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Posted on July 7th, 2021

Northern Michigan Beaches’ Voted Best in the U.S.

Sleeping Bear Dunes – Michigan Beaches

Being a true Michigander, we find it no surprise when someone tells us that Northern Michigan has some of the best beaches in the U.S. – Rolling dunes that stretch for miles. Clear fresh water that can be eerie calm one day and full of breaking waves the next. It’s an appreciation that can only be understood through experience.

Fodor’s Travel recently voted Sleeping Bear Dunes as their #1 beach in the U.S. (not near the Ocean). While the Sleeping Bear Dunes are absolutely a sight to behold, I’d like to share some of Chippewa County’s top beaches.

        1. Whitefish Point, 11 miles north of Paradise, MI, and approximately 1.5 hours drive from the Mackinac Bridge. Home to the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum and Whitefish Point Light Station it’s also known as Lake Superiors Shipwreck Coast. The Whitefish Point Underwater Preserve protects the shipwrecks in a portion of the bay for future generations of sports divers. The point is a popular location for rock collectors, bird watchers, and ship watchers. Warning, the water may be cold. Lake Superior rarely reaches temperatures above 60 degrees!

          Whitefish Point – Paradise, Michigan

        2. Drummond Island – Fossil Ledges, located

Posted on June 23rd, 2021

Michigan Open Full Capacity

Hurray! Michigan is finally open to full capacity. This means that masks are no longer required indoors and capacity restrictions have been lifted. Be aware that private businesses may still require you to wear a mask, social distance, and any other safety measures they may choose. Let’s be grateful for how far we have come in the past 15 months. One year ago the pandemic was in full swing and there was no end in sight. Many of us were asking, “when will this all end, when will masks no longer be a necessity”. Finally, the day has come and we have much to be grateful for and so much more to look forward to in the coming years.

Speaking of things to look forward to, local events are back! The Soo Locks Engineer Day is happening this Friday, June 25th. According to Facebook, 998 people have already responded that they are interested in attending. This will make for a busy weekend in the Sault so plan your activities well or you may be waiting in long lines.

Beginning at 9 a.m., a section of West Portage Avenue in between Ferris Street and Gov. Osbourne Boulevard will be closed off …


Posted on January 4th, 2016

Keith Creagh to head Michigan DEQ

Effective Monday, Natural Resources Director Keith Creagh will have led all three of the state’s resource-based departments as he takes over as interim director of the Department of Environmental Quality.

Governor Rick Snyder announced Mr. Creagh’s appointment, and named DNR Deputy Director Bill Moritz as interim director in that department, on Wednesday as the administration works to fill the gap left by the resignation Tuesday of Environmental Quality Director Dan Wyant. Snyder spokesperson Dave Murray said it was not yet clear what efforts would be undertaken to name a permanent director for the DEQ.

“This has all happened very quickly,” Mr. Murray said, adding of Mr. Creagh’s appointment, “That allows time for those decisions to be made.” Mr. Snyder praised Mr. Creagh for his work to date. “Keith has an unparalleled passion for Michigan’s environment, working closely with the DEQ during his years with both the DNR and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development,” he said in a statement. “I am confident his knowledge and experience will help ensure a seamless transition while we work to identify a long-term director for the DEQ.”

Mr. Creagh was one of Mr. Snyder’s first appointees when he took over


Posted on January 4th, 2016

State Slowly Growing, Could Lose Congressional Seat

US Census Bureau Report:

Michigan’s population grew slightly from 2014 to 2015, helped by births and immigration, but the rate of growth is slow enough that the state could lose another congressional seat, figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau showed. In fact, Kurt Metzger, founder of Data Driven Detroit and mayor of Pleasant Ridge, said it is clear that Michigan will lose another U.S. House member following the 2020 census and there is nothing the state can do to stop it.

Mr. Metzger said there is also some troubling data in the latest report, as it shows the number of people leaving the state has grown even though the state’s economy has improved. In fact, the number of people that left Michigan from July 2014 to July 2015 was the largest since 2011, when Governor Rick Snyder first took office and the state began to see improvements in its unemployment rate.

The figures show that Michigan is the nation’s 10th most populous state with an estimated 9.922 million.
The state grew by just 6,270 people during the past year. And it was surpassed by North Carolina, now the 9th-largest state with more than 10 million people. Michigan is …


Posted on October 23rd, 2015

Phillip M. Becker Day in Sault, Michigan

Ribbon Cutting for new Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge administration building and seven toll lanes.

Ribbon Cutting for new Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge administration building and seven toll lanes.

The mayor of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., honored longtime manager of the International Bridge by proclaiming Wednesday, October 21ST, Phillip M. Becker Day in the city.

Becker, who recently announced his plans to retire in 2016, is completing 29 years of public service with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), including 15 years serving as general manager of the International Bridge Administration (IBA).

Sault Ste. Marie Mayor Anthony Bosbous praised Becker for his strong community involvement, keen interpersonal skills and engaging personality, and cited him as a key proponent for the signing of the 2012 Sister Cities agreement by Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and Ontario.

“Phillip’s enthusiasm and active community involvement continues to build and support the Sault Ste. Marie Sister Cities bi-national partnership by encouraging and supporting community events, such as the Annual International Bridge Walk and the Sault International Festival of Races,” Bosbous said.

Bosbous touted Becker’s unwavering advocacy of the Sault Ste. Marie Bridge Bus — jointly supported by the City of Sault Ste. Marie, MDOT, and the Sault Ste. Marie Bridge Authority — which provides convenient, affordable cross-border public transportation.

The …


Posted on October 23rd, 2015

New Competition Robotics League

vexIQ1-1Algoma District School Board, in partnership with Sault College, Tenaris Algoma Tubes, The Professional Engineers of Ontario and Staples wish to announce a new competition robotics league coming to the Sault this year.

The VEX IQ competition program is a new league to the Algoma District, and offers an exciting platform for elementary school students to try their Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics skills in a cooperative and competitive program.

Parents of students from grades 3 to 8 are encouraged to form a team of 2 to 10 students and register for this exciting league, which competes in over 20 countries world wide.  Community groups, youth groups, neighbourhood groups or schools can form teams and compete in our inaugural event.

Staples will host a demonstration of this new platform on Saturday, October 24th, where interested students, teachers or parents may see the robots in action and can find out more information about this exciting league.

Information on league registration, hardware costs and the event schedule can also be obtained by contacting league coordinator and local regional event director Jonathan Budau at budauj@adsb.on.ca  or at 705-945-7177.

The local Regional Qualifying event will take place at Sault College on January 9th, 2016.  Top teams from this event earn an invitation to the …


Posted on September 17th, 2015

Text to 9-1-1 Service Launches in Upper Peninsula

ESCANABA, Mich. — The Upper Peninsula 911 Authority (UPA 911) and Peninsula Fiber

Network, LLC (PFN) announce that all emergency call centers in the Upper Peninsula now

support emergency text messages from wireless devices to 9—1—1. Beginning Monday September

21, 2015 individuals anywhere in the Upper Peninsula can send a text message to 9-1-1 in an

emergency.

 

“We are pleased that we are able to launch this service in all 15 counties in the Upper Peninsula

at once,” said Tim McKee, Director of Chippewa County Central Dispatch. “Calling and

speaking with a dispatcher is still the best way of reaching emergency services but that is not

always an option.” Texting to 9-1-1 is a critical service that will benefit anyone who is not able

to speak due to an emergency such as a home invasion or an abusive partner. It is also intended

to help individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability. It can also be a

benefit in areas where wireless service is limited.

 

“Please remember to Call when you can; Text when you can’t”, said Gary Johnson, Manager of

Marquette County Central Dispatch. There are a few important tips to remember …


Posted on August 28th, 2015

Payment on list of White House nominees

SAULT STE. MARIE — President Barack Obama recently announced the
selection of seven nominees for key administration posts. The
chairperson of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of
Directors, Aaron Payment, is among them.

“I am confident that these experienced and hardworking individuals
will help us tackle the important challenges facing America, and I am
grateful for their service,” said Obama in an Aug. 26 announcement.
“I look forward to working with them.”

Payment is appointed to membership on the National Advisory Council on
Indian Education. According to the U.S. Department of Education, the
council consists of 15 American Indians appointed by the president from
lists of nominees furnished by Indian tribes and organizations. Council
members serve as special government employees to provide advice and
recommendations to the U.S. Secretary of Education. The council receives
travel expenses to attend two meetings each year, but an appointed
designated federal official for the council may call other meetings and
at least eight members must attend to constitute a quorum.

Payment indicated an appointment would not have expiration and the
council meets once a year in person in Washington, D.C., along with a
few other times in conference calls and …


Posted on August 27th, 2015

CenturyLink to bring broadband to 25,000 rural households in Michigan

MICHIGAN CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) announced today that it will bring high-speed Internet services to more than 25,000 rural households and businesses in Michigan by accepting the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s Connect America Fund (CAF) statewide offer in Michigan.

CenturyLink is accepting 33 CAF phase II statewide offers from the FCC to bring Internet service with speeds of at least 10 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload to approximately 1.2 million locations in FCC-designated, high-cost census blocks. The company is accepting a total of approximately $500 million a year for six years.

High-speed Internet access brings many benefits to rural communities, including economic development and better access to education and healthcare services such as distance learning and telemedicine.

“We’re pleased to help bridge the urban-rural digital divide by bringing high-speed broadband to more than 25,000 households and businesses in high-cost markets in Michigan,” said Duane Ring, CenturyLink senior vice president of global field operations. “While CAF II funding does not address all markets in our footprint, our company investment for CAF II is significant, and we look forward to working closely with Michigan policymakers to find funding and deployment solutions for additional markets.”

“This is a major investment and …


Posted on August 27th, 2015

40,000 expected for 58th annual Mackinac Bridge Walk

mack 2Fast Facts:

– More than 40,000 walkers are expected to participate in this year’s Labor Day bridge walk.

– Gov. Rick Snyder will lead the walk beginning at 7 a.m.

– Again this year, all bags, purses and backpacks will be checked before walkers are allowed to proceed.

 August 27, 2015 – While it’s too soon to know what the weather will be like, it’s not too early to start planning your trip for the annual Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Walk, which is a little more than a week away.

Gov. Rick Snyder will lead the expected 40,000 walkers across the 5-mile span beginning at 7 a.m. Monday, Sept. 7. Walkers can start across the bridge up until 11 a.m., and buses are available to bring walkers from Mackinaw City to St. Ignace for $5. All details on the walk are available on the Mackinac Bridge Authority (MBA) website at www.mackinacbridge.org.

To help ensure the safety of all participants, the Michigan State Police (MSP) again will conduct searches of purses, bags and backpacks for all walkers. Walkers are asked to leave their purses, bags and backpacks in their vehicles, if the contents aren’t essential, to avoid delays.

“This process …


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