Merry Christmas

I do not understand how anyone can live without some small place of enchantment to turn to.-Marjorie Kinnan RawlingsThis photo of Main Street, Harbor Springs was captured Monday night, Dec. 19, 2011 by Harbor Light Newspaper photographer Mark Flemming. We traditionally feature a large photograph of the tree on Main Street on the front page of our Christmas issue. A Holiday Walk […]

New restaurant approved for Depot building

By KATE BASSETTHARBOR LIGHT NEWSPAPERA new restaurant will be pulling into the Depot in downtown Harbor Springs in 2012. A result of speedy work by the Harbor Springs Planning Commission and City Council to grant all necessary approvals, the Depot Dining Club project, being led by architect David Kimble and investor Tim Patton, will get underway in early January.In an […]

At City Council: Employee benefits; budget and deer park

By DANIELLE McINTOSHHARBOR LIGHT NEWSPAPERThe city of Harbor Springs will have some work ahead of it after adopting the choice to “opt out” of Michigan’s requirement for 2012 healthcare benefit reductions during City Council’s Monday, December 19 meeting. The decision will allow the city to adopt its own local plan for managing the cost of health care benefits, giving Council […]

City agrees to allow change in parking requirements for downtown; payment’ in lieu of’ option now available

By KATE BASSETTHARBOR LIGHT NEWSPAPERNew businesses looking to locate in the Central Business District in Harbor Springs now have one more option to address and meet the city’s parking requirements.Following a recommendation by the Harbor Springs Planning Commission to approve an “in lieu of” parking fund, City Council members unanimously passed the change in a roll call vote on Monday, […]

Deer Park Follow-Up: Additional Information

As a follow up to last week’s report on the city’s management of the herd in the downtown deer park, below are a number of information points about the facility and is history. Photos of the Harbor Springs Deer Park date back to the 1940’s, but the exact date of the opening of the park remains uncertain. The fenced-in area, […]

Letter: Stop the cycle

To the Editor:Once popular in the 1960s and 1970s, community deer pens/ parks have disappeared across the country. Some reasons are entrenched in the enlightenment that wild animals ought not be caged & put on display for entertainment, others revolve around the reality and by-product that mammals, when put together, reproduce/multiply-out populating the space allocated for them to exist safely/in […]

Views of the past

OLD HARBOR SPRINGSTrain 1922 winter, Pulling into Harbor SpringsSponsored by Graham Real Estate

Letter: Hunting should not happen in downtown Harbor Springs

To the Editor:As a young person growing up in Harbor Springs, I used to love to visit the deer park. Feeding carrot and celery sticks by hand to those gentle creatures was always a delight. But as I’ve gotten older—and the park has gotten smaller—I have questioned the wisdom of keeping the animals in captivity.One of the many wonderful things […]

American Life in Poetry

BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE, 2004-2006Here’s a moving poem about parenthood, about finding one’s self to be an adult but still trying to care for the child within. Mark Jarman teaches at Vanderbilt University.After DisappointmentTo lie in your child’s bed when she is gone Is calming as anything I know. To fall Asleep, her books arranged above your head, […]

Letters to the Editor: Submission Guidelines

The Harbor Light newspaper invites, welcomes and encourages expression of the opinions of our readers for publication in our Letters category. Letters may be on any subject of current local concern. There are plenty of other venues to express opinions on national, state politics and other subjects. We encourage readers to use those and keep letters here focused on local […]