Cherry Festival In The Black

TRAVERSE CITY - After a few shaky years, the National Cherry Festival is firmly back in the black."Compared to four or five years ago our balance sheet is no longer struggling," said festival executive director Trevor Tkach. "The cash flow concerns we had in the...

What’s In Your Food?

High quality food is critical for the health and well-being of not only our bodies, but also the environment and community. How food is produced has a tremendous impact on our world, from farm to table and every step in between. At Oryana Natural Foods...

Farms, Schools Link Through Food

Limp, greasy pizzas are out; locally grown beets and acorn squash are in.REGION - For the first time in 15 years, public school lunches across the country were revamped this year to combat growing childhood obesity. One major change: Students are now required to take...

Shaking It Up

Getting fit in 2013 means putting your money where your mouth is, because nutritionally packed supplements, bulk items and healthy shakes are trending big in the region. But it's tart cherry concentrate that takes the cake for optimizing wellness, according to celebrity health advocates.The ruby...

Mowing, Yes. Dredging, No.

Following changes in state law this year, it appears that waterfront landowners remain confused about what type of beach grooming is allowed under the legislation."What I've found is that people find it confusing," said Michigan Department of Environmental Quality District Representative Robyn Schmidt of the...

Shaking the Lethargy in 2013

One of my favorite bands is Rush. In the song "Circumstances," the second stanza goes: "All the same we take our chances/ Laughed at by time/Tricked by circumstances/plus ça change/plus c'est la même chose/The more that things change/The more they stay the same." ...

Estate Tax Debate Intensifies

Year-end is often a time for tax planning for individuals, families and businesses. Planning is especially important in 2012 due to the current economy and the recent election.The estate tax is frequently debated. Often referred to by journalists as the "death tax," the estate or...

Fiscal Voodoo and Planet Earth

The fiscal cliff is a crisis to scare the public into accepting failed policies. Instead, we need to focus on how the economy is linked to the environment.The Economy, we are told, is a machine. It churns, slows, and heats up. It drives political discourse...

Profile of an Embezzler

Four years' data compiled on 1,583 major embezzlements in the US between 2008 and 2011- Major embezzlers begin their schemes in their early 40s. - The average major embezzlement spans a 4.7-year period.- By a significant margin, embezzlers are most likely to be individuals who hold bookkeeping or...

Embezzlement a Devastating Impact

REGION - Embezzling funds is practically a cottage industry in Michigan, which had the dubious honor of reporting the second-highest number of cases in the nation after California in 2011.Boston-area consulting firm Marquet International found between 2008 and 2011, there were 83 cases of embezzlement...