October, 2008

8-18 Media, by 8-18 Media

Education issues take center stage at political conventions As a country known in the past for its exceptional education system, the United States now is falling behind. Due to many factors, many regard the U.S. education system as broken. This idea was voiced many times at the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. On the last […]

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Off-beat comedy opens NMU theatre season, by James A. Panowksi

Off-beat comedy opens NMU theatre season Larry Shue’s The Foreigner, opens the 2008-09 Brave New World Forest Roberts Theatre season. This off-beat comedy The Foreigner was first produced at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre in January 1983, and the boisterous laughter it created there made the play an enormous local success. Named by the American Theatre […]

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Fountain project nearing goal, by Sara Cambensy

Fountain project nearing goal The original Graveraet school fountain and courtyard was a magical place that students, teachers, administrators and community members gathered around and beautified for forty-five years. Any Marquette native lucky enough to enjoy the grandiose stacks of the fountains (the tallest stood at six feet), the botanical flower gardens cared for by […]

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Health Matters, by George Sedlacek

Flu preparation key for residents, health department In September, the Marquette County Health Department conducted a mass anti-viral dispensing training exercise at the Superior Dome before an NMU Football game. More than 300 people who came to the game took a few minutes to go through the line to provide “practice” for our staff and […]

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Notes from the North Country, by Lon and Lynn Emerick

Notes from the North Country Let’s take a stroll through the autumn forest, admire the annual display of color and visit the ghost village of Rock Kiln in western Alger County. An interpretive sign provides some background on this village that flourished in the late 1880s. Just ahead is a long row of the remains […]

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Millage key to heritage trail’s success, by Kristy Basolo

Millage key to heritage trail’s success Use of the first paved length of Iron Ore Heritage Trail between Negaunee and Ishpeming has skyrocketed since completion, and trail users and trail authority members are advocating passage of the millage to spur the project along. The Iron Ore Heritage Trail is a forty-eight-mile path that traverses Marquette […]

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Center joins Energy Star campaign, by Jennifer Binkley-Power

Center joins Energy Star campaign Urban and Northern Options Energy Centers announced they have joined the national Energy Star Change a Light, Change the World campaign, a growing community of businesses, schools, utilities, nonprofit organizations, individuals and countless others who have made a firm commitment to help change the world, one light—one energy-saving step—at a […]

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Locals, by Eric Hammerstrom

Local craftsmen transform wood into art Turn, turn, turn For more than a century, men have gathered underground in downtown Ishpeming to bring treasures of the earth to its surface. In days gone by, iron ore was their treasure; today, their treasure is wood. “Wood is so beautiful, and discovering what is inside the wood […]

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Food & Other Important Things, by Don Curto

Be of good cheer; it’s autumn I’ve been writing about a lot of bad stuff lately, because it’s that time in our country’s evolution—toward what, we do not know. However, it is autumn and the weather is warm, the sun is bright, the winds are soft and while not “all is right with the world,” […]

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Mysterious light continues to intrigue, by Leslie Allen

Mysterious light continues to intrigue Up ahead, deep in the dark woods, a light appears: a pinprick of white, barely visible. Without warning, it expands, seems to be hurtling toward you, brightly shining, glowing, growing. Just as suddenly it retreats and dims. It subsides to a pinprick and is gone. This is the Paulding Light, […]

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Local pirate leaves a legacy of tales, by Leslie Allen

Local pirate leaves a legacy of tales Trying to track the tales of Roarin’ Dan Seavey, the Great Lakes Pirate, is like being on a tiny ship in a November gale on the north end of Lake Michigan, searching for port through a swirling kaleidoscope. By all accounts, Seavey was a rogue, a thief, a […]

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Marquette tries millage for senior funding, by Pam Christensen

Marquette tries millage for senior funding One of the Marquette area’s best-kept secrets is the Marquette Senior Center, located at 300 West Spring Street, below the Baraga Gym. The center serves residents older than sixty, and that may be one of the reasons it is such a well kept secret—people younger than sixty haven’t heard […]

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Townhouses coming to Founders Landing, by Matthew Williams

Townhouses coming to Founders Landing The long and often frustrating path toward finding a developer for Marquette’s Founders Landing may have been worth it. Last month, the City of Marquette sold a 3.1-acre parcel of prime real estate near the Lake Superior shoreline—the middle section of an area called Founders Landing—to a group of local […]

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City Notes – October 2008

Highlights of what’s happening in and around town Mailbox Dear editor On behalf of the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center, I want to thank you for the article about our new gallery and our opening event on September 20. It was an excellent opening and we appreciated your coverage. Unfortunately there were a couple of errors […]

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Feature, by Larry Chabot

Heroes unite to save historic town Labor Day weekend: big time in a small town. For fifty years, Ontonagon has celebrated the passage of summer with a giant parade and other events, which draw up to 15,000 people. In the early hours of August 31, 2008—parade day—people were stirring, coffee pots were bubbling, floats waited […]

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