Small coastal communities spiff up their resumes

Capital News Service
LANSING — Small coastal communities are laying the groundwork to bring cash to their waterfronts. Community members, researchers, designers, engineers and others are helping six small harbor communities plan for the future. And the effort, coordinated by Michigan Sea Grant, could have a statewide impact by modeling development strategies for other coastal communities, creating safe harbors for recreational boaters and spurring tourism. Four communities last year participated in a program that helps to develop five-year  plans for their waterfronts: Ontonagon, Pentwater, Au Gres and New Baltimore. Two more – St.

Are you smarter than these high schoolers? Probably not

Capital News Service
LANSING — With a resume of 10 regional victories, Cheryl Wells knows the secret to building winning Ocean Sciences Bowl teams: food. Each study session, the Dexter High School teacher brought goodies for everyone to munch on, building morale and giving that little extra incentive to keep them coming back. “We would eat our ramen or whatever she brought and just read through textbooks, write stuff down, make graphs,” said Graham Norton, a former captain of the Dexter team who is now studying computational math at the University of Chicago. Wells and her Dexter teams have competed in the Great Lakes Ocean Bowl since it began in 1998. More than 10 other high schools have participated in the past, including ones in Sault Ste.