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.”

The Glen Arbor Sun won seven awards in four different categories from the Michigan Press Association’s 2023 Better Newspaper Contest among local news media for stories published between August 1, 2022, and July 31, 2023. The Sun won two awards in Best Opinion, three awards in Business/Agriculture News, and one award each in Feature Story and Spot News. Winners included Abby Chatfield, Katie Dunn, Alexandra Dailey, Jacob Wheeler and Julie Zapoli.

Julie hatched the Inn and Trail idea after years of combining fly fishing and fine food. She moved to Glen Arbor in 2017 after she had owned a fly fishing shop in Ketchum, Idaho called Ketchum on the Fly. She sold gear and also made lunches. “I was named Guide of the Year mostly because people loved my lunches,” she smiles. “When one of the head guides bought the fly shop, I pivoted into a catering business called A-Z Catering with business partner Tracey Allen.” Once in Glen Arbor, Julie spent the first year “looking around.” The next year she worked in the kitchen at the Leelanau School to cook and to meet people. She settled in and got comfortable with the locals and the local food culture.