July, 2007

Seeking cultural competence, by 8-18 Media

Young people form clubs to learn about other cultures Neil Murray, seventeen, of Marquette is determined to learn more about different cultures. “With the world so interconnected as it is today, we have more and more contact with other cultures, and cities are more and more a mixing of culture,” said Murray, a senior at […]

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Home Cinema – July 2007

Hats off to the ladies The films this month include those with Oscar-nominated roles for women as well as other virtues. The Queen Director Stephen Frears has a long track record of successful films—some edgy, like My Beautiful Laundrette, The Grifters and Dirty Pretty Things; some mainstream entertainment like Mrs. Henderson Presents; and some a […]

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My days in the restaurant business…, by Don Curto

…are now over. I have sold the New York Deli and the Italian Place to Kareem Shaw, a man from Pasadena (California) who has worked with me for four and a half years. I think he would agree with me when I note he grew up in the culinary world in the restaurant. Kareem attended […]

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History in the making with first Negaunee Old Towne festival, by Kristy Basolo

For the people of Negaunee, there is no time for post-holiday let-down in July—Pioneer Days are right around the corner. Scheduled for July 8 through 14 this year, the festival celebrates the community’s history in a variety of ways, including historic home tours, the traditional Pioneer Princess Pageant, a parade and fireworks, with dozens of […]

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St. Rocco’s celebrates local Italian culture, by Jamie Lafreniere

Ishpeming will be celebrating Italian heritage on July 28 at the St. Rocco’s Festival at Al Quaal recreation area in Ishpeming. It’s a chance for families to enjoy Italian delicacies, play games and listen to some great music. The festival has its roots in Italy, but actually honors a French saint. In 1340, Saint Rocco […]

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Notes from the North Country, by Dennis Mapes

The most beautiful place in the world isn’t far from my house—it’s the magical Yellow Dog Plains. Wilderness settings like Silver Lake and pristine rivers such as the Salmon-Trout, Cedar, Big Pup, Voelker’s (named after Upper Michigan’s famous author John Voelker) and the incomparable Yellow Dog flow from cold springs in this remote country. They […]

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Perspectives on sulfide mining, by Fred and June Rydholm

“The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural resources for the current and future generations.” This is a very good motto to operate under. I have a hard time seeing how making a mine under an aquifer is called conservation when Michigan is the state known throughout […]

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UPHAC recognizes eight heroes, by Nancy Mathews

Every year, generous individuals and institutions in the U.P. make a difference in opening doors to health care for thousands of uninsured residents—their family, friends and neighbors. At the community level where need is crucial, these volunteers work with five local access-to-health-care coalitions of the U.P., enrolling and providing medical services and prescription drugs for […]

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Summer safety important for fun, by George Sedlacek

As Michigan residents enjoy camping, swimming and fresh homegrown food this summer, health officials are reminding everyone to reduce their risk of exposure to bacteria and viruses that can cause illness. The Marquette County Health Department kicked off a month-long awareness campaign on July 1 to inform local residents about what they can do to […]

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Theatre announces summer season, by Nikke Nason

The stage is set for Lake Superior Theatre’s (LST) 2007 summer season. This year, the theatre, recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts, will present three shows in the Frazier Historic Boathouse. The boathouse is located on Lakeshore Boulevard in Marquette. The summer season will feature three musicals: Anything Goes, Guys and Dolls Jr. […]

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Thimbleberry Jam Fest, lodge opening planned, by Carol Rose

The Keweenaw Mountain Lodge and Keweenaw Krayons are joining efforts to offer a premiere event this summer. The eighth annual Thimbleberry Jam Festival will be held in conjunction with the grand opening of the newly remodeled lodge. The art and music festival will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on July 21 at […]

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Art on the Rocks organizers prepare for event, by Jamie Lafreniere

Art on the Rocks organizers prepare for event Each summer, Presque Isle Park transforms into an outdoor gallery with crowds of people strolling the beautiful shoreline as they choose from paintings, ceramics, jewelry and photographs. This year’s 49th Art on the Rocks (AOR) again will showcase local artists and talented vendors from around the country. […]

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Benefit concert debuts symphony, by Greg Peterson

Haunting French horn calls, the soothing sounds of water, a thundering storm and flowing interpretive dance using rocks, sand and other items found along the Lake Superior shoreline are all part of the “Concert for Lake Superior: People, Place, Purpose.” The Boreal Chamber Symphony will make its debut on Lake Superior Day in Marquette in […]

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The palette of life, by Nicole Walton

A few weeks ago, I took a walk along the Lake Superior shore on a late afternoon, in an attempt to clear my head and refill my lungs with oxygen. Jim Kelsey, the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Michigan, had died a few days previously, and aftershocks were being felt by many in […]

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Little businesses that could (and still are), Part 3, by Becky Korpi

Like hundreds of immigrants to the Upper Peninsula in the early 1900s, A. Louis Bonetti came in search of new opportunities. Arriving in 1915 from Bergamo (Italy), Bonetti found work in the underground mines around Gwinn and decided to raise his family in the area. In 1933, when the twenty-first amendment—the repeal of prohibition—was passed […]

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