Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District

The Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District plans to give out fewer dollars this year to local schools, like Traverse City Area Public Schools, for special education.

This funding is extra money for schools, drawn from the Intermediate School District's fund balance – and doesn't affect the many services provided to school districts by the ISD.

But Paul Soma, superintendent of Traverse City Area Public Schools, says the ISD is not giving enough money to local schools.

He says the ISD is sitting on tens of million of dollars, which should be spent on special education classrooms.

"Our fundamental issue is that those dollars are not serving the needs of the children of our region while they're sitting in a bank account of the ISD," says Soma.

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Traverse City has a tech sector, but Mike Groleau says it's somewhat hidden.

“There are a surprising number of software companies in our area that you may not even think of as being active in software,” Groleau says.

Groleau is co-owner of R J G Incorporated, which helps plastics molders improve their manufacturing methods.

He employs nine software developers, jobs that get classified under the less sexy heading “manufacturing.”

The Thanksgiving feast is at hand.

­If you’re a guest this year, you might be wondering what you can bring to the table.

East Lansing food writer Maureen Abood has some suggestions for one of her favorite holiday meals.

A big church in Traverse City is about to become part of a bigger church from metro Detroit. Bay Pointe Community Church announced Sunday that it will be “adopted” by the Troy-based Kensington Church.

Kensington says the new church will be called “Kensington Traverse City” and will act as a “hub” for more churches in northern Michigan.

Bay Pointe founder and pastor Nick Twomey will be replaced by Pastor Steve Andrews from Kensington. Twomey founded Bay Pointe in 1998.

Recent changes to the rules for deer hunting are changing the sport.

The rules apply to much of the northern Lower Peninsula, and they're more restrictive, making it harder to shoot a buck.

Plenty of hunters objected when they were put in place.

But after a few years, some say it’s a dramatic improvement and could make the region a hunting destination for people from other states.

Research seems to suggest that millennials are suffering from a self-image problem, especially when compared with baby boomers and Gen Xers.

And considering that millennials – the age group between 18 and 34 – now make up the largest demographic in the United States work force, it’s worth trying to understand why they think of themselves the way they do.

The Cornucopia star: this week on The Night Sky

Nov 23, 2015

We all know that as a civic tradition, Thanksgiving originated as a way to show gratitude for the bounty that was shared with the early Europeans when they traveled to this strange new land~but did you know that the cornucopia, or horn of plenty that is used to decorate this season is actually connected to the stars, not just to national history?

The cornucopia star is Capella, the first magnitude star in the constellation Auriga.  You can find Capella high in the northeast about 8:30 each night this week, unmistakable because it’s the brightest star in that region of the sky.

Welcome to Episode Seven of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! Coming up this week: The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Mama Issues, and at Intermission - a bouquet of famous Roses.

Click through to see this week's playlist and find out how to hear your voice on the show. We've got a poll, too! Sing out, Louise! Make your voice heard!

Capturing Mother Nature in action: This week on The Green Room

Nov 19, 2015
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Sara Kassien is not a photographer. She was in the right place though on Sunday, August 2nd, driving home from work when the storm that had wrecked Glen Arbor swept over Traverse City.

“I saw all these other people pulled over,” she remembers. “I’m like, ‘That’s a good idea, I should do that.’ I followed the crowd.”

"For us to turn our backs on people now, I think is just to abdicate what it means to be an American."

That's what  Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell tells Stateside host Cynthia Canty.

The Mayor of Michigan's second-largest city recently addressed the Grand Rapids City Commission after the terrorist attacks in Paris.


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Surviving a dystopian present in "Scrapper," Matt Bell's new novel

Our conversation with Matt BellDetroit has collapsed into ruin, and a man named Kelly is earning a living as a scrapper.He picks through the thousands of abandoned buildings, stealing scrap metal and then selling it to salvage yards in Scrapper, the newest novel from Michigan author Matt Bell.The New York Times describes Scrapper as, “equal parts dystopian novel, psychological thriller and literary fiction.”Bell says he likes that description, but thinks of the novel also as a detective story.
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