January, 2009

Cover – Issue No. 255, January 2009

Our Cover “Early Arrivals” by Maggie Linn, AWS

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Animals bring miracles to patients

by Larry Chabot Two by two, they came into the Westwood Mall on a Sunday morning: human with large dog, human with medium dog, human with pocket-size dog, even a cat—various breeds and people, here for the ‘test.’ With a clacking of dog nails on the floor, they moved on, all well-behaved and full of […]

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A word to the wise – January 2009

Verbum satis sapientibus: A word to the wise is sufficient by Gerald Waite Ah, January, the perfect month to sit by the fire on a dark cold evening, catching up on those National Geographics we didn’t get to last summer. Or maybe moving on with the reading of an unabridged dictionary. These snowy nights, I’m a […]

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City Notes – January 2009

Edited by Kristy Basolo Mailbox Dear editor As we ring in the New Year, I want to thank you for your continued commitment to Public Radio 90. Thank you for helping us to remain an institution so many listeners trust and turn to for quality, inspiration, entertainment and reliable news and information. Thank you for […]

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In the New Year: A brief lament and hope for Hope

by Don Curto I recently calculated I have been alive for twenty-three presidential elections and voted in seventeen of them…from Roosevelt in 1944 to Obama in 2008. You would be right to guess that all of my votes were cast for Democrats. There are two important reasons for this: one, my father would have been […]

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Mentoring highlighted during national festivities

by Larry Alexander January is National Mentor Month. This year’s theme is “Expand your universe. Mentor a child.” National Mentoring Month is an opportunity to focus national, state and local attention on mentoring and show potential volunteers how to enhance their lives by enhancing the lives of young people. General Colin L. Powell will headline the eighth […]

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Twenty years later, Babycakes family comes full circle

by Eric Hammerstrom If your mouth waters when you simply hear the word “Babycakes,” you are not alone. Just over twenty years ago, Kim Danielson began baking muffins for her baby boy, Kris, as a treat. She made them bite-sized, with apples and carrots and whole wheat. Depending on the season, she added blueberries or […]

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Michigamme Market closing felt throughout community

by Cindy Coleman Sometime during the night of Tuesday, November 18, the Michigamme Market closed. The shelves were stripped bare; gasoline emptied from the pumps; canned goods, bakery and deli items, fresh vegetables and soda pop, frozen meats, pizzas, beer and wine all disappeared. Almost no one knew: not the employees, nor the suppliers, and […]

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Irontown prepares for thirty-year anniversary

by Kristy Basolo Certified fireworks specialists. A scholarship committee. More than a decade of pageants. Parades and community festivals. Live music competitions. All these tasks are coordinated by one group—not in a big city, but in the small town of Negaunee. And not by a large group, but by a board of less than twenty. […]

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Civil rights struggle remembered on Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday

by Larry Alexander “I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits.” —Martin Luther King Jr. Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech, December 10, 1964. Despite America’s facility for innovation, learning and rapid development, […]

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Star Date – January 2009

by Craig Linde Moon & Planets — The New Year opens with three planets visible in the early evening sky. Venus is the highest and brightest of the threesome, with Mercury and Jupiter extremely low along the southwestern horizon. Brilliant Venus gets even higher and brighter in the next two weeks, while Jupiter disappears from view. […]

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A closer look at local literature

by Tyler R. Tichelaar Local writers continue to produce memorable stories, novels and personal essays about life in Upper Michigan. Some recently published books by U.P. authors include a fast-paced suspense novel, a coming-of-age story set during the Great Depression and a collection of personal essays from a simple man who shares life lessons he’s […]

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Journey to fit strip funding tiring for some

by Leslie Allen It’s hard to know exactly where an idea is going to lead. In 1978, Rico Zenti, Jr., had an idea that would put exercise stations for chin-ups, sit-ups, leg stretches, and the like along a walking and jogging trail in Marquette. Zenti took the idea to the city’s parks and recreation board, which […]

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Notes from the North Country

by Lon and Lynn Emerick A pair of ravens lives on our Foster Creek Homestead (perhaps the birds see it differently and we live on the Raven Home Place). In winter, they follow us about on our daily snowshoe soirees. Although they talk to each other in an extensive lexicon, this wild pair of ravens […]

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8-18 Media book reviews for kids by kids

The Dead & The Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer Published by Harcourt, Inc., 308 pages New York City is sinking. The moon was knocked out of orbit by an asteroid, and the tides are all out of whack. Alex Morales is seventeen years old, and he has two younger sisters, Briana and Julie. They’re stuck […]

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