School district facing up to $2 million deficit for coming year

Combination of major cuts; spending down of savings likely solutionBy KATE BASSETTHARBOR LIGHT NEWSPAPERHarbor Springs Public Schools superintendent Mark Tompkins had a message to board and community members during the Board of Education regular monthly meeting Monday, March 15: keep the umbrellas out and the waders on, because it’s still raining in the world of school finance.Presenting the same budget […]

Double Districts

Ram boys join girls as district title winners; fall in first game of regionalsBy DANIELLE KAPRALHARBOR LIGHT NEWSPAPERHarbor Springs Boys’ Varsity Basketball players held up the district trophy last week, shifting gears in post-season play to push past a 9-13 regular season. With a 60-45 win over Mancelona to kick-off districts, the Rams sparked a new energy, adjusting their goals […]

Photo: Northern Scene

Clear skies gave way to a spectacular light show over Lake Superior on Friday, March 11 as Harbor Light Newspaper photographer and Northern Michigan University student Mark Flemming captured this scene just outside of Marquette. Aurora Borealis or ‘the northern lights’ are caused by a collision of charged particles directed by the Earths magnetic field, causing a vibrant display of […]

Regional Summit: In challenging economic times, communities need to focus on building ‘sense of place’

By KATE BASSETTHARBOR LIGHT NEWSPAPERThe values that define northern Michigan– maintaining a healthy environment, local food sources, and outdoor lifestyle– are more than just ideals in today’s society. They are what brands this area, giving it a sense of place that may help the region flourish in a time when so many communities are hanging on the edge.This was the […]

‘Freedom Sings’ coming to College Mar. 23

Freedom Sings, a musical celebration of the First Amendment, will be presented at North Central Michigan College on March 23 at 7:00 p.m. in the Student and Community Resource Center gymnasium on the Petoskey campus. This program is part of the Lecture Series and is free and open to the public.Freedom Sings is a critically acclaimed multimedia experience with an […]

Letter: Need for new library here questioned

To the Editor:I just moved to Harbor Springs this fall but have spent my summers here since I was a child. I went to the library with Peggy Swift 35 years ago because I didan’t know it was there. I lived in a little village of 6,000 people in the suburbs of Chicago in the New Trier School District. We […]

Letter: Need for coal power questioned

To the Editor:Last year, Wolverine Power was denied a permit for a $2 billion coal-fired electric power plant in Rogers City. (Wolverine supplies power to Great Lakes Energy, Presque Isle, Cherryland, and Homeworks Tri-County.) During the public comment period, important issues were raised: Was the business case sound? Were cleaner, cheaper alternatives explored? The Michigan Public Service Commission was enlisted […]

Learning Local Leadership

EDITOR’S NOTE: An organization built to recognize– and empower– the next generation of leaders is something worth celebrating. We live in a time when shared values not only define a region, but serve as the strongest vehicle for dialogue and understanding in a community. Leadership Little Traverse is a shining example of how service to others and developing a strong […]

Views of the Past

OLD HARBOR SPRINGS City Dock before The Pier Bar

Thought for the Week

“It is my rule never to lose me temper till it would be detrimental to keep it”-Sean O’Casey, Irish playwright (1880-1964)