August, 2017

Gift of Water

I recently visited an 850-year-old Cistercian Catholic monastery in lower Austria, just outside the city of Zwettl. The site, located on a small river, was chosen for its remoteness as well as for the fertility of its fields and forests, which provided the monks with a livelihood. At the heart of the complex was a […]

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Hot summer, cool movies

By Leonard Heldreth This month we look at an award-winning Iranian film, a film about black women mathematicians, two documentaries, and Hugh Jackman’s last Wolverine film. What do you get when you insert an Iranian production of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman into a film about a husband and wife trying to keep their […]

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August 2017 Museums

Alberta The Henry Ford Alberta Village Museum. This converted sawmill village, built in 1935, houses artifacts of the period and information about Henry Ford’s vision of a self-sufficient community. There is a gift shop and video library with video interviews of residents of Alberta in the 1930s. Prices vary. Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to […]

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Earl Senchuk: creating art with purpose

By Trinity Carey Earl Senchuk has spent seven of his 68 years, he calculates, inside a drab and unfinished room in the basement of his Marquette home. It’s cement walls form merely a 6×8 space. He arches his neck over the wooden table cluttered with screws, metal, and plastics working diligently on his latest invention. […]

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Shindig on the shore

By Blair Tatrault Is time travel possible, as Albert Einstein suggested? For the past century, the finest minds in physics have fought over that hypothesis on chalkboard battlefields, using weapons of math construction. Well, ladies and gentlemen of MIT, Caltech, and Cambridge, you may officially take a break, for I have a revelation. Oh, one […]

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Harborfest to rock out Marquette’s lower harbor

By Pam Christensen Marquette West Rotary Club hosts Harborfest in Marquette’s Mattson Lower Harbor Park each August. This family-friendly festival combines live music, a classic car show, children’s inflatable activities, a bag toss competition, a U.S. Coast Guard Cutter, U.P. Luge Association demonstration, antique wooden canoes and boats, food vendors and fun for Friday and […]

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Keeping the arts alive

By Amy Gawry The Copper Country Community Arts Center in Hancock is celebrating 25 years of encouraging, teaching, and promoting the arts. As the center commemorates this milestone, it’s staff also thanks and celebrates the community that has shaped and supported the center throughout its history. The arts center was born out of a partnership […]

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The Cuba connection

By Larry Chabot On June 24, 1961, Cuban rebel Fidel Castro took control of his island nation, installed a Communist regime, and spurred a counter movement which reached all the way to Marquette. Cuban parents were being fed warnings that their children would be sent to the Soviet Union to serve in work camps and […]

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The Big Spring

  Story and photos by Lee Arten Between time on some islands in the Pacific, I went to sixth grade in the Copper Country. I shoveled snow, read most of the books in the school library, went trout fishing in the Traprock River and watched TV. There had been no TV in New Guinea. There […]

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Conducting a lasting legacy

By Katherine Larson On June 23 the Marquette area lost an important piece of its history when Dr. William Dehning passed away at the Marquette County Medical Care facility in Ishpeming. Forty-six years ago, in 1971, Dehning became the founding music director of the Marquette Choral Society. It was the very start of what became […]

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