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December brings with it Christmas celebrations, filled with faith, family and friends. Al Eicher writes about Christmastime Memories in The Way It Was, and be sure to read Schools of Yesteryear where Janis Stein references the Christmas traditions and the annual anticipated Christmas programs performed by students in the one-room school. The Sightseers column by Randy Karr features Leona Yoder, who grew up in an Old Order Amish home in Holmes County, Ohio; Yoder wrote a letter to Karr describing what Christmas was like for her as a young Old Order Amish girl. It turns out Amish Christmas traditions are more similar to their “English” neighbors than one might think. Healing from the Roots Up takes a look at the many causes of insomnia and the best way to combat insomnia from a naturopathic perspective, and our Wellness Tip of the Month focuses on organic versus conventionally grown food. Be sure to look through each page and visit the advertisers this holiday season who made this issue possible! Merry Christmas to one and all!
This November, we pay a special tribute and reflect on the 100th anniversary of the Great Storm and remember all those whom were lost on the Great Lakes. Robert McGreevy writes in the Sunken History column about the Hydrus, which sank during the 1913 storm with all hands, and check out Bud Donnelly’s Lake Huron Update column, where he writes about the stranding of the Howard M. Hanna, Jr. on the Port Austin reef. Because those sailors lived to tell about the horror they faced, we have a firsthand account from multiple sailors about the conditions during that great gale. Janis Stein continues to fictionalize her Great Storm story in Countryside Yarns, and writes a compelling tale of what might have happened during the worst recorded storm in the history of the Great Lakes. Also in this issue, Sightseers continues to delve into the history of the Old Order Amish in Michigan, and Grace Grogan offers tips on how to learn more about relatives who once served in the nation’s military in her column, Who Am I? Be sure to remember our veterans this month and all year long! Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Our free featured article is Lake Huron Update by Bud Donnelly. Bud takes a look at the Great Storm of 1913 on its one-hundredth anniversary. To access the entire issue or our archives on line, purchase one of our premium membership plans here.
Mark your calendar and save the date for Sunday, November 24, at 2 p.m. when three of The Lakeshore Guardian’s columnists – T.J. Gaffney, Robert McGreevy and John Heidtke – present Rails, Sails & Pirate Tales at the Harbor Beach Community Theatre! Experts in their field, Gaffney’s talk will center on Thumb-area railroads; McGreevy will offer a presentation on the Great Storm of 1913, featuring the Howard M. Hanna, a freighter that stranded on the Port Austin Reef; and Heidtke shares dynamic pirate tales of the Great Lakes!
This two-hour family event will kick off with railroad expert T.J. Gaffney, who is the former executive director of the Steam Railroading Institute and author of Images of Rail: Rails Around the Thumb. Gaffney’s presentation will include the history of the Pere Marquette and Chesapeake & Ohio Railway Operations in the Thumb. Also included will be a display of some antiques and memorabilia from these railroads from the author’s/presenter’s collection. If time allows, a question and answer session will follow. Audience members should feel free to bring any railroad-related memorabilia, photos or other items, and Gaffney will be happy to evaluate and appraise them. Continue Reading →