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e keep hearing that once he turns 2, he will be a great dog.

W Our Christmas puppy, Rudy, will be a year old in October

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and is full of energy and curiosity. That adorable little thing Publisher
I shared a photo of a few short months ago, now weighs more than Daniel Tollefson
90 pounds and has destroyed more dog toys than I care to count.
I must add that although squeaky dog toys don’t survive long, Managing/Design Editor
Rudy has been a good puppy as far as chewing up our things — ex- Candice Phelps
cept for a friend’s backpack, a couple pair of Crocs and a pillow off
our bed! Contributing Writers
He didn’t take to the lake as eagerly as I thought he would this Julia Baratta
summer. He only swam once and that took a bit of coaxing. Our lake Dylan Bennett
is extremely deep so we’ve always required life jackets for not only Angie Birdsall
our kids, but the dogs as well. After Rosalie Currier
he was in the water, he floated David Farr
around a while and was done. He Laura Kurella
does however, love to ride on the Dick Magee
pontoon boat and has a special seat
that’s just his where he can peer
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over the edge and check out what’s

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going on below the water’s surface.

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He likes to bark at the neighbor-

hood dogs as we go by as if to say
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taken great advantage of Meyer Broadway Park’s dog park over the
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past several months. Rudy loves to run free and I love that he gets
rid of some energy. Tennis balls sometimes come back, but more
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often than not the fun of the game is running with one in his mouth
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while we pretend to care and “chase” after it. He also loves hiking in
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the woods (running as fast as he can while trying to avoid obstacles
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like downed trees) and riding in the truck with his ears flapping in
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the wind.
After just a few days of training, he can sit, lie down, crawl
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tremely still until the alarm goes off. It’s a great way to wake up in
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Now that I think about it, we don’t need to way until he’s 2.
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yoga builds
L AUREL CORDES and her family have
a passion for stand-up paddleboarding and to fa-
cilitate sharing that with others, they began MI
Boards at Three Rivers’ Fishers Lake in 2012.
But she was looking for what else people
relieves stress could do on boards and several years ago thought
about yoga.
Now, under the tutelage of Connie
Leighton of Mendon, MI Boards offers several
classes at Fishers Lake and other area lakes to
help people build strength in a unique way, while
enjoying the great outdoors.
“There’s a very relaxing quality about it,”
said Cari Cosby of Sturgis, who started doing
paddleboard yoga last summer. “Lying on the
board, the waves rocking you, the sun’s on you.
You feel at one with nature.”
She enjoys the challenge of keeping her bal-
ance on the board while doing yoga poses, as well
Patty Davidson enjoys the sun and waves as socializing with the others who attend the
while doing a simple seated pose class.
dur ing a YogaCore class at Fisher s Lake. “We have a great time,” she said. “I look
forward to it.”
Leighton said while people doing tradi-
tional yoga on mats might get distracted, “on the
board you need to be completely focused or you
end up falling in the water.”
But that focus helps relieve stress, she

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Teacher Connie Leighton
demonstrates a child's pose
dur ing a YogaCore class at Fisher s Lake.

“For one hour and 15 minutes you with a partner on one board, which They are also open for paddling
can’t be anything but on the board, pres- Cordes calls “real challenging.” until the end of September, weather per-
ent and focused.” They also offer: mitting.
She said while trying yoga on a ■ YogaCore, offering exercises to During paddle yoga, participants
board might be scary for first-timers, few work the core muscles from shoulders on can select whether they float in deeper
if any of her students have ever engaged down; water or shallow water, putting their an-
in paddleboard yoga before. ■ BootCamp on Board, which in- chors down wherever they are comfort-
“They may have been on a paddle- cludes some yoga but also works the able.
board or done yoga, but never done yoga back, glutes, chest, abs, core and legs; “I love a challenge,” said Patty
on a board,” she said. “Because it’s fairly ■ Private and semi-private classes; Davidson of Three Rivers, who has par-
new, everyone is kind of in the same ■ Sunrise and sunset paddles. ticipated in yoga classes on boards since
spot.” Cordes said they are looking at de- MI Boards started them. “The weather is
It doesn’t matter what your ability signing a class for people interested in usually beautiful and everyone is having
is, she says, “get out and enjoy yourself. doing sprints or traveling longer dis- fun. The instructor is always very good,
If you can’t do the poses it’s no big deal tances on the paddleboard. and all women need to do weight bearing
— you can rest. exercises to stave off osteoporosis.”
“It really works your core — it Davidson said she challenged her-
doesn’t feel like it on the board, but the self to do different poses, and especially
next day you feel like ‘that was a good enjoyed doing partner poses.
workout.’ Her most exciting accomplishment
“It's a good time with friends and came last year when she could stand on
those with a like-minded interest in en- her head.
joying themselves and doing something “When I can’t go, I miss it,” she
to be healthy.” said of the class.
She also finds yoga on the water Kim Schwartz of Burr Oak said
increases her balance when she is on she enjoys the chance to do yoga along
land. with being outside and on the water.
MI Boards offers several levels of “It helps me to practice my bal-
yoga classes on boards, for ages 12 and ance,” she said. “It’s harder on the pad-
up: dleboard than on solid ground.”
■ Beginning yoga on the board, Plus, she gets to be with her
which is slower paced; friends during the class.
■ PaddleYoga, for those who are a “It’s all-inclusive,” she said. “I get
little more comfortable and want to keep exercise and friend time.”
growing their skills; Kylene Barnell, Brian Sommers and For more information about pad-
■ YogaPose, where participants Zech Huff do a modified camel during a dle yoga classes, visit www.misup-
do individual poses, as well as poses PaddleYoga class at Long Lake. boards.com. ✤
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ith another summer coming to an end, we

1/3 cup walnuts

1 tablespoon sugar
2 ounces goat cheese
Perfect Pear Bites
walnuts. Transfer to a bowl, stir for
one minute then, using a fork, break
walnuts into smaller pieces then set
W are all busy putting away the toys and ac-
cessories that make living on a lake so fun.
Coming into fall can be a let down when we
all know what’s ahead. We just don’t seem to look
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh aside. forward to winter with the same excitement as sum-
chives In a medium bowl, combine cheese, mer. I think God hears our moaning and gives us
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves chives, and thyme. Stir until well com-
something to soothe our sorrows — pears!
1 pear, cored bined. Wash and dry pear then, using
Growers are reporting an excellent quality of
Pinch black pepper, optional an apple corer, remove only the core
from the pear. Turn pear on its side pears this year, albeit a bit of a shorter crop than last
In a heavy skillet over medium-high then cut into 1/4-inch thick rounds. season, according to Kevin Moffitt, president and
heat, toss walnuts and oil, stirring con- Place rounds on a serving plate then CEO of Pear Bureau Northwest, the marketing or-
stantly for 2 to 3 minutes or until spread with goat cheese mixture and ganization representing USA Pears.
toasted. Add sugar then continue to sprinkle with candied walnuts. Season “We expect a high-quality crop this year,” he
cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute with a dash of pepper, if desired. said.
or until sugar caramelizes and coats Photo: Opposite page Harvest is expected close to historical average
pick dates, which is later than the last two seasons,
Pleasing Pear Pizza with the Starkrimson and Bartlett harvest in late Au-
1 tablespoon avocado oil about 10 minutes. Add pears and gust, Anjou, Bosc and Comice harvesting in Septem-
1 sweet onion, sliced strips cook, stirring, for 2 more minutes then ber through early October and Concorde, Forelle,
1 pear, ripe, cored and sliced add vinegar, wal- and Seckel now through October.
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar nuts and pepper This means we are in the midst of
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped and stir. Spread the best time to hit the farm stands for
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pep- mixture evenly pears.
per across tortilla Soft, sweet, juicy and incredibly deli-
1 flour tortilla then top with feta cious, pears are a treat in themselves.
1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled cheese. Open
Once called the “gift of the gods” by
oven and place
Homer, pears are naturally high in vita-
Place pizza stone in oven or a pizza on pizza stone or
pan then preheat oven to 450 de- pan and bake for mins C and K, as well as nutrients such as
grees. In a heavy skillet, preferably 8-10 minutes or copper — all of which act as antioxidants
cast iron, over medium-high heat, until cheese is to protect our cells from damage from free
combine oil and onions and cook, stir- melted and radicals. One pear contains up to 11 percent
ring, until they begin to caramelize, edges of tortilla crisp up. of the daily recommended intake of vitamin C and
9.5 percent of the daily recommended intake of cop-
Pleasant Pear Tart per.
2 tablespoons solid coconut oil create a flat 8-inch circle. Set aside. In Pears are also said to have more nutrients per
2 ounces cream cheese a medium bowl, combine lemon juice calorie than calories per nutrient, making them well
1/2-cup flour, plus more for dusting and 1/8 cup sugar and set aside. Cut worth packing into your day.
1/2 cup sugar, divided use pear into quarters and core then, Offering an excellent source of fiber, which
1/8-teaspoon salt using a mandolin or sharp knife, slice can lower levels of bad cholesterol,
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice pear, cutting lengthwise
eating pears can also reduce risk of
1 ripe pear with skin on, into 1/4-inch
stroke by up to 50 percent.
1/8-teaspoon ground Saigon cinna- thick slices. Place pear
mon pieces directly into lemon- Pears can also protect us from
sugar mixture, coating varying types of cancer because, in
Preheat oven to 400 degrees and them well. Once all the addition to binding to cholesterol, the
move rack to center. Line a pizza pan pear are coated in the fiber in pears also binds to and helps
with parchment paper and set aside. lemon sugar mixture, remove cancer-causing chemicals in
In a bowl of a food processor or by arrange the pear slices the colon.
hand, combine the coconut oil and around the dough in a fan- One thing to remember is
cheese thoroughly. Add flour, 1/4 cup like, lengthwise position, pears ripen from the inside out so, to
of sugar and salt then blend until a overlapping each other tell if your pear is ready to eat, check
sticky dough is formed. Use a spatula just slightly. Place the remaining the neck by applying gentle pressure and, for maxi-
to remove dough and place in the pieces in the center. Sprinkle the tart
mum health benefits, eat pears with the skin left on.
center of the pizza pan. Cover with a with cinnamon then place in oven and
Now that you know plenty about pears, here
sheet of wax paper then use your bake until golden brown, about 25 to
hands to spread dough out evenly to 30 minutes. Serve warm. are three recipes that together make an entire meal
made from this oh-so-delicious fruit. Enjoy! ✤

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Nick Young, aquatic invasive species outreach coordinator for Michigan State University Extension, hoses down a watercraft during a
Mobile Boat Wash held at the Clear Lake Public Landing in Three Rivers in July.

Keeping it
Area lakes get visit from MSU
students eager to share information,
and a boat wash, to help prevent the
spread of invasive species
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nvasive species — plants or ani- wiring, rollers and ropes; what comes in, Dechow said, it’s with

I mals that are non-native to an

ecosystem and whose introduction
causes or is likely to cause harm —
■ Drying and wiping down the
boat with a towel to remove small
pieces and microscopic aquatic inva-
what goes out such as milfoil, which
reproduces easily from even a small
can spread easily, especially between sive species; She said the Association board
lakes. ■ Disposing of waste and un- tries to be proactive, providing infor-
“Boaters are one of the biggest used bait in the trash; mation on multiple issues — not only
culprits,” Nick Young, aquatic inva- Beth Clawson, Michigan State clean boats and clean waters, but lake
sive species outreach coordinator for University Extension Educator for rules, wetlands, permits and more.
Michigan State University Extension, Natural Resources and Water Quality, The Association has an 170-member
said during a mobile boat wash held was on hand to promote the Clean email list and does a newsletter six
at the Clear Lake Public Landing in Boats, Clean Waters program. times a year.
Three Rivers in July. “It’s so easy to ig- Through this initiative, volun- The boat wash was made possi-
nore. It’s easy to pull your boat out, teer leaders teach adult and youth ble by the Michigan Department of
not think about whether or not it’s teams how to educate boaters about Environmental Quality, the U.S. Forest
clean, and take it to a dif- Service and Michigan State
ferent place.” University Extension.
Young said the free Clean Boats, Clean
boat wash was a way to Waters is an effort of the
distribute information Michigan Department of
about how invasive Environmental Quality,
species spread and how Michigan State University
that spread could be lim- Extension and Michigan
ited. Lake and Stream Associa-
Michigan law (PA tions.
451 of 1994, Section 324.41325) pro- where they are most likely to find in- Boaters at Klinger Lake also had
hibits placing any boat, boating equip- vasive species on their recreational a chance to learn more about invasive
ment or boat trailer in Michigan watercraft and how to demonstrate plant and fish species and were of-
waters with aquatic plant material at- that to others. fered a free boat wash as well.
tached. “We’re doing soft enforcement A threesome set up a stand that
So before going to a new lake, through education,” she said, noting included a table with a considerable
boaters should wash their boats and they want people to be aware of the amount of literature detailing invasive
let them dry. laws so they do not end up having to water plants, fish and crustaceans.
Michigan State University Ex- pay fines. They also manned a portable
tension recommends that before Mary Dechow, board secretary wash and offered to hose down boats
boaters even leave a lake, they should for the Clear Lake Improvement Asso- before and after they were put in or
drive off the ramp to the tie down area ciation, said they hosted the boat wash taken from the lake. With a bass tour-
and begin an inspection. for awareness. nament taking place later in the day,
Steps of cleaning a boat include: “Fortunately we don’t have the students – Nick Young, Quinton
■ Draining all bilge and ballast zebra mussels, but we do have inva- Merrill and Clarissa Christ – were on
water, live well water and other water sive plants like Eurasian water mil- their feet a good share of the day.
holding compartments; foil,” she said. “Anything we can do to Their presence was at the re-
■ Cleaning off any debris and keep from getting those things we def- quest of the Klinger Lake
mud (by pressure washing, steam initely don’t want.” Association. ✤
cleaning or using a disinfectant); The lake is in its fifth year of a
■ Inspecting key points of the special assessment district for weed
watercraft, such as propellers, an- treatment. For more information, visit
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love the promise spring brings in flowering bulbs, keep-
Karen Weiland

I ing watch on them each day as they poke through the for-
merly frozen ground. The range of color, bloom size and
type and the length of blooming time offers many opportuni-
FALL ties to brighten the spring landscape. Spring blooming bulbs
can add a pop of color almost anywhere, around shrubs, at
the edge of the garden or in a perennial bed. Fall is the time

PLANTING to plan and plant the bulbs that will bring you a beautiful
springtime show.
There are two types of bulbs — hardy and tender.
Tender bulbs, such as dahlias, need to be lifted each fall,
for stored indoors and planted the next spring. They will not
survive the winter freeze. Hardy bulbs, such as tulips, are
planted in the fall and stay in the ground all year.

springtime Bulbs can be bought at many places in the fall. Look

for firm, heavy bulbs, with the skin smooth and not injured.
Check to make sure they are not sprouting or have mold on
them. I have found that usually the bigger the bulb the bet-
blooms ter it will bloom. All too often the smaller “bargain” bulbs
will not bloom the first season.

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Spring flowering bulbs need to be needed if the fall weather is dry. Place divided. After the foliage has died, the
set in the ground in the fall so they can mulch over the newly planted bulbs bulbs enter a dormant period. This is the
establish roots before making their ap- once the soil is frozen to the depth of 1-2 perfect time to dig them up, separate
pearance in the spring. Bulbs should be inches. them, give some to a friend and then re-
planted in September through mid Octo- Chipmunks and ground squirrels plant what you have left using proper
ber in northern Indiana and southern like to feed on bulbs. Snap traps work spacing.
Michigan. Planting too early may make well to keep the little creatures from ru- As always, happy gardening! ✤
the bulbs sprout, then will be killed back ining all your hard work. Bait the unset
by winter weather. Bulbs planted too trap for several days with some peanut
late may not have enough time to grow butter and set it next to the burrow en-
adequate roots before the ground trance. Once the bait is taken, bait the
freezes. Spring flowering bulbs need a trap again but set it this time. Bingo!
period of chilling to promote flower To increase the bulb size and sup-
budding and planting in the fall pro- port foliage, apply a 5-10-5 fertil-
vides this. As long as the soil tempera- izer at the rate of one to one and
tures are above 40 degrees fahrenheit, a half pounds per 100 square
the bulbs should continue their root de- feet of area. When bulbs
velopment. are finished flower-
The size of the bulb, plant and ing, removing the
flower will determine bulb spacing.
Bulbs planted too closely together will
have small leaves and flowers. Check
spacing instructions that came with
the bulbs when purchased.
Depending on the species,
bulbs will need to be sited in full sun
or partial shade. Sandy-loam soil is
perfect because it provides good aera-
tion and drainage. Bulbs planted in
wet areas will not perform well and
may rot. It is recommended to ready the
planting site by adding some organic faded blooms will eliminate seed
matter such as compost, rotting leaves, set which reduces bulb growth.
well rotted manure (never the fresh Do not cut the foliage off while it
stuff) or peat moss. Loose soil below the is still green, allow it to die down
roots is good for root development, so naturally (usually five to six
work the soil about 12 inches deep. De- weeks). The leaves allow the bulb
pending on soil conditions, you may or to gather and store food for next
may not need to work in a fertilizer. year’s blooms. Some people
Also, most bulbs prefer a slightly acidic like to make the bed tidy by
soil. You can decrease the acidity of the braiding the foliage or tying it
soil by adding sulfur if the soil is too al- up into bundles. This is a no-no as the
kaline. A soil test will provide you with leaves that are inside the braid or bundle
that information. will not get exposed to sunlight thus re-
I like to use a bulb auger in my ducing photosynthesis and future
planting process. It attaches to a drill blooming strength. The foliage can be
and makes holes in which to place the removed when it turns yellow or comes
bulb. It is usually recommended that a away easily when it is tugged on lightly.
bulb be planted two and a half to three I plant most of my bulbs underneath a
times the diameter of the bulb at its perennial plant such as chrysanthe-
widest, but it doesn’t hurt to check the mums. As the chrysanthemum grows, it
planting instructions specific to each hides the fading foliage of the bulb.
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Dick Magee

On Losing a Friend
t’s a shock to lose a good neighbor – Chuck is there with his saw within a Movies were our link to the good old

I and a dear friend. And that’s what

happened this winter when Klinger
Lake’s Doctor Bob Puckett passed away.
minute. He hauls my garbage dumpster
back and forth like it was his own. I can
count on him. And I’ll be there for him.
days. As the grandkids next door pro-
ceeded to grow up, we began to wind
down. Bob retired his speedboat, but
For nearly 20 years he’s always been And it was the same with Bob. kept zooming about on his personal wa-
there — right next door — just a few When we’d lose power he’d call and say tercraft and his all-terrain vehicle. After
steps away – always on call in an emer- to bring our stuff over to his refrigerator all he was only 92! Eventually all of his
gency, when a boat comes loose, the – or pack up and stay the night. He had watercraft found new ports. And it
power fails. Some of our best times a powerful generator. He telephoned in looked strange and empty out front.
being together were as The lake had lost some
simple as a chat in the of its sparkle. Bob be-
front yard with a joke or came more careful walk-
a sigh about politics ing, had to strain a bit to
and politicians. At the see and to hear clearly.
end of each visit he’d But while his body suf-
smile and say “aren’t fered wear, his mind
we lucky to be here.” stayed sharp. He kept
His love of the lake car- on top of the news and
ried over to our front he kept his sense of
door. He made it all the humor. He had grit to
better for us. That’s spare. He could grin
what a good neighbor and bear it even as it be-
can do. came more difficult to
He and his wife labor on.
Jean were a part of our In a way, he’s my
extended family. I mentor for I find myself
know his kids and following in his foot-
grandkids. I know their steps. I’ve slid from
cars, trucks, boats, pets Chris-Crafts and sail
and routines. And they boats to a single, but
know us. We live in a small world at the the winter when we were in Florida sensible pontoon boat. I lack the
lake. From my deck I see two neighbors worried about a board that had come courage to spin about on a PWC or ATV.
to the west — and another to the east. In loose over the front window that needed The walk to the mail box takes
a sense, this is our “compound” — our fixing. longer than it used to, the trip up from
special place. It’s home and protected. Other times he’d call just to say the dock seems more like a mountain
And when we lose a patriarch that how beautiful the lake was with a foot of climb, the eleven o’clock news often
world suffers an unwelcome change. snow on the ground – even send a sputters to an empty chair. I continue to
The tomorrows will not be like the yes- photo. Other times he’d just call to talk. despair about politicians, but there’s no
terdays. The sun will shine, but not as Though we were a thousand miles apart, Bob to complain to — or to remind me
brightly. with no fence to lean on, we kept in how lucky we’ve been over the years.
We of the compound keep a touch — neighbors being neighbors. And now he’s gone. And I’ll miss
watchful eye on one another. Chuck and So, in a way we grew old together. him. But every time I look next door, I’ll
Nancy up the hill know of our habits We were of a common generation with think of him — and remember our good
and eccentricities. They tend to us. A one leg still stuck in the past. Televi- times — while the neighborhood sol-
tree comes down across my drive and sion’s Lawrence Welk and Turner Classic diers on as the place we all call home. ✤

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Resort Living
Klines offers
homes for

The Kline family, who owns and operates Klines Resort, stands in front of the clubhouse.
Pictured from left are Tama, Phil and Joseph.

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Pictured at one of Klines Resort's weekly potlucks are, clockwise
from left, Ken Allen, Annie Allen, Lonnie Cotner, David Bratt,
Jolaine Snyder, Noah Mitchell, Virginia Mitchell, Gail Bratt,
Ken Lundgren, Carolyn VanDenBerg and Stan VanDenBerg.


urn at the Klines Resort sign on Silver Street and you enter

T a 164-acre RV resort and retirement home community on

Portage Lake.
Travel a little way in and a one of a kind sculpture greets
you: “Final Approach,” two geese coming in for a landing.
“They’re coming home,” owner-operator Phil Kline said.
Klines Resort itself is home to residents of 160 manufac-
tured homes and 85 campsites (about half of which contain park
model RVs, which are like tiny houses — 400 square feet or less).
About 100 of the properties are occupied year round.
Kline said the resort started as a campground, which his
parents, Paul and Joyce Kline, bought while Paul was farming it.
“We accidentally became campground owners when I was
in fourth grade,” Phil Kline said.
In the offseason, the Klines would add to the park and it
has grown piecemeal from the mid-1960s to the early 2000s.
Phil grew up helping his father with projects such as
building infrastructure. But as the second child of eight, he left
home thinking one of his younger siblings would take on respon-
sibility for the park.
Phil and his wife Tama were working in Christian schools
when his brother died in an accident, and his parents needed

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help with the park. prizes.
They committed to assisting for two years. “I love it out here,” said resident Gail Bratt, whose
But after they moved back, another life-changing event mother lived at Klines Resort for 25 years. “My kids played
occurred: they learned they were here, my grandkids play here.”
going to become parents. She especially likes the lake and
They found Klines Resort was a the people.
great place to raise Joseph (now soon “It's beautiful out here,” she
to be 21), and with Tama’s gift for peo- said.
ple skills and Phil’s knack for adminis- John Merrell, a resident of nine
tration, they made a good team. Those years, called everything at the resort
initial two years grew into a much neat and clean.
longer relationship with the resort. “I work for the park and we
In 1997, they hired an engineer take pride in making sure the sticks
to do a master plan. They took down and debris are picked up,” he said.
the old cottages, rebuilt just about The residents are helpful and
every road and put in a new lift sta- friendly: if anyone has a problem,
tion and water lines. “there is always someone who has an
“Our core goal is what do re- answer,” he said.
tirees need and how do we continue to He praised the fishing, which
serve that market,” Kline said. John Merrell, a Klines Resort resident of nine includes bluegill, crappie and bass;
He watches trends in other re- years, drives his golf cart. Resort owner/operator greatly enjoys the Thursday evening
tirement communities to see what's Phil Kline estimates about three-quarters of the potlucks; and said that just about
hot and what's not; reflecting a current residents possess this mode of transportation. every night there was something
interest in bocce ball, the resort recently opened some bocce going on in the Resort clubhouse — bingo, dominoes, pinochle
ball courts. or book discussions (it also has a library).
Everyone at the resort owns their own house. Before “It's just a fun place to be,” he said. ✤
one is sold, Kline inspects it and it must be approved for sale,
but otherwise, it is a private sale. For more information, visit www.klinesresort.com.
Currently there is one empty lot with a new home com-
ing in, but no homes available for purchase.
About three-quarters of the residents have their own
golf carts with which to travel the streets of the resort, making
an easy way to get to their boats.
And “for every golf cart, there’s a dog riding on it,”
Kline said. He would like to put in a pet playground as the
budget allows.
The resort has a marina with a boat ramp and a fish
cleaning house; a clubhouse with laundry, recreation room, ex-
ercise room and game room; and an activity calendar featuring
many games, events and special activities. The resort’s paved
streets are good for bikers, joggers and walkers; its water
tower field serves as a golf driving range; and its recreational
facilities include swimming areas, horseshoe pitches, sand vol-
leyball, a tennis court, a pickleball court, a basketball court
and a playground. Allen RC Airfield, recently dedicated to
longtime resident and remote controlled aircraft aficionado
Ken Allen, hosts a group of RC airplane hobbyists.
The St. Joseph County Commission on Aging offers a
weekly lunch in the clubhouse, as well as bingo and exercise.
Kim Sears, a resident for about a year, says she appreci-
ates the friendliness of the residents.
“Everyone watches out for each other, and that makes it
nice,” she said.
Her grandchildren enjoy coming, especially for the
playground, lake, golf carts, inside air hockey and foosball.
And just that past weekend they’d had a fishing derby with

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Time for


ith more research emerging on the health benefits of

W drinking coffee, it’s high time we start seeing it as

more than just a drink to consume in the morning.
The Harvard School of Public Health researchers gath-
ered data from three studies showing that consuming coffee
can help protect against type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease,
liver disease, and liver cancer, while also promoting a healthy
Research shows caffeine’s neuro-protective and anti-in-
flammatory properties may also lower the risk of developing
multiple sclerosis and researchers in America and Israel found
that consuming coffee every day, even decaffeinated coffee,
may lower our risk of colorectal cancer.
There are even studies that link a lower risk of demen-
tia, including Alzheimer’s disease, with consuming coffee.
A 2009 Finland and Sweden study showed out of 1,400
people followed for about 20 years, those who reported drink-
ing three to five cups of coffee daily were 65 percent less likely
to develop dementia and Alzheimer’s disease compared with
nondrinkers or occasional coffee drinkers.
Many healthcare practitioners are now recommending
drinking coffee, a beverage that also boasts potentially more Coffee Shot
antioxidant activity than cocoa or even some forms of tea 3/8 ounce Kahlua
leaves. 1/4 ounce Creme de Cacao
It appears that the only downside to coffee consump- 1/8 ounce Frangelico
tion is that it is known to be one of the most contaminated 1/4 ounce Irish cream
crops worldwide. Pour first three in order, layer Irish cream on top.
To help reduce exposure to the pesticides, chemicals Approximate servings per recipe: 1. Nutrition per serving: Calories 54; Fat 0g; Sodium
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Coffee has a delicious body of flavor and aroma that
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amazing benefits, I think we should serve it as more than just
a morning cup of Joe. ✤

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1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder, plus more for garnish 2 envelopes un-flavored gelatin Dark chocolate cookie crumbs,
1/4 cup coffee, black Pinch of salt optional
1 tablespoon maple syrup 3 tablespoons rum or cognac,
Whipping cream, for garnish optional
Instant coffee, for garnish
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“Rub a Dub Dub” was a popular
idea during the annual Palmer
Lake Flotilla with Ryan Doher ty
and Grant Sahr’s entr y winning
the trophy for 2017.

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“Born in the USA” was the theme for this entry with patriotic guitars and decorations.

Flotillas keep holiday festive

STORY & PHOTOS BY JULIA BARATTA tries composed of the aforementioned and Fab Magic.
guys. “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” On Matteson Lake, residents pa-
almer Lake in Colon and Matteson made for an enjoyable decorated pon- raded their decorated watercrafts

Lake in Bronson celebrated the
summer right with annual flotil-
The “Itsy, Bitsy Spider” was on
hand for the festivities. Little Red Riding
around the lake to celebrate the holiday
and enjoy the day on the water. The pa-
rade was held on July 1 with a dozen
The 11th annual Palmer Lake Hood and the wolf were sighted among festive boats and pontoons appreciating
Flotilla was held on the Saturday before the entries. And last, but certainly not the theme “Proud to be an American.”
Independence Day with 10 pontoons least, were the five little monkeys. While flags flew over many of the
participating in the Mother Goose Nurs- The trophy for the 2017 Palmer units, the color combination of red,
ery Rhymes theme. Several favorite Lake Flotilla went to Ryan Doherty and white and blue was evident on the other
characters made an appearance on the Grant Sahr for the fifth time with their trims applied. Balloons, metallic gar-
lake that evening and others like the “Rub a Dub Dub, Three Men in Tub” lands and buntings were popular deco-
“Three Blind Mice” were on the shore pontoon. The second place went to Den- rations. Patriotic sunglasses were
during the event. nis and Cathy Yesh for the “Hey, Diddle, sighted, as well as an American flag-in-
Commodore Tim Taylor led the Diddle” entry and third-place honors spired wrap.
group as is tradition. Following close be- were given to Chuck and LeeAnn Leim- One extraordinary entry was
hind was the old woman who lived in a bach for their “Twinkle, Twinkle” boat. “Born in the USA” with the occupants
shoe with her many children. The cat The Best Shoreline Participation holding patriotic guitars and flashing
and the fiddle and the cow jumping over award went to Jim and Michelle Craw- the peace sign. Another unit honored
the moon and the dish and spoon run- ford. those who served with a special note for
ning away together were all on board. The winners received trophies James Lee, a soldier stationed in Iraq,
Mother Goose was there while along with gifts from Davis and Davis, and highlighted the phrase “God Bless
some of her local counterparts hung Broadway Grill, Five Star Pizza, Legend Our Troops.” Uncle Sam made an ap-
around the lake shore. “Three men in a Dairy, Magic City Hardware, Dawn and pearance during the parade on another
tub” was a popular theme with a few en- Phil’s, Colon Bait Shop, Shell Gas Station pontoon. ✤

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turgis business owners have been When she wanted to bring her
So Vintage
gets new
S transforming downtown in recent
years. The latest metamorphosis was
brought about by Kelly Bogen, owner of
shop back downtown, Kelly looked no
further. Not only was she repurposing an
empty building, the location helps pull
So Vintage. attention a bit east on Chicago Road.
Decades ago, a small building on So the renovation began with local
home in the corner of Chicago Road and Fourth
Street was built to be a service station.
contractors including Smolls Construc-
tion and Hannapel Home Center.
After closing, it has housed various busi- “It was a fun project,” Kelly said.
downtown nesses over the years. Boarded windows were replaced.
“As a kid I always liked this little Everything was painted white with black
Sturgis building,” Kelly said. accents. Then Kelly and her staff began

Kelly Bogen made

customers happy when she
brought So Vintage back to
downtown Sturgis.

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stocking it with unique clothes, gifts
and home accents.
Kelly Bogen takes the So Vintage mobile boutique to festivals around the area and

Rather than using a tiny area

draws customers to Sturgis. She stocks it with items not found in the store.

west of the building for parking, Kelly

Below, the inside of the moble boutique.

put down pea stone and planted

bushes to create an area for outdoor
living furniture. Above it she strung
lights to create a ceiling, of sorts.
“I love outdoor spaces,” she
Recently, Kelly created a black
So Vingtage mobile boutique which she
filled with items not found in the shop
and takes to festivals in surrounding
communities. When customers ask
where they’re from, Kelly invites them
to Sturgis and not just to visit her store,
but other downtown destinations also.
The more options available, the more
people will come to town, she said.
“We’re advocates of Sturgis,”
Kelly said. ✤

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David T. Farr

Michigan native
Bob Seger makes
the rounds this fall
t always amazes me how quickly the days of sum-

I mer go by. I’m sure it’s because we all make the

most of the season. We are lucky however, as we
happen to live in one of the most beautiful states in our
beloved country where all four seasons are just as beau-
tiful as the next.
The kids might be back in school and the Labor
Day festivities might be a memory, but that doesn’t
mean fall can’t be a blessed time. Take a look at all the
beautiful colors that Mother Nature is about to show
and remember that no matter what time of the year it
is, there is always something fun to see and do.
Bob Seger is a national treasure, but he also hap-
pens to be a Michigander. The Detroit-born and Ann
Arbor native will be back out on the tour trail this fall
with his famed Silver Bullet Band. And, you can bet,
the superstar will pay homage to his stomping ground!
Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band have three
venues locked down in September. Seger will rock out
DTE in Clarkston (9/9), Van Andel Arena in Grand
Rapids (9/19), and the Palace of Auburn Hills in
Auburn Hills (9/23).
Seger is a roots rocker with a blue collar raspy
voice. He came onto the Detroit scene is the early
1960s. His sound resonated with the locals as he be-
came known as Bob Seger and the Last Heard and as
Bob Seger System.
By the ’70s, Seger had dropped the System and
evolved his sound. He regrouped with several musi-
cians from the Detroit area to form Bob Seger and the
Silver Bullet Band. The band’s first album release,
“Live Bullet,” was recorded live at Cobo Hall in 1975.
The following year the album, “Night Moves,” put
them on the charts nationally and a legacy was born.
Some of his earliest singles (prior to Silver Bullet)
included “Turn The Page,” “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man,”
and “Katmandu.” But, as Bob Seger and The Silver
Bullet Band the hits just rolled out one after another.
The hits included “Night Moves,” “Mainstreet,” “Hol-
lywood Nights,” “Still The Same,” “Rock And Roll

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Never Forgets,” “We’ve Got Tonight,” up with tracks for a little ol’ movie he given us some major talents over the
and “Old Time Rock And Roll.” was working on called “Back To The Fu- years including such artists as Bryan
The heartland singer scored nu- ture.” Obviously, the band was inter- Adams, Anne Murray, Three Dog Night,
merous hits in the ’80s including “Fire ested. The end result was the No. 1 Alanis Morrisette, Nickelback, Shania
Lake,” “Against The Wind,” “You’ll Ac- single, “The Power Of Love” in 1985. Twain, Loverboy, Leonard Cohen, and
comp’ny Me,” “Tryin’ To Live My Life Lewis liked topping the charts. Celine Dion, but no list like this would
Without You,” “Shame On The Moon,” He repeated three more times in 1986 be accurate unless it included Gordon
“Even Now,” “Understanding,” “Like A when their third album, “Fore!,” was re- Lightfoot. The Canadian singer/song-
Rock,” and his first and only No. 1, leased. “Fore!” was another massive writer is one of the greatest talents to
“Shakedown,” from “Beverly Hills Cop success for the band. “Stuck With You,” ever come from north of the border, eh!
II” soundtrack. “Hip To Be Square,” and “Jacob’s Lad- Lightfoot performs at DeVos Hall
Seger was inducted into the Rock der” all topped Billboard’s Hot 100. in Grand Rapids (9/18).
and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and the “Doing It All For My Baby” and “I Lightfoot had already made a
Songwriters Hall Of Fame in 2012. He Know What I Like” also cracked the Top lasting legacy in Canada before one par-
has sold over 50 million albums with 10. ticular song changed everything. That
seven reaching multi-platinum status, More albums and singles fol- song was “If You Could Read My
four platinum and two gold certifica- lowed including the hits “Perfect Mind,” from the singer’s 1970 album,
tions. World,” “Small World,” “Couple Days “Sit Down Young Stranger.” This was
While Seger was representing the Off,” “It Hit Me Like A Hammer,” “But, Lightfoot’s first song to break into the
Midwest, Huey Lewis was tearing up It’s Alright” and “Some Kind Of Won- mainstream outside of his native
the West Coast. Huey Lewis and The derful” to name a few. Canada. And, it did so in a big way. “If
News emerged out of the San Francisco For a few guys who just wanted You Could Read My Mind” reached No.
scene. Like Seger, Lewis appealed to the to make a little music and have a good 5 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
common, hard-working man. The kind time, they certainly accomplished the Lightfoot’s lyricism was as deep
of common, hard-working people who unthinkable. Huey Lewis & the News as Paul Simon’s at the time. “If you
still like to have a good time. sold over 30 million albums including could read my mind love/What a tale
Huey Lewis and the News play the eight time platinum “Sports.” my thoughts could tell/Just like an old
Four Wind Casino in New Buffalo (9/8). Our neighbor to the north has time movie about a ghost from a wish-
The guys are out on a “Greatest Hits”
tour. Those are the best tours, if you ask
After failing to score any chart
singles from their self-titled debut
album, Lewis kicked it up a notch on the
News’ follow up release, “Picture This.”
The album placed three singles into the
Top 40 including their first Top 10, “Do
You Believe In Love.”
What happened next was a dream
come true for Lewis. “Sports” was re-
leased in late 1983 and quickly became a
game-changer. It was a massive hit
album for the band and their videos
were all over MTV.
“Sports” spewed hits left and
right. Singles like “Heart And Soul,” “I
Want A New Drug,” “The Heart Of Rock
& Roll,” “If This Is It,” ”Walking On A
Thin Line,” and “Bad is Bad” ruled the
charts next two years. I must have
played my cassette tape a gazillion times
I loved these songs so much.
Just like Seger, Huey Lewis could-
n’t strike No. 1 until Hollywood got in-
volved. Lewis and the guys were
approached by Steven Spielberg to come Gordon Lightfoot performs Sept. 18 at DeVos Hall in Grand Rapids.
Shoreline Page 39
ON STAGE 26 – Gary Clark Jr., 20 Monroe Live, Grand Rapids
27 – Ed Sheeran, Little Caesars Arena, Detroit
1 – Gavin Degraw, Firekeepers Casino, Battle Creek
27-28 – Arlo Guthrie, The Ark, Ann Arbor
1 – John Mayer, DTE, Clarkston
28 – Sammy Hagar, Collective Soul, DTE, Clarkston
1 – UB40, Frederik Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids
29 – Moe Bandy, Shipshewana Event Center, Shipshewana
1-2 – Gene Watson, Shipshewana Event Center, Shipshewana
29 – Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, DTE, Clarkston
2 – Kevin Morby, Pyramid Scheme, Grand Rapids
30 – Lisa Mills, Franke Center For The Arts, Marshall
2 – Theresa Caputo, Four Winds Casino, New Buffalo
30 – T. Graham Brown, Shipshewana Event Center, Shipshewana
2 – George Clinton, Backroom, Kalamazoo
3 – Deep Purple, Alice Cooper, DTE, Clarkston
6 – Kid Rock, Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids
8 – Buddy Guy, 20 Monroe Live, Grand Rapids 1 – Modest Mouse, 20 Monroe Live, Grand Rapids
8 – Dailey & Vincent, Shipshewana Event Center, Shipshewana 1- ZZ Top, DeVos Hall, Grand Rapids
8 – Huey Lewis & The News, Four Winds Casino, New Buffalo 1-2 – Paul McCartney, Little Caesars Arena, Detroit
8 – JD MacPherson, Backroom, Kalamazoo 3 – Brian Wilson, Morris Performing Arts Center, South Bend
8 – Jeff Foxworthy, Larry The Cable Guy, Allegan County Fair 4 – Allison Krauss, David Gray, Fox Theater, Detroit
8 – Kid Rock, War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne 4 – Blue Oyster Cult, State Theatre, Kalamazoo
8 – Texas Tenors, Mendel Center, Benton Harbor 4 – Halestorm, Morris Performing Arts Center, South Bend
8 – Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Palace Of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills 5 – Aaron Lewis, Motor City Casino, Detroit
8-9 – Second City, The Ark, Ann Arbor 5 – Bethel Mountain Band, Bontrager Family, Shipshewana Event Center, Shipshewana
9 – Bob Milne, Franke Center For The Arts, Marshall 5 – Maren Morris, Ryan Hurd, State Theatre, Kalamazoo
9 – Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, DTE, Clarkston 6 – Aaron Lewis, Horseshoe Hammond Casino, Hammond
9 – Brian Regan, DeVos Hall, Grand Rapids 6 – Boz Skaggs, Four Winds Casino, New Buffalo
9 – El Debarge, Al B. Sure, Jon B., State Theatre, Kalamazoo 6 – Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Shipshewana Event Center
9 – Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, Fox Theatre, Detroit 6 – Pixies, Fillmore, Detroit
9 – Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne 6 – Way Down Wanderer, Mendel Center, Benton Harbor
10 – BoDeans, Keb’Mo, The Ark, Ann Arbor 7 – Big & Rich, Firekeepers Casino, Battle Creek
10 – Conor Oberst, State Theatre, Kalamazoo 7 – David Pendleton, Shipshewana Event Center, Shipshewana
10 – Il Divo, DeVos Hall, Grand Rapids 7 – Pixies, 20 Monroe Live, Grand Rapids
10 – Queens Of The Stone Age, 20 Monroe Live, Grand Rapids 11 – Marc Cohn, The Ark, Ann Arbor
14 – Dr. David Jeremiah, War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne 12 – Howie Mandel, Wagon Wheel Theatre, Warsaw
14 – Matchbox Twenty, Counting Crows, Soaring Eagle Casino, Mount Pleasant 12 – Rhonda Vincent, Shipshewana Event Center, Shipshewana
14 – Thomas Rhett, Morgan Walden, Allegan County Fair 12 – Tom Segura, Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor
15 – Adam Ant, Motor City Casino, Detroit 13 – Newsboys, Wings Event Center, Kalamazoo
15 – Alabama, John Michael Montgomery, Allegan County Fair 13 – Ron White, Embassy Theatre, Fort Wayne
15 – Michael Carbonaro, Embassy Theatre, Fort Wayne 13-14 – Steve & Rudy Gatlin, Shipshewana Event Center, Shipshewana
15 – Paramore, Fox Theatre, Detroit 14 – Howie Mandel, Mendel Center, Benton Harrbor
15 – Paul Anka, Morris Performing Arts Center, South Bend 15 – Steven Curtis Chapman, Wagon Wheel Theatre, Warsaw
15 – Tony Orlando, Shipshewana Event Center, Shipshewana 17 – Queens Of The Stone Age, Fox Theater, Detroit
16 – Amy Grant, Ryan Concert Hall, Angola, Ind. 18 – O.A.R., Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor
16 – Fab Four, Shipshewana Event Center, Shipshewana 19 – Glenn Miller Orchestra, Shipshewana Event Center, Shipshewana
16 – Marisela, 20 Monroe Live, Grand Rapids 19 – Imagine Dragons, Little Caesars Arena, Detroit
16 – Paul Anka, Firekeepers Casino, Battle Creek 19 – Immaculee Ilibagiza, Miller Auditorium, Kalamazoo
16 – The Verve Pipe, Backroom, Kalamazoo 19 – Patti LaBelle, Motor City Casino, Detroit
18 – Gordon Lightfoot, DeVos Hall, Grand Rapids 20 – Mary Chapin-Carpenter, State Theatre, Kalamazoo
18 – Gorillaz, Fox Theatre, Detroit 20 – Red Green, Shipshewana Event Center, Shipshewana
19 – Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, Van Andel Arena 21 – Charley Pride, Shipshewana Event Center, Shipshewana
19 – Sturgill Simpson, Fox Theatre, Detroit 21 – Echoes Of Pink Floyd, Orbit Room, Grand Rapids
20 – J. Bolvin, Fillmore, Detroit 23 – Mary Chapin-Carpenter, The Ark, Ann Arbor
21 – Erwins, Shipshewana Event Center, Shipshewana 24 – Fall Out Boys, Little Caesars Arena, Detroit
21 – Scott Stapp, Drowning Pool, 20 Monroe Live, Grand Rapids 25 – Beach Boys, Mendel Center, Benton Harbor
21 – Steve Earle & The Dukes, Fillmore, Detroit 25-26 – Booth Brothers, Shipshewana Event Center, Shipshewana
22 – Jay & The Americans, Gary Lewis & The Playboys, Mendel Center, Benton Harbor 26 – Doug E. Fresh, Sugarhill Gang, Motor City Casino, Detroit
22 – Jim Breuer, Motor City Casino, Detroit 26 – Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Fillmore, Detroit
22 – Primitive Quartet, Shipshewana Event Center 27 – Isaacs, Shipsewana Event Center, Shipshewana
22 – Steve Earle & The Dukes, State Theatre, Kalamazoo 28 – Colin Hay, The Ark, Ann Arbor
22 – ZZ Top, Four Winds Casino, New Buffalo 28 – Leroy VanDyke, David Frizell, Lacy J. Dalton, Bobby Bare, Shipshewana Event
23 – Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, Palace Of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills Center, Shipshewana
23 – Matchbox Twenty, Counting Crows, DTE, Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills 28 – Postmodern Jukebox, Wharton Center, Lansing
25 – Joe Bonamossa, DeVos Hall, Grand Rapids 29 – Janet Jackson, Little Caesars Arena, Detroit
25 – Maria Muldaur, Tip Top deluxe Bar & Grill, Grand Rapids 29 – Kari Jobe, Embassy Theatre, Fort Wayne
26 – Cranberries, Fillmore, Detroit 31 – Tori Amos, Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor

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ing well/In a castle dark or a fortress Lightfoot wrote, “The legend lives Creek (9/1).
strong, with chains upon my feet/You on from the Chippewa on down of the Degraw debuted on the charts
know that ghost is me/And I will never big lake they called with his first album release, “Chariot,”
be set free as long as I’m a ghost you can ‘gitchegummee’/The lake, it is said, in 2003. “Chariot” produced three Top
see…” never gives up her dead/When the skies 40 singles including “Follow Though,”
Lightfoot definitely struck a chord of November turn gloomy, with a load “I Don’t Want To Be,” and the title track,
with music lover’s in the ’70s. He of iron ore twenty six thousand tons “Chariot.”
scored his first No. 1 in the U.S. in 1974 more than the Edmund Fitzgerald We would have to wait five more
with “Sundown.” To this day, “Sun- weighed empty/That good ship and years for his follow up album, “Gavin
down” remains one of my all-time fa- crew a bone to be chewed when the Degraw.” The wait proved successful
vorite songs. gales of November came early…” for the songwriter from New York. The
The storytelling capabilities of “The Wreck Of The Edmund first single, “In Love With A Girl” was
this man are unlike any other. Lightfoot Fitzgerald” peaked at No. 2, but the another big single for him.
put to words and music the incredible song has become just as important, his- Degraw is not an artist who takes
events that lead to the tragic losses of 29 torically, as the ship’s loss. pride in living a flashy life. Instead, he
men in the early hours of Nov. 10, 1975, Some of Lightfoot’s incredible remains focused on his music while
on Lake Superior. song repertoire includes “If You Could avoiding any limelight shed his way.
The SS Edmund Fitzgerald left Read My Mind,” “Sundown,’ “Carefree This can either be a good thing or a bad
port in Superior, Wis., with 26,000 tons Highway,” “Rainy Day People,” “Baby thing in the modern digital world, but I
of ore in route for Detroit and Cleveland. Step Back,” “Anything For Love,” “The have to give him credit for doing so.
That night, storms approached and gale Circle Is Small (I Can See It In Your Other Degraw hits include
warnings were issued for wind speeds Eyes),” “Beautiful,” and “The Wreck Of “Sweeter,” “Not Over You,” “Soldier,”
of 34 to 40 knots. Gale Warnings per- The Edmund Fitzgerald.” “Best I Ever Had,” “Make A Move” and
sisted and winds upgraded to 48 to 55 Now where Lightfoot was a pop- the singles’ “She Sets The City On Fire”
knots. The ship sustained major damage ular singer/songwriter back then, so is and “Making Love With The Radio On”
and the crew lost contact. The SS Ed- Gavin Degraw today. Degraw will per- from his most recent album release,
mund Fitgerald sank. form at Firekeepers Casino in Battle “Something Worth Saving.”2✤ – Leroy

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brings art
to the
‘Inside/Out’ program
shares masterpieces
with community

ttention art lovers: an art opportunity awaits in

A Sturgis.
Detroit Institute of Arts has provided reproduc-
tions of masterpieces from the museum’s collection to
outdoor venues in Sturgis through the DIA
“Inside|Out” program.
“They’ve had this program for a number of years
in the Detroit metropolitan area,” said Sturgis city man-
ager Mike Hughes. “This is part of an effort to expand
that to the rest of the state. They’ve had a couple of pilot
projects, but we’re one of the first to roll out the pro-
The City of Sturgis applied for the program and
was selected, as was Munising, Hughes said.
DIA also provides $2,000 in funding for program-
ming to promote the event, he added.
Maps of the work have been compiled with the
funding and are available at various locations down-
town, Hughes said.
“Almost all of the pieces are in the downtown
walking area,” he said. “We do have one at the Enrich-
ment Center.”
Each piece has a description with it.
“They’re intended to really educate and make you
think about the piece itself,” Hughes said.
Open Door Gallery in downtown Sturgis has been
hosting a series of lunch workshops to provide informa-
tion about the art.

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Locations in Sturgis
1. Violinist and Young Woman
Edgar Degas (appx. 1871)
201 N. Nottawa

2. Mother and Child

Solomong Irein Wangboje
130 N. Nottawa

3. Study for Birds

Albert Moore (1878)
101 W. Chicago Rd.

4. The Wedding Dance

Pieter Bruegel (appx. 1566)
111 W. Chicago Rd. (back of

5. Chief Shoppenegons
Eanger Irving Couse (1910)
127 W. Chicago Rd.

6. Portrait of a Mughal Prince

Unknown Artist, Islamic
210 John St. (back of build-

7. Watson and the Shark

John Singleton Copley (1777)
227 W. Chicago Rd.

8. Fourteenth Street at Sixth Field trips for elementary students are

being planned for this fall.

Gail Suess-Brandow has created a col-

John Sloan (1934)
101 S. Jefferson
oring book of all 15 of the pieces. Each stu-
dent will receive one, Hughes said.
9. A Day in June

Michelle Frost, at Sturgis District Li-

George Wesley Bellows
306 W. Chicago Rd. brary, also is putting together packets of in-
formation to send to school districts in the
region to invite them to take part in field
10. Fire in a Haystack
Jules Adolphe Aime-Louis
Breton (1856) trips as well.
Other ways the city is promoting the
104 W. Chicago Rd. (back of

show include a video, postcards sent to area


11. The Lily Pond art centers and posters.

“I’ve gotten a lot of positive comments
Charles Harry Eaton (1886)

from people,” Hughes said. “They’re really

101 E. Chicago Rd.

12.Konigsee excited and interested in (the show). During

Sturgis Fest we had a lot of people checking
Willibald Wex (1873)

it out.”
125 E. Chicago Rd.

13. Portrait of Postman Former Sturgis High School art

teacher Sally Baldwin has also led groups on

tours and is available to do so.

Vincent van Gogh (1888)
124 E. Chicago Rd.
The art is on display through late Oc-
tober in Sturgis.
14. Cotopaxi

The program is funded through grants

Frederic Edwin Church
204 E. Chicago Rd. from the Institute of Museum and Library
For more information on the DIA and
15. Irises and Calla Lillies
Maria Oakey Dewing (1890-
1905) its programs, visit www.dia.org. ✤
306 N. Franks

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for each of the six boats, two new two-
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Clockwise from top right, the best restored antique motor at the meet was a 1939-41 Evinrude 5 HP Mat; Sue Severeid
and Greg Gardner study a 1948 Champion Model 1K 4.2 HP outboard motor; vendor Butch Landman holds a trophy
he won in 1954; and Manny Papandreas showed a Dale Hull Runator with a 1978 Mercury Challenger motor.


he Great Lakes Chapter of The Antique Outboard Motor Club, Inc. and Michi-
T ana Outboard Boating held a combined meet in Constantine in July. More than
50 vendors participated in the event.
A trophy was presented this year for the 2017 Constantine Cup Fishing Motor
Challenge, an on-the-water event sponsored by the Great Lakes Chapter. It is de-
signed to test the overall operability of smaller horsepower motors in a “fishing trip”

Putting scenario. Competitors have a passenger in their “fishing boat” (or equivalent load)
so the total load is not less than 300 pounds. Each competitor begins the course with
a cold start of their motor. The course includes a fast leg, a short rowing leg, a hot

horse restart and a slow leg. Designated motors for the event are any pre-1951 stock motor,
direct drive (no gear shift or neutral level.) Maximum size for the motor is 2hp.
The public was invited to a free viewing of several antique boats and 50 vin-

power to tage outboard motors.

Boats shown included a KGY model 1950 Bezoats hydroplane and a 1947 Penn
Yan Cartopper boat with a 1.5hp Sea King engine.

the test Manny Papandreas from Indianapolis showed a 1972 Dale Hull Runator with
a 1978 Mercury Challenger motor.
“The boat was originally built in 1979, raced for three years and won a na-
tional championship; then it was sold and raced by 25 more years by two different

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At left, a trophy was presented for the 2017 “Constantine Cup Fishing Motor Challenge,” an on-the-water event sponsored by the
Great Lakes Chapter. At right, an unusual display was the winner for the best original antique outboard motor: a 1948 1.5 HP Sea
King sold by Montgomery Wards. An old 1948 Montgomery Wards catalog with the motor circled in it was included.

individuals. It was in quite a state of disrepair when I bought inch fishing lure on display.
it. It’s built of thin plywood. I bought it in 2011, finished it in “The giant lure is just a display piece. They make even
2015, and this is my first time showing it,” he said. bigger ones, and sell them to sporting goods stores to adver-
There were a dozen awards for vintage outdoor motors tise products,” he said. “I just sell items made from Michigan.
on display. We have Shakespeare in Kalamazoo and Hedon in Dowagiac,
Notable motors and prizes included: best restored an- where there’s a museum.”
tique motor: 1939-41 5HP Evinrude; best original classic There were games, and a free hog roast.
motor: 1961 3 HP Evinrude Lightwin; most unusual outboard In the “Cup of Gas Contest,” a 1948 Champion Model
motor: 1950 Ward’s Sea King; Concours d’Elegance (over-re- 1K 4.2hp, owned by Greg Gardner, ran for 21-minutes and 31-
stored motor) 1913 Evinrude; mest original antique: a motor seconds. Contestants had to guess how long the motor would
patented Nov. 22, 1892 electric Frank Sallen mfr. N.Y. An un- run. Gardner said he bought the motor in January.
usual display was the winner for the best original antique Technical seminars for vendors at the event included
outboard motor: a 1948 1.5 HP Sea King sold by Montgomery Kid’s Powerhead Class (learn what parts do what, and re-
Wards. assemble a powerhead as a class); Setting up Quicksilver
Vendor Butch Landman from Lowell said he only sold gearcases; Gas tank dent removal; Paint prep, materials and
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“My dad Lloyd and I raced Johnson outboards in the neto coil-testing using simple tools (no Merctronics), 1950's
’40s and ’50s. I brought a trophy I won in 1954,” he said. vintage OMC carburetor rebuild procedures; Magnet charg-
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VOYAGE of a lifetime
Sturgis couple
home after sailing
around the world

ob and Lori Brothers may seem like typical Sturgis resi-

B dents, but they have accomplished a goal few could ex-

pect to achieve.
The Brothers have sailed around the world and lived to
tell about it.
The trip took place from Oct. 1, 2015, to April 24, 2017,
starting and ending at St. Lucia Island in the Caribbean. But
the seed of the idea began to grow years ago. One day, as Bob
drove home from work, he noticed a stream that connects
Grey Lake to Omena Lake, running under M-66, and thought
to himself, “I wonder how far that goes?”
Bob decided to find out by kayaking a section at a time,
and eventually he made it to Lake Michigan.
That accomplished, Bob’s mind went further.
“We need a bigger boat,” Bob said, “I ■ Learn more about the

think we could, in theory, make it around the

Brothers’ sailing adventure

on Lori’s blog,

Setting sail
Bob has done kayaking only since the 1990s, but has
sailed for much of his life, following the path of his mother,
Lori and Bob Brothers have sailed around the world and are
Barbara Brothers, a Klinger Lake resident. She took up sailing
back at their home on Little Omena Lake.
in the 1960s as an adult and won so many trophies, she started the Brothers were sailing for about eight of those. They stayed
giving them back to whatever yacht club hosted the competi- in Australia for nearly two months, exploring.
tion. Waiting out the weather also took time. Those were the
Lori started sailing after she and Bob met. Having a worst days for Bob. They were in South Africa for a month
willing wife was a huge part in making Bob’s theory a reality. awaiting summer weather and stayed on Christmas Island in
“I wasn’t (willing) at first,” Lori said, “I would say, ‘OK, the Indian Ocean and again in Tonga, a week each time, wait-
I’ll just meet you at some of the cool places.” ing for rain to subside.
After they started doing more planning and taking Bad weather at sea was the worst for Lori. They had a
classes, Lori got on board. Literally. very rough passage near Madagascar, a large island off the
That was at least 10 years before they actually set sail on coast of Africa, and she wasn’t sure they would come out
Barbara Jean, named after Bob’s mother. By then, the Brothers’ alive.
children, Justin, Ben and Elle, had grown used to hearing their Bob had a different outlook, saying to himself, “If we
parents’ talk about sailing the globe. survive this, I think were good.”
Another difficult stretch was a 4 1/2-day passage from
French Guiana to Grenada. Lori, who struggles with sea sick-
Weather breaks
Barbara Jean traveled with a cooperative of sailboats on ness, had run out of the most-effective medication.
a loosely set agenda. Although they were gone for 16 months, “I was sick the entire time,” Lori said.

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But sickness didn’t deter her from
her four-hour watching shift.
“You still have to do it,” she said.
“You have to.”
Their longest continuous time at sea
They’re back!
was 22 days, Lori said. They were sailing The Brothers are back where they belong. In some ways it’s
the South Pacific and it was beautiful. as if nothing ever happened, that the 30,000 mile, 15-month cruise
Every morning felt like Sunday, because around the world in a small, but spunky, little sailboat with the Bar-
they had nothing pressing, Bob said. bara Jean name painted in blue across its transom, was just another
It was early on in the adventure boat ride. The boat, despite all its sparkle and dash in a fair wind,
and, actually, it was easier than four day was as rugged as a dreadnaught. It could pound through heavy
passages. While at sea, someone must be DICK seas giving as good as it got, then slide through calmer waters with
on watch duty at all times. It takes several MAGEE the nimbleness and grace of a Barbara Jean teen.
days to get into the rhythm of sleeping If this floating homestead was something special, so was the
four hours, getting up to watch four crew — Bob and Lori Brothers. They are the dreamers that made
hours, then returning to bed, Bob said. “the impossible dream” come true. They moved from landlubbers at the begin-
“It was a different life,” Lori said. ning, to seafaring masters at the end. Their progression from cars and cornfields to
“We had a rule: You couldn’t leave the seas and sailing is a jump few would be willing or able to make. But they did it
cockpit unless the other person was with aplomb and a modest lack of fanfare like it was all in a day’s work.
awake, because you could easily be swept Clearly, they entered a world of their own making, clawing their way across
overboard.” vast oceans alone or in company with fellow blue water nomads. While they
“You’re attentive to every sound,” worked their boat in the ways of mariners of millenniums past, they were helped
Bob said. “You have to pay attention to the and safeguarded by the high-tech wizardry of the present.
weather.” Not that it was always an easy sail. But it was not the rigors of sailing in
Sometimes it was boring, so they heavy weather or gauging the vagaries of weather in order to minimize risk that
read a lot of books and played a lot of was the most trying. It was simply trying to stay awake while under sail. They fol-
cards, Lori said. lowed the traditional four hours on and four hours off duty roster. There was no
chance for a solid eight-hour sleep. Fatigue became the most debilitating part of
Unique history, ports the cruise. Time ashore was the anecdote.
Visiting islands and continents in However, the highlights of the voyage were not the places ashore, but the
their path was a highlight. Bob was people who lived there. The exception was the South Pacific Bali Hai islands of
amazed at the terrain of some islands, es- James Michener’s, which cast their spell and kept the Barbara Jean captive in their
pecially in the French Marquesas, that rise tropical paradise. But it was the people, their attitudes, their priorities and culture
from sea level to high-altitude mountains, that most impressed Bob and Lori. The peculiarities and practices of one port-of-
with a range of ecological systems includ- call were not the same as those of the next.
ing a rain forest near the top. Each new landfall presented the challenge of ever changing currencies,
“You could tell where an island clearing customs, topping off water and fuel tanks, making repairs to the Jean’s
would be from many miles out,” Bob said. bumps and bruises, stocking stores, sampling new cooking and, oh yes, finding
“That was where a cloud would be. The the local yacht club for some solid ground R and R, be it a spiffy place or merely a
French Marquesas had the third highest shack leaning into the wind. They put on sporty hats and transformed into
waterfall in the world, so we hiked up tourists. It was a wonderful learning experience. The sailors adapted, gained new
there.” insights and perspectives.
At sea, there is no smell, Bob said, The election hullabaloo back home was but a dim and distant rumble.
but as they approached an island, they Home for them was the Barbara Jean slicing through blue water. An expanded
began to notice that each has its own family constituted those hardy souls in the boats tied up along side at every an-
scent. chorage. Friendships of a lifetime were in the making.
And each has unique history. Bob Now, the great sail is over. The Barbara Jean rests easy. The crew has a front
was surprised to learn the South Pacific is- door and a lake outback that pretends to be an ocean. The reality of home takes
lands were not inhabited until the early center stage. Lori starts where she left off, providing accounting and tax services.
1800s, and soon after, European settlers ar- Bob opens his new legal office. The happenings of their grand tour will fill a treas-
rived. ure chest with fond memories and its history will be kept fresh by Lori’s wonder-
Each port varies as well. fully detailed log and the videos and photographs that tell of their epic voyage.
“You couldn’t imagine what it Will there be another grand sail? It’s hard to know. If the saying, “You’ve
would be like until you got there,” he said. got sand in your shoe” still means you suffer from wanderlust, then maybe. Surely
When they came to a port, they the Brothers have the sand and the boat. So, we’ll see.
went for water, fuel and food. They would

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The route for the Brothers’ World Cruising Club Circumnavigation Adventure.
“clear-in” with officials and meet with others from the cooper- boat, even in port, but a few times got land lodging. In Fuji, a
ative for dinner. desk clerk offered an ocean view for an extra $10. They de-
Food looks very different around the globe, Lori said. clined.
She typically asked at the market how to prepare what was When they arrived back at St. Lucia, of the 33 boats
available and most residents were helpful. that left, eight made the complete trip. Some had planned to
One universal food was pizza. Different locales served drop off at various points, others joined. But when they all
pizza with their own flare, and that was good, Lori said. came in, the cooperative members had quite a celebration.
What they didn’t find was decent beef and they were
not fond of goat, which was prevalent, so they ate a lot of fish. Comforts of home
Fish and other wildlife were an intriguing aspect they Back in Sturgis, the Brothers returned to work, Lori to
didn’t anticipate. Dolphins swam alongside The Barbara Jean. her accounting business and Bob practicing law.
They endured “the battle of the birds” in the middle of the Being back home felt like landing in the lap of luxury,
ocean. Various types of birds joined them on deck. Bob said.
In the morning, flying fish sometimes were dead on the Turn on a faucet and you get hot water or cold water.
deck and at St. Helena, they swam with whale sharks — one When they want food they get in a car and go shopping.
male was 28 feet long. Although the whale sharks were mas- “The toilet doesn’t move,” Bob said.
sive, they had no teeth, Lori said. “Neither does the sink,” Lori said. “You put a plate on
In the Galapagos Islands, manta rays jump 10 feet in the table and it stays there.”
the air and do somersaults, putting on quite a show, Bob said. And they have rejoined the lives of their family and
That was where their Sturgis friends, Ron and Jean friends and Bob’s mother was relieved to have them safely
Zimmerman joined them for a time. home. Elle was married soon after their return.
Another time, their children and grandchildren joined Looking back at the experience, Lori sometimes thinks,
them in Tahiti so they could meet their new grandson and “Wow we actually did that. We sailed around the world. We
catch up. accomplished a huge goal. Nobody can take that away.”
For most of those months, the Brothers stayed on the Still, “It’s good to be back,” Bob said. ✤

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Maria’s Mexican Restaurant
STORY & PHOTOS BY LAURA KURELLA our table suddenly came to a screeching
halt as we three all found ourselves lost
eeding a place for a few girls to in the pleasure of the food on our

N meet on a Saturday afternoon,

we decided on my friend, Anne’s
suggestion to meet at Maria’s, an au-
“This is really good,” Kay said.
“Mine is too,” Anne smiled in
thentic Mexican restaurant tucked in on agreement.
the western edge of U.S. 12 just before it “My steak tacos are simply
runs out of Sturgis. mouth-watering,” I said. “I love it when
Meeting our friend, Kay, it was the steak is char grilled and smothered
soon apparent we were lucky to get in cheese. It doesn’t get better than
seated as quickly as we did. this.”
With customers entering non- With all of us in compete agree-
stop, the place was bustling with busi- ment, we shifted our focus to savoring
ness and brimming with the banter of each and every bite, abandoning all
happy people enjoying their lunch. conversation until we were through.
Seated just inside the front door, Maria’s “That was very satisfying,” Kay
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everything from meat, chicken, seafood steak tacos. while it is on a physical beaten path, it
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Fighting A

ll around social media, posts about species

going extinct and their numbers declining
surface nearly every day. The posts ask the

an invader readers to take immediate action by either help-

ing to stop public pollution or to help by donat-
ing to this or that Go Fund Me effort. But,
thanks to Mother Nature, some animals grow in
numbers rather than decline when circum-
Michigan DNR puts plan stances take a turn for the worse. In some cases,
it's a positive turn of events, but not in regard to
in place to reduce mute mute swans. According to the Michigan De-
partment of Natural Resources the swans can
swan population pose a threat to all other animals around them,
crops, vegetation and surprisingly, humans.
Originally not a native animal, the mute
swan originates from Europe, but were brought
into the states in order to “decorate” city lakes
and bodies of water. Unpredictably, the swans
showed their aggressive nature, invading other
species around them and becoming the superior
animal on the bodies of water where they were
Concerns grew when the swans outlived
other species and evidently began to grow in
population. Since 2000, the number of mute
swans in Michigan has risen from 5,700 to
15,500. The population is tracked twice yearly
by the DNR.
With growing numbers, the threat also
grows to almost any living organism. Sticking
close to their home bodies of water, the reports
of mute swans attacking humans while in boats
or on land began to become more frequent. The
swans began to pose a threat toward aquatic
vegetation, harming the tools necessary to grow
crops in the state and eating crops farmers and
others rely on. According to the DNR, mute
swans also harm other organisms around them
and are in competition with trumpeter swans —
a native species now on the state’s threatened
species list because of the invasive mute. With
the many issues entailing the swans, the DNR
has released several plans to fix the growing
The growing concern has left the DNR
with the option of reducing the population of
the species by removing adult swans to put a
stop to reproduction and to destroy nests and
eggs that have been laid.
Short term, the goal is to manage and re-

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Lake in Three Rivers.
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Birthday ride
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her 95th birthday with a Jet Ski
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