On Thursday, October 16, Glen Arbor resident and business owner Chris Sack posted photos on his Facebook page that showed the basement of his home on M-109, west of Glen Arbor, flooding with water. But Sack’s frustration fell on deaf ears. Later that evening, at the Township Hall in Glen Arbor, State Representative Ray Franz (Republican) concluded a townhall forum by calling Climate Change “a hoax”.
Mike Delp's essay "River in the Blood" and Hank Feeley's painting of the Crystal River.
State Rep. Ray Franz calls Climate Change a hoax, as your basement floods
How Climate Change will affect Sleeping Bear Dunes: more torrential downpours that will compromise beach grass' ability to hold soil
Your Leelanau County 2014 election guide: interviews with County Commissioners and opponents, State Representatives and U.S. Congressmen
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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Superintendent Dusty Shultz recently announced the issuance of a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Kettles Trail Plan and Environmental Assessment (EA). The National Park Service (NPS) has selected a modified version of the Preferred Alternative (Alternative 4) presented in the EA.
Megan Schous, whose family owns Tiffany’s cafe and the Empire Lakeshore Inn, reports that Tiffany’s will offer free ice cream today, Oct. 13, from noon until 2 p.m. and at random hours throughout the week.
It is apple season and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will host an Antique Apples Special Program on October 18 from noon to 3 p.m. in the Port Oneida Rural Historic District. Park Rangers and volunteer experts will be on hand for this apple bonanza. Apples played a big role in Port Oneida during its peak and the apple pickers of today still realize their value. Some of the topics that will be presented at this program include: 1) identifying varieties of apples in the park, 2) understanding why early Port Oneida settlers planted them and how they were used, and 3) discussing and demonstrating grafting techniques being used in the park to ensure rare and antique apple varieties remain in the park for years to come.
The Glen Arbor Art Association’s Readers’ Theater announces its fall play selection is My Man Godfrey—a light-hearted, Depression-era comedy in which a zany heiress tries to help a homeless man by making him the family’s butler. Performances will be held Friday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 19 at 3 p.m. at the Glen Arbor Art Association building, 6031 S. Lake St. in Glen Arbor. Cast and crew include Peter Van Nort, Trish Vanderploeg, Karen Van Nort, Teddy House, Rob McWatt, Ron Smith, John Rentenbach, Karen Ford, Ken Shultz and Bob House. The play is being directed by Celeste Crouch, Assistant Director Josephine Zara with additional help from Mike Duwe and Harriet Mittelberger. Admission is free but to reserve seats visit www.glenarborart.org or call 231-334-6112.
Andy Evansen, renowned watercolorist from Minnesota, returns to Glen Arbor to teach a four-day workshop sponsored by the Glen Arbor Art Association at The Homestead resort, Oct. 13-16. Born in Wisconsin in 1965, Evansen was educated at the University of Minnesota and has studied with watercolorists Skip Lawrence, Eric Weigardt and Alvaro Castagnet.
Dan Matthies, proprietor of Chateau Fontaine in Lake Leelanau (along with wife Lucie), still remembers the day over 30 years ago that he saw a tiny advertisement in the Leelanau Enterprise: “Looking for farmers to grow wine grapes.” Matthies and his wife had been fascinated with wine and the idea of wine making since they’d first tasted the beverage in the 1970s — but they’d never seriously considered the possibility that their land, acres upon acres of steep hills with south-facing slopes, would be an ideal spot for following the lead of wine maker Bernie Rink. Rink, a neighboring farmer who’d planted a test plot of French-American hybrid grapes as well as a few vinifera varieties on 16 acres of rolling Leelanau County land back in the mid 1960s, had debuted his Boskydel winery, the first winery to open in Leelanau County, in 1975.
Fall is here, and Susan Braymer, who along with her husband Bill, owns and operates Laurentide, a Lake Leelanau winery that opened its tasting room in the summer of 2012, finds that this is a season at the end of which she breathes a sigh of relief. “It’s a rushed and stressful time,” she said, “but after the harvest, you get relief. The grapes are off, and they’re on their way to the next point of their journey.”
Fall For Art in Leelanau (FFA) is a self-guided tour of the peninsula’s galleries. Now in its ninth year, FFA takes place over the Columbus Day weekend (Native Peoples’ Day), Oct. 10-12, and for good historical reason.
Photography—a “serious hobby” for retired marine ecologist Roy Kropp—is the tool he’ll use to explore northern Michigan’s fall colors during his Sept. 28-Oct. 11artist-residency with the Glen Arbor Art Association (GAAA). Kropp talks about his two-week work-study Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m., Glen Arbor Art Association, 6031 S. Lake St., Glen Arbor.
Stand close by the banks of the Crystal River and try to convince me that it was not put down millennia ago by an alchemist, some ancient madman who melted down tons of goblets, and made them into something liquid and cold, and somehow managed to transform them into this lovely river. I prefer myth to science most of the time, and know full well the glacial forces which shaped Michigan and laid down the bed of the Crystal.
The Glen Lake Library in Empire will host a presentation by Dr. Julianna Wilson, an entomologist at Michigan State University, on Tuesday, October 7, at 7:30 p.m. Dr. Wilson has spent the last 10 years studying wild bees in various cropping systems in Michigan, and is currently a research and extension specialist in tree fruit integrated pest management, which includes collaborating on a multi-state and multi-crop pollination project.
With important races looming for United States Congress, the Michigan House of Representatives and the Leelanau County Board of Commissioners (all politics is local!) the Glen Arbor Sun reached out to candidates on both sides of the political aisle and asked questions about important local issues, prior to the November 4 election.
Leelanau County Commission: perspectives from challengers Dave Barrons, Patricia Soutas-Little and Ty Wessell
The following are interviews conducted via email with Leelanau County Commission challengers Dave Barrons (a Democrat, running against Republican incumbent Debra Rushton), Patricia Soutas-Little (a Democrat, running against Republican incumbent Karen Zemaitis) and Ty Wessell (a Democrat, running against Republican incumbent Tom Van Pelt). Rushton, Zemaitis and Van Pelt all opted not to answer questions emailed to them.
Following is the Glen Arbor Sun‘s interview (vie email) with Democrat Tom Stobie, a former teacher and football coach at Frankfort High School, who is running against incumbent Ray Franz to represent Michigan’s 101st district (Leelanau, Benzie, Manistee and Mason counties) in Lansing. Franz has held the seat for two terms, since riding the Tea Party wave in 2010. Franz’s campaign chose not to answer our questions.
The following are interviews conducted via email with Leelanau County Commission incumbent Melinda Lautner (Republican) and her challenger John O’Neill (Democrat). Lautner represents Solon and Kasson Townships, in the middle of the County. She stands by her vote to disband Leelanau’s Economic Development Corporation, which garnered headlines statewide.
The Glen Arbor Sun conducted the following interviews (via email) with U.S. Congressman Dan Benishek (a Republican who was elected during the Tea Party wave of 2010) and his challenger this November, Democrat Jerry Cannon.
The following are interviews conducted via email with Leelanau County Commission incumbent Peachy Rentenbach (Democrat) and her challenger Bob Hawley (Republican). Rentenbach, the lone Democrat on the current Commission, also beat Hawley in this election two years ago.
The Leelanau Conservancy is committed to playing a vital role in a strong and vibrant community. The Conservancy knows that preserving our natural landscapes, working farms and healthy watersheds is key to both our economic vitality as well as the incredible quality of life we enjoy here. While the Conservancy is a solid block in the foundation, what are the other elements, in your mind, that make for a strong community?
Quaint and creative Empire already hosts the Asparagus Festival in mid-May and the revived Hill Climb racecar event in September. Next up is the village’s inaugural Hops Festival, which organizers hope will also become an annual event.