We're not at our most glamorous in mid-March, but we are here. A few years ago the Traverse City newspaper published a two-page spread that would have made people think the town of Northport was completely deserted, ready to be boarded up and abandoned. Our little village is far emptier in March than it is in January, when the TC paper took a shot from this same vantage point, but you can see that although, yes, the harbor is empty of boats (are there many boats in the Clinch Park marina in the winter?), there are still signs of life. I didn't wait around, either, but just stopped and snapped. Life! It's all around!
We have had some losses recently, though, in Leelanau County and beyond. Funeral services were held today at the Methodist church in Leland for George Grosvenor of Leland, whose family continues the tradition of running seasonal ferry service to North and South Manitou Islands. The book world lost science fiction writer Arthur C. Clark, who died in his adopted home of Sri Lanka, while the director of films “The English Patient,” “Cold Mountain,” and “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” 54-year-old Anthony Minghella, died shortly after completing his HBO pilot for the “Ladies No. 1 Detective Series” series. What will become of Precious Ramotswe on television now?