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The Muskrat Times         Vol. 12, No.1 April 22, 2014

Big News From A Musty Den in the High & Wide Looking Glass River…

Kruger Protégé Headlines FLG's Spring Community Ed Event:

Dan Smith of Portland MI was one of the 18 hardy participants who w/Verlen and Jenny Kruger, started in Carcross Alaska, the source of the mighty Yukon River, and paddled west to the Bering Sea. During their historic 84-day, 2,080-mile paddle in 2002, the adventurers encountered weather extremes, incessant mosquitoes, big damn bears; made life-long friends and celebrated Verlen's 80th birthday! Join The Friends of the Looking Glass River (the LGR was one of Verlen's favorite streams, of course) and enjoy Dan's slide show and memories of the saga known as the “Yukon Odyssey”, with the most-renowned paddler in the world.

DATE & VENUE: 7pm Wed., April 30, 2014 at the Wacousta Methodist Church, 9180 Herbison Rd., corner of Herbison and Wacousta Rds., in Wacousta. If you're GPS-ing or going postal, the USPS calls that area "Eagle, MI 48822" - but we know it as “beautiful downtown Wacousta”.

Rated PGFE (Pretty Good Family Entertainment). Load the bus - bring the family. Free admission / donations welcome.

SOURCE: "All Things Are Possible, The Verlen Kruger Story: 100,000 miles by Paddle, by Phil Peterson, Sr. For more: If you don’t have this book on your coffee table, you and your adventurous kids are just plain missin’ it. Not too late for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day gifting…get it done, son.

It’s 2-fer Time:
If you’re receiving this, it is assumed that you care about the Looking Glass River and that you appreciate / participate in our many watershed and community activities. Perhaps you even consider yourself an FLG member. Terrific! Well, your annual dues are past due (covering Jan thru Dec annually). AND, FLG needs a few more committed members to serve on the Board of Directors and to fill a few committee chairs. Please give it some serious thought – FLG is only as good as you help to make us. Please download the membership form,
write FLG a check for your $10 annual dues and send it to our lonely treasurer, you know him, you love him - Larry Arbanas. See directions on the form: (Thank you!)

Your Looking Glass River Dragons to Launch for 3rd Time, This August!
Save the dates: Aug. 13 & 14, @ Adado Riverfront Park, downtown Lansing on the Grand River! Catch all the details here.

Benefiting the Women's Center of Greater Lansing. If you’ve got stamina, dig competition on the water and want to own one of the coolest team shirts in the competition,
contact FLG Dragons captain Ione Berg – she’s looking for a very few good men and women to shave 5 seconds off our best time, so, for a good time, contact:

DARA Goes Big w/a Triathlon: Includes a 2-Mile Looking Glass Paddle.
The DeWitt Area Recreation Authority has big, late-summer plans – needs some volunteers for the event and logjam assistance on he course in late June/mid July. This'll become a big event! Check the current details: Default.aspx?mode=crs&crsid=1874
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Course Title: Adventure Race - Individual Registration (8350)
Course Description: The DARAdventure Race is a 14-mile bike, a 2-mile paddle, and a 5-mile hike, hiking with 20% of your body weight in a backpack. Kayak rentals are available for an additional $20. If you need to rent a kayak, you must also register for Course # 8352, Kayak Rental. Each participant will receive a race t-shirt. Prizes will be awarded to the top finisher in each age group, as well as to the overall finishers. All proceeds benefit DARA programs. Early Registration until July 11: $65. Registration July 12 - August 5: $80. Registration Deadline - August 5. No race day registration.

Course Dates: 08/09/2014 - 08/09/2014
Locations: To Be Announced, Rooms: Tba
Sat at 09:00 AM - 01:30 PM
Course Availability: 100 spot(s) available
Age Range: 18+ Years
Gender: Co-Ed
# of Sessions: 1
Registration Begins: 04/01/2014
Registration Deadline: 08/05/2014

Reforestation Efforts Begin in Looking Glass River Corridor:
As part of our semi-annual tree sale fundraiser, the Clinton Conservation District handed out 30,000 trees to Clinton County residents on April 18th and 19th. Additionally, in partnership with MGROW (Middle Grand River Organization of Watersheds), FLG (Friends of the Looking Glass), and the Wacousta Garden Club, we held a special tree distribution in Dewitt with native MI trees specifically geared to grow in riparian zones in an effort to help reforest the Looking Glass River Corridor, which was decimated in recent years with the Emerald Ash Borer destroying millions of ash tree species. In addition, the Wacousta Garden Club and the local Boy Scouts held a tree planting demonstration with several trees and shrubs at Millennium Park in Wacousta. Thanks to everyone who purchased trees from the Conservation District making the spring tree sale a great success. Your support allows us to continue to promote and carry out conservation in Clinton County.

John Switzer, Executive Dir.
Clinton Conservation District

A Big Honkin' Shout Out to Our Wildlife Friends - and We're Not Talking about the Dorkos in 14-C:
There’ve been plenty of FLG sighting reports of late: eastern bluebirds, bald eagles, sandhill cranes, river otters, bufflehead, golden eyes, hooded mergansers, wood ducks, mallards, our ubiquitous Canada geese, a couple of hundred bazillion spring peepers…and, well…yes, even a passel of lovable little buck-toothed muskrats. Aren't we special...
Hope you get out and spend some time on the LGR…take a camera and a kid. A fishing pole...a chainsaw...

Well folks, hope you’ll read and onpass this pithy Muskrat Times to your friends and family who care about the Looking Glass River and her Friends group…please join us today
and tell us you’d like to serve on the board. And, please forward any names and email addresses of folks you think might like to receive our newsletter. Moderate reading skills, inquisitive cute little whiskered faces and mildly-webbed feet are plusses.

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Looking Glass, stay frisky my friends...and please try to make every day Earth Day.

And, thanks for being you!

Bob Bishop, Muskrat Wrangler
FLG Communications
517.881.1758 c