December, 2014

Recent films feature action, alternative rock and AIDS

by Leonard Heldreth This month’s films include two science fiction blockbusters, an independent film about the Seattle music scene and a film based on one of the first plays about AIDS. Live. Die. Repeat Originally released as a film titled The Edge of Tomorrow, with the poster tagline “Live. Die. Repeat.”, that title was dropped […]

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U.P. books for kids of all ages

by Tyler Tichelaar My Heart Smiles written by Diana Oman; illustrated by Colleen O’Hara If there has ever been a feel-good, positive thinking book for kids—and children of all ages—then it’s My Heart Smiles. This “ABC” book is so much more. This time, A is for Awesome, B is for Brilliant and C is for […]

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Scotland gives young people chance to vote on country’s future

by 8-18 Media On September 18, people from all over Scotland streamed to the polls to vote in a referendum election. This election would decide the future of their country, determining whether Scotland would sever the 307-year-old ties holding the country to England. This election was different than previous elections, however, and not only because […]

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Local alliance focuses on suicide prevention

by Sarah Derwin In the wake of the tragic death of beloved actor Robin Williams, the conversation about suicide has lit up social media, news shows and perhaps even was talked about at your work, place of worship or within your circles of family and friends. Anytime a life is lost, it is tragic. Suicide […]

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Christmas bird counts in the Upper Peninsula

Story and photos by Scot Stewart  “I love Christmas, not just because of the presents but because of all the decorations and lights and the warmth of the season.” — Ashley Tisdale Winter settles in well to the Upper Peninsula by December. Some years it teases, with just a few inches of snow and some […]

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Grandparents Teach Too: Positive Discipline Works for Families

Discipline that will make a difference in children’s behavior is not easy nor is it a one-time event. Discipline that works is a slow, bit-by-bit, time consuming task of helping children to see the sense in acting a certain way. Readers have asked for more of Dr. Katherine Kersey’s 101 Positive Principles of Discipline to […]

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Chocolate Milk: Nature’s Sports Drink Grant – MAPS

The United Dairy Industry of Michigan has awarded Marquette Senior High School as the 2014-15 Winter Michigan Chocolate Milk: Nature’s Sports Drink Winner. Marquette Senior High School will receive a $2000.00 grant to purchase chocolate milk for the Varsity and JV hockey teams this season. For more information, email jtuma@MAPSNET.ORG

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Junior Teen Advisory Board meeting

The PWPL Junior Teen Advisory Board Meeting is Thursday, December 4, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Shiras Room at Peter White Public Library. All students in grades five through eight are invited to make “Peeps on Earth” tree ornaments, eat cookies, and decorate the teen area tree. This event is free. For […]

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UPCM Kid Bizness program open house

The Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum will hold an open house for its Kid Bizness Program on Tuesday, December 30. The program is designed to assist young entrepreneurs, ages eight to eighteen, in developing, marketing, packaging and selling original products in the Museum’s Sprout gift shop. The open house will run from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 […]

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Gift of Reading

The Marquette-Alger Reading Council will continue to accept new books for needy families as well as for distribution to local health centers, nursing homes and service providers such as Beacon House and the Women’s Center’s Harbor House. Schools and libraries in the two-county area will serve as drop-off locations.  In addition, donors in Marquette may […]

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UPCM December Calendar

Explainer Training  (youth volunteer leadership program): December 5, 4:00  to 6:00 p.m. Open to any youth age eight through eighteen. Learn how to help guests with our animals, help in the store, be a leader in the Museum. Trainings are the first Friday of every month. Snacks are served. There is a mandatory parent/caregiver training […]

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Holiday Survival

by Sherry Marie Aho, MSU Extension volunteer Let’s face it.  The holiday season can be stressful.  Keeping mentally and physically balanced, while experiencing the high demands of the season, are attainable.  Here are some suggestions that can help lighten your holiday load. •  Be realistic about your resources. Saying no will keep you within your budget. Having […]

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Downtown Marquette is a winter wonderland in December

by Mona Lang The City of Marquette is the Upper Peninsula’s cosmopolitan center, and its Downtown District is at the heart of the city. The lights, sights and activities of the winter season provide an unmatched experience for locals and visitors alike. Whether you prefer strapping on gear and embracing the outdoors or spending time […]

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Giving this holiday season

With trends like “Giving Tuesday” emerging throughout the country, people are turning toward a preference for local products and a mind to give back to meaningful organizations. This is a great opportunity to stimulate the local economy and benefit organizations which enhance our quality of life. In addition to the myriad of meaningful organizations nationwide, […]

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