Lake Superior Day third Sunday in July all around the lake in both American and Canada

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Ashland, Wisc.—  May 27, 2011  ----  The Lake Superior Binational Forum invites the public to celebrate Lake Superior Daysthe 8th annual Lake Superior Day celebrations by holding an activity or event on Sunday, July 17, 2011. Lake Superior Day is held annually on the third Sunday in July in communities all around the lake in both American and Canada.

 In 2004, the Binational Forum revived the designation of the third Sunday in July as a special day that encourages people, families, groups of any kind, businesses, communities, churches, and others to find ways to connect to the world’s largest lake which sustains the basin’s environment and economy.

 Since the first Lake Superior Day, hundreds of events have been held in communities on both sides of the border. Last year over 50 groups and communities participated in some way, including special events such as kayak races, beach clean ups, youth education activities, musical concerts, library displays, church services, and signed proclamations by three governors that designated the third Sunday in July as Lake Superior Day.  The Binational Forum, which is funded on the U.S. side by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes National Program Office, offers free print materials available in quantity to those who request them including a two-sided paper placemat, a color postcard, poster, and bookmarks.

 Ideas for events and activities and downloadable print materials are posted on the Forum’s web site at www.superiorforum.org. You can also get ideas at the Forum’s Facebook page. New materials are posted regularly.

 The official Lake Superior Day logo was designed in 2005 as part of an art and design contest sponsored by faculty at the Northern Michigan University’s Art and Design Department. Barbara Kerkove, then a junior in design, developed the winning logo which was selected from over 30 entries. Kerkove, originally from Ironwood, Mich., had lived near Lake Superior all her life and said she was inspired to create her entry so that it would capture the sense of excitement and emotion she felt when visiting the powerful and sometimes unpredictable body of water.

 The Lake Superior Binational Forum is a multi-sector stakeholder group of U.S. and Canadian volunteers that work together to provide input to governments about lake issues and educate basin residents about ways to protect and restore the lake. Members come from Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Ontario.

The Forum is located in the United States at the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute at Northland College in Ashland, WI, and funded in the U.S. by a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes National Program Office. The Canadian Forum office is at EcoSuperior in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and funded by Environment Canada.

 For more information contact the U.S. Forum Coordinator at 715-682-1489 or lakesuperiorday@northland.edu; or (888) 301-LAKE.

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