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13 Oct

GLA Donors Match Trulaske Matching Grant for Boat Wash Program

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Challenge met! The Glen Lake Association is excited to announce that we have been granted $15,000 per year, for three years, in matching funds through the Robert J. Trulaske, Jr. Family Foundation! We wish to thank our donors who made this matching grant possible, keeping our boat wash service at the forefront in protecting Glen Lake from invasive species.

In recognition of the GLA’s work toward preservation and protection of the Glen Lake and Crystal River watershed, the Trulaske Foundation presented us with a matching grant back in March. They were offering up to $15,000 per year, for the years 2017, 2018 and 2019, in support of our boat wash program- a vitally important service that protects the pristine waters of Glen Lake from invasive species. At $30,000 a year to operate, the boat wash expenses have now been underwritten through a combination of the Trulaske grant and donors who stepped up to the challenge.

Going forward, if the GLA can meet the terms of the grant in 2018 and 2019, a total of $90,000 in donated funds will cover three years of boat wash expenses. This would be a great victory for the on-going protection of Glen Lake and the Crystal River watershed!

The GLA welcomes your participation in the matching grant program. If you would like to support the cause in 2018, please contact us at GlenLakeDevelopment@gmail.com.

Recognizing our generous donors, the GLA’s heartfelt thanks go to (in alphabetical order):

Bruce & Christie Alton; Bob & Julie Berlacher; David & Cara Cassard; Richard & Carolyn Chorman; James & Sharon Doyle; Andrew Doyle; John & Carrie Haley; Jane Haley; Pete & Barb Haley; David Hayes; David & Maureen Herr; Ranae Ihme; Rob & Barb Karner; Bruce & Anne Lichliter; Michael & Lori Lyman; Charles & Sara Ofenloch; Denis & Martha Pierce; Tim & Sue Unger and Bill & Rita Witler.


13 Oct

MacFarlane Road Closed starting October 16

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From the Leelanau County Road Commission:

On Monday, October 16, 2017 work will begin to install a replacement culvert beneath CR 616 (MacFarlane Road) east of the Plowman Road intersection where Hatlem Creek passes beneath the road. This work is being completed by Elmer’s Crane and Dozer, who was the Contractor submitting the most cost effective proposal to complete the work. Work is expected to be completed in approximately four weeks.

Given the nature of the work, it will be necessary for CR 616 (MacFarlane Road) to be closed to through vehicular and pedestrian traffic during the duration of the project. Motorists and pedestrians alike will not be allowed to pass through this area during this time. The stretch of CR 616 (MacFarlane Road) to be closed to through traffic is located between Plowman Road and Bow Road located approximately one mile to the east. Access to all homes along this stretch will be maintained from one end or the other during the duration of the project at all times.

A detour will be established and signed around the area as follows:

If traveling on CR 616 (MacFarlane Road) from west to east, turn south onto Plowman Road and continue to M-72 located 2.5 miles to the south. Turn east onto M-72 and continue to Gilbert Road located 1 mile to the east. Turn north onto Gilbert Road and travel for 1 mile to Baatz Road located 1 mile to the north. Turn east onto Baatz road and travel ¾ of a mile to the east to Fritz Road. Turn north onto Fritz Road and travel in a northwesterly direction to Burdickville Road approximately 2 miles to the north. This intersection is located 0.5 miles east of the Bow Road and CR 616 (MacFarlane Road) intersection. Reverse the course if traveling from east to west.


26 Sep

Stewardship Winners Announced

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The Glen Lake Association is pleased to recognize Jeff and Diane Hamilton as Stewardship Award Winners for their commitment to preserve and protect the waters of Glen Lake. This video sheds light on what they did along the shoreline, why they did it, and how it is working to protect beautiful Glen Lake. Their shoreline improvements serve as a model for others to follow. Congratulations Jeff and Diane!


22 Sep

Discovery Boat Tours Popular in 2017

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Another successful season of enjoying boat tours on Glen Lake has wrapped! Discovery Boat tours were fully booked for summer 2017, and held on five Fridays through July and into August. Tours were held twice a day, for a total of 10 sessions. One private session was held, with another private tour scheduled in September.

The consistently warm and clear summer weather led to no cancellations and reached almost 100 people, including many family and multi-generational groups. They gained insight into what makes Glen Lake special, from its formation by glaciers, to the many aquatic species within, and how government policy protects water quality. The groups were led by watershed biologist Rob Karner, of the GLA. 

Karner wants to not only broaden people’s perspectives, he also wants people to know the lake well, like they know a friend.

“People always knew they liked Glen Lake, now they know why,” says Karner.

The tours made for a beautiful – and educational – way to spend a gorgeous summer day. Coming up for the Discovery Boat  –  a new capability for tour seekers to pre-register, beginning in May of 2018.


29 Aug

Matching Grant Event Raises Funds for GLA Boat Wash

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Offering the chance to help fund the GLA’s boat wash station – the first line of defense against invasive species– was the focus of an event held for Glen Lake Association members and supporters on August 27. Jeanne and Paul Dalba hosted the event at their home, promoting a matching grant opportunity for the GLA, provided by the Trulaske Family Foundation. The foundation has offered a matching grant of $15,000 per year, for three years. With the yearly cost to run the boat wash station at about $30,000 per year, the offer of the matching grant, if fulfilled, will total $90,000 in donated funds.
If you would like to support this Glen Lake protection effort and help the GLA meet its goal, please contact Lori Lyman, Development Co-Chair, at llyman@me.com. Donations can also be made online through the GLA website
Watershed biologist Rob Karner speaks to GLA members and supporters during the matching grant event Aug. 27.
 
 
 

22 Aug

Swimmers Raise Funds to Battle Swimmer’s Itch

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With the goal of raising funds to take on the battle against Swimmer’s Itch, 10 swimmers stroked across Glen Lake on August 6.  
Swimming to support SASI (Swimmers Against Swimmer’s Itch), the 3.4 mile swim began at the Yacht Club and concluded at Division Street. Conditions were excellent for the event, with the lake at about 72 degrees. The fastest swimmer clocked in at 1 hr. and 15 minutes.
To replenish that spent energy, a hearty breakfast of pancakes, eggs, sausage and fresh fruit followed the swim, along with a 50th birthday celebration for Laurel Voran.
If you would like to make a donation towards SASI and battling Swimmer’s Itch,  consider donation options here.


31 Jul

Intern Program Starts

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GLA begins a new intern program – meet the first two interns. Watch this video and meet Erica Becker and Amanda Dow and their mentor Joe Blondia and learn what projects they are working on to begin this new and exciting program.


21 Jun

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22 Oct

MacFarlane Road construction underway

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MacFarlane Road is closed to all traffic until at least November 10 as the county road commission replaces the old, failing culverts for Hatlem Creek with a new, larger one. This picture shows the temporary bypass that has been constructed before the old culverts are removed. The dark areas in the stream are large numbers of minnows that appear in the creek every year in the fall.


13 Oct

GLA Donors Match Trulaske Matching Grant for Boat Wash Program

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Challenge met! The Glen Lake Association is excited to announce that we have been granted $15,000 per year, for three years, in matching funds through the Robert J. Trulaske, Jr. Family Foundation! We wish to thank our donors who made this matching grant possible, keeping our boat wash service at the forefront in protecting Glen Lake from invasive species.

In recognition of the GLA’s work toward preservation and protection of the Glen Lake and Crystal River watershed, the Trulaske Foundation presented us with a matching grant back in March. They were offering up to $15,000 per year, for the years 2017, 2018 and 2019, in support of our boat wash program- a vitally important service that protects the pristine waters of Glen Lake from invasive species. At $30,000 a year to operate, the boat wash expenses have now been underwritten through a combination of the Trulaske grant and donors who stepped up to the challenge.

Going forward, if the GLA can meet the terms of the grant in 2018 and 2019, a total of $90,000 in donated funds will cover three years of boat wash expenses. This would be a great victory for the on-going protection of Glen Lake and the Crystal River watershed!

The GLA welcomes your participation in the matching grant program. If you would like to support the cause in 2018, please contact us at GlenLakeDevelopment@gmail.com.

Recognizing our generous donors, the GLA’s heartfelt thanks go to (in alphabetical order):

Bruce & Christie Alton; Bob & Julie Berlacher; David & Cara Cassard; Richard & Carolyn Chorman; James & Sharon Doyle; Andrew Doyle; John & Carrie Haley; Jane Haley; Pete & Barb Haley; David Hayes; David & Maureen Herr; Ranae Ihme; Rob & Barb Karner; Bruce & Anne Lichliter; Michael & Lori Lyman; Charles & Sara Ofenloch; Denis & Martha Pierce; Tim & Sue Unger and Bill & Rita Witler.


13 Oct

MacFarlane Road Closed starting October 16

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From the Leelanau County Road Commission:

On Monday, October 16, 2017 work will begin to install a replacement culvert beneath CR 616 (MacFarlane Road) east of the Plowman Road intersection where Hatlem Creek passes beneath the road. This work is being completed by Elmer’s Crane and Dozer, who was the Contractor submitting the most cost effective proposal to complete the work. Work is expected to be completed in approximately four weeks.

Given the nature of the work, it will be necessary for CR 616 (MacFarlane Road) to be closed to through vehicular and pedestrian traffic during the duration of the project. Motorists and pedestrians alike will not be allowed to pass through this area during this time. The stretch of CR 616 (MacFarlane Road) to be closed to through traffic is located between Plowman Road and Bow Road located approximately one mile to the east. Access to all homes along this stretch will be maintained from one end or the other during the duration of the project at all times.

A detour will be established and signed around the area as follows:

If traveling on CR 616 (MacFarlane Road) from west to east, turn south onto Plowman Road and continue to M-72 located 2.5 miles to the south. Turn east onto M-72 and continue to Gilbert Road located 1 mile to the east. Turn north onto Gilbert Road and travel for 1 mile to Baatz Road located 1 mile to the north. Turn east onto Baatz road and travel ¾ of a mile to the east to Fritz Road. Turn north onto Fritz Road and travel in a northwesterly direction to Burdickville Road approximately 2 miles to the north. This intersection is located 0.5 miles east of the Bow Road and CR 616 (MacFarlane Road) intersection. Reverse the course if traveling from east to west.


26 Sep

Stewardship Winners Announced

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The Glen Lake Association is pleased to recognize Jeff and Diane Hamilton as Stewardship Award Winners for their commitment to preserve and protect the waters of Glen Lake. This video sheds light on what they did along the shoreline, why they did it, and how it is working to protect beautiful Glen Lake. Their shoreline improvements serve as a model for others to follow. Congratulations Jeff and Diane!


22 Sep

Discovery Boat Tours Popular in 2017

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Another successful season of enjoying boat tours on Glen Lake has wrapped! Discovery Boat tours were fully booked for summer 2017, and held on five Fridays through July and into August. Tours were held twice a day, for a total of 10 sessions. One private session was held, with another private tour scheduled in September.

The consistently warm and clear summer weather led to no cancellations and reached almost 100 people, including many family and multi-generational groups. They gained insight into what makes Glen Lake special, from its formation by glaciers, to the many aquatic species within, and how government policy protects water quality. The groups were led by watershed biologist Rob Karner, of the GLA. 

Karner wants to not only broaden people’s perspectives, he also wants people to know the lake well, like they know a friend.

“People always knew they liked Glen Lake, now they know why,” says Karner.

The tours made for a beautiful – and educational – way to spend a gorgeous summer day. Coming up for the Discovery Boat  –  a new capability for tour seekers to pre-register, beginning in May of 2018.


19 Sep

New Boat Motor Acquisition for GLA

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The research vessel “RV Sarah,” which is the GLA’s workboat, is featured in this video. Recently, the GLA board approved the changing of an old, two-stroke outboard engine to a new eco-friendly four-stroke engine. The new engine operates 90% cleaner than the old one. Thanks to Glen Craft Marina for helping us with the transition and ensuring the GLA boat is well equipped for the next 10 – 15 years into the future.

 

08 Sep

Water Quality Forum Sept. 13 Hosted by League of Women Voters Leelanau County

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The League of Women Voters Leelanau County (LWVLC) will open its 2017-2018 Forum Series with a presentation entitled #@It Happens, Then What?! Leelanau County Septic System: Water Quality and Public Health Implications at 12 noon on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 in the lower level of the Leelanau County Government Center in Suttons Bay.

The panelists will be Tom Fountain, Director of Environmental Health at the Benzie Leelanau District Health Department; Nick Fleezanis, President of Lake Leelanau Lake Association; and Joe Williams of Williams and Bay Pumping Service. The event will be moderated by LWVLC Energy and Natural Resource Committee member Tricia Denton. Leelanau Clean Water will provide the Septic Newsletter to attendees.

The event is free and open to the public. Attendees are welcome to bring a sack lunch. The Leelanau County Government Center is located at 8527 E. Government Center Dr. in Suttons Bay, MI.

For more information on the League of Women Voters Leelanau County (LWVLC) call 231-271-5600 , or visit LWVLeelanau.org.  Follow LWVLC on Facebook at League of Women Voters Leelanau County.


05 Sep

Aerial Footage: Shoreline and shoals of Big and Little Glen lakes

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GLA has completed an experimental project involving flying a drone over 17 miles of the shoreline and shoals of Big and Little Glen lakes. The project has many applications for monitoring our water quality. This footage will be used to provide statistical analysis on a multitude of water quality issues, including: erosion; nutrient loading; land use practices; invasive species inventories and year to year comparisons as the shoreline changes in future years. This footage was filmed in August 2017.

29 Aug

Matching Grant Event Raises Funds for GLA Boat Wash

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Offering the chance to help fund the GLA’s boat wash station – the first line of defense against invasive species– was the focus of an event held for Glen Lake Association members and supporters on August 27. Jeanne and Paul Dalba hosted the event at their home, promoting a matching grant opportunity for the GLA, provided by the Trulaske Family Foundation. The foundation has offered a matching grant of $15,000 per year, for three years. With the yearly cost to run the boat wash station at about $30,000 per year, the offer of the matching grant, if fulfilled, will total $90,000 in donated funds.
If you would like to support this Glen Lake protection effort and help the GLA meet its goal, please contact Lori Lyman, Development Co-Chair, at llyman@me.com. Donations can also be made online through the GLA website
Watershed biologist Rob Karner speaks to GLA members and supporters during the matching grant event Aug. 27.
 
 
 

22 Aug

Swimmers Raise Funds to Battle Swimmer’s Itch

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With the goal of raising funds to take on the battle against Swimmer’s Itch, 10 swimmers stroked across Glen Lake on August 6.  
Swimming to support SASI (Swimmers Against Swimmer’s Itch), the 3.4 mile swim began at the Yacht Club and concluded at Division Street. Conditions were excellent for the event, with the lake at about 72 degrees. The fastest swimmer clocked in at 1 hr. and 15 minutes.
To replenish that spent energy, a hearty breakfast of pancakes, eggs, sausage and fresh fruit followed the swim, along with a 50th birthday celebration for Laurel Voran.
If you would like to make a donation towards SASI and battling Swimmer’s Itch,  consider donation options here.