May, 2009
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Small town, rich history: Traunik at a crossroads

by Leslie Allen Photos Courtesy of A.J. and Jeff Fischer Traunik is a dot on a map, a blip on the radar, a blink in the road. Traunik, north of Trenary and south of Chatham, is an historic location named after a community in Slovenia, the home of many of its settlers. It’s an old […]

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A word to the wise – May 2009

Verbum satis sapientibus: A word to the wise is sufficient One of the many high class readers of this column recently offered a list of words that are spelled alike but have different meanings and usually different sounds. You know the sort, words like these: • The bandage was wound around the wound. • The garden was […]

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Star Date: May 2009

Moon & Planets—Mercury is visible in the west-northwest as May opens. However, the speedy planet soon disappears from view in just a few days, as it sets earlier each night in the bright twilight. Saturn is located in Leo and is high in south as darkness falls, setting well after midnight. The moon is just […]

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City notes – May 2009

Edited by Kristy Basolo Dear editor This month, Cambodians everywhere and those who worked with Cambodians during the 1970s will be watching the U.N./Cambodian Genocide Tribunal. The first defendant will be the administrator of Tuol Sleng prison, a converted school in Phnom Penh, set up by the Khmer Rouge to torture and kill those who […]

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Big trouble in little Michigamme

by Larry Chabot It’s so easy to like Michigamme: nice town, great name, cool lake with endless shoreline, lots of famous visitors and a glorious past. This piece of the past, however, has been buried in old news clippings for more than eighty years. Michigamme, age 137, had a peak population of 1,800 in the […]

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 ‘Extra’ remembers Anatomy experience

by Pam Christensen Marquette County will be celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the filming of Anatomy of a Murder beginning May 7 and 8 with activities at Mt. Shasta in Michigamme. Activities in Ishpeming, Marquette and Big Bay will follow. Many area residents have fond memories of the filming of the movie, seeing big name […]

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Michigan and alcohol have sordid past

by George Sedlacek The Michigan Traffic Fatalities statistics for 2008 were released recently. There was some good news and some bad. The good news was that statewide, the number of fatalities was reduced to levels not seen since 1925. The news in the Upper Peninsula wasn’t as good. According to Michigan State Police, there were […]

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Historic eatery celebrates anniversaries

by Sam Eggleston Most people have enough trouble trying to plan the events around a single anniversary celebration. Nancy Ferro, the owner of the Mt. Shasta restaurant in Michigamme, doesn’t mind though. In fact, she’s planning four anniversaries at one time. “It’s definitely keeping me busy,” laughed Ferro, who moved to the area from Chicago five […]

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Transition town Marquette: a new resilience

by Bradford Veley How well prepared is our community to deal with the realities of climate change, a contracting global economy, sharply rising energy prices and drastically reduced availability of gasoline, natural gas and heating oil? The end of the Age of Cheap Oil is coming upon us rapidly, and our lives are going to change […]

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How to be a tourist at home

by Michael Murray Forget the long road trips, the airport security lines and the peak-season hotel rates. With the U.S. economy in turmoil, this is the year to have a relaxing, memorable vacation for a fraction of what you spent last summer by being a tourist at home. This is your opportunity to dine in unfamiliar […]

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Notes from the North Country

by Lon and Lynn Emerick The trail spiraled down from a ridge of mature hardwood trees and entered a dense grove of mixed hemlock and white pine. We were in a state of grace after strolling through lush arrays of early spring wildflowers—hepatica, Adder’s tongue, Dutchman’s breeches and Spring Beauty. Beside the path, we came upon […]

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Recipe Exploration

by Don Curto On a recent morning, I went exploring in my refrigerator and discovered a container of greens with a mixture not usually seen prepared for the customer—fresh baby spinach and arugula. In the past, I have had to buy them separately and hand mix for a salad combination I like very much. I […]

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Program addresses mental illness

by Pam Christensen The magnitude of mental illness in the United States is staggering. The surgeon general reports one in five Americans experiences a mental disorder in any given year, and half of all Americans will develop a disorder at some time during their lives life. When you consider these statistics, it is clear that mental […]

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Authors recall traumatic, nostalgic memories

by Tyler Tichelaar The Lost Road Home: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and the Psychological Effects of War on Veterans and their Families by Milly Balzarini Many books have been written about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and many veterans have recounted their stories, but Milly Balzarini has written The Lost Road Home to tell the […]

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