City Notes – September 2009

Edited by Kristy Basolo

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Dear editor
The Marquette County History Museum recently was awarded a $3 million loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Program. The loan will be used to renovate the old Marq-Tran building on Spring Street into the Museum’s future home.
The museum sought the USDA loan to facilitate construction while building costs are low, knowing it will have to continue to raise funds to repay the loan. The capital campaign has received pledges of $2.2 million toward the goal of $4.7 million since fall 2007. The USDA loan fills in the gap between the donations received and the total cost of the renovation, allowing construction to get underway before all the funds have been raised.
Several sources in the construction industry have indicated the museum could save ten to twenty percent by starting the project now. The project is ready to go out for bid with construction set to begin in the fall. Kaye Hiebel, MCHM Executive Director noted, “It’ll be about a year’s worth of construction, so we anticipate opening the new museum in the fall of next year.” Meanwhile, volunteers and staff continue to seek donations for the capital campaign.
New exhibits are being designed to display more of the collection and include several interactive kiosks. The main floor of the new museum includes four times the current exhibit space, a separate gallery for travelling exhibits, education classroom, museum store and a 200-seat multi-use reception area for special events. The second floor will be devoted mostly to the J.M. Longyear Research Library, as well as office space and climate-controlled storage for artifacts.
The new facility will be handicapped accessible and have a parking lot, two features the current building lacks. The museum also is looking forward to being able to have outdoor exhibits, green space and amphitheater.
Jon Becker

 

Dear editor
Another fundraising year is underway here at Public Radio 90 and I’m confident that with your continued financial support we can sustain our local public radio service here in the upper Great Lakes region and the public radio programs we all value.
As you’ve often heard me say, “Every dollar, every member makes a difference,” and I want to thank our seventy-four listeners who recently re-activated their memberships during our summer telephone campaign. Together, with our other 2,076 listener-members, you make it possible for us to continue airing top quality news and information programs, classical, jazz, blues and traditional music, entertainment programs and our regional talent as well. It’s a blend of national and local programming unique to our listening area.
Thank you for your patience and for sticking with us through this summer’s frustrating digital TV conversion, which necessitated Public Radio 90 being off the air for long periods of time. Even though there are a few more adjustments to be made, we’re almost done.
The final conversion to digital TV also clears the way for Public Radio 90 to add new channels allowing us to provide you with even more of all the great programming that public radio has to offer. Keep an eye out in Preview and listen to Public Radio 90 to find out how you can participate in an upcoming listener survey to help us program these new channels.
Thanks to you, in 2004 NMU reaffirmed its commitment to retain Public Radio 90 as a local public radio service, as long as our listeners continue to cover the annual operational costs. The strength of the financial support from our listeners is the reason we are able to honor our commitment to broadcast the highest quality programming possible. In fact, membership and business support to Public Radio 90 accounts for almost seventy percent of our operating budget.
WNMU-FM, Public Radio 90, wouldn’t exist in our upper Great Lakes region without the continuing support from our listeners. We value that relationship, and we promise to work hard every day to continue delivering the top-quality programming you expect to hear on WNMU-FM.
Evelyn Massaro, station manager

 

Dear editor
As members of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Marquette County Advisory Council, we know the state of Michigan is facing a severe economic crisis and understand the legislature is facing very tough decisions. However, we want to voice our strong support for continued funding for RSVP of Marquette County to our legislators and ask that other citizens of Marquette County do the same.
Investing state funds into the RSVP will reap great benefits for Marquette County. RSVP is the safety net for many in our community now—our volunteers are stepping up to fill in the gaps caused by so many cuts to community organizations. More than half the organizations utilizing RSVP volunteers indicate they would not be able to function without volunteer assistance. RSVP volunteers are vital to our community. More than 300 RSVP volunteers contribute more than 45,000 hours each year to more than seventy Marquette County nonprofits, schools and special projects.
For an investment of just $67,318 in Michigan funds to the Marquette County RSVP, over $850,000 worth of volunteer time is returned to the County each year.
In addition to this dollar value, the benefit to the senior volunteers is invaluable—seniors are kept more physically and socially active, and that keeps them healthier and more likely to be able to stay independent longer. The ripple effect of dollars spent on RSVP reach far into our community providing services for both young and old. Let’s take a look at a few effects on our community:

• Thirty-seven Alzheimers patients in Marquette County have radio tracking bracelets to find them if they wander. fifteen RSVP volunteers set up the families with the bracelets, raise the money to start Lifetracker, and visit the families monthly to check in on them and change the batteries in the bracelets.

• 130 frail, elderly seniors were driven to 647 medical appointments in Marquette County by forty-nine RSVP volunteers since these seniors are unable to access other forms of transportation.

Our hope is that the resources can be found to allow the RSVP of Marquette County to continue to operate. Please contact your legislators by phone, fax, or email and urge them to continue funding the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. Contact information for your legislators can be found at www.michigan.gov. Thank you on behalf of the Marquette County RSVP Advisory Council.
M. Yvonne Clark, chairwoman
Barbara Wiegand, vice-chairwoman

 

Dear editor
Commissioners Arsenault, Corkin, Joseph, Struck and Wallace, who dissented on the vote temporarily to suspend the rehire policy, your responsibility is to the voters who elected you, and not the county officials.
I do not suspect any nefarious motivation on the part of those involved with any of the decisions in this entire rehire policy debacle. However, failure to disclose all of the facts and the actual costs to the taxpayers as a result of your decisions could give the appearance of cronyism bordering on the potential for graft and corruption.
Thus, I request that an actuary cost analysis be done and printed in full in one of the local newspapers so the taxpayers know exactly how much this retire/rehire policy is costing us. I also would like this report to include a line item list of other related costs incurred since the outrageous “double-dipping” policy was initiated. I am confident that among the so-called “hard to replace rehires” there is a computer programmer who could expedite a program that would readily gather these statistics.
In 2008, the County budget for Law Enforcement/Prosecutor was over $5 million dollars. Yet, the Sheriff’s department is still short ten officers since the year 2004 according to a statement by Under Sheriff Jack Schneider in the August 9, 2009 Mining Journal. This lack of patrol officers jeopardizes the safety of the County residents and is unconscionable.
I am also deeply concerned that allowing the elected officials to retire and return to work may have violated the Michigan election code. When an elected official retires, it creates a vacancy in that particular office. Thus, it would follow that it is the Marquette County Voters who would have the right to cast a ballot for a replacement to fill that vacancy. I would like this election issue to be addressed in consultation with the Secretary of State and the State Election Commission. Including the local Election Commission and the Prosecutor’s Office counsel could present a conflict of interest and should be avoided.
I have always paid my taxes respectfully. However, I want to know precisely how much was paid out to fund the rehire policy over the past four years. We live in a cash-strapped State that boasts the highest unemployment rate in the nation and certain State employees are dealing with furlough days. It is unconscionable that in Marquette County there are those who concurrently receive a retirement pension and salary at the expense of the taxpayers.
I refer the County Commissioners to “County Boards of Commissioners (Excerpt) Act 156 of 1851. 46.9 Report of Board proceedings; report of receipts and expenditures; annual report; publication; public inspection and copying. Sec. 9.” Taxpayers deserve full transparency from their public officials and taxpayer full disclosure.
Theresa Brodowski Scram

 

Shoppers are asked to buy books to help United Way

B. Dalton Booksellers will be holding an in-store Book Fair on behalf of the United Way of Marquette County from September 1 through September 15.
Customers making purchases during that time may present a United Way Book Fair coupon or simply tell the cashier that they would like a portion of the proceeds to benefit the United Way. There is no cost to the customer, and big benefits for local nonprofit agencies. The cashier must be notified prior to ringing up the order. The percentage going to United Way depends on the total amount of sales for the program. The more sales, the higher the percentage B. Dalton will donate.
For more information about the United Way of Marquette County, call the United Way at 226-8171 or visit www.uwmqt.org

 

Ishpeming plans parade and music for Labor Day Festival

The Labor Day Festival will be held in Ishpeming on Labor Day, September 7. The festival will begin with a parade, featuring the Ishpeming Blue Notes.
The parade runs along Euclid Street, Main Street, Division Street and Lakeshore Drive, with a picnic and rally at the Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum and the Lake Bancroft Park.
The theme for this year is “Twenty Years of Fighting For All,” noting the Labor Day Festival’s anniversary and the Council’s voice for working families in Marquette County.
For details, call 869-0365.

 

Service Commission offers funding opportunity

The Michigan Community Service Commission has announced an AmeriCorps funding opportunity for the 2010-11 program year.
Michigan’s AmeriCorps is a National Service program, similar to a domestic Peace Corps, that involves individuals (members) in getting things done in their communities. In exchange for a year of service, members receive a living allowance and an education award to help pay for college or repay student loans. AmeriCorps is a highly effective way for you to enhance or increase services to meet the growing demands being placed on your organization.
If you are interested in learning how to apply for funds, priorities for funding, and an application timeline, we invite you to attend the September 25 Outreach Webinar at 10:00 a.m.

 

Finlandia gallery schedules Guthrie art premiere

Derek Guthrie, British artist, art critic, and cofounder of the influential art magazine New Art Examiner, premieres his artwork in the United States at the Finlandia University Gallery, Hancock.
The exhibit is the first of Guthrie’s artwork in decades. Featured at the gallery until September 11, the exhibit comprises work created since 1995.
In 1973, Guthrie and his wife, Jane Addams Allen, founded the New Art Examiner in Chicago. Known for decades in Chicago for his work in art criticism, Guthrie is credited with having helped introduce a new set of writers that would become prominent in their field.
After retiring from his career at the Examiner in 2001, Guthrie and his wife moved to Cornwall, England, where he began to paint again after a hiatus of many years.
A closing reception for the artist will take place at the gallery September 10, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. An artist talk will begin at 7:15 p.m.

 

Macbeth performance scheduled in Masonic Lodge

The Marquette Masonic Association with assistance from Square Guy Productions, LLC has contracted with Vertigo Theatre Company for an exclusive presentation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth on the evening of September 11 in the Red Room Theatre located in the Masonic Center building. This month marks the 70th anniversary of the reconstruction of the Masonic Center after burning to the ground during the great blizzard of 1938. The Freemasons have graciously allowed unprecedented access to Marquette’s finest theatre venue in an effort to support the arts and reintroduce Marquette County to the fabulous facilities not normally made available to the public.
The evening will begin with a social hour including fine food, beverages and live classical music.
Curtain call will follow immediately and Shakespeare’s Macbeth as cut by director David Hansen and Vertigo Theatre Company will begin. The evening will conclude with an artists’ reception featuring champagne cake truffles by Joe’s Cakes and other amenities.
Tickets are $75 a piece or $100 for a pair; the event is a fundraiser for the Marquette Masonic Association and the Marquette Arts & Culture Center. For details, call 273-1700.

 

Strut Your Mutt fundraiser scheduled for September 12

On September 12—rain or shine— dogs and their guardians will hit the ground walking in an effort to raise money for Marquette County’s homeless pets.
The Marquette County Humane Society’s annual “Strut Your Mutt” walk and activities will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Marquette’s Lower Harbor Park, with the option to do a 1.5-mile or a three-mile walk.
After you complete the course, catch the finish line fun. Prizes will be given to the top three adult and top three youth pledge raisers. The adult first place prize is $100 Downwind Sports gift card plus a third generation iPod Shuffle. First place for youth will receive four tickets to Tundra Lodge Water Park plus an overnight stay at the Days Inn of Green Bay.
Doggy contests (including best costume, look-alike, stupid pet tricks and more), raffles, activities, kids area with face painting, pet themed vendors, photo booth and more will be offered.
This year, make your own Strut Your Mutt Web page to raise funds for your walk.
To register and for details, visit www.upaws.org or call 475-6661.
All money raised goes to benefit homeless animals at the Marquette County Humane Society shelter and help them find new loving homes.

 

Marquette Choral Society rehearsal starts in September

Marquette Choral Society rehearsals start at 7:00 p.m. on September 14 in the Choral Room #250 of the Thomas Fine Arts building on the campus of Northern Michigan University.
Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on December 5 and 3:00 p.m. on December 6. Christmas songs by John Rutter, and audience sing-alongs will be part of this “Carols in the Cathedral” program. There is a nominal fee for music and membership. No audition is necessary. All who enjoy singing are welcome.
Call 906-227-2563 for details.

 

October Michigamme craft show seeks vendors

Vendors are needed for a Craft & Vendor Show from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on October 24 in the Michigamme Community Building.
Call Colleen at 323-9023 for details

 

Suicide Prevention Walk scheduled for September 19

Out of Darkness community walk for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will take place at 10:00 a.m. on September 19.
Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. in the Marquette Commons. For details, call Alyson at 235-1969.

 

First FinnFunDay planned for September 19 in Ishpeming

The first FinnFunDay in the Upper Peninsula is planned for 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on September 19 at the Ishpeming Township Building and Grounds. It derives from the annual League of Finnish-American Societies September picnic, now in its twelfth year, with many more activities.
Food, fun and short workshops will fill the day, ending with dancing in the late afternoon. Coffee and coffee bread will be available all day long, with pasties, cudighis, hot dogs and soft drinks for lunch. A small marketplace is scheduled.
Many special performances and appearances will take place throughout the day. Admission is free. Children will have access to all the playground equipment on the grounds.
For details, call 228-8035.

 

Negaunee Senior Center sets rummage sale fundraiser

The Negaunee Senior Center will host a rummage sale from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. on September 23.
Donations of merchandise to sell are sought and can be dropped off at the center after Labor Day. All unsold items will be donated to local thrift stores. Those wishing to sell their own wares are asked to make a $10 donation to the center for a table. Crafters are welcome. There is no admission and the sale is open to the public. For details, call 475-6266.

 

Marquette hosts annual conference on Ancient Copper

The fifth annual AAPS Conference on Ancient Copper will take place from September 25 through 27 at the Holiday Inn in Marquette, sponsored by Ancient Artifact Preservation Society and Ancient American Magazine.
A special free event for educators takes place from 9:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday.
Karl Hoenke will present “Provocative Perspectives in Time,” covering up to 12,000 years—the comet story and some plants, microbes, and animals out of place as per the writings of Sorenson and Johannesson.
Dr. Myron Paine will present Jeff Bennett’s “Oceans” about ancient waterways. Author/researcher Jay Wakefield will present “Maps of Stone.”
All programs and exhibits cost $135. Call 942-7865 for partial program pricing. For details, visit www.aaapf.org

 

Library presentation to focus on World War II area families

Anyone who wants to learn more about World War II, especially as it impacted an Ishpeming area family, will be interested in a program at the Ishpeming Carnegie Public Library on September 20.
Dan Oja, whose six Koski uncles participated in the war, will discuss his book, Ordinary Heroes: Six Stars in the Window in the Children’s Room of the library at 2:00 p.m. The Friends of the Library are sponsoring this free program, which will be followed by light refreshments.
Oja is a native of the Ishpeming area and graduate of Ishpeming High School and Northern Michigan University.

 

NCLL offers fall line-up; announces kick-off event

The Northern Center for Lifelong Learning (NCLL) announced its fall season of educational programs and activities.
Twenty-five events are scheduled between September and December in a variety of categories such as Tours, Field Trips, Hikes and Presentations. NCLL also offers a wide variety of special interest groups ranging from bridge to walking to world politics.
An annual membership of $20 will provide you with reduced costs for events and other benefits. You do not need to be a member to participate.
The fall kick-off is a fine opportunity to learn more about NCLL, held from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on September 13. For details, visit www.nmu.edu/ncll or call 227-2979.

 

Academy for Native teens focuses on health careers

Northern Michigan University’s Center for Native American Studies, along with the nursing and clinical sciences departments, will offer a new program for Native American high school students called “The College Prep Medicine Wheel Academy.”
Forty Native American students will be introduced to health care professions via two multi-day visits to NMU. While on campus, they will engage in activities that teach about nursing and clinical sciences careers and degree programs, as well as tour Marquette General Hospital, located across the street from the Northern campus. The participants will also meet Native American professionals working in the health care fields.
For details, call 227-1397 or e-mail cnas@nmu.edu

 

Upper Peninsula acts listed in state touring directory

The Michigan Humanities Council announced the launch of the 2009-2012 Michigan Arts & Humanities Touring Directory, which provides an online listing of 204 of the state’s most talented performing and visual artists, humanities presenters and cultural exhibitors.
The catalogue offers a wide variety of cultural programming including dance, music, storytelling, theater, tradition bearers and visual arts. Four Upper Peninsula presenters are listed in the directory, including Bill Jamerson of Escanaba (Music—Ethnic/Folk); Carl “Bearfoot” Behrend of Munising (Music—Ethnic/Folk); Michael and Erica Waite of Marquette (Music—Ethnic/Folk) and Gale LaJoye of Marquette (Storyteller/Historical Re-enactor).
The Touring Directory and grant information are available at www.michiganhumanities.org

 

Two Hearted River boating access site and lot closing

The DNR announced that the Mouth of the Two Hearted River Boating Access Site, located in Luce County, is closed temporarily due to an improvement project for the boat ramp and parking lot.
Current construction schedules define the closure to extend through September 30. Improvements will benefit both paddlers using the Two Hearted River, and larger boats accessing Lake Superior.
For details, call Les at 293-3293, ext. 4740.

 

Finlandia adds majors

The Finlandia University Suomi College of Arts & Sciences has announced the start of several new degree options beginning this fall.
The three new bachelor of arts degrees, and the conversion of a four-year program to a two-year associate degree, are in response to national trends, student demand and constantly changing job opportunities, said Judith Budd, dean of the Suomi College of Arts & Sciences.
A new four-year bachelor’s degree in psychology offers concentration options in general psychology or alcohol and drug abuse.
The four-year communications major at Finlandia offers specializations in journalism, and visual, environmental or organizational communications.
The Criminal Justice program, established in 1983, has added a four-year bachelor of arts degree option, in addition to the associate degree program, which still is offered.
Finlandia’s human services major, formerly a bachelor’s degree program, is now a two-year program.
For details, call 487-7208 or e-mail admissions@finlandia.edu

 

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman events available

Women interested in improving their rock climbing skills can sign up now for a rock climbing workshop in the Upper Peninsula from September 25 through 27.
The workshop is designed for women with some previous rock climbing experience, although beginners are also welcome.
Participants will receive classroom instruction in rock climbing techniques on Friday, with hands-on climbing experience Saturday and Sunday at various climbing sites located in Big Bay, Marquette and Negaunee.
Cost per participant is $175, which includes instruction and gear, lodging at the historic Thunder Bay Inn in Big Bay, and breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday. Enrollment is limited to nine and early applications are encouraged.
Women interested in backcountry camping and hiking can sign up for a three-day, two-night backpacking class at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore from October 2 through 4.
The event is designed for women with previous backpacking experience. Participants will hike approximately three to five miles per day, and help out with various backcountry duties, such as camp set-up and tear-down, meal preparation, water filtering and orienteering, with instruction from the trip leaders.
Cost per participant is $100, which includes breakfast, dinner and dessert each day, plus group gear, such as tents and cooking utensils.
For details, call 228-6561 or visit www.michigan.gov/bow

 

MCAC receives CVS grant for prescription costs

The Medical Care Access Coalition announced that it has received a $3,500 CVS Caremark Community Grant.
MCAC has served low-income, uninsured Marquette County residents since 2001 and the need in our community continues to grow. The funds granted from CVS Caremark will be used to support MCAC by funding our generic medications program for our volunteer programs. Although MCAC is able to attain approximately eighty percent of the prescribed medications free from the manufacturer, the remaining twenty percent must be purchased.
Grants were awarded to organizations that share a common vision with CVS Caremark’s All Kids Can program, which strives to make life easier for children with disabilities. The goal of the program is to create more inclusive environments for children with and without disabilities to build self-esteem, lasting friendships and social skills, and to help children without disabilities learn diversity and tolerance.

 

Hall of Fame event offers week-long festivities

The annual U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame Weekend has grown into Hall of Fame Week.
Running September 11 through 19, the national hall of fame is organizing a series of events to celebrate and welcome this year’s class of inductees while providing skiing based entertainment for the general public to enjoy.
This year’s inductees include: Nelson Carmichael from Colorado, whose image continues to appear on the covers of national skiing publications; Carmichael was the first American to win an Olympic medal in freestyle skiing; Liz McIntyre, a fellow Coloradian, was also a freestyle skiing Olympic medalist who went on to coach American world and Olympic champions; Bill Briggs of Wyoming is a legend among those who challenge the world’s steepest and most difficult mountain slopes; and Cary Adgate is an eight-year member of the U.S. Ski Team; he also was a top professional racer and was named Master Skier of the Year in 2005.
For details, call 485-6323.

 

CCI news and notes

Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. reported second-quarter results for the period ended June 30, 2009.
Consistent with weaker year-over-year global demand for steelmaking raw materials, consolidated revenues in the quarter were $390.3 million, down sixty-one percent from $1.01 billion in the same quarter last year. The decrease in revenues was driven by lower volume across business segments, combined with lower pricing in iron ore.

 

Volunteering report offers glance at Michigan stats

The Volunteering in America 2009 report was released by the Corporation for National and Community Service. This report highlights volunteering trends and demographics in all fifty states, as well as 198 cities located throughout the country.
Volunteering in America 2009 is based on data obtained from the U.S. Census Bureau and Bureau of Labor Statistics through a volunteering supplement to the Current Population Survey from 2002 to 2008. Volunteers are defined as persons who did unpaid work through or for an organization.
The report’s information includes the volunteer rate; the types of organizations through which residents serve; their main volunteering activities, the average hours per year and volunteer rates for age and gender demographic groups, and key trends and highlights.
Michigan-specific report highlights include: 2.3 million volunteers, 325 million hours of service and $6.6 billion of service contributed.
To read the completed Volunteering in America 2009, visit www.volunteeringinamerica.gov

 

Symphony Orchestra sets 2009-10 season schedule

Season tickets are now on sale for the Marquette Symphony Orchestra’s Lucky 13th Season. Season ticket price is $80 for four concerts, a savings of $20 over the individual concert ticket price. Single event tickets go on sale August 12.
The Marquette Symphony Orchestra’s 2009-10 Season is highlighted by 4 concerts under the baton of Maestro Dr. Jacob Chi. The season will showcase a wide range of repertoire from treasured classics to a world premiere.
On September 19, the MSO kicks off the season with a Pops concert featuring tenor Paul Truckey in Broadway Showstoppers. The program includes selections from Phantom of the Opera, Carousel, West Side Story, Jekyl and Hyde, and many others sure to entertain.
Romanticists No. 2, the November 21 concert, will feature an exciting new young pianist on the international scene, Hye-Jin Kim, performing Rachmaninov’s Piano Concert No. 2. The concert also includes Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2, a nationalistic masterpiece coined “The Little Russian” because of its use of three Ukrainian folk songs.
Symphonic Invitation on February 27, will highlight one of the most brilliant pieces of dance music written, Weber’s Invitation to the Dance with orchestration by Berlioz.
The final concert of the season, Innovators, on March 27 features the return of the percussion section to the front of the stage. Carrie Biolo and James A. Strain will premiere a duo concerto for percussion, timpani and orchestra in a work composed specifically for the performers. This concert features the Marquette Symphony’s first performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 “Eroica.”
The MSO is once again offering interactions with the featured artists and conductor through the Friday Conversation Lunch and Saturday Pre-Concert Dinner. These events, which will accompany each of the four concerts, are held at the Landmark Inn and require reservations and separate admissions.
Tickets are available at NMU EZ Ticket Box office located in the Superior Dome or by calling 227-1032. For details, call 228-4233 or visit www.marquettesymphony.org

 

Books for Africa project seeks donations

The nonprofit organization Books for Africa (BFA) sends huge containers of books to most of the English and some of the French speaking nations on the African continent.
They receive calls from Africa’s teachers, government officials and Peace Corps volunteers, among other advocates of education.
Carole Patrikakos will be here in early October to speak at the UPRA conference. She will give a presentation for the community at 7:00 p.m. on October 9 at Peter White Public Library. This evening presentation will be sponsored by the Teen Group at PWPL and Snowbound Books.
Book donations are encouraged. The organization’s emphasis is on legal and/or medical publications from the last ten years, but they also need lower level educational material that is relevant to their lives.
They appreciate picture books, juvenile novels and adult novels with an African/African-American emphasis, as well as wall charts that are relevant to reading, math, or natural history.
For details, visit www.booksforafrica.org

 

Economic Recovery awarded to Hiawatha National Forest

Forest Supervisor Thomas Schmidt announced that three Hiawatha National Forest facilities and trails projects have been funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), among those projects announced by U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Schmidt. A total of 191 projects, funded at more than $274 million, are located on public lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service in thirty-two states.
Locally, the Hiawatha National Forest has been funded to accomplish the following ARRA-funded facilities and trails projects:

• Michigan Toilet and Storage Building Reconstruction (Hiawatha NF portion $419,000).
• Grand Island NRA NL Creek Bridge Replacement & Rim Trail Culvert Replacement ($500,000).
• Clear Lake Education Center—Site erosion control, Water & Wastewater Rehabilitation, A.D.A. accessible walkway construction ($620,000).

In addition to the above projects, the Hiawatha National Forest has received $9.9 million in ARRA funding for other projects including roads maintenance, watershed improvements, ecosystem restoration and hazardous fuels management projects. For details, visit http://fs.usda.gov/economic recovery

 

ILCA encourages breastfeeding during flu season

As global preparations for the flu season heighten, the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) urges mothers, health care workers and the community at large to promote, support and encourage breastfeeding, which provides infants with human antibodies that can help fight illness and disease.
ILCA supports the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Interim Guidance—Pregnant Women and H1N1 Influenza: Considerations for Clinicians,” which advises breastfeeding mothers to continue breastfeeding while taking antiviral medications, when indicated.
The CDC guidance, available at www.cdc.gov/swineflu/clinician_pregnant.htm, recommends that breastfeeding mothers who become ill with the flu take measures to minimize exposure to the infant, including hand washing and possibly covering the mother’s mouth and nose with a mask.
The CDC further reports that although the risk of transmitting H1N1 flu from mother to baby through breastfeeding is unknown, reports of transmission of seasonal flu are rare.
For details, call (800)944-9662 or visit www.womenshealth.gov/breast feeding

 

ILCA encourages breastfeeding during flu season

As global preparations for the flu season heighten, the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) urges mothers, health care workers and the community at large to promote, support and encourage breastfeeding, which provides infants with human antibodies that can help fight illness and disease.

 

Political news briefs

• U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan) issued the following statement about recent announcements that automakers are increasing production due to rising demand: “As author of the legislation in the Senate, I was pleased to hear that rising demand for fuel efficient vehicles brought on by ‘Cash for Clunkers’ has led Chrysler, Ford and GM to increase production.  For us in Michigan, that means people are going back to work.
• U.S. Senators Stabenow and Carl Levin (D-Michigan) announced that three Michigan fire departments have been awarded $500,598 through the Department of Homeland Security Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG to support operations and firefighter safety, including Wakefield Volunteer Fire Department ($44,916) and Rock River Township Fire Department in Chatham ($18,960) in the U.P. For details, visit www.firegrantsupport.com
• Levin and Stabenow announced the availability of $14,391,790 for eight Native American communities across Michigan. The funding, provided through the Indian Community Development Block Grant and Native American Housing Block Grant programs is made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The grants are designed to assist Native American tribes to improve and expand their housing supply, promote energy efficiency and create jobs. In the U.P., money was awarded to Bay Mills Indian Community HA in Brimley ($2,000,000) and Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa in Watersmeet ($1,391,790).
• Stabenow, Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Al Franken (D-Minnesota) and Kristen Gillibrand (D-New York) introduced the Reengaging Americans in Serious Education by Uniting Programs Act (RAISE UP). The legislation provides targeted support to youth who have dropped out of high school, so they can attain a diploma, a post-secondary credential, and a family-supporting career.
• Stabenow announced veterans can now take advantage of the Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefit program. The Department of Veterans’ Affairs has begun processing benefit payments for eligible applicants. Last year, Senator Stabenow and her colleagues passed the Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act to increase educational benefits to members of the military who have served on active duty for at least three months since September 11, 2001.
• Stabenow and Levin announced that Michigan has received $34,494,000 to support seven water infrastructure projects—$15,449,000 in grant funding and $19,045,000 in loan funding—through the USDA Rural Development’s Water and Environmental Program.  Funds are made available through the ARRA.
• Stabenow and Levin announced the inclusion of $1.7 million for nine Michigan projects in the FY2010 Appropriation bill for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and related agencies.  The funding was approved today by the full Senate Appropriations Committee.
• Stabenow and Levin announced the inclusion of $64,387,000 for Army Corps of Engineers projects in Michigan and the Great Lakes and $3 million for advanced technologies for green vehicles, including batteries, in the FY2010 Energy and Water Appropriations bill approved by the Senate.
• Stabenow and Levin announced that approximately 1,000 Michigan workers have been certified as eligible to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance, including income support, training and re-employment services. Trade Adjustment Assistance is provided through the U.S. Department of Labor.
• Stabenow and Levin announced that Michigan has received $3,275,000 to support various infrastructure projects in rural Michigan—$1,155,000 in grant funding and $2,120,000 in loan funding—through the USDA Rural Development’s Community Facilities Program.  Funds are made available through the ARRA. This funding supports an array of projects dedicated to supporting important facilities such as child care centers, hospitals, medical clinics, assisted-living facilities, fire and rescue stations, police stations, community centers, public buildings, and transportation, including a $50,000 grant to Keweenaw Bay.
• Stabenow and Levin announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has allocated a total of $7,526,274 in ARRA funds to Michigan as part of the Native American Housing Block Grant (NAHBG) and Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) programs. U.P. funding includes: Hannahville Potawatomie HA in Wilson ($1,516,850); Sault Ste Marie HA in Kincheloe ($3,000,000); and Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Hau in Baraga ($1,974,968).
• Michigan educational institutions will receive $5,952,752 in U.S. Department of Education grants, Stabenow and Levin announced. The grants, ranging from $75,000 to $1 million, will go to centers of primary, secondary and higher education across Michigan, including the following in the U.P.: Michigan Technological University TUNRail ($76,000, 2009-2011); Michigan Technological University geological engineering ($117,052); and Northern Michigan University undergraduate international studies ($75,182).
• Stabenow and Levin announced $258,607 in federal funding for the second year of implementation of the Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS). The system is designed to address climate change impacts, ecosystem and food web dynamics, protection of public health and navigation safety and efficiency for the Great Lakes. It also monitors water flow in the St. Clair River.
• Governor Jennifer M. Granholm announced that her administration will make $15 million in ARRA funds available to small manufacturing companies in Michigan looking to diversify and create jobs in renewable energy through the Michigan Clean Energy Advanced Manufacturing Initiative. The goal of this funding opportunity is to create new markets for Michigan’s manufacturers, provide support to renewable energy original equipment manufacturers and Tier I suppliers, and create anchor companies to attract businesses to Michigan.
•  Levin joined Vice President Biden in Detroit as the administration announced recipients of funding to support the next generation of batteries and electric vehicle manufacturing and development. Levin said the following regarding the announcement: “The day we have waited for and worked for has arrived. The grants announced today will kick-start a promising automotive future for Michigan. Our manufacturers can now scramble back on an equal footing with other nations, who have provided major support to their battery industries. These grants assure that advanced batteries for the electric and hybrid cars of the future are made in the United States – from research, to manufacture of battery cells, to assembly of those cells into battery packs. They are a major part of the next generation of automotive technologies, which will be developed by our experts at our companies and built by our workers in our factories.”

 

Local business news…in brief

• Range Bank named Charlotte L. Gaudreau as vice president and commercial loan officer; Gaudreau is a native of Hurley (Wisconsin) and a graduate of Northern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.
• During the U.P. Small Business Forum, Paul Arsenault, president of Concepts Consulting, was acknowledged for his support and active participation in promoting the success of small business across the Upper Peninsula by Michigan Works! The Job Force Board and Region 1 Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC).
• Creative Cabinetry and Construction, located at 500 West Washington Street, Suite 10 in Marquette, recently celebrated its fifth anniversary of business. For details, call 458-7732.
• WLUC-TV6 is offering programming twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week for the first time since its initial sign on in 1956; the overnight line-up will consist of a combination of the NBC and America One networks with programming like Poker after Dark, Jimmy Fallon show reruns and Cybernet.
• Full Throttle Saloon marks its grand opening at its 1671 East M-35 location in Little Lake; it is a neighborhood bar and grill open seven days a week, specializing in fresh broasted chicken and burgers made fresh daily with meat from Brown’s Store.
• Marquette Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine Center, located at 1205 West Fair Avenue in Marquette, celebrated its grand opening; it specializes in orthopedics, spine, post surgical and sports medicine and provides a convenient option for clients to receive treatment.
• Shear Perfection, located at180 North Pine Street in Gwinn, celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the establishment; for details, call 346-5531.
• Finlandia University ceramic arts senior Jaimianne Amicucci was awarded the 2009 Tony Velonis Memorial Scholarship by the Society of Glass and Ceramic Decorators (SGCDpro), a professional network of decorators and marketers of glass, ceramic and related products.
• Charles E. Flood, CHC, accepted the position of chief operating officer for Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital; Flood currently serves as senior director of business analysis & planning, and compliance officer, for Marquette General Health System.
• Tony Stagliano was named economic development assistant for the Lake Superior Community Partnership; Stagliano is a Negaunee native, a graduate of Negaunee High School and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Media Production and New Technology from Northern Michigan University.
• The Lake Superior Community Partnership Foundation was awarded a $5,000 grant from State Farm Insurance for the Midwest Skills Development Center’s Electrical Line Technician Program.
• Marquette Area Public Schools (MAPS) athletic director Mark Mattson submitted his resignation on July 17 to begin a new career at Glen Lake Community Schools; MAPS staff member Jamie Tuma has been named MAPS K-12 athletic coordinator for the 2009-10 school year.
• Staff from the Marquette General Memory Diagnostic Center donated books and informational resources about Alzheimer’s disease and caregiving issues to the Alzheimer’s Association and the Marquette General Health Information Center; for details, call (800)272-3900.
• Mammography services offered at Marquette General Hospital have received Food and Drug Administration re-accreditation; this means that the MGH imaging staff and physicians, as well as all equipment, meet or exceed the regulations of the Mammography Quality Standards Act.
• Finlandia University and the Marquette General Health System School of Radiography have signed an affiliation agreement that offers students associate’s degrees in radiography.
• Presque Longboards commemorated the launching of the longboards to the community with a ribbon-cutting ceremony; all Presque Longboards are hand-crafted, hand-painted, original art, custom made in Marquette and are available at Ground Zero and The Compound, both located in Marquette.
• The City of Negaunee made a $500 donation to the Lake Superior Community Partnership’s Electrical Line Technician Scholarship Program; the money was awarded to Michael Crain, a 2008 graduate of Negaunee High School.
• Starting August 19, WJMN-TV Channel 3’s local signal is available on DISH Network.

 

Editor’s Note: Questions or comments are welcome by writing MM or at marquettemonthly@marquettemonthly.org
MM

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