Vice Presidential Visits to Lake Maxinkuckee

Vice Presidential Visits to Lake Maxinkuckee

After publishing my last article about Portledge, more than one person commented about the Vice Presidential visit to that cottage in the early 1900s, so I felt it warranted a story.  No matter your politics, it’s a big deal to have the Vice President of the United...
American Mink

American Mink

I recently had a conversation about a mink sighting along the shoreline.  Since this was not the first time the subject of a mink family living at the lake was brought up, and I know next to nothing about mink, I thought I should do some research. European Mink There...
What To Do With All Those Leaves!

What To Do With All Those Leaves!

Although some may not see the harm in blowing their leaves into the lake, since leaves are “natural,” it is the cumulative effect of everyone thinking this way that causes the damage. Leaves have nutrients similar to fertilizer.  They contain high levels of...
Lawn to Meadow – Part II

Lawn to Meadow – Part II

As stated in Lawn to Meadow – Part I, traditional turf lawns are food deserts that are unwelcoming for both birds and insects.  In addition, trying to achieve the “perfect” lawn requires a lot of chemicals, water, and effort.  Going from turf to flowering...
The Big Thirst

The Big Thirst

We don’t need data from the National Weather Service to know that it is DRY!  From brown lawns to desiccated soybean fields to exposed shorelines, everything is parched.  We need a good, soaking rain.  The forecast looks hopeful for this week. Lake...
Lawn to Meadow – Part I

Lawn to Meadow – Part I

Manicured Lawns – A Brief History The concept of closely cut, well-kept grass areas in gardens premiered in the 1700s in England and France.  The amount of maintenance required by these new garden features kept them strictly in the realm of the rich.  Thomas...