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Campers will be kept active & happy while they play group games, sports, do crafts, swim at the beach, and take weekly field trips to different locations around the community. Campers are overseen by a very select group of counselors that have experience working with children in a variety of environments. We have improved the flexibility of the program by giving you the option to register your child on a weekly basis or for the full summer. NEW this year is Morning Care! We are now providing full day for families that need the additional flexibility in time. Camp dates: June 24-August 16
Blossom BY BLOSSOM THE SPRING BEGINS. – ALGERNON CHARLES SWINBURNE
We watch tulips push their way out of the ground, a confetti of color now sprinkled all about where a few weeks ago there was none. That makes it official. Spring is here! I don’t know about you, but I love a clean slate, a fresh start. That’s what spring feels like to me. Flinging the doors and windows wide open and letting winter wander out - it’s been a rough winter for us Michiganders - but we’re tough like that! There’s something about the idea of airing out the house, with sheets and rugs hung out in the fresh air and sun, that really motivates me. But this year I am adding my heart and mind to the spring cleaning list. I find myself hungry for a little internal decluttering as well. Spring is for simplifying the external, the internal, and the practical. So whether you are still buried in blankets and adjusting that thermostat in the still, crisp evenings, make sure to take some time out of your day and truly enjoy the positive changes happening all around you. Spring is good for the mind, body, and soul. THIS YEAR, LET THERE BE AS MUCH HAPPINESS AROUND YOU AS THERE ARE FLOWERS ON THE TREES. From our families to yours, Happy Spring and God Bless!
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Jeff Katofsky, a California based real estate developer, tells his own personal story detailing the multi-million dollar renovation of this historic icon, The St. Clair Inn.
Story By: Jeff Katofsky
Photography By: Michael Rabaut / Looking Glass Photography Architectural Renderings By: Infuz, Ltd.
Historic photo of the St. Clair Inn - 1926
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ver 90 years ago, the St. Clair Inn was built to a glory not seen in this region. But after a decade plus of
neglect, mismanagement and degradation, the Inn was ready to crumble. Fortunately, my business partner and I stumbled onto this one of a kind piece of history and its breathtaking views. I have always said we broke the fourth rule of real estate (the first three are location, location, location) - don’t fall in love with your property. Oops. The St. Clair Inn had been a popular destination for travelers since it opened in 1926. It appeared on the riverfront as the popularity of luxury excursion vessels on the St. Clair River began to wane. The Inn is the symbolic heart of the community, constructed during an era of successful community commercial ventures. During the early twentieth century, overnight steamers, day excursion boats, and passenger ferry steamers were a common sight on the St. Clair River. The St. Clair Inn was positioned to attract that segment of the public who vacationed on Michigan’s many waterways and became a popular destination for those who could afford a luxury vacation aboard one of the river’s steamers traveling between Detroit and Mackinac and had the time for a stopover at a luxury hotel. The growing popularity of the automobile combined with the increase in personal pleasure crafts in the 1930s replaced the elegant steamships, but the desirability of the St. Clair Inn continued to attract river travelers. The St. Clair Community Hotel Corporation worked to raise funds to support this project. Once they had enough money, they hired Walter H. Wyeth, a Port Huron architect, to design the structure and supervise the construction. The St. Clair Inn launched Wyeth’s career as his first major work. Wyeth went on to design several notable public and private buildings including the Edsel L. Ford residence, Wingford Estate, in Port Huron; and the St. Clair County-Port Huron Civic Center Building. The depression and its far-reaching effects had a severe impact on St. Clair and the St. Clair Inn. The Inn went into a receivership in 1932 and changed hands seven times over the next ten years. It was not until 1943 that Fred Moore and his St. Clair Hotel Corporation were able to reclaim control and ownership of the St. Clair Inn. The hotel regained some of its former stature and began a trend of expansion and growth due in large measure to Moore’s leadership. Moore sought to hire Creighton W. Holden, owner of the Holden Drive Inn, believed to be the first restaurant chain in the Detroit area, to manage the St. Clair Inn. Purchase of 51 percent of the hotel stock was the
St. Clair Inn Rendering
St. Clair Inn Ballroom Rendering
In 2014 my partner and I came across the Inn, which was literally beginning to cave in on itself, and knew we had to bring her back to life. It has been a long, tedious and incredibly expensive project, but well worth it. The Inn will now have 109 rooms, including 3 multi-room cottages built in the style of the old Captain’s house. Larger suites now occupy the newly added third floor of the North tower, which brings the entire roof line of the Inn to the same visual level. A Pool House with a grill and bar, a private event deck for 120, a large hot tub and other amenities now sit at the south end of the property. The Inn will have 8 event venues (indoor and out) that will range from a small group to 600. Site lines have been improved throughout. Everything in the hotel will be of the highest quality and technologically advanced for guest convenience but will still be reminiscent of 1926. We have painstakingly restored all the history of
The St. CLair Inn
condition Holden stipulated in his agreement with Moore to manage the hotel. This marked the end of community ownership of the Inn and the beginning of private ownership with Holden’s sons purchasing the remaining 49 percent in 1948. The Inn was to remain a Holden family tradition until 1975. It was not until 1986 that the Inn’s stock was again offered to the public. The Inn continued on as the major event hub for the following several decades, holding as many as 10 to 15 weddings and events each weekend. Literally everyone in the St. Clair area, at one time, worked at the Inn. (Please go to stclairinn.com - we want your stories!) However, things changed about 15 years ago when constant ownership changes, lack of capital, litigation and foreclosures doomed the Inn and the surrounding economy. Sadly, this resulted in the Captain’s house being deemed unsalvageable and was demolished as was more recently, the Michigan room building.
St. Clair Inn SkyBar Rendering
Cottage Two - East Side
The St. CLair Inn
Cottage Two Main Structure Deck - River View
St. Clair Inn Cottages Rendering
St. Clair Inn Sandbar Deck Rendering
Every Stay Has A Story... The St. Clair Inn was built on stories of past visitors and we want to hear yours! Visit www.StClairInn.com and submit your story!
St. Clair Inn Retail, Spa & Fitness Rendering
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the Inn so the she will look like she did when Walter Wyeth designed her but feel like it was built today. There are 7 restaurants, from grabbing a burger in The Dive (the old Riverview Lounge), to high tea in The Sapphire Room (the old patio off the lobby) to fine dining in 1926 (the dining room). 6 bars will grace the Inn, from going back in time and having a drink in a secret room in Prohibition (the old Coach Room), to a martini in the new Fireside Lounge off the lobby or a drink and appetizers in the new indoor/outdoor roof top SkyBar with views of, wellâ€Ś everything. Across the street will be new retail shops for gifts, sundries and food to remind you of your time away. A state-of-the-art fitness center and spa on the upper level will enhance the guest experience. We will also accommodate events and groups by utilizing our remodeled Hotel Harrington, just up the road in Port Huron, which will also re-open this summer.
St. Clair Inn North Wing - View From River
The St. CLair Inn
St. Clair Inn SkyBar
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St. Clair Inn Pool and Hot Tub
We hope to be the destination for special events, a relaxing get away, corporate functions, or simply a great meal, a drink or brunch. The original founders of the Inn placed her on the most scenic part of the St. Clair River for all to enjoy. We hope we have given you that spot back. Contact us at stclairinn.com to book your event, make a room reservation or share your memories of the Inn. We hope you will love her as much as we do! I have only given you a small taste of the wonders that this resort, which will be marketed nationally through our new partner Marriott hotels, has to offer. This summer, the St. Clair Inn will be reborn, open to the public and will, once again, be the talk of the town, county, state, region and country. I hope we made you proud of our baby - we are still in love. -Jeff Katofsky
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s ee B on s a M Brown By: Bernice
You might have heard that there is a “shortage of bees”. You might have heard that there is NOT. Either way, what we DO KNOW is that bees make it all happen in the garden, pollinating and causing it all to morph into beauty … and food for our tables. We’re talking about MASON BEES, the mild mannered creatures whose main (perhaps ONLY) purpose is to gently pollinate plants. Mason bees are not aggressive and won’t sting* because they live independently and do not have a queen to protect. Easy to raise, they are friendly insects popular with gardeners and farmers who keep “colonies” for use as pollinators of flowers, fruits and other crops. They prefer to “nest” in holes and can be kept in nesting boxes that you can purchase at most local flower nurseries. You can purchase or build a mason bee house and place it on a tree or fence or side of a building where the morning sun will keep them warm, preferably a south or east exposure. Take care to avoid problems with parasites and pests. You can ask your local horticulturists for specifics related to your area. Believe in a shortage or not, adding a BEE HOUSE to a garden fence or siding on a house or barn will only add to the beauty and authenticity of your garden, not to mention help it grow into a lush paradise and feast for your eyes … AND your table. *Mason bees are gentle & unlike honeybees do not sting unless they are faced with unfair threats or being handled when wet. The sting emitted is far less than that of the honeybee.
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Thinking About Selling Your Home In The Near Future? By: Bernice Brown
eal estate studies have suggested that you can increase the value of your home by 5 to 15 percent by upgrading the landscape. There’s no specific formula, but some basic ideas include updates to decks and patios, stone walls, fencing and walkways. It is proposed that by spending 5 to 10 percent of the value of your home on landscape upgrades you should expect to recoup the total cost upon sale. Call it “break-even”, but consider that the home will sell quicker. Using this formula, a $200,000 home could support $10,000-$20,000 in upgrades … $25,000-$50,000 for a $500,000 home. Also consider that as they become established on the property, trees and shrubs increase the value of a home over time. And although they are not considered in this process, flowers and flowering shrubs can add to the curb appeal of a property. A good FIRST IMPRESSION can mean the difference between an interested buyer for your property and a drive-by missed sale.
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uaintly tucked away on the north end of Lake St. Clair, located in both Macomb & St. Clair Counties, is a destination with miles of shorelines, small downtown shopping, shoreline parks, and community farmer’s markets. Anchor Bay needs to be on your weekend getaway list. From quaint downtowns to the sandy beaches, you’ll fall in love with Anchor Bay’s smalltown charm and big-city amenities. Anchor Bay offers so many different things to do all year round. From ice fishing on the bay, free boat launches, free boat docks, and public beaches, there is an unlimited number of recreational things to do in our area. Plan a weekend trip to experience unique shopping. Stop in downtown New Baltimore and visit On The Bay Customs for a large selection of nautical decor & much more. A short drive north into Fair Haven you can experience Stuck In Seaweed Coastal Lifestyle Boutique. One of the many great amenities in a small town are the amazing Farmer’s Markets. Visit New Baltimore Farmer’s Market on a Sunday or New Haven’s Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning to stock up on local vendor items! Rent a kayak on the lush shores of Anchor Bay at Walter & Mary Burke Park from Simple Adventures and enjoy a day-long trip exploring Anchor Bay from the water’s side. We have so many dining options for all tastes. From Little Camille’s on the Bay located in New Baltimore to the Twisted Rooster in Chesterfield, you will be sure to find the perfect stop to grab a bite. We recommend you attend the Bay-Rama Fishfly Festival June 19th-23rd and Music on the Bay August 9th-10th where community and family come together for an amazing time. Both festivals are located at Walter & Mary Burke Park, downtown New Baltimore, on the water’s edge. Our shoreline is famously known for its picturesque beauty which always attracts photography enthusiasts. With multiple fishing spots, shoreline fishing piers, and community fishing tournaments, fishing enthusiasts are in for a big treat. Boat enthusiasts are welcome to use the boat launch in Chesterfield at Brandenburg Park, the free boat docks in New Baltimore and the DNR boat launch in Ira Township. Art on the Bay in New Baltimore, Art in the Park in Chesterfield and weekly Music Concerts in New Haven and Chesterfield are all great family-community events for all ages to enjoy. Golf enthusiasts can take pleasure in our 19-hole golf course, Cedar Glen located in New Baltimore. There is an endless list of things to do in our quaint communities of Anchor Bay.
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Brandenburg Park - 50050 Jefferson Offers basketball, tennis, & sand volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, picnic areas, splash park, boat luanches, ADA accessible playground, children’s play area and 500 foot pier extending into Lake St. Clair. Four open air pavilions and a building area available for rent for seasonal rates from May 1st thru Labor Day and out-of-season rates the remainder of the year. Pollard Park - 55550 New Haven Road Includes five baseball diamonds (three lighted), four soccer fields (two lighted), a small playscape, an open air pavilion and a hike/bike path. Fields are available for rent to area clubs and organizations. Veteran’s Memorial Park - 46000 Community Center Dr. Approximately seven acres dedicated to those who have served in the armed forces featuring five decorative trees representing each branch of the armed services and a refurbished Howitzer Cannon. This quiet neighborhood park has a small-scape playscape, swing sets, picnic areas, and a baseball diamond.
Youth Center - 46000 Sugarbush Rd. The Youth Center is a multi-use indoor facility.
Lenox Township Community Center & Park - 63775 Gratiot Ave. Lighted basketball court, lighted tennis court, lighted roller hockey court, baseball/softball diamond, two soccer fields, multipurpose field, two playscapes, three pavilions, hike/bike/roller blade path. Pavilions can be reserved for a nominal fee. Baseball/softball diamond and soccer field may be reserved for a fee. Courts are flooded in the colder months, so bring your ice skates!
Maynard “Red” Aurand Memorial Park - 52915 Huntley Dr. The largest active parks and recreation facility in the city. Houses many parks and recreation services including: two baseball diamonds, basketball courts, green space, a covered pavilion, a skatepark, a sledding hill, a playscape, and bathroom facilities. The exercise pathway can be utilized all year round. Covered pavilion is rentable, but rentals must be completed at the recreation center. This park is dog-friendly for leashed dogs. Owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets. Ruedisale Point Park - 50400 Ruedisale St. A 6.9 Acre shoreline park that is dog friendly and offers a small playscape, shoreline fishing and picnic areas. Owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets. Parking is limited. Walter & Mary Burke Park (Downtown Waterfront Park) - 36300 Front St. A beautiful location to bring the family to get outdoors and enjoy the lakefront sunset. Offers beach and swimming areas, fishing docks, transit boat docks, two play structures, two bocce ball courts, non-motorized boat launch, and bathrooms. Two pavilions area available for rent April thru November. Rentals can be completed at the recreation center only. Festival Park - 35630 St. Clair Dr. A 31 Acre park being developed as a multi-sport complex for the Anchor Bay community, The park currently has two multisport fields that can host soccer, lacrosse, or football. Also on site is the Larry Gingas & Family Baseball & Softball Complex which has four youth baseball & softball fields and is the home of the New Baltimore Youth Baseball & Softball Leagues. There is also a playscape and one mile walking and running track that goes around the entire boundary of the park. Additional funding sources are being researched in order to improve the park infrastructure, as well as the park amenities for the visitors of the park.
Ira Township Park - 7085 Meldrum Rd. This 25-Acre parcel adjacent to the municipal offices may be entered either from Short Cut Rd. or from the Ira Twp. municipal parking lot. Park includes a pavilion, playscapes, sand box, picnic tables, grill and cleared picnic areas, nature trails and 9-hole disc golf course. Within the park is the nature trail walking path, well maintained & attractively traversed by Swan Creek. Two foot bridges for residents to enjoy. Dog-friendly. All pets must be on a leash and owner is responsible for picking up after their dogs. Water Works Par - 8375 Water Works Dr. Paved walkway and handicap access. Park is accessible for foot or bike. Two handicapped spots are available. Parking is limited!
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BBQ styles vary across the country, so pick yourself a favorite. Here at Lakeshore Living Guide, our staff has a weakness, and it is powerful. It’s BBQ. We’ve traveled all along the I-75 corridor from our very own state of Michigan through Southern Florida trying out all the different styles of a good ole’ BBQ. We’ve indulged smoked sausage and juicy smoked chicken in Kentucky, infamous pork spare ribs and beef brisket in Tennessee, pulled and sliced pork in our second favorite state, Georgia, and backyard-style smoked beef rib in Northern Florida. We’re feeling awfully generous these days and would like to share some of our favorite Southern BBQ recipes to whip up and share with family and friends this Memorial Day weekend.
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Brush corn cobs lightly with oil; sprinkle evenly with salt. Position corn so that tied husks hang over edge of grill to avoid burning husks. Grill corn, covered with grill lid, over medium-high heat (350° to 400°) 20 minutes, turning every 5 minutes, or until done. (Some kernels will begin to char and pop.)
IT’S ALL IN THE SLAW Sweet & Tangy Southern Style Coleslaw is nicely balanced with just enough tang from the vinegar and a sprinkling of sweetness from the sugar.
PULLED, NOT SLICED. We love the North Carolina version, made with a vinegar sauce with crushed red pepper. It makes a great weekend meal with beans, potato salad or fries, and slaw. Or use the pulled pork in sliders for an excellent party snack.
27 LLG’S FAVORITE SMOKED BRISKET
We cannot stress this enough: When shopping for brisket, go for the highest grade you can find, and hand pick the slab with the most fat striation visible. Pay no attention to the fat cap. You will trim most of that away. But marbling is important with Brisket. INGREDIENTS: COOKING TIME: 1 whole packer brisket, about 12 pounds, untrimmed, USDA Choice grade or higher Allow 12 to 18 hours if wrapped at 150 degrees, 16 to 20 hours if nekkid. 1 ounce beef brother per pound of raw meat for injecting, plus about 1/4 cup for the Texas Crutch Remember, it is not the weight of the piece of meat that determines cooking 1/2 teaspoon Morton’s kosher salt per pound of meat after trimming time, it is the thickness. When the meat is cooked, it needs to be wrapped in 1/2 cup Big Bad Beef Run foil, then in a towel, and held in a cooler for 1 to 4 hours. 4 cups wood chunks or chips METHOD: 1.) Trim off most of the fat cap but leave about 1/4”. 2.) Pump - We almost always inject brisket with beef brother. This meat takes so long to cook that the extra moisture helps keep it from dehydrating, and the salt helps the meat hold onto moisture and enhances flavor. Use broth only! No need to add spices, juices or other flavoring. 3.) Salt and rub - If you can, salt the meat about 12 to 24 hours in advance so it can work its way in (this is a form of art y’all!). After salting, sprinkled the Big Bad Beef Rub liberally on all areas of the meat and rub it in. Keep the meat chilled just before you cook it. Chilled meat attracts more smoke. 4.) Preheat - Fire up your smoker, or if you are using a grill, set it up for indirect cooking. Get the cooker temp stabilized at about 235 degrees. We want to cook at about 225 degrees, but the temp will drop a bit once you open the lid and load in the cold meat. 5.) Cook - Pet the meat on the cooker. On a smoker with a water pan, put the meat right above the water. Place the oven temp probe on the grate next to the meat. Add about 2 cups of wood right after the meat goes on. When the smoke stops, add 4 ounces more during the first 2 hours, which usually means adding some every 30 minutes or so. Keep an eye on the water in the pan. Don’t let it dry out. After 3 hours, turn the meat over if the color is different from top to bottom. Otherwise, leave it alone and let it do it’s thing. Don’t mop, baste, or spritz. It just lowers the temp of the meat and softens the bark. 6.) Texas Crutch - The meat’s internal temp will move steadily upward to somewhere around 150 to 170 degrees, and then it will enter the stall. Once in the stall, the temp will seem to take forever to rise. The stall can last 5 hours and the temp may not rise more than 5 degrees. When the meat hits the stall and temp stops rising, take it off and wrap it TIGHTLY in a double layer of heavy-duty foil. The more airspace around the meat, the more juice leaks out of the meat. Crimp it tight and put the wrapped meat back on the smoker. This step, call the Texas Crutch, slightly braises and steams the meat, but most importantly, it prevents the surface evaporation that cools down the meat and causes the stall. 7.) Hold - When the meat temp hits 195 degrees, start poking it. This is the fun part! Poke it with a thermometer probe. It should slide in and out with little resistance if it is done. Gas a cooler, line it with a towel and put the meat, still in foil, into the cooler. Leave the thermometer probe in the meat. Close the lid and let the hot meat sit in the cooler for 1 to 4 hours until you are ready to eat.
LLG’S FAVORITE MEMPHIS-STYLE PORK RIBS
Try to get St. Louis-cut ribs for this recipe, not baby back ribs! Regular spare ribs are fine, too! INGREDIENTS: 1/4 cup sweet paprika 2 teaspoons cayenne 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon dry mustard 1 Tbsp black pepper 1/2 teaspoon celery seed 1 Tbsp garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano 2 teaspoons cumin 2 St. Louise-cut or spare rib racks 2 teaspoons salt l
METHOD: 1.) Make the dry rub, run all over ribs: Mix all the dry ingredients together. Rub them all over the ribs and, if you have time, set them in the fridge overnight. 2.) Grill over low, indirect heat initially for one hour - Get your grill or smoker started. You want pretty low heat, about 200-220 degrees. Make sure you have a spot to put the ribs that is not directly over the heat source. Lay the ribs down. They should NOT sizzle. If they do, cool the grill down until the ribs no longer sizzle when placed down. Cover the grill or smoker and walk away for an hour. 3.) Every hour, turn and rotate - This is so they cook evenly. You should not have to baste them if you do this! The fat in the ribs will do the basting for you. Depending on how hot your set-up is and at what stage of “doneness” you like your ribs, they will be done in 4-8 hours. We, personally, prefer about 7 hours. cooler, line it with a towel and put the meat, still in foil, into the cooler. Leave the thermometer probe in the meat. Close the lid and let the hot meat sit in the cooler for 1 to 4 hours until you are ready to eat.
LLG’S FAVORITE NORTH CAROLINA-STYLE PULLED PORK This pulled pork is a North Carolina version made with a vinegar sauce with crushed red pepper.
INGREDIENTS: 3 cups cider vinegar 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 (3 1/2-pound) boneless pork shoulder Kosher salt (to taste) Black pepper (to taste) l
METHOD: 1.) Mix and boil - In a saucepan, combine the vinegar, brown sugar, red pepper, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. Bring to a boil; remove from heat. Save about 2 cups of the vinegar mixture for serving, use the rest of basting. 2.) Sprinkle the pork roast with salt and pepper; place on a heavy-duty foil-lined baking or roasting pan. 3.) Roast uncovered, at 275 degrees for about 7 hours, or until the roast reached 200 degrees on a meat thermometer or oven probe instered in the center of the thickest part of the roast. 4.) Baste about every hour with sauce saved for basting. The roast should be very tender. 5.) Shred: Remove the roast and shred with 2 forks, discarding large pieces of fat. 6.) Warm the reserved sauce and spoon over the pork.
LLG’S “MUST HAVE” GEORGIA-STYLE COLESLAW
Sweet and tangy Southern Style Coleslaw is nicely balanced with just enough tang from the vinegar and a sprinkling of sweetness from the sugar. This coleslaw can be made in advance. However, it will release more liquid the longer is is stored in the refrigerator. You’ll want to drain off some of the excess liquid prior to tossing again and serving. METHOD: INGREDIENTS: 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt In a large bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, mustard, vinegar, sugar, salt, 1 cup mayonnaise (REAL mayonnaise guys!) 1 teaspoon onion powder onion powder, and celery seeds. Add the shredded cabbage and toss until 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 2 teaspoons celery seeds well coated. Refrigerate for an hour before serving. Toss again right before 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 1-16 ounce bag of plain cabbage serving! 3 tablespoons sugar l
It’s easy to forget what Memorial Day actually means while you’re sitting by the pool and looking ahead at summer vacation - but the historical reason for the holiday signifies much more than just a three-day weekend. What does Memorial Day mean to you? Is it a day off work, time spent grilling with family and friends? A day to grab the hottest discounts on cars and electronics — perhaps a needed new mattress? Or maybe a day to catch a game and enjoy a cold one or two? It seems over the years Memorial Day has come to represent the luxuries of Western society and the best sales since Presidents’ Day. Retailers are more than willing to give the American public just what they want — sales. However, for those of you who have honorably served, and the families of those who did not come home, it is anything but a retail holiday. Memorial Day to us is a somber day of remembrance. It is a day to honor the ultimate sacrifice so many of our fellow Americans have made for this exceptional nation. To remember this country was founded — and kept secure — by the blood of patriots. Men and women who’ve heeded the call to stand the ramparts and defend all that we hold dear: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The day was first observed after the Civil War and known as Decoration Day. Businesses closed and communities came together in a day of honor and remembrance. They decorated the graves of fallen soldiers with flags and flowers. They set time aside, one and all, to honor those who fought for freedom. In 1971, this long-standing tradition was recognized as a federal holiday meant as a time for our nation to come together as one and recognize the cost of freedom. To many, Memorial Day has come to signify the start of summer and a welldeserved three-day weekend. For the families who have lost a loved one, and those who’ve lost a comrade in arms to the ravages of war, it is a day of honor and reaffirming the promise to not let their sacrifice have been in vain. It is a day in which we stand tall with honor for having them in our lives, and cry — for they are no longer with us. We are proud to carry on their memory and do so at one of the thousands of Memorial Day events around this great land, or at one of the thousands of cemeteries at which they now lay at rest. Sure, we will enjoy a family cookout and a cold one, but we should also set time aside to honor our fallen. Memorial Day to us is a somber day, a happy and prideful day. These great warriors filled our lives and sacrificed everything to ensure we sleep peacefully at night under the protective blanket of freedom they helped provide. So, on May 27th, take your loved ones to a Memorial Day parade/event, place the Stars and Stripes on the grave-site of an American military service member, or set time aside to reflect on the sacrifices that have been made to ensure we remain THE LAND OF THE FREE and always remember the real meaning of Memorial Day.
ST. CLAIR SHORES MEMORIAL DAY PARADE
When: Sunday, May 26th at 1pm Location: Jefferson Avenue between 9 Mile North to 11 Mile
NEW BALTIMORE MEMORIAL DAY PARADE When: Monday, May 27th at 10am Location: Starts at Maria & Front St. Ends at City Hall
ALGONAC VFW 3901 MEMORIAL DAY PARADE
When: Monday, May 27th at 11am Location: Starts at Fire Department on Liberty St. Ends at Memorial Monument across from Dairy Queen with a service. Stop by the VFW hall afterwards for lunch!
MARINE CITY MEMORIAL DAY PARADE When: Monday, May 27th at 10am Location: Starts at Broadway & Water St. Ends at Water Works Park for a service.
ST. CLAIR MEMORIAL DAY PARADE
When: Monday, May 27th at 1pm Location: Starts East on Vine and South on Riverside. Ending at Memorial Park for a presentation.
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RICH IN MARITIME HERITAGE Marine City est. 1865 was the largest ship building community on the lakes, located North of Detroit and South of Lake Huron. The land had been Ojibwa territory for centuries before European contact occurred after the American Revolution. The land was deeded to settlers by the Chippewa indians in the 1780’s. The American’s deemed the town “Yankee Point” because most of the settlers arrived there from New England. The settlement was also known as “Belle River” which is now the name of a Marine City neighborhood. Although never incorporated under the name, Marine City was platted as “Newport” in 1835 and it was known as “Newport” for 31 years. In 1865, it was incorporated as the Village of Marine City and was reincorporated as a city in 1887 after a significant growth as a result of the booming lumber and commodity trade. Growth of the lumber and shipping sector brought many workers to Marine City. The St. Clair river was teeming with lumber filled rafts ready to be worked in Marine City or Detroit. Shipyards were bustling constructing ships that would cross the Great Lakes many times over. Steamers brought passengers from village to village. Marine City’s picturesque location centered on a park on the river drew Great Lakes captains to call Marine City home with their families. Later, as the lumber industry began to slow in the region, Marine City ships carried iron ore on a route from Minnesota to Ohio. Many of the captains that called Marine City home worked for the Pittsburgh Steamship Company. Credit: Marine City Chamber of Commerce
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2THIRTY5 235 Broadway St 810-357-3249
GARDEN OF PEACE 602 S Market St 810-420-0751
MARINE CITY ANTIQUE MALL 103 Fairbanks St 810-765-1119
PICTURE THIS ART SHOP 220 S Water St 810-765-1310
ABBEY ROAD MUSIC STORE 421 Broadway St 810-329-4312
GOOD NATURED GARDENS 312 S Water St #1 810-278-2409
MC MARKETPLACE 334 S Water St 810-643-9003
POPCORN PARADISE 324 S Water St 586-246-1428
BACK PORCH ANTIQUES 550 Broadway St 810-765-7122
LACY LU’S BOUTIQUE 312 S Water St 810-676-5179
MY SISTER’S CLOSET 344 S Water St 810-765-6923
THE SWEET TOOTH 312 S Water St 810-765-4070
BIG RIVER ANTIQUES 306 S Water St 586-291-1963
THE LAZY LLAMA 214 Broadway St 810-676-5128
NEPENTHE ENHANCES 338 S Water St 810-765-6843
VERA GRACE & ETTA MAE’S 256 S Water St 810-650-5576
EARTHSTAR WISDOM 226 S Water St 810-278-4442
LUCY’S DOG HOUSE 147 S Water St 810-765-5202
OVER THE TOEKICK 102 Broadway St 810-420-0005
VINEY’S VARSITY WEAR 6732 River Rd 810-765-4511
& The Candy Jar
810-765-7122 550 Broadway - Marine City
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