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Mercury weighing heavily on lake lovers

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PhotoGary Lowry has a vested interest in Lake Erie. As owner of Maumee Bait & Tackle, his livelihood depends on it.

But Ohio is currently the nation’s No. 2 state in mercury emissions into the air behind only Texas, according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency records. So as concerns about mercury settling on the Great Lakes have become a prominent issue, Mr. Lowry has found himself immersed in the topic.

He’s joined others — from young environmental activists to high-ranking public officials in at least eight Eastern states, plus California, New Mexico, and Wisconsin — in calling for tighter air pollution controls on coal-fired power plants that emit mercury into the air.   more...


 



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A popular topic for serious discussion -- weather

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Weather is a popular conversation piece in Western New York. This week, it will be the heart of a discussion among nearly 100 meteorologists from the Great Lakes region and Canada, including Detroit, Cleveland and Toronto. The 13th annual U.S./Canada Workshop on Great Lakes Operational Meteorology conference is being held over the next three days at the University at Buffalo.

Tom Niziol with the National Weather Service says the conference will focus on severe weather issues from lake effect snow to tornadoes. Attendees will discuss the latest technology used to forecast the weather on both sides of the border.

"Weather doesn't stop at political boundaries," Niziol said. "The same type of weather they get in Canada comes here. So to improve our forecast methods for the Great Lakes, we decided to have a couple meetings, which grew into the conference that we have today."    more...

 

 



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Project sends a chill through downtown

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Toronto has launched its project to cool downtown buildings with cold lake water on a torrent of hot air.

Dozens of civic and business leaders jammed a stuffy room at the Steam Whistle Brewery yesterday to hear a seemingly endless string of politicians and notables, headlined by actor Alec Baldwin, laud the Deep Lake Water Cooling Project.

What's being announced here is a miracle," gushed Baldwin.

The miracle cost $169.6 million, the money being used to construct three pipes thrusting 5 kilometres into Lake Ontario. Cold water is pumped from the bottom and sent on to a heat-transfer station, where it cools water in a separate network of pipes flowing into the air-conditioning systems of some of Toronto's biggest office buildings. The treated lake water — now warmed by one or two degrees — then flows into the city's drinking water pipes.   more...

 



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Groups ask DNR to protect Wisconsin rivers

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The Douglas County Association of Lakes and Streams joined more than 40 conservation organizations to petition for better protection of the state's northern rivers.

The petition, sent to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, is part of the Northwoods 100 Healthiest Rivers campaign.

Among the top 100 rivers the organizations are hoping to protect are the Amnicon, Black, Moose, Poplar, Spruce and St. Louis, as well as the headwaters of the St. Croix River in Douglas County.   more...

 



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WIN A GOLD MEDAL AT THE 2008 OLYMPIC GAMES!

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The Pegasus non-profit foundation is putting together a complete program for a few select, talented, hardworking team players. As part of our Pegasus Racing Olympic Gold program, you will be sailing at least 250 days a year, coached by the best and work with fitness trainers and nutritionists. Your focus will be to win medals in 2008 by becoming a better sailor, stronger, faster and more flexible. If you (and your crew) believe that you have what it takes, we want to hear from you now, drop us a line at  

Olympic.gold@pegasus-digital.com



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American crew eighth in colorful first 49er race

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The 49er made its colorful entrance into the Olympic sailing regatta and the American crew finished eighth in the first race Tuesday, when the Saronic Gulf suddenly turned tame.

The high-performance skiffs -- nicknamed for their 4.99-meter length -- were a big hit in their Olympic debut in Sydney in 2000 and should be again, as long as the wind isn't as light as it was Tuesday. The 49ers are fast and easily identifiable on downwind legs after they hoist their asymmetrical spinnakers imprinted with their country's flag.

As the 49ers rounded the first mark, the red-and-white Swiss spinnaker popped open, followed by the blue-and-yellow chute aboard Ukraine's boat and then the Union Jack. The American flag appeared when Tim Wadlow of Boston and Pete Spaulding of Miami rounded in eighth.   more...

 



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Fish and Chips

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New GPS inserts allow you to troll up walleys via satellite.
It’s a technological match made in walleye fishing heaven: thumbnail-size data cards containing the depth contours of the water you’re fishing that can be inserted into GPS units. Similar in size and design to the memory chips for digital cameras, the multimedia cards display the lake’s bottom on your GPS plotter screen. Such onboard information allows you to troll with exact precision over and around the crucial humps, points, and turns where walleyes congregate.

Drawing upon highly accurate National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration source data, depth chips with hydrographic contours make for safe navigation as well as precise trolling. Imagine an on-screen map instead of a paper chart, with your boat’s whereabouts shown in relation to what’s underwater as well as its position on the planet. That makes it possible to take evasive maneuvers around a rock pile and to keep the boat as well as your lines exactly where you want them.   more...

 



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There Is Nothing Wrong with Your Radio

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“Too Cute.  Too Cute.  Moon Yadda.”
“This is Too Cute.”
Pause.
“Too Cute.  Too Cute.  Moon Yadda.”
“Moon Yadda, Moon Yadda, this is Too Cute.”
Pause.
“Too Cute.  Too Cute.  Moon Yadda.”
“Moon Yadda,  Moon Yadda,  Moon Yadda, this is Too Cute. This is Too Cute.”
Long pause.
“MOON YADDA, MOON YADDA, MOON YADDA.”

Tip #1: Shouting into the microphone doesn’t help. When you can hear all the other boats on VHF and they cannot hear you unless you are in the same harbor, odds are that there is something wrong with your radio installation.  It could be the radio, particularly if you didn’t do your homework before you bought it. However, if you have a name-brand radio and it is delivering substandard performance, odds are that the problem is with the installation rather than the radio.   more...

 



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When Docking, Easy Does It

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Below the high-water mark on the piling to leeward of Kirsten, two large rusty screws stuck out several inches. Right now Kirsten's hull was safe from these newly revealed hazards, but once I slipped the lines and began backing out, the wind would surely arrange a meeting between these screws and Kirsten's hull.

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Paul Revered

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Editorial - Reprinted from http://sailinganarchy.com/

Is it wrong to not pull for Paul Cayard in the '04 Olympic Star Class? Maybe so, but there is an underlying of something, not dislike exactly, perhaps resentment (indeed, very likely resentment), but certainly a feeling that it is hard to get enthusiastic about a yachtsman who comes off with such an air of superiority, drenched in a blasé arrogance.

Okay, I think he's just hard to like, and I don't see much reason to cheer him on.

One can't possibly deny his accomplishments, but he'll likely go down in yacht racing history as the guy who made the most millions off of this sport without really doing all that much that would justify the fat bank account he owns.

Like most manicured athletes, he rarely says what's really going on, he speaks in clichés, the Innerviews he's given us here have to be the driest, most perfunctory ever, and the I Love Me mentality has never played well around here either.

Plus who can forget the screaming sessions he starred in while skippering AmericaOne and losing the cool that he has so calculatingly cultivated for his public image while losing to Prada in the 2000 AC? What the h_ll was that? I'm pretty sure that at that moment I crossed him off my Greatest of All Time list.

So, if he fails to medal, we'll not be unhappy. If he does medal, we'll say that's what we expected, and if he Golds, we'll no doubt and quickly run an editorial titled: Paul the Great: We Told You So.

Just one guys opinion...What's yours? Click the discussion link.

 



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Fishing Psychology 101

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You have equipped yourself with the most advanced gear, the hottest lures and you’re right on the spot. There’s just one problem-you’re not catching any fish. The problem may not be attributable to any physical variables-it may be psychological. A fisherman’s mindset can have a dramatic effect upon overall angling performance. According to Simi Valley, California-based Psychiatrist Dr. Allan Abrams, your confidence level, how you handle your emotions, and your state of awareness can definitely impact fishing success. If you seem to be doing everything correctly, but your fish hold is typically empty, maybe you need to look inside your head for some answers. If you do, be sure to consider the following psychological factors.   more...


 



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HOW TO AVOID BEING THE "BOAT GUEST FROM HELL"

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Having owned several boats, I can tell you that most of the time, it's fun to have a friend or acquaintance join you aboard your craft for some "pleasure" cruising or fishing. That is, unless the person you invite aboard turns out to be the "boat guest from hell." There are those occasions when you head out of the harbor looking forward to some enjoyable company out on the water, only to return at the end of the day vowing "I'll never let that guy set foot on this boat again." So, what makes the difference? Here are some pointers that will help you earn repeat guest status instead of a place on someone's "boating black list."   more...

 



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FINE FISHING: Lots of Salmon , Walleye and Perch

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Fishing around Northwest Michigan was pretty good over the weekend with folks catching about everything that swims.

Salmon fishing was particularly good with the peak in that fishing just about here. The kings will hit well now for perhaps another month before going into a decline for fall and spawning. Bass fishing on the inland lakes has been off and on - when it is good it is quite good, but when it is bad, it is poor indeed.

 

Renae at Young's in Alanson reports good brook trout fishing on the Maple River and good bass fishing on Crooked Lake. Local anglers are doing well on panfish on Pickerel Lake.   more...


 



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Townships refuse to concede in water expansion fight

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Complaining about their treatment by Muskegon County, three townships are digging in their heels in the fight over extending waterlines north to Michigan's Adventure Amusement Park.

The governmental boards of Laketon, Muskegon and Fruitland townships gathered at Reeths-Puffer High School Monday, holding the first joint public meeting any of them could remember, at which they presented their side of the story.

Muskegon County officials weren't invited, after the county's public works board voted last week to sell $5 million in bonds to build the new waterline along Whitehall Road by May 2005, despite the townships' opposition to the details of that plan.  more...

 



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Residents toast link to clean lake water

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Since cancer-causing chemicals were found in wells in Jim Warnecke's unincorporated Downers Grove neighborhood 2 1/2 years ago, his family has had to drink bottled water and take only short showers, rather than baths, with an open window.

Their ordeal ended Monday when local, state and federal officials gathered on the Warneckes' lawn to toast the completion of a $4.3 million project to connect about 750 homes in the area to clean, safe Lake Michigan water.

It was a big relief, said Warnecke, who has two children.

"Our well water tasted fine," he said. "It was the unseen demon that was the problem."   more...



 



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