City notes – May 2009

Edited by Kristy Basolo

Dear editor
This month, Cambodians everywhere and those who worked with Cambodians during the 1970s will be watching the U.N./Cambodian Genocide Tribunal. The first defendant will be the administrator of Tuol Sleng prison, a converted school in Phnom Penh, set up by the Khmer Rouge to torture and kill those who opposed the regime in power from 1975 until 1979.
Men, women and children were held at the prison, tortured to obtain confessions and then systematically bludgeoned to death.
Among those killed at Tuol Sleng were all of the 112 people who had been in the United States, the vast majority of them military men. When the Khmer Rouge took power in 1975, these military men were here studying military tactics. They left their families at home in Cambodia, and wanted to return home to try to protect their families.
They joined a group of refugees who fled Cambodia, but whose families had remained at home.
While in the refugee camps in the United States, these thirty-three men, women and children asked to be sent home, along with the Cambodian military men.
Under the auspices of the United Nations and the U.S. State Department, the 112 were moved to Philadelphia. I was hired as the project director to care for them while they were in the United States, awaiting permission from the Khmer Rouge government in Phnom Penh to return home.
In Spring 1976, the group moved to Paris (France), and in the early Summer 1976, received permission to return to their homeland. The Khmer Rouge promised that after a short, two-week “reeducation” in Cambodia, they would be reunited with their families in the countryside.
They arrived home in June 1976. For years, we heard nothing from any of them.
In 2003, I contacted the Cambodian Documentation Center. They were compiling the lists of those tortured and killed at Tuol Sleng. All of the Cambodians who had returned to Cambodia from the United States were on the lists of those killed. When they arrived in Cambodia in 1976, they were taken to Tuol Sleng. Most were dead by the end of that summer. The promised “family reunification” never happened.
A year ago, I traveled to Cambodia to meet with the center’s director to file an affidavit as a complainant for the upcoming Genocide Tribunal. “Duch,” the prison’s administrator, is charged with ordering the murder of more than 4,000 people at Tuol Sleng, including the 112 who returned home from here.
Cindy Martin Coleman

Editor’s Note: The VOA will be broadcast to 17 million Cambodians worldwide in the Khmer language on the radio. Starting about May 5, it also will be, in limited edition, on The genocide trials currently are on Webcast out of Northwestern University on

Community honors theatre personality’s final bow

After thirty-two years, Dr. James Panowski will be taking his final bow as artistic director of Forest Roberts Theatre.
Join the community at 6:00 p.m. on May 1 at Upfront & Company in Marquette to celebrate his contributions to FRT, NMU, the Marquette community and theatre students. The evening will include a buffet dinner, cash bar and entertainment.
A scholarship will be established in his name so that his dream of helping NMU theatre majors will come true for years to come. For details, call 227-2627.


Covington U.P.-Made Artist Market opens for the season

The U.P.-Made Artist Market will open for its fourth season on May 1 in the Historic Covington School. The juried artists market, sponsored by the nonprofit Community Women’s Group, promotes the “Keep it in the U.P.” slogan by supporting Upper Peninsula artists and fine crafters.
Works of art from as far away as Sault St. Marie and Grand Marais, to more local artists from Houghton, Baraga, Marquette and Ontonagon counties, are represented.
The market is open Friday through Sunday. Products available at the market include watercolors, photography, acrylic painting, fine wood crafts, fabric media including wall hangings and quilts, hand-painted silk scarves and felted wool bowls and purses, woven rugs and placemats, stained glass and jewelry. The cabin décor includes soaps, candles, kitchen accessories, wood-crafted items, local jams and syrup, and for an added touch there is an antique corner.
The market is located on School Road, one block off of US-141 in Covington. Visit for details. An annual art show will be held at the school on the last Saturday in June, which coincides with the Finnish Music Festival in Covington.


Stupak named as 2009 NMU commencement speaker

U.S. Congressman Bart Stupak will be the keynote speaker at Northern Michigan University’s spring commencement on May 2. He also will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.
Since 1992, Stupak has represented Michigan’s first congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives.
A graduate of Gladstone High School, Stupak began his career in public service as an Escanaba police officer in 1972. He joined the Michigan State Police force the following year and retired in 1984 after being injured in the line of duty. He has gone on to serve northern Michigan residents as an attorney and as a state representative for Menominee, Delta and Dickinson counties.


Sister City program seeks delegates for Japan visit

A delegation of Marquette area citizens is being formed to visit Marquette’s sister city in Higashiomi (Japan). The Marquette Sister City Advisory Committee is seeking ten delegates to represent Marquette on a visit from October 22 to November 2, 2009.
Interested delegates are invited to attend an informational meeting to be held on May 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the Shiras Room on the second floor of the Peter White Public Library.
Applications to join the delegation and all other necessary information about the program will be available at the meeting.
While in Japan, delegates will live with a host family, attend official and informal delegation events, and experience a truly cross-cultural exchange of friendship. The cost of the trip including transportation is $2,400 and is the responsibility of each delegate.
For details, contact Pryse Duerfeldt at 225-0978.


Club Indigo announces May movie, buffet choices

Celebrate the Calumet Theatre’s fifteenth season of Club Indigo with a gourmet buffet and a rare selection of four-star movies, selected from more than 2,000 possibilities.
• May 8: King Of Masks—A touching story about a Chinese street magician and a child, despite being a little girl, who worms her way into his heart. An Asian buffet specially created by chefs at the Keweenaw Co-op will be served.
The movies will be shown on Fridays at 7:15 p.m., with an appropriate buffet served at 6:00 p.m. And, as usual, the buffets will be presented by the community’s finest chefs. Cost is $17 for both food and film, half-fare for children. For the buffet, a call at least a day in advance will assure seating at 337-2610.


Working to cover uninsured neighbors in Awareness Walk

In Marquette County nearly 7,000 residents are uninsured; 5,587 adults and 1,283 children. In 2008, the Medical Care Access Coalition (MCAC) coordinated health care for 793 low income county residents ages nineteen through sixty-four through its volunteer program.
MCAC and the Marquette County Health Department are co-hosting the second annual Access to Health Care Awareness Walk at the Marquette Commons at Third and Spring Streets on May 9. At 9:00 a.m., an interactive forum will be held with legislators, community leaders, health care providers and uninsured residents. Government officials will provide an update on health care reform at the federal and state level.
On return to the Marquette Commons, individuals eligible for the Adult Benefit Waiver (ABW) program can enroll. The ABW program provides basic health coverage to adults without dependent children who are under age sixty-five, do not have private insurance, do not qualify for Medicaid, and earn less than $580 a month (individual) or less than $716 a month (two-person household).
There is no cost for participating. For details, call 226-4400 or e-mail or visit


GLRC Running to the Rescue fundraiser planned for May 9

Great Lakes Recovery Centers (GLRC) fundraiser, Running to the Rescue, will take place May 9 at Presque Isle Park in Marquette. The event will help provide vital treatment services to our community.
The 5K run and two-mile walk is open to the public with registration at 8:00 a.m. at the Presque Isle Pavilion. The run is scheduled to start at 9:00 a.m. Registration is $20, with all proceeds going to support local substance abuse treatment services. Children ten and younger can participate free with a paid adult.
The run and walk will take participants on a path around Presque Isle Park. Snacks and refreshments will be available and participants will receive a commemorative shirt. To register, visit and download an entry form or call 228-9699.


Marquette Fallen Officer Memorial set for May 15

A Fallen Police Officer Memorial will be held at 11:30 a.m. on May 15 at Elwood Mattson Lower Harbor Park in Marquette.
The Exchange Club and the Police Agencies of Marquette County will host a Healing Field of Honor from May 14 through 17, 2009. Visitors and volunteers from the surrounding communities will experience an amazing display of patriotism including hundreds of large U.S. flags atop eight-foot poles placed in perfect rows on a field of green.
This living display of heroism will fly as a temporary patriotic tribute to the strength and unity of Americans, and will honor fallen police officers who have served our community to preserve our security.
For details, visit


Annual relay offers Big Bay, Marquette spring tradition

The 2009 Big Bay Relay sponsored by Johnson’s Sports is set to take off on May 16. In its thirty-third year, the relay has been a tradition and a challenge. This year’s relay race (five-person teams) will start at 8:00 a.m. and run from Marquette to Big Bay.
Divisions include: all female, all male and mixed team divisions, as well as a junior division.
Johnson’s Sports will donate the top awards to each division winning team is members in a form of gift certificates toward a purchase of new running shoes in their shop.
Entry forms are available at
For details, call 235-6861 or e-mail


Art on the Rocks seeking submissions for logo contest

Art on the Rocks is seeking submissions for its annual T-shirt logo contest. The winning design will be used on T-shirts sold at the summer art show. This year’s fifty-first annual show will be held for the first time at the Elwood Mattson Lower Harbor Park.
Entries may be submitted on CD or on 8.5-by-11 paper. The design should include: “Art on the Rocks,” “Marquette MI” and “2009.” The winning designer will receive $200.
Entries should be sent to Art on the Rocks Logo Contest at P.O. Box 9, Marquette, MI 49855. Any number of submissions may be included. Please include your name, address and phone number on the back of each design or CD. The deadline for entry is May 15. For details, call Jack at 225-1952.


UPPAA conference features keynote from Dan Poynter

The Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association presents its eleventh annual conference featuring keynote speaker Dan Poynter on May 16 at Peter White Public Library.
Find out how to take control of your book’s publication and promotion and talk with local authors, writers, publishers, printers and other service providers.
Poynter is the author of more than 120 books, has been a publisher since 1969, and is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP). His seminars have been featured on CNN, his books have been pictured in The Wall Street Journal, and his story has been told in U.S. News & World Report. His mission is to see that people do not die with a book still inside them.
For details, call 226-1543 or visit


Wits n’ Wheels offers annual scavenger hunt fun to locals

Wits n’ Wheels Scavenger Hunt, a fundraiser for the Marquette County History Museum, will take place at 3:00 p.m. on May 17.
Entry fee is $100 per team of up to five people. Register in advance at the museum store.
For details, call 226-3571 or visit


Film shown on May 30 in Fred Rydholm’s honor

Let Me Not Drown on the Waters will be shown in honor of teacher, author and historian Fred Rydholm at 2:00 p.m. on May 30 in the PWPL Community Room. The event is hosted by Rydholm’s family.


Tom Baldini appointed to MTU board of control

Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm appointed Marquette civic leader Thomas L. Baldini to fill a vacant seat on the MTU Board of Control. Baldini will serve through 2016. He replaces David Brule, whose term has expired.
Baldini has served as district director in Marquette for U.S. Representative Bart Stupak since 2003. A graduate of Northern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, Baldini served as education advisor and special assistant to former Michigan Governor James Blanchard. He also has worked as assistant to the superintendent for personnel and finances of the Marquette Area Public Schools and taught high school and university political science in Marquette.


City of Negaunee, WPPI offer Energy Star rebates

The City of Negaunee, through funding from WPPI Energy, is offering cash incentives to encourage the purchase of new Energy Star qualified appliances for residential and business customers of the City of Negaunee’s electric utility.
Homeowners or business owners purchasing new appliances are eligible for these incentives through the WPPI Energy’s Energy Star Appliance Incentive Program.
To qualify for cash incentives, customers must obtain an application from Negaunee City Hall (100 Silver Street) and purchase the appliance from an authorized local retailer, Sears (Negaunee location only) or Household Appliance (Ishpeming and Marquette locations). Participating retailers must sign the application, to confirm the appliance is Energy Star-rated, and the customer needs to return it, along with the receipt of purchase, to Negaunee City Hall. Applications need to be returned to City Hall within five days of the purchase date. Purchases must be made between April 1, 2009 and June 30, 2009. For details, call 475-7700.


MDNR lease of state land to Kennecott to be reconsidered

A Lansing judge will examine the validity of a surface land lease granted by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to Kennecott Eagle Minerals Company (KEMC), the court announced. This decision reverses the judge’s March 3 dismissal of the same challenge.
Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Paula Manderfield granted a motion by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and its partners to reconsider the question of whether the MDNR violated its “Public Trust responsibility” when it granted a surface lease to KEMC.
According to the Public Trust Doctrine, the MDNR is responsible for holding and managing public resources for the good of the public, maintaining public access whenever possible and protecting the resources for existing uses. In its motion for reconsideration, NWF identified a variety of publicly-owned natural resources at stake, including the rare Coaster Brook Trout, tribally-significant Eagle Rock, and public recreation lands on the Yellow Dog Plains.
The judge’s ruling puts the issue back on the court docket this June, when Manderfield will hear arguments regarding summary disposition of the challenge. If NWF is successful, the challenge will move forward to an evidentiary hearing.
In addition to this proceeding, NWF and its partners—Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Huron Mountain Club, and Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve—are awaiting word from a state administrative law judge regarding their legal challenges of mining and ground water discharge permits issued by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
The proposed mine is stalled until these legal proceedings, a decision regarding additional permits by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the potential endangered species listing of the Coaster Brook Trout by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service are resolved.
Despite the global economic downturn, debt-burden and deferment of its keystone Eagle nickel project, Kennecott Minerals is pushing forward with new prospecting activities on public forest land in the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Joining the fray is a Canadian junior exploration company, Trans Superior Resources, which is continuing the search for uranium and metallic minerals quietly.
The Ottawa National Forest is accepting public comment on applications submitted for mineral prospecting on approximately 2,160 acres of public forest land in Baraga, Gogebic, Iron and Ontonagon counties.
Kennecott and Trans Superior’s applications currently are in a “scoping period” with no formal end to public comment. Once the Forest Service completes an environmental assessment for the projects, the public will be invited to comment during a thirty-day period. Kennecott is pursuing three separate project areas located within the Ottawa.
A beleaguered Rio Tinto board defended itself from criticisms coming from a number of shareholders at the company’s annual general meeting on April 15 in London, England. High on shareholders’ minds was the proposed $19.5 billion deal to sell access to a number of key company assets, including Kennecott, to the Chinese government-owned Chinalco. Many speakers described this move as offensive to existing shareholders and a direct result of poor investment and management decisions made by the company over the last several years.
At the meeting, Lutheran pastor, Jon Magnuson from Marquette presented a document signed by 100 faith leaders of ten faith traditions in Marquette, Baraga and Keweenaw counties. Magnuson said the document was part of a petition that collected roughly 10,000 citizens’ names in opposition to Rio Tinto’s Eagle Project nickel and copper mine, located on the Yellow Dog Plains, in Marquette County.


Cohodas Literary Prize winners announced by NMU

NMU announced the 2009 Cohodas Literary Prize award winners. First prize went to “What Can Students Do to Combat Prejudice?” by Cameron Witbeck.
Second prize was awarded to Rachael Shoemaker for her essay, “Loss of Innocence.” Third Prize went to “Color Blind: an Essay on Xenophobia and Prejudice” by L.J. Geoffrion.
Judges in the contest were Gabriel Brahm (Assistant Professor of English) and Cynthia Brandon and Dan Gocella (Teaching Assistants in English).
This prize was established by Rabbi Samuel and Lynn Stahl and Nancy and Paul Oberman, in honor of the sixty-fifth wedding anniversary of Nancy and Lynn’s parents, Lois and Willard Cohodas.
To read the complete essays, visit


National Trails Day celebrated by Copper Harbor group

The Copper Harbor Trails Club is seeking volunteers with a strong back to get the trails buffed out for the season and work on some new trail development projects on June 6.
Folks should meet at Keweenaw Adventure Company at 10:00 a.m. and plan to work most of the afternoon. Lunch for volunteers will be provided, but please call ahead to place an order. A group mountain bike ride or hike will follow the work session to give folks a chance to sample the improvements of the day. This will be topped off with a free pasta dinner at the Mariner North and live music at Zik’s Bar & Grill with “The Blackflies” into the late night hours.
For details, visit or call 289-4303.


NOAA awarded grant for interactive exhibit

The NOAA National Weather Service, Marquette in partnership with the Marquette County History Museum has been awarded a $12,000 NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Preserving America Initiative mini-Grant. Other major partners are Michigan Sea Grant, Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, MooseWood Nature Center and Superior Watershed Partnership. The Marquette County History Museum has been developing the exhibit design with the help of these partners for more than a year.
The interactive display is called “Lake Effect: Past, Present and Future.” The interactive station will illustrate the effect of Lake Superior on the daily lives of the people living in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, past and present. The project will include construction of the interactive station and a model of a weather buoy, as well as the creation of a menu-driven touch screen computer that will display photographs, historical records, map and current weather and radar information. The display will illustrate the important role that the NWS plays in the daily lives and local economy of Marquette County citizens.


Fundraiser cookbook offers recipes for humans, pets

The Marquette County Humane Society has been working on a cookbook called Bone Appétit containing more than 500 recipes, including some for homemade pet food.
Many wonderful shelter supporters have donated their favorite recipes, so it will be a perfect addition for any cook. Each cookbook is $15, with bulk pricing available. Orders are being accepted by calling Reva at 475-4798 or e-mail at
The sale of the cookbook will help provide financial support to the humane society so it can continue to care for the approximately 1,800 animals that come through MCHS doors each year.


Blueberry festival contest, event details released

The Marquette Downtown Development Authority announced that plans are underway for the Downtown Marquette Blueberry Festival set for July 24. Food vendors, artists & crafters, and non-profit organizations are invited to join the fun and set up a booth during the Blueberry Festival that will run from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Residents of all ages and skill levels may submit original artwork for the Blueberry Festival Poster Contest, celebrating blueberries and the people who love them. The winning design will be reproduced as a full-color, limited edition poster. Original artwork in any medium is welcome.
In exchange for the rights to the selected artwork, the winner will receive $150 Downtown Dollars, a framed poster recognizing the artist for the winning entry, and ten additional posters.
Entry deadline is May 15. Call 228-9475 for a complete list of rules.
There is a $35 registration fee to participate. For details, call 228-9475 or e-mail


Covington dance to benefit Finnish Music Festival

On May 24, a dance and fundraiser will be held from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Covington Multi Purpose Building featuring Wil Kilpela, Tanya Stanaway, Les Ross Sr., Oren Tikkanen and more.
Proceeds benefit the eleventh annual Finnish Music Festival in Covington, which will be held on June 27 and will commemorate the life of the late U.P. folk music legend Johnny Perona.


NMU’s Public Radio 90 wins broadcast excellence award

WNMU-FM, Public Radio 90 was recently awarded a Best in Category Broadcast Excellence Award by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters in the Community Involvement category for its December 2008 “Holiday Readings and Remembrances” features.
Public Radio 90 listeners were invited to share a holiday reading or remembrance by writing stories and then recording them at the WNMU studios in Marquette.
Each Holiday Remembrance recording is also uploaded to the WNMU Web site for participants to share with family and friends near and far. This is the third year Public Radio 90 has aired “Holiday Readings and Remembrances.”


Booth applications available for art and music festival

The Copper Country Community Arts Center has artist booth applications available for the eighth annual Houghton Spring Art and Music Festival happening in downtown Houghton from noon to 8:00 p.m. on June 13. The festival is co-sponsored by the Copper Country Community Arts Council and the City of Houghton. Stop by the Arts Center at 126 Quincy Street in Hancock to pick up an application or call 482-2333 for details.


U.P. association announces contest open to youth, adults

Students in Grades 4 through 12 and adults can enter the Upper Peninsula Writers Association contest.
Youth categories include poetry, nonfiction and personal narrative. Adult categories are rhyming poetry, non-rhyming poetry, fiction, humor and nonfiction.
An official entry form is necessary and can be photocopied at you local library or e-mail


Beaumier center works to gather Anatomy memories

The Beaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage Center at Northern Michigan University is seeking community involvement in an upcoming exhibit on the fiftieth anniversary of the movie, Anatomy of a Murder.
The center invites area residents to loan items related to the production to add depth to the exhibit, which will be titled “Hollywood Comes to Marquette: The Making of Anatomy of a Murder.” These might include photos of the filming, mementos from the movie or any other items related to the film’s production. Also, the center is interested in stories from community members involved in the movie-making process or who witnessed the making of the movie.
If you are interested in sharing photos, artifacts or stories, call 227-1219 or e-mail
The exhibit opens June 19 and runs through December. It will celebrate the film’s anniversary and tell the story of the making of the film in Marquette County.


Investigation underway in case of poisoned wildlife

The Department of Natural Resources, with assistance from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Michigan Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is investigating a case of poisoned wildlife discovered recently in Baraga County.
A Keweenaw Bay Indian Community conservation officer located a deer carcass and a dead bald eagle within close proximity to each other. The deer carcass had been laced with a substance containing blue crystals.
After alerting the DNR to investigate, the DNR contacted the EPA for assistance. An EPA test determined the deer had been salted with a highly toxic pesticide. Toxicology tests on the eagle are still pending.
Bald eagles have been on the federal Endangered Species List since 1940, and they continue to be protected by the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Federal Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. Under these laws, a person may not kill, harass, hunt or otherwise harm bald eagles.


NMU’s USOEC secures continued financial support

NMU received confirmation that the United States Olympic Committee will continue its support of the United States Olympic Education Center for another year.
According to Jeff Kleinschmidt, USOEC director, while the contract has not yet officially been renewed, NMU and the USOC have agreed to operate the USOEC under the terms of the old agreement with the USOC providing $300,000 of support to the center until June 30, 2010.
Kleinschmidt said that USOC officials have indicated they will be working with the USOEC and NMU staff to develop a “long-term plan” for the center over the upcoming year.
The USOEC has been a part of the NMU campus since 1985. It currently has five residential programs: boxing, freestyle wrestling, Greco-Roman wrestling, short-track speedskating and weightlifting. In Fall 2009, the USOEC will serve as the host of the 2010 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Short Track Speedskating and the Samsung ISU World Cup.
For details, visit


City presents annual arts awards to individuals, groups

The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Department will present the thirteenth annual Marquette County Arts Awards from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on May 15 in the Marquette Arts and Culture Center located in the Peter White Public Library.
The awards are held in conjunction with Lake Superior Art Association’s thirty-third annual Juried Member Show Reception.
The awards honor individuals, organizations and businesses that have positively impacted the quality of life in Marquette. Recipients include Cindy Deo, Diane Patrick, James Panowski, Ben Franklin, Barry Bernstein, Jessica “Red” Bays, Fred Rydholm, Dave Bett, Marquette Area Blues Society and Elizabeth Grugin.
The awards reception is free and the public is welcome. Call 228-0472 for details.


MSHS student council donates to Beacon House

Marquette Senior High School Student Council recently donated $3,000 to support the operation of Beacon House, the Upper Peninsula’s hospital hospitality house, located in Marquette.
The Student Council raises funds by hosting school dances and other activities at Marquette Senior High.


Participants sought for Scandinavian festival

The Marquette Scandinavian Midsummer committee is looking for entertainers, vendors, craft demonstrators and volunteers to participate in the upcoming festivities at Presque Isle Park in Marquette on June 20.
Singers, instrumentalists, dancers, storytellers, and other performers who depict or relate to Scandinavia are solicited for the program on the Presque Isle bandshell. Admission and parking are free and open to all.
If you can demonstrate a Scandinavian craft, such as weaving or carving, you are invited to be a part of the Marquette Scandinavian Midsummer festivities. Call 226-9350 for details.
Volunteers are needed the day before, the day of, and the day after the festival. Call 228-9453 to volunteer.
The Marquette Scandinavian Midsummer Committee meets at 7:00 p.m. on May 13 at City Hall.


Outstanding NMU students receive service awards

Northern Michigan University senior Trista Buzzo of Marquette was one of five students in the state awarded the Outstanding Community Impact Award from Michigan Campus Compact. Nine other NMU students were also recognized for their commitments to community service.
The other NMU students recognized by Michigan Campus Compact received the Commitment to Service Award, given to one student per campus in recognition of breadth of community service, or the Heart and Soul Award for significant commitment to community service.
U.P. recipients and awards are Katy Adams (Bessemer), Heart and Soul and Jason Richards (Marquette), Heart and Soul.


Paddle it Forward with Down Wind Sports promotion

Ready for an upgrade? Been thinking about what to do with that older model kayak or canoe in the garage? Now is the time to make the move. Down Wind Sports is participating in the national “Paddle It Forward” program.
From April 1 through August 31, 2009, if you donate your used, but seaworthy, hard-shell kayak or canoe to a qualified charity, Down Wind Sports will give you an immediate ten-percent off the price of a new, kayak from Perception or Wilderness Systems. A manufacturer’s mail-in rebate will garner an additional ten percent off the net price.
Down Wind Sports recommends the following charities for the donated boats, although any outdoor and environmental organization with a 501(c)(3) certificate is eligible to participate: Camp Hiawatha Boy Scout Camp, Bay Cliff Health Camp, Negaunee Middle School Outdoor Education Class and Munising Outdoor Education Class.
Before donating a kayak or canoe, call Down Wind Sports at 226-7112 for complete details and a list of recommended charities.


Raffle offers top prize of Agawa Canyon train trip

In recognition of the ninetieth anniversary of Child and Family Services of the Upper Peninsula, the organization has launched an awareness campaign to highlight its services and origins, including its participation in the original foster care program, “The Orphan Trains.”
The anniversary fundraising efforts include a raffle for four tickets on “The Agawa Canyon Tour Train,” often referred to as one of the most popular train excursions in North America.
The lucky raffle ticket winners will begin their trip with an overnight stay on October 2, 2009 at the Catalina Motel in Sault Ste. Marie (Ontario). The day-long wilderness excursion by train will begin the following day, and will travel 114 miles north over towering trestles, alongside pristine northern lakes and rivers, and through the awesome granite rock formations and mixed forest of the Canadian Shield.
Tickets are $10 each, and are available at many locations across the Upper Peninsula, including the Child and Family Services of the U.P. office, Heritage Motors and Jeffrey’s Restaurant of Marquette. For details, visit or call 228-4050.


SWP seeks conservation projects from local agencies

The Superior Watershed Partnership (SWP) is requesting hands-on conservation projects from nonprofits, local units of government and government agencies for the 2009 Superior Youth Conservation Corps (SYCC) season (mid-June to mid-August).
Projects can include such things as trail construction and maintenance, erosion control, river restoration and clean-up, invasive species removal, native seed planting, and more. Projects will be considered for Baraga, Marquette, Alger, Schoolcraft, Delta, Menominee and Dickinson Counties. The SWP provides the SYCC at no cost to government agencies and nonprofits. The SWP is also seeking three (3) SYCC Crew Leaders. Crew leaders would be responsible for SYCC crew and project oversight. Crew leaders must have excellent people and task management skills. These will be paid positions starting in June and ending late August.
Call 228-6095 for details, or visit


USOEC kicks off World Cup speedskating promotion

Northern Michigan University and the Marquette Community are proud once again to host both the U.S. Olympic Trials and the World Cup Speedskating events this fall.
You can show your support for the Short Track Speedskating 2010 Olympic Trials and the World Cup Short Track Speedskating and advertise your business, organization or yourself and your family by decorating a wooden skate that will be displayed during the events along Washington, Front and Third streets.
As part of the promotional campaign for the upcoming World Cup Short Track Speedskating Competition, the United States Olympic Education Center, in cooperation with the City of Marquette and the Downtown Development Authority, will distribute wooden silhouettes of skates to be decorated by area residents, organizations and businesses, and displayed throughout the city.
For details, call 228-0472 or e-mail


Business Association seeks participants for annual event

The Ishpeming Business Association is looking for artists and crafters to participate in the Festival of Treasures to be held on July 3 in downtown Ishpeming. Space is available under the tents as well as street space. For details, call Josefa at 486-4331.


DNR begins its fourteenth year of statewide frog survey

The Department of Natural Resources announced the start of the fourteenth annual statewide frog and toad survey coordinated each year by the department’s Wildlife Division.
Declining populations of frog, toads and other amphibians have been documented worldwide since the 1980s. Studies suggest amphibians are disappearing due to habitat loss, pollution, disease, and collection.
Michigan’s annual survey efforts help biologists keep tabs on frog and toad abundance and distribution in the state.
The surveys are conducted by volunteer observers along a statewide system of permanent survey routes, each consisting of ten wetland sites.
These sites are visited three times during spring when frogs and toads are actively breeding. Observers listen for calling frogs and toads at each site, identify the species present, and make an estimate of abundance.
More information on the Frog and Toad Survey and other projects supported by the Nongame Fish and Wildlife Fund is available at


Marquette Farmers Market set to begin May 23

The number of farmers markets across the country has nearly doubled in the last ten years, as people recognize the ecological and gastronomical benefits of buying locally grown or raised food. The increasing popularity of farmers markets is a sign of rising food consciousness as well as an indication that they serve an important function in the culture and cohesiveness of their communities.
The Farmers Market will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. every Saturday from May 23 through December 19 at the Marquette Commons. There are no early sales. Cash, credit cards, EBT/Bridge cards and Project Fresh coupons will be accepted. Grand Opening festivities will kick off June 27.
Applications for the Farmers Market are available at the Downtown Development Authority office. For details, call 228-6213.


Nominations sought for inaugural U.P. Service Awards

In recognition of contributions of volunteers across the Upper Peninsula, the U.P. Volunteer Network announced the launch of the inaugural U.P. Service Awards to coincide with National Volunteer Week. Nominations will be accepted through May 22.
Categories for the awards include Youth, Adult, Senior, Business Community Leader and Volunteer Program. An award will also be made in the category of Volunteer Connect, which honors organizations that have successfully used and promoted, a national online database volunteers use to search for volunteer opportunities in their community.
Nomination packets are available at the Great Lakes Center for Youth Development (GLCYD), 307 South Front Street in Marquette.
For details, call 228-8919, ext. 25 or e-mail


Ron Lauren named CEO of Superior Iron Range CFCU

Superior Iron Range Community Federal Credit Union is pleased to announce the appointment of Ron Lauren to Chief Executive Officer.
As CEO, Lauren will be responsible for the daily operation and management of all Superior Iron Range departments and branches. Lauren began his career at the credit union in 2000. His most recent position was as the credit union’s Chief Financial Officer.
He is a 1997 graduate of Northern Michigan University with a degree in Finance and a 2004 graduate of CUNA Management School. Lauren resides in Gwinn with his wife Carla and their three children.
Lauren succeeds Rich Harvey who recently retired as CEO.


AAUW offers scholarship application for Fall 2009

The American Association of University Women (AAWU), Marquette Branch, is accepting scholarship applications for the 2009 fall semester. The scholarships are awarded to NMU undergraduate women who demonstrate financial need, have clear scholastic and career goals, and plan on taking at least six credits during the fall semester.
Applications and a detailed list of guidelines are available from the NMU Office of Financial Aid. Applications must be submitted to AAUW by June 1. Call Carolyn Myers at 249-1137 for details.
These scholarships are supported by proceeds from the annual AAUW Book Sale, puppet shows and other AAUW fundraising efforts.


Experience Works

With thanks to the stimulus package, Experience Works Employment and Training has been given additional funding for training positions throughout the Upper Peninsula.
If you are fifty-five years of age or older and can meet income guidelines, you may be eligible for paid training in the local area. The program is funded under Title V of the Older Americans’ Act. For details, call Dennis Koers at 346-9410.

CCI Notes

• Cliffs Natural Resources has announced that its Michigan operations will increase its previously announced annual production by more than 600,000 additional tons for 2009. The additional production will bring the total projected production in Michigan for 2009 to approximately 7.3 million tons of iron ore pellets. The additional tonnage will eliminate the need for previously announced summer production shutdowns at the Empire and Tilden mines.

Authors Corner

• Tyler R. Tichelaar announces publication of The Only Thing That Lasts, his fifth novel in a series of books set in Marquette. The Only Thing That Lasts is written as the autobiography of Robert O’Neill, the famous novelist first introduced in The Marquette Trilogy. As a young boy during World War I, Robert is forced to leave his South Carolina home to live in Marquette with his grandmother and aunt. He finds there a cold climate, but many warmhearted friends as he matures into adulthood and becomes a famous writer. The Only Thing That Lasts is a joyful, lighthearted, yet meaningful story of home and hearth. For details, visit


Politicians applaud signing of Kennedy Serve America Act

Governor Jennifer M. Granholm and U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow praised President Obama’s signing of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act.
The Serve America Act expands AmeriCorps from 75,000 members to 250,000 members, creating opportunities to focus service efforts on some of our greatest challenges, including education, clean energy, healthcare, veterans and economic opportunity.
The Michigan Community Service Commission (MCSC) will play an instrumental role in implementing many of the programs in the Act.
These programs support 4 million volunteers and 70,000 community service organizations that provide much-needed assistance to the most vulnerable Americans.
Under the legislation, the Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers these programs, will be able to target four areas in need of increased assistance in low-income communities: Clean Energy, Education, Health Futures, and an Opportunity Corps to boost financial literacy. For every $1 invested in service programs like AmeriCorps, up to $4 is provided in direct, measurable benefits.
Furthermore, this legislation helps students who contribute to their community attend college and advance their education. The bill increases the education award for an Americorps participant to match the Pell Grant award and ties future increases to increases in the Pell Grant.


Tidbits from the desk of U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow

• U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan) and Carl Levin (D-Michigan) announced the Department of Homeland Security Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program will open the FY2009 application process April 15. Michigan fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations interested in applying must make sure their applications are received by May 20.
• Stabenow and Levin announced that community health centers throughout Michigan will receive $8,712,256 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Increase in Demand for Services (IDS) grant program over the next two years. This funding will assist existing Community Health Centers by expanding operating hours and increasing the scope of medical services offered. U.P. agencies benefiting include Bay Mills Indian Community in Brimley ($125,545) and Upper Peninsula Association of Rural Health Services in Marquette ($180,800).
• Stabenow and Levin announced that Michigan received $8,913,000 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help assess and clean up underground storage tank petroleum leaks and to support clean diesel projects and loan programs and $4,543,475 in ARRA funding through the Department of Homeland Security’s Emergency Food and Shelter program.


Notes from the desk of U.S. Senator Carl Levin

• Levin and Stabenow introduced the National Lighthouse Stewardship Act to create a three year competitive grant program that would help fund the preservation and rehabilitation of historic lighthouses in Michigan and across the country. The grants will help nonprofit organizations, which serve as caretakers for the historic landmarks, to maintain the beauty of the lighthouses and keep them accessible to the public. Michigan has the most lighthouses of any state in the country.
• Levin and Stabenow announced that Michigan has been awarded $77,975,900 in Energy Efficiency and Conservation block grants through the ARRA. These formula-based grants will provide funding to cities, counties, Tribal governments and statewide for projects designed to reduce total energy use and carbon emissions; in the U.P. Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Michigan ($382,400), Hannahville Indian Community ($35,100), Keweenaw Bay Indian Community ($68,900) and Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians ($25,9000) received funds.
• Levin and Stabenow announced that Michigan has been awarded $358,161,033 in ARRA funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide loan guarantees to low- and moderate-income individuals for the purchase of homes in rural areas; 36,840,330 through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Community Services Block Grant Program to alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty in communities throughout Michigan; and $65,683,257 through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Child Care and Development Fund to support child care for working families and to provide funding aimed at making vaccinations available to underserved populations.
• Levin and Stabenow announced that funding under the ARRA will be allocated by the Department of the Interior for two new research vessels in the Great Lakes.
• Levin and Stabenow announced that Delphi Automotive of Troy has been awarded $2.4 million in ARRA funding through the Department of Energy for fuel cell technology development and testing. Delphi will develop, test and demonstrate a 3- to 5-kW solid oxide fuel cell auxiliary power unit for heavy duty commercial class 8 trucks. The demonstration will improve upon Delphi’s current generation SOFC technology by increasing net output power and fuel processing efficiency, decreasing heat loss and parasitic power loss, and establishing diesel fuel compatibility.


Local business news…in brief

• Pat Black, executive director of the Marquette Country Convention & Visitors Bureau, was presented the CVB Director of the Year award for the State of Michigan at the recent Governor’s Conference on Tourism.
• The Board of Directors of the Upper Peninsula Health Plan presented awards of special recognition to John Schon of the Dickinson County Healthcare System and Sheryl Waudby of the health plan during the annual meeting of the health plan’s stockholders.
• Finlandia University Class of 2009 Valedictorian Lauren VanderLind graduates this spring with an overall grade point average of 4.0.; she completed a bachelor of arts in English with concentrations in philosophy and religion.
• The Marquette General Hospital Volunteers recently donated $8,000 to the Marquette General Foundation to complete the fund raising needed to purchase an $80,000 state-of-the-art transporter for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; proceeds from the 2008 Inaugural Celebrating Our Champions Foundation Gala also helped fund the transporter.
• Family Medicine Specialist Dr. Erica Griffin has joined the Marquette General Bariatric and Metabolic Center and the medical staff of Marquette General Health System; she will work with weight-loss surgeon Dr. Wayne English at the Marquette General Bariatric and Metabolic Center to help develop a more comprehensive program for treating obesity.
• Interventional Radiologists Dr. Hasnain Haider-Shah, Dr. Michael Ouimette and Dr. Dan Orron have joined Superior Imaging Specialists, P.C., and the medical staff of Marquette General Health System.
• NMU associate professor in political science, Ruth A. Watry, was honored with the Zonta yellow rose award for her work in her classes and in the community as an advocate for women and girls and as a person who has contributed to the political and social quality of life for women and children in Marquette County.
• Rich Matthews, occupational therapist for the Marquette General Rehabilitation Center, has earned certification as a hand therapist.
• Hospitalist Eric Ittner, MD, has been selected as the recipient for the 2009 Physician of the Year, The Nurses Choice award.
• The National Committee for Quality Assurance and the American Diabetes Association announced that FamilyCare Doctors, a service of Marquette General Health System, has received recognition from the Diabetes Physician Recognition Program for providing quality care to patients with diabetes.
• The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and Museum announced Bernard Weichsel of Wayland (Massachusetts) as its new board chairman; Weichsel, founder of BEWI Productions, has an extensive background in winter sport promotions, activities and events.
• Snowbound Books, 118 North Third Street, Marquette, and the Lake Superior Community Partnership recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the establishment.
• State Representatives Judy Nerat (D-Menominee) and Steven Lindberg (D-Marquette) announced that the State House and Senate will now purchase their paper from Manistique Papers—a U.P.-based company. The paper is made from 100-percent recycled material and costs twenty percent less than the paper it is replacing.
• Pathways Community Mental Health received notice from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities that they have been accredited for a period of three years for Assertive Community Treatment, Case Management/Services Coordination, Community Integration, Crisis Intervention, Intensive Family-Based Services, Outpatient Treatment, and Employment Services programs.
• Rotary Club of Marquette inducted three new members: Tammy Karp is the owner of Village Chiropractic, Bret Conklin is the owner of B-Cubed Personal trainers and Charles Flood Sr. is the director of Business Analysis and a compliance officer at Marquette General Hospital.
• Carpet Specialists commemorated the opening of its new Marquette Township location with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new location at 875 Brookton Road; for details, call 273-1234.
• Computer Mechanix celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 1108 West Washington Street, Suite C in Marquette; for details, call 273-0663 or visit
• Don Miller of Marquette was installed as council president Saturday during Hiawathaland Boy Scouts annual meeting; Miller replaced John Adler of Houghton as council president.

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