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A Letter From Bruce’s Family

Posted September 3, 2013 by Admin

Dear River Country Journal friends, Bruce passed away on Thursday, August 29. He had sudden onset of symptoms on August 3, and was diagnosed with severe pancreatitis caused by a gallstone lodged in the common bile duct. We were with him throughout 23 days in ICU as he developed one complication after another. Our family, […]

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Returning Soon

Posted August 6, 2013 by Admin

Bruce is currently ill will not be posting for a few weeks – please check back for updates as they come. Thank you all for your continued support and prayers!

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Hiking fun for the family

Posted August 2, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Summer is a good time to explore the great outdoors.  Michigan State University Extension has some tips for family fun while hiking.  To learn more, click on the following link:  Hiking fun for the family.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Thanks for action on mute swans

Posted August 2, 2013 by Bruce Snook

To the Editor: THANK YOU Barry County and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources for finally taking action on the invasive and dangerous mute swans.  Hopefully, other counties will soon follow suit. Not “wildlife”, the mute swans are but another imported species on the loose in our environment, like feral swine.  A threat to native […]

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Upton, Levin, Stabenow strongly urge EPA to pursue “complete removal” option for Allied Site

Posted August 1, 2013 by Bruce Snook

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Carl Levin (D-MI), U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and U.S. Representative Fred Upton (R-MI) today (August 1st) sent a letter to the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calling for the permanent removal of all PCB-contaminated materials from the Allied Disposal Site in Kalamazoo. “Cleaning up the Allied […]

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Cass County Parks awarded Pokagon Fund grant

Posted August 1, 2013 by Bruce Snook

CASSOPOLIS – In what is expected to eventually lead to an increase in tourism for Cass County, the county’s Parks and Recreation Department has been awarded $9,800 from the Pokagon Fund to develop a master plan for Arthur Dodd Memorial Park in Pokagon Township. The plan, which is expected to take up to one year […]

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And now, for a change of pace…

Posted July 31, 2013 by Bruce Snook

For something a bit different in the way of a River Country Journal ‘story’, click on the following link to hear:  Backyard sounds on a drizzly summer evening in Three Rivers, Michigan (1:26)

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Sale of wolf hunting licenses postponed until September 28

Posted July 30, 2013 by Bruce Snook

The Department of Natural Resources has announced that it has postponed the sale of wolf hunting licenses – originally scheduled to begin Aug. 3 – until Sept. 28 to ensure that license-sales technology is able to handle the expected high demand. “We anticipate that there will be a lot of people trying to buy a […]

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Fourth river cleanup of the summer held July 27th

Posted July 30, 2013 by Bruce Snook

On Saturday (July 27th) the St. Joseph County Conservation District held its fourth river cleanup of the summer, cleaning the section of the Fawn River beginning at Sevison Road Bridge to the Water Street Park in Constantine. This stretch was 5.2 miles long and took three hours to float while hauling in approximately 400 pounds […]

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Scientists concerned about plastic particles found in the Great Lakes

Posted July 30, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Scientists are expressing concern about plastic particles found in the Great Lakes. An MLive article by Zane McMillin reports that, “Having already found the ‘microplastics’ in Lakes Erie, Huron and Superior, a team will set sail on Lake Michigan this week to search for the tiny bits.” For more on the story, click on the […]

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2013 collector-edition duck stamp and prints available for purchase; proceeds contribute to wetlands conservation

Posted July 29, 2013 by Bruce Snook

The Michigan Duck Hunters Association (MDHA), in cooperation with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), has introduced the 2013 collector-edition Michigan duck stamp and prints. The 2013 Michigan duck stamp, by wildlife artist Richard Clifton, features a beautiful black duck displayed in a swimming pose. For information about pricing and how to order duck […]

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Volunteers can help protect southwest Michigan state parks and recreation areas

Posted July 28, 2013 by Bruce Snook

The Department of Natural Resources invites Michigan residents to get out and enjoy state parks and recreation areas in southwest Michigan and help protect habitat. DNR recreation officials have announced the schedule of volunteer stewardship activities for the month of August at southwest Michigan state parks and recreation areas. Volunteering for these workdays is a […]

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Anglers beware: invasive crayfish being used as bait in Michigan

Posted July 25, 2013 by Bruce Snook

The Department of Natural Resources has recently discovered that anglers are purchasing red swamp crayfish from food markets and using them as live bait. It is illegal to import any live species of crayfish into Michigan for commercial bait purposes. Red swamp crayfish (Procambarus clarkii) are native to the southeastern United States and are considered […]

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Business

Schuette: Asian carp “plan” leaves Michigan economy, ecology at risk

Posted July 25, 2013 by Bruce Snook

LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette Thursday (July 25) responded to the Obama administration’s latest attempts to stop Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes, saying any plan that falls short of a full separation of the Mississippi River and Great Lakes basins leaves Michigan and the Midwest at risk to severe economic and […]

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Meek’s Mill Garden Club hosts well-attended ‘small standard flower show’ in Constantine

Posted July 25, 2013 by Bruce Snook

“My Grandma’s Garden”, a small standard flower show held by Meek’s Mill Garden Club on Wednesday (July 24) at the Rotary Park in Constantine, was well attended. The show was held under a large tent. Entries were judged by Michigan Garden Club (MGC) judges Lyn Dinvald, Pam Dewey, Norma Stancati, Phyllis Straw, Bobbie Quick and […]

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Investigative report offers update three years after Enbridge pipeline rupture near Marshall and Kalamazoo River

Posted July 25, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Thursday (July 25th) marks the third anniversary of the pipeline rupture near Marshall that caused what is described as “the largest on-land oil spill in U.S. history.”  An investigative report published in the Glen Arbor Sun offers an update on the topic.  The publication, based in Glen Arbor, Michigan – in Leelanau County – is […]

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Identify and learn to manage invasive plants on your property

Posted July 24, 2013 by Bruce Snook

SOUTH HAVEN and BENTON HARBOR — Invasive plant species are changing the ecology of our beloved, globally unique freshwater dunes and bluffs along Lake Michigan. The Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy (SWMLC) will hold two workshops on August 3 to help property owners identify and strategically manage the latest plant invaders in southwest Michigan. As part […]

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