Recent observations by NOAA show that Great Lakes water levels seem to be recovering from their historic lows. Likewise the US Army Corps of Engineers reports that water levels in October for Michigan and Huron are about one inch higher than in 2012. The lakes hit a historic low in January 2012 tieing the record last set in 1965.
Projections are that lakes Huron and Michigan will continue to hover below the mean water averages through mid 2014.
Could radioactive material slated to be buried near the quant town of Kincardine Ontario affect Michigan’s Thumb for the next 100,000 years? Canada’s Ontario Power Generation, is looking to find a place to bury 200,000 cubic metres of so-called low- and intermediate-level nuclear waste from the province’s atomic electricity plants. Ontario Power plans to invest over $1 billion developing the waste dump roughly 440 feet below the Lake Huron basin. When complete it could store radioactive mops to spent rods and parts.
Today (October 10, 2013) the Huron Daily Tribune reported that ” “By sometime next year, we should have 328 wind turbines in Huron County because of what has been approved and what is under construction, Ninety-eight turbines are currently under construction.”
Needless-to-say this is well beyond our expectation in 2011 of the projected turbines built and in place by 2017. Thumbwind.com will be consolidating its tracking of projects during the winter and projecting a 2014-2020 projection by January 2014.
- Dutch Wind Turbine Purchase Sets World Crowdfunding Record (yes2renewables.org)
I’m a recreational sailer. I’ve been sailing on Saginaw Bay since I was a little kid. We started off sailing Snarks and Sunfish. In the early 1970′s my dad took advantage of a marketing campaign by Kool cigarettes where we could purchase a Snark with the white and green KOOL logo on the sail. We still have this old boat and manage to bring her our to play with from time to time. One of the things that irks me is the lack of movie entertainment that revolves around my favorate pass time. I’ve managed to collect a few examples here.
Wind (1992) - Will Parker, played by Matthew Modine, loses the Americas Cup, the worlds biggest sailing prize, to the Australians and decides to form his own syndicate to win it back. Matthew Modine as Will Parker, Jennifer Grey as Kate Bass and Cliff Robertson as Morgan Weld
All is Lost (2013) - What happens when a single handed sailer hits a shipping container in the Pacific damaging his boat only to be followed by a storm. Robert Redford plays an unnamed character who must face is mortaility and use his wits to survive.
Dead Calm (1989) - A wacked out murderer comes aboard and tries to seduce a young woman after leaving her husband to die on a sinking ship whose crew he’s just slaughtered. Nicole Kidman, Sam Neill, Billy Zane.
- A Kool Little Sailboat (thumbwind.com)
Back in Time
It’s not often that you can step back in time and share a bit of your childhood that your adult children think is a riot. My dad was clearing out the garage when he asked if I would take the sailboats that he was storing in the garage. To tell the truth I almost forgot he had both of these boats aquired in early 1970′s and 80′s. One was a large Sea Chaser and one was a little Snark from the Kool cigarette campaign that ran in the early 1970′s
In 1971 Kool Cigarettes ran an interesting marketing campaign. Magazines around the country ran an ad that if you sent in $88 and one box end from a carton of Kool cigarettes that this fully functional sailboat would be shipped to your door. My dad and mom both smoked at that time, (Jeez who didn’t), but they did not smoke Kools. However dad managed to snag an empty carton from the drug store he owned. Snark industries supposedly produced a fleet of over 18,000 of these little sailboats has part of their Kool cigarette marketing campaign.
A Stout Little Sailboat
The boat arrived a few weeks later in a large box. Dad propped the boat on a set of saw horses and we proceeded to sand and fiberglass the hull. The styrofoam had these little round edges all over the hull and it was my job to sand and smoothed the entire hull. As an 9 year old I thought the chore would never end. But I was excited about the prospect of sailing this little boat. The snark has a total length of about 11 feet with a beam just over 3 feet. Officially the draft is listed an incredibly small 2/10ths of a foot. It practically sits on top of the water. There is a small dagger board and Lateen rig with 45 square feet of sail. With a sense of humor they placed the name of the boat on the bow named “This Side Up”
Still Kool After 40 Years of Storage
Both the hull and the sail have been garage stored for over 43 years. The original sail is still in great shape as well has the hull. At about 50 lbs. one person can take it down to the beach. Two people can sail around in it and there is usually water bubbling up from the daggerboard slot. It’s more of a toy then a true sailboat, but it does force you to learn the basics of sailing and it will never sink.
Officially summer starts with the summer solstice on June 21st. However the folks in Caseville are welcoming the in the start of the summer with a huge rib cook-off. This marks the 5th year that Caseville is hosting Ribstock. The event kicks off at 9 a.m. at Caseville County Park. Live entertainment begins at 7pm Friday, with Alan Turner and the Steel Horse Band, followed by Brian Lorrente and the Usual Suspects at 9 p.m. On Saturday Laurie Middlebrook Band will take the stage at the park at 5 p.m. Saturday, followed by Levi Riggs at 7 p.m. and David Shelby at 9 p.m. The RibStock Cook-Off winner will be announced between acts.
Festival buttons are $5 per person. It will allow entrance to all six country performers as well as other events throughout the weekend.
I was facing a long drive from Detroit to Cincinnati last week and was looking for some interesting podcasts to pass the time. On a whim I downloaded several podcasts called The Frugal House by writer Jenny Martin. Her general theme is saving money by clipping coupons and avocation of a simple, “frugal” lifestyle coupled with technology to enable a household the ability to stretch their dollars.
One podcast called The Frugal House – Getting Started & Saving Money with Backyard Farming gave tips and tricks on creating a back yard farm in an urban setting. She interviews author Angela England whose recent book Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less), points out that our current use of corporate faming is unsustainable in the long run. The message is buy local and raise your own. Angela also authors an active blog called Untrained Housewife.
Jenny’s web site is called Southern Savers. The site is dedicated to providing resources for families to save money using both technology and digital couponing. Both of these Internet authors present a unique and technical twist to domestic living that is worth a look.
- My Sunday Coupon Shortlist for 6/09 (zerodealsblog.wordpress.com)