CAUGHTCHA BEING GOOD!
Tis the spirit of giving and Ron Coyne has given in a big way this year. Last week he had 16 bicycles delivered to the Edward Jones office in the middle of a snowstorm for the Toys for Tots program. According to Julia Pollister Amos, program coordinator, Ron has given at least a dozen bikes each year for many years, but this December he outdid himself with his hefty donation. “His business has done well this year and he wanted to share his good fortune with area children,” added Julia. According to Ron none of this would be possible without the help of his employees, particularly Vince Trimark, Forrest Trimark, and Lambert and Olivia Adams, who have helped him to grow his business through the years! Caughtcha all being GOOD, and thank you, Ron – your kindness and generosity give added joy to the season.
Birch Lake Association improves Birch Lake Roadside Park
Have you noticed anything different at the Birch Lake Roadside Park recently? Take a stroll down to the water’s edge to see Birch Lake Association’s recent shoreline greenbelt improvements. The Association partnered with Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council and the Michigan Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) Adopt-a-Landscape program to install nearly 100 feet of coir logs (coconut fiber logs that biodegrade after ten years) and native plants. The coir logs, each 16 inches in diameter, protect the shoreline from erosion caused by ice damage and boat wakes. The chosen native plants (boneset, blue vervain, swamp milkweed, and blue lobelia) will provide deep roots to hold soil in place. The plants will bloom in a showy display of white, blue, and pink, and provide habitat for native pollinators. Sixteen volunteers helped install the coir logs and plants on October 4. The volunteers left with the hands-on experience to protect their own shorelines. A “no-mow” strip along the shoreline will be set up to allow native plants to thrive and signage will be placed to educate visitors.
The project has been in the works for a year and began with a meeting between Birch Lake Association president Jim Muth and Watershed Council staff. Both organizations brainstormed about ways to work collaboratively. The need for Birch Lake to restore the shoreline aligned well with the Watershed Council’s Watershed Action Volunteer Experience (WAVE) program, which funds small volunteer-led watershed projects over the Watershed Council’s four-county service area. Finding the right place to install the project took a long time, and it was finally settled that the Birch Lake Roadside Park would be a good demonstration site, as it needed repair and thousands of visitors stop there annually. The Watershed Council applied for permits from MDOT and the Department of Environment, Energy, and Great Lakes in order to complete the project.
“Of all the WAVE projects, this one had the most pieces with two different permits and multiple vendors for the supplies. But it all came together in one day thanks to the many volunteers and sponsors supporting us” said Caroline Keson, water resource specialist at the Watershed Council.
Jim Muth noted the importance of shoreline protection as it relates to improving or maintaining a lake’s water quality. The relative ease and effectiveness of installing shoreline protection in this manner makes it a great lake association, neighborhood, or individual property owner’s project.
The WAVE program supplied $2500 for project costs through the Dole Family Foundation. Additional project supplies came from donations from Steur Excavating of Kewadin, North Shore Lawn Works of Harbor Springs, Hanes GEO Components Grand Rapids, Birch Lake Association’s “Restore the Shore” and Antrim Conservation District. Volunteers were powered by food donations from Roast and Toast and Plath’s Meats in Petoskey. Thank you to all of our sponsors!
Paddle Antrim announces public phase of capital campaign
Paddle Antrim is pleased to announce the public phase of its capital campaign to open the Chain of Lakes Water Trail. The water trail includes over 80 miles of trail through 16 unique lakes and rivers. To date, Paddle Antrim has raised over $180,000, two-thirds of its $275,000 capital campaign goal.
Through this campaign, Paddle Antrim will install the signage and develop materials needed for users to have a quality experience out on the water. The signs and materials will include practical information on the trail but also convey important messages such as stewardship, safety and highlight the local communities. Such information ensures paddlers will have a safe and enjoyable adventure but also be informed on how to be good stewards of our lakes, rivers, and wildlife.
According to recent outdoor recreation studies, participation in all paddle sport industries are on the rise and water trails are a way to help those paddlers have a quality experience while out on the water. Water trails encourage healthy lifestyles, provide a sense of community and place, encourage preservation of waterways for future generations, and positively impact local businesses.
“The communities and businesses along the Chain of Lakes Water Trail are so fortunate to have this “ever-lasting gift” presented to them!” says Mary Faculak, CEO/President of the East Jordan Area Chamber of Commerce. “The economic impact of the Chain of Lakes Water Trail will be far-reaching and will only continue to grow and flourish over the years.”
Paddle Antrim is working to complete this campaign by the end of the year so that installation of signage and development of materials will be complete for the 2020 paddling season. For more information on the campaign and to donate, go online: www.paddleantrim.com or contact Deana Jerdee, executive director at 231-492-0171 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elk Rapids District
VILLAGE OF ELK RAPIDS