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The Consumers Energy

AuSable River Canoe Marathon July 23-28, 2019


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Table of Contents

A note from the publisher.......................... 4 2018 Marathon Results........................... 5-6 Check presentation.................................... 8 Schedule of events..................................... 9 Iron Paddler Award................................... 11 Most Top-10 Finishes............................... 12 Meet the six dams.................................... 16 Hall of Fame.............................................. 18 Scenes from the Start.............................. 19 Da$h for Ca$h........................................... 23 The convergence of river restoration and canoe racing.................. 28 Anglers of the AuSable............................ 33 ARCM Map............................................ 36-37 ARCM Radio Network............................... 45 ARCM Scholarship................................... 47 Foresting healthy forests along Michigan rivers since 1924...................... 52 Munson Healthcare Grayling — Serving the Grayling community for more than 100 years.......................................................... 59 Committee adds 50/50 raffle for fundraising................................................ 60 Rabaska Canoe Race.......................... 62-66 Triebold and Lajoie win 2018 AuSable River Canoe Marathon.............. 69 Consumers Energy announces two new renewable energy projects in Central Michigan................... 70

Racing statistics are located throughout the book

72nd AuSable River Canoe Marathon 2019 Volunteer Race Committee

Grayling Jon Schultz Andy Moore Tony Stephan Suzanne Schlachter Karen Martella Yvonne Schreiber Greg Stansbury Christina Schlitt Joe Wakeley Rich Kimmel Marcia Koppa Michelle Milliken Wayne Koppa Jack Richards Phil Weiler Mary Luke Ernie Balch Tim Weismiller Mark Bentley Bruce Schlitt Kyle Stonehouse John Cherven Kathryn Bentley

Oscoda Justin Griffith Kathy Erickson Heather Tait Rod Matthews Ryan Matthews Sylvia Harmon Sam Harmon Mikayla Erickson Marie Matthews Sarah McLeod Melissa Hill Keith Wojahn David Boback Justin Collier Rebecca Collier Chris Lovelace Penny Wojahn

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Picture this: It’s about 2 a.m. It’s pitch black out and eerily quiet. You’re standing out on a cement slab with a few dozen people, looking off into a black space of nothingness, waiting for some sign of something. The only light comes from two giant Musco lights that provide visibility in the small area where people are gathered. The crowd starts to grow a bit as people start to chatter, pointing out over the open water that stretches much farther than you can see. You squint, and suddenly a small pinpoint of light appears. Maybe two or three. For several minutes you watch these points of light as they appear to get larger and closer. Suddenly a canoe bursts into the light only a few feet away from you and a flurry of activity begins. The two paddlers reach the concrete and climb out of their canoe. They reach down in unison and pull the canoe out of the water. As they turn it over and throw it over their shoulder, water that has accumulated over their trip spills out onto the cement. The crowd cheers them on as they take off running, carrying their canoe up a cement ramp, down a hundred yards of grass, down a gravel hill and out to a small dock. They drop the canoe back into the water, jump in and begin paddling, a few seconds later once again swallowed by the darkness. If you’ve never experienced a portage during the AuSable River Canoe Marathon, this gives you a small glimpse into what it is like. This has been my experience at the Mio Dam the last four years as I’ve covered the Marathon for the Oscoda County Herald. I’ve had the pleasure of being at the 72nd Annual AuSable River Canoe Marathon

start for all four of those years, and following the race through the first few stages, stopping at a couple of the bridge crossings and ending up at the Mio portage. There’s nothing else like it. I don’t have to cover the portage. I could easily get some photos at the start, stop at a crossing or two and go home to bed, getting up with enough time to get to Oscoda and catch the finish the next morning. But I want to be there. I want to experience it. Because while I wasn’t so sure about what I was going to see the first year I covered the Marathon, that first time standing on the Mio dam and experiencing the excitement was all it took to hook me. Before that I had no interest in canoe racing, and I don’t think I would have ever considered staying up all night to watch others do it. But now I look forward to the Marathon each year, and there’s never any doubt among our staff who will be there to get photos of it. I would imagine most of the people reading this can relate — chances are you went once and now continue to go each year. But for that person who may have picked this guide up who has never been to Grayling, or Mio, or Oscoda, or somewhere else to witness this event, I say give it a shot. You won’t be disappointed. Sunrise Printing & Publishing, Inc. is excited to be partnering with the Marathon once again this year, as we present you with this annual Program Guide. The guide features the businesses and organizations that support and sponsor the Marathon, the racers who gather from around the world to compete and the history and heritage of the Marathon and the AuSable River.


2018 AuSable River Canoe Marathon Results Place

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37 30 98 14 89 44 53

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99 10 93 11 57 25 74

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Andrew Triebold (42) & Steve Lajoie (42) Christophe Proulx (23) & Samuel Frigon (22) Mike Davis (27) & Weston Willoughby (27) Nick Walton (45) & Guillaume Blais (32) Logan Mynar (27) & Kyle Mynar (33) Trevor Lefever (39) & Shane MacDowell (30) Chris Issendorf (36) & Ian Rolls (40) Wesley Dean (23) & Pete Mead (37) Patrick Madden (38) & Steve Watson (46) Richard Lauth (45) & Colin Hunter (37) Pierre-Olivier Quesnel (39) & Normand Mainguy (57) Jason Hatfield (40) & Serge Pagé (41) Jorden Wakeley (28) & Hailey Halstead (27) Jim Pellerin (26) & Vincent Bellemare (26) Daniel Medina (24) & Matt Meersman (41) Ryan Zaveral (25) & Adam Gelinas (36) Trevor Robinson (46) & Keir Johnston (26) Benedict Schlimmer (29) & Mary Schlimmer (27) Rebecca Davis (28) & Edith MacHattie (44) Eric Batway (55) & Carson Burmeister (21) Michael Schlimmer (32) & Kaitlin Jiral (27) Bill Torongo (56) & Kyle Stonehouse (24) Tim McClure (60) & Ryan McClure (28) Flash Marsh (41) & Matt Gabriel, Jr. (34) Alex Brick (26) & Joe Manns (53) Holly Reynolds (33) & Philip Millspaugh (38) Antoine Rouleau (28) & Rosalie Frigon (21) Joe Leusby (34) & Dylan Kirk (26) Ryan Peterson (36) & Maria Schilling (45) Brian Jones (34) & Nathan Tart (38) Jon Webb (58) & Anthony Massicotte (21) Sean Casey (40) & Mike Hale (34) Seth Miller (51) & Stephen Miller (53)

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14:17:36 14:34:18 14:36:11 14:41:01 14:44:13 14:48:53 14:53:20 14:54:41 15:00:13 15:01:17

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People gather along the AuSable River in Grayling for the start of the 2018 AuSable River Canoe Marathon. Eric Young/Oscoda County Herald

2018 AuSable River Canoe Marathon Results (continued)

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Tyler Sika (31) & Rick Sika (55) Mike Hartman (42) & Chris Hewitt (28) Brandon Gerardy (38) & Stephen Leppard (43) Brad Wilson (36) & Adam Fujita (35) Joel Mack (45) & Michael Garon (60) Jeff DeFeo (63) & Briana Fitzgerald (18) Jérémie Fortin (24) & René Joly (62) Jon Vermilyea (47) & Ed Wagner (58) Chris Cupp (58) & Jessica Kozarek (39) Dominic Paquin (41) & Daniel St. Arnaud (39) Nate Winkler (46) & Rebecca Sutter (49) James Miller (53) & Frank Kingma (60) Chris Gallagher (36) & Kevin Stalheim (64) Mark Koenig (60) & Nick Lyesiuk (74) Kristi Treston (24) & Katie Treston (29) Josh Kellogg (35) & Mike Kellogg (49) Fred Mills (64) & Lynne Witte (64) Greg Zophy (61) & Io Harberts (59) Jeremy Kellogg (32) & Jerod Schell (32) Chris Broderson (49) & Emily Broderson (40) Zachary Greffard (18) & Louis-Simon Pruneau (20) Pam Fitzgerald (57) & Vicki Cummings (56) Kevin Berl (54) & Roger Henry (76) Chuck Hewitt (59) & Erin Thompson (29) Kris Kalbfleisch (34) & Rob Shadley (34) Ed Lipinski (48) & Scott Doederlein (47)

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16:33:32 16:45:07 16:46:06 16:49:48 16:49:49 16:49:53 16:50:01 16:53:46 16:58:52 17:00:02 17:00:03 17:05:01 17:09:44 17:10:22 17:12:13 17:13:04 17:15:31 17:19:15 17:27:43 17:28:11 17:30:49 17:31:56 17:35:47 17:39:06 17:43:14 17:44:09

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33 75

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38 79 50

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Nathan Tate (32) & Eldon Barclay (27) Kelly Truitt (32) & Teddy Gray (65) Rodney Elliott (51) & Nicole Owens (40) Andrew Weeks (54) & Paddi Thornburg (55) Sinthang Has (42) & Jeremiah Menk (41) Zachary Childs (16) & Ryan Childs (45) Steve Belknap (39) & Shawn Baynes (43) Travis Heed (31) & Peter Heed (68) Chris Scully (58) & Dale Thompson (62) Robert Bradford (75) & Mike Bradford (53) Al Limberg (60) & Barb Bradley (61) Joseph Schlimmer (33) & Sylvie Nadeau (43) Clark Kent (58) & Russ Reker (54) Jon Thompson (61) & Roy Sowersby (57) Sean Brabant (28) & Rodney Matthews (63) Ken Streb (60) & Debbie Brax (56) Jessie Hadley (47) & Jodi Kaiser (46) Daniel Sherman (38) & Bradley Thompson (28) Richard Neugebauer (68) & Lorraine Turturro (57) David Hallison (45) & Jason Holton (45) Doug Moggo (56) & Bruce Daman (49) Levi Korneli (23) & Bill Mahaffy, Jr. (37) Rick Gillings (60) & Sebashton Carpenter (19) Paul Olney (55) & JoAnn Olney (17) Robby Kimsel (46) & Joey Kimsel (37)

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Consumers Energy to be primary sponsor of Marathon for next three years The AuSable River International Canoe Marathon Committee would like to thank Jay Jacobs of Consumers Energy for his efforts, working together with both organizations to provide wider exposure to the AuSable River Valley and a stable future for the AuSable River Canoe Marathon. His lead role, along with Carolyn Bloodworth, Rich Castle and several others from Consumers Energy, was the backbone for this growth. They helped in spreading the good word around the company on how awesome the AuSable River Canoe Marathon is, and how important of a role Consumers Energy plays in the event. Most importantly we would like to thank Consumers Energy for helping maintain one of Michigan’s most precious natural resources, the AuSable River. Jay recently retired from Consumers Energy after 42 years of service. We are excited with what Jay and the rest of the team from Consumers Energy were able to hand us as Jay retires. We are proud to announce Consumers Energy as our Primary Sponsor at $40,000 for the next

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three years, for a total commitment of $120,000. Jay has been instrumental in providing support for the Consumers Energy Dash for Cash in Oscoda and the Consumers Energy Rabaska Marathon Race that is staged in the town of Mio. Both events helped structure the movement of paddlers along the AuSable River Valley, and provide a way for more businesses throughout the AuSable River Valley to get involved. The Dash for Cash has been a very successful opportunity for racers to measure themselves up against the best, while winning some cash. The Rabaska Race has been a great link to the paddlers in Quebec and overseas, in addition to the benefits the Mio area businesses receive. Like all of us who volunteer for the AuSable River Canoe Marathon, and all the fans from the start in Graying to the finish in Oscoda, Jay is one of us! He is a true blue fan of the race with 100 percent respect for the athletes and what they endure to provide us with a great show.


2019 AuSable River Festival & Canoe Marathon Schedule of Events July 19-28, 2019 in Grayling

Friday, July 19

6:30 p.m. 8th Annual Car Show Cruise Night — Cruise starts at Northstar Auto Wash, tours Camp Grayling and ends at Grayling Country Club

Saturday, July 20

8 a.m.-3 p.m. 34th Annual Classic Car Show on Michigan Ave. (Registration 7-10 a.m., $20/ vehicle. Trophies 2:30 p.m.) All are welcome to come and see the cars — classic, modern, muscle and jeeps. Spikes Challenge Schedule 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Registration at the City Park Pavilion. These events include C-2 Sprints for starting position, C-2 Amateur, Expert, C-1 Expert, Junior and Fledgling 9 a.m. Sprints for Starting Position of C-2 Race, Grayling City Park Pond 2 p.m. Junior and Fledgling races on the Pond 5 p.m. Registration for C-1 and Junior/Fledgling C-2 Race to Burton’s Landing at Joe Wakeley’s House 5:30 p.m. Start of Junior/ Fledgling C-2 Race to Burton’s Landing 6 p.m. Start of the C-1 Race $700 Purse for Men’s & $560 Purse for Women’s.

Sunday, July 21

Spikes Challenge Schedule 8:30 a.m. Line-up for the C-2 Le Mans style start based on sprint times in the street in front of Joe Wakeley’s House 9 a.m. Start of the C-2 Expert Class followed by the C-2 Expert Div. II Class. $3,800 Purse for Expert & $300 Purse for Expert 2 2 p.m. Award ceremony at Grayling City Park. Lunch served around 1:45 p.m.

Monday, July 22

Marathon MONDAY — Wear your Favorite Marathon Shirt #MarathonMonday, tag us with your hashtags and pics @ausableriverfestival on Facebook!

Tuesday, July 23

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Kids Day in Grayling City Park 4-7 p.m. Low Country Boil at Michelson Memorial 5 p.m. Da$h for Ca$h in Oscoda

Wednesday, July 24

3-7 p.m. Time Trials for AuSable River Canoe Marathon at Penrod’s Canoe Livery 5:30 p.m. H.U.P. (“Hurry Up & Paddle”) Race in Grayling City Park

Thursday, July 25

3-8 p.m. Time Trials for AuSable River Canoe Marathon at Penrod’s Canoe Livery 3 p.m.-Midnight Beer tent open in the AuSable Main Stage Area. Need not be 21 to enter. You must be 21 with a valid ID present to receive a wristband to purchase beer tickets! 4:30-7 p.m. Business Canoe Relays at Penrod’s Canoe Livery 6 p.m. Grayling’s Got Talent presented by the Grayling Youth Boosters on the AuSable Main Stage 8-9:15 p.m. “A Brighter Bloom” performs on the AuSable Main Stage sponsored by Black Diamond Broadcasting 9:15-10:30 p.m. “O’ Brother Big Sister” performs on the AuSable Main Stage sponsored by Black Diamond Broadcasting

10:30 p.m.-Midnight “A Brighter Bloom” & “O’ Brother Big Sister” perform together on the AuSable Main Stage sponsored by Black Diamond Broadcasting

Friday, July 26th

10 a.m.-8 p.m. 41st Annual Arts & Crafts Show in Grayling City Park 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Lil Paddler Play Zone in the Huntington Bank Lawn 11 a.m. Grayling Marching Band performs live on the AuSable Main Stage 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Food court in 100 block Noon AuSable Dance Center performs on the AuSable Main Stage Noon-Midnight Beer tent open in the AuSable Main Stage Area. Need not be 21 to enter. You must be 21 with a valid ID present to receive a wristband to purchase beer tickets! 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Time Trials for AuSable River Canoe Marathon at Penrod’s Canoe Livery 2 p.m. Grayling Main Street Paddle Battle at the AuSable Main Stage Area 2:45 p.m. Special Olympics Canoe Races at Penrod’s Canoe Livery 5:30 p.m. Paddler’s Pre-Race Briefing/Social at Ramada Inn closed to the public 9 p.m. Steve Armstrong and the 25-Cent Beer band perform on the AuSable Main Stage sponsored by Black Diamond Broadcasting

Saturday, July 27

8-11 a.m. Lumberjack Breakfast hosted by Grayling Restaurant in the AuSable Main Stage Area 9 a.m. GRA’s 10K/5K (Road Running), starts at Hanson Hills Recreation Area (Registration 7:30–8:30 am) 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 41st Annual Arts & Crafts Show at Grayling City Park

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11 a.m.-8 p.m. Food Court in 100 Block Noon-4 p.m. (or when the pie and ice cream run out) Ice Cream Social at Michelson Memorial United Methodist Church Noon-3 p.m. “Full Tilt” performs on the AuSable Main Stage sponsored by Black Diamond Broadcasting Noon-Midnight Beer tent open in the AuSable Main Stage Area. Need not be 21 to enter. You must be 21 with a valid ID present to receive a wristband to purchase beer tickets! 3 p.m. AuSable River Festival Parade in downtown Grayling 4-8 p.m. REMAX of Grayling offering free Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides on the 300 Block of Michigan Ave. 4:30-9 p.m. “The Insiders — Tom Petty Tribute Band” performs on the AuSable Main Stage sponsored by Black Diamond Broadcasting 6 p.m. Pre-Race Program at Old AuSable Fly Shop 6:45 p.m. Introduction of Paddlers at Old AuSable Fly Shop 7:45 p.m. Posting of the Colors at Old AuSable Fly Shop 9 p.m. Start of the 72nd Annual AuSable River Canoe Marathon at the Old AuSable Fly Shop (paddling from Grayling to Oscoda). Listen to 98.5 UPS, the official station of the ARCM, and the flagship station of the ARCM Radio Network, for start to finish race coverage 9:30 p.m. “The Sinclairs” perform on the AuSable Main Stage Sponsored by Black Diamond Broadcasting

Sunday, July 28

End of 72nd Annual AuSable River Canoe Marathon in Oscoda (leaders 11:30 a.m. to Finishers 4 p.m.)

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CHALLENGE WEEKEND

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reated by Hall of Fame Historian John B. Cook, the Iron Paddler Award is given to paddlers who have finished 10 or more AuSable River Canoe Marathons in the Professional Division. To put 10 finishes into perspective, it is 1,200 miles of intense hardcore paddling; it is a minimum of 500,000 relentless paddle strokes; it is a minimum of 140 hours of grueling canoe racing. These paddlers are diehard and dedicated. These paddlers are iron-willed and incredible. These paddlers are the Toughest of the Tough!

Iron Paddler Award Recipients “The Toughest of the Tough!” No.

Paddler

Bernie Fowler 1 2 Steven Kolonich 3 Ralph Sawyer 4 Jack Kent 5 Al Widing, Sr. 6 Irvin “Buzz” Peterson 7 Jack Kolka 8 Jerry Kellogg 9 Verlen Kruger 10 John Baker 11 Bob Welsch 12 Butch Stockton 13 Brett Stockton 14 Tony Short 15 Rick Joy 16 Jeff Kellogg 17 Al Robinson 18 Dave Shepherd 19 Ken Kolonich 20 Serge Corbin 21 Lynne Witte 22 Jeff Kolka 23 Jim Harwood 24 Bill Torongo 25 Steve Kolonich 26 Randy Drake 27 Ted Kolka 28 Al Rudquist 29 Blaise St. Pierre 30 Bill DuBois 31 Robert Bradford 32 Clark Kent 33 Steve Landick 34 Bruce Barton 35 Carrie Montgomery 36 Michael Garon

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Jon Webb John Sullivan Tom Trudgeon Joe Shaw Connie Cannon Dwight Walker Steve Krantz Solomon Carrière Joseph Seifert Fred Mills Ted Smutek Frank Smutek Mo Harwood, Jr. Ray Bauer Tom Cannon Peter Heed Ray Quick Joe Johnson Andrew Triebold Steve Lajoie Mike Bradford Allen Limberg Greg Nelson Brian Royce Chuck Hewitt Colin Hunter Tim Sheldon David Teddy Amy Solak Sean Casey Mike Hartman Jeff DeFeo Nate Winkler Robert Smith Jon Thompson Don Brooks Program Book

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73 Matt Streib 2013 49 74 Pete Mead 2013 32 75 Tad Hill 2013 35 76 Rodney Matthews 2013 58 77 Dick Kloss 2013 71 78 Nick Walton 2014 41 79 Gloria Wesley 2014 54 80 Jason Hatfield 2015 37 2015 38 81 Flash Marsh 82 Joey Kimsel 2015 34 83 Brad Wilson 2015 33 84 Gary Aprea 2015 72 85 Tom Ackemyer 2015 50 86 Chris Hewitt 2015 25 87 Ellen Thompson 2015 58 88 Ryan Halstead 2016 29 89 Matt Meersman 2016 39 90 Russ Reker 2016 52 91 Mike Packard 2016 52 92 Tim McClure 2016 58 93 John Lucey 2016 52 94 Michael Schlimmer 2017 31 95 Tim Chapple 2017 43 96 Benedict Schlimmer 2017 28 97 Doug Moggo 2017 55 98 Fritz Hansen 2017 76 99 Steve Watson 2018 46 100 Matt Gabriel Jr. 2018 34 101 Roger Henry 2018 76 Paddlers On the Cusp

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Paddler

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(9 Pro Finishes) Mike Davis Barb Bradley Ray Trudgeon Darwin Gilbert Rebecca Davis Don Burklund Matthew Rimer Tim Triebold Michael Montgomery 11


Paddler Rick Joy Serge Corbin Ken Kolonich Jeff Kolka Jim Harwood Tony Short Bill Torongo Steve Kolonich Andrew Triebold Jack Kolka Steve Lajoie John Baker Ted Kolka Ralph Sawyer Jerry Kellogg Steven Kolonich

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Wins 0 18 0 9 2 0 0 0

Most Top 10 Finishes

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Paddler Butch Stockton Brett Stockton Jack Kent Nick Walton Bob Welsch Al Widing, Sr. Jeff Kellogg Randy Drake Bruce Barton John Sullivan Bernie Fowler Irvin Peterson Verlen Kruger Dave Shepherd Pete Mead

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Top 3s Top 5s Top 10s 8 11 13 12 13 13 3 8 12 3 7 12 3 6 11 5 9 11 4 7 11 4 7 11 3 7 11 3 7 11 6 9 10 9 10 10 0 3 10 5 9 10 0 1 10

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AuSable River Canoe Marathon Official Winners List Year 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962

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Winning Team Allen Carr & Delbert Case Frank Bissonette & Hugh Bissonette Frank Bissonette & Hugh Bissonette Jay Stephan, Sr. & Ted Engel Jay Stephan, Sr. & Ted Engel Jay Stephan, Sr. & Ted Engel Don Feldhauser & Bernie Fowler Don Feldhauser & Bernie Fowler Don Feldhauser & Bernie Fowler Ralph Sawyer & Tom Gildersleeve Ralph Sawyer & Jerry Wagner Steve Kolonich & Larry Kindell Ralph Sawyer & Jerry Wagner Ed Wojahn & Sanford McGuire Victor Kindell & Larry Kindell Ralph Sawyer & Ron Hohman Ron Hohman & Irvin Peterson Ralph Sawyer & Irvin Peterson Ralph Sawyer & Irvin Peterson Ron Hohman & Gerald Lauwers Ralph Sawyer & Stan Hall Ralph Sawyer & Stan Hall

1969

Time 21:03:00 19:58:00 18:57:00 18:32:00 17:36:55 17:48:00 17:33:00 17:33:00 17:38:30 16:58:00 17:19:45 16:41:00 16:56:00 16:11:55 9:49:25* 15:25:17** 15:09:04** 15:06:05** 16:11:54 16:00:49 15:40:29** 15:31:43**

Margin of Second Place Team Victory Jack Davis 24:00 & Jay Stephan, Sr. Ted Engel 13:00 & Jay Stephan, Sr. Gerald DeFour 28:00 & Claude Gobiel Frank Bissonette 20:00 & Hugh Bissonette Robert Fullerton 42:00 & Hugh Bissonette Don Feldhauser 6:00 & Bernie Fowler Ralph W. Sawyer 38:00 & Eugene Roy Steve Kolonich 39:00 & Larry Kindell Steve Kolonich 15:00 & Larry Kindell Bernie Fowler 12:00 & John Stephan Irvin Peterson 14:00 & Tom Estes Ralph Sawyer 27:00 & Tom Gildersleeve Gary Kolonich 10:30 & Ed Wojahn Ralph Sawyer 10:30 & Irvin McGuire Ralph Sawyer 1:55 & Ed Wojahn Gerald Lauwers 17:08 & Stan Hall Gerald Lauwers 10:53 & Stan Hall Pat Widing 21:12 & Al Widing, Sr. Stan Hall 13:04 & Al Widing, Sr. LeRoy Widing 10:12 & Al Widing, Sr. Irvin Peterson 6:17 & Steve Peterson Norm Crerar 8:25 & Gib McEachron

NO RACE WAS HELD

John Baker Luc Robillard & 15:42:00 4:00 Claude Corbin & Jack Kolka Jerry Kellogg Irvin Peterson & 15:36:40 3:20 1971 Steve Peterson & Jack Kolka John Baker Jerry Kellogg & 15:20:50 32:34 1972 Luc Robillard & Jack Kolka John Buckley & Jerry Kellogg & 14:56:20 31:19 1973 Luc Robillard Stan Hall * Race was held from Camp Ten to Oscoda in 1961. ** Two-day race in 1962-63-64-67-68 (Day 1: Grayling to Mio. Day 2: Mio to Oscoda.) *** Race won as a result of a 10-minute penalty to Steve Landick & Solomon Carrière (14:37:28). 1970

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AuSable River Canoe Marathon Official Winners List

Margin of Second Place Team Victory Jerry Kellogg & Claude Corbin & 1974 14:40:09 35:08 Jeff Kellogg Serge Corbin Jay Stephan, Jr. & Jerry Kellogg & 14:59:07 6:59 1975 Jeff Kellogg Bob Welsch Terry Jackman & John Baker & 15:14:10 13:10 1976 John Schwartz Ken Brown Claude Corbin & Jerry Kellogg & 1977 15:17:42 5:00 Serge Corbin Jeff Kellogg Claude Corbin & John Baker & 15:06:26 10:55 1978 Jay Stephan, Jr. Serge Corbin John Baker & Claude Corbin & 14:40:29 0:06 1979 Serge Corbin Ken Brown Terry Jackman & John Baker & 14:48:31 20:23 1980 Ron Williams Ken Brown Al Rudquist & John Baker & 14:29:01 21:14 1981 Ken Brown Brett Stockton Butch Stockton & John Baker & 1982 14:38:27 5:01 Brett Stockton Tony Short John Baker & Butch Stockton & 14:38:36 23:23 1983 Brett Stockton Tony Short Tony Short & Butch Stockton & 14:20:40 16:11 1984 Solomon Carrière Brett Stockton Tony Short & Butch Stockton & 14:35:53 7:23 1985 Brett Stockton Steve Peterson Randy Drake & Butch Stockton & 14:30:38 5:12 1986 Brett Stockton Eric McNett Tony Short & Serge Corbin & 14:34:32 9:03 1987 Brett Stockton Eric McNett Randy Drake & Serge Corbin & 14:20:00 4:01 1988 Brett Stockton Tim Triebold Jeff Kolka & Randy Drake & 14:38:18*** 3:09 1989 Al Rudquist Bill Torongo Bruce Barton & Serge Corbin & 14:43:35 1:31 1990 Brett Stockton Solomon Carrière Jeff Kolka & Serge Corbin & 14:33:30 1:33 1991 Brett Stockton Bill Torongo Bruce Barton & Serge Corbin & 14:51:46 1:24 1992 Brett Stockton Tim Triebold Jeff Kolka & Serge Corbin & 14:23:03 1:50 1993 Solomon Carrière Bill Torongo Jeff Kolka & Serge Corbin & 13:58:08 9:52 1994 Solomon Carrière Bill Torongo Jeff Kolka & Patrick Lynch & 14:20:40 4:02 1995 Jim Harwood Bruce Barton Patrick Lynch & Jeff Kolka & 14:04:05 37:34 1996 Serge Corbin Jim Harwood Al Rudquist & Jeff Kolka & 14:19:36 6:18 1997 Serge Corbin Mike Vincent Jeff Kolka & Patrick Lynch & 1998 14:15:47 35:27 Serge Corbin Denis Marcouiller Jeff Kolka & Ken Kolonich & 1999 14:08:18 18:00 Serge Corbin Steve Kolonich Jeff Kolka & John Sullivan & 2000 14:48:00 14:32 Serge Corbin Louis Berthiaume * Race was held from Camp Ten to Oscoda in 1961. ** Two-day race in 1962-63-64-67-68 (Day 1: Grayling to Mio. Day 2: Mio to Oscoda.) *** Race won as a result of a 10-minute penalty to Steve Landick & Solomon Carrière (14:37:28). Year

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A panoramic photo shows the Foote Dam under construction.

Meet the six dams along the AuSable River Canoe Marathon route Mr. Loud. Entry to Loud Dam and parking is limited to team feeders and race officials who have official Marathon parking passes at Loud Dam. Spectators can utilize the Five Channels Dam, site which is located a short distance downriver, where highway M-65 crosses over the AuSable River.

Consumers Energy welcomes you to the 2019 AuSable River Canoe Marathon, where our dams have been integral to each race over the decades. To fans, the dams provide convenient locations along the river to view the action and cheer on the competitors. To competitors, the dams are destinations to mark progress, stretch their legs and accept much-needed snacks and drinks from friendly volunteers. Racers also recognize each dam has unique characteristics that influence paddling strategies that can make or break finishing times.

Mio Dam With the downhill sprint and splashy launch of their canoes in Grayling during daylight a fading memory that has given way to a cadence of powerful paddle strokes and darkness, canoe marathoners are relieved to reach Mio Dam. At this first portage, they get the welcomed opportunity to walk, run, stretch and get energized by the roaring greetings from appreciative fans. Mio Dam recreation sites located on both sides of the river immediately downstream of the dam provide spectators multiple locations to view the race. Mio Dam construction was completed in 1916 and it has a 4 megawatt capacity. The plant,

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Loud Dam construction was completed in 1913 and it has a 4 megawatt capacity.

A look at the Loud Dam while it was under construction. recognized as a State Historical Site, was the first dam to utilize a conduit, or under sluice spillway. Race teams begin arriving at the site at approximately 3:15 a.m. Alcona Dam Race teams begin arriving at Alcona Dam, the second portage along the AuSable River Canoe Marathon, about 5:30 a.m. The reservoir behind Alcona Dam is known for its thick fog, and the sun rising about the time the racers reach this destination is a welcome sight, as it begins burning off the fog and signals the end of a long night of paddling. The Alcona Tailwater or left-side recreation site provides spectators the best

opportunity to view the race as well as park safely. Alcona Dam construction was completed in 1924 and it has an 8 megawatt capacity. The plant was originally named Bamfield Dam after a nearby road. Loud Dam Loud Dam is the third portage along the Marathon route. Race teams begin arriving at this site about 7:20 a.m. The river hydro plant is named after Ed Loud, a local lumber baron who owned much of the land along the AuSable River from Grayling to Oscoda. Consumers Energy purchased the property directly from

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Five Channels Not far below Loud Dam is the fourth portage in the Marathon, Five Channels — so named because the AuSable River contained five distinct channels where the dam was built. Race teams begin arriving at this site about 7:45 a.m. Five Channels is listed on the National Register of Historical Places because the camp used by workers building the facility served as a model for worker camps during construction of the Panama Canal. Five Channels provides significant race viewing opportunities at the canoe portage and the old M-65 bridge. Parking and standing on the new M-65 bridge is not allowed. Parking for spectators is possible on both the south side and north side of the river and a little walking may be required. Five Channels Dam construction See DAMS, 24


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AuSable River Canoe Marathon

2013 Serge Corbin & Bruce Myles

2008 Butch Stockton & Harry Curley

2014 Lynne Witte & Jack Kolka

2009 Ralph Sawyer & Al Widing, Sr.

2015 2010 Larry Kindell & Larry Roberts Frank and Peggy Smutek & Oscoda/AuSable Fire Dept. Water 2016 Rescue Howard Brubaker & RĂŠjean Huard 2006 Marilyn Wagner & Jay Stephan, Sr. 2007 Hugh Bissonette & Bernie Fowler

2011 Stan Hall & John B. Cook 2012 John Baker & Ed Wojahn

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ince 2014, the manufacturer and model of each canoe raced in the Marathon has been recorded. These tables show the tallies of the canoe data that was collected. For a more detailed view of the information, please visit the Stats & Records section of the Marathon website, www.ausablecanoemarathon.org.

Manufacturer Total 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Corbin 82 17 11 17 19 18 Crozier 82 16 14 15 19 18 Gillies 3 1 0 0 2 0 Jensen 1 0 0 0 0 1 Rimer 25 6 5 6 6 2 Savage River 198 37 44 41 42 34 Webb 1 0 0 0 0 1 Wenonah 29 4 8 5 6 6 Unknown 4 1 2 0 1 0 18

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2017 Jerry Kellogg and Jeff Kellogg & The Gary Family 2018 Bruce Barton & Solomon Carrière

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Scenes from the start

Every race has to start somewhere, and if you’ve never experienced the start of the AuSable River Canoe Marathon, it’s hard to match the excitement. Competitors line up along the roadway and when the race begins, they run their canoes four blocks down the street as fans cheer them on before launching them in the river at the Old AuSable Fly Shop in front of hundreds of spectators.

People gather around the front row of the 2017 AuSable Canoe Marathon about an hour before the start of the race. Eric Young/Oscoda County Herald

Christophe Proulx and Samuel Frigon lead the field to the river at the start of the 2018 AuSable River Canoe Marathon. Eric Young/Oscoda County Herald

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Richard Lauth of Grosse Isle and Colin Hunter of Grayling hold a narrow lead over Wes Dean of Grayling and Pete Mead of Traverse City as they pass McMaster Bridge in 2018. Eric Young/Oscoda County Herald

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Margin of Second Place Team Victory Jeff Kolka & Tony Short & 2001 15:06:48 8:58 Denis Berthiaume Serge Corbin Jeff Kolka & Mo Harwood, Jr. & 2002 15:04:56 5:26 Serge Corbin Matthew Rimer Jeff Kolka & Andrew Triebold & 2003 14:55:03 1:48 Serge Corbin Steve Lajoie Andrew Triebold & Jeff Kolka 2004 14:59:46 0:13 Steve Lajoie & Serge Corbin Matthew Rimer & Jeff Kolka & 0:01 2005 14:56:11 Andrew Triebold Serge Corbin Jim Harwood & Rodney Halstead & 2006 14:33:50 14:35 Allen Limberg Ryan Halstead Andrew Triebold & Matt Streib & 2007 14:48:55 0:38 Matthew Rimer Steve Corlew Andrew Triebold & Matt Streib & 2008 14:09:06 23:25 Steve Lajoie Steve Kolonich Andrew Triebold & Matt Streib & 2009 14:17:42 11:36 Steve Lajoie Steve Corlew Andrew Triebold & Steve Corlew & 2010 14:17:29 14:08 Steve Lajoie Bill Torongo Andrew Triebold & Rodney Halstead & 2011 14:41:00 17:32 Steve Lajoie Ryan Halstead Andrew Triebold & Josh Sheldon & 2012 14:42:43 15:53 Steve Lajoie Ryan Halstead Andrew Triebold & Nick Walton & 2013 14:20:24 12:08 Steve Lajoie Christophe Proulx Andrew Triebold & Nick Walton & 2014 14:36:18 8:06 Steve Lajoie Christophe Proulx Andrew Triebold & Mathieu Pellerin & 2015 14:31.56 8.57 Steve Lajoie Guillaume Blais Christophe Proulx & Andrew Triebold & 2016 14:29:26 0:01 Jacob DuBois Ryan Halstead Christophe Proulx & Steve Lajoie & 2017 14:18:45 0:01 Samuel Frigon Guillaume Blais Andrew Triebold & Christophe Proulx & 2018 14:17:36 16:42 Steve Lajoie Samuel Frigon * Race was held from Camp Ten to Oscoda in 1961. ** Two-day race in 1962-63-64-67-68 (Day 1: Grayling to Mio. Day 2: Mio to Oscoda.) *** Race won as a result of a 10-minute penalty to Steve Landick & Solomon Carrière (14:37:28). Year

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2018 Results July 24, 2018

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th 16th 17th 18th 19th 20th 21st 22nd 23rd 24th 25th 26th 27th 28th

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Andrew Triebold & Steve Lajoie Christophe Proulx & Ryan Halstead Trevor Lefever & Shane MacDowell Mike Davis & Weston Willoughby Nick Walton & Guillaume Blais Phil Millspaugh & Joe Schlimmer Jason Hatfield & Colin Hunter Tim McClure & Ryan McClure Adam Gelinas & Patrick Madden Jon Webb & Anthony Massicotte Paul Olney & JoAnn Olney Fred Mills & Dan Gary Rick Gillings & Sebashton Carpenter Stephen Miller & Seth Miller Ken Streb & Debbie Brax Andrew Weeks & Paddi Thornburg Daniel Medina & Matt Meersman Zachary Thiem & Briana Fitzgerald Sean Brabant & Rod Matthews Jon Vermilyea & Ed Wagner James Miller & Frank Kingma Pam Fitzgerald & Vicki Cummings Alex Brick & Joe Manns Jérémie Fortin & René Joly Hailey Halstead & Rebecca Davis Kevin Berl & Roger Henry Greg Zophy & Io Harberts Sarah Webb & Mikayla Erickson

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1:09.12 1:11.19 1:11.00 1:12.26 1:11.84 1:15.19 1:17.18 1:18.47 1:13.92 1:20.89 1:21.83 1:23.19 1:23.60 1:24.10 1:27.43 1:30.07 1:14.44 1:18.25 1:20.97 1:23.13 1:23.20 1:28.44 1:17.07 1:18.85 1:21.31 1:23.89 1:24.94 1:31.31

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Bonus Division Winners

1st Place ($150) Hailey Halstead & Rebecca Davis Zachary Thiem & Briana Fitzgerald Andrew Triebold & Steve Lajoie James Miller & Frank Kingma Fred Mills & Dan Gary Andrew Triebold & Steve Lajoie Trevor Lefever & Shane MacDowell Jérémie Fortin & René Joly

2nd Place ($50) Pam Fitzgerald & Vicki Cummings Paul Olney & JoAnn Olney Jon Vermilyea & Ed Wagner Kevin Berl & Roger Henry Christophe Proulx & Ryan Halstead Adam Gelinas & Patrick Madden James Miller & Frank Kingma

Photos from the 2018 Da$h for Ca$h provided by Brian Connon of Northern View Photography.

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Dams

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recently renovated Foote Tailwater recreation site. Spectators are not allowed access to the dam and retaining wall.

was completed in 1912 and it has a 6 megawatt capacity. Cooke Dam Cooke Dam is listed on the National Register of Historical Places for holding the world record at the time for voltage and distance transmission, as it transmitted 140,000 volts for 125 miles to Flint. Named for the banker who helped finance the project, Andrew Cooke, it is the fifth of six portages along the Marathon route. Race teams begin arriving at this site about 8:45 a.m. Cooke Dam provides ample race viewing opportunities at the various upstream recreation sites and at the downstream recreation site. Cooke Dam construction was completed in 1911 and it has a 6 megawatt capacity. Foote Dam Savvy paddlers aiming for a strong finish at the AuSable River

Foote Dam construction was completed in 1918 and it has a 9 megawatt capacity.

An early look at the turbine room at the Cooke Dam. Canoe Marathon incorporate strategies to deal with stiff winds and waves that are often encountered in the water behind Foote Dam, the sixth and final portage along the Marathon route. This project

is named for William A. Foote, founder of Consumers Energy. Race teams begin arriving at this site about 10 a.m. Foote Dam provides spectators a great opportunity to view the race from the

Fastest Times In 1996, Jeff Kolka and Serge Corbin set the record for fastest times to five of the six dams along the Marathon. They reached Mio Dam in 5 hours, 6 minutes, 31 seconds; Alcona Dam in 8 hours, 17 minutes, 21 seconds; Loud Dam in 10 hours, 6 minutes, 47 seconds; Five Channels in 10 hours, 30 minutes, 37 seconds; and Cooke Dam in 11 hours, 31 minutes, 7 seconds. The fastest time to Foote Dam was recorded in 1994 by the team of Serge Corbin and Solomon Carrière. Their time: 12 hours, 41 minutes, 2 seconds.

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Mixed Division Split Time Records

Checkpoints

Year

Time

Team (Ages)

Burton's Landing

2017

0:44:14

Mary Schlimmer (26) & Andrew Triebold (41)

Stephan Bridge

2017

1:17:29

Mary Schlimmer (26) & Andrew Triebold (41)

Wakeley Bridge

2017

1:46:50

Mary Schlimmer (26) & Andrew Triebold (41)

McMasters Bridge

2017

2:44:11

Mary Schlimmer (26) & Andrew Triebold (41)

Parmalee Bridge

2017

3:49:01

Mary Schlimmer (26) & Andrew Triebold (41)

Camp Ten Bridge

2017

4:53:36

Mary Schlimmer (26) & Andrew Triebold (41)

Mio Dam

2017

5:18:38

Mary Schlimmer (26) & Andrew Triebold (41)

McKinley

2017

7:06:39

Mary Schlimmer (26) & Andrew Triebold (41)

4001 Bridge

2017

7:59:41

Mary Schlimmer (26) & Andrew Triebold (41)

Alcona Dam

2017

8:37:46

Mary Schlimmer (26) & Andrew Triebold (41)

Loud Dam

2017 10:31:07 Mary Schlimmer (26) & Andrew Triebold (41)

Five Channels Dam 2017 10:57:26 Mary Schlimmer (26) & Andrew Triebold (41) Cooke Dam

2017 12:00:33 Mary Schlimmer (26) & Andrew Triebold (41)

Foote Dam

2017 13:14:35 Mary Schlimmer (26) & Andrew Triebold (41)

Oscoda

2017 14:37:45 Mary Schlimmer (26) & Andrew Triebold (41)

2nd Half

2009

7:26:08

Connie Cannon (48) & Bruce Barton (52)

The teams of Nick Walton and Guillaume Blais (13) and Trevor Lefever and Shane MacDowell (91) arrive at the Mio Dam at the same time. Eric Young/Oscoda County herald

Mixed Division Point-to-Point Records Checkpoints

Year Time

Team (Ages)

Burton's Landing

2017 0:44:14 Mary Schlimmer (26) & Andrew Triebold (41)

Stephan Bridge

2017 0:33:15 Mary Schlimmer (26) & Andrew Triebold (41)

Wakeley Bridge

2017 0:29:21 Mary Schlimmer (26) & Andrew Triebold (41)

McMasters Bridge

2017 0:57:21 Mary Schlimmer (26) & Andrew Triebold (41)

Parmalee Bridge

2017 1:04:50 Mary Schlimmer (26) & Andrew Triebold (41)

Camp Ten Bridge

2017 1:04:35 Mary Schlimmer (26) & Andrew Triebold (41)

Mio Dam

2017 0:25:02 Mary Schlimmer (26) & Andrew Triebold (41)

McKinley

2017 1:48:01 Mary Schlimmer (26) & Andrew Triebold (41)

4001 Bridge

2017 0:53:02 Mary Schlimmer (26) & Andrew Triebold (41)

Alcona Dam

2009 0:37:36

Connie Cannon (48) & Bruce Barton (52)

Loud Dam

1988 1:51:21

Lynne Witte (34) & Jim Myers (26)

Five Channels Dam 2015 0:25:17

Rebecca Davis (25) & Mike Davis (24)

Cooke Dam

2009 1:00:33

Holly Reynolds (29) & Jeff Rankinen (45)

Foote Dam

2009 1:12:07

Holly Reynolds (29) & Jeff Rankinen (45)

Oscoda

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Women's Division Split Time Records

Checkpoints

Year

Time

Team (Ages)

Burton's Landing

1994

0:48:24

Connie Cannon (33) & Carrie Trudgeon (24)

Stephan Bridge

1994

1:24:51

Connie Cannon (33) & Carrie Trudgeon (24)

Wakeley Bridge

1994

1:57:38

Connie Cannon (33) & Carrie Trudgeon (24)

McMasters Bridge

1994

2:58:36

Connie Cannon (33) & Carrie Trudgeon (24)

Parmalee Bridge

1994

4:04:40

Connie Cannon (33) & Carrie Trudgeon (24)

Camp Ten Bridge

1994

5:12:24

Connie Cannon (33) & Carrie Trudgeon (24)

Mio Dam

1994

5:39:18

Connie Cannon (33) & Carrie Trudgeon (24)

McKinley

1994

7:31:30

Connie Cannon (33) & Carrie Trudgeon (24)

4001 Bridge

1994

8:25:29

Connie Cannon (33) & Carrie Trudgeon (24)

Alcona Dam

1994

9:05:48

Connie Cannon (33) & Carrie Trudgeon (24)

1994 11:02:15

Connie Cannon (33) & Carrie Trudgeon (24)

Five Channels Dam 1994 11:29:33

Connie Cannon (33) & Carrie Trudgeon (24)

Loud Dam Cooke Dam

1994 12:36:41

Connie Cannon (33) & Carrie Trudgeon (24)

Foote Dam

2017 13:52:40

Rebecca Davis (27) & Edith MacHattie (43)

Oscoda

2017 15:17:39

Rebecca Davis (27) & Edith MacHattie (43)

2nd Half

2017

Rebecca Davis (27) & Edith MacHattie (43)

7:39:14

Spectators gather along the shore of the AuSable River at McMaster Bridge as they await the racers. Eric Young/Ogemaw County Herald

Women’s Division Point-to-Point Records Checkpoints

Year Time

Team (Ages)

Burton's Landing

1994 0:48:24 Connie Cannon (33) & Carrie Trudgeon (24)

Stephan Bridge

1994 0:36:27 Connie Cannon (33) & Carrie Trudgeon (24)

Wakeley Bridge

2017 0:32:33 Rebecca Davis (27) & Edith MacHattie (43)

McMasters Bridge

1994 1:00:58 Connie Cannon (33) & Carrie Trudgeon (24)

Parmalee Bridge

1994 1:06:04 Connie Cannon (33) & Carrie Trudgeon (24)

Camp Ten Bridge

1994 1:07:44 Connie Cannon (33) & Carrie Trudgeon (24)

Mio Dam

2018 0:25:43 Rebecca Davis (28) & Edith MacHattie (44)

McKinley

1994 1:52:12 Connie Cannon (33) & Carrie Trudgeon (24)

4001 Bridge

2013 0:53:29

Alcona Dam

2018 0:38:08 Rebecca Davis (28) & Edith MacHattie (44)

Loud Dam

1994 1:56:27 Connie Cannon (33) & Carrie Trudgeon (24)

Holly Reynolds (33) & Gloria Wesley (53)

Five Channels Dam 2018 0:25:54 Rebecca Davis (28) & Edith MacHattie (44) Cooke Dam

2017 1:02:29 Rebecca Davis (27) & Edith MacHattie (43)

Foote Dam

2017 1:14:34 Rebecca Davis (27) & Edith MacHattie (43)

Oscoda

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The convergence of river restoration and canoe racing Covering miles in conservation with a common partner in Consumers Energy

By Colby Chilcote Marketing Director, Huron Pines Huron Pines and the AuSable River Canoe Marathon share a very important partner in Consumers Energy. The sponsor of the “World’s Toughest Spectator Sport” is also a key partner in conservation. Each spring, Oscoda Area High School students take a break from their regular classroom activities to work alongside Consumers Energy, U.S. Forest Service employees and local volunteers on a habitat restoration project led by Huron Pines. The annual Garlic Mustard Pull, now in its eighth year, brings See GARLIC, 30

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Masters Division Split Time Records Checkpoints

Year

Time

Team (Ages)

Burton's Landing

2018

0:41:12

Andrew Triebold (42) & Steve Lajoie (42)

Stephan Bridge

2018

1:12:50

Andrew Triebold (42) & Steve Lajoie (42)

Wakeley Bridge

2018

1:41:54

Andrew Triebold (42) & Steve Lajoie (42)

McMasters Bridge

2018

2:38:47

Andrew Triebold (42) & Steve Lajoie (42)

Parmalee Bridge

1999

3:42:22

Jeff Kolka (40) & Serge Corbin (42)

Camp Ten Bridge

1999

4:47:10

Jeff Kolka (40) & Serge Corbin (42)

Mio Dam

1999

5:11:14

Jeff Kolka (40) & Serge Corbin (42)

McKinley

2018

6:53:45

Andrew Triebold (42) & Steve Lajoie (42)

4001 Bridge

2018

7:45:01

Andrew Triebold (42) & Steve Lajoie (42)

Alcona Dam

1999

8:22:12

Jeff Kolka (40) & Serge Corbin (42)

1999 10:11:47

Jeff Kolka (40) & Serge Corbin (42)

Five Channels Dam 1999 10:35:44

Jeff Kolka (40) & Serge Corbin (42)

Loud Dam Cooke Dam

1999 11:36:10

Jeff Kolka (40) & Serge Corbin (42)

Foote Dam

1999 12:47:57

Jeff Kolka (40) & Serge Corbin (42)

Oscoda

1999 14:08:18

Jeff Kolka (40) & Serge Corbin (42)

2nd Half

1999

Jeff Kolka (40) & Serge Corbin (42)

7:13:08

Spectators gather along the river in Grayling as they await the start of last year’s race. Eric Young/Oscoda County Herald

Masters Division Point-to-Point Time Records Checkpoints

Year

Time

Team (Ages)

Burton's Landing

2018

0:41:12

Andrew Triebold (42) & Steve Lajoie (42)

Stephan Bridge

2018

0:31:38

Andrew Triebold (42) & Steve Lajoie (42)

Wakeley Bridge

1999

0:28:27

Jeff Kolka (40) & Serge Corbin (42)

McMasters Bridge

1999

0:55:44

Jeff Kolka (40) & Serge Corbin (42)

Parmalee Bridge

1999

1:03:18

Jeff Kolka (40) & Serge Corbin (42)

Camp Ten Bridge

2018

1:04:43

Andrew Triebold (42) & Steve Lajoie (42)

Mio Dam

1999

0:24:04

Jeff Kolka (40) & Serge Corbin (42)

McKinley

2018

1:41:49

Andrew Triebold (42) & Steve Lajoie (42)

4001 Bridge

1999

0:50:39

Jeff Kolka (40) & Serge Corbin (42)

Alcona Dam

1999

0:36:23

Jeff Kolka (40) & Serge Corbin (42)

Loud Dam

1990

1:49:13

John Baker (48) & Jeff Kellogg (45)

Five Channels Dam 1999

0:23:57

Jeff Kolka (40) & Serge Corbin (42)

Cooke Dam

2018

0:58:59

Andrew Triebold (42) & Steve Lajoie (42)

Foote Dam

1999

1:11:47

Jeff Kolka (40) & Serge Corbin (42)

Oscoda

2009

1:18:21

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Garlic

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together volunteers to remove invasive garlic mustard along the AuSable River near Foote Dam. When the invasive plant was identified by Consumers Energy and the U.S. Forest Service, it became the perfect opportunity to involve employees and volunteers and expand a simple habitat improvement project into an opportunity for stewardship education and community involvement. Richard Castle, community affairs manager for Northeast Michigan at Consumers Energy explained, “The AuSable River and its hydro facilities are a special place for many people, including Consumers Energy Hydro employees. Besides being the place they work, it’s also a place where many recreate and enjoy on their free time, and they want to ensure the river and the adjacent land is as pristine as it can be for all to enjoy.” In addition to improving the habitat for native plants and wildlife, the event provides an

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education, but creating the next generation of environmental stewards,” Oscoda Area High School science teacher Matthew

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McDougall said. “What that means for us is providing our students with opportunities to work in the field near our school with community members and professionals, working on managing our natural resources.” Invasive garlic mustard is problematic because it is fast-spreading and can alter soil composition and block sunlight, making it difficult for native plants like tree seedlings, trillium and trout lilies to grow. This particular site also includes a healthy population of wild ginger that is threatened by the spreading garlic mustard. To combat the spread of garlic mustard along the river, volunteers come together once a year to hand-pull hundreds of pounds of the plant with the hopes of one day eradicating it from the area. Castle added, “This event is a building block to grooming our future environmental stewards and See MUSTARD, 67


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Anglers of the Au Sable By Joe Hemming Preisident, Anglers of the Au Sable Thirty-two years ago, Anglers of the Au Sable (Anglers), an all-volunteer conservation organization, was founded by Calvin “Rusty” Gates. Since then, Anglers of the Au Sable has grown to approximately 1,200 members and has notched a number of victories in its mission “to preserve, protect and enhance the Au Sable River watershed for future generations of fly fishers.” Our organization covers the waters of the South Branch, East Branch and North Branch of the Au Sable River, not to mention the Main Branch from Grayling all the way to where the Au Sable empties out in Lake Huron, the same waters through which the canoe marathon will pass. As part of our mission, for more than 20 years Anglers has engaged in a river-wide cleanup every year the weekend after Labor Day. At that time, members of Anglers and guests, some 300 strong, gather at Gates Au Sable Lodge for a group photograph before everyone ventures to various parts of the river to clean the river of trash. The amount of trash picked up annually at each of these river cleanups is quite impressive, representing the collection of

cans, containers, shoes, clothes and the like deposited from various overturned canoes and other river users through the course of a year. In these annual cleanups, we’ve even found such items as a sink, bags of marijuana, part of a car, knives and undergarments, particularly bras. It is noteworthy that in

more recent years, the amount of garbage being collected has decreased somewhat, a testament to those who clean up after themselves. If you find yourself near the river and looking for something fulfilling to do Sept. 7, check in with us. We’ll pose for our group picture, grab a garbage

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poker and a garbage bag and hit the river for some cleanup work. And it’s not all work. We will gather afterward to listen, eat brats and burgers with a favorite beverage and regale each other with tales of unusual items found in the river during the cleanup. It’s a good time. We hope to see you there.

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Name

Points

Best Finish

Last Year of Points

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9(t) 9(t) 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20(t) 20(t) 20(t) 20(t) 24(t) 24(t) 26(t) 26(t) 28 29(t) 29(t) 31 32 33 34 35(t) 35(t) 37(t) 37(t) 39 40

Serge Corbin Jeff Kolka Rick Joy Andrew Triebold Steve Lajoie Ralph Sawyer Bill Torongo Brett Stockton John Baker Jim Harwood Tony Short Jerry Kellogg Ken Kolonich Jack Kolka Butch Stockton Steve Kolonich Irvin Peterson Bernie Fowler Al Widing, Sr. Steven Kolonich Jack Kent Jeff Kellogg Randy Drake Solomon Carrière Nick Walton Dave Shepherd Al Rudquist Ted Kolka Bruce Barton Ryan Halstead John Sullivan Bob Welsch Stan Hall Matthew Rimer Jay Stephan, Sr. Matt Streib Larry Kindell Christophe Proulx Tim Triebold Steve Krantz

2150 1810 1620 1550 1450 1290 1260 1230 1220 1220 1150 1120 1050 1030 1010 1000 890 810 770 740 740 740 740 700 700 690 690 660 650 650 640 630 620 600 550 550 540 540 530 520

1st 1st 3rd 1st 1st 1st 2nd 1st 1st 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 1st 2nd 1st 3rd 1st 1st 1st 2nd 3rd 1st 3rd 2nd 1st 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 1st 2nd 1st 1st 2nd 3rd

2005 2005 2008 2018 2018 1968 2012 1992 1990 2006 2009 1982 2015 1981 1987 2011 1971 1956 1988 1965 1968 1990 1998 2000 2018 1992 1998 2007 2007 2016 2007 1981 1973 2010 1957 2014 1961 2018 1999 1990

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Course Map - Grayling to Oscoda Follow LIVE Results during race night at www.AuSableCanoeMarathon.org

Alcohol is prohibited on Consumers Energy property, including at the dams along the Marathon route. Also, no loitering will be allowed when crossing dams. These implementations are due to strict Homeland Security procedures. Please be respectful of the people who are enforcing these rules and procedures.

Crawford County-Stephan, Wakeley and McMasters bridges will be closed to all vehicle traffic during the race. Spectator vehicles will not be allowed to cross the river at these bridges. Oscoda County-Parmalee Bridge will be closed to spectators but passable for vehicles. No portable lighting will be available. If you are viewing the race from here, there are good sites along the campground on the north side or at the public access site on the south. Mio Dam-Spectators are not allowed on the spillway. There is a walkway from the MDOT parking area, south of M-72, under the bridge to the dam. You will not have to walk across the highway to get to the dam. Spectators must stay clear of the pathway and the put-in areas as the teams portage Mio Dam. 4001 Bridge-The U.S. Forest Service may issue tickets for parking in the lot at the boat launch site without the valid parking pass. Alcona Dam-Only feeders and officials will be allowed into the dam parking lot. Spectators should park in the field on the north side of the river and walk across the bridge to the portage area. Loud Dam-There will only be parking for feeders on one side of the road leading to the dam. Only feeders and officials will be allowed into the dam parking lot. Five Channels-Pedestrians and vehicles will not be permitted on the new bridge, but spectators are allowed on the old bridge. Parking in the dam parking lot is for feeders only. Spectators can park in a large field at the top of the hill on the south side of the river. Whirlpool near Oscoda-Everyone must park in the parking lot — not at the boat launch. The U.S. Forest Service will issue tickets at this area. Foote Dam-The dam will be closed to spectators but you can view the race from the new fishing platforms across the river.

Leader’s Arrival Time* Map Location 1. Burton’s Landing 9:40 p.m. 2. Stephan Bridge 10:15 p.m. 3. Wakeley Bridge 10:45 p.m. 4. McMasters Bridge 11:45 p.m. 5. Parmalee Bridge 12:45 a.m. 6. Camp 10 Bridge 1:55 a.m. 7. Mio Dam 2:15 a.m. 8. McKinley Bridge 4:00 a.m. 9. 4001 Bridge 5:00 a.m. 10. Alcona Dam 5:30 a.m. 11. Loud Dam 7:20 a.m. 12. Five Channels Dam 7:45 a.m. 13. Cooke Dam 8:45 a.m. 14. Foote Dam 10:00 a.m. 15. Oscoda (finish) 11:15 a.m. *All times are approximate

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Professional Division Split Time Records Checkpoints

Year

Time

Team (Ages)

Burton's Landing

2018

0:41:12

Andrew Triebold (42) & Steve Lajoie (42)

Stephan Bridge

2018

1:12:50

Andrew Triebold (42) & Steve Lajoie (42)

Wakeley Bridge

1993

1:41:29

Jeff Kolka (34) & Bill Torongo (31)

McMasters Bridge

1996

2:38:17

Jeff Kolka (37) & Serge Corbin (39)

Parmalee Bridge

1996

3:40:00

Jeff Kolka (37) & Serge Corbin (39)

Camp Ten Bridge

1996

4:42:55

Jeff Kolka (37) & Serge Corbin (39)

Mio Dam

1996

5:06:31

Jeff Kolka (37) & Serge Corbin (39)

McKinley

1996

6:50:13

Jeff Kolka (37) & Serge Corbin (39)

4001 Bridge

1996

7:40:49

Jeff Kolka (37) & Serge Corbin (39)

Alcona Dam

1996

8:17:21

Jeff Kolka (37) & Serge Corbin (39)

1996 10:06:47

Jeff Kolka (37) & Serge Corbin (39)

Five Channels Dam 1996 10:30:37

Jeff Kolka (37) & Serge Corbin (39)

Loud Dam Cooke Dam

1996 11:31:07

Foote Dam

1994 12:41:02 Serge Corbin (37) & Solomon Carrière (37)

Oscoda

1994 13:58:08 Serge Corbin (37) & Solomon Carrière (37)

2nd Half

1994

Jeff Kolka (37) & Serge Corbin (39)

7:01:54 Serge Corbin (37) & Solomon Carrière (37)

The team of Phil Millspaugh and Holly Reynolds (83) try to stay ahead of Alex Brick and Joe Manns (53) at the Mio Dam portage during last year’s race. Eric Young/Oscoda County Herald

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Year

Time

Team (Ages)

Burton's Landing

2018

0:41:12

Andrew Triebold (42) & Steve Lajoie (42)

Stephan Bridge

2017

0:31:24

Steve Lajoie (41) & Guillaume Blais (31)

Wakeley Bridge

1993

0:28:21

Tony Short (29) & Scott McKenzie (35)

McMasters Bridge

1999

0:55:44

Jeff Kolka (40) & Serge Corbin (42)

Parmalee Bridge

1996

1:01:43

Jeff Kolka (37) & Serge Corbin (39)

Camp Ten Bridge

1996

1:02:55

Jeff Kolka (37) & Serge Corbin (39)

Mio Dam

1975

0:22:05

Jerry Kellogg (31) & Jeff Kellogg (30)

McKinley

2018

1:41:49

Andrew Triebold (42) & Steve Lajoie (42)

4001 Bridge

2014

0:48:55

Andrew Triebold (38) & Steve Lajoie (38)

Alcona Dam

2017

0:35:31 Christophe Proulx (22) & Samuel Frigon (21)

Loud Dam

1987

1:43:10

Serge Corbin (30) & Brett Stockton (24)

Five Channels Dam 2010

0:23:06

Josh Taylor (31) & Matt Meersman (33)

Cooke Dam

1986

0:57:13

Randy Drake (32) & Eric McNett (31)

Foote Dam

1987

1:08:11

Serge Corbin (30) & Brett Stockton (24)

Oscoda

1991

1:15:32

Serge Corbin (34) & Brett Stockton (28)

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Seniors Division Split Time Records Checkpoints

Year

Time

Team (Ages)

Burton's Landing

2016

0:46:46

Russ Reker (52) & Mike Bradford (51)

Stephan Bridge

2016

1:21:55

Russ Reker (52) & Mike Bradford (51)

Wakeley Bridge

2016

1:52:46

Russ Reker (52) & Mike Bradford (51)

McMasters Bridge

2016

2:54:18

Russ Reker (52) & Mike Bradford (51)

Parmalee Bridge

2016

4:01:53

Russ Reker (52) & Mike Bradford (51)

Camp Ten Bridge

2016

5:10:48

Russ Reker (52) & Mike Bradford (51)

Mio Dam

2016

5:37:09

Russ Reker (52) & Mike Bradford (51)

McKinley

2016

7:30:04

Russ Reker (52) & Mike Bradford (51)

4001 Bridge

1999

8:25:48

Robert Bradford (56) & Al Widing, Sr. (74)

Alcona Dam

1999

9:04:51

Robert Bradford (56) & Al Widing, Sr. (74)

1999 11:02:22

Robert Bradford (56) & Al Widing, Sr. (74)

Five Channels Dam 1999 11:30:40

Robert Bradford (56) & Al Widing, Sr. (74)

Loud Dam

1999 12:37:04

Robert Bradford (56) & Al Widing, Sr. (74)

Foote Dam

1999 13:55:01

Robert Bradford (56) & Al Widing, Sr. (74)

Oscoda

1999 15:21:22

Robert Bradford (56) & Al Widing, Sr. (74)

2nd Half

2010

Tom Trudgeon (51) & Phil Trudgeon (50)

2019 Au Sable River Canoe Marathon

From the Crawford County Elected Officials: Kate Wagner

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7:42:43

Spectators attempt to catch a T-shirt thrown into the crowd prior to the start of last year’s race.

Crawford County

and the

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Seniors Division Point-to-Point Records Checkpoints

Year

Time

Team (Ages)

Burton's Landing

2016 0:46:46

Russ Reker (52) & Mike Bradford (51)

Stephan Bridge

2016 0:35:09

Russ Reker (52) & Mike Bradford (51)

Wakeley Bridge

2016 0:30:51

Russ Reker (52) & Mike Bradford (51)

County Treasurer

County Commissioner

Sandy Moore

McMasters Bridge

1999 1:01:14

Robert Bradford (56) & Al Widing, Sr. (74)

Clerk/Register

Sharon Priebe

County Commissioner

Parmalee Bridge

1999 1:06:52

Robert Bradford (56) & Al Widing, Sr. (74)

Shawn Kraycs

Jamie McClain

Camp Ten Bridge

2010 1:08:44 2010

Ray Bauer (53) & Nick Bauer (50) Fred Mills (56) & Tim McClure (52)

County Sheriff

County Commissioner

Sierra Koch

Phil Lewis

Mio Dam

1997 0:25:53 Blaise St. Pierre (57) & Serge Rouleau (52) 1999 1:50:55

Robert Bradford (56) & Al Widing, Sr. (74) Robert Bradford (56) & Al Widing, Sr. (74)

Prosecuting Attorney

County Commissioner

McKinley

Colin Hunter

Laurie Jamison

4001 Bridge

1999 0:53:08

2000 0:38:36 Blaise St. Pierre (60) & Pierre LaPointe (58)

Circuit Court Judge

County Commissioner

Alcona Dam

George Mertz

Carey Jansen

Loud Dam

Circuit Court Judge

Monte Burmeister Judge of Probate

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Cooke Dam

County Commissioner

Sherry Powers

County Commissioner

2013 1:55:40

Five Channels Dam 2015 0:26:01

Tom Trudgeon (54) & Doug Gillin (54) Clark Kent (55) & Mike Bradford (50)

Cooke Dam

2013 1:03:50

Tom Trudgeon (54) & Doug Gillin (54)

Foote Dam

2009 1:14:33

Michael Garon (51) & Doug Gillin (50)

Oscoda

2010 1:23:12

Tom Trudgeon (51) & Phil Trudgeon (50)

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"TOUGHER THAN NAILS" SPRINTS AT GRAYLING CIT Y pARK ON SAT. 9A.M. TO 2 P.M.1 6 P.M. C -1 RACE FROM BoRCHERS TO BuRTONS LANDING AND SuN. AT 9 A.M. TowN TO McMASTERB JULY 20th & 21st, 2019

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Saturday July 13 - C-2 race from Cooke Dam to the finish line of the AuSable River Canoe Marathon, at the AuSable Inn. Registration begins at 7:00am at Cooke Dam, with the race starting at 9:00 a.m. The winning time is about 2.5 hrs. There is an MCRA picnic following the C-2 race at the American Legion Pavilion. Donation proceeds go to benefit the MCRA Canoers Memorial on River Rd. Eating begins around 12:30 p.m. with awards following. Sunday July 14 - C-1 Race. Registration at Childrens Park in AuSable starts at 8:00 a.m. The race starts at 10:00 a.m. at Childrens Park. The Race Course: Paddlers will race 2 laps from Childrens Park to round a buoy just downstream of the railroad trestle bridge and back. Winning time is about 1 hr.

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Most Consecutive Finishes Paddler Consec. Michael Garon 20 Lynne Witte 18 Al Widing, Sr. 16 Serge Corbin 16 Rick Joy 16 Andrew Triebold 16 Nate Winkler 16 Lynne Witte 14 Ken Kolonich 14 Steve Kolonich 14 Rodney Matthews 14 Nick Walton 14 Jack Kolka 13 Jeff Kolka 13 Jon Thompson 13 Jason Hatfield 13 Colin Hunter 12 Fred Mills 12 Brett Stockton 11 Ben Schlimmer 11 Michael Schlimmer 11 Bernie Fowler 10 Ralph Sawyer 10 Tony Short 10 Rick Joy 10 Brian Royce 10 Joe Shaw 10 Ray Bauer 10 Ted Smutek 10 Ellen Thompson 10 Chris Hewitt 10 Jon Webb 10 Matt Gabriel, Jr. 10 Roger Henry 10

Years 1999-2018 1995-2012 1988-2003 1990-2005 1991-2006 2003-2018 2003-2018 1980-1993* 1988-2001 1988-2001 2004-2017 2005-2018 1964-1977+ 1993-2005 2004-2016 2006-2018 1996-2007* 2007-2018 1978-1988 2008-2018 2008-2018 1947-1956 1953-1962 1978-1987 1980-1989 2001-2010 2001-2010 2001-2010 2004-2013 2006-2015 2009-2018 2009-2018 2009-2018 2009-2018

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AuSable River Canoe Marathon Scholarship

As part of an effort to be more proactive within our community, the Marathon Committee created a scholarship fund in January 2017. Our goal is to award three scholarships each year as follows: • One to a graduating senior from Grayling High School • One to a graduating senior from Oscoda High School • One to a graduating senior who is the son, daughter or grandchild of a Marathon paddler The Committee agreed that no money from its general operating fund would be used to finance these scholarships. All amounts are to be generated from special fundraisers. All applicants must be enrolled to attend a two-year or four-year college degree program, or enrolled

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to attend an approved trade school. The three awards will be in equal amounts. The scholarship selection will be based on a combination of academic performance and community service. The financial income or assets of the recipient’s family will not be a factor. The 2019 scholarships awarded will be in the amount of $750 each. The winner of the Grayling scholarship will be announced at Awards Night at the Crawford AuSable High School in May. The winner of the Oscoda scholarship will be announced at the Awards Night at the Oscoda High School in June. Each recipient’s name and school will be published in the Marathon Spectator Guide in July. In addition, the recipients will be invited to attend the Grayling and Oscoda VIP areas during the Marathon. Furthermore, the recipients will be invited to be acknowledged in front of the crowd by the emcee as part of

the pre-race program shortly before the start of the race, and also during the Post-Race Awards Dinner. Although not a condition of the scholarship, we kindly request the recipient to offer to volunteer three hours of his/her time in putting together this great race. Donations may be dropped off to John Cherven’s office in the Grayling Mini Mall, or mailed to: ARICM Scholarship Fund P.O. Box 911 Grayling, MI 49738 ARICM Scholarship Fund P.O. Box 652 Oscoda, MI 48750 Thank you for your support. ARICM, Inc. is a nonprofit organization, but is not a 501(c)(3) organization. Therefore, your donations are not tax-deductible.

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AuSable Canoe Marathon Sub 15-hour Paddlers 1947-2018 Paddler Total Years Accomplished 1979-87-88-90-91-92-93Serge Corbin 17 94-95-96-97-98-99-00-0304-05 2003-04-05-06-07-08-09Andrew Triebold 16 10-11-12-13-14-15-16-1718 1989-90-91-93-94-95-96Jeff Kolka 14 97-98-99-00-03-04-05 1999-03-04-06-08-09-10Steve Lajoie 14 11-12-13-14-15-17-18 1985-86-88-89-91-93-94Rick Joy 12 96-97-98-99-08 1981-82-83-84-85-86-87Brett Stockton 11 88-90-91-92 1982-84-85-86-87-93-94Tony Short 11 95-97-08-09 1986-88-89-91-92-93-94Randy Drake 10 95-96-97 1986-89-91-93-94-95-96Jim Harwood 10 98-99-06 1989-90-91-93-94-95-96Bill Torongo 10 98-08-10 1981-89-92-93-94-95-96Allan Rudquist 9 97-98 1991-92-94-95-97-99-08Steve Kolonich 9 09-10 2009-10-13-14-15-16-17Nick Walton 8 18 Solomon Carrière 7 1984-87-89-90-93-94-95 Ken Kolonich 7 1991-92-94-95-97-99-09 Butch Stockton 6 1982-83-84-85-86-87 Bruce Barton 6 1990-91-92-93-95-99 Ryan Halstead 6 2006-08-11-12-14-16 Christophe Proulx 6 2013-14-15-16-17-18 Dave Shepherd 5 1985-86-88-89-91 Tim Triebold 5 1988-92-93-95-96 Ted Kolka 5 1994-95-96-97-99 Matthew Rimer 5 2005-06-07-08-10 Matt Streib 5 2007-08-09-10-13 Matt Rudnitsky 5 2008-09-10-13-17 Michael Schlimmer 5 2009-10-13-15-17

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stimulate growth and improve the quality of the remaining trees, and clear cutting stands when needed,” said Wells, who is based in Cadillac. “I also bid sales to local logging companies, administer and oversee those contracts, and help at recreation sites on leased lands owned by Consumers Energy.” Wells enjoys working and recreating in the picturesque landscapes that overlook Michigan’s northern rivers. It’s hard to imagine that this same land was once treeless. Rebirth of the Forest In the 1860s, lumberjacks cut their way through Michigan to keep ahead of the demand for wood products for a growing America. By the early 1900s, the great forests were gone. Northern Michigan became known as “stump country.” What lumberjacks missed, fires leveled. Consumers Energy bought thousands of acres of land in the early 1900s for its hydroelectric sites, covered mostly by scrub oak, brush and other short-lived and undesirable plants.

In the spring of 1924, the company launched its reforestation program by planting some 5,000 white pine seedlings on a tract near Five Channels Dam on the Au Sable River. Forestry crews planted seedlings by hand in furrows made by horse-drawn plows. On steep inclines, crews dug furrows using scalping hoes. To ensure they would survive and thrive, seedlings were carefully matched with the soil conditions. Seedlings included Norway, Scots, jack, red and white pine; white cedar; European larch; willow; black locust; and poplar. By 1928, nearly half a million trees had been planted on Michigan’s stripped forests along the Grand, Kalamazoo, Au Sable, Manistee and Muskegon rivers. The reforestation program was one of the largest private reforestation efforts in the country. In 1936, just 12 years after the reforestation program began, more than 2.4 million trees had been planted on company property See FORESTRY, 56

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Oscoda-AuSable Chamber of Commerce Community Events

May 18

Opening Weekend/Armed Forces Day 11 a.m. Wurtsmith Air Museum For info, contact Judy Schuler at 989739-7555 or email@wurtsmithairmuseum.net

May 24-27

Memorial Day Family Camp Camp Nissokone YMCA For info, contact Ryan Mertz at 989739-2801 or camp@ymcadetroit.org

May 25

Holy Spokes Bike Tour 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. United Methodist Church For info, contact 989-739-8591 or umcoscoda@gmail.com

May 31, June 1, June 2

21st Annual Community Wide Yard Sale 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Villages of Oscoda Presented by Villages of Oscoda Home Owners Association For info, contact Tammy at 989-7394915 or office@voohoa.net

May 31, June 1, June 2

Women’s Wellness Weekend Camp Nissokone YMCA For info, contact Ryan Mertz at 989739-2801 or camp@ymcadetroit.org

June 9

Open House Camp Nissokone YMCA For info, contact Ryan Mertz at 989739-2801 or camp@ymcadetroit.org

June 21-23

Welcome Home Weekend Wurtsmith Air Museum For info, contact Judy Schuler at 989739-7555 or email@wurtsmithairmuseum.net

June 22-23

36th Annual Art on the Beach Oscoda Beach Park Presented by the Oscoda AuSable Chamber of Commerce 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For info, contact Rose Fulton at 989-7397322 or director@oscodachamber.com

June 22

July 25

Blind(folded) Canoe Race 6 p.m. Oscoda Canoe Rental Presented by the Oscoda-AuSable Chamber of Commerce For info, contact Rose Fulton at 989-739-7322 or director@oscodachamber.com

July 27-28

Shore Fun Beach Run 10 a.m. Oscoda Beach Park Presented by HealthQuest For info, contact Jeff Gottlieb at jeff@healthquest4you.com

AuSable River Canoe Marathon AuSable River, Grayling to Oscoda For info, contact Justin Griffith at 989-820-5196 or justingriffith.aricm@ gmail.com

July 4

Scholarship Golf Challenge “Battle for the Paddle” Location TBD Presented by the Oscoda-AuSable Chamber of Commerce For info, contact Rose Fulton at 989739-7322 or director@oscodachamber.com

Independence Day Parade 11 a.m. US-23, Downtown Oscoda Presented by the Oscoda AuSable Chamber of Commerce For info, contact Rose Fulton at 989-739-7322 or director@oscodachamber.com

July 22-27

Iosco County Fair Fairgrounds, Hale For info, contact Mark at info@ioscocountyfair.com

July 23

Dash for Cash 3 p.m. Finish Line Park, AuSable Presented by the AuSable River Canoe Marathon For info, contact Justin Griffith at 989-8205196 or justingriffith.aricm@gmail.com

August 15

August 30, Sept. 1, Sept. 2

Labor Day Family Camp Camp Nissokone YMCA For info, contact Ryan Mertz at 989739-2801 or camp@ymcadetroit.org

September 20-22

NorthEast Regional Farm Market 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. AuSable Township Hall/Shoreline Park For info, contact Stephanie Wentworth at 989-909-3193 or swent99@aol.com

Weekly July 3 - August 28, Wednesdays

Starry Nights at the Pier Movie Series Starting at dusk Oscoda Beach Park Presented by the Oscoda Area Convention & Visitors Bureau For info, contact Debbie Hearn at 989739-0900 or staff@oscoda.com

Weekly June August, Thursdays

Paul Bunyan Days Festival Furtaw Field, Downtown Oscoda Presented by the Oscoda-AuSable Chamber of Commerce For info, contact Rose Fulton at 989739-7322 or director@oscodachamber.com

Concerts at the Beach 7 p.m. Oscoda Beach Park Presented by the Oscoda Rotary Club For info, contact Mary Reitler at mmreitler@yahoo.com

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Annual Craft Show 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oscoda High School Presented by the Oscoda Lions Club For info, contact Jane Meyer at 989739-3911 or jcmeyer1934@gmail.com

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covering some 2,000 acres. To shield the growing forests, the company installed fire warning signs and metal fire boxes where fire hazard was greatest. Consumers Energy’s Chief Forester George Blair reported in 1937 that the trees in the first planting near Five Channels Dam exceeded 15 feet in height. “Continuing each year with an enlarged program, the company now has planted nearly 3,200,000 trees involving an area of more than 2,700 acres,” he wrote in The Au Sable News. Later agricultural inventions made reforestation less laborintensive and more efficient. In 1938, tractors were used for furrowing for the first time in the program. In the 1940s, tree-planting machines pulled by crawler-type tractors did most of the planting. This enabled crews to plant more trees in less time. By 1971, Consumers Energy had planted more than 22 million trees. With the exception of five years

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(mostly during World War II when there was a shortage of workers), Consumers Energy planted seedlings twice a year, in the spring and fall, for at least 40 years. Along with reforestation came such benefits as watershed protection, timber production on a selective basis, erosion control, homes for wildlife, increased underground water supply and ecotourism. Northern Michigan became a top destination for vacationers drawn to the quiet beauty of its woodlands and clear, cool waters. “Careful and deliberate conservation efforts restored the forests to what they were before the lumber boom began,” said Wells, an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys trekking through the forest at work and off work with her husband, Ben, and their two dogs. “Our forestry management plan ensures that our forest lands will continue to thrive and be there for future generations,” she said. “I’m happy to help make that happen.”


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Proudly serving the Grayling community for more than 100 years

Nestled along the AuSable River in scenic Northern Michigan, Grayling Hospital has served the region for more than 100 years. Since we first opened our doors in 1911, the Grayling Hospital has been focused on improving the health of our communities by providing vital health services and offering access for all. Today, we are a nationally recognized healthcare provider committed to helping the people of Northern Michigan achieve the best possible health. As our community grows and expands, we look at ways to provide better health care. To do that, Grayling Hospital started a $2.9 million renovation project last year. The first phase of the project included creating a new unit, called the Patient Diagnostic Center, on See MUNSON, 60

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Committee adds 50/50 raffle for fundraising The Marathon Committee is constantly in search of new fundraising ideas to generate the additional financial resources necessary to organize and promote this great event. This year the Committee has established a 50/50 raffle. The drawing will be held as part of the Opening Program in Grayling on Marathon night. Tickets have already been printed and distributed in Grayling, Luzerne, Mio and Oscoda and are available for purchase at many business locations. The cost is $1 per ticket. The total sales figure will be updated weekly and posted on the Marathon website, social media and local newspapers.

To promote ticket sales, several business-to-business challenges have been set up for some friendly competitions to see who can sell the most tickets. These challenges include Grayling Restaurant vs. Tip’n the Mitten, Tinker’s vs. Spike’s Keg O’ Nails, Ole Dam Party Store vs. Grayling 7-11 and Grayling Promotional Association vs. Grayling Rotary Club. As an additional incentive, the seller of the winning ticket will receive a $50 cash award. You may also purchase tickets by contacting John Cherven by phone at 989-348-2554, by text at 989619-5289 or by email at cherven@ freeway.net.

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the first floor of the hospital, which will be opened in early May. The new, chair-based unit is the first of its kind in Northern Michigan and was designed specifically for the needs of the patients at Grayling Hospital. The second phase of the construction is scheduled to start later this year, and will include redesigning the layout of the main entrance and emergency entrance areas of the hospital to improve the flow for registration. It will also include relocating services patients

shopfamilyfare.com use regularly, like the laboratory and pharmacy, closer to the front of the hospital for easier access. We are extremely grateful to be a part of a community that is as warm and welcoming as Grayling, and are proud to be a sponsor of the 2018 AuSable River Canoe Marathon. To learn more about the Munson Healthcare Grayling Hospital and the services we provide, visit our website at www.munsonhealthcare. org/grayling.

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Fourth edition of the Rebaska Canoe Race at the Consumers Energy AuSable River Canoe Marathon For the fourth consecutive year, Rabaska racing will be part of the Consumers Energy AuSable River Canoe Marathon. Started as a demonstration project in 2016, it didn’t take that much to convince the fans and the Marathon committee that it would be a great add-on to the Marathon’s 70-year tradition. Origins Beginning more than 30 years ago in Quebec, Rabaska racing has now become a fixture on the St-Maurice river, the setting for la Classique Internationale de canots de la Mauricie – The Classic, which is the third stage of the Triple Crown of Canoe Racing. Competitors from Quebec will again be traveling to Michigan with their big canoes this year. Rabaska racing is a sport that connects canoe racing to the roots of North America. Also known as Voyager canoes, the rabaskas were originally “freighter canoes” utilized in the upper Great Lakes region by traders and settlers as early as the 1600s. Nowadays, the 25-foot-long and 4-foot-wide canoes have evolved to be more adapted to racing and they are now made of light carbon fiber. Despite their big size, Rabaska canoes move as fast as the C-2 pro canoes in deep water. A competitive and accessible team sport As in C-2, some Rabaska teams are very competitive — the battle for the 1st place is very intense — while other teams are mainly racing for the challenge of completing the race. During the longer races, members can relay each other as teams can consist of up to 15 members, nine of which must normally be in the canoe at all times, including a minimum of

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three women. This sport is accessible to all kinds of people and can be practiced with a minimum of training. It’s an easy way to introduce new people to marathon canoe racing, and it’s also a good alternative for C-2 paddlers who have less time for training in a particular year. Rabaska racing is also a perfect fit for school or youth programs, where a few coaches can supervise more participants in a very stable boat. Growing the sport in Michigan Introducing Rabaska racing to the Consumers Energy AuSable River Canoe Marathon was the first step to start developing the sport in Michigan. Martin Gervais, president of the Quebec Rabaska Racing Association (ACRQ) — observed “Being part of the AuSable Marathon is very exciting for us. First, we come here to make some fun, watch the pro paddlers, enjoy the region and be part of this great event. Of course, we also would love to see our sport develop in Michigan in the future.”

“We understand that people are focussed on C-2 racing here, as it is part of an incredible 70-plus years tradition,” Martin Gervais continued.” However, the popularity of paddling sports is growing slowly. Rabaska racing is a good way to learn marathon paddling and I’m sure that the C-2 pro class would only benefit from its growth, as it aims toward a different type of athletes. I am sure that some people are interested in our sport, but they

probably don’t know where to start. I invite them to contact us if they have any questions. We will be glad to help.” The opportunity for Rabaska to be part of the week-long festivities involving the Consumers Energy AuSable River Canoe Marathon has been secured until 2021. The Committee of the ARCM would like to thank Consumers Energy, not only for its long-term financial contribution, but also for

its hands-on support. We would also like to thank the town of Mio for all you do in support of the Consumers Energy AuSable River Canoe Marathon. For more information about Rabaska racing: ACRQ Website www.acrq.ca Facebook www.facebook.com/rabaska

A team of paddlers demonstrate the Rebaska Challenge during the 2018 opening ceremonies. Eric Young/Oscoda County Herald

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Friday, July 26 — 3 p.m.: FIRST OFFICIAL RACE. From Grayling to Mio. Held as a demo for the first time last year, the Rabaska teams will race from the start of the marathon to Mio Dam. Watching the paddlers maneuver those big canoes in these shallow sections and tight turns of the AuSable River is very impressive. The start of the race will occur during the C-2 timetrial sprints in Grayling. Fans are invited to follow them along the 43-mile race course, which is the same that the C-2 paddlers will face during the Marathon. Teams are expected to arrive in Mio around 10 p.m. Saturday, July 27 — 10-11 a.m.: The Rabaska Experience. On Mio Dam’s spillway. In addition to the two official races, don’t miss out the opportunity to ride and paddle in those impressive 25-foot canoes on Mio Pond with paddlers from Quebec and Michigan. Fans are also invited to see the Rabaska canoes, and meet and chat with the paddlers.

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Sunday, July 28 — 6 a.m.: THE SECOND OFFICIAL RABASKA RACE of the 2019 Consumers Energy AuSable River Canoe Marathon. For the fourth consecutive year, Rabaska teams will race from Consumers Energy’s Five Channels Dam (south of Glennie on M-65) to Oscoda’s finish line. Following the start, in the Five Channels Dam pond, the big canoes will paddle one long buoy-turn loop before portaging the dam and heading downstream to Oscoda. Fans will also have excellent viewing opportunities at Consumers Energy’s Cooke and Foote dams and at the Oscoda Finish Line, where the Rabaskas are expected to arrive Sunday at approximately 10:30 a.m. after completing the 27 miles course. The Rabaska race can also be followed and tracked on the GPS online mapping that is being utilized for the AuSable River Canoe Marathon, which can be accessed on the Marathon website at www.ausablecanoemarathon.org.

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Join in the Consumers Energy Rabaska Experience, at the Mio Dam spillway from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, July 27.

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Saturday, July 27 — 10-11 a.m. Paddle in a Rabaska – No experience needed! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to ride and paddle in one these impressive 25-foot long canoes with Rabaska racing teams from Quebec and Michigan. Fans are also invited to see the Rabaska canoes and meet and chat with the paddlers. To participate in the Consumers Energy Rabaska Experience, meet at the Mio Dam spillway. 66

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allows the volunteers to make an impact in their own backyard and one that has a lasting impact along one of Michigan’s most beautiful and widely used rivers.” This year, volunteers will also be invited to take part in a new project tackling another invasive plant on the Au Sable at Mio Pond. Huron Pines, in partnership with Consumers Energy, organized a trip to Mio Pond to remove purple loosestrife. Originally used for ornamental purposes, purple loosestrife was found to quickly take over and form dense patches in wetland and riparian areas. This degrades habitat for native wildlife such as spawning fish, waterfowl and aquatic insects. On Aug. 2, 2019, Huron Pines and Consumers Energy will be highlighting the two primary methods for removing this species which include 1) introducing a beetle that eats the loosestrife and 2) hand-pulling the plant by the roots. Volunteers will have an opportunity to use

both methods while enjoying an afternoon on Mio Pond. However we enjoy the Au Sable River, whether paddling, fishing, bird watching, swimming or relaxing, we all flow toward a common goal — to preserve, maintain and protect these famed waters. Maybe there’s no finish line when it comes to invasive species — it’s an ongoing battle — but then again, we’re not trying to cover 120 miles in just one night. Good luck to all the paddlers this year. Hup! Huron Pines is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1973 to protect, restore and conserve Michigan’s natural resources. Our work across Northeast Michigan’s forests, lakes and streams improves economic, environmental, educational and recreational opportunities in communities throughout our region. To learn more, visit www.huronpines. org.

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Triebold and Lajoie win 2018 AuSable River Canoe Marathon As printed in the Aug. 1, 2018 edition of the Oscoda County Herald

By Eric Young ericyoung@ogemawherald.com 989-387-9036

GRAYLING — After nearly 14 1/2 hours, Andrew Triebold of Grayling and Steve Lajoie of Mirabel, Quebec, took the win in the 71st annual AuSable River Canoe Marathon as they crossed the finish line in Oscoda Sunday morning. The two finished with a time of 14 hours, 17 minutes and 36 seconds. They were about 13 minutes ahead of second-place finishers Christophe Proulx and Samuel Frigon, who finished with a time of 14 hours, 30 minutes and 18 seconds. Nearly 90 teams gathered for the start of the roughly 18-hour canoe race that begins Saturday evening in Grayling and ends Sunday morning in Oscoda, traversing Andrew Triebold and Steve Lajoie lead the race as they pass by Stephan Bridge early in last the AuSable River. Christophe year’s race. Proulx and Samuel Frigon led the Eric Young/Oscoda County Herald competitors to the water after the Le Mans-style start in Grayling, but by the time the paddlers reached Stephan Bridge, Andrew Triebold and Steve Lajoie had taken the lead, holding about a 2 1/2-minute lead. By the time they arrived at the Mio Dam during the early hours of Sunday morning, that lead had increased to around eight minutes.

The all-female team of Rebecca Davis and Edith MacHattie carry their canoe along the Mio Dam before getting back in the river. Eric Young/Oscoda County Herald

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Consumers Energy announces two new renewable energy projects in Central Michigan Expanding solar gardens in Cadillac, wind generation in Gratiot County

Building on its Triple Bottom Line commitment to people, the planet and Michigan’s prosperity, Consumers Energy has announced that two new renewable energy projects are underway in Central Michigan, both planned to begin generating energy for Michigan residents in 2020. “Consumers Energy is taking a stand for our planet with our Clean Energy Plan that includes

over 40 percent of our energy coming from renewable sources,” said Roger Curtis, Consumers Energy’s vice president of public affairs. “We are excited to pursue projects that are good for the communities we serve and Michigan’s clean energy future.” Solar energy expansion In Cadillac, a solar power project is planned to be built on a vacant manufacturing site.

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The project will generate half a megawatt of electricity, enough to power as many as 100 homes at a time, and would be the third site in Consumers Energy’s Solar Gardens community solar program. It could be operating before the summer of 2020. The Cadillac City Council has approved the project but the plant still needs regulatory approval to proceed. Customers who enroll in Solar Gardens pay as little as $10 a month to support solar projects and receive bill credits based on electricity that’s generated. The other Michigan sites in the program are in Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids. Learn more at ConsumersEnergy.com/solar gardens. Wind energy expansion In Gratiot County, Consumers Energy has entered into an agreement to own, construct and operate Gratiot Farms Wind Project, a wind-generating park being developed by Tradewind Energy, one of the largest

independent wind and solar project development companies in the United States. The Gratiot Farms Wind Project will include up to 75 wind turbines and is expected to have a capacity of up to 150 megawatts of wind energy once fully constructed. It could be operating late in 2020. Consumers Energy also owns and operates Lake Winds Energy Park on the west side of Michigan near Ludington as well as Cross Winds Energy Park in the Thumb on Michigan’s east side. “Consumers Energy is committed to our Triple Bottom Line of people, planet and prosperity, and we are excited to support all three by increasing the renewable energy we supply,” said President and CEO Patti Poppe. “We are showing it is possible to provide affordable world-class products and service to customers while being responsible corporate citizens and leaving Michigan better than we found it.”

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