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Michigan's Warmest Decade In 125 Years

Back in 2012 we noted with great interest an advisory posted by the National Weather Service. It noted the start of Michigan's Warmest Weather in over a century. 

The 2012 growing season has started in Southeast Michigan, about 5 weeks ahead of schedule.  Therefore, the National Weather Service for  Detroit/Pontiac office will start issuing frost advisories and freeze warnings as conditions warrant.The string of warm weather in March is unprecedented. The National Weather Service noted that 
This stretch of warm weather comes on the heels of Detroit's 5th warmest winter on record, the 12th warmest autumn, and a summer which featured July as the hottest month ever recorded in Detroit.The National Weather Service noted that it had to go back 125 years, to 1886, to find an early-season warm spell that compares. The 1886 record occurred in April, a full month later. Needless to say, this stretch of nine consecutive 70 degree days already represents Michigan's warmest weather and…
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Notable Films Shot in Michigan during 2011

Below is a list of select films made in Michigan in 2011. The Michigan Film Board reported on 46 productions taking place in Michigan in 2010-2011.

Oz Great and PowerfulA small-time magician with questionable ethics arrives in a magical land and must choose between becoming a good man or a great one.

Sparkle Set in the 1960s, three sisters form a girl group and soon become local sensations with major label interest, but fame becomes a challenge as the close-knit family begins to fall apart.

Spy Kids All the Time in the World 4DA retired spy is called back into action, and to bond with her new step-children, she invites them along for the adventure to stop the evil Timekeeper from taking over the world.

Margarine Wars 1960’s Psychedelic Counterculture clash during the “Summer of Love,” when an aspiring hippie Afro-Jew from New York dupes the son of a Swedish dairy farmer into smuggling illegal margarine into butter rich Wisconsin.

DogmanHanklin Purvis enjoys the outdoors, and he loves …

Infographic - 100 Years of Influenza Pandemics in the United States

Henry Ford's Village Industry Experiment

Starting in 1919 Henry Ford ordered an exploration of sites that could be set up for small factories thought Southeast Michigan 

These small shops were to supply Ford Motor with needed components and tooling for vehicle production. As World War I drew to a close Ford saw the reliance on large centralized factories who relied on fossil fuel as a potential threat to national security and to the Ford enterprise.

A final list of over 200 sites was generated. From these Ford narrowed it down to 75 key locations throughout southeast Michigan primarily usually along rivers that where to be utilized for hydro powering the plants. From this list of 75, it's generally agreed that 19 village industries were acquired or created.

Many of the plant sites were former locations of grist and sawmills from Michigan’s earliest settlements. The goal of having a locally generated power from water turbines was a primary concern of being self-sufficient. Several other locations had small scale plants built…

History of Point Aux Barques

For over 100 years Pointe aux Barques has been a private community. Consisting of  900 acres with  66 cottages located east just east of Port Austin.  Residents enjoy a clubhouse, private nine-hole golf course, tennis courts, woods and shoreline at the tip of Michigan's Thumb.

The video is a pictorial story of the Pointe Aux Barques resort community. Established in 1897 and still going strong today. The private resort community is over a century old consisting of 66 cottages just east of Port Austin.  It stretches over 900 acres of property located at the “tip of the thumb” in Huron County Michigan.  There is a nine-hole golf course, tennis courts, clubhouse, barn, wooded trails and shoreline on Lake Huron. 
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Michigan Forest Fires in the 1800s Devastate the Thumb

Michigan Forest Fires in the 1800's Impact Today
The great Michigan forest fires of 1881 swept over four counties in three days, destroyed nearly two million dollars’ worth of property, and killed two hundred and eightly people. Their extent and irresistible power were largely due to atmospheric conditions. The summer of 1881 was excessively dry, and the drought had done its work nowhere more effectively than in the wide, blunt, tongue of land which lies between Saginaw Bay and Lake Huron. At the northern end of this tongue is Huron County. It was one of the worst fires in Michigan forest fire history.

Read about the Great Michigan Fire of 1881 at

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A KOOL Cigarette Sailboat

Kool Marketing with a SailboatIn 1971 Kool Cigarettes ran a unique marketing campaign. It was seen in magazines around the country with an ad that included sending in $88 and one box end from a carton of Kool cigarettes. Then in a few weeks a fully functional sailboat would be shipped to your door. My dad and mom both smoked at that time, (Who didn’t), but they did not smoke Kool’s. However, dad managed to snag an empty carton from the drug store he owned.

A 1971 Beach Toy Comes Back to LifeBoth the hull and the sail have been garage stored for over 43 years. The original sail is still in great shape as well as the hull. With the homemade fiberglass the boat weighs about 50 lbs. One person can take it down to the beach. Two people can sail around in it and there is usually water bubbling up from the dagger board slot. It’s more of a toy than a true sailboat, but it does force you to learn the basics of sailing and it will never sink.

Kool SuccessIn 1971, more than 48,000 Snark sailboats…