March 28, 2015

Basketball Madness: ‘Floored’ By Michigan Companies

IZZO

Tom Izzo surveys the basketball court in Michigan State University’s Breslin Center and still relishes what that court represents. Fifteen years earlier, Izzo led the Spartans to the NCAA championship on that very floor in Indianapolis. After beating … [Read more...]

HOP HOP JINGLE BOO: Debra Schoch’s Folk Art

deborah1

On the Lake Superior shore, Debra Schoch creates whimsical papier mâché holiday folk art figurines from her home in the tiny U.P. town of Ontonagon. A self-taught artist, she began experimenting in the early ’80s when she was looking for a craft project … [Read more...]

A Barrel of Fun: Portable Sauna is Good Fundraiser Too

Sauna-co

It’s 18 degrees outside. Steam rises from a large hole cut in the middle of Millecoquin Lake. A mixed group of younger and older people are standing around looking like they’re getting ready to go to the beach, except their lips are quivering and their … [Read more...]

Meet Our Deer Blind Contest Winners

w2

From hideouts that resemble a cozy cottage (complete with area rug) to basic shelters, we received more than 60 entries in our Country Lines tricked-out deer blind contest. Who knew there were so many cool deer blind styles? Thanks to all who … [Read more...]

Mixing it up at Short’s Brewing

Joe-short

Joe Short thinks of beer brewing as a “noble profession”—one rooted in ancient history. The drink of royalty and the common man, beer and pubs have long brought people together. “Beer has a fantastic history,” exclaims Short, the 35-year-old, … [Read more...]

Blue Angels Fly on the Wings of Hard Work

9-M1-Capt-AJ-Harrell_

A.J. Harrell decided early in life that he didn’t want to sit behind a desk. Strapped into the cockpit of a C-130 aircraft, he now works at executing maneuvers at 400 mph and fighting G-forces that double his bodyweight, which pretty much takes care of … [Read more...]

Jack Barnwell is Mackinac’s Master Gardener

Jack-Barnwell

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?

bee-keeping

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

Jack_2716

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

route66

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...]