July 2019 issue

Feeding America food-bank rescheduled
The Feeding America food distribution will be held Thursday, July 11, at the North Iron Church located on US Highway 41 in Ishpeming from 9-10:30 a.m. This will be a drive through distribution. After receiving food, all vehicles must exit via the east side of the parking lot onto Malton Road. In case of rain, sign-up will be inside the building. A truck with boxes of food will be at the site for people without a vehicle at 9:30 a.m. in the Ishpeming VFW parking lot. Anyone who would like more information about this event can contact Ann Trudell at (906) 486-8080.

State revises its policy on donated formula
In response to stakeholder feedback, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Service (MDHHS) sought and has received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to revise its policy on donation of unused, returned formula. The revised policy, effective May 31, allows Women, Infants and Children (WIC) agencies to donate unused, returned formula to a local non-profit organization or continue to discard. Due to USDA restrictions, the policy does not allow unused, returned formula to be reissued to WIC clients. In February 2019, MDHHS implemented a policy revision that disallowed both re-issuance of unused, returned formula to WIC clients and donation of formula to food pantries or shelters. That revision came after guidance from USDA. “Stakeholders expressed valid concerns over this change and MDHHS began consulting with the USDA about revising the policy,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, MDHHS chief medical executive and chief deputy director for health. “The new policy complies with USDA regulations, acknowledges stakeholder concerns and responds to the significant challenges and access barriers our families face.”

UPPCO announces lower rates
Upper Peninsula Power Company (UPPCO) announced the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) approved the settlement in its rate case. This settlement adjusts the rates charged to all customers to reflect the cost of service, returns the full benefit of the Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, captures cost reductions achieved by UPPCO for energy purchases, recovers investments made in the Smart Energy advanced metering infrastructure project and increases the cap for customer-owned distributed generation to 2%. “It was encouraging that all eight parties in the case were able to reach settlement,” said Jim Larsen, UPPCO’s Chief Executive Officer. “Overall, UPPCO has reduced rates for residential customers by 12% and Industrial customers by 33% since the last rate case, 3 years ago. This case consolidates many of those savings and simplifies the rates being charged by the Company.” “As a state-regulated utility, the company routinely submits regulatory filings to the MPSC to comply with Michigan’s laws and regulations,” said Brett French, UPPCO’s vice-president of Business Development and Communications.

Free, reduced lunch offered in some schools
Four U.P school districts have been selected for a program that provides food benefits during the summer for any child who received free or reduced-price school lunches. The Eastern Upper Peninsula School DIstrict, Gogebic-Ontonagon Intermediate School District, the Marquette Alger Educational Service agency, and the Copper Country Intermediate School district will offer this program. This program receives a U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded grant that provides food to students eligible for free or reduced-price school meals within select public school districts during the summer months. Summer 2019 will be the eighth year of the program in Michigan. One-hundred percent of families surveyed in 2018 said they would use the program again if it was made available. Throughout the state, over 56,000 students will receive the benefits this year. Those who would like more information on the summer program can visit, or call 888-265-3291.

West Nile virus case reported in Michigan
The first West Nile virus activity for Michigan in 2019 has been confirmed in mosquitoes recently collected in Saginaw and Oakland counties and a Canada goose in Kalamazoo County. Residents are reminded that the best way to protect against West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses is to prevent mosquito bites. People who work in outdoor occupations or like to spend time outdoors are at increased risk for West Nile virus infection from mosquito bites. Adults 60 years old and older have the highest risk of severe illness caused by West Nile virus. Symptoms of West Nile virus include a high fever, confusion, muscles weakness and a severe headache. More serious complications include neurological illnesses, such as meningitis and encephalitis. Last year, there were 104 serious illnesses and nine deaths related to West Nile virus in Michigan.“It only takes one bite from an infected mosquito to cause a severe illness, so take extra care during peak mosquito-biting hours, which are dusk and dawn,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, MDHHS chief medical executive and chief deputy director for health. “We urge Michiganders to take precautions such as using insect repellant wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors during those time periods.” Anyone who would like more information about West Nile Virus can visit or

Free quit-smoking aids available through state program
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) can help with free nicotine patches, gum or lozenges through Sept. 30. Up to eight weeks of free nicotine patches, gum or lozenges are available to Michigan residents who call the Quitline at 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669). The offer is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Tips From Former Smokers® campaigns featuring real people who are living with the effects of smoking-related diseases and secondhand smoke exposure. Enrollment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Tobacco users interested in quitting are urged to call 800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669) or to visit for free help quitting and to view the personal stories from the campaign. More information can be found by calling 800-QUIT-NOW or by visiting

Sawyer announces additional summer flights
Sawyer International Airport in Marquette County announce an additional flight to Chicago from Sawyer International Airport (SAW), effective June 6. The schedule will begin with American Airlines adding a second flight to Chicago in the afternoon. SAW will continue the daily flight to Minneapolis – St. Paul (MSP) through SkyWest Airlines (operating as Delta Air) and two flights to Detroit (DTW), as well as two non-stop flights to Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) on American Airlines. “We are excited to announce this additional flight to our schedule for summer travelers.” said Jody Lindberg, marketing and development manager with Sawyer International Airport. More information about Sawyer flight schedules can be found at

Marquette City Band announces July lineup
The Marquette City Band will host three concerts in July. All concerts are free of charge, but donations are accepted. On July, 4, from 6-7:30 p.m, the band will present “Happy Birthday, America”, a show full of marches and patriotic music at Mattson Lower Harbor park in Marquette. “Musical Adventures”, a children’s concert, will take place on Thursday, July 11 from 7:30-8:30 p.m at the Presque Isle Band Shell. All member of the public, especially children, are invited to attend. After the concert, there will be free ice-cream for the kids. The convert will take place at Messiah Lutheran Church in case of inclement weather. “Brass Extravganza” will take place on Thursday, July 25, from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the Presque Isle Band Shell. The concert will showcase the City Band’s brass section. The City Band invites fans to like their Facebook Page for last minute updates on concert locations and more information.

Marquette Music Hall of Fame accepting nominations
Marquette Music Scene is pleased to announce open nominations for the 2019 Induction Class to the Marquette Music Scene Hall of Fame. Anyone may submit a nomination. Nominees must be either born, raised or founded (in the case of entities) in Marquette County, resided in Marquette County for a significant portion of their career, or made a significant mark on Marquette County during their career. They may represent any music genre and be associated with any music related vocation from any era in Marquette County’s history. A nominee can be an individual, group, large ensemble, institution, event or venue. Nominees will be considered and voted on by the Marquette Music Scene Hall of Fame Selection Committee which is comprised of local music professionals, historians, educators, and previous inductees. A total of 12 individuals/groups/institutions, one venue, one music store, and one current venue owner/operator (Music Mafia), will be inducted. The MMS “Rising Star” will also be awarded to a group formed in the last five years that is making their mark on the current Marquette Music Scene. This year’s open nomination period will run through Labor Day/Marquette Area Bluesfest. The preferred nomination method is online at Physical nominations forms can be picked up and returned to the MMS Office/Cindy Engle on the lower level of the Masonic Square Mall. “It’s been a couple years since the founding of the Hall and we’re really looking to get the community more involved in the process. We’re only a few, and though our knowledge of Marquette County music history is vast, it’s far from complete. We’re really hoping with this years nomination process we end up feeling a bit overwhelmed with the number of nominations”, says board member Andrew “Bear” Tyler. The 2019 Marquette Music Scene Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Saturday, November 30, at the Upper Peninsula Masonic Center’s Red Room in Marquette. The Marquette Music Scene Hall of Fame was founded in 2017 to celebrate the unique and prolific music history of Marquette County. Past inductees include musicians, behind the scenes crew, promoters, managers and more including Chuch Magee (The Rolling Stones), Da Yoopers, Les Ross Sr, Bill Etten, Snuffy’s Saloon and more.

Red Jacket Jamboree pays homage to moon landing
The upcoming performance of The Red Jacket Jamboree, an old-time radio variety show, will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing and Michigan’s most valuable resource- its water! The show will be recorded in front of a live audience on Thursday, July 18, at 7 p.m in the historic Calumet Theatre in Calumet, the village formerly known as Red Jacket. The public is invited to attend. Guest performers: singer-songwriter Jen Sygit and storyteller Pete Griffin join the RJJ cast to help share and interpret the history and culture of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Lansing based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jen Sygit has four solo albums under her belt with her latest release “It’s About Time.” Sometimes traditional, sometimes contemporary, always with a raw honesty “It’s About Time” is a sonic journey through the landscape of Americana music. Produced by Sygit’s long time friend and collaborator Dominic John Davis and featuring guest appearances from Luther Dickinson, Colin Linden and The McCrary Sisters, “It’s About Time” reveals a depth and maturity to Sygit’s ability as both songwriter and performer. Pete Griffin returns to The Red Jacket Jamboree for his third appearance. Nicknamed the Storytelling Ranger, Pete Griffin has been sharing his stories with thousands of people across the continental U.S. and Alaska. Pete grew up in Cedarville, Michigan before moving to Alaska in 1992. He worked for the US Forest Service as a wildlife biologist and District Ranger until his 2010 retirement. Described as the “Storytelling Ranger,” he’s been telling personal stories about life that incorporate natural history, leadership, and learning for years. He’s been a storyteller on board Disney and Princess cruise ships, and at libraries, schools, and museums between Alaska, Hawaii, and Michigan. Pete is a member of the National Storytelling Network and was selected as one of the Showcase Performers at the 2017 National Storytelling Conference. The Red Jacket Jamboree is produced by Real People Media, a nonprofit helping people share their stories through the literary, visual, performing and media arts. The 2018/2019 season is sponsored by Copper Country Preservation. Hosted by Lena Dorey, the show features Martin Achatz, Poet Laureate of the U.P., the Red Jacket Actors and instrumental arrangements by the Copper Cats, under the direction of Jerry Ounce on guitar, Bill Carrothers on piano, Harry South on bass and Zach Ott on percussion. The family show is both educational and entertaining. Free admission for Students 17 and under when accompanied by an adult. The audience is asked to be in their seats 5 minutes before the show.

Canal Rock in Hancock kicks off summer concerts
Hancock’s Porvoo Park summer concert series kicked off in June, offering live music in the park every Friday throughout the summer. The event runs through mid-August, from 6-9 p.m. Artists and crafters are welcome to sell items in the park during the shows. Those who would like more information, including a schedule of events, can visit

Northern Sun Winery hosts summer concerts
Now in its fourth season, the popular ”Funday Sunday” concert series returns to the grounds of the Northern Sky Winery in Bark River. This year’s concerts on the vineyard will include shows by local and travelling musicians. Concerts begin at 4 p.m. and will proceed rain or shine. Early arrivals can spread blankets or set up their lawn chairs to enjoy the winery’s specialty wines from the tasting room or under the pergola overlooking the vineyard’s rolling hills. A free vineyard and wine cellar tour begins at 3 p.m. prior to each afternoon concert. Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic lunch (no alcoholic beverage carry-ins permitted). Nonprofit organizations co-hosting the concerts and benefitting from proceeds include Clear Lake Education Center (June 16), the Delta County United Way Imagination Library program (July 21) and Delta County Nonmotorized Trails (August 18). Tickets are $10 in advance, available at Northern Sun and the Delta County Chamber of Commerce in Escanaba and from representatives of the co-hosting organizations. Purchased at vineyard on day of concert, tickets are $15. Those who would like more information can contact Northern Sun at 906.399.9212 or visit

Children’s art workshops offered at Maritime Museum
The Marquette Maritime Museum and Liberty Children’s Art Project presents three free days of art and local maritime history workshops. The first will be held on Monday, July 8, from 1-3pm. The workshop is for ages 8-12 and has a theme of “Stormy Seas and Skies: Mixed Media on Sandpaper.” The second will be offered on Monday, July 15, 1-3pm. This workshop, for ages 12 to 18, has the theme “Underwater Lake Superior: 3D Shadow boxes. The third will be held Monday, July 29, 1-3pm. Intended for ages 8 to12, the workshop theme is “The Sea of the Ojibwe: Sandpainting inspired by Ojibwe artist Norvel Morrisseau.” Registration is required for these free workshops in person at the Marquette Maritime Museum, 300 N. Lakeshore Blvd. in Marquette, or by calling the museum at 906-226-2006 or by email at This project is sponsored by the Breakfast Rotary of Marquette.

Liberty Children’s Art workshops offered in Big Bay
The Liberty Children’s Art project is offering two workshops for kids Monday, July 22 through Friday, July 26, at the Powell Township school art garage in Big Bay. “Think Like an Artist” will offer printmaking, painting, mural creation, and other skills. Classes for this workshop are designed for children in grades 1-4. Older students (grades 5-9) can sign up for “Just Clay: Throwing on the Potter’s Wheel.” These classes are free of charge to Powell Township children but open to all children in the area ($25/week, $5 for one-day workshop) thanks to the generous support of Powell Township School, Marquette Breakfast Rotary and the Hirvonen Foundation for sponsoring the camp this year. Participants can register at Powell Township School (345-9355), or with LCAP director, Carol Phillips at 228-3956 or by e-mailing

Travel Marquette hosts rotating art exhibit
Travel Marquette invites the public to visit its new exhibit inside the downtown office space located in the Kaufman Building, next to Flagstar Bank. For the summer months of July and August 2019, “Artventure Home” will feature locally handmade furniture pieces, lamps, mirrors and more. Available space will accommodate large items such as a bed, futon, table, dresser, and smaller pieces like end tables, lamps, stools, mirrors and shelving. Come and explore what local artists are making for your Home – and for your family to enjoy for years to come. Open 9:00am-5:00pm weekdays, Travel Marquette encourages local artists to apply for the opportunity to display their work on a monthly basis. Anyone looking for more information can call Travel Marquette at 906-228-7749 or email

Call for postcard art for Eagle Harbor Museum
For many years, the Eagle Harbor General Store Museum served as the area’s post office. In celebration of the many years that Postmaster Claire Smith read (and perhaps commented on) local mail, the store is hosting a post-card art show. Mail art has been a creative phenomenon for over a century and the Eagle Harbor General Store is excited to see what works come from this call for entries. Those interested in enteringshould create a unique postcard and send it to: 181 W. North Eagle Harbor, MI 49950. Participants must include an e-mail address on the card so that organizers can keep them informed about the show. All entries will be displayed and incorporated into the Store’s eclectic collection as they arrive. Historical mail-art pieces will also be included in the show. The exhibit officially opens with the Who Dat Brass from Marquette playing on the porch on July 6th. Postcards must be postmarked by August 31, and the show will remain on view till October 12. All postcards will remain the property of the Eagle Harbor General Store Museum. All postcards may be used on social media and reproduced in a future publication. Prizes and acknowledgements will be awarded by our two distinguished judges, Dana Friis-Hansen and Mark Holtzbach, both avid senders of postcards.

Community Foundation celebrates grant recipients
The Community Foundation presented several Upper Peninsula organizations with grants at a ceremony in the beginning of June at the Presque Isle Park pavilion in Marquette. The Foundation awarded over $60,000 to various nonprofits, including: The Iron Ore Heritage Recreation Authority ($2,000), Jacobetti Home for Veterans ($1,000), Gwinn Cub Scout Pack 333 ($500), FIRST robotics ($300), Negaunee Public Schools ($500), and Negaunee Senior Center renovation ($700). Sixty-two grants were handed out in total, out of 101 applications. The grant money comes from a variety of donor gifts and local investments.
Anyone who would like more information about grant recipients can visit the foundation’s website:

Luxury waterfront community, One Marquette Place, opens
One Marquette Place recently celebrated its opening day with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house. This newest luxury community comes with a waterfront location, at the edge of downtown Marquette. It features studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments. Some of the amenities include a beautiful view of Lake Superior, a rooftop patio with a fire-pit and grill, first floor lounge and patio, heated garage parking, and a fitness room. One Marquette place is located at 401 S. Lakeshore Boulevard. Their office hours are Monday-Friday from 8-4 p.m., or by appointment.

Medical care facility celebrates new additions
The Marquette County Medical Care Facility recently opened the doors of its new state-of-the-art rehabilitation wing with 12 beds. The facility hosted an open house and included a tour of the facility’s renovations to its two, 15-bed Alzheimer’s care neighborhoods. The center also has private and semi-private rooms for up to nighty-eight residents requiring long-term care. Anyone who would like more information about the renovations can visit or call (906) 485-1061.

Public Defender’s office opens in Marquette
The new Marquette County Public Defender’s Office opened earlier this year, with help from The Lake Superior Community Partnership. The office was created in 2018 with a grant from the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission to provide Marquette citizens with the best legal representation for its indigent criminal defendants. Any person charged with a crime in Marquette County has the option to retain their own private attorney, or they may utilize one of the attorneys from the Marquette County Public Defender’s office. The office represents Marquette County residents in both District and Circuit Court and with both misdemeanors and felonies. The Marquette County Public Defender’s office is located at 228 West Washington Street, Suite 3 in Marquette. They are open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Those who would like more information can visit or call (906) 226-4370.

Coffee and gift shop open, raise funds for Beacon House
Recently, two new shops, “Gift Well” and “Coffee for a Cause” have opened for business in the new UP Health System- Marquette hospital. Both entities are affiliated with Beacon House and all proceeds will be used to build the new Steve Mariucci Family Beacon House. The shops have become an instant success with the hospital staff since opening last week. “We love having the opportunity to serve the hospital staff as well as patients and families at the hospital,” said Mary Dowling, CEO of the Hospitality House of the Upper Peninsula. “Everyone needs a place to refresh, and these two shops are designed to do just that.” Amy Denman, manager of Coffee for a Cause, is elated by the new location because of its high-profile corridor. “It’s been a huge success since day one. We’re so proud of our baristas for the constant hustle to make everything from caramel macchiatos to iced cappuccinos. We are also delighted to feature local pastries and snacks from Huron Mountain, Babycakes and Towners and provide a variety of choices for break-time refreshments.” In the gift shop, manager Patricia Wolff has created a blend of whimsical, practical and inspirational items for both the décor and merchandise offerings. “We love featuring Michigan products as well as U.P.-crafted items. Our fun and affordable clothing has been flying off the racks as well. We couldn’t be more delighted by our location and how easily accessible we are for both hospital staff and patients’ families, right on the main corridor. The public is invited to stop in and view our unique offerings, too! We’re so easy to find now!”

St. Michael’s announces logo contest winner
St. Michael Catholic Parish in Marquette recently held a new logo design contest. The winner is local artist, Joe Lawry. Art is a hobby Lawry has enjoyed his whole life. It is a pastime that his parents encouraged. He has been drawing since he first picked up a pencil, and his earliest experience with computer art was using Microsoft Paint on Windows 95. From there, he’s progressed to Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, and Cinema 4D. Lawry is a 22-year-old Northern Michigan University student and a lifelong member of Saint Michael Parish. At NMU, he is a junior, studying art and design.

Sainthood cause for Escanaba man receives support
The Catholic Church may one day declare a former Escanaba resident a saint. The Cause for Canonization for Irving C. Houle, who died in January 2009, recently received unanimous support from the U.S. Catholic bishops at their spring meeting in Baltimore. The cause, a formal, extensive argument that outlines the rationale for a person to be considered for sainthood, will now head to the Vatican. Dr. Andrea Ambrosi, a widely regarded expert in the sainthood process, will now continue Houle’s cause from his office in Rome. As “postulator” Ambrosi will coordinate and continue readying the cause to present to the Vatican’s saint-making assembly known as the Congregation of Saints. Houle was described as a quiet, ordinary gentleman who prayed daily and lived a simple life of holiness. In 1993, when he was retired, Houle said he began experiencing visions and intense pain. He said he realized he was being called to minister to others through prayer. Shortly thereafter, he reportedly received the stigmata, the wounds of the crucified Christ, which lasted until his death. Though an introvert, Houle said he felt compelled to accept the calling, which led to him traveling across the country praying with audiences large and small. Houle said he would never accept payment for his ministry. Immediately after the U.S. bishops voted to support Houle’s cause, Bishop John Doerfler, who heads the Catholic Diocese of Marquette, issued the following statement on June 12: “It is an occasion of great joy in the Diocese of Marquette to receive the (unanimous) support of the U.S. bishops in the canonical consultation on the cause for canonization of Irving C. “Francis” Houle. This is an early step in the cause for sainthood of a man who is an example of holiness for the ordinary guy. Houle’s wife described him to me as “a wonderful husband and father.” He was “the guy next door” and a holy man in the words of his pastor. An athlete, veteran, husband and father, 4th degree Knight of Columbus, and diligent worker in retail and manufacturing, Houle illustrates living a life of faith and holiness from family to the workplace. In addition, Houle’s humility and self-sacrifice for his family, and the healing of others through his ministry of prayer are noteworthy. The extraordinary gifts of healing and the stigmata are further illustrations of how God chooses the lowly and humble as his instruments.”
More information can be found by visiting the Association for the Cause of Sainthood for Irving “Francis” Houle Facebook page. Also, The U.P. Catholic newspaper published multiple articles about Houle in its Dec. 21, 2018 issue that can be found at

Enbridge donates to “bike playground”
The 906 Adventure team was recently featured on Enbridge’s website in an article that focused on Enbridge’s 2018 donation to a new bike playground in Marquette County. 906 Adventure Team is a Marquette-based youth oriented bike club that focuses on welcoming young riders and their families into the cycling community. Over 300 riders participate in various rides and events throughout the year. Last year, Enbridge donated $10,000 toward the building of a “bike playground,” where riders can practice skills that they will need on more difficult trail rides. According to Enbridge’s article, “bridges, dirt, rollers, and wooden structures will populate a 1.5 acre property in the heart of Marquette County, where riders can prepare for their next excursion”. Those interested in reading the complete article, or in learning more about the 906 adventure team, can find more information at

Bark River winery wins awards at wine competition
Northern Sun Winery has won another Gold Medal in international competition. Winery owners Dave and Susie Anthony say they compete in the big competitions to prove a point. Many in the wine industry have not taken wine grown in the Upper Peninsula seriously. Repeated wins in serious international competition by Northern Sun are changing that perception. The Gold came for its popular white wine, Brianna, at the Indy International Wine Competition in May. “We have academic and industry folks stopping by from time to time to see if we are for real. It appears that the message is getting through,” says Susie Anthony, Northern Sun’s business manager. The secrets to Northern Sun wines are Location and TLC (tender loving care). In Delta County’s “Banana Belt” – an area known for its micro-climate – the vineyard sits on property with significant elevation for the county. The vineyard also benefits from a slight southern inclining slope, exposing the fruit to more direct sun. “There is the taste of ‘U.P. Summer’ in each bottle,” says winemaker Dave Anthony. “We ‘grow’ wine in the traditional manner. We don’t use any tricks like importing juice or outside wine and put our label on it as some do. What goes into every bottle of Northern Sun red or white wine was grown in our vineyard? That’s something that very few winemakers in our region can claim,” he said proudly. “We are the real things! Locally grown, estate wine!” In addition to Gold recognition for Northern Sun’s Brianna, two other popular wines from the Bark River winery were awarded at Indy; 2017 Rhubarb received a Silver Medal and 2017 Marquette was tapped for a Bronze Medal. The competition was judged by winegrowers and winemakers, wine writers, chefs and sommeliers, wine distributors, retailers, consumers and academics in the wine research field.

Peter White Public Library celebrates renovations
Marquette’s Peter White Library is excited to show off the results of a $4.2 million dollar capital improvement project, approved by voters in November 2017. The funds paid for much-need renovations and updates for spaces, services and technologies at the library. “I’m proud of all the library staff. I know it was difficult to keep the library running throughout construction but they made it look easy,” said Peter White Public Library Board President Anne Donohue. Integrated Designs, Inc. played an integral role in helping design spaces for the project and Closner Construction did an excellent job overseeing the project from April 2018 until June 2019. Crews repaired a large crack on the historic 1904 building façade and foundation, as well as repairing the roof, resealing the windows, and installed a new chiller. The original Front Street stairs were also rebuilt after inspections revealed structure failure. Youth Services was completely renovated, adding more space to accommodate a new programming room and new Tween Area. The Main Level was renovated to allow for easier access to collections, make the Friends of the Peter White Public Library Bookstore easier to find, and create a vending/eating area for library visitors. Retired Librarians started a fundraising campaign to add a new Reference Desk on the Upper Level. The group raised over $14,000 toward the desk project. Three new group study rooms were built on the Upper Level, as well as a new Local History Research Room. “I really liked walking up the stairs to the Upper Level and looking over the new Reference Desk at the view of Lake Superior and this beautiful city,” Donahue said. Carpet was replaced throughout the building, along with lighting fixtures, wiring, and technology upgrades. Other updates include: a new book drop installed inside the parking lot entrance doors, installation of optional self-check machines for families on the Lower Level and Main Level, a complete overhaul of the library elevator, new soft-seating on every level, and a reception/gathering area on outside the Community Room, Youth Services and MACC. The Peter White Public Library serves the City of Marquette and five surrounding contracted townships, totaling 36,000 people.

Festival poster contest winner named
The Marquette Downtown Development Authority is pleased to announce Sabrina Stanley with her poster “Berry Happy Puppy” as the winner of this year’s Blueberry Festival Poster Contest. Sabrina, originally from Marquette, Michigan, is 19 years old. She currently is attending Northern Michigan University pursuing a degree in in Elementary Special Education and a minor in Deaf Studies. In her spare time she works at Sayklly’s the Candy Store and during the summer she also work at the SOS summer day camp at Redeemer Lutheran Church. Sabrina was inspired to create this artwork by her adopted dog, Snickers. “My family adopted her (Snickers) from UPAWS 3 years ago. She has one eye so it looks like she’s permanently winking, which fits her personality. She is very goofy and she makes the best faces so I knew she’d make a great subject for the poster,” says Sabrina. Sabrina’s poster will be utilized as the official poster for the 18th annual Blueberry Festival in Downtown Marquette on July 26 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Marquette Blueberry Festival will feature a combination of traditional sidewalk sales, artists and crafters, food vendors, family activities, and live musical acts set in the streets of Downtown Marquette. The popular Blueberry Festival Youth Talent Show sponsored by the Lake Superior Youth Theatre will also return to complement the festivities. For more information, contact the DDA office at (906) 228-9475 or email Tara Laase-McKinney at

Health Foundation accepting applications
The Superior Health Foundation is now accepting large grant applications for the fall grant cycle. SHF will award more than $498,000 in health-centered grant funding this fall, with more than two-thirds of that amount directed to medical transportation issues in the Upper Peninsula. Applications for medical transportation will be accepted later this summer. SHF has secured $50,000 in matching funding from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Michigan and $25,000 ($50,000 over two years) from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund. SHF will award more than $82,000 in large grant funding. SHF will also address medical transportation issues for its proactive grant giving in 2020. In 2018, SHF awarded $306,523.35, including $50,000 in matching support from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Michigan, to address substance use issues in the Upper Peninsula. With additional large grant, indigent care and mini-grant funding, SHF awarded more than $443,000 in grants in the fall 2018. Eligibility information and on-line application forms are available on the SHF’s website at Applications will be accepted until midnight Monday, July 1. “The Superior Health Foundation team and its region-wide board of directors invite proposals that address health issues all across the Upper Peninsula,” said Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation. “The Upper Peninsula has a number of health issues and we take great pride in providing grant support to address many of them.” For more information can contact the SHF at 906-225-6914 or email

UGL Family Health welcomes provider
Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center (UGL) welcomes Jenny Bausano, Nurse Practitioner (NP), to their team of Family Medicine providers at the Lake Linden Family Health Center. Bausano was born in Hancock, MI, and grew up in Chandler, AZ. She relocated to the area during high school and graduated from Hancock Central High. Bausano earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from Finlandia University in Hancock, MI, followed by her Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner Degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. As a Family Nurse Practitioner, Jenny looks forward to providing patient-centered care, focusing on health promotion and disease prevention while partnering with her patients in shared decision making. “I feel it is important for patients to be involved in their care. I value building relationships and caring for the whole person in their unique circumstances,” says Jenny. She enjoys the variety of health conditions encountered in a primary care practice, including managing acute and chronic conditions as well as providing preventive care. She is welcoming patients of all ages into her practice. Jenny lives in Laurium with her husband and two daughters (ages 6 and 9). They enjoy the seasons the U.P. has to offer and love to spend their free time exploring the Keweenaw and traveling. Jenny appreciates living in such a close-knit community and looks forward to providing primary care services and helping to keep patients in the community healthy. UGL’s Lake Linden Family Health Center is located at 945 9th Street, Lake Linden, MI. Anyone who would like to schedule an appointment with Jenny Bausano, NP, in July, may do so by calling (906) 483-1030.

Local quilt to be displayed in Grand Rapids
Pam Kauppila of Negaunee is a semifinalist for the 2019 American Quilting Society QuiltWeek. The event will take place in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Wednesday August 21 through Saturday August 24 at the DeVos Place Convention Center. Pam’s quilt, “Suvi’s Garden”, will be on display, along with 365 other entries from the contest. First, Second, and Third Place prizes in seven categories will be awarded during the convention, along with Best of Show. Winners will be announced at the show and posted on the AQS website, More than $50,000 in prize money will be awarded to the winners, including $10,000 for the Best of Show and $3,500 each for Best Wall Quilt, Best Traditional Design, Best Original Design, Best Hand, Best Stationary, and Best Movable Workmanship. Regardless of how “Suvi’s Garden places in the final judging, all semifinalists’ quilts will be displayed at the show, which is expected to draw more than 15,000 people.

Negaunee Library to hold used book sale
The Negaunee Library welcomes the public to its 39th Annual Pioneer Days Large Used Book Sale on Thursday, July 11, at the Negaunee Senior Center, two blocks west of the Library at the Tobin Street entrance. The sale is sponsored by the Friends of the Negaunee Library. The Library Book sale will take place from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. After 2 p.m., books may be purchased for $1.00 a bag. Attenders at the sale are also reminded of the large number of free magazines always available in the Hallway by the Michigan room. Bags will be available for books and magazines. Hardcover and paperback books will sell for 50 cents and 25 cents respectively, and children’s books will be marked at 10 cents each. Books will be organized for easy browsing. The Friends of the Library need volunteers to move books from the library to the Senior Center the day before the sale. Librarian Jessica Holman wishes to thank the Community Foundation of Marquette County for the $2,000 grant awarded to the Negaunee Library for its Strategic Plan Implementation. This grant will allow the Library to serve youth and the public this summer on Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. until noon. The library will also be open during its regular hours: 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday; 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. on Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays. Anyone who has questions or who would like more information about volunteering can call librarian Jessica Holman, at 475-7700, extension 18.

Art Week continues through Saturday, June 29
The City of Marquette’s Art Week celebration continues through Saturday, June 29. The event features a week full of special events in the city dedicated to arts and culture, including exhibits, artist receptions, concerts, workshops, demonstration and live performances. Art Week is made possible thanks to collaboration of over 100 local artists, businesses, organizations and other community partners. Art Week will also feature favorites from years’ past, including the Downtown Marquette Art Stroll, Fresh Coast Plein Air Painting Festival, and a host of workshops, surprise art installations and more. For a listing of Art Week’s remaining events, visit

Strawberry festival lineup of events available
The 71st Annual Copper Country Strawberry Festival will be held Friday and Saturday, July 12-13, in Chassell. The community-wide celebration begins at 9 a.m. Friday. Some of the days events include arts & crafts booths, serving of strawberry shortcake, brats, hamburgers, mini-pasties, etc., a children’s parade, band performance, fish boil dinner, festival queen judging, dancing and more. Saturday’s activities begin with a breakfast starting at 7 a.m. Other highlights that day include the Strawberry Festival Parade, live music, a chicken barbeque, Kivajat Finnish Dancers performance, vintage fashion show and more. A detailed schedule of festival activities, including times and locations, can be found at

July Copper Country hikes to be hosted by MNA
The Michigan Nature Center will be leading two education-focused hiking opportunities in the month of July:
• Saturday, July 6, 11 a.m. Lady Slippers and Pitcher Plants – A Hike at Robert T. Brown NS. The public is invited to join Nancy and Bill Leonard for a walk to the Brown Fen in search of lady slippers and pitcher plants. Participants will walk the mile-long trail around adjacent Lake Perrault and explore the boardwalks and viewing platforms at Brown NS.
• Saturday, July 13, 11 a.m. Brockway Mountain – A Hike at Klipfel NS and Helstrom NS. The public is invited to join stewards Jill Burkland and Randy Freisinger, along with Bill and Nancy Leonard, for a hike at both sanctuaries atop Brockway Mountain. Participants will have the opportunity to explore these recently connected trails.

Ishpeming Historical Society to hold home tours
The annual Places and Spaces Historic Home Tour fundraiser for the Ishpeming Area Historical Society and Museum is set to take place on Sunday, June 30 from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. There is a suggested $10 donation for the tour. Homes, including Cliffs Mather Cottage, will be featured. The Presbyterian Church will be featured along with providing refreshments. Advance tickets will be available a week before the event, and will also be available at the door of each venue during the tour hours. Guests can take the tour at their own pace in their own vehicle. Those interested in the tour can check the Ishpeming Area Historical Society & Museum’s Facebook page or call Main Street Antique Mall at (906) 486-8680 for further information.

Escanaba to host annual U.P. History Conference
The 70th Annual Upper Peninsula History Conference will be held Friday to Sunday, June 28-30, in Escanaba. The conference pays particular attention to U.P. history topics and themes moving to a different location in the U.P. each year to also explore that area’s heritage. In addition, the annual U.P. History Awards are presented at an awards banquet during the conference. Many workshop presentations, keynote speakers, tours, exhibits, vendors and other activities will take place over the course of the three-day conference. There will be three keynote addresses: Dennis Pace, curator of Webster Marble’s Inventing the Outdoors Museum, will give a presentation titled “Inventing the Outdoors“; James Paquette of the Marquette Regional History Center will present “Miners Died and Widows Cried: Remembering the Barnes-Hecker Mine Disaster”; and Karen Lindquist of the Delta County Historical Society, and Kathleen Bennett, retired from Gladstone Area Schools, will present “Secrets of the House of Ludington Hotel.” The event is open to members and non-members of the Historical Society of Michigan. Non-member registration fees include a one-year household membership. For more information visit or got to the organization’s Facebook page.

Negaunee Historical Society hosting special events
The Negaunee Historical Society will host special events in July. The first as an ice cream social, which will be held Tuesday, July 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Negaunee Historical Museum. Antique automobiles from the Superior A’s Model A Club will be on display for the event. On Friday, July 12, from 1-4 p.m., the public is also invited to a tour of historic homes in Negaunee. There are three homes open for this year’s tour, along with the Negaunee Fire Hall. The first home, located at 201 Case Street, was built in the 1880s by Joseph Bohrer, a carpenter by trade. The second home is located at 218 Case Street. During a remodeling of this house it was discovered that it once served as a jail. The third home is located at 400 Teal Lake Avenue. The home was owned by the Miller Brothers who ran an early grocery store in Negaunee. Refreshments will be served at the Negaunee Historical Museum during the event. Tickets are available for $10 at the Negaunee Historical Museum up until the day of the event. Tickets can be purchased at tour sites during the event. For more information call Pat at (906) 475-4930.

Crystal Falls Preps for August’s Humongous Fungus Fest
The 28th Annual Humongous Fungus Festival is slated for August 2-3 in Crystal Falls. The weekend-long event will feature the jaw-dropping 100-square-foot mushroom pizza, guided mushroom forays, a psychedelic-themed parade followed by a street dance and free tie-dying, a concert by The Doors of Chicago, food vendors cooking up amazing mushroom dishes, and more. The festival celebrates the benevolent fungus that was discovered by accident in the late 1980’s living underneath Crystal Falls. At the time it was determined to be the largest life form on earth, and gained national attention in the 1990’s. It even got its own wacky list on David Letterman. The original team of scientists that discovered the fungus returned in 2017 to remeasure it, finding that it is in fact more than double the size of the original measurement. The mushroom is now confirmed to spread across 187 acres, weigh about 882,000 pounds and be approximately 2,500 years old (Geggle, 2018). Locals and visitors alike agree that this quirky festival has something for all ages and interests. Among the mushroom-themed events, the festival includes a variety of kids’ games and crafts, citywide rummage sales, adult softball tournament, mushroom vendors, and arts and craft vendors. Chamber Director, Erika Lindwall encouraged festival goers to make the most of their trip by getting insider’s tips on local restaurants, maps and waterfall tours, events tickets, and more at the Iron County Visitors’ Center.

League of Women Voters to hold candidate forum July 17
A Candidate Forum for the Marquette City Commission will be held on Wednesday, July 17th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Marquette City Commission Chambers at the Marquette City Hall, 300 W. Baraga Ave, Marquette. The nine candidates running for the two open seats on the Marquette City Commission have been invited: Evan Bonsall, Margaret Brumm, Barrett Engle, Sally R. Davis, Andrew Lorinser, Jermey Ottaway, Mike Plourde, Nina van den Ende and Cody Mayer as a write-in candidate. Marquette City voters will have the opportunity to vote for their top two choices for the Marquette City Commission at the primary election on August 6th. The four candidates who receive the most votes will advance to the general election on Tuesday, November 5. The forum is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Michigan, Marquette County Member-At- Large State Unit. The forum will include opening statements, audience questions and closing statements. The moderator for the evening will be a League member. The public is invited to attend the forum. Written audience questions will be collected and, as time allows, asked by the moderator during the forum. The forum will be live-streamed to the local League Facebook page and will be videotaped and posted on the League web page and on the City’s elections web page The League never supports or opposes political parties or candidates. The local League welcomes new members. Membership is open to anyone who is 16 years of age or older. For more information contact Darlene T. Allen at 906-225-9103 or visit the website And remember to vote!

SAYT hosts superhero run/fundraiser July 6
Superior Arts Youth Theatre will host their third annual Superheroes on the Run fundraiser on Saturday, July 6 beginning at Lakeview Arena in Marquette. Races begin at 9 a.m. and options include a 5k, 10k, and 1 Mile Kids’ Run. Runners are encouraged to dress as their favorite superhero for this family friendly event supporting our local youth theater. Prizes donated by local businesses will be awarded for Best Costume and Top Finishers! All three races will begin in the east side parking lot of Lakeview Arena (401 E. Fair Ave.) and continue north along the bike path toward Presque Isle. More information, including race start times and prices, is available at

DNR reminds public of high water levels
All the rain and snow this year means that many lakes, rivers and streams in Michigan are experiencing higher than normal water levels. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources encourages boaters, anglers and others to keep enjoying the water, but to do so with safety in mind and a clear understanding of state boating rules and regulations and local watercraft controls.
“It’s important to be mindful of boating laws and local watercraft controls for specific bodies of water, especially with high water levels,” said Lt. Tom Wanless, state boating law administrator. “Your boat may create a wake that seems harmless, but it could cause a turbulence in an already flooded area.” High water levels can: cause flooding, deep water and strong currents, which can increase the amount of debris floating in the water and under the surface; create difficult conditions for anyone swimming or steering a boat or other personal watercraft; eliminate or alter access routes to and between different bodies of water. Anyone interested in more information about water safety can visit

Boat provides research on Lake Superior
Visitors to Marquette’s harbor might see a DNR research vessel conducting annual fish population surveys. The DNR has a small fleet of vessels, based out of towns with access to the Great Lakes, including Marquette. The RV Lake Char, launched in 2007, assesses the status of Lake Superior’s self-sustaining lake trout and whitefish populations, along with other members of the unique Coldwater fish community found in the largest Great Lake. “The staff on these vessels are working on a variety of studies to better understand Great Lakes fish communities, population sizes and habitats,” said Gary Whelan, DNR Fisheries Research Program manager. “Their work and the information produced are essential to supporting current and future fisheries management.” When the vessels are in port, the public is encouraged to visit and talk with the crew about their work. Anyone who would like more information on the boats, including other vessels that survey Michigan’s many lakes, can visit

U.P. trails receive Iron Belle Trail funding
More than two dozen projects along different parts of Michigan’s Iron Belle Trail will get a boost this year, sharing $1.4 million in public and privately raised funds to help build connections along the state’s showcase trail. Stretching more than 2,000 total miles, the Iron Belle Trail is the longest state-designated trail in the nation. Currently just over 70 percent completed, the trail runs along two separate routes: a hiking segment that mainly follows the North Country National Scenic Trail on the west side of Michigan, and an 800-mile bike trail running between Belle Isle in Detroit all the way to Ironwood in the western Upper Peninsula. This year, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has awarded $815,884 in mini-grants, while the private Iron Belle Trail Fund has added another $650,000 to support multiple projects on the trail. Grants from these two sources will leverage a matching $3 million in Iron Belle Trail projects. The Iron Belle Trail Fund is a nonprofit, 501(c) 3 organization formed in 2016 to raise private funds that can be used to match public dollars to complete this statewide project. Projects in the U.P. that received funding include:
• North Country Trail Association (Alger County), $50,000 for design of the Laughing Whitefish River Bridge.
• North Country Trail Association (Baraga County), $50,000 for construction of the Canyon Falls Boardwalk.
• DNR – Tahquamenon State Park (Luce County), $49,980 for construction along the Tahquamenon River Trail.
• Crystal Falls Township (Iron County), $15,000 for engineering of a Heritage Trail extension.
• Dickinson County Bike Path (Dickinson County), $8,000 for signage.

Company requests mineral lease
The DNR Office of Minerals Management will hold an informational public meeting regarding the lease application by a Seattle-based mineral company for rights within Wells Township. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, June 26, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in Ballroom D at the Northern Center on the campus of Northern Michigan University in Marquette. Weyerhaeuser Company (Weyerhaeuser), of Seattle, Washington has requested direct metallic mineral leases from the State of Michigan (State) covering Department of Natural Resources (DNR) metallic mineral rights located within Wells Township, Marquette County, containing a total of 1,318.90 acres, more or less. Should this request be approved by DNR, issuance of a lease to Weyerhaeuser would give them the exclusive right to explore for the presence of metallic minerals in these areas. A lease alone does not grant a lessee a right to mine. Written comments from interested parties, relative to this specific request, may be submitted to DNR, Office of Minerals Management, P.O. Box 30452, Lansing, MI 48909 or All comments must be received no later than August 6, 2019. More information can be found on the DNR’s website at

Trapper convention returns to Escanaba
The U.P. Trapper’s Annual Convention/Outdoor Expo is once again coming to Escanaba. It will be held at the U.P. State Fairgrounds in Escanaba, Michigan on July 26-27, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, and from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. on Saturday. Camping, food and refreshments are available on the grounds. Admission is $5.00 for both days and youngsters 12 and under are admitted free. Along with all of the great vendors and tailgaters on hand offering the latest in trapping/outdoor equipment at “convention special” prices (with no shipping fees), many famous outdoor experts will give educational seminars throughout the convention. Included in the all-star lineup of experts giving seminars is none other than Les Johnson of Predator Quest fame. “Les has become a regular at our convention and is always a big hit with attendees” said Mike Lewis (longtime member of U.P Trappers). “He has won countless awards for predator calling and his TV shows featuring predator hunting are outstanding. It is really cool every once in a while to hear (in the Ruth Butler Building) a coyote yip, bark or howl and then to realize that it is just Les practicing his calling technique! Make sure to attend his demos, you won’t be disappointed” Lewis added. Other speakers include Harry Nestell, Greg Schroeder, Jeff Dunlap, Ed Schneider, Mike Cain, Lesel Reuwsaat, Al Dubord and local beaver trapping expert Ken Luedtke. This family friendly event offers a lot of activities for all ages. Raffles, contests, games; along with the always popular “supervised free fishing, archery, and pellet guns” for the kids are sure to be of interest to all. The food vendors offer a wide variety of local cuisine sure to satisfy all taste buds. Those who would like more information on this event can contact Roy Dahlgren at (906) 399-1960, email or visit

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