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2008-07-29 18:00:36

By Lindsay Vanhulle, The Record-Eagle, Traverse City, Mich. Jul. 29--TRAVERSE CITY -- The big screen at the State Theatre downtown stayed dark to moviegoers all weekend. But in the lobby, volunteers hustled to stock the venue's concessions counter. Onstage, a group of contractors were busy installing a new screen while illuminated by a single bright lamp. Back in the seats, a technician tuned the theater's sound output to ensure it was properly working. It takes a lot of time and...

2008-07-29 18:00:35

By Margaret Parsons, The Record-Eagle, Traverse City, Mich. Jul. 29--TRAVERSE CITY -- The Traverse City Film Festival has added a new venue at Milliken Auditorium in the Dennos Museum Center and the addition couldn't have been smoother, museum officials said. "We are pleased to be able to accommodate the festival as one of the movie sites," said Eugene Jenneman, the museum's executive director. "The Film Festival certainly draws people to community and it provides another cultural...

2008-07-29 18:00:35

By Margaret Parsons, The Record-Eagle, Traverse City, Mich. Jul. 29--TRAVERSE CITY -- The Traverse City Film Festival is here and many downtown restaurants are battening down the hatches in preparation for mass crowds, offering extended hours. Ciao Bella Restaurant, which has a prime location across the street from the State Theatre, will offer extended hours for food service after learning from past festivals. "It's our busiest time by far," restaurant manager Donovan Miske said. "We...

2008-07-27 18:00:27

By Melissa Domsic, The Record-Eagle, Traverse City, Mich. Jul. 27--TRAVERSE CITY -- About 200,000 paid and free admissions to the Traverse City Film Festival prove its popularity the past three years, but festival founder Michael Moore hopes to position the area as more than a quick stop for movie buffs and popcorn-munching visitors. "Now we're finding people are actually coming the weekend before and stay through the next weekend," Moore said. "They get here early and just spend time...

2008-07-27 18:00:22

By Victor Skinner, The Record-Eagle, Traverse City, Mich. Jul. 27--KALKASKA -- State and local investigators continue to search for suspects responsible for a large brine water discharge in Kalkaska County, an incident investigators believe may be linked to another recent spill. The results of test samples taken from a field along Wood Road east of U.S. 131 has narrowed the source of the substance to calcium chloride brine with hematite. "It definitely tells us it was not produced...

2008-07-23 18:00:48

By Melissa Domsic, The Record-Eagle, Traverse City, Mich. Jul. 23--GREILICKVILLE -- Residents remain charged up over a utility company's efforts to build an electrical substation in Elmwood Township. Wolverine Power Cooperative is seeking permission from the state to bypass township ordinances and build the facility near the corner of Bugai Road and M-72. Wolverine and its co-op member Cherryland Electric Cooperative held an informational public meeting on Tuesday as part of the...

2008-07-23 18:00:30

By Sheri McWhirter, The Record-Eagle, Traverse City, Mich. Jul. 23--CHARLEVOIX -- Boats, music and community events return to downtown Charlevoix this week for the 78th annual Venetian Festival. Sandra and Darrell Ashby, of Ontario, strolled through East Park on Tuesday morning and made plans to soak up festival activities before they splash their yacht back out into Lake Michigan this weekend. "Our boys are looking forward to the midway rides," Sandra Ashby said, while her husband is...

2008-07-20 18:00:19

By Victor Skinner, The Record-Eagle, Traverse City, Mich. Jul. 20--EMPIRE -- Benzie County agencies continue to bemoan Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore's preferred general management plan, while park officials work to finalize the years-long project. Park officials are analyzing feedback from a recent round of public hearings on a new management plan and expect to make minor changes to the "preferred alternative," one of five posed to the public that outlines the park's future....

2008-07-20 18:00:17

By Lindsay Vanhulle, The Record-Eagle, Traverse City, Mich. Jul. 20--TRAVERSE CITY -- The family computer sits in a public spot in Melissa Fournier's house, so she sees everything her children view online. They are limited to an average of 30 minutes of "screen time" a day which includes both the computer and television. And Fournier and her husband installed filters to block pop-up advertisements they don't want their children, ages 6 and 9, to see. "I don't let them go on it alone,"...

2008-07-18 18:00:27

By Marta Hepler Drahos, The Record-Eagle, Traverse City, Mich. Jul. 18--NORTHPORT -- It may be a presidential election year, but the yard signs and bumper stickers cropping up in Northport these days are for an even more rancorous contest: the Jets vs. the Sharks. The rival gangs of "West Side Story" will face off July 24-Aug. 3 as part of the Northport Community Arts Center's performance series. The Oscar-winning musical is one of several the arts center has presented over the years....

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Huron-Manistee National Forests
2013-11-01 12:56:11

Huron-Manistee National Forests are two national forests located in the lower peninsula of Michigan. The forests were combined in 1945 and hold 978,906 acres of public lands, wetlands, and other lands and waters. Huron National Forest, established in 1909, and Manistee National Forest, established in 1938, are not connected, but they had to be combined due to administrative issues. The Huron area is prone to fires, because of the large numbers of the highly flammable Jack Pine tree. The...

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