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Traverse City Overwhelmed By Frozen Pipes

Traverse City Overwhelmed By Frozen Pipes

By Lynn Geiger

On the heels of a record cold February and less insulation from snow, Traverse City water pipes are freezing at a record pace and crews simply can’t keep up.

The number of “freeze ups” is on pace to more than double last year’s final tally – in excess of 300. To paraphrase Justin Roy, the city’s water/wastewater maintenance superintendent, if you haven’t had a frozen pipe issue, consider yourself extremely lucky.

“The water coming into the plant is 32 degrees,” says Roy, and once that meets the underground frost (which is lower this year than previous years) that’s where the trouble begins.

As of Monday, the department had received 250 calls about frozen pipes spread across town. “It’s very hit or miss,” he says. more

Today

"It's Our World"

9:00am "The Big Draw - Grand Traverse": "It's Our World": Artists Inspired by Children's Visions of the Future. On exhibition at The Greenspire School, TC. A reception will be held on March 12 from 5:30-7:30pm - Family Arts Night. Featuring hands-on art activities by Blackbird Arts, environment centered art activities. www.greenspireschool.org more

“Seasons of Light”

10:00am “Seasons of Light”: A photographic collection by local artist Kristina Lishawa on display in the Towsley Lobby at the City Opera House in downtown Traverse City. An opening reception will be held on March 4 from 5-7pm. www.cityoperahouse.org more

2nd Annual Invitational Quilt Show

10:00am 2nd Annual Invitational Quilt Show: A showcase of area fiber and textile artists will present their Art and Traditional Quilt Works, starting at Notably Natural, Suite 25 and continuing through the North Wing of the Mercato in the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, TC. 231.929.1100. more

Break for Lunch

12:00pm Break for Lunch: Salesforce Basics. With Amy Martin, A. Martin Consulting, NorthSky consultant. Held at NMC University Center, Traverse City. Fee, $15. more

Publish It!

2:00pm Publish It!: Learn how to publish your own American novel or family history. Amy Barritt will explain self-publishing using FastPencil. Peninsula Community Library, Old Mission Peninsula School, TC. www.peninsulacommunitylibrary.org more

NMC Career Fair

3:30pm NMC Career Fair: Featuring over 80 employers who are hiring. Talk about full-time & part-time jobs & internships. Hagerty Conference Center, TC. For more information visit: www.nmc.edu/careerfair or call (231) 995-1040. more

Amical Cookbook Dinner Series

5:00pm Amical Cookbook Dinner Series: Pickles, Pigs & Whiskey. Enjoy the Southern culinary spirit of James Beard award-winning chef John Currence. amical, TC. www.amical.com more

Live Music: Bud's

5:00pm Live Music: Bud's, Interlochen. With Jim Hawley. jimhawleymusic.com
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