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Traverse City government
9:38 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Commission accepts Ottenwess resignation

The Traverse City Commission voted tonight to accept the resignation of City Manager Jered Ottenwess. Ottenwess offered to resign last week after being charged with domestic violence and attempted assault on a police officer. He has pled “not guilty” to the charges.

Ottenwess’ attorney, Matt Vermetten, said he is getting help in a treatment facility and is focused on his family.

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Broadband Access
1:05 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Internet not getting faster in rural northern Michigan

The FCC has published a map that shows lack of broadband service in the U.S. by county. Blue areas do not have access under the new standard, 25 Mbps/3Mbps.

The federal government wants faster Internet connections nationwide and has raised the minimum speed for what it considers broadband. That is unlikely to help the thousands of people in northern Michigan who have something like dial-up service and have for years.

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Arts at Interlochen
9:30 am
Mon March 2, 2015

From The Top returns to Interlochen

From the Top returns to Interlochen on March 13, 2015, and will feature Michael Thurber among others.

The most popular weekly one-hour classical music program on public radio, is coming back to Interlochen Arts Academy!

From the Top will be recorded before a live audience in Corson Auditorium on Friday, March 13, at 7:30pm.

 

It will feature an all-Interlochen cast, and will highlight the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra performing a debut piece from Interlochen and From the Top alum Michael Thurber.

 

Tickets range in price from $10 - $32

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Dark Sky Park
7:46 am
Mon March 2, 2015

In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb

see Leo on the left, rising into the sky from the East, with the small constellation of Aries stars setting into the West. Image from Guy Ottewell's "Astronomical Calendar 2015"

The month of March used to mark the beginning of the New Year, and in many religious traditions, it still marks the beginning of the spiritual new year.

The month of March gets its name from the Roman God of War, the planet Mars. Mars was not only a defensive warrior, he was also a god of aggression, and taking action, so he is also associated with the beginnings of things, so when his month came 'round, that was the beginning of the new year. Also in the month of March, we have the first day of Spring, which is known technically as the Vernal Equinox. Equinox is the point where it appears to us that the Sun comes to the Celestial Equator, and begins to move into the Northern Celestial Hemisphere. This marks the point in the cycle of the year when, in the Norther Hemisphere, we begin to have greater sunlight. This time of year is also the 'trigger' for when it's appropriate to celebrate the Spring festivals of renewal, including the Passover, the renewal of fire, or the Easter Festival.  We can still 'hear' March as the beginning of the new year when we listen to the names of the calendar months that are still in use. September is the seventh month from March; October is the eighth month; November the ninth month from March; and December is the tenth month. The other interesting thing about March is that it comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. This isn't just a reference to the weather; it's a reference to the stars that are rising and setting at this time. The constellation Leo, the Lion, is rising up in the East at sunset, while the stars of Aries, the Ram or Lamb, are starting to be swallowed up in the light of the Sun looking West at sunset.  By month's end, the stars of Aries will 'go out' with the Sun, so we can truly say the March brings in the Lion, and goes out with the lamb. 


Stateside
4:26 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Large supply of potash discovered in Northern Michigan

Potash to be mined.

Michigan has always been rich in natural resources. And now potash, the mineral element from which potassium comes, has been found in the state as well.

Dan Calabrese, who recently wrote about what the discovery of potash means for Michigan's economy, says the element could have big benefits for Michigan, because it is a crucial element of all forms of agricultural fertilizer.

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