December 2012

Thank you to our members for renewing and being a Steward of Sleeping Bear!  Anyone can read the latest Clapboard newsletter here on the web under the “News” menu.   If you renewed your membership or donated yet,  you can easily do so online and we thank you in advance for your gift.  Don’t forget, if you need to buy a gift for someone that has everything, consider a Gift Membership.  Have a very happy holiday season from all of us here at PHSB.

There’s snow on the ground at the farm here and we feel good that our newsletter “The Clapboard” has now reached the homes of our members.   Hopefully they’ll all enjoy a quiet time of reading by a cozy fire!  It certainly reflects all of the good we are grateful to have accomplished with their help.  If you’d like to share our successes and needs for the future – please share a link to the Clapboard under the News menu. And, if you’d


We’re busy wrapping up reports for our fiscal year including the number of volunteer hours that our wonderful volunteers have contributed!   And, sending letters of thanks out to each and every one.  We held our planning session with the Park in September to finalize projects for 2013!

Our Project Chair and Board Chair are headed out to North Manitou Island again on the Leelanau Historical Society’s annual day trip to the island.  David and Stacie will share what we’re up to there!  Thanks to our intern Patrick Hennig and summer employee Sara McNew for all their help this summer in the office!  Your efforts are so appreciated!


Two great days at the Port Oneida Fair!  Looks like record attendance.  Thanks to all of the demonstrators and volunteers.  You’re amazing!  Now we’re on to North Manitou August 17th to work on the Katie Shepard Hotel!


Week of August 8th

43 people took our “Inside the Farms and Barns of Port Oneida” tour yesterday with retired ranger and PHSB board member Bill Herd. The Port Oneida 5K Run was last weekend, and we’re on the farm setting up tents, selling chicken dinner tickets for Friday at the Fair and making the multiple array of signs for the Port Oneida Fair this Friday and Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm.  Because of the CenturyLink outage yesterday, we’re making 25 more tickets available online today for the Port Oneida Picnic Chicken Dinner. 




We’re gearing up for the Port Oneida Run this Saturday!

With two successful project weekends behind us at the Treat Farm and the Olsen Farm, we’re making final preparations for our fundraiser run/walk coming up.  We hope you’ll come out and walk or run in support of preservation in the Park!  Also, Port Oneida Chicken Dinner tickets are now on sale.



A new multi-use trail is being constructed in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. There has been much debate over the pros and cons of putting pavement through the Lakeshore, as well as the route it is taking as it winds from the Benzie County line up to Good Harbor Bay and through the Port Oneida Rural Historic District.

The benefits are that it will provide a safer way to get around the park and encourage getting out of our cars to enjoy the beauty of Sleeping Bear.  The Leelanau Heritage Route spearheaded the project working with Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, TART Trails serving as the fundraising entity, and the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments.

In addition to private funding for the project, grant funding for environmental assessments, surveying, and construction as well as signage design and fabrication was acquired through applications written by the Midwest NPS Rivers and Trails Division.  The Friends of Sleeping Bear are acting as a pass through for the funding and will serve as monitors of the trail.