September, 2009

Teens help with sweet nature project

by Greg Peterson Surrounded by a swarm of 150,000 loudly buzzing bees on a hot summer day, a group of Marquette County teens turned nervous faces and trepidation into smiles and an education they heard loud and clear—to protect, rather than fear, pollinators. At first only two teens wearing protective beekeeping gear entered the apiary […]

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The Greatest American Road—Peninsula to Peninsula

by Rob Cope Ten years ago, Yoopers discovered how important US-41 is to north-south travel. The Tower Lake fire, burning more than 5,000 acres, caused rerouting over back roads, requiring a half-day, instead of hours to cross Marquette County. For the approaching winter, sun-seeking Marquette County residents will return to the south-running, nation-crossing US-41. If […]

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21st Century city in the making

by Eric Hammerstrom Reinventing Marquette’s lower harbor and adjacent downtown has been a priority to residents of Marquette and their city government for years. Now, Ellwood Mattson Lower Harbor Park, conversion of Lake Superior and Ishpeming Railroad properties to condominiums, construction of Marquette Commons and miles of bike paths in Marquette’s downtown and waterfront district […]

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H1N1—the next great pandemic?

By: Jill Fries From an historical perspective, what occurred this spring and into the summer is very similar to what occurred in Spring 1918, although somewhat milder. In late January and early February 1918, Loring Miner, physician to the residents of Haskell County (Kansas) began seeing patient after patient with influenza-like symptoms. However, in Miner’s […]

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Speed skaters to compete in Marquette for Olympic slots

By: Kim Hoyum This fall, Marquette will welcome the best short-track speed skaters in the world to town for two events leading up to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Northern Michigan University and its U.S. Olympic Education Center are hosting the U.S. Olympic Team Trials from September 8 to 12, with competitions at the Berry […]

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Notes from the North Country

By: Lon and Lynn Emerick “If you talk that way, you’ve come from a far distance,” was the greeting from a waitress in a Kinlochewe café on the west coast of Scotland. And here we had been thinking we were blending in just fine on our visit to Lynn’s ancestral lands. We had explored both the […]

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South Country Connection – September 2009

Evening meals resume Beginning September 10 at the Salvation Army Recreation Center (SARC) in K.I. Sawyer, families and youth are invited to have an evening meal from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. each Thursday. Along with dinner, activities for all ages will be offered. There will be a Bible lesson, games and crafts, as well as […]

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Players de Noc announce forty-fifth season line-up

By Kathy LeDuc Players de Noc kicks off its forty-fifth season in raucous fashion with a production of Ken Ludwig’s comedy, Leading Ladies. Following in the comic footsteps of Players’ productions of two of Ludwig’s earlier comedies, Lend Me a Tenor and Moon Over Buffalo, Leading Ladies follows the misadventures of two English Shakespearean actors, Jack […]

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Tales of logging, murder and change

Spring Drive: A North Country Tale By Chuck Guilford Spring Drive is a fictional retelling of a true story about a murder, or perhaps depending on one’s point of view, justice or injustice being carried out, in Menominee in 1881. Although the book is not long or the plot complex because the author had to […]

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Annual Sibelius festival adopts a jazzy outlook

By: Karen Johnson Classical, jazz and folk musicians from the prestigious Sibelius Music Academy of Helsinki (Finland) will present three concerts and a music workshop in the western Upper Peninsula from September 22 to 25 for the eleventh annual Finlandia University Sibelius Academy Music Festival. “This year’s festival will be a lot of fun,” said Kaisa […]

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Performing Arts Series announces new season

By:  Ricci Ittner The Upper Peninsula is in for an amazing jolt of eclectic sounds with the 2009-10 Northern Michigan University International Performing Arts Series. The series was created in the 1980s to bring internationally recognized performers to NMU. Since its creation, many legendary musicians, dance troupes and other acts have shared their talents with […]

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Young filmmakers inspired by Michigan film festival

By: 8-18 Media The fifth annual Traverse City Film Festival wrapped up early last month, but its influence is continuing on in the minds of the many young, aspiring filmmakers from Michigan who attended. Youth from the Traverse City area, as well as other areas of the state, are attending the festival each year to have […]

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Home Cinema September 2009

By: Leonard G. Heldreth 3D film to be classic; graphic epic debated This month’s films include an interesting father-son independent film that debuted at Sundance, a stop-motion 3D animated film destined to become a classic and a graphic-novel epic that left viewers and critics debating its success. The Great Buck Howard Sean McGinly, writer and director […]

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Star Date: September 2009

Moon & Planets—Jupiter is low in the southeast as darkness falls, and by midnight is very apparent in the due south. The morning sky before first light however, is where most of the planetary activity takes place this month. Mars rises after midnight and is becoming more noticeable due to its slow brightening over the […]

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