Author: Katie Birecki

Local Restaurants Prepare for Super Bowl Customers

This year’s Super Bowl the matchup between the Chiefs and Buccaneers may look a little different for restaurants and bars as they deal with limited crowds and a set 10 pm closing time. “In years past, we’ve had parties here where we do hors d’oeuvres and that kind of thing,” said Sunny’s Bar and Grill owner Jesse Kailing. “I’m curious…

New Preschool Program Helps Both Students and Parents

A federally funded preschool program is now helping children across the state and right here in Northern Michigan. It’s called the Strong Beginnings program, aiming to help preschoolers who are considered at-risk. “Strong Beginnings is a research grant that is looking into the benefits of two years of high quality preschool before entering kindergarten for at risk children,” said Amber…

Friends of the Charlevoix Public Library Find Ways to Support During Pandemic

Charlevoix’s Friends of the Library group has a room dedicated to used book sales, with the money raised going to the children’s and teen’s sections at the library, but there have been fewer opportunities for book sales because of the pandemic “Our book sale is open whenever the library is open,” said volunteer Mary Ann Chew. “We were closed from…

Boyne City to Host Winter Festival, Bring Back Historic Name

An upcoming festival in Boyne City is harkening back to a popular event that took place in the 1930s. “Smeltania” refers to the festival dedicated to ice fishing, ice shanties, and eating smelt from the nearby Lake Charlevoix. It’s now the new name for a winter festival showcasing downtown businesses and restaurants. Special sales will be going on during the…

In-Person Dining Reopens on Monday

On Monday restaurants across the state can reopen for indoor dining. They do have a few restrictions, like following 25% capacity and a 10 p.m. curfew. But despite all that, restaurants are eager to reopen to customers. Katie Birecki was in Harbor Springs with what to expect if you are planning to dine out on Monday.   Categories: Coronavirus, Michigan…

Lake Leelanau’s baabaaZuzu Experiences Increase in Sales From Bernie Sanders Mitten Memes

We’ve all seen the viral memes of Senator Bernie Sanders and his mittens at the Presidential Inaguration, but did you know the idea for his sweater mittens came from Lake Leelanau’s upcycled wool clothing store baabaaZuzu? “We started 28 years ago this year,” said baabaaZuzu co-owner Sue Burns. “It was a little bit of a laundry mishap that resulted in…

City of Charlevoix Reviewing Two Commercial Boat Slip Bids, Citizens Concerned About Environmental Impacts

The City of Charlevoix is looking to fill the third of their three commercial boat slips in their marina. “We previously had two,” said Charlevoix Recreation Director Kent Knorr. “We made a request to the Waterways Commission to increase that to three because of some interest in the community for an additional slip.” The two commercial slips host two charter…