2023-09-27 E-Edition

Up, up and away…

The View from Above

The Balloons Over Bay Harbor event in the Village at Bay Harbor last weekend attracted thousands of onlookers as 14 balloons took to the skies surrounding Little Traverse Bay. This unique event started in 2019 and it remains the only shoreline balloon festival in the state. Contending with multiple weather issues, including dense fog, challenging wind direction and pop-up thunderstorms, […]

McLaren announces initial changes at Hiland Cottage hospice care; no comment on possible closure

Emmet County

Many readers have requested information about a possible closure of Hiland Cottage, the hospice care house in Petoskey that is operated by McLaren Northern Michigan. This newspaper reached out to McLaren with a request for information based on the community’s concerns. The following press release was provided; when prompted for information directly relating to the future of Hiland Cottage itself, […]

Two candidates for City Council this year


Editor’s note: The Harbor Light provided the following list of questions to Harbor Springs City Council candidates, Michael Behrmann and Kathy Motschall, who are running for two open seats in the November, 2023 election. The seats, which are two-year terms, are currently held by John Lio, who is term-limited, and John Cupps, who did not seek reelection. The following are […]

Special collaborative event to feature Nelson Mandela prison guard and friend at Great Lakes Center for the Arts


On Sunday, October 8, an artistically collaborative conversation will take place at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts (GLCFA). This is a multiple-disciplinary installment in the Center’s Distinguished Speaker Series: A Conversation with Christo Brand: Nelson Mandela, Hope, and Humanity through Stories, Music, and Dance. Once a Robben Island jailer, Christo Brand was responsible for monitoring Nelson Mandela during […]

Historical Society embarks on major fundraising campaign

Community Organizations

Editor’s Note: The Harbor Springs Area Historical Society (HSAHS) has embarked on a $3 million fundraising campaign. They offer the following Q & A about the campaign. The Harbor Springs Area Historical Society (HSAHS) is a nonprofit membership organization founded in 1990. It preserves, interprets, and shares the unique history of the Harbor Springs area, while encouraging curiosity and promoting […]

Only three more outdoor farmers markets this season

The reverse countdown has begun, only three more outdoor markets remaining this season! With the warmer than usual Fall temperatures and lack of frost, fresh produce is still going strong. Don’t miss your last few chances for fresh locally grown food at the Farmers Market. October 14th is our final outdoor market of the season and also our annual fall […]

Newest Leadership Little Traverse class gathers to launch nine-month journey

The newest class of Leadership Little Traverse (LLT) convened recently at the Petoskey Winter Sports Park and at Camp Daggett to launch their nine-month leadership journey. The LLT Class of 2023-24 will be the 23rd class to complete the program which now boasts an alumni base of more than 320. Class members are chosen based on their leadership aptitude and […]

Harbor Springs…Now and Then

Musings, memories & news about you

For the last month or so, gentle readers (I’ve always wanted to say that, makes me feel like Jane Austen or Charlotte Brontë), I have been off my game and I am sorry. I’m always a bit scattered but lately I have the attention span of a gnat, so I do apologize. One thing that slipped by me was my […]

Letters to the Editor

‘Hiland Cottage still very much needed’ To the Editor: Rumor has it that the closure of the Hiland Cottage Hospice house is on the agenda for the upcoming board retreat of McLaren Northern Michigan. Shame on them. The house was built with private donations and community support, and it has served the community well for 15 years. Yes, some now […]