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National Lakeshore
4:33 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Kettles Trail ready to go in Sleeping Bear

The National Park Service is ready to build a new hiking trail in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

The Kettles Trail will be on a piece of parkland that is inland a number of miles—near Maple City—and not connected to the rest of the lakeshore.

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Butterfly House
2:43 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Afraid of creepy crawlies? New bug zoo would like to change your mind

Cyndie Bobier (left) points out butterflies to young visitors.
Credit Aaron Selbig

A new zoo opened this month in Williamsburg but visitors won’t find elephants, giraffes or gorillas there.

What the Grand Traverse Butterfly House and Bug Zoo does have is a South American cave roach named “Chaz.” 

Chaz lives in the bug zoo with dozens of his creepy, crawly friends – including a collection of tarantulas, a ghost mantis from Africa named “Casper” and a hive of Michigan bees.

Cyndie Bobier opened the bug zoo earlier this month. The project took more than two years to get off the ground. 

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Classical Music
2:18 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Musical Theatre: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Cast and crew for, "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," at the Old Town Playhouse in Traverse City (L-R, Michelle Perez, Kerr Anderson, Matthew Archibald, Jenna Archibald, David Dennison)

We had a delightful visit from some of the cast and crew of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Old Town Playhouse in Traverse City, brightening up a gray and rainy day in Studio A.  The show opened in early October at the Old Town Playhouse, and runs through October 25th. According to the New York Times, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a high-spirited comedy that, "aims to vault over the lines of good taste." 

The cast, and director Perez, were quite pleased with that description, and recommend the show for audiences over 18, but they were kind enough to bring us material that was left us utterly tickled - and reasonably un-scandalized.
 


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Election 2014
9:59 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Climate change 'still' a hoax, says Franz

Democrat Tom Stobie (left) and incumbent Republican Ray Franz met in Glen Arbor Thursday evening.
Credit Eric Carlson / Leelanau Enterprise

In 2012, State Representative Ray Franz said he believed global climate change was a “hoax.” When asked about the issue at the same debate Thursday, Franz responded firmly with the word “still" -- and drew some applause in the Glen Arbor Township Hall.

When it was pointed out that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change had been awarded the Nobel Prize for its work on the issue, Franz shot back, saying concern about climate change is a first step toward global governance.

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Stateside
6:13 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Large clay-filled plume found in East Grand Traverse Bay raises environmental concerns

East Grand Traverse Bay

One of Michigan's greatest natural treasures and most popular tourist destinations is Grand Traverse Bay.

So the appearance of a large plume of what looked like chocolate milk in East Grand Traverse Bay last month set off alarm bells.

It didn't take long to realize the murky plume in the East Bay came from clay-filled silt, which was seeping into the East Bay from a major construction site in Acme Township.

Now the state Department of Environmental Quality says the runoff from the Grand Traverse Town Center site violates various state and federal permits.

And those who love Grand Traverse Bay are deeply concerned.

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