The following op-eds by Bob Sutherland and Julie Zapoli—both Little Traverse Lake residents and Glen Arbor business owners—were written in response to the Sun’s coverage of Little Traverse Lake Association opposition to an expansion of the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, a portion of which would run near the north shore of the lake. Sutherland writes, “It is unfortunate that we are going to lose more trees in the development of this trail, but in the big picture, this four-mile extension completes an infinitely positive recreational trail and a key transportation alternative for residents and vacationers in Leelanau County. The recent study that opposition used to stir up doubt in this final section should not take away from the decade of environmentally sensitive planning the National Park Service, Michigan Department of Transportation, Leelanau County Road Commission, and Army Corp of Engineers executed to meet all the federal wetlands, dune and endangered species regulations.”

July 15-19 is Water Week at the Glen Arbor Arts Center (GAAC). As part of its exhibition “New Views: Water = Life = Art,” the GAAC offers three events that examine water from different perspectives.

On Sunday, July 10, from 1-3 p.m., the Cottage Book Shop on Lake St. in Glen Arbor will host signings by the authors of three notable books: Leelanau Trek by Ken Scott and Kaye Kraphohl; Painting the Joy of Sleeping Bear Country by Hank Feeley, and Historic Cottages of Glen Lake with Barbara Siepker and Dietrich Floeter.

Hank Feeley’s latest painting is #OccupySugarLoaf, a humorous poke at the once popular ski resort which has been closed for 15 years while apparently languishing under the care of a series of disingenuous conmen and charlatans.

Art’s Tavern Tim Barr reports that “Art’s will be closed from Monday night, Dec. 23, at 10 p.m. until breakfast at 7 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 26, for re-varnishing the bar and other maintenance tasks. “Merry Christmas to all!” he says.

This is a unique opportunity to meet more than 20 local authors at one time in one location, in the Pine Patch at the Cottage Book Shop in Glen Arbor (rain location across the street at Bethlehem Lutheran Church). On Friday, Aug. 2 between 2 and 4 p.m. the best of mystery, history, essay writers and artists will gather.