map_2015The 2015 Michigan Activity Pass (MAP) is now available! The program kicked off Memorial Day weekend around the state. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM), Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Michigan Recreation and Park Association (MRPA), and the Library Network are all partners in the Michigan Activity Pass. MI Big Green Gym partnered up with the MAP program for 2015, which expands the former “Park and Read” program to include over 100 participating cultural and historical institutions, such as the Michigan Historical Museum in Lansing.

 

Library cardholders can print a pass from home or their library, valid for one-time entry into any Michigan state park or recreation area, as well as 100 historical and cultural institutions. Once printed, the passes are valid for one week.

Please go to www.michiganactivitypass.com for passes or for more information.

lyon_twp_michigan_war_dog_memorial_2Thursday July 16th Graubner 7:00 pm
Military War Dogs have been fighting alongside our men and women in uniform in many of our conflicts. In WWI they were called Ambulance Dogs, they were trained to find wounded soldiers in No-Man’s land after a frontal attack. In WWII they were trained in many disciplines; scout, tracker, sentry and messenger. According to Military records War Dogs saved 15,000 lives during this conflict.

In Korea there were only one War Dog platoon deployed consisting of about 28 dogs. Of those 28 dogs on patrol, thousands of ambushes were averted. Thousands of lives were saved. In Vietnam further disciplines were added to their training; explosive detection and booby traps. According to the Military they saved 10,000 lives during this conflict. In Iraq their main function were detecting IED’s. Their other duties were sentry and road side check points. They continue on duty today in Afghanistan. There are currently 600 teams deployed saving lives every day.

Today the War Dog is referred to as Military Working Dog (MWD).

Come join U.S. Army Veteran Philip Weitlauf, director of the Michigan War Dog Memorial, and his K-9 Ziva to learn about this fascinating history of military working dogs.