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Chicago's Olympics team prepares for its big pitch

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As workers continued spiffing up proposed Olympic sites, Chicago's bid committee pulled back the curtain—just a bit—Tuesday on its plans to woo and wow Olympics officials headed here next week to evaluate whether this city should hold the 2016 Games.  more...

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The buoys are back in town

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NAVIGATIONAL AIDS: Maintaining buoys is one of the Hollyhock crew's primary duties.From Lake Ontario to Traverse Bay, Port Huron-based Coast Guard officials are responsible for installing navigational aides each spring.

That process has begun -- a sure sign warmer weather is on its way and boating activity on local waterways could pick up.

Lt. j. g. Chris Jasnoch, the navigational aides operation's manager for the Coast Guard cutter Hollyhock, said the crew puts in more than 100 navigational aids each spring between mid-March and mid-April.

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The Black Boaters Club of America (BBCA)

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Black Boaters Club of America logo, bbca, atlanta black boaters, blacks in boating, african american boating communityThe Black Boaters Club of America (BBCA) invites you to join us in building relationships through the awesome world of boating. If you are looking to get away from the normal rigors of everyday life, you will have a blast while participating in our Formal Gala Affairs, Getaways, Golf, Pot-luck Cookouts, Boating, Jet Skiing, Fishing and Swimming activities.
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Boat owners warned: Don't make waves over Olympics rowing plan

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No complainingLots of boaters are unhappy with plans to use Monroe Harbor as the rowing venue for the 2016 Olympics should Chicago win the Games, but you won't hear many complaints.

The Chicago Yachting Association, an umbrella group for 15 yacht clubs in the Chicago area, has asked members to keep a lid on it, noting in a memo obtained by the Tribune that yacht clubs "are vulnerable to retribution."  more...



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Water Begins To Recede In Dundee

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DUNDEE, Mich. - Floodwaters have started to recede after president of the village of Dundee declared a state of emergency because of flooding along the River Raisin.

The M-50 bridge going across the River Raisin remains closed because of high water.

The Michigan Department of Transportation closed the bridge Thursday because the water slamming the steal beams underneath could compromise the structure of the bridge.

The bridge is expected to reopen at midnight.

"Well it's gone done quite a bit. We're indicating it's gone down about 8 or 9 inches, and hopefully by late afternoon we should be able to open things back up," said Monroe County Sheriff's Office Deputy David Uhl.  more...



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17th Annual Spring Boating Expo Cruises Into Novi

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March 6, 2009 - Livonia, MI ----- Hundreds of 2008 and 2009 model boats for fishing, cruising, skiing and wakeboarding will be featured at the 17th Annual Spring Boating Expo, March 12 – 15, at the Rock Financial Showplace in Novi, Michigan.  In addition to boats, the latest boating engines, motors, accessories, services, clothing and gear will be for sale from more than 100 boating businesses.  more

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DNR: Ice fishing coming to an end in Lower Michigan

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Waters in the Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Michigan still have good ice for those not yet ready to put away the ice fishing gear, the Michigan Department of Resources said Wednesday in its weekly fishing report

But for the southern sections of Lower Michigan, this could be the last weekend for ice fishing and as always, caution needs to be used, according to the DNR, reminding anglers that the reformed ice is very slippery.  more...



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Nature Film to Benefit Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve

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Nature Film to Benefit Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
Sunday March 8, 2009

Rochester Community Schools Administrative Office
501 West University Drive

Harrison Room

 

Calling all families, ocean-lovers, frog-lovers and pirate-lovers!  We have a wonderful treat for you on Sunday March 8 at 2:30 PM.  As a fundraiser, Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve will screen the underwater wildlife film The Riddle in A Bottle, created by Michigan filmmakers Laura Sams and Robert Sams.  more

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Detroit Boat Show Reports Mixed Sales

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Producers of the 51st Annual Detroit Boat Show reported mixed sales reports from its 9-day show which ran February 14 - 22 at Cobo Center in Detroit.

“While some exhibitors were extremely pleased with their sales activity at the show, others were disappointed,” said Detroit Boat Show Manager Van Snider. “Sales reports seemed to be all over the board – some exceeded their expectations, others were hoping for more.” more

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Olympics bid at virtual gallop

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OLD MILL CREEK -- The proposed Olympic-caliber makeover of Tempel Farms was given a dose of virtual reality Friday when Chicago boosters presented the International Olympic Committee with bid documents for the 2016 summer games.

Included among the 600 pages of French/English operational summaries and color images -- all of which can be viewed at www.chicago2016.org -- are two pages devoted to the would-be $16 million worth of facilities for equestrian events at the Wadsworth Road property.   more...



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France claims historic Great Lakes wreck

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The Griffon, built in 1679 near today's Niagara Falls, Ont., by French explorer Rene-Robert de La Salle, became the first sailing ship on the Great Lakes but was lost in a storm that year on its maiden voyage.The French government has formally moved to lay claim to one of Canadian history's most important shipwrecks — if, as a U.S. relic hunter believes, the 330-year-old Griffon has been discovered at the bottom of Lake Michigan.

 

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Attend public meeting about bay dredging

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Ohio EPA will have a public information session and hearing at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26, at Sandusky City Hall, 222 Meigs St., Sandusky. The purpose of the meeting is to accept comments on the water quality impacts associated with a proposal to dispose sediment dredged from Sandusky Harbor in Lake Erie.  more...



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Lighthouse's future up to community

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The Fort Gratiot Light isn't just the oldest and historically most important structure in Port Huron, it's a North American treasure.

It is the oldest lighthouse on Lake Huron and the oldest surviving lighthouse in Michigan, having guarded the entrance to the St. Clair River since 1829.

Unfortunately, if it is to endure another 180 years, the Fort Gratiot Light needs urgent help.  more...

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51st Annual Detroit Boat Show To Bring 9 days of Summer to Cobo Center

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Boat show offers everything boating plus entertainment and fun for all Feb 14 – 22

LIVONIAFeb. 6, 2009 – More than 80,000 Michigan residents are expected to visit hundreds of exhibitors and see hundreds of new 2009, 2008 and 2007 model boats of all types and sizes during the 51st Annual Detroit Boat Show scheduled for February 14–22 at Cobo Center in downtown Detroitmore

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Michigan Boating Industries Association Bestows LCDR Luke Clyburn with Prestigious Mayor’s Cup for 2009

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            Livonia, MI, February 1, 2009  ---  LCDR Luke Clyburn, Captain of the Pride of Michigan has been chosen to receive the 2009 Mayor's Cup Award for outstanding contributions to the recreational boating industry in Michigan.  Clyburn is being recognized for his leadership as the founder and President of the Noble Odyssey Foundation, which supports the training of the Great Lakes Division Sea Cadets, and his long history of training Sea Cadets for successful careers in the Coast Guard, Navy, Merchant Marine, government, education, navel architecture and sciences. more

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