City Notes – June 2009

Edited by Kristy Basolo

Dear editor
Words can’t express how proud I am to be a part of a public radio station that is obviously so important in the lives of so many people.
We know our listeners have faced their share of belt-tightening and downsizing of their own family incomes, yet you financially continue to support the organizations and activities that are important to you and your way of life. We’re thankful that Public Radio 90 is one of those organizations.
Your tremendous support, both emotional and financial, gives us the confidence to face challenges head-on. Even during one of the toughest economies Michigan has seen in years, our Public Radio 90 listeners have maintained a steady level of financial support.
While business support has fallen a bit over this past year, membership contributions from our Public Radio 90 listeners have remained fairly stable. As of May 11, pledges and contributions totaled $372,691, leaving us just $127,309 to reach our annual fundraising goal by July 1. During our Summerfest fundraising campaign, May 28 through June 4, we’re counting on you to help us finish the year in good financial shape and allow us to continue bringing you the in-depth news you depend on and the music variety you can’t find anywhere else. Believe me when I say it: every dollar makes a difference.
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 encouraging friends and neighbors who listen to contribute.
Sustaining Memberships increased six percent this year as more listeners made the commitment to authorize Public Radio 90 automatically to debit their membership contributions from their bank, credit union or credit card account. The dollars committed by our Sustaining Members each year, provide WNMU with a stable source of income to support the programming we all value. Today, nearly eleven percent of our Public Radio 90 members are Sustaining Members, with annual membership contributions totaling nearly $60,000.
With your help, we have made significant progress toward self-sufficiency. It has taken lots of blood, sweat, and tears, but the results have been astonishing. Local support now accounts for nearly sixty percent of our annual operating revenue. Yet, in order to sustain a locally-operated public radio station here in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, we need to raise a minimum of $500,000 every year from listeners and regional businesses.
The last year has been one of the most exciting and most challenging in our WNMU broadcast history.
All of us here at Public Radio 90 sincerely thank you for your patience and continued financial support over this past year; we sincerely could not do what we do without you.
As I write this letter, trained engineers are climbing the 1,000-foot broadcast tower we share with Public TV13 to remove the last remaining analog equipment and install the final digital equipment, which will move Public Radio 90 one step closer to launching our News/Talk and Classical music side channels.
We’re also waiting to hear whether we are the successful applicant for new FM frequencies in Marquette, Houghton and Iron Mountain. It’s been twenty months since we submitted our applications, so we’re hoping the FCC will act on them within the next year.
Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the best public radio listening experience possible. With your help, we can do just that. Thanks in advance for your continued financial support and all of us here at Public Radio 90 look forward to serving you long into the future.
Evelyn Massaro, station manager

Dear editor
Did you know that about 25,000 people die every day of hunger or hunger-related causes (according to the United Nations)? This is equal one person every three and a half seconds, mostly children. After learning these facts, the students at North Star Academy wanted to make a difference. They held a fundraiser to help raise awareness of these issues as well as donations for local organizations and for children in Thailand.
On behalf of North Star Academy, we would thank everyone who attended the Empty Bowls Project that took place April 22 at the school. Thank you to all of our sponsors. Without your help, we wouldn’t have had a successful event. We appreciate the contributions from Coco’s Restaurant, Rice Paddy, Griffins Distributing, Marquette Baking Company, Northern Michigan University Catering & Dining Services, Jeffrey’s Restaurant, Bouchard’s Bakery, Starbuck’s NMU, NMU art & design ceramic department, NSA Administration, Donna Philips, Robin Rahoi, and all the students at North Star Academy. The project had a positive impact on our students and theirfuture role in the community and around the world. It helped our students feel empowered, knowing that youth can make a difference.
The donations will be presented during our final awards presentation in June. The contributions will go to Harbor House, the Room at the Inn program, the Marquette County Food Pantry and to Aoy at the Rice Paddy for her program to help school children in Thailand who live in poverty.
Joy Bender Hadley, Art Teacher
Klamesha Richards, Student Art Teacher (NMU)



Information available to help Black Rive Falls Fire victims

More than twenty families lost their homes in the recent Black River Falls Wildfire south of Ishpeming. Community members wishing to help the families during their time of need can contact the following agencies:
• Salvation Army—486-8121
• Pigs and Heat c/o Marquette Police Department—228-0400
• St. Vincent DePaul—226-3840



Children sought to be part of Midsummer Chorus

The Marquette Scandinavian Midsummer Committee is looking for children in Grades 1 through 8 to sing in the Midsummer Children’s Chorus at the Scandinavian Midsummer Fest in Marquette.
The child does not need to be Scandinavian to participate, and there is no charge.
Practices will be held from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. on June 1, 8 and 15 at St. Mark’s Church on the corner of Fair and Presque Isle Avenues in Marquette. The Midsummer Children’s Chorus will perform at 11:30 a.m. on June 20 at the bandshell stage at Presque Isle Park, leading off the entertainment for the day after the opening ceremony.
For details, call 228-8035 or e-mail


65th Anniversary of D-Day commemorated at local event

An event will be held to commemorate the sixty-fifth anniversary of D-Day at 7:00 p.m. on June 5 at the Chapel of the Jacobetti Veterans Center in Marquette.
Return to Normandy, France, 1944, with Marquette World War II researchers Loraine and Jim Koski and guests. Join them in honoring local veterans and remembering the twelve Marquette County men who made the ultimate sacrifice during the invasion in this special program presented by the Marquette County History Museum.
Admission is a $5 suggested donation. For details, call 226-3571 or visit


Ed Gray gallery show opens on First Friday in Calumet

First Fridays in Calumet will be held from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. on June 5.
At Ed Gray Gallery, a mixed-media show, “All About the Sun and Other Things” by Laura Stahl Maze will be opening. The gallery is located at 109 Fifth Street in Calumet. For details, call 337-5970.



Older than America premiere features native filmmaker

At 7:00 p.m. on June 6, the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community and the NMU Center for Native American Studies presents the Upper Peninsula Film Premiere of Older than America with native filmmaker Georgina Lightning.
The premiere will take place in Jamrich Hall 102 on the NMU campus. It is free and open to the public.
Through her company, Tribal Alliance Productions, Lightning is now making her directorial debut with Older Than America. Starring herself and Adam Beach (Flags of Our Fathers), it’s set in Northern Minnesota’s Fond Du Lac Reservation and takes on the “Kill the Indian, Save the Man” genocide, where Indian children were forced to attend government-funded boarding schools to “Americanize” them.
For details, call 227-1397 or visit


Celebrate summer in Gwinn

• A town-wide rummage sale will be held in Gwinn, K.I. Sawyer, Little Lake, Austin, Princeton, Maple Hills and the Fralick addition. Command center opens at 8:30 a.m. on June 6, with the event starting at 9:00 a.m. Individual homes have their own ending time. Maps will be passed out until noon.
• Gwinn Fun Daze will be held on June 27, with a parade beginning at 10:00 a.m. An antique and classic car show, crafters, Bingo, homemade pies, food, kids games and live music will take place.
• The Gwinn-Sawyer Chamber of Commerce will host its eighth annual golf outing on August 7. For details, call 360-9187.


Messiah announces June Activity Night Schedule

Messiah Lutheran Church offers area youth a chance for fun in a safe and supervised atmosphere all summer long. Activity Nights in June will be offered from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on June 18, 23, 25 and 30, and are free of charge and open for all ages.
Children younger than five must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or responsible sibling. Activities include big screen movies, video games, classic board games, fun with friends and treats. For details, visit or call 225-1119.


Club Indigo announces June program, chef and cuisine

The monthly food and film program at the Calumet Theatre, Club Indigo, begins its summer classic series with a hilarious farce, a 1961 satire based on outrageous happenings in Berlin, while the wall still divided it. No one is left unscathed. Russian lugubriousness, German precision, American business know-how—all come under attack. With James Cagney in full mettle, trying to balance all three single-handedly.
The film will be shown on June 12, a multi-national buffet from chef Erik Karvonen at the MTU Dining Service at 6:00 p.m. and movie at 7:15 p.m. Cost for both is $18. The movie alone is $5. Children are half fare. To assure seating at the buffet, call at least a day in advance at 337-2610.


Baraga County Lake Trout Festival set for June 13

The Baraga County Lake Trout Festival will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on June 13 in L’Anse Waterfront Park. Crafters and food vendors are needed for the event. For details, visit or call 524-7444.


Houghton Art and Music Festival set for June 13

The Copper Country Community Arts Center and the City of Houghton present the eighth annual Houghton Spring Art and Music Festival on June 13. The festival runs from noon to 8:00 p.m. and features artist booths and demos, free kids art activities, food and an incredible music line-up. Headliner this year is P.J. Olsson, who will be working with local young musicians for the festival’s grand finale performance.
If you’re an artist or involved in a community group and would like to participate in the festival, booth spaces still are available. Visit the Copper Country Community Arts Center at 126 Quincy Street in Hancock or call 482-2333 for details.



Books sought for annual Peter White Library sale

Book donations are needed for the Friends of the Peter White Public Library Book Sale, which will be held June 11 through 13 at the library at 217 North Front Street in Marquette.
Fiction and non-fiction books, both hardcover and paperbacks, plus art books, cookbooks and children’s books are in high demand. DVDs and audio-books also are popular. However, magazines, encyclopedias and outdated textbooks or books in poor condition are not needed. Books may be dropped off at the library.
Volunteers are needed to help set up and work during the sale. Call 228-7434 to volunteer.
The Friends’ Book Sales raised nearly $10,000 last year to help support community programs, children’s reading programs, special events and purchases not covered within the library’s annual budget


LSCP golf outing scheduled for June 16 at Wawonowin

The Lake Superior Community Partnership’s Golf Outing will be held on June 16 at Wawonowin Country Club in Ishpeming.
Teams of five or individual golfers can participate. The outing will begin with registration at 10:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at noon followed by a bag lunch. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served after the event.
Everyone participating in the event will have the chance to win many great prizes including a free golf club or golf bag, $10,000 in a progressive putting contest or walk away a millionaire at the $1,000,000 shoot-out.
For details, call 226-6591 or e-mail


Crafty Campers weekend offered at Baraga State Park

Crafters are encouraged to share their talents during Baraga State Park Crafty Campers Weekend, scheduled from June 19 through 21.
Visitors can check out crafter campsites to buy the handmade items. Crafters can make reservations to stay at the campground at
For details, call 353-6558.



Scandinavian Midsummer Festival begins on June 20

The 2009 Marquette Scandinavian Midsummer Festival takes place on June 20 at Presque Isle Park in Marquette with a great variety of music and dance, crafts and a marketplace, ethnic foods and children’s activities.
The opening ceremony begins at 11:00 a.m. Many performers will take the stage during the day. The closing ceremony is at 10:00 p.m. Food and beverages can be purchased all day long from on-site vendors. Crafters will be demonstrating throughout the day, as well as selling their crafts. Many vendors of Scandinavian items will be on hand at the marketplace.
Children’s activities include games with prizes and hands-on projects. The Marquette Scandinavian Midsummer Festival is open to all with no admission charge, and parking is free. For details, call 226-6834.


Aircraft Association offers free plane rides for youth

On June 20, the Lake Superior Chapter 850 of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) will offer free airplane flights for young people from ages eight through seventeen. The flights are a part of the Young Eagles program, sponsored by the national Experimental Aircraft Association.
Flights will take place from noon to 3:00 p.m. at Sawyer International Airport’s General Aviation Terminal, located south of the main passenger terminal. All pilots are certified by the Federal Aviation Administration and donate the use of their planes.
Parents or legal guardians must complete a required EAA permission form prior to the flight, and legal guardians must have documentation. Forms may be obtained at on-site registration or downloaded online.
Flights may be canceled due to unfavorable weather conditions. A decision to fly will be made by 6:00 p.m. of the preceding day. For details, visit or call 361-6196.


Bicycle for world hunger with ‘Tour de Revs’ on June 24

At 5:30 p.m. on June 24, bicyclists are invited to join the “Tour de Revs” at the Holiday Gas Station in Harvey and bicycle into Marquette on the Bike Path.
Three ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) Lutheran pastors, who started the “Tour de Revs” in West Virginia in mid-May, will be arriving in Harvey at 5:30 p.m. on June 24, and riding to Messiah Lutheran Church, where there will be a light supper and a program on World Hunger. These cyclists are riding a three-person bike, this one made of bamboo, and they will talk about their bicycle as well.
The community is invited to greet the riders at Messiah Church at 6:00 p.m. A light supper will be served at 6:30 p.m. at the church, $5 donation requested, followed by a program at 7:00 p.m. The Northern Great Lakes Synod (ELCA) is sponsoring the pastors’ visit to Marquette. Contact the Synod office at 228-2300 or for details.


Pictured Rocks Road Races tour Munising on June 28

The thirty-third Pictured Rocks Road Race will be held on June 28 in Munising. A half marathon, 5K and walking option are available. Pre-registration discounts are available before June 21. Cost is $30 for runners, $20 for walkers and $10 for ages fourteen and younger. After June 21, cost is $40 for runners and $25 for walkers.
A pre-registration dinner and concert will take place from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m., with a concert following in the Falling Rock Café and Bookstore.
Proceeds benefit the Red Cross. For details, visit


Michigamme hosts annual Log Cabin Days, car show

The seventh annual car show and Log Cabin Days will be held from noon to 4:00 p.m. on June 28 at the Michigamme Museum.
For details, call 323-6608.


Open house and sale held July 3 at Butler Theater

An artists open house and sale will be held on July 3 at the Butler Theater during the Festival of Treasures street fair. Thousands of people attend this event.
A ten-by-ten spot is only $15, but artists must provide their own displays, easels, etc. Setup is the day before and the morning of the event. The event is open to all artists and artisans, but not crafters. Call David at 486-8680 for details.


First Pioneer Days craft bazaar scheduled for July 5

The Negaunee Senior Center is planning its first Pioneer Days Arts & Crafts Bazaar from noon to 5:00 p.m. on July 5. The event is held in conjunction with the annual Old Towne Festival, which takes place across the street from the center in the park. The festival features live music, kids games, food vendors and a beer tent.
There is no admission for the bazaar, which is held inside the spacious air-conditioned senior center, located at 410 Jackson Street in Negaunee. For crafters, table rentals are $15 for the first table or $20 for two tables. No kits or rummage items will be allowed. Application deadline is June 19; applicants should call the center at 475-6266 for details.


Friends of Negaunee get ready for annual book sale

The Friends of the Negaunee Public Library is in the process of organizing its upcoming book sale on July 9 during Pioneer Week.
Those wishing to contribute books in good condition may bring them to the library and place them in the special box provided near the check-out desk.
Children’s books, fiction, nonfiction, hard and soft cover books are welcome. Money raised is used to supplement the needs of the library.
For details, call 475-5752.


Disabilities forum schedule for June 11 in Marquette

A U.P. Public Forum for people with disabilities and their families will be held from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on June 11 in the Marquette Commons.
The Michigan DD Council is gathering information for the next five-year state plan. This is your chance to say what is important to you. Join in guided conversations around café tables, tell your stories and make your points and be energized with the possibilities.
Advance registration is required. Call 228-5744 or visit for details.


Sheriff deputies warn residents of door-to-door sales

Sheriff deputies want citizens to know that while some door-to-door salespeople may represent legitimate companies, you should beware of people who show up at your door, pressuring you to buy products or services.
To stay safe, remember these tips from your deputy sheriffs:
• Do not allow anyone you do not know into your home.
• Be suspicious if a salesperson approaches you while you are outside your home, or demands cash for immediate payment.
• Always ask to see their credentials and contact their employer to verify their identification.
• Do not be pressured into making a purchase on the spot.
• Be especially cautious if the contractor/company is from out-of-state.
• Remember, if the deal they offer you sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Once you sign the contract and pay the fee, the service may not be delivered.


Pine Mountain Music Festival offers opera, jazz and more

Pine Mountain Music Festival has another great season ready for June and July 2009.
The festival’s season begins June 10 with a kickoff gala at Houghton’s Rozsa Center, followed the next evening with a gala at the Chippewa Club in Iron Mountain. The season ends on July 12 with the opera The Secret Marriage in Houghton. In between, some twenty-eight events are presented, featuring opera, chamber music, classical recitals, jazz and popular music. Most events take place in at least three towns in central and western U.P.
Performance venues include Houghton’s impressive Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Michigan Tech, Reynolds Recital Hall at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, the historic Calumet Theatre, the Norway-Vulcan Fine Arts Center, Falling Rock Café in Munising, historic churches and other sites.
For a complete schedule or to order tickets, call (877)746-3999 or visit


Gladstone street dance, poker ride begins July 17

The Central U.P. Chapter of the Red Cross is teaming up with several area groups and businesses to sponsor a summer weekend of fun, food and entertainment in Gladstone with the first “Da’ U.P. Ride for the Red” on motorcycles.
Beginning at 5:00 p.m. on July 17, local food vendors will offer their fares. Beer and soda also will be sold. Then, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m., a street dance will be held featuring Driver.
From 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. on July 18, a pancake breakfast will be held at the Sports Park, sold by the Gladstone Boy Scouts Troop #466. After breakfast, bikers will parade from the Sports Park with other major sponsors joining in through downtown Gladstone. A scenic motorcycle poker ride will follow bringing the bikers and general public back to the Sports Park to a family- style pig roast, and another dance.
The public is welcome to attend all or any single event, with all proceeds going to the Central U.P. Chapter of the American Red Cross. For details, visit or call Jill at 428-9357.


Inter-Tribal Council honored for health improvements

Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan received recognition as a valuable partner in Michigan health care improvement at the Diabetes & Kidney Day Legislative lunch.
Inter-Tribal Council was recognized for its employee health benefits and addressing diabetes and diabetes treatment and prevention in the population it serves. Inter-Tribal Council promotes healthful living among its staff in a number of ways. Employees receive sixty minutes of paid Fitness Leave five days week, are offered weekly thirty-minute educational meetings to learn about a health-related topic or to engage in activity, and have access to fresh fruit at work, available free of charge, to encourage five-a-day consumption. During meetings, agendas include and encourage fitness/activity breaks. Inter-Tribal Council employees also are encouraged to participate in the U.P. Get Moving program each year.


Porcupine Mountains Music Festival set for August 28

Organizers of the fifth annual Porcupine Mountains Music Festival, presented by the Friends of the Porkies, are busy getting ready for the event to be held August 28 through 30 in Ontonagon County. The Friends of the Porkies is a 501(c)3 non profit organization.
Performers tentatively scheduled to perform this year include Cadillac Sky, Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams, The Clumsy Lovers, Pieta Brown accompanied by Bo Ramsay, Deke Dickerson, Hamell on Trial, Charlie Parr, Seth Bernard & Daisy May, Laurel Premo, Drew Nelson, Reverend Eddie Danger, Squeaky Clean Cretins, Kitty Donohoe, Carolyn Striho, Dave Boutette, Conga se Menne, Rory Miller with Dale Miller, Doris and the Daydreams, and Yvonne Blake. Final additions to the lineup will be announced in the near future.
As organizers strive to ensure the festival will be affordable for families, one welcome change for 2009 is reduced children’s pricing. Tickets for children ages seven to twelve will be a flat $10 cost, no matter if it is for a single day pass or a three-day pass. Children ages six and younger receive free admission. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Once again the festival will be offering a third busking stage on the festival grounds. The busking stage is an all-acoustic (no electricity) location available to both amateurs and professionals.
Buskers will not be paid by the festival for performing; however, tip jars are permitted and scheduled buskers will receive free admission into the festival on the day of their performance. Busking stage slots are limited and will be assigned on a first come-first served basis.
E-mail stage coordinator Dale Venema at if interested in securing a busking stage slot.
For details, visit www.porkies or call (800)344-5355.


Survey shows improvements in Marquette, Alger counties

A recent survey of young people in Marquette and Alger counties shows a continued rise in the number of strengths they have to grow into healthy, responsible adults.
The information comes from the Search Institute’s Profiles of Student Life: Attitudes and Behaviors Survey administered to 1,788 eighth, tenth and twelfth graders in Marquette and Alger counties in October 2008. The survey measures the level of 40 Developmental Assets, which Search has identified as the building blocks young people need to grow up healthy, competent and caring.
Research shows that the more assets young people have, the more likely they are to make healthy choices and the less likely they are to exhibit risky behavior.
The average number of assets the students reported in 2008 is 18.9. In 2006, the number was 18.6 and in 1997, it was 17.4. The national average reported by Search Institute is 18.6.
A full report of the survey results, along with the results of a Marquette-Alger sidebar survey, will be presented to the community on from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on June 2 at Peter White Public Library in Marquette and from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. on June 10 at Sydney’s Restaurant in Munising. Attendance is free.


2009 FFN performer of the year to give concert June 26

A concert by the Finlandia Foundation National (FFN) 2009 Performer of the Year will take place at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Marquette at 7:00 p.m. on June 26.
Miikki-Boersma is a multi-talented musician, performing on organ, piano, bassoon and accordion, as well as singing. She earned her master’s degree in music at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and worked full-time as a cantor/organist before moving to the United States.
She currently is a member of the Whatcom symphony Orchestra of Bellingham (Washington), and has organized numerous music events and concerts both in Finland and in the United States.
With a repertoire ranging from classical through contemporary to sing-a-longs, Terhi offers a variety of music at her concerts.
For details, call 485-1971.


‘Jagged Edge’ show comes to arts and culture center

Marquette Arts and Culture Center gallery is proud to present “Jagged Edge” to be held in conjunction with the “Your Mind Matters.”
Mental Health Awareness programming at Peter White Public Library in May and June 2009.
This non-juried show features art using various methods and media created by artists inspired by mental health issues in any way—personally, as a family member, friend or as a caregiver.
The show will be on display at the Marquette Arts and Culture Center gallery June 3 through June 27, with a reception for the artists from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on June 4.


Noquemanon Trail Network gets help from trail crews

While the majority of Marquette citizens have just been getting their bikes dusted off, members of the Noquemanon Trail Network mountain bike trail crew have been hard at work getting the trails ready for another season on some of the country’s finest non-motorized trails.
In addition to the annual raking and clearing of winter debris, several large projects have been undertaken and are in various stages of progress.
• New signage installed at trailheads and along south trails, greatly increasing visibility and accessibility to visitors and novices
• Three new bridges installed on the Mount Marquette (blue) loop
• A new cut placed to bypass a traditionally poorly flowing trail section that was eroding and difficult for riders to see when approaching
• Rerouting a short downhill section for erosion control reasons
• A large group work bee got the southernmost 1.5 miles of the Morgan Creek loop dialed in.
Work will continue through the summer. Anyone interested in joining the effort can contact the NTN office to be put on the trail crew list.
Also look for the sign at the South Trails gravel pit trailhead announcing the next scheduled work bee. Projects ranging from minor trail maintenance to full on trail construction available. The next work bee is scheduled for May 31.
For details, call 228-6182.


International competition offers world’s largest prize

ArtPrize invites artists of all kinds from around the world to participate in an unprecedented competition that will award nearly one-half million dollars to prize winners, including $250,000 to the artist who receives the most public votes.
Details of ArtPrize, which will run from September 23 through October 10, were announced from the competition’s host city of Grand Rapids, Mich. ArtPrize will have no formal jury, curator or judge. The public will decide who wins the prizes by voting, using mobile devices and at


DNR proposes changes to trout regulations

DNR Fisheries Division officials are seeking comments on proposed changes to state trout fishing regulations on inland lakes and streams that are designed to simplify the rules further. To read the proposal, visit
Comments can be sent to


Map available for OHV use on National Forest Land

With spring in the air, many people have put away their snowmobiles in favor of their Off-Highway Vehicles (OHVs, such as ATVs and other 4-wheel drive vehicles designed for off-highway use). Hiawatha National Forest reminds the public about Forest Service policies for OHV use on National Forest lands. While on National Forest land, OHV riders must use the current Hiawatha’s Motor Vehicle Use Map to determine which roads, trails and areas are open to wheeled motor vehicle use.
Riders who use Forest Service roads and trails are encouraged to stop at one of the Forest’s local Ranger District offices regarding the Motor Vehicle Use Map, which is updated annually. The new April 2009 update is now posted on online, and paper copies will be available in the near future.
More than 2,000 miles of roads and trails are designated open for off highway vehicles on the Hiawatha National Forest. Use of motorized vehicles off these designated routes (such as cross country travel through the woods) has been prohibited since 1986 and remains unchanged.


Cliffs Natural Resources reports first quarter results

Cliffs Natural Resources, Inc. reported first-quarter results for the period ended March 31, 2009. Consolidated revenues in the seasonally slow first quarter were $464.8 million, down six percent from $494.4 million in the same quarter last year. The decrease was driven by lower year-over-year sales in North American Iron Ore and North American Coal segments, partially offset by higher sales in Asia Pacific Iron Ore and a $53.3 million revenue contribution from Cliffs’ economic interest in Sonoma Coal.
Operating income for the first quarter was $11.4 million, versus $42.6 million in the same quarter last year. Operating income was lower year over year due to reduced sales volumes in North American Iron Ore and North American Coal. Margins also were lower as a result of idle costs and reduced production tons. The Company noted that a focus on cost control and ongoing cash conservation helped it achieve a nearly thirty percent decrease in selling, general and administrative expenses to $31.8 million from $44.6 million in the first quarter last year.


Cliffs Natural announces scholarship recipients

The Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. and Associated Companies Scholarship Fund has announced forty-two children of its employees who will be graduating from high school this spring will receive scholarship awards as part of the company’s 2009 program. That number includes twelve students whose parent works at Cliffs Michigan operations.
Scholarships were awarded to:
• Elizabeth Brown of Ishpeming, daughter of Richard and Ann Brown.
• Kayla Chapman of Ishpeming, daughter of Dan and Debbie Chapman.
• Matthew Clisch of Ishpeming, son of David and Becky Clisch.
• Jamie Conradson of Negaunee, daughter of Gregg and Lori Conradson.
• Joanna Cunningham of Rapid River, daughter of Michele and Herman Cunningham.
• London Durand of Marquette, daughter of Gregory and Cindy Durand.
• Seth Frederickson of Negaunee, son of Greg and Nina Frederickson.
• Nicole Hebert of Champion, daughter of Scott and Jessica Hebert.
• Marla Hill of Ishpeming, daughter of Bertil and Carol Hill.
• Ethan LeSage of Ishpeming, son of Kristen and Kevin LeSage.
• James Nevala of Ishpeming, son of Gary and Elizabeth Nevala.
• Matthew Waters of Ishpeming, son of John and Barbara Waters.
The program awards $1,000 non-renewable scholarships annually to children of Cliffs’ employees who qualify. The Scholarship Program was established in 1991 and to date has awarded more than 530 scholarships for a total of over $770,000. The scholarship awards are designated for college-related expenses, such as tuition, books and lab fees.


Medical education program announces new residents

The Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program has selected seven new residents for entry into the three-year residency program.
The Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program is the Upper Peninsula’s only post-graduate medical education program. Since its inception more than twenty-eight years ago, the program has produced 140 graduates. Many continue to practice in the U.P.
The education and backgrounds of this year’s incoming residents are as follows:
• Ryan Brang, MD, Cottage Grove (Minnesota), Ross University
• Mark Cecilio, MD, Encino (California), Semmelweis University, Hungary
• Kim Howard, DO, Erie (Pennsylvania), Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
• Tony Kamerschen, MD, Royal Oak, Wayne State University
• Katie Kreft, MD, Marquette, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
• Padma Narra, MD, Marquette, Narayana Medical College, India
• Jordan Povich, DO, Escanaba, Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.


Spiritual adventure small groups set to begin in June

The United Methodist Church of Newberry will soon embark on a new and exciting adventure. The Church will offer an open invitation to all those in the community to join one of several small “Spiritual adventure” groups now being created.
While the primary focus of the groups is intentional faith development, members will also take at least one opportunity to get together for some fun and relaxation. Each group will also take on a community outreach project of its choosing.
Three groups will be accepting members for the summer semester. The Spiritual Outdoor Adventures group is appealing to hunters and fishermen/women and will be led by Merle Anderson. Love to Pray is the second group and will be led by Mary Brooks.
Lastly, “Live Like You Were Dying” group will focus on what really matters in life and is based on the Emmy Award winning song by country western star Tim Mcgraw. This group will be led by Ray and Della Juliano.
The group meetings will begin the week of June 14. Six sessions will be held by the end of July. Additional semesters are planned for the fall and winter of 2009, with topics to be chosen later.
Early registration is recommended since space is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
For details, call 293-5711.

Arts Midwest World Fest comes to Marquette

School districts in Marquette and Alger counties will have a rare opportunity to interact with and learn from global musicians through Arts Midwest World Fest. The Beaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage Center at NMU has been selected to host the festival as part of its ongoing International Performing Arts Series.
From October 2009 through April 2011, musical ensembles from four countries will conduct week-long intensive residencies in conjunction with their scheduled public concerts for the NMU series. Each residency will consist of school performances, workshops and outreach activities.
Arts Midwest provides participating communities with a curriculum that helps students and teachers better understand and appreciate the customs and traditions of the visiting ensembles. Its mission is based on the hope that studying other cultures will spark a lasting curiosity in both teachers and students that will result in further exploration of the diverse and fascinating cultures of the world.
The four ensembles scheduled for the festival are:
• Beauty and Melody from China, a group comprised of a dozen string players and vocalists who will perform traditional and contemporary Chinese music and dance. Members will be available for workshops October 19 through 22 before their public concert October 23 at Forest Roberts Theatre.
• Hiromitsu Agatsuma, considered Japan’s finest player of the Shamisen. Agatsuma’s music encompasses both the traditional aspects of his instrument and his love of contemporary jazz and pop. He and his band will be available for workshops April 12 through 16, 2010.
• The Israeli Ethnic Ensemble, which performs traditional music of Israel and the Middle East that relies on Eastern European, Balkan and Gypsy influences. In addition to original music, the group’s repertoire combines material from the countries of origin of its five musicians: Sephardic traditions, Mediterranean influences and music of Yemenite Jews. Dates have not been confirmed, but the ensemble probably will begin its residency sometime in fall 2010.
• The Mauvais Sort from Quebec, which presents a contemporary arrangement of traditional Quebec folk music. The Mauvais Sort takes the lyrics and mixes them into contemporary musical compositions or original stories with old folk rhythms. This band is projected to begin its residency in Spring 2011.
The 2009-11 Arts Midwest World Fest is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, 3M Foundation, Verizon Foundation and MetLife Foundation. School districts interested in participating in this program should call 227-1219 or e-mail


Couple circumnavigates Lake Superior, islands by kayak

Beginning in June 2009, adventurers Matt Abbotts and Hannah Williams will be paddling their kayaks around the entire Lake Superior shoreline. Williams and Abbotts plan on paddling their sea kayaks out of Houghton on June 11 in an attempt to paddle around Lake Superior.
The couple’s motivation for the trip stemmed from a combined interest in endurance adventuring and the ecological impacts of global warming on the very unique ecosystem of the lake they currently call home.
Covering approximately 1,300 miles and crossing through three states and two countries, Abbotts and Williams are looking for the adventure of a lifetime. The couple will begin their journey to the west, leaving Houghton and heading toward Bayfield (Wisconsin) and follow the shoreline around the lake.
During the course of their paddle, they also plan on circumnavigating Isle Royale and making a point to explore the Apostle Islands and the Slate Islands. The pair estimate the length of the trip to be between six and twelve weeks, depending on delays due to weather.
For details, visit


100th Day reflections offer sustainable options

On the 100th day of the Obama administration, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack reflected on the new course his department has set to promote a sustainable, safe, sufficient and nutritious food supply, to ensure that America leads the global fight against climate change, and to revitalize rural communities by expanding economic opportunities.
In Michigan, the USDA is working to live up to Vilsack’s expectations for focusing on conserving our natural resources and mitigating global warming. In the first 100 days, the Forest Service has distributed approximately $3.5 million in economic recovery funding in Delta County.
Plans are underway to widen and re-surface Delta County Road 513 in a nine-month cooperative project with the County.
The project, awarded through an agreement between the Hiawatha National Forest and Delta County Road Commission, will add value to the community and enhance local resources.


Local business news…in brief

• The Upper Peninsula Children’s Coalition recognized two U.P. individuals and one U.P. organization that exhibit excellence in the field of youth and family issues; this year, the UPCC added one award to recognize U.P.-wide advocacy on behalf of children and families. The 2009 Organization of the Year was give to the Youth and Family Ministry of Messiah and St. Mark’s Lutheran Churches in Marquette; 2009 Individual of the Year was given to Karen Twa, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Consultant with the Fetal Alcohol Diagnostic Clinic at Marquette General Hospital; Outstanding Advocacy for the Wellbeing of Children and Families was given to Representative Gary McDowell of the 107th Congressional District (representing Chippewa and Mackinac Counties in the U.P. as well as Emmet County and a portion of Cheboygan County downstate).
• The prestigious Michigan Hometown Hero Award was presented to native Upper Peninsula resident David M. Luoma, MD, MMM, CPE by the Michigan Department of Community Health in connection with Michigan Public Health Week 2009 celebrations.
• Marquette postal workers collected 11,000 pounds of food to help re-stock local food pantries. “Stamp Out Hunger” is a nation-wide effort by the National Association of Letter Carriers and the United Way, although each location organizes its own efforts.
• The Elder Law Firm of Anderson Associates announced the appointment of Sam Eggleston as the new marketing director.
• The Rotary Club of Marquette welcomed new Rotarians on board: Ross N. Pearson, Jr., a retired accountant; Alan Filizetti, a retired banker; Jeffrey (Jay) Roy, manager of U.P. Orthotics and Prosthetics.
• The Marquette Beautification & Restoration Committee held its annual awards luncheon. The committee each year honors individuals and/or businesses that have made a positive impact on Marquette. Fifteen awards were given out in the eight categories. Award winners are Mary O’Donnell, Judy Place, Patty French representing Marquette Pediatric Dentistry, Jennifer Ray, Tom Vear, Bill Gartner, Joseph Sabol, Mike Potts, Kim Smith-Potts, Sue Wolf, Anne Erspamer, Stacy Chantelois, Janice and Eric Meister, Jane Ryan, Dana Schulz and Ray Nurmi.

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