Agenda available for Board of Commissioners’ Jan. 19 meeting

The Emmet County Board of Commissioners is holding a meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, to review ongoing capital projects. An agenda for the meeting is available by clicking here. The board meets in the County Building, 200 Division St., downtown Petoskey.



Planning and Zoning seeking public input on potential ordinance amendment

The Emmet County Signs and Billboards section of the Zoning Ordinance is proposed to be replaced primarily due to the need to remain content-neutral.  In reviewing the Ordinance, Planning and Zoning Department staff have found that there were certain regulations… Read More

Hey, Emmet County kids: Win $100 by telling us the coolest part of our local history!

Emmet County Historical Essay Contest for elementary students announced The Emmet County Historical Commission is once again holding its annual Historical Essay Contest, which is open to any third- or fourth-grade student in Emmet County, including home-schooled… Read More

Essence of Emmet Part 4 availability; reprints of prior issues now available as well

Happy New Year! We have some great news to kick off 2017: Part 4 of the Essence of Emmet historical magazine series (1960 to current day) is now off to the printer and should be available THE WEEK OF JAN. 23, 2017.  In addition, we have also reprinted Parts 1 and 2 of this… Read More
Dark Sky Park at the Headlands!

Headlands continues to land national attention

Twice in the past several days, Emmet County's internationally-designated Headlands Dark Sky Park landed in a social media spotlight, featured as one of the world's 10 hotspots for astrophotography on Travel and Leisure Magazine's website and social media channels, and on MSN.COM as well. "It's really an honor to get this level of recognition for our corner of the world," said Mary Stewart Adams, Program Director for the Headlands International Dark Sky Park, who led the initiative to get the park designated as only the 9th in the world in 2011. "With a combined audience of over five million followers, these two sites are generating an even larger interest in our region as a preferred dark sky destination, fueling the very important economic development aspect that is so much a part of the dark sky community conversation." The Headlands was also recently featured on the August page of the International Dark Sky Association's annual calendar, with a photo by John Hill, who will deliver an astrophotography workshop at the Headlands May 6, 2017 (his photo accompanies this article). COMPLETE HEADLANDS PROGRAM SCHEDULE For the Travel and Leisure feature: For MSN: For information on how to get a copy of the International Dark Sky Association calendar:


Teen Drug Trends subject of Community Town Hall forum in Petoskey Jan. 26

The SAFE organization of Northern Michigan is hosting a Community Town Hall Forum, "Teen Drug Trends," a panel discussion for the community, on Thursday, Jan. 26, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Petoskey Middle School. The panel discussion will include Scott Kelly (B.A.S.E.S. Teen Center); Randy Koch (Harbor Hall); and Trooper Corey Hebner (Michigan State Police). SAFE will present its new video for 2017 as well. The panel discussion is from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., and Q&A from 7:30 to 8 p.m. Topics will include: Minor in possession laws; talking to your teens; treatment and getting help; prevention; and current trends. There is no charge the event and the community is welcome.  CLICK HERE FOR A FLYER


Winter camping at Camp Petosega; cabins available all year 'round!

Camp Petosega is a favorite summer campground but it's also a great winter destination, as well! Ice fishing, snowshoeing and winter exploration make this Emmet County park and campground an ideal spot to spend a few cozy winter days and nights! The campground has several cabins that are open in the winter months available for rent, including Cabins 1, 2, 3 (rustic, electricity no plumbing); and Cabin D (electricity, no plumbing). For photos of the cabins and rental information, visit  For park info and reservations, call (231) 347-6536.


2017 program schedule for Headlands Dark Sky Park now available!

The 2017 program schedule for Headlands has been determined, and you can now review the unique and exciting activities planned at Michigan’s own International Dark Sky Park throughout the months ahead! Please note that a few of the programs will require purchase of a ticket, which is new this year. Also, many of the programs will take place at the new Waterfront Event Center, which has been under construction since mid-2015.  When you access the program page below, scroll through the calendar and find the perfect programs for 2017 stargazing in Emmet County! CLICK HERE FOR THE COMPLETE 2017 PROGRAM SCHEDULE If you have questions about the programs, call Dark Sky Park Program Director Mary Stewart Adams at (231) 348-1713 or email


Snowmobile Safety Courses offered Jan. 28 (DATE CHANGE) and Feb. 4

The Emmet County Sheriff's Office will host two Snowmobile Safety Courses in January and February, 2017. The courses are free of charge. Those interested in taking the class must be at least 12 years old; adults are welcome. Please bring a lunch and a pencil. Class size is limited to 25 students. Please call (231) 439-8900 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., to register for either class below. Course 1 - PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE Date: Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 Time:  9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Location: Emmet County Sheriffs Office, 3460 M-119    Harbor Springs, MI 49740

Course 2 Date: Saturday, February 4, 2017 Time:  9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Location: Emmet County Sheriffs Office  3460 M-119    Harbor Springs, MI 49740

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