April, 2013

“April prepares her green traffic light / and the world thinks GO.”

That worthy sentiment about this lusty season was penned a few generations ago by Christopher Morley. Waking up from winter, nature wants to grow green and fat, we and all God’s creatures want to fall in love, and poetry wants to spring to the lips. And so let’s let poetry have her way in this […]

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Author Writes of Desperation, Discovery, and Hope

Local author David Jaicks writes of very human and flawed characters struggling to find meaning, purpose, and love in their lives. Sometimes, they even have what should make them happy, yet they find their situations only lead to trouble regardless. Jaicks’ writing is minimalist in style, presenting characters and situations while largely leaving the interpretations […]

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New Sustainable Power Plant at NMU

by Lucy Hough Test burns have begun at the new addition to the Ripley Heating Plant at Northern Michigan University. The construction of the new biomass plant began in April 2012 and is scheduled to provide heating and cooling to the entire campus by June this year. This project has been on the agenda for […]

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Doctor with a heart: Tom LeGalley

by Eric C. Hammerstrom When Dr. Tom. LeGalley heard Marquette Monthly would be running a story about his contributions to Marquette’s medical community and to charitable organizations, he wanted to make one thing perfectly clear—he isn’t finished. “I’m not done yet, so this is not an obituary,” LeGalley said when told this article would highlight […]

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Waiting for Open Water

Nobody in Marquette is looking forward to spring and open water on Lake Superior than Captain John Tomczyk of Daybreak Charters.  Since 2009, Tomczyk and his wife Jamie have operated the Marquette-based charter fishing business.  With over 20 years of Great Lakes fishing experience, Tomczyk, a graduate of NMU’s Outdoor Recreation Leadership and Management program, […]

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Home Cinema

Argo Argo is a tense thrilller about the Iranian hostage crisis of 1979-80; based on previously classified information, the film shows how C.I.A. operative Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) extricated six hostages by disguising them as a Canadian science fiction film production crew scouting locations in Iran. On November 4, 1979, an Iranian mob, angry at […]

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Health Matters

After these last couple winter storm blasts, it’s hard to believe, but spring will be in the air soon.  For many high schoolers, this is an exciting time:  school is winding down which brings spring dances, proms, senior class trips, graduation parties and summer vacation!  Seniors embrace long-time friends as they map out their fun […]

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What We Are Cooking Now: Florentine Cabbage and Bean Soup

By the time you read this it will be April which is a much anticipated event in this home.  March is never an easy month for many in this northern Peninsula (With a very half-hearted apology to those who love the early spring skiing.) and this year has been harder than most for us as […]

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ENDS

by Don Curto Coming to the end of things… stories, movies, novels, recipes, games, prayers, life…. especially life, requires a difficult transition. In fact, very few activities have a true end. Very few of them will walk up to you, grab you by the scruff of the neck or the scrotum, pull your head down […]

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Flying Cars

By John Taylor       “Dad, where are the flying cars?” Nick asked. Trevor’s attention snapped away from the line he was in to the book sale table next to the library’s front desk. He paused. Trevor was used to odd questions from his six year old son, but this one seemed so random, so […]

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April 2013 Family Friendly Community Guide

April is Month of the Young Child Marquette-Alger Great Start Collaborative’s mission is to provide a great start for all children, safe, healthy and eager to succeed in education and life. April is one of the collaboriative’s favorite months, as it is Month of the Young Child. Starting in 1971, the National Association for the […]

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City Notes

Dear editor, In 1963 gasoline was thirty cents a gallon, the average price of a new home was $19,000.00, and WNMR signed on the air at 90.1 FM broadcasting at 320 watts of power for five hours a day. Today gas is $3.69 a gallon, the average price of a new home is $272,000.00, and […]

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My First Flights

by Larry Chabot We don’t know how many Americans have flown in an airplane, but we do know that U.S. airlines carried 643 million passengers last year. Uncounted thousands of them were on their first flights. Because first flights – and some later ones – are memorable, we asked several flyers how it went. Here […]

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Youth Writing Contest

Judges Poetry: 1) Russell Thorburn 2) Claudia Drosen 3) Janeen Rastall Short Stories/Book Reviews: 1) Matthew Williams 2) Milton Bates 3) Carrie Pearson 4) Lea Casper Peter White Public Library 2013 Youth Writing Competition Poetry: Winning Entries Middle School The Cat from Across the Street The cat from across the street Is sort of eerie […]

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Lake Superior Theatre started 15 years ago with a big production and big hopes…

Spring? Please? Soon? The view from the Boat House is white as far as the eye can see…. and the boat that is snuggled up to the ticket office is the Coast Guard ice breaker rather than the Isle Royale Queen III. As I look at my favorite John Health painting of the five seasons […]

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