TOPINABEE FEATURED IN TRAVERSE MAGAZINE
Topinabee is featured in the August, 2017 edition of Traverse magazine, a popular magazine that focuses on living in Northern Michigan. The article is titled “August Escapes: 5 Northern Michigan Travel Ideas”. In it, Topinabee is identified as an ideal stopping point on biking trips out of Gaylord along the North Central State Trail, and several local points of interest are noted, including our beach, our park, Breakers, and Cafe Noka.
2017 FIREMEN’S BBQ
The annual Firemen’s BBQ was held on August 20 at the Pavilion, and this year, it also provided an opportunity to celebrate the Mullett Lake Township Centennial as well. As always, the food was a highlight, especially the grilled chicken, sweet corn, and ice cream sundaes.
Those who have attended the BBQ regularly in the past report that this year’s event featured a record turnout.
2017 MULLETT TOWNSHIP BOARD MEETINGS
FEB. 7- TOPINABEE
MARCH 7- TOPINABEE
APRIL 4- EAST MULLETT
JUNE 6-EAST MULLETT
SEPTEMBER 5 OR 7-TOPINABEE
OCT. 3-EAST MULLETT
TOPINABEE LIBRARY FEATURED ON TV
The Topinabee library was featured on Channel 9/10
on Friday May 20. Click on the link below to view the report.
The library now provides e-books. Stop in and pick up a library card and you will have access to thousands of books online.
Best of all there is no charge!
Learn more about the Library at:
BREAKERS FEATURED ON TV
Clink on the link below to see a TV feature on the Breakers-click on the connect button in the article to hear the report.
SEE STURGEON IN MULLETT LAKE
STURGEON PLANTED IN MULLETT LAKE
Sturgeon for Tomorrow in cooperation with the Mullett Preservation Society planted fish in Mullett Lake on August 23rd. This is part of the program to preserve, protect and expand sturgeon in Northern Michigan Lakes. Sturgeon raises the fish at their hatchery near Black Lake for planting. Tours are available at the hatchery and are a very educational experience. Over 8000 sturgeon have been planted in Mullett Lake since 2003 through the Sturgeons for Tomorrow program with support from MAPS. Walleye plantings since 1999 have totaled more than 1,000,000,000. The Walleye program is supported by the DNR, tribes and MAPS.
THANKS TO PHIL WELCH
Phil Welch, a Topinabee resident and owner of Michigan Lakes Products, solved a long-time problem at the Topinabee Park. Seagulls and ducks love to use the swim dock as their restroom! Walking on the dock can be a hazard for your feet!. Phil worked with his company to come up with a solution to the problem. Finding a solution, Michigan Lake Products donated the material to make the swim dock doo doo free! Thanks to Mr. Welch and Michigan Lake Products.
FISH PLANTING IN MULLETT LAKE
The Mullett Lake Area Preservation Society has worked with the DNR, Sault Tribe and area business to try to improve fishing in Mullett Lake. MAPS has contributed $30,000 to drive the planting of fish in the lake. Over the past three years, over 650,000 walleye fingerlings, and 1500 6-8 inch walleyes have been planted in the lake. This summer over 7000 sturgeon fingerlings were planted in the Pigeon River, a tributary of Mullett Lake. More sturgeon will be planted in Mullett Lake this fall. Michigan State University and the DNR have been engaged in a study of success of these plantings. Fishermen are asked to return the “guts” of walleye catches to the DNR to assist with this study. Better fishing should be in the future for Mullett Lake.
The Topinabee Community Church was originally built in 1917. The “little white church on the hill” was organized as a Methodist Church and at its’ beginning was the only church located on the west side of Mullett Lake. Eventually, Topinabee began to lose some of its’ early tourist population and fewer and fewer members were true Methodists. So in 1947, the church was reorganized as an Independent inter-denominational organization of Christians. Methodist Church officials actually allowed the church to be sold, and the faithful church body purchased the building for $1800. The sanctuary was expanded and classrooms added. The church continues today as a result of a caring congregation of fewer than 100 regular members. One of my favorite things about the church is the church bell. Listen for it on Sunday mornings.
Topinabee is the home of two authors who have published many books Chris Wright, alias Johnathan Rand, has over 80 books to his credit and Debra Chapoton has also published several books. Check out their websites listed below.
Debra Chapoton is a former high school teacher who fell in love with a hundred different teenagers every year. She writes children’s and young adult novels relying on her teaching experiences for inspiration and authenticity. Her YA novel, EDGE OF ESCAPE, was first self-published and then bought by a major international publisher. It is a story of physical and psychological survival in which stalking and obsession get a sympathetic twist. In her most recent novel, SHELTERED, five troubled teens confront demonic forces and must deal with their problems in distinctly different ways.
She currently lives with her husband in a log home set in the middle of a climax forest. Like many of the teens she taught, her neighbors are all wild.
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