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Charlevoix 2018 Boat School

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Our CG Open House

Attached are some pictures of the Coast Guard Open House held on May 19. The spirit of the day was not dampened by the rain we had. The father of the boy with "Coastie" is a cook at the station. The two kids with "Coastie" are from Rudyard,MI. Their father is a State Trooper and he and his wife are having faulty fire extinguishers explained to them.

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Please see a long, and excellent, article on the day from the St. Ignace News:


Pictures on Flickr!

Check the following for links to flickr, which contains lots of pictures of our activities. 

2018 Home Show:

2017 Boat Show:

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2018 Home Show

Posted by: Kathleen Ferguson

Record Number of Vendors, Visitors, Take Part in St. Ignace Home Show (selected portions)

By | on April 10, 2018

By Kevin R. Hess

“PFD (Personal Flotation Device) Panda” at the Home Show with his fellow U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary members (from left) Larry Ferguson, Mark Eldridge, and “Edge” Edgecombe. The four teach visitors about boater and water safety, and help recruit new auxiliary members. Mr. Ferguson, Mr. Eldridge, and PFD Panda all reside in St. Ignace, and Mr. Edgecombe is from Cheboygan. For picture, see

Members of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary were in attendance teaching people about boating safety and recruiting people to join their organization. Other vendors included local businesses such as Ace Hardware and True Value, George’s Body Shop, Cedars of Mackinac, St. Ignace in Bloom, Gifts Galore, and the French Trading Post, as well as Gaylor Trucking and Besteman’s Maple Products of Rudyard.

The 65 vendors were the most ever for the show, and the parking lot was full both Friday evening and all day Saturday. One of the advantages the St. Ignace show has, said arena employee Kevin Campbell, is that the admission is free.

“A lot of places charge anywhere from $5 to $10 for admission,” he said. “Ours is free, so it encourages people to come out and see what’s going on.”


2017 Home Show

Local Coast Guard Auxiliary Presents Information

at the St. Ignace Home Show


The St. Ignace Home Show was held on Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8 at Little Bear East Arena. There were a total of 54 vendors in attendance including nonprofit groups, such St. Ignace Masonic Lodge, Mackinac County Sheriff’s Office Victims Services Unit, Cloverland Electric Cooperative, the St. Ignace Planning Commission and, of course, the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. According to the local paper, the St. Ignace News, 2,800 people attended.

Carlos Bermudez (left) and Larry Ferguson of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary were on hand at the Home Show to provide information to visitors about water safety as boating season approaches.

Several people who visited the booth expressed interest in joining the Auxiliary. One had moved up here from down-state and previously operated a boat rental. Another was a reporter from the local paper who asked what was involved in joining the local auxiliary unit, what activities we engaged in, etc. It was explained that we were able to assist the local Coast Guard unit in any way other than law enforcement. Chief Babione of the St. Ignace Coast Guard Station stopped by with his two sons.

We also had several inquiries about vessel exams. In case you are not aware, a vessel exam indicates that a boat is in full compliance with all Federal and State boating laws during a safety check for that year. In many cases boating insurance agencies offer discounts for vessels which undergo a Vessel Safety Check every year.

We passed out quite a lot of literature on paddle crafts and life vests, particularly emphasizing the importance of wearing an appropriate PFD (personal flotation device). In addition, about 80 Coast Guard coloring books, including "Bobber the Water Safety Dog," "Sammy the Sea Otter," and "Learn About the United States Coast Guard," were handed out to children who visited the booth.

We played the video "Cold Water Boot Camp" on a continuous loop. This video explains how to better survive an accidental fall into cold water, and avoid cold shock, cold incapacitation, and hypothermia. In cold water under 59 degrees, the risk of drowning increases by 500% and many of those drownings occur within six feet of safety. Please see/contact Larry Ferguson ( if you have not yet seen this video.

 2016 St. Ignace Car Show

 The 41st annual St. Ignace Car Show was held on Saturday, June 25. According to the St. Ignace News, there were 685 entered vehicles in addition to many un-entered classic and modified cars. Thousands of spectators came to town as vehicles lined downtown State Street, all the way from Marquette Street south to Burdette Street.

Doc Borth helped L. Ferguson to set up the tent on June 23. Our booth was set up next to the Fisherman's Memorial on State Street, near the marina. On Saturday, I was assisted by C. Bermudez and T. Politte, and on the gold side by Petty Officer 1st Class Keuten, BM2 R. Etelmaki, and Seaman Apprentice Sokolowski. In addition, we were visited by former member Robert Belonga and his grandson Chase. Chase helped stuff bags with literature, while his grandfather helped pass out bags to the crowd.


The St. Ignace Auxiliary, working with Coast Guard Station St. Ignace personnel, held a boat school on Friday, June 10, and Saturday, June 11. The trainings were designed to teach boat towing, search patterns, anchoring, and man-overboard rescue skills. In addition, a helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City was present to practice rescue missions. There were three Canadian participants who brought the Argonaut (their boat). They shared some great stories at our dinners on Friday at the VFW Fish Fry and on Saturday at Mackinac Grille.

High winds made the water pretty rough on Friday. Saturday morning started out with fog, cleared up, and then got foggy again. Participants were launching from different sites but it was so foggy that they couldn't find each other out in the bay. The Coast Guard had everyone go back to the Marina to regroup, and then go out together. The station's van broke down, so VFC Ferguson provided taxi service between the different sites. Thank you to Don Warren for organizing the boat school, with assistance from VFC Ferguson who arranged evening meals and the first morning's breakfast. Also, thanks to "Edge" from the Cheboygan flotilla who did three vessel exams at the marina.

Thanks to Doc Borth and Larry Ferguson for providing the pictures:

See below for a great video on the St. Ignace Boat School.