December, 2015

Films offer wide variety of plots, action

by Leonard G. Heldreth The films this month include a complex young adult film, the latest installments in two ongoing series of films and a genre film in the Coen brothers’ tradition. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl With its pulp fiction title, its potential sentimentality and its satire of classic films, this cinematic […]

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Have you seen my bus?

by Larry Chabot A Greyhound bus sat idling in front of the old Clifton Hotel, at the corner of Front and Bluff in Marquette, its driver having ducked into the hotel on this snowy December night in 1955. Along came a curious citizen, with a bent for mischief, thinking: “This is too good to pass […]

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Cat Packs provides food beyond school hours

by Lucy Blair Cat Packs is a program that was started in the past year with the help of the university president’s wife, Jan Erickson. She and volunteers from throughout the university and community put together bags of food that students take home on Fridays so that they have options on the weekends. “I can’t […]

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Marquette Chamber looks to future

by Jackie Stark With eight months of operations under its belt, the Marquette Chamber of Commerce has been busy. Located on Third Street in Marquette, the fledgling chamber has accumulated sixty-two members and is continuing to gain roughly two a week. It has already hosted a number of workshops as well as a debate among […]

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Holiday celebrations begin Marquette County home to family-friendly seasonal events

by Amy Gawry Christmas is a great time to do special activities together with family. If you’re looking to try something different, or to start a new family tradition, the Marquette area has lots to offer. Here are a few things to check out this year which are open to all ages and won’t dip […]

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Navigating the holiday season without alcohol

 by Sarah Derwin “Raise your glasses for the toast!” We have all heard these words many times at weddings, gatherings and over the holidays. For many adults, raising “the glass” means that we hold up some type of alcoholic beverage to extend our blessings, wishes or general good cheer. While a toast itself isn’t necessarily […]

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O Tannenbaum

by Jim Pennell Unless you live in a cave, or off the grid in the deep woods, you are virtually guaranteed of seeing at least one Christmas tree a day from now until the end of the year. Whether it is in a television commercial, a retail store, on a postage stamp or a Christmas […]

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Make pasties, not War

 by Katherine Larson “It’s a fine day to be rolling pasties,” cheerful voices called out from St. Augustine’s basement one snowy morning in November. There, in the kitchen, enthusiastic pasty-makers were plying their craft. Many of them wore T-shirts emblazoned “Make Pasties, Not War,” along with caps embroidered, “St. Augustine Pasty Crew: 1000 or Bust.” […]

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NMU audio studio offers real-world experience

Modes of communication are constantly changing. For example, cell phones weren’t around until the ’70s, and since then, they have become more advanced than anyone from that time would have anticipated; the same goes for the Internet. One thing, however, that has never changed is the need for communicating. Communication is very important. 8-18 Media […]

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Here we come a-caroling

by Jackie Stark For many, the holidays are a time to gather with family and friends, enjoying the fellowship of kindred spirits around a roaring fire, snow falling gently outside, the songs of the season playing in the background. For sixty-year-old Robert Buchkoe, the Christmas season means it’s time to get to work. Buchkoe, a […]

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The robots are coming

by Laura Farwell The November 7 Copper Country FIRST Lego League (FLL) Tournament at Houghton Elementary School offered more fanfare than usual. Event organizer Melody Doig, with numerous volunteers, added a new twist to this year’s state qualifying tournament: a suspenseful scrimmage among middle school FIRST Technology Challenge (FTC) teams and a spectacular demo with […]

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Children’s books explore pictured rocks and great lakes

Stolen Treasures at Pictured Rocks: National Park Mystery Series 1 by Mary Morgan Illustrated by Dawn McVoy Baumer Stolen Treasures at Pictured Rocks is the first book in a new series by Mary Morgan exploring the National Parks. These chapter books are full of adventure and perfect for children about ages seven to eleven. The […]

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Holiday gift giving

by Pam Christensen Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season. Often, deciding on the right gift is the hardest part of the holiday season. I like to give gifts that have a local flavor. Many of the gifts I give are related to an interest or hobby of the recipient or are handcrafted. […]

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Holiday homecoming a new tradition

After the shreds of torn wrapping paper are disposed of and the leftovers of Christmas dinner are safe in the refrigerator, ready for that midnight snack, residents in the Marquette area can look forward to one more holiday celebration before the new year. The 4th annual Holiday Homecoming, hosted by the Marquette Area Public Schools […]

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December 2015 Out & About

  End of November events   25 WEDNESDAY Sunrise 8:04 a.m.; Sunset 5:08 p.m.   Gwinn Merry Mixers. 1:00 p.m. Forsyth Senior Center, 165 North Maple Street. 346-9862.   Marquette Book Babies. Songs, rhymes and stories for infants to age twenty-four months will be available. 10:30 a.m. Community Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 North Front […]

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