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Crystal Lake and Cold Creek

In Community Alert, Elsewhere in BenCo..., Environment, Fishing, Health, Infrastructure and Planning, Public Safety, Water on April 11, 2014 at 9:18 pm

April 15, 2014 2:30 pm

Volume of water moving through outlet is reduced, shore line lowered. Sheen still present.


Reduced flow through outlet


Sheen still present, note center blob appeared just before this picture was taken.

April 14, 2014 6:25 pm

Sheen oozing up from submerged shore continues to be flushed through the outlet.


Sheen blob rises up…


… and dissipates.

April 14, 2014 12:20 pm

A significant amount of water was moving through the pond as the inlet and outlet boards had been removed. With the high volume of water, residual sheen from a hydraulic fluid leak should have been flushed to the booms or downstream. Sheen seemed to be percolating up along the shore, upstream of the outlet water control structure.  Could the increased water flow be pulling material out of the soil?


High volume of water through the outlet


Sheen detail upstream of outlet


April 12, 2014 4:10 pm

Dan Hook, Village of Beulah reported by phone that two boards have been removed from the outlet water control structure and that the sheen seems to be significantly reduced. Current pictures should be posted tonight or early tomorrow morning.

April 12, 2104 1:50 pm

As of 11:25 pm, with removal of the first board from the inlet and outlet water control structures and the resulting increased water flow through the pond, there is still sheen on the surface, possibly more than before the boards were removed. Read yesterday’s update below for implications. Photos by Dan Kelly.





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April 11, 2014 8pm

On Sunday April 6, 2014, a chemical / oil sheen was seen flowing into Crystal Lake from the Cold Creek settling pond.  The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) issued a draft report on April 7, which provides an overview of the situation. Until the situation is resolved, find ongoing updates and answers to frequently asked questions here.

Who is the dredging contractor?

The Village of Beulah’s dredging contractor is Biotech Agronomics of Beulah, and the company representative is Kevin Bonney.

The DEQ took water samples,  why aren’t the samples being tested to determine exactly what the chemical / oil is? Wouldn’t that help identify the source?

The DEQ’s priority is to determine the appropriate response, which may or may not require the samples or source to be immediately identified. The first phase was to have the contractor deploy oil absorbent booms. Preliminary inspection of the sheen samples by Greg Goundy on site and by his colleagues at the DEQ Cadillac office suggested that the sheen could be either diesel fuel or hydraulic fluid. The dredging barge did not appear to be leaking hydraulic fluid into the pond, but Kevin Bonney stated that there had been a hydraulic fluid issue prior to the barge’s launch, so the next phase was to remove the barge from the pond.

If the sheen disappears, removing the barge was the correct response and analysis of the sample is not needed – the sheen was hydraulic fluid. If the sheen persists, then the barge was probably not the source and the samples might then be analyzed to provide further clues.  Unfortunately sample analysis is expensive and may not provide enough data to identify exactly what the sheen is.

If the sheen is not hydraulic fluid from the barge, what is it?

The sheen could be 1) an oil related consumer product discarded in or near the pond, eg used oil filter or mostly empty quart oil bottle,  2) legacy contamination from 20th century industrial activity (eg trains, fuel depot) migrating towards the pond through ground water, 3) other.

Is there still a sheen on the pond?

Yes, as of 3:00 PM April 11, there was a sheen on the south edge of the pond, west against the stop logs (boards) of the outlet water level control structures and swirling just downstream of the outlet water control structures. The barge was removed on the afternoon of April 10.

What’s the next step?

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) requires that the boards be removed from the inlet and outlet water control structures so that fish can travel up Cold Creek. With the consent of the DEQ, the boards will gradually be removed by the contractor, starting at approximately 9:00 am on April 12. Oil absorbent booms will remain to catch sheen pulled downstream by the increased flow. Changing flow could effect the situation. If the sheen seems to persist or grow during the day, the barge may not have been the source and further action will be required. Citizens are encouraged to visit the pond and monitor the sheen during the day.

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A Healer Returns

In GOOD NEWS, Health on December 20, 2013 at 5:57 pm

By Ann Sinclair

PJ Lenhard in his treatment room in Copemish. Photo by Ann Sinclair

PJ Lenhard in his treatment room in Copemish. Photo by Ann Sinclair

COPEMISH – I first heard about Dr. PJ Lenhard (pronounced Lenn-ARD) while stretched out on my massage therapist’s table, facedown and in pain.  “You know, PJ Lenhard has just returned from British Columbia,” Barbie Stow said, “and he is an incredible healer. He may be able to help you.”  Up to that point, Barbie’s powerful massages had provided me temporary relief, but there was something really wrong in my shoulder, and I needed to find out what was going on. I didn’t want medication; I wanted healing and recovery. If this guy Lenhard could help me, I was willing to give him a try.  My first trip to Dr. PJ, as he likes to be called, took me to his farm near Copemish, where he has turned an outbuilding into his office. Comfortable furniture, deer mounts on the wall, and a woodstove warm the space.

During the initial exam he asked me to tell him of my injuries over the years, and then he very gently tapped certain areas of my arms, legs, and spine to locate trouble spots. With this technique he found something out of place in the middle of my back, and had me lean into his hand in such a way as to gently place it back into position. I immediately felt relief. When he appeared satisfied with the information he gathered, he kindly offered his table for me to rest on, and laid a large, furry buffalo hide over me for added warmth next to the fire. This beautiful coat had belonged to QB, who was one of his pets when he lived on a ranch in upstate New York.  He had to put her down because she blocked a school bus one afternoon and wouldn’t let anyone out.  A smile crossed my face, and at that moment, I knew I had found a very unique doctor. I wanted to find out more about him, so I asked how he developed such an effective approach to healing. He started telling me his story, which began with his own pain.

Born in Frankfort, PJ moved to Chicago at age five, where he expressed his great love for athletics by playing football for Newman High School. When he was a halfback in his senior year, a serious knee injury motivated PJ to design his own recovery program involving hydrotherapy, stretching, and strength exercises. As a result, instead of being benched for the rest of the season, PJ got himself back onto the field, to the surprise of his coach. Healing himself had a life-changing effect on PJ, and when his guidance counselor told him he wasn’t smart enough to pump gas, PJ took that as a challenge and won an academic scholarship to Eureka College in Eureka, Illinois, where he pursued his desire to become a doctor and help others reach their optimum performance.

While at Eureka, PJ was fortunate to be able to intern as a research assistant under Dr. Stephen Binkley, who shared the Nobel Prize for discovering vitamin K. “He really spurred on the nerd in me,” PJ reflects. “There is so much more to medicine than I originally understood it to be.” After he finished his course work in medical school, a painful back injury led PJ to explore all sorts of healing techniques, including chiropractic. “Chiropractors were seen as quacks by the medical establishment, but I was in pain and needed relief so I gave it a shot. It worked.” Truly impressed by such a successful approach to his injury, PJ redirected his pursuit of healing away from receiving his medical license and toward enrolling in the National College of Chiropractic (now the National University of Health Sciences) in Lombard, Illinois. The curriculum mirrored that of his medical training in its requirements of anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry, as well as physical therapy and X-ray reading. In addition, nutrition took on a much bigger presence than it did in medical school. Knowledge of medication was also stressed, not because PJ would prescribe them, but because he needed to understand their action in the body so he could determine what symptoms they were hiding, and what the real cause of a patient’s discomfort might be.

According to Dr. PJ, “People are dynamic, and they come in with different symptoms, lifestyles, and backgrounds. Their body chemistry and genetic makeup is all different. Even though every human body is generally the same, each patient is their own set of unique experiences and history of injury.  There is no cookbook chemistry.  An important part of my learning is that you can’t just go through a routine with a patient—you have to take that patient as an individual, and take the symptoms of what they have to find the best way to get them on the path to healing. I will do anything to help a patient. Heck, if I knew voodoo and it worked, I would use that.”

Upon graduation in 1983, Dr. PJ set up his first practice, in Elmhurst, IL. A local high school requested medical assistance during a regional track meet, and Dr. PJ was able to work with and help heal the aches and pains of many team members, some of whom were preparing for the Olympics. “Athletes are better conditioned than the average person, but they abuse their bodies in all sorts of ways. I was able to work with a variety of injuries, and provide relief where other physicians had failed.” Word of Dr. PJ’s work spread and people from all walks of life started trickling into his practice. As he learned more about the innate systems of what the body needs to heal itself, PJ became more skilled in his approach to people’s pain. “I find it important to quiet down and use all my senses to observe how a body is functioning,” says Dr. PJ. “I observe how you get out of your car, your walk, and how you carry your weight. Do you favor one limb over another? My work starts with being able to understand a person’s place of well-being, and how she responds to the world around her. Only then can I begin an individualized treatment program. It takes more time and patience, but it produces lasting results.” Dr. PJ extends this knowledge to animals as well, working with horses and dogs on a regular basis.

Dr. PJ’s work is subtle. Though he can “crunch” like a traditional chiropractor, he does so only when necessary to adjust a system that is significantly out of whack. The emphasis of his work is to identify trouble spots by skillfully assessing where things are out of balance, make soft adjustments, then allow the body to heal itself. “The body is the most intelligent being in this whole process,” says Dr. PJ. “My job is only to adjust where necessary, then step back and allow the body to do the rest.”

As far as my shoulder is concerned, Dr. PJ has set me on a path to healing without drugs or surgery, with an emphasis on muscle retraining and proper rest, which I have finally been able to get after months of pain-filled nights. No other doctor has been able to help me, and to have such skill located in Copemish is a gift to all of us seeking relief. To follow your own path to healing, you can reach Dr. PJ Lenhard at 231-709-2931. Nothing ventured, nothing gained!  Ψ





What’s Going Around: Stomach Flu, and Free Screenings!

In Community Alert, Health on October 16, 2013 at 12:16 pm


The stomach flu is making the rounds in the Frankfort area. Crystal Lake Clinic says they are seeing patients with nausea, stomach upset and diarrhea. Because it’s caused by a stomach virus (or congressional antics), antibiotics do not help. Staying hydrated helps symptoms. If the nausea is too severe your doctor can prescribe medicine to control that.


This Saturday – Free Health Exams and Screenings at Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital in Frankfort!

Round up your kids, friends and neighbors and go to Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital’s annual Wellness Day this coming Saturday (October 19) to get free health screenings and services.  Screenings for oral cancer, pulmonary (lung) function, vision/glaucoma, diabetes, cholesterol, depression, blood pressure and body mass index start at 8:30 am and end at 2 pm.  Free Men and Women’s private health examinations are available if you call ahead and pre-register (call 231-352-2214).  If you have health insurance the hospital will ask your insurance to cover some labs.  If you don’t have insurance all exams and tests are completely free of charge.

In addition to the screenings, vendors like the Bone Marrow Registry, Gift of Life, the Coalition Health Access Program (provides a variety of services for the uninsured) and the Yellow Jug Old Drug program will have exhibitions. There also will be cooking demonstrations and Zumba classes.

The Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital is just off of M22 (take a left on Park Avenue), north of Frankfort’s downtown.

What’s Going Around: Canine Circovirus

In Community Alert, Elberta Pets and Their Humans, Health on October 7, 2013 at 6:17 pm

What’s Going Around is the Elberta Alert‘s semi-regular column on human and pet health. Have a tip on what might be going around in the human or pet community, or an idea for a health story? Send an e-mail to Kimm X Jayne at, subject line “What’s Going Around.”


What’s going around this week? Not canine circovirus—at least not yet.

The rare canine circovirus that has killed several dogs downstate appears not to have made it to Benzie County, according to local veterinarians. The virus has symptoms similar to the parvovirus (vomiting, bloody diarrhea, lethargy, weight loss) but can kill within 12 to 24 hours of infection.

Platte Lake Veterinary says they haven’t seen any cases of the circovirus, but have treated dogs with the parvovirus in the last couple of weeks.  (Most dogs under veterinary care have been vaccinated for the parvovirus.)

Betsie River Veterinarian Clinic says that the Michigan Veterinarian Services sent out an announcement on the virus October 4, saying the virus is usually found in dogs who also have some other intestinal infection, like salmonella or giardia. Further, the announcement noted that the circovirus alone does not appear to cause illnesses in dogs (as it is commonly found in healthy dogs too).

If your dog begins vomiting and has diarrhea at the same time, the veterinarians recommend taking it to your nearest clinic as soon as possible. Both the circovirus and parvovirus have very high death rates (in excess of 90%) if not treated.

One other noteworthy feature of the illness is that in several cases the afflicted dog’s owner was sick with flu-like symptoms (including upper respiratory symptoms), before the dog became ill. As your mother said, wash your hands! wash your hands! wash your hands!  Ψ



What’s Going Around: Fleas

In Community Alert, Elberta Pets and Their Humans, Health on September 30, 2013 at 2:45 pm

We thought we’d try something new and add some health coverage to the Elberta Alert, starting with semi-regular columns on your and your pet’s health. Have a tip on what might be going around in the human or pet community, or an idea for a health story? Send an e-mail to Kimm X Jayne at, subject line “What’s Going Around.”

Betsie Vet Fleas

Betsie River Veterinary’s marquee, September 30, 2013. Photo by Emily Votruba


What’s going around this week? Fleas! And they seem lousier than usual this year.

Dr. Susan Daly’s Betsie River Veterinary Clinic says we’re in the peak of flea season right now. They’re seeing a lot of cats and dogs with raw spots and missing hair due to excessive scratching from fleabites. Some of these raw spots have turned into secondary infections, necessitating antibiotics.

Though a frost may kill fleas outside, eggs will survive in your home or anywhere warm, such as a heated garage or barn. It’s pretty easy to prevent a flea infestation by putting your cat or dog on a preventative topical treatment, like Frontline Plus or a similar generic. Many of these spot-on type treatments prevent ticks and lice on your pet as well (thereby preventing it in your home too!). Be sure to read the label, because some spot treatments only prevent fleas, not ticks or other creepies.

I contacted the four closest vet clinics, a vet friend of mine, and searched a vet blog, and they all said Frontline Plus is what they recommend, that it works great, and the only caveat is that you shouldn’t apply it after a bath, because it needs the pet’s natural skin oils to help it absorb.

Platte Lake Veterinary Clinic: “We recommend Frontline Plus. It’s the most effective treatment out.” The associate said she hadn’t heard the rumor that Frontline doesn’t work, and said that if applied correctly, it works extremely well. She added, “If you apply it after a bath it won’t absorb properly.”

All Animal Veterinary Clinic also recommends Frontline Plus. “We’ve never had any problems with it and it prevents both fleas and ticks.”

According to the veterinary website I visited, the sebaceous oils in your pet’s hair and skin actually help the product work. The blog’s suggestion is to apply the product and then wait 2-3 days before bathing with any soap or shampoo containing surfactants.

Better a dirty dog than a fleabitten one! Ψ




Free Yoga for Veterans at Betsie Hosick Fitness Center

In Community Alert, Health, Our Men and Women in Uniform on May 19, 2013 at 10:45 pm

Starting next Saturday, Memorial Day weekend, Betsie Hosick Health & Fitness Center will offer a free yoga class at 1 pm. Eric Pyne will teach this weekly class. Betsie Hosick is located off 115 at 102 Airport Road, near the Frankfort Airport and next to Charlie’s Natural Food Market. Call (231) 352-9661 for more information.

Why did you decide to offer this class for veterans?                                                                                              For some reason, yoga in the U.S. has gotten the image of being a rich ladies’ sport.  In fact the roots of yoga can be traced to the physical and spiritual practices of ancient warriors. I’m offering the class for free because I feel a duty to the men and women who have put our country above their personal safety.

What if someone’s never done yoga before?
If you’ve never done yoga before, TRY IT.  It is scientifically proven to reduce stress.
What particular school or system will you teach?
I have been trained in a type of yoga that was developed by Roger Eischens. He studied with B.K.S. Iyengar, and adapted his methods to the body types he saw in the U.S. I make no claim to be part of any particular school or system.
How should people prepare for this class?
Please prepare for this class by wearing clothing that you are comfortable moving and sweating in.  If you have a yoga mat, belts, or blocks, please bring them.
What if someone is badly injured?
Please bring any injuries you have to my attention, especially if they are currently causing pain. I’m offering this class specifically in the hope that sharing the training I have had will be of some use in healing.
What can students expect to happen during each class?
People should expect an opportunity to use their own awareness as a tool for healing. I will give directions for poses and breathing and ask questions. Class is expected to last for an hour and a half.

Reflections by the Bay

In Culture Bluffs, Health on April 2, 2013 at 6:48 pm

Reflections By the Bay April 2013

Eagle Donates City of Milwaukee Photo to Issy Stapleton Fundraising Effort

In Community Alert, GOOD NEWS, Health, Kid Stuff on March 6, 2013 at 2:07 pm

THE LIGHTHOUSE CAFÉ, ELBERTA—Ford Forrester called up the Alert a week ago saying he had something to donate toward Issy Stapleton’s autism treatment. “Raffle, silent auction, whatever you want to do with it,” he said.

The item has a special Elberta significance: It’s a portrait of the SS City of Milwaukee, taken sometime in the summer before she shipped out for the last time, in January 2000, bound for her final resting place in Manistee.

Ford’s son Stanley, a schoolteacher who lives in Grayling, captured the City Milwaukee just after sunset from across the Betsie Bay, her deck all brightly lit. He’s sold a few of the prints, matted and framed, in a couple of different sizes. This one would normally sell for $250.

Ford Forrester, 74 (Benzie Central ’57), has had a lot of careers (he still runs his family farm), and has served as president of the Beulah Eagles (5 times!) and the Lions (4 times!). He worked at Pet Milk, had an auto parts business in TC, and drove a cement truck.

One role that gave him particular joy was his 20 years driving a bus for Benzie Schools. During that time he befriended a lot of special needs kids, including some with challenges like Issy’s. “I saw them every day, twice a day. It’s quite a deal to deal with special ed kids, I know. A lot of them don’t get the chance to succeed, but if they get the chance, they can do it.”

We thank Ford Forrester for his generosity in donating this picture, which you see below. It’ll be up for bid as part of the silent auction being held at the Eagles’ dinner fundraiser for Issy Stapleton on Saturday, March 16, which is being organized by Marilyn Knechtges. At last check Knechtges had 30 great items lined up, including a season pass donated by Crystal Mountain and valued at $1,000.

Let’s light up the night on the 16th and help Issy get the best chance she can get. Ψ

Ford Forrester with the photograph his son Stanley took for the City of Milwaukee, just before she shipped out of Elberta's harbor for the last time.

Ford Forrester with the photograph his son Stanley took of the City of Milwaukee, the summer before she shipped out of Elberta’s harbor for the last time.


The flier for the Eagles event, shortly after it was posted in the Elberta Post Office.

The flier for the Eagles event, shortly after it was posted in the Elberta Post Office.

Flu Shots

In Health, Kid Stuff on January 3, 2013 at 11:55 am reports today that a third child has died in Michigan from the flu, reflecting a nationwide increase in flu cases. According to Mlive, you and yours should be protected from the three most common strains of flu if you get vaccinated. So: help your family and your community stay healthy by getting your flu shot.

You can get yours at your doctor’s office or at the Prescription Shop, 10587 Main Street, Honor (call ahead to see if the nurse is there, 231‐325‐2735; $29), or by calling Sheila Pritchard at the Benzie Leelanau District Health Dept,  231-882-4409, for an appointment. The Health Department is not offering shots for adults this year, only for children with Medicaid (free) or uninsured children ($10 administration fee).

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