August 2017 City Notes

Dear Reader,

As I sit at my desk, writing you this letter, the sun is shining through a few lazy clouds making their way across a bright blue sky. I can only see a small fraction of that sky through my little office window, but it’s enough to bring a smile to my face.

These days, I am cherishing the little things a lot more. Sunshine, the sound of my son’s laugh, walking with my husband, our son and our dog along Lake Superior’s beautiful shoreline–these are the things that matter. I remind myself of that every day. The beauty in the world, and the bad, run up against each other in this age of information, when news stories from around the world are just a keystroke away.

Take, for example, the story of a group of nine family members stuck in a rip current off the coast of Panama City Beach in Florida. One of them suffered a massive heart attack. All were rescued from drowning after 80 people formed a human chain to pull them to safety.

Then take, for example, the story of five teenagers who watched a man drowning and rather than call for help, decided to film him struggling in the water, mocking him all the while. The man died.

Beauty and horror, right there next to each other. The range of human behavior from self-less to selfish will always amaze me.

Living here, in this Upper Peninsula community I call home, I know the former is much more apt to show itself. Volunteer search parties combing the woods for a missing person, a stranded motorist in need of a tire change seeing the brake lights on a passing car stopping to help, well-attended fundraisers for people who need help with medical costs–I believe we form human chains up here every single day. It’s one of the reasons I choose to call this place home.

With that in mind, you’ll find stories of many long-standing groups and organizations celebrating milestones in this August edition of Marquette Monthly. From community arts centers to Boy Scout camps to small businesses to annual festivals, these organizations, woven together, are the fabric of the Upper Peninsula because they are run, for decades, by people dedicated to their communities. Year after year, they form their own human chain, helping create the sense of community we cherish as a part of this wonderful Upper Peninsula life. May we all be a link in a chain, hands outstretched in an offer of help to someone else.

I hope, as you read each of these stories our hard-working group of freelance writers has crafted for you, that you find the following pages to be informative, inspirational and uplifting. As always, it was a privilege putting them together for you.

—Jackie Stark,

managing editor

Dear Editor,

I’m eager to share with the community what’s happening at North Star and to dispel some long-held community misperceptions about our school. I also want to congratulate our recent graduating senior class—they have learned much, worked hard, discovered talents and potential within, had fun and made friends and, having contributed to our school, now commence the next step in their journeys—I wish them well in college, vocational training programs, service, and other pursuits.

North Star Public School Academy (NSPSA) is a public school which, as all other public schools in Marquette County, receives state funding and adheres to all of the State of Michigan’s rules and regulations.

Chartered through Northern Michigan University, we serve pre-kindergarten through grade 12. A charter school is an independent public school that operates with greater flexibility and freedom in return for greater accountability. We are not an “alternative school,” but we do infuse a Montessori-inspired philosophy throughout our school. Our students come not only from Marquette but also from neighboring towns and communities. We provide free transportation, lunch, a breakfast program and, because we are a public school, have no tuition.

If you ask our students, they will reinforce the caliber of our inclusive environment and how they benefit from our educational curriculum. A day at NSPSA, illustrating our Montessori-inspired approach, includes cooperative learning, project-based and experiential learning and self-paced learning. Our small class sizes enable our teachers to focus on individual needs, motivations, and interests. A high school student who discovers a passion for, say,  computer coding, may pursue a series of mentored independent studies to develop that interest.

Some snapshots of what happens at NSPSA:  in addition to weekly music and art in elementary grades, a certified instructor of German will provide weekly language lessons. Last winter, our middle schoolers traveled downstate to Novi and received two Future City Competition awards on the theme, “The Power of Public Places.”  We offer three levels FIRST Robotics programs: FIRST Lego League Jr for K – 3, FIRST Lego League for upper elementary grades, and FIRST Tech Challenge for middle schoolers. (See www.firstinspires.org for more information.) We offer activities that range from theater, basketball and a garden club to small engine repair and instrumental and vocal music.

Our small size and greater flexibility enables us to be nimble. We welcome the home school community and any other youth in the community to participate in our electives and activities.  If our approach and offerings intrigue you, please contact me for a visit. You may also find us on Facebook or on the web at www.northstaracademymqt.com.

—Joseph Kukulski

superintendent / CEO

North Star Academy

Dear Editor,

I met splake in 2002 while teaching my “footprints of the ancestors” workshop in eagle river, Michigan.

we immediately connected with our emotional association of the cliffs, and old Keweenaw peninsula copper mine and community a few miles north of calumet. my great grandfather “golden hawk” worked at the cliffs and was killed in a mining accident. splake possesses a deep spiritual relationship to the cliffs similar to one’s religious belief.

splake was a professor at Kellogg community college in battle creek. he choose to leave a comfortable salary and blue-ribbon welfare benefits, moving to Michigan’s upper peninsula to write poetry.

as a potter with a national reputation, I left a successful business operation in Saugatuck for a new life and fresh start in the Keweenaw peninsula.

while I managed the Vertin Art Gallery, splake and I created a small press literary magazine. for four years we published “cliffs soundings” which contained excellent short stories, poetry, photographs, and art work.

since writing his first poem around a campfire while summering in the pictured rocks lakeshore area, splake produced over 80 chapbook collections of poetry. Tyler Tichelaar has reviewed several of his poetry books in past issues of the “Marquette Monthly.”

his titles include “superior land lights” a photographic history of the lighthouses on the Lake Superior shore.  also, he published “pictured rocks memories,” a collection of history and pictures of the lakeshore territory between Munising and grand Marias.

Splake’s “lost whispers” is an on-the-road tale touching the history of iron mountain and calumet.  in “only in my dreams,” splake returns to the pictured rocks lakeshore area and examines influence of the new paved highway on his previous summer camping memories.

“Grand Marais” is his history of the small Lake Superior community, and this chapbook publication also has a dvd attached with the book. “the calumet air force ‘radar’ base” was another photographic history of an air force installation that used to exist in the Keweenaw peninsula.

recently splake and I produced a photographic history of the old St. Joseph’s hospital in Hancock titled “if the walls could talk.” presently we are collecting materials and photographs for a similar project on the old railroad depot in calumet.

As the founder and present executive director of the calumet art center, I am pleased to have the splake writing room and library on the second floor of the gallery. there are several splake photographs on the art center’s second story wall. also, downstairs the art center has shelves that contain many of the splake books for sale.

For the veteran Yooper observer, all seasons tourists, and curious souls. you are cordially invited to visit the calumet art center and see Splake’ s writing room and books.

note: for more information on splake his computer site is: tksplake.wordpress.com

Jikiwe is the native name for Ed Gray, and, the term can be translated as “my friend.”

—Jikiwe

Ed Gray

executive director,

Calumet Art Center

Editor’s note: The use of lower case in this letter was purposefully done. Poet Kilgore Trout does not utilize capitalization in his written work.

Italian Fest to celebrate 118th year

The Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce will host St. Rocco-St. Anthony Society of Ishpeming’s 118th Annual Italian Fest on Saturday, July 29, at Al Quaal Recreation Area. The event was created for Italian-Americans to follow the Italian tradition of honoring St. Rocco and St. Anthony. All heritages and ages welcome to this free event. Activities will include free pony rides, games of chance, a ring toss, balloon darts, a greased pole with a $100 prize, bingo, a large glide slide, an inflatable obstacle course, live music and more. Events will begin at noon and conclude at 7 p.m. Contact Jim Bertucci at 486-4919 or email jimbertucci10@gmail.com for more information.

Summer Memorial Service to honor loved ones

Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice will hold its Summer Memorial Service at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 27, at the Carp River Gardens in Negaunee. The service is open to anyone in the community who has lost a loved one and would like to honor and celebrate their memory. The event will include music, prayer, silent meditation and a bell ringing ceremony with lighting of candles. A reception will immediately follow the service with light refreshments. RSVP 225-7760 if you plan to attend and would like to light a candle in honor of your loved one as  his or her name is read.

Roll into derby recruitment night

Dead River Derby, the largest Roller Derby league in the U.P., is hosting a Roller Derby Recruitment Night from 6:30 p.m. to midnight, on Thursday, July 27, at Ore Dock Brewing Company. Men and women interested in being a referee, skater, volunteer or fan are invited to join the derby in a “why derby?’ discussion, Q & A at 6:30 p.m. A skate meet and greet will follow at 8 p.m. No experience is necessary to attend.

  

Song of the Morning hosts Michigan yoga retreat

Yogis from across the state and beyond are invited to join together in Michigan’s northern woodlands from July 27 through July 30 for YogaFest 2017. Held on Song of the Morning Yoga Retreat in Vanderbilt, YogaFest is a celebration of spirit and nature dancing together through yoga, meditation, music, art, healing, dance, ritual, spiritual fellowship and more. Participants will immerse themselves in a wide variety of yoga classes, workshops, programs of meditation, ceremony, devotional singing, and nature by hiking, swimming, biking and camping on the retreat’s 800 acres. Children 12 and under can attend for free and enjoy kid-friendly programs all weekend long in the Children’s Tent. Three nights of wooded camping, along with full access to all festival events are included in a weekend pass, which is $140 in advance. Day passes are also available. Craft and food vendors will be on-site selling local merchandise, vegetarian entrees, snacks and beverages. For more information about YogaFest, including a full schedule of programmed events, festival and ticket information, visit yogafestmi.com, or the festival’s Facebook page “YogaFest at Song of the Morning.”

MSUE hosts field research information day

Local and statewide university experts from Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) and Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center will host an informative day in the field to update participants on the current and ongoing research in the agricultural field beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 29, with registration at the South Farm, located just south of Chatham. The morning program will highlight the university’s work in the field of soil health, followed by a free lunch, sponsored by the local Hiawathaland Farm Bureau chapter. In the afternoon, participants will have the choice to attend sessions at either the South Farm, which will highlight the grass-finished beef operation, along with ongoing work in small grains and forages, or the North Farm, which will showcase its work in organic small grains, perennial berry crops and equipment and tools for the small-scale vegetable grower. The field day will conclude at 3 p.m. with optional farm tours. Visit the Michigan State University Extension website for more information.

UPCAP’s MMAP looking for volunteers

The Michigan Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program is looking for volunteers for the Creating Confident Caregivers program for family caregivers of persons with dementia or Alzheimer’s. The free six-session workshop is led by trained dementia care specialists and provides participants with the information, skills and attitude to manage stress and increase one’s effectiveness as a caregiver. The courses begin August 1, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Alzheimer’s Association in Marquette and continues from 3 to 5 p.m. every Tuesday through September 5, 2017. Visit upcap.org to register or for more information.

Tire cleanup day held at Lakeview Arena

The City of Marquette has received a 2017 Scrap Tire Cleanup Program Grant from the MDEQ. The City has partnered with the Marquette County Solid Waste Management Authority (MCSWMA) and will be on site at Lakeview Arena to collect and haul the tires to the landfill for processing. Marquette residents are welcome to bring their scrap tires to the Marquette Lakeview Arena from 3 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 2. Individual residents may bring as many personal tires as they would like. Car and truck tires that are 22.5 inches in diameter or less will be accepted. Larger tires, tractor tires and tires on split rims will not be accepted at this site. Please see mcswma.com for more information on disposing of these types of tires. Call MCSWMA at 249-4125 or the City of Marquette Public Works Department at 228-0444 for more information.

Public invited to comment on national forest trails

The Hiawatha National Forest is hosting a Comprehensive Trails Analysis which allows trail users the opportunity to identify opportunities to improve connectivity, sustainability and the user experience across the Hiawatha National Forest. Members of the public have formed Trail Working Groups (TWG) for each zone of the forest to represent the interests of their activity group. The zone TWGs will continue to meet through December 2017. Upcoming meetings for the West Zone will be held on July 27, August 31, September 28, October 26 and November 30. Meetings will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Mathias Township Community Building. The East Zone meeting will be held August 17  from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Tahquamenon Hotel, with additional meetings to be announced. The public is welcome to attend the meetings. Contact Paul Holeva by telephone at 428-5889 or by email at atpholeva@fs.fed.us for more information about the Comprehensive Trails Analysis.

Marquette City Band to perform International music favorites

Conductor Dr. Stephen Grugin and the Marquette City Band will perform international music classics and new favorites at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 3, at the Presque Isle Park, Band Shell, in Marquette. This celebration of music from around the world is free, but donations are accepted.

DNR looking for comments on forest planning

The Michigan DNR is currently making plans for several forests in 2019. These management plans include harvesting timber, planting trees, prescribed burning and maintaining fields and open areas—activities that help to provide wildlife habitat, control invasive species and improve the overall health of the forest. This year, areas are under review in Ford River, Maple Ridge and Escanaba townships (Delta County) and Cedarville, Faithorn, Holmes, Lake and Stephenson townships (Menominee County). The DNR is also seeking public input regarding management plans for Ecological Reference Areas, rare or high-quality natural communities that have been relatively undisturbed by human intervention. The DNR’s long-term goal is to maintain these areas as an example of Michigan’s biodiversity. A public meeting will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. on August 2, at the Stephenson Field Office. Final plans will be approved at a meeting at 9 a.m. on August 16, at the Escanaba State Office Building.

Celebrate Finland’s Centennial Year

The Chassell Heritage Center will celebrate Finland’s centennial year by highlighting the community’s rich Finnish heritage with a variety of presentations, including memories of Portage Entry boat building, folk dance, musical performances and songs in English and Finnish at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 3. Early event goers can view the Finnish Family History panels and the Portage Entry Fishing & Boat Building Exhibit. Admission is free.

Art minigrants opportunity closing soon

The Copper Country Community Arts Council (CCCAC) facilitates funding opportunities for arts projects in the six counties of the Western Upper Peninsula. Minigrants for Arts Projects provide up to $4,000 for locally developed, high quality arts projects, which offer special opportunities to address local arts needs and increase public access to the arts. Nonprofit organizations, schools and municipalities from the six counties may apply. A panel comprised of knowledgeable individuals from each of the six counties evaluates all funding proposals. The review criterion includes artistic merit, sound planning and management, as well as community service. Organizations or individual artists may apply for up to $1500. A 25 percent cash/in-kind match is required. The deadline is 11:59 p.m. on August 3, 2017 for projects taking place October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Contact Cynthia Coté, regranting coordinator at 482-2333 or email cynthia@coppercountryarts.com for more information.

Artisans at the Forge offers fun for everyone

The Michigan Iron Industry Museum will host their special event Artisans at the Forge from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on August 5 and 6 at the museum. Artisans will display and demonstrate traditional metalworking, woodworking and textiles from the Industrial Age. Music, food, demonstrations and children’s games from the period will also be available.

MNA holds removal days for invasive Knapweed

The Michigan Nature Association will host two invasive Spotted Knapweed removal days. One, along the picturesque conglomerate shoreline at 11 a.m., Wednesday, August 2, in the Keweenaw. Nancy Leonard will guide the hour or two removal and picnic lunch. Following lunch participants will explore the shoreline. The second day stewards Phil and Barb Quenzi will continue the work of removing the invasive Spotted Knapweed plant on both sides of the highway at the Redwyn’s Dunes at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 12, in the Keweenaw. This day will conclude with a hike on the Great Sand Bay Beach and into the dunes. For both removal days, participants should bring a picnic lunch to enjoy afterwards. Cookies, beverages and fresh fruit will be provided. Participants should also come prepareed with sunscreen, bug repellent, work gloves, a hat, water and an asparagus cutter if you have one. Additional tools will be supplied if needed. Email nancyeinerlei.com for directions, to RSVP or for more

information.

Fungus Festival celebrates 26th year

The Iron County Economic Chamber Alliance has organized the 26th Annual Humongous Fungus Festival slated for August 4 through 6, 2017 in Crystal Falls. The weekend will feature a parade, street dance concert, softball tournament, city-wide rummage sales, Mr. Fungi “Beard” Pageant, pancake breakfast and more family-friendly fun. This year’s festival will include many beloved annual events as well as new ones, such as mushroom themed programs, the rummage sales and the pageant where any current or former Iron County male resident, 18 years of age and older, can compete in contests of Yooper attire, comedic Q&A, and talent show for the title of Mr. Fungi 2017. This year’s street dance will feature acclaimed guitarist Brian Keith Wallen.

Join a geology field trip to the Keweenaw shores

Join geologist Erika Vye in a reading hosted by the Michigan Nature Association that tells of how the Keweenaw was formed over one billion years ago and a field trip along the Keweenaw shores at 11 a.m. on Sunday, August 6. After exploring the black rocks at the shoreline, participants will walk the shoreline and then drive east to walk the red rock conglomerate shoreline. Plant communities distinctive to these environments will be pointed out along the way. Bring snacks, water, a picnic lunch if wanted and wear sturdy footwear for hiking. Walking poles will be especially helpful on the conglomerate shoreline. To get there from Eagle Harbor follow M-26 east about six miles to Esrey Park along Lake Superior, less than a mile past Brockway Mountain Drive’s west entrance.  Look for the large MNA Event sign in Esrey Park, where we will meet.

UPRP holds dance for LGBTQIA community

U.P. Rainbow Pride will host a “UP4Pride” dance from 9 p.m. to midnight on Friday, July 28, at Marquette Mountain that will include bucket-draws, a live DJ and other entertainment for the LGBTQIA community. The event is for18 years of age and up, and a $5 donation is suggested.

Free the Music Fest to take place at Lakenland

The Free the Music Fest will take place from 5 to 11 p.m. on Friday, August 11, and from 12 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, August 12, at Lakenland Sculpture Park. The free family event will feature bands such as The Organ Grinders, Not Quite Canada, Lumi, Mike Waite and Friends, Who Dat Brass Band and many more. Carry ins are allowed and there will be a $10 round trip shuttle bus provided.

Benefit concert held for Mike Davis

A benefit concert for Mike Davis will be held on Friday, August 11, in the W.C. Peterson Auditorium at the Ishpeming High School and feature the Joshua Davis Trio, May Erlewine, Milo Birch and the master of ceremonies Dr. Scott Doughty. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with showtime at 7:30 pm. Advance Tickets are available for purchase at the Marquette Food Co-op for a cost of $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and Under. Tickets purchased at the door are $25 for adults and $15 for children. The concert will raise much needed funds for Davis to pursue alternative therapies in his journey to free himself from Cancer. Visit www.youcaring.com/mikedavismarquette for more information about Davis’ journey or to donate.

Eagle Harbor Art Fair

celebrates 57th year

The Copper Country Associated Artists will host the 57th Eagle Harbor Art Fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 12, and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 13, rain or shine on the grounds of the Old Schoolhouse and the St. Peter’s by the Sea Church. Over 60 artists will feature artwork from 12 different categories including watercolors, jewelry, photography, ceramics, sculptors and more. Visit ccaartists.org or contact Eagle Harbor fine art fair chairperson Linda Dodge at 337-3969 for more information.

Northwoods Conservancy’s Photo Contest submission period opens soon

The Northwoods Conservancy’s Annual Photo Contest for non professional photographers will accept photo submissions August 13 through September 30. Explore Seven Mile Point, conglomerate Falls, Gratiot River North, Dore Woods and Merganser Pond, then share your experiences by submitting your photos and their stories to the photo contest. Winners will be announced in early October. First prize is $50, second is $25 and third is $15. Winning photos will be displayed in print and online media. Detailed submission information is available at northwoodsconservancy.org. Visit north-woods.smugmug.com to see previous photo contest entries.

DNR seeking volunteers for fair activities

The Michigan DNR is looking for youth mentors for outdoor recreation activities taking place at the DNR Pocket Park during the week of the U.P. State Fair. Volunteers will help kids learn to catch fish or shoot a pellet gun or bow and arrow during the week of August 14 through 20. The Pocket Park is a 1-acre site within the fairgrounds, off U.S. 2, that features a bluegill-stocked catch-and-release pond, archery and pellet gun ranges, a fire tower, and a waterfall in a serene wooded landscape setting. The park caters especially to youngsters who are seeking an outdoor adventure or to learn an outdoor skill. Community volunteers must be at least 16 years old and pass a background check. A meal, T-shirt and a small gift will be provided. Contact Kristi Dahlstrom at 226-1331 or dahlstromk@michigan.gov or Jo Ann Alexander at 789-8200 or alexanderj7@michigan.gov if interested in volunteering.

  

LSSU Board of Trustees selects interim president

Lake Superior State University’s Board of Trustees has selected Dr. Peter T. Mitchell to serve as interim president, effective July 1. LSSU lost its eighth president, Dr. Thomas Pleger, on May 7 after a brief illness. Interim provost Dr. David Roland Finley had been serving as LSSU’s acting president since then. Mitchell was the 14th president of Albion College from 1997 to 2007 and is a member of its Class of 1967. Most recently, he has been running a consulting company, Proactive Transition Management.

Local deer camps celebrated

The Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve will host “Deer Camps to Grand Camps”​–a program featuring photo historian Jack Deo, who will share some of the greatest and funniest photos from his 40-year collection of regional classic deer camps. The latter part of the show will highlight the “Grand Camps” of Marquette County, including Cyrus McCormick’s White Deer Lake, cabins at the Huron Mountain Club and famous Granot Loma Lodge. The event will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 10, at the Thunder Bay Inn in Big Bay.

Learn about the rare birds of the Keweenaw

The Chassell Heritage Center offers the chance to learn about rare birds that nest or migrate throughout the Keweenaw Peninsula from Chassell’s bird expert, Joe Youngman at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 10 as a part of their free summer programs.

Ladies Day shooting event offered in Ontonagon County

The Michigan DNR is announcing an opportunity for women interested in learning more about guns and archery. The Lake Superior Sportsman’s Club, will offer its annual all-ladies shooting workshop from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 13, at its clubhouse located near Silver City, the eastern gateway town to Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. This non-competitive shooting event will focus on the safe and enjoyable use of handguns, rifles and archery equipment.

KCHS holds Jazz concert

The Keweenaw County Historical Society will sponsor Jazz Central, a free live music concert on Friday, August 11 in the ghost town of Central Mine. Music will begin at 6 p.m. Participating bands include Denny McKaig & The Bluffs Orchestra, Mike Irish and Uncle Pete’s All-Star BBQ Band, and Randy Seppala & UP Gumbo. Jazz goers should bring lawn chairs, flashlights and a picnic supper. Sandwiches provided by Fitzgerald’s Eagle River Inn. Donations are encouraged. Funds will go toward the preservation of the ghost town, Central, the site of one of the Keweenaw’s most profitable copper mines between 1854 and 1898.

New parking meters to be installed downtown

The Marquette Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has begun installing approximately 250 new on-street parking meters located on the 100, 200 and 300 blocks of West Washington Street, East Main Street, the 100 block of West Spring Street, East and West Baraga Avenue through the 300 block, South Third Street and along North and South Front Street, as the next phase in their strategic parking management plan. The new meters will feature smart technology, accepting both coin and credit card transactions. The parking rate will remain at 50 cents per hour; however, users may insert 25 cents and receive a half hour of time. Future plans include “Pay-by-phone” technology. Contact the DDA office at 228-9475 with any questions.

PWPL hosts engineering exhibit

The Peter White Public Library Youth Services will host “Explore Tech: Engineers Make a World of Difference”, a traveling interactive exhibit from the STAR Library Education Network, which opens Thursday, August 17,  in the Youth Services Department on the lower level of the library. Explore Tech shows how engineering provides solutions to better meet human needs and develop sustainable innovations for the future, as well as how engineers create new technologies to solve problems. The exhibit features hands-on and multimedia components that allow exhibit visitors to interact with exhibit content in a dynamic way, encouraging new perspectives about engineers and their vital work. The PWPL will host a number of events between August 17 and October 11. The grand opening event is Wednesday, August 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. These programs will be free to kids, families and adults. Contact 226-4323, email pwpl@pwpl, or visit pwpl.info for more information and a schedule of upcoming programs.

MRHC hosts outdoor evening program

The Marquette Regional History Center will host “21 pictures—an Outdoor Evening Program Featuring Great Historical Photos” from 10 to 11 p.m. on Friday, August 18 at MRHC Greenspace. Jim Koski will host the evening under the stars and show the most interesting photos he’s run across from the J.M. Longyear Research Library and stories. Bring lawn chairs and libations. In case of rain the program will be held indoors. There is a $5 suggested donation. Visit marquettehistory.org or call 226-3571 for more information.

Learn the history of Mineral Range Railroad

Railroad historian Mark Worrall will present the history of the south branch of the Mineral Range Railroad from Keweenaw Bay to Mass City based on his research funded by the Michigan Tech Archives and historical Collections at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 24, at the Chassell Heritage Center.

Classic Car show to be held on Third Street

The Marquette Downtown Development Authority is collaborating with Third Base Bar to put on the inaugural “Classic Cars on Third Street” car show on Saturday, August 19. The car show will commemorate Jessica Drummond, and all proceeds from this event will benefit the Women’s Center of Marquette County. The car show will take place in Marquette’s Downtown District on north Third Street, between Hewitt and Park Street.

Art in the Park to take place third weekend of August

Art in the Park will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 19 and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, August 20, in the Copper Harbor Township Park. Art in the Park is an annual Copper Harbor Improvement Association event where over 60 artisans and crafters set up vending booths to display and sell their work. The free event will also feature pasties and grilled goodies, live music and several raffles benefiting local charitable organizations.

Governor’s Service Awards announced

Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the 49 winners of the 2017 Governor’s Service Awards. Marquette Resident James Feliciano was awarded Senior Volunteer of the year. The Governor’s Service Awards winners will be honored during a special ceremony hosted by the Michigan Community Service Commission on Monday, Aug. 21, at the Detroit Opera House. The event will also commemorate the Michigan Community Service Commission’s 25th anniversary.

MDARD leads agribusinesses exporters to China

Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development Director, Jamie Clover Adams will lead another group of Michigan agribusinesses on a trade mission to Hangzhou and Shanghai, China, November 6 through 8, 2017. The mission will include one-on-one meetings with vetted buyers, retail tours, and briefings with U.S. Department of Agriculture officials. The cost to participate in the MDARD China trade mission is $1,000. The application deadline is August 23, and the mission is limited to 12 companies. Companies are responsible for travel, hotel and incidental costs. The trade mission to South Korea has a separate participation fee of $600. Contact Jamie Zmitko-Somers at 517-284-5738 or zmitkoj@michigan.gov for more information.

Finn Fun Day coming this August

The eighth annual Finn Fun Day will take

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