Author Archives: Mike Wills

Traffic Calming

Workers from Team Elmer’s and Kent companies are pouring the curb and gutter and pedestrian crossing ramps today. Please slow down and give ’em a brake. 

New Life

This turtle “Parked” herself in the parking lot back by the creek to lay her eggs. Please don’t disturb her.

Sails Up!

Quantum LogoA huge shout-out to Quantum Sails for the donation of a set of custom net sails for the O’Day Mariner in the Ship Shapes Exhibit. Made from an open weave fabric, the intent is to let the wind blow through the sails so we can leave them up at all times. Kids are going to have a blast climbing around on this boat and pulling on the “strings” to set off on imaginary adventures!

The Ship Shape Exhibit is Taking Shape


Volunteer shipwrights from the Maritime Heritage Alliance are building a facsimile of a Mackinaw boat on the ship shape exhibit deck next to a fully rigged modern fiberglass O’day Mariner sloop. 

Eventually the exhibit will include some graphic that tell the story of the evolution of water transportation. 

Kids are going to have a lot of fun here. And I expect adults will, too!

Discovery Center Docks Getting Major Overhaul

The venerable docks were in rough shape after about 40 years of weather and ice damage.  The result will be a flat and level dock for the first time and that many years.

See front page coverage in the Record-Eagle on March 31.

2016 Dock Repair

2016 Dock Repair

2016 Dock Repair

2016 Dock Repair

2016 Dock Repair

2016 Dock Repair

Record-Eagle Editorial Supports Sale of Coal Dock to Rotary

Editorial: Taxpayers are the winners in coal dock deal
They say money talks, and in the debate over whether to sell Traverse City’s unused, underused coal dock properties, one group is speaking through a megaphone.

Three months ago, Rotary Charities officials put their money where their mouth is by …

http://www.record-eagle.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-taxpayers-are-the-winners-in-coal-dock-deal/article_821f3d58-8663-5561-9237-bc1d39d67597.html

Let’s Go Sailing Exhibit Opens at Great Lakes Children’s Museum

Today, the Great Lakes Children’s Museum opened a new exhibit entitled “Let’s Go Sailing” on the Discovery Center campus. The exhibit features a table with built-in fans to propel model “boats” that can actually sail upwind!  The boats are “printed” with a 3D printer, courtesy of Alpha 3D Professional, and fitted with 4 wheels that allow them to “track” on the table to demonstrate the lift created by the wind across the sail. Quantum Sails of Traverse City contributed to the exhibit by helping to design the boat. A video loop on a wall-mounted flat screen TV shows a continual loop of video clips of sailing action provided by Traverse Area Community Sailing (TACS), another of the Discovery Center partner organizations that provides sailing instruction for area youth of all ages.