Points North, Ep. 10: Boilers, Buses & Bonds

Apr 25, 2019

This week on Points North, after school bonds fail, some districts keep asking taxpayers again and again to change their minds. One small district in northern Michigan is renewing their attempt. Plus, more religious discrimination allegations against Bay View and local musicians play a violin that made it through the Holocaust.


Rural school districts look for a passing grade on bond proposals
Superintendent Steve Prissel has been working on a school bond proposal for McBain Rural Agricultural School.
Credit Max Johnston / Interlochen Public Radio

Steve Prissel is proud of McBain Rural Agricultural School, but he says there's room for improvement. The district is asking residents to pay for replacing some of the schools technology and facilities. But in some small communities in northern Michigan, a tax hike for your schools can be a tough sell. 

Hear about one rural McBain’s push to improve their school.

Second lawsuit alleges religious housing discrimination at Bay View

Credit Bay View Chautauqua Inclusiveness Group

Bay View Association in Petoskey used to only allow Christians to own homes. Last summer, Bay View changed its membership rules. Now they say anyone can buy a home there, regardless of their faith. But a group of homeowners at Bay View is still not satisfied. They say new rules continue to violate federal housing laws.

Learn more about the dispute and Bay View’s response here.

Restored violins from Holocaust keep history alive

Libor Ondras holds a violin that made it through the Holocaust and was restored for the program 'Violins of Hope.'
Credit Dan Wanschura / Interlochen Public Radio

Decades ago, Amnon Weinstein, a violin maker in Israel, came across a violin which made it through the Auschwitz concentration camp. Since then, he has collected and restored more than 60 other instruments as part of the project 'Violins of Hope.' 

Learn more about the violin and hear it played.

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