'Characters from our Past' free history program in Petoskey on April 29


The Essence of Emmet historical collaborative will once again host its twice-yearly historical programs featuring a topic of local intrigue, and the Spring event will take place on April 29, 2015 in Petoskey.

“Characters from our Past” is the topic of this event, which will feature some interesting and lesser-known people who helped to shape Emmet County’s past and, therefore, its present. This free program is open to the public at the Community Building at the Fairgrounds on Wednesday, April 29. Time is 6 to 8 p.m.  No reservations are required and refreshments will be served during an intermission.

Featured characters during the program from these time periods are Arent Schulyer DePeyster, 1777 British Commandant at Fort Michilimackinac; Thomas Nuttall, 1810 the first botanist in the Straits region; Father Weikamp, 1855, eccentric priest in Cross Village; Augustin Hamlin, 1820s, Odawa who helped negotiate land treaties; Elizabeth Whitney Williams, one of only a few female lighthouse keepers, Little Traverse Lghthouse; and Earl Mead, 1900, a noted Harbor Springs architect.

Complete program details


Next Dark Sky Park program: Great Lakes, Dark Skies on May 9!


Date: Saturday, May 9, 2015
Time: 7 to 9 p.m.
Location: Headlands Dark Sky Viewing Area (follow the signs in the park; 15675 Headlands Road, Mackinaw City)

With 2015 sanctioned as the International Year of Light and Lighting Science, we are more proud than ever to celebrate our 4th year as Michigan's only internationally-designated Dark Sky Park!

You are cordially invited to come celebrate with us on Saturday, May 9, for our program "Great Lakes, Dark Skies," during which we will share all of the exciting news about what's happening in our region regarding dark sky protection. We will also provide a sneak preview of what's coming with our waterfront observatory building. As always, program will also include a 'guided tour' of the night sky.

Event takes place from 7-9 p.m. Free, no reservations required. Call (231) 348-1713 for more information or email darksky@emmetcounty.org

Complete 2015 Dark Sky Park program schedule


New Emmet County EMS web site; new ASSURE membership program announced


New web site launched for Emmet County EMS: www.emmetcountyems.org

As the provider of emergency medical and ambulance services in Emmet County and portions of Cheboygan and Charlevoix Counties, Emmet County EMS is now offering a membership program to those in its coverage area.

The ECEMS Assure program is a cost-savings membership program; it is not insurance. With the Assure program, you could save hundreds of dollars if you utilize ambulance or emergency medical services. Members pay a one-time annual fee that covers the entire cost of ambulance service after insurance, or if you have no insurance.

“This program could offer invaluable peace of mind knowing that you will not receive a bill from Emmet County after ambulance service,” said Larry Hansen, Emmet County EMS Director.

Enrollment in the Emmet County EMS Assure program is now available for the effective period of July 1, 2015, throughout June 30, 2016. Annual rates are: $55 single, $65 family/couple (self, spouse, unmarried children under age 21 living at home qualifies for family coverage).

For complete information about the ASSURE program, visit the new Emmet County EMS Web site, at www.emmetcountyems.org. The membership plan information is outlined in full by clicking here.

You can download the Assure membership form, print it and mail it to the address listed on the form, along with your payment, by clicking here

Prosecutor Linderman promotes Crime Victims' Rights Week April 19-25

Emmet County Prosecutor Jim Linderman

Each year, the Emmet County Prosecutor’s Office staff and its Victim Witness Advocate work behind the scenes to help those who bear the burden of crimes: the victims. In the past year alone, that meant assisting over 500 victims with court appearances and events, referrals to supporting agencies and correspondences that are often the result of criminal actions.  The Prosecuting Attorney renders services that range from referrals for counseling services to assistance in the collection of restitution for victims, as well as serving as their advocate through the judicial process.

“The crimes affecting these local victims ranged in severity from simple larceny to homicide,” said Jim Linderman, Emmet County Prosecutor. “It’s important for the public to know that there are support services and a team in place to assist those who have experienced crime and its aftermath.”

Each year, the Emmet County Prosecutor joins with the National Center for Victims of Crime to recognize National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, which is April 19-25, 2015. The theme of this year’s Crime Victims’ Rights Week is “Engaging Communities. Empowering Victims.” To read the complete article and to access resources, toll-free phone numbers and more to assist crime victims, click here.

New airline carrier to service Pellston Regional Airport in Summer 2015!


North Country Sky to provide air service from the main terminal as it tests the local market

A new operator will be providing air service from Pellston Regional Airport (PLN) in the summer of 2015, offering flights from PLN to Chicago’s Midway Airport at competitive prices. Public Charters Inc., DBA North Country Sky, is a public charter aircraft service that will operate from Pellston’s main terminal building, utilizing commuter aircraft and baggage claim services similar to Delta’s daily operations, said Kelley Atkins, Pellston Regional Airport Manager. “I look forward to this opportunity to work with North Country Sky and I’m excited for the community -- this is much-needed service,” Atkins said.

Sky’s general manager, Jim Gallagher, said the flights will begin on June 25 and run through Aug. 19. One flight per day will be available Thursday, Friday, Sunday and Monday each week and ticket prices will range from $350 to $405 round-trip per person. The aircraft is a 30-seat turbo prop with a flight attendant and lavatory. Gallagher said total travel time to Chicago, including the brief stop in Manistee, will be about one hour and 50 minutes. To read the complete article about the new air service, click here.

'Essence of Emmet' history magazine, Part II, now available!


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.

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

Imagine Magazine

Essence of Emmet history

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