Thursday, April 23, 2015

Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Allen Ginsberg Project: Smart Went Crazy (Christopher Smart)

The Allen Ginsberg Project: Smart Went Crazy (Christopher Smart): [ Christopher Smart 1722-1771] On this day Christopher "Kit" Smart was born, "mad" English poet (habitue of Bedl...

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Lake Superior Binational Forum funding stopped

17 Lake Superior Binational Forum funding to end The Lake Superior Binational Forum is saddened to say that future funding used to support our programs that’s been allocated through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will end when the Forum’s current grant expires in early 2015. The Forum has been an active outreach and diverse stakeholder group that’s been working basin wide since its founding in 1991. We have been very fortunate to have been supported by EPA funding since then. GLRI funds are allocated through Congressional budgets and are used to clean up toxic hot spots called Areas of Concern in the Great Lakes, as well as funding restorations of impaired areas to return them to more natural ecosystems. The GLRI initiative has brought $1.6 billion dollars to Great Lakes work since 2010, which is the most robust investment in lakes work for many decades. EPA has told the Forum that in the future, the state agencies and tribes that receive GLRI funds will be responsible for the development of their own outreach and public comment opportunities. The Forum is exploring other options for funding including donations, foundations, memberships, and other means of supporting successful outreach program such as Lake Superior Day, an annual environmental stewardship awards program, an electronic newsletter, weekly radio program, open public meetings, and other projects. Contact us at for more information on what you can do to help us move forward with new funding options and program ideas. As a stakeholder group that was given the authority by binational agencies to solicit and gather public input from lake users, we invite you to send comments to EPA on whether you think public stakeholder and outreach forums, such as this one for Lake Superior, are important to you and the lake. Submit comments to: Gina McCarthy Administrator for EPA (Washington DC) Environmental Protection Agency Mail Code 1101A 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20460 (202) 564-4700 Dr. Susan Hedman Region 5 Administrator, EPA (Chicago) Environmental Protection Agency 77 West Jackson Boulevard Chicago, IL 60604-3507

Wednesday, December 24, 2014


Hello, this is Eric Hjerstedt Sharp, your host for this the first in the Bay Wave's Literary Series – Great Lake Great Writers, click here:TheBayWavewhere we talk to writers who have written about people, places and events around the Lake Superior basin. Today we talk to Steve Lehto from Michigan, the author of Death's Door: The Truth Behind the Italian Hall Disaster and the Strike of 1913, first published by Momentum Books in 2006 and already in its 4th printing. The book won a Michigan Notable Book award in 2006 and has been widely reviewed.
The Italian Hall is a Christmas Eve story recounted, fact-checked and retold by Mr. Lehto. It may not be the prettiest story, but its true story, and beauty and truth come together in this true tale of justice. Justice because the truth and the whole truth has finally come out regarding what happened that Christmas Eve 101 years ago, and the falsehoods and lies have been dispelled. To request a copy of the audio in your email, send a request in comments below with your name and email address To read an excellent review about Steve Lehto's book, Death's Door: The Truth Behind Michigan's Largest Mass Murder, click here:A review by Michigan attorney Frederick Baker Jr. To view the trailer to Red Medal,
a PBS documentary about the 1913 miners' strike in Calumet, Michigan, which Steve Lehto appears on and of which he was the historical consultant click hereRed Medal............................................................................................Steve Lehto has been practicing Lemon Law and Consumer Protection for 23 years. He has handled cases for thousands of consumers. He wrote the Lemon Law Bible and taught at the University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law for ten years. He is a frequent lecturer on Consumer Law and has been quoted by or appeared on countless media outlets such as the New York Times, the BBC, CNN, Good Morning America, WDIV, WJBK, and WXYZ. He also has written several award winning history books on topics as diverse as the Italian Hall disaster, the wrongful conviction of Timothy Masters, and the Chrysler Turbine Car. To view Steve Lehto's website, click here

Monday, December 22, 2014

Sunday, December 21, 2014

BLAST FROM THE PAST (The Bay Wave, Ida Goldberg hailed from Ashland before moving to Chicago By Eric Hjerstedt Sharp Born and raised in Ashland, Ida Goldberg involved herself in several academic, sports and club activities at Ashland High School before graduating with the Class of 1929. The daughter of Russian immigrant shopkeeper parents, Ida lived with her parents and seven siblings at 308 3rd Ave. East at the time she graduated from high school. Their house was not far from the dry goods shop where her father Louis worked and her mother’s relatives, also Russian immigrants, owned the Saxe Department Store at 303 W. 2nd (Main) St. Both families were close and were members of Ashland’s then-thriving B’nai B’rith community. As student manager of the yearbook Wawata through her four years at Ashland High School, Ida participated in dramatic and musical activities. Classmate Dorothy Hampel’s copy of the yearbook has been donated to the Ashland Historical Society’s Museum, and is available for viewing along with a bookshelf of other yearbooks. In the copy, Ida wrote Dorothy a note: “Lots of luck, Ida.” Ida decided to pursue an education in social work and left Ashland to pursue a degree in the field at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and later attended the University of Chicago’s Social Services Administration school. It was during this time when she met author and radio journalist Louis “Studs” Terkel, whom she later married. The couple lived in Chicago for more than 60 years. Ida involved herself in editing her husband’s many books including his 1985 Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “The Good War.” She stayed active in many literary, social and civil right causes. Ida Terkel did return to Ashland Sept. 15, 1979 for her 50th class reunion, where she may have attended the scheduled tour of the then-new high school and middle school facilities. Ida died Dec. 23, 1999. Studs Terkel died Oct. 31, 2008.