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My Town: White Lake Area Fall Fest returns for 34th year

My Town: White Lake Area Fall Fest returns for 34th year

WHITEHALL, Mich.—The date is set for a fall time favorite’s return to Whitehall.

The White Lake Area Fall Fest will take place Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  This is the 34th year for the event, which features live music, free hay rides by Double JJ Ranch, a farmer’s market and more than 40 arts and crafts vendors. Bubbles the Clown will also return this year to create balloon animals for children.

For more information, contact the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at (231) 893-4585 or or visit www.whitelake.org.

My Town Whitehall: Tickets on sale now for 'Artist-n-Beer' Aug. 23

My Town Whitehall: Tickets on sale now for 'Artist-n-Beer' Aug. 23

WHITEHALL, Mich.—Enjoy a beer while supporting the arts when “Artist-n-Beer” returns to Whitehall Aug. 23.

From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., patrons are invited to sample a variety of beers while taking in the works of local artists. Artist-n-Beer will take place in the city parking lot behind Fetch Brewing Company, at 100 W. Colby in Whitehall. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Arts Council of White Lake. To purchase tickets, visit the event website here.

My Town Montague: Fish Boil returns Aug. 16

My Town Montague: Fish Boil returns Aug. 16

MONTAGUE, Mich.-- The White Lake Area Sportfishing Association invites the public to the annual Bill Gillan Salmon Fish Boil on Saturday, Aug. 16.

The Fish Boil will take place at the Montague Band Shell located at 8500 Launch Ramp Road  from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Participants can enjoy an evening of German music and a delicious meal under a big tent on scenic White Lake.

For 30 years in August, the WLASA has presented this traditional Great Lakes meal. This year for a $10 donation, guests will receive a generous serving of fresh boiled salmon, buttered potatoes and onions and a roll.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to purchase tickets for the chance to win a 50 inch television or one of four local fishing charters. The drawing takes place at 8 p.m. and you need not be present to win.

For more Fish Boil information, call (231) 893-4585 or visit  www.whitelake.org.

My Town Whitehall: Free backpack distribution Aug. 14

My Town Whitehall: Free backpack distribution Aug. 14

WHITEHALL, Mich.--  Families in need will get a back-to-school boost Thursday,  Aug. 14.

From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., volunteers with Mission for Area People will be at Lebanon Lutheran Church, handing out free backpacks filled with supplies to children from struggling families.  The organization expects to distribute supplies to 1,500 children this year, as part of its Lakeshore Backpacks for Kids program. The event may also include free vision and hearing screenings, haircuts, snacks and fun activities.

 A parent or guardian must be present in order for a child to receive a backpack, and both adults and children must have some form of identification. 

The backpacks will be distributed based on a first come, first served basis. Mission for Area People will hold two more distribution events at the following times:

My Town: Date set for White Lake Area Fall Fest

My Town: Date set for White Lake Area Fall Fest
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WHITEHALL, Mich. (White Lake Area Chamber + Visitors Bureau)-- September 27th is the date for the 34th Annual White Lake Area Fall Fest.  With a variety of music to entertain families and individuals, a Farmer’s Market, over 40 vendors participating in the Arts and Crafts Festival and Hay Rides, this is always a favorite for many to enjoy.

My Town: New exhibit at White River Gallery to include drawings and infrared photos

My Town: New exhibit at White River Gallery to include drawings and infrared photos

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MONTAGUE, Mich. (White River Gallery) - Where does the photograph end, and where does the drawing begin? One must look closely at the art of Carl Luther to discern separation points.

Luther is featured artist at White River Gallery July 30 through Aug. 24. He will be serving light refreshments as Gallery host Aug. 8, 9 and 10.

Luther, a retired Reeths-Puffer art teacher, has been expanding upon his primary media, photography, in recent years to incorporate drawings along his photographs’ frames.

“I call it photo/drawing,” he states. “It came about after I found limitations in photography. I decided to enhance and expand my photos by drawing. Color photos are augmented with colored pencil; black and white by graphite and markers. 

My Town Whitehall: Community supports removing White Lake from toxic hot spots list

My Town Whitehall: Community supports removing White Lake from toxic hot spots list

WHITEHALL, Mich.—By the end of this year, White Lake may no longer be on a list of toxic hot spots.

Monday night, a small group of community members gathered at White Lake Community Library to weigh in on the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality's plan to remove the lake from a list of 14 areas of concern in the state. Some community members thanked federal, state and local officials for their work to completely restore the lake, which was declared an area of concern in 1985 because of environmental degradation, mostly due to industrial and municipal wastes.  

The public comment period ends at midnight Thursday.  Michigan's DEQ will then consider possible revisions to the delisting report before resubmitting the document to the federal government.  The federal approval process may take several months; the DEQ hopes to have the delisting finalized by October.