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2008-07-10 18:00:00

By Vanessa Mccray, The Record-Eagle, Traverse City, Mich. Jul. 10--TRAVERSE CITY -- Blisters, sunburns, slivers and scrapes -- those are the types of medical maladies that send visitors to the National Cherry Festival's first-aid tent. And, there was that one problem with the plastic top from a pop bottle. "Somebody got one of those stuck on his girlfriend's toe last year," remembered Dennis Mikko, the festival's emergency services coordinator. Fortunately for the girlfriend, the...

2008-07-04 18:00:15

By The Record-Eagle, Traverse City, Mich. Jul. 4--INTERLOCHEN -- Jeff Haas will begin hosting a weekly radio program Sunday on Interlochen Public Radio. "Jazz Connections" will air Sundays at 6 p.m. and be rebroadcast Thursdays at 10 p.m. on IPR Music Radio, 88.7 FM. "The show is based in jazz with lots of rock, blues, R&B, classical and world music woven into the playlist," said Haas. "One show begins with Miles Davis, followed by Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Charles...

2008-07-04 18:00:15

By Margaret Parsons, The Record-Eagle, Traverse City, Mich. Jul. 4--TRAVERSE CITY -- Juan Mateo Toler may have grown up in Flint and doesn't have any Latin heritage but he said Latin music has always been inside him. "The Latin music found me," Toler, who was born John Matthew Toler, said. "It's always been there and I've always played it, even before I knew I was playing Latin music." Toler, along with five other local musicians, started the Latin dance band Rojo Loco in February as a...

2008-06-28 18:02:00

By Art Bukowski, The Record-Eagle, Traverse City, Mich. Jun. 28--SUTTONS BAY -- A judge threw out a lawsuit filed by a former Leelanau County department head who said his termination violated the state Whistleblowers' Protection Act. Thirteenth Circuit Judge Thomas G. Power dismissed a lawsuit filed by Robert VanDyke, who helmed the county's building inspection department from 1993 until his termination in June 2007. The suit named the county and Administrator David Gill, and alleged...

2008-06-25 18:02:33

By Melissa Domsic, The Record-Eagle, Traverse City, Mich. Jun. 25--TRAVERSE CITY -- The stretch of Boardman River that flows through downtown is sometimes overlooked, tucked between the glistening bay and bustling business district. "A lot of people say it's amazing how Traverse City kind of historically turned their back on the river," said Steve Largent of the Grand Traverse Conservation District. Local environmentalists, business owners and others who use and enjoy the river hope to...

2008-06-24 18:02:22

By Sheri McWhirter, The Record-Eagle, Traverse City, Mich. Jun. 24--VANDERBILT -- Dave Embree thinks it's about time two local campgrounds in the Pigeon River Country State Forest are reopened after lengthy closures. Embree wants campers to return and buy supplies at his store, the Village Market in Vanderbilt, a small grocery and gas station at the western entrance to the forest. "Because of where our store is -- at the gateway to the Pigeon River Country Forest -- we get huge amounts...

2008-06-13 18:00:21

By Vanessa Mccray, The Record-Eagle, Traverse City, Mich. Jun. 13--INTERLOCHEN -- Jesse Harris's life changed after he won a Grammy Award for writing "Don't Know Why," a song performed by Norah Jones. "I certainly became way more in demand as a songwriter, and I've been a lot busier," Harris said. The singer-songwriter will bring his talents to Interlochen Center for the Arts at 8 p.m. June 20 as the inaugural concert of the 2008 Summer Arts Festival. Harris, who won the 2002 Grammy...

2007-09-05 13:15:28

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- They aren't certain, but underwater archaeologists say they may have discovered a boulder with a prehistoric carving in Lake Michigan's Grand Traverse Bay. The granite rock has markings that resemble a mastodon - an elephant-like creature that once inhabited parts of North America - with what could be a spear in its side, say divers who have seen it. They came across the boulder at a depth of about 40 feet while searching for shipwrecks in June, said Mark Holley, a...

2005-10-24 11:27:10

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Monday it warned more than two dozen companies to stop selling cherry products that claim to help treat or prevent cancer, heart disease, arthritis and other diseases. The agency sent warning letters earlier this month to 29 companies, ordering them immediately to stop making the health claims on their Web sites and product labels. "The companies cited are marketing dried fruit, fruit juice, and juice concentrate...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'