November, 2014
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Variety of cast sizes used to captivate viewers

by Leonard G. Heldreth Films can vary widely in the number of cast members necessary to bring their visions to the screen. One film this month shows only a single performer throughout; a second is dominated by one performer with supporting bit players; a third has two stars playing off against each other; and the fourth […]

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Local women, business, program receive U.P. volunteer awards

by Linda Remsburg Two women, a business in Marquette and a charitable program in Munising are among outstanding volunteers honored during the sixth annual U.P. Service Awards program at the U.P. Nonprofit Conference at Northern Michigan University. The awards are given by the U.P. Volunteer Network and sponsored by Great Lakes Center for Youth Development […]

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Short story contest provides creative outlet in the U.P.

by Lucy Hough In less than 2,500 words, Upper Peninsula authors have an opportunity to showcase their work in a local publication. Marquette Monthly’s annual short story contest is in its twenty-fifth year and offers a rare opportunity for writers not only to publish their work, but also receive a cash award. The contest is […]

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Lakestate Industries: working hard to help

by Pam Christensen One of Kevin’s first thoughts every morning is whether today is a work day. Kevin eagerly looks forward to work and anticipates what the day will hold on a day he reports to work. How many people can say the opportunity to hold a job is one of the things they most […]

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Michigan Apple Crunch Day at MAPS

The Marquette County Health Department invited every school in Marquette County to participate in Michigan Apple Crunch Day in order to celebrate National Farm to School Month, which takes place every October.  Marquette Area Public Schools had three schools participate: Graveraet Elementary, Sandy Knoll and Marquette Senior High School. Students and staff bit into Michigan […]

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BBBS of Marquette and Alger Counties, Inc. in need of mentors

Can you spare four hours a month? If you can, becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister might be a good choice for you. Activities you can do with a Little Brother or Little Sister include things you already do in your everyday life such as raking the yard, going out to eat or going […]

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All District Pink Day at MAPS

On October 29, Marquette Area Public Schools will have an all-district PINK day in support of the Superior Health Foundation Paint the Peninsula Pink.  Staff and students are being asked to wear pink on October 29 to support this cause. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and because breast cancer is such a widely known […]

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MAHS a finalist for Thank a Million Teachers Grant

Marquette Alternative High School and MAHS teacher Amanda Erspamer-Berry are finalists in the Farmer’s Insurance Thank a Million Teachers Grant. With enough votes, a grant of $100,000.00 could be awarded to MAHS. The public can vote daily at https://www.thankamillionteachers.com/vote-for-a-proposal  through November 30. For more information, visit www.thankamillionteachers.com.

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Marquette Arts and Culture Center announces November Workshops Gallery Tours

On Tuesday, November 11 at 12:30 p.m., join Arts and Culture Manager, Tiina Harris, as she guides guests on a free tour of both the SmallWorks and the Main Gallery. All ages are welcome. Japanese Tradition & Art for Children with Tomoko Inoue On Wednesdays, November 5 through December 17, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. […]

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MRHC to present: It’s a Dollhouse Day

On Saturday, November 22, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. the Marquette Regional History Center will present It’s a Dollhouse Day. Come and see for the first time the new and amazing dollhouse made by Eugenia Kurz. Many of our other dollhouses will be out on display and decorated for Christmas. It’s a perfect day […]

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NRC YCC invites youth bloggers to share stories

One year after launching its blog, the Natural Resources Commission Youth Conservation Council is opening up a public platform at michiganycc.wordpress.com/ to young outdoor voices across the state. The Youth Conservation Council, established by a Natural Resources Commission resolution in 2012, provides a forum where a diverse group of conservation-minded teens can talk about and […]

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Grandparents Teach Too: Tips for Kindergarten Kindergarten Feels Like First Grade

There was a time when kindergarteners went to school to learn how to share, stand in line, and sit on a group rug patiently listening to a story. Academic skills were introduced gradually. Now, caregivers are expected to work on reading readiness skills before children begin school. Kindergarten curriculum feels like First Grade used to. […]

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Superior Watershed Partnership helps protect severely declining monarch butterfly

by Natasha Koss The Superior Watershed Partnership (SWP) is wrapping up a summer-long season of monarch butterfly habitat restoration on the Stonington Peninsula. In partnership with the U.S. Forest Service’s Hiawatha National Forest (HNF), and with funding from the National Forest Foundation (NFF), SWP will plant the final native pollinator plants for the season in coming […]

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No, no to neonics…

by Diana Magnuson “If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.” …attributed to Albert Einstein. Hyperbole? Perhaps not. CCD, colony collapse disaster, has wiped out millions of beehives […]

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Lunar eclipse provides a heavenly experience

I don’t remember what I was dreaming about. I think it was something pleasant. All of a sudden, the alarm went off with a panic-inducing siren. You would have thought the house was on fire. I sat up quickly, with adrenaline pumping through every cell in my body. In a few seconds, I realized it […]

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