THIS WEEKEND! 'Meteor Shower of the Great Bear:' Dec. 20 program at the Headlands Dark Sky Park!

December Dark Sky program at the Headlands wraps 2014 programming on Saturday, Dec. 20

Date: Saturday, Dec. 20
Location: Guest House (follow the signs in the park) at the Headlands International Dark Sky Park, 15675 Headlands Road, Mackinaw City
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

As the Ursid Meteor Shower peaks overhead and the constellation Perseus comes to its highest place in its nighttime trek, cultures around the world celebrate the standing still of the Sun on Dec 20-21st, when the Northern Hemisphere transitions to Winter. Does every culture regard the Dippers as Bears? Where did the story of the Solstice Goddess originate? And is there a Christmas Star? During an evening program on Dec. 20, “The Meteor Shower of the Great Bear,” Emmet County’s Dark Sky Park staff will examine the role of cultural traditions in informing scientific research and discovery, and the role of healthy imagination and spontaneous ceremony in meeting the mystery of the season.  To read the complete program description, click here.

Emmet County Prosecutor Linderman bestows Award of Excellence on Det. Sumpter

Emmet County Sheriff’s Office Det/Sgt JL Sumpter (center, holding plaque) was given an Award of Excellence from Emmet County Prosecutor Jim Linderman (second from right). Also on hand for the brief ceremony were members of the Prosecuting Attorney’s staff, from left: Stuart Fenton, Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney; Mike McNamara, Assistant Prosecutor; Angela Lasher, Assistant Prosecutor; Sumpter; Linderman; and Kayla Nixon, Assistant Prosecutor. Photo credit/Beth Anne Eckerle, Emmet County

Emmet County Prosecutor Jim Linderman has presented Emmet County Sheriff Detective/Sergeant JL Sumpter with an “Award of Excellence” as Sumpter prepares to retire from the department in January 2015.

“JL has achieved a career of exemplary achievements,” Linderman noted. “We extend our thanks, appreciation and gratitude to him for his extraordinary contributions to justice in this community.”

In bestowing the honor on Sumpter, Linderman noted numerous examples throughout Sumpter’s career, including his extensive and unrelenting investigation in the high-profile murder case of Carol Kopenkoskey, resulting in her conviction for murder in the shooting death of her husband, Lyle. “His dedication to ensuring the safety of this community is recognized by all of us who work in law enforcement. We wish him nothing but success in his future endeavors," said Linderman.

Sumpter’s official retirement date is Dec. 31, 2014, though his last day in the office was Dec. 19, 2014. He joined the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office for the first time in October 1995.

“It is a pleasure working for the citizens of Emmet County. In this profession you meet people from all walks of life, but one thing is certain: We have some great people in this community,” Sumpter said. “Throughout my career I was privileged to work with the deputies of this office. I can’t thank them enough and they will always be a big part of my life.”

To read the complete article about the award, click here.

New Visitors' Guide showcases the best of Emmet County!

Take a look at Emmet County's highlights in our new mini visitors' guide, which will be available just after Jan. 1, 2015! In it, you'll enjoy the amenities and assets that make Emmet County the one of a kind place it is to work, live and play! And as you'll see and read through the pages, Quality of Life is Everything in Emmet County.

If you'd like a complimentary copy of the Emmet County Visitors' Guide, Imagine magazine, Essence of Emmet history magazine or other maps and brochures, contact Communications Director Beth Anne Eckerle at or by calling (231) 348-1704.

Click here or on the image to download/view the PDF.

Imagine Magazine

Essence of Emmet history

Request a road map/brochures


Site clearing, construction moving ahead at Emmet County EMS M-119 location


Emmet County continues to move forward on preparing to assume management operations of ambulance/EMS services beginning Jan. 1, 2015. A new facility to house the ambulances and related equipment is currently being constructed on M-119, near Pleasantview Road.

Crews have been working daily at the site, preparing it for construction of the new facility by Ironwood Construction of Petoskey and designed by Edgewater Design Group in Petoskey. The facility will house two rigs and necessary support infrastructure for ambulance/EMS staff, such as bunk rooms and showers. (see photo below)

Construction is estimated to be completed by summer.

Emmet County's Board of Commissioners this fall voted to assume ambulance/EMS operations throughout the county. Since then, necessary equipment, vehicles and staff have been prepared when the shift in EMS management occurs on Jan. 1, 2015.

Photo contest winner announced!


After looking over more than 100 entries for our Emmet County WATERS 2014 Photo Contest, we've found our winner! Among our panel of judges, this photo by Linda Gall of Gaylord of the Bear River, taken around Thanksgiving time, was our collective favorite. Congratulations to Linda -- she wins a framed print of her image and an overnight at the Guest House at the International Dark Sky Park, where she can further put her photography skills to practice in a most beautiful environment!

Gall said she was in Petoskey shopping when she came across the view of the Bear River surrounded by the newly fallen snow, and snapped away. She submitted just a day or two before our Nov. 30 deadline for submissions. A hobby photographer, she has been involved with the Charlevoix Photography Club recently and enjoys taking landscape photos of the beauty in Northern Michigan. "We all just need to slow down and take it all in," Gall said.

Thanks to all who participated and stay tuned for details of our 2015 Photo Contest: Emmet County WILDLIFE! We'll be looking for your best wildlife images from Emmet County. Stay tuned for contest details after the first of the year.


Imagine magazine 2014


Emmet County's annual magazine, Imagine, features the people, places, organizations and communities that make Emmet County a one-of-a-kind place to live, work and play. Up here, quality of life is everything.

This year's magazine, published by Harbor House Publishers in Boyne City, also includes a number of enhancements, including numerous videos that further showcase the unparalleled natural beauty and the residents who are invested in making Northwest Michigan a place like no other. An expanded section on the features of Emmet County is also a new addition to this sixth annual edition.

To have a complimentary copy of Imagine magazine mailed to you, contact its writer/editor Beth Anne Eckerle with your mailing address:, or (231) 348-1704.


Download the Emmet County App!

Take Emmet County with you on your smart device, cell phone or tablet by downloading our NEW app! 

  • Details about the county's parks and recreation opportunities, including McGulpin Point Lighthouse and the Headlands (with trail map);
  • Program schedule for the monthly events at the Headlands International Dark Sky Park;
  • Locator map of all the public parks within Emmet County (including city, village, township and other parks);
  • Locator map of all the historic sites in Emmet County and details;
  • Trail maps for the Little Traverse Wheelway, Headlands and Petoskey and Harbor Springs snowmobile routes;
  • Pellston Regional Airport information;
  • Links to the County's social media sites.

Download the free app and check it out! It's available now in the Google Play and iOS app stores.