City Notes – December 2009

 Edited by Kristy Basolo

Dear editor
MooseWood Nature Center would like to say thank you to all the participants who came out in support of the 2009 Haunted Bog Walk and Friendly Frights Forest fund-raiser. MooseWood and its critters depend on the generosity of the community to make our largest fund-raiser a success.
Thank you to all the NMU students, groups, clubs and organizations that made this event possible. We would like to thank the following: Organization for Outdoor Recreation Professionals, Outdoor Recreation Center, Environmental Science Organization, Aspen House, Alpha Gamma Delta, VanAntwerp and Spalding halls, Marquette Senior High School Environmental Science Club, Campus Girl Scouts, Boy Scout Troop #302, the City of Marquette, and all the individuals too numerous to name here who donated their time and energy to put on this major fund-raiser.
In addition, we would like to thank the many local merchants of Marquette who gave funds, food, supplies and in-kind services. MooseWood Nature Center would like to thank our sponsors: Mares-Z-Doats, Shopko, Marquette Food Co-op, Company B Graphics, Superior Dermatology: Dr. Jennifer Baldwin, Superior View, Michael’s, Pride Printing, 96.7 FM “The Eagle,” Babycakes, 100.3 FM “The Point,” Farmer Q’s Market, Main Street Pizza, Domino’s Pizza, Econo Foods and CK Unlimited Photography.
We hope all the participants who braved the Haunted Bog Walk and Friendly Frights Forest enjoyed their visit, and we encourage everyone to come back next year.
MooseWood Nature Center is an independent not-for-profit organization located on Presque Isle Park. The Center is open year-round, offers native animals and educational displays, presents monthly programs to the public and is available for school and private programs. For more information, call 228-6250 or visit
Tiffany Rantanen,
MooseWood Nature Center Board

Dear editor
As the staff at St. Christopher’s Preschool in Marquette Township reflects on another successful summer camp, we are grateful to many people.
Our summer camp sponsors provided resources that benefited the children we serve. Our gratitude goes to: Kara Applekamp, State Farm Insurance; EconoFoods; Dr. Brett Goymerac, Washington Dental; 906 Technologies; Pediatric Specialists; Drs. Brzezinski, Frantz and Nidiffer; Tonja Acker-Richards, Limited License Psychologist; Dr. Nancy Stang, Stang Family Eye Care; U.P. Catholic Credit Union; U.P. Rehab Services and Vango’s Pizza. Thank you to:
• Our grantors, the Breakfast Rotary and Rotary West Foundation, for helping us to fight childhood obesity.
• Pride Printing, Farmer Qs, Screened Image, Jilbert Dairy, Marquette Monthly, The Mining Journal, Q107-WMQT, 100.3 The Point and TV6.
• The Harl Family and Donckers for awesome field trips. Our volunteers for the Fourth of July parade and the Celebrate Childhood Rummage Sale, including Kohl’s employees. Artists Jane Milkie, Stephanie Bajema, Jessica Robyns and Julie Lyle of Tandem Dog Training.
• The families who trust us with setting the foundation for their children’s formal education.
• The children who make our school a joyful place and keep our staff constantly learning.
Our preschool’s ability to provide innovative education over the past decade is the result of Sister Colleen Sweeting’s absolute commitment to children. Our highly qualified teachers create a caring community and offer personalized education.
In these economic times, we want to emphasize that a high-quality preschool education is one of the best investments our society can make.
Kim Specker & Suzan Travis- Robyns, St. Christopher’s Preschool


Dear editor
For the past year, I’ve been working for The Women’s Center, a nonprofit in Michigan that provides free and confidential domestic and sexual violence services. Every twenty-four hours, there are 5,760 victims of battering. 3,456 cases will be in households with children. In that same time period, four women and three children will die from injuries related to domestic abuse.
We need to raise $10,000 between now and December 23 to continue providing emergency shelter, counseling, legal advocacy and transitional housing assistance to help women and children rebuild their lives free from abuse.
But we can’t do it alone. We need your help. A gift for as little as $25 would mean so much to the women and children we serve. All donations are tax deductible. You can help by visiting: and giving a secure donation online.
For many of us thinking about the upcoming holidays there is no other place we would rather be than at home with friends and family. For many of us, the thought of having to stay in a “shelter” during this time of year seems especially difficult. However, for many children staying in a shelter, this will be the first holiday knowing they can sleep soundly and without fear; they wake up to warm and friendly faces and food available for breakfast.
Thank you for considering helping me toward The Women’s Center’s $10,000 goal. Please give generously.
Peace on earth begins at home.
Hannah Mongiat


MSHS to dance in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

On November 26, the Marquette Senior High School Dance Team will dance in the parade and perform in front of Macy’s live on NBC.
They also were on The Today Show on November 24. In addition, they will attend a Broadway musical and the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular, take professional dance lessons and tour the Big Apple.
Donations can be sent to MSHS Athletics, c/o the Dance Team, 1201 West Fair Avenue in Marquette.


Players de Noc Community Theater, Escanaba

Greetings!, written by Tom Dudzick and directed by Cathy Wilson, will be performed December 4 through 6 and December 10 through 12. All shows begin at 8:00 p.m., except the matinee at 2:00 p.m. on December 6.
Tickets now are available at Gust Asp in Escanaba, Super Value in Gladstone or at the door. Tickets are $10, with half-price student tickets sold ten minutes before each performance at the box office for any available seats. Bring your student ID.
The cast includes Mark Ammel, Sara Peraino, Sandy McCollough, Mark Cowman and Pete Dzanbozoff.
This family comedy-drama takes place in the Gorski family home in Pittsburgh on Christmas Eve. A young man is flying home for the holidays with his new fiancée to meet his very Catholic parents and beloved Special brother. They hope for a pleasant visit with very little focus on the fact that his fiancée is a Jewish atheist, but it, of course, becomes an unavoidable topic. Be prepared for an evening of belly laughs and tears, with some Christmas miracles moving the entire household to explore love, religion, and truth together.
For details, call Cathy Wilson 399-2752.


SHARE offers holiday dinner for six for less than $30

SHARE, a nonprofit, food-buying club, is offering a complete Christmas dinner for six for $27.50. It includes a six-pound honey ham, canned pineapple, gelatin ring mold, chocolate cake with dark sweet cherries and an assortment of seven seasonal produce items.
Orders may be picked up on December 19 in Marquette, Gwinn, Ishpeming or Michigamme.
Pay by cash, money order, check or Bridge card by calling (800)548-2124.


Work of ‘Unexpected artists’ auctioned to benefit UPCM

The Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum in Marquette will host the sixth annual Celebrity Art Auction on December 3.
Adults are invited to come to the museum that evening for a fun event featuring original works of art by some of the community’s most unexpected artists. In all, forty “artists” will do their best to show their artistic sides. Along with the auction, there will be fine wines, cheeses and a chocolate fountain to enjoy.
Viewing will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the auction to begin at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free. The event is sponsored by the Marquette Jaycees and the general public is encouraged to attend.
For details, call UPCM at 226-3911.


Red Cross set to host open house, showcases services

The local chapter of the American Red Cross will have an open house on December 3 at its new office location at 1175 Erie Street in Marquette, in the old Vandenboom School.
The open house will take place from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. and the public is encouraged to attend. The many programs of the Red Cross will be showcased including fire victim and disaster assistance, military support, health and safety classes, blood donations and more. Refreshments will be served.
The open house will be an opportunity for community members to find out more about new and ongoing programs and services offered by the Red Cross, talk with community members who have been touched by the services offered, and learn how to get involved with helping the community. Staff, volunteers and board members will be on hand to answer questions and give tours of the new offices.
The Red Cross moved to the new location in August 2009 and is sharing the building with the YMCA of Marquette and Great Lakes Center for Youth Development. The move is allowing the Red Cross to collaborate on projects and share expense with other local nonprofits.
For details, call 228-3659.


YMCA sets open house for infant, toddler care program

The YMCA of Marquette County’s Child Development and Activity Center, currently providing preschool education and care for school age children as well, will be expanding its program to include care for children ages six weeks to younger toddlers.
The community is invited to a holiday open house from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on December 3 to view the newly expanded space. Children’s activities and healthy snacks will be on hand during the open house. The center is located at the former Vandenboom School. Full- or part-time infant, preschool and before- and afterschool care is available. The program, with a value-based curriculum, provides a unique caregiver-to-child ratio of one staff per three children, and requires all staff to be certified in CPR and First Aid. Each lead staff holds a bachelor’s degree or higher in Early Childhood Education. Care plans are affordable and flexible.
In partnership with the Marquette Area Public Schools, busing for school age students in the before- and after-school programs is available at no additional cost. For details, call 273-1121, e-mail or visit


Rotary Club organizes hat and mitten collection

The local Rotary Clubs are offering a chance for the public to partner to make a difference in a child’s life.
Come to the December 5 NMU hockey game and bring a new pair of hat and mittens to throw on the ice during intermission. The apparel will be scooped up and distributed to Marquette County school children in need.
If you cannot attend the game, donations can be dropped off at the Lake Superior Community Partnership in Marquette or Ishpeming.


Yesterday’s Treasures set for December 5 at clubhouse

The fourteenth annual Yesterday’s Treasures Sale will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on December 5 at the Federated Women’s Clubhouse in Marquette.
Proceeds benefit the restoration and renovation of this Victorian Home in Marquette.


Holiday Tea set to benefit Ishpeming Historical Society

The Ishpeming Area Historical Society will host a Holiday Tea on December 6.
Tour a historic home decorated for the holiday and experience a tea-time tradition. Tea will be served promptly at 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. Seating is limited. Cost is $20.
Tickets are available at the Main Street Antique Mall, 121 South Main Street in Ishpeming, or by calling 486-8680.


Jeff Daniels performance scheduled for December 11

An Evening with Jeff Daniels will be held at 8:00 p.m. on December 11 at Kaufman Auditorium.
Reserved seating is $26 in advance and $30 the day of the show. Tickets can be purchased from the Superior Dome box office, Forest Roberts Theatre on NMU campus, TCF Bank at the University Center, Vista Theater Thrift Store in Negaunee, charge by phone at 227-1032 or online at For details, visit


Club Indigo picks Boyle flick for December event

December’s Club Indigo features Millions from Danny Boyle, who shocked people with his Trainspotting, then pleased them with his Oscar-winner last year, Slumdog Millionaire. This is a mix of fantasy, true faith in miracles and a lovely plot about two young British boys who pray to the saints for a way to help the poor.
When a huge sack of money falls into their hands (literally), they think it came down from God and proceed to find ways to spread the wealth. It gets complicated as the family, and then some unscrupulous people, learn about the boys’ secret, just before Christmas.
The event on December 11 will feature a buffet by one of our best Great Britain chefs, Cormack, of the Irish Times Restaurant, Laurium. Dinner begins at 6:00 p.m., followed by the film at 7:15 p.m. Cost is $18; the movie alone is $5. Call 337-2610 to assure seating at the buffet.


Lights of Love humane society benefit in full swing

The Marquette County Humane Society is holding its holiday “Lights of Love” at the Westwood Mall in Marquette again this year.
Shelter supporters make a donation of $5 per ornament and it is displayed on a Christmas tree in the mall during the holiday season. Ornaments take the shape of a paw with room for a picture of your pet.
Those who are remembering a pet will have their ornaments hung near white lights on the tree and those honoring a current pet will have their ornament hung near red lights on the tree. Many people choose to remember or honor a friend or relative’s pet. A card acknowledging the gift will be sent to the recipient. The form for the ornaments can be downloaded at or picked up at the society’s kiosk in the Westwood Mall.
This year, MCHS also will have a booth at the mall will feature pet-themed products and sweatshirts, T-shirts, totes, homemade catnip pillows and, holiday cards made exclusively for the melts shelter. The new cookbook ‘Bone’ Appétit will be available.


Local brain tumor center joins nationwide project

The Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center at Marquette General Hospital recently affiliated with Moffitt Cancer Center based in Tampa to participate in a nationwide tumor research project. The project, known as Total Cancer Care, is a partnership of patients, doctors and researchers trying to advance cancer care through personalized medicine.
During the past three years, Moffitt has enrolled more than 43,000 cancer patients as part of the Total Cancer Care protocol. The molecular biologists identify biological markers unique to each tumor.
There are seventeen Total Cancer Care sites in the United States. Total Cancer Care staff came to MGH in October to meet with the Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center Team.
For details, call 225-4575.


Dale’s Clock Shop offers annual light show in Gwinn

The annual light show will take place at Dale’s Clock Shop in Gwinn again this holiday season.
Dale started decorating his house when he was just a young kid, taking after what his father did at their home in Rock. Each year, he would add more decorations and he made most of them. When Dale and his family moved to Gwinn in the late 1970s, he sold most of his decorations as he figured not many people would see his lights as their house was a little over a mile off the main road. Then he discovered the electronic means of automating lights and started playing around with it. Soon, a light show was developed and a few people came to see it and the word spread.
Now, as an appreciation to his customers, and to delight kids as well adults, he has expanded his light show to include eighty separate circuits, two lasers, numerous strobe lights. The lights all are coordinated with Christmas music heard over vehicle radios.
All this turns on automatically when a vehicle drives in and the display goes off after the vehicle leaves. For the light show, set up time usually is around fifty-five hours with twelve hours of programming. Each year the show is different, and it has attracted people from other states as well locals.
The light show is best seen with car lights off. No show will be available in rainy or snowy weather. The show runs nightly from December through January 4 from 5:30 to 11:00 p.m.
For details, visit www.dalesclock

MSU Extension offers Master Gardener Volunteer Program

If you have a strong interest in gardening and enjoy helping others, you are invited to enroll in the Winter 2010 Master Gardener Volunteer Program class.
Marquette County MSU Extension is accepting registrations for Master Gardener Volunteer training, which will begin on January 11 and continue every Monday through April 5, 2010. All classes will be held at the Marquette-Alger Regional Educational Service Agency (MARESA) conference room at 321 East Ohio Street in Marquette from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.
The Master Gardener program will increase your knowledge and understanding of varied horticultural topics including growing flowers, vegetables and fruit, lawn care, house plant care, plant disease, insect pest control and much more. Instructors are MSU Extension professionals and regional experts.
To become a certified Michigan Master Gardener Volunteer, you must attend all training sessions, pass a final examination and volunteer forty hours of approved horticultural service to your community. Volunteer activities could include teaching a Jr. Master Gardener program, writing gardening articles, a beautification project at a public building or facility, answering gardening questions from the public at the Extension office, judging flower and vegetable projects at the county fair, or assisting community garden participants.
Class size is limited. Individuals participating in the class must pre-apply and pay an enrollment fee to cover the cost of training materials, speakers and facilities.

Scholarship available for high school seniors

RARE, a program of Winning Futures, is looking for high school seniors in Michigan to participate in its scholarship competition for a chance to win $2,500. Any high school senior graduating in May or June 2010 who is attending a Michigan college, university, or post-secondary school in Fall 2010 is eligible to apply.
Students must submit an original essay (one-page, single-spaced) about someone whom they consider to be an Everyday Hero because, through his or her life’s work, that person is making a difference for others. These should be “regular” people, not celebrities. Qualities students should look for in the people they highlight include a strong work ethic, commitment to what they believe in, selflessness in putting others first, and integrity in the way they lead their daily lives.
An online entry form is available at Essays must be post-marked by December 1 and scholarship winners will be notified by May 2010.

Christmas Tree silent auction scheduled at Rozsa Center

The Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts is gearing up for its annual Christmas Tree Silent Auction to benefit the Class Acts program. The group is asking local artists and businesses to donate time and decorations to decorate a holiday tree to be auctioned off. All proceeds will support the Class Acts Program.
The theme of this year’s auction is “Hometown Holiday.” Squonk Opera will perform the musical, multi-media extravaganza “Houghton—The Hometown Opera” at 7:30 p.m. on December 11. The decorated tree display opens to the public on December 1, and runs through December 11. The silent auction takes place during the intermission of Friday evening’s performance.

‘Little Christmas’ celebration hosted by Ishpeming Elks

The League of Finnish American Societies UP Chapter will hold its annual celebration of “Pikkujoulu” or Little Christmas on December 12, from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Elks Club in Ishpeming. Tickets are $6 at the door.
Music will abound at this event. Wilho Kilpela and Friends will play for dancing. The Little Finnish Singers will entertain. Tanja Stanaway will lead the group in singing Finnish Christmas carols, accompanied by Pauline Kiltinen.
There will be a small marketplace with gifts and goodies by Heart to Finland, and tarts and coffee bread by Janet Wisuri.
Coffee and cardamom bread (“pulla”) will be available all afternoon as part of the ticket price. At 5 p.m., the Elks Club staff will provide a meal for purchase. A short business meeting will be held to review the year and look ahead to 2010, and elect officers. This event is open to all. For details, call 228-8035.

Laurel Premo and Finnish Dance featured at folk dance

The December 13 Second Sunday Folk Dance promises to be an exciting performance and dance event. Special guests Laurel Premo and Michael Beauchamp, the duo known as Red Tail Ring, are the headliners and their concert will celebrate Laurel’s new CD, “Stung by the Nettle,” as well as their own new EP release, “August Roads.”
The dance portion of the event will feature an old time Finnish Dance with a string band comprised of Red Tail Ring, White Water (Dean and Bette Premo) and fiddling sisters Emma and Carrie Dlutkowski.
The Second Sunday Folk Dance begins at 4:00 p.m. CT. After the concert portion, food and beverages (Finnish pulla bread, coffee, and more) will be served and the dancing will continue until 7:00 p.m.
Admission for the Second Sunday Folk Dance event is $7 for adults and children younger than fifteen are free. The Fortune Lake Camp is located between Iron River and Crystal Falls (in Iron County, Michigan), two miles west of Crystal Falls on US-2. For details, visit or call 822-7889.

Iron Industry Museum open year-round for first time

With a new entrance open to traffic on US-41 and a convenient parking area just outside its door, the Michigan Iron Industry Museum in Negaunee Township will remain open during the winter for the first time.
The museum’s winter hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and on the first Saturday of each month. The museum will be closed on state holidays.
The Michigan Iron Industry Museum is one of eleven nationally accredited museums administered by the Michigan Historical Center, a public nonprofit agency of the Department of Natural Resources. It overlooks the site of the Carp River Forge, a pioneer industrial site listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
A two-mile network of four-season interpretive trails is scheduled to open at the museum in late 2010, when the facility will transition to full weekend operations. To learn more about the museum, go to ironindustrymuseum

‘Shots and Stories’ festival set for February at PWPL

The upcoming show “Shots and Stories” will be held in conjunction with Peter White Public Library’s second annual Storytelling Festival. Throughout the month of February.
This show will be on display in the Marquette Arts and Culture Center’s largest workshop room the months of February and March.
If you are a photographer who is interested in telling stories about your photographs or a writer interested in photography you are invited to submit work to this nonjuried show. Photographs must be framed or matted and ready to hang (a wire works best).
Matted work can be clipped to hang by the curator. Stories accompanying the photographs must be 200 words or less and submitted on sturdy (cardstock) paper which can be adhered to the wall. You are welcome to submit up to four pieces. There is no fee for submission.
Prizes will be awarded by viewer votes and the top three photographs and stories will be published in the March edition of Marquette Monthly.
Artwork should arrive at the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center, located in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library, from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. on January 25 or 26. Obtain an entry form with your name, title of the piece and price if for sale as well as contact information at the gift shop during these times and attach the form to the artwork.
For details, e-mail or call 228-0472.

Hiawatha Music Co-op elects new board members

Jesse Luttenton of Marquette was elected to the Hiawatha Music Co-op board of directors, and four incumbents were returned for second terms at the organization’s annual members’ meeting on November 7. Returning incumbents are Chuck Howe of Gwinn, Ron Larson of Little Lake, and J. Pearl Taylor and Phil Watts of Marquette.
Other Hiawatha board members are Jim Jajich, Karen Bacula, Heidi Stevenson, Sue Bertram and Bill Hart, all of Marquette.
The new board will begin its service in January 2010.
The thirty-second annual Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival is slated for July 16 through 18, 2010, in Marquette. For details, visit

Collaboration revives free walking in Superior Dome

Marquette County residents have a new opportunity to enjoy free fitness walking in the Superior Dome, thanks to a collaboration between Northern Michigan University, Marquette General Health System and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.
The three entities are splitting the $20,000 annual cost associated with required staffing and other support services.
When the Superior Dome was constructed, the late state Sen. Dominic Jacobetti envisioned free community access and the legislature appropriated operational funding to the facility. With the loss of state support in 2004 and budget-reduction measures at NMU, the university started selling passes at a nominal fee to support the service.
The sponsoring organizations will assess the program at the end of their one-year financial commitment. Dome walking hours are 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Fridays, with limited exceptions for special events.

Humanities Council debuts Vietnamese refugee exhibit

On December 1, the Michigan Humanities Council will debut “Their Journey: Vietnamese in Michigan,” a new exhibit about the history of Vietnamese refugees in Michigan, at the Grand Rapids Public Library (GRPL). The exhibit will remain at the GRPL through December 28. The exhibit was created by the Council to augment Bich Minh Nguyen’s Stealing Buddha’s Dinner, selected by the Council for the 2009-10 Great Michigan Read.
The exhibit and the Great Michigan Read are funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Meijer, and Citizens Bank-Saginaw.

Delta Sheriff’s Office seeks Victim Services candidates

The Delta County Sheriff’s Office is seeking candidates to serve as volunteer advocates in its Victim Services Unit (VSU). The volunteer advocates assist victims and their families after critical incidents in the county, and are the helping hands of area first responders.
Candidates for the VSU will undergo a background check, an interview and twenty hours of initial training approved by the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association. Training has yet to be scheduled in the Upper Peninsula. Any person selected before that time will serve on a probationary period until completion of the initial training requirement. If you are interested in becoming a VSU volunteer advocate, you will need to complete an application, which is available at the Sheriff’s Office.
For details, e-mail or leave a message at 786-3633.
Victim Services Unit advocates are caring, compassionate volunteers who are recruited from the community. Representing a broad cross-section of the population, they often have experienced their own personal tragedies and want to help others.

Outdoors-woman program set for annual Big Bay event

Women seeking the opportunity to improve their outdoor skills are invited to register for the tenth annual Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) winter program, set for February 26 through 28 in Big Bay.
The program will be held at Bay Cliff Health Camp, a universally accessible facility, located in a picturesque wooded setting overlooking Lake Superior.
Sponsored by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, this program offers instruction in more than a dozen kinds of outdoor activities, including cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, dog sledding, ice fishing, fly-tying and wilderness first aid. Instructors provide basic and advanced instruction tailored to the participant’s individual ability.
The $175 registration fee includes all food and lodging, as well as most equipment and supplies (except as noted in the registration materials). Participants will be housed in a dorm-style facility with many amenities, including a sauna and hiking trails with access to Lake Superior.
Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshops are for women eighteen and older, who wish to learn outdoor skills in a relaxed, noncompetitive atmosphere.
Early registration is recommended as the program fills quickly. Visit for details. Registration fees may be paid online. For details, call 228-6561 or e-mail

Hall of Fame announces its newest class of inductees

Three adaptive skiers head up the largest class of inductees to enter the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame since 1984. Jack Benedick, Chris Waddell and Sarah Will are the first adaptive skiers to enter the Hall of Fame since the late Diana Golden was honored in 1997.
Joining them are three well-known names from the ski world, Stu Campbell, Doug Coombs and Paul Robbins. Rounding out the class of eight for 2009 are Sepp Kober, the “Father of Southern Skiing,” and Ansten Samuelstuen, a holder of three national and four North American titles in ski jumping.
The induction of the Class of 2009 will take place in Colorado on April 9, 2010. They will also be honored in September by ceremonies in Ishpeming, the home of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame.
Nominations for Honored Membership in the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame are received throughout the year from across the country. A selection committee under the chairmanship of Paul Bousquet of Woodstock, Vermont reviews all nominations. Successful nominations are placed on a ballot that in 2009 was voted on by a panel of 100 electors. This year’s class brings the number of Honored Members to 368.
Since 1956, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame has provided highly respected, national and perpetual recognition of athletes competing in skiing and snowboarding and of the builders of those sports who have made the highest level of national and/or international achievement and contribution to those sports.

2009-10 Community Forestry Grants awarded

The DNR announced the award of thirty-five grants totaling $178,224 for urban forestry projects statewide. This competitive grant program, a cooperative effort between the DNR and the USDA Forest Service, funds projects that help create and sustain local urban forestry programs. Grants are awarded for tree planting, community tree inventories, management plans and education/training projects which enhance and promote urban forestry in Michigan.
The grants are federally funded through the USDA Forest Service’s State and Private Forestry Program. Cost-share funds are available to local units of government, schools, tribal governments, and nonprofit entities. Grants require one-to-one matching funds toward projects performed on non-federal, public lands or lands open to the public.
Grant awards will be distributed in November for projects to be completed by September 1, 2010.
For details, contact Kevin at (517)241-4632, or visit

U.P. Homebuilders applaud tax incentives for housing

The Upper Peninsula Builders Association called for action by Congress to expand a federal program to support the housing recovery—a major victory. Congress has approved legislation that will extend the first-time home buyer tax credit beyond its November 30 deadline and expand it to a wider group of home buyers. The bill also provides relief to cash-strapped homebuilders by providing tax benefits for businesses with net operating losses.
The legislation will extend the $8,000 credit for first-time homebuyers for sales contracts entered into by April 30, 2010 and closed by June 30. Further, it has been expanded to include a new $6,500 credit for owners of existing homes who are purchasing a new primary residence. Existing homeowners can claim the $6,500 tax credit if they have been residing in their primary residence for five consecutive years out of the last eight.
Income eligibility limits to claim the full credit amount for both groups of home buyers have been raised from $75,000 for single taxpayers and $150,000 for married taxpayers filing a joint return to $125,000 for individuals and $225,000 for married couples.
For details, visit

Marquette General, Dickinson County renew commitment

The Marquette General Cancer Center and Dickinson County Healthcare System have renewed their commitment to the provision of radiation therapy services to the people of Dickinson County. The collaborative agreement for the provision of radiation therapy services at Dickinson Memorial Hospital has been in effect since the program’s inception in 2000.
The two health care systems joined efforts to construct a radiation therapy addition onto Dickinson Memorial Hospital to bring quality cancer care to people in the south central Upper Peninsula. Since that time, more than 1,300 patients have been treated.
In addition to radiation therapy, MGHS and DCHS have worked collaboratively on services such as telehealth and the services provided by the UP Regional Blood Center. These affiliations have strengthened the teams of both institutions by sharing knowledge and resources and have reinforced their ability to continue to provide quality, comprehensive healthcare services to their patients.


Lake Superior concert recognized by Baltic Sea Initiative

Finnish composer Esa Pekka Salonen is perhaps best known as the current conductor of the London Philharmonic and past conductor of the Los Angeles Symphony, but he also is recognized as an environmental innovator and the founder of the Baltic Sea Festival, a unique program that uses classical music to raise awareness about ecological issues in the eleven countries surrounding the Baltic Sea. Salonen is also widely credited for invigorating the classical music scene, engaging youth and revitalizing the field of modern composition.
At the recent Concert for Lake Superior residents of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan were greeted by Mr. Salonen via video-cam and were applauded for their cooperative efforts to protect and restore this inland sea.
This is the second Concert for Lake Superior sponsored by the Superior Watershed Partnership. This year’s concert featured conductor Craig Randal Johnson and the Boreal Chamber Symphony performing a variety of music inspired by Lake Superior and the natural environment. The concert also included an art opening with regional, award-winning artists displaying Lake Superior paintings and photography.
The Superior Watershed Partnership is working with the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative to share innovative community approaches to protecting water quality. Both the SWP and the GLSLCI have established partnerships with Baltic Sea organizations, including the Union of Baltic Cities, to share information and creative approaches to ecological protection and restoration. In addition, Marquette is the most recent city to join the Great Lakes Cities Initiative.
For details, call 228-6095 or


Sheriff’s office reminds shoppers to be smart and safe

The Marquette County Sheriff’s office reminds shoppers to exercise caution when venturing out during the upcoming Christmas shopping season.
Tips include:
• Secure items located in vehicles out of sight.
• Ensure vehicles are locked.
• Secure handbags or purses when shopping; do not leave them unattended. Consider a harness-type purse that is worn over your body, preferably small with a sturdy strap.
With large crowds, it is easy for a perpetrator to blend in and disappear within a crowded store out of the view of surveillance cameras. The Sheriff’s office also is recommending that you keep your driver license and credit cards in one pocket, and put your cash in another.


Local authors corner

• Page One: Whiteout is Nancy Barr’s newest mystery novel in the Robin Hamilton series, which includes Page One: Hit and Run and Page One: Vanished. Growing up on the northern shore of Lake Michigan in the town of Escanaba, Robin Hamilton couldn’t wait to get away from the isolation and cold, snowy weather to the bright lights of Chicago and a job with the Tribune. After her fiancé, Mitch, a suburban Chicago cop, is gunned down while on duty, Robin escapes back to the peace and quiet of her Upper Peninsula hometown, but finds that neither distance nor a job with the local paper can erase the memories, nightmares and questions of who killed Mitch. For details, visit


CCI News

• Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. reported third-quarter results for the period ended Sept. 30, 2009. Consolidated revenues in the quarter were $666.4 million, down forty-four percent from $1.2 billion in the same quarter last year. The decrease in revenues was driven by lower volume in Cliffs’ North American businesses and lower year-over-year pricing for iron ore. While year-over-year comparables are down, Cliffs indicated that, during the third quarter, the Company noted a marked improvement in business conditions and an improved outlook compared with the first half of 2009.


Political News Briefs

• U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan), George Voinovich (R-Ohio), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and John Kerry (D-Massachusetts) announced the bipartisan “ENHANCED Act” to establish national centers of excellence for the treatment of depression and bipolar disorders. These centers will create a national network to help diagnose people in need and improve access to evidence-based, quality care.
• Stabenow announced that Tenneco Inc. will receive a $24 million conditional loan from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) Incentive Program. The ATVM program is intended to help the automotive industry meet or exceed the Administration’s new fuel economy standards and help America regain its competitive edge in world markets. The loan will support the development of fuel efficient emission control components for advanced technology vehicles. Stabenow authored the language that created this program, and was included in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.
• Michigan will receive $142.26 million and the Great Lakes will receive $476 million in the FY 2010 Department of the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, Sens. Carl Levin (D-Michigan) and Stabenow announced. The bill includes $475 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, $131 million to finance wastewater and drinking water projects in Michigan, $11,260,000 for 14 specific projects in Michigan, and $1 million for mass marking of hatchery fish in the Great Lakes. By a vote of 72-28, the Senate approved the Interior and Environment conference report, which the House passed. The legislation includes funding for the following U.P. projects: Keweenaw National Historical Park—Quincy Smelting Works in Houghton ($1,000,000); Keweenaw National Historical Park—Union Building in Houghton
($1,380,000); Ottawa National Forest in Baraga and Houghton counties ($1,500,000); Ottawa National Forest—Watersmeet Administrative Site Phase 3 in Gogebic County ($2,000,000); Hiawatha National Forest—Clear Lake Environmental Education Center in Shingleton ($480,000)
• Michigan will receive a $363,609 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to help make transit buses in the state more fuel-efficient, Levin and Stabenow announced.
• Calling the plight of religious minorities in Iraq “a tragic consequence” of the war there, Levin introduced a Senate resolution calling on the U.S. government, Iraqi government and United Nations Mission in Iraq to take steps to alleviate the dangers facing these minority groups. Sens. Sam Brownback (R-Kansas) and Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) joined Levin in sponsoring the sense of the Senate resolution.
• Levin announced $4 million for a study on displaced autoworkers to analyze changes in the auto industry and identify retraining opportunities to adapt to green jobs. The funds, to be split by Michigan, Ohio and Indiana, are part of the U.S. Department of Labor’s State Labor Market Information Improvement grant program which aims to support the analysis of labor market data to assess economic activity in energy efficiency and renewable energy industries and identify occupations and skill requirements within those industries. The funding was made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
• Stabenow made the following statement regarding the announcement that Michigan, along with Indiana and Ohio, will share a $4 million clean energy jobs training grant. U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis announced the funding to help workers transitioning to clean energy jobs. In Michigan, funding will be awarded to the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth: “Today’s announcement is welcome news for Michigan workers transitioning to jobs in the clean energy economy. We know that in order to get our economy back on track, we must provide our workers with the resources to build upon their skills and the opportunity to compete in a global marketplace. The funding that Secretary Solis announced will do just that. By investing in a highly skilled workforce, businesses and communities will be able to get important clean energy projects off the ground like retrofitting buildings, producing renewable energy, and making the next generation of vehicles here in America.”
• Stabenow praised President Obama for signing the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act of 2009 that she cosponsored, into law. The new law will extend long-term unemployment benefits in Michigan by twenty weeks. It also will provide tax refunds to businesses that have been hit by the economic recession, and extends and expands the successful first-time homebuyer tax credit.
• Stabenow and U.S. Congressman Dave Camp (R-Michigan) announced the Solar Manufacturing Jobs Creation Act. The bipartisan legislation will provide a tax credit to support solar manufacturing here at home. These tax incentives will encourage more U.S. companies to produce solar equipment, creating jobs and investing in the clean energy economy. Senator Stabenow joined fellow Senators Robert Menendez (D-New Jersey) and Michael Bennet (D-Colorado) to introduce the legislation this week in the Senate. Congressman Camp will be introducing companion legislation in the House later this month.
• Levin introduced legislation that would provide flexible loans to small businesses suffering from a lack of credit due to poor economic conditions or changes in the financial market.
• U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., delivered the following floor statement tonight regarding the insurance industry and the need for health care reform: “Mr. President, it should be crystal clear to all of us why the health insurance industry opposes reform so strenuously. It’s because the status quo is so profitable. The massive profit announced this week by Humana Inc. illustrates this vividly. Humana’s third-quarter profit of over $300 million was a sixty-five percent increase over the same period a year ago. And Humana executives made no secret of the reason for this ballooning profit. The company’s president and CEO said, ‘Our government segment continued to perform well in the third quarter particularly in our Medicare business.’ It’s no coincidence that Humana is one of the biggest providers of Medicare Advantage plans. These plans, in which private insurers contract with the government to provide coverage to Medicare beneficiaries, were supposed to unleash the power of private-sector competition, lowering costs, improving service, and increasing benefits to our seniors.
‘It hasn’t often worked out that way. While some Medicare Advantage plans have performed well, Medicare pays, on the average, fourteen percent more for Medicare Advantage beneficiaries than for those in traditional Medicare, and despite this increase in payments to Medicare Advantage plans, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found that seniors often face higher out-of-pocket costs in Medicare Advantage plans…”


Local business news…in brief

• Pam Audette BS, MT (ASCP), has accepted the position of program chair and instructor for the Finlandia University Medical Assistant program.
• Northern Michigan Bank commemorated its grand opening at its new location with a ribbon cutting ceremony at its 1001 M-28 East Suite 10 location with the Lake Superior Community Partnership.
• Ronald D. Keefe and Kenneth J. Seavoy from the law firm of Kendricks, Bordeau, Adamini, Chilman & Greenlee, P.C. in Marquette are among the top five percent of attorneys in the state named to Michigan Super Lawyers for 2009.
• The Lake Superior Community Partnership has moved its Ishpeming office location to 215 West Hematite Drive in Downtown Ishpeming; the office space is shared with the Marquette County Clerk and Treasurer.
• Recognized for her work on behalf of others, especially Marquette County and numerous areas in the community, Amy Clickner was honored as recipient of the 2009 Evergreen Award of Marquette County.
• Sergeant Jason Sides of the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office was among thirty-six professionals from across the country in the second graduating class of the national Jail Leadership Command Academy; Sides is a graduate of Marquette Senior High School and Northern Michigan University.

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