The Michigan Thumb newspaper Tuscola Today carried a story, “Bigfoot Roaming the Cass? Video Raises the Question . ” on July 21. It shows a screenshot and short video clip of the alleged Sasquatch from a person kayaking on the Cass River. The Saginaw Bay Area has witnessed many sightings over the years. Is this yet another Michigan Bigfoot sighting?
The video is under five seconds long and depicts an upright creature in the river holding something. According to sources, the video took place at the M-46 bridge in Juniata Township, Tuscola County.
Many Michigan Bigfoot Reports
According to Caro resident Wayne King, this isn’t the first time the creature has been seen in the region. King saw one near Enos Park, near M-46 and Sheridan Road, in the 1970s. It was nearly 7 feet tall and weighed well over 500 pounds, he added. King also claimed to have gathered roughly 30 other accounts of bigfoot encounters in or near Tuscola County.
California king operates the Michigan/Canadian Bigfoot Information Center. The site noted that the last sighting in Sanilac County was in 1993-94, approximately 7 miles west associated with Marlette. Reports included sightings, footprints of an apparent juvenile Bigfoot. In addition, an altercation with a large creature and three beings was witnessed leaving the scene through a field of tall corn.
Sightings have been reported from 17 Michigan counties, according to King’s website. Oscoda, Bay County, and Port Huron sightings are grouped around Saginaw Bay.
Bigfoot sightings are not uncommon, despite their rarity. According to the online newspaper the Sun, over 10,000 people have claimed to have seen the mythical being in the past 50 years.
These Bigfoot sightings in the Cass River make for an interesting story and add to the bit of folklore in the Thumb.
North America’s Great Lakes are the world’s most significant freshwater habitat. The Great Lakes also support a $7 billion commercial and recreational fishing industry. It’s been challenging to estimate fish stocks. So, to overcome this problem, a pair of 23-foot sailing drones are already on the Great Lakes for a two-month exploration on the lakes and to conduct a Lake Huron fish count. The drone sailboats are owned and operated by Saildrone, a California-based company.
While there is plenty of walleye in Saginaw Bay, yellow perch stocks have been declining for years. Problems such as deteriorating habitat, climate change, plus invasive mussels endanger the health of significant species such as lake trout, whitefish, walleye, in addition to northern pike.
What Are Saildrones?
The 23-foot self-navigating boats are powered by wind and solar energy and do not carry passengers. Instead, the Saildrone Explorer drones feature a 15-foot-tall wing sail and a weighted keel. They carry a cargo of science instruments, navigational and communications devices, and other equipment on their hulls.
Drones will be used to count fish. The information gathered will influence how much commercial fish fishermen can catch. The Great Lakes encourage industrial fishing, but the Michigan DNR needs to know where and how many fish are in the water before adopting standards.
First Freshwater Mission on the Great Lakes and Lake Huron Fish Count
Over seven years of operation, Saildrone’s fleet of crewless surface vehicles has proven its data collection capabilities from the Arctic to the Antarctic. These ocean drones have now reached a new nautical domain: the Great Lakes. Two Saildrone Explorers took off from Macatawa, Michigan, for a 45-day fishing mission on behalf of the US Geological Survey’s Great Ponds Science Center (GSLC).
The data on the fish population will be collected using drone sailboats and a crewed boat operated by the US Geological Survey’s Great Lakes Science Center. Data from all three ships will be compared to assist in the establishment of commercial fishing guidelines. In addition, researchers will investigate the dispersal of fish during the day and night and the effects of invasive mussels around the food chain.
Vatican City is a self-contained city-state within the city of Rome, Italy. It is the world’s smallest nation-state in terms of land and population, with a total area of 49 hectares and a population of approximately 825 people. The Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica are all important sites in Vatican City.
In Vatican City, there is an outstanding museum called the Vatican Museum. It was founded by Pope Julius II in the early 16th century and housed the world’s most important masterpieces, including Renaissance art.
The work is simply unique and stunning. There is so much to see, including the iconic and exquisite ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, which was painted by Michelangelo, a young sculptor who was just 33 years old at the time and had never painted a wall before.
The Vatican Museum is the world’s largest and third most visited museum. The museum houses around 70,000 items, 20,000 on display, 54 galleries, and 6,882,931 visitors in 2019.
Best Way to Purchase Vatican Museum Tickets
I propose that you go to the Vatican Museum’s official website and purchase your tickets there. Your tickets will, of course, contain the “skip the line” option and will cost only €17.00.
On your phone, you will have a printed or digital copy. When you get to the museum, you will enter through a secondary entrance, skipping the ticket line and proceeding straight to security. The security line moves quickly, and you’ll be in the museum in 15 minutes.
For €7, you can rent an audio guide at the information desk, but I recommend Rick Steves’ Italy Audio Tours.
You can download an app on your smartphone and listen to St. Peter’s Basilica Tour and Sistine Chapel Tour over Wi-Fi at home before visiting the Basilica and Vatican Museums. The tours are wonderful. It will not make use of your information. Simply bring a power bank to replenish your phone’s battery, as well as earbuds.
Visting St.Peter’s Dome of the Basilica
It is strongly advised that you visit the Dome of St Peter Basilica to appreciate the grandeur of Vatican City. The entry is inside the Basilica, and tickets must be purchased there. More information can be found by clicking here. Admission is free. The cost of seeing the dome is between 7 and 10 euros.
When visiting Vatican City or any other church in Italy, please be respectful and wear proper clothing. The knees, shoulders, and arms of both men and women must be covered. Shorts, short skirts, and blouses with exposed shoulders are not permitted.
Enbridge drilling operations hit an aquifer on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. Crews are seen drilling mud in a video of the site. The yellow booms are there to keep the water from going downstream. A frack out is what it’s called.
This action is taking place on the Willow River, which is part of the Mississippi watershed, where Enbridge, a Canadian firm, is attempting to drill beneath the water using a technology known as horizontal directional drilling (HDD).
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has issued a warning about Oak Wilt fungus being extremely prevalent this Spring and Summer. We have lost one 160-year-old Pin Oak to the fungus and our neighbors. Other Oak trees are suspected of carrying it too.
The U.S. Forest Service noted that Oak wilt is caused by the exotic fungus, Ceratocystis fagacearum. This fungal infection kills tens to hundreds of thousands of oak trees in the Midwest and Texas every year.
Specific species of sap beetles are one way the fungus travels. If contaminated beetles land on fresh wounds like those occurring from storms or tree pruning, the tree will likely become infected.
One of the trees that are susceptible to the disease is the Northern Pin Oaks which are prevalent along the shore and in the dune forests and wood lots in the Upper Thumb. Here is the update from the DNR.
Help prevent the spread of oak wilt: Avoid pruning or wounding oak trees between April 15 and July 15
Healthy Oak trees have a reputation for being mighty, but these majestic trees need our help in spring and early summer to prevent the spread of a microscopic killer.
From April 15 to July 15, oak trees are at high risk for oak wilt, a serious fungal disease that can weaken white oaks and kill red oak trees within weeks of infection. During this time of year, flying beetles can carry spores of the fungus from tree to tree and the fungus can infect through tree wounds left by pruning or storm damage.
“The guidelines against pruning oak trees during this time can help prevent the spread of the disease,” said James Wieferich, forest health specialist in the DNR’s Forest Resources Division.
The fungus can move from an infected oak to neighboring oaks through root grafts. Depending on tree size, adjacent oaks may be connected to other trees or grafted through tree root systems. Roots of large trees can reach 100 or more feet. Left untreated, oak wilt will continue to move from tree to tree, killing more red oak over an increasingly larger area. As more trees die from oak wilt, more fungal spores are produced, which allows the beetle to carry infection to new locations. Trees in the white oak family are more likely to survive an infection because they can compartmentalize the fungus.
Oak wilt was first identified in Michigan in 1951, and this invasive species is now widespread across the state. An invasive species was introduced to Michigan’s environment from elsewhere and can cause harm to the environment, economy, or human health.
Red Oaks are Vulnerable; Can Die Within Weeks of Infection
Species of oak trees in the red oak family are most susceptible to oak wilt. These trees have leaves with pointed tips and include black oak, northern red oak, and northern pin oak. Trees in the white oak group have rounded leaf edges and include white oak and swamp white oak. They are less susceptible.
Signs of Oak Wilt most often appear from late June through September. Infected trees will suddenly begin with leaves wilt from the top-down, rapidly dropping leaves, which can be green, brown, or a combination of both colors.
If you have a tree that gets damaged during the risk period from April 15 to July 15, immediately cover all wounds with tree-wound paint or latex-based paint.
Firewood can harbor the fungus, and it’s one of the ways the disease spreads, resulting in new infections, so don’t move firewood from place to place in the state. If you suspect your firewood is infected with oak wilt, you can help slow the spread by burning it, chipping it, or debarking it before April. Once the firewood has been dried over a year and/or all the bark loosens, the firewood can no longer spread oak wilt.
To minimize the risk of oak wilt infection caused by logging damage, the DNR restricts the cutting of red oak trees on state land between April 15 and July 15. The DNR recommends private property owners of forests exercise caution during this period and, whenever possible, delay harvesting activity in oak forests until after July 15.
(StatePoint) By now, you’ve heard about 5G technology or might have access to it on your smartphone, but do you know what it is, how it works or what it can do for you?
5G is the next generation of wireless technology, building on its predecessors 2G, 3G, and 4G. It is available on today’s smartphones to make and receive calls, run applications and send and receive data.
This fifth-generation technology is a massive leap into what is possible in wireless. 5G is expected to deliver faster speeds and enhanced connectivity, giving businesses and consumers alike the potential to develop and experience new, innovative technologies.
Here are five things you may not know about 5G Technology
5G improves overall wireless coverage: 5G can deliver better, more efficient coverage in both breadth and depth. Depending on where wireless operators deploy it, it can reach cities and towns lacking wireless access. Providers like T-Mobile are committed to providing 5G access to rural America and already cover more than 287 million people across more than 1.6 million square miles.
Different types of 5G can support where you live: Providers deploy different wireless spectrum levels – low, mid, and high – with the ability to provide coverage and capacity whether you live in the city, the suburbs, or a rural community. For 5G, low-band spectrum provides far-reaching coverage outside and reaches indoors with speeds that are slightly better than LTE; mid-band provides blanket coverage across large areas with fast speeds, making it the “goldilocks” of the spectrum; and high-band – typically available in select urban areas – provides super-fast speeds over short distances, but needs line of sight to the device and doesn’t pass through physical obstructions.
5G will create “smarter cities”: From monitoring pollution or traffic levels to optimizing energy use or self-driving transportation, 5G can enable applications that urban cities and small towns alike can use to live smarter.
5G unlocks technology developments for industry: With 5G connectivity and new applications to support certain industries, businesses and industries can evolve to meet a connected world’s needs. Imagine farmers utilizing sensors and drones to enhance the agriculture community, or businesses using real-time language translation, or even enhanced location services to improve first responder times to save lives.
Virtual and augmented reality or holographic scenarios: 5G gives us the ability to transform where and how we experience our lives. Imagine having virtual reality access to live concerts and sports games, using holographic telepresence to be a part of your family’s birthday party in another state, or having real-time driving data like traffic or road conditions displayed on your car’s windshield as you drive.
The possibilities with 5G are endless and will offer individuals and businesses the ability to do and experience the world around them in ways they couldn’t before.
From 5G-enabled smartphones to the latest connected devices, check with your wireless provider to see how you can get the most out of 5G technology where you live.
The Marijuana industry is growing. Creating a demand for employees with skills in the science and business of cannabis cultivation. Students at Lake Superior State University have had the unique opportunity to pursue a degree in cannabis chemistry since 2019. A Michigan-based company is offering students who have achieved junior status at the university scholarship to continue their studies in this area. This is the first known scholarship offered for cannabis studies at the university.
(StatePoint) Windows let in light and fresh air and can provide breathtaking views, but it’s vital to observe window safety, especially when young children are in the home, say experts.
“If you’ve seen my shows or follow my blog, you’d know I’m a designer who loves light, bright, and function-meets-fabulous aesthetic. You’d also know, I am a single, southern California mom of two young kids,” says interior designer, home improvement TV personality, and lifestyle blogger Breegan Jane. “So, it’s probably no surprise that one of the things I think about when I’m redoing a place (which is great timing, as I’m currently remodeling my own home) is the windows. How they function, how they bring the outdoors in, how they change the light in the room, and how they can help keep my family safe.”
National Safety Council’s Window Safety Week, April 4-10, 2021, coincides with spring arrival when homeowners naturally want to open windows and bask in the warmer weather. Unfortunately, without appropriate precautions, open windows can bring potential hazards.
“I have two very active young boys, so I know firsthand that kids can see the world’s wonder before they may see its dangers,” says Jane.
The LookOut for Kids program, brought to you by Renewal by Andersen — the full-service replacement division of Andersen Corporation — is geared toward teaching families key points of window and door safety in a fun, engaging way. Jane is sharing the program’s top tips to help families prevent window and door-related injuries:
9 Tips for Window Safety
Be mindful of furniture placement in a child’s room. Avoid blocking windows with dressers or similar items, as furniture could impede a swift exit in an emergency. Don’t place beds, chairs or toy chests under windows in children’s bedrooms, as it could entice curious kids to climb and potentially fall through an open window.
When young children are in the home, keep their play in the center of the room and away from open windows, doors and balconies.
Don’t allow children to jump on beds or other furniture to help reduce potential falls.
For greater safety, keep windows closed and locked when not in use for ventilation.
When opening a window for ventilation, use only those located out of a child’s reach. For example, if you have double-hung windows with two moveable sashes, close the bottom sash and open the upper sash when ventilation is desired. Or, use upper windows, like clerestory windows, to allow ventilation without the risk of accidental falls.
Remember that insect screens are meant to keep insects out, not to prevent falls from windows.
Install ASTM F2090-compliant devices designed to limit how far a window will open, or window guards (with quick-release mechanisms in case of fire or other emergency) to help prevent a fall. This means, for any windows that are 6 feet or higher from the ground, install window stops or guards that meet ASTM standards – limiting windows to opening less than 4 inches. For a double-hung window on an upper floor, install a window guard or stop that keeps children from pushing the bottom window open.
Lessen the potential impact of injury from a fall through strategic landscaping. Install wood chips, grass, or shrubs beneath windows.
Teach your child how to safely use a window to escape during an emergency, such as a fire.
To learn more to download the LookOut for Kids activity book to color with your family, visit: RenewalWindowSafety.com.
This Window Safety Week and beyond, be smart and be safe.
Learning the major effects of ice on the Great Ponds will be crucial. Access to ice cover data is essential. Ice on the Great Lakes impacts many societal benefits provided by the lakes, from hydropower generation to commercial freight to commercial and recreational fishing. Thumbwind has been tracking the 2021s Great Lakes Snow Coverage.
“Diana’s Dare,” a new hiking challenge, kicks off at Indiana Dunes National Park with an online competition on March 25th at 2:00 pm. Learn why the park has been renamed a West Beach dune in honor of the legendary Diana of the Dunes and is daring visitors to try and hike to the top.
More than 100 years ago, Alice Mabel Gray left her city life in Chicago, choosing instead to live in a deserted shanty along the Indiana Dunes’ wild shoreline. For the next 10 years, as she explored her beloved Dunes, she withstood both natural hardships and those created by a relentless, sensation-driven press. She became known as “Diana of the Dunes,” and her escapades in the region have since become the stuff of legends, ghost stories, and books.
Learn how you can follow in her footsteps during an online presentation on March 25th at 2:00 pm. Get a preview of this challenging new trail experience and learn more about the life and legacy of Alice Gray. See a preview of a fun selfie station and the trail’s spectacular views of Lake Michigan. The Diana’s Dare Trail Challenge is made possible through a partnership between Indiana Dunes Tourism, the Friends of Indiana Dunes, and Indiana Dunes National Park. This online presentation is free—no need to register. Just go to the national park’s Facebook page: IndianaDunesNPS at 2:00 pm on March 25th.
For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Park, please contact the visitor center’s information line at 219-395-1882.