City Notes – February 2009

Edited by Kristy Basolo

Dear editor
Thanks to everyone for their continued support of WNMU-FM, Public Radio 90.
You understand it takes money to keep free public radio on the air and we really appreciate the financial contributions you give each year.
Thanks to listeners like you, we’ve come through the first half of the fiscal year nearly right on track and with your continued support we’ll be able to keep bringing you the in-depth news you depend on and the music variety you can’t find anywhere else.
During our February fundraising campaign we’re counting on you to help us raise $74,000 to cover programming expenses and keep Public Radio 90 operational.
Thanks for what you’ve already given to Public Radio 90 and thanks in advance for any extra you can give at this time.
As a life-long learner you value Public Radio 90 as a trusted source for news coverage…for the unexpected stories that expose you to ideas you might never have sought out on your own…for music you might not know about if you weren’t a Public Radio 90 listener.
When you think about how much you know and understand about what’s happening in the world around you, consider how much of your information comes from Public Radio 90.
And where else do you hear the variety of classical music, from chamber to full orchestral productions to operatic performances, plus jazz, blues, folk, and international music? Only on Public Radio 90.
As a current member you already know listener support keeps your favorite programs on the air and maintains the editorial and musical independence that makes Public Radio 90 such a valuable community resource.
More than sixty percent of our operating budget comes from listeners like you, making it our largest and most reliable source of funding.
Thanks again for being among the more than 2,400 listeners who support WNMU-FM financially on an annual basis.
Your strong commitment to WNMU-FM gives us the confidence to continue investing in equipment and programming to further enhance your public radio listening experience. The final conversion to digital TV is the last piece needed for Public Radio 90 to move ahead with plans for launching our all news and information and all classical digital side channels. You’ll be hearing more about how you can help with that at a later time.
We are still waiting to hear from the Federal Communications Commission in regards to our applications for new full-power FM stations in Marquette, Houghton and Iron Mountain as well as the move of our translator frequencies in Escanaba, Menominee and Stephenson to improve reception in those listening areas. We’ll let you know when we do.
WNMU-FM, Public Radio 90 is here for you, because of you. We bring you programming that educates, entertains and surprises you. Your financial gifts to Public Radio 90 are an investment in your future good listening.
Thanks for listening to Public Radio 90, and for your generous financial support.
Evelyn Massaro
Station Manager

Dear editor
The MooseWood Nature Center thanks all sponsors, volunteers and participants for the 2008 Haunted Bog event. MooseWood and its critters depend on the generosity of the community to make our largest fundraiser a success. Sponsors donate items like funds, food and supplies, while volunteers give their time for scare stations, as line leaders and helpers. We hope all the participants who braved the Haunted Bog and Friendly Frights Forest enjoyed their visit and we encourage everyone to come back next year.
Danielle Miller, MNC Board


PATH programs starting throughout the county

The U.P. Diabetes Outreach Network (UPDON), along with its many health partners, announces the scheduling of numerous PATH (Personal Action Towards Health) classes taking place in Marquette, Gwinn and Negaunee during winter and spring 2009. PATH is a six-week program that teaches practical skills for living a healthy life with a chronic health condition like diabetes, arthritis, asthma, chronic pain or heart disease.
The PATH program focuses on self-care, learning new coping strategies, and sharing personal experiences with other group members while offering hope, tools and resources to improve a person’s health one step at a time. PATH is a wonderful addition to, not a replacement of, a person’s normal health care.
Classes meet once a week. Cost for the six-week program is $10 per person. Family members, friends or caregivers may attend at no additional charge.
The first session is scheduled for Tuesdays from February 3 through March 10. This session will meet from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Snowberry Heights in Marquette. Preference for this session will be given to residents of Snowberry Heights, but interested individuals can call for availability. The second PATH series will take place on Thursdays from March 26 through April 30, meeting from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. at the Peninsula Medical Center.
The third PATH opportunity will occur from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays from April 21 through May 26 in Marquette. From 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays from May 5 through June 9, another PATH session will meet at Negaunee High School. Details are being arranged for a Gwinn area class that will meet in April and May.
Class sizes are limited and preregistration is required. Call 228-9203 for details or to register.


Become an outdoorswoman at weekend DNR workshop

Women seeking to improve their outdoor skills are encouraged to participate in the DNR Becoming an Outdoors-woman (BOW) program’s winter weekend from February 27 through March 1 in the Upper Peninsula. The annual winter program will be held at the Bay Cliff Health Camp in Big Bay.
Participants can select instruction from a list of more than a dozen outdoor-related activities, including cross-country skiing, dogsledding, snowmobiling, winter shelter building, ice fishing, outdoor cooking and reading the winter woods. Some indoor activities also will be offered.
The $175 registration fee includes all food and lodging for the weekend, as well as most equipment and supplies. BOW workshops are for women eighteen years and older who wish to learn outdoor skills in a relaxed atmosphere. Registration materials and course descriptions are available at by clicking on “Education and Outreach” to access the BOW page.
Call Sharon at 228-6561 or e-mail or for details.


Girl Scouts learn valuable lessons from cookie program

As the public anticipates the opportunity to satisfy, its cookie cravings, Girl Scouts are just as excited to learn valuable life lessons through the annual Girl Scout cookie sale program.
This annual program trains girls to become better leaders by helping them to discover a strong sense of self, practical life skills and critical thinking skills; connect as they team up with others in the troop and feel more connected to their neighbors; and take action as they identify community needs and act as resourceful problem solvers.
Locally, girls will begin selling Girl Scout Cookies through February 1. Cookies will be delivered after March 7. If you do not get enough cookies the first time around, Girl Scouts will be hosting booth sales at local hot spots from March 13 to 29.
All proceeds from the Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program help support Girl Scouting locally, through troop activities, community service projects, and supplies for troop use. A portion of the proceeds also helps fund program development, volunteer training, camp and financial assistance as well as maintaining affordable fees for girls and their families.


Folk dancers set upcoming dances for beginners

Beginning February 6, the Marquette Folk Dancers will structure their weekly dances to encourage beginners and newcomers. Each week, the first hour will emphasize beginning level dances with thorough teaching of steps and styling.
Beginning dances are characterized by short patterns that are learned easily, and an absence of complicated footwork. The group’s repertoire includes both partner and nonpartner dances with an emphasis on European dance.
The group meets every Friday at 7:00 p.m. at Northern Lights Martial Arts, 1500 West Washington (large building between OfficeMax and Jilbert’s)—enter green door on east side of building. Bring soft-soled shoes and dress for exercise. Anyone of at least high school age is welcome; partners are not necessary. Call 226-9617 for details.


Trapper’s workshop set for February 7 in Hermansville

District 3 of the U.P. Trapper’s Association is sponsoring a Trapper’s Workshop to be held from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST on February 7 at the Community Center in Hermansville. Designed to introduce kids to trapping, it will be a chance for nontrappers and beginners to soak up the sights, sounds, smells, memories and excitement enjoyed by experienced trappers.
The workshop offers a chance to learn from the pros. Weasel trapping is an excellent place for youngsters to begin, and step-by-step instructions for catching weasels will be demonstrated. Every youngster attending will receive a weasel box and other free supplies to get started.
Properly preparing furs for market is where a lot of newcomers struggle. Rich Clark from Coleman (Wisconsin) will be putting up fur all day—showing beginners and experienced trappers how to do it right.
Clark will be buying fur, and trappers are welcome to bring extra traps or supplies to swap or sell. Inventories of new and used trapping supplies will be available for purchase. Lunch will be available, so plan on staying all day.
Anyone interested in trapping is welcome to attend. For details, call Rick Arduin at 498-7659 or 498-2261.


Pain management continuing education program set

All Michigan nurses are now required to have one contact hour in pain management for licensure. To help area nurses achieve this requirement, the U.P. Diabetes Outreach Network (UPDON), with assistance from Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, will be offering “Pain Management in Diabetic Neuropathy” from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on February 12 at Upfront & Company in Marquette.
The program will be presented by Paula Ackerman, MS, RD, CDE of UPDON and Doug Anderson, PharmD of Walmart. Cost of the program is $20 prior to February 1 and $30 if registering between February 1 and 12. Fee includes program materials and dinner.
Space is limited, so early registration is recommended. For details, visit and choose Professional Events or call (800)369-9522.


U.P. Tech Tour focuses on nonprofit technology needs

The first-ever U.P. Tech Tour will reach out to the Upper Peninsula nonprofit community to help it use technology to deliver programs and services more effectively and powerfully.
The U.P. Tech Tour will include webinars, a traveling group training and one-on-one technology assessments and recommendation opportunities. The group trainings and assessments will be offered in Iron Mountain, Marquette and Sault Ste. Marie.
On February 11, “Tech Triage” will be offered to help nonprofits find the best ways to get the most out of existing systems without spending a lot of money on upgrading. On March 11, “Tips & Tricks to Save Time & Money” will be offered to show participants the many free resources available to nonprofits that can help save staff time and money.
Both webinars will be held from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. EST, and each costs $20 per person for GLCYD members and $30 for nonmembers.
“Tech Essentials: U.P. Edition” is the second part of the tour and will be offered in all three cities. The group training is designed especially for U.P. nonprofits and will address issues like whether an organization is spending too much on technology and how to best deal with areas that have no access to high speed Internet.
The training will take place in Iron Mountain on April 23, Marquette on April 28, and Sault Ste. Marie on April 30. All workshops will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The cost is $99 for members and $149 for nonmembers.
Assessments will be conducted in the Iron Mountain region on April 24, Marquette on April 27 and Sault Ste. Marie on May 1.
For details or to register for the workshop, visit or call (877)339-6884.


Ice skating free at Downtown Marquette commons rink

The Marquette Commons ice Rink is open for community skating. The warming house is open from noon to 8:00 p.m., Thursday through Sunday. Skating is free; skaters must bring their own ice skates.


Kennecott cited for Salmon- Trout River violation

Kennecott Eagle Minerals Company has violated Michigan’s Inland Lakes and Streams Act by pumping water out of the Salmon Trout River without a permit. Recently-obtained Michigan Department of Environmental Quality documents show that the state agency issued a Notice of Violation last February.
“This violation is just a preview of how Kennecott will treat Michigan’s natural resources if they get a chance: grab now and apologize later,” said Michelle Halley, attorney for the National Wildlife Federation.
In Spring 2008, Kennecott was notified by the MDEQ that the placement of a pump on the bottomland of the middle branch of the Salmon Trout River was an “unauthorized activity.” The notice goes on to say, “the DEQ has, therefore, determined that this activity is in violation of Part 201, Inland Lakes and Streams.”
The letter warned of impending action, stating, “Violation of this part may subject the violator to enforcement action as provided by the statute.” The violation notice was signed by Joan Duncan, a district representative from the MDEQ’s Land and Water Management Division.
Internal MDEQ documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act go on to describe the situation as “pump located on the stream bottom. Very hot. No permit.” After the violation was issued, Kennecott reportedly removed the pump.
This is the first time the public has learned of the violation, which was brought to MDEQ attention by a citizen complaint and discovered by the National Wildlife Federation through the Freedom of Information Act process.
“Kennecott has already disregarded Michigan’s laws to protect water, and they haven’t even begun mining. This violation shows that Kennecott/Rio Tinto is continuing its global history of violating and harming waters right here in Michigan,” Halley said. “We continue to urge concerned citizens to discuss this issue with elected officials and to participate in public comment opportunities to oppose the project.”


Skiing event to take place at Swedetown Trails in Calumet

Plans are underway for the annual “Ski For The Heart of Our Community” fundraiser. This event which includes cross-country skiing and snowshoeing will be held at the Swedetown Ski Trails in Calumet from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on February 14.
The money raised will benefit two local nonprofits, Omega House and the Copper Island Cross Country Ski Club. The ski club is raising money to help with trail maintenance and equipment purchases. Omega House funds will continue to provide much needed hospice care to local residents at the Upper Peninsula’s only hospice home, located in Houghton.
Ski For The Heart Of Our Community is a fun day, not a race. Participants of all ages can cross-country ski or snowshoe individually or join a team. Donations are collected in advance and turned in during registration on the day of the event. Registration takes place from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Teams and individuals log kilometers skied or snowshoed on the event day. For those who cannot participate on the day of the event, kilometers may be logged in the week leading up to the 14th.
Participants who make a $10 minimum donation enjoy great food and door prizes. Donations of $25 or more get free ski rentals (while supplies last, call 337-4520 to reserve) and donations of $50 or more get a free Ski for Heart T-shirt.


Donations needed for UP200 musher bag project

It is time for the Marquette community to prepare musher bags for the UP200 Sled Dog Championship and Midnight Run participants.
The items donated are placed in musher bags that are decorated by area school children. Students then personally present the bags to the mushers at registration. The mushers have expressed great appreciation for this special gift.
This year, organizers are asking for donations of 100 items each that will be placed in musher bags, however any amount of items is appreciated. Examples include: magnets, chapstick, flashlights, granola bars, candy bags, notepads, ink pens, coupons for free meals, first aid supplies or anything else you think mushers may appreciate. Donations can be dropped off at the Lake Superior Community Partnership in Marquette. For details, call 226-6591.


Dog Days of Winter event set for Downtown Marquette

People headed to downtown Marquette for the start of the UP 200 Sled Dog Race will have a chance to see one of the country’s top up-and-coming blues bands as well.
The Marquette Area Blues Society and The Point 100.3 FM radio, will present for one night only, Blue Bella recording artist The Kilborn Alley Blues Band.
Joining the festivities of the start of the U.P. 200, the Kilborn Alley Blues Band begins its performance at 8:30 p.m. on February 20 at The Matrixx, in downtown Marquette. Admission is $5 at the door.
The Kilborn Alley Blues Band plays gritty Chicago blues, with just a touch of southern fried soul. The act delivers a blow-out bar show associated with blues at its finest.


Dogsled race from Gwinn to Marquette set for February 21

The seventh annual Jack Pine Mushers Association Jack Pine 30 Gwinn to Marquette sled dog race is planned for February 21.
The major sponsor of this competitive sport class event is Bell Hospital of Ishpeming. The six-dog, thirty-mile race will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Larry’s Family Foods in Gwinn. The planned course is identical to the Midnight Run trail until the Carp River M-28/US-41 bridge, where mushers will turn north and follow Lake Street toward downtown Marquette. Teams will finish just east of Upfront & Company, off Lakeshore Drive, and are expected to cross the finish line beginning at about 11:45 a.m. until approximately 3:00 p.m. The eight fastest teams will receive plaques at the awards ceremony, planned to begin after the last team finishes, likely around 4:00 p.m.
Upfront & Company is hosting a Winterfest Warm-Up Party, open to the public, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. February 21 in conjunction with the Jack Pine 30.
The field of entrants is limited to thirty-five teams. Current entrants are from the local area, Lower Michigan, Canada, Indiana and Wisconsin. Further information, including details on Jack Pine 30 mushers, is available at
For details, call 249-4368.


AAUW collecting used books for annual fundraising sale

The Marquette Branch of the American Association of University Women will sponsor its annual used book sale from April 23 through 25 at First Presbyterian Church, located at 120 North Front Street in Marquette. Proceeds will be used for scholarships for women.
Used books may be dropped off at any of four locations beginning at the end of January. Collection sites are: Wells Fargo Bank, University Branch, 1300 North Third Street; Marquette Community Federal Credit Union, 1230 West Washington Street; U.P. Medical Center (main entrance near information desk), 1414 West Fair Avenue; and First Presbyterian Church (Blaker Street entrance).
Call 228-8028 or 228-9540 for information or book pick up.


Census bureau now hiring workers throughout Michigan

Michigan residents can boost their income for the coming year. The U.S. Census Bureau’s Detroit regional census center is in the process of an intense recruitment drive to hire office staff for local census offices across the state of Michigan. The Census Bureau is hiring in every county in Michigan.
The positions available include office operations supervisor, administrative assistant, enumerator and crew leader. Pay for the various temporary positions ranges from $8.25 to $19 per hour.
Those seeking jobs with the census call (866)861-2010 to schedule a test. Visit for a list of job descriptions, pay and practice tests.


Nominations sought for Governor’s service awards

Governor Jennifer M. Granholm and First Gentleman Daniel G. Mulhern invite you to nominate an outstanding individual, organization or business for the 2009 Governor’s Service Awards (GSA). The Governor’s Service Awards are given annually to individuals, businesses and organizations to acknowledge their commitment to serving their communities through volunteerism.
Nominations are being sought for the following categories:

• Governor George Romney Lifetime Achievement Award for Volunteerism
• Corporate Community Leader Award
• Mentor of the Year
• Outstanding Mentoring Program Award
• Outstanding Volunteer Program Award
• Senior Volunteer of the Year
• Youth Volunteer of the Year
• Volunteer of the Year.

The 2009 GSA Nomination Form is now available at
Nominations must be postmarked by February 3. For details, e-mail or call (517)373-4200.


Time and bricks running out for Veterans Memorial Mall

More than 1,800 veterans have been honored with memorial bricks at the Marquette Area Veterans Memorial Mall, but both time and bricks are running out. Those who want bricks in place for the July 4, 2009 dedication must submit application forms by March 31. Forms are available from Range Bank, City Hall, American Legion Post 44.
Bricks may honor living or deceased veterans from the Marquette area who served their country at any time and in any branch of service. Two lines of engraving are permitted. Some in-place bricks can be viewed online, as can the brick database.
A print copy of the database is viewable at American Legion Post 44 behind Marquette’s Harlow Park, where the memorial is located. A $50 donation pays for the brick, engraving, shipping, installation, and upkeep of the memorial. Only about 600 bricks are still available.


Hiawatha Music Co-op board of directors elects officers

The Hiawatha Music Co-op board of directors elected the following 2009 officers at its January meeting: Jim Jajich, president; Karen Bacula, vice-president; Phil Watts, treasurer; and Matt Maki, secretary. All are Marquette residents.
Other Music Co-op board members are Sue Bertram, Ron Larson, Heidi Stephenson, Chuck Howe, J. Pearl Taylor and Bill Hart.
The Hiawatha Music Co-op is a nonprofit organization that provides and promotes traditional American music. Hiawatha holds an annual, traditional, American music festival in July, as well as other concerts, workshops and events.
This year’s festival is slated for July 17 through 19 at the Marquette Tourist Park. For details, visit or e-mail


DNR asks for assistance in reporting trail, sign damage

The DNR is asking for assistance from the public to report any damage or theft it may witness or is aware of related to snowmobile trail signs.
Each fall and during the snowmobile season, sixty-seven snowmobile trail grant sponsors take to the trails to replace stolen or broken signs. Replacing these signs takes a significant amount of time and is a significant financial cost to the snowmobile program on the more than 6,546 miles of Michigan’s designated snowmobile trail system.
The DNR requests anyone who witnesses, or is aware of, theft or vandalism of trail signs, please contact the DNR’s Report All Poaching line, a toll-free law enforcement hotline, at (800)292-7800. Information may be left anonymously.
The DNR also reminds everyone to exercise caution while using the Chassell to Houghton grade in Houghton County.
Snowmobile riders on the grade may encounter hazards such as snowbanks near the many driveways that cross the grade. They also may encounter parked vehicles and equipment, such as trailers, within the right-of-way, although it is unlawful to block the grade from safe passage.
The public also is encouraged to contact local law enforcement, or the DNR’s Baraga office at 353-6651 to report hazards blocking the grade. All complaints will be investigated.


KSO concert features Premos and White Water

On February 21 at the Rozsa Center in Houghton, the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra will present “Echoes of the North,” a musical collaboration between the KSO and conductor Milton Olsson, bassist-composer Evan Premo, soprano Mary Bonhag, Nordic fiddler Laurel Premo and White Water.
This collage-style concert will feature music of Finland and the Upper Peninsula and include classical, traditional, folk and contemporary music. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m.
The program will begin with U.P. native Evan Premo performing the Concerto for Double Bass and Orchestra written by Jukka Linkola (commissioned by Finn Grand Fest 2005). This beautiful and virtuosic concerto demands the entire technical and emotional repertoire of the soloist. Evan Premo currently resides in New York and is a Fellow of the Academy (a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School and The Weill Music Institute).
Parts of the concert will feature the nature photography of Houghton County’s Charles Eshbach. Tickets are $15 for the general public and $7 for age eighteen and younger. MTU students are admitted free. To order online, visit and click on TICKETS on the left-hand column.


Snowbound booksale to kickoff fundraising campaign

For more than ninety-two years, the American Red Cross has been a hero for thousands of people throughout the Central and Western Upper Peninsula, lending aid during times of disaster, seeing to the welfare of military families and providing citizens with lifesaving CPR and first aid skills.
Now a growing number of individuals and groups are stepping forward to be “Heroes” for the American Red Cross, each pledging to raise $1,000 to keep the vital services of the Red Cross alive and well in the Central U.P. Chapter’s ten counties.
Join Red Cross staff, volunteers and Kick-off Event Hero—Snowbound Books—as they kickoff the 2009 “Heroes for the American Red Cross” campaign by introducing and honoring this year’s fundraising heroes as they launch into action. The brief kickoff ceremony will be held on February 24, Fat Tuesday, in the Community Room of the Peter White Library at 10:00 a.m.
Traditional paczkis will be served with hot coffee and tea. The hope is that as community members reach to the back of their pantries in an effort to use up what remains of their after Christmas lard, sugar, eggs and fruit that they will be inspired to reach deeper into their pockets to find a special gift for those who benefit locally from the services of Red Cross. Books from Snowbound’s Chapter Two will be on sale from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with twenty percent of the proceeds benefiting the Central U.P. Red Cross.


Public health preparedness conference scheduled

Disaster preparedness continues to be critically important. For those who work in the public and nonprofit sectors—coordinating volunteer and community service efforts—knowing how to react in a life-threatening situation is crucial. With this in mind, the Michigan Community Service Commission urges you to consider attending Michigan’s first conference dedicated to supporting public health and emergency response efforts for individuals registered with the Michigan Volunteer Registry and other volunteer-oriented organizations:
2009 Michigan Volunteer Conference
February 28, 2009
8:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Kellogg Conference Center East Lansing, Michigan
There is no charge to attend this event. To register for the conference, visit or call (517)335-8150.


Marquette Community Foundation gets top honors

The Marquette Community Foundation recently received notification that it has met the nation’s highest philanthropic standards for operational quality, integrity and accountability. The notice came from the Council on Foundations, a national association based in Washington, D.C.
The National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations Program requires community foundations to document their policies for donor services, investments, grantmaking and administration.
The Marquette Community Foundation offers a range of charitable funds, allowing donors to advance a cause such as education, health and wellness, youth development, aging support or the environment, support an individual organization, provide flexible support for community needs or recommend individual grants. In addition to affirming the organization’s philanthropic services, the confirmation validates Marquette Community Foundation’s grantmaking practices for the nonprofit community.
For details, call Carole at 226-7666 or e-mail


Chocolay golf course donated to NMU Foundation

Chocolay Golf Club owners Joe and Patsie Gibbs of Interlochen have donated the eighteen-hole course, buildings and equipment to the Northern Michigan University Foundation. The value of the gift is $1.6 million.
The couple, whose daughter graduated from NMU, developed the course in 1991 on property they purchased in Chocolay Township. Joe Gibbs said they sold it to a California group through a land contract in 2006 so he and his wife could move back to the Grand Traverse area to be closer to his elderly mother.
NMU plans to operate the course for the upcoming golf season, with all net proceeds going to student scholarships and academic programming. The club will remain open to the public. Information will be made available to club members and the general public as soon as ownership transition details are finalized.
A number of academic, athletic, recreational and social program ideas, including internships, are being considered for the 220-acre property. Possibilities include use by the Wildcat golf team and outdoor recreation academic programs. The course also might become a year-round venue with winter activities such as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
Chocolay becomes the ninth golf course in Michigan to be owned and operated by one of the state’s public universities.


YMCA announces Strong Kids campaign kick-off

The 2009 YMCA Strong Kids Campaign kicks off on January 29. This program assists area families in Marquette County. More than 1,000 individuals benefitted from the YMCA experience through the Strong Kids program in 2008. Because the need in Marquette County is so great, this year’s goal is $109,000.
To support this need, YMCA board members and volunteer community have created teams that will work together and raise the needed funds. The 2009 campaign captains are YMCA board members, Cheryl Hill and Mike Mattila.
If you’d like to help the YMCA make a difference and continue to build strong kids, strong families and strong communities in this fundraising effort, call 227-9622 or 475-9666.


Aspirus Long-term care rated among best in Michigan

The federal government recently released its first set of nursing home quality ratings, and Aspirus Long Term Care at Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital was among a select number of Michigan facilities to receive the highest rating.
The five-star rating system was developed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and is based on data related to state health inspection surveys, quality measures and the latest report on staffing.
Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital’s forty-six-bed nursing facility was among only thirteen percent of Michigan’s 417 nursing homes included in the ratings to receive a five-star rating.
Nursing home ratings are available on Medicare’s Web site at and ratings were not given if facilities don’t accept patients covered by Medicaid.
For details about Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital, call 884-8300.


Hiawatha Music Co-op offers youth music scholarship

March 20, 2009 is the deadline to apply for the 2009 Hiawatha Music Co-op youth scholarship to the Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins (West Virginia). The scholarship is open to Marquette-area young people, ages twelve to twenty, who have an applied interest in traditional American music.
The Augusta Heritage Center is renowned nationally and internationally for activities relating to traditional folk-life and folk arts of many cultures with an emphasis on the Appalachian region.
The scholarship student will attend Week 5 of the Augusta summer schedule. The specific themes of Week 5 are Old-Time Music, Dance and Vocal. The week also includes the Augusta Festival over the final weekend. The program offers a wide selection of classes taught by top musicians.
There also will be workshops with master artists and performers, extensive jamming, formal concerts and dances.
Instrumental classes are available in fiddle, claw-hammer banjo, mandolin and bass. Specialty guitar classes cover flatpicking, finger style and back-up. More than twenty vocal topic classes ranging from early country harmony to African-American Gospel also will be available. For details, visit
The focus of Augusta classes and instructors is not to develop polished competitors or stage performers. Rather, the major objective is to develop an appreciation and love for the music and the people through which it developed and evolved.
The Hiawatha Augusta Youth Scholarship recipient will be responsible for all transportation costs and arrangements to and from Augusta. Anyone under age eighteen who attends the Augusta Heritage Center must have a chaperone. For a $100 fee, the chaperone can attend all group sessions, concerts, dances, jam sessions and the Augusta Festival—anything except formal classes. The chaperone also may arrange room and board at Augusta for an additional $350.
A printable version of the Hiawatha Augusta Youth Scholarship Application may be found on the Hiawatha Music Co-op Web site,
For details, call the Hiawatha Music Co-op at 226-8575 or


Marquette General laboratory reaps benefits of gift

The main campus clinical laboratory at Marquette General is using a new cytocentrifuge (Cytospin) machine made possible by philanthropic gifts to the Marquette General Foundation.
This specialized instrument, valued at more than $8,400, is essential for the optimal preparation of blood and body fluid samples that undergo microscopic analysis for the detection and identification of abnormal cells. The identification of these abnormal cancerous cells often leads to the identification of the disease. This is great news for patients because abnormal cells are located and identified as early as possible.
Many times, microscopic smears made from fluid samples with limited amounts of cells inaccurately reflect true cell composition since the cells are too scarce to be seen under the microscope.
The Cytospin can process and concentrate cells and layer them onto a slide without destroying or disrupting their appearance. This allows for easier and more accurate identification than conventional centrifugation.
The Cytospin technology would not have been purchased had it not been for philanthropic gifts.

GLCYD hires for nonprofit, youth development expertise
The Great Lakes Center for Youth Development (GLCYD) recently hired two new staff members and promoted another in the organization’s ongoing efforts to build a staff that can help promote strong nonprofits and positive youth development throughout the Upper Peninsula.
Amy Quinn joined the staff as its vice president to oversee day-to-day operations of GLCYD. Erica Teichman was hired as program associate and will work on programs such as BoardConnect UP and membership. Ann Gonyea was promoted to director of marketing and public relations.


Art on the Rocks applications now available for 2009 event

Applications are available for the fifty-first annual Art on the Rocks art fair. Visit or call Mary Earle at 249-4328 for details. If you are not an exhibiting artist, volunteers always are needed (and greatly appreciated) before and during the show.


Cliffs Health Center opens at new Bell Hospital

Cliffs Natural Resources, Inc., and Bell Hospital have announced the opening of the Cliffs Health Center located at the new Bell Hospital in Ishpeming. The center began operations on January 12.
The new Cliffs Health Center will offer a variety of medical services six days a week, unprecedented in its tailoring specifically to employees and families covered by the health benefit plans sponsored by Cliffs Natural Resources and/or associated employers.
The center, located in the Cliffs Natural Resources Medical Clinic adjacent to the new Bell Hospital, will operate as a fully functional primary care physician’s office that will allow patients to receive prompt, thorough care, without long waits.
Dr. Terry Hayrynen, a longtime Bell Hospital physician, will lead a staff dedicated to providing primary care services as well as health risk assessments, disease management programs, wellness programs and other hospital-based services. The center will offer “one-stop shopping,” with access to an on-site laboratory, imaging and specialty care referrals, and an onsite pharmacy.
Use of the Center is an optional benefit for employees and families. The center will offer a somewhat reduced employee co-pay for center services and will provide access to a fitness center as well as the opportunity to spend quality time with the center staff to discuss patient care.
The Cliffs Health Center is available to employees and family members covered by the health benefit plans sponsored by Cliffs Natural Resources and/or associated employers. Cliffs Health Center hours are 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Appointments can be made by calling 485-2770.


Exchange Club cooks for Beacon House campaign

The Marquette County Exchange Club has helped to support Beacon House over the years with earnings from its International Food Fest, held each Fourth of July in Marquette’s Lower Harbor. The club “cooked up” another way to help support the house while celebrating its sixtieth anniversary.
This fall, the sixty-member club held a cookout in the Beacon House parking lot and personally invited all of Marquette County to a free lunch. Guests enjoyed a great meal, toured Beacon House and learned more about the campaign currently underway to support house repairs, remodeling and the retiring of the original debt. Contributions gathered during the event rose to more than $800.
Beacon House, an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, provides lodging and hospitality services for patients and their families traveling to Marquette County for medical care. The thirty-four-room facility’s operation is dependent upon contributions from individuals, groups, families, corporations and foundations, with housing provided to guests on a donation basis. For details, visit


Festival welcomes new treasurer, new board members

Stephen Soltis of Iron Mountain is the new treasurer of Pine Mountain Music Festival (PMMF). He brings to the position of trustee and treasurer a professional background and managerial skills ranging from construction oversight to governmental positions.
Also joining the PMMF board as trustees are Dr. Sigurds and Mrs. Candace Janners of Houghton, and Ellen Ann Bechthold of Chicago and Florence (Wisconsin).
Pine Mountain Music Festival offers about thirty music events each June and July in the Iron Mountain/Kingsford area, the Marquette area and the Keweenaw Peninsula. The emphasis is on opera, symphony and chamber music, and this year will include a jazz ensemble. For details, call 482-1542 or visit


Tidbits from the desk of U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow

• U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan) announced that she has nominated thirty-seven Michigan students for placement military academies, including Jared Ische of Iron Mountain to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis (Maryland), and Johnathan Hagan of Iron Mountain to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs (Colorado).
• Stabenow and Carl Levin (D-Michigan) announced that two Michigan students have been selected as delegates to the forty-seventh annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) that will be held in March in Washington, D.C.; Erica Wozniak of Marquette was chosen from hundreds of applicants to be part of the group.
• Stabenow announced her appointment to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which will play a leading role in shaping national energy policy in the 111th Congress. Stabenow will continue to serve on the influential Senate Finance Committee, the Senate Agriculture Committee, and the Senate Budget Committee, all of which have jurisdiction over a wide range of issues important to Michigan. She also will continue to serve in her leadership position as the Chair of the Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee.


Local business news…in brief

• NMU professor Mary Jane Tremethick received the College and University Leader of the Year Award at the Michigan Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance annual conference.
• Jean Kinnear, a professor in the health, physical education and recreation department at NMU, received the National Association for Interpretation Fellow Award for 2008.
• Ironwood’s Jacquart Fabric Products is working hard to ensure continued growth and prosperity, most recently illustrated by its acquisition of Stone Legacy, the maker of Tough Protective Cases; Stone Legacy will join Paus and Stormy Kromer in JFP’s portfolio of owned brands.
• Bruce Orttenburger, a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, Dickinson Area Partnership’s CEO, President and director of economic development, has been elected chairman of the Upper Peninsula Economic Development Alliance.
• Cliffs Natural Resources announced that it made financial contributions to food banks at its operating locations totaling more than $35,000 from its corporate foundation; locally, food banks run by the Salvation Army in Ishpeming and the St. Vincent De Paul Society in Negaunee will each receive $5,000 to help stock pantry shelves and provide support to families in need.
• Richard T. Mager of Champion was given an Outstanding Citizen Award from the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office for turning in an envelope of money found in the Perkins parking lot, which was eventually returned to its owner.
• Barb Kelly was recognized as Marquette Rotary’s Community Citizen Leader for her work on behalf of the Marquette Beautification and Restoration Committee.
• Jerry Irby was named Rotary’s Nonprofit Organizational Leader for her work on behalf of Marquette’s Fourth of July parade honoring WWII veterans.
• Mike Schwemin of Jack’s in Harvey was named Rotary’s Community Service Leader for supporting numerous community causes, including Boy Scouts.
• Kelsey Wilson was recognized with the Rotary Youth Citizen Award.
• Jorma and Kathleen Lankinen were given the Marquette Rotary Service Award for their devotion to an endless list of Rotary causes.

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