Banished words and phrases for 2013

We end 2012 with a tongue in cheek farewell to some words and phrases.

Superior State University has released it’s annual list of Words to be
Banished from from the Queen’s English for Misuse, Overuse and General

LSSU spokesman John Shibley says some of the top
vote-getters came from the political arena; “fiscal cliff” was #1 on the
list.  Others included “kick the can down the road”, “double down” and
“job creators”.  But Shibley says quirky idiom were also well
represented, “Boneless wings; that nominator asked, why can’t we just
call them chicken pieces? Superfood; it’s nutritious, it’s good for you.
It’s not a superfood.  I like the little abbreviations we get thanks to
social networking; YOLO, you only live once.  As if you, well if you’re
James Bond, you only live twice, I suppose.”

Other words on the 2013 list:
Spoiler Alert
Bucket List
Passion/ Passionate

Shibley says Lake Superior State University has been compiling its Banished Words list since 1976.


Tie One on for Safety

Recent studies show that Michigan driver’s have a tendency to not be as careful on roads during the holidays.
Mother’s Against Drunk Driving are promoting their annual campaign, Tie One on for Safety. 
The campaign hands out red ribbons to promote awareness against drunk driving.
Doctor Sherry McGee, State Executive Director for MADD Michigan, said it is one of group’s major prevention efforts.
“We set a massive distribution of red ribbons tied to vehicles that symbolize two things: One, it’s the driver’s pledge to drive safe and sober. The other is the driver’s support for law enforcement crackdown efforts on drunk drivers.” McGee said.
McGee said the distribution of thousands of ribbons is underway and will continue through the first of the year.
For more information about MADD, their events, and Tie One on for Safety, you can visit their website at

Archives of Michigan offers free, searchable census data

Michigan residents interested in researching their family tree now have access to some lost “branches” from the late 1800s.
State census records for the years 1884 and 1894 have been recovered after being “lost” for a period of time. 
Many of Michigan’s census records have been difficult to recover because they have been lost over the years or destroyed in a state office building fire in 1951.
The Archives of Michigan now has more than 62,000 of the records for 1884 and 1894.
Archivist Jessica Miller said the records will help family history researchers track important data, like more extensive information about women and children.
“These records are interesting because 1884 and 1894 were the first years that Michigan state census collected information about everybody in the community. Prior to that, the state conducted censuses but they only collected information about men so there were counts of women and children, but they were never given names or any other information.”
Miller said the records will tell the person’s name, their occupation, and the number of years they’ve lived in Michigan and the United States. 
She said the records will help fill gaps in Michigan’s and personal family’s histories

A Season of Greetings: Mawlid an-Nabi

Earlier in our series, A Season of Greetings we talked about Christmas, as the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. 
Today we’ll be looking at a different holiday born from the birth of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. 
Amanda Harrison shares the story and celebration of Mawlid an-Nabi
The birth of Muhammad was first recognized by the people of Mecca and Madina. It falls on the 3rd month of the Muslim calendar. 
Dr. Hugh Talat Halman is a professor of religion at Central Michigan University. He said stories and poetry are shared this time of year as a sort of reflection. 
“The poetry tends to describe some of the prophet Muhammad’s birth. So his Mother had a dream that a tree extended out of her back and the tree spread all over to all the corners of the universe. This is one of the miracles in terms of a dream narrative of the prophet Muhammad.” Halman said.
The dream, Halman said represents Islam’s spread across the world. 
The majority of Muslims celebrate the prophet’s birth. But Halman says some people are “reticent to encourage the celebration of a holiday centered on a human figure, even if that figure is Muhammad.”   

Stay healthy during the holidays

This is the time of year some people love to indulge, whether it be spending too much on presents or having seconds of the Christmas dinner.
Our reporter, Amanda Harrison talked with a nutritionist Beth Eggleston from the Michigan Department of Community Health to get a few tips on how to keep the pounds off. 
This is the only time of year my mother makes cheese cake bites and I can’t help but to have a couple. 
And Nutritionist Beth Eggleston, said that’s ok, as long as one simple rule is followed.    
“Moderation is definitely the key. I mean we’re all human beings, we all have our favorite foods and really it’s ok to do that. Food is such an intrical part of our culture and our families and our lifestyles, it’s ok to eat the foods that you love. But really you need to do so in moderation.” Eggleston said. 
Eggleston said it’s also important to get regular exercise and drink lots of fluids, she said water is best.

A Season of Greetings: Kwanzaa

This time of year is filled with holiday spirit, and for many, holidays come from a religious base.
But today in our series, A Season of Greetings, we’re looking at a holiday with a cultural base. 
Kwanzaa is a week long celebration of African American heritage. 
Dr. Pamela Johnson is a religion professor at Central Michigan University. She said Kwanzaa is based around seven core principles including faith and unity.  
She said the principles of Kwanzaa helps enrich a person on a more personal level. 
“You have an opportunity to involve yourself in nobiling rituals that will help to elevate and dignify your personal character and your community character, to make commitments to practice these principles and I think that’s the best part of Kwanzaa.” Johnson said.
But Kwanzaa isn’t all about oneself. It’s still the time for families to get together for a traditional meal and exchange gifts and stories. 

Emmet County Recycling is now accepting gift wrap and greeting cards

The holiday season is filled with giving; whether it’s money to charities, card giving to family and friends, or presents to the kids. But all that giving leads to an increase in trash.  
Emmet County Recycling is expanding what materials are accepted this time of year to encourage people to keep the waste out of a landfill. 
This time of year the waste stream increases by 25 percent. 
Kate Melby is with Emmet County Recycling. She says to cut back on waste the recycling center has increased what it accepts during the holiday season. 
“New this year we’re taking cards, like greeting cards and wrapping paper though it is limited to ones that don’t have metallic foils or inks, so if it looks gold or silver or shimmery, or glittery, those would interfere with the recycling process. But other greeting cards and wrapping paper can go right in with the paper now.” Melby said.
Melby said Christmas trees are also free to recycle through the end of January.