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Outdoors: Trails connect people and places

October 6, 2021

Outdoors: Trails connect people and places By Joan Young, MCP Contributing Writer. I recently did some hiking in New York State. I’ve been on a mission to hike the six major branch trails of the Finger Lakes Trail System. Of course I’ll get an embroidered patch for that accomplishment. These branches all run either north or south from the main…

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Outdoors: Connecting Mason County with the Adirondacks

September 7, 2021

Outdoors: Connecting Mason County with the Adirondacks By Joan Young, MCP Contributing Writer. How are Mason County and the famous eastern mountains related? Of course you can go by road- Interstate highways can zip you there at 70 mph. I-96, US23, I-80, I-90, and I-87 which at least has a tantalizing name- The Northway. And there you are in the…

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Outdoors: Blastomycosis- A Rare but Possible Threat to your Dog

July 30, 2021

Outdoors: Blastomycosis- A Rare but Possible Threat to your Dog By Joan Young, MCP Contributing Writer. Barney was a happy outdoor-loving Michigan dog. He was only 4-years-old when he died of blastomycosis, leaving behind his grieving humans and a doggy sister.  Blastomycosis is a rare fungal infection that can affect mammals. Humans and cats are also susceptible, but dogs seem…

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Outdoors: Pentwater Historic Homes Walking Tour

July 11, 2021

Outdoors: Pentwater Historic Homes Walking Tour By Joan Young, MCP Contributing Writer. For years, the Village of Pentwater has had a brochure for a self-guided walking/bicycling (or driving) tour of 48 historic buildings. The booklet was updated in 2017, and now includes the relatively new Historical Society Museum, the former Baptist Church Building. Pentwater is not a large village geographically,…

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Outdoors: Free DNR site weekend is June 12, 13.

June 2, 2021

Outdoors: Free DNR site weekend is June 12, 13. By Joan Young The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced that for Saturday and Sunday, June 12 and 13, both residents and out-of-state visitors can fish, visit state parks and state-managed campgrounds and boating access sites, or ride Michigan’s off-road trails – all for free. Perhaps the most well-known local…

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