February 2017 City Notes

Dear Reader,

Congratulations! You have made it through what, at times, seemed to be a surreal January as the political landscape in this country continues to shift on a scale unlike any that has been seen in decades. It is truly a time of change in America. Where that change will take us is anyone’s guess.

We’re hoping to sustain you through the chill of February with 56 glorious pages that are home to the best writing in the Upper Peninsula. Each of these articles are penned by your neighbors and friends, and we couldn’t be prouder to present them to you, and you can bet there is nothing alternative about that fact.

Within these pages you will find articles about breakthroughs in the field of health, with studies on fat in the diet and dance as therapy. You’ll find a look back in time, when snow removal meant shoveling, and when a truly inspirational woman took a little trip to Presque Isle. You’ll find articles about the good that is being done in our communities and the people and organizations who make it happen.

And you’ll find a feature on a hearty group of U.P. residents who made the long journey via bus from Chatham to Washington, D.C., to participate in one of the most fundamental tenants of our democracy—the right of the people to assemble and to disagree with their political leaders. I was fortunate enough to witness this feat in person and can now say to my grandchildren one day, that I was there on the day America staged the largest single-day demonstration in its history with the Women’s March on Washington.

On that note, I have to offer a big thank you to Kathy Sendek, Barb Isom, Laura Travis and Cassie Crooks-Lupke, without whom there would have been no buses from Chatham to Washington, D.C., and without whom this invaluable experience would never have happened for so many of us. You are all an inspiration. I could have filled 10 more pages with quotes from each of you, but as space was tight, I was only able to use the bare essentials. I hope you know the gratitude I feel, as do, I’m sure, all the other people who were able to make the trip because of your hard work.

To Judy, Mary, Brooke, Katie and Daphne, thank you for letting me share the day with you. What a day it was.

To Colleen Smith from York, Pennsylvania, who I met on the D.C. metro headed to the Women’s March on Washington, well, this one’s for you.

And to you, Dear Reader, I hope you find within these pages something that informs you, something that inspires you, and something that uplifts you. As always, it was a privilege putting them together for you.

— Jackie Stark

managing editor

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If you value WNMU, Public Radio 90 and are not pitching in to help keep things running, you are putting the future of your local public radio station at risk. If you can afford to make a donation, of any amount, and have not yet done so, please make today the day to change that.

Our February on-air fundraiser runs February 7 to 16, and we need help from all our Public Radio 90 listeners to raise $70,000 to stay on track with our $415,000 annual goal.

While program costs and other expenses continue to rise, Public Radio 90 currently operates with $500,000 less in state and federal funding than in 2003. Constant fundraising is our new reality. It is a challenge sustaining the public radio service our listeners expect with far fewer resources to do it. To keep things running we must count on your continual financial support.

In 2003 we were not yet producing “8-18 Media,” “Learning Through the Seasons,” “Anishinaabe Radio News,” “Holiday Readings and Remembrances,” National Poetry Month readings or “Highlights from the Marquette Area Blues Festival,” programs found only on WNMU. And on-line streaming, podcasts, and interactive on-line pledging didn’t even exist.

You can see how the financial support from listeners like you has helped make a difference.

WNMU, Public Radio 90 is a publicly licensed non-profit radio station. Our license was granted with the expectation that our listeners would support us through their $35 and $50 contributions and we would serve you with insightful and entertaining programs.

We appreciate any contribution you can give at this time to help keep your public radio station running strong. Whether it’s $10 or $1,000, every dollar makes a difference.

It’s easy to pledge online at www.wnmufm.org. Call us at 800-227-WNMU (9668) or send a check to Public Radio 90, NMU, 1401 Presque Isle Ave, Marquette, MI 49855.

At Public Radio 90, we squeeze every decibel possible out of each dollar you give.

Thanks for listening and thanks for your generous support.

— Evelyn Massaro

PR 90 station manager

Marquette’s Downtown Rail Jam canceled

The 2017 Downtown Showdown Rail Jam, which was scheduled to take place on Saturday, February 4, in Downtown Marquette, has been canceled due to unfavorable weather conditions. Recent warm weather has caused significant snow melt, which has affected the quantity and condition of snow available. All registration fees for the event will be refunded.

Trillium House receives $50,000 matching pledge

Trillium House, a planned eight-room hospice house for the Central U.P., has announced that a donor has promised to match the next $50,000 in donations to build the house. If and when this current match is met, Trillium will be within $200,000 of its fundraising goal for breaking ground. The organization has said it will not move forward with building until at least 90 percent of the funds are in-hand or committed so it will have no long-term debt obligation. Currently, the Central U.P. is the only part of the U.P. without a hospice house.

Finlandia University hosts art and design competition

Finlandia University will hold an art and design scholarship competition, awarding two $20,000 scholarships each year over the next three years. One will be given in April to a student in the Iron Mountain area through the Association for Student Artists. The other will be awarded to a student during a competitive portfolio review on Finlandia’s campus on Saturday, May 6. The scholarship funds are provided by David and Elsa Brule, who have made a three-year commitment totaling $120,000 in scholarships. An application and additional information regarding the scholarship is online at finlandia.edu/art.

100-mile hiking challenge renewed for 2017

The North Country Trail Association (NCTA) will offer a 100-mile hiking challenge on the North Country National Scenic Trail with an extra Build It Challenge to celebrate the 4,600-mile trail and the stories of its thousands of volunteers and hikers. Anyone who hikes 100 miles on the North Country Trail during calendar year 2017, in aggregate or all at once, will be eligible for a special patch and certificate. The NCTA will offer prizes and free resources for those who sign up for the challenge, and a special grand prize drawing for those who complete the Build It Challenge. In the Build It Challenge, participants can complete two simple activities to help spread the word about the trail and get more people involved. More information about the challenge and the opportunity to sign up is available at www.northcountrytrail.org/hike100challenge.

AAUW to host First Ladies Dessert and Social

The American Association of University Women-Marquette Branch invites members and guests to attend it’s Celebrating First Ladies Dessert and Social. The event will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 16, at the Federated Women’s Clubhouse along Ridge Street in Marquette. The event will be an opportunity for member and guest participation. A hostess first lady will ask attendees to share how they were inspired by their favorite first lady, a few facts or personal stories. Some may choose to dress as their favorite first lady. Last year the event drew representation of Jacqueline Kennedy, Michelle Obama, Elizabeth Monroe, Jane Pierce, Florence Harding, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Abigail Fillmore. Not every first lady relished a public role. In that spirit, we expect some attendees will prefer to simply enjoy the company and opt out of sharing about a first lady. There will be lots of conversation, celebration and pie for all. For more information contact Les Bek at 869-5298, or lbek@gsnwgl.org

MSO presents Romantic Impressions

The Marquette Symphony Orchestra will present Romantic Impressions as well as the winner of its Eighth Youth Concerto winner for its Saturday, February 11, concert, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale at NMU’s Central Ticket Office in the Berry Events Center, online at nmu.edu/tickets or by phone at 227-1032. Romantic Impressions will include the Barber of Seville Overture, by Rossini, which was voted MSO “audience favorite” last spring. It is one of the top 10 most-performed operas worldwide and its overture is one of the most recognizable in the repertoire. Overture to Tannhäuser, by Wagner, will also be performed. And finally, the orchestra will perform La Mer, by Debussy. For more information, visit marquettesymphony.org.

Young Trappers workshop set for February 4

The 12th Annual Midwinter Young Trappers Workshop will take place in the Community Center in Hermansville from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 4. Trapping supply dealers Rich Clark and Scott Burton will be on hand, as will fur buyer Clint Seawright of Skunk Creek Furs. Each youngster in attendance will receive a weasel trapping set-up (box and trap), a guaranteed door prize and free trapping literature. There is also the opportunity for anyone to sign up for the Trapper Ed. class and to become a member of UP Trappers and/or National Trappers Association. Further information is available at www.uptrappers.com or by contacting Mike Lewis at 774-3592 or Louie.builds@live.com

UPAWS to ‘Give Love’ for Valentine’s Day

The Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter is offering a St. Valentine’s promotion from February 1 through 14. All cats who are 6 months and older will be $14 to adopt. The $14 adoption fee includes their spay or neuter surgery, vaccinations, health check and a microchip. UPAWS, located 84 Snowfield Rd. in Negaunee Township, is open seven days/week from noon to 4 p.m. and until 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Visit www.upaws.org or call  475-6661.

A call for moments of


The French Program at NMU, through its French Club, in celebration of Valentine’s Day presents Project Joie de Vivre (The Joy in Living). The project seeks participation from people willing to share their moments of happiness by posting them online to nmu.edu/modernlanguages/joie-de-vivre and filling in all the necessary categories. On Valentine’s Day, entries from around the U.P. will be posted anonymously on the web site. For more information, contact Professor Nell Kupper at nkupper@nmu.edu or 227-2648.

Negaunee library to hold open house, book sale

The Friends of the Negaunee Public Library will hold its Valentine Open House from noon to 3 p.m. on Valentine’s Day, Tuesday, February 14.  Refreshments will be served for all who are attending.  The annual winter book sale will be held in the Michigan Room. Hard cover books will be 50 cents; all paperbacks and soft cover books will be a quarter, and all children’s books will be 10 cents. This is a public service project and is totally comprised of public donations.  All proceeds go to the library. Books can be donated at the library, located at Case and Kanter Streets, up to the day before the sale. Children’s books are especially in demand. For more information, call 475-7700, extension 18.

Ontonagon, Portage rec plans available for review

The Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region (WUPPDR) recently updated the Ontonagon County Five-Year Recreation Plan, a draft of which is available for review and public comment until the plan is presented at a February 21 public hearing by the Ontonagon County Board. Copies of the plan will be available for review at the Ontonagon County Courthouse building front desk and the Ontonagon Township Library. The draft of the Portage Township 2017-2021 Recreation Plan Update is available for public review and comment. Copies of the plan will be available for review at the Portage Township office building located at 47240 Green Acres Road in Houghton and the WUPPDR office building located at 393 E. Lakeshore Drive in Houghton. Both plans are also available for viewing online at wuppdr.org. Written comments must be received by February 20 for the Ontongaon plan and February 24 for the Portage plan, and may be mailed to: WUPPDR, P.O. Box 365, Houghton, MI 49931. They may also be dropped off at WUPPDR’s office at 393 East Lakeshore Drive in Houghton or e-mailed to Brad Barnett, regional planner, at bbarnett@wuppdr.org.

Community forest celebration scheduled for February 8

The Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve and the Community Forest Committee are hosting an event from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, February 8 at the Ore Dock Brewing Company in Marquette to celebrate the establishment of the Yellow Dog River Community Forest. The event is being held to mark the completion of the project that resulted in the permanent protection of 688 acres in northern Marquette County along the Yellow Dog River. The Yellow Dog River Community Forest is only one of three community forests in the state of Michigan at this time. Event entry is $10 at the door, $7 for students and kids. For more information about the project, visit http://bit.ly/2eGs3TH. A number of area restaurants will provide pizza and Strung Together will perform at the event. There will also be a bake sale and raffle baskets.

Blues society seeks entries for logo contest

The Marquette Area Blues Society is seeking entries for its annual logo contest for the 14th annual Marquette Area Blues Fest, to be held over Labor Day weekend in Marquette. Area artists, students and blues enthusiasts are encouraged to enter. One logo will be chosen as winner, and judges’ decisions are final. All submissions must be received by Tuesday, February 28. For more information and/or entry forms, visit marquetteareabluessociety.com and scroll down to the link marked “About,” then click on “Documentation.”

MSO announces youth

contest winner

This year’s Marquette Symphony Orchestra Youth Concerto Contest winner is Timothy Bedard, who is completing his master’s degree in horn performance at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Bedard is from Melbourne, Florida, but is no stranger to Marquette, since he played with the Marquette City Band last summer. Following graduation, Bedard will join the U.S. Coast Guard Band in New London, Connecticut. Bedard will perform  Horn Concerto No. 1, which was written by Richard Strauss in 1893 while Strauss was a philosophy student at Munich University.

Fly Fishing Film Tour returns to Marquette

The Thomas Theatre Group will host the 2017 Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T) at Marquette Cinemas on Saturday, February 4. The films will be screened in the TSX movie house. F3T is the only film tour to showcase fly-fishing films from all over the world. In addition to the film tour, F3T is also dedicated to supporting local fly shops and conversation groups that are the backbone of education and environmental efforts. In addition to the special show, patrons will have an opportunity to win some prizes during the event. More information and tickets are available on marquettecinemas.com. View trailers on flyfilmtour.com.

Film examines Parkinson’s disease

The Negaunee Senior Center, in partnership with Lake Superior Hospice and Dance Zone, will screen Capturing Grace, a film about people living with Parkinson’s disease, at 2 p.m. February 27 at the center. The free event is open to the public. For more information, call Ruth at 225-7760.

Call goes out for submission to LSSU 5×7 Art Show

The Sault Ste. Marie Sunrise Rotary Club and Lake Superior State University’s Arts Center invites all regional artists to be a part of the fourth annual 5×7 Art Show fundraiser by creating, submitting and, donating works on a 5-by-7 canvas. Submissions may include paintings, drawings, tiles, sculpture, fabric, 3-D artifacts, or photographs. This year’s theme is “Through a Window.” The deadline for submission is April 14. Registration forms and 5-by-7 canvases are available at the LSSU Arts Center Gallery, as well as at The Art Store in Sault Ste. Marie, which is this year’s canvas sponsor. The gallery’s website, lssu.edu/artscenter/5×7, has an entry form and answers to frequently asked questions. A panel of local artists will jury the top three submissions. A first-place honor is $300; runner-up, $200; and second runner-up, $100. Recognition takes place during the preview reception. All submissions will be displayed in the LSSU Arts Center Gallery, from April 21 to May 31. For more information, contact Sharon Dorrity, LSSU Arts Center Gallery director, at 635-2665 or by e-mailing acgallery@lssu.edu. Gallery hours are 12 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday.

Business in brief…

• Amy Clickner, CEO of Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) in Marquette County has been elected president of the Michigan Economic Developers Association Board of Directors for 2017. Clickner has worked for the LSCP since the organization’s inception in 1998, was the first full-time employee and first CEO.

• Taste the Local Difference has hired Molly Stepanski and Melissa Orzechowski as the regional Local Food Coordinators in Northeast Michigan and the Upper Peninsula, respectively. Taste the Local Difference is a local food and farm marketing agency, with a mission to sell more local food in the communities they serve.

• The Greater Ishpeming/Negaunee Chamber of Commerce welcomed Diana Sundberg as a new board member recently, and also installed a new president, Tia Rodda.

• The Guys’ Place, A Hair Salon for Men, recently teamed up with the Lake Superior Community Partnership to celebrate its grand opening. The salon offers quality service for men and boys with a unique customer service focus. Haircuts include shampoo, conditioner, a hot towel, eyebrow and mustache trim, a shoulder rub, TV and peanuts all from your own private barber chair. The Guys’ Place is located at 3117 W. US Highway 41.                                                


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