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letters Great for Who? The great tax cut was to create jobs, but those who create jobs do so where the cheapest people can be found. When they dropped the tariffs on foreign goods we made here in America, the jobs flew overseas. The tariff Trump put in place, on steel, is needed to fix our bridges, repair our cars and trucks, and create those jobs he promised. The Cost of Living increase (COLA) for Social Security added some money, which was taken away by Medicare deductions. Trump said China and Mexico would pay the tariffs; can any of Trump’s supporters use a Dictionary? Look it up. When America was great: 1. The money changers in the stock exchange payed 60% capital gains tax, while the workers paid 20%. Today, workers and money changers pay the same. 2. Banks paid 6% on savings. Today, you pay 15% or more on credit card charges when you can no longer pay the card off at the end of each month. Those who got those big tax cuts get all the benefits the advertisers promise, if you use only their card. The Greatest Generation paid the butcher’s bill of World War II, then came home and made America great. Our free public schools were the envy of the world. 3. We built the greatest road system ever. 4. Lack of tax revenue (due to greater tax cuts) allowed both schools and roads to crumble. The tax code was such that anyone with a sixth-grade education could fill it out. Today the code has so many different forms that workers need an expensive tax consultant to keep from overpaying. Stetson Ronald W. Msgt USAF Ret., Traverse City Fake Fraud Claims Will voting by absentee ballot undermine the November election? The answer is no, despite the persistent claims made by those holding the highest political offices. Their allegations of widespread fraud are not supported by any credible evidence. In fact, the best evidence that voter fraud is a nonissue is found in the research done by the conservative Heritage Foundation. It examined voter fraud in five states that have adopted universal “vote by mail” policies and discovered the following: Over the last several years, Oregon discovered 14 fraudulent votes out of more than 15 million votes, Colorado discovered eight fraudulent votes out of almost 16 million, Washington discovered seven fraudulent votes out of more than 10 million, and Utah and Hawaii found none, with almost 1 million and 7 million votes cast, respectively. I specifically asked City Clerk of Traverse City, Benjamin Marentette if there had been any cases of fraud relating to absentee ballots since the last presidential election. He assured me that none had been discovered or reported. Voting by mail is safe and secure. Don’t let the unsubstantiated noise claiming fraud stop you from casting your ballot by mail. Please vote. Albert T. Quick, Traverse City Election Commissioner, Traverse City Rethink Recommendation I would like to first say I have always thoroughly enjoyed Northern Express! I was really disappointed that in your Oct. 12 issue, you highlighted in your Top Ten section Fab Fall Family Fun at Friske’s! Friske’s has absolutely not been a thoughtful business in looking out for the health and welfare of their northern Michigan neighbors and visitors! They have not respectfully followed the COVID-19 mandates from the state. To encourage families to descend upon

an orchard/business that is not practicing safe protocols is really disappointing. Beryl Skrocki, Empire New Abominations Lest we forget the ever-growing list of abominations by the current White House administration and its sycophantic-enablers: · Attempting to influence our elections by dismantling the USPS and suppressing the vote. · Vandalism of Voice of America. Once considered the foremost source for truth around the world, they’ve moved to make it their personal megaphone. · Wrecking the U.S. Census. Trust in the accuracy of these numbers is fundamental to knowing who we are and to essential decisions that drive our policy and our economy. · Eliminating environmental protections. They have waged an all-out war on environmental protections, threatening our air and water, and by extension, our grandchildren. · Dividing families and caging even stillbreastfeeding children. · Alienating our allies and cozying up to dictator-enemies. · With wanton disregard for the welfare of those they have pledged to protect, acting as a modern COVID-19 “Typhoid Mary.” · Overarching all of the above, and perhaps the greatest loss of this era, is the dismissal of faith in science and of a free press. In this election vote for decency, vote for democracy, vote for your country. Make America great again: Throw them all out! Care to check my facts? Unlike Trump, I encourage you! Joe DeFors, Northport Don’t Get Distracted While the media is focused on the Amy Coney Barrett hearings, the U. S. is again up to 50,000 COVID-19 cases a day. Wisconsin is now overwhelmed, recently opening a field hospital. Trump has abandoned any thoughts of controlling the virus. He’s instead embracing the idea of “herd immunity.” Never in the history of public health has herd immunity ever been a strategy for an outbreak or a pandemic. Mr. Trump is pushing the idea that the virus is no big deal, but if we get it, we will not have a helicopter ride to Walter Reed, a suite of our own, a team of doctors, visitors allowed, and a cocktail of medicine that no one else is getting. We’ll be lucky to have a bed because they are all starting to fill up again. The U.S. leads the world in the number of infections and deaths. Dr. Fauci and other epidemiologists continue to remind us to avoid crowds, maintain physical distance, wash hands often, and wear a mask. If you choose to throw caution to the wind and go the “herd mentality” route, then stay away from all older relatives, friends, and anyone with health issues. Anyone with a thinking brain will hopefully stay far away from you. If you do happen to get sick on your little experiment, you’ll be hospitalized all alone, no visitors allowed to comfort you. As the “herd” is thinned, let’s hope it’s not you or someone you love that has to say goodbye. Better to be safe than sorry. S Kay Rose, Empire Hope I think our times are about hope; where to find it and how to mine it. People want to feel good about themselves while not disadvantaging others. These two ideals are foundational to hope. The old adage says, “When you can’t change the world, start with yourself.” Hope is the lifeblood of families,

communities, states, and countries. In my mind’s eye, the scale of hope weighs heavily in favor of the Democrats. I’m voting for Joe Biden. Robert Bahle, Suttons Bay Take Note First, Mary Stuart Adams’ piece in the Oct. 12 issue, “Our October Sky,” is an utter gem. I hope you’ll invite her to submit similar pieces every month. Second, Shirley Petty’s letter in the Oct. 19 issue. As a fellow independent, I share her concerns regarding partisan sabotage. Here in Petoskey, the theft of political signs, while rare, seem distinctly bipartisan. More generally, our collective tendency to tear down people and utterances (as well as signs) opposed to our own viewpoints reflects an accelerated desire to yell at each other instead of talking with each other. Those who truly love our country must respect the contrary beliefs of others who share that love, despite disagreements about how best to manifest it. Third, several correspondents have echoed (Democrats) or criticized (Republicans) numerous media accounts of voter suppression, balanced by pleas for election integrity. Both seem valid, but voter suppression has a much longer and more pervasive history. Overwhelmingly such efforts have targeted people of color and those with limited resources. To those who focus on election integrity, study the letter of Jeffrey Kessler in the Oct. 19 issue and, the 1866 account of voter suppression in the same edition, “Voter Suppression in Binham County, 1866.”

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Tom Beukema, Petoskey Vote for Health; Vote for the Climate As a health professional, I have the privilege to witness the fragility and remarkable resilience of human health. As a part of a coalition of thousands of practitioners and students who have signed an open letter to patients, I can state, unequivocally, that your health, and the health of those you love, are on the ballot in this election. Health professionals are skilled at diagnosing and treating diseases, but we know that prevention is the best medicine. There is scientific consensus that we must dramatically reduce carbon emissions in the next 10 years to prevent the worst health impacts of the climate crisis. This year we have seen an unprecedented number of hurricanes making landfall in the Gulf Coast while the West Coast experienced record-setting heatwaves and wildfires. Here in Northern Michigan, we routinely experience longer allergy, tick, and mosquito seasons, the latter two putting us at risk of Lyme disease and West Nile Virus. Frequent floods have overwhelmed our sewage systems and contaminated our rivers and lakes. Each of these assaults leads to profound loss, as well as injury, illness, and mental trauma. Without strong preventive action, human suffering will only get worse. That is why we, along with organizations such as the American Medical Association, are calling for the urgent transition from fossil fuels to clean forms of energy. The enormity of health benefits that would result cannot be underestimated. The technology is available and investing in it would put people back to work, grow our economy, and allow the U.S. to compete more effectively on the global market. Individual doctors and nurses are not able to prevent the suffering caused by the climate crisis without help. We need you — our patients — to vote for legislators who will enact science-based solutions. By voting for climate, you are voting for health. Lisa Del Buono, MD, Michigan Clinicians for Climate Action, Traverse City

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top ten SERVICE TO CAMP GREILICK HONORED Cliff and Lottie Wagner spent their adult lives serving Camp Greilick near Traverse City, whether working as program instructors or park rangers, and they spent thousands of hours volunteering on the property, a long-time Boy Scout camp. Over the years, in addition to cooking, cleaning, and maintaining the camp, the couple also served as mentors to hundreds of young people. Cliff Wagner has become the unofficial historian of the camp, now known as Greilick Outdoor Recreational and Educational Center, keeping detailed written and photographic records to preserve memories and history and provide insight for future volunteers and staff. That’s why earlier this month, Rotary Club of Traverse City awarded the Wagners the Paul Harris Fellowship. The award, named for the founder of Rotary International, is the local club’s highest honor for non-Rotarians.

Trick or treat by day; jack o’lantern walk at dusk A little candy, a little (very little) creepy, and all outdoors, Downtown Petoskey invites costumed kids to trick-ortreat through the businesses of Downtown Petoskey from 10am to noon. Then, bring your already-carved pumpkin to Pennsylvania Park before nightfall; they’ll be lit at dusk (6–6:30pm) for all to walk through.

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The Haunting of Bly Manor

Spooky TV season is upon us, and Netflix follows up its incredibly popular horror miniseries, The Haunting of Hill House (also a great watch), with an all-new house its own dark secrets waiting to be uncovered. The Haunting of Bly Manor features many of the same cast and crew from Hill House, including Carla Gugino and Henry Thomas, but it moves the action to an old estate in the U.K., where a new au pair from the U.S. arrives to take care of two seemingly delightful orphaned children. A ghostly gothic romance, this is perfect for those looking for something more nuanced and evocative from their scares. And with its melancholic poignancy, it's a beautifully told, and, yes, haunting story of love and loss.

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As we settles into the season that require no appearances in a swimsuit, there is much to embrace. Chief among them, we believe, is Raduno’s Muffaletta sandwich. A generous stacking of foodstuff that is not only fun to say but also delicious to eat — Mortadella! Sopressata! Provolone! Dijon aioli! — Raduno’s take on the most famous Italian sammie to come out of New Orleans is primo. Beyond the quality meats and cheese you’d expect from a neighborhood delicatessen that makes its own sausages and pates, the sandwich brings to the equation cloud-soft ciabatta and a spicy and piquant olive spread we loved. $12. Available to go or inside Raduno’s bright and spacious plant-filled café. Find it at 545 E. Eighth St., Traverse City. (231) 420-1218, www.radunotc.com.

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BAR OFFERS FREE WILLS FOR VETERANS

The Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar Association will offer a clinic to draw up wills for those who have served in the United States armed forces. The pro-bono offering is in honor of Veterans Day and will take place Nov. 11 at the Traverse Area District Library in Traverse City. Volunteer licensed attorneys will be on hand between noon and 4pm to draw up wills and durable powers of attorney for estate planning. Veterans must have a valid ID and proof of military service. It’s not necessary to preregister, but interested veterans are asked to RSVP by sending an email to admin@gtlaba.org.

Literary Celebs in Our Living Rooms When the National Writers Series hosts one of Oprah’s favorite authors, Alice Hoffman (who penned, among other magical novels, “Practical Magic” — yeah, the one turned into the movie starring Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock) right before Halloween, you know you’re in for a fittingly bewitching treat. By Zoom, Hoffman will chat about her latest novel, “Magic Lessons,” a prequel that rewinds readers to the 1600s to meet an early ancestor on the Owens’ bloodline — the one who invokes the curse that haunts her family for centuries. Hoffman will talk with Cynthia Canty, the Emmy award-winning radio and TV journalist who also hosts Michigan Radio’s “Stateside.” Learn more and register for the virtual event, happening at 7pm Oct. 29, at www.nationalwritersseries.org.

Dinner in the Hills Holiday Hills, the longtime neighborhood ski spot on Traverse City’s east side, is turning its annual Dinner in the Hills fundraiser into a virtual Après To Go experience. It works like this: You order a either a raffle ticket and entry into the Hills’ virtual auction for $40, or spend $50 and get both of those, plus a tasty box dinner to go (smoked BBQ ribs and naked wings with cups of different sauces and several side dishes, thankyouverymuch) and you pick it up curbside at Holiday Hills, between 3pm and 5:30pm, Nov. 1, the night of the auction and live Facebook raffle. Get all the information and order under the Events tab at mt-holiday.com.

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bottoms up Cultured Kombucha’s Apple Pie Chai It’s baaaack! For every Starbucks-toting, tall-boot and puffy-vest-wearing gal who’s giddy that Pumpkin Spice Latte season has returned, there’s at least one person in an old wool sweater who isn’t moved by this manufactured-flavor mayhem. For them, there is something far sweeter, less artificial, slightly tart, and totally good for your gut: Kombucha queen Courtney Lorenz’ Apple Pie Chai Kombucha. Heavy on the apple, (real) cinnamon, and bubbles, and light but lovely with hint of cardamon, this seasonal selection is one of our favorites — whether over ice or mated with aged rum — but [sad face here] it’s only available until December. Try it soon at Cultured Kombucha’s newly reopened taproom (3842 Jupiter Crescent Dr. in Traverse City) or find local retailers who carry it by visiting www.drinkcultured.com.

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Mark My Words Here’s what’s going to happen, you guys. The GOP will try to stop the vote-counting by any means necessary. They will then prolong the count, and as the date gets closer to Dec. 9, the Republican legislatures in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania will throw up their hands, in feigned disgust, and say, Well, we have to handle this ourselves. They will send electors who are Trump loyalists to Washington, D.C., and they will vote for Trump, no matter what the popular vote was, in each state. Now, the linchpin in their strategy is that religious zealot and handmaiden that these right-wingers are putting on the Supreme Court. She will seal the deal. In the near future, she will also initiate this ultra-right SCOTUS to dismantle civil rights for women, gays, African Americans, American voters, immigrants, and anyone else who doesn’t believe in her insane ideology. She claims, in Congressional hearings, that she has a mind of her own. Bull$&!#. Her idiotic right-wing agenda is abundantly clear. Ladies and gentlemen, the vote will become a meaningless joke and our very civil rights will be on the chopping block next. If you don’t believe me, watch it happen. And women, if you think you’re treated as secondclass citizens now, just wait for the final act of this barbarian political circus. Bret Albright, Traverse City Well Done Kudos to the very accurate and well written, non-partisan perspective letter on elections and election workers in northern

PROMISES, PROMISES Michigan, by Jeffrey N. Kessler of Elmwood Township. As a seasoned election worker in Platte Township, I will attest to the accuracy of his remarks as apply in my township. Colin Bohash, Honor Praise the Leader It is hard to see history while we are living it. It was a time when one man — though very few people would approve of his inflammatory style — had mastered the skill to incite his right-wing base and rile opposition parties. He created a nationalistic mass movement with a promise to make the nation great again. He abolished democratic principles of compromise and anything that could be construed as “socialist.” He claimed credit for restoring the economy and creating jobs, and while deficits rose, he granted tax cuts for the rich and subsidies for corporations. He packed courts with judges to advance conservative doctrine and business interests. He ensured guilty supporters and right-wing extremists got off free or with the lightest of sentences. He sacrificed civil tolerance for religious bigotry. He increased military spending and increased police powers because right-wing governments must rule with an “iron fist,” and centralized power is the ultimate goal. One German word for “leader” is “Fuehrer.” “The cardinal error of the Germans who opposed Nazism was their failure to unite against it.” — William L. Shirer, “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich,” 1959 David Petrove, Interlochen

spectator by Stephen Tuttle Every presidential candidate makes plenty of promises. Most are fantasy or folly — that pesky Congress often intrudes — some are absurd, and some can actually be accomplished. During the 2016 campaign, according to an Associated Press count, candidate Donald Trump made 76 separate promises, and they fell into every category. Let's focus on a few highlights, and we'll start with promises pretty much kept. He said he would get us out of the Paris Climate Accords, NAFTA, and trade deals with China. We are out of the Paris agreement, and we've made a new deal with Mexico and Canada, though we're still having a mini-tariff war with Canada. Deal-making with China has thus far proven futile.

He said he would cut taxes, and he has. According to the Committee for a Responsible Budget, the Trump tax cuts were, overall, the eighth largest in history; his corporate income tax cut was the largest ever. They have helped the bottom line of big businesses and boosted the stock market but have only nominally helped what's left of the middle class. He said he would reduce government regulations by 70 percent, which he has not done, but he has hacked away at them by executive order. Most have reduced environmental restrictions and employment rules. That's a promise partially kept. He's been less successful with some of his biggest promises.

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He said he was going to “ ... build a big, beautiful, concrete and steel wall for every mile ...” of the border and that “ ... Mexico will pay for all of it ... .” Well, no. We have improved and/or strengthened 194 miles of barrier, but the government has constructed less than 10 miles of new wall. Mexico has not paid a peso; the money now being spent was taken from our own defense budget.

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One of his biggest promises was to “repeal and replace that terrible Obamacare, the worst thing ever that screws everybody ... ” Nope. Nearly 12 million Americans are participants in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and more than 12 million have taken advantage of the expanded Medicaid that was part of it. Despite multiple attempts to undo it legislatively and through the courts, the program remains largely in place. He said he would increase defense spending to “... levels like you've never seen ...” While the defense budget has increased every year under Trump, it still lags behind the first four years of the Obama presidency when adjusted for inflation.

“Trump said he would reduce government regulations by 70 percent, which he has not done, but he has hacked away at them by executive order. Most have reduced environmental restrictions and employment rules.” He said he would nominate conservative judges, and he has; his appointees have changed the direction of the federal appellate courts for at least a generation.

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trillion, thanks in part to a $4 trillion jump this year from pandemic stimulus and recovery spending.

He said he would “... eliminate the entire national debt in eight years, or maybe 10 ... ” This falls into the absurd category. Most of us capable of thought, which excludes Qanon believers, knew that was impossible. The debt was about $19 trillion when he took office, has increased every year of his presidency, and has now ballooned to $27

He said he would get our troops “... out of that mess in the Middle East ...” and “... bring them home my first year in office ...” We still have 5,700 troops in Iraq, soon to be reduced to 3,200; about 5,000 in Afghanistan; and 700 in Syria. When including Navy deployments, we have between 45,000 and 65,000 forces in the entire region at any given time. He said he would eliminate the trade deficit with China because “... it's an easy thing to eliminate that; Obama should have done it ...” The trade imbalance with China actually increased in the first three years of the Trump presidency and could do so again this year. Instead of a trade deal, we are now engaged in a tariff war with China. We've collected about $63 billion in tariffs from China this year, but they pay none of it; tariffs are paid by the U.S. importers, not the Chinese exporters. We'll finish with another absurdity. He said he would deport “... every illegal immigrant, and I don't care how long they've been here ...” The estimated undocumented population in 2016 was 11–12 million, about the same as today. We don't know who they are or where they live, so rounding them up and deporting them is a little tricky. In fact, annual deportations under Trump have never reached Obama's peak of 410,000 in 2012. (There's a reason immigration activists referred to Obama as the deporter-in-chief.) As a campaign promise-keeper, Trump has been about average, hitting some, missing more, and having no chance to fulfill others. The argument, of course, is whether or not his promises kept were a good idea in the first place. That, at least in part, is what we'll decide Nov. 3.


By Ross Boissoneau While the pandemic continues to prevent mass gatherings and impact the living, much like your average zombie, some Halloween events Up North much like your average zombie, are proving unstoppable. Here are our picks from around region, all ready to send some chills up your spine: MANISTEE The Flying Dutchman doesn’t have anything on Manistee’s Ghost Ship. While the former is a ghostly frigate that appears to doomed sailors, the latter appears yearly onboard the historic SS City of Milwaukee. As part of the giant ship's ongoing preservation efforts, it’s once again been taken over by ghosts, goblins, and ghouls galore. From 7:30pm to 10:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays, guests can explore five decks — provided they're not afraid of running into spooks around every corner. While those brave enough to explore the ship’s nooks and crannies don’t have to be in costume, they do have to be masked, COVID-style, and all guests and employees will have to pass a temperature check to enter. Social distancing is required, and group sizes will be limited. The ship will be sanitized after each visit, and there will be hand sanitizer available at various points around the ship. Tickets are $10. For more information, go to ManisteeGhostShip.com. CADILLAC Live music will be part of the fun at the first annual Tilted Halloween at Cadillac's Wexford Civic Center Oct. 31. Two bands — Once Upon a Bison and $alemWitchTrial

— will perform, and numerous booths will feature the wares of local artists. Rumor has it Captain Brown Beard will be on hand as well, and patrons can even grab a pistol and a sword and get a photo with the Cap’n and his first mate. Want to get in on the costume fun? There will also be a costume contest, with proceeds going toward supporting local artists and the opening of an art lounge in downtown Cadillac in the summer of 2021. The entrance to the booth area is free, though expect a $15 cover charge for the live entertainment and costume contest. All ages are welcome. MACKINAC ISLAND If you don’t mind being stranded on a ghostly island, then the Halloween Weekend at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island is just the thing for you. It starts off innocently enough with a quiet Friday evening dinner in the Main Dining Room, but after that … things get dicey. Those who dare can traverse the Hollowing Halls to the Haunted Trail and Maze. It winds some 3,000 feet through the front lawn's cedar grove and will be populated by any number of scarifying entities, with supernatural specters all along the way. On Saturday — assuming you have made it through the maze and trail and still have all your faculties — activities include a pumpkin carving contest, haunted afternoon tea, and tarot card reading. After Saturday night dinner comes the Grand Halloween Ball and Costume Party, with music by Delilah and the Lost Boys. The spookiest, silliest, or craziest costume will win the costume contest and earn a stay at Grand Hotel in 2021, including breakfast and dinner. Go to www.GrandHotel.com.

KINGSLEY If a trip to an island isn’t your cup of tea, then maybe visiting a farm in the community of Kingsley would better suit you: petting pretty lambs, scratching the ears of some baby goats, looking into the big brown eyes of Holsteins … or the glowing red eyes of the TERRIFYING APPARITIONS THAT HAUNT THE FARM. Ahem. The ghostly farmer has a special reward for those unfortunate enough to cross his path on the Feast or Famine Haunted Trail. You’ll know who they are by the screams — unless you’re the one doing the screaming. Those who hear their name being called by an unseen sprite in the woods should survive the fright, as long as they don’t stray from the path. Warning: The Colonial might put in a surprise appearance while a sighting of the Dark Lady through the graveyard fog could mean your doom. Bonus: The Ghost Farm serves as a fundraiser, and the entry fee of patrons like you (a.k.a. the nearly departed) go to support various worthy local organizations. This haunt is open 7pm to 11pm every Friday and Saturday in October, except Halloween Night, which offers only 9pm to 11pm. The dusk walks (one out of fives skulls on the terror level) start at 7pm, while the scare-intensive (five out of five skulls) begin when darkness falls across the Ghost Farm. Note: Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the farm this year has closed its haunted houses, including the Ghost Story Pavilion, Gravely Greenhouse, and the Cursed Barn. Tickets are $15 (cash only) at the gate. You may also purchase tickets online at ticketor.com/ghostfarm/ default#buy before heading out, and they'll

be scanned off your cellphone when you pull up at the farm gate. The Ghost Farm is located at 5010 Pierce Road. TRAVERSE CITY One of the most popular events each year is the Traverse City Zombie Run. Bowing to the real fear of COVID-19, the 12th annual run has become a solo event. Simply run or walk a 5K anywhere and at any time (preferably in costume but, sadly, not required). You can run or walk the official Zombie Run course or any 5K route you like. If you do run the official course, stop at Right Brain Brewery and take a selfie to share. All registered participants will receive a ZR gaiter and a commemorative 2020 race bib. Gaiters and race bibs will be available for pick up at Right Brain Brewery throughout October. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes. For more information, go to TCZombieRun.com. ROADTRIP TO DA U.P., EH? If you're doing Halloween in traditional Up North style, no doubt you'll be heading to the Upper Peninsula for some good old fashioned tracking of the fabled Dogman. If so, we recommend you do some scouting out by Curtis and plan an evening at the Erickson Center for the Arts. It's presenting a Halloween mask-a-rade on Friday, Oct. 30. It will include contests for Best Masks, Best Costumes, a 50/50 Raffle, and live music by the T.C. Knuckleheads. Tickets are $10 with limited reserved table seating, per state mandates, and cloth face masks will be required for entry. It runs 8pm-11pm. Call the ECA office for more information at (906) 586-9974.

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Rhetoric abounds, some of which I’d like to see go. At the top of my list for expungement are the words “kitchen table” and “bread and butter,” often used by pundits to frame the basic issues that everyday people (i.e., not billionaires and corporations) care about, such as fair wages, decent housing, healthcare, and schools. These quaint phrases fail to mention that not everyone gets the same bread and butter due to the discriminatory barriers that have kept so many from a middle-class lifestyle (and its capacity to build wealth), for so long. The words also don’t conjure the images of the bread, the butter, and the kitchen table being swept away by flood or eaten by flame. In short, they ignore the broader existential threats of social injustice and climate change we are facing, to which every “bread and butter” issue is inextricably linked. Fortunately, most people are getting the picture anyway.

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According to a Pew Research Center survey this summer, a majority of registered U.S. voters say climate change will be a very (42%) or somewhat (26%) important issue in making their decision about whom to vote for in the presidential election. Many elements account for this shift/ continuing trend toward climate reality and concern. One obvious reason: Climate change is becoming harder to look away from. Tides are rising, storms are dumping more water, and heatwave records are being shattered year after year. Another significant factor is likely the massive mobilization of youth activists around climate and justice issues that began after the 2016 election. After some early setbacks, grassroots groups such as the Sunrise Movement have been building their base, planning strategically, and forming coalitions. The result? The Green New Deal — a resolution that aligns with the group’s mission to stop climate change and create millions of good-paying jobs while doing so — has over 100 co-sponsors in the U.S. House, several champions in the Senate, and was a frequent topic during the long and contentious presidential primary season. The group has also held politicians to account, and influenced over 3,000 candidates running for federal, state, and local offices to pledge to take no money from fossil fuel companies.

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Most significant perhaps, is that the Sunrise leaders are becoming part of the coalition team the Biden campaign has assembled to help craft its climate plan. Biden’s campaign truly listened, and the resulting climate plan, while not as ambitious as the Sunrise group’s goals, is bold — much stronger than the middle ground most expected Biden to take. If put into action during the four years of a Biden administration, the $2 trillion

commitment to green jobs and infrastructure will be hugely impactful. Sunrise co-founder Varshini Prakash, in the "How to Save a Planet" podcast, predicts the enactment of the plan under Biden would force market signals, create a culture shift and a switch in U.S. politics, such that “we have no idea how quickly that could bring us to realizing the full vision of a Green New Deal.” On the other hand, searching for candidate Trump’s climate change plan leads you to a one-pager with the following priorities: 1). Bolster the country's oil and gas industries and the supply and production of those energy products. 2). Continue rolling back Democratic environmental regulations. Furthermore, the current president has pulled the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Agreement and rolled back more than 160 significant environmental regulations, according to a study by Columbia University researchers. His administration also has acted to scrub any reference to climate across all federal government documents. Because Trump policies will likely lock in fossil fuel use for decades to come, scientists, according to a report by the BBC, fear another four years of Trump would make it “impossible to keep global temperatures in check.” With or without the United States, the rest of the world seems to be getting it. Chinese President Xi sent shockwaves among the United Nations just last month when he announced his country’s ambitious target to be carbon neutral by 2050. This is astounding, considering that China is currently the world’s largest carbon emitter. What is clear is that China, the EU, and other major global players do not agree with Donald Trump’s basic premise that reducing emissions will be ruinous for the economy. The reality is that the plummeting cost of renewables (already cheaper than fossil fuels in many parts of the world) will ramp up investments in clean energy and infrastructure, further driving down the price. The global race to clean power is starting, and if we do not choose leaders with vision and a plan, the U.S. will be left in the coal dust. For a livable future, we need an executive who will listen to scientists and to the people. We need a Congress that will support a major federal climate initiative. We need folks at all levels of government who are beholden to voters; not to fossil fuel executives. There are Republicans who care about the climate and are working across the aisle to address the crisis. However, it’s worth pointing out that of 3,000plus candidates running for office who have taken the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge, only 37 are Republicans. Ask the questions, know where your candidates stand, and vote like your life depends on it. Cathye Williams serves as a volunteer and media liaison for the Grand Traverse area chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby, www. citizensclimatelobby.com. She writes from Benzie County.


Awesome! Architect Nick Drummond loves to renovate old houses and was told the centuryold home he purchased last year in Ames, New York, had been built by a German baron who turned to bootlegging in the 1920s, but he was still surprised to find evidence within the walls on Oct. 9: dozens of bottles labeled Old Smuggler Gaelic Whisky. "We discovered multiple false walls and secret compartments under the floor in our mudroom," he told Lite 98.7. "The foundation walls and floors in the mudroom are lined with intact cases of 1920s whiskey." he said. Drummond said auction houses and collectors have contacted him, speculating that the value on the some of the bottles might range between $500 and $1,200. More Things to Worry About As many as 9 million wild pigs are roaming the United States -- expanding from 17 states to at least 39 states over the last 30 years and causing $2.5 billion worth of damage each year to crops and domestic livestock, reported The Atlantic in September. Many of the feral swine are hybrids, a mixture of domestic breeds and wild boars called "super pigs," that multiply so fast "I've heard it referred to as a feral swine bomb," said Dale Nolte, manager of the National Feral Swine Damage Management Program at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In the U.S. and Canada, government organizations are working to control the numbers; Montana has been especially vigilant, with a 24-hour hotline for residents to call when they see the animals. Right Time, Right Place Postal carrier Fernando Garcia in Norwalk, California, heard someone calling for help as he walked his route on Oct. 9 and soon found a man lying on the ground, covered in blood. The unnamed victim had cut his arm with a chain saw, so Garcia leaped into action, using his belt as a tourniquet until paramedics arrived. L.A. County Sheriff Lt. Pauline Panis told CBS Los Angeles, "I think we should let everybody know that anyone can make a difference ... it's a heartwarming story." The victim's family says he's recovering. Names in the News As a fun way to get customers involved with the new Ikea store in Valladolid, Spain, the Swedish retailer asked the public to name the street it's on. The Independent reported that anyone who's been frustrated trying to assemble items bought from the store will appreciate the winning entry: Calle Me Falta un Tornillo, or I'm Missing a Screw Street. And Ikea's OK with that: "We wanted to make our arrival here more special ... always with a touch of humor, which defines our style," a spokesperson said. Latest Religious Messages In Guadalupe, Mexico, pilgrims are flocking to a parking lot, leaving candles and flowers beside a detailed portrait of the Virgin Mary that inexplicably reappeared in early October, having been drawn in chalk by an anonymous artist in 2007. Oddity Central reported the artist has confirmed that the drawing is the same one he created as part of a local festival, and the area is now blocked with traffic cones and watered periodically to make the image more visible. Said Felix Palomo, director of culture for the municipality, which is part of greater Monterrey, "Whether you believe in miracles or not, the question is how did this image reappear 13 years after its creation?"

Oops! William Hubbard, dean of the University of South Carolina School of Law, was thrilled when he saw that 82% of the school's graduates taking the bar exam had passed, so he shared the happy news in an email to the school's students. Unfortunately, the email also contained attachments with confidential exam scores for all who took the test -- those who passed and those who failed, The State reported. "Please delete the message I just sent about bar passage," Hubbard wrote in his second email. "Please do not open and, if opened, do not reveal any information in that attachment to anyone." The former president of the American Bar Association appeared devastated by the error in an interview. "I've sent a personal email to every one of those students ... I am deeply, profoundly sorry for my mistake," he said. The Spirit World The New York Post reported on Oct. 14 that Amethyst Realm, 32, of Bristol, England, announced on British morning television that her planned wedding to Ray, a ghost she met in Australia two years ago, was off because he "kept disappearing" and started hanging around with a sketchy spirit group while they were on vacation in Thailand. "He'd disappear for long periods of time. When he did come back, he'd bring other spirits to the house and they'd just stay around for days," Realm, said. She said the decision not to marry was mutual. "He just completely changed." Ewwwwwww Alicia Beverly of Detroit was sleeping in the back seat of a red-eye flight home from Las Vegas on Oct. 12 when she felt "something warm" on her side, and woke up to realize a man standing in the aisle was urinating on her, Fox 2 reported. "I screamed and that woke everybody up," she said. "I looked and there was a puddle of pee in the seats!" An offduty police officer on the flight restrained the unidentified man, described as a well-known pastor from North Carolina, and he was taken into custody upon landing, but has not been charged. Beverly had to sit in her wet clothes for the duration of the trip and is suffering anxiety following the incident. "Since then I have only gotten four hours of sleep," she said. Bright Ideas The Netherlands is home to a new trend in wellness therapy that promises serenity to those who try it: "koe knuffelen" (cow hugging). The BBC reported that a cow's warmer body temperature and slower heartbeat are thought to increase oxytocin levels in humans, reducing stress and promoting positivity. The practice began more than a decade ago, and now farms in Switzerland and the U.S. along with the Netherlands offer cow-cuddling sessions, which typically begin with a tour of the farm before participants are invited to rest against a cow for up to three hours. The Finnish airline Finnair began selling its business-class airplane food in supermarkets on Oct. 13, in an effort to keep its catering staff employed as well as offer a taste of nostalgia to travelers grounded by the COVID-19 pandemic. The ready-made "Taste of Finnair" dishes include reindeer meatballs, Artic char and Japanese-style teriyaki beef and cost about $12, The Associated Press reported. Marika Nieminen, vice president of Finnair Kitchen, said the idea allows the airline to "create new work and employment for our people." (Associated Press, 10/15/2020]

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A Nightmare for Michigan Bats? The region’s bats are battling a pandemic of their own

By Hannah Schauer If you’re seeing more decorative bats this Halloween than you saw of their live counterparts this summer, there’s a good reason — though one that’s bad for Michigan bats. As in many places throughout North America, bat populations in Michigan are declining. The reason for the reduction in numbers: a fungus named Pseudogymnoascus destructans. It causes a disease called white-nose syndrome — so named for the white, powdery appearance the reveals itself on the exposed skin, like the muzzle and wings, of affected bats. First documented in New York during the winter of 2006–2007, white-nose syndrome wasn’t confirmed in Michigan in early 2014. By 2016, however, it had clearly made its mark. Surveys of hibernacula (i.e., places where bats hibernate) around Michigan indicated an 83 percent decline in bat populations (when compared to data gathered from surveys \at those sites before white-nose syndrome’s arrival).

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Anyone worried about the potential impact cold weather will have on the spread of the novel coronavirus among us will readily understand the swiftness with which white-nose syndrome moves among bats in winter. Many insect-eating bats survive winter by going into hibernation, during which they lower their body temperature and use the fat deposits they’ve accumulated during fall to sustain themselves. Unfortunately, the places bats like to hibernate, such as caves or underground mines, are also ideal environments for Pseudogymnoascus destructans; it thrives in cold, damp conditions.

It also disrupts hibernation, causing bats to prematurely and repeatedly awaken, which quickly depletes their fat reserves and diminishes their body condition — and potential to survive. “Bats weakened by the loss of fat reserves are unable to replenish themselves due to lack of insects to eat in winter and die before spring,” said Dan O’Brien, veterinarian at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Disease Laboratory. “Infected bats often exhibit abnormal behavior such as flying during daylight hours or gathering outside of caves in cold weather.” While there is no evidence that white-nose syndrome is infectious to humans, the loss of large numbers of bats may have an indirect impact on people. So why should we care? Because bats are a primary predator of nighttime insects, and largescale losses of bats could lead to an increase in insect populations, which in turn can cause crop damage or spread other diseases.

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Michigan’s DNR has been on leading bat conservation and research efforts for a long time, said Bill Scullon, DNR Wildlife Division field operations supervisor, who adds that “working with partners and researchers is as critical as ever.” One such effort: the gating of entrances to important bat hibernacula to minimize human disturbance to hibernating bats. Custom steel structures are designed and put up to ensure public safety while allowing the bats to come and go freely from the hibernacula. “These gates have been built on both public and private lands,” said DNR wildlife biologist John DePue. “Some of these gated sites house large populations of bats in the winter and are

important locations to protect.” Michigan is also one of the few states that participates in field trials of potential treatments to combat white-nose syndrome. Researchers and students from Western Michigan and Ball State universities, working with the DNR, have been applying an organic compound — derived from shellfish, called chitosan — to bats and the inside of hibernacula. This chitosan compound appears to help bats combat the effects of white-nose syndrome. Additionally, in some of Michigan’s hibernacula, University of California, Santa Cruz researchers have been treating sites with chlorine dioxide. Treatment is applied to the site when bats are not present to reduce the number of spores that cause white-nose syndrome. “Chlorine dioxide is used to kill all the fungal spores throughout a mine during the summer, before bats return for the winter,” said DePue. “This will disinfect the site and reduce infection rates and mortality rates.” DNR staffers, along with researchers from Eastern Michigan University, also conduct annual bat monitoring. Hibernation sites are visited during the winter to learn about places where bats are experiencing higher survival rates, and to monitor population trends.

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According to the DNR, installing bat houses can be helpful for bats. Various factors are important when putting up a bat house, including location, color and height. Bat houses should not be in areas frequented by people or domestic animals. To learn tips and tricks for bat houses, check out Bat Conservation International’s website, filled with bat house resources. Maintaining bat habitat is another way to

help bats. Some bats like to roost in trees that have loose bark. Maintaining these types of trees can provide additional roosting locations. Many bats prefer forested areas near a water source, as these places are often abundant with insects. Those exploring caves or mines should be sure to abide by closures and follow decontamination guidelines to reduce the spread of white-nose syndrome. Avoid visiting these locations during the winter months when bats may be hibernating. Finally, minimize the use of insecticides; they can impact a variety of animal species, bats included. Want to learn more about Michigan’s bat’s? Check out www.Michigan.gov/bats, where you can learn more about the state’s nine species, threats to them, and even bat-human interactions.

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By Todd VanSickle Dan Bloomquist and his wife, Evamarie, bought Breakfast & Burger Express in downtown Kalkaska at a great time: December 2019, just before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Bloomquist considers the forced closure a bit of a lucky break. “It took a little while because some of the construction companies were closed too,” Bloomquist said. “But it gave us time to get remodeling done. It kind of worked in our favor, because I was going to try to do remodeling in the evenings and stay open during the day. That would have been kind of hard.” Bloomquist also owns another restaurant, Trout Town, in Kalkaska just a few blocks away, which has an Up North, outdoorsy feel to it. The owners thought about a similar theme for their new restaurant but decided to go in a different direction. GOING TO THE DOGS “We were taking way too long to try to figure it out,” Bloomquist said. “Someone had mentioned a dog theme, and we were intrigued. There are no real dog-themed restaurants up here that we know of.” The owners eventually settled on Moose & Stella’s Café, named after their own dogs — Moose, a Brittany, and Stella, a Yorkshire Terrier. “It turned out to be a great choice,” Bloomquist said. “I think people love the decor and you know it's not overwhelming with dogs, but we do have a few dog pictures.” The owners’ dogs have not been to the restaurant, but its logo, which can be found throughout the restaurant, shows a rendition of the Bloomquists’ pets. The rebranded dog-themed restaurant opened around Memorial Day weekend, and since then, business has been good, according to the owner. FANCY FRENCH & BIG DOGS Not only did the restaurant get a makeover, but so did the menu. Bloomquist and his wife did “extensive research” by visiting several popular restaurants during a trip to the Detroit area. “We took a lot of information from some of the trends that might get to northern Michigan a little late,” Bloomquist said. Most importantly he wanted to offer the community something different. Although French toast is a staple at most restaurants,

Bloomquist says Moose & Stella’s takes the breakfast dish to the next level. Currently, they have a German Oktoberfest inspired apple strudel French toast. There is also a baked French toast, which is more like a bread pudding. And there is stuffed French toast with mascarpone cheese. Even the standard French toast has a twist; it's made with thick, chewy Halal bread. On the lunch menu, paninis have made the line up along with gourmet hot dogs. “Being a dog-theme restaurant, we had to have dogs on the menu,” Bloomquist said. There are four different quarter-pound certified Angus beef hot dogs to choose from, including the Detroit Coney, Jalapeno Popper, Carolina Slaw Dog, and the Buffalo Bacon Bleu — none of which are average in size. “The hot dogs are huge,” General Manager James Meeker said. “People are freaked out by the size of them. We sell quite a few of them, especially the Coney dogs.” Meeker said all the sauces are made fresh, in-house, and the bread is from Traverse City Bagel & Bakery. The soups are made from scratch at the restaurant and so are the baked goods. On a recent visit, pumpkin spice cupcakes sat next to the cash register for sale. Another addition to the menu is the $2.99 plain Doggy Burger, which is intended to go home in a doggy bag for customers’ fourlegged friends. “This is a new menu for us and I am sure it is going to evolve,” Bloomquist said. “We're going to keep it fresh and keep the great things, but the things that don't move so well, we will change seasonally.” One item that didn't make the cut: the Belly Buster challenge. Those who ordered it were challenged to eat a loaded two-pound hamburger or an enormous breakfast skillet within 30 minutes. The winner had their picture taken, received a free shirt, and did not have to pay for the meal, which cost $19.99. “It was a cool thing for Breakfast and Burger. It worked for them for the longest time,” Bloomquist said. “We want to be something different and go in a different direction [here].” Some of the more popular items on the former menu, like the breakfast skillet and hamburgers, still remain on the revamped Moose and Stella's menu — some just under new names. KALKASKA CAPPUCCINOS Another new edition, not only to the restaurant but also Kalkaska, is gourmet coffee. “I think we're the only place in Kalkaska

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that has a real cappuccino machine,” Bloomquist said. The restaurant offers espressos, lattes and cappuccinos. The owner hopes to expand its options and have seasonal drinks available. “Right now we have a pumpkin latte,” Bloomquist said. The restaurant is only open for breakfast and lunch, which frees up the kitchen for catering. Bloomquist said the kitchen was upgraded with convection ovens and ranges to help out with that side of the business. In the next couple of years, Bloomquist hopes to expand the catering business and have a patio for outdoor seating.

“Those are some of our goals,” he said. Overall the re-branded restaurant has been well received by the community, the owner said. “I would say our responses have been 99 percent positive — and from the tourists as well,” Bloomquist said. “There's a lot of people coming through, and we're seeing a lot of new faces and I'm hoping to build on that.” Moose and Stella's is open 6:30am to 3pm Monday through Saturday, and 7:30am to 3pm Sundays. Find it at 203 S Cedar St., Kalkaska. (231) 258-9779, www.mooseandstellas.com

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WHISTLE IF YOU DARE Northern Express heads into some of the North’s most captivating graveyards

By Ross Boissoneau ’Tis the season … the season for visiting people’s final resting places. Maybe you’re of a slightly morbid fascination, and you find cemeteries interesting because of the ghost stories you read as a child. Perhaps you enjoy tracing history and genealogy through the graves of your ancestors. Or maybe you just like the peace and quiet attendant to such places. Whatever your reason, it’s typically around the Halloween season when people start thinking about whistling past — or through — the graveyard. And there are plenty of them out there. FOR FRAIDY CATS Oakwood Cemetery in Traverse City is the largest and most well-known cemetery in the region. Though it’s technically separate, the grounds are also home to Oakwood Catholic Cemetery. Sexton Branden Morgan says the Halloween season at the sprawling, 90-acre cemetery doesn’t really bring much change to the surroundings, though sometimes younger people wander in more than during the rest of the year. One group that won’t be around this year is the Traverse Area Historical Society. It typically offers tours of the cemetery, but now the “tours” have been moved online. Different days offer different stops on the tour. (Start at its website at TraverseHistory. Wordpress.com, then and scroll down to the notice of the Oakwood Virtual Tour.)

Oakwood is the final resting place for many of the area’s historical figures, such as Perry Hannah, Conrad Foster, Dr. David Goodale (Traverse City’s first physician), and Helen Goodale (the first teacher). Others include Hildegarde Grawn Milliken, William Milliken’s mother and the daughter of Charles T. Grawn, onetime superintendent of Traverse City Schools and later of the State Normal School in Mount Pleasant, now Central Michigan University; George Alderton, founder of the State of Michigan Sports Hall of Fame; and the Hull family (Henry Hull founded the Oval Wood Dish Company, the second-largest employer in Traverse City). Morgan finds the cemetery peaceful, rather than creepy. Though he does admit he’s had a few encounters that he can’t explain, such as occasionally catching sight of someone in his peripheral vision who isn’t there when he turns to look. A GHOST TOWN BURNING If something a bit spookier is what you’re after, head to Pere Cheney Cemetery. According to the website Mysterious Heartland, it is home of one of the Top Ten Witch Graves (actually ranked No. 2) in the Midwest. It’s spooky quotient makes sense, given that Pere Cheney is itself a ghost town. The first settlement in Crawford County, circa 1874, Pere Cheney was located east of where I-75 is now, about nine miles south and east of Grayling. The population peaked at 1,500

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shortly after being settled, but by 1917, the population had dropped to fewer than 20 people, and the town was abandoned the following year. What happened? Pere Cheney was decimated by an outbreak of diphtheria in 1893, followed by a devastating fire. In 1897, another outbreak of diphtheria swept through the village, this time with smallpox and scarlet fever, too. The logical explanation for the fire was that it was caused by sparks from the town’s timber mills (founding father George M. Cheney built the first sawmill there). A darker explanation was that people from surrounding towns set Pere Cheney aflame to prevent the spread of disease. Or, maybe it was a vengeful witch, some say, who caused both the epidemics and the fire. After her neighbors had banished her to the surrounding wilderness — history doesn’t tell us what her transgressions supposedly were — she cursed the land. Another legend says she was later hanged from a tree in the cemetery, and her body was burned ... or buried there among the 90 graves. To this day, some visitors claim to have seen her ghost haunting Pere Cheney Cemetery. HEADSTONES AGLOW What’s next — headstones that glow in the dark? As a matter of fact, that’s exactly what’s next, and apparently, it’s no joke. Local history enthusiast David Smith recalled how his elderly cousin talked about taking her grandchildren to see the glowing

gravestones of Forest Hill Cemetery in Evart. Smith said she was the first female mayor there and was well-known and well-versed in the area’s history. She’s not the only source either. In 1998, the fabled glowing stones were investigated by the editor of the Evart Review. But threeweek investigation into the lights — which could be seen while one was in the cemetery but disappeared when one got too close — yielded no clues. Reflections from passing vehicles, remote-controlled lights, and phosphorescent paint on the stones were all ruled out. Apparently, the situation goes back to the 1800s, when legend has it Guido Bandura, the cook for the crew constructing the nearby Flint and Pere Marquette railroad, was in charge of lighting kerosene lanterns along the path from the rail bed to the cook’s shanty. During a fight, his son Marco was pushed into the Muskegon River. Upon hearing this, Guido dove in after Marco; neither was seen again. The camp was near the cemetery, and at some point after the incident, people began to see the lights glowing there. Legend had it they were the lights of the elder Bandura, whether set out for the men or for his lost son is not known. HERE LOES LOCAL HEROES More peaceful stories come from Benzie County, where local historian Jane Purkis is happy to talk cemeteries. “I’m interested in history, and one place to find it is in


cemeteries. They’re also just pleasant places to visit,” she said. That’s right, no witches, no luminous headstones; just some engaging information on days gone by. At the Joyfield Township Cemetery, Purkis said there are a couple headstones memorializing members of the USCT, the United States Colored Troops in the Union Army. Both David Imes and George Cowen were members of the USCT. In fact, the latter was a member of the unit the movie Glory was based on. “The family that gave the land [for the cemetery] was Black,” said Purkis. That would be William and Mildred Davis, the former the son of a plantation owner and a slave woman. Upon the death of their daughter, they sold five acres of land to the township for the cemetery. Also buried there is Amaziah Joy, the township's first white settler, for whom the township is named. Purkis said it’s not so surprising when one looks at the history of the area. “A lot of Civil War veterans settled in Benzonia following the war,” she said, noting many of them were abolitionists who were buried in Benzonia Township Cemetery. She said one of the attractions was the establishment of a liberal arts college in Benzonia based on the model of Oberlin College in Ohio. “It was established by folks from New York,” she said, and was open not only to white men, but to women and Blacks as well. “It was open to different races [based] on the Oberlin design.” Benzonia Township Cemetery is also the final resting place of Bruce Catton. The renowned historian, journalist, and author won a Pulitzer Prize in 1954. He also was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Gerald Ford in 1977.

Catton was born in Petoskey but spent much of his life in Benzie County. Of course, there are hundreds of other cemeteries scattered across the region, with tens of thousands of stories about those interred there. For example, the Swedish Missionary Cemetery south of Leland (also known as Good Harbor Church Cemetery) was affiliated with Swedish Missionary Lutheran Church. While the church no longer exists, the cemetery does. It includes the not-quite-final resting places of those from the schooner John P. March, which ran aground at Good Harbor Bay during a snowstorm on Oct. 30, 1878. They were lost to the sea as they attempted to make shore, but the bodies were later retrieved for reburial by their families. Genealogist Matt McCormack of Alpena said he has visited cemeteries across the northern part of the state as part of his work. “Sometimes you get tidbits of information such as birthplace. Early on, most people were illiterate, so you may find an anchor [on a stone] for someone who worked on a ship, or a lamb if it was a baby or young person who died,” he said. Another tip — sometimes a headstone is only partially done, with one side left rough. He said that can indicate a person who died in their ’40s or ’50s. “An unfinished stone is like an unfinished life.” McCormack said another tradition, more popular in New England than here, was including both a headstone and a footstone. That tradition was based on the beds of the living, which have both headboards and footboards; folks did the same for the dead, enabling them to sleep through eternity and, well, something far less romantic: “It also indicated how tall they were.”

HOW TO CLEAN A GRAVESTONE Jane Purkis and David Smith know headstones. Once a month in the summer, Purkis hosts a monthly cleanup day at a different cemetery in Benzie County. Meanwhile, Smith works with other members of Robert Finch Camp No. 14, a Civil Warenthusiasts group, to clean the graves of veterans. Smith said the key to proper cleaning is a product called D2 Biological Solution. It’s made specifically for cleaning headstones. Smith said the first step is to hose off the stone, then spray the solution on it. “Let it set, then use a soft brush. Then hose it off and do it again,” he said. After a couple applications, he said the stone will likely look worse, as the solution brings the crud to the surface. But Smith said he’s comfortable walking away from it even when it looks bad. “I’ll mist it and leave it. You come back a couple weeks later and be shocked at how clean it is,” he said. “When the rain hits, it extracts the material.” That’s what he said he did when he went to the grave of his grandfather’s sister with one of his relatives. They went back three weeks later, and the stone was completely white, exposing details he wasn’t even aware of. “I never knew it had decorative flowers chiseled into it. I never knew it was there. It completely shocked me.” Purkis knows all about D2 and she does tell her volunteers about it, but she doesn’t use it. “I show people D2, but it’s so expensive,” she said. (Smith said he gets it from a supplier in Holland, and it’s also available on Amazon, where a kit including a gallon of the solution, a sprayer, a plastic scraper, and a brush retails for $126.) Instead, Purkis supplies her volunteers with an inexpensive kit that includes a bucket and additional jugs for water, a series of different brushes and plastic scrapers. Nothing metal, as that would damage the stone. The secret ingredient? Elbow grease, and plenty of it. “We go through a lot of toothbrushes,” she said. “We just try to get rid of the worst of the lichen.”

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oct 24

saturday

6TH ANNUAL ORCHARDS AT SUNSET VIRTUAL 5K & FUN RUN: Run any time through Oct. 5K: $25; Fun Run: $10. mynorthtickets.com/events/orchardsat-sunset-5k-and-funrun-2020-10-17-202

---------------------HYBRID VIRTUAL FARMLAND 5K & FREE FOR ALL BIKE: 1045 Rasho Rd., TC. Challenge yourself on the original course anytime from Dec. 4-6 & still get your finisher medal & event souvenir. A classic, European style turf grass course awaits you with optional knee high barriers including straw bales, fallen logs, wood fence & stone fence. Traverse over grass or snow & ice, wooded dirt trails, & farmland running terrain. Register by Dec. 3. runsignup.com/farmland5k

---------------------MICHIGAN HARVEST VIRTUAL RUN SERIES: GRAPE STOMP: Run a 5K or half marathon any time between Oct. 1-31. runsignup.com/Race/MI/ TraverseCity/MichiganHarvestRun

---------------------MICHIGAN LEGACY ART PARK 25TH ANNIVERSARY ONLINE AUCTION: Featuring northern Michigan artists & original artworks, apparel, gift certificates & more. Runs through Oct. 25, 7pm. This fundraising event will benefit Michigan Legacy Art Park. artpark.schoolauction.net/artparkwishlist/homepages/index

---------------------VIRTUAL NORTHERN MICHIGAN PARADE OF HOMES: Presented by the Home Builders Association of Northern Michigan. Featuring eight homes & one deck to view for free from Oct. 10-24. upnorthhometour.com

---------------------ZOMBIE RUN (VIRTUAL): During the month of Oct., participants can run or walk a 5K anywhere & at any time. All registered participants will receive a ZR gaiter & a commemorative 2020 race bib. Gaiters & race bibs will be available for pick up at Right Brain Brewery in Oct. All event proceeds support TART Trails. $20 kids; $25 adults. tczombierun.com

---------------------CADILLAC FISH DECOY & SPORTING COLLECTIBLE SHOW: 10am-3pm, Cadillac Commons. An open air covered market. Free.

---------------------HARBOR SPRINGS RESTAURANT WEEK: Oct. 16-25. Restaurants in & around Harbor Springs offer food specials & special pricing.

---------------------SCOOBY DOO-WOP: A LIVE DRIVE-IN MYSTERY ADVENTURE: Presented by Mashup Rock & Roll Musical. The Scooby Doo-Wop Gang have come to northern MI to investigate a mysterious ghost spooking Old Town. They need your help to solve the clues & find out who is behind this haunting, all from the comfort of your own Mystery Machine. For this in-person theatre experience, you & your carload will be contacted by the gang via your smart phone, receiving written clues & audio recordings as you travel to three different locations in TC. Held at 11am, 1pm or 3pm. Donation. mashuprockandrollmusical.com/scooby-doo-wop

---------------------PINT SIZED PAINT OUT: 12-2pm, Pennsylvania Park, Petoskey. A fall-themed outdoor painting event for kids. Register. Free. crookedtree. org/events/petoskey

---------------------THE PROGRESSIVE HARVEST TOUR: 3pm. Registration & cocktail hour is at Otsego Resort with featured drinks. Then hop on the Northern Michigan Trolley & head to Michaywe Inn The Woods for fall inspired appetizers. Next travel to the Iron Pig for the main course. Then enjoy one last ride back to Otsego Resort for dessert & live entertainment. 989-732-5181. $55. otsegoclub.com

---------------------FALL PAINT OUT: 4-6pm, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Bidwell Plaza, Petoskey. A fall-themed plein air reception & wet paint sale. For artists ages 18 & up. Free. crookedtree.org/event/ ctac-petoskey/fall-paint-out

MURDER MYSTERY DINNER: 6-9pm, Otsego Resort, Duck Blind Grille, Gaylord. “Best Laid Plans”: An Old Hollywood Whodunnit. $60. otsegoclub.com/event/murder-mystery-dinner

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EAST JORDAN 1ST ANNUAL PUMPKIN WALK: 7pm, East Jordan Community Park. Tonight is Fright Night. All donations benefit the Depot Jordan Valley Teen Center.

---------------------GOPHERWOOD CONCERTS PRESENTS ROBBIE SCHAEFER: 7pm. Robbie is a guitarist & songwriter for the indie folk band Eddie From Ohio. Enjoy this concert on the Gopherwood Concerts Facebook page. Suggested $10 donation. facebook.com/GopherwoodConcerts

send your dates to: events@traverseticker.com

---------------------HAUNTED TRAIL AT THE GHOST FARM OF KINGSLEY: 7-11pm, Feast or Famine Haunted Trail. 5010 Pierce Rd., Kingsley. $15. GhostFarm.net

oct 25

sunday

3RD ANNUAL TC DONUT RIDE: 11:45am, Timber Ridge Resort, Norte Dirt Yurt, TC. Ride the distance right for you; 1-15 miles routes to choose from. Norte will supply the Peace, Love & Little Donuts. RSVP. Free. elgruponorte.org

---------------------6TH ANNUAL ORCHARDS AT SUNSET VIRTUAL 5K & FUN RUN: (See Sat., Oct. 24)

---------------------FALL CHAIRLIFT RIDES: 11am-3pm, Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville. Enjoy panoramic views of three counties during the peak of the fall color season. Purchase tickets at the base of the Crystal Clipper. 8 & under free with paying adult. $5/person. Find on Facebook.

---------------------HYBRID VIRTUAL FARMLAND 5K & FREE FOR ALL BIKE: (See Sat., Oct. 24)

---------------------MICHIGAN HARVEST VIRTUAL RUN SERIES: GRAPE STOMP: (See Sat., Oct. 24)

---------------------KIDZONE TRUNK ‘N’ TREAT: 5-6pm, New Hope Community Church, parking lot, Williamsburg. Bring the kids for hot dogs, cotton candy & a parking lot full of trunks filled with candy. Free. newhope.cc

---------------------MICHIGAN LEGACY ART PARK 25TH ANNIVERSARY ONLINE AUCTION: (See Sat., Oct. 24)

---------------------ZOMBIE RUN (VIRTUAL): (See Sat., Oct. 24) ---------------------HARBOR SPRINGS RESTAURANT WEEK: (See Sat., Oct. 24)

---------------------SCOOBY DOO-WOP: A LIVE DRIVE-IN MYSTERY ADVENTURE: (See Sat., Oct. 24)

oct 26

monday

HUNT FOR THE REDS OF OCTOBER: Explore & discover great red wines of Leelanau Peninsula. Takes place weekdays during Oct. Tickets are $25 per person, includes a souvenir wine glass, a complimentary red wine pour at each of more than 20 participating wineries offering diverse red wines, & a $5 donation to the American Red Cross. mynorthtickets.com/events/hunt-for-the-redsof-october-10-1-2020-76983

---------------------6TH ANNUAL ORCHARDS AT SUNSET VIRTUAL 5K & FUN RUN: (See Sat., Oct. 24)

---------------------OCTOBER COFFEE HOURS WITH STATE SEN. WAYNE SCHMIDT, R-TC: 10-11am, Shirley’s Cafe, Mancelona. For constituents throughout the 37th Senate District. The senator will be available to answer questions & provide info & assistance, as well as take suggestions

With many families reconsidering trick or treating this year due to COVID-19, an alternative is a Halloween hike and Night Sky Storytelling at Offield Family Viewlands Working Forest Reserve in Harbor Springs on Halloween from 6:30-8:30pm. Appropriate for 2020 will be a Blue Moon, the second Full Moon of the month. A Full Moon only happens on Halloween every 19 years. Join Star Lore Historian Mary Stewart Adams for stories of the mischief associated with All Hallow’d Eve and bring a luminary to light your way. This event will also be held on Zoom. landtrust.org/event/night-sky-storytelling-halloween-hike/ on issues affecting communities & businesses in the district. senatorwayneschmidt.com

---------------------HYBRID VIRTUAL FARMLAND 5K & FREE FOR ALL BIKE: (See Sat., Oct. 24)

---------------------MICHIGAN HARVEST VIRTUAL RUN SERIES: GRAPE STOMP: (See Sat., Oct. 24)

---------------------ZOMBIE RUN (VIRTUAL): (See Sat., Oct. 24)

oct 27

tuesday

CONNECTING WOMEN IN BUSINESS: VIA ZOOM: 11:30am. Featuring local entrepreneur Julie Moskal, owner of The Purple Beet. $20 for Connecting Women in Business members; $25 for all others. Registration includes one free frozen smoothie pack which can be picked up at Parkside Deli. petoskeychamber.com

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MICHIGAN HARVEST VIRTUAL RUN SERIES: GRAPE STOMP: (See Sat., Oct. 24)

---------------------STORY STEW: 11am. Presented by Peninsula Community Library. Stories & songs for all ages through preschool. Coordinating craft kits available for pickup at PCL beginning the previous Friday. Email taxiotisdahl@tadl.org for Zoom link. Held the second & fourth Tues. of the month.

---------------------ZOMBIE RUN (VIRTUAL): (See Sat., Oct. 24) ---------------------HUNT FOR THE REDS OF OCTOBER: (See Mon., Oct. 26)

oct 28

wednesday

FA-BOO-LOUS HALLOWEEN PROGRAM: 10am. Held via Zoom. Presented by Bellaire Public Library & Mad Science of Detroit. Registration required. Enjoy science experiments with a Halloween theme. bellairelibrary.org

6TH ANNUAL ORCHARDS AT SUNSET VIRTUAL 5K & FUN RUN: (See Sat., Oct. 24)

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BUSINESS AFTER HOURS: 5-7pm, The Gold Nugget, Ellsworth.

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------------------------------------------HYBRID VIRTUAL FARMLAND 5K & FREE FOR ALL BIKE: (See Sat., Oct. 24)

---------------------PEEPERS: PUMPKIN PALS: 10am, Boardman River Nature Center, outside, TC. Featuring “How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow?” by Wendel Minor. For ages 3-5. This nature program also includes crafts, music & discovery activities. $5. natureiscalling.org/ preschool-peepers-schedule

6TH ANNUAL ORCHARDS AT SUNSET VIRTUAL 5K & FUN RUN: (See Sat., Oct. 24)

STORIES @ HOME: 11am. Halloween Sound Effects Special: “Night Owl, Night Owl, What do you Hear?” Tell a Halloween tale & make your own sound effects from things around your house. Then enjoy a short craft. Check web site for supply list to participate. Free. greatlakeskids.org/offerings

---------------------HYBRID VIRTUAL FARMLAND 5K & FREE FOR ALL BIKE: (See Sat., Oct. 24)

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Fri March 20 Buckets of Beer Fri -30th: BUCKETS OF BEERstarting startingatat$8$8(2-8pm) Happy Hour: The Chris Michels Band Then: The Isaac Ryder Band (12-8pm). with Skin & Marshall (10pm-2am) Sat March Sat 21 -31st: The Isaac Band (No Covers) DJ RickyRyder T (10pm-2am) Marchindustry 22 night) Sun 1st:Sunday SIN (service $1 off allKARAOKE drinks if you work in the service industry. Entertainment:( 10pm-2am) karaoke (10pm-2am)

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11am-noon. Leah Olson of N Point Strategies will provide simple ways to identify malicious software (malware) on your device, & the initial steps to take if your device or business network becomes infected. Virtual program. Register online. $5. business.charlevoix.org/events/details/lead-by-local-cybersecurity-13107

---------------------MICHIGAN HARVEST VIRTUAL RUN SERIES: GRAPE STOMP: (See Sat., Oct. 24)

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HUNT FOR THE REDS OF OCTOBER: (See Mon., Oct. 26)

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---------------------ZOMBIE RUN (VIRTUAL): (See Sat., Oct. 24) ----------------------

oct 29

thursday

PETOSKEY CHAMBER VIRTUAL MEMBER MIXER: 5-6:30pm. A new spin on Business After Hours. Held on the virtual platform Remo. Register in advance. Free. petoskeychamber. com/events/details/petoskey-chamber-virtualmember-mixer-23297

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6TH ANNUAL ORCHARDS AT SUNSET VIRTUAL 5K & FUN RUN: (See Sat., Oct. 24)

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NATIONAL WRITERS SERIES

FREE ZOOM EVENT • OCTOBER 29, 7PM

ALICE HOFFMAN A CELEBRATION OF LIFE AND LOVE

Meet bestselling author Alice Hoffman, who weaves history, magic and love to entrance her readers. “Bewitching … Hoffman’s book swept me away during a time I most needed it.” ~ The New York Times Book Review Guest host is Cynthia Canty, former host of Michigan Radio’s Stateside. Event Sponsor: Anne Montgomery • Literary Sponsor: Bonobo Winery

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NMC FALL SUMMIT: GLOBAL ISSUES, LOCAL IMPACTS: 9:30am-noon. Livestream. Join experts & thought leaders for presentations & discussions on the impact COVID-19 has had on NMC’s global community. Art & music, social justice, global education & health will be examined. Register. $39. nmc.edu/ resources/extended-education/find-a-class/ adult-classes/language-culture.html

NATIONAL WRITERS SERIES: AN EVENING WITH ALICE HOFFMAN: 7pm. In “Magic Lessons: A Prequel to Practical Magic,” Alice Hoffman traces a centuries-old curse to its source. Guest host is Cynthia Canty, an Emmy award-winning radio & TV journalist, anchor, & morning personality who most recently was host of WUOM’s program Stateside. Held on Zoom. Register. Free. bit.ly/NWSFallSeason

---------------------HYBRID VIRTUAL FARMLAND 5K & FREE FOR ALL BIKE: (See Sat., Oct. 24)

---------------------LIVE & LOCAL CONCERT SERIES: BLAIR MILLER: 7pm. Held via Zoom. Presented by Dennos Museum Center. Enjoy a performance & conversation with local bluesman Blair Miller & Curator of Education Jason Dake. Pay what you can: $0-$15. Registration must be completed by 5pm on the evening of concert. dennosmuseum.org

---------------------MICHIGAN HARVEST VIRTUAL RUN SERIES: GRAPE STOMP: (See Sat., Oct. 24)

---------------------HAUNTED PETOSKEY: 7pm. Via Zoom. Learn about Emmet County’s long, diverse history, from the French Voyageurs of the early 17th century to the speakeasies run by the “Purple Gang” during the wild days of prohibition. Register. Presented by NMC Lifelong Learning Club. Free. ncmclifelonglearning.com/event-4024133

---------------------ZOMBIE RUN (VIRTUAL): (See Sat., Oct. 24) ---------------------HUNT FOR THE REDS OF OCTOBER: (See Mon., Oct. 26)

oct 30

friday

NORTHERN HOME & COTTAGE 2020 VIRTUAL TOUR: Featuring eight homes in northern MI, along with contractors, designers & homeowners. Tickets are a suggested donation of $15. Benefits Child & Family Services of Northwest Michigan. mynorthtickets.com

---------------------DRIVE THRU TRUNK OR TREAT: 5-8pm, Jim Wernig Chevrolet, Gaylord. All attendees will remain in their vehicles, drive through the designated area where decorated trunks will be on display & vote for their top 3 favorites. Before leaving, each car will collect a bag of candy & favors (1 per child) that have been prepackaged in a sanitary environment.

---------------------6TH ANNUAL ORCHARDS AT SUNSET VIRTUAL 5K & FUN RUN: (See Sat., Oct. 24)

HAUNTED TRAIL AT THE GHOST FARM OF KINGSLEY: 7-11pm, Feast or Famine Haunted Trail. 5010 Pierce Rd., Kingsley. $15. GhostFarm.net HALLOWEEN MOVIES: The Bay Theatre, Suttons Bay. Tonight features “Beetlejuice” at 7:30pm & “Halloween” at 10:30pm. $5. thebaytheatre.com

---------------------HYBRID VIRTUAL FARMLAND 5K & FREE FOR ALL BIKE: (See Sat., Oct. 24)

---------------------VIRTUAL COFFEE @ TEN: ART & MUSIC UNDER NAZI GERMANY: 10-11am. Featuring Dr. Amanda Sewell, music director of Interlochen Public Radio. The conversation will be moderated by CTAC’s Liz Erlewine & Kristi Wodek. Register. Free. crookedtree.org/event/ ctac-online-ctac-petoskey-ctac-traverse-city/ virtual-coffeeten-art-and-music-under-nazi

---------------------MICHIGAN HARVEST VIRTUAL RUN SERIES: GRAPE STOMP: (See Sat., Oct. 24)

---------------------MYSTERIOUS CREATURES OF THE MIDWEST: BIGFOOT TO VAMPIRES (AND EVEN DOGMAN!) VIA ZOOM: 2pm. Listen as Chad Lewis showcases his on-site investigations of the Bigfoot of the North Woods & the Lake Monster of Lake Pepin to phantom chickens & Hellhounds roaming rural roads. He may even share some eerie Dog Man stories. See witness drawings, eye-witness testimony, weird photos, & bizarre sound clips. Once registered, you will receive an email with further instructions. Free. tadl.org/mysteriouscreatures

---------------------ZOMBIE RUN (VIRTUAL): (See Sat., Oct. 24) ---------------------OCTOBER COFFEE HOURS WITH STATE SEN. WAYNE SCHMIDT, R-TC: 11am-noon, Alice’s Restaurant, Cheboygan. For constituents throughout the 37th Senate District. The senator will be available to answer questions & provide info & assistance, as well as take suggestions on issues affecting communities & businesses in the district. senatorwayneschmidt.com

---------------------HUNT FOR THE REDS OF OCTOBER: (See Mon., Oct. 26)

---------------------FALL CHAIRLIFT RIDES: 4-6pm, Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville. Enjoy panoramic views of three counties during the peak of the fall color season. Purchase tickets at the base of the Crystal Clipper. 8 & under free with paying adult. $5/person. Find on Facebook.

oct 31

saturday

NIGHT SKY STORYTELLING: HALLOWEEN HIKE: 6:30-8:30pm, Offield Family Viewlands Working Forest Reserve, Harbor Springs. Perfect for 2020 is a Blue Moon on Halloween! The second Full Moon of the month, a Full Moon only happens on Halloween every 19 years. Join Star Lore Historian Mary Stewart Adams for stories of the mischief associated with All Hallow’d Eve. Bring a luminary of your own to light your way. This will also be held on Zoom. Free. landtrust.org/event/night-sky-storytelling-halloween-hike

---------------------HALLOWEEN FUN RUN: 9am, Petoskey. A two mile run that begins at Riverbend Park off Standish Ave. & ends at the Bayfront Park Clock Tower. Limited to 40 participants. $20. petoskey.recdesk.com/Community/Home


DOWNTOWN PETOSKEY TRICK OR TREAT & JACK O’ LANTERN WALK: Trick or treat your way through the businesses of downtown Petoskey from 10am-noon. Also, bring your already carved pumpkin to Pennsylvania Park during the day for the Third Annual Jack O’ Lantern Walk. They will be lit at dusk (6-6:30pm) for you to walk through & enjoy. petoskeydowntown.com/ downtown-events/2020/wickedweekend

SPOOKY GARDEN DECORATING CONTEST: The GTACG is hosting seven other local nonprofits for an in-person & virtual Spooky Garden Decorating Contest now through midnight on Halloween. Take a stroll through the Walk-Through Garden, find your favorite & vote online at https://tinyurl.com/ydxypmv4 for only $1 per vote. Plus, the top pick will receive a $100 grand prize. Find on Facebook.

6TH ANNUAL ORCHARDS AT SUNSET VIRTUAL 5K & FUN RUN: (See Sat., Oct. 24)

BASKETS OF BOUNTY HOLIDAY DONATION DRIVE FOR AREA SENIORS: The Grand Traverse County Commission on Aging is seeking: paper towels, Kleenex, toilet paper, flushable wipes, lip balm (Chapstick), Band-Aids, shampoo/ conditioner combo, body lotion, body wash, toothpaste, toothbrushes, liquid hand soap, dish soap, laundry detergent (smaller containers), assorted puzzle books (new), hand sanitizer & wipes, & cat & dog treats. Donations are tax deductible. Please make checks payable to: Grand Traverse County Commission on Aging. Cash donations are also accepted. All donations will be accepted through Weds., Nov. 25 at the Commission on Aging office located at 520 W. Front St., TC. Donations can be left in the front entrance area until the office opens to public. grandtraverse.org

------------------------------------------HALLOWEEN MOVIES: The Bay Theatre, Suttons Bay. Today features “Hotel Transylvania” at 2pm, “Beetlejuice” at 7:30pm & “Halloween” at 10:30pm. $5. thebaytheatre.com

---------------------HYBRID VIRTUAL FARMLAND 5K & FREE FOR ALL BIKE: (See Sat., Oct. 24)

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TILTED HALLOWEEN: 7-9pm, Wexford Civic Center, Cadillac. Hosted by Tilted Arts & Zackary Pfau. Featuring live music by Once Upon A Bison & $alemWitchTrial. There will also be a costume contest, trunk or treat & art sale. $15 cover charge for live music & costume contest. cadillacmichigan.com/event/titled-halloween

---------------------FRANKFORT HALLOWEEN TRICK OR TREATING & TRUNK OR TREAT: 3-5pm, between 4th & 6th streets - Main St., Frankfort.

---------------------MICHIGAN HARVEST VIRTUAL RUN SERIES: GRAPE STOMP: (See Sat., Oct. 24)

---------------------HAUNTED TRAIL AT THE GHOST FARM OF KINGSLEY: 8-10pm, Feast or Famine Haunted Trail. 5010 Pierce Rd., Kingsley. $15. GhostFarm.net

---------------------NORTHERN HOME & COTTAGE 2020 VIRTUAL TOUR: (See Fri., Oct. 30)

---------------------ZOMBIE RUN (VIRTUAL): (See Sat., Oct. 24)

nov 01

sunday

MONTHLY THEMED CRAFT/ ACTIVITY KITS: Bellaire Public Library. Available the first of each month for children, families, tweens/teens & adults. No registration required. bellairelibrary.org

---------------------HYBRID VIRTUAL FARMLAND 5K & FREE FOR ALL BIKE: (See Sat., Oct. 24)

---------------------HALLOWEEN MOVIE: The Bay Theatre, Suttons Bay. Today features “Beetlejuice” at 4:30pm. $5. thebaytheatre.com

---------------------NORTHERN HOME & COTTAGE 2020 VIRTUAL TOUR: (See Fri., Oct. 30)

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RAISING FUNDS FOR HOMELESS PETS: From Oct. 16 - Nov. 15, Pets Naturally, S. Airport Rd., TC will sell copies of “River Love – The True Story of a Wayward Sheltie, a Woman, and a Magical Place Called Rivershire” by local author Tricia Frey for $20, half of which will be donated to Cherryland Humane Society. Pets Naturally will also include a $5 coupon for added value. triciafrey.com

---------------------“30 BIGS IN 30 DAYS”: Big Brothers Big Sisters (Bigs) is looking for 30 volunteer mentors during Oct. The need for men & women ages 16-86 is great as Bigs continues to see an increase in children who would greatly benefit from a mentor. Volunteer mentors are needed in all five counties in northwestern MI: Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, Kalkaska & Grand Traverse, & who come from all walks of life & all backgrounds. There are 6,000 children in the region in need of a mentor. Bigs & Littles are invited to meet in person, or through Bigs’ Virtual Mentoring program for four to six hours a month. bigsupnorth.com/volunteer

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CALL FOR ENTRIES FOR 10TH ANNUAL YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL: Regional high school students are invited to submit an original one-act play. Finalists are paired with national theater mentors, win $100 & see their play performed on the City Opera House stage. Deadline is Dec. 11. cityoperahouse.org/ypf-entry-deadline

---------------------EXPLORE EAST BAY: Runs through Nov. 1. This new, free, eight-week outdoor walking program invites you to explore eight featured parks in East Bay Township & improve your physical health. Participants will record their daily steps & walking minutes. Each week the program will feature one park in East Bay as part of a weekly photo contest. Sign up. http://eastbaytwp.org/exploreeastbay/

---------------------FALL MOUNTAIN BIKE COLOR TOUR: Saturdays, 10am, Oct. 3-31, Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville. Ride the sections of the Peak2Peak race course & Betsie River Pathway at a leisurely tour pace. $29/person; includes rental bike & helmet. $19 for Peak Members. $10 if you bring your own bike. crystalmountain.com/ event/fall-color-tour

---------------------LET’S WALK TOGETHER: Presented by Norte. Connecting, moving together & learning about the expanding walking infrastructure in TC. Approx. 1-3 miles, 30-45 minutes. Meet at Hull Park, TC every Sat. at 9am. elgruponorte.org

---------------------MONDAY SOUL YOGA FLOW: Mondays, 8am, Oct. 5-26, Bodies in Motion Studio, TC. A 60-minute Vinyasa Flow class. Restore your body through the connection to movement & breath. Donation based class. Must sign-up on Eventbrite before class. Mask must be worn to your mat & any walking around areas. eventbrite.com

---------------------NORTE MEETUPS FOR THE DEAF COMMUNITY: Saturdays, 11am-noon, Oct. 10-31, Norte’s Wheelhouse, GT County Civic Center, TC. Invited: Anyone hard of hearing, families of Deaf children, CODAS (Children of Deaf Adults), SODAs (Siblings of Deaf Adults), & friends & interpreters of the Deaf. Bikes are available to borrow if need be. elgruponorte.org

---------------------SUNRISE YOGA FLOW: Tuesdays, 7:30am, Bodies in Motion Studio, TC. A Vinyasa Flow session. Move & restore your body through movement & breath. Donation based class. Bring your own mat. Must sign-up on Eventbrite before class to reserve your spot. Must wear mask to your mat. eventbrite.com

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TCAPS ANNOUNCES NEW FREE MEAL DISTRIBUTION SITE: Free meal distribution will be offered once per week on Saturdays at TC West Middle School. Meals for families participating in the UpNorth Virtual program & children within the community can receive an entire week’s worth of meal components each Sat. from 8-9am. Students returning to face-to face instruc-

tion will receive daily meals at their school. You can pick up weekend meals on Saturdays from 9-10am. Please complete a meal request form each week by noon on Fridays. tcaps.net/about/ departments/food--nutrition-services/menus

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“DON’T MISS THE BOAT”: Harbor Springs History Museum. Presented by the Harbor Springs Area Historical Society. This exhibit highlights the historic ferries of Little Traverse Bay & features original watercolors & giclees by local artist William Talmadge Hall. Runs through the summer of 2021. Hours: Tues.Sat., 11am-3pm. harborspringshistory.org/history-museum-exhibits

---------------------“PAINT OUTSIDE THE LINES”: Bonobo Winery, TC. This art exhibit by Christi Dreese showcases her abstract style & oil landscapes. Find on Facebook.

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“POWER TOOLS EXHIBIT” & “ART IN A TIME OF CORONAVIRUS | A POSTCARD RESPONSE”: Glen Arbor Arts Center. Power Tools is a multifaceted, juried exhibition built on the belief that the arts provide us with powerful tools of expression. The work of 17 artists will be exhibited. Art In A Time Of Coronavirus is an exhibition of 97 hand-built postcards [4” x 6”] that present the maker’s personal response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Postcards were created from paper, polymer clay, fabric, recycled & mixed media materials by 33 people. Glen Arbor Arts Center is open daily from 11am–2pm. glenarborart.org

---------------------BELLAIRE DOWNTOWN TO DISPLAY DETROIT INSTITUTE OF ART OUTDOOR EXHIBITS: Will be displayed through late fall, 2020. bellairemichigan.com/images/DIA_Final_Art_map.pdf

---------------------MARY WAHR: “RETROSPECTIVE” ART SHOW: Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts, Manistee, Oct. 16 - Nov. 13. Featuring drawing, painting, printmaking, paper casting, scratchboards, & collage. ci.ovationtix.com/35295/production/1032716

---------------------NORTHERN MI ARTISTS INVITED TO SUBMIT WORK FOR NEW WING OF HOSPITAL: McLaren Northern Michigan is on schedule to open a new wing on the Petoskey campus next summer, 2021 & is looking for art. Artists can submit their pieces of art through Oct. 26. Many mediums will be considered, & artwork will be chosen based on its therapeutic properties. Visit the web site for more info. distinctiveartsource.com/call-for-artistsmclaren-northern-michigan-foundation

---------------------CHARLEVOIX CIRCLE OF ARTS: - “TIME WITH EAGLES”: A collection of images by Charlevoix photographer Bill Dietrich. Half of his images were taken in Charlevoix, while others were taken in the Pacific Northwest in Skagit Valley on the Skagit River where he attended an eagle photography workshop in Seattle & La Conner, Washington. Runs through Oct. charlevoixcircle.org - ALL MEDIA OPEN CALL TO MICHIGAN ARTISTS: Submit to: re | ART: reject, reflect, refine, remark, a juried fine arts exhibit. Artists are invited to comment visually on the many shifts taking place in our current experience, as change opens a path to rethink, revisit, reunite, recharge, reevaluate, redefine, etc. Juror will award cash prizes. Deadline for entry is Jan. 10 at noon. charlevoixcircle.org/juried-exhibit

---------------------CROOKED TREE ARTS CENTER, PETOSKEY: - OPEN STUDIO: Saturdays through Oct., 1-3pm, Visual Arts Room. A time for artists of all ages to make art in a fun studio atmosphere with abundant materials for exploration. Best suited for ages 6+. crookedtree.org/event/ctacpetoskey/open-studio-october-10 - THE COLLECTIVE IMPULSE: NEW WORK BY RUTH BARDENSTEIN, JEAN BUESCHER BARTLETT & SUSAN MORAN: Runs through Dec. 18, Gilbert Gallery. These three artists met in Ann Arbor &, over time, have nurtured both personal & creative connections.

They regularly share & critique one another’s work & together visit gallery & museum exhibitions. crookedtree.org/event/ctac-petoskey/ collective-impulse-new-work-ruth-bardensteinjean-buescher-bartlett-and-susan - CALL & RESPONSE: Held in Bonfield Gallery. This exhibit recognizes the many ways works of art can spark conversation, action & aid in the processing of ideas, feelings, experiences & events. Original work in a variety of media will be on display. Runs through Dec. 18. crookedtree.org/event/ctac-online-ctacpetoskey/call-and-response - ONLINE EXHIBIT OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUNG ARTISTS: Artists, ages 8 - 18 are invited to submit their artwork for inclusion in the online exhibition based on the theme of “community”: “Kids on Community.” Young artists are asked to tell what community means to them. Artwork in all media is eligible. Email your submissions to gallerydirector@crookedtree.org by Fri., Nov. 6. Include the student’s name, age & hometown in your email. “Kids on Community” will be published virtually on crookedtree. org from mid-Nov. through Dec. 2020.

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CROOKED TREE ARTS CENTER, TC: - TRAVERSE AREA CAMERA CLUB COMPETITION SHOW 2020: Runs through Nov. 13, Carnegie Rotunda. Each spring the Traverse Area Camera Club hosts a photography competition for club members. Photographs are peer-reviewed at novice, intermediate, advanced & master levels. This exhibition highlights 2020’s award-winning works in each level. crookedtree.org/event/ctactraverse-city/traverse-area-camera-club-competition-show-2020 - COLOR CATCHERS: KATHLEEN CARPENTER, MARILYN HOOGSTRATEN, KATHY SILBERNAGEL, BABS YOUNG: Held in Gallery. Color Catchers invites you to appreciate the impact & mystery of color through the work of these photographers. crookedtree.org - ONE, TOGETHER EXHIBITION: Runs Sept. 28 - Nov. 13. This exhibition explores collaboration, collectivity & togetherness through creative practice. crookedtree.org/event/ctactraverse-city/one-together-exhibition

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DENNOS MUSEUM CENTER, NMC, TC: - MATHIAS J. ALTEN: AN AMERICAN ARTIST AT THE TURN OF THE CENTURY: The German-born American Impressionist Mathias Joseph Alten, often referred to as the Dean of Michigan painters, is regarded as one of the most celebrated regionalist artists to have worked in the United States. Runs through Jan. 31. dennosmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibitions/index.html - MICHIGAN MODERN: AN ARCHITECTURAL LEGACY: This exhibit celebrates Michigan’s modern architectural design history from 1928-2012. It is comprised of over 50 photographs by James Haefner primarily for the State Historic Preservation Office as part of their Michigan Modern Project, & featured in the book by State Historic Preservation Officer Brian Conway, titled “Michigan Modern: An Architectural Legacy.” Runs through Jan. 31. dennosmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibitions/index.html

---------------------HIGHER ART GALLERY, TC: - OPEN CALL FOR “THOSE WHO TEACH”: Deadline to apply is 1/15/21. Exhibit featuring the artwork of Michigan’s Visual Art Educators. higherartgallery.com/calls-for-art - OPEN CALL FOR ART: “TREE OF ART”: Create anything to help decorate a white tree with white lights. It does not need to be related to the holidays. Deadline is Nov. 10. The show will run Nov. 23 - Jan. 1. See web site for more details. higherartgallery.com - CITIZENS COPING: Group show featuring a range of mediums & over 30 artists expressing how they are coping under the current administration. Runs Oct. 11 - Nov. 3. - “THE INTROVERT IN THE WINDOW”: Oct. 24-31, Higher Art Gallery, TC. Consists of work alternating between essays & paintings. Each piece explores human perception by correlating topics from the sciences, humanities, visual arts, & global culture - all drawn from Nadia Daniels-Moehle’s autodidactic education.

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ScORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Scorpio politician Joe

Biden wasn't my first choice for President of the United States. During the selection process, I championed his opponents Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. But now I support Biden wholeheartedly. He has several policies I don't agree with, but on the other hand I know it's critical that we Americans ensure he replaces the appalling, corrupt, incompetent Trump. In the coming days, I advise you Scorpios to also consider the value of wise and pragmatic compromise in your own sphere. Don't allow a longing for impossible perfection to derail your commitment to doing what's right.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) The United

States has suffered terribly from COVID-19. Of all the world's countries, it has had more cases and more deaths. Why? One major reason is President Donald Trump. He has consistently downplayed the seriousness of the disease, has advocated many unscientific cures, and has been lax and erratic in supporting the therapeutic measures that virtually all epidemiological experts have recommended. It's no exaggeration to assert that Americans will reduce their coronavirus misery by electing Joe Biden as president. In this spirit, and in accordance with astrological omens, I invite you to meditate on how you could reduce any and all of your own personal suffering. The time is right. Be ingenious! Be proactive!

CAPRICORN

(Dec. 22-Jan. 19): "By my love and hope I beseech you," pleaded philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. "Do not cast away the hero in your soul! Hold holy your highest hope!" That's always good advice, but it's extra crucial for you now. You will generate good fortune for yourself by being in close connection with the part of you that is bravest and wisest. The people whose lives you touch will have a special need for you to express the vitalizing power of intelligent hopefulness. More than maybe ever before, you will be inspired to cultivate your heroic qualities.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): I've been

writing my horoscope column for a long time, and it has evolved dramatically. One aspect that hasn't changed is that every four years, I've endorsed a candidate for the president of my home country, the United States. Another unchanging aspect is that I regularly reveal my progressive views about political matters. Some people who have only recently discovered my writing express dismay about this. "I don't want politics with my horoscopes!" they complain. But the fact is, politics have permeated my horoscopes since the beginning. Now I urge you to do what I just did, Aquarius, but in your own sphere: If there are people who are not clear about who you really are, educate them.

PISCES (Feb 19-March 20): "The worse the

state of the world grows, the more intensely I try for inner perfection and power," wrote Piscean author Anais Nin during World War II. "I fight for a small world of humanity and tenderness." I encourage you to adopt that perspective for the rest of 2020. It's an excellent time to respond boldly to the outer chaos by building up your inner beauty. I also suggest this addition to Nin's formula: Call on your resourceful compassion to bolster the resilience of your closest allies.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Reed Galen is an

American political consultant who has worked long and hard for conservative causes. But in next week's election, he opposes conservative Donald Trump, whom he regards as an authoritarian tyrant. He writes, "Democracy is on the ballot. It's a binary choice between good/bad, honorable/dishonorable, healthy/sick, forward/backward. There has been nothing like this in our lifetimes." If you've read my words for a while, you know I'm a connoisseur of ambiguity and uncertainty. I try to see all sides of every story. But now I'm departing from my tradition: I agree with Reed Galen's assessment. The American electorate really does face a binary choice between good and bad. I also suspect, Aries, that you may be dealing with a binary choice in your personal life. Don't underestimate how important it is that you side with the forces of good.

TAURUS

(April 20-May 20): Taurus politician Dan Coats has belonged to the conservative Republican Party all his adult life. He served in the US Congress for 24

years, and later as President Donald Trump's Director of National Intelligence. Since leaving that office, Coats has criticized his ex-boss. He has said, "Trump doesn’t know the difference between the truth and a lie." In accordance with astrological omens, I urge you to be fiercely non-Trump-like in the coming weeks. It's crucial to the welfare of you and yours that you tell the whole truth.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Many stories that

were popular long ago are still studied today. One example is the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, originally told during the first century BC. Another is Homer's epic tale the Odyssey, which harkens back to the sixth century BC. I have no problem with learning from old tales like these. It's important to know how people of previous eras experienced life. But for you in the coming months, I think it will be crucial to find and tell new stories—tales that illuminate the unique circumstances that you are living through right now.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): I'm surprised when I hear that fans of Donald Trump enjoy my horoscopes. My political views, which are deeply aligned with my spiritual philosophy, have always been very progressive. And I've never hidden that fact. How can someone who appreciates my ideas also like Trump, a vile bully who has unleashed enormous cruelty and chaos? If you yourself are a Trump fan, I understand that after reading the preceding words, you may never read my words again. But I need to follow my own astrological advice for us Cancerians, which is: Be bold and clear in expressing your devotion to the ideals you hold precious. For me that means supporting Joe Biden, an imperfect candidate who will nevertheless be a far more compassionate and intelligent and fair-minded leader than Trump.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Dionysus was the ancient

Greek god of drunkenness and ecstasy and madness. His followers were inclined to immerse themselves in those states. Yet as historian Robert Parker points out, Dionysus himself "was seldom drunk, seldom mad." His relationship with his consort Ariadne was "dignified and restrained," and "smiling tranquility" was his common mood. I recommend that in the coming weeks you act more like Dionysus than his followers—no matter how unruly the world around you may become. The rest of us need you to be a bastion of calmness and strength.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Virgo military expert Jim Mattis enlisted in the US Marine Corps when he was 19 years old. Forty-three years later, having been a Marine all his adult life and a general for six years, he retired. Later, he served under President Donald Trump as the US Secretary of Defense. After leaving that position, Mattis testified that Trump was "dangerous" and "unfit," adding that Trump "has no moral compass." Be inspired by Mattis, Virgo. Do your part to resist the harmful and unethical actions of powerful people who affect you. Be extra strong and clear in standing up for integrity.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): "Feeling too much

is a hell of a lot better than feeling nothing," declares Libran author Nora Roberts. I trust you will see the wisdom of that perspective in the coming weeks. On the downside, there might be some prickly, disorienting feelings arriving along with the rich flood of splendor. But I'm convinced that most of the surge will be interesting, invigorating, and restorative— although it may take a while for the full effects to ripen. And even the prickly, disorienting stuff may ultimately turn out to be unexpectedly nurturing for your soul.

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"Rhymes at the Zoo" --a group effort for Take Your Kids to Work Day. [#831, May 2017] by Matt Jones ACROSS 1 Sound of a punch [E] {I created this puzzle for Take Your Kids To Work Day in collaboration with my then-nine-year-old twins. Clues followed by an [S] were written by Sid, and clues followed by an [E] were written by Ella.} 5 Green paper that you pay with [E] 9 They make up stairs [E] 14 Make goo-goo eyes at 15 Tennis's Arthur ___ Stadium 16 Like some dirt bike tracks [S] 17 Fearsome cat that spends moolah on Lamborghinis and mansions? [S] 19 Former "Come on down!" announcer Johnny 20 "I ___ open this jar. Can you help, Daddy?" [E] 21 Monkey that eats curtains? [E] 23 "Gimme ___! ... What's that spell? Ella!" [E] 24 There are 100 in a century (abbr.) [S] 26 Something a toy poodle says [E] 27 Rat-a-___ [E] 28 Something that people say in awe [E] 30 Pookums [E] 35 Scaly creature that likes to eat frosted sweets? [S] 37 Ninja Turtle that wears red, to his friends [S] 40 Getting from ___ B 41 Kid that can have a cellphone [S] 42 Bird that smokes and does vandalism? [E] 47 Sneaky little animal [E] 48 ___ gin fizz 49 Kid who is "epic!" [S] 52 The ___ on the Shelf [S] 54 Sid: "I'm not ___ years old anymore." Me: "No, I mean ___ as in 'I ___ some food.'" 55 Palindromic Turkish title 56 Water animal with flippers that makes barters 24/7? [S] 61 Wants really badly [S] 63 Go off-script (sorry, Ella, it doesn't mean "get more pounds") 64 Slow animal that grows wings and gets in your clothes? [E] 66 She was a princess "long ago" [E] 67 "The coolest kid in the universe" [E] 68 Lake that sounds scary [E] 69 Me: "How about the clue 'Used needles,' Ella?" Ella: "No, new needles. You have to use them because it affects the fabric more than you expect."

70 Martens and McStuffins, for instance [S] 71 Air France fliers, once DOWN 1 Type of wild "kitty-kitty" :) [E] 2 Type of lizard in "Sing" [E] 3 Horse's mesh protection against pests, maybe 4 Sinn ___ (Irish political movement) 5 Spike thrown in the road to stop robbers [S] 6 "___ was saying ..." [E] 7 Like show horses' feet 8 "___ Danger" (Nickelodeon show) [E] 9 Quaint stores (you'd think, based on how they're spelled) 10 Piece that goes on the floor [S] 11 Queen in Arendelle [E] 12 Water drop sound [E] 13 "Auld Lang ___" 18 Something said in an "argument party" [S] 22 Teacher's helper [E] 25 Region with Legoland, informally [S] 29 Dislikes [S] 31 Poker money 32 "Call Me Maybe" singer Carly ___ Jepsen [E] 33 "I Like ___" ('50s political slogan) 34 "Hallow" ending 35 Someone who might cook meatballs for you [S] 36 Animal that's cute, fuzzy, lazy and gray [E] 37 ___ for "Ricky Bubwick" (apparently a name that Sid just made up) 38 Everyone [S] 39 Toilet paper layer 43 Turns evil or moldy [E] 44 Remote control car part [S] 45 Tag situations? [S] 46 Looks rudely 49 Enjoys, as food [S] 50 "Understood" [S] 51 Marks that are lines [S] 53 Popular [E] 56 Parents "who do puzzled goodness" [S] 57 Brickell whose band is the New Bohemians 58 "There ought to be ___" 59 It may be parallel [E] 60 Olympic hurdler/bobsledder Jones 62 Drinks that are alcoholic [S] 65 "Waterfalls" trio

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