Visit our new web site -- www.midarkskypark.org -- to learn about our programs on July 18, 22 and 31


Tom Frascone: Desert Storm veteran continues to save lives as Emmet County EMS paramedic


Web editor's note: On a regular basis, Emmet County features the story of a local veteran in honor of their service to the United States. If you have an idea for a veteran feature, please contact Beth Anne Eckerle, Emmet County Communications Director, at (231) 348-1704 or beckerle@emmetcounty.org.

By Tamara Stevens
Special to Emmet County

Most Americans watched Desert Storm, the start of the Gulf War, unfold live on CNN television in 1990. Tom Frascone, 47, of Harbor Springs, former Lieutenant in the United States Army, saw the war in person, from the hard, sandy ground of the Persian Gulf desert. And he wasn’t supposed to be there.

“I was supposed to be at Fort Sill, Oklahoma,” Frascone said, chuckling about fate.

He had completed basic training at Fort Sill, and had returned to college at the University of Akron, Ohio, where he served in the National Guard. After graduation, he joined the “Regular Army,” he said. His artillery training took him back to Fort Sill for artillery officer training. He also trained at Fort Lewis in Seattle, Washington; Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and airborne school at Fort Benning, Georgia.

His buddy had recently got married at the time, and was supposed to ship out to serve in Germany. The two men switched places so that his buddy could stay near his new bride. Frascone went to Germany to be part of a NATO group to oversee and safeguard shipping ports. The Cold War with the Soviets was winding down, Frascone recalls. The Berlin Wall had just come down. NATO troops were being reorganized throughout Europe. He had no reason to think he’d be going to war. “You can’t send NATO troops to a non-NATO country to fight,” Frascone said.

Frascone and his fellow servicemen were part of the 2nd Armored Division stationed in Garlstedt, a tiny town in northern Germany, west of Hamburg.  His original orders were to be in Germany for about three years. The world scene changed and Frascone’s unit was activated one month before the air war started in January 1991.

“So I went to the war and he (his buddy) didn’t,” said Frascone. “We didn’t know if we were going to the Gulf or not. Then we were activated and they started deploying troops.”

Read Frascone's complete story about his service in Desert Storm by clicking here


Emmet County Recycling has a new web site!

During this celebratory year with Emmet County Recycling commemorating 25 years of recycling success in Northwest Michigan, we've launched a new web site, too! 

Check out: www.emmetrecycling.org to find all the answers to your recycling questions and to learn about this very successful, self-sustaining county department. With a responsive design, you'll be able to easily access the information you need, such as what is and isn't recyclable, holiday recycling schedule updates, and register too for the recycling newsletter. We hope you enjoy the new site!

BID DEADLINE EXTENDED for Headlands program facility/observatory construction

Spence Brothers is continuing to accept bids for construction of the Emmet County Headlands Observatory Facility & Site at the Headlands International Dark Sky Park in Mackinaw City. Spence Brothers is the Construction Manager for the project. Interested bidders should review the "Invitation to Bid" documents detailed in the PDF below.

Important note: The deadline for receipt of proposals is now THURSDAY, JULY 2, BY 2 P.M.; the prior deadline was June 23.

Invitation to Bid Headlands Observatory Facility

Grand Opening of the new Emmet County EMS M-119 facility!

Hundreds of people turned out to tour the new Emmet County EMS facility on M-119 Thursday during our public open house celebration, marking the first of three facilities that will house ambulances and serve as staff stations throughout the county.

Complete photo galleries of the fun and festivities can be found on the EMS web site, www.emmetcountyems.org and on the County's Facebook page.



Introducing IMAGINE magazine 2015!

Emmet County's annual magazine, Imagine, is now available! This year's digital publication includes a number of enhanced features, including new videos and social media sharing capabilities on each article. A refreshed design complements the annual features that tell the stories of those who live, work, play and invest in Emmet County, Michigan.

To access the digital Imagine magazine, click here!

If you would like to request a copy of the print version to be mailed to you, at no charge, email Imagine's Editor Beth Anne Eckerle at beckerle@emmetcounty.org or call (231) 348-1704. The cover features a photo of Wilderness State Park.

We hope you enjoy reading about the people, places, businesses and organizations that make Emmet County a place like no other!



'Essence of Emmet' history magazine Part II


Essence of Emmet PART I          
Essence of Emmet PART II

The second in a four-part historical series covering the history of Emmet County, called the "Essence of Emmet" magazine, is available!

Part II covers the "Century of Change" in Emmet County, from 1813 to 1917. During this timeframe, the way of life in Northwest Michigan underwent drastic changes, from a mostly Native American population to the arrival of the French and ultimately the British. It was the era that saw the railroads arrive and with them, abundant tourism. Marketing of Emmet County began, and some of our "firsts" arrived -- the first doctor, the first architect, and many others. It also was the era that had tremendous impact on the lives of our Odawa residents, who were faced with assimilation, treaties to remain on their lands and pressures to change the only way of life they'd ever known.

If you would like a complimentary copy of the Essence of Emmet, contact its editor, Beth Anne Eckerle, at beckerle@emmetcounty.org, or call (231) 348-1704. The magazine series is produced by a collaborative of Emmet County historical organizations, with credentialed historians as writers and contributors.

Essence of Emmet editions: Part I was published in January 2014, covering pre-contact through 1812. Part III will publish in January 2016, covering 1918-1960; the final installment, Part IV, will be out in January 2017, covering 1961 through contemporary times.

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 beckerle@emmetcounty.org or by calling (231) 348-1704.

Imagine Magazine

Essence of Emmet history

Request a road map/brochures