooms. “Hygge design focuses on creating welcoming and serene spaces and incorporating soft textures and warm color palettes,” explains Lent. “Hygge style gives your home a cozy, lived-in feel with comfortable furniture pieces you can sink into and lighting that provides ambiance.” “Colors like warm, rich neutrals and

blush tones, textures like boucles, faux furs, chunky woven throw blankets, and subtle geometric patterns” all align with the aesthetic, Hogan adds. Wood tones and other natural materials are also a big element of hygge designing. But the best part is that creating a hygge space is achievable without breaking the bank. There’s no need to completely redo an entire room or home—you can commit to a simple hygge nook, a special, quiet place that’s just for you. Start by adding a handful of items; Lent and Hogan recommend incorporating accessories like throw blankets, pillows, rugs, scented candles, and comfy bedding for virtually instantaneous hygge. Brands that fit the bill and come highly recommended by these two designers are Four Hands, Alder & Tweed, Dovetail, and Surya. Other go-to strategies for making your space feel cozy include bringing in greenery

to make an indoor connection with nature (succulents may not be very Scandinavian, but they sure are cute!); opting for soft, warm lighting with candles, twinkly string lights, and lamps instead of brighter overhead lights; and setting out books or photo albums that inspire happiness for you and guests. And we know we’ve already mentioned blankets, but seriously…more blankets. Winter is coming, after all. Ultimately, achieving hygge is a personal endeavor and process, as what creates a homey setting is individual and subjective. For Lent and Hogan, it’s fairly simple: you want to make a “space to unwind, reflect on the day, journal, read a book, light a fire, have a cup of tea or glass of wine, and enjoy conversation with a loved one,” Lent says. Shop all things hygge at The Quiet Moose at 300 E. Mitchell St. in Petoskey.

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Pumpkins are Good for More Than Pie... and Here’s Why Inside the Ingredients

By Nora Rae Pearl Acorn, autumn frost, buttercup, carnival, delicata, kabocha, and sweet dumpling. These are just a few of the winter squash varieties we get to look forward to this season. Who says late fall produce is boring? Take the butterkin for instance; it has the skin of butternut, the shape of a pumpkin, with a flavor and texture superior to both. Use it in place of pumpkin for pie, or try the soup recipe below to see how this squash’s unique profile can really shine. To find some gorgeous gourds, check out Matt Harris Farm in Honor, Gallagher’s Farm Market in Traverse City, or Pond Hill Farm in Harbor Springs. And then let’s get cooking.

Butterkin Soup in a Bread Bowl A savory soup in a homemade bread pumpkin with a touch of sweetness. Soup Ingredients • 2 tablespoons olive oil • 1 medium onion, finely diced • 1 1/2 tablespoons flour • 15 oz. can full fat coconut milk • 1/4 cup brown sugar • 1 teaspoon black pepper • 1 teaspoon curry powder • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper • 3 to 4 cups butterkin mash • 2 1/2 cups water • 1 teaspoon sea salt • Salted pepitas

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Bread Bowl Ingredients • 4 1/2 cups flour • 1 tablespoon sugar • 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast (1 pack) • 2 teaspoons sea salt • 1 2/3 to 2 cups water • 48 12-inch long pieces of kitchen string • 2 tablespoons oil

A new spin on the French classic, Croque Monsieur. Squash Ingredients • 1 baby butternut • 3 tablespoons olive oil • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

Instructions To make butterkin mash: Cut two butterkins in half and remove the seeds. Lightly brush cut sides with olive oil, sprinkle a pinch of salt over each, and place cut side down on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Roast at 400 degrees until tender, about one hour. Let cool. Scoop out the insides, place in a bowl, then mash until semi-smooth, with some chunky bits remaining. To make bread bowls: In a large bowl, mix together everything except water. Make a well in the center, add 1 2/3 cups of the water. Work until a dough forms. Add more water if the dough is too dry. Knead for two minutes until the dough is smooth. Cover and set in a warm place to rise until doubled, around one hour. Place a tablespoon of oil on a shallow plate. Rub the string in the oil so it is lightly greased. This will help remove the string after the bread is baked. On a lightly floured surface, turn out dough. Divide into six pieces. Shape each into a ball. Arrange 8 pieces of kitchen string into a snowflake like pattern. They should all overlap in the center. Place one ball, seam side down, over the center. Loosely tie opposite strings over the ball. The dough will double after rising and baking, so the strings should not be tight at this stage. Carefully transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining balls. Cover and let rise until very puffy, 25 to 35 minutes. Uncover risen dough. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden. Let cool for 10 minutes, then remove strings. Cut a circle out of each top, and remove to create space for soup. To make soup: Heat oil in a medium pot over medium heat. Add onion and cook for a few minutes until translucent. Add flour and cook for one minute. Stir in milk. Cook until thickened, about a minute. Stir in sugar. Add spices and cook for one minute. Add butterkin and half of the water. Stir until smooth. Add enough water until thinned to your liking. Bring to a simmer for 10 minutes. Sprinkle in salt. Ladle into bread bowls, top with salted pepitas, and serve.

Béchamel Ingredients • 5 tablespoons butter • 1 small onion, finely diced • 3 garlic cloves, minced • 1/3 cup flour • 2 1/4 cups whole milk • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt • 1/2 teaspoon pepper • 2 pinches nutmeg Topping Ingredients • 2 large handfuls baby spinach • 1 tablespoon olive oil • 2 garlic cloves, minced • 6 thick slices of sourdough bread • 7 oz. gouda, shredded or thinly sliced • 2 oz. parmesan, shredded Instructions To make squash: Peel and seed the butternut. Cut in half. Slice into 1/8-1/4 inch thick half moons. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet; the slices can overlap. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle on thyme. Season with salt and pepper. Roast at 400 degrees for 30 minutes, or until tender. To make béchamel: Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, cook until translucent. Stir in garlic. Whisk in the flour, cook for one minute. Gradually work in the milk, stirring constantly. Once thick and bubbly, take off the heat. Stir in salt, pepper, and nutmeg. To assemble: Arrange bread slices on a baking sheet. Divide béchamel between slices, then spread to edges leaving a small border. Lay a few slices of butternut across each. In a bowl, toss spinach with oil and garlic. Divide between slices. Top with gouda, then finish with parmesan. Bake at 425 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes until golden. Eat hot!

Nora Rae Pearl is 99 percent foodie and 1 percent chef. When she is not writing about food, she can be found waiting in line at the farmers market hoping to get a croissant before they run out. Photo credits Cody Werme.

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From Community Solutions to Systemic Challenges Two TC counselors on the therapist shortage and how to connect instead of cope

By Ashlee Cowles Finding a therapist who is able to take on new clients in our post-pandemic landscape continues to be a challenge, and yet the need for mental health practitioners has never been so apparent. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) says one in five U.S. adults experience mental illness each year, but less than 50 percent of those folks receive treatment. Meanwhile, the National Council of Mental Wellbeing estimates people wait an average of six weeks for access to behavioral health services; the wait can be months for specialists. Many therapists have long waiting lists as the demand for mental health care grows. But even if it takes a bit of searching and waiting to find the right therapist, reaching out is still worth the effort. “Anybody can seek out therapy, anybody who feels stuck,” says Jessie Horness, a counselor and psychotherapist serving clients in northern Michigan. The Human Experience Horness insists that therapy isn’t just for those who feel like they are at the end of their frayed rope. As her mentor in grad school used to say, “Therapy is just consensual manipulation. You tell me where you want to go, and I just help you get there.” Although she has pursued several healing professions, Horness initially went to school to become an actor. Thanks to this background, she developed an interest in “shifting state through storytelling” and notes that “storytelling is therapeutic in various cultures—including ours. We just forget.” After studying yoga in India and considering rabbinical school, Horness returned to the idea of counseling and pursued a Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. “A theme for me is wanting to engage with people in the human experience and hold space for the human experience,” says Horness, who began counseling in 2020 and entered private practice in 2023.

Like many therapists, Horness starts the process with a consultation call to see if she and the client are a good fit. That means talking about reasons for entering therapy, goals for the future, and having a general sense of comfort and safety on both ends—requirements for digging into tough topics. She acknowledges that it is difficult to describe her ideal client because the things that make her a good fit with people tend to be more nebulous. “But I can tell you where I do work where I’m really proud.” That work tends to be with people who have intense personal experiences they don’t know how to reckon with. “My approach is about getting our capacity for feelings bigger rather than making those feelings go away.” Horness is also interested in zooming out beyond our internal experiences so her clients can look at systemic challenges and generational harm. “Living under these conditions isn’t working.” Horness describes our society’s loss of deep connection and community, as well as the impact this has on mental health. “We are increasingly isolated and unable to reckon with our humanity…We’re told to be happy all the time, but we’re not given tools for the existential questions.” Horness notes that most mental health trends we’re seeing right now existed well before the additional stressors of the pandemic, which merely exposed the full extent of the wound. “We are seeing it now,” she says, but people have been experiencing these challenges for a long time. Rewriting the Narrative Caroline Thomas, a licensed master social worker (LMSW) with Head and Heart Therapeutic Solutions in Traverse City, also recognizes the impact of systemic trauma. She says the current shortage of mental health professionals is spurring the field to move from an individualistic perspective to more holistic care. “What we’re facing now is that we can’t solve all the problems impacting people’s

mental health on a one-to-one level.” As an example of this, Thomas notes that the experience of discrimination—whether it’s racism, fatphobia, or misogyny—is the single most significant pre-existing condition for physical and mental health issues. “I’m not going to be able to ‘cure’ the fact that you’re experiencing racism with coping skills,” she says. “I’m not going to be able to teach you the right way to think about something and mindfully cope with the housing shortage.” Part of Thomas’s approach is helping her clients view symptoms not as evidence that “something is wrong with me,” but as a normative response to frightening occurrences taking place in our world—things like a global pandemic and climate change. “We can’t talk or think our way out of the physical experience of emotions and must honor the way the body holds and responds to stress and trauma,” says Thomas, who mentions Parts Work, EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) therapy, yoga, tapping, and mindfulness techniques as ways practitioners are pursuing holistic care that puts the body and nervous system at the center of treatment. Thomas grew up in northern Michigan and had an experience with a phenomenal social worker at East Middle School, which made her aware of the profound impact mental health practitioners can have on people’s lives. From an early age, Thomas knew she was going to pursue a care profession of some sort. “I’ve always been really curious about people,” she says. Thomas works primarily with adults from late adolescence through all life stages. “I talk about myself as a trauma therapist, but I think trauma is pretty all-encompassing. A lot of what we experience as anxiety is really that somewhere along the way, we learned that we’re not safe or not good enough, and then we have symptoms of anxiety as a result of that trauma.” Thomas’s end goal is helping her clients excavate where their beliefs and symptoms

began so they can rewrite a narrative that is a lot more self-compassionate. Compassion and Community If you’re feeling stuck while waiting for a therapist to have an opening in their schedule, what can you do in the meantime? Thomas and Horness each offered a few straightforward—though not easy—tips. Thomas says self-compassion is essential. “We can be so hard on ourselves, and people often don’t notice their self-talk, but it can get really cruel.” Whether that self-talk comes out as shame or comparing yourself to other people, Thomas recommends getting really curious about our self-talk and other symptoms in a nonjudgmental way. As soon as we begin to notice what is happening in our body, Thomas says we create a little space from that experience, which enables us to not be completely consumed by it. Both Thomas and Horness also stress the importance of seeking out an in-person community made up of people who share your intentional values, even if that is something as simple as finding a group of friends you go walking with once a week. Much of the time it isn’t more self-care that we need, but more connection. Horness notes the importance of community activities that were once commonplace in most societies but that have become less frequent in our isolated age. Holding community dinners at her house for Shabbat, for example, has ended up being one of the most enriching things Horness has done to cultivate more connection, and it’s helped her fight isolation in ways she hadn’t anticipated. And last but not least…stop checking Facebook. “Definitely get off social media as soon as possible,” adds Thomas. “If I could wave a magic wand…” Abandoning these dopamine-releasing apps may be easier said than done, but she believes it can make a huge difference.

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RECLAIMED, RECYCLED, AND REDEEMED This Mansitee store is a magnet for artisans, shoppers, and DIYers alike

By Brighid Driscoll Denice Leonard grew up in a small town just south of Manistee and then spent 23 years away from the area while her husband served in the U.S. Navy. “When we retired, we moved back here, and I started working in the medical field,” Leonard says. On weekends, she began selling glass pieces and home décor that she painted by hand. In November 2015, she discovered Redeemed Furniture Art and Decor, locally known as Redeemed Manistee. Leonard was instantly drawn to the market and, a couple of months later, had her own booth. She loved everything about Redeemed and let the owner know. “I kept telling her, ‘As soon as you’re ready to sell, let me know. I’ll write the check.’” That day came in 2017, and Leonard has been the proud owner ever since. The first order of business for Leonard as the new owner was to add more. “I said, ‘We’re gonna pack it and stack it!’ I didn’t want minimalism or clean lines. We have over 5,000 square feet of space, and we’re

going to use it all. … We’ve wowed the community since then.” Redeemed Manistee is a market-style shop with over 50 vendors selling unique goods—that means everything from furniture to décor, handmade jewelry to vintage clothing, and bath products to treats like jams, jellies, and maple syrup from local farms. Leonard thoughtfully chooses the vendors and products, looking at what the market already has and what it needs to stand out. Would-be vendors need to offer something that Redeemed doesn’t currently carry. “I want to see how you set a display up and how what you create is unique,” Leonard says of the vetting process. “I have someone right now who does picture frames made with Michigan rocks, hand-drawn wine glasses with beach stones in them, and she also does stained glass. So, I won’t bring in another artisan who makes things like that.” Also offered at Redeemed are crafting classes. Think of your grandmother’s buffet table or credenza—dark, heavy pieces that are well made but not gelling with your current décor. Leonard’s furniture painting

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classes aim to help you revive and transform these older pieces that feel outdated but are too precious to haul to the curb. The classroom space is also open to those who'd like to offer DIY classes. “If somebody wants to come in and teach a jewelry class, we have the room for it. We also have a lady who does cookie decorating classes; those are fun,” Leonard says. If you’re feeling crafty but need help figuring out where to get started, Leonard has given us some fun DIY ideas for all experience levels. With the holiday season in the offing, consider making a handmade gift for a loved one or using one of these projects as an excellent way to unwind. Beginner: Forever Bouquets Bouquets are always a welcome gift and a great way to spruce up any area of the home. The only downside is that they only last so long. Creating a dried bouquet is a charming and sustainable way to capture the beauty of flowers you can keep around for much longer. “A lot of my girls find things in the wild to harvest,” says Leonard. Once harvested,

the flowers are hung upside down in a cool, dry place to air dry, preserving their colors and shapes. Create your own bouquet by selecting a variety of flowers (dry yourself or shop options at Redeemed). Trim the stems to your liking and arrange the dried flowers. Incorporate complementary textures and colors for visual interest, like dried grasses, herbs, or seed pods for an organic touch. Secure the bouquet with twine or ribbon, and enjoy the long-lasting beauty of your handcrafted arrangement. Intermediate: Mood Boards Gaining popularity over the last decade or so are mood boards, i.e., aspirational posters created with pictures, words, and magazine clippings. These posters are made best with Mod Podge. (History buff moment: Mod Podge crafts have a rich history dating back to the 1960s, when Jan Wetstone, a teacher and artist, created this versatile adhesive and sealer. It gained popularity during the DIY and crafting movements, becoming an essential component for decoupage, collages, and other creative projects.)




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and out of the classroom. So, that means no credenza, but you’ll be able to get the hang of painting on something smaller before taking on the big project. Other tips to revamp your furniture piece include installing new knobs or drawer pulls (or polishing up the ones already on it) and lining drawers with liners in a complementary print or color. And if a different DIY project excites you but you don’t know where to begin, Leonard says to come on in. “Come visit us here. Inspiration begins at Redeemed, and we have all kinds. … Plenty of people come in wanting to transform something they have based on something they saw on Pinterest.” The best way to stay up to date with upcoming classes and all other store information is to like the Redeemed Facebook page: redeemedenterprises


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Bringing Mental Health Care Closer to Home The Justin A. Borra Behavioral Health Center in Cheboygan has opened its doors By Art Bukowski It didn’t take long for Megan Tierney to realize her workplace is poised to make a huge impact on the surrounding community. Tierney is a nurse manager at the new Justin A. Borra Behavioral Health Center in Cheboygan, part of McLaren Northern Michigan. The facility is designed to treat patients with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and a host of other mental health issues on an inpatient basis, meaning they reside there for a time. Many Cheboygan-area patients facing crises tied to these disorders end up in emergency rooms for days or weeks with no place else to go, Tierney says, or have to travel far away for care. The new behavioral health center, which accepted its first patient in September, is a ray of hope for local patients, their families, and those who care for them. “The first thing that I noticed was the local community mental health department, local therapists, social workers, the local ER, places that have had difficulty placing these patients, they’re just very excited that we’re now going to be here to provide these services,” Tierney says. “They’re responsible for finding patients beds in our area, and they know the struggle and how sad it is to see them have to go hours away from their family to receive treatment.” The facility has 18 beds in its Pulte Family Foundation Adult Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit. Officials at McLaren say those beds will provide a significant boost to the 35 licensed inpatient beds located elsewhere across the 22 counties that McLaren Northern Michigan serves. For context, McLaren’s two emergency departments saw 892 behavioral health patients in 2020, and every day at least two such patients get stuck in the ER because there is no available inpatient facility to send them to. “In all the United States, less than one third of the population lives in an area where they have enough behavioral healthcare, where they can see a psychiatrist or another mental health professional. And these services are usually less available in rural areas,” says Dr. Matt McKenna, medical director at the Justin A. Borra facility. “It’s very difficult to see folks who need psychiatric care…having to wait. What they

go through in waiting is painful.” The facility also includes the McDonald Partial Hospitalization Program, a lessintense treatment layer in which patients receive care throughout the day but go home at night. This allows medical staff to address patients’ symptoms before they become severe enough to require inpatient care. It also gives patients leaving inpatient care a measured program in a structured environment that eases them back into everyday life. “One of the reasons the partial hospitalization program is going to be so helpful is it can be a big step going from the hospital right back into outpatient,” McKenna says. “Partial hospitalization is sort of in between…it’s like a step down from the hospital.” “It’s going to be so awesome to have in our area,” Tierney adds of the partial hospitalization program. “It’s a really good buffer for people who don’t meet inpatient criteria but still need a significant amount of help. And for us on the inpatient side, sometimes people are ready for discharge, but we care for them and want them to be successful, and there’s times that we’re all thinking they would be a good fit for a partial program.” While the Justin A. Borra Behavioral Health Center cut the ribbon in June, it has only served five patients (as of this writing) after accepting its first patient in September. Officials are only allowed to have three patients at a time while waiting for various accreditation processes to complete, McKenna says. “There’s a lot of hoops to jump through… and for good reason. They are important from a quality standpoint,” he says. “But it affects the timeline.” The waiting hasn’t been all bad, McKenna acknowledges. It’s given staff extra time to get to know each other, get extra training, and fine-tune their grasp on policies, procedures, and other details. “It’s allowed everyone to get a little more training and work together as a team prior to fully opening, and it shows,” McKenna says. “They really have gelled well as a team, and that makes a world of difference.” The delay also convinced Tierney that the staff remaining after the many-month wait—some had been there since April or earlier—is composed of the best people she



“In all the United States, less than one third of the population lives in an area where they have enough behavioral healthcare, where they can see a psychiatrist or another mental health professional. And these services are usually less available in rural areas,” says Dr. Matt McKenna. could ask for. “Even though we were waiting, and we were anxious, and everyone had to be patient, it was showing me the resilience that everyone has,” Tierney says. “It told me that this team is really committed and really believes in what we’re doing and wants to care for these patients…You could tell that it paid off when we finally did open and started seeing our first patients come in the door. It was rewarding for me to see that.” McKenna tells us he’s especially grateful to all the major donors that stepped up to make the facility possible, as their philanthropy will help a tremendous amount of people over time. “The need is immense, and these families, these donors have really stepped up,” he says. “The whole community has stepped up…to make a difference in

trying to meet that need.” In the months and years ahead, McKenna hopes to analyze information gathered from patients to continuously improve the center. It’s more than just standard metrics, he explains; he wants to know if the center is actually making a difference, and individual patient discussions will help him determine if it is. “We’re very patient centered, and we’ll want to get feedback from the patients. We want them to have a true experience of what this should be, where they have as many things addressed as possible,” McKenna says. “Each person is much more complex than any book or any computer, and we want to do as much as we can to really go above and beyond. Their feedback and how they feel is going to be one of the most important things.”

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from area restaurants with some establishments offering two for one pricing. ----------------------------ZONTA CLUB OF PETOSKEY’S 51ST ANNUAL FASHION SHOW: SOLD OUT: 11am2pm, Bay Harbor Yacht Club, Lange Center. “Wise, Wonderful, Women” will present its full runway show & highlight the latest fall & winter fashions from more than 30 retailers in the Petoskey-Harbor Springs area, & include an elegant lunch, entertainment, a silent auction & a gift basket raffle. Michelle Chenard will perform live music & the DJ will be Parker Marshall. Zonta Club of Petoskey supports organizations that improve the status of girls & women. $100. ----------------------------BOOK SIGNING: 1-3pm, Horizon Books, TC. Chuck Collins will sign his book “Altar to an Erupting Sun,” a near-future story of one community facing climate disruption in the critical decade ahead. Free. altar-erupting-sun-chuck-collins-book-signing ----------------------------GENEALOGY “SHOW & TELL” - SHARING OUR HEIRLOOM STORIES: 1-3pm, Boyne District Library, Lower-Level Community Room, Boyne City. Bring some of your own family heirlooms or personal treasures. Long-time local historian, genealogist & archivist, Patrick McCleary, will lead the group’s discussion. Free. ----------------------------HOLIDAY ARTISAN MARKET: 1-5pm, Iron Fish Distillery barn, Thompsonville. Enjoy cocktails while you shop from the talents of 25 local crafters from the regions of Benzie, Manistee, Grand Traverse & beyond. Complimentary gift wrapping. ironfishdistillery. com/eventbrite-event/holiday-artisan-market ----------------------------“STEEL MAGNOLIAS”: 2pm & 7pm, Cadillac Elks Club. Join the women of Chinquapin, Louisiana at Truvy’s Salon, where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done. $11. ----------------------------COMEDY FOR COMMUNITY: Truck Stop, Cadillac. NMCAA’s Homeless Prevention

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COFFEE & CONVERSATION AT THE CHAMBER: 8-10am, Harbor Springs Area Chamber office, 118 E. Main St., Harbor Springs. Connect with Chamber staff & other members. Free. ----------------------------PETOSKEY’S FALL RESTAURANT WEEK: (See Sat., Nov. 4) ----------------------------NORTHPORT WOMEN’S CLUB MEETING: 1pm, Trinity Church, Northport. Guest speaker Lori Wilson will explain collecting postcards, stamps, coins, vintage advertising materials, & other ephemeral objects. Area women are welcome to attend by calling Jacquie Johnson: 231-432-0771 or Marsha DeBoer: 734-546-9955. Free.

TECH TUESDAY: GMAIL: 3pm, Leelanau Township Library, Northport. Open to anyone wanting to learn how to set up & start using Gmail, Google’s free, web-based email service. Free. ----------------------------DR. ROBERT VAN DELLEN: “REFLECTIONS ON LITERATURE”: 7pm, Glen Lake Library, Program Room, Empire. Van Dellen will discuss his new book “Reflections on Literature: Exploring Meanings & Messages.” This first volume of a planned series explores the works of significant 20th century authors, including Virginia Woolf, Ernest Hemingway, George Orwell & more. ----------------------------GRAND TRAVERSE ICE YACHT CLUB MEETING: 7pm, Grand Traverse Yacht Club, Greilickville. For those interested in ice boating. Social hour at 6pm; meeting at 7pm. Held the first Tues. of each month. facebook. com/groups/GTIYC ----------------------------GRAND TRAVERSE KENNEL CLUB MEETING: 7pm, Incredible Mo’s, Grawn. New members welcome. Free. ----------------------------LAMB’S LELAND SONGWRITERS CONCERT: 7pm, Old Art Building, Leland. Hosted by John D. Lamb & featuring artists Pierce Pettis, Amy Rigby, Michael McNevin, & artists-in-residence from the 29th Annual Lamb’s Retreat for Songwriters, which takes place Nov. 2-12. Each weekend session includes 40 songwriters with presentations from touring artists. Lamb gives each attendee a specially tailored songwriting assignment. The new original compositions are performed on the final day of each weekend. The midweek public concert on Tues., Nov. 7 is an opportunity for the public to enjoy performances of songs that have been written at Lamb’s Retreat. Donations. ----------------------------GUEST ARTIST RECITAL: SOYEON KATE LEE, PIANO: 7:30pm, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Dendrinos Chapel & Recital Hall. Lee is a Naxos recording artist & internationally awarded performer. She currently serves as piano faculty at The Juilliard School & on the piano faculty at Bowdoin International Music Festival. Free.

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NMCAA’S LAUNDRY PROJECT: 8:30-11:30am, Eastfield Laundry, TC. Free laundry service for those in need. Call 947-3780 with questions. ----------------------------PETOSKEY’S FALL RESTAURANT WEEK: (See Sat., Nov. 4) ----------------------------VETERAN’S DAY REMEMBRANCE: 11am, ASI Community Center & Park, Bellaire. All Armed Forces Veterans will be honored with a free dinner for them & their spouses. NonVeterans over 60: $3. Non-Veterans under 60: $5. A special program will be presented. Reserve your spot: 231-533-8703. ----------------------------GRAND TRAVERSE MUSICALE FALL CONCERT: 1pm, First Congregational Church, TC. Featured performers will be the choirs & singers of St. Francis High School. Also includes 2023 Scholarship Winner, Annabelle Batie. Free. ----------------------------BOOKENDS BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP: 2pm, Suttons Bay Bingham District Library. Books for the upcoming month will be available at the library’s front desk, or use the Libby app to borrow the title from the library’s digital collection. November’s selection is “The High Mountains of Portugal” by Yann Martel. At this meeting, you will also pick your upcoming BOOKENDs reads for January, February, & March. Free. ----------------------------AUTHOR EVENT: END OF THE TRAIL WITH JIM DUFRESNE: 6:30pm, Traverse Area District Library, TC. “A Life Well Spent Walking in the Woods and Sleeping on the Ground.” Michigan author of outdoor & travel guidebooks will share highlights of his best wilderness adventures throughout his long career, taking you into the wilds of New Zealand, Alaska, Isle Royale. Free. ----------------------------INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS FORUM “MIDEAST WATER: WHEN THE WELL RUNS DRY”: Dennos Museum Center, Milliken Auditorium, NMC, TC. Featuring Kaveh Madani, Ph.D., environmental scientist & director of the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health.

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KAIR 2023 FESTIVAL OF TREES: 10am-7pm, Northland Plaza, Kalkaska. Nov. 10-18. Includes decorated trees & themed trees for raffle & more. Benefits Kalkaska Area Interfaith Resources Food Pantry. “Family Day Celebration” is held on Sat., Nov. 11 from 1-3pm. Visit with Santa Claus, enjoy live music by Patty Cox, as well as sweet treats & Santa’s reindeer. Free admission. ----------------------------TRAVERSE CITY FESTIVAL OF TREES: Golden-Fowler Home Furnishings, TC. Presented by Golden-Fowler Home Furnishings to benefit the Zonta Club of Traverse City. Tall Tree Gallery & Tiny Tree Tour: Nov. 10-12. Yuletide Emporium: Nov. 10-12. Jingle Mingle + Silent Auction: Party with a Purpose - Nov. 10, 5:30-7:30pm. Tickets are $30/person or $50/pair through eventbrite. Foodie Friday: Nov. 10, 10am-5pm. Sing-A-Long Saturday: Nov. 11, 10am-5pm. Holly Jolly Sunday: Nov. 12, noon-4pm. ----------------------------STORYTIME: 10:30am, Leland Township Library, Leland. Stories & more for patrons aged 0-6 & their caregivers. Free. ----------------------------PETOSKEY’S FALL RESTAURANT WEEK: (See Sat., Nov. 4) ----------------------------VFW POST 1518 VETERANS DAY CEREMONY: 11am, Otsego County War Memorial, Main & Court streets, Gaylord. Guest speaker: U.S. Army, Major (retired) Jonathon Turnbull. Music by GMS choir & band, tributes, wreath presentations, rifle salute, Taps. ----------------------------MESSAGE OF THANKS VETERANS LUNCHEON: Noon-2:30pm, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Gaylord. Free for Veterans; $5 per guest (limit of one). Haircuts on site, giveaways & much more. 989-217-0399. ----------------------------TINKER BY TWILIGHT RECEPTION: HOLIDAY ART & ARTISAN MARKET OPENING: 4-8pm, Tinker Studio, TC. Shop the holiday decor & selection of gift ideas made by local artists & artisans, while enjoying a twinkling atmosphere of luminaria, festive sips & nibbles & more. Free to attend. ----------------------------VETERANS DAY CONCERT & HONOR BANQUET BBQ: 5pm, Zion Lutheran Church of Petoskey. Featuring The 126th Army Band. Free for all Veterans, service members, public safety (fire, police, EMS) & their families. Free-will donation for the general public. RSVP link: ----------------------------FOUND IN TRANSLATION: TRAVERSE CITY OPERA: 7pm, Old Art Building, Leland. Enjoy beloved opera classics in their original language, accompanied by commentary & dramatic scenes performed in contemporary English. $20 OAB member, $25 nonmember. ----------------------------“CATS”: 7:30pm, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Corson Auditorium. Experience Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-winning mega musical as the Arts Academy Theatre Division stages “Cats.” $38 adult; $19 child through college.

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“LOOK WHO’S TALKING HEADS”: 7:30pm, The Alluvion, TC. Presented by Mashup Rock & Roll Musical, this is a remix parody of the 1989 film “Look Who’s Talking” with music by The Talking Heads. The story revolves around parenthood as well as the idea of found family, & seeks to celebrate that not all families look alike but that a strong community is key to raising a happy child. The Nov. 12 performance is a special pay what you can performance with a minimum price of $5. $28 GA; $38 VIP reserved front row. ----------------------------SCROOGE! THE MUSICAL: 7:30pm, Cheboygan Opera House. Presented by the Northland Players Community Theater. Written by Leslie Bricusse, based on the classic “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens, presented in arrangement with Concord Theatricals. $20 GA; $10 students; $15 Senior Matinee. ----------------------------INTERLOCHEN CENTER FOR THE ARTS CLASSICAL CHAMBER MUSICAL SHOWCASE: 8pm, City Opera House, TC. “Interlochen in Town” series. This performance features Interlochen Arts Academy music students performing a diverse selection of classical ensemble works in a variety of styles & instrumentations. $20-$25; students 18 & under, $10. ----------------------------THE MARSHALL TUCKER BAND: SOLD OUT: 8pm, Odawa Casino Resort, Ovation Hall, Petoskey. Noted for incorporating blues, country & jazz into an eclectic sound, The Marshall Tucker Band helped establish the Southern rock genre in the early 1970s. ----------------------------COUNTRY CONCERT SERIES: JAY ALLEN, WITH DJ TO FOLLOW: 9pm, Odawa Casino Resort, Victories, Petoskey. $10.

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THISTLE & THREAD HOLIDAY GALLERY: 8am-4pm, Suttons Bay/Bingham Fire Hall. Homemade arts & crafts from area artisans, including quilts, photography, pottery, jewelry, baby items, ornaments, stained glass, holiday & home decor, & much more. Free admission. ----------------------------LONG LAKE CRAFT SHOW: 9am-3pm, Long Lake Elementary, TC. Featuring more than 60 local vendors, a bake sale, lunch & more. Free admission. ----------------------------TOY TOWN TROT 5K: 9am. Starts behind Toy Town at Lake St., Cadillac. Benefits Toys for Tots of Wexford & Missaukee counties. $30-$35. ----------------------------VETERANS FOR PEACE - ARMISTICE DAY EVENT: 9am-3pm, The Open Space, TC. Commemorating fallen soldiers of past wars. ----------------------------HOLIDAY ART & ARTISAN MARKET: 10am-5pm, Tinker Studio, TC. Shop holiday decor & a big selection of gift ideas made by local artists & artisans. events ----------------------------KAIR 2023 FESTIVAL OF TREES: (See Fri., Nov. 10) ----------------------------OPEN STUDIO, PETOSKEY: 10am-1pm, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Visual Arts Room, Petoskey. Drop-in art for all ages. New projects are offered each week. Free.

SHOP YOUR COMMUNITY DAY: Downtown TC. Held all day. For every purchase you make at participating downtown merchants, 15% of the sale will be donated to the organization (non-profit) of your choice. ----------------------------TRAVERSE CITY FESTIVAL OF TREES: (See Fri., Nov. 10) ----------------------------WINTER MARKET: 10am, Grow Benzie Event Center, Benzonia. Grow Benzie is hosting a holiday market celebrating partner organizations, small businesses, & crafters. Check out a wide range of gifts, trinkets, & treats. michigan-rocks-twah9-yfd4r-tgj3c-mkwbkxexaw-62sa9 ----------------------------LITTLE WAVES: 10:30am, Petoskey District Library. Hosted by the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra. Features a multimedia musical storybook time & a chance to see one or more of the many instruments of the orchestra up close. For ages 4-10. Free tickets for Veterans, active service members & students under 18 by calling: 231-487-0010. ----------------------------DEER WIDOWS WEEKEND: 11am-3pm, The Village at GT Commons, TC. Featuring a 2-day indoor craft & vendor show in Kirkbride Hall. The first 250 through the doors each day will receive a free logo bag. There will also be complimentary tunnel tours, $5 mimosa specials & Village Gift Basket giveaways. Free. ----------------------------PETOSKEY’S FALL RESTAURANT WEEK: (See Sat., Nov. 4) ----------------------------WILD TURKEY TROT 5K: 11am, Grass River Natural Area, Bellaire. Register. $18 without shirt; $30 with shirt. ----------------------------BOOK SIGNING: 1-3pm, Horizon Books, TC. Ellie Harold will sign her book “Monet, Mitchell and Me.” Free. event/monet-mitchell-and-me-ellie-haroldbook-signing ----------------------------SIXTH ANNUAL FLAPJACKS & FLANNEL FESTIVAL: 1-6pm, Jacob’s Farm, TC. Bundle up & bring your best appetite! Wear your flannel, choose from beers, wines & cocktails paired with flapjacks, see the Jack Pine Lumberjack Show with Nine-Time World Champion Logroller Dan McDonough, & enjoy live music from Austin Benzing & Hatchwing Rider. Tickets: $15-$99 on jacobsfarmtc. com/livemusic/flapjack-flannel-festival ----------------------------“LOOK WHO’S TALKING HEADS”: (See Sat., Nov. 10, except today’s times are 2pm & 7:30pm.) ----------------------------AMERICAN LEGION POST 531 VETERANS SPAGHETTI DINNER: 4-6pm, 18483 Cadillac Hwy., Copemish. Free for all Veterans. All other adults: $10; children 12 & under: $7. 231-970-9068. ----------------------------HARBOR SPRINGS LADIES NIGHT OUT: 4:30-7:30pm, Harbor Springs. Get your passport at any open business to make purchases & get passports initialed. Make a wish list for your loved ones. Turn in your passport at the end of the evening & join in for the postevening celebration at Stafford’s Pier; doors open at 7pm; raffle drawing at 8pm. Free. ladies-night-out-2023-13508 ----------------------------MAY ERLEWINE: 7-9pm, Dennos Museum Center, Milliken Auditorium, NMC, TC. With a gift for writing songs of substance, Erlewine’s lyrics are rooted in wisdom, joy, sorrow, simplicity & love. $25-$30. may-erlewine-tickets-139675

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SCHROCK BROS BAND: 7-9pm, Cadillac Elks Lodge. Presented by Gopherwood Concerts. This Americana/roots/blues ensemble features the lead vocals & family harmony of brothers Andrew & Jasen, with ‘Papa’ Mark Schrock. They are joined by Peter Madcat Ruth on harmonica & Michael Shimmin on drums. $9-$18. schrock-bros-band-11-11-2023 ----------------------------“CATS”: (See Fri., Nov. 10) ----------------------------BLISSFEST TRADITIONAL COUNTRY DANCE: 7:30-10pm, Littlefield-Alanson Community Building, Alanson. Enjoy contra, square & waltz for $10/person, $5/student, kids 12 & under free. No partner necessary. Potluck from 6-7:30pm - bring your tableware. ----------------------------SCROOGE! THE MUSICAL: (See Fri., Nov. 10) ----------------------------TRAVERSE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA - SPENCER MYER, PIANO: 7:30pm, Cathedral Barn at Historic Barns Park, TC. Enjoy this solo recital featuring Chopin’s Four Impromptus & Debussy’s Preludes Book 2. With a reputation for his poetic & sensitive interpretations, Myer’s performances have also been praised by critics & audiences for their technical precision & emotional depth. Students & 1st-time attendees, call for 50% off. $45.50. spencer-myer ----------------------------KIP MOORE: SOLD OUT: 8-10:30pm, Little River Casino Resort, Manistee. Multi-Platinum singer/songwriter Kip Moore’s latest studio album is “Damn Love.” Bringing a bit more southern rock than traditional country, Moore is also known for hits “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck,” “Hey Pretty Girl,” “Beer Money,” & more. $70-$85. ----------------------------LEWIS BLACK - OFF THE RAILS: 8pm, City Opera House, TC. This two-time Grammy award winning comedian/actor/writer known as the King of Rant is known for his trademark style of comedic yelling & finger pointing. $65, $55.

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DEER WIDOWS WEEKEND: (See Sat., Nov. 11, except today’s time is 10am2pm.) -------------------HOLIDAY ART & ARTISAN MARKET: (See Sat., Nov. 11) ----------------------------KAIR 2023 FESTIVAL OF TREES: (See Fri., Nov. 10) ----------------------------TRAVERSE CITY FESTIVAL OF TREES: (See Fri., Nov. 10) ----------------------------PETOSKEY’S FALL RESTAURANT WEEK: (See Sat., Nov. 4) ----------------------------ONE MAN PLAY: OLD WILBUR: 1pm, Traverse Area District Library, TC. Raymond Goodwin, author of Michigan Notable Book, “Sawdusted: Notes from a Post-Mill Boom” will perform his new one man play, “Old Wilbur.” Free. ----------------------------SECOND SUNDAY ART PROJECT: WEAVING: 1-3pm, Dennos Museum Center, NMC, TC. Drop in & get creative with a family-friendly art activity led by docents in the sculpture court. This month’s project will be inspired by the Northland Weavers and Fiber Artist’s Guild exhibition. Free with the price of admission. ----------------------------“CATS”: SOLD OUT: 2pm, Interlochen Cen-

ter for the Arts, Corson Auditorium. Experience Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Awardwinning mega musical as the Arts Academy Theatre Division stages “Cats.” interlochen. org/events/cats-2023-11-12 ----------------------------SCROOGE! THE MUSICAL: (See Fri., Nov. 10, except today’s time is 2pm.) ----------------------------WRECK OF THE EDMUND FITZGERALD: 2pm, Alden District Library. Darin McClellan will discuss the history of the Great Lakes Freighter & examine the theories of how the freighter sank 48 years ago during a storm on November 10, 1975 in Lake Superior, followed by a tolling of a memorial bell for each of the 29 crew members lost. 231-331-4318. Free. ----------------------------TRAVERSE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA - SPENCER MYER, PIANO: 3pm, Cathedral Barn at Historic Barns Park, TC. Enjoy this solo recital featuring Chopin’s Four Impromptus & Debussy’s Preludes Book 2. With a reputation for his poetic & sensitive interpretations, Myer’s performances have also been praised by critics & audiences for their technical precision & emotional depth. Students & 1st-time attendees, call for 50% off: 947-7120. $45.50. traversesymphony. org/concert/spencer-myer ----------------------------JAZZ COMBOS: CELEBRATE THE SARAH VAUGHN CENTENNIAL WITH KATE HAMANN: 7:30pm, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Dendrinos Chapel & Recital Hall. Experience Interlochen Arts Academy’s finest jazz musicians in a special performance celebrating the centennial of revered vocalist Sarah Vaughan. Special guest Kate Hamann joins. Free.


CLOTHING DRIVE: Held at West Shore Bank, TC. Donate men’s sweatshirts, t-shirts & athletic pants for Safe Harbor. Donations will be accepted through Nov. ----------------------------PRESCHOOL STORY TIME!: Tuesdays, 10:30am, Suttons Bay-Bingham District Library, lower-level Community Room. Preschoolers of all ages are invited to join for stories, songs & active fun.


MERRY MARKETPLACE 2023: Runs Nov. 10 - Dec. 9 at Crooked Tree Arts Center, Cornwell Gallery, TC. Shop hundreds of unique handmade gifts & works of art from artists all over the state. A Holiday Party Opening Reception will be held on Fri., Nov. 10 from 5:30-7pm. An Artist Pop Up will be held on Sat., Nov. 11 from 10am-3pm in Carnegie Galleries. Meet the artists!: Helen Bauer, Lexie Cerk, Abby Hathaway Smith, Tom Krueger, Sierra LaRose, Julia MacLachlan, Sky Mage, Dave Rife, Lori Sikkema, & Sarah Steele. ----------------------------BY THE SIDE OF THE ROAD: Glen Arbor Arts Center, Lobby Gallery. A series of abstract landscapes out of the imagination of painter Alice Moss. This small show runs through Dec. 15. Moss’ focus is on Leelanau County roadways, woodlands, & beaches, all of which she has been walking, watching, & visiting since childhood in the early 1960s. ----------------------------BARBARA REICH EXHIBIT: Bonobo Winery, TC. Original artwork by plein air/studio artist Barbara Reich, featuring “Paintings

from Around the Peninsulas.” Runs through Nov. 28. ----------------------------CROOKED TREE ARTS CENTER, PETOSKEY - ART + PLACE + COMMUNITY: 10 YEARS WITH GOOD HART ARTIST RESIDENCY: Held in Gilbert & Bonfield galleries. The exhibit will contain works from GHAR alumni, including visual artists, writers, & composers, highlighting the unique breadth of creative work that has been supported by the residency over the past decade. Runs through Nov. 4. CTAC, Petoskey is open Tues. through Sat., 10am-5pm. event/ctac-petoskey/art-place-community10-years-good-hart-artist-residency ----------------------------- CROOKED TREE PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY EXHIBITION 2023: Held in Atrium Gallery. The photographs included in this show were self-selected by the group through peer review. Runs Nov. 1 - Dec. 9. crookedtree. org/event/ctac-petoskey/crooked-tree-photographic-society-exhibition-2023 ----------------------------DENNOS MUSEUM CENTER, NMC, TC: - “A SEPARATE SHINING: SELECTIONS FROM THE TUSEN TAKK FOUNDATION COLLECTION”: The Tusen Takk Foundation & the Dennos Museum present this exhibition representing artists who have participated in its artist-in-residence program to date. Taking its title from the poem “Joy” by Hilda Conkling, the exhibition surveys the artist’s exploration of the intangible, the unseen qualities of joy, beauty, & hope. Runs through Jan. 7. Open Tues. through Sun., 11am-4pm. - “PASSAGES: THE ART OF RON GIANOLA”: Gianola’s paintings are the result of a fifty-plus year long experience with the Art Spirit, pursuing the possibilities of a personal transformative vision, engaging emotion, expression, & the poetry of visual music. Runs through Jan. 7. Open Tues. through Sun., 11am-4pm. - “STEPHEN DUREN: A LIFE OF PAINTING”: This exhibit brings together works by artist Stephen Duren that cover his sixtyyear career & bring greater definition to his artistic contributions. Runs through Jan. 7. Open Tues. through Sun., 11am-4pm. ----------------------------- NORTHLAND WEAVERS & FIBER ARTS GUILD’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION: Runs through March 3 & includes the work of 27 current & past members. Open Tues. through Sun., 11am-4pm. ----------------------------HIGHER ART GALLERY, TC - JUSTIN SHULL - SELECTED WORKS: See this TC based artist’s paintings that capture both everyday scenes & extraordinary moments. Runs through Nov. 4. - 5TH ANNUAL SMALL WORKS & ART TREE SHOW: Visit a tree of artisan made ornaments, along with a wall of small works. Show runs during open hours from Nov. 7 Dec. 23. ----------------------------OLIVER ART CENTER, FRANKFORT: - TERRAIN BIENNIAL 2023: Enjoy this international art exhibition featuring an original sculpture installment by Manistee artist Nat Rosales. Nat’s work, “The Echo Effect,” will be on display outside through Nov. 15. - FALL EXHIBITION: Enjoy an exhibition of paintings, prints & photography by Nancy Debbink, Dennis Gordon & Tim Wade through Dec. 1. Hours are Tues. - Sat., 10am-4pm & Sun., noon-4pm.

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Grand Traverse & Kalkaska BONOBO WINERY, TC 11/10 -- Alex Mendenall, 6-8 ENCORE 201, TC 11/4 -- DJ Ricky T - 90's Night, 8 11/10 -- DJ Ricky T, 9 11/11 -- Blaine Luis, 7-9; DJ Ricky T, 10

NORTH BAR TC 7-10: 11/4 -- Jazz Cabbage 11/9 – Drew Hale 11/10 – Jesse Jefferson PARK PLACE HOTEL, TC BEACON LOUNGE, 7-10: 11/3-4 & 11/10 – Jim Hawley ROVE WINERY AT THE GALLAGHER ESTATE, TC 11/10 – Levi Britton, 5-8

KILKENNY'S IRISH PUBLIC HOUSE, TC 11/3-4 – Risque, 9:30 11/6 -- Team Trivia, 7 11/7 -- The Will Harris Trio, 8:30 11/8 -- The Pocket, 8:30 11/9 -- DJ Leo, 9:30 11/10-11 -- Scarkazm, 9:30

SORELLINA'S, TC SLATE RESTAURANT: Thurs. -- Tom Kaufmann on Piano, 5-8 Fri. & Sat. – Tom Kaufmann on Piano, 6-9

KINGSLEY LOCAL BREWING 11/4 -- Sean Kelly, 7-8 11/6 -- Trivia Night, 6-8 11/7 -- Open Mic, 6-8 11/9 -- Seth Brown Duo, 7-9 LEFT FOOT CHARLEY, TC BARREL ROOM: 11/6 -- Open Mic w/ Rob Coonrod, 6-9 TASTING ROOM: 11/10 – Weston Buchan, 5-7 LIL BO, TC Tues. – Trivia, 8-10 Weds. – Open Mic Night w/ Aldrich, 9-11 Sun. – Karaoke, 8 MAMMOTH DISTILLING, TC 7-10: 11/10 -- Clint Weaner 11/11 – Dawn Campbell & the Bohemians

THE ALLUVION, TC 11/4 -- Metal Bubble Trio, A.S. Lutes w/ his band, & Hearth & Hymn Present “Hello Darkness My Old Friend,” 7-9 11/6 -- Big Fun, 6-8 11/9 -- Jazz 4 All, 6-8 MashUp Rock & Roll: “Look Who's Talking Heads”: 11/10: 7:30-10 11/11: 2-4:30 & 7:30-10 11/12: 6:30-9 THE HAYLOFT INN, TC 11/4 -- Time Machine, 7:30-9:30 11/10 -- The Dune Brothers, 7:3010:30 11/11 -- Vertigo, 7:30-10:30 THE PARLOR, TC 8-11: 11/7 – Jesse Jefferson 11/8 – Wink Solo 11/10 – Blue Footed Booby 11/11 – Chris Sterr

THE PUB, TC 8-11: 11/9 – Steve Clark 11/10 – Empire Highway THE WORKSHOP BREWING CO., TC 11/4 -- East Bay Drive, 7 Tues. -- Open Mic Night, 7-9 Wed -- Jazz Show & Jam, 6-8 Thu -- Trivia Night, 7-8 11/10 -- Semper Fi, USMC Birthday Show w/ The J Hawkins Band, 7-10 11/11 -- Old Mission Fiddle Vine, 7


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THIRSTY FISH SPORTS GRILLE, TC 11/4 -- The Timebombs, 6:30-9:30 TRAVERSE CITY COMEDY CLUB, TC 11/3 -- Comedy w/ Erin Jackson, 7:15-9 11/4 -- Comedy w/ Erin Jackson, 7-8:45 11/10 – Comedy w/ John Heffron, 7:15-9 11/11 – Comedy w/ John Heffron, 7-8:30 & 9:30-11 UNION STREET STATION, TC 11/4 -- DJ PRIM, 9 11/5 -- The Biggs, 7-9 11/7 -- USS Open Mic Comedy, 8-9:30 11/8 -- DJ 1 Wave, 10 11/9 -- Skin Kwon Doe, 10 11/10 -- Happy Hour w/ Chris Sterr; then Lucas Paul Band 11/11 -- Lucas Paul Band, 10 11/12 -- Kenny Olsen Birthday Bash, 10

Antrim & Charlevoix BARREL BACK RESTAURANT, WALLOON LAKE 11/9 -- Peter Allen Jensen, 6-9 BIER'S INWOOD BREWERY, CHARLEVOIX 11/4 -- DEUCE, Blues for the Think-

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ETHANOLOGY, ELK RAPIDS 11/4 -- The Marsupials, 7-9 11/11 -- Kanin Elizabeth, 7-10

THE EARL, CHARLEVOIX LOBBY LO BAR: 11/4 -- Kevin Johnson, 6-8

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Ann Arbor’s Lucas Paul Band brings pop and rock to Union Street Station, TC, Fri., Nov. 10 following happy hour with Chris Sterr; and again on Sat., Nov. 11 at 10pm.

Emmet & Cheboygan BEARDS BREWERY, PETOSKEY ROOT CELLAR: 11/4 -- Two Track Mind, 7-10 11/6 – Trivia, 7-9 11/11 – SAXU4IA, 7-10 BOYNE VALLEY VINEYARDS, PETOSKEY 2-6: 11/4 -- Tyler Parkin 11/11 -- Chris Calleja CITY PARK GRILL, PETOSKEY Tue -- Trivia Night, 7-9 11/10 -- Annex Karaoke, 9:30

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RUSTY SAW, BRUTUS 11/11 -- Peter Allen Jensen, 6

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THE BEAU, CHEBOYGAN 11/4 -- Dede Alder w/ Songwriter Showcase, 8-10 11/9 -- Musicians Playground ‘Open Mic,’ 4-7 11/10 -- Clay Wires, 8 11/11 -- Decades, 8-11

CICCONE VINEYARD & WINERY, SUTTONS BAY 11/12 -- Jabo Bihlman, 2-4:30 DICK'S POUR HOUSE, LAKE LEELANAU Sat. -- Karaoke, 10-1 IRON FISH DISTILLERY, THOMPSONVILLE 6-8: 11/4 -- Brian Koenigsknecht 11/10 -- Blair Miller

11/11 -- Matt Gabriel LAKE ANN BREWING CO. 11/4 -- The Dune Brothers, 6:309:30 11/9 -- Trivia Night, 7-9 11/10 -- Wink Solo, 6:30-9:30 11/11 -- Drew Hale, 6:30-9:30 ST. AMBROSE CELLARS, BEULAH 11/4 -- Barefoot, 5-8 11/5 -- Kid's Open Mic Hosted by Chris Winkelmann, 3-5:30

11/9 -- Open Mic, 6-8:30 11/10 -- Sam & Bill, 5-8 11/11 -- Tai Drury, 5-8 SHADY LANE CELLARS, SUTTONS BAY 11/10 -- Friday Night Live: Seth Brown Band, 5-8 STORMCLOUD BREWING FRANKFORT 11/4 -- Lynn Callihan, 7-8




SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In my horoscopes for

Scorpios, I tend to write complex messages. My ideas are especially thick and rich and lush. Why? Because I imagine you as being complex, thick, rich, and lush. Your destiny is labyrinthine and mysterious and intriguing, and I aspire to reflect its intricate, tricky beauty. But this time, in accordance with current astrological omens, I will offer you my simplest, most straightforward oracle ever. I borrowed it from author Mary Anne Hershey: "Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Play with abandon. Choose with no regret. Continue to learn. Appreciate your friends. Do what you love." VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): According to my deep and thorough analysis of your astrological rhythms, your mouth will soon be a wonder of nature. The words emerging from your lips will be extra colorful, precise, and persuasive. Your taste buds will have an enhanced vividness as they commune with the joys of food and drink. And I suspect your tongue and lips will exult in an upgrade of aptitude and pleasure while plying the arts of sex and intimate love. Congratulations, Mouthy Maestro!

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In addition to being

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"A Mild-Mannered Introduction"-sounds like I've heard this before. by Matt Jones ACROSS 1. Sulk around 5. Quid pro quo 9. Fictional college in "Animal House" 14. Ugandan dictator exiled in 1979 15. Prefix meaning "half" 16. Vibrant 17. South African cash 18. One requiring tech support 19. "For real" 20. Silent K? 23. More than important 24. Pet diversion 25. "Ghosts" airer, originally 28. More abrasive 32. Two-dimensional figure 33. Fictional (or is she?) conductor Lydia 35. College freshmen, usually 36. Watchful 37. Silent W? 40. Desirable brownie parts, for some 41. "Ocean's Eleven" job 42. Calendar page, sometimes 43. Stir turbulently 44. In dire straits 46. Paid player 47. Abbr. on maps, until 1991 48. Romantic poet Rainer Maria ___ 51. Silent G? 55. Show with a libretto 58. Yemeni port 59. "Coldest drink in town" brand 60. Stand-up kind of person? 61. "The Legend of Zelda" hero 62. Calls, in poker 63. Tree part 64. Calls at Wimbledon 65. Prefix with while

DOWN 1. 1970s Lincoln Continental 2. Sultanate inhabitant 3. White wine grape that's usually harvested early 4. Dove's stance 5. Avoid 6. Sunset direction 7. Pt. of MPAA 8. "Our Flag Means Death" craft 9. Like Michelin-starred restaurants 10. Additive in some moisturizers 11. Ballpoint pen maker 12. Actress Mendes 13. Sales position 21. Best of the best 22. Conjunction with neither 25. Bakery device 26. "It's deja vu all over again" sayer 27. Spiteful 29. It might be unsweetened 30. Game using a rope 31. Spy's collection 32. ___-weekly (newspaper category) 33. Annoying pest 34. Burning desire 36. To the back of the boat 38. K-___ (big name in record compilations) 39. Subj. for new citizens' night classes 44. Actress Stephanie of "Everything Everywhere All at Once" 45. "Forrest Gump" actor Gary 47. Food on a short plane ride, maybe 49. "Head, Shoulders, ___ and Toes" (___ and toes) 50. Get rid of, metabolically 51. Joker's permanent look 52. Actress Falco 53. Well-mannered bloke 54. Squid sprays 55. Pumpkin-carving mo. 56. ___ favor (please, in Spanish) 57. Flightless ratite

a masterful composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791) played the piano, violin, harp, bassoon, clarinet, horn, flute, oboe, and trumpet. His experience led him to believe that musicians best express their skills when they play fast. It’s more challenging to be excellent when playing slowly, he thought. But I will invite you to adopt the reverse attitude and approach in the coming weeks, Libra. According to my astrological analysis, you will be most successful if you work gradually and incrementally, with careful diligence and measured craftiness.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): In her

poem "Requiem," Anna Akhmatova says, "I must kill off memory . . . and I must learn to live anew." I think most of us can benefit from periodically engaging in this brave and robust exercise. It's not a feat to be taken lightly—not to be done more than once or twice a year. But guess what: The coming weeks will be a time when such a ritual might be wise for you. Are you ready to purge old business and prepare the way for a fresh start? Here are your words of power: forgiveness, clearing, cleaning, release, absolution, liberation.


(Dec. 22-Jan. 19):We need stories almost as much as we need to breathe, eat, sleep, and move. It’s impossible to live without them. The best stories nourish our souls, stimulate our imagination, and make life exciting. That’s not to say that all stories are healthy for us. We sometimes cling to narratives that make us miserable and sap our energy. I think we have a sacred duty to de-emphasize and even jettison those stories—even as we honor and relish the rich stories that empower and inspire us. I bring these thoughts to your attention, Capricorn, because you’re in a phase of your cycle when you will especially thrive by disposing of the bad old stories and celebrating the good ones..

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): I could be

wrong, but I don’t think so: You are smarter and wiser than you realize about the pressing issues that are now vying for your attention. You know more than you know you know. I suspect this will soon become apparent, as streams of fresh insights rise up from the depths of your psyche and guide your conscious awareness toward clarity. It’s OK to squeal with glee every time a healing intuition shows up. You have earned this welcome phase of lucid certainty.

PISCES (Feb 19-March 20): In Indigenous

cultures throughout history, shamans have claimed they have the power to converse with and even temporarily become hawks, coyotes, snakes, and other creatures. Why do they do that? It’s a long story, but one answer is that they believe animals have intelligences that are different from what humans have. The shamans aspire to learn from those alternate ways of seeing and comprehending the world. Many of us who

live in Western culture dismiss this venerable practice, although I’ve known animal lovers who sympathize with it. If you are game for a fun experiment, Pisces, I invite you to try your own version. Choose an animal to learn from. Study and commune with it. Ask it to reveal intuitions that surprise and enrich you.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Your victories-in-

progress are subtle. They may not be totally visible to you yet. Let me describe them so you can feel properly confident about what you are in the process of accomplishing. 1. A sustained surge of hard-earned personal growth is rendering one of your problems mostly irrelevant. 2. You have been redefining what rewards are meaningful to you, and that’s motivating you to infuse your ambitions with more soulfulness. 3. You are losing interest in a manipulative game that doesn’t serve you as well as it should. 4. You are cultivating more appreciation for fascinating and useful problems.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Taurus physicist Richard Feynman was a smart and accomplished person who won a Nobel Prize. He articulated a perspective that will be healthy for you to experiment with in the coming weeks. He said, "I can live with doubt and uncertainty and not knowing. I think it’s much more interesting not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong. I have approximate answers and possible beliefs and different degrees of certainty about different things, but I’m not absolutely sure of anything, and there are many things I don’t know anything about." Give Feynman’s approach a try, dear Taurus. Now is an excellent time to explore the perks of questioning everything. I bet you'll be pleased with how free and easy it makes you feel. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): To earn money, I have worked as a janitor, dishwasher, olive picker, ditch-digger, newspaper deliverer, and 23 other jobs involving hard labor. In addition, I have done eight artistic jobs better suited to my sensitive temperament and creative talents. Am I regretful or resentful about the thousands of hours I toiled at tasks I didn't enjoy? A little. But mostly I'm thankful for them. They taught me how to interact harmoniously with a wide array of people. They helped forge my robust social conscience. And they motivated me to eventually figure out how to get jobs I really loved. Now I invite you to take an inventory of your own work life, Gemini. It's an excellent time to evaluate where you've been and where you want to go in the future. CANCER (June 21-July 22): There are so many kinds of sweetness. Zesty spicy sweetness. Tender balmy fragrant sweetness. Sour or bitter sweetness. Musky piquant sweetness. Luscious succulent sweetness. One of my favorite types of sweetness is described by Cancerian poet Stephen Dunn. He wrote, "Often a sweetness comes as if on loan, stays just long enough to make sense of what it means to be alive, then returns to its dark source. As for me, I don’t care where it’s been, or what bitter road it’s traveled to come so far, to taste so good." My analysis of the astrological omens suggests to me that you are about to commune with at least three of these sweetnesses, Cancerian. Maybe most of them. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Author Dan Savage advocates regular indulgence in sloth. He notes that few of us can "get through 24 hours without a little downtime. Human beings need to stare off into space, look out the window, daydream, and spend time every day being indolent and useless." I concur, and I hope you will indulge in more downtime than usual during the coming weeks. For the sake of your long-term mental and physical health, you need to relax extra deep and strong now—to recharge your battery with delicious and delightful abandon.

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LEAD CARPENTER GRIGGS CONSTRUCTION SERVICES: We are seeking a carpenter with experience in supervising residential construction carpenters. Excellent pay, benefits, and professional development. Find out more and apply at griggsconstructionservices. com/careers, or call 231-463-6885. ___________________________________ PAID PART-TIME JOB TRAINING FOR SENIORS AGE 55 +: Paid Part-Time Job Training Positions Available for Seniors Aged 55 and over. Applicants must be unemployed, seeking work and meet program eligibility. Clerical, Customer Service, Retail, Stocking. To learn more call the AARP Foundation SCSEP Program, 231-252-4544. Serving the Grand Traverse region and other Michigan counties.

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pets and protectors. 989-717-2604. Sandy Cottage for Rent: Traverse City 1BR Cottage; Fully Furnished; Includes All Utilities; New Appliances; W/D; A/C; Cable; Parking; Very Nice; Quiet Setting; No Pets; $1,700 per month; (231) 631-7512. ___________________________________


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COORDINATOR FOR LUCE COUNTY 911 AND EMERGENCY MGT.: Application packets containing job descriptions, preferred education, and qualifications may be obtained from the Luce County Clerk's Office, Luce County Courthouse 407 West Harrie Street, Newberry, MI 49868 or by email at Position open until filled. ___________________________________


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Michael was trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind and cheerful during our home purchase process.

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