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Melges 24 North Americans - Adam Burns leads after day one

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Melges 24 North American Championship 2010 being hosted by the Rochester Yacht Club on Lake Ontario got off to a flying start with an opening day featuring clear blue skies, hot sunshine and a warm easterly wind that gradually built from six knots to around 17 knots through the day.

When the boats first got to the race area the wind was sub-six knots but after an 85 minute postponement race one was underway on a one mile windward leeward course with six knots from 170 degrees.


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Help with beach cleanup

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The 25th annual International Coastal Cleanup is on Saturday. In past years, more than half-a-million volunteers in 100 countries have removed millions of pounds of trash from beaches and waterways.  more...


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The battle for Farr Island

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A fight over the fate of a little artificial island in the northeast corner of Hamilton Harbour has landed in federal court.

On the one side are Hamilton environmentalists who want to submerge the gravelly mound beneath the waves to create a bigger reef for spawning fish. On the other is an animal-rights activist from London, Ont., who says the only purpose of sinking the island is to destroy habitat of “hated” double-crested cormorants. more...



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Expert ties water use to Canada's pocketbook

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MONTREAL -- He's calling for a revolution in how Canadians think about water and how they use it -- whether it's for washing their cars, rinsing their hair or flushing their toilets.

A prominent water expert says Canadians shouldn't fear warnings that the resource could someday be in short supply, because the country is flooded with it and likely won't run out.

What he wants Canadians to keep in mind is the energy cost associated with using water.   more...



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Special Request from the Publisher and Editor of H2Onotes

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H2ONotes Readers:

It has come to our attention that the City of Mackinac Island is considering alternatives in managing the expiration of ferry franchise licenses and might ultimately deny Shelper’s Ferry Service its franchise.  As lifelong Michigan residents and frequent visitors to Mackinac Island we have found Shepler’s service to be 2nd to none.  It concerns us that the City of Mackinac Island is even publically considering limiting competition and driving a family business out of the community.

Please join us in letting the Mayor and City Council of Mackinac Island know that we value Shepler’s service to the community and that decisions by the City to limit competition would be unwelcome.

Voicing you concern is as easy as sending an email to the Assistant to the Mayor or the City Clerk.  If you like, you could send a copy to Shepler’s and let them know you support them also:

Mackinac Island City Clerk:               clerk@cityofmi.org
Assistant to the Mayor:                       assistant@cityofmi.org
Shepler’s Ferry Service:                      information@sheplersferry.com

<SAMPLE LETTER> 

Please forward this letter to the Mayor and City Council members at your earliest convenience:

Mayor Margaret M. Doud & City Council Members
Office of the Mayor
Mackinac Island
Lakeshore Drive
Mackinac Island, Michigan   49757

Dear Mayor Doud and Council Members,

I am writing to voice my support for the renewal of the Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry Service Franchise Agreement.

As a resident of Michigan I am a frequent visitor to Mackinac Island.  My family and I have found Shepler’s Ferry Service to have a higher standard of service than any of the other providers.  Denying them the right to continue in competition to the other providers is fundamentally wrong.  It will lower the overall quality of service to your island guests and ultimately result in a higher cost to everyone.

For many island visitors, Shepler’s is the first and last “island experience”.  The city could not have a better representative of its interests than Shepler’s.   People that have a good experience will return to the Island and spend money year after year.  There is little doubt in my mind that eliminating the Shepler’s license will adversely impact the economy of the Island.  You can’t arbitrarily eliminate the service leader and not anger your most loyal customers.

I am formally asking you to renew the Shepler’s Franchise Agreement and grant them the ability to continue to set the standard for excellence in service.

Sincerely,

 



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Hawk migration underway

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The cold front that rained and blew its way through the region Thursday night may be just what the doctor ordered for boosting the magnificent annual passage of thousands of hawks around the northwest corner of Lake Erie.  more...


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Maintain Voltage to Keep Your Marine Electronics Sane

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Connect your multi-meter to your battery as shown to check your cranking voltage. Source: The PowerBoater’s Guide to Electrical Systems, by Ed Sherman This question came in from a reader recently, identifying a very common problem, which has several possible solutions: How come my fish-finder screen goes crazy when I’m starting my engines? When I’m cranking the engines, I see diagonal swatches of color on the screen. Once the engines are running, everything seems to be alright. more...


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Five Tips to Keep Winter Away From Your Boat Trailer

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ALEXANDRIA, Va., September 20, 2010 - If your boat trailer is going to spend the off-season outside exposed to the elements, Boat Owners Association of The United States has five tips to protect your investment and eliminate problems down the road:

A little spray will do you: Spraying lubricants such as WD-40 on metal trailer roller assemblies, winch gears and electrical connections will keep moisture away and rust at bay. It's also best to take care of any rust spots now on the (galvanized) metal trailer frame: sand, prime and paint. (Trust us, this will be the last thing on your mind come springtime.) more

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Rowing Canada Aviron Nominates Nine Crews for the 2010 World Rowing Championships

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Rowing Canada Aviron is pleased to announce that it has confirmed nine boats to enter the 2010 World Rowing Championships to be held at Lake Karapiro, New Zealand, from Oct. 30 to Nov. 07. more...


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Messing Around in…Small Boats

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If you have been rowing sweep all summer long and you might need a change of pace. Learning to row a single this fall could be just the challenge you are looking for. There is no question about who is most efficient and whose technique is solid when you are the only engine in the boat. more...


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Commercial Fishermen Discuss Net Concerns on Lake Michigan ‎

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Commercial and sport fishermen and the Department of Natural Resources came together Monday night in Manitowoc County, trying to decide whether to restrict large trap nets from parts of Lake Michigan during the summer.

This stems from a June 25th accident when Charles Koenig died after his downrigger became entangled in a commercial net and his fishing boat capsized. Two others fishing with him that day survived.  more...



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Point Pelee migration area must remain safe for birds

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The proposal to build a wind farm at Pigeon Bay in Lake Erie off Point Pelee National Park raises obvious questions that must be resolved before any responsible government would approve such a plan. And local birders need to be vigilant to ensure that the province acts responsibly.  more...


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Tap runs dry

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Residents living along the Great Lakes can be forgiven for feeling complacent about their water supply. However, a new study by Statistics Canada suggests there's cause for concern for the world's largest body of fresh water.  more...


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Some fear carp worse than spill

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Great Lakes officials seem to be running out of patience with the federal government on the Asian carp issue. Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland told Obama Administration officials that Asian carp could cause more permanent ecological damage to the Great Lakes than BP's oil spill did to the Gulf of Mexico.  more...


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Southeast Michigan projects get $2M in Great Lakes grants

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Three projects in southeast Michigan are getting more than $2 million in Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment will get more than $1 million, Wayne State University in Detroit will get nearly $520,000 and the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments will get $500,000.  more...



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