City Notes – August 2009

Edited by Kristy Basolo


Dear editor
Thank you for a wonderful article about our son, Michael Koenig (feature, July 2009 issue). In an age when we have made great progress in killing, it is reassuring to find people who dedicate themselves to improving life. The scholarship fund will hopefully grow and promote that end.
We had no idea it would be a feature story and author Suzan Travis Robyns has done a fabulous job. We cannot thank you enough for making our area aware that uncelebrated people still are helping to shape this world.
We have been getting calls from friends who have read the article; you have done far more than justice to Mike’s work. Judging from the response by e-mail and phone, it has not been a “small” part.
We thank you for any opportunity to enhance the scholarship. We have been contacted by people who have said they were so impressed with the article they are sending contributions to Hopkins. Donations to the Michael Koenig Grant Program can be sent to:
Bloomberg School of Public Health
Ricky Fine
615 N. Wolfe Street
Room W1041
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD 21205
Debbie & Harry Koenig


Dear editor
To everyone who has supported Public

90, thank you for your continued financial support and for making it possible for us to be the radio station of choice for so many. More than fifty percent of our operating budget comes from listeners, making it our largest and most reliable source of funding. So your annual contributions literally make everything you hear on WNMU-FM possible.
During our 2009 fundraising year, which ended June 30, regional businesses and individual listeners gave $434,557 to help keep Public Radio 90 running strong for another year.
When you think about how many hours of quality news and music Public Radio 90 brings you, your annual membership contribution is just pennies per hour.
The money you give generously to WNMU-FM makes it possible for in-depth news and quality music to have a home on the radio.
Your extra efforts in securing matching gift forms from your human resources offices and submitting them to Public Radio 90 helped us add $4,738 in matching gift dollars making your gifts stretch that much further.
Listeners continued to join our sustaining member ranks during theyear, boosting us up to 244 strong. By authorizing Public Radio 90 to automatically deduct their annual membership contributions from a bank or credit union account or credit card, we know we can count on $54,570 from sustaining members to help pay our 2010 programming costs.
Perhaps like many listeners, you’ve come to appreciate what we call “driveway moments”…when you linger in your car in the driveway to finish listening to a story or a conversation or a compelling piece of music.
At Public Radio 90, we bring youprogramming that educates, entertains and surprises you. Where else can you spend an hour gaining new perspectives on the news of the day and being delighted by a new piece of music by a composer you’ve never heard?
Listener support is the lifeblood of public radio, and we sincerely appreciate all you do for Public Radio 90, WNMU-FM. We look forward to an even brighter future with you by our side.
Evelyn Massaro, Station Manager

P.S. If good intentions paid the bills, we’d be on easy street, but unfortunately they don’t. So, if you pledged during one of our fundraising campaigns this year and haven’t yet paid your pledge, call us with your credit card payment or send your check today. As of July 22, we still have $34,526 in unpaid pledges. Thanks.



Dear editor
My wife and I were at Hiawatha last weekend and happened upon the July copy of your paper. We were especially impressed by the work in your “kids” section. The base story and the editing were outstanding. Both the authors and the editors are to be congratulated. And the paper itself is to be congratulated on sponsoring the kids. Keep up the good work.
Bill and Julie Brown, Maple City


Dear editor
The recent world-wide economic problems have created problems for many of the granting foundations that help support numerous local nonprofit organizations/ activities. This temporary loss of support threatens a permanent loss of many activities/organizations we hold near and dear. Once again, We, the people need to take note and act accordingly.
During a concert intermission at Kaufman Auditorium, I began searching out examples of “invisible” community support. The actual cost to present a concert is far beyond the cost of the musicians. The list would include the building, of course; a fairly recent renovation; the seats for the audience; music stands; even the special chairs for the orchestra so they sit forward to play. These are all visible but easy to forget. These items are also very costly but lasting. They tend to be funded by major campaigns coordinated through several organizations.
Not so visible and much easier to forget: the attitudes and expectations of the community. All of those musicians have studied, practiced, even traveled for lessons for a great part of their lives.
This was an expense to the musician, to the family, and to the surrounding community of supportive groups—schools, music organizations, performance venues, etc. The performing musician is the deliberate product of years of support and encouragement. And the product—live performance—is so fleeting.
Foundations are created and comply with the IRS Tax Laws to support nearly every idea or project imaginable. Their grant money comes from tax-exempt investments. The world-wide economic problems (of the first paragraph) have destroyed large portions of the financial base of many Foundations—thus destroying their ability to send promised funds to local non-profit groups. This sudden loss of planned continuing support threatens to destroy what these local non-profit groups have labored to create over the decades.
In the Upper Peninsula, the typical non-profit budget is well below $100,000 and the staff is mostly volunteer. There is a current regulation by the IRS, which attempts to find these very small non-profits. It requires all non-profits to file a Form-990 (even the groups previously exempt because their budgets were typically less than $26,000).
Fortunately, We, the people have a local perspective and some influence concerning support for the Arts and other local programs. Itemized deductions allow all of us to determine where our personal support will be directed and—along with the donation—a certain amount of deferred Federal and State tax support.
Our other form of influence—and much more direct—is on the State Tax Form. One of the refundable credits can designate up to $200 of Michigan tax support for specific organizations. The ones I am familiar with are donations to Public Broadcasting and the local library.
The funding problems you hear over the radio and television apply to every non-profit in the UP. Greater or lesser the budget—each organization is very dependent upon (your) local support.
Our individual donations might seem invisible in the grand scheme. However, every non-profit has a very pressing desire to accumulate donations and cover their immediate costs. In future years, the Foundations may be able to resume their granting programs. For now, the plans and commitments based upon promised Foundation support are seriously endangered.
The political process is not rushing to the rescue and the community—the whole U.P.—might soon lose the organizations, activities and services we valued, supported and built over the decades.
Please consider writing a check in support of local, non-profit organizations.
Howard Harding



Marquette Food Co-op Challenges you to eat local

The Marquette Food Co-op, along with fifty-seven food co-ops nationwide, challenges area residents to put their money where their mouths—and producers—are and help stimulate local economic growth by taking the second, national Eat Local, America! challenge August 1 through 15. During this time, participants create diets based on as much locally produced food as they can.
Sign the poster at the Marquette Food Co-op or register at one of the local farmers markets to show your commitment to eat local food. Markets with signups available include Gwinn, Marquette, Munising, and Negaunee. When you sign up, be sure to pick up one of the welcome packets available.
Seasoned locavores are encouraged to commit to eating two out of three meals per day with local food. Those who are just starting out—the local newbies—are urged to begin by eating five meals a week made with local foods.
In addition to eating produce and meat raised locally, participants are encouraged to think about how else they can implement a local lifestyle. For example, try buying bread from a local baker. The Marquette Food Co-op also has health and beauty aids from local producers.
The Eat Local America challenge officially begins with a party on August 1 in the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum courtyard.
The community is invited to gather for a celebration of all things local with food, music, and children’s activities from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Bring your best locally grown-dish and its recipe to share, your dancing shoes, and your entire family.
Join the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum, the Marquette Food Co-op, and other Baraga St. businesses for a celebration of all things local—food, heroes, our environment, music, song and dance.
For details, call Sarah at 225-0671, ext. 23.


Calumet Theatre offers Michigan Mondays series

The Calumet Theatre presents the Michigan Mondays Music Series, which offers concerts featuring performers from the state of Michigan.

• August 3—An Evening with Bob Milne Ragtime Pianist
• August 10—Remembering Patsy and Other Country Greats

Tickets are available by phone or by visiting the Calumet Theatre box office. Summer box office hours are noon to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 2.5 hours before show time. For details, call 337-2610 or visit

Superiorland Bridge news

• The Superiorland Bridge Club invites the public to an open house in their new home in the Westwood Mall from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on August 7. Members of the club will demonstrate the variety of ways bridge is offered at the club, including, duplicate, homestyle, supervised play (for those learning the game) and Swiss Teams. Visitors will be able to join the games at no charge. Refreshments will be available. The club’s bridge teacher, Denise Hoffman, will be on hand to answer questions about learning bridge from the absolute beginner to the advanced student of all ages.
• A free Youth Bridge Camp will be held in the Superiorland Bridge Club in the Westwood Mall from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on August 10. Kids will get an introduction to the game and learn why bridge is the most popular game in the world. Parents and grandparents are welcome, too.
For details, call 226-3108 or e-mail


Pipe organ music scheduled at Keweenaw Heritage Center

At the August 7 “First Friday,” the Keweenaw Heritage Center will feature St. Anne’s pipe organ music on the newly restored 1899 Barckhoff Tracker Pipe Organ with guest organist Mike Maksimchuk. The center will be open from 6:30 to 9:00 for people to view the summer exhibit Keweenaw’s Musical Heritage photo display and enjoy the pipe organ music.



Ore to Shore Mountain Bike Epic set for August 8

The tenth annual Ore to Shore Mountain Bike Epic will take place on August 8.
In the beginning 480 racers competed for glory. In 2005, more than 2,300 racers competed.
The O2S is a point-to-point race, with riders gearing up at the start line in Negaunee.
The long distance course travels through Ishpeming, past towering head frames from the heyday of underground mining, and then heads north into the beautiful wooded wilderness, crossing or running alongside of the Dead River all the way into Marquette to the Lake Superior shoreline.
The shorter race also starts in Negaunee, but immediately turns north and then east toward Marquette. The two courses merge six miles north of Negaunee and the soft rock riders get to experience the same Dead River and Superior overlooks as well as the same finish line.
The 28-mile Soft Rock and 48-mile Hard Rock races offer a challenge for every level of rider. The outstanding support by hundreds of volunteers makes racing and riding the course an outstanding experience.
For details, visit


Native American artists sought for Bonifas display

Native American artists are reminded of the deadline for submissions in all media from Native American artists in Michigan and Wisconsin for Reflections from the Great Lakes. Applications must be received at the Bonifas Arts Center in Escanaba by 3:00 p.m. on August 1.
Entry is open to all Native American residents of Michigan and Wisconsin eighteen years and older. All media are welcome. Pieces may be any size.
To encourage new work, entries must have been completed within the last two years and must be original work from idea to product.
The exhibit will be on display in the Bonifas Gallery from September 17 through October 29.
For details, call 786-3833 or visit


CFS offers Agawa Canyon Tour in fundraising raffle

Continuing celebration of “90 Years of Social Services in the U.P.,” Child and Family Services is offering a train related raffle based on its “Orphan Train” heritage from the 1800s. The winning raffle ticket will win four tickets to the Agawa Canyon Tour Train to be used on October 3.
The winner will receive overnight accommodations for four people on October 2 in the Canadian Soo. Drawing will be August 14 at the intermission of the Lake Superior Theatre “Orphan Train” play. You need not be present to win.
Raffle tickets cost $10 and can be purchased from Child and Family board and staff members, and at the following businesses: Heritage Motors, Jeffrey’s Restaurant, Johnson’s Sport Shop, River Valley State Bank (Washington Street), Michigan Fair, Lake Superior Community Partnership and the Ishpeming Ski Hall of Fame.
Continuing the train theme, Child and Family will sponsor a hobo dinner on August 14 prior to the “Orphan Train” play. Jeffrey’s Restaurant is preparing the delicious foil-wrapped “hobo meal,” which can be eaten on the Theatre grounds or taken with you. Tickets are $5 each, available from Child and Family Board and Staff members.



Save the Wild U.P. plans walk, paddle and roll event

Join Save the Wild UP, Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve and Freshwater Future in a Great Lakes Walk, Paddle and Roll Fundraising event, which culminates with a twenty-mile, off-road mountain biking adventure on August 20. All funds raised will be used to support environmental outreach and educational activities and similar efforts around the Great Lakes region.
Participants can either solicit pledges by picking up pledge envelopes at the SWUP or Yellow Dog offices or by setting up an individualized Web site. Another option would be to donate directly to the organization. All gifts are tax deductible.
Local volunteers and avid trail riders will help organize and lead groups of bikers through logging trails and existing county roads of varied terrain with water views and scenic overlooks along the way.


Richmond Township announces Heritage Days

Richmond Township Heritage Days will be held on August 15 this year. Festivities begin with a parade at noon through the Palmer streets.
A pig roast and car show will follow at the Palmer Park and Pavilion at 1:00 p.m., with car show judging at 3:00 p.m. A Jaws of Life demonstration, 50/50 raffle and food for sale will be available all day. Food includes corn on the cob, hotdogs, hamburgers and ice cream.
The event is sponsored by the Palmer Firefighters Association. For details, call 475-4180.


Ski club hosts ultra-marathon in Marquette, set August 22

The Superiorland Ski Club is hosting the Inaugural Marquette Trail 50, which will begin at 6:30 a.m. on August 22.
This is an ultra-marathon event with two distances of either fifty miles or fifty kilometers. This event will be run entirely on trails, which, for the most part will be single-track with some two-track and dirt roads. The course will start and end in Tourist Park.
For details, visit or e-mail


Sierra Club offers contest for photographs of Yellow Dog

The Central Upper Peninsula Group of the Sierra Club is sponsoring a photo contest to celebrate the beauty of the Yellow Dog River Watershed. Entries are due by August 28.
Prizes to be awarded include a $100 cash prize for the best photograph overall and additional prizes for great photos in each of the categories above.
Up to four photographs may be submitted by each contestant. The contest is open to everyone. You do not need to be a Sierra Club member to enter. Send pictures electronically to


Farmstead Feast hosted by Seeds and Spores Farm

On August 30, enjoy an open-air feast on the farmstead with Seeds and Spores Family Farm and Slow Food Central Upper Peninsula (SFCUP). This fundraising event will start with appetizers at 4:30 p.m., followed by a tour of the farm at 5:15 p.m., and dinner at 6:00 p.m.
Preparing this feast will be local chef Kareem Shaw, using ingredients grown almost entirely in the same fields in which you’ll dine. The event will highlight the ecological and gustatory benefits of eating from your “foodshed”: that is, eating food grown, raised or harvested from within your geographical region. Guests are asked to bring their own wine or other alcoholic beverage if they wish—suggestions for pairings will be available.
Tickets are $50 ($45 for members of Slow Food), and will be available at Babycakes Muffin Co. in Marquette. Proceeds will go toward future SFCUP programming. For details, e-mail, call 346-2466, or visit


Tuesday Blues-day free to public on September 1

At 7:00 p.m. on September 1, join the Marquette Area Blues Society for the first-ever “Tuesday Blues-day” in the community room of Peter White Public Library. The day will include members of the Flat Broke Blues Band, who will share an evening of blues history and music. This event is free to the public. For details, call 226-5451.


Strut Your Mutt sets early registration deadline

Strut Your Mutt 2009, a benefit walk for homeless pets will take place on September 12 at Mattson Lower Harbor Park. Early bird registration costs $15 for adults and $5 for youth if submitted by September 1.
After September 1, cost is $20 for adult and $10 for youth.
Enter a drawing to have your dog selected as the official leader of the pack to lead the walk. Qualify with your preregistration form by September 1. The dog name will be drawn at the event before the walk begins.
A 1.5- or three-mile walk is available. Registration is at 9:30 a.m.; the walk begins at 10:30 a.m. For details, visit or call 475-6661.


Marquette Choral begins rehearsals, seeks performers

Marquette Choral Society rehearsals start at 7:00 p.m. on September 14 in the Choral Room #250 of the Thomas Fine Arts building on the campus of Northern Michigan University, with performances scheduled for December 5 and 6.
Christmas songs by John Rutter and audience sing-alongs will be part of the “Carols in the Cathedral” program. There will be a nominal fee for music and membership. No audition is necessary; all who enjoy singing are welcome.
For details, call 227-2563.



Out of the Darkness walk needs participant support

Marquette is hosting the second annual Out of the Darkness Walk for Suicide Prevention on September 19, sponsored by Lasco.
Area businesses and organizations are asked to support this event by putting teams together or just coming to the event to encourage others. Donations can be made out to Great Lakes Recovery Centers.
The event will begin with registration at The Commons at 9:00 a.m. and the walk starting at 10:00 a.m. If you register the day of the walk, all proceeds stay local; if you register online for the walk, the proceeds are used for national research as well as used to help local programs get started.
For details, visit or contact Alyson at 235-1969 or


Detroit Red Wings going 100,000 watts on FM radio

Through an exclusive three-year agreement with the National Hockey League’s Western Conference Champions, Radio Results Network will broadcast the entire Red Wing season on its 100,000-watt flagship radio station 97.1 FM. The regular season includes eighty-two games and begins on November 1.
Complete information about the 97.1 FM Red Wing broadcast schedule can be found at


YMCA swim team welcomes Williams as new coach

Former MSHS swim coach Matthew Williams has been hired as the new head coach for the YMCA of Marquette County’s competitive swim team. This year’s team will include the merger of the former UPY Watercats swim team and the YMCA’s Marquette Aquatic Club Riptide.
The team will train and develop swimmers at NMU’s PEIF pool, the MSHS pool and Westwood High School’s pool. Approximately 130 athletes are expected to participate with the merger.
Also joining the YMCA of Marquette County team will be the Copper Country Killer Whales, formerly a part of the UPY organization. Copper Country athletes will continue to train in Houghton, but will participate with Marquette County swimmers as teammates during all competition.



MTU Archives gets grant to reveal hidden collections

The Michigan Technological University Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections has received a federal grant to support a two-year project to improve the description of its historical collections and share more of this information across the web.
The grant has been awarded by the National Historical Records and Publications Commission (NHPRC), the grantmaking arm of the National Archives. The outright grant of $116,500 is for 47 percent of the budgeted project cost of $250,342.
As part of the project, the Archives will hire two additional staff and implement Proficio, a specialized collection management software program created for archives and museums. Descriptions of each of the Archives’ 900 manuscript collections will be created in the new system, with information shared to Michigan Tech’s Van Pelt and Opie Library catalog and to WorldCat, a national bibliographic utility which comingles information from libraries and archives around the world.
A regional history manuscript collection, the Michigan Tech Archives collects information on the history of the Keweenaw Peninsula in Michigan’s Western Upper Peninsula, including its historic copper mining industry.
The collections to be described include a wide variety of format and content, including personal papers and diaries, business and industrial records, photographs, maps, and wide format items.
For details, call 487-2505 or e-mail


LSAA challenges artists with ‘Take Three Challenge Show’

The Lake Superior Art Association is calling for entries for the Take Three Challenge, a nonjuried show, which will be presented in November 2009 in the Huron Mountain Gallery at Peter White Library.
Eligible entries must incorporate at least three items from the following list of five: door, feather, suitcase, toadstool/mushroom and water.
Entries must include three items from the list, but may incorporate four or all five, may be in any two- or three-dimensional medium, including computer art, photography, mixed media, etc. and may be in any style. One entry will be allowed per person.
Entries must be received by October 26 to be considered. For details, call Charlice at 942-7816 or e-mail


Nonprofit Conference speaker to address workforce

Dr. Phil Gardner, director of the Collegiate Employment Research Institute (CERI) at Michigan State University, will be the keynote speaker at the fifth annual U.P. Nonprofit Conference on October 23 at Northern Michigan University in Marquette.
Established in 1985 by an act of the Michigan legislature, CERI is charged with collecting and analyzing information on the initial employment of the college-educated workforce upon graduation from Michigan’s four- and two-year institutions.
The theme of this year’s conference is “Staying Strong while Shaping the Future.” Gardner will speak to conference attendees about what CERI research reveals for the nonprofit sector on issues such as succession planning and changing work life expectations as baby boomers retire and new generations begin to fill the ranks of nonprofit leadership.
The U.P. Nonprofit Conference is hosted by the Great Lakes Center for Youth Development. The Michigan Nonprofit Association partners with GLCYD to bring the conference to U.P. nonprofits.
This year’s conference also will feature the inaugural U.P. Service Awards, sponsored by Northern Michigan Bank & Trust. Six awards will be made to honor commitment to and excellence in volunteerism throughout the U.P.
For conference information or registration visit or call (877)339-6884.


Sister City Delegation visit for Fall 2009 canceled

The Sister City Delegation visit scheduled for late October 2009 to Higashiomi (Japan) was canceled due to international concerns with the H1N1 virus.
In mid-May, an anticipated full delegation of twelve area citizens was expected.
Mayor Nishizawa of Higashiomi said fears of the H1N1 flu virus had prompted Shiga Prefecture to cancel all youth exchanges for the calendar year, and he requested we consider a cancellation of our visit to be confirmed later in the summer.
Preparations will be made for an incoming delegation from Higashiomi in 2010. An outgoing Delegation trip will be made in 2011 from Marquette to Higashiomi.
For details, call Pryse at 225-0978.


Finlandia University Phase II renovations begin

Finlandia University Phase II renovations to Finlandia’s Jutila Center for Global Design and Business began June 1.
The second round of improvements to the former Portage View Hospital continues a multiphase project funded by an Economic Development Authority grant awarded in 2005. Including the current $1.58 million project, a total of $4.7 million has been invested to date in renovations to the Jutila Center, including a $700,000 investment from the Smart Zone. A recent forty percent Finlandia matching gift paved the way for Phase II work.
The Jutila Center small business incubator opened in 2005. Currently at ninety-percent capacity, the incubator houses nineteen companies employing thirty-seven people. Software development, insurance, art, music, photography, wellness and a café are among the services offered.


Marquette County Sheriff’s Office start VSU in fall

The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office is seeking candidates to serve as volunteer advocates in a Victim Services Unit (VSU) starting up within agency. The volunteer advocates will assist victims and their families during and after critical incidents in the county, and be the helping hands of area first responders.
Candidates for the VSU will undergo a background check and twenty hours of initial training approved by the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association. VSU training is scheduled for September 19 and 20 at the Jacobetti Center on the campus of Northern Michigan University. To become a VSU volunteer advocate, complete an application, which is available at the Sheriff’s office. For details, call 225-8477 or email



Marquette County’s financial performance upgraded

Standard and Poor’s upgraded Marquette County’s bond rating from BBB+ to AA-, a four-step improvement. Solid financial performance was the reason for the upgrade.
While Standard and Poor’s believes significant uncertainty remains regarding any potentially positive and negative economic changes that may occur in the Midwest during the next several years, the agency expects Marquette County to be able to withstand any of these changes without a major negative impact on the county’s financial position. Standard and Poor’s believes Marquette County is strong enough to withstand the potential pressures and perform at a very strong level. The analysis considered the potential economic challenges facing Marquette County on a local, regional and national basis. A key to the higher rating is achieving a balance between location and economic opportunity that helps maintain financial stability.
Marquette County’s financial position is highlighted by strong reserve levels, both for the general fund and delinquent tax fund. General operations for 2008 were positive with increase to the ending fund balance of about $575,000.
Standard and Poor’s provides a transparent assessment of a government’s financial practices. Standard and Poor’s reviews revenue and expenditure assumptions, budget amendments and updates, long-term financial planning, long-term capital planning, investment management policies, debt management policies, and reserve and liquidity policies. Standard and Poor’s found Marquette County’s financial policies and practices to be good.
AAA is the highest available rating. D is the lowest. Standard & Poor’s is a leading provider of financial market intelligence and the world’s foremost source of credit ratings, indices, investment research, risk evaluation and data, including the S&P 500 benchmark.


Anatomy of a Murder blocks unable to be restored

According to Downtown Development Authority Executive Director, Mona Lang, the concrete hand and footprint castings from the film, Anatomy of A Murder, are unable to be restored.
The concrete hand and footprint blocks are deteriorated to a point that they are unrecognizable as anything more than crumbling concrete. The Downtown Development Authority hoped either to restore the originals or find a way to recast them and have them installed in the Marquette County Courthouse lawn.
Lang consulted a concrete restoration specialist as well as the director of the Beaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage Center and the director of the Marquette County History Museum and all agreed that because of the poor condition of the blocks they are no longer of historical value.
The blocks contained the signatures, handprints, and footprints from Hollywood celebrities associated with the filming of Anatomy of A Murder in 1959. The original slabs were commissioned by Franz and Millie Menze, who convinced Jimmy Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara, and a host of other stars in the film to commit their signatures, handprints and footprints in wet concrete blocks. At the time, then Chamber of Commerce President Franz Menze thought it might be nice to have the blocks placed in front of the Chamber building. Some residents complained, so Menze took the blocks home to this farm in McFarland and left them there. In 1973, Menze moved into Marquette and moved the blocks with him, placing them in his front yard on Palm Street. That’s where they stayed until the Washington Street reconstruction project in 1984. At that time, the blocks were installed as part of the sidewalk in front of the Nordic Theater (where the original film premiered), now Book World. Lang has been researching the molds for the last several years; unfortunately, no one seems to know who had them or where they might be.


MSU Extension offers Master Gardener volunteer class

MSU Extension is offering a Master Gardener Volunteer Program class for Fall 2009. Thirteen classes will be held on Monday nights, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., beginning September 14 in Marquette.
Participants complete classes and forty hours of volunteer service to become certified Master Gardener Volunteers. Registration and enrollment fee are due by September 2. Call 475-5731 for details.
ARRA funding benefits Hiawatha National Forest
Hiawatha National Forest supervisor Tom Schmidt announced that numerous projects will be funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for road maintenance and decommissioning and associated watershed restoration. Agency-wide there are 106 projects, funded at more than $228 million and located on Forest Service land in thirty-one states.
Locally, the Hiawatha National Forest has been funded to accomplish the following ARRA-funded road maintenance and watershed restoration and ecosystem restoration projects: signing ($250,000); Autrain Road Reconstruction ($900,000); Mackinac Trail Reconstruction ($1,000,000); Aquatic Organism Passage (AOP) culvert replacement ($341,000); AOP Watershed Restoration design ($500,000); and AOP Watershed Restoration construction ($2,000,000).
In addition to the above projects, in March the Hiawatha National Forest received $3.5 million in ARRA funding to resurface a portion of Delta County Road 513/Forest Highway 29. Delta County Road Commission will lead the partnership project and will employ equipment operators, inspectors and general laborers.


Speed skating business expo planned in Westwood Mall

As part of the short-track speed skating events going on September 8 through 12, the Lake Superior Community Partnership is holding a business/community expo from noon to 9:00 p.m. on September 10 at the Westwood Mall.
Sponsor tables are $50 for LSCP members, $75 for nonmembers and there are special deals for nonprofit organizations. The expo will be held on the “off” day of the Olympic Trials, so athletes, coaches and fans will have plenty of time to visit with all the representatives at the booths.


Help fight invasive plants through training workshops

The sight of a wetland densely crowded with purple loosestrife, or a forest floor carpeted with blue forget-me-nots might be viewed by many to be an appealing landscape. To concerned naturalists, botanists, and ecologists however, nonnative invasive plants like purple loosestrife and forget-me-nots, are a major cause for concern. Many plant species, either native or nonnative, can take advantage of disturbed habitats and can grow in large numbers. While not all nonnative plants spread out of control, certain nonnative plants are classified as “invasive” because they have characteristics that enable them to spread into natural areas and cause great ecological harm.
There will be educational workshops and volunteer workdays open to the public. The next workshop is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on September 12 at the Marquette Farmer’s Market.
For details, visit or e-mail


Michigan DNR news

• The Department of Natural Resources announced that hunters who are successful in the upcoming drawing for antlerless deer hunting licenses will no longer be notified by postcard. During this transition period, applicants for fall’s turkey hunting licenses and managed waterfowl area reserved hunts still will receive postcards because the change in notification was not announced prior to the closure of the application period. However, applicants for all limited-access hunting opportunities beginning in 2010 will not. Applicants for antlerless deer licenses and other limited-access hunting opportunities may check to see if they were selected for a hunt at
• The Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters that antlerless deer license applications for the 2009 hunting season are on sale through August 15. Application fee is $4. Applications are available at all license vendors and through the DNR’s e-license system at
Applications are on sale for all public land licenses and for private land licenses in selected deer management units (DMUs) in the Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula. Private land licenses for all other DMUs and leftover licenses go on sale September 10 at 10:00 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. Drawing results will be posted September 1 at
Most antlerless deer licenses will not be discounted this season. The cost is $15 for residents, $138 for nonresidents. Antlerless licenses will be discounted 40 percent, however, in the tuberculosis zone and in Kent County, where chronic wasting disease was detected last summer. Discounted licenses cost $9 for residents, $82.80 for nonresidents.
• The Department of Natural Resources announced it will operate far fewer check stations for deer this fall and be open significantly fewer hours. The DNR’s plans are to close more than half of its 125 check stations and operate the remaining stations only during the November 15 through thirty firearms season. During other hunting seasons—archery, youth and muzzleloader—hunters will have to take their deer to DNR operation service centers during select hours. The decision to reduce check stations was necessary in the wake of increasing budget cuts in both General Fund and Game and Fish Protection Fund dollars.
• The Department of Natural Resources has joined the social networking community, using the power of Twitter and Facebook to interact with a new generation of outdoor enthusiasts. Office of Communications staff are posting content daily to keep followers up-to-date on outdoors-related news, while also uploading pictures from the field and providing quick answers to questions from followers. To see DNR updates on Twitter, visit for the main DNR page, or for the Upper Peninsula page.
• A recent decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to return the Great Lakes population of gray wolves to the federal endangered species list will result in several significant changes to the management of wolves in Michigan. When wolves were removed from the endangered species list in early May, the DNR gained the authority to manage wolves under the state’s wolf management plan, which allows for lethal control in cases where nonlethal methods, such as noisemaking devices and barrier fencing, are not successful or viable. Additionally, two state laws, allowing livestock and pet owners to take lethal control against wolves in the act of preying upon domestic animals, went into effect. However, the federal decision to return wolves to the endangered species list means the new lethal control laws and the state’s wolf management plan are no longer valid. The federal decision to return wolves to the endangered species list was made in response to a lawsuit filed in June by the Humane Society of the United States and several other animal rights groups against the U.S. Department of Interior and the USFWS, asking that the original decision to delist wolves in April be reversed.
Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. provides updates for public
Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. provided an update for its North American Business Unit, including 2009 North American Iron Ore contractual obligations for volume and the Company’s expectations for North American Coal sales volumes.
Cliffs indicated that, based on amendments to customer supply agreements, it expects to defer approximately one million tons of purchase obligations for iron ore pellets from customers to the first quarter of 2010.
Cliffs also indicated that the owners of the Hibbing Taconite Joint Venture in Minnesota have made the decision to extend the plant’s current shutdown status through the first quarter of 2010 as a result of continuing soft demand for iron ore pellets.
Cliffs revised sales volume expectations for its North American Coal business segment to approximately 1.5 million short tons of coal at average revenue of approximately $100 per ton.


Boy Scouts dedicate new facility at Camp Hiawatha

A new shower house, dedicated at the Upper Peninsula Boy Scout camp near Munising, is seen as a starting point of other major facilities at Camp Hiawatha. Scout leaders in the Hiawathaland Council also hope the facility will expand the use of the camp.
The shower house was the largest major project since the camp was purchased in 1967. The new uni-sex shower facility has ten individual shower stalls, two restrooms and meets health standards including the American Disability Act (ADA). It replaces a thirty-five-year-old open, group shower.
Miller said new facilities like the shower house and staff dining facility competed last year will allow Camp Hiawatha to be used longer in the year. Currently, the camp has four weeks of summer camp for Boy Scouts and one week for Cub Scouts and Webelos.


Marquette Rotary News

• The Rotary Club of Marquette has a new president, Rich Tegge. Tegge, a local financial planner, recently returned to Marquette after attending the historic 100th RI Convention in Birmingham (England). More than 15,000 Rotarians celebrated fellowship, commemorated Rotary’s history, and focused on the future of Rotary International.
• Alyssa Harmon and Patrick Nowlin are back home in Marquette and Munising after spending one full year abroad as Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) Students. Harmon spent one year in Busan (South Korea), while Nowlin did the same in Taipai (Taiwan). Harmon and Nowlin are two of more than 8,000 young people each year to have experiences like these through Rotary Youth Exchange. Both Harmon and Nowlin enjoyed the exchange and feel they have a better understanding of the cultures they were in. Both have a working grasp of the language of their countries and many of the customs as well. They adjusted to new schools, families, and friends. They were exposed to different foods, rules at school, as well as life in large cities with millions of inhabitants. Harmon and Nowlin agree that students in their schools spend many more hours in school than the typical American student and also spend many hours after school in study groups.
• Marquette Rotary donated $1,300 to support Summer Camp Scholarships for youth from the Lake Superior Village in North Marquette; $1,250 to the local Hiawathaland Council of the Boy Scouts of America; and $1,500 to the Superior Strings Alliance.


Local authors corner

• A new guidebook, titled Walking Paths & Protected Areas of the Keweenaw, describes twenty-two sanctuaries and preserves in Houghton and Keweenaw Counties. Each description includes driving directions, a trail map, interesting plants, animals and geology, and conservation history, along with full color photos of each site. The guidebook is a major update to an earlier publication of the Michigan Nature Association (MNA), Walking Paths in the Keweenaw, first published in 1989 and updated in 1995. The original booklet only described MNA nature sanctuaries in Keweenaw County. When the MNA began planning to update the booklet once more, it was felt that the public would better be served by a publication that included descriptions of not only MNA sanctuaries, but descriptions of protected areas owned by other nonprofit organizations and local units of government that are open to the public for nonmotorized recreation. The guide is available in many local bookstores and gift stores and may also be ordered online from
• Lorana A. Hopkins Jinkerson of Marquette has written the first and only children’s book about the North Country National Scenic Trail—Nettie Does the NCT: North Country Trail. The book is intended to inform and encourage families and children to explore the North Country National Scenic Trail as well as experience, enjoy, appreciate and respect our natural environment. The book has beautiful full color drawings done by Toby Mikle and tells the story of four friends who go out for a day’s hike on the NCT in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The cost is $22 per book plus $2 shipping. Books may be ordered directly from: Nettie Does the NCT, c/o Lorana Jinkerson, 1830 Altamont, Marquette, MI 49855. All profits will be donated to the North Country Trail Association and Lorna’s local chapter, North Country Trail Hikers, equally.


Notes from the desks of U.S. Senators Stabenow & Levin

• U.S. Senators Carl Levin (D-Michigan) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan) announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded $706,281 to Houghton County Memorial Airport in Hancock and $578,550 to Delta County Airport in Escanaba. The funding will be used to improve snow removal and make road enhancements.
• Stabenow and Levin commended the two Michigan recipients of Congressional Award Gold Medals, Joseph Jendrusina, of Bessemer and Veronica Kirin, of Grand Rapids. The award recognizes young Americans ages fourteen to twenty-three who demonstrate exemplary initiative, achievement, and service to their community.
• Levin and Stabenow hailed the announcement on Monday that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $23,680,995 to twenty-nine community health centers in Michigan through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The funding will be used to help expand their capacity to provide health care services to underserved populations, including the following in the U.P.: Bay Mills Indian Community in Brimley ($326,195) and Upper Peninsula Associates of Rural Health Services in Marquette ($483,485).
• Levin and Stabenow announced that the state of Michigan has been provided $9,597,969 for rebates to Michigan residents who purchase energy efficient appliances. The funding, awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), will be made available to consumers purchasing qualified residential ENERGY STAR appliances.
• Stabenow announced her appointment as chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture’s Subcommittee on Energy, Science and Technology. As chairwoman, Stabenow will work to ensure that agriculture and forestry play prominent roles in energy and climate policy that invests in new, clean technologies such as biofuels to create well-paying jobs. In addition to the Senate Agriculture Committee, Stabenow serves on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Budget Committee, all of which have jurisdiction over a wide range of issues important to Michigan. She also speaks as Michigan’s voice in Senate leadership as the Chair of the Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee.
• Stabenow made the following statement regarding the announcement that General Motors emerged from bankruptcy: “…I am pleased that a new GM has emerged from bankruptcy quickly and efficiently. I am confident that the new company, under a new management team, will be both viable and competitive, selling its best vehicles to consumers across America and around the globe…”
• Levin said the following regarding General Motors’ emergence from bankruptcy proceedings: “The birth pangs of a new GM were extraordinarily painful—but necessary. For the new GM to be strong and grow, workers and retirees, dealers and suppliers all paid a hefty price—and sometimes the ultimate price. There was for the most part little or no alternative, so this is a day to breathe a sigh of relief and quickly move on to make sure the sacrifices of so many leads to saving the maximum number of jobs, dealers and suppliers.”
• Levin and Stabenow hailed news that the U.S. Department of the Treasury Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) Fund has awarded $426,532 in technical assistance grants to three organizations in Michigan through the Native American CDFI Assistance (NACA) program. The funding will be used to expand capacity for lending and other financial services to underserved populations in Michigan and to certify Native CDFIs: Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Housing and Community Development Corp.
• Levin and Stabenow introduced the Great Lakes Short Sea Shipping Act, which is designed to encourage the use of ferries to transport goods between the United States and Canada. If enacted, non-bulk cargo would be exempted from the harbor maintenance tax.


Local business news…in brief

• Kerry Valesano has been promoted to economic development coordinator for the Lake Superior Community Partnership; Valesano joined the LSCP in January 2009.
• Barrington Broadcasting Group LLC. announced the promotion of Sonny Reschka to vice president/Media Operations at WLUC-TV6.
• Registered Nurse Jamie Skewis passed the National Certification Corporation’s exam in Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing; Skewis has worked as an RN in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at MGHS for nearly thirteen years.
• Marquette General Health System President and CEO, A. Gary Muller, FACHE, was elected a 2009 board member for the Michigan Health & Hospital Association during the association’s Annual Membership Meeting.
• Thrivent Financial for Lutherans donated $1,000 to the Marquette County Community Foundation; the gift will be placed into the William and Mildred Andrews Youth Fund, which supports youth programs in the greater Gwinn Area.
• The Board of Trustees of the Upper Peninsula Health Care Network named Dennis H. Smith of Marquette as the network’s new executive director; Smith is president and chief executive officer of the Upper Peninsula Health Plan and the Upper Peninsula Health Group and president of the Executive Committee for the Michigan Association of Health Plans.

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