*Annual Meeting: Saturday June 17, 2017, 9:00am, Twp. Hall
* Boat Parade: Saturday July 1, 2017
* Meet Your Neighbor: Saturday August 12, 2017
26" Walleye Caught Last Winter
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National Safe Boating Week set for May 20-26
From Dale Doepker
With boating season around the corner, Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers encourage boaters to make their pastime more enjoyable by following important safety tips. Saturday, May 20, marks the start of National Safe Boating Week and the DNR wants all Michigan residents and visitors to have fun while exercising caution and obeying the law. "Michigan is made for boating," said Lt. Tom Wanless, state boating law administrator with the DNR. "But being on the water carries responsibilities. Following the law and taking simple precautions will help ensure that your boating experience goes as planned. You have a responsibility to yourself, your passengers and fellow boaters to be as safe as possible."
The DNR encourages boaters to:
Wear a life jacket. About 85 percent of drownings resulting from boating accidents in the U.S. are due to people not wearing life jackets. In Michigan, anyone under the age of 6 must wear a life jacket when on the open deck of any vessel, but wearing a personal flotation device is recommended for everyone.
Avoid drinking alcohol. Nationally, alcohol use is the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accidents where the primary cause was known.
Make sure the boat is properly equipped and equipment is in good working order. In addition to legally required equipment, such as life jackets and fire extinguishers, always carry a first-aid kit, nautical charts and an anchor. Make sure navigation lights work properly.
File a float plan. Always inform family or friends about the details of your trip. Let them know when to expect you back. Give them phone numbers for the local emergency dispatch center and U.S. Coast Guard in case you don't return on time.
Stay alert. Watch for other boats, swimmers, skiers and objects in the water. This is especially true when operating in crowded waterways, at night and when visibility is restricted.
Carry a marine radio or cell phone. Be prepared to call for help if you are involved in or witness an accident, your boat or the boat of another becomes disabled or you need medical assistance. Program the numbers for the local emergency dispatch center and U.S. Coast Guard in your cell phone. Make sure your phone is fully charged but be aware that there often are coverage gaps on the water.
The DNR also recommends a boating safety course for anyone who plans to use a boat or personal watercraft. Classes are offered at different locations around the state and online, making it convenient and affordable.
Visit www.michigan.gov/boating for more information on boating safety and who is required to take a safety class.
For more information on safe boating go to the U.S. Coast Guard's Boating Safety Resource Center at www.uscgboating.org.
Michigan conservation officers are elite, highly trained professionals who serve in every corner of the state. They are fully commissioned peace officers with authority to enforce the state's criminal laws. Learn more at www.michigan.gov/ conservationofficers .
2016 4TH OF JULY BOAT PARADE
Current total fundraising is $74,000 as of 7-07-16.
Boaters Safety Course
Boaters Safety Classes
Boaters Safety Classes for this season have been scheduled. There will be 3 sessions within the Mecosta County Parks.
*School Section Lake Park - Sunday, June 11th - 10 am to 4 pm
*Brower Park - Sunday, July 15th - 10 am to 4 pm
*Paris Park - Sunday, August 20th - 10 am to 4 pm
*Registration is open currently for the June 11th class.
*To register please contact Deputy Trent Livermore with the Mecosta County Sheriff's Office Marine Division at (231) 592-0150.