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The Final Days of Cheeseburger


The final weekend. It always comes fast. To some the final weekend is deemed the best. More vendor’s, top acts, the Cheeseburger grills are well seasoned and so is the staff. It’s also a bit sad. The waning hours signal the end of the summer. It’s only days away from the Labor Day weekend.

Friday’s highlights are the grand opening the Bay Wash Coin Laundry. Saturday go out to the beach and Row, Row, Row Your Cardboard Boat with Fireworks after the last show in the Amphitheater. Sunday is the car show down at the county beach. Be safe and enjoy one of the final weekends of the 2017 summer season.

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Cheeseburger in Caseville Kicks Off Today


2017CheeseToday marks the beginning of the 19th installment of one of Michigan’s largest Festivals; Cheeseburger in Caseville.

It’s a final celebration of the end of the summer and a tribute to all things Jimmy Buffet, especially a “Cheeseburger in Paradise”. With craft vendors, live music, cheeseburger stands and it’s mid-week “Parade of Tropical Fools” there is something for everyone. 

The official calendar of events can be found on the Caseville Chamber of Commerce site. 

The craziness runs from August 11th through the 20th. Admittance to all events is $15 for a button that is good for the entire festival. Stands are located at the Chamber offices and Amphitheater. 


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Saving A Great Thumb Icon – Kilmanagh General Store


One of the roadside treats for me when I come up the Thumb on Fridays after work is to go through the tiny village of Kilmanagh. The iconic general store and vintage gas pump  are always worth a slow roll to see what has changed.



However time has taken its toll on the 1870 general store that sports one of the last 1800’s storefront facades that was common in that time. The Building and Zoning Department has deemed the porch unsafe and ordered it repaired or removed.

The owners Tom and Brenda Voss are taking steps to restore the property, but it’s expensive. It has to be rebuilt to meet current code requirements, starting with new foundations. The existing cement porch deck needs to be removed, and both upper and lower porch decks need to be rebuilt to current standards. The porch roof has pulled away from the wall, and collapsed. The roof deck will need to be opened up, and raised back into position before the roof structure can be jacked back into place.

The ornamental roof sections on the parapet wall need to be reconstructed, and the main roof needs to be repaired where the wall has pulled away. We expect that repairs to sill plates and other water damage will be required.

Our goal for phase one is to stabilize the structure, and weatherproof the building. When that is completed,  work to restore the Victorian detailing on the front, and start to repair siding and windows and paint the other areas of the building.

The Voss’s have kicked off a fundraising campaign to help with the costs of bringing the general store back to its former glory. Please consider a donation at their  Go Fund Me site.

Thumbwind chipped in a $100. Your contribution, however small or large will mean a great deal to this little community and those who love history. Please share this post and donate.


Kilmanagh is a place stuck in lore and time. In the Spring of 1891 the this western Huron County village hosted a grist mill or two general stores, a  blacksmith shop, and two or three saloons. Today only a couple relics IMG_0859[1]


of the village remains, the aging general store, a 1940’s service station, and a closed liquor store. Its an interesting stop on your way to the coast of Saginaw Bay. If you stop treat it respectfully as it’s literally a museum exposed to the elements.


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Walk among its ruins. Snap shots and hopefully write a few words on your find. The generals store is what takes your attention first. There is beauty in the decay.


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It’s a little gold mine for still life artists. The best example of someone who really invested himself into this is  John Nagridge who  in several seasons painted Kilmanagh Fall, Winter and Spring themes.  You can visit John’s website to view more knife renderings of Kalmanagh’s general store.


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Record Heat means Potential of Blackout – A Checklist


The expected “dome” of record setting heat across much of the United States and Canada in the coming days have many wondering about the viability  of our power grid. In 2003 a massive power outage on August 14, 2003  left parts of at least eight states in the Northeast and the Midwest without electricity. All told, 50 million people lost power for up to two days in the biggest blackout in North American history. The event contributed to at least 11 deaths and cost an estimated $6 billion.

Here in Michigan’s Thumb, power was on north of Imlay City. The blackout contributed to pushing record crowds into Caseville and the surrounding region looking for supply’s,  gasoline and fun at the Cheeseburger in Caseville festival. Many locals recall 2003 as the year that  put the festival on the map.

Looking at the week ahead, we thought it was a good idea to provide a quick check list for preparing for an extended power outage of at least three days. Here is the list of supplies and things to do to make the best of it.

Preparing for a Summer Power Outage – What to Have

  • Baltimore Orioles v Kansas City RoyalsWater – One gallon per person, per day
  • Food—non-perishable, easy-to prepare items. Canned or freeze dried. Hiking/ Camping MRE packaged is ideal. You will need a camp stove or outside grill.
  • Flashlight (NOTE: Do not use candles during a power outage due to the extreme risk of fire.)
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit /Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, deed/lease to home, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Keep a non-cordless telephone in your home. It is likely to work even when the power is out.
  • Keep your car’s gas tank full.

Preparing for a Summer Power Outage – What to Do

  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. First use perishable 2003 power outagefood from the refrigerator. An unopened refrigerator will keep foods cold for about 4 hours.
  • Then use food from the freezer. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full) if the door remains closed.
  • Use your non-perishable foods and staples after using food from the refrigerator and freezer.
  • If it looks like the power outage will continue beyond a day, prepare a cooler with ice for your freezer items.
  • Keep food in a dry, cool spot and keep it covered at all times.
  • Turn off and unplug all unnecessary electrical equipment, including sensitive electronics.
  • Turn off or disconnect any appliances (like stoves), equipment or electronics you were using when the power went out. When power comes back on, surges or spikes can damage equipment.
  • Leave one light turned on so you’ll know when the power comes back on.
  • Eliminate unnecessary travel, especially by car. Traffic lights will be out and roads will be congested.
  • Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. Locate unit away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors. If you think this is pretty good stuff please Like and Share.

This list was prepared by the American Red Cross


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