City Notes – November 2009

Edited by: Kristy Basolo

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Dear editor
Bravo to Brian Maki and his recent article, “Patience, technology and our lives,” which is very timely and important. In my opinion, we are letting technology decide our future as a culture. And it’s producing a dilution of the social fabric.
Have we not become too enticed by the latest gadget? It’s almost like adopting en masse the latest village dance.
Paraphrasing Thoreau, it seems that most people are leading lives of noisy distraction.
Lon Emerick, Luddite

Dear editor
Thanks again for joining together to help keep Public Radio 90 strong. Your consistent financial support allows us to air top-quality National Public Radio programming as well as locally produced programs to bring you a public radio mix unique to our listening area.
Generating almost a half-million dollars through local support each year to sustain our Public Radio 90 program services isn’t easy. But dollar by dollar, listener by listener since 1963, you’ve helped us provide public broadcasting programming and services to listeners throughout the Upper Great Lakes Region. To stay on track for the year, we needed to reach the $168,000 fundraising mark by October 31. During the on-air drive from October 1 through 8, nearly 400 listeners, helped Public Radio 90 raise $42,000 to support the programs they enjoy. As the on-air campaign ended, Sam and Elinor Benedict from Rapid River stepped in offering a post-drive member challenge match of twenty-five cents for every dollar received from October 15 through 31. As I write this letter, we have one week left in our October fundraising campaign and we only have $34,410 to go to reach our goal. It’s so exciting to know when we work together we can make great things happen.
We thank North Country Publishing, Marquette Monthly, NewPage, The Marquette Community Federal Credit Union, Phyllis Carlson and Dr. Clayton and Susan Peimer for providing additional member challenges during the on-air campaign to encourage listeners to support Public Radio 90. These folks know the more listeners we have supporting WNMU-FM, the more secure our future will be.
Special thanks goes out to many phone volunteers who took time from their busy days to help Public Radio 90 take pledge calls and answer listener questions, and to the businesses that donated goodies to keep them happy and refreshed.
Thanks to our 145 current members who provided $10,390 in additional contributions above and beyond their annual memberships, and a warm welcome to our forty-five new Public Radio 90 members. Thanks for making a difference in your community.
With your continued support, WNMU-FM plans to expand our programming services to include an all news/talk channel and an all classical music channel in addition to our current main channel programming. Keep an eye out in Preview and listen to Public Radio90 to find out how you can participate in an upcoming listener survey to help us program these new channels.
0911cn1Thanks again; we sincerely could not do it without loyal listeners like you. You may not know that six of every ten Public Radio 90 members have been giving for ten or more years.
Thanks again for your continued commitment. Visit www.wnmufm.org to see if your contribution is eligible to be matched by your employer.
Evelyn Massaro, station manager

October 31 watercolor workshop hosted by Carl Mayer
Carl Mayer will hold a watercolor workshop from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on October 31 at the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center, located in the lower level of Peter White Public Library.
The theme of the workshop is using color selectively to paint creative compositions. Cost is $40 for students with materials and $45 for students without materials. For details, call Carl at 226-8834. Reservations for workshop will be taken at 228-0472, arts@mqtcty.org or in the gift shop.
Mayer began his love affair with watercolor in 1959 and has been hooked ever since. He attended Suomi College and holds an MA in Art Education from Northern Michigan University.
He has studied with renowned water colorists: Edgar Whitney, Robert E. Wood, Nita Engle, Zoltan Szabo and Katherine Chin Liu.

 

Trick or Treat opportunity offered Downtown Marquette

Downtown Marquette businesses invite children to “Trick or Treat” from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. on October 31. The Halloween celebration kicks off with a costume contest at 2:00 p.m. at the Marquette Farmers & Artists Market in the Marquette Commons.
Prizes will be given in both adult and children’s categories. Participants are welcome to parade from business to business throughout downtown to collect treats. Watch for the orange “Welcome” signs in windows of participating businesses.
For details, call 228-9475 or visit www.downtownmarquette.org

 

DEQ approves permits for Kennecott Humbolt Mill

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) announced approval of a series of permits to the Kennecott Eagle Minerals Company (KEMC) for its Humboldt Mill, which would allow sulfide ore processing at the already contaminated mill site in Republic Township. A hearing has been scheduled for December 1 to allow public comment on the permits.
The proposed mill is subject to the requirements of Part 632, Nonferrous Metallic Mineral Mining, of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended (NREPA). Under Part 632, the mill will require a separate Mining Permit (from the Eagle project), an air use permit for air emissions from the ore crusher and fugitive dust, and a surface water discharge permit for filling of the pit lake. Several other environmental permits or approvals will be required, including a soil erosion and sedimentation control permit, notification of storm water management plans, water supply and septic system permits, and storage tank certificates.
Environmental concerns include the dumping of additional tailings and waste rock into the existing Humboldt pit, which is considered one third full of tailings (and two thirds water) from previous mining activity. Cyanide, nickel, copper and selenium currently are leaving the lake pit and entering the local water supply. The site is considered one of the few known major sources of toxic selenium contamination in the Upper Peninsula. An earthen dam would be reinforced to prevent spillage or failure of the contaminated pit into the nearby wetlands and the Escanaba River. However, no construction plans for the dam are included in the permit application.
The MDEQ public hearing will be held from 4:00 to 10:00 p.m. on December 1 at the Westwood High School Auditorium, 300 Westwood Drive in Ishpeming. The DEQ will continue to accept written comments for twenty-eight days after the hearing. Final permit decisions are expected to be issued in early 2010.
For details, call 228-4444 or visit www.savethewildup.org

 

Rose Sale benefits county charitable organizations

The Zonta Club of the Marquette Area and Marquette Breakfast Rotary Club have started sales for their eighth annual Rose Sale, with proceeds going to Marquette County charitable organizations.
Cost is $25 if the roses are picked up and $35 if delivered. Pickup is November 6.
For details, call Tina at 225-0139 or contact any Marquette Breakfast Rotary or Zonta Club member.

 

Two-night environmental film festival comes to Marquette

The Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve, Down Wind Sports, and Students Acting to Save Michigan’s Water will host the national Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival this November. The festival will be a two night event, November 5 and 6, in Jamrich 103 on the campus of Northern Michigan University.
The Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival is the largest environmental film festival in the country, with more than 100 venues nationwide. The main goal is to inspire activism in those who attend, and make a lasting impression on the environment. Marquette’s venue will show ten films over two nights and feature local experts on the subject of each film.
The films address a range of environmental issues, from urban organic gardening to faith communities greening their churches to the impact of roads in wilderness areas.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at Down Wind Sports or by calling the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve office at 345-9223. Tickets will be available at the door as well. Admission for both nights for adults is $15; one night is $10. Ticket price for students is $5 per night. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. each night and films start at 6:30 p.m. Call 345-9223 or visit www.yellowdogwatershed.org for details.

 

Quilt sale set for November 7

On November 7, there will be a quilt sale from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Peter White Public Library community room. Works by members of the Marquette County Quilters Association will be for sale, including large and small quilts, bags, wallets, table runners, clothing, ornaments and hand dyes. For details, call Rosemary at 228-8335.
Ski, snowboard swap scheduled for November 6 and 7
Marquette Mountain Racing Team will sponsor its annual ski and snowboard swap fundraiser on November 6 and 7 at Marquette Mountain. The public can drop off equipment to be sold between noon and 6:00 p.m. on Friday. The general public sale will be from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday. Unsold equipment must be picked up from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.
There will be an Early Bird sale from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. on Saturday. Tickets are sold in advance at Marquette Mountain for $5 each. Kids seventeen and younger are free when accompanied by an adult. A limited number of Early Bird tickets are available.
A selection of downhill and cross-country skis, boots and poles and a large selection of snowboard equipment will be available, plus a large selection of children’s equipment. Several ski and snowboard shops will have new and used equipment at the swap.
An eighteen-percent commission of all sales supports MMRT junior racing. MMRT is a nonprofit, parent run organization that provides training and regularly scheduled ski races for youths ages seven to eighteen.
For details, visit www.skimmrt.com

 

Hiawatha Co-op hosts annual meeting, dance in November

The Hiawatha Music Co-op annual members meeting and dance will begin at 6:00 p.m. on November 7, in the Community Room of Peter White Public Library in Marquette.
The meeting will begin with a potluck supper. Members are asked to bring their own utensils and a non-dessert dish to share. The Music Co-op will provide desserts and beverages.
The business meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m., and five positions on the Co-op’s ten-member board will be open for election. All members may vote, and memberships will be sold at the meeting.
Door prizes will be given, including a grand prize 2010 Hiawatha Festival package including two weekend passes, parking, and weekend and Thursday-night camping. Only members present at the business meeting are eligible for door prizes.
Following the meeting, the Co-op will host a public dance featuring the Billy Butcher Bayou Band. The dance is $2 for the public and free to members who attend the annual meeting and to children 12 and under accompanied by an adult.
For details, visit www.hiawathamusic.org or call 226-8575.

 

PAAC presents original play about mining disaster

The Peninsula Arts Appreciation Council is producing a second original play this season. The Dry is the story of four widows and how they cope with the death of their husbands in a mining disaster that killed sixty-three men.
The play takes place in 1926 at the “Dry House” of a fictional mine where a disaster has killed sixty men. The Dry was locked up immediately following the disaster and did not reopen. One month later, in the middle of the night four widows sneak in to retrieve their husbands’ street clothes—hoping that doing so will bring a sense of peace.
The play is a work of fiction inspired by the 1926 Barnes-Hecker disaster.
Playing the four widows are Jacque Love as the gritty Maggie Killburn; Julie Williams as the wise older woman, Annika Tappani; Heidi Hill plays her daughter-in-law, Lyyli Tappani; and Emma Couling portrays Lyyli’s best friend Alisa Lagerfelt, who had been married to her husband only two weeks when he was killed. Tag Bradley plays Jim Hillis, the only survivor of the disaster; and Shannon Miller plays his wife, Cathy Hillis.
This play will be produced in the auditorium at the Michigan Iron Industry Museum at 1:30 p.m. on November 7 and 8. Two additional productions will be held at 7:30 p.m. on November 5 and 6 at the Vista Theater in Negaunee. Admission to all shows is free.
This production is made possible by a grant from the Negaunee Community Fund.

 

‘The Business of Art’ set for November 7 in Calumet

“The Business of Art” with Carol Carr will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on November 7 in Calumet Art Center. Learn how to define yourself as a business, sell your art, market yourself, keep track of records and more.
Cost is a suggested donation of $20 for nonmembers and $15 for members and students. The Art Center is located at 57055 Fifth Street in Calumet. For details, call 281-3494.

 

Native American Heritage Month events set at NMU

November is Native American Heritage Month, and the Center for Native American Studies is offering workshops, speakers, food tastings, lectures and more to celebrate.
In addition, many courses are offered by the Center. For details, visit www.nmu.edu/nativeamericans or call 227-1397.

 

U.P. Volunteer Network plans events to benefit community

In November, the U.P. Volunteer Network (UPVN) is asking Marquette County residents to serve in their communities by participating in two volunteer events: a volunteer fair, which will feature a service project, and Family Volunteer Day.
All ages are invited to the Marquette County Volunteer Fair from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. on November 10 at Peter White Public Library in Marquette. Individuals can meet with organizations in a casual atmosphere to find volunteer opportunities that match their interests and skills. Representatives of Marquette County organizations will be available to answer questions about their organizations and volunteer opportunities they offer. To encourage the spirit of service, participants will have the opportunity to create Christmas cards for deployed soldiers by the Cards for Troops Project of Gwinn. Registration forms for nonprofit organizations wishing to participate are available at www.glcyd.org
The UPVN will sponsor a Family Volunteer Day event from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. on November 21 at the U.P. Children’s Museum. Families will create Thanksgiving crafts, including table centerpieces and other decorations, to be donated to community dinners throughout the area. In lieu of the museum’s usual admission fees, family volunteers are asked to donate an item from the museum’s wish list or to make a monetary donation of their choosing. Requested items include white and colored copy paper, scissors, white glue, mini multi-temperature glue sticks, markers, tempura paints, tape, craft brushes, plastic cups, paper plates, napkins, and plastic utensils. Families should register in advance by calling Laura Michaletz at the Great Lakes Center for Youth Development 228-8919, ext. 27.
For details, visit 1-800-Volunteer.org or www.UPvolunteer.org

 

Bonifas plans new shows, holiday events for November

On November 12, Northern Exposure XVI opens in the Powers Gallery of Escanaba’s Bonifas Arts Center. The juried show features new works in all media by Upper Peninsula artists.
This year’s juror, Kathie Briggs of lower Michigan, had more than 220 entries to choose from. She will speak on the exhibit and introduce winners of the fifteen prizes at a Meet the Artists Reception at 8:00 p.m. on November 12. The reception runs from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., and the public is invited to attend at no charge.
An Artist-Level class called Color and Composition: Cross Training in the Studio will be taught by juror Kathie Briggs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on November 13.
The fee for Arts Center members is $45; non-member fee is $56.
November features a 50 Years of Motown cabaret at 7:00 p.m. on November 20, where local performers show off their soulful sides. As always, the cabaret will feature fine music and munchies. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Cabarets have sold out regularly.
The Holiday Arts Fair takes place at the Bonifas Arts Center in Escanaba from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on November 7, offering a selection of juried work from twenty-three area artists and craftspeople. There’s no charge to attend.
The Bay Area Art Association’s Studio Show will open November 10 and run through December 15 in the Studio Gallery. It will also feature works in many media; for details call Janie at 786-3102.
To receive a complete brochure of classes, call 786-3833 or visit www.bonifasarts.org

 

Bell Hospital Auxiliary to sponsor annual craft sale

The Bell Hospital Auxiliary will sponsor its eleventh annual Holiday Craft Sale from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on November 14 at St. Joseph’s Church on Prairie Street in Ishpeming. Crafters from Rock, Gladstone, Chatham, Marquette and west to L’Anse will exhibit their handcrafted items. Other vendors, as well as Books Are Fun, will be on hand with a great selection of items for adults and children. The Auxiliary also will hold a luncheon and bake sale that day.
This event is a fundraiser for the Bell Hospital Auxiliary. It is raising funds for Bell Hospital’s newest ambulance. The Auxiliary has pledged to pay the entire amount for the ambulance. The Bell Hospital Auxiliary has been named the U.P. Nonprofit Organization of the Year.

 

Medicare Part D counselors offer assistance at PWPL

The annual Medicare Part D enrollment begins November 15. If you have questions about enrolling or need assistance, counselors from the Michigan’s Medicare Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP), which is part of SHIP (State Health Insurance Program), will be at Peter White Library on Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
No appointment is necessary and there is no cost for this service. Bring a list of medications to help identify the most appropriate drug plans available. If you cannot come to the library, call the local UPCAP office at 228-6169 and arrange to meet with a counselor by appointment.

 

Hunting Widows Ladies Night Out set for November 17

Hunting Widows Ladies Night Out will be held at various Ishpeming businesses from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on November 17 with specials, prizes, food and live music. Features include a Marketplace with jewelry and artists and crafters at the Butler Theater.
Additional artists and crafters are invited to join the Marketplace; cost for space is $10, and there is no cost for nonprofit groups. Call 486-8680 for details.

 

County history museum plans holiday open house

The Marquette County History Museum will have a Holiday Open House from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m on Ladies Night, November 19, in Downtown Marquette.
Admission and refreshments are free, and sales and door prizes will be offered.
For details, call 226-3571 or visit www.marquettecohistory.org

 

Tree dedication fundraiser benefits Bell Hospital

You can help landscape the new Bell Hospital by dedicating one of the trees to surround the hospital or Family Fitness Trail.
Dedicating a tree is a permanent way to remember a loved one or to celebrate a birth, a birthday, a wedding, anniversary, any special occasion, or to show your support and gratitude to Bell Hospital.
Your financial contribution of $750 or $1,000 will cover the cost to purchase, plant, landscape and maintain trees. Donations can be made in honor of or in memory of a loved one. Your donation will be recognized with a commemorative brick that will be displayed at the base of the tree.
A limited number of trees of various types are available at the following rates: small tree for $750 (crab tree, other blooming tree) or shade tree for $1,000 (maple, conifer).
For details, call 485-2699 or send your contribution to: The Bell Foundation, 97 South Fourth Street; Ishpeming, MI 49849.

 

Black Box Theatre renamed to honor retired director

The First Nighters Club, Northern Michigan University, the Board of Trustees, and the Forest Roberts Theatre have announced a name change of the Black Box Theatre to the “Dr. James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre.”
The Black Box is located in Room 105 of the McClintock Building. It is attached to the Russell Fine Arts building on the campus of NMU. It was established eight years ago by Dr. Panowski when Graphic Arts moved and the location became available.
The space has been used for a variety of reasons including; an additional classroom, an alternate rehearsal and audition space, transformed for playwrighting workshops and staged readings, adapted for sponsored events by the First Nighters Club (the booster club for F.R.T.) and rented out for local groups and organizations that need a venue. But most especially it has been the home for theatre students to produce student directed lab shows and studio shows.

 

Save the Wild UP receives Freshwater Future grant

Save the Wild UP recently received a $2,200 grant from Freshwater Future to help fund travel expenses to statewide presentations and public relations events. Freshwater Future, based in Petoskey (Michigan), helps build effective community-based citizen action to protect the water quality of the Great Lakes. It works toward this goal by providing financial assistance, communications and networking assistance and technical assistance to citizens and grassroots watershed groups throughout the Great Lakes basin.
Also, Save the Wild U.P. benefited from a $5,000 software upgrade donated by ESRI, a geographic information system (GIS) company. ESRI has been involved in the development and application of geographic information since it was founded in 1969 as a private consulting firm specializing in land use analysis projects. SWUP mapping capabilities are enhanced by the additional technology.
SWUP continues to celebrate five years of protecting our shared natural resources with an annual fundraising/social planned for November 12 at the UpFront and Company. Music, food, a keynote speaker and silent auction will highlight the evening and the public is welcome to attend. For details, call the SWUP office at 228-4444.

 

New strategy planned to combat EAB problems

Everyone agrees that we need to do something besides stand back and watch the ash trees die. So goes the reasoning behind the project SLAM (SL.ow A.sh M.ortality) in the Upper Peninsula. Emerald ash borer (EAB), an exotic pest from Asia, was discovered in southeastern Michigan in 2002. Since then, this invader has killed an estimated forty million ash trees in Lower Michigan. Populations of EAB have now been found in at least twelve other states and two Canadian provinces, costing public and private landowners millions of dollars.
Currently, when EAB is found in a new state or county, federal or state quarantines are put into place to prevent potentially infested ash trees, logs or firewood from being moved into areas that are not yet infested. Other than quarantines, however, little or nothing is done to slow the growth and spread of the EAB population in the outlier site. The number of larvae feeding under the bark determine how fast an ash tree dies.
The SLAM project is a collaborative effort involving the USDA Forest Service, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), the Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA), the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) and scientists from MSU and MTU.
Ash trees can be girdled in spring by removing a band of outer and inner bark around the trunk. As the girdled trees become stressed over the summer, they attract adult EAB beetles when they are laying eggs. The girdled trees are cut down in fall and debarked so the number of larvae in the tree can be determined. These larvae will not complete development, so fewer adult beetles will be in the area next year.
Insecticides also can be used to control EAB and slow ash mortality. Woodpeckers currently are the most important natural enemy of EAB in North America. They feed on EAB larvae over the winter and researchers are looking at potential ways to attract more woodpeckers to areas with relatively new EAB populations. Other researchers are studying tiny wasps that kill EAB eggs and larvae. Biocontrol agents, such as the wasps, eventually could become an important tool for SLAM projects.
Since the project began in 2008, the MDNR and MDA have cooperated with the Hiawatha National Forest to map the abundance of ash trees in the Moran and St. Ignace area, while MSU, MTU and USDA Forest Service scientists continue their research to implement and evaluate the SLAM effort.
For details, visit www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/hiawatha or www.emeraldashborer.info or www.michigan.gov/eab

 

Artists Co-op opens in Downtown Marquette

An Artists Co-op now is open in Downtown Marquette at 125 West Washington Street. This three-month venture will continue through December 31, Monday through Saturday (except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day).
Combining their talents and wares are fifteen local artists offering wood turning, fused glass, furniture, jewelry, pottery, photography and paintings in a variety of media and styles. For hours and details, call Jeff at 475-5054.

 

Out of the Darkness walk raised dollars for prevention

Approximately 150 people of all ages participated in the “Out of the Darkness” Suicide Prevention Walk, which raised approximately $7,500 this year. These dollars will help bring awareness about suicide prevention to our community and assist in providing services to those who are affected.
Great Lakes Recovery Centers, Inc. will act as the fiduciary agent for this event and thanks Lasco for its sponsorship and everyone involved in the planning and facilitation.
For details, call 228-9699, ext. 14 or visit www.glrc.biz


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Normenco Sportsmen’s Club honored as DNR partner

The Normenco Sportsmen’s Club of Powers was honored with a Department of Natural Resources Partner in Conservation Award at the recent Natural Resources Commission meeting in Ontonagon.
The club and its 168 members have been instrumental in assisting the DNR with hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation projects since its inception in the 1960s. The club began grooming snowmobile trails in the area in 1976, before there was a state snowmobile program. Since 1983, the club has contracted with the DNR to groom approximately ninety miles of trail.
The club also assists the DNR with hunter safety programs, Adopt-a-Forest, the Trappers Rendezvous at the DNR Pocket Park at the U.P. State Fairgrounds and fish plantings. They also help a local pheasant club and donate their time and equipment to local outdoor events.
Individuals and organizations are nominated for the Partner in Conservation Award by DNR employees for outstanding volunteer efforts to assist the department in natural resources protection and conservation. The award is given six times a year at NRC meetings.

Cliffs Natural Resources to exercise right of first refusal
Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. announced its plans to exercise its right of first refusal and acquire U.S. Steel Canada’s 44.6-percent interest and ArcelorMittal Dofasco’s 28.6-percent interest in the Wabush Mines joint venture.
On October 9, Consolidated Thompson Iron Mines Ltd. announced an agreement with Wabush Mines’ other two joint venture partners, U.S. Steel Canada and ArcelorMittal Dofasco, to acquire their interests for approximately $88 million in cash. Under the terms of the Wabush Mines partnership, Cliffs has a right of first refusal to acquire each of U.S. Steel Canada’s and ArcelorMittal Dofasco’s interest.
By exercising its right of first refusal, Cliffs is entitled to receive the same terms and conditions contained in the agreement with Consolidated Thompson and thus increase its ownership stake of Wabush Mines to 100 percent. With Wabush Mines’ 5.5 million tons of rated capacity, acquisition of the 73.2 percent will increase Cliffs’ North American Iron Ore rated equity production capacity by approximately 4.0 million tons.


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Device purchased through employee contributions

Marquette General Hospital now has a MedGem, an FDA-approved, hand-held device that quickly and accurately measures one’s resting metabolic rate (RMR), or how many calories one burns during a twenty-four-hour period.
The MedGem, priced at more than $2,600, was purchased through MGHS employee contributions to the Younkers “Get Casual For a Cause” Employee Jeans Program. For a $1 a week contribution to the Marquette General Foundation, employees are permitted to wear jeans on Fridays.
The MedGem, available at Marquette General Nutrition and Wellness, is an important component in maintaining a healthy weight. By knowing one’s RMR, a patient can determine exactly how many calories to eat to lose or maintain a healthier weight. With this information, a personalized meal plan can be designed for optimal weight loss.
Marquette General Nutrition and Wellness works in conjunction with the Marquette General Weight Loss Center to assist with weight management goals. For details, call (800)562-9753, ext. 3221 or visit www.mgh.org/foundation

 

Grant applications available for increased UPEC awards

With the start of the new school year, the Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition (UPEC) is offering an expanded opportunity for educators and organizations needing money to provide quality environmental education programs to area youth. UPEC is taking applications now rather than in late winter, as it has in the past.
Awards have been bumped up from $500 to a maximum of $1,000 during this grant cycle. Teachers, 4-H leaders, Scout masters, museums—anyone who wishes to start or maintain an environmental project involving preschool through high school-age children—is eligible to apply. The grant can be used for all program expenses other than salaries.
Application deadline is December 15. For details, visit www.upenvironment.org

 

Noquemanon Trail Network featured in Bike magazine

Marquette is featured in national Bike magazine for the month of November. The two-page spread features the Noquemanon Trail Network hard at work, shaping the South Trails maze into four clearly marked loops.
Within the article, Bike magazine highlights the accessibility of the single-track trails as well as local restaurants, hotels and coffee shops. One great aspect mentioned is the close proximity of the trails to the community, as well as the different levels of terrain.
In 2005, the trails were rated in Bike magazine as one of the top 10 places to Live and Ride. Last spring Bike magazine featured the trails as third in the Best Hometown Trails category.
For details, visit www.bikemag.com

 

Using your OHV on Forest land during hunting season

With fall hunting seasons just around the corner, Hiawatha National Forest would like to remind hunters about Forest Service OHV (Off Highway Vehicle) policies for OHV use on National Forest lands. While on National Forest land, OHV riders (such as ATVs and other 4-wheel drive vehicles designed for off-highway use) must use the Hiawatha’s motor vehicle use map to determine which roads, trails and areas are open to wheeled motor vehicle use.
It is each user’s responsibility to check the map to ensure he or she travels on roads and trails designated for motorized use. Riders who use Forest Service roads and trails are encouraged to stop at one of three local Ranger district offices regarding the map, which is updated annually. The 2009 update was posted on our Web site at the end of April.
More than 2,000 miles of roads and trails are designated open for off highway vehicles. Use of motorized vehicles off these designated routes (such as cross country travel through the woods) has been prohibited since 1986 and remains unchanged.
Illegal off-road OHV use and resource damage have increased on the Hiawatha. While responsible users make an effort to learn and follow the rules, some OHV users do not make the effort. Erosion, water degradation, habitat destruction, damage to cultural sites and conflicts between users are commonly the result. In addition, irresponsible OHV users pose a safety threat to themselves and others.

 

Authors Corner

• A new book release by Seal Press has a local connection. P.S. What I Didn’t Say: Unsent Letters to Our Female Friends is a collection from thirty-six authors, including Mary Emerick, former Marquette resident and graduate of Marquette Senior High School and Michigan State University. Mary’s contribution, titled You don’t know me, but you changed my life, is set on Mackinac Island during her seasons as an interpreter for Mackinac Island Parks. The experience set Emerick off on a path less traveled, which has included stints as a wilderness and kayak ranger in Alaska, wildland firefighter, panther capture assistant and National Park cave guide. P.S. What I Didn’t Say is available by order from local book stores or online outlets.
• “The Mysterious North Woods,” a Nancy Barr presentation about regional mysteries and her newly published book, Page One: White Out, will take place at 6:30 p.m. on November 12 at Calumet Public Library. The event is free and open to the public. For details, call 337-0311, ext. 1113 or e-mail libraryfriends@pasty.com

 

Local political news briefs

• Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow (both D-Michigan) announced the inclusion of millions of dollars that will benefit Michigan in the FY2010 appropriations bill for the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, and related agencies passed by the Senate, 77-21. The bill includes $400 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, $129 million to finance waste-water and drinking water projects in Michigan, and $4 million for six specifically-named projects in Michigan. The list of U.P. projects includes: Quincy Smelting Works at the Keweenaw National Historical Park ($1,000,000 used immediately to stabilize the buildings, which would create jobs, improve safety and save one of the most significant historic assets within the park); Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore—Land Acquisition ($1,000,000 for the purchase of property from willing sellers); Ottawa National Forest—Land Acquisition ($2,800,000 to purchase the Prickett Lake property and help protect the watershed of Ottawa National Forest and Sturgeon River Gorge Wilderness).
• Stabenow announced that veterans who have applied for Veterans Affairs (VA) (G.I. Bill) education benefits and have not yet received their monthly payment as of October 2, 2009 can now receive advance payment up to $3,000 at the Detroit VA Regional Office or through a special online application at advancepay.gibill.va.gov. These payments are available to veterans currently enrolled in school under a VA education program and can be used for housing and books only. The tuition payment will be paid directly to the school.
• Stabenow and Levin announced $1.2 million in grants to find and enroll children who are not insured but are eligible for insurance through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Grants were issued by the Department of Health and Human Services under the CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA) for outreach, enrollment and retention efforts aimed at providing uninsured children with coverage through programs they are eligible for. The funds will be awarded in two grants totaling $1,208,119.
• Levin and Stabenow announced three recovery grants designed to improve public housing for seniors and disabled individuals in three communities in the Upper Peninsula. The funds, allocated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, were made available by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Facilities in Ironwood, Laurium and Sault Ste. Marie will receive the grants.
• Levin joined Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Connecticut) and other colleagues in introducing legislation to stop abusive practices related to overdraft fees imposed on consumer debit card transactions, ATM withdrawals, and other financial account transactions with the Fairness and Accountability in Receiving (FAIR) Overdraft Coverage Act of 2009.

 

Local business news…in brief

• The Marquette law firm of Kendricks, Bordeau, Adamini, Chilman & Greenlee, P.C. announced that Kenneth J. Seavoy, a shareholder in the firm, has been selected by his peers to be included in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® in the specialty of trusts and estates.
• On August 31, Don Mayville of Escanaba donated his 120th unit of blood (15 gallons) at the U.P. Regional Blood Center in Escanaba, a service of Marquette General Health System.
• Allison Roncaglia has joined the Lake Superior Community Partnership as an administrative assistant. Roncaglia has previously worked at the Michigan Iron Industry Museum in Negaunee.
• The City of Gladstone recently made a donation to the Lake Superior Community Partnership’s Electrical Line Technician Scholarship Program for four Electrical Line Technician students from Gladstone.
• The Zonta Club of Marquette awarded a grant to Child & Family Services of the Upper Peninsula to support the continuation of higher education for single mothers by providing child care while attending classes.
• The Marquette General Foundation honored four physicians instrumental in the early development of their respective fields in the Upper Peninsula at its second annual “Celebrating Our Champions Gala—Pioneer Women in Medicine,” including Dr. Constance Arnold, plastic and reconstructive surgeon; Dr. Barbara Lyons, family medicine specialist; Dr. F. Ann Pillote, pediatrician; and Dr. Janice Lindstrom, neurologist.
• The Marquette General Women’s and Children’s Center, a service of Marquette General Health System, is the recipient of funding in the amount of $22,188 from the Kohl’s Cares for Kids Program.

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