Bellaire, MI

Reduced access to abortions, reduced access to freedom

Northern Michiganders demonstrated on June 25 at the Traverse City Open Space after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade the day before. Photo by Zoe Phend. As we approach Independence Day, I wonder at the concepts of “freedom” and “equality.” At the ways our governing bodies have historically made laws that only represent a portion of our population. From the inception of our country, wealthy white men have been protected by the laws they created for themselves, but people of color, women, children, and impoverished people have not received the same protections. Take a step back, and the roots of our country’s laws become clear. They are not guided by morality, not made in the constituents’ best interests. No, our government is built upon the maintenance of power for a small group of people at the expense of the rest. Control, not care or empathy, is the ruling doctrine of the United States of America.
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Consumption lounges slow to gain traction under restrictive policies, difficult biz model

Recreational cannabis sales have been legal in Michigan for nearly three years, but establishing public spaces to legally consume weed is still in its infancy. The first two state-qualified “consumption lounges” opened this year: Hot Box Social in Hazel Park and Kalkushka Lounge in Kalkaska. Michigan is among seven states to allow legal cannabis consumption lounges. Nineteen municipalities across Michigan have opted into allowing these businesses to varying degrees, and two municipalities have not specified whether they will allow the use, according to the latest state data.
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OMP News & Photos: Bear Sighting, Old Mission Inn for Sale, July 4th Celebration & More

Here’s a roundup of recent news and photos around the Old Mission Peninsula…. 4th of July Celebration in Old Mission. Help celebrate an American Holiday with a Patriotic Walk Around the Block in the village of Old Mission. Everyone is invited to either take part or cheer on the participants. Line up on Grand Street on Monday, July 4, at 11:45 a.m.; the route will go from Grand Street to Traverse Street to Swaney Road to Bay Street to Woodland Avenue and back to Traverse Street, ending at the Legion Hall. (Note: If it’s pouring down rain, the event will be canceled.)
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Woodchucks Fall in Game Two of Michigan Trip

TRAVERSE CITY, MI (WSAU) – For a second consecutive game, the Traverse City Pit Spitters used a big inning to overpower the Wausau Woodchucks. Saturday night, a six-run fourth inning proved decisive in a 9-4 Pit Spitter win. The Woodchucks (16-18) erased an early 2-0 deficit with a game-tying...

Traverse City finishes off two-game sweep of Wausau Woodchucks

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – For a second consecutive game, the Traverse City Pit Spitters used a big inning to overpower the Wausau Woodchucks. This time, it was a six-run fourth inning which proved decisive as the Pit Spitters defeated the Woodchucks 9-4 in Northwoods League baseball action on Saturday.

Behind the Magic of the Cherry Fest + Favorite Can’t-Miss Events

From decades-long volunteers to can’t-miss festival events, here are all the details and stories you need to celebrate Traverse City’s National Cherry Festival and the 4th of July in style this summer in Northern Michigan. This will be Denny and Jeri Braun’s 39th year volunteering at the National...

Is The Cherry Capital At Risk Of Losing Its Global Crown?

Traverse City has long been known as the “Cherry Capital of the World.” The first National Cherry Festival was hosted here in 1925, and the rest was history. Nearly a century later, northern Michigan’s biggest tourist draw remains that same grand celebration of the cherry industry. But have a conversation with a local cherry farmer and you’ll likely come away with a much different portrait of cherry commerce. Behind the scenes, the local cherry industry is struggling to fight off a slew of threats—from climate change to invasive pests to competition from foreign growers—and those issues are making the practice of growing cherries here a challenging business proposition.

Mt. Holiday Eyeing $4 Million+ Capital Campaign, Improvements

A $4 million-plus capital campaign to eventually fund major property enhancements and renovations at Mt. Holiday is just getting started, with the goal of restoring and reviving one of the area’s snowsports gems. “It’s a Traverse City tradition, and a community gem,” says Nathan Noyes, the executive director at...

Modern Bird, Fully Fledged

Some women, when they’re pregnant, crave pizza. Plums. Pickles and ice cream. Maybe some Taco Bell. Emily Stewart, former head pastry chef at Bang Bang Pie in Chicago, craved golden loaves of buttery brioche and whole wheat sandwich bread; Pop-Tarts oozing with tart cherries; malt cinnamon rolls dripping with creamy white icing; cookies; and preserves—garden-fresh, home-kitchen-made strawberry, heirloom tomato, some peach, bourbon, and cherry.

Hentschel’s Eligibility Challenged In County Commission Race Over Residency Questions

Two Grand Traverse County commission candidates – Republican Carol Crawford and Democrat Bruce Moore – have filed paperwork in East Bay Township challenging the eligibility of fellow District 5 candidate and current Commission Chair Rob Hentschel to run in this fall’s election. Crawford and Moore argue that Hentschel is not qualified to vote in District 5 – and thus is ineligible to run – because his listed address is not his true principal residence. Hentschel had not initially seen the challenge paperwork, but notes he filed his "election paperwork in good faith."

Pit Spitters Complete Sweep of Woodchucks with 9-4 Win

TRAVERSE CITY – The Traverse City Pit Spitters completed a two-game sweep of the Wausau Woodchucks on Saturday night with a 9-4 win. In the first game of the series on Friday, the Pit Spitters scored seven runs in the eighth inning to win 8-2. It was another big inning on Saturday that propelled Traverse City to victory as the Pit Spitters scored six runs in the fourth inning to open up a 7-1 lead and never looked back.

Big innings doom Woodchucks in defeat

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – For a second consecutive game, the Traverse City Pit Spitters used a big inning to overpower the Wausau Woodchucks. Saturday night, it was a six-run fourth inning that proved decisive in a 9-4 Pit Spitter win. The Woodchucks (16-18) erased an early 2-0 deficit with...