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Douglas Lake Improvement Association
PO Box 472, Pellston, MI 49769                       May 12, 2023

Marine Safety Class
When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 13
Where: Cheboygan Area Public Library
Requirements: Minimum age to attend this class is 12. Any motorized boat operator born after June 30, 1996, is required by law to pass an approved boater safety course and to carry a boater safety certificate. In addition, boater education is also required for all PWC operators born after Dec. 31, 1978.
Parents and adults are encouraged to attend and take the course.
Class size is limited, and pre-registration is required. Interested parties need to visit to register.
Questions can be directed to Sgt. Earl Manuel, Recreational Division Commander at the Cheboygan County Sheriff's Department, at 231-627-8888.

Events for Earth Week Plus continue through June 24. Some events are:  Sturgeon Viewing 5/13, Harvest Thyme Farm & Vineyard Tour 5/21, and Little Traverse Bay Fishery Tour 6/24.
The Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch runs from March 5 – June 5. See the brochure for the schedule of activities and more information.
Earth Week Plus website:
Earth Week Plus Brochure:

2023 Douglas Lake Volunteer Boat Assist Team
The Douglas Lake (DL) Volunteer Boat Assist Team consists of residents of DL who have volunteered to assist stranded boaters due to a malfunctioning boat or motor.  These volunteers are not professional boat mechanics, but are willing to lend a hand and get you to shore.
Team members live in several areas around the lake.  Volunteers are listed according to the area in which they live.  If you need assistance, please call a volunteer living near the area where you are stranded.  Describe the type of problem you are experiencing, your location, type and color of your boat and how many people are on board.
The DL Boat Assist Team is available from
May 27, 2023 to September 5, 2023.
We recommend you take a photo of the DL Volunteer Boat Assist Team with your cell phone or place a copy of the list in your boat.  Remember to take your cell phone with you when boating.
If you have a medical emergency or life-threatening emergency call 911.
2023 Douglas Lake Boat Assist Team Members
Name Location Phone Number
Ed Grant North 989-506-8651
Dave Thompson North 810-334-9381
Dave Garland North 248-830-9881
Paul Nows Northwest 231-537-4419
Rich Gedert Northwest 231-537-3269
Frank Spezia Northwest 231-838-1174
Jerry Huey Northwest 231-881-6036
Tim Davis West 231-342-5407
Mike Mattin West 419-779-6778
Ron Kelemen South 231-373-2614
Bill Hartwig South 517-282-0307

Pellston Public Schools schedules August bond election 

On August 8, Pellston Public Schools will ask voters to support a bond proposal that will finance the construction of a new field house for student and community use. 

The field house will serve several purposes, according to School Superintendent Stephen Seelye. “The facility will enhance the athletic program, provide fitness and cardio programs for community members, have a meeting room for school and community use, and even serve as an indoor recess space for elementary students during unfavorable weather conditions,” he said. 

The proposed fieldhouse will be used for all sports and will contain space for a variety of athletic activities. It will have two basketball courts; two fitness/weight rooms, one for students and one for community members; a dedicated wrestling room; space for cheerleading, volleyball, baseball, and softball practice; a walking track; and, a community room for school use and events. 

Seelye said that the field house would be for both student and community use. “First, it will greatly improve our athletic and physical fitness spaces,” he emphasized. “Second, it will allow us to convert our existing weight room back to a band room for high school students, and third, the field house will provide a venue for community meetings and community physical fitness.” 

Seelye also noted that the field house would enable all activities to take place regardless of Pellston’s weather conditions. 

The $11.75 million field house would be located on the north side of the elementary campus. It would be financed by a bond proposal that requires a 1.8 mill tax increase. For a homeowner living in a $100,000 home with a tax assessed value of $50,000, the cost would be $90 per year, or $7.50 per month. Some Pellston homeowners would pay more, but most homeowners would pay less than $7.50 per month. 

Pellston Public Schools will provide community members with detailed information about the bond proposal during the coming months. 

Residents with questions about the August bond proposal are invited to contact School Superintendent Seelye by email at or by phone at 231/539-8421 ext: 10001.

Annual Clean Up Day
Saturday, May 27th, 2023

PAC Sanitation, Inc., will be picking up household materials starting at 7:00 a.m. Please have your trash ready at the end of your driveway near the road. One pickup load per household.

Items that will not be picked up are: brush, leaves and grass clippings, oil, paint, tires, batteries, cement, appliances with Freon, and hazardous waste materials. Lumber must be cut in 3-foot lengths.

If you have problems or questions pertaining to trash day cleanup, please call Supervisor Keith Ginop at (231) 420-7389.

Dues & donations are still accepted via mail or PayPal.  However,  deadline for making changes in directory has passed. 

Douglas Lake Improvement Association    ─   Dues are $25 a year 
Mailing address: DLIA, PO Box 472, Pellston, MI 49769

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