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Laura KalchiknewSummer is here and we are ready for it. There are many activities and concerts, plays and trips to pack in.

Our Summer Fun issue has many stories relating to our wonderful natural resource: water. Inland Seas is celebrating 25 years and tell their story on page 19. Joe and I experienced life as keepers at the Mission Point Lighthouse and share the adventure on page 17. And there’s more; Star Parties at Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore and a feature on a houseboat vacation at far away Lake Powell. The Festivals story promotes some of the traditional family fun celebrations and their happenings for 2014. Put away your technology for a day (or more) and play games inside or out, story on page 8. Our new columnist Darren Sabuda is a stay at home dad who talks about the importance of Lego pieces in The Way of Things. This issue nods to summer reading with our regular columns, and Kalliope our feline columnist shares her favorite beach reads with you.


My husband Joe Thatcher moved here from North Carolina to assist me with Families First Monthly and he is the Associate Editor. It is wonderful to have his help and support.
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads.
Laura Lee Kalchik


NOTE: Aug/Sept issue is our Back to School and There is More of Summer Issue; what a great mix. Look for the story about Pictured Rocks and the water falls of the Munising area.

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