School district seeks comment on impending budgetary changes

Community invited to board meeting Monday, May 9By KATE BASSETT HARBOR LIGHT NEWSPAPERHarbor Springs superintendent Mark Tompkins is soft-spoken by nature. So when he issued a strongly worded statement about the importance of the community’s attendance at the upcoming school board meeting, Monday, May 9, it meant something.What that “something” is falls under a general, but vastly important term: district […]

Council approves summer event, reviews projects

By KATE BASSETT HARBOR LIGHT NEWSPAPERHarbor Springs City Council members had a lighter agenda this month, mostly reviewing and approving projects that have been in the works for some time now. During Council’s regular monthly meeting Monday, May 2, the group’s discussions focused on several aspects of city property care, as well as upcoming events for the year.In an phone […]

The Art of Education

Creativity, Collaboration, and Compassion are cornerstones at Petoskey charter school, Concord AcademyBy KATE BASSETT HARBOR LIGHT NEWSPAPERWalking through Concord Academy in Petoskey recently was a bit like stepping into another world. A joyful (though not-quite harmonious) noise, the mix of movement and young musicians, flew into the chilly morning air as soon as the front door opened. It was a […]

City removing unsafe trees

By KATE BASSETT HARBOR LIGHT NEWSPAPERWhen the sound of chainsaws rev up alongside a host of trees in Harbor Springs the week of May 15, city manager Tom Richards said there should be no cause for alarm.Some 40 trees identified in a 2010 certified independent arborist’s inventory were deemed to be a “risk to public safety” and will be cut […]

Library seeks to serve all

To the Editor:Everyone at the Harbor Springs Library has noted with interest recent discussions in “The Harbor Light” which talk about libraries today as living, breathing, dynamic places, among other things, and we couldn’t agree more. In fact, we laugh to ourselves, as we haul boxes hither and yon, rearrange bookcases almost daily, that nothing says living and breathing quite […]

Mayor shares comments on dog park issue

To the Editor:While picking up the Sunday papers this weekend the shop owner, a good friend, commented about the difficult Council meetings we have had the past few weeks. I agreed- the meetings have been difficult and frustrating for me and for a lot of people in town and out in the “suburbs.”Another friend was there and he tried to […]


A photograph published on page one of last week’s April 27 issue featuring a runner at the Ram Scram Track Invitational was misidentified. The runner was Patrick Frank.

Views of the past

OLD HARBOR SPRINGSHarbor Point Clubhouse

Mother’s Day

Editor’s Note: In honor of Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8, we reprint here the full text of Julia Ward Howe’s famous Mother’s Day Proclamation, written in 1870 as a reaction to the lives lost and families destroyed by the Civil War. Tied deeply to Howe’s belief that women must take a role in shaping the world around them, it continues […]

Editor’s Corner: Active participation

When the last presidential election occurred, I took my middle born to West Traverse Township Hall, to watch me vote. He waited, shyly tucked behind my legs, as I checked in, received my ballot, and stepped into the poll booth. On tip-toes, he watched me darken circles, whispering questions as we walked up to the machine to cast my vote. […]