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Goldfish Lent a Helping

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Dick rests in a sling in his aquarium at the Sky Port Restaurant in Scotia /APDick, the 17 year old goldfish, was struggling with swim bladder disease at the bottom of his tank.

That's when concered patrons of the reaturant in which he lives stepped in to create a sling to get him back and boyant.

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Money Originally Used to Designate Lake St. Clair a Great Lake Allocated to Cleanup Instead

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With the effort to designate Lake St. Clair the sixth Great Lake losing steam, the Sterling Heights City Council decided to push for federal money to keep it clean and safe.

City Council was scheduled March 18 to consider a resolution to urge Congress to designate Lake St. Clair a Great Lake. Instead, council members unanimously passed a resolution endorsing efforts to protect the lake with money designated for the Great Lakes System. more-->



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Two OU Athletes competing in NCAA Swimming Championships This Weekend

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Oakland University swimmers Doug Drazin and Eric Lynn are at completely different stages of their careers. But they have the same goal today... more -->



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Trout Fishing Could be as Close as the Clinton River

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The Clinton River hasn't been planted with trout for more than a decade, but that could change in the near future if stream improvements being planned by the Vanguard Chapter of Trout Unlimited and chapter partnerships are successful. more-->





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Sun & Sail Open House, New Sailboats Available for Viewing

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The ice has melted and Sun & Sail is having their annual Open House the rest of this week (3/29 - 4/6), so sailing can not be far away.

Sun & Sail has the new Beneteau 36.7 on display.  The 36.7 is a great racer cruiser with a pending local one design racing class http://sunandsail.com/f36_7.htm.

They also have another 15 new Catalina & Beneteau boats on display & UK Sailmakers have special sail deals for any new boat sails ordered by the end of March. 

Pick a day and get your first dose of sailboats for the spring.  If you would like more information you may check out:  http://sunandsail.com/postcard.htm.

You may also email Sun & Sail for more information at: sailingsns@aol.com

Sun & Sail Marine is located at 31040 N River Road in Harrison Twp, Michigan

See You There!



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Oakland Communities Seek Ways to Save Shrinking Lakes

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ImageDesperate to find a solution before another devastating drought dries up their lake and their summer fun, homeowners along Orchard and Upper Straits lakes have launched a campaign to find new ways to increase lake levels and then keep them high.

This week, the Orchard Lake City Council began forming a committee that will explore the options available to increase lake levels, which last summer dropped from 18 inches to nearly three feet below normal levels on many lakes.

The Detroit News Reports



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Grosse Pointe Power Squadron Offers 10-Week Boating Safety Class Starting Monday

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Photo Courtesy The Macomb Daily Online

These Students took part in a boating safety class from the Grosse Pointe Power Squadron

A new 10-week class starts Monday March 24.

Get the schedule & learn more about the Grosse Pointe Power Squadron

Areas of interest:

  • knot tying
  • marine compass & anchoring
  • boat handling
  • navigation
  • much much more



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Just for Fun...

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What lies on the bottom of Lake Superior and twitches?

                 A nervous wreck!





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Water Skiing Squirrel Appears at National Boat Show

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Not all boating enthusiasts are created equal.

The world's first water skiing squirrel /Washington Post

"Twiggy" made his appearance at the National Capital Boat Show in Virginia. The squirrel skis in 6 inches of water and practices safe boating by wearing a life jacket.  more -->

 

 



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March on the Horizon: Boaters' Safety Classes

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  The Michigan DNR wants all boaters to know that a person who is older than 12 but less than 14 may operate a personal watercraft if he or she obtained a boating safety certificate before January 1, 1999.
  Persons born after December 31, 1978 shall not operate a personal watercraft
unless they obtain a boating safety certificate.
  The operators of a personal watercraft must carry their boating safety certificate and display it upon the demand of a peace officer.

Check out the Michigan DNR site for boating safety classes in your area..  more...



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Jimmy Buffett Coming to Detroit

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Jimmy Buffett's "Tiki Time Tour" is coming to Detroit Tuesday, June 24th.

Tickets go on sale March 8th.

 



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Sailing Terms

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Leech- A crewmember that never seems to have a dime when its time to pay for drinks or meals.
Luff- The Front part of a sail that everyone but the helmsman seems to pay attention to (see also Telltales)
Luff up- Something racers do to each other to catch the back of the fleet Head -(See Stern Pulpit)
Halyard- Something that only breaks or jams when you're winning
Sheet- A line made to rip gloves or hands part. Has ability to tangle on anything.
Bow- The part of the boat that no one should have to work on. Temporary section of an offshore Catamaran
Backstay- The last thing to grab as your falling overboard
Stem Fitting- The hole made in a competitors boat when your helmsman misjudges a Port /Starboard crossing
Hatch- A hole to fall into
Companionway- Another name for a hole to fall into
Heave to-Newcomers quite often find themselves heaving too
Anchor- The thing rotting in the bilge of every racing yacht (unseen)
Sewerman- A sailor that has a fetish for wet soggy nylon
Foreguy-First guy to the bar
Afterguy-Last guy out of the bar
Lazy Guy-Most Yacht Racers when they're not Racing
Keel- A very heavy depth sounder only used on Unamarans (monohulls)
Interior-A term not used in conjunction with racing yachts
Comfort- Another term not used in conjunction with racing yachts
Bunk- A small uncomfortable area for wet sailors to attempt sleep
Inside Overlap-The part of a race that resembles a political debate
Round Up-Easiest way to get the oncoming watch on deck
Round Down- A bad, bad thing for a bowman out on the spinnaker pole
Gybe Set- A great way to end up on Port Tack right in front of the whole Fleet that's approaching the mark on Starboard
Pop the Chute-The sound a Poly Chute makes just as it blows apart
Cunningham- A Sly Pig or a complicated term for a downhaul
Tactician-A kind term for a Smart Ass or Arrogant SOB or Dumb Ass or Lucky SOB
Helmsman-The nut attached to the rudder through a steering mechanism


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How to Race a Sailboat

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1) Call seven friends Friday night, have them all meet you at your house at 7:00 am tomorrow, sharp.
2) Have your friends clean your house, and haul everything from the basement to the attic.
3) After the house is clean, everyone wraps themselves from head to toe in plastic.
4) All eight of you cram together in the bathtub.  Point a large fan at the tub and turn the shower on cold
5) While yelling and swearing at your friends at the top of your voice, tear up $100 bills. Do this for six hours.
6) At the end of the six hours, everyone gets out of the bathtub and walks around the house, dripping wet.
7) Have all your friends clean your house again and take the stuff from the attic back to the basement, then take them all out to dinner.
8) Invite them to come back next weekend and do it again.


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Just for Fun - Lucky the Pirate

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A sailor meets a pirate in a bar. The pirate has a peg leg, a hook, and an eye patch.

"How'd you end up with a peg leg?" asks the sailor. "I was swept overboard in a storm," says the pirate. "A shark bit off me whole leg." "Wow!" said the sailor.

"What about the hook?" "We were boarding an enemy ship, battling the other seamen with swords. One of them cut me hand clean off." "Incredible!" remarked the sailor.

"And the eye patch?" "A seagull dropping fell in me eye," replied the pirate. "You lost your eye to a seagull dropping?" the sailor asked incredulously. Said the pirate, "It was me first day with the hook."



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