The Problem with Beach Easements…People.


As long as I’ve been coming up to the Upper Thumb the ongoing topic is property lines and easements. Because of the varied lines of the lake, there is no truely square lot within the first 1/4 mile of the beach. Everything is at odd angles and measurements. As a result folks are always putting sheds on their neighbors lot or cutting down someone elses trees. Harsh words are spoken and sometimes hard feelings are felt for years.

Beach Easement
Sylva Beach

Any beach with an easement is always fodder for potential for words and out right blow ups. Easement folks are viewed dimly by property owners who border the area. Conversely guests of those who use the easement tend to spawl outward as they near the waters edge. It has all the makings of a potential border war each and every weekend. It doesn’t help that, because of the low water level, there is now over 100 yards of sand between the waters edge and the old breakwalls from the 1970’s. Fences, berms, signage all seem to spring up in an attempt to mark the territory. Some areas have a sandy getto look.

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Millions for Michigan Countys, except for Huron


I found an interesting piece at the on-line version of the Detroit Free Press. There is a searchable database that displays all the earmarked funds from congressional appropriations. You can search by which Michigan county is getting the funds and what the purpose is.  Much of the spending is for military and veterans affairs programs. However about $13 million is slated for educational, health and human services programs.

Huron County’s portion is a pittance. Of the over 200 earmarks, Huron county had one program totaling $150,000 denoted as “Huron County Safe Place – domestic violence service programs”. The thought immediately struck me was with all of the issues facing Huron right now; wind power, muck in Saginaw Bay and a reduced population why aren’t our elected officials bringing more resources to bear to remedy some of the area’s economic and environmental problems.

Maybe our elected officials don’t see any opportunities in the Thumb.  Sanilac County got $450,000 for two projects and Tuscola County is missing from the list altogether.  I suspect that Representive Candice Miller has chosen totally ignore the upper thumb in favor of the more urban Macomb County which comprises the southern part of her district. Looking at her website it obvious that she is more interested in being a mouth piece for the extreme right wing of the Republican Party then supporting the 10th District.

One Cupcake Against the Walmart Machine


I spotted a stat on an interesting Web Site about Walmart. Wakeupwalmart.com noted that only $0.06 of every dollar spent at the local Walmart stays in that community. With 70% of all goods sold at Walmart coming in large container ships from China its no wonder the United States is now a debter nation to the largest Communist & Capitalist society on the planet.

Contrast that with what Lowell McDonald and his staff are doing at the local Bad Axe McDonald’s Food & Family Center.  Marlena Walsh has founded MJ’s Kupcakery LLC and McDonalds was one of the the first stores to spotlight her great product. Ms Walsh uses  Pioneer Sugar, Farm Crest eggs from Pigeon and locally-produced butter.

Every time we are in Bad Axe we stop by McDonalds Foods and stock up. A lot of other folks do too as the place is always busy. I’ve never stepped foot in the place where I’ve not seen a local Scout troop, FFA or other youth group doing a fund raiser.

So while other folks are spending their money in China at Walmart I’ll be over at Lowell’s place making sure his crew continues to be busy. I’ll also look forward to hopefully seeing Ms. Walsh’s cupcakes front and center in the bakery area.  I’ll be picking up a few for New Years.

Offended by Meat?


For the past several years Walt’s Meat Market has come up with cute tongue in cheek sayings that they have placed on their sign that faces M-25.  Their motto is “Nobody Beats Walt’s Meat” thus the sayings usually are something akin to “Most Grills love Walt’s Meat”.  We looked forward to what the sign will read has the store staff changed it each week. The owners, Rick & Lynne Jones even had contests and customers could submit their own sayings for consideration. It was fun and unique.

The sign custom ended abruptly midsummer 2009. Some dim witted pervert thought that the sayings on the sign too sexy.  They said a group of nearby residents was offended by the catchy epigrams and threatened to boycott the store. Sadly due to pressure they discontinued the wity inscriptions.  While I totally understand it was a business decision to stop the custom I’m just wondering what kind sick mind comes up with thinking that a butcher shop is source of debauchery.

2012 Update – Recent scans of the blogsphere have spotted images of Walt’s Meat older signage as postings. This year Walt’s Meats have been voted the best Gourmet Grocery in Huron County.

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