CITY NOTES – February 2019

Letters

To the Editor,
Using faulty logic in a recent Op-Ed, Rep. Sara Cambensy tries to justify her vote for Pipeline/Tunnel 5 by analogizing to her reasons for supporting more sulfide ore mining in the UP. To paraphrase, she argues it’s not fair for U.P. residents to expect to use consumer products containing precious metals from sulfide mining and/or fossil fuel from pipelines, while demanding that those metals be extracted and that fuel pipelined somewhere else and not in the U.P. Ms. Cambensy again ignores our local scientists, led by Dr. Kerfoot, at MTU who find that our predominant wetland environment in the U.P. is “one of the worst landscapes” for sulfide ore mining because of the mercury poisoning it causes. Sulfide ore is more safely mined in states with drier environments.

Also, most governmental and scientific reports show that the recycling and re-use of electronic waste would currently conserve precious metal estimated to be between 40 and 50 times richer than raw ores mined from the earth. 600 million discarded cell phones reportedly are now available to be recycled in the U.S., with another 100 million expected to be discarded yearly.  Advancing legislation to incentivize effective recycling of electronic waste would be a more progressive position for our U.P. representative.

Ms. Cambensy should know that propane transported by line 5 is really its only significant benefit to U.P. residents; and that if the state decommissions the pipeline to prevent a disastrous oil spill in the Mackinac Straits, 1-2 rail cars or a few tanker trucks a day could replace Line 5’s propane supply at a minimal increase in cost to the consumer. Considering Enbridge’s history as a bad actor (Kalamazoo river spill), the leaks and accidents already in pipeline 5, her vote was regrettable. Because the fresh water of Lake Superior and Michigan are vital nationally as well as to her U.P. constituents, let’s hope Ms. Cambensy puts more value in the future on that precious resource than she does on sulfide ore and Canadian crude.

Dennis A. Ferraro, Marquette

 

Arts and Culture

 

Marquette Monthly Writer to be Featured as Zephyr Guest Chef

As part of its monthly program of special events, Zephyr Wine bar and café will feature a five-course dinner planned by Katherine Larson, Marquette Monthly’s At the Table columnist. “Here in the U.P, we are so lucky that our hardworking farmers can supply us with wonderful local foods,” Larson said. “Even in the depth of winter, we can enjoy fabulous flavors while keeping our dollars local.”

All five courses focus on U.P ingredients, including the mushroom broth that starts the meal and the almond cream parfait with wild raspberry coulis for dessert. In between, diners will enjoy smoked Lake Superior trout, a variety of locally grown vegetables and pork from a farm in Chatham. There are vegetarian options available. Case Country Farm, Dukes Farm, Hannah’s Garden, Mighty Soil Farm, Shiitake Creek Mushroom Company and Virgin Earth Farm, all vendors at the Downtown Marquette Farmer’s Market, will provide produce for the experience.

The cost is $75 per person, which includes all food and wines; a no-wine option is also available. Reservations should be made in advance. For more information, please call Everyday Wines at 225-5470.

 

Call for Submissions to Canine-Themed Show

All artists are welcome to submit to the “Man’s Best Friend” juried art exhibit. The show is in celebration of the UP 200 Sled Dog Race. Selected works will be displayed at The Gallery on 130 W. Washington Street from Thursday Feb. 14 through Thursday, Mar. 28. The cost to submit to the show is $10 per entry. Artists can submit up to three entries. Part of the entry fee will go to UPAWS.

Artists may drop off their entry fee at The Gallery. They must email their submissions to the mqtartistcollective@gmail.com by Friday, Feb. 4 at midnight. In the email, artists must include the name, title, medium, size, price, and images of their work. Work must be gallery ready. All media will be considered. Best in show will be awarded at the reception.

The Marquette Artist Collective is a diversely talented group of artists and creatives in Marquette, MI. Regular gatherings are open to everyone and work to support creativity, the arts, and events in the amazing local arts community.

Those interested can find more information about the Marquette Artist Collective, including the submission process, at:

https://www.instagram.com/mqtartistcollective/

https://www.facebook.com/mqtartistcollective

https://marquetteartistcollective.wordpress.com

 

Marquette Blues Society Holding Logo Contest

The Marquette Area Blues Society invites area artists, students and blues enthusiasts to submit a logo for their Labor Day Weekend Blues Fest. One logo will be chosen as winner, and all judging decisions are final. Submissions must be received by Saturday, Mar. 2. More information, including entry forms, can be found on their website at marquetteareabluessociety.com.

 

Call for Composers and Choreographers for 2019 Rabbit Island Residency

The Rabbit Island Foundation and Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts are announcing a new 2019 residency opportunity: The three-week Choreographer and Composer Residency encourages collaboration between a choreographer and composer in a wild natural setting offering time, space and financial support to explore environmental concerns through dance and music. The two applicants selected, one choreographer and one composer, will spend two weeks on Rabbit Island, then one week of studio time at the Rozsa Center, and their final work will be premiered as part of the Rozsa Center Presenting Series season in 2020-2021. An honoraria of $2,000 will be awarded to both the choreographer and composer. The opportunity is an open call available to anyone working in the fields of choreography and composition. The selection committee is made up of each organization’s directors, Rabbit Island alumni and accomplished choreographers and composers. The deadline for applications is Friday, February 15 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Awarded residents will be notified in early May 2019.

A complete application guide and online submission form can be found at http://www.rabbitisland.org/art.

 

Marquette Regional History Center Features Women’s Craft and Work

The Marquette Regional History Center will feature an exhibit entitled Women’s Work is Never Done. The exhibit features beautiful household items such as hand woven rugs, colorful quilts, embroidered tablecloths and clothing such as lace camisoles. There is a spotlight on specific narratives of women from the Upper Peninsula community, including the far back and more recent past. Interesting features include accounts from housewives and servants, telling their tales in their own words. A pioneer in the mid-1800s, a Marquette Victorian in the late 1880s and a farmer’s wife during the Great Depression are just a few examples of the wide array of lived experiences explored in this exhibit. The exhibit started on January 14 and will run through Sunday, April 14. More information can be found at marquettehistory.org or by calling the museum at 226-3571.

The Marquette Regional History Center invites the public to a Victorian hair workshop on Saturday, Feb. 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Instructor Elizabeth Gruber will teach participants how to make Victorian Hair Art, a practice that dates back to the twelfth century and had a significant cultural impact in the 1850s-1880s. Participants will learn about the history of hair art, including the sentiments surrounding hair and how this changed with the rise of photography. They will also get the opportunity to make their own hair art, using synthetic or real hair. The workshop fee is $20, which includes supplies and is due upon registration. Participants can register by calling 226-3571.

 

Deadline Approaches for UPEC Video Contest

The UPEC invites individuals to enter their video contest. The video must be 3 minutes or less, and it must highlight the UP environment. Participants must upload the video to YouTube and send a link with their name and age to upec@upenvironment.org by Thursday, Feb. 28. The winner will receive $100. Top picks will show at the Celebrate the UP! event on March 29 and 30 in Marquette.

 

Events

 

St. Michael’s Marquette Hosts Inter-Faith Men’s Day of Reflection

The St. Michael Parish invites men from across the Upper Peninsula, regardless of religious affiliation, to attend a Men’s Day of Reflection on Saturday, Feb. 9. Men are encouraged to bring a friend. In his presentation, Catholic writer and speaker Dominick Albano will address the question “Why Me?” using the framework of St. Joseph, who was Jesus’s father. Participants will explore what it means to be called by God, how they can respond to that call and what characteristics of St. Joseph made him the perfect man to raise God’s Son. The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. and conclude at 3:30 p.m. Participants are invited to stay for a 4 p.m. mass in the church. The cost for the Men’s Day of Reflection is $10, and it includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Registrations are due by Tuesday, Feb. 5, and can be made by calling the St. Michael Parish office at 228-8180 or by emailing secretary@stmichaelmqt.org.

 

University Extension Offers Food Law Workshops in the U.P.

The Michigan State University Extension is offering several opportunities for interested individuals to learn about the Cottage Food Law. The law, which allows individuals to produce certain low-hazard products in their home to sell directly to consumers, has benefited many producers and farmers across the state. Topics include food safety considerations, how to prepare a home workspace for safe production and how to label a product, all with an emphasis on the law’s guidelines. The workshops also focuses on business aspects, such as product marketing. 2019 Cottage Law Classes Include:

February 19: Marquette Commons, Marquette. 6 to 8 p.m. ET

February 20: Delta County MSU Extension office, Escanaba, 6 to 8 p.m. ET

February 26: Gogebic Community College, Ironwood, 6 to 8 p.m. CT

More information can be found at msue.msu.edu.

 

AAUW Encourages Costumes for Social Centered Around First Ladies

The Marquette Branch of the American Association of University Women invites members and the public to attend a social celebrating the legacy and influential role of the first lady in the American political and social landscape. Though the role has never officially been defined, it is clear that first ladies are just as diverse and interesting as their husbands. Attendees are welcome to come prepared and share how they were inspired by their favorite (or least favorite) first lady. Costumes based on first ladies’ fashion are highly encouraged. Past events have drawn representations of Michelle Obama, Jacqueline Kennedy, Elizabeth Monroe, Eleanor Roosevelt and many others. However, not every first lady relished a life in the public, so attendees are welcome whether they want to dress up or not. Anyone who wants more information about this event may contact Les Bek at 869-5298 or ljbek@chartermi.net.

 

U.P Trappers to Share Knowledge in Hermansville

The 14th annual Trappers Workshop will take place at the Hermansville Community Center on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 8 a.m. All are invited to attend and admission is free of charge. Activities include game trapping demonstrations and opportunities to purchase furs and trapping equipment from Willow Tree Trapping and Burton Trading Supplies. During the afternoon, young participants will be guaranteed to win a door prize. Young first-time trappers will receive a free weasel trapping set or a dog-proof raccoon trap. Bob Steinmetz, longtime member of UP trappers, stated that previous workshops “helped hundreds of kids find out if they’d like to become a trapper. The furbearers we concentrate on at the workshop are relatively easy to capture, skin and flesh.” More information on the event can be found on the organization’s website: www.uptrappers.com or by contacting Mike Lewis at 774-3592.

 

Team Registration Opens for Library Fundraiser

Registration is now open for the second annual Peter White Public Library Adult Sip and Spell: A Spelling Bee for Cheaters! The event will be held on Friday, March 1 in the Red Room of the UP Masonic Center in Marquette. Teams of up to 4 people (ages 21 and only) may register. Cost is $100 per team. People who are interested can find more information about the event, including a full list of “cheats” teams can purchase via donations to the library, at the Peter White Public library website: www.pwpl.info.

 

Movie and Open Mic Planned at Peter White Public Library

DocuMonday presents a screening of the 2018 documentary Three Identical Strangers on Monday, February 4, at 7 p.m. in the Peter White Public Library’s Community Room on the lower level of the library. Director Tim Wardle tells the story of three young men, Robert Shafran, Eddy Galland and David Kellman, who, while in college, accidentally discover that they are triplets separated at birth. Their joyous reunion is tempered by the sinister secret regarding the circumstances of their separation. Rated PG-13, this film runs 96 minutes.

Three Identical Strangers won 10 awards, including the BAFTA Film Award for Best Documentary, the Most Compelling Living Subject of a Documentary from the Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards and Best Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival.

Authors, poets, songwriters and listeners are invited to Inspired Words, the quarterly open mic event at Peter White Public Library on Monday, February 4 at 7 p.m. in the Shiras Room on the library’s upper level.

Share some of your recent work, be inspired by other writers and get feedback from the listening audience. The presentations will not be judged. Presentations are open to all genres of writing as long as the material is suitable for all ages, unplugged and original work.

There is no admission charge to present or listen thanks to sponsorship by the Marquette Poets Circle, Marquette Arts & Culture Center and the Peter White Public Library.

More information can be found by visiting www.pwpl.info or calling 226-4318.

 

Marquette Commons Rink Is Ready for Winter Fun

On January 24, the Marquette Commons facility and ice rink will opened for free ice skating, weather permitting, Thursdays through Sundays from noon to 8 p.m. The rink is always available for skating at other times; however, the warming house may not be available and groomed ice is not guaranteed at times other than the posted hours. The Downtown Development Authority would like to remind skaters to please exercise caution when choosing to recreate outside in very low temperatures.More information about the rink can be found by contacting the Marquette Downtown Development Authority at (906) 228-9475.

 

Negaunee Library Offers Cheap Books for Valentine’s Day

The Negaunee Public Library will be holding its Annual Valentine Book and Vinyl Record Sale in the library’s Michigan Room on Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 1 to 3 p.m. Prices are a dime for children’s books, 25 cents for paperbacks and 50 cents for fine hardcover books. The vinyl records are from the library’s own collection and will be sold as marked. The library is located at the Case and Jackson triangle, and the book sale is open to the public. Friends of the Library will be serving free of charge refreshments. The event promises great prices and a chance to hang out with friends and library staff on Valentine’s Day.

 

Ishpeming Carnegie Offers Art Class

The Ishpeming Carnegie Public Library will once again hold its popular “life drawing” class on Saturday mornings in February and March. Basic drawing materials are provided, but students are welcome to bring their own. This is a drop-in class, and there is no registration required.

More information can be found by contacting the Ishpeming Carnegie Public library at 486-4381 or by contacting

instructor Paul Olson at 486-8175.

 

Big Bay Pathway to Hold Event Celebrating Honey Bear Ski Classic

Supporters of the Big Bay Pathway invite the public to join in a family friend event celebrating the Honey Bear Ski Classic on Saturday, Feb. 9 from 1-4: p.m. at the trailhead of the Scenic Big Bay Pathway. Everyone is welcome to gather round the trailhead fire for the annual weenie roast, refreshments and light snacks. The Honey Bear 12k or 24k Classic Challenge is a timed event that takes place around the Bear Mountain Loop. There is a suggested $15 donation to race. Youth events will be held on the rolling 7k hidden grip loop or the 6k meditation loop with a suggested donation of $5 to compete. Donations from this event support the grooming and maintenance of the ski trails, and organizers would like to remind frequenters of the pathway that they can purchase a “Powell Pass” on the Noquemanon Trails Network website.

Anyone who is interested can get more information by calling Kristi at 250-3350 or by emailing bigbaypathway@gmail.com

 

Community Voices to hold Lecture at Bay College in Escanaba

The Bay College West Speaker Series Community Voices continues on Thursday, February 14, 2019 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. CST in Fornetti Hall. Admission is free, and all ages are welcome. This month will feature attorney Scott Brogan, presenting “Estate Planning.” Brogan is a partner of Brogan & Yonkers Law Firm in Marquette, MI and practices in the areas of estate planning, elder law and special needs planning. Brogan has nearly 20 years of experience and extensive background in Estate Planning and Elder Law. Brogan attended Northern Michigan University before attending the University of Michigan Law School and graduated with a law degree in 1998. Brogan is a member of the Michigan State Bar Elder Law Section, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), the Academy of Special Needs Planners and the Wisconsin State Bar NAELA section. Topics attendees can expect to learn how estate planning can benefit them and their families, how to avoid probate for beneficiaries and how to protect assets from a potential future nursing home admission. Anyone with questions or concerns may contact Kelly Larson at kelly.larson@baycollege.edu.

 

 

Health and Wellness

 

Bay College Offers Clinical Medical Assistant Program

Registration is open for Bay College Training & Development’s Clinical Medical Assistant program that begins on February 12. This non-credit workforce development program is designed to prepare students for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) national certification examination. This training is also ideal for those interested in pursuing a future formal Nursing (LPN) or a Nursing (RN) program. Those who are interested can find more information, including costs and training times, at www.mytraining.baycollege.edu or by calling 217-4200.

 

Diabetes Workshop Coming to Ishpeming

The Diabetes Personal Action Towards Health (PATH) workshop is returning to Ishpeming beginning on Tuesday, Feb. 5. This is a six-week course to help those living with the daily challenges of diabetes. Participants will develop skills and tools that can improve their health and manage symptoms. Subjects covered include: symptoms of diabetes, stress, managing fatigue and emotional problems, engaging in exercise, understanding medications, eating healthy and working with care providers. The workshops will meet from 1 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the Pioneer Bluff Apartments. Pre-registration is required, but there is no cost to attend. Family and caregivers are welcome. Anyone interested can call 1-800-338-7227 or dial 2-1-1 to register, or they can register online at upcap.org.

 

People on the Move

 

Upper Great Lakes Health Center Welcomes Nurse Practitioner Brittany Wadaga

Hancock’s Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center is excited to welcome Nurse Practitioner Wendy Wadaga to their team of family medicine providers. She will be serving at the Hancock Family Health Center and will assist at other locations as needed. Originally from Wisconsin, Wadaga moved to the U.P in 2003, where she earned her Bachelor of Nursing Science from Finlandia University. She went on to earn her Master of Science in Nursing from University of Michigan-Flint.

She enjoys interacting with and caring for patients of all ages. “Family medicine allows me to care for my patients through their lifespan,” Wadaga said. She has a particular interest in diabetes management and thyroid disorders: “I enjoy the opportunity to educate my patients about preventive health and assist them with managing their acute and chronic conditions in order for them to live their healthiest life.”

Wadaga and her family also like spending time at camp and doing outdoor activities such as kayaking, hiking with dog Bella and traveling.

 

Valley Med Flight Names Two Upper Peninsula Staff Members as Employees of the Year

Two Upper Peninsula residents received employee of the year honors from Valley Med Flight, an Air Medical Group Holdings company with three bases in Michigan. Escanaba base pilot Conrad Mulford was named “Rotor Wing Pilot of the Year.” He has been employed with Valley Med Flight for three years and lives in Marquette with his wife and twin boys. “’Compassionate and professional’ encapsulates Conrad’s work ethic,” said Jake Smith, program director for Valley Med Flight. Iron Mountain base paramedic Adam Burton was selected for “Fixed Wing Clinician of the Year.” Burton, who has also been employed for three years with the company, lives in Iron Mountain with his wife and two children. “Burton brings professionalism and passion to his work,” said Smith.

 

U.P Locals Become DNR Officers

Three U.P. residents were in the recent graduating class of 24 new conservation officers to join the ranks of highly trained law enforcement professionals in Michigan. Andrea Dani of Carney, Byron Parks of Marquette and Anna Viau of Brampton were among the graduates at one of the most selective law enforcement academies in Michigan, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Academy; the graduation ceremony was held Dec. 21 at the Michigan State Police Training Academy in Lansing. Thirty candidates initially were selected from nearly 500 applicants to be a part of Recruit School #9, the DNR’s 23-week training academy. “This is the hardest academy in the state of Michigan—not many people get selected and even fewer make it through,” said conservation officer Timothy Barboza, a Recruit School #9 graduate. While their primary mission is to enforce fish, game and natural resource protection laws, conservation officers serve a unique role as certified peace officers with authority to enforce all of Michigan’s criminal laws. Because of their specialized training and versatility, conservation officers often are first responders to situations involving medical emergencies, missing persons and public safety threats. Next month, Michigan’s newest conservation officers will begin their probationary field training, partnered with veteran officers, and receive additional training prior to reporting to their permanent county assignments.

 

State and National News

 

DNR Enforces Snowmobile Safety in Western UP

In their continuing effort to promote safety and enforce sound and alcohol laws, DNR officers conducted group snowmobile patrols recently in Houghton and Ontonagon. “We conduct several of these patrols each winter, which allow us opportunities to remind snowmobilers about safety messages, enforce violations and pull riders who are drinking and driving off the trail,” said Sgt. Marc Pomroy. “Over the course of the patrol, over 200 snowmobile operators were contacted.”

The DNR and several partners have mounted a “Ridge Right” snowmobile safety campaign this winter. Riders are being reminded to ride on the right side of the trail, drive at a safe speed and remain sober while operating their snowmobiles. DNR safety and enforcement patrols will continue throughout the winter. More information about snowmobiling in Michigan, including information about permits, rules and regulations, can be found at Michigan.gov/snowmobiling.

 

Senator Stabenow Introduces Legislation Aimed at Lowering Prescription Drug Costs

Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) has introduced three bills that would combat the rising cost of prescription drugs in the United States. The Empowering Medicare Senior to Negotiate Drug Prices Act would allow the Secretary of Health and Human Services to directly negotiate with companies for drug price discounts, a practice that is banned under current law. The Affordable and Safe Prescription Drug Importation Act would authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to permit wholesalers, licensors, pharmacies and individuals to import safe medications from licensed Canadian sellers. Under this act, drugs would still have to be produced in facilities inspected and approved by the Food and Drug Administration. These bills follow the Lowest Price Act, which passed last year with bi-partisan support.

 

MDHHS Reminds Michigan Residents that Benefits are Still Available Amidst Government Shutdown

Michigan residents can still apply for and receive Medicaid and public assistance benefits such as food and cash assistance; Women, Infants, and Children (WIC); State Emergency Relief; and childcare reimbursement despite the continuing federal government shutdown. Though the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services receives funding for these programs from the federal government, the funds are administered by the MDHHS. The deputy director of the field operations administration stated that “programs that feed Michigan residents are a primary concern of the State of Michigan, and we have heard misinformation being spread about the immediate impact of the shutdown. We want people to know that MDHHS is prepared to continue to provide this assistance and that funding remains in place through the end of February.”

Clients who use Bridge Cards to redeem their food and cash assistance and WIC benefits are still able to do so in January and February. State government can generally operate seamlessly for about 45 days after a federal shutdown begins. With the shutdown now beyond 30 days, the State Budget Office, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office and MDHHS are assessing the impact beyond the 45 days and into March. Further information will be released as it becomes available. Anyone who has questions about all programs above (other than WIC) can find contact information for their local MDHHS by going to www.michigan.gov/contactmdhhs. Anyone with questions about WIC can find contact information for their local WIC agency by going to www.michigan.gov/wic.

 

Local News

 

Upper Peninsula Animal Shelter Thanks Community Partners

As the Upper Peninsula Animal Shelter (UPAWS) moves to its new location by the county fairgrounds, they wish to convey a very special thanks to their local community partners:

Swick Home Services sponsors and pays for the adoption fees of all the Lonely Hearts Club, a program that helps deserving pets find loving, lasting homes. The Women’s Center of Marquette developed The Sasawin Project, which helps survivors create escape plans that include safe placement for their pets. Dr. Tim’s Premium All Natural Pet Food Company donates all the food to the animals at UPAWS. Adopters also receive a discount coupon for Dr. Tim’s food with each adoption. Through Thrivent Financial’s Choice Dollars® program, members can make contributions through voting events and by directing their Choice Dollars to UPAWS. (UPAWS also thanks Thrivent Financial and the Marquette Area Financial Consultants who are Thrivent Financial Members who chose UPAWS for their Action Team Projects.) TacoMo Dog Training proudly offers a discount for UPAWS adoptees upon request. PetSmart in Marquette, through PetSmart Charities, provides an adoption area which houses UPAWS cats available for adoption. They also regularly collect supply donations for UPAWS. The Action Shopper provides a full-page color listing for UPAWS to promote events and pets available for adoption; a donation can make a difference and help UPAWS sponsor an ad for a homeless pet in the Action Shopper. Diana Sullivan Art donates 50 percent of the proceeds of all unframed fine art prints to UPAWS. Pet owners who purchase an item from the UPAWS Wish List at Mares-Z-Doats receive a 10 percent discount on items purchased for the shelter. Mares-Z-Doats collects the donated items at the store. Frequenters of Econo Foods can bring their Econo receipts to UPAWS, and Econo Foods will donate 1 percent of the sum of all Econo receipts collected. Art of Framing donates 10 percent of any professional framings for work portraying pets. Many of the Marquette County businesses support UPAWS by giving a location to change canisters. This adds up in a big way! Again, UPAWS thanks the businesses mentioned above and all of its community partners and invites the public to visit UPAWS at the new shelter—Marquette’s Animal Community Center.

Interested community members can call 906-475-6661 or visit www.upaws.org for more information.

 

Women’s Center Extends Programming and Staff

The Women’s Center, Inc. has received a three year Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Sexual Assault Victims Services grant from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The grant will be used to enhance the agency’s sexual assault program in Alger and Marquette counties. With this funding, The Women’s Center will be able to focus on assisting victims in underserved populations such as the elderly, disabled, mentally ill, LGBTQ, homeless and at-risk youth. The funding will allow the agency to pay for a full-time Sexual Assault Program Coordinator, a full-time Sexual Assault Response Team Coordinator and a part-time therapist for sexual assault victims. “Since 2016, we have seen an increase in the number of people accessing our services for sexual assault, dating violence and stalking, but we know we are not reaching many sexual assault survivors,” said executive director Beth Casady. “This new grant provides more staffing resources to expand current services that are needed in our region. Often, victims carry their experience or experiences without speaking to anyone about it for years. We are here for everyone, regardless of when the assault took place and regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, or disability.” Anyone interested can find more information on the Women’s Center and its services for men, women and youth by visiting their website at www.wcmqt.org.

 

Business Sponsors Care Packages for Military Service Members

The employees of Carpet One Specialists of Marquette and Ishpeming recently partnered with the veterans and staff of the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans (DJJHV) for a very special project. The two groups met to brainstorm ideas and decided to send packages to current servicemen and women on behalf of the DJJHV veterans. Activity Therapy Aide Tina Martin worked with a group of veterans to identify items they knew would be appreciated by our soldiers stationed away from home. Staff from Carpet One Specialists and the veterans from the DJJHV then shopped together for items and packed the care packages. Each package included a card written by a DJJHV veteran to the current service member receiving the care package. Carpet One Specialists sponsored the activities, which brought great joy to the veterans who participated.

Sarah Johnson, Volunteer Coordinator at the DJJHV said, “We appreciate working with the Carpet One Specialist team to come up with a project that is so meaningful. It was great that our members [the veterans at the DJJHV], helped with all aspects of this project. It was also very special for the members to reach out and recognize the service of soldiers currently serving our country. This was a truly fantastic project!”

 

Environment

 

Big Funding Available For U.P. Deer Habitat Improvement

This year, the DNR welcomes organizations with a formal mission to promote wildlife conservation and/or hunting to apply for over $100,000 in deer habitat improvement grant funding. Groups eligible for these grants include organizations such as sportsmen’s clubs, conservation districts, land conservancies, industrial landowners with more than 10,000 acres or private land affiliations where two or more unrelated persons jointly own 400 or more acres. “There are three primary goals applicants should strive to meet,” said Norway DNR field operations manager Bill Scullon. “The project should produce tangible deer habitat improvement, build long-term partnerships between the DNR and outside organizations and showcase the benefits to the public. The maximum amount of individual grants is $15,000 and the minimum is $2,000. Previous projects include planting of red oak, conifers and wildlife orchards; rehabilitation of historic wildlife openings; native prairie restoration; and scarification for conifer regeneration. Project applications must be postmarked by Friday, Mar. 1, and successful applicants will be notified by Monday, Mar. 18. The complete grant application package is available on the DNR website at www.michigan.gov/dnr-grants. For more information or questions regarding eligibility, please contact Bill Scullon at 563-9247 or scullonh@michigan.gov.

 

Limited Sturgeon Fishing Season Starts in Upper Michigan

The annual lake sturgeon fishing season on Black Lake in Cheboygan County will begin on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 8 a.m. The 2019 total season limit is seven lake sturgeon. To reduce the chance of exceeding that limit, officials will close the season if the sixth fish is harvested or when five fish have been harvested at the end of any fishing day. Daily season hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The season will end on Feb. 6 at 2 p.m. Registration is required to participate in the season, with early registration on Friday, Feb. 1 from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Onaway Field Station. Day-of registration will be available at the registration trailer on Zolner Road. Anyone who would like more information by contacting the DNR’s Gaylord Customer Service Center at (989) 732-3541, visit Michigan.gov/fishing, or by calling Tim Cwalinski at (989) 732-3541, ext. 5072.

 

Michigan Finalizes PFAS Deer Testing Report

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has released the final report detailing the findings from the per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) deer testing in Michigan. The recommendations issued in October 2018 based on the initial data review remain the same, with only one ‘Do Not Eat’ advisory in place. MDHHS and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) took samples from 128 deer across Michigan to test for PFAS. Only one of those deer, a deer taken near Clark’s Marsh, came back with elevated levels of perfluorooctane sulfonic acid in the muscle tissue.

The report includes all of the finalized deer muscle, kidney and liver data collected for the deer sampled as part of this effort. The DNR and MDHHS developed this investigation in response to questions from hunters concerned about harvesting deer in contaminated areas. This is believed to be first study of its kind, and very little scientific information exists on white-tailed deer and PFAS chemicals. It is unknown how PFAS could accumulate in deer. The State of Michigan is investigating the circumstances of the one deer with elevated levels and doing further analysis to learn more about PFAS in deer and other wildlife. In addition, the state will be doing further testing on deer from the Clark’s Marsh region and performing modeling studies to learn about PFAS consumption in wildlife.  A deer that has been exposed to PFAS may not show any signs or symptoms of being sick. Anyone who sees a deer that appears to be sick should contact the DNR hotline at 800-292-7800. Anyone who has health-related questions should contact MDHHS at 1-800-648-6942.

 

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MARQUETTE MONTHLY MORSELS

By Larry Chabot

 

Amelia Earhart Drops In

Amelia Earhart, the world’s most famous female flyer, was here twice. She enjoyed her 1932 lecture visit so much that she returned in 1935. The room she stayed in at the Northland (now Landmark) Hotel is named for her. Ironically, she came by train the first time and drove herself the second time because weather conditions kept her grounded.

She did get to inspect the Green Garden air field during her visit. “This is an excellent field,” she said. “I could have landed here easily with my plane and am sorry that weather conditions made it unwise for me to attempt the flight.”

In 1937, two years after her second visit, she disappeared over the Pacific Ocean while trying to circumnavigate the globe by air. They’re still looking for her.

MM.

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