Tour of the Stone House in Lexington, MI.

Stone House, Lexington, MI

The Stone House, built in 1930 in Lexington, is an amazing piece of Michigan’s architectural history and heritage. Created using stones and sand from the shores of Lake Huron, it showcases the ingenuity, resourcefulness, and hard work that earlier residents displayed to help make this area what it is today.

Currently a weekly rental for tourists, this picturesque home is just two blocks from the very shores it was built from. Stone house is open to the general public just one day a year, the Saturday before mother’s Day, for tours and photo opportunities.

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YOU COULD WIN THIS BIKE ~ UPDATE!

What an awesome ride!

Donating $20 to the March of Dimes is a great way to spend one’s money. Having the chance to win this beautiful motorcycle, designed and built by Paul Jr. Designs, makes it even better.

This fabulous machine will be on display at events all across Michigan this summer before the final raffle drawing is held in Grand Rapids, MI on November 19. Tickets can purchased at any of the events or, if you cannot make it to one of the events, you can purchase them directly through the March of Dimes or through Lamar Construction.

Lamar Construction commissioned Paul Jr Designs to create this one-of-a-kind dream ride to raise awareness and money for the March of Dimes. Visit Lamar Constructions website for locations of the events and information on purchasing tickets by mail. Or you can call any of these area March of Dimes offices to find out more information:                 Port Huron area call: 810.824.1284                                                                                         Flint area call: 810.606.8014                                                                                                    Grand Rapids area: 616.247.6861                                                                                           Kalamazoo area call: 269.343.5586                                                                                       Lansing area call: 517.699.4863                                                                                             Southfield area: 248.359.1551                                                                                                Traverse City area: 231.947.2488

Thank you for your support and Good Luck!

That would look so good under me!

YOU COULD WIN THIS BIKE!

commissioned by Lamar Construction
built by Paul Jr. Designs

Really!

Paul Jr. designed and built this awesome machine for the March of Dimes and they are raffling it off. The drawing will be held on November 19, 2012 in Grand Rapids, MI.

Tickets are $20 each and can be obtained through Lamarconstruction.com or at the many showings of this bike across the state of Michigan this year.

beautiful lines

I was at Angry Bull Steakhouse tonight for the unveiling of this beautiful bike. What a crowd! It was a great way for them to kick off the 2012 season of Bike Night which is held there every Wednesday night.

Very sleek and sexy ride

Lamar Construction, headquartered in Hudsonville, MI,  commissioned Paul Jr. Designs to build this phenomenal machine for the event they are calling Custom Built for Babies.

100 percent of the proceeds will go to the March of Dimes to assist them in their continued service to babies who are born too early and to their families. For more information of how you can help support the March of Dimes or join the March for Babies go here.

And now, for more pictures from this great afternoon at the Angry Bull.

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Easter egg hunt at the Port Huron Museum

The Easter program and egg hunt at the Port Huron museum was a lot of fun for all. From the history of some of our Easter traditions to basket making and egg dying with natural dyes; everyone involved had a great time.

Know Your Ships – Do You Have Your Copy Yet?

Roger LeLievre

Roger LeLievre’s phenomenal book, Know Your Ships -2012 edition, is now available! This book is a must have for anyone with an interest in the ships and shipping on the Great Lakes.

It includes information on renamed ships, recently scrapped ships, and other changes that have occurred since the last issue. The pages are filled with information, spectacular photography, and more.

In the Port Huron area you can find a copy at The Great Lakes Maritime Center, the Thomas Edison Inn, the Lightship Huron, and the St Clair Pharmacy. Online, you can order your copy of Know Your Ships as well as other books, DVDs and apparel at http://www.knowyourships.com. Orders are taken by mail at: Know Your Ships, 317 S. Division St #8, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Call (906)632-8417.

Thanks, Roger, for another great issue of Know Your Ships!!

Shipping Season is Officially Underway!

The Munson, second ship to traverse the Soo Locks after the 2012 opening.

The Soo Locks opened at noon on Saturday, March 24, instead or 12:01 am Sunday morning, due to request made by the shipping industry. An unusually warm winter made for minimal to non-existent ice conditions which allows the ships to maneuver throughout the Great Lakes earlier than normal.

That means, all you boat lovers out there, that SHIPPING SEASON HAS OFFICIALLY BEGUN on the Great Lakes. We will begin to see those behemoth freighters gracing our horizons and, for some of us, our veritable front doorsteps. I know I am excited, so I am sure you are, too.

Winter lay-up across the water in Sarnia.

I have had a collection of freighters to view throughout the winter months, unfortunately, they have been the same ones, parked in the same spots, for the past several months. I am ready for new sights, freighters on the move, bow waves, and the sounds of those beloved salutes! Blessings on the men and women who sail these Great Lakes and may you have a safe and prosperous 2012 shipping season!

The 31st Annual Great Lakes Maritime Market will soon be here

Kaye E. Barker heading downbound.

Saturday, June 9, from 9am to 3 pm is the 31st Annual Great Lakes Maritime Market at the Riverview Plaza in St Clair, MI; located just across the street from the scenic boardwalk  in downtown St Clair.

Sponsored by the Lake Huron Lore Marine Historical Society, this years event promises to be a gala affair.

Little boat sizing up the big boat

With more than 40 vendors offering various items that relate specifically to shipping and the shipping industry in this region, there is bound to something to please the boatnerd in anyone. From artifacts, books, and photographs to advertising memorabilia, shipwreck collectibles, and artwork this event covers a great expanse of Great Lakes Maritime history.

This market is held only once a

Big job for a little tug

year and is one of only a few of its kind held throughout the country. This is a rare opportunity to find that photo, artifact, or other collectible from the impressive Great Lakes shipping industry that you have been looking for.

CSL Assiniboine coated in ice

The sponsor, Lake Huron Lore, was organized in 1963 to further the collection and preservation of maritime history in our region for the benefit of future generations. It has numerous activities throughout the year for its members, as well as the public, to further their understanding and enjoyment of this subject. The Marine Gallery at the Port Huron Museum of Arts and History is the repository of its extensive artifact collection. Its

Miedwie downbound - Port of Registery - Nassau, Bahamas

newsletter and journal, The Lightship, is published six times a year.

For more information, or to reserve a table to display for sale your own collection, contact Lake Huron Lore at (586)725-6276 or by email at micheldr2005@yahoo.com.