One Tough Winter

So .. you think this winter is hard?  Three years ago .. now that was a real winter! The winter of 2013-14 was unrelenting, dumping massive amounts of snow on us, leaving us reeling.  There was nowhere left to put the snow!

I’ve included a few movies to remind you what a real winter looks like.  

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Remnant fish species discovered in Antrim County

Researchers have discovered a very special population of fish lurking in the depths of Elk Lake in Antrim County. These fish share a unique heritage, linking them to the native lake trout that disappeared from Lake Michigan over 50 years ago. Killed by sea lamprey invading from the Atlantic Ocean and caught in too-many fishing nets, the native populations of lake trout were wiped out of Lake Michigan by the late 1950s.

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Calling all Centerville Riparians

I am passing on this message from Tim Johnson, Chair of the Centerville Township Planning Commission (PC).  Tim informs us of the passing of long time board member Gerry Laskey, who will be greatly missed.

The Township Board will be soliciting Centerville Township residents to fill the vacancy.  Their PC bylaws state that they should strive to have occupational and geographical representation, so  they would like to have a lakefront landowner on the PC.

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Attract Home Guardians from our Outdoors to Control Invasive Natural Pests

Winter is almost here and a number of home invading pests may be trying to make their way into wood piles and homes for shelter. But every land owner knows they have got to do something. Some may want to use strong chemicals which may make their way right into the soil. These chemicals directly harm the soil food web, which helps plants grow and maintain the lakes.

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Lord, is it time?

Lord, it is time. This was a very big summer.
Lay your shadows over the sundial,
and let the winds loose on the fields.

Command the last fruits to be full;
give them two more sunny days,
urge them on to fulfillment and throw
the last sweetness into the heavy wine.

Who has no house now, will never build one.

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Protecting Michigan’s Inland Lakes: A Toolkit for Local Governments

I encourage everyone to have a look at a new publication entitled Protecting Michigan’s Inland Lakes: A Toolkit for Local Governments, from Michigan Lake and Stream Associations, Inc.  This comprehensive guide for successfully navigating the myriad of local township rules and regulations is an invaluable resource.  Also important is the “sister publication” of the Toolkit, Protecting Michigan’s Inland Lakes: A Guide for Local Governments, which is admittedly quite confusing due to the similarity of the titles.

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Rowing at Fountain Point on a blustery Saturday morning in October

I had a chance to see some stellar rowing skills on display at Fountain Point here on this early Saturday morning in October.  The wind was whipping up a choppy mess, straight out of the south, and of course you have to turn left (port) to get to the dock, and you have to go backwards in all cases.  

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John Lutchko, Freshwater Advocate

You’ll find a great story on our own John Lutchko in today’s Record Eagle:

“John Lutchko always knew his career would be centered on water.

He grew up across from Grand Traverse Bay and spent as much time on Lake Leelanau as possible, visiting his grandparents’ cottage in the summer. Lutchko wanted to take his education further after graduating from Northwestern Michigan College’s freshwater studies program — and Western Michigan University offered him the solution.”

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