April, 2016

Matherne draws from Cajun heritage in poetry

by Erik Lennartson Now an avid poet by passion and profession, Beverly Matherne was not always the poet she is today. “It wasn’t my specialty when I went to university,” Matherne said. An award-winning Cajun-American poet, Matherne writes blues poetry, which has a rhythm worthy of musical accompaniment. As she performs it, the sound of […]

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100 days of art keeps creativity alive

by Taylor Johnson For Elizabeth Bates, the 100DayProject is all about the mulligan. “The most valuable thing this project has taught me is the permission to make mistakes,” Bates said. Bates, along with over 200 other people, has been participating in the third annual 100DayProject, which invites people to create art for 100 days straight. […]

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Dramas and documentaries measure up

by Leonard G. Heldreth The reviews this month include two award-winning films based on true events, a Gothic romance horror film, and quick takes on two additional films worth noting. Bridge of Spies Steven Spielberg’s old-fashioned Bridge of Spies resembles a Le Carre film more than a James Bond adventure, and that’s all to the […]

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Living with Marfan syndrome

by Liam Ulland-Joy, 10, with contributions by Annabella Martinson, 11, and Michael Mankee, 11. Have you heard of Marfan syndrome? Frank Ross, a 10-year-old boy living in Saint Paul (Minnesota), sure has. According to www.marfan.org/aboutmarfan, one in 5,000 people are born with Marfan syndrome. Ross is one of those one in 5,000 people. Marfan Does […]

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Sewing a family tradition

by Amy Gawry As the sixth woman on her mother’s side of the family to operate a sewing business, it seems Kendra Symbal was destined to sew. But for the owner of The Stitch Witch in Harvey, running a sewing business was not something she planned on. “I actually went to cosmetology school,” Kendra said. […]

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NMU’s Beaumier, alumni center relocate

by Emma Finkbeiner While one wing of Gries Hall at Northern Michigan University is repainted and resurfaced, another will eventually be demolished. As a result, the new Beaumier Alumni Welcome and U.P. Heritage Center will open and round off a cultural center to campus.  Derek Hall, assistant vice president of university marketing and communications, said […]

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April 2016 Museums

Big Bay Big Bay Lighthouse. The grounds of the 1896 lighthouse are open year-round. 3 Lighthouse Road. 345-9957.   Calumet Calumet Theatre. Both self-guided and guided tours of this historic theatre built in 1900 are available. Self-guided tours: youth two and younger, free; three to fifteen, $2; adults, $4. Guided tours: youth two and younger, […]

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Fun in a vegan kitchen

by Katherine Larson The prospect of trying to eliminate eggs and dairy products from the average American diet is daunting. What about pizza? And dessert? Are vegans doomed to avoid dessert forever? To answer questions like these, Northern Vegans member Katelynn Jensen invited me to her kitchen. On the menu: chipotle macaroni and “cheese,” and […]

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April 2016 Family Friendly Community Guide

Take a hike Gwinn Middle School club gets kid outdoors Hiking is one of the easiest ways to get outside and explore the natural beauty the Upper Peninsula has to offer. But for those with little to no experience taking on the elements, it’s not as simple as it seems. Gwinn Middle School’s Take a […]

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April 2016 Out and About

end of march events   30 WEDNESDAY Sunrise 7:33 a.m.; Sunset 8:15 p.m. Gwinn Merry Mixers. 1:00 p.m. Forsyth Senior Center, 165 North Maple Street. 346-9862. Story Time. Stories, rhymes and a simple craft for preschool and young elementary-aged children. 6:00 p.m. Forsyth Township Public Library, 180 West Flint Street. 346-3433 or www.forsythtwplibrary.org   Marquette […]

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To catch a whitefish

by Jim Pennell Every area and culture has certain foods that help define it, and the Upper Peninsula is no exception. The ubiquitous pasty comes to mind, but there are also area foods provided by nature that are abundant, tasty and healthy, like berries, fiddlehead ferns, chanterelle and morel mushrooms, wild leeks, rhubarb and, of course, […]

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April 2016 On the Town

Calumet Shute’s. – Tuesdays: Open mike. 322 Sixth Street. 337-4430.   Gwinn Happy Hour. – Saturdays: Karaoke. 5 East Stephenson. 346-6340. Up North Lodge. – Mondays: Trivia. 6:00 p.m. 215 South CR-557. 346-9815.   Harvey The Dry Dock Tavern. – Fridays: Karaoke with Pierre. 5027 US-41 South. 249-3298.   Hancock Orpheum Theatre. – Thursday, March 31: Appleseed Collective. […]

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From pool to pond

by Jo Foley Presque Isle Park is Marquette’s jewel. Two miles of shoreline define a 328-acre microcosm of the natural history and culture of the Upper Peninsula. The geological imprint of two billion years can be read in the rocks of the island, where all the natural habitats of the U.P. exist, nurturing a wide […]

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Les Marchands de Parfum

by Niikah Hatfield I didn’t gather up enough courage to go into the shop until closing time.  The shadows in the street had grown long in the evening dusk, and the sign above the door creaked with eerie contempt. Les Marchands de Parfum, it read.  The Merchants of Scent. A soft bell jingled when I […]

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April 2016 Commercial Establishments

Bark River Ten Mile Creek Forge, Pottery & Lighting Irish and Celtic Gift Shop. Handmade knives and sheaths, as well as the work of thirty juried artists. Monday through Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. or by appointment and chance. Follow Bark River sign, seven miles. 466-2276.   Chassell Einerlei. Local jewelry […]

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