Monthly Archives: December 2012

Eight XC ski areas participate in Discover Michigan Skiing

Wed, Dec 26, 2012 – By Mike Muha

Discover Michigan SkiingSki areas across the state have teamed up with Michigan McDonald’s restaurants to offer a popular and very affordable introduction to the sport of skiing and snowboarding, called Discover Michigan Skiing.

The program, which has run every January for the past 19 years, includes: a beginner lesson, ski or snowboard rental equipment and a beginner-area ski lift pass or cross-country trail pass. Twenty-three ski facilities are offering the package, which will be honored from January 2 through January 31, 2013. The prices for the Discover Michigan Skiing program are: $20 for Discover Michigan Cross-Country Skiing; $30 for Discover Michigan Downhill Skiing; and $40 for Discover Michigan Snowboarding. The program is open to everyone 7 years and older.
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Michigan Cup – Wax Recommendations: Tour de Ski

Thu, Dec 27, 2012 – By Mike Muha

It’s Tour de Ski, Michigan Cup style. To get Michigan Cup points, you must ski ALL events.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Tour de Ski, 2k Hill Climb time trial (AM), Sprint Races (PM)
Boyne Valley Lodge, Walloon Lake

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Tour de Ski, 10k Classic
Boyne Valley Lodge, Walloon Lake
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Detroit Wheelmen: Fundraising to build a Clubhouse

The Detroit Bicycle Club was the city’s first in 1879. These were the day’s of

Detroit Wheelmen Clubhouse at 53 E. Adams

Detroit Wheelmen Clubhouse at 53 E. Adams

highwheeler bicycles that appealed to young adventurous men but few others.

In fact L.J. Bates, the club’s first president wrote in that tricycles would eventually become more popular since they attracted a wider audience. A Free Press editorial from 1883 made the same prediction with this verbose attack on highwheelers.
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Wax Recommendations: Tour de Ski

UPDATE 2: Wax recommendations for this weekend's Michigan Cup race, the Tour de Ski. Fast Wax, Solda, Swix, Toko, SkiGo/Holmenkol.

Its That Time of Year !

Don’t let winter keep you inside. Come out and enjoy the crisp cold air as the snow falls softly around you and your family. Michigan has always been known as the Winter Wonderland. You might just be amazed at what you can find and see on a trail in the forest on a winter’s day. Give it a try !

This wonderful family is headed to the Trails at Norway Ridge on Dec. 26th, 2012

This wonderful family is headed to the Trails at Norway Ridge on Dec. 26th, 2012

Shoe Year’s Day is coming to Thompson’s Harbor State Park

snowshoes_shadowThe crew at Thompson’s Harbor State Park in Presque Isle County has an afternoon of outdoor activities planned for New Year’s Day.

Organizers are calling their event Shoe Year’s Day and it features hiking, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing as well as information about how Michiganders can utilize State Parks and Harbors to stay healthy in 2013.

Things kick-off at 2 p.m. at the Stone Path Cabin and continue until 5 p.m. and all ages are welcome. Snacks will be provided and there will also be free blood pressure checks and monitoring.
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Best of the League 2012: Biggest Bike Month Ever!

Amy Schiebel, of Denver, Colo., logged the 10 millionth mile in the National Bike Challenge

Here at the League, we love the holiday season. But for us the most wonderful time of the year is the month of May.

And in 2012, National Bike Month was bigger and better than ever before.

In May, we officially launched the National Bike Challenge — a new, nationwide initiative to inspire and empower millions of Americans to ride their bikes for transportation, recreation and better health. The friendly, online competition far exceeded its 10 million mile goal and transformed the lives of countless Americans.
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Greenway job opportunity on Detroit’s Eastside

From the Detroit Eastside Community Collaborative:

Job Title: Executive Director

Reports to: Chairperson or Appointed Representative, Board of Directors

Job Term: One-year contractual engagement. Full-time work schedule will include a set of core hours, but will require accommodations for some evenings and weekends.

Job Scope: Manage the Detroit Eastside Community Collaborative and direct the planning, design, construction, programming, and general operations of the Conner Creek Greenway and related greenways with a goal of developing a linked network of greenways to connect people and places on Detroit’s Eastside.
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Greater Grace Temple giving away 150 bikes

Once again Greater Grace Temple is really stepping forward to help get more Detroit 340kids on bikes. With the help of Happy’s Pizza, Detroit Lion Joique Bell, and Tigers mascot PAWS, they’re giving away 150 bicycles “to children from financially struggling families.”

The bicycle giveaway is this Sunday after church service. The families in need have already been selected.

This giveaway has done on for many years now. Greater Grace Temple has given out over 2,500 bicycles.
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3 parks in NE Mi to benefit from MNRTF recommendations

Park-woodedSubmitted by Ray McDade on December 21, 2012

Three parks in the region will likely benefit from funding next year, from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF).

The MNRTF board of trustees recently recommended to the Michigan Legislature that 76 recreation development projects and land acquisitions totaling more than $23 million be funded in 2013.

The Governor already said he supports the recommendations which includes $245,400 for the development of the Hubbard Lake North End Park in Alcona county’s Caledonia Township. The money would be used pavilions, shoreline protection, beach volleyball, lighting, handicap bathrooms and more.
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City turned down for trailhead grant

alpena-cityhall4Submitted by Phil Heimerl on December 20, 2012 – 12:09 am

If first you don’t succeed, try, try again.

That’s the philosophy of interim Alpena City manager Greg Sundin who recently learned the city did not receive a large grant for a trailhead project.

Sundin told the municipal council this week, that a $245,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will not be coming in. Sundin noted, however, that the project didn’t miss out by much and he plans to resubmit it for a future grant.
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City of Alpena denied grant to build trailhead

December 20, 2012
Steve Schulwitz – News Staff Writer , The Alpena News

ALPENA -A $245,000 Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Development Grant request by the city that would have been used toward the construction of a trailhead in Alpena has been denied.

Even though the city plans to apply again for next year’s funds, if approved the project will get under way no earlier the 2014. The facility, which would have been built on Woodward Avenue, would have provided a place for snowmobilers, horseback riders, bicyclists and hikers a resting place, as well as a place to park their vehicles and trailers.
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