February, 2009

Slow Food movement comes to Marquette

by Larry Alexander It’s an idea that continues to gain traction throughout the world, and now a resident and food producer is taking the initiative to bring Slow Food to Marquette. Joe Sabol is owner and operator of Sabol Family Farm in Racine County (Wisconsin), where he grows heirloom pumpkins. Heirloom and heritage foods have […]

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Star Date: February 2009

Moon & Planets—Venus definitely is the most prominent planet this month. Shining at its brightest, it remains up in the west for three to four hours after sunset. The thin crescent moon is only two degrees away from Venus on the evening of the 27th, creating a spectacular sight. Saturn is the only other planet […]

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A word to the wise – February 2009

Verbum satis sapientibus: A word to the wise is sufficient As our nation struggles with awful and serious problems like war and a tortured economy, it is only fitting that we take up this month a really serious verbal dilemma going back about four centuries: the distinction between shall and will. Considering the volume of […]

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City Notes – February 2009

Edited by Kristy Basolo Dear editor Thanks to everyone for their continued support of WNMU-FM, Public Radio 90. You understand it takes money to keep free public radio on the air and we really appreciate the financial contributions you give each year. Thanks to listeners like you, we’ve come through the first half of the […]

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Marquette’s first hospice

by Don Curto Jon Magnuson’s piece, in this publication’s December 2008 issue, on work being done by today’s hospice workers leads me to write some of my memories of what well may have been Marquette’s first hospice—the care provided to my late wife Joan. Down, down, down into the darkness of the grave Gently they […]

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Notes from the North Country

At a gathering of contented Upper Peninsula residents, we asked that each person describe his or her attraction to life here in one-word responses. Since most of our friends are quite used to our philosophical—and sometimes rather odd—approaches to conversation, there were a few moments of silence and then they dove right in. The list […]

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Moonlight on the bog

by Jude Holloway I strapped my headlamp on my head, but never did need it. As I started snowshoeing toward the bog, my eyes adjusted quickly to the evening’s light. It never seems to get very dark in the winter. The bright whiteness of the snow holds its light, even through the night hours. I sure […]

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Local entrepreneurs focus on paddle-boating to grow ecotourism

by Pam Torreano Aimone, Tawni Hunt Ferrarini Lake Superior is like having an ocean-size playground in your backyard. And this playground has a lot to offer both residents and visitors. First, a few facts: it is the world’s largest freshwater lake by surface area, and the fourth largest by volume and contains as much water as […]

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Hamming it up in the U.P

by Leslie Allen On a summer’s evening, they’re out in the woods on what they call a “fox hunt”—men and women, in teams of two or three, each following a waggling antenna, listening closely to the staccato beeps of Morse Code coming through their handheld radios. The beeps eventually lead them to the “fox,” a […]

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Glimpse of the past gives insight into lives of area founding fathers

by Pam Christensen Mehitable Everett said, “It often brightens the present to look on the past.” This quote has been taken to heart by Mrs. Everett’s great-grandson Frank B. Stone, author of Philo Marshall Everett, Father of Michigan’s Iron Industry and the Founder of the City of Marquette. Stone himself has seen a lot of […]

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Laughter truly the best medicine?

by Leslie Bek Q. Why do ducks have webbed feet? A. So they can stamp out fires. Q. Why do elephants have round feet? A. So they can stamp out burning ducks! If you just reacted with a laugh, a chuckle, a smirk or smile, you could be on a path to better health. Mirthful laughter […]

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Preventing epidemics: the things of movies

by George Sedlacek What’s the worse thing you can think of from a health viewpoint? It’s been interesting reading the Marquette Mining Journal’s “90 Years Ago” news clips about the 1918-19 influenza epidemics and the trouble it caused the community. Still, while that bug killed more people than any other virus since recorded time (forty million […]

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Ishpeming area kids stay safe on New Year’s Eve

by 8-18 Media It’s New Year’s Eve, and the gymnasium at the Ishpeming High School is filled with local teenagers, along with some parents and volunteers. The group of roughly 100 youth will ring in 2009 and will spend the entire night at the school as part of an All Nighter event sponsored by Good […]

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Families with young girls are faced with Gardasil questions

by 8-18 Media If there were a vaccine available that could protect your daughter against a virus believed to cause cancer, would you give it to her? What if it hadn’t been around very long? This is a question families across America are pondering with the distribution of the relatively new Gardasil vaccine. Gardasil is a […]

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