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16A Wednesday, July 24, 2013 The Montmorency County Tribune THIS ELK VIEWING station is one of three now located in the Pigeon River State Forest. by Yvonne Swopr Staff reporter The three elk viewing ar- eas in the Pigeon River State Forest now have elk viewing stations, courtesy of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and students of the Cadillac Area Career Technical Center. The viewing stations pro- vide information about elk and how to view elk, as well as forest maps and GPS coordinates. The materials for building the stations were paid for by RMEF. "The RockyMountain Elk Foundation really wants to parmer with the Department of Natural Resources any time they can to teach people more about elk," said Katie Keen, wildlife outreach technician for the DNR. With RMEF footing the bill for materials, Keen said the stations still needed to be built. Because she works out of an office in Cadillac, she said she approached the REPRESENTATIVES OF THE Rocky Mountain Elk Founda- tion and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources erect a viewing station built by students in Cadillac. building and trades instructor there about having students build the viewing sta- tions. "They loved the idea. It was something they've never done before," Keen said. The students were given brochures about the forest and the elk viewing areas so they can take their families and friends to see their finished products in use. The Clear Lake State Park will be hosting the follow- ing Explorer Program ac- tivities. Wednesday, July 24: Into the Night will take place at 2:30 p.m. Starting at the horseshoe pits, we will be learning all about our nocturnal friends here at Clear Lake State ParL Thursday, July 25: Can't HardlyBear Itl will begin at 2:30 p.m. Be a bear for an hour! Learn about our fuzzy friends, starting at the contact station. Friday, July 26: At 11 a.m. take part in Super Shelters! Learn about what animals need to have to call a habitat their home. ram Build your very own shel- ter at the campground bul- letin board by the beach. At 2:30 p.m. enjoy Michi- gan Mammals! Eat marsh- mallows and check out our magnificent mammals at the campground bulletin board by the beach. Saturday, July 27: Bug Wrangler will take place at 11 a.m. Learn more about our littlest buddies, the in- sects, and learn how to lasso a bug! That and more starting at the bulletin board by the beach in the campground. At 3:30 p.m. Rock and Role will take place. Learn about the ground beneath you at the day use pavilion. for July Weekly events included Hook, Line and Sinker on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. Learn to fish with the Ex- plorer Guide at the camp- ground boat launch. Dis- cover Nature on Fridays at 2:30 p.m. Learn about the park and its natural re- sources with a fun scaven- ger hunt at the camp- ground contact station. A Recreation Passport is required for entry to all Michigan State Parks and Recreation Areas. For more information about these programs, contact Clear Lake State Park at 989-785"-4388. Hometown Memories Publishing is sav- ing a big slice of local history in a book titled A Living History of Northem Michi- gan, Rumble Seats and Lumber Camps. The hardcover coffee table book will con- tain tales of bygone .years from Michiganians who actually lived them. The Northern Michigan book will be hard bound and coffee table sized (81/2 by 11 inches) with over 400 pages and hun- dreds of old photographs. Each copy will be library quality, manufactured to last for centuries. The Michiganians who ap- pear in this book are from all walks of life. Todd Blair, Publisher at Hometown Memories, says "We are delighted that over 400 folks shared their memories and pictures for the book. The memories in this book are an extremely valuable part of the region's history and heritage and we are grateful for the opportunity to save and share them. Like our previous books, its purpose is to preserve the spirit and character of a time that will never be seen again. It will tell future generations what life was really like back in the good old days in Northern Michigan." Hometown. Memo- ties includes a contest for the best stories and for the book's cover photo. Blair con- tinues, "With so many submissions, it was very hard to choose the prizewinners. All of the stories and pictures are wonderful in their own way, but the cash winners we chose are: Paul Mouland of Oscoda, MI; Theresa Donajkowski ofDavison, MI; Jack Owen of Hillman, MI; and Jeanette Karsten ofMillersburg, MI. We would also like to give honorable mention to the con- tributions from Wendell Orm of Onaway, MI and Walt Plavljanich of Gould City, MI. The cash prize winner for the book's cover photo goes to Mariam Navachic of Traverse City, MI. Congratulations to these and all other folks who contributed to the book." There are currently over 70,000 copies of other Hometown Memories living history books in circulation. Anyone interested in the book can call toll free, at (877) 491- 8802 or visit the web site at www.hometownmemoriesonline.com. Hometown Memories is a North Caro- lina Company that is dedicated to provid- ing books that preserve the spirit, charac- ter, and memory of a time that will never be seen again. The people who appear in them are from all walks of life. Their expe- riences are so unusual and varied that it is impossible to categorize them. You'll find humor, adventure, romance, hardship, and even a few ghost stories in a Home- town Memories book. 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