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There is so much to do in our area in the summer and it seems like we are running out of time to fit everything in. Earlier this summer we took a trip north to the UP and I hadn’t been there in a long while.  I wrote a story about Munising and Marquette and our explorations. I could not seem to put into words how beautiful that place is and in different ways. The coastal cliffs and large black rock shelves reminded me of the northwest coast in Oregon. We who live here are used to nature’s beauty and I have been so happy here because of it. There is so much more and I encourage you to take a trip to the Upper Peninsula and see for yourself. I bet kids would love to see the waterfalls.


With this issue we say goodbye to Tyler Porter who has been our Teen Talk columnist since August of 2009. He has impressed me with his passion for the environment and his thoughts about education. I have been happy to have him with us and his columns were a pleasure to read.  We will miss him and wish him all the best on his educational journey. Our new Teen Talk columnist Annaka Hansen will begin with the Oct/Nov Issue.


The kids on our cover don’t look ready to go back to school and with beaches everywhere you can hardly blame them. This issue has a back to school focus because dare I say, it is that time. Jackie wrote a touching story about a young boy who is being bullied (see page 9).  There are education stories featuring storytelling, music and early learning. Flo passes on her tips for getting ready and there is a story about the NMC Children’s Choir on page 5.


Thank you for reading and happy trails to you,

Laura Lee Kalchik

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