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Winter Carnival - 2010

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The 89th Annual Michigan Tech University Winter Carnival will be held throughout the campus and various Houghton/Hancock locations February 3 through February 7. Events include the famous snow statues, sporting events, the queen contest, a torch light parade, fireworks, the Sno-Ball and more. For more information contact Blue Key National Honor Fraternity at (906) 487-2818. more...

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Nautical Mile Merchant Association in St. Clair Shores is hosting its Annual Chili Cook

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Nautical Mile Merchant Association in St. Clair Shores is hosting its Annual Chili Cook off at the Blossom Heath Inn on Thursday January 28th from 6-9pm.  Join all your boating friends at the "Hottest" event of winter.  Proceeds benefit the NMMA and the Wertz Warrior -Special Olymipcs Michigan.
There is still space available for entries, contact Susan Coppens
at 586-772-4200 or visit www.nauticalmile.org for more info.
 
Susan E. Coppens
Business Manager
 
Regal & Chris Craft
New * Used * Brokerage
 
Tel 586-772-4200
Cell  586-822-3447
 
24200 Jefferson Ave
St. Clair Shores, MI  48080


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Annual boat show docks at McCormick Place

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It may not be boating weather, but this is a chance to think warm thoughts. Right now, at McCormick Place, they're setting up the annual Chicago Boat, RV and Outdoors Show.

ABC 7's Phil Schwarz got a preview of what those longing for better weather will find.

Monday was setup day for the show, as a variety of boats and recreational vehicles were unloaded and prepared for opening day on Wednesday. The logistics of getting everything smoothly into place takes a lot of coordinating.  more...



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Group takes stand on illegal fishing

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ESCANABA - In an effort to prevent poaching and increase walleye numbers in the Bays de Noc, a local sports fishermen group is promoting tougher prosecution, law changes, and more fish plantings.

Bay de Noc Great Lakes SportsFishermen Inc. recently stepped-up these local efforts following a major illegal commercial fishing operation uncovered by the Department of Natural Resources in Little Bay de Noc earlier this year. The six suspects have not been officially charged. more...



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Local Residents Complete Trip of a Lifetime

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Evan and Pookie Davis of Pulaski recently received their BaccaLooperate degree from America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association.

The degree is given in recognition of completing a trip around America’s Great Loop comprised of the Atlantic and Gulf Intracoastal Waterways, the Great Lakes, the Canadian Heritage Canals and the inland river systems.   more...



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Slow season for Great Lakes shipping winding down

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PORT HURON, Mich. -- Great Lakes shipping is winding down a turbulent season that saw freighters making fewer trips to transport fewer commodities.

Dan Gallagher, president of the Port Huron-based Lakes Pilots Association, estimated its 10 captains made 40 percent fewer trips this year than in 2008.  more...

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Boat racing returns to Michigan City

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An event that brings big money and big boats to Michiana will be back in August.

The LaPorte County Convention and Visitors Bureau renewed its contract with Super Boat International.  more...



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Explorers find Civil War-era wreck in Lake Ontario near Rochester

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. — A Civil War-era schooner loaded with corn collided with another commercial vessel during a blinding snowstorm in 1862 and sank in minutes into the dark depths of Lake Ontario.

Two shipwreck explorers chanced upon the 119-foot-long C. Reeve while conducting underwater surveys this summer a few miles off the lake’s southern shore west of Rochester.   more...



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Mesquite sunk 20 years ago today

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During its service on the Great Lakes, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mesquite regularly tended to the buoys that help watercraft avoid navigational hazards.

But 20 years ago today, Friday, Dec. 4, the 180-foot-vessel — which had been using Charlevoix as its home port for nearly a decade — fell victim to one of those underwater hazards itself.

In early December 1989, the Mesquite was working buoys on Lake Superior — a territory normally handled by the Duluth, Minn.-based Coast Guard tender Sundew, which was in drydock for maintenance at the time.   more...



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Coast Guard urged to adopt tough standards for ships in Great Lakes

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Coast Guard Urged To Adopt Tough Standards For Ships In Great LakesSix Minnesota organizations urged the U.S. Coast Guard to adopt tough national standards for ships on the Great Lakes in order to finally stop the introduction and spread of harmful invasive species into those five water bodies and their tributaries on Monday.  more...

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A Third Rebirth of a Woody

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Dulcinea, commissioning on Memorial Day, 26 May 2008, White Bear Lake, MN.In last year's "Northern Breezes" I wrote about the fascination a small gaff rigged half-scale harbor pilot sloop had for me and the intimidating task that stood before us in her restoration. By way of review of that article: The 20' boat was hand built over a couple of years by Lee Pastor, a Ford Motor Company engineer in a yard north of Chicago, being finished in 1941, only in time for Lee to enter military service for the duration of WWII.   more...

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Grounded ship draws crowds along St. Lawrence

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Hundreds of curious onlookers have been gathering on the shore of the St. Lawrence River in eastern Ontario to watch tugboats try to free a large ship that ran aground this week.   more...


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Detroit Boat Show Announces Dates and Expanded Exhibitor Base

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November 18, 2009 -- Livonia, MI -- The 52nd Annual Detroit Boat Show is scheduled for February 13-21, 2010 at Cobo Center in Detroit, MI.  The nine-day show is the primary boat and accessory show in the state of Michigan and attracts thousands of attendees from Michigan, Canada and surrounding states. more

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Wooden boats take to Lake Keowee

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— Lake Keowee was recently the site of yet another a gathering of antique and classic wooden boats.

The boats — from Alabama, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia — were launched at Crooked Creek RV Park and Marina just before Halloween. They were in the area to take part in the “Halloween Howl,” sponsored by members of the Blue Ridge Chapter of The Antique and Classic Boat Society.  more...



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Fish and Wildlife Service wants public input on management of Lake Huron islands

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking input from the public in developing a comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) for islands in the Great Lakes that are managed as part of the National Wildlife Refuge System.   more...

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