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Michigan Healthcare
7:04 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Report: Lack of autism specialists creating long wait times for children

A new report says Michigan lacks enough autism specialists to handle the number of children being diagnosed and treated with the disorder.

The Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation (CHRT) says that means long wait times before many children and their families can get help.

“We actually talked to all of the treatment programs to get a sense of the average waiting time for appointments, and it was anywhere from a month to, in some cases, two years, depending on the particular program,” said CHRT Director Marianne Udow-Phillips.

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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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Great Lakes Water Levels
4:24 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Why Are The Great Lakes On The Rise?

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 6:03 pm

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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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