This Week in the Great Lakes Town Hall . . .
Dear Great Lakes Neighbor,
Each week we invite grassroots activists, artists,
officials, physicians, parents, young people and
others to offer insightful commentary on their Great
Lakes experiences and views. Of course, we also
invite you to comment on their thoughts.
This week, the Great Lakes Town Hall is pleased to
welcome retired surgeon and lifelong Great
Lakes advocate, Henry Singer. As you'll see
from his bio below, Henry holds a deep connection to
our Great Lakes. Don't miss this chance to
read a new essay from Henry every day this week -
only in the Great Lakes Town Hall!
About Henry Singer . . .
Henry Singer, a retired Otolaryngologist and
Head and Neck surgeon, has enjoyed a lifetime of
close proximity to the Great Lakes. Born in Toledo,
Ohio, Henry spent his childhood near Lake Erie. He
attributes his appreciation of the Great Lakes to his
first days of life, where he insists he had a view of
the Maumee River as it enters Lake Erie from his
hospital nursery crib. Years later, while completing
his graduate studies in Chicago, he concedes that
the view of Lake Michigan through his dorm window
may have been a distraction to his study habits. But
it was in the 1960?s while living on the Lake Erie
shore that Henry realized how fragile the Great Lakes
are as he witnessed the severe degradation of Lake
Erie during his fellowship in Cleveland.
Unable to release himself from the spell of the Great
Lakes, Henry practiced his profession and raised his
family within one block of Little Traverse Bay on Lake
Michigan. Now enjoying retirement, he is currently
the president of the Emmet County Lakeshore
Henry and his wife Naomi, along with their Black
Labrador, Skillee (named after the lighthouse) still
reside on a bluff overlooking Little Traverse Bay in
Petoskey, Michigan during the winter months and
enjoy summers with their children and grandchildren
on the Lake Michigan shore near Cross Village.
In addition to guest speakers, the Great Lakes Town
Hall focuses on a new featured Great Lakes issue
each week. This week co-moderator Dave Dempsey
turns his eye toward Who Owns the Great Lakes
Shoreline: "The recent news that Great Lakes
shoreline property owners are asking the U.S.
Supreme Court to reverse a Michigan ruling that the
public has the right to walk along the water?s edge
raises again one of the most sensitive conflicts of
recent years. Ohio has also been in conflict over
public vs. private ownership of Lake Erie shoreline.
Who owns the Great Lakes shoreline?"
Don't miss this great opportunity to read and
comment on our featured issue - Who owns the
Great Lakes shoreline? - and the views of
our guest speaker, Henry Singer, in the Great
Lakes Town Hall.
Guest speakers contribute content on a Great Lakes
topic of their choice for five days. While there are
basic rules of conduct, guest speakers are unedited
and diverse views are welcome. If you are
interested in serving as a guest speaker, please reply
to this email.
Your Great Lakes Neighbor,
Biodiversity Project's Great Lakes Town Hall