Category Archives: Community


The YMCA of the Blue Water Area

Helping a charity and learning more about the Y
Mairead Warner
Staff Writer

The YMCA of the Blue Water Area is teaming up with the charitable organization, “Kids In Distress Services, Inc.” also known as (KIDS). These two organizations are joining forces by giving families the opportunity to donate gently used clothing. The clothing drive is on now and goes through Sept. 30.
According to Jenn Stanyer, Community Specialist for YMCA of the Blue Water Area, “The clothing donations that are needed are: children and teens jeans for boys and girls (sizes five through 12), PJs, winter jackets and any other gently used clothing.” The clothing required to be new are socks and underwear in both genders for teens and children.
“The YMCA joining fee can be waived if families bring in one article of clothing. Families can drop off the articles of clothing at the Y,” said Stanyer.
An employee for the Y can help families locate the drop boxes.
According to the YMCA of the Blue Water Area website, “classes are available for all ages including early childhood to active older adults. The YMCA of the BWA gives the opportunity of online registration for programs but requires that the members provide their e-mail address, member ID, date of birth and zip code.“
The Y is open on Monday through Sunday. The hours for Monday through Friday are 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The YMCA’s website has links for everyone to see what programs are offered. The fees of the programs for both members and non-members are also listed on the website.
“Families can look up additional information on the YMCA BWA’s official website which is,” Stanyer said.

Farewell for now

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The SchwonkSoundStead hosts Manifest the Machine’s last show
Lily Petit
Staff Writer

Don’t miss what might be your last chance to hear Manifest the Machine live. The Port Huron based experimental rock band will be stepping out of the public light for an indefinite period of time.
Manifest the Machine will be playing on Sept. 28 at 7p.m at The SchwonkSoundStead located at 1521 7th street. The Tiny Ugly Germs and Joseph Merrill will be performing as well.
Admission is free but donations will be accepted.
Manifest considers this show to be a final salute to fans and supporters. Travis Boone, 21, says, “We are all grateful, the whole band.”
The post rock band consists of brothers Corey Strobbe, 20, on drums and Chris Strobbe, 19, on guitar. Add Travis Boone, 21, on keyboard, and Zach Nye, 19, on bass; the band is complete.
Manifest says, “If things work out in the far future, we’ll step back into the light and perform, but even if that happens it won’t be for a while.”

Wolverine Market set to host 2nd Annual Oktoberfest

Changing of the seasons brings in a ‘Beer Festival’
Nick “Chico” Hernandez
Managing Editor

On Friday, Sept. 27, Wolverine Market will be holding an Oktoberfest event for every beer lover, and adult of legal age.
The ‘Beer Festival’ begins at 2 p.m., ends at 8 p.m., and is $35 if you pay in advance or $40 at the door; as explained by Wolverine Market’s website,
Oktoberfest’s location is Kiefer Park, next to the Municipal Office Center.
The $35/$40 buys you 15 tokens to sample the Michigan brewed beers that will be everywhere during the ‘Beer Festival’. Extra tokens will be 50 cents a pop.
To reserve tickets now, drop in at Wolverine Market on Huron Ave. or call 810-982-0966.

Photo provided with permission by Wolverine Market.
Photo provided with permission by Wolverine Market.

Crime and punishment

Photo Credit: Nick "Chico" Hernandez
Photo Credit: Nick “Chico” Hernandez
The 4 deadly violations
Nick “Chico” Hernandez
Managing Editor

Ashtray lids on the trash cans have vanished in a cloud of smoke, the concrete is bare of cigarette butts. The St. Clair County Community College smoking ban has taken effect.
SC4’s Board of Trustees gave the policy a thumbs’ up in April of 2014, and it officially went into effect on August 1. St. Clair County Community College is now a completely smoke and tobacco free campus, this includes the E-Cigarette’s as well.
Students caught smoking on campus will have two chances to reconsider whether they should be on school grounds the next time a craving comes around.
First offense is a verbal warning, and the second is a written warning. But with the second warning comes an official letter from the dean, saying that next time you will be in trouble.
The third time you get caught, you’ll be charged a $10 fine, and a “hold” will be placed on your record. Registration, transcripts, etc. will be blocked, and the student will have a meeting with the Vice President of Student Services and the Dean of Students, as the SC4 website states.
The forth and what would seem to be the final time (as the website only lists 4 “violations”) ups the fine to $20, and mimics the 3rd violation’s punishment. The only addition listed; “possible suspension/dismissal from campus.”
While some students opposed the idea of a smoke-free campus before it was made a rule, a few are dealing with it as best as they can. Jay Rent, 36 of Port Huron, said “I don’t like that I can’t smoke on campus anymore, but what are you going to do? Run across the street, of course!”
One other student looked at the new policy in a different manner, “This ‘No Smoking’ shit is some crap. All those little whiners need to shut the fuck up and let me do my business with my cigarette. They got no right to tell me where I can and can’t smoke,” said Danielle Carter, 28 of Marysville.
In the end, majority rules that the ban has been good for the college.
Pete Lacey, Vice President of Student Services said in an email, “The ban went into effect on August 1 and the transition has been smooth. We have received positive feedback from many people on campus and in our community.”

Sun, boats, and beer

Photo credit: Hannah Hunter
Photo credit: Hannah Hunter
Blue Water Antique Boat Show comes to downtown Port Huron
Hannah Hunter
Staff Writer

A little bit of beer, a little bit of sun, and lots of antique boats set the scene on the weekend of Sept. 6 in downtown Port Huron.
Boat owner and show veteran Rob Guldemond has been coming out to Port Huron with his Antique Boat for 25 years. He and his family came not only for the show on Saturday, but for the cruise night on Friday as well.
The show also featured many vendors along the docks greeting visitors and selling souvenirs. Show vendor Suzanne Kun has been coming to the show in Port Huron for 7 years and has also attended the show in St. Clair as well.
Since this was a family oriented event, boat owners offered rides out on the river to families attending.
Children were encouraged to come up close to the boats and even aboard some of them to get a look inside as well, instead of just looking in from the docks.
Some of the sponsors for the event included: The Zebra Lounge, Port Huron Power Squadron, Bill Macdonald Ford, the city of Port Huron, and the River Street Marina.
The show concluded with an awards ceremony at 4 p.m. followed by food and drinks to celebrate the winners. After that, all boaters were invited for a “just for the fun of it” cruise up the black river to end the evening.

Homemade music rains down on Goodells Park

Photo Credit: Lily Petit
Photo Credit: Lily Petit
BlueChiliGrass festival rises to the top
Lily Petit
Staff Writer

Goodells County Park paid host to the 5th annual BlueChiliGrass festival on Labor Day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The festival featured three stages: acoustic, bluegrass, and electric, as well as five local restaurant competitors in the chili cook off.
The BlueChiliGrass festival started in the Baron family’s backyard. Last year, an estimated 2,000 patrons sampled the sounds of the festival. And this year Susan Wilson, executive director of Lake Bonisteel Music Association (LBMA), predicts there will be 3,000. This year marks the second year that the festival has rented Goodells County Park due to the event’s increasing size.
“We want kids to get excited about music,” Wilson said. LBMA hopes their 10 percent increase in local sponsors and the rising number of attendees will make them eligible enough to become a non-profit organization. This would allow them to reach their goal of offering music scholarships.
Every sponsor, volunteer, and vendor is local.
New owners of The Raven Café, Sadaat Hossain and Jody Parmann soaked in the sounds of bluegrass on Labor Day while participating in the chili cook off and hosting a tent.
Parmann said the day was not so much about winning the competition or advertising the café, but about enjoying the music and the people. Their spicy chili was beat out by Chef Shell’s Restaurant.
SC4 students Kaitlynn Wiegand, 17, and Emily Fisher, 17, volunteered their time to the festival wherever an extra hand may be needed. Wiegand reported that she enjoyed the festival last year, but her dad, Chris Wiegand, played a large role in getting her and Emily to the park.
Unfortunately the twang of blue grass was cut short by the rumble of thunder. The storm rolled in around 6 p.m. and most of the audience left at the same time.
To learn more about the Lake Bonisteel Music Association go to You can like and follow them on Facebook at Lake Bonisteel Music Association.

Finding art in nature

Photo Credit: Lia Martinez
Photo Credit: Lia Martinez
Spiral Gallery features Elizabeth Wilcome
Lia Martinez
Staff Writer

As most students may know, Studio 1219 features SC4 Alumni in the spiral gallery to show their support for our local artists. This month, Elizabeth Wilcome will be lining up the walls with her display of nature-inspired art.
From the first second you walk in through the door it’s easily recognizable that nature was Wilcome’s muse for this showcase.
“Nature plays a really big part in what I do,” said Wilcome, “I think most people don’t go out and look at it and they don’t see it and they don’t understand how beautiful and massive this structure is.”
When one walks into the gallery, beams of sunlight reflect across each painting in a twinkling dance bringing out the natural beauty of the paintings. Nature reaches out through every tree branch and sings out through every creature carefully crafted on the canvases. Her creations dare the human eye to question how these were created from mere brush strokes as opposed to the simple click of a button.
For those nature lovers out there, or for people looking to fall in love with the natural wonders this world has to offer, take a few minutes out of your day and check out WIlcome’s gallery.
Her show case will be open to the public from now until Sept. 30. Stop by at Studio 1219 at 1219 Military street in downtown Port Huron and experience the beauty of nature encompassed in her pieces.
For more information on Elizabeth Wilcome or her art, visit her website at

The smell of trees, animals, and popcorn can only mean one thing…

Community attends St. Clair County Earth Fair

Nichole Hatcher
Staff Writer

The St. Clair County Earth Fair arrived at Goodells County Park on Friday, April 25 and departed Saturday evening on the 26.
The Earth Fair was very kid friendly. It had hands on activities to teach them how important it is to keep our earth green. The kids were able to make bird houses and feeders. The kids even got to make their own paper with glitter or seeds inside of it.
The biggest hit was the animals. The fair had animals as small as a baby chick up to two large Alpacas. They had bunnies as soft as could be and a snake with freshly new skin.
Riley Hatcher said his favorite thing about the fair was “being able to touch the lizard and the snake.”
“The snake felt so smooth.” he said.
Chris’s Bunnies from Fort Gratiot was there. “I sold about 90 bunnies for Easter and I will probably get 20 of them back.” Chris not only has bunnies for sale but she also takes in bunnies that people no longer want” she stated. “Never release a pet bunny into the wild, they will not survive. Bring them to me,” she said.
On Friday, bus after bus unloaded students ready to learn and see what the Earth Fair had to offer. Saturday was more laid back with families enjoying family time and togetherness while learning how to help save our environment.
Saturday the girls from Paul Mitchell hair school were there to donate their time to do free face painting.
The Earth Fair had many different stations hosted by companies sharing their eco-friendly advances and products. Tupperware showing the latest storage sets, DTE showing what light bulbs save you money and are safer, and the Blue Water Transit and how riding it saves our environment and helps keep our breathing air cleaner.

Pet of the issue


Angie Stoecklin
Copy Editor

Pet of the Issue -RustyCat. Photo credit: Angie Stoecklin
Photo credit: Angie Stoecklin

Looking for a new furry friend to add to your home? Then look no further than this blonde feline, Rusty.
Rusty is about 8 months old. When he arrived at the humane society his name was Blondie, but volunteers changed his name to the more masculine Rusty.
Originally a stray, this male domestic medium hair has since been socialized by the people who had brought him to the humane society. BWHS volunteers say that he gets along well with other cats, but it is unknown what his reaction would be towards children or dogs, therefore a multiple cat household or a no pet household may be best.
Rusty’s adoption fee is $100, however, if asked about adoption specials, the BWHS will reduce the fee.
An anonymous donor will help covered the cost of any pet featured in the ESG. This donor is not affiliated with the humane society so those interested should contact the ESG via the writers e-mail below.
For more information on Rusty or other pets up for adoption visit the Blue Water Area Human Society at 6266 Lapeer road in Port Huron.

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St. Clair County Earth Fair

Make going green eco-easy

Nichole Hatcher
Staff Writer

St. Clair County’s annual Earth Fair begins on Friday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and continues into Sat. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Goodells Park on County Park Drive in Goodells.
Admission and parking are free, courtesy of the event’s sponsors.
According to the website,, St. Clair County Earth Fair has been a growing event for the past 11 years. Starting with a few visitors and eight vendors, the website predicts this year will draw approximately 7,000 visitors and 65 vendors.
The fun begins at the gate when each visitor will receive a map showing where everything is located.
The Earth Fair will have hands on activities for all and crafts for the little ones, all of which are included in the free admission.
On Friday, schools located all over St. Clair County will be taking their students on a field trip to attend.
According to the Earth Fair’s website, Saturday will consist more of families.earthfair2

“SC4 will be showing off their bicycle generators as they have done in the past,” said Bob Hunckler, Professor of Geography.
Hunckler suggests watching the weather because all the displays are in the barns.
“If it is windy that day the barns will feel like wind tunnels,” Hunckler said. Some of the events include a live birds of prey show, presented by the Howell Nature Center, a Tree and Shrub sale, organic food and farming, renewable energy, face painting, free trolley rides, and many more.
For more information on the St. Clair County Earth Fair, visit the webpage,, for a full list of events.
Goodells Park is located at 8345 County Park drive, Goodells.