To the editor,
Thank you to all of the police officers who continually volunteer to go the extra mile on their own time to keep our children safe and educate families about substance abuse. One example was the “Hidden in Plain Sight” event held at MARESA in Marquette.
Trooper Stacey Rasanen, Sgt. Tony Carrick, Lt. Tim Scholander, and Officer Nate Dawson joined Kelly Johnson Sager, Marquette County Cares members and others to create a replica of a typical teenager’s bedroom. However, they filled it with substance abuse materials that have been confiscated in our area.
Would parents be able to identify over 50 items that were planted in the teen replica room that night? There were a few surprises that indicated adults have a lot to learn to keep our kids safe. Thank you also to Household Appliance/Art Van for donating the furniture and setting up for the event.
Iris Katers, Marquette

To the editor,
Marquette County’s Blueprint for Safety, a Multi-System Response to Domestic Violence Crimes, is the subject of a Thursday, May 9, program at 7 p.m. at the Federated Women’s Clubhouse located at 104 W. Ridge Street in Marquette. Heather Addison, J.D., is the presenter. The meeting, which is hosted by the Marquette Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), is open to the public.
Marquette County has a long history of a strong partnership between criminal justice practitioners and community-based advocates dealing with domestic violence crimes. The Blueprint for Safety builds on this base with a collective approach to domestic violence. Each agency and provider of services from 911 operators to patrol officers, the courts, advocates, jail, prosecutors and probation officers are working to share essential information about risk and danger and victim protection. This research-based approach is geared to protect victims from additional harm and hold offenders accountable.
Heather Addison will report on the completed phases of the Blueprint for Safety. Marquette County was awarded a second Blueprint for Safety Grant. We can look forward to an update on this work in progress.
It is heartening that on April 4, 2019, in a bipartisan vote of 263-158 the House of Representatives passed the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) H.R. 1585. This bipartisan legislation was introduced by Reps. Karen Blake (D-CA) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA). The legislation includes modest enhancements aimed at protecting the safety and well-being of survivors of domestic violence nationwide. It addresses gaps identified by survivors and people on the ground working with them.
H.R. 1585 supports programs to help children exposed to violence, works with teens and youth on building healthy relationships, and engages men and boys in the work to prevent violence and sexual violence. It expands the capacity of the Workplace Resource Center to prevent violence and harassment in the workplace. This VAWA bill expands protections for Native American victims harmed by non-Native perpetrators by covering sexual assault, child abuse, sex trafficking and assaults on tribal law enforcement officers on tribal lands. This VAWA strengthens provisions to keep guns away from domestic abusers.
The legislators who voted in favor of H.R. 1585 understood how firearms compound the lethality of domestic violence. Despite gun lobby attempts to intimidate, they kept the safety of domestic violence victims as their primary concern. Sadly, Rep. Jack Bergman voted “No” on this legislation.
VAWA now goes to the Senate. Please contact Sens. Debbie Stabenow (202 224-4822) and Gary Peters (202 224-6221). Ask them to push for an equally strong bill to be passed in the Senate.
Karlyn Rapport, public policy representative for the Marquette Branch of AAUW, member of Michigan
AAUW ‘s Public Policy Committee.
(For more information contact: 906 226-8060 or Judith Puncochar, president of the Marquette Branch of AAUW, at

To the editor,
A healthy-looking young woman in workout clothes graces a large billboard along Baraga Avenue, near the new Duke LifePoint hospital in Marquette. “Experts in my recovery,” the billboard states.
Experts in recovery from a heart attack, a stroke, a car accident? Duke LifePoint would no doubt reply with a resounding “Yes.”
Recovery from drug or alcohol addiction? Look elsewhere for help.
Despite the fact that both opioid and alcohol abuse are serious threats to the health, well-being, and lives of U.P. residents, DLP decided not to include an inpatient substance abuse unit in its new facility. DLP actually discontinued inpatient treatment services several months ago. Its official line is that they didn’t have enough nurses to staff the floor. That may be one reason, but it’s not the only one.
There is another answer to the question of why DLP no longer offers inpatient substance abuse treatment. It’s because it’s not a moneymaker. For all of its warm and fuzzy advertising touting its care for our community, that care apparently does not extend to those struggling with addiction.
What does a person battling addiction look like? The person behind you in the grocery checkout line, your neighbor, your golf partner, your boss, your spouse, your child. Possibly you. Addiction doesn’t discriminate; it’s an equal- opportunity killer. Being in the health care business, you’d think Duke LifePoint would have an interest in assisting the members of its community with battling this too-often fatal disease. It appears DLP prioritizes business over health care.
There are other inpatient treatment facilities in the U.P. They typically have waiting lists. Waiting for treatment can literally be fatal for someone who desperately needs outside help to set aside the needle or the bottle.
Better access to substance abuse treatment can mean fewer ambulance calls, fewer ER visits, lower crime, fewer incarcerations. All of that makes good financial sense. Better access to treatment makes good, compassionate sense.
As a self-advertised caring community hospital, it would be nice if Duke LifePoint extended its care to all members of the community, not just those who have profitable health conditions.
Deb Pascoe, Marquette


Marquette City Commission to hold forum on marijuana laws
Marquette community members are invited to attend a public forum on recreational marijuana. The forum will take place on Monday, May 6, at 5:15 p.m. in the Commission Chambers in City Hall. Those who would like more information can contact City Clerk Kris M. Hazeres at (906) 225-8384 or by emailing

Group aims to make Marquette Styrofoam-free
Styrofree Marquette is a grassroots group of local citizens and business owners who promote the benefits of replacing Styrofoam (EPS) takeout and beverage containers with options that are less damaging to the environment. Pieces of EPS cups and food containers are a common choking hazard for birds, fish, and other wildlife. EPS is petroleum-based and nearly impossible to recycle. It is already banned in dozens of cities across the country, with several more considering joining that list. Though StyroFree does not aim to “ban” anything, they hope to inspire restaurateurs, bakery, and coffee shop owners to consider other options. The organization emphasizes that as Marquette continues to grow, citizens and tourists alike will appreciate more eco-friendly options. With the support of citizens and city government, the organization hopes that Marquette can be the first city in Michigan where restaurants and coffee shops actively use alternatives to EPS containers. Community members who have questions or would like to join in this effort can attend Styrofree Marquette’s next meeting on Saturday, May 11, in the Lions Room of the Peter White Library at 12:30 p.m. The group is also hosting a film screening of Paris to Pittsburgh on Saturday, May 4, at 1 p.m. at the Ishpeming Carnegie Public Library. More information about other events can be found at

Seattle company requests mineral leases in Wells township
Weyerhaeuser Company, of Seattle, Washington, has requested four direct metallic mineral leases covering Department of Natural Resources (DNR) metallic mineral rights located within Wells Township, Marquette County, containing a total of 1,476.46 acres, more or less. For a full description of the parcels requested for lease, please visit the Weyerhaeuser Company Public Notice on the DNR. Resource experts who determine the most appropriate level of surface use that should be allowed for development activities are currently reviewing the parcels. To learn more about metallic minerals leasing in Michigan, please visit Written comments from interested parties, relative to the request to lease the specified minerals, may be submitted to DNR, Office of Minerals Management, P.O. Box 30452, Lansing, MI 48909 or All comments must be received no later than May 10.

Bigfoot Convention coming to U.P. June 8
The third annual Marinette-Menominee Bigfoot Convention will be held Saturday, June 8, at the Pullman Center in Menominee, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST. This year’s convention features nationally known presenters. Among them is Linda Godfrey, an author, researcher and authority on the strange and uncanny. She will premiere her documentary, “Return to Wildcat Mountain, Wisconsin’s Black Panther Nexus.” Rich Daniels, noted Bigfoot researcher from Albuquerque, NM, will give a presentation on the findings of his 15 years of research. Paranormal specialist Allison Jornlin will also appear at the convention. She has been a paranormal investigator for over 20 years and founded Milwaukee’s first haunted history tour. She has been featured on TV, radio and in print. Jornlin will give a presentation on “Strange Creatures of the Midwest.” Also, Native American Bigfoot authority Brian Frejo will speak on “Pita’Dadoos, the big hairy people, a mysterious reality.” Among the vendor and craft booths there will also be food and drinks available for purchase. Cost of admission for the event is $10 per person. For more information call (906) 863-1135.

Governor’s rep. meeting with retired state employees
Mike Prusi will present priorities of the state government for members of the State Employee Retirees association at noon on Monday, May 6, at the Highland Golf Club in Escanaba. Prusi, a former state senator, served in the House of Representatives from 1995-2000 and in the Michigan Senate from 2003-2010. He is now the U.P. representative for Gov. Whitmer. Following his presentation, the chapter meeting will include a vote on some changes in the bylaws of the group and reports of activities of other chapters. All State of Michigan retirees are invited to attend. Reservations were requested by Monday, April 29. Those interested in learning more can call Arlene Paulson at (906) 786-7199.

Funding for Gwinn Schools up for vote in U.P townships
The League of Women Voters urges voters to learn about the Sinking Fund Millage Proposal for the Gwinn Area Community Schools that will be on the Tuesday, May 7, ballot. Voters in the Skandia, West Branch, Forsyth, and parts of Sands townships will be asked to consider the proposal. Voters can find more information, including an online voting guide, at Specific information about the proposal can be found at Voters who were not registered by the April 22 deadline can still register in person with their local clerk by using proof of residency and proof of identity. A Michigan Voter Registration Application and an Absent Voter Ballot Application can be found on the Secretary of State website at For more information about the League of Women Voters in Marquette visit the website at

AAUW hosting meeting to discuss Blueprint For Safety
Marquette County’s Blueprint for Safety, a Multi-System Response to Domestic Violence Crimes is the subject of a Thursday, May 9 program which begins at 7 p.m. at the Federated Women’s Clubhouse located at 104 W. Ridge Street, in Marquette. Heather Addison, J.D., is the presenter. The meeting, hosted by the Marquette Branch of the American Association of University women (AAUW), is open to the public. Marquette County has a long history of a strong partnership between criminal justice practitioners and community-based advocates dealing with domestic violence crimes. The Blueprint for Safety builds on this base with a collective approach to domestic violence. Heather Addison will report on the completed phases of the Blueprint for Safety. The Marquette Branch of the American Association of University Women also encourages the public to contact Michigan’s U.S. senators to urge them to work for an equally strong senate bill of the Violence Against Women Act, similar to the one passed overwhelmingly by bipartisan vote in the U.S. House of Representatives in April. For information about the bill that was passed by the House visit:, or visit

Chamber alliance announces economic development goals
The Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance has developed a legislative agenda aimed at advancing rural Michigan communities. The alliance’s “Four Pillars of Prosperity” agenda seeks to increase economic development tools that will address major barriers to sustainable economic growth such as housing, talent attraction and access to childcare. “For businesses and communities to thrive in Northern Michigan, we need to establish a basic foundation for success with right-sized programs and incentives that can work for our region,” said Amy Clickner, CEO of the Lake Superior Community Partnership. “The Chamber Alliance’s ‘Four Pillars of Rural Prosperity’ approach will create additional tools for Northern Michigan businesses and communities to help achieve sustainable economic growth and improve the quality of life for our residents.”

Entries sought for Blueberry Festival poster contest
The Marquette Downtown Development Authority invites residents of all ages and skill levels to submit original artwork for the 2019 Blueberry Festival Poster contest. The selected design will be reproduced as a full-color, limited edition poster for the 2019 Blueberry Festival taking place in Downtown Marquette on Friday, July 26. Original artwork in any medium is welcome but should not be larger than 11 x 17 inches and must not have been previously reproduced. The winning entry will be determined by a combined score based on an online vote open to the public and a panel of judges comprised of local artists, downtown business owners and public officials. Voting will take place Monday, May 20, through Friday, May 31, at All entries must be mailed or dropped off at the DDA office at 337 W. Washington in Marquette by the entry deadline of Tuesday, May 14. A digital file (on CD, jump drive or via email) must be submitted along with the original artwork. For complete rules, to download an application, and for more information visit

Nominations open for 2019 U.P. Service Awards
Volunteers are one of the U.P.’s most precious resources. The Grow and Lead Community and Youth Development is seeking nominations for outstanding volunteers for the 2019 U.P. Service Awards. The deadline for nominations is Saturday, June 1. More information about how to nominate a volunteer, including award categories and nomination forms, can be found online at For questions email Linda Remsburg at or call her at (906) 228-8919.

Marquette Public Schools to hold summer free meal program
The Marquette Area Public Schools announces the sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program for children. Free meals will be made available to children 18 years of age and under or persons up to age 26 who are enrolled in an educational program for the mentally or physically disabled that is recognized by a state or local public educational agency. The meals will be provided without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided at the following sites beginning June 17, 2019: Graveraet Elementary School, 611 N. Front St., offers lunch from 11 a.m. to noon; and Marquette Senior High School, 1203 West Fair Ave., serves breakfast from 8 to 9 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

U.P. teen wins Art and Writing awards
Gwinn High School Senior Emma Locknane received two Regional Gold Key awards for her digital art pieces titled “Candlelight Organist” and “A Very Determined Medic” and the latter piece was also awarded a National Silver Key Medal. The nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers announced the national award recipients of the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards recently. It is the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious scholarship and recognition program for creative teens in grades 7–12. This honor opens doors for students by providing access to scholarship programs and workshops and the ability to have work published and displayed in regional and National Exhibitions. To learn more, and to find a complete list of the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards national recipients, visit: visit

Owls in U.P. topic for Community Voices presentation
The Bay College West Campus speaker series, “Community Voices” continues on Thursday, May 9, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Fornetti Hall in Iron Mountain. Admission is free and all ages are welcome. This month’s speaker is Phyllis Carlson, who will present on her role in U.P. owl rehabilitation. She will provide information on the species of owls that can be found in the U.P. and Northeast Wisconsin. Attendees will also get a chance to meet Journey the owl, and will learn what owls look and sound like as well as how they live. For more information contact Kelly Larson at or by phone at (906) 302-3006.

Michigan State University to Hold Food Business Classes
Those interested in starting a small food business have a chance to learn how to do so at the Food Summit, presented by a partnership through Michigan State University. Registration is required and the event is free of charge. The summit focuses on important elements of starting a small food business in the state of Michigan. Classes cover the basics of starting a food business, food safety, regulatory requirements for commercial food products, and marketing. The summit takes place on Friday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (CDT) at the Bay West Campus in Iron Mountain. Those who are interested in registering can email Parker Jones at or call (614) 893-6191. Space is limited.


Artist to give demonstrations at Peter White Public Library
The Peter White Public Library and the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center present Open Studio Week with Creative Residency Artist Julie Reneé Benda May 13-18. The community is invited to visit her for demonstrations, discussion and watch her produce new works. Benda is one of three artists made possible through the Marquette Chamber of Commerce subcommittee EvolveMQT. Open Studio is free and open to the public. Artist hours are Monday to Friday, 1 to 4 p.m., Tuesday also includes 5 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 4 p.m. Benda is an interdisciplinary artist with a practice in print, illustration and sculpture. She studied both art and botany at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and later completed a Master of Fine Arts degree at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Using wood, text and image she works on projects that interact with and narrate shifting boundaries of land, water, people and plants. Currently, she lives and works in Minneapolis, Minn.

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at the Vista
The Peninsula Arts Appreciation Council will proudly present the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat from May 7 through May 11. PAAC is proud to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the show. Performances will begin on Tuesday, May 7 at 7 p.m. and will continue on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Audiences can also take in a matinee performance on Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students from kindergarten through 12th grade, and are available online at Tickets can also be purchased at Snowbound Books in Marquette, Midtown Bakery in Negaunee and Rare Earth Goods in Ishpeming.

Peter White Library brings in young Finnish folk dancers
The Kivajat Folk Dancers (ages 8-17) from the Finnish American Heritage Center at Finlandia University will present a program of music and dance, Footwork and Fiddles to Finland, on Saturday, May 18, at 2:30 pm in the Community Room of the Peter White Public Library in Marquette. The Marquette Folk Dancers, led by Bob Railey, will join them on stage for a portion of the show. This program is a fundraiser for the Kivajat and their upcoming trip to Finland in June for a children’s international folk dance festival in Turku, Finland. There is no charge for attending the program, but the Kivajat are looking to raise money for the trip. Some 20 children plus parents and leaders will be flying to Turku for the seven-day event. Kay Seppala, founder and leader of the Kivajat, said, “This is a great group of dancers. They are wonderful representatives of our U.P. culture. We have danced at the Turku festival before, and always the kids return with stories of new friendships and a better understanding of the world.”

Artist collective presents “Bird Song” at Café Bodega
Welcoming the beginning of spring after the long winter months, the Marquette Artist Collective presents a bird-themed exhibit titled “Bird Song” at Café Bodega, 517 N. Third St., in Marquette. The exhibit began in April and will continue through Wednesday, June 5. This invitational art installation features a wide variety of media focused on displaying the beauty and splendor of birds. Anyone interested in finding out more information about the Marquette Artist Collective can visit it on social media (Facebook, Instagram) or visit the website,

Superior Arts Youth Theatre has lots in store for May
The Superior Arts Youth Theatre is presenting two shows with multiple show times in May. The young performers will present Hansel and Gretel on Friday, May 3, at the Forest Roberts Theatre. As You Like It will take place on Saturday, May 4, with show times at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Panowski Black Box Theatre. On Sunday, May 5, As You Like It will run again at 3 p.m. and Brave Little Tailor will run at 7 p.m., both in the Panowski Black Box Theatre. Those interested can purchase tickets and find more information at the NMU events website.

Wolf’s Head presents Pookie goes Grenading
The Wolf’s Head Theatre Company will bring the story of 14-year-old comic book hero-revolutionary-bad girl Pookie as she stops at nothing (and they mean nothing) to put on her play-proving great art doesn’t come at a finite price. The company hopes that audiences will come to see her gather a rag-tag group of losers, including her high school counselor, to assist her. They laugh, they cry, they throw grenades. They learn to love. Those interested in learning more about this production, including show times, can visit that Wolf’s Head Theatre Company at

MSO Summer Strings announces free performances
The Marquette Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Strings returns for a second year with three free performances. Each performance will be held on a Wednesday beginning at 6 p.m. The group will perform on June 26 at the Marquette Commons; on July 10 at the Peter White Public Library Community Room; and on July 24 at the Ore Dock Brewing Company.

Adult Services to host Benefit for Arts Program
Lake Superior Adult Day Services invites the community to “Art in the Moment” on Thursday, May 9, from 6-8 p.m. at the Marquette Regional History Center.  The benefit is a celebration of all of those who participate in Lake Superior Adult Day Services’ art program and the art they create.  This art therapy program is for people with Alzheimer’s, dementia or memory loss conditions. “The expression through these works of art opens the door to an understanding of our participants who many times may struggle to express themselves,” said Darlene Weisinger, volunteer and chairwoman of the art show. “Participants in the program gain friends in a safe environment where they can enjoy art, music, pet visits and social interactions. This beautiful program enhances not only the participants’ and caregivers’ lives, but also those who work diligently to keep the program alive.” At the art show there will be opportunities to meet the artists, view their works and purchase art. The event will include hors d’oeuvres and wine provided by area restaurants, and a basket raffle to help support the program. At 7 p.m. the Honorable Cheryl L. Hill will give a presentation on the importance of legal planning as people age, and will answer questions regarding legal end-of-life issues.

UPPAA to host annual conference June 1
The U.P. Publishers and Authors Association (UPPAA) will hold its 22nd annual conference on Saturday, June 1, at the Peter White Library from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This year’s conference will cover a variety of topics relevant to writing, publishing, and marketing. Both published authors and beginning writers will find something of interest. Sessions include “What I learned from Writing my Breakout Book” presented by international bestselling author Karen Dionne. Other sessions cover audiobooks and new media, indie publishing, “The Art of Hawking,” and “Children’s book Industry 101”. Registration for the public is $15. UPPAA members may attend free of charge. Space is limited so advance registration is recommended. Those interested in registration may visit Questions can be directed to Brandy Thomas at or (509) 675-2487.

Winners of youth short story contest announced
The U.P. Publishers and Authors Association has announced the winners of its second Dandelion Cottage Short Story Contest. There were 60 percent more submissions this year than the previous year, all from middle and high school students in the U.P. This year’s winner was Emma Locknane with her story “Trouble with Terrans.” Emma is a senior from Gwinn High School. The second place award this year went to Lucy Woods, a junior from Copper Country Christian Schools for her story “Stellae.” Katilin Ambuehl, a senior form Michigamme/Republic, took third place with her story “Free.” Anyone who would like more information on the contest can visit


Trail hikers hold spring meeting, summer hike
The North Country Trail Hikers Chapter of the North Country Trail Association will host its spring general membership meeting on Tuesday, May 14, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Peter White Public Library. The public is welcome to attend. Lynnae Banham of NMU’s Conservation Crew will present information on their activities around Marquette. A short business meeting will follow the presentation. The North Country Hikers Chapter will host an opportunity hike on National Trails Day, Saturday, June 1 at Little Presque Isle from 1 to 4 p.m. Participants should bring bug spray, a camera, a water bottle and a snack. Those interested may follow the organization’s Facebook page or visit

UP Entrepreneur to present on gardening program
The Social Education and Action Committee of First Presbyterian Methodist Church invites the community to meet community-minded entrepreneur Dan Perkins on Sunday, May 5, at 7 p.m. The event will take place at the church, located at 120 N. Front Street in Marquette. Perkins, owner of Dan Perkins Construction, will discuss his community garden project, Partridge Farms. The organization has five garden plots in Ishpeming with plans to expand. Perkins and his board coordinate with local schools and the Great Lakes Recovery program to provide hands-on educational opportunities for the youth of the community. He will present on all of this and more. Refreshments will be provided.

Marquette Co-op supports local food banks
Following the success of its recent “Round up at the Register” campaign in February that raised over $6,000 for local food banks, the Marquette Food Co-op is extending the program throughout the year to provide for food needs in Marquette County. “Our shoppers’ dedication to this program made us think about how we can continue to help our community,” said Sarah Monte, MFC Outreach Director. “Round Up has proven that we have the power to make a big difference in the lives of our friends and neighbors. While the Co-op has many facets to our mission statement, we cannot forget that the original impetus for the creation was ‘to provide access to local, organic, wholesome, and a fairly traded food and products.’” Visit for more information on this and other information about the Marquette Food Co-op.

Detroit Lions have a new radio home in U.P.
Detroit Lions games will now be broadcasted on WUPF-100.3 the Point and WCMM 102.5 the Country Music Moose home. “We are pleased to build upon an already strong relationship with the Detroit Lions organization,” says General Manager Jesse Huff. “It’s exciting to know that Lions fans will enjoy the expanded coverage that will come along with the additional coverage we’ll be able to provide on our two 100,000-watt radio stations.” Upper Peninsula listeners can tune into these stations to hear Lions games in the upcoming season.

Registration open for outdoor women’s program
U.P. women can sign up for this summer’s “Becoming an Outdoors Woman” program. The program will run from Friday, May 31, to Sunday, June 2, in Marquette County. This program aims to give women who are 18 and older an opportunity to improve their outdoor skills in a relaxed, noncompetitive atmosphere. Sponsored by the DNR, the program includes instruction in kayaking, wilderness first aid and response, geocaching, shooting, boating, basic land navigation, and other outdoor activities. Participants stay and take their classes at the Bay Cliff Health Camp, a universally accessible facility overlooking Lake Superior, which is situated about 30 miles north of Big Bay. The registration fee is $200, and includes all food and lodging, as well as most equipment and supplies. The registration deadline is Saturday, May 4. Partial scholarships are available to low-income participants. Class information and registration materials are available online at

History Center to present on AuTrain WWII POW camp
The Marquette History Center will host a discussion from archeologist LouAnn Wurst on her work at the former CCC Camp AuTrain, which was used as a prisoner of war camp during WWII. Community members are invited to learn first-hand what Wurst and her team have dug up, and how this work will continue in summer 2019. There is a $5 suggested donation for the event. Those interested in more information can visit or call (906)226-3571.

UPAWS Announces annual pet calendar photo contest
The U.P. Animal Welfare Shelter is accepting submissions for its 2020 calendar! Pet owners may enter a high-resolution photo of their pet with a $12 donation. Participants may recruit family and friends to support their campaign and vote for their pet’s photo. Cost for a single vote is 25 cents and there is no limit to the amount of votes a person can buy. Photos must be submitted by Friday, May 31. Entry forms and details are available at the Westwood Mall kiosk and other locations. Participants can submit their photos online at

Several community support efforts coming to Sawyer
Beginning on May 22, the Marquette Food Co-op will deliver and sell fresh food and groceries as part of a project to combat food insecurities at Sawyer, improve community health outcomes, and reduce health inequity. The grocery truck will offer affordable, budget-friendly fresh food options and will be at Sawyer Elementary School every Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. The Sawyer Community Alliance, a volunteer group of Sawyer residents committed to “moving the community forward” and creating a “healthy Sawyer” will organize activities around the grocery truck. Other projects include: a 10-week prescription food program to promote healthy eating habits in conjunction with the grocery truck deliveries. Six family cooking classes (healthy cooking without breaking the bank) for interested residents will be held in May and June at Sawyer. There will also be a short gardening “curriculum” for students at Sawyer Elementary for three classes based on teacher interest.

Culver’s offers frozen custard to raise farming funds
On Thursday, May 2, guests can stop at Culver’s restaurants, donate one dollar to agricultural education, and receive a single scoop of fresh frozen custard as a thank you. All donations go to local agricultural education efforts. Jessie Kreke, senior marketing manager at Culver’s, said, “Since the first Scoops of Thanks day in 2015, Culver’s has donated more than $230,000 from the fundraiser to agricultural organizations like the Delta FFA chapter.” Those interested in more information can visit

Superior Health Foundation awards over $100,00 in grants
The Superior Health Foundation awarded $107,329 at the Spring Grants Celebration. “The Superior Health Foundation is honored to award large grant funding to eight very deserving organizations across the region,” said Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation. “The grants committee does an incredible job of funding projects that align with our mission.” Organizations receiving large grant funding include: U.P. Children’s Therapy ($3,000); Munising Memorial Hospital ($4,284); Gogebic Range Health Foundation ($4,995); Lake Superior Hospice ($6,695); Helen Newberry Joy Hospital ($7,524); the Cedar Tree Institute ($15,640); and the Michigan State University Department of Pediatrics and Human Development ($20,000). Northern Michigan University’s Behavioral Education, Assessment & Research Center received $20,000. Other organizations include Great Lakes Recovery Centers ($5,000), and Cancer Care of Marquette County ($5,000). Since its inception six years ago, the Superior Health Foundation has awarded nearly $2.3 million in grant funding. Anyone interested can learn more at

2019 edition of the U.P. Reader now available
The U.P. Publishers and Authors Association is releasing the much-anticipated 2019 issue of the U.P. Reader at bookstores, gift shops, and museums across the U.P. this month. The U.P. reader is available in hardcover, paperback, and eBook editions. The anthology features 23 of the U.P’s finest writers, including the young winners of the 2019 Dandelion Cottage Short Story Award. Those interested in more information about the issue, including locations where it can be purchased, can visit

Senior Center offering outdoor recreation opportunities
The Silver Sampler program offers outdoor recreation opportunities for anyone aged 55 and older who lives within the service area of the Marquette Senior Center. This includes the City of Marquette, Marquette Township, Chocolay Township and Powell Township. The program’s goal is to encourage folks to get out and play in the outdoors, to build skills, confidence and connections for exploring the outdoors through safe and supportive events. Those interested can see a full schedule of Senior Center events, including the Silver Sampler senior program, can visit the group’s Facebook page or on their website at

Blood donations needed; several blood drives scheduled
The UPHS Regional Blood Center is experiencing a need for A-positive, O-positive, A-negative, O-negative and B-positive blood types. The Blood Center requires that donors are healthy, hydrated, at least 110 lbs., at least 17 years of age, haven’t donated blood in the last 8 weeks, have eaten at least two hours before the donation, and have a valid picture ID. There are several upcoming blood drives throughout the Upper Peninsula:
-Wednesday May 1–Gwinn Senior Center 3-6 p.m.
Appt. contact: Joyce Styer-346-7595
-Friday May 3–Dickinson Co. Healthcare System (Iron Mountain) 11:30-3:15 p.m. CST
Appt. contact: Michele Boehmer-776-5493
-Monday May 6—Our savior Lutheran Church (Iron Mountain) 2:30-6 p.m. CST
Appointment Contact: blood center 1(800)491-4483
-Tuesday May 7–War Memorial Hospital (Sault Ste. Marie) 12 p.m.-4 p.m.
Appt. contact: Michele Green-632-1177 or 440-5541
-Wednesday May 8–Izzo-Maruicci Center (Iron Mountain) 9 a.m.-1 p.m. CST
Appt. contact: Mrs. Carey-774-2610
-Thursday May 9–Medi-Lodge (Munising) 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Appt. Contact: Lisa Walker- 450-1057
-Tuesday May 14–Aspirus Ironwood Hospital 11 a.m.-3 p.m. CST
Appt. Contact: Alicia Cook-932-7627
-Wednesday May 15–Lighthouse Nursing Center (Hancock) 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
Appointment contact: Tina Giachino- 482-6644
-Wednesday May 15–GS Engineering (Hancock) 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Contact: Melissa Stein -482-1235 Thursday May 16- UPHS Bell (Ishpeming) 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Appt. contact: Amber Brancheau- 485-2777

Founder receives MSO Distinguished Service Award
The Marquette Symphony Orchestra recently honored concertmaster Janis Shier Peterson with an MSO Distinguished Service Award. Peterson is one of the founders of MSO. She, along with Don Grant, had a vision of starting a community orchestra. After leaving the board, she stayed active as a member of the Artistic Advisory Committee. She has been instrumental in many programs, such as the annual Collage Concert, MSO Summer Strings, and the Meet the MSO night at the U.P. Children’s Museum.

Marquette DDA director announces retirement
The Marquette Downtown Development Authority (MDDA) Board of Directors announces the retirement of Executive Director Mona Lang effective Sept. 30, 2019. Lang has served as executive director of the organization since 1998. According to board chair, Tony Retaskie, “under her direction there have been many positive changes.” During her time with the MDDA, she has overseen nearly $12 million in public improvement projects, secured over $5 million in grant funds, and downtown property values have more than doubled. Retaskie expressed the board’s appreciation for Lang, who will be replaced by Assistant Director Rebecca Salmon. Salmon, who holds a master’s degree in public administration from NMU, has more than 10 years of experience with the MDDA.

Interlochen has a new writing director
Interlochen Center for the Arts has announced that Joe Sacksteder has been named the director of Creative Writing. Sacksteder has been published in Passages North, Northern Michigan University’s nationally recognized literary magazine. Sacksteder earned his M.A. from Eastern Michigan University in 2011 and is in the process of completing his Ph.D. in Creative Writing and English Literature at the University of Utah. Sacksteder will oversee the Creative Writing program for both the Arts Academy and Arts Camp at Interlochen Center for the Arts. Students from these programs have won numerous awards across all writing genres, including 19 Presidential Scholar Awards.

U.P teen hatches birdwatching passion project in Newberry
Evan Griffis, a senior at Newberry High School, spends two hours a day working with Newberry DNR wildlife staff as part of a job-training program his school offers. Kristie Sitar, a DNR wildlife biologist who works with Griffis, called him a “pretty big-time birder and an extremely talented kid.” Griffis spearheaded the effort to develop the new Silver Creek Birding Trail. Expected to open to the public in the next few months, this three-season trail is located on state land northwest in Luce County. Centered on Silver Creek Pond, the nine-mile birding trail features nine posted stops along the road. Those interested in wildlife-watching opportunities can find more information at viewing.

Respite provider training offered in Marquette May 11
REST is an educational course that provides respite training to adults and teens who want to offer care to those in need and provide assistance to their caregivers. REST companions (volunteer or paid), give the gift of their time to provide a valuable service. REST trained companion–respite providers spend one-on-one time with adults or seniors, giving only as much time as they are willing and able to give. The ultimate goal of the REST training course is to assist individuals to become effective companions and respite workers by learning the three key steps of support: Prepare, Care and Connect. REST training will be provided on Saturday, May 11. The training will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (CST) with lunch and a light snack included. Participants should arrive 15 minutes prior to class start time for check-in. Pre-registration is required. Anyone interested in this training please contact 1-800-338-7227, dial 2-1-1 or visit us on the web at REST training is made possible in Marquette by the U.P. Area Agency on Aging/UPCAP. There is no charge to participants for this training and lunch and materials are included.

Neurologist to discuss “off episodes” of Parkinson’s
The Parkinson Society of Dickinson County area will host “A Meeting With the Neurologist” on Thursday, May 16, at the First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, located at 395 Hamilton Ave. in Kingsford. Registration begins at 10 a.m. CST. The 4-hour program, which includes a complimentary lunch at noon, will begin at approximately 11 a.m. CST. Dr. Steven Schechter will discuss the management of “off” episodes in Parkinson’s disease. Off episodes are the wearing off effect of Parkinson’s medication prior to the next dose. Dr. Schechter will explain how to manage the episodes with the medication APOKYN. Dr. Schechter is an associate professor of neurology at Oakland University-William Beaumont Medical School. He is a teacher, clinical researcher and an author of Understanding Parkinson’s Disease: A Self-Help Guide. For more information and to make a reservation call Pauline at (906) 774-0332.

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