City Notes – September 2007

Highlights of what’s happening in and around town

Dear editor
The following was sent to the WLUC-TV6 regarding their series about K.I. Sawyer.
Thank you for your recent expose on the deplorable conditions in some K.I. Sawyer neighborhoods. It’s important that the Marquette County community know that some families are living in unhealthy and unacceptable situations. At the same time, it is important to acknowledge these situations are the exception, rather than the rule, in K.I. Sawyer.
I have lived in K.I. Sawyer for eight years. For the past seven years, I have rented from Sawyer Village, one of the first rental operations to begin providing housing on the former Air Force Base. Sawyer Village provides clean, well maintained, quality housing for tenants. Its capable maintenance team takes care of even the slightest matter within hours of being called. Trash is picked up weekly, without fail. In fact, Sawyer Village even will pick up large items like appliances, furniture and other nonhousehold trash for a small fee.
My neighborhood, located near the tennis court just off of Voodoo, is lovely and peaceful. Most of the tenants on this quiet cul-de-sac have been here for several years. Sawyer Village does an excellent job of screening potential tenants, and we do not experience a high rate of turnover. Tenants plant flowers and vegetable gardens, and enjoy the annual neighborhood block party every summer.
Every community has its share of deadbeat landlords, nonpaying renters and mortgage foreclosures. I have no doubt that other towns in the U.P. also struggle with those who choose to be irresponsible. It seems unfair to the community to focus so strongly on the negative aspects of the area without giving equal time to the positive.
I understand it is not your intention to slam K.I. Sawyer. Your goal is to help the people who are held hostage by landlords not acting in a responsible manner, and that is admirable. I would like to request that in the interest of providing a fair and balanced news platform, you consider producing a follow-up segment showing the other side of K.I. Sawyer.
Brenda Stacey, Gwinn

Dear editor
On August 10, youth participating in work experiences through Michigan Works! Youth Works held a car wash at Wal-Mart to benefit United Way of Marquette County. The student-led service-learning project was the final activity of their work-based learning experience. Students planned the activity start to finish including creating flyers, press releases and researching where they would like the money to go.
The students chose United Way as the recipient of their donations because they wanted the money to stay in the community and in their research found United Way donated money to organizations they cared about.
During the car wash, the students raised $290. They requested a matching grant from Wal-Mart which brings the total donation to just under $600.
The students would like to give a huge thank you to the people and businesses that helped make this service project possible:
• United Way of Marquette County because they supported us right from the start. We feel confident they will give the money to those who need it most in our community.
• Wal-Mart for letting us use its parking lot and matching our donation.
• The Mining Journal, Sunny 102, UGN and Marquette Monthly for covering our event.
• Thank you to the Safety Store for donating its sign for the day.
• Vista Theatre Thrift Shop and Ishpeming Salvation Army for donating towels.
• Last, but certainly not least, thank you to Amy Gibbs and Laura McLaurin from Michigan Works! for helping us throughout the day. It was great working with everyone, thank you again for all the help. Without you, we wouldn’t have had as much fun and raised nearly $600 for the United Way of Marquette County.
Melissa Allen, Amber Rai Baron,
Liz Delarye, Sam Kukla,
Jess Snell, Kaylee Woodworth
and Sarah Johnson

Dear editor
COMPLETE VERSION: The following letter was sent to Governer Granholm.
In 1941, my parents moved from St. John’s (Michigan), where I was born in 1936, to the home in which I was raised located on Sweet Road north of Lansing. I went to Sheridan Road elementary school, Pattengill Junior High School, Lansing Eastern High School, Central Michigan University, and completed my master’s and Ph.D. degrees at Michigan State University. I began my career at Everett High School in 1962 as a high school biology and chemistry teacher. In 1966, I accepted a position as a faculty member in the Biology Department at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, retiring professor emeritus in 1998.
Although I have fond memories of my youth in the Lansing area, I also grieve the sociological and environmental consequences of the uncontrolled growth and development from the 1950s onward. I also mourn the loss of the Lansing downtown shopping area to the ever-outward-expanding malls.
I’m not going to expound on how wonderful it is, and how lucky I feel, to have lived and raised a family over the past 41 years in the Upper Peninsula, except to say that is my sentiment. Consequently, I became very protective of the U.P. from the very start and vowed to do what I could to prevent the same environmental catastrophes that mar my memories of the industrialized part of Lower Michigan. Over the decades I have served on many citizens’ groups organized to stop an impending threat to the quality of life and ecological integrity of the U.P.
The citizens of Michigan now face the possibility of an Armageddon on the Yellow Dog Plains located between Marquette and L’Anse. If the Kennecott Mining Company is allowed to open a mine on the Yellow Dog Plains other mining companies will follow with their permit applications. And, once the mineral wealth can’t be reached by underground mining, gargantuan open pit mines will replace them. The ecological health of the land and water in an area that is now a recreational mecca will be destroyed. Forever. And, the citizens of Michigan will be paying for the attempts to mitigate the damage, forever!
I have attempted to keep as informed as possible on the procedures followed by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality regarding the proposed mine. Based upon public statements by the DEQ, I have come to the disturbing conclusion that it is representing the foreign owned mining company to the utmost of its ability and portraying the taxpaying citizens as opponents!
I find the situation abominable, particularly since we have a Democratic administration. Frankly, the situation reminds me more of the terrible years we had to spend with the anti-environmental Governor John Engler. I would like to see more leadership from the Governor’s office regarding the question of allowing sulfide mining on the Yellow Dog Watershed, or any other part of Michigan for that matter.
I believe to allow the current experiment to proceed will enable the wholesale grab for the mineral wealth underlying the Yellow Dog Plains resulting in the worst bargain ever for the citizens of the State. We will be paying out in mitigation costs many times more than is ever earned to benefit the public.
For example, Kennecott is currently shopping for a source of electricity to power their operation. Regardless of which utility provides the energy, it will doubtless come from a coal-fired plant. Consequently, citizens will suffer the consequences of increased mercury emissions, fine particulate air pollutants, carbon dioxide contributing to global warming, and various other oxides including sulfur. More recovered fly ash will be transported away from the power plant to cover even more ecosystems. Unsightly power lines will stretch across the wilderness spanning the distance from the mine to the source of electricity increasing hazards to humans and wildlife and resulting in a large loss of forest and other habitats to accommodate the power-line right-of-way. And, is it unreasonable to assume the power company will pass on the costs of all this new development to its customers?
The pristine rivers and streams on the Yellow Dog Watershed run a significant risk of being polluted by mine effluents, including metallic sulfides, permanently degrading their environmental quality. The same risk holds for the aquifer underlying the Plains. Heavy truck traffic will destroy roads in local communities resulting in increases in tax dollars to repair them. An increase in the number of large semi trucks hauling mine products will pose significant driving hazards for local citizens.
The recreational value of the land lost to mining that could have provided income to the State’s citizens to perpetuity will be destroyed. With proper management to assure that the resource doesn’t become consumed or degraded through improper development, the tourism value of the Yellow Dog Plains has a greater economic potential, over the long run, than destructive, extractive industries. To allow Kennecott to mine the Yellow Dog Plains means a few foreigners will accumulate even more wealth at the expense of the citizens of Michigan. To protect the Yellow Dog Plains and to manage the land in a scientifically sound manner means a steady source of income for our State as a result of the same recreational activities that now occur there. Countless individuals go to that part of the U.P. for hiking, biking, cross country skiing, kayaking, canoeing, bird watching, hunting, fishing, camping, nature photography, or just to be alone for awhile in a truly wild area. And, importantly, most of these people enjoying the fun and health benefits of outdoor recreation spend a significant amount of money in retail establishments in local communities.
I am asking you to do whatever is in your power as Governor of the State of Michigan to stop the proposed sulfide mining operation on the Yellow Dog Watershed. I urge you to issue a moratorium on all permits that would allow sulfide mining in the State. Based upon historical records describing the environmental problems associated with sulfide mining, it is my opinion that the Kennecott mining company cannot prove they can do no harm. The record of past practices shows that sulfide mining has a probability of nearly 100% of causing significant pollution. The environmental damage done to our land will far outweigh any of the few benefits accruing to citizens from allowing sulfide mining.
It is not enough to say that the MDEQ will enforce Part 632 of Michigan’s Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act of 2004. For example, the law does not require proof that sulfide mining can and has been done safely. It does not explicitly deny variances from water quality standards. It does not include site selection criteria for assessing the appropriateness of specific locations for sulfide mines, nor consideration of past performance with sulfide mines in other states.
I have perused Part 632 of the law and do not find the word “seismic,” in spite of the fact that in Circular 14: Seismic Disturbances in Michigan (Geology Division, Department of Natural Resources) Figure 1 shows a map indicating a seismic epicenter was located very near where the proposed mine is to be constructed. We have gruesome reminders of the danger of underground mining with the recent deaths of Utah coal miners from a series of cave-ins. Even though the Upper Peninsula is considered low risk for earthquakes the record shows several seismic events which cracked chimneys and windows in parts of the U.P. very near the proposed mine site.
In my opinion, there are compelling reasons for denying Kennecott’s application to develop a sulfide mine on the Yellow Dog Plains. Thank you for your kind consideration of this matter. I do hope you will act to protect this invaluable natural resource. If possible, I would greatly appreciate receiving a response from you.
Donald A. Snitgen, Au Train

Forest Roberts Theatre invites the public to audition
Community-wide auditions for Harvey, a comedy in three acts, will be held at 9:15 p.m. on August 29 after Theatre Interest Night, and at 7:00 p.m. on August 30. Callbacks are slated for 7:00 p.m. on August 31. Auditions and callbacks will take place in the Forest Roberts Theatre.
NMU students along with members of the Marquette community are invited to audition. Participants must prepare a sixty- to ninety-second contemporary monologue. There are roles for six men and six women of various ages and one pooka.
Scripts and scenes will be available at auditions. Perusal scripts are available for twenty-four-hour checkout from the office.
Harvey runs at 7:30 p.m. October 3 to 6, with a 1:00 p.m. matinee on the 6th. For details, call 226-4505.

Catholics with developmental disabilities invited to event
Catholics with developmental disabilities from across the Upper Peninsula are invited to participate in Meet the Bishop Day on September 9 at St. Louis the King Parish, located at 264 Silver Creek Road in Harvey.
This fourteenth annual celebration, sponsored by the Catholic Diocese of Marquette’s Department of Faith Formation and Education, also is for families, guardians, caregivers and friends of people with developmental disabilities.
The celebration begins at 4:00 p.m., with Bishop Alexander K. Sample presiding at the liturgy. Following the liturgy, everyone will gather in the parish hall for dinner with Bishop Sample. Those interested in attending Meet the Bishop Day are asked to register by August 31. Call 227-9124 or e-mail for a registration form. There is no charge for this celebration, thanks to funding provided by the Knights of Columbus.

U.P. residents help support national woman’s shelter
A Munising pastor and two northern Michigan folk groups are among faith leaders, tribal officials and musicians from two states supporting the nation’s first battered woman’s shelter for Native Americans through a free benefit concert in Custer (South Dakota).
As domestic violence against Native Americans grows at an alarming rate, organizers believe it’s time to help the battered woman’s shelter continue its many projects to protect victims by stemming murder, sexual assault and other vicious attacks.
Two U.P. folk groups performed on August 12 at the Custer Lutheran Fellowship Church. Comprised of family and close friends, White Water and Duo Borealis are based in Iron County and are known for their unique folk music.
Organizers hope people will be inspired to donate money to the White Buffalo Calf Woman Society (WBCWS) that provides a wide-range of domestic violence services for women and children and has served the Rosebud Indian Reservation for almost thirty years.
The shelter and church are more than 220 miles from each other, and the concert was suggested by a pastor friend of both located nearly 1,000 miles to the east in Munising. The concert is coordinated by people who live long distances apart but are close on the issue of protecting domestic violence victims.
For details or to make a donation, call (605)856-2317.

Citizens must use collection sites or they will be closed
A free program that keeps everyday household poisons and other hazardous materials out of the Marquette County Landfill will end if residents don’t start taking advantage of it.
For more than fifteen years, the Marquette County Landfill has offered no-charge collection sites during the summer for residents to bring household hazardous waste (HHW), but organizers say the program may end due to lack of use.
In 2006, the project collected 13,685 pounds of HHW, including 280 car batteries, nearly 6,500 gallons of motor oil, 770 gallons of anti-freeze, 816 pounds of oil filters and 47 pounds of liquid mercury.
For details, including a list of what is accepted, visit or call Rick at 249-4108.

Grants available for tobacco use prevention, cessation
The Marquette Community Foundation is seeking grant applications from nonprofit organizations to support local community programs that address youth and senior health needs. Funding comes from an endowment held by the Marquette Community Foundation.
Priority will be given to tobacco use prevention and/or cessation. Other health priorities that may be considered are violence and conflict resolution, access to dental care, community alternatives for recreation, child care, pharmaceuticals (access, costs, medication interactions), long-term care alternatives and mental health and aging.
Programs and projects should have specific goals and measurable objectives. The deadline is August 31. For details or to request an application package, call 226-7666 or visit

Marquette Choral Society begins fall rehearsals
The Marquette Choral Society, directed by Dr. Floyd Slotterback, begins its rehearsals at 7:00 p.m. on September 10 in the choral room of the Thomas Fine Arts Building on the campus of Northern Michigan University.
No audition is necessary. There will be a charge for a new book of seasonal carols, plus a $5 registration fee. Their concert, Christmas in the Cathedral, is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. on December 1, and on at 3:00 p.m. on December 2 at Saint Peter Cathedral in Marquette.
For details, call 227-2308.

Two PATH programs starting in Marquette in September
Two PATH (Personal Action Towards Health) classes will start in Marquette in September. PATH is a six-week program that teaches practical skills for living a healthy life with a chronic health condition like arthritis, asthma, chronic pain, diabetes or heart disease.
Both classes will meet on Tuesdays starting September 18. A morning class will meet from 9:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. in the First United Methodist Church at 111 East Ridge in Marquette. An evening class will meet from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Peninsula Medical Center. Cost is $10 per person. Family members, friends or caregivers may attend at no additional charge. Class sizes are limited and preregistration is required. Call 228-9203 for details or to register.

Salmon Trout Management plan approved by DEQ
The Superior Watershed Partnership (SWP) and the Salmon Trout River Watershed Technical Advisory Group announced approval of the Salmon Trout River Watershed Management Plan by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The Superior Watershed Partnership developed the plan, which summarizes existing conditions and prioritizes measures for the long-term protection of water quality, including prohibiting any sulfide-based mining operations. The plan also identifies critical areas for protection and restoration, including critical habitat for Coaster brook trout.
The watershed covers a 49.5 square mile area (31,687 acres) and is home to the only known breeding population of the native Coaster brook trout on Lake Superior’s south shore.
Since 1999, the Superior Watershed Partnership and its partners have implemented a number of corrective actions and management strategies to improve water quality in the Salmon Trout River watershed.
On the ground, restoration projects consisted of improvements to more than a dozen road/stream crossings, including crossings of the Northwestern Road that were identified as significant sources of sedimentation to the Salmon Trout River and its tributaries. The Plan builds upon previous work of the Superior Watershed Partnership and its partners and addresses remaining water quality concerns in an integrated and cost-effective manner.
The project was funded by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Nonpoint Source Pollution Prevention Program and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Federal Clean Water Act. Matching funds were provided by project partners. The goal of the project was to bring together stakeholders within the Salmon Trout River watershed to develop a coordinated Watershed Management Plan.

Workforce Summit set for September 27 in Marquette
The 2007 Upper Great Lakes Economic and Workforce Development Summit is part of the Upper Peninsula’s Twenty-First Century Strategic Planning Initiative for advancing the economy of the Upper Peninsula.
This year’s event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on September 27 in the Upfront & Company’s main ballroom in Marquette.
The event focuses upon the importance of developing strategies for creating and sustaining wealth within a context of the significant structural changes taking place within global and local communities.
Join business and community stakeholders as national and international experts examine and discuss the influence of the current economy and its effect on our region, as well as the benefits of coordinated regional planning, collaboration and strategy implementation, and what local communities and regions can and need to do to create sustainable wealth for their businesses and residents.
Presentations include a morning keynote by Ed Barlow, president of Creating the Future, Inc., and afternoon presentations by Lawrence A. Molnar, director of the University of Michigan Economic Development Administration (EDA) University Center for Economic Diversification; David J. Ward, president of NorthStar Economics Inc.; and Jerry Murphy, executive director of New North, Inc.
For details, visit

Burning ban affects campers, suggests burning hours
Department of Natural Resources authorities said that the ban on outdoor burning, enacted by Governor Jennifer M. Granholm on August 17, could impact campers visiting state-owned campgrounds and undeveloped areas within state forests, state game areas and state parks.
The order restricts campfires in campgrounds that do not have onsite management.
Most state parks provide on-site management, so campfires are allowed when using metal or masonry fire rings provided by the park. No campfires are allowed at rustic cabin locations and all walk-in campgrounds and walk-in campsites in all state parks and recreation areas.
Organization campsites at state parks that are remotely located are also included in the campfire ban. For more specific information related to organization sites, call the state park headquarters where the site is located. Fires are discouraged from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. since daytime temperatures and humidity are more likely to result in hazardous fires.
For details, visit

Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame hosts reunion
The U.S. National Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame will host the second annual Ski Jumpers Reunion and golf tournament on September 7 through 9.
The second reunion will see an estimated seventy ski jumpers and ski officials from across the United States.
The reunion schedule will include a Friday evening reunion with a barbeque hosted by the Ishpeming Ski Club and the Lahti Five; media reception on Saturday to introduce the new American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame in Red Wing (Minnesota); a Saturday golf tournament at the Wawonowin Country Club followed by an evening banquet and a Sunday morning breakfast farewell.
For details, call 485-6323 or e-mail

NeuStep technology to show off city through cyberspace
The Lake Superior Community Partnership has begun using NeuStep, a Chicago-based virtual walk-through technology firm, to develop an online presentation that will allow users from anywhere in the world to walk through the popular areas that make Marquette County so unique.
The technology is known as NeuStep. It allows a user the ability to explore the points of interest throughout Marquette County from the comfort of their own home. This technology is not like virtual tours; it is totally unique. Internet users will be able to explore the county’s buildings and outdoor attractions, travel both inside and outside, and stop at any point throughout to take a 360-degree view of their current surroundings.
The service should be available in mid-September and can be viewed at

Legacy of Faith grant money continues to support schools
Bishop Alexander K. Sample of the Catholic Diocese of Marquette recently approved grants from the Legacy of Faith endowment fund totaling $154,903. Grants will be awarded to all nine Catholic schools, seventeen different parishes and missions and Catholic Charities of the Upper Peninsula.
A variety of programs throughout the Upper Peninsula are also receiving funding. With the recent unveiling of the diocesan strategic plan for Catholic schools, most of the grants to Catholic schools are supporting strategic plan goals and objectives for ensuring the long-term viability and stability of Catholic schools in the diocese. New Catholic school marketing and public relations efforts have been implemented with this grant.
Unrestricted grants totaling $54,000, or $6,000 per school, will be awarded to each of nine Catholic schools. The unrestricted grants provide budgetary support to the schools.

Installation for new Finlandia president set for September
A formal installation ceremony for President Philip Johnson at Finlandia University will begin at 3:00 p.m. on September 20 at the Paavo Nurmi Center, followed by a reception at Finlandia Hall.
Additional events throughout the day will include campus tours, classroom visits and opportunities to learn about Finlandia’s degree programs and see students, faculty and staff in action. The celebration will conclude with a Finnish film and a dance.
Call 487-7201 for details.

Lakeshore program offers variety of opportunities
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore will host its second annual Discover Your Lakeshore Program on five consecutive Thursday afternoons from 12:30 until about 5:30 p.m., beginning on September 6.
Over the course of the five-week program, participants will visit key locations in the park, receive formal presentations on park operations and issues by key park staff, and participate in a variety of fun hands-on activities. Participants are requested to participate in the full program.
An optional all-day hike into the park’s backcountry with the superintendent will be offered to program participants on September 29, which is National Public Lands Day.
If you are interested in participating, call Brenda at 387-2607, ext. 201, no later than August 31. Space is limited.

United Way Campaign kicked off at Rotary Seafood Fest
The United Way of Marquette County kicked off its annual fundraising campaign at the annual Rotary West Seafood Fest in Mattson Lower Harbor Park in Marquette.
As a special event this year, TV6 Morning Weatherman, Bill Roth, donated his time and dignity for a United Way fundraiser. For $1 per yard, anyone could buy duct tape, which was used to tape Roth to a wall.
From the thirty-three United Way member agencies, about eighty volunteers helped in the food tents during the Seafood Fest.
Many of the same agencies that receive funding through the United Way are recipients of grants from the money raised at the Seafood Fest. Grant applications are submitted in June to the Marquette West Rotary Foundation Board, which awards the grants in July.
The Foundation supports grant applications for programs that benefit children, although other programs are supported as well. The Seafood Fest annually raises about $20,000 to invest in the community.
This year’s United Way campaign goal is $500,000. The money raised from the community is used to invest in Marquette County health and human service organizations to help support their programs.
Donations also may be made online by visiting or calling 226-8171.

Cleveland-Cliffs selects Palmer for iron nugget plant
Cleveland-Cliffs Inc and joint-venture partner Kobe Steel Ltd. announced they intend to construct a commercial-scale iron nugget production facility at Cliffs’ Empire Mine site in Palmer. Production, projected at 500,000 tons per year, is expected to commence by early 2010.
The new facility will use Kobe’s patented ITmk3 iron-making technology under a ten-year alliance agreement. This revolutionary process will produce high-purity iron nuggets containing more than ninety-six percent iron.
Currently, Empire Mine produces iron ore pellets, which contain approximately sixty-five percent iron, that are used in blast furnaces to produce steel.
Using the Kobe process, the iron ore feed would bypass the blast furnace and provide a consistent source of very high-quality domestic metallic feed in nugget form. These iron nuggets would be used as a raw material feed for the North American steel industry’s mini-mill market. Mini-mills use electric arc furnaces to melt pig iron or recycled steel products to produce new steel.
The mini-mill segment of the steel industry continues to grow in the United States. In 2006, mini-mills produced more than fifty-five million tons of steel, compared with the forty-five million tons produced at integrated steel operators.

Alzheimer’s Association annouces cochairpeople
The Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk Committee announced its cochairpeople for this year’s Marquette Memory Walk.
Husband and wife Karl Bohnak and Liz Yelland will lead walkers at this year’s event at 9:00 a.m. on September 29 at Presque Isle in Marquette. Call the Alzheimer’s Association at 228-3910 for details.

Sulfide mining hearings offered at various sites
The DEQ has added a day to the public hearing sessions on the Kennecott Eagle Project Permit Application. This additional event will be held from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. on September 10 in NMU’s Great Lakes Rooms.
Other local events will be held from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. on September 11 and 12 and from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. on September 13 in the West Branch Fitness & Community Center in K.I. Sawyer.
A final hearing will take place from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. on September 19 in the Lansing Center, Rooms 203 and 204.

Supervisory Skills workshop offered through NMPSA
Supervisory Skills Training—Level I, sponsored by Northern Michigan Public Service Academy (NMPSA), will be held on September 19 in the Citizens Forum in Lakeview Arena in Marquette.
Topics to be covered include making the transition from employee to supervisor and its challenges, setting goals and priorities for your department and clearly communicating them, managing projects, people, your time and your space. Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m., with the presentation starting at 9:00 a.m. and ending at 4:00 p.m. Registration fees are $15 for NMPSA members and $60 for nonmembers. A $10 late fee will be applied to any registrations received after September 12.
Additional seminar and fee information may be obtained by calling 228-0448 or e-mailing

Annual reading conference deadline on September 20
The 2007 U.P. Reading Association (UPRA) conference, “Literacy: Putting the Pieces Together” will take place on October 11 and 12 at Northern Michigan University.
The registration deadline is September 20. Keynote speaker will be author Marc Brown. Other guests include poet Sara Holbrook, writer Lester Laminack, author Lisa Wheeler, author Jane Kurtz and many Michigan authors.
Visit to download a registration form.

DDA offers LED light orders to downtown owners
The Marquette Downtown Development Authority (DDA) will purchase new LED light sets for holiday installation on the downtown trees. The LED lights have a life of 100,000 hours and use 1.8 watts per set. The cost of operation is one-quarter of the cost of traditional lights.
The DDA is offering downtown property and building owners the ability to purchase lighting for their buildings at the DDA cost. For details, call Mona at 228-9475 or e-mail

DDA farmers market now accepts Bridge Cards
The Downtown Marquette Farmer and Artists market now is able to accept the Bridge Card. Food stamp recipients can purchase market tokens with their Bridge Cards to buy fruits, vegetables and various other food items from the vendors.
The market is open from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays through September at the Marquette Commons. For details, call 228-6213.

Bridge association certifies Hoffman as master teacher
Denise Hoffman of Marquette was certified by the American Bridge Teachers Association as one of 2007’s Master Teachers in Nashville this July.
Hoffman joined an elite group of bridge teachers to attain the highest goal of the organization. Of its more than 1,000 members past and present from around the world, less than 100 have earned the title of Master Teacher. Hoffman is the only Master Teacher in Michigan and Wisconsin.
Hoffman has had extensive training in teaching bridge. She completed the Teacher Accreditation Program of the ACBL and earned the title of Star Teacher, with more than 100 students. She is accredited in Better Bridge, EasyBridge, Mini-Bridge and as a Cruise Director/Teacher. Hoffman believes everyone can benefit from the mental exercise of bridge and conducts classes for beginners, those returning to the game, social bridge players and duplicate players.
In addition, Hoffman has chaired the Marquette Sectional Bridge Tournament since 2001.
Hoffman has served as an accredited club director and on the board of directors for the Superiorland DBC since 1998 and as its club manager since 2001; on the WUMBA Board of Directors since 2003 serving on the Membership Committee, the Budget and Finance Committee, as vice president and currently as president; on the District 13 board of directors since 2005, presently on the executive committee as secretary; and was given a permanent appointment to the ACBL National Goodwill Committee in 2005.
The ACBL Superiorland Bridge Center will begin lessons in September. For details, contact Hoffman at 226-3108 or

Afroman set to perform in Marquette on September 3
Redfella Records is bringing Grammy-nominated hip-hop star Afroman to perform in Marquette.
Afroman, a unique artist who blends the stylings of southern rap with the melodies of live funk, is scheduled to perform at Upfront and Company on September 3.
Preordered and will-call tickets are available for $12, doors open at 8:00 p.m. if not sold out; tickets at the door will be $15. For details, visit

Notes from the desk of State Rep. StevenLindberg
• State Representatives Steve Lindberg (D-Marquette) and Gary McDowell (D-Rudyard) announced that the state Department of Corrections will not close the Camp Manistique correctional facility in September as previously announced, saving forty-five good-paying U.P. jobs. A work group will be formed to discuss what will happen to the fourteen-year-old, 264-bed facility.

Tidbits from the desk of U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow
• U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan), announced Senate passage of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Act of 2007. The program provides health insurance to children of working families who are not eligible for Medicaid, but still unable to afford private health insurance. The legislation will provide Michigan with resources needed to cover the 90,000 children eligible, but not enrolled.
• Stabenow, along with Senators Max Baucus (D-Montana) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), introduced the Trade Enforcement Act of 2007, which fights unfair trade on two fronts—by strengthening enforcement of U.S. trade agreements abroad and bolstering U.S. trade remedy laws here at home. Unfair trade practices by countries such as China and Japan have led to the loss of over a million American jobs and a record $856 billion trade deficit last year.
• Stabenow introduced the First Time Home Buyers Tax Credit Act of 2007. Under the terms of the legislation, over the next seven years more than 15 million people, who otherwise might not have a shot at home ownership, could use tax credits to close on their first home.
• Stabenow announced Senate passage of the Higher Education Access Act of 2007 and the Higher Education Amendments of 2007, legislation that will provide more than $17 billion in funding for college aid nationwide and more than $680 million in new tuition grants for Michigan students over the next five years.

Local business news…in brief
• David Luoma, M.D. was named U.P. representative of the Michigan Advisory Council and Immunization.
• Globe Printing has unveiled its new Web site, that offers monthly specials, screen printing prices and catalogs and file uploading.
• Paulena Woodruff was hired as fitness/wellness coordinator at the West Branch Fitness & Community Center; she has worked extensively with young people through summer camp programs and teaching physical education for Grades 1 through 5.
• Martin T. Kinard has been selected as Finlandia University’s new director of admissions.
• Christine O’Neil has been appointed assistant dean of the Finlandia University Suomi College of Arts and Sciences (SCAS).
• The Electricians IBEW 1070 Wednesday night Bingo is now smokefree; it is one of Marquette County’s first Bingo games to go entirely smoke free.
• The Michigan Humanities Council is the recipient of a $5,000 grant from the Upper Peninsula Power Company in support of the Great Michigan Read, which seeks to increase the reading of literature by focusing on The Nick Adams Stories by Ernest Hemingway.
• Ramey Honrath, a seventeen-year-old Houghton High School junior, has completed his first solo airplane flight; he started his aviation education in 2006 by taking a Private Pilot Ground School offered by Agate Beach Aviation that was taught at Houghton High School.
• Cleveland-Cliffs Inc reported second quarter revenues from iron ore product sales at a record $547.6 million, an increase of thirteen percent.
• The Island Resort & Casino’s construction phase of Sweetgrass Golf Club is nearing completion; the eighteen-hole championship course is projected to open for play in July 2008.

Star Date: September 2007
Moon & Planets—Jupiter is the only planet visible in the evening sky. It is low in the southwest after sunset. Mars rises around midnight and is well up in the east in the predawn sky. It is brighter than any of the stars in this part of the sky, and its orange-red color makes it easy to spot. Venus, after its long stay in the evening sky for most of the spring and summer, is now present in the morning sky. At the beginning of the month, it rises a little before dawn, however, by the end of September, it is at its maximum brightness and rises more than three hours before sunrise. Saturn can be glimpsed, well below Venus, rising in the brightening twilight. It forms a close pair with the star Regulus. The moon is at last quarter on the fourth and fairly near Mars. On the 8th and 9th, the very thin waning crescent moon is near Venus and the waxing crescent moon passes below Jupiter on the 17th and 18th. The sun passes over the equator on the 23rd on its way south, which marks the autumnal equinox, the first day of fall.

Constellations—As summer comes to close, the early evening sky still is dominated by summer constellations. High overhead is the Summer Triangle, consisting of the three brightest stars from the constellations of Cygnus the Swan, Aquila the Eagle and Lyra the Lyre. This huge isosceles triangle of Deneb, Altair and Vega points to the south. Low in the southwest, along with Jupiter, are the prominent constellations Sagittarius and Scorpius. Notable in the due west is the fourth brightest star, the yellow-orange Arcturus.
—Craig Linde

Courtesy of the Marquette Astronomical Society, which meets four times a year. The next meeting is at 6:00 p.m. on September 23 at Shiras Planetarium. Visit for details.

8-18 Media book reviews for kids by kids
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
Published by Arthur A. Levine Books, 749 pages
I was super excited when the new Harry Potter book came out, along with millions of other fans.
I was at the store at midnight to get my copy. We had to stand with hundreds of people in a line that wrapped around the store. The line moved fast, and soon a copy was mine. I started reading right away, and when I finally finished, three days later, I was very pleased with the way that J.K. Rowling completed the entire series. This seventh book is my favorite, by far.
In the seventh epic novel of the Harry Potter series, Harry and his two best friends—Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger—begin the mission that was left in their hands when their Hogwarts headmaster, Albus Dumbledore, was killed in the last book. In this novel, the witches and wizards of the fictitious world either side with Harry and believe in equality and fighting evil, or they side with Voldemort, and believe in wreaking havoc and causing misery.
Their journey includes a break-in to the Ministry of Magic headquarters, apparating (ability to teleport), camping in many remote locations, and even a visit to Harry’s birthplace.
The only disappointment was the deaths of many lovable characters. This is my only complaint of this wonderfully written book.
My favorite part was the way that the people who cared about Harry were able to help him in his quest. I also enjoyed the epilogue where I got a glimpse of the future. The whole book was well planned and amazingly written. In the closing pages, a huge fight ensued between the good and the bad. If I say any more, I will give away the ending.
This was by far the best book in the series, and will be enjoyed by many, many generations to come. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves fiction, reads Harry Potter avidly or just loves to read.
If you haven’t read the first six books of the series, you may or may not be able to pick up on the heavily mentioned characters, events and places. It probably would be best to read the first six books.
I am disappointed I will not be able to read any more about Harry Potter and his world. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is a great finish to the series and a guaranteed good read.
—Ben Harris, 12
Books reviewed are from the new book section of the children and teen areas at PWPL.

A word to the wise
Verbum satis sapientibus: A word to the wise is sufficient
Imagine parts of speech dressed in costume appropriate to their stations. I figure that nouns would look quite proper, maybe in decent slacks and pressed shirts, or even a suit or handsome dress. “Church clothes.”
Pronouns would wear jeans and a T-shirt. The articles “a” and “the”? Wearing shorts maybe, or bikinis. And so on. Now as for verbs, those most powerful and useful parts of speech, a couple of sartorial notions come to mind. Verbs might well wear blue and white jerseys with a big “S” on the chest, like Superman. Or you might picture them in a wizard’s costume, extravagant and magical.
Verbs not only carry the energy of a sentence, but they can change into many forms. Most usual of course, is the standard verb as predicate, in either singular or plural (“He is; they are. He hikes; we hike.”)
Verbs can bring us into the past, present and future, with several variations on each tense. They also establish the mood of a sentence: the common indicative or statement (“The dog walks.”), the imperative or command (“Walk the dog!”) or the subjunctive, suggesting a possibility (“If I walk the dog …,” or “Were I to walk ….”).
Verbs also have offspring, called verbals. Although formed from verbs, verbals are not truly verbs at all, but rather act as nouns, modifiers and even adverbs. Verbals include a set of twins, the participles present and past (“filleting knife; filleted whitefish); the infinitive (“She tried to fillet the little perch.”), and finally the gerund.
Let’s focus on the gerund, a most useful verbal form. Like the present participle, the gerund is formed by adding –ing to the verb form. But while they look identical, the participle always is a modifier (“They took a walking tour.”), and the gerund serves as a noun, either a subject or object of a sentence (“Walking promotes good health,” or “She enjoys walking every day.”)
What makes the gerund particularly powerful and magical is that, while it is indeed a noun, it retains a particular function of its parent verb: It can take an object. Here are a few examples of its striking versatility (and note that striking, as an adjective, is not a gerund but a present participle):
“Preening its feathers keeps a bird healthy” (gerund as subject of sentence and taking the object feathers).
“Traveling home inspired mixed emotions” (gerund as subject with indirect object home).
“Hiking the trails entails traversing a bog” (gerunds both as subject and object of the sentence, each with an object).
One manifestation of the gerund provokes a common grammatical error. Like any other noun, a gerund often has modifiers, such as adjectives (“spicy cooking”) or other nouns in the possessive case (“Susan’s cooking”). The error lies in our failure to use the possessive case (“Sue’s cooking” or “her cooking”) before the gerund.
It’s an easy mistake, since the gerund easily may be confused with the present participle. Keep in mind that, when a gerund follows a noun or pronoun, generally that noun or pronoun must be a modifier and so in the possessive case.
Sometimes it’s a tough call. In the sentence, “We heard our neighbors (or neighbors’) shouting,” is it the neighbors we heard or their shouting? If the latter, as I would suppose, then the modifier neighbors,’ with the apostrophe, must be used. And check these examples of a gerund following a noun:
“Students disliked the teacher’s asking questions,” as opposed to “the teacher asking questions.” It’s not the teacher whom they disliked, but the asking, so teacher’s must be a modifier.
“I should be fatter from Sue’s cooking.” Sue herself wouldn’t make me fatter, but her cooking could. So we need the possessive modifier, Sue’s, and that’s the gospel truth.
Given the wonderfully varied wardrobe of verbs, it behooves us to select its proper attire whenever we send one out into the world.

Word for the month
Shambles (SHAM-bels), commonly a noun meaning a scene of great disorder, an unholy mess. It also can be a verb, indicating an awkward (disorderly?) gait.
This modern definition of the noun is a figurative sense, however, since the term first meant a slaughterhouse. The form is plural, apparently referring to the slaughter of many animals, but it is used as a singular noun. By extension clearly, a shambles came to refer to any messy place, like the desk in my office.
—Gerald Waite

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