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Gerry Sell blogs about good news around Antrim County.

Out the flat road to Verdant Ground

Gerry Sell, Our Town: Antrim CountyAs you head north on US-31 past the Eastport Market, you come to a road on the left marked Old Dixie Highway.  Before promoters hung that name on it, it was just “the flat road”—a place filled with mysteries and old, old stories.  Whistle Up the Bay country.  Let’s follow it to Verdant Ground. More »

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Most beautiful place in America? My foot

Gerry Sell, Our Town: Antrim CountySometimes the thunder of the herd haring off across the cultural landscape gives me a headache. It turns out that a successful social media campaign has led to the election of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore as The Most Beautiful Place in America by viewers of ABC’s Good Morning America. The ones who voted anyway. More »

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Cute kids, excellent treats, and a new toy — what more could you want?

Gerry Sell, Our Town: Antrim CountyThere I was, trotting along through the Elk Rapids Farmers Market, shopping bag bulging with perfect little red potatoes from Wells Family Farm, tomatoes and corn and peppers and cucumbers and eggplant from Altonens, when Beverly Fields’s booth stopped me in my tracks. Savory cheesecake. Three kinds. Oh mercy. More »

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Orange cone season on US-31

Gerry Sell, Our Town: Antrim CountyBetty Jo and I were headed to Elk Rapids when she pointed out that there was an awful lot of work going on alongside US-31.  She thought it would make a pretty good blog post.  Oh, I said airily, I think they’re just improving the intersections.  Well.  Upon further investigation I discovered that Betty Jo, whose vision does not permit her to drive, can read the evidence in front of her a lot better than I can. More »

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Yee-hah! Ellen Airgood on national radio

Gerry Sell, Our Town: Antrim CountyI was tending the blog and cursing slooow dialup when the sound of the radio penetrated my foggy brain.  Linda Wertheimer was interviewing Ellen Airgood on NPR Weekend Edition.  This is so good.

Ellen Airgood is a thoroughly engaging person.  She is smart and funny and forthright.  She works hard.  She and her husband Rick own the West Bay Diner in Grand Marais, Michigan, and keep it open all year round.  Ellen makes pie.  As if all of that were not enough to recommend her, she is the author of South of Superior, a novel that I read in one happy gulp.  More »

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Rockhounding at Grandma’s Beach

Gerry Sell, Our Town: Antrim CountyWe have a request for information about where a family could do a little rockhounding around here.  And, um, apparently one of the kids has had a little too much fun already this summer and is sporting a cast, so that factors in too.  Got just the place, along with a few Additional Suggestions. More »

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Loading up the ark with digressions

Gerry Sell, Our Town: Antrim CountyWe’ve had a fair amount of rain lately.  Nothing like the flooding and storming and chaos that other areas have had, but still enough to make us wonder if Daugherty Johnson might know how to build an ark.  The mind turns to what might go onto an ark.  Certainly all of us should go, that’s where we begin, right?  Of course. More »

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We used to have Kool-Aid stands

Gerry Sell, Our Town: Antrim CountyOn my way to the Eastport Market I passed a hand-lettered sign: “Fresh Morels.” On the way back I stopped at the impromptu morel stand on US-31. Canny little merchants, these. More »

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I could not make these things up

Gerry Sell, Our Town: Antrim CountyMy electric utility, Great Lakes Energy, sends me Michigan Country Lines every month. I generally read it, as I am a compulsive reader, and it is a quirky publication. I am fond of quirky. This month’s Letters page has gone well beyond quirky to . . . well, you can decide for yourself. More »

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Gaaaah! I flocked myself!

Gerry Sell, Our Town: Antrim CountyFirst I saw the orange flamingos at the Elk Harbor restaurant.  I figured something was up, but I thought it was harmless enough.  Besides, we needed something to brighten things up around here during Mud Season.  I put the flamingos on the TLV banner.  The next week I saw a flock of them in front of someone’s house. More »

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