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Pat O’Brien & Associates Real Estate of Boyne City, Michigan recently expanded its operations, adding new office spaces, a beautiful, updated lobby for guests, a specially dedicated “closing” room, and two new agents. “Stop by and see our new place,” says O’Brien. “We’d love to show you around!” For more information, call 231-582-1700 or visit
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SS Badger Reaches Agreement with EPA Lake Michigan Carferry has signed a Consent Decree with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that will require the SS Badger to end its ash discharge into Lake Michigan within two years time. “The resolution of this issue has taken far longer than we’d hoped, but the end result has been worth the effort,” says Bob Manglitz, president and CEO of Lake Michigan Carferry, which own and operates the SS Badger. “This agreement will save the jobs of our 200-plus employees, as well as many other jobs in the states of Michigan and Wisconsin.” The SS Badger is the last coal-powered ferry operating in the United States. It contributes approximately $35 million each year to the economies of the port cities of Ludington, Michigan and Manitowoc, Wisconsin. This year marks the Badger’s 60th anniversary in operation. For more information, call 800-841-4243 or visit ssbadger.com.
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dossin great Lakes museum celebrates grand re-opening
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The Dossin Great Lakes Museum on Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan will celebrate its grand re-opening May 17 from 6-11 p.m. The event brings together some of the city’s most prominent leaders in celebration of Detroit’s rich heritage to raise funds for the Detroit Historical Society, which operates the museum. The museum is dedicated to showcasing the story of the Great Lakes, with special emphasis on Detroit’s role in regional and national maritime history. Tickets for the evening gala are available and cost between $100 and $600 per person. The museum officially re-opens to the public May 18. For more information, call 313-833-1980 or visit detroithistoricaL.org.
badger photos by brad & todd reed ; dossin photo by loren sztajer
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