November, 2015

Books reveal secrets from the past

by Tyler Tichelaar Secrets and Rivals: Wartime Letters and the Parents I Never Knew by R. Bruce Larson Our first book this month sounds like a fitting read for Veteran’s Day, but I think the first thing to know about this book is that it’s not what you would expect. I expected a collection of […]

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Adventurous women make up unusual plots

by Leonard G. Heldreth This month’s films look at the heating oil business in New York City, review the process of slipping into middle age, and examine the adventures of two very unusual women. A Most Violent Year This is the third impressive film by J.C. Chandor, after Margin Call and the Robert Redford tour […]

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No matter what the season, Yoopers flock to…. Hunting Headquarters

by Amy Mattson Since the early 1950s, the Knotty Pine Bar in Arnold has been a popular destination for residents of Arnold, folks from around the central Upper Peninsula, as well as for tourists, hunters, all-terrain vehicle riders, snowmobilers and other visitors to the area. And since 2004, Gary Evans has been the man behind […]

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Migrate, hibernate or just have fun

by Scot Stewart “I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, ‘Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.’” —Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass When the thermometer begins its […]

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Female surfers brave wintry water

by Carrie Usher “Another day at the beach” is a phrase that takes different meaning among those you talk to. While some women yearn for ninety-degrees and sunny, others decide it is a good day to head to the lake when the winds are ripping up waves and the thought of sunscreen does not enter […]

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Functional art installed on Heritage Trail

by Candace Prill The Iron Ore Heritage Trail has been an invaluable addition to the Negaunee and Ishpeming areas, and now along with enjoying the nature and the rich history of the area, a functional and interpretive mural has recently been mounted just below the LS&I trestle on the trail. The mural is located on […]

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Night of 5,000 dinners to showcase local talent

by Amy Gawry Good food is one of the many things that people look forward to in the fall. For some, though, good food is a luxury they don’t always get to enjoy. This November, there’s an event on the calendar that combines the enjoyment of good food with providing for those who struggle to […]

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Cooking with kids

by Katherine Larson Three decades ago, Karen sat in the big bottom drawer in my kitchen, cheerfully banging a pot with a wooden spoon and caroling, “Noo-noo, noo-noo!” while I cooked her favorite noodles. This was a delightful way to share kitchen time with Karen, but as I became a more experienced mother, I realized […]

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First lady of choral launches season

The Marquette Choral Society, a longtime fixture of the area’s cultural scene, is rehearsing for its annual and highly anticipated “Carols of Christmas” performances under a new musical director. Erin Colwitz is the fifth person and first woman to fill the dual role of leading the mixed community choir while also serving on the Northern […]

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Nutcracker ballet graces the Kaufman stage

 by Jim Pennell The Nutcracker Ballet has long been a holiday tradition for families in the Upper Peninsula. A half a century ago, U.P. families gathered around black-and-white televisions, tuned in the one channel available, set the rabbit ears to get the least interference, adjusted the vertical and horizontal hold and enjoyed an evening at […]

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Animated fun

Who doesn’t love an animated feature film? Children love them. Adults love them. And now kids in the Marquette area are learning to make them. With a little bit of imagination and a little guidance from Wow Animation, kids can learn how to make an animated short film from the ground up by creating characters, […]

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