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.

Excellence in outdoor lighting honorees to be awarded at luncheon April 21

Outdoor Lighting Forum Annual Luncheon on April 21, 2015, recognizes achievements in night-sky protection

The Petoskey-based Outdoor Lighting Forum will hold its 12th Annual Lighting Awards Luncheon on Earth Day, Tuesday, April 21, at the City Park Grill in Petoskey. Each year, the OLF shines the light on sound lighting practices in Northwest Michigan and draws attention to the issue of light pollution and how to mitigate its effects.

“This initiative is particularly meaningful in Emmet County and Northern Michigan, where we are home to the Headlands International Dark Sky Park and Michigan’s Dark Sky Coast,” said Mary Stewart Adams, the Headlands Dark Sky Park Program Director and member of the Outdoor Lighting Forum.

The luncheon takes place from noon to 1:30 p.m. It will be hosted by Mary Lou Tanton, OLF founder. The public is invited to attend, for the cost of your lunch. Presenting the event’s program will be Jerry Dobek, NASA JPL Ambassador Supervisor and Professor of Astronomy at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City. The OLF will also recognize regional efforts to protect the night sky during the luncheon. The Gary R. Williams Excellence in Outdoor Lighting awards are presented at the event, and this year awardees will include local businesses that are using our protected night skies as a way to promote themselves and this region.

Honorees include: Petoskey Farms Vineyard & Winery; Preston Feather Building Center on Moeller Drive; City of Petoskey – Public Safety Station West; and Resort Township Hall for LED conversion. Receiving the Dark Sky Advocate of the Year Award is Dawn Edwards, Director of the Mackinaw Area Chamber of Commerce.

To RSVP for the luncheon, please contact Adams at (231) 348-1713 or email

To learn more about the OLF, click here!

New K9 Officer 'Ares' joins Emmet County Sheriff's Office staff to assist deputies

Officer Poumade and Ares.

The Emmet County Sheriff's Office welcomed a new K9 to its crew in recent months. K9 Ares became a Deputy Sheriff in October 2014 and completed 200 hours of formal training and continues training regularly. K9 Ares is a female German Shepherd from Poland born June 3, 2013 and is currently certified by the International Police Work Dog Association for Narcotic Detection. Ares is in training for Patrol and Tracking certification and is assigned to Deputy Robert Poumade. Deputy Poumade has been a K9 Handler with the Emmet County Sheriff's Office since 2009. K9 Ares was purchased from and trained at Mid Michigan Kennels, Eaton Rapids, MI.

The K-9 team is used in many situations including, but not limited to, building searches, tracking of lost people and criminals, prowler complaints, and drug detection. The presence of the K-9 team and their ability to respond quickly also gives peace of mind to those looking for a lost family member or those looking for a criminal on the loose.

K9 Ares likes to play in the snow, chase anything moving, and make as much noise as possible with her food bowl. She has an amazing desire to seek out narcotics and those who wish to disrupt our community.

April is the month to say THANK YOU to our emergency dispatchers, 9-1-1 staff

During a recent tour of the Petoskey Dispatch Center, Central Elementary School third-graders (from left) Drew Piehl, Lois Hutchinson and Evan Piehl (second from right), and Petoskey Middle School sixth-grader Estelle Hutchinson got an up-close look at the technology that is in use every day to provide emergency response and medical assistance to the tri-county region of Charlevoix, Cheboygan and Emmet. The students watched over the shoulder of Dispatcher Vaughn Noble (seated), while CCE Director Bob Bradley (right) explained how 9-1-1 services work. The children are holding teddy bears that are part of a new initiative with 9-1-1 and Blarney Castle EZ Mart to distribute the stuffed animals to children at the scene of an emergency, as a way to provide comfort during a stressful time.

Their commitment to emergency services is the backbone of local operations

April is an important month for recognizing the work that goes on behind-the-scenes in our communities when it comes to emergency response. The month of April is nationally recognized as 9-1-1 Education Month, and the second week of April is designated as "National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week,” which gives a nod of gratitude to all of those who work in telecommunications and their vital contributions to public safety.

In 2014, the Charlevoix, Cheboygan & Emmet (CCE) 9-1-1 handled 143,935 calls that came into the dispatch center and more than 129,761 incidents.

“Our dispatchers are the heart of the Charlevoix, Cheboygan & Emmet County 9-1-1 Authority,” said Bob Bradley, CCE Director. “Every day they are ready to assist in the case of any type of emergency – whether they’re helping deliver a baby whose mom couldn’t make it to a hospital or helping a child stay calm in a home emergency. They lead people through performing CPR on a person in crisis and they guide lost folks out of the woods and back to safety. They truly are the backbone of emergency services in Emmet, Charlevoix and Cheboygan Counties.”

To read the complete article, 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.


National Geographic travel team names Headlands International Dark Sky Park one of the top three places to stargaze in the United States!
Read the article here

2015 Headlands Program schedule & About the Dark Sky Park



'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, 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 or by calling (231) 348-1704.

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Essence of Emmet history

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