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Books that Brickyard neighbors are currently reading.

The Overstory by Richard Powers
Book jacket death and life of great lakes
Book jacket Sustaining Lake Superior: An Extraordinary Lake in a Changing World
Book Jacket: Stranger in the Woods

Environment

Brickyard Creek Looks Clear, but is it Healthy?

Brickyard Creek Looks Clear, but is it Healthy?

This piece is being shared with you by Boreal Forest Citizen and Brickyard Creek community member, Dan Wilczek. After practicing law for 35 years, Dan enjoys the opportunity to do some hard science as Steve Sandstrom’s biology student. Admittedly disappointed with...

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Building a Legacy on the Wings of Butterflies

Building a Legacy on the Wings of Butterflies

Over the summer, a small group of volunteers came together at Brickyard Creek to plant a Monarch Waystation; what they ended up planting was an environmental legacy. Monarchs are not able to survive the cold winters of most of the United States, so the butterflies...

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The Boreal Forest Citizenry

The Boreal Forest Citizenry

This piece is being shared with you by Boreal Forest Citizen and Brickyard Creek community member, Dale Klubertanz. Dale is the chair of the Forest and Watershed Committee and an association board member. You can find him walking with his dog Hattie on the beach and...

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Spring Treasures Hidden Under the Snow

Spring Treasures Hidden Under the Snow

This photo collection is being shared with you by Boreal Forest Citizen and Brickyard Creek community member, Zina Harrington. You might find Zina and her husband (Shad) with their two girls (Nya & Lola) skipping rocks at the beach, roaming the community trails in...

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Audio: David Culberson on “Write On! Radio”

Audio: David Culberson on “Write On! Radio”

Brickyard Creek developer, David Culberson, was recently on KFAI’s “Write On! Radio” to discuss his second novel Alterio’s Motive. I found the interview to be engaging and thought-provoking. Dave is a leader in sustainable development and I came away feeling fortunate...

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A Clear Stream

A Clear Stream

“Come to the woods, for here is rest. There is no repose like that of the green deep woods. Here grow the wallflower (a flower of the John Muir Trail, CA) and the violet. The squirrel will come and sit upon your knee; the logcock (pileated woodpecker) will wake you in...

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Enjoy The Dark Sky On The Brickyard Creek Deck

Enjoy The Dark Sky On The Brickyard Creek Deck

This post on the Dark Sky was shared with us by Brickyard Creek Community Member and Boreal Forest Citizen, Fred Lebolt. “The sight of the stars makes me dream“ ~ Vincent van Gogh One evening last October, Jeff Garrett and I stepped back in time 2.5 million years....

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History

Finding the Brickyard

Finding the Brickyard

In Brickyard Creek Chronicles, Chapter 4: Naming the Creek, we gave you a brief history on the development of a brickyard at Roy’s Point by Col. Rudd. Rudd had leased the land at Roy’s Point from William Dalrymple. The Bayfield Brick Manufacturing Company was only in operation from 1889 to 1892, probably coming to its demise as the result of the Financial Panic of 1893.

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The Original Brickyard Creek Vision

An April 2011 letter to Jeff Garrett from Dave CulbersonJeff,Thanks for asking me to give you some insight on the original Brickyard Creek Vision. It is always good to occasionally take stock of where you are, how you got there, and where you are going. It has been...

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Video: Red Cliff Ojibwe History

Video: Red Cliff Ojibwe History

By the shore of Lake Superior, Marvin DeFoe and Andrew Gokee share stories of the Red Cliff Ojibwe. They tell of a history that goes back to the Ice Age, of the Sandy Lake Tragedy, of Chief Buffalo’s trip to Washington, D.C., that enabled them to stay on their land,...

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Reflection

Sense of Place – The Good Oak

Sense of Place – The Good Oak

By: Jeff Rennicke, Executive Director, Friends of Apostle Islands National LakeshorePhoto: Jeff RennickeTrees measure time in concentric rings – not hours or days. In this classic essay about time and human history, Aldo Leopold reminds us of the layers of time...

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Sense of Place – Postcard of the Senses

Sense of Place – Postcard of the Senses

By: Jeff Rennicke, Executive Director, Friends of Apostle Islands National LakeshorePhoto: Jeff RennickeNature is more than a feast for the eyes. It can fill all of your senses, if you let it. Yet we become so reliant on our sense of sight that we let it overshadow...

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Sense of Place – The Living Earth

Sense of Place – The Living Earth

By: Jeff Rennicke, Executive Director, Friends of Apostle Islands National LakeshorePhoto: Jeff RennickeIt is a feeling you get deep in the forest, a sound you hear when the wind blows at night. The earth is alive. Many cultures throughout history believe spirits...

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Sense of Place – The Sounds of Silence

Sense of Place – The Sounds of Silence

By: Jeff Rennicke, Executive Director, Friends of Apostle Islands National LakeshorePhoto: Jeff RennickeDid you know? I SAID “DID YOU KNOW!” Urban noise levels have been doubling every decade. Road and air traffic tripled in the last decade and is still rising which...

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Sense of Place – Rekindling Curiosity

Sense of Place – Rekindling Curiosity

By: Jeff Rennicke, Executive Director, Friends of Apostle Islands National LakeshorePhoto: Jeff RennickeEvery day you walk the same path, the same trail, the same stretch of shoreline. Slowly, you begin to take it for granted, missing small changes, gentle reminders...

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Sense of Place – The Perfect Travel Itinerary

Sense of Place – The Perfect Travel Itinerary

By: Jeff Rennicke, Executive Director, Friends of Apostle Islands National LakeshorePhoto: Jeff RennickeAnyone who has lived here a while and bragged about the beauty of this place to out-of-town, sometimes skeptical, friends. has had the experience expressed so...

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An Open Letter to The Future

An Open Letter to The Future

The Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is collecting submissions for a 'time capsule' to be opened on the 100th anniversary of the Apostle Island National Lakeshore. Read the full story on the Friends' website.What would you say to the future? What do...

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The Hush Comes With The Deepening of Autumn

The Hush Comes With The Deepening of Autumn

This autumn reflection is being shared with you by Boreal Forest Citizen and Brickyard Creek community member, Zina Harrington. You might find Zina and her husband, Shad, with their two girls skipping rocks at the beach, roaming the community trails in Wellies or...

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Checking Our Pulse

Checking Our Pulse

“We come to BYC to pause and reflect; we come here to be alone; we come here to escape our perceived reality AND we come here to listen – to truly listen to nature, and thus to ourselves. We seek our own Listening Points at BYC.” ~ A BYC Neighbor What is the purpose...

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Reflection … Restoration … Renewal

Reflection … Restoration … Renewal

Reflection … Restoration … RenewalEnriching and contemplative words, aren’t they? For me, and perhaps for you … these are among a litany of words that tickle my mind, heart and soul when I immerse in the natural world. Walking the trails of Brickyard Creek, wandering...

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Video: Brickyard Creek is Calling You Home

Video: Brickyard Creek is Calling You Home

Each spring, Brickyard Creek swells with the water running from the uplands surrounding the Brickyard Creek watershed. As the snow melts, the creek opens its waterway to Lake Superior to the rush of spring. The Brickyard Community is an association of community...

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Video: Adieu To Autumn Winds

Video: Adieu To Autumn Winds

Each spring, Brickyard Creek swells with the water running from the uplands surrounding the Brickyard Creek watershed. As the snow melts, the creek opens its waterway to Lake Superior to the rush of spring. The Brickyard Community is an association of community...

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Resident Authors

Boundaries Without

Boundaries Without

Brickyard Creek developer and seemingly prolific author, David Culberson, has written a new short story titled Sprawled that addresses a potential result of out of control development. You can read this provocative tale in Calumet Edition’s recently published...

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Audio: David Culberson on “Write On! Radio”

Audio: David Culberson on “Write On! Radio”

Brickyard Creek developer, David Culberson, was recently on KFAI’s “Write On! Radio” to discuss his second novel Alterio’s Motive. I found the interview to be engaging and thought-provoking. Dave is a leader in sustainable development and I came away feeling fortunate...

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Journals

Jeff’s Journal

Jeff’s Journal

Jeff's Journal captures the thoughts and musings of Jeff Garrett, our Brickyard Creek manager. This is a wonderful capsule of life in the creek throughout the seasons. Put on some great music, grab some coffee or tea and enjoy the read! The Sunday morning after...

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