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Sunday, August 18, 2019
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Hopefully, none of my neighbors in Southern Michigan will be offended when I say this, but Northern Michigan is just so nice and so different.

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In recent weeks I have featured shorebirds such as American avocet and willet, already migrating southward for the winter months. This past week, southbound songbirds have started to show up in Southwest Michigan.

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Sarett Nature Center

Saturday, August 17, 2019
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NILES – The Niles Viking Stampede kicked off the 2019 season for the Lakeshore and Niles cross country teams on Friday.

Thursday, August 15, 2019
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BENTON TOWNSHIP — Lake Michigan College women’s volleyball coach Rob Elliott-Schafnitz is ready for the 2019-20 season to begin.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Last week I paid a visit to the Fort St. Joseph Historic Site open house in Niles and learned that one of the noteworthy archaeological finds during the 2019 field season included a humerus (arm bone) of a black bear.

Imagine a bass tournament with a five fish limit—and a banana. Competitors are all in kayaks and on a fairly small body of water. You must worry about more than just catching fish. Someone in the group has that banana and if they throw it in your kayak, your catch number goes to zero. Now yo…

Thursday, August 08, 2019
Wednesday, August 07, 2019
Sunday, August 04, 2019

BENTON TOWNSHIP — Western Amateur runner-up Daniel Wetterich is ready to chase the dream of being a professional golfer. Champion Garrett Rank is happy with his current job.

Several American avocets have been reported along Berrien County’s Lake Michigan shoreline in recent weeks. Up to six avocets were reported from July 17-30 at St. Joseph by multiple observers; two were photographed on July 21 near Union Pier by Andy Belt, a visiting birder from Indiana. Davi…

Saturday, August 03, 2019

BENTON TOWNSHIP — Ricky Castillo shot an 8-under par 62 at Point O’ Woods Golf & Country Club on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Western Amateur.

BENTON TOWNSHIP — Most of the players at Point O’ Woods Golf & Country Club for this week’s Western Amateur hope to play on the PGA Tour one day.

Friday, August 02, 2019

BENTON TOWNSHIP — Davis Thompson coasted in with a four-shot lead to win medalist honors Thursday at the Western Amateur. Karl Vilips had to get through four playoff holes just to stay alive.

Thursday, August 01, 2019

BENTON TOWNSHIP — The Western Amateur will have a new champion this year, but Wednesday’s second round offered little clarity on who it might be.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

BENTON TOWNSHIP — Hidetoshi Yoshihara moved to the top of the Western Amateur leaderboard with a great round of golf Tuesday morning. An afternoon wind helped him stay there.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

The Lakeshore Junior Golf Association concluded its summer tour on Monday at HawksHead Links in South Haven with the second round of its championship tournament.

Monday, July 29, 2019

STEVENSVILLE — Stevensville Post 568 faced a disappointing end to its season in Sunday’s American Legion Class AA state baseball championship game played at Lakeshore High School.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Matt Zerbel has been playing golf at Point O’ Woods Golf & Country Club for a long time. He’ll play there again this week with a little more on the line.

Autumn migration is well underway among shorebirds that nest in the far north and northern Great Plains. Shorebirds such as willet, sanderling, and others began their southbound trek to their wintering grounds just after the summer solstice in late June.The best areas to locate migrating sho…

The kid walked into the bait shop carrying a five-gallon bucket and accompanied by a lady I figured was his mom. He looked to be about 13 years old.

Southwest Lower PeninsulaSt. Joseph: The weather hampered salmon fishing this past week with very few boats making it out. Pier anglers caught steelhead and catfish. Most anglers fished shrimp on the bottom. Yellow perch were caught in 30 feet of water and fishing was good both north and sou…

Saturday, July 27, 2019

STEVENSVILLE — One long inning has left Stevensville Post 568 with a long road back to try to win the American Legion Class AA state baseball championship.

Friday, July 26, 2019

STEVENSVILLE — Stevensville Post 568 got an ideal start to this weekend’s American Legion Class AA state baseball tournament.

Thursday, July 25, 2019
Wednesday, July 24, 2019

BENTON HARBOR — Nick Knowlton is rounding his golf game into form as he prepares to begin his senior season at Trine University, shooting a 73 on Tuesday at Lake Michigan Hills Golf Club in the opening round of the Lakeshore Junior Golf Association Tour’s championship tournament.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Sunday, July 21, 2019

Matt Hysell found a Bell's vireo, a small songbird not found often in Michigan, vocalizing from a thicket of brush next to the Renaissance Athletic Club parking lot in Benton Harbor on July 9.This small, non-descript bird is common to Central America north through Mexico, the Southwest US, a…

Southwest Lower PeninsulaSt. Joseph: Boat anglers targeting salmon reported slow fishing. A few trout were caught in around 80 feet however the salmon seem to be very deep. Most fish were caught on spoons. Perch fishing was inconsistent as anglers had very good fishing one day and struggled …

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Michigan High School Athletic Association member schools continued to experience a decade-long decline in enrollment in 2018-19, and participation across 28 sports for which the MHSAA sponsors postseason tournaments also decreased slightly. However, while the drop in enrollment was 1.28 perc…

Thursday, July 18, 2019
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

St. Joseph High School golfer Ryan Guzzo will represent The First Tee of Benton Harbor at the 2019 PURE Insurance Championship Impacting the First Tee in September.