September 17 2009

The hunt is on

September 17, 2009 // 0 Comments

Clever and persistent are a plus if you hope to be the first treasure hunter to track down the Coin in this year’s Cannon Township treasure hunt. Parts of the first two clues are published here, but you must visit participating businesses to find the rest. Clue one, part two… you’ll see, figure it out… Clue two, part one… To get ahead…

Our nation’s history comes to life this weekend

September 17, 2009 // 0 Comments

BATTLES AND EVERYDAY LIFE—will be featured during the two-day historic reenactment held this Saturday and Sunday. The reenactment covers Colonial times through the present and includes civilian and military demonstrations. What was it like to cook dinner over an open fire, carve your own utensils and tools, or fight in a battle in the woods? Find out this Saturday, September 19, and Sunday, September 20 at the Grand Rogue Living History Encampment at Grand Rogue Campground, 6400 West River Drive. The event will feature historical camps, military drills and skirmishes, and everyday life and military demonstrations from the colonial days through World War II. Admission is free to see authentically dressed men, women and children. Participants have invested around $1,000 for their gear, and thousands of hours of research to perfect their portrayals. Many have participated or been consultants for historic movies and documentaries, such as “The Last of the Mohicans” and the award-winning History channel series “Frontier: Legends of the Old Northwest.” Mike DeJonge, reenactor, said there are many interesting facts of history that we simply don’t have time to learn. His passion is the founding fathers. He stated it is a little-known fact that George Washington started the French and Indian War, which became a world war. He said favorites of the event include firing of a replica Revolutionary War cannon, military drills, calvary drills, blacksmithing and woodworking with hand tools. Demonstrations take place from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., but the event is open until 9 p.m. on Saturday. On that night, the cannon is fired off at 9 p.m. “It’s really something to see that thing shot off at night,” DeJonge said. He said it is also fun to watch people doing everyday chores without the benefit of modern technology. “My wife is doing stew in big pots over a campfire, sometimes she bakes pies over the campfire. Some people cook ribs or whole pigs. We are so used to our modern things, it’s hard to imagine that you can get along without all them.” He said another interesting group are reenactors of surveyors, who actually have the authentic tools that were actually used in the 1820s and 1830s. “Before Michigan became a state they literally had to mark out the […]

Rockford man lands likely world-record trout

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Fish featured on ESPN, Field and Stream It’s been said that Manistee is one of the best places to fish in the world. That may have been proven true on Wednesday, September 9. Tom Healy of Rockford reeled in a potential new world record brown trout with his 41.45-pound catch Wednesday morning on the Big Manistee River. Multiple online sources credit the current world record holder to Howard “Rip” Collins, for his 40.25-pound brown caught in 1992 in Arkansas. “It was fitting that Tom would catch this fish,” said Wednesday’s river guide Tim Roller of Cadillac, the host of the television show Tim Roller’s Wild Adventure, who was one of two others who witnessed the catch. “Unfortunately, we didn’t have the cameras with us today.” The DNR’s Master Angler state records page lists the current state record brown trout as a 36.81-pound fish caught in Benzie County in 2007 by Casey Randall Richey. The three next-biggest browns are all listed as catches in Manistee County. Healy’s catch drew a crowd around the Pier Pressure charter boat office on River Street, where the three fishermen brought the fish to be weighed on certified scales. Bob Woodhouse, who is also from the Grand Rapids area and fished with Healy Wednesday, received credit for coming up with the idea to fish near Manistee. Woodhouse agreed with Roller that Healy “is an excellent angler.” Woodhouse said Wednesday’s trip wasn’t really a special occasion. “Tom and I fish together all the time,” he said, “probably for over 10 years now.” The group knew they had a lunker right off the bat. “At first we didn’t know what we had, but we knew it was a big fish,” Healy said. He added that, although under such circumstances it’s difficult to keep track of time, it probably took 15 minutes to land the fish. “It was a fun morning,” Healy said. “We caught some salmon, then we caught this and said, ‘It’s time to quit.’” However, the crew wasn’t about to get out the fillet knife. “I’ll get him up on the wall,” Healy said. “He’ll look good.” Admiring a mounted fish at Pier Pressure, Healy said, “Look at that sucker there, and he’s 10 pounds lighter.”

Driver killed in head-on with semi-tanker

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by Judy Reed Joan and Chuck Carpenter, of Oakfield Township, were heading westbound on M-57 to a doctor’s appointment Tuesday about 12:08 p.m., near Redmond Avenue, when the unthinkable happened. “The car in front of me just swerved across the center line and into that truck,” said Chuck, who was visibly shaken by the accident. The car in front of them had hit an eastbound semi-tractor trailer hauling diesel fuel. “It was like something out of a wild movie,” remarked Joan. “The car flew up and spun around. I really thought it was going to hit us.” For a couple of minutes, Chuck and Joan said they were the only ones on the scene. Then two men stopped and helped get the truck driver out. The semi had overturned and caught on fire, spilling its contents. Courtland and Oakfield Fire Departments responded to the scene, and quickly doused the flames. The truck driver escaped with non-life threatening injuries. The westbound driver of the car was pronounced dead at the scene. Assisting Michigan State Police at the scene were the fire departments, Kent County Sheriff’s Department, and the Kent County Road Commission. The accident is still under investigation.

Rockford couple take vacation of a lifetime

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Jerry and Myrna Schuiling, of Rockford, recently returned from their vacation of a lifetime, in Alaska. Among highlights is Jerry’s “grand slam” of fishing—catching five species in one day. Schuiling caught an Arctic grayling, Arctic char, Northern pike, king salmon (he caught three that day, one at 36 pounds, which he released so it could spawn) and a chum or dog salmon. Schuiling said people from all over the country were visiting the Anvik Lodge, where the couple stayed for much of their two-week trip. He said he met fishermen from California, Texas, Wisconsin, and as he stepped off the plane he met sports legend Larry Csonka. The couple visited historic Seward, Alaska, Fox Island, the Denali National Park and Preserve, Fairbanks and the town of North Pole, where letters to Santa are sent. They saw moose, caribou, bear, eagles and sheep and enjoyed spectacular scenery. “To get the feel of Alaska, you have to see it. Pictures will never do it justice,” Schuiling said.

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