April, 2006

Brioche again? by Don Curto

Editor’s Note: Don Curto, the regular writer of Food and Other Important Things, announced to me a few weeks ago that even columnists deserve an occasional vacation and he was taking his this issue. Fortunately, the following piece then appeared mysteriously on his desk with the note that the author wished to remain anonymous to […]

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In-home respite serves hundreds, by Liz Peters

Since 1988, hundreds of seniors and their primary caregivers have received care through Marquette County Commission on Aging’s Respite Care Program. In order to enroll in this program, seniors must be living in their own home or apartment, or the home of a friend or relative in Marquette County and need help with daily tasks […]

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MTV correspondent makes news more accessible to young people, by 8-18 Media

Gideon Yago is the voice of news to a multitude of American teens. As an MTV news correspondent, the twenty-seven-year-old Yago delivers daily “ten-to-the-hour” news updates and documentaries on the youth-oriented network better known for its music videos and reality shows. Yago has covered stories including gun violence, drug addiction and HIV/AIDS. He has reported […]

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International Peace Tile Project raises HIV/AIDS awareness , by Pryce Hadley

A group of local children gaze up at a vibrant collage of decorated wooden tiles at the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum in Marquette. The tiles contain messages from children very much like themselves, though under much more dire circumstances. The tiles were created by children halfway across the world to raise awareness of the pandemic […]

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Coping with diabetes, by Ann Constance

How those with the disease can avoid heart attack or stroke Carol Grafford, a diabetes educator at Portage Health System in Hancock, has lived with diabetes for more than thirty years. Simply having diabetes increases her chances of having a heart attack or stroke by 400 to 600 percent. Fortunately, Grafford knows she doesn’t have […]

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Health educators weigh in on loaded issue, by Leslie Bek

Too many times, we have read the headlines and heard the news reports of tragedy where alcohol was a factor. A life has been ended by a traffic accident. There are additional tragic stories that don’t make headlines. A friend dies prematurely due to alcohol related disease; a marriage or relationship ends; a child or […]

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Don’t blame us! by Larry Chabot

A string of famous people had some really bad luck after leaving the Upper Peninsula. Were they jinxed by this place? Something in the water? Lulled by the isolation? Not really. Here are nine tales of woe: Who shot TR? When ex-president Theodore Roosevelt (TR) ran as an independent in 1912 to unseat William Howard […]

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Power kids: Bringing UK skills to U.P. teams, by Jamie Lafreniere

The U.P. is known for its wide variety of winter sports, and of course there always has been dedication to traditional school football and basketball teams. But why not bring a little of the UK to the U.P.? Local children are learning that soccer is the perfect sport to enjoy year-round, and they are lucky […]

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Family works to help Third World countries, by Suzan Travis-Robyns

Abby Vrooman looks like a focused, hard-working college student. She isn’t. The sixteen-year-old Negaunee resident grew up in the Philippines and speaks fluent Tagalog (the official Filippino language). The Philippines is made up of hundreds of different ethnic and tribal groups. Living there gave Abby a thorough education in cultural anthropology. But her adventure is […]

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No longer a man’s sport, by Pam Christensen

Philanthropy is no longer a man’s sport. Women from across the Upper Peninsula will hear this rallying cry from Sondra Shaw-Hardy, co-founder of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at Indiana University and internationally recognized expert on women’s philanthropy. Shaw-Hardy will present a workshop titled “Values, Vision and Voice: Women’s Philanthropic Potential” on May 4 at the […]

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City Notes – April 2006

Highlights of what’s happening in and around town Mailbox Dear editor Four Northern Michigan University student government representatives traveled to Lansing on March 23 to campaign for increased higher education funding. Michelle Cox, president of the Associated Students of NMU (ASNMU), off-campus representatives Aaron Jorbin and Erik Maillard and College of Arts and Sciences representative […]

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Cassandra, by Mark Wisti

MM’s 16th Annual Short Story Contest winner, Cassandra sat at the edge of the bed. The curtain was open and the snow fell under the street light. I looked at her white back. It was early in the morning and she was awake again. She didn’t sleep much for days. Then she’d fall asleep in […]

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