August 29, 2015

There’s More To Cuba Than Cars, Cigars


I wanted to see Cuba before corporate interests prevail, and the mysterious country 100 miles from Key West, FL, becomes South Beach South. As U.S.-Cuba hostility softens, the island nation is poised to become an American tourist mecca. Around … [Read more...]

Slow Down, Go Around Roadside Utility Workers

please slow down

Summer travel, which lines up so neatly with utility construction and maintenance season, is just around the corner. And Joe McElroy, safety director for the Michigan Electric Cooperative Association (MECA), is bracing for the almost daily reports of … [Read more...]

Honoring Veterans One Cane At A Time


Guest writer: Jim Carpenter, Line Superintendent at Cherryland Electric Cooperative The idea came about in 2004 when Jack Nitz of Tulsa, OK, watched a news segment about wounded post-9/11 veterans. The visions of vets with leg wounds and amputations … [Read more...]

Calling All ArtPrize Artists in Michigan!


We would like to spotlight Michigan artists who participated in 2014, or are entering the 2015 ArtPrize® competition, in the July/August issue of Country Lines. For 19 days, 3 square miles of downtown Grand Rapids becomes an open canvas of art. Artists … [Read more...]

Songbirds of Wood

Even as the crow flies, it’s a long way between the Chrysler automotive design studio in the Detroit area and Newberry, in the Upper Peninsula. But that’s the route Michael Van Houzen chose in 1976 when, after losing his styling job, he headed to the U.P. … [Read more...]

Do You Have the Best Deer Blind? Enter Our Contest


The hunt is on! Enter the Country Lines Deer Blind Contest. If you think you have the best deer blind in Michigan, then we want to see it. There will be one lucky winner from each deer blind category below: Most tricked-out. What personal touches … [Read more...]