July 2017 City Notes

Dear Reader,

I’d like to start off by thanking you for picking up this copy of Marquette Monthly, or for subscribing and getting it delivered right to your door. Our little staff here at MM has a lot of fun putting this magazine together for you, and we know all that fun would be for nought without you, Dear Reader, reading MM each and every month.

We have lots of great content for you in this, our July 2017 edition. From a proposed library millage to mineral collecting to recipes that coincide with our favorite kids’ books, I have no doubt you’ll find something that interests you in the following pages. Our group of dedicated freelancers worked hard all June to cultivate this edition of Marquette Monthly, and they’ve delivered once again.

When my husband and I were deciding where we wanted to plant our roots, it didn’t take us long to choose this place, this Upper Peninsula of Michigan, as our home base. We both went to school at Northern Michigan University and longed to return to Marquette, for so many, many reasons. One of the biggest, though, was the atmosphere of this town, a vibe that can be found in towns small and large throughout the U.P. I absolutely love living here, and editing this publication for the past year-and-a-half has consistently reinforced to me how wonderful this place is that we call home. The sense of community that pervades each and every Upper Peninsula town also pervades our magazine, as it should, since our magazine is filled with the stories of those towns and the people who live in them. How truly lucky we all are to call this place home, and how truly grateful I am to be able to sit at this desk and share these stories with you.

As you read on throughout the next 88 pages, I hope you find them to be inspirational, informative and uplifting. As always, it was a privilege putting them together for you.

— Jackie Stark

Managing editor

U.P. Trappers Association to host 55th Annual Trappers Convention

The U.P. Trappers Association will host its 55th Annual Trappers Convention/ Outdoor Expo at the U.P. Fairgrounds in Escanaba Friday, June 30, through Saturday, July 1, 2017. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. The event will feature presenters and demos, activities for children, vendors and tailgaters. The family friendly event is open to the public. Admission is $5 for both days and children 12 and under are free.

Kiwanis to host annual fourth parade

The Kiwanis Club of Marquette is looking for convertibles to chauffeur VIPs through the 4th of July Parade this year.  This year’s VIPs include Kiwanis Grand Marshalls, Teachers of the Year, Police Officer of the Year, Firefighter of the Year, Sons of the American Legion, American Legion Post Commander  and the American Legion Auxiliary President.  For those interested in participating in the parade, visit www.mqtjuly4parade.com or under the events tab at www.marquettekiwanis.org for an application. Contact Christian Verardi at 235-5996 or at christian.verardi@edwardjones.com for more information.

Animal Community Center coming to Marquette

The Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter’s Board of Directors has approved the design and plans for the new Animal Community Center. UPAWS breaks ground this July, and the first of their phased building approach includes clearing the land, building the road and constructing the shell of the shelter. The new facility, four times the size of the current shelter, will include a pole barn for large and farm animals, dedicated spaces for small critters, cats and dogs, a year-round fenced in dog park for the community and overall, a design that will enable much integration and education within the community. For more information on UPAWS, the Imagine the PAWSibilities Campaign for an Animal Community Center, or the phased construction timeline, contact 475-6661 or email ktossava@upaws.org.  To give to the campaign visit upaws.org or make donations out to P.O. Box 968, Marquette, MI  49855 and mark it for the new shelter.

‘Art in the Park’ explores world cultures

Children ages 7 to 11 in three towns can complete arts and crafts projects inspired by a variety of cultures while enjoying summertime outside through the Bonifas Arts Center Art in the Park: Hands Around the World program. Escanaba classes will run from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, July 10, and from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, at the Ludington Park tennis court pavilion. Gladstone classes will run from 1 to 2:30 p.m.  Mondays, July 10 and 17, at the VanCleve Park Native Sculpture Pavilion. Bark River classes will run from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Wednesdays, June 28 and July 12 and 19, at the township pavilion. Each class costs $8 if preregistered and $10 for walk-ins. Visit www.bonifasarts.org for more information or to register.

Food Fest hosted for July fourth fun

The Marquette County Exchange Club will host an International Food Festival from noon to 10:30 p.m. from Sunday, July 2, to Tuesday, July 4, in Mattson Lower Harbor Park as a part of the July 4 festivities. The fest includes food vendors such as the 906 Sports Bar and Grill, Superior Mobile Koney, Sweet Basil, The Delft, Iron Town Pasties and other local favorites, as well as an ethnic variety of live entertainment. All net proceeds will be donated back to area non profit groups.

Negaunee library to host book sale

The Negaunee Public Library will host its 37th Annual Pioneer Days Large Used Book Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 6, at the Negaunee Senior Center. The sale is sponsored by the Friends of the Negaunee Library. Paperback books will sell for 50 cents and 25 cents, and children’s books for 10 cents. Books may be donated to the library up to the day of the sale or to the Senior Center the day of the sale. During the last hour of the sale books may be purchased for $1 a bag.

Strawberry Fest celebrates 59th year

The 59th Annual Copper Country Strawberry Festival will begin at 9 a.m. Friday, July 7, and conclude at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 8. This year’s events include a fish boil, barbecue, judging of strawberries, a children’s parade, live music, a queen competition, a car wash, arts and crafts exhibits and sales and much more. Visit the Copper  Country Strawberry Festival website for more information.

Asian Carp caught close to Great Lakes

An invasive Asian Carp has been caught nine miles from Lake Michigan beyond a system of underwater electrical barriers. The silver carp, one of several species of the invasive fish, was captured below the T.J. O’Brien Lock and Dam on Thursday morning with a gill net by a contracted commercial fisher. The carp was 28 inches in length and weighed in at approximately 8 pounds. The fish is so threatening to U.S. ecosystems that officials have struggled to keep it out of the Great Lakes.

LSAA Gallery showcases Scotland landscapes

The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center’s July LSAA Gallery Exhibition is titled “Orkney Inspirations – Scotland” and created by artist Kathleen Mooney. The 28 acrylic and water media paintings are abstract landscapes of the islands of Orkney, Scotland. A special feature of this exhibit is free verse poetry that responds to the World Heritage Neolithic sites of Orkney. The exhibit will be on display from July 1 through July 31 with an artist reception from 3 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18. The public is invited to attend and refreshments will be provided.

SSFA sponsors Veterans Appreciation Day event

The South Shore Fishing Association (SSFA) will sponsor the fourth Annual U.P. Veterans Appreciation Fishing Day to honor U.S. military veterans. Up to 100 veterans will fish on Lake Superior on Sunday, September 10, at Marquette’s Upper and Lower harbors. Fishing will take place from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. followed by a veterans boat parade in the Lower Harbor and free barbecue at the Presque Isle Pavilion. The event is free and by application only. Applications must be submitted no later than July 15. Contact Bill Haupt at 475-7719 for further questions.

Bonifas highlights Great Lakes

The Bonifas Arts Center will host a Discover our Great Lakes—Family Fun Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 15. The day will teach participants how boats float and give them the opportunity to make their own with participants from Michigan Sea Grant. Explore Great Lakes Science and Wooden Boats Afloat exhibit with activities, games and a scavenger hunt. Great Lakes Maritime Musician Lee Murdock will perform a family concert at noon featuring Great Lakes ballads, sea chanteys and work songs dating back to the 1880’s. The event is free to the public.

SmallWorks Gallery features Paula Kiesling

The Marquette Arts and Culture Center July SmallWorks Gallery will feature work by Paula Kiesling, an artist who incorporates different elements into her pieces that create a tactile as well as visual feature. Kiesling is influenced by mythology and a love of nature. Incorporating fiber beads, wood, stones and other exotic bits and pieces. The gallery will be on display from July 1 through July 31 with an artist reception from 3 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 19. The public is invited to attend and refreshments will be provided.

Shakespeare club to present A Streetcar Named Desire

The Upper Peninsula Shakespeare Festival will present Tennessee William’s A Streetcar Named Desire at Ore Dock Brewing Company at 7:30 p.m. on July 16, 19 ,23 ,25 and 30. The production will feature minimal set and props shifting focus to actors and text.

MNA to host Thistle Eradication Work Day

The Michigan Nature Association (MNA) will host a Thistle Eradication Work Day at 10 a.m. Monday, July 24, at Black Creek Nature Sanctuary. Invasive thistles have invaded an area adjacent to Black Creek within the sanctuary. This work session will continue to manage those thistles. The MNA will provide cookies, fresh fruit and beverages. Participants should bring clippers, small shovels, sunscreen, bug repellent, water, snacks, wear protective clothing, thick gloves and a bathing suit underneath to swim in the lake afterwards. Contact Nancy Leonard of the MNA at nancyeinerlei.com to RSVP or for more information.

Art on the Rocks celebrates 59th year

The 59th Annual Art on the Rocks arts and crafts festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 29, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 30, in Mattson Lower Harbor Park on Lake Superior in downtown Marquette. The event has grown into one of the finest art shows in the country attracting over 140 artists and 10,000 people each year.

Moose population increased

The Michigan DNR wildlife biologists estimate the number of moose in the western Upper Peninsula core population area is at 378 animals, up from 285 in 2015. The western U.P. moose range covers about 1,400 square miles in parts of Marquette, Baraga, and Iron counties. The population there is the result of moose reintroduction efforts in 1985 and 1987. Surveys of moose in the western U.P. are conducted every two years from fixed wing aircraft. Roughly 30 plots are surveyed within the high-density core population area and about 15 more randomly selected plots surrounding the core in a low-density zone.

Art from across the country displayed at Seney refuge

Original Children’s art work from across the country will be on display at the Seney National Wildlife Refuge from July 3 through 23 as a part of their Junior Duck Stamp Exhibit. The first place winners from each state and U.S. territory will be on display in the visitors center.

Take a tour through Seney

The Seney National Wildlife Refuge invites those looking to spot wildlife to join them for a morning bus tour on Monday and Friday mornings at 10 a.m. from July 3 to August 28. Trained staff and volunteers will aid tour goers in seeking spots to see the wildlife the refuge has to offer during the two-to-two-and-a-half-hour tour while sharing information on the animals and the history and current management practices.

CCCAC hosts artist sessions

The Copper Country Community Arts Center will host a free member class titled Finding Center—Creating a Personal Mandala with Cynthia Coté from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday July 25. During the class participants will create personal Mandalas, an ancient meditation tool, using fine point markers and colored pencils for relaxation and discovery. All supplies are included. CCCAC members should register by July 18. The CCCAC will also hold a potluck presentation with Christa Walck at 6 p.m., on Friday, July 28. Walck is an artist living in Philadelphia who spends her time exploring its neighborhoods, architecture, art and culture. She will share her excitement at becoming a part of the community and photographing its treasures. Participants should RSVP by Thursday, July 27. Bring a dish to pass.

Memorial golf tournament kicks off in Munising

The 7th Annual Fuzzy Boyak Memorial Golf Tournament Kicks off at Munising’s Pictured Rocks Golf Club at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 29. The event will include a 4-person scramble, cash prizes to winning teams, a huge raffle, 50/50 prizes and dinner. Proceeds from the tournament will go into the Dennis “Fuzzy” Boyak Fund and the Fuzzy Fitness Center housed within Alger Parks and Recreation Department. The event will be held at Pictured Rocks Golf Course and Country Club, located at E10240 County Road H-58 in Munising. Registration is $240 per team. Visit the 7th Annual Fuzzy Boyak Memorial Golf Tournament Facebook page for further information.

Antique appraiser coming to Upper Peninsula

Three Superior District Libraries will be hosting Antique and Collectible Appraisal events with appraiser Mark Moran of Iola, Wisconsin. He will be at the Drummond Island Library from 3 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 27, at Les Cheneaux Community Library in Cedarville from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, July 28, and at Bayliss Public Library in Sault Ste. Marie from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 29. There is a $10 charge per item appraised. Participants must register and pay in advance at the library of their choice, as space is limited. An audience for the appraisals is welcome. Visit markfmoran.com for more information.

Outback Art Fair returns to shores of Lake Superior

The 24th Annual Outback Art Fair will take place July 29 and 30 in the Shiras Park/Picnic Rocks area. This year’s vendors will feature artists of an array of mediums such as pottery, fused glass and jewelry, paintings, carvings, wood decor, stained glass and more. Outback was rated #80 of hundred best Classic and Contemporary Craft Shows in the Country.

Glow Golf Tournament

coming to Ishpeming

The Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Cosmic Glow Golf glow-in-the-dark par-3 tournament at the Wawonowin Country Club on August 18. Events will take place between 3 and 11 p.m. and include pay as you go mini golf, appetizers, jello infused libations, an ice cream sundae bar, music, barbecue, cash bar, 18 holes of golf and awards and prizes. Participants must register before August 1. Visit the Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook page or call 486-1111 to register or for more information.

Negaunee farmers market returns to Wednesdays

The Jackson Mine Farmers and Crafters Market takes place from 4:30 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday through September 17 at Miners Park in Negaunee. The market features locally grown, fresh produce,  crafted items, food items and sweets available for purchase. Local producers will feature a full line of seasonal, locally grown produce. The market is also accepting Project Fresh coupons and EBT Bridge Cards. The Negaunee Senior Center will also host evening socials at the same time as the market and will include pie, snacks and coffee.

MSU Extension to host Master Gardener classes

Michigan State University Extension will host Master Gardener Program education classes in Marquette, Thursdays from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. August 17 through November 16 in the NMU Learning Resource Center. This horticulture education and volunteer training program provides home gardening information to Michigan residents through a network of trained master gardener volunteers. The program costs $300. Partial scholarships are available. Registration must be completed online at http://events.anr.msu.edu/mgvpmarquette17/ by August 6. Contact Rebecca Krans at 875-0606 or at kransr@anr.msu.edu for more information.

MSU extension offers

shoreline protection

workshop in two locations

Michigan State University Extension is offering training in Watersmeet and Curtis this summer on the benefits of natural lake shorelines and techniques and tools property owners and local governments can use to maintain or recreate natural shoreline. Topics will include introduction to shorelines, planning, designing a shoreline project, Michigan shoreline rules and regulations, planning and zoning and more. The workshops will run from 9;30 a.m. to 5 p.m.  on Thursday, July, 27, at the Curtis, Portage Township Community Building and on Friday, July 28, at the Watersmeet, Lac Vieux Desert Resort and Casino. The cost is $40 for individuals registered on or before Thursday, July 6, or $60 for those registering after or couples participating who will only receive one set of materials. Registration includes snacks, lunch and a copy of the MSU Extension bulletin Natural Shoreline Landscapes on Michigan’s Inland Lakes.  Workshops will be taught by public policy experts from MSU Extension. Visit the MSU Extension website for more information or to register.

Summer camp provides music education and

opportunities in Escanaba

The Bonifas Fine Arts Center is holding a weeklong day camp that provides music education opportunities for youth in grades 7th through 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., July 12 through 21. The music camp will focus on Rock, Jazz and Popular music of all genres. All instruments, including vocals, and all skill levels are invited to join. Young musicians will form bands based on age, skill level and musical interests. These bands will rehearse all week and perform live for the public Friday afternoon.

Volunteer with the Superior Watershed Partnership

A new program offered by the Superior Watershed Partnership (SWP) allows visitors to Lake Superior to volunteer for environmental restoration work. The Lake Superior Volunteer Corps gives those visiting Lake Superior the opportunity to help protect the lake and its watershed. The program is also available for local residents, businesses and community organizations. Volunteers who sign up will be able to assist with a wide variety of conservation projects including dune restoration, trail building, tree planting, erosion control, coastal wetland restoration, climate adaptation, assisting with small green infrastructure projects and more. For more information please visit the Superior Watershed Partnership website.

Bonifas hosts variety of classes in July

The Bonifas Arts Center in Escanaba will host a number of classes throughout the month of July, to include “Intro to Letterpress Printing with Daniel Schneider,” “Second Saturday Coffee Talk,” which will feature Miriam Pickens discussing butterflying in Keweenaw County, and “Nuno Felting a Silk Scarf Workshop with Terri Frew.” Visit bonifasarts.org for a full list of events and registration fees.

LCAP to host summer arts camp

Liberty Children’s Art Project will teach two four-day art camps for children going into 1st through 9th grade. it will be held at the Powell Township School Art Garage in Big Bay from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Monday, July 10, through Thursday, July 13, and a second session from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Monday, August 7, through Thursday, August 10. For both sessions a professional artist or art educator will teach each class for each age group. The drop-in classes are free of charge to Powell Township School children, but open to all children in the U.P. for $25 a week or $5 for one day workshop. Contact Carol Phillips the LCAP director at 228-3956 for more information or to register.

Mary Jennings earns

national honor

Mary Jennings, director of Programming and Development at Michigan Tech’s Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts, earned a place amongst 25 national arts professionals chosen to participate in the third cohort of the Association of Performing Arts Professionals Leadership Fellows Program. The program invites arts professionals who show outstanding commitment to building collaborative processes in the performing arts to participate in a 20-month intensive Arts Leadership mentoring and training program.

Marquette farmers market held each Saturday

The Downtown Marquette Farmers Market, sponsored by the Marquette Downtown Development Authority, is held each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 20 to December 16, 2017 at the Marquette Commons and features foods and goods from local farmers, growers and artisans.

Wildlife photo contest

submissions open

The Seney National Wildlife Refuge is hosting a photo contest for photo entries depicting an array of refuge experiences. All entries will be on display during September and October in the auditorium and on the refuge’s Facebook page where visitors can vote for their favorites. Further contest details can be found in the Seney Visitor Center or on the Seney website. Photos must be postmarked by August 31.

Music on Third Street begins again in Marquette

Each summer an eclectic mix of local musicians play along the sidewalks of Third Street in Marquette’s Downtown District as part of a summer series titled Music on Third. This month’s Music on Third Street will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 20. Held the third Thursday of the month, June through September, Music on Third brings the community out onto the summer streets of Marquette’s Downtown District to enjoy fresh, local music and visit the more than 100 unique shops and restaurants that line Third Street.

Waterfront Art Fest offers

family fun

The Waterfront Arts Festival—the longest running and largest arts festival in Delta County, will be held at Escanaba’s Ludington Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 5. More than 50 vendors booths will display and sell their artwork. Festival goers can also visit the Young Artist’s Market where young entrepreneurs will have tables set up to sell their homemade works. The family friendly event will also entail a youth activities tent where kids can create art of their own. Lunch, treats and a raffle will also be available at the festival.

Entrepreneur opportunity held for young artists

The Young Artist Market, held during the Waterfront Art Festival on Saturday, August 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., is an opportunity for students to display and sell their original artwork. All artwork must be done by the artist (a limited amount of adult assistance is acceptable). Work must be of suitable quality to be sold and a sample must be approved by the Bonifas staff upon receipt of application. The market is open to youth ages 18 and under. There is a $5 registration fee. The deadline to enter is 3 p.m., Saturday, July 22.

MTU Rozsa Center website gets a new look

The Michigan Tech Rozsa Center and Department of Visual and Performing Arts website recently gained a new look as the site was moved into the new Michigan Tech content management system template, designed by University Marketing and Communications (UMC), as part of the ongoing Michigan Tech brand initiative. A team of UMC and Rozsa staff collaborated to create a user-friendly experience, with streamlined navigation and compelling imagery. The redesigned site offers direct access to show information and tickets for all Rozsa Presenting and Visual and Performing Arts events at Michigan Tech. Visit the new website at www.mtu.edu/rozsa/ or email rozsa@mtu.edu to share you feedback.

State terminates contract with Line 5 analysis

contractor

The State of Michigan terminated a contract on June 21 with Det Norske Veritas, Inc. (DNV GL), the firm preparing a risk analysis report on the Line 5 pipeline below the Straits of Mackinac. The contract was terminated prior to the draft report being delivered to the state’s project team. Within the past month, the state’s project team became aware that an employee who had worked on the risk analysis at DNV GL subsequently worked on another project for Enbridge Energy Co., Inc., which owns the Line 5 pipeline, while the risk analysis was being completed. This violated the conflict of interest prohibitions contained in the contract. DNV GL was hired by the state in 2016 following an extensive request for proposal process including review and selection by a team with diverse technical backgrounds. The contract requires that DNV GL employees working on the risk assessment maintain complete independence from any other project involving Enbridge during the term and length of the contract.At the same time it hired DNV GL, the state also hired a separate firm, Dynamic Risk Assessment Systems, Inc., to prepare an alternative analysis report on the Line 5 pipeline.

MSU Extension hosts

balance program

Michigan State University Extension will host “A Matter of Balance,” a program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults, free of charge Mondays and Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. July 17 through August 8 at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Marquette. The program includes eight two-hour sessions for a small group led by a trained facilitator. During the class participants learn to view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, changes to make to reduce fall at home and exercises to increase strength and balance. The nationally recognized program was developed at the Roybal Center at Boston University.

MSU Extension holds

diabetes prevention program

Michigan State University Extension will host a 16-session national diabetes prevention program from 5 to 6 p.m. on Mondays beginning July 17, at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Marquette. The program is $50 and is proven to support and motivate people at risk for diabetes and those with pre-diabetes to make practical, real-life changes and cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by more than half. The program informs about making better food choices, being more physically active and how to find helpful ways to cope with problems and stress. During the sessions participants will work with a trained lifestyle coach and a small group of people who share the same goal. Six monthly sessions follow the initial 16 weekly sessions.

Classes held for young artists

The Bonifas Fine Arts Center will host “Drawn Into Summer” art sessions with instructor Eddie Moritz for grades K through six. Students will experiment with collage, colored pencils, tempera paint and watercolor paints while practicing the same styles of Frida Kahlo, Andy Warhol, Money and James A. McNeill Whistler. For dates and times of sessions visit the Bonifas Fine Arts website.

UPCM hosts children’s clubhouse

The Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum hosts Mr. Jim’s Toddler Clubhouse each weekday at 11 a.m. The clubhouse entails developmentally appropriate hands-on activities for toddlers and their caregivers, featuring dancing, crafts, food and singing. The clubhouse is free with admission price or membership.

Author’s Corner

•Finlandia University Assistant Professor of History Dr. William Knoblauch released his first book Nuclear Freeze in a Cold War: The Reagan Administration, cultural activism, and the end of the Arms Race. This is the first of two books he is releasing in 2017, with the other being an edited collection entitled Routledge History of World Peace since 1750 with co-editors Dr. Christian Peterson and Dr. Michael Loadenthal.

•The recently released Arthur’s Bosom, is the fifth and final book volume in Tyler Tichelaar’s The Children of Arthur series. The book follows two twin boys who find themselves back in time when an apocalyptic comet strikes and sends them back into the sixth century. The two are then on a quest to find their way back to the 21st century from Arthurian Britain. Arthur’s Bosom can be purchased in paperback and ebook editions through local and online book stores. Visit www.ChildrenofArthur.com for more information.

News and notes from the Michigan DNR…

•The DNR expects to begin updates on campground amenities at the F.J. McLain State Park in Houghton County later this year in accordance with the park’s recently updated management plan. Erosion has been a persistent problem at the park, causing rangers to close some park campsites and other features. Nearly $3 million has been made available to design and construct master plan concepts at the park.

•The DNR will soon be updating the Crystal Falls field office in Iron County—the first time the office has been substantially renovated since the building was constructed in 1970. During the renovation, the office will remain open to the public weekdays from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The remodel is expected to take six to eight weeks to complete.

•Michigan Pheasant Restoration Initiative coalition partners recently compiled a 2016 annual report, now available at michiganpheasantsforever.org/habitat. The report details the initiatives accomplishments in 2016.

•Conservation Officer Patrick Hartsig received the DNR’s Life Saving Award for rescuing a boy on February 5 who was lost on the Lake Michigan ice in the U.P.

•The Michigan Natural Resources Commission approved fishing regulation changes regarding lake trout and splake in lakes Michigan and Huron and Type F drowned river mouth lakes. These changes went into effect June 9. The regulation changes will result in expanding angling opportunities.

•The DNR is accepting Wildlife Habitat Grant Program applications now through July 21.  Projects featuring habitat enhancement for game species will be given priority. The main objective of the grant program is to enhance and improve the quality and quantity of game species habitat in support of goal 2 of the Wildlife Division’s strategic plan, managing habitat for sustainable wildlife populations and wildlife-based recreation.

•The DNR recommends those intending to upland bird hunt this fall begin pre season planning by checking out some of Michigan’s 17 Grouse Enhanced Management Sites (GEMS) found across Michigan’s Upper and northern Lower Peninsulas. GEMS are large blocks of land open to hunting that are managed for young forests that offer excellent spots to hunt and see wildlife because of the thick cover and food sources provided.

•The DNR closed the Culhane Lake boat ramp for replacement in northeastern Luce County for  a portion of the month of June.

From the desk of U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman…

•U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Representative Jack Bergman, and other senators and representatives introduced the bipartisan Soo Locks Modernization Act. The legislation authorizes the necessary level of funding to construct another Poe-sized lock. Only the Poe Lock is large enough to handle 70 percent of the cargo that passes through the Locks. There have been no comprehensive improvements to the Soo Locks facility in nearly 50 years. Approximately 80 million tons of iron ore, coal, stone, grain, and other commercial commodities pass through the locks annually.

•Bergman voted in favor of H.R. 10, the Financial CHOICE Act, which will “level the playing field” between Main Streets and Wall Street.

•Bergman joined Congressman Don Bacon and Mike Gallagher in introducing the Accountability for Congressional Pay Act, a measure that would directly link pay for Members of Congress to their ability to balance the budget. This legislation would cut members of Congress’ pay equal to the percentage of deficit spending in our federal budget. This pay cut will be up to 15 percent and will be implemented during each member’s following term, should that member get re-elected. Members serving their first term will not receive a pay cut.

From the desk of Sen. Debbie Stabenow…

•U.S. senators Stabenow and Gary Peters introduced two bills to protect and restore fisheries across the state. The Great Lakes Aquatic Connectivity and Infrastructure Program Act will improve Great Lakes fisheries and encourage habitat restoration by repairing and replacing aging dams, culverts, and roads. The Great Lakes Mass Marking Program Act will make scientific technology available to track and monitor the health of fisheries in the Great Lakes.

•U.S. Senators Stabenow and Gary Peters today introduced the Stop Asian Carp Now Act, which will require the Trump Administration to release the Brandon Road Study within seven days of the bill’s

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