Weekend hot links: Meteor shower edition

Week of Aug. 5-11: Stargazers prepare for Perseid’s big show; a guide for helping your parched trees survive the drought; more raves for Michigan beer; and a D.I.Y. homesteader takes on a family heirloom in Okemos.

The new head of Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources says getting a deal for financial support and operation of Belle Isle is a priority. The 985-acre island park could be folded into the state parks system. (Freep)

The accolades for Michigan’s craft beer-brewing industry keep rolling in, with The Street naming Short’s Brewing Co. as one of the “10 Best American Brewpubs Every Beer Fan Should Visit.” Apparently the writer thinks it wins “true Michigan” points for serving deli sandwiches alongside its suds? (MyNorth.com)

An Ann Arbor-based program is using matching funds to help Bridge card users double their food purchases at farmers markets across Michigan. The initiative is helping low-income families eat healthier while supporting local growers. (Rapid Growth)

It’s been a very dry summer for much of Michigan, even including for recent rains. Here’s how to look for signs that your trees are drought-stressed, plus tips for providing supplemental watering. (Great Lakes Gazette)

Dave Delind couldn’t stomach the idea of the old farmhouse where his grandparents lived in Okemos being bulldozed and replaced by condominiums and apartments. So he bought the house, which was built in the 1850s. Then he realized it should’ve been condemned. But wait, the story gets better! (Capital Gains)

The year’s best meteor shower peaks tonight as the Perseids grace the nighttime skies. (Michigan in Pictures)

Photo by Artotem

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