March, 2009

Empowerment of community’s youths key to future successes

by Larry Alexander, with Maxwell Alexander Youth Empowerment—it’s not just another fluffy new-fangled way to coddle kids. It’s about how we prepare the next generation to lead, and choose our nursing homes. According to the United States Census Bureau, 27.6 percent of Americans are under age twenty. Baby Boomers only make up 25.1 percent of […]

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A word to the wise – March 2009

Verbum satis sapientibus: A word to the wise is sufficient by Gerald Waite You may have noticed the story in the papers recently: Birmingham (England) is officially dropping the apostrophe from street and place signs, for example in names like St. Paul’s Square. Actually, the city had been ignoring the apostrophe unofficially for years, stirring […]

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City Notes – March 2009

Edited by Kristy Basolo Dear editor District 3 of the U.P. Trappers Association has a lot of people to thank for their most successful mid-winter trappers workshop ever. Almost 500 trappers and potential trappers attended the event and nearly a hundred of the attendees were kids wanting to learn about trapping. Attendance like this would […]

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Celebrating local Red Cross heroes

by Suzan Travis-Robyns The Central Upper Peninsula Chapter of the Red Cross is filled with volunteers who are local heroes, providing disaster assistance, aid to the military and their families and life-saving training for the local community. Headquartered in Marquette, the local chapter encompasses ten counties. For the second year, the Central U.P. chapter is […]

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Yoopers on the Titanic

by Larry Chabot Jenny Henriksson, a twenty-eight-year-old maid for a Swedish banker, saved money for years to migrate to America. Her chance to pursue her dream came when a relative, Wilhelm Skoog, decided his move from America back to his native Sweden the previous year was a mistake, and so he and his family were […]

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Notes from the North Country

by Lon and Lynn Emerick Can you solve this culinary quiz? • You won’t find this edible substance on the open shelves of local grocery stores. • You must ask for it at the service counter and then pay immediately, not at the checkout aisles. • It is expensive: In fact, it’s so valuable that a pound would cost […]

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Reflecting upon the landscape: the soft side, the hard side

by Jon Saari The hard side is born of anxiety over unpredictable change and fear of loss. For five years citizens have been faced with a prospective new wave of sulfide mining. What was “acid mine drainage” and who was Rio Tinto? New activists came forward, new citizen groups proliferated and a new state law had […]

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Eating well with little money

by Jacquelyn Hargis This month’s column has been written by Jacquelyn Hargis of Munising. Jackie is one of the area’s finest cooks, mostly in the French manner. She studied some years ago at Cordon Bleu in Paris, and I tasted the results many times. When the Hargis family was starting out with five kids, not […]

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Folk fest celebrates U.P. cultures

by Sam Eggleston During Daniel Truckey’s moves to various locations throughout the United States—the East Coast, Iowa, downstate Michigan—he began to notice one undeniable aspect of the cultures in the country: the culture of the Upper Peninsula is unique. That, thought Truckey during his journeys, is something that should be celebrated. Enter the Upper Peninsula Folklife […]

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Contemporary composer to bring music home to Marquette

by Claudia Drosen Spirited and innovative contemporary composer Ashley Rose Fure (pronounced fury) is a young artist—she was born in 1982—however, a list of her musical credentials seems to suggest someone older and more accomplished than your average “twenty-something.” Fure grew up right here in the beautiful U.P. Her father Russell said the family moved from […]

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Fun outdoor event to benefit homeless

by Carrie Usher It may surprise you that homelessness affect more than just those living in urban areas. In fact, there are sixty-one homeless individuals, including children, in Marquette and Alger counties. This number includes those living in shelters, on the streets, domestic violence victims and people who are discharged from institutions who do not have […]

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Local history explored in words, paintings

Lake Effect: A Deckhand’s Journey on the Great Lakes Freighters by Tyler Tichelaar Many people have romantic notions of life aboard a ship with nothing to see but the breathtaking beauty of Lake Superior. In his own personal memoir, Richard Hill has captured what life was like aboard an ore freighter, when during the 1970s […]

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Helen Longyear Paul: a woman of vision

by Pam Christensen Helen Longyear Paul was the second daughter and fourth child of John Munro and Mary Beecher Longyear. Born on January 20, 1885, she passed away on October 30, 1960. Despite the fact that she has been gone for almost fifty years, the legacy of this amazing woman still is shaping Marquette. Her death […]

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NMU provides support for local entrepreneurs

by Chris Kauffman and Peter Pless Everyone has ideas; it is an entrepreneur with an exceptional thought process who reaches out to pursue the dream. Local case in point is the entrepreneurial idea to provide secure canoe and kayak storage along the Hiawatha Water Trail so paddle boaters can store a boat and belongings in a […]

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