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A pattern of giving

By Jackie Stark The first thing you notice when you walk into Esther Johnson’s Marquette Township home are the quilts. Her work is on display everywhere, whether as art on her walls, or for use, draped over the back of a chair, folded neatly on the arm of a couch. “I enjoy it. I call […]

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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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Earl Senchuk: creating art with purpose

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

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For love of music

By Deborah K. Frontiera Musician Jan Arnold and I sat on the porch of her summer home on the beach of Little Traverse Bay in the Copper Country on a lovely day in June. The lake was calm, the air clear—a great view of Traverse Island (Rabbit Island) just five miles away and across Keweenaw […]

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But does it fly?

If you should ever happen to glimpse a strangely shaped vehicle tooling down the Marquette bypass, exceeding the speed limit, or should you happen to spot the same craft alligator-crawling alongside the lower harbor breakwater, please don’t call the state police or the Coast Guard—its only Pete Frazier testing WALT. WALT is a product of […]

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My heroes have always been women

by Lon Emerick And they still are, it seems (Thank you, Willie Nelson, My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys). Females are special with their own brand of frustration from being marginalized too long. Sadly, many still struggle for themselves, their daughters and for women everywhere. Now, a nostalgic octogenarian, I often sit and muse a […]

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The art of the joke

by Kristi Evans The living room of a Hewitt Street home in Marquette was transformed into a performance space one recent night. A half-dozen local comics took turns at the microphone situated near the front door, testing out their material on a small group of friends who filled the sectional couch and spilled over into the […]

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Church finds new life as family home

by Erin Gaura Picturing a church that has been converted into a home, one may imagine a hollow structure of stone with rows of stained-glass saints lining the walls that allow for little light. The bright, upcycled building with contemporary décor at the top of Third Street in Marquette may not immediately come to mind. A […]

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Hungry in Hubbell? Candie’s got you covered

by Deborah K. Frontiera The inside of this little hometown restaurant is welcoming to all—easy going, down home, country style. Every day except Mondays, when the restaurant is closed, patrons can dine among other equally sardonic signs. Take for example, these insightful words: “Three Wise Men? Seriously?” (The men who come in laugh too.) Or […]

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Everybody knows Jan

by Larry Chabot In the western Upper Peninsula, almost everyone knows Jan Tucker. Thanks to the internet, so do ex-Yoopers, snow birds and locals on road trips. A newspaper reporter and radio host for over 50 years, Jan has built and nurtured a huge following, all while raising six kids. “Jan not only knows everyone, […]

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Fostering Family

 by Amy Gawry  According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, there are approximately 13,000 children in foster care in the state at any given time. Across the state, and within our own community, placement agencies, social workers and foster parents strive to work together to care for these children. Eric and Teisha […]

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Cultivating beauty

by Amy Gawry When Jeannette Hauver of Marquette started a small rose garden in Park Cemetery in 1995, she never expected that 22 years later, she and her volunteer crew would be taking care of 13 gardens on the cemetery grounds, or that it would have such an impact on the image and purpose of […]

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Start the Cycle

by Jim Pennell There’s an old adage that says if you give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day but if you teach a man to fish, he’ll eat for the rest of his life. A group of moun- tain bike mentors in Marquette have expanded that and believe if you give kids a […]

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Get Rhythm

by Erik Lennartson Teacher-turned-radio-disk jockey Elmer Aho has been spinning classic country tunes for the good-hearted women and good ol’ boys living in the U.P. for nearly three decades. From 7 p.m. to midnight each Saturday, Aho hosts American Country Gold on 103FXD, playing everything from Jimmie Rodgers to Johnny Cash. It’s clear time has […]

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Brain games

by Erik Lennartson The human race has enthralled itself with escaping into other realities for hundreds of years. From parabolic tales told orally through generations, to pictures drawn, to novels written, to movies made, to video games played and now to virtual reality—there seems no limit to what the human mind is able to do. […]

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