Young artists further their talents at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp


A performance at Blue Lake's outdoor William Stewart memorial music shell.

A performance at Blue Lake’s outdoor William Stewart memorial music shell.

Nestled within a thousand acres of forest, about 14 miles north of Muskegon, is a place where gifted young artists go to flourish.
On the Map went to Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp where Matt Sumner learned how an artistic world helps creative minds reach their full potential. Continue reading

On the map travels to torch lake to meet the lirones family

Bruce Lirones driving the 'brand new 10 year-old boat' down to Torch Lake

Bruce Lirones driving the ‘brand new 10 year-old boat’ down to Torch Lake

For the Lirones family, an encounter with Maynard Ferguson is one of many stories that parallels Northern Michigan’s rich and warm culture.
Matt Sumner traveled to Torch Lake to meet the Lirones’s and discover their love of life, and the arts. Continue reading

Forum to address Line 5 pipeline questions

A pipeline marker sits next to the driveway of Andrea Sartos in Mackinaw City. Sartos is concerned about how little she knows about her neighbor of over 20 years. (Photo by Matt Mikus)

A pipeline marker sits next to the driveway of Andrea Sartos in Mackinaw City. Sartos is concerned about how little she knows about her neighbor of over 20 years. (Photo by Matt Mikus)

There’s growing concern about the Line 5 pipeline that runs along the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac from St. Ignace to Mackinaw City. Those who live along the pipeline are worried about a lack of information – but that could change with an upcoming forum hosted by the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council. Continue reading

Probe finds Courser, Gamrat misused public resources, Dems demand full report

Capital_Building_LansingState representatives Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat engaged in misconduct and misused taxpayer resources. State House Speaker Kevin Cotter (R-Mt. Pleasant) says those are preliminary findings of a House Business Office investigation into a sex-and-cover-up scandal involving the lawmakers.
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Pitbull ban under fire from animal rights groups

PitbullThe city of West Branch is coming under fire from Pitbull owners and animal rights groups for their ban against the aforementioned breed.

Breed Specific Legislation are laws that ban certain types of dogs from an area. These laws are nothing new, but controversial nonetheless.
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Oil spill simulation at the Straits of Mackinac

Straits of Mackinac.  Courtesy of Colleen Brown.

Straits of Mackinac. Courtesy of Colleen Brown.

Next month the Coast Guard will be working with Enbridge to test their oil spill response plan, should line 5 ever rupture.

Steve Keck, a Coast Guard Contingency Preparedness Specialist, said a simulation of this size takes about a year to plan.
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Michigan lawmakers intensify efforts to block Canadian nuclear waste storage facility

Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint)

Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint)

The deadline to submit public comments on a proposal to build a nuclear waste storage facility on the Canadian shores of Lake Huron is fast approaching.

Now, one of Michigan’s congressmen is urging Michiganders to write to the Canadian government, in opposition to the plan. Continue reading

Produce and community: putting Sault Ste Marie, Ontario On the Map


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Sault Ste Marie, Ontario is a big city, more than 75 thousand people live there. But in all the hustle and bustle of big city life, the city manages to create pockets with a small town community feel.

One of those pockets is the Mill Market farmers market.
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