City Notes


February 2020
by Melissa Boniface


UPPCO urges caution around hydroelectric reservoirs
As winter settles in across the region, Upper Peninsula Power Company (UPPCO) will begin lowering water levels at its hydroelectric reservoirs in anticipation of melting snow and precipitation during the spring of 2020. UPPCO’s hydroelectric project licenses are issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and require these water level changes. UPPCO’s Silver Lake and Hoist reservoir water levels will be lowered according to FERC license requirements. Victoria Dam, Bond Falls and Lake Gogebic reservoirs will be lowered during the month of January. Prickett Dam reservoir levels will be lowered starting in February. “Water level changes can lead to unsafe ice conditions due to formation of an air gap beneath the ice,” according to Brett French, UPPCO Vice President. “Increased water flowing through the rivers may also cause the ice to deteriorate, creating unsafe ice conditions to develop. We are asking everyone to exercise caution around the hydroelectric reservoirs and nearby rivers, lakes and streams during the drawdown periods.” UPPCO’s hydroelectric reservoirs are expected to begin returning to their normal water levels during the month of April, depending on the rate of snow melt and the onset of spring.

Embers and Delta County Credit Unions merge
In December of 2019, Delta County Credit Union members voted to merge with Embers Credit Union members, creating the Upper Peninsula’s largest credit union. The merger, scheduled to be completed in May 2020, forms a credit union with over 30,000 members and banking locations in Escanaba, Marquette, Wells, Gwinn, Negaunee, Munising and Trenary. The combined organization will use the brand Embers Credit Union. Embers Credit Union remains fully committed to helping the Upper Peninsula community grow and thrive. Members will receive additional details about the merger in the coming months. For more information please contact Tom Blake at 906-228-7080 or Brenda Lippens at 906-786-7213.

Conversation on refugee resettlement at Messiah Lutheran Church
Mary Flynn, program director of Refugee and Immigrant Services at Lutheran Social Services-Milwaukee, will lead a conversation on her work welcoming and resettling immigrants and refugees to the United States on Wednesday February 5 at 6:30 pm. The program will be held in the Messiah Lutheran Church atrium, and all are welcome to attend. Messiah Lutheran Church is located at 305 W. Magnetic St., Marquette. Call 225-1119 or visit Messiah’s website at for more information.

Utility customers warned about scams
Scams where callers pretend to be from a utility company are back, according to Upper Peninsula Power Company (UPPCO). The company issued a warning to consumers this week about callers who say they are with the company and demand immediate payment, often in the form of gift cards or Bitcoin. Some calls even show up on caller ID as coming from a utility company though deliberate caller ID falsification – a deceptive practice called spoofing. “UPPCO will never require a prepaid debit card, gift card, Bitcoin or other cryptocurrency for payments,” according to Brett French, Vice President of Business Development and Communication. “We won’t use “bullying tactics” when calling customers; demand immediate payment to keep services from being turned off; collect payments at a customer’s home or business; or, ask for bank account information or credit card numbers by phone.” In addition to phone scams, customers are reminded that legitimate utility workers won’t coerce residents into letting them into their homes. “Our workers always wear a company ID and are prepared to show proper credentials upon arrival at a customer’s home or business,” said French. Customers who have given bank account information to someone they think may have been an impostor should call their bank and local police department. A complaint can be filed with the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at and the Federal Trade Commission at 877-382-4357. For more information on UPPCO’s business practices, visit

Events & Announcements

MTU awarded $240k grant to uncover mining records
Michigan Tech researchers have been awarded $240,000 to uncover, contextualize, and make widely accessible a rare collection of 40,000 employee records of the Calumet & Hecla Copper Mining Company. The research team, which consists of Sarah Scarlett, assistant professor of history, Lindsay Hiltunen, university archivist, and Allison Neely, archivist will digitize and generate descriptive information for a collection that represents the labor experience in the country’s most influential copper region. The team will create rich contextual and spatial linkages through time and space by integrating the employee records into the Keweenaw Time Traveler ( in collaboration between Michigan Technological University Archives and Geospatial Research Facility.

MSHS hosting eighth grade orientation
Marquette Senior High School is hosting an Eighth Grade Orientation to welcome students from Father Marquette, Bothwell Middle Schools and any other interested current 8th grade students from the area Wednesday, February 19, 2020 from 10:30 a.m. until 2:05 p.m. at MSHS. Busing arrangements will be provided by Marquette Area Public Schools for 8th grade students currently attending Father Marquette and Bothwell Middle Schools. The Orientation will include a MSHS campus tour, a full menu lunch in the cafeteria, an overview of freshmen classes, and an introduction to organizations, activities, and athletics. The MSHS faculty and students will serve as tour guides and class presenters. On Wednesday evening, February 19, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. all parents of eighth grade students are invited to Marquette Senior High School’s Little Theatre for a parent orientation. Topics of discussion at the parent orientation include an overview of the graduation requirements and the academic programs we provide. Information will be provided on the organizations, activities, and athletic sports available at MSHS. There will also be time dedicated to address parent questions and concerns. Please call Marquette Senior High School 225-5351 if you have any questions or wish to register a homeschool or out of district 8th grader for this Orientation. Bothwell and Father Marquette 8th grade students do not need to register for this orientation.

Big Bay Pathway hosts classic ski event
The Honey Bear Classic Ski Event will be held Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 1:00 p.m., on the scenic Big Bay Pathway located in Big Bay, MI, 25 miles north of Marquette. This family friendly event will highlight a fun ski for youth and adults, prizes, a warming fire, photos with the local Honey Bear, and the annual weenie roast. The fun ski and snowshoe trek will loop the scenic Hidden Grin trail due to local logging along the upper parts of the Big Bay Pathway. Park and register at the Honey Bear Tent located on Schenk Ave., adjacent to the Powell Township School. Participants will ski/snowshoe on the new connector trail out to the Pathway. A $15 donation is suggested for adults, $10 for teens 13-18, and $5 for kids under 12 years of age. This event helps support the grooming and maintenance of the Big Bay Pathway Ski Trails, a part of the Noquemanon Trail Network, For more information about the Big Bay Pathway and Honey Bear Event, please visit the Big Bay Pathway Facebook page.

Teal Lake Melt-Down fundraiser
Tickets are on sale for the Teal Lake Melt-Down fundraiser, benefitting the Negaunee Lions Club and the Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce. Participants can try their luck to guess the exact time the structure (mining head frame) will drop out of sight through the ice on Teal Lake. The participant who has the closest guess, down to the minute, will win 50% of net ticket proceeds or $500 (whichever is larger). One guess per ticket is allowed. In the case of a tie, the winner will be the first date of ticket sale. The 2017 winner guessed April 9 at 3 a.m., and the 2019 winner guessed April 26 at 1:07 a.m. Ticket sales will end on April 1, 2020. The winning ticket must be purchased and submitted at least two full days prior to the sinking of the head frame. Tickets can be purchased at and returned to the Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce, located at 910 U.S. Highway 41 West, Ishpeming.

Nominees sought for U.P. Choral leadership award
Every year the Marquette Choral Society considers whether and to whom to present annual Upper Peninsula Choral Leadership Awards, launched in 1991 in celebration of our then twentieth anniversary. The community is invited to submit nominations for this award, which must be submitted in writing and must show that the nominee has provided at least ten years of service to choral music in the Upper Peninsula (excellence in teaching, conducting, and/or support for quality choral music are all considered). Awards may be presented posthumously; no more than two awards per year can be granted. The deadline for nominations is February 8, 2020. Please send the nomination to: The Marquette Choral Society, c/o Marquette Choral Society Board of Directors, P.O. Box 204, Marquette, MI 49855.

City of Marquette to offer election and voter forum
In anticipation of the upcoming Presidential Primary Election, the Marquette City Clerk’s Office and the Marquette Senior Center are hosting an election and voter information forum next month. The event is scheduled to take place Feb. 13, in Room B of the Marquette Senior Center, accessed via the Spring Street entrance to Marquette City Hall. From 9 a.m. until noon, staff will be on-hand to assist in voter registration. Interested residents will also be able to receive and vote absentee ballots for the March 10 Presidential Primary and can request to be added to the City of Marquette’s Permanent Absentee Voter List. The forum is also intended to provide an informal opportunity for residents to ask questions about the election process, or to gain a better understanding of the 2020 Election Cycle, which will include elections in March, August and November.

Adopt a rescued rabbit at UPAWS
February is adopt a rescued rabbit month at the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Center. UPAWS will offer discounts on bunnies for the entire month. Rabbits make superb, bonding pets; they can live for 8-12 years. Rabbits must have socialization, proper nutrition, and exercise. For rabbits, exercise means time outside of a cage in a protected area. Rabbits dislike extreme weather. Freezing temps lead to frostbitten ears and feet (too little hair on the bottoms of their feet), and they need shade on hot or humid days in the summer. Rabbits will chew on anything and need (untreated) wood or branches to keep their continuously growing teeth a proper length. Importantly, as a prey animal, please don’t leave a rabbit alone with even the nicest predatory pets such as dogs, cats, or ferrets. Like other pets, rabbits need regular veterinary care. Come meet UPAWS’ rabbits 7 days/week, noon to 4:00 PM (until 6:30 PM on Thursdays) at 815 South State Highway M553, Gwinn; also visit UPAWS’ rabbits online at Can’t adopt right now? Please consider sponsoring a rabbit in celebration of February!

Arts & Humanities

MABS annual logo contest announced
The Marquette Area Blues Society is seeking entries for its annual logo contest for the 17th Marquette Area Blues Fest, to be held over Labor Day weekend 2020 in Marquette. Area artists, students, and blues enthusiasts are encouraged to enter. One logo will be chosen as winner, and judges’ decisions are final. All submissions must be received by February 29, 2020. For more information and/or entry forms, visit our website at and scroll down to the link marked “About”, and click on “Documentation”.

History Center presents special exhibit
The Marquette Regional History Center will present a special exhibit, Vote and Be Counted: Local Elections and the Census from January 20-June 6, 2020. 2020 is a census year, an election year and the centennial of Women’s Suffrage. Explore local political figures and movements and learn about the importance of the census in our community. An opening receptions will be held Wednesday January 29th from 5:00-7:00 p.m., talk at 5:30 p.m. by Priscilla Burnham, the League of Women Voter’s Vice President and Director of Voter Service. The opening reception is free to the public and donations are always appreciated. For more info visit or call 906.226.3571.

Artists sought for residence program at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
Applications are being accepted for the Porcupine Mountains Artist-in-Residence Program for the 2020 spring, summer and fall and 2021 winter residencies. The Artist-in-Residence Program is open to artists and artisans whose work can be influenced by the unique northern wilderness setting of Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. Located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Michigan’s largest state park encompasses 25 miles of wave-washed shores, four inland lakes, entire river systems, countless waterfalls, enchanting wooded peaks, and an escarpment, which rises slowly from the edge of Lake Superior until it plummets abruptly into the Carp River valley. The Artist-in-Residence Program offers writers, composers and all visual and performing artists an opportunity to experience the natural beauty of the park and to express it through their art form. Each year a number of artists will be selected for residencies lasting a minimum of two weeks. Artists will be given the use of a rustic cabin located on the Little Union River and, if requested, a three-night backcountry permit so that they may explore the park’s 60,000 acres of natural beauty. During their residency, artists will be asked to share their experiences with the public through demonstrations or talks. The artists are required to contribute an art piece representative of their stay. Selection will be based on artistic integrity, ability to reside in a wilderness environment, a willingness to donate a finished piece of art inspired by their stay in the Porcupine Mountains, and the artist’s ability to relate and interpret the park through their art medium. The program is open to all art forms except those that may be inconsistent with the mission of the park. Applications for the 2020 spring, summer and fall and 2021 winter residencies must be received by February 14, 2020. Selections will be announced by early April. Application materials for the Porcupine Mountains Artist-in-Residence Program can be found at the Friends of the Porkies Web page at

Travel Marquette announces first exhibit for 2020
Beginning January through February 29 inside the downtown office located at 117 W. Washington Street, Travel Marquette invites the public to visit Artventure. The first exhibitor is Catherine Brunet. Her Marquette-inspired paintings will be showcased from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Each painting is influenced by the destination’s natural beauty and four seasons. Travel Marquette is seeking Artventure submissions for local artists to have the opportunity to display their work on a monthly basis throughout 2020. All mediums of art from paintings to sculptures are considered and encouraged to submit. To learn more or apply, please visit For more information, call Travel Marquette at 906-228-7749 or email

Call for entries for North of the 45th juried art show
Entries for the North of the 45th juried art show are due March 16, 11:59 PM EST. Entries are open to residents of Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin living north of the 45th parallel plus 1 degree of this area. The idea is to represent artists residing in the Upper Midwest region. Work in all media is welcome. Work previously exhibited at the museum is not eligible. All entries must be submitted by creating an account at There is a $20 fee to submit up to 5 images; the jurors will select specific pieces for the exhibition based on these submissions. Accepted work must be delivered/shipped to the museum ready to display. (Shipped work returned at the museum’s expense.) The awards include a Jurors’ Choice award, that will be selected by the jurors, with a prize of $500; a $250 Audience Choice Award, based on votes by visitors to the exhibition; and a Permanent Collection Acquisition Award. Jury decisions will be sent via email on April 21. Artwork is due at the museum 5pm ET on June 1. The exhibition will run June 19th-August 7th, 2020, with the opening reception and jurors’ talks being held on June 19th.

History on Tap and movie screening
From birch bark canoes to giant freighters, Jack Deo will present the evolution of ships on Lake Superior, featuring the best of the Superior View Maritime Collection, at 7:00 p.m. on February 4. The Marquette Maritime Museum’s winter lecture series, Maritime History on Tap, is held the first Tuesday of the month (November-April) at 7:00 p.m. at the Ore Dock Brewing Company. $5 suggested donation at the door. Sponsored in part by grants from the WE Energies Foundation, The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Call 906-226-2006 for more information. Marquette Maritime Museum presents a special screening of the film The Lighthouse, Robert Eggers’ psychological thriller starring Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson, on Friday, February 28, at 7:00 p.m. in the Museum gallery. Tickets ($10) are limited. Call 906-226-2006 to reserve your tickets. Pre-film discussion by Kurt Fosburg, local lampist who built the Fresnel lens pedestal for the film. Kurt Fosburg will present the March 3 Maritime History on Tap at 7:00 p.m. at the Ore Dock Brewing Company on his experience working on the film.

History museum to host presentation on George Shiras
The Marquette Regional History Center will presents the Camera Hunter on Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. George Shiras III left quite a legacy on the Upper Peninsula, the world of photography, and conservation policy in America. Northern Michigan University professor and author, James McCommons, spent several years researching, traveling and writing the first biography of this important figure in the early 20th century. Camera Hunter: George Shiras III and the Birth of Wildlife Photography was released in October 2019. We invite you to hear about this beautiful book from the author’s perspective. Lecture and book signing. Visitors may also enjoy the display of John Hammer’s and George Shiras’ camera equipment on exhibit in the main gallery. $5 suggested donation. For more information visit or call 906.226.3571.

Health & Well Being

Regional blood center in critical need
The U.P. Regional Blood Center is currently experiencing a critical need for O negative, A negative, and B positive blood types. The UP Regional Blood Center has collection sites in Marquette, Hancock, Escanaba, Sault Ste. Marie and is the primary supplier of blood to 13 UP hospitals.
Please see our website at for center details and blood drive locations. The Marquette center is open from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on Wednesdays and 7 a.m. -4 p.m. on Fridays. Walk-ins welcome.

SHF makes changes to grant policies
The Superior Health Foundation, a health-centered, grant-giving organization headquartered in Marquette, has updated and made minor changes to its existing grant policies. According to Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation, the most notable changes are with smaller grants. Effective immediately, mini-grants are now “Pilot Project Grants.” Mini-grants were originally designed to provide seed funding for start-up, health-centered projects across the Upper Peninsula. In addition to that change, Equipment Grants, which were formerly housed under mini-grants, now has its own policy. These grants are designed to provide funding for health-centered, equipment needs across the U.P. Finally, Large Grants will now be called Spring Grants and Fall Grants. Formed on Sept. 1, 2012, the Superior Health Foundation began awarding grants in the spring of 2014. Since its inception, it has awarded more than $2.7 million in grants to organizations across the U.P. Language for the new policies are on the SHF website ( under the Grants tab. A power-point presentation, which details the types of grants offered and offers tips for applying for grants, was shared with a group of non-profit leaders on Thursday, Jan. 9. To view it, visit the SHF website. Those with questions regarding the grant changes are encouraged to contact Grant Coordinator Laura Jarvi at 225-4763 or by email at

West End Health Foundation grants information session
The West End Health Foundation invites representatives of non-profit organizations to attend an informational session about the recently revised grant process on Monday, February 10, 2020. The first session is scheduled for 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The second session is scheduled from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Both sessions will be held in Room 101 of UPHS Bell Hospital. These sessions will describe changes being made to the Foundation’s grants programs, application process, deadlines, reports and fund distribution. Registration for either of the two sessions is requested. For additional information or to register for the session please contact Foundation Manager Pam Christensen at or (906) 204-7410.

‘Beating the Winter Blues’ health fair to be held
West End Suicide Prevention will be hosting an inaugural ‘Beating the Winter Blues’ Health Fair on February 2nd from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Ishpeming Armory. The ‘Beating the Winter Blues’ Health Fair is free for all community members. Many local agencies will have informational booths and will be ready to answer questions about the services they offer. There will also be many activities to take part in. MARESA will have their Blender Bikes, the Ishpeming Police Department will have Prescription Drug Take Back, there will be Blood Glucose and Blood Pressure Screenings and much more. The first 800 people under the age of 18 will receive a LIVE drawstring pack. There will be door prizes at the event, including certificates for massages, VIP tickets to the Grace Festival, a Teen Essential Kit, NUTRiBULLET Balance and more. There will also be a football themed game for kids. Participants will have the opportunity to pick the team they think will win the Super Bowl for a chance to win gift certificates for local restaurants. If you would like more information, please email or call Amy Poirier at (906) 523-9688.

Women’s health expo to be held in March
U.P. Home Health & Hospice and Upper Peninsula Health Plan are proud to announce their partnership to present the Marquette County Women’s Health Expo on Saturday, March 7, 2020. The Expo will be held at Westwood High School (Ishpeming, MI) and run from 9:00am-2:00pm. This free event will include educational presentations by various experts including physicians, physical therapists, and social workers. Topics will include the differences between diabetes and pre-diabetes, self-care, women’s health, preventative health, physical therapy for women’s issues, dental health and more. Health screenings will be available including blood pressure and glucose, health-centered vendors will be there providing information to attendees. The day will also include a ‘pampering station’ for manicures and chair massages. While the event is free and open to the public, pre-registration is highly encouraged. For those that pre-register by March 1, they will be guaranteed a box lunch, a ‘gift bag’ at registration, and a chance to win an iPad. “Women’s health is such an important topic for our community that we wanted to invest in it, particularly by providing some educational opportunities and access to resources,” stated Jennie Garrett-Bureau, Executive Director/Administrator of U.P. Home Health & Hospice. “We want to be able to help women identify the various services available to them in Marquette County and, while we’re at it, provide a nice day to focus on themselves. We are so thankful for the Upper Peninsula Health Plan in partnering with us to bring this event to our friends and neighbors.” For more information on the Women’s Health Expo or to register, please visit

Environment & Outdoors

Select U.P. streams see decrease in daily trout limit
An experimental regulation that allowed for 33 streams in the Upper Peninsula to have a 10-fish daily possession limit for brook trout is no longer in effect. During its regular meeting today in Lansing, the Michigan Natural Resources Commission voted to return the five-fish daily limit to those streams, effectively immediately. The regulation expired Oct. 1, 2019, and the commission then voted in November to extend it. Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologists had recommended against re-instituting the 10-brook trout daily possession limit on the select streams because of concerns based on biological and social science. The newly approved regulation means all Type 1 streams, which are designated trout streams, in the Upper Peninsula are back to having a five-fish daily possession limit for brook trout. The streams with previously higher daily possession limit represented about 8% of the total mileage for Type 1 streams in the U.P. The 2020 season on Type 1 trout streams will open April 25. For more information on Michigan’s fishing regulations, check out the 2019 Michigan Fishing Guide at

Fifteenth annual trappers workshop to be held
Members of U.P. Trappers (District 3) will once again be hosting its annual “Beginning Trappers Workshop” on February 1, 2020. This event will take place from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (all times CT) at the Community Center in Hermansville, MI. Although this event is geared toward youngsters, anyone interested in the outdoors is welcome. Admission is free and lunch is available for purchase. There will be fur handling instruction on mink, muskrat and raccoon by Nathan Belanger; a mink, muskrat and raccoon trapping session by Clint Seawright; and a weasel trapping demo by Jim Fornetti. Longtime attendee of this event, Scott Burton of Burtons Lures will be selling his wide variety of trapping supplies and Clint Seawright of Skunk Creek Trapping Supplies will also have a large selection of trapping gear for sale. Seawright will also be buying furs at the event. All presenters will be happy to answer questions and interact with the audience. Many veteran trappers in attendance will be willing to share tips, advice or trapping stories with attendees. All members of District 3 share the common goal of getting kids involved in outdoor activities. Roy Dahlgren (President of U.P. Trappers Dist. 3) states: All presenters and other participants will not only give advice on capture, but also will stress the importance of some vital issues which can occur on the trapline. The group wants all who trap to set traps safely and legally; use proper trap selection; avoid catching non-target animals and practice good sportsmanship – as we trappers share the forest with other outdoor enthusiasts. Each young trapper will receive a guaranteed door prize. Youngsters 11 years old and under will receive a free trapping startup kit including a trap, lure, stretcher, weasel box, etc. Raccoon lure and a brand-new coon trap will be given to those 12 years old and up. There will be free literature and a fur identification game at the front desk. Information on the next Trapper Education program will be available. For more information visit or contact event coordinator Mike Lewis at 906-774-3592 or

People on the Move

Richer selected for residency at Howard Hughes
Dr. Renee Richer, Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay Marinette campus was one of 20 distinguished Professors from across the nation selected to attend a recent fully-funded residency held at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Chevy Chase, MD. The emphasis of the seminar was to transform faculty mindsets in the direction of equity-based education. The goal was to assist faculty in developing knowledge and requisite skills to implement inclusive teaching practices. Faculty instruction centered on making classes more inclusive, thereby improving outcomes for minority, marginalized or economically disadvantaged groups. Participants explored how students’ identities and backgrounds intersect with their experiences in Higher Ed in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineer and Mathematics) and considers their role in creating inclusive and equitable learning environments. “The experience has been amazing. I’ve learned so much about my own teaching and how any subtle bias may impact students. I will be implementing a range of new strategies including utilizing open access educational resources to decrease costs for students.” said Dr. Richer, “I am very excited about sharing this knowledge with my colleagues in Marinette and revising my classroom practices to enhance student learning.” Dr. Richer received her BA in Biology from the University of Chicago, and her PhD in Biology from Harvard University in 2004. She joined the University of Wisconsin Green Bay, Marinette campus in August 2014. She is 1990 graduate of Gladstone High School.

Azzarello joins UGL health center
Cathy Azzarello, MD, has joined the team of Pediatric providers at Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center (UGL) in Hancock. Dr. Azzarello is a board-certified pediatrician and neonatologist new to Hancock, MI. She has been a practicing clinician since she completed her schooling in 1998. Dr. Azzarello received her Bachelor of Science Degrees in Chemistry and Biology from Eureka College in Eureka, IL. She then completed medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI, in 1992, her pediatric residency training at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in 1995, and her fellowship training in neonatology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, in 1998. As a native of Wisconsin, she found her way back when she moved to Neenah, WI, in 2008 where she worked with premature and complex newborns. Her clinical focus is the care of chronic childhood medical conditions. As a neonatologist and pediatrician, she has cared for many children with complex and rare disorders. She enjoys having a relationship with the family and understanding subtle changes in the child’s status as it can make a huge difference for their well-being. Dr. Azzarello is a Fellow of the American Academy of .Pediatrics (AAP) and has participated in advocating for children through the AAP. Her professional interest is identifying disparities in receiving health care and advocating for food-insecure families. “The reduction of healthcare disparities is a very complex responsibility but taking steps at a local level is a way we can all participate,” says Azzarello, “Reducing the burden of food insecurity for families provides improved nutrition, but also relieves the hard choices some parents need to make for their families.”

In the January issue of Marquette Monthly, At The Table author Katherine Larson announced that she will be a guest chef again this year for two special meals at the Zephyr Wine Bar and Cafe in Marquette in February. The dates for the dinners have changed and are now scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 9, and Monday, Feb. 10. The chef’s share of proceeds will be donated to the International Rescue Committee. Reservations can be made by calling (906) 225-5470.

Also, for those seeking information about the interactive exhibit featuring works by members of the Marquette Poets Circle and artists of Borderlands Arts, the correct telephone number is (517) 410-3368. Works from poets Matt Maki and Jesse Koenig will be included in the exhibit in addition to the poets who were listed in the article. The exhibit, titled “Words & Music, Borderland Arts Meets Marquette Poets Circle: an Interactive Display,” will be available from Tuesday, Feb. 4, to Friday, March 27, at Bay College West Campus in Iron Mountain.

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