• Water Trails Reveal Rich Archaeological History in the Midwest

    by  • June 22, 2014 • 0 Comments

    By Mary Fairchild Maquoketa River Trail; 6/15/14. Aside from the fact that I enjoy paddling, this year I’ve enjoyed delving deeper into the rich archaeological history that our Midwest waterways provide.  The waterways were important for the first peoples and more recent archaeological discoveries have been providing us with an increased knowledge of how they lived. My two...

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    Ocean Camp Maine: Rocks, Risks, and Incident Reports

    by  • October 5, 2013 • 2 Comments

    By Mary Fairchild Mark Anderson, Jonesport, Geneva Kayak Center–Ocean Camp Maine; 9/14/13. Where waves enter a squeezed area and the water is relatively deep, they surge instead of break.  A surge can be very powerful when forced through tight passageways in rock gardens.  Some surging waves alternate with dumping waves; the smaller waves surge and...

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    Kayaking the Apostle Islands: Kennedys, Native Americans, Religion, and Myth

    by  • September 28, 2013

    By Mary Fairchild Paddling around Eagle Island, 2009; the island is protected by Critical Species Natural Area. Last fall, on September 24th, Chequamegon Bay JFK Day marked Kennedy’s visit to the Apostle Islands area thirty years ago (Sept. 24, 1963).  Chequamegon was applied to the region by traders and missionaries which derives from a Chippewa(Ojibwe) word, shagwaumikong, meaning soft beaver...

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    Deep Politics in Chicago: Money, Power, and Marilyn

    by  • September 5, 2013 • 0 Comments

    By Mary Fairchild The “Welcome to Chicago” sign at the Indiana border on Chicago’s South Side is within POD surveillance.  PODs are surveillance cameras with zoom and 360 degree rotation capabilities for high-crime areas.  They are mounted on city light poles to help reduce violent crime and drug dealing. In a recent Chicago Magazine article titled “Why...

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