January, 2015
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Inside the Noque

by Pamela Christensen John Mommaerts is a man obsessed with snow. When you are race director for one of the premier cross country ski races in the country, a snow obsession is only one of the things you have to worry about. Mommaerts’ obsession, talents and luck have paid off since 1997, when he and […]

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Star Date – January 2015

by Craig Linde MOON & PLANETS Jupiter rises early enough so that it is visible high in the east before midnight and high in the south after midnight. The highlight of the month appears low in the southwest in the twilight sky just after sunset. Venus and Mercury form a strikingly close pair for the […]

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January selections provide action-packed entertainment

by Leonard Heldreth The selections this month are a powerful film from Ireland and three summer blockbuster films, of varying merit, that are generally entertaining. Calvary A powerful drama set in Ireland, Calvary starts with a quotation from St. Augustine: “Despair not, one of the thieves was spared; presume not, one of the thieves was […]

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U.P. authors and their characters indulge in hoaxes, with mixed results

by Tyler Tichelaar Reminiscences of a Hoaxer by Bill Van Kosky If anyone ever knew how to play a practical joke, it is Bill Van Kosky, and in Reminiscences of a Hoaxer, he comes clean about all the jokes he has been pulling throughout his life. Practical jokes are in his blood, as evidenced by […]

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An irreverent look at kids and smartphones

by 8-18 Media Smart kids, dumb phones Have you ever wondered what the definition of a smartphone is? You could believe it’s a small electronic device attached to a teenager. In some cases, that might not be far from the truth. Many people say kids are addicted to their smartphones. The fear is these kids […]

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Avoiding “pie crust promises”

by Jill L. Fries, Health Educator, MCHD Over the last two years or so, the staff of the Marquette County Health Department has been working diligently at creating a supportive atmosphere of wellness for its coworkers. It is a work in progress, and yet great strides have been made to offer healthier food options at lunch meetings, […]

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A new year, and a new view of YMCA of Marquette County

 by Leslie Bek The start of the new year in our country is synonymous with New Year’s Resolutions. I don’t think I need a post-doctoral degree to make that statement. However, it is appropriate to look to the field of academia for research-based evidence on the topic if I plan to say any more. According […]

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Pasties and other delights

by Katherine Larson Just about every culture enjoys its versions of a meaty, starchy comfort food, preferably inexpensive, that warms the heart, nourishes the body and replenishes the soul. In the U.P., of course, it is often the pasty. My husband’s family has lived in the U.P. since his grandparents emigrated to work in the […]

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Ryan’s story

by Barbara Jason-Buchkoe It is said your life can change in an instant. That certainly is what happened to Ryan Koski the morning of October 17 of last year. Prior to that morning, Ryan was your typical thirty-year-old. He had friends, family, a job and a special love for downhill skiing; he had been an active member […]

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MAPS placed on the College Board’s Fifth Annual AP® District Honor Roll

Marquette Area Public Schools is one of 547 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the fifth annual AP® District Honor Roll. MAPS was awarded this honor,  for increasing access to AP course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of […]

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Help SKE’s Functional Skills Program

Local bus driver and businessman Avery Smith wants to spread a little magic this holiday season to a wonderful group of kids at Sandy Knoll’s Functional Skills Program (FSP) and needs your help. With your purchase this holiday season from Designs Custom Imprinting, you will be helping the FSP program at Sandy Knoll Elementary with […]

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“Hour of Code” at MAPS

National Science Week was December 8 through 14. Many of Marquette Area Public Schools’ faculty participated by running an “Hour of Coding” in their classroom or building on December 10. Students learned about coding and programing through videos and tutorials in the classrooms. For more information on coding, visit http://code.org/learn or contact Becky Simmons at rsimmons@mapsnet.org

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North Star Academy collects 1496 items for TV6 Canathon

North Star Academy’s 2014 donation drive for TV6 Canathon was an enormous success. The Pre-K through twelve school with 290 students donated a whopping 1,496 nonperishable items. The Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JAG) class planned, organized and oversaw the effort and set several goals: increase participation at high school level, raise awareness of hunger and […]

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MAPS Busing Twitter Account

Marquette Area Public Schools has added a Twitter account for its transportation and busing department. Follow it at @MAPS_buses to receive updates on busing delays, breakdowns and accidents. For more information, please contact John Kurkowski, the head of the MAPS transportation services at jkurkowsi@mapsnet.org

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2014-15 Non-resident school of choice applications available for second semester

In accordance with Section 105 Schools of Choice in Public Act 300, Marquette Area Public Schools announces limited sixth through twelfth grade openings for the second semester in 2014-15. Applications may be obtained at BMS, MSHS, and MAHS, at the Superintendent’s office, or downloaded from the mapsnet.org website.  Applications will be accepted Friday, January 2 […]

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