A couple of local anglers had pretty special seasons.
Mary Ellen Fosbrink of Delmont won second place in the steelhead division of the 2013 Fall Lake Ontario Counties fishing derby.
Fosbrink was fishing with “fishing pal” Frank Yantos of Delmont, trolling a black raspberry Northern Kin spoon 70 feet down in 213 feet of water. They had an E-chip at the head of the spoon.
Fosbrink reeled in a 14-pound, 7-ounce steelhead. That turned out to be the biggest of its kind on the first day of the two-day tournament, winning her $100. She placed second overall in the competition and won another $1,000 for that. She finished second overall in the tournament once before, in 2007.
Joan Vinette appreciates Lake Superior, and she wants others who live near its shores to appreciate it, too.
Vinette, a Michigan State University Extension educator in Alger County, developed the Life of Lake Superior Youth Program 13 years ago in response to what she saw as a disconnect between area youths and the vast natural resource in their midst.
Local governments in Canada and Michigan have approved resolutions opposing Ontario Power Generation's plans for a deep geological repository in Kincardine, Ontario.
The repository would store low and intermediate level waste 680 meters underground within a mile of Lake Huron's shoreline.
Toledo and Oregon have also approved resolutions in the past three months, since Lake Erie receives 95 percent of its water from Lake Huron.
Longtime Port Clinton resident Victoria Clemons wrote a letter to Port Clinton council in August, asking them to do the same.
Detroit— Between his accounting and finance courses at Wayne State University, Kwan Stafford sneaks in a trip to Belle Isle whenever he can for something a little less taxing — fishing.
The angling has allowed Stafford, 33, to notice one of several environmental issues Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources isn’t expected to address if it eventually takes over running the park. A state emergency loan board will decide this week, perhaps as early as Tuesday, whether the state will operate Belle Isle for the next 10 or 30 years and under what conditions.
Under the 30-plus pages of the proposed lease agreement between the Snyder administration and Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, the state would take on some of the island’s more obvious problems: picking up trash and getting the bathrooms functioning.
Governor Rick Snyder on Wednesday signed into law Public Acts 159 and 160, which brings Sales Tax on the Difference (STOD) for Automobiles, RVs and Boats to Michigan.
In a release, Michigan Boating Industries Association (MBIA) applauded the decision because with this new law, Michigan will no longer be at a competitive disadvantage with its neighboring states when it comes to watercraft sales.
Currently, all of Michigan’s surrounding states have STOD, allowing consumers to only pay sales tax on the difference between the trade-in value and the new purchase price.
It may have been the rattle of windows on the northeast side of the houses near Lake Superior that first brought tidings of ill omens to the wives and loved ones that were still sailing on the Great Lakes. It was early November as warm winds that blew of the mariners from the southeast shifted to the cold north and west. As seasons on the Great Lakes move from autumn into winter, warmed waters colliding with cold harsh winds from the north could bring fear to the families of Great Lakes sailors. Nevertheless the waters of the Midwest were still free of ice and money was to be made in the transportation of goods. It had to be done, there were hungry children at home, yet the captain and crew of Great Lakes ships nervously watched the skies for signs of heavy weather.
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CLEVELAND - Winter in northeast Ohio brings out cold weather sporting enthusiasts. Whether it's ice fishing, skating or cross country skiing, many don't properly prepare for a day of winter fun.
Last year in Ohio, 11 people died because they weren't equipped for cold water activities. Nationally, 90 percent of all winter pond, river and lake tragedies were caused by poor preparation.
Any outdoor activity in cool or colder weather conditions presents a risk of hypothermia. That risk is greater while boating because water robs the body's heat 25 times faster than air of the same temperature.
PORT CLINTON — When Sherri “Sam” Mason set out on a research boat in 2012, one of her goals was to see if plastic might be polluting the Great Lakes.
The professor at State University of New York in Fredonia knew her team’s research would be preliminary, sort of a scouting mission to see if pieces of plastic were there, as they are found in large numbers in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.
She never expected her findings would receive the national attention they have in the past year.
OTTAWA, ONTARIO - November 5, 2013 - The greatest of the Great Lakes is being celebrated as the latest silver collector coin produced by the Royal Canadian Mint. The Lake Superior coin is the first in a five-coin series featuring the famous Great Lakes.
“The Mint is proud to celebrate Canada’s people, places and passions, including the Great Lakes, which have shaped our collective identity in so many ways,” said Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. “Lake Superior has captured the imagination of generations and this coin will continue to foster the amazement and delight of Canadians and collectors alike for years to come.”
Lake Superior is not only the world’s largest freshwater lake by surface area but also the source of 10 percent of the planet’s fresh water. Lake Superior borders Ontario, as well as the American states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Fed by 200 rivers, it measures 563 kilometres north to south and 257 kilometres west to east.
In a major report planned for release later this month, a state task force trying to reduce western Lake Erie's toxic algae will call for a 40 percent reduction in all forms of phosphorus entering northwest Ohio waterways.
The Ohio Phosphorus Task Force's report, an update to its initial 2010 study, could affect farmers, sewage plant operators, large land-based businesses such as golf-courses, and homeowners - anyone who uses or manages large amounts of fertilizers.
State and federal legislators are expected to use the task force recommendations when deciding whether to expand existing laws or adopt new ones.
Margi Armstrong, Lake St. Clair program coordinator for Clean Water Action, stood between DTE’s Belle River and St. Clair Power Plants in East China Township, one of two sites in the state chosen to unveil CWA’s new report: “Toxic Trash Exposed – Coal Ash Pollution in Michigan.”
“Coal ash is a major threat to the Great Lakes,” said Armstrong on Nov. 1, standing on the Bridge-to-Bay Trail along M-29, with coal piles of both power plants visible to the east and west. “More than 1.7 million tons of coal ash is produced in Michigan every year.”
WASHINGTON, Wis. —The breakwaters in Port Washington are deteriorating, and that danger is prompting new warnings signs to keep the public out.
"I have not to been able to go out on that breakwater because of the safety issues, I'll go up to Sheboygan before I'll go out on this breakwater, so I'm really glad to hear that," Carolynn Ulik said.
The mayor said the signs, posted by the Army Corps of Engineers, show the federal government believes the jetties are failing.
"The reality is it dates back to the 1930s, so we've gotten our money's worth to this point in time, but now we're at a point to where the next winter storm, if you will, or another freeze-thaw cycle, we could lose significant portions of it," Port Washington Mayor Tom Mlada said.