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Newsletter - Weds. 7/10/2013


Cruise the great lakes on new ship

Next year, one of the most interesting small ship cruise lines to debut in a long time will enter service with a single 210-passenger vessel - and for Canadians, they'll offer several innovative itineraries that are close to home.

Pearl Seas Cruises (pearlseascruises.com) was founded with the goal to provide small-ship luxury adventure cruises aboard new ships, which is where the still-being-built Pearl Mist comes in.

Rather than retrofitting an existing vessel, the line chose to create one from the ground up to ensure no detail was overlooked.   more...

Macomb County commissioners oppose Ontario nuclear waste site on Lake Huron

The Macomb County Board of Commissioners has gone on record opposing the underground nuclear waste site proposed by Ontario Power Generation on the shores of Lake Huron near the Bruce Peninsula.

The board voted unanimously to adopt a resolution against the nuclear dump on June 20, following the unanimous recommendation of the Health and Human Services Committee on June 17.  more...

Lake Michigan's cooler-than-normal temperatures discouraging to some beach vistors

Would-be swimmers of Lake Michigan are finding the water temperatures rather unwelcoming.

When it comes to the sandy beaches and the recent sunny conditions, there are no complaints. However, they are eagerly awaiting the Lake Michigan water to warm up.

The Muskegon State Park's beach was full of plenty of beach-goers on Friday afternoon, but not many were brave enough to wade in the cooler-than-usual Lake Michigan water.  more...

Jeff Daniels talking about the U.P. of Michigan on David Letterman

Favorite quote from the interview – David Letterman, “It’s [Grand Hotel and Mackinac Island] stunningly beautiful and picturesque!” Jeff Daniels, “Especially if you’re eating some fudge and you’re sitting on a horse.”  more...

Drinking Water Infrastructure: Who Pays and How (And For What)

There is an increasingly urgent need for renewed investment in our communities' water infrastructure. This need is driven by the unfortunate reality that for the many decades, funding to maintain water systems has fallen short of the cost of providing safe drinking water, sewage treatment and flood control. The result is decaying or outdated infrastructure that cannot keep pace with changing demand for water and wastewater treatment, growing population and increasingly heavy rainfall events. -  more

1958 film – Mackinac Bridge The Five Mile Dream

This 1958 film celebrated the construction of the Mackinac Bridge. It’s a nice little 10 minute look at how the bridge came to be built.

55 years ago this Friday, the Mackinac Bridge was officially dedicated. While the bridge opened on, November 1, 1957, it was not officially dedicated until the following summer on June 28, 1958.  more...

Mysterious substance in Lake Michigan baffles beachgoers, scientists as source remains unknown

A strange substance discovered last month just off the southern shore of Lake Michigan has beachgoers and scientists alike wondering how it found itself in the water.

Officials first heard of an "oily substance" during the middle of June after swimmers at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore reported the material on their bodies, said Dan Goldblatt, a spokesman for the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.  more...

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