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Navy to shut down radio transmitters

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CLAM LAKE, Wis. -- The U.S. Navy said Friday it will turn off two submarine communication systems in northern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan later this month and permanently dismantle them because they are outdated and no longer needed.

The Navy’s extremely low frequency (ELF) radio transmitter in the Chequamegon National Forest near Clam Lake has been the site of repeated demonstrations by anti-nuclear weapons activists.

The Navy also will shut down a similar transmitter in Michigan’s Escanaba State Forest near Republic.

Radio transmissions from the sites will cease Sept. 30. It could take the Navy up to three years to permanently close down the sites, said Steven Davis, a spokesman for the Navy’s Space and Navy Warfare Systems Command in San Diego.

The Navy uses the ELF system to maintain secure communications with submarines at sea, allowing the vessels to receive messages without surfacing because the radio waves penetrate water.   more...

 



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Merlin Hanson's seventh boat, Magic, is a bewitching 127-foot, 3-deck yacht

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ST. JOSEPH -- Merlin Hanson's interest in boats started nearly 50 years ago when he and his young family drove up to Saugatuck from their home in South Bend, Ind., one summer evening.

"Here comes this boat down this river, and I thought it was bigger than the Earth," he said during an interview from the Hanson Group office on State Street. "This boat backed into a slip in the harbor at Coral Gables restaurant, and two people brought out pizzas to the boat. I was hooked."

It would be another seven or eight years before Hanson, now in his 70s and a Stevensville resident, bought his first boat. He wanted to wait until he moved closer to water before making a commitment to the pastime. The 20-foot boat he used for pleasure riding on Lake Michigan was bought cheaply from a company that had filed for bankruptcy.

That first one, and each of the six boats since, was named Magic.   more...


 



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Bird lovers descend on Lake Erie Metropark to witness bird migration

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BROWNSTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- Thousands of people converged on Lake Erie Metropark over the weekend for the 15th annual Hawkfest, a two-day event to celebrate the annual migration of birds of prey.

Pleasant weather and a cloudless blue sky provided plenty of opportunity for those attending day one Saturday, The Monroe Evening News reported.

A rare osprey soared and whirled over the park's Marshlands Museum, where Gerald P. Wykes of Monroe, museum curator, sat at a picnic table. He used a microphone to call the crowd's attention to the attractions overhead.   more...

 



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Three honored for winter rescue on Green Bay

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A three-man helicopter crew that rescued a pair of snowmobilers from the frigid water of Lake Michigan's Green Bay received the Coast Guard's Distinguished Public Service Award Thursday.

Rear Admirals Robert Papp Jr., commander of the Coast Guard's Ninth District covering all of the Great Lakes, presented the award to George Miller, who was at the controls of the Eagle III rescue helicopter, Lt. Shaun Stamnes and paramedic Mike Orlando.

"You put your lives at risk," Papp said. "We are grateful that you are here to provide services that both back us up and become primary services when the Coast Guard is not available out on the lake."   more...

 



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Marsh along Detroit River made a refuge

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Humbug Marsh, a 410-acre parcel of undisturbed wetlands on the Detroit River, became a permanent part of a federally protected wildlife refuge Thursday.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service bought the marsh for $4.1 million. The purchase expands the land overseen by the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge by 25 percent.

The marsh sits along the river in Trenton and Gibraltar. The refuge, which runs from the Rouge River in the north to Maumee Bay in the south, is home to 65 species of fish, 29 species of waterfowl and more than 300 types of migratory birds.

John Hartig, the manager of the refuge, said the marsh will help show Detroit-area residents what the area looked like before it was developed. The area even has some trees that are 6 feet in diameter, Hartig said.   more...

 



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Fall colors in the Great Lakes Region

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Shawnee State Forest, OhioThis GLIN section features links to color updates around the region along with fall tourist attractions and facts about the color change.   more...

 

 

 

 




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DETROIT POWER SQUADRON

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Next safe Boating Classes

October 2 at Mac Ray's

30675 North River road, Harrison Twp. 9 am - 1 pm.

This will be a two session class

October 4 at Birney School

27225 Evergreen rd. Southfield 7 pm

Call (586) 774-2472 for infoCall (586) 774-2472 for info 

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GLMI annual dinner

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Don't miss this year's Great Lakes Maritime Institute annual dinner to held at the Blossom Heath Inn, 24800 E. Jefferson in St. Clair Shores, Oct. 3. Doors open at 4 p.m. with dinner at 5. The program is a blockbuster, with survivor Frank Mays of the Carl D. Bradley's sinking, speaking about his book, "If We Make It 'til Morning," which will be on sale. Award-winning artist and historian Robert McGreevey will be also be a speaker giving a unique look at ships and shipwrecks through an artist's eyes in "Lost Legends of the Lakes." Both will be happy to autograph items sold.

Tickets are $30 per person and must be ordered by Monday. To order call Donna at (586) 777-8300.



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NSSC sponsors International race

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The North Star Sail Club is the site of the Melges 24 International Regatta which will be held Sept. 24, 25 and 26 on Lake St. Clair.

Commodore Jeff Henderson and social liaison Richard King for the club are proud to host this prestigious race that will feature many famous Olympic sailors and quite possibly Buddy Melges of America's Cup fame. This regatta is often referred to as the "Ryder Cup of Sailing."

Voted by Sailing World Magazine as "Boat of the Year," the Melges 24 is the world's leading high performance, one design racing sport boat and one of the fastest growing class of sailboats in the U.S.

Call NSSC at (586) 463-2192 for additional information.



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Just a reminder

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The 2004 Vanguard Chapter of Trout Unlimited Conservation Banquet is Sept. 23 at Fern Hill Country Club in Clinton Township. For reservations, call (586) 336-0995. ...

A program called, "The Great Voyageur Canoe" is 9 a.m. Saturday at the Nature Center at Metro Beach Metropark. For reservations, call (586) 463-4332. ...

A program called "Learn a Leaf, Know a Tree" will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Nature Center at Stony Creek Metropark. Call (586) 781-4621. ...

The Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League Michigan Division will wrap up its regular season Saturday and Sunday on the Detroit River. Call (270) 252-1607. ...

The Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds will host the 15th annual Fall Detroit Camper & RV Show on Oct. 6-10 at Novi Expo Center. Call (517) 349-8881.   more...

 



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Trout are going to school

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It may take a village to raise a child, but in Lake Orion it takes a classroom to raise a fish.

The Vanguard Chapter of Trout Unlimited is sponsoring a program called, "Trout in the Classroom," at Waldon Middle School in Lake Orion.

Rob Roberts, the Youth Program Coordinator for Trout Unlimited, has been working with Waldon eighth-grade teacher Jon Gray to make the trout class a reality.

The class -- considered the first of its kind in Michigan -- will teach students about the life cycle of trout, while also providing valuable instruction about watersheds, water quality, habitat and stewardship, Gray said.   more...

 



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WHITE HOUSE PUSHES FOR WILDERNESS DESIGNATION

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The Bush Administration is recommending wilderness protection for a group of 21 islands in Lake Superior. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Mike Simonson reports from Superior.

This is the first time Assistant Interior Secretary Craig Manson visited the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore off the coast of Wisconsin. If Congress goes along with the Administration's recommendation, his next visit won't see much change because much of the park is already operating as a wilderness area. Manson says critics are wrong when they say the Bush Administration isn't protecting wilderness.   more...

More on the Apostle Islands Wilderness Proposal

The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore website

The Wilderness Act of 1964

 



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State appeals $1 million ruling on shoreline property

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A Holland attorney said on Wednesday that it could be another two years before he receives any of the $1 million awarded him in a lawsuit against the state.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has appealed Ottawa County Circuit Judge Calvin Bosman's decision ordering the state to pay William J. Heaphy and his wife, Anne, for banning them from building on three lots along the Lake Michigan shoreline in Port Sheldon Township.

Bosman awarded Heaphy $1.16 million for two of the three lots, ruling that the third lot was acquired after the state enacted the Michigan Sand Dune Protection and Management Act and did not qualify for compensation.   more...

 



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See Michigan and live your dreams

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What an amazing week this has been for outdoors experiences. In seven days I've gone from hunting doves in Hillsdale County on Michigan's southern border to catching walleyes and bass in Keweenaw County at the state's northern extreme.

In between I've fished for smallmouth bass and catfish in the Grand River a few miles from the state capitol at Lansing, caught trout in a beautiful stream a short drive from my home in Grayling, and chased grouse in the woods of both the Upper and Lower Peninsulas.

The Italians used to say "See Naples and die," which was their way of lauding the marvelous cosmopolitan atmosphere, commerce and architecture of that wonderful city. In the U.S., we could tell outdoors people, "See Michigan, and you'll never need to go anywhere else."   more...

 



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'International Talk Like a Pirate Day'

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Mark your calendar on September 19 as this coming Sunday is the official 'International Talk Like a Pirate Day'. Information for this holiday, including how to talk like a pirate, pirate advice, pirate games, pirate pick-up lines, is available at http://www.talklikeapirate.com


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