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The Emmet County Board of Commissioners will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, for its regular monthly Administrative meeting. The Board meets in its meeting room of the County Building, 200 Division St., downtown Petoskey. For the most current agenda, click here.
The Board meets for its regular monthly session at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, in the last regularly scheduled of the year. A public hearing on the amended 2013 budget and the proposed 2014 budget will be held on Thursday at 5:45 p.m., prior to the regular meeting.
To access past meeting minutes and agendas, click here.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund have announced that communities across the state will share about $8.64 million in grants for recreational and parks improvement projects. Of that total, 19 communities share in $761,600 in Recreation Passport grants for park improvements. Money for this fund is derived from the sale of the Recreation Passport, which replaced the resident motor vehicle permit (MVP) - or window sticker - for state park entrance in 2010.
Among the overall projects that were funded, two Northwest Michigan trail systems will receive funding for upgrades. A 22.7 mile corridor of the North Western State Trail in Emmet County, which runs from Petoskey to Mackinaw City, will receive $282,000 in funding. The money will go toward a crushed limestone surface from Alanson to Mackinaw, a half-mile of additional paving, drainage and one bridge improvement including railings and decking.
Last summer, the trail was paved from Petoskey to Alanson and a grand opening ceremony was held in September at the Oden Fish Hatchery. Click here for a trail map and more details.
In next-door Charlevoix County, the Boyne City to Charlevoix non-motorized trail will get a $300,000 boost for a 3.2 mile section to be paved, beginning at the Little Traverse Wheelway which connects Charlevoix County to Emmet County via Charlevoix, Bay Harbor, Petoskey and Harbor Springs. Improvements will also include drainage improvements, retaining walls, timber boardwalks, asphalt, signage and landscaping.
For the complete list of Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant recommendations for 2013, click here.
McGulpin Point Lighthouse in Mackinaw City will be open for one more special, festive holiday weekend in 2013!
The Emmet County-owned and operated lighthouse will be decorated for the holidays and open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14 and 15. There is no charge to tour the lighthouse or to climb the tower (for a remarkable view of the Mackinac Bridge!).
The holiday open hours will be the last hours to visit the lighthouse until it reopens in May 2014. Next season's hours will be announced on the McGulpin Point page, www.emmetcounty.org/mcgulpin/, when they become available.
Upcoming Program at the International Dark Sky Park at the Headlands takes place during the Ursid Meteor Showers
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2013
Location: Guest House
Time: 6-8 p.m. (sunset is 4:57 p.m.; moonrise 8:27 p.m.)
The eve of Winter Solstice 2013, Dec. 20, edges us into the darkest time of year, known in some traditions as the entrance into the womb of the Great Mother, Earth. In honor of this season, this evening's program will consider women in the world of stars: mythological, celestial and historical. Among the evenings considerations will be the bright planet Venus, which makes its first retrograde motion since the June 2012 transit and is visible in the evening sky at this time; the Ursid Meteor Showers, which peak on this night; and Solstice, known in Northern Europe as a Goddess escorted to Earth by the Great Bears, Ursas Major and Minor, also known as Callisto, the she-bear and her son, Arcas.
"We will also look into the history of women in astronomy during this gathering, which is scheduled to take place during the sacred time between sunset and starshine. The waning gibbous Moon greets us at 8:27 p.m., after our event," said Dark Sky Park Program Director Mary Stewart Adams.
The event is free and open to the public and takes place rain, snow or shine! No reservations are necessary.
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Imagine magazine 2013
Emmet County's annual promotional magazine, Imagine, is available online and in print. The 2013-14 issue includes features on the people, places, organizations and communities that make Emmet County a one-of-a-kind place to live, work and play. 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 throughout that further showcase the unparalleled natural beauty and the residents who are invested in making Northwest Michigan a place like no other.
We hope you enjoy the magazine! Contact its editor/writer, Beth Anne Piehl, with any comments: firstname.lastname@example.org, or (231) 348-1704. To have a complimentary copy of the print version mailed to you, contact Piehl at the email or phone number above.