December 2017 City Notes

Dear Reader,

The holiday season is one of my favorite times of year. Nothing is more important than family. I’ll take any excuse to get together, eat too much food, follow it up with too much dessert, and laugh, reminisce and catch-up over cards after dinner. This is truly a special time of year, and I hope you get to spend it with those that you love.

I look forward to the December celebrations even more now as I watch my young son discover the magic of the holidays. Holiday parades and lights on houses, the search for the perfect Christmas tree, giving of gifts, I can’t wait to share all of my family’s wonderful holiday traditions with him.

That excitement is somewhat tempered by the news of late. However, sexual assault by powerful men is a topic that we just can’t seem to get away from in the past few weeks. But the truth is that the reality of sexual assault is a fact women have lived with for far too long. It’s the reason my mother taught me (but not my brothers) to walk to my car at night with the ignition key pointed out between my fingers. It’s the reason women are told to park under streetlights if they must go out alone at night, why we have to bring a buddy if we’re attending any parties in college and must keep our drinks near us at all times. It’s why we’re told to carry some sort of weapon, like pepper spray, to be used in self-defense, just in case.  We are taught from an early age that, inevitably, we will join the ranks of women who have been sexually assaulted. It is expected that some man, some day, will do something. Indeed, the social media #metoo campaign was eye opening even for me, a woman who certainly knows other women who have been victims of this pernicious societal blindness to the criminal behavior of men. To see so many of my friends share the hashtag was difficult, but only firmed my resolve that these stories must be told, loudly and with conviction.

As we wade through this time of revolution (and I believe that is what we are experiencing now) and the men in our lives begin to truly understand what it has been like all these years for us as women, I believe we will come out on the other side a better, stronger and more empathetic society.

We have to play the long game, however. Change does not ever happen overnight. It occurs with each conversation over dinner, and every news story featuring a brave individual who stands up and says, “This happened to me, and it was not okay.”

If anything, Ronan Farrow’s New Yorker report about Harvey Weinstein—and the sickening willingness of so many people to look the other way for so long—proves the value and necessity of good, old-fashioned journalism. Talking to people, and telling their stories, no matter how difficult or scary the results may be, is the bedrock of journalism in this age of information.

We do a lot of that at here at MM. No, we aren’t breaking any scandals wide open, but we are giving due credit to the people and places that can be so easily overlooked. We love to use our pages to highlight the good in our communities, because that too, is important to take note of. Marquette and the Upper Peninsula is by no means a perfect place, but it is populated by many hard-working, community-minded people. We want to tell their stories, because they are important to remember. As the world seems to delve ever further into chaos, it is good to know we can make our own hometowns the kind of places you’d want your children to live in.

With that in mind, I know you, Dear Reader, will find plenty of great writing in the coming pages to occupy you as winter sets in. Grab your favorite blanket, brew a cup of piping hot tea, and read all about your friends and neighbors as they set up elaborate holiday light displays, run into a small wolf pack in the middle of the forest, remember what the U.P. used to be like long (and not so long) ago, and celebrate their Finnish heritage as Finland celebrates 100 years of independence.

We’re proud to bring these and stories along for the ride as you go wherever this great Upper Peninsula life takes you.

We hope you find these pages interesting, uplifting and informative. As always, it was a privilege putting them together for you.

—Jackie Stark

managing editor

Dear Editor,

The board of directors of MooseWood Nature Center would like to thank everyone who participated in this year’s 18th Annual Haunted Bog Walk Fundraiser held on Friday and Saturday, October 13 and 14. The event was a huge success! All proceeds will be used to operate your year-round nature center, updating exhibits, keeping the resident educational animals well cared for and fed, and providing public programming and school field trips to the greater Marquette and surrounding areas.

The weather is not always in our favor, but this year it was spectacular for both nights and our participants were able to view the northern lights on Friday night.

Your outstanding support confirms that the people of Marquette County are supportive of their local nature center and our mission, to celebrate nature through education and action in the Upper Peninsula. We especially want to thank our sponsors for their overwhelming support. They included: mBank, Essential Chiropractic, Econo Foods, Third Street Bagel, Marquette Food Co-op, Togo’s, Main Street Pizza, Aubree’s Pizzeria and Grill, Down Wind Sports, Jilbert Dairy, Mares-Z-Doats and Marquette Baking Co.

This event would not be possible without the time and energy of our spectacular volunteers who made this event truly a success. Northern Michigan University’s Honor Society, Weightlifting OTC, ROTC, Mu Beta Psi, Phi Sigma Sigma, Cold Logic, Van Antwerp Hall; TV6; Ian Bek; MooseWood board members and their spouses; along with Jamie Whiting, this year’s volunteer coordinator, were all able to come together and support this community organization. Thank you to anyone who did not get named in this list.

Again, thank you for supporting your local nature center and adding the Haunted Bog Walk to your community Halloween activities.

—MooseWood Nature Center

Board of Directors and Staff

Dear Editor,

“Do the best you can with what you have” is the mantra connected to Esther Johnson, who was honored at the Autumn Comforts Quilt Show 2017. I always look forward to the quilt show that is scheduled every other year to show the creative/artistic work of women in the U.P.  The palette of colors and creativity fits in with the beautiful color array of the fall season.  Who doesn’t remember the family stories of quilting bees, being wrapped in labors of love that keep us warm, represent family milestones and are passed on to future

generations.

Esther spent her life raising her children, as well as impacting the children that entered her life in her capacity as teacher and principal. Her sewing began as a child. The quilt brochure notes how she made her own confirmation dress from a WWII army parachute. Esther has made many donations to benefit our community, making a difference for people in need: Bay Cliff Health Camp, Harbor House, The Laestadian Lutheran Church, baby neo-natal intensive care units, etc.  I first learned about Esther when women were working with quilts donated to the MRHC.  I was happy to finally meet her and see her work at the show.

Fall 2018 will bring the second Lake Superior Fiber Festival back to the Marquette Regional History Center. Our first show brought in about 200 individuals who were interested in learning about various forms of needlework being done in our community. Our original goals were to emphasize  historical factors, provide educational opportunities, grow local guilds, and enforce the idea that “women’s work” was not merely functional but allowed women to demonstrate their artistic talents.

As we plan for 2018 we’re looking for:

• Fiber artists willing to do presentations lasting about 30 to 45 minutes

• Area photos/articles related to needlework

• Old pieces that can be loaned to the show for display

• Names of local artists willing to participate in an oral history interview

• Instructors/volunteers for children activities

We are lucky to have the MRHC, Marquette Arts and Culture Center and NMU, who are willing to work with us in reaching out to the community.  Thank you to all who are bringing us great programs and opportunities. Congratulations to Esther and all the community women who inspire us to better our community.

—Mary Ann Theis Lake Superior Fiber Festival

committee member

Empty bowls remain at Calumet Art Center for ongoing project

Over $4,400 was raised through the sales from the 2017 Empty Bowls Project at the Calumet Art Center which aims to fight hunger and help feed children in the region. Some of these bowls remain for sale at the center for this ongoing, year-round project. Visit the center or their website CalumetArtCenter.com for more information.

Range Bank to host Holiday Carols & Cocoa event

Range Bank will kick off the holiday season in downtown Marquette with a performance of classic Christmas carols by The Marquette Male Chorus and to lead a family friendly sing-a-long at Range Bank from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, December 1. The event is free and will feature a complimentary hot cocoa bar.

Light Up the Holidays at NMU

Northern will host its 30th annual Lighting Up the Holidays from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, November 29, at the University Center. The event includes a tree lighting, pictures with Santa by Daniele Carol Photography, cookie decorating, holiday card making, an opportunity to write and send a letter to Santa, games, crafts, face painting, free books and free gift wrapping. Cookies, hot chocolate and hot cider will be available. There will be performances by Northern Lights A Cappella, the NMU Arts Chorale, New Attitudes Dance Studio and the NMU Cheer Team. Barnes and Noble at NMU’s bookstore will host a sale for 25 percent off a spirit item.

Negaunee Irontown Association to host Tinseltown

The Negaunee Irontown Association will host Tinseltown in downtown Negaunee from noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday, December 2. The community wide and family friendly event will feature a holiday parade, a visit from santa, caroling, the tree lighting, shopping at the holiday craft show, free drinks and appetizers and specials in Downtown Negaunee’s participating businesses. Event goers can fill out a shopping passport and drop it into Santa’s mailbox for a chance to win a grand prize basket filled with treats, gift certificates, goodies and more donated by the local businesses.

12th annual Christmas in Lights Celebration to be a Camouflage Christmas

The Iron County Economic Chamber and Alliance and the Iron River Downtown Development Authority have set the date, theme and beneficiary for the 12th annual Christmas in Lights Celebration to take place at 6 p.m. on December 2. This year’s theme will be “Camouflage Christmas.” Any business, church, club or organization can enter a lighted float in the parade. Entry is free and cash prizes are awarded to first, second and third place winners. Following the lighted parade will be a fireworks show courtesy of the West Iron County Fire Department at 7:30 p.m. as well as a warm bonfire, hot cocoa and free cookies at the Klint Safford Memorial RV Park. To fit the theme of this year’s celebration, the local charity Treats for Troops will be the beneficiary of collected items and financial donations. Donations will be collected at the Chamber Office and other locations around Iron County from November through the Christmas in Lights parade on December 2nd. Desired care package items include hygiene products, small games and stuffed animals, nonperishable snacks and treats, personal notes in unsealed envelopes and more. A complete list of items and drop off locations can be found at the Christmas in Lights page on the Iron County Michigan website. Throughout the celebration, the public can enjoy the Christmas in Lights Arts & Craft Show at the Windsor Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and visit with Santa at the West Iron District Library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The library will also host a bake sale and chili feed before the parade from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Be Local, Buy Local Program relaunched

The Greater Ishpeming – Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce and the Marquette Chamber of Commerce have relaunched the county-wide Be Local, Buy Local program. The program allows local businesses to brand the importance of buying local while reaching customers directly, and encourages shoppers to spend money locally. Each week a drawing is held and the winner will receive a $100 gift certificate usable at a local participating business. Businesses can sign up now and shoppers can download the app. The relaunch of the campaign will feature a more user-friendly mobile app, quick and easy sign up for businesses, and the program will continue past the 2017 holiday season.

MRHC to host second quill and bead workshop

The Marquette Regional History Center will host the second Native American Quill and Beadwork Discussion and Workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 2. Learn about the history and try your hand at these traditional crafts from NMU instructor Leora Lancaster. Materials are included in the $25, non refundable, workshop fee. There is limited space, so advance signup is required. Visit marquettehistory.org or call 226-3571 to register or for more information.

Bonifas to host Poured Paint class

The Bonifas Arts Center will host a Fun with Poured Paint class from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on December 2. Participants will learn a variety of techniques related to the poured paint technique, with instructor Bill Orman. The methods will be demonstrated by the instructor on a large canvas then the participants will get to play in the paint to see what happens when you swipe the surface with a pallet knife, use a spray bottle of water to move the paint around or use the handle of a paint brush to make designs. Students will then try their hand in making a painting of their own that they can take home with them. Cost is $10 for members and $12 for non members.

CCAC to hold 41st annual Poor Artists Sale

The Copper Country Community Arts Center (CCCAC) will celebrates its 41st annual Poor Artists Sale from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 2, at the CLK gymnasium in Calumet. Over 50 artists will be in attendance, including Deanna Attee, Connie Cogger, Paul Hess, Stephani Camp and many more. Shoppers will find handmade jewelry and pottery, holiday wreaths, ornaments, baskets, wood art, glass, rugs, fiber arts, photography and many other special items made by local artists. The full Poor Artists Sale lineup can be found on the 41st annual Poor Artists Sale Facebook page.

Warm Neighbors Drive collecting donations for Warming Center

The Warm Neighbors Drive, a service project sponsored by a Marquette area homeschool group, is collecting gently used, warm and practical, adult-sized winter coats, hoodies, gloves, hats and scarves to donate to the Warming Center. Collection boxes can be found under the handmade elf ornament tree at this year’s Peter White Public Library Winter Wonderland Walk. Call Zita Riesterer at 225-0608 for more information.

Local authors coming to Snowbound Books

Snowbound Books will host its annual Local Author Extravaganza from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 2. Local authors Russ Magnaghi, author of Upper Peninsula of Michigan: A History,  Cyndi Perkins, author of More Than You Think You Know and Tyler Tichelaar author of Haunted Marquette will be in attendance from noon to 2 p.m. B.G. Bradley, author of Winter Heart, Rich Hill, author of Lost in the Woods: Building a Life Up North, Sonny Longtine, author of U.P. People, Karl Bohnak and Jack Deo, authors of Sunburns & Snowstorms, will be in attendance from 2 to 4 p.m.

Winter Wonderettes to

perform at the Bonifas

The Winter Wonderettes will entertain at the annual Harper’s Hardware holiday Party from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on December 2, at the Bonifas Arts Center. Santa turns up missing and the girls will use their talent and creative ingenuity to save the holiday party. The event will feature 60’s versions of holiday classics such as “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Run, Rudolph, Run” and “Winter Wonderland.”

Dance a little this Christmas

Wil Kilpela on accordion and Ken Holster on banjo and guitar will play for a “Little Christmas” dance from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 3, at the Elks Lodge in Ishpeming. The dance is open to all. In addition to music for dancing and listening, there will be door prizes, a 50/50 drawing and a mini-Tori with Finnish items of all kinds by Tanja Stanaway’s Heart to Finland, and baked goods by Janet Wisuri. Refreshments of cardamom coffee bread and other goodies will be available, along with coffee and soft drinks. The bar will be open and a short business meeting will be held. The event is sponsored by the League of Finnish-American Societies UP Chapter Finlandia Foundation Affiliate. Admission is $5, and free to members of the LFAS. Anyone joining the league that day will also be admitted free. Call 485-1971 for more information.

Pop up art show held at MACC

The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center will host “Through the Eyes of our Youth,” a Marquette Photovoice Project and pop-up art show, until December 5. Teens from Marquette and Alger Counties used cameras to capture what their communities look like through the eyes of  teenagers. During the reception, five youth participants in The Art of Teen Leadership–Marquette Photovoice Project will share their perspective on the assets that make their community great and how it could be even better. Community leaders and members of the public are invited to attend the opening reception to speak with the artists. Photovoice is a participatory action research method that uses photography as a medium to explore community assets, issues and opportunities for change. Youth participants learn leadership and photography skills and express their point of view to community leaders as a way of influencing positive social and community change through their participation. The Marquette Photovoice Project was facilitated by staff from the Michigan State University Extension office in Marquette County and photographer Lali Khalid.

Learn about LSCP

A presentation on the operations of the Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, December 5, in the Shiras Room of the Peter White Public Library. CEO of the LSCP Amy Clickner will share the history, mission and various facets of the organization. The presentation will also provide information regarding what the organization does for community, economy and employment in the area. The event is sponsored by the Northern Center for Lifelong Learning.

Celebrate 100 years of Finnish independence with the MRHC

The Marquette Regional History Center will host 100 years of Finnish Independence, an evening of Finnish culture, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 6. Participants will experience the foods, music, artifacts and arts of the Finnish culture. Special guest speaker Sharon Franklin-Rahkonen will give a presentation. Visit marquettehistory.org or call 226-3571 for more information.

Marquette conservation

district to host annual meeting

The Marquette County Conservation District will host its 62nd annual meeting and election of officers from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 6, in the Great Lakes Ontario Room in NMU’s University Center. The meeting will feature a special presentation, “Wolves, Cougars & Bears in Michigan,” by DNR wildlife biologist, Kevin Swanson. There is a $10 suggested donation. Appetizers and a cash bar will be available. Pre registration is encouraged. Call 226-8871 ext. 129 or email rachael.mqtcondist@gmail.com to register or for more information.

Student pop up show held at MACC

Exhibits created by NMU students enrolled in the “Leisure through the Ages” course, a requirement in the Outdoor Recreation Leadership and Management degree, will be displayed in December at the MACC. Students explore in-depth literature, art, music and dance in relation to leisure, outdoor recreation and nature. The individual project expresses the student’s connection, experience or perspective on or with nature, leisure and outdoor recreation. Their final creative products are a compilation of the students’ learning in the course. The exhibit will run December 7 through 12 with an artist reception held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, December 7, in conjunction with the Superiorland Woodturners and Micki Carey reception. The public is invited to attend and refreshments will be provided.

REST training to be held in Marquette

Respite Education and Support Tools (REST) training will be available in Marquette from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, December 6 and 13, at Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice. REST is an educational course that provides respite training to adults and teens who want to offer care to those in need and provide assistance to their caregivers. As a REST trained companion/respite provider you will spend one-on-one time with an adult or senior, giving as much time as you are willing and able to give. The ultimate goal of this training course is to assist individuals to become effective companions and respite workers by learning the three key steps of support—prepare, care and connect. Attendance to both training sessions is required for certification. There is no charge for participants or materials provided. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Visit upcap.org or call 1-800-305-8137 to participate or for further questions.

Carnegie Museum to host Gingerbread Extravaganza

The Carnegie Museum of the Keweenaw will host a Gingerbread Extravaganza from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 9. The extravaganza will feature a visit from Santa, storytime, gingerbread house building, traditional music, a gingerbread workshop, a gingerbread house contest and awards, hot chocolate and other treats. The museum sets up a playhouse covered in sweets and a village of confection-covered buildings, including many local icons such as the Lift Bridge, Quincy Mine Shaft, the Houghton County Courthouse, the Dee Stadium and the Carnegie Museum for the holiday season.

Learn family history at the Christmas Craft fair

At the Christmas Craft Fair at the Superior Dome on December 8, 9 and 10, Robert Dobson will digitally search historical items of the Western Marquette area to all who wish to look up family names, or any other historical items found on 1,739 pages from the Ishpeming Iron Ore (1878 to 1954) and the Negaunee Iron Herald (1873 to 1968) newspapers. The computer searches will locate the names, numbers or places, as many times as they are found by the computers in a matter of seconds.  Dobson will be at booth 238 as in previous years and there will be no charges for the public searching. The notes will be available for sale on CDs and USBs. Paper and pens will be available for taking notes of search results.

TubaChristmas returns

Tuba and euphonium players across the U.P. will gather in Marquette to perform familiar Christmas carols for the free, annual TubaChristmas performance at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 10, at the Marquette Regional History Center.

SHF seeking funding projects

Superior Health Foundation (SHF) is seeking funding requests for its 2018 annual gala. Held on September 15, 2018, in Marquette, proceeds from the gala will benefit SHF for grant funding. In addition, the SHF Gala Planning Committee will select two health-centered projects, seeking $10,000 or less, and award those monies at the gala. SHF will ask the non-profit agencies receiving funding to invite employees and guests to the gala. The SHF Gala Committee will give high priority to health-centered initiatives or projects that benefit a large geographic population in the region. will accept applications through Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, and will select two non-profit projects by late December. These projects will then be forwarded to the SHF Board of Directors for approval in January. On-line applications are available on the home page of the Superior Health Foundation website. Call the Superior Health Foundation at 225-6914 or email shf@superiorhealthfoundation.org for more information.

MACC to hold Star Wars art show

The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center announced a special Star Wars- themed art show to run December 15 to 29. The non-juried show will feature work by artists of all ages and experience levels. A special reception will be held in conjunction with the Peter White Public Library’s Star Wars Party from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, December 15. Artists and the public are welcome to attend, and prizes will be awarded in three categories—Padawans, ages 10 and under, Jedi Knights, ages 11 to 17, and Jedi Masters, ages 18 and up.

Enbridge to present full account of Line 5 pipeline

The State of Michigan called on Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P. to give the Pipeline Safety Advisory Board (PSAB) a full accounting of the status of the Line 5 pipeline in light of new information released by Enbridge that stated additional coating gaps were discovered during the company’s most recent inspection of the dual pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac. Enbridge must give the presentation at the PSAB’s meeting on Monday, December 11, in Lansing about all the findings it has made about the pipeline’s condition, that of its protective coating and anchors, and the results of its video inspections, automated in-line tests and recent hydrostat and biota testing. The new information comes after the state requested inspections of each of the anchor locations following initial reports of coating gaps. Those inspections have been completed at 48 of 128 locations, and a majority of those 48 areas have gaps, Enbridge told the state. Public feedback sessions will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, December 6, in Taylor, at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, December 12, in St. Ignace and at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, December 13, in Traverse City.

NTN offering discounted rates

The Noquemanon Trail Network (NTN) is offering a 10 percent discount on all memberships until December 15. The NTN is a membership driven non-profit that has built and continues to maintain non-motorized trails in the central Upper Peninsula, offering visitors and area residents a variety of recreational opportunities during all seasons. The NTN also serves as an umbrella organization for a number of popular events and trail-related activities. Memberships provide the main source of income for the organization, which coordinates access agreements with landowners, develops trails and provides administrative support for events like the Noquemanon Ski Marathon, Marquette Trail 50, Ore to Shore, and Marquette Marathon. Those events, in return, also provide financial support for the non-profit. Various types of memberships are available and sold at Down Wind Sports, Quick Stop Bike Shop, Sports Rack, the NTN office at Lakeview Arena and at noquetrails.org/membership. Trail maps are also available at these locations. Call 235-6861 for more information.

ASNMU opens on-campus food pantry for students

Northern Michigan University opened its new on-campus food pantry on November 15. The initiative was created by ASNMU, the NMU student government; it is located in 101B Gries Hall and is open from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. All supplies are donation-based and volunteers will be staffing the pantry. The pantry is accepting non-perishable food and hygiene product donations, which can be dropped off during pantry business hours. ASNMU is also trying to resupply the NMU Career Closet located in 150 Gries Hall. Students can get donated professional clothing for interviews and other professional events from the Career Closet. Because the closet is only open by appointment, clothing donations should be brought to the ASNMU office in room 1203 in the University Center or call ASNMU at 227-2452 to arrange a pickup.

MSUE to host ‘Health Champions,’ swine education event

The Michigan State University Extension and Michigan Pork Producers Association are partnering to host “Health Champions, Protecting and Improving Your On-Farm Investment” educational event in Escanaba from 6 to 9 p.m. on December 18 at the Delta County MSU Extension Office, and in St. Ignace from noon to 3 p.m. on December 19 at the St. Ignace Public Library. The one-time event will focus on providing information on daily management of swine herds and troubleshooting issues that swine producers may have. Throughout these three-hour sessions, participants will hear from industry experts on different topics, including alternative feedstuffs, health champions, breeding without a boar, assisting the farrowing sow and newborn piglet care, local slaughter opinions and management options for parasitic control. A question and answer session will also take place with industry experts to address any issues that producers may have in their swine herd. This event is offered free of charge to all attendees, and lunch or dinner and door prizes will be provided. Sponsorship for the event is provided by the Michigan Pork Producers Association. Contact Jim Isleib by emailing sleibj@anr.msu.edu or by calling 387-2530 or 250-9609 to register so supplies and meals can be reserved. Participants can also register online for this session at https://events.anr.msu.edu/Healthchampions2017/. Contact Beth Ferry at franzeli@msu.edu or (269) 876-2745 for questions.

Forest visitor map price increasing

Prices of U.S. Forest Service (USFS) paper and plastic coated visitor maps will increase to $14 on Monday, January 1, for the first time in nearly a decade. Increasing costs of production, printing and distribution are driving the need for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s USFS to increase the price of its visitor maps. Nationally, The Forest Service continually updates its visitor map data and looks for ways to enhance the maps. The Forest Service is also working to increase the digital availability of its Forest Visitor Maps. In the future, the Hiawatha’s Forest Visitor Map for mobile applications will be available for download. Digital maps cost $4.99 per side. There are currently three ways to order Forest Visitor Maps. Contact the National Forest Map Store online at NationalForestStore.com or by phone at 406-329-3024 to have visitor maps delivered to your door. In an effort to help offset the pricing increase for volume sales, starting January 1, discount pricing will be made available on sales of 10 or more maps of the same title. Discounted Forest Visitor Maps are only available when purchased through the NFMS. Contact your local office for more information.

MACC features new artists for December

The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center’s Winter LSAA Gallery exhibition will feature a local group, the Superiorland Woodturners. A broad range of shapes, finishes and projects will be represented from bowls to platters and wall hangings. The Woodturners, formed in 2007, are a chapter of the American Association of Woodturners. The goal of the group is to pass on the knowledge of woodturning and to bring those interested together. The exhibit opened in November and will run until December 29. The SmallWorks Gallery will feature work by jeweler Micki Carey. The exhibition, ‘Stone Speak,” is a personal approach to listening to the vibrational language of stones and will run from December 4 to 30. An artist reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, December 7. The public is invited to attend and refreshments will be provided.

Nativity collection on display in Marquette

The Marquette County Habitat for Humanity has teamed up with Carol and Fred Margrif to present a collection of over 300 nativities at the Margrif home at 128 Timberlane from 3 to 6 p.m. on December 10, 17, 26 and January 1, from 6 to 9 p.m. on December 16, 23 and January 6, from noon to 3 p.m. on January 14, and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on January 19. The Margrifs have been sharing their collection with the Marquette and U.P. communities since the 1980s. This will be the first and last time they will show their entire collection at once. The depictions of the nativity story are from dozens of countries and presented in all different forms of mediums including banana fiber, marbles, thornwood, iron, ebony, pewter, stained glass, porcelain, fabrics, paintings, books and clay. All donations made at the door will go to Habitat for Humanity. Call Carol Margrif at 249-9974 if you have a group of 10 or more who are inte

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