Traverse City Record-Eagle

December 30, 2012

Michigan in Brief: 12/30/2012


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Faberge exhibit enters final weeks

DETROIT — A display featuring more than 200 objects made under the direction of Karl Faberge (FA'-buhr-zhay) at an art exhibition in Detroit is entering its final weeks.

"Faberge: The Rise and Fall" runs through Jan. 21 at the Detroit Institute of Arts. The museum will be open to celebrate Martin Luther King Day.

Visitors can view imperial Russian treasures made by the House of Faberge, including jewel-encrusted parasol handles, enameled frames, animals carved from semi-precious stones and miniature egg pendants.

The exhibition also includes six imperial Easter eggs.

"Faberge: The Rise and Fall" is organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, in collaboration with the DIA.

Lake Michigan buoy will stay afloat

HOLLAND — A weather buoy will remain in afloat in Lake Michigan off Holland compiling data on wind speed and direction, air temperature, wave height and surface water temperature.

The Holland Sentinel reports the buoy will be deployed three miles off Port Sheldon from May through November.

The cost of operating the buoy over the next three years will be covered by a $100,000 grant. More funding is being sought to add equipment that can measure water temperature and do real-time image and video recording.

The data can be used to improve forecasts, alert swimmers and boaters, and aid in search and rescue operations.

The buoy was two miles off Tunnel Park last summer.

Lantern-lit skiing, snowshoeing offered

LANSING — Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in the Upper Peninsula is offering cross-country skiing and snowshoeing by lantern light.

Nearly 80 old-fashioned kerosene lanterns will illuminate a one-mile trail on Saturday at the park located on the south shore of Lake Superior near Silver City in Ontonagon County. The ski trail is track-set for classic skiers while snowshoers make their own trail adjacent to the lighted loop.

Visitors are welcome to stop halfway around the loop at the warming shelter and join the park naturalist for a campfire and refreshments.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says the ski trail is rated "easy," but skiing and snowshoeing is challenging.

The trail is located off M-107 across from the downhill ski area.

The event also will be held in January and February.

Inmate found in garden gets 2 years

MUSKEGON — A Michigan inmate who tried to escape by burying himself in a prison garden has been sentenced to an additional two years behind bars.

Authorities say Edwin Cota was found buried in August at the Brooks prison in Muskegon. He had a sheet tied in knots that he had hoped to use to get over the fence.

The Muskegon Chronicle says Cota was sentenced to at least two years in prison Thursday after earlier pleading no contest to the attempted escape.