Manistee—Save the Date! Thursday, October 23, 2014, 7pm, the League of Women Voters (LWV) Manistee County will host a Candidates Forum at the Manistee High School Auditorium, 525 Twelfth Street, Manistee. The League has invited the following candidates to participate in this forum:

  • Senator Darwin Booher and Glenn Lottie in the 35th District State Senate race;
  • Representative Ray Franz and Thomas Stobie in the 101st District House of Representatives race;
  • George Saylor and David Thompson in the race for the 19th Circuit Court Judge.

The League of Women Voters is a citizens’ organization that has fought since 1920 to improve our government and engage all citizens in the decisions that impact their lives.
Formed from the movement that secured the right to vote for women, the centerpiece of the League’s efforts remain to expand participation and give a voice to all Americans.
We do this at all three levels of government, engaging in both broad educational efforts as well as advocacy. Our issues are grounded in our respected history of making democracy work for all citizens.
The League encourages all citizens to attend this Candidates Forum to see, hear and ask questions of these candidates. Increase your knowledge so you can make an informed decision in the voting booth on November 4th.
For additional information about LWV or this forum: or contact: Nancy Behring, 231.889.5402.

If you haven’t registered to vote in the November 2014 Election – October 6 is the deadline!!

©JupiterImagesYou can download a registration form from the Secretary of State’s web site at:

Or you can pick up, fill in and return the form to your local Township Clerk.

The right to vote is our most precious freedom. In the recent referendum vote in Scotland – a staggering 85% DID!!

For more information about elections in Michigan go to:,4670,7-127-1633—,00.html

And to see what and who’s on the Ballot in our area go to

In the Village of Bear Lake there are 4 new candidates for office – Click here to meet them webversion


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!


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.”

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?

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Summer ... bye bye

Summer … bye bye, photo by Ken Scott

Probably the best thing I’ve heard about “Summer 2014″ being over is that it really wasn’t much of one anyway.

I hope everyone enjoys their last weekend of summer, and that we have a warm & long fall!

View Ken’s photo bigger, see more in his massive Sleeping Bear Dunes slideshow and definitely follow him on Facebook.

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It may be a blustery day but the Bear Lake Community Wide Yard Sales are off and running!

Originally posted on Bear Lake Promoters:

Click here for an interactive Google Maps Listing of Saturday’s Yard Sales

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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: Web site:

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 »

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Untitled, photo by Brooke Pennington

Brooke has our yearly dose of spring bokeh. Drink deep and wash those winter blues away!

View his photo bigger and see more in his slideshow.

More about bokeh on Michigan in Pictures.

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