March 2017 City Notes

City Notes

Dear Reader,

With another new month, comes another new Marquette Monthly.

I’ve always likde that about print publications. No matter what else is happening in the world, no matter how bad (or good) the news, no matter how bad (or good) the weather, a new Marquette Monthly will always be there to greet you at the beginning of each month with fresh stories and fresh takes on the world around you.

Having already read through the issue a few times, I can safely say we’ve put together an exceptional edition this month, something we hope you agree with as you read through our magazine. In the following pages, you’ll find articles on the Berlin Airlift, the making of piirakka, on people who’ve immigrated here from countries far, far away and those who are stopping in town just for a quick visit to share their own unique skills and knowledge.

And after you’ve finished our March edition, be sure, also, to check back with us next month to see the winner in our annual Marquette Monthly Short Story Contest. Our judging panel is currently hard at work narrowing the field down to just one story. I do not envy them the task.

I know that each month I find the articles to be informative, inspirational and uplifting. I hope you find those same things on the pages to come. As always, it was a privilege putting them together for you.

— Jackie Stark

managing editor

Dear Editor,

Hard to believe it, but it has been nearly 20 years since construction began for the Peter White Public Library expansion/renovation project. During the months of February and March 1998, library staff and volunteers moved more than half of the library’s collection to a temporary library facility in the old Quad II cafeteria located on NMU’s campus. The grand opening for the project was held on October 22, 2000.

Fast forward to 2017. As often happens with time, the Peter White Public Library is used by the public in ways we never could have anticipated in 1998. We have experienced enormous growth in technology, library programming and meeting space usage. These changes are very similar to the national trends in library usage. The rapid changes in technology and the explosion of wireless devices have required PWPL to expand technology access and support. We have been able to keep pace with changes in technology even while funding was going down. The library serves as a “third place” for many people in our area. A “third place” is defined as a social location that is separate from home or work. This need for a free, neutral, comfortable and accessible social space is more important than ever for many of our visitors. Meeting room spaces at Peter White Public Library are always in high demand. Library staff, community groups, and walk-in use keep these rooms busy for most of the library’s open hours. With all of the growth over the last two decades, it’s time to look to the future again.

The library is beginning a comprehensive space planning project and we want to hear from you!

How can the Peter White Public Library better serve you?  What needs do you see?  How can the Peter White Public Library better serve community needs in the next 20 years?

Kim Bolan and Associates (http://rethinkinglibraries.org/) will be on site March 20 to 22 conducting focus groups, public forums, staff interviews and learning about our remarkable community.

Public Forum sessions will be held in the Peter White Public Library Community Room on Monday, March 20th.  These sessions are open to the public, please come and give your opinions and feedback on the future of the Peter White Public Library!  Sessions will be held from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. and 7 to 8:15 p.m..

No registration is required, refreshments will be provided, and activities in the children’s room will take place during the forums to assist parents who wish to attend.

Please come out and help us to reimagine our library!

Can’t make the public forum sessions?  No worries, we will also launch an online survey on Monday, March 20.  Check out our website www.pwpl.info and Facebook page to participate!

— Andrea Ingmire

executive director, PWPL

Dear Editor,

A consensus of the members of the Marquette Area Public Schools Board of Education, have serious concerns about the appointment of Betsy DeVos as secretary of education. Mrs. DeVos appears to have a clear lack of experience in working with public schools. Mrs. DeVos appears to possess few of the qualifications we expect from a secretary of education, having little to no relevant experience. She does not possess a degree in any educational discipline, has never attended public schools, nor have her children attended public schools. Her experience lies in charter schools, appearing that the focus of her work has always been in areas that support private education, to the detriment of public schools.

The secretary of education should avoid a privatization agenda that transfers taxpayer money to private and charter schools. We oppose the privatization of education, taking it out of the hands of educational professionals and handing off to for-profit organizations. In the State of Michigan, a significant amount of money has already been redirected from traditional public schools to private and charter schools. This has and will continue to have, a negative financial effect on the Marquette Area Public Schools district. When funding is taken away from public schools by new charter schools, public schools are forced to shoulder the unexpected financial burden. This gives us great concern.

We stand with our MAPS teachers in questioning the appointment of Betsy DeVos and how that might affect future funding of public schools. As a board, the undersigned strongly support our excellent educational system here at MAPS, our teachers, our students and our entire community. We urge our nation’s representatives—both Democrat and Republican—  to vote against the appointment of Mrs. DeVos and to seek an appointee whose vision and expertise will help transform our Public Education system for the future, rather than seek to undermine and destroy it. The system is not broke, but rather it is a robust and highly successful system that has served our Marquette Area Public Schools community for many years. We feel this system may be in jeopardy due to the appointment of Mrs. DeVos and the financial ramifications we face when public education funding is cut in favor of private and charter schools.

— Rich Rossway

president, Marquette Area Public Schools Board of Education

Dear Editor,

It may or may not be coincidence that almost all of the Republicans voted to raise the speed limits and Democrats voted otherwise.

It is a measure of intelligence. Taking chances. A couple of days ago I watched a fellow fly at Mach 8, 5,000 miles per hour; he survived too.

1.  Safe stopping distance is a prime consideration. Could I come to a complete stop if a child on a bicycle came out of a hidden driveway? If a deer bounded out of a grassy ditch? If part of a load blew off a truck ahead of me? No? Then the response should be that I was going too fast for conditions, thereby causing an accident. It was not an accident. In truth it was not an accident inasmuch as it could have been anticipated.

2.  How much damage am I willing to tolerate? The faster I go the harder I hit that kid, or that tree, or that oncoming schoolbus. But it’s not that simple. Many folks think that if I drive twice as fast then I hit twice as hard — but that is not true. It is NOT a “straight-line relationship.” The impact is said to vary with velocity “squared.” Double your speed and you get four times the impact. Triple your speed and you get nine times the impact, and so on.

3. Hitting a concrete abutment at high speed would be better than hitting an oncoming speeding truck — but neither is advisable because it is the velocity of impact which controls the damage. So if both were doing 30 mph it would be like running into a tree at 60 mph — and crying that you were only doing 30 would still feel like 60. No excuse.

4.  Another factor to bear in mind is the relative mass (weight) of the colliding objects. If a loaded logging truck runs into a cyclist crossing his path, at a modest 45 mph, the driver will feel the bump but the cyclist will probably not survive. Deer get hosed off bumpers and radiators at the end of the day.

5.  Now think about an oncoming truck crossing the median at 80 mph in the Detroit rush hour. Phew!

Perhaps I’m overly sensitive to the speeding issue because I was brought up in Europe on a bicycle, and 12 mph was about right. On most roads trucks carried a big sign “20” and that was their legal speed limit. On long trips a good cyclist could get tucked in behind a truck to draft him — keeping an eye fixed on his brake lights of course!

Have a good sleep.

— Jack Parker

Painting with Penney March 3

Earthly Treasures in Ishpeming is hosting a $30 painting class at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 3. Painting supplies, canvas, and step-by-step instruction will be provided to paint the featured subject. Call Stacey at Earthly Treasures to regiser at 485-1033.

100DayProject checks in

The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center is pleased to announce that a check-in session for 100DayProject participants will be held  at the center from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 4, with the project organizers Ann Russ and Cathy Benda. At this check-in, 100DayProject participants will be able to share and discuss their experiences thus far in the project, while refocusing to finish out the last half of the project strong. This year’s 100DayProject began on January 22 and ends on April 30. During this time, participants are encouraged to explore and experiment with any creative medium of their choice for 100 days straight. More information on The100DayProject can be found at www.the100dayproject.com.

Nominations sought for Governor Service Awards

The Michigan Community Service Commission is seeking nominations for the 2017 Governor’s Service Awards, which are given annually by the governor to individuals, organizations and businesses to acknowledge their commitment to serving their communities through volunteerism. This marks the 25th year of the awards, which will be presented at a celebration August 21 in Detroit. To nominate, find the online application at www.michigan.gov/governorsserviceawards. Nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 20.

Westwood Shakespeare Young Company to perform The Tempest

A sea change is in the offing at the Patriot Performing Arts Theatre at Westwood High School. The Westwood Shakespeare Young Company will present its Sea Change version of Shakespeare’s The Tempest at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1, and Wednesday, March 8. Artistic Director B.G. Bradley said those who saw The Tempest during the first semester will get to see the play again, with some new actors and re-cast performers, a different interpretation, and with previews of coming attractions from The Westwood Shakespeare Company. Sea Change will include a live look at the upcoming Westwood Improv shows, a brief documentary concerning this summer’s Westwood Shakespeare Company Community Theatre production of Hamlet, and a mixed media and live intro to next year’s Young Company production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Tickets for Sea Change are available at the PPAT Box Office one hour before showtime: $10 for adults, $8 for students, and $5 per seat for any group of 5 or more. Children under 10 are admitted free. For further information contact Young Company Director Jamie VanEnkevort at 485-1023.

Forest service hosts meeting on Trails Working Group

The Hiawatha National Forest will have a Comprehensive Trail Plan meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, March 6 at the Mathias Township Community Building, located at E 2997 State Highway M-67, in Trenary. The Forest Service is proposing to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the forest trails system through facilitation of  Trails Working Groups. During the meeting a representative (and one alternative) will be identified to serve on the TWG. This representative will be responsible for coordinating with their respective trail activity group to develop proposed updates to the forest trails system, and to present those proposals to other members of the TWG for consideration. Collectively, the TWG will develop a mutually agreeable Comprehensive Trails Plan that supports the needs of all forest trail users. This plan will help forest leadership make informed decisions about future investment in the forest trails system. A similar meeting has already been held in Rudyard to identify a representative from that activity area. RSVP no later than one week prior to the meeting; contact Paul Holeva by telephone at 428-5889 or by email at pholeva@fs.fed.us.

Star date: March 2017

MOON & PLANETS—March 1st is a good time to check out the evening sky just after sunset. Venus is very noticeable in the west in the bright twilight sky. As darkness falls, reddish Mars becomes visible to the upper left of Venus. The crescent Moon is to the left of Mars. Venus loses altitude during March and sets earlier each night. As Venus disappears into the Sun’s glare around the 20th, Mercury has already climbed up out of it. Both planets might be visible extremely low in the bright twilight on the 18th. Near month’s end, brighter Mercury is located well below Mars in the twilight sky. A very thin crescent Moon is to the upper left of Mercury on the 29th. Venus quickly becomes a morning object and can be seen rising in the east just before the Sun in the waning days of March. During all of March, Jupiter rises before midnight and Saturn rises well before first light. In the early morning hours of the 15th, the almost full Moon will be up in the south and to the left of Jupiter.

STARS & CONSTELLATIONS—The prominent winter constellations are high in the south and west just after darkness falls in the late winter and early spring skies of March. Gemini is very high in the south with its twin stars Castor and Pollux. By around midnight, the distinctive constellations of Orion and Canis Major will be low in the southwest. Sirius, the very bright star in Canis Major shines brilliantly above the horizon. The major spring constellations of Leo and Virgo will also have risen by midnight. Two of the brighter stars of the spring sky are Regulus in Leo and Spica in Virgo. Regulus is high in the south and Spica is low in the southeast. Spica will be easy to spot, as it is located just below very bright Jupiter. The brightest star in the spring sky is yellow-orange Arcturus, which is in the due east.

— Craig Linde

Editor’s note: Courtesy of the Marquette Astronomical Society. For details visit

the Marquette Astronomical Society on Facebook.

Vintage Ski Day to celebrate history of sport

The Beaumier Heritage Center and the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame are together planning a Vintage Ski Day for Sunday, March 5, at Marquette Mountain. Events will begin at noon with a vintage ski race down Cliffs Ridge. Racers will receive a handicap based on their age and the age of their equipment. At 1 p.m. the popular vintage costume fashion show will start in front of the main lodge.  Marquette Mountain will donate $5 to the museums for each person who buys a day ski pass while wearing a vintage ski outfit.  Throughout the day, vintage ski films will be shown in the lodge and skiing trivia on monitors in the lodge and T-Bar. There will also be displays of ski equipment and memorabilia from the Hall of Fame’s collection.

MAPS to hold kindergarten registration at Whitman Hall

The Marquette Area Public Schools will host its annual kindergarten registration from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, March 7, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8 in Whitman Hall on Northern Michigan University’s campus. The child’s certified birth certificate, immunization record and proof of residency will be required for registration. Children do not need to be present to register. A kindergarten screening appointment for each child will be scheduled at this time. Kindergarten screenings will be held the first week of May.

UP agriculture seminar set

Michigan State University Extension is hosting the 11th annual Agriculture for Tomorrow conference on March 7 at Bay College Heirman University Center in Escanaba to help U.P. farmers stay informed, up-to-date and profitable. The cost is $35 and includes lunch and materials. Topics will include protecting crops from weeds, disease and insects, managing crop nutrients, dairy calf housing, passive immune testing calves, beef cattle handling, getting to know local resources, and other subjects. For more information about the Agriculture for Tomorrow conference or to register visit the website https://events.anr.msu.edu/2017AgforTomorrow/.  Contact 884-4386 or wardynsk@anr.msu.edu with any questions.

Mini folk music school scheduled for March 11

Folk music has been a driving rhythm of the Upper Peninsula for as long as there have been people in the U.P. to sing and play music. As part of that tradition in passing on folk music, the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center has been collaborating with NMU music department faculty and staff as well as local folk musicians to prepare an exciting summer camp opportunity for high school musicians for July 2017.  To help promote the school, the center is hosting a free Mini-Folk School from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 11, at the Don H. Bottum University Center. Throughout that afternoon there will be free folk music lessons for people of all ages, and in the evening there will be a concert with some of the folk school’s faculty.  For a full schedule of events, visit http://www.nmu.edu/beaumierheritagecenter/events

AAUW book sale accepting donations

The Marquette Branch of the American Association of University Women will sponsor its annual used book sale Thursday through Saturday April 27 to 29 at the First Presbyterian Church in Marquette. Proceeds will be used for scholarships for women. Books for donation may be dropped off at any of four collection sites beginning Monday, March 13: Marquette Federal Community Credit Union, U.P. Medical Center, River Valley Bank and the First Presbyterian Church. Call 250-6170 or 250-5392 for more information.

Catholic Diocese seeks nominations for award

The Catholic Diocese of Marquette is seeking nominations for the Legacy of Faith Catholic Service Award. The award recognizes those who show exemplary leadership and lifetime dedication to carrying out the mission of the Catholic Church. Nominees must have demonstrated significant service to the Catholic Church, their community, and beyond. Award recipients will be honored at their parish during the summer or fall of 2017 and at the Bishop’s Ambassadors Dinner in October. Recipients receive an engraved medallion, and their parish will receive a $250 grant for faith formation. The U.P. Catholic Newspaper will highlight the recipients. For additional information and the nomination form, visit www.LegacyOfFaith.net, call 227-9108 or e-mail tgadzinski@dioceseofmarquette.org. The nomination deadline is May 1.

GLYCD accepting scholarship applications

The Great Lakes Center for Youth Development is accepting applications for the Judy Watson Olson Education Enrichment Award, named in honor of former GLYCD President and CEO Judy Watson Olson. Judy spent her career ensuring youth had the support they needed to grow into successful adults. The $500 award assists Upper Peninsula K-12 schools, teachers or organizations with programs that help youth succeed academically. Examples of potential projects include homework clubs, field trips, mentoring or literacy support. Applicants must submit by Friday, March 10, and must be from U.P. school districts, college access networks, or other youth-serving organizations. Selection will be based on how the program addresses an unmet need, how it helps youth succeed academically, the number of youth served and other compelling data as determined by the selection committee.  Questions may be directed to Karen Thompson at kthompson@glycd.org

Annual Pigs-N-Heat hockey game set for March 15

The annual Pigs-N-Heat hockey game fundraiser will be at Lakeview Arena Wednesday, March 15, at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are $1 and available at Fire Station #1, 418 S. Third Street. The goal is to raise money for the Fire Relief Fund, which helps Marquette County residents who have experienced devastating loss due to fire. Since its inception in 1984, over $380,000 has been dispersed.

LSCP announces recipients of Distinguished Service Awards

The Lake Superior Community Partnership has announced the recipients of the 2017 Distinguished Service Awards, sponsored by the Marquette County Ambassadors. Northern Michigan University was selected in the business category and Brett French as the individual award recipient. The awards will be presented in front of community members attending the LSCP’s Annual Dinner held in Northern Michigan University’s Great Lakes Room at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 9. Criteria used in the award selection process include: makes a strong contribution to the betterment of Marquette County through the use of time, talent and/or treasure, helps the Lake Superior Community Partnership reach its community and economic development goals, demonstrates leadership within the community. For information on the LSCP’s 2017 Annual Dinner or to purchase tickets, contact the LSCP office at 226-6591 or visit www.marquette.org.

Beth Millner Jewelry seeks applications for fundraising program

Beth Millner Jewelry, in downtown Marquette, is calling for applications for its fundraiser jewelry program. Through this program a portion of the proceeds of a custom designed, locally handmade piece will be donated to your organization. As an integral part of Beth Millner Jewelry’s business ethos, the company is dedicated to giving back to the community. With the fundraiser jewelry program; Beth Millner Jewelry has successfully collaborated and donated toward art scholarships, nature centers and science camps. This year the program is seeking new organizations to work with and invites Upper Peninsula non-profits to apply, with a special interest in those involved in the arts or environment. Deadline to apply is Saturday, April 15. For application and program details, visit www.bethmillner.com.

North of 45 Retreat registration opens

The eighth annual North of 45 Retreat for Writers will be held May 4 through 7 in Curtis with Chamberlin’s Ole Forest Inn and the Erickson Center for the Arts hosting. The retreat is an opportunity for writers of all styles to share their love of the written word with like-minded people in a relaxed atmosphere. The all-inclusive retreat draws writers together for a series of workshops designed to jumpstart creativity, hone skills, and spark the muse, with participants receiving feedback from their peers that is both affirming and constructive. An Authors’ Read will take place at the Erickson Center on at 7 p.m. on May 5 as part of the event, with the retreat staff sharing selections from their own work. The public is encouraged to attend. Any adult writer is welcome. For more information, to register, or to become a sponsor, call 800-292-0440.

Piano concert at NMU to feature Finnish composers

A piano concert by Craig Randal Johnson on Tuesday, March 14, featuring works by Finnish composers will be one of many events marking the centennial in 2017 of Finland’s independence. Jointly sponsored by Northern Michigan University’s Department of Music and the League of Finnish-American Societies, Upper Peninsula Chapter, it will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Reynolds Recital Hall on the NMU campus. The free concert will include works by Sibelius, Kuula, Rautavaara, Madetoja, Kokkonen and Melartin. The Rautavaara work, titled “Ikonit” (Icons) will have descriptions of the icons that inspired the composer, read in Finnish by Tanya Stanaway, of Ishpeming, with written English translations for the audience to read. Finland declared its independence from Russia in 1917.  This concert is one of the events around the world that celebrates this centennial year. For more information, call NMU’s music department at 227-2563 or the league at 228-8035.

Registration opens for Isle Royale, Keweenaw workshops

Registration is now open for four Isle Royale and Keweenaw Peninsula workshops, all sponsored by the Isle Royale and Keweenaw Parks Association (IRKPA).  Three workshops will be taught in the Rock Harbor area of  Isle Royale: Plant Identification from June 5 to 10, Field Ornithology from June 13 to 17, and  Night Sky Photography from August 25 to 30.  A fourth workshop, Plant Identification, will be taught in the Copper Harbor area of the Keweenaw July 25 to 27. For more information about these workshops, visit:  http://irkpa.org/get-involved/workshops or contact Kristine Bradof at kbradof@irkpa.org or 482-3627.

MRHC presents ‘Cruise of the Abbie’

The Marquette Regional History Center will present “The Cruise of the Abbie” at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8 at the center. There will be a presentation and re-enactment of John M. Longyear’s 1889 adventures by B.G. Bradley, playing John M. Longyear, and Rosemary Michelin, playing Abbie. The pair will share the often funny memories outlined in Longyear’s journal and the boat which he named after her.  A $5 donation is suggested.  For more info call 906-226-3571 or visit marquettehistory.org

Glacier Glide winners announced

The Lake Superior Art Association is thanking everyone who participated in Lake Superior Art Association’s 29th Annual Glacier Glide Art Show. Sunny skies and warm temperatures welcomed spectators to Presque Isle Park to view some very creative works of art. This year’s “Best of Snow” award went to Jackie Gallagher for her piece titled “‘I Spy’ UP Style.” The other adult awards went to: 1st place, Backdoor Friends; 2nd place, Kathy Peters and Friends; 3rd place, Charlice Stewart; and Honorable Mentions were awarded to Fran Darling, Carie Koscielny, Leeann Collins, Tabetha Jasman and Nathan Kayser. Youth category awards went to: 9 and Under, “Best of Snow,” Averie Vial; 1st place, Taylor Carlson; 2nd place, Myla Ogea; and 3rd place, Tatum La Freniere. In the 10 to 14 years category “Best of Snow” went to Allison Korpi; 1st place, Kallee McCone; 2nd place, Kelsey Oas; and 3rd place, Keerin Glendon. In the 15 to 18 years category, “Best of Snow” went to Kate Zorn; 1st place, Aleda Johnson; 2nd place, Sabrina Stanley; and 3rd place, Grace Ulvila. Congratulations to all of the award recipients. Thank you also to the City of Marquette and the Marquette Arts and Culture Center for helping to support Glacier Glide, and Boy Scout Troop 302 for providing such wonderful refreshments and manpower to pack up after the show.

MACC seeking high school artists for show

The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center will host the fifth annual High School Art Show in April in both the SmallWorks Gallery and LSAA Gallery of the MACC located at 217 N. Front Street in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library in Marquette. Any high school-age student (including those who are homeschooled) living in Marquette County may enter a piece for this non-juried show. Any medium is welcome, including paint, ceramics, drawing, mixed media and video. All art must be ready to hang. Drop off work by Thursday, March 30. The show will be on exhibit from April 6 to 28 with an opening artist reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 6. For more information or questions, call 228-0472 or email arts-culture@mqtcty.org.

Nominations sought for Marquette arts awards

The City of Marquette is seeking nominations for deserving members of the community to be considered for the 2017 Annual Arts Awards. These awards are offered to recognize and thank citizens who have demonstrated artistic excellence and/or have made significant contributions to awareness of arts in our community. Nominations for the 21st Annual Art Awards are being accepted for the following categories: Arts Volunteer, Arts Activist, Arts Educator, Youth Award, Visual Artist, Performing Artist, Special Recognition, Community Arts Impact, Art Business Honor Roll, and Writer. Nomination forms and criteria may be picked up at the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center, located in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library at 217 N. Front Street, downloaded from the city website or online at https://goo.gl/xMzuO5. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, March 17. The award recipients will be honored at a public ceremony in May. Please note that nominations for non-residents are welcome as long as the nominee has made contributions to the City of Marquette. A complete list of past award winners can be found at https://goo.gl/IhK6wU.

Michigan blueberry research program established

The state’s blueberry producers approved a referendum establishing a Michigan Blueberry Research and Education Program. This program will be administered by a new Michigan Blueberry Commission, which will be comprised of seven Michigan blueberry producers appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder. The program will be fully funded by assessments on blueberries with a maximum assessment of up to three tenths of a cent per pound of blueberries sold. The effective date is May 1. The program was proposed by blueberry producers to help improve the economic position and competitiveness of Michigan’s blueberry industry by supporting research. The goal for this program is to keep Michigan’s blueberry industry on the cutting edge of new technology, as well as to implement new research, keeping the state’s farmers economically competitive in the growing world market.

UPAWS offers chip, nail clipping clinic

The last Thursday of each month, the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter (UPAWS) is offering a Microchip and Nail Clipping Clinic. The microchip, equipped with an individual scanning numer, is the size of a grain of sand and is implanted between the pet’s shoulder blades just under the skin. The number is listed with the owner’s contact information in a nation-wide database accesible by veterinarians, law enforcement and animal shelters to aid in the return of the pet should it become lost. Microchipping is $20 and nail trims are $10. Contact UPAWS at 475-6661 to set up an appointment.

Drilling in Porkies announced

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has issued a use permit to Orvana Resources U.S. Corp., a subsidiary of Highland Copper, to conduct exploratory drilling on a 1-mile-square piece of property situated along the westernmost edge of Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in Gogebic County. The exploratory drilling began in February and is scheduled to continue into early March, depending on weather conditions. If the exploration results indicate the potential for copper in suitable quality and minable quantities, Highland Copper would conduct a feasibility study, designed to mine the deposit entirely by underground methods, allowing the company to gain access to the copper ore body from land it owns outside the park.

Creative Community Series continues in Marquette

The following are offered in the Marquette Arts and Culture Center, located in the lower level of Peter White Public Library, in March as part of the Creative Community Series in Marquette:

• Little Art Lab from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 2. For kids age 4 to 8. Donations for supplies are welcome. Call Beth at 250-1996 to register or for more information.

• Watercolors With Carl Mayer from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28. There will be a $35 registration fee.

• Beginners Tai Chi with Marc Weinrick from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Fridays and Intermediate Tai Chi with Weinrick from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays. A $50 registration fee is required per month. To register, call 228-0472. Participants should bring a yoga mat, comfortable/ loose fitting clothing, and indoor athletic shoes to class.

Blues society board elects new members

The Marquette Area Blues Society recently held its annual elections, and the following persons were named to the 2017 board: Mark Stonerock (President), Cindy Engle (Vice President), JoAnne Maki (Treasurer), Nancy Wennerberg (Secretary), and board members at large Charlie Bastian, Tom Buchkoe, Dave Crum, Dave Goetsch, Mark Hamari, Lorrie Hayes, Tom Hyslop, Jeff Kallery, Walt Lindala, and Jesse Luttenton. Walt Lindala was also appointed the 2017 Blues Fest director. For more information about the Society, visit the website at www.marquetteareabluessociety.com.

PWPL to host public forums on future of library

Public Forum sessions will be held in the Peter White Public Library Community Room on Monday, March 20, in which input will be sought as the library begins a comprehensive space planning project. Library officials are hoping to learn how how constituents believe the library could serve them better over the next 20 years, and what they see as unmet needs. These sessions are open to the public and will be held from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. and 7 to 8:15 p.m. on Monday, March 20. They will be facilitated by Kim Bolan and Associates, who will be on site March 20 to 22 conducting focus groups, public forums, staff interviews and learning about the community.

(re)Design fashion vendors sought

On Saturday, April 8 the Marquette Regional History Center will present the eighth annual (re)Design Fashion Show, in partnership with the Garden Bouquet & Design and Lanni Lantto, fashion (re) designer. The event showcases fashion by local designers. The event is for all ages, and each item is wearable and for sale. Local craft vendors will also attend, featuring upcycled, recycled, repurposed and Earth-friendly work. Doors open at 1:30 p.m., with the runway show at 2 p.m. and vendors open from 3 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and 18 and under, on sale starting March 6, available at the Marquette Regional History Center. Proceeds from this event will benefit the center. To become a vendor, email taylorjeanehle@gmail.com by March 27. For more information, visit www.marquettehistory.org or call Garden Bouquet and Design at 225-5020.

March happenings at MRHC

• Jim Paquette will present, “Discovering the Ancient Caribou Hunters of Marquette County’s Silver Lake,” from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22. Hear the story of what happened 12,000 years ago when a group of migrating caribou stopped for a drink on the shoreline of Silver Lake and ancient hunters using wooden spears with stone tips suddenly appeared. A $5 donation is suggested.

• The center will present Youth Money Management on Thursday, March 23 at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., with 50-minute workshops for parents and their children ages 6 to 16. This program helps parents learn how to talk to their kids about influences and choices about money, as well as responsible money habits, and it is presented by Thrivent Financial. To participate there is a suggested donation of $2 per student and $5 per adult, which includes a visit to the museum galleries. Call 226-3571 to sign up ahead of time.

‘Thank God It’s Wednesday’ call for members

The “Thank God It’s Wednesday” artists would like to extend an invitation to all and every type of artist to join and share their passion, friendship and learning. This group began meeting in June 2008 as a plein-air group where they would meet weekly at the Ben Franklin parking lot and decide where to go. They have painted at member’s homes, camps, public spaces and now meet at the MACC. Originally painters, current members now work in varying mediums during their meetings. They currently meet from 1 to 4 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of the month. There is no cost to join. For more information or questions, call contact 228-0472 or email arts-culture@mqtcty.org.

From the desk of Sen. Debbie Stabenow…

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow announced legislation on January 30 to encourage businesses to bring jobs to America and discourage companies from shipping jobs overseas. By cutting taxes and closing a tax loophole, Stabenow’s Bring Jobs Home Act of 2017 proposes to grow the economy and bring jobs home to Michigan. Stabenow first introduced this legislation in 2012, and in every Congress since, but Senate Republicans have repeatedly blocked it. The bill would create a new tax cut to provide an incentive for U.S. companies to move jobs and business activity from another country back to America. It would also end a tax deduction for U.S. companies that outsource jobs and business activity.

Business in brief…

• The Marquette Chamber welcomed two new members to its board of directors on February 6.  Sarah Reynolds, representing the attorney office of Hyde & Swajanen, and Christian Verardi of Edward Jones were elected to the board, beginning their term on February 3. Also Rick Rhoades of WLUC TV6 was reelected to serve a second term. Board members with the Marquette Chamber serve three-year terms.

• Collectively, 55 Marquette County businesses created 223 new jobs in 2016 and were recognized for their participation in the Lake Superior Community Partnership’s Plus One program on February 8, during the Lake Superior Community Partnership’s Annual Meeting. Michigan Works! and the Lake Superior Community Partnership’s Plus One program is designed around the premise that an employer adding just one employee contributes to the economic development in Marquette County. Since the inception of the program 10 years ago, Marquette County businesses have created a total of 2,970 jobs.

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