March 28, 2023

Hooking a Big One

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By Lynda Wheatley | May 14, 2022

Among the seven recipients of the Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation in 2022 is one big fish—or, more accurately, one mighty Fishtown Preservation Society. With three winters of hard work and help from Biggs Construction, Kasson Contracting, Hopkins Burns Design Studio, Laurie Sommers, and Team Elmer’s, the Fishtown Preservation Society has so far saved three shanties and all of the aging docks from the threat of the Leland River’s rising waters. The award recognizes the group’s efforts to save the historic commercial fishing district as a “standout historic preservation achievement.” But more work is ahead. Yet to come are repairs to the Ice House, FPS’s Welcome Center, the West River Street drainage system and retaining wall, and landscaping. Award or not, “We’re still in the midst of the work of saving Fishtown,” says Amanda Holmes, executive Director of Fishtown Preservation. Of the projected $5.29 million comprehensive campaign, only $241,000—and a lot more hardy volunteers—are still needed. To see how you can help, call (231) 256-8878 or visit


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