July, 2008

Youth make volunteering a way of life, by 8-18 Media

Youth volunteering is up twelve percent over the last ten years, according to the Higher Education Research Institute. Meanwhile, seventy-three percent of America’s youth believe they can make a difference in their community, according to a Princeton Research Survey. Pamella Vincent, sixteen, of Gwinn helps her local community by volunteering with Girl Scouts, with her […]

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Bugs, bats and bacteria, by George Sedlacek

Everyone knows that the Upper Peninsula is one of the best places in the nation to enjoy camping, swimming and fresh homegrown food in the summer. There are a few health reminders to reduce the risk of exposure to bacteria and viruses that can cause illness. Every July, the Marquette County Health Department kicks-off a […]

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Notes from the North Country, by Lon and Lynn Emerick

Haywire—bankrupt: “belly-up.” Nick-name for the Manistique & Lake Superior Railroad. A term applied to any outfit operating “on a shoestring” and “held together with baling wire.” * Baled hay bound with thin wire was carried by the railroad for the logging camp horses. “Engineers used pieces of discarded haywire to make emergency repairs—enough to get […]

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How a library gets its books, by Pam Christensen

The Peter White Public Library (PWPL) has more than 200,000 items on its shelves. Where do all of those items come from? People frequently wonder how libraries get books, newspapers, magazines, compact discs and books on tape or disc. Unfortunately, just like you and I, the library purchases these items. Last year, PWPL added almost […]

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From ponderous to light…almost, by Don Curto

I was working on a new column for this month and during a break took a walk along Washington Street. I met a man I am not sure I know at all. He stopped me and said, “Hey, Curto, how about dropping those ponderous columns for a while and giving us some new recipes.” He […]

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Putting the past back in pasties, by Eric C. Hammerstrom

Sometimes the future lies in the past, in the way things used to be. That’s exactly how things are for Brian Harsch these days, and that makes him proud for a great many reasons. After seven years of retirement, Brian is once again owner of Jean Kay’s Pasties and Simply Sweets & Salads on Presque […]

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More salutes to local veterans, by Larry Chabot

This second in a series saluting area World War II veterans, who will be honored in Marquette’s Fourth of July parade, brings to Marquette Monthly readers a few more patriotic people who laid down their tools and went to war. Around the world with Harold Herlich In February 1943, Marquette native Harold Herlich was a […]

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Forest Roberts Theatre announces fundraiser, by James A. Panowski

The Forest Roberts Theatre and First Nighters Club will present a summer production of No Sex Please, We’re British. This madcap romp by Alistair Foot and Anthony Marriott will run July 9-12 in the Black Box Theatre (McClintock Room 105), on the campus of Northern Michigan University. Curtain time for all performances is 7:30 p.m., […]

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Festival celebrates 18 years in love, by Elwin “Mick” McKellar

One of America’s finest organists will visit the Pine Mountain Music Festival (PMMF) for the first time as Sarah Hughes continues the festival’s tradition of remarkable organ recitals. Wisconsin native Sarah Mahler Hughes is professor of music and college organist at Ripon College, where she has taught since 1989. Hughes teaches piano, organ and harpsichord, […]

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Theatre announces tenth summer season, by Peggy Frazier

The stage is set for Lake Superior Theatre’s (LST) 2008 summer season. This year, the theatre, recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts and the recipient of many other awards, will present four productions in the historic Frazier Boat House. The working boathouse filled with marine artifacts is located on Lakeshore Boulevard between the […]

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Historic theatre stage still alive, by Ann Gonyea

Roman Polanski once said, “Cinema should make you forget you are sitting in a theater.” He was talking about escape—a reprieve from the daily hardships or duties of life. According to a 1956 Mining Journal reference, local residents appreciated the escape theater could offer. “Although residents of this area may not enjoy the selection advantages […]

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MCAC honored for community service, by Nancy Matthews and Kristy Basolo

Medical Care Access Coalition (MCAC) of Marquette is Michigan’s 2008 Outstanding Volunteer Program, one of eight Michigan volunteer organizations and citizen-volunteers honored at Detroit’s Fox Theatre as part of the 2008 Governor’s Service Awards ceremonies. Awardees in eight categories were recognized by Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm and First Gentleman Daniel G. Mulhern, who is […]

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City Notes – July 2007

Highlights of what’s happening in and around town Dear editor After twenty-five years of service, our Ole Buddy Gregg Beukema is retiring from Public Radio 90. It’s hard to imagine what daily life at the station will be like without Gregg around….much quieter, that’s for sure. Those of us who know him well, know he’ll […]

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Finding the sweet spot, by Leslie Allen

I went and visited a guy north of town—north of Bruce Crossing, that is—who makes and sells honey. He’s not to be confused with the guy south of town who used to make and sell honey. That was Cole’s Apiary, run by Otto Cole, and then his son Walt. They’ve been out of business twenty […]

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