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Boy's recovery 'a miracle' after April rescue from Lake Michigan

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A 3-year-old boy who was rescued from Lake Michigan in April after being under water for 15 minutes was given a clean bill of health Wednesday by Children's Memorial Hospital doctors, who called his continued progress "a miracle."

"If there is such a thing as miracles, this would be one," said Dr. Leon Epstein, a neurologist who was among the first to treat Lazar Ognjenovic when he arrived in the emergency room April 18. At the time, Epstein said, he believed that the boy's chances for survival were slim.
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Great Lakes directional drilling ban should be lifted

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Perhaps it takes $4 a gallon gasoline to restore reason to U.S. energy policy. President Bush has called on Congress to lift the ban on off-shore drilling for oil and gas. Recent national polling indicates that consumers struggling with higher costs for food and energy have shifted their opinion - a majority now supports the development of offshore oil and gas reserves. This change in public opinion presents an opportune time to reconsider directional drilling for oil and natural gas under the Great Lakes, which was prohibited by state law in 2002 and by federal law in 2005.  more...

 



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Biologist Getting Rid Of Sea Lamprey

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MUSKEGON, Mich. — They're parasites that look like something out of a Sci-Fi movie.

They're sea lamprey and biologist say they're dangerous to the health of the entire Great Lakes region.

Monday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service put chemicals into the water near the Croton Dam.

These chemicals could ensure years of good fishing by killing off the sea lamprey.

"The sea lamprey are an eel, they're a parasite in the Great Lakes," said Alex Gonzalez with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.   more...


 



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Scout Boats 145 Hybrid

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Scout Boats 145 Hybrid Running at High Speed: SCOUT BOATSLike mustard and hot dogs, Steve Potts, president of Scout Boats, has brought together two great ideas and produced something better than the sum of its parts.

The Scout Boats 145 Hybrid is a unique new vessel that can operate using either a standard, gas–powered outboard or a pair of electronic motors mounted at its stern. The motors are controlled by a joystick and will cruise at 8 knots for eight hours, according to the company.

The result is a 14 footer that is designed to be fuel efficient and highly maneuverable, and that costs less than $20,000. Within its limitations, the Scout Boats 145 Hybrid just might be the perfect creek cruiser or flats fishing boat.   more...

 



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A Fresh Take on Offshore Racing

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By Herb McCormick / Sailing World

Quite literally, I got my first taste of the difference between ocean racing on the briny blue and Great Lakes racing on a freshwater sea several hours prior to the July 19th start of the 100th edition of the classic Chicago-Mac Race. For that's when, quite by accident, a fellow crewmember aboard Todd and Ryan Howe's Open 60 trimaran Earth Voyager flicked my cell phone into the drink. The ensuing plunge into Lake Michigan's cool, clear water to retrieve the damn thing was, well, bracing, but the post-swim revelation was equally eye opening. I wasn't salty, sticky, scratchy, or clammy. Now that, I thought, was something I could get used to.   more...



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Team 7 - Half-way and Third Overall

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Qingdao, China - August 11, 2008 - After two more races today we are at the halfway point of our Olympic Games and we’re tied for third overall, although the tie-breaker puts us in fourth place. We are 16 points behind the leaders but there are a lot of races ahead of us, including the double-points Medal Race.

Everyone has speculated about drifting conditions here in Qingdao but so far it hasn’t happened. It’s been every bit as difficult as we expected, with light shifty breezes and strong current to contend with but we’ve got off the first six races with only minor delays. Now we’ve got a day off to regroup and analyze our first-half performance and bounce back for a strong second half.    more...

 



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Lasers Begin Whilst 470s Lead Aussie Charge On Day Four In Qingdao

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Nathan Wilmot and Malcolm Page of AustraliaAustralia holds the overall lead in three events after a star showing from its 470 sailors on day four of racing at the 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition in Qingdao.
The Men’s and Women’s One Person Dinghy events joined the show on Fushan Bay today, with both the Laser (Men) and Laser Radial (Women) fleets completing their first two races. The windsurfers in the RS:X fleet and 470 two person dinghies also completed races 3 and 4 of their Opening Series with China’s Jian YIN continuing to lead the way in the Women’s Windsurfer event. The Finn, Yngling and 49er fleets all had a day off the water, giving them the opportunity to recover and prepare for their return to the racing area tomorrow.  more...


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Debbie Capozzi

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Debbie CapozziFor Yngling crew Debbie Capozzi, growing up on the shore of Long Island, New York, was all about being on the water. Capozzi and her family lived within walking distance to the yacht club, and that is where she spent her summers: sailing Optimists or Sunfish or Laser Radials from the water's edge, and racing local junior events on Great South Bay. ..more

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Success against virus in fish

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Researchers with the state Department of Environmental Conservation and Cornell University, Ithaca, have found that an iodine disinfectant solution can protect walleye eggs from a deadly fish disease if the virus is introduced from the outside.

Stephen R. LaPan, Lake Ontario unit leader for DEC in Cape Vincent, said this means they may be able to protect the fish from viral hemorrhagic septicemia.

"If there is external introduction, we can kill it," he said.

Several DEC fisheries pump water from the St. Lawrence River, which has multiple species known to be infected with VHS.   more...

 



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Health departments warns of spreading fish virus

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The Lake County Health Department and forest preserve district are urging Lake Michigan recreational boaters and anglers to follow new rules to ward off spreading a deadly fish virus to inland lakes.

The health department recently put out the advisory to reinforce emergency regulations issued by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources after testing confirmed Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia was present in two fish species sampled at Winthrop Harbor in June. more...

 



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GTYC Demolition and Reconstruction

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GTYC Demolition and Reconstruction – Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2008 – Demolition of the charred remains of the Grand Traverse Yacht Club, located in Greilickville on the NW side of Traverse City, has begun and should be wrapped up by Wednesday.

Construction of the new Clubhouse will begin shortly. The April 16th fire, whipped by 35+ knot winds, raced through the roof structure, but left much of the memorabilia and pictures untouched, except for minor smoke and water damage. The rendering shows the proposed design which will be built on the same footprint. The old lawn mower factory served the membership well for 42 years and many of the memories will be preserved with the memorabilia and pictures.

          GTYC is primarily a small boat sailing club with strong Laser, Interlake, and PHRF Handicap fleets. The membership includes sail, power, and even some non-boaters and in addition to racing, has a strong cruising group. The Club is open year-round on Wednesday and Friday evenings and regatta weekends. For more information, visit www.gtyc.org.



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Hydrologists meddle with the question of how best to retain water in the Great Lakes

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At Lake Superior’s eastern end, Gros Cap, Ont., and Point Iroquois, Mich., rise like bastions from the open water of Whitefish Bay, marking the entrance to the St. Mary’s River.

A water molecule will circulate in Lake Superior for more than 190 years before being channeled into the St. Mary’s; this “retention time” is the longest of any Great Lakes.

The amount of water entering the St. Mary’s River has been regulated by Canada and the United States since 1918. The current international agreement endeavours to keep Lake Superior’s level between 183 and183.5 metres above sea level, to best meet the 1909 Boundary Water Treaty goals of ensuring adequate water supply for domestic use, navigation and power generation.  more...

 



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Long absent piping plovers make a return

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A rare little bird is making a relatively big comeback.

For about 30 years, you couldn't find a piping plover nest on the shores of the Canadian Great Lakes if you tried.

The diminutive shore birds have been calling the Great Plains, the Atlantic Coast and the American Great Lakes states home, although not in great numbers. Considered an endangered species, there are only estimated to be about 6,400 piping plovers in North America.  more...

 



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WIND OVER WATER? Businessman proposes wind turbines be built in the Saginaw Bay

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Michigan's Thumb sprouted the first on-shore commercial wind farm last year.

Are windmills over the water next?

Saginaw Bay would sport the state's first offshore windmills under a plan by Steve Smiley, the self-described stepfather of wind power in Michigan.

Smiley, of Suttons Bay, helped construct the state's first two commercial windmills in Traverse and Mackinaw cities. He already has met with Bay County and Bay City leaders about the idea, and a task force is being formed to pursue funding to research and erect an offshore turbine in the bay.



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Classic boats get new life

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NORTHAMPTON - The only thing bright now about Joseph A. McCormack's 1960 Century Arabian motorboat is a few pieces of chrome trim and the sunlight streaming through holes in the stern where the hull has rotted away.

But McCormack, a retired construction supervisor from Greenfield, said he will have her mahogany planking so varnished and smooth a year from now that you will be able to see your face in the hull. He plans to spend about 800 hours restoring the 16-footer.   more...

 



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