December, 2016

Blazing trails

by Eric Hammerstrom Marquette native finds new home running mountain marathons in Alaska Matias Saari didn’t really decide to write a book about the Equinox Marathon. It would be more accurate to say the Equinox Marathon made all the decisions. Because, since 1998 when Saari first ran Alaska’s most famous mountain marathon, the race has seemed […]

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Good things come in small packages

by Erin Gaura We all know how beneficial it is to the local economy to support our community businesses, but the importance of shopping locally extends far beyond money. Sometimes we forget about the people running those shops and restaurants, underestimating the extent to which their work propels the community. In small towns, like those so […]

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Jim’s Music celebrates 30 years

by Taylor Johnson Back in 1986 Jim and Karen Dombrowski invested $3,000 into opening Jim’s Music, a small music shop in Escanaba. The store had instruments and sheet music for sale, but also offered instrument rentals and music lessons. The investment paid off, as Jim’s Music celebrated their 30th year in business in October. Today, […]

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Fishing and fantasy

Return to Enchantas By Corey LaBissoniere Return to Enchantas is the sequel to Corey LaBissoniere’s earlier book Land of Enchantas, previously reviewed in this column. In that first book, a group of modern-day teenagers found themselves transported from what is likely the U.P. to an enchanted world. The teenagers, save one, all managed to return […]

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Caught in the crosshairs

Scot Stewart “Wolves are not our brothers; they are not our subordinates, either. They are another nation, caught up just like us in the complex web of time and life.” –– Henry Beston The closest relative of “man’s best friend” is one of the most controversial animals in nature, drawing a range of emotions from […]

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Crossing Over

On a Friday evening in October, over 500 persons crowded into a candlelit church sanctuary in Marquette County to hear Eben Alexander, M.D., a former neurosurgeon, talk of his own near-death experience that subsequently changed his life and career. His 2012 New York Times’ best-selling book Proof of Heaven triggered a tidal wave of highly […]

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Commemorating World AIDS Day

by Laura Fredrickson As we commemorate the 28th annual World AIDS Day on December 1, I would like to take a moment to look back and remember the past, celebrate the present and look forward to the future. It was 1981 when the first young, otherwise healthy American men first became sick and died with […]

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Make way for Yoopers

by Larry Chabot Is there a Yooper Hall of Fame, and can a troll get in? If so, here’s a candidate for the ages: a downstate hunter who pulled off one of the greatest survivals ever. Here came Herman Simonds of Gregory, a town southeast of Lansing, bringing his two sons north to Alger County […]

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December 2016 Support Groups

Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families—Marquette. This group is open to those interested in learning about recovery from growing up in dysfunctional or alcoholic families. Sunday, 6 p.m. Tuesday, 6 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 120 N. Front St. Wednesday, 6 p.m. ALANO Club, 1202 S. Front St. 361-2563. Alano Club. Twelve-step recovery meetings daily. […]

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December 2016 City Notes

Dear Reader, Welcome to December, the month of celebrations and family gatherings. At my house growing up, the holidays began after the Christmas tree was put up (always after Thanksgivng). The whole process followed its own ritual—my father lying on the floor, fighting with the tree stand, us kids untieing foot after foot of little […]

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December 2016 Family Friendly Community Guide

Christmas classic hits the Vista stage Ralphie Parker and his 200-shot Range Model air rifle will arrive at the Historic Vista Theater stage in December with a production of Jean Shepherd’s classic, A Christmas Story. The production, put on by the Peninsula Arts Appreciation Council, with an arrangement from The Dramatic Publishing Company, Inc, will […]

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The tomato that took the place of a mountain

by Sam Henke When the clouds cleared, looking out past the foothills and across the city I could see a black crag of rock protruding from the shaggy green neck of Imbabura, the cinder cone of the giant hibernating volcano. Mount Imbabura, which dominates the surrounding Ecuadorian province of the same name, rises starkly, over […]

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Local musicians find friendly home at Gitchee Gumee Records

by Neal Simons The City of Marquette is known for many things in the U.P. Over the years, it has become a hub for learning, academia and recreational activity. With all the changes it has gone through, however, Marquette has always had a legacy for local music. Record store and coffee-shop Gitchee Gumee Café and Records […]

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The Gift of Water

by Ken Kelley At age 80, having entered my ninth decade, I have many years to remember. My memory tells me that none of these decades has been as environmentally dramatic as the most recent decade. Spring storms now bring a kind of fierceness with them never before witnessed. Worldwide, we have witnessed increasing amounts of […]

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December 2016 Events Calendar

end of november events 30 WEDNESDAY Sunrise 8:03 a.m.; Sunset 5:09 p.m. Calumet Mapping Copper Country History. Calumet and Houghton students will discuss what they learned during a summer internship with MTU and Keweenaw National Historic Park. 6:30 p.m. Calumet Public Library, 57057 Mine St. 337-0311, ext. 1107. Gwinn Merry Mixers. 1 p.m. Forsyth Senior […]

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