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Dark Sky Park
7:18 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Andromeda and Pegasus

From the forthcoming book "The Star Tales of Mother Goose" by Mary Stewart Adams, with illustration by Patricia deLisa.

Hello, this is Mary Stewart Adams with “The Storytellers’ Guide to the Night Sky.”

Because there are not a lot of stars in the region of the sky appearing overhead this week, it might seem like there’ s not a lot going on up there, but with the right imagination, you can find one of the nursery rhymes of Mother Goose unfolding overhead, hidden in the constellations Andromeda and Pegasus. You might know Andromeda as the ‘woman in chains’, while Pegasus is the winged white horse.

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5:40 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Grand Rapids businesswoman shares challenges that came with rise to success

A story of failure from Failure Lab Grand Rapids:

Kathy Crosby is the CEO of Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids. The Grand Rapids Business Journal named her one of the 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan. But, as Crosby shares her story, she tells of pain she experienced in her early childhood in the form of rejection by other children.  

Watch her story here:

To learn more about Failure Lab and hear more stories visit failure-lab.com.

*Listen to Kathy Crosby telling the full story above.

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ICA Alum News
1:51 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Interlochen graduate heads to the Cathedral

Bryan Dunnewald, IAA Class of 2014

Onward and upward!  The Bryn Athyn Cathedral in Pennsylvania has gained a new Assistant Organist. Organ scholar Bryan Dunnewald, IAA Class of 2014, was just chosen to work at the Cathedral with Principal Organist, Terry Schnarr and Musical Director Graham Bier. Bryan will play at services on the Cathedral's new E.M. Skinner/Kegg organ.

Between his new duties as Assistant Organist, Bryan will continue his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.  While we certainly miss having his fantastic skills all to ourselves, we're thrilled to know he'll be sharing his talents with others on a regular basis.

Learn more about the historic Bryn Athyn Cathedral here, and join us in keeping up with Bryan's career on his website.

Hear Bryan perform without having to trek all the way to Pennsylvania, below.  The piece: Maurice Durufle's Prelude and Fugue on the Name of Alain, a tribute to the composer's fallen friend.

Congrats, Bryan!

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Bovine Tuberculosis
1:22 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Northern Michigan counties free of bovine tuberculosis

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says seven counties in the region are now free from bovine tuberculosis – an area including Antrim, Charlevoix, and Emmet Counties.

That means federal officials are easing regulations on cattle farmers, who have had to test their cattle regularly for nearly 20 years. Infected herds have been destroyed.

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Michigan Environment
11:03 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Michigan landowners say they were cheated, energy company disagrees, court to decide

Fracking wells

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 10:27 am

This week, a Cheboygan District Court Judge ruled that Chesapeake Energy will go to trial for alleged fraud.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has accused the Oklahoma-based energy company of swindling landowners in northern Michigan.

Peter Payette is with our partners at Interlochen Public Radio and he has been covering this story.

How did all of this start?

Around May of 2010, the state auctioned off the right to drill for oil and gas on public land.

"And that auction saw prices that were astronomical. The state in one day raised as much money from the sale of oil and gas rights as it had raised in its entire history," Payette says. "And that's because out-of-state companies believed that by using these newer methods of horizontal hydraulic fracturing that they could make a lot of money by drilling deep down in the ground and taking out natural gas."

These companies went out to private landowners that summer and asked to explore their properties for oil and gas. The landowners signed leases. "And those promised what is called a 'order of payment' and in many cases the landowners did not receive payment and may say they were cheated and are owed money," Payette says.

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