TRAVERSE CITY — A gift from Mother Nature.
That's what winter-dependent area business operators called the week's steady snowfall, a burst of weather that gave ski resorts, snowmobilers and winter sports enthusiasts a big boost in enthusiasm and revenue.
"We got a foot and half of snow in the last 48 hours," Rick Schmitt, vice president of sales and marketing at Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa, said Friday. "We had a powder day (Thursday), which is always fun. It's excellent. It's truly winter out there."
The National Weather Service said other spots in the Grand Traverse region received similar snowfall totals: Kalkaska received 16 inches of snow in the last week. In Traverse City, the number was 12.7 inches of snow since Jan. 17.
A warm-up is on the way by Tuesday. Weather Service Meteorologist Tim Locker said Tuesday's high could reach 40 degrees.
"The lake effect snow should taper off by morning," Locker said.
At Alpers Excavating in Grawn, owner Pat Alpers said the business of plowing, hauling, sanding and salting is steady, thanks to new snow.
"We're happy for it," Alpers said. "We are getting extra calls, usually for someone whose snowblower is broke. The snow keeps us going in the winter."
Jeff Swanson, manager of Don Orr Ski N'Beach Haus, said customers are beaming about the new white stuff.
"Everybody is relieved because the snow is so important to all of us and all of our winter activities: snowshoeing, snowboarding, cross country," Swanson said. "People are saying that they are tolerating the bitter cold because there's snow on the ground."
Locker said the region still remains well below average for winter snow totals. The normal snow amount for this time of year is 55.7 inches, but as of Friday, the tally was just 26.5 inches.
"We haven't had the best lake effect parameters this year, like correct moisture in the atmosphere, the right wind direction and cold temperatures," Locker said.
Burst of snowfall provides boost in enthusiasm, revenue
TRAVERSE CITY — A gift from Mother Nature.
Beach Bums lose, 5-2
Goose Kallunki drove in three runs Friday night as Joliet beat the Traverse City Beach Bums 5-2 in a Frontier League season opener.Continued ...
Ag Forum: Chestnuts a growing market
Various species of chestnut are found in Michigan — naturally in the landscape, in green spaces as ornamentals and also planted in orchards for nut production.Continued ...
Priest uses big rig to make special deliveries
Father Ray Cotter delivers more than sermons. Two weeks ago, the former truck truck driver turned priest drove a semi-tractor-trailer rig to Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C., to pick up 1,164 free military computers for use in Michigan Catholic schools in the dioceses of Lansing, Saginaw, Gaylord and Marquette.Continued ...
TC Central girls repeat as regional track champs
The defending regional champion Trojans repeated, dusting the competition at Friday’s Division 1 meet at Central High School for a 70-point win over second place Alpena.Continued ...
Powerball ticket buyers hopeful as jackpot swells
Garrick Opie hasn’t purchased a Powerball ticket in more than a decade. But a jackpot that swelled to $600 million — the world’s second largest lottery prize — by Friday afternoon convinced Opie to throw in $20 toward the $2 tickets at the 7-Eleven store on 14th Street.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 05/18/2013
A positive revision; What a legislature.Continued ...
Co-worker of fired tribal employees: ‘They should have known better’
A co-worker of the six tribal employees who shot a .22 rifle off their office building deck alleged they endangered a nearby residence, potentially polluted Lake Michigan with lead bullets, and violated human resources policy.Continued ...
Mental Wellness: Dealing with difficult people
There was a time when I really enjoyed conflict. I don’t mean between people, but I felt like social change almost always happened when people stood up for their beliefs. This also was during a period in my life when my hair was dyed like a leopard.Continued ...
TC Central boys win track regional by 3½ points
In terms of drama, one couldn’t have asked for much more from the boys side of the Division 1 track regional Friday at TC Central.Continued ...
Prep Sports Roundup: Rayders clinch LMC golf title
Charlevoix clinched the Lake Michigan Conference golf championship Friday after winning the final league meet at Antrim Dells.Continued ...
Body & Soul in Brief: 05/18/2013
Lupus meeting; cancer survivor picnic; Lyme disease support group; and more.Continued ...
Jury: Local attorney committed fraud
A jury ruled a local attorney committed fraud and malpractice in a case of a business deal gone bad.Continued ...
Man facing sex charges
A Traverse City man who faces child abuse and criminal sexual conduct charges also is accused of attempting to assault authorities who tried to arrest him.Continued ...
Area Blood Drives: 05/18/2013
Find a blood drive in the area:Continued ...
You're Needed: 05/18/2013
Organizers of the Art Rapids! fair to be held in June in Elk Rapids are seeking host families for some of the artists who will be participating in the event.Continued ...
Model airplanes take off today in Thompsonville
If you’re in Thompsonville today, look up. Model airplane enthusiasts say you’ll be in for a treat.Continued ...
Perspectives: Structuring a balanced life as we age
Whether we realize it or not, we all live within “structure.” Sometimes it becomes too limiting or too confining. This can be physical, emotional and spiritual.Continued ...
Trial scheduled for sex crime suspect
A Kalkaska man who faces 16 counts of criminal sexual conduct is scheduled to appear in court.Continued ...
Ex-local resident on 'Wheel of Fortune'
A former Frankfort resident will appear on the national game show “Wheel of Fortune.”Continued ...
Claudia Schmidt comes home to Sleder's
Claudia Schmidt will perform in an “On the Porch” concert at Sleder’s Family Tavern on Sunday, May 19.Continued ...
Record-Eagle Honor Roll Track Girls Listings: 05/18/2013
Following are the top girls listings for the Record-Eagle Honor Roll track and field meet on May 28 at TC Central.Continued ...
Health Newsmakers: 05/18/2013
In June, Barbara McIntyre, Ph.D., ATR-BC, LPC, will present the paper “Grief Expression and Healing Through Art” at the 44th annual American Art Therapy Conference in Seattle.Continued ...
Community Newsmakers: 05/18/2013
David Barr and Beth Dwaihy-Barr will be honored at the Legacy Gala on Saturday, June 15 at the Novi Civic Center in Novi.Continued ...
Community in Brief: 05/18/2013
Moyers' interview on climate; Short's kick-off party; chamber music on IPR; and more.Continued ...
Education Newsmakers: 05/18/2013
TC Central High School Freshman, Taylor Weckstein, has been named Distinguished Finalist in the 2013 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards in Michigan for the creation of her charitable organization Giving 1 Family at a Time (G.1.F.T).Continued ...
- Beach Bums lose, 5-2