May, 2007

Home Cinema – May 2007

The magic of it all The reviews this month describe two films about Victorian magicians and examine the relationship of the top Oscar-winning film of 2007 to the film on which it is based. The Illusionist The Illusionist is like a fable, a fairy tale for adults. At times, obviously depending on slight of hand […]

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Summer safety month celebrated in May, by George Sedlacek

With summer right around the corner, many of us are planning outdoor recreational activities like trips to the pool, the lake, bicycle rides, even using fireworks, all of which can present a variety of health and safety hazards. Before heading to the beach or campground, taking a bike ride or lighting firecrackers, health department officials […]

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Paris Can’t Wait – Experiencing the ‘City of Lights’, by Pat Tikkanen

It was only because of some little twists of fate that we ever made it to Paris at all. Understand we have nothing against Paris. It was always on the list of “places in this world that must be visited before our adventures are restricted to watching the travel channel while eating left-over lasagna on […]

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Transition brings joys and challenges, From homeschool to public school, by 8-18 Media.

Transition brings joys and challenges From homeschool to public school For most seventh graders, being with lots of noisy kids on the first day of school would seem normal. But for someone who had been home schooled most of his or her life, the first day at public school could seem like chaos. That was […]

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Marquette Area Blues Society prepares for upcoming event, by Walt Lindala

Evolution of an Idea A few evenings ago, I took a moment and looked through a box of items from one of the recent Marquette Area Blues festivals. Some old passes, a program, a couple of random photos…mostly just a box of “stuff.” As I looked at these items, though, it occurred to me that […]

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Workshops, jam sessions and great performances planned for fourth annual Fortune Lake Festival, by Dean Premo

Exciting live performance music is the cornerstone of the Fortune Lake Festival. The fourth annual festival will take place on May 12, and will feature outstanding folk and traditional music in a comfortable indoor setting. Folk music artists will teach, demonstrate, and perform throughout the day and evening at Fortune Lake Camp near Crystal Falls. […]

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Black, Native American CCC camps in the U.P., by Larry Chabot

One of the New Deal’s most popular programs—ranked third best of President Roosevelt’s myriad efforts to drag the country out of the Great Depression—was the Civilian Conservation Corps. The Civilian Conservation Corps employed young men from welfare families in a campaign to reduce poverty, while improving the nation’s forests. Despite criticism of the plan as […]

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Little businesses that could (and still are), by Becky Korpi

This is the first in a series of articles about small businesses who have thrived in local communities throughout the years. In the past fifty years, the city of Marquette has seen businesses come and go. What used to be the Steer & Stein Steak House on US-41 is now a sit-down Mexican restaurant named […]

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Scouts plan centennial celebration, by Pam Christensen

Jean Barnes and Dewey Jones, local scout executives, have been busy for the last several months planning the World Scouting Centennial activities for the U.P. Barnes, executive director of the Girl Scouts of Peninsula Waters; Jones, executive director of the Hiawathaland Boy Scout Council, and numerous volunteers have put together a program that includes a […]

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Landmark celebrates 10th anniversary, by Darcia Mattson

Although far from the scale of a New York City skyscraper or Chicago’s Sears Tower, to some extent, the Landmark Inn is Marquette’s Empire State Building—an anchor in the community and the nearest thing to heaven. The challenge to build, open and operate the hotel, however, was not always that heavenly. From the start, “The […]

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Copper Country Audubon goes international, by Dana Richter

This spring will be the sixth year of the Manitou Island Bird Survey, a project of the Copper Country Audubon Club under the direction of Joseph Youngman. Manitou Island is the small island three miles long and three miles east of the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula. Each spring thousands of raptors of at least […]

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Biking opportunities abound in Marquette area, by Heather Steltenpohl

A sure sign of spring—bicycles on the road. The snow banks have slowly crept back, giving way to green grass and dry pavement. Smooth tires are welcomed by clean paths leading to the satisfaction only the first bike ride of the year can provide. Riding a bike in and around Marquette may be something we […]

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An invitation to spring, by Lon Emerick

There has always been one day each spring that epitomizes the season for me, one special day in which the forces emerge in a unique essence of change and a new beginning. Today, May 10, is such a day. It is 8:00 a.m., and I am standing on the shore of McKeever Lake in the […]

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City Notes – May 2007

Highlights of what’s happening in and around town Mailbox Dear editor I recently read Fred Rydholm’s very well written comments regarding the Kennecott Eagle Project in the March 2007 issue of the Marquette Monthly. I would highly recommend that others read it also. A complicating factor that has now come into view is the fact […]

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Decades of history through the lens of U.P. congregations, by Ann Gonyea

Church life has played a long-term, important role in the distinct Upper Peninsula culture. From the middle of the nineteenth century, the church was critical to fulfilling spiritual and mundane needs in a new and growing region, as this account from It Seems Like Yesterday by Clyde Steele illustrates. “The first jail was on Superior […]

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