CITY NOTES

December 2019

Letters to the editor

Time for all to make a stand and change climate change
To the editor,
During the 1970’s President Carter put solar panels on the White House roof. During the 1980’s President Reagan took them down. Both were trying to send a message. It wasn’t until some 30 years later, that President Obama returned the panels to the White House roof, showing our nation that solar was a viable means of alternative energy.
Unfortunately, Florida (the Sunshine State) currently trails 19 other states with its use of energy from the sun. The utility companies have spent millions of dollars on lobbying, ad campaigns, and political contributions to make it more difficult for Floridians to obtain solar power. From 2014 to May 2019, Florida utilities spent 57 million dollars on campaign contributions. The utilities also hired enough lobbyists to have one for every two lawmakers in Florida’s legislature.
Since 1991 the funders of climate disinformation have been the Koch brothers, and they have donated primarily to the Republican party candidates. From 2009 to 2016 they spent $889 million to lobby against efforts to expand the
government’s role in health care and climate change mitigation, especially in environmental regulation. Reports have identified the Koch brothers as the “kingpins of climate science denial.” For 28 years the American people have been subliminally persuaded with climate change denial. Those of you that believe that there is no climate crisis have swallowed that information hook, line and sinker. You have been duped!
When Trump became president, he cut the EPA’s budget by 31 percent. Most believed he removed the “P” (protection) from that agency. He also decided not to attend the Paris Climate Accord even though 175 states and the European Union attended.
What can a person conclude from all this information?
The fossil fuel industry leaders have lied about a climate crisis and they have exerted their will to cripple government action on climate change. We have an administration and Congress that has been well paid to foster the oil and gas industry (with less regulation) and to keep climate scientists quiet.
We are the first generation to witness the sting of climate change, and we may be the last generation that could do something about it. The change must be with our government. Local reps, mayors, state legislators, governors, federal officials and the president must be on the page of active environmentalism.
Without change at all levels, gridlock, lack of care, and ignorance will continue to ruin this planet. So please, consider what you represent with your thinking and perhaps change to a better future for all. Albert Einstein once said the “world will not be destroyed by those that do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.”
Keeping our air, water, and land clean is essential in these days of climate crisis. Educate yourself and be a wise, informed electorate. It’s never the wrong time to do the right thing. Thank you for caring.
Roy W. Sarosik, Marquette

Urban farm should be part of ore dock reuse plans
To the editor,
One of the more famous attractions for tourists in Marquette are the concrete and steel iron ore docks constructed on the lake front in the early 20th century. Although the upper harbor ore dock is still in use, the lower harbor dock has been closed for years and simply serves as a home for seagulls or an abstract art piece mimicking the bones of a fossilized dinosaur.
But over the years several proposals have been put forth to retrofit the dock into a hotel, restaurant, or even convert it into tourist gift shops. And most recently a group of NMU students and faculty have proposed turning it into a community space and botanical/ecological center with a greenhouse and seasonal gardens on top and the potential of bringing more tourism to Marquette.
But there’s something else that hasn’t been proposed. There’s been an agricultural trend impacting cities across America from New York to Minnesota; it’s called urban farming and it’s allowing independent farmers to grow leafy vegetables, herbs, and even strawberry’s serving restaurants and consumers within their city limits. Why not convert the entire Lower Harbor Ore Dock into an urban farm and sell locally grown produce to restaurants and the community year round?
Just for some perspective, the ore dock is approximately 60 feet wide and 1,200 feet long at the top, which adds up to over 60,000 square feet. At least a portion of the top could be converted into a greenhouse covering about 43,000 square feet or more (roughly one acre of farmland). This then could be used for anything from hydroponics, to zip growing, or even regular farming in natural soil. Properly managed a wide variety of grains or vegetables could be grown ranging from corn, beans, carrots and onions to basil, oregano and lettuce regardless of the weather conditions.
The Ore Dock urban farm could serve hundreds of customers a month and provide fresh produce to local supermarkets throughout Marquette. And all of this could be done without negatively impacting any community while benefitting both the environment and the lakefront. The overall impact would be to provide healthy fresh foods to the community at lower costs rather than having those same foods shipped in from Mexico or southern California, where produce is typically picked green, food-borne illnesses are more likely, and produce is mostly shipped by truck.
Additionally the ore dock urban farm could be a tourist attraction and a model for other cities that want to explore growing their own produce. Innovative farming techniques are now being used throughout the world in places like Japan, Australia, and Israel.. The overall construction costs would be minimal, and if the NMU project gets approved it could simply replace the botanical/greenhouse garden previously proposed with a larger farming footprint. Instead of merely creating a tourist attraction, actual food could be grown and Marquette could become a destination for urban farmers around the country. If places like a crowded New York city and a cold, windy Minnesota can have successful urban farming programs then there’s no reason Marquette can’t do it as well. Let’s give it a shot.
Matt Furlane, Marquette

News, Events & Announcements

The Red Jacket Jamboree plans holiday shows
The Red Jacket Jamboree brings the old-time radio variety show to the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, Dec. 20, at 7pm.  The cast of The Red Jacket Jamboree along with musical guests: Jennifer Barnett and Younce Guitar Duo, celebrate the holiday with two hour-long episodes: “A Billie Holiday Holiday” and “Christmas in the Keweenaw.” Jennifer Barnett is a rising star within the Jazz world.  The Michigan native is currently studying Vocal Jazz Performance at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City.  Younce Guitar Duo takes listeners on a sonic journey woven together by elements of Jazz, Latin, Celtic and other world rhythms. The collaboration between father and son guitar virtuosos has led to their distinct sound and exquisite original compositions and arrangements. The Red Jacket Jamboree is a new old-time radio variety show sharing stories, songs and history from the Keweenaw Peninsula. Hosted by Lena Dorey, the show is performed/recorded in front of a live audience at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Michigan Tech University and also features Martin Achatz, Poet Laureate of the U.P.,the Red Jacket Actors and music by the Copper Cats, with Jerry Younce on guitar, Bill Carrothers on piano, Harry South on bass and Zach Ott on percussion. It’s an entertaining show for the entire family.  Adult tickets are $20; Students with I.D. are $5.  The audience is asked to be in their seats 5 minutes before the show. For more information about this and other upcoming shows, visit www.redjacketjamboree.org. Reserved seating tickets can be purchased through the box office at the Rozsa Center at (906) 487-3200 or online at: www.mtu.edu/rozsa.

Anishinaabe legends, U.P.’s birthday celebration at museum
The Marquette Regional History Center will host special events in December. Its annual December open house will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The topic will focus on Anishinaabe legends. Collaborating with the NMU Native American Language and Culture Club, the museum will host Leora Lancaster, her students and fellow community members to share Anishinaabe legends and welcome winter through traditional stories. The event is free to attend but donations are appreciated. There will be light refreshments and a community gathering.  On Saturday, Dec. 14, from 1 to 3 p.m., the museum will host a celebration of the Upper Peninsula’s 183rd birthday. On Dec. 14, 1836, during the “Frostbitten Convention,” the State of Michigan accepted three-fourths of the U.P. in exchange for the Toledo Strip. Soon afterward, Michigan was admitted to the Union as the 26th state. Rep. Sarah Cambensy and Mark Ruge, a native of Menominee and former chief of staff to Congressman Bob Davis, will speak at 1:30 p.m. about the historic convention and the details of this important decision for the State of Michigan. In addition the celebration will include a song, birthday cake and coffee. Visit marquette-history.org or call 906-226-3571 for more info.

Program will celebrate Finnish Independence Day and “Pikkujoulu”
The Finlandia Foundation National Lake Superior Chapter, formerly known as the League of Finnish American Society’s UP Chapter, will hold a program to honor Finland’s 102nd Independence Day (observed on Dec. 6), and to celebrate “Little Christmas” or “Pikkujoulu.” The event will be held on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Ishpeming. Music for the program will be provided by the duo of Tanja Stanaway on guitar and accordion, and Ken Holster on banjo. Howard Aalto will be there to play on his “huuliharppu”, a six-sided harmonica.  “Tanja’s Kids,” young students in her Finnish classes, will sing holiday songs for the group. A brief message about Finnish Independence and about “Little Christmas” will be given by FFN LSC President Ron Hill. There will be a 50/50 drawing and door prizes. Refreshments will include Finnish coffee bread, bars, Juustoa (Finn cheese) and coffee.  Janet Wisuri will have her table of Finnish baked goods for sale, and Stanaway will have a table for “Heart to Finland” items for sale, ranging from chocolate to coffee cups. This gathering is open to all, members and friends alike. There is no charge to attend. A basket on the refreshment table will collect donations.  Membership in the FFN LSC may be renewed or begun at this meeting. For more information call 906-485-1971.

Blues Society seeks board nominations
The Marquette Area Blues Society announced upcoming elections for its Board of Directors. For those interested, nominations must be submitted by the Wednesday, Dec. 18, board meeting, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Vierling Restaurant in Marquette. The elections will be held at the Jan. 15, 2020 meeting. Nominations are open to any MABS members. For more information, access visit www.marquetteareabluessociety.org or call Mark Hamari at (906) 235-9690.

Snowbound Books hosting annual ‘Author Extravaganza”
On Saturday, Dec. 7, the public is invited to visit, chat and have books signed by regional authors. Sonny Longtine’s Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Lost Landmarks, James McCommon’s Camera Hunter: George Shiras III and the Birth of Wildlife Photography and Kath Usitalo’s Secret Upper Peninsula: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful and Obscure will all be featured. Visit Snowboundbooks.com for further details.

Benegamah Press announces book release
Benegamah Press and La Dolce Video recently announced the release of B.G. Bradley’s Fallback, the pending audio book version of Winter Heart and the launch of Bradley’s web site at bgbooksup.com. In connection with the new releases, Bradley will be signing books at Falling Rock Cafe and Books in Munising. On hand with Beeg will be the unquestioned star of the Hunter Lake Book Series, Tom the Chocolate Labrador. Beeg and Tom will welcome all purchasers and visitors. Bradley will be signing copies of Fallback, Winter Heart and Summer Rounds on Thursday Dec. 5 at Falling Rock Cafe and Books in Munising. The event in conjunction with other festivities at Falling Rock is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m.

VAST announces new team members
VAST recently added three team members to its agency. Adam Ely, a native of Marquette, has joined the Commercial Insurance Team as an account manager. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Michigan University majoring in Entrepreneurship. Ali Kruid has joined their administrative team. She is from Troy and is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Kennan Marana also joined the team as business development coordinator. She is from Negaunee and is a graduate of Northern Michigan University with Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing. VAST is currently a team of 52 dedicated professionals. It is a regional leader in insurance and risk management. VAST provides business and group insurance, focusing in manufacturing, construction/surety, transportation, healthcare professional liability, and senior living. VAST is also a leader in personal insurance including Individual medical and Medicare. For more information on VAST visit www.vastsolution.com.

World Food Prize Foundation celebrates 25th anniversary of Global Youth Institute; Marquette sophomore attends
The top high school students in the country and around the world were selected to attend the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute (GYI) Oct. 16-19 in Des Moines, Iowa, during the Norman E. Borlaug International Symposium, which drew 1,000 people from 50 countries to discuss the world’s hunger and food security issues. Deidre Riesterer, a sophomore at Marquette Senior High School, was among the students selected to attend this year’s institute. To apply to the institute, students researched, wrote, and submitted a paper on a global challenge related to hunger and food insecurity. Riesterer wrote about agricultural sustainability in Costa Rica. “My school is actually doing a student exchange program with a Costa Rican school, and I thought learning about that country and the people who live there would be a good idea,” she said. “It made me more aware about the hidden side of poverty that even seemingly wealthy countries experience.” This year marked the 25th anniversary of this prestigious youth education program, welcoming over 460 students and teachers from 26 U.S. states/territories and 10 countries. At the three-day international symposium the 216 high school students had the opportunity to interact with a diverse group of internationally renowned World Food Prize laureates and leaders in food, agriculture and international development. The program began with a keynote address from the 2017 World Food Prize Laureate and President of the African Development Bank Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, and also featured the 2019 Africa Food Prize Laureate Dr. Emma Naluyima. Global Youth Institute attendees also participated in Borlaug Dialogue Symposium sessions featuring 2019 World Food Prize Laureate Simon N. Groot of the Netherlands; president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, H.E. Felix Tshisekedi; the CEOs of many of the world’s major agribusiness companies, including: Bayer Ag, Corteva Agriscience, Kemin Industries, Victoria Seeds and Syngenta; and researchers and non-profit leaders from around the globe. Students also presented their original research papers and participated in roundtable discussions with leading experts in agricultural industries, technological innovation and international policy. Riesterer said it was a valuable experience for her. “I think I learned to take notice of the beauty and resilience of other cultures besides my own. It’s sometimes hard to push past the ‘Western Hero’ ideology where Americans tend to want to swoop in and mold everything in their image in order to ‘help’ those less fortunate,” she said. “It’s always important to take into consideration the kind of beliefs and practices a culture may have, so that you can let them find ways to help themselves and be empowered to solve their own problems.”

1,150 students attend trades careers event
The Professional Trades Career Day event was held at the Marquette County Fairgrounds on Sept. 25 and 26. Over 1,150 high school students from 16 different high schools across the U.P. attended the event.  The students could drive/operate a variety of forestry equipment, cranes, semi-trucks, bull dozers, bucket trucks, as well as weld, climb a utility pole, break-up concrete, and use a variety of very realistic simulators. The student survey taken after the event resulted in the following findings: 48 percent learned about a career that they want to learn more; 33 percent learned more about a career, and now they are sure it’s the right choice; 22 percent plan to pursue an apprenticeship; and 13 percent want to learn more about the Michigan Army National Guard. Organizers hope to make it an annual event.

Christmas Community Dinner in Gwinn
A community dinner will take place on Christmas Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Gwinn High School. Everyone is welcome. Delivery, walk-in and carry out are available. An RSVP by Dec. 15 is required for delivery. However, an RSVP for attending the dinner is recommended to help with a count, but not required. A cookie station for children and Christmas carols will be part of the festivities. For more information contact Jesie at 906-360-7069.

Travel Marquette hosting reception for BotEco Center Dec. 3
Travel Marquette will host an open house reception for the Ore Dock BotEco Center on Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 9 to 11 a.m. The BotEco Center will repurpose the downtown Marquette ore dock, turning it into a shared public space that includes year-round botanical gardens and performance spaces. All are welcome to view the Lower Harbor Ore Dock scale model and a virtual 3-D tour on display in the lobby of Travel Marquette offices (117 West Washington), talk with board members and learn more about the project. There will be a brief update of the project at 10 a.m. from Friends of Ore Dock BotEco Center Board President Gisele Duehring, followed by an opportunity for guests to sign memos of public support to help obtain state funding. Refreshments will be served. Friends of Ore Dock BotEco Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit with the mission to create a special place on Marquette’s waterfront that achieves a sustainable balance of educational, commercial and recreational uses. The Ore Dock BotEco Center will repurpose the Lower Harbor Ore Dock into a community center that will benefit the public by providing ecological education, year-round indoor botanical gardens, historic preservation and education, and community spaces. For more information about the BotEco Center visit www.oredockboteco.org.

UPAWS’ encourages adoption gift certificates
This holiday season the U.P. Animal Welfare Shelter would like to recommend giving someone the gift of love with a gift certificate for adoption. Gift certificates let friends or family members adopt a pet from UPAWS on their terms—the right match at the right time. Plus, it supports the pets at UPAWS. UPAWS Holiday Store is now open at the Westwood Mall in the afternoon Wednesday through Sunday, with longer hours on Saturday. All proceeds benefit homeless animals that UPAWS cares for.  Items for sale range from a 2020 Pet Photo Calendar, t-shirts and sweatshirts, jewelry, catnip toys, dog toys, and unique handcrafted items donated by shelter supporters. UPAWS is located at 815 South State Highway M553, near the Marquette County Fairgrounds, and is open daily from noon to 4 p.m., and until 6:30p.m. on Thursdays. Call (906) 475-6661 or visit www.upaws.org for more information.

Superior Watershed Partnership receives MPSC grant
Superior Watershed Partnership received $2.46 million from the Michigan Public Service Commission to continue to provide energy assistance program services to low-income households throughout the 15 counties in the Upper Peninsula and will expand to an additional 15 counties in lower Michigan, specifically to implement the Consumers Energy Affordable Payment Plan. The program will help with heating and electric bills, affordable payment plans and self-sufficiency services including: energy education, financial counseling, free home energy score assessments and free solar panel installation for up to five qualified households. The Superior Watershed Partnership is entering its seventh year working with the Michigan Public Service Commission and the Department of Health and Human Services to assist low-income Upper Michigan residents with their energy bills. It is also entering its seventh year as a Navigation and Referral Partner for the Michigan Energy Assistance Program (MEAP). Households who present with an energy crisis will initially apply for the State Emergency Relief (SER) program, either directly with the MDHHS or with assistance from the Superior Watershed Partnership Michigan Energy Assistance Program (SWP MEAP) or project partners, and MDHHS will determine eligibility for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) assistance. This collaborative, community approach will help struggling families in the U.P. with energy bills during the coldest months of the year, become more aware of home energy conservation, and receive the tools needed to gain the confidence and knowledge to budget for future energy costs.

UPPCO reminds public of energy assistance resources
As winter approaches, U.P. Power Company (UPPCO) is highlighting resources that may be available to assist residents with their monthly energy bills. These resources include the Upper Peninsula’s 2-1-1 Call Center, UPPCO’s new Energy Assistance, Self-sufficiency & Education program (EASE) and Michigan’s Home Heating Assistance program. 2-1-1 is administered by the Upper Peninsula Commission for Area Progress or UPCAP. The 2-1-1 Call Center helps residents locate essential services that may be available through community partners. UPPCO customers can call (906) 449-2013 or 800-562-7680 to determine if they qualify for any of the assistance programs that are being offered. Additional information can be found online at www.uppco.com.

Food and toy donors entered in 4K television drawing
U.P. Home Health & Hospice and U.P. Private Duty Services are giving away two 4K LED 55” televisions. They are working together with TV6 Can-a-thon and the United States Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots in their efforts to help our community during the Holidays. Donate three nonperishable food items and/or a minimum of $5 children’s toy for an entry into the drawings. Participants can enter as many times as they wish. Items can be dropped off at two locations, by Dec. 5 for food donations, and Dec. 13 for toys. The locations include U.P. Home Health & Hospice facilities located at 510 Mather Ave. in Ishpeming, and at 1125 W. Ridge St. in Marquette.
Feeding America Food Truck distribution
The Feeding America Mobile Food Truck will be distributing food at the North Iron Church parking lot on Thursday, Dec. 5, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. This will be a drive through event. Participants are asked to enter at the west entrance and exit east onto Malton Road to allow the distribution to go smoothly. Organizers hope to perform registration in the parking lot, but that could change due to weather conditions. Participants are asked to park facing Ishpeming. For those on foot or using wheelchairs, pick up will be at the VFW parking lot at 9:30 am. Organizers will absolutely not give items to anyone who comes to the VFW in a vehicle. This is the last distribution until May 2020. Contact Ann Trudell for more information at 486-8080.

League of Women Voters to hold membership meeting
The League of Women Voters will hold its next membership meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. It will be held in Studio 1 in the lower level of Peter White Public Library. All are welcome to attend. The Education Programs Committee will present on the League’s Great Lakes Ecosystems Position. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. For more information send an email to dthomsona@gmail.com or call 225-9103.

NCTA announces $20,000 Giving Tuesday match challenge
The North Country Trail Association is launching #GivingTuesday with a $20,000 matching gift. Giving Tuesday is an annual movement to create an international day of charitable giving on the Tuesday after U.S. Thanksgiving, at the beginning of the Christmas and holiday season. Together on Giving Tuesday in 2018, the North Country Trail Association community raised $11,000 and a generous donor matched it for a total of $22,000 to the North Country National Scenic Trail. That very same donor was so inspired by the giving, the donor decided to increase their match gift this year and challenge the community this Giving Tuesday for 33 percent more, matching a total of $20,000. On Tuesday, Dec. 3, the North Country Trail Association has 24 hours to raise $20,000 to meet this challenge, to raise funds that help build and maintain the trail, and build funding needed to promote and protect our Trail. The day makes a huge difference to the 4,600 miles that wander through eight great states to make the North Country Trail. Gifts can be made online at northcountrytrail.org on Dec. 3. Every gift counts.

MAPS foundation announces ‘scholarship raffle winners
The Marquette Area Public Schools Education Foundation (MAPS Education Foundation) announced that the winner of its October ‘Impact-A-Life’ raffle was Judy Depetro, who won $300, and MSHS junior Thomas Lohfink, who will be awarded a $3,000 scholarship upon his 2021 graduation. MAPS Education Foundation provides scholarships to Marquette Area Public School graduates and to teacher projects providing enhanced education. Monies for the “Impact-A-Life” Scholarship were raised through sales of $5 raffle tickets. Judy Vonck, MAPS Education Foundation development chair, said, “We would like to thank the Marquette community, especially the parents of Marquette high school students for embracing our scholarship raffle. Working together we can help our students reach their future goals.” Last year MAPS Education Foundation gave over $150,000 in scholarships to 153 graduating seniors. Anyone interested in creating a scholarship in the name of a business or a loved one, or to make a one-time donation, should call the MAPS Education Foundation office at 225-4200 or visit http://mapseducationfoundation.weebly.com.

Registration open for winter Becoming an Outdoors Woman
The DNR announced that registration is open for the “Becoming an Outdoors Woman” program, which is set for Feb. 21-23, 2020, in Marquette County. It will mark the 19th annual winter BOW gathering for women, 18 and older, who are seeking an opportunity to improve their outdoor skills in a relaxed, noncompetitive atmosphere. “Registration for this popular program always fills up fast, so don’t delay,” said Michelle Zellar, BOW program coordinator in Newberry. The BOW program is sponsored by the DNR and offers instruction in two dozen different types of indoor and outdoor activities, including cross-country skiing, archery, winter camping and shelter building, ice fishing, fly tying, winter biking, wilderness first aid, wood burning, snowshoeing along with several new features, such as resource road kill and apps in the outdoors. Instructors provide basic and advanced teaching tailored to each participant’s individual ability. The program also includes special evening programs during the weekend. The $225 registration fee includes all food and lodging, as well as most equipment and supplies, except as noted in the registration materials. Scholarships are also available on a limited basis. Class information, registration materials and scholarship applications are available online to print at Michigan.gov/BOW. Payment and registration materials should be sent to the address on the registration paperwork in Newberry. For more information on the winter BOW program, contact Michelle Zellar at the DNR office in Newberry at 906-293-5131, ext. 4004, or by email at DNRBOW@Michigan.gov.

IncredibleBank donates to Start the Cycle in Marquette
During the Marquette open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony for IncredibleBank, celebrating its new name and commitment to the community, a check was presented to Start the Cycle in recognition of its dedication to building confidence and self-esteem in local at-risk youth. Start the Cycle was selected by the open house attendees, which included five different charities. Todd Nagel, president and CEO of IncredibleBank, who presented the check, said, “We are so proud of the work that Start the Cycle has done in the community and it’s fitting, and more than well-deserved, that they were the winning charity during our Marquette open house ceremony. We are committed to recognizing the outstanding efforts of charities in the communities we serve, and the hard work they do for others is truly incredible.”

Center announces critical need for blood in the U.P.
The U.P. Regional Blood Center is experiencing a critical need for B-pos, O-neg, A-pos, and A-neg blood types. The UP Regional Blood Center has collection sites in Marquette, Hancock, Escanaba, Sault Ste. Marie and Iron Mountain and is the primary supplier of blood to 13 U.P. hospitals. See the organization’s website at www.mgh.org/blood for center details and blood drive locations. The Marquette center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 8 a.m.to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays, and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays. Walk-ins are welcome. The Escanaba facility is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hours at the Hancock facility are Monday & Tuesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Thursday & Friday 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call for an appointment (906)-483-1392. In Iron Mountain, call for an appointment: (906) 774-1012.

Open houses on national forest permits announced
Gladstone, MI — Hiawatha National Forest will host two open houses to inform and assist the public regarding special use permits, which are required for a variety of activities the public may wish to conduct on national forest system lands. The open houses will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Forest Service offices in Munising (Dec. 10) and Gladstone (Dec. 12). “Our goal with these open houses is to help the public learn about the special uses program,” said Brian Hinch, a Forest Service recreation specialist who oversees recreation uses on the Hiawatha National Forest’s west zone. The Forest Service provides permits for several kinds of activities including non-commercial activities, commercial activities, recreation events, commercial photography and filming, outfitting and guiding, transportation, energy, and forest products gathering. Some of the kinds of activities covered by Forest Service special use permits: Non-Commercial Activities, Commercial Activities, Recreation Events, Recreation Residences Permits, Commercial Photography/Filming, Outfitting and Guiding, Transportation Permit, Snowplowing, Forest Products Gathering.

Public invited to comment at City Commission work session
On Monday, Dec. 16, at 4:30 p.m., the public is invited to comment on the Cliffs-Dow project. The work session will be held in the Commission Chambers. Comments may not exceed three minutes per person. Those making comments will be asked to state their name and physical address when making public comments. Cliffs-Dow Project Team consisting of, Dennis Stachewicz, Community Development Director; Richard Baron, Foley Baron, Metzger & Juip, PLLC, Special Counsel to City; Tom Anthos and Ryan Whaley, TriMedia Environmental & Engineering, will be in attendance.

U.P. Home Health & Hospice named honors recipient
U.P. Home Health & Hospice has been named a 2019 Home Health Honors recipient by HEALTHCAREfirst, a leading provider of billing and coding services, CAHPS surveys and advanced analytics. Home Health Honors is a prestigious program that recognizes home health agencies providing the highest level of quality as measured from the patient’s point of view. “We are excited to recognize the 2019 Home Health Honors recipients for their hard work and dedication to providing exceptional care,” said Misty Skinner, executive vice president of services at HEALTHCAREfirst. “I congratulate U.P. Home Health & Hospice on its success in achieving this highest of honors.” Award criteria were based on Home Health CAHPS survey results for an evaluation period of April 2018 through March 2019. Award recipients were identified by evaluating performance on a set of 19 quality indicator measures. Performance scores were aggregated from all completed surveys and were compared on a question-by-question basis to a National Performance Score calculated from all home health agencies contained in the HEALTHCAREfirst’s Home Health CAHPS database. U.P. Home Health & Hospice Executive Director Jennie Garrett-Bureau credits the agency’s longstanding leadership and clinical expertise for being named a 2019 Home Health Honors recipient. She said, “We have an amazing team here that always puts the patient first and we focus on providing the best continuity of care for our patients. These people are our friends and neighbors and we take care of them like they are.”

Bay College offers basic life support for care providers
Bay College Training & Development will be offering BLS for Healthcare Providers training on Thursday, Dec. 5, from 4 to 8 p.m. This training is designed to teach a wide variety of health care professionals how to recognize several life-threatening emergencies, instruction on how to provide CPR and properly use an automated external defibrillator (AED), and relieve choking in a timely and effective manner. This course meets the requirements of clinical facilities utilized by Bay College. Cost of the training is $75, and includes a mask and the required manual. Classes are limited to six participants. To register or view all course offerings, visit https://mytraining.baycollege.edu. For questions or more information, call (906) 217-4200.

Nature center grateful for donations for Shelldon the turtle
Thanks to the generous supporters and contributors of the “Shelldon’s New Home” GoFundMe page, Shelldon the snapping turtle is now living in his new home where people can see a comfortable and happy snapping turtle. Some of his new home features include: 400+ gallons of water, a basking area, live aquatic and land plants, and a waterfall. Donations are still being accepted. Gifts will help with future care and vet expenses, improving his dietary needs, and general maintenance needs. Visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/-shelldons-new-home to make a non-taxable donation. The MooseWood Nature Center is not-for-profit organization located on Presque Isle Park in the former Shiras Pool building. Open hours for visiting are Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. or by appointment. More information can be found at www.moosewood.org or visit us on Facebook.

Audubon Society donation, and city help repair bog walk
Thanks to a $1,500 donation from the local Audubon Society Chapter and support from the City of Marquette, the Great Lakes Conservation Corps (GLCC) was able to repair a damaged section of the bog walk adjacent to Presque Isle Park. Local contractor Mike Potts provided technical direction for the GLCC. The bog walk had become a public safety hazard due to heaving and settling but is now level and reinforced and safe to use again.

Marquette Alger Reading Council seeks book donations for Gift of Reading
The Marquette Alger Reading Council announces the continuation of the annual Gift of Reading project. The public is asked to donate new books, which will be given to families and adults at Christmastime and throughout the year. Books will also be distributed to youth service agencies, public health and dental centers, nursing homes, including the Veteran’s Center, Harbor House, Beacon House, the Women’s Center and many other locations. New books may be dropped off at the Peter White Library and Snowbound Books in Marquette as well at schools and school libraries in the two-county area. Over the years, the council has collected more than 33,000 books. The last day for donations is Dec. 4. The public can also contribute anytime by sending a check to MARC at P.O. Box 1084, Marquette, MI 49855. Call 226-7030 with any questions about the project.

Michigan among 13 states to commit to outdoor recreation principles
Outdoor recreation leaders from Maine, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico and Virginia committed to advance the principles contained in the Outdoor Recreation Industry Confluence Accords, on behalf of their governors, at a signing ceremony recently. That brings the total number of states to a historic 13, reminiscent of other revolutionary groups. The signing took place in St. George, Utah, at the Utah Outdoor Recreation Summit, a three-day gathering of local stakeholders, industry professionals and land managers. The Confluence Accords embody 12 principles contained in the four pillars of conservation and stewardship, education and workforce training, economic development, and public health and wellness. They were developed in 2018 by the Confluence of States, a bipartisan group of eight trailblazing states, to promote and advance best practices for all states to consider. “Our state is well positioned to be a leader in this new effort to support and promote the outdoor recreation economy,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said. “By partnering with a consortium of states dedicated to promoting the outdoor recreation industry, we will make sure that our work aligns with others who share our values in prioritizing conservation and stewardship, health and wellness, growing our workforce and strengthening our economy.”
Delegation observed 40 years of Marquette-Japan partnership
A delegation of 10 Marquette area residents traveled to Japan in October in observance of 40 years of friendship and cultural understanding. The partnership agreement was signed in August of 1979 during the first delegation visit led by the late Dr. Pryse Duerfeldt. Since that time, Marquette has traveled to Japan on odd numbered years, and welcomed visitors from Higashiomi on even numbered years. NMU has offered a scholarship to a Sister City student each year of the partnership. The current scholar is Ami Nakadera, whose Marquette family is Ralph and Pam Christensen. During this year’s visit, which was from Oct. 24 to Nov. 4, Paulette Lindberg was honored by the Japanese hosts with a Citizen Service Award for her tireless work with the partnership since 1981. She has made the trip 14 times and has been an advocate for the work of the Marquette Area Sister City Partnership. Lindberg was the leader of this year’s 10-person delegation which included Bothwell students Payton Bullock and Emma Hyska, Fred and Kathy Maynard, Bob and Valentyna Anderson, Randall Jensen and Maureen McDevitt, Jensen and Tomoko Inoue. Those interested in learning more about the Sister City Partnership can contact Paulette Lindberg at paulettelindberg@gmail.com or Tristan Luoma at tluoma@marquettemi.gov or visit our Marquette Area Sister City Facebook page. Also, visit the Sister City Room at the Peter White Public Library.
$12 Million added to expand Double Up Food Bucks
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow recently announced $12.5 million in new federal funding to expand Double Up Food Bucks in Michigan. The grant was funded through the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program, which Stabenow expanded and made permanent in the 2018 Farm Bill. “Double Up Food Bucks helps families in Michigan purchase more fruits and vegetables while supporting Michigan’s farmers,” said Sen. Stabenow. “This new support will help the Fair Food Network connect families in every county in Michigan with affordable, healthy food.” Michigan’s Double Up Food Bucks program is a project of the Fair Food Network that doubles the value of food assistance dollars spent on locally grown produce at farmers markets and grocery stores.

#Giving Tuesday is Tuesday, December 3
#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. This year, it will be held on Tuesday, December 3. As the Upper Peninsula’s capacity building center, Grow & Lead is coordinating an Upper Peninsula wide #GivingTuesday Community Campaign known as #give906. The campaign was developed in 2018 by a committee of local nonprofits that participate in #GivingTuesday, with the goal of encouraging residents of the U.P. and those who hold the U.P. close to their heart to consider giving to an organization in the 906 area code. Also, #GivingTuesdayKids was also recently announced. Led by 12-year-old Khloe Thompson and a team of youth ambassadors, #GivingTuesdayKids is all about encouraging young people to take action around the causes they care about most on GivingTuesday. On Dec. 3, kids all over the world will lead volunteer projects, acts of kindness, and epic givebacks, proving that everyone has the power to make change in their communities and that everyone has something to give. Learn more at https://www.givingtuesdaykids.org

Aubree’s Pizzeria & Grill to offer free Thanksgiving meals
For the 4th year in a row, Aubree’s Pizzeria & Grill in Marquette is demonstrating their charitable spirit by providing a free Thanksgiving meal to those in the Marquette community. On Thursday, Nov. 28, from 12 to 4 p.m., anyone that comes to the restaurant will receive a full Thanksgiving meal at no charge. Items on the menu include all of the traditional Thanksgiving foods – roasted turkey, stuffing, green bean casserole, candied yams, mashed potatoes and gravy, cornbread, salad, and pumpkin pie. Aubree’s Marquette owner Bryan French said, “We have had such a great response to this event over the past several years and we are so happy to be able to provide it to our community again.” All are welcome to be part of the Aubree’s family this Thanksgiving. We welcome those who are battling hunger, those who don’t have anyone with which to share the holiday, or those who simply want to celebrate with their neighbors. “Aubree’s truly believes in giving back to our community,” added French. “And we look forward to providing great food and great company this Thanksgiving.” Aubree’s Pizzeria & Grill is located at 227 W. Washington Street in Marquette. For more information, call the restaurant at 906-225-5511.

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