The Gutsy Migration Generation

It's the flipside of what we've come to know as our "summer people" - the autumn exodus of area retirees heading south or west for warmer climes. But this current generation of seasonal travelers seems invigorated with independence and freedom. They dodge tornadoes, they condo-hop,...

Ripe For Competition

With another large supermarket chain coming to town and a retailer now offering groceries, TC's small food markets are fighting to competeBy Mardi LinkREGION - Paper or plastic? That now-familiar question at the grocery checkout was really just a warm up for the shopper of...

Take Your Brain On Vacation

'Road Scholar' gets neurons firingBy Mardi LinkREGION - Which idea sounds more inviting: an "elderhostel," with its connotations of meager accommodations shared with retirees in odd locales...

Trash Goes High-Tech

American Waste's new facility is first in the nation - and expandingTRAVERSE CITY - When you spend $12.5 million on something, it seems kind of odd to call it garbage. That's just semantics though, say the people behind American Waste's innovative new 4.5-acre facility off...

The Healthiest Job Market? Health.

REGION - Imagine this employment picture: The number of new jobs both nationwide and in northern Michigan rated as "excellent"; faster than average growth predicted for the next decade; good opportunity for advancement; the ability to specialize; attractive wages and benefits; and a flexible scheduling...

Undercover Green: Energy Efficiency in Unlikely Places

REGION - One of the first pieces of mail Alan "AJ" James opened when he hired on as director of Kalkaska's Kaliseum was the recreational complex's electric bill. What he saw was a dollar sign, followed by a lot of numbers. He says his heart...

Helium, Sugar & Shoes: Tricks of Gonzo Job Seekers

Clich├ęs' just aren't cutting it in today's job market. The currently unemployed need more than the old saw, "When the going gets tough, the tough get going." Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson said it better: "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." Few...

TC’s Century 3+ Breakthrough

TRAVESE CITY - While teams of United States military personnel are disassembling military vehicles bolt by bolt in an effort to shed ounces of weight, a Traverse City company has developed a way to produce a new technology that could save hundreds of pounds per...