City Notes – March 2009

Edited by Kristy Basolo

Dear editor
District 3 of the U.P. Trappers Association has a lot of people to thank for their most successful mid-winter trappers workshop ever. Almost 500 trappers and potential trappers attended the event and nearly a hundred of the attendees were kids wanting to learn about trapping.
Attendance like this would have been impossible without the news releases published by U.P. newspapers, the free radio spots on various radio stations, and a free listing on Charter Channel 8. Thanks also to those businesses that let trappers put up hundreds of posters on windows and bulletin boards and donated prizes and other materials. Many businesses and individuals also reached out to the kids by donating items for the event.
Dozens of trappers helped out at the front desk, with the distribution of “goodies” for the kids, and helped with the cleanup at the end of the day. Last but not least, thanks to the Hermansville rescue squad for providing food and beverages at very reasonable prices.
Bob Steinmetz, secretary,
U.P. Trappers Association


Dear editor
In mid-December, I had open heart surgery. Having had an aortic stenosis for a number of years, my internist and cardiologist felt that now would be the time to have the aortic valve replaced. A subsequent cardiac catheterization proved the necessity. There still were decisions I had to make including where to have the procedure performed, the cardiac surgeon and the type of aortic valve.
I had the procedure performed at Marquette General Hospital and couldn’t have been happier about that choice. Many professionals are brought to bear in an aortic valve replacement and the care of the patient. The cardiac surgeon, given a portion of the pericardium of a cow’s heart that is fabricated into an aortic valve with synthetic materials, then removed my failing aortic valve and replaced one with the other. The surgeon led a team including a second cardiac surgeon and anesthesiologist and four operating theatre staff in a five-hour operation. By the next day I was walking the halls of the hospital. Three days later, I’m in my own home. When one reflects on the skills of this team and the technology brought to bear, it really is quite amazing.
In addition to those in the operating theatre, other physician specialists have an important role in one’s care, including my own internist, a cardiologist, pathologist, radiologist and family practice residents. Other professionals who are involved include nurses, educators, physician assistants, dieticians, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, exercise physiologists, phlebotomists, laboratory technologists and technicians, operating theatre technicians, and unit clerks, and all are indispensible. Following the procedure I spent only three more days in the Intermediate Care Unit and had excellent follow-up care by MGHS Home Care and continuing to this day with supervised Cardiac Rehabilitation in the hospital.
What I found interesting is that many of the professionals involved in my care are graduates of or were trained at Northern Michigan University. Some continue their education at NMU. I believe it is a credit to NMU, in its education and training programs for the health and medical care community and that they are given responsible jobs at Marquette General Health Systems.
The ads are correct: the best medical care is found right here at home. I would not go elsewhere. My thanks to all involved in my care and a special thanks to my friends and neighbors who put food on my table, did the snow removal on my walkways and driveway, and chauffeured me around while I couldn’t drive. Just another reason to have your medical care close to home.
Robert H. Manning, Marquette



Dear editor
The second Thursday of every month the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum in Marquette hosts its popular Second Thursday Creativity Series. All local elementary school and preschool aged kids and their families are invited to come out for the fun that runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. There are always a lot of hands-on activities, all with a fun monthly theme. There are plenty of snacks and acoustic live music called “unexpected music.”
Thursdays also are Domino’s Pizza Night at the Museum so many families call tahead of time (by 5:30 at $5 plus tip) and order a pizza that is delivered as part of the festivities.
All special Second Thursday programming can be offered with no other cost than the usual paid admission or membership to the Museum because of some generous sponsors. The U.P. Children’s Museum would like to thank those sponsors. They include the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Marquette Community Foundation, Marquette County Active Living Task Force, Michigan Department of Community Health and Michigan State Extension, Plum Creek Foundation, Kohl’s and Culver’s.
The next event, with a theme of “Green” is coming up on March 12.
For details, call 226-3911 or visit
Dennis Whitley


Day of Prayer celebrated in Marquette on March 6

On March 6, Church Women United of Marquette will celebrate World Day of Prayer, beginning with a soup luncheon at noon in the First Presbyterian Church on Front Street.
The ecumenical prayer service, centered on the theme, “In Christ there are many members, yet one body,” was written by the women of Papua (New Guinea), where many isolated and diverse communities are of one heart and soul. They welcome families in need world wide to pray with them for unity in Christ.
All are welcome to attend. Child care may be provided upon request.
For details, call Miriam at 226-7298.


Anatomy of a Murder celebrates fiftieth anniversary

This year is the fiftieth anniversary of the filming of Anatomy of a Murder. Watch for celebrations throughout the county through the year.
If you have memorabilia or memories you would like to share, e-mail or drop things off (to be copied and returned to you) at Globe Printing, 200 West Division Street, Ishpeming, MI 49849.
Call 485-1033 for details.


MAPS fundraiser offers silent auction and special taco sale

Marquette Area Public Schools Native American Education Program is hosting a Silent Auction and Indian Taco sale from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on March 7 at the Marquette Masonic Temple.
Silent Auction items include an autographed Green Bay Packer’s football, Detroit Lion’s football, and Red Wings hockey puck and many more items donated by local businesses.
Tickets will be on sale at the door or in advance by calling 225-5387.
Cost is $8 for adults, $3 for children younger than twelve, and $5 for senior citizens or students with I.D. All the funds raised at this fundraiser will be used to send Native Youth to a Culture/Leadership Camp.


Sword technique workshop offered by Couling, MACC

A snow and swords workshop featuring instruction from dueling arts associate teacher and Lake Superior Theatre director Orion Couling will be held from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. on March 10 at the Marquette Arts & Culture Center.
Couling, who will cut his way through two scenes from Shakespeare, teaches single sword technique for the stage and screen.
Weaponry will include, but is not limited to, broadsword, katana and light saber. Preregistration is $10; cost at the door is $15.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Lake Superior Theatre to prepare for this summer’s Shakespeare & Sci-Fi blend.
For details, e-mail



Lake Superior Theatre announces 2009 auditions

Lake Superior Theatre will be holding auditions for the Summer 2009 Season, which includes productions of Guys on Ice directed by Shelley Russell, Anatomy of a Murder directed by Shelley Russell and MacSith directed by Orion Couling.
The casting calls are for both male and female roles from ages five to 105.
Please come dressed to move and have a monologue prepared (or you can read from scenes available at the auditions) and a cutting from a song if auditioning for Guys on Ice.
For details, call 228-0472 or e-mail


Calumet’s Club Indigo announces March selection

Celebrate the Calumet Theatre’s fifteenth season of Club Indigo with a gourmet buffet and a rare selection of four-star movies, selected from more than 2,000 possibilities.
• March 13: The Dead—Joyfully, richly adapted from the James Joyce novella about life, love and merriment in the early 1900s in Dublin. A fitting Irish tribute and swan song from director John Huston.
As usual, the movies will be shown on Fridays at 7:15 p.m., with an appropriate buffet served at 6:00 p.m. And, as usual, the buffets will be presented by the community’s finest chefs. Cost is $17 for both food and film, half-fare for children. For the buffet, a call at least a day in advance will assure seating at 337-2610.


Beekeeping workshops available for various abilities

Ontonagon County Michigan State University (MSU) Extension is again teaming up with Les McBean owner of White Birch Apiary in Bruce Crossing to offer two backyard beekeeping workshops.
The beginning beekeeping workshop will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on March 14 at the Ewen-Trout School. Registration deadline is March 12.
The advanced beekeeping workshop will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on March 28 at the Ewen-Trout Creek School. Registration deadline is March 26.
Preregistration is required. The registration fee of $25 for adults and $15 for youth twelve to eighteen years old includes lunch. A minimum requirement of twenty participants per session must be preregistered for the session to be held. McBean also will be taking orders for package bees.
For details, call 884-4386 or e-mail



Award-winning West African dance troupe to perform

Northern Michigan University will host the award-winning Saakumu Dance Troupe from Ghana for a one-of-a-kind performance on March 14 at the Forest Roberts Theatre. The multimedia dance event begins at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets for the event can be purchased online at\tickets, or by phone at 227-1032, or at all NMU ticket outlets. Tickets are $3 for students, $12.50 for NMU faculty and staff, and $15 for the general public.
The Saakamu Dance Troupe is dedicated to introducing audiences around the world to Ghanaian traditional and contemporary dance and music. Led by Ghana’s master gyil (African xylophone) player and a national icon, Bernard Woma, the group’s repertoire includes a range of spiritual, ceremonial, and recreational genres to contemporary African dance forms.
Woma will be on campus from March 11, serving as a visiting professor, conducting workshops and presentations with NMU students, and appearing on the campus media.
For details, call 227-1645.


Arts and culture center seeks nominations for awards

Nominations are being sought for the thirteenth annual Marquette County Arts Awards. Persons wishing to nominate persons in the appropriate categories can do so by submitting a letter by March 15 to or mailing to City of Marquette Arts and Culture Committee, 300 West Baraga Ave., Marquette, MI 49855.
The letter must include a description of the person/business and why they should be nominated for the award. Nominees must reside in Marquette County.
Categories Include:
• Volunteer—For longtime efforts on behalf of the arts in Marquette County
• Community Arts Activist—A person who makes things happen and has demonstrated significant accomplishment in advancing and supporting the arts in our community
• Outstanding Arts Educator—A person who has provided extraordinary leadership and creativity in advancing the cause of art education in the schools and in our community
• Arts Business Honor Roll—A business that has recognized excellence in the arts by supporting artists or arts organizations in its community
• Outstanding Visual Artist—Given to a working community artist who has consistently made an impact in artistic discipline
• Outstanding Performance Artist—Given to a working community artist who has consistently made an impact in artistic discipline
• Special Recognition—Given to a working community artist or organization who has consistently made a contribution and or an impact upon the community in an artistic discipline
• Youth Award—Given to a youth who has consistently made a contribution and/or made an impact upon the community in an artistic discipline.
Awards will be given on May 15 in conjunction with the Lake Superior Art Association annual members show and reception.
For details, call 228-0472 or e-mail



Harbor House benefit dinner set for March 16 at Landmark

Tickets are now on sale for the sixth annual Chefs against Domestic Violence—An Evening of Elegance. The benefit dinner is scheduled for March 16. The Landmark Inn will sponsor the six-course dinner of culinary delights. A silent auction will begin at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m.
Mark Evans and Walt Lindala of “Mark and Walt in the Morning” on Sunny 101.9 will serve as the evening’s masters of ceremony. The recipient for the distinguished 2009 Harbor of Light award will be announced during the evening.
All proceeds of this benefit event will go toward the daily operation of the Harbor House Shelter and Women’s Center programs. Serving Marquette and Alger counties, the Women’s Center has been assisting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault for the past thirty-six years.
Tickets for this benefit dinner are available at the Landmark Inn. For details, call 228-2580. To contribute, call the Women’s Center at 225-1346.


Song contest featured in upcoming Vista production

They’re Playing Our Song, a musical by Neil Simon and Marvin Hamlisch, will play at the Vista Theater in Negaunee from May 7 through 16, and they’d like to play your song.
The theater is running an original song contest and invites you to send your best tunes. The top ten songs will be played before, during intermission and after each performance, as well as digitally recorded and made into CDs.
The deadline for entries is March 25. Cost is $10 per entry; enter as many songs as you like. Entry forms are available at the Vista Thrift Shop and at area schools. Fill out the entry form and return it along with three copies of your song on CD or cassette. Each song must be at least two minutes long and not more than six minutes long. The songs can be vocal or instrumental and any style.
Entries will be evaluated by a panel of qualified judges and semifinalists will be notified by April 3.
For details, call 475-7188 or visit



Mentor Michigan seeks presenters for conference

Mentor Michigan has announced the Call for Presenters for the fourth annual Premier Mentoring Conference.
This year’s mentoring conference will bring approximately 250 mentoring administrators, staff members and volunteers together for networking and professional development opportunities. This annual event features a variety of workshops, a bookstore, and several opportunities for networking and will be held on November 18 at the Michigan State University Union.
Mentor Michigan is seeking presenters to facilitate educational and professional development workshops and motivate conference attendees. The deadline for proposals is March 27. For details, visit


Deer fawn survival study beginning in Upper Peninsula

The DNR announced the start of a new research project in the Upper Peninsula to investigate the role of predators, winter weather and habitat on white-tailed deer fawn survival. The study is being conducted in portions of Menominee and Delta counties.
DNR wildlife research biologist Dr. Dean Beyer said deer survival is influenced by many factors including disease, predation, weather, habitat and hunter harvest.
Researchers will capture pregnant white-tailed does during winter and attach radio transmitters that will signal when fawns are born. The newborn fawns will be captured during spring and fitted with radio-collars to study their survival and causes of death. Black bears, wolves, coyotes and bobcats also will be fitted with global positioning system collars to help researchers estimate the number of fawns killed by each species during the summer.

Researchers will investigate the role of winter weather and habitat quality on deer survival by analyzing fat content and other indicators during late winter. Understanding the factors that affect white-tailed deer survival, and how they work together to influence deer predation, is important.


Marquette County RSVP needs volunteer drivers

Recently, several Marquette County senior citizens missed doctor’s appointments because there was nobody to drive them to the medical office. These were not emergencies, yet delays in medical care can be crucial.
The Marquette County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) offers transport services to seniors for nonemergency medical appointments.
However, due to the present economic times plus an unusually cold winter, we do not have enough volunteers to meet these needs.
Many seniors are without family or friends to drive them to the appointments. Other seniors are unable to ride the bus due to scheduling or frail conditions. You can help by becoming an RSVP transporter and give a senior a ride to the doctor. You decide when and how often you are available to transport; even once a week can make a difference.
RSVP provides training, offers excess accident and liability insurance, and mileage reimbursement. Call the Marquette County RSVP office at 226-4180 for more information on how to volunteer.


Nominations sought for outstanding volunteer awards

The Volunteer Coordinators of Marquette County are accepting nominations for the 2009 Marquette County Outstanding Volunteer Awards. The awards are given annually during or leading up to National Volunteer Week to individuals and an organization to acknowledge their commitment to serving their communities through volunteerism.
Nominations are sought for the following categories: Youth, Adult, Senior, Pet, Organization and Michael D. Nunnally, NMU Student Volunteer. A Volunteer of the Year will be selected from entries in all categories. All volunteers in Marquette County are eligible. Anyone can nominate a volunteer. Self-nominations are welcome.
All volunteers in Marquette County will be honored during an event from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on April 18 at the Westwood Mall in Marquette. Awards will be presented at 3:00 p.m. All nominees are encouraged to attend.
Nomination packets are available at the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program office in Marquette, at the Northern Michigan University Volunteer Center or online at the Great Lakes Center for Youth Development’s Web site at
Nominations must be received by March 20. Mail or fax to: Marquette County Volunteer Awards, c/o Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, 234 W. Baraga Ave., Marquette, MI 49855. For questions or to request a nomination packet, call Lori Stephens-Brown, RSVP Manager, at 226-4184.
The Volunteer Coordinators of Marquette County provide networking opportunities for those working with volunteers and share resources on volunteerism-related projects. The group invites those who work with volunteers to join its monthly meetings. For more information about the Volunteer Coordinators of Marquette County, contact Jane at 228-3578.


Organization offers opportunity for mentoring programs

iMentor announced an opportunity for youth-serving organizations to enhance mentoring programs with an e-mentoring component, or to start new e-mentoring programs. Through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, iMentor has received funding to provide technical support to mentoring organizations through iMentor Interactive.
iMentor Interactive (iMi) is a mentoring solution that weaves together the tools and resources you need to track a mentoring program, and engage mentors and mentees in a safe environment while providing them with topics of conversation specific to your program. iMi offers front-end tools like e-mail and calendar for program participants, as well as back-end management tools including email logging, tracking and survey creation and management.
The purpose of the grant is to help improve graduation rates through mentoring by providing technical assistance to small and medium-sized nonprofit organizations serving high-school students. Grant recipients will receive up to $6,000 in funding for iMi user fees (approximately 200 mentor/mentee users) for one year, with the potential for grants to be renewed for up to three years.
Organizations must meet the following eligibility criteria:
Annual operating budget of less than $2,000,000
Serve high school-aged students
Programming includes academic and/or career support (at least as a component)
Applications will be accepted from February 1 through April 30. For details, visit, or e-mail


Michigan Works! provides resources for those in need

With the rise in unemployed workers applying for benefits, Michigan Works! officials say there are resources to lessen the blow and services to assist those displaced workers get back into the workforce as quickly as possible.
Although Michigan Works! Service Centers are not the Unemployment Agency, they stand ready to assist laid off workers with a variety of resources such as telephone and internet access for filing claims to the unemployment agency as well as reemployment services.
Human resource specialists are available to assist and can help outline action steps to reemployment through job search assistance, job placement services, career guidance, labor market information, skills or aptitude testing; job search workshops, resume writing assistance and skill enhancement training
For details, call (800)285-9675 or visit for your nearest location and hours of operation.


Michigan agency gets $3 million to fight foreclosures

A Michigan agency says it is getting $3 million to help boost efforts to prevent foreclosures.
The Michigan State Housing Development Authority said the federal grants will support foreclosure prevention counseling efforts and legal assistance funds.
The agency also plans a public service campaign to urge homeowners to call one of its counselors before they miss a mortgage payment.
Michigan has been one of the states hardest hit by the foreclosure crisis.
The state agency’s “Save the Dream” telephone hotline is (866)946-7432.


New series formed for races at Bark River raceway

The organization sanctioning the off-road races at Bark River International Raceway has merged with a West Coast series to form a new organization.
The World Series of Off-Road Racing (WSORR), which has operated races for two years at Bark River, has joined with off-road racer and Supercross legend Ricky Johnson to form the Off-Road Grand Prix (ORGP).
The Bark River International Raceway is operated by the Bark River Lions Club.
Races at Bark River are scheduled for July 11 and 12 and August 8 and 9. The new series will include eight races in Bark River; Crandon; Phoenix; Oshkosh (Wisconsin); and Perris (California).
The series will be sanctioned by the United States Auto Club (USAC).
Tickets for the 2009 race season at the Bark River International Raceway are on sale at


Q107-WMQT personality passes career milestone

In a business where longevity has become increasingly rare, Q107-WMQT program director/afternoon personality Jim Koski has defied the odds by celebrating his twentieth anniversary with the station.
Koski, who was born in Marquette, passed the milestone in early September. He joined the station in 1988, returning to his hometown following a job at a TV station in Flint. Koski, who actually began his broadcasting career while in high school, worked downstate following his graduation from Michigan State.
Over the past twenty years, Koski has been highly involved in community affairs, helping to raise over $2.5 million for local events and groups, collecting thousands of pints of blood for the U.P. Regional Blood Donor Center, and by serving on boards and committees for dozens of local organizations, including Easter Seals, the March of Dimes, and the Marquette County History Museum. Koski was part of the group that traveled to Washington DC to have Marquette County named as an “All-American County.” He writes a daily blog that attracts readers from around the world.
Koski lives in Marquette with his wife, Loraine.


Carnegie honors NMU for community engagement

Northern Michigan University has been selected for the 2008 Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. NMU is one of 119 higher education institutions in the nation to earn the distinction.
Colleges and universities were invited to apply for the classification by submitting documentation describing the nature and extent of their engagement with the community.
The application highlighted NMU partnerships with several local and regional entities.
The Carnegie Foundation in Stanford, Calif., is an independent policy and research center dedicated to the improvement of teaching and learning. The full NMU report is available at


Porcupine Mountains seeks artist-in-residence applicants

Applications are being accepted for the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park Artist-in-Residence Program for the 2009 spring, summer, fall and 2010 winter residencies. The program is open to artists and artisans whose work can be influenced by this unique northern wilderness setting.
The program offers writers, composers and all visual and performing artists an opportunity to experience the natural beauty of the Porkies, and express it through their chosen art form.
Each year, a number of artists are selected for residencies lasting a minimum of two weeks.
Artists will be given the use of a rustic cabin located on the Little Union River and, if requested, a three-night back country permit so they may explore the park’s 65,000 acres and ninety miles of rugged backcountry trails. During their residency, artists will be asked to share their experiences with the public through demonstrations or talks. At the conclusion of the experience, the artist is required to contribute an art piece representative of his or her stay.
Information about the program and an application for the 2009 spring, summer, fall and 2010 winter residencies can be obtained at
Applications must be postmarked by March 31, and mailed to Porcupine Mountains Artist-in-Residence Program, P.O. Box 221, Ontonagon, MI 49953. Successful artists will be notified on or before April 25.


Gift to NMU supports study abroad for U.P. students

Upper Peninsula natives Gloria and Bill Jackson have established a $1 million endowment through the Northern Michigan University Foundation. The gift will ultimately fund study-abroad experiences for one student from each of the fifteen U.P. counties each year.
The Jacksons live in Arizona, the headquarters of their CableAmerica Corp. They also own a home in Eagle Harbor.
Gloria, whose maiden name is Jussila, graduated from NMU in 1968. She said she was motivated to create the Jackson Scholars Study Abroad Endowment at her alma mater after talking with NMU President Les Wong about the university’s “Road Map to 2015” strategic plan and its emphasis on providing more international experiences for NMU students.
According to the NMU Foundation, the value of the Jacksons’ latest gift cannot be overestimated. More than three quarters of NMU students qualify for need-based aid.
Many lack the personal or family resources to shoulder costs associated with international academic and service opportunities.


Group supports decision to shelve Eagle Project

Yellow Dog Summer supports Rio Tinto’s decision to “defer” the Kennecott Eagle nickel-copper project in Marquette County but condemns the company’s new alliance with the People’s Republic of China.
Rio Tinto purchased Canadian Alcan for nearly $40 billion, in 2007, and has since been laden with extensive debt that has, along with a dramatic drop in metal prices, contributed to a massive drop in the company’s share value. Recently-appointed chairman Jim Leng resigned over board disagreements involving the China deal. Many large investors have expressed severe reservations with the proposed deal. In September 2008, the Government of Norway, formerly one of Rio’s largest shareholders, divested from the company, citing Rio’s “grossly unethical” conduct at the Grasberg Mine, in West Papua.
The decision to shelve Eagle was not entirely unexpected. In December 2008, the Australian media was speculating that “permitting delays and the collapse in the nickel price” could “shelve” the project.
According to the Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) coordinator for review of the Eagle Project, Joe Maki, the DEQ failed to follow current metallic mining law when reviewing Kennecott’s mine application and the company did not provide contingencies in the event of a mine collapse, aquifer contamination and other scenarios.


MM staff thanks short story judges, announces numbers

Forty-seven short stories were entered into the nineteenth annual Marquette Monthly Short Story contest. Twenty have moved on to the semifinalist round anonymously and will be rated, and the winning story will be printed in the April 2009 issue.
This year’s short story judges are retired NMU professors Leonard Heldreth and Gerald “Doc” Waite and his wife Sue; local authors Lynn Emerick, Matthew Williams and Chris Hansen; and last year’s short story contest winner Eric Hammerstrom.
For details or to read past short-story contest winners, visit


Local art association plans Marquette art swap for April 4

Lake Superior Art Association will be having an art swap at the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on April 4. This is a great opportunity to buy and sell art materials, books, easels, frames, etc.
Table fees will go to LSAA as a fundraiser, and sellers will reap the profits. Forms for table rental ($20, limit of two people sharing table) will be available at upcoming LSAA programs and meetings. For details, call 249-9188 or e-mail
This event will be free and open to the public to attend.


Superior Bike Fest designated as championship race

Michigan Road Racing State Champions will be crowned in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan this June. The Michigan Bicycle Racing Association has selected Marquette’s Superior Bike Fest as the Michigan State Championship Road Race for 2009 and 2010.
The three-day event will be held June 26 through 28, and includes mountain bike races, a circuit race and the crowd-favorite twilight criterium through downtown Marquette.
Cyclists have enjoyed the road course stage of Superior Bike Fest in the past, which rides out along the shore of Lake Superior and winds through scenic Marquette County, offering riders serious climbs in addition to beautiful views as they make their way back to the big lake. USA Cat 1/2 riders will compete on a 100-mile course while USA Cat 3, 4, 5 and citizen riders will take the fifty-five- and thirty-five-mile routes. MBRA officials were impressed with Bike Fest’s organizational effort, the quality of the Bike Fest sponsors and volunteer support, the backing of the City, and the race course.
For details, visit


Lake Superior protection award nominations sought

Lake Superior is one of the world’s biggest and most unusual lakes, and therefore deserves special attention and protection. Do you know of someone whose efforts to protect or restore the lake’s natural environment are truly superior? If so, help make others in the basin aware of their contributions by nominating them for the binational awards program.
The nomination period for the awards is now open. Deadline for completed applications is April 17. Applications may be made by the nominee (self-nominated) or by making a nomination on another’s behalf.
A full nomination packet is available at


CAN Council announces ‘Catch a Falling Star’

On April 29, at Upfront & Company, the Marquette County CAN Council in partnership with Child & Family Services of the U.P. will host the “Catch a Falling Star” fundraiser. There will be refreshments, easy listening music, live and silent auctions, and raffle drawings throughout the night.
Tickets are $15 each and are available by calling 228-4050, ext. 112. Tickets will be available at the door. Dr. Al Hunter of Marquette will host and auctioneer. For details, call 361-8515.


Children’s coalition to host annual conference at NMU

On April 24, the Upper Peninsula Children’s Coalition will host its annual conference at Northern Michigan University. UPCC is a coalition of youth serving organizations from across the Upper Peninsula whose main responsibility is to stay atop of current issues, politics and policy development that directly or indirectly impact youth of the Upper Peninsula.
Dr. Rob Anda, author of the ACE Study (Adverse Childhood Experience) will be the keynote speaker. Also speaking from a local point of view will be Fran Waters, DCSW, LMFT about how the body responds to trauma. There will be nursing, social work and prevention specialist CEUs offered.
For details, call 228-8919, ext 29.


MGHS signs affiliation agreement with Baraga, Portage

As part of a shared long-term commitment to provide health care excellence to residents of the western Upper Peninsula, Marquette General Health System has signed a three-year affiliation agreement with Baraga County Memorial Hospital and Portage Health. The Partners in Achievement agreement is designed to enable all three health care systems to work together.
This affiliation agreement, while encouraging the sharing of resources, does not limit or restrict any of the hospitals from developing similar partnerships with other healthcare facilities, and allows them to maintain their own identities and operations.


Brookridge Heights now under new ownership

Marquette General Health System has completed the sale of Brookridge Heights Assisted Living to Brookridge Marquette Real Estate, LLC. The owners of Brookridge Marquette Real Estate, LLC, include Capital Health Group, LLC, and SeniorCare Communities, Inc. Together they own and/or manage thirty assisted living facilities throughout the country.
Under new ownership, Brookridge Heights will receive major renovations, which include the addition of community rooms, décor, carpeting, paint, modest construction, and a twenty-unit Alzheimer’s addition. The new owners will introduce their popular “Anytime Dining,” which will allow the residents to eat “restaurant-style,” with expanded menus and on their own schedule.


WJMN-TV Channel 3 will wait to turn off analog signal

WJMN-TV Channel 3 announced that the station will wait to turn off its analog signal until June 12, per the new DTV transition deadline date set by the government last week.
For details, how to install and use converter boxes and step-by-step videos, visit


Hiawatha Music Co-op to sponsor youth scholarship

The Hiawatha Music Co-op is sponsoring a $790 youth scholarship to fund a local young person, age twelve to twenty, to attend a week-long session at the Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins (West Virginia). The scholarship will provide tuition plus room and board for the recipient. The student will attend Week 5 of the Augusta summer schedule—August 2 through 9.
The specific themes of Week 5 are old-time music, vocal and dance. The Augusta Heritage Center is nationally and internationally renowned for activities relating to traditional folk-life and folk arts of many cultures with an emphasis on the Appalachian region. For additional information concerning the youth scholarship and application forms contact the Hiawatha Music Co-op at 226-8575 or e-mail
Visit for details.


Michigan Works offers hints for unemployment claims

Prior to making your first call to Marvin, you must register for work if you do not expect to be back to work within 120 days. To register for work, you must post your resume onto the Michigan Talent Bank and have this verified in person at a Michigan Works! Service Center at least two business days prior to your first Marvin call.
Information to have on hand when filing for unemployment benefits includes: Social Security Number, Your Personal Identification Number, Driver License or State ID number, the names, addresses, dates of employment and wages paid by your employer for the past eighteen months.
If you wish to have UIA deposit your unemployment benefit directly into your bank account, you will need your financial institution’s nine-digit routing number and your account number.
In some cases, you may automatically be sent a debit card. You can always change the payment method later by going to and selecting UIA Online Services for Unemployed Workers, where you will be asked to set up a user account.
Your debit card will come in an envelope without a state agency listing, so be mindful of your mail. If you lose your debit card or need a new one, you can call JPMorgan Chase at (866)523-2122.
• You can file an unemployment claim either by telephone or over the Internet. If you choose to file a claim over the telephone, the time to call is based on the last two digits of your social security number.
Call UIA at (866)500-0017 and file by using a touch-tone telephone from anywhere in the United States and Canada.


Proposal could change date to remove ice shanties

The Department of Natural Resources is seeking public input on a proposal to change the date that ice shanties would need to be removed from U.P. boundary waters.
Currently, ice shanties are required to be removed from all U.P. waters by midnight on March 31 of each year. The proposal would change that date to March 15 in the boundary waters only, which would align the date with Wisconsin boundary water rules.
To comment, call 786-2351, ext. 127, e-mail or send comments to Michael Herman, DNR supervisor for the Northern Lake Michigan Management Unit, 6833 US-2, Gladstone, MI 49837-2552.


Hero for the Uninsured award nominations due by March 13

This spring, exceptional contributions that open doors to health care for uninsured Upper Peninsula residents will be recognized with 2009 “Hero for the Uninsured” Awards, presented annually by U.P. Health Access Coalition and five local Access Coalitions of the U.P.
Every day, individuals and institutions make a difference in the lives and the health of our uninsured families, friends and neighbors, including:

• medical professionals contribute care and office space,
• volunteers recruit and enroll uninsured residents in access programs,
• hospitals and clinics provide medical services or tests free of charge or at reduced rates,
• community partners refer people to access programs for crucial health services, and
• pharmacies and pharmaceutical companies distribute free or at-cost medications.
Nominators may recommend individuals, institutions, organizations and/or programs that:
• Demonstrate exceptional effort in providing access to care for uninsured U.P. residents, either in a singular event or ongoing work.
• Make exemplary sustained and/or new contributions toward the goal of achieving 100 percent access to health care in the U.P.
• Provide special efforts in direct care services, program outreach and emphasis on dignity in care to Local Access Coalition patient-enrollees or the uninsured population of the peninsula in general, or
• Create/implement new or innovative ideas and/or programs that support the cause of access-to-health-care for uninsured U.P. residents.

Nominations may come from patients served, the general public or the health care community, Access Coalitions and their partners. Deadline for submissions is March 13.
Visit to download a nomination form or call 233-0210.


Support your local animal shelter with these tips

There’s a place in your community where the hungry are fed, the homeless are sheltered and the abandoned are provided care—your local animal shelter, which provides comfort and care for unwanted animals.
The shelter also offers many other services for pets and their owners—and even for people without pets. To do all this, it relies on support from the community. Here are a few ways you can help animals, especially at your local shelter:

• Give a little bit. Donate food, old blankets, towels, or other needed supplies. Contribute to one of its special programs.
• Lend a hand. Volunteer your time. Bathe and groom the animals, walk dogs, or play with cats. Stuff envelopes for a mailing. Help publicize an event.
• Find that special someone. Choose your next pet from your local shelter, which has many wonderful dogs and cats, in different shapes and sizes, just waiting for a permanent, loving home.
• Help spread the word. Tell your friends about your shelter’s services. Promote animal safety and responsible pet ownership.
• Be a responsible pet owner. Keep current identification on your dog or cat at all times. Spay or neuter your pet. Always keep your dog or cat properly confined or supervised. In addition to the basics—food, water, shelter, and veterinary care—give your pet lots of love and attention.
• Vote for the animals. Support legislation to protect animals. Contact government officials and urge them to support pro-animal legislation.
• Be a hero. Report animal cruelty and neglect as well as injured or stray animals. You may prevent suffering and even save a life.
• Teach your children well. Instruct children in how to care for animals properly and how to treat them with kindness. Set an example by doing the same.


Tid-bits from the Desk of U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow

• U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan) made the following statement regarding Congressman John Dingell becoming the longest-serving member of the U.S. House of Representatives: “Over the last 19,420 days, John Dingell has stood larger than life. His dedication to his district and the entire state of Michigan has been a tremendous asset to our state and the families that call Michigan home. Since being elected in 1955, Congressman Dingell has been a champion of the American Dream—that every citizen should have access to a top-notch education, a good-paying job, and access to quality, affordable health care.
• Stabenow announced Senate passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. A member of the Senate Finance Committee, Stabenow helped ensure the package provides tax incentives and spending provisions to help make America more energy independent and create good-paying, middle-class jobs here at home. The recovery package comes as Michigan’s unemployment rate reached 10.6 percent in December and is estimated to create thousands of Michigan jobs.
• Stabenow announced Senate passage of the Fair Pay Act, which combats pay discrimination by extending the deadline for victims to take action. Under current law, those affected by workplace pay discrimination have only 180 days from the date of the first violation to file suit. The extension provided by the Fair Pay Act would assist employees who become aware of pay discrepancies much later.
• Stabenow joined President Obama as he signed the improved Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) into law. As a member of the Senate Finance Committee, Stabenow played a major role in the crafting of the $31.5 billion bipartisan agreement that renews and expands the successful program. The Children’s Health Insurance Program provides health insurance to children of working families who are not eligible for Medicaid, but are unable to afford private health insurance.
• Stabenow and Senators Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri), Carl Levin (D-Michigan), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Mark Pryor (D-Arkansas) sent a letter to President Obama urging the formation of a manufacturing advisory group to oversee the restructuring of the domestic automakers.
• Stabenow announced her appointment as chairwoman of the Energy Subcommittee on Water and Power under the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. This subcommittee will oversee important irrigation, land reclamation and flood-control issues along with energy development and its impact on our water resources. As chair, Stabenow will play a leading role in shaping national energy policy in the 111th Congress.
• In a struggling economy that could force some women to make tough choices on health care, Stabenow and Lisa Murkowski (R-Arkansas) and Congresswomen Lois Capps (D-California) and Mary Bono Mack (R-California) reintroduced legislation that would expand access to screening and lifestyle counseling for low-income and uninsured women, including those who may have lost their jobs and health benefits.


News and notes from U.S. Senator Carl Levin

• U.S. Senator Carl Levin (D-Michigan) said the following regarding Citigroup’s decision not to follow through with the purchase of a new $50 million corporate jet: “I’m glad they have changed their minds.  It is unconscionable and unacceptable for a corporation to purchase a fancy new custom jet to fly around their executives while the public is pouring billions of dollars of taxpayer money into the company, trying to keep it afloat.”
• Citing continuing serious abuses by credit card companies against consumers, Levin joined with Senator Chris Dodd (D-Connecticut), chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, and other senators in introducing legislation to rein in some of the most egregious practices. The Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act or Credit CARD Act of 2009 offers a comprehensive approach to protecting consumers from unfair credit card practices.


Local business news…in brief

• Northern Michigan University students Jessica Cross of Oxford, Mich., and Nancy Kenok of Homewood, Ill., received Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships for study-abroad programs this semester.
• Northern Michigan University English Professor Robert Whalen has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship. The fellowship will allow him to work full time during the 2009-10 academic year on “The Digital Temple,” an electronic documentary edition of seventeenth century devotional poet George Herbert’s English verse.
• Hospitalist Dr. Ronald Zulkiewski has joined the medical staff at Marquette General Health System; Zulkiewski coordinates and provides in-hospital care for patients at Marquette General Hospital.
• Marquette General Cancer Center received $12,000 from the Marquette Rangers Junior A team from net event proceeds raised at the second annual “Paint the Rink Pink” hockey game in October; money raised from the event is used to help Marquette General’s transition to digital mammography in diagnosing breast cancer.
• Serendipity Salon, located at 130 West Washington Street, Suite U6 in Marquette, is now owned and operated by Laura Royea.
• PensionTrend has opened a new investment advisers office in Marquette as a result of its growing presence within the medical market in the region: Gina Eggers will work in the Marquette office to offer services to the Upper Peninsula.

Editor’s Note: Questions or comments are welcome by writing MM or at

Regarding the February 2009 feature article about Slow Food, the correct e-mail address for Joe Sabol is
We regret the error.

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