August, 2008

Strut Your Mutt on September 6, by Ann Brownell

On September 6, rain or shine, dogs and their guardians will hit the ground walking in an effort to raise money for Marquette County’s homeless pets. The walk will begin at Marquette’s Lower Harbor Park, with the option to do a 1.5- or a three-mile route on the bike path. After walkers complete the course, […]

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Where the buffalo roam, by Leslie Allen

If someone said, “Picture a buffalo herd,” does your mind go to the open plains of the Dakotas where grass and sky stretch beyond the horizon, beyond imagination? Do you see hundreds of buffalo grazing idly on a grassy expanse? Do you see an uncountable number galloping as one in a billow of dust, a […]

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Notes from the North Country, by Lon and Lynn Emerick

When a person enters into protracted medical treatment, he becomes a stranger in what can be a very strange land. The vocabulary is obtuse, the procedures often invasive and alarming and the providers sometimes bland and detached. In the worst circumstances, the patient may feel like he or she is on a treadmill or an […]

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California playwright wins FRT contest, James Panowski

Neil McGowan, a California playwright, won the 2008 Mildred and Albert Panowski Playwriting Award at Northern Michigan University. Tracks in the Snow, McGowan’s terse drama and coming-of-age love story, was selected from almost 400 entries from the United States and abroad. McGowan will receive a $2,000 stipend and see his play presented in November on […]

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Truckey Boys celebrate release of debut CD, Nikke Nason

The Truckey Boys will celebrate the release of their debut CD, “The Family Hour,” with a performance at 7:00 p.m. on September 4 at Peter White Public Library as part of the Marquette Arts and Culture Center First Thursday Series. Dan and Drew Truckey will play the thirteen songs from the CD and other original […]

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Nunsensations! A whole lot of funny going on, Ann Gonyea

The Peninsula Arts Appreciation Council will present the community musical theater production of Dan Goggin’s Nunsensations! The Nunsense Vegas Revue. Opening night performance is August 28 at the historic Vista Theater in downtown Negaunee. Nunsensations! The Nunsense Vegas Revue takes the sisters on an exciting adventure to Las Vegas when a parishioner volunteers to donate […]

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Youth get closer look at DNC, RNC conventions, by 8-18 Media

As this edition hits the streets, 8-18 Media reporters and editors are on the road covering the Democratic National Convention in Denver and the Republican National Convention in St. Paul. During each convention, 8-18 Media is interviewing politicians and young people about issues that affect youth. As preparation for our coverage, 8-18 Media spoke with […]

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Parenting education benefits residents, by George Sedlacek

Over the years, the Marquette County Health Department has been recognized for many innovative prevention programs by state and national health groups. One program that doesn’t garner headlines, but is critical for the health of our most vulnerable population—our children, is the Family Health Education program. This program, which had its beginnings in the late […]

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Residents step UP for diabetes, by Kay Bammert

On September 13, the U.P. Diabetes Outreach Network (UPDON) is holding its first Step UP for Diabetes Walk at Lower Harbor Park. Registration for the walk begins at 8:30 a.m., with the walk kick-off starting at 9:00 a.m. Free blood pressure and foot screenings will be taking place starting at 8:30 a.m. Fun activities for […]

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Founders Landing project continues, by Matthew Williams

The City of Marquette continued to suffer growing pains with its Founders Landing project last month when a third proposed developer for the highly visible site on Marquette’s lakeshore was unable to procure the needed support from the city commission. Founders Landing is a twenty-nine-acre parcel stretching from the ore dock next to Ellwood Mattson […]

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City Notes – August 2008

Highlights of what’s happening in and around town Dear editor The record crowds that cheered the last gathering of more than 150 World War II veterans in Marquette’s Fourth of July parade were exactly what these honored men and women deserved. The outpouring of affection made everything worthwhile. We formed last October knowing that now […]

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Professor of Arctic adventure tells tales, by Eric C. Hammerstrom

Most Americans, perhaps even most Michiganders, think of the Upper Peninsula as the end of the world—remote and frigid wilderness far removed from “civilization” like that found in Chicago or Detroit. Brian Gnauk knows better. “This is not wilderness,” laughed Gnauk as he sipped coffee and lounged in the living room of his cabin on […]

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Big theater in a small town, by Larry Chabot

Ontonagon is one of the oldest towns on Lake Superior, first settled in 1843 and visited by an odd mix of the famous: Mary Todd Lincoln, Prince Napoleon, Civil War Generals Phil Sheridan and George Meade (who was working on the harbor when called to war), Herbert Hoover and a fake Elvis. This 165-year-old village […]

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Seafood reigns supreme at local festival, by Pam Christiansen

To most people, dining along the Lake Superior shoreline brings thoughts of whitefish, smoked lake trout or pasties, unless they have been lucky enough to partake in a Marquette West Rotary Seafood Festival. The annual Seafood Fest will be held August 21, 22 and 23. “We are so proud that this festival is celebrating twenty-five […]

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