BLESSING OF THE FLEET TO BE HELD ON EVE OF ALGOMA MARINA FIRE
ALGOMA, WI – On Friday, June 22 at 7p.m., Algoma will partake in its first ever blessing of the fleet – an old Mediterranean fishing tradition meant to ensure a safe and bountiful fishing season. All boaters and land observers from the Bay of Green Bay to the shores of Lake Michigan are invited to attend. The blessing, with a special safety proclamation from the Mayor of Algoma and Assembly Citation signed by Governor Walker and presented by Representative Joel Kitchens, will be preceded by a trout boil and band at Sunrise Cove Marina that will continue into the later evening. All proceeds from the trout boil will go to the Algoma Fire and Rescue.
The event was created by Troy Mattson of Kinn’s Sportfishing, who suffered epic losses to four boats during the fire that raged overnight on June 23, 2016. Mattson wants to give “recognition to the Algoma Fire and Rescue as they saved the lives of several crew members, other boaters, and all the vessels in the marina. Many ports around the world start their fishing season with a ceremony like this and I think it is only fitting that we do this in the legendary fishing port of Algoma, WI.”
Mayor Wayne Schmidt also finds the ceremony fitting. “The fishing industry is an important part of the city’s economy. Along with the sport fishing there has been an increase in pleasure boating and kayaking. On average, 650 people die each year in boating-related accidents in the US. It is a goal of the city to make sure that people practice safe boating habits.”
Boaters are asked to line up in the Ahnapee River starting at 6:30pm. The ceremony will begin at 7pm on the shore of Sunrise Cove Marina, 70 Church Street, with the national anthem. Mayor Wayne Schmidt will present the city proclamation followed by Representative Kitchens. At approximately 7:25p.m. the US Coast Guard will escort the head boat out into the water beyond the break walls. All other boaters are asked to follow and circle around the head boat to receive the blessing from Pastor Christopher Jackson. The blessing will be broadcast on marine band radio and arrangements are being made to make the blessing available for those on land.
Other activities at Sunrise Cove Marina include:
Live Music Charlie Bucket Band 5-9p.m.
Old Fashioned Trout Boil by Andy LaFond beginning at 5p.m. until plates run out
US Coast Guard Auxiliary Boat Safety Checks 6-8p.m.
US Coast Guard Auxiliary “Coastie The Tugboat” 6-7p.m.
DJ in the Tent 9-1 a.m.
More information: https://visitalgomawi.com/blessing/
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2018 BRUSH PICKUP SCHEDULE
The 2018 Brush Pickup will begin on Monday, April 16th (weather permitting). Collections will continue on the first and third Monday of the month through November 19th. Please place the limbs and brush butt end facing the street along the curb edge, by 6:00 A.M. of the scheduled day. Residents are encouraged to call the Public Works office at 487-2391 and leave the address where the brush is piled. This will assist in providing a more efficient collection service.
Yard waste and tree stumps will not be picked up. Residents may haul brush and yard waste to the drop-off site behind the City Street Department, located at 1520 Jefferson Street. The drop-off site is on the east side of the lot, off Sunset Avenue. Processed mulch is also available at this location, free of charge.
The drop-off site is for residents of the city of Algoma. Non-residents dumping materials will be subject to a municipal ordinance violation fine.
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