November, 2008
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Have yourself a lean, green holiday season

by Larry Alexander What are you getting for Christmas? If the answer is twenty-five percent more household waste, you’re an average American. According to the EPA and www.use-less-stuff.com we produce an extra million tons of landfill every week between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. That’s a lot of fruit cake, wrapping paper, and, probably, a few […]

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Star Date – November 2008

Moon & Planets—Jupiter and Venus, the two brightest planets in the night sky, are the centers of attention this month. November opens with Jupiter high above the west-southwest horizon after sunset. Brighter Venus hovers much lower in the southwest. Watch all month long as these two celestial bodies move closer to each other. By the […]

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Memories of hard times, Thanksgivings past

By: Don Curto The story below deals with the middle 1930s, a period of great trauma in the world, in the country and in Marquette. The Depression (we had not yet named it Great) was five years old, with the economy not much improved. People in Marquette were suffering. My father had just gone back to […]

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Highlights of what’s happening in and around town

About the cover This month’s cover art, “Surfacing Destiny,” by Kathleen Conover, will be on exhibit in the Huron Gallery at Peter White Public Library during November. For details, call the Studio Gallery at 228-2466. Sister city youth delegation welcomed with public event The 2008 Sister City delegation from Japan to Marquette will visit the […]

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Educator makes big impact on local health

by George Sedlacek November brings two health observances the Marquette County Health Department notes, both with pride and a bittersweet goodbye. We are celebrating National Health Educator Month and the thirty-first anniversary of the Great American Smokeout. Many organizations employ health educators. Their duties range from providing specific educational assistance to children to prevent disease […]

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Pewabic Pottery resurrected in Cathedral renovation

By: Eric Hammerstrom As Kathy Peters walked up the altar steps at St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette, she spoke in a hushed tone out of reverence for her surroundings. “Imagine the time it took to build this place,” Peters said. “The craftsmanship here is amazing. It’s all hand-made.” Peters then pointed to the bright blue tiles […]

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Memories of hard times, Thanksgivings past

The story below deals with the middle 1930s, a period of great trauma in the world, in the country and in Marquette. The Depression (we had not yet named it Great) was five years old, with the economy not much improved. People in Marquette were suffering. My father had just gone back to work on […]

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School nurses: More than a Band-Aid

by: Leslie Bek It’s been called the worst nursing job you could ever love. Imagine having to care for hundreds or thousands of school children. Imagine going to work knowing that today may be nothing like yesterday and tomorrow needs sixteen hours and you have four. Imagine caring for this job so much you’ve stayed […]

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Lessons from the Cranberry Bog

by Leslie Allen There are cranberry bogs throughout the U.P., I am sure, but my evidence is purely anecdotal. I have heard of bogs in Marquette and Alger counties, down in Nahma, and Whitefish Point is the Cranberry Capital of Michigan, as named this past spring by our esteemed legislature down in Lansing. Many years […]

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Notes from the North Country

By: Lon and Lynn Emerick Don’t try to buy gas, order a meal or find a motel room on November 15 in these environs. It is a High Holy Day, the opening of the annual deer hunting season and an Upper Peninsula Holiday. All across the U.P., men and women are gathering their gear and checking […]

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MCHS takes part in adoption campaign

By: Dayna Kennedy The Marquette County Humane Society (MCHS) has joined efforts with 3,000 shelters around the world to participate in the annual Iams Home 4 the Holidays (IH4TH) pet adoption campaign, founded by Helen Woodward Animal Center and supported by Iams. MCHS is participating in the campaign through January 5, 2009 to help place one […]

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Economic rescue package includes help for charities

By: Carole L. Touchinski As part of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a two-year extension of Charitable IRA legislation, making it easier for Americans to give to causes they care about. The Charitable IRA provision, first enacted for 2006 and 2007, has the power to help local charities […]

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Walls talk at Peter White Public Library

By: Pam Christensen Public art generally is considered to be art created in any media that has been planned and executed with the intention of being staged or located within the public domain. When most people hear the term public art, they think of monuments, installations, sculptures or fountains located outdoors for the enjoyment of all. […]

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Sister Cities delegation welcomes visiting artist

By: Nikke Nason During Marquette delegation’s October 2001 visit to Yokaichi (Japan), leader Bill Brazier and delegate, artist and LSAA member Pat Hicks negotiated with the highly recognized Yokaichi ceramic artist Taro Kojima to present a major exhibition of his work in Marquette the following year. Taro Kojima and his wife, Atsuko, staged a major […]

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Award-winner preview luncheon scheduled

By: Kelly L. Passinault The Forest Roberts Theatre will present the 2008 Mildred and Albert Panowski playwriting award winner, Tracks in the Snow. The play, by Neil McGowan of Hermosa Beach, California is a gripping drama and a coming-of-age love story. The show opens at 7:30 p.m. on November 12 and runs nightly through November 15, […]

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