January 2018 City Notes

Dear Reader,

With the holidays behind us, it’s time to embrace the winter in all its cold, snowy glory. The shortest day of the year is behind us too, so we can look forward to a little more sun as the days get longer and snow total gets higher. This is the time of year many Yoopers look forward to most, with snowboards, skis or snowshoes strapped on for a day of winter fun. Winter in the U.P. is certainly a special time, and not just anyone can get through it. Many a snowstorm has sent less formidable people fleeing for places farther south.

Not you, though, Dear Reader. Surely you appreciate a good Upper Peninsula winter as much as we do here at MM. And celebrate we shall with articles highlighting some of winter’s finest features.

In this edition, you’ll find articles on Negaunee’s Lucy Hill and city library, on Bishop Baraga and an old diner in downtown Marquette. You’ll find an article on birds that brave the frigid U.P. winters, and some spectacular photography to accompany it. You’ll find pieces on one family’s vast collection of nativity sets and another’s love affair with wild game, and much, much more.

We’re looking forward to another vibrant year here at Marquette Monthly, filled with great articles, beautiful photography, and the people and stories that make this place our home.

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

— Jackie Stark

managing editor

Senior Art Series to take place at MACC

The Marquette Arts and Culture Center will host classes for their Senior Art Series through the month of January. Visual Arts classes will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m. on the second and third Tuesday of the month and take place at the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center. Kelly Mallete will guide beaded mobile making during the Tuesday, January 9, class and convertible beaded necklace/bracelet during the Tuesday, January 16, class. Senior Performing Arts Acting classes will take place from 2 to 4 p.m., the second and third Mondays in January at the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center. Classes on Monday January 8 and 15 are open to individuals ages 60 and up and will cater to a wide variety of skill levels. Participation is free to City of Marquette residents and $5 for non residents per class to cover cost of instruction. Pre-register by contacting the City Senior Center at 228-0456.

Ball Drop Bash to take place in Downtown Marquette

Double Trouble Entertainment will host the 2018 Ball Drop Bash from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday, December 31, at the Masonic Square Mall. The 3rd annual “Party with a Purpose” will feature a midnight champagne toast, dessert bar, 50/50 raffle, live bands and entertainment by Frank An Da Beanz and Double Trouble DJ’s, a photo booth, full cash bars, beer tubs, free give-aways, contests and more. The NYC ball drop will be streamed during the event. Tickets are $10 per person or $15 at the door. Tickets include a complimentary beverage and can be purchased at The Double Trouble Entertainment Office or online. Call 273-1283 for more information. Event goers must be at least 21 years of age.

MRHC to host free day

The Marquette Regional History Center (MRHC) will host a New Year’s Day Open House from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. to celebrate the 100th birthday of the MRHC. The free day is sponsored by UPHP and will feature special exhibits, artifacts, historical role players, refreshments and live music by Who Dat Brass Brand.

Heikinpaiva fest to begin January

The Finnish Theme Committee of Hancock will host the Heikinpäivä festival, a Finnish-American mid winter festival, from January 10 through February 6. Festivities will begin with a social folk dance class at 6 p.m. on the 10th. Other events will include a Jouhikko workshop, a Nordic film series, Harmonium workshop, parade, wife carrying contest, polar bear dive, author talks, music workshops and performances by Heikinpäivä artist-in-residence Jonathan Rundman and more. Visit the Heikinpaiva festival page on finnishamericanreporter.com for more information.

Marquette Folk Dancers move meeting location

Beginning January 5, the Marquette Folk Dancers will meet at DanceZone, on the corner of College and Lincoln Avenue. Meetings will remain the same at 7 p.m. every Friday. An annual membership is now $120 and $3 per session. Participants should dress comfortably and wear soft-soled shoes. Beginners and visitors are welcome and no partner is necessary. Call 226-9617 for more information.

Room change made for MACC meeting

The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Advisory Committee meeting scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 11, in the Peter White Public Library’s Lions Room has been moved to the Wave Room in the Marquette Arts and Culture Center, located in the lower level of Peter White Public Library. All other 2018 meetings will be held in the Lions Room. Call 228-0472 or email arts-culture@marquettemi.gov for more information.

Lip Sync Battle to raise funds for hospice patients

Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice will host a Lip Sync Battle from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, January 19, in the Masonic Square Mall. The evening will begin with a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres at 6 p.m. and performances at 7:30 p.m. The event will feature food from DIGS, cocktails, entertainment, a live auction and bucket raffles. All proceeds will support special needs and uncompensated care for hospice patients of Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice. Tickets are $40. Teams are being sought for performances. Call 225-7760 for more information.

Women’s March to be held at Marquette commons

Women’s March Michigan and regional organizers will host a women’s march at 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 21, at the Marquette Commons to commemorate the Women’s March on Washington and its sister march in Marquette that took place nearly one year ago. Visit Women’s March Michigan – Marquette – 2018 on Facebook or email MarchMQT@gmail.com for more information.

Double Trouble to host Abominable Beer Fest

Double Trouble Entertainment will host the Abominable Beer Fest from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday, January 20, at the Masonic Center. The event will feature craft beer and food from DIGS. Tickets are $45. Tokens and food are included in ticket cost. Call 273-1283 for more information.

Production of Snowflake coming to the FRT

Gale LaJoye’s Snowflake will be performed at the Forest Roberts Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, January 26 and Saturday, January 27. Advance ticket prices are $17 for adults and $10 for students and children. At the door ticket prices are $19 for adults and $12 for students and children. Tickets are available at nmu.edu/tickets and at all NMU ticket outlets.

MACC to feature

photography exhibits

The Marquette Arts and Culture Center’s (MACC) LSAA Gallery will feature Eyes Make the Horizon an exhibit by photographer Michael Zuhorski. The show will highlight Zuhorski’s intention to create a body of photographs that responds to his sustained presence in the Northern Great Lakes and speaks to his longstanding history and personal sense of place within their landscape. The SmallWorks Gallery will feature work by photographer Paul Nelson. His exhibition, Anatomy of an Eclipse features photographs of the 2017 total solar eclipse taken from Stapleton, Nebraska, a small town along the path of totality which Nelson chose based on travel time from Marquette and historical weather conditions. The shows will run from Wednesday, January 3, through Saturday, January 27, with an artist reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 25. Refreshments will be provided. Michael Zuhorski will also be hosting an artist talk from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 18, at the MACC. Call 228-0472 or email arts-culture@marquettemi.gov for more information.

MSUE to host parlor

education program

Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) will host a Making More Profit From the Parlor program to educate parlor owners on how to make more money and manage resources for a greater impact from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, January 24, at the Menominee County MSUE office. The program will cover lessons learned from project of monitoring milkings, developing protocols and training employees, handling cows and holding pen management and parlor efficiency and profits. Speakers will include Dr. Ron Erskine, Paola Bacigalupo, Marianne Buza, Faith Cullens, Phil Durst, Kathy Lee, Martin Mangual and Stan Moore. Lunch will be provided by the Menominee County Farm Bureau. There is no cost to attend. Contact Monica Jean at 786-3032 or email atkinmon@anr.msu.edu to register.

Mosaic design class to be held at Bonifas

Jan Dillon will instruct the class in making mosaic design on the glass of a wooden picture frame to hang in a window, in the upper studio of the Bonifas Arts Center from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on January 17 and 24. 11 by 14 oak frames will be provided or you can bring your own frame. Registration is $32 for members and $38 for non members. Interested participants should register by January 12.

Learn Tai Chi at the MACC

Learn traditional Yang style Tai Chi with Beginners Tai Chi from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Fridays at the MACC. A slow moving, graceful, meditative, martial art that has been shown to benefit balance, blood pressure, cholesterol, and muscle strength. Open to people of all ages. Come dressed comfortably. No experience required. Participants should bring a yoga mat and wear indoor athletic shoes to class.

MACC to host artists

gathering every month

The Marquette Arts and Culture Center will host Thank God It’s Wednesday Artists from 1 to 4 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of every month. The group is open for all artists to work on individual projects and learn and meet from other artists. The group is free to join. Artists should bring their own supplies.

U.S. Forest Service seeking volunteer committee


The U.S. Forest Service is seeking volunteer committee members to advise the agency on recreation fee changes at national forest sites throughout the northeastern United States. Vacancies exist for four current positions and four “back-up” replacement positions on the Eastern Region Recreation Resource Advisory Committee. Committee members provide recommendations on new or changing recreation site fees for national forests and grasslands in 13 northeastern states. Committee members receive travel and per diem expenses for regularly scheduled meetings, but do not receive pay or other compensation. Nominated committee members must represent one of the following interests winter motorized recreation, summer non-motorized recreation, winter non-motorized recreation, local environmental groups and American Indian tribes. Members will be appointed for three-year terms based on qualifications to represent the desired interest group, rationale for committee service and desired contributions and experience working successfully as part of a collaborative group. Visit  www.fs.usda.gov/main/r9/recreation/racs or contact Joanna Wilson at 801-423-7724 or by email at jwilson08@fs.fed.us for more information.

MACC to host felting


The Marquette Arts and Culture Center will host a Felting with Marikah– Wet-Felted Wool Scarf with Ruffles workshop from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 27. Participants will use superfine merino wool and other natural fibers in the color of their choice and learn about different types of wool fibers, tools and techniques. All tools and materials will be provided, but participants should bring two to three kitchen towels, a black trash bag, rubber kitchen gloves, sharp scissors, a pencil, a notebook, two feet of bubble wrap and wear a simple cotton t-shirt. There is a $55 registration fee. Contact Masha Kakhova by email at 4marikah@gmail.com or by calling 248-556-6839 to register.

SHF accepting applications for spring grant cycle

The Superior Health Foundation (SHF) is accepting large grant applications for its spring 2018 funding cycle. SHF will award more than $75,000 in large grants during the spring cycle. Eligibility information and online application forms are available at superiorhealthfoundation.org and at its office. Applications will be accepted through January 15. The SHF’s Grants Committee will review the applications and will make its recommendations to the SHF Board of Directors at its March board meeting.

MSUE to host Beginning Farmer Webinar Series

Michigan State University Extension will host a Beginning Farmer Webinar Series from January to April. The 15 online evening programs will provide start-up information on farming topics such as seed starting and transplant production, fertilizer and livestock basics, raising rabbits, organic matter basics and more. For program details and registration, visit events.anr.msu.edu/BegFrmWeb2018/. Contact the Alger County MSU Extension office at 387-2530 or email isleibj@anr.msu.edu for more information.

City of Marquette doesn’t endorse AWR mailing

The City of Marquette was notified of a mailing from American Water Resources (AWR) of Michigan, a subsidiary of American Water. This is a utility insurance service similar to those you may have seen with your natural gas provider. The program is offered by AWR. This is not a city activity, or otherwise a city-initiated or endorsed program. The City of Marquette and City of Marquette Water Utility are not endorsing the program. Resident responsibilities for maintaining water and sewer laterals are outlined in Chapter 48 of the City code.

MACC seeking proposals for Art Awards

The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center (MACC) is seeking proposals from area artists for the design and fabrication of the 22nd Annual Art Awards. Awards are conferred by the city to an individual artist, arts organization, business or arts patron, who has made an impact on arts and culture. The selected submission will design and fabricate 10 identical awards to be presented at the ceremony and branded as the official award for the next several years. The award proposal must be a three dimensional, free standing object easily handled by one person. Compensation for design and fabrication is $800. Artists must submit a resume or CV, concept for proposed design including, sketches and narrative description. Artists must also submit three images, preferably digital format on CD, thumb drive or by email, that show the scope and breadth of their work. Proposals are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, February 9. This is not a postmark deadline. Late proposals will not be considered. Proposals may be submitted in person at the MACC, located in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library or can be mailed to the MACC. Proposals can be emailed to tharris@marquettemi.gov. Email tharris@marquettemi.gov or call the Arts and Culture Manager at 225-8641 for more information.

Meditation classes to be held at PWPL

Power of Purity Meditation Classes will take place in the Shiras Room of the Peter White Public Library from 12 to 1 p.m. on Monday, January 8 and 22. Instructor Kim Lindquist will provide participants with meditation information. Classes are free. Call 226-4318 or visit www.pwpl.info for more information.

Governor’s Service Award seeking nominations

The Michigan Community Service Commission announced nominations are being sought for the 2018 Governor’s Service Awards. The Governor’s Service Awards are given annually by the governor to individuals, organizations and businesses to acknowledge their commitment to serving their communities through volunteerism. The event is hosted by the Michigan Community Service Commission and will be held in June. Awards will be presented in the categories of Governor George Romney Lifetime Achievement Award, Lifetime Humanitarian Award, Senior Volunteer of the Year Award, Volunteer of the Year Award, Youth Volunteer of the Year Award, Mentor of the Year Award, Outstanding Volunteer Organization Award, Education Service Leader Award, Outstanding National Service Program Award and Corporate and Small Business Community Leader Award. The 2018 Governor’s Service Awards Nomination is an online application available at www.michigan.gov/governorsserviceawards. Nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m. Sunday, January 31.

UPAWS and local veterinary clinics to offer reduced cost spay and neutering

The Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter (UPAWS) will once again work with local veterinary clinics to offer low-cost spays and neuters to the community. To aid in the efforts of ending animal homelessness and to offer a service to low-income pet owners, area veterinary clinics will offer a limited number of reduced cost spay/neuter surgeries. To be eligible for the Spay Day USA event, you must be a resident of Marquette County and have a real financial need for help. The number of surgeries that will be performed at the reduced cost is limited and granted on a first come-first serve basis. Pet owners who need help will be required to sign up in person at the shelter and pay the fees before a surgery can be scheduled. Visit UPAWS or call 475-6661 for more information.

Bay College to offer

welding workshops

Bay College will offer introductory welding workshops for those who have limited or no previous welding experience. The Learn to Weld four part workshop series will be held monthly beginning in January. Oxy-Fuel Welding and Cutting will run January 12 and 13,  Metal Arc (Stick) Welding will run February 9 and 10,  Metal Inert Gas Welding will run March 9 and 10, and Tungsten Inert Gas Welding is scheduled for April 13 and 14. Each workshop will be held at the Bay College welding lab on Friday from 6 to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn to Weld workshops are non credit and no industry certifications will be earned. Safety will be emphasized and participants will be required to wear proper protective gear including safety glasses, jeans, long sleeved-shirts and closed toe shoes. Bay College will provide welding jackets, gloves and helmets, but participants are encouraged to bring their own. Workshop fee is $114 per session or $349 for registration for all four sessions. Pre-registration is required and must be received one week prior to each workshop. Call 217-4200 or visit www.baycollege.edu/mtec to register or for more information.

SAYT to host murder

mystery dinner party

The Superior Arts Youth Theatre will host A Party to Die For – Murder Mystery from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, January 27, in the NMU University Center. Tickets are $75 per person and $125 for a  pair. Ticket costs include hors d’oeuvres and two drinks. A cash bar will also be available. The event is for those 21  years of age and up. Ticket and raffle proceeds will benefit Superior Arts Youth Theater.

MDARD offers grant

opportunity for county fairs

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) announced a competitive grant opportunity for Michigan’s county fairs to make building and other capital improvements to their fairground facilities. Grants are also available for associations or other organized events hosting fairs or expositions showing livestock and commodities. Both grant proposals must be received by MDARD no later than 5 p.m. on February 1. The capital improvement program provides additional funds for county fair officials to help make needed improvements to their fairground facilities; including, but not limited to, structural improvements or other renovations to buildings. The submitted grants will go through a competitive grant process and will be reviewed by an evaluation committee. Eligible applicants include fairs that are incorporated under Act 80 of 1855 or county owned and operated fairs operating under Act 11 of 1929 that have submitted all required year-end reports for the prior two years. The shows and expositions grant provides financial support for awards in the form of premiums or promotional activities of the livestock and commodity expositions. Livestock expositions hosting expos must meet the required number of exhibitors. Visit michigan.gov/mdard or contact Cinda Karlik at karlikc@michigan.gov or 517-284-5723 for more information.

View French films at NMU

NMU French Program provides a wide selection of French and Francophone films to be viewed at the Department of Modern Languages language lab in the basement of the NMU library, room 111i. Several people can view a selected film together with multiple headsets that plug into the same player. The language lab is open during specified hours for the duration of the winter semester classes. Check for lab hours by calling the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at 227-2940. Contact Nell Kupper at her office phone 227-2648 or by email at nkupper@nmu.edu for more information. Visit the NMU French Program page for a list of films.

From the desk of U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow…

• U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow announced bipartisan legislation to give veterans the same preventive health insurance coverage as the general public. The Veterans Preventive Health Coverage Fairness Act will ensure many veterans will no longer have to pay out-of-pocket costs for preventive health services that are provided free to other Americans. This legislation also adds preventive medications and services to the list of no-fee treatments covered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

• After repeated complaints from providers, veterans, and hospitals across the state, U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow introduced new legislation, the Veterans Deserve Better Act, to address serious problems in the federal Veterans Choice program. The Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act, which was signed into law in 2014, was designed to reduce wait times and provide medical services to veterans in their own communities. This program is especially critical for veterans in rural areas who were previously required to travel long distances for services. However, since it was enacted, providers across the state have not been getting paid, rural hospitals have pulled out, and veterans are not getting the health care they need.

• U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters and Congressman Fred Upton led a letter from members of the Michigan delegation encouraging a strong Environmental Protection Agency role to address water contamination across the state, including the Belmont area and several military installations.

Business in brief…

• The Integrated Care Resource Center announced that Upper Peninsula Health Plan (UPHP) tied for first place in the nation for overall rating of a Medicare-Medicaid Plan. UPHP was approved by the State of Michigan and the Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services to provide the services of a dual eligible program called MI Health Link. The advantage of the MI Health Link program is to make member’s Medicare and Michigan Medicaid benefits work better together.

News & notes from the Michigan DNR…

• The DNR announced it will offer surplus public land for sale by sealed-bid auction until January 10. The auction will feature 80 parcels located in counties mainly in central and northern Lower Michigan and in the Upper Peninsula. Properties range in size from less than an acre to 146 acres. These lands are isolated from other DNR-managed public land, are difficult to manage and provide limited public outdoor recreation benefits. Information on the auction, including the minimum bid price, property descriptions and conditions of sale, is available at www.michigan.gov/landforsale. The proceeds from the sale of these surplus public lands will help provide future outdoor recreation opportunities in keeping with the DNR’s mission.

• Approximately 6,300 miles of roads in Michigan’s 4-million-acre state forest system will open to off-road vehicles January 1, while about 1,200 miles will remain closed. Signs are not yet in place, but will be installed on roads that are closed to ORV shortly, depending on ground conditions. ORV riders who intend to use state forest roads are asked to check DNR maps for closures at www.michigan.gov/forestroads. Final maps will be available by December 31.

•Elk license plates are now available through the DNR to celebrate 100 years of elk conservation in Michigan. Purchases will help to conserve wildlife habitat and will benefit the Michigan Nongame Fish and Wildlife Fund. Licenses plates can be purchased online at mi.gov/sos or at any Secretary of State Office.

• The DNR closed a bridge along Trail No. 8 in Marquette County for repairs, shutting down a section of the main east-west snowmobile connector route in the Upper Peninsula. The bridge is located northwest of Champion. Alternative routes are available to the north, on Trail No. 5 to Trail No. 14, and south, on Trail No. 5 to Trail No. 18. The DNR plans to reopen the bridge in mid-January.

• For the first time, the DNR recently confirmed the presence of West Nile Virus in the state’s ruffed grouse population. Five birds collected from August through October, including two found dead and three that were shot by hunters, were submitted for testing to the DNR’s Wildlife Disease Laboratory in Lansing, where the confirmation of West Nile Virus was made. There is no evidence of human infection from eating properly cooked game that has been infected with West Nile Virus. As a general precaution, wild game meat should be cooked thoroughly, to an internal temperature of 170-180 degrees. Hunters should wear gloves when handling or cleaning game. This year, just over 200 animals have been confirmed with West Nile Virus from 60 of Michigan’s 83 counties, including all 15 counties in the Upper Peninsula. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said there have been 39 human cases of West Nile Virus reported in Michigan this year.

•The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund board recommended $40.3 million in grant recommendations for outdoor recreation development and land acquisition projects to the state Legislature. The funding will support a variety of outdoor recreation improvements including expanded public access at popular fishing destinations, additional snowmobile and multi use trail easements that give users broader access to more trails, facility and playground improvements at urban parks, planning and construction for new trails and connectors, trail-resurfacing projects and wildlife and habitat enhancement projects.


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