State of Emergency: 3 Mich. Counties
Grand Traverse, Leelanau and Benzie Buried in Snow
by Crystal Hilliard
Northern Mich. -- A state of emergency has been declared in Grand
Traverse, Leelanau and Benzie Counties after a weekend storm dumped 18-20 inches of snow overnight.
As many as 70,000 homes were estimated to be without power or phone service Saturday afternoon, according to emergency officials. Ice brought down trees and limbs unto power lines.
Emergency Managers and local law enforcement were urging residents to stay off of the roads until crews could plow them.
By Saturday night, most of the main roads inside the Traverse City
limits were plowed and crews were slowly restoring power to homes in the city, according to Dan Scott, Grand Traverse County Emergency
He told 24 Hour News 8, they didn't expect to see a majority of the
power restored throughout the county until Monday. Crews can't get
into neighborhoods or rural areas because the roads haven't been
plowed yet, he said.
Many residents with cars and trucks stuck in two feet of snow uploaded cell phone pictures and video to social media. One couple documented their trip to the mall in Traverse City and uploaded it to Youtube:
"This is the most snowfall I've ever seen in one sitting," a voice on
the video said. "This is the most snow I've seen for sure. Look at
those tree branches down!" another said.
Another woman documented her effort to shovel her driveway on YouTube:
"Just when you thought it was safe to put away the shovel," she said.
Since so many phone lines were down, the American Red Cross forwarded all emergency calls and inquiries to Grand Rapids. From there, they were organizing and directing residents to which shelters had space.
"We're establishing shelters where need-be, we want to provide a safe and warm place for people to come who've lost power or who have medical needs," American Red Cross Emergency Services Regional Director, Chip Kragt, said. " We want to have open places where the community can come and stay warm."
This member of the Screen Actors Guild, best known for acting and coaching actors, stepped behind the camera in order to shine the spotlight on her family. Peavey wrote and directed “Our Beautiful Secret,” a movie about the struggles of supporting her brother Jonathan, who was born with cerebral palsy, practically mute and perpetually challenged. The movie highlights the story of how Peavey’s family was told, almost thirty years ago that doctors did not expect him to live long. “I was there when my family got turned away from restaurants because of Jonathan’s disability. I was there when Jonathan was mocked and bullied. I was there when doctors told my family Jonathan’s value of life isn’t worth the procedures we wanted for him. I understand and that voice will not be silenced,” Peavey said. The movie premiered this past Spring in Grand Rapids and the International premiere was in August in London. West Michigan’s film scene will be lucky to hold unto this rising superstar.
The Ballroom at McKay
High-end but minimalist lighting, million dollar-looking chandeliers and custom-selected carpet contribute to the prestige of the nearly 11,000 square foot ballroom. Originally used as a bank in 1915, the space in McKay Tower (146 Monroe NW) is creatively recycled into one of the city’s fanciest ballrooms: the old deposit stone table is now decoration while the bank vault serves as a wine cellar. Renovation began at the beginning of the year and wrapped in July. Full kitchen and bar can be included in the rental. For information on hosting corporate, special events or weddings at The Ballroom at McKay, please contact one of the Event Representatives at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Local Epicurean
Think Subway… but pasta. No; not the noodles, vegetable and meat kind of spot. This homemade pasta shop actually infuses your choice of herbs and spices into pasta and butter, making for an instant burst of flavor– even when eaten plain. Custom ravioli and lasagna, organic truffles and hanging racks of pasta are set throughout the space, allowing for a pleasant aroma of deliciousness to fill the air. The pasta shop outgrew its Eastown doors in less than two years and re-opened downtown at 111 S Division this summer. Owner Ryan Raredon and his partner, Steve Bowyer are completely revolutionizing the way we think about pasta. Want to learn to do it yourself? Sign up for a butter or pasta-making class at LocalEpicurean.com.
If you’re four-eyed for any portion of the day, why not accessorize your eyewear? Grand Rapids native, Tyler Essenberg is passionate about transforming the eyewear industry and providing new ways for people to express themselves. Support your cause, proclaim your faith or bribe your kids into liking their glasses — either way, this is a great way to accessorize most frames for# $6. G-raps are manufactured locally and available at g-raps.com.
A dress from this online retail boutique is enough to stop traffic and potentially cause a few accidents. Ran by Grand Rapids businesswoman, Keirsten Brown, the store aims to give West Michigan women a unique high fashion look. High quality dresses seen on celebrities like Kim Kardashian can be found for an average of $150. Birthday? Anniversary? Big city cocktail party? A purchase from SophiaKash.com is enough to make the room stand at full attention.
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