City Notes – July 2009

Edited by Kristy Basolo

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Dear editor
The Marquette Symphony Orchestra is embarking upon its thirteenth season with a “Pops” Concert on September 19, featuring Marquette’s own Broadway star, Paul Truckey. This season features four full-orchestra concerts at Kaufman Auditorium, chamber music concerts in Escanaba in cooperation with the Besse Center, sponsorship of a youth concerto competition, numerous public school outreach performances and a guaranteed-to-be-thrilling world premiere of a Duo Percussion Concerto.
During an economic time that has caused many symphony orchestras and classical music venues to struggle financially or significantly reduce their offerings, the Marquette Symphony Orchestra is strong and thriving as it embarks towards this thirteenth season. The economy has, however, created a serious challenge for our orchestra. It faces a serious decline in both corporate contributions and grant monies from local, state and national agencies, as well as a possible decline in individual giving. We expect donations may decline further before they get better and are taking sound fiscal steps to ensure MSO will not have to compromise on its vision for the future and mission to provide the highest caliber of classical music to the Marquette area.
Season tickets are available at NMU EZ tickets at the Superior Dome, by calling 227-1032 or visit www.nmu.edu/tickets
Season ticket price is $80; individual concert ticket price is $25 for adults, $10 for students and children thirteen to eighteen, and $7 for ages twelve and younger. All concerts are performed at Kaufman Auditorium with a start time of 7:30 p.m.
Romanticists No. 2, the November 21 concert, will feature an exciting new young pianist on the international scene, Hye-Jin Kim, performing Rachmaninov’s Piano Concert No. 2. The concert also includes Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2, a nationalistic masterpiece coined “The Little Russian” because of its use of three Ukrainian folk songs.
Symphonic Invitation on February 27, will highlight one of the most brilliant pieces of dance music written, Weber’s Invitation to the Dance with orchestration by Berlioz. The music continues with one of Paul Hindemith’s most popular works, Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes by Carl Maria von Weber. Concert soloist on the program will be the winner of the first MSO Young Artist Concerto Competition with piece to be announced.
The final concert of the season, Innovators, on March 27 features the return of the percussion section to the front of the stage. Carrie Biolo and James A. Strain will premiere a duo concerto for percussion, timpani and orchestra in a work composed specifically for the performers. This concert features the Marquette Symphony’s first performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 “Eroica.”
For details, call 228-4233 or visit www.marquettesymphony.org
Carrie Biolo,
MSO business manager

 

Dear editor
Thank you for helping us to remain an institution that so many listeners trust and turn to for quality, inspiration, entertainment and reliable news and information.
Thank you for your high expectations, and for your feedback that helps us determine the best blend of local and national public radio programming unique our Upper Great Lakes listening audience. You do good work.
Thanks for sticking with us through our challenging transition from analog TV to digital broadcast, which required Public Radio 90 to be off the air for several days in order to keep the tower climbers safe. While the primary work was to complete the transition to digital TV, it will also give Public Radio 90 the capability for multi-casting and the addition of our all news/talk and all classical channels.
Your membership dollars make it possible for us to bring you in-depth news and analysis from National Public Radio, the BBC and our own Public Radio 90 newsroom. You make our eclectic mix of music programming possible—including our own local talent on Superiorland Concerts featuring classical music recorded across our listening area, In The Pines featuring traditional music recorded at the annual Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival and Highlights from the Marquette Area Blues Festival. In addition we’re able to bring you internationally renowned orchestral and operatic performances, jazz, blues, folk, international and traditional music, storytelling with Dick Estell “the Radio Reader,” giggles with the Car Talk guys and Garrison Keillor on A Prairie Home Companion, along with a variety of programming unique to our area like 8-18 Media, April Poetry, Media Meet and Holiday Readings and Remembrances, as well as special programs throughout the year to celebrate special days and to remember those who made a difference.
Your tremendous support, both emotional and financial gives us the confidence to face challenges head-on. Even during one of the toughest economies that Michigan has seen in years, our Public Radio 90 listeners have maintained a steady level of financial support.
We are wrapping up our Summerfest fundraising campaign when the July Marquette Monthly goes to press but we’re getting close to the $500,000 needed to keep Public Radio 90 running strong for another year. As of June 18 we have received pledges and contributions from 2,481 Public Radio 90 listeners and 103 regional businesses and organizations totaling $404,355.
Two steps forward…one step back…Your unwavering commitment to Public Radio 90 and local public radio here in our Upper Great Lakes region, gave us the confidence to invest nearly $20,000 in engineering and legal fees to apply for three new FM frequencies across the Upper Peninsula, 89.3 FM in Marquette, 88.9 FM in Houghton, and 89.5 FM in Iron Mountain. These are full-power protected frequencies and if successful will provide listeners with a dramatically improved listening experience. This is a lesson in patience as it could take up to three years before we know if we will be awarded the licenses.
Then, this past October, WNMU found out that our booster translators at 107.1 in Escanaba, 91.3 in Menominee and 107.3 in Stephenson were causing interference with a new full-power station, The Point at 107.2. By law Public Radio 90 is required to take those translators off the air if they are causing interference with a full power station, even if we were there first. We have been working with the folks at The Point and FCC officials and think we have found an alternative frequency that will work for the Escanaba area at 96.3 FM. We still need confirmation from the FCC before we can proceed with the switch. We are trying to find workable solutions to restore our Public Radio 90 signals for our Menominee and Stephenson listeners.
All in all, we’ve had a pretty good year here at Public Radio 90, (our university year ends June 30) but our work isn’t done yet. We know that the more listeners we have providing financial support for Public Radio 90 the more self-sufficient the station can become, thus reducing our reliance on state and federal funding, which is so vulnerable. The bottom line is the less we have to worry about state and federal money to operate, the more we can focus on better serving you. So every dollar, every member really does make a big difference.
With your help we have made significant progress towards self-sufficiency and continue to improve and expand our Public Radio 90 services for you and all our listeners. But more than money is needed to help Public Radio 90 remain a valuable community asset. We also rely on your feedback about the programs you value as well as suggestions for future improvements and changes.
You can make a difference by continuing to renew your membership each year, by increasing your annual gift or committing to a Sustaining Membership, by including Public Radio 90 in your estate planning, and by encouraging friends and neighbors who listen to contribute.
With the continued strong support of listeners like you, I have confidence that Public Radio 90 will be here for many years to come.
All of us here at Public Radio 90 look forward to serving you long into the future with even more of the best of what public radio has to offer.
Evelyn Massaro
Public Radio 90 Station Manager

 

Dear editor
I am writing concerning the speed limit change on M-35 located in Little Lake Michigan.
Little Lake is a busy, active little town with a large Bible camp bringing hundreds of people to our town which soon will be open all year round, a campground which brings many tourist and summer vacationers and the many lake homes that people use all summer long. We also have a very active church that hosts many programs for the children of Little Lake located right on M-35, a store, post office with constant traffic, pub/restaurant, service garage and semi-truck business which all are located in the heart of our town on M-35 and on a dangerous curve. The whole stretch of this road has residential homes on each side with some of the homes only a few feet off the road.
So I write this letter to voice my concern regarding the imminent increase of the speed limit through the Little Lake portion of M-35. MDOT has decided to increase the 35 mph zone to a 55 mph zone, with nothing more than a yellow delineation chevron signs around the curve. I feel MDOT’s reasons for this increase are inherently flawed and will result in a dangerous stretch of highway through Little Lake.
The current 35 mph zone is disregarded often and vehicles frequently travel at speeds above the posted limit. My concern is how much they will violate the 55 mph zone. I find that fully loaded semitrucks pose the biggest danger due to this increase. Michigan Vehicle Code (Section 257.627) from the Michigan State Police Web site states motorists must always drive at a speed that allows them to stop safely. As we all know, these trucks have a hard time slowing down when loaded.
M-35 will become even more dangerous because the road was not designed for vehicles to drive fifty-five miles per hour.
Sharon Bodenus

 

Dear editor
Music education is flourishing at Bothwell Middle School in Marquette, thanks to the extraordinary effort and talent of band director Lantz Whitfield. On June 2, Whitfield conducted the third band concert of the school year, featuring sixth, seventh and eighth-grade students. The concert featured a well-rounded mix of Native American and Celtic pieces, traditional movements, and student-friendly favorites like “Cool Cat Shuffle.” Each band played with a skill and maturity beyond its members years, a tribute to Whitfield’s dedication.
Whitfield directs a record eighty students in the sixth-grade band, fifty-four students in seventh-grade, and forty-one students in eighth grade. With a teaching load of 175 students, he still takes the time to get to know each of his students. His engaging teaching style and sense of humor inspire a love of music in students. The delightful concerts Whitfield conducts help parents understand the importance of music education.
Juggling schedules so the sixth-grade band, which practices at school as three separate sections, can have a few practices as a whole group before a concert, and getting equipment over to Kaufman Auditorium for concerts are two of the obstacles Whitfield faces with aplomb. Thank you to Whitfield for creating an extraordinary band program.
Suzan Travis-Robyns

 

Dear editor
On May 27, about 1,600 Marquette Area Public Schools students, teachers, and administrators gathered in Kaufman Auditorium to watch two free performances of the Duquesne University Tamburitzans. This was possible due to a very generous financial gift from the Louis Graveraet Kaufman Endowment Fund that has been supporting student and community Lyceum Performing Arts Programs in Kaufman Auditorium since 1928.
Since its establishment, the L.G. Kaufman Endowment has brought such famous lecturers and artists as Amelia Earhart (twice), photographer Margaret Bourke-White, pianist Alec Templeton, Percy Grainger and his Orchestra, author Bill Sanders, astronaut Mike Mullane, and now the multicultural dance and musical ensemble, the Tamburitzans. With the original intent of bringing to the students and community, “…some of the finer things in the world of education, travel, and art,” many students would not have had the chance to attend such a grand performance without the support of the Endowment.
The multitude of thank you letters and cards students have written to the L.G. Kaufman Endowment Board are only a fraction of the excitement and gratitude they have expressed for being able to watch such an outstanding multicultural dance and musical performance. For many students, the performance will stay with them as they progress through school and help open their minds to the possibilities in the world outside of Marquette. Simply put, the impact of bringing high-quality art performances to our students reaches far beyond what many of us can imagine.
I would like to thank the L.G. Kaufman Endowment Board for its continuous financial support for the L.G. Kaufman Lyceum Performing Arts programming and recognizing the importance of providing additional exposure to the Arts outside of the traditional school curriculum. I would also like to thank Bob Railey and the Marquette Folk Dancers organization, as well as the NMU International Fold Dancers, who helped put on a phenomenal supper for the Tamburitzans after its evening performance.
Without their collective efforts, our students and community as a whole would have missed the opportunity to be part of yet another historical performance in Kaufman Auditorium.
Sara Cambensy
Kaufman Auditorium Director


 

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Negaunee farmers market scheduled for Wednesdays

The Jackson Mine Farmers’ Market will run through September 30 at the Jackson Mine Park located on Tobin Street in Downtown Negaunee. The market will run every Wednesday between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m.
The market will feature locally grown fresh produce, crafted items and food available for purchase. The market also will feature demonstrations on fitness and healthy living for the public. Local producers will feature a full line of seasonal locally grown produce available all season long.
A flea market will be held from 9:00 a.m. to noon each Saturday, also in Jackson Mine Park. For details, call Bill at 869-4859.

 

Help stop the spread of invasive plant species

Members of the Central Upper Peninsula Cooperative Weed Management Area will hold several volunteer workdays this summer to pull invasive weeds and restore native vegetation.
In July, several volunteer workdays are planned on Grand Island. For details call Deb at 387-2512, ext. 19 or e-mail dleblanc01@fs.fed.us
The Marquette County Conservation District will meet from 9:00 to 2:00 p.m. every other Friday at the native plant demonstration area at Trestle Corridor in Marquette. For details, call Sarah at 226-2461, ext. 102 or e-mail sarah.janda@mi.nacdnet.net
Volunteers are needed to help remove nonnative invasive plants around the U.P. with The Nature Conservancy on preserves and National Forest lands. Volunteer work will be done at Pt. Aux Chenes in Mackinac County on July 24, Indian Point in the Hiawatha National Forest Delta County on July 28 and 30, Mt. Baldy on July 31 and Grand Marais on August 3. For details, call Chris at 225-0399 ext. 4015 or e-mail ccantway@tnc.org
For information on invasive species, visit www.upicweeds.org or e-mail ecoyne@tnc.org

 

Club Indigo plans Chaplin flick for July offering

On July 10, Club Indigo presents Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times at the Calumet Theatre. This 1936 satire finds Chaplin’s Little Tramp as a factory worker who goes crazy from his repetitious job on an assembly line, is forced to experience an experiment in automated eating, is sent to prison for supposedly aiding a Communist group, finally finds love and affection with a Gamin (Paulette Goddard, his true love interest off screen as well) on the lam, and they to wander soulfully into the sunset together.
It is the Little Tramp’s swan song; Chaplin abandoned him for greater challenges facing him and his ambitious grasp of the world at large, but he did invent a new kind of sound for Modern Times with a highly imaginative sound track including some dialog and his own compositions – and “Smile,” the tune that became a sensation for years to follow.
Modern Times will be shown at 7:15 p.m., preceded at 6:00 pm by an all-California buffet created by chefs from the Calumet Miscowaubic Club. Cost for both food and film is $18; cost for the film alone is $5. Children attend for half fare. To assure service from the buffet, or for details, call 337-2610.
Swede’s Gift Shop and Keweenaw Minerals in Copper Harbor will sponsor the program.


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Outdoor Writers Association honors SWP for clean waters

The Michigan Outdoor Writers Association has chosen the Superior Watershed Partnership as the 2009 recipient of its Clean Waters Award, recognizing the organization’s commitment to preserving, protecting and enhancing the watersheds of the Lake Superior, Lake Michigan and Lake Huron basins.
Based in Marquette, the Superior Watershed Partnership is considered the regional leader in Great Lakes protection for Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Over the past fifteen years, SWP has grown from a single citizen-based watershed council to a network of more than twenty watershed groups. The group’s mission is to promote responsible individual and community actions that ensure a sustainable environment, encourage a sustainable economy, and help improve quality of life.

 

GLCYD welcomes VISTA member to promote network

The Great Lakes Center for Youth Development welcomes Laura Michaletz, an AmeriCorps VISTA member.
Michaletz is one of several VISTA members placed throughout Michigan in conjunction with the Volunteer Centers of Michigan. Michaletz’s role at the center is to assist with expansion of the U.P. Volunteer Network, a collaborative initiative led by the center, which connects nonprofit organizations throughout the U.P. with volunteers. Michaletz will promote volunteerism across the U.P. and provide support to organizations and volunteers that use 1-800-Volunteer.org to post and sign up for volunteer opportunities. Other projects include launching the inaugural U.P. Service Awards as well as a U.P.-wide day of service.
For details, call 228-8919 or visit www.glcyd.org


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Blueberry Festival staff seeks vendors for annual event

The Marquette Downtown Development Authority is accepting registrations for the Blueberry Festival, set for July 24. The event will run from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Downtown Marquette. There is a $35 registration fee to participate. For details or to register, call 228-9475 or e-mail becky@downtownmarquette.org

 

Pathways budget deficit forces lay-offs, reductions

Due to budget constraints, the Pathways Community Mental Health board of directors voted at a June 9 special meeting to lay off twenty-seven Pathways staff and to discontinue services for about ninety-one individuals who have services paid for by general fund dollars.
In addition, the plan included implementing six furlough days, which will reduce Pathways hours of operation in order to cut expenses affecting each pay period through September 30. There will be no change for individuals served by Pathways who have Medicaid benefits.
Pathways began addressing its general fund deficit by discontinuing services to seventy individuals in December 2008. In addition, vacated positions were analyzed and many were not filled.

 

Superiorland Ski Club honors skiers, coach for excellence

The Superiorland Cross Country Ski Club (SCC) recently held its season-end social and awards banquet.
SSC race team coaches Andrew Moore and Matt Weier presented recent Marquette Senior High School graduate Zach Wagner with the team’s “Skier of the Year” award. Wagner finished at or near the top of the many races the team competed in around the Midwest, including Men’s Overall State High School champion.
The SSC board also recognized long-time Northern Michigan University cross-country skiing and running coach Sten Fjeldheim with its “Lifetime Achievement Award.” Fjeldheim is one of the founding members of the Superiorland Ski Club.
For details, visit www.superiorland skiclub.com

 

Forest staff celebrate motorcycle trail grand opening

Hiawatha National Forest officials had a grand opening celebration for the new Moss Lake Off-Road Motorcycle Trail, located about three miles north of Nahma Junction. The twenty-seven-mile trail, intended for single-track motorcycle use, was developed in partnership with U.P. Sandstormers and the Michigan DNR.
In addition to its work planning and obtaining the funds and labor necessary to build the trail, the U.P. Sandstormers will be responsible for the future maintenance of the trail.
The new motorcycle trail will fit nicely into the State’s network of Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) riding opportunities and will add a single-track option to the list of public trails in the Central UP.
For details, call 474-6442.


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Free computer class offered in Marquette, Ishpeming

Thanks to a grant through Michigan Works!, Peter White Public Library and Carnegie Public Library will be offering free computer classes this summer aimed toward teaching individuals who would like to learn basic computer skills.
Class times and courses will be based on the needs of the public. The program will offer beginner-level courses from basic computer skills and using the Internet to more advanced courses such as developing your own social network, instant messaging and downloading digital library audio books.
For details, call 228-7697, ext. 114.

NMU permit for coal plant voided, wood considered

Northern Michigan University’s request to void the State of Michigan permit for its proposed cogeneration heating and steam plant has been granted by the Department of Environmental Quality.
The permit, which was issued May 12, 2008, would have enabled NMU to burn coal as a backup fuel source in the proposed multi-fuel steam and heating plant, although the primary fuel source was to be wood and wood byproducts. Construction on the cogeneration plant had not started, in part, due to a stay on the DEQ permit by the Sierra Club, which opposes the burning of coal.
Leach said NMU is working on a permit application that would allow wood to be the sole fuel source, and is seeking state and federal agencies to secure funding for the project.
The proposed plant would provide heat and steam to the NMU campus, and steam to neighboring Marquette General Hospital. Plans for the facility include a research wing where NMU students can study future biomass fuels.

 

YMCA holds annual Teal Lake Triathlon on July 18

The YMCA of Marquette County will have its second annual Teal Lake Triathlon. This event is sponsored by Marquette General Health System, 100.3 The Point Radio and the City of Negaunee and will be held July 18 at the Teal Lake beach in Negaunee.
Adults ages fifteen and older will begin at 9:00 a.m. Participants will swim a quarter mile, bike 20 kilometers and finish with a 5K run. Also offered on this date, beginning at 11:30 a.m., is the same event for kids ages 7-12. Youth will swim 200 yards, bike 2 miles and run a half mile. Preregistration for the event is underway. Participants will save if they register prior to July 16. All proceeds will benefit the YMCA Strong Kids Scholarship Campaign. For more information, to register or volunteer, visit www.ymcamqt.org or contact the YMCA at 227-9622 or 475-9666. Online registration is available at www.active.com. The YMCA of Marquette County is a United Way agency.


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Magazine honors Marquette for outdoor opportunities

Marquette has been honored by a national outdoor magazine.
The new edition of Outdoor Life magazine named Marquette the second best town in the nation for sportsmen, just behind Lewiston (Idaho).
The article praises Marquette’s abundant year-round activities, awesome steelhead and salmon runs, phenomenal smallmouth, walleye and muskie fishing, and a whitetail hunting culture second to none.

 

Protect the Earth 2009 set for August 1 and 2 at NMU

This August, citizens from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Ontario will meet in Marquette County for Protect the Earth, 2009.
The event is held annually in an effort to unite citizens throughout the Great Lakes working to protect their land, water and way of life. A major theme this year is the threat of metallic sulfide and uranium mining to the Great Lakes basin. Protect the Earth organizers believe valuable freshwater and continued access to public lands can only be protected through the efforts of an involved citizenry. This year’s gathering is also in honor of legendary historian and community activist Fred Rydholm.
On August 1, the event will start off with workshops at Northern Michigan University. Among the many speakers are Professor Al Gedicks, who will present on successful grassroots strategies for protecting public land and clean water from dangerous metallic sulfide and uranium mining projects; Laura Furtman, who will discuss current issues with contamination at Kennecott’s Flambeau Mine, in Rusk County, Wisconsin; and Professor Stuart Kirsch, who will present on community struggles in West Papua where Rio Tinto owns and operates the massive Grasberg Mine with Freeport McMoRan. Other presentations and poster displays will include topics such as energy issues, treaty rights, the power of community, and other topics related to humans and nature.
On August 1, music and entertainment will be followed by a showing of a feature film U.P. premiere highlighting the grassroots struggles to protect the land and water in the U.P. directed by the Oscar Award-winning Jeff Gibbs.
On August 2, there will be a walk on the Yellow Dog Plains to Eagle Rock, the site of Rio Tinto-Kennecott’s proposed Eagle Project metallic sulfide mine. Sunday events include a picnic lunch followed by a memorial ceremony for Fred Rydholm, which will also take place at Eagle Rock.
For details, visit yellowdogsummer.wordpress.com, call 942-7325 or e-mail yellowdogsummer@gmail.com

 

Hiawatha Music Festival set for July 17 through 19

During challenging economic times, families often find themselves looking for creative ways to entertain the kids, and local and regional entertainment options look pretty attractive.
One such good deal is the annual Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival to be held at Tourist Park in Marquette from July 17 through 19. This year’s festival includes special events for everyone in the family.
There are local, regional and national performers for the main stage; workshops under the big tent; teen events; children’s music and crafts; and food. The festivities begin on Friday night with a Get-Acquainted Dance, and this year, the first night’s entertainment will include Feufollet, a Cajun band from Louisiana; Café Accordion from Minneapolis; and White Water, a family band from Amasa.
For details, call 226-8575 or visit www.hiawathamusic.org

 

Progress made on Fortune Lake adult retreat center

Fortune Lake Lutheran Camp outdoor ministry center is in the process of renovating an older cabin-style building into an adult retreat center. Fortune Lake has made commitments to retreat groups to have the building completely ready for usage by the middle of August.
Fortune Lake Lutheran Camp is a 147-acre outdoor ministry center located near Crystal Falls, MI. Founded in 1930, the camp is owned by the member congregations of the Northern Great Lakes Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The camp provides summer programming and year-round retreat facilities and programming for groups of all backgrounds.


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More hunters harvest more deer in 2008

Michigan hunters harvested an estimated 489,922 deer in 2008, a one-percent increase from 2007, the Department of Natural Resources announced.
Hunters killed 248,350 antlered bucks and 241,573 antlerless deer, a seven-percent decrease in the buck harvest, but a twelve-percent increase in the number of antlerless animals taken the previous year.
The estimates are based on the DNR’s annual mail survey, which was sent to 49,947 individuals who bought at least one deer license.
The decrease was most noted in the Upper Peninsula, where success rates dropped five percent.
To read the complete report, visit www.michigan.gov/dnrhunting, and click on Wildlife Surveys and Reports.

 

WNMU-TV completes switch to digital broadcasting

WNMU-TV at Northern Michigan University has completed the conversion to digital broadcasting ahead of the June 12 deadline required of all U.S. television stations.
WNMU now offers three channels instead of one: 13.1, which features the same PBS and locally produced programming as the previous analog Public TV 13 channel; 13.2, which has high-definition (HD) material; and 13.3, or WNMU Plus, with expanded PBS content such as delayed feeds from the West Coast, so viewers who may miss programs because of the time difference have an opportunity to catch them on alternate schedules.
Because WNMU-FM, or Public Radio 90, shares the same tower as its television counterpart, the radio station was shut off frequently while TV transmitter work was completed. Public Radio 90 now is back on the air.
For details, call 227-9668.

 

State legislators supporting literacy in new TV ads

Encouraging a child to read during the summer could potentially lead to $1,500 toward his or her college savings. State Treasurer Robert J. Kleine announced today the Get Creative @ Saving For College Sweepstakes sponsored by the Michigan Education Savings Program (MESP), the Michigan Education Trust (MET) and the Library of Michigan Foundation as part of the 2009 Library Summer Reading Program.
The sweepstakes, which launched on June 1 and runs through August 21, will award six $1,500 prizes that can be used toward a child’s future college education. Plus, the libraries of the winners will receive $1,000 toward their future reading programs. Parents can enter to win by filling out an entry form at local libraries when signing up children for the summer reading program.


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Comprehensive conservation plan set for Seney Refuge

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has approved and released to the public the Comprehensive Conservation Plan for the Seney National Wildlife Refuge. Goals and objectives in the plan describe how the agency intends to manage the Refuge during the next fifteen years.
Management of the Refuge will focus on: improving the long-term sustainability of wildlife habitats; increasing opportunities for wildlife dependent recreation; and strengthening and expanding partnerships with government agencies, organizations, and communities.

 

July reserved for books, authors, learning and fun

Thursdays during July, Finlandia University’s North Wind Books will host a series of children’s activities and author book signings. The community events are free and open to the public.
For adults, four “Campus, Community, and Authors” (CCA) events will take place. Book authors will give a presentation about their work with time for discussion and questions, after which they will sign copies of their books.
For children, four “Children’s Unique Books” (CUB) events will be held. Geared to children grades kindergarten through second, most CUB events will feature children’s book authors who will read their books to children and engage them in an activity related to the books.
North Wind Books is located at 437 Quincy Street in downtown Hancock. For a listing of specific events, call 487-7217.

 

Raffle prize offers a ride on Agawa Canyon rails

In recognition of the ninetieth anniversary of Child and Family Services of the Upper Peninsula, the organization has launched an awareness campaign to highlight its services and origins, including its participation in the original foster care program, “The Orphan Trains.” The anniversary fundraising efforts include a raffle for four tickets on the Agawa Canyon Tour Train.
The train tour through the unspoiled Canadian wilderness includes a 500 foot coast down to the floor of the Agawa Canyon, where travelers will have two hours to enjoy scenic walks on graveled trails, four waterfalls or an invigorating climb up over 300 stairs to a breathtaking view.
Tickets are $10 each, and are available at many locations across the Upper Peninsula, including the Child and Family Services of the U.P. office, Heritage Motors and Jeffrey’s Restaurant of Marquette. For details, visit www.cfsup.org

Annual Trappers Convention scheduled for July 17

The U.P. Trappers Association convention is being held July 17 and 18 in the Ruth Butler Building at the fairgrounds in Escanaba. There will be bargains on needed trapping supplies from about twenty nationally-known dealers and “how to” demos by top trappers and fur handlers.
Free fishing and prizes will be given to kids at the DNR Pocket Park; a craft demo will be held for the ladies, quilt-making by a local quilting club; special raffles of fur hats, knives, artwork, a skinning machine; mini raffles; a wood carver; and two special shows featuring live owls by Gayle and Randy Bruntjens from Raptor Rehab.
Admission is $2 per day for adults, with youth sixteen and younger admitted free. This event is open to the public and runs from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. both days. For details, call Rick at 498-2261 or visit www.uptrappers.com

 

2009-10 off-road vehicle grant applications available

The DNR announced that the 2009-10 Off Road Vehicle (ORV) trail grant applications are available to public agencies, nonprofit and incorporated clubs and organizations.
Applications are available for grants to maintain existing designated state ORV trails, routes and use areas; repair public lands damaged by inappropriate ORV use; and develop new ORV trails, routes and use areas. Grant funds also are available to pay for liability insurance, leases or easements.
Applications must be submitted by August 1, 2009. Any public agency or nonprofit incorporated club or organization seeking an application should contact: DNR-FMFM, P.O. Box 30452, Lansing, MI 48909. The forms are available on the DNR’s Web site at www.michigan.gov/dnr-grants or by calling (517)373-1275.

 

Local Catholic Clergy appointments announced

One priest will be retiring and several other priests will be changing pastoral assignments in the Catholic Diocese of Marquette on July 1.
Monsignor John “Jed” Patrick, 67, longtime pastor of St. Michael Parish in Marquette, will attain senior priest status and retire from active ministry. Monsignor Patrick also will be relieved of his diocesan position as vicar general and his responsibility for NMU Catholic campus ministry.
A native of Ironwood, Msgr. Patrick was ordained a priest on December 21, 1967 by Bishop Francis Reh at St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. He has served parishes in Marquette, Menominee, Escanaba, Trenary, Palmer, Gladstone and Big Bay. He has been the pastor of St. Michael Parish since 1995. Among the diocesan posts he held were director of vocations and vicar general. Pope John Paul II conferred the title of Prelate of Honor to His Holiness on Father Patrick in 1999, allowing him to be addressed as “Monsignor.”
Assigned as the new pastor of St. Michael Parish in Marquette is Father Larry Van Damme, 48, a native of Watson. Ordained a priest on June 11, 1993 by Bishop James Garland at St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette, Father Van Damme has served parishes in Iron Mountain, Goetzville, Hessel, DeTour, Drummond Island, Hancock and Dollar Bay. He has been the pastor of St. Albert the Great Parish in Houghton since 1997 and of St. Anne Parish in Chassell since 2001. Father Van Damme will continue to serve as the diocesan director for Catholic campus ministry. He will be joined at St. Michael Parish by Father Benjamin Hasse, 30, as associate pastor. This will be Fr. Hasse’s first priestly assignment since being ordained on June 5.
Taking over as pastor of St. Albert the Great Parish in Houghton and St. Anne Parish in Chassell will be Father Allen Mott, 34. A native of Escanaba, Father Mott was ordained a priest on June 6, 2003 by Bishop Garland at St. Peter Cathedral. He has served parishes and missions in Marquette, Big Bay, Brimley, Bay Mills, Sault Ste. Marie and Sugar Island. He is the pastor of St. Ignatius Loyola Parish in St. Ignace and Immaculate Conception Parish in Moran, a position he has held for two years.
The new pastor of the St. Ignace and Moran parishes will be Father Pawel Mecwel, 49. A native of Poland, Father Mecwel was ordained to the priesthood on June 1, 1990 at St. Peter Cathedral by Bishop Mark Schmitt. He has served parishes in Marquette, Ironwood, Grand Marais, Germfask and Curtis. He has been the pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Sault Ste. Marie for twelve years and was also responsible for Catholic campus ministry at Lake Superior State University.
Father Peter Zaczynski, 36, has come from the Diocese of Buffalo, NY to serve as parochial administrator of St. Joseph Parish, with responsibility for Catholic campus ministry at LSSU. A native of Poland, Father Zaczynski attended two seminaries in Michigan and did a year of service from 1998-99 at American Martyrs Parish in Kingsford and St. Mary and St. Joseph Parish in Iron Mountain. He was ordained a priest on May 22, 2004 at St. Joseph Cathedral in Buffalo by Auxiliary Bishop Edward Grosz.
Father Jeffrey Kurtz, 51, will become the pastor of St. Rose Parish in Channing, while continuing to serve as pastor of Guardian Angels Parish in Crystal Falls, a post he assumed on May 1. Born in Menominee, Father Kurtz was ordained a priest on June 1, 1990 by Bishop Schmitt at St. Peter Cathedral. He has served parishes and missions in Ironwood, Marquette, Grand Marais, Germfask, Engadine, Curtis, Naubinway, Bark River, Perronville and Schaffer.
Father Kurtz will take over the pastorate of St. Rose Parish from Father Richard Mroz, who will exercise his future priestly ministry outside the Diocese of Marquette. Father Mroz will also be relieved of his position as pastor of St. Joseph Mission in Foster City on July 1.
At that time, Father Mark McQuesten, 60, will assume the pastorate of the Foster City mission, while retaining his position as pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Bark River. A native of Detroit, Fr. McQuesten was an insurance office manager before he entered the seminary. Bishop Schmitt ordained him to the priesthood on May 1, 1987 at St. Peter Cathedral. Fr. McQuesten has served parishes in Marquette, Ironwood, Rudyard, Trout Lake, Barbeau, Norway and Vulcan. He has been the pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton for the past two years.
Father Chacko Kakaniyil will be relieved as pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Ewen, St. Ann Mission in Bergland and Immaculate Conception Parish in Watersmeet to return to his home diocese in India.
Replacing Father Kakaniyil as pastor at those churches will be Father Sebastian Ettolil, MCBS. A native of India, Father Ettolil, 69, was ordained to the priesthood on December 17, 1968 for the Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament. He served as a priest in India and North Dakota before coming to the Diocese of Marquette in 1998.
In the Upper Peninsula, Father Ettolil has served parishes in Iron Mountain, Sault Ste. Marie, Chassell, South Range, Calumet, Ahmeek, Copper Harbor and Eagle Harbor. He has held his current position, that of pastor of Resurrection Parish in Hancock and St. Francis of Assisi Mission in Dollar Bay, for the last three years.
Assisting Father Ettolil as associate pastor at Sacred Heart Parish in Ewen, St. Ann Mission in Bergland and Immaculate Conception Parish in Watersmeet will be Father George Maki, 59, who will reside in the rectory in Watersmeet. An Iron River native, Father Maki was ordained a priest on December 2, 1988 by Bishop Schmitt at St. Peter Cathedral. Prior to entering the seminary, he spent four years in the Air Force and worked as a substance abuse counselor for teenagers in Chippewa County.
Father Maki has served parishes in Kingsford, Iron Mountain, Ishpeming, Garden, Nahma, Cooks, Marquette, Newberry, Paradise and Escanaba. He is currently the associate pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in L’Anse, St. Ann Parish in Baraga and The Most Holy Name of Jesus/Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Parish in Assinins.
The current pastor of the parishes in L’Anse, Baraga and Assinins for the last four years, Father Augustin George, 41, will take Father Ettolil’s place as pastor of Resurrection Parish in Hancock and St. Francis of Assisi Mission in Dollar Bay. A native of India, Father George was ordained a priest there on December 29, 1993. In addition to serving as a priest in his home country for nearly 10 years, he came to the Diocese of Marquette in 2004 and served parishes in Ontonagon and Menominee, before being assigned to the three faith communities in Baraga County.
Father John Longbucco, 49, is returning to the diocese to serve as the new pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in L’Anse, St. Ann Parish in Baraga and The Most Holy Name of Jesus/Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Parish in Assinins. Father Longbucco has been a full-time chaplain in the U.S. Army since November 2002. In 2006 Chaplain/Captain Longbucco received the Army’s Distinguished Service Award from the Military Chaplains Association.
Born in Jackson, Mich., Father Longbucco was ordained a priest on June 1, 1990 by Bishop Schmitt at St. Peter Cathedral. He has served parishes in Iron Mountain, White Pine, Bergland, Brimley, Bay Mills, Barbeau, Ontonagon and Rockland.
Father Janusz Romanek, 33, will leave his position as associate pastor of St. Anne Parish in Escanaba to join Father Longbucco at the parishes in L’Anse, Baraga and Assinins as associate pastor.
A native of Poland, Father Romanek was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Alexander Sample on June 8, 2007 at St. Peter Cathedral. He has served at St. Anne Parish for two years.
Father Michael Chenier, 27, who was just ordained a priest on June 5, will begin serving as associate pastor of Resurrection Parish in Menominee on July 1.

Michigan citizens respond to Flambeau Mine lawsuit

The Wisconsin Resources Protection Council (WRPC) announced at a press conference in the State Capitol Building that it intends to file a lawsuit against the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) and Kennecott’s Flambeau Mining Company (FMC).
The lawsuit would be in response to ongoing water pollution that violates Wisconsin law and the Federal Clean Water Act at the Flambeau Mine, in Rusk County, unless the pollution and related issues are fully addressed within thirty days.
Kennecott, a wholly owned subsidiary of London-based Rio Tinto, is attempting to open a metallic sulfide mine, called the Eagle Project, in northern Marquette County.
But according to WRPC attorney Glenn M. Stoddard, the potential lawsuit is based on the mining company’s own monitoring data.
Citizens opposing other metallic sulfide mining activities in Minnesota and elsewhere in Michigan are concerned that Kennecott’s failure to protect water at the Flambeau Mine is indicative of any company’s ability to successfully operate a metallic sulfide mine in a water-rich area.
For details, e-mail gcaplett@gmail.com or call 942-7325.

 

Free movies and bike give-aways planned in Calumet

Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital will be sponsoring the Movie Magic Club at the Calumet Theatre every Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. beginning July 7 and running through August 18. Family-friendly films, piano walk in music by Dick Hazzard will be presented as well as a bike giveaway following every movie. Admission is free to all. Children ten years and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
Children fourteen and younger who receive a movie club card will be eligible to win a bike. Every time they come to a movie, their card is punched. Every punch entitles them to an additional chance to win a bike. You must be present to win. Movie Club cards are available at the Calumet Theatre Box Office or any Aspirus Keweenaw locations. Movie Club cards also will be distributed during parades and area festivals.
Movies include E.T. on July 7; Madagascar on July 14; Comedy Classics Film Fest on July 21; Ghostbusters on July 28; Antz on August 4; The Muppet Movie on August 11; and Shrek on August 18.
For details, call 337-2610 or visit www.calumettheatre.com

 

Local Authors Corner

• Photographer and now pictorial author and publisher Harvey Desnick debuted his new wildflower pictorial Keweenaw Wildflowers Blooming Seasons, a composite photographic work meant to stun readers with the incredible variety and beauty of the Keweenaw’s wildflowers encouraging outdoor lovers to come and explore. Blooming Seasons has been several years in the making. More than 300 images depict 278 varieties of wildflowers that bloom on the Keweenaw Peninsula north of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge. For details, e-mail hdesnick@aol.com or call 296-2171.

 

Stabenow launches ‘Health Care People’s Lobby’

In a web video, available on her Web site, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan) announced the launch of the Health Care People’s Lobby.
By visiting www.stabenow. senate.gov and clicking on “Health Care People’s Lobby,” families across Michigan can share their stories and voice their support for change in the current health care system. As a member of the Senate Finance Committee, Stabenow serves an important role in the development of health care reform legislation.
By signing up at the Web site, people can share their stories, which Stabenow will then share with her colleagues, as this important debate moves forward. Those who sign up to join the People’s Lobby will also receive updates on health care reform and what they can do to have their voices heard.

 

News & Notes from the desk of U.S. Senator Carl Levin

• Citing his longtime and strong support for the Army, the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) has selected Senator Carl Levin, D-Mich., Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, to receive its Outstanding Legislator of the Year Award in a ceremony on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, June 10. Senator Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., will also receive the Outstanding Legislator of the Year Award from AUSA.
• Levin and Stabenow announced that Michigan has been awarded more than $7,386,000 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding through the U.S. Forest Service. The funding will be used to improve water quality and fish habitats, maintain Forest Service roads and for other enhancements. Visit www.fs.fed.us/arra/arra-releasedfsprojects-2009-6-2pm.pdf for the full listing, including U.P. recipients.

 

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

• Levin and Stabenow announced the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded $1,425,000 to Sawyer International Airport in Marquette County. The funding will be used for lighting and insulation in hangars #400, 423 and 425.
• Levin and Stabenow announced the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded $821,073 to Sawyer International Airport in Marquette County. The funding will be used to rehabilitate runway 01/19, repair three taxiways and replace 1700’ of perimeter fencing.
• Levin and Stabenow announced that Pendills Creek National Fish Hatchery (NFH) in Brimley has been awarded $45,500 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The funding will be used for the replacement of the hatchery’s freezer and the installation of energy-efficient T-8 lighting.
• Stabenow made the following statement regarding House passage of the Cash for Clunkers legislation: “I am pleased that my colleagues in the House have passed legislation that authorizes funding for the cash for clunkers program. This bill, which mirrors legislation that I have introduced in the Senate, will save jobs and help provide a much-needed boost to our auto industry during these tough economic times. I will continue to work with my colleagues in both the House and Senate to enact this new program as soon as possible.”
• Stabenow announced Senate passage of the Family Smoking Prevention and Control Act of 2009. This legislation would give the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) increased authority to regulate the tobacco industry in order to help reduce youth smoking, by preventing the marketing of tobacco to minors.
• Stabenow made the following statement regarding General Motors bankruptcy filing: “Like families and workers across Michigan, I am disheartened by today’s news. Although bankruptcy proved unavoidable, it is important that all of the work done by management, the UAW, bondholders and the auto task force will make a quick, efficient bankruptcy possible. I am confident that GM will emerge a stronger and viable company. If we have learned one thing from the global economic crisis, it is that in order for our economy to thrive we must build things in this country. Now is the time for America to recommit to a strong manufacturing strategy that will rebuild our middle class.”
• Stabenow and Levin announced that Michigan has been awarded $69,427,524 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding through the Department of Labor (DOL) to provide unemployment benefits and administer unemployment assistance programs. The funding provides for an increase in benefits to reflect the recent earnings of workers, as well as an expansion of unemployment eligibility to individuals working part-time in the absence of full-time employment opportunities.
• Stabenow and Levin announced that Michigan has been awarded $340,000 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds to assist in the closure of abandoned mine lands in the Upper Peninsula’s Ottawa National Forest, located in Ontonagon County. The funds are a part of a $19.9 million project to address hazards associated with abandoned mines in National Forest areas. The Upper Peninsula project includes two separate phases, with each phase creating jobs, visitor trails, and potential habitats for forest animals.
• Stabenow made the following statement praising President Obama for signing the “Cash for Clunkers” program into law. This law mirrors Senator Stabenow’s Drive America Forward legislation, which she introduced in the Senate last month: “Today is a great victory for families across Michigan and across our country. After many months of hard work, we have a program in place that will save jobs and help small businesses affected by the economic downturn. This is a jobs program first, but it will also reduce pollution in our environment, decrease the amount of foreign oil that we consume and help families who are trying to buy or lease a new vehicle. This is a win-win-win for America. In Michigan, we know that when auto sales are down, our local dealerships, their employees and their families are negatively impacted by the economic ripple effect. That’s why I am pleased that President Obama supports this important program to bring people back into dealer showrooms and stimulate sales. Working together, I know we’ll be able to turn our economy around and get Michigan back on track.”
• Stabenow made the following statement regarding the announcement by Secretary of Energy Steven Chu that Ford will receive $5.9 billion in low-interest loans to retool older plants for the production of advanced technology vehicles: “Today’s announcement by Secretary Chu is welcome news and a credit to Ford’s commitment to advanced manufacturing here in Michigan. These low-interest loans will provide Ford with much-needed capital to retool older auto plants in order to produce more advanced technology vehicles such as the Ford Fusion hybrid. I am confident that these loans will help revitalize plants and communities, save jobs, and protect our U.S. manufacturing base here at home.”

 

Local business news…in brief

• Hal Rudnianin, Institute of Natural Therapies instructor, has been appointed by Governor Jennifer Granholm to the Michigan Board of Massage Therapist Licensing & Regulation, which will regulate massage therapist licensing and the new Michigan laws.
• Jerry Hammes, member of the Copper Country Associated Artists located in Calumet, will be the featured artist at the Fine Arts Fair and Exhibit to be held at Eagle Harbor on August 8 and 9.
• Dr. Stewart Goldman, medical director in neuro-oncology at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, is the recipient of the 2009 Adam Brish Neuroscience Lecture Award. MGHS neurosurgeon, Dr. Richard Rovin introduced Dr. Goldman during the annual Marquette General Neuroscience Conference held on May 29.
• The Elder Law Firm of Anderson Associates and LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell announced that Robert C. Anderson has been awarded an AV Peer Review Rating; the rating identifies a lawyer with high to preeminent legal ability and is a reflection of expertise, experience, integrity and overall professional excellence.
• Marquette General physician Dr. John Lehtinen is among the first physicians in the United States to be certified in addiction medicine by the American Board of Addiction Medicine, a new independent medical specialty board. Although one in five Americans entering the health care system has a substance abuse problem, there has never before been a medical specialty, drawn from all areas of medicine, dedicated to treating addiction.
• Carl F. Hammerstrom, Jr., MD, a Marquette internist and pulmonary disease specialist, was re-elected as a Michigan delegate to the American Medical Association; Hammerstrom will serve another two-year term to sets policies on issues such as public health, health care delivery and medical ethics.
• The Marquette Fourth of July Committee recently accepted a check from Gary Muller, CEO of Marquette General Health Systems, for the Rotary Club of Marquette’s Firework Fundraising effort; MGHS purchased 1,000 of the Rotary Club’s glow-in-the-dark fireworks fundraiser wristbands for hospital employees to wear and show support.
• Northern Pleasures celebrated its grand opening at 1010 West Washington Street Suite 2 in Marquette as a lingerie, gifts and novelties store.
• McCabe’s Quality Flooring commemorated the business making efforts to “Go Green” and offer a new service to customers; McCabe’s now is an Anso Premier Dealer.
• The U.P. Football All-Star Game announced that two U.P. high school football teams will receive donations from the game this year. Norway and Ewen-Trout Creek will each have money donated directly to their football programs.
• Dr. Kristi King, family medicine physician and Escanaba native, has joined the Marquette Medical Clinic-Gladstone.

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