May, 2013

Word to the Wise

Verbum satis sapientibus:    A word to the wise is sufficient. Our word ounce is from the Latin uncia, meaning one-twelfth, so how is it that we measure sixteen ounces in our standard pound?  And does anything make sense to you about “lb.,” our abbreviation for pound? On the first weekend of this month, we […]

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Books Take Look at Michigan State Police and Mental Health

Paths Crossed: Villains, Victims, Victors. Lessons Learned in the Line of Duty by Detective Lieutenant Clif Edwards In Paths Crossed, Clif Edwards, a retired Michigan State Police Officer, details the first half of his twenty-seven year MSP career from his recruitment at age eighteen, through his training, evolution from rookie to seasoned trooper, being a […]

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Family Priviledge

by  Linda Remsburg John Seita was removed from an abusive family when he was eight years old. He remembers that as an adolescent, the idea of family seemed “mysterious yet wondrous” to him. He was confused by families, but he knew he wanted one and felt lost without it. He grew bitter and distrustful of […]

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NEIGHBORHOOD MOTHERS

They say it takes a village to raise a child and I think in the neighborhood where I grew up the moms there must have all agreed.  What brings all this to mind is just recently I was invited to attend the 90th birthday celebration for one of my childhood neighborhood moms.  As I sat […]

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Expanding Public-Private Partnerships: The MAPS GED Sponsorship Program Takes Off

by Sara Cambensy, Director of Adult and Community Education, MAPS The basic needs in life that so many of us take for granted are often the determining factors that keep those students without a high school diploma from taking their GED.  Money to take the GED tests and transportation to and from the testing site […]

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Former NMU President Bill Vandament Dies

Prepared by Cindy Paavola. MARQUETTE, Mich.—William Vandament, the 10th president of Northern Michigan University who served from 1991-1997, died Saturday, April 20, at his home in Signal Hill, Calif. He was 81. After teaching psychology for a few years, Vandament had a long career as a university administrator. At Ohio State University, he was vice […]

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Sweetwater: A 20-year Group Project

by Lucy Hough The errant snow storm in April made the perfect backdrop outside the Sweetwater Café for breakfast on Saturday. Enjoying various fresh foods that come from the surrounding community, I felt like I was enjoying the best of what makes Marquette special: the snow, the sense of community, the simplicity. All of these […]

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Daybreak Charters

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

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Waterbird Migration Routes Across Lake Superior

by Joseph Youngman Migration routes? You might ask. Waterbirds have specific “routes” across Lake Superior? Yes, it seems they do. Various people have been working to document those routes over the last few decades. There appear to be narrow bands across Lake Superior, where, during the right season, hundreds and even thousands of waterbirds pass […]

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Flooding brings community, volunteers together

by Adam Westhouse Although the total flood damage is expected to climb into the millions of dollars, in addition to perilous economic ramifications and an              ecological fallout that may never be healed, last month’s Dead River disaster miraculously came and went without the cost of human life or serious […]

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Home Cinema

by Leonard G. Heldreth This month we look at two Oscar-winning blockbusters, a small mainstream adaptation, and four varied films that are worth watching but require only brief discussions. Life of Pi Those who liked Life of Pi liked it for a variety of reasons; those who disliked it felt that the religious message was […]

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Healthy You, Yes You!

May 12 – 18, 2013 is the Fourteenth (14th) annual National Women’s Health Week.  This national observance is celebrated across the United States in various ways from families honoring the women in their lives to communities holding health fairs focusing on the various aspect of women’s health.  Why all the attention focused on women’s health?  […]

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All Things Matter in Health

To the question, “What is health?” I reply, “What isn’t health?” The Marquette Monthly began a department called Health Matters a decade and a half ago.  Editor and publisher Pat Ryan-O’Day recalls, “We knew there was so much to cover in the area of health that it needed to be a part of what we […]

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The Comfort of Old Friends

by Patricia Tikkanen In February I e-mailed friends and sometimes travel companions Jacqueline and Duane Hargis from Munising a proposal that we meet for a weekend in early April to celebrate Jackie and my birthdays. Perhaps feeling as restless and pent up as we were (and that was only February) the answer was a resounding […]

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Family Friendly Community Guide

CCA Students Introduce Author and School Continues to Build Writing Emphasis in Curriculum Crossroads Christian Academy’s first and second graders have been chosen to lead poems and introduce the author in Wednesday’s session of the Young Authors’ Conference, May 6-9, at Northern Michigan University. The first and second graders have spent the latter part of […]

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