Throughout each month we post items of Michicentric interest to our Michitwitter page. In case you missed them here is a look back at just a few of those items for the month of August. If you find these interesting there are plenty more for you to check out. We encourage you to add any news items, events, links to vids, podcasts or whatever you find interesting about the Great Lakes State!
You know, I think a monkey hopped up on PCP could take a nice shot in this location. So here’s mine…Ooo Ooo ooo Oooo ah ah ah.
A sunflower farm just west of Saline Mi at sun down. Literally miles and miles of blooming sunflowers right at their peak. The farmers are nice enough to post a sign saying help yourself to pictures, just don’t take any flowers. The farmer came out to greet us. I guess all these go to feed…like bird seed and such.
We’d like to draw attention to two new excellent festivals that were held at the Grand Traverse Commons. Both the Traverse City Wine & Art Festival and the Traverse City Microbrew & Music Festival were great successes and we encourage to check them out next year!
A Sampling from Michitwitter August 2009
The ongoing discussion of urban farming continues as mlive.com reports in – Food among the ruins: A compelling argument for urban farming in Detroit
Detroit may be the best positioned city in the world to become a totally self-sufficient city, according to investigative historian Mark Dowie.
In a piece this month for Guernica magazine, Dowie suggests that a combination of unique factors and opportunities make Detroit a prime location for urban farming to flourish.
With electric vehicles greatly gaining momentum as the future of the auto industry, Michigan is poised to reap big rewards and jobs. The freep.com reports – Battery grants could mean big job boost for Michigan
Michigan stands to get $1.36 billion of a $2.4-billion federal grant program designed to spur manufacturing of batteries and other components for electric vehicles in the United States, creating up to 6,800 jobs in the next 18 months and up to 40,000 in the state over the next 11 years.
The Freep also unveiled the much anticipated Chevy Volt and it’s mind blowing projected m.pg. rating. Read – GM touts Volt with 230 m.p.g. city rating
The electric-drive Chevrolet Volt is expected to get a rating of at least 230 miles per gallon in city driving, General Motors Co. announced this morning.
The results come as GM pushes to bring the new technology to market in late next year. Later this week, the company is officially announcing its battery assembly pack plant in Brownstown Township.
The world lost a legend that had Michigan ties specifically in Kalamazoo. Read Legendary guitar-maker Les Paul left mark in Kalamazoo on mlive.com.
When Gibson Guitar’s Parsons Street factory cranked out its last Les Paul guitar, Marvin Lamb had to have it.
Lamb started working for Gibson in 1956, at age 16.
He hand-drilled holes in the tops of early Les Pauls to screw in the stop tailpiece. He installed the first tune-o-matic bridges on the single-cutaway, solid-body guitars.
He sweated at 225 Parsons St., on Kalamazoo’s north side, in the late 1960s and early 1970s, when Gibson employees made 200 to 300 Les Pauls a day.
Michigan’s film incentive program is being debated and WZZM13.com brings us up to date in their article Bad for Michigan? Lawmaker wants to eliminate film incentive.
A battle over whether to keep Michigan’s film incentives is about to begin at the state Capitol.
Tuesday morning, several production workers will rally in Lansing to show legislators that they believe the incentives are worth continuing.
Proponents of the film incentive program have strong views of why it needs to stay. Read Backers say talk of film credit cuts costing Michigan in the Detroit News.
Film executives and producers say talk in Lansing of reducing or eliminating Michigan’s aggressive film tax incentive is causing Hollywood’s bankrollers to hesitate before investing in the Great Lakes State.
Already, industry insiders say, the state has lost hundreds of millions in film spending to other states since talk of cutting or scrapping the credit surfaced late last year, a charge led by Sen. Nancy Cassis, R-Novi, chairwoman of the State Finance Committee. Others warn that cutting the credit could push business away from Michigan’s fledgling industry simply because there hasn’t been enough time to build a sufficient infrastructure — studios and such — capable of supporting long-term business.
Michigan rock-roll bad boy Kid Rock is pure Michigan and continues to put his money where his mouth is. Check out Kid Rock chips in $20K to rev up Arts, Beats & Eats in the Freep.
Kid Rock has stepped up with a crucial assist for Arts, Beats & Eats.
The Oakland County rocker has invested about $20,000 in sponsor funds via his fashion line, Made in Detroit, helping defray costs for one of the area’s signature fests.
AB&E, which runs Sept. 4-7 in downtown Pontiac, had lost more than $400,000 in funding this year, mostly because of Chrysler’s pullout from its title sponsor role.
Also check out the vid below, “Kid Rock: Detroit’s angel?” from cnn.com.
In a move that dumbfounded local residents Peta announced that they want to commandeer Grand Haven’s lighthouse to promote vegetarianism and the unethical treatment of fish. The Detroit News reports PETA wants Grand Haven lighthouses for fish empathy center.
Grand Haven’s Lake Michigan lighthouses are the prime location sought by an animal rights group for its anti-fishing campaign headquarters.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has applied through a federal program to take over the structures and lighted catwalk that are frequently photographed for dramatic sunsets, thick winter ice and crashing waves.
The area gets nearly 2 million annual visitors, including anglers casting lines into the Grand River channel and heading out in boats for Great Lakes salmon.
“We want to renovate the Grand Haven lights as a memorial to the billions of fish killed annually by sport fishermen, as well as for their flesh (commercial fishing industry),” said Lindsey Rajt, manager of PETA’s campaigns department. “We also want to make it a fun and educational place.”
AJ’s Music Cafe in Ferndale made the Guinness Book of World Records in August. Read Ferndale cafe sets record for longest concert in the Detroit News.
A little cafe in downtown Ferndale has set a Guinness World Record.
AJ’s Music Cafe was notified Wednesday that its 288-hour Assembly Line Concert, held in March to promote awareness of American automakers, set a new Guinness World Record for the longest continuous concert by multiple artists.
Automakers recently saw some positive movement which is good news for Michigan. Read J.D. Power predicts U.S. auto sales will hit 1 million in August.
A leading automotive research company is predicting that U.S. monthly auto sales will rise above the 1 million mark for the first time this year in August, due mainly to the government’s Cash for Clunkers program.
If you like apples 2009 is offering up a bumper crop. Check out Michigan apple harvest quite the treat in the Detroit News.
Branches of Michigan apple trees are bowing under the weight of the healthiest crop in at least 10 years.
Ideal weather conditions — cool temperatures and lots of rain — have apple growers anticipating one of the state’s best seasons since the 1990s, according to the Michigan Apple Committee, and that could mean lower prices at the grocery store.
The Detroit News reports some good news for the Great Lakes in their article $1 billion proposed in 2010 for Great Lakes restoration.
Congress is poised to nearly double its funding commitment to the Great Lakes, adding up to $475 million for restoration that would deter invasive species, clean up polluted sites and create jobs in Michigan and the region.