The Fire Starters Silent Dream Show

Mark Rucker and Trina Kern-Avedisian
The Fire Starters

Fifty-four years ago this month something really good happened to Port Huron’s Mid City Nutrition program. Mark Rucker was born, and it would become his passion to play beautiful music and his dream to help the less fortunate in our community. Better known in the area as Alice’s Soup Kitchen, Mid City Nutrition helps to feed most of those less fortunate ones…for some, meals at Alice’s are their only meals. We as a community need to work together to help support Alice’s fight against hunger.

The Fire Starters

Help The Fire Starters help Mid City Nutrition…


Mark Rucker has stepped up as a leader in this war against hunger. Mark has a background steeped in music. His Grandmother was a music teacher and his Grandfather was a music producer.His “Dad and all eight siblings traveled around the United States doing minstrel shows during the 1920s (Rucker, from a personal electronic interview). After growing up learning any and all instruments that were available, it was only natural for Mark to stay involved with music.

From the beginning, Mark enjoyed creating his own songs. Through the 1970s and 80s, he found himself involved with several different bands and musicians, but his desire to create forced him out of the music scene for the 1990s and into the new millennium. In 2005, his desire to do good with his music drove him back into performing. 2005 and 2006 saw benefit concerts to raise money for Toys for Tots. In 2007. Mark’s generosity rose to a new level when he was able to, out of his own pocket, rent the Mcmorran to again raise money for Toys for Tots. The following year, he again rented the Mcmorran facility to stage a performance to raise money for Toys for Tots and the American Cancer Society.

Come enjoy the music and the spirit of giving…

Misfortune hit Mark in 2009 when, after 20 years he found himself in the unemployment lines. Unable to afford the cost of the Mcmorran, and without a different facility available in which to hold the Silent Dream Show, Mark was forced to once again put his dream on the  shelf. After a string of great performances and large donations being raised, Mark could not sit back and allow his dream to fade.

THEY ARE BACK! The Fire Starters Silent Dream Show will once again take place within the walls of the Mcmorran Place. This year the proceeds will go directly to Mid City Nutrition and Alice’s Soup Kitchen. The dream is alive and we can all be a part of it. All it takes it a couple hours of your time on November 3, 2012. There are 2 shows, one at 3pm and one at 7pm. You can make a difference in your community, all you have to do is come and enjoy the show.


commissioned by Lamar Construction
built by Paul Jr. Designs


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 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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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 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!!

Moon Rings

Moon Halo

I went out side last night to take Crash for a walk and saw this beautiful ring around the moon.  I had to go get my camera so I could capture the image and share it with you.  Sometimes called a halo, these rings are formed by moonlight, which is reflected sunlight, refracting through ice crystals in the upper atmosphere.

These ice crystals are hexagonal in shape, so every time the reflected light passes through them it is bent at a 22 degree angle.  This creates a a halo which always has a 22 degree radius (or a 44 degree diameter).  Sometimes these halos can have spokes, sometimes they are bright enough to see the red tinting on the inside of the ring, and always they are beautiful.

Moon Halo

It has long been believed that moon halos are a foretelling of bad weather to come.  Quite often the ice crystals are the beginnings of a storm, so often this legend rings true.

If you want to see a moon halo, keep looking up when you go outside at night.

Its Snowing!

Snow at the corner of 8th and Pine.

Well, Port Huron is getting its first real taste of winter tonight.  It was just after 3:30 am and my puppy decided he really needed to go outside and what did we find..SNOW!  It is now 4:am and there still isn’t much yet. but it is still coming down.  Anything that sticks will be wet and heavy.  If we get enough to shovel, everyone be careful.  Take it slow and don’t hurt yourself.  There are always a lot of heart attacks during cleanup after the first big snow every year, let’s make this year different.  Be safe and enjoy all that Port Huron wintertime has to offer.

Snowy steps

Port Huron's first snow of the season.

Watching the Sailboats Returning

Perfect weather

I was at Vantage Point last night and got to watch all the sailboats returning from a day on the lake.  What a beautiful sight to see, all those colorful sails rounding the curve above the Black River, heading back to the docks.  I took some photos I am going to share.  If you happen to see yourself in a photo, please, leave a comment.  Let us know how your day was.  For more information on Port Huron please visit Discover Port Huron.


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Beauty on the River

The moon and Canada's lights reflecting across the St Clair River


I’ve been down at the Great lakes Maritime Center the last couple of nights and there have been some very beautiful moon-rises.  I found out my little camera takes some pretty awesome night-time photos, so I wanted to share with you the beauty of a Port Huron night sky reflecting on the river.



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