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Fall colors may be delayed because of warm weather

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School is back in session and football season is underway… and that means fall is right around the corner. But a staple of the autumn season… the beautiful color show put on by Michigan’s trees, may be delayed due to warmer than normal temperatures.


Usually, the leaves start changes at the end of September… but experts say it could be mid-October before we see those vibrant fall colors this year.

Jim Keysor is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. He said some leaves are just now beginning to change.

“As the days get shorter we are starting to see colors in the leaves. Right now it seems like right now we’re on pace to be average or slightly later than average.”

Keysor said if evenings remain mild, we most likely won’t see fall colors peak until the second or third week of October… which is a bit later than normal.

Bay County, Michigan recognized as logistics leader

6fd362441e6d6c96fc8a48c52604e26bBay County was ranked ninth nationally when it came to logistics — that’s the industry responsible for transporting goods, either by air, road, train or sea.

Trevor Keyes is the Vice President of Economic Development for Bay Future.

He said things like MBS International Airport and the Saginaw River helped Bay County land on the list.

“I think we’ve always known locally that we have shipping channels and logistics channels that work well with business but to be recognized nationally is one of those really special things. We’re so glad that these facilities made the designation for us.”

Keyes said the county hopes to dredge the Saginaw River in the near future, so large ocean-going ships can traverse the waterway, further increasing its logistics capacity.

The rankings come from Business Facilities magazine. It also named Memphis, Tennessee and Houston, Texas as leaders in logistics.

Traverse City farmer says cherry dumping gives market to imports

IMG_5515A small cherry farmer in Northern Michigan is at odds with market regulations because he says they force him to dump as much as 40-thousand pounds of tart cherries and allow for international cherry producers to slowly take over the market.

But regulators say the rules are an important part of keeping cherry prices stable – and allowing growers to earn a livable income.

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Michigan casinos working to end human trafficking

Pair of dice in front of poker chips.

Pair of dice in front of poker chips.

The Firekeepers Human Trafficking Awareness Program is continuing its efforts to raise human trafficking awareness. Over the past year, the program has been working to combat human trafficking in its casino and hotel. The program provides training to employees on how to spot and report possible human trafficking.
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Cultural connections in Bay City

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Our On The Map series this week explores the connection between community and culture, and how some unique cultures have been the basis for central and northern Michigan communities.

My first stop was Krzysiak’s House- a family owned restaurant that serves authentic Polish food and traditional American cuisine.
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Idelwild, a look down memory lane

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Zapp Brothers,Performer

Our On The Map series this week explores the connection between community and culture and how unique cultures form communities.

Idlewild was the epitome of entertainment for African Americans to enjoy and be apart of. It was the place to be from the 1920’s to the 60’s.
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Northern Michigan businesses search for seasonal employment

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Photograph (may or may not be digitally edited)

Some northern Michigan businesses are having trouble finding enough workers during the busy summer tourism season.


Even in July, many tourism related businesses are still searching for seasonal employees. And part of the problem may be that fewer young people are staying in northern Michigan over the summer.

Jane Butzier is the operations manager for Northwest Michigan Works. She said it’s a year-round problem, but is heightened during summer.

“There is all the tourism and seasonal employment. So that requires probably more of a younger workforce. The young families and the people who are trying to make this their home, and have families here, need more typically than seasonal employment. So again it’s tapping that younger workforce that we don’t have much of.”

Butzier said she’s been seeing problems like this, especially during the summer, for the last three years.

Changes Coming to Great Lakes Coast Guard Stations

Coast guard station scheduleSecurity and rescue operations on Great Lakes waters are changing. The U-S Coast Guard is planning to temporarily shut down 8 Coast Guard stations around the Great Lakes. It’s the beginning of a larger transition aimed at improving the efficiency of stations around the nation. But Great Lakes Today’s Elizabeth Miller in Cleveland reports on one Ohio community that doesn’t want to see its Coast Guard unit go.

PBS WWII history documentary being shown in Traverse City this weekend

Photo courtesy: PBS

Photo courtesy: PBS

History that was largely forgotten is now resurfacing in the form of a documentary on PBS.

Heroes on Deck focuses on the history of World War II aircraft carriers found at the bottom of Lake Michigan and the pilots that trained on them.

The Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum is planning to pre-screen the film before it airs on PBS. Continue reading