Author: Chelsea Dickens

Benzie County Looks To Expand Broadband Access

Virtual learning and working has become normal for many of us during the COVID-19 pandemic. This new normal has drawn attention to the need for internet access in places like Benzie County. Benzonia Public Library Director Amanda McLaren says several people will come to the library daily to use the computer or the internet. People will park in the parking…

Realtors Excited and Concerned About Short Term Rental Bill

A new bill, heading to the Senate, has some realtors concerned and others excited. House Bill 4722 changes the way communities can zone short term rentals. Kara Gelven, a realtor and short term rental (STR) owner in Traverse City, disagrees with the bill. “The reason I’m against it is because of how it’s going to affect the community as a whole,”…

Michigan Plans for Expected Bipartisan Infrastructure Federal Funding

Preparing for billions in federal funds Michigan is expected to receive over the next five years from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan, specifically for high-speed internet, Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Monday issued policy that state departments and agencies collaborate with the legislature to continue expanding high-speed internet access. The state will continue…

Blessings in a Backpack Prepare Food for Kids In Need

When kids go to school hungry, they struggle to learn. Blessings in a Backpack is a program aimed at making sure no child goes hungry when they are away from school provided meals. “I’m glad that we started the program here in Benzie County,” says Skip Comer, Benzie Blessings in a Backpack Program Coordinator. “I never realized in the beginning…

Author Donates Books to Benefit Benzie Animal Shelter

Illinois-based author, Tracy Ahrens is donating her children’s book, Sammy Sparrow’s First Light, to the Benzie County Animal Shelter in her uncle’s honor. Her uncle, Art Lezotte, was fond of animals and was a supporter of the shelter. He died in April from cancer. “I drove 300 miles straight and I was hoping to go in and see him on…

Grand Traverse Metro Fire Shares Kitchen Safety Tips

Cooking is the main cause of home fires and fire injuries. Anyone can prevent cooking fires by following some simple safety steps. Grand Traverse Metro Fire Department sees at least one turkey fryer fire every Thanksgiving. Grand Traverse Metro Fire and Life Safety Educator, Jennifer Froehlich, has some advice on how to keep safe and not burn the bird. “Thanksgiving…

Interlochen Arts Academy Concert At Garden Theater

The Garden Theater in Frankfort will host its first live event since newly renovating its stage. The first guests will be Interlochen Arts Academy students from the Contemporary Music Department who will put on a showcase, Friday, at 7:30 pm. This will be the first time Interlochen students will perform at the historic venue after months of renovations. “This is going…

Benzie Central Raises Money for Thanksgiving Meals

Every year around Thanksgiving, Benzie Central High School National Honor Society sponsors families in need of meals. “I think it’s just a great way to give back to our community and to raise school spirit,” says senior and NHS Parliamentarian, Maya Musgrave. The four grades raised over $400. Seniors won the ‘Cash Wars’ by raising $329. Money was collected by…

Forest Area High School Student Dancing in Macy’s Parade

Hannah Jenkins is one of eight dancers at Fitch Dance Company, in Kalkaska, dancing in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Jenkins says the dancers raised money for several years for the chance to dance in the ‘Big Apple.’ They raised the money through candy sales, beef stick sales and other fundraisers. Last year they were supposed to dance in the parade,…

Leelanau County Receives $318k for Childcare Options

Quality childcare that is also affordable is hard to access across the state. Leelanau County is not exempt from the childcare crisis. Which is why Leelanau Early Childhood Development Commission (LECDC) applied for and was awarded $318,000 to bring more childcare options to the county. The grant is from the Early Childhood Investment Corporation (ECIC) to develop a model for…