August 2016 City Notes

Dear Reader,

Here we are, nearing the end of another U.P. summer. But there is certainly still plenty of summer activities left on the books—Downtown Marquette’s Blueberry Festival on July 29, Art on the Rocks and Outback Art Fair July 30 through 31, Harborfest and Porcupine Mountains Music Festival on August 27 through 29, and many, many more activities across the Upper Peninsula. There is certainly no shortage of things to do in the U.P., and that’s in large part a credit to the people who live here and work hard to put these types of events on for all of us to enjoy.

In this, our August 2016 edition of Marquette Monthly, you’ll see a few stories about some of those events, but you’ll also find articles on the importance of milkweed and how one artist gives back to the community he loves. You’ll find stories on the importance of preserving this beautiful U.P. land in its natural state and how bureaucratic red tape has existed for as long as bureaucrats have. You’ll learn about one of summer’s best incarnations—the tomato—and get a sneak peek of the upcoming season of the Marquette Symphony Orchestra. And of course, much, much more lies within these pages.

Also, please don’t forget to cast your vote August 2, if you haven’t already done so by absentee ballot. It’s easy to discount your own vote as meaningless, but a government elected by the people and representative of the people can only be called such if the people vote. And every election is an important one.

On a final note, we have to send a huge thank you to Mike from Charter, who came by on a Friday evening to fix our dead internet. Without Mike, we would have had a very interesting deadline weekend to be sure.

And we have to thank you, Dear Reader, for picking up this copy of Marquette Monthly and taking a leisurely stroll through its pages. We hope you take it outside with you, to the beach or the boardwalk or your own backyard. Sip on some lemonade (or whatever suits your fancy) and enjoy these pages that are about you and your community. As always, it was a privilege putting them together for you.

— Jackie Stark,

managing editor

Dear Editor,

My name is Mike Farrell and I am the current Marquette County Drain Commissioner. I am running for re-election and will be on the August 2 primary election ballot, and I ask the voters of Marquette County for your continued support. I have held this position for 23 years, and am very familiar with the storm water management issues of Marquette County.

The Marquette County Labor Council has endorsed me as the best candidate for the position of Marquette County Drain Commissioner. I am honored by their recognition of me and my experience, dedication and knowledge as it relates to this important position, and I thank them for their endorsement. They have endorsed me every time I have run for re-election to this position, and I appreciate their continuing support.

This endorsement means a lot to me, as I am a product of a union family. My father, J. Pat Farrell was a union professor at Northern Michigan University for nearly 40 years, as was my father-in-law, Sten Taube.

I have the experience and the educational background needed for this state mandated elected position. I have a degree in land use planning from NMU, and have taken continuing education classes from University of Wisconsin-Madison in storm water management. This type of education and training is vital do the job of drain commissioner well.

I am a lifelong resident of Marquette and was the owner of a small business in town for several years (MAPS North). I was one of the founders of, and past chairman of the Superior Watershed Partnership. I have a record of serving the residents of Marquette County, as a volunteer firefighter for the Marquette Township Fire Department for 20 years, and as a wildland firefighter for Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

I have a proven track record of fiscal responsibility with the Marquette County Drain Commissioner budget, and have long-term relationships with the engineers and contractors and departments in the county that help me do the job. I have a good working knowledge of the statutes that pertain to the Marquette County Drain Commissioner. I am also very knowledgeable about the governmental permitting process, and have helped many people through that process over the years. I am very responsive to phone calls and questions, and am happy to help people come up with solutions to drainage issues, even if those issues are outside the scope of my job responsibilities.

If you have any questions or concerns about the Marquette County Drain Commissioner office or about my campaign, you can email me at You can also call me at 458-9118, or send a note to me at 2133 Montgomery St., Marquette, MI 49855. Please stop by my Facebook page to learn more about the position of Marquette County Drain Commissioner,

On Primary Election Day, August 2, I ask that you vote for experience and knowledge.  Please cast your vote to re-elect Mike Farrell for Marquette County Drain Commissioner.

Thank you.

— Mike Farrell

Marquette County Drain Commissioner

Dear Editor,

Last year I offered to our local libraries to lead a four-part series on the “Changing Great Lakes Weather.” This massive open online course was put together by the University of Wisconsin-Madison and relied on the knowledge and experience of atmospheric scientists like Steve Ackerman, meteorologist Margaret Mooney and many others to produce. Ironwood’s library was already busy, Wakefield’s was happy to host the program and did, and one local librarian simply said, repeatedly, “We are not interested.” When I approached the Mercer Library, they had already set up the program series and had invited Margaret Mooney to preside.

I wonder, after July 18’s tragic evening of catastrophic weather, if previously uninterested citizens might have developed a little intellectual curiosity about climate science?

Did climate change create the necessary ingredients to produce the catastrophic downpours and other hellish weather we experienced that evening? I follow climate science closely and I doubt that any climate scientist would commit to that position. Scientists, especially our climate scientists, who are historically subjected to politically motivated criticism, are loathe to commit to a position until they are 90 percent scientifically confident.

But the climate scientists are working diligently on severe weather attribution. Right now they can, with a high degree of confidence, ferret out which of the many new record-breaking warm winters and hot summers can be attributed to global warming. For instance, the destabilization of Syria and the resulting millions of refugees have been attributed directly to climate change. The Syrian drought was lengthened and deepened by our warming earth.

If you had attended or sought out the U of Wisconsin four-part course on Great Lakes weather, you would know that Milwaukee and Chicago have committed millions of dollars to hollow out gigantic cavern water reservoirs under their cities in anticipation of these predicted downpours. Are they waiting? No, they have committed because they know the science and they know that to ignore it will lead to catastrophe. Do you and I need to wait? Of course not.

The heating of Mother Earth is the result of burning coal, oil, and gas. When we stop burning fossil fuels Mother Earth will, unfortunately, continue to heat for another 20 to 50 years. The weather will continue to deteriorate even longer, much longer, unless we act. In the words of Mother Teresa, “Yesterday is gone, tomorrow has not yet come, we have only today. Let us begin.”

I am neither a Republican nor Democrat. My bumper sticker says, “Climate Voter.”  We at the Citizen’s Climate Lobby are getting on with the job of repairing Mother Earth’s Climate. Please join us. We have solutions.

— Greyson Morrow,

Finn Fun Day on August 27th at Negaunee Township Hall

The seventh annual Finn Fun Day will take place on Saturday, August 27, at the Negaunee Township Hall on Hwy M-35, starting at 11 AM and continuing until 4 PM.
All are welcome, there is plenty of parking, and there is no admission charge.  Food will be served and entertainment will happen during the entire day-long event.
The “tori” (market) will be open all day long, and will feature six vendors plus a white elephant table.  Among the booths on Finn Fun Day are Tanja Stanaway’s Heart to Finland, Janet Wisuri and her baked goods, and Baltic Expressions fashions.  Kathy Waters’ glass items, Marvin Toivonen’s wood birds, and Aaren Joki’s woodworking art will also be sold at the festival.
The White Elephant Table could use your items.  Bring them, pre-priced at low prices, to the Negaunee Township Hall, 42 State Highway M35, by 5 PM on August 26 or by 10 AM on August 27.  No clothing, please!
The Opening Ceremony at 11:00 AM begins Finn Fun Day with words of welcome by League of Finnish-American Societies president Ron Hill. Tanja Stanaway will lead the singing of the American and Finnish national anthems, accompanied by Pauline Kiltinen.
Entertainment follows in half-hour increments, starting with the Sunshine Girls.  Newly crowned Miss Upper Peninsula, Eliisa Gladwell, who is Finnish in background, will speak and sing.
James Kurtti, Honorary Finnish Consul for the Upper Peninsula, will talk about current Finnish-American affairs, happenings at the Finnish Embassy in Washington, DC, and plans for a Midsummer gathering in Hancock in June 2017.
Norman Abramson will play his accordion, and Marvin Rusbakka and “Goofus” Alan Ammesmaki will present a pochacello concert,  And more musical entertainment is being sought and planned.
Gloria Alexander will be available for help with genealogy questions.
Coffee and “pulla” (cardamom-flavored coffee bread) along with assorted bars and cookies will be available at the kitchen window.  Lunch foods will be available throughout the day.
A 50/50 drawing will be held twice during the day.
Finn Fun Day is sponsored by the League of Finnish American Societies UP Chapter Finlandia Foundation Affiliate.  Memberships can be purchased on site.  For more information on Finn Fun Day, call 906-226-7085 or visit the League website at

August 2016 Star Date

MOON & PLANETS—This month it will be very helpful to find a location with a clear view of the western horizon. The planets in August are putting on a pretty good show, but it will be taking place very low along the horizon just after sunset. August opens with Venus, Mercury and Jupiter visible in the bright twilight sky. On August 4, Venus will be very low in the west next to the bright star Regulus. Located to the upper left of this pair is a very thin crescent moon next to Mercury. Well to the upper left is Jupiter. The next night, the crescent moon is just below Jupiter. During the rest of the month, Jupiter and Mercury sink lower and pass by Venus around mid-month. However, these objects are extremely low over the western horizon and may need binoculars to spot them. On August 27, Venus and Jupiter form a very tight pair. Meanwhile, in the south, Mars and Saturn are much easier to spot. Mars moves eastward and passes below Saturn. On August 23, Saturn, Mars and the bright star Antares form an almost perfect straight line.

STARS & CONSTELLATIONS— This year the annual Perseid meteor shower is predicted to peak in the early morning hours of August 12. Perseids can be seen for many days around August 11, but the best time to look for meteors is after local midnight, which is closer to 2 a.m. for us in the U.P. Luckily this year, that is also just after moonset. The summer Milky Way is at its best arching high overhead around midnight. Starting in the south with Sagittarius, it stretches toward zenith. This band of light grows a little fainter as it extends toward the constellation of Perseus, which has just risen in the northeast. Perseus is the origin point of the meteor shower, and as it climbs higher into the northeastern sky, the number of meteors seen per hour increases.

— Craig Linde

Editor’s Note: Courtesy of the Marquette Astronomical Society. For details visit and/or

13th Annual Swim Teal Lake: Benefit for Diabetes July 30

The 13th Annual Swim Teal Lake: Benefit for Diabetes will be held on Saturday, July 30, and will feature a new “Short-n-Sweet” quarter-mile swim alongside its traditional 2.25 mile open water swim. The “Short-n-Sweet” swim begins at 8:30 a.m. and is open to swimmers of all ages. Beginner swim starts at 9 a.m. and the advanced swim starts at 9:30 a.m. (both are 2.25 miles).

All swims will start at Negaunee’s Teal Lake beach with the long races finishing at Ishpeming’s beach at Al Quaal. Special guest speaker will be three-time Olympian Gary Hall Jr. He competed in the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympics, winning five gold, three silver and two bronze medals. He was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1999. The swim will help raise funds for the U.P. Diabetes Outreach Network, a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to promote innovative partnerships to strengthen the prevention, detection and management of diabetes across the U.P. The event will also feature a raffle, with a top prize of a paddleboard. The Western Marquette County Health Foundation is matching all swimmer donations, up to $10,000, for the third year in a row. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20.

Calumet Art Center hosts book-making class

Participants in the Calumet Art Centers handmade books with natural and mixed media class will experience an entire weekend of book-making. Artists Ed Gray and Jane VanEvera will teach students how to create unique, handmade books using found objects to tell a story. The $90 course runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 29, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 30 and 31. Registration is required for the event.

Eliot Coleman to speak at Together at the Farm

Eliot Coleman, a nationally known figure in the small farm and organic arena, will provide the keynote address as well as teach breakout sessions at the Together at the Farm: U.P. Local Food Conference to be held July 30 at the MSU Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center in Chatham, Michigan. Coleman has been involved in organic farming since 1966.

The $85 conference fee includes the morning keynote, breakout sessions and lunch. The conference is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Coleman will also speak at a separate $35 dinner program that evening from 6 to 8 p.m. All Strings Considered will provide entertainment during a barn dance from 8 to 11 p.m. that is open to all. The conference also has breakout sessions to appeal to the interest of consumers, policy makers, teachers, farmers, institutional purchasers of local food, health professionals and more.

Full agenda, session descriptions, media pass requests, vendor and sponsor information and registration link can be found online by going to    Questions regarding the conference should be directed to Michelle Walk at or at 440-4732.

Art on the Rocks to take place July 30, 31

The 58th Annual Art on the Rocks will be held July 30 and 31 in Mattson Lower Harbor Park in Marquette. With more than 120 artists slated to participate, the park will be filled with all types of art, from jewelry to wood and metal-working to pottery and everything in between. The event runs from 10 to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 30, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m Sunday, July 31.

SWUP hosts native plant hike on July 30

Botanist Steve Garske will lead participants on a botanical hike in the Michigamme Highlands, exploring the remote wetland of the Wildcat Canyon Creek, through which the controversial proposed CR-595 would run. Sponsored by the North Woods Native Plant Society, Save the Wild U.P. and the U.P. Environmental Coalition, the event will take place at 12:30 p.m. July 30. Participants should meet at the park-and-ride lot at M-95 and US-41, at Koski’s Corner. For full details email or call 662-9987

Primary Election to take place August 2

The August 2 primary election will see a number of different seats and millages on the ballot. The election will narrow down candidates in a number of races, with winners to be chosen in the November general election. For more information on what will appear on your ballot, contact your local city, township or county clerk.

Rozsa season tickets go on sale

Season ticket packages for Rozsa Visual and Performing Arts 2016/17 season go on sale August 1. From BreakSk8, to two nights of Russian National Ballet, to Cirque Mechanics Pedal Punk, to West Side Story, the entire season is available at 20 to 40 percent off single ticket prices for those who buy early. Those not interested in a season ticket package can purchase single tickets beginning September 1. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Michigan Tech Ticketing Services at the Central Ticket Office (SDC), at 487-2073, or go online at

Outback Art Fair set for July 30, 31

The Outback Art Fair will take place from July 30 to 31 in Marquette. A plethora of vendors selling all types of wares will be set up along both sides of the bike path in Marquette, near Picnic Rocks.

Beach Boys tribute band hits Calumet Theatre August 5

SURF’S Up: Tribute to the Beach Boys will perform at the Calumet Theatre at 7:30 p.m. August 5, bringing a five-member musical act from Columbus, Ohio, that performs 150 shows per year.

Complete with props and costumes, SURF’S Up will help you recapture those wonderful days when the cost of a new Chevy was $2,000, cool cars cruised the local teenage haunts, and the radio was always rockin’ the tunes. This Beach Boys Tribute provides a nostalgic link to the past with a large repertoire of classic Beach Boys hits! This program is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest. Reserved seating tickets are $23 and $26, available by calling the box office at 337-2610 from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or order online at

Carnegie Museum offers guided tour

Explore Huron Creek from its rerouted home behind Walmart in Houghton to its entry into the Portage Canal with tour guides Carol MacLennan, professor of anthropology and Alex Mayer, professor of civil and environmental engineering, two MTU professors who have studied its path extensively. Participants will learn about how area mines and other development changed the route and the ecology of Huron Creek. A $25 fee ($20 for members) includes wine and cheese social at the museum and two-hour guided tour aboard the Red Jacket Trolley Company’s plush tour bus. The social runs from 5 to 5:30 p.m. with the tour to follow, from 5:30 to 7.p.m on Monday, August 8. Reservations are recommended since seas are not saved until paid for.

Cosmic glow golf comes to Ishpeming

The Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Cosmic Glow Golf tournament, Friday, August 19, starting with a 5 p.m. registration at Wawonowin. Following are a 6 p.m. shotgun start for the first nine holes, an 8 p.m. barbecue with music and a cash bar, a 9 p.m. shotgun start for the second nine holes and an 11 p.m. award and prize ceremony. Visit for more information.

CCCAC offers grants

The Copper Country Community Arts Council is accepting applications for mini-grants up to $4,000 for arts projects and professional and organizational development grants of up to $1,500. The mini-grants are for locally developed and high quality projects that provide special opportunities to address local arts needs and increase public access to the arts.

A required one-to-one cash or in-kind match is required. The professional and organizational grants are for training courses, consultants, conference fees and related travel. A 25 percent cash or in-kind match is required. All grant applications must be received by Wednesday, August 3 for projects taking place October 1 through September 30, 2017. Applications and guidelines can be found online by going to www.michiganad The CCCAC is the Region 1 administrator for the Regional Re-granting program of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and facilitates funding opportunities for arts projects in Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties.

Michigan Nature Association hosts events

The Michigan Nature Association will host the following events in August:

• 10 a.m. August 3 at Estivant Pines NS, join stewards Ted and Alice Soldan for a day of working on the replacement of a boardwalk just before the Memorial Loop turn-off.  Bring along water, snacks and/or, a picnic lunch, bug repellant and work gloves, and wear sturdy footwear. During the work day, listen to Ted’s enthusiastic account of the history and the saving of these magnificent pines. RSVP is requested. To get there, follow US-41 north through Copper Harbor, turn right on Second Street at the Community Center and sign for Manganese Lake. Follow Second Street (also called Manganese Road) for 1.2 miles, bearing left onto Clark Mine Road. Travel 1.2 miles and turn right on Burma Road. Travel another .65 miles to the trailhead and parking area and the large MNA Event sign.

• 1 p.m. August 7 at Gratiot Lake Overlook, join geologist Erika Vye to learn how geologic faults helped form many beautiful lakes in the Keweenaw. Participants will learn how erosion along the Keweenaw Fault influenced the formation of Gratiot Lake, the biggest lake in Keweenaw County that formed about 10,000 years ago during glacial melting. Weather permitting, stewards Jill Burkland and Randy Freisinger invite you to bring your kayaks and enjoy a paddle on beautiful Gratiot Lake after the hike. To get there, follow US-41 north of Calumet to the sign for Gratiot Lake  (across from the historic town of Central). Turn right and travel five miles to the bottom of the hill. Turn left and drive .75 miles to the DNR public access site on the right at Gratiot Lake and park.

• 11 a.m. August 13 at Redwyn’s Dunes NS, join stewards Phil and Barb Quenzi as they continue the work of removing the invasive Spotted Knapweed plant on both sides of the highway. Afterwards, enjoy a picnic (bring your own) and a hike on the beach at beautiful Great Sand Bay and back into the dunes.  Bring along sunscreen, bug repellant, work gloves, hat, water and an asparagus cutter if you have one. Additional tools will be supplied. To get there, follow M-26 and drive to about 3.5 miles east of Eagle River. Park along the side of the road, at the trailhead. Look for the large MNA Event sign.

Rock Lions hosts breakfast buffet

The Rock Lions monthly third Sunday all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. August 21 at the Rock Lions Club on M-35 in Rock. The buffet includes eggs prepared to order and omelets, bacon, sausage, ham, hash brown potatoes, biscuits and sausage gravy, pancakes, French toast, English muffins, cereal, a variety of fruits, lots of dessert items, and coffee, tea, milk and juice.  Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6 to 12, and free for kids ages 5 and under. The clubhouse is always available for rent by calling Jerry at 356-6475.  The Rock Lions Club is a non-profit service organization that provides funding for charitable organizations and local needs.

Plein Aire workshop to be held in Marquette

August 16, 17 and 18 will see a Plein Aire workshop, taught by award-winning local artist Kathleen Conover, in Marquette to learn ‘plein aire’ painting techniques. The class is suitable for all skill levels and the medium is watercolor or other water media.  Conover has travelled all over the world painting and teaching workshops, and she learned her first plein aire skills painting here in Marquette. She is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Transparent Watercolor Society of America, and the International Society of Experimental Artists. Students will meet at the Studio Gallery on Presque Isle before heading outside to paint.  Class runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a fee of $250.  Contact Michele Tuccini at  250-7364 or for additional information or to register.

CCCAC renovations near completion

Close to 500 hours of volunteer labor have been logged in the classroom renovation project at the Copper Country Community Arts Center in Hancock. The floors have been laid, new LED lighting installed and wood walls erected. The center is still in need of donations to reach its $15,000 goal to finish the classroom. Checks can be mailed to the center, located at 126 Quincy Street, Hancock, MI 49930, or people can donate online by visiting

DDA begins Front Street renovations

Several blocks of South Front Street in Marquette are getting a $250,000 facelift, which began July 7 and is slated for completion at the end of September. The sidewalk improvement project is funded by the DDA and designed and managed by the Marquette City engineering staff. Premeau Construction Company is the contractor for the project. The project includes the removal of the brick pavers, which will be replaced with a combination of plain and stamped colored concrete, addition of street trees and electrical outlets installed in the tree guards. The first phase of the project is the east side of the 300 block of South Front began in July. In order to avoid disruption to the Blueberry Festival which takes place on July 29, the second and third phases will begin after the first of August.

The second phase will include sidewalk replacement and additional trees on the east and west sides of the 200 block of South Front Street.

The final phase of the project will be the east side of the 100 block of South Fron. It is expected to start the first week of September and is expected to be completed by the end of September. This phase will include all curb removal and replacement as well as new sidewalks and trees. A traffic pattern alternative will be necessary during this phase of the project.

Master Gardener class offered in Escanaba

Michigan State University Extension is offering a Master Gardener course for anyone interested in learning about gardening, community service and working with other volunteers. No prior knowledge or experience in gardening is required. Registration for the $300 eight-week course must be completed online by August 11. Classes will take place at Bay de Noc Community College from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, from August 25 through December 1. For more information, contact Rebecca Krans, MSU Extension Consumer Horticulture Educator, at 875-0606 or e-mail More detailed information and registration information is also available online at

Marquette Choral Society begins rehearsals

The Marquette Choral Society will present the Handel oratorio “Messiah” on December 3 and 4 at St. Peter Cathedral, Marquette. Rehearsals begin at 7 p.m. August 22 and continue every Monday evening until 9:30 p.m. in Room 250 of the Thomas Fine Arts Building on Northern Michigan University’s campus. Singers may join the MCS during the rehearsals on 8/22, 8/29, and 9/12; semester dues will be $30 plus the cost of music. New members are very welcome; there are no auditions. The MCS is directed by Erin Colwitz, director of choral music at NMU, and a specialist in Baroque and early classical music. For additional information, call the NMU Department of Music at 227-2563 or Professor Colwitz by phone at 227-2308, or via email at

Holiday art sale application deadline approaches

The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center is currently accepting applications for its 2016 Holiday Art Sale, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November 19.

To be considered for the jurying process artists should submit the following: completed application, a self-addressed stamped envelope, six photographs of their artwork (these images must be a representative of what the artist will be selling) and cash or check with desired booth size and table rental total. Mail artist images along with the application and payment to the MACC mailing address at 300 W. Baraga Ave, Marquette MI 49855 or drop completed applications off at the MACC (located in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library).

E-mail submissions and incomplete applications will not be accepted. All registrations must be received by Friday, September 2. Rejected applicants’ check or cash will be sent back by self-addressed envelope. Artist will be notified with an acceptance by Friday, September 16. For additional information contact the MACC at 228- 0472 or email

Copper bowl workshop at Calumet Art Center

Calumet Art Center director Ed Gray will host a $155 copper bowl workshop beginning at 9 a.m. August 13. Participants will learn ancient techniques of copper bowl forging using a stump for an anvil, a stone for a hammer and an open pit fire for annealing. Students should bring mats to sit or kneel on, rain gear and a bag lunch. Call the center at 934-2228 to pre-register

Antique boat show slated for Hessel

The Les Cheneaux Islands Antique Boat Show, a judged event held each year in Hessel in the U.P., has been a major attraction since it began in 1978. The show averages 150 entries and is one of the largest shows featuring antique and classic wooden and non-wooden boats. Restored boats dating back to the early 1900s are registered in this unique show.

The 2016 event, held on August 13, showcases Century Boats. Held in conjunction with the boat show is the Festival of Arts in which artists display and sell a variety of artwork. Around 70 of the Midwest’s finest artists participate in this juried show. The show is sponsored by the Les Cheneaux Historical Association. Visit for more information.

Do It For Daniel screenings take place in August

A screening of the documentary Do It For Daniel will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, August 12 and 2 p.m. Saturday,  August 13 in the W.C. Peterson Auditorium in Ishpeming. The film focuses on Daniel Olson, son of long-time Ishpeming football coach Jeff Olson, and his struggle with depression, a struggle that ultimately ended when he died by suicide at 19 years old. The Olsons, Jeff in particular, has been open in talking about Daniel’s eight-year struggle with depression, and has said he hopes the documentary can help erase the stigma associated with the disease.

Tickets are $20 for general seating and $50 for VIP seating, and can be purchased at Gauthier Insurance, Congress Pizzas and Cognition Brewery in Ishpeming and at Dairy Queen, The Ore Dock Brewing Co., Lutey’s Flower Shop and Third Base Bar in Marquette. Those wishing to purchase one of the limited number of VIP tickets should call Gauthier Insurance at 485-6391. To learn more about the film visit

Bob Milne to perform at Calumet Theatre

Bob Milne will perform at the Calumet Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Monday, August 15. Milne is considered the best ragtime/boogie-woogie pianist in the world. Reserved seating tickets are $20, available by calling the box office at 337-2610 from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or order online at

Food grants awarded locally

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Jamie Clover Adams announced eight projects awarded funds under the competitive Value Added and Regional Food System Grant Program, including two in the U.P. The department received 51 proposals with requests totaling more than $8 million. Of those, MDARD approved eight projects leveraging over $2.4 million in matching funds. Included among them are Michigan State University and the Michigan Brewers Guild of Chatham, which received $29,300 to conduct a supply chain and economic impact analysis of the Michigan craft beer industry focusing on the potential for utilization of local ingredients by Michigan breweries. Seeds and Spores Family Farm of Marquette also received $43,400 to establish a certified kitchen on their farm in Marquette for use by chefs, caterers and other farms to increase the use of U.P. grown food products.

Over $1 million given for environmental projects

The Superior Watershed Partnership (SWP) working with state, federal and private funders, has secured over $1 million in funding to implement a variety of conservation, restoration and pollution prevention projects in the greater Marquette area during the 2016/2017 field seasons.

Funded projects include stormwater management, habitat restoration, tree planting, energy conservation and more. Several large-scale projects improve water quality and directly benefit Lake Superior. The SWP prioritizes projects that further the goals of the Lake Superior Lakewide Management Plan (LAMP) developed by the United States and Canada, as well as projects identified in watershed management plans and climate adaptation plans developed by the SWP. In addition, the SWP  develops community-based demonstration projects that can be easily replicated by other Great Lakes communities. The SWP and the City of Marquette participate in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (GLSLCI) to share best practices and better protect Lake Superior.

NCT chapter hosts August hike

The North Country Trail Hikers Chapter will host a hike at Craig Lake State Park August 21. The hike will count toward Hike 100 Challenge miles. Participants should meet at the east side of the Target parking lot (just north of Jimmy John’s) at 8 a.m. to carpool to the park. Bring water, snacks, a camera and bug dope. The hike will take participants around Craig Lake, taking in part of Segment 28 of the trail. Contact Reggie or LuAnne at 346-9528 or for more information or if you plan to attend.

MDHHS seeking public comment for brain injury services

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is requesting public comment on its application to provide services and support to people with qualifying brain injuries. The State of Michigan is seeking approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for a 1115 Demonstration Waiver to provide necessary services and supports to persons suffering from qualifying brain injuries who, without receiving these services, would be served in an institutional setting. The Brain Injury Waiver provides critical brain injury-specific rehabilitation and support in the post-acute injury period with the goal of assisting the participant in becoming capable of living in the most independent setting. The proposed effective date of this waiver is January 1. Comments or requests for copies of the waiver application may be submitted in writing to: Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Medical Services Administration, Medicaid Policy Section, P.O. Box 30479, Lansing, Michigan 48909-7979. All comments must be received by August 26.

BOXED IN will premiere in Marquette August 24

The premiere of BOXED IN, a documentary about the “dark store” issue in Michigan, will take place at 7 p.m. August 24in the Community Room of the Peter White Public Library, with refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres to follow. The films focuses on the dark store issue, which allows big box stores to receive tax evaluations that equate them to empty or “dark” stores. The event is sponsored by Marquette County Citizens for a Fair Share. BOXED IN was produced by NMU professor Dwight Brady and 14 students from Northern Michigan University.

Blues Society seeking people to decorate guitars

The Marquette Area Blues Society invites all area music lovers, artists, business owners and MABS members to decorate a wooden guitar for display on light poles along the lakeshore during August and this year’s Blues Fest. The guitars must be painted on both sides with exterior grade paint or embellishments. No political slogans, alcohol or tobacco references, or obscene language permitted. The words “Blues Fest” must be incorporated somewhere on the guitar. Guitars are $15 or $10 for MABS members and the guitars will be returned to the artists after display if you wish. Guitars may be picked up at Marquette Wallpaper & Paint, located at 115 S. Third St., and returned there by August 15. Questions should be directed to Mark Hamari at 235-9690.

The Little Mermaid coming to Vista Theater

The Historic Vista Theater and Peninsula Arts Appreciation Council have announced their 2016 summer musical as Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Over 100 people auditioned, including over 30 from ages 4 to 11, which lead to the casting of not just understudies, but two entire lead casts that will split the weekends of August 11 through 14, and August 18 through 21. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday.  Tickets are $12 for adults, and $8 for high school students and under and seniors (62 years old or older). They are available at the Historic Vista Theater Box Office, Rare Earth Goods in Ishpeming, Snowbound Books in Marquette and Gitche Gumee Café and Records in the Village Shopping Center in Marquette. Contact the Historic Vista Theater/PAAC at 475-7188 or for more information.

Intermediate Watercolor with Carl Mayer

Carl Mayer will host an intermediate watercolor course from 1 to 4:30 p.m. August 30, as part of the Creative Community Series in Marquette. Students must bring their own supplies. Sign up for the $35 course by calling 226-8834. All classes take place at the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center, located in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library. The Creative Community Series is made possible by grant funding from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. To learn more about how to host your own workshop, or for any questions regarding the series, contact the Art Center at 228-0472 or

MRHC to host Teal Lake Hike

Join Jim Paquette at 6 p.m Tuesday, August 30, to visit the camp sites of Negaunee’s first miners, the ancient people, who thousands of years ago quarried quartzite deposits from the northeast end of the lake. You will learn about the geology, archaeology and history of the lake. Follow the footpaths along the north lakeshore to the top of nearby bluffs for an amazing view. This is a one-and-a-half to two-hour hike with steep terrain.  Limited to 50 people. Tickets, which are $10, will only be for sale in advance of the event and are available for purchase at the center. Participants should meet at the Lakeview School.

Erickson Center presents fourth annual Park Art

Three years ago, visitors from all over the Midwest made their way to the Erickson Center for the Arts in Curtis to witness the first annual Park Art. The new tradition began with an exhibit known as the “Peaceful People.” In the years that followed, Park Art has included a vibrant display of wooden kites and “yarn bombing,” the art of using yarn to adorn the trees and fencing in the park. Last year, the whimsical display of decorated bicycles was a delight for locals and visitors alike. This year’s Park Art will be “Playful Pinwheels.” See this colorful display of spinning cheer on the Erickson Center lawn through Labor Day. They will then be sold as art at this year’s Art on the Lake, an ECA annual event, on September 3.

Registration open for U.P. nonprofit conference

Registration is now open for the October 13 Upper Peninsula Nonprofit Conference “Build U.P.” This year’s conference focuses on building the capacity of organizations to operate efficiently, effectively and strategically. Topics covered at the conference will equip organizations and individuals to think innovatively. It will also introduce new ideas and strategies for nonprofit leaders, staff, board members and volunteers.

Night of music scheduled at Vista Theater

Austin Lucas of Bloomington, Indiana will co-headline a night of music Saturday, August 27, with Ishpeming native Jonathan Rundman, now of Minneapolis. Opening the show will be Rory Heikkila, originally from Ishpeming but now living in Milwaukee. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 in advance and $22 at the door and are available at the Vista Theater Box Office, Rare Earth Goods in Ishpeming, Snowbound Books in Marquette & Gitche Gumee Café and Records in the Village Shopping Center in Marquette.

Fresh Coast Film festival arrives in October

The Fresh Coast Film Festival is the first of its kind: a documentary film festival celebrating the outdoor lifestyle, water-rich environment and resilient spirit of the Great Lakes and Upper Midwest. The festival will gather the best in adventure cinema from around the world while creating a venue for, and building a culture of, Great Lakes storytelling. Taking place from October 13 to 16, the festival is seeking sponsors, films and volunteers. Visit for more information.

Business in brief

• UP Health System – Marquette announced several additions to its staff. Michael Mellana, MD, has joined its Heart & Vascular team. Dr. Mellana is board certified in internal medicine, echocardiography, and cardiovascular medicine, and holds ECFMG certification. Dr. Viktoria Koskenoja has joined its Emergency Medicine department. Dr. Koskenoja comes to Marquette from her role as a resident physician in the Harvard-Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency program in Boston, MA. Dr. Yazan Khouri will join its Heart & Vascular team. Dr. Khouri received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Jordan University of Science and Technology – School of Medicine. Emily Twichell, PA-C, joins its neurosurgery team from Emergency Physicians of Indianapolis, Indiana, part of the Franciscan St. Francis Health System. She brings more than eight years of emergency department experience with her, having worked for a high volume two-hospital system in Indianapolis. David Gast, MD will be joining its Brain & Spine Center. Dr. Gast comes from Gaylord, MI, where he has directed his private practice in physical medicine and rehabilitation since 1991. Dr. Gast brings 24 years of clinical experience and specialized knowledge of pain management, physical medicine, and rehabilitation to UP Health System – Marquette.

• UP Health System – Marquette is one of three hospitals in Michigan to earn a distinction for the nation’s lowest pneumonia readmission rates. The announcement comes from Becker’s Infection Control & Clinical Quality, which compiles data to monitor these 30-day readmission rates. The study names 51 hospitals in the United States with the lowest readmission rates in pneumonia cases, all below the national average of 16.9 percent. Becker’s Hospital Review is a publication of Becker’s Healthcare, and is a leading healthcare industry publication based in Chicago.

• Upper Peninsula Health Plan (UPHP) proudly names Melissa Aho 2015 Employee of the Year. Aho was chosen as the Employee of the Year based on her positive attitude and demonstration of extraordinary dedication to her work. Aho was born and raised in Marquette, Michigan and earned a degree in Early Childhood Education from Northern Michigan University. She joined Upper Peninsula Health Plan in November of 2014 working for one year as the receptionist during which time she was nominated for Employee of the Year

• Taiga Games recently teamed up with the Lake Superior Community Partnership to celebrate the opening of a new location. Taiga Games is a locally-owned business that specializes in board games, card games, comic books, roleplaying games, miniature games and more. The new, second, location is at 145 W. Washington St. The business is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call Taiga Games 273-1407 or visit

• UP Health System – Marquette is the first hospital in the region to bring the Watchman™ Left Atrial Appendage Closure Device to Upper Peninsula patients. The procedure is an FDA-approved alternative to blood thinning medicines for patients with atrial fibrillation. Drs. Rudy Evonich, Kris Dosh and Gary Friesen completed the Watchman™ procedure at UP Health System – Marquette.

• Bell Sleep Center in Ishpeming recently received program accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). To receive accreditation for a five-year period, a sleep center must meet or exceed all standards for professional health care as designated by the AASM. These standards address core areas such as personnel, facility and equipment, policies and procedures, data acquisition, patient care, and quality assurance. Additionally, the sleep center’s goals must be clearly stated and include plans for positively affecting the quality of medical care in the community it serves.

• Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center welcomed Anja Hoffstrom, DDS, to their dental services team at the Sawyer Family Health Center. Hoffstrom, a Marquette native, recently graduated from University of Michigan School of Dentistry with her Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS). She brings to the dental team experience as an orthodontic assistant, dental assistant and dental hygienist prior to pursuing a career as a dentist. To schedule a visit with Anja Hoffstrom, DDS, or another member of UGL’s team, call 346-4924.

• Bennett Media Group recently teamed up with the Lake Superior Community Partnership to celebrate their relocation. Bennett Media Group is a marketing agency located at 313 W. Washington St. The marketing agency does everything ranging from research and strategy to creative and analysis. For more information, call Bennett Media Group at 396-4558.

• Joseph A. Jeeves, CFP®, registered client associate at Mark Aho Financial Group in Marquette, has been authorized by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards to use the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and CFP® certification marks in accordance with CFP Board certification and renewal requirements. Jeeves has worked at Mark Aho Financial Group since 2014 and is responsible for preparing and providing comprehensive financial planning and advice to assist clients. The CFP® marks identify those individuals who have met the rigorous experience and ethical requirements of the CFP Board, have successfully completed financial planning coursework and have passed the CFP® Certification Examination covering the following areas: professional conduct and regulation, general financial planning principles, education planning, risk management and insurance planning, investment planning, tax planning, retirement savings and income planning, and estate planning.

• Jill Leonard, State Farm Insurance agent, recently teamed up with the Lake Superior Community Partnership to celebrate their grand opening. They are located off US 41, at 3226 US 41, Unit B, Marquette. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

From the desk of Sen. Debbie Stabenow

• U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), along with U.S. Representatives Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) and Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.), introduced new bipartisan, bicameral legislation to support Alzheimer’s patients and caregivers, and lessen the mounting costs associated with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias on federal health programs. More than 15 million Americans are serving as a family caregiver to a loved one living with Alzheimer’s or dementia, providing nearly 18 billion hours of unpaid care annually. These caregivers face a great deal of stress and other physical, financial and emotional challenges, which can lead to patients prematurely entering into long-term care. The Alzheimer’s Beneficiary and Caregiver Support Act calls on the Department of Health and Human Services to test whether providing Alzheimer’s disease caregiver support services can help keep patients in the home setting for longer periods of time, resulting in lower Medicare and Medicaid program costs.

• Stabenow, ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, in July announced over $544,000 for Munson Medical Center and Central Michigan University – College of Medicine, to expand telemedicine to rural communities by helping patients in Northern Michigan receive specialty care as well as training medical students and physicians. The funding will ensure patients get the care they need without having to drive long distances to seek medical attention. This grant comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Distance Learning and Telemedicine program.

News and Notes from the Michigan DNR

• The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will host an open house from 3 to 6 p.m. (CDT) Thursday, August 4, at the DNR Stephenson Field Office, West 5420 River Road. For more efficient oversight, the DNR divides each forest management unit into smaller units or “compartments.” This year, compartments under review are in Ford River, Baldwin and Maple Ridge townships (Delta County) and Gourley, Nadeau, Cedarville, Lake and Holmes townships (Menominee County).  Maps and information regarding proposed management activities (treatments) can be found at Compartment Review Packets for the 2018 year of entry can be found by selecting the “Find a Forest” button and clicking the “Escanaba” button on the map. This information also will be available at the open house. In addition to the review of these forest treatments, the DNR will be seeking public input regarding Special Conservation Areas, or areas recognized as having unique values, such as old growth, springs or wildlife habitat corridors. This review will utilize the most up-to-date categories of Special Conservation Areas and values.

• The DNR will complete its formal compartment review Thursday, August 25, to decide on final treatment plans for these areas. That meeting will take place at 9:30 a.m. at the Escanaba State Office Building, second floor conference room, 305 Ludington St. Anyone with a disability that requires accommodations to attend these meetings should contact Eric Thompson at or 786-2354 at least five business days prior to each meeting. Those unable to attend either the July and August meetings may submit comments via email to Thompson using the subject line “Escanaba Forest Management Unit open house comment.” All comments must be received at least three days before each meeting. Learn more about the state forest planning process at

• The DNR recently launched a new tool on its website that assists individuals with locating retail bait shops across Michigan. The Retail Bait Shop Locator is a comprehensive map featuring licensed bait retailers that sell minnows, wigglers and crayfish to the general public. The web-based application is ideal for those planning trips across the state who might need to purchase bait along the way. It can be found by visiting and clicking on Fishing in Michigan, and then Commercial Bait Industry in the left navigation. The Retail Bait Shop Locator is not a downloadable app, but is compatible with all types of electronic devices.

• A severe thunderstorm storm that slashed through the western Upper Peninsula July 21, felled countless trees and downed power lines, forcing the temporary closure of Emily Lake State Forest Campground and Twin Lakes State Park in Houghton County. Power was also reported out at F.J. McLain, Baraga, Fort Wilkins, Twin Lakes and Porcupine Mountains Wilderness state parks. Some areas at the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park were closed because of flooding and storm damage.

• The DNR is preparing 53 state-managed public properties for sale by live public auction Thursday, August 11 in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. These surplus properties are in Bois Blanc Township in Mackinac County. The auction will begin at noon at the Kewadin Casino, 2186 Shunk Road in Sault Ste. Marie. On-site registration will begin at 11:30 a.m. the day of the auction. Interested bidders may preregister and get more information on the live auction at The properties in Bois Blanc Township are on the eastern part of the island, which is accessible via ferry from Cheboygan, Michigan. Parcels range in size from under an acre to 22.5 acres. Details about each property (including the minimum bid amount, map, property descriptions and conditions of sale) are available at Additional details and conditions of sale also are published on the DNR website

• The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced that the two agencies  are completing another step toward implementation of the Good Neighbor Authority in the state.  The parties are signing three Supplemental Project Agreements (SPAs) for timber sale work on the Hiawatha, Huron-Manistee and Ottawa National Forests. The Good Neighbor Authority offers the opportunity to work across jurisdictional boundaries to sustainably manage forest lands by allowing state resources to accomplish work planned on national forest system lands. The projects will maintain and create healthy forest conditions as called for in the national forests’ land and resource management plans, while providing additional wood fiber to Michigan’s vital forest products industry. A portion of the receipts from the timber sales will reimburse the state for its costs to do the work, with remaining funds available to conduct additional restoration activities on the forest. On-the-ground work is expected to occur in 2016 and 2017. A separate SPA is being signed for each National Forest by its respective Forest Supervisor — Cid Morgan for the Hiawatha, Linda Jackson for the Ottawa, and Leslie Auriemmo for the Huron-Manistee – and DNR Director Bill Moritz.

• The DNR and Michigan State University are partnering together this summer to monitor crayfish populations in the Upper Peninsula. Approximately 140 sites across the U.P. will be sampled by field crews to determine the distribution of native and invasive crayfish.

• The DNR reminds hunters that the application period for antlerless deer licenses is now open and runs through August 15. Hunters may apply for one license in any open Deer Management Unit (DMU) statewide; a nonrefundable $5 fee is charged at the time of application.  Young hunters, ages 9 to 16, can purchase one junior antlerless deer license over the counter through August 15. No application is required. A 9-year-old must be 10 by September 26 to purchase this license. Any leftover antlerless deer licenses not issued in the drawing will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis beginning September 8 at 10 a.m. EDT, until license quotas are met. For additional information, the 2016 Michigan Antlerless Deer Digest is available online at

• The sixth-annual “Ladies Day” will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, August 14 at the Lake Superior Sportsman Club’s indoor range, which is located at 31433 West State Highway M-64, 1.5 miles east of Silver City in Ontonagon County. The non-competitive shooting event is open to the public and will focus on the safe and enjoyable use of handguns, rifles and archery equipment. All equipment will be provided.

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