1. "River Swimmer" by Jim Harrison, Grove Press, $25
2. "Chickadees at Night" by Bill O. Smith, illustrations by Charles Murphy, Sleepytime Press, $18.95
3. "Prairie Evers" by Ellen Airgood, Nancy Paulsen Books, $15.99
1. "The Paris Wife" by Paula McLain, Ballantine Books, $15
2. "50 Shades Freed" by E.L. James, Vintage, $15.95
3. "Litigators" by John Grisham, Bantam, $9.99
1. "Help, Thanks, Wow" by Anne Lamott, Riverhead, $17.95
2. "Underwater Dogs" by Seth Casteel, Little, Brown & Co., $19.99
3. "8 Hour Diet" by David Zinczenko, Rodale Books, $26.99
1. "7 Habits of Deeply Fulfilled Artists" by Ellie Harold, Clear Light Press, $14.95
2. "Waist Away" by Mary Clifton, Doctor Doctor Press, $14.95
3. "Team of Rivals" by Doris Kearns Goodwin, Simon & Schuster, $21
-- Horizon Books
1. "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn, Crown, $25
2. "Flight Behavior" by Barbara Kingsolver, Harper, $28.99
3. "The Round House" by Louise Erdrich, Harper, $27.99
1. "The Paris Wife" by Paula McLain, Ballantine, $15
2. "Life of Pi" by Yann Martel, Mariner, $15.95
3. "Wolf Hall" by Hilary Mantel, Picador, $16
1. "Help, Thanks, Wow" by Anne Lamott, Riverhead, $17.95
2. "The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies?" by Jared M. Diamond, Viking, $36
3. "Behind the Beautiful Forevers" by Katherine Boo, Random House, $27
1. "Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey Into the Afterlife" by Eben Alexander, M.D., Simon & Schuster, $15.99
2. "Team of Rivals" by Doris Kerns Goodwin, Simon & Schuster, $21
3. "The Swerve," Stephen J. Greenblatt, Norton, $16.95
-- American Booksellers Association
City officials sit on splash pad report
City officials withheld a draft report on problems with their $360,000 splash pad from city commissioners and the public for more than a month.Continued ...
SOS seeks to redefine education
Genna Mang dreams of being a special education teacher. She’s 16, bright, soft-spoken and loves animals. She learns differently, though, than most other kids.Continued ...
Splash pad requires expensive repairs
A report shows the city’s one-year-old splash pad at Clinch Park is awash with design flaws, hazards to children, and operational deficiencies that may cost more to repair than the splash pad’s original $360,000 price tag.Continued ...
The wind kicked a hole in the Irish barn; a gaping chomp that welcomed the elements. No panic — there wasn’t much left inside, just old farm equipment and storage boxes.Continued ...
Editorial: Many questions remain on dam removal plans
A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report on plans to remove the Boardman and Sabin dams from the Boardman River sounds reassuring.Continued ...
Splash pad problems detailed
The following list identifies some of the problems associated with varying components of the city’s splash pad, and a high and low cost estimates to repair them, based on a draft report by Water Technologies Inc.Continued ...
Downtown Kalkaska construction to start in Aug.
Kalkaska will soon be under construction as the village redesigns two blocks of Cedar Street, the four-lane road where drivers on M-72, M-66 and U.S. 131 roll through downtown.Continued ...
Down home weddings
Barn weddings are all the rage. Throw “rustic” or “simplicity weddings” into a Google search and the monitor explodes with burlap party favors and Mason-jar cocktails.Continued ...
Grizzlies maul Beach Bums
Gateway scored two or more runs in five different innings in a 18-4 rout Saturday of Traverse City.Continued ...
Loraine Anderson: TC Film Festival rituals
July was only one week old and there I was, sitting at my dining room table engrossed in a now 10-year-old summer ritual.Continued ...
James Cook: Pistons will once again be interesting
Last year, I said the Pistons 2013-14 season would be “interesting.” Not necessarily good, just interesting. And indeed they were.Continued ...
Kalkaska streetlights repurposed
The existing downtown Kalkaska won’t be lost forever once machines roll in to update the commercial district.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 07/20/2014
Rename Presidents Day; Women have served.Continued ...
Fred Goldenberg: Longevity economy drives growth
Current rhetoric on Capitol Hill and in the media contends there are too many “old” people, that we are a financial drain on society and, unless there are massive cuts and changes to our so-called entitlement programs (i.e. Social Security and Medicare), we will drag the country into ruins.Continued ...
Little Free Libraries offer East Bay residents fresh approach to reading
Woods to play in and a book to read — kids can’t get too much of either, John McCombs said. Combining the two? Even better.Continued ...
Forum: Less talk, more action about climate change
I serve electric cooperative members on both sides of the climate change argument. Some days, I tire of the argument.Continued ...
Lifelines: Miles on the mower mark important anniversaries
July contains two big family anniversaries. The first one, I forget the actual day, marks the time I mowed over Great-Grandma’s flowers by accident.Continued ...
Books in Brief: 07/20/2014
Book signings; Ice Caves author.Continued ...
Candidates, millages on the ballot
The state’s Aug. 5 primary election offers northern Michigan voters a chance to select their favorite party candidate, and to weigh in on a number of ballot issues, ranging from a state-wide proposal to eliminate the personal property tax on business equipment to local fire and emergency services millages.Continued ...
Best Sellers: 07/20/2014
Best-selling books across northwest Michigan and the nation:Continued ...
Some Elk Rapids residents hope to recall board members
Elk Rapids Township resident and octogenarian James Braun worries about the time it could take an ambulance to reach his home — or his neighbors’ homes — in case of emergency.Continued ...
American Legion Baseball Standings: 07/20/2014
American Legion final standings:Continued ...
Forestry experts urge proper care of infected oaks
Sap-eating beetles can’t resist an open wound in an oak tree. They consume sap and sometimes carry fungal spores from tree to tree.Continued ...
Disc Golf Results: 07/20/2014
Northern Waters Series at Carly’s Playground at Mt. Holiday:Continued ...
- Sunday, July 13, 2014
Editorial: Street performer ordinance arose on busy sidewalks
This is not government at its warmest and fuzziest — if there is such a thing. But sometimes looking like a bully is the price of doing business.Continued ...
- City officials sit on splash pad report