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Michigan Boating Community Loses Dedicated Member: David Giffin, 1944-2016
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Michigan Boating Community Loses Dedicated Member: David Giffin, 1944-2016

04-Nov-2016

In mid-September, the Great Lakes boating community lost David Giffin. He passed away at his home in Bay Harbor, Michigan at the age of 71. Giffin was involved in the boating world in a number of influential ways. He owned and operated Grand Isle Marina in Grand Haven, Michigan for 24 years. .... Read More

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The largest city in the northeast corner of Michigan’s Mitten, Alpena’s appeal is rooted in what it isn’t, according to Mary Beth Stutzman, president and CEO of the Alpena Convention and Visitors Bureau. “This is not the place for massive shopping sprees or jumping out of a plane,” she says with a laugh. “Our big thing is just getting outdoors. We’re for people who are looking for the relaxed adventure: Stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, hiking, bicycling, fat tire biking in the winter, cross-country skiing and fishing — including ice fishing. Sometimes I think we overcomplicate life. Sometimes a simple walk in the woods with your kids is enough; it’s creating a memory you won’t forget.” A river runs through it Alpena’s first industry was fishing, and its earliest settlement was on the Thunder Bay River, which cuts through the city on its way to Lake Huron. It’s not unusual to see anglers of all ages perched on piers, bridges, the riverbank and the shores of inland lakes and ponds. The summer’s major event, the Michigan Brown Trout Festival, now includes walleye and bass tournaments in ad.....

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