Friday, January 30, 2009

...a Bay City Park Picture From the Past.

This is the boy i married... the summer before we married in 1955. The playground equipment he is posing on is on the beach at Bay City State Park. Children in the back are playing in the water... and they are not being sucked into the earth by muck.

Obviously this is before MDEQ and all of the rules about 'the care and preservation of wetlands.' The DNR was doing a very good job of upkeep.

To the right is that same beach in July 2004! After walking around, we were able to find the path. See? It's in the middle there! We chose not to actually walk to the waterfront only because that was the summer before my total knee replacement surgery and osteoarthritis was making it difficult for me to walk long distances without resting.
This last photo is the man i married 49 years later, winter of 2004/05... just prior to my surgery and we had no idea at the time but it was also his last winter. We went to take photos of fishermen out on the ice. Once again we were no longer near the waterfront... not realizing how sturdy the might phragmite stands!
I felt obligated to share these pics today because it is the day i celebrate the birth of that boy i married. He would be 74 years old today.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

If you somehow missed it...'s what Jeff Kart of Bay City Times wrote about that meeting:

Ousted EPA official: Stop dragging feet in dioxin cleanup

...just politics as usual.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

There's a Meeting This evening... SVSU. Don't stay home just because i'm not going. i saw my buddy Len yesterday, along with his lovely Lady Cheryl and a few friends (coincidentally, at SVSU). He will be there this evening.

Why am i not going? ...BECAUSE when i was a 'working girl' at Dow, i was privileged to learn all about how EPA operates. i won't go into details but let's just say, i know our friends at MDEQ and approve of their work ethic and methods!

Luv y'all... see you around.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

New Title Picture...

Like it? I do! Thanks to our illustrious computer group leader & his equally talented better half!

***Note: That one is done & gone!!! The newest title pic, as of January 17, is a photo on acrylic painting by moi! Weird, eh? ...and that's only 1/2 of it... really. smiles

Thursday, January 08, 2009

EPA Meeting - re: Dow, MDEQ and Dioxin

EPA hands Dow Chemical $1.8 million bill for staff time spent on dioxin issue

Oh yeah, i have comments about this... but more important, i need to share this info from Cheryl Howe, MDEQ. Received it a few days ago but have been busy.

The U.S. EPA and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality are hosting a meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 15, 2009, at Saginaw Valley State University, Seminar Rooms, Curtiss Hall, 7400 Bay Road, Saginaw. This is an opportunity for people to learn more about what is being done about dioxin and other contamination in the Tittabawassee and Saginaw Rivers and Saginaw Bay watershed. For more information, see the Fact Sheet located at:

The next Midland/Saginaw/Bay City (Tri-Cities) Dioxin Community Meeting (that would normally have been scheduled to be held in early February) is being deferred to a later date. Materials related to Dow's off-site corrective action activities are available at the following locations:,1607,7-135-3312_4118_4240-53424--,00.html

Please share this notice with others who might be interested in attending this meeting or forward their e-mail addresses to me for inclusion on the distribution list. If you should have any questions, please contact me.

Cheryl Howe
Environmental Engineering Specialist
Hazardous Waste Section
DEQ Waste and Hazardous Materials Division
P.O. Box 30241, Lansing, MI 48909-7741

Ah yes, i have strong opinions about this topic but no time to share at this time... maybe later.