All proceeds donated to the Local Bear Lake Township Fire Department

EVENT CONTACT: Christa Lutz 231-233-7478

Race Location:   Bear Lake Softball Fields

Entry Donation: Click here to Download  2014 Registration for Nancy’s Walk-Run  Pre-Registration (by August 11, 2014) $15.00 includes a T-Shirt.

Race Day Registration $20.00 includes a T-Shirt while supplies last. Registration is 8:45-9:30 am. Send registrations to: Christa Lutz 8328 Eight Mile Rd Kaleva, MI 49645

Awards:  Have fun and enjoy the event!!!

Course Description:  5k part dirt road & part school forest trail. The 1 mile is school forest trail.

Amenities:   Water station at ½ way point during the 5k and after the race refreshments and small snack. Bake sale and Silent Auction!!!

Parking:   On the road, by the softball and baseball fields.

Walk:   The walk will start at 10 am and following will be the 5k around 10:15.

And remember last year?

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson published the following information for potential local candidates.

ELECTIONS: For information on matters relating to elections, contact your county, city or township clerk. Information can also be obtained from the Michigan Department of State, Bureau of Elections, P.O. Box 20126, Lansing, MI 48901-0726. Phone: (517) 373-2540. Fax: (517) 373-0941. Email: Elections@Michigan.gov. Web site: http://www.Michigan.gov/elections.

FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: Local candidates and political groups have financial disclosure obligations under Michigan’s Campaign Finance Act. For information, contact your county clerk or the Michigan Department of State, Bureau of Elections.

Filing Deadlines: By 4 PM July 22, 2014

The Village of Bear Lake as a Nonpartisan unit of government falls under this provision.

Three Trustee Positions plus Village President, Clerk and Treasurer will be on the November ballot.

 

Village candidates who wish to seek office at the November general election file an Affidavit of Identity and a nonpartisan nominating petition. Withdrawal deadline elapses at 4:00 p.m. on July 25. (168.381)

An Affidavit of Identity and a Nominating petition can be obtained from Deanna Pattison Bear Lake Township Clerk or from the Manistee County Clerk Jill Nowak.

Memories of Bear Lake Days 2014.

Bear Lake Days Car Show

Bear Lake Days Car Show

Arts and Crafts Fair, Car Show, Parade and Fireworks at Bear Lake Days today!!

And we will always remember this guy!
Elroy as the Bear Lake Days Official greeter!

The Bear Lake Improvement Board (BLIB) plans to treat about 10 acres of eurasianwater milfoil in Bear Lake on June 23, 2014 if the weather permits. Read the rest of this entry »

Time to get serious about those eggs!.

Originally posted on Michigan in Pictures:

Bats of Copper Country

Bats of Copper Country, photo by GollyGforce – Living My Worst Nightmare

In “A sad day” for Michigan bats: White-nose syndrome found in 3 counties, Michigan Radio reports:

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today confirmed the presence of white-nose syndrome in three counties: Alpena, Dickinson and Mackinac.

White-nose syndrome is blamed for the deaths of six million bats in 27 states and five Canadian provinces since 2006. In some places where the fungus outbreak has taken hold, 90% of the bats have died.

“We anticipated that this day would come. It’s not unexpected. But it’s still a sad day,” says Dan O’Brien, a state wildlife veterinarian. “Once this fungus gets into a bat hibernacula it’s going to be there, current evidence suggests, for a long time.”

The fungal disease could have a big impact on Michigan’s economy. Wildlife biologists estimate bats have a roughly $1 billion impact…

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2014 BOARD OF REVIEW NOTICE

Bear Lake Township, 7771 Lake Street, Bear Lake, MI 49614

2014 BOARD OF REVIEW MEETING SCHEDULE
The Bear Lake Township Board of Review for 2014 will be held at the Bear Lake Township Hall, 7771 Lake Street, Bear Lake, MI. on the following dates:

Organizational Meeting
No appeals will be heard Tuesday, March 4, 2014 12:00 p.m.(NOON)

Appeal Hearings
Monday, March 10, 2014, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The Board of Review will meet as many more days as deemed necessary to hear questions, protests, and to equalize the 2014 assessments. Residents are able to protest by letter, provided protest letter is received by March 11, 2014.

American With Disabilities (ADA) Notice
The Township will provide necessary reasonable services to individuals with disabilities at…

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A once familiar sight on Bear Lake, Michigan too! Who remembers the ice house Downtown?

Originally posted on Michigan in Pictures:

Ice Harvesting, Shooting Cakes into the House

Ice Harvesting, Shooting Cakes into the House, photo courtesy Detroit Publishing Co / Library of Congress

Today’s feature comes via eatdrinkTC, and you can head over there for some photos of ice harvesting in Traverse City and a cool video!

There was a time when the winter ice harvest was as critical as any other harvest, allowing folks in Michigan and elsewhere to enjoy & keep fresh food in summertime. Knowlton’s Ice Museum of North America in Port Huron is dedicated to chronicling what was once a huge industry for Michigan that is now almost forgotten. They explain:

Michigan was one of the main sources of ice harvesting because in those times people cherished the clear hard ice harvested from the beautiful Great Lakes. In the winter months farmers would make money to feed their families by working on the ice fields (rivers, ponds and lakes). Using primitive ice…

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Vogue Theatre, Downtown Manistee!

Currently showing “Saving Mr. Banks”.

ATTENTION, all those interested in forming a Community Bear Lake Days Committee.
There will be a gathering on January 6th , 2014, at 7:00 PM at Grill 44.located at corner of Co Rd. 600 and US31 Bear Lake

A J Battaglia, Chair is asking everyone interested in forming a committee to attend. Ideas and thoughts will be welcome.
Hope to see you there.

NOTICE: Bear Lake Township Regular meeting rescheduled to tonight, 16th.

Due to scheduling issues, the Regular Bear Lake Township meeting will take place tonight, the 16th at 7.30pm NOT tomorrow the 17th.

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No worries because this Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Bear Lake United Methodist Church (corner of Smith & Main) between 9-12, the Helping Hands (women of the Church) is hosting a Cookie Walk!

What’s that you might ask?

It’s an opportunity for you to PICK OUT THE COOKIES YOU WANT for Christmas.
Yup, when you come to the Church you get to pick out as few or as many cookies as you’d like for $4.00 per dozen. In addition to the wonderful cookies that cost includes a Christmas patterned tin plate!

Hope to see you on Saturday!!

See you all tonight for 2013!!

 

Let's Get Ready To Sparkle!!!

Let’s Get Ready To Sparkle!!!
Hopkins Park in Downtown Bear Lake will once again light up the Season plus welcome Santa on Nov. 30.

©clipart.com Image ID19268730Bear Lake Boy Scouts are holding a Ham Dinner

December 8th between 3:30 PM and  6:30 PM 

at the Bear Lake Lion’s Den

Downtown Bear Lake on US31.

The Bear Lake Lion’s are donating the food, so all money collected will be used to pay the Bear Lake Boy Scouts Charter for 2014.  We are hoping to feed around 150 people.  Dinner is $10 for Adults. Children 12 and under $5.

The Boy Scout troop now has over 30 members, and the Charter costs $1000.00.

Come out and support this worthy cause!

Nancy’s Flyer for Walk-Run (Please print and post)

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“The Alkire family has organized this event and it takes place at 9 am on September 21 at the Bear Lake softball field. There will be a one mile and a 5k run/walk.  This is the first annual.  There will be a $10 charge for a T-shirt and the walk/run is donation only.  The proceeds will go to our local EMT’s.  There will also be a silent auction.  Contact Mary Zalud 864-2223 or Christa Lutz 233-7478″ : Bear Lake Promoters Minutes.

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A while back we posted photos about how NOT to leave garbage and recycling at the Bear Lake station (located next to the Township Hall)

Here is a reminder about what you can recycle. Feel free to download and print for your future reference? And please remember this is a public service – let’s all do our part to keep it clean and make this work for everyone!

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The new film is part of the AT&T’s It Can Wait® campaign to help drive awareness of the dangers of texting while driving, encourage people to pledge not to text and drive, and enable those who have made a personal commitment to influence others.

Every story in the film is punctuated by a narrator pointing out that the shattering losses could have been avoided by simply never picking up the phone.

“I have learned that to be a valuable member of society you have to give back more than you take,” says one driver whose texting resulted in two deaths. “I will never be able to give back more than the lives I took by texting and driving.”

Originally posted on Friends of Bear Lake Township Fire Department:

The request for additional millage to finance buying a replacement for #171 was approved tonight by voters!

On behalf of all your BLTFD First Responders and this Committee, thank you!

It’s worth noting that #171 did not go out to the Gleaners Hall fire because of its condition. Twice in recent weeks it has leaked oil and repairs may not be possible or fiscally responsible.

This Committee will be winding down and sending the unspent funds to Bear Lake Township.

To all those who contributed, again, thank you!

We’ll save you a seat at the Retirement Party (:

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2013 Bear Lake Community-wide Yard Sales.

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The deadline for registering your site is August 9.

See the form below which you can copy, paste, print and return with your payment.

We request a small registration payment to cover publicity and printing a version of the Yard Sales Map.

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Coming Soon – An interactive map for the locations

Happy 60th Birthday Bear Lake Days!

FABULOUS fireworks last night! Thank you all one and all to everyone who worked so hard to make this a memorable event!

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Do you recognize these folks?

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It’s been exactly 60 years since the first Bear Lake Days! Do you recognize these folks?

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IMG_0168Recently we posted a photo of abuse of the Bear Lake Township Recycling service.

You can find the full story listed here.

But the question is often asked – why bother to recycle anyway?

Take a look at this video – wouldn’t you rather see this than the floating acres of debris currently circling the middle of our oceans?

©Clipart.com ID 26669096The following is published at the request of Bear Lake Township Supervisor.

There have been enquiries about how to start or operate a home based ‘cottage’ food business.

We’re all used to seeing farmers market roadside produce stands but what about baked goods?

Michigan Department of Agriculture has a comprehensive Q&A web site which will answer many of your questions and put you in touch with food safety staff who can fill in the rest.

Also here’s a direct link to their PDF

Checklist for Starting a Cottage Food Business

 

Bear Lake Township Fire Department would like to share this post from their web site.

NBC 4 in Los Angeles has posted information of how you can donate to the families of the 19 Prescott Granite Mountain Hotshot members who lost their lives.

See: http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/charity-fundraiser-firefighters-prescott-donations-arizona-hotshots-214079331.html

“Funds have been set up for the families of 19 firefighters, including four from Southern California, who were killed while battling a wildfire in Arizona.

Of the 19 men killed, 14 were in their 20s. Many are survived by wives and young children.

Donations can be made to a Chase Bank account No. 987218757; or via check by mail to:

United Phoenix Firefighter’s Association
ATTN: Granite Mountain Donations
61 E. Columbus
Phoenix, AZ 85012

Prescott Fire Department Administration
ATTN: PFFC Granite Mt. Donations
1700 Iron Springs Rd
Prescott, AZ 86305

Donations also can be made online using a PayPal form on the Prescott Firefighter’s Charities website.

“We strive to help the families of the victims,” Tyler Brown said, an intern with the Prescott Police Department who also volunteers with the fire department.

Brown said all proceeds made to the Prescott charities will go directly to the firefighters’ families.”

We honor the memory of Anthony Rose, 23; Eric Marsh, 43; Robert Caldwell, 23; Clayton Whitted , 28; Scott Norris, 28; Dustin Deford, 24; Sean Misner, 26; Garret Zuppiger, 27; Travis Carter, 31; Grant McKee, 21; Travis Turbyfill, 27; Jesse Steed, 36; Wade Parker, 22; Joe Thurston, 32; William Warneke, 25; and John Percin, 24; Kevin Woyjeck, 21; Chris MacKenzie, 30; and Andrew Ashcraft, 29.

Bear Lake Days 2013 HD PSA.

QR-CODE-DQibaTo view the full schedule click through using the “View Larger Map” link at the bottom left of the map.
To print the full schedule just click on the printer symbol at the top left of the Google Page itself.
Or you can download the map and schedule to your phone using the QR code.

The Friends of Bear Lake Township Fire Department would like to extend a BIG thank you to the generous people from Bear Lake United Methodist Church who hosted “An Evening With Friends” last night.

A wonderful selection of cakes, coffee, cheeses and punch were spread out for those who came to hear about the upcoming effort to fund a new fire engine for Bear Lake Township Fire Department. Members of FOBLTFD were on hand to explain about the upcoming August 6 Special Election.

IMG_0197Bear Lake Fire Chief Sean Adams and members of the volunteer fire staff brought three vehicles up to the Church parking lot so people could see for themselves the comparison between the respective ages of the current fleet.

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#171 – 35 years old. Current pumps do not drive directly from the engine (as #171 does). It is no longer possible to find parts for many of the repairs necessary for this vehicle.

All the people who gave up their Friday evening to make this event happen display the kind of community spirit that makes Bear Lake a special place to live.

Thank you one and all!

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Bear Lake Township, Michigan, Fire And Rescue DepartmentAn Evening With Friends

The Bear Lake Methodist Church (corner of Main and Smith) will be hosting a social evening on Friday June 28 from 5.30 – 9.30 PM on behalf of the Friends of Bear Lake Township Fire Department.

While enjoying delicious cakes, desserts, coffee and soft drinks, the community can hear about current efforts to upgrade our fleet of aging fire and rescue vehicles and just how busy our home town Fire Department has become – over 222 runs in 2012!

Fire Chief Sean Adams will bring the fire trucks and Rescue vehicle up to the Church so you can see and hear about what your home town fire department does first hand.

Following the social time, attendees can move to the Sanctuary to watch a free showing of the movie “Backdraft”
As noted during the recent World Book Night event which featured Population 485, an autobiography by Mike Perry – our Bear Lake Township Fire and EMS people really do ‘meet their neighbors one siren at a time’!

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Bear Lake Township’s Citizen Emergency Response Team did an outstanding job on Saturday, June 22, policing traffic control for the Rolling Thunder run from Manistee! Thank you one and all!

Best known for his magnificent horses, local resident Larry Reed was seriously injured in a logging accident earlier this year.

To help with family expenses a benefit dinner will be held on Sunday, June 23 at the Bear Lake Lions Den Downtown Bear Lake. 3-7 pm.

In the most recent Bear Lake Bulletin, Bear Lake Township Supervisor Vern “Corkey” Best asked for your help to stop the illegal dumping and general misuse of the Township recycling service.

The recycling area, next to the Township Hall in Downtown Bear Lake, is operated on an honors system. A wide variety of items are accepted but people are asked to do some simple things to keep this are clean and tidy. There is a large display board which lists what goes where and what NOT to put in the bins.

If you put garbage in with recycling it effectively negates the whole load which then goes straight to the landfill!

The practice of dumping piles of garbage outside the dumpsters has to stop. It’s then up to good hearted folks to clean it up after you!

Following are 2 images from just recently. The person who did this was seen and the information turned over to local law enforcement for prosecution. Please, if you see this happening, take the registration number and call the Township at (231) 864-3620 and leave a message for the Clerk or Supervisor.

It is worth noting – that ALL of this mess was sorted by a responsible resident, the garbage bagged, and ALL this cardboard was flattened and there was ample space in the recycling bin for all of it.

This was just plain laziness and disregard for common courtesy.

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Here is a list of the MANY items that can be recycled and a request to do so responsibly please.

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©JupiterImagesNext Meeting: Monday, June 17, at 7 p.m. 

We’ve been given permission to use the school library that evening so we will hold the meeting there.  The main topic of the meeting will be:
Determining the “get out the vote” canvassing route plan.

If you’ve been waiting to get involved – now is when we need you!

And a reminder that the Bear Lake United Methodist Church will be hosting “An Evening With Friends” on Friday June 28 – delicious desserts, coffee and soft drinks – and an opportunity to see the current fire vehicles and hear about the 20 year replacement plan. There will also be a free showing of the movie Backdraft.

Come and get your Bear Lake Days  goodies here!

T-Shirts and hats are $12.00 and the coffee mug is $5.00.
Contacts are: Carver and Gloria Edwards at 231-864-3127

Remember 2013 Bear Lake Days July 12-14!! Fireworks on the 13th!

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The next FOBLTFD meeting will be held Monday, June 3 at 7pm at the Bear Lake Lions Club, Downtown Bear Lake. Everyone who wants to learn more or get involved is welcome!

And MANY thanks to everyone who came out to the Bear Lake Township Fire Department Open House!!

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On the evening of Wednesday May 22, from 6-8 PM, the public is invited to attend an Open House on behalf of the Bear Lake Township Fire Department at Bear Lake Township Hall located on US31 in Downtown Bear Lake.

The Fire Chief Sean Adams, and members of the Bear Lake Fire and Rescue First Responders and cadets will be on hand to answer questions about the current vehicle fleet and the high volume of callouts, 222 last year, this northern Manistee County Fire Department responds to. At a time most rural fire departments in NW MI are struggling with aging volunteers, we are incredibly fortunate to be attracting many new YOUNG members and High School Cadets.

Information will also be available that night about fire prevention and how to get involved in the newly formed CERT or Citizen Emergency Response Team of volunteer auxiliary people.

Members of the Friends of Bear Lake Township Fire Department (FOBLTFD) will also be on hand to explain the August 6 millage request which will finance the replacement of the aging 1978 fire truck. For more information see http://fobltfd.com

Cookies, popcorn, coffee and pop will be provided for this family social evening.

And if you miss this opportunity to come down to the Fire Hall you can see the fire vehicles and talk to the fire staff and FOBLTFD again on the evening of Friday June 28 at the Bear Lake Methodist Church, located at the corner of Smith and Main Street in Bear Lake. From 5-7 pm the Church will host “An Evening With Friends”with cake, coffee and desserts provided by Church members. There will be a free showing of the movie “Backdraft” in the Church Sanctuary. Attendees will be asked to remember the 11 first responders who lost their lives in West, Texas.

On Saturday, May 4, the Bear Lake School was alive with activity as an EMT training event took place involving a mock accident and helicopter transport simulation.

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The next FOBLTFD meeting will be held Monday, April 29 at 7pm at the Bear Lake School Library. Everyone who wants to learn more or get involved is welcome!

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It may have been cold and rainy last night, April 23, but inside the Bear Lake Township Fire Hall, friends, relatives and neighbors came together to say ‘thank you’ to the first responders, EMT’s and Cadets of our local home town Fire Department.

Thanks to World Book Night America, we gave a copy of Michael Perry’s wonderful Population 485 to every one  of them!

Bear Lake Fire Chief, Sean Adams, was one of the local ‘readers’ for the Fire House Book Party, and introduced the evening. Mike Perry sent a summary of what the book, and this evening’s event, has meant to him which echoed Sean’s sentiment – that when tragedy, heartache or just plain craziness strikes, how nice it is that the person who shows up in your driveway is a friend and neighbor.

Four selections from Population 485 (subtitled Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren At A Time) were read aloud:
Jabowski’s Corner: everyone there recognized the story. It may have been about a real event in small New Auburn Wisconsin – but here in Manistee County it’s known as Gable’s Corners. And with High School Graduation just around the corner, the story of love and tragedy struck home.
Tricky: in contrast, first responders often are met with utter chaos and just plain crazy people, often the result of staying a little too long at the bar! As the story reads, they train and plan but when the actual situation presents itself it can take on the feeling of being in a reality TV show!
Structure Fire: what is it really like to fight a fire in the middle of an ice storm in the middle of a Michigan winter? What is it like to know you’ve just left your brother in the basement of a burning house? And when the rush and rock ‘n roll of the adrenalin fix has dissipated – the reality of rolling back to the fire hall for 3 hours of cleaning, stacking and repacking!!

Call: the evening ended with Mike Perry’s voice reading about what it means to find yourself ‘deeply rooted in a place’ and how life in a small town comes with challenges and perks! Such as the right to borrow the community sewer rod! And what it’s like for the 24 folks on Bear Lake Township Fire Department to live life ‘on call’ 24/7 with the pager clipped to their hips night and day.

It was an amazing evening, and if you missed it we hope you read Population 485 – this is what we live here for, a sense of shared community, neighbors helping neighbors, and coming to your aid when you call.

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World Book Night Readers: Left To Right
Glenn Zaring and Larry Gibson (Bear Lake CERT), Sean Adams (BLTFD Fire Chief), Michelle Traux (Assistant Fire Chief), Corkey Best (Bear Lake Township Supervisor)
Thank you BLTFD First Responders and Cadets! From the bottom of our hearts!
Thank you BLTFD First Responders and Cadets! From the bottom of our hearts!

It is with a heavy heart that Bear Lake Township Fire And EMS asks for your support of the decimated West VFD in Texas.

The State Firemen’s & Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas reports:
4/19 9:30am – We have received information from our representatives on site that West VFD has lost 3 vehicles (2 Engines and 1 Tender) in the explosion.

4/19 8am – We are now hearing that there is a total of 11 firefighters who died in the line of duty in the West, TX explosion. (4 of the firefighters were serving in an EMS capacity). Also, 11 firefighters in the hospital. Basically, the West VFD is without 2/3 or their members at this point.

4/19 – People interested in donating to go toward helping the West VFD please click the here and indicate “WEST VFD Relief Fund” in your donation comments. 100% of your donation will go back to the West VFD. For General Donations just indicate “VFD Assistance”. Your Donations are 100% tax deductible and goes to our 501c3 organization.

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Bear Lake Fire House World Book Night Party!!

“We are in trouble down here. There is blood in the dirt. We have made our call for help. Now we look to the sky….”

On April 23, 2013 Bear Lake, in Manistee County, will be a host site for World Book Night!

Selections from Michael Perry’s “Population 485” will be read by local people and copies of the book will be given to Bear Lake Township Fire Department First Responders in grateful appreciation of the irreplaceable gift they give to their home town community.

World Book Night U.S. is dedicated to spreading the love of reading, person to person.

On April 23, at 7pm at the Bear Lake Fire Hall (located on US31 Downtown Bear Lake)  you’re invited for popcorn, cookies, coffee and readings from Population 485 by Michael Perry.

Volunteer book givers are vital to World Book Night U.S. Last year on April 23rd, they personally handed out a total of half a million books in 5,800 towns and cities across the country! They became part of an international effort to celebrate reading on one special night by sharing their love of books within their communities.

Why is World Book Night important? Why does World Book Night exist?
Simply put, books are fun, books invite us to think – and they can be life-changing.

Population 485 is especially relevant to Bear Lake this year as a group of local people have banded together to raise both an appreciation for the selfless generosity of local First Responders and also funds to pay for a Special Millage Election aimed at replacing their aging 1978 fire truck.

“When these folks leave their homes, their families and jobs, at a moments notice, to come to our aid – they deserve a decent vehicle to get in to!,” says Friends Of Bear Lake Township Fire Department Chair Larry Gibson.

The FOBLTFD group formed just before Christmas and its purpose is to get information to Bear Lake Township residents about the age and condition of the current fleet of vehicles, support the Fire Chief’s schedule for upgrades, and help fund a Special Election on August 6.

“It’s important to note just how little this will actually cost the average property owner,” says Dendra Best FOBLTFD Treasurer. ” I looked at our Property Tax notice and did the math – I could rely on a new fire truck coming out to my home for just $23 a YEAR! Now THAT’s insurance!”

“For most of us it will amount to less than a cup of coffee a week” says Committee Secretary Nicole Sanderson, “look for yourself on our web site fobltfd.com

“No one wants to hear the word ‘tax’,” says Vice Chair CG Schindler, “but this is just a way to say thank you to all our friends and neighbors who put themselves in harms way from the moment they get that turn out call. If you want to know what that really entails then please come and listen to these stories.”

Just what that turn out call can bring is the subject of Michael Perry’s first book “Population 485” – the true story about his return to his home town of New Auburn, WI, population 485, as a registered nurse and finds himself volunteering for the local fire department.

The sub title of the book is “meeting your neighbors one siren at a time” and relates the real stories, heartbreaking and hilarious of serving on a volunteer rural fire department.

“It could just as well be titled Bear Lake Michigan” says Bear Lake Fire Chief Sean Adams, “Like New Auburn we rely on the generosity of our neighbors and friends and it’s heart warming to see the support we’re getting. All of our First Responders are local people. We live and work here and we care about our neighbors. Having our community support new, updated equipment means a lot to us, and will definitely make our job much safer and more cost efficient. But ultimately, and what means more by far, is that we will be able to better serve our friends and neighbors to keep them safe – which is why we all signed up for this job in the first place!”

The author himself, Mike Perry, sent his personal congratulations and best wishes to the folks in Bear Lake so be sure to come out and be ready to laugh, cry and hear about real life experiences of working on a small town rural fire and EMS department.

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Reference http://www.us.worldbooknight.org/books/2013/item/421-population-485

Date:         Saturday, July 13, 2013, one day only during Bear Lake Days
Time:         9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Setup time is 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Place:     Outside, on Main Street (mostly pavement)
Space Fee:   For Artists & Crafters $25.00 and for Food Vendors $50.00 for a 12 ft x 12 ft. space with a limit of 2 exhibitors per booth.  No electricity is available.
Notice:     Each exhibitor is responsible for his/her own exhibit and is expected to stay for the entire day. Be in attendance at all times. Bring your own tables, chairs, awnings, etc.

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easelly_visualA group of Bear Lake Township residents are rallying behind our home town First Responders.

The intent is to garner support for a 5 year funding request to systematically replace the three oldest fire and medical response vehicles.

The oldest vehicle is over 35 years old.

The Friends of Bear Lake Township Fire Department meets every 2 weeks at Bear Lake School Library at 7pm and all are welcome to attend.

More information can be found at the group’s web site FOBLTFD.com

Rembering 9/11 ©deertracks.comI wanted to write everyone who expressed interest in renting from us this past year regarding our rental cottages at Bear Lake.  Our first summer owning the cottages went better than we could have anticipated and we’re looking forward to this summer at the lake.

We have a few weeks available for this summer 2013.

They are:  June 1-8, June 8-15, June 15-22, June 22-29 and any time after August 31.

If any of these weeks interest you, please contact me by email, cell phone (517-862-0655).  Hopefully we’ll hear from you.

Tom and Cindy Arntz, Owners
Lakeside Cottages at Bear Lake <bearlakecottages@gmail.com>

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Vietnam-era Veterans whose service involved duty on or near the perimeters of military bases in Thailand anytime between February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975 may have been exposed to herbicides and may qualify for VA benefits.

See:     http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/thailand.asp

The following Veterans may have been exposed to herbicides:
U.S. Air Force Veterans who served on Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) bases at U-Tapao, Ubon, Nakhon Phanom, Udorn, Takhli, Korat, and Don Muang, near the air base perimeter anytime between February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975.
U.S. Army Veterans who provided perimeter security on RTAF bases in Thailand anytime between February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975.
U.S. Army Veterans who were stationed on some small Army installations in Thailand anytime between February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975. However, the Army Veteran must have been a member of a military police (MP) unit or was assigned an MP military
occupational specialty whose duty placed him/her
at or near the base perimeter.
To receive benefits for diseases associated with herbicide exposure, these Veterans must show on a factual basis that they were exposed to herbicides during their service as shown by evidence of daily work duties, performance evaluation reports, or other credible evidence.

Report on Defense Tactics in Thailand

A recently declassified Department of Defense (DoD) Report written in 1973 titled, “Project CHECO Southeast Asia Report: Base Defense in Thailand 1968-1972,” contains evidence that there was a significant use of herbicides on the fenced-in perimeters of military bases in Thailand to remove foliage that provided cover for enemy forces.
DoD determined that herbicides used on the Thailand base perimeters may have been tactical and procured from Vietnam, or a strong, commercial type resembling tactical herbicides.

VA Benefits
Eligible Veterans may receive the following VA benefits:
Health care benefits: A full range of medical benefits. Veterans who believe they were exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides outside of Vietnam must show that they were exposed in order to receive health care benefits for diseases associated with Agent Orange exposure.
Agent Orange registry health examination: A cost-free, comprehensive examination. Veterans who may have been exposed to herbicides during a military operation or as a result of testing, transporting, or spraying herbicides for military purposes may be eligible for an Agent Orange Registry health examination.
Disability compensation benefits: A monthly payment for diseases associated with Agent Orange exposure. Veterans who believe they were exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides outside of Vietnam must show on a factual basis that they were exposed in order to receive disability compensation for diseases associated with Agent Orange exposure.
Other benefits: Home loans, vocational rehabilitation, education, and more
Children and Survivors

Surviving spouses, children and dependent parents of Veterans who were exposed to herbicides and died as the result of diseases associated with Agent Orange exposure may be eligible for benefits. These benefits include Dependency and Indemnity Compensation, education, home loan and health care benefits. Find out if you qualify for survivors’ benefits.
Need Help Determining Exposure or Eligibility?

Contact VA for help determining Agent Orange exposure and your eligibility for VA benefits.
By Telephone Toll-free Helpline: 1-800-749-8387 Press 3
Health Care and Agent Orange Registry Health Exam: 1-877-222-8387 (Ask to speak to the Environmental Health Coordinator or Patient Care Advocate)
Compensation and Other Benefits: 1-800-827-1000
TDD (for hearing impaired): 1-800-829-4833

In Person
Health Care and Agent Orange Registry Health Exam: Go to your nearest VA medical facility.
Compensation Benefits and Other Benefits: Go to your nearest VA benefits office.

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