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Taking back the lakefront

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Our opinion: Northwest Indiana should follow Chicago's lead -- belatedly -- in staking out space along the lake for public use.

"Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood," advised Daniel Burnham, who drafted Chicago's plan to reserve the Lake Michigan shoreline for public use. That is good advice today as Northwest Indiana contemplates how best to shape its shoreline's future.   more...

 



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Invited guests are now foreign invaders

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Two species of hungry, high-jumping carp are the latest foreign invaders to wreak havoc in American lakes and rivers. They already have a firm foothold throughout the Mississippi River system and eventually may swim into our neighborhood. Unlike the zebra mussel, the round goby and the ruffe, which sneaked into the United States in the bilge tanks of ocean-going freighters, bighead carp and silver carp actually were invited to cross our borders.  more...

 



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Ferry boosts Lakeside's value

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The ink was barely dry Monday on the contract bringing a cross-lake ferry dock to Great Lakes Marina when the Lakeside business district became Muskegon County's hottest development zone.

Lakeside land and business owners, Muskegon city officials and commercial real estate agents agree that the Lakeside dock for the Lake Express LLC's new high-speed ferry will bring a boom to the sleepy neighborhood commercial district on the south shore of Muskegon Lake.   more...

 



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Presidential yacht may come home

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If a group of Bay City leaders has its way, a presidential yacht crafted along the Saginaw River again will call Bay City home.

The Honey Fitz was built in 1931 at the Defoe ship yard in Bay City. It went on, under a variety of names, to serve presidents Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon.

Now, nine area leaders have started preliminary discussions to bring the 92-foot yacht back to the riverfront as part of the redevelopment of the 48-acre Bay Aggregates Inc. site.   more...

 



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New law offers help for water conflicts

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For years, hundreds of residents in rural Monroe County have watched the water levels of their wells dip lower and lower.

Though they saw it happening and they knew the cause, there was little help for homeowners whose water slowly drained away.

That changed after Gov. Jennifer Granholm signed into law a program to investigate and resolve groundwater withdrawal disputes. The law allows owners of smaller wells to file a complaint against larger well users who they feel are sucking in their water.   more...

 



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Newest cutter stops for overnight visit

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The newest addition to the Coast Guard's buoy tender fleet, the Coast Guard Cutter Hollyhock, was be moored in Grand Haven this afternoon for an overnight stay.

The Hollyhock, with a home port in Port Huron, will be berthed at the city's Government Basin overnight and will return to buoy operations Wednesday afternoon.

Launched in January and commissioned Oct. 15, the Hollyhock replaced the aging Coast Guard Cutter Bramble, which was decommissioned in May. more...

 



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Hey, Sports Fans!

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Hey, Sports Fans! Is your enthusiasm for sailing so intense you never miss the occasional sailing segment on ESPN? Unfortunately for those of us who like to watch sailboat racing on TV, our sport doesn't produce gripping footage; proof is in the numbers, as ratings don't exactly soar. A larger sailing audience would command more coverage; imagine viewing a channel dedicated to sailing. The America's Cup gets the best spots on TV, but the next Cup is scheduled for 2007. So what's a sailing fanatic to do? Stay tuned for the CarbonCat Racing League, a new outfit promising high speeds, exciting shoreside racing, and TV coverage.   more...

 

 

 

 



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Hunter 426 DS

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The new Hunter 426 DS–the company's first deck-saloon model–has the huge windows, wide cockpit, stainless-steel mainsheet arch, generous freeboard, and B&R rig you expect from Hunter. The company's designers seem to be continually looking for ways to provide more interior volume, and raising the coachroof is one way to do it. But the 426 is more than simply a new boat with increased headroom belowdecks. Hunter's chief designer, Glenn Henderson, drew successful and innovative sportboats before he joined the Hunter team "a Henderson 30 won its PHRF class at this year's Key West Race Week). As with the Hunter 356, he has made sure the 426 performs well under sail as well as being spacious and comfortable belowdecks.   more...



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F&S Cooking: Salmon Ceviche

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This recipe is a nice change and a refreshing alternative to standard fish preparation. This version of the recipe is a bit on the mild side. When I am preparing it for myself or guests, I spice things up a bit by using a little more jalapeno pepper. You can add more as an option. Don't be afraid to put a little more spice in your life. You may find it gives the dish that extra kick!   more...









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Clean Up Your Act

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When was the last time you saw a flat-gray living drake mallard with mud on his head?

Ducks preen and clean themselves for hours each day, and your decoys should be as clean and colorful as they are. Otherwise, the birds are apt to circle high until your dingy flotilla spooks them away.

To give your blocks a preening, start with a large tub, a half cup of dishwashing liquid, and a stiff-bristled brush. Scrub hard, then rinse thoroughly to remove all grit, soap residue, and paint flakes.   more...





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Lewmar insurers settle WWE claim out of court

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The insurers of Havant-based Lewmar Ltd have announced that they have decided to settle the case brought against Lewmar by World Wrestling Entertainment Inc (WWE) in Kansas USA.

The case was brought against Lewmar in January this year following the death of an American wrestler in 1999. Owen Hart, known as the Blue Blazer, was being lowered into the ring in Kansas City, Missouri, when a quick-release shackle opened, sending him 25 metres to his death. The organiser, World Wrestling Entertainment, agreed an US$18 million settlement with Mr Hart's family in 2000. The latest case was brought by the WWE in an attempt to recover some of that US$18m paid out to the family of Owen Hart.   more...



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Peter Homberg Home, Considering America's Cup Options & Growing Roots

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While the rumour mill runs rife, Virgin Islander, top match racer and America’s Cup veteran Peter Holmberg has come back home – for the time being - and is considering his future after his rollercoaster ride with Larry Ellison and the Oracle BMW challenge for the America’s Cup; and his future looks rosy, he’s getting married, building a home and weighing his options as a professional sailor and America’s Cup participant.

While he’s looking at his America’s Cup choices, he’s in no rush and after his last experience and to wants to weigh his options. “I don’t need the Cup. If it comes, the perfect deal, I’ll take it but I’m able to make a living professional sailing and live in the VI. That’s just about as close to an ideal life as I can imagine. I think it’s the right mind set for looking at the Cup.”  more...



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Rough weather, elusive fish nearly scuttle area charter boat industry..

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Area charter boat captains netted few fish and even fewer dollars this year in a business not known for generous profits even when the weather cooperates.

Revenues were down by as much as 20 percent on the handful of charter boats operating out of local harbors.

Cold weather that hung on into June kept Lake Michigan frozen well into the season, and rainfall always seemed to arrive in time for the weekends.   more...



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Those fighting Asian carp now want us to eat them

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HAVANA, Ill. -- They've been called dangerous invaders. They've been called a deadly threat to other fish that inhabit the Great Lakes.

Now ecology officials and fishermen have a new name for the Asian carp they say hope will help them battle the voracious fish: Dinner.

"We try to turn lemons into lemonade down here," said Mike Conlin, Illinois Department of Natural Resources fisheries chief.

Experts have put up electrical barriers and are considering other ways to prevent the carp from making it to the Great Lakes, where the fear is they'd bust the food chain and stave perch, whitefish and other natives. But officials also are faced with a reality that the fish has taken a firm hold in the Illinois, Mississippi and Missouri rivers. Perhaps turning it into a meal, they say, might be a good way to keep its numbers down.   more...





$6 billion sought to clean up Great Lakes

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The tide may be turning in cleaning up the Great Lakes if a delegation of U.S. senators and representatives gets its way.

The Great Lakes are the world's largest single source of fresh water, and all 10 million Michigan residents depend on them for their drinking water.

But toxic industrial pollutants, such as polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, and dioxins, continue to threaten the resource and the people who depend on it.

Recognizing these threats, Congress will decide if the federal government should spend $6 billion over 10 years cleaning up the worst Great Lakes contamination. In 2000, a similar $7.8 billion restoration plan was launched in Florida's Everglades.   more...





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