CITY NOTES – October 2019

Letters to the editor

Make climate change history
We are at a very important point in time. I argue that this moment will go down in history as the most significant period in human civilization. It will be known as the time that we came to terms with the damage caused by carbon pollution and shifted towards a clean energy society.
For millennia to come children will learn about the fossil fuel era. What will they learn about the transition to clean energy? We are deciding, right now, what will be written in history books. You’ve already heard horror stories of what could happen. If everyone pitches in some time and effort, we can make it a smooth transition instead.
The solutions are known, and so are the strategies. There is an order of operations. First, a price on carbon must be enacted at the federal level. This is the absolute most important step that we can take. This step alone will achieve all the emissions reductions we need to avoid the doomsday scenarios. Optimistically, after passing a price on carbon, it would be feasible to remove enough of it from the atmosphere through regenerative agriculture to avoid any more warming.
In fact, carbon-pricing bills in both chambers have bipartisan support. Here’s how most of them work: a fee is paid by fossil fuel companies for the pollution value of what they produce; the fee rises annually. All the money collected gets paid back to families equally as a monthly cash rebate. The economy is steered toward clean energy as fossil fuels prices rise, and most families receive more than enough from the dividend to cover the increase in their bills.
Canada is taking this approach now. Will this be the route that humanity takes to get us out of the dilemma we’re in? That’s up to us. People have been on earth for countless generations. We will likely be here for even more to come. This generation, however, is the only one that can decide how this challenge will play out.
Don’t get bogged down with the responsibility. No one is expected to solve it all single handedly. That is not to say that you have an excuse for inaction. Everyone has a role to play. As a volunteer for Citizens’ Climate Lobby, I have enough work to fill any amount of time I can contribute. We can use your help. We meet each third Thursday of the month at the Peter White Library Lions room at 12:30 p.m. There is an NMU chapter in development, as well as outreach for primary Ed. We need young people, too. Please get them in touch with
We are singularly focused on passing HR 763 The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act. Please call Rep. Jack Bergman’s office now at 906-273-2227 and ask that he co-sponsors this bill; you can leave a message. We would love to hear from you, too. Email Learn more at
John O’Bryan
Volunteer, Citizens’ Climate Lobby


Royal Wedding preacher coming to U.P.
The Episcopal Diocese of Northern Michigan, in partnership with the Northern Great Lakes Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, is pleased to welcome the Most Rev. Michael Curry, presiding bishop and primate of the Episcopal Church to the Upper Peninsula. On Sunday, Oct.13, beginning at 5 p.m. in the ballrooms of the Northern Center on the campus of Northern Michigan University, Bishop Curry will lead “Revival – The Way of Love UP North.” He is known for his dynamic preaching and his love and enthusiasm for “The Jesus Movement” which he describes as “Following Jesus and growing a loving, liberating, life-giving relationship with God, with each other, and with creation.” In addition, Bishop Curry made headlines in spring 2018 when he preached at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Megan Markle. The event is family-friendly and open to everyone, Christians and seekers alike. It will feature charismatic preaching, offerings from local artists and musicians, personal testimony and storytelling, invitation to social action and intentional outreach with people who aren’t already engaged in a faith community. More information about this event can be found at: Doors will open at 4 p.m. Tickets are free but limited to six per person and can be obtained online

Raffle raises funds for Seven Mile Point
The Keweenaw Natural Area’s (KNA) raffle to preserve public access to Seven Mile Point will close on Monday, Oct. 14, with a 5 p.m. drawing at the organization’s End-of-Season Party. First prize is a 2019 All-Wheel Drive Subaru CrossTrek painted in “Seven Mile Point Sunset Orange.” The total value of the car is over $32,000, including taxes and license fees. Tickets are only $100 and there are a broad array of other prizes. Tickets are available at the KNA Nature Center at the Ahmeek Streetcar Station, 4 miles north of Calumet at 2869 US 41. Tickets can be purchased at the ice cream window if the nature center is closed. In October, those interested should call before making a trip. Tickets can also be purchased by credit card by calling the nature center at (906) 370-9022. Anyone who would like more information can visit

Michigan Craft Beverage Council accepting research grant proposals
The deadline for research grant proposals from the Michigan Craft Beverage Council is fast approaching. Any research projects involving agricultural impact on the craft beverage industry are encouraged to apply. The maximum grant award is $50,000. Priority subject matter includes the impact of climate change, crop quality, pest and disease management and market variety research. Proposals must be received via email no later than 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17. A committee will meet to review proposals in Dec. 2019 and funding decisions will be finalized in 2020. Approved projects will commence in April 2020. Those who would like to submit an application must send it to Anyone who would like more information on this can visit

UPEC announces 2020 nature photo contest
The Upper Peninsula’s Environmental Coalition’s annual photo contest is now open. UPEC invites photographers to share their best shots that represent the beautiful Upper Peninsula. Photos can be from any season. The four categories are nature panoramas, wildlife and landscapes, humans engaged with the natural world, close-ups of hidden or overlooked beauty and wonderful fluid water. Photographers do not have to be from the Upper Peninsula to enter. One submission per category per person. Winners will be announced in the winter UPEC newsletter. The deadline for the contest is Friday, Nov. 1. Anyone who would like a complete list of rules can email


Superior Watershed Partnership to celebrate 20th birthday
The Superior Watershed Partnership (SWP) and Land Conservancy is celebrating their 20th Anniversary! Join the SWP on Thursday, Nov. 7th for a special night of inspiration, artwork and music celebrating the real work of implementing projects that foster more resilient northern communities, accelerate climate adaptation and protect the Great Lakes. The SWP is honored to welcome keynote speaker Dr. David Suzuki, who is Canada’s leading environmental educator, climate activist, television host and author. In addition to recognizing many local, regional and tribal partners the SWP 20th Anniversary event pays special recognition to their Canadian colleagues and the crucial role of binational collaboration in protecting Lake Superior and the other Great Lakes. Over the last two decades the SWP has grown from one employee working on one watershed (the Chocolay River) to a regional organization with 18 staff members (in two offices) and over 25 seasonal employees (the Great Lakes Conservation Corps) working in the watersheds and communities of three Great Lakes; Superior, Michigan and Huron. While the SWP is proud to be a truly “local” non-profit organization its service area has recently expanded beyond the Upper Peninsula to include special environmental projects in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Canada. The SWP and project partners will recognize success stories such as coastal lands preserved, critical habitat restored and cleaner storm water entering the Great Lakes but will also acknowledge the work ahead such as accelerating community adaptation projects in the face of a changing climate, more severe storms and the recent news that Lake Superior is one of the fastest warming lakes on the planet. Learn more about why the SWP has been called “One of the most dynamic organizations working on Great Lakes issues today!” The evening starts at the Marquette Regional History Museum with the keynote address by Dr. Suzuki, Lake Superior inspired music by singer-songwriter Jerry Mills, Great Lakes artwork by local artist Stella Larkin and other special guests! An opening reception includes appetizers, wine and beer with jazz provided by Dave Ziegner and company. Dr. Suzuki will participate in a book signing after his talk. The evening continues across the street at the Ore Dock Brewing Company with the Canadian band Greenbank from Thunder Bay, Ontario (Greenbank has opened for REO Speedwagon, Cheap Trick and Chicago). Opening for Greenbank will be local legends Jim and Ray! Tickets will be available starting Monday, Oct. 7. Tickets for History Museum Event are $25. Tickets for Ore Dock Event are $5. Anyone who would like more information about either these events can visit

CCCAC to host “Best Hat Ever” boat ride
The Copper Country Community Arts Center (CCCAC) is holding a fundraiser with a special venue-a sunset cruise on the Isle Royale Queen IV. The cruise takes off from the Portage Canal on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. Attendees are invited to wear fancy and creative hats. Prizes will be given out for best hat. Tickets are $40 each or $75 for two, advance purchase only. Anyone who would like more information can call (906) 482-2333 by Oct. 12.

AAUW to host voter information night
The Marquette Branch of the American Association of University Women is hosting a free event at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10 at the Marquette Federated Women’s Clubhouse, located at 104 W. Ridge Street in Marquette. Open to the public, “Voting Matters” will feature Marquette Deputy City Clerk Kyle Whitney, who will give a presentation on local elections: how they’re conducted and how local citizens can get involved. The presentation will also touch on changes to voting laws, including no-reason absentee voting and same-day registration. The presentation will be followed by a short question-and-answer session. This free event is open to members and non-members of AAUW, and all are encouraged to attend to learn more about elections and voting.

Archeology on Ice coming to Marquette
Ancient ice is melting throughout the world and unique artifacts are emerging from melting glaciers. A team of researchers from the University of New Mexico and other institutions has been investigating glaciers in Alaska for more than a decade to recover these rare artifacts. The results of this research is featured in a traveling exhibit opening at the Marquette History Center in Marquette on Monday, Oct. 7- Saturday, Dec. 28. Most of the artifacts featured in the exhibit were found at small glaciers called “ice patches” located in Alaska’s Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. Ice patches attract caribou in the late summer months to escape the heat and insects that harass them. People who hunted them and other animals that visited the ice patches occasionally lost tools, weapons and other objects that became frozen in the ice and preserved for thousands of years. The exhibit has been enhanced to explore the connection between climate change and archeology in the Lake Superior watershed. The research was led by Dr. James Dixon, former Director of the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology and Professor of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico who is now semi-retired and lives in Marquette. Dr. Dixon will speak at the special exhibit opening reception on Wednesday, Oct.16, 2019 from 5-7 pm at the Marquette Regional History Center (MRHC). He will describe his research background, the inspiration for the exhibit and the relationship between climate and archeology. He will be available to guide tours of the special exhibit and answer community questions about the broader science of archeology. The exhibit is scheduled to coincide with the History Center’s Archeology Fair on Oct. 19, 2019. School field trips to the History Center in October will offer hands-on activities related to archeology. Anyone who would like more information can contact the MRHC at or call (906) 226-3571.

Acclaimed singer to perform in her hometown, Houghton
Hannah Bethel of Houghton is a nationally recognized Country/Americana singer-songwriter. She will be playing at the Orpheum Theater in Hancock at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28. “It’s been a couple years since I played a show in Michigan,” Bethel said. “I am so excited to return home to see family and friends and to share everything I’ve been working on!” She comes back to Michigan after making waves nationally in the past year with her singles and music videos, “Train” and “Rhinestone Rodeo.” Both songs have received strong airplay and have been featured heavily on CMT and The Country Network. Tickets for the show are $15 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors. They are available at the theater and can be purchased at the door before the show.

Marquette Spectacle to welcome in the spooky season
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center is proud to announce the return of the Marquette Spectacle on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 5 p.m. in downtown Marquette. The Spectacle is a free, family-friendly outdoor performance of grand proportions steeped in local culture; a celebration of community and art through pageantry, art installations, pop-up performances, percussion, theatrical dance and a street parade. The spectacle is inclusive and accessible for all ages and abilities. This year’s title is Outré—an alluring dream. The event will feature a parade, as well as over 20 pop-up performances, art installations, live music, and food trucks in Harlow Park. The evening concludes at sunset with a finale of dance and fire at 7 p.m. on Bluff Street, overlooking the park. Anyone who would like more information can call the Arts and Culture Center at (906) 228-0472 or by emailing

Former Marquette resident to give workshop on ICE impact
Michele Marlene York has called South Central Los Angeles home for 14 years, but she is originally from Marquette. She will be giving a presentation called “All Things I.C.E: The Impact on my South Central L.A. Community” on Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Peter White Public Library. This lecture will focus on how recent Trump administration policies regarding undocumented immigrants have impacted her diverse community in California. She will also bring her personal experiences as a grassroots organizer and inner-city midwife to the table, and what everyone can do to help out their fellow humans in these tumultuous times.

Manufacturing Day to shine light on skilled trades
Education, community and industry partners are coming together to coordinate a Manufacturing Day event on Friday, Oct. 4, at Bay College West Campus in Iron Mountain. The goal of the day is to educate students and community members about opportunities in skilled trades. Students will participate in a series of hands-on activities. Presenters include Roadmaster, CCI Systems, Verso and American Axle and Manufacturing. “Our employers are not only faced with the challenge of baby boomer retirements, but it is estimated we will be adding over 1,300 new and replacement jobs in the area within the next three to five years. We have to be proactive,” shared Lois Ellis, Executive Director of the Dickinson County Economic Development Alliance (The Alliance). The Alliance, Bay West, Northern Initiatives, the Dickinson-Iron Intermediate School District and Michigan Works! are all contributing time, treasures and talents to make this a successful event for the students. “We need to inform our students and their families that technical and skilled trades careers offer excellent wages. There’s huge opportunity to grow and you don’t need to put yourself into years of debt,” said Gina Wollner, Dean of Bay College West. Manufacturing Day is just one of many events within a larger effort to educate the community on our workforce shortage and the opportunities that exist for young people. Heavy Metal Tours hosts Industry Open Doors, School Tours and a Manufacturing Camp as well.
Anyone who would like more information about this event can contact the Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance at (906) 360-4653.

Breast cancer awareness event coming to Marquette
The American Cancer Society is teaming up with several establishments in Marquette to “paint the town pink,” raising awareness about breast cancer. Participants are invited to wear pink to show support for those who have experienced breast cancer. The event runs from 4-6 p.m. in Downtown Marquette. Anyone who would like more information about the event can visit the group on Facebook at “Real Yoopers Wear Pink.”

Yellow Dog Watershed to hold inaugural race, meeting
Runners and walkers are welcome to participate in the first-ever Yellow Dog Dash on Saturday, Oct. 19, in Big Bay. A 5k and a 10k dash will begin at 11 a.m. and the kid’s half-mile begins at 10:30 a.m. Registration is available at or at the trailhead beginning at 9:30 a.m. The race will take place at the Yellow Dog Bridge on CR 510. All fees go toward Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve programs and projects. Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers. Anyone who would like information can contact or call (906) 345-9223. The YDWP will hold its 24th annual meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the Ore Dock Brewing Company in downtown Marquette. The open membership meeting begins at 6 p.m. with a potluck dinner following immediately after. Dan Rydholm will share loving memories, photos and stories of his mother, June Elsie Beltrame Rydholme starting at 7 p.m. Live music and a silent auction will finish out the evening’s celebration. The meeting is open to the public. A suggested donation of $10 is appreciated. Anyone who would like more information can contact or call (906) 345-9223.

NPL hosts genealogy workshops, Halloween party
The Negaunee Public Library will be putting on two special events in October. Two genealogy workshops will open to the public thanks to the Marquette County Genealogical Society. There will be a beginner’s workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 9, starting at 11 a.m. An advanced workshop is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 11, at 3 p.m. Both events will be held in the reading room of the library. This event is free, but registration is required. Anyone who would like to RSVP can do so by calling the library at (906) 475-7700 ext. 18 or by messaging the library on Facebook. The Junior Teen Advisory Group (J-TAG) is holding its third annual Halloween Party on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the Negaunee Public Library. There will be a costume contest, nut-free trick-or-treating games, a haunted house, pumpkin carving and painting, refreshments and more. Children ages 5 and older are welcome to attend this free event. Youth ages 10-13 years are welcome to help plan this event and others at the weekly J-TAG meetings held on Wednesdays at 6 p.m.

Beethoven and Banjos bridges genres
The Beethoven and Banjos fifth annual music festival will take place during the first week of October. Since its first year, the event has drawn together folk and classical music and musicians from around the country and world. Brother and sister Evan and Laurel Premo bring their musical colleagues from around the world to the U.P. and put together a program that combines folk and classical music in new and exciting ways. Three concerts for the community will be presented: Besse Center Theatre, Bay College in Escanaba, on Thursday, Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m.; Northern Michigan University’s Reynolds Recital Hall in Marquette on Saturday, Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m.; and at the Crystal Theatre in Crystal Falls on Sunday, Oct. 6, at 2 p.m. (CT). These unique programs are created especially for the Beethoven and Banjos audiences. Donations are highly encouraged. Besse Theatre in Escanaba will offer tickets online and at the door. Anyone who would like more information can visit or the Facebook page Beethovenandbanjos.

Vegans hosting dinners, vegan carnival in October
The Northern Vegans invites community members to join them for a casual dinner at Temaki & Tea in Marquette on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 6 p.m. Participants can order a dinner off of the menu. All are welcome. There will also be a vegan potluck dinner on Monday, Oct. 14 at 6 p.m. in the Shiras Room on the second floor of the Peter White Public Library in Marquette. Attendees are asked to bring a dish to share or donate to the group. The Free the Animals Spectacular Vegan Carnival will take place in the Community Room of the Peter White Public Library from 3-6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26. The event will feature singers, dancers, magicians and a professional yo-yoer. A balloon artist will be there to entertain children and adults alike. Delicious desserts and pizza will be provided, all vegan. Anyone who would like more information about the group can visit or find them on Facebook at NorthernVegans.

Marquette organizations hosting conference, chat, party
Connect Marquette is hosting three events for professionals in the U.P. The Professional Development Conference takes place on Friday, Oct. 4, from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Northern Michigan University’s Northern Center. The day includes presentations on a variety of topics including finding purpose and becoming a better leader. Panelists and presenters will offer advice on how they achieved personal and professional growth. There will also be opportunities for participants to network. Cost is $125. Invent@NMU is teaming up with Connect Marquette for an inventors’ chat at the Negaunee Public Library on Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Ron Aho, inventor of the TinKnocker Tool, will share insights on being an inventor and his experience with the Invent@NMU program. Cookies and coffee will be provided. This event is free to attend. Also, the Invent@NMU five-year anniversary party will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 5-7 p.m. The event takes place at the Invent@NMU headquarters. Food and drinks will be provide by Simply Superior Catering. For more information about these events visit Invent@NMU and ConnectMarquette on Facebook.

Lake Superior SERA to hold fall meeting
The State Employee Retiree Association (SERA) will hold its fall meeting at the Marquette Big Boy on Wednesday, Oct. 16, beginning at 11 a.m. Jason McCarthy of Marquette Township will explain the “neverending story” of what is happening with traffic and business in the township area. Arva Overton of Blue Cross/Blue Shield will give a talk about the major changes in retiree health care plans. SERA member Mary Soper will discuss her book about hospital stays and good health for retirees. Meals, if desired, will be from the Big Boy menu or lunch buffet. Reservations must be made by Friday, Oct. 11, with Edgar L. Sommers at (906) 250-5560 or by email at The meeting room only holds 50 people so this event is first come, first serve.

Carnegie Museum of the Keweenaw to host gala
Organizers have been busy planning this year’s Carnegie Museum of the Keweenaw in Houghton membership gala and drive, which takes place on Friday, Oct. 25, from 6-9 p.m. The theme is Oktoberfest and offers a night full of local food and drink. Music includes The PasiCats, Figure 4 Leg Lock, Clay Hillman on the keyboard, and popular vocal tunes performed by Mark Oliver and Dave Bezotte.
Tickets are $25 for one person and $60 for a patron status, which admits two people. Anyone who would like more information can visit

Talents from major rock bands to headline BootFest
Boot Lake Bar & Grill in Manistique recently announced BootFest 2019, a music festival headlined by the All Time Low Stars featuring Kenny Olson (Kid Rock) and Peter Keys (Lynyrd Skynyrd) with Gasoline Gypsies, Gunnar & The Grizzly Boys, The Lows, Stranded and Infathom. BootFest will be held Halloween weekend, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25 and 26. Bootfest begins on Friday evening with a private VIP event for 200 ticket holders, giving VIP guests an opportunity to meet and mingle with the bands, plus a Tap Takeover with Kenny Olson as celebrity bartender, plus prizes for best costumes and an acoustic jam session performed by the festivals musicians. On Saturday the festival kicks off with a six-band musical lineup starting with the U.P.’s own Infathom (hard rock) and Stranded (rock), Detroit’s The Lows (hard rock), Gunnar and the Grizzly Boys (country), Gasoline Gypsies (rock) and The All Time Low Stars featuring Kenny Olson and Peter Keys (rock). “Peter and I are excited to play at BootFest, as a Michigan-native, I have always loved the Upper Peninsula,” said Olson. Pre-Sale Tickets for BootFest can be found at EventBrite. Pre-Sale tickets purchased before Oct. 10 will be $50 each. VIP Tickets for both the private VIP event and the festival are $90 each. For more information about BootFest or Boot Lake Bar & Grill, call (906) 452-6224. Also, see and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Marquette Crop Walk to run for its 50th year
The 50th annual Marquette County Crop Walk will take place on Sunday, Oct. 6, at the Marquette Hope Connection Center at 927 W. Fair Ave. Registration starts at 1:30 p.m. and the walk begins at 2 p.m. Walkers are encouraged to collect donations. This walk brings awareness to the prevalence of hunger and food insecurity in the local community. The goal for the event is 100 walkers and $12,000. Twenty-five percent of the donations will go to St. Vincent DePaul and the NMU Food Bank. Refreshments will be served. Anyone who would like more information can contact Crystal Swanson at (906) 225-0595 or by email at The Marquette Crop Hunger Walk is on the web at

Boy Scouts membership drive invites boys and girl
This fall, Cub Scout Packs in the U.P are welcoming new families to join. Cub Scouts now welcome both boys and girls, kindergarten through fifth grade, to the program. Girls started to join Cub Scouts last year and a nationwide survey shows girls are joining for the same reasons as boys: camping and the Pinewood Derby. Cub Scout father and leader Mike VanHandel says, “Our daughter joined the Pack. She gets so excited about it and it’s fun to watch her doing the things that we haven’t been able to find the equivalent opportunity elsewhere.” The whole family, both children and parents/guardians, are invited to participate. District Director Patrick O’Brien says, “Cub Scouts is one activity that parents get to do with their children as a family. During September, several “Join Night” were hosted in various loctions in Marquette County for families to learn more about the program, ask questions and register their children. A final event will be bosted by the Gwinn Pack 3333, which will host its join night on Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 5-7 p.m. at Gwinn United Methodist Church.

Local author to speak at NMU
The Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association (UPPAA) is organizing a presentation by local author Tyler Tichelaar about a writer’s approach to researching local history. “Researching Your Book History, Fiction, Nonfiction, and Local” will take place on Thursday, Nov. 7, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Lydia Olson Library on NMU’s campus. This presentation will cover a range of topics including; avoiding the biggest pitfalls of authors writing about history, protecting books from inaccuracies, finding primary and secondary resources, separating real and fake history, documenting resources properly and connecting with experts in the field who can help. A special focus on how to find and write about U.P. history will be offered.

Arts and Culture

MSO to hold October concert
The Marquette Symphony Orchestra’s (MSO) Oct. 26 concert features a side-by-side performance with Marquette Senior High School students. The MSO is dedicated to furthering music education opportunities, so the orchestra invited the MSHS Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble for a side-by-side performance for the first time. The students will join the MSO for Finlandia by Sibelius and Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis. The MSO will also play Franck’s Symphony in D minor. The concert is Saturday, Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Kaufman Auditorium. Octavio Más-Arocas, the MSO’s principal conductor, will lead the combined ensembles. The MSHS Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Eric Marta, and the MSHS Wind Ensemble is conducted by Matt Ludwig. Both teachers are members of the MSO. Tickets are on sale online at and at NMU Ticket Outlets. Single concert adult tickets start at $17; tickets for students and children 13-18 are $12; and children 12 and under are $9. Two free tickets for children 6-14 are available with the purchase of one adult ticket. Call or visit NMU’s Ticket Office for details, or inquire at the door on concert night if tickets are still available. Anyone interested in more information can visit

Travel Marquette announces new exhibit
The art gallery inside of Travel Marquette’s downtown office has a new exhibit. Artventure is a rotating show that highlights the beauty and spirit of the Upper Peninsula and the City of Marquette. The show began Sept. 9 and will continue to be displayed until Oct. 31. The show features graphic prints of Black Rocks, Presque Isle and McCarty’s Cove by That Girl Amber, the artist behind the “Because Marquette” visual campaign. Her website claims that her work is about “encouraging adventure and echoing beauty from one end to the other. Marquette has earned the right to be celebrated, so that’s what we’re doing.” Travel Marquette is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekdays, and it encourages local artists to apply for the opportunity to display their work on a rotating monthly basis. For more information call Travel Marquette at (906) 228-7749 or email

Silent Film The Hunchback of Notre Dame to be screened
The NMU French Program will host its 12th annual Classic Silent Film event. The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the 1923 classic, will be accompanied by pianist Bob Buckhoe on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. in the Ontario room of the Northern Center at Northern Michigan University. This is arguably the greatest version of Victor Hugo’s classic novel, Notre Dame de Paris, to pay homage to the iconic cathedral that has so recently been damaged by a fire. Prophetically, a line from Hugo’s novel brings to mind the recent tragedy: “All eyes were turned to the top of the church. What they saw was most strange. Upon the top of the topmost gallery, higher than the central rose window, a vast flame ascended through the two belfries with whirling sparks, a vast flame, fierce and strong, fragments of which were ever and anon borne away by the wind with the smoke.” The historic cathedral dates back to 1163 and has a central role in the novel because of its prominent and enduring presence in the history and culture of its people. The showing of this film is a celebration of a legacy that has outlasted the French Revolution, Napoleon and two World Wars.

History Center hosts bird-carving workshop
A master of Scandinavian-American carving crafts will host a workshop at the Marquette Regional History Center. The workshop takes place on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 10:30-4 p.m. Instructor Peter Pekka Olson will focus on the decorative side of carving and will teach participants how to carve an Onenlintu, or “happy bird” from cedar. The event will also include a presentation about Olson’s trips to Finland. Olson teaches Finnish-American wood carving techniques and is a part of a network of contacts throughout the Upper Peninsula. Pre-registration is required. The fee is $50. Anyone who would like to register can call (906) 226-3571, or stop in to the History Center.

Health and wellness

U.P. in need of blood donations
The U.P. regional Blood Center is currently experiencing a critical need for O-positive, O-negative, A-positive and A-negative blood types. The U.P. regional Blood Center has collection sites in Marquette, Hancock, Escanaba and Sault Ste. Marie and supplies 13 U.P. hospitals. Currently, the Marquette center is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and from 8-6 on Wednesday. Walk-ins are welcome. Anyone who would like more information about UPRBC can visit

Falling fear reduction class to be held in Ishpeming
“A Matter of Balance” is a class that will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 1, at the Pioneer Bluff Apartments. Anyone who has had a recent fall or who finds themselves afraid of falling will greatly benefit from this workshop. This class hopes to empower people to live their lives more independently and fear-free. The class is eight weeks long, and we take place on Tuesday afternoons starting on Oct. 1 and running through Nov. 19. There is no cost to attend and materials as well as a refreshment will be provided. Those interested can register online at

Grant cycle opens for West End Health Foundation
Applications are being accepted for programs and services aimed at the wellness of the West End of Marquette County. Areas of concern are chronic disease education, health, wellness, mental health, nutrition, physical fitness, asthma, arthritis, cancer, heart disease, prenatal health, dementia, obesity, suicide prevention and other health related issues. Grants are only awarded to organizations with an IRS 501(c) 3 or other non-profit designation, including governmental units and school districts. The range of WEHF grants range from $500-$10,000. Sponsorships are also available for programs requesting $500 or less. Fall Grant Cycle Applications are due on or before Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 5 p.m. Additional information can be obtained from Foundation Manager Pam Christenson at or by calling (906) 204-7410.

Holistic Health Speed dating event to be held
U.P residents will have a fun opportunity for one-on-one time with a variety of local holistic wellness professionals at the Natural Connection’s Fall Fling on Thursday, Oct. 10 from 6-9 p.m. in the Sky Room of the Landmark Inn in downtown Marquette. The event will feature an opportunity to meet holistic practitioners, speed-dating style. Several holistic professionals including acupuncturists, yoga instructors and others will be there to answer questions. Tickets are $20 and include hors d’oeuvres and take-home materials. Anyone who would like to purchase a ticket can visit or the “Meet Your Holistic Practitioner” on Facebook.

MDHHS investigating vaping-related illnesses
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is currently investigating reports of e-cigarette/vaping-associated respiratory illnesses. E-cigarette and/or vaping users should immediately seek medical attention if they develop symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, cough, fever and/or nausea and vomiting. Symptoms may occur long after use of a device. “The severity of illness people are experiencing is alarming and we want Michiganders to be aware using e-cigarettes and vaping can be dangerous,” said Sarah Lyon-Callo, MDHHS state epidemiologist. “E-cigarettes/vaping products can contain harmful chemicals that can result in damage to a user’s lungs, heart or other body systems.” All cases have been reported in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula and most of the individuals have been hospitalized for severe respiratory illness. The age range of the cases is 19-39. As of Aug. 23, 203 possible cases of severe respiratory disease associated with e-cigarette use have been reported in 23 states. So far, the Michigan investigation has not identified a specific brand of device or e-liquid that is causing these illnesses. Similar to reports across the nation, there does not appear to be an infectious cause of the illnesses. MDHHS is working closely with state and federal partners during this national outbreak investigation. Physicians caring for patients with pulmonary illnesses that have a history of e-cigarette and/or vaping use should immediately report these cases to their local health department.

People on the move

Local resident recognized for Spread Goodness Day
Travel Marquette is pleased to support local resident, Anna Dravland, in her efforts to change the world and make it a better place through her non-profit organization, Spread Goodness Day. In August 2019, Anna was a featured Daily Point of Light Awardee by Points of Light. Founded by President George H.W. Bush, Points of Light is the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, mobilizing millions of people to take action to change the world. Once homeless and suffering from addiction, Dravland knows firsthand that acts of service changed the direction of her life and motivated her to establish an annual Spread Goodness Day. In 2017, months before the first annual Spread Goodness Day, Dravland suffered a serious stroke. Rather than giving up, she spent her days focused on recovery and amid her rehabilitation, her network mobilized to make the it a success, capturing 10,000 acts of goodness recorded in that day alone. In 2019, the number grew to 20,000 acts. “Anna has created a groundswell of positivity throughout Marquette and the state of Michigan,” says Susan Estler, executive director of Travel Marquette. “Having worked with her, I know that her initiative and drive is truly a motivation alone. Our office is proud to support the cause and we challenge more destinations to engage in these small acts of kindness and focus on the goodness in this world.”

New CEO named for Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice
Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice Board President Michelle Sellers recently announced that Jennifer Voegtline was hired as the agency’s new CEO. “We’re excited to have Jennifer lead our team. She has a passion for the community and a strength of building relationships to ensure our services and programs continue to meet the needs of our patients, their families and our staff.” Having served as the executive director of the Marquette Alger Resolution Service for the past 15 years, Ms. Voegtline, brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience in the non-profit environment. Jennifer received her undergraduate degree from Central Michigan University and her Masters of Public Administration from Northern Michigan University. She has worked in human services for over 22 years and has volunteered with several non-profits in the Marquette community. “I’m honored, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to lead this exceptional organization of passionate, dedicated and talented professionals,” said Voegtline. Jennifer fills the position of the retiring Sue Rutkowski (Kitti) who has successfully led the organization for the past five years. During her tenure at LSCL&H Sue was instrumental in securing grant funding, creating new programs and expanding existing services in order to better serve the community. She led the organization through a name change reflecting the expanded programming offered by the agency, and leaves the agency a stronger organization due to the dedicated and experienced team that she has assembled.

New hire for UP Home Health and Hospice announced
U.P. Home Health and Hospice recently announced the addition of Kori Tossava as the director of Community Services. She comes to U.P. Home Health and Hospice from the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter, where she served as the executive director and capital campaign manager. Tossava’s history of working with community-minded organizations includes the Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce and her role on the West End Health Foundation board of Directors. She is also a member of the Zonta Club of the Marquette area. “When a new opportunity presents itself there are always two things I look for,” stated Tossava, “an amazing team to join and an organization that is passionate about helping my community and its people. U.P. Home Health & Hospice has a strong reputation for both, and I am thrilled to become a part of it.” Jennie Garrett-Bureau, Executive Director, said, “We are very excited that Kori has joined our team! We all look forward to working with her as our director of Community Services.”

Local news

Marquette DDA congratulates Veridea Group
On September 5 the Marquette Downtown Development Authority and Michigan Economic Development Corporation joined Veridea Group, LLC., in celebrating the completion of facade improvements to its building located at 153 W. Washington Street in Downtown Marquette. The facade improvements were completed in part with funding from a Downtown Facade Improvement Grant from the MDDA, which was made available from funding through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Facade Restoration Initiative pilot program.


Forest Service and Alger County complete land exchange
In September it was announced that the U.S. Forest Service and Alger County have finalized a land exchange that transfers Haneley Field from the agency to Alger County. In the same transaction, the agency also transferred land to the county that will subsequently become part of the Munising Township Cemetery at Wetmore. “We want to thank everyone involved for their cooperation and perseverance, without which this exchange would not have been possible,” said the U.S. Forest Service’s Cid Morgan, Forest Supervisor at Hiawatha National Forest. “The Alger County Board of Commissioners is proud to wrap up this project and we also want to extend our appreciation to those who believed in the project but are no longer with us,” said Jerry Doucette, Alger County Commission Chairperson. Those include former commissioner Ed Lindstrom, Richard Nebel, Fuzzy Boyak, and former airport managers Bob McQuisten, Robert Rexstrew and Tony Williams. The idea of transferring the 200-acre airfield to the County had surfaced several times over the years, but it wasn’t until recently that the stars aligned. In 2005, several parties began looking for exchange parcels and approached District Ranger Charlie Marsh in 2012. The U.S. Forest Service completed a Feasibility Analysis in 2013 and the parties signed an Agreement to initiate in 2014. In 2015, the U.S. Forest Service completed the environmental analysis on the proposed exchange, thereby setting the stage for the land exchange. Anyone who would like more information on this project can contact District Ranger Charlie Marsh at (906) 387-2512 or Alger County Road Commission Chairperson Jerry Doucette at (906) 892-8302.

Bay Mills Fire Crew acknowledged for contributions
In Gladstone, MI., Hiawatha National Forest Supervisor, Cid Morgan recently expressed appreciation for assistance received from Bay Mills Fire Crew (BMFC). Funded by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Bay Mills Indian Community (BMIC) wildland firefighting crew has contributed to the Hiawatha’s ability to expand its fire and fuels programs since 2016. “They’ve worked side by side with Forest Service crews on a total of 4,500 acres of prescribed fire. And in fiscal year 2019 alone, BMFC firefighters helped Hiawatha crews implement 2,800 acres of fire and fuels work”, said Morgan. The BMFC has also assisted in other ways including the creation and maintenance of shaded fuel breaks and removal of invasive Scotch pine on National Forest System lands. In addition, the close proximity of the Bay Mills crew means they have a short response time when we request assistance.
“During times of high fire danger or in the event of a wildfire, having the BMFC next door has enhanced the protection we have given to timber and other natural resources that are vulnerable to wildfire,” said Brenda Dale, Hiawatha’s East Zone Fire Management Officer.
The professional, highly skilled Bay Mills crew has also assisted with the ongoing need to provide wildfire trainings. In the past couple years, BMFC firefighters have helped teach 18 entry level wildland fire trainings at the Bay Mills Fire Campus.

Limited lake sturgeon catch-and-release season opening
The catch and immediately release season for lake sturgeon in three U.P. waterbodies started in mid-Sept. and will continue through Mar. 15, 2020. A hook-and-line, catch-and-release season is now open in Chippewa County’s St. Mary’s River and Houghton County’s Portage and Torch Lakes. All lake sturgeon caught in these waters must be released immediately. This regulation was proposed based on angler feedback and DNR analysis that found this practice will have no negative impact to increasing lake sturgeon populations at any of these bodies of water.
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State news

Stabenow supports donations of surplus milk to local banks
U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, applauded the announcement of a new USDA grant program that encourages milk producers to partner with food banks and charities to donate surplus milk. The Milk Donation Reimbursement Program, which Senator Stabenow authored in the 2018 bipartisan Farm Bill, will make $9 million available the first year and $5 million available each year afterwards to help milk producers offset the cost of donating milk. “In Michigan, one in seven people struggles with hunger, and many of these people turn to food banks for emergency assistance,” said Senator Stabenow. “By making it easier for milk producers to donate their surplus milk to food banks and other outlets, this program helps needy families and reduces food waste all across Michigan.” The Milk Donation Reimbursement Program, which Senator Stabenow authored, was inspired by the Michigan Milk Producers Association milk donation initiative. Since 2015, the Association in partnership with the Kroger Michigan Dairy plant has donated nearly 250,000 gallons of milk through the Food Bank Council of Michigan. Anyone who would like more information can visit the United States Department of Agriculture at

M-step results show elementary test score improvements
Third and fourth grade English language arts scores on the 2019 Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) showed gains for the second year in a row. Sixth graders also showed an improvement in English-language arts scores, and math improved for third, fifth and sixth grade students. “We appreciate the gains made this year in our early grades,” said State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice. “Focus and attention on early childhood education and early literacy are beginning to bear fruit and continued efforts in these areas will keep Michigan moving forward. These increases are particularly impressive considering the amount of snow days during the 2018-19 school year.” This is also the first year where there is a relatively clean comparison across years for M-STEP and SAT, according to Deputy Superintendent Dr. Vanessa Keesler. “Year to year comparisons of state assessments can be problematic,” explained Keesler. “Changes and systematic improvements to Michigan’s state assessment system have been made each year since the M-STEP began in 2015, which make it difficult to make data comparisons or interpret long-term data trends.”

Michigan State Police rolls out new app for residents
Beginning in September Michiganders can download a free mobile app that allows users to follow the Michigan State Police post that covers their area to receive breaking news and information. The app, called MSP Mobile, is available for download in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. With 30 posts statewide, MSP Mobile was designed to allow users to follow the post that serves their community or any post of their choosing. Users can opt to receive push notifications that will instantly alert them to traffic crashes, arrests, criminal investigations, community events and other education and prevention information. Notably, the app also allows users to submit crime tips direct to the MSP, allowing for the easy upload of photos or video to support the tip. Other key features of MSP Mobile include: Profiles of Michigan’s most wanted fugitives, Michigan Public Sex Offender Registry, allows residents to help solve cold cases. Contact information and driving directions for MSP posts and districts in a format that is GPS-enabled and sortable by city/address. To view a video tutorial of how to download MSP Mobile, visit

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