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Pets of the issue

Pets of the issue

Christina Stoutenburg



To help cover adoption fees, an anonymous supporter has offered to help cover the cost of any pet featured in the Erie Square Gazette. For more information on adopting these pets, contact the Sanilac County Humane Society at (810) 657-8962 or e-mail them at societypets You can also visit their webpage and check out the other adorable adoptees at www. petfinder .com  /shelters/ MI278.html. For more information call 989-5584.


Alice a female Huskey

Alice is a female Husky who is house trained. She has black, gray, blue, or silver fur, and is spayed and up-to-date with routine shots. Her adoption fee is only $175.00.


Frosty, a male Spinx/Siamese Mix

Frosty is a young male white, cream point Sphinx/ Siamese mix. He is neutered, house trained, and up-to-date on routine shots. His adoption fee is only $75.

For more inquiries contact the shelter.

Local filmmakers “Bare” all at Blue Water Film Festival

Local filmmakers “Bare” all at Blue Water Film Festival

Nick Wedyke

Staff Writer

You never know who you’ll run into.

The fourth annual Blue Water Film Festival ran last weekend; Oct. 4 through the 6, from the short film submissions to a guest appearance by Curtis Armstrong, the festival affirmed itself as a Midwest staple for independent film.

“Bare” a short film by Katherine Nofs, a Kalamazoo resident and an SC4 alumni, took the top spot by winning the Blue Water Film Festival’s Platinum Award, which included a $1,000 cash prize.

Even though the final day ended with a bang, there were many events leading up to the awards ceremony.

A contestant of the Film Festival

The film festival started the weekend off with the midwest premiere of Jamie Meltzer’s feature length documentary “Informant”; the film was produced by Michigan and Port Huron’s own Steve Bannatyne, who co-founded Lucky Hat Entertainment.

The Blue Water Film Festival showcases tons of Michigan talent each year.

“I think we’re all Michigan talent, and if we do what we’re capable of doing it’ll help Michigan out all around,” said Jeremy Stemen, executive director of the Blue Water Film Festival.

Day two of the festival featured comedian Loni Love, who hails from Detroit and can be seen on television shows “Chelsea Lately” and “Worlds Dumbest.”

Love entertained an audience with an evening of comedy; this set the stage for a much anticipated day three of films.

The Blue Water Film Festival

Large groups gathered in the McMorran Theatre lobby, Saturday, Oct. 6, anxiously awaiting each block of films that the festival provided.

Labeled A through D, the blocks featured all 27 films chosen to be in the festival.

After block D closed, the fourth annual Blue Water Film Awards commenced.

The awards began with a keynote speech by Curtis Armstrong, an actor whose accomplishments include “Revenge of the Nerds” and “Risky Business.”

Armstrong received the E-nerd Award, sponsored by Nerds-on-Site; and reminded the audience that “nerds rule.” Armstrong then showed a never before seen promo for his upcoming TBS reality show “King of Nerds.”

Following Armstrong’s speech and promo, the film awards began.

It was an exciting spectacle as each award from “Best Direction” to “Best Lead Actor” was given out.  The final award had the director and cast of “Bare” called to the stage to accept the award.

The Film Festival closed with a Q&A with the directors and “Red Carpet” mingling as “cine-buffs” and filmmakers alike, conversed about the day.

For those interested in getting involved next year you can write the festival at BWFF@ BlueWaterFilmFestival. com, or “Like” the Blue Water Film Festival on Facebook.

Pumpkin carving or tree trimming?

Pumpkin carving or tree trimming?

Christina Stoutenburg


Super markets and big box stores seem to be keeping me on my toes.

Am I buying trick-or-treating bags, or tree ornaments? Isn’t Thanksgiving somewhere in between there?

While on a recent shopping trip, I had decided to be nosey and check out some Halloween decorations and I was shocked to find ornaments and tree toppers readily available. Some stores even have their trees out and priced.

Christmas or halloween?

What happened to the days when after Halloween we set up for Thanksgiving and the day after turkey carving, we put up our lights?

When I was younger, my family and I would get all the decorating done, get the gifts wrapped, and then take a nice snowy drive to see all the lights. But with the pace of our holidays now we can check out who has the best jack-o-lanterns while we are at it.

Christmas is wonderful, but the making of lists of wants, doesn’t seem to mesh well with a holiday focused around what we are thankful for.

Are we as a society looking too far ahead and just rushing our life along, when we should be stopping to smell the roses?

Yes, putting your Christmas lights up to help little ghouls and goblins find their way will help you be on top of the curve, but it seems to take away some of the specialness of the holiday.

Then again, businesses are not in the market of specialness, they are here to make money. And to make money they all want to offer their products first.

Can you really blame them for wanting their business to succeed in today’s economy?

But what can be done, do we just ignore the change or give in?

Maybe I’ll just kill two birds with one stone and be an elf for Halloween.

Great Lakes basin “deep trouble”

Great Lakes basin “deep trouble”

Carol Szparaga  

Staff Writer

SC4’s Green Team and the Blue Water Sierra Club co-sponsored Brennain Lloyd, project coordinator of North Watch, and John Jackson, interim executive director and director of Clean Productions and Toxics, Great Lakes United, held a presentation on campus in the M-TEC Building on Sept. 30, 2012.

Approximately 50 people attended this presentation.

The presentation included information about Ontario Power Generation seeking official approval from the Canadian government for a proposal to locate 200,000 cubic meters of radioactive waste below the Bruce Nuclear Generating station, approximately 50 miles from Lake Huron shoreline.

This will cause health concerns for residence along the shoreline, not to mention environmental issues.

The great Lakes

Among these concerns are poor quality of water for drinking, and the possibility of closing many beaches with any type of leakage of the radioactive material.

The proposal is scheduled to be put forward in 2013.

The proposed nuclear waste burial site would be located adjacent to the Bruce Nuclear Generating Station near Kincardine, Ontario, on Lake Huron.

If you would like to address your concerns, feel free to attend the Blue Waters Sierra Club’s next meeting, which will be held Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. at the Acheson Community Resource Room, 514 McMorran Blvd. This event is open to the public.

R.A.I.N.N Day informs of sexual abuse and dangers to all

R.A.I.N.N Day informs of sexual abuse and dangers to all

Amber Oile         

Staff Writer


Sexual Abuse discriminates against no one.

Men, women, boys and girls alike are faced everyday with the risk of being victimized. R.A.I.N.N Day gathers fellow students and members of the community to educate themselves on the matter of sexual abuse, incest and rape.

“Anyone can be a target,” says Jennifer Rader, a victim turned survivor of sexual assault crime.

Rader informs all in attendance about the issues of abuse in many aspects. She talks about the different forms of abuse and the various affects it may have on targets.

SC4 dual student Meghan Grady speaks about the insight she gained as a result of attending the event. Grady expressed how helpful the information will be for her in the future.

All are encouraged be aware of the potential dangers of sexual abuse.

Detective Kelsey Wade shared some tips on what might help avoid a possible attempt of abuse or assault. Things such as monitoring beverages at a party may prevent someone from slipping something in your drink and potentially taking advantage of you in your disposition.

Wade talks about the dangers of drugs that may be used to sedate targets and cautions all to be aware of beverages, for they may be at risk. People are likely to be slipped drugs at a party, or gathering, due to unsupervised drinks, making it easy for predators to make their move.

Prosecuting Offender and Victims’ Rights Orosecutor Mike Wendling, suggests if assaulted, pressing charges and taking action against an offender, in which case just may spare emotional damage due to assault.

Letting offenders get away with abuse will only continue the act of violence, according Wendling. These offenders need to be punished, he explained.

Safe Horizons also offered students insight on where to go and what to do, allowing students the chance to hear about past victims and their experience with the issue at hand.

Rader offered tips and helpful information on where to turn if victimized, and also the effects these attacks may have.

Being a survivor of sexual assault, Rader explained, is not easy thing to deal with. It can cause psychological damage and long term emotional hardship to survivors.

Students who have been affected, or know someone that has been, are encourage to alert authorities.

LOL-Cats galore

LOL-Cats galore

Hayley Myron


Do you ever feel like there is nothing that will be able to make you laugh during the week? Well I have a solution to that frown.

Whenever I am online and I need a good laugh, I just go onto, the home of the LOL cats.

There is a reason they are called LOL cats. This website focuses solely on humor and adorable animals.

Even though this website is the home of LOL cats, it has a variety of humorous videos and photos.

The Cheezburger Logo

If cute animals aren’t your thing, which I am pretty sure everyone loves cute animals, then there are just fandom photos, interesting stories, and most of all trolls.

Now, a troll is someone who goes around the internet and makes fun of other a variety of postings, and they try to trick people.

I highly recommend taking a look at the website; there is something for everyone on there.

Photo Poll

Photo Poll

Hayley Myron



“What are you going to dress up as for Halloween?”



Maryann Lawrence

Port Huron


“As of right now, a good witch.”


Ian Wixson



“I thought about James Bond.”


Liz Cottrell

Marine City

Registered Nurse

“I might dress up as a clown to go trick or treating with my daughter.”

Paint it, peel it, carve it

Paint it, peel it, carve it

Danielle Kennedy
Copy Editor

Pumpkin carving, one of the few activities where people are encouraged to stab something with a sharp object.

But now a day it’s not at all uncommon for people to set their knives and tiny saws aside for some different tools.

One of those tools is paint.

Whether it is a parent with young children, or someone that just doesn’t want to go through the hassle of cutting and gutting a pumpkin, paint is often a go to tool for pumpkin decorating. While painting a pumpkin decreases a person’s chance of cutting themselves, they have to be more careful when picking their pumpkin.


Bumps on the pumpkin can be a hindrance when painting, and may even be a blemish if they’re big enough to remain noticeable once the job is complete. Dampness on the pumpkin’s skin can also be a hindrance, but easily remedied by wiping the pumpkin with a dry cloth.

People have also traded the usual carving tools for sculpting tools. This allows the user to peel away the pumpkin’s skin in layers. Gives them a bit more control over what they’re crafting.

It takes patience, but if a person can stick it out, they can end up with some awesome results. Some of the works out there that have been done with this method look more like they belong in a museum than sitting on someone’s front porch.

Creative Pumpkins by Mike Madison

That’s not to say that the traditional method of carving pumpkins is disappearing. People can still go walk down the street to see traditional jack-o-lanterns resting on the porches of many homes.

It’s just that one shouldn’t be surprised if they see a not so traditional jack-o-lantern resting right beside it. And as time goes by, maybe even more methods of pumpkin decorating will arise.

T-birds tidbits

T-birds tidbits

Twana Pinskey

Managing Editor

In this, a presidential election year, I have been reflecting on how much things have changed over the last four years.

Four years ago, I paid around $1.87-$1.88 a gallon for gas.

What I wouldn’t give to see those prices again.

Over the summer months, I have watched prices at my local station rise by 30 cents. I currently pay close to $3.90 a gallon for gas. As a result, I can barely maintain my budget.

One would think with summer behind us, the kids all back in school, that prices would hold steady or decline, not keep rising.

Watching the news, one hears reports as to why costs escalate. Reasons range from how warm last winter was to refineries that are closed due to explosions, the weak economy, greedy oil companies or the United States dependency on foreign oil.

These seemingly plausible answers have become so redundant, I find myself questioning their validity.

According to Daniel Yergin, author of “The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World”, in comments he made to the Wall Street Journal Sept.13,2012, Yergin said he believed shale gas(formed from being trapped in shale formations) production now accounts for 40 percent of U.S. gas production.

Yergin explained that technologies used to harvest shale gas, have revitalized U.S. oil production. As exciting as this news seems to be, I highly doubt our country will return to the dominance it once had in the oil industry.

Nonetheless, as our production increases, I would hope our dependence on foreign oil will decrease.

I am realistic enough to know the days of $1.88 a gallon gas are gone. I would settle for enough of a decrease that I can afford to pay my utilities and not worry about how to put food on the table.

Athletic Department raises money with golf outing

Athletic Department raises money with golf outing

DJ Palm

Sports Editor

The Skippers Athletic Department held a golf outing at Willow Ridge Golf Club to raise money. Participants included members of the softball, men’s and women’s basketball, and the golf team.

The Athletic Department was able to raise about $800, which was divided between the groupings of the sports teams that participated.

Entry into the outing was $40, that included nine holes of golf with a riding cart and a free luncheon courtesy of the restaurant affiliated with the golf course, Bogey’s Bar and Grill.

Prizes were also given out during the golf outing. Among them were two 12-packs of Titleist Pro V 1 golf balls. Also thrown in were SC4 tumbler mugs with the skippers’ athletics logo on them.

Everyone who participated received a complimentary keychain and t-shirt with the Skippers’ Athletics logo on them.

SC4’s Golf Coach Dale Vos was the one responsible for setting up and organizing the event.

“I called 18-hole courses to hold the event and there were opportunities to hold it at one of them, but I have known the owners of Willow Ridge for years, and nine holes was much less time consuming than 18. And we all got done in time to go home and watch some football,” Vos Said