People & Lives

On the path to improving lives, NCMC president David Roland Finley looks to future

On the path to improving lives, NCMC president David Roland Finley looks to future

David Roland Finley guides college on path of improving lives via higher education By Glen YoungCourtesy photo If history is future, David Roland Finley, PhD, is starting what promises to be a substantial tenure as the new president of North Central ...

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From Discard to Décor, Karen Brennan sees purpose, beauty in junk

From Discard to Décor, Karen Brennan sees purpose, beauty in junk

Discard to décorKaren Brennan sees purpose, beauty in junk By Kristin BatesPhotos by Tatum McWattersWith a passion for repurposing and a barn full of architectural, antique and industrial salvage, Karen Brennan, a mechanical engineer and master picke...

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Willow: Fresh and innovative

Willow: Fresh and innovative

Located on Bay Street in Harbor Springs, Willow is a skipping stone’s-throw from Little Traverse Bay. Inside, chef/owners Chris and Daniel Rutkowski, are passionately engaged in the business of creating memorable and quality cuisine.According to thei...

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Tom Bailey leaves dream job after 34 years

Tom Bailey leaves dream job after 34 years

Tom Bailey calls himself, “the luckiest man in the conservation movement.”The longtime director of the Little Traverse Conservancy, Bailey retired recently, but knows the organization he has helmed for 34 years will continue to do well as he changes ...

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The power of plants

The power of plants

Dark, rich coffee bubbles and drips in the pot, while fresh chocolate chip cookies cool on the stove, still steaming. You pull soft clean linens, still warm, out of the dryer and fold them neatly. When you’re done, you open the window to let the fres...

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Artisan boatbuilder: Emory Barnwell keeps time-honored traditions alive

Artisan boatbuilder: Emory Barnwell keeps time-honored traditions alive

Inside a small but well outfitted workshop at the foot Mackinac Island’s timeworn Coal Dock, Emory Barnwell is doing remarkable work and keeping alive an American maritime tradition.Barnwell, sole employee and lone designer at Barnwell Boat Works, is...

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Let's play pickleball!

Let's play pickleball!

Over the last few years, pickleball has been rising in popularity. In fact, pickleball is considered one of the fastest-growing sports in the United States. Even right here in Northern Michigan the sport is booming with enthusiasts.So what exactly is...

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Designer — Jennifer Aenis

Designer — Jennifer Aenis

“I think everybody deserves a safe, functional and beautiful home,” said interior designer Jennifer Aenis, proprietor of The Inner Structure Interior Design in East Jordan. “I truly believe that and I love helping people achieve it.”“I grew up in a m...

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Home draws artist back Up North

Home draws artist back Up North

Home draws artist back to Northern Michigan By Glen YoungPhotos by Tatum McWatters Northern Michigan exerts a nearly gravitational pull on folks, the combination of people as well as geography hard to define but easy to recognize. This gravity of pla...

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5 reasons to do a triathlon this summer

5 reasons to do a triathlon this summer

5 reasons to do a triathlon this summer By Sarah Lange Triathlons have had a steady gain in popularity. The multi-sport event entered into the Olympics in 2000, and from that publicity, there has been a rise in participation. Nowadays, there are tria...

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Designer: Noni Pace

Designer: Noni Pace

 Noni Pace creates comfortable, casual, classic designs By Anne KellyPhotos by Tatum McWatters Influenced by her mother, an antiques dealer, an aunt who is an artist, an aunt and cousin who are architects, and a sister who is a landscape architect, i...

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The love of books

The love of books

“It was supposed to be a pit stop,” Jessilynn Norcross laughs.That pit stop instead has become the continuation and expansion of one of downtown Petoskey’s most recognizable small businesses as Norcross and her husband, Matt, continue to garner suppo...

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Curious about cupping?

Curious about cupping?

Have you heard of the body therapy known as cupping? I would guess most of you just said yes. Cupping has had a large spike in popularity in recent years. This is largely because of the 2016 Olympics where we saw athletes like Michael Phelps sporting...

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Designer — Nancy Blandord

Designer — Nancy Blandord

Boyne City’s Nancy Blandford is a woman of many talents. She is an artist, a musician and a designer who has been designing kitchens and bathrooms since 1987.She grew up learning her trade first-hand assisting with projects in her parents’ design bus...

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Retreat to the trees

Retreat to the trees

Think of a time when you were walking through the woods in beautiful Northern Michigan.Maybe you left your phone in the car and your mind is calm as you observe only the sights, scents and sounds of being surrounded by trees. You take in a deep breat...

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Treasured success

Treasured success

Tracy Nehrkorn might not have been able to see the future in the farm windows she repurposed into mirrors while first living in Germany. Now, though, the Petoskey native finds her career clearly reflected in the antiques and consignments she began se...

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Making dreams come true

Making dreams come true

After 30 years in the business, Tim Fisher’s passion for design is evident, evolving to keep up with emerging styles while maintaining the traditional regional style of Northern Michigan.The leader of a multi-disciplined team at Indesign in Charlevoi...

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College president shares passion for her neighborhood

College president shares passion for her neighborhood

It’s a rare characteristic to see a road block as an opportunity. Yet, Dr. Cameron Brunet-Koch has the ability to see life this way. The local advocate has been president of North Central Michigan College since 2001 and is scheduled to retire in June...

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Sweep away the winter blues

Sweep away the winter blues

As much as we enjoy Northern Michigan, the winter months can be long. Finding activities to help pass the cold, long nights are almost as necessary for survival as warmth, food and hot cocoa.Some choose to ice fish, others ski, some snowshoe. There’s...

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Designer — Kali Weber

Designer — Kali Weber

Photos and article by M. Chris Leese Kali Weber isn’t an astronaut, but she and business partner, Shelley Knudson, launched a new studio in Petoskey like she was riding a rocket.Weber and her husband, Don, had been visiting the area for years and whe...

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Dinner is served

Dinner is served

By Shelley ColePhotos by Molly Hauxwell CurrierHarbor Springs native and gourmet chef Nicholas Roznowski dives into a new culinary business by opening his personal chef company, Coop.“A good friend and I like to come up with crazy ideas,” said Roznow...

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Finding relief from pain

Finding relief from pain

By Sarah Lange Most of us have experienced physical pain and can relate to the urgent need for a solution. Yet navigating pain relief options can be challenging. There is no “one size fits all” approach to treating pain conditions. But the good news ...

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 Fall in love with a date in living color

Fall in love with a date in living color

By M. Chris LeesePhoto courtesy Boyne ResortsDiscover the romance of autumn from a bird’s eye view. Ride a ski mountain chairlift and get a view like two love birds soaring over the trees.Area ski resorts will let you do just that — take a chairlift ...

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Gardener extraordinaire

Gardener extraordinaire

Visitors to Mackinac Island cannot help but wander by the handiwork of local gardener and landscaper Jack Barnwell. Whether along the island’s main avenues downtown, including many of the town’s largest hotels, or along the historic East or West Bluf...

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Happy trails!

Happy trails!

Walloon Lake is adventure-friendly on and off the water. The Walloon Lake Trust and Conservancy owns and manages 43 preserves throughout the Walloon Lake Watershed, seven of which are well-developed trail systems.“They are frequented by runners, hike...

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Get 'fresh' on date night

Get 'fresh' on date night

Need a fresh idea for a date? How about “farm” fresh? Not a walk through the fields, though that could happen, this is a farm-to-table dinner date.It involves gourmet recipes made from fresh, local produce and proteins, often presented and described ...

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Designer — Brian Clay Collins

Designer — Brian Clay Collins

“I’m working hard — at working less (with moderate success),” Brian Clay Collins says as he pets his faithful little spaniel. “I’m 67 years old — love the creative process — and my clients. I don’t intend to stop ...”Collins is a Fellow of the Americ...

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Dance your way to fitness

Dance your way to fitness

Dance is good for people of all ages who want to stay physically, mentally and socially fit.Judy Wojcik, president of Ballroom Dance of Northern Michigan, says there is even some research which indicates dancing the waltz may be of help to people wit...

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Designer: Lori Arnold of Interiors, Inc., Bay Harbor

Designer: Lori Arnold of Interiors, Inc., Bay Harbor

“There’s a fine line between having an interesting mix — and a miss match,” says Lori Arnold of Interiors, Inc., Bay Harbor. “It’s all about what the client wants.”Arnold is a successful, life-time Northern Michigan designer, an early riser and a go-...

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Film examines "Young Hemingway"

Film examines "Young Hemingway"

Dr. George Colburn’s films include in-depth studies on Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Navajo Code Talkers and immigration. The Walloon Lake area resident, historian and documentarian’s latest film — now in final post-production — is titled “Young Hemingwa...

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Seed starting

Seed starting

Right now it might be difficult to imagine the warmth of a Northern Michigan summer with an overflowing garden, but that season is fast approaching. A serious gardener knows that a bounty is a direct result of proper planning and hard work. All growe...

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Zzzz: For the health of it

Zzzz: For the health of it

We know we need more of it. We read constantly how much it helps our overall health. Doctors and the news keep telling us about its importance but still it eludes us. We need more and consistent sleep! Getting the right amount of uninterrupted sleep ...

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Form, function, or aesthetics?

Form, function, or aesthetics?

Is it form, function, or aesthetics? That’s what Kelly Paulsen, designer at Quiet Moose of Petoskey, must know when she begins transforming spaces for her clients. It starts with careful listening and ends with a place to cherish.Graduate of Illinois...

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Savoring serendipity - College professor chases adventure

Savoring serendipity - College professor chases adventure

I’ve long-admired the person, and lifestyle, of North Central Michigan College sociology professor, Kerri Finlayson. When the opportunity presented itself to interview her I jumped at the chance. Here’s the conversation:How long have you worked at NC...

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