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May 23 is National Lucky Penny Day. It has always been thought that pennies have brought people luck. Have you ever made a wish in front of a well or fountain and then closed your eyes and tossed a penny in? Remember as kids we were told, “Find a penny, pick it up, and all the day you�...
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Categories:  General

Selected as one of the best small towns in the Midwest to visit.  By now I am sure that you have heard that USA Today recently named Petoskey the 4th best small town in the Midwest to visit. In case you have not, here is a link to the article. It should also be noted that Traverse City, the...
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Categories:  Petoskey

Friday, April 26 is Audubon Day, and to honor this day, I recently interviewed the president of the Petoskey Regional Audubon Society, Lisa Hoyt, who also just so happens to be my coworker and friend. Lisa is a lot of fun to work with, but this time of year it can be difficult to track her down...
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Categories:  Holidays

Spring is finally (sort of) in the air. In northern Michigan that means the ground has started to become soft and muddy with the April rain, spring flowers like daffodils, crocuses, and tulips are beginning to creep up through the ground, and we are noticing the sounds of hundreds of different ...
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Categories:  Uncategorized, Michigan Love

What is small, furry, adorable, and cuddly, and makes you smile every time you see their fluffy face and waggly tail? What loves you unconditionally while also sleeping up to 20 hours a day? Why it is a puppy of course. Is there anything in life better than a puppy? I cannot think of one single...
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Categories:  Holiday Love

Nestled beneath Grandpa Shorter's Gifts lies a hidden gem awaiting discovery: Petoskey's first and only Easter Basket Bar! Located in Luci & Carl's Candy Cabin in Petoskey, Michigan, this delightful haven invites you to indulge in the joy of crafting your very own Easter basket, brimming wi...
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Categories:  Holiday Love

Ahh St. Patrick’s Day is almost here, and that means a day filled with shenanigans and malarkey. St. Patrick’s Day is a special day where all of us are Irish and the green beer is flowing freely. In northern Michigan it means springtime is right around the corner, and that in and of itself ...
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Categories:  Michigan Love

As you have probably realized by now, 2024 is a leap year, with February 29 being a leap day. But what does that mean exactly? What is leap year, and why do we have to have it? Get ready for some math. . . Ok, it takes exactly 365 days, five hours, 48 minutes, and 45 seconds for the earth...
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Categories:  History

Wintertime in northern Michigan can be both beautiful and brutal. As a kid growing up in Petoskey, I looked forward to the first snowfall of the season, and I took advantage of all that the winter season had to offer. My brother and I would frequent the Petoskey Winter Sports Park to sled and s...
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Categories:  Michigan Love

National Puzzle Day is celebrated each year on January 29, and it is not puzzling to me as to why, in freezing, often blustery, northern Michigan, January 29 would be the perfect day to celebrate all kinds of puzzles but especially jigsaw puzzles. Working on jigsaw puzzles is the perfect winter...
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Categories:  Puzzles
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