By ANNE STANTON
TRAVERSE CITY — A threat to clip the Blue Angels’ wings this year won’t affect the National Cherry Festival.
“It seems like the Navy is only speaking to the 2013 budget,” said Trevor Tkach, National Cherry Festival executive director.
The Blue Angels, the country’s oldest flying aerobatic team, aren’t due to fly in Traverse City until 2014. The military squadron traditionally flies every other year, Tkach said.
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan sent out a memo last week that reflected the Navy’s plan to cancel 30 shows in the second half of 2013 if Congress can’t reach a spending deal to avoid a budget sequester by March 1, according to a Washington Times article.
Tkach said he hasn’t heard any news from the Navy.
“In my limited experience, they’ve been very open and direct with communication,” he said. “There’s no gray with the military acts.”
There are no discussions about flight plans for 2014, said Lt. Katie Kelly, the Blue Angels public affairs officer.
“We’re hoping to still perform, and looking forward to our air show season and coming to Traverse City in 2014,” Kelly said.
By ANNE STANTON
City commissioners to pick pier designers
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TC gets a movie makeover
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Buddhist Lama to Visit Omena
OMENA — "Can they hear me or not?" Many of Marie Elena Gaspari's friends wonder about this and so much more as they care for older relatives or get close to losing them, she said. "It's hard on people. You have to make hard decisions. You're not sureContinued ...
One minute movies get bumped up
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'Film Fest Around World' gathers people for global experience
Chinese film lovers may nosh a 3 a.m. Beijing breakfast of steamed buns and rice porridge. Australian audiences may spread Vegemite across their morning toast.Continued ...
In Film Fest coverage: Walk of Fame step closer
Filmmaker Michael Moore's long-time dream for a Hollywood-style "Walk of Fame" in Traverse City is a step closer to becoming reality.Continued ...
Three square off in GT County board race
Longtime Grand Traverse County Commissioner Richard Thomas thinks voters largely are a disinterested group. They just don't want their taxes to go up, Thomas said.Continued ...
Primary election draws near
Lena Bellemore offered a piece of advice to voters about their ballots in next week's primary election.Continued ...
Postponing college to travel the world
Olympia Sanchez was set on attending a four-year college after she completed high school, but the recent Traverse City West Senior High School graduate is putting her plans aside in hopes of traveling the globe.Continued ...
UPDATE: Suspect Stapleton takes stand
An Elberta woman who's accused of trying to kill her autistic daughter sat alone on the witness stand during a hearing about what could be crucial evidence in her upcoming trial on an attempted murder charge.Continued ...
Benzie Bus seeks public input
Benzie Bus officials are inviting riders and non-riders alike to share their feedback on public transportation.Continued ...
Film Festival: A foreign word
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Film Festival Schedule: 08/01/2014
What's happening Friday at the Traverse City Film Festival:Continued ...
UPDATE: Elberta mother claims to not remember talking to authorities
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Stapleton testifies in hearing
Kelli Stapleton took the stand today in a court hearing over whether statements she made after an alleged attempt to kill her autistic daughter could be used as evidence in her upcoming trial.Continued ...
Woman arrested after Leelanau crash
A Frankfort woman faces accusations she drunkenly crashed her vehicle into a utility pole and trees that lined a Leelanau County road.Continued ...
Authorities: Video shows man perjured himself
A Traverse City man faces felony perjury charges after authorities said he lied in court about drinking alcohol while on bond for a third-offense drunken driving charge.Continued ...
Candidates hope service can continue in state House
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School millage renewals on primary ballot
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Walking with the stars
Actress Susan Sarandon’s slender handprints — and comedian Patton Oswalt’s pudgier ones — are just a step away from becoming part of a Traverse City Film Festival “Walk of Fame” along a section of East Front Street sidewalk.Continued ...
Popcorn triggers Opera House evacuation
Hundreds of movie-goers who were settling into their seats at the City Opera House got a last-minute adrenaline rush when fire alarms inside the historic theater erupted into a chorus of chirping and squealing.Continued ...
Ticket-swap opens doors to sold out shows
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Film Festival Outtakes: 08/01/2014
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Stringing together tunes
Fiddler Diana Ladio says The Moxie Strings have “come a long way” in the short time since the popular Michigan string band released its last album in 2012.Continued ...
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UPDATE: Mikko resigns as president of soccer referee assocation
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