Powell Township Newsletter

4th of July Parade

Build a float yourself or get a group together and build one for a cause! We encourage those of you with kids to decorate their bikes and walk alongside of them in the parade. The Parks and Recreation Committee will have a float and be passing out candy. Let’s get together and make this the best parade yet. Go wild with your patriotic ideas for your own float/bike/costume. For more information, please contact Deborah at mycanoe2000@yahoo.com

Summer Concert Series

Your Parks and Recreation Committee presents a summer concert series presented in Draver Park. Bring your favorite lawn chair or a blanket, dinner or snack, sit back and enjoy the music or start dancing. Concerts will be 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Food and drinks available for purchase at the food shack. Check out the web site calendar for these and other event dates. Since this is a new event this year, Parks and Rec is encouraging people to come to all four events by featuring a punch card- available at the food shack on June 16 only- for pick up. For each of the four concerts, come to the food shack and have your card punched. At the final concert, turn in your punch card to be entered into a raffle (prize to be announced at a later date). The raffle will only be available to those who have all four punches on their card, so be sure to save the dates!

June 16 Adam Sawfox

July 7 Who Dat’ Brass Band

August 4 Lost Dog and the Big Hustle

September TBA

Parks and Recreation are looking for volunteers to help with these and other events. If you are interested in helping, please get in touch with someone on the committee (Darlene Turner, Arlene Erickson, Amanda Lagunas, Sven Gonstead, Lucy Wilcox, Becky Anderson, or Todd Bergman).

Fire on the Bay

Fire on the Bay will held on Saturday July 7 at dusk. Donations are now being taken to offset the $8000.00 cost of this much loved event. Donations can be sent to Fire on the Bay PO Box 38 Big Bay 49808. Checks should be made payable to Powell Township Government mark Fire on the Bay in the memo section, every dollar helps large or small helps.


We have two elections this year: August 7 (State Primary) and November 6 (State General election).

The last day to register for the August primary election is July 9 absentee voter ballots will be available after June 23.

The last day to register for the November General election is October 9 absentee ballots will be available after September 22.

Application for an absent voters ballot is available online at www.michigan.gov/documents/AbsentVoterBallot or at the Township office Monday and Thursday 9:00 am to noon.

New Clerk

Our elected clerk Linda Gamble will be moving out of the Township in mid-May and has submitted her resignation effective May 1, 2018. On April 6th, the Board met and appointed the Deputy Clerk, Samantha Morin, to fill the remainder of Linda’s term. Samantha can be reached at 345-9345 ex 12 or clerk@powelltownship.org

Veteran Memorial Update

The Veterans of Powell Township Memorial committee has received $3,185.00 in donations and one generous resident has pledged to match all donations to full fill the cost of $5,900. The design has been approved by the committee and plans are moving forward to install the memorial this spring.

Water System Update

The water system upgrade should be completed by late spring. The new well house now has power and a new generator is being installed.

Burn's Landing

The second phase of the Burns Landing Historic Park will begin this spring with improvements to the parking area, board walk and installation of composting toilets.

The third phase will be a covered deck at the end of the board walk with a removable beach walk way for people with special needs. Phases 2 & 3 should be completed the summer of 2018. In addition landscaping and signage for the settlers’ cabin will be done this summer.

Thanks to the DNR trust grant and the state Passport grants the bulk of the cost for these projects are covered. The Township's contribution will be 25% of the total cost. Volunteer help can be used to offset the Townships contribution. Call Darlene Turner Supervisor to see where you can help.

Township Board Meetings

We want to encourage all our residents to attend Board meetings and learn what's going on in your Township. Meetings are the third Tuesday of the month at 7 pm in the township hall. In June and October of 2018 we will meet at the halfway fire hall. Check our web site www.powelltownship.org or the bulletin board outside the Township office for any changes in meeting dates.

Interested in your Township? Volunteers to serve on the Planning commission, Board of Review and Parks and Recreation committee are needed. Don’t want to serve on a committee but are willing help? Volunteers are always needed to help at events like the tree lighting, balls games, landscaping at Burns Landing and more. Stop by the Township and fill out an application. Have questions? Stop in and talk to the supervisor or call 906-345-9345 ext 14 Monday or Thursday 9 am to Noon.

About Town Updates from Big Bay Information Coordinator

These are updates for summer events that are occurring in our local area. Information is provided by Amanda Lagunas as the Big Bay Information Coordinator.

Women's Horseshoe Leage

Women’s Horseshoe League sign-up is currently open. The sign-up sheet is located at Cram’s General Store.

Big Bay Rummage Sale

Big Bay’s seventh annual community wide rummage sale will be June 23, 2018. In order to get your name and address on the map, please drop off $5 to Cram's General Store and fill out an information slip-this fee is to help cover the cost of printing the fliers and maps that we will be distributing. We want to get the word out as soon as possible, so please sign up by June 10, 2018. For those of you that are tech savvy, we have created a facebook event page that we welcome you to join and post photos of items that you will be selling. (https://facebook.com/events/1531790636947606/?ti=as)

Big Bay Pathway

The Big Bay Pathway (our local cross-country ski trail) is looking for volunteers to help with a fundraiser on July 14, at the Forestville music festival. The fundraiser will involve scooping ice cream outdoors at the festival from 2-8. Contact Sven Gonstead at bigbaypathway@gmail.com for more information or to sign up for a 2 hour block of time to listen to music and scoop some ice cream for a good cause!

Big Bay Classic Car Show

The Big Bay Classic Car Show will be happening August 19, from noon-5pm on the lawns of the Thunder Bay Inn. For more information or to get a registration form, please email bigbaycarshow@gmail.com

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