by Tina Cole Mullins
What do Pleasant, Portage, Bruin, Half Moon, and Silver have in common? Answer: They represent names of some of the abundant lakes in the area that provide popular recreational spots for local residents.
As examples, Stockbridge school moms and PTO members plan to gather every Friday through summer break for swimming and picnic fun at Silver Lake, and their first outing occurred on June 7, day one of summer vacation. On June 8, local Boy Scout Troop 425 hosted its Family Day at Silver Lake with swimming, fishing and kayaking fun. And these were just the beginning of the parade of beach-goers heading to one lake or another this summer.
Not everyone heads to lakes and parks for fun, though. Local residents often find seasonal jobs that may lead to permanent positions and internships through Michigan Department of Natural Resources.