Agenda available for Oct. 13, 2015 meeting of the Board of Commissioners

The Emmet County Board of Commissioners will meet for its regular Administrative session at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015. The Board meets in the County Building, 200 Division St., downtown Petoskey. Click here for the most current for Tuesday's meeting.

The Board will meet for its regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, in the same location.

For past meeting minutes and agendas, click here.


Trick-or-Treating fun set for Camp Petosega this weekend!

Pre-Halloween fun means sweet treats for the kids at Camp Petosega Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015!

Camp Petosega staff are getting ready for a fun weekend ahead during the annual pre-Halloween festivities held at the Emmet County park and campground each fall! Join us on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, when all campers are invited to hand out candy to trick-or-treaters through the park from 6 to 8 p.m.

There are still campsites and cabins available for the weekend for anyone looking to do some nice fall camping in Emmet County!

PLEASE NOTE: The road through the campground will be closed to vehicular traffic during the trick or treating Oct. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m., for the safety of the children!

More fall camping notes: Campers, please note that the water in the campground will be shut off on Sunday, Oct. 18th. Thank you! Cabin rentals remain available year round. Call the Camp office at 231-347-6536 for more information. More details, photos and campground information available here:

Take a virtual tour of the new Emmet County EMS M-119 facility

Emmet County is proud to share a video tour of the new EMS facility on M-119 in Harbor Springs, with Emmet County EMS Director Larry Hansen. In the video at the link below, you'll learn about what it takes to run a high-quality, emergency response system in Northern Michigan and how this new facility -- the first of three -- is a valuable asset in many ways for Emmet County's residents and visitors.

Join Emmet County Communications Director Beth Eckerle and Larry Hansen on this tour, available on YouTube:


2015 Essence of Emmet award winners recognized!

A lifetime committed to preserving and sharing Emmet County’s history. A group of Pellston teachers who encourage their kids to learn and write about history.  A brewery that restored an historic building and brought its past back to life for the current generation. A prolific writer who has spent countless hours researching the mysteries, myths and people of Emmet County.

These descriptions represent the winners of the Second Annual Essence of Emmet History Awards. The Essence of Emmet is a collaborative of a dozen Emmet County historical organizations who work together on projects that preserve, promote and share our one-of-a-kind history in Northwest Michigan.

The winners were presented with their awards during the next Essence of Emmet program on Sept. 30, 2015, at the Petoskey Fairgrounds, during the program “Emmet Underground: The Prohibition Era Up North.” Speakers were Rick Wiles, a retired Petoskey teachers and historian, and Chris Struble, a Petoskey historian and Hemingway expert.

Click here for the complete list of winners and their accomplishments!  Complete photo galleries from the event are posted on the County Facebook page.

Pictured from left: Patrick Dowd, Petoskey Brewing; Ceal Waskiewicz, volunteer; Denise Evans, Petoskey Area Antiques Club; Pellston Elementary School teachers Emily Wolford, Katie Reinhardt, Sandy deCastro and Kim Wagenschutz; and writer/historian Rick Wiles. Not pictured is Dick Moehl, Lifetime Achievement Award winner.


Fall color tour timing and information for 2015!

Robinson Road, Harbor Springs

Emmet County is a most popular fall color touring destination for its abundance of hardwoods, forests and rolling landscapes that open up into vast expanses of autumn glory for miles and miles and miles! Plus, we're home to M-119 Scenic Heritage Route, the coast-hugging "Tunnel of Trees" cliff drive that changes from lush green to autumn's hues in the most beautiful display you'll find anywhere in the U.S.!

According to experts in the timing of Michigan's fall color, it looks like peak color will likely be a little bit later than normal due to the lack of cool nights and the ample rainfall we've received up north.

According to meteorologist Mark Torregrossa with MLIVE, "The ample rainfall plays a part in the delay also. Trees are lush in Michigan now without any drought stress. This affects fall color in two ways. First it can delay fall color some, as leaves stay greener longer. But eventually it can help our fall color. The lush leaves eventually turn color. Since they aren't drought-stressed and dry, the trees tend to hold onto the leaves longer. Barring any strong windstorm, this could make for an extended time of peak color in Michigan."

Projected peak in Northwest Michigan is Oct. 13-19 this year; the UP peak is projected around Oct. 7-10. Central and southern Michigan start peaking around Oct. 16 and the very southern part of the state around Oct. 24. To read MLIVE's fall color timing report, click here!

If you'd like area maps and information to plan your fall color excursion up North, call (231) 348-1704 or email!




Signage is being installed in the park now that construction has begun, as of Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015.

Regular construction updates:

Construction of a new program facility, restrooms and observatory got under way on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, at the Headlands International Dark Sky Park. The construction project will require access restrictions in the park for Dark Sky Viewing and vehicle and pedestrian traffic. During the day time hours, large construction vehicles will be moving through the park regularly. Vehicle and pedestrian traffic is not allowed past marked barriers on the main entrance road, near the junction toward the Guest House.

NEW INFORMATION TO NOTE: The road to Headlands viewing area is closed to vehicle traffic each evening in order to ensure the safety of the pedestrians walking the one-mile route. This temporary inconvenience allows us to keep the park open, but it requires planning and a hearty good will for adventure! Handicap accessibility is by appointment only, at (231) 436-4051.You will need to park at the main entrance of the Headlands and walk to the shoreline viewing area.

Construction maps are posted throughout the property advising visitors where they can gather for Dark Sky Viewing. Trails for day use remain open, except where they may intersect with the construction site. Those wishing to view the night sky will need to park at the main entrance and walk in about one mile to access the Lake Michigan shoreline viewing area, a quiet cove with a both rocky and sandy shoreline. Parking is extremely limited at the access point to this newly designated viewing area, and large vehicles such as campers or trailers will not be able to turn around. Complete details about the construction project and photos to assist visitors to the park can be found on the Headlands web site,



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 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, 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 or by calling (231) 348-1704.

Imagine Magazine

Essence of Emmet history

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