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16 Wednesday, April 10, 2013 The Montrnorency County Tribune TREASURE SEEKERS use metal detectors to locate valuables in an area that was recently a popular swimming spot on Thunder Bay. Water levels for Lake Huron reached an all- time low in January. ARCHERS FROM CHEBOYGAN, Rogers City, Alpena and Hillman participate in Hillman's first hosting of a bow shoot for the North Huron Archery Association. The Great Lakes are shrinking b/YN Swqer Water levels in Lake Staff reporter Huron and Lake Michi- gan reached record lows in ]anuary, ac- cording to the U.S. Army Corps of Engi- neers, and they are forecast to remain below long-term averages. Lakes Michi- gan, Huron and Superior have been be- low average for 14 consecutive years, the longest stretch in their history. As a result, commercial ships are losing cargo capacity. The loss of a foot of water is estimated to cause a capacityloss of 204 tons per barge. Representatives of the American Waterways Operators have re- ferred to the water loss as "a severe, ongo- ing situation." A harbor in St. ]oseph has been closed to commercial navigation because of low water levels, and Gov. Rick Snyder re- cently signed legislation to provide $21 million in emergency funding for 49 dredging projects in the state. The five Great Lakes, along with the riv- ers, channels and lesser lakes feeding on draining them, constitute the largest sur- face freshwater system on Earth. The sys- tem is spread across more than 94,000 square miles and drains a much larger watershed that embraces parts of eight states and two Canadian provinces. Some researchers blame the water loss on excess dredging, both by the Chicago River system, which diverts water to the south, and the St. Clair River, which di- verts water to deepen navigational chan- nels to Lake Erie, Lake Ontario and even- tually the Atlantic Ocean. Others claim evaporation and outflow down the St. Lawrence River have ex- ceeded the inflow from precipitation and runoff. Six of the warmest years for the ? region occurred in the past decade, caus- ing increased evaporation and reduced ice cover. During three of the past five years, snowpacks around the three upper lakes have yielded runoffs significantly below average. Commercial shipping is not the only in- dustry affected. According to the National Wildlife Federation, recreational boating in the eight Great Lakes states produces more than $35 billion in economic activ- ity annually, and wildlife watching, hunt- ing and fishing amount to more than $18 billion in annual economic activity is these states. The NWF fears decreased water levels combined with global warming could drive some fish species and the organ- isms they feed on 300-400 miles north. Studies show northern populations of ze- bra mussels will probably benefit from predicted climatic change and may ex- tend their range to higher latitudes and altitudes. The Great Lakes Regional Collaboration has recommended a $20 billion restora- tion of the Great Lakes that it claims would result in $80-$100 billion in short and long-term benefits to the regional and national economies. While the water drop is historic, data shows the level follows a somewhat cycli- cal pattern with the current level just short of previous low points in the 1930s and 1960s. A representative of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers has indicated, be- cause of the uncertainty of where water levels will go in the future, it is unlikely the Corps will launch an expensive project to stop lake levels from dropping. Can't find anything to write on? Get some scratch pads at the Tribune. Hillman Sportsmen's Club hosts bow shoot Staff reporter This was the first year the Hillman Sportsmen's Club was able to host a bow shoot for the North Huron Archery Association. The bow shoot was made pos- sible in Hillman because of the purchase of new tar- gets. About 50 archers from Cheboygan, Rogers City, Alpena and Hillman par- ticipated in the shoot, and some will use their scores to determine skill levels for an upcoming state compe- tition. Brian Klein, co-organizer of the archery events in Hillman, said he has been involved in archery for about 35 years. "This is my passion. It's difficult, but it's fulfilling," Klein said. The archery program in Hillman took a while to get going, but Klein said it has been steadily growing. "My satisfaction is watching a kid shoot for the first time," he said. Archery is a relatively in- expensive sport, Klein said, and the many pro- grams offered through his club allow people to par- ticipate at no cost except the membership fee. Stu- dents who are members of 4-H do not have to pay a membership fee. The clubhouse has been expanding in size, and Klein said membership al- lows use of the outdoor ranges as well as the indoor pistol range. If the club re- flects enough interest, he said there are hopes of one day offering skeet shoot- ing. The annual individual membership fee for the club is $25, and the annual family membership fee is $30. SCH R MOTORS BODY SHOP We repair all makes & models ........ • Modern Downdraft Prep & Paint Booths :: , Computerized Frame Measuring • Insurance Work - All Companies • Free Computerized Estimates •  • All Work Guaranteed • Certified Technicians • Free Loaner Cars* J Certified Service US 27 NORTH • GRAYLING • 989-348-5451 • Rick VonOppen • BODY SHOP MANAGER We accept Visa • Mastercard • Discover • American Express HOOmk Mon . Fd Smn . Spm • Some Restrictions Apply You can't shake us, but we've got the info you need. 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ATLANTA Girls Varsity Softball Boys Varsity Baseball Game time 4 p.m. 4111 - Atlanta vs Wolverine 4/15 - Atlanta vs Alanson 4/22 - Atlanta vs Arenac 4/25 - Atlanta @ Hillman 4/29 - Atlanta @ Mio 5/2 - Atlanta @ AuGres 5/6 - Atlanta vs Fairview 5/11 - Atlanta vs Onaway, 11 am 5/13 - Atlanta vs Posen HILLMAN Girls Varsity Softball Boys Varsity Baseball Game time 4 p.m. 4/12 - Hillman @ Jo-Burg 4/16 - Hillman @ Tawas 4/18 - Hillman vs. Rudyard 4/22 - Hillman vs Hale 4/25 - Hillman vs Atlanta 4/29 - Hillman @ Arenac 4/30 - Hillman @ Inland Lakes 5/2 - Hillman vs Mio 5/6 - Hillman @ AuGres JOHANNESBURG LEWISTON Girls Varsity Softball Boys Varsity Baseball Game time 4 p.m, 4/12 - JL vs Hillman 4/15 - JL vs Mancelona - 4:30 4/16 - JL vs EIIsworth 4/18- JL @ Bellaire  4:30 4/22 - JL vs Fo Area - 4:30 4/25- JL @ Inland Lakes - &3,0 4/29 - JL @ Onaway 4:30 5/2 - JL @ Central Lake - 4:30 : 5/6 JL @ Harbor Light- 4.30