County Clerk Gail Martin set to retire; applications being accepted for position

Emmet County Clerk Gail Martin has announced her plans to retire Nov. 21, 2014. She has served numerous terms in the position, and was formerly the Deputy Clerk under the late Irene Granger.

Because the Clerk is an elected official, 57th Circuit Court Judge Charles Johnson is charged with appointing her replacement to complete Martin's term, which expires on Dec. 31, 2016.

Judge Johnson is accepting applications to fill the upcoming vacancy into this elective office. To be eligible, a person must be a registered and qualified elector in Emmet County prior to appointment. Resumes must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 to: Emmet County Human Resources Office, 200 Division St., Suite G70, Petoskey, Michigan, 49770, Attn: Gary Appold.

If you have questions about this position, call Appold at (231) 348-0675. To read the complete description of the requisite duties of County Clerks in Michigan, visit

Sheriff Pete Wallin reminds area residents, families about Halloween safety

Be on the lookout for all the little children on the search for candy this Friday, Oct. 31!


ALANSON: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
BAY HARBOR: 4-5 p.m.
PELLSTON: 6 to 8 p.m.

It's Halloween! And tonight, our streets and sidewalks will be filled with little ghosts and goblins and witches trick-or-treating. To ensure this Halloween is safe for your children and all children in our community, Emmet County Sheriff Pete Wallin has released a list of tips and reminders for making this Halloween safe for everyone.

"Halloween is a fun time Emmet County," says Sheriff Wallin. "Let's make it a safe time as well." A few tips to remember:

  • Costumes should be short enough to prevent tripping. Masks should not be too restrictive with adequate holes for proper respiration and peripheral vision. Consider using cosmetics to create fun or scary faces instead of masks.
  • Watch costumed children around pets. The pet may not recognize the child and become frightened, especially if the child is using a prop such as a sword or dagger as part of their costume.
  • Avoid hard plastic or wooden props, opting instead for items made of foam rubber which is soft and flexible

To review all of the Sheriff's tips and other important safety information for community children and residents, click here.

Next Dark Sky Park event: The Lion's Roar - Meteor Shower and Lantern Walk on Nov. 15

Location: Guest House at the International Dark Sky Park at the Headlands, 15675 Headlands Road, Mackinaw City
Time: 8 to 10 p.m.
Rain or shine, no reservations required

The Leonid Meteor Shower, which sends shooting stars our way from November 5th until the 30th, peaks the night of November 17 to 18. We will meet Saturday, Nov. 15, the weekend before the peak, in order to get the most out of the phenomenon, and to participate in a centuries-old practice of walking through the night with lanterns and song.

The parent comet of the Leonids is Comet 55P Tempel/Tuttle, discovered in the 1860s, just as the American Civil War was coming to an end. Meteor showers happen when Earth passes through the trail of stuff left by comets as they speed through our system.

Tempel-Tuttle has an orbital period of 33 years, so it has sped by several times since the close of the Civil War, but because it stays on the same orbital path, it may be that we are racing through many layers of history when we encounter the broken up bits of Tempel-Tuttle, that burn up as they shoot through our atmosphere, said Mary Stewart Adams, Dark Sky Park program director at the Headlands.

For complete program information, and remaining 2014 Dark Sky programs, click here!

McGulpin Point Lighthouse remains open through October!


Fall at McGulpin Point Lighthouse is a special experience! While you're out on your color tours of Emmet County, make a stop at McGulpin Point Lighthouse and Historic Site before it closes for the season in early November.

Currently and through October's end, the lighthouse will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is by donation. The view of the Mackinac Bridge and the changing foliage throughout the Straits is visible from atop the tower at McGulpin Point, and a trail to the water presents another beautiful fall experience for our visitors.

The lighthouse is located at 500 Headlands Road, Mackinaw City. The number to the lighthouse is (231) 436-5860, or email for more details. To read about the lighthouse history, click here.



Deadline is Nov. 30, 2014, for the Emmet County WATERS photo contest

Sunset over Big Stone Bay, Wilderness State Park, by Tom Eckels

Fall submission deadline is fast approaching ...!

If there is one attribute that defines Emmet County – both geographically and in the hearts and minds of its residents and visitors – it’s the abundance of water in Northwest Michigan. In the tip of Michigan’s mitten, the Great Lakes are a constant presence, and our inland lakes, rivers and wetlands are magnificent natural resources that are the source of recreation, pride and protection.

To celebrate our unique water resources, Emmet County is holding its second-annual photo contest, Emmet County Waters. This follows on the heels of the successful 2013 Emmet County Skies photo contest, which drew photographic entries for more than 50 area photographers.

The Emmet County Waters contest will operate the same as the Skies challenge: Through November 30, 2014, please send your Waters photos via email to We've got a couple great prizes lined up for the winner!



New playground is completed at Camp Petosega!

Emmet County has installed a new playground at Camp Petosega over the last couple of months, after receiving grant funding for the play center from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Land and Water Conservation Fund and the Local Revenue Sharing Board!

We are excited to share this new playground with the public! As a reminder, Camp Petosega is open free to the public for day-use, so head out to check out this new sprawling playground in the weeks ahead. Also of note is that this play structure is handicapped-accessible, so all kids are invited and welcomed to come out and have a blast!

(Once the snow flies, several of Camp Petosega's cabins remain open year 'round, too, for wintertime fun. For complete details:

We hope you enjoy this new play experience at Camp Petosega!
For a photo gallery of the play structure, visit the Emmet County or Camp Petosega Facebook pages.


Imagine magazine 2014


We are thrilled to distribute the 2014-15 issue of Emmet County's annual promotional magazine, Imagine

Emmet County's annual magazine, Imagine, features the people, places, organizations and communities that make Emmet County a one-of-a-kind place to live, work and play. Up 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 that further showcase the unparalleled natural beauty and the residents who are invested in making Northwest Michigan a place like no other. An expanded section on the features of Emmet County is also a new addition to this sixth annual edition.

This year's cover image was captured by Harbor House Publishers photographer Philip Hutchinson, along the famed Inland Waterway, a 30+ mile of chain of inland lakes and rivers that begins in Emmet County and flows northeasterly out to Lake Huron. It's one of Emmet County's most beautiful natural assets and is the perfect reflection of life Up North!

To have a complimentary copy of Imagine magazine mailed to you, contact its writer/editor Beth Anne Eckerle with your mailing address:, or (231) 348-1704.


Download the Emmet County App!

Take Emmet County with you on your smart device, cell phone or tablet by downloading our NEW app! 

  • Details about the county's parks and recreation opportunities, including McGulpin Point Lighthouse and the Headlands (with trail map);
  • Program schedule for the monthly events at the Headlands International Dark Sky Park;
  • Locator map of all the public parks within Emmet County (including city, village, township and other parks);
  • Locator map of all the historic sites in Emmet County and details;
  • Trail maps for the Little Traverse Wheelway, Headlands and Petoskey and Harbor Springs snowmobile routes;
  • Pellston Regional Airport information;
  • Links to the County's social media sites.

Download the free app and check it out! It's available now in the Google Play and iOS app stores.