We chose the title "Light the Night" to reflect what we've heard over and over: Hickory has been a beacon of light through dark northern Michigan winters that offers affordable and safe recreation to all youth.
Consistent with the spirit of giving that is the foundation of Hickory's history, all the expenses and publication costs of "Light the Night" have been paid through the financial support of our gracious donors. Their generosity also makes it possible for us to dedicate all sales proceeds from "Light the Night" to the Preserve Hickory organization, ensuring that future generations will have an opportunity to forge their own unforgettable memories at our tiny but mighty city-owned ski hill.
We knew Hickory Hills contributed significantly to Traverse City's heritage, but through the process of writing this book, we have come to realize its history is richer than we ever imagined. Little did we know that saying yes to a simple request from our moms would provide such a big return -- to our community, to Hickory and to us.
Molly Tompkins is a senior at Central Senior High. Ryan Ness is a senior at West Senior High.