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Happenings in the Keweenaw Peninsula

July 13, 2007  Updated July 14 and 17, 2007

Text © 2007 Keweenaw Now, with Press Release © 2007 Lake Superior Binational Forum. Photos © 2007 Gina Nicholas and Sue Haralson, as indicated. Reprinted with permission.

Celebrate Lake Superior Day and enter our "blog" photo contest!

ASHLAND, WIS.; HANCOCK, MI -- What’s better than a July picnic on a sandy beach next to the world’s largest freshwater lake? How about leaving the beach cleaner than you found it? Keweenaw Now is launching a new, interactive blog for readers with a photo contest. We invite you to celebrate Lake Superior Day (officially July 15) sometime during the week of July 14-22, record it with your camera and email us your best photo in one of three categories: landscape (the beauty of the lake), wildlife (if you can catch them) or responsible action (e.g., doing something to leave the beach cleaner than you found it). We will now accept any photos of or near the lake taken this summer -- from May 1 to July 31, 2007. Entries must be received by July 31, 2007.

The top six photos, two in each category, will be published on our new blog: www.keweenawnow.blogspot.com. Visit our blog for the rules of the contest. The following photos from members of the Houghton Keweenaw Conservation District (HKCD) are examples of the third category, responsible action. Even if you just pick up the garbage around you, you leave the beach cleaner than you found it.

At the Bete Grise South Preserve on Lake Superior, on July 1, 2007, Sue Haralson, center, Houghton Keweenaw Conservation District administrator, and Brian Carlson of The Nature Conservancy join a volunteer team of 14 high school students from across the U.S., known as Landmark Volunteers. (Photo  © 2007 Gina Nicholas)
At the Bete Grise South Preserve on Lake Superior, on July 1, 2007, Sue Haralson, center, Houghton Keweenaw Conservation District administrator, joins a volunteer team of 14 high school students from across the U.S., known as Landmark Volunteers. Under the supervision of Brian Carlson (far right) of The Nature Conservancy, the team spent six hours hauling nearly 2000 pounds of trash and scrap metal from the north part of the preserve and pulling two invasive plants: knapweed and hairy cat’s ear. Tom Collins was on hand donating his boat to haul trash across the channel. (Photo © 2007 Gina Nicholas. Reprinted with permission.)

Individuals and families, churches and kids, communities and clubs, businesses and industries will be holding activities or events that celebrate Lake Superior Day on the third Sunday in July (July 15 this year). Lake residents and visitors are invited to find their own personal way to connect and enjoy the world’s largest lake on Sunday.

The Lake Superior Binational Forum is promoting this basin-wide event to highlight the personal, environmental, economic and spiritual connections people have to this unique world treasure.

On July 12, this week, the Houghton Keweenaw Conservation District (HKCD) held a Knapweed Pulling / Picnic Day at the Bete Grise South Preserve. For two hours a group of seven volunteers pulled this invasive species -- Spotted Knapweed (Centaurea maculosa), an aggressive weed that is crowding out native plants.

"Then we enjoyed lunch on the beach," said Sue Haralson, HKCD administrator. "While we were eating a deer walked to a distant part of the beach for a drink too."

Along the Gay-Lac La Belle Road near the Bete Grise Preserve parking lot, HKCD Forester, Rachel Tarpey, is pulling out Spotted Knapweed an invasive species that is crowding out native plants. (Photo © 2007 Sue Haralson. Reprinted with permission.)
The Houghton Keweenaw Conservation District (HKCD) held a Knapweek Pulling / Picnic Day July 12 at the Bete Grise South Preserve, located on Lake Superior. Here, along the Gay-Lac La Belle Road near the parking lot of the Preserve, HKCD Forester, Rachel Tarpey, is pulling out Spotted Knapweed an invasive species that is crowding out native plants. (Photo © 2007 Sue Haralson. Reprinted with permission.)

HKCD is planning a similar event next Wednesday, July 18, (note change of date) at the Joseph and Mary Lizzadro Preserve on M-26 between Eagle Harbor and Copper Harbor. To join them meet at 10 a.m. at the Lizzadro Preserve. Bring a bag lunch, gloves and a shovel. HKCD will provide snacks and refreshments for the picnic at noon.

Or have your own picnic Sunday or during this week on any Lake Superior beach (local beaches on the Portage Ship Canal and Portage Lake, such as those in Hancock, Houghton and Chassell, count as Lake Superior beaches for Keweenaw Now's photo contest) and leave the beach cleaner than you found it! 

Lake Superior Day was started in the early 1990s as a way to highlight the importance of this great water body to the environment and economy of the basin. Since then many events have been held to educate or entertain people about lake issues and the special places and recreational opportunities the lake offers. 

Keweenaw Now photographer Gustavo Bourdieu photographed this sunset with freighter near the Keweenaw Tip during the Reading the Landscape boat tour from Copper Harbor on the Isle Royale Queen IV June 30, 2007. (Photo © 2007 Gustavo Bourdieu)
Keweenaw Now photographer Gustavo Bourdieu photographed this sunset with freighter near the Keweenaw Tip during the Reading the Landscape "Shorelands" boat tour from Copper Harbor on the Isle Royale Queen IV June 30, 2007. Read more about Reading the Landscape in the 2007 Reading the Landscape Brochure. (Photo © 2007 Gustavo Bourdieu)

Anyone is invited to hold activities or events that celebrate the lake. Churches, businesses and groups around the lake are already sponsoring special actions for July 15. For example, this year groups and communities are planning free festivals, musical concerts, poetry readings, beach clean ups and special church services in Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Ontario. 

The Forum's website offers ideas about how the day is being celebrated and what you can do to protect the lake at http://www.superiorforum.info . Click on "Current Projects." New information is posted regularly. For more information email lakesuperiorday@northland.edu; call (715) 682-1489.

The Lake Superior Binational Forum is a multi-sector stakeholder group of American and Canadian volunteers that work together to provide input to governments about lake issues and educate basin residents about ways to protect and restore the lake. Members come from Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Ontario.

The Forum is located in the United States at the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute at Northland College in Ashland, Wis., and funded in the U.S. by a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes National Program Office. The Canadian Forum office is at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and funded by Environment Canada.

Scheduled Events Around the Lake

On Madeline Island, Wis. (Apostle Islands)
274 Middle Road 
TOM’S BURNED DOWN CAFÉ
Visit: www.tomsburneddowncafe.com   
715.747.6100; phoenix@cheqnet.net 
Sunday afternoon, July 15: BIG OUTDOOR REGGAE DANCE PARTY with LES EXODUS (chilly808@mn.rr.com)  
Dual Lead Singers -- Hot Reggae Band -- Fresh from the Duluth Reggae Festival.
CELEBRATE BINATIONAL LAKE SUPERIOR DAY -- COME CELEBRATE LAKE SUPERIOR! Following the REGGAE show we have area folk singer and musician GREG HODAPP from 10 p.m. till whenever to keep you from winding down. 

In Superior, Wis.

Full press release at http://www.businessnorth.com/pr.asp?RID=2339. Also awards ceremony for the U.S. recipients of the fourth annual Lake Superior Binational Program’s Environmental Stewardship Award program.

In Herbster, Wis.

The Herbster Community Club is sponsoring a beach clean up in conjunction with LAKE SUPERIOR DAY on Sunday, July 15, 2007, at 10 a.m. at the Herbster Playground. There is no need to sign up. We'll meet at the playground in Herbster (rain date TBD). We'll provide information packets, sticks, bags and refreshments. Feel free to bring your own tools or gloves if you'd like. Contact Jennifer Schierman at hunterjs@cheqnet.net.

In Bayfield, Wis.

Special Lake Superior Day church service at the Bayfield Presbyterian Church, Rev. David Oliver-Holder pastor. 306 Washington Avenue; 715-779-5490.

In Bayfield, Wis.

The Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua is hosting Philip Hamilton and Friends to bring an exciting evening of eclectic music which borrows energy from the genres of Jazz, Blues and World Music under the big blue tent at 7:30 p.m. Ushers are offering free Lake Superior Day buttons and postcards to guests of the show. Thanks to Warren Nelson for his support of Lake Superior Day! For ticket information call 888-BIG-TENT.

At the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Bayfield

The library, Mazinaigan Waakaaigan on 88850 Church Road, offers a display of books and videos about Lake Superior for use through the end of July. Contact librarian Gina LaGrew for information at (715) 779-3764.

In Duluth, Minn.

First Lutheran Church, 1100 Superior St., is having a Sunday Service around the theme of water and Lake Superior. The second service, weather permitting, will be held outside near the lake.

In Duluth, Minn.

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 710 East Superior Street, will have a special service and distribute free Lake Superior Day materials.

In Grand Marais, Minn.

17th Annual Grand Marais Arts Festival July 14 and 15 sponsored by the Grand Marais Art Colony at (218) 387-2737 or (800) 385-9585. This is an outdoor event on the shore of Lake Superior. Booths open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Musician Michael Monroe is performing on both days at 11 a.m. Also Fiber Guild demonstrations, an Old Fashioned Pie Social at the Johnson Heritage Post, Silent Book Auction at the Senior Center, Musical Performances, special activities for the kids, and free Lake Superior Day buttons, postcards and activity pages.

In Canada

Trout Lake Family Centre, Thunder Bay; www.tllc.ca 
222 - 620 Victoria Ave E
807-624-2311
Stream Creatures - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Do you want to know more about the tiny creatures that live in streams and lakes? Flip over a stone in a fast-flowing stream and chances are that you will see a stonefly or dragonfly larva clinging to the stone’s surface. Our workshop will teach you to identify benthic macroinvertebrates -- tiny creatures such as aquatic insects, mites, worms, snails and crayfish -- that are found under stones, in sediment, on logs, aquatic plants, fallen leaves and other debris in streams, rivers, and ponds. Discover what these creatures tell us about the quality of water in streams and lakes. And find out what you can do to improve stream habitat and water quality.

The program will include Stream and Lake Quality, Stream and Lake Protection, and Insect identification. $50 per adult and Children free with adult; includes lunch, Rain or Shine.

Visit the Web site of the Lake Superior Binational Forum for ideas on how to celebrate Lake Superior Day. The Forum Web site offers ideas for Anglers and Boaters, Local Governments, Faith Community, Environmental Groups, Libraries and Small and Large Businesses. Find out how you or your group can participate in this effort  to remind people how important the lake and its natural resources are to our everyday living and to encourage each of us to take action to protect it. 

Visit the Keweenaw Now blog to comment on our articles and to learn more about the photo contest!

 

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