Category Archives: Tourism

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.

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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is now conducting Zika tests in-state

falcontubes (1)In the past, testing for the virus was available but had to be done at out-of-state laboratories. That resulted in turnaround times of six to eight weeks.

Jennifer Eisner is a spokesperson for the department. She says by conducting the tests in Michigan, potential patients will receive results faster.

“A big part of this is with the quicker turn around time and the sooner someone knows their results, it can help reduce the potential for sexual transmission . Because if you know you have the virus you can take preventive measures to help stop the spread of the disease.”

The virus is spread by mosquito’s and through sexual contact. It is known to cause serious birth defects in infants.

Eisner said symptoms in adults are typically mild, including red eyes, rashes and fevers.

DNR offers $5000 reward for information on vandal

brokensignThe Department of Natural Resources is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the capture of vandals who destroyed DNR property.

The damage was done to a new sign detailing areas where turkey hunting would be fruitful in Allegan State Game Area.
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2nd annual Aldo Leopold festival coming mid-May

postcardside1The second annual Aldo Leopold Festival is coming to the Upper Peninsula in Mid-May.

This year the festival is celebrating a new 150-mile long birding trail.
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Bay City is looking for input from the public on the future of Wenona Park in the city’s downtown

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One of the plans on the table for discussion is a proposed 3-million dollar pavilion.

Darwin Branski is the park’s building and grounds manager. He said the park’s master plan was developed in 2006.

“ We expect that there are some site modifications that may come about as a result as this. Or maybe some additional features that are identified that folks would consider to be important. We hope to update that plan. And based on the public input that will chart a future for the development or the completion of the development of the park.”

Branski said a workshop is scheduled to discuss the park Wednesday at 6:30 at the Bay City City Hall.

Northern Michigan snowmobile museum receives sizable donation

The Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum.  Courtesy of the Museum.

The Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum. Courtesy of the Museum.

The season for snow sports is coming to an end, however, if you crave one last taste of winter, Naubinway’s Snowmobile museum has got you covered.

Charlie Vallier is Chairman of the Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum, and yes, he loves his job.
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Poll: Majority of Michigan residents support recreational marijuana

pot53% of Michigan residents surveyed said they would vote yes if the legalization of recreational marijuana was on the November 2016 ballot.

That’s according to a poll conducted by the Michigan chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.
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Northeast Lower Michigan to host triathlon this summer

Logo for the race

Logo for the race

Attention Michigan runners, swimmers and bikers, there’s a new reason to start training for the summer.

A new triathlon is coming to North-East Michigan in August, and event organizers are claiming it will be a rough race.
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A proposal to require voter approval of tall structures in Traverse City is moving forward

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A proposal to curb tall building projects in Traverse City has reached the city’s attorney.

The proposal comes from the group – Save Our Downtown. It was unhappy with the city’s handling of a pair of nine story buildings on – the city commission approved the project despite concerns from the community. That project has since stalled. Continue reading

Over 700 acres of forest purchased by Leelanau Conservancy

PW Fall 014 WEB (1)Over 700 acres of forest land was purchased by the Leelanau Conservancy last week for 4.1 million dollars. The land was the largest contiguous tract of privately owned land remaining in Leelanau County.

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DNR asking for comment on logging Chippewa Hills Forest

tree sapThe Department of Natural Resources plans to reduce its tree harvest in the Chippewa Hills forest by 50%.

They’re cutting back after receiving phone calls from citizens and environmental groups who complained the DNR was going overboard.
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Conservationists worry what new bill could mean for the Great Lakes

DSC_1116A state house bill has come under fire from conservation groups for allowing information about pipeline integrity to remain secret. In particular, opponents say they’re worried about line 5, the Enbridge pipeline that runs under the Straits of Mackinac.

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Little Traverse Conservancy gives an excuse to brave the cold

Almost every Saturday this month Little Traverse Conservancy is hosting, what they call, outdoor adventure events.

The events are aimed at getting families outside to appreciate Michigan’s unique winter landscape.
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