By Sue Moore
A kayak water trail is in the development stage for the chain of lakes and rivers in the Vicksburg area.
It started with Ron Smith, a village council member and resident living on Sunset Lake. He noticed how many people were using the boat launch near his house to put their kayaks into the water and paddle up stream. He reasoned that this waterway is navigable, especially in the spring, and as far south to the St. Joseph River if someone really wanted a workout. Smith also serves on the village’s Parks and Recreation Committee. He proposed to members the idea of marking a water trail and putting it on the state register of trails.
The committee agreed. Members mentioned the proposal to the Angels Crossing committee. Golf Pro Jeff Rohrstaff saw the potential and is now planning a small dock for kayakers to pull up and stop into the clubhouse for food and beverages.
Smith just launched a “Sunset Lake Water Trail” page on Facebook to help promote the lake, park and Vicksburg as a tourist destination.The URL is facebook.com/sunsetlakewatertrail/ This represents the first step in putting Vicksburg on the map as part of the Michigan water trail system (see: michiganwatertrails.org).
Power Line Decision
Vicksburg and Schoolcraft villages were recently notified that the upgrade and route of the new transmission power line connecting the two villages by Indiana Michigan Power company has been determined. Due to citizens coming forth to protest the preferred pathway along W Avenue into the transformer in Vicksburg on Draper Street, it will now traverse the railroad bed as it parallels W Avenue from Portage Road into the village. That is good news for the residents of Greensborough who were objecting to the unsightliness of the line going across the entry to their residential area.
Classes Scheduled Again for Seniors Who Fear Falling
A Matter of Balance class will begin again this month at the Vicksburg United Methodist church on April 21 and go through May 16, from 1-3 p.m. Two-hour classes are held twice a week for four weeks and cost $15 for materials. Contact Marilyn Reed at the Area Agency on Aging, 373-5224 to enroll or for further information. The classes help seniors who have concerns about falling. It is designed to manage falls and increase activity levels.
Vicksburg Family Home Care has Moved
Terry and Sara Barnes have moved their family home care business from their home to an office at 111 W. Prairie Street in Vicksburg across the alley from Apple Knockers. The office number is 269-762-2092, cell phone is 269-472-5211. Terry says he is still providing the same great service; it’s just more visible now.
Pancake Breakfast at Schoolcraft United Methodist church
The Men’s group at the Schoolcraft United Methodist church is having its annual pancake breakfast on Saturday, April 15 at the church from 7:30 to 10 a.m. The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children. Those five and under get to eat for free. The funds go to benefit local nonprofit agencies.