2019-06-19

2019-06-19 E-Edition

Talk of privatizing Bay Bluffs raises concerns, Administrator notes

Emmet County
County board to hear presentation June 27


For more than 50 years, Bay Bluffs, Emmet County’s Medical Care Facility, has been a staple service in the area. The facility is home to more than 100 residents of Emmet County, plus many more short-term, rehabilitation patients. As a nursing home that is consistently ranked with top marks for safety and overall care while still managing to break even […]

City to pay for M-119 floodplain project costs

Harbor Springs
Special assessment tax idea dropped


The Harbor Springs City Council voted unanimously Monday night, June 17, to utilize city funds to pay for a nearly $1 million floodplain mitigation project on M-119 as it enters the city near Zoll Street. The alternative would have been to utilize some kind of special tax assessment on affected properties. A floodplain mitigation plan has been in the works […]

City council gives conditional ok for ferry service to dock in Ford Park

Harbor Springs
Soonest service could begin is May 2020


The Harbor Springs City Council gave its conditional approval for LittleTraverse Ferry Company to use Ford Park for docking at its regular meeting Monday night, June 17. The proposed Ferry service would run between Petoskey and Harbor Springs offering regular shuttle transportation. While the commercial license was approved, with a number of conditions, actual service would likely not start before […]

Annual ‘Blessing of the Fleet’ set for June 27

Boats are once again dotting the Harbor in anticipation of another Pure Michigan Summer. To kick off boating season, the Harbor Springs Area Historical Society celebrates the community’s maritime heritage with the annual Blessing of the Fleet boat parade Thursday, June 27 at 6:00 p.m. “All types of watercraft are invited to join in the parade,” Kristyn Balog, Executive Director […]

Emmet County Sheriff recognized as Michigan Master Sheriff

Emmet County Sheriff Pete Wallin was recognized as a Michigan Master Sheriff recently. The honor was presented by the Michigan Sheriff’s Association. According to a news release, Wallin has served 37 years as a Certified Law Enforcement Officer, the last 16 years as the elected Sheriff of Emmet County. He graduated from Oakland County College and the Fen-is State College […]

EMS Assure program membership renewals due now

In March, Emmet County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) mailed out a brochure promoting Assure, a cost-savings membership program for residents living in Emmet County and parts of Charlevoix and Cheboygan counties. Emmet County EMS Director Randy Westin said there had been a big response from that initial mailing, but he wanted to remind those residents who signed up for Assure […]

Emmet County EMS hosting open house Saturday, June 29

Emmet County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is hosting an open house Saturday, June 29, from noon to 2 p.m. at EMS Station 1 (pictured left). The public is invited to meet and talk to Emmet County EMS members and other first responders from Resort Bear Creek Fire Department and Petoskey Department of Public Safety. Those attending can tour the station, […]

Planning for You



What will Harbor Springs look like in five years? The colors blue and gray immediately come to mind. The blue water of Little Traverse Bay will continue to attract vacationers and retirees. The hair on the heads of our residents will be increasingly gray. Why is this look into the future important? Because government must plan now for the infrastructure […]

Educators: Center for the Arts offering ‘outstanding educational opportunities…’

To the Editor: Since its opening in July 2018, 2,500 students from 30 schools across northern Michigan have experienced live performing arts at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts (GLCFA). The success of this new state-of-the-art venue and the impact it has had on our community is a strong model for public investment. In its inaugural year, the Center […]