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It is one thing to decide on a hike and another thing to get great information in a simple manner. For me having the directions on how to get there, how difficult a hike is it, a map of the trail, do I need a pass, is there bathroom facilities - I just want it all in one spot.  For me the answer has been:  A guide to many hiking trails in northwestern lower Michigan, most within an hour of Traverse City.…


Added by Gloria A. Halligan on September 14, 2014 at 8:54pm — No Comments


If you want the beauty of a pond, a creek, woods, roaring water, old machinery, history, visit Mayfield Pond right behind the Post Office in Mayfield, Michigan.  The actual trail is less than a mile, traversing along the creek, up a lot of stairs to the ridge to look through woods down at the pond, continuing on the path that returns via the dam, and back around to the pond.  It is a DO NOT MISS spot.  In 1922 the Adams Dry Fly was created here and on the day we visited, a young man was fly…


Added by Gloria A. Halligan on September 14, 2014 at 8:31pm — No Comments

Country Music Television interviews some of America's most skilled wilderness survival experts.   Tip: Fast forward 36 minutes to see the most skilled survival expert/woodsman in America.  He just happens to be from northern…


Added by Len McDougall on September 14, 2014 at 6:51pm — No Comments

Bear Trouble

What does a lone homesteader, living miles from the nearest road, do when he's challenged for his territory by a rambunctious bear?…


Added by Len McDougall on September 14, 2014 at 6:38pm — No Comments

The Truth About Fire-Starting Tools

Survival instructor and author Len McDougall says that fire is the most important survival tool you'll ever need, and the ability to light one in any conditions is the most valuable survival skill you'll ever need.  But there's a lot of misinformation out there, perpetrated by mall ninjas and cubicle cowboys. Which…


Added by Len McDougall on September 14, 2014 at 6:32pm — No Comments

Raising and Living With Full-Blooded Timber Wolves

A short TV spot about the full-blooded timber wolves we reared from pups and cared for until their deaths from old age, for a total of 18 years.

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Added by Len McDougall on September 14, 2014 at 6:25pm — No Comments

Taking The Mystery Out Of Honing An Edge

A dull knife isn't just worthless, it's actually dangerous to the user, because you need to press harder to cut, and there's more likelihood of a slip.  This video, from noted knife writer Len McDougall tells you how to keep your edge.

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Added by Len McDougall on September 14, 2014 at 6:19pm — No Comments

Survival Expert Len McDougall Starts A Fire In The Rain

If your loved ones were depending on you to start a fire for their warmth in a pouring rain, could you do it? Survival expert and author of Practical Outdoor Survival, et al, shows you how it's done.

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Added by Len McDougall on September 14, 2014 at 6:14pm — No Comments

Back to School! Tips for Teen Success in School, Work, and Life

Do you have teens or employ teens? Looking for tips to help them succeed in school, work, and life?

I'm honored to have been interviewed by Christal Frost, WTCM Radio, Traverse City, about how my new book…


Added by Kirt Manecke, Smile book on September 7, 2014 at 9:36am — No Comments

Cleaning, Organizing, Downsizing, Yard Work, Running Errands, Garage Cleaning (Get Your Garage Ready for Winter!), Garage Sale Organizing and Hosting, Minor Home Maintenance/Repairs, Home Makeover

Let me clean your home like I clean mine. . .with lots of TLC (tender loving care) and hard work. We can give your Home a thorough Cleaning, a Home "Makeover", Organize it (Organizing Saves you Time and Energy and gives you more Living Space), or Clean and Prepare your Garage for winter; Summer Cottage Cleaning for those Special Guests, Downsizing, Yard Work (the leaves are already starting to Fall), Garage Sale Preparation including Selling and Haggling! We are the best hagglers…


Added by Ashleigh Rose Bottorff on August 28, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Kids Love For Animals

Kids Love For Animals ( Poem )

Children’s favorite shows are of animals

I have hours in a playlist that are laughable

Like a camera pecking rooster and fun monkeys

To a mom and a baby miniature donkeys

Videos of wild turkeys and charming geese

Ducks in water and chicks learning to speak

Dazzling ostrich and many free birds

Some you would not want to move towards

A large unique animal is the alligator

The total opposite of the…


Added by Doris Anne Beaulieu on August 26, 2014 at 5:46pm — No Comments

3rd Annual Traverse City Labor Day Bridge(s) Walk - FAMILY FRIENDLY

8 A.M. Monday, September 1, 2014  Front/Park Streets - in front of the EuroStop Cafe'  No Registration or Charge

Showcases the outskirts of our town crossing under and over the Grandview Parkway Bridge, viewing the bay and the new Clinch Park, walking through the Warehouse District and along the weir, crossing over Wadsworth Bridge again viewing the Boardman River, hiking behind the museum/old library, crossing over the Union St. Bridge and coming back to walk along the boardwalk over…


Added by Gloria A. Halligan on August 25, 2014 at 6:36pm — No Comments

Great Lakes Marine Sanctuary Celebrates Expansion!

Celebrate the accomplishments of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary (TBNMS) in Alpena, Michigan as they expand to protect the Great Lakes and their rich history!

This has been an absolutely incredible year for the sanctuary, and there are several exciting developments on the horizon. The Friends of TBNMS invite you to a Sanctuary Celebration on Saturday, September 6…


Added by Thunder Bay on August 25, 2014 at 6:12pm — No Comments

Creating A Christmas Tree ( Poem )

Creating A Christmas Tree ( Poem )

Create designer Christmas tree

From squash, to bread, and fun cookies

Instructions made so easily

One from red hat society

Home from the heart season theme

Star wars made a holiday scene

Wonderland can be of little lambs

Making ornaments with your hands

Whatever your style or budget

Your personal touch can be tropic

Focal point of your home can be

Inspired by glamorous jewelry



Added by Doris Anne Beaulieu on August 25, 2014 at 10:19am — No Comments

Suttons Bay Schools 'All-Years' Alumni Reunion - September 19th, 2014

Suttons Bay Schools is celebrating an ‘all-years’ reunion for students, faculty, and staff at Homecoming this year. Come “Back to the Bay” for a true homecoming on Friday, September 19, 2014.


5:00pm Annual Homecoming Parade through downtown Suttons Bay. Participate in the…


Added by Suttons Bay Public Schools on August 24, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

iPad Initiative at Suttons Bay Elementary

Suttons Bay Elementary is excited to roll out a new iPad initiative for their students and families this school year!  Using funds from the Technology Bond, the school was able to purchase iPads for each student from Kindergarten to 5th grade to use as a learning tool.  The applications available…


Added by Suttons Bay Public Schools on August 23, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Tractor Pulls

Tractor Pulls ( Poem )

America’s passion tractor haul

Ford and Farmall want to take it all

Showcasing your tractor is never dull

Case give a strong performance call

See a smokey John Deere tractor

Unleash yourself in an Oliver

Massey Ferguson speeds uncovered

As International pulls with no effort

White’s power with high tractive force

As McCormick is running the course

Agricultural machinery Competition

Fun family oriented…


Added by Doris Anne Beaulieu on August 23, 2014 at 9:06am — No Comments

Suttons Bay Norsemen Chocolate Milk Mustaches

The Suttons Bay football program is the recipient of a grant for free chocolate milk from the United Dairy Industry of Michigan as part of their "Nature’s Sport Drink - Milk Means More" campaign.  Our Varsity, JV, and middle school football teams will get free low-fat chocolate milk for their…


Added by Suttons Bay Public Schools on August 21, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Woodsmen Day

Woodsmen Day ( Poem)

Sport using handsaws

With a toothed edge blade

One or two handed sawing

On a woodsmen fair day

Traditional log rolling

Is a lumberjacks technique

Style used in river driving

The illustration is unique

Springboard tree is branchless

With live action you can’t beat

Platform board is dangerous

A risk if you compete

Block ax chopping

Is a loggers sport indeed

Hard on your back swinging



Added by Doris Anne Beaulieu on August 21, 2014 at 10:11am — No Comments

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