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12:49 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Stone Circle poet publishes anthology

Credit Peter Payette

Terri Wooten never wanted to write academic poetry.

“I had a vision of writing for the common people,” he says.

More than 30 years ago, he built a circle of boulders—88 in all—behind his house north of Elk Rapids. Since then, poets and storytellers have gathered around the campfire to perform for audiences that sometimes number more than 100.

This month, an anthology of Wooten’s poetry is out called "The Stone Circle Poems." Peter Payette stopped by his house and sent this postcard.

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Arts at Interlochen
11:48 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Interlochen dancers form ‘empathy,’ explore experience of kids with autism

Credit David Cassleman

Children with autism often have trouble speaking – and some never learn to talk. So that means other ways of communication are key for many with an autism spectrum disorder.

“Body language, gestures, pictures” – they are all options according to Christian Denice. He’s a dance choreographer from California debuting a completely original piece at the Interlochen Center for the Arts this weekend.

It’s a piece inspired by the work his mother does with autistic children in California, and he's dedicating the performances to one young woman in particular.

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Classical Music
8:31 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Kids' Commute Video Game Week: "Soil your plants!"

Get your game ears on, during Video Game Week on Kids' Commute!

On Kids’ Commute this week, we’re exploring the world of video game music! 

We might not always notice it, but music plays an really important role in making video games so enjoyable. Video Game music, like movie soundtracks, really helps you get in the moment and feel what’s happening on screen. Are you ready to go gaming with Kate Botello? Just click the “play” button below to begin your journey!


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8:05 am
Fri March 6, 2015

A survivor and a shipwreck hunter on the historic sinking of the Daniel J. Morrell

The Daniel J. Morrell

Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 5:10 pm

The 34th Great Lakes Shipwreck Festival will take place this Saturday at Washtenaw Community College.

Veteran shipwreck hunter David Trotter will be speaking at the event about the sinking of the Daniel J. Morrell in November 1966, and his discovery of the boat in 1979. He calls Trotter one of the state's major shipwrecks.

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Frozen water pipes
5:52 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Traverse City ramps up battle against frozen pipes

Traverse City has doubled the number of crews working to thaw out pipes throughout the city.

Last week, Traverse City saw a huge uptick in the number of people calling in to complain about frozen water pipes. As of yesterday, more than 300 people had called in.

In response, the city doubled its effort. It now has five crews working overtime to thaw out pipes at residences throughout the city.

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