Around the Circle This Week: April 21, 2022

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Park It: The Lake Superior region has a wealth of parks worth acknowledging for this National Parks Week in the United States. We thought this would also be a good time to reintroduce you to the National Parks of Lake Superior Foundation, which helps to promote and support all five national parks in the Big Lake neighborhood: Grand Portage National Monument in Minnesota; Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin; and, in Michigan, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Keweenaw National Historical Park and Isle Royale National Park (pictured here). Lake Superior Magazine interviewed Executive Director Tom Irvine (in photo at left with photographer David Guttenfelder at right) this week about the foundation, how it has grown and its hopes for the parks’ futures in our online story “Reflections on Supporting Our Five U.S. National Parks.” The foundation also produces the weekly Lake Superior Podcast  featuring conversations with a wide range of Big Lake connected folk done by one of the foundation’s founding board members, Frida Waara, and broadcaster Walt Lindala.

Saltie Arrivals: On Monday, the Port of Thunder Bay welcomed the arrival of its first ocean-going vessel for the 2022 navigation season. MV Blacky, a Cyprus-registered, Canfornav vessel, crossed the Thunder Bay breakwall at 8;25 a.m. Blacky Captain Oleg Gerasymchuk and Chief Engineer Igor Matsala were recognized in the traditional Top Hat Ceremony that afternoon with Port Authority Board Director Pat Bushby presenting the Top Hat and welcome remarks given by Hon. Minister Patty Hajdu and Mayor Bill Mauro. Blacky loaded Western Canadian wheat and oats at Richardson International’s main elevator and set sail Wednesday for Puerto Rico. Members of the local Ukrainian community gathered for a special greeting because the whole crew hails from the Odessa region of Ukraine, according to a story by TBNewwatch.com. From left in this photo are Cathy Paroschy-Harris, Captain Oleg Gerasymchuk, Vika Dyukaryeva, Chief Engineer Igor Matsala, Dr. Steve Jobbitt, Walter Warywoda). In the other photo, Port Board Director Pat Bushby bestows the Top Hat on Captain Gerasymchuk. With the arrival of this ship, Laurie Lorenowich becomes the winner of the port’s Top Hats Contest by guessing the correct arrival time.

Meanwhile: Last Friday, the Duluth Seaway Port Authority had its official first ship honoring for the captain and crew of the Resko, which arrived under the Aerial Lift Bridge on April 13. The ship was loading with grain at Gavilon on Connor’s Point in

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