February, 2008

Children of local soldiers reflect on affects of deployment on their families, by 8-18 Media

Every day countless stories can be heard concerning the struggles and victories of the more than 100,000 U.S. troops stationed abroad. These reports account skirmishes in such locations as Baghdad or Fallujah and detail the daily life of those in the armed forces. But rarely do they address the affect of the average soldier’s deployment […]

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Arts & culture news & notes, by Nikke Nason

Call for nominations Nominations are being sought for the twelfth annual Marquette County Arts Awards, sponsored by the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Committee. Nominations are open to the public and sought for the following categories: • Volunteer—for longtime efforts on behalf of the arts in Marquette County. • Community Arts Activities—for making things happen and […]

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Musical sure to knock your socks off, by James A. Panowski

The Full Monty, an upbeat musical with music and lyrics by David Yazbek and a hilarious book by celebrated playwright Terrance McNally is the next offering in the Forest Roberts Drop Everything theatre season at Northern Michigan University. Bold, hilarious, bawdy and in your face, The Full Monty runs from February 19 through 23 at […]

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Sulfide mining hits snag, by Emily Whittaker

The tranquil snow is accumulating on the Yellow Dog Plains, but the weather hasn’t quieted the controversy over sulfide mining. In December, after permits from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) were issued to Kennecott Eagle Minerals Company (KEMC), the company announced six more potential mining prospects on the Yellow Dog Plains. This is […]

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The Payday Downtown Journey, by Don Curto

Sometimes when my father’s railroad paycheck arrived, he would take me with him on the trip downtown to cash his check and to pay the month’s bills. We walked from the corner of North Third and Crescent streets to Washington Street. My family never owned a car, although next door, my grandparents always had one. […]

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A salve for all seasons, by Leslie Allen

If you grew up in Big Bay in the 1940s, ’50s or ’60s, fell down and skinned your knee, got a cut or a burn, it’s likely your medical treatment consisted of a good swathing in “Grandma Salve.” At that time, the salve came out of any old jar Pauline Cram, the salve’s maker, had […]

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Health department kicks off Healthy Hearts Month, by George Sedlacek

As part of the Public Health Marketing Campaign, “Public Health-For Michigan. For You,” a different public health issue is being promoted each month. February is designated as Healthy Hearts Month-What You Can Do To Keep Your Heart Healthy and Lessen Your Risk For Cardiovascular Disease (CVD). “Heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases are the […]

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Superheroes on the slopes, by Leslie Bek

Look—up in the sky…it’s a bird…it’s a plane…it’s Superman! Not exactly, but close. If you are downhill skiing or snowboarding, it’s probably a member of the National Ski Patrol riding the chairlift and heading to the rescue. You won’t recognize the ski patroller on the street corner, in the line at the grocery store or […]

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Notes from the North Country, by Lon and Lynn Emerick

Sled dog racing steps front and center this month as mushers, their dogs and spectators, all from across the country and Canada converge on the central U.P. for a trio of races. The headline event is the annual UP200, a 260-mile mid-distance race roughly following the Lake Superior shoreline from Marquette to Grand Marais and […]

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Man’s best friend key to winter sport, by Matthew Williams

Musher Ed Stielstra’s first foray into the sport was as a member of an organization concerned with cruelty to animals. With a skeptical eye, the Michigan State grad helped a family friend train a sled dog team in Ludington. From that ironic beginning some fifteen years ago, Stielstra and his wife Tasha now train nearly […]

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Quilt brings presidential spirit to library, by Pam Christensen

The spirit of Abraham Lincoln lives at Peter White Public Library. This may come as a surprise because Lincoln is not generally associated with the Upper Peninsula. He more often is tied to Kentucky and Illinois. Nevertheless, Lincoln has made a home at PWPL for the past several years due to the generosity of Ike […]

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City Notes – February 2008

Highlights of what’s happening in and around town Mailbox Dear editor As a qualified tax professional, I would like to clarify some concerns about the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT). The IRS has been accepting e-file returns as of January 11 except for those that contain five forms affected by the AMT. If they use these AMT […]

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U.P. youth explore health care, by Carolyn Weissbach

The Area Geriatric Education Scholars (AGES) program, an innovative and uniquely U.P. hands-on approach to introducing youth to health care careers, is entering its third year. During the past two years, AGES, a U.P.-wide collaboration developed by the Upper Peninsula Health Education Corporation (UPHEC), has placed forty-five area high school students in paid summer internships […]

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