October, 2014
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U.P. authors write about two very different ladies

Hi Mom. It’s Me: A Son Shares Life’s Lessons Learned from Mom and How He Coped with Her Alzheimer’s Disease by Jim LaJoie Hi Mom. It’s Me is a heartwarming book by Jim LaJoie, about his relationship with his mother from his boyhood until death finally parted them. While LaJoie writes the book partly to […]

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Genre-bending films provide offbeat entertainment

All of the films this month are offbeat, genre-bending, original examples of the breadth of offerings available in the current cinema.  Only Lovers Left Alive Jim Jarmusch is one of America’s best independent filmmakers, one who always follows his own artistic muse, even if it means completing only eleven films in thirty years. While not […]

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Genre-bending films provide offbeat entertainment

by Leonard G. Heldreth All of the films this month are offbeat, genre-bending, original examples of the breadth of offerings available in the current cinema. Only Lovers Left Alive Jim Jarmusch is one of America’s best independent filmmakers, one who always follows his own artistic muse, even if it means completing only eleven films in thirty […]

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It’s ribbons all around for 4-H kids

These are a few things you think of when you go to the Upper Peninsula State Fair: kids screaming while riding rides, midway hawkers calling “try your luck” and eating elephant ears. Well, those aren’t the only things that grace the fairgrounds in Escanaba every year. Throughout the fairgrounds, there are a dozen or so […]

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A ready nation starts at home

September was National Preparedness Month. The goal is to have a nation ready for inclement weather, national or man-made disasters and biological or chemical threats. How can you prepare a nation the size of the United States of America? A nation becomes prepared by educating and informing people, and preparing one community at a time. […]

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Marquette Food Co-op celebrates new location

The Marquette Food Co-op will host a Grand Opening on October 4 to celebrate the store’s expansion and move to 502 West Washington Street. The day will be a festive celebration of good food and the vibrant community that has supported the Co-op since it was formed in 1971. Enjoy live music, food demos, free […]

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Marquette students seek votes for grant

Students at Marquette Alternative High School, led by social studies and special education teacher Amanda Erspamer-Berry, are asking for help to win a $100,000.00 grant through Farmers Insurance’s “Thank a Million Teachers” campaign. From October 1 through November 30, individuals can vote for the school’s proposal at www.thankamillionteachers.com once per day. The alternative high school’s […]

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Halloween Spectacle to feature “spirits of the lake”

Lake Superior never gives up her dead—except for one night in October. On October 25, witness the third annual Halloween Spectacle, as Marquette Arts and Culture Center and Downtown Development Authority host an outdoor performance of giant puppetry percussion and theatrical dance, taking place after sunset at the Marquette Commons, located at 112 South Third […]

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A “Grand” experience

Last fall, my husband, Tom, and I had a truly unique opportunity. Through a special promotion, we were able to spend a night at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. Being Michiganders and Yoopers, we have visited the island—which actually is part of the U.P.—several times. We’ve biked around it; we’ve visited the fort, we’ve […]

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Lake Superior Theatre wraps up season

Who was it who said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it?” Do you all feel that way about how our summer evaporated? Now that fall is here, as evidenced by the colored leaves and the falling acorns, we are so thankful we […]

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The value of a library card

I cannot remember a time I did not have a library card. As the granddaughter of a high school librarian, books, reading and libraries were valued highly in our family. I remember the fun of creeping up the creaky staircase at the Ludington Public Library to reach the children’s department. You could not make it […]

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Downtown Marquette hosts Baraga Harvest Fest fun

The onset of autumn means something different to many of us; some look forward to pumpkin spice lattes, wearing hooded sweatshirts and watching the leaves change, while others begrudgingly put swimsuits away and lament the loss of beach weather. Fortunately, there is an OctobThe onset of autumn means something different to many of us; some […]

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Taking the “dis” out of disability

The first time I met Gretchen Preston, I knew she was a remarkable woman. Preston has been legally blind for many years, but has not let that slow her down, or dampen her dreams. Her children’s books, the Valley Cat series, are delightful; she is active in the community; she can ski, hike and join […]

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Mark Twain charms U.P

In his time, few were more famous than Mark Twain. Born Samuel L. Clemens in Missouri, his worldwide fame as Twain was due mainly to spectacularly successful books like Tom Sawyer andHuckelberry Finn. The Sault Ste. Marie News, anticipating his promised visit to the U.P., called him “beyond question the most popular of the writers […]

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Twenty-five years of food and other important things

Don was fond of saying his “big mouth” often had gotten him into trouble. (Meaning strong, critical opinions expressed without reservation.) As his wife, I could hardly disagree, although the examples provided were different than mine. He would mention how he made a remark critical about the planning of a regional meeting for one of […]

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