City notes- October 2009

Edited by: Kristy Basolo

Dear editor
Thank you for your continued support of WNMU-FM, Public Radio 90. Your generosity goes a long way toward helping us remain a vital part of our community. You understand that quality radio costs money and you appreciate what you hear on Public Radio 90 enough to support it financially and keep it strong.
Public Radio 90 is dedicated to bringing you news, information and music that gives you more to think about and more to enjoy. It costs nearly a million dollars every year to do it. So, during our Oktoberfest pledge campaign, set for Oct 1-8, we need your help to raise nearly $100,000 to stay on track with programming and operational costs and avoid deep cuts in our program services.
When you join other listeners by giving what you can afford, it really adds up.
If you’ve already given this year, thanks so much. Please consider giving an additional contribution at this time or encourage a friend to become a first-time supporting member.
Thanks in advance for doing your part to support this unique service.
Evelyn Massaro, Station Manager

Dear editor
I am an old retired fella; I like spending my mornings walking and enjoying nature’s gifts.
Near my home is a seldom-used two-track trail that winds around, up and down, and through the local hills. It makes for a very pleasant walk, which I do at least three or four times a week.
On the second Monday in August 2009, after having my breakfast cup of tea, I grabbed my walking stick, a big can of pepper spray and headed down my little trail that takes me to the two-track. Rain or shine, every morning on the trail is a good morning, this morning was no exception. The trees, the birds, the flowers and every now and then a “flying flower” were present, along with the deer flies and such.
After I had covered about a half-mile of the two-track, trying to understand the story left behind since I had last been there, I found a bicycle innertube lying on the trail. A closer look brought forth a small CO2 cartridge and a small plastic bag. They were quite wet, so I hung them up to dry; maybe whoever left them might return. In any case, they were quite visible on the side of the trail.
It always amazes me how easy it is to carry something along if the carrier has a notion it may be wanted, but once it is used and no longer needed, it becomes too heavy. Some people want to enjoy the presence of nature, but will not accept the responsibility that comes with sharing the gift of such a treasure.
For more than three score and ten year, I have been a part of this mystery we call life, and yet the riddles are growing in number and the answers are all to few. It seems as though we are much better at being part of the problem, than we are at being part of the solution. We have that desire to close the barn door after the jackass has escaped.
I seem to have wandered off the trail a bit; in any case, the innertube and friends have been rescued from the wilderness and given a more proper home. They say, “All is well that ends well.” Or is it?
Name withheld by request

Yoopers Got Talent event takes place on Thursdays

On Thursdays through November 19, “Yoopers Got Talent” will take place at My Place Lounge inside the Holiday Inn.
Registration takes place from 8:00 to 8:45 p.m. on the day of the event. Semi-finals will be held on October 8 and November 5.
Contestants place from audience participation and scores from the judges. The grand finale will take place on November 19.

First Friday event planned

The First Fridays in Calumet series will take place from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. on October 2, featuring “Sawdust/Loose Threads” at the Ed Gray Gallery. Two-person show will feature
Pam Beal (fiber) and Wayne Walma (wood).
For details, call 337-5970.

Iron Industry Museum video premieres at event

The Michigan Iron Industry Museum will raise the curtain on its new high-definition video “Iron Spirits” at a fall open house from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on October 3. The public premiere of the large screen program will be shown at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Seasonal refreshments will be served.
For details, call 475-7857 or visit museum

Bethany Lutheran Hosts Blessing of the Animals

Bethany Lutheran Church in Ishpeming will hold a Blessing of the Animals service at 10:00 a.m. on October 3.
The Bethany congregation invites the public to participate in this special service, inspired in part by Saint Francis of Assisi, who sought inspiration and guidance from animals’ natural ability to obey the will of God.
The Blessing of the Animals services will be held outdoors at Bethany Lutheran Church. Attendees should dress for the weather and bring their pets on a leash or crated.
For details, call 486-4351 or visit

Computer training offered at PWPL beginning October 5

Reference staff at the Peter White Public Library will begin holding One-on-One Computer Classes on October 5. Eight classes will be offered: Computer & Mouse Basics; Google Gadgets; E-mail Explained; What’s Available @ PWPL?—Learn about Our Catalog, MeLCAT, and PII; Utilizing the Foundation Center Collection for Grant Seekers; Operating a Scanner; How to Download Audio Books; and Basic Internet Skills.
Class format will be thiry- to sixty-minutes in length of one-on-one personal instruction with one of the reference staff. Days and time slots available for instruction are Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., Wednesday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to noon, and Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Advance registration is required.
To register for a class or for details, call the PWPL Reference Desk at 226-4311.

Food documentary viewing hosted by local Food Co-op

There are many articles, documentaries and books about the dire condition of our food system. From depleted soils to sickly farm animals, there is an obvious need to change the nature of food production in the United States. The problems can seem too overwhelming for the average person to do much about it, but the fact is, every person can make a difference, and film maker ana Sofia joanes wants to show us how.
Fresh explores the positive side of the food equation. The title implies more than just the freshness of our food; it speaks of the fresh ideas and approaches coming from people of all walks of life. This film examines U.S. food issues from a fresh perspective, showing us what is wrong by highlighting what is being done right.
A screening of this inspiring film will be held at 7:00 p.m. on October 5 on NMU’s campus in Jamrich 102. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Discussion will follow, and knowledgeable community members will be on hand with information about local food, farming and other matters of sustainability. The film is $2 for the general public and free to students of all ages.
For details, call Natasha at 225-0671, ext. 11.

Downtown Marquette news

• Downtown Marquette is pleased to welcome Queen City Carriages and proprietor Nathaniel Luttenton. From now through October, Luttenton is offering horse-drawn carriage rides along the waterfront for peaceful, after-dinner evening rides, point-to-point destinations or any special occasion. Easy pickup from downtown establishments or call-ahead reservations can be arranged by calling 362-9302.
• Join the Downtown Marquette family for an evening of art, entertainment, & exploration of downtown’s unique galleries, shops & restaurants from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on October 8.
Businesses and galleries interested in participating should contact the DDA office at 228-9475.

CROP Walk for hunger relief scheduled for October 11

Members of all area churches and religious communities are invited to participate in the first ever Marquette County “CROP Walk” on October 11, rain, snow or shine.
The purpose of this community-wide ecumenical event is to help raise money for hunger and poverty relief locally and around the globe. The local share of this year’s proceeds will be given into the hands of the Salvation Army and the St. Vincent de Paul Society for distribution to needy persons and families.
“CROP” stands for “Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty.” CROP Hunger Walks are ecumenical, interfaith community events that help support the worldwide programs of Church World Service. Twenty-five percent of the donations received through CROP Hunger Walks remain in the local communities where they are raised to support local food and poverty relief charities. Additional information on CROP Walk events elsewhere around the U.S. can be found at
Registration on the day of the walk is at 2:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ishpeming, and the walk will begin at 2:30, on the new Heritage Trail between Ishpeming and Negaunee.
Trail markers will be posted at half-mile intervals along the three-mile distance so that walkers can cover whatever distance they can manage and still return to the starting point.
The church will be open until 4:30 with refreshments for walkers and helpers. Walkers of all ages are welcome, including those in strollers and wheelchairs.
For details, call 376-9926.

Workplace Safety seminar scheduled for October 14

Northern Michigan Public Service Academy (NMPSA) will sponsor a Workplace Safety seminar to help educate workers on safety in their work environments.
Topics to be covered include blood-borne pathogens, lock-out/tag-out procedures, scaffolding and ladder safety, and the Rescue 131 program. PowerPoint presentations, handouts and instruction, along with group discussions, will enable participants to identify, evaluate, and control potential dangers in their workplaces.
This seminar will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on October 14 in the Citizens’ Forum at 401 East Fair Avenue in Marquette. Seminar fees are $15 for NMPSA members and $60 for non-NMPSA members. Registrations received after October 7 will be assessed an additional $10 late registration fee.
For details, call 225-8105, e-mail or visit

Concert for Lake Superior set for October 18 at Upfront

The Superior Watershed Partnership is pleased to announce the second Concert for Lake Superior to be held on October 18 at Upfront and Company in Marquette. This year the concert will include an eclectic mix of classical, contemporary and jazz music. The event features conductor Craig Randal Johnson and the Boreal Chamber Symphony.
A new Lake Superior painting by local artist Paul Grant will be on display and additional artwork will be available for viewing provided by NMU students in cooperation with the DeVos Art Gallery.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for a social hour and art opening. The concert begins at 7:00 p.m. There will be a short intermission.
The Concert for Lake Superior is generously supported by a grant from John and Pauline Kiltinen. A donation of $10 is suggested to support pollution prevention programs of the Superior Watershed Partnership. The event is open to the public.
The SWP has a dedicated staff of biologists, planners and educators who provide creative, science-based solutions for a wide range of Great Lakes challenges facing communities and watersheds across the Upper Peninsula. For details, call 228-6095 or visit

Antique Road Show offers personal appraisals

Marquette General Hospital Volunteers’ Antique Road Show will take place on October 17 in the MGH Conference Center cancer center entrance.
Appraisals cost $15 per item or three items for $40. You must be able to carry in the items.
In-home appraisal is available on October 16 for larger items, more numerous items or for insurance purposes at an hourly charge.
Call Gail at 249-9266 to schedule your appraisal. All proceeds to benefit programs, services and equipment for MGHS through the MGH Volunteers.

Artist Market hosts festival and craft show on October 17

The U.P.-Made Artist Market will be having a fall festival and craft show inside from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on October 17. The crafts and bake sale downstairs will also include apple pie and coffee for $1.50. Support your local artists by shopping in the U.P.
The market will also be open until 5:00 p.m. and features more than sixty-five resident artists’ wares ranging from paintings and photography to cabin decor and antiques. Visit the web page for a peek at the area artists and the interior of the historic school at
Web page has a year-round shopping cart. The market is located in the Historic Covington School on School Road just off M-28 @ north 141. For details, call 355-2727.

Forum offers what everyone should know about H1N1
The Marquette County Health Department and the American Red Cross are teaming up to host a public forum on the H1N1 Virus.
Join Red Cross volunteers and the general public as Dr. Kevin Piggott, medical director for the Marquette County Health Department, and other Emergency Preparedness Team Members share information about what constitutes this form of the virus and how to prevent it from spreading. Bring your questions to one of the following forum locations.
• West Marquette County/Ishpeming—7:00 p.m. on October 19 at the Ishpeming Senior Citizens Center.
• Marquette City—7:00 p.m. on October 20 at the former Vandenboom Elementary School, 1175 Erie Avenue on the corner of Erie and Fair.
• South Marquette/Gwinn—7:00 p.m. on October 21 at the Salvation Army Recreation Center, 302 Explorer Street.
For details, call 228-3658.

Museum hosts Timeless Temptations Antique Auction
The Marquette County History Museum will hold the fourth annual Timeless Temptations Auction of antiques, collectibles and unique opportunities at 6:30 p.m. on October 29.
Live and silent auctions, hors d’oeuvres, live music, cash bar. Past opportunities include once-in-a-lifetime trips to Lake Superior lighthouses, historic adventures and weekend getaways. For details, visit www.marquetteco or call 226-3571. Cost is $20.

Hiawatha Music Co-Op plans annual meeting and dance
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 the Peter White Public Library in Marquette.
The meeting will begin with a potluck supper. Members are asked to bring their utensils and a non-dessert dish to share. The 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. The dance is $2 for the public and free to members who attend the annual meeting. For details, visit or call 226-8575.
The thirty-second annual Hiawatha Festival will be held July 16-18, 2010.

MGHS announces affiliation with three U.P. hospitals
As part of a shared long-term commitment to provide healthcare excellence to residents of the Upper Peninsula, Marquette General Health System has signed three-year affiliation agreements with three additional U.P. hospitals: Helen Newberry Joy Hospital, Munising Memorial Hospital and Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital. The Partners in Leadership Agreement is designed to enable each healthcare system formally to share its expertise in clinical and administrative areas of healthcare delivery.
This now totals seven affiliation agreements that MGHS has with other U.P. hospitals. The other hospitals are Dickinson County Healthcare System, Portage Health and Baraga County Memorial Hospital.

Arts and Culture Center announces fall workshops

The following Arts and Culture Center fall workshops are available. For details or to sign up, visit, e-mail or call 228-0472.

• Gentle Self-Care Yoga with Julie Eldridge on Wednesdays from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Six-week sessions running September 23 through October 28 and November 4 through December 9.

• Beginners Guitar Lessons with Stuart Bruce, individual times on Thursdays and Saturdays
• Get Wired: Copper Wire Jewelry with Mary Ann Theis on Wednesdays for four weeks, starting at 6:00 p.m. on September 30.

• Mixed Movement Yoga with Kate Lewandowski from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays from September 22 through October 20

• Adult Drama for Fun with Monica Nordeen on Thursdays or Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. from September 26 through December 12.

• Oriental Dance (Belly Dancing) with Maggie Barch on Mondays for six weeks. Beginners meet at 5:45 p.m., the intermediate class starts at 6:45 p.m. and the advanced class starts at 7:45 p.m.

• Handmade Photo Album with Betsy Rutz on November 21 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

• Pathfinder Workshop: Discover Your True Calling with Monica Nordeen from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays for eight weeks from October 3 through December 5.

• Prana Hoop Yoga with Jayne Fons on Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. Six-week session runs from September 29 through November 10.

• Piano with Jacob Bender, individual Times on Saturday mornings

• Baile de Salon: Latin Dance with Alexandrea Holley on Thursdays from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. from October 1 through November 19.

• Fused Glass with Beth Cox on November 21 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

• Dog Whispering with Andrew Bek on Mondays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. from September 21 through October 5.

• After-School Explorers with Jessica “Red” Bays on Mondays from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m.

• Toddler Arts and Crafts with Janey Joffee and Betsy Rutz on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m.

Please call to sign up in advance for workshops.

NMU announces preliminary fall enrollment numbers

Northern Michigan University’s tenth-day enrollment report shows a total headcount of 9,258, an increase of 128 students—or 1.4 percent—over last fall’s preliminary figure.
Paul Duby, associate vice president for institutional research, said the strength is at the junior level, where the number of students has increased by 107, or 6.5 percent. That has helped to offset a slight dip of 1.3 percent in graduate enrollment and a three-percent decrease in new freshmen, which is a broad category comprised of part-time and full-time students. Undergraduate transfers are up significantly, from 435 to 524.

Tickets for The Machine Pink Floyd experience on sale

Tickets are now on sale for The Machine, The Premier Pink Floyd Experience, for one show only at 7:30 p.m. on November 6 at Calumet Theatre.
Spin Magazine praises that The Machine “sounds exactly like Pink Floyd,” while Rolling Stone declares that “The Machine is dead-on.”
The concerts are presented with state-of-the-art lighting and sound, resulting in strikingly faithful interpretations, along with impromptu jams. The Rock Report admires The Machine’s “perfect execution and attention to detail leading to flawless reproductions of Pink Floyd’s songs yet the freedom to jam and improvise adds even more flavor and depth to the established catalog.”
For details, visit Reserved seating is $25 for nonmembers and $23 for Theatre Members.

Elder Law Firm announces renewal for attorney

The Elder Law Firm of Anderson Associates and the National Elder Law Foundation announced that Robert C. Anderson has been awarded a renewal as a Certified Elder Law Attorney.
Anderson, who has been practicing law for more than twenty-six years, was informed that as a result of an extensive review by members of the National Elder Law Foundation he has been issued a renewal of his certification.
There are less than 350 Certified Elder Law Attorneys in the entire United States and only twelve in the state of Michigan.
A lawyer must undergo a peer review, a full-day certification exam, be practicing for more than five years and have handled more than sixty elder law matters in the course of three years in order to be considered for the certification. Attorneys who become Certified Elder Law Attorneys are considered to have the enhanced knowledge, skills, and experience to be properly identified to earn the recognition.

NMU French Trivia Contest participants wanted

The French Program at the Department of Modern Languages would like to invite you to participate in a fun way to learn a bit about the French and the Francophone world and win prizes too.
Throughout the semester, a request for questions will go out three times. Questions should relate to the history or culture of France of the Francophone world and should include its answer. Each time the person with the winning question will receive a prize, and the question will be posted to be answered. From all the correct answers a winner will be chosen at random. For additional information please contact Dr. Kupper at 227-2648.
We are now accepting our first round of questions until October 1, when our first winner will be selected. You can upload questions with their answers at FrenchContest

Levin and NMU to host citizenship information forum

The Upper Peninsula office of U.S. Senator Carl Levin (D-Michigan) and Northern Michigan University’s International Programs office will host a Citizenship Information Education Forum with officials from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on October 8 in Marquette.
Representatives from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will be traveling to the Upper Peninsula to provide information on the new naturalization test, eligibility requirements, and the naturalization process. The forum will be held from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Ramada Inn’s Peninsula West Room in Marquette.
The forum is free and open to the public, but attendees are asked to RSVP by October 6 to Angela at or 227-2510.

Club Indigo plans comedy, buffet combo on October 9

The Human Comedy is known as a movie made from a novel that comes closest to its original as possible—for good reason. Both novel and movie were written by the American Armenian from Southern California, William Saroyan, whose love of the United States and the indomitable spirit they conveyed during WWII was evident in all his writings.
The movie, made by MGM in its heyday, offers a renowned cast: Mickey Rooney, Fay Bainter, Donna Reed, Frank Morgan, Robert Mitchum, Van Johnson—and introduces little freckle-faced Butch Jenkins.
The movie begins at 7:15 p.m. on October 9, preceded at 6:00 p.m. by a gourmet southwestern California buffet provided by one of our most esteemed restaurants, The Irish Times in Laurium. The event is sponsored by Copper Harbor’s Mariner North rustic lodge, motel and restaurant.

Flying Martini Brothers play at women’s center fundraiser

Harbor House Domestic Violence Shelter opened its doors as a Women’s Center program in 1986.
Harbor House provides a wide range of comprehensive supportive advocacy services, vital safety planning information, safe haven, emergency response services, resource information and a 24/7 crisis line for survivors of domestic and sexual violence and their children.
Shelter Advocates respond to approximately 250 crisis calls from survivors and approximately 125 calls from community members with concerns about someone’s safety on a monthly basis. An annual average of more than 650 adults and 125 children participate in outreach support services. An average of 125 adults and 100 children enter the shelter each year, often with nothing but the clothes they are wearing.
If you or anyone you know is experiencing domestic violence, help is available by calling the Harbor House 24/7 crisis line at 226-6611 or (800)455-6611 from Alger County. Services are confidential and free of charge. If you or someone you know is in danger, call 911.
Harbor House advocates have spearheaded Domestic Violence Awareness activities in our community during the month of October since 1986. This year, a community gathering is planned at the Women’s Center from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on October 6 that will feature a vision for moving forward from the new executive director of the Women’s Center, Merrilee Keller; music; a survivor’s journey to empowerment; a live performance by local students; appetizers and an opportunity for community members to share historical perspectives about the domestic violence movement in our community. Everyone is impacted by domestic violence on some level, everyone is invited to attend. Please join us.
For details, visit
The site will include an “Ask an Advocate” blog section sometime this fall. The goal is to provide a forum for questions, information sharing, dispelling common myths, promoting discussion about prevention and potential community-wide efforts to end this crime.
The Flying Martini Brothers and Ron Smith’s HDrive will perform in a benefit for the Women’s Center from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on October 17 at Pasquali’s in Negaunee. Full menu and cash bar available.

Lion’s Club celebrates milstone with October 24 event

On October 24, the Lions Club of Marquette will celebrate ninety years of service and fellowship with a dinner held at Upfront and Company.
Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m. and a program to follow. Cost is $30.
The Marquette Lions Club is the oldest service club in Michigan. For details, call Debbie at 228-6439.

Rocky Horror welcomes back Bobby Glenn Brown as Frank

The ninth annual Rocky Horror Show will take place at 7:30 p.m. from October 22 through 24 and 29 through 31, with special midnight shows on both Saturdays at the Vista Theatre in Negaunee.
The cast welcomes back Bobby Glenn Brown in the role of Frank-N-Furter.
Call 475-7188 for details or visit

Journey through breast cancer highlight of series

As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Marquette General Cancer Center will present a four-part “Journey through Breast Cancer” series designed to educate the community, patients and their families about breast cancer. Topics will focus on survivorship, healthy eating, reducing stress and self-care. Each part of the series will be presented by leading professionals who have expertise in specific fields of breast cancer.
The series will be held every Thursday in October, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in Conference Room 4 at Marquette General Hospital.
Part 1 of the series begins October 8 with psychologist Dr. Gregory Jones of Premier Psychology in Marquette is presenting on survivorship and the process of living with, through and beyond breast cancer.
Part 2 of the series will be on October 15 with registered dietician Sheryl Rule of Marquette General Food and Nutrition Services presenting on healthy eating during and after breast cancer treatment.
Part 3 of the series will be held October 22 with registered nurse Margaret Cazzolo of Marquette General Hematology/Oncology presenting on stress reduction and meditation.
Part 4 of the series will be held October 29 with physical therapist Jeannie Wagner of Balanced Body in Marquette presenting on how to begin to care for yourself again.
The series is free and the community, patients and their families are encouraged to attend.
For details, call 225-3500.

Piano concert scheduled for October 18 in Big Bay

Community Presbyterian Church of Big Bay presents pianist John D. Zimmerman in concert at 4:00 p.m. on October 18.
The event will be held at the Community Presbyterian Church at 300 Bensinger in Big Bay. A free-will offering will be taken.
Zimmerman will play “Favorites and Encores,” piano pieces that have stood the test of time and are beloved by millions.
For details, call 345-0064.

YMCA childcare center opens its doors in Marquette

The YMCA of Marquette County’s Child Development and Activity Center providing care for preschool- and school-age children opened on September 21. The center is located at the former Vandenboom School.
The YMCA has passed all licensing requirements and can begin to service children immediately. Full- or part-time preschool is available. The program, with a value-based curriculum, provides affordable and flexible preschool, as well as before- and after-school care for ages 2.5 and older.
Children need not be potty trained.
Marquette Area Schools will provide busing for school age students in the Before and After School programs at no additional cost. For details, call Lori at 273-1121 or e-mail

Primetime news comes to Upper Michigan channel

FOX UP, which debuted locally on August 17 as WLUC’s 6.2 multicast channel, debuted a primetime news program called FOX UP News in September.
It airs Monday through Friday at 10:00 p.m. It will be a thirty-minute summary of Upper Michigan news, sports and weather, anchored by Elizabeth Peterson. Meteorologist Karl Bohnak will be the weather anchor.

U.P. churches provide support for World Relief projects

Members of Messiah and St. Mark’s Lutheran Churches, along with other Evangelical Lutheran Churches and Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod congregations, will be gathering from 9:00 a.m. to noon on October 10 at Saint’s Auto in Negaunee to load a semi-truck full of items that the churches donate as part of their annual Lutheran World Relief efforts.
In partnership with churches and agencies around the world, Lutheran World Relief works to combat the causes of poverty and enhance the quality of life through relief, development, and advocacy services.
Throughout the year, congregation members across the Upper Peninsula gather or make items needed. In 2008, Messiah and St. Mark’s Lutheran Churches in Marquette combined contributed eighty-five school kits, seventy-one sewing kits and nine-hundred seventeen quilts to this cause. Volunteers are welcome and needed to help load the truck.
For details, call 225-1119 or visit

Annual Poor Artists Sale booth applications available

Artist booth applications are now available for the thirty-third annual Poor Artists Sale, a juried art fair held at the CLK Gymnasium in Calumet on December 5.
Artists who would like to have a booth space in the largest holiday shopping event of the year should pick up an application at the Copper Country Community Arts Center. Applications must be received by October 15. The Poor Artists Sale is put on by the Copper Country Community Arts Council and is a benefit for the Community Arts Center in Hancock.
The Copper Country Community Arts Center is located at 126 Quincy Street in Hancock. Call 482-2333 for details.

Ishpeming native Prond named song writing finalist

Upper Peninsula native and emerging singer/songwriter Kurt Prond was one of ten Midwest regional finalists in the nationally recognized Mountain Stage NewSong Contest.
If selected, Prond would perform on the public radio program that gave Barenaked Ladies, Ryan Adams, Sheryl Crow and Norah Jones their national debuts. Now in its eighth year, The Mountain Stage NewSong Contest is one of North America’s premier showcases for performing songwriters across all genres of music.
The contest is interested in finding, promoting and working with the most talented songwriters who perform their own songs, regardless of style.
An Ishpeming, native, Prond’s intimate acoustic folk instrumentals and lyrics come straight from his Upper Peninsula youth and recent concert tour of the Pacific Northwest. His 2008 release “Prone To Wander” has been hailed as a call to arms for a generation frustrated by the traps inherent in the American Dream. He has been writing about social and environmental themes since the 2006 release of his inaugural CD titled Away With The Stone. Both albums are available on iTunes.
For details, visit
Council Invites High Schools to Join Poetry Out Loud
The Michigan Humanities Council announces the fifth annual Poetry Out Loud state poetry recitation competition is open to all Michigan high school students.
Each participating high school will receive poetry curriculum materials and audio CDs of poetry recitations. Awards will be presented to the best students reciting previously published works. The winning student will also represent the state of Michigan in a national competition. Since Poetry Out Loud’s debut in the 2005-06 school year, more than 4,000 students have participated; last year, thirty-two schools and an estimated 2,725 students participated.
Interested English and language arts teachers in all of the state’s high schools are invited to apply by November 16. Applications are available online at or by calling (517)372-7770.

Mentor Michigan announced mentoring conference

Mentor Michigan announced its fourth annual Premier Mentoring Conference, scheduled for November 18 at the Michigan State University Union in East Lansing.
Come join mentoring professionals from around the state for Michigan’s premiere mentoring conference. While there, you will have the opportunity to interact with leading authorities who will discuss best practices, quality enhancement, and other topics that will help you give Michigan’s youth the very best mentoring programs available.
Registration may be done online this year. Register today at the early bird rate of $80 – which expires on October 16, 2009. Other discounts are also available, including a group rate and a National Service member rate.
Also online you can find additional information about workshops available, hotel and parking details, and much more.
Mentor Michigan, in partnership with Michigan State University Extension, has applied for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for those who are interested. Participants must attend the full conference and pay an additional $10 fee to receive .5 CEU and payment must be made the day of the conference in cash or by check (made payable to MSU).

NMU WiMAX sweeps area

Northern Michigan University deployed one of the largest active WiMAX networks in the country on the 10th anniversary of its campus-wide notebook computer program.
WiMAX is a fourth-generation protocol (4G) that offers broadband wireless Internet access. Compared with the more common WiFi, WiMAX is capable of transmitting data over broad areas with less interference and more efficient bandwidth use.
NMU is one of the first universities in the nation with a WiMAX network. The 3,000 Lenovo ThinkPad computers being issued to students this fall have built-in WiMAX/WiFi Intel cards. In addition to Intel and Lenovo, Motorola also participated in the WiMAX network deployment.

Trappers List Raffle Winners

Winners of the Fur Hat Drawing and the U.P. Trappers Association District 3 Raffle were drawn at the Dickinson County Fair in Norway on September 7. Winners are as follows: The fur hat donated by Mountain Man Furs and UPTA District 3 was won by James Krozez of Marinette WI. The Savage 114 American 30-06 was won by Sandra Barrett of Gwinn. The Escort 12 Gauge Pump was won by Jeff Backhaus of Amberg WI. The Mossberg 4×4 .270 was won by Vickie Isaacson of Gladstone. The Savage 93R17 .17 Caliber was won by Laurie Roubal of Stephenson. The Thompson Center Triumph Weather Shield was won by Richard Lindberg of Negaunee. (All of the guns were donated by the U.P. Trappers Association, District 3). $200 cash, donated by Coleman Engineering of Iron Mountain was won by Scott Roubal of Stephenson. The Deer Head Mount donated by Bill Pipp from Vulcan was won by Sandy Goudreau of Niagara WI. The $50 donated by Dennis Girardi of Vulcan was won by Kurt Nietling of Rapid River. The $40 donated by Dale Seigler of Hardwood was won by Anthony Schiefelbein of Pembine WI. The P.S.E. Compound Bow donated by Mountain Man Furs and UPTA District 3 was won by Darwin Nault of Gladstone. The $50 found during the UPTA District 3 highway pickup and donated by Bob Steinmetz was won by Michael Mellon of Calumet. The following cash prizes donated by UPTA District 3 were won by Carey Prey of Escanaba ($100), Norman Petersen of Cedar River ($50), Alan Wacker of Wakefield ($25), and Ray Carlson of Escanaba ($25).

Local authors corner

• Antoine de Lamothe-Cadillac’s early years are chronicled in a new collection of eighty prose poems in French and English by Northern Michigan University professor Beverly Matherne. Lamothe-Cadillac: Sa jeunesse en France (his early days in France) spans Cadillac’s life from his 1658 birth in Saint Nicholas de-la-Grave, France, to his voyage to the New World as a soldier in Louis XIV’s army. The book is available at area bookstores, from the author, from the publisher at or by calling (318)869-5278.

Political News Briefs

• Levin gave the following floor statement in tribute to Erni Harwell: “…For those who love baseball and the Detroit Tigers, Ernie Harwell’s easy Georgia drawl on a summer evening has been a tonic after a hard day’s toil. He has been our eyes and ears at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull and, later, at the team’s new downtown ballpark. Since 1960, when Ernie broadcast his first Tigers game, until today, perhaps no person, no player nor manager, has been more closely identified with Tigers baseball. Certainly none has formed so strong an emotional tie with the fans of our team… Soon, this great voice will be silenced, a great heart stilled. But Ernie Harwell’s love of the game, his humanity, his courage, will remain with us always. I treasure the moments I have spent with him. I thank him for the hours of joy he has given me, my wife and children, and the people of Michigan. I wish him and his beloved wife Lulu all the joy they deserve.”

• Levin said the following regarding President Obama’s European missile defense announcement: “President Obama has made a sound choice that will improve our security. The President’s decision focuses on fielding effective capabilities to defend our forward deployed force and allies in Europe against the real and existing missile threat from Iran, which consists of short- and medium-range missiles, rather than only against a potential future long-range threat. Iran already has many hundreds of short- and medium-range missiles, and has been adding more, but will not have long-range missiles for years to come.”

• Stabenow and Levin announced that eight Michigan Fire Departments have been awarded $371,120 through the Department of Homeland Security Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The funding will be used to support operations and firefighter safety, training, personal protective equipment, as well as health and safety modifications to stations and facilities, including these in the U.P.: Columbus Township VFD of McMillan ($42,750), Hiawatha Township VFD of Manistique ($72,010), Lake Linden Fire Department of Lake Linden ($63,316), Masonville Township Volunteer Fire Dept of Rapid River ($85,180).

• Levin said the following regarding the proposed fuel economy regulations announced by the Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency: “The Obama Administration’s issuance of proposed regulations for vehicle fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions is an important step toward harmonizing federal regulations and development of a single national standard that is reasonable and predictable. I look forward to reviewing the details during the sixty-day comment period in the hope that these regulations will provide a fair and balanced approach to implementation of the agreements reached in the 2007 energy bill and the May 2009 agreement among the Obama Administration, the auto companies, and the State of California.”

• Stabenow and Levin announced that the Michigan Public Service Commission has been awarded $1,004,971 in funds to support the state’s transition to a smart electric grid.

• Levin said the following regarding General Stanley McChrystal’s assessment on Afghanistan: “I agree with General McChrystal that ‘success is achievable’ in Afghanistan, that ‘stability in Afghanistan is an imperative’ for our national security, and that there is ‘the urgent need for a significant change in our strategy and the way that we think and operate.’ Perhaps the most important judgment General McChrystal has made—one with which I wholeheartedly agree—is that ‘focusing on force or resource requirements misses the point entirely.’…”

• Stabenow and Levin announced the inclusion of $18,350,000 for fourteen Michigan projects in the FY 2010 Appropriations bill for the Departments of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and related agencies; it was approved by the Senate.

• Levin and Stabenow announced two grants totaling $2,497,752 for the Houghton County Memorial Airport in the Upper Peninsula and Bishop International Airport in Flint; the funds are made available through the Department of Transportation.

Isle Royale Artist-in-Residence calls for entries

Applications are being accepted for Isle Royale National Park’s 2010 Artist-in-Residence Program,” announced Phyllis Green, Superintendent of Isle Royale National Park.
“This program provides artists the opportunity to become part of a long-established tradition of interpreting the national parks through works of art.”
The Artist-in-Residence Program at Isle Royale is open to professional artists whose work can be inspired by the park’s unique character. The program offers writers, composers, and all visual and performing artists the opportunity to capture the moods and magic of Isle Royale through their particular art form.
The selected artist will be given the use of a canoe and a rustic cabin while on the island. The program runs from mid-June through early September. Complimentary transportation to and from the island is provided on the Ranger III, a 165-foot ship operating from Houghton. Each residency is scheduled for two to three weeks.
The Artist-in-Residence Program is co-sponsored by Isle Royale National Park, Isle Royale and Keweenaw Parks Association and the Copper Country Community Arts Council. Artists will be enrolled in the National Park Service’s Volunteer in the Parks Program. During the residency, the artists will be asked to share their experience with the public through art presentations or demonstrations. The artists are required to contribute an art piece that is representative of their Isle Royale residency.
A panel of professionals from various art disciplines and a park representative will choose the finalists. The selection is based on artistic integrity, ability to reside in a wilderness environment, a willingness to donate a finished piece of artwork inspired on the island, and the artists’ ability to relate and interpret the park through their art medium. The program is open to all art forms except those that manipulate or disturb the park’s fragile environment.
Picturesque Isle Royale is ideally suited for an Artist-in-Residence Program. There are wave-washed shores, boreal forests of spruce and fir, miles of ridge and valley topography, fascinating wildlife, and a variety of wildflowers and other interesting plants. Isle Royale’s cultural history includes prehistoric copper mining, lighthouses, commercial fisheries, and maritime culture. Ninety-eight percent of the island is federally designated wilderness, and in 1981 the park was designated as a U.S. Biosphere Reserve.
Applications for the program must be postmarked by February 16, 2010. Entries postmarked after February 16 will not be considered. Notification will be made by May 1, 2010. For further information or to receive an application package, please call 482-0984.
Isle Royale National Park is one of only thirty National Parks offering this exciting program. For further information on other National Park Artist-in-Residence Programs, please visit

Downtown Marquette October Stroll & Art Walk

The annual downtown October Stroll and Art Walk will be held October 8 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The popular event gives shoppers an opportunity to enjoy an evening downtown exploring the many shops, art galleries and restaurants.
Many businesses will be featuring local artists and musicians and offering “specials” as well as light refreshments. This year the event includes a stroll along Third Street as well as throughout the traditional downtown district.
The community’s art galleries, some not directly downtown, will also be having special events and featured guests. Attendees will also have the opportunity to register to win a gift basket sponsored by downtown businesses.
A map with a complete listing of participating galleries and businesses is available at the Marquette Country Convention & Tourism Bureau, the Marquette Arts & Culture Center, the Mining Journal, and at all participating locations.
For more information contact Becky at 228-9475 or

U.P. labor-management council announces new officers

The Upper Peninsula Labor-Management Council, Inc. recently elected its officers or the 2009-11 terms. Seated as Management Co-Chair is Paul Kitti, Director of Human Resources and Administration, Marquette Board of Light & Power. Steve Lombard, Assistant Business Manager, IBEW Local 510 was seated as Labor Co-Chair. Barbara Ruotsala, Administrative Aide, president UAW Local 5000, Michigan Technological University, is the Treasurer for the Board of Directors.
The Upper Peninsula Labor Management Council, Inc., was established to serve as a representative group from both labor and management in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The Council shall provide a forum that will enable labor and management in the Upper Peninsula to address topics of concern to both sides, and to promote a better labor-management environment in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. More specific goals of the Council are as follows: To provide a structure through which issues of concern to both labor and management can be brought up to discussion; to sponsor and coordinate conferences and meetings addressing topics most pertinent to the mutual concern of labor and management; to work toward and promote good labor-management relations in the Upper Peninsula.

Michigan Council of Directors of Volunteer Services elected

Michigan Council of Directors of Volunteer Services (MCDVS) announced the election of Karol Pokley as its state President.
Carol is the Volunteer Director at Marquette General Health Systems and will serve in this position for the 2009-2010 year.
MCDVS has a reputation as an assertive, professional and progressive council with strong leadership, dedicated board members and involved, caring members who represent the total healthcare volunteer community—auxilians, Red Cross and unaffiliated volunteers.
MCDVS chartered in 1972, is a non-profit corporation with the purpose of promoting the professional development of the membership and advancing the quality of volunteer services management in the healthcare institutions in the state of Michigan.

Local business brief

• Pediatrician Nancy Frantz, DO, has joined Marquette General Pediatric Specialists, and the medical staff of Marquette General Health System.

• Geriatric psychiatrist Dr. Meredith Walgren has joined the medical staff of Marquette General Health System.

• Northern Michigan University will receive a federal four-year grant worth $880,000 to help prepare students from disadvantaged backgrounds for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities; NMU is the first U.P. university and one of 185 nationwide selected to receive funding from the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program.

• For the first time, the Peninsula Arts Appreciation Council has taken a production on the road; Kalevala: Land of Heroes went to downstate Wixom, where the play was presented on the stage at the Detroit Finnish Cooperative Summer Camp Association’s dance hall

• Barrington Broadcasting Group LLC. announced the promotion of Jeff Collins as Media Operations Manager at WLUC TV6-FOX UP; Collins, a graduate of Northern Michigan University, has been production manager at WLUC for the past six years.

• The law firm of Kendricks, Bordeau, Adamini, Chilman & Greenlee, P.C., in Marquette announced that attorney Mark R. Pasquali has become associated with the firm; Pasquali has a general practice with an emphasis on estate planning and probate law.

• Ronald D. Keefe was named a top civil litigation defense attorney by Super Lawyers—Corporate Counsel Edition, published six times a year, which includes nationwide listings of attorneys in business-related practice areas, and is sent to 25,000 corporate counsel and CEOs.

• Medical Oncologist Dr. Santosh Gowda joined Marquette General Hematology/Oncology in Escanaba, formerly U.P. Hematology/Oncology of Escanaba, and the Marquette General Cancer Center.

• Range Financial Corporation declared a quarterly dividend of $1.05 per share payable on September 15, 2009 to the shareholders of record on September 1, 2009.

• Leonard A. Kaanta, attorney-at-law, announced the opening of his law office in the Omni Business Center at 248 Wellington Drive in Gwinn.

• Clinical psychologist Dr. Dana Ransom has joined the medical staff of Marquette General Health System in neuropsychology and Marquette General Behavioral Health.

• Psychiatrist Dr. Terry Meden, a Gwinn native, joined Marquette General Behavioral Health and the medical staff of Marquette General Health System.

• Marquette General Hospital has been re-verified as a Level II Trauma Center by the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons; this achievement recognizes dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients.

• Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land reminds area residents that the Mohawk branch office will offer service one day a week (Thursday) instead of two beginning October 1 as it adjusts to seasonal business volume.

• Marquette Area Public Schools accepted a donation of books from Dr. Kellie Holmstrom, representing the Animal Medical Center (AMC) of Marquette; the AMC donated three sets of thirteen Pet Tales books with CDs for the Cherry Creek, Sandy Knoll and Superior Hills Elementary School Libraries.

• Dr. Nabeel Aslam has joined U.P. Internal Medicine Associates, a service of MGHS; he joins Dr. J Marc Himes and Dr. Jerold Napier at U.P. Internal Medicine Associates.

• Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore will be featured on a quarter-dollar produced by the U.S. Mint in 2018; it will be the forty-first of fifty-six quarters issued in the America the Beautiful Quarters program.

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