Emmet County’s Headlands International Dark Sky Park Named Dark Sky Place of the Year by the International Dark Sky Association

On Saturday, November 11, at The International Dark Sky Association’s 29th annual General Meeting held in Boston, Ma, Emmet County’s Headlands International Dark Sky Park was named the first-ever, Dark Sky Place of the Year.  This new award is given to recipients in recognition of a recent exceptional achievement.  It also requires that the International Dark Sky Park has been established for at least three years.   

Leonids Meteor Shower Program

One of the history's most prolific meteor showers, the Leonids, comes to its peak this weekend, November 17-18, 2017, and Headlands will offer an evening program indoors and a night hike outdoors to set the stage. The Leonid Meteor Shower Program will happen on Friday, November 17, from 8 to 10 pm at the Waterfront Event Center and Observatory. The program is free, and participants can park in the main lot near the event center as space permits.

11th Annual Holiday Art, Crafts and Gifts Show

Each year, the Emmet County Parks and Rec Department hosts a special gift and craft show for the holiday season to benefit Brother Dan's Food Pantry in Petoskey. The 11th annual event will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, November 18, 2017 at the Community Building at the Fairgrounds, 1129 Charlevoix Ave. (U.S. 31 S), Petoskey.  Admission is $2 or a non-perishable food item. Concessions offered by Brother Dan's Food Pantry. If you have questions about the event, call (231) 348-5479.

Special Meeting(s) of the Emmet County Board of Commissioners

AMENDED(11/16/17) Notice is hereby given that a special meeting of the Board of Commissioners will be held to review administrator applicants and discussion of union negotiations on: Monday, November 20, 2017 | 3:00 p.m. | (This meeting will include 2 closed sessions)

Notice is hereby given that a special meeting of the Board of Commissioners will be held to interview administrator applicants on: Thursday, November 30, 2017 | 8:30 a.m. | (This meeting has the potential to be all day)
Meetings will be held in the Board of Commissioners' Room of the Emmet County Courthouse.


Emmet County is currently updating the 5-year Parks and Recreation plan and is asking for in-depth input from the public. “The parks and associated programs belong to the people of Emmet County. We want to be sure that the 2018 Parks and Recreation plan aligns with the public’s desired vision,” stated Mary Mitchell, Interim Emmet County Administrator. “The mission of the Emmet County Parks and Recreation Department is to provide fun, safe, innovative, programs, facilities and parks to enhance our already vibrant community. We know that parks and recreational programming improve the overall well-being of residents and we are looking for public comments about how they would utilize our programs and parks,” said Parks and Recreation Director, Laurie Gaetano. Please email Nancy Salar at nsalar@emmetcounty.org or call (231) 439-8996.


Current Open Position(s): Advisory Committee on Aging, Regional Prosperity Board (2 openings), Airport (1 opening), Construction Resource Committee (7 openings - must have specialized qualifications), NLEA (2 openings), Planning Commission (3 openings) Emmet County is committed to excellence in its delivery of services to its residents and visitors. To help us maintain and improve upon this mission, we reach out to leaders in business and industry, to community leaders, and to county residents by inviting you to consider serving on one of the various Committees or Boards that have been established in Emmet County. Positions become available periodically and the Board of Commissioners appoints Committee and Board members from a pool of applicants. If you are interested in applying, a complete list of the Committees and Boards along with the necessary application can be located by clicking here. Inquiries should be directed to Juli Wallin, Emmet County Clerk, 200 Division St., Petoskey, Ml 49770, (231) 348-1744 or jwallin@emmetcounty.org.


Emmet County is seeking applicants for the following position(s): Deputy Sheriff - Road Patrol Officer

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