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  1. Going Solar In Leelanau County

    Cherry Republic President Bob Sutherland's love of environmental causes is well documented. On the board of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, he is a vocal supporter of renewable energy, and he has spoken out passionately about his love for the Great Lakes and his determination to shut down the Line 5 Pipeline running beneath the Straits of Mackinac. So you...
  2. Now Is The Time To Shut Down Line 5

    If you've followed Cherry Republic for long, you know that we are big opponents of the Line 5 oil pipeline that runs under the Straits of Mackinac. Things are reaching a critical point at our state government over this issue, and now is the time that our voices need to be heard. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana...
  3. Spreading Cherry Love to China

    Cherry Republic was honored to welcome world-renown social media influencer Jessica Beinecke to our Glen Arbor campus this week as part of her whirlwind trip to Northern Michigan. Jessica created her Chinese/English digital travel series I Know This Spot as a way to introduce Chinese travelers and foodies to U.S. destinations that aren't as well known internationally. "One of the...
  4. Port Oneida Ski

    On Sunday, my family and I skied across some beautiful secret terrain in the most difficult to get to sections of Port Oneida Historic District. We dropped our car off on Port Oneida Road and then climbed into our truck and drove four miles to a spot between Bass Lake and Narada and skied some woods and hilly fields east...
  5. Skiing The Dunes

    All the snow and cold of the Polar Vortex left much of the Dunes covered in snow, so Steph and I dropped a car off at Sleeping Bear Point and parked another at the start of the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive with a plan to ski the entire Dunes. We left at 3 p.m. on Saturday afternoon having no idea...
  6. The 2019 Polar Vortex

    I thought it would be fun to share my Polar Vortex experience in words and photos. I love subzero cold and fresh snow, so this is going to be a positive review. If you wanted to hear complaints, I don’t know where to send you because everyone in my life seems pretty happy with this extreme winter experience. Ok, I...
  7. 31 Days of Giving - 2018

    Once again, Cherry Republic will be selecting worthy recipients throughout the month of December during our 6th annual "31 Days of Giving" campaign. This year, we'll be focusing in a special way on partnering with organizations that are helping to combat climate change and promote the use of renewable energy. Please check back daily as we update this post! January...
  8. An Evening Supporting MLCV With Bob + Steph

    An Evening Supporting MLCV With Bob + Steph
    Cherry Republic President Bob Sutherland and his wife, Stephanie, are hosting a party at the new Cherry Public House in Glen Arbor to support Michigan League of Conservation Voters (LCV). We will discuss the current state of Michigan’s waterways and our vision for a powerful conservation voters movement in 2018 and beyond. Please come join Bob and Steph and many other like-minded lovers of Michigan's woods and waters to see what actions we can take to protect them for generations to come. Please join us on August 16 for this important gathering!
  9. The May Farm: Harvesting Sunlight

    The May Farm: Harvesting Sunlight
    It seems fitting to write a blog post about a solar grant project against the backdrop of spring’s lengthening days. The plants, animals and humans on the farm are harvesting every extra minute of daylight, faces tilted toward the sun.
  10. Sneak Peek: The Cherry Public House!

    Sneak Peek: The Cherry Public House!
    Our new Cherry Public House is one week away from opening.  It is looking fantastic and we are so excited.   Here is a little sneak peak as we finish up the zillion final details. Here is a view from the front of the newly renovated building.  You see new windows and doors, a new patio, and a new paint color...

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