St. Jude's fishing tournament gives VIP treatment to kids with cancer
Written by Grand Haven Tribune   
Monday, 06 June 2011 16:45
During her time spent at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, eight year-old Greta Goszkowicz of North Muskegon has collected thousands of colorful beads, signifying any achievement — big or small — in her battle against lymphoblastic leukemia.

The beads, in many cases, signify courage after Goszkowicz has successfully gone through medical procedures such as chemotherapy, a spinal tap or blood transfusion. Or they may reflect special people that have visited her in the hospital or new friends she has made.

Boat in fatal capsizing snagged net
Written by Sheboygan Press   
Tuesday, 10 August 2010 19:09
A boat that capsized in Lake Michigan two weeks ago — causing a fatal stress-induced heart attack for one of its occupants — overturned when a downrigger became tangled in a commercial fishing net, authorities said Friday.
This came as the Sheboygan County Sheriff's Department said "system shortcomings and human error" were to blame for the botched emergency response in which a dispatcher misheard a 911 call, causing a 24-minute delay.
Lebanon sixth-grader's big catch
Written by Belleville News-Democrat   
Thursday, 07 January 2010 11:14
Evan Morris went ice fishing in Michigan during his Christmas vacation and came back with a whopper of a fish tale. Morris, an 11-year-old Boy Scout from Lebanon, caught a 7.8-pound northern pike Dec. 28 measuring 33.5 inches on Houghton Lake, Michigan's largest inland lake covering more than 22,000 acres. Locals said it's the largest pike caught on the lake by an individual not yet in his teens. Dave Parker, who works at Lyman's on the Lake, a bait and tackle shop that serves Houghton Lake, said it's the biggest he has seen in 30 years.
Lawmakers need to angle for more Great Lakes protection
Written by Muskegon Chronicle   
Thursday, 17 December 2009 11:25

Carping about invasive species not enough

The threat of several species of Asian carp moving into the Great Lakes has prompted Michigan and five environmental groups to threaten to sue the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to force it to temporarily shut down three shipping locks near Chicago.

We support this move and call on the Corps of Engineers to voluntarily close the locks immediately on the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, which connects the Mississippi River and the Great Lakes, and other rivers and streams while the scope of the problem is determined.

Two Rivers, Manitowoc could benefit from marine sanctuary
Written by Times News Reporter   
Tuesday, 11 August 2009 08:57
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will decide soon where along Lake Michigan it wants to build the headquarters for its proposed marine sanctuary.

Manitowoc and Two Rivers are two of the finalists, along with Sheboygan and Port Washington. Ellen Brody, regional coordinator for the Great Lakes and Northeast Region for NOAA, said the decision about where to build the headquarters is going to be difficult.

"We've been welcomed with open arms in each of the four places we've been visiting," Brody said. "I really feel like we can't go wrong with any of the places."

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