Releasing a Press Release

Today I sent a press release to the Westland Observer.  It concerns a hike I am leading on Halloween morning in a nature preserve in Westland, Michigan.  It will be both a hike and a history lesson because I will also be talking about the death of Chief Tonquish, a local Indian shot dead 190 years ago because of a stolen loaf of bread.

I’m leading the hike on behalf of the Holliday Nature Preserve Association.  I’m their webmaster, newsletter editor and, since we have a page on Facebook and I write this blog, their social media semi-expert.

Now I will keep my fingers crossed that Sue Mason from the Observer likes it and uses it.  Then I will need to keep them crossed to hope the weather cooperates on the 31st so people come out and join me.  It’s no fun hiking alone or in the rain/snow.  By the way, here’s the press release:

It happened 190 years ago this month: A stolen loaf of freshly baked bread, an armed posse in pursuit, and the death of a great Potawatomi chief along a creek that now bears his name in a nature preserve that may hold his bones.

Join members of the Holliday Nature Preserve Association (HNPA) on Halloween, Oct. 31 at 10 a.m. for a leisurely hour-long hike along the Tonquish Creek in Westland to enjoy the fall colors and hear the story of the death of Chief Tonquish  and the mystery of his burial site.  The walk is free and everyone is welcome.  Light refreshments will be served afterwards

The event takes place at the Cowen entrance to the Preserve, which is located on Central City Parkway, west of Wayne Road.  There is a small parking lot at the entrance and a larger lot directly across the street.  The walk will be held rain or shine so participants are advised to dress accordingly.  Sturdy walking shoes are also suggested since trails in the Preserve can be slippery and uneven.

HNPA was organized in 1988 and consists of volunteers dedicated to the William P. Holliday Forest & Wildlife Preserve.  The group seeks to nurture a greater appreciation of this unique local natural resource by hosting walks and working to improve the experience of visitors through Preserve maintenance and improvements conducted in partnership with Wayne County Parks. This is one of three walks scheduled by the group through December.

More information about the walk and the HNPA can be found on the group’s website at or via email at

That’s it for now, folks.

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