Friday, June 22, 2012
Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel promotes Lake St. Clair while sharing possibilities for its 31-1/2 miles of coastline.
Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel dreams of making Lake St. Clair a popular recreation destination and tourist attraction. Waterfront campgrounds and more beach fronts were among the ideas Hackel proposed during the Anchor Bay Chamber of Commerce Business by the Bay luncheon Thursday in downtown New Baltimore. "How come we don't have a Navy Pier like we see in Chicago?" he asked the crowd of professionals and community leaders. After all, Hackel says, the county boasts 31-1/2 miles of coastline that is even drawing the likes of a nationally televised Bass tournament. He criticized the media for focusing on negative aspects of the lake known for having contaminants or beach closings due to E. coli. "This lake is, without a question, a …
Monday, June 11, 2012
Nonprofit Save Our South Channel Lights is raising money this summer to preserve a range light in Lake St. Clair that was built in the 1800s.
They started guiding vessels through their voyage into St. Clair River before Abraham Lincoln became president. And, this summer, one of those two historic lighthouses at the southeastern tip of Harsens Island will once again light up the nighttime sky for boaters. "These lights have been dark for over 100 years," said Save Our South Channel Lights director and New Baltimore restaurant owner Mark Miller of the rear range light. "So, we are going to re-light that light that night." Local fund-raisers set to preserve lighthouse on lake Nonprofit group Save Our South Channel Lights is raising money to complete restoration of the front range light created in the 1850s to guide fur traders and other sailors on wooden ships through the delta …
Friday, June 8, 2012
Macomb County officials outlined a plan Friday that would focus on environmental stewardship, economic development and quality of life while looking to develop economic opportunities and environmental quality for Lake St. Clair and the Clinton River.
Macomb County officials unveiled a Blue Economy Strategic Development Plan Friday for Lake St. Clair and the Clinton River. The plan, drafted by a committee that included local, county and regional representatives, included a wide range of proposals from increased access to the waterfront to increased ecosystem restoration. "The plan is a means of providing a clear understanding of the many different aspects of the blue economy here in this county," said Hackel, citing the miles of streams, rivers and lakefront in the county as location for business development, recreation opportunities and environmental preservation. "Macomb County is very well suited to build upon the extensive and the unique water assets that are familiar to the …
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
The swimming pools, beaches and spraygrounds at Lake St. Clair Metropark and Stony Creek Metropark will all be open by Saturday, May 26.
If hitting the beach is in your Memorial Day plans, you won't have to travel far to enjoy the sun and surf this weekend. The swimming beach Lake St. Clair Metropark, formerly Metro Beach, and Eastwood Beach at Stony Creek Metropark are open already, with Stony Creek's Baypoint Beach scheduled to open Saturday, May 26. The swimming pool and "Squirt Zone" spraygrounds at Lake St. Clair will also open Saturday. A vehicle entry permit is required to enter any Metropark and is $25 annually for regular admission, $15 annually for seniors or $5 daily. A fireworks display will be held on separate dates during the Fourth of July holiday at Lake St. Clair and Stony Creek metroparks. A $10 special event daily vehicle permit is required after 5 p.m. …
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Macomb Township is one of 55 local units of government represented in the Clinton River Watershed Council.
For $5,000, Macomb Township has secured its membership in the Clinton River Watershed Council for yet another year. Trustees voted unanimously Wednesday to pay the township's membership dues. The township is currently one of 55 units of government in the council, which is an "all-time high," according to a recent letter from CRWC Executive Director Anne Vaara to township clerk Michael Koehs. For 40 years, the council has worked with governments, businesses, community groups and residents across Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties to "protect, enhance and celebrate the Clinton River, its watershed and Lake St. Clair." Membership dues help fund the council's programs and services to protect the water quality and natural resources in the area…
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
From Lake St. Clair (formerly Metro Beach) to Stony Creek, local metroparks have dozens of events planned to keep vacationing kids busy during spring break.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Jenny Whalen
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Schools across Macomb Township will soon be out for spring break and that means planning a slew of activities to keep the kids busy during the week. If you're planning to stay in the area for spring break, you'll find dozens of kid-centered events planned at Lake St. Clair (formerly Metro Beach), Stony Creek and Wolcott Mill metroparks. Here's a look at what's on the calendar: Natural Egg Dyeing Family Nature Club - Who’s Lost in the Woods? Spring Break Special: Wise Up on Owls Spring Break Special: Eggsperiments Spring Break Special: Nature Songs & Hot Dogs Spring Break Special: Make a Hiking Staff Spring Break Special: Spring Pond Personalities Pioneer Week - Chores Pioneer Week - Making Dinner Pioneer Week - Cabins & Fun Babies, Babies…
Sunday, January 29, 2012
The annual dip into Anchor Bay took place Sunday during the New Baltimore Lions' Club three-day Winterfest in downtown New Baltimore.
Some brave souls rushed the lake Sunday for a good cause during the annual Polar Bear Plunge in New Baltimore. With snow falling, roughly 200 plungers charged Anchor Bay from Burke Park during the 19th annual Winterfest in the city's downtown. "It only hurts for a little while," said seasoned plunger Earl Dunn, 49 of Chesterfield Township. His wife, Theresa Dunn, 44, admitted nerves were settling in before the plunge. But she said they subsided in time for her to join her husband and 17-year-old son, Robert, an Anchor Bay High student on the Air Force Junior ROTC plunge team spearheaded by Col. Jeff Carrothers. "He only has one year left of high school, so I wanted to do something with him," said Dunn, adding her son has participated …
Friday, September 2, 2011
Macomb County residents Chuck and Chance Reese were fishing in Lake St. Clair near New Baltimore when they saw a toddler fall into the water and they quickly responded.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- On WXYZ-TV
Friday, September 2, 2011
Monday, August 1, 2011
The Macomb County Chamber brought elected, business and education officials together for the Lake St. Clair Appreciation Day.
Leaders from across Metro Detroit took to the water Monday to promote the economic and environmental importance of Lake St. Clair and neighboring waterways. The Macomb County Chamber brought together elected, business and educational officials from across metro Detroit for Lake St. Clair Appreciation Day. Organizers brought together these decision-makers to showcase the lake. “Unless you have been out on the lake, experience it and feel it, how can you really make a decision?” said Grace Shore, Macomb County Chamber CEO. “We want you to realize the importance of this lake, the importance to Macomb County and the importance to the entire region," Shore told attendees of a press conference at Brownie's on the Lake. The event began at …
Thursday, July 28, 2011
State Rep. Anthony Forlini, R-Harrison Township, showed off Lake St. Clair Thursday afternoon to key members of the Michigan House of Representatives, as well as water and tourism groups, during an hour-long boat tour.
Impressed by stretches of inviting aqua waters, businesses and houses along the shore and scores of boats sailing the lake, state representatives are eager to push Lake St. Clair as a Pure Michigan attraction. At the invitation of State Rep. Anthony Forlini, R-Harrison Township, House Majority Floor Leader Jim Stamas of Midland took an hour-long boat tour Thursday afternoon of the lake, heading into the mouth of the Clinton River. Stamas and Forlini also were joined by representatives from the popular Belle Maer Harbor marina, Lake St. Clair Tourism Initiative, Clinton-River Watershed and Patch. House Speaker Pro Tem John Walsh of Livonia and Harrison Township Supervisor Kenneth Verkest also were on hand following the tour. Promoting the …