September, 2017

New books offer eclectic mix of poetry, prose

By Tyler Tichelaar If the walls could talk By t. kilgore splake This book is a tribute to the former St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hancock. It’s a thin volume of not more than 40 pages with a short essay in the beginning describing how the author in 1983 first discovered the hospital, peered through its […]

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Upper Peninsula Pride

By Neal Simons LGBTQA advocacy group U.P. Rainbow Pride (UPRP) will hold its fourth annual Pridefest at Tourist Park in the City of Marquette on Saturday, September 16. This year’s Pridefest will include children’s games and activities, Pride merchandise, LGBTQ resources, drag shows, and various performers. “It’s evolved where it’s gotten bigger. Our entertainment is […]

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The Great Divide

A number of years ago while waiting in line at a Houghton fast food restaurant, my eye was drawn to several colorful professional sports banners hanging from the ceiling. On display was a red and blue banner for the Detroit Pistons, one of navy blue and orange for the Detroit Tigers, and a red and […]

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Making Moments

By Jackie Stark In an unassuming room on the lower level of the Messiah Lutheran Church in Marquette, a group of people gets together three times a week for lunch and fellowship. They drink coffee, play games, make art, even go on a few field trips here and there as time permits. What sets this […]

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Dragons and damsels

  Story and Photos by Scot Stewart Imagine living in the depths of a murky pond for a year or two, waking one morning, crawling out of the water, cracking and climbing out of your skin and flying away. That is the life of many aquatic insects, but none does it more gracefully than dragonflies […]

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Accordian to Jim

Story and photos by Deborah K. Frontiera Copper Country accordionist Jim Enrietti celebrated his 82nd birthday in July. He began to play the accordion when he was 7 or 8 years old. He was unsure exactly how old he was when he discovered his maternal grandfather’s two-row, diatonic button box accordion. That grandfather, John Ceretto, […]

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Suspense, horror films examine race in September picks

By Leonard Heldreth This month we examine the eccentricities of European businessmen, cringe in two suspenseful films about people trapped, and explore the Amazon basin in the early 20th century. Is Toni Erdmann the best 162-minute German comedy you are likely to see? Is it even a comedy, although it has several hilarious scenes? Certainly, […]

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Fighting childhood obesity

By Kelly Byczek, registered dietitian, Marquette County Health Department We all know that obesity is on the rise. More than two-thirds (68.8 percent) of adults in the United States are overweight or obese. More than one-third (35.7 percent) of adults are considered to be obese. What does that mean for our children? Unfortunately, we are […]

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A taste of Finland

Story and photos by Katherine Larson Your “At the Table” correspondent recently participated in the Marquette Choral Society’s tour of Finland, honoring that country’s centennial. So this article presents At the Table in Finland. It will not be a travelogue; I won’t linger on the fascinating museums or the Tall Ships festival or the two-person […]

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Gift of Water

By GlenEllen Lehmberg From the time I was very young, water and the Great Lakes have been important in my life. I grew up in Marquette on a quiet, beautiful street on the East Side, just a few blocks from Lake Superior. I was able to take advantage of living near the Lake, and I […]

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Names on a wall

by Larry Chabot There’s little to see at the Italian Hall tragedy site in Calumet, where 73 people lost their lives on Christmas Eve 1913. At the quiet corner of 7th and Elm, the site offers a brick walkway and archway made of Italian Hall bricks, plus a few plaques and a historical marker. There […]

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Beethoven and Banjos

The Third Annual Beethoven and Banjos Music Festival will return to the U.P. this year during the last week of September. The event is all about mixing seemingly different things in an inspiring way—mixing genres, cultures and people. Beethoven and Banjos is a one-week musician’s residency retreat, ending in a series of public concerts and […]

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FIRST things first

Robots are high-tech machines, which are programmable. You can build and design them to fit your needs. Kids, on the other hand, are not programmable machines, yet when kids come together to build a robot it can create some highly desirable results; such as learning to work as a team. Laura Farwell is the coach […]

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Singin’ the blues

  Beginning September 1, blues bands and artists from all over the nation will gather in Mattson Lower Harbor Park for a weekend of music, food and crafts, as part of the 14th annual Marquette Area Blues Fest Organized by the Marquette Area Blues Society, Blues Fest is for the education and the preservation of […]

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September 2017 Events Calendar

1 FRIDAY Sunrise 7:09 a.m.; Sunset 8:38 p.m. Calumet First Friday Art Walk. Visit more than a dozen art venues throughout the downtown district. 6 to 9 p.m. Downtown. Gwinn Senior Meal. Eat a nutritious meal and socialize with friends. Seniors, $3; adults, $6. Noon. Forsyth Senior Center, 165 N. Maple St. 346-9862. Houghton Keweenaw […]

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