August 2, 2014

Jack Barnwell is Mackinac’s Master Gardener

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Mackinac Island has been getting a facelift. It’s the kind that requires rakes and shovels, because it’s a facelift in flowers and plants. Barnwell Landscape & Garden Services has been designing and planting picturesque gardens for six years—with … [Read more...]

Backyard Beekeeping: What’s the buzz about?

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Ask most people what bees contribute to the world and they’ll name three things: honey, wax and stings. Put the question to Josh and Jodie Kieliszewski and you’ll get a longer list: soap,  body creams, ointments, lip balms... Another unusual fact about … [Read more...]

Media-Man O’Malley Joins Country Lines

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A self-proclaimed “spoken-word guy,” Jack O’Malley is looking forward to transferring his upbeat view of life in Michigan to the printed page. “I’m thrilled about this,” O’Malley said about his new gig with Michigan Country Lines magazine. “It’s a whole … [Read more...]

Get your kicks on Michigan’s Route 66

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Jazz pianist Nat King Cole immortalized driving the open road with his 1946 hit song, “Route 66,” a swinging rendition about traveling the fabled route from Chicago, Ill., to Los Angles, Calif. But authors John and Becky Schlatter, think the Michigan … [Read more...]

Going to the Edge for Perfect Shots

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She’s dangled over an icy wall and rappelled its glassy facade, come dangerously close to the edge of several cliffs, and inched along narrow paths in the pitch-black night of the Upper Peninsula’s wilderness to capture stunning images. Photographer Shawn … [Read more...]

Fat Tire Biking: A New Winter Ride

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Get used to seeing more of something unusual this winter – people biking through the snow. Whether you dub them “fat tire bikes” or “snow bikes,” the popularity of this new winter sport is gaining across Michigan for commuting, racing or just … [Read more...]

Shaggy’s Company Skis to Success

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Like most kids, Jeff and Jonathon Thompson loved taking things apart and putting them back together, never thinking that their inquisitiveness might lead to a new family business. They were teenagers when they first built a surfboard with the help of … [Read more...]

Croff Craft Custom Driftboats: Small Boats With Big Attitude

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Phil Croff wasn’t planning to start a boat-building business when he constructed his first driftboat in 2006, using Michigan cedar and walnut. He was looking for a safe way to fish rivers at night—a time when big brown trout come out to feed and anglers … [Read more...]

Biomass Fuels Renewable Energy

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This is fifth in a series on how electricity is generated. The others covered clean-coal technology, nuclear, wind power and natural gas. Watch future issues for stories about other fuel sources. Biomass” consists of any biological material that can be … [Read more...]

Plants for a Cause

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Tis’ the season for giving, as is apparent by the pleas that appear in our mailboxes from worthwhile charities this time of year. Gardeners can get in on the giving in their own special way by purchasing plants that support a cause. There have been some … [Read more...]