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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — U.S. Senators from both parties are proposing legislation to continue Great Lakes cleanup efforts that include removing toxins from polluted harbors and fighting invasive species.
A measure introduced Thursday calls for carrying out a recently updated agreement with Canada to deal with some of the lakes' most pressing ecological problems. Some have been around for decades, such as excessive algae blooms. Among newer concerns are the effects of climate change.
The bill also would extend programs already under way, including the Obama administration's Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which has pumped more than $1 billion into projects across the region. Funding would need to be appropriated separately.
Another great Cook County Senior Center fall tour will take
place Wednesday, September 26. Senior Center Assistant Director
Kristen Anderson said, “You won’t find a better vantage point from
which to view the Sawtooth Mountains and Lake Superior’s dramatic
coastline than the Lutsen Mountains tram.”
This aerial tramway is one of the North Shore’s most popular
attractions, taking you on a scenic ride to the top of Moose Mountain,
rising 1,000 feet over Lake Superior. The gentle ride at treetop level
is an experience not to be missed!
Ride the Mountain Tram, visit and take pictures and enjoy lunch at the
chalet at the top of Moose Mountain. Enjoy the beautiful fall colors!
The cost is just $29 per person which includes roundtrip
transportation, tram ride, lunch (sandwich, soup or salad, dessert and
beverage). The cost is just $29 per person.
For more information or for registration of any of these upcoming
trips, stop in or call the Senior Center at 387-2660.
Flu season is just around the corner, which means the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic has is fall flu clinic outreach program ready. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with clinic nurse Teresa Borak about shots on "Daybreak."
Here's the schedule:
Tues. Sept. 25 Sawtooth Mt. Clinic Lower Level 11:30 to 1:30
Wed. Sept. 25 Sawtooth Mt. Clinic Lower Level 4 to 6 p.m.
Mon. Oct 1 Sawtooth Mt. Clinic Lower Level 11:30 to 1:30 and
4 to 6 p.m.
Wed. Oct. 3 Moon Dance 8:30 to 10 a.m.
Birch Grove Clinic Noon to 1 p.m.
Cook County’s courthouse is 100 years old, and a number of festivities are planned for Sept. 21.
The “Celebration of a Century” includes courthouse tours at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Participants should meet in the lobby. At 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., sixth-grade history students will perform re-enactments in the court room. And throughout the day, visitors can view displays including old photos and other artifacts.
At 4 p.m., a time capsule will be buried. What will be included? Stop by and find out!
Music, games and food are also on the agenda from 4 to 6 p.m. on the courthouse lawn.
A bit of history occurred on Wednesday, September 5, 2012 as the Fresnel lens in the Grand Marais lighthouse was removed. The U.S. Coast Guard decided to upgrade the beacon to a modern, solar-powered, light. Fortunately for lighthouse fans and history buffs, the antique lens did not go far. With the help of a lampist—a person specially trained in maintaining lighthouse lenses—the lens was moved to the Cook County Historical Society museum building on Broadway Avenue.
Lampist Kurt Fosburg of Marquette, Michigan, oversaw the removal and delivery of the Fresnel lens to the museum, with help from historical society board member Duane Ege. There was a gathering of interested tourists to watch them get the lens out of the lighthouse and over the breakwall paths and stairs and across the rocky point.
The lens is approximately 22 inches tall and 18 inches in diameter and weighs about 120 – 150 pounds. It is a 5th order light, the second from the smallest of lighthouse lenses.
The lens, which is just “on loan” from the U.S. Coast Guard will be carefully installed and maintained in accordance with U.S. Coast Guard requirements at the museum.
As the old lens was carried to its new home at the museum, Coast Guard personnel worked to install the new light, which EM2 Zalvidar described as a “four-tier VLB-44 (2.5) degree lantern with intensity st at 2280 candela.” The new light is “solarized” using two 35-watt solar panels, one 20-watt solar panel and three 100 amp/hour Sunlyte batteries.
EM2 Zalvidar assured mariners and lighthouse enthusiasts that the characteristics of the light would remain the same. It will still flash on and off through the dark of night, illuminating a new chapter in the history of the Grand Marais lighthouse.
Changes to the fog signal