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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Designer — C.J. Zondervan

Designer — C.J. Zondervan

Story and Photos by M. Chris Leese “Design is emotional,” says designer C.J. Zondervan, NCIDQ (National Council of Interior Design Qualification), of True North Interiors, Petoskey. According to Zondervan, things should look, feel, sound and smell go...

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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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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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Renaissance man

Renaissance man

HARBOR SPRINGS — Busy, busy ... Harbor Springs resident Neil Ahrens is as busy as the proverbial bee in his hometown and the surrounding Emmet County and Petoskey areas.Ahrens has built a wide and varied career resumé throughout his 53 years.“Let’s s...

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