Acting Tribal Chairman Ed Pigeon addresses crowd.
A celebration of successful fundraising efforts by the Gun Lake Protective Association to install a severe weather siren
Published May 18, 2016
BRADLEY, MICHIGAN – The Gun Lake Protective Association along with the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians (Gun Lake Tribe) (Tribe) and several local townships celebrated the “Sounding of the Siren.” This was the first time residents and businesses on and around Gun Lake heard a tornado siren that will signal severe weather in the future.
This brand new Weather Alert/Tornado Warning Siren is located in Yankee Springs State Park on the shores of Gun Lake. When the siren sounds it will be heard for over 1.5 miles in all directions – this will alert local residents and businesses that severe weather is nearby and shelter should be taken.
The Gun Lake Tribe provided a leadership gift to help the Gun Lake Protective Association receive support from local townships in funding this project. “We knew this would be a big project for us and we reached out to gain the support of partners,” said GLPA President, Rob Heethuis. “We sought to raise the money for this $30,000 project and we were delighted that the Gun Lake Tribe came through with a commitment.” Soon after the Tribe’s commitment, each of the townships bordering Gun Lake – Yankee Springs, Orangeville, Martin and Wayland – came through with contributions of their own, which made the project possible.
“The Gun Lake Tribe is happy to have been part of such a great initiative to help protect those people and businesses in our immediate community,” says Gun Lake Tribe’s acting Chairman Ed Pigeon. “We’ve always had a commitment to improving the lives of the local public and this siren will help protect residents and businesses as well as those visiting our beautiful local lake.”