March 2008

Yellow Plane by Andy McFarlane

I’ve been thinking that it would be nice to have a place where people can post a little note about a cool event, mention something interesting in the news or natural world or just say something about the weather. Here’s our first for March of 2008 and we’ll post a new one each month!

The photo is Yellow Plane by Andy McFarlane. It was taken on March 17, 2006 on North Lake Leelanau just outside Leland and I have it on good authority that it’s pretty much his favorite photo ever.

Here’s the April 2008 page.

8 replies
  1. Andrew McFarlane
    Andrew McFarlane says:

    Don Julin sent in the following:

    I would like to invite you all to Poppycocks (downtown Traverse City) every Friday & Saturday night to experience some of the areas finest musicians in a smoke free environment. The food and wine is great! Music starts at 9pm. See You there!

    7- Neptune Trio
    8- Janice Keegan Trio
    14 – Neptune Trio
    15 – Bill Sears Trio
    21 – Don Julin, Kevin Gills, Angelo Meli
    22- Don Julin, Ron Getz, Jack Dryden
    28 – Crispin Campbell, Don Julin, Glenn Wollf
    29 – Janice Keegan Quartet

  2. Debra West
    Debra West says:

    The Farmers Lament!

    We found out this past week that the taxes here at the farm
    were increased greatly – so much so in fact
    that there is no way we will ever be able to afford them –
    Not sure what they are thinking – as they have done it to every farmer in the area – they are taking a lot of the farms that have land that has ALWAYS been ag and rezoning them 401 Residential – even if the land is a “swamp”
    but don’t try to build there because another dept of the gov. says you can’t!
    That means there is going to be a flood of farms on the
    market & no one to buy them because they will be unable to afford the increased tax!
    The powers that be claim they want to preserve the farm land but do they really? They are raising taxes to the point that only developers and seasonal residents
    can afford to be here?? They are driving the long time farmers from a life they have always known –
    What do you think they will do if the cannot farm –
    NOT all of them dreamed of “some beach, some where”
    They have also made it so that their children cannot afford to pay taxes on the farms (even if they were to inherit them ) – once they change names on the deed –
    the tax rate goes to what the farm would be valued at today!
    That in most cases means double or tripling the taxes!
    Sure we could put our lands in the Preservation but that is NOT the point- is it!! Sad that they would rather have Condos growing instead of trees!
    We are fairly young farmers – we started out w/ grand dreams of helping to keep the land as it is, pristine farm land filled the the mooing of cattle,the roosters crowing YES – the “Roosters of Suttons Bay”
    The fragrant blooms of the abundance of fruit blossoms in the spring air – – Fields golden with glow of a plentiful harvest.
    Peepers peepin in the low lands – Pastures rolling thru areas where there are few trees –
    Growing quietly a better food product for those seeking a better healthier, simpler(?) life style
    YES its hard physical labor from sun up to past sun down not hugely rewarding in the monetary way
    but so rewarding in so many other areas -an honest way to make a living – We sleep good at night!
    Tourists travel these country roads – a brief reprieve from their busy city life
    – a quiet sigh – as they catch glimpses of “Big Blue” thru the blossoms on the cherry trees –
    or the blanket of white and pink when all is in bloom –
    For every season of Leelanau has it’s own beauty… sun glistening off the snow covered pines.
    Soon the only view they will have is Condos as they rise up
    each one fighting for its view of “Blue” only to find it marred with the shape of some man made structure — Look out Miami – “You ain’t seen nothing yet!!”
    We gave it our best shot but they took us out of ag. we will be moving…
    We will still be in the county but further south where
    farmers and their quality are a a bit more affordable & appreciated!

  3. From Wests Windy Acres Farm
    From Wests Windy Acres Farm says:

    May the road rise up to meet you.
    May the wind be always at your back.
    May the sun shine warm upon your face;
    the rains fall soft upon your fields
    & until we meet again,
    may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

  4. Debra West
    Debra West says:

    Farmers – we need your voice –
    Anyone in Leelanau Township or surrounding areas affected by the recent changes in thier property tax status from ag. to 401 res. please contact us at, Michelle McManus wants to hear from us – Thanks, Debra W

  5. Andrew McFarlane
    Andrew McFarlane says:

    The National Weather Service review of March in Northern Michigan:

    A cold and dry March

    Easily the most intriguing story of the month was the refusal of old man winter to relinquish his icy grip on the northern Michigan landscape with persistent below normal temperatures seen through the month. In addition the month was rather dry with precipitation deficits running a half inch or greater over much of northern lower Michigan. The culprit behind such a cold and dry weather regime was an active lower Ohio Valley storm track which prevented significant warm and moist surges from reaching the northern lakes region.

    – a rare (for this season) Alberta clipper tracked across far northern lower Michigan during the early morning hours of March 1st. Snow totals approaching 6 inches were reported in eastern Upper Michigan with a general 1 to 4 inches in The Straits region. Only light accumulations were reported across the remainder of the area.

    – The first thunderstorms of the Spring season dotted the northern Michigan landscape during the overnight hours of March 2nd as a strong cold front plowed into unseasonably warm nighttime readings in the 40s and 50s. While not overly excessive rainfall amounts of one half to one inch added to the moisture rich snowpack over eastern Upper Michigan.

    – The second Alberta clipper system of the month cut across northern Michigan during the morning of March March 25th. Much like the first one and typical of these systems snow amounts were not excessive ranging from 1 to 5 inches across the area. However wind gusts exceeding 40 mph created extensive blowing and drifting snow creating a very hazardous morning commute.

    – On March 31st a strengthening storm system moved northeast along a northward bowing warm front bringing northern Michigan the most significant precipitation event of the month. While precipitation fell mainly as rain across northern lower Michigan with rainfall totals averaging a half inch or more eastern Upper Michigan remained in full wintertime Mode with a winter potpourri of snow sleet and rain. Snowfall totals over eastern upper ranged from an inch or so over eastern areas to a half foot or more over northwest Chippewa County.

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