Category Archives: Environment

The Festival of the Honey Bee, and the campaign to make Ypsi more pollinator-friendly

A few weeks ago, the Ann Arbor Awesome Foundation awarded a grant to local bee activist Jamie Berlin to help ensure that Ypsilant’s Festival of the Honey Bee can continue on into the future. Following is my discussion with Jamie about how the festival came about, what we can expect from this year’s event, and […]

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Just one week after the midterm elections, an all out assault on the EPA has begun… This is what we get for not voting

Just after winning reelection a little over a week ago, Republican Senator Mitch McConnell announced that his top priority would be to “rein in” the EPA. That’s right, the incoming Senate Majority Leader, when telling his constituents what he intended to do with his newfound power, didn’t mention the fighting for the middle class, or […]

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I am no longer the most powerful Mark Maynard in the world, but I still own the URL

I don’t know this to be true, but I’ve heard, over the years, that the Maynard side of my family made their way to Kentucky from West Virginia. And, as there are currently a great many Maynards there, like Lee Maynard, the brilliant author of Crum, I suspect that there may be some truth to […]

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Bringing life, recreation and business back to the Huron River

I had the good fortune not too long ago to have coffee with Huron River Watershed Council (HRWC) Executive Director Laura Rubin. While we didn’t have great deal of time to discuss the condition of the Huron River, as we’d met to discuss something else, Laura did mention that their RiverUp! campaign was making great […]

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The parable of the California sardine collapse

The fishing industry in California was built on sardines. While they lasted, they were abundant, easy to catch, and simple to process. They were ground for fish meal, which was used to feed chickens. They were processed for oil. And, during the war, they were an invaluable source of protein for American soldiers fighting in […]

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