November 2019

Letters to the editor

Make climate change history
To the editor,
The Annual Harvest Dinner at the Big Bay Community Presbyterian Church was again a great success. This was our 70th year! We served about 200 guests and everyone who came had plenty to eat and good company to share it with.
The amount of time and effort that the volunteers give is always amazing to see. This year there were 47 volunteers who helped to make this dinner a success. They cut, peeled, sliced and diced, set tables, cooked, carved, baked pies, greeted and seated people, entertained, donated items or donated money. A big THANK YOU goes out to all of them. I would especially like to thank the church Deacons without whom this dinner would not happen.
All of you who came to eat and enjoy the fellowship of our annual turkey dinner are the biggest part of our success. We couldn’t do it without you. Thanks for coming.
Carla Champagne
Harvest Dinner Chairwoman

Challenge local use of chemical pesticides
To the editor,
Many, many years ago, Jane Goodall, scientist, educator, and philanthropist said “someday, we shall look back on this dark era of agriculture and shake our heads; how could we ever believe it was a good idea to grow our food with poisons.”  Over the years, these toxic ingredients have accumulated in our air, water, land and our bodies. This is devastating to our family, friends, neighbors and ourselves. This unhealthy state (of mind) is harming the future of our children who will have to survive long after we are gone.
So, what can we do?
We can reverse the idea of being poisoned through small acts of intelligence. Talk to your family, neighbors, and friends about their pesticide and herbicide use on their lawns and properties.  Do you or they know what they are spraying? Contact your city or township and ask if their green space, parks, ball fields and golf courses are sprayed with pesticides and herbicides. Find out what they are spraying and what are the hazards. These products are harmful to bees and other pollinators as well as our children and pets.
We were told cigarettes were safe. We were told that Roundup was safe. How long will we continue to believe that huge corporate lie …”that it’s safe!” How long will a population believe that all these products are convenient and safe—when in reality they are very destructive—all for big profits?
Challenge your cities and townships not to use pesticides and herbicides, and look toward natural solutions and smart thinking. Talk to people in your neighborhood who have these beautiful “chemical” lawns. Help make our community safer for future generations. Wouldn’t you be more proud of an elegant lawn that was organically cared for? That achievement would help make our neighborhoods, cities, and parks a safer place for everyone.  Making a difference is not so difficult to do. Little deeds by many people have numerous benefits for everyone and everything.
Just like Jane Goodall said over 50 years ago “someday we shall look back….” Well, 50 years from now will people say, “How could you not see the destruction, that you paid no heed?” Whether we do something or not, we are still accountable. Be prepared and educate yourself.  Make yourself ready for next spring when people will be making choices on what products to use on their lawns, gardens and green spaces.  The board, staff, volunteers and members of the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve want to remind everyone that the future of all our watersheds is dependent on how clean we can keep it. That way, we all can make a difference where we live, making it safer for all. If you can’t volunteer or donate to a watershed, at least educate the people around you. It’s never the wrong time to do the right thing. Thank you for caring.
Roy W. Sarosik
YDWP Board member and private citizen

Make a Big difference in a child’s life
To the editor,
It’s time to make an impact like never before. Time to be #BiggerTogether. Time to defend a child’s potential. Time to help the 20 kids still waiting for a mentor in our community to call their own.
It’s time. And we need your help. We need more Bigs. Passionate people like you. People who can see the best in others. People who can believe a Little’s potential to be truly great. Know anybody who fits that bill? Could be friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, or anybody. But most importantly, it could be you. You have a story to share, and guidance to give. You can show a Little the true reach of their potential. You just need a few hours a month.
It’s time to sign up and make a difference in someone’s life. This might just be the spark a Little needs to believe in them self. It’s time. Become a Big now. Contact (906) 475-7801 or visit
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Marquette

Local News

Daughters of the American Revolution surpasses a million members since founding
This fall the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) will surpass one million total members who have joined the organization since its founding in 1890. The DAR is a women’s service organization whose members can trace their lineage to an individual who contributed to securing American independence during the Revolutionary War. The Onagomingkway DAR Chapter, based in Marquette, has welcomed nearly 60 members since the chapter began in 2005. Onagomingkway is excited to join the National Society in celebrating this milestone by spotlighting members of the chapter through the years. Throughout Onagomingkway’s 14-year history, its membership has included many remarkable women from the local community. Each DAR member has a unique story, but all share a passion for historic preservation, education and patriotism and a dedication to her local community. The Onagomingkway DAR Chapter focuses much of its efforts on Honor Flight, volunteering service to America, local history, patriotism, and education. The chapter encourages women interested in DAR membership to attend a monthly chapter meeting. Anyone who is interested in learning more about DAR membership should contact Treasa Sowa, registrar, at (906) 202-3030.
Marquette Winter parking ban in effect Nov. 1 to April 1
The winter parking ban in the City of Marquette begins Friday, Nov. 1, and extends to April 1. Area residents and visitors are reminded to find off-street parking during the hours of 1 to 6 a.m. during the ban. Violation of the winter parking ban results in a $75 fine. Also, front yard parking is prohibited within the city unless authorization is given by the Community Development Office. Violation of the front yard parking ban is $50 for the first offense. For more information, contact the Community Development Office at (906) 228-0425. Violation of right-of-way parking without prior approval is also a violation of city ordinance that carries a fine of $50. Contact the Marquette City Police Department at (906) 228-0400 for more information.

Bells for Hospice event to remember loved ones
U.P. Home Health & Hospice and Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice will present Marquette County Bells for Hospice (MCBH) in conjunction with the National Bells for Hospice event. MCBH specifically honors and recognizes all who have died under Hospice care and acknowledges respect for their families. The Hospice staff and volunteers from U.P. Home Health & Hospice and Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice will come together for a bell ringing event on Friday, Nov. 1, at 11:30 a.m. at the Marquette Commons, 112 South Third Street, in Downtown Marquette. Local church bells will be rung along with local hand bell choirs at noon. Fellowship and a lunch provided courtesy of Jimmy John’s will follow. Hospice is considered to be the gold standard for quality, compassionate care during a life-limiting diagnosis. Hospice services are provided by a team of experts in medical care, pain management, emotional and spiritual support, and volunteers who all tailor their skills to the individual’s wishes. Emotional and spiritual support is also extended to the family and friends. Generally, this care is provided in a person’s home or in a home-like setting with Hospice care provided by a local Hospice provider. These providers specialize in palliative care and work closely with staff and volunteers to address all the symptoms of illness, with the aim of promoting comfort and dignity. Hospice care is a covered benefit by most insurance. For more information on Marquette County Bells for Hospice, please contact (906) 485-4545 or (906) 225-7760.

Eight Marquette, Iron Mountain radio stations sold
Armada Media Partners, based in Fond du Lac, Wis., recently announced the purchase of Sovereign Communications radio stations based in Marquette and Iron Mountain. Armada Media Partners already owns and operates Bay Cities Radio, a five-station group based in the Marinette-Menominee area, and Radio Results Network, a 10-station group based in Marquette, Escanaba and Manistique. The stations in the Marquette area included in the transaction are: 92.3 WJPD, 94.1 WUPK, 1320 AM WDMJ, 1240AM WIAN and 99.5 WNGE. The stations in Iron Mountain include: WIMK 93.1, WMIQ AM 1450 and 94.3 WZNL. The additional eight radio stations will be operated under the Radio Results Network umbrella. “We are extremely proud of what we’ve accomplished in the past 10 years with these great radio stations,” said Sovereign Communication President and Owner Bill Curtis. “The opportunity to allow these stations to be transitioned to a new ownership group like Armada Media was too perfect to pass up. We remain committed to Sault Ste. Marie, Newberry and the eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan. That will not change.” Chris Bernier, president and CEO of Armada Media Partners, said, “We truly enjoy doing business in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It’s an honor to take over these stations that Bill Curtis and his team have managed over the past decade. The U.P. is home to a lot of great communities, each with unique strengths and all with a sense of pride. This is a great opportunity to grow our company in this region.”

Wells Fargo awards $500,000 grant to Northern Initiatives
Northern Initiatives announced a boost to diverse small businesses in Michigan through a $500,000 Wells Fargo Foundation grant. The funding is part of the Wells Fargo Works for Small Business®: Diverse Community Capital program, which offers capital and technical assistance to minority-owned small businesses through Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). “Access to capital is one of the leading barriers minority entrepreneurs face when looking to start a business,” noted Dennis West, president of Northern Initiatives. “This significant investment is vital to our ability to position diverse small business owners to successfully launch and grow.” A portion of the $500,000 grant from Wells Fargo will support enhancements to Initiate, Northern Initiatives’ online customer portal. Every loan customer has access to Initiate’s tools, resources, videos, and webinars to help them grow their business. “Our goal is to grow Initiate as a knowledge-building resource for not only our customers but for other organizations delivering technical assistance to small businesses,” said West. “Northern Initiatives is deeply embedded in the community and has the skill to deliver personalized coaching and services to underserved small business owners,” said Wells Fargo Commercial Relationship Manager Charles Lott. “Together we can help more diverse entrepreneurs reach their full potential and stimulate job creation in the process.”

Gift of Reading Project seeks book donations
The Marquette Alger Reading Council announces the beginning 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. The Marquette Alger Reading Council also distribute new books 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. We hope that we can count on your help again this year. The last day for donations is Wednesday, Dec. 4. Individuals may also contribute anytime by sending a check to MARC at P.O. Box 1084, Marquette, MI 49855. Please call (906) 226-7030 with any questions about the project.

Former priest accused of abusing minors
A former priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Marquette was recently included in a list released by the Lansing Diocese of several clergy it determined to be credibly accused of abusing minors. Terrence M. Healy was ordained as a priest in the Marquette Diocese in 1968. Following a leave of absence in 1978, he returned to formal ministry in the Lansing Diocese in 1982. He was removed from ministry by the Lansing Diocese in 1985 and dismissed from the clerical state (laicized) in 1992. The diocese stated that no instances of sexual abuse perpetrated by Healy during his tenure in Marquette were known to it until 1996. The incidents reported in 1996 allegedly occurred between 1968 and 1972, while Healy was assigned to Sacred Heart Church in L’Anse (1968-69) and to St. Joseph’s Church in Sault Ste. Marie (1969-1974). During his time in the Marquette Diocese, Healy also was assigned to parishes in Atlantic Mine, Houghton, Negaunee, and Marquette. In a release, Bishop John Doerfler, bishop of the Marquette Diocese, said, “On behalf of the church, I apologize to all those who have been harmed by Terrence Healy, or any bishop, priest or deacon, and renew my commitment to reach out and bring Christ’s peace and healing. There is no excuse for what happened to you. You are in my thoughts and prayers, and I am willing to journey with you to find Christ’s peace and healing.” The bishop said anyone who has been abused in the diocese should contact Michigan’s attorney general to report the abuse. The Michigan attorney general’s office can be contacted a toll-free hotline at (844) 324-3374 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or by email at The diocese also provides victims’ assistance coordinators to help those harmed receive pastoral care leading toward healing. To bring a complaint regarding the sexual abuse of minors to the attention of the diocese, call one of the victims’ assistance coordinators: Stephen Lynott at (844) 495-4330 or Diane Tryan at (844) 694-4362. Those who wish to put their complaint in writing may direct their correspondence to: Victims Assistance Coordinator, c/o Catholic Social Services of the U.P., 1100 Ludington St., Suite 401, Escanaba, MI 49829. The letter should be marked “personal and confidential” and indicate whether a response is desired by phone or by letter.

Donation made to assist Sister Cities
Travel Marquette recently announced a monetary donation to continuously fund Marquette Area Sister Cities Partnership, a non-profit organization that maintains relations with Sister Cities in Kajaani, Finland, and Higashiomi, Japan. The $250 donation funded artwork to hang at the Marquette County Airport (Sawyer International), welcoming travelers and promoting Sister City relationships. The design was drafted by Tristan Luoma of the Marquette Arts and Culture Center, a board member of the Sister City Partnership. Printing was done by Cook Sign Service, and framing by Michael’s Craft Store. The partnership with Higashiomi began 40 years ago and visitors have traveled every year since then. To date there have been 40 Sister City Scholars at Northern Michigan University (NMU) – one each year since that time. The anniversary was marked in Marquette with an Art Exhibit by a Higashiomi artist and a visit from the Counselor General of Japan on June 27. This event was held at Travel Marquette during the Art Walk. The next Sister City activity, a delegation of 10, departed for Higashiomi on Oct. 24. They will observe the 40th anniversary of the partnership while in Japan. For more information, call Travel Marquette at 906-228-7749 or email .

MCACA grant recipients announced
The City of Marquette is pleased to announce the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) 2020 grant recipients from Marquette County. On Oct. 18 the MCACA awarded $157,688 to the following organizations in Marquette County: Lake Superior Theatre Inc.-$11,250; Liberty Children’s Art Project-$15,000; City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center-$15,000; Marquette City Band-$10,000; Marquette County Historical Society-$18,000; Marquette Maritime Museum-$15,000; Marquette Symphony Orchestra-$12,500; NMU DeVos Art Museum-$14,188; Superior Arts Youth Theater-$12,500; Superior String Alliance, Inc.-$12,500; The Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum-$15,000; and Ishpeming Public Schools-$6,750. This year $683,760 was awarded to organizations and schools throughout the U.P, and over $9.7 million statewide. For more information contact the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center at 228-0472 or e-mail

UPHP among highest-rated health plans in the nation, tops in Michigan
Upper Peninsula Health Plan is again one of the nation’s best Medicaid health plans, according to a recent national rating of Medicaid health plans. The health plan ranks in the top 15 among Medicaid managed-care plans in the United States, according to the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Medicaid Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2019-2020. UPHP is the top-rated plan in the State of Michigan earning a 4.5 out of 5 rating. NCQA rated more than 1,000 health insurance plans based on clinical quality, member satisfaction, and NCQA Accreditation Survey results. This rating system emphasizes care outcomes and what patients say about their care. “We are truly honored to receive this rating from NCQA. This rating highlights the exceptional work our UPHP staff and U.P. providers do every day serving our members,” said Melissa Holmquist, UPHP Chief Executive Officer. “We are caring for our friends and neighbors and everyone takes great pride in ensuring all UPHP members have access to the highest quality care and services they deserve.” The complete Medicaid health-plan rankings are available at Rankings for Medicare and private plans are also available.

Rebecca Salmon is new MDDA director
The Marquette Downtown Development Authority (MDDA) is pleased to announce its new Executive Director, Rebecca Salmon, begin in this position on Sept. 30. Salmon has been with the MDDA for 10 years, serving most recently as assistant director, and is looking forward to working with downtown business and organizations and furthering the growth of Downtown Marquette. Rebecca Salmon can be reached by email at or by phone at (906) 228-9475.

Marquette Chamber votes to dissolve
After nearly five years in operation, the Marquette Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted at its Oct. 4 regular meeting to dissolve, effective Nov. 1. Begun in 2015 with a staff of one, the chamber pioneered the Be Local Buy Local program, Marquette 365 Community Calendar, Evolve Creative Chamber, and Ampersand Coworking in downtown Marquette. These programs will continue unimpeded under the guidance of other organizations in the business community. While these programs have been largely successful, the chamber model as the founders initially envisioned – to cooperatively support the business community of Marquette – is not sustainable. With a number of local and regional nonprofits serving businesses, the Chamber Board is satisfied with its decision. The Board believes the business community in the Marquette area is very well-supported. The Chamber Board would like to thank the many individuals, businesses, and organizations who have invested their time, talents and financial resources in the organization throughout the years. For more information email inquiries to

Event announcements

U.P. Climbers Coalition holding fundraiser
The Upper Peninsula Climbers Coalition is hosting a social and silent auction event at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3, at Down Wind Sports in Marquette. The event will feature a silent auction of rock and ice climbing related equipment, art and books. Proceeds will go toward insurance costs to keep a regionally significant rock crag, the AAA Wall, open for recreational climbing. Light refreshments will be available. The Upper Peninsula Climbers Coalition is a nonprofit (Michigan 501-C3 #45-5123985) advocacy group dedicated to creating and preserving sustainable and responsible climbing in Marquette County and the surrounding areas of the U.P. For more information on the event contact Bill Thompson at Down Wind Sports, Individuals interested in donating items for the silent auction may contact Phil Watts at (906) 226-9868.

Fair trade market, Giving Tuesday planned
The public is invited to two special events in late November and early December at Messiah Lutheran Church in Marquette. Messiah’s Global Fair Trade Market will be held on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event offers fairly traded items and goods for sale from SERRV International, Sharing the Dream in Guatemala, items from Messiah’s companion congregation in Bogotá, Colombia, as well as goods from Tanzania. There will also be a bake sale to raise funds for shipping of the goods. According to Fair Trade Market coordinator Beth Wendricks, purchasing items that are handcrafted and fairly traded makes a world of difference in the lives of the artisans and their families. “Last year the purchase of a bedspread made from beautiful Tanzanian cloth helped a woman purchase flooring for her home. Previously she only had a dirt floor. And the purchase of purses, wallets, aprons and Christmas ornaments from Colombia means that families can put food on the table, buy a school uniform for their child, or pay for transportation to get to their jobs,” she said. The church will also be hosting a Giving Tuesday event on Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Contributions will be used to support Messiah’s community assistance fund, a service that provides help with rent, utilities and other needs for those in the area. A light breakfast, lunch, dinner and beverages will be provided. The event will also include holiday music and crafts. Messiah Lutheran is located at 305 W. Magnetic St., in Marquette.  For more information about either of these events call (906) 225-1119.

Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve hosting annual meeting
The Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve will host its 24th Annual Meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the Ore Dock Brewing Company in Marquette. An open meeting of the membership begins at 6 p.m. with a potluck dinner following. Dan Rydholm will share loving memories, photos and stories of his mother, June Elsie Beltrame Rydholm starting at 7 p.m. Live music and a silent auction will finish out the evening’s celebration. This meeting is open to members, their guests, and the interested public. A suggested donation of $10 is appreciated to cover costs. For more information contact or call 906-345-9223. The Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve is an environmental organization in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, founded in 1995. YDWP owns and cares for over 2,300 acres of forested property within the Yellow Dog Watershed.

Valuable book assessment offered at Ishpeming library
On Saturday, Nov. 2, Ishpeming resident David White, an amateur bibliophile, will offer assistance to patrons of the Ishpeming Carnegie Public Library who wish to know if they own books with special value, such as first editions. Anyone interested in meeting with Mr. White is asked to call the library at (906) 486-4381 to schedule an appointment between 1 and 4 in the afternoon. Each assessment opportunity will be limited to 5 books or 10 minutes. There is no charge for this service.

Mediation training offered in November
A course in mediation training will be offered in Marquette in November. This Michigan State Court Administrative Office-Approved Domestic Relations Mediator Training program is designed to teach participants the skills necessary to serve as mediators in facilitating the resolution of both family and community disputes. Through a combination of role-plays, demonstrations, large group discussions, and activities, this highly interactive training will take participants through the entire mediation process. The training includes a full day dedicated to domestic violence issues, screening and protocol. Training will be held 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 and 14 in Marquette. Local grants make possible a significantly reduced fee of $100 for the entire program for those who agree to serve as volunteer mediators. To register online visit Or for more information call Marquette Alger Resolution Service (MARS) at (906) 226-8600, or email

Yarnwinders hosting holiday sale Nov. 9
The Yarnwinders Fiber Guild is hosting a holiday sale on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Women’s Federated Clubhouse located at 104 W. Ridge Street, Marquette. The Guild is celebrating its 73rd year. Members will be demonstrating weaving, spinning and needle felting, and many will be selling unique handmade items that are woven, sewn, knitted or felted. There will be rugs, kitchen linens, table runners, wall hangings, pillows, tote bags, ornaments, scarves, shawls, hats, other wearables, upcycled gifts and much more. Come and enjoy leisurely shopping and see the skills of these fiber artists. For more information contact guild president, Judy at 226-8330.

Presentation advises authors how to make their books historically accurate
A free lecture titled, “Researching Your Book—History, Fiction, Nonfiction, and Local with Tyler R. Tichelaar,” will be held on Thursday, Nov. 7, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lydia M. Olson Library on the NMU campus. Being historically accurate is of primary importance when writing history and historical fiction. In this presentation, local author Tyler Tichelaar will discuss a variety of topics for authors researching their books: avoiding the biggest pitfalls of writing about history; protecting your book from inaccuracies; finding primary and secondary sources; separating the “wheat from the chaff” in terms of real versus fake history; developing processes for organizing your research; documenting your sources properly; finding U.P.-related sources for writing about local history; and more. Attendees will leave knowing how to make history come alive for their readers, while not letting a good story get in the way of the facts. Tichelaar is a seventh-generation Marquette resident. He holds a Ph.D. in literature from Western Michigan University and Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in English from Northern Michigan University. An accomplished writer of several novels and a local expert on Marquette history, he published his first novel, Iron Pioneers: The Marquette Trilogy, Book One, in 2006. In 2009, he won first place in the historical fiction category in the Reader Views Literary Awards for his novel Narrow Lives. His current project is a biography of Ojibwa Chief Charles Kawbawgam, to be published in 2020. Learn more at

Women in business, engaging locals among upcoming SmartZone presentations
Innovate Marquette SmartZone will host two events in November that are free and open to the public. Women in Entrepreneurship: A Panel Discussion, will be held on Thursday, Nov. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Barrel + Beam. A panel of local female entrepreneurs will discuss the challenges they face as women in entrepreneurship, ways they have overcome these challenges, and how they have paved the way for other women in the community. The evening is moderated by Ruth A Solinski of RTI Surgical, and the featured panelists are Beth Millner of Beth Millner Jewelry, Sarah Lindholm Ruuska of Lutey’s Flower Shop, Michele Dupras of Revisions and Carrie Clevidence Pearson, children’s book author and consultant. A guided beer tasting by the experts at Barrel + Beam and food is included. RSVP is highly recommended. On Wednesday, Nov. 20, the Business on Tap speaker will be Kevin Thomsen, owner of Queen City Running Co. He will discuss the importance of community involvement and how owning a business has evolved over the years. It will be held on the Ore Dock Brewing Company beginning at 5:30 p.m. For more information about these events visit SmartZone’s Facebook page.

All welcome to November 6 League of Women Voters meeting in Marquette
The League of Women Voters, Marquette County Member-At-Large State Unit, will hold its next membership meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 6, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. It will be held at Studio 1 in the lower level of Peter White Public Library. All are welcome to attend. 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.comor call (906) 225-9103.

Program giving job seekers tech help
The Negaunee Public Library has been selected to participate in Libraries Lead with Digital Skills, an initiative of the American Library Association and the Public Library Association. It is sponsored by Grow with Google, the tech company’s economic opportunity initiative. The library will use the funding to assist job seekers with technology. In the second stage of the program, the library will offer tutoring sessions for job seekers who struggle with technology. One-on-one assistance will be offered from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, and 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. The program will continue through Tuesday, Nov. 19, at the Negaunee Public Library. RSVP is appreciated, but drop-ins will be assisted as time and staffing allows. The program includes help with basic internet skills, resume writing, attaching files to emails, filling out online job applications, using Google resources in job hunting, and using career preparation tools on MeL, the Michigan e-Library. For more information or to sign up for a session, call the library at (906) 475-7700, ext. 18, email Library Director Jessica Holman at, find it on Facebook, or visit the website at

Marquette Ladies Night Out is November 14
The 23rd Annual Ladies Night Out is set for Thursday, Nov.14, from 4 to 8 p.m. in Downtown Marquette. Enjoy a night of shopping, delicacies, entertainment and fun. Participating downtown businesses pamper customers with in-store giveaways, hors d’oeuvres, sales, specials, prizes and more. Complimentary transportation will be provided for the evening. Shoppers can also register to win custom gift baskets, each valued over $600 and stocked full of gift certificates and goods from participating businesses. To register for the baskets, shoppers will be required to have a “passport” stamped at participating businesses. Passports can be purchased for $2 at several locations throughout the downtown district the evening of the event. An advance pick-up option will be offered through the Downtown Development Authority office as early as Monday, Nov. 11. Proceeds will benefit the Marquette Women’s Center. In addition, non-perishable items will be collected for the Women’s Center during Ladies night. Visit the Marquette DDA website for more information at or on Facebook at Downtown Marquette.

Marquette: 20th annual holiday art sale to be held Nov. 16
The Marquette Regional History Center, in cooperation with the City of Marquette Arts & Culture Center, will hold a Holiday Art Sale on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The sale will take place at the Marquette Regional History Center, located at 145 W. Spring Street in Marquette. The History Center is a destination, providing holiday shoppers with access to world-class exhibits. The museum will also hold an old-fashioned bake sale, their annual Dollhouse Days, and the gift shop will be also open for the event. There will be a $2 admission fee, which includes entrance to the Holiday Art Sale, MRHC Exhibits, and all other activities. All proceeds support the MRHC, a private, non-profit 501c3. For more information, please contact the Marquette Regional History Center (226-3571; or the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center (228-0472;

Arts and Humanities

Hiawatha Fest founding member honored
The Folk Alliance Region Midwest has selected Hiawatha Music Co-op founding member and current board of directors member Susan Bertram for the 2019 Folk Tradition in the Midwest Lifetime Achievement Award. Each year at the annual conference FARM presents two awards, the Lantern Bearer Award and the Folk Tradition in the Midwest Lifetime Award. The FARM Board has standardized nomination and selection procedures for this award, which is growing in meaning and prestige and which serves not only to honor one person, but to increase awareness of and strengthen ties within and beyond the Midwest folk music and dance community. Bertram is a founding member of the Hiawatha Music Co-op, a non-profit organization born in 1979 with the sole purpose of presenting, promoting, and preserving traditional music. Many board members have come and gone. Bertram is the sole founding member and regular board member who has been consistently present and actively engaged with the Co-op since 1979. She has served as president, vice president or treasurer on nineteen boards. She remained active as a mother of three young children during years that she was not on the board. A release from the Hiawatha Music Co-op, stated, “Susan has kept the music going. Her dedication to the Co-op and its mission is undeniable. There is not another person who is more responsible for the success of Hiawatha than Susan Bertram.”

All Strings Considered band to perform
The old-time string band, All Strings Considered, will present a concert on Wednesday, November 6, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of Peter White Public Library in Marquette. All Strings Considered is a traditional old-time string band with a focus on instrumental and vocal music of the Southern Appalachian mountain region. The concert will also feature projected photos of the historical source musicians of the tunes and songs performed by ASC. The concert is free and will be a fun time for all ages. For more information visit

Exposed-Stitch Bookbinding Workshop Nov. 2
An Exposed-Stitch Bookbinding Workshop will be held on Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Marquette Regional History Center. Two bookbinding techniques will be taught in this class. Learn the Japanese Stab Binding, dating back to the 14th century, yet a still-relevant binding used to bind loose sheets. The Long-Stitch binding is more advanced as students learn to sew signatures, highlight decorative cover papers, or work with book board. Pre-registration is required. The $40 fee includes all materials included. This Heritage Craft Series workshop is made possible in part by a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or the MHC. Call (906) 226-3571 or visit the museum to register.

Exhibit devoted to how U.P. became part of Michigan
How and why did the U.P. become part of Michigan? Did it ever try to be its own state? Will it ever become one? These are just a few questions to be discussed in the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center’s new exhibition, “The 51st State?” The exhibition opened Oct. 11 and it will run to March 28. “The 51st State” will delve into how the U.P. became part of Michigan and the various initiatives over the past 170 years to separate the Upper from the Lower Peninsula. It will begin by focusing on how the U.P. was originally the homeland of the Anishinaabek and how these lands were acquired by the U.S. In addition, the exhibit will explore the cultural differences between the two peninsulas. Lastly, the exhibition will look at the financial and cultural realities of statehood in the 21st century.

New Marquette Area Music Hall of Fame class announced
The third Annual Induction Ceremony to the Marquette Music Hall of Fame will take place Saturday, Nov. 30, in the Red Room of the Upper Peninsula Masonic Center. This past year’s open nomination process produced an incredible list of legendary local musicians, innovators and influencers; a panel of local music experts narrowed down the nominations to this fantastic class of inductees. Marquette Music Scene’s 2019 “Rising Star” award, which is NOT part of the induction class, will be given to hip-hop duo Blanco Suave & singer/songwriter Miss Alyssa. The 2019 Marquette Music Scene Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take over the Upper Peninsula Masonic Center’s Red Room from the 26th Winter Annual Outback Art Fair at 6 p.m. on Nov. 30, for an incredible evening of live music, presentations, and a silent auction, a well as libations from Ishpeming’s Cognition Brewery, and food from other local establishments available via donation. Admission to the Marquette Music Scene Hall of Fame 2018 Induction Ceremony is a suggested donation of $5.  The Marquette Area Music Hall of Fame is located on the west wall of the lower level of the Masonic Square Mall in Marquette.

Daughters of American Revolution holding essay contests
The Onagomingkway Chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution announce two essay contests for students. The Voyage of the Mayflower is the title for the essay for 5th to 8th grade students. 2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the voyage of the Mayflower and the founding of the Plymouth Colony. Imagine you are one of the passengers on the Mayflower. Knowing what materials were available in 1620, what would you have packed to prepare for the trip and starting a new life in the wilderness? After experiencing more than two months at sea then finally landing at Plymouth Colony on November 9, 1620, do you think you would have made different choices and why. The length of the essay should be 300-1,000 words (depending on grade level). The next essay, for high school-aged youth, is titled “A Sailor’s Experiences as Part of Christopher Columbus’ First Expedition to the Americas.” Christopher Columbus’ first expedition set off in August of 1492. He and his men explored the Caribbean for five months after arriving there in October. Imagine you are a sailor who accompanied Christopher Columbus on this voyage and now have returned to Spain. Describe your impression of Christopher Columbus and perception of the purpose of the expedition. Talk about your experiences on the voyage, detailing the places and people that you encountered, and what you see as the significance of the discoveries made. This essay, for students in grades 9 to 12, should be between 800 and 1,200 words. Deadline for submissions is Friday, Nov. 15. For more information contact Treasa Sowa via email at, or by telephone at (906) 202-3030.

Health and Wellness

Type 1 Diabetes Summit Coming to Marquette on Nov.1
The Type 1 Diabetes Summit focuses on several issues people with type 1 may experience. At this year’s event, keynote speakers are Gary Hall Jr., a former Olympic swimmer, who developed type 1 diabetes midway through his swimming career, and pediatric endocrinologist Dr. Michael Wood. Diabetes Educator Chris Plourde, who also lives with type 1 diabetes, will share a martial arts demonstration. There will also be a panel discussion on managing the high costs of diabetes; legislators have been invited in participate. The event takes place at Marquette Senior High School on Saturday, Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. To register for the event go to on Eventbrite. Tickets are $5 per person and include lunch and a t-shirt. There is also a block of rooms reserved at the Marquette Holiday Inn; the rooms are $95 per night plus taxes: request the UPDON block. This event is hosted by the U.P. Diabetes Outreach Network, a program of UPCAP. For more information contact Kristen Cambensy at or call (906) 273-1120.

Leadership training for caregiver program scheduled
Michigan State University Extension will be providing a two-day, leader certification training for Powerful Tools for Caregivers. This is an evidenced based program. The goal of the training is to certify leaders to team-teach the six-week series to build capacity across the U.P. The Powerful Tools for Caregivers series requires two leaders. Leaders may be professionals, volunteers or former caregivers. Potential leaders need flexibility, openness and a genuine interest in facilitating positive change for caregivers. Leaders will not be required to teach outside of their communities or territories. The training will be held Thursday and Friday, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Luce County MSU Extension office in Newberry. To register or for more information contact Tracie Abram at 906-235-2985 or find out more about Powerful Tools for Caregivers visit

Cindy Nyquist, RN, receives Evergreen Award
At the annual luncheon on Oct.21, The Evergreen Award of Marquette County honored Cindy Nyquist, RN, as its newest recipient. During the announcement Luci Contois, Evergreen Committee Chair, stated, “She quickly became a pioneer and through this trek into unmarked territory, she mentored many women to excel and achieve leadership positions. She set an example for women and girls and proved that if you want something and work hard enough at it, then you can make it happen and anything is possible …” Nyquist said she was shocked to learn of her award. “As I was listening, I thought to myself how impressive this person was- it wasn’t until halfway through that I realized it seemed like she had a lot in common with me! The truth is, you don’t really think you’re doing anything special when you are actually doing it. You’re simply doing it because you know, in your heart, it’s the right thing to do and that you can make something a little better than it was before.” The Evergreen Award honors individuals who are dedicated to supporting and mentoring women and girls and helping them to reach their leadership potential. These exceptional women and men excel in their chosen path, devote time and energy to their community in a meaningful way, and blaze trails for others to follow.

U.P. Blood Center exeriencing need for donations
The UP Regional Blood Center is currently experiencing a critical need for B-Pos, O-neg, B-neg, and A-neg blood types. The UP Regional Blood Center has collection sites in Marquette, Hancock, Escanaba, Sault Ste. Marie and Iron Mountain and are the primary supplier of blood to 13 UP hospitals. Please see our website at for center details and blood drive locations. Currently, 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.


SWP acquires Lake Huron shoreline property
The Superior Watershed Partnership Land Conservancy (SWP) recently completed the purchase and permanent protection of over 1,600 feet of Lake Huron shoreline including 17 acres of old growth northern forest, coastal wetlands and rare fen marshlands. The SWP received a $400,000 grant through the community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program administered through the U.S. Forest Service. The SWP and project partners provided over $377,000 in related project match. The SWP Lake Huron Community Forest property is located near DeTour Village in Chippewa County where coastal development pressures are at an all-time high. The parcel will preserve important coastal ecosystems and provide educational and recreational opportunities for area residents and tourists. Protecting this unique coastal forest and coastal wetland was a local and regional priority. Planned improvements include low-impact hiking trails and interpretative nature signs throughout the property. The Superior Watershed Partnership and Land Conservancy is a nationally recognized 501 c 3 non-profit organization and a regional leader in Great Lakes protection and restoration. For more information about the Superior Watershed Partnership Land Conservancy, contact, (906) 228-6095 or visit:

Forest Service transfers fire engine to KBIC
Hiawatha National Forest has completed the process of transferring a fire engine to Keweenaw Bay Indian Community in L’Anse. The vehicle, which was being replaced through the Forest Service’s normal fleet replacement cycle, was of interest to support KBIC’s firefighting operations. The Type 6 fire engine was donation was authorized by the Federal Excess Personal Property program. U.S. Forest Service fire equipment is fully depreciated at the end of its life-cycle, which helps make it possible for the agency to provide it free of cost to communities. Hiawatha National Forest staff hopes the transferred vehicles will benefit local communities for years to come. “We see this kind of thing as simply being good neighbors, plus it means that even after our vehicles leave our hands they can continue to provide service to our local customers,” said Hiawatha Forest Supervisor Cid Morgan, who also extended her appreciation to the tribe for its contributions to wildfire suppression. KBIC Tribal President Chris Schwartz, who was on hand for receipt of the vehicle, said, “I appreciate working with the USDA Forest Service. Partnerships like this are a win-win for both organizations and the community as a whole.” For more information about the vehicle transfer programs, contact Joe Lenoir at (906) 643-7900.

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