Archive - Jun 2010

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June 17th

Kids’ Day at the Pit featured fishing derby, swimming

To the Editor,

Tecumseh Parks & Recreation’s Annual Kids’ Day was this past Saturday, June 12, 2010.  We kicked off the morning with a fishing derby for children aged 16 and under.  Local pro, John Alcodray brought out his bass boat and helped our young fishers bring in the big ones.  On shore, Dan Fields helped with our weigh-in station, as he measured both the length and weight of all the fish that were caught.  Our fishing derby prize winners were Alex Voll, Dylan Wolford, Brandon Hoagland, and Zachary Henry.  Each winner chose a new rod and reel or a duffle bag, and then everyone who attended was also awarded a door prize.  Our prizes were donated by Cabela’s and Paul’s Manufactured Homes & RV Sales.  Our anglers worked up a big appetite, so Busch’s grilled up some delicious hot dogs along with chips and water, all free of charge.


The rest of the beautiful afternoon was left for free open swim!  If you didn’t make it out this year, be sure to join us next summer.

Thank you to all of our donors who make it possible to host this free event, and to all of the volunteers who help it run smoothly.

Heather Marsh
Tecumseh Parks and Recreation
Recreation Coordinator


Tecumseh Girl Scouts hold successful blood drive

To the Editor,

Tecumseh Girl Scouts would like to thank those who contributed to the success of their Blood Drive on Monday June 14:  The Tecumseh Seventh-day Adventist Church, the Lenawee Seventh-day Adventist School, WLEN, Tecumseh Chamber of Commerce, the girls and troop leaders from the community as well as their parents, family and friends.  We appreciate everyone supporting our service project!

DeAnna Strand
Troop 269 Leader


Associations, Concerned Citizens groups sponsor public forum on water testing methods for River Raisin Watershed

The Michigan Lake and Stream Associations and Concerned Citizens for Water would like to welcome the community to a public forum on the River Raisin Watershed and water testing methods. Our guest speakers are Dr. Jim Martin and Joseph W. Duris. Dr. Martin is an Associate Professor of Biology at Adrian College where he also serves as Chairman of the Biology Department. He specializes in invertebrate Zoology, Entomology and Parasitology, Sociobiology and social insects. Dr. Martin has trained hundreds of volunteer stream monitors in his lead role in the River Raisin Watershed Council's Adopt-a- Stream Program. He is also Michigan's leading academic authority on the River Raisin Watershed and has published many scientific papers associated with his work on the River Raisin.

Joseph W. Duris is a microbial ecologist with United States Geological Survey's Michigan Water Resources Center in Lansing. He has written many published scientific papers based on his research of the cause and affect of pollution in Michigan waters. Mr. Duris will address water testing methods of our wells, lakes and streams. Both Dr. Martin and Mr. Duris will participate in a question and answer session, following the lecture.

The event will be held at the Collins Center on Wampler’s Lake on Thursday, June 17th, 2010 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. We look forward to seeing you there.

From the East: I-94 to US 12. Go West on US 12, approx. 9 miles west of Clinton and past Walter J. Hayes State Park Entrance. Turn North (right) on Hane Highway (dirt road) follow the signs to camp. From the North and West, US 127 Go southeast on Highway 50 to US12. Go east to Hane Highway and follow the signs to camp.

Pam Bacon
Brooklyn


June 11th

Video highlights of the 2010 Clinton High School graduation ceremony

Clinton High School held its commencement ceremony Sunday, June 6, in the gymnasium. Hundreds came out to see the Class of 2010 on their special day.


June 10th

Cristina's friend writes love letters to Michigan

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My friend Phoenix Hatch has started a blog called Dear Michigan, From New York, With Love. He writes love letters to his love (another friend of mine) and to Michigan where his love lives. What I find compelling about these little pieces is that they paint a picture of my home state—my Michigan, our Michigan—in such a beautiful way that it makes me sad and happy all at once. It makes me sad that I've taken my lovely home state for granted for so long and happy that someone outside of our borders here can see the beauty through all the darkness that has surrounded us as of late.

Whenever I'm frustrated with the heaviness that we've experienced here in Michigan and all the negative news, I think about Phoenix and about seeing Michigan through someone else's eyes, someone who is longing to come here and live and work, which is counterintuitive to the exodus we've experienced lately. 

I'm not knocking anyone for leaving. We have to do what we have to do to. I'll admit that the thought has crossed my mind to leave for greener pastures at times, but there is something that makes it hard to leave. For me, it's that I want a place to call home. My family has transience in their blood. We made the leap across the pond not so long ago and then it feels like we've been rootless ever since. That's why I look with envy on those who have been rooted here in this community for generations. There always is a place to come home to.

Something in Phoenix's words reminds me that Michigan is my home, reminds me that there really is something to be said for long stretches of road that open up so you can see for miles, for the cool splash of fresh river water on your face, and for long lazy days on my deck watching cardinals, robins and goldfinches flit about.

Thanks Phoenix for reminding me that I love Michigan, too.


Tornado hits Dundee

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By CRISTINA TRAPANI-SCOTT

Leveled homes, gnarled debris, trees uprooted, Red Cross Disaster Relief trucks — these are images typically associated with scenes on television, often in distant places. After Sunday’s early morning tornado that tore through Dundee, those images are all too close to home.

At 2 a.m. Sunday morning, an EF2 tornado with winds as strong as 130 miles per hour touched down just east of Lenawee County and continued on a destructive path for 13 miles, tearing through homes, unearthing trees throughout the Village of Dundee, and downing power lines. More than 35,000 DTE Energy customers were without power during the storm. On Monday, nearly 7,000 residents still had no power as crews lined M-50 repairing damaged utility poles and lines.

Britton resident Teri Kniffin is feeling fortunate. She and her husband, Paul, own a home on M-50 where their son, also Paul, lives with his family. A tree fell on the home, crushing a bedroom that the couple typically uses, but they’d moved to an upstairs bedroom recently because it was quieter.

“We had no idea the tornado was going toward Dundee until we got the call from Paul and [his wife] Amy,” Kniffin said. “They were one of the lucky ones. Paul (junior) said that they thought their damage was bad until they were driving down the road. He told me that he didn’t want to work on his own house because he wanted to help others.”

Connie Landry, whose children attend Britton-Macon Area School, is a Dundee native. She and her family live on Petersburg Road. Landry said they heard the first alarm at around 12:30 a.m. and then a second sounded just before 2 a.m.




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