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ThumbCoast design competition comes to a close

The Huron Selkie is released with winning design
Emily Mainguy

Mythical creatures, beer, local artists, and a prize for the winning design.
The ThumbCoast Owner and Brew master, Dennis Doyle and Corey Nebbeling, choose the winner of the Huron Selkie design contest Nov. 12 during the reception.
The poster designs were narrowed down during the week of Nov. 9 to three finalists who were, Kaylee Knaggs, Jason Grill, and Sean McManaman.
During the reception, Doyle and Nebbeling explained the inspiration of the project and why they both liked the three final designs. After that, they announced the winner who won a $500 scholarship to SC4, and having their design featured on the limited bottle release of The Huron Selkie, a Scottish Wee Heavy Ale. The winning design went to Sean McManaman.
“It was a great experience winning the competition. It helped me realize my style is something that works. I was inspired by looking at other beer labels of darker beers and sticking to the serious and professional theme. I was inspired by Swedish history and Celtic art,” explains McManaman.
The Huron Selkie was released this week. To check out the winning art and The Huron Selkie stop by ThumbCoast Brewery while this special release lasts.

McMorran Pavilion will go to SC4

Crowds disappointed at the City Council meeting
Mel Buskirk
Copy Editor
“Leadership fails when the people believe their leaders are either incompetent or don’t care,” stated Ted Walters, 43 of Marysville, after the City Council of Port Huron voted in favor of SC4’s offer of the purchase of the McMorran Pavilion.
Many people, like Walters, were upset by the 5-2 decision by the city council in favor of SC4 during the meeting on Monday, Nov. 9. One of those people was David Fye, volunteer at the McMorran Pavilion from Port Huron Township, who was threatened to be escorted out of the meeting by Representative Ashford when he interrupted the discussion by the council.
Fye, who left of his own accord, had to say, “I’ve played at the McMorran since I was ten. My father and grandfather played there and my kids play there now. To sell something like that for just one dollar is just ridiculous.” When reminded of SC4’s other stipulation of a land trade with the city, Fye also said, “What’s more important, jobs or waterfront?”
While most of the speakers at the meeting had similar opinions as Fye and Walters, with 24 of the 27 people who chose to speak voicing against the sale to SC4, Representatives Ashford, Harris, Ruiz, Archibald and Mayor Repp voted in favor of the deal with SC4. These representatives carried a mainly positive attitude despite adversity from the people.
“We have to face this head on,” Ruiz said. He mentioned that from his experience as an educator he values education and the people he has taught over the years. “We have passionate, smart people that can figure it out,” he said in regards to the relocation of the local Minor Hockey Association and the Silver Sticks tournament.
Representative Ashford shared Ruiz’s optimism. “There is always hope for the city,” she said, defending her position and that of City Manager Freed. She pointed out that the McMorran Pavilion has been a deficit in need of repair for a long time. In defensive words of encouragement, she said, “However this vote goes, think about us as human beings. You can take that opportunity and make it.”
Representative Harris, however, didn’t share the attitudes of the other members that voted yes. “I’m here to represent you, not to have you drag out my son’s name and drag us both through the mud. And frankly, I’m pissed,” he said lividly.
This being in response to Brandon McNamee’s comment regarding to how Harris’ son is connected to the Glacier Point ice arena and how it is an alleged conflict of interest to the situation.
McNamee, an attorney who was mistakenly labeled as the legal representative for the MHA by Harris during the meeting, explained further after the meeting, “Issues like this would take down an available sheet of ice, and will improve Glacier Point’s financial situation. His son will benefit from it.” McNamee went on to explain that this was not a personal attack on Harris, but an exposure of information that the public has a right to know.
Walters also made a point to bring up Glacier Point. He stated that currently all the available ice sheets in the area have been booked and are full. Being a for profit arena, Glacier Point could raise the prices because the local hockey associations, even if they did combine, would have to book there.
With the location of Glacier Point being farther away from the center of Port Huron than the McMorran Pavilion, the general consensus of the speakers was that the business brought to the local hotels, restaurants and downtown businesses brought in by the Silver Sticks tournament would disappear with this new deal.
Pat Cruickshank, director of the Silver Sticks tournament, stated that the competition cannot stay in Port Huron if the McMorran Pavilion was sold.
City Manager Freed supported this statement said that keeping the Silver Sticks in the McMorran under management by SC4 was “just not feasible.”
Cruickshank, disappointed by the results of the city council vote, stated that it would not be the end of the competition. However, Silver Sticks would have to relocate to a different area with either Lapeer or Flint being current potential candidates.
Cruickshank’s disappointment and frustration was shared by the majority of attendants who left the meeting before it was adjourned. Scott Richard Warden, a volunteer at the McMorran, said, “I would first off like to thank the over 2000 people of Port Huron that approached me in support of the Minor Hockey Association.” Warden then vented his frustration, “Today’s city council vote defied the will of the people of Port Huron.”
Despite the frustration and the bleak outlook shared by his peers, Jim McPhee, president of the MHA, said, “It’s not over yet.”
The official agreement between the city and SC4 is still to be arranged. It may be brought up in SC4’s next Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday, Nov. 12.

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust

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“Mighty Marysville” Power Plant now collapsed
Nick “Chico” Hernandez
Managing Editor
On Nov. 7, the former DTE owned Marysville Power Plant collapsed in a great wall of dust and brick. The blast was heard all across Marysville, while the dust covered the river. Eight seconds, and the Plant was no more.
In 2011, the “Mighty Marysville” Power Plant was formally retired. On May 23, 2014 the Commercial Development Company (CDC) of St. Louis, Missouri bought the Plant and began tearing the Plant apart from the inside.
The Plant was not always there. In 1690, it was a lumber mill. In the late 1800s, the mill was demolished to make room for the Plant. In 1922, the Plant became fully operational and began generating electricity. At the height of the Plant’s life, it employed around 300 people.
According to the website for CDC the current plans for the property is to open a “100-room hotel, retail/office, restaurants, and marina with pedestrian walkways.”
Mary Chiveh, 42 from Marysville, said, “The explosion scared the heck out of my dogs, but it didn’t frighten me. I’ll miss that giant eyesore.”
Dan Mitchall, 47 and from St. Clair, woke up early to see the demolition, “It was a sight to see. Lots of history in that building and, poof! All gone. Out with the old and in with the new, right?”

May the Force (and the food) be with you

PKSA Karate hosts event for charity
Mel Buskirk
Copy Editor
This Halloween many adults and children alike will be dressing up as their favorite Star Wars characters in anticipation for the new movie coming this December. While our tummies may be filled with sweet sugary goodness, many folks will have to go without. Through the PKSA Karate studio on 216 Huron Ave., Port Huron, now you can train to be a real Jedi and feed those in need.
On Nov. 14 from 10 am – 2 pm PKSA will be hosting the Force Against Hunger Jedi Training Academy Day in which anyone can sign up to receive Jedi training and raise money for the Thanksgiving Food Basket Donation Fund. There will also be a silent auction for Star Wars collectables dating back to 1997 in which proceeds will also go to the cause.
All padawans will be given certificates for participating as well as ice cream provided by Lynch’s Tavern.
Registration before Nov. 14 is required to participate in the event. To register or reserve a spot for the silent auction, call 1 (810) 937 2557. For more information, check out PKSA Karate’s Facebook page at

Local brewery enlists help of graphic design students

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ThumbCoast re-releases the Huron Selkie
Emily Mainguy

“We value education and giving the opportunity to help students get real world experiences,” explained Dennis Doyle, Founder and President of ThumbCoast Brewing Co.
ThumbCoast Brewery gave students in the Graphic Design I class the opportunity to assist them with marketing one of their recent releasing beers the Huron Selkie.
Students were given this past month to create a beer poster, label and label mock-up of designs inspired by this Scottish Wee Heavy Ale along with the title, Huron Selkie.
The title of the beer was generated by the Founder, Dennis Doyle and Brew Master, Corey Nebbeling, who explained it as trying to mesh Scottish lore with something in the area.
The Selkie lore originates from Scotland and Ireland. According to a Selkie is, “a mythical creature that looks like a seal in water but assumes human form on land.”
“It was cool working with real businesses and real clients,” explained Sean McManaman. According to adjunct instructor, Chris Krolczyk this is the first project of its kind, “I thought it was a great opportunity to give my students.”
The ten posters are on the ThumbCoast Brewery Facebook page.
Owners and staff of the Brewery will be choosing the top three designs which will be up for voting at the Brewery or on their Facebook page until Monday, Nov. 2.
The winning design will be used for the Huron Selkie bottle labels and the winning student will receive a $500 scholarship to use toward their books or classes.
To see the winning design stop by the beer release which is targeted for Thursday, Nov. 12.

Freaky film for a fall night

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Raven Café shows “Thir13en Ghosts”
Kayla Flanagan
Guest Writer

It’s probably safe to say that for most people, Wednesdays aren’t exactly the day of the week that comes to mind when you are thinking of a day to do something fun. Trust me, it’s no different in my mind. However, when I heard that the Raven Cafe located on the main strip of downtown Port Huron was showing one of my personal favorite Halloween movies – “Thir13en Ghosts” – at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 21, I figured it may be an interesting evening out.
The coffeehouse is known in the area for having a comfortable, bookish atmosphere – especially the upstairs portion, where the movie was shown from a projector, the walls lined with an eclectic selection of books. Whether a person is stopping by for the first time, or has been in the establishment on a few occasions, or is a devout regular, the general consensus is that it is a nice place to be.
Austin Gonzales, 20, of Port Huron, said that he had been to the Raven a couple times before. “They were showing a movie I like, and I had never actually been upstairs before,” Gonzales said on why he was there that night. He felt that it was a great way to kill time on an otherwise uneventful, cool autumn evening.
Jordan Bailey, also of Port Huron, quickly agreed. “I love it here,” Bailey laughed. She was more than glad to be at the coffeehouse on an easygoing Wednesday evening.
The movie “Thir13en Ghosts” (2001) is the story of a man – played by Tony Shalhoub – and his two children who inherit an extravagant house from a rich uncle he had never heard from. When they, along with the children’s nanny, arrive at the house, all seems too good to be true. After the awful truth of the house is revealed by a psychic who worked for the uncle, the whole night becomes about how the family will survive and get out.
While watching the movie, customers were able to order from a variety of items on the menu, such as soups, sandwiches, other entrees, desserts, and beverages – including coffees, teas, shakes, and alcohol.
This was one of the last Wednesday night films at the Raven for October. But be on the lookout for further evening events offered at the local coffeehouse. Check the Raven Cafe Facebook page or stop by and find out for yourself what all the buzz is about.

Morrow Road, haunted?

A local legend
Nick “Chico” Hernandez
Managing Editor
Morrow road BookIn the darkest nights, at the quietest of times, fear can grip the sanest minds. Many people have experienced the fear when they made a pilgrimage to the infamous Morrow Road. The southern part of the road is located in Clay Township (on the outskirts of Algonac) and northern part rests in Cottrellville Township (on the outskirts of Marine City). In the 19th Century, Morrow Road was a cow path but was later expanded when more people moved in. Until recently, the road was all dirt but is now paved.
The legend begins with a mother and child dying in the late 1800’s. While there is several theories about what happened to the mother and child, one of the most popular theories is that the child left the house late one night and wondered outside. The mother discovered the child wasn’t in the room and ran outside to find the child in her nightgown. During this search, Morrow Road was getting hit with an unpredicted winter storm. Legends state that the mother froze to death before finding the child.
Continuing on local lore, it is said that the spot where the bridge once stood can be used to see the mother. Some claim that by lighting a fire there, she will appear in the flames which supports a different theory that the mother and child perished in a fire and not in a winter storm. The other popular way of trying to “summon” her is by honking the horn of a car three times at the bridge. Some people have said the sounds of a child crying can be heard on the road, while other claim to have been chased by the mother or “flying orbs.” The police have filed all these as false claims.
Morrow Road has spawned more than local legends, such as a book, an upcoming movie, and an appearance on Unsolved Mysteries. Francis J. Sampier covers Morrow Road in his book, Legend of Morrow Road, and goes into detail explaining the other theories of the mother’s demise, among other things. The movie, “Morrow Road,” has been in the works since 2005 but has not been confirmed on when it will be finished. Sampier, who is the director for “Morrow Road,” could not be reached for comment.
As with many local legends, the story is based on accounts from several people over many years and continues to draw people to the supposedly haunted road. As Halloween draws, Morrow Road may become a popular spot for people looking for a possible spooky scare.
Mark Bates, 34 of St. Clair, expressed his excitement to visit Morrow Road, “I’ve had some friends that went there in the 90’s and this time it’s my turn. Ghost or not, I’m ready to jump.”

Halloween in the Blue Water Area

What to during the Spooky holiday
Jenelle Kalaf
Photo Editor
It’s that time of the year.
Where small children dress up and ask strangers for candy, and parents then “check” the candy and eat it themselves.
Yes, Halloween, the spookiest of the Holidays.
For those of you who can’t partake in free candy, there is still plenty of things to do. And not just Haunted Houses.
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Just because Port Huron is a smaller city, it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t house some of the greatest frights. House of Judgment was featured on HBO as one of the largest Haunted Houses in the country. Taking place in the old Washington School building, the haunt covers all 3 floors. Tickets are $15, or $12 with student ID. The house is open Fridays and Saturdays all October. All profits go to the Grace Ministry Center. For more information, visit



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For those looking for haunted adventure in the woods, this might be the place for you. The half mile walk leads guests to sights of ghosts and ghouls. A haunted house is also featured at the attraction. Each haunt is $12 or $20 for a package deal. Dates and locations for the haunt is listed on the website. For more information, visit







rockyFamily Haunted Village and Spook Walk
If you’re in the Sanilac Area, head over to the Historic Village for Halloween family fun. Tour the village, meet the residents of the old town, and walk through the woods. The event on Oct. 17 and starts at 7 p.m.. Price for admission is $3 for adults and children. The event welcomes all ages. For more information, visit




familyThe Rocky Horror Show
This one is for all the freaks and geeks of the night. The cult hit returns to the McMorran Place for another Halloween show. The story follows a newly engaged couple who, after breaking down on the road, discover a strange house and are pulled into the world of singing, dancing, and transvestites. Tickets are $20 to $30 and the shows Oct. 23 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 24 at 8 p.m. and 11:55 p.m. For more information, visit

Pedal & Park at Pine Grove Park

Bicycle enthusiast event took place for a fifth year
Mel Buskirk
Copy Editor

bike1Bikers of all ages gathered at Pine Grove Park during the 2015 Pedal & Park to show off their rides on a chilly Saturday afternoon on Sept. 19. The event, usually taking place in August, started five years ago to celebrate the bike culture that’s grown in the Blue Water area.
Over 40 bikes were registered for the contest that was held during the event. The contest was open for all bikes to be entered, with the winner being determined by the popular vote of everyone that attended the event. There were two classes, bikes owned by adults and bikes owned by children. The prizes for the adults included memorabilia from the Roche Bar and the children’s included candy and decorations to put on their bikes.
bike2Although it didn’t directly sponsor the event, The Roche Bar of downtown Port Huron was a huge contributor to the event according to Renee McLeod and Melissa Martin, the coordinators of the Pedal & Park. The shirts that were sold to fund the event and future events can be ordered and purchased at the Roche bar ranging from $10 to $20.
Over 70 people attended the event, including the local biking club the Boardwalk Boys as well as many individuals from Port Huron and the surrounding areas.
The Boardwalk Boys is a local group of tight-knit family and friends that have been riding their bikes along the boardwalk and other scenic areas of Port Huron for over 12 years. One of their members Tom Lewandowski, of Port Huron, said, “We just ride for fun. If I can ride my bike, I’m going to ride it.”
Linn Bartlett, a chef, eBay entrepreneur, and SC4 alum, registered several of his bicyclists and took the opportunity to peddle his bikes at the event. “I’m a flipper,” Bartlett said, “I buy and sell things on eBay and garage sales.” He mostly specializes in antique books, however buying and selling bikes has become a hobby for him in the past few years. “I try to keep my prices low on them (the bikes) so I can sell them to enthusiasts who will actually fix them up and ride them,” said Bartlett.
During the event, those that brought bikes paraded through the park and along the boardwalk. One of the riders, Lewandowski’s daughter Emma Lewandowski, 10 of Port Huron, proudly pedaled along with the others on her classic 1974 bicycle given to her by her father.

Color me a sundae

Jamie Koebke
Business Editor
fourthfriday1Smooth guitar riffs, heavy harmonica and just a touch of piano filled the Exquisite Corpse Coffee House and Golden Rodent Gallery on Friday September 25th, for Desmond District’s Fourth Friday.
The Corpse was not the only downtown business open later than usual on Friday night. The Raven Café, and The Vault Sweet Shoppe also take part in Fourth Fridays.
Desmond District’s Fourth Fridays takes place on the Fourth Friday of every month starting at 5pm.
The Vault themed this Fourth Friday was Color Me a Sundae. This Fourth Friday, The Vault offered sundaes for two dollars. They also offered coloring sheets which they hung upon the walls after the children were done with them. The Vault had a previous Friday that consisted of two dollar sundaes or if you dressed as a superhero you received the sundae for a dollar.
Vault Sweet Shoppe employee Jordan Bailey, 19, said, “We’ve had people call to see how late we were open because they were from out of town and heard about it and they wanted to bring their family.”
Although the crowd at the Exquisite Corpse Coffee House and the Golden Rodent Gallery was geared towards an older crowd, with a band and a relaxed environment, Fourth Friday is a family friendly event.
Erin Sterling, 21, said, “All age groups are accounted for between the businesses that participle in Fourth Fridays.”
The Vault is more geared toward the families with children, with their various themes, games and other activities they plan. Sterling, a nursing major at SC4 said she loves working with the kids and watching them enjoy the activities they planned for the night and of course watching them enjoy their ice cream!
The Raven offered live entertainment and a relaxed atmosphere that was geared towards teens and young adults.
“Fourth Fridays bring everyone together for cheap, fun and family friendly environment that everyone can enjoy,” Bailey said.