2020-07-01

2020-07-01 E-Edition

Views, land for all to enjoy

New Conservancy Offield Family Viewlands natural preserve now open
Former golf course offers panaoramic views and numerous trails


American poet, Mary Oliver, once wrote, “sometimes, I need only to stand wherever I am to be blessed.” Standing atop the newest Little Traverse Conservancy protected natural space, the Offield Family Viewlands, it’s easy to know what she meant. The incredible 280- acre property– formerly the Little Traverse Bay Golf Club– is open for community enjoyment just two months after […]

Have fun, follow fireworks rules, police chief asks during holiday week

Harbor Springs


Like most major crowd-gathering events in Michigan, the current health crisis caused the cancellation of traditional Fourth of July activities in Harbor Springs this year. While there will be no in-person Paul Revere Run (a virtual event is still happening), no parade, no art show, and no from-the-barge fireworks display, bursts of light (and the accompanying booms) will likely be […]

Blessing of the Fleet boat parade set for July 2

No landside events due to health crisis


The 8th Annual Blessing of the Fleet Boat Parade in Little Traverse Bay will take place this Thursday, July 2 beginning at 6 p.m. All watercraft are invited to join in the celebration which kicks off the summer season. This year’s theme is ‘Traditions Live On in Harbor Springs.’ “The essence of Harbor Springs is Tradition, History, and Legacy. Our […]

Harbor Springs in better financial situation than most schools

School District


Like every school in Michigan, the end of the academic year in Harbor Springs lacked traditional goodbyes and grade closure. Unlike many districts in Michigan, however, the end of year in Harbor Springs came with positive budget news. The Board of Education approved the final adjustments to the 2019-2020 budget during their monthly meeting on Monday, June 29, adding some […]

MDOT announces start for area road projects

Cheboygan County I-75 resurfacing in Cheboygan County is slated to begin July 6, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will invest just more than $1 million to resurface (chip seal with fog seal) 9.6 miles of I-75 from the North Central State Trail bridge to north of Mullet- Burt Road in the northbound […]

College announces plans to reopen Resource Center on Sept. 8

North Central Michigan College will reopen its Student and Community Resource Center (SCRC) to the public on September 8, 2020, the first day of fall semester. Until then, SCRC team members will continue their preparations to ensure the health and safety of patrons. Such measures include visual cues for social distancing and mask wearing, multiple sanitation stations, limited capacity in […]

Circuit Court holds first criminal jury trial since health crisis began

A criminal jury trial was held in the 57th Circuit Court on Wednesday, June 24. This is believed to be the first criminal jury trial held in Michigan since the onset of the Covid-19 epidemic in the spring. Those citizens summoned for jury duty were notified in advance that they would be excused and deferred for service at a later […]

Harbor Springs…Now and Then

Musings, memories & news about you


And now we prepare for what may be the strangest 4th of July celebration that any of us can remember. I remember the year that the fireworks exploded mid-day on the barge. There weren’t fireworks that night, but there was still a parade and other “normalcies” and yet it remains high on the list of memorable holidays. If it weren’t […]

Letters to the Editor

Privilege is the color of one’s skin… To the Editor: I would like to clarify the definition of “privilege” with regards to the Black Lives Matter protests and movement. The “privilege” we use in this conversation is not a stable loving home, a challenging school system or access to certain health benefits. The privilege that we talk about in this […]