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Big boats skipping race to Mackinac

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 An island in the Pacific Ocean is snatching boats that starred in last year's trek to Mackinac Island in Lake Huron.

Giants yachts Genuine Risk and Windquest are skipping by the annual Port Huron-to-Mackinac Island Sailboat Race in favor of the bi-annual Transpac race from Los Angeles to Honolulu.

But that didn't sway the enthusiasm of race organizers who gathered Thursday at the Seaway Terminal in Port Huron to discuss the July 23 event.

"This is a piece of Port Huron culture as much as it is a piece of our culture at Bayview (Yacht Club)," club spokesman Ted Everingham said during the news conference.   more...

 



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Coast Guard's 'Group Soo' changes name

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SAULT STE. MARIE - The Coast Guard base serving Northern Michigan waters has officially changed its name.

Coast Guard Group/Marine Safety Office/Base Sault Ste. Marie, known informally to mariners as "Coast Guard Group Soo," changed over to Sector Sault Ste. Marie on June 27.

Sectors are being created by the Coast Guard to better unify the Coast Guard' its command and control functions under one operational commander, resulting in increased interaction and coordination of Coast Guard missions, the development of a common operating picture, and the rapid sharing of information and intelligence.  more...



 



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Lighthouse may play starring tourism role

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 The Fort Gratiot Lighthouse already adorns official Port Huron logos, but the city has greater plans for the 86-foot historic landmark.

Officials see the lighthouse, which is Michigan's oldest, as the cornerstone to attracting tourism and funding the cultural growth of Port Huron.

"I'm convinced the lighthouse will be the new revenue-generating engine for the entire system," said Stephen R. Williams, Port Huron Museum director.

Port Huron is nearing the end of an involved process to obtain ownership of the lighthouse from the U.S. Coast Guard. The federal agency is in the midst of getting rid of many of Michigan's 120 historic lighthouses.

If the city eventually owns the tower and five support buildings, work will begin on a restoration process that easily could top $1 million.   more...

 



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Officials remain quiet on Devils Lake

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WASHINGTON -- A team of North Dakota scientists traveled here for a meeting with White House officials on Thursday, presenting a detailed defense of the Devils Lake outlet.

But the administration has still not taken sides in a dispute over the project between North Dakota and Canada.

The meeting was attended by Canadian officials and held at the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

Michele St. Martin, spokeswoman for council Chairman James L. Connaughton, said the meeting was held with scientists "to bring clarity to the issue" but added that "no party has made any commitments at this point."   more...

 



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Diver sucked into pipe survives

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A scuba diver sucked into a half-mile long intake pipe in Lake Michigan emerged out the other side with only a bloody nose to show for it.   more...

 



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The Cat's second life is stronger, leaders say

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(July 3, 2005) — The second season of high-speed ferry service connecting Rochester to Toronto is only four days old, but Rochester officials feel that the chances for success are much better this time around.

That's because there's recognition in the budgeting that the ferry won't make money right away — and $5.3 million is available to cover cash shortages that might develop.

"Our aim was to give ourselves the maximum ability to make this work," said Benjamin Douglas, a member of Rochester City Council and president of the Rochester Ferry Co., which was created by the city to oversee the ferry.   more...

 



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NOAA offers electronic field guide

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NOAA satellite image of the Great Lakes taken June 21, 1995.A new Web site, created by the NOAA Center of Excellence for Great Lakes and Human Health, serves as an electronic field guide to the types, locations and habits of harmful algal blooms in the Great Lakes.   more...

 



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Viewing Information for Natalie O'Niel

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The viewing for Natalie O'Niel will be at the Lynch Funeral Home on Crooks between 14 and 15 mile roads on Thursday from 3 pm to 8 pm. 

Viewing:

Thursday, July 7; 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors
1368 N Crooks Rd
Clawson, MI 48017
248.435.0660

Funeral service:

Friday, July 8, 11:00 a.m.
First United Methodist Church of Birmingham
1589 W Maple Rd
Birmingham, MI 48009
(248) 646-1200
http://www.fumcbirmingham.org/



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Hollyhock gets new commander

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  The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Hollyhockon Thursday will get a new permanent captain.

Lt. Cmdr. Mike Davanzo will be sworn in as commander of the 225-foot Hollyhockduring a ceremony in Cleveland at the Coast Guard's regional headquarters.

Coast Guard spokesman Jeff Hall said Davanzo will begin training with the 50-person ship in preparation for Hollyhock'snext mis-

sion, helping with security during the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Detroit on July 12.

Davanzo replaces former captain Lt. Cmdr. Mike McBrady, who on May 13 was relieved of his duties by Coast Guard Rear Adm. Robert Papp.   more...

 



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Body of missing swimmer found in Lake Michigan

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(Norton Shores, July 4, 2005) Four campers found a gruesome discovery in the waters of Lake Michigan today.

They found the body of Daniel Reiss, who was swept off the Grand Haven Pier in November 2003. Crews searched for his body that winter, and again that next spring and never found him.   more...

 



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Drownings remind us to stay safe

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Opinions are consistent on how to keep kids safe in the water: teach them to swim and provide adult supervision.

With summer's sweltering weather, those rules are important to follow to avoid tragedies like those that struck last month when two area children drowned within a span of eight days.

Henry Byrd, 14, was bridge-jumping into the Kalamazoo River in Albion on a hot day when he misjudged the depth and couldn't swim. Lauren Paduchowski, 5, was with teenagers at the Michigan Center Lake boat access. Her guardian, Michaline Deming, told police that Lauren was just learning how to doggie paddle.   more...

 



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High lake temperatures puzzle regional scientists

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Sweltering heat has many Metro Detroiters seeking relief in Michigan's waters, where lakes already have warmed to peak summertime temperatures.

The average surface temperatures of the Great Lakes are at their highest in five years. Readings in the 60s and 70s from all but Lake Superior already are warmer than they were during last summer's most comfortable mid-August swimming days.

Tourists have headed north and boaters have hit the waterways for the busy Fourth of July weekend. Roger Funkhouser, manager of Bayshore Resort in Traverse City, has booked a growing number of downstaters looking to escape the heat.

"We get a lot of spur-of-the-moment visits when people decide they just can't take it anymore," he said.Victoria Davis, 14, of Pontiac, took advantage of Cass Lake's warm temperatures Friday.

"I thought it was going to be really cold. It's like bath water," said Davis. more...

 



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Coast Guard's Water Rescue

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MUSKEGON -- The Coast Guard rescued a man who fell out of a boat in Lake Michigan this afternoon. They say a life jacket saved his life.

They got a call on someone waving from a sailboat in the lake about 3 miles north of Muskegon.

They found a woman onboard who said her husband fell out.

The Coast Guard and County Sheriff department responded and found the 67-year-old man after about a half-hour of searching.   more...


 



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Detroit Yacht Club’s “Miss DYC” Vies for Repeat of Gold Cup Title

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DETROIT, July 2, 2005 – The Detroit Yacht Club, the premier site to view the 2005 Chrysler Jeep Superstores Detroit APBA Gold Cup races, presents the U-2 unlimited hydroplane “Miss DYC.” The 101st annual Gold Cup races will be held on July 15 – 17 on the Detroit River. This is the eighth year the DYC has sponsored a boat.

“Miss DYC” is owned by Jim Harvey Motorsports, Inc. of Seattle, Washington who has been involved in powerboat racing since 1966. Harvey began as a crew member on Bob Gilliam’s “Hilton Hy-Per-Lube” in 1966 and has been hooked ever since. Harvey debuted as an owner in 1987 when he purchased a former “Squire Shop” hull.

The winner of the 2004 Gold Cup, “Miss DYC” previously competed as the U-10 boat owned by USA Racing Partners of Las Vegas. The U-10 was damaged at the end of last season and will not return this year.

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20,000 dead carp: something fishy

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Few things grab your nose's attention on a hot summer afternoon down by the creek quicker than the putrid odor of a dead carp.

But imagine 20,000 dead carp.

That is what the good folks on western New York's famous Chautauqua Lake are contending with right now - in the height of summer vacation season with the big Fourth of July holiday weekend looming.

"There is some odor, but they're trying to keep ahead of the game," explained Russ Biss, natural resources supervisor for the Allegany, N.Y., office of the state department of environmental conservation. "The Chautauqua Lake Association has been very active out there, picking up fish."   more...

 



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