A Michigan Birthday for Hemingway

The year was 1899. The intersection of Bay and Lewis streets in downtown Petoskey was taking shape with the completion of The Perry Hotel—the only one of this city’s grand turn-of-the-century resort hotels still in existence and the Grand Rapids & Indiana Railroad Station—which was part of the 500-plus-mile passenger and freight system that traveled between Cincinnati, Ohio and the Straits of Mackinac from 1854 until 1918.

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My thoughts on the Future of America

I’ve made a decision about who I’d like to see as the next President of the United States! After being truly embarrassed by the characters currently in the race (in what, to me, reminds me a remake of The Gong Show), I was wracking my brain about WHO in the world (okay, yes, the country) has the skills and ability that I think would be useful in running our nation.

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Celebrate (Inter)National Astronomy Week, May 9-15, at Emmet County’s Headlands Dark Sky Park

Originally started in the United Kingdom, Astronomy Week has stretched across the globe to the United States—leading up to Astronomy Day (Saturday, May 14). Doug Berger, the president of the Astronomical Association of Northern California, first held Astronomy Day in 1973. His intent was to set up various telescopes in busy urban locations so that passersby could enjoys views of the stars and skies above.

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Kalamazoo’s Check Cab History Rolls Out in Summer Museum Exhibit

A new exhibit, Fares and Squares: The History of Checker Motors, is on display through August 21, 2016 at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum in downtown Kalamazoo. The exhibit explores the company’s history and features a 1923 taxi on loan from the Gilmore Car Museum.

For six decades, Checker cabs, with their iconic black and white checkered detailing, were synonymous with taxi service in America’s cities, and those cabs were built right here in Kalamazoo. This exhibit explores the company’s history and features a 1923 taxi.

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The Sweet Side of February

While chocolate is obviously available year-round, there’s something sweeter about savoring it in February. Maybe it is because love is in the air—with Valentine’s Day and all. Or, maybe it has something to do with the way it warms us up during the cold winter season. No matter why you love chocolate, here are some events and shops you’ll want to check out this month (and beyond).

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15 Best Eats of 2015

Once again, I’ve spent a great deal of time eating my way around the state of Michigan. It’s a wonderful life when it is your “job” to eat, drink and play in your homestate. Living now in Petoskey has introduced me to a wealth of new restaurants serving up the tastiest of fare. Here are 15 that stood out as best of the best for me.

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