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Families First Monthly celebrates 16 years of being a publication. The first issue came out in May of 2000 and the stories included the launch of a roving Great Lakes Children’s Museum and Interlochen summer entertainment. There were ads from long gone Clinch Park Zoo and DeYoungs. Over the past 15 years much has changed in our area yet many things we love are still here.

Looking out across Grand Traverse Bay to see the tall ship Manitou under sail is a sight we have grown accustomed to. Check out my story about their windjammer fall cruises. This trip was one of my most memorable lifetime adventures and here it is, located in our backyard. If you’ve not been onboard for a summer sail (3 daily) put this on your must do  list to celebrate our wondrous area.

May brings Mothers Day so it is fitting to include stories by and about moms. Our Guest Grandmother is Mary Sutherland. See her sage advice in A Grand Perspective on page 13. We have stories relating to the loss of a pet, and boating stories feature TACS (Traverse Area Community Sailing) and keeping your boats clean.

Enjoy reading. We would love to hear from you and have a happy and healthy Spring.

Laura Lee Kalchik

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